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Calendar of Events

JANUARY

Martin Luther King Day Parade & Program: On this national holiday, a parade in downtown Monroeville precedes an informative program exploring some facet of Dr. King’s Legacy.

FEBRUARY

Annual Black History Program: Includes an educational program of singing, dancing and dramatizations by various groups and individuals. Sponsored by Alabama Southern.

Genealogy Workshop at Monroe County Heritage Museum: This informative workshop with Samford University’s Elizabeth Wells, Special Collections Librarian, is a much heralded annual event. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sponsored by MCHM, (251) 575-7433.

Heritage Arts Festival on Historic Downtown Square: Sponsored by the Mary Jerald Gardner Study Club, this event transforms the downtown square into a wonderland of crafts, quilts, woodworking, soul food and fine art. A fashion show, gospel music and ethnic dance performances are also featured. Arrive early and spend the day! 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Contact Doris Crook, (251) 575-3359.

Chamber of Commerce Membership Dinner Meeting: This annual event celebrates the chamber’s accomplishments and offers guest speakers, business exhibits, door prizes, silent auction, catered reception and dinner. Monroeville Community House, 271 Park Dr. Contact Chamber of Commerce, (251) 743-2879.

Mardi Gras Parades & Celebrations are prominent in the months of January and February and on into the spring, depending on when Mardi Gras day falls. Sponsored by the City of Monroeville, Mardi Gras has become a much anticipated season in Monroeville life. Contact City of Monroeville, (251) 575-2081.

MARCH

Alabama River Festival: Claiborne Lock & Dam, 31 Issac Creek Road, Franklin, AL: Celebrating Creek/Seminole traditions, with an 1812 frontier camp, river music and culture at the only river museum on the Alabama River. Travel back in time. Music, visits with Indians and frontiersmen, demonstrations and food are all available. Admission charged. Contact Monroe County Heritage Museums, (251) 575-7433.

APRIL

Annual Re-Opening Day: Rikard’s Mill: 4116 Hwy. 265, Beatrice, AL 36425, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The annual re-opening of this restored 1845 grist mill. Enjoy barbecue, demonstrations and the covered bridge gift shop. The way things used to be! Admission charged.

Alabama Southern Community College Foundation Golf Tournament: Vanity Fair Golf Club, proceeds benefit foundation. Contact Lindsay Hutcherson, lhutcherson@ascc.edu; (251) 575-8279.

Super Eagles Day: sponsored by Alabama Southern Community College, baseball and softball games, campus tours, tailgating, etc. www.ascc.edu; msawyer@ascc.edu; (251) 575-8265

APRIL-MAY

“To Kill A Mockingbird” Annual Performances By The Mockingbird Players. This is Monroeville’s signature event, entering its 27th year in 2016. Monroeville is the hometown of Nelle Harper Lee, and “Alabama’s Literary Capital” hosts thousands of visitors annually for the play. It commences in April with Young Audience Series, and goes well into May for its weekend performances on Monroeville’s historic downtown square. Friday - Saturday performances at 7 p.m.; Produced by The Mockingbird Company.

National Hospital Week: Join the staff of Monroe County Hospital in celebrating the finest in rural health care. This is an event that also celebrates Monroeville’s quality health care community. Join in the fun, call Monroe County Hospital at (251) 575-3111.

Annual Relay For Life Survivor Banquet: Monroeville Community House, 271 Park Dr., Monroeville, AL 36460; Contact Eleanor Stabler, (251) 743-2785.

Mockingbird 8K/Family Fun Day: Monroeville Area YMCA, 2197 S. Mount Pleasant Ave., Monroeville, AL 36460; Last Saturday in April; 8K starts at 8 a.m.; 1 mile Fun Run at 9 a.m.; Family Fun Day at 10 a.m. Contact the Y at (251) 575-9622; Entry fee.

Small Business Appreciation Week: Sponsored by the chamber, this week features a networking breakfast, along with daily programs and events highlighting small businesses the first week of May, annually.

Alabama Writers Symposium: Hosted by Alabama Southern Community College. Opens on a Thursday night with a reception and dinner. Author readings, book signings, and literary and arts entertainment. One of Monroeville’s most popular events. The Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer and the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Literary Scholar will be presented during Thursday evening reception/dinner. Admission charged to some events, some events free. Contact Donna Reed, Alabama Southern, at (251) 575-8223; www.ascc.edu.

MAY

Fishing For Fun Day at Whitey Lee Park. This annual free fishing day is sponsored by the city of Monroeville and offers free morning fishing for children 15 and under in the park’s beautiful five-acre lake. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be provided. Rods, reels and other equipment will also be provided. Contact Monroeville Parks and Recreation at
(251) 575-5535.

Cotton Patch Festival: A grand celebration in historic Uriah. Arts and crafts, food, fun, entertainment, antique tractor display and more. Cash prizes for the four best exhibitors. Always the Saturday after Mother’s Day. Contact Patricia McCullers at the Uriah Arts Council, (251) 862-2279; (251) 294-2253; or email pattymac823@yahoo.com.

JUNE

May/June: Monroe County’s Distinguished Young Woman Program: Nettles Auditorium, Alabama Southern Community College, 2800 S. Alabama Ave. This annual program showcases a talented group of Monroe County high school juniors and offers several thousand dollars in a scholarship competition for college admissions. Contact Kathy Stuckey, (251) 789-2685.

Outdoor Movie Nights on Downtown Square: Sponsored by Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. Family nights on the square; barbecue plates available for sale, soft drinks, popcorn, books, free family movie and more. A celebration of summer, enjoyed by all! The series of 4 to 5 Thursday movie nights takes place in June into early July. Contact Chamber of Commerce at (251) 743-2879.

Monroe County Public Library Summer Reading Program: Visit the library with your children for this excellent summer program, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Contact Monroe County Public Library,
(251) 743-3818.

History Adventure Camp For Children: Sponsored by Monroe County Heritage Museum. Members’ children entering the 1st–5th grades can enjoy an exciting journey into the past, visiting the many historical sites of the county. Admission charged, which includes a daily snack and lunch on Friday. Nonmembers may attend also, premium charged. Contact the museum at
(251) 575-7433.

JULY

Annual City 4th of July Celebration: Sponsored by City of Monroeville. Call (251) 575-2081 for details.

To Kill A Mockingbird Teacher Workshop: Sponsored by Monroe County Heritage Museum. 31 N. Alabama Ave., Monroeville, AL 36460. Time: TBA. Program helps teachers understand relationship of Monroeville to Mockingbird. Call the museum for information, (251) 575-7433.

AUGUST

City Sales Tax Holiday: First weekend in August

SEPTEMBER

Back to School Sales & Celebrations

OCTOBER

Annual Citywide Trick or Treat: Join the City of Monroeville on the square for “Trick or Treat.” Costumes and contests abound. Contact city of Monroeville, (251) 575-2081.

NOVEMBER

Cane Syrup Making Day At Rikard’s Mill: First Saturday in November

4116 Hwy. 265 North, Beatrice, AL 36425, Sponsored by Monroe County Heritage Museum, (251) 575-7433. This day celebrates the making of cane syrup. Come eat biscuits and see a 19th century mule-driven cane mill in action. Other food also available, as well as other exhibits.

Taste of Monroeville & Market: Historic Downtown Monroeville, Monroeville, AL 36460; Sponsored by Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, (251) 743-2879. A retail extravaganza, featuring a variety of vendors, entertainment and refreshments. Opening night features A Taste Of Monroeville, entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the chamber’s marketing fund. Contact the chamber for costs and hours of event, (251) 743-2879.

Monroeville Main Street Win the Window: Annual promotion by Monroeville Main Street to encourage shopping in the Monroeville Main Street District. Participants receive entry forms from participating merchants and can enter to win a window full of merchandise! Contact Monroeville Main Street, (251) 743-2879.

Pioneer Days At Rikard’s Mill:
4165 Hwy. 265 North, Beatrice, AL 36425,
Sponsored by Monroe County Heritage Museum, (251) 575-7433.Demonstrations of skills and crafts from the past, such as blacksmithing, mules grinding sugar cane and corn milling in the 1845 water-powered grist mill. Candle making and cooking demonstrations. Admission charged.

Peterman Station Arts & Crafts Festival: Peterman Train Station. Sponsored by Peterman Historical Society, Contact Alice Chandler, (251) 564-2260. This is Monroe County’s oldest continuously held festival. Five miles north of Monroeville in the old railroad town of Peterman. Over 125 vendors, music, food and plenty of children’s activities. Always the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

DECEMBER

Monroeville Christmas Parade: Always the First Saturday in December. Sponsored by Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Square, Monroeville.

10 a.m., Old-fashioned Christmas Parade, complete with floats, marching bands, Pets on Parade, costumed characters and Santa Claus. Contact the chamber, (251) 743-2879;
www.monroecountyal.com.

2 p.m., Frisco City’s Annual Christmas Parade, always the afternoon of the first Saturday in December; call Town of Frisco City, (251) 267-3439.

6 p.m., Excel’s Annual Christmas Parade takes place on the first Friday of December at night. Call Town of Excel, (251) 765-2558.

Town of Frisco City, Live Nativity: Second weekend of December, a drive through nativity in Frisco City has become a popular regional event. Call (251) 267-3439.

Monroe County Health Foundation Annual Hospital Gala: A festive holiday occasion. Funds raised benefit Monroe County Hospital. Contact Christi Dunn, Monroe Health Foundation,
(251) 575-3111; cdunn@mchcare.com.

Alabama Southern Annual Exposé and Art Show: Nettles Auditorium, free to public. Contact Donna Reed, (251) 575-8223.

Mobile Symphony Performance: Nettles Auditorium, Alabama Southern, sponsored by City of Monroeville. Free to public. Contact City of Monroeville, (251) 575-2081.

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