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Summer in Huntsville

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Summertime brings with it so many wonderful events here in the Tennessee Valley.  Here are just a few summer offerings that make us happy in Huntsville…

1.  Enjoying time on the Tennessee River, the Flint River, Guntersville Lake, Wheeler Lake or Tim’s Ford.  This includes crawfish boils at Ditto Landing and attending church at Guntersville’s Church on the Lake…

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2. Summer Concerts in Big Spring International Park.  Every Monday night, the dock of the Huntsville Museum of Art hosts a different local band.  Picnics, folding chairs and dancing under the stars are enjoyed by young and old citizens alike.  Now thru mid-August.  http://www.artshuntsville.org/our-programs/concerts-in-the-park

Reunion photo concert in the park

3.  Graduations and dance recitals at the VBC.  Rarely a day goes by from late May through mid June that you won’t see little kids in tap shoes and sequins running to the Concert Hall along with graduates in caps and gowns taking pictures by Thrasher Fountain.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/iceman66/5535991778/

4.  Neighborhood pools-  Most areas offer a selection of neighborhood pools that become the summer hangouts and social areas through the summer months.  For a base membership fee plus an annual dues collection, these neighborhood pools organize swim meets, social events on holidays and swimming lessons for little ones.  Some even feature tennis courts as well.

5.  Green Street Market and other Farmer’s Markets around town: Thursday nights have become wonderful “farm to table” nights in downtown Huntsville with the creation of the “Green Street Market” nights.  Local vendors offer fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh flowers, culinary dishes, gluten free fare and more.  Artwork, herbs, bath products and farm fresh eggs are staples for GSM as well!  It has become so popular that South Huntsville has started their own Farmer’s Market and other neighborhoods are following suit.  http://www.greenestreetmarket.com/See all of the latest and greatest events coming up on http://www.ourvalleyevents.com

For all of the upcoming Summer events, be sure to check out www.ourvalleyevents.com.  You’ll see why we are Happy in Huntsville, especially in the summertime!

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The Road Home

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On my way home tonight, I realized one of my favorite things about living in the south…the road home. On my way home, I drove through Huntsville’s exquisite Twickenham Historic District and the historic Maple Hill Cemetery. (I’m waiting to write about Maple Hill until I can get Fall pics of the beautiful trees there when foilage turns colors, so stay tuned!) In every area I traveled and on every street, passersby waved at me. This is not the case in many areas of the country and it is endearing to me that my hometown is so hospitable.

Drivers in oncoming lanes did the “steering wheel” wave, a simple raise of the hand off the steering wheel before resuming their previous driving position. My street is popular with runners and walkers, so they had a wave all their own, more of a hearty wave holding an iPod or water bottle. Regardless of how it was delivered, it left me with a sense of welcome and hospitality.

I was also reminded of my late grandfather who would drive through the streets of Huntsville waving and calling out greetings to people by name. “Hello, Joe!” “Hello, Bob!” When he didn’t know someone’s name he always commented “Hello, Guv-nah!” in his best southern drawl. When I asked him if that was the real governor he replied, ” I have no idea who that was…” Not only did he not know who “Guv-nah” was, he did not know any of the people he had greeted along the road. When I called him on it he told me that people should greet one another, whether they knew each other or not. “It’s just how we do things.”

Hospitality, whether southern or not, makes people feel at home. It makes them feel connected and welcome. My road home made me feel that way today. From the beauty of the area to the beauty of the people, tonight I’m feeling super happy in Huntsville.