The Decatur Parks & Recreation "Concerts by the River" begin this coming Monday and occur EVERY Monday (weather permitting) in June and July! So bring your family and friends to enjoy some really great acts this year!
6 p. m. - 8 p. m. at Rhodes Ferry Park (weather permitting).
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Daikin Amphitheatre Opening Ceremony this past Friday, May, 22, 2015! We're excited about this new outdoor venue that will bring entertainment and family enjoyment to the exciting atmosphere in the heart of downtown!
A fun event that has already been scheduled at the new Daikin Amphitheater is “First Friday Family Fun Flicks.” The movies start a 8:00 p. m. and guests are asked to bring lawnchairs, blankets, snacks, etc. The next movie, Frozen, will be shown on Friday, June 5. The movies are free and are sponsored by Decatur Parks & Recreation and First Baptist Church. More movies and dates are listed in link http://www.decaturparks.com/tyfoon/…/fckeditor/file/ffff.png
Mark your calendar to join us in historic downtown Decatur for the River Clay Fine Arts Festival on September 26 – 27, 2015. The festival will feature artists exhibiting and selling their works from across the country. In addition to visiting with and purchasing art from outstanding artists, you will enjoy art demonstrations, musical performances, children’s activities and more.
•Saturday, September 26, 2015... 9 am – 5 pm
•Sunday, September 27, 2015 10 am – 4 pm
The festival will be located at the Decatur City Hall Campus at 402 Lee Street NE Decatur, AL 35601.
For more information on the River Clay Fine Arts Festival and to apply online visit http://www.riverclay.org/ http://www.riverclay.org/artists/artist-application/
Orchestra Sul Ponticello presents "A Bluegrass Spring" this Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 7 p. m. Share this exciting concert with your family and friends! Bring everyone together for the thrilling pops concert with a country flair by SPECIAL GUEST: Iron Horse Bluegrass.
The concert is at the new Daikin Amphitheater at Founders Park in Downtown Decatur (located at the corner of Bank Street and Church Street).
Rain location is Southside Baptist Church on 9th Street in Decatur....
Join us for 3rd Friday Downtown Decatur. Third Friday is a monthly event, March through October, held from 5 PM to 9 PM on 2nd Avenue and Bank Street. You’ll experience classic cars, dining, shopping, vendors, artists, children’s activities, special events and FUN! The event takes place rain or shine, although some events may be cancelled or moved inside if raining. For more information regarding 3rd Friday visit
To view 3rd Friday Downtown Decatur video click link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sb9UsYUwqg
Please share ATD Director Lee Sentell's report:
The new Alabama Tourism Economic Impact Report showed the state earns about $5 in taxes from each $1 invested in tourism sales and marketing. Unlike most agencies that spend money from the General Fund, the tourism department earns $14 million in lodgings taxes for its operations and sends three times that amount ($42 million) to increase the General Fund, says Montgomery economist Dr. Keivan Deravi.
He calculates that 23 milli...on tourists spent $11.8 billion in the state. Tourists paid more than $548 million in state taxes with another $219 million in local taxes. Without spending by these visitors, each household in the state would have had to pay $408 in additional taxes.
Deravi says the seven largest counties captured 75 percent of the total. The remaining 60 counties are responsible for $3 billion in direct spending. “Those smaller counties greatly benefit from direct marketing and awareness activities initiated by the tourism department,” which yields an additional $68 million in state taxes.
In the past 12 years, the amount that tourists spend has grown by 79 percent. The number of tourism industry employees has grown by nearly 80 percent to about 165,000 Alabamians, said state tourism director Lee Sentell. During that time, the agency’s Montgomery office staff has been reduced by 20 percent because of attrition to rank as one of state government’s most efficient departments.
Aggressive advertising and promotion of Alabama’s destinations have greatly improved the state’s image, said Sentell. “Our award-winning restaurants, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and major attractions change the perception of our state,” he said.
In addition to grants that market hometown festivals, the department supports major events, such as IndyCar races in Birmingham, NASCAR races in Talladega, SEC baseball in Hoover and college football bowl games. Special promotions, such as the current Year of Alabama Barbecue, focus positive attention on the state.
At the direction of the Legislature, the tourism agency has developed contingency plans for a 15 percent cut and a 30 percent cut for operations next year.
Lee Sentell Alabama Tourism Department 401 Adams Avenue, Suite 126 Montgomery, AL 36104 334.242.4169
Chad Pregracke, CNN's 2013 Hero of the Year, with Living Lands and Waters will be in Decatur, Thursday, April 30th through Wednesday, May 6th, as part of his Tennessee River Clean-Up.
Visit the links below to view the calendar of events, volunteer opportunities and Mike Rowe's (Somebody's Gotta Do It) visit with Chad.
http://livinglandsandwaters.org/…/ten…/huntsvilledecatur-al/... https://www.facebook.com/visitnorthal/photos/a.576382442428554.1073741859.108783702521766/849640811769381/?type=1&theater http://www.cnn.com/…/mike-rowe-chad-pregracke-r…/index.html…
Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:00 p. m., at the Point Mallard Expo Pavilion
Join us for the delicious annual fundraiser supporting the Community Free Clinic of Decatur-Morgan County featuring roasted and raw oysters, catfish dinner, and new this year: Sautéed and fried crab claws!
Also featuring Alabama A&M professor, Dr. Horace Carney's live band, "OMNI Music"....
$55.00 per person. Book your reservations now. You may call the Clinic at 256-309-2491.
You don't want to miss this fun evening out!
Calling all Runners - Steeple Chase 8K - benefiting the Neighborhood Christian Center of Alabama, Inc. in downtown Decatur
MAY 2, 2015 @ 7:00 AM: RACE STARTS SATURDAY----------May 1st from 4:00-7:00pm: packet pick-up/registration at First Baptist Church of Decatur----------May 2nd from 5:30-6:45am: race day packet pick-up/registration at First Baptist Church of Decatur----------River City Runners will be passing out timing chips pre-start on Saturday morning near the finish l...ine.
Also, the Ainsley's Angels of America will be participating in the Steeple Chase 8K on May 2, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. Check out their website at www.AinsleysAngels.org. You will be impressed with this non-profit who makes it possible for individuals who would not normally get to participate in races without their support. Make plans to run/walk or come out and cheer the participants on. Go register at steeplechase8K.org
Hot Jazz from Prohibition-Era, Bourbon Street to the Cabarets of Paris
The Hot Sardines will perform at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 7:30 p. m. Single Tickets can be purchased online at www.princesstheatre.org/ or call the box office M-F, Noon - 4PM (256)340-1778.
Neighborhood Christian Center of Alabama, Inc. Football Camp Kicks off their 20th year celebration!
With special guest Dt Shackelford Linebacker for Ole Miss Rebels & Austin High School Graduate... Two time recipient of the Chucky Mullins Courage Award, ESPN.com’s SEC All-Bowl Team, Wuerffel Trophy Winner,...just to name a few awards!
Saturday, April 25-----9:00-11:30am 1st-5th grade Decatur High’s practice facility refreshments provided T-shirt for participants $20 per player (pre-registered) $25 per player (day of camp)
Register online at decaturncc.org. Online deadline is April 22, 2015.
Bank Street Players Presents The Miracle Worker
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Decatur, AL, April 16, 2015: Bank Street Players will present The Miracle Worker by William Gibson on April 23rd, 24th and 25th at 7pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturday the 25th. This three-act play will be presented at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts in Decatur. Admission is $12, $10 for student and seniors, all seats are general admission. Tickets may be purchased day of the show, and t...he box office is open 2 hours prior to curtain. For more information you may call (256) 318-3265 or visit www.bankstreetplayers.org.
This classic play tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.
Directed by Carol Puckett.
LEAVE NO TRACE Sunday, April 19th, 2015 2-4 p.m. • Delano Park
Lady Bug Release • Fun Activities & Games • Prizes
**The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national movement whose mission is to protect the outdoors by teaching & inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. With a special emphasis on educating youth, the goal of Leave No Trace is to reach every park & every school program to instill an appreciation for the outdoors & for the importance of good stewardship. As part of its mission to educate the public through programs & exhibits, Delano Park Conservancy in partnership with Cook Museum of Natural Science is introducing Leave No Trace to our community with a special event on Sunday, April 19, 2015. As summertime approaches & we spend more time outdoors, our hope is that we will all learn more about the importance of the Leave No Trace slogan, "take only pictures, leave only footprints, and kill nothing but time."
See you "Sunday in the Park" Rain or Shine www.delanopark.org
Guided Walking Tours of Decatur’s Historic District Offered Each Saturday in April!
Decatur, Ala. (March 19, 2015) – Decatur Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the return of free, guided walking tours each Saturday in the month of April. Residents and visitors are invited to take part in a casual stroll through historic Decatur and learn about the city’s history and heritage.
Scheduled for April 4, 11, 18, and 25, the one-hour walking tour begins at 10 a.m. at the Old State Bank. Knowledgeable guides will escort participants through historic neighborhoods and landmarks where they will share the history of the city and entertaining accounts of the city’s storied past. The tour features a different route, theme, and tour guide each Saturday. April 4 – Scottsboro Boys tour led by Peggy Towns. Tour includes a visit to the exhibit at the Morgan County Archives. April 11 – Old State Bank and Historic Depot tour led by David Breland April 18 - Old Decatur Historic Neighborhood tour led by Squee Bailey April 25 – Civil War tour led by Jonathan Baggs
Reservations are not required and tours are held rain or shine. Decatur’s guided walking tours are part of the April Walking Tours coordinated by the Alabama Tourism Department. Decatur is one of 26 towns across the state participating in the annual event. For more information, call the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 256.350.2028 or 800.524.6181.
Join us in downtown Decatur THIS Saturday, April 11th between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A new show called "Southern Fried Road Trip" will be filming at C. F. Penn Hamburgers. The hosts, Jamie & Bobby Deen, will be there and would like for you to come by and share a great Penn’s Story. Please share this information and let’s get folks to turn out with some great stories!
Lower Bank Street is going to shine brighter thanks to the new decorative lampposts that were recently installed between Cain Street and Vine Street. The lampposts, along with the decorative banners, will greatly improve the landscape of the downtown area as well as improve lighting. The enhancements will bring a sense of cohesion to 2nd Avenue and Bank Street while capturing their uniqueness and individuality. DDRA invites you to come see the new lighting and enjoy an enhanced walking experience in downtown.
Construction is coming along nicely at the new Alabama Center for the Arts Phase II. Phase II is comprehensively focused on the performing arts including music, drama and audio engineering. The growth of this dynamic educational institution is a major impetus in achieving our goal of developing an art based economy in the downtown. The school is located at 133 2nd Ave., adjacent to but separate from the Alabama Center for the Arts Phase I. http://www.alabamacenterforthearts.org/ https://www.facebook.com/alabamacenterfortheartsdecatur?fref=nf
DDRA welcomes Albany Art Supply Co. to downtown Decatur! Albany Art Supply Co. is located at 205 Oak Street NE. For a listing of their supplies, services, classes and events visit their website at http://albanyartsupplyco.wix.com/albany-art-supply-co. Check out the Decatur Daily article featuring Albany Art Supply Co. http://www.decaturdaily.com/news/arts-center-spinoff-business/article_7ee66a96-bcab-11e4-9221-773bcd2c0408.html#.VO1hLDPqu5A.facebook
Decatur, Alabama is a city and a community well known for its unquestioned willingness to become involved and work together in partnerships with end results that set a high standard for community development.
Recently, one such partnership became a successful example of what can be accomplished when you bring together the best of those talents and ideals. It is a project guided by the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority that culminates in the completed design phase of wh...at is to be known as the Decatur Gateway Pedestrian Bridge.
This proposed bridge is one of the critical components in the Strategic Plan for the on-going revitalization and redevelopment of downtown Decatur. This single direct tie would allow safe pedestrian access between the riverfront and the downtown via foot traffic that would be unimpeded by the heavy flow of traffic on a major highway.
The Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority is the lead manager for the development of the Decatur Gateway Pedestrian Bridge Engineering and Education Design Program and in doing so, is responsible for coordinating all parties involved in the process. This is a unique program in that it brings together the STEM program engineering classes at Austin High School in Decatur and the various design and engineering firms involved in the design of the bridge itself. The students are given the opportunity to work side by side with the professional firms in the classroom and in the field to create a community oriented, real time, practical project that will deliver a high profile impact on the future economic development of the city itself. The end result will have immersed the student in the realities of the engineering design process that will take them from the initial concept to bid ready plans and specifications.
Click the link to watch the Decatur Gateway Pedestrian Bridge Project video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gi7MWimpd4
Last month, DDRA asked for your participation in the Main Street Alabama online survey seeking community feedback on our downtown development and how you imagine the future of the area. We asked that you take a few minutes to share your thoughts and we are thrilled to say that over 900 people participated in the survey!
Thank you for your participation and for encouraging your family, friends, and co-workers to participate as well. There will be a public presentation highlighting key findings and strategies. We will make an announcement soon with the date and time.
DDRA is thrilled to welcome Cathy and Anna of Breathe Yoga Barre (located at 410 Johnston St. SE, Suite C) to downtown Decatur! Breathe Yoga Barre is a striving, all-encompassing fitness studio for men and women of all ages and capabilities. For more information visit their website: http://www.breatheyogabarre.com/
Help us celebrate Paint The Town Green THIS Saturday, March 14, 2015 through Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in downtown Decatur!
Downtown Decatur will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a leprechaun hunt, participating shop/restaurant discounts or prizes, green lights, shamrocks, a selfie contest, a drum circle and more. Visit the Paint the Town Green event page for more information. https://www.facebook.com/events/627963200666312/
DDRA welcomes The Big Easy Restaurant to Downtown Decatur! Dine with them at 107 2nd Ave. NE. To view their menu, click the link below: https://attachment.fbsbx.com/file_download.php?id=841375369253439&eid=ASsoNxjKlf4H877OAjnuCG3vT4D67NLvoRLrzvKmoyYQzCSKLzmrduo54BpTjzpKZZU&inline=1&ext=1425322829&hash=ASvv44R7dGmjAM5U
Main Street Alabama -- an organization that focuses on bringing jobs, dollars and people back to Alabama's historic downtowns -- began this month a market study focusing on Decatur's downtown area. The study focuses on economic impact, recruitment, business development and revenue leakage to other communities. Main Street now wants to hear from you.
Below is a link to a brief (less than 10 minute) survey seeking community feedback on our downtown development and how business ...leaders like you imagine the future of the area. We ask that you take a few minutes to share your thoughts, as well as forward this to your friends, family and workforce. Your feedback is 100 percent confidential. The survey will be taking submissions until Feb. 28.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve and participate.
Click the link below to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/…
David Breland, Director of Historic Resources, City of Decatur, AL, quoted, “ALL ABOARD! It is time to stand up for our Depot! This 1905 architectural and historical gem is a symbol of our city and both its past and future. We want a first-class museum here to be enjoyed not only by ourselves, but also by our children and grandchildren and by visitors to our city. Please g...ive generously to insure that this treasure is restored to its former glory!”
Contributions can be made to the Depot through The Community Foundation of Greater Decatur for Depot restoration. Contributions will be applied first to the required $200,000 of community-based support necessary to restore the transportation museum portion of the building itself. Contributions in excess of this amount will assist in furnishing the transportation museum portion of the project and also to purchase historic artifacts for the museum.
Subject to City Council approval, naming rights with appropriate signage are available for the following portions of the museum: Naming of the entire transportation museum $100,000, naming of the main large interior room of the museum $50,000, naming of the ticket office media room/mini-theater $25,000, naming of the exterior loading area between the Depot and the tracks (which will be converted to an excellent sitting/train-watching area) $50,000.
For more information on the project and/or naming rights, contact David Breland at 256-565-3788.
Main Street Alabama's latest news release!!
For Immediate Release – January 14, 2015...
Main Street Alabama Begins Intensive Study of Decatur Market
Decatur—Main Street Alabama began an intensive study of Decatur market today by hosting an organizational kick off meeting with representatives from the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority (DDRA) and Jay Schlinsog of Downtown Professionals Network (DPN) from Franklin, Tennessee. DPN is charged with completing a full market analysis that will include implementable strategies for growing businesses in downtown Decatur. “I am excited to begin work in Decatur,” said Jay Schlinsog, President of the Downtown Professionals Network, “the downtown community has strong leadership through the DDRA and the final report will include implementable strategies for strengthening the districts offerings that will be based on the primary market research we will be conducting.“ Main Street Alabama is sponsoring the study for Decatur as a part of the services that are offered through the organization to their Designated Communities. “The Decatur market analysis is an important piece to position downtown for growth,” stated Mary Helmer, President and State Coordinator of Main Street Alabama. “It is necessary to determine market leakage and analyze what downtown Decatur can reasonably recapture to strengthen already existing businesses and recruit new businesses to the district. Tools such as this market analysis are a key reason communities pursue Designation for our downtown revitalization program. The insights that we will yield from this study will give DDRA clear direction when it comes to addressing market leakage, recruiting entrepreneurs to address weaknesses and building on our downtown’s strengths.”
Rick Paler, Director of the Downtown Decatur Redevelopment Authority stated, “Main Street Alabama is taking us to the next level in facilitating our in-depth downtown market analysis. This analysis, will be one of the most critical tools that we will have at our disposal in order to expand the continued economic development of our downtown and moving it to a higher degree of success.”
Main Street Alabama focuses on bringing jobs, dollars and people back to Alabama’s historic communities. Economic development is at the heart of our efforts to revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.
We welcome Marley, Magan and Morgan of Blush Boutique and Specialty Shop to downtown Decatur! Blush Boutique and Specialty Shop is a new women's clothing store located at 306 2nd Ave. SE, inside JAR & Company.
We're excited to welcome a new women's retail boutique, Indigo's, to downtown Decatur! Indigo's is located at 209 B 2nd Avenue. Their bohemian-style clothing, local handmade jewelry and art makes them a unique and fun addition to downtown! For more information visit http://www.decaturdaily.com/news/women-s-retail-growing-on-decatur-s-nd-avenue/article_b28b584a-6a29-11e4-8320-07128dc926bd.html?mode=story
Christmas Open House is Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5pm-9pm, in downtown Decatur. Enjoy visiting our many unique shops for great holiday shopping - you are sure to find something special for all the loved ones on your list.
Downtown Decatur will celebrate the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Morgan County Archives new exhibit, The Civil War in Morgan County, this Friday, October 24, 2014, at 10 am. The ribbon cutting and grand opening will kick-off the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the 4-day Civil War battle in Decatur. For more information visithttp://www.civilwardecatur.com/.
We are thrilled to inform you that Pineapples Home Decor has moved across the street to a new location, 206 2nd Avenue. Joining them is Holly's, a custom floral shop! These two businesses provide seasonal gift and decorating ideas, along with Christmas decorations and gifts year-round.
Be sure to stop by downtown's new retail store, JAR & Company! Jar & Company (located at 306 2nd Ave. SE) opened its doors for the first time during 3rd Friday Downtown Decatur. They are still in the process of receiving inventory and will soon have brand names such as: Vineyard Vines,Southern Proper®, Southern Tide, Over Under Clothing, Coast Apparel and women's clothing, Jadelynn Brooke!
Mellow Mushroom Decatur Alabama will celebrate Mellow Mushroom's 40th Birthday on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014! This celebration is taking us back to 1974, which means they are throwing back the prices to 1974! A small pizza - $2.50, Coke products - 30 cents, Budweiser - 75 cents, Michelob - 75 cents, PBR - 75 cents! Visit http://www.40yearsbaked.com/ for Mellow Mushroom's birthday prize contest. http://mellowmushroom.com/
Bank Street studios and merchants will display original artwork by local artists on Thursday, August 21, 5-8pm. The Local Art Tour will provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a variety of artforms and meet the artists!
One word can be used to sum up the new plans for the future Cook Museum of Natural Science in downtown Decatur - AWESOME! DDRA is extremely excited about the 57,000 sq. ft. multi-level building that will change the look of downtown. The museum (projected to be finished in the Spring of 2017) will provide an exciting and educational experience for visitors of all ages! Be sure to visit their website http://www.cookmuseum.org/ for updated plans and news.
On July 10, 2014, the Alabama Center for the Arts Phase II Groundbreaking took place in downtown Decatur! The new school (collaboration between Athens State University and Calhoun Community College) will be located at 133 2nd Avenue across from the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. Phase II is comprehensively focused on the performing arts including music, drama and audio engineering. The school is aggressively integrating itself into the community and working to both lead and participate in assorted community projects. The growth of this dynamic educational institution is a major impetus in achieving our goal of developing an art based economy in the downtown!
We welcome Memi's on Bank (previously located on Bank Street) to 2nd Avenue! They are located at 119 2nd Ave. SE, next to The Laurel Tree Boutique, shine(salon) and Goody 2 Shoes. Their unique merchandise includes beautiful pieces of pottery, jewelry, frames, artisan pieces, etc.!
We think The Market Street River Walk (phase III) looks great!! The project was done through the funding partnership efforts of the City, Pugh Wright McAnally Engineers, The Corridor Foundation, Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce and Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority.
DDRA is happy to welcome Waggin' Tails A Pet Grooming Salon to downtown Decatur! Waggin' Tails is located at 212 Johnston Street SE. Days and hours of operation are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm. Conveniently located in downtown where Fido can get a clean, great look while you shop, eat, work, rest or play!
We’re excited to welcome The Gallery, located at 221 E. Moulton Street, to downtown Decatur. The Gallery is a shop with a little bit of everything: clothes, shoes, accessories, gifts, electronics, furniture, home décor, etc. With the wide assortment of items, every customer is sure to find something!
Congratulations to Jennifer's Salinity on recently celebrating their one year anniversary and expanding their business! Salinity is located at 219 A & B Second Avenue, downtown Decatur. With the expansion they have included a new salt therapy bed! For more information contact them at (256) 560-1760.
We welcome EGE Art Studio to downtown! The performance based, family-oriented studio is located at 215 2nd Ave. SE Suite 2, next to Decatur Athletic Club, SilkRoad Salon and Back Alley Bistro. It provides an opportunity for aspiring artists and actors to explore and showcase their talents right here in downtown Decatur!
We are proud to welcome Volkert, a multi-disciplinary, full-service engineering and environmental firm that provides services to state departments of transportation, federal agencies, local and municipal governments, as well as private industry, to downtown Decatur! They are located at 222 E. Moulton Street. Some of their local projects include Priceville High School, a classroom addition to West Morgan Elementary School and a new administrative addition to Danville High School. For more information on their company visit http://volkert.com/.