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Barber Motorsports Park has made a name for itself in the Southeast as a premier racing destination in the heart of the South. From museumgoers to motorcycle enthusiasts and dedicated […]

The fascinating history behind the home of Alabama’s Indy Grand Prix

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April 26, 2024

Alabama’s Dauphin Island is a place with a fascinating and extensive history that dates back to roughly one thousand years B.C. Luckily, the Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce and the […]

The mysterious history behind Alabama’s Dauphin Island

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April 25, 2024

I double-checked my email with anticipation. Check-in at 4:00 p.m. I thought I had it right. I looked up from my phone to an antique piece of silver jewelry and […]

The Alabama glamping trip that transformed a local writer’s perspective

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April 19, 2024

Chef Jacob M. Stull recently announced his return to Birmingham for his new French fine dining pop-up tasting menu experience. The concept behind Rêve is one steeped in the desire […]

Rêve: The vision behind Birmingham’s new tasting menu experience

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April 8, 2024

On farms across Alabama this month, winter crops are giving way to early spring’s harvest of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Strawberries are in abundance this year. April also marks the […]

Your guide to Alabama’s early spring farmers markets

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April 4, 2024

The expansion of outdoor fitness courts across the state is helping make high-quality workouts accessible to all, regardless of age, fitness level, or economic status. Blue Cross and Blue Shield […]

Alabama’s Outdoor Fitness Courts: Making Exercise Equitable

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April 2, 2024

Known as the “rowdiest party in the SEC,” the 2024 Auburn Rodeo is “going to be one hell of a year.” Combining a rodeo, tailgate, and all-star concert, Auburn Rodeo […]

Auburn Rodeo returns: The rowdiest party in the SEC

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April 1, 2024

The University Club, a beloved special events and private dining facility with a fascinating history, is slated to reopen its doors to the public in May. The prestigious establishment with […]

The University Club: Restoring a Historic Gem in the Heart of Tuscaloosa

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April 1, 2024

Alabamians have held Easter as an important holiday from the beginning of the state’s history. Luckily, local sources have held on to small, sentimental pieces of this extensive history that […]

Take a look at vintage 1900s postcards celebrating Easter in Alabama

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March 31, 2024

I’m instantly hit with a wave of nostalgia and the smell of hairspray as soon as I open the doors to Classic Cut—a small hair salon in Attalla, Alabama where […]

The rural Alabama hairdresser fostering five generations of locals

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March 28, 2024

Springtime is prime time for festivals celebrating Alabama food and drink. Whether it’s Middle Eastern food, Southern barbecue, or good old gumbo, you won’t leave hungry. There are gatherings to […]

The ultimate guide to spring food and wine festivals in Alabama

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March 25, 2024

Every year, sounds of bluegrass and old-time music drift through the Athens State University campus at the annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention. The annual event brings hundreds of […]

Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention: Showcasing the Best of Bluegrass

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March 23, 2024

When picturing The Alamite Hotel in downtown Tuscaloosa, one of the first things that comes to mind is the eye-catching artwork found throughout the space, from the lobby to the […]

Art at The Alamite: Tuscaloosa artist Kathryn Gage on her featured work

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March 21, 2024

On March 23rd, The Wilcox Historical Society Tour of Homes will take place in Oak Hill and Camden, Alabama. Featuring seven homes, two churches, and other historic sites, the annual […]

Wilcox County’s Tour of Homes speaks to the area’s rich history

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March 14, 2024

When looking for the first signs of spring, some folks point to early flowers—blooming peach and cherry trees, daffodils, hyacinths, and the lot. For me? The first fresh-picked, perfectly ripe […]

Alabama strawberry farms and festivals to visit this season

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March 12, 2024

Once upon a time, people routinely raised all or part of their family’s food at home. Today, supersized groceries supply 65 percent of the calories we consume. The problem is […]

Alabama’s community urban gardens are reinventing the way locals eat

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March 10, 2024

In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, A Man About Town joyfully shifts its focus to spotlight remarkable women who have defied stereotypes and excelled in traditionally […]

A Man About Town: Celebrating Alabama Women in the Lead

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March 8, 2024

Driving along Highway 98 on an early spring afternoon, a conversation breaks out. “I think there’s an amazing restaurant right over here,” offers the self-professed tour guide. The driver looks […]

The story of Magnolia Springs, one of Alabama’s most charming towns

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March 7, 2024

Teacher appreciation, like the different love languages, has unique ways of being expressed. A shelf of gifted coffee mugs in excess. A purple crayon because a student discovered it’s their […]

Meet the Alabama educators awarded for their life-changing work

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March 5, 2024

A museum, a memorial, and a monument visually document the country’s history of racial injustice.  The trio of sites in Montgomery are known as Legacy Sites, comprised of The Legacy […]

The Legacy Sites: A look into the stories that shaped the South

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March 4, 2024

Spring festivals celebrating Alabama food and brews start up at the beginning of March, with events in Theodore, Evergreen, and Birmingham. March food festivals will celebrate collard greens, German sausages, […]

6 Alabama food and drink festivals you can’t miss this season

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February 28, 2024