With its illustrious and proud history, it is no wonder that Enterprise has so much to see and do when it comes to the arts. Museums are prevalent in the area, but visitors can also find an abundance of history and culture throughout the city and surrounding area.
The Coffee County Arts Alliance has something for everyone. For the past 43 years, CCAA has been bringing quality performing and visual arts to the local area. The Atlanta Pops Orchestra, The Blues Brothers Revue, Dallas Brass, the Lettermen, Jay & The Americans and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder have all graced the stage. Twice each year the Birmingham Children’s Theatre performs for city and county school students to entertain and enrich the lives of children through the magic of professional theater. CCAA concludes its yearly season the first week in April with the Piney Woods Arts Festival at the Enterprise State Community College. This juried art show features arts, crafts, entertainment and a children’s fun center. Associated with Piney Woods are other activities, including the Weevil City Cruisers Antique Car Show and a Civil War Living History display.
The 2017-2018 CCAA season will feature The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Restless Heart & Freedom Quartet, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac and MJ Live (a Michael Jackson Tribute). For more information, visit www.CoffeeCountyArtsAlliance.com.
Enterprise is also home to Southern Broadway, an original dinner theatre production company specializing in historical productions. Located in the Historic Downtown Enterprise, Southern Broadway performs original productions almost every month. Southern Broadways most notable production to date is the original production of “The Depot,” a storyline based around the early 20th century in Enterprise. With the assistance of Southern Charm Catering, unique meals are catered to each production based upon the era of time showcased. This is an opportunity visitors will not see anywhere else.
The Enterprise High School Performing Arts Center opened its doors in 2010, and has held numerous productions, both local and national. The 1,850-seat center boasts state-of-the-art equipment comparable to any national facility of its size.
With its close proximity to Fort Rucker, Enterprise displays its proud military heritage throughout the community. Located at the intersection of Highways U.S. 134 and U.S. 88, the Aviator Monument stands in tribute to all the devoted Army Aviation personnel, while an actual “Huey” Helicopter was placed atop a monument at the Enterprise Recreational Complex, located on Highway 167 North. Also located next to the helicopter is the Wall of Freedom, honoring Coffee County military that lost their lives keeping America free. In addition to being the home to Army Aviation, Fort Rucker is also home to the U.S. Army Aviation Museum. Featuring one-of-a-kind aircraft and unique rotary wing and fixed wing experimental aircraft, the museum is also home to one of the largest collections of helicopters in the world.
After visitors have enjoyed the collection of army nostalgia and memorabilia, they can also explore the abundance of other cultural activities that Enterprise has to offer, including movie theaters, annual events and museums.
Operating as part of the Pea River Historical and Genealogical Society, the Enterprise Depot Museum has been a part of Enterprise culture for more than three decades. The museum, which has grown substantially in the past years, features a collection of Native American artifacts, 20th century medical instruments and turn-of-the-century farm equipment. Recently, a model airplane display and several other displays have been added.