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MONTHLY

Capote & Other Voices Reading Group: Capote & Other Voices is organized by Friends of the Monroe County Library, Monroeville Main Street and Monroe County Museum. Free and open to the public. Meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the museum, unless noted otherwise. Contact MCHM for more information, (251) 575-7433.

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/MARCH

Annual Black History program: Includes an educational program of singing, dancing and dramatizations by various groups and individuals. This informative workshop with Samford University’s Elizabeth Wells, special collections librarian, is a much-anticipated annual event.

Sponsored by Coastal Alabama Genealogy Workshop at Monroe County Heritage Museum, (251) 575-7433.

Heritage Arts Festival on historic downtown square: The square is transformed 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. Sponsored by the Mary Jerald Gardner Study Club. Contact Doris Crook, (251) 575-3359.

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

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

APRIL

Annual Re-Opening Day: The annual re-opening of this restored 1845 grist mill. Enjoy barbecue, demonstrations and the covered bridge gift shop. Admission fee. Rikard’s Mill: 4116 Hwy. 265, Beatrice.

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: Baseball and softball games, campus tours, tailgating. Sponsored by Alabama Southern Community College, (251) 575-8265, www.ascc.edu,
msawyer@ascc.edu.

Mockingbird Farmers Market (April-November): Shop for fresh local produce every Thursday May-August. Contact the City of Monroeville for more information, (251) 575-2081, www.monroevilleal.gov.

APRIL-MAY

“To Kill A Mockingbird” annual performances by The Mockingbird Players: Monroeville’s signature event attracts thousands of visitors annually to Alabama’s Literary Capital to celebrate native Nelle Harper Lee’s classic. It starts 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 event that also celebrates Monroeville’s quality health care community. Contact the hospital,
(251) 575-3111.

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

Mockingbird 8K/Family Fun Day: Monroeville Area YMCA, 2197 S. Mount Pleasant Ave., Monroeville; 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 Coastal Alabama 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 Alisha Linam, (251) 575-8271.

MAY

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.

Freedom Fest Pageant: Participants ages 0-20 dressed in red, white and blue will be asked patriotic questions. Winners will be crowned for the City of Monroeville’s Fireworks, Fun and Freedom Festival. Held at First United Methodist Church of Monroeville. Contact the City of Monroeville, (251)575-2081,
www.monroevilleal.gov.

Touch-A-Truck in the Park: The City of Monroeville will celebrate Public Works Week with large vehicles, highlighting active sensory play for participants. Children will enjoy lights, horns, sirens, tall ladders, bucket trucks, graders, dump trucks, skidders, police cars, fire trucks and more. Contact the City of Monroeville, (251) 575-2081, www.monroevilleal.gov.

JUNE

May/June: Monroe County’s Distinguished Young Woman Program: 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. Nettles Auditorium, Coastal Alabama Community College, 2800 S. Alabama Ave. Contact Kathy Stuckey, (251) 789-2685.

Outdoor Movie Nights on Downtown Square: Family nights on the square; soft drinks, popcorn, free family movie and more. A celebration of summer, enjoyed by all. The series of three to four Thursday movie nights takes place in June. Sponsored by Alabama River Cellulose, City of Monroeville and Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Chamber at
(251) 743-2879.

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

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

JULY

Annual City Fourth of July Celebration: Sponsored by City of Monroeville. Call (251) 575-2081 for details. www.monroevilleal.gov.

AUGUST

City Sales Tax Holiday: First weekend in August

SEPTEMBER

Back to School Sales & Celebrations

Olde Tymers Antique Tractor and Classic Car Show: Features antique tractors, classic cars and pick up trucks as well as live music, educational children’s booths and animal call contests. Contact the City of Monroeville for more information, (251)575-2081,
www.monroevilleal.gov.

OCTOBER

Witches Bike Ride: Witch-costumed bike riders, ages 16 and up, will start the famous journey at Veterans Memorial Park down Mount Pleasant Avenue to end on the downtown square. Restaurant parties and business open houses. Contact the City of Monroeville, (251) 575-2081. ’

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

Outdoor Movie Night on Downtown Square: Family nights on the square; soft drinks, popcorn, free family movie and more. Sponsored by Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Chamber, (251) 743-2879,
www.monroecountyal.com.

Tour of Homes/Claiborne & Perdue Hill: Oct. 13 & 14, 2018; for more information, call MCHM, (251) 575-7433
An Alabama 200 Event.

NOVEMBER

Pioneer Days At Rikard’s Mill: 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, first Thursday and Friday for school children. Candle making and cooking demonstrations. 4165 Hwy. 265 North, Beatrice. Admission fee. Sponsored by Monroe County Heritage Museum,
(251) 575-7433,
www.monroecountymuseum.org.

Cane Syrup Makin’ Day At Rikard’s Mill: First Saturday in November, 4116 Hwy. 265 North, Beatrice. 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. Sponsored by Monroe County Heritage Museum. Admission charged.
(251) 575-7433,
www.monroecountymuseum.org.

Taste of Monroeville & Market: A retail extravaganza in historic downtown Monroeville, 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. Sponsored by Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, (251) 743-2879. Contact the Chamber for costs and hours
of event.

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.

Peterman Station Arts & Crafts Festival: Peterman Train Station. 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.

Fruitcake Festival: Celebrate’s Capote’s A Christmas Memory. Sponsored by the Monroe County Heritage Museum. Tickets available at the museum.
www.monroecountymuseum.org.

Grande Illumination and Winter Market: This winter celebration begins with the Spirit of Christmas. Join the City of Monroeville on the square for the sixth annual tree lighting. Contact City of Monroeville, (251) 575-2081.

DECEMBER

Monroeville Christmas Parade: Downtown Square, Monroeville. Complete with floats, marching bands, Pets on Parade, costumed characters and Santa Claus. Sponsored by Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Chamber,
(251) 743-2879, www.monroecountyal.com.

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

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.

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

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