Lookout Alabama Summer 2015 Events

May 29, 2015 in Luminaries by Michelle McAnelly

June 5
GADSDEN’S FIRST FRIDAY
First Fridayfeatures eight blocks of classic cars, live entertainment, food vendors, store specials and much more. Free; 5-9 p.m.; 256-547-8696.
downtowngadsden.com

June 6
BLOW YOUR OWN ORNAMENT
Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of the glass artists at Orbix Hot Glass. No reservations are needed; first-come, first-serve basis. Ages 5 & up. $38 per ornament; 9 a.m.-noon. 256-523-3188; orbixhotglass.com

June 6
DEKALB COUNTY FIDDLERS’ CONVENTION
Contestants gather to not only to celebrate the heritage but to compete for more than $4,500 in prize money in 12 categories while supporting the Big Wills Arts Council’s Arts in Education Programs for Fort Payne Area Schools. 11 a.m. Downtown Fort Payne-Rotary Pavilion; $10 (children under 10 free); 256-845-2224; russellgulleymusic.com/dekalbfiddlersconvention

June 6
APPALACHIAN BROOM-MAKING
Craftsman Lenton Williams will demonstrate the interesting art form of making hand-tied brooms and brushes in the Appalachian style. Free; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; DeSoto State Park Country Store; 256-997-5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

June 6
BLACKSMITH FORGING DEMONSTRATION
Craftsman Walter Howell will demonstrate this interesting artform. See raw materials become works of art using this age-old method of heating & shaping metal known as forging. Some of Walter’s finished pieces of art will be available for purchase. Free; 9 a.m.; DeSoto State Park Country Store; 256-997-5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for more details.

June 9-12
CANYON CAMP FOR CHILDREN
Hands-on environmental education, outdoor fun, arts and exploration of the natural world abound in this camp. Children learn all about Little River Canyon and DeSoto State Park…the river, the plants and the animals. Tentative Age/Grade: Ages 6-9 years; Little River Canyon Center; 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; $150 per participant; pre-registration required; 256-782-5697; fieldschool@jsu.edu

June 11
KAMAMA MUSIC SERIES
Lon Eldridge will be performing acoustic prewar blues at Kamama. Come experience the gallery filled with the sounds and stories of each performer. 7 p.m. Kamama in Mentone, Ala.; 256-634-3001; kamamamentone.com

June 13
BLUEGRASS ON THE RIM
This second annual bluegrass event features Foggy Hollow Review, Valley Road, Bent Creek, Kelli Johnson and Jason Bailey, Barbwire Bluegrass and more. 5 p.m.; $10 in advance, $15 at the door, kids free; Little River Canyon Center; 256-845-3548; canyoncenter.org

June 13
BEAVER POND TRAIL WILDFLOWER WALK
Easy 1.5 mile loop hike with NPS ranger to identify spring wildflowers. Two hikes: 10 a.m.–Noon or 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; free; registration requested; 256-845-9605; Larry_Beane@nps.gov Free

June 13
BLOW YOUR OWN ORNAMENT
Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of the glass artists at Orbix Hot Glass. No reservations are needed; first-come, first-serve basis. Ages 5 & up. $38 per ornament; 9 a.m.-noon. 256-523-3188; orbixhotglass.com
June 18-21
ALABAMA BAND FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND
Fort Payne’s own country music group Alabama invite you to the Alabama Fan Club and Museum and weekend activities throughout DeKalb County. Tour the Fan Club, attend an autograph session, enjoy concerts, and much more; 800-557-8223; thealabamaband.com

June 18
SINGING WITH THE STARS
The Children’s Advocacy Center Presents Singing with the Stars. The show will start with the songwriter symposium open forum, announcements of winners the will feature Teddy Gentry and the Rockit City Band. Doors open at 4 p.m.; Northeast Alabama Community College Lyceum; $10 in advance, $15 day of the show (18 and older). $5 for students (K-12); 256-997-9700; dekalbcac.org

June 18
KAMAMA MUSIC SERIES
Singer-songwriter Tony Brook will be performing at Kamama. Come experience the gallery filled with the sounds and stories of each performer. 7 p.m.; Kamama in Mentone, Ala.; 256-634-3001; kamamamentone.com
June 19
CAMPFIRE TALK: SNAKES ALIVE
Learn about the different snake species of northeast Alabama, both venomous and nonvenomous; and how to tell the difference between the two. Free; 8-9 p.m.; DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground; 256-997-5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

June 19
FIRE-MAKING CLASS
If you ever wanted to try to use a ferrocerium rod, magnify glass, flint and steel for fire-making, this is the class for you. Robert Wilson from Seven Pines Survival will have fire kits, some tinder, and a brief how-to for each fire starting type to teach. Free; 4-5 p.m.; DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama. Country Store; 256-997-5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

June 20
7TH ANNUAL FREEDOM FEST 5K & 10K
There will be hundreds of dollar in cash prizes for the winners in several age categories, plus dozens of door prizes to be given away. Registration through June 14 is $25 — after that it’s $35. The first 400 to register will receive a t-shirt and race bag. Registration and starting of race is 8 a.m at Broadway Baptist Church in Rainsville, Ala; therainsvillefreedomfest.racesonline.com.

June 20
THIRD SATURDAY SUNSET
Enjoy live music, food, children activities, classic cars and more while strolling along the blocked-off streets of historic downtown Fort Payne. Many downtown merchants offer discounts and deal during the event. Free; 4-8 p.m.; 256-845-2741; fortpaynechamber.com

June 20
PAPERWEIGHT CLASS
Designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about. Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design. Class size at the largest will be five students so everyone has adequate time at the bench working. Reservations required. $135; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; 256-523-3188; orbixhotglass.com

June 20
CAMPFIRE TALK: SPIDERS
Join Alabama State Park Ranger Mark Jackson to learn about common spiders of northeast Alabama and how to identify the beneficial spiders from the ones that are dangerous to humans. Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. Free; 8-9 p.m.; DeSoto State Park’s Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground; 256-997-5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

June 20-21
BACKPACKING 101
A great class for beginners that includes topics on the backpacking essentials, camping items to choose and use, fire building, cooking and more. Desoto State Park; 256-634-8370; oneworldadventureco.org

June 20–21
FLINTKNAPPING WORKSHOP
The National Park Service will teach the craft of chipping flint into prehistoric and historic style tools and weapons. Free; Little River Canyon Center; 256-845-9605; Larry_Beane@nps.gov

June 25
KAMAMA MUSIC SERIES
The Match Coats/Eclectic Americana will be performing at Kamama. Come experience the gallery filled with the sounds and stories of each performer. 7.m.; Kamama in Mentone, Ala.; 256-634-3001; kamamamentone.com

June 26
MADE IN AMERICA CONCERT
Come enjoy the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band. Feel free to bring picnic chairs and a picnic dinner. 6 p.m.; Rotary Pavilion at intersection of Alabama Highway 35 and 5th Street in Fort Payne, Ala.; Call Raylene at 256-844-2218 or Shanon at 256-516-2146

June 26
CAN SNAKES CRAWL BACKWARDS
Jacksonville State University biologist Dr. Chris Murdock will teach you about amphibians and reptiles of Alabama. He will bring along some live creatures as well. Free; 8-9 p.m.; DeSoto State Park Nature Center; 256.997.5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

June 27
VENOMOUS REPTILES OF ALABAMA
Jacksonville State University biologist Dr. Chris Murdock returns to talk about venomous reptiles: the facts, the myths and the misunderstandings of these interesting reptiles. Meet some live creatures. Free; 8-9 p.m.; DeSoto State Park Nature Center; 256-997-5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

June 27
SCULPT YOUR OWN FLOWER
Sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass in a true hands-on experience. There is a minimum of three people and a maximum of vie in each class. Ages 13 and up. Reservations required; $75; 9-10 a.m.; 256-523-3188; orbixhotglass.com
June 27
THE CROSSROADS FREEDOM FEST
Come and enjoy the family fun at Rainsville (Ala.) City Park. There will be music, food, inflatables and a big fireworks show to end the day. 3 p.m.; 256-638-7800

June 27
BLACKSMITH FORGING
Craftsman Walter Howell will demonstrate this interesting artform of usefulness and beauty. See raw materials become works of art using this age-old method of heating & shaping metal known as forging. Free; 9- a.m.-5 p.m.; DeSoto State Park Country Store; 256-997-5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

July 2
KAMAMA MUSIC SERIES
Banjo master James McKinney will be performing at Kamama. Come experience the gallery filled with the sounds and stories of each performer. 7 p.m.; Kamama in Mentone, Ala.; 256-634-3001; kamamamentone.com

July 2
PLANT DISCOVERY WALK
Join Robert Wilson from Seven Pines Survival for a short nature hike around the boardwalk area identifying some common plants. This is a short basic plant identification class with some basic info about medicinal, edible, and utilitarian uses. It is suggested to bring a camera and notebook. Free; 5-6 p.m; DeSoto State Park; 256-997-5025; Brittney.Hughes@dncr.alabama.gov

July 3
GADSDEN’S FIRST FRIDAY
First Friday features eight blocks of classic cars, live entertainment, food vendors, store specials and much more. Free; 5-9 p.m.; 256-547-8696; downtowngadsden.com

July 3-4
DESOTO INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENTS
This annual event is fun for both children and adults! Enjoy good ol’ fashioned fun, participate in the flag making contest, sit back and enjoy DeSoto’s parade, and eat homemade ice cream at the ice cream social. Free; DeSoto State Park; 256-997-5025; Alapark.com/DeSotoResort

July 4
32ND ANNUAL SAND MOUNTAIN POTATO FESTIVAL
Celebrate Sand Mountain’s heritage with live music, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and fireworks. Event begins at 10 a.m. at Henagar (Ala.) City Park and culminates with a beautiful fireworks display. 256-657-6282

July 4
MAD SCIENCE & CRAZY ART
Mad science days may include chemical magic, special effects, bubbling potions, slimes, high-bouncing balls, while the crazy art days will include a mix of science into art for some crazy but beautiful artistic creations with buttons, strings, recycled materials, dirt paint and more. 11 a.m.-noon; Ages 6-10; $5; Little River Canyon Center Gift Shop; 256-782-5697; fieldschool@jsu.edu

July 6
ROCK CLIMBING AT CHEROKEE ROCK VILLAGE
Spend a day on the rocks and make a detour to a great swimming hole on the way home. Ages: 8-12; 256-634-8370; oneworldadventureco.org

July 7
CHATTANOOGA ADVENTURE
Spend a day in Chattanooga and visit the Tennessee Valley Railroad and Urban Rocks. Ages 8-12; 256-634-8370; oneworldadventureco.org

July 10-12
THE FOREIGNER
Northeast Alabama Community College Theatre presents “The Foreigner,” a comic romp and a tribute to silence. $5; 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; 256-638-4418; nacc.edu/nacctheatre

July 11
BLOW YOUR OWN ORNAMENT
Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of the glass artists at Orbix Hot Glass. No reservations are needed, it is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ages 5 & up. $38 per ornament; 9 a.m.-noon. 256-523-3188; orbixhotglass.com
July 11
NATIVE AMERICAN POTTERY WORKSHOP
Join nationally renowned potter Tammy Beane to learn how pottery was made on Lookout Mountain thousands of years ago. We’ll provide the clay as well as bone needles and paddles to make designs. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.; $15 adult, $5 child; pre-registration required; Little River Canyon Center; 256-782-5697; fieldschool@jsu.edu

July 16
KAMAMA MUSIC SERIES
Old-school folksinger Steve Norris will be performing at Kamama. Come experience the gallery filled with the sounds and stories of each performer. 7 p.m.; Kamama in Mentone, Ala.; 256-634-3001; kamamamentone.com

July 18
THIRD SATURDAY SUNSET
Enjoy live music, food, children activities, classic cars and more while strolling along the blocked-off streets of historic downtown Fort Payne. Many downtown merchants offer discounts and deal during the event. Free; 4-8 p.m.; 256-845-2741; fortpaynechamber.com
July 17-19
THE FOREIGNER
Northeast Alabama Community College Theatre presents “The Foreigner,” a comic romp and a tribute to silence. $5; 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; 256-638-4418; nacc.edu/nacctheatre

July 18
PAPERWEIGHT CLASS
Designed for those who really just want see what molten glass is all about. Feel the heat, gather from the furnace, sculpt the glass into you own design. Class size at the largest will be five students so everyone has adequate time at the bench working. Reservations required. $135; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; 256-523-3188; orbixhotglass.com
July 18 – 19
JULYFEST IN MENTONE
The Mentone Area Arts Council presents the annual two-day juried arts and crafts show featuring the works of talented artists and craftspeople who specialize in oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, photography, sculptures, wood art, rustic furniture, pottery, iron work, basketry, fiber and wearable art and jewelry. 9 a.m-9-p.m on Saturday and 11 a.m.-5-p.m.; 256-634-4836; mentonearts.org

July 18
APPALACHIAN BROOM-MAKING
Craftsman Lenton Williams will demonstrate the interesting art form of making hand-tied brooms and brushes in the Appalachian style. Free; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; DeSoto State Park Country Store; 256-997-5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

July 18
BLACKSMITH FORGING
Craftsman Walter Howell will demonstrate this interesting artform of usefulness and beauty. See raw materials become works of art using this age-old method of heating & shaping metal known as forging. Free; 9- a.m.-5 p.m.; DeSoto State Park Country Store; 256-997-5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

July 23
KAMAMA MUSIC SERIES
Experience the gallery filled with the sounds and stories of each performer. Presented in a way you feel connected to each word in every song. 7 p.m.; Kamama in Mentone, Ala.; 256-634-3001; kamamamentone.com

July 24-26
LITTLE RIVER CANYON KNAP-IN
The National Park Service will host the third annual gathering of artists and beginners at chipping stone tools often called arrowheads. Free; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Little River Canyon Center

July 25
SCULPT YOUR OWN FLOWER
Sit at the gaffer bench and feel what it is like to shape hot glass in a true hands-on experience. There is a minimum of three people and a maximum of vie in each class. Ages 13 and up. Reservations required; $75; 9-10 a.m.; 256-523-3188; orbixhotglass.com
July 25
PARACORD WORKSHOP: BEGINNER’S
In this beginner class, learn how to make two types of paracord bracelets — an Oat Spike Sinnet bracelet and the Cobra bracelet. $10; 10-a.m.- noon; DeSoto State Park; 256.997.5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

July 25
PARACORD WORKSHOP: INTERMEDIATE
Paracord can hold 550 pounds and can be used for making shelters, rafts, fishing and many more things. This intermediate class will be making a survival belt that has between 40 and 80 feet of paracord woven into it. $25; 1-3 p.m.; DeSoto State Park; 256.997.5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

July 25
VOICES OF THE NIGHT
Join “Dr. Frog” George Cline from Jacksonville State University for an unforgettable evening of romance and songs from the amphibian voices of the season. Seating is limited, so bring your own comfortable camp chair if you wish. Free; 8-9 p.m.; DeSoto State Park Country Store; 256-997-5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

July 30
KAMAMA MUSIC SERIES
Come experience the gallery filled with the sounds and stories of each performer. 7 p.m.; Kamama in Mentone, Ala.; 256-634-3001; kamamamentone.com

Aug. 1
BLOW YOUR OWN ORNAMENT
Come design and blow your own ornament with the help of one of the glass artists at Orbix Hot Glass. No reservations are needed, it is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ages 5 & up. $38 per ornament; 9 a.m.-noon. 256-523-3188; orbixhotglass.com
Aug. 6
KAMAMA MUSIC SERIES
The Glass Jars will perform contemporary Americana at Kamama. Come experience the gallery filled with the sounds and stories of each performer. 7 p.m.; Kamama in Mentone, Ala.; 256-634-3001; kamamamentone.com

Aug. 6-9
WORLD’S LONGEST YARD SALE
Travel the scenic byways of America for more than 450-miles of yard sales and unique treasure finds. Follow the Lookout Mountain Parkway from Gadsden, Alabama to Chattanooga for the southern portion of the sale. Connect with the U.S. Highway 127 in Chattanooga for the remainder of the route to Hudson, Mich. 888-805-4740; discoverlookoutmountain.com
Aug. 7
GADSDEN’S FIRST FRIDAY
First Friday features eight blocks of classic cars, live entertainment, food vendors, store specials and much more. Free; 5-9 p.m.; 256-547-8696; downtowngadsden.com

Aug. 7
SOLAR OVEN CLASS
Join Robert Wilson from Seven Pines Survival in this fun and simple class for a how-to on making solar ovens from tin foil and cardboard. You will be given instructions on how to how to use it to cook in the outdoors. Free; 4-5 p.m.; DeSoto State Park Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground; 256.997.5025;Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

Aug. 8
LITTLE RIVER CANYON HISTORY
4th Annual Little River Canyon History Day is a day filled with stories and heritage. Free 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Little River Canyon Center

Aug. 8
SNAKES & SPIDERS OF LITTLE RIVER
Learn the importance of these misunderstood creatures. Free 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Little River Canyon Center

Aug. 13
KAMAMA MUSIC SERIES
Come experience the gallery filled with the sounds and stories of each performer. 7 p.m.; Kamama in Mentone, Ala.; 256-634-3001; kamamamentone.com

Aug. 20
KAMAMA MUSIC SERIES
Nashville singer/songwriter Sally Barris will be performing at Kamama. Come experience the gallery filled with the sounds and stories of each performer. 7 p.m.; Kamama in Mentone, Ala.; 256-634-3001; kamamamentone.com
Aug. 21
STARS, MOONS AND PLANETS
Join Jacksonville State University astronomer Dr. Laura Weinkauf to learn about the summer night sky. Free; 8-9 p.m.; DeSoto State Park Country Store; 256-997-5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

Aug. 22
THIRD SATURDAY SUNSET
Enjoy live music, food, children activities, classic cars and more while strolling along the blocked-off streets of historic downtown Fort Payne. Many downtown merchants offer discounts and deal during the event. Free; 4-8 p.m.; 256-845-2741; fortpaynechamber.com

Aug. 22
NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY
Educate yourself about the all-important honey bee while enjoying various honey flavors from regional beekeepers as well as a live bee exhibit. Free; 9 a.m-4 p.m.; Attalla (Ala.) City Park; 256-523-4767; nationalhoneybeeday.com

Aug. 22
CANYON CONSTELLATIONS
Join Jacksonville State University astronomer Dr. Laura Weinkauf to learn about the summer night sky. Free; 8-9 p.m.; DeSoto State Park Country Store; 256-997-5025; Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov

Aug. 22
FYFFE UFO DAY
Hot air balloon rides showcase this unique family outing! Arts and crafts, children’s games, food vendors, antique tractors, live entertainment, street dance and much more make this event fun for the whole family. Free; 10 a.m.; Fyffe (Ala.)City Park; 256-623-2222

Aug. 27
KAMAMA MUSIC SERIES
The Sullivans, a family Celtic group, will be performing at Kamama. Come experience the gallery filled with the sounds and stories of each performer. 7 p.m.; Kamama in Mentone, Ala.; 256-634-3001; kamamamentone.com.