PGA Golf and More in Opelika This Week

ODN-BarbasolWith golfers already in town for the Barbasol Tournament this week, there seem to be a few extra events in downtown Opelika for those that brought the family.  Red Clay Brewing Company on North Railroad Avenue is hosting “Art Unbounded”, an event with many local artists from around the Southeast showing their creations. Got a bike, then join the group Thursday leaving from James Brothers Bikes for the “Tour de Opelika”, a short 30-minute ride around Opelika, before returning to the shop for a few cold beverages and the latest from the Tour De France. Friday beginning at 6 PM, look for downtown to fill with old cars from years past. The “Cruise In” will bring classic cars downtown for young and old.  Then, this morning I spotted yet another event at Red Clay on Saturday at 10 AM. It’s Beer & Biscuits, and that can’t be bad.   

Here Because I Needed To Do Something

Messy DeskThe long hot summer continues this weekend with temperatures predicted into the upper 90’s and only chances of rain. Rain, which in most cases seems to skip over or around Opelika. This Saturday morning is off to a good start, albeit, not very productive. That’s why I thought I’d write something, anything, to feel I’ve at least done something.  

Up at eight, a bit early for Saturday and into the coffee and microwave sausage and biscuit. Yummy! Then, wasted 90 minutes on the internet.  You know, checking Facebook and Twitter, then following links. After the events of the week, the feeds were filled with lots of anger.  So I moved on from that.

I had marked an article to read this weekend about the “messy desk” and immediately realize that it was targeting me in the message.  I’ve included a picture of mine, so you see what I mean. There seems to be a message through the read, and it was “put stuff away”, which is a concept I have a problem doing. So, maybe before going to sit by a pool later today, I’ll make some progress. Pictures of that are coming later.  Oh, yea, the Housekeeper canceled on me today, so I’ll probably push the vacuum cleaner around some, or not.

With summer we find more events during the week in Opelika.  I’ll have a post and maybe a video on that before Monday, but they involve Red Clay Brewing on Tuesday, James Brothers Bikes on Thursday and Opelika Main Street on Friday.   

Opelika City Elections

Opelika City Election AheadIf you thought that the years was moving fast, your right, because Opelika Alabama City Elections are two short months from today. Tuesday, August 27th, Opelika voters will go to their ward Polls, and vote in any contested seats.  Even in the very lowest circles, I’ve visited the past few weeks; there is no word of anyone to challenge the mayor. Why would they, things are pretty good here. 

But then, there’s that Ward Two, where Larry Gray has held the seat on council for several years.  But word on the street is he’ll have some competition this year.  Okay, let me get this out of the way, it’s not me.  Besides, I think I proved to be no competition for him the first time around.  At least one other black candidate will probably start the race although he probably won’t finish it. Then that little white boy, who thinks he can win in a ward with a black population of 85%. 

Names will reveal when candidates qualify to begin July 5th through the 19th – If you are thinking of moving into the city to try your luck at public office, it’s too late. The deadline for residency has passed. Let’s save the city some money and just keep the current slate of city officials. PS -If the kid did win by some act of God, I’ll be moving to West Point!     Photo Credit: Samantha Craddock

Opelika’s “On The Town”

On-The-Town-ODNOut with “First Friday’s” and In With “On The Town.” Opelika Main Street reinvented the nighttime shopping & dining event into several focused events; that can happen on other nights, like tonight, it’s Thursday after all.

Shops will be open until 9 PM; there’s a scavenger hunt, live music, and games scattered around town. You can learn more at the event Facebook page here.  The fun starts at 6 PM. See you there!  (Photo Credit: Opelika Main Street)

Museum of East Alabama Taste of The Town is Tuesday

The folks over at the Opelika Auburn News had a pretty good overview of the Museum’s Taste of the Town that I thought I would share:  The Museum of East Alabama’s fourth annual Taste of the Town will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. The event, which will feature food from 15 restaurants, wine and a silent auction, will be at the museum on Ninth Street in downtown Opelika.  This year’s sponsors are AuburnBank, East Alabama Medical Center, the Opelika Observer, Round House and Smith T Building Supply. Proceeds from the fundraiser provide for repairs and upkeep of the museum.

Restaurants participating in the tasting include Acre, Zazu, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, Martha Hick’s Southern Hospitality Catering, Irish Bred Pub, Niffer’s, Jefferson’s, Amsterdam Café, Ursula’s Catering, Outback Steak House, City Cafe, Sweet Malisa’s, Zoe’s Kitchen, The Cup and Saucer and O Town Ice Cream. The Warm Springs Winery, Hodges Vineyards and Whippoorwill Vineyards will provide samples of their wines. Sodas, coffee and bottled water will be provided by the museum.  Kathy Penton is chairman of the silent auction, which will offer a variety of items. The tasting allows event goers to sample dishes from 15 area’s restaurants, offering a variety of food from appetizers to desserts. Proceeds from the fundraiser provide for repairs and upkeep of the museum. Every year, visitors from around the globe visit the museum to view the history of East Alabama. Read the entire story from the OA News Here!  (Source: OA News)


Another Week in Las Vegas is History

Considering the date of my last post, I should have a lot of important stuff to talk about here.  Just before the Bi-Annual “On The Tracks” event, I spoke with Pam Powers-Smith and probably jinxed the event by using the “R” word. It did rain, but the people showed up and walked the Wine trail.  Right after that, I was off to Las Vegas to spend four days at the Convention Center for the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, the NAB Show 2016.
Now, if I said I didn’t have some fun in Las Vegas, I would not be telling the truth.  However, 10 hours per day on the convention show floor, does take away from the Party Time in the town that doesn’t sleep. I have to (sleep) now, in order to be alert at the show.  For several years, we’ve stayed at the Elara, a Hilton Vacation Hotel. It’s non-gambling, but connected by a mall to Planet Hollywood, so those that partake, can. I actually did not put anything into the gambling adventure. Not even a Quarter in a slot machine at the airport. Nope, nothing! I did however, spend some time at my favorite local bar, the Sin City Brewing Company, located in the Mall, right outside of the hotel. On Monday, while walking by, the bartender on duty, a friend names Mo, saw me, hollered “I didn’t know you were in town” and began several days of talk and entertainment at the bar.
Now for the work side of things, we had a great week at the Convention Center. Lots of quality leads stopping by to see how BroadView Software is able to handle the dilemma of scheduling for OnDemand Television. It’s nice to be with a company that is totally on the leading edge of this area. I’ll share some Great News later in the summer.  For now, let me wrap this up.  Lots of events the next two months in Opelika, and without a convention looming, I may be able to squeak out some personal time to get back to updates here.