Do the First Friday’s seem to be coming around quicker these days than in the past. I know there’s only one each month, but really. Tonight the downtown stores are open late. Grab friends and shop and enjoy dinner in Opelika.
Christmas Parade Saturday Morning at 10 AM. Parking along the parade setup route will be a “No No” beginning at 8:30 AM. And many downtown streets will be closed for the duration. A polite police office stoipped by my house to remind me this morning, since my house is on the setup route. No sleeping late on Saturday morning around my house!
The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has let the City of Opelika know that beginning on Monday, December 9, 2013, access to Cunningham Drive from Frederick Road will be CLOSED TO TRAFFIC for approximately FIVE (5) DAYS, due to construction of the Frederick Road widening project managed by ALDOT. The only local access to Cunningham Drive will be from Pepperell Parkway, via North Street or from downtown Opelika, via 1st “Road closed to thru traffic” signs and barricades will be placed by ALDOT at the north end of Cunningham Drive and ALDOT and their contractor will have a message style billboard on Frederick Road notifying motorists of the closed road.
Eighth and Rail has a Special Show tonight, you probably want to check out! Show is at 7PM! ~ Jerry Katz
Larry Mitchell is a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and performer who has toured the world playing guitar with well-known artists including Tracy Chapman, Billy Squier, Ric Ocasek and Miguel Bosé. In his original compositions, Larry skillfully weaves guitar textures that showcase his virtuosity as a solo artist and ensemble player.
As an artist, he has released 6 solo records and won a San Diego Music Award for best pop jazz artist.
As a producer-engineer, Larry has won 26 New Mexico Music Awards in various categories from pop, adult contemporary, rap, rock, country and Native American. He won a Grammy Award for producing, engineering and performing on “Totemic Flute Chants” by artist Johnny Whitehorse, who is better known as Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo. Check the video below!
For some reason, most of those I hang with on a regular basis,well the old cogers like me, don’t watch The Walking Dead. I however am totally into the show and have found it to be the only television I actually watch on it’s first run and not with a DVR. Imagine my pleasure last night to get into a thoughful conversation about the Mid Season Final from Sunday with a server at Niffer’s. Then of course, the ratings from the weekend:
And then there was The Walking Dead. The AMC hit’s midseason finale on Sunday night delivered 12.1 million total viewers, and 7.7 million in A18-49 for a 6.2 rating in the demo. That didn’t match the record-breaking 16.1 million viewers of the season premiere, but the zombie drama is still up 29 percent in the first half of the season versus season three. Post-show The Talking Dead delivered a series-high 6 million viewers. Walking Dead, the number one prime time show across cable and broadcast, returns for the rest of season four on Sunday, February 9 at 9p. (Source: Cynopsis Media)
Did a quick check on Facebook to see who is open or closed on Thanksgiving in the food and beverage industry downtown. If I don’t mention a place, I didn’t see anything in their updates.
Closed: Jefferson’s, Niffer’s and Cafe 123
Open: Irish Bred Pub at 5PM and Eighth & Rail at 7 PM, both with Nightime Entertainment
A couple of the Jefferson’s locations got together on this commercial for fans heading to watch the game here or at home.
Friday Night was unusual last night in downtown Opelika. You could find a parking space faily easy. As I made my rounds of local Railroad Avenue eating establishments the crowds were pretty thin. And that was with a full line of live music at Niffer’s, Jefferson’s, the Irish Bred Pub and Eighth and Rail. It’s a shame too, becuase all the music up and down the street was really good. Now, in all fairness, I was headed home before eleven, so their may have been a late crowd. With no Opelika Football, No Auburn Game in town and folks leaving early for a really Long Thanksgiving celebration with out of town folks, you could see the impact. With half the music for this Saturday night, maybe the crowds will return. After all, Downtown Opelika Is The Place to Hang Out Now!