On May 20, 1961 at 10:23 a.m., a Greyhound bus arrived at the bus station in Montgomery with 21 brave young people on board. They were riding to desegregate the interstate bus station and they'd already been met with voilence and anger in other cities. In Montgomery, a violent mob was waiting for them.
This weekend the Freedom Rides Museum located at that historic greyhound station in Montgomery will commemorate this anniversary with ceremonies, book signings, tours and even a commemorative bike ride with the Montgomery Bicycle Club. Check out the complete schedule below!
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Posted in: The Latest News,
This. Place. Matters.
Everyone has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter.
This Place Matters is a national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery is joining with the National Trust's campaign to raise awareness for our mission of preserving, interpreting and presenting Central Alabama’s architecture, history, and culture.
You can help us spread the word about Montgomery's rich history!
Just download and print this sign, take a picture or video at a place that matters to you, and share using #MgmMatters and #ThisPlaceMatters!
Looking for some great historic places? Start with this list!
For 25 years the Alabama Shakespeare Festival has been bringing new plays with a distinctly southern accent to the stage through the Southern Writers' Project.
Each year during a three-day festival they debut brand new work that has never been performed for audiences before. Quite often, those plays go on to great fame and future production. Examples are the sell-out football show "Bear Country" about Paul "Bear" Bryant, and "Gee's Bend" about the famed quilters of Gee's Bend, Alabama who fought for voting rights.
Check out the new plays lined up for this year's festival:
Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m.
Lovesick by Peter Hicks
When an advertising executive begs off of a fundraiser mixer with his wife to stay at home to “work” with his curvaceous assistant, he has no idea that his scorned wife has some murderous plans of her own!
Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.
Delta Secret by Prince Duren
An ex-boxer working on a farm in 1920s Mississippi outbids his boss when he and his brother-in-law purchase a building downtown to convert into a night club. The resulting tensions cause family secrets to be revealed.
Saturday, May 7 at 4 p.m.
In the Midnight Hour by Kenneth Green
A new musical in development celebrating the life and music of Prattville native Wilson Pickett! One of the most popular singers of the ’60s, Pickett scored a series of R&B and pop hits on Atlantic Records between 1963 and 1972 that included “In the Midnight Hour,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Funky Broadway.”
Sunday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Starstruck by Lucile Lichtblau
In the midst of the Great Depression and impending war, a struggling Jewish family is dazzled by dreams of Hollywood.
One of the coolest things about SWP Fest is that there's a chance to respond to the playwright in a talkback after each reading where audience members share their reactionsn to the play. The weekend can be enjoyed show by show for $15 each ($10 for students) or as a package including meals and artist interaction events. Packages need to be booked by May 5th here or by calling 1.800.841.4273.
Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | Posted in: Events Around Town,
October's turning crisp and this month’s COOL events are sure to be a hit!
October 1-31 – Haunted Hearse Tours: Come along with us on a ride through Montgomery's dark history in a REAL hearse and listen to our ghostly tales of events that happened along the quiet streets of the Capital City. The cost is $15 per person and hourly tours begin at 7PM. www.hauntedhearsemgm.com
October 3 and 17 – Oakwood Cemetery Tour: You’ll get goosebumps hearing about vigilante hangings, misplaced soldiers, and a strange New Orleans rendezvous. Admission is FREE for Landmark members and $10 for the general public. For more info or to register, please call 334-240-4500 or 888-240-1850. www.oldalabamatown.com
October 9 – Tavern Fest at Old Alabama Town: Celebrate history in a quaint historic village at this popular annual event. There will be live music, food, dancing, craft beer tasting, and even a silent auction! Tickets are $15 per person pre-sale and $20 at the gate. For more information, call 334-240-4617 or visit www.oldalabamatown.com.
October 15-17 – Junior League Holiday Market: Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping! Make your gift giving one-of-a-kind this holiday season. Merchants offer unique gift ideas and holiday trends in a fun, family friendly atmosphere with special events, live entertainment and merchants from across the United States. Click here to purchase tickets. For more information, call 334-288-8816 or email email@example.com.
October 15-31 – ZooBoo: This is sure to be a Halloween favorite for the whole family. Enjoy games, bouncy castles, concessions and much more at Zoo Boo. $15 per ticket and includes entry, one ride on either the Haunted Hay Ride (scary ride) or the Pumpkin Pull Hay Ride (non-scary) and one sheet of game tickets (10 tickets per sheet). For more information, call (334) 240-4900. www.montgomeryzoo.com
October 16 – Art in Concert at MMFA featuring Futurebirds: Join the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art’s Junior Executive Board for a concert on the lawn at the Museum beginning at 8:00 pm. Futurebirds is a touring psychedelic country band ready to rock the night away. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. www.mmfa.org
October 17 – Riverwalk Wine Festival: Make plans now to join us for this spectacular afternoon of wine on the water with live music and food vendors. Event will include wine tasting from 10 different distributors representing over 100 wineries. Your admission includes an etched commemorative wine glass and discount wine purchases from participating wine shoppes. For more information, call (334) 625-2300. www.funinmontgomery.com
October 19 – Guangzhou Dance Troupe at ASF: Join the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for a ONE-NIGHT ONLY performance you won’t want to miss! Experience the passion and wonder of this magical celebration of modern Chinese dance brought to life by some of China’s most talented dancers. Tickets - Adults: $20-$35; Students $10-$20. www.asf.net
October 19-24 – 2015 SCOTT World Firefighter Combat Challenge: Cheer on Montgomery’s own home team as they defend the world championship through a series of physical demands found in firefighting. Savor a cook-off competition and let the children express their inner hero on fire truck rides. For more information about this FREE event, visit www.firefighterchallenge.com.
Montgomery and the River Region will once again take center stage as it hosts the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, August 24-30 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Prattville. While it is difficult to quantify the exact impact to local businesses, the real impact from the tournament goes far beyond dollars and cents. The weeklong event welcomes international corporate executives, media from around the globe, and visitors who may be exposed to our community for the very first time. From an economic development and image perspective, the event has a significant coup for Montgomery and the entire region.
For a complete list of events and ticket information visit: Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic
The 2015 Southern League All-Star Game presented by Wind Creek Hospitality returns to Montgomery on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The Southern League All-Star Home Run Derby presented by Alfa Insurance kicks off the night's events, with the league's top hitters and prospects competing for the Home Run Derby Title. Gates open at 6:00pm with the Home Run Derby and the Southern League All-Star Game will begin shortly after. Following the game, fans will enjoy a MAX Fireworks Spectacular.
Tickets are $22 for reserved seating and $15 for general admission and include admission to the Home Run Derby. Click here to purchase single game tickets. For more information, call 334.323.2255.
Navigate your way through downtown to any of the historical attractions, various restaurants and cool spots on a Regions Bike. You can rent a bike from the Montgomery Area Visitor Center and be well on your way to exploring what makes Montgomery unique. No helmet, no problem! All the bike essentials are provided in the rental. Bikes are available Monday-Saturday from 8:30am-5:00pm. Please call 334-262-0013 to reserve your Capital COOL Cruiser today!
2 hours $14.00
4 hours $20.00
8 hours $30.00
Riders will be required to watch a short 2.33 minute bike safety video before they can sign the rental waiver.
Southern Makers is an annual two day event that celebrates creativity in Alabama. This years' event will be held on May 2nd and 3rd at the Union Station Trainshed.
Southern Makers purpose is to bring together highly curated, handpicked top talent - artists, chefs, breweries, craftsmen, and designers - to one central place, making it easy for adventurers to get a sampling of Alabama’s best. Rich with history in textiles, food, farming, literature, art and design, Southern Makers will explore contemporary Alabama-based food and design with panel discussions, demonstrations, tastings, workshops, maker conversations and a market featuring goods from these southern artisans and chefs.
Experience the culture and history of Alabama this spring with April Walking Tours. Twenty-two towns across the sate are offering free guided walking tours each Saturday morning in April. Each tour begins at 10:00 a.m. and is approximately one hour long. Community leaders will escort you through the historic districts or courthouse square areas of their hometowns, sharing their personal remembrances and some tall tales from the old days.
Tours will begin at the Montgomery Area Visitor Center. For more information, call 334-262-0013.
Sat., Apr. 11, 18, 25, 2015, 10:00AM - 11:00AM
More Information on Website: alabama.travel/trails/april-walking-tours
Honoring the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March
City of Montgomery, County, ASU encourage public to participate in commemorative march from The City of St. Jude to the Alabama State Capitol on March 25
MONTGOMERY – The City of Montgomery, Montgomery County and Alabama State University encourage the public to participate in a commemorative march of the final leg of the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights Trail scheduled for March 25. This event is free and open to the public.
“We hope to welcome thousands of participants to Montgomery March 25 as we commemorate this pivotal moment in the history of our community and our nation with a re-creation of the final portion of the Voting Rights March,” Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. “The march coincides with spring break for many students, making it a perfect opportunity for young people to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
More than 200 members of the National Park Service Walking Classroom program as well as some 185 area junior high and high school students and staff who are part of the Dream Marches on Youth Tour will participate in this march. For more information on both programs visit www.dreammarcheson.com.
"50 years ago, I was one of those kids who walked out of class to join the march,” Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean said. “It was a pivotal moment in my life, and we hope by offering these programs our youth will understand just how critical their family, friends or neighbors were to securing voting rights for all Americans.”
Marchers of all ages will depart The City of St. Jude at 10 a.m. Wednesday as they walk the historic 3.1-mile route to the steps of the Alabama State Capitol, where the event will culminate in a recitation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s How Long, Not Long speech by his daughter, the Rev. Dr. Bernice King. She will be joined by Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of Gov. George Wallace. The program will also include a performance by Alabama State University graduate Bonita Hamilton-Caesar, who is a cast member of Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MARCH ROUTE MAP
Entry Points to the March
City officials encourage anyone interested to participate in the march by meeting at The City of St. Jude before 10 a.m. March 25, or joining behind march leaders via five other distinct entry points. Public entry points to join the march are:
• West Jeff Davis Avenue at Oak Street;
• Day Street at South Holt Street;
• Mildred Street at Mobile Street;
• Montgomery Street at Goldthwaite Street;
• Any portion of Dexter Avenue.
In addition to providing a mobile water station on Dexter Avenue, the City will provide water stations for marchers at the following locations:
• The City of St. Jude;
• Early Street at Oak Street;
• West Jeff Davis Avenue at Ewell Street;
• 620 South Holt Street;
• Montgomery Street at Goldthwaite Street.
City officials encourage participants planning to begin the march at The City of St. Jude to park at the Hayneville Road Community Center, located at 3315 Hayneville Road. Free shuttle service to The City of St. Jude will be available from 7 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Participants planning to join the march on Dexter Avenue should park at Paterson Field or the Biscuits parking lots on Columbus Street. Free shuttle service to Dexter Avenue will be provided from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Limited parking will be available at the City Municipal Deck at City Hall and the Intermodal Deck, free of charge.
The City will not charge for any metered parking found from Monroe Street to Washington Avenue between Bainbridge and Perry Streets. Following the event, free shuttle service will be provided for every parking area. Participants can board the shuttle at the pickup point located at the corner of Monroe and McDonough Streets.
Parking designated for the disabled or those in need of assistance will be available at Biscuits Parking Lot #1 on Columbus Street. Officials will provide a free shuttle to the event. Free shuttle service will also be provided after the event. Participants parked in lots designated for the disabled or those in need of assistance must load the shuttle at the pickup point at the corner of Bainbridge Street and Washington Avenue.
For maps and more information, visit Dream Marches On or contact Griffith Waller.