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Camellia Bowl fans can enjoy the following discounts at local attractions and restaurants when they provide their ticket stub for the 2016 Camellia Bowl!
Enterprise Holdings Company
10% discount on daily retail rate at Enterprise and National Rentals. Good at Montgomery Regional Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL). Use account number L55E895. Standard qualifications apply. Call branch for details.
The Harriott II Riverboat
“Cruising with Santa” Holiday Dinner Cruise Friday, December 16 ONLY.
Boards at 630pm, Cruises 7pm-9pm.
Includes: dinner, 2 hour cruise, live entertainment, cash bar & a visit with Santa.
$48 per adult, Discounted price is $43.00 per adult.
$5 off promo online only at www.funinmontgomery.com
Use Code: BOWLGAME
SaZa Serious Italian Food
138 Commerce St.
Free Cannoli with the purchase of any entree!
SaZa Happy Hours (At the bar only)
Mon - Friday 5-6 p.m.
Half price Draft beer & cocktails.
Sunday noon - 4 p.m.
Half price Draft beer, cocktails & Appetizers.
Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | Posted in: Worth Checking Out,
Flying Through the 2016 Election Cycle in an F-16 Fighter Jet
ABC News' Michael Koenigs, a.k.a. "Mike on a Bike" ended his epic journey across the country during the the Election Cycle with a thrilling ride in an F-16 "Red Tail" at the 187th Fighter Wing, Alabama Air National Guard in Montgomery. You might remember that he also took on the World Firefighter Combat Challenge Course during this visit, too. From high above the River Region with Captain Jeff "Splitt" Witt at the controls, he shares a reassuring perspective and a reminder of those who put it all on the line to preserve our right to vote. See the segment for yourself here.
Flying Through the 2016 Election Cycle in an F-16 Fighter Jet
By MICHAEL KOENIGS and CHRISTOPER CASEY
Excerpted from http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/flying-2016-election-cycle-16-fighter-jet/story?id=43360494
As the 2016 Election Cycle comes to an end, I decided to escape the rancorous political atmosphere in an F-16 fighter jet.
My former college roommate, Capt. Jeffrey Witt, had become a member of the Alabama National Air Guard shortly after he graduated from Harvard in 2009. He was awarded the Air Combat Command Outstanding Aircrew Award while deployed in Afghanistan in 2014 and continues to serve as a reserve pilot in the 187th Fighter Wing.
His unit welcomed me to its Montgomery base to check out the capabilities of the F-16 during a flight over the fields of Alabama.
The F-16 we boarded was built in 1987 and may be replaced in the coming years by the $138-million-dollar F-35. But some contended that the F-16 remains one of the best dogfight planes in the fleet. It can go up to speeds of "Mach 2,” or 1,534 mph.
“It’s a lot faster than your bicycle,” said Witt.
Upon takeoff, Witt yanked the jet to a 90-degree angle, causing much of the blood to drain from my head. Although I wore a G-suit strapped to my legs and lower torso compressed with air in order to maintain blood in the upper body, I drifted toward unconsciousness several times during the flight.
After reaching a safe-fly zone, we did a variety of G-force inducing maneuvers ranging from 360-degree loops and rapid turns that applied nearly 9Gs of force on our bodies.
I threw up several times as Captain Witt demonstrated the extraordinary power and maneuverability of his plane.
After the most physically intense 30 minutes of my life, I was happy to land safely back at Dannelly Field, reunited with my trusty bicycle for the final leg of the Election Cycle.
For more Election Cycle updates, follow @MikeOnABikeABC on Twitter.
Posted on Monday, July 18, 2016 | Posted in: Worth Checking Out,
July 6th was the release date for Pokémon Go, and in just a week’s time the app became a craze, surpassing Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook in the iTunes store. Montgomery is full of Pokéstops, gyms, and trainers of all kinds with one thing in common: catching pocket monsters! Montgomery's large collection of historical markers and amazing attractions serve as a gateway for Pokémon Go enthusiasts. Below are a few tips on how to Pokémon Go MGM.
Gather all of your hunting necessities from Pokéstops in numerous areas of MGM!
First things first, in order to catch Pokémon you’ll need supplies such as Poké Balls, Razz Berries, and Lure Modules. These items can be found at Pokéstops which are located at just about any church or historical marker throughout Montgomery. Downtown MGM is home to at least 40 Pokéstops, making it an extremely popular area for Pokémon hunting. So light an incense while traveling from Pokéstop to Pokéstop to increase your chances of catching these digital creatures.
Become acquainted with the very things that makes MGM spectacular.
Explore MGM through this augmented reality, pocket monster hunting app. With Pokéstops being located near historical markers, take the time to discover some areas of MGM you have yet to see. Whether it be Riverfront Park to catch water Pokémon, Blount Cultural Park to catch grass and bug Pokémon, or the nightlife in the Old Cloverdale area to catch ghost Pokémon, MGM has many great attractions to visit while on your hunt.
Discover MGM by foot to get those eggs hatching.
Hatching eggs is another way to add Pokémon to your collection. These eggs can come from Pokéstops and once placed in an incubator, hatch as the trainer travels a designated distance. So get out and get walking! Travel to The Montgomery Zoo and visit the real-life creatures or checkout the Montgomery Visitor Center for walking tours offered throughout the area such as the Civil Heritage Trail.
Claim gyms with your most powerful Pokémon so others know that this is your MGM.
For those that are serious Pokémon fans and want to do more than catch all 250 creatures, gym battles are an added feature. Once a trainer reaches level 5, they will be prompted to choose a team: Team Yellow-Instinct, Team Blue-Mystic, and Team Red-Valor. Each team is researching a different quality possessed by Pokémon and believe that it is key to winning a battle. The goal of each team is to take over as many gyms as possible. These gym battles allow trainers to engage with other trainers and their Pokémon. Gyms are usually known landmarks such as Hampstead’s Town Center Fountain, The Shoppes at EastChase’s Cowboys sculpture, or the Hank Williams Statue. So be sure to go and declare your turf!
The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitor Bureau is teaming up with Product of Montgomery to sponsor a MGM Poké Scavenger Hunt! Click the link to register, download the info sheet and start searching and posting screenshots when you catch 'em all! The first, second and third place winners will receive a $50, $30 and $20 gift card (respectively) Google or Apple gift card (their choice). The Scavenger Hunt runs till July 25 so get hunting!
It could be argued that no one has more patriotic pride than the South. The Fourth of July is more than just a holiday to cook out and wear red, white, and blue. It’s an excuse to do typical American things… on a much larger scale. Why eat a few ribs at your house when you can win a rib eating competition? Why play country music in your backyard when you can see a live band by the riverfront? Why wave sparklers in your back yard when you can see an awesome fireworks show over the river? Well thankfully, Montgomery has got you covered this Fourth of July for all your celebrations. Check out this list of fun activities!
Decorate for your Fourth of July Shindig
All Day Long
Check out the Shoppes at EastChase for all of your Fourth of July necessities, from the perfect outfit to themed party decorations, and more!
Play a Friendly Game of Bowling
11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Bama Lanes
Beat the heat with a this classic American game! Kids bowl 2 games for free!
Go to a Rib Eating Competition
5:00 p.m., on the Riverfront
Grab your bib and get your grub on with Dreamland BBQ’s rib eating contest at the Riverfront!
Jam Out to Some Good Ole’ Country Music
6:00 p.m., on the Riverfront
Groove to some awesome music from the band, Sweet Young’uns! Enjoy food from local vendors or pack your own star-spangled picnic. There will be plenty of children's activities, so bring the whole family and dance the night away!
Celebrate Early with a Festive Drink at Blackfinn
Thursday, June 30 @ 8 p.m.
Can't wait to start the celebration? Join Blackfinn Ameripub for all American drink specials, extended happy hour food specials, and live music on the Patio! The best part? Proceeds go to Folds of Honor Charity!
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!
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.
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.