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For the month of December, Burritt on the Mountain supplements its usual schedule with a variety of activities to tune in the holiday spirit. Some require reservations, for others you just show up at the appointed time. The historic park on Monte Sano Mountain is at 3101 Burritt Drive SE.

Vintage Christmas Dishware

Holiday Magic Dinners

For a night you won’t forget, reserve a seat for a Holiday Magic Dinner, served in the mansion and historic cabins at Burritt on the Mountain. Catered meals will be served in this annual fundraiser for the park. For reservations, call Stephanie Timberlake, (256) 512-0141.

Home School Holiday Ornaments

Classes will tour the homes in the park to compare holiday traditions from Christmases past with those of today. Afterward, children

For the month of December, Burritt on the Mountain supplements its usual schedule with a variety of activities to tune in the holiday spirit. Some require reservations, for others you just show up at the appointed time. The historic park on Monte Sano Mountain is at 3101 Burritt Drive SE.

Vintage Christmas Dishware

Holiday Magic Dinners

For a night you won’t forget, reserve a seat for a Holiday Magic Dinner, served in the mansion and historic cabins at Burritt on the Mountain. Catered meals will be served in this annual fundraiser for the park. For reservations, call Stephanie Timberlake, (256) 512-0141.

Home School Holiday Ornaments

Classes will tour the homes in the park to compare holiday traditions from Christmases past with those of today. Afterward, children

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My favorite time of the year is here, and what’s more fun that holiday decor shopping in the Rocket CityBridge StreetParkway Place Mall, and Pier One Imports sell exquisite decor, but our local retailers also will dazzle you with their holiday displays.  Whether you’re shopping for Hanukah, Kwanza, or Christmas, you don’t have to travel outside of Madison and Huntsville to prep your place for the holidays! Here are some quaint little local shops to browse….

Hook a Frog 

105 Church Street Suite C, Madison, Alabama | (256) 325-0572

It’s time to get your Pokémon game on!  Hook a Frog Fiber and Fun sells whimsical crocheted Pokémon ornaments.  It’s also a terrific place to buy gifts for the knitter in your family.  They have walls of yarn, they

My favorite time of the year is here, and what’s more fun that holiday decor shopping in the Rocket CityBridge StreetParkway Place Mall, and Pier One Imports sell exquisite decor, but our local retailers also will dazzle you with their holiday displays.  Whether you’re shopping for Hanukah, Kwanza, or Christmas, you don’t have to travel outside of Madison and Huntsville to prep your place for the holidays! Here are some quaint little local shops to browse….

Hook a Frog 

105 Church Street Suite C, Madison, Alabama | (256) 325-0572

It’s time to get your Pokémon game on!  Hook a Frog Fiber and Fun sells whimsical crocheted Pokémon ornaments.  It’s also a terrific place to buy gifts for the knitter in your family.  They have walls of yarn, they

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Looking for a live Christmas tree this year?

It was a simple proposition when I was growing up on my family’s farm.  We all piled in the back of the hay trailer, and Dad drove us into the meadow to find a little cedar tree.  He sawed it at the base, tossed it into the trailer with the rest of us, and we’d take it back home—singing carols all the way.  We do it a bit differently in the Rocket City.  Honestly, it’s a whole lot easier, and it can be just as fun if you visit a place like Valley Christmas Tree Plantation.

A Christmas Tree from the Farm

Valley Christmas Tree Plantation is owned by George and Trish Brown, who have around 114 acres east of Huntsville.  This sweet couple and their lovely dog, Honey, live on a beautiful farm (that they

Looking for a live Christmas tree this year?

It was a simple proposition when I was growing up on my family’s farm.  We all piled in the back of the hay trailer, and Dad drove us into the meadow to find a little cedar tree.  He sawed it at the base, tossed it into the trailer with the rest of us, and we’d take it back home—singing carols all the way.  We do it a bit differently in the Rocket City.  Honestly, it’s a whole lot easier, and it can be just as fun if you visit a place like Valley Christmas Tree Plantation.

A Christmas Tree from the Farm

Valley Christmas Tree Plantation is owned by George and Trish Brown, who have around 114 acres east of Huntsville.  This sweet couple and their lovely dog, Honey, live on a beautiful farm (that they

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Downtown Huntsville has a variety of restaurant styles to chose from, depending on your mood. Check out some of these favorite dining options downtown in the Rocket City.

Humphrey’s Bar and Grill

When I started asking acquaintances and friends what downtown restaurants they would suggest almost everyone suggested Humphrey’s. One of the most common praises was the weekly specials at the restaurant. Sunday’s from 12pm until 2am they have “All You Can Eat Smoked Chicken Wings for $9.99. The bar aspect of the restaurant gets a lot of positive reviews as well. You should definitely check out Humphrey’s whether you’re looking for lunch, dinner, or just drinks.

Papou’s

Papou’s is a greek restaurant located on South Side Square. This is one of

Downtown Huntsville has a variety of restaurant styles to chose from, depending on your mood. Check out some of these favorite dining options downtown in the Rocket City.

Humphrey’s Bar and Grill

When I started asking acquaintances and friends what downtown restaurants they would suggest almost everyone suggested Humphrey’s. One of the most common praises was the weekly specials at the restaurant. Sunday’s from 12pm until 2am they have “All You Can Eat Smoked Chicken Wings for $9.99. The bar aspect of the restaurant gets a lot of positive reviews as well. You should definitely check out Humphrey’s whether you’re looking for lunch, dinner, or just drinks.

Papou’s

Papou’s is a greek restaurant located on South Side Square. This is one of

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Urban Cookhouse, a Birmingham based fast casual “farm-to-table” style eatery has opened a new franchise at Huntsville’s premiere shopping destination, Bridge Street Town Centre. Urban Cookhouse, originating in Homewood, now operates 13 stores in 5 states across the southeast. If you like to feel good about the folks fixin’ your food, Urban Cookhouse shows promise: in addition to their focus on the using local ingredients and taking food donation requests by their website, the company’s Birmingham Summit outpost also hosts a seasonal farmers market to enable area farmers more opportunities to sell their produce. 

What’s the menu look like, though? Fairly light, comfy choices, a few surprises but nothing too exotic. The menu available online is

Urban Cookhouse, a Birmingham based fast casual “farm-to-table” style eatery has opened a new franchise at Huntsville’s premiere shopping destination, Bridge Street Town Centre. Urban Cookhouse, originating in Homewood, now operates 13 stores in 5 states across the southeast. If you like to feel good about the folks fixin’ your food, Urban Cookhouse shows promise: in addition to their focus on the using local ingredients and taking food donation requests by their website, the company’s Birmingham Summit outpost also hosts a seasonal farmers market to enable area farmers more opportunities to sell their produce. 

What’s the menu look like, though? Fairly light, comfy choices, a few surprises but nothing too exotic. The menu available online is

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It’s no secret Huntsville is home to a (surprising, to some) number of breweries, a local beer boom having been well underway for many years now. It isn’t just Huntsville, of course; there are craft brewers from Fairhope to Birmingham to Florence making interesting beer in strikingly designed cans. The Rocket City brewers largely hold their own in comparison to, say, Avondale or Trimtab, popular Magic City breweries. I washed dishes and cooked on the line at the Jazz Factory as a student at UAH in the mid-aughts, and remember the hubbub around getting Olde Towne Amber on tap in the Martini Room. The first microbrewery in Huntsville since the repeal of prohibition, Olde Towne operated from 2004 to 2007, when a fire destroyed the building. They rebuilt and

It’s no secret Huntsville is home to a (surprising, to some) number of breweries, a local beer boom having been well underway for many years now. It isn’t just Huntsville, of course; there are craft brewers from Fairhope to Birmingham to Florence making interesting beer in strikingly designed cans. The Rocket City brewers largely hold their own in comparison to, say, Avondale or Trimtab, popular Magic City breweries. I washed dishes and cooked on the line at the Jazz Factory as a student at UAH in the mid-aughts, and remember the hubbub around getting Olde Towne Amber on tap in the Martini Room. The first microbrewery in Huntsville since the repeal of prohibition, Olde Towne operated from 2004 to 2007, when a fire destroyed the building. They rebuilt and

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Madison, Alabama resident Tina Jones has always loved to decorate for the holidays. Growing up, she remembers helping her mother put out decorations for the holidays and has continued to enjoy this yearly tradition ever since. This Rocket City local now has a home off of Mill Road in Madison that she enjoys decorating, especially for Halloween and Christmas.

Home in Madison, AL   Christmas Tree in Family Room

Decorating for Christmas

Christmas is her favorite time to decorate and she puts up three main trees in her home. Along with a number of other special decorations like her Christmas dining room table and miniature holiday village. The Christmas china on her tables was handed down to her by her grandmother, and each piece holds a special memory.

The entry way Christmas tree greets you

Madison, Alabama resident Tina Jones has always loved to decorate for the holidays. Growing up, she remembers helping her mother put out decorations for the holidays and has continued to enjoy this yearly tradition ever since. This Rocket City local now has a home off of Mill Road in Madison that she enjoys decorating, especially for Halloween and Christmas.

Home in Madison, AL   Christmas Tree in Family Room

Decorating for Christmas

Christmas is her favorite time to decorate and she puts up three main trees in her home. Along with a number of other special decorations like her Christmas dining room table and miniature holiday village. The Christmas china on her tables was handed down to her by her grandmother, and each piece holds a special memory.

The entry way Christmas tree greets you

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What to do with out-grown clothes?

Every Mom knows that children outgrow clothes and shoes very quickly. As a working mom of two boys, it is a constant struggle to make sure that both boys have clothes that fit!  I learned very quickly that children go through sizes so quickly that many clothes hardly get any wear before the are too small!  Since the clothes get very little wear, they still have lots of life and could be used by other children. With clothing costs on the rise, families must be cost conscious, which makes consigning clothes a great fit for busy moms. Rocket City is fortunate to have several seasonal children’s consignment sales.  These are great if you have time to prepare and tag the clothing for the specific sales.  Each sale has

What to do with out-grown clothes?

Every Mom knows that children outgrow clothes and shoes very quickly. As a working mom of two boys, it is a constant struggle to make sure that both boys have clothes that fit!  I learned very quickly that children go through sizes so quickly that many clothes hardly get any wear before the are too small!  Since the clothes get very little wear, they still have lots of life and could be used by other children. With clothing costs on the rise, families must be cost conscious, which makes consigning clothes a great fit for busy moms. Rocket City is fortunate to have several seasonal children’s consignment sales.  These are great if you have time to prepare and tag the clothing for the specific sales.  Each sale has

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Quality Programs

Sometimes we moms just need a break! We can get so much done without our littles in tow, and Madison has several excellent Mom’s Day Out programs. We live in a highly-educated town and hold our child care facilities to high standards.  Therefore, I believe our Rocket City child care programs are the best in our state!

Here is a list of 3 local Mom’s Day Out programs to get you started.  Even if the programs are full, you can always get on a wait list.  If you need a program in a hurry, the director will be glad  to make a recommendation for you.

Mother’s Morning Out (Madison Church of Christ)

I sent my daughter to this MMO from age 1-4. As a family studies/education major, I can tell you that this program rates high because of

Quality Programs

Sometimes we moms just need a break! We can get so much done without our littles in tow, and Madison has several excellent Mom’s Day Out programs. We live in a highly-educated town and hold our child care facilities to high standards.  Therefore, I believe our Rocket City child care programs are the best in our state!

Here is a list of 3 local Mom’s Day Out programs to get you started.  Even if the programs are full, you can always get on a wait list.  If you need a program in a hurry, the director will be glad  to make a recommendation for you.

Mother’s Morning Out (Madison Church of Christ)

I sent my daughter to this MMO from age 1-4. As a family studies/education major, I can tell you that this program rates high because of

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Plenty of us appreciate a quick day trip to check out neighboring towns. If you’re thinking about it but haven’t been to Athens, I can vouch for my hometown’s charm. Home to almost 22,000 people, there’s more than you might think happening in one of the oldest incorporated cities in Alabama. At one time, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers might have been the biggest name from Athens. Now, it’s inarguably the blockbuster-crossover-appealing East Limestone band Alabama Shakes. Home to its share of sports, music, and other history, Athens is worth an afternoon trip from the Rocket City for its quaint historic district and walkable downtown. Just a half hour’s drive from downtown Huntsville if traffic isn’t bad, Athens is home to Athens State

Plenty of us appreciate a quick day trip to check out neighboring towns. If you’re thinking about it but haven’t been to Athens, I can vouch for my hometown’s charm. Home to almost 22,000 people, there’s more than you might think happening in one of the oldest incorporated cities in Alabama. At one time, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers might have been the biggest name from Athens. Now, it’s inarguably the blockbuster-crossover-appealing East Limestone band Alabama Shakes. Home to its share of sports, music, and other history, Athens is worth an afternoon trip from the Rocket City for its quaint historic district and walkable downtown. Just a half hour’s drive from downtown Huntsville if traffic isn’t bad, Athens is home to Athens State

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