Christmas 2021

Operation Christmas Decor

Operation Christmas Decor

With the holiday season around the corner, the people of Opelika begin preparations for hosting families, sharing laughter and spreading the joy which comes along with the time of the year. For Bill Schwenk & Robbie Hughes, co-owners of Bill and Robbie’s...

Local Community, Local Art

Auburn is adding a brand new Christmas event this year — The Holiday Market. All of Auburn’s Christmas events are taking place on one weekend: Santa On The Corner, the Auburn Christmas Parade (turn to page 68), holiday performances and the new event, The...

Merry Murder

Nestled in the heart of Notasulga, Alabama, lies a village of unique mini homes, all snuggled together in the woods. This is Paradise Tiny Village, the brainchild of Annie Jones and her daughters, Quaneisha Jones and Gentry Purnell. This year, Paradise Tiny...

Discover S.T.E.M This Christmas

AO Discover!, Auburn-Opelika’s hands-on science center for children, was created to provide educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (S.T.E.M.) and arts to the families and children of East Alabama and beyond. “The younger...
‘Tis the Season For Joy

‘Tis the Season For Joy

Located along a popular route for Auburn students and transits alike, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, or the Jule, brings the entire community together to experience visual arts. Open since 2003, the museum provides a creative...

Merry Christmas to ALL

Merry Christmas to ALL

Luanne Helms, and her son Jake, host annual Christmas events geared toward Opelika’s population with special needs. Jake, 22, was diagnosed with autism in 2001 and epilepsy in 2012. “Jake is nonverbal but he is very capable and active in the community,”...

Ring The Bells

Ring The Bells

Every Christmas season, you’ll see the Kiwanis Club of Opelika at a different location around town, Santa hats on and ringing bells to raise money. This year, the Kiwanis Club will be at the Sam’s Club on Bent Creek Road on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “We...

Bill and Robbie’s Excellent BBQ Adventure

Bill and Robbie’s Excellent BBQ Adventure

Bill Schwenk and Robbie Hughes once were ranger roommates. Now, the two coown a barbecue business, “Bill and Robbie’s Excellent BBQ Adventure.” In October 2020, Schwenk was newly out of the military and Hughes was out of work. Hughes randomly called up...

Christmas In The Magic City

Christmas In The Magic City

Highway 280 is portal to a plethora of day trips out of Auburn. Taking a left onto the highway and driving a swift two hours down the road lands a traveler in the beautiful city of Birmingham, Alabama. As Christmas nears, take a trip to Birmingham to see the...