Birmingham Named in Outside Magazine Best Towns 2015
OUTSIDE Magazine, America’s foremost active and adventure lifestyle brand, and outdoor lifestyle apparel company Toad&Co have named Birmingham as a top 60 finalist in their 2015 “Best Town Ever” contest.
Local specialty outdoor retailer Alabama Outdoors has been chosen as the retailer of choice and local promoter of the Best Towns 2015 bracket. Over a period of six weeks, OUTSIDE’s readers will narrow an initial bracket of 64 towns down to one winner: the kind of place with top-notch restaurants, vibrant farmers’ markets, friendly neighborhoods, and unparalleled access to hiking and biking trails.
Beginning this week, OUTSIDE and Toad&Co will engage and incentivize consumers to visit Outside Online and vote early and often in the competition through a sweepstakes drawing. Seven drawings will occur, one after the end of each round of voting, with winners receiving Toad&Co apparel packages. Winners of the Grand Prize will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the Best Town Ever fully outfitted in Toad&Co. The Best Town will be revealed on August 1st. OUTSIDE will feature the final 16 towns in its September 2015 issue.
Voting begins MAY 4 on Outside Online. Share your own #Birmingham photos with the official #votebhamoutdoors tag, and let’s show the nation what we already know and love about Birmingham!
Alabama Outdoors will spotlight Birmingham’s great outdoor culture and selection as a “Best Town” finalist on Friday, May 1st during the company’s popular Party on the Porch. Come out to celebrate Birmingham and this exciting opportunity, and remember to vote!
FRESHWATER LAND TRUST JUNIOR BOARD HOSTS 6TH ANNUAL LANDAID FEATURING THE WILD FEATHERS:
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
The Freshwater Land Trust Junior Board invites Birmingham residents to enjoy good music and local brews while helping preserve the places that matter in Alabama at LandAid on Friday, July 18 at Avondale Brewing Company. The annual fundraiser will feature the Nashville-based rock group The Wild Feathers and Birmingham’s Ocean Liner.
The Wild Feathers are a five-member, Nashville based rock band, led by Rick Young, Joel Kind, Taylor Burns, Preston Wimberly and Ben Dumas. They combine the styles of traditional rock, blues, folk and country music and mix vintage roots with modern tones. The band was recently featured on Late Night with Seth Meyers and VH1’s Morning Buzz.
Nashville-based rock back The Wild Feathers
Ocean Liner of Birmingham
We would like to thank our sponsors for helping make this event happen: Alabama Power, Cigna-HealthSpring, Avondale Brewing Company, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Levy’s Fine Jewelry, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. , Weld for Birmingham and Birmingham Mountain Radio.
“We are very excited about LandAid,” FWLT Executive Director, Wendy Jackson, said. “The fundraiser always creates a huge turnout and raises money for land conservation. It’s a great excuse to party for a good cause.”
Tickets are $15 online and $25 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Freshwater Land Trust and its mission to preserve the places that matter. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and Ocean Liner will take the stage at 8 p.m., followed by The Wild Feathers
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Join us for good music and local brews for a good cause!
Help the Cahaba Blueway partners win $25,000 to restore a canoe launch!
VOTE ONLINE APRIL 1–30 and help us restore this Cahaba River treasure!
We are excited that our project has been selected as one of twelve national finalists for a $25,000 Bridgestone Rethink Green Contest prize to improve a community recreation site.
Visit the link about to vote for the Cahaba River Access at Grants Mill! Each unique email address is eligible to vote once per day.
Thank you City of Irondale and Cahaba Blueway partners or helping to make this canoe launch a Birmingham destination.
The Grants Mill canoe launch is part of the Cahaba Blueway, a unique partnership with The Nature Conservancy of Alabama, The Freshwater Land Trust, Alabama Innovation Engine and the Cahaba River Society. The Grants Mill canoe launch allows us the opportunity to bring more people to the River and build support for protecting the Cahaba.
You can help us build a launch that is useable and safe by voting throughout the month of April. With funding from the Bridgestone Rethink Green Contest and a generous match from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, we can restore this beautiful access to the Cahaba.
Help us spread the word! Share the link below via your social media networks:
We’re honored to participate in this national contest, and we thank you for your support.
Stay tuned for results!
You’re invited to join us again next Tuesday, February 4th, at Vestavia’s McCallum Park for Red Rock Tuesday with Jeh Jeh Pruitt and the Fox 6 Team.
We’re excited to feature this destination in Vestavia Hills on Good Day Alabama with the help of our Health Action Partners, community leaders, and each of you!
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Vestavia Hills, Al 35216
To get to McCallum Park from Highway 280, turn onto Rocky Ridge Road and keep left to stay on Rock Ridge Road. Go approximately 3.5 miles, then turn right onto Rosemary Lane. The park will be at the end of Rosemary Lane.
We hope to see you there as we continue to educate our community about the Red Rock Trail System!
Red Rock Tuesday, January 14th: Tarrant’s Downtown EcoScape Park
Join us tomorrow for Red Rock Tuesday with Jeh Jeh Pruitt and the Fox 6 Team at the Tarrant EcoScape Park!
We continue to feature destinations of the Red Rock Trail the first Tuesday of every month on Good Day Alabama with the help of our Health Action Partners, community leaders, and each of you!
Located at 1113 Ford Avenue in downtown Tarrant, the EcoScape Park provides natural restoration to a vacant lot that at one time housed a dry cleaning business. Designed for passive recreation and use as an outdoor classroom, Tarrant EcoScape’s bioswales mitigate stormwater runoff from adjacent parking lots. The park also features a mosaic fountain, benches made from reclaimed granite street curbs, and an herb garden planted by Tarrant Middle School students.
When: January 14th
6:30 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.
Where: To get to the park, take I-20/59 towards Atlanta/Gadsden. Take exit 128 toward Highway 79 onto Tallapoosa Street. Continue straight as the road becomes Vanderbilt Road and then Pinson Valley Parkway. After approximately two miles, veer slightly to the right onto Pinson Street. After half a mile, turn right onto Ford Avenue and the park will be on your right.
Red Rock Tuesday, December 3rd: Jemison Park in Mountain Brook
Join us tomorrow for Red Rock Tuesday with Jeh Jeh Pruitt and the Fox 6 Team at Jemison Park in Mountain Brook!
We continue to feature destinations of the Red Rock Trail the first Tuesday of every month on Good Day Alabama with the help of our Health Action Partners, community leaders, and each of you! Jemison Park was an original part of the Olmstead plan that helped inspire the Red Rock Trail.The 54 acres park has a one mile trail that winds along Shades Creek and connects with the Nature Trail, the Watkins Trace Trail, and ties in with Mountain Brook’s sidewalks. Jemison Park is a popular destination in Mountain Brook for walkers, runners, and visitors looking to experience the outdoors.
When: December 3rd
6:30 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.
Where: To get to Jemison Park, take the Shades Creek Parkway/Lakeshore Drive exit from Highway 280 and head towards Mountain Brook. Shades Creek Parkway becomes Mountain Brook Parkway, and Jemison Park will be on your right. Parallel parking places are available along Mountain Brook Parkway or office spaces are located at the intersection of Cahaba Road and Mountain Brook Parkway.
This Red Rock Tuesday, we will also be talking about #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving driven by social media and will host a very special guest who is making a special trip from the North Pole! hanks for your continued support. We hope to see you there!
Thank you to all of the volunteers that came out for the 10th annual volunteer event along the Five Mile Creek Greenway!
Your help is truly appreciated! If you missed out or are looking for another way to help us preserve the places that matter, another volunteer event is coming this Saturday, August 17th. Be sure to check our Events page for more information on the Valley Creek Clean-up!
Ticket sales for Land Aid are now only available at Avondale beginning at 6 p.m. Online tickets are no longer available for purchase. Tickets cost $25 and we will be accepting cash, check, and credit card. If you previously purchased your ticket in advance, it will be at Will Call. Thank you and we will see you tonight!
Come join us July 27th for the 10th annual volunteer event along the Five Mile Creek Greenway!