The Third Saturday in October. Tuscaloosa natives and Alabama fans alike understand this to mean Alabama vs. Tennessee. This historic meeting dates back to 1901 in Birmingham, Alabama, where the two teams played to a 6-6 tie and a rivalry was born. Saturday’s game is significant because it will be the 100th meeting between the two universities. However, Tuscaloosa has more than a major SEC football game on this thrilling fall weekend, there are many more events which you can take part in! The Bonaires and Muscadine Bloodline kick off the weekend with shows at The Lookout, Hotel Indigo’s rooftop bar, and Druid City Music Hall respectively. The 46th Kentuck Art Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, and wrapping up the weekend is Grammy-winning Kings of Leon, who will be performing at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre on Monday night. There is plenty of fun to be had on this exciting October weekend.

If you’re searching for a place to get your groove on over the weekend, Hotel Indigo’s rooftop bar, The Lookout, is the place to be. The Bonaires will be performing beginning at 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., totally free! The Bonaires hail from Tuscaloosa, AL and feature some of the city’s most well-known and seasoned musicians. The music they provide offers a wide variety of genres and styles including R&B, blues, rock & roll, and folk/country. Playing tunes that are familiar and danceable, count on the Bonaires to delight and appeal to all ages!

The music never stops in Tuscaloosa! Muscadine Bloodline is an up and coming contemporary country duo from Mobile, Alabama. Charlie Muncaster and Gary Stanton combined their talents in 2016 and have been continued their rise to the top of the country music scene ever since. Their sound is “unapologetically Alabama” as they put on a live show which includes southern rock jams and country crooners. You don’t want to miss them Friday night at Druid City Music Hall at 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30).

For the 100th time, Alabama and Tennessee will square off on the gridiron as the Crimson Tide looks to extend its ten-game winning streak against the despondent Volunteers. Alabama opened as a 34-point favorite, the largest in series history, and is looking to improve their record to 8-0 on the season. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m., so be on the lookout for the inevitable haze to envelop Bryant-Denny around 6:00 p.m. For those who don’t know, a 60-year tradition surrounds the Third Saturday in October – the victory cigar. Alabama’s head athletic trainer, Jim Goostree, began handing out cigars following a victory over the Volunteers in the 1950’s. This long-standing tradition had to be kept secret for many years due to NCAA rules concerning extra benefits and tobacco products. However, every year since 2005, the winning squad knowingly violates and self-reports the violation in order to honor the tradition.

A great local spot to go pick out the perfect victory cigar is R&R Cigars, located at 2703 6th street. They offer a wide variety of cigars for all taste preferences, whether a beginner or connoisseur. After finding the cigar of your choice hang around and catch up on all the day’s action in sports, get up to date on the news, or simply enjoy conversation over a cigar. This is a perfect place to relax and recharge after a long day.

The 46th annual Kentuck Art Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (both days) at Kentuck Park in Northport. This historical music and art celebration showcase nearly 300 local, national, and international artists and craftspeople. With experts performing live demonstrations of their skill, kids will be able to participate in hands-on craft making; one of the many reasons why the Kentuck Art Festival is a great time for all ages! Don’t miss this unique community cultural event, get your tickets HERE.

Three-time Grammy-winning group Kings of Leon will conclude the wonderful weekend when they take the stage at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Kings of Leon is embraced for resurrecting and reinventing Dixie-style rock & roll. The band is currently on a North American tour promoting their seventh album – WALLS. This will be the final show of the season for the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, so do not miss out on this incredible band!
An October weekend in Alabama is like none other, let alone when it includes the Third Saturday in October. Make sure you get out and enjoy these fall temperatures around the One & Only Tuscaloosa! We have a ton going on throughout the fall months and are excited about the upcoming holiday season. Give us a follow on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and future events!

References:
“Alabama/Tennessee to Commit NCAA Violation This Saturday.” Bleacher Report. Accessed October 19, 2017.
Dunnavant, Keith (2006). “The Missing Ring.” The Missing Ring: How Bear Bryant and the 1966 Alabama Crimson Tide Were Denied College Football’s Most Elusive Prize. Macmillan. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-312-33683-7
https://thebonaires.net/. Accessed October 19, 2017.
“The Third Saturday in October.” Associated Press. 2006-10-21. Accessed October 19, 2017.

Contributors: Will Wyatt and Danny Owen

It’s going to be another exciting weekend in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! We’re kicking off our weekend Friday with an exhilarating gymnastics meet between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Iowa State Cyclones! The Crimson Tide ranks number 6 in the nation in gymnastics so you’re sure to see some incredible stunts from this top notch team! Also on Friday, the Bama Belle is hosting a BBQ cruise! Hop aboard the classic paddleboat and enjoy drinks, music, and food as the Bama Belle cruises down the Black Warrior River!

Wrap up your Friday at Band of Brothers Brewing Co.! They will be having a special performance from the spectacular Voodoo Saints Jazz Band, playing everyone’s jazz favorites! The Saint’s love for New Orleans culture is transparent in their delivery of the music! We’re sure you’ll leave saying “These three guys know how to make you feel like every day is Fat Tuesday”!

You can spend your Saturday night at the Druid City Brewing Co.! Belle Adair, a five-piece indie rock band, will be warming up the building with their irresistibly catchy tunes! From Florence, AL, they have released multiple albums and have opened select shows for the Alabama Shakes the past two years. Most recently, Belle Adair has since acted as John Paul White’s backing band, touring throughout the United States and Europe!

Finally, this Sunday you can head back to campus to catch the Alabama Women’s Tennis team in a SEC battle with their rival Tennessee! It’s Girl Scout Day, so you won’t want to miss out on all the fun and giveaways that come with it and admission is free to all Tennis matches!

Many may not realize that the river alongside our fair city actually is more than just a vessel for large tug boats and pretty views along the riverwalk. There’s a wide array of activities you can do on the open waters of the Black Warrior. Explore the waters solo, or cruise along at sunset aboard a paddleboat, there’s hardly a limit to what you can do.

  1. Cruise the open waters

Bama Belle is back and ready to take you and your friends out on the calm cool waters of the river. They offer live music and breathtaking views of those sunsets Tuscaloosa is known for. You can also book the Bama Belle for private events and really enjoy the paddle boats old school charms.

  1. Paddleboard your way to zen

Once up on the board, there’s hardly a more serene and relaxing way to enjoy the river than a paddleboard. The waters are so gentle it’s easy to paddle your way along the riverbanks and really reconnect with nature. Show off those yoga skills with fellow yogis or just by yourself on the board.

  1. Canoe through the creeks

Another great way to explore the Black Warrior is to hop into a canoe and paddle around either the open waters or explore the many creeks that feed the river along the banks. The beautiful Hurricane Creek feeds the river and is a truly hidden natural gem in Tuscaloosa with secluded riverbanks and old railroad trestle bridges over the waters.

  1. Fish for a good time

The Black Warrior is home to a diverse ecosystem of over 120 freshwater fish and other aquatic animals that are hiding in the river. Find an open spot along the banks, and take some time to return to a primal way to hunt. If you can, take a pontoon or a canoe and cast a wider net in the deeper parts of the waters.

  1. Float and soak

Take a tube, some friends, and just gently float along the river with ease. Let the waters take away the stress of the day and soak up some sun while having to do little to no work as the gentle waves rock you.

Rentals can be found at these one and only retailers and rental shops with The Outdoor Rec Center, GUMZ on the river, and Tuscaloosa Paddleboard.

 

Written By: Deven Wilson – Intern

There is hardly any southern town without some spectacular artifacts of the antebellum era that saw a rise in highbrow architecture. Tuscaloosa is home to several great examples of these palatial townhomes to showcase the beauty of the historic homes in Alabama. The Battle-Friedman house along Greensboro Avenue started as a townhouse for the wealthy plantation family, the Battles. After a devastating loss of finances from the civil war, the family sold the house and it became the family estate for the Friedman’s. The Hungarian family brought a great deal of success and growth to the city. In the 60s, the patriarch Hugo Friedman exchanged his home for the Jemison to be donated to the city’s library, while the Battle-Friedman would be gifted to the city. The land behind the mansion would be given to the YMCA to construct their new campus, and the house became a museum and branch of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society. Tours are given Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 pm. Admission is $5 per person while children under 12 are free.

Five Interesting Facts about The Battle-Friedman House

1. According to legend, the house was saved from being burned by union soldiers when Mrs. Battle stayed behind at the house during the war and with her slaves used her southern hospitality to welcome both union and confederate soldiers. The union men were so pleased they spared the home in return for some R&R.

2. The gardens along the grounds can trace their roots back to England. A British landscape architect who had drawn up plans for several manors in the countryside was brought to Tuscaloosa to plan the gardens of the Battle House. The gardens over time were lost but in the 90s they rediscovered the original layout a rebuilt them.

3. Currently, when you drive past you’ll notice the bright pastel pinkish orange façade. While from a distance it resembles pink marble, its actually an old technique is done to paint the front so it has the appearance of marble but is simply just an illusion done to cut costs of using more expensive materials.

4. Like many historic homes, the mansion went through a massive renovation from its more simplistic Federal style, to its current Greek revival. The temple front and a major addition to the back of the house expanded its size and style to reflect the growth of wealth, and you can see the change when you look at the sides where there’s a clear line from the construction.

5. Inside, you will notice the ornate and heavily detailed ceiling molds; they were handcrafted by one of the slaves. The work was so impressive that legend has it he was brought down to Montgomery to work on molds for the Capitol building.

If you want to learn more about The Battle-Friedman House or set up a tour of the beautiful house and gardens, you can contact the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society by clicking HERE!

Interview with the One and Only: David Milis – Owner of makers market

Favorite One and Only Restaurant: Nicks Filet House (Nicks in the Sticks)

Favorite One and Only Attraction: The River Walk

Tucked away in downtown Tuscaloosa, right off University Boulevard, is West Alabama’s largest craft mall. The first thing you notice when you open the front doors are the beautiful antique hardwoods that cover the floors of the large historic downtown building. Homemade crafts stretch as far as the eye can see and you never know what you’re going to find as “the makers” change over their supply or spark new ideas. From furniture, paintings, prints, pillows, and even wooden coasters, you never know what you’re going to find when you walk into this one and only attraction!

After living in Michigan for ten years, searching for warmer pastures, David and Beth Milis moved down to sunny Tuscaloosa Alabama! Beth, who took part in a craft mall in Detroit noticed there was no retailer for handmade items in the area and was inspired to open up her own store! As a quilter, Beth had the vision to create a platform for artists in the area to sell their designs in a physical store. That vision brought the one and only makers market to life in October of 2012!

As a downtown business, owner David Milis notices how much Tuscaloosa has developed and remembers when there were “three places that served meals on Sunday” and how much that has changed from the present, where there are plenty of places downtown to find Sunday brunch or a nice dinner.

Shopping in downtown Tuscaloosa has been steadily growing, but makers market is the only store that runs on “handmade hand touched” where everything in the store has been handmade or “touched” by one of the makers! When asked what makes the makers market a “One and Only”, David mentioned their “commitment to the local artist and crafter” and how they want the artists that don’t otherwise have an opportunity to get their things out in front of buyers. The makers market offers that unique opportunity where all you will find is things that someone made!

After an incredible year in 2016 for the makers market, the owners are looking forward to another great year! Head on over and find all the treasures that reside within their walls. You never know what you’re going to find from the one and only makers!

This weekend is packed with fun events in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! This Friday is filled with music! you can catch Corey Smith putting on a show at the Druid City Music Hall! The tour, Smith says, is an extension of who he is — raw and honest to the core. The show starts at 8:30 with doors opening an hour earlier for his Great Wide Underground Tour!

Also on Friday, Sonic Frontiers presents electronic music pioneer Tim Perkis as part of their 6th season of programming with a curatorial focus on “California Experiments”. Over in downtown, you can catch The Bama Theatre Acoustic Night that will feature guitarist/composer Hiroya Tsukamoto!

On Saturday, kick off the Chinese New Year at the Children’s Hands-On Museum! Children are able to make their own dragon, find their zodiac animal, make a mask, and even write their name in Chinese! After you bring in the new year with the kids, head over to Black Warrior Brewing Co. for their second annual Chili Cook-off!

As if the weekend couldn’t get any better, Sunday you can catch Alabama and Auburn’s Women’s Basketball Teams face off in the Iron Bowl as the Tide takes on the Tigers in Coleman Coliseum! All military service men and women will receive free admission with military ID and the first 300 fans get a free t-shirt!

We have tons more going on so check out our great upcoming events, and follow us on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and events. Tell your friends and we can’t wait to see you around the One and Only Tuscaloosa!