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What’s up with the brand new Huntsville Food Tour? Co-Founder Heather Waye dishes the details

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Do you have a hunger for adventure? Do you have a love for all things historical, cultural or just plain tasty? If so, then the Downtown Dish Huntsville food tour is for you. 

This week we got one of the tour’s founders, Heather Waye, to dish about what makes this food tour so special.

(Q)Tell us about Downtown Dish. What can folks expect?

(A) The Downtown Dish Huntsville Food Tour is a three-hour cultural experience. We explore, teach a little history, and most importantly, taste the highlights of downtown. We hope this experience will encourage people to return and feel confident to continue their own discovery of the downtown area.  It is a great way to get an intimate look at the “mom and pop” shops, get familiar with the neighborhood, and try out a few restaurants all in a single afternoon.

(Q) Where did the idea come from? How did you get started?

(A) My husband Chris and I visited Knoxville last year and found a food tour through Trip Advisor. We had never heard of anything like that, but a walking tour, filled with culture, stories, and food tastings sounded like fun to us - and it was. During the tour, we knew it was something we wanted to bring to Huntsville. We attended classes in Chicago, (a food tour paradise), and got started developing the Huntsville tour this summer.

(Q) Food and Huntsville history in one tour. What could be better! What will a visitor to the Rocket City get out of the Downtown Dish?

(A)  Our visitors will get to experience the area on foot, which is the best way to explore. Our guide will deliver interesting facts about the history of Huntsville along with the stories behind the foods they will enjoy. Huntsville has always been a remarkable place, and is home to some remarkable people. Hopefully, a native or visitor will finish the tour feeling a greater connection to the city because they have discovered things they might not have known before.

(Q) Give us some professional tips for making the most out of the Downtown Dish Tour.

(A) #1: Be adventurous, and try all of the foods! Much has gone into choosing the tastings at each of our stops. We tried many dishes, took a lot of notes, and made some tough decisions. One goal of a food tour is to expand your culinary horizon.

 #2: Get to know the other participants and have fun with them.  Our group is made up of experience-minded people. They like to try new things and love to meet others who have the same approach to life.

(Q) What else should folks know that we’ve missed?

 (A) Some might feel intimidated by a 3 hour walking tour, but we have lots of stops along the way and the total route is only 1.1 miles.

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When she’s not showcasing downtown Huntsville’s dining scene, Heather Waye is a mother and homeschool teacher to her two youngest children. A Madison County native, she received her Bachelor’s in Spanish and Foreign Relations from the University of Alabama-Huntsville. You can contact Heather or receive more information about the Downtown Dish food tour by e-mail at info@huntsvillefoodtours.com, or by phone at 800-656-0713.

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Huntsville, AL Halloween Guide#3: Wonderfully Wacky Halloween

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Guide #3 Wonderfully Wacky Halloween

Get away from the ordinary with these very “boo-nique” festivities!

Don’t forget to check out Halloween Guides 1 and 2.

For the SuperNATURAL Huntsville Guide, click here.

For the Family Frights Huntsville Halloween Guide, click here.

*For a full listing of October Huntsville events, click here.

Spooktacular Puppet Show

On October 31st from 10:30-11:30 a.m., you’re invited to the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library to hear readings from favorite children’s books and enjoy a puppet show! No admission charged. Learn more here.

Dia de Los Muertos Exhibit

On October 29 through November 1, come view both traditional and non-traditional Day of the Dead altars created by Lowe Mill artists. Honor those who have passed and celebrate the art of this beautiful tradition. Admission is free. Learn more here.

Dr. Osborn’s Magical Laboratory

Comedy, juggling, and a mind-reading orange come together to make this a wonderfully whimsical event at Huntsville’s Fantasy Playhouse. Showings run October 24-26, at 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 & 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is charged. Click here for more information.

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Huntsville, AL Halloween Guide 2: Family Frights

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Guide #2: Family Frights

Here it is! Guide #2 to Huntsville Halloween events—-this time we’re focusing on the family-friendly fun to be had in the Rocket City this Halloween!

Miss our two other guides to Huntsville Halloween Fun? No worries.

Click here for the SuperNATURAL Huntsville Guide.

Click here for the Wonderfully Wacky Guide.

*For a full listing of events happening in Huntsville this October, click here.

Family Frights

These events are perfect for ghouls and goblins of all ages!

Sci Quest Spooktacular Science Family Halloween Party

Let out your inner mad scientist at the Sci Quest Hands-on Science Center October 24th from 6-9 p.m. and 25th from 2-7 p.m. Carnival games, a mummy makeover, and “Hauntcert” performed by the Huntsville Concert Band will provide hours of fun for the whole family. Tickets may be purchased online at sci-quest.org or at the door. 

Bootanica

October 25 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., head to the Huntsville Botanical Garden for an afternoon of fun fall festivities. Featuring hay rides, pumpkin painting, and even a costume parade, this event covers all of the bases for the perfect autumn day. All events included in price of admission.

More info here.

Spooky Space Spectacular

What goes better together than spooks and space? Join the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for an evening of out of this world excitement October 31 from 4-8 p.m. that includes a showing of “Hocus Pocus” at 6:00, with a costume contest following at 7:45. Moon bounce, arts and crafts, and more! Tickets are $20 per family/$5 per person. 

More info can be found by clicking here.

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Huntsville, AL Halloween Guide #1: SuperNATURAL Huntsville

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Autumn has officially arrived in Huntsville, and we couldn’t be more excited! In fact, you could say we might be falling in love with the new season… and you can too, with all of the wonderful events happening around the Rocket City! From spooky historical tours to a whimsical puppet show, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

We have three Huntsville Halloween Guides just for you. We’ve split them into three parts, but we’ve also included the links to all below.

*For a full listing of events happening in Huntsville this October, click here

Enjoy our SuperNATURAL Guide below!

Guide #1

SuperNATURAL Huntsville

Huntsville is known for its fantastic history and beautiful natural surroundings, so it only makes sense to enjoy the best of both worlds this Halloween season! 

Nights of the Living Dead Re-Enactment at Historic Lowry House

Live through your own zombie apocalypse at the Lowry House on October 17 & 18, and again October 24 & 25. The fight for survival begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at historiclowryhouse.com or by calling 256-489-9200. Don’t wait to reserve your spot, they’re going fast! 

Huntsville Ghost Walk

It seems as though some past Huntsville residents never left! Learn about the ghostly personalities that haunt historic Huntsville, with three separate tours (Twickenham, Old Town, and Downtown) beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights in October, with additional tours Saturday nights at 8:30. Tickets are $10 for adults/$5 for children under 12 and may be purchased at Harrison Brothers Hardware Store on the square in downtown Huntsville. Learn more here.

Click here to see a video sneak peek of the Huntsville Ghost Walks!

The Haunt at Three Caves

Get your Halloween groove on October 24 from 7-11 p.m. Attendees will be dancing the night away to live music surrounded by the natural beauty of the historic limestone mine. Food trucks and a cash bar will be available. Purchase tickets here. 21 and up! Reminder: there is no parking at Three Caves. Buses will run to and from the Clinton Street parking garage (garage admission included in ticket price).

Click here to read the Family Frights Guide.

Click here to read the Wonderfully Wacky Halloween Guide.

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Taking a Moment with CVB Senior Convention Sales Manager Sharon Snell

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Sharon Snell (center) pictured with the CVB Convention Department

As a mother, industry veteran, and one of the CVB’s longest-serving staff members, Sharon Snell knows the importance of multitasking. Especially since she covers such a wide variety of markets for the Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Convention Sales Department – including Religious, Corporate, Military, and Multi-Cultural events and meetings. Part of her success as Senior Convention Sales Manager comes not only from being flexible and detail-oriented, but also utilizing the wisdom that comes only with experience.

Speaking of experience, Sharon has plenty. Coming to the CVB in 1999, the month of September marks her 15th year here. Serving as a liaison for meeting planners and groups spanning a variety of markets, as well as managing the CVB website huntsville.org, she works to provide the very best experience for those looking to hold their events, meetings, reunions, etc. in Huntsville and Madison County. We sat down with her to find out her tips for success, her thoughts on the Rocket City… and even her favorite football team.

(Q) What did you do before coming to the CVB, and how do you think it prepared you for the position you have now?

(A) I worked at Intergraph, first doing technical support and then later on database administration. I think with the technical support position - the customer service aspect of it - helped me learn how to deliver results to a wide variety of clients.

(Q) What was one of your most extensive/largest events and how did you make it a success?

(A) One of our largest was the Delta Sigma Theta sorority that came to Huntsville in 2009, and then in 2012 we had the Leadership Team Development event, which was an Amway (a global health and beauty retailer) conference. As far as planning, we assisted with the securing of hotels in the city as well as the group rebates, planning for welcome banners, and keeping the community informed about the group’s presence. One of our most important roles in the Convention Sales Department is serving as liaisons between the hotels and the meeting planners to ensure they are happy with their experience in our community, because then their chances of coming back, or bringing business back to Huntsville/Madison County, increases greatly.

(Q) What are some trends you see in your events today? What do people like, dislike, etc.?

(A) Local attractions are very important, but convenience is a big consideration. That is why it’s critical that we work with residents in Huntsville/Madison County to identify what groups and associations they are involved with in order to bring that business home and strengthen our local economy.

(Q) What are some things you think are essential for a successful meeting, i.e. what are some do’s/don’ts?

(A) Plan well ahead. You definitely need good time management. The most important thing is keeping your team informed – communication, especially between us and the meeting planners – is key. One “don’t” is to not wait and try to plan something last-minute. A great meeting requires advanced planning and attention to every last detail that will be important to attendees.

(Q) What is some advice or tips you have for others who want to succeed in the hospitality industry?

(A) One thing I’d like to see is more young people in the hospitality industry. It is not only a fun industry to be involved in, but it is very, very important for local economies. Last year, the travel industry generated close to a billion dollars in economic impact returned to Huntsville and Madison County. Overall, it’s an exciting field to be in. You get to travel and meet a variety of people. I would especially encourage more young men to get into the industry, since it is rather female-dominated.

(Q) What is something not well known about yourself that you think others would be surprised to know?

(A) There’s probably not a lot people don’t know about me. I’m a very direct and open person. (On a side note, one thing we did find out during our talk with Sharon is that she’s a twin- and an Auburn fan! Something that’s not so easy in an office that tends to bleed crimson and white.)

(Q) What makes Huntsville great as a meeting destination?

(A) Huntsville is a very “green” city. It has a very picturesque backdrop, with all the trees and mountains. I think sometimes people have the perception that Alabama’s not like that, but it is very beautiful. We’re a very open, diverse and inclusive city. We have a lot of unique opportunities, and a very high quality of life here. Huntsville is kind of a best-kept secret – and we want to change that to let more people know about what a great place Huntsville is for both their meetings and to visit on their own.

(Q) What is one place in the world you want to go, or a place you haven’t seen but hope to some day?

(A) Paris, or Italy. My main issue is the long flight time. I don’t really like long flights… probably a three hour flight time would be my limit.

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Sharon Snell is a current Madison County resident. She’s the mother of one son, Tyler, and a Michigan native - coming to us all the way from Kalamazoo, MI. She graduated from Tennessee State University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems. You can reach Sharon by phone, at (256) 551-2233, or by e-mail at ssnell@huntsville.org

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Huntsville’s Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is nation’s largest private arts facility

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Arts and the sciences collide in a beautiful way in Huntsville, Alabama. There are two iconic structures that will greet you when you arrive. The first, a 36 story replica of the Saturn V moon rocket that first took humans into space, and the second, a water tower that lights at night and marks the spot of the nation’s largest private arts facility—-Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment.

We had the opportunity to chat with Dustin Timbrook, Lowe Mill’s Artist and Media Director, about why visitors should  make time for Lowe Mill during their trip to the Rocket City.

Check out what he has to say and why the future is incredibly bright for this former textile mill turned artist colony.

(Q) If you had to pick one thing happening in the near future at Lowe Mill that you are most excited about, what is it and why?

(A) I’m always excited about what’s happening at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, but in the upcoming year I have more to be excited about than ever. As many have recently learned, our already massive arts facility is in the process of growing by thirty percent due to our expansion into the north wing of the building. During the past years my professional goal has simply been to make Lowe Mill popular in Huntsville, but with this new growth we believe it’s finally time to market our facility as a national destination.

(Q) What’s one fact you don’t think many people realize about Lowe Mill?

(A) The one fact about Lowe Mill that I want people to know is that we are literally the biggest private arts facility in America. I think that Huntsville locals often don’t realize how unique, rare, and impressive this place is simply because it is part of their day-to-day life. Often when something is in our own back yard we naturally assume that everyone else’s yard has the same thing. Let’s be clear though that this is not the case with Lowe Mill. No other American city has a private arts facility with as much working studio space, as many galleries, or as many professional artists as Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Huntsville is incredibly special in this regard. 

(Q) Talk to us a little about Lowe Mill’s history. How did it become what it is today?

(A) Lowe Mill was originally a textile mill around the turn of the century and was re-purposed as a shoe factory by General Shoe Company starting at the end of World War II. The mill eventually became a major supplier of combat boots during the Vietnam War. The ‘ARTS & Entertainment’ business of Lowe Mill came into being when Jim Hudson, founder of Research Genetics, decided to convert the building into visitor-friendly private studio spaces based on the popular Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Growth of our arts facility was slow-going at first, but with the vision and investment of the Hudson’s and a lot of hard work from our artistic community, Lowe Mill has blossomed into something I think outsiders could have never predicted. We are a community-focused for-profit business with incredibly affordable rent for artists, a creative culture that encourages and thrives on local and handmade work, and cultural and educational events designed to appeal to people from every walk of life. 

(Q) Give us a pro-tip. What’s the biggest thing that visitors should know about visiting Lowe Mill?

(A) My one pro tip for visitors to Lowe Mill is simple; Engage with our artists! The purpose of this place is for you, the public, to learn about art, media, and craft directly from the professionals who have dedicated their lives to it. We have huge windows in every studio for you to view what our artists are making, but if a studio door is open I promise that artist would rather have you come in and see his or her work up close. You just might discover your next art purchase still sitting on the paint easel. Talk to us! 

 

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About Dustin

Dustin Timbrook is a local artist and the Media Director for Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Originally from Montgomery and having received his Bachelors in Fine Art from University of Montevallo, Dustin soon discovered his creative home in Huntsville after moving to the city to teach high school art in 2008. Unsatisfied with teaching, the artist took up studio space during the critical opening of Lowe Mill’s redeveloped 3rd floor. Since that time Dustin’s professional and creative relationship with Lowe Mill has grown in parallel to the evolution of the arts facility. 

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Big Spring Crush, Huntsville’s first wine festival, to take place September 27

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If you’ve been in Huntsville recently, you know that Huntsville Restaurant Week offered great deals on local food at 39 Huntsville/Madison County eateries. Now, the focus is shifting from great food to something some might prefer even more—-great wine.

But before we get much further into the nitty gritty, we have to emphasize that ticket sales end on September 1. That means if you want to attend, you’re going to want to purchase tickets as soon as possible. Here’s the ticket link.

Now, let’s get back to it.

Big Spring Crush is Huntsville’s first ever wine festival and it is happening this fall—-September 27 to be exact. It’s being organized by the events group HomeGrown Huntsville, which promotes, organizes and creates events unique to the Rocket City.

We spoke with HomeGrown founder Ashley Ryals about the first-time wine festival that is bringing over 200 wines to downtown Huntsville, food trucks, entertainment and more. She gave us the inside scoop so that you have all the information you need to make plans to attend.

Here’s what she told us.

(Q) Tell us what Big Spring Crush is and what attendees can expect.

(A) Huntsville’s first wine festival will take place in Big Spring Park east and will feature over 200 wines, live music, local restaurants, food trucks, a grape stomping area and more!  Your ticket gets you access to the festival, a commemorative wine tasting glass and as much wine as you would like to taste!

(Q)  How did Big Spring Crush come about?

(A) I have wanted to do a wine festival in downtown Huntsville since I started my events business, Homegrown, three years ago.  It has been an accumulation of brainstorms with local wine reps, people who attend my other events and a sounding board of other young professionals that I call “Homegrown’s Roots”. 

(Q) What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

(A) I’m looking forward to seeing the committee’s hard work come to fruition…that and tasting some of the great wines!

(Q) In what ways is this festival unique to Huntsville and North Alabama?

(A) Big Spring Crush is Huntsville’s 1st wine festival and the only wine festival in North Alabama!

(Q) Why should folks plan their vacations to the Rocket City during Big Spring Crush?

(A) It would be a great time for a getaway. Not only is the Big Spring Crush wine festival that Saturday, but The Color Run is coming to Huntsville that morning, which is a 5k run benefiting Huntsville’s Arts Council.  We’ve heard a lot of people are planning to “Run for Wine” which means run the 5k that morning and reward themselves with drinking wine that evening! 

Also, Embassy Suites is offering a discounted room rate for that Friday and Saturday night to anyone that has purchased a Big Spring Crush ticket.  It should be a great weekend in downtown Huntsville!

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About Ashley Ryals

Born and raised in Huntsville, Ashley ispassionate about this city and planning quality events.  She collaborates with local businesses and organizations to cultivate signature events that the community can celebrate.  Her company, Homegrown LLC, organizes a popular restaurant tour called Dine & Dash, a local brewery tour called The Beer Hop and is producing Huntsville’s first wine festival in September 2014 called Big Spring Crush.  She is married to Bo Ryals, President of Decisive Intel, and they have a one year old son named Davis.  

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Rocket City Tailgate Challenge promises all things football in pre-season tailgate extravaganza

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Football season in the South. Aaaah… the sights, sounds..and perhaps most importantly, the smells, are pretty hard to beat. The tailgating experience is a must-do for any visitor. Thankfully, the Von Braun Center is replicating this one-of-a-kind experience ahead of football season. They are calling it the Rocket City Tailgate Challenge.

Presented by the Landers McLarty Group, the Rocket City Tailgate Challenge is a new family event that includes all things tailgating and football at a free expo, cooking competition and football 101 clinic. It is set to take place on Saturday, August 16 inside and around the Propst Arena from 10am-7pm.

The day kicks off with the Rocket City Tailgate Challenge Cooking Competition where individuals from around North Alabama will compete for cash prizes and the chance to win $1,000 payable the charity of their choice (must be a 501C3 company). Registration is $150 per team.

While the cooking competition is heating up outside we’ll have an expo going on inside where you can find anything and everything that you will need to make your football season a success! 

The Football 101 Clinic is for the person that enjoys the social life of football but needs to be taught the rules of the game!!!   You can find all of the details by clicking this link  www.rocketcitytailgate.com as well as a team registration form and a vendor application.

We’ll see you there!

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Q&A with CVB Vice President of Conventions Bob Rogers

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Huntsville/Madison County CVB VP of Conventions Bob Rogers

We recently sat down with Bob Rogers, the Huntsville/Madison County CVB’s new Vice-President of Conventions, to talk about his excitement and readiness to start a new chapter of his life at the CVB. On the job since June 9, Bob expresses his determination to spread awareness of the Rocket City as a meeting destination and work with meeting planners to ultimately recruit new business to Madison County.

As VP of Conventions, Bob leads the 5-person CVB convention team and work with meeting planners to connect them with venues, provide them with information on all things Huntsville/Madison County, from restaurants to hotels, and recruit conventions and persuade them that the Huntsville/Madison County area is the perfect place for their meeting. To contact Bob, please e-mail brogers@huntsville.org or call 256-551-2230.

"The world doesn’t work on a nine to five anymore, and we’ve got to be ready to assist folks on their time." -CVB Vice President of Conventions Bob Rogers

We are proud to welcome Bob to the CVB family. Here are some highlights from our conversation, providing you with more insight into who Bob is professionally and personally. The first question is below. To see his answer and the full Q&A, click through for the entire blog post.

(Q) Has anything surprised you in the first three weeks at the CVB?

(A) Yeah, just the amount of information. Even though I’ve been here (in Huntsville) since 1988, there’s still a lot to learn. There will always be a lot to learn.

(Q) You were in the hotel business before this job; tell me about how your experience with hotels will help you with your job here at the CVB.

(A) I treat this not as a 280-room hotel, but as a 6,700+-room hotel. I look at it that way, and that’s how my mentality is. We’ll need partners and hotels to help us. We’ll need to go out and get business and take care of the business. We need to help them plan properly.

(Q) What are you looking forward to most as VP of Conventions?

(A) Helping people make their groups and time here as successful as it can be. From a group standpoint, filling in the gaps that aren’t normally busy, on the weekends for instance. Go after business that’ll fill the holes. Also, looking at questions like, “How can we impact the occupancy in the city?”

(Q) How would you describe your work ethic? Why is that important?

(A) Basically my philosophy is to be there when people need me; no matter what it is. Or to be there until the job is done, much to the dismay of my wife. Or maybe she likes it, I don’t know. The world doesn’t work on a nine to five anymore, and we’ve got to be ready to assist folks on their time.

(Q)  What are some wise words that you live by?

(A) “Well done is better than well said.” Ben Franklin said that. I put that on my Twitter for a while. Someone told me it was better than putting a picture of my face up there!

(Q) If you could give a piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?

(A)  Plan well, and use all the resources available to you

(Q)  What’s the one thing you want Huntsville/Madison County hospitality industry to know about you that they may not know already?

(A) Oh, I’m an open book with them. We’re here to help them. We’re open to new ideas. We’re open to suggestions. We’re looking forward to working with them.

(Q) Anything else? Is there a fun fact about you, maybe?

(A) Go gators!

What does Bob love most about Huntsville? All of it of course! He does add, “I think the people are what I love most. The environment of Huntsville is great. There are things to do here, lots of things. It’s a fun city with good people in it.”

Bob’s influence on others has been abundant, and yet his gratefulness towards them is nothing shy of noteworthy: “I’ve been very fortunate to have had good people around me throughout my career. They’ve supported me my whole life.” He takes pride in all that he has done, but when asked what his biggest accomplishment is, he chuckles and says, “I’m still looking for it.”

We are looking forward to all that Bob has to offer, and we hope you are just as excited as we are! 

Be sure to follow and tweet Bob at @MeetingBob to ask him any questions or to be graced with his great sense of humor!

What about Bob? A little background

Bob Rogers earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Services at the University of Florida. Working with countless hotels and organizations, Bob has built several groups from the ground up. Working all across the country, Bob is a 30-year veteran with a successful track record in the hospitality and tourism industry.

He has held many leadership positions and received the Pineapple Award in 2004, the Huntsville/Madison County Hospitality Association’s highest honor.

 

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"Three Words: Ghosts, History and Fun"—- a Q &A with Huntsville Ghost Walk’s Jacque Reeves

Although, it’s not quite Halloween, it’s always a great time for a Huntsville Ghost Walk. As Ghost Walk season officially begins in the Rocket City, we want to connect you with our friend Jacque Reeves, founder of these popular tours.

Read on. Perhaps you’ll want to add this to your Huntsville to-do list. We’ve got to admit—-they are pretty cool!

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(Q) What’s new about the Ghost Walks this year?

(A) This year, the Huntsville Ghost Walk has put together, by popular demand, a bicycle tour! Our Spooks and Spokes Bicycle Tour is led by veteran tour guide, Wil Elrick, and we have researched entirely new stories. The Spooks and Spokes Bicycle Tour will only run in July and August, and some of the stories will be told in Maple Hill Cemetery, a most beautiful and serene place. We still offer the three walking tours and a trolley tour!

(Q) What can first time “walkers” experience on the Huntsville Ghost Walks?

(A) First time walkers with the Huntsville Ghost Walk will learn a lot of local history. How can one understand that a house or location is haunted if we don’t know who haunts it or why?  We have worked with mediums who communicate with ghosts, and we have been told that the ghosts want us to tell their history. Many of our guests have had encounters and we are happy to share their stories as well. 

(Q) Which Huntsville ghost story told on the Ghost Walk gives you the spooks?

(A) Which stories give us the spooks? We all have our own favorites, but there are three that make me very uncomfortable. One is the place where a man shot two people to death in 1909 for no apparent reason. His ghost is as confused and angry as he was in life. Another is the ghost of a man who haunts the courthouse – angry because he was lynched for the murder of a farmer in 1904. He says, “Yes I did it, but he had it coming to him!” Another is a ghost who rails because he lost his fortune, and thus the respect of his peers, because of something that was his fault. The house, one of the oldest in town, is beautiful, yet it still gives me chills even in the heat of summer!

(Q) In three words, why should folks go on a Ghost Walk this year?

(A) Three words: Ghosts, History, Fun!

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Learn more about Jacque

Jacque Reeves, a local author, writes history and crime. She is the president of the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society, curator of the Donnell House in Athens, Associate Editor of Old Tennessee Valley Magazine, and former editor of Huntsville Historical Review and Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society’s Valley Leaves. Jacque has written 12 books, numerous short stories, and commercials. Jacque is the founder of Avalon Tours, and co-founder of Huntsville Ghost Walk and Mischief and Mayhem Tours.