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Huntsville Pilgrimage Home Tour

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on April 29, 2008

Huntsville Pilgrimage Home Tour

In case you are looking for a good activity for the weekend coming up, here is one that might interest you.  If you love homes like I do then I might have just the activity for you.  I may be biased but I happen to think that Huntsville has some of the most beautiful homes in the Huntsville Alabama Homesworld.  If you don’t believe me just check out some of those gorgeous homes in the historic district.   

If you have not had a chance to see some of these homes before, NOW’S YOUR CHANCE.  On Saturday May 3, 2008 the Huntsville Home Pilgrimage Home Tour is back.  It will be from 10am to 4pm.  Tickets are $15 and $20.  They can be purchased from places like Belk, Railroad Station Antique Mall, and Harrison Brothers.  Box lunches will also be available at the Church of the Nativity downtown. 

It will be a good chance to view some of the history of Huntsville and see some beautiful old homes at the same time.  If you are worried about the weather, most of the walk will be shaded through the streets where the homes are located.  I invite you to check it out!!  If you go, be sure to send me some great photos and I’ll be sure to include them in my Huntsville Real Estate Blog!!
 

 

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
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Huntsville Alabama Activities & Events

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on April 29, 2008

Huntsville Alabama Activites & Events: Always Plenty to Do!!!

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Are you looking for fun things to do around the Huntsville area?  I always keep my eyes open for new ideas to share with the readers of my real estate blog.  Yes, sometimes I veer away from topics of Huntsville real estate but I believe that the great city of Huntsville is more than just houses being bought and sold.  Therefore, I try to share things about our city because I have found that to be an important consideration when planning a move to a new city. 

I came across some upcoming Huntsville events and OF COURSE I wanted to share it with you.  One of the great things I love about our city is the diversity of culture and enrichment activities in our area. 

 

Do you want to get your feet moving this week.  If so, the Kinesthetic Cue Dance Club is hosting a FREE Salsa Social.  You can learn with no experience or partner necessary.  It will be held at 8006 Old Madison Pike from 8:00pm to 10:00pm on April 29th.
On May 1st, the Huntsville Museum of Art is hosting the “Art After Hours” event.  It will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  There will be free refreshments, free wine, an artist’s marketplace, a raffle, and a museum clearance sale.  The event is free to museum members and there is a request of $5.00 donation for guests.

Use those new salsa skills at a party on May 2nd at the Princess Theatre in Decatur.  There will be hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting.  Reservations are $65 and proceeds benefit the cinema.

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If you would rather enjoy the weather and beauty of Huntsville, there will be an outdoor concert with the Rocket City Brass on May 2nd.  It begins at 7:00pm at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.

How about a night at the symphony?  The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra has another installment of the Pop Three series entitled Fantasies and Fairy Tales – Star Wars to Disney.  It will be in the Von Braun Center Concert Hall on Saturday May 10th starting at 7:30pm.  Joseph Lee is the conductor and the featured vocalist is soprano Jodi Benson who is known for the voice of Ariel in the Little Mermaid!  This is definitely on my to-do list!

Now that you know about these great events you have no excuse that you have “nothing to do” in the upcoming week.  These should both prove to be wonderful events for family and friends.  As always, if you attend any of these fun events in the Huntsville and Madison County area please come back to my real estate blog to comment or share photos with us all!!

Huntsville Real Estate Agent 

Kimberly Grant
Associate Broker
, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
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Selected Huntsville and Madison July 4th Events

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on July 3, 2007

Huntsville / Madison July 4 Events

July 4th Holiday in Huntsville and Madison Alabama
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Huntsville Real Estate Agent
Huntsville Real Estate Blog

4TH OF JULY IN MADISON
The city of Madison is celebrating its 150th birthday with a special event. Bring your blankets & enjoy free inflatable rides for the children with hulu hoop & sack race contests, free SnoCones, popcorn, cotton candy, drinks & water will be available. Attention cooks: enter your best apple pie in the Apple Pie Contest beginning at 2 PM.Huntsville July 4

Start Date: July 4

Hours: 1-5 PM

Admission: No admission charged

The fireworks display has been canceled due to the drought

Location: Dublin Park

  

EXCHANGE CLUB 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
 
Bring a folding chair or blanket & enjoy food & drink vendors, children’s area, sound stage, skydivers, “giveakidaflagtowave” & other activities.Huntsville July 4

Start Date: July 4

Hours: Gates open at 6 PM, program at 7:30 PM

Admission: $10 per car

There will be a shuttle from the parking area to the viewing area for those who need a ride.

Location: Ditto Landing

HOMECOMING-MADISON

http://www.madisonis150.com/

 
Everyone is welcomed back to Madison to celebrate our town’s birthday. Former residents, alumni of Bob Jonees High School, friends & relatives of residents are invited to come home again. Fireworks at Dublin Park, community picnic & best of potluck dishes contest.Huntsville July 4

Start Date: July 4

Hours: 9 PM

Admission: No admission charged

Location: City of Madison & Dublin Park

THURSDAY EVENING CONCERTS AT THE LIBRARY

http://www.hpl.lib.al.us/

 
Join the music that formed an important part of our cultural heritage. Performing a variety of salsa, merengue, boleros & other Latin styles is “Soft Note Latin Combo.”Huntsville July 4

Start Date: July 5

Hours: 6 PM

Admission: No admission charged

Location: Huntsville Public Library, 915 Monroe Street


THURSDAY NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUM

www.spacecamp.com/museum

 
Meet Major Jill “Raggz” Long. She will speak informally with a question & answer period. There will be hors d’ oeuvres and a chance to explore the Museum.Huntsville July 4

Start Date: July 5

Hours: 6 PM

Admission: Admission charged

Location: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base

BURRITT KIDS’ CAMP: STOP BUGGING ME!

http://www.burrittonthemountain.org/

 
Hands-on experiences & close-up investigations will allow your child to become familiar with some of the flying, crawling creatures that many people fear-INSECTS!Huntsville July 4

Start Date: July 5

End Date: July 6

Hours: 9 AM-1:30 PM

Admission: Admission charged

For ages 5 & 6

Location: Burritt on the Mountain, 3101 Burritt Drive

Huntsville July 4I hope you and your family get the opportunity to participate in some of the wonderful activities that are planned around our city.  During the holiday, please take a moment to remember those that are giving their lives to defend our country and may be separated from their family for extended periods of time.  Remember, rocket and missle type fireworks have been banned due to the drought.  Be careful when using fireworks because the dry grass can ignite into fire very quickly.  I hope you and your family have a happy and safe Independence Day 2007!!

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
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Red Cross Requesting Blood Donations

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on July 3, 2007

Red Cross Requesting Blood Donations

Red Cross Requesting Blood Donations
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Huntsville Real Estate Agent
Huntsville Real Estate Blog

Huntsville Blood Drive

Alabama’s Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood donors.  They are estimating that their reserve is less than a day’s supply.  A representative from the Red Cross has stated they are unsure if they have enough to ensure that local hospitals have what they need.  In some cases, hospitals are having to postpone some elective surgeries.  Residents are encouraged to come out to donate because one pint of blood can save as many as three lives.  Also, blood collected in the Huntsville area goes to help hospitals in Alabama, the Mississippi coast, and the Florida panhandle.  The Red Cross needs all blood types but there is a special request for type O and type B.

Surprisingly, I found that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently restricted gifts to blood donors such as gift cards, sports tickets, and similar things of value.  Tammy Barnes, the North Alabama district director of LifeSouth, says this has really hurt the number of donors in the area.  There are movie tickets and free t-shirts available to local donors, but no more restaurant or shopping gift cards.  The summer vacation season has also hurt the number of donations with an estimated 20% of donors coming from high school and college students (who are now on summer vacation).

I encourage you all to try to assist the Red Cross with a blood donation.  Remember, just ONE PINT can save as Huntsville Blood Drivemany as THREE LIVES.  One little deed can do so much to help others.  With the upcoming holiday, there can be an increase in accidents and injuries and you just don’t know what type of difference you can make.  So if you are able to donate, please go out and support the Red Cross and give blood.  You never know it might just save a life!!

 

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
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Huntsville Water Restriction Rumors

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on June 8, 2007

Huntsville Water Restriction Rumors Spreading Around Town 
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant

Go to fullsize imageThere had been a buzz around town that water usage will be restricted soon due to the recent weather we are having.  Representatives from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) have released a statement assuring that there are no watering bans in our area currently by Huntsville Utilities.  Being so close to the Tennessee River has definitely shown to be a benefit for us during this dry spell that we are experiencing.  Approximately 80% of our water comes from the Tennessee River.  Unless there is a major equipment breakdown that affects pumping, there is not a foreseen water ban coming to our area. 

Whether there is a water restriction or not, it is pretty clear that we are definitely in a drought situation here in North Alabama.  Below you will see the report from the National Weather Service Website.  As of May 29, 2007, we were classified as D3 extreme drought.  There is only one stage higher than our current state.

The weekly forecast for the upcoming week shows more hot, dry days ahead.  Our area is expected to be in the low to mid nineties for most of the week.  Please be careful if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors.  Do not forget the sunblock and remember to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.  Be sure to keep watch on the kids and the elderly during this time.  I hope you are will be safe as you prepare for another summer in the Tennessee Valley.

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
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Huntsville Alabama Road Construction

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on May 28, 2007

Huntsville Alabama Road Construction Update
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Huntsville Realtor

Huntsville Road Construction

Many people will be out on the roads during this week. Please be mindful of the road construction going on around town so you can plan your route accordingly.

Governors Drive will have planned closings in sections this week to try to prevent major traffic delays:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day: The contractor will close Harvard between Longwood and Governors drives.

Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: The contractor will close Princeton Boulevard at Governors.

Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day: Huntsville Utilities Gas Department will close Sivley Road between Governors and Turner Street.

Tuesday, one eastbound lane of Governors will be closed for three blocks, part of the Monroe Street intersection will be closed, and access to and from Vanderbilt Drive will be closed for at least six weeks.

The right, or outside, lane of eastbound Governors will be closed from Monroe to Harvard Road.

Tthe traffic signal at Governors and Monroe will stay green continuously during the closings for motorists going east on Governors.

Motorists going south on Monroe will not be allowed to turn left to go east on Governors, nor allowed to cross Governors to Vanderbilt. The turn lane for southbound Monroe motorists to turn west onto Governors will remain open.Access to and from Vanderbilt Drive and Vanderbilt Circle will be available via Monroe, which veers off the northbound Parkway access road. However, northbound motorists on the Parkway access road will not be able to reach Governors by taking the same route and passing by Vanderbilt Drive.

Brandontown Road between Oakwood Avenue and Jordan Lane is closed to through traffic until about Oct. 3.

The right-hand, northbound lane of Monroe Street between Holmes Avenue and Church Street is closed until early July.

The Jordan Lane/Alabama 53 widening project continues from north of Mastin Lake Road to north of Nick Fitcheard Road.

Madison: Shelton Road will be closed at the railroad track to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to rebuild the road at the crossing. This closure will be in effect until next Friday. Paving work continues on Hughes Road. While Sullivan Street is closed, traffic is diverted to Mill Road, Church Street and Main Street.

Upcoming Construction: Through the middle of June, traffic on the Interstate 65 bridge over the Tennessee River will be reduced to one lane weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for maintenance.

It is estimated that about 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States, which means about one death every 13 minutes. The financial costs of these crashes are more than 230 billion dollars. Please be careful while you are on the roads. The results of vehicle accidents not only affect you but others around you. The effects can be devastating from loss of your transportation to personal injury or even death for you or someone else. Be cautious of your surroundings and be sure to leave early whenever you can so you do not have to rush. Above all else, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not drink and drive especially during this holiday weekend.

Kimberly Grant
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty
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Huntsville 2007 Mercedes-Benz Cotton Row Run

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on May 28, 2007

2007 Mercedes-Benz Cotton Row Run

2007 Mercedes-Benz Cotton Row Run Huntsville, AL
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant,
Huntsville Realtor

Huntsville Cotton Row RunThe 28th annual Mercedes-Benz Cotton Row Run was held near Big Springs Park.  There was a 10K (6.2 miles) run that started at 7 am this morning.  There was a 5K (3.1 miles) that begain at 10 am and a 1 mile Fun Run aiming to attract children 10 and under and their adult companions that went through historic downtown.  Security, traffic control, and medical support provided for the safety of all the participants.  The Cotton Row Run is conducted by the Huntsville Track Club and for the past 27 years has drawn runners from all over the country.  Lodging was provided by Holiday Inn Downtown Huntsville and there were numerous local companies sponsoring the event.  Papa John’s provided free pizza to all the runners, Pepsi Cola provided soft drinks to all the runners, and Garden Cove Produce provided bananas, water, and Gatorade.

There are prizes for the 10K winners including: top seven overall male and female finishers, top 5 male and female finishers over 40, and additional cash and prizes for individuals that set course records.  Our very own Huntsvillian, David Riddle, was the top local finisher.  He finished in a time of 32:12 just 2 minutes and 10 seconds behind the first place male winner Alene Reta from Ethiopia.  The women’s dividision was won by Silvia Skvortsova of New York, who also broke the 2003 women’s course record with a time of 33:20. 

Be careful when traveling downtown and remember that many of the streets have been closed for the safety of the participants.  Leave early and be prepared for possible alternate routes.  Have a happy and safe Memorial Day.

Kimberly Grant 
Realtor, Exit Leon Crawford Realty 
www.KimberlyGrant.info 

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Huntsville Memorial Day Service

Posted by huntsvillerealestateinfo on May 26, 2007

Huntsville Alabama Memorial Day Service
Submitted by: Kimberly Grant, Realtor 

On May 28, 2007, there will be a Memorial Day Service at Maple Hill Cemetary.  The event begins at 10:30 am and no admission will be charged.  The program includes a Color Guard, Veterans firing squad, band & bugler as part of the ceremony. In honor and remembrance of our fallen members of the armed forces, American flags will be placed at every military gravesite in the cemetery.  Patriotic music will be performed before the program begins and local organizations have been invited to bring wreathes & their organizational colors for the ceremony.  The decorating has already begun for the event and should be a moving tribute to those that have given their lives for others.

202 Maple Hill St SE Huntsville, AL 35801

MapQuest Directions:

1: Travel on I-565 E toward HUNTSVILLE. 10.1 miles Map
2: Take the WASHINGTON ST / JEFFERSON ST exit- EXIT 19C- toward DOWNTOWN. 0.2 miles Map
3: Take the WASHINGTON ST W ramp. <0.1 miles Map
4: Merge onto WASHINGTON ST NW. <0.1 miles Map
5: Turn RIGHT onto PRATT AVE NW. 0.4 miles Map
6: Turn RIGHT onto WHITE ST NE. 0.3 miles Map
7: Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto WELLS AVE SE. 0.1 miles Map
8: Turn RIGHT onto MAPLE HILL DR SE.

Please be careful over the holiday weekend.  Roads may be dangerous so remember to drive cautiously for yourself and for others.

Have a very Happy Memorial Day Weekend,

Kimberly Grant, Realtor

Exit Leon Crawford Realty

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