What To Do This Month

By on 9 October, 2017 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

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The days are getting shorter and, rain aside, the weather is changing for the better. Football season’s well underway, and your culinary thoughts may be turning to cocoa and soup (though, let’s be honest, it’s still pretty warm outside). That said, maintaining your calendar is important. Here are four things to think about as you plan your fall.

1. See a haunted house. Halloween’s just a few weeks away, and Montgomery’s a short drive away from some world-class haunted houses. We especially recommend Leeds’ own Atrox Factory (near Birmingham) and Atlanta’s astonishing Netherworld. Both places compare favorably with the best haunted houses in the world, including the ones we saw at Universal Studios last year. If you’re in the mood for something a little more country, you might think about checking out the “Hellbilly Hollow” or Pope’s Haunted Farm (Warning: We haven’t been to either of these places). If you want to see the inside of the wonderful Sloss Furnace, their haunted house is fun too. We wish there was something of this caliber here in town, but we haven’t learned about it so far, although we might go to the haunt run by the local Humane Society. Also, we highly recommend the local “haunted hearse tour.”

Also on the quasi-Halloween-ish note, don’t forget the Third Annual Transylvanian Convention at The Sanctuary. Rocky Horror? Never gets old.

2. Go to the fair. The Alabama National Fair (warning: turn off your sound before clicking on that link, lest you encounter the Fair’s, um, catchy, theme song) runs from October 27-November 5. So there’s plenty of time to plan for your funnel cake eating and Ferris Wheel riding. Plus, you might enter one of the many weird contests they offer every year. We had a really good time when we last went to the fair, and we are planning on going back again this year.

3. See a play. The Playhouse is about to debut And Then There Were None, which is a fantastic Agatha Christie story. It’s genuinely creepy and a masterpiece of mounting suspense. And the Shakespeare Festival has a limited run of Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie, starring local favorite Greta Lambert, that promises to be great. We’re going to try to see both of these.

4. Go to the museum. The MMFA is bringing a great band to town on October 20. It’s easy to complain about the quality of touring acts that come through town, but if you like tight bands that will make you want to get up and move, Tank and the Bangas, who memorably won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, are coming to the museum as part of their concert series. It’s a great chance to see a fantastic band in a unique setting. Maybe also check out what’s on offer right now at the museum. Frank Stella “bridges Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Pop.” Could be cool.

5. Eat right. E.A.T. South is doing “Fall’s Finest Flavors” at the Downtown Farm on Saturday, October 14 at 5:00 p.m. Event info here. This event will include tastings from downtown restaurants and will highlight the best flavors of fall. The event also features craft beer and cocktails, music, and a cornhole tournament! Fall’s Finest Flavors will benefit the development of the Downtown Farm, including installing new garden beds, expanding workshops, produce production, food systems education and outdoor education field trips for students.

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with one cat, a dog, ten fish, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

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