Between the Lines


There is nothing like a sunset drive through Blount County, right? Monday night I attended the Chamber of Commerce’s “Gathering at Bear Meat Cabin” in Blountsville. The program started at 6:30 p.m. with live folk music in the pavilion at the Blountsville Historical Park.

First, if you have never been to the park, you should prioritize a visit. The amount of time the folks from the Blountsville Historic Society devoted to making this park an accessible and educational space is impressive.

With the sunset as a backdrop, we enjoyed a delicious dinner of chicken and vegetable kabobs, jasmine rice, zesty slaw and parmesan covered corn-on-the-cob. As usual, The Woodfire Grill and Charlie B’s presented a top-notch menu.

Aside from the lovely meal, my favorite part was the fellowship with some great folks I don’t always have the opportunity to sit and talk with. I learned a lot about the park from Historical Society board members; I met a nice group who drove all the way from Trussville for the event; I gave out and took in several hugs from friends and acquaintances, and made some new friends that I hope to see again. And at the end of the day, I think that was the mission of the dinner. Yes, of course part of it was to highlight Blountsville and its beautiful park, but it fostered a very warm atmosphere of fellowship and friendship.

If you do take the time to visit the park, not only will you get to see a very nice Blount County treasure, but you will also pass the new Scenic Overlook Park on Hwy 231. The surrounding municipalities, and the Blount County Commission, worked very hard to refurbish the old bridge over the Locust Fork River into an access point for the river. It’s a beautifully positioned space and one that we’ve needed for quite some time. Don’t be surprised if it gets us a lot of positive attention!

I guess my point is, once again, that we really do have good things happening here in Blount County. Ten years ago I would have laughed if you told me I would be going to a sunset, outdoor dinner in Blountsville and driving past a brand new outdoor park with access to the Locust Fork River. I didn’t laugh about it Monday night, but it sure did make me smile.

Until next time, I hope you find something new here in Blount County. It’s a good old place to call home.

-Richard Phillips