Between the Lines



I have recently made a conscious effort to stay as local as possible when looking for something to do. Growing up in Blount County, traveling to Birmingham, Trussville, or even Huntsville was a way of life. If you wanted an outing, it included a 30-minute drive.

The past five years have been an exciting time as far as growth and new business development. Because of that, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t that difficult to keep myself entertained right here at home. I am never at a loss for yummy places to have lunch or dinner. Recently, Cleveland Diner, Pounders, and The Busy Bee have kept my belly full. But we have always had a great selection of restaurants to choose from locally. My issue has always been finding an evening event that is close to home, but worth the venture out. Luckily, we’ve stepped up our game in that area, too!

In January I enjoyed New Year’s Eve at SwampTails and toasted with friends in style. A few weeks later and I was watching the always entertaining Miss Tomahawk Pageant at Oneonta High School. I even got talked into being the emcee!

Thursday of last week I accompanied friends to the Pink Porch Market where I spent the evening being taught how to decorate Valentine’s Day cookies from the pros, Valor Catering. And there is always a weekly wine and beer tasting at the Chamber’s Emerging Business of the Year winner, Grapes & Hops. Who would of thought that we would have such selections of fun events in our neck of the woods?

I know I have left out a lot of people and places that are continually planning new and exciting things to do in Blount County. The moral of the story is… you don’t have to fill your gas tank to find a good time. Follow local businesses on Facebook and keep up with the Chamber’s online calendar and you will never be left wanting for something to do!

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

-Richard Phillips