Susie Scott Krabacher Coming to Athens State!

The Livingston Concert Lecture Series of Athens State University is
proud to present a lecture by Susie Scott Krabacher on Thursday,
November 29 at 7pm in McCandless Hall.

SUSIE SCOTT KRABACHER, formerly of Athens, is founder and president of
the Mercy and Sharing Foundation (www.haitichildren.org), an
international relief organization dedicated to providing a safe haven
for abandoned, malnourished, and impoverished children in Haiti.

Prior to her current work, Krabacher worked extensively as a model and
actress, appearing as the centerfold in Playboy magazine as Miss May
1983. She credits her renewed Christian faith and the purpose she found
in caring for the world’s poor as the factors that led to her life’s

In 2006, Krabacher was honored by World of Children, Inc., an
international children’s advocacy group dedicated to honoring
exceptional child advocates from around the world. In 2004, she was
granted The Humanitarian Rose Award, presented by The People’s
Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc., which was established to further
Diana’s commitment to help the needy. In addition, she has received
the International Humanitarian Award from the National Association for
the Advancement of Haitians, the National Achievement Award from E-Town
Radio, the Citizen Cool Award from the Ben & Jerry’s Corporation, and
the Gift of Life Award from Rotary International. She is a member of
the Miami Children’s Hospital Hall of Fame, and has been awarded
honorary citizenship in Haiti.

Krabacher spends nearly every waking hour working for the children of
Haiti, either fundraising in the United States, or providing hands-on
help in Haiti for the 3,300 children in the care of Mercy and Sharing.
All U.S. administrative overhead is paid for by the Krabachers and the
Board of Directors so that 100% of every donation goes directly to the
care of the children in Haiti. Donations to Mercy and Sharing are
contributed by private individuals, corporate sponsorships, and by
Krabacher and her husband, Joe Krabacher, an Aspen attorney and real
estate developer. All profits earned by Krabacher from the sale of
ANGELS OF A LOWER FLIGHT will go to aid the children of Haiti.

Guy McClure


Carter Martin Coming to Athens!

Friends of the ASU Library (in conjunction with Pablo's on the Square) will be hosting the appearance of Carter Martin in Athens on December 4.. Dr. Carter Martin (who taught in the English Department for years at UAH) has just published his first novel KELBRN.

Here is the itinerary for Tuesday, December 4.

  • 12-1 Bring your own lunch (or sack lunch) talk and signing by Carter Martin in the meeting room of the Athens State library
  • 2-4pm---Meet the author and book signing at Pablo's on the Square.
I reviewed Carter's book for the website that I write for: www.Swampland.com
I write under the heading/name of RiverVue. Swampland : Reviews
I plan to have posters up soon and get publicity out around Thanksgiving.
Carter's books will be available at Pablo's on Market.

Dr. Penni Laubenthal


Downtown Map

I found this cool site wayfaring.com that allows you to make a map! I did this one of our awesome downtown eating and shopping. If you zoom in really close, you'll see I didn't hit the nail on the head very well of the locations. It's kind of hard to do, but from a distance, as usual--things look pretty well in order. It was something fun to do....You can click on it, then go to a link that allows you to send it via email to someone. So if someone wants to know where to go for some fun in the downtown area of Athens, then email the map! Simple!


Festival of Trees!

The Donnell House Festival of Trees is going on right now. Visit the historical home and experience the magic of Christmas and enjoy the artful decorations of many trees, all the mantels, stair rails, etc . by different people. So wonderful! Visit their site for tour times....


We're LIVE!

You should be able to experience more of Spirit of Athens through our website now! Have you visited? There is lots to learn and see there and plenty more valuable info will be added as people pitch in to help inform.

We also want YOU to participate in posting to this blog about the revitalization going on in Athens and the excitement we're seeing all around. If you would like to be added as a blog author, please join SOA and email us at info@spiritofathens.com. Anyone may comment below. Let's talk!


Going Live!

By Friday of this week, the Spirit of Athens website will be live! Bookmark this URL: www.spiritofathens.com and check it often. Right as it is seen for the first time, you will see all kinds of images of our great city.

I hope that folks will shoot some great images at all of the great events that Athens offers and send your best ones to us to add to our photo galleries. Be looking now for any that you have and email them to us at carole@caroleforet.com. Send jpeg images at 72 dpi with a Height of about 8in. and Width about 12 in. Send them 2 at a time and only up to 3 per person. Put in the subject line of your email: SOA Images.

If you have images from the Spirit of Athens Storytelling Festival, send them to us! We will post the best ones!

Ok, so can you guess where in Athens this image came from? Guess by making a comment!

Catch the Spirit!
Carole Foret


Spirit of Athens Website Coming Soon!

Spirit of Athens' site is being designed as we speak! Soon, people will be able to see lots of photos and gather lots of information about what is going on in our great city. While you wait here is a sneak peek from Carole Foret Design--the website package provider.


The Huntsville Times will begin publishing a new weekly special section with features on Limestone County. They plan to kick off that section, to be called Limestone Spirit, on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

For that section, they would like Limestone residents to submit photos (kids sports, community events, feature shots from around the county, etc., whatever they'd like to submit) and news items (new business openings, school events, civic events, fundraisers, youth league signups, you name it).

To submit photos or articles, visit www.al.com/limestone and upload pictures and news items?

Contact: Shelly Haskins, City Editor, The Huntsville Times, 532-4424.

Let's spread the word about our wonderful Limestone County.


Jeanette Rich
Tourism Director
Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 150, Athens, Al 35612
Phone: 256-232-5411 Fax: 256-232-2609
Cell Phone: 256-508-7314
Web site: www.tourathens.com Email: jrich@pclnet.net
Small Town Relaxation, Near Big City Lights!


Confederate Soldier

This statue stands on the Northeast corner of our wonderful courthouse. Visit the square to see it! We are so proud of our heritage and landmarks like this are marked with great signs that talk about Athens history. All around the square are "stations" that show old photos of our town that allow you too look around and compare the photos to what we have now. They're awesome!