The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute was designed as a living institution, ensuring that Birmingham's contribution to the civil rights movement translates to present generations. At BCRI, guests learn about the courageous men and women who dared confront centuries of bigotry to transform the American landscape. The dream of former Birmingham mayor David Vann, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute opened to the public in November of 1992. Ever since, the BCRI has done everything in its powers to do justice to the heroes portrayed within the institute's halls.
The seed of flight was planted when Erik Box was still a boy and his grandfather Lindbergh carved him a propeller from wood. Today, Box Aviation is the natural outgrowth of that lifelong love, giving Erik the chance to fulfill his passion each day. Stationed at Montgomery Aviation, the outfit provides fellow enthusiasts with services such as flight training, rental aircraft, and maintenance for personally owned planes. Newcomers to the field can get a taste of the open skies via a discovery flight, which places them next to an expert pilot for short loops through Montgomery airspace.
Taste Wine Bar provides oenophiles with a variety of wines in a relaxed atmosphere. Both the bar and shop's menus feature unique listings and change seasonally, much like the shape of the moon, which usually resembles a large maple leaf by the time autumn rolls around. Popular bottles from the shop include the Black shiraz ($24.99) and Arabella chardonnay ($10.99), while many aficionados appreciate the Silver Oak cabernet ($115.99) in pricier stead. At the bar, glasses of house wine (Salmon Creek, $6),14 Hands ($9) or Ramey or Rombauer ($15) come in cabernet, chardonnay, and merlot. Taste also offers beers and mixed drinks for the grape-averse.
The 120-acre Huntsville Botanical Garden is a year-round source of botanical bounties, with horticulture-loving visitors able to spy an array of gorgeous plants, from Japanese cedar in the winter to daylilies in the summer. Plant perusers can learn medicinal uses of common plants in the herb garden, practice whistle harmonies with the nature trail's melodious bird population, or write haikus about their devotion to limericks in the new Washio Ishii bonsai display. Junior leaf-hunters grab the spotlight in the 2-acre children's garden, filled with eight different activity stations, including fossil displays, a real Space Station node, and a bamboo musical garden. And until February 28, visitors are encourage to bring their dogs for the “Dog Days of Winter” festival, when their four-legged friends can pounce around the “No Leash Zone,” take a couple doggie classes, or explain the science of photosynthesis by barking the periodic table.
On October 4th, Soul Survivor will transform the sleepy town of Forsyth, Georgia into a ghost town for a 5K race. The race begins at 8 p.m. after participants are each issued a t-shirt and an ominous flashlight. As they run through the haunted streets, they could encounter the frighteningly realistic zombies that Soul Survivor is known for or the ghosts of marathoners past come back to claim first place.
Wills Creek Vineyards and Jules J. Berta Vineyards are both nestled amid pristine Alabama hillsides. The sandy soils and high elevation of the local mountains foster a exemplary environment for growing delicate, flavorful grapes that the vineyards turn into luscious wines. Let the wine experts at Wills Creek find the perfect pairing for your upcoming menus during complimentary tastings, or enjoy a glass of wine and a cheese board on the winery's deck. Jules J. Berta offers a number of varietals for sampling, including merlot, riesling, and Born Dixie sweet muscadine wine. In addition to the tastings, Wills Creek hosts special events and offers regular winemaking classes, and you can find Jules J. Berta's wines in a variety of local stores.