Around the Wiregrass May 2019

MAY 27

The American Legion Bradley-Keller Post 119 in Abbeville will host a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. at the Henry County Veterans Memorial Park, located on West Washington Street in Abbeville. Retired Navy Commander Jan Spitzer will be the keynote speaker. Attendees should bring lawn chairs.

The 13th Annual Wiregrass Memorial Day Ceremony at Sunset Memorial Park will begin at 10 a.m. with Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba serving as the master of ceremonies. The free family event features a flower laying ceremony, 21-gun salute, an appearance by Fort Rucker Color Guard, patriotic music by the Pure and Simple Band, and a picnic lunch. The keynote speaker will be Brian Fleming, a combat-wounded Afghanistan war veteran, international speaker, and resilience trainer who helps people be more resilient in tough, turbulent situations.

MAY 28

Dothan Ballroom Dance Club, a nonprofit that promotes ballroom dancing in the Wiregrass, is offering introductory waltz lessons Tuesday evenings in May. The classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held at the Cultural Arts Center, 909 S. St. Andrews St., in Dothan. Classes will last for one hour and the cost is $2 per person per class.

The Dothan Computer and Technology Users Group will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 242 in the Terry Everett Building on the campus of Troy-Dothan. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact George Mathison at 334-671-1032 or visit our web site at

A 100th birthday celebration for Mrs. Johnnie Ruth Thomas, a lifelong resident of the Fadette community, will be held at the Hartford Health Care Nursing Facility, main dining room, 217 Toro Road, Hartford, at 2 p.m. All family, friends and acquaintances are invited. Refreshments will be served. For additional information, call 850-326-8156.

MAY 29

The Dothan Kiwanis Club will meet at the Dothan Country Club 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. The guest will be Joe Varner with the TriStates 100 Bike Race.

MAY 30

The German Coffee Club will meet at the Landing on Fort Rucker. No special program this month, so bring a friend and have fun. For more information, call Hilde 596-0991 or Marianne at 389-1608.


A Summer Crafts Sale & Farmers Market will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in front of the Newton Library & Museum. Group Tours of the historic Newton Museum begin at 10 a.m. Guitar pickers will be providing music. Booth spaces for vendors are still available. For more information, call Val at 334-299-3316 or email

History lecturer Susan Veasey will be giving a talk at 3 p.m. at the Westgate Library for the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day. She will also tell about World War II generals Eisenhower, Patton and MacArthur.

The 17th Annual TriStates 100 Tour of Miracles bicycle ride will begin at Bethel Baptist Church, 3257 E. Cottonwood Road, in Dothan. Registration will be held Thursday, May 30, from 4:30-7 p.m. and Friday, May 31, from 4-8 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3040 Ross Clark Circle in Dothan. Day-of registration will begin at 5:30 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church. The ride is part of the Alabama Backroads Century Series and is a 103-mile course through Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Riders may also opt to participate in 28-, 42- and 63-mile courses that cover a scenic route through southeast Alabama. Registration is available online at Proceeds from the bike ride benefit the Dawn Pitchford Fund at Children’s of Alabama, the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital, and goes to the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s. Visit or contact Joe Varner at for more information.

The Alabama Children's Classic Bass Tournament will be held throughout the day on Lake Eufaula. Early entry fee is $120 per team or boat; $145 on the day of the tournament. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Children’s of Alabama.Tournament winnings include cash prices for first through 15th place, as well as smallest legal fish and biggest fish.For more information, contact Carmen Maddox at or 334-333-5876.

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