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Step Back in Time: Town of Pike Road’s Christmas Tree Lighting

December 5th, 2013 categories: Activities, Neighborhoods, Pike Road

Attending the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Pike Road Town Hall is like taking a step back in time.  It’s a small crowd, it’s a simple ceremony.  They light the tree, sing Christmas carols, and pause for reflection.  And the holiday season begins!

Pike Road Christmas Tree Lighting 2013Pike Road’s Town Hall, located on Vaughn Road,  is the hub of the community activities.  Throughout the year meeting and events are held here, and the people of Pike Road can gather and get to know one another better.  I’m always surprised by the familiar face of a friend whom I didn’t realize also lives here.  The Christmas tree lighting is usually around the first Sunday evening of December, so check it out next season if you missed it this year.

If this small town atmosphere sounds appealing to you, let us show you around.  Check out our Neighborhood pages and search the River Region MLS through this site.  Give us a call and let us help you get to know Pike Road, and hopefully make it your home, too!

2013 Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair a HUGE Success!!!

November 15th, 2013 categories: Activities, Pike Road

Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair

If I told you thousands of people are gathering for an huge event in November in the state of Alabama, you would think Alabama or Auburn football.   But if it was the first Saturday in November, in the Town of Pike Road, then the place was the Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair.  Did I mention the 47th annual Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair.   And it was huge this year…. (if you don’t believe me see the picture with unbelievable amount of cars).

Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair

With 47 years of experience to get the formula right, it had every appearance of a roaring success with a sold out list of over 250 vendors.

So did you not make it to the event this year?  Here is what you missed – tents galore from vendors near and far sold everything from the popular live turtle in a cage, the coolest birdhouses around (I bought 3 from Bill Perry’s birdhouses), impressive artwork from the Old Town of Pike Road, homemade tire swings, deer antler lamps, goat’s milk soap, Alabama/Auburn décor, and a laundry list of other crafty things that you would expect to see.

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IMG_20131102_104221Events like the Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair are what make Pike Road, AL a special town.  With the upcoming attractions like the movie theater on Chantilly Parkway and the new Pike Road School System, growth is on its way.  But for a town like Pike Road, the past is not to be forgotten.  Events like the Arts and Crafts Fair serve as a great reminder as to the history of Pike Road and the families who have lived there for generations.  Pike Road truly is a great town to live.

If you’re interested in homes for sale that will be zoned for the upcoming Pike Road school, you need to know that the Town of Pike Road will always be the authority on school zoning.  If you would like to know about homes for sale in Pike Road neighborhoods, CLICK HERE for our Neighborhood pages.  Here you’ll find pictures, neighborhood video tours, and most importantly, a current live feed of homes for sale in each neighborhood from the MLS.   Check out neighborhoods like The Waters, Lochshire, and others on these Neighborhood pages.

We love to talk Pike Road real estate.  Give us a call at (334) 221-5862, or CLICK HERE to contact us, and get connected with Realtors who specialize in the Pike Road area.

Pike Road’s ENHANCE Open House Tonight!

February 21st, 2013 categories: Activities, Neighborhoods, Pike Road

Pike Road ENHANCE Open House

The Pike Road ENHANCE Initiative is “a plan by the future of the Town of Pike Road will be shaped.”

Head to the Town Hall tonight from 5:30-7:00 pm, and see displays and representatives from each of the nine ENHANCE programs, and learn how you can plug in and shape the future of the Pike Road community.

Quite a few “Quality of Life” programs already exist, and are open to everyone in Pike Road:   Agriculture and Stewardship Club, The Neighborhood Leaders, The Recreation Service Corps, The Patriot Club, The Pike Road Arts Council, The Pike Road Business Association, The PRAYER Team, The Education Service Committee, and the PRICE Foundation.

For more info on ENHANCE, check out the video below:


For more information on this event,  contact Mary Catherine at [email protected], or CLICK HERE to  visit the Town of Pike Road website.

If you’re interested in homes for sale that will be zoned for the upcoming Pike Road school, you need to know that the Town of Pike Road will always be the authority on school zoning.  If you would like to know about homes for sale in Pike Road neighborhoods, CLICK HERE for our Neighborhood pages.  Here you’ll find pictures, neighborhood video tours, and most importantly, a current live feed of homes for sale in each neighborhood from the MLS.   Check out neighborhoods like The Waters, Lochshire, and others on these Neighborhood pages.

We love to talk Pike Road real estate.  Give us a call at (334) 221-5862, or CLICK HERE to contact us, and get connected with Realtors who specialize in the Pike Road area.

Nancy’s Italian Ice Is A Hit In East Montgomery, AL

April 13th, 2010 categories: Activities, Dining, Montgomery

Autrey's establishmentIt’s a high of 80 degrees today and my kids want Nancy’s  Italian Ice – blue Italian ice to be exact.

I do too!

If you haven’t been to this great little sweet shop in the Winn Dixie/Sturbridge shopping center on Vaughn Road, you need to go.  Nancy’s passes our test for 3 reasons:

1) It really tastes good (the kids will eat all of it).  The Italian ice comes in fruity flavors, plus, there’s gelato (like a dense ice cream), soft serve ice cream, and baked goods like cookies and cupcakes.  Someone under 6 at our table immediately ate the icing off the cupcake we bought (imagine that) so I didn’t get a lick of icing, but the cake was more like a pound cake than a regular cake = excellent!!  The baked goods are made in the store each morning.

2) It is reasonably priced.   We don’t like taking out a loan to go to the ice cream shop.  At Nancy’s, the kid’s “little owl” cup is $0.99.  The servings are huge. You get a lot of mileage out of a trip with prices like that.

3) It’s a locally owned, family business.  It’s fun to support them.  And from what we gathered on our last trip, a lot of Montgomery families are also having fun supporting them!  The after-school traffic was steady, and it was nice to gather and visit with friends.

Thanks, Nancy’s, for adding some more local flavor to east Montgomery!

If you’d like to find a home near great restaurants and shops like Nancy’s, give us a call.  We can show you any property in the Montgomery Area MLS, and it costs buyers nothing to have a Realtor on your side!

Check Out the New Wilson YMCA in East Montgomery

March 11th, 2010 categories: Activities

I took a fun tour of the new Wilson YMCA in the New Park neighborhood of East Montgomery today.  For those of you who have yet to see it, I’ve posted a few pics below.

Where I grew up, the YMCA wasn’t a huge program, but the YMCA in Montgomery is a big part of daily life.  There are 15 locations in the River Region offering facilities for group exercise, athletic fields, water parks,weight rooms, gymnasiums – and the list goes on.  A lot of youth sports (football, soccer, basketball, etc.) are played through the YMCA, and childcare (“Childwatch”) is offered at some locations.

So what’s the new Wilson facility like?  The first distinguishing factor is that it is part of the new development, New Park, off of Ray Thorington Road.  It is right behind the new Wilson Elementary School, and shares its gym with Wilson students during the morning hours.

Right now it has a gym, a weight room, a group exercise room (one class per day, M-F), and a Childwatch area.  It sits on 16.5 acres so there is room to expand – in the lobby are the site plans for other phases of development that include a pool and water park area.

Childwatch hours at the Wilson Y are 8:30-10:30 am and 4:30-7:00 am.  You can let your young children play in this area while you exercise. Y basketball teams are meeting in the gym on weeknights for practice.

One of the reasons the YMCA is such a big deal in Montgomery is the membership fee:  a family membership costs $59 a month ($100 sign up fee), and members can use all 15 facilities.  Members pay only 1/2 of the registration fee for sports programs, too.

For more information about a YMCA membership, go to

Clean Up Montgomery, AL: FREE Garbage Collection Sites

March 1st, 2010 categories: Activities, Montgomery

Montgomery County Pick Up DaysIn case you misplaced your flier, here are the Montgomery County, AL, monthly clean-up dates.  On the last Saturday of each month, you can dispose of that large stuff you’ve been wanting to get rid of, but won’t fit in your trash can for regular, weekly pick up.

Yes!  So long broken basketball goal that has been sitting behind my fence for a year and a half !  The flyer says there will even be workers at each site to help you unload the stuff you bring.  Won’t it feel great to kiss that pile of junk goodbye (in a legal and responsible way)!

Montgomery County Pick Up Days 2(This service is REALLY helpful to those who move into a different house in 2010 – if you’ve moved recently you know the kinds of stuff you are left with . . .)

All locations will be open  from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Here are the DATES (again, these are the last Saturdays of each month of 2010):

January 30, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, and September 25.

Here are the LOCATIONS:

Hope Hull: Vacant grocery store at railroad tracks (Wasden Road)

Mount Meigs/Pike Road:  Belser Blvd. in Bridle Brook subdivision OR County Lot Office across from The Feed Lot

Pine Level:  Pine Level Park (across from Sikes and Kohn)

Pintlala: Pintlala Elementary School

Ramer:  Transfer Station (County Road 12, Hickory Grove Road)

For more details about exactly what can and cannot be unloaded (toxic waste, items with freon, etc.) click here or call (334) 832-1210.

For those who live within the Montgomery city limits, your bulk trash is collected every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm at city Public Schools.  Call (334) 241-2750 or click here for more info.

Kids Consignments in Montgomery: Kids Carousel

February 8th, 2010 categories: Activities, Montgomery, Prattville

One of my favorite things about having kids in Montgomery, AL, is the presence of kid’s clothing/toys/gear consignment sales like Kids Carousel. These sales are usually twice a year (spring/summer and fall/winter) and are HUGE: think hundreds of consignors and locations like Garrett Coliseum.


So what’s the deal?  Do people really buy other people’s used stuff? YES!  Do consignors really make money at these sales? YES!!

For those of you who have never been to one of these events, here’s how it works:

1) You can simply come and shop during public shopping days.

Kids Carousel item2) You can consign items and shop early.  There is usually a minimum number of items you must consign (15) in order to be a consignor.  Log onto the website, enter your gently used items, and print out tags.  Bring your tagged items during the “check in” days before the sale and get a priority shopping pass.  You are now part of a select group that gets to shop early AND make money from items you sell!

3) You can volunteer to work a few shifts during the sale and shop even earlier.  Workers must be consignors, and receive “payment” for their time by getting to shop before the consignors.  Volunteer requirements are varied, so check each sale’s website for specifics.

kids carousel item 2Again – these sales are huge (hundreds of consignors at each, with a minimum of 15 items to consign), and they don’t take junk.  You’d be hard pressed to find better deals on all sizes of kids’ clothing, baby gear, toys, shoes, furniture, etc, so check one out.

Kids Carousel has a spring/summer sale coming up next month at the old Sam’s Club building across from Best Buy on the Eastern Blvd. “Take-In” days are Feb.13-22, and the sale runs from Feb. 27 – March 6.  To consign, click here for the Kids Carousel website or call Stacie at (334) 286-4689.

When you get that check after the sale, you’ll be ready to start tagging for the next one!

In the Works: Pike Road Nature Trail

January 4th, 2010 categories: Activities, Pike Road

One of the benefits of Pike Road living is its rural landscape.  Sure there are neighborhoods and the local CVS, but there are also fields and ponds, woods and creeks.

A future network of nature trails will showcase that beauty and connect the communities of Pike Road.  These trails will accommodate “walkers, joggers and bicyclists as well as horseback riders” (Town of Pike Road website). The Pike Road community encompasses a LOT of land, and the trail will be a way to begin to connect these areas.

A $700,000 grant has been approved to begin the project, and Pike Road has purchased property for the trail head and trail end. It’s an Alabama Department of Transportation grant program, and will take some time to complete.

According to the Town of Pike Road website, the first 14.7 miles of the trail will run from Highway 231 to Flowers Road. I don’t have specifics, but according to my google map, this is the general area below (Hwy 231 runs up the middle of the map, with Flowers Road at the red marker):

Nature Trail Google MapI can’t run all 14.7 miles at once (yet!), but since East Montgomery isn’t known for its mountainous terrain, at least I stand a chance with the first 5.  We’ll update you when the trail is ready for action.

To read more about the Town of Pike Road, see their official website, and see more posts from the Pike Road section of our blog.

Christmas in the Town of Pike Road, AL

December 13th, 2009 categories: Activities, Neighborhoods, Pike Road

chapelThe Town of Pike Road invites the public to its Candlelight Christmas service at 6:30 on Tuesday, December 22, 2009. The service is held annually at The Meeting House on Chapel Hill in The Waters.

If you’ve never been to The Waters, or are interested in the community life in Pike Road, this would be a great event to attend.  It’s a picturesque development year-round.  I can imagine it is beautiful during the holidays.

For more picture of The Waters development, click here

Holiday Open House at Deer Creek – Tuesday, Dec. 8

December 7th, 2009 categories: Activities, Montgomery, Neighborhoods

deer creek gatheringSanta is making a stop this Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Deer Creek Clubhouse!   There will be cookies and face time with St. Nick, plus, the Deer Creek Women’s Association will be collecting unwrapped gifts for The Family Sunshine Center.

One catch:  it’s for residents of this east Montgomery, AL neighborhood only.  Since it’s a pretty big neighborhood, there are two “shifts.”  Check the homeowner’s website to see if your family goes at 5:30 or 6:30pm.

Hanston Snowman 2As a former Deer Creek resident, I can say that the homeowner’s association does a great job of  providing fun, family- friendly holiday entertainment – year round (Easter, Halloween, 4th of July).  So if you live in Deer Creek, take a minute and drop by.

If you’re looking for a home in the Deer Creek area, let us help you!  It costs buyers nothing to have a Realtor do the legwork for you!

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