They are longtime friends of friends, and they were impressed with the beauty of Calhoun County.
It is ironic that people from Sweden would think our area is pretty since it is a land with vistas as pretty as those in the movie “The Sound of Music.”
However, our fall weather and the special places around us give us plenty of reasons to brag whenever visitors come into town.
Here are a few of my old and new favorites to show off:
● The Swedish couple walked around Oxford Lake and enjoyed it. The improvements there are rather astounding, even to us home folks. The sky-high water fountain, the new pavilions that sit out over the water, and the neatly trimmed edges add up to a place that any city can be proud of.
● I recently drove along the Choccolocco Road to check out a place for special events. The Michael Wedding Barn is a spectacular place for not only weddings but also for any type of large gathering. The scalloped mountains provide a backdrop to a lake, and there are acres of lush, rolling lawns. Also, the facilities could not be more elegant. The estate is not open to the public, but everyone can enjoy seeing the mountain chain that begins at Choccolocco and continues on Highway 9 towards Piedmont.
● Mount Cheaha offers food, waterfalls, accommodations, a museum, a boardwalk, and places to picnic and hike. It’s where my family members go whenever they come into town, and they never get tired of playing there. The people who work at Mount Cheaha are among its best treasures. They are all so hospitable.
● Members of the Anniston Outdoor Association have a forest hike planned in the Talladega National Forest on Sat., Oct. 12. The destination is Sweetwater Lake, Pine Glen campground, and a few places I haven’t been before. I discovered Sweetwater Lake last year. It is a great place to fish, hike, and boat. The association members are leaving at 8 a.m. from the Anniston Lowe’s. (Jacksonville State University Field School is also sponsoring the hike.) Those interested in joining them should call Keith Hudson at 256-231-7675 or email to email@example.com.
● Of course, the Berman Museum and the Anniston Museum of Natural History are two of the best places to visit. Here again, the employees are so welcoming, and they work hard to keep the exhibits interesting to those of us who visit them regularly.
● The Janney Furnace and the Native Indian Museum give visitors insight to the history of the area, particularly as related to the Civil War and to the Indians who once lived in Calhoun County.
Of course, there are many other places that tourists and locals enjoy, such as the Aquatic Center at McClellan, McClellan’s natural features, the Ohatchee Dam area, the historic towns in our county, the Oxford Exchange, Quintard Mall, Terrapin Creek in Piedmont, the campus at Jacksonville State University, the Pinhoti Trail, Dugger Mountain, the beautiful farmlands of Alexandria and South Oxford, and others.
Those of us who live in Calhoun County should not wait until visitors come to enjoy and support our treasures.
Email Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org.