Tribune Tastemakers: 19 things to do in Cullman in 2019

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Crowds filled Depot Park during 2017’s Strawberry Festival.  (Cullman Tribune file photo)

I asked the Tribune TASTEMAKERS for suggestions on “must-do” things in Cullman to enjoy sometime during this new year, and with their input could roster 2,019, but here are 19 superb ones for you:

  1. “THE YEAR OF ‘BIG FISH’ STARTS IN 2019—We’re looking for an opportunity to watch the movie, “BIG FISH,” with a big fan, Mayor Woody Jacobs; Cullman, AL inspired writer, Daniel Wallace, to create the best-selling novel that comes magically alive in “BIG FISH” the movie, and in spring 2020, Wallace State Theatre for the first time in our area is staging “BIG FISH: The Musical.”
  2. THE ALABAMA BIRD GARDEN—Thursday, Feb. 21, acclaimed Alabama birdman Herb Lewis will be in Cullman “LIVE” for a FREE talk being broadcast throughout the state on “How To Create An Inviting Garden For Alabama Birds.”—reservations at Alabama Extension 256-737-9386
  3. BICYCLE AROUND SPORTSMAN LAKE TRAILS—affordable bike rental for an hour or all-day
  4. TAKE AN APRIL BICENTENNIAL WALKING TOUR—FREE every Saturday morning in April, Cullman County Museum
  5. SHINY, NEW YEAR CAR AND MOTORCYCLE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW—Evelyn Burrow Museum opens “LUSTER” Jan. 12 and closes Feb. 10
  6. HOLD KATIE AND JACOB FINE’S NEW BABY, Cooper Paul Fine, at Karma’s Coffee House in the Warehouse District, BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) for a Cullman cluster of cuteness.
  7. SIP A GARDEN-FRESH, ORIGINAL BUNNY MELON COCKTAIL at 412 Public House (recipe by head bartender, Christine Chamblee Nishimura, first shared by The Cullman Tribune in 2018).
  8. EAT EXQUISITE, MADE-FROM-SCRATCH BAKED SWEETS by Lisa at Flavors Bakery.
  9. STOP AND SMELL THE SOUPS made fresh by Laci Schuman and culinary team at Southern Eats in Mae’s Food Hall.
  10. GET SOMETHING OF YOURS PERSONALIZED by From The Heart Monogramming (Personal testimony: THE BEST, GENUINE, SINCERE, CHARMING CUSTOMER SERVICE in Cullman in 2018)
  11. HEAR BARRY STONER PLAY MAGNIFICENT PIPE ORGAN AT SACRED HEART CHURCH—look for any and every opportunity to have your heart soar to the heavens in this Cullman landmark.
  12. CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY with a fresh, delicious Reuben sandwich at Rumors Deli (Note: In 2019, St. Paddy’s is on Sunday, March 17, so many are celebrating on 3/16).
  13. NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED SACRED HARP SINGING at Cullman County Courthouse in July
  14. CULLMAN STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL—with fresh, local berries, goodies, LIVE MUSIC and fun on Saturday, May 4 at the Festhalle Farmers’ Market
  15. BLOOMIN’ FESTIVAL—arts and crafts, LIVE music, festival food April 6-7 at St. Bernard; tour Ave Maria Grotto prayer garden
  16. TAKE A HERITAGE CRAFTS CLASS at the North Alabama AGRIPLEX, a full-year of choices
  17. HIKE HURRICANE CREEK PARK—thrill to the natural beauty and amazing biodiversity of this Cullman-area wonderland
  18. SIP LOCAL, CRAFT BEER AND ENJOY BRATWURST at award-winning Goat Island Brewing; Richter’s Pilsner is a favorite brew; also, sample the house-made wines
  19. STRAP ON YOUR LEDERHOSEN and GET YOUR OOMPAH ON at Cullman OKTOBERFEST, Oct. 2-5

There’s you 19 terrific things to do in 2019 from The Cullman Tribune TASTEMAKERS. Happy New Year to all!

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