Friday, April 30, 2010

May Day at the Museum

Don't Forget May Day!  It's time to dance around the May-pole again.  On May 1st Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will hold their annual May Day Celebration.  It is a lot of fun, especially if you have kids.  Information below:

A Community and Family Celebration

MAY 1, 2010
10 am to 4 pm
The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will combine two of its most popular events, the 3rd Annual Gift Shop Craft Show and May Day Celebration for Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 10 am – 4 pm.
Local and regional artists will be selling their works, while Alabama traditional potter Jerry Brown, quilter Bettye Kimbrough, and fiddle maker Gene Ivey provide demonstrations. There will be live music, children’s art activities, food vendors and a festive community dance around the maypole.
Last year, the JCSM Craft Show had over 600 visitors who enjoyed browsing the selection of works in ceramics, jewelry, photography, textiles, and much more. This event combines activities for families and art enthusiasts alike. Join us at the museum to celebrate springtime and our regional artists.
Anyone interested in being an exhibitor in the Craft Show can contact
Carol Robicheaux at 334.844.3096 or for more information. 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Swagbucks and Amazon

I just redeemed another free $5.00 Amazon gift card from Swagbucks.  I started using Swagbucks in April of last year, and since then this is my 11th free $5.00 gift card to  And I'm not one of those crazy go out and do all their promotions, make my friends sign up, download to toolbar kind of folks.  Nope, that's what I'm getting just using it as my plain old search engine.  I love, love, love when I get a giftcard to Amazon because I must spend it on Amazon which means it's like a treat and can't be stolen by the grocery budget.  There are so many options on Amazon it's not hard to find something I want.  I tend to use them up buying books for my Kindle or I've saved them up to get a Klean Kanteen or I'll use it to buy a kid's book to send to my nieces and nephews.  The point is there are lots of options.  I was happy to get another gift card to use and wanted to pass on my experience for any who haven't checked it out yet.

If you don't know what Swagbucks is yet it's essentially a search engine, but you sign up for an account and when you use the search engine you'll slowly accrue "Swagbucks" on your account.  You can then trade your swagbucks in for lots of different prizes.  I obviously always get the Amazon card, but there are lots of options.  It usually takes about a month of normal use for me to have enough for a $5 Amazon card. You can check it out here. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Discounted Aquarium Tickets

Travelzoo is offering $15 tickets to the GA Aquariums through May 27th.
This still isn't cheap, but it's cheaper than you can normally get and the aquariums are amazing. 
To get the deal you must go through this link.

Art & Wine Festival

Saturday, May 1st, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Shops @ Southside Art &
Wine Festival

The Shops @ Southside, at the 400 block of S. Gay St., present their
First Annual Art & Wine Festival. Local artists will be displaying and
selling their work, and music will be performed outside for your
entertainment. There will be a special art project for children,
delicious food items available and a wine and beer tasting. There is
no charge for the event, and all shops will be offering specials
throughout the day. Scheduled musicians so far include: The Uncle Roy
Show, Jason Connelly, Ernest Goes to Jazz, Errick Johnson, and John
Peterson. More info will be available soon!

Noon Tunes

Want some more free musical concerts...check out Noon Tunes in Opelika.

Here's the info:

NoonTunes Concerts begin Wednesday May 4th

Celebrate the arrival of Spring with a free lunchtime concert every Wednesday in May at Opelika's Courthouse Square.

Bring a brown bag lunch (or purchase lunch from a local restaurant), a quilt or lawn chair and relax by the fountain for an hour of unforgettable musical entertainment.
Concert Time: 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Spring 2010 Schedule
Wednesday May 5th : Muse - Easy listening, vocal oriented acoustic soft rock played as only Muse can.  Muse will appear for the 18h year on the Summer Swing Bandstand on Tuesday July 15th.Wednesday May 12th: Strawberry Whine - This acoustic duo plays folk, pop and
everyone will enjoy.
Wednesday May 19th: Martha's Trouble-  Performs music from today's country artists such as Alison Krauss, Shania Twain, and Kenny Chesney.  Strong vocal harmonies.  Also plays tunes from classic rock artists such as the Allman Brothers, Eagles and Jimmy Buffett.
Wednesday May 26th: Larcus Fuller - Country and Light Rock- Songs that make you want to sing along.