Small Talk: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Anniston Museum
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After the Winter Market gets the holiday season underway at the Anniston Museum of Natural History, begin another wonderful tradition with your family as you explore the gardens, grounds and interiors of the Anniston Museum, Berman Museum and Longleaf Botanical Gardens in the Museum Complex Christmas Walking Tour, which begins Nov. 29.

The tour — offered during three magical weekends in November and December (Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14) between 5 and 8:30 p.m. — allows families to park, then stroll the length of the museum complex at their leisure, enjoying live music, fanciful decorations and a variety of holiday displays, as well as fun activities for the children.

There will be many one-of-a-kind photo opportunities available, so don’t forget your camera.

Admission tickets ($10 per vehicle) will be on sale later in the year at both of the museums and select businesses around Anniston. Watch the museum websites and Facebook pages for more details as they are announced.

Also opening Nov. 29 is DOORS! — the first Longleaf Botanical Gardens event. And if that’s not enough, this exhibit includes the chance of prizes.

Here’s how it works: Decorate a door (yours or the museum’s) for the exhibit and the top three recipients of $1 public votes will win cash prizes. Individuals, businesses, clubs, schools, neighborhoods and decorators are eligible. This is a great chance for recognition onsite, in social media and in museum publications.

If you’d like to show your skills in DOORS!, act fast because your entry form and $50 “DOORnation” entry fee are due by Nov. 1. Proceeds benefit museum activities.

Longleaf Botanical Gardens is also the venue of the Fresh Greenery Christmas Wreath Class on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 3-5 p.m. Enjoy the beauty and savor the scents of fresh greenery as you learn a fun new skill — making a Christmas wreath from recently cut foliage, vines and herbs.

Instructor Jeannie Jones (assisted by Juliette Doster, Josephine Ayers, Jean Ann Oglesby and Brenda Roberts) will guide you through the wreath-making process — one that’s sure to be enjoyable.

All participants will take home a beautiful handmade wreath that will last an entire season without drying and shedding. You will also take away the skills learned in this two-hour workshop, which will last far beyond Christmas morning.

The cost is $35 a person, $30 for museum members, and the class is expected to fill up quickly. For more information and reservations, or for information about any of the events listed above, call the museum at 256-237-6766 or visit

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Save the Date:

Get yourself over to Tyson Fine Wines & Things, 3326 Henry Road in Anniston, on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 5-7 p.m. to have a little chardonnay for a spay or some vino for Fido at Howl-o-Ween Sips for Snips, a wine tasting to benefit SAVE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to halting pet overpopulation by providing access to low-cost spaying and neutering for local dogs and cats.

Raise a glass to help a good cause, and while you’re there, check out the fabulous, unique items offered for sale in the shop.
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