Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What Does Your Favorite Gameday Tradition Say About You?

A-Day is just around the corner, and that only means one thing - football season is coming! 
And with football season comes tailgating, Toomer's lemonade, seeing the eagle fly and watching your Auburn Tigers dominate the field once again. Choose your favorite gameday tradition and find out below what it says about you - you might be surprised!

1. Rolling Toomer's Corner 
You’re fun, driven and competitive (but in a good way.) Nothing feels as good to you as winning does, and if it’s your Auburn Tigers, even better. You’re most likely to be found throwing the first couple rolls at Toomer’s corner, then snapping photos with you and your friends under the hanging strands, or lining up first to get into the game to get good seats. You’re most likely to be found in a game day score shirt or national championship shirt, or painting up/holding signs with your friends. (Like these kids.) 

2. Getting a Toomer’s Lemonade 
You’re the nostalgic type. Talk of Auburn makes you wish you were back in the good old days. When you come back for game days, you try to relive as much of your time here as possible (including grabbing a sweet Toomer’s lemonade) and remarking on how much the campus and downtown have changed. You believe in Auburn and love it, but cherish the “old” Auburn you remember. (Does anyone hang out in Foy Union anymore?) That doesn’t stop you from having fun, though. You’re most likely to be found at a tailgate and then the game – you wouldn’t miss it for the world. 

3. The eagle flying before the game 
You’re a family man (or woman!) You have very close relationships with the people in your life. Nothing beats hearing your voice join in unison with thousands of other Auburn fans as you watch the eagle soar over the stadium. You’re most likely to be found at the Raptor Center before the game, or walking around campus checking out the tailgates and reveling in the feeling of being a part of Auburn family. You like football season, but the best part of it to you isn’t the game – it’s celebrating Auburn as a whole. 

4. Tiger Walk 
Your middle name is school spirit. You’re fun, dedicated to Auburn and love Auburn football more than anything – in fact, it’s likely that “Auburn” was your first word. You’re bedecked in AU face stickers, your brightest orange and deepest navy, shaker in hand, yelling WAR EAGLE at the top of your lungs. You’re most likely to be found waiting for Tiger Walk to begin (in hopes of getting close enough for a high five from the team) or seeking out Aubie for a picture. 

5. Tailgating 
You’re the life of the party. You know how to take a step back from work/school and just relax, which makes your tailgate the best place to be (no work talk allowed!) You’re more likely to be found reliving your Greek days on Old Row or engaging in a pickup game of football on the grass in between tailgates or relaxing under the shade. You’re more likely to be found in a bright orange Auburn t-shirt, unless you’re feeling fancy - then it’s an Auburn button down and khakis or a gameday dress. 

6. Singing the alma mater after the game 
You’re a traditionalist. You value your Auburn education and overall experience more than our football record, but that doesn’t mean football doesn’t get you excited. You’re more likely to be found in the Special Collections of RBD or grabbing a quiet drink at Avondale Bar and Tap Room. You’re also less likely to be found in a “Gus bus” shirt – more likely a vintage Aubie tee or an old college shirt from when you went to Auburn. 

7. Chanting "Roll Tide" 
You’re a loyal and dedicated fan, family member and friend. Your taste in teams could be better, but no worries – there’s room in the Auburn Family for you, too. (If you can stand to ditch the houndstooth.)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This Weekend: Handball Takes Over Auburn

Club handball player Thomas Barrett talks about the sport of handball.

It’s like basketball without the dribbling, or water polo without the water. 

That’s the best way to describe the sport of handball, a popular international sport that has recently made its home in Auburn, Ala. 

This weekend, Auburn will play host to handball teams from all over the country for College Nationals, a national handball tournament that will allow teams to compete not only against each other, but also for players to compete for a spot on the national USA Team Handball team. 
The Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau is co-hosting the event with the Auburn University Club Handball Team. 

Last year, Auburn University was chosen to host the residency program for USA Team Handball by the United States Olympic Committee. The national team (and hopeful Olympians) live and practice in Auburn, and USA Team Handball hosts open tryouts throughout the year for people to try for a spot on the national team. 

 But not everyone has to try to be an Olympian. 

Maurice Godwin, a doctoral student in the new School of Kinesiology, started Auburn’s club handball team this past year. A few members play on the USA National team, but most are normal students that liked the sport. 

“Hosting College Nationals in Auburn is an honor and a privilege, especially in our inaugural year as a club,” said Maurice. “The players and leadership of USA Team Handball have been an incredible support to our Auburn squad as we’ve made great strides in our first season. We’re looking forward to showcasing the talented athletes and fast-paced action that team handball has to offer to the Auburn and Opelika communities.” 

Representing Auburn will be a select team of local and USA Team handball players, and they will be competing in College Nationals against teams like The United States Air Force, Texas A&M University, West Point and the University of North Carolina. 

The event is free and open to the public, so if you’re interested in learning about a new sport or watching great athletes (and possible future Olympians!), come to Beard-Eaves Coliseum on Friday, April 11 or Saturday, April 13 to watch your Auburn Tigers play the best teams in the country. 

The schedule of teams is posted below.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spring Break "Stay-Cation"

Well it’s finally here – next week is the week of break that sends your kids into jumps of joy as they relish an entire week away from school. Dreams of adventure and swim trunks dance in their heads, and some may be lucky enough to jet off (with parents in tow) to an out-of-town vacation.
But you don’t have to leave Auburn-Opelika to have some spring break fun and quality family time! Here’s what’s going on next week for you and your kids to enjoy:

Monday, March 24
Superhero Academy
Auburn Public Library
2 p.m.
Do you have a Wonderwoman or Superman living under your roof? Take them to the Auburn Public Library on Monday, March 24, at 2 p.m. for Superhero Academy. They’ll learn all the super-skills required to put on their capes and save the world, all while improving their reading skills. Intended for children in grades K-5. Registration required - call Youth Services at (334) 501-3196.

Tuesday, March 25

AU Baseball vs. Kennesaw State
Plainsman Park
6 p.m.
Take your tykes out to the ball game and watch the Auburn baseball team take on Kennesaw State at 6 p.m. in Plainsman Park. Tickets are $8.

Superhero Movie Matinee

Auburn Public Library
3 p.m.
The Auburn Public Library will be showing a superhero film at 3 p.m. Snacks will be provided.
Intended for children in grades K-5.

Spring Break Camp (March 25-26)

Louis Kreher Ecology Preserve
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Spring into nature with the Louis Kreher Ecology Preserve spring break camp! Campers will learn about blossoming Alabama plants, busy bees, animals and more through hiking, fishing and gardening activities. Registration is $20 for members and $25 for non-members per child per day. For more information, click here. Camp intended for 1st-6th grade children.

Discovery Hike

Louis Kreher Ecology Preserve
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The Discovery Hike is a hike designed for parents and kids to learn more about nature together. It’s a great way for families to enjoy the outdoors and fit in some quality time with nature. Guided hikes are free to the public. For more information, click here. Hikes intended for children ages 5-12 accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Wednesday, March 26

AU Baseball vs. Kennesaw State
Plainsman Park
3 p.m.
If you have a future Babe Ruth (or Bo Jackson!) practicing his tee ball swings in your backyard, take an afternoon to enjoy a game of baseball as the Auburn baseball team goes against Alabama State. Admission: $8.

Dr. Magical Balloons

Auburn Public Library
2 p.m.
What is better than books and balloons? On Wednesday, March 26, Dr. Magical Balloons will be at the Auburn Public Library along with storyteller Dewayne Reynolds. Intended for grades K-5.

Thursday, March 27

Nature Walk
Louis Kreher Ecology Preserve
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
If your young nature enthusiast is a little too old for the Discovery Hike or Spring Break camp, the Nature Walk is a perfect fit. A guided hour-long hike with other nature lovers will introduce your child to the beauty and diversity of the nature in Alabama. Guided hikes are free to the public. For more information, click here.

AU Baseball vs. Missouri
Plainsman Park
6:30 p.m.
It’s the SEC matchup of the month as the Auburn Tigers baseball team battles the Mizzou Tigers at Plainsman Park. Admission is $8.

Writing Fairy Tales
Auburn Public Library
4:30 p.m. 
Join the AU Student Writers as they share tips and help young authors develop their creative
writing techniques. Intended for grades 6-8.

Super Heroes Teen Café 
Auburn Public Library
6:30 p.m. 
Prizes for best (and appropriate!) comic-con style super hero costumes will be awarded, and games and refreshments will be provided. Intended for grades 8-12.

Friday, March 28

AU Men’s Tennis vs. Kentucky
Yarbrough Tennis Center
2 p.m.
If your child dreams of becoming the next Serena or Venus Williams or Roger Federer, take them to the AU Tennis vs. Kentucky match on Friday, March 28 at 2 p.m.

AU Baseball vs. Missouri, Game #2

Plainsman Park
6 p.m.
Part 2 of the SEC matchup of the month as the Auburn Tigers baseball team battles the Mizzou Tigers at Plainsman Park. Admission is $8.

Saturday, March 29

Chewacla State Park 
12 p.m.
The Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers host a free Saturday ride every week for kids of any age to learn how to mountain bike. There is also a specific ride for kids 13 years of age and older. For more information, visit or email club president Philip Darden at

AU Baseball vs. Missouri, Game #3
Plainsman Park
Part 3 of the SEC matchup of the month as the Auburn Tigers baseball team battles the Mizzou Tigers at Plainsman Park. Admission is $8.

Keep Opelika Beautiful Garden in the Park

Opelika Municipal Park
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Keep Opelika Beautiful Garden in the Park is a fun arts-and-crafts festival, with presentations and performances by local bands and seminars by groups like Opelika Parks and Recreation pottery. This event is very kid-friendly, with many activities just for kids like the Rocky Brook Rocket. For more information, click here.

Junior Adventure Challenge
Chewacla State Park
Packet pick-up: 3 p.m. (changed due to weather)
The Junior Adventure Challenge is a fun obstacle course that will have your kid splashing through mud puddles, climbing over hay bales and running through beautiful Chewacla State Park. For more information and to register, click here.


Auburn Public Library
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., ages 4-12.
Build up the building blocks of reading skills with LEGO blocks! The Auburn Public Library is hosting its weekly Legomania! From 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. 

Sunday, March 30
C.A.M.P. Mountain Biking Skills Clinic
Chewacla State Park
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers will be hosting Eddie Freyer, Level 2 Certified Mountain Bike Instructor for a skills clinic! This clinic is open to all bikers ages 12 and up, and is free to the first 15 people who sign up! (C.A.M.P. members will get priority - but it's easy to join! Email  Lunch will be provided. For more information, click here.

Still looking for more ideas?

Here are some timeless staycation ideas that can be done anytime, whether it’s spring break or an open weekend.

1. Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center
The Marriott Hotel at Grand National is very family-friendly and is perfect for an overnight stay for a springtime change of scenery. The hotel boasts an indoor pool, a spectacular outdoor pool and a game room for the kids. Call (334) 741-9292 now for rates or visit their website here.

2. Camping/Hiking/Biking in Chewacla

Chewacla State Park is a great choice for a spring break family outing. With multiple hiking trails for all ages and expertise, opportunities to mountain bike (visit for more information) and camping options, Chewacla State Park is always a good idea.

3. Laser Tag & Bowling

Auburn-Opelika has great options for indoor recreation, too. AMF Lanes (website), located on Opelika Road, is Auburn’s local bowling alley. Grab a few friends, have some pizza and tackle the lanes (gutters or not.)
If your kids desire more thrill, take them to Cyberzone (website) in downtown Opelika for some high-intensity laser tag! 

What are your spring break plans? Let us know in the comments! 

By guest blogger Rachel Pipan