Monday, June 23, 2014

Calling All Movie Buffs - Opelika is Film Begins This Week

How much of a movie buff are you? Can you figure out the answers to this infographic? 

The answers are... 

The Dread Pirate Roberts/Westley from The Princess Bride, Mary Poppins from Mary Poppins, and Mr. Fox from The Fantastic Mr. Fox. 

Do you know what they all have in common? 

They’re characters from the movies that Opelika is Film is putting on this summer!

Beginning this Thursday, June 26, Opelika is Film, sponsored by Cottonseed Studios and Opelika Main Street, is putting on three summer films on the Train Depot Lawn in downtown Opelika after sundown. Admission is $1 for adults and free for children under sixteen, so whether you’re looking for a date night idea or something for the whole family to enjoy, Opelika Film Night is for you! 

The first movie is The Princess Bride on Thursday, June 26, 2014. The movie starts at sunset, but there will be plenty of activities, including Frisbee, beginning at 6 p.m. Pack up your lawn chair or a blanket, grab dinner from your favorite downtown restaurant, and settle in to watch the Dread Pirate Roberts battle everything from giants, an angry Sicilian and Rodents of Unusual Size in order to win the hand of his fair Princess Buttercup. 

 The second movie will be Mary Poppins on Thursday, July 17, and the third movie will be The Fantastic Mr. Fox on August 13. 

For more information, visit the Facebook event page at or call Opelika Main Street at 334.745.0466. 

See you there!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Find Your Flavor - Farmer's Markets in Auburn & Opelika

Red, plump strawberries. Greener than green zucchinis. Sweet, golden honey. Local, fresh, delicious produce everywhere you turn. Welcome to summertime in Alabama – the season of farmer’s markets.
Auburn and Opelika are home to many farmers markets, some seasonal and others year round. 

Alabama has more than 48,500 farms throughout the state, covering about 9 million acres. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, farmers markets have some of the freshest and best produce around because the produce is grown close to where you live. As a result, you have access to more fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season, and it’ll taste better because it hasn’t been sitting in a supermarket! You also help the community grow, as locally-owned retailers (including farmers) return more than three times of their sales back to the community as compared to chain competitors according to this infographic.

Here’s where you can go in Auburn and Opelika to taste the goodness for yourself.


These farmers markets are open year-round, and offer plenty of diversity at great prices.

Photo courtesy of Market at Blooming
Colors Facebook page.
Market at Blooming Colors / 1192 S Donahue Dr, Auburn, AL 36832 / (334) 887-0887
The Market at Blooming Colors features fresh Auburn-grown vegetables, including several pepper varieties, watermelons, vine ripened tomatoes and more. They also sell organic blueberries, sweet peaches and shelled peas among other specials! The Market at Blooming Colors is open Monday - Saturday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM and from 10:00 - 6:00 on Sunday.

Parkway Farmers Market / 3829 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801 / (334) 737-2080
The Parkway Farmers Market, across the street from Mandarin House, is one of Auburn and Opelika’s best kept secrets. With plenty of fresh and frozen local produce and Southern favorites like fatback and okra, the Parkway Farmers Market is a must-try market. They also have seasonal plants for sale outside, and have an excellent selection of pumpkins come Halloween! The Parkway Farmers Market is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Opelika Farmers Market / 411 S. 10th St., Opelika, AL 36801 / (334) 705-0010 
Yes, Opelika has a year-round farmers market too! Found in downtown Opelika, this farmers market offers some of the freshest produce in the city. Featuring local and seasonal fruits and vegetables, be sure to stop by for your grocery shopping and to pick up a few delicious treats!

Seasonal Markets

Opelika Main Street Farmer’s Market / Lee County Courthouse Square /
(334) 745-0466
The Opelika Main Street Farmers Market begins on June 3, 2014 at 3 p.m. and goes until the end of the season. Come walk around the square each Tuesday from 3-6 p.m. to find delicious produce like heirloom tomatoes and zucchini. Vendors even sell local honey and homemade ice cream. Depending on the year's crop, the market may continue through September or until produce is depleted. Look for further updates about the end date at

The Market at Ag Heritage Park / corner of Lem Morrison and Donahue / (334) 321-1603
The Market at Ag Heritage Park will open the 2014 season Thursday, May 8 at 3 p.m. Find fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables and other goods at the market every Thursday through August 21.

The Market at Ag Heritage Park was started in 2005 and in the years since has become a favorite summertime tradition for the Auburn community. Hosted by the College of Agriculture, The Market features local farmers offering seasonal, fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables, as well as other delicious treats like goat cheese and beautiful cut flowers.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Camp War Eagle 101

Hello new parents and students – welcome to the Auburn Family! We are so glad that your child has chosen to attend the loveliest village on the plains for college, and we are even happier that you chose to visit Auburn with them! Camp War Eagle is exciting and informative, but it can be a little overwhelming. Here’s some helpful hints and tricks for getting through these two days from our intern and current Auburn University student, Rachel!

1. Know that it’s going to be very, very busy (but awesome!)
The best part about CWE is that the excellent staff and counselors give you all of the information that you could ever need about academics, campus life, residence halls, financial services and more. It’s a busy two days, but it will be informative and helpful and fun! 

2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
The whole point of CWE is to become familiar with Auburn. If you have a question about anything, even if you think it’s too specific, ask anyway! Someone will know the answer.  When I went to Camp War Eagle, I had a really weird, specific question about registering for classes in the Honors College. Even though my counselor didn’t know the answer, it only took him two seconds to find someone who did. The CWE counselors are trained specifically to help you, so utilize them. You can always call the Foy Information Desk (remember that from your campus tour?) if you need to. The number is 334-844-4244.

3. Attend the business fair!
I know, at the end of Camp War Eagle you might be completely exhausted and want to head home (or back to your hotel bed!) But you should consider attending the business fair.  The business fair has representatives from companies and organizations from all other the community. There’s lots of freebies, including free food and giveaways. If you visit our table, you can enter to win a semester of free textbooks! We also have information about booking hotels during football season, so stop by!
Additionally, if your student wants to live off campus, many of the apartment complexes have representatives at the fair too. Come visit, enter to win free books and take a look around (and grab some free stuff!)

4. Be prepared to console if your student didn’t get the “perfect schedule.”
One of the most common things I hear about Camp War Eagle is, “I didn’t get the classes I wanted.” Those of us at the Tourism Bureau that went to Auburn remember going to Camp War Eagle and not getting any of the classes we had planned for! Don’t worry – it will not ruin the rest of your college career. You have plenty of time to take the classes you need and registration is SO MUCH EASIER after Camp War Eagle. You are not doomed to 8 a.m. classes forever, I promise.

5. Bring the right stuff with you.
Besides sheets and shampoo, your student also needs to bring his or her completed form for the Medical Clinic! If you don't have it, no worries - you'll just have to send it in once you leave Camp War Eagle. It’ll also make your student's life easier if they’ve taken the Math Placement test – that way they can sign up for the right math class if they need to! If necessary, have them take the Foreign Language Placement Test too. Aigle de guerre! (That's War Eagle in French.)

6. Explore!
Auburn University is great (and, of course, the reason you’re here) but the community has a lot to offer too. Instead of rushing out of town after Camp War Eagle is over, consider staying an extra night and trying out one of our fabulous restaurants (see our Best Bites list here), or checking out the boutiques downtown. Once football season starts, Auburn gets busy! Take this opportunity to enjoy the peace and calm that Auburn prides itself on...on every day except gameday!

7. Practice your “War Eagle!”
If you’re not an Auburn alum, chances are you aren’t used to saying “War Eagle!” yet. That’s ok, because you’re going to get plenty of practice during Camp War Eagle. Don’t be shy about it! You and your student are now a part of the Auburn Family. Just because you aren’t the one attending Auburn doesn’t mean you’re off the hook – whenever my parents wear their Auburn gear (in Colorado!), at least one person will say “War Eagle!”

We are looking forward to having you here! Have fun and don’t hesitate to contact us or the CWE office if you have any questions!

Here are some helpful links and phone numbers:
Camp War Eagle office: (334) 844-4501 
Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau: (334) 887-8747 
Foy Information Desk: (334) 844-4244

Camp War Eagle Website: 

Camp War Eagle Frequently Asked Questions: