The new year means time for new amazing events in Alabama! Get ready to mark your calendars.

New Year’s Eve Celebration, Auburn
December 31 – January 1

Ring in 2017 with a five-course sharing menu in Ariccia Trattoria, a champagne toast at midnight and live jazz in Piccolo. Reservations are required, and can be made by contacting Ariccia Trattoria at 334.844.5140.

5K & Family Polar Bear Dip, Gulf Shores
January 1

Are you brave enough to take the dip? Party starts at 11 am and the dip is at noon! There will be a costume contest for dippers who dress up.

Visit Foley Coffee, Foley
January 10

City of Foley and South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce will host the 5th Annual Snowbird Visit Foley Coffee at the Civic Center from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Free coffee and doughnuts. Enjoy a walk through Foley and free gifts.

Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival, Troy
January 27 – January 28

The festival begins at 6:30 on Friday night with supper and stories at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge and continues with three storytelling concerts on Saturday (10 a.m., and 2 and 6:30 p.m.) at the Trojan Center Theatre (Troy University) in Troy. The festival features some of the country’s top storytellers and includes pre-show music by popular old-time bands. Call 334-685-5524 to find out more.

Pump Boys and Dinettes, Enterprise
January 31

Fall in love with this down home, earthy celebration of friendship and the simple things in life – vacations, hard work, fishing and color TV. Set in a gas station and diner, the “Double Cupp Diner” is on Highway 57 somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC. This musical stars four gas station attendants and two waitresses who sing and play all manner of instruments including kitchen utensils. The music is a quirky, highly imaginative blend of country, rock-a-billy, swing, rock and roll and jazz. Don’t miss the friendliest, happiest show in town at the “Double Cupp Diner”. For information call Coffee County Arts Alliance at 334-406-2787.

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