Navigate / search

  • Alabama Gardens

    April heralds the start of the “serious” gardening season, which means it’s time to get serious about planting. Learn more

  • Visit the Past

    Visit our archives to look at past issues of our award-winning magazine serving Alabama’s rural electric cooperatives. View Archives

  • Alabama Cooking

    From appetizers to pie, check out our selection of recipes from Alabama’s most talented cooks. Send us your favorites! Learn more

  • Events

    Something’s always happening in Alabama! Check out our events page to see what’s going on. See all events



Something to ‘Sea’ in Mobile!

More than a museum, the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico opened at 155 South Water St. in Mobile in September 2015. Built to look like a ship docked on the Mobile River, the facility highlights the vibrant sea life, culture, maritime history and industry along the entire Gulf of Mexico. |Read More|


The last of its kind

The U.S. Highway 84 bridge is the only bridge that spans the Alabama River in rural Monroe County, where residents of the Packers Bend community north of the river are faced with a 50-plus-mile drive each way to reach the county seat in Monroeville. |Read More|


Alabama in the movies

Judy Perszyk was enjoying the front porch, absorbing a lovely Huntsville day in the summer of 2012, unaware her home was destined for stardom. “A man walked up, saying he was scouting film project locations,” recalls Judy, a resident of Madison County’s Five Points Historic District. A year later, 100 people are in the house and yard shooting the Hollywood production… |Read More|

Freight House owner Sandra Sowder sells homemade, 4-layered cakes.

The Freight House

The walls of The Freight House in Hartselle are thick — 13 inches — creating an oven of sorts in July and August. But customers would rather fan themselves than alter their beloved historic restaurant, says owner Sandra Sowder. |Read More|

SCI_Gulf Coast

Scientific Alabama

Anyone who thinks science is only for grad students and university professors has never been to a science center and watched children — toddlers to teens — completely immerse themselves in the fun of scientific exploration. Just ask John Hall. Well, he can only say “moo” to the pretend cow in Itty Bitty Magic City at the McWane Science Center… |Read More|

Photo by Michael Cornelison

Perfect Picnic

No matter what you want out of a picnic – a simple meal for a family, a romantic lunch for two, or a fantastic feast that will impress a group – the way to make sure it works out well for all involved is to plan ahead (and then plan some more). Check out these tips for pulling off a perfect picnic, and then use some of this month’s reader-submitted recipes to create a delicious menu. |Read More|


Lights, camera, Alabama!

Alabama is fortunate to have a diversity of environments – mountains, marshes and wetlands, beaches, quaint small towns and historically significant metro areas … |Read More|



Not far from the state capital, on a teardrop-shaped island just off the Alabama River’s main channel, a mythical town where no one ever actually lived and that never really existed is today enjoying a resurgence in popularity. The idyllic town of Spectre was constructed among live oaks draped in Spanish moss on Jackson Lake Island near Millbrook as a movie set for Tim Burton’s 2003 fantasy film “Big Fish.” |Read More|