Debating whether or not you should check out Huntsville’s 18th annual WhistleStop Bar-B-Que Weekend at the Huntsville Historic Depot on May 4th and 5th? Let’s take an in-depth look at just some of the many reasons why you should add this festival to your to-do list:
Are you still reading? Honestly, I would assume the only reason you’d even start reading a post on whether to check out WhistleStop was because you’d never heard of it, but, even then, only the most skeptical would even make it past the name – “WhistleStop Bar-B-Que Weekend.” Kind of says it all, doesn’t it? And, in case you missed it, note the nuance of the name – this is not some sort of wannabe Yankee event with “barbecue,” nor something offering mere half-hearted “BBQ.” No, sir, this is a proper Bar-B-Que Weekend.
Let’s say, hypothetically, that you weren’t convinced two paragraphs ago, and you’re still reading at this point. Since you’re demanding the hard sale, let’s dig into this further.
The first thing you’ll notice even before you enter the Depot for WhistleStop is the smell. The atmosphere is saturated with the unmistakable and unmatched odor of various types of smoking meat, and this is the good stuff – five different competitions will take place over the weekend. Come at the right time, and you get to help judge bar-b-que or wings.
WhistleStop may have started with meat, but with each passing year it’s increasingly coming into its own as a music festival with headlining acts Survivor and Spin Doctors, along with a great roster of area artists.
On Friday night the Spin Doctors will headline the entertainment. To the wider world, the Doctors might be the multi-million-selling icons behind hits like “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong,” not to mention the classic “Pocket Full Of Kryptonite.” But in 2014, Chris Barron (vocals), Aaron Comess (drums), Eric Schenkman (guitar) and Mark White (bass) are reconnecting with the flat-broke twenty-somethings who scraped for dollars at the sharp end of the Big Apple blues circuit. The Spin Doctors have come full-circle.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.whistlestopweekend.com. All proceeds from WhistleStop Weekend benefit the educational initiatives of The EarlyWorks Family of Museums.
The 2018 WhistleStop Bar-B-Que Weekend will be held May 4-5.
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*Updated to Reflect 2018 Information
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David Hitt is a native of Huntsville who enjoys telling the stories of his hometown. He works in strategic communications for NASA’s Space Launch System, the rocket that will send astronauts to Mars and prove once again that nobody builds ‘em like the Rocket City. David tells Huntsville history stories at the Huntsville Ghost Walk, Constitution Village’s downtown trolley tour, and the Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll. He’s the author of two books on space history, “Homesteading Space” and “Bold They Rise” and is the director of the Comic Science Improv comedy troupe.