Cullman Magazine Summer 2019 - Page 5

FROM THE PUBLISHER SUMMER 2019 197619-1 PUBLISHER Terry Connor EDITOR David Palmer ADVERTISING TEAM Debbie Miller Yvonne Moore Chasity Stewart Amanda Tolbert Taylor Wilson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Benjamin Bullard Tyler Hanes David Palmer CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Benjamin Bullard Tyler Hanes Lisa Jones Patrick Laney David Palmer Amanda Shavers Kelly Wheeler DESIGNER Jessica Wells Cullman Magazine is a quarterly publication of The Cullman Times 300 Fourth Avenue, S.E. Cullman, AL 35055. Phone: 256.734.2131 Comments, letters or editorial content, including photos, should be sent to the address above or emailed to tconnor@cullmantimes.com. Cullman Magazine is not responsible for unsolicited submissions. Reproduction or use of editorial content in any manner without permission is prohibited. Cullman Magazine can be found online at cullmantimes.com Hope, an icon & fun, it’s all about Cullman F or many motorists traveling Cullman’s Convent Road, the horses grazing just south of the elbow-shaped bend in the road may never get a second glance, despite the beauty of the setting, especially at sunrise or sunset. After all, cows are often seen roaming nearby on land owned by the Benedictine Sisters of Cullman at Sacred Heart Monastery, so to some, the property is just pasture land that borders the road used as a shortcut to Cullman Regional. Yes, those drivers are partially correct, but as showcased on Page 18, there are 19-acres, appropriate- ly labeled Hope Horses, home to Gus-Gus, Bell, Butter, Gypsy, Owen, Prince and Spots and a place bring- ing more than hope to many in our community. As Editor David Palmer writes… “the horses all have unique person- alities, just like their clients who come Monday through Friday for the therapeutic experience provided by the non-profit Hope Horses….an elaborate system of specially-designed outdoor and indoor riding opportu- nities for special needs residents. The thought put into the program is care- fully designed for the students, from building muscles and strengthening motor skills, to the soothing experi- ence of grooming their horses.” Horses of Hope: A mutual love provides therapy is a sampling of uniquely Cull- man stories and photos we present in this edition. When it comes to an iconic local By TERRY CONNOR product showcasing one of Cull- man’s landmark businesses, locals are familiar with Buettner Brothers’ green benches. Writer Benjamin Bullard tells how the four-generation business started in 1892 by Hugo Buettner and today remains at its original location. Bullard writes: “The lumber shop’s big red facade, rising above nearby detached houses to face East Side Baptist Church across the street, has become a part of the Buettner brand. But nothing conveys that brand more indelibly than those distinctive green, locally-famous Buettner Brothers benches, which for decades have adorned storefronts, sidewalks, road- sides, and even front porches in some of the unlikeliest of places throughout Cullman County.” And there’s more: At least one local angler says she’s tried to keep a secret, with little success, about the great fishing at the year-old Duck River Reservoir. The restored Cullman Bowling Center and new Valley Tavern Grille are the perfect strike for locals looking for fun and food. A photo portfolio capturing the Ave Marie Grotto in full bloom and ready to welcome visitors to one of our ar- ea’s most popular tourist attraction. It’s these enlightening stories, photos and more that we are proud to share with you in this summer edition of Cullman Magazine – may I suggest you pour yourself a glass of tea, find a comfortable chair and enjoy. C Cullman magazine | SUMMER 2019 5