New Year’s Breakfast
Archer Lodge starts the year off right with a Community Breakfast held at the Community Center on January 1st. The event begins around 8:30 am with everyone bringing a breakfast dish – sausage biscuits, ham and eggs, bacon, muffins, orange juice, mmmmmmm – anyway, you can smell the food for miles. There is also a short program introducing the community leaders, welcoming new guests, distributing awards for last year’s accomplishments, and inducting new “Archer Lodgeians” into the community. What a way to start the new year by having breakfast with your neighbors!
The Archer Lodge Community Center held its first Reverse Raffle in 2003. The grand prize was $10,000. This event was the insight of a senior at Clayton High School, Jenna Castleberry (now Payton), and was used as her Senior Project. The scope of her project was volunteerism in a small community versus a large community and what you can accomplish. Her event raised close to $9,000 for the Community Center Building Fund. We were all very proud of her efforts and applaud her for doing such a fine deed for her community.
The Community Center voted to make this a yearly event which is held the last Friday in February.
Family Fun Day
The “Family Fun Day” at Archer Lodge is just what the name implies – good old-fashioned family fun. We have so much to do that the events are split across two days! On Friday evening we will have the Little Miss Archer Lodge Pageant. During the Pageant the concession stand will be open! The next morning starts off around 7:00 am with a Road Race with trophies awarded to the winners. There is a registration fee which entitles you to a family fun day T-shirt for taking part in the road race. There is a parade held at 11:00 am which is great fun for everyone, so decorate your own entry and be a part of the parade. During the day, there are lots of activities: lunch consisting of BBQ from the annual Pig Cook Off Contest, games for the children, homemade ice cream, cake walk, ball games, corn hole tournament (with a trophy awarded to the winner). The evening entertainment includes a Patriotic Ceremony followed by spectacular fireworks, drawing crowds of people. It is the only time during the year Archer Lodge has a traffic jam! Make sure to thank our Volunteer Fire Department who make this event safe and fun for all. Please use this contact form for any questions about this event.
|Friday, June 28
|7:00 pm||Little Miss Archer Lodge Pageant|
|7:00 pm||Pig Cook-Off Begins|
|Saturday, June 29
|6:30 am||Registration for the 1 Mile Fun Run and 5K Run/Walk|
|7:00 am||1 Mile Fun Run and 5K Run/Walk Start (Click for route map)|
|10:45 am||Skydivers (weather permitting)|
|11:00 am||Hometown Parade(Click for route map)|
|11:30 am||Kids games at the park|
|Blowup rides (free)|
|BBQ Plates Available from the Annual Pig Cook Off Contest|
|Hot Dogs, Homemade Fries, Slushies, Homemade Ice Cream (served all day)|
|12:00 pm||Corn Hole Tournament|
|2:00 pm||Cake Walk|
|3:30 pm||“Splashdown” by the AL Fire Department|
|7:30 pm||Patriotic Ceremony featuring the Army Ground Forces Band (Click for more information)|
The Archer Lodge Community Auction, held annually on the first Saturday in October is an all day event. Lunch consisting of BBQ plates, BBQ sandwiches, hotdogs, Brunswick stew, and homemade desserts is served between 11:00am – 1:00pm and the country auction begins about 1:30pm. The main items auctioned off are crafts, cross-stitching, woodwork, sketches, wreaths, jams and jellies, and produce.
Each year the Community Center joins with White Oak Baptist Church to sponsor a Pumpkin Carving Festival. This is a family event. Bring a soup or dessert, your pumpkin and carving utensils and join in the fun. Hot soup and sandwiches are always a treat afterward.
The Annual Archer Lodge Christmas Celebration is held on the last Sunday in November at the Archer Lodge Community Center. The celebration will begin with a parade. The celebration will continue with a tree lighting and live nativity at the Community Center. There will be choirs singing your favorite Christmas carols, plenty of refreshments and a visit from Santa. Be sure to bring your camera to take a picture with Santa.