Madison, a quaint town in Alabama is the home of Talon Hawthorne. Less than 30 square miles and less than 50,000 people, tiny Madison is nearly swallowed by its more famous neighbor, Huntsville. However, Madison has plenty of appeal all on its own.
Each October, the Madison Street Festival celebrates the town’s history, people, art, food, and music. A colorful parade through historic downtown, an Artist Alley, car show, children’s area, arts & crafts— everything is free except for the great southern food. Local talent provides the entertainment.
Nearby Monte Sano and Rainbow Mountains offer excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Both are owned by the Land Trust of North Alabama, a member-supported, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving greenspace.
Monte Sano has over 14 miles of trails. Overnights can be spent in one of 14 1930s-era, Civilian Conservation Corps–built cabins, or perhaps in one of the 78 modern campsites for RVs or 18 primitive campsites for tents. There is also a picnic area for those who only wish to spend the day.
Rainbow Mountain Preserve has three miles of trails. It features beautiful rock formations such as Balance Rock, fossils, caves, and a waterfall.
Talon would be the first to tell you never to let the bright lights of the big cities blind you to the charms of the smaller towns. Check out Talon and his Burger Bistro in his chapter: Unlikely Merger Chapter Six.
And don’t forget Marji Laine: Yummy! and