Festival on the Moon News

The weather forecast for the Festival on the Moon is sunshine and warm temperatures!  You can still register for the event held on April 29 – May 1.  Keep in mind that the registration for the Round Robin portion of the Festival is closed now, but registration is open to attend and enjoy all other court festivities held that day. Families and spectators are welcome! Anyone can participate in the Chance to Win drawings, buy festival t-shirts, pin or magnets, play lawn games, and watch the court contests. Registration is required to play on the Moon courts or to participate in the skill contests. 

Schedule of events: 

Friday, April 29

  • 5:00-8:00 pm Registration open, main courts open play, hospitality tent open, music
  • 7:00 pm Announcements followed by Skill contest – Serve to the Spot (all on main courts)

Saturday, April 30

  • 7:30 am Registration opens
  • 8:00 am-8:00 pm Open play, hospitality tent open, music, vendor booths open
  • 8:00-10:30 am Opening ceremony prior to start of Skill Round Robin – levels up to 2.0 and 2.5 (temporary courts)
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Breast Center available at their table for information and first aid
  • 9:30 am NesinFit Sportstalk (hospitality tent)
  • 10:00 am Official Welcome Ceremony by Huntsville Parks and Recreation, The Breast Center of Huntsville Hospital, and Huntsville Pickleball Club (hospitality tent)
  • 10:00 am-4:00 pm NesinFit available for screenings at their table
  • 10:30 am-1:00 pm 3.0 Skill round robin (temporary courts)
  • 12:30 pm Drawing for first set of raffle items, including opportunity to play in celebrity round robin (hospitality tent)
  • 1:00 Breast Health Center Intro to Celebrity Round Robin (temporary courts)
  • 1:30-4:00 pm Celebrity Round Robin (temporary courts – spectators may bring chairs)
  • 4:00 pm NesinFit Sportstalk (hospitality tent)
  • 4:00-5:00 pm Skill contest – Dinks for Two, Volley Ball (temporary courts)
  • 5:00-7:30 pm 3.5 Skill round robin (temporary courts)
  • 7:30 pm Drawing for second set of raffle items (hospitality tent)

Sunday, May 1

  • 7:30 am Registration opens
  • 8:00 am-5:00 pm Open play, hospitality tent open, music, vendor booths open
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Breast Center available at their table for information and first aid
  • 10:00 am-2:00 pm NesinFit available for screenings at their table
  • 10:00 am-10:30 am Strength & Conditioning Training for Pickleball – Penny Lamb Bring a towel or mat for stretching, if you have one available.
  • 10:30 – 11:15 am Skill Contest – Serve to the Spot (temporary courts)
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm Skill Contest – Pop Top (temporary courts)
  • 1:00 NesinFit Sportstalk (hospitality tent)
  • 1:00-3:30 pm 4.0 + Skill round robin (temporary courts)
  • 3:30 pm Drawing for third set of raffle items (hospitality tent)
  • 5:00 pm Festival closes

Chance to Win drawings

If you registered by April 15th, you will receivefive complimentary tickets in your goody bag. Additional tickets may be purchased 5/$10 or 20/$20. Remember that this is a fund raiser for the Huntsville Hospital Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, so we are selling these tickets as part of our fund-raising efforts.  All proceeds will go to this fund. We will accept cash, credit, or check.

Fill out your tickets and drop one or more of your tickets in the associated prize bucket for a chance to win the great prizes listed below. You do not have to be present to win, but your tickets must be dropped in prize buckets to be drawn for a particular prize.

  • Four (4) Rocket City Trash Pandas ticket vouchers. Redeemable for Tuesday/Thursday games in 2022, subject to availability. Must be redeemed at the ticket office 24 hours in advance of your selected game. (Approximate value $80)
  • Lunch for 4 with astronaut Jan Davis at Rocket City Tavern (priceless!)
  • Gift voucher for Rx sport goggles. Clinic for Vision, Drs. Rich and Kate McCurdy (Retail value $383)
  • 5 packages of Two (2) tickets to a Rocket City Trash Pandas game in 2022, includes parking fee. Almost all dates are available to choose from. Season ticket holder seats, first row above home team dugout on the first base line, pitcher’s mound straight ahead. Each package includes a signed baseball from one of the Trash Pandas players. ($60 value per package)
  • Tennessee Titans autographed photo of Kevin Byard
  • Head Pickleball Paddle
  • Engage Poach Infinity EX Paddle, value $164.99
  • Paddleteck Paddle and bag, value $100
  • Gearbox Paddle
  • Juice Plus Post Workout Shake Mix
  • Nesin foam roller in a carry bag
  • “Theragun” and a NesinFIT 4-visit health & wellness package
  • 3 – Anytime Fitness 90 day passes
  • Gift basket/certificate from Neomode Hair Salon, value $125 
  • Gift certificate – one-hour facial DanTerra, Madison, value $99
  • Three gift bags from The Olive Branch
  • Top Spin Tennis Gift Card – ($50 value)
  • Gift cards from Bacchus Restaurant ($100, $60, $45, $45)
  • 4 different pickleball t-shirts (value $30 each)
  • Opportunity to play with a Celebrity in our Celebrity Round Robin on Saturday

Parking 

The Korn Ferry Tour Golf tournament is using the main parking area that we normally use for the pickleball courts.  Do not enter and park in the parking directly off of Bailey Cove Rd.  Enter instead on Blevins Gap Road.  Turn at the light at the intersection of Bailey Cove Rd and Blevins Gap Rd as if you were going to the library and then turn right on either the 1st or 2nd entrances.  Park in spaces around the library, around the tennis courts (these have been newly painted by the City for us), or in the grass areas around the field (do not park on the fields).  There is plenty of parking in these areas. We will have signs to direct you. 

Registration is open for the Pickleball on the Moon Festival

Click Here for details and to register for the event.

Huntsville Pickleball Club, in partnership with The Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund (Huntsville Hospital Foundation) and Huntsville Parks and Recreation, is hosting a fundraising festival – Pickleball on the Moon. The event will be held at the Sandra Moon Community Complex, 7901 Bailey Cove Road, Huntsville, AL 35802.

All proceeds from the festival will go to the Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, benefitting breast cancer patients in our community and in all of North Alabama. This fund assists patients with house payments, utility bills, car payments, car insurance, and other essential expenses during a time when their finances are certainly strained and their ability to work is challenged. Breast cancer is one of the most expensive cancers to treat, so we appreciate your consideration in participating in this festival to help raise these much needed funds to support patients in our area.

Huntsville City Recreation has announced new play times for the Shurney Center

Monday – no open play. 11:30 am to 2:30 pm is reserved for women’s doubles league play
Tuesday – 11:30 am to 2:30 pm is reserved for mixed doubles league play
Tuesday – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Open Play
Wednesday – 9:30 am to 11:30 am Open Play
Thursday – 11:30 am to 2:30 pm is reserved for men’s doubles league play
Friday – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Intermediate and Advanced Play (no beginners)

Facility Availability during the Holidays.

Huntsville Parks & Recreation centers and facilities will be closed Dec. 24-25. Centers with regular Sunday hours will be open Sunday, Dec. 26.

The City of Huntsville’s municipal offices will be closed for all non-essential personnel in observance of the New Year’s holiday on Friday, Dec. 31, and will reopen Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

Update on facility closings due to floor refinishing.

We were just notified that gym floor refinishing at some of the facilities will start one day earlier than originally scheduled.  This may be because the refinishing project at Optimist has been delayed. The court tape at Optimist has already been removed, so play is not available at this time. Depending on the delay, we may re-tape the court. Please check the website https://www.pickleball-huntsville.com/locations.php for updates. Here is the latest information available to us:

  • ALL Huntsville recreation centers will be closed on Monday, September 6th, 2021 for Labor Day.
  • Fern Bell will be closed for floor refinishing starting on Monday, August 30, 2021. We’re hoping to have it ready for play by September 7th.
  • Shurney will be closed for floor refinishing starting on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. We’re hoping to have it ready for play by September 8th.
  • Max Luther will be closed for floor refinishing starting on Thursday, September 2, 2021. We’re hoping to have it ready for play by September 8th.
  • Brahan Spring will be closed for floor refinishing starting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. We’re hoping to have it ready for play by September 12th.

Floor Resurfacing at Huntsville Gyms

Floors will be resurfaced at Fern Bell (starting Monday), Optimist Park (starting Tuesday), Shurney Center (starting Thursday), Max Luther (starting Friday).  The Club will need to retape the floors before we can play again.  We’re hoping to have Fern Bell ready by Tuesday morning September 7, Optimist Park by Tuesday afternoon Sept 7, Shurney Center by Wednesday September 8, and Max Luther by Wednesday September 8.  We have to work around the holiday weekend.  The dates the courts will be ready may change.  Weather can dictate how quickly the courts can cure and it looks like there may be some hurricane driven rain in our forecast next week.  I’ll try to keep you updated!

Kate Lahti