A large exhibit about American Roots music is now touring Alabama. Currently in Tuscumbia, it will travel to Fort Payne, Tuskegee, Troy, Chatom and Livingston before the end of the year. Traveling with the major display from the Smithsonian is a display on Alabama roots music, funded by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. The sites are also preparing programs and exhibits about their community’s music traditions. For information about locations and dates, visit www.alabamafolklife.org.
For the second straight month, Lucy Buffett and her Gulf Coast restaurant, LuLu’s, have been recognized for a take-charge approach to going green. On April 3, Smart Coast awarded Buffett with the “Giraffe” Award, which in this case, recognizes Buffett for “sticking her neck out” for sustainability. Smart Coast is a non-profit organization for responsible growth along the gulf coast. The group presented Buffett with the award at the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce monthly First Friday Forum. “I’m all about sticking my neck out,” said Lucy Buffett. “But doing the right thing for the environment isn’t such a big stretch. LuLu’s is a fun place for people to see that green isn’t just for fried green tomatoes.” LuLu’s is part of the Clean Coast Partnership, a partnership between the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce. LuLu’s sets the bar in green initiatives by operating a wind turbine to help generate electricity, using biodegradable cups for drinks and by using grass-fed Alabama beef for its Cheeseburgers in Paradise.
In March, LuLu’s was awarded the first Dauphin Island Sea Lab “Seventh Generation Award,” which is given to a person or business in recognition of sustainability, stewardship and pro-active practice in considering our natural resources for the seventh generation. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Seventh Generation Award will be awarded at the Sea Lab’s Discovery Day Open House on Saturday, April 18. The Award presentation to owner Lucy Buffet and General Manager Johnny Fisher will be at 11:00 a.m.
For more information on LuLu’s at Homeport Marina see www.lulusathomeport.com
Thousands of Mustang enthusiasts from all over the world will converge in Birmingham on April 17, 2009 – officially declared “Mustang Day” by the state of Alabama – to celebrate the 45th anniversary of an American icon: the Ford Mustang. Ford Motor Company and the Mustang Club of America will mark the 45th anniversary of America’s favorite pony car with a four-day celebration at the Barber Motorsports Park. The event is expected to draw more than 2,500 Mustang enthusiasts and their beloved steeds, as well as hundreds of thousands of spectators.
Adding to the 45th anniversary celebration will be an epic Mustang convoy road-trip from the west that will travel across America’s heartland bringing Mustangs from all over the United States to attend the big event in Birmingham. The convoy – which began in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 11 – is expected to grow to 500 cars from all over the country. The final day’s drive is expected to nearly double in size with people from the entire eastern seaboard joining. Steven McCarley, president of the 11,000-member Mustang Club of America, says the 45th anniversary festivities are expected to draw Mustang fans from all over the world. “We have people coming in from 15 foreign countries, including Australia, Denmark and France,” he said. “And some of them may be bringing their cars with them.” Also in attendance will be nine original owners of the 1964 ½ Mustang and their historic pony cars. On Thursday night, 650 Mustangs will cruise in line from the Barber Motorsports Park to Homewood, a small city 10 to 15 miles outside of Birmingham, for a street party complete with food and live entertainment.
Hundreds of Mustang owners also will be given the opportunity to experience firsthand the excitement of driving their own cars around the racetrack in organized open track run sessions. “Many people are curious to see what it’s like on the other side of the fence,” said McCarley. “The racetrack makes a great background for pictures, so we’ll have photographers capturing the cars as they’re on the track.” McCarley says it promises to be a weekend to remember. “Mustang is the glue that bonds all of us together,” he said. “Whether you’re a casual observer interested in seeing the latest model Mustang or a true fanatic who eats, sleeps and breathes Mustang, this is where you want to be to celebrate the 45th anniversary.”
For more information about the Ford Mustang 45th anniversary celebration at Barber Motorsports visit www.mustangevents.org
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Black Belt Treasures
209 Claiborne Street
Black Belt Treasures and The Alabama Humanities Foundation invite you
to attend the first of three programs designed to examine the history
and evolution of artistic practices and their contribution to the human
experience. Three programs offered in April and June will provide
opportunities to hear and experience scholarship on topics of local and
This first session features Alabama Folk Pottery
author Joey Brackner who will lecture and lead a discussion on
the history of folk pottery, identifying specific areas of traditional
pottery in Black Belt Alabama.
Brackner’s lecture will be followed by pottery demonstrations by Allen Ham and Sam Williams.
Ham is a fifth generation potter and descendant of the Le Coste family
(potters who arrived in Alabama in the early 1800s and have passed
traditional pottery techniques through the family). He will demonstrate
the traditional form of pottery.
Sam Williams, a well known
and prolific potter in Black Belt Alabama, is a contemporary potter who
is using the art form in new and innovative ways. The two
demonstrations will illustrate the evolution of pottery as an art form.