Thursday, November 1, 2007

November Happenings

These are just a few of the many events that will be taking place in November. I just touched on some favorites and some that sounded interesting.

Sep 8-Nov 4, 2007 Kathryn Tucker Windham: Every Picture Tells a Story (Montgomery) - Prior to her recognition as Alabama's premier storyteller (and author of numerous books featuring Jeffery and other Southern ghosts), Windham won Associated Press awards for her photography and her newspaper writing. Her photographs have not been as widely acclaimed as her writing or storytelling, but are of comparable interest in documenting her experience of life in the South.
Oct 31-Nov 4, 2007 Christmas Village Festival Arts & Crafts Show (Birmingham) - Oct 31-Nov 4, Birmingham Christmas Village Festival Arts & Crafts Show 205-836-7178. Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex--Holiday shopping extravaganza, quality crafts. Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Nov 2-4, 2007 Heritage Harbor Days (Foley) - Nov 2-4, Foley Heritage Harbor Days 251-943-1200. Free. Foley Depot Park—Heritage exchange with another city in a different state and cultural festival with entertainment, food, crafters, art village, oyster shucker, boat builders, shrimp boat, net makers, living history area, antique car show. Fri., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Nov 2-4, 2007Homestead Hollow Christmas in the Country (Springville) - Nov 2-4, Springville Homestead Hollow Christmas in the Country 205-467-3681. Admission charged. I-59, exit 154--Unique items for holiday gift-giving, including handmade decorations and distinctive arts and crafts. Also demonstrations of candle making, blacksmithing, quilting, and more, children's activities, food, entertainment. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nov 3-4, 2007Moss Rock Festival: Celebrating Nature & Open Spaces Through Art & Design (Hoover) - Nov 3-4, Hoover Moss Rock Festival: Celebrating Nature & Open Spaces Through Art & Design 205-595-6306. Moss Ross Preserve--A unique festival celebrating nature and open spaces through art and design. Features an artist's row, art exhibition and sale, 5000 juried works influenced by nature or recycling, interactive art workshops, music, wedding cake expo. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Be sure to see my post on this event)
Nov 4, 2007A Celtic Celebration (Daphne) - Nov 4, Daphne A Celtic Celebration 251-621-3707. Free admission. Daphne Civic Complex Plaza, 2605 Hwy. 98--Mithril will be this year’s headline, additional performers to be announced. Refreshments will also be available for purchase. Please be sure to bring you own seating. Cancelled in case of rain. Sponsored by the City of Daphne. 2-5 p.m (Because I am on the Celtic Festival Committee in Helena I should go to this, but I cannot miss Act of Congress )
Nov 2-10, 2007National Peanut Festival (Dothan) - Nov 2-10, Dothan National Peanut Festival 334-793-4323. 5622 Admission. U.S. Hwy. 231 S.—Livestock exhibits, competitions, crafts, food preservation, recipe contests, entertainment, carnival rides, pageants and a parade where the street is covered with peanuts. Fri., 5-11 p.m.; Sat., noon until; Mon., 5-10 p.m.; Tues., 3-10 p.m.; Wed., 5-10 p.m.; Thurs., 4-10 p.m.
Nov 9, 2007 Riverchase Galleria Grand Lighting Celebration. (I am sure this is good, but crowds scare me. Think of all those germs filtering through that ventilation system. Oh, my gosh. I know I am mentally sick. Merry Christmas.)
Nov 10, 2007 Collinsville Historic Turkey Trot (Collinsville) - Nov 10, Collinsville Collinsville Historic Turkey Trot 256-524-2788. Free admission. Downtown--Food, fun and games, antique car and tractor show, turkey shoot, cake walk and the turkey toss from one of the historic buildings in Collinsville. Sponsored in part by the "Collinsville Historic Association. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (went to this last year. If you have kids, bring them with a change of clothes. It was the funniest thing to watch my daughter try and catch a greased pig with a hundred other kids. Again-bring a change of clothes)
Nov 11, 2007 Holiday Open House (Fort Payne) - Nov 11, Fort Payne Holiday Open House 256-845-3957. Cranberry Corner—Enjoy refreshments, drawings, shopping.
Nov 11, 2007 National Veterans Day Parade (Birmingham) - Nov 11, Birmingham National Veterans Day Parade 205-325-1432. Free. Downtown—5,000 participants, 15 bands, 50 floats. Largest and oldest in U.S. 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Nov 11, 2007 On the Front Porch with Kathryn Tucker Windham (Ashland) - Nov 11, Ashland On the Front Porch with Kathryn Tucker Windham 256-396-2058. Admission charged. The Historic Ashland Theatre--Come hear the south's greatest story teller and author of the famous 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. Celebrate her 90th birthday with us. 2 p.m. (HELLO PEOPLE! DO YOU HEAR ME? Ms. KTW will be there!!!)
Nov 11, 2007 The Alys Stephens Center Presents Taj Mahal & The Trio (Birmingham) - Nov 11, Birmingham The Alys Stephens Center Presents Taj Mahal & The Trio 205-975-2787. Admission charged.—Part of the Alabama Power Co. Global Rhythm Series. Legendary musician Taj Mahal is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and two-time Grammy winner. He plays a variety of music from jazz, folk, zydeco, gospel, r&b, and blues. 7-9 p.m. I had to include b/c I love Taj Mahal. He rocks. LOVE the Blues
Nov 15, 2007 Kathryn Tucker Windham (Alexander City) - Nov 15, Alexander City Kathryn Tucker Windham 256-329-1253. Admission charged. Benjamin Russell High School—Enjoy acclaimed storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham delights and enthralls audiences. 7:30 p.m. (Once again-you’re missing out if you don’t listen to this lady’s tales!!)
Nov 16, 2007 W. C. Handy Birthday Celebration (Florence) - Nov 16, Florence W. C. Handy Birthday Celebration 256-74-4141. Free admission. W.C. Handy Home & Museum—A birthday bash for the “Father of the Blues” with refreshments and entertainment. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (The BLUES People!!! Yes, I am singing that song, "Walking in Memphis" right now..)
Nov 8-18, 2007 23rd Annual Frank Brown Songwriters Festival (Orange Beach) - Nov 8-18, Orange Beach Frank Brown Songwriters Festival, 23rd Annual 251-974-1510. Free admission. Various venues--Musicians from all over the world bring a variety of music to Alabama's Gulf Coast. Great opportunity for hit writers, aspiring newcomers, and an audience that appreciates great music to come together. (This is a great opportunity to hear some really great acts. I highly recommend. I don’t know the artist featured but let me say, If Tony Joe White plays-you need to go. Everyone needs to dance to a little "Polk Salad Annie")
Thursday, November 22, 2007 Thanksgiving for my family in the Country. Complete with Turkey Toss 2007, Dirty Santa exchange and Eat, Eat, Eat homemade delicacies. Yumm! Can't wait! Happy Thanksgiving to All)
Nov 24, 2007 Auburn-Alabama Football Game (Montgomery) - Nov 24, Auburn Auburn-Alabama Football Game 334-844-4750. Jordan-Hare Stadium--Fans jam Jordan-Hare Stadium to yell "War Eagle" and "Roll Tide" during this football rivalry between state's biggest schools. (Leigh-Roll Tide!”, much to my husbands and sister in law dismay...)

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