The Boom Days Heritage Celebration, Fort Payne’s annual art and music festival, displays citizens of Fort Payne taking a second look at their past and the heritage passed down to them through the arts and crafts of our area. It features dozens of the South’s finest visual artists and traditional craftsmen, as well as dozens of the area’s most talented musical groups.
Four blocks of the city’s downtown district are closed to traffic while art shows occupy Alabama Park and City Park, and a variety of music flows from four outdoor stages. Downtown merchants operate sidewalk sales, and cultural and historical displays are mounted at the Fort Payne Culture & Heritage Center and the Depot Museum.
What I lacked in mentioning about the Boom Days Festival...
Its a prime place to people watch!
It's a favorite sport. I come by it honest....inherited.
It's also a great opportunity for some great photo ops, which I hope you might enjoy in my post.
Mother badly wanted this bus. She loved the name of the band, and thought it'd make a great family bus for car trips. Call us the Partridge Family....
Lucky for me, my cousin Marc is a gifted musician and was playing in the festival this year with his bandmate, Jerry Bloom:
It's all in who you know, people. :0
Now, allow me to introduce you to my adorable and talented cousin, Marc....
Not sure about a package deal. LOL
Aside from my cousin, there was other talent and happenings about town...
This young lady followed Marc and Jerry. She was half of another talented duo. They sounded great!
My friends from Rock Candy Band were also playing.
You might recall the affinity I have for Rock Candy from earlier post.
Family of the Neville Brothers were there, not only to contribute to the music...but to take it in.
This is Aaron's nephew:
We had such a great time.
There was a car show. My mom and uncle love to reminisce about cars and "the olden days".
Last year I became familiar with multi-talented artist, Fleetwood Covington.
Fleetwood's medium is paints on reclaimed barn tin.
And he paints something close to my heart....things of the south, and scenes from music of the south.
Its something that touches my heart.
He also plays the music. Blues.
I can appreciate some blues.
So can Fleetwood, and he does it well....
(Can't touch this...)
After I loaded up on deals, I took the long way home.
Country Roads, take me home.
To the place I belong...
Hope your weekend was just as fabulous!