Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A Few Upcoming Local Events...

36th Annual National Shrimp Festival
Gulf Shores; Oct. 11-14
One of the premier events in the Southeast, The Annual National Shrimp Festival draws over 300,000 people to Alabama's Gulf Coast. The festival has over 300 vendors offering everything from Arts & Crafts and The International Marketplace to the Children's Art Village, where kids can let their creative talents and imaginations run wild! Some of the best Fine Art in the region will be displayed, and four days of musical entertainment will be on hand, featuring national recording artists as well as all the local favorites. Fabulous seafood will be on hand and, of course, shrimp- fried, grilled, broiled or steamed.

Tale Tellin' Festival
Selma; Oct. 12-13
The rattle of chains in an abandoned Southern plantation, lights flickering from a cypress swamp, hidden treasures in an old well... it's Southern magic at its best. Spin a yarn at the Swappin' Ground (5:30 p.m.); then at 7 p.m. enjoy storytelling by nationally known storytellers such as Selma's own Kathryn Tucker Windham.

Pompeii: Tales from an Eruption
Birmingham; Oct. 14-Jan. 27
The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to announce a groundbreaking exhibition that will, for the first time, tell the intriguing stories of the final days of Pompeii and the nearby resort cities of Herculaneum, Oplontis and Terzigno following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August of 79 AD. Excavations dating back to 1780 through current day have produced the more than 500 objects, many of which have never been toured outside of Italy, that allow the Museum to reconstruct final moments of the citizens and the magnificence of these vibrant cities.

Governor's Mansion Autumn Garden Tour
Montgomery; Oct. 19-20
Stroll through the beautiful landscaped grounds of the 1907 Colonial Revival mansion and learn how to beautify your fall garden.

Southern Wildlife Festival
Decatur; Oct. 20-21
Wildlife art show and sale featuring works by wildlife artists from throughout the U.S.

Grand Festival of Art by the Bay
Fairhope; Oct. 20-21
This fine arts show features over 90 artists exhibiting in a variety of mediums, including oils, watercolor, acrylics, photography, ceramics and fine jewelry. Exhibitors include both local and national artists, many of whom return each year for this unique venue on the shores of Mobile Bay.

Kentuck Festival of the Arts
Northport; Oct. 20-21
The Kentuck Festival, nationally recognized for its quality and diversity, celebrates a variety of artistic styles ranging from folk to contemporary arts as well as traditional crafts. Each of the 250+ artists participating in the Festival is either invited as a guest artist or is juried based on the quality and originality of their work. The guest artists are nationally recognized folk and visionary artists whose powerful visual images continue to capture national and international acclaim. Mose Tolliver, Annie Tolliver Turner, Lonnie Holley, Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Charlie Lucas are among the self-taught artists Kentuck has been honored to showcase.

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