Fired Up About Alabama

By on 22 January, 2014 in Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Baby, it’s cold outside. While we hunker down during these cold January days, we can get fired up about two February events about Alabama.

On February 8, Landmarks Foundation and the Alabama Department of Archives and History present the next program in their “Cultural Crossroads XIII: Another Step to becoming Alabama.” The promo also lists the Alabama Humanities Foundation and Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, so I will follow suite and make sure to give credit where credit is due. This session is about a particularly fascinating part of Alabama early history. Legends and myths abound about the Indian conflict called “the war within a war” because it was part of the War of 1812. Famous personalities like Tecumseh, Red Eagle, Pushmataha, and Andrew Jackson played big parts. Legendary events like the comet, the earthquake, the war speech also played their roles. Places like the ancient Council Oak in Talasi, Fort Toulouse, and Horseshoe Bend set the stage. I’m telling you, this is fascinating stuff and the locations are right here close to us. The speakers not only include the foremost scholars on this subject, but also artists and leaders who add depth and perspective to the subject. Speakers this year include:

Mary Ann Neeley, M.A. Historian, Retired Landmarks Foundation

Ed Bridges, Ph.D. Director Emeriti, Alabama Department Archives & History

Kathryn Braund, Ph.D Holifield Professor of History, Auburn University

Craig Sheldon, Ph.D. Professor Emeriti Anthropology Auburn University Montgomery

Greg Waselkov, Ph.D. Anthropology, University of South Alabama

Jim Parker, M.A. Retired Director Fort Toulouse, Alabama Historical Commission

Robert Thrower, M.A. Board of Directors, Poarch Creek Indians

Mark Dauber, M.A. Photographer-Artist, The Dauber Gallery

John Hall, Ed. D. Black Belt Museum, Moderator

Registration and coffee starts at 8:30; the program runs from 9:00-4 p.m. General admission is $40 and includes a light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments. Preregistration deadline is February 1. For more information please call 334-240-4500, or download this PDF file for information about registration. Sign up for “Another Step to Becoming Alabama” and have a fun day learning about how intrigue, greed, mysticism, and astrology formed Alabama’s present reality.

The second event to get fired up about conveys a similar fascination with Alabama. The Old Alabama Town Revue’s nod to the upcoming St. Valentine’s Day features the theme “I Love Alabama.” Songs and readings will explore our affection for Sweet Home. Of all the songs I have written, some of my faves are the ones about Alabama, and I look forward to singing them. Toni Woods and Tim Henderson will join me in singing Alabama’s praises, Marty Martin will hold down the bass line, and the world famous Pellets will be rendering as well. The guest artist for the show is Stephen Bray. Stephen is a singer, lyricist, and poet and I’m sure will wow us all. All this and more will be presented for your listening enjoyment on Thursday, February 6 at 7 p.m. in the Old Church on Columbus Street in Old Alabama Town.

So hunker down through January if you must, but come February, get fired up about Alabama! Go learn about Alabama at Cultural Crossroads XIII, and come sing about Alabama at The Old Alabama Town Revue ‘cuz Alabama’s our own sweet home.

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.




















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