Tuscumbia June 2, 2012 hot rods, Alabama in the Making, African Festival

By: Mary Carton


The Tuscumbian

Several events were going on in Tuscumbia today.  A beautiful clear hot day.

Spring Park was the site of a hot rod show.  The park was over flowing  with cars and trucks, everything from Model T’s to Al Capone cars to recent models.

At the Tennessee Valley Art Association “Alabama in the Making: Traditional Arts of People and Places,” organized by the Alabama Folklife Association. Focusing on how folk and traditional arts that are unique to Alabama’s five culturally defined regions demonstrate and contribute to a sense of place and identity. The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art is the first stop for this exhibit, which will travel to other museums in the state,  Glenn Rikard, of Tuscumbia, loaned items from his family farm and personal collection to enhance “Alabama in the Making” while the exhibit’s at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art.   Robert Francis, of Florence demonstrated the art of making fishing nets.  Dr. Bill Foster, renowned folklorist and musician, related traditional beliefs, myths, tales, songs and practices of the people of the Tennessee Valley that have been handed down orally.   Charles Hubbert, retired archaeologist for the Office of Archaeological Research at the University of Alabama,  presented lecture on weir fishing of the Tennessee Valley.*

Annual African Heritage Festival was at the Willie Green Recreational Center.   Performances were by the following
Umdabu Dance Company,
Michael Jackson impersonator
UHURU African Dance
POZA African drummers and dance trouple
Various Gospel groups
Dorothy Cole as Tina Turner
Kush Reggae Band of Huntsville
Muscle Shoals Twirlers
Mojo Risin’ Blues Band

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Several hundred more pictures from today may be found on our Facebook page.

* Information copied from TVAA website.

Pictures copyrighted by Mary Carton and may not be used without permission.

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