Already Childersburg has celebrated its history with Coosa Fest, and just last week the Ritz Theatre presented the Red Mountain Theatre in a production of a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.
Things really pick up this week with a dinner theater production at the Pell City Center, a full slate of events during the April in Talladega homes tour Friday and Saturday, and Marble Festival events in Sylacauga that kick into high gear this week.
The Pell City Players will present “Crimes of the Heart” in dinner theater style Friday and Saturday night, and a matinee presentation without the meal Sunday.
Talladega’s Pilgrimage Council has organized a homes tour Friday and Saturday with several homes and other buildings on the schedule, with an elegant luncheon available Friday and Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. A tour at Oak Hill Cemetery is planned from 5 until sunset Friday, highlighting some of the city’s former residents and a wine and cheese reception is to be held at Heritage Hall Museum the same evening featuring the Bemis Quilt Exhibit. The A.J. Powers Lodge in Winterboro is having an event featuring arts, crafts and food both days, and Friday evening the inaugural Square Party is planned from 5-9 featuring the Theatrix band from Birmingham and a special play area for children.
An antique car show is planned by the Talladega Classic Car Club. Bemiston and Talladega Creek Baptist churches are sponsoring a 5K run, basketball tournament, and having a block party with kids’ bounces and a free movie in the evening in Talladega’s Bemiston community Saturday.
Sculptors are to arrive in Sylacauga Monday and Tuesday to begin working on projects, and a new marble sculpture will be place in front of City Hall. Quarry tours, walking history tours every Saturday in April, the Marble Mania scavenger hunt, the Nemak 5K run, a concert featuring the Eric Essex Jazz Ensemble and the “Taste of Sylacauga” dining event are some of the fun activities on tap.
Cheaha Regional Mental Health is also hosting “Real Talk” in Noble Park Friday with free food, live music and a screening of the movie “The Blind Side.”
There’s a lot in store for visitors and homefolks alike, and we hope people make a special effort to take part.
These events don’t just happen, and most are organized by volunteers as fundraisers, with goals of putting money back into a variety of projects to continue to improve our communities.
Folks sometimes complain it’s hard to find anything to do in small cities. This week, the hard part will be deciding which events to attend.
We commend the organizers for their work and hope attendance sets new records on all fronts.