And if it’s a good “ole” bowl filled with beans and greens cooked just right, they’ll have that, too, and some of the best barbecue around.
The offerings and events are vast for the fourth Plank Road Station/AJ Powers Lodge Arts Extravaganza which comes your way Saturday, Nov. 17 inside and out on the grounds of the lodge, located on Alabama 21 South next door to Winterboro High School.
Organizers have lined up a day filled with entertainment, art of all descriptions, food that includes plenty of homemade goodies and special treats and, well, just a full day of things to enjoy.
The nonprofit organization is working to restore the lodge and create an arts and community center for the area.
They relocated the location of the lodge from across the highway when Alabama 21 was four-laned, taking the advice of the late local historian AJ Powers, who said it could be done.
It is and has been, thanks to a strongly devoted band of volunteers, who host the yearly extravaganza to raise money for the cause.
Things get started early, at 8 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m., said organization member Becky Griffin.
“We will have fun things going on all day long,” she said.
“I’d just describe is as a full day of family fun. That’s what we want to do.”
Events include a Civil War Camp re-enactment and members of the group will display the lifestyle of the soldiers and talk with visitors about their living history exhibit.
Authors David Flynn and Phillip Dee Scott will be on hand as well, willing to talk about their writings and sign books as well.
Flynn will bring his book “Haunted Ties,” a fictional story of neckties that choke their owners; “Bemis: A Company Town,” a factual history of the Bemis, Tenn. mill town related to Talladega’s own Bemis Bag Company and the Bemiston community along with his novel, “The Only Child,” his story of being an only child.
Scott will have copies of his book. “The Grinder Boys and Other Tales of South Madison County.”
Organization member Joyce Howard promises both authors to be great to visit with, and that their books are well worth reading.
Speaking of Howard, she and her mother, Nan Howard, have been busy all year making their collective creations of hot pepper relish and bell pepper relish, sensational barbecue sauce, hot green tomato relish and hot pepper sauce.
The mother and daughter team joke about each other’s involvement in the process.
Mama says the “making” is all her own, and that all her daughter does is label the goodies
Whoever you believe, just believe that their coordination produces outstanding results that you will love taking home to enjoy.
Lodge members are already taking orders for their pecan smoked turkeys and Boston butts, just call 256-493-1024 by Nov. 6 to reserve yours.
Artists who have signed on for the extravaganza include Tommy Moorehead, Joe and Kelly Williams, Hugh O’Neal, Jim Gasser, Jennifer Alam, Cathy Thornton, Terri Ferguson, Roger Vardaman, Dean Vandergrift, Frances Ross, Annie Laurie Porter, Becky Clark, the Talladega County Schools Foundation, Sandra Holme, Elizabeth Smith, Cathy Sorrell and Margo Fields.
The artists will offer items that include paintings and drawings, pottery and jewelry, along with walking sticks and canes and candles.
Restoration of the lodge, built in 1921, began after the building was moved in 2003.
The Alabama Historical Commission approached members of the Winterboro Education Foundation in 2002 about saving the building. AJ Powers Masonic Lodge/Plank Road Station is now a non-profit organization..
The site is the location for monthly market days when the public can bring good to sell, held the fourth Saturday of each month.