The nonprofit organization is working to preserve the lodge on Alabama 21 and is joining with another group with many of the same goals to put on a special event at the lodge Sept. 21.
Members of the Weogufka Chapter Center of the Nashville Songwriters Association are coming to the lodge that day to provide an evening of live entertainment at no charge, while members of the lodge organization will provide a special dinner as well as a canned and baked goods sale.
Both groups are working to preserve their buildings as community arts and events centers, while also offering ongoing events and fundraisers.
There is a $5 donation for the entertainment, and the food will include the lodge’s own members preparing what has become their renown barbecue, headed up by Joyce Howard and Joe Gable.
And if you’re looking for Howard’s well- loved special barbecue sauce to take home, it’s going to be available, too, along with homemade canned goods and all kinds of baked goods, said lodge member Becky Griffin.
The lodge was moved from its former location on the east side of Alabama 21 in 2002 when the highway was four-laned.
It was named for the late Aljerald Powers, a local historian and geologist, who was certain that the building could be relocated and restored, Howard said.
“He actually walked with the building as it was moved across the highway to its new location,” Howard said. “With his vast knowledge of carpentry, he knew the building could be saved when many others doubted it. Until his death, Mr. AJ was always at every work day helping to bring life back to the lodge.”
Each year, lodge members host a pre-Christmas Arts Extravaganza that offers all kinds of art and handmade items and foods and it also participates in April in Talladega, the city’s yearly celebration of history and historic homes and entertainment.
Right now, priority projects at the lodge include finishing a new ceiling and continued work to put down new flooring, along with putting more lighting, Griffin said.
In addition to barbecue, the fare for the evening will include hot dogs and chips along with nachos and deluxe nachos.
Griffin said having the Weogufka Songwriters step in to help is a great way of helping out another organization with similar interests.
“We’re so happy to have them join us and that the songwriters are wiling to do this benefit to help us,” she said. “And everything we raise goes right back into that building. It’s been a real labor of love.”