It’s all delivered each year with the Talladega Pilgrimage Council’s April in Talladega weekend, and it’s not too soon to start making plans for the 2014 occasion.
This year marks the 33rd for the weekend of touring some of the city’s historic homes, hearing first-hand stories about people and places from the past and taking some time with friends for the series of events.
The 2014 April in Talladega weekend has been set for April 11 and 12 and the weekend is filled with fun for all ages.
Home tours begin Friday morning at 10 a.m. and the tours feature four private homes and Talladega’s Historic Masonic Lodge on Court Street.
Tours continue until 5 p.m. as they will on Saturday, too.
Homes on the 2014 tour include those of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Hill at 607 South Street East, the home of Dr. and Mrs. Zack Dollar at 411 Norman C. Wood Street and the home of Mrs. Nelson G. Conover at 727 Maple Drive.
At each home site, tour guides will be provided to assist with directions and provide information about the home.
Friday night, there’s a wine and cheese reception at Talladega’s Heritage Hall Museum where everyone is invited to meet and greet and gather for the opening of the April in Talladega weekend.
The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the reception continues until 8 p.m. There is no admission charged, but donations of $5 per person are requested.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and include all homes on the tour, a “Visiting the Past” exhibit at the Talladega Public Library, a painting exhibition from nationally known artist Perry Austin at Heritage Hall Museum, an antique show at Townsend’s Warehouse just off Talladega’s downtown square, arts, crafts, entertainment and food at the historic AJ Powers Lodge in Winterboro and an April on the Square Block Party Saturday night.
Also on Friday, there’s the “Ghosts of Talladega” tour at Oak Hill Cemetery with tours set at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The Taste of Talladega Luncheon is both Friday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and tickets for the luncheon are $15.
The seating is limited for Saturday’s cooking demonstrations from the talented chefs of Garfrericks Café of Oxford, which will take place at Dogwood, the home of Bill and Evelyn McGehee, at 404 East South Street.
The session begins at 10:30 a.m. and tickets are $7.50.
Sunday, April 13 the arts organization known as Callie’s Kids hosts a Tea for Callie’s Kids at the headquarters located on Eastaboga Road. Tickets for the tea are $15 and there are seatings at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
All tickets are available from the Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce and additional information is available at www.TalladegaChamber.com and on the April in Talladega Facebook page.