by LAURA NATION-ATCHISON
Mar 16, 2010 | 1600 views |  1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It could be a picture you think others would get a kick from, even a good laugh 25 years from now.

Or it might be a prediction of what you expect to be doing in another quarter of a century.

These ideas and others can all be part of the city of Talladega’s Time Capsule to be put together for the city 17th Anniversary Celebration March 27.

Family Portraits, action shots, pictures of people with things or in places that are important to them along with buildings or events taking place can be part of the components for the capsule, too.

The plan is to have all the elements put onto a CD, to be uncovered in another 25 years, the time fo the city’s 200th anniversary.

A letter and essay element for the capsule could include advice for the future, stories you think would be interesting or entertaining in another two and a half decades, along with observations about life in Talladega in current times.

For photo submissions, as much information as possible should be included and names and addresses should be included for both photo and written submissions.

Forms for submissions are available at the Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce and submissions should be made by March 19.

The capsule will actually be buried Sunday, March 28 at the Talladega Springs Monument.

The Anniversary Celebration also brings two top Alabama entertainers to town, a “period” gala dinner dance in the Gilchrest Room on the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind campus, an Arts Festival Saturday at Heritage Hall plus special indoor exhibits on the history of Talladega.

The Ritz Theatre offers movies for a nickel Sunday with Talladega native Gertrude Michael in them.

The Anniversary Kick Off is Saturday at 10 a .m. on the square and there will be children’s activities all day at the chamber of commerce.

It’s all a collaborative effort between the city of Talladega, the chamber of commerce and Antique Talladega and it’s planned to have something for all ages to enjoy, said Mack Ferguson, executive director for the Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce.

Performances from American Idol winners Bo Bice and Reuben Studdard are planned, Bice comes to Talladega Ritz Theatre for one show only for the celebration, appearing Friday, March 26 at 8 p.m.

Tickets for Bice’s show are $32 for floor seats and $28 for seats in the theatre’s mezzanine level.

The very next evening, Saturday, March 27, Studdard performs at The Ritz with two shows, one at 5 p.m. and another at 8 p.m. Tickets for Studdard’s show are $25 for floor seats and $22 for the mezzanine.

“These performances give a fantastic opportunity for people to see our Alabama American Idols,” Ferguson said.

“And tickets are already going fast, so we urge everyone to go ahead and reserve their seats.”

There’s also a Gala Dinner Dance to add to the anniversary events, it takes place Friday night, March 26 at the Gilchrest Room on the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind campus starting at 6 p.m.

Live entertainment and dance music is from the Tradewinds Band from St. Clair County and tickets for the evening are $50 per couple.

Organizers are promoting period dress for the gala, and people can come in dress from the era, the city’s formation in 1835.

“They can come for the dinner, and then still get to Bice’s performance at 8 p.m.,” he said.

There are also plans for a fireworks show Saturday at 7 p.m. on the downtown square, a DVD of Talladega history and a performance from the Talladega High School drama participants Thursday at 7 p.m at The Ritz.