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Get your art fill at this two-day festival in Northport

If Tuscaloosa’s legacy is the Crimson Tide football team, then its sister city Northport’s is an incredibly rich arts scene fostered by the Kentuck Art Center. Located in downtown Northport, the Kentuck Art Center provides year-round programming meant to grow excitement for the arts while building community.  Every year, [...]

By |October 11, 2021|

Remembering Homewood hot dog legend Sammy Graphos

(Andrew Thomas Lee/Southern Foodways Alliance) Sammy Graphos, who died Oct. 5 at age 79, was an icon in Homewood where he held court for 52 years at his small grill. He was an important figure in a line of first- and second-generation Greek immigrant restaurateurs who cornered [...]

By |October 11, 2021|

4 questions with artist and interior designer William McLure

Louisiana-born and Alabama-raised, artist and interior designer William McLure doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t creating. As one of four boys growing up in the tiny town of Troy, finding outlets for his passion took a bit of resourcefulness. As a kid, he could often be found rearranging furniture, repainting his bedroom walls, and DIYing canopy beds by nailing sheets to the ceiling. For birthdays, it wasn’t bikes or action figures he asked for, but lamps and duvet covers. Though McLure excelled in high school art class and painted throughout his upbringing, he never imagined he would make a living through art. After graduating, college wasn’t in the cards, so he got a job at the Alabama Board of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors.

By |October 7, 2021|

Explore Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail in Selma

In the 1950s and 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement changed the course of history in America forever. Many of the places that created the environment for such monumental change are right here in our own backyard. Alabama’s role in the Civil Rights Movement is undeniable. All across the state, our cities and towns became the backdrop for sit-ins, marches, demonstrations, and protests that opened the world’s eyes to the inequality, injustice, and bigotry prevalent throughout our country. Nearly 70 years later, the sacrifices many Americans made to advance the cause for equality are more important than ever. And now more than ever, it’s important to reflect on that history. 

By |October 3, 2021|

How to plan the perfect Alabama tailgate

Legend says that the first tailgating party before a college football game was in 1869, but it wasn’t until after the University of Alabama first hit the gridiron a couple of decades later that its rabid fans perfected the art of the pregame party.

By |September 11, 2021|

Chase a pig and attend a rodeo at annual Eva Frontier Days festival

If a greased pig chase and a frog jumping contest sounds like you're idea of a good time, then you've come to the right place. Each September, the small town of Eva in North Alabama comes together for a week of old-fashioned fun and games at Eva Frontier Days. The family-friendly festival, September 17-25 this year, includes the aforementioned greased pig chase and frog jumping contest, as well as a parade, hayrides, showings of antique tractors, and a rodeo. 

By |September 9, 2021|
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