The Cahaba Lily Festival is held on the third Saturday in May each year in West Blocton, Alabama. This annual festival celebrates the unique Cahaba Lily that grows in the nearby Cahaba River. It also aims to bring attention to the beauty all around us and our need for careful stewardship.
What is the Cahaba Lily Festival?
The Cahaba Lily Festival is held on the third Saturday of May each year in West Blocton, Alabama. (Click here for a map and directions to the Festival.) The next festival will be Saturday, May 18, 2019. What takes place at the Festival?
Each year the program begins in the morning (roughly 9 am) with indoor presentations by various nature/wildflower groups. Botanist Larry Davenport, an expert on the lilies, presents an informative presentation about the lilies. Lunch is served just before attendees go to the river for viewing the lilies. Later in the afternoon, The Cahaba Lily Center hosts a Story Telling event. How much does it cost?
There is no registration fee for the Cahaba Lily Festival. Donations are accepted to cover the cost of the lunch. T-shirts, caps, artwork and various nature-related crafts will also be available from attending vendors for those interested. Where can I get more information
The Cahaba Lily Festival is organized by the West Blocton Improvement Committee. For more information you can contact Myrtle Jones at 205 938 7304 or Charles Allen at 205 938 2479 or Email at email@example.com
As the school years draws to an end in Bibb County, we are reminded of all the teachers who have touched lives. Now, and in the past.
The Woodstock Community Library sends our deepest thanks to the teachers in our community.
Almost every day, a child comes through the doors of the library excited about something they have learned in school, or looking for a book their teacher or school librarian told them about.
It’s pure joy on our end to be even a small part of that.
Some days, it’s an adult who tells us the story of a teacher who impacted them and that happened twice today!
A young man who grew up in Hueytown and recently listened to the S-Town podcast stopped by.
As it turns out, his ancestors are from the Woodstock area and they donated the land where the Bibbville Baptist Church was built.
He shared with me the story of his great-great grandmother Hattie Belle Dunlap Dowdle and gifted her photo to the library archives.
Hattie Belle taught school at Bibbville, Alabama and her influence is still felt in his life and doubtlessly, many untold others.
(He grew up to be a writer, teacher and a researcher of Southern writers like Flannery O’Connor.)
Later in the afternoon a lady named Amy stopped by the library to purchase a Woodstock Music Festival T-Shirt.
“How’s Mrs. Anne doing?” she asked.
(Mrs. Anne is our community’s retired librarian and a long-time teacher in Bibb County.)
Before I could reply, her eyes filled with unspilled tears and she continued to speak.
“I went back to school when I was 47. Mrs. Anne tutored me so I could pass college-level math and English. She gave me so much of her time. She believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.”
I have not met Mrs. Anne, but I know from my year here in Woodstock that many other people have the same testimony.
“She helped me. She taught me. She encouraged me.”
Don’t we owe such a debt of gratitude to our teachers?
Past and present.
(A personal thanks to Hoover High teacher and Birmingham broadcaster Reed Lochamy (and Will!) at Oh Brother Radio who thought a year ago that this was a story worth telling, 2nd grade teacher Emily Ellison and school secretary Anne McLelland Kornegay who both serve on the Woodstock Community Library board of directors, and Bibb County board of education member Mrs. Billie Dailey who has consistently been a supporter of the Woodstock Community Library. We appreciate you!)
Contact:Angela Treadaway, Regional Extension Agent, Food Safety/Preservation/Preparation
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-410-3696
Certificate will be mailed within 7-10 days upon passing test!
The Alabama Cottage Food law allows anyone to sell nonhazardous foods made in the home directly to consumers, or at farmers markets. Nonhazardous foods specified by the law include cakes, cookies, dried herbs, jams and jellies.
Dr. Jean Weese, a food safety specialist at Auburn University who heads the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s food safety team,says that while these foods are not subject to inspection by the local public health department, anyone preparing these foods is required to attend a food safety course approved by the State Health Department.
“This food safety course, which is required by the new Cottage Food Law, teaches basic food safety steps with the goal of ensuring that the food sold to friends and neighbors is as safe as possible.”
The food safety training course will be tailored to help cottage food entrepreneurs comply with this act. “The concepts taught in this class apply specifically to foods prepared in the home. Every participant who completes the course and a short test will receive a certificate within 7-10 days after passing the test,” Weese said.
For more information, contact Angela Treadaway at her information above or call 205-926-4310.
Mark your calendar for the 46th Annual Southern Appalachian Dulcimer Festival which will be held at Tannehill Park April 29 – May 5, 2019. Gazebo performances will be on Friday May 3rd, and Classes and open stage will be on Saturday May 4th.
9:00 a.m. – 10:25 Beginning DAD : Jerry & Louise Todd – Kiwanis Pavilion
9:00 a.m. – 10:25 Beg. Psaltery: Bill Yike – Cane Creek School Left
9:00 a.m. – 10:25 Beginner HD * playing by tab– Don Hill – Event Center Side Room
9:00 a.m. – 10:25 Adv DAD – Denise Guillory – Event Center Main Room
10:35 a.m. – 12:00 Int. HD – Event Center side room—Rob Angus
10:35 a.m. – 12:00 Slow Jam at Kiwanis – John & Debra Duke
10:35 a.m. – 12:00 Int/Adv DAD – Jan Hammond—Cane Creek school right
10:35 a.m. – 12:00 Psaltery—Kelly Milam – Cane Creek School Left
For those that can’t camp, hotels in the area: Hotels
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, McCalla, Alabama April 28 -May 5, 2018
Schedule of Activities
Members please remember to bring your folding chairs to outside events!April 28 – May 3 Informal jams at campsites and at SADA host site and later in the week, schoolhouse jams Monday – Thursday nights.
May 2, Thursday 6 PM Ice cream and dessert social at Kiwanis Pavilion – jamming after at Schoolhouse & Kiwanis Pavilion
May 3, Friday 9:00-3:45 Informal playing and singing by members and guests at the Gazebo next to the Country Store. Vendors open for sales all day. In case of rain performances will be moved to Event Center
May 3, Friday 5:30PM Event Center Pot Luck Supper. Bring a dish to share & the Host Club will provide the rest. Jamming afterwards!
May 4, Saturday 9AM-4 PM Hospitality tent open – Information and signup for Open stage. Vendors open for sales near Gazebo or Kiwanis Pavilion.
May 4, Saturday 9AM-Noon Lessons in mountain and hammered dulcimer & psaltery. Those attending lessons should join club. See Gazebo and Lesson Schedule for teachers and locations
May 4, Saturday 11:30 – 12:30 Hot dog lunch at the Event Center – Free for club members
May 4, Saturday 1 PM Open Stage at the Kiwanis Pavilion (Event Center in case of rain), drawing for dulcimer at end of program.
May 5, Sunday 9 AM Church service held in Cane Creek School House
THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN DULCIMER was developed in the southeast mountains of America and was the country’s first native instrument outside of those made by the Native Americans.
Until recent years, the Appalachian dulcimer was found and played only in remote mountain areas. Hand made of native woods, this long, thin primitive instrument normally has one melody string and two drone strings. The word “dulcimer” (or dulcymore) means “sweet sound” and the Appalachian dulcimer is known for its distinctive, sweet, haunting sound, ideal for accompanying traditional ballads and other folk tunes.