Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
To bumblebees, they are sustenance.
To the Scots, they are the national emblem and a symbol of high honor!
It seems that thistles once drove the barefoot Norsemen away from their invasion of Scottish shores.
Whatever, the flower of the thistle is really pretty up close!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Singing songs of the Civil War era, The Battlefield Balladeers bring their musical talents to the Battle of Selma Living History tours each year. Using a guitar, harmonica, tambourine and fiddle, they soon have the school children clapping right along with the melodies of Stephen Foster, Daniel Emmett and others.
This year, they sang "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "Goober Peas" and "Old Dan Tucker." Often, the songs are introduced with humorous or historic quotes from Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass and Mary Chestnut.
The Battlefield Balladeers are headquartered in Illinois and perform for Civil War reenactments, historic societies, libraries, museums and festivals. They have entertained at the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Ill., and the Chicago Historical Society.
The musicians belong to several historic preservation organizations including The 10th Illinois Vol. Infantry Reenactment Unit. Playing the fiddle at left is Andy Borg, and playing the guitar and harmonica at right is David Corbett.
The Balladeers were featured on ABC TV at a Presidents' Day celebration at the Chicago History Museum. To view the video, click HERE.
Friday, April 25, 2008
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Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
You have already washed the loose wool several times and carded and combed it. You spin the wool into yarn from daylight until dusk and neglect your usual activities such as cooking meals, tending children, working the garden, milking the cow, chopping wood and hauling water.
How many days would it take to spin enough yarn to make one pair of men's socks?
(The answer is approximately three days...more info in the comments section.)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
The store, which is located right across from the St. James Hotel and Bridge Tender's House, not only frames your artwork but features regional arts and crafts for show and sale, including the renowned Gees Bend quilts.
The quilts are handmade by women of the rural, isolated community who generations ago developed geometric, folk-art patterns that they learned from their mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. The quilts eventually were discovered by folks from outside the Black Belt and have been shown and marketed worldwide.
To watch McCain's My Space video of his Gee's Bend trip, click HERE.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Following his Selma speech, McCain's "Straight Talk Express" headed to Wilcox County where the candidate planned to visit the Quilters of Gees Bend and take a ride on the Gees Bend Ferry. Later, he was to head for Thomasville, then Birmingham.
With McCain's visit, all three major presidential contenders have given speeches in Selma during the past 13 months. I believe that is a record!
The senator dined at The Downtowner Restaurant Sunday evening and stayed at the St. James Hotel Sunday night.
View SLIDESHOW HERE.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
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Saturday, April 19, 2008
Tatting goes back a couple thousand years ago when fishermen used the technique to strengthen their nets. Smaller thread and shuttles resulted in the creation of lace for doilies and edgings that were sewn onto handkerchief, collars and pillowcases.
Today's battle events include tours of Confederate, Union and civilian camps, troop drills, a demonstration of Civil War tactics against fixed fortifications and the Battle of Selma Grand Military Ball at Sturdivant Hall.
Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Cotton clouds 'n yellow roses were a treat for my camera to shoot last week. The roses are Lady Banksias, and the Greek Revival architecture is the back view of the antebellum Henderson House. The clouds are cumulus.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
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Update: Abraham Lincoln of the Brookville Daily Photo mentioned this smithy handling these tools with his bare hands. He (Mr. Mott) was on the tour again this year and said he either holds his fingers far enough back from the heated metal or uses tongs.
He also insists he has never combined his blacksmith work with that of a farrier, and apprentices were required to make 450 nails a day. Unlike the industrial North, Mr. Mott said the rural South did not always have barrels of nails although machinery could make them. Village blacksmiths made nails by hand even as late as the 1860s.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Since April 15 is the deadline (in most cases) for filing the previous year's return, I thought today might be a good time to post a photo of the Selma Post Office. Business is likely a bit brisk there, although many people now file online. You've got until midnight to get it mailed.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Charlie Lucas (The Tin Man) made a work of folk art called "Holding the Energy." Here it's on display at a recent Arts Revive show downtown. The Tin Man's work as a "scrap metal recycler" has gained him international fame. His art has been exhibited in France, New York City and New Orleans. He's taught art classes at Yale, and his story and works have appeared in more than 40 books.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Henderson House is yet another structure that was occupied by Union troops after the Battle of Selma when the 1853 Greek Revival home became a temporary hospital for the wounded.
Originally named "Fairoaks," it was built by a nephew of U.S. Vice President William Rufus King. According to the historic marker:
"In 1980, the house was in a poor state of repair and was acquired by the City of Selma as part of a downtown stabilization program. The Alabama Historical Commission provided U.S. Department of the Interior funds which assisted with the city's purchase and the later restoration. Circle "S" Industries, Inc., purchased the property in April, 1981, and restored the house and its original dependencies. On March 12, 1982, the mansion was officially dedicated in honor of Ethel Henderson Striplin, a long-time Selma resident.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
High, wispy cirrus clouds seem to fly across the sky last Sunday at Marion Junction, a community west of Selma.
Often called mares' tails, the resemblance is achieved from patterns of ice crystals high in the atmosphere.
After a stormy Friday and rainy Saturday, this sky was more than welcome!
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Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
...Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
Today, Teddy Roosevelt was in town, the late U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in living history!
I was out photographing historic Fairoaks Square when our 26th president just walked right up on the sidewalk and introduced himself. But, instead of carrying a big stick like his famous quote says, he carried a teddy bear! The popular stuffed animal was created and named for Roosevelt after he refused to shoot a bear in an unsportsmanlike hunt down in Mississippi. Anyhow, Teddy Roosevelt has returned to life in the one-man show of Joe Wiegand. He uses his love of history, politics and government to weave an entertaining presentation about Roosevelt's adventures...from rancher to Rough Rider to U.S. president. He tells about his love of hunting from the U.S. South to Africa to the Amazon and why he established the national parks. To those who ask, he "explains without apology" his legacy of foreign and domestic policies.
Along with his wife Jenny; daughter, Sam; and golden retriever, Faith; Wiegand is making his "T.R. Tour 2008." They stopped in Selma to visit friends they met back in college at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where Joe says he took advantage of the school's "affirmative action plan for Yankees!"
Later today, Wiegand was headed to Tuskegee to tell about Roosevelt's meeting with Booker T. Washington, a black educator and scientist who advised the president on education in the South.
He began the tour with "The Teddy Roosevelt Show" in Park Ridge, Ill., and he'll return to Roosevelt's birthplace in New York City in October for the president's 150th Birthday Celebration.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
to the Riverview Arts and Crafts Festival coming up Saturday, May 3.
Sponsored by the Riverview Neighborhood Association, the first annual festival will be held at Riverside Park on the banks of the Alabama River. There will be live music, food, art, crafts and sing-a-longs from 9 a.m. til 5 p.m.
Booths already include local folks, several from Prattville, one from Fairhope and basket makers.Twenty-five booths are sponsored by Arts Revive, and artist Charlie "Tin Man" Lucas will design the official T-Shirt. The music mix includes country, gospel, school choirs and blues. A clothesline art show will feature designs of a "Dream Riverview Cottage" by fourth graders from all over Selma. So, if you happen to see kids around the neighborhood looking at the houses, they are probably just getting ideas for their projects!
Got an art or craft to sell?
Booth rentals are only $25.
Got a food venue? Rental is just $75.
For more info, call 334-875-4348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rentals are raised for booths waiting to register on the day of the event.
So you might as well just go ahead and register.
Specify arts, crafts or food, and send your name, address, phone number, types of items and email address (along with a check or money order) to Riverview Neighborhood Association, P.O. Box 1314, Selma, AL. 36702.
The festival is a benefit for the Riverview Neighborhood Association, which aims to improve the area. Home to lots of historic early 1900's houses, Riverview is a cottage community. Some of the homes are built along the river bank close to downtown.
Monday, April 7, 2008
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008
On April 2, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses Grant finally made it to the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., and Gen. J.H. Wilson's cavalry made it to Selma, Ala., where one of the South's biggest and best arsenals was destroyed. It was a Sunday. Spring had arrived. Lady Banksia roses were blooming. But, the beautiful day soon turned to gunshots and smoke. Outnumbered by thousands and outgunned by the Yankees' Spencer repeating rifles, one of the last battles of America's War Between the States was short, and much of Selma burned.
According to Walter M. Jackson in The Story of Selma: "Selma lay in ashes; Selma lay at the feet of her conqueror; many of her finest sons lay from Vicksburg to Gettysburg; Selma stood at the tragic decade of American history; but the spirit of Selma was not dead. Regardless of all of these things, Selma would live again, because the spirit of her people was alive and would live on and on."
The photo was taken at a recent reenactment of the Battle of Selma.
This year's reenactment will be the weekend of April 18.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
The pond up the road summons me for an annual photo every end of March. These Yoshino Cherry trees have a luster like snow, and the fowl along the banks bask in the sun along with the greening of the grass. (Click for a larger picture.)
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