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Black Belt Folk Roots Festival [Aug. 28-9] & AFA Muster at McClellan [Sept. 18-9]

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  • Amos J Wright
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      Cauthen" <joycecauthen@...>
      >Reply-To: AlabamaFolklife@yahoogroups.com
      >To: <alabamafolklife@yahoogroups.com>
      >Subject: [AlabamaFolklife] Black Belt Folk Roots FEstival and Muster at
      McClellan
      >Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 17:00:51 -0500
      >
      >1. The 29th Annual Black Belt Folk Roots Festival will take place in
      Eutaw
      >on Saturday, August 28 (11-6) and 29 (2-7) on the courthouse square.
      It is
      >free and features lots of music, fun, food, crafts. The AFA will have
      a
      >booth there on Saturday, so do stop and visit.
      >
      >2. The AFA annual meeting will be at the former Fort McClellan this
      year,
      >with lots of activities focusing on military folklore. You can read
      about
      >it below or go to www.alabamafolklife.org where you can download a
      >registration form. You also may call Jackie at the Alabama Center for
      >Traditional Culture--334-242-3601--and tell her to send you a brochure.

      >
      >Alabama Folklife Association
      >
      >Gathering at Fort McClellan
      >
      >Anniston
      >
      >September 18 and 19, 2004
      >
      >
      >
      >Each year the Alabama Folklife Association uses its annual meeting as
      an
      >excuse to gather in a fascinating place and explore its unique culture.

      >This year that place is historic Fort McClellan in Anniston. Until it
      was
      >closed in 1999, soldiers heading for the Spanish-American War, World
      Wars I
      >and II, the Korean and Viet Nam Wars trained there. Now a city that
      once
      >housed 30,000 people on 18,000 acres of land with movie theaters,
      >restaurants, churches, a fire station, a golf course and 1,000 miles of

      >roads is nearly empty. While the Fort Redevelopment Joint Powers
      Authority
      >plans a vibrant future for the vacant buildings, at present much of the
      Fort
      >seems like a ghost town. The AFA will explore the Fort physically and
      >mentally, in tours and in programs on military folklore.
      >
      >
      >
      >The Schedule
      >
      >
      >
      >Saturday, Sept. 18 in Lide Hall. Admission is free to afternoon
      events.
      >
      >
      >
      >1:00-3:00 p.m. Annual Meeting of AFA
      >
      >You are invited to attend this public meeting to learn about the AFA's
      many
      >activities and meet people who share your interest in Alabama's
      traditional
      >culture.
      >
      >
      >
      >3:30-5:00 "The Legend of Gabe Hawkins: A Tale from the Tuskegee
      Airmen" by
      >William Mansfield, a folklorist and historian with the Tuskegee Airmen
      Oral
      >History Project of the National Park Service. His talk is based on
      >interviews with more than 200 Airmen.
      >
      >
      >
      >"The Oasis: German Prisoners of War at Fort McClellan" by Daniel
      Hutchinson,
      >a graduate student in History at the University of Alabama in
      Birmingham,
      >who was
      >awarded a Prisoner of War Research Grant from the Andersonville
      National
      >Historic Site.
      >
      >(
      >
      >
      >
      >6:00-7:30 Dinner & Concert: Served on the Patio of Lide Hall by
      Betty's
      >Barbecue, an Anniston tradition, dinner will be followed by a concert
      by
      >Cast King. From Sand Mountain, Mr.King has had along career as a
      songwriter
      >and country musician and is known for his captivating and unique vocal
      >style. Recently designated a Master Artist by the Alabama State Council
      on
      >the Arts, he will perform with his apprentice, Matt Downer.
      (Registration is
      >required for dinner. To register pick up a brochure or go to
      >www.alabamafolklife.org)
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >8:00 Music of Americans at War-A lecture and concert by Lydia Fish,
      Dick
      >Jonas and Irv LeVine ($5 admission; included in registration fee)
      >
      >As a professor of anthropology at Buffalo State College, Lydia Fish has
      done
      >massive research in military folklore, with special emphasis on the
      songs
      >written in Vietnam by the men and women who served there. She is
      director of
      >the Vietnam Veterans Oral History and Folklore Project and has produced

      >concerts for the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress,
      the
      >Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives, as well an Austin
      City
      >Limits special program hosted by Kris Kristofferson. Her talk will be
      >interspersed with and followed by the music of Dick Jonas and Irv
      Levine,
      >who served as fighter pilots during the Viet Nam war. They frequently
      >perform songs of war at military installations across the United States
      and
      >recently toured Europe for a month performing for various military
      groups in
      >England and Germany and the Royal Dutch Air Force.
      >
      >
      >
      >You may stay overnight at the LongLeaf Lodge at Ft. McClellan. Rooms
      are
      >56.25 per night, continental breakfast included. Call 256-820-9494 to
      make
      >reservations. Ask for the AFA rate.
      >
      >
      >
      >Sept. 19 Sunday
      >
      >
      >
      >9:00 -10:30 a.m. Tour led by Retired General Jerry Watson, a former
      >Commanding Officer at Ft. McClellan. Leaving from the Long Leaf Lodge,
      a
      >chartered bus will take us over some of the 1,000 of miles of roads at
      the
      >Fort to see structures built by the WPA, German prisoners of war and
      >American soldiers and builders. General Watson knows the stories
      behind the
      >buildings and their intended future use.
      >
      >
      >
      >11-12: Guided hike in the Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
      >Mountain longleaf pine forests are a critically endangered component of
      the
      >once vast longleaf pine forests of the Southeast. Because of
      harvesting and
      >suppression of fire, most stands are highly degraded. Fortunately one
      >pristine example of mountain longleaf remains--the new 9,000-acre
      refuge
      >created from a portion of Fort McClellan. Bill Garland, Refuge
      Biologist,
      >will serve as our guide.
      >
      >(Registration required for these two activities)
      >
      >
      >
      >Do you have war stories to tell? The National Foundation of Women
      >Legislators is joining the U.S. Dept of Veteran's Affairs, the Disabled

      >American Veterans and the Library of Congress to capture the stories of
      our
      >veterans while we can. As part of the AFA's Gathering at McClellan,
      >volunteers will be conducting interviews with veterans and civilians
      wishing
      >to share their memories. The interviews will be sent to and catalogued
      by
      >the Library of Congress. To make an appointment to be interviewed at
      Ft.
      >McClellan, call State Representative Linda Coleman at (205) 798-1045 or

      >(205) 521-0113
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >The Alabama Folklife Association is a statewide non-profit organization

      >whose purpose is to promote knowledge and appreciation of Alabama'
      >traditional music, crafts, stories and customs through activities such
      as
      >festivals, conferences, fieldwork, videos, recordings and publications.

      >Visit www.Alabamafolklife.org to learn more.
      >
      >
      >
      >Lodging, Costs, Registration
      >
      >
      >
      >Registration for the entire program, including the Saturday night
      barbecue
      >is $15 for AFA members and $20 for non-members. You may join or renew
      your
      >membership on the registration when you register. Please register by
      >September 10. 2004.
      >
      >
      >
      >To do so print out the following PDF and mail it to the address
      indicated.
      >
      >
      >
      >And remember to make your own motel arrangements by calling the
      LongLeaf
      >Lodge at 256-820-9494.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
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