Saturday, October 27, 2012

S-ART-urday (Kentuck Festival of the Arts)

The Kentuck Festival of the Arts is a lovely festival in Northport, Alabama that is regionally and nationally recognized.  It was named one of the USA’s Top Ten Art Fairs and Festivals and is currently in it's 41st year.  Over 270 artists come for a weekend in Kentuck Park each third weekend in October (also the same weekend of a lovely little football rivalry).  Check out some of the artists here and the festival program here.

I visited the festival Sunday with Callie Ann.   We ate lots of good festival food (fried catfish, kettle corn and sno cones) and bought a few prints by the adorable Yvonne Miller.

Yvonne Miller print 

Other snapshots:

Sno Cone fun (and yes, I am wearing my Mark Ingram jersey; Go Saints!) 

 View previous S-ART-urday posts: DIY Paint ChipsTom SlaughterEric CarleJean-Michel BasquiatMolly MattinChuck CloseRobert Rauschenberg1Canoe2; Porter Flea

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Color Run

I ran The Color Run yesterday with some friends and had a blast! Proceeds from registration went to Read Bama Read, which raises money to fund libraries and purchase new books.

Catherine and I before...

...and after!

SLIS friends before...

...and after!

I walked in my Chacos and had some interesting color lines post-run. 


Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy 89th, Hank!

Today is the 89th anniversary of Hank Williams, Sr.'s birthday.  

Hiram King Williams was born on September 17, 1923 in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama.  He moved around Alabama and eventually formed the Drifting Cowboys.  In 1948, he joined the Louisiana Hayride a radio program broadcast from Municipal Auditorium, in Shreveport, Louisiana, my hometown.  Hank unfortunately passed away on New Years Day in 1953, but left a lasting impact on country music.

Municipal Auditorium, site of the Louisiana Hayride via

Last year, I curated an exhibit at the Hoole Special Collections Library called "Sounds Like Alabama" that featured Hank in a portion of the exhibit.  Here is the case on Hank and Hank, Jr.  

"If the good Lord's willing..." I just love this poster! 
 This summer, I interned at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Hank was a prominent character in the story of country music there.  Hank was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961.
In the photo below, Hank's portrait hangs on a banner next to the wall of gold, silver and platinum albums of various country artists.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

As If!

Clueless premiered today in 1995, 17 years ago. That makes me feel old. Did you know it was loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma?
Happy birthday, Cher and crew! 

Some other great 90s high school movies: Cruel IntentionsDazed and ConfusedCan't Hardly Wait, Varsity Blues I could go on, but I feel like you get the point. 

What is your favorite 90s movie? 

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Happy 50th Anniversary to The Rolling Stones!

The Rolling Stones celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band today. Their first performance as a band was on July 12, 1962 at the Marquee Club in London featuring members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Dick Taylor and Tony Chapman.

They have had a lot of ups and downs since then, but have always come out on top.  One such moment was a great idea that didn't turn out so well once implemented.  Altamont, a free concert on December 6, 1969 with Hell's Angels for security instead of police.  Four people ended up dying at the event, and there was tons of violence.  Check out this video of the Stones trying to calm the crowd during one of my favorites,
"Sympathy for the Devil."

Did you know Keith Richards wanted to be a librarian? Read more about it here or here.  Known as a rebel, Richards has confessed, "The library was the only place around where I willingly obeyed the rules.

He has said: "When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser."

Read about the Stones' 4th appearance on Ed Sullivan here.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 236th birthday, America!

"Okay guys, one more thing, this summer when you're being inundated with all this American bicentennial Fourth of July brouhaha, don't forget what you're celebrating, and that's the fact that a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, white males didn't want to pay their taxes." - Miss Ginny Stroud, Dazed and Confused (1993) 

If you want to beat the heat, stay inside and watch this classic about Texas high schoolers in the Summer of 1976! 

Happy 4th of July, y'all! How are you celebrating America's birthday? My roommates and I are hosting a party at our house. Here's a quick snapshot of our driveway lined with flags.

If you haven't yet, check out my post about my trip to America's birthplace and our nation's capital.

Thank you to our service men and women who keep us free!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Happy birthday, Kristen!

I can't believe my little sister Kristen is turning 21 today. She's legal everybody!  Here's a look back on some of her younger years.  

Kristen's 2nd birthday - 1993. Sorry I got to the candles first. 

Happy 3rd birthday, Kristen. Our dog, Princess, is thrilled about the party hat. 

1995 - Happy 4th birthday! I think EVERY one of Kristen's birthday parties was a swim party at our house.  

That swim suit screams America. Happy 6th birthday, Kristen; happy 221st birthday USA. 

Wasn't she the most precious 3 year old?! Those curls were just like her: out of control.

Happy birthday, Pooks! I love you!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy Father's Day

Everyone is claiming their dad is the "best dad in the world" all over social media, but I'm putting my own version here: Here's to the best dad I've ever had! Happy Father's Day, Dad! I love you!

My sisters, Michele and Kristen, my nephew Dallas (Dad's oldest grandson), Dad and Me

Thanks, Dad, for helping me out because you love me! 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

S-ART-urday (Porter Flea)

Today, after a delicious brunch at Jackson's, I went to Porter Flea with some friends.  This is the third time the event has occurred, allowing many independent crafters to sell their stuff.

Once I worked my way through the crowds (sign of a successful event!) I found some good stuff. Here's what I bought.
Check out Jam + Toast here.  This set of 12 cards was only $11!  

I also got a great deal on a print and card from the Clearance sale. Apologies on the terrible photo quality. I don't have my camera cord in Nashville to upload pictures.
"Nightscene" print from Adrienne and Brad at the Clearance sale 

Card from the Clearance sale 
 Check out more from Brad and Adrienne here.

More artists that were at the Porter Flea Market today that I loved:
Monkey Ink Design
Sally Harless

Little Things Studio
Jude Landry
and Jude's friend Tim Cook as well as jewelry by Lindsay Farrer at Simon&Ruby.

What did you do this weekend?

 View previous S-ART-urday posts: DIY Paint ChipsTom SlaughterEric CarleJean-Michel BasquiatMolly MattinChuck CloseRobert Rauschenberg1Canoe2