This Weekend

In Alabama:
Oooh I forgot when this was first posted to mention that Pielab in Greensboro is having its Bake-Off on Saturday. Drop off for pies is between 3p-4p (categories: pecan pie, lemon pie, cobbler, custard pie, sugar-free pie, savory pie, quiche, fruit pie, chocolate pie, kids pie (under 18)). Winners will receive a prize and will be featured in the upcoming Hale County PieLab Recipe Book. PieLab does so much good for the community. It’ll be fun no matter what!
Caribbean Heritage Reggae Festival, Birmingham (warning! loud website.)
In Georgia:

In Mississippi:

Blues Festival, Bentonia

In Tennessee:

RC & Moon Pie Festival, Bell Buckle – this is **fun**

American Artisan Festival, Nashville – this is a *great* art festival

Blackberry Jam, Franklin
My friend Kelly Ludwig is opening her exhibit, “Detour Art – Outsider, Folk Art, and Visionary Environments Coast to Coast” this weekend at the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center in Lake Charles. The exhibit consists of about 90 works, including those by Thornton Dial, Mose Tolliver, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Howard Finster, Minnie Adkins, Linvel and Lillian Barker, The Baltimore Glassman, Sultan Rogers, Mary T. Smith, and James Harold Jennings.
Birmingham is hosting the National Sacred Harp Convention this year, again at First Christian Church on Valleydale Road. It is truly something to see / hear / participate (you can just walk in and sing with them). No matter what religion you are, this is gorgeous, moving, incredible music. Undeniable. See you there!

This is a video of Shape Note singing I made at the Archives building in Montgomery – it has more than 20,000 views on YouTube:

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