Harvey Jackson book signing
Dr. Harvey H. Jackson III, professor of History at Jacksonville State University and Anniston Star columnist, will give a synopsis of his new book, “The Rise and Fall of the Redneck Riviera,” at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun in the Ayers Room.
The book focuses on how the Redneck Riviera began, what it has become and what’s happening to it now.
Jackson, who grew up in south Alabama (three hours away from Gulf Shores), has witnessed the changes that impacted the vacation playground and brought about the development of a tourist destination for millions. His account is the culmination of 16 years of research.
“In my talk, I will focus on that part of the coast that applies to Alabamians,” Jackson said.
Library showcases local photographers
An exhibit of photographs by local photographers will be up in the Ayers Room at the library through August. These photographers call working with the camera their hobby, and the stories behind each image — which typically involve travel — are as interesting as the photos.
In this competition are scenes from Alaska, a look from inside a covered bridge and animal portraits. The winners, picked by the library staff, are Bob Goudy, first place, for “Whitby Abbey Ruins;” Carolyn Ann Mink, second place for “Evening Glow;” and Christina Kilgore, third place for “Antarctica Landscape.”
Mink’s image, taken in a room in the Hamilton House in Noble Park, shows a group of ladies’ small antique items and a lantern. Goudy’s centers on a 1657-built Benedictine abbey in England that overlooks the North Sea.
Calling artists for Suds Fest
Taste buds will be satisfied at The Berman Museum’s annual Suds Fest on Sept. 22, but some very creative art will also be on display for the visual senses. The Berman is offering artists a chance to display their work for the Tabletop Art Exhibition and, at the same time, earn a special half-price ticket to the annual beer and wine-tasting fundraiser.
Each of the 45-50 dining tables will display an original work of art. Artists will have a choice between decorating one of two flat silhouette shapes: a beer bottle or a Solo cup. The finished piece must be turned in to the Anniston Museum of Natural History by Aug. 31.
The artist’s fee is $17.50, which applies to the cost of one Suds-Fest ticket (general admission is $35). To participate, register at the Anniston Museum of Natural History and bring proof of age. For complete guidelines, contact the museum at 256-237-6766 or visit www.bermanmuseum.org.
Hervey Folsom is a longtime supporter of the arts in Calhoun County and has been writing for The Star since 1971. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.