The theme of “Wonders Untouched.” the current exhibit at Talladega’s Heritage Hall Museum, underscores the reality of an unfortunate situation: Old places and possessions, once important, are disappearing, soon to be forgotten.

“Wonders Untouched” features photographs by Carolyn Mink, and will be on display through June 30.

Mink exposes the world in a new and striking way, according to Valerie White, museum director. Her work includes close looks at prominent and unknown places now uncared for and, in contrast, the beauty of living landscapes.

“She draws us in for a deeper realization of what’s really happening. She causes us to take a second look,” White said.

Mink, who is from Eastaboga, began her photographic career in 1983 and has exhibited her work since 1987. Her images have been published through 28 different sources. Her motivation is an abiding interest in sharing what she sees in our surroundings.

“Photography is my life,” she said. “It’s what makes me get up every morning, many times before daylight, and hit the road, camera bags and tripod packed in the car.”

Heritage Hall is located at 200 South St. E. in Talladega.

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ takes the stage in July

There’s a song in Kimberlite Productions’ upcoming production of “Ain’t Misbehavin” that sets the mood for the show, according to director Kim Dobbs. “The Joint is Jumpin” captures the mood of the musical, which celebrates the songs and stylings of pianist and composer Fats Waller.

The Tony Award-winning musical will be performed at the Foothills Theatre at the Buckner Center at McClellan July 20-23.    Fats Waller (1904-1943) adopted the Harlem performance style on the piano — a firm, powerful left hand and an inventive, decorative right — while adding his own distinctive touch to the art.

Dobbs has assembled a cast from Anniston, Atlanta, Montgomery and Birmingham, including:

Mose Davis, who will play Fats Waller, is a bandleader, producer and songwriter in Atlanta. According to Dobbs, the Mose Davis Trio is a staple in the Atlanta music scene.

Local musician Jean Ellison, a native New Yorker who is the founder of The Music Box in Anniston, where recently a recital featured her 14 students. She has more than 30 musical credits and several opera credits.

Local talent Eranika Bonds, who also has numerous musical theater credits, including a performance in “Rent” at the Northstreet Playhouse on Virginia.

Michael J. McDonald of Montgomery, a singer/dancer who has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

Rickey Powell, whose New York credits include Broadway’s “The Wiz.” Recently, he was lead vocalist in “Rhythm & Roots” at Birmingham’s Virginia Samford Theatre.

At intermission, Kim STARs will be featured, with performers ages 2-20. “I consider them to be of the caliber of professional and semi-professional,” Dobbs said.

“This show gives you jam, jive and just a fun time to anticipate,” Dobbs promised. “I hope the audience will leave the theater humming, and even dancing a bit.”

Tickets will be $25 for adults and $10 for children under 14. For further information, call Dobbs at 678-570-6106.

Barbecue and blues benefit enjoyed

“A Record Attendance!” in red letters will headline the page in the church’s history, as more than 300 people came June 3 to the Barbecue and Bluegrass festival at The Church of St. Michael and All Angels.

It was a festival of fun, food and music, an outside gathering to benefit the St. Michael’s Clinic.

And the bands played on throughout the day.  The Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Band, Three On A String, and the Rattlesnake Rattlers entertained, while self-guided tours of the church and clinic were offered.

Master of ceremonies for the day, TV24 news anchor Carl Brady, reminded the crowd to check out the community garden located behind the clinic.

“Our Garden,” as it is called, is open to all in the public who are interested in participating. It is a St. Michael’s project and serviced by volunteers and neighbors of the church. It is a place to grow vegetables and interact with other people. The harvest can be for the owner of the plot or donated to those who need food. After the harvest, probably in July, the Calhoun County Extension Office will help with cooking and canning classes.

“We weed on Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. and water on Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30 p.m.,” it was announced in the church bulletin. There is a monthly charge of $5 for the general upkeep of the garden.

For more information, call the church at 256-237-4011.


Hervey Folsom writes about the local arts scene every Sunday. Contact her at