Enjoy your summer vacation, but return soon. There’s a burst of not-to-miss attractions filling the calendar, including Noonday Notations at Anniston’s First United Methodist Church … Vintage Bazaar and opening of the redesigned Pearl Harbor room at The Berman Museum … “Bringing Back Shakespeare” performances of “Julius Caesar” at Anniston Performing Arts Center Aug. 15-19 for schools and the general community … and “Making Alabama,” a bicentennial traveling exhibit opening Aug. 7 at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County. Audition dates will be announced later this month concerning CAST’s opening production for next season.

Noonday Notations at Anniston church

A series of mid-day concerts at Anniston’s First United Methodist Church starting July 11 offers two different menus each Wednesday. There’s the lunch or snack you bring and a variety of vocal and instrumental pieces served by the church’s musicians. For the grand finale July 25, a surprise dessert selection is in store.

Noonday Notations, now in its second year, is a casual and free concert series offered in the church sanctuary on July 11, 18 and 25 from noon-1 p.m.

“Our menu consists of an eclectic collection of duos, quartets, trios and soloists,” said Kathy Murphy, FUMC director of music. “We invite you to fill your lunch break with entertaining music!”

Another twist is the addition of a special piece by P.D.Q. Bach, a fictitious composer invented by musical satirist “Professor” Peter Schickele. This fictitious composer, supposedly the “forgotten son of Johann Sebastian Bach,” has written humorous parodies of famous compositions by baroque and classical composers like Bach.

The musicians for July 11 are Dave Lambert, trombone; Liz Lambert, trumpet; Steve Murphy, bassoon; Louise Ballenger and Murphy, vocalists; Wendy Freeland, piano; and Christopher Henley, organ.

The Pneuma Flute Quartet musicians are Laura Fuller, Dee Anne McDade, April Lafollette and Kyra Fuller. “Pneuma” is translated as “Breath of the Spirit.”

Vintage Bazaar at the Berman

Historic objects are at the Berman Museum in abundance. But at least once a year there are treasures you can not only admire, but pick up, handle and try on for size before perhaps buying them and placing them in your home.

The “artifacts” here are the varied pieces in the 10th annual Vintage Bazaar, scheduled for July 21–28. Coordinated by the Berman Alliance, the consignment sale offers quality pieces that the owners are willing to sell.

The event often leads to a new life for paintings, small furniture, fine china, crystal, cut-glass, jewelry and small rugs and quilts, thanks to those of you who cherish old things.

Also on the tables in the Berman auditorium there will likely be books, vases, lamps, mirrors and silver. They all hold three things in common: They are interesting, unique and they have a history of their own.

Lynne Isom, chairman of the project, wants to involve everyone with the sale. Now’s the time to look through your belongings and select pieces with which you are willing to part.

Object delivery days to the museum are July 16, 17 and 18, at which time you may register as a seller. Sellers receive 65 percent of the selling price; the Berman Museum will retain 35 percent. (Or, if you are feeling especially generous, choose the optional 50-50 percent split.) For more details, call David Ford at The Berman at 256-237-6261, extension 321.

Bounty at the Anniston Farmers Market

The hours through September for the Anniston Downtown Farmers Market, located behind City Hall, are 7-11 a.m. each Saturday.

Twenty vendors a week are bringing culinary art — homemade goods that should appeal to a variety of personal tastes. Besides the local farmers’ offerings such as summer squash, tomatoes and green beans there are seasonal fruits, goat cheese, baked breads, cookies, cakes and fried pies.

Canned goods are there, too, as well as soaps, jewelry, plants and fresh-cut flowers. A pet goat will be there for children to see and pet, according to Michelle Combs, market manager. “This is the place to buy goods made from scratch, a functional art in its own right” she said.

Hervey Folsom writes about the local arts scene every Sunday. Contact her at herveyfolsom@yahoo.com.

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