Trailfest 2015 events in Alabama are made possible by major grants
Alabama State Council on the Arts and the
Foundation, a state agency of the
National Endowment for
the Humanities (NEH).
Way We Worked, A Smithsonian Exhibit and
The Way We Worked Creatively
April 9, 2015, through May 2015
Marengo County History and Archives Museum, the original Merchants
Grocery beside a busy railway just south of downtown Demopolis,
hosts the traveling Smithsonian Exhibition, The Way We Worked,
with support from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency
of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in April and May
2015. Spanning the years 1857 to 1987, the exhibition's 86
photographs depict America's workplaces and how the country's
workforce has been shaped by social change, equality and freedom for
over a century.
In collaboration with the
Marengo County Historical Society, the Museum will supplement the
exhibit with its own programs about Alabama cabinet makers,
featuring Christopher Lang (Lyon Hall, Saturday, April 11, at 1
p.m.), and the work of ministers and rabbis ("Rock in a
Weary Land," Morning Star Baptist Church, April 19, at 2 p.m.).
These partners plus the Demopolis Public Library and the Southern
Literary Trail will also add a unique Demopolis imprint to the
exhibit with The Way We Worked Creatively, featuring the
creative work of writers, artists, and designers influenced by the
of their creations such as the book The Cotton Club by
Demopolis-born James Haskins and The Little Foxes, Lillian
Hellman's play about her Demopolis family, have even translated into
meaningful work for the artists of Broadway and Hollywood. To
illustrate the point, Donna Meester, Jacki Armit and Daniel Whitlow
of The University of Alabama Theatre Department in Tuscaloosa will
construct likenesses of film costumes worn by Bette Davis (The
Little Foxes, 1941) and Diane Lane (The Cotton Club,
1984) for the exhibit.
Place: The Marengo County
History and Archives Museum, Walnut St., Downtown Demopolis
Dates and Times: April 9, 2015, through May 2015.
Opening Night: Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 6 p.m. with champagne
Admission: Free for all events
Info: Call the Museum at 334.289.0599.
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Kill A Mockingbird," the play at Monroe County Museum
April 10, 2015 through May 15, 2015
The Mockingbird Players of
Monroeville present the 25th season of "To Kill a Mockingbird," the
play, based upon the Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The
Georgia-Pacific Amphitheater is home for the popular play on the
grounds of the Monroe County Museum and the Old
in the heart of Monroeville, regarded as the model for Maycomb in
the novel. During the famous trial scenes of "Mockingbird" when
Atticus Finch defends the falsely-accused Tom Robinson, the drama
moves into the actual courtroom where Harper Lee's father practiced
law. Annually this production of "Mockingbird" attracts audience
members from around the world. This year, the Jane Austen Society of
Australia will be among the audiences as its members tour the
Southern Literary Trail. Tickets are available on February 2, 2015,
for groups and on March 2, 2015, for all others.
Place: The Monroe County Museum
in Monroeville, Alabama
Dates: April 10, 2015 to May 16, 2015
Times and tickets: Call 251.575.7433 or go to
Info: Call 251.575.7433
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in Art and Design: Influences from Home
May 1, 2015
As an event for the Smithsonian
Exhibition, The Way We Worked, during its Spring 2015 stop at the
Marengo County History and Archives Museum in Demopolis, acclaimed
artists in writing, painting and design with attachments to the town
talk about the influences of home on their work. Demopolis native
Rusty Goldsmith, retired Rector of St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands of
Birmingham, speaks about the impact of Demopolis on his sermons and
essays appearing in The Sewanee Review. One of Goldsmith's essays
recalls the days of the
Merchants Grocery in the building that now houses the Museum.
Carolyn Goldsmith's artworks
have been displayed in regional galleries such as the Monty Stabler
Galleries (Birmingham), the Judith Proctor Gallery (Seaside,
Florida), and the Bennett Galleries (Nashville). Her work has also
been presented by Birmingham's Civil Rights Institute and the
Huntsville Museum of Art. Mark Abrams of Demopolis is an ARTS Award
winner and designer for Port 68, a home décor company specializing
in table lamps, accent furniture, upholstered chairs, benches and
home accessories. All will discuss the influence of home and place
on the way they have worked.
This event is presented by the
Marengo County History and Archives Museum, the Marengo County
Historical Society, the Demopolis Public Library and the Southern
Literary Trail as a feature of The Way We Worked exhibition with
grant support by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state agency
of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
Place: To be announced.
Date and Time: Friday, May 1, 2015 at time to be announced.
Info: Call the Museum at 334.289.0599 or the Library at
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21st Annual Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Gala
90 Years of "Gatsby"
May 2, 2015
IIn the Old Cloverdale home once
occupied by America's iconic Jazz Age couple, the annual Fitzgerald
Museum Gala salutes Zelda and Scott with revelry, food, dancing and
music under a tent on the lawn and within the surroundings of a
well-known American romance. Fine art and decorative objects by
local artists are offered for silent auction. This year's Gala
observes the 90th anniversary date of Fitzgerald's seminal 1920s
novel, "The Great Gatsby." The ticketed event always proves to be a
premiere social occasion for Trailfest celebrants and visitors.
Place: The Scott and Zelda
Fitzgerald Museum, 919 Felder Avenue, Montgomery
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Time: 8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Info and Tickets: Call the Museum at 334.264.4222.
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Capote and the Legacy of In Cold Blood" by Ralph Voss
Presented with the Maysles Brothers film "With Love from Truman"
May 28, 2015
Author Ralph F. Voss was a high
school junior in Plainville, Kansas, in November of 1959 when four
members of the Herbert Clutter family were murdered in Holcomb,
Kansas, by shotgun blasts from two unknown intruders. In his book
and this special program, Truman Capote and the Legacy of "In
Cold Blood," Voss examines Capote and his famous book about the
murders from many perspectives: the crowning glory of Capote's
career and its larger status in American popular culture. As
depicted in many films including the Oscar-winning Capote, the
investigations by Capote and Harper Lee in Kansas have assumed
legendary status and become part of the story. For this event,
co-sponsored by the Trail and the Alabama Department of Archives and
History, Voss will also introduce the rarely-seen short Maysles
documentary about Capote in 1966: With Love from Truman.
Presented with grant support from the Alabama Humanities Foundation,
a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Place: The Alabama Department
of Archives and History, Montgomery
Date and Time: Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 12 Noon
Info: Call the Archives at 334.242.4435.
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