1. To get your groove on
This year's festival is offering a wide array of music. Things get kicked off
at 12 p.m. with Miss Alabama Jamie Langley, followed by the JAXPAN Steel Drum
Band , the Sterling Silver Band (classic rock), Foggy Hollow (bluegrass), Maybe
Later (Southern rock), Dustin Howard (rock) and Laura Dodd and Tom Walker
2. To learn "lost" arts
The theme for this year's festival is "Rediscovering the Lost Arts" a
collaboration between the JSU Field School and JSU's Continuing Education
Office. Festival-goers will be able to watch artists in action as they do
storytelling, weaving, soap and candle making, beading, wood carving, quilting,
basketry and many more hand-crafted arts. There will also be more traditional
artists and vendors with photography, paintings and drawings.
3. To get the kids outside
The festival features "Children's Passport Stations" where they can meet a
snake, learn how to make Native American tools, plant seeds, make leaf prints,
draw with chalk, play with bubbles, play with a giant parachute, meet Smokey the
Bear, see live animals with Dan Spaulding and more. Most of all, they can just
enjoy being a kid.
4. To support a good cause
The Rally for Relay concerts will kick off at 3:30 p.m. with Foggy Hollow.
For an added $5 donation, festival-goers can hear great tunes from local
musicians and help support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
5. To celebrate Earth Day
In honor of Earth Day, learn a little bit about your environment and what
kinds of activities it offers. Some of this year's exhibits include: the U.S.
Forest Service, National Park Service, DeSoto State Park, Calhoun County
Recycling, Northeast Alabama Bike Club, Anniston Runners Club, Anniston Outdoor
Association, GEEKs in the Woods, Chief Ladiga Trail, Terrapin Outdoor Center,
and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Why do you go to the festival?
"My perfect festival experience: Meeting some live animals, hearing some
loud, classic rock 'n' roll from Sterling Silver, tasting my favorite mint chip
ice cream from Wright's dairy, learning about the artists who make things in
front of you."
— Pete Conroy, director of Environmental Policy and
Information Center at Jacksonville State University
"Seeing the faces of thousands of children as they learn how Native
American's made tools from rocks, meeting living treasure artisans who still do
things like our great-grandparents did, and knowing that through edu-tainment we
are uniting our community and making it a better place for our children's
— Renee Morrison, JSU Field School Coordinator
4th annual Mountain Longleaf Festival
What: Festival celebrating the natural world and benefitting the
children of our community.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-3
How much: $10 suggested donation per
family, Rally for Relay (music) an additional $5 donation per
Contact: 782-5697 or email@example.com
From Highway 21, take the Baltzell Gate (across from Lenlock area) into
McClellan. At the traffic circle, take a right on Berman Road. The festival will
be on the left, but parking is just past the event on the right. There will be
handicap-accessible parking designated.
About Dan Whisenhunt
Dan Whisenhunt covers K-12 schools and higher
education for The Star.
See story at The Anniston Star's website: www.annistonstar.com