Celebrate Alabama Makers
Alabama has a lot of talent, especially in the maker community, where creative folk are “making” what they love. Discover their stories and find inspiration for your own pursuits.
Alabama at a Glance
Activities/locations include: Jan. 7: Dance Across Birmingham – a day of free dance classes open to all ages, Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex in North Meeting Rooms, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; free Birmingham Dance Showcase, BJCC Theatre, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 20: Classroom Teacher Workshop, Children's Dance Foundation, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 27: Free school matinee performance by Contra-Tiempo, Samford University Wright Center, 10 a.m. Jan. 27-29: various events, including the Master Classes for dance students, the Alabama Dance Festival Showcase, and more.
Mobile is not only recognized as celebrating the first known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 (yes, even before New Orleans), but also as home to "America's Family Mardi Gras." Delighting both young and old from around town and across the nation, this magnificent celebration lasts more than two and a half weeks and culminates on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent.
The Senior Bowl, the nation's unique football game and football's premier pre-draft event, annually features the country's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South, which are coached by the entire coaching staffs from two National Football League teams. Contest will be nationally televised by NFL Network.
This weekend is a commemoration of the anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" and the Selma to Montgomery March. Activities include a pageant, a dance, women and youth conferences, a parade, festival, interfaith service and National Voting Rights Hall of Fame induction. Visit www.selmajubilee.com for more information.
Two days of fine arts featuring visual, musical, performance and culinary. 100 fine artists showcase award winning art in a variety of mediums including clay, glass, oils, watercolor, jewelry, wood, photography and more. The Kids Art Alley presents high quality hands-on art projects for kids of all ages. Culinary presenters for 2017 are Cosmos/Cobalts, Shipps Harbour Grill, and Villagio Grill, among others. The music stage includes Roman Street, Three Bean Soup, Lisa Zanghi and Coconut Radio. The beautiful location on the shores of Wolf Bay will showcase the brand new 10,000 sq. ft. Coastal Arts Center gallery.
More than 230 exhibitors from throughout the nation will bring their best works to show and sell at this prestigious juried show. Live entertainment will be going on throughout the three-day event, and unique cuisine will be served in the food court. BRATS offers a shuttle for $2 each way from the shopping center parking lots at the intersection of Fairhope Avenue and Greeno Road. Call 251-928-6387 or 621-8222 for more information.