Registration fee for Friday covers catered lunch and ferry expenses. SHUTTLE to and from Birmingham will leave at 7:30 am from The Painted Shovel, 400 41st South. Return time, approximately 7:30 pm. This is a separate ticket and includes riding with Claudia Pettway Charley, owner of That's Sew Gee's Bend, a native of the community, and a tradition bearer. (Cover art for Common Threads is a Scraps of Memory shadow box by Darrell Ezekiel)
Session #2 will include a full day of programs on Friday and a workshop on Saturday. We will begin at the Ferry Terminal on the Camden side of the Alabama River (Ellis Island Rd., off Hwy 28). After an introduction to Wilcox County history, local tourism, and the Black Belt Heritage Area, we will travel on the ferry to the Gee's Bend Ferry Terminal and arrive on the Boykin side of the Alabama River. The new facility (Hwy 29) will be the location of a barbeque lunch prepared by Keitsha's Snack Shack and a presentation by author, poet, and educator Irene Latham. Following, participants can enjoy "Talking Threads: Conversations with the Quilters of Gee's Bend." At 1:45 pm, Claudia Pettway Charley will lead a cultural tour of her hometown stopping at historic sites, community centers, and the Gee's Bend Collective. The tour will include a visit with Rev. Clinton Pettway at Ye Shall Know The Truth Baptist Church, meeting Tinnie Pettway at the general store or Boykin mercantile where she will share stories and a poem from her book, and a view of the original site of the elementary school, where the community now holds the annual May Day festival. An interview with Tinnie Dell Pettway by Kathryn Tucker Windham is online here. All transcribed interviews with residents available from the Birmingham Public Library digital collections are here. At the end of the day, 4:30 pm, participants will have time to complete the Quilt Mural Trail to see all of the murals by local artist Tyree McCloud that replicate the quilts chosen for the U.S. Postage Stamp Collection. Saturday community quilting workshop, registration and information HERE. No fees. Bring an apprentice.
Below are links to find more information about places to stay in the region.
Southern Inn www.southerninn.net
40 Camden Bypass
Camden, AL 36726
Camden to Selma approximately 32.8 miles (not based on ferry terminal locations or Boykin).
Selma lodging: http://selmaalabama.com/plan-your-stay/lodging.html
Camden to Thomasville: approximately 30 miles
Thomasville lodging: http://www.alabamasfrontporches.org/2010/06/clarke-county-lodging/
North Park Inn & Suite 570 North Park Drive – Thomasville, AL 334-636-0202 Pamela Patterson /Gene Priest Fax 334-636-0220 ( 40 Rooms)
Americans Best Value Inn 33691 Highway 43, North Thomasville, AL 334-636-0123 Karry Patel (52 Rooms)
Thomasville Inn & Suites 571 North Park Drive, Thomasville, AL al 334-636-2000 Pamela Patterson/Gene Priest (50 Rooms)
Sunset Inn 32810 Highway 43, Thomasville, AL 334-636-5467 Milan Patel (21 Rooms)
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Alabama Folklife Association
A nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Alabama's folk traditions through research, publications, events, CDs, films, workshops, and educational programming. The AFA is a partner program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts.