Three local Alabama Bicentennial Projects received special plaques commemorating their outstanding contribution to Alabama’s recent bicentennial celebration. The town of Colony, Wallace State College and the Cullman County Museum were singled out for their celebration of the state’s bicentennial.
The Cullman County Museum’s doors might be closed at the moment, but the museum director Drew Green invites everyone to join him on Facebook for Stories from the Museum. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Green selects an interesting object found at the museum and tells its story and its importance in the history of Cullman County.
Green is hoping everyone enjoys his Stories from the Museum videos during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cullman County Museum Director Drew Green recently completed a three-year continuing education program offered by the Southeast Tourism Society to earn his certification as a Travel Marketing Professional. In addition, Green earned his Festival and Events Planner certification.
Green sat down with The Tribune to explain how he hopes the continuing education training will benefit tourism in Cullman County.
“We are really fortunate in this area because we have the Alabama Mountain Lakes (Tourist) Association, and they are really successful promoting tourism in all of north Alabama,” he said. “A lot of people don’t realize the economic impact tourism has on an area.”
A great crowd came out Saturday morning for the third April Walking Tour this month. Cullman County Museum Director Drew Green and Ben Johnson South were the guides for the tour, which had a special “Cullman Cakewalk” theme and featured several stops including the newly reopened All Steak Restaurant for warm orange rolls.
South focused in on the abundance of wonderful art and artists in Cullman as well as a few of Cullman’s delicious culinary offerings. Edgar Veigl also joined South to explain the beautiful architecture of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The first stop on the tour, Sacred Heart was the second church in Cullman.
A new exhibit featuring the work of the Decatur Porcelain Artists (DPA) opened Tuesday at the Cullman County Museum. The display showcases a vast array of porcelain items with images celebrating Alabama’s Bicentennial. The exhibit will be on display for two months.
The Colony Town Council on Tuesday evening shared with The Tribune a sample of the Alabama 200 Bicentennial mural project members are set to unveil at 5 p.m. this Saturday at the Colony Educational Complex. The five-piece collection includes information and images of Colony’s early communities, history, “then and now,” churches and local sites. Drew Green, director of the Cullman County Museum and chairman of the Cullman County Bicentennial Committee, will come down to help Mayor Donnis Leeth open the exhibit. Folks from all over Cullman County are invited to join in the celebration that will include live music, skits, oral history presentations and refreshments.
After the project is presented, it will hit the road to visit places ranging all the way from the Cullman County Museum to the state Capitol in Montgomery, before returning home for permanent display in Colony.
Meet Concetta Lovoy Kreps, textile guru
“One who sleeps under a handmade quilt is comforted by love.” That warm and warming sentiment is shared by TASTEMAKER, Concetta Lovoy Kreps, a fashion-savvy Cullmanite who has many remnants of fond memories of The Calico Shop and The Sewing Gallery, two Cullman textile treasure troves of by-gone days. Concetta recalls her excitement as a 6-year-old finding a bolt of “fake mink, I was certain was real” and her mother creating a splendid ensemble of mink-ish stole, muff and hat which Concetta wore with a red suit to midnight mass at Sacred Heart Church at Christmastime.
Concetta mentions both her grandmothers, accomplished seamstresses, as major influences on her lifelong love of textiles.
She said, “When I travel, I love to visit great fabric shops, and many times I’ve bought a yard or yards of something even though I didn’t have a sewing project in mind.” She added, “If I buy it, the project will come.”
Concetta Lovoy Kreps is recognized as a superb quilter and generous-spirited baker.