By Carmen Rodgers
In an effort to spotlight music and arts, the Tallassee Community Development Corporation has made several changes to this year’s Tallassee NOW lineup, beginning with the event location. This year the event will take place in Tallassee’s downtown area, Bell Park and across the river at City Hall.
“We decided that we were really going to vamp it up this year,” said Melissa Hill, chairperson for the Tallassee CDC. “We were kind of disappointed in the way things played out last year. We really wanted to change it and do something fresh. Rather than having the event at the football stadium, we have centered the event around the downtown area.”
The event will begin June 8 with a reception for the Dixie Art Colony and Local Artists’ Exhibition at the Tallassee Trustmark Annex. Ronald McDowell, who has been hailed as one of today’s most versatile artists, will be featured in the exhibit. McDowell has been credited for having a natural perception of design, which enables him to go from the visual concept to the final, three-dimensional product.
The theater will show “The Sandlot” and incorporate baseball-themed activities for the family free of charge. There will be mascots of area baseball teams on hand for photographs.
“We’re working on having a baseball player there to sign autographs,” said Hill. “We are encouraging people to wear their jerseys or dress up like a Sandlot character as well.”
There will be live entertainment at Bell Park Friday night as Todd and the Tone Deaf Hobos and Tallassee’s own Joanna Love take the stage. Love was a runner up in the recent Mt. Vernon Idol.
“You can bring your coolers and chairs over there and enjoy the evening,” said Hill.
In addition to the live music, barbeque presales will be available at Bell Park. However, there will be no barbeque plates available this year.
“We are not doing the plates this year,” said Hill. “Putting those plates together really bogged us down and we decided to get away from the plates. We will still have the presale and that will take place at Bell Park. They will have live music. You can bring your coolers and chairs over there and enjoy the evening.”
There will be a large military vehicle exhibition, coordinated by Ronnie Brantley, on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the lawns of City Hall. This exhibition will showcase military vehicles from around the region.
“These are vintage restored military vehicles,” said Hill. “This is going to be really big, really nice.”
There will also be a quilt show at City Hall on Saturday morning so that quilters from around the area can display their works.
Saturday afternoon and into the evening the focus shifts to the historic Mt. Vernon Theater’s area where acts like Andy Griggs, The River Dan Band and more will take the stage.
At 8 p.m. Andy Griggs will perform on the Mt. Vernon Theater Stage on Saturday evening.
“He’s a country artist and he’s not just anybody, he’s had top 10 hits. So we are really excited to have him,” Hill said.
There will also be live music outside the theater and a large portion of South Dubois Street will be closed to accommodate the extra foot traffic that this event is anticipated to bring.
“River Dan will be set up next to the theater,” she said. “We will have food trucks there. We have four committed, one being the Wharf, and Sweet Tea Alabama. That will start somewhere around 4:30.”
The CDC is encouraging everyone to participate in the upcoming Tallassee NOW and the organization is currently seeking event sponsors.
“We are currently seeking sponsorship,” said Hill. “We would love for your group to be a part of Tallassee NOW.”
If you would like more information or to sponsor this event call 334-252-0036 or go to http://www.tallasseenow.com.