COOLFEST starts Thursday afternoon in downtown Cullman

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Old-time musician Craig Mann enjoying some cool-of-the-evening front porch time at a festival in Eufaula earlier this year. (courtesy photo)

CULLMAN – COOLFEST is almost here, and you just have to remember 412:  be around 412 Public House, located at 412 Second Ave. SE in downtown Cullman, at 4:12 Thursday afternoon, to join other Cullmanites for some midsummer coolness. 

Sponsored/hosted by 412 Public House, Consign & Design, Cullman Florist and Christ Lutheran Church, COOLFEST will take visitors around the environs of the Second Avenue/Fourth Street Southeast intersection, and will feature:

  • free drawing for a picnic basket filled with Cullman-grown goodies
  • cool, original art for sale and auction
  • sunflowers and Cullman artist Jack Tupper painting at Cullman Florist
  • Cullman-grown farm stand
  • free tastings of Cullman area produce by 412 Public House
  • free grilled tastings by Alabama Farm Credit
  • free hand fans and cool drink huggies from Lesley Hyde State Farm
  • the Cullman County Library Bookmobile

Entertainment

COOLFEST will also feature the old southern front porch tradition of music and storytelling, featuring performers from Seed-Harvest Music Academy and the North Alabama Agriplex entertaining on the sidewalks. Starting at 4:12 p.m.

In the air-conditioned comfort of the fellowship hall at Christ Lutheran Church:

4:30 p.m. – The Tribune’s own Craig Mann, performing on Appalachian dulcimer and old-time banjo.  Mann has performed traditional folk music of America and the British Isles across the South.

5 p.m. – Storyteller Sharon Drake presenting "The Reluctant Topiary" with author Ben Johnson South showing the illustration paintings from the book.  Drake is one of the most popular storytellers in our area–she has been a longtime special education teacher with the Cullman County Schools and is a media specialist with Cullman City Schools.

5:30 p.m. – Sacred Harp singers, led by Nicholas Thompson.  Thompson is from the Gum Pond community, a Fairview High School graduate and now a student at Athens University. He will introduce his fellow singers and tell a bit about Sacred Harp Music.

Proceeds from food and drink sales at 412 Public House and art sales at Consign & Design will benefit the farm heritage programs of the North Alabama Agriplex and ALAbundant hunger relief support including The Little Pantry next to the Mary Carter Store.

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