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    ‘Ode to My Adolescence’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman native Kyndell Hays has recently published her first book of poetry and prose called “Ode to My Adolescence,” a series of separate pieces about the struggles of growing up and dealing with mental health issues, heartbreak and trauma. Hays said...

    Sips ‘n Strokes takes class to Ave Maria Grotto on Saturday evening

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Sips ‘n Strokes of Cullman is packing up their paints and canvases for an on-site class at Ave Maria Grotto on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. The class, for budding artists, accomplished artists and everyone in between, will be taught by...

    ‘Together in 1 House’—showcasing the musical soul of Alabama

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - The Hanceville Civic Center is soon to host the songwriter showcase “Together in 1 House,” presented by David Vest with E320 Productions and Kimberly Nicholson with Nashville’s ArtistUp. The lineup of favorite local artists including Jesse Priest, and indy artists Justin...

    Cullman Ballet Theatre School offering Summer Dance Classes

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Ballet Theatre School (CBT) is offering the opportunity for all ages, from young children to adults, to attend Summer Dance Classes. The curriculum at CBT School is carefully structured by levels to provide challenging yet safe training to each student....

    Elementary students give musical performances at Vinemont Music and Art Fair

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Vinemont Elementary School K - 5th grade classes gave performances at the first Vinemont Music and Art Fair on Tuesday. The annual music presentation has not been held for the past couple years, so this year, for the first gathering...

    83rd Annual Cullman Strawberry Festival has record number of attendees

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman Strawberry Festival on Saturday, May 7 was packed with people looking to buy farm fresh strawberries and enjoy the many festivities. Farmers began selling produce at 7:00 a.m. and most were sold out by the middle of the day,...

    ‘The Beast Who Came to School’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman student Ronin Peavy is a humble young writer in his second-grade class at West Elementary School. When asked if he is the latest celebrity in town, he immediately responded, “Nope. I’m just a kid.” Peavy gained notoriety with the gift of...

    Cottontails Arts and Crafts Festival in Hanceville hosts 60 business vendors over the weekend

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Vendors from 60 different businesses came to the Cottontails Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday at the Hanceville Civic Center. Some vendors were from businesses with storefronts, with others were selling crafts they began making on the side while in retirement...

    Comic book artist Tone Rodriguez to visit Camelot Books and Comics on April 21

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Tone Rodriguez, comic book artist, writer and creator best known for his work with Bongo Comics on titles like Futurama, The Simpsons and hit series Stray Dogs, will be visiting Camelot Books and Comics Thursday, April 21 from 11:00 a.m. –...

    Wallace State Jazz Band hosting Big Band Dance April 15

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. — The Wallace State Community College Jazz Band will hold its annual Big Band Dance on Friday, April 15 at the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. “We’re excited to welcome familiar and new faces to our event,” said Ricky Burks,...

    ‘A Badge for Brooksie’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – In 2019, Cullman County Courthouse welcomed its newest court officer: Brooksie, a then two year old “goldendoodle” facility dog to help victims – especially children – navigate the often intimidating experience of court cases. She was trained to sense increasing heart...

    Ben South and the ‘perpetual gift of curiosity’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Over the course of its history, Cullman has been home to many great creators and artists in all mediums. One hometown “consummate creative,” as he put it, has been drawing inspiration from the natural world and the concept of “southernness” here...

    Cullman live music venues welcome new and diverse bands

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman is truly a town that embraces the arts, and the music scene here is vast, consisting of a well-connected group of artists and assisting music venues that need support from the community to continue to create spaces for creative and...

    Bookmarked: Cullman County Public Library design competition names winners

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - If you’ve visited the Cullman County Library recently, a small desk lined with hand drawn bookmarks may have caught your attention. A placard on the desk simply read, “These bookmarks were designed by children from around Cullman County as a Bookmark Designing...

    52 ODES TO JOY: SPELLBINDING

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    ODE TO SPELLBINDING                                                      Hocus pocus, fully focus.                                                      Cast off the spell of the phone,                                                      And fully succumb to the joy zone.                                                      Presto, change-o, feel the glow.                                                      Find your mojo in the flow. A dictionary definition for SPELLBINDING is “holding one’s attention completely, rapturously, as though...

    Exquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist at Wallace State’s Burrow Museum

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. — The Evelyn Burrow Museum at Wallace State Community College welcomes EXQUISITE MINIATURES, an exhibition of miniature paintings by Wes and Rachelle Siegrest, to campus this spring from February - April. Admission is free. EXQUISITE MINIATURES consists of 50 signature paintings including landscapes, portraits,...

    Leldon’s ‘Art in the Warehouse District’ event to take place February 4

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Local home décor retail shop Leldon’s will be hosting “Art in the Warehouse District” on February 4 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The event will feature tastings from Holly Pond’s Alabama Mudd Coffee and artwork displays from five different artists...

    ‘Backstage Photography’ exhibit held at Brooke Desnoes Ballet Academy

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Brooke and Vincent Desnoes held a “Backstage” photography exhibit Thursday evening at Brooke Desnoes Ballet Academy. The purpose of the event was to showcase the reality of the backstage world of ballet. Brooke Desnoes has been a ballet instructor for three...

    Local band ‘Don’t Think Twice’ to play show at Cullman venue/restaurant Valley Tavern and Grille this month

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Local band “Don’t Think Twice” will be appearing at Valley Tavern and Grille Friday, Jan. 21. Valley Tavern and Grille is a restaurant attached to the Cullman Bowling Alley and has been renovated in more recent years to allow a fun...

    Pottery shop in Hartselle to offer Beginner Pottery Throwing Classes

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Keramos, a pottery shop in Hartselle, will be offering a Beginner Pottery Throwing Class on each Friday of the month, starting Jan. 7 - January 28. Classes will last from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., with the fee for this course...

    Vinemont writer Hallie Christensen now a published author

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    VINEMONT, Ala. – A Vinemont native’s middle-grade novel was recently published through Sweetwater Books. Her book, “Enchanted Misadventures with Great-Aunt Poppy,” released Oct. 12, is available for purchase now on Amazon.  Hallie Christensen grew up in Cullman County surrounded by professional storytellers--her family.  She received her...

    She Reads: ‘Of Women and Salt’ by Gabriela Garcia

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    “Of Women and Salt” by Gabriela Garcia, follows Jeanette, a young woman who is battling addiction and in search of the deeply hidden truths about her family's history. Her desperate quest for answers takes her from Florida to Cuba, Cuba to Mexico, and even...

    Wallace State hosting Christmas Spectacular December 9

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. — If you need a little Christmas, the Wallace State Fine and Performing Arts programs will provide some holiday spirit during its annual Christmas Spectacular on Thursday, Dec. 9. The 7:00 p.m. concert in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre inside the Gudger...

    Snead’s Farmhouse hosting book tour event this weekend

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Judy Snead of Snead's Farmhouse and Deitra Deal will be doing a reading of their new children’s book, “It Takes Two to Make a Farm go Right” at Cullman Health and Rehab center on December 3 at 2:00 p.m. Deitra is...

    ‘Humbug! A Christmas Carol’ returns to The Princess Theatre!

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    DECATUR, Ala. - Bank Street Players have announced their return to the Princess Theatre Stage with latest production of, “Humbug! A Christmas Carol.” After a long 18-month absence during the pandemic, the lights will illuminate the stage once more as one of Decatur’s favorite...

    Local author, Natasha Noel, debuts children’s book: ‘The Booger Boy’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman resident Natasha Noel has recently published her first children’s book. She has signed with U.S.-based publisher, Words Matter Publishing, a small publisher who believes in working one-on-one with their authors, immediately saw potential and subsequently offered Noel a contract. From...

    5th Annual Bernard Blues and BBQ sees another successful year

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – The 5th Annual Bernard Blues and BBQ took place Sat-Sun, Oct. 30-31. Friends of Saint Bernard, along with faculty, staff and students, braved the cold rain on Saturday to support the works of talented artist and craftsmen from across the Southeastern...

    Cullman High School Theatre sweeps 2021 Trumbauer district competition

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman High School Theatre on Saturday swept the District 3 competition of the Alabama Conference of Theatre’s Walter Trumbauer High School Theatre Festival with its production of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” qualifying the team to compete for state...

    Cullman Community Theatre announces their 2022 production

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman Community Theatre (CCT) has made its first formal announcement of the 2022 season, stating, “We are so excited to announce our first show of the 2022 season and our 2nd Annual CCT Dinner Theatre, ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’!” Performances will...

    An in-depth guide to local fall fun

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - Fall is finally here and with it are many fun seasonal events! From craft shows to fall festivals, there are a range of things going on around town, for families and friends of all ages. Nightmare in Vinemont - Oct. 22...

    Local author to debut second book at Hanceville festival

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Hanceville Public Library has announced local writer Greg Burden will feature his second book at the 30th Annual Mud Creek Marching Festival. The book is titled “Hanceville, The First 150 Years.” Also available will be Burden’s first book, “Blount Springs, Fountain of Youth”, which details the history of...

    Editorial: High School marching bands—Cullman’s pride and joy

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    Last weekend, the City of Cullman was bustling as Oktoberfest celebrations were happening in Depot Park and the Cullman County Fair Parade made its way through town. While both were beautifully organized and tons of fun, it was the annual event taking place Saturday...

    ‘The world needs more music’

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - Several Cullman County band programs received a very pleasant surprise Thursday from State Representative Randall Shedd. The Vinemont, Holly Pond, Fairview and Hanceville bands each received $5000 for their programs.  The news came as a total surprise. According to Vinemont director...

    Upcoming holiday book release to feature Cullman author

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    HARTSELLE, Ala. – Hartselle-based publishing company Kerysso Press recently announced the release of its latest title,“Coffee and Cookies with God, Volume II,” featuring 31 devotions to focus your heart and refresh your soul during the month of December. This collection was written by six members...

    Vinemont Eagle Marching Band takes crowd on a trip through the heyday of MTV

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    VINEMONT, Ala. - Last Friday, the Vinemont Eagles recorded an impressive win against Tarrant High School and supporting them every step of the way was the Vinemont Eagle Marching Band. Don’t let the size of the band fool you. The Vinemont High School Band,...

    ‘Their work is fantastic’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Though getting students to work at core subjects like math and reading are obviously critical this school year, Cullman Middle School art teacher Fharis Richter is making sure the arts aren’t lost in the shuffle for aspiring Cullman City Schools students.  Seventh...

    Local author releases new mystery novel

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Local author Reba Whitley has released her new book titled, ‘The Mountain Shack Mystery.’ Whitley was born and raised in Cullman and has worked in local ministry for over 30 years. When asked about her thoughts on having her book available...

    ‘Back in the saddle’

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    HOLLY POND, Ala. - As the Holly Pond Bronco Marching Band performed last Friday, they did so under the direction of their new leader. Steven Porter recently took over the Holly Pond Band program and he is excited about returning to Cullman County. Porter...

    Tales of Your Tails Summer Writing Competition winners announced

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The winners of the Tales of Your Tails Writing Competition were announced at Cullman County Public Library on Wednesday. This competition took place over the summer and was hosted by The Friends of the Public Library. The deadline for submissions was...

    Local musician Shannon McNeal returns to Berkeley Bob’s Coffee House for homecoming show

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Last Friday evening, Cullman native Shannon McNeal got to play her first homecoming show since November 2019. The show was hosted by Berkeley Bob’s Coffee House on 304 First Ave SE. McNeal is back home briefly and has been primarily located...

    Cullman County Public Library hosts 2nd Annual Harry Potter Birthday Parade

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman County Public Library on Friday, held their 2nd Annual Harry Potter Birthday Parade. Though the first parade event was held in 2019, last year was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The library has been incredibly excited about being...

    Cullman County Public Library hosts cardmaking class for children

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Renee Welsh from the Friends of the Public Library continued the library’s summer fun as she led local children in cardmaking at the Cullman County Public Library Tuesday morning. With cardstock, a wide range of stamps and some double-sided tape, she...

    Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest opens August 2

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The 2022 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest will begin accepting entries on Monday, August 2, 2021. This year’s contest is a joint project between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the Alabama Tourism Department. The deadline for entry...

    Hello, Dolly!

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Community Theatre opened its summer production of “Hello, Dolly!” Friday evening at Cullman High School, a year after plans for the show were shelved by COVID. Guests had an opportunity to take in the Broadway classic about Dolly Gallagher Levi...

    Colony to host talent show, ‘Colony Day’

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    COLONY, Ala. - Colony Councilwoman and Parks and Recreation Committee chairperson Jasmine Cole announced at Tuesday’s council meeting that, following a successful Fourth of July celebration, her department will host two additional events this summer.  Talent Show  Colony’s first annual talent show will take place from...

    Mayor Jacobs proclaims July 12-18 Community Theater Week

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Wednesday, July 7, Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs proclaimed July 12-18, 2021, “Community Theater Week” in the City of Cullman.   On hand from Cullman Community Theater to accept the proclamation from Mayor Jacobs were Jamie Kirk (programs specialist), Noah Carpenter (board secretary/treasurer),...

    Hello, Dolly!

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - After the 2020 hiatus, Cullman Community Theatre returns later this month with a production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway classic “Hello, Dolly!”   Licensing agency Concord Theatricals said that the show “bursts with humor, romance, energetic dance and some of the greatest songs...

    Upcoming summer events at Cullman County Public Library

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – The Summer Learning Program at Cullman County Public Library has been a hit with kids and adults alike across the county; however, there is still so much fun to be had before summer runs out! In the next week as June...

    She Reads: ‘The Maidens’ by Alex Michaelides

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    “Edward Fosca was a murderer. This was a fact. This wasn’t something Mariana knew just on an intellectual level, as an idea. Her body knew it. She felt it in her bones, along her blood, and deep within every cell. Edward Fosca was guilty....

    Troy University professor unveils free virtual film festival for Alabama high school, college students

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    TROY, Ala. - An associate professor of design at Troy University has created a free virtual, one-day film festival open to all Alabama high school and college students who are interested in learning more about filmmaking and animation.    YellowHammer Film Fest, which will take...

    Launching the Alabama Arts Recovery Program

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Alabama State Council on the Arts announces a special grant application opening on Thursday, July 1. The Alabama Arts Recovery Program is supported by recent American Rescue Plan stimulus funding for arts organizations.   $814,100 in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts...

    ‘So creative’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - When it comes to art, inspiration can come from anywhere. For Cullman City Primary School student Wilson Carter, he only had to look as far as the name at the top of his classroom.  Wilson, who just finished kindergarten at CCPS, won...

    Cullman County Public Library summer events well underway

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Wednesday morning at Cullman City Public Library, children from across the community came together to enjoy the Chalk Art event which was organized, and even improved upon, by its wonderful librarians.   Two years ago, at the last Chalk Art event, children were...

    Cullman County Public Library hosts Summer Reading Program kick off

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    CULLMAN, Ala.- On June 2, Cullman County Public Library hosted the official kick off for their Summer Reading Program. Although originally planned to be hosted outdoors with water activities, the skies threatening a downpour, and was decided to hold registration for the program inside....

    Hanceville Public Library gets ready for summer

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Hanceville Public Library has loads of events planned for its community this summer and they are so excited to get started. After last year’s COVID-19 shutdown, the dedicated members of this wonderful library have put their heads together to brainstorm some...

    ‘Brother Joseph, Brother Joseph!’ at Ave Maria Grotto 

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Sunday afternoon, artists Ben South and Donna Drake premiered their children’s musical “Brother Joseph, Brother Joseph” in the Ave Maria Grotto park at St. Bernard Abbey. The interactive show paired new lyrics with familiar tunes to share the story of...

    Cullman Community Theatre hopes for summer show, summer theater camp coming in June

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Community Theatre announced this week via social media, “Cullman Community Theatre's Summer Season is on! Due to very recent updates in local policies, our board has met and decided to move forward with a summer musical for the 2021 season!”  CCT...

    ‘Brother Joseph, Brother Joseph!’ coming this Sunday

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Ave Maria Grotto at St. Bernard Abbey has earned its place as one of the top must-see tourist destinations in Alabama, but this Sunday, it will offer a little something more as local artists Ben South and Donna Drake hold...

    CATA cosmetology student wins with Alabama-inspired design

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Elyse Koloski from the Cullman Area Technology Academy Cosmetology Department recently won the “Feel Your Fantasy” competition hosted by Beauty Cast Network, with a hair/makeup design inspired by Alabama’s state bird, the Yellowhammer. Her prize package was valued at over $1,000.    CATA Cosmetology...

    Fairview FFA string band wins state competition

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    FAIRVIEW, Ala. - At the 93rd annual Alabama FFA State Convention, held virtually this week, Fairview High School’s FFA string band took home top musical honors. On Tuesday, Fairview High School FFA sponsor and agriscience teacher Justin Miller took to social media to celebrate:  “Today,...

    Bound for the Million Dollar Band

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    WEST POINT, Ala.- West Point High School senior Kellen Drinkard is a young man with many talents, so talented in fact, that he has received a scholarship to the University of Alabama to be a part of the famous Million Dollar Band.   As a member...

    West Point High School band becomes fourth in Cullman County to score all ‘superior’ in 2021 assessments

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - We recently reported that three local high school band programs had received all superior ratings from the Alabama Music Educators Associations for their ABA Music Performance Assessments. Now, Cullman County can proudly say four bands are indeed superior. The West Point...

    Wallace State’s Evelyn Burrow Museum premieres Country Legends Rediscovered exhibition

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - The Evelyn Burrow Museum at Wallace State Community College is proud to premiere the Country Legends Rediscovered – an exhibition of stage wear, costumes and memorabilia from the private collection of country singer and north Alabama native Coby Greer.   You can almost...

    ‘The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery’ opens at St. Bernard, shows continue Friday and Saturday

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - St. Bernard Prep School’s Drama Department premiered “The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery” Thursday evening at the Byre theater on the campus of St. Bernard Abbey.   Pioneer Drama Service, which licenses the show, offers this description:    “The players at The Murder Mystery...

    Superior scores for three area band programs

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Three local high school band programs are celebrating this week after earning superior ratings from the Alabama Music Educators Association’s Music Performance Assessment. Traditionally, high school concert and symphonic bands would travel to perform live in front of the judges. This...

    ‘A community arts event unlike any you’ve ever attended’: Cullman playwright to release interactive new work May 9

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Mother's Day 2021 will be the online debut of a new "community arts event" from the mind of Cullman-based playwright Ben South. Titled "HOUSEBOUND & GARDEN: The Pandemic Letters Dramedy," the show tells the story of grandmother and granddaughter through letters...

    St. Bernard Prep Drama presents ‘The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery’ May 6-8

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Saint Bernard Prep Drama Department returns to the stage after the 2020 shutdown with the one-act play “The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery” this Thursday , May 6 through Saturday, May 8, under the direction of Ashleigh Russell. Showtimes...

    St. Paul’s Lutheran School adds new fine arts options for 2021-22 school year

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - St. Paul's Lutheran School will add private instruction on instruments and ballet to their Fine Arts offerings for the 2021-2022 school year. Director of Creative Services, Emily Trahan, says she is excited to see the school grow in the fine arts...

    CCBOE commissions new mural

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - A new mural now graces the entrance to the Cullman County Board of Education building. The inspirational piece was painted by local artist Laura Walker and depicts students of all grades during their educational journey.   The CCBOE reached out to Walker in...

    Cullman High School Theatre presents “Into the Woods” April 29-May 1

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – After getting back into the swing of things with “Bright Star” in January, Cullman High School Theatre returns this week with “Into the Woods,” a modern rethinking of classic fairy tales, combining “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk”...

    Tenor Saxophone donated to CMS Band Program

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     CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman Middle School Band Program received a new tenor saxophone thanks to the generosity of Ray and Benton Buchmann. Wednesday, the Buchmann’s presented the new instrument to Cullman Middle School Band Director Linda Bean.    The shiny gold saxophone isn’t the first...

    One man’s passion

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Ave Maria Grotto has, since 1934, been home to the artistry of Benedictine monk Bro. Joseph Zoettl, OSB, who built miniature sculptures at St. Bernard Abbey from 1912-1958. After his death in 1961, his workshop on the edge of the...

    Grand re-opening celebration held at Art Park

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism (CPRST) on Thursday officially reopened Art Park off Main Avenue on the city’s west side. The renovated park features a playground with padded synthetic turf under slides, swings, climbing elements and event musical devices. Wildflower...

    North Alabama Quartet Convention returns to Cullman May 1

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The North Alabama Quartet Convention, which has enjoyed great success over the last two years, had to be postponed from its regular Jan. date, but is back on the calendar as a one-day event Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 1-9 p.m....

    St. Bernard’s 2021 Bloomin’ Festival considered a huge success

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - After a year of COVID shutdowns, St. Bernard Prep’s annual Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Crafts Fair returned April 17-18, more than making up for last year’s disappointment. Coordinators’ estimates after the event closed Sunday afternoon indicated that this year’s show may...

    Courtney’s Dance Artistry wins big at major dance event

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - In Birmingham last weekend, Courtney's Dance Artistry competed against dozens of dance studios from around the area and state for prestigious top honors at Showstopper, the largest dance competition in the country.   Their entries placed as follows:  ''Flashback'' (River Ayers, Kayleigh Fincher,...

    Wallace State Jazz Band presenting Big Band Dance April 16

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. — The Wallace State Jazz Band is proud to announce the return of its Big Band Dance Friday, April 16 at the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts.    “Unfortunately, we had to cancel last year’s event due to the pandemic,” said...

    West Point High School presents “Shrek the Musical”

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    WEST POINT, Ala. - West Point High School Theatre returned to the stage Friday with its production of “Shrek the Musical,” which will run through Sunday, April 11.  The Tony-winning Broadway show tells a familiar story for those who have seen the Dreamworks Animation mega-hit...

    Looking to their ‘Futures’

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Wallace State Community College’s Allegro Dance Theatre returned to the stage Wednesday evening with the student-produced and choreographed show “Futures” on campus in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre, presenting a variety of styles from classical ballet to jazz and hip-hop.  After the...

    Dance returns to Cullman County stages starting this week

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    ULLMAN and HANCEVILLE, Ala. - As the world reopens from a year of disappointing COVID shutdowns, Cullman County is seeing live arts and entertainment events return to local stages. Dance productions will open this Wednesday, April 7, with a show by Wallace State Community...

    Arab High junior Kennedy Copeland named 4th Congressional District Art Competition’s Best of Show

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    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – On Tuesday, Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) congratulated an Arab High School student following an awards ceremony in Russellville to announce the winners of the 4th Congressional District Art Competition.    “I’m proud to announce that Kennedy Copeland, an 11th grader at Arab High School,...

    365 AMERICAN JOY-GIVERS for 2021: Betty, Bette and The Boys Birthday Party

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    You might have anticipated the setting for the “Betty, Bette and The Boys Birthday Party” would be one of Hugh Hefner’s swanky mansions or the even more cinematic Sonoma Valley winery owned by Francis Ford Coppola. Instead, we opted for “a place where even...

    Wallace State Dance presenting ‘Futures’ April 7

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Wallace State Community College’s Allegro Dance Theatre will present its spring showcase “Futures” Wednesday, April 7 at 6 p.m. in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre. The Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre is located in the Garlan E. Gudger, Sr. Student Center on...

    Bloomin’ Festival returns April 17-18

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - After a year of COVID shutdowns, St. Bernard Prep’s annual Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Crafts Fair is returning April 17-18, 2021.  The school describes its festival as “a two-day juried arts festival attracting more than 25,000 visitors to the beautiful campus of...

    365 AMERICAN JOY-GIVERS for 2021: ‘The Winners Circle Birthday Party’

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    Brooke Astor was known as “The Queen of New York.” Her beloved country house, “Holly Hill,” in Briarcliff, New York is the regal setting for “The Winners Circle Birthday Party.” The Westchester County estate has more than 10,000 square feet, including 24 rooms, 13...

    Spring break: local events

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - With spring break next week, many families will be looking for fun things to do. Of course, there are the beaches of Alabama and the mountains of Tennessee, but there are also many great and inexpensive events happening around north Alabama.   N.E.A.C.A...

    ADMH calls for entries for 2021 Capitol Showcase

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    Alabama Department of Mental Health   MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Since 2005, the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) has hosted the Capitol Showcase, a consumer art show. Individuals with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, substance use disorders or co-occurring disorders graciously offer their works of art to...

    CHS bands take stage for 2021 Music Performance Assessment

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Thursday night was a big night for the Cullman High School Band program as the concert and symphonic bands performed to a live, socially-distanced crowd. The concert had a dual purpose as the performances were also being recorded for the program’s...

    ‘A really great honor’

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman native and artist Bethany Kerr’s talents can be seen in and around Cullman, and now a special portrait she created can be seen at the Selma Interpretive Center. The portrait, done in pencil, of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was...

    All that jazz

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - “With all that all of us have been through over the past few months- emotionally, physically, at work, at home, at school, schools not being in session, everything that everybody has dealt with and all the adjustments, changes and cancellations, masks...

    Arts Infusion: CHS receives $20K Alabama Arts Initiative grant

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman High School theater department found a way through the pandemic with socially distanced performances and rehearsals, but director Wayne Cook is looking to a more traditional — and even more ambitious — plan as things hopefully return to normal...

    Wallace State invites visitors to view new online art gallery  

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Vibrant self-portraits, innovative photography and dramatic audio – those are some of the creative works you will experience when you visit a new online art gallery titled, “Streaming Identity” at www.wallacestate.edu/streaming-id. To launch the project, Wallace State Community College (WSCC) collaborated with...

    High notes: Students across Cullman County make All-State, All-District bands

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    Updated 2-6-21 at 2:30 p.m. CULLMAN, Ala. - Area band students were recently selected for the 2021 Alabama Bandmasters Association (ABA) All-State and All-District Honor Bands. Cullman County is located in ABA District III, and students typically travel to a location within the district to...

    Cullman art students place in State Superintendent’s Visual Arts Show

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman High School and Cullman City Primary School art and photography teacher Elizabeth Miller announced Thursday that two of her art students placed at this year’s State Superintendent’s Visual Arts Show. Wilson Carter, a kindergartner, won first place in the Kindergarten-2nd...

    Raise the curtain!

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Live theater returned to Cullman Thursday with the opening of Cullman High School’s COVID-friendly production of the Steve Martin Broadway hit “Bright Star.” Broadway.com gives this synopsis of the musical: “Featuring a score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star is set...

    CHS gearing up for ‘Bright Star’ production, social distancing and all

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The arts will find a way — even through a pandemic. With ample social distancing and precautions in place, the Cullman High School theater department is gearing up for its first major production of 2021: "Bright Star."   Tickets are on sale to...

    ‘Holiday spirit’ goes virtual

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - From football games to simply having class, 2020 has presented a truly unique set of challenges for schools. So when it came time to figure out how to hold the Cullman High School Band’s annual Christmas concert in the midst of...

    Wallace State, Cullman Band hosting virtual Christmas concerts Dec. 10

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. — Those wanting a boost of Christmas cheer will have at least two opportunities this Thursday evening, as both the Wallace State Community College Fine and Performing Arts program and the Cullman High School Band perform their holiday concerts via the...

    The show WILL go on!

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Wayne Cook, director of Cullman High School Theatre, took to social media Thursday to announce that the department’s production of Steve Martin’s “Bright Star,” scheduled for last spring but canceled due to the COVID shutdown, is on again and slated for...

    ‘Holiday Harmony’: Local artists collaborate on community project

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Local artists Ben South and Seth Miller recently collaborated to create a piece of art in hopes of raising money to support community projects in Colony. In a time when the world is divided, the painting’s message is of harmony as...