“CELEBRATING OUR PAST” FESTIVAL AND MUSIC EVENT
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Who: Town of Gurley
Admission, music, and general events
are free to attendees.
Event Logo Helium Balloons, Tee Shirts, and Railroad Depot Prints Available for Purchase
Live Music Entertainment includes:
Food Vendors 5-10 p.m.
Parade 10:00 a.m. Historic
Renaissance Bluegrass Band; Natchez
Trace; Rollin' in the Hay
Saturday, 5/8 All Day Festival
It’s “The Great Alabama Homecoming” and even the “spirits” are coming back to Gurley, AL to celebrate “2010: The Year of Alabama Small Towns/Downtowns”.
The Gurley Cemetery is a large urban cemetery which “sits on a knoll overlooking a spot of ancient charm that once was the location of the Gurley Baseball Field”. It was established in 1880, and contains more than 1000 markers, including Veterans of all U.S. Wars and 52 Confederate Soldiers.
Special dedication markers pay tribute
to three generations of the Gurley Family Veterans:
Come see and hear these costumed characters and many more of Gurley’s storied citizens including The Circuit Rider Preacher, The Cat Lady, and The Professional Baseball Player, come back to life. Also enjoy a self-guided tour of over 20 species of mature trees scattered throughout the cemetery while listening to the auto-harp/bass music of by-gone days.
Who: Cumberland Presbyterian Denomination
Gurley Historical Association
City of Gurley
What: Parade/Bethel University Blue Grass Band
When: Saturday, May 8, 2010
Where: 10:00 a.m. Gurley Historic District
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Charles Stone Park
Why: Year of Alabama Small Towns/Downtowns Festival
The Cumberland Presbyterians are celebrating the 200th Birthday of their Denomination this year, along with their contributions to educational and religious development in the Gurley and North Alabama area.
Private, preparatory Robert Donnell High School and two-year college, located in Gurley in 1894, was named after the prominent CP itinerate minister. In 1908 it was donated to the state of Alabama by the CP’s, to become Madison County High School - the first public high school in Madison County ; and it is still in operation today.
Robert Donnell also established a school in Athens, AL, and was instrumental in founding Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. His home in Athens, The Donnell House, was spared destruction during Union occupation and has undergone restoration.
Members of the Robert Donnell Presbytery will participate in the Gurley “Celebrating Our Past” Parade on Saturday, May 8, as part of the “2010: Year of Alabama Small Towns/Downtowns” Festival and Music event. Robert Donnell, in costume, will be circuit riding on his horse as “camp meeting” singers join him enroute to a service.
The CP Bethel University Bluegrass Band from McKenzie , TN , will be
performing in the parade at 10:00 a.m. in Gurley’s Historic District; again
from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Charles Stone Park ; and at the Gurley CP Church on
Sunday, May 9, at 9:00 a.m.
Admission is free, and everyone is invited to join the celebration.
More info at http://gurleyalabama.contactez.net or call 256-776-3670 or 256-776-3313