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August 22 2014

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picnicking with Alabama Chanin

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Fashionistas, storytellers, artists, musicians, food enthusiasts, and many others got together for two days of eating, design, shopping, and general revelry this past Saturday and Sunday. The occasion was the sixth annual Alabama Chanin Picnic and the Alabama Studio Weekend. Those who made the road trip to the town of Florence in northern Alabama were treated to the opening of the Alabama Chanin Studio store; fried chicken and oysters at Pickett Place; and soul food, barbecue, and dessert at the annual picnic on the banks of the Tennessee River. Additional events included tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum Home, the music and stories of the Muscle Shoals Sound and the Swampers, and tales of Native American heritage at the Wicahpi Wall and Healing Circle. Each story led to another story, to more laughter and good times. The weekend events culminated with dinner, celebrating the best of all things Southern on the grounds of the Helen Keller birthplace, followed by moonshine, dessert, and the music of Nashville’s Joshua Black Wilkins at GAS Studio in Tuscumbia. Plan your trip for next year.

Photo: Courtesy of Robert Rausch

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