“Springtime is the land awakening. March winds are the morning yawn.”
— Lewis Grizzard.
Are you ready for spring? It’s coming! The sparrows announced it days ago with their wing flapping and preening at the feeder. Winter was reluctant, though; like an old gentleman, he waited as long as he could, then slipped away one night. No turbulence, just peaceful passing.
Did you go to the “pub crawl?” I saw the springtime revelers — it was a rip-roaring good time! It made me think of Mardi Gras and all that it implies.
March 17, I sat in my snug little apartment and enjoyed it vicariously via Facebook Live, remembering wacky nights of my own: “snake dances” downtown, when teenagers (from Emma Sansom or Gadsden High, depending on who won the game) danced their victory dance at the monument of Emma Sansom, or dressed her in their school colors (orange and black or purple and gold). As Emily Dickinson would say, “Ah, wild nights!”
If you want to “dust the cobwebs off daily life,” as Picasso would advise, a “Paint and Sip” art deco event will be hosted by Richard White on March 30 at Back Forty Beer Company. Grab a paint brush, your best friend and go meet other like-minded folk; it promises to be a really interesting event!
Little Miss Alexandria, newly crowned, is charming Miss Denver Browning. Congratulations, Denver!
Dot Wilson and Helen Small celebrated Helen’s youthful 90-ish birthday March 17. You might know Helen’s children: Mike, Steve, and Tammy Small. Happy Birthday, Helen!
Other birthdays are Ginger Lowery, Terry Jennings, Virginia Jo Fails, Hank Greene, Retha Burns and Myron Allenstein.
With a rattle and a toot they come! “The Sanders Family” and their foot-stomping, old-time religion, hand-raising, hallelujah style of praisin’ th’ Lord! There’s the preacher, with a Rick Gwin twist that gives him a new kind ... well, see for yourself this week end at the historic Ritz Theatre right across from where Gadsden first met the Azuza Street kind of worship up close and personal more than 100 years ago. You’ll see favorites such as Kristie Nichols, Cheryl Moorer and Glen Williams; they will be coming around the mountain pickin’ and grinnin’ Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They love Gadsden, and Gadsden loves “the Sanders Family.”
Many things are gloriously Gadsden, to coin a phrase. The stately Gunn-Bellinger home, close enough to the Coosa River for Miss Hollingsworth to hear the riverboat whistle as it slipped quietly to the shore, bearing her fiancé. Noccalula watches silently on green feet over her waterfall; the memory trails and streets stand guard as they protect their loved ones. Yes, Gadsden has memories; as spring comes on this year, look for the secrets that are hidden all around. Legends and stories that live on whether anyone can remember aloud or not; that will make you proud to live, ‘round town!
Glenda Byars is a correspondent for The Gadsden Times. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.