What is known today as the "Murphy Marble Belt" began it's life millions of years ago. Four hundred miles deep, 32 1/2 miles long, this marble belt produced the purest, whitest marble in the world. It is respected by sculptors world wide and is used to make some of the most beautiful countertops available anywhere. There is Sylacauga marble in many buildings in Washington, New York, and Philadelphia, to name a few and is used in the manufacturing of so many common products, I couldn't begin to list them all here.
Needless to say, Sylacauga is extremely proud of her marble.
Fourteen years ago, Sylacauga started what has become an annual event where artists around the world gather in Central Park for a public display sculpting. Last year welcomed artists from Houston TX to Townsend TN and St Louis MO, From Rockford, Decatur, Titus, and Birmingham in Alabama to St Augustine, FL. Besides being inspired by the beauty of the Marble itself, the artists involved have been inspired by everything from Life to Death, Suffering to Joy.
This year's fest begins on March 25 with a scavenger hunt that will continue until April 11. The artists will arrive April 5 and will sculpt until April 11. Marble sculptures will be on display and for sale at the BB Comer Memorial Library from April 6 to 16. On April 12 at 10 AM, Italian sculptor and Business Development Manager at AM3 Stone, Giuseppi Telara will host "A family view of sculpting". Seating is limited, but open to the public. The festival ends April 16 at noon.
Come down, bring the family. Have a picnic in the park and follow it up with a scoop of Bluebell ice cream from the Bluebell ice cream shop across the street from the park. You can watch them make ice cream! What a bonus! Also, its $1 a scoop. Who could ask for more?
I hope to see you there.
by Valerie Lee
When I was a kid, every time we grilled out, my grandpa would make homemade BBQ sauce. We had many recipes and used most every one. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I realized this was unusual. Most families, of course, bought their sauce. That being said, never have I ever met anyone in my family or anywhere else, who made their own ketchup. The thought never would have occurred to me had I not run across this random ketchup recipe. I've just finished my very first batch. I must say...it is way better than any store bought brand I've tried. I don't see myself making it again, however, unless I decided to experiment with the recipe by adding some flavor...like bacon. That sounds really good. Homemade bacon ketchup. I'll be sure to let you know how that turns out if it happens. For now, I challenge you to give this pretty basic ketchup recipe a shot.
28 oz whole tomatoes in puree
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Tbl olive oil
1 Tbl tomato paste
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 tsp allspice, ground
1/2 tsp salt
Blend pureed tomatoes in a blender until smooth. In a heavy 4 qt saucepan, cook onion in olive oil until soft, about 8 minutes. Add purred tomatoes, paste, brown sugar, vinegar, allspice, and salt. Simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently until very thick, about an hour. Puree mixture in a blender until smooth. Chill, covered, for 2 hours before serving.
by Chandler Demidovich
opening paragraph by Valerie Lee
While going through some old papers last night, I came across the following summary. It was written by my son, Chandler. It made me giggle and made me wonder what teacher he wrote it for. There are a couple of "cuss" words in there, which is something I'd never have gotten away with in junior high! So I called him and asked what grade he was in at the time and who did he turn this interesting piece of homework to? He said, "Mom...Dude...You made me write that!" Ha! He said it was when he was about 15 years old and we were having trouble transferring schools. I didn't want him to fall behind. Here's what he wrote:
Summary of Beowulf
The book starts out with a king (Harrathhor) ... he builds a bad ass meal hall for his men ... they end up getting drunk and they wake up to a demon beast thing. The thing rips them up arms flying all over...ew.
Beowulf gets news about the attacks. He orders a fleet of ships across the sea to go whoop ass. When he gets there the king questions him. Here is the conversation translated in modern tongue.
King: Who the hell are you:
Wulf: I'm Beowulf.
King: Oh! Really? You are a bad ass. Welcome.
Beowulf: cool. Thanks.
Anyway, Beowulf beats the monster's ass. Rips off his arm. Then the monster's mom gets pissed, so he beats her ass too.
Then Beowulf is showered with thanks and gifts. He sails back home and then his king dies, as did the king's son. Beowulf takes the throne and then has to fight a dragon.
He ends up beating the dragon's ass, but he was bitten. The poison killed him.
by Chandler Demidovich