Art, Music And More Atop The Mountain At Mentone’s JulyFest, July 19-20

Monday, June 30, 2014

Presented by the Mentone Area Arts Council, JulyFest Art and Music Festival made its debut in 2012 attracting thousands to the mountaintop town for a weekend of free family fun. Atop Lookout Mountain in Mentone, the third annual event is set for July 19-20, offering two days of fine arts and crafts, music by notable Alabama bands plus a pet parade, silent auction, dog adoption and more.

On Saturday, July 19, the two-day event opens at 9 a.m. with the juried arts and crafts show featuring the works of about 50 artists and craftspeople who specialize in oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, photography, sculptures, wood art, rustic furniture, pottery, basketry and jewelry.

The juried show will be held both days under the trees in Mason Park in the center of Mentone where visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll as they shop for one-of-a-kind art.

Registration for the pet parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at Mason Park with the parade taking to the streets at 10 a.m. Following an awards presentation, there will be an animal act and new for this year is a photo center where pets can pose for a portrait. Festivalgoers can also take part in the silent auction, a plant sale and dog adoption to benefit the Humane Society and Animal Resources of DeKalb County.

Live entertainment is slated for all day Saturday and includes performances by saxophonist Bill Henson at 11 a.m., Curtis Strange at 1 p.m., and Lisa Crow at 3 p.m.  At 5 p.m., Old Tymer’s Barbecue of Fort Payne will fill plates with their barbeque on the grounds of the Mentone Inn as festivalgoers enjoy more music by Terry Hutchinson. Cost is $10 per plate. Festivalgoers are invited to stick around for a free concert by Mentone’s own Jess Goggans and the Magnetics. The concert, slated for 7:30 p.m. in the Mentone Inn Pavilion, is also a CD release event for the local group.

Art and music will continue on Sunday, July 20, with Mentone’s Larry Joe Hall slated to perform from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Mason Park gazebo. Categorized as folk, rock and country, Larry’s style is punctuated with strong clear vocals and precise guitar playing.  The Silent Auction, Pet Photo Center and dog adoption continue as well.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (CST) on Saturday, July 19 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST) on Sunday, July 20. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and picnic blankets. In the event of inclement weather, the festival will be held the following weekend, July 26-27.

JulyFest Art and Music Festival is made possible through a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts along with Title Sponsor The Mentone Inn.

For more information, contact Festival Chair Cynthia Stinson at Questions from exhibitors should be directed to Beverly Bates at or 205-520-1556.

Citizen Safety Coalition Workshop Is Saturday

The Citizen Safety Coalition Workshop will be held Saturday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Center, behind the Urban League, at 730 E. M L King Blvd . The workshop will engage Coalition members through breakout groups and will focus on volunteer recruitment and committee formation.   Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  For more information and ... (click for more)

Adelle's Hosts "Creepie Creperie" Event On Oct. 29

Adelle’s Ice Cream Creperie will host a “Creepie Creperie” on Saturday, with extended hours and special Halloween fun for families. There will be games, entertainment, and chances to win free prizes during special hours from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.  Anyone who comes to the creperie in full costume will receive 15 percent off their individual orders throughout the ... (click for more)

Man Shot And Killed In St. Elmo Monday Morning; Police Interview Person Of Interest

One person was shot and killed in St. Elmo Monday morning. Police said they had interviewed a person of interest in the slaying. Chattanooga Police at 8:30 a.m. responded to a person shot at the 5000 block of Florida Ave. Upon police arrival the victim, Howard Simmons, 47, had already succumbed to his injuries. Mrs. Simmons suffered at least one gunshot wound. At this ... (click for more)

Erlanger To Open Cancer Center On Gunbarrel Road At East Campus

Work is set to begin soon on construction of a new Cancer Center by Erlanger Health System at its Gunbarrel Road East Campus. Erlanger is joining with a development firm, Chatt East 3 LLC of Alabama, on the four-story project located just south of Women's East Hospital on a wooded five-acre tract. Erlanger will be leasing the bottom three floors at a rate of $16.05 per square ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)