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September 12, 2007   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
September 12, 2007

Pat Buttram as "Mr. Haney."
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- As the summer heat wave gives way to cool autumn breezes, there are several upcoming events that are sure to draw the attention of those who love all things rural -- a quilt walk, a "Green Acres" fan fest, a living history farm and a gourd show.

First up, on Sept. 28-29, is the annual Collinsville Quilt Walk, a historic walking tour of old homes, churches and other historic buildings on Valley Avenue where old and new quilts will be on display. Friday's hours are noon until 5 p.m., and Saturday's hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

In addition, storyteller Carol Mockenhaupt will speak and certified quilt appraiser Holly Anderson will discuss the quilt appraisal process. Tickets are $8 per person, and all proceeds go to the Collinsville Library Building Fund.

For more information, visit www.collinsvillequiltwalk.com or call (256) 524-2323 or (256) 524-3296.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, fans of the old "Green Acres" television comedy are invited to "Pat Buttram Day" at the Addison Community Center. Buttram, a native of Winston County who is buried at nearby Maxwell Chapel, portrayed the shady traveling salesman, "Mr. Haney," on the television series as well as the comic sidekick of Gene Autrey and provided voice-overs on many Disney animated movies.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, and will also include live country and gospel music, vendors, antique cars and tractors, games, food and a silent auction of Pat Buttram memorabilia featuring items donated by the family.

Sponsored by the Addison Civitan Club, proceeds from the event will be used to purchase Addison schools playground equipment for handicapped children.

For more information or to register as a vendor, contact Shirley Sudduth at (256) 747-2779.

On Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., the Peinhardt Living History Farm just off Highway 278 in Cullman will host the "Peinhardt Farm Day/Old Tyme Logging & Woodworking Day."

The event will feature an antique tractor show, sorghum syrup making, a gristmill grinding cornmeal and many other pre-electrical farm experiences for young and old.

For group tours, admission fees or other information, contact Carolyn Peinhardt Johnson at (256) 734-0850 or email bjohn781@aol.com

While in Cullman, you may also want to check out the ninth annual Alabama Gourd Show Oct. 20-21 at the Cullman Civic Center.

Hosted by the Alabama Gourd Society, the event will draw gourd growers, crafters and enthusiasts from all over. Visitors will be able to visit numerous vendor booths featuring arts and crafts made from gourds, tour the ribbon competition exhibit hall, take a gourd art crafting class to make your very own handcrafted gourd and watch artists do free demonstrations of their crafts. The ribbon competition is open to anyone, and there is no cost to exhibit a gourd in the competition. Exhibits may be brought in on Friday, Oct. 20, from noon to 9 p.m. or on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 7:30 a.m. Judging begins promptly at 8 a.m.

Door prize drawings will be held throughout the day, and gourds and other items will be auctioned during a Saturday night dinner.

For more information or to reserve dinner reservations, contact Pam Montgomery at (256) 355-4634 or email her at gourdzilla@aol.com

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