Tennessee Valley Strummers & Up From Slavery Historic Trolley Tour

By  | February 11, 2018 | Filed under: News

FLORENCE-The Florence/Lauderdale Tourism will be hosting a couple of events that would be fun and interesting coming up next week.

Tennessee Valley Strummers to Perform at the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Visitor Center

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism and the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area will host the Tennessee Valley Strummers on February 16 at the Visitor Center in McFarland Park.  The dulcimer group will play folk music in the Gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. The Tennessee Valley Strummers will be performing at the Visitor Center the 3rd Friday of every month.  Others that play the dulcimer or other folk instruments are always welcome to join the group.

“The Visitor Center has become a venue and gathering place for free cultural events and entertainment,” Alison Stanfield, Director of Operations said. “Our visitors thoroughly enjoy the entertaining folk music we are delighted the strummers are performing here on a monthly basis.

 The dulcimer, which means “sweet sound,” is a four-stringed instrument developed in the 1700s in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The featured players use a tablature system of playing, based on fret numbers, which enables them to play with others – even if they have never met before.  Visitors are encouraged to join the Strummers in playing as well.  Under organizer, Jack Brewer the Tennessee Valley Strummers also play at the Wayne County Welcome Center in Collinwood, Tennessee; Tupelo, Mississippi and local nursing homes. Brewer stated that the group believes tourism and local community have a great impact on the economy. The strummers enjoy playing for locals and interacting with their listeners.  “We usually have more people in Florence from the local areas,” Brewer said. “It’s always good to have a big and lively audience and that is why we enjoy playing in Florence.”

 Visitors are encouraged to come out and listen to the music and tour the Center. Admission is free.

For more information call the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Office at 256-740-4141.

“Up From Slavery: the Black History Experience “  Trolley Tour

The Tennessee Valley Historical Society will host a trolley tour Saturday, February 17 at 11:00 a.m.  The “Up From Slavery: the Black History Experience “  tour is presented In commemoration of Black History month.  This one hour trolley tour, conducted by Lee Freeman, will visit Florence sites significant to the story of the history of Black Florence citizens prior to  after the Civil War.

The tour departs from the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Visitor Center at 200 Jim Spain Drive in McFarland Park at 11:00 a.m.  Admission is $10.00, children riding in an adults lap ride free.  All proceeds go to the UNA History Scholarship Fund.  Reservations are recommended as seating is limited.  To make reservations or for additional information call the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism office at 256-740-4141 .

Media Release/Alison Stanfield, TMP – Director of Operations
Florence/Lauderdale Tourism

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