(Woke to this beautiful morning on the beach.)
I’m taking liberties, just a bit, with my Friday theme of “faith” or “family.” This morning I’m leaving Seagrove Beach for a weekend of stories, music, campfires and fellowship with a group of writers and musicians gathering for the Shoe Burnin’, just outside Fairhope at Waterhole Branch, Alabama. (Check out this video of Grayson Capps, singing the song he wrote about the shoe burnin’, “Waterhole Branch.” He’s performing in Italy.)
First time I visited Fairhope was in 2008. Before heading down for that trip, I did a little reading about the town:
100 years ago, in 1908, 500 “free thinking people” seeking “their own special utopia” established the town of Fairhope, Alabama on a bluff overlooking the Mobile Bay. I love this part of the history of Fairhope:
Over the years artists, writers, and craftsmen have found Fairhope to be an inspiring haven for their work and have helped to make the community what it is today.
I took this picture of the hanging moss out at Waterhole Branch on that trip back in 2008.
I’ve been back a few times since then, and each time is magical. Check back next week for a recap and some pictures. Have a great weekend, y’all.