The 16th annual Doo-Nanny is March 25-27 on folk artist Butch Anthony’s farm, 41 Poorhouse Road in Seale, Ala., about 16 miles west of Columbus.
If you’ve never been to the event, you must go at least once in your life.
It was started in 1996 by the late Frank Turner, who owned a little building in Pittsview, Ala. Inside the building, he had a collection of folk art by area artists, including Butch, John Henry Toney and Buddy Snipe.
For 12 years, Frank had the Doo-Nanny every March. Toward the end, the property got too small for all the artists who wanted to come.
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I’m ashamed to say that I’ve only been to one of the Doo-Nannies, but even I was impressed by the people who came. There were some top collectors from New York, writers from various art magazines and others of that caliber.
In 2008, the Doo-Nanny moved to Butch’s farm, which has a lot more land where the art can be exhibited. And people can camp for the weekend.
Unfortunately, Frank became ill and died before he could see the expanded Doo-Nanny.
The March 25 event is at the Possum Trot Auction, 7-10 p.m. at 6 Dogwood Lane in Seale. It’s free. But take some money because there’s sure to be something you’ll want to buy.
Doo-Nanny hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 26 and noon-5 p.m. March 27. This includes the “Lo-Fi Film Festival.” Admission is free.
The Saturday night event is 6 p.m.-midnight and it costs $15.
There will be art of all kinds, music, food and other activities.
There’s not a phone number to call, but you can get in touch with Butch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Musical at LaGrange College
“Dames at Sea” is the final show of LaGrange College’s 2010-11 season.
It’s set in the 1930s in a small New York City theater. There’s a lot of tap dancing and the age-old theme of a wide-eyed youngster who moves to the big city with dreams of making it big on Broadway.
There are just seven in the cast.
It’s a parody of the big Busby Berkeley movie musicals.
It can be seen at 7:30 tonight-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and again at 7:30 p.m. March 17-19 in LaGrange College’s Price Theater.
Tickets are $10; $7 for seniors and $5 for students; LaGrange College students get in free.