What is a Doo-Nanny?
Festival organizers describe it as “a casserole of southern folk art, home cookin’, homemade movies, camping, foot-stompin’ music, experimental architecture, guessing, oddities, unusual characters, a movie festival, surprises, cracker ingenuity, experiential transomism, and much more!”
Oh, and there’s a giant bonfire.
The Doo-Nanny started in 1996 as a roadside folk art show and is now located on an 80-acre farm at 41 Poorhouse Road in Seale, Ala. Events include a “lo-fi” film festival, food, and a creative mix of music and activities.
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Never been? Here’s your guide to the Doo-Nanny festivities:
Start with the Possum Trot Auction on Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 6 Dogwood Lane in Seale. Place your bids and buy some folk art. You can drive up to the auction on your own or join the tractor procession leaving Doo-Nanny central at 6:30 p.m. Costumes are encouraged.
Come to the outsider art show, Saturday and Sunday. The art show is free and will feature work from a variety of southern folk artists, including John Henry Toney and Buddy Snipes. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Watch a film at the Doo-Nanny Woods of Wonder Movie Festival. The films can be any genre, but all are five minutes or less. Movies will play Friday night through Sunday.
Listen to one of the bands at the Doo-Nanny’s multi-level stage area. Performers will include The Screaming J’s, Morgan O’Kane, Doc Dailey and the Mad Tea Party. Music begins Friday after the Possum Trot Auction and continues into Sunday.
Set something on fire, at the Doo-Nanny Burn on Saturday night. The bonfire is modeled after the effigy burn at Burning Man Nevada and participants are encouraged to bring an item to put into the fire, like a note to yourself about achievements you’d like to bring into your life or a piece of art or clothing.
Admission is $15, but any buyer who purchases at least $25 worth of art at the outsider art show gets a wristband for free admission.