There's a glaring challenge on my to-Doo list this weekend.
No, that variation of "to-do" is not a typo. It's a clever attempt to announce that after roughly six years of living in the Chattahoochee Valley, I think I'm finally attending my first Doo-Nanny.
A private Seale, Ala., farm hosts the popular event Friday and Saturday. Expect art, music, a "lo-fi" film festival and many other activities.
It's almost embarrassing that I'm still a Doo-Nanny virgin, seeing as the event has attracted national attention. It started as a roadside folk art show in 1996, according to the event's official website.
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While die-hard Doo-Nanny fans have probably already mapped out a strategy for this weekend, the event can be a little overwhelming for first-time guests. Or maybe that's just me.
Consider this advice if you're thinking about attending the event.
The Doo-Nanny is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. When should I show up?
Jeanne Flint, a longtime Doo-Nanny participant from Atlanta, recommends getting the full experience by showing up for Friday night's Possum Trot Auction, when guests are encouraged to wear costumes. A pink wig and purple tutu are entirely appropriate, Flint said.
Saturday, there's an art show during the day and activities continue through the night.
Do I have to camp?
Nope. If you're interested in camping, check the event's website (doo-nanny.com) for rates and availability.
Should I bring my dog? What about my kids? What about my food?
"No" on the dog, "yes" on the kids. The Doo-Nanny is generally family-friendly and includes kids' activities. You can bring food, but food will also be sold at the event, Flint said.
What kind of music will I hear on Saturday?
You'll expand your musical horizons with acts like Mad Tea, a North Carolina act that's described as "B-52s meets Buddy Holly with a lot more thump." Click on this story at ledger-enquirer.com/todo for Saturday's full lineup.
Finally, what's up with the Doo-Nanny Burn?
The large sculptural burn is scheduled for Saturday night. It's "modeled after the effigy burn at Burning Man in Nevada, as well as many similar art/sculptural burn traditions around the world," according to the Doo-Nanny's website.