First Storytelling in the Park focused on Foley history

By Jessica Vaughn
Posted 10/25/19

FOLEY - There’s something special about listening to stories told outside on a breezy day. Thanks to a grant from Alabama Bicentennial, you can do just that during the special event Storytelling in …

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First Storytelling in the Park focused on Foley history

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FOLEY - There’s something special about listening to stories told outside on a breezy day. Thanks to a grant from Alabama Bicentennial, you can do just that during the special event Storytelling in the Park, which occurs in Heritage Park in Foley on the east side of the Train Depot Museum.

The first event featured two Foley knowledge powerhouses: Arthur Holk and Tim Russell, both former city mayors and longtime residents of Foley. During the event, the duo discussed quite a few historical topics from our local area, including the history of the Train Depot, the impact of the railroad in Foley, Holmes Medical Museum, local military history and Barin Field, local athletes, agriculture, potato sheds, and the railroad that used to ship vegetables up to Chicago. They also taught about people who came from Foley who went on to do amazing things in the world.

“We can stand up to Mobile, Pensacola, or New Orleans; we have the talent right here in Foley,”’ Holk said.

Holk and Russell shared memories and stories about growing up in Foley, and entertained the audience with their tales. Also in attendance were ten 4th grade classes from Foley Elementary School, equaling approximately 230 students who came out to learn the history of their home.

The event is free to attend, and will be going through dates in Nov. The next Storytelling in the Park will be held on Thur., Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. and will feature Jeanette Bornholt speaking about local folklore and legends, perfect for Halloween. Talks normally last between 20 - 30 minutes, and are followed by a Q&A. In case of inclement weather, event will be held in the city council chambers.