Monday, April 30, 2012


This was my third stop of the day on  April 14th. My earlier visits covered in a previous post included student jazz band performances at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Also during the band's lunch time, I went for a juice break at Yeh Man's a Jamaican restaurant.
Festival of the Springs has been held yearly ever since the city of Center Point commissioned and built a huge park on a sparcely wooded tract of land.  The park is named after some of the city's founding members.  There is a family cemetery on Old Springville Road that serves as these founder's final resting place. The park is located on Polly Reed Road which intersects with Reed Road.  
As with most festivals there were the usual vendors of jewelry, cosmetics, clothing, food and etc.

Political candidates took advantage of the crowds and beautiful day by campaigning.

Proud mothers wait to showcase their toddlers in the Little Miss Center Point Beauty Contest. I prefer to call them "Cutie Contests" since small children are usually cute anyway.

Thankfully, none of the children resembled those on Toddlers and Tiaras. Although some of them were a little cranky probably from standing out in the sun and not being allowed to play in their pageant outfits.

Horse and pony rides aren't an everyday thing. Some of the children got to ride.

This is a photo of one of the springs which meanders into various tributaries

Close up of the water wheel in the previous picture

This is also a part of Reed-Harvey Park. It is located across the street from the original phase.
I've been to the park a few times but have never crossed the street to this side.

This is a historic home that has been through many hands of which the city of Center Point is in the process of remodeling and using as an event center.

I was being whimsical when I took the picture of the ACME truck. The first thing I thought of was Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. If you're familiar with the Looney Tunes cartoon you'll remember that Wile E. Coyote was always ordering gadgets from ACME to aid him in his pursuit of Road Runner. Coyote's dream was to have Road Runner as a meal which he never got to do. Maybe the Coyote should have become a vegetarian. I don't know of any vegetables that run. 
Later in life I learned that the word "acme" means pinnacle, highest point or perfection. This makes the company name even funnier since none of the gadgets ever worked.
Another source states that ACME stands for  A Company that Makes Everything

My last stop after the park was to a dedication ceremony for a friend being licensed as a minister. It was a Jazz and Jamaica,  Parks and Preaching.
A very satisfying  day.

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