November 2016 meeting

Due to a conflict at the church, the November meeting has been moved back to the first Saturday of the month, which will be on November 5th, 2016. We will meet at 11:00 am to jam, have the meeting at noon with pot luck afterward, then more jamming  (or working on tunes for upcoming programs).  Bethlehem Methodist Church at the corner of Allison Bonnet and Tin Mill Drive in Hueytown.

43 rd annual festival notes

Our 43rd annual festival has come and gone, and it was another year with awesome weather.  We were able to use the schoolhouse for jams every night, which was nice since it rained on Monday and Tuesday and was too cold to play outside at night the rest of the week.  Due to that unfortunately there were no Kiwanis Pavilion jams, which is sad since the sound of the music floating through the park is heavenly.

Everyone was most helpful in pitching in to help and we appreciate everyone’s efforts since it wouldn’t be a great festival without all of the wonderful people that come.

There are many pictures posted on our facebook  page (look up Southern Appalachian and you should be able to find our log0), and several people have posted You Tube videos, and the links to the ones we have found are listed below:

David Bennet has done another awesome video of the park and some of the festival and we appreciate his work in doing this:

Lee Edmiston has posted a video of the entire Southern Strings Gazebo program from Friday May 6th:

Ron Zuckerman has posted his songs: Early Winter Morning:  and Watermelon Boy: which were performed by Ron, his son Christopher, and Dawn Wilson.  Ron is an awesome composer.

Lee Edmiston has also posted videos of Bob and Rose playing Battle Cry of Freedom:,  and I’ll be Waiting on the Far side  Banks of Jordan

Paul Sykes has posted a video of Tony Vines preaching and singing at our Schoolhouse Church Service on Saturday May 8th, 2016:

Joe Knight posted a video on Facebook of Westphalia Waltz at the schoolhouse, but you might need to sign in to facebook to see it:



2016 SADA festival T-shirts

T-shirts will be available for the festival this year, but to guarantee a shirt it should be pre- ordered. There will also be Embroidered polo shirts and long sleeve T-shirts, but these are only available via pre order.  Shirts must be picked up at the festival.

Removed bulk of post since shirts no longer available


First meeting in January, 2016

Remember that our first meeting in January will not be on the first Saturday due to the New Years weekend, but on January 9th at 11:00 am, with lunch at noon.  We will meet at Bethlehem Methodist church in Hueytown (at the corner of Allison Bonnet and Tin Mill Road)


Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and a Blessed New Year!

New officers, meeting time & October Picnic

The club voted to move the monthly meetings one hour earlier so that we will be eating closer to noon. Beginning in November (October is the picnic), we will begin the jam at 11:00 am, with the meeting and then pot luck at noon, with more jamming afterward.

The October 3rd picnic will begin at 10:00 am at the Forge Pavilion at Tannehill State park. The Forge Pavilion is in the Farley Field area. After entering the park gate, turn left and go past all the campgrounds and train station, and keep going straight past the exit to the left. Drive down the one way road and when you get to the Farley field area, keep going straight to the end, the Forge pavilion is near the restroom on the far side of the field. You can see where the Forge Pavilion is in this link : (in the inset map for Farley field)
Polly’s family will be providing BBQ sandwiches and sides for a donation, please bring drinks and a dessert to share. Don’t forget your chairs.

Amy Parsons has stepped down as our club president due to her helping a family member in poor health. Amy has been a great president and we will miss her, please remember them in your prayers. Our new president is LaVelle Wright, 1st vice president is Dennis Jones, and Nancy McIntosh is our new 2nd vice president. All other officers remain the same.

42nd annual festival

The Festival has come and gone for 2015, we could not have asked for better weather! Many regular attendees were missed that could not come, especially Jake.   Mark your calendars for next years festival the weekend of May 6-8, 2016 which will be our 43rd annual festival.

Below are links to some of the videos that were taken of different groups during the festival.

SADA on the open stage playing Moonshine and Mountain Home:

Magnolia Strings at the Gazebo playing Clinch Mountain Backstep:

Ric & Dawn on open stage: Pants song and Sweet Hour of Prayer:

Whistle Stop Pickers at the Gazebo playing Cluck Old Hen:

Southern Strings at the Gazebo playing Bonnie Blue Flag:

Shelby Strummers at the Gazebo playing the tune Bunessan:

Royce & Darlene at the Gazebo playing song Wooden Heart:

Hangmans Reel played at the Wednesday night schoolhouse jam:

More videos to come, they take a while to process and upload.