Walking Tour Series
March 15, 2016 | View on Facebook
Have you ever taken a walk through Birmingham, exploring pockets of our beautiful city you hadn’t yet visited? As the Magic City roars with revitalization, each day brings something new to discover—even for the lifelong Birmingham resident.
For the past 10 years, Vulcan Park and Museum has given the community a chance to appreciate the city in a whole new light with its annual neighborhood walking tours.
“This year’s schedule includes areas of Birmingham that are booming with new development,” explains Morgan Berney, Director of Marketing and PR for Vulcan. “These tours are going to be very exciting.”
On April 16, the series continues with a tour of downtown’s Historic Retail and Theater District, anchored by an up-close-and-personal look at the newly renovated Lyric Fine Arts Theatre and its nearby hotels, restaurants, and lofts.
The series concludes on May 14 with an exploration of Forest Park. Led by architect Jeff Dungan, tour goers will learn more about the architectural styles in this timeless residential area.
“The walks offer participants an exhilarating way to experience the history and architectural beauty of Birmingham’s neighborhoods,” says Berney. “I would recommend them to residents of all ages who want to dive deeper into the history of our city while experiencing a fun, outdoor activity.”
If you haven’t yet had the chance to see the sights in your own hometown, Vulcan Park and Museum’s walking tours are the perfect way to learn more about the Magic City. You may be surprised at what you’ll discover!
This year’s walking tours are scheduled for March 19, April 16, and May 14. Space is limited, and registration is required to know the starting point for each tour. Get your tickets at Vulcan’s website: www.visitvulcan.com/events
I Do with a View
January 6, 2016 | View on Facebook
Photos by Alisha Crossley Photography, courtesy of Vulcan Park and Museum
For the not-so-average Birmingham bride, allow us to introduce you to the not-so-average wedding. We think you two will get along just fine.
Since 2010, Vulcan Park and Museum has offered Birmingham’s engaged couples a uniquely local way to exchange vows by saying “I Do with a View” on Valentine’s Day.
With breathtaking views atop the iconic Magic City landmark, this annual wedding package invites a limited number of couples to host an intimate wedding ceremony and reception on February 14th. From the cake and champagne to the bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere, each romantic wedding is perfectly planned from start to finish.
“I believe in ‘I Do with a View’ and highly recommend it to couples who want to reduce their stress on a very big day,” says Jennifer Gowers, president of GoPro Event Solutions, LLC, which has coordinated the event since its inception. “We help you concentrate on your promises to your future spouse, rather than worrying about planning a wedding.”
How much does Gowers believe in the Valentine’s Day wedding event? So much that in 2014, Gowers married her fiancé—with Vulcan himself as a witness—as one of the fourteen “I Do with a View” Valentine’s Day weddings.
“I had always said I would do this event if I ever did get married, and I meant it,” says Gowers, smiling. “Best decision ever.”
“I Do with a View” is ideal for couples who don’t care about the fuss of weddings and would rather have a private, beautiful memory of exchanging vows surrounded by the people they love most.
“You can always plan a big celebration reception with more personal touches after you’re married,” Gowers explains. “But for the ceremony, let it be just you, your fiancé, and your dearest family and friends to solidify a most sacred event.”
Limited spots are still available throughout the day for this year’s “I Do with a View” wedding event, which will take place on February 14, 2016.
See photos from past weddings in the photos below, and learn more about the magical wedding experience here: www.visitvulcan.com/event/i-do-with-a-view
Darkness Into Life
November 4, 2015 | View on Facebook
Over the past several years, Birmingham artists Becky Seitel and Mitzi J. Levin have been listening to stories—stories from Holocaust survivors now living in Alabama. And with those stories they have created paintings, photos, and pastel drawings that illustrate these survivors’ real experiences from their tragic pasts.
Now open at Vulcan Park and Museum, the exhibit “Darkness into Life: Alabama Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art” features artwork and photography of each survivor. Some works depict a happier time before the Holocaust, others portray the horror during the Holocaust, and a few show the moment when a survivor was liberated.
Each piece of art came to life after Seitel and Levin met one-on-one with the Alabama survivors, which was a cathartic moment in and of itself.
“We asked questions, but most of the time their memories came spilling out,” explains Levin. “It was a very strange experience sitting across the kitchen table and hearing them say, ‘I’ve never told anyone that before’.”
Says Seitel, “Twenty amazingly resilient people told me of those they had loved and lost, and they still grieve today.”
The exhibit aims to shed light on the tragedy these survivors—and so many others—faced, but it also delivers a positive note of strength and perseverance.
“These survivors have lived lives of service to others since the Holocaust, which has impacted many people in the Birmingham community,” says Lindsay Elliott, Vulcan Park’s museum specialist. “Understanding their hardships and their motivation to help others creates an opportunity for visitors to reflect on their own inspirations.”
The exhibit will be open at Vulcan Park & Museum through May 16, 2016, and the Birmingham public is encouraged to visit and learn more about the personal stories from this piece of history—our history.
“These local survivors have lived the horror of a time and place when prejudice took away their dignity and human rights,” says Levin. “I felt a great sense of responsibility with these memories to be accurate and clear when bringing them to life on canvas.”
Seitel adds, “In the past eight years I have traveled from innocence to knowing.” She pauses. “I hope I have helped others to know, also.”
Find out more about the “Darkness into Life” exhibit and view museum hours at http://bit.ly/1KKvAW8
Vulcan AfterTunes: Langhorne Slim & The Law
September 9, 2015 | View on Facebook
For 10 years, Birmingham’s favorite Iron Man has hosted an annual outdoor music series that has quickly become a citywide tradition.
As it enters its 11th season, Vulcan AfterTunes at Vulcan Park and Museum promises to be the best yet—why, you ask? They’ve partnered with national music gurus The Bowery Presents and the Magic City’s own Saturn Birmingham to select this year’s star music lineup.
“We’re bringing music that everyone can enjoy,” says Brian Teasley of Saturn. “To be able to listen to amazing music in this outdoor setting overlooking the entire city is an incredible thing.”
The first of three Vulcan AfterTunes events kicks off on September 20 with headliner Langhorne Slim and the Law, a folk-rock group that has toured with Drive-By Truckers and the Avett Brothers.
The community is already gearing up for a signature high-energy performance from Langhorne Slim (and opening act The Wild Reeds) later this month.
Beyond bringing phenomenal music to Birmingham, Vulcan AfterTunes ultimately invites locals to commune at one of our city’s coolest landmarks.
“Events of this nature are such a fun thing for the city,” says Teasley. “Who wouldn’t want to lay on a blanket underneath the most historic landmark in Birmingham and listen to great music?”
Tickets are now available for the first Vulcan AfterTunes event on September 20 on Vulcan’s website at www.visitvulcan.com/events. There, you can also find out more about the musicians and get a sneak peek at the other two concerts happening later this fall.
“It’s important that we celebrate the great things our city has,” says Teasley. “And that’s exactly what Vulcan AfterTunes does.”
September 30, 2015 | View on Facebook
Last month, nearly 500 people turned out for Vulcan Park and Museum‘s annual concert series Vulcan AfterTunes, which brings national music acts to Birmingham’s iconic iron statue.
Didn’t make it out to see Langhorne Slim in September? Don’t worry—there are two more highly-anticipated concerts on the schedule this season.
“Our first concert of this year’s Vulcan AfterTunes was a huge success,” says Morgan Berney, director of marketing and PR for Vulcan Park and Museum. “It was a really fun environment, and the next concert should be just as fun with even nicer fall weather.”
The series continues next Sunday, October 11 with a show by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, a soulful rock artist fresh off the Rolling Stones’ Zip Code Tour. Following that, the October 25 concert features Dom Flemons, bluegrass singer and founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
“I think this is the best lineup we’ve had to date,” says Berney of the 11th annual series, which brought in Saturn Birmingham and The Bowery Presents South to source the best musicians to light up the landmark overlooking the entire city of Birmingham.
“This is the most unique venue for a concert in Birmingham,” Berney says. “Who wouldn’t want to spend a fall afternoon at one of the state’s most iconic attractions taking it incredible music, craft brews, and stunning views?”
Tickets are now available for the next two Vulcan AfterTunes events on 10/11 and 10/25 on Vulcan’s website at www.visitvulcan.com/events. There, you can also find out more about the musicians, local food vendors, and craft beer coming to each of the upcoming concerts. #VulcanAfterTunes