Jackson House to host BBQ sale and Art Expo Saturday on the Moulton square

Artists who travel the world will attend Moulton’s Art Expo Saturday, many of which will likely paint storefronts like the one pictured. Businesses around Moulton square can anticipate their own storefronts will serve as inspiration for visiting painters.

The Jackson House Foundation is hosting a ribs and butts barbecue fundraiser in conjunction with Moulton's first Art Expo on the old courthouse lawn on Saturday.

"This day is for fun, not profit," JHF Board member Loretta Gillespie said. "With the exception of the barbecue and sides, it's a chance to learn a craft, visit with friends and family, picnic on the square while listening to some great music, play checkers or horseshoes, and just have fun!"

The Foundation began taking orders for barbecued ribs and butts by former Auburn football player Pat Johnson earlier this month.

Johnson, owner of PJ's Q, picked up the hobby of barbecuing at an early age and fine-tuned this skill cooking with Pit Master Myron Mixon, JHF Director Tammy Roberts said.

Pre-ordered Boston butts and ribs will be ready for pick up at noon, Gillespie added. "The Jackson House Committee will have plenty of side dishes and desserts on hand. If you want to be sure of having your favorite, please pre-order through any committee member, found on Facebook under Jackson House Foundation."

Proceeds from the barbecue sale will be used to restoration efforts at the historic Jackson House in Moulton, according to Roberts.

Black Sheep Coffee and Tea will also be present with their food truck for those who wish to purchase additional refreshments during the Expo.

Live entertainment will also begin on the square at noon with Lawrence County's own Robert Montgomery, who is a bluegrass legend starring in the RFD series, Bluegrass Trail. 

"Following Montgomery is the beautiful and talented Lawrence County songstress, Brett Anderson, whose voice you might have heard singing the deeply moving military version of 'Hallelujah' at the Lawrence County Veteran's Day Parade Candlelight Ceremony," Gillespie said. "Accompanying Anderson on acoustic guitar is Rod Wallace, who might just be considered Moulton's answer to Eric Clapton."

Beginning at 4 p.m., the Sacred Harp Singers will perform a capella-style music that was around as the Appalachians were being settled, said Gillespie. 

Throughout the day, various artists and craftsmen will also be setup around the square to demonstrate their trades or paint the storefronts of downtown, she said.

Artists who travel all over the country will be setting up their easels and painting street scenes, landscapes and people they meet at the Expo, said Gillespie. She said these En Plein air artists will be happy to speak with you about their art or their organizations. 

"Lume will also be opened to showcase the possibilities for your next event, and to display artwork by various local artists. Photographers are welcome to present their favorite shots of life in the South, and be sure to check out Daniel White's gorgeous shots of farm life under glowing skies," she said. "The City of Moulton will be painted from several angles, you never know when your storefront will be captured on canvas, so let's try to put our best foot forward and fill any empty urns, get display windows in great shape, and who knows—your establishment could grace the cover of a magazine or win a contest."

Crafters and artists who wish to participate in the Art Expo will not be charged a fee but must register with Loretta Gillespie or Tammy Roberts to ensure a spot on the Moulton square. 

For more information, visit the Jackson House Facebook or call 256-566-6427. 

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