Fri, September, 23, 2011 Posted by Administrator

93% of its goal....Muscle Shoals has raised almost all of its $25,000!!

Thanks to Mayor Bradford for his dedication and enthusiasm for the Singing River Sculpture project! Largely because of the mayor's commitment to the project, the city has now raised over $23,000. The city proposes to erect its 18 +/- foot tall sculpture on Avalon, between the library and high school. That location helps create a clear center or focal point for the city. We continue to welcome contributions, which are more than just that....they are investments in our rich music heritage.

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Fri, July, 15, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Enjoy this year's W.C. Handy Music Festival

Over 300 events in three counties add up to this year's greatest collection of music activities. Come out and enjoy some of the best of America's music, and most of it free. Google the festival and see the entire lineup of music, lectures, games and more. Don't let the heat bother you. Most music performances are in crisply cooled buildings. Enjoy!

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Mon, June, 20, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Pierian Study Club puts Florence over the $20,000 mark

In a few months, when the donor plaque for the Florence Singing River Sculpture is unveiled, a small study club dedicated to continued learning and fellowshipping will be recognized as one of the generous contributors to the city's sculpture. This is yet another example of a small club--only about 20 or so members--who want to make a powerful and long lasting statement about our music heritage. When you see their club members, be sure to thank them for their commitment to this fine project.

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Mon, June, 20, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Muscle Shoals now at 40% of its goal...

Thanks to a number of new investors in the Muscle Shoals sculpture, including the city's Civitan Club (see separate story), our music heritage's namesake city reached 40% of its $25,000 goal. If you need information on how to contribute to Muscle Shoals' sculpture, contact any of the community volunteers shown on this website, or contact Mayor Bradford at 256-383-5675.

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Mon, June, 20, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Muscle Shoals Civitan Club invests $1,000 in its hometown sculpture!!

Folks--It doesn't take a large club to make a $1,000 contribution to something it truly values. For the Muscle Shoals Civitan members, its namesake hometown's music heritage is something worth investing in. So in May this rather small club ante-ed up $1,000 for the city's Singing River Sculpture. Now for the foreseeable future, the people of Muscle Shoals and the visitors to its sculpture will see the club's name on its donor plaque. Thanks, club members! You are displaying an exceptional level of community spirit!

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Sun, May, 15, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Presentations to the Muscle Shoals and Florence Civitan Clubs

Volunteers enjoyed meeting with the Civitan Clubs in Muscle Shoals and Florence in early May and briefing them about the Singing River Sculptures. Both clubs are full of energetic men and women who dedicate part of their lives to important civic projects.

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Sun, May, 15, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Florence at $19,200+ nears its goal!

Florence's $25,000 goal appears in sight now after a number of citizens made investments in that city's sculpture. Your help, and that of your club, association or business, is needed to nudge that number up a few more thousand. Remember, investors (donors) who contribute at least $1,000 may have their names on the donor plaque, a recognition that will remain essentially forever. You'll see more details about how to contribute elsewhere in this news feed. Consider 3 or 4 family members each donating a share of the $1,000, and in doing so honor a parent, grandparent or other loved one at the sculpture site.

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Sun, May, 15, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Tuscumbia hosts its fund-raising reception on May 5

Another of our four cities hosted a Singing River Sculpture briefing and fund-raiser this month. A number of Tuscumbia citizens turned out on May 5 to hear about the sculpture project at Robert Rausch's design studio in downtown. Thanks to Robert for donating the use of his studio. Sometimes it's surprising who gets excited about our music heritage sculptures. Two youngsters (and I mean, very young) dropped their dollar bills in the open guitar case along with checks from other supporters. Fund-raising for Tuscumbia is now fully underway. Check out one of our other news items below to learn how you can help. (The Donate button will be activated later.)

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Mon, May, 9, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Sculpture artist featured in major lifestyle magazine

Almost a full page! The designer/sculptor for the Singing River Sculptures is our own Audwin McGee. Audwin's design studio is in Tuscumbia right next to Robert Rausch's design studio. Audwin and his artwork graced almost a full page in the April/May issue of Garden and Gun, an up and coming Southern lifestyle magazine. And it was his neighbor, Robert, whose photography the magazine used. To make it even more of a treat, the Rausch-McGee team appeared on the cover: Robert photographed Audwin's beautiful wife, Sandi, seated on the front porch of Florence's WC Handy Birthplace and Museum. Not only is this team celebrated, but the magazine chose the Shoals as the top "Art and Design" town in the South! And the article (p. 67) cites the Singing River Sculptures as yet more evidence of our community's creativity.

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Mon, May, 9, 2011 Posted by Administrator

Sheffield is first city to raise all its funds--an amazing effort!

Folks--Sheffield may not be the largest of the four major Shoals cities, but it certainly moves fast when it wants to. In a matter of about 45 days, the city raised well over $20,000 for its Singing River Sculpture. You may remember efforts in recent years to create an entertainment district in downtown Sheffield. The mover-shaker behind the successful Beale Street music scene visited Sheffield and said it could be done. Here's yet more evidence he was right. The city's sculpture will grace the center of the city, a spot on Love Plaza on Montgomery Ave. We anticipate that the site will become a venue for small music events during daytime and early evening hours. Park Place is adjacent to the site so late night events may not be appropriate. When you see the leadership of the great city of Sheffield, tell them how pleased you are that they are leading the pack--the first to commission a Singing River Sculpture.

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