Alabama

At the Flimp Festival, May 5

Tomorrow, I will be with my Creative Writing students at our display table at the Flimp Festival, which is a partnership of our high school, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and other community groups. We will be selling the current issue of our literary magazine Graphophobia and displaying back issues as well. The event lasts from 10:00 AM ’til 2:00 PM, and the admission price is $3 for children and $5 for adults, or $15 for families.

I take a lot of pride in this event, because my history with it goes way back. In the early 1990s, when I was a Technical Theater student at our high school’s part-day forerunner program, the Carver Creative and Performing Arts Center (CCPAC), the event was called May Day. We used to build the stage in the parking lot of Southern Homes & Gardens early in the morning, work the performances all day long, then break it all down and carry it back to the school after the sun went down. When I began teaching Creative Writing in 2003 at the all-day high school that CCPAC became, the event had been re-named MayFest, and it was held at the Montgomery Zoo. However, in recent years, our school has partnered with the Museum to fuse our MayFest and their Flimp Festival into one event, a decision that has paid dividends for both.

The festival’s theme this year is Gulf Coast Jubilee, which is based on two of the Museum’s exhibits.

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