Alabama Chanin - The Gathering Sign #acgathering


a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Community has always been an integral part of Alabama Chanin. Nearly two decades ago Natalie moved back to the familiar community of her hometown to begin what has grown into Alabama Chanin’s Family of Businesses. Sewers from the local community handcraft each Collection garment using stitching skills passed down through generations of their families. The team of Alabama Chanin is a community of friends and coworkers, all working towards a common goal. Throughout the years Alabama Chanin has hosted the community (both local and from afar) for workshops, dinners, and art installations.

It is in this spirit of fellowship that Alabama Chanin announces The Gathering 2020 on October 1st ­– 3rd . Now in its third official year (Natalie has been hosting a community gathering of some sorts for nearly two decades), The Gathering celebrates sustainability, community, good food, and making.

Alabama Chanin - The Gathering Event at The Factory

Muscle Shoals native and chef Adam Evans of Automatic Seafood and Oysters kicks off the event with his Friends of the Café Dinner at The Factory on October 1st. Benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance, the dinner features appetizers, four courses with wine pairings, and guest speakers throughout the evening.

Also this year is the exhibit: A Deeper South: Photography + Short Film + Narrative by Pete Candler and John Hayes. “A Deeper South is a twenty-year photographic quest along the backroads of southern and personal history in search of the stories that shape us more than we thought. The vision of A Deeper South is rooted in the idea that the spiritual, political, and cultural health of a nation, region, city, town, or person depends upon an honest and unflinching memory; that the gravest danger to our cities and ourselves is a willful amnesia; that hope is to be found through the work of active remembrance, putting back together the fragments of personhood scattered by a culture of selective memory,” says the writer, photographer, and filmmaker Pete Candler.

(Look for more about A Deeper South closer to The Gathering, but in the meantime explore @adeepersouth on Instagram.)

More experiences are in the works for The Gathering 2020, so we hope you will join us. Keep an eye on the Journal, join our mailing list, and follow @alabamchaninfactory for event updates.

Give us a call at 256-760-1090 with questions or to reserve a seat for the Friends of the Café Dinner.

Mark your calendars for The Gathering this fall.

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  1. Shannon

    Cannot wait. So looking forward to The Gathering 2020 and especially the presentations by A Deeper South:
    Photography, film and narrative by Pete Candler and John Hayes