NOTES FROM THE SHOALS

Your monthly guide to the happenings in The Shoals.
May, June, July, August | 2020

Since setting up shop in the former Tee-Jays manufacturing building (more on the history of The Factory here) on Lane Drive in Florence in 2008, Alabama Chanin has prided itself on being part of, and contributing to, our local community. To foster this fellowship and community involvement, we introduce Notes from the Shoals.

Notes from the Shoals shares events and happenings at The Factory and around The Shoals, highlighting the best of our region. Get up, get out, and plan your summer road trip:

MAY

Sewing Tuesday @ The Factory
Spend your morning working on your latest project in the company of fellow sewers. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship.
May 5, 8:30am – 11:30pm

Katlyn Barnes LIVE at the Boiler Room: The Boiler Room
May 7, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

The Secret Sisters “Saturn Return” Tour: The Shoals Theatre
May 9, 7:00pm

Arts Alive: Wilson Park
May 16 – 17

Sewing Tuesday @ The Factory
Spend your morning working on your latest project in the company of fellow sewers. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship.
May 19, 8:30am – 11:30pm
The Factory @ Alabama Chanin, 462 Lane Drive, Florence, Alabama

Three-Day Workshop @ The Factory
This workshop opens our studio doors at The Factory and allows participants to work with Natalie, our in-house team, a selection of our most loved DIY garment patterns, and our extensive DIY stencil library. All attendees will design their own DIY Sewing Kit and will enjoy local cuisine and a tour of The Shoals music scene. Advanced registration is required. 
May 21 – 23

JUNE

Classic Studio Week @ The Factory
This week-long event invites participants into The School of Making’s expanded studio for a total immersion into our philosophies, methods, materials, and products. Participants will experiment with several different techniques in hand sewing and will be guided through each step in the process of creating a garment from The School of Making. Attendees will enjoy local cuisine, yoga, and sightseeing. Advanced registration is required. 
June 1 – 5

Sewing Tuesday @ The Factory
Spend your morning working on your latest project in the company of fellow sewers. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship.
June 2, 8:30am – 11:30pm

Third Annual Food Truck Festival: Singin’ River Brewery
June 6, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Matilda: The Musical: The Shoals Theatre
June 4 – 7 and 12 – 13

11th Annual Liberty Luncheon: Marriott Shoals Conference Center
June 4, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Map & Compass + Plant Identification: Shoal Creek Preserve
June 6, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Sewing Tuesday @ The Factory
Spend your morning working on your latest project in the company of fellow sewers. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship.
June 16, 8:30am – 11:30pm

Helen Keller Festival: Tuscumbia, Alabama
June 24 – 28

JULY

Independence Day Fireworks: McFarland Park
July 4, 9:00pm

Sewing Tuesday @ The Factory
Spend your morning working on your latest project in the company of fellow sewers. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship.
July 7, 8:30am – 11:30pm

W.C. Handy Music Festival: Florence, Alabama
July 17th – 26th

Sewing Tuesday @ The Factory
Spend your morning working on your latest project in the company of fellow sewers. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship.
July 21, 8:30am – 11:30pm

AUGUST

Sewing Tuesday @ The Factory
Spend your morning working on your latest project in the company of fellow sewers. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship.
August 4, 8:30am – 11:30pm

Heritage Event 2020 with Bo Jackson and Home Free: Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa
August 8, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Intro to Hand-sewing Workshop @ The Factory
Makers of all skill levels are invited to join us for a class focusing on an overview of the physics of sewing, garment construction, and applique techniques. Advanced registration is required. 
August 14, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Sewing Tuesday @ The Factory
Spend your morning working on your latest project in the company of fellow sewers. Share inspiration, encouragement, and fellowship.
August 18, 8:30am – 11:30pm
The Factory @ Alabama Chanin, 462 Lane Drive, Florence, Alabama

Friends of the Café Dinner: Lisa Donovan + Friends @ The Factory
Chef Lisa Donovan brings her friends and joins us for a dinner featuring four courses, wine pairings, and dessert that benefits the Southern Foodways Alliance. Guests will also enjoy a cocktail hour, appetizers, and live music. Advanced registration is required. 
August 27, 6:30pm

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