Every spring, from 2004-2010, visitors were invited to come to our small town and experience the unique gifts it had to share. Many came to take part in Conecuh People . . .the Experience, an afternoon and evening filled with opportunities only a community like Union Springs can offer. Nominated as the Alabama Tourism Event of the Year in 2004, the inaugural presentation of Conecuh People played before sold-out audiences at each of its four nights' productions its first year. In 2007 Conecuh People was selected as one of the 50 "Must See" events in the state by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel!
The "Conecuh People" play is an original theatrical production that tells the touching story of a Bullock County boy's adolescence and two events - one good and one bad - that shaped his life.
The play was written by Ty Adams, a Barbour County (AL) native who was living in Woodstock, New York. (He passed away in 2009.) Ty adapted the script from Wade Hall's autobiographical book of the same name. Dr. Hall, who grew up in a small community between Union Springs and Troy, is a retired English professor and well-known in his own right, not only for his anthology of monologues, but for his extensive quilt collection, part of which has already been donated to the University of Kentucky and the University of Alabama.
All of the music in the play, much of it original, was performed by the musicians and singers on stage, adding another touch of theatrical beauty to the performance.
The Tourism Council is grateful to Wade Hall and Ty Adams for the gift they gave to our community and its guests. The Council intends to produce Conecuh People in the future on a cyclical basis and once again share this poignant and unique story with our friends.
Conecuh People . . .the Experience, included tours of historic buildings and sites including Alabama's oldest surviving jail (c. 1897) and an authentic rolling store, a quilt exhibit displayed throughout many of our beautiful churches, art exhibit, dinner, theatre, and lodging. Visitors could choose to spend the day with us including an overnight stay or just come to enjoy the play.
...was presented annually
It included the original play,
dinner, quilt exhibit, tours of historic sites, & art exhbition.
Many thanks to Todd Jeffries, Midge Putnam, & Richard Rogers for the beautiful photos on this page and throughout the website.
Conecuh People... the Experience
Tour of Local Historic Churches & Quilt Exhibit
Art Exhibition at City Hall
Log Cabin Museum
Pauly Jail Tour
Union Springs First Baptist Church
"Conecuh People . . .the Play"
"The Experience" Package
(included dinner, play tickets & one night's lodging
with Southern Breakfast for TWO!)
Conecuh Peopl Cast ~ 2009