Artists in Action: Discover people of Anniston’s past — or just dress like one
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Trick-or-treaters can learn a few tricks before Halloween at a sewing workshop on making costumes at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County. And speaking of learning, there’s lots to discover about the Model City in “Calhoun County Memories” published by The Anniston Star. Former Annistonian Pat Hagan, who contributed a number of photos and postcards to the book, said that collecting them ignited his rediscovery of Anniston’s rich history.

Costume sewing workshop

Halloween and its pageant of pirates, princesses, superheroes and sorcerers will soon be here. But costumes can be expensive, so this year call on your creativity and create your own. On Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. Kim Westbrooks, director of youth services at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County, is holding a workshop for ages 12 and up on making costumes to fit most families’ budgets. Materials used in the demonstration will include paper mache, duct tape, thread, ribbons and fabric found in yard sales. There is no fee for the workshop and no previous sewing experience is necessary. Just bring your imagination.

“With the help of other seamstresses I will briefly go over patterns, measurements and sewing a costume without making it completely from scratch,” Westbooks said. “Or, bring your current projects if you need help with them.”

Many attendees will be working on Halloween costumes, she said. “But that is not our only focus. We have many who are interested in a cosplay attire, representing characters from comic books or the big screen, most of which are fantasy personalities.”

Keep in mind, March 15, 2014, is the library’s annual Japanese Spring Fling. “This will be a chance to sport Japanese wardrobes, a popular trend today,” said Westbooks.

Greetings from Calhoun County

Collecting Anniston postcards is getting more and more difficult for Pat Hagan. The former Annistonian has assembled so many Model City cards from 1895 on that any new addition to his collection is likely to duplicate one that can already be found in his two thick binders.

After Hagan moved to Atlanta, he began collecting postcards of Southern towns. Finding a few of Anniston in trade shows and antique markets sparked a higher appreciation of Anniston’s history.

“Every time I pick one up I see something new,” Hagan said.

“While growing up I wasn’t as aware of what Anniston had, but in these cards I can see the town my parents and grandparents knew.”

Hagan has postcards of downtown buildings, homes and streets that no longer exist. He has 31 of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, as well as a collection on Camp McClellan, Fort McClellan, the Noble Street Theatre and the old Anniston High School — of which he is a 1964 graduate. One depicting a baseball game in progress in Hobson City is his rarest card, he said, because cards from that location don’t surface very often. His most unusual is a bullet-shaped card sent during World War I.

“Memories of Calhoun County: A Pictorial History” is available for purchase in the lobby of The Anniston Star.

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