There are some things so iconic they are photographed and written about over and over again. In Alabama, for example, we have the Saturn rocket, Vulcan, the Edmund Pettus bridge and the U.S.S. Alabama just to name a few. But if you are familiar with northwest Alabama one more icon would be in the running for “Most Photographed,” Rusty, the large, red, iron, setter that welcomes people to the historic downtown of Northport. I say setter, but I’m sure others may have a different opinion on Rusty’s bread. Alabama magazine recently did an article on Northport highlighting the famous pooch and not to be outdone I ran to our archives only to realize that we had written something about Northport and even used a picture the iconic red dog, but had not even mentioned his name. Another reminder of my oversite came as Sam and I, recently returning from a trip to east Mississippi, found ourselves, thanks to a misdirection by Goggle Maps, face-to-face with the large but friendly beast. So, to rectify this faux “paw” and work in our short and somewhat dated post about this cool West Alabama town, please see the following and enjoy OUR image of the frequently photographed Rusty.
There is something about a river town that holds a sense of romance for me. The yellowhammer crew recently made a trip northwest to the river town of Northport, a quaint town that sits demurely across the Black Warrior from her more famous big sister. Northport is also home to the nationally renowned Kentuck Festival of the Arts. This was our first time both in Northport and at Kentuck, and we were not disappointed. School busses shuttled us to and from a venue teeming with artists from all over the United States. White tents full of paintings, jewelry, fabric arts, Birmingham iron and more provided hours of entertainment. And of course, we left with some art. Sam snagged a mixed-media painting of Little Bunny Foo Foo from Marian Baker, and I a paperweight from Sloss Furnace. The creativity and entrepreneurialism of our great state was surely showcased at this annual event. And if you can’t wait until next year’s festival, visit the Kentuck Art Center in downtown Northport.