Double Your Pleasure

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Flag of United States  , Alabama
Saturday, July 12, 1997

Go with me? And we'll go for the shows and the scenery at Looney's Tavern Amphitheater and Park in Double Springs, Alabama. The 1,500-seat amphitheater is in a complex of restaurants and stores in a beautiful hilltop setting in the Sipsey Wilderness area of the Bankhead National Forest.

The Confederate flag hangs alongside the Union flag here as a reminder of the Civil War era struggle in Winston County, which voted not to secede from the Union. The play, Looney's Tavern: The Aftermath & The Legacy, begins in 1861 when 3,000 people met at the Tavern to proclaim their opposition to the Confederate government.

It follows the principal figures throughout the conflict as North Alabama loyalists were hanged and their farms burned, and ends with the signing of the peace at Appomattox. The musical drama is staged where these events unfolded over a hundred years ago.

Our ticket includes a show at the indoor music theater too, where we'll see Confederate and Union soldiers sharing their camps and their songs in Dual Destiny 1861-1865. And we get a round of miniature golf at Looney Putt, for a little exercise between shows.

Lunch at Sister Sara's Kitchen in the complex gives us our mountain "fixins." The hill-country buffet includes chicken'n dumplins, ham and beans, and even cracklin' cornbread and buttermilk, served with a spectacular view of the Bankhead Forest.

For a ride on the wild and scenic Sipsey River, we can get an afternoon cruise on the "Free State Lady" paddlewheel riverboat, or book the evening dinner cruise. Either way, we're treated to yarns spun by master storytellers in hill-country hospitality style. Part legend? Part history? Part tall-tale? You guess!

The surrounding Bankhead National Forest is the Land of a Thousand Waterfalls. It's filled with rare birds, mammals, an abundance of swift streams, limestone bluffs, wildlife, wildflowers and the state's largest tree, a 500-year-old 150-foot tall poplar. The Bankhead is one of the southeast's premier sites for petroglyphs, prehistoric drawings and rock carvings too.

Altogether it's a fabulous place for a double treat of entertainment and the out-of-doors. See you there!

Looney's Tavern Amphitheater and Park, Double Springs, Alabama
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