The Moss Rock Festival returns to the Hoover Metropolitan Complex for the second year in a row after the neighborhood association and management of The Preserve decided to end their relationship with the festival, said co-director Alex Kunman.
Festival organizers were sad to hear they couldn’t return to The Preserve but grateful for a long history of support, Kunzman said.
The festival was held there for 14 years, next to the 350-acre Moss Rock Preserve Nature Park, but last year it was moved to the lower parking lot next to the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium due to COVID-19.
Last year, organizers said they were concerned about the issues of having to commute between people in the regular parking lot at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church. There were concerns that shuttles would become a means of transmission of the COVID-19 disease, and there is less need for shuttles at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex because there is so much parking right at the stadium, Kunzman said.
The convenient parking lot also made it easier for people to return items they had purchased from artists in their vehicles, he said.
Plus, there’s more room at the Met to space artists out and have wider aisles and more spacious dining areas for social distancing, he said.
At the time this story was in press, festival organizers were planning to require masks for entry, but encouraged people to check the festival’s website – mossrockfestival.com – for any updates regarding COVID protocols. -19.
The 16th annual event is scheduled for November 6-7. The organizers present it as an “eco-creative” festival that celebrates art, design and nature and how they intersect and complement each other.
Each year, one of the highlights of the festival is the hundreds of artists whose work represents nature or is influenced or inspired by nature, who recycle or reuse objects in their art, or who work with natural materials such as as wood, clay, glass and fiber to create fine crafts.
The artists featured this year are Yvonne Miller and Stephan Hochhuber, a couple from Bethlehem, Georgia, who incorporate recycling and nature-inspired subjects into their art. They use discarded materials such as vintage hand-cut papers, fabrics, sheet music, tickets, old photos, and thread and combine them with gold leaf and acrylic paint to create layered art collages and other mixed art works.
The subjects of their collages vary from nests to classic clothing and whimsical depictions of nature, plants, celestial beings, and animals.
They got the idea for the nest collages by observing how ingenious a bird could be as it pulled a piece of a plastic shopping bag and a piece of a screen door to make a nest in their garden.
A special addition to this year’s festival is a photography exhibit titled “Landscapes: Our Alabama,” a collection of large-format photographs that speak to the state’s natural wonders, conservation, and conversation as a work of art. art can stimulate. The exhibition is curated by UAB photography teacher Sonja Rieger and photographers Virginia Jones and Sydney Foster.
Crescent stage shows
► 11am: Hope Wendell (American singer-songwriter)
► Noon: Rude and True (folk duo)
► 1 p.m .: Orange rabbit (folk)
► 2 p.m .: Alabama School of Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble
► 3 p.m .: MUAD (electronic)
► 4 p.m .: The Starlings (harmony-oriented ambient folk-rock Americana)
► 11am: Khloé Isabella (gospel)
► 11:30 am: Sowmya Karra Natyananda (Indian dancer)
► Noon: Redmon paying (jazz)
► 1 p.m .: Dala Dance Co. (tribal belly dance)
► 13:35: Alabama Poet Laureate Ashley Jones (oral)
► 2 p.m .: Giant iron percussion
► 3 p.m .: Cheyloe (alternative country)
Design and nature
The Moss Rock Festival also focuses on unique designs and this year will feature Storyteller Overland, a company that renovates Mercedes vans for outdoor exploration. The company will have at least one of its vans on hand for festival goers, Kunzman said.
There will also be a Smart Life Marketplace that will feature natural foods, home, body and health items.
Exhibitors at this market will include Alabama Peanut Co. with never-canned Southern Boiled Peanuts and Flavored Boiled Peanuts, Chicken & Sweets Southern Yardbird artisan jams that use locally sourced fruits and vegetables, Walden Farmacy and its herbal medicine. sustainable in small batches; and Energy Alabama, a nonprofit that advocates for the production of clean energy and helps businesses, schools, nonprofits and individuals reduce their energy use.
Nature exhibitors this year will include the House Plant Collective which sells indoor plants from Birmingham’s Avondale district and a mobile bus, Foliage Designs Systems and Alabama Outdoors and the Alabama Wildlife Center and its birds of prey and other wildlife in rehabilitation course.
“They always bring beautiful animals that people can get up close to,” Kunzman said.
There will also be a Wonderkid Studio with interactive workshops where children can participate in art projects inspired by nature and recycling. This year’s plan is for the kids to help build a large-scale nest made from recycled materials that will be on site, Kunzman said.
2021 Moss Rock Festival
OR: Hoover Metropolitan Stadium lower car park,
5310, promenade du stade Trace
WHEN: Saturday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday November 7
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COST: $ 10 in advance; $ 12 at the door; children 15 and under are free
CAR PARK: Free at Hoover Met Stadium
THE WEB: mossrockfestival.com
Music and food
Last year’s festival featured music selected by Birmingham Mountain Radio, but this year live musicians and dancers will once again be on the Crescent Stage, he said.
Café by the Woods will feature American fare such as burgers, hot dogs and sausages from Rae Rae’s Catering and food trucks, such as Cousins Maine Lobster (which offers lobster rolls, macaroni and cheese at lobster and lobster tacos) and Aww Shucks (which includes gourmet fire roasted corn). Other food trucks include Encore Rouge, Tamale Queen, J&J Elegant Pastries, Candy Cones, Sno Biz and TRLV Love Koffee.
For foodies, the Sweetery Zone will include The Joyful Food Co., Nana Bakes, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Over the Top Toffee.
Last year, organizers went from an on-site beer garden to an off-site beer trail, but this year the beer garden is back, with 50 to 65 different beers coming from around 19 breweries, Kunzman said.
The tastings will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the beer garden cost $ 30 before November 5 and $ 40 at the door and include admission to the entire festival and a 13-ounce Belgian tasting glass.