The Union County Heritage Museum’s first Hot August Night event drew a good crowd to enjoy a perfect summer night. With temperatures in the low 80s and practically no humidity, it was a rare pleasure in summertime Mississippi.
The crowd roamed the museum grounds visiting friends and looking at the vintage autos. They bought raffle tickets to support the museum. Some bought barbecue and iced tea; others ate and drank from their own coolers. Visiting with friends was high on the activity list, at least until the music cranked up. Door prizes were given away.
Oxford’s Adam Gussow and Alan Gross, better known as The Blues Doctors, were the main performers of the night. It seemed that everyone enjoyed their sound. The Cast of Blues Exhibit at the museum drew a number of visitors, as did the grounds of the Faulkner Garden.
But the main venue of the evening was the Crossing on the Green Railroad Park, home of New Albany’s well-known CLERANCE. The park is themed for and built around railroads, paying homage to our town’s heritage. It is a fine place for a group gatherings, as well as a pleasant place to sit alone with a book or a cool drink.
Museum Director Jill Smith, along with her employees and community partners, produced a very pleasant evening for the community’s enjoyment. There were rumors that there will be more of these evenings in the future, and we hope that is true.
More about Clerance: How Clerance came to the park
Crossing on the Green Park: A nod to New Albany’s railroad heritage