Fayette Civic Center
530 Temple Ave.
Fayette, AL 35555
The Fayette Civic Center, formerly the Fayette Elementary School was built in 1930 and abandoned as a school in 1973.
Through neglect, the building soon became an eyesore that brought on unfavorable attention and complaints by local citizens.
A longtime dream of the then Mayor Guthrie Smith of someday having a Civic Center for Fayette began to focus on this abandoned school building. Three years of talk and negations with the Fayette County Board of Education resulted in their deeding this property to the City of Fayette for the purpose of conversion to a civic center.
Immediate steps were taken to fund the project. The City of Fayette obtained a low interest loan from the Farmers Home Administration, hired an architect in May 1980, appointed a planning and decorating committee, awarded a contract in September 1981, and had open house on October 17, 1982. The Civic Center is also an excellent display space for the Fayette Art Museum. More than 500 running feet of wall space is devoted to exhibiting over 500 pieces of art work from the city’s permanent collection which numbers over 3500.
During the years in operation, we have satisfied the needs of thousands by providing a gathering place for civic and industrial meetings, family reunions, weddings, receptions, and performances in the auditorium. Our facility includes the following:
In 1988, Mayor Smith and two citizens incorporated and established an Endowment Fund for the Fayette Civic Center. The J. Graham Browm Foundation, Earl McDonald, and the City of Fayette provided the main source of support for the Endowment.
Arts & crafts, music, antique cars, frog jumping contest, bedrace, Syrup City Race, etc.
Fayette was formerly known as Frog Level - the town sits just above the flood level of the river “on the level with the frogs.” The Syrup City Run spotlights Fayette’s history as home of the Golden Eagle Syrup Co. since 1929.
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1. Tuscaloosa News
Former American Idol
winner Taylor Hicks performs at the Holt Community Culture Fest, April 17, 2011. A performance of "To Kill a Mockingbird" coincides with the centennial commemoration of the Fayette County Courthouse and the annual Frog Level Festival. Festivities, including a classic car show, will be capped off by a pair of performances by “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks at the Fayette Civic Center.
By Robert DeWitt
September 28, 2011 at 4:52 p.m.
FAYETTE | A big weekend for Fayette begins Thursday with a performance of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Fayette County Courthouse on Temple Avenue downtown.
The performance coincides with the centennial commemoration of the Fayette County Courthouse and the annual Frog Level Festival. Festivities, including a classic car show, will be capped off by a pair of performances by “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks at the Fayette Civic Center.
“It’s going to be a beautiful weekend and I think the weather is going to cooperate,” said Anne Hamner, executive director of the Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce.
Fayette was originally named Frog Level; the name of the city was changed in 1910.
The play that launches the festivities will be performed by the Monroeville Players, a theatrical group based in Monroeville, hometown of Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The performance begins on an open-air set on the courthouse lawn.
“They’ve presented this play all over,” Hamner said. “They’ve been to London, New York and Chicago, lots of places bigger than Fayette. We’ve sold all of our tickets, 1,200 tickets, so we’re real excited.”
Thursday will be the first of five performances. There will be performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cast members will stay as guests in the homes of Fayette residents.
“It’s a real commitment to have them here,” Hamner said. “It takes a lot of organization.”
Hicks is the official ambassador for the Year of Alabama Music being promoted by the Alabama Tourism Commission, Hamner said. His performances will be at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday and tickets are still available at $25 apiece. They can be purchased at the Fayette Civic Center or on the chamber’s website,
In addition to the “To Kill a Mockingbird” performances, Friday’s events will include a homecoming parade at 12:30 p.m., a fish fry at 5 p.m., music at 6 p.m. and music and a street dance at 9 p.m.
Saturday’s events begin at 7 a.m. with the Frog Level Run at Guthrie Smith Park. At 8 a.m., the free Times of the Past Cruise In classic car show will begin downtown and run until 2 p.m.
The festival opens at 9 a.m. with games and inflatable rides for children, train rides, food vendors and arts and crafts vendors on Temple Avenue downtown. Admission to the festival is free.
Fayette’s Centennial Celebration, with the rededication of the courthouse and the unveiling of a new cornerstone for the building, will begin at 10 p.m. The Mockingbird Choir, a group from Monroeville that sings spirituals, will perform during the Centennial Celebration.
At 11 a.m., Cruise Control will provide music. The annual bed race begins at noon with five-person teams, one riding and four pushing.
The annual frog jumping contest at 1 p.m. will be the last scheduled event before the performances of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Hicks.
Brian Less - keyboard
Jeff Lopez - sax
Wynn Christian - guitar
Leif Bonderanko - drums
David Keith - percussion
Brandon Peebles - bass
Hey Pokey Way
-Iko Iko ( Belle Stars)
Back To Louisiana
What's Right is Right
-Walkin' In The Wild West End ( Dire Straits )
Maybe You Should
Why Does Love Have To Be So Sad
- Instrumentals from Wynn and Jeff
Seven Mile Breakdown
-Running on Empty
Iko Iko ( Belle Stars)
Hey Pokey Way (Grateful Dead )
-Givin' It Up for Your Love ( Delbert McClinton )
-Sandy Beaches ( Delbert McClinton )
Hold Onto Your Love
Back To Louisiana
Midnight Rider ( Allman Brothers Band )
Seven Mile Breakdown
-One little phrase of "Dixie"
- The Pretender - ( Jackson Browns)
- Get Back to Where You Once Belonged
Elvis Welcomes Taylor to the Frog Fest : credit to Allison
These two shows were great! We had a great time talking to people before the show that were seeing Taylor for the first time. Then, after waiting in line for hours, we were treated to a great show! We never went though the autograph line the first time in order to secure our places at the front of the line. As good as the first show was, the second was even better! Taylor had us cracking up with his sence of humour. Then, he went in for the kill with "Midnight Rider"! It couldn't have been better!
...Before the show, we met a Fayette police officer that was working security there. I believe his name was John. he was very nice and helpful to everybody, especially getting the people who couldn't stand inside where they could sit down. After the second show, an elderly woman came out and told told him something along the lines of "see, you didn't have to restrain me" he told her taylor was waiting on her to go see him. It was a precious moment to see him take her by the hand and lead her to the front of the line where she met and got her picture made with Taylor. she was beaming with happiness as she left. Officer John was also carrying around a poster he had got Taylor to sign for the boy scouts.
FAYETTE VIDEO COMMEMORATING THE ENTIRE WEEKS CELEBRATION