Space & Rocket Center refinances existing debt – WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL.
This is really awesome news. I think I’ve shown my love of the Space & Rocket Center lately, and the fact that they have managed to reduce the debt so much is awesome. And that they’ve finally managed to zero their line of credit, also awesome.
I mentioned a past CEO that really screwed them over. Included in that was the building of a Saturn V replica while a real Saturn V rotted in the back of the property, and he swore he had a corporation set up to put every kid in Madison County through Space Camp. Except, he didn’t. He was fired and ordered to repay $200,000 that he never did. Later, he was arrested for unrelated dealings in Texas. But ever since he was fired, the finances of the center have been shaky. Good to see it bouncing back into shape.
This is another post about a spot included in the documentary I’m working on entitled Secret Alabama, Places everyone should know about!
Tinglewood is a hidden fairyland. Found in Orr Park near Downtown Montevallo, Alabama, Tinglewood is a place where fantasy breaks through into reality.
If you didn’t know about Tinglewood, you’d be hard pressed to find it. Orr Park is a typical city park, with soccer fields, softball fields, stands, a pool and other recreational places. But along a creek running through a part of the park stands Tinglewood. Storms and age had killed off or was killing off the old cedar trees in this part of the park. Most where about to find a chain saw through their trunks. But a local artist, Tim Tingle, saw something better. And he convinced the town that he was right.
Tingle did take a chainsaw to the trees. Just not to cut them down. Instead, Tingle filled the creekside park with amazing carvings of fantastical creatures.
Tingle started carving Tinglewood in the late 90s. He’s still adding to the fanciful woods.
Tingle’s studio is not far from the park. Hanging in the front window is the official Guinness Book Of World Records longest single carving wood chain. It’s quite impressive, but no where near as impressive as Tingle’s fanciful artwork in Tinglewood.
As has come up on a thread over at Hogewash!, I’ve been working on a documentary about various “secret” places around the state of Alabama. By secret, I mean places only the locals know. One of my favorite secret places is High Falls Park, near Geraldine, Alabama. I like it for a couple of reasons, but mainly just because of it’s breathtaking beauty.
I also like it because in the summer it is the home of the redneck daredevils. I’ve seen young kids, not much older than 6 or 7, leap from the falls. I think in the area it is a right of passage.
Finding the park isn’t easy. The signs leading to it are misleading at best. But the place is fairly well maintained. I recommend it to anyone looking for an off the beaten path place to visit in Alabama.