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I am sure I speak for Hank fans around the world who read this blog that we all appreciate the efforts made by the people in Hank’s home State, County, Town and in  Montgomery to preserve and enhance his memory. We may not be there in person, but when we see coverage of the yearly Hank Williams festival in Georgiana Alabama, we say well done.

The festival runs this weekend May 31/June 1 with Jett Williams, Brad Magness, Gene Watson, and the great Stonewall Jackson, and a link to the Hank Williams era,  David Frizzell. among many others.

Performances run Friday evening and Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum in Georgiana and includes an outdoor arts and crafts show.

Here’s the Festival website.

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The 33rd Hank Williams’ Festival in Georgiana Alabama will feature Moe Bandy, Larry Gatlin and Jett Williams as well as many other entertainers.

The yearly festival is held on the grounds of the Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum. Outdoor concerts featuring a full lineup of performers take place Friday and Saturday evenings, June 1 and 2, 2012. Events run through the day Saturday.

The program with ticket information is HERE.

And the Museum website is here.

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A note from John Wise President of the Hank Williams Fan Club that the dates of the annual Hank Williams Festival in Georgiana Alabama are changing this year.  Instead of the first weekend of June, the Festival is moving ahead to May 19, 20 and 21.

The Fan Club web site has posted a letter from Mike Middleton the Mayor of Georgiana who is also the Chair of the Board of the Hank Williams Boyhood Home and Museum explaining the change to interested parties. He says the Board made the change because one of the weekends in June is not available and the other is Fan Fair in Nashville which creates a conflict with artists schedules.

The Festival website has an order form for purchasing tickets.

This is the 31st annual edition of the Festival which is held on the grounds of the Museum.

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The Hank Williams Festival was held in Georgiana this past weekend (June 10, 11, 12 2010). Festival co-founder and former International Fan Club President Ruth Wallace who died in December was honored and deeply missed by those involved. The local paper did an excellent story with a very nice photo of a presentation to a Wallace family member.

Here’s the weekend story from  the Greenville Advocate newspaper.

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Big weekend in the Hank Williams calendar  June 10 to 12 in Georgiana,  Butler County, Alabama. Its the Hank Williams Festival with participation by the Hank Williams Fan Club as well.

I really appreciate that the Fan Club agreed to list a link to my little blog on its website.

Rather than try to list events and inevitably get it wrong, Here’s the Festival website.

Here’s the Greenville Advocate story on the Festival.

And here’s an article on the Fan Club.

I’m sure with the growing world wide awareness of the artistic importance of Hank Williams, which I have been writing about here for a year and a half now,  you will have guests from across the continent and around the world.

Of course there will be a tinge of sadness since Mary Wallace, Fan Club President died in December.

Best of luck with everything.

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It’s hard to overestimate the importance of  organizations in Hank Williams home state of Alabama in preserving and promoting his artistic legend and preserving his memory for centuries to come.

With this in mind, it came as a shocking loss to many to learn over the holidays that Mary Wallace the  President of the Hank Williams Fan Club based in Georgiana had died in a tragic accident. Wallace was also one of the chief organizers and a founder of the of Hank Williams Festival which is held annually in Georgiana and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Hank Williams Museum and Boyhood Home.

John Wise will take over as President of the Fan Club.

Courtesy of Robert Ackerman’s Newsletter here is the  sincere, heartfelt  statement from John Wise.

It is with heavy heart that I write this letter. Our beloved President, Mary Wallace was accidentally killed in her home December 21st, 2009. Everyone I know in the Hank Willliams Fan Club and around the world has lost a great leader and  friend. There is no doubt Mary will be missed. She made a huge impact on Butler County, Alabama, Georgiana and the world. As a friend and Vice President of the Hank Williams International Fan Club, I saw her in action many times. There was no more dedicated person to her community and the fan club which she helped organized. Upon her death, as Vice-President, I had to move up to the President’s chair. I know how Harry Truman felt when President Roosevelt died. How can I fill the shoes of Mary Wallace? Well I’ll tell you that no one alive that I know can do it; especially me. She can never be replaced. But the fact is, we must go on. That is what I think Mary wanted. As a matter of fact, I am sure of it. I assure you that myself, officers and board members will give it our best. We must not fail and we will not fail. I ask for your prayers and support as I lead this club forward. I will be available to any club member or non-member. Feel free to contact me at 678-752-9589, or e-mail “johnr749@bellsouth.net”. My home address is John R. Wise, 122 Woody Road Jackson, GA 30233. In closing I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope to see you all at the festival in Georgiana, Alabama the 2nd weekend in June 2010.

Here is the Greenville Advocate Newspaper account of Mary Wallace’s passing.

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The reaction to the recent release of the ‘The Unreleased Recordings’ demonstrated once again that Hank Williams is a international star, and a world class artistic icon.

As that reputation and status continue to grow, there are  many in the world wide Hank Williams’ community who will likely never make it to Hank’s birthplace in his home State of Alabama.  

But for all of us, it is so gratifying to see the people of Butler County, where Hank was born, and the City Of Montgomery where  he learned his craft and achieved his first successes as a performer and radio personality, continue to stage events and support museums in his honor.

This weekend is the Hank Williams Festival weekend in Georgiana, at the Hank Williams Museum there, and at the headquarters of the Hank Williams’ Fan Club nearby.

I was so pleased when the Hank Williams’ Fan Club website put up a link to this site some time ago. There is a link to their very comprehensive site in the Blogroll at the side.

People who are working to preserve the memory of Hank Williams and  his works, and expand the range of discussion about him would find the task hopeless if the people of Alabama did not continue to honor and celebrate their native son.

The Greenville Advocate Newspaper has published a couple of advance articles on the Festival:

June 11:

 http://www.greenvilleadvocate.com/news/2009/jun/11/fan-club-ready-welcome-world-hanks-place/

And June 5:

http://www.greenvilleadvocate.com/news/2009/jun/05/hank-fans-plan-fun-filled-festival-weekend/

Have a great weekend!

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