RED BAY — A stove sits next to a table, complete with a table cloth, just outside City Hall. The scene is a complete replica of a cozy kitchen.
There are similar scenes throughout Red Bay.
This is the fifth consecutive year the town has come together to put up “streetscapes” — decorations in front of churches, clubs, restaurants and other types of organizations. There’s even a vegetable stand in front of Red Bay Hospital.
“It’s become a fall tradition,” Mayor Bobby Forsythe said. “This year’s theme is ‘A Taste of Home.’ We have close to 45 scenes set up in town.”
Rosalyn Fabianke is a member of Red Bay Garden Club, the group that organizes the event. She said the streetscape program did not involve a theme during the first couple of years. That changed in 2010.
“We decided, ‘Why not put a theme to these and just give our town a flavor of fun and give more direction with these?’ ” she said.
The Garden Club decided to base the themes on the Alabama Tourism Department’s focus for the year. Because 2012 is the Year of Alabama Food, “A Taste of Home” seemed appropriate for this year’s streetscapes, Fabianke said.
Judges from outside Red Bay will name a grand prize winner and other winners. Those who place in the contest will receive clay awards made by Tupelo, Miss., resident Jennifer Shelter, whose work has been featured in Southern Living.
Fabianke said those who wish to be involved in the People’s Choice awards may stop by City Hall between 4-8 p.m. today to receive a map of all of the streetscapes, take a tour, then vote for their favorite. All winners, from both contests, will be announced next week.
“It’s just remarkable that a town can do this,” Fabianke said. “It’s such a contribution from the spirit of Red Bay, plus it’s fun and it’s amazing every year. They are superb again this year.”
Hannah Mask can be reached at 256-740-5728 or hannah.mask@TimesDaily.com.