Winston County Arts Council

Grants awarded to bands, arts council


At the presentation of the grant monies, from left, Lisa Cagle, reading specialist at Lynn Elementary; Marla Price, high school curriculum director for Winston County Schools; Lynn Band Director Rodney Fike; WCHS Band Director Nick Watts; Meek Band Director Zach Cleghorn; Addison Band Director Garrett McCurley; Jennifer Baker, elementary curriculum director for WC Schools; Theresa Snoddy, vice president of the Winston County Arts Council and Arts Council President J.D. Snoddy.
WINSTON COUNTY - Music and arts programs throughout Winston County, programs, which are not funded by the state, are now receiving a major financial boost, thanks to over $120,000 in funding through the Alabama Arts Education Initiative Grant.

Looney’s receives $850,000 grant


State Senator Arthur Orr, center, who along with State Senator Garlan Gudger and State Representative Tim Wadsworth helped to secure $850,000 for Looney’s Amphitheater and Cultural Center, visited recently to tour the complex. Pictured above with Orr are Looney’s Project Manager David Jacobs, left, and J.D. Snoddy, president of the Winston County Arts Council.
LAKESHORE - The mission of getting state funds into rural Alabama is literally paying off a big way, with state legislators going to bat for Winston County, securing nearly $2 million from the Education Trust Fund for two major projects related to education and tourism.

Looney’s complex not closing


Winston County Arts Council President J.D. Snoddy shows the newly renovated Dual Destiny Theater at the Looney's Amphitheater and Culture Center.

LAKESHORE     -   Although the remaining shows in the summer concert series at the Looney’s Amphitheater and Culture Center, have been cancelled after this weekend, events, plans and renovations at the complex continue to thrive, assure members of the Winston County Arts Council.
“The main thing behind the decision is economics,” pointed out Bart Crabtree, owner  of Sipsey Entertainment, a company he created to provide a series of concerts featuring tribute artists for a wide range of hitmakers, including Pat Benatar, Heart, Journey and Rascal Flatts.

Dual Destiny renovations near completion


Members of the Winston County Arts Council show the freshly painted inside of the Dual Destiny Theater. Pictured, back row, from left, Bart Crabtree, Beth Gilbreath, Joe Towey, Susan Ripp, Patricia Taylor and Arts Council President J.D. Snoddy. Front row, from left, David Jacobs, Cindy Bryant, Brittany Bailes, Shirley Sudduth, Coy Sudduth, Sandra Heaven and Arts Council Vice President Theresa Snoddy.
LAKESHORE - Major renovations and cosmetic changes at the Dual Destiny Theater, located at the Looney’s Tavern Entertainment and Cultural Center, are nearing completion, just in time for the grand-opening weekend of live entertainment May 5-6.

Tourism Department gives $100,000 for Looney’s Tavern restoration project


J.D. Snoddy, president of the Winston County Arts Council, shows work in progress to replace rotted steps leading from the top parking lot at the Looney’s Tavern complex down to the former concession stand area and amphitheater.
LAKESHORE - The former Looney’s Tavern complex - located off of Highway 278 east of Double Springs in the Lakeshore area - is gradually coming back to life, as more and more donations are being made toward renovations - including $100,000 allotted by the Alabama Department of Tourism this past week.

Winston County Arts Council announces renovation plans for Looney's Complex after purchase completed


Celebrating the new ownership of the Looney’s Tavern complex by the Winston County Arts Council are, from left, Greg Farris, Heather Tucker, Coy and Shirley Sudduth, Blythe Welton, Cindy Bryant, Larry Welton, J.D. and Theresa Snoddy, David Snoddy and Mickey and T.J. Milligan, who formerly owned the property.
LAKESHORE - The rich history and heritage of the Looney’s Tavern Amphitheater and complex will no longer be a distant memory, now that it is being revived with endless plans for future development.

Winston County Arts Council seeks future at Looney’s


From left, J.D. Snoddy, president of the Winston County Arts Council, Theresa Snoddy, vice president and grant writer for the arts council and Tracey Alvey, artistic director of the Alabama Ballet, visit the former Looney’s Tavern amphitheater.
LAKESHORE - A revival is about to take place at the site which once housed Looney’s Tavern complex and amphitheater, and it is not a church meeting.