Beer tasting, concert to raise funds for Tanglefoot trailhead downtown in New Albany

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

NEW ALBANY – Friends of Tanglefoot for New Albany Trailhead Plaza will present “New Albany on Tap,” a happy-hour event in Cooper Park on Sept. 30.
The gathering will raise funds to develop a park-like area at the northern entrance of the Tanglefoot Trail just south of Bankhead Street. It will be New Albany’s first beer tasting since beer was legalized last year.
“My bakery is participating in wine-and-food festivals all over the South,” Sugaree’s Bakery owner Mary Jennifer Russell said. “I saw the interest and the tourism value to such an event, especially since beer is brand new to New Albany.
Lazy Magnolia Brewery and Clark Beverage Group will sponsor the tasting from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Punch cards will be provided for ticketholders to sample two-ounce servings of 13 different beers. Sweet Tea Jubilee, a high-energy blues ensemble, will perform from 5 to 10:30 p.m.
“We’ll have two restaurants grilling on site – sausages, chicken wings, kebabs – classic beer foods,” Russell said.
Jackson’s Butcher Block and Pizza Pit will sell food and soft drinks, and free water will be available all evening. Angel Taxi will be available for hire from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at Pizza Pit (662-538-5800) or Jackson’s Butcher Block (662-534-3305). Only 250 tickets will be sold. If any are still available the day of the event, they can be purchased at Cooper Park for $20.
The funds will go toward the creation of a small park at the northern end of the Tanglefoot Trail, just south of Bankhead Street in downtown New Albany. Tanglefoot Trail will convert 42 miles of former railway to a path for biking, hiking and horseback riding between New Albany and Houston. Federal grants and other funds that have been secured for the trail development do not include the park.
“We want to make it a plaza, where you could take a brown bag lunch and enjoy some time outdoors in downtown New Albany,” said Betsey Hamilton, who chairs the Rails-to-Trails project commission.
Development of the Tanglefoot Trail has been in progress for several years. Construction contracts for the trail itself are expected to be signed in late October, Hamilton said, with opening expected in the spring of 2013.
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