Join us after-hours on the third Thursday of February, March and April and unwind with Vulcan as we reveal the people, places and events that have helped shape our dynamic city! Admission is charged and includes light refreshments, a one-hour program and entrance to Vulcan Center Museum and Observation Balcony. Purchase your tickets in advance online to receive a discount.
5:30 p.m. Cash Bar Opens
6 – 7 p.m. A Story is Revealed…
General: $10 in advance online; $15 at the door
Vulcan Members: $7.50 online/door
Love in the Ruins: The Mind of Walker Percy
A play written and performed by Lee Eric Shackleford
According to biographer Patrick Samway, novelist Walker Percy’s family rose to prominence as Birmingham began to capitalize on its valuable mineral resources. His grandfather’s marriage to the daughter of iron magnate Henry DeBardeleben connected him to one of the city’s most important industrialists. The association helped ensure that Percy’s time in Birmingham was comfortable. But Percy’s young life was shaken by the loss of his parents, tragedies that would influence his novels.
Join Vulcan Park and Museum and Lee Eric Shackleford for the premiere performance of Love in the Ruins: The Mind of Walker Percy, a one-act, one-man play inspired by the author’s writings. Love in the Ruins recounts Percy’s ideas about relationships, science, technology, religion and especially how Birmingham shaped Percy into one of the 20th century’s most original authors.
Representatives from The Altamont School will be present to sell copies of Walker Percy in Birmingham, a limited edition book published in 1997 by the Altamont Alumni Association. Walker Percy in Birmingham is based in part on Patrick Samway’s biography of Walker Percy, Walker Percy: A Life. In his Birmingham book, Samway explores and analyzes Percy’s family, his Birmingham roots, and how the years he spent in the city, and especially at Birmingham University School (now known as The Altamont School), shaped and influenced his writing and life. The proceeds of the sale of Walker Percy in Birmingham will go to the Altamont Alumni Association, which generously and directly supports the needs of The Altamont School.