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Monroeville, AL
JANUARY 2006
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In some cases these accounts are edited versions of a spoken interview. They have not been researched and may differ from the printed article.
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    The play is a marvel. It's all homegrown. Everyone in the cast is local. How can you beat watching To Kill A Mockingbird in the Monroeville Courthouse, which is the same courthouse that Hollywood used as a model for the one in the movie? Whatever the cast lacks in polish, they more than make up for in enthusiasm and authenticity. And the black choir—drawn from members of the Bethel Baptist Church and the Morning Star Baptist Church—that sings spirituals as part of the performance is nothing short of heavenly.
   Small-town Southern cuisine tends to be deeply fried—fried catfish, fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, fried okra, fried dill pickles (see Quirkiest category), and with lots of flour-based gravy, lard, and pork to boot. This can be rather hard on a Yankee stomach.     The strangest menu item I've seen in a long time has got to be the deep-fried dill pickles offered as an appetizer at Radley's Fountain Grille on Highway 21. Jane Ellen Clark of the Monroe County Heritage Museum urged me to try them. She said that actually they taste better when they're served as deep-fried dill pickle slices; Radley's serves deep-fried dill pickle spears. I can't say I was converted, but they were certainly different.
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