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“Mingle and Mix Like It’s 1966”: TCPS Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Old Tavern, built in 1827 as an inn and stage coach stop, was moved from the area  between the two downtown bridges on what is now University Blvd to itspresent site  at Capitol Park in 1966 the year of the creation of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation  Society. The Old Tavern is one of the Preservation Society’s properties.The Old Tavern, built in 1827 as an inn and stage coach stop, was moved from the area  between the two downtown bridges on what is now University Blvd to itspresent site  at Capitol Park in 1966 the year of the creation of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation  Society. The Old Tavern is one of the Preservation Society’s properties. The Old Tavern, built in 1827 as an inn and stage coach stop, was moved from the area between the two downtown bridges on what is now University Blvd to itspresent site at Capitol Park in 1966 the year of the creation of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society. The Old Tavern is one of the Preservation Society’s properties.The Old Tavern, built in 1827 as an inn and stage coach stop, was moved from the area between the two downtown bridges on what is now University Blvd to itspresent site at Capitol Park in 1966 the year of the creation of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society. The Old Tavern is one of the Preservation Society’s properties. Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society

If you remember watching Star Trek the first time it ran on your pre-digital TV, or playing Twister until it hurt, or absolutely delighting in the newest baby care product, Pampers, then you remember 1966. 

That same year, one of Tuscaloosa’s oldest historic buildings, the Old Tavern, was moved from the area between what are now the two downtown bridges, to its present location at the end of University Blvd. at Capitol Park. It is also the year the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society became the recognized local entity to advocate for historic preservation, thanks to the culmination of the work and determination of the then Tuscaloosa Historic Society. 

To celebrate the year of the formation of the Society and its growth over the last 50 years, “Mingle & Mix Like It’s 1966,” an event planned to bring back the food, the fun, the music and the styles of 1966 will be held at Regions Bank downtown on 9th Street, on August 26 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  

The bank itself is representative of the era. It was designed and constructed as City National Bank in 1966.

“The feel of the era will be apparent as soon as guests arrive at the celebration we have planned,” said Judi Rabel, chairman of “Mingle & Mix.”

Once there, according to Rabel, music of the 1960s will be played by radio personality and 60s music expert Tiger Jack Garretson. 

 “We are hoping for a couple of surprise guests, which I can’t talk about or it wouldn’t be a surprise,” added Rabel. “We hope folks will come for a visit to 1966 Tuscaloosa. To add to the fun, we hope people will come as they were back then, Preppie or early Hippie. It will be a visit to the past. “

For more information, or reservations, please contact the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society at 758-2238 or Emil This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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