Friends of Shades Creek

is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in central Alabama, U.S.A. Our group is made up of local citizens working for the protection of, and responsible development along beautiful Shades Creek. We started in August 1998. Our mission is to educate and engage the community in the preservation efforts of Shades Creek. We are supported by memberships and donations.

2019 Salamander Festival

The 2019 Salamander Festival will take place Saturday, January 26 from 3:00-5:30 P.M. at the Homewood Senior Center next to Patriot Park. Watch for further details. Thank you to the City of Homewood and America’s First Federal Credit Union for sponsoring last year’s Festival and to everyone that attended. Click to see last year’s festival schedule.


Shades Creek Cleanup:
Sept. 29, 2018

Shades Creek cleanup will take place Saturday, September 29, 2018, meeting at Samford University West Gate. The time is 8:30 A.M. to noon.  Click for information about keeping streams clean.

Southeastern Indian Basketry – J. Brown

November Meeting – Thurs, Nov. 8, 2018 – 7:00-8:45 P.M.
Homewood Library, Room 101

By Professor, J. Brown (retired)
J. Brown, supposed to be teaching European and Asian history at Samford, got distracted in his career by the culture and environment of the Southeast and spent way too much time for the good of his career chasing rabbits there. Through a contact at Samford he found a Cherokee woman to teach him cane basketry, and in his stints at Samford’s Daniel House in London he researched the oldest dateable Cherokee basket there – finding out some interesting things about the Imperial British worldwide botanical treasure hunt in the process. He regularly took his spring folklore class either to Choctaw, MS or Cherokee, NC, and quite unfairly made all his students make a Southeastern Indian-style basket from scratch. Jim’s talk will include some demonstration, some history, some reminiscing, some passing around of artifacts.