Lake Hypatia "Advance"

Lake Hypatia "Advance"

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Lake Hypatia "Advance" Photos

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July 2011

Photos by Annie Laurie Gaylor & Dan Barker

Photos by Alex G.

Photos by Phil and Sharron King

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Lodging

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Holiday Inn Express
240 Haynes St.
Talladega AL 35160
1-888-HOLIDAY
256-362-7780 

Hampton Inn & Suites
210 Colonial Dr
Oxford AL 36203
256-831-8958

Super 8 Motel 
220 Haynes Street
Talladega, AL
800-800-8000
256-315-9511

Budget Inn Motel
65600 Hwy 77
Talladega, AL
256-362-0900

If you would like to camp, we can accommodate self-contained RV’s and campers. Also, there is ample room to pitch a tent and get back to nature. Showers and restrooms are available. Please check box on registration form if you plan to camp. Sorry, no pets allowed on campgrounds.

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Map and Directions

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From Atlanta I-20

Take exit 185 (Oxford/Anniston)
Go South on Hwy 21 toward Talladega
Go through Munford
Turn Left on County Road 321
Go to 2nd 4-way stop
Turn Left on Country Road 303
Go to top of hill (Big Star)
Turn Right on Lake Joan Circle Immediately ahead are the parking areas

From Montgomery Hwy 231

Go North on Hwy 21 to Talladega
Turn right on Hwy 77 South
Go about 6 miles to caution light
Turn Left on Country Road 303
Go through 4-way stop
Go to top of hill (Big Star)
Turn Right on Lake Joan Circle Immediately ahead are the parking areas

From Birmingham I-20

Take exit 168 (Talladega/Lincoln)
Go South on Hwy 77
Go through Talladega, on Hwy 77 South
Go about 4 miles to caution light
Turn Left on Country Road 303
Go through 4-way stop.
Go to top of hill (Big Star)
Turn Right on Lake Joan Circle Immediately ahead are the parking areas

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Lake Hypatia Events 2014

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Registration begins soon for Alabama Freethought Association’s annual event on July 3rd through 5th!

Stay tuned for more information, including a schedule and registration form.

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About Lake Hypatia

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Mark Your Calendar!

The Lake Hypatia 4th of July Advance will be Thursday, July 3 through Saturday, July 5, 2014. Join Annie Laurie Gaylor, Dan Barker and your friends at the Alabama Freethought Association for fun and freethought.

Map of Lake Hypatia.   More details to come.

Lake Hypatia pavillionHistory of Lake Hypatia and the AFA Advance

Roger, Pat and Melody Cleveland of Alabama dreamed of a freethought "advance, not retreat," right in the buckle of the bible belt. The Alabama Freethought Association, which Pat and Roger Cleveland founded, and which is the Foundation's largest chapter, has worked invaluably as an umbrella organization of atheists, agnostics and other freethinkers to keep church and state separate in Alabama. The Alabama Freethought Association took the original lawsuit challenging Judge Roy Moore's courtroom Ten Commandments in Gadsden, Ala.

In the 1990s, the Cleveland family deeded land to the national Freedom From Religion Foundation, which raised funds to construct the Lake Hypatia Freethought Hall. An addition, the beautiful Willa E. Whatley Auditorium, was dedicated in 1999. The Clevelands also invited the national Foundation to place its Atheists in Foxholes monument at Lake Hypatia, a peaceful spot to recognize the country's many atheist and agnostic veterans.

Every year, with authentic Southern Hospitality, the Cleveland family generously opens its beautiful, improved grounds and lake to hundreds of freethinkers from all over the country for the annual "Glorious Fourth" Independence Day celebration. Speeches are conducted in the air-conditioned Lake Hypatia Freethought Hall, and outdoor recreation takes place on the Cleveland's rural campgrounds.

Primitive camping is available on the upper and lower campgrounds (local motels a few miles away), swimming in the lake or Cady Creek natural lagoon, fishing, paddle boats, dining at the lakeside Pavilion, great speakers and most of all the experience of making new friends, renewing old friendships and mingling with fellow freethinkers.

FFRF is a non-profit, educational organization. All dues and donations are deductible for income-tax purposes.

FFRF has received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator

 

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