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Depot to host Low Country Boil next week

The Old Depot Museum is bringing some Cajun flavor to Selma next week with the sixth annual Low Country Boil.

The boil, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 15, is the museum’s largest fundraiser of the year. Beth Spivey, curator of the museum, said tickets, which are $40 apiece, are going fast. Sponsored tables are $500 apiece.

“They’re going quick. I’m almost out,” Spivey said Tuesday.

“Once you pay, you just come in and enjoy yourself. You don’t have to buy raffle tickets or auction off anything. You just come in and have fun with the live Cajun band. You can eat as much as you want to.”

Spivey said the boil is something she looks forward to every year. People can eat all the crawfish, shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes they can eat.

“It is just people that love Selma, and they love to have fun. It’s for an event that’s dear to my heart because I love this museum,” Spivey said. “I love to have fun, so when I can throw a party where everybody has fun, that’s right up my alley.”

The boil has been held at the George P. Evans Reception Hall the last two years, but Spivey decided to host this year’s at the museum to show off the work that’s been done there since she took over as curator.

“Now that I’ve got the museum how I want it on the first floor, I want people to see the improvements that have been made because of this event every year,” Spivey said.

“By having it at the museum, I hope people can see what a treasure we have right here in downtown Selma, and if the city can’t help me out, maybe some local citizens will become more involved, so we can continue showing our great history to the world.”

This year’s Low Country Boil is especially important due to proposed budget cuts from the city. If the current proposed budget is passed the way it is, $10,000 will be cut from the Old Depot Museum.

Funds raised from previous Low Country Boils have helped purchase museum-quality picture frames for historic photos and documents, upgrade the lighting in the museum, take down old duct work and take down old walls that were put up when the museum was used as a forensics lab.

Spivey said she would like to use funds raised this year to purchase new security cameras and new display cases.

“They’re bad. Just in case somebody does break in, I’ll be able to see that it’s a person because they are probably 10 or 12 years old,” Spivey said.

Spivey said tickets can be purchased by calling the museum at (334) 874-2197 or by stopping by.