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Wish Book Birmingham 2013

Where to find almost anything for absolutely everyone!

Find the perfect gift and more!


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T Joe O’Donnell Editor/Publisher

Joni Ayers Marketing Specialist

Cathy Fingerman Assoc. Publisher

Gail Kidd Marketing Specialist

Robin Colter Creative Director Lindsey Lowe Associate Editor

Laura Fash Marketing Specialist Lauren Lockhart Digital Media Manager

B–Metro is published monthly by Fergus Media LLC 1314 Cobb Lane, Birmingham, AL 35205 (205) 202-4182 Printed by American Printing Co., Birmingham, AL

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he holiday season sneaks up on me each and every year. Before I know it, there is Christmas music on the radio and an urgent request at home for scheduling the decorating of the house. This phrase should be in capital letters since it contains all the urgency of the holiday season. So down to the garage and basement I go to find out where the elves have hidden the decorations this year. We went on a similar treasure hunt this year in developing our 2013 version of the Wish Book. With this special issue of B-metro, we bring together some extraordinary items from some

of Birmingham’s coolest shops. These advertisers have come up with some really fine merchandise, and some great opportunities to shop local this holiday season. Inside this special issue, you will find some great holiday recipes from Kathy G and some cool suggestions on holiday decor from Mark Kennamer. We’ve also catalogued some of the great holiday and musical events going on in town during the holuday season. So get ready for the approaching holidays and toast the ones you love with gifts, music, laughter, and joy. Hoover 205-822-3877 | Summit 205-968-7607 7


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The lady likes — necklaces, candles, nail polish and, of course, perfume.



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Grand River on Ice and Holiday Lights Spectacular Outlet Shops of Grand River November 14 A spectacular holiday lighting takes place at the Leeds outlet center. The new skating rink, Grand River on Ice, is open through January 5. Christmas Parade and Holiday Street Party Presented by Montevallo Chamber of Commerce November 21 18 B-Metro Wishbook 2013

Here is a great way to start the season. Vendors along Main St. and the appearance of Santa Claus make for a day of holiday fun make the event a great way to start the season. Following the parade children are invited to meet Santa for a photo with him at First Baptist Church in Montevallo. Street Party 3-6 pm; Parade 6 pm. Kitschmas, Naked Art Gallery November 15 to December 24 “Kitschmas” Gift-sized artwork and ornaments made with recycled materials

by over 60 artists. Annual holiday open house: Friday November 15, 5 to 9 p.m. in coordination with Third Friday in Forest Park and Avondale. Market Noel Presented by Junior League of Birmingham at Cahaba Grand Conference Center November 20 to November 23 The festivities begin Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. with a merry Sneak Peek party with hor d’oeuvres, wine and beer tastings, and your chance to win a one

carat diamond with purchase of a glass of champagne. General admission shopping takes place November 21-23 from 9 a..m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Highlights of the week include Market Morning, a brunch featuring country music singer Sara Evans, book signings by Father Goose and John Croyle of the Big Oak Ranch as well as photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Lights Up The Summit November 22, 6:30 pm Kick off the season in style with a festive parade from Barnes & Noble to Carmike Cinemas and watch as The Summit lights up with holiday spirit. The parade ends with Santa’s arrival and a grand fireworks show. Afterwards, visit Santa in his sleigh near Carmike Cinemas and get a photo. Santa Special at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum November 30 to December 21 Ride the train with Santa. Start your own family holiday tradition with a Christmas train ride. Tell Santa what you would like for Christmas and bring your camera for photos. Every child will receive a Christmas gift! Winter Wonderland Holiday Exhibit McWane Center November 29 to January 5 Bring your family to the most magical place around this holiday season. Climb aboard the McWane Train and go for a ride or try your luck at ice fishing. The

Zip Line will be even longer this year as visitors fly through the air on 70 feet of suspended wire. The Ice Slide allows kids and grownups alike to take the plunge down a 40 foot tube slide covered in holiday lights. The McWane Train, a three-car ride-on train, will double in size this year as it takes kids on a holiday-themed ride around 200 feet of track. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Birmingham Children’s Theatre December 3 to December 20 A new, better-than-ever production! This is a hilarious holiday story that will delight all ages. No one wants to be in the annual Christmas play at the local church except six irascible siblings who have never heard the Christmas story. Ultimately, their energy and sincerity triumphs as they make this year’s pageant the best ever. Illuminations Tree Display Presented by Children’s of Alabama November 4 ro December 5 As a preview to the holiday season, Children’s of Alabama will present the 2013 Illuminations tree display of 40 spectacular trees designed and decorated by individuals, companies and organizations 40 spectacular trees designed and decorated by individuals, companies and organizations in the main lobbies of both the Children’s Russell and McWane Buildings. The Illuminations tree program is held each year in conjunction with the annual Illuminations Ball, one of the hospital’s major fundraising events. The viewing of the trees is free and open to the public.

‘Tis the Season Red Mountain Theatre Company at RMTC Cabaret Theatre December 5 to December 22 Step out of the cold and into RMTC’s heartwarming holiday show. Enjoy your favorite holiday hits in this cheerful celebration that is sure to spread the humor and joy of the season. Featuring a cast of Birmingham favorites, along with the RMTC Youth Programs, ‘Tis the Season combines the sounds and sights of the most wonderful time of the year - we’re sure yule love it! ZooLight Safari Birmingham Zoo December 6 to December 31 Celebrate the Holidays at Wells Fargo ZooLight Safari. Be amazed by more than half a million lights, holiday music and plenty of festive activities as the Zoo comes alive for 18 nights of fun in this transformed winter wonderland! Christmas Market Das Haus German Club December 7 At the Third Annual Birmingham German Christmas Market you can stock up on hand-crafted, holiday gifts from local and German artists and vendors? Sample German Christmas Market food and warm up with a cup of Gluehwein (warm, spiced wine). It’s an event for the whole family! In A Manger Lowly: A Christmas Open House Vestavia Hills Baptist Church December 6 to December 7 Through an inspiring exhibit of nativity 19

displays from around the world, you’ll be reminded of the miracle of the first Christmas so many years ago. At the same time, you’ll hear stirring Christmas music performed live by gifted musicians, filling you with the spirit of the Christmas season. Christmas at Arlington Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens December 7 to December 8 Visitors are invited to ‘step back in time’ as local decorators adorn rooms of the museum in period holiday décor. Holiday tunes will fill the air while costumed characters from the Mudd Family and Christmas Past welcome visitors to tour the historic mansion, kitchen, and gardens. December 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Arlington, Birmingham’s beautiful Greek Revival Mansion, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Arlington is opened throughout the year for visitors and tours. This year Arlington Historical Association and House Museum are celebrating their 60th Anniversary. Briarwood Walk Through Nativity Briarwood Presbyterian Church, PCA December 11 to December 13 The community is invited to join the congregation of Briarwood for its Walk Through Nativity. Over 850 church members participate in this free three night event, featuring thirteen scenes depicting Jesus’ birth and life. Live animals are included, even a camel. A children’s petting zoo and refreshments are also offered at 20 B-Metro Wishbook 2013

no charge at the walk’s conclusion. Each year six to eight thousand visitors find this a memorable and enjoyable way to witness the life of Christ with narrated drama in each scene. Alabama Theatre Holiday Films White Christmas, December 13, 22 The Polar Express, December 14 It’s a Wonderful Life, December 14, 19 A Christmas Story, December 15 Christmas Vacation, December 16, 21 Home Alone, December 17 Miracle on 34th Street, December 18 Elf, December 20 Alabama Wildlife Center’s Holiday Craft and Bake Sale Presented by Alabama Wildlife Center at Veterans Park, Hoover December 14 Meet Santa, enjoy free coffee & hot cider, shop for locally made holiday-themed crafts, ornaments, handmade jewelry, gifts with a natural theme, homemade jams, jellies, preserves, baked goods, frozen casseroles and on-site freshly smoked turkey breast and smoked ham, vacuum sealed. All proceeds benefit the Alabama Wildlife Center. The Decked Out Dash 5K and One Mile Fun Run Presented by The Arc of Jefferson County at Oak Mountain State Park December 14 Come “decked out” in holiday clothes or costumes. Whether it’s a red and green tutu, a Santa hat, or a tacky Christmas sweater, grab your festive wear and join this fun run. All proceeds benefit The Arc

of Jefferson County’s programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Home for the Holidays Presented by Opera Birmingham at Brock Recital Hall Samford University Everyone’s favorite Christmas concert continues for a seventh season to make your holidays merry and bright! ArtPlay Presents: Yuletide in Dogtown Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center December 20 to December 21 The dogs are back in town for this “ArtPlay Presents” holiday favorite! Join Spike, Fifi, Scotty, and Beauregard on this interactive musical adventure created by local playwright - and the ASC’s very own - Jerry Sims, as his pups learn what the holidays really mean. Annual Community Kwanzaa Birmingham Civil Rights Institute December 30, 2013 Join the spirit of family and community at this annual Kwanzaa program. The event kicks off with a hands-on workshop at 5 p.m. in the Abraham L. Woods Community Meeting Room. The community celebration begins at 6 p.m. in the Odessa Woolfolk Gallery, highlighting one of the seven principles or “Nguzo Saba” of Kwanzaa. Additionally, the celebration will feature music, and youth performances.

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Handel’s MESSIAH Presented by Alabama Civic Chorale at Riverchase United Methodist Church November 24 The Alabama Civic Chorale will present their 66th annual performance of Handel’s MESSIAH with professional soloists and members of the Alabama Symphony on Sunday, November 24th at 3 p.m. The chorus is comprised of approximately 100 people from churches in our area and throughout the state. The performance is free.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) Arena and Exhibition Halls December 7 The Lost Christmas Eve presented by Hallmark Channel. The Lost Christmas Eve is the fourth album by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It was released on October 12, 2004, and is the last album in their “Christmas trilogy.” Magic City Choral Society Christmas Concert Pell City Center December 7 Christmas isn’t complete without a Christ-

mas concert as only the Magic City Choral Society can perform it. The choir will warm our spirits with the Sounds of the Season in a one hour concert featuring live piano and over 90 voices. Please bring canned goods to donate to needy families. Choral Christmas Concert Independent Presbyterian Church December 8 The Independent Presbyterian Church Choir, under the direction of Dr. Jeff McLelland, will present their annual Christmas Concert, Baroque by Candlelight, including Vivaldi’s GLORIA.




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The Magic City Nutcracker Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church December 6 to December 8 The Community Nutcracker is the only nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that offers a portion of its proceeds to local charitable agencies. A Service of Advent Lessons and Carols Cathedral Church of the Advent December 8 The Cathedral Choirs sing the traditional service of readings, hymns and choral anthems, to celebrate the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, at the Cathedral Church of the Advent. BSC Carol Service Featuring the Choirs of Birmingham-Southern College at Canterbury United Methodist Church December 6 to December 8 The Birmingham-Southern College Concert Choir, Southern Chorale, and Alumni Choir present the 77th annual Service of Lessons and Carols, featuring inspiring choral music for the holiday season. Chad Fisher Group Holiday Special Hoover Public Library December 12 Trombonist Chad Fisher and his backing band present a special program of holiday classics played jazz style. Holiday Music Concert Alabama School of Fine Arts December 12 to December 13 Get in the spirit at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater. It features ASFA’s Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Choir, and Concerto delle Donne. 28 B-Metro Wishbook 2013

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™The Alabama Ballet December 13 to 15, December 20 to 22 Wright Center, Samford University The Alabama Ballet remains one of only seven companies in the world granted the right to perform this holiday classic by the Balanchine Trust. Performed to Balanchine’s exacting specifications; dazzling choreography, opulent costumes and extravagant sets make this production unlike any other. Birmingham Ballet: The Mutt-Cracker BJCC Concert Hall December 13 If you love dogs, you don’t want to miss The Mutt-cracker! Birmingham Ballet’s canine filled version of this holiday favorite premiered in 2011 with tail wagging reviews. The performance benefits the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Christmas with The Hot Tamales Shelby County Arts Council Gallery December 14 Join two of Birmingham’s favorite entertainers, Jan D. Hunter and Krista Tingle Higginbotham, for our Christmas Performance. The duo will share their “twist” on favorite Holiday Classics. Michael Card & Phil Keaggy in Concert Briarwood Presbyterian Church December 15 Briarwood presents Michael Card and Phil Keaggy in Concert. Entitled “Street Level Christmas,” the concert will feature the Briarwood Chancel Choir, a string quartet and Phil and Michael’s regular concert musicians.

Stevan Grebel’s THE NUTCRACKER Presented by Alabama Youth Ballet Company (AYBC) at Pelham High School December 14 to December 15 Stevan Grebel’s The Nutcracker is a holiday classic that will be a delight for the entire family. In this 9th annual event, brilliant costumes and beautiful sets, outstanding dancers, all surrounded by Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score of music. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Cathedral Church of the Advent December 15 The Cathedral Choir sings the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols celebrating the birth of Jesus, modeled after the famous service held annually at King’s College, Cambridge. Birmingham Ballet: The Nutcracker BJCC Concert Hall December 14 to December 15 It’s classic entertainment your whole family will enjoy! Birmingham Ballet’s innovative version of The Nutcracker brings the holiday season to life with unparalleled storytelling, exciting dancing, aerial ballet, whimsical characters, and magical surprises. ASO presents New Year’s Eve: A Viennese Celebration December 31 An annual nod to the grand tradition of New Year’s in the Olde World. Ring in the New Year (6 to 8 p.m.) with waltzes, operatic selections and a glass of bubbly! You’ll be feted and festive and done in time for dinner reservations.

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Set the mood for the season. There’s something special about it: Walk into a room full of garland and twinkling lights, of reds and greens and silvers and golds, and suddenly, you can just feel it. For some, the most exciting part of the season is the transformation that happens within their homes. The boxes are unpacked, the lights are untangled, the atmosphere turns merry, and that’s when we know—Christmas, and all of the bright things that the season brings, is upon us. Mark Kennamer, of Mark Kennamer Design, believes that the right holiday treatments can create a space of gathering, where the memory making comes easy, the winter nights are full of warmth, and Christmas can be felt. On the following pages, Kennamer offers some inspiration for the perfect seasonal décor. I love the simplicity in this room. Sometimes, all you need is a prominently placed wreath to set the holiday tone. When you have a living room that does not have a mantle to dress up or your tree is in another location, this is an easy and festive way to treat a room. Don’t forget to light lots of candles when you have a gathering!

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In this cozy living room, the Christmas tree is tucked into the corner and decked with ornaments and gorgeous ribbon. To maximize a small space, I love to utilize things that are already in place. For example, I added beautiful red berries to a crystal bowl on the bar; you could also place some glass ornaments to add a little bling. On the coffee table, I placed the nativity scene to an existing tray. By adding just a few things, the room instantly becomes festive. 37

This client has very young kids, and I wanted their décor to speak to that, so in their foyer, we treated their staircase with a fun felt ball garland. We draped the felt garland throughout a cedar and spruce garland, and then added silk plaid ribbon and large ornaments to add a little whimsy to the room.

Nothing says “Christmas” like a beautiful staircase draped with greenery. In this traditional Redmont home, we swaged the garland with one big, dramatic swoop. Silk ribbon and pine combs complete the look.

To carry the red and green theme in this living room, we kept it simple and packed their beautiful stone mantle with fresh greenery and red berries. Sometimes, you need a little bit of drama! When you have a grand entrance, don’t be afraid to embrace it. Over this client’s front door, we hung the garland as high as we could and draped the sides over the sconces to capture attention.

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Don’t obsess over the perfect gift. This holiday season give your loved ones and friends something they’ll really enjoy—a great celebration filled with thoughtful details, delicious food and stunning but stress–free style. Use the recipes on the pages that follow to take your holiday entertaining up a notch.

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Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites 2 cups Fresh Cranberries 1 cup Maple Syrup 1 cup Sugar Small Brie Water Crackers Mint Springs Directions: Heat maple syrup in a saucepan until hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add fresh cranberries. Soak for several hours. Drain cranberries and discard syrup. On a cookie sheet, spread a thin layer of sugar. Roll the cranberries in the sugar. Scrape the rind off of the brie. Cut brie into small rectangles or squares to fit the cracker. To assemble, place a piece of brie on a cracker and top with a few cranberries. Garnish with a sprig of mint. 43

Kathy G. Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (2)16 ounce cans Stewed Tomatoes 1 cup White Onion ½ cup Heavy cream 1 cup Fresh chopped basil 1 teaspoonChopped garlic 1 tablesoonCrushed red pepper 1 tablesoon Salt Saute onions until they are clear, add tomatoes and garlic, and bring it to a simmer. Add fresh basil, puree with stick blender till smooth, and add heavy cream and season with salt and pepper.

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Kathy G’s Winter Wonderland 1 quart Chilled Eggnog 8 ounces Amaretto 4 ounces Godiva Chocolate Liqueur or Dark Crème de Cacao Sprinkle Nutmeg Pour ½ oz Godiva Liqueur into bottom of glass. In a large pitcher, whisk together the Eggnog and Amaretto. Pour the Eggnog/Amaretto mix over Godiva. Garnish with Nutmeg and enjoy.

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Mini Peppermint Meringue cups 3 Egg Whites 3/4 cup Sugar 1/8 teaspoon Peppermint oil Red gel food coloring as needed for bag Heat egg whites and sugar over water bath until it reaches 110 degree, or hot to touch. Whip till stiff peaks form and beat in peppermint oil. Carefully paint two lines with the food coloring half way up the bag. Fit bag with 1/4 inch in round tip. Fill with meringue and pipe in small circles. Pipe up the sides 3/4 to 1 inch high cup. Bake in 200 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely and wrap tightly. When ready to use pipe ganache with star tip into the cup and top with crushed peppermint for garish.

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