Wish Book Birmingham 2012
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Every year, just about this time, it surprises me. It seems to come out of nowhere like some kind of magical train or reindeer landing with heavy feet on the roof. Yes, you guessed it. The holiday season. How does it spring up like this. Didn’t we just put the lawn mower in the back of the garage and pack up all the beach stuff, like yesterday. Now suddenly I can smell the distinctive aroma of sugar cookies baking in the kitchen. No matter how it happens, there is nothing as special as the holiday season. No matter how old I get, something magical happens right around this time of year. With this special issue of B-Metro, we thought we’d spread some of that magic around. So you hold in your hands our second annual Wish Book, a publication full of great ideas from some of Birmingham’s best retailers. We’ve also catalogued some of the great holiday and musical events going on in town in the next six weeks or so. So get ready for the approaching holidays as we toast the ones we love with gifts, music, laughter, and joy. There really is nothing like this magical time of year, so get out there and enjoy it to the fullest.
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Om for the Holidays, a handmade show
Village Yoga (3150 Overton Road ), November 30. Om for the Holidays, a handmade show, will feature jewelry, art & handmade accessories by yoga students & teachers. There will also be specials throughout the Villager Yoga studio boutique on clothing and gift items. Receive a gift with any class pass or gift card purchase.
Jingle Bells, Lots of Elves
Hoover Public Library, December 1. 10:30 a.m. Do you have what it takes to be one of Santa’s elves? We’ll put you through the rigorous training regime of the North Pole’s infamous toymakers.
Mountain Brook Art Association Holiday Show Presented by Mountain Brook Art Association at Colonial Brookwood Village, November 16-December 1. 10 a.m.
The artists of Mtn Brook Art Association invite you to visit a two-week holiday art show at Brookwood Mall. Purchases will support Make A Wish Foundation. Buy your holiday gifts direct from top artists representing cities throughout the metropolitan area. Paintings of all sizes and price ranges. Featured artists appearing daily with onsite demos.
Christmas at Arlington
Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens, November 30-December 2. Christmas at Arlington is a re-creation of the time-honored customs of Christmas past. Every room is transformed into a showcase of seasonal decorations - holiday greenery, the glow of candles and gas lights, children awaiting Santa, hot-spiced refreshments, and joyous carols. Friday, November 30 ($20.00) Hanging of the Greens - 6:00 pm; Candlelight
Tour & Reception - 6:30 pm Saturday, December 1 (Donation) Open to the Public - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, December 2 (Donation) Open to the Public - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served on Saturday and Sunday in the Garden Room.
Craft Bazaar at Naked Art Gallery November 30-December 2. (3831 Clairmont Ave.)
As a part of Forest Park and South Avondale’s Craft Bazaar, November 30 through December 2, Naked Art will highlight the work of three artists: Friday Nov 30, 2012: creations by Jessica Hawbaker. With festive cocktail served by the quality folks who are helping to bring back the Lyric Theater. 100% of tips and 10% of your purchase that night will benefit the restoration of the Lyric. Saturday December 1, 2012: creations by Kristie David. With hot cider and sweets! Sunday December 2, 2012: creations by Michelle Reynolds. With hot cider and sweets!
7 th Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar Presented by Main Street Birmingham, November 30-December 2.
The 7th Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar takes place during the first weekend of December. This event is marketed towards the holiday gift shoppers interested in original handmade products, well also shopping at local merchants in the area. Over 40 crafter/artists will be selling their handcrafted wares inside storefronts and empty retails spaces along 41st Street South, the Forest Park Village and at Bottletree. The following local merchants will be open as well for shopping, eating and drinking; Naked Art, Silvertron Cafe, V Richards, Zoe’s Little Savannah, Bottletree and many others. The Avondale Brewery will be open for tours and drinks. Nov 30, 2012 at 5 p.m.; Dec 1, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.; Dec 2, 2012 at noon.
Advent Lessons and Carols
Cathedral Church of the Advent, December 2. 2017 Sixth Avenue North The Cathedral Choirs sing the service of readings, hymns and choral anthems. 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
ENCHANTED MOMENTS “Stories Told on Ice”
December 1-2 presented by the Birmingham Figure Skating Club at the Pelham Civic Complex. The show features skaters from the Birmingham Figure Skating Club and the Pelham Skating School performing stories of Cinderalla, Shrek, Snow White, Alladin, Tangled (Rapunzel), and more princess favorites. This magical ice show is perfect for a family outing of children of all ages. $10 Adults; $7 Children.
Holiday Illuminations: Annual Tree Display
Children’s of Alabama, through December 3, 10 a.m. Families across the state are invited to visit Children’s to see lights, exquisitely designed Christmas trees, holiday décor and a spirit that encompasses this special time of year. The event is free and open to the public and is a wonderful opportunity to gain inspiration and ideas from the region’s top designers. Approximately 50 spectacular trees will be designed by individuals, companies and organizations from throughout the Birmingham area as part of the Illuminations tree program held each year in conjunction with the Children’s of Alabama Illuminations Ball.The display of trees in both the McWane Building and Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children lobbies will be on display for three weeks. The presenting sponsors for the 2012 Illuminations tree program are HOAR and Sirote & Permutt, PC.
Briarwood Walk Through Nativity
Briarwood Presbyterian Church, December 5-7, 6:45 p.m. www.b-metro.com 15
Join the congregation of Briarwood for its Walk Through Nativity on the church grounds. 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 no charge at the walk’s conclusion. Each year five to six thousand visitors find this a memorable and enjoyable.
Birmingham Ballet at BirminghamJefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) Concert Hall, December 7. The Mutt-cracker - The Nutcracker ballet presented with the charming addition of rescued alumni dogs. The performance benefits the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Birmingham Ballet’s Family Series is classic entertainment that your whole family will enjoy! Classic tales from “Once Upon A Time” are brought to life with classic grace and style. Family Series productions. Admission Info: Adults: $25, $35, $45; Youth (ages 0-18): $20.
FDSK German Culture Club at Das Haus: German Club, December 8. (2318 2nd Ave North) The Second Annual Birmingham German Christmas Market will take place on Saturday, December 8th, from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm. What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to join us and stock up on holiday gifts from local and German artists and vendors? Sample gourmet German food and warm up with a few hot and spicy drinks. Tree sale and entertainment for the whole family.
Alabama Wildlife Center’s Holiday Craft and Bake Sale Alabama Wildlife Center at Veterans Park – Hoover. December 8.
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jewelry, gifts with a natural theme including homemade jams, jellies, preserves, baked goods, and frozen casseroles. All proceeds benefit the Alabama Wildlife Center.
Stevan Grebel’s THE NUTCRACKER
Tannehill Christmas Candlelight Tour
Stevan Grebel’s The Nutcracker is a holiday classic that will be a delight for the entire family. In this 8th annual event, brilliant costumes and beautiful sets, outstanding dancers, all surrounded by Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score of music is now closer to home! Sponsored by the city of Pelham, The Shelby County Reporter, Alabama Youth Ballet Guild and Grebel Center for Dance. Orchestra Reserved Adult: $15, Child: $10; General Reserved Adult: $10, Child: $5.
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. December 7-8. The Christmas Candlelight Tour offers a holiday presentation of Civil War era historical events. Visitor Center Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sunday: Closed.
Ho, Ho, Ho… A Merry Mouse Christmas Birmingham Children’s Theatre, December 1-9.
Mr. and Mrs. Mouse live in an attic happily with their son, but he is in need of a friend to help him have fun. Their dear cousin visits from the great outdoors, and together at last the two boys never grow bored. On Christmas Eve, just as the boys are preparing for bed, Santa appears all decked in red. He needs some help from a special mouse, and has plans to take him along as he goes from house to house. Admission Info: Children $8, Adults $10.
Birmingham Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) Concert Hall, December 8-December 9. The Nutcracker - Re-Imagined with new choreography, new sets, and fresh costumes! Birmingham Ballet’s Family Series is classic entertainment that your whole family will enjoy! Classic tales from “Once Upon A Time” are brought to life with classic grace and style. Family Series productions feature our Repertory Company joined by an unparalleled cast of talented youth and community dancers. Adults: $25, $35, $45; Youth (ages 0-18): $20.
Alabama Youth Ballet Company (AYBC) at Pelham High School, December 8-9.
Christmas Movies at the Alabama Theatre
December 10: Holiday Inn December 11: Elf December 12: The Santa Clause December 13: Home Alone December 14: Christmas Vacation December 15: Cartoon matinee; It’s a Wonderful Life December 16: White Christmas December 17: Christmas Vacation December 18: Miracle on 34th Street (1947) December 19: It’s a Wonderful Life December 20: Elf December 21: The Polar Express; A Christmas Story December 22: The Polar Express; White Christmas
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Holiday music Handel’s MESSIAH by the Alabama Civic Chorale Riverchase United Methodist Church, November 18, 3 p.m.
Alabama Civic Chorale will present Handel’s MESSIAH. This is the 65th annual presentation by this chorus of 100 singers from all over Alabama. Members of the Alabama Symphony, and Walt Rogers organist will accompany. Nursery is provided. The presentation is free and it is our gift to you for the holidays. 30 B-Metro Wishbook 2012
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Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” with Conservatory Student Cast Presented by Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts at Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center, Gadsden State Community College, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker celebrates 20 years touring North America!
See a cast of 40 astounding dancers in this classic Christmas story with unique Russian zest. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker 20th Anniversary production overflows with a spectacular new “Dove of Peace” performed by 2 dancers, Christmas tree that grows and grows, falling snow, towering silk puppets, 200 lavish costumes, and hand-painted backdrops all set to Tchaikovsky’s complete score. Great Russian Nutcracker - 20 years of acclaim, 20 years of soaring holiday spirit. Admission Info: $30.50 $192. Phone: (256) 543-ARTS
Music Department Holiday Show Alabama School of Fine Arts. November 30. 7 p.m.
The ASFA Music Department proudly presents their annual Holiday Show. A true family favorite, the production will be held at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, located in downtown Birmingham. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Christmas by Candlelight: Fear Not Shades Mountain Baptist Church, December 2.
Singers, dancers, artists and storytellers recall this ageless story of hope, inviting all to celebrate the message of Christmas. Embellishments Holiday Concert Birmingham Museum of Art, December 2. Embellishments Handbell Ensemble Holiday Concert will be Sunday, December 2 in the Steiner Auditorium at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Get in the holiday spirit while enjoying classics that include Bugler’s Holiday, I Wonder As I Wander, Angels We Have Heard on High, Ukrainian Bell Carol Fantasy, Blue Christmas, and more. Admission and parking are free.
“The Lost Christmas Eve,” a heart-warming story of loss and redemption on a magical Christmas Eve in New York City. Tickets: $40.65 to $72.15.
Mid-Day Musical Menu: A Christmas Celebration with the Ramsay High School Concert Choir Cathedral Church of the Advent, December 14.
The Ramsay High School Concert Choir directed by Myrna Ria Ross will perform a free thirty-minute concert of seasonal music at the Cathedral Church of the Advent. Free. 12:30 p.m.
Alabama Symphony Orchestra at Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center, December 15-16. Maestro Gary Thor Wedow conducts this beloved holiday masterpiece. Admission Info:$79, $64, $49, $39. $18 student tickets available with valid ID.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™
Presented by Alabama Ballet at Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center, Samford University, December 14-December 23. The Alabama Ballet remains one of only 7 companies is the world granted the right to perform this holiday classic by the Balanchine Trust. All performed to Balanchine’s exacting specifications; dazzling choreography, opulent costumes and extravagant sets make this production unlike any other. Let our professional company of 35 dancers show you how spectacular The Nutcracker can be. Tickets range from $20 to $55.
Home for the Holidays Opera Birmingham at Brock Recital Hall Samford University, December 21-December 23.
Ring in the holidays with grand style amid favorite carols and Christmas songs performed by the best voices around. Tickets from $20 to $45.
Magical City Choral Society Christmas Concert
Pell City Center, December 7, 7 p.m. The Magic City Choral Society returns to the center with a free community concert of the sounds of the season in a one hour concert featuring live piano and over 90 voices.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) Arena and Exhibition Halls, December 12.
For the first time ever, Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing their acclaimed rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve” live! Join us this Winter for the exciting on-stage premiere of www.b-metro.com 31
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Arova Contemporary Ballet presents “The Snow Queen”
Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, December 15.
Add a brand-new twist to your Holiday routine! Join the Arova Contemporary Ballet for an exciting and contemporary spin on this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale of good prevailing over evil. Back by popular demand, ACB’s newest staging of “The Snow Queen” will feature premiere choreography, multi-media animation & high-flying aerial ballet. General Admission: $20, student: $10.
Santa Special at the Heart of Dixie Railroad
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Through December 16, 2012 Santa and Mrs. Claus ride the train with you! 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 on Santa’s “Good” list will receive a Christmas gift! All coach seats $15 per person (ages 2 and older).
Presented by Girls Inc. of Central Alabama and Crestwood North Neighborhood Association, December 17. Crestwood North is a wonderfully unique community full of beautiful homes and fabulous neighbors. The 3rd Annual Crestwood Aglow event will shine a light on one of Birmingham’s favorite communities.
The North Pole Express Train Ride
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, through December 17, 2012 “All Aboard” says the conductor, and your journey to the North Pole begins. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves board the train to visit with everyone, so be sure to bring your Coach class
$26 per person (age 2 and older). First class $45 per person (age 2 and older).
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Enjoy a fabulous evening of lights, fun and holiday spirit as the Birmingham Zoo comes alive for 17 nights! Come experience the new ice skating rink*, take a ride on the Holiday Express Train Ride*, listen to story time, see animal demonstrations, experience Santa’s Roller Racer Ride*, hop aboard the Jingle Bell Carousel*, go on the Winter Trail Hayride*, and enjoy an expanded holiday light show. Members, free. Non-members – $8 (includes tax). Ride tickets are $3.50. Ice skating tickets are $5.50. All-YouCan-Ride Wristbands are $12.
Celebrate the holidays Admission is $4.
Breakfast with Santa
Birmingham Zoo. Through December 22
Breakfast with Santa takes place in the Zoo’s Kudzoo Cafe and features a scrumptious breakfast followed by a visit from Ole Saint Nick himself with all of the children receiving a special treat. Members, $14 for adults, $9 for children. Non-members, $19 for adults, $15 for children.
ETC presents Santa’s Underpants
Extemporaneous Theatre Company at Fifth Avenue AntiquesTheatre Downtown, December 25.
A one night only Christmas night performance of Santa’s Underpants! Your favorite short form games - like The Alphabet Game, Broadway, Four Square and more - with your favorite improv actors but with a special Holiday flair. What better way to recover from the stress and start prepping for New Year’s than laughing with us? 2410 5th Avenue South. $8 online in advance; $10 (cash & check only) at the door.
Birmingham Zoo, December 7-December 31.
Santa vs The Snowman IMAX
McWane Science Center, November 23-December 31. From the Academy Award nominated team that brought you Jimmy Neutron, comes the first-ever 3D holiday IMAX film, Santa Vs. The Snowman. Santa vs. The Snowman tells the story of a lonely Snowman who at first is swept away by the magical wonders of Santa’s Village, only to ultimately wage war on Santa because he’s jealous of all the attention Santa gets during Christmas time. An epic-scale polar war develops. Admission Info: $8.50 Adults (13-64); $7.50 Children (2-12) and Seniors (65+); under 2 free. Additional charge for museum admission.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, December 27.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) will celebrate the spirit of family and community with its annual Kwanzaa program. The event kicks off with a hands-on workshop in the Abraham L. Woods Community Meeting Room. Elinor and Winfield Burks will lead this creative activity for families. Hands-on workshop starts at 5 p.m. The community celebration at 6 p.m.
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knows the holidays... Martie Duncan shares some of her favorite holiday party ideas. Photo by Arden Ward
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Martie Duncan’s appearance on Food Network Star in 2012 has made her media star burn that much brighter, and she has been reflecting that light back on her home state of Alabama in some very generous ways. As a wedding and party planning expert, Martie has helped plan everything from celebrity weddings to casual tailgates, big charity events, and small backyard picnics. While traveling the world, she’s helped throw great parties in just about every corner of the globe but Martie is not a professional party or wedding planner. She is simply the go-to person her friends and family call on when there is an occasion to be planned. During 20 years in the wedding business, Martie worked with the world’s best caterers, florists, designers, party planners, and stylists and she’s picked up every trick of the trade along the way. She translates these into affordable ideas for entertaining at home. Martie is currently at work on her first book and regularly makes appearances on the food show circuit where she conducts workshops on affordable entertaining. We asked Martie to share some of her best ideas for holiday entertaining. These ideas and a host of others can be found on her website, martieknows. squarespace.com
MARTIE’S BEST HOLIDAY COCKTAIL RECIPES
If you still need some ideas for your holiday gettogethers, these cocktail recipes are festive, delicious, and pretty, too! Here are some of our favorite holiday cocktail recipes... enjoy! Merry Christmas to all. PEPPERMINT BARK MARTINI: Smooth and creamy with a peppermint kick. Made with vanilla vodka, Godiva White Chocolate liqueur and creme de menthe. Decadent. Delicious. Almost dessert! HOT BUTTERED RUM: A holiday favorite: brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Oh, don’t forget dark rum. Yum. HOLIDAY DOUBLE BUBBLE: One of the easiest and prettiest drinks for the holidays. Prosecco and Italian sparkling soda. Garnish. Done! OATMEAL COOKIE MARTINI: Tastes just like a warm cookie straight out of the oven—except with a cocktail kick! BOURBON HOT TODDY: Made with a bourbon, little lemon, orange liqueur, and cinnamon, this will really warm you up on a cold night!
HOLIDAY HOT CHOCOLATE: Worth the effort. this one is even more special when you add a little vanilla vodka, your favorite bourbon, or dark rum. POMEGRANATE CRANBERRY KISS: An easy signature cocktail for your holiday party. Mix up a big batch and serve in a pitcher or dispenser. Looks beautiful and tastes wonderful. PRALINES N CREAM MARTINI: Smooth and delicious, this Southern favorite is made with praline pecan liqueur. Simple! HOT APPLE PIE TODDY: Made with Tuaca, an Italian liqueur and apple juice, this one tastes like holiday in a glass. Santa’s Cookie Workshop Party Baking cookies and cookie decorating is a timeless holiday tradition. Make it into a wonderful memory for the kids in your family. It’s a perfect holiday party theme for schools, churches, and neighborhoods. This is the perfect last minute party for kids hanging around the house, waiting for Santa to arrive. They can make their own cookies to leave for Old St. Nick and all you need to throw the party is listed below. Send an email or even call in your invitation since it is last minute during the busy holiday season. Do ask for an RSVP...you need to know how many guests so you don’t overbuy supplies. I usually bake all of the cookies in advance so the party doesn’t take all day. I’ll let each child cut out a few cookies when they arrive in their favorite holiday
PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE
shape so there is that delicious smell of cookies baking as the party progresses. Clear off or pop up a large table and cover it with white or brown kraft paper you can get at the craft store. Line the center of the table with supplies like tubes of icing, sprinkles, candies, gum drops, etc. Make a work station for each child and write their name above it in crayon so they know where they are to design their cookies. Design a few simple cookies in advance so the children can have an example. Food and beverages should be simple. I like to offer bite size treats with a hot chocolate bar for this party. Keep it simple and self-serve so your hosting duties are easy. A few party games, caroling, a holiday movie, or a visit from Santa can keep the kids occupied while their creations dry. Make sure to have some paper bags, tin containers, Asian take-out boxes, or foil wrap available so guests can pack up their cookies to take home after the party. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Brrr... there’s a chill in the air and the holidays are right around the corner. No matter if you’re just cuddled up in a blanket watching Christmas movies or coming in from holiday shopping, make up a mug of this fast and super rich hot chocolate! Check out the variation at the end... a shot of something extra to warm you up fast! Makes 2 large mugs
2 1/2 cups milk (use whole or skim, whatever you like) 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa 3 tablespoons sugar 6 squares (3 ounces) 60 % Cacao dark chocolate, chopped 1/2 teaspoon vanilla dash salt 4 peppermint candies or 2 peppermint sticks, crushed fine + 2 peppermint sticks for garnish 1/2 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
Put the candies in a plastic bag and crush them using a rolling pin or mallet. Set aside. Put the milk in a saucepan. Slowly bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Put the cocoa in one of the mugs. Add a bit of the hot milk and stir until it becomes smooth, adding more milk to thin it out. Add it back to the saucepan. Next, add the chopped chocolate and stir until it is completely melted. Let the chocolate heat through, stirring constantly. Add the crushed candies and stir until they are melted. Pour into mugs and drizzle a little heavy cream on the top. Garnish with a peppermint stick, whipped cream, a dusting of cocoa, marshmallows, or even more crushed candies... whatever you like and your diet can afford! Variation: Add a shot of brandy, vanilla vodka, chocolate or white chocolate liqueur, coffee liqueur, or peppermint schnapps to your mug for some extra warmth!
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