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Poinsettia Ball Among Holiday Highlights More than 30 young ladies were presented at the Dec. 28 Poinsettia Ball. It was one of several held during the holidays. Other holiday balls included the Redstone Club’s Christmas Ball, the Heritage Ball and the Holiday Assembly. See Social, page 8.

Boys and girls of all ages will gather for Magic Moments’ annual Night at the Circus Jan. 28 at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) North One Hall. See About Town, page 5.

If Todd Higey made any resolutions for the New Year, it’s doubtful that “get more exercise” was among them. The Higey family has made exercise a priority. See Health & Fitness Special Section, page 18.

Micah Yarbrough Magee and Haller Magee aren’t your typical couple, so it only made sense for them to tie the knot in a not-so-typical way. See Weddings and Engagements Special Section, page 22.

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Shred: The Musical

Getting fit need not be a New Year’s resolution for Todd Higey. See how he and his family play together and stay fit together, page 18.



aller and Micah Magee had a one-of-a-kind wedding thanks to the help of many in Birmingham’s food industry. See more photos from their special day.


he holidays are over but reminisce the special season with more photos from holiday events..

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I spent last month I have to add the 2010 sheets to the stacks I still wrapping and labeling have from 2009, 2008, and all the way back to 2004 packages to put under the because the IRS has a seven year wing span and I tree. Now it’s time to wrap have no intention of letting go before they do. Of up 2010 itself. course, if I didn’t let go eventually I’d end up feaOn the heels of my very tured on one of those hoarder reality shows on TV. last Christmas card came I can hear it now: “Poor woman, she was a victim the end-of-the-year barof her financial past. Authorities found her buried rage, interest income and under a mountain of copay receipts.” charity acknowledgments, No, 2003 has to go, but I can’t just throw it all W-2’s for what I brought out. Well, I could, but it’s possible that my identity in and credit card statewould be stolen, and I’d end up with even more Susan Murphy ments for everything that paperwork to deal with. “Seriously, I did not buy a went out. (I don’t spend a condo in Costa Rica. I didn’t have a face lift either. lot of time looking at those. They make me woozy.) Look at me. Wouldn’t I have sued the doctor by Even in this über now?” online digital world, 2010 I just can’t take that Of course, if I didn’t let go even- chance. Enter the shredleft me with a lot of paper to shuffle. This latest batch I bought an industually I’d end up featured on one der. is mostly recap, a Reader’s trial strength machine last of those hoarder reality shows Digest version of other January (2002 was a very papers I received through weighty year), so in a maton TV. I can hear it now: “Poor ter the year and dutifully filed of seconds, I can turn away. I keep everything woman, she was a victim of her 2003 into fluff. A lot of it. that comes in, mostly out of the looks of the pile, financial past. Authorities found From fear that at some future date I’ll end up with enough to I might need it to defend host my own ticker tape her buried under a mountain of myself against a computer parade or provide a pet copay receipts.” gaffe. It’s faulty logic, I store with hamster bedding know, since the papers through Memorial Day. themselves are computer Most likely, however, generated, but I’ve found that I get better results if I’ll dump the pile in the recycling bin, where I suppose it’s still possible that someone could tape all I have some sort of paper in my hand than if I say the pieces together if they had that kind of time and some woman named Marcia (Mary?) in accounting told me not to worry because my account snafu really wanted to know what I paid for a root canal would be cleared up shortly. on May 17, 2003. Maybe I’ll stir up the bin just in Tax time is looming as well. The IRS doesn’t take case. your word for anything, whether you can remember And then it will all be gone, every little scrap. Marcia’s name or not, so I keep files of check stubs Feeding the yellowed slips of paper into the machine and safety deposit box renewals, medical bills and makes me nervous, though. I can only hope that the donation slips from the Salvation Army drop off new non-lame duck Congress won’t vote to stretch box. I tuck away records of ink cartridge and paper the seven year buffer zone, but who knows what purchases, receipts from copy places and the post they’ve got rattling around in their heads. office so that when I fill in a line on my electronic Jingle bells usher in Christmas. New year comes tax return, I have paper at home to back it up. with the hum of a paper shredder. Not exactly music It makes for a lot of paper. Not only that, but to my ears, but it works. ❖


What is the New Year’s resolution you really hope to keep this year?

“Mine is to seek the Lord more diligently.” Mark Miller Vestavia Hills

“I’m just aiming towards eliminating negativity, all the negative words, only lifegiving words. I’m going to try to not complain.” Brian Bagwell Vestavia Hills

“To get in shape and be more active. I want to start exercising and using my Wii Fit every day.” Candie Lambert Birmingham

“I usually don’t make resolutions, but this year I decided I was going to challenge myself and stop sitting around and do what God has always intended me to do.” Kim Doss Hoover



The 2011 Pointe Ball Committee members are front row, from left: Penney Hartline, Kathy Skinner, Sheryl Kimerling, Pratt Austin-Trucks, Natalie Smith, Francie Deaton, Elizabeth Farrar, Sheri Robinson and Joanna Burleson; and back row from left: Kitty White, Leah Hazzard, Anna Cooper, Lee Perry, Tracy Sproule, Hilary Ross, Elizabeth Pharo, Richelle Simmons, Kelly Aland and Lisa Costanzo. Photo special to the Journal

Pointe Ball to Take on Moroccan Theme

The 10th annual Pointe Ball, the Alabama Ballet’s largest fundraiser, will be Jan. 29 at Saks Fifth Avenue. This will mark the sixth year that Saks will host the gala in support of the Alabama Ballet. The theme is “Arabesque.” 3 Graces Design is taking a playful spin on the name of a classic ballet position and creating a fanciful Moroccan-inspired décor. The ball will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, followed by a seated dinner by Kathy G &

Co. at 8 p.m. Younger patrons are invited to join ball patrons at 9 p.m. for Pointe Ball After Hours, with cocktails, dessert and dancing to the sounds of The MaleMen. Elizabeth Farrar and Penney Hartline are the 2011 ball chairmen. Patty McDonald is honorary chairman. Ashelynn Falkenburg is chairing the Pointe Ball After Hours committee. More than 120 women are serving on ball and after-party committees. Pointe Ball tickets are $300 per person or $500 per couple. Pointe Ball After Hours tickets are $60 per person or $100 per

couple. Both events are black tie. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Seating for the ball is limited to 400 guests, and a sell-out is expected. Pointe Ball After Hours plans to welcome an additional 200 guests. Tickets for the ball must be purchased by Jan. 15. Pointe Ball After Hours tickets may be purchased at in advance or at Saks on the evening of the ball. Saks Fifth Avenue, Barnes & Noble and California Pizza Kitchen at The Summit hosted Pointe Ball kick-off events Nov. 20 and 22. Proceeds from associated sales on those days benefited the Alabama Ballet. For more information or for tickets, visit or call Elizabeth Farrar at 879-2533.

Alabama Authors Will Discuss New Book

The Hoover Public Library will host Alabama authors Dr. Boris Datnow and Claire Datnow Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. They will discuss their book, “Final Diagnosis: What the Autopsy Reveals about Life and Death.” A question and answer session and book signing will follow the discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Concert Celebrates ArtPlay Opening

UAB’s Alys Stephens Center will present Joshua Bell, accompanied by Sam Haywood, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. The event celebrates the opening of ArtPlay, the center’s new arts education center. A free pre-concert discussion of the evening’s music will be at 6 p.m. with violinist Karen Bentley Pollick.

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The evening’s music will include selections from Brahms, Schubert and Grieg. Bell was named 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year by Tickets are $85, $65, $45 and $20 for student tickets. A special post-performance dinner package with Bell is available. Call 975-2787 or visit www. for more information. ❖

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The grand opening was Jan. 10 at PrimeTime Treasures on Oxmoor Rd. Regular store hours will be Tues.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Women’s clothes and accessories and small household items will be sold at low prices. The store will raise money for the league’s three philanthropic programs: Operation School Bell, which provides new clothing and other items for children in need; Operation Literacy, which provides one-on-one tutoring to children reading below grade level; and PrimeTime Treasures, a shop with items handcrafted by Alabama senior citizens.

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Bluff Park United Methodist Church Chapel will host an AAA orchestra directed by Mario Padone Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. The concert will be in three selections. After a short intermission, Padone will entertain the audience for an hour in a solo concert and will meet guests and sign autographs afterward. All proceeds will go to the Alabama Cancer Society. Tickets are $15 and are on sale now. Call Betty Bridges at 733-1524 or Jim Wadowick at 334-566-1664 for tickets or more information. ❖


Night at the Circus Raises Funds for Magic Moments

Boys and girls and children of all ages will gather for Magic Moments’ annual Night at the Circus Jan. 28 at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) North One Hall. Families and children will enjoy food, fun and visits from performers before entering the big top for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth®. The event raises funds for Magic Moments. The night will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. before the start of the circus at 7:30 p.m. For more than 20 years, Magic Moments has partnered with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey to present this one-of-a-kind evening. The private pre-circus party will offer various kids’ activities and kid-friendly dinner options including hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken fingers, chips, cookies, candy, ice cream and more. Alcoholic beverages will also be provided for adults. There will be music, magicians, jugglers and circus performers as they gear up for the main event. Magic Moments again will select two wish recipients to participate as guest ringmasters in the first act of the circus. Ringling Bros. clowns will help them get into character with costumes and full makeup. In addition to the ringmasters, Magic Moments will grant a wish on-site at the pre-circus party. Tickets are $45 each, which includes a pre-circus party ticket and one circus ticket, and party packages are $165 and include four pre-circus party tickets and four circus tickets. Corporate and family packages available at www. The last day to purchase tickets is Jan. 24. To purchase tickets,


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Christian recording artist, songwriter and comedian Mark Lowry will perform at Valleydale Church Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. He will be joined by master pianist Stan Whitmire. Four of Lowry’s comedy and music videos have reached gold status, with two more achieving platinum recognition. He has been featured on more than 60 of the Gaither Mark Lowry

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Smith Will Join Litigation Council

Mountain Brook Library thanked foundation board members, from left, Betsy French, chairman Norman Jetmundsen, Alice Williams and Richard Murray for their hard work this year. Not pictured is outgoing board member Forsyth Donald. Photo special to the Journal

New Members Join Library Foundation

The Mountain Brook Library Foundation Board welcomed new members Davis Goodson, Nancy Goedecke, Bill Pradat, Donald Patton, and Shaun Gray at its Oct. 27 meeting at Emmet O’Neal Library. The library also recognized the service of five members who are rotating off the board. Betsy French, Forsyth Donald, Richard Murray and Alice Williams received framed photographs of the library, while board chairman Norman Jetmundsen was presented with a plaque.

Partridge Elected ACS Board President

Edward E. Partridge, M.D., of Birmingham was elected president of the American Cancer Society’s 2010-11 National Board of Directors. Partridge is director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center. Nationally recognized for his work to eliminate cancer health disparities, he is the principal investigator of the NCI-funded Deep South Network for Cancer Control and the Morehouse School of Medicine/Tuskegee University/ University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership. One of the nation’s leading gynecologic oncologists, Partridge is chairman

of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s screening guidelines panel for cervical cancer. His efforts have helped gain Alabama participation in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Partridge is a longtime volunteer for the ACS, serving in many capacities for more than 30 years.

State Autism Society Chooses Junior Board Officers

The Autism Society of Alabama recently elected six new officers for its Junior Board. President Kassady Gibson is a senior risk analyst for Southern Company and has served on the Junior Board for almost two years. Other officers are Andrea Newell, vice president; Emily Roberts, secretary and treasurer; Lea Burnett, membership chairman; Stephen Frey, public relations chairman; and Niki Harris, event chairman. The Junior Board helps bring community awareness to issues faced by those with autism spectrum disorders, assists with fundraising efforts and develops future leaders for ASA. For more information about autism spectrum disorders and the Autism Society of Alabama, call 1-8774AUTISM or visit www.autism-alabama. org.

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Deborah Alley Smith, managing partner of Christian & Small LLP, has been invited to join the Council on Litigation Management. The council is a nonpartisan alliance of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, corporate counsel, litigation and risk managers, claims professionals and attorneys. Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation only based on nominations from CLM Fellows. Smith is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Appellate Law and Commercial Litigation and in Alabama Super Lawyers for Appellate Law, was named a 2009 and 2010 Top Attorney in Birmingham magazine for appellate law and has been named “Best of the Bar” by Birmingham Business Journal. She also was listed in 2008 and 2009 as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Alabama and as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation. Smith is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the University of Alabama School of Law.

Makeover Birmingham marketing program, which recently earned PR News’ Platinum PR Award and the Clarion Award from the Association of Women in Communications. The Stevie Awards honor women executives, entrepreneurs and the companies they run worldwide. More than 1,200 entries were submitted this year. Healy was recognized at an awards event at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York Nov. 12. More than 320 women attended. ❖

Healy Is Finalist for Stevie Awards

Ruwena Healy’s Marketing 24/7 Inc. was a finalist in the Communications Campaign of the Year for-profit category in the seventh annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Birmingham public relations firm was recognized for the Business

At a Stevie Awards event was finalist Ruwena Healy, center, with Sara Eisen, mistress of ceremonies and Bloomberg Television reporter, and Michael, president of the awards. Photo special to the Journal

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OTM Young Ladies Having a Ball During the Holidays

The Redstone Club’s 103rd Christmas ...

Ball was held Dec. 18 at The Country Club of Birmingham. Decorations were provided by Sybil Brooke Sylvester of Wildflower Designs. Her inspiration came from scenes in an old Nick and Nora movie that evoked thoughts of a Dickens Christmas. The evening began with a member cocktail party in the East Room followed by dinner. The Sonny Harris Trio provided music during the cocktail party and presentation. The dinner tables, also decorated by Sybil Sylvester, were topped with bronze satin tablecloths and surrounded with golden wooden chairs. Tables were centered with birch bark containers planted with a combination of decorated boxwood topiaries and Christmas tree forms. The 2010 presentees were: Emily Cleveland Ager, daughter of Mr. Law Lamar Ager Jr. and Mrs. Jean Qualman Dent; Allison Casey Bates, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter William Bates; Linda Gail Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pratt Brown II; Hastings Faulkner Crockard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hearne Crockard III; Martha Caller Neal Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Hartwell Davis Jr.; Dorothy Monnish Grenier,

daughter of Mr. John Beaulieu Grenier and Mrs. Celeste Crowe Grenier; Catheryne Kilpatrick Harsh, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Carter Sibley Harsh; Jess Anne Heppenstall; daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rest Baker Heppenstall; Elizabeth Rose Legg; daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Anderson Legg Jr.; Loyer Lawton Osbun; daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clapp Osbun; Marguerite Ashford Rowe; daughter of Mr. more photos at and Mrs. Stephen Ashford Rowe; Margaret Joslyn Smith, daughter of Mr. Hatton Coulbourne Valentine Smith and Mrs. Ellen Jackson Smith; Leslie Ralls Allen, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Bibb Allen Jr.; Amanda Reeves Brown; daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Tom Tartt Brown Jr.; Mary Katherine Kimberl Bushnell, daughter of Mr. James Joseph Bushnell Jr. and Mrs. Susan Kimberl Bushnell; Frances Margaret Chenoweth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Barnett Chenoweth Jr.; Charlotte St. Clair Drennen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Travis Drennen III; Marguerite Harbert Gray, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Eugene Gray;



Amanda Fowlkes Healey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Seale Healey; Carolyn Brooking Pritchard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Adams Pritchard; Sarah Kimberly Tucker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Scruggs Tucker; and Rita Cecil Sandner Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wright III. Following the presentation, debutantes and guests danced to the music of the Atlanta Showstoppers. The day before the ball, in keeping with the Redstone tradition, women celebrating the 50th anniversary of their Redstone Christmas Ball presentation attended a luncheon at the Mountain Brook Country Club. Sixteen of the 31 ladies presented in 1960 attended, including Elizabeth Mims Bainbridge (Mrs. Cory G. Jackson), Ann Morrow Shook Bradford, Catherine Caldwell (Mrs. William J. Cabaniss Jr.), Virginia Clark Cotton (Mrs. John L. Hillhouse Jr.), Mary Margaret Hardy (Mrs. David P. Phillips), Mary Russell Walter Haynes, Dorothy Stokes Jemison (Mrs. H. Corbin Day), Anne Holman Marshall (Mrs. Sam W. Oliver Jr.), Linda Jane Mayes (Mrs. Edwin L. Nelson), Alice Lathrop McSpadden (Mrs. N. Thomas Williams), Mary Elizabeth Myatt (Mrs. Henry Gannett Backus Jr.), Linda Sue Parker

Debutantes being presented at the 103rd Redstone Christmas Ball included, above, from left: Amanda Healey, Brooking Pritchard, Allie Bates and Hastings Crockard; and below from left: Leslie Allen, Frannie Chenoweth, Cecil Wright, Lawton Osbun.

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The 43rd annual Poinsettia Debutante Ball was held ...

Among Poinsettia Ball debutantes were top left, from left: Ashley Carol Moultrie, Dianne Hope Russell, Avery Cameron Gwaltney and Margaret Glendinning Johnston; bottom left, from left: Mary Coston Colquett; Caitlin McCoy Carlton, elected president of the group by her fellow debs; and Rebekah Hunt Cowart; and above, Alice Caroline Dixon, with father David Edwin Dixon. Journal photos by Emil Wald

at Vestavia Country Club Dec. 28. The Ballet Women’s Committee and Poinsettia Men’s Club welcomed 560 guests. Thirty-two debutantes were presented at the ball, held each year on the first Tuesday after Christmas. All proceeds support the Alabama Ballet. The club’s ballroom was decorated with a seasonal theme, including twin Christmas trees, twinkling lights and greenery with red and green satin ribbons adorning doorways. Red poinsettias lined the stage. Before the ball, the debs were presented at the Benefactors Dinner sponsored by the Poinsettia Men’s Club. Among those attending the dinner were Denise and Tom Oliver, Vicki and Ricky Kirkpatrick, Jean and David Hendrickson, Ricky and Tammy Towns, Jay and Pam Ezell, Nancy and Jim Kennedy, Doug and Liz Guest, Marshall and Karen Ross and Ruby and John Cade. Denise Oliver was ball chairman. Committee members assisting her with plans were Mary Joe Anjelo, Beth McCord, Vicki Kirkpatrick, Sherry Bohorfoush, Janet Robertshaw, Liz Guest, Sally Young and Ruby Cade. After being presented to Ruby Cade, Women’s Committee president, the girls danced a waltz with their fathers or escorts. The night continued with dancing to the music of Az. Debutantes presented at the Poinsettia Ball were Whitney Paige Acton, Haley Marie Bagwell, Anna Katherine Bruton, Kaitlyn Carlton, Margaret Gail Cole, Mary Coston Colquette, Rebekah Hunt Cowart, Alice Caroline Dixon, Margaret Ann Elliott, Avery

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Other debutants presented at the Dec. 23 Redstone Christmas Ball included from left: Mary Katherine Bushnell, St. Clair Drennen, Dede Grenier, Callie Davis and Sarah Tucker

Redstone Ball continued from page 8 (Mrs. Samuel C. Johnson), Ellis Parsons (Mrs. Frank K. Bynum), Sarah Lowry Smith (Mrs. Robert W. Creveling), Emily Symington Wilson (Mrs. William D. Tynes Jr.) and Katherine Willis Yancey (Mrs. Grady Avant). Mrs. William D. Tynes Jr. headed a committee responsible for getting the 1960 group together again. At the luncheon, the Redstone member sponsors of the young women to be presented at the ball made a short introduction of each 2010 presentee. The girls were also honored with a traditional “Growler” amethyst and silver bracelet, continuing a tradition as old as the club itself. Members of the Redstone Club who worked on the 2010 ball included president C. Hartwell Davis Jr., vice president Felix M. Drennen III, secretary-treasurer William

K. Hancock, traditions chairman George C. Thompson, finance chairman J. Reese Murray III, Francis M. S. Ager, James W. Gewin, R. Holman Head, William E. Matthews V. J. Arthur Smith IV, William O. Byars, W. Lee Thuston and past president Jon Jay Blankenship. Members of the 2010 dance committee were chairman W. Lee Thuston, co-chairman James W. Gewin, floor committee chairman J. Bailey Knight and music chairman John R. Simpson. Ladies Committee members were Mrs. James H. Emack Jr., Mrs. J. Matthew B. Moor and Mrs. J. Arthur Smith IV. Mrs. Jack D. Carl was in charge of invitations. Ball escorts were William H. Morrow and W. Spencer South. Floor Committee members were W. William Bates, James M. Dixon, J. Parker Evans II, Alfred E. Goings, Hewes T. Hull, T. Atkins Roberts Jr. and P. Thacher Worthen Jr. ❖

Cameron Gwaltney; Lauren Victoria Hammonds, Natalie Anne Henninger, Sara Newman Hughey, Margaret Glendinning Johnston, Marlie Kathryn Joseph, Alexandra Scott Kingsford, Claire Augusta Lewallyn, Michelle Christine Moody, Audrey Catlin Moore, Ashley Carol Moultrie; Dianne Hope Russell, Sarah Emily Savage, Ally Nora Scofield, Kate Elizabeth Selman, Sara Margaret Sinclair, Rebecca Curry Stevenson, Jamie Lorraine Swindall, Mary Jane Walker, Pamela Jordan Walker, Courtney Marie Walls, Mary Elizabeth Williams and Mindy DiNorcia Zarra. ❖

Avery Cameron Gwaltney, right, with her mother, Mrs. Nixon, was among the young women presented at the 2010 Poinsettia Ball at Vestavia Country Club.

Presentees with their fathers at the 43rd annual Poinsettia Ball included, from left: Claire Augusta Lewallyn with Stan Lewallyn, Michelle Christine Moody with Robert Moody and Lauren Victoria Hammonds with Elton Hammonds.

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Heritage Ball presentees are from left: Kate Hawley, Lawton Osbun, Jane Latham Hodges and Dede Grenier.

he 2010 Heritage Ball was held at the Country Club of Birmingham Nov. 27. The ball was hosted by parents of young women in the Birmingham Debutante Club and has become an annual holiday tradition.

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Holiday Assembly presented 34 young women at a Dec. 17 ball at the Country Club of Birmingham.

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Israel; Adelaide Harling King, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Steven King; Katie Lane Wynn Kirkland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perte Burnham Kirkland; Patricia Elizabeth Livingston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Archibald Livingston III; Robbie Sevier McCalley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lanford McCalley Jr.; Elizabeth Lee Miller, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Lyle Miller; Anna Anglin Patterson, daughter of Mrs. Ellen Tate Patterson and Mr. Burton Roe Patterson; Anne Sloan Pell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Byron Pell Jr.; Addison McKay Pollard, daughter of Dr. Andrew Emil Pollard and Ms. Cameron Gaede; Margaret Munger McCall Pope, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee McWhorter Pope; Florence Evans Poynor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Smith Poynor IV; Barbara Rose Sandlin, daughter of Mrs. Fred Allen Sandlin and the late Mr. Fred Allen Sandlin Jr.; Kathryn Ann Simpson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd Clark Simpson; Camille Miree Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mabry Smith III; Catherine Shepard Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Hill Smith; Virginia Gilder Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Michael Smith; Caroline Creighton Sparrow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Callen Sparrow; Mary Ann Stevenson, daughter of Mr. and

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Mrs. Edward Avery Stevenson III; Emily Fallon Wilson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Alexander Symington Wilson Jr.; and Margaret Eleanor Wiygul, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Mayfield Wiygul.

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recently for coffee to mark the start of the Christmas season, continuing an annual holiday tradition. Ann Upton welcomed guests to her Vestavia Hills home. Hostesses were chairman Betty Margaret Elliott, Gail McArthur, Betty Thompson, Jane Mahaffey, Pat Brandstadt, Dianne Small and Gail Brown. Members and guests sampled sausage pinwheels, cheese-egg squares, fresh melons and berries, mini-muffins, lemon chess tarts, fruited pound cake and hot cider, coffee and other drinks. Other members present were Patti Braswell, Ginny Catalano, Patsy Cate, Audrey Cornutt, Kathy Crawford, Carolyn Crowe, Kay Eddins, Peggy Goldschmidt, Jeri Gray, Betty Sue Jordan, Tracy LeBerte, Mary Nelson, Sue Perry, Dottie Schoel, Linda Stewart, Norma Warren, Nancy Welch and Gloria Woods. Guests included Faith Benner, Billie Kelly, Caroline Merrill, Jan Morson and Lindy Wheeler. ❖


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football fever to its annual fundraiser at Vestavia Country Club Oct. 9. Tailgate Ball chairmen were Colleen Adams and Mary Ann Wade, assisted by Molly Bee Bloetcher, Char Bonsack, Anne Eady, June Pryor, Melinda Thornberry, Jan Service, Elizabeth Judd, Sandy Ridgeway, Sandy Lynne Ridgeway, Jan Hoyle, Barbara Kelley, Helen Kinsey, Cindy Wade, Yvonne Pope, Judy Thomas, Shirley Action, Carol Matherson, Betty Rogers, Marilyn Norris, Glenda James, Yvonne Norton, Diane Martin, Karen Baker, Harriet Rejonis, Cary Baker, Angie Leo and Liz Warren. Many members decorated their tables in the colors of their favorite teams, using everything from footballs to flowers to show their support. Guests were decked out in school colors, including red and white, orange and blue and yellow and green. In addition to a buffet and dancing to Mac’s Tracks, guests watched football games on a large screen TV. President Margo Niewodowski welcomed guests, who enjoyed bidding on silent auction items. Auctioneer Greg Williams entertained the crowd as he conducted the live auction. Karen and Charlie Baker and guests Anthony and Joyce Underwood, Roderick and Charlene Underwood, Jerry and Corinne Giles and Karen Fish and Scott Butler urged everyone to place high bids. Anthony won the football signed by Nick Saban, and Roderick won a Sandestin vacation.

Highlights of the evening included dance routines by Birmingham’s Sugar Babies and a surprise cake for the 80th birthday of Eloise New. The Tailgate Ball benefited Assistance League of Birmingham’s three philanthropic programs: PrimeTime Treasures, the group’s Homewood shop, Operation School Bell and Operation Literacy.

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a presentation on “Lover’s Eye” jewelry by Nan Skier, a Birmingham Museum of Art docent and trustee, at the group’s Nov. 10 meeting and luncheon at Vestavia Country Club. She was introduced by Judith Hand, Antiquarian vice president for programs.

Skier and her husband David are avid collectors of American paintings and antiques, Georgian and Victorian tea caddies, Victorian calling card cases and Lover’s Eye jewelry. An exhibit of the “Lover’s Eye” collection will open at the Birmingham Museum of Art Feb. 14. Antiquarian president Jane Ellis presided at the business meeting. Helen Mills reminded members of the group’s annual spring field trip in 2011, an excursion to Wilmington, Del., to visit the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate and the Nemours Mansion. Carolyn Satterfield announced the publication of her history, “Arlington, Birmingham’s Historic House.” Before lunch, Pauline Fugazzotto gave the invocation. Round tables in the club’s ballroom were decorated with fall tablescapes created by Gail Pugh and Lucianne Pugh. At the luncheon were Barbara Baird, Ellen Broome, Kirke Cater, Sahra Coxe, Martha Culp, Margie Denton, Jane Ellis, Betsy Faucette, Pauline Fugazzotto, Anne Gibbons, Annie Green, Judy Haise and guest Phyllis Tinsley, Judith Hand, Anne Hollans, Joan Hull, Mary Ann Jones, Lena Knight, Bitty Mason, Rebecca Mason, Helen Mills, Mary Lou Miller, Nancy Morrow and guest Melissa Morrow, Margaret Northrup, Pam Northrup and Nelda Osment and guest Jane Faulkner. Also there were Sue Patrick, Sylvia Patrick, Meridith Peeples, Louise Pinkerton, Gail Pugh, Lucianne Pugh, Peggy Ragland, Laura Ramsey, Natasha Randolph, Carolyn Reich, Julia Ann Rice, Lynda Robertson, Aubrey Ross, Carolyn Satterfield, Kay Savage, Pat Scofield and guest Jon David Cullifer, Janeal Shannon and guest Leila Welch, Winyss Shepard, Terry Simmons, Nan Teninbaum, Carol Thomas, Louise Turnipseed, Jean Vaughan, Elouise Williams, Margie Williams and Janis Zeanah. ❖

At the Birmingham Antiquarian Society’s Nov. 10 meeting were, from left: president Jane Ellis, speaker Nan Skier, program vice president Judith Hand and new member Sahra Coxe. Photo special to the Journal



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was held at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center Nov. 2. Presented by Protective Life Corporation, the ball raised more than $200,000 for Alabama’s ill and injured children at the hospital. The evening included a seated dinner, music from Bonus Round and silent and live auctions conducted by Stokes Auction Group. Lisa Crane from Alabama’s 13 emceed the event, which drew 725 guests. The auction committee included Fiona Watts, Tracy Pharo, Katherine Brown, Molly Stone, Heather Lebensberger and Tammy Yeager. Interiorscapes, Inc. coordinated the décor. The Children’s Hospital of Alabama, the state’s only hospital dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children, is one of the 10 busiest pediatric medi-

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and his wife, Mary Collett Munger, traveled from all over the U.S. and Canada for a family reunion that started Dec. 4 as they gathered for Christmas at Arlington, an annual holiday event presented by the Arlington Historical Association. Candlelit rooms of the historic home depicted scenes from the 1933 wedding of Frances Montgomery Schultz. Catherine Schiller, a fifth-generation Munger descendant from Mississippi, greeted guests at Christmas at Arlington in her wedding gown and wore the heirloom veil shared by 22 cousins over the last 77 years. Family members served as docents, sharing memories with visitors. In the Children’s Room were young Mary Winston and John Hendry, sixth-generation descendants. The next day, the group gathered on the front steps of Arlington for a family photo followed by a reception in the Garden Room. A dinner was held at the Country Club of Birmingham, where R.S. Munger, the early Birmingham industrialist, inventor and philanthropist, was a founding member. Organizing the weekend

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Munger family members serving as docents at “Christmas at Arlington” included, from left, front: John Harper Hendry and Mary Winston Hendry. Back: Margaret Harper and Mary Margaret Hendry. Photo special to the Journal

were “Tainey” Montgomery Marcoux of Washington, D.C., and Birmingham and her sisters, Gina Martin an d Betty West, who compiled an extensive family tree for viewing. Other organizers were Margaret Harper and daughters Fontaine Pope and Mary Margaret Hendry. John Harris Harper compiled, published and had bound more than 100 pages of family history reports for guests. “Tatie” Tate Newton from California handed out her handmade, personalized note cards

for all the women who attended, assisted by Melissa Thach of South Carolina. Birmingham Belles in their hats and long dresses greeted guests. From out of town were: Nina Earle Brock and her husband, Pat, from Chattanooga and Montana, son, Hamilton, and daughter, Katherine, from Colorado; Janie Earle Kimball from Brevard, N.C.; RoRo Partlow Morrow and Eugenia Jobson from Tuscaloosa; Margaret Partlow from Ross, Calif.; Dr. Robert Munger III from Lee, N.H., and his son, Robert Sylvester Munger IV

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SOCIAL from Brookline, Mass.; Billy Hood, of New York City; Roberta Munger Harris Niles and her family from Georgia and Hazel Montgomery Rowe and family from Utah. Others traveling to the reunion were Monty Schultz James and family from Selma; Alex Montgomery and daughter Rebecca from California; Collett and Lawren Thach from Winston-Salem, N.C.; Munger Watts Putman of San Diego and Gulf Shores; Mary Kennon Munger from Florida; Bart Harris from Oakland, Calif.; Paul Earle Fulenwider of Rye, N.Y.; Kathy Fulenwider Fischer and family from Winter Park, Fla.; and Eugenia Earle Faison from Arlington, Va. The reunion coincided with the printing of the new book, “Arlington – Birmingham’s Historic House,” edited by Carolyn Green Satterfield. Proceeds from the book will help preserve the Arlington House Museum and Gardens. Copies are available at Arlington or the Samford University Bookstore.

Members of the Jefferson County Historical ...

Association held a Christmas

reception at the Birmingham History Center Dec. 9 as they celebrated a year that brought a name change and a second edition reprint of a new history on Greater Birmingham. JCHA president Jim Bennett said the new museum opening in the downtown Young & Vann Building was also a highlight of 2010. The society is the founder of the Birmingham History Center, which now has its own board. The BJHA, formerly known as the Birmingham-Jefferson Historical Society, changed its

name earlier in the year to avoid confusion with the Birmingham Historical Society. The BJHA was founded in 1975 and has more than 300 members. The new second edition of “Historic Birmingham and Jefferson County, an Illustrated History” can be found in area bookstores or ordered by writing to the society at Jefferson County Historical Association, P. O. Box 130285, Birmingham, AL 352130285 and enclosing a check for $50 plus a $5 shipping charge. For more information, visit ❖

At the Jefferson County Historical Association’s Christmas reception were, from left: Craig Allen, Bob Kracke, State Labor Commissioner Jim Bennett and Judge Eddie Vines. Photo special to the Journal


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Withering Heights Garden Club hosted ...

its first couples party in October at the home of president Carmen Morrow and husband Randall.

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Cahaba Fitness

The Higey family has made exercise a priority in their lives through the generations. From left are Ron Higey and Justin, Emma and Caleb and their father Todd Higey. Journal photo by Laura McAlister

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f Todd Higey made any resolutions for the New Year, it’s doubtful that “get more exercise” was among them. That’s because staying fit is not something he doggedly pursues in January, occasionally thinks about in February and gives up altogether by March, as most resolutions go. It’s a way of life for him. A competitive cyclist who relishes the challenge of pedaling up a mountain as much as he enjoys the thrill of sailing down the other side, Todd now rides an average of 150 miles a week. “It’s the perfect synthesis of man and machine,” said the 37-year-old Birmingham attorney. “There’s something cathartic about cycling in general and competition in particular. For a moment, you forget all the stresses of life, and you’re one with the road, one with the bike and one with nature.” For the past couple of years, Todd has competed in triathlons (swimming/cycling/ running) but recently returned to cycling alone. He first raced in high school. But then life intervened, and the demands of college, law school, career, marriage and kids didn’t permit serious cycling for a while. Gradually, it became a priority again. But even while he wasn’t cycling, there was never a question about keeping active in some form or another. He always did. In fact, Todd met wife Kelly while hiking. “We fell in love hiking in the North Georgia mountains,” he said, “and now we go hiking as a family.” Todd came by his active lifestyle honestly. By example, dad Ron Higey encouraged Todd and his two younger siblings, Jason and Rachel, to be physically active as they were growing up. When Todd was 13, Ron built a bicycle for Todd that proved to be the catalyst

The Higey Family Plays Together and Stays Fit Together

I started riding with Todd so we’d have something to do together. I knew he needed to exercise and to spend some time with me. – Ron Higey

for the younger Higey’s lifelong love of cycling. “We didn’t have a lot of money, and I didn’t want to invest in anything new if Todd wasn’t going to get involved in riding, so that’s why I built it,” Ron said. “Someone had thrown a bike away, so I took it, stripped it, repainted it and replaced any parts that needed to be replaced. It looked like a new bike.” It wasn’t long before father and son were riding together, even though cycling wasn’t at the top of Ron’s list. Soon after that, Todd was out-riding his dad. “I started riding with Todd so we’d have something to do together,” Ron explained. “I knew he needed to exercise and to spend some time with me.” And even though Ron will quickly admit that Todd now far surpasses him in the number of hours and miles ridden, the 59year-old pastor of Vestavia Alliance Church and community volunteer manages to cycle an average of 2,500 miles a year. He and wife Judy have even taken cycling vacations, once traveling by bicycle up the coast of Maine and over to Prince Edward Island. “You meet people and see spectacular scenery you miss when you fly or drive,” he said. And just as Todd learned through the example of his dad, he, in turn, encourages his own children -- Justin, 12; Caleb, 9; and Emma, 6 – to stay active, too. Not only do the kids see him maintaining a fitness regimen of his own, he gets involved in theirs

by helping with their swim teams at the Greystone YMCA as a timer and clerk of course. Todd swims for cross-training purposes, so swimming is a sport the whole family loves and can enjoy together. And that, said Ron, is the point of pursuing sports and other physical activities as a family. “It’s about relationships,” he said. “My wife and I are taking dance lessons, and each time we go, we’re laughing and talking and out together having fun. When I’m riding with Todd, we have hours to talk. It helps relationships.” Todd agreed. “When the family participates in activities together, it creates a bond, especially between fathers and sons. Men often relate through action, so participating in sports together is a way of strengthening that bond,” he said. One of the biggest keys to cultivating a “fit family” mentality, said Ron, is creating a family atmosphere in which it can flourish. “As far as our own children, I don’t think we pushed them to do anything,” he said. “We just did it. We didn’t allow TV and video games to compete for their time and attention. It was just the lifestyle we had.” Ron also has personal reasons for wanting to stay fit and wanting his family to do the same. Before moving to Alabama, he worked in an open-heart surgery unit at a hospital in Ohio, where he daily saw the sad effects of failing to exercise and eat right. “I realized a lot of the people there had chosen to be there by not taking care of themselves,” he said. “I decided I never wanted that type of surgery. And in a spiritual sense, if you believe your body is a temple of God, then you’re obligated to take care of it.” On the other hand, he’s seen people much older than he is leading active lives and enjoying good health. “That’s what I want to be like,” he said. ❖

Cahaba Fitness is a state of the art training facility for beginners or novice clients. “I love to help people, and I found that people were always asking me for tips on exercises when I would be in the gym so it was kind of natural that I would get in to this field,” said Brian Burns on opening Cahaba Fitness. “I also really enjoy motivating people and helping them accomplish things that they didn’t think were possible. I love our environment and having a staff that is so passionate about what we do.” For those wanting to get in shape, Brian offers this tip: “One piece of advice I would give would be to let a professional help you,” he said. “If your car broke down you would take it to a professional to fix it right? How much more important is your body? Find a trainer who is certified and has a good understanding of what your goals are.” Cahaba Fitness is open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. Cahaba Fitness is located at 3161 Cahaba heights Road #217, and their number is 968-5100.


D1 Birmingham

“D1 is the place for the athlete,” said Jackson Norman, facility coordinator/head strength and speed coach. “We provide custom sports and adult training programs, expert coaching and the latest in sports therapy, all in an intense, high-energy environment.” D1 believes replicating top college and pro training environments is the best setting for athletes/adults to reach their goals. The Division 1 experience sets D1 apart from other programs. “Every person who walks through the doors of our state-of-the-art facilities is trained and treated like an elite athlete,” Jackson said. D1 Birmingham is co-owned by Brodie Croyle, Vonetta Flowers and DeMeco Ryans. “Our customized small group and personal training programs are available for studentathletes beginning at age 7 and we have adults,

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ranging from their 20s-60s. D1 specializes in making athletes faster, stronger, more agile and explosive, while also building character.” D1’s adult programs are suitable for any gender and fitness level. Weight Loss. General Health. Strength. Endurance. D1’s programs deliver results! “The best advice I can give someone trying to get in better shape or live healthier is to set short term, realistic goals. Also, understand that getting healthier is something that can’t be accomplished overnight, it is a process that takes work and dedication. You also need a positive environment and strong support system that motivates and hold you accountable. Personally, I believe D1 Birmingham has the most positive environment and most accountable support system in the area!” D1 is located 1651 Independence Court in Homewood, and their number is 588-2734.

Pure Barre

“Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective way to transform your body,” said owner Danielle Davis, above left, with owner Lindsay Lancaster. The technique is designed to create flat abs, a lifted seat, toned thighs and welldefined arms. The 55-minute exercise class utilizes a ballet-barre paired with body resistance to perform small isometric movements. Each working section of class isolates and fatigues specific muscle groups and is followed with a stretching series to strengthen and lengthen the muscle. Each class is music-driven and burns calories and transforms the body in recordbreaking time. The Technique is low-impact and appeals to individuals of all ages . Pure Barre Birmingham also has a fitness boutique that sells active-wear brands: lululemon athletica, I Am Beyond, Splits59, Skyler, ALO and Pure

Barre accessories. “We have always had a passion for empowering other individuals to achieve their goals. We firmly believe that health and fitness directly affect the quality of life,” Danielle said. “We wanted to create a judgement-free studio that provided excellent fitness instruction as well as motivation. When we discovered Pure Barre it revolutionized our understanding of fitness. The physical benefits were almost immediately recognizable, but the mental benefits were also transformative. For 55 minutes you can block out your daily stressors and channel that energy into a positive avenue of physical activity. We believe Pure Barre can give individuals the best body they were designed to have. It is our mission to connect with people daily to give them an opportunity to continually challenge their minds and bodies. Pure Barre is located at 2826 18th St. South in Homewood and their number is 870-7279.

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Cindy Reid Fitness

“I am an AFAA certified personal trainer who will go the distance to remove the obstacles that may have kept you from reaching your fitness goals in the past,” said Cindy Reid, above, of Cindy Reid Fitness. “I customize a workout plan to fit your needs and get results! I come to you and make it easy for you to get in shape in the privacy of your own home. You can avoid the crowds and the germs and wasting time waiting for equipment in the gym. After losing her parents to health-related issues at an early age, Cindy said she was determined not to take her health for granted. “I am committed to helping others enjoy good health that is the result of a healthy lifestyle combining sensible eating and moderate exercise. “I would advise anyone interested in getting in shape and living a healthier lifestyle to start with one thing at a time. Try eating right and keeping a food log. Educate yourself before starting a fitness routine to avoid injury and get results. Start with a few minutes a day and gradually increase your time and intensity.” By Appointment Monday-Friday Her number is 612-4639.


Escape Day Spa

Escape, A Therapeutic Day Spa, is a small quiet place with warm and friendly smiles. “It’s a place where you can come to escape from every day stress environments, to renew your spirit, and also get and keep your skin looking fantastic. Featuring ‘Baborganic’ our all exclusive, European line of cosmetics, that is eco-certified and 100 percent organic, said sisters Alicia Liddon, licensed Aesthetician, and Carrie Wheelock, licensed Massage Therapist, above, owners of Escape Day Spa. “We offer a wide range of services ranging from one-on-one yoga, massage, body treatments, facials, derma-sweep, Bo-tox treatments, pedicures, permanent makeup, and much more.” Both Alicia and Carrie, have families and understand the importance of staying healthy in a hectic environment, and teaching their children to stay healthy. They understand the importance of relaxation and rest to create balance and to take proper care of the body and the psyche. “While destination spas are booming we wanted something close to home that our clients could access on a weekly or daily basis. So come visit our place.” Escape is located at 17 Dexter Ave. in Crestline Village and their phone number is 414-6062.


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The Fitness Center was established in 1994 and is locally owned. “We offer one on one personal training with a well balanced nutritional program,” said owner Vic Nigri, above with wife Betty. A passion for fitness and the desire to make a difference in someone’s life by providing them the proper environment to succeed in living a healthier lifestyle is what motivates Vic and is the goal of the Fitness Center. For those wanting to get in shape during 2010, Vic offers this advice: “Begin a program that will encourage you to succeed in changing your behavior towards internalizing good habits and setting realistic goals. A commitment to exercise and follow a well balanced nutritional plan is paramount to a healthier lifestyle,” he said. The Fitness Center is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Fitness Center is located at 3900 Montclair Road Suite 210 in Mountain Brook, and their number is 870-1121. TFC ad 3x5


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Micah and Haller Magee said “I do” their own, unique way on Oct. 10, 2010. Top, from left, a whole roasted pig was one of the main menu items at the reception. The wedding and reception were held at downtown’s Rogue Tavern. After the ceremony Micah traded her designer red stilettos for a pair of converse high tops the couple designed. Below, they had bobble-head dolls made of themselves for a cake topper. Photos courtesy Eric Chapman Weddings

Magees’ 10/10/10 wedding was deliciously unconventional



icah Yarbrough Magee and Haller Magee aren’t your typical couple, so it only made sense for them to tie the knot in a not-so-typical way. First, they decided to wed on a Sunday – Oct. 10, 2010, more photos at to be exact. Then, instead of a church venue, they opted for a downtown Birmingham bar, where a local musician served as the minister. Those are just a few of the unique ways they celebrated their big day. “I’ve worked a bunch of stuffy, sometimes too formal weddings,” Haller said. “I wanted this to really be us.” That it was. Roughly 500 guests turned out at the wedding at Rogue Tavern. The couple hadn’t anticipated such a large event, but since Haller is executive chef at Satterfield’s and


Micah a hairstylist at Bang!, both in Cahaba Heights, they’ve acquired quite a few friends over the years. Those friends came out in full force to make the couple’s wedding day extra special and fun. Although the theme for the festivities was “pig” – Haller’s favorite meat – much of the wedding and the events leading up to it centered around all types of food. It started with the engagement at the French Laundry, a renowned restaurant in Yountville, Calif., where reservations have to be made at least two months in advance. The couple had already talked about marriage and were in the process of designing their rings, but Micah said Haller still managed to surprise her with the proposal in January 2010. After a 10-course gourmet meal, he popped the question. “It was awesome,” he said. “I proposed there, and it was the best food, the best time. The people at the French Laundry knew I was going to propose.

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Leaving in a Blaze of Glory


Newlyweds Hop aboard Antique Fire Truck



hen Justin and Rachel Latham started planning their wedding, they wanted to give it vintage, 1920s style. They found the perfect place. Then the couple was left to find the perfect ending to their big day. They married Dec. 11, 2010, at Rosewood, a 1920s-era estate in Pinson. The house and lands surrounding it served as the perfect location for the wedding they wanted. The Lathams wanted their exit to be just as grand as their venue and fitting with their theme, so they decided to approach Justin’s boss, Homewood Fire Chief John A. Bresnan. “I’d always wanted to leave in a fire truck,” Justin said. “I’ve been with the Homewood Fire Department for three or four years, so I called the chief to talk to him about it.” It wasn’t just any fire truck the Homewood firefighter and his bride-to-be were considering. The fire department has a 1928 truck that’s typically just on display, though it has appeared in parades and other special events. The chief agreed to let the vehicle be used to send off the couple on their big day. Rachel was on board with the plan immediately, even though on the actual wedding day she had concerns about the weather; the fire truck has an open cab. “I was worried all day about it raining,” she said. “We weren’t riding far, though.” So in her red heels and capped-sleeved gown, she climbed aboard with her groom. With a fellow firefighter driving the truck and guests waving sparklers, the couple departed. They made their exit in the antique fire truck with no problems – well, almost none. “We ran out of gas, but we made it to where we needed to be. It was all OK,” Justin said. ❖

Homewood firefighter Justin Latham and wife Rachel left their wedding ceremony on the city’s antique fire truck.

Photo courtesy CJ and Jené Nuzzo of 3rd and Twentieth Studios



Mr. and Mrs. Al Cox of Montgomery and Mr. and Mrs. James Dahl of Pike Road announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Lynn Dahl, to Brad David Denney, son of Dr. and Dr. David Denney of Mountain Brook.


Kristen Rae Lewis and George Chandlar Graham were married Oct. 23, 2010, at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. Rev. Mark Wilson officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Russell Lewis Sr. of Tuscaloosa. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emris Hayden Graham Jr. of Mountain Brook. The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her


Mr. Ronald Douglas Graham and Mrs. Dale Evans Riley, both of Birmingham, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Elaine Graham, to Jeremy Edward Polley, son of Mr. Edward Leroy Polley of Easton, Kan., and Ms.

Miss Cox is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Hanly Funderburk of Montgomery and the late Mr. and Mrs. Frits Dahl of Dothan. She is a 2000 graduate of St. James School, a 2004 summa cum laude graduate of Clemson University and a 2008 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Mr. Denney is the grandson of the late Mrs. Sonia Lazarus and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Lazarus of Vestavia Hills and Dr. and Mrs. Calvin Denney of Dothan. He is a 2000 graduate of Mountain Brook High School, a 2004 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia and a 2008 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. The bride is an ophthalmology resident at UAB. The groom is a general surgery resident at UAB. The wedding is planned for May. father. She wore a Junko Yoshioka cotton and silk twill mermaid gown with a fluted bodice and flounced back skirt. Kelly Nichole Bozeman, cousin of the bride, of Sylvester, Ga., was maid of honor, and Lindsay Devore Pavkovich of Tuscaloosa was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Page Mauter Holifield of Tuscaloosa, Stephanie Michelle Carter of Monroe, Ga., and Charlie Lewis, sister of the bride, of Tuscaloosa. Mary Alice Graham, niece of the groom, of Birmingham was the flower girl. The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Emris Hayden Graham III, brother of the groom, of Birmingham, Michael Jackson Hollingsworth of Fosters, Donovan Michael Kirchoff of Daphne, Shane Wesley McMillian of Calera and Andrew Russell Lewis Jr., brother of the bride, of Tuscaloosa. Emris Hayden Graham IV, nephew of the groom, served as ring bearer. After a wedding trip to French Polynesia, the couple live in Homewood.

Sondra Gayle Hinson Polley of Mississippi. Miss Graham is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James M. Graham Sr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Roy Brownlie Evans Sr., all of Birmingham. She is a graduate of Vestavia Hills High School and the University of South Alabama, where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Omicron Delta Kappa, Lambda Pi Eta and Phi Alpha Theta honor societies. Mr. Polley is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Thomas Polley of Easton and the late Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Roache Hinson of Holden, La. He is a graduate of Atlantic High School in Delray, Fla., and Auburn University. The bride and groom are employed at Daxko in Homewood. The wedding is planned for April 2.



Jennifer Michelle Grimes and Mark William Craig were married June 12, 2010, at Shades Valley Lutheran Church in Birmingham. Rev. Dr. Chris DeGreen and Rev. Sandy Niiler officiated. The bride is the daughter of

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Dr. and Mrs. Gary J. Grimes of Hoover. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Artice and the late Carl Hanson of Madison, Wis., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Grimes of Greeley, Colo. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carlton (Skip) Craig Jr. of Clay. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Craig Sr. of Supply, N.C., and Mrs. Martha King and the late Richard King of Columbus, Ohio. Wedding music was provided by organist Crystal Mittermaier and soloist Maizie Nelson. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a chapel length ivory satin gown accented with crystals and carried white and pink peonies, white hydrangeas, white roses and stephanotis. The maid of honor was Sandra Aquilar. Bridesmaids were Sunny Knott, sister-in-law of the bride;

Emily Craig, sister of the groom; Mayela Clinkscales; Katherine Harris; Mogdeh Motii; Ashley Stephens and Ashley Watson. Attendants wore sea glass gowns and carried hand-tied mini calla lilies. Adam Wright was the best man. Groomsmen were David Grimes, brother of the bride, Ian Diuguid, Caleb Hopkins, Carlos Nuñez, Mark Howard and Chris Megginson. Gracie and Ava Nafziger and Annika Grimes, nieces of the bride, served as flower girls. Daniel King, cousin of the groom, was ring bearer. Matthew Wagner, cousin of the bride, and Caleb Hopkins were scripture readers. A reception followed at the Pine Tree Country Club. After a honeymoon trip to Rosemary Beach, the couple live in Cahaba Heights.

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N.C. The Rev. Canon R. Craig Smalley officiated. A reception followed at The Pavilion at the High Hampton Inn. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Eugene DeWitt of Birmingham. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Lewis Autry of Birmingham and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Oscar DeWitt of Greensboro. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Charles Wood Jr. of Chattanooga, Tenn. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Billy S. Leach of Birmingham, Ms. Lily Isaac Wood of Birmingham and the late Mr. James Charles Wood Sr. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Matrons of honor were Kellie DeWitt Templin and Kandace Brooke DeWitt DeBolt, sisters of the bride. Bridesmaids were Hannah

Elizabeth Coggin, Jane Bowry Hoerner, Hennessy Ann Howell, Jennifer Sirmon Peters, Anne Rain Tanner, Margaret Hadley Wharton and Dayna Rae Word. The flower girl was Isabella Harper Hall. Joshua Bryan Wood, the groom’s brother, was best man. Groomsmen were Matthew James Beckmann, Michael Alan Burke, Samuel Brandon Couillard, John Lee Goetz, Chase Edward Scott and Brandon Edwin Tindell. Junior groomsmen were William Isaac Hall and Jacob William Templin. Ring bearers were Braxton Autry Templin and Charles Patrick Wood. Program attendants were Helen Bovingdon Camp and Denson Cabell Camp. After a honeymoon trip to Barcelona, Spain, the couple is at home in Birmingham.

ried Dec. 18, 2010, at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham. A reception followed at Vestavia Country Club. Rev. Tom Parrish officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Joseph Wood of Vestavia Hills. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Willis Cheape and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Harry Wood, all of Birmingham. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David George Traylor of LaGrange, Ga. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Daves Rhudolph Nichols of LaGrange and the late Dr. and Mrs. James Bothwell Traylor of Athens, Ga. The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore an ivory silk

satin ball gown with tulle overlay, sweetheart neckline, beaded detailing and a floral appliqué accenting her waist. She wore a fingertiplength ivory silk veil with a beaded scallop edge. She carried a bouquet of ivory roses and mini calla lilies. The maid of honor was Elizabeth Anne Wood, sister of the bride. The bridesmaid was Angelyn Rebecca Traylor, sister of the groom. The groom’s father served as his son’s best man. The groomsman was William Robert West. Ushers were Richard Lamar Daniel III, Patrick Ager Gartland, William Paul Loelius Jr. and Collin Rourke Perciballi. After a honeymoon trip to Antigua, the couple live in Birmingham.


Omega social sorority. The groom is the grandson of Mrs. Despina Triantos and the late Mr. Sam Triantos of Birmingham and the late Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Vakakes of Birmingham. He is a graduate of Auburn University and is currently enrolled in UAB’s educational leadership master’s program. The bride is employed with Children’s Health System, and the groom is employed with the Fairfield Board of Education. The wedding is planned for Jan. 15.


and Brianna Mills of Fairfax, Va. Bridesmaids were Lindsey Carroll of Pensacola, Fla.; Kalie Antiltz of Timonium, Md.; Ashley Rieck of Leavenworth; and Michelle Balducci of Lawrence, Kan. Virginia Paige Holley of Mobile was the flower girl. Ben Holley of Mobile served as best man. Groomsmen were Ray Barr of Virginia Beach; Stephen Connelley of Lawrence; J.W. Stigi of Fallon, Nev.; and Bryan Pinckney of Norfolk. The ring bearer was Austin Bunker of Virginia Beach. After a honeymoon trip to Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, the couple live in Virginia Beach.

Dr. and Mrs. John Petelos of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexis Irene, to Timothy James Vakakes, son of Mr. James Vakakes and Ms. Denise Vakakes of Birmingham. The bride is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Queen of Glasgow, Scotland, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Nick Petelos of Birmingham. She is a graduate of Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma honor society and Chi Sarah Grace Connelly and Gregory Steele Holley were married July 10, 2010, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk, Va. Father Carl Hellwig, godfather of the bride, officiated. The bride is the daughter of Col. and Mrs. Jim Connelly of Leavenworth, Kan. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Holley of Vestavia Hills. The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She wore a floor-length strapless ball gown with a cathedral-length train and a white lace veil. Maids of honor were Roxalana Dobransky of Virginia Beach, Va.,


Blue Willow

Whether you are getting married, planning for hostess gifts or searching for unique bridesmaid gifts, our “vow” to you at The Blue Willow is to offer the best in service and selection. “We have a wide selection of tableware patterns and kitchen accessories, including names like Juliska, Skyros, Casa Fina, Mandy Bagwell, and Beatriz Ball,” said owner Cyndy Kiel, right, with her It’s all about the grandchilbride here, and dren. “Our Willowettes there’s something are here to for every taste, make your wedding style and budget event one of a kind by providing the city’s best quality monogramming services. Great items to personalize are banners, bride and groom chair covers, cake table toppers, flower girl sashes, pew and bouquet ribbons and hankies. We also offer a wide range of fonts for etching and engraving items like vases, jewelry boxes, and decanters.” Unlike many of the larger gift stores, Blue Willow stocks your china and has it ready to giftwrap. The Willowettes strive to create the ambiance of your hometown gift shop. “We display your registry selections and post it on our Facebook page so others will know you are registered with us. A new incentive for brides this year will be the introduction of ‘Bridal Bucks.’ For every item bought off your registry, you will receive money to be used in-store,” Cyndy said. “Weddings are costly and we wanted to create some-


Birmingham Museum of Art thing to help our brides buy nice hostess and bridesmaid gifts or just whatever they need.” Another great incentive is a complimentary eighth place setting when seven are purchased. “We appreciate you selecting us and want to turn around and give back to you! We have a great selection of gifts for all occasions and we want it to be easy for you to do onestop shopping! It’s all about the bride here and there’s something for every taste, style and budget,” Cyndy said. The Blue Willow is located in Cahaba Heights on 3930 Crosshaven Drive, just behind The Summit, and their number is 968-0909.

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“There is an art to planning the perfect wedding. Let the Birmingham Museum of Art be your canvas,” says Brynne McCann, above. Founded in 1951, the Birmingham Museum of Art has one of the finest collections in the Southeast. More than 24,000 objects are displayed and housed within the Museum. “For more than 16 years, the Birmingham Museum of Art has been a sought-after venue for sophisticated weddings in The Magic City. The Museum hosts many events, including wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridesmaid luncheons, and rehearsal dinners.

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“When you’re planning your wedding, you naturally should consider the time of the event, the capacity of the venue, and service options such as catering,” says Brynne. “The Museum space is available after 5 p.m., can accommodate large groups, and offers fabulous and experienced catering services from A Social Affair. “You should also consider the style you want for your wedding. If you prefer sophisticated elegance and appreciation for art and culture, then the Museum is the place for you. The Museum offers your wedding guests the opportunity to experience an important piece of Birmingham’s cultural scene. Guests can enjoy the galleries and sculpture garden while celebrating with bride and groom.” The Birmingham Museum of Art is located at 2000 Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd, Birmingham, 35203, and their number is 254-2565.

Fifth Avenue Antiques


$750 you can have a seated meal for up to 150 guests. We provide a unique venue with a 2,700 square foot banquet room surrounded by one of Alabama’s largest antique malls. “We offer flexible hours for setup and Fifth Avenue Antiques started in 1994 cleanup, many times allowing access to as an antique store. the room up to two “We added the before and after We provide a unique venue days banquet facility in the event for setup,” 2006. We have hostwith a 2,700 square foot he said. ed rehearsal dinners, “We also allow banquet room surrounded wedding ceremonies you to provide your and receptions. We by one of Alabama’s largest own food and beverhad our first wedages at no additional ding in 2007,” said antique malls. charge.” Heath Bonds, who Fifth Avenue owns Fifth Avenue Antiques is located at Antiques with his 2410 5th Avenue South in Birmingham. brother Al. “We are very economically priced. For eir number is 320-0500.

Ivory & White

Ivory & White Bridal Boutique opened Oct. 1, 2008 in Crestline Village. They carry 14 different designers ranging in various styles and price points, many of which are exclusive to Ivory & White. “At Ivory & White, appointments are preferred so that the brides have a one-on-one experience with the Bridal Stylist,” said owner Brooke Mason, above. “During the two-hour appointment they first consult with the bride about the vision for her wedding. Their bridal stylist then accompanies the bride and guests to a private and spacious dressing room where the stylist will assist the bride in finding the perfect dress for her. The owner, Brooke Mason, wants her boutique to be the ideal experience where brides can come relax, free from pressure, and enjoy this special time in their lives.


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“We understand that a wedding can be very stressful and time consuming for the bride and her family. That is why it is important for us at Ivory & White to offer in-house alterations, steaming, and storing of the gown. Our brides will never have to worry about the handling and care of her dress, because we take care of that for her.” Ivory & White has several upcoming trunk shows, including Vera Wang January 13, 14, and 15, Liancarlo January 28 and 29, Romona Keveza February 11 and 12, Elizabeth Fillmore 18 and 19, Lusan Mandongus February 25 and 26, Priscilla of Boston March 4 and 5, and Monique Lhuillier March 11 and 12. Trunk shows are a wonderful opportunity for the bride to see not only all of her favorite designer’s new collections but the most popular styles as well. Ivory & White is located at 55 Church Street in Crestline Village and their phone number is 871-2888.


Levy’s Fine Jewelry

Levy’s is a fine jewelry store, specializing in bridal, antique and estate jewelry. “We have been in the same location since 1922, and are now on the third generation of family here. We also offer jewelry repair, appraisals, estate liquidation and jewelry purchasing,” says Todd Denaburg above right with his cousin Jared Nadler, above, left. The two manage the store. “Levy’s started in the bridal jewelry business almost as long as bridal jewelry has been popular. One of the first lines we carried along with watches and clocks was a line of wedding bands. We now have fourth and even fifth generation customers. We have been lucky enough to have taken a small part in 50,000-75,000 weddings in our history,” says Jared.

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“Our business is unique for several reasons,” explains Todd. “We have experience, know-how and training to be able to assist customers in any of their bridal jewelry needs. We are considered to be the Southeast’s preeminent source for antique and estate jewelry, as well as having substantial experience and knowledge of the same. You are still dealing with family here. When we sell a piece of jewelry to a customer, we want to help care for and service that piece of jewelry from now on, not just until it walks out the door. We are locally owned and operated, when you shop here, your money stays in town, it isn’t shipped off to a corporate office out of state or ever worse, another country.” Levy’s Fine Jewelry is located at 2116 Second Avenue North in downtown Birmingham, and their phone number is 251-3381

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help our brides find the perfect bridesmaid gifts, hostess gifts, as well as monogramming special items that make their day unique,” Monograms Plus is a gift store specializing Tealla said. in personalized gifts as well as monogram“We offer a variety of services under ming, appliqué and engravone roof. You can find your ing services available on hostess, bridesmaid and You can find your site. “We offer our cusgroomsmen’s gifts all in one hostess, bridesmaid place. We also are able to tomers a shopping experience that makes you feel monogram your brought-in and groomsmen’s at home when you are at flower girl dresses, sashes Monograms Plus. Not only gifts all in one place. for wreaths and pew markdo we offer gift services ers, handkerchiefs, flower but we have a selection of bouquet ribbons and much wedding and shower invitations, programs, more! At Monograms Plus, we also offer an gift labels, note cards and enclosure cards,” extensive bridal registry, complete with your said owner Tealla Stewart, above, left, with own registry display as well as special offers Ashley Stork. for our brides only,” she said. Monograms Plus has been in business for Monograms Plus is located at 1360 more than 20 years and has been working Montgomery Hwy. Suite 122, and their numwith brides since the beginning. “We love to ber is 822-3353.

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Swanky Socials

Swanky Socials provides full-service wedding and event planning, offering packages customized specifically to the bride or client. Whether you are looking for a “Dayof” coordinator, or you need consulting from beginning to end of the planning process, Swanky Socials is exactly what you are looking for. “We have experience in coordinating large, lavish events, and in small, intimate gatherings. as well,” said owner and events planner Molly Shook. “Swanky Socials is based in Vestavia Hills, but we have worked all over Alabama and surrounding states as well. Your special event is important to us and we will travel to the location of your dreams!” Molly is passionate about providing a personal service to her clients. She forms a special relationship with her clients and believes that is what makes her stand out from the competition. Hiring a coordinator is the backbone of the planning process and can be the best investment you make this year! Contact Molly Shook at 253-1851 or

GoPro Event Solutions, LLC

GoPro Event Solutions provides event planning and solutions for endless event needs. “Venue research and solutions are included and one of our main locations, the Matt Jones Gallery in Lakeview, is the perfect example of how we can meet your event needs, said Jennifer E. Gowers, above. “My wedding business career started when I was at WorkPlay Theater from 2001-2007. We had weddings and events related to weddings in all of our spaces,” she said. When planning a wedding, Jennifer says to start with the type of wedding. “Decide on the style of wedding you want to have starting with the church. Next the reception space.” she said. “The Matt Jones Gallery allows you to design your event without impeding on your creativity. We love to foster the wonderful and talented caterers in the community as well as the florists. Get the right team together and come to the gallery to have a very memorable event.” GoPro Event Solutions is located at 2821 2nd Avenue South, Suite L , and their number is 529-3939.

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The Harbert Center

With over 38,000 square feet and three floors of delicate architecture, sky-lit atrium, and romantic spiral staircase, The Harbert Center is a true gem to the Magic City. “We accommodate any event from as few as 10 to as many as 500,” said Kaylee Ingram, above with event staff members Leslie Rives, Chandrel WrightRichardson and Jessica Atkins. “This historic venue is known for its reputation for quality and value of service toward customer relations, menu offerings, and facility management.” Southern Food Services provides all of the on-site catering needs with menus for hors d’oeuvres, buffet or served meals. “We have three Certified Wedding Specialist that are available to meet the needs of the bridal client and assist with the details of that very special day. Chandrel Wright-Richardson, Leslie Rives and Jessica Plemons Atkins will guide you through every specific moment of your day including your position at the altar, design of your reception hall set-up, and when to cut the cakes,” Kaylee said. The Harbert Center is located at 2019 Fourth Avenue North in Birmingham, and their number is 226-8800.

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No matter what your involvement is with the weddings happening this spring and summer, The Nesting Place is a must stop to get it all done. Offering unique gifts for the bride and groom, tasteful hostess gifts, wellpriced options for bridesmaids, monogramming services, as well as seasonal decor and tablescape ideas – The Nesting Place has it all. “We love the bridal season and want to make things easy on the brides and those who are hosting parties for her,” said owner Terri Jackson, above. “We provide special pricing for brides buying multiples of any item; we offer complimentary gift wrapping and gift storage; we have a great selection of custom wedding invitations and monogrammed silk wedding books; and if you’re hosting a bridal party or event - we’ll help you get your home ready for entertaining!” Our ever-changing inventory highlights each new season with fresh ideas. Come in to be inspired. Leave with a fresh new outlook. Southern Hospitality never looked so good! The Nesting Place is located at 3120 Heights Village, and their number is 970-9001.

Not only is Renaissance Consignment the largest wedding/formal consignment shop in Alabama but probably in the entire Southeast. With two floors of merchandise, Brides come from Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida to shop the more than 200 beautiful consigned wedding gowns on the floor. Designer dresses such as Mori Lee, Allure, Alfred Angelo, Michael Angelo, Casablanca, Mon Cherie and David’s are just a few of the many labels that continue to come into Renaissance. With inventory changing on a daily basis Renaissance gives a bride the option of many dresses not only in style and size but in price also. Dresses range from $100 to over a $1,000. We also have a large selection of veils, slips, tiaras and shoes to help complete the entire look. Renaissance also carries more than 200 dresses for the Mother of the Bride/ Groom gowns including Watters and Watters, Riva, Lawrence Kazar, La Belle, Tadashi just to name a few. Most Brides can’t decide what’s the best part of shopping at Renaissance – the dress of their dreams at such a great price, or the idea that once the wedding is over re-consigning the dress and putting the money into their new life. Renaissance Consignment is located at 6801 Cahaba Valley Road (Highway 119), and their number is 980-4471.

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With inventory changing on a daily basis Renaissance gives a bride the option of many dresses not only in style and size but in price also.

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Bella Couture

“When I opened Bella Couture, I wanted it to be, and it is, Birmingham’s most unique full service bridal salon. We offer couture and designer bridal gowns, bridal accessories, Mother of the wedding gowns, bridesmaid and flower girl gowns. We are located just minutes from downtown Birmingham,” said owner Colleen Hopwood, above. “Since our June 2006 opening; we have been on an incredible journey. I love our brides. Getting to know these wonderful young ladies and their families is so much fun. It is an honor to be a part of such a special time in their lives. My staff and I are often touched by the experiences that we get to be a part of. Some of these young ladies and their families have amazing stories of triumph and love. Each is truly special,” she said.”

“We are unique in many ways. We strive to provide the best service in the industry. When I opened the salon, I wanted a place where any young woman could come and have a wonderful experience,” Colleen said. Bella Couture offers gowns starting just under $1,000 and ranging up to almost $6,000. Each designer is selected based not only on the style of their gowns but also the quality of the fabrics, the construction and their reputation for service, Colleen said. “We recommend that you schedule an appointment to insure the service that you and your family deserve but we do welcome walk in customers. We look forward to meeting each special young lady and hope to help them find their dream gown,” she said. Bella Couture is located at 104 Croft St, Suite 109 in Mt Laurel, and their number is 995-3444.

Dear Bride-to-be, Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Soon it will be time to make a guest list and think about your wedding invitations. Okay ... lists, lists and more lists! Please remember: Count on the friendly staff at Annabelle’s to assist you! a wedding invitation is: 1. a gift to your guest 2. the first impression of your special day 3. a document destined to become an archive and so it would be a good idea to: 1. find a stationer who listens to you 2. be reasonable about your budget 3. build trust with a qualified professional and while your at it: 1. enjoy this opportunity to express yourself 2. add a little color somewhere 3. count on wonderful wedding stationery. Wishing you all the best, Carol and Morton Slaughter - Annabelle’s 1062 Montgomery Hwy. Vestavia Hills 979-4444

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rentals were added setting the stage for Aztec’s aggressive growth as one of the top five ranked event rental companies worldwide. Aztec Events & Tents later added offices and distribution centers in San Antonio, Ohio and Alabama to better serve the geographical needs of customers and expand their offerings. Aztec Events & Tents has been in Alabama for 3 years now and we are looking forward to many more. At Aztec we believe every event should be unique. We specialize in numerous areas of event planning and that, along with our outstanding customer service, makes Aztec Events & Tents truly unbeatable. Aztec Events and Tents is located at 4983 Perimeter Parkway in Bessemer, and their number is 426-9882.


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bride deserves when she is planning her wedding, says Janice. “Our wedding consultants have the product knowledge and design skills to help you select pieces that are perfect for your new home. And most importantly, our brides have flexibility to add pieces later as their families grow or as special occasions arise because most patterns are sold open stock instead of in a set and they are rarely discontinued.” The Gift Registry at Bromberg’s features many special benefits for registered brides too: receive 20 percent off hostess and attendant gifts, a free place setting for every seven you receive, and 20 percent off all non-diamond wedding bands and more. “Our unique gift letter program allows you to come in after the wedding and select exactly what you want with your registry credit; it’s that simple! Come see why generations of Birmingham brides have registered for their wedding gifts at Bromberg’s,” Julia said. “Our annual Breakfast at Bromberg’s event is Feb. 5 at the Mountain Brook location. Call for details on this fun wedding planning event!” Bromberg’s is located at 2800 Cahaba Road in Mountain Brook and 131 Summit Boulevard at The Summit. Their numbers are 871-3276 (Mountain Brook) and 9691776 (The Summit).

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Tastefull-Affair from page 22 “We got through the 10th course, and they’re clearing the room. One of them comes up to me and is like, ‘It’s time to pull the trigger.’ ” Once he did, Micah quickly accepted, and the wedding day planning began. At first, the couple actually had different ideas when it came to their wedding day. “I wanted to run away, and he wanted the big party,” Micah said. Haller’s idea won out, and save-the-date cards – each adorned with a pig, of course – were mailed. The venue of choice was Rogue Tavern. They picked friend and musician Rick Carter, front man for Rollin’ in the Hay, as their minister. To keep the party feel the couple wanted, the event started with a cocktail hour. Guests were greeted in the bar by life-size cutouts of Micah and Haller. Lorraine Reeves, event planner for WorkPlay, was their wedding planner. She along with Brian Mcmillan from the Cheese Advocate and Sue Selby decorated Rogue with floral arrangements and old picture frames with messages on them, as well as pictures of the bride and the groom. “It was really unexpected,”

Micah said. “I mean, it was in a bar. I expected a slightly decorated bar, but this was just really unexpected.” The actual wedding ceremony took place on the stage, where Micah was given away by her father to the Grateful Dead’s “They Love Each Other.” For her big day, Micah wore a white “short, strapless little number,” designed for her by Charlsie & Linda, with bright red stilettos. After the ceremony, she traded her Italian pumps for a pair of Converse high tops designed by the couple. Diamonds Direct, which designed her ring, also lent Micah some jewels for the event. Instead of the traditional tuxedo, Haller donned a brown suit with a black Italian shirt and shoes. When it came to the food, it was gourmet all the way. As a wedding gift, the kitchen staff of Satterfield’s helped in the food preparation, along with chef Tom Robey from Veranda on Highland. On the menu was pork, of course. A whole pig was donated by Addams Evans with Evans Meats for the occasion. “We had a whole pig with the apple in his mouth and everything,” Micah said. Others in the food and beverage industry lending a hand in the wedding included Clif and Maureen Holt of Little

Savannah, who provided champagne; Snow’s Bend Farm, Owls Hollow Farm and Rob Palmer, which supplied fresh vegetables; McEwen & Sons, which contributed its stone-ground grits; and Monty Todd at Birmingham Budweiser, who helped with the beverages. They kept their cake simple but of course added their own singular twist by topping the three-tiered confection, designed by Allison Hinkel, with bobblehead dolls of themselves dressed

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in their wedding-day attire. To Haller, it wasn’t about the cake, though. “Who cares about cake?” he joked. “It’s about the cobbler. The guy’s from Niki’s West made us cobblers.” For their wedding entertainment, Haller and Micah had photo booths set up for guests to take pictures, while D.J. Matt Quack provided the music. Although the wedding day, as Haller said, was “one big hell of a party,” it was really all about the honeymoon – or maybe the

food – for the couple. They took a 17-day tour of Italy, where they traveled to Florence and the Chianti wine region, dining on local cuisine and even cooking up some of their own meals with local ingredients. “The honeymoon was awesome,” Haller said. “We spent five days in Florence, and we stayed in a villa with a couple that spoke no English, but we could still sit together for a meal with them. As a chef, it was just very surreal.” ❖

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OTM Schools End 2010 with Celebrating, Giving


Explorers program; Alacare volunteers included Nicole Walton and Chloe Fuller. Other local businesses decorated trees on each of the facility’s floors. Residents voted on their favorite tree throughout the holiday season. Also in December, Alacare volunteers and Explorers sang carols in patients’ homes, made cards and gifts, wrapped presents and helped deliver gifts to patients and their caregivers.

Fourth grade student Benjamin Yarboro, left, helped deliver treats to shelter dogs during the holidays. Photo special to the Journal Helping to deck the halls at Greenbriar at the Altamont were, from left: Karen Garcia, Nicole Walton, Chloe Fuller, Denise Armas and Gerardo Silva. Photo special to the Journal

Scouts, Volunteers Help Decorate Nursing Home for Holidays

Alacare Home Health & Hospice volunteers joined members of Hoover’s Boy Scouts of America Explorers program at Greenbriar at the Altamont nursing home to decorate a Christmas tree for residents. The team trimmed its tree

with cooking supplies donated to Greenbriar residents when the tree came down. In addition to cookie cutters, spatulas, wooden spoons, an apron, pot holders and other culinary items, the volunteers left blank cards on the tree for residents to decorate with their favorite recipes. High school students Karen Garcia and Denise Armas were among teenagers representing the

OLS Float Includes Live Nativity Scene

Mountain Brook’s Jack DeMedicis shares the stage with Jacques the Elf, played by Don Gruel of Atlantic Coast Theatre, at Emmet O’Neal Library.

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Library Hosts Atlantic Coast Theatre

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Emmet O’Neal Library hosted the Atlantic Coast Theatre’s presentation of “The 12 Days of Christmas” for its Dec. 7 Family Night program. Nearly 300 patrons enjoyed dinner sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Noel Holland and Don Gruel of Atlantic Coast Theatre, playing two acting elves at the North Pole whose cast and crew are caught in a snowstorm, invited children from the audience to assist them in pulling together a last-minute production of the song “The 12 Days of Christmas.” The entire audience participated as pipers piping and drummers drumming. Mrs. Claus had arrived earlier to watch the program. She distributed candy canes and listened to Christmas wishes, which she promised to pass along to Santa.

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MBJH Students Head to Theater Festival

Our House is Your House. (or should we say, nuestra casa es su casa)

THE ALTAMONT SCHOOL Invites you to join us for an Open House featuring a Southwestern Fajita Bar.

January 25th 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Mountain Brook Junior High Choir students ages 12-15 have been invited to the 2011 Junior Theater Festival at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta Jan. 14-16. The invitation-only event is the world’s largest musical theater

Our Lady of Sorrows created a live nativity for its entry in Homewood’s Christmas parade. During the parade, children tossed religious-type bracelets and small gold doubloons to the crowd as OLS School principal Mary Jane Dorn and students’ family members walked beside the float. The children’s handmade costumes were sewn by volunteer parents and grandparents. The float included a solid cedar wood manger adorned with lights and a banner that read “Keeping Christ in Christmas.” The float was donated and built by OLS Knights of Columbus Council 4304. Before the event, Monsignor Martin Muller, pastor of OLS Catholic Church, offered a prayer to the students and their family members.

Edgewood Class Helps Humane Society for the Holidays

Edgewood Elementary School began a service project in October, and the students in Brooke Braswell’s fourth grade class enjoyed it so much they decided to continue it during the holidays. A themed day during Red Ribbon Week was to be “pawsitively” drug-free, and students throughout the school brought in dog treats for the humane society. Braswell’s students wanted to continue the project until school let out for winter break. The students brought in treats and made-thank you cards for all of the volunteers at the humane society. Adam Summerford and Kalyn Trichell from Talk Dog Training also came to read to them and share dog stories with them. ❖ Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School presented a float displaying a live Nativity scene in this year’s Homewood City Christmas Parade. Photo special to the Journal

festival dedicated to groups working with elementary and middle school students. It is presented and sponsored by Music Theatre International and produced by iTheatrics and Atlanta’s Theater of the Stars. This will be the Mountain Brook students’ first year to participate. The festival will have more

than 1,800 attendees from 50 schools and educational theater groups from the U.S. and Canada. Each group performs a 15minute selection of a musical for professional adjudication by a panel of distinguished theater professionals. The Mountain Brook Junior High Choir students will perform a 15-minute selection from Meredith Willson’s “The



Music Man Jr.” Students and teachers will participate in interactive workshops led by Broadway and West End professionals and attend a professional production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” at the Fox Theatre.

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Welden Places First in Geography Bee

Seventh grader Nick Welden placed first in the recent Liberty Park Middle School Geography Bee. Greg Jeane, a retired geography professor from Samford University, was the contest officiator. All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at LPMS took a qualifier test. The 25 students with the highest scores partici-

R.F. Bumpus Middle School recently completed a two-night run of “Alice in Wonderland Junior.” The production included 47 students from the sixth through eighth grades and was attended by 390 people. Director was Jennifer Salvant, who directs camps and workshops for Alys Stephens Center’s children’s programs. Sal Rodas was musical director for the cast and chorus. Catelin Harrison and Daniel Levert, volunteers from Jefferson State Community College, helped with the production. The cast party included D.J. equipment and services provided by the Achurra family. Joanne Dickey and Lisa Rigsby, two faculty members at Bumpus whose children performed in the play, also helped with the party.

Students at Bumpus Middle School recently completed a two-night run of the play “Alice in Wonderland.” Photo special to the Journal

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Students participating with the Altamont Scholars Bowl at the Donoho tournament included, from left: Nathan Sorscher, Patrick O’Neal, Fletcher Hare, Graham Rutledge, Harlin Brown, Will Pannell, and Coach Buck Crowe.

pated in the school-wide bee. As the school winner, Welden will take a test that may qualify him for the Alabama State Geography Bee. Only the top 75 school winners make it to the state event. State winners will participate in the National Bee in Washington, D.C. The overall winner will receive a $25,000 scholarship plus a trip with National Geographic and “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek to the Galapagos Islands.

Bumpus Students Perform ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Winning first place in the Liberty Park Middle School geography bee was Nick Welden; Greg Jeane was contest officiator.

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Altamont Scholars Bowl Wins Hoover, Donoho Tourneys

The Altamont Scholars Bowl Team began the 2010-11 year by competing in the Hoover High School tournament. Placing first and second to sweep the Middle School division, and placing first and third to win the High School Novice division, Altamont is now slated to send a team to the National Association of Quiz Teams (NAQT) national

tournament in April in Atlanta. Most recently, the middle school team made its way to and through the finals of the Donoho Tournament. This was the last tune-up before the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association series of tournaments begins on Jan. 22. Altamont also plans to participate in the Deep South Academic Challenge and at least one team will compete in the National Academic Challenge this May.

VHEW Students Go West Via Computers Using Skype Program

Terri Kennamer’s third grade class at Vestavia Hills Elementary West headed west to Dallas Sept. 8 via computer. Using Skype, the class communicated with Shonda Guthrie, a certified academic language therapist who has been working with Vestavia teachers throughout the district. The interaction with Guthrie began when a student wrote a poem about the “breve.” Students at West have been learning about the scientific spelling of words. During the conversation, students discussed the methods they have been taught. Students asked Guthrie to mail them a postcard from Dallas for their geography project. The requested postcard will include purposely misspelled words. Guthrie will follow up with the class to see if all misspellings were found. ❖

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2010 All Metro Teams Announced Eighth Grade All Metro Football Team

Berry: Jacob Lamb, Donte Skinner, Gray Baldy and A.J. Smiley. Bumpus: Christian Bell, Bradrick Shaw, Justin Cottingham and Caleb Gilbert. Clay: Eric Blockum, Artavious Smith, Kendall Jones and Mekail Evans. Hewitt: Deontay Wilson, Quin Jackson, Johnathon Crumpton, and Hunter Songer. Homewood: Brett White, Tyrone Carr, Will Hunt and Taylor Lummis. Liberty Park: Austin Maynard, Ben Cage, Austin Harper and Dylan Latawiec. Mountain Brook: George Eagan, Hunter Holcomb, Drew Odum and Matt Adams. Oak Mountain: Riley Fowler, Edward Day, Graham Hackbarth and Cade Wetzel. Pizitz: Landon Crowder, Austin Chandler, Trey Akins and Sam Norris. Simmons: Jack Hutcheson, Alex Elam, Kris Parker and John Ethridge. Thompson: Gavin Green, Xavier Johnson, Blake Lewis and Kyle Sample Eighth Grade Football Coach Of the Year: Coach Brizendine (Simmons)

Seventh Grade All Metro Football Team

Berry: Wade Streeter, Devin Fluker, Jonah Tibbs and Justin Brown. Bumpus: P.J. Hall, Christopher Vacarella, Quincy Cox and Cameron Chamblin. Clay: Josh Tinsley, Cole Baker, Nick Battle and Drew Mason. Hewitt: Eli Rollins, Keegan Morrow, Logan Baird and Justin Booker. Homewood: Tobbie Taylor, Griffin Rivers, Carson Griffis and Derrick Underwood. Liberty Park: Zander Stonestreet, Nolan Turner, Reid Adams and Grant Thomas. Mountain Brook: Jack Kline, Joe Donald, John Scott Holcombe and Charlie Fell. Oak Mountain: DJ Garver, Payton Youngblood, Sean Drummond and Zach Pierce. Pizitz: Steadman Gully, Sonny Potter, Alex Robin and Clayton Farris. Simmons: Galien Richardson, Davis Haley, Mija Watters and Zach Chandler. Thompson: Frank Mwakajumba, Heath Haskins, Josh Maupin and T.J. Rayam. Seventh Grade Football Coach Of the Year: Coach Gaydosh (Pizitz)

Eighth Grade All Metro Volleyball Team

Bumpus: Ashlyn Raybon and Shannon Watkins. Oak Mtn: Madison Pierce and Elyse Castleman. Thompson: Kelsea Bivins and Tara Miller. Hewitt: Melissa Lawrence and Taylor Beshears. Clay Chalkville: Tatyana Crook and Carson Reed. Homewood: Caroline Karson and Kiara Williams. Mtn. Brook: Kendall Crumbaugh and Caroline Boone. Pizitz: Kerryann D’Amico and Ellie Benson, Berry: Anna Marie Renta and Jordan Nakayama, Simmons: Leah Rand and Sam Evans. Liberty Park: Bria Terry and Cassidy Bridgham. Coach of the Year: Bruce Henricks, Mtn. Brook Junior High

Seventh Grade All Metro Volleyball Team

Bumpus: Ali Lowe and Khylah Johnson. Oak Mtn: Ashlee Sanders and Chloe Yeager, Thompson: Milea Ray and Farrah Gehring.

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Hewitt: Callie Shields and Claire Vines. Clay Chalkville: Kardasia Hitchcock and Lexie Payne. Homewood: DeJane Hesler-Taylor and Emily Heeter. Mtn. Brook: Sara Chandler Mitchell and Sara Carr. Pizitz: Alex Smithson and Maddie Bruington. Berry: Sophia Wilson and McCall Harwell. Simmons: Melissa McGowan and Annelyn Veal. Liberty Park: Kendall Gause and Caroline Jackson. Coach of the Year: Andrea Neri, Thompson; Mivvi Rust, Pizitz and Brook Gibbons, Mtn. Brook.




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Shades Mountain Christian defeated Sumiton Christian 55-51. Blake Gardner led the Eagles with 20 points. Kenton Essinger and David Reeves scored 13 and 11, respectively, in the winning cause. In girls’ play, Collier Ogilvie connected on two late free throws to help Mountain Brook to a hardfought 53-46 win over Spain Park. The freshman forward ended the game with 17 points and sank five out of six free throw attempts in the final two minutes. Mary Katherine Pinson added 15 points for the Lady Spartans. Colby Ryan and Ashley Gaston each scored eight points for the Lady Jaguars. Mountain Brook moved to 15-3 overall and 2-0 in Class 6A Area 12


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out my teammates.” So far, 2010-2011 has been even more fun for Ogilvie and the Lady Spartans. By the middle of last week, they were 14-3 and opened Class 6A Area 12 play with a 41-29 win over archrival Vestavia Hills. Ogilvie turned in a typical performance against the Lady Rebels, scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds. “We’re working hard and trying to get better at the little things,” said Ogilvie. “We’re pleased with our success so far, but we’ve got to keep working to get better every day.” One apparent reason for Mountain Brook’s strong early start is the play of its defense. Through 17 games, the Lady Spartans had yielded only 35 points per contest. “Our press has been very effec-

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petition. John Carroll Catholic earned its third consecutive boys’ championship, defeating archrival Briarwood in the Class 5A final. Hoover reached the Class 6A boys’ finals before losing to Grissom of Huntsville. Indian Springs advanced to the Class 4A-1A finals but lost to UMSWright. In girls’ play, Spain Park earned its second consecutive Class 6A soccer title with a win over Grissom. The Lady Jaguars’ Annalika Steyn was easily the state’s dominant player, earning her second straight MVP award in the championship game. She was also named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Alabama. Also in the spring, Hoover won the state 6A title in boys’ and girls’ track and field. The Buccaneer boys also had won the track title the previous year. The football season saw controversy before the first game was

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play, while Spain Park fell to 12-9 overall and 0-1 in area competition. Veteran Briarwood coach Jim Brown earned his 400th career victory as the Lady Lions stormed past Chelsea 53-42. Briarwood broke open a 32-32 tie after three quarters to earn the victory for their coach. Anna Handlin scored 18 points for the Lady Lions, and Abbie Cutcliffe scored nine. Eight of Cutcliffe’s points came down the stretch on successful free throw attempts. She also had four steals and three assists. Hannah Wainwright and Cara Medders also scored nine points each, while Meredith Boles scored eight points and snatched five rebounds. Briarwood raised its record to 15-3 overall and 3-0 in Class 5A Area 7 play. Brown is now 400-251

in 17 years at the helm. Homewood edged Northridge 66-63, with Erica Lepore’s jump shot in the final seconds sealing the verdict. The Lady Patriots overcame a 12-point fourth quarter deficit to earn the victory. Eden Williams led Homewood with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Lepore ended with 13 points. Oak Mountain overwhelmed Sylacauga 43-26. Hannah Griffin led the Lady Eagles with 11 points, while MacKenzie Garmany added nine. Oak Mountain improved its record to 13-4 for the year. Shades Mountain Christian took a 43-36 verdict over Sumiton Christian. Rachel Riley scored 21 points for the Lady Eagles. Brianna Jones grabbed 13 rebounds, and MacKenzie Brown added 11 boards. SMC raised its record to 12-5.

tive so far,” said Ogilvie. “We believe that as long as our defensive effort is good, we have a chance to win.” But scoring may be Ogilvie’s forte. She’s among Metro Birmingham’s best at taking the ball to the basket from the inside, as she averages nearly 16 points per contest. “I think that scoring from the inside is what I do best,” she said. Ever the perfectionist, however, Ogilvie wants to improve her rebounding, despite the fact that she’s already pulling down an average of seven boards a game. As impressive as Ogilvie has been, Mountain Brook is far from being a one-girl show. Another freshman, point guard Mary Katherine Pinson, averages 10 points and nearly three assists per contest. Guard Ellie Mouyal, a sophomore, averages nine points and four rebounds, as does guard

Annabelle Friedman, another sophomore. Also contributing to the team are senior Caroline Williams, junior Kaki Simpson, sophomore Elizabeth Bygrave and freshmen Dani Diehl, MaKenzie Grant, and Grace Morrissette. Ogilvie credits Lady Spartan coach Kevin Tubbs – who entered the 2010-2011 season with a 64-18 record – as a big reason for the program’s recent run of success. “Coach Tubbs tells us exactly what we need to do to get better,” she explained. “The practices are hard, but we all love playing for him. He says we should always put the team before an individual.” One person not surprised by Mountain Brook’s rise to power is Birmingham attorney David Hymer, who coached the Lady Spartans’ freshman class during its elementary school years. Hymer founded the girls’ Over

the Mountain Basketball League and coached Ogilvie and her classmates in the third through sixth grades. Despite the girls’ youth, Hymer could tell the class might be special. “They were very unselfish and had a knack for basketball and, best of all, were all hard workers,” he said. “It was clear that if they stuck with basketball and kept improving, they could go a long way. The biggest problem we had was finding good competition for them.” Hymer said Ogilvie’s work ethic was apparent even when she was in the fourth grade. “Collier was frustrated because she couldn’t make lay-ups,” Hymer recalled. “But she went home every day and practiced on the goal in her driveway until she mastered it. That kind of determination was typical of all of the girls.”

played. On Aug. 24, Spain Park coach David Shores was placed on administrative leave following an alleged altercation with a player on the practice field. Assistant coach Ben Burgeson was named interim head coach and guided the Jaguars to a surprising 6-6 record that included a playoff berth. Shores was reassigned to an administrative position at Spain Park and was not expected to have his contract renewed at the end of the school year. After the season, Burgeson was passed over for the permanent head coaching job in favor of former Hoover assistant Chip Lindsey. On the field, there was plenty of action, too. Hoover raced through its first 14 games undefeated, with running back Justin McArthur setting a school record with 28 touchdowns for the year. Although some suspected that the 2010 Bucs would be the finest team the school had ever fielded, Daphne upset Hoover 7-6 in the Class 6A final. The Trojans held the Bucs to their lowest point

total in 13 years. Mountain Brook rebounded from a 4-6 record in 2009 to a sparkling 11-2 mark in 2010. The highlight of the Spartans’ season was a victory over archrival Vestavia Hills in the playoffs. Mountain Brook’s post-season win avenged a 17-13 loss to the Rebels in the regular season. Many people expected Briarwood to have its best team since the 2003 state 5A champions, and Coach Fred Yancey’s team didn’t disappoint. The Lions advanced all the way to the championship game before losing to Spanish Fort. At the end of the season, Dickey Wright announced his resignation as head coach at Homewood. He led the Patriots for five years and spent 30 years overall working in the Homewood school system. Wright’s head coaching career began at Homewood when the school was reclassified to largeschool Class 6A. Homewood was one of the smallest schools in the classification and faced competitors – like Hoover and

Vestavia Hills – with much larger 1994, as Angelica student populations. Despite the new state record in the 100-yard obstacles, the Patriots were combutterfly event. petitive every season of Wright’s As usual, high school athletics tenure. in the Over the Mountain area in Hoover won the state 6A 2010 were filled with highs and championship in wrestling. The lows, and memorable moments. ������������ Lady Bucs swimming and diving The odds are that 2011 won’t be team won its first state title since any different.

Spartans Take the “War on the Wood” Title

The eighth grade Mountain Brook Spartans won the “War on the Wood” basketball tournament held Dec. 27 and 28 at North Jefferson Middle School. The Spartans defeated teams from Rudd, Tarrant and North Jefferson Middle Schools to secure the championship. Matt Creighton and Drew Odum were named to the All Tournament team and Jordon Rich was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Coaches are Greg Morrow and Zach Skipper. Ogilvie said that growing up in an athletic family helped instill the competitive nature required to be successful in sports. “My parents and brother and sister had a lot to do with shaping my attitude,” she said. “They taught me the importance of doing what was right and not ever giving up.” Even when she’s not playing basketball, Ogilvie doesn’t have a lot of idle time. She coaches fifth graders in basketball and also plays varsity volleyball. And even some of her friends don’t know that Ogilvie enjoys drawing and other forms of art. Remember how difficult high school algebra was? Well, it’s Ogilvie’s favorite subject. “Solving problems is kind of challenging, so it’s fun,” she said. And for Collier Ogilvie and her Lady Spartan teammates, basketball this season has been a lot of fun, too. ��

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All Metro Football and Volleyball Teams Announced. Page 34

Fast-Starting Jaguars Upset Spartans; Brown Wins 400th for Lady Lions BY LEE DAVIS


R Last year Mountain Brook’s Collier Ogilvie became the first eighth grader in any sport to earn a spot on the Over the Mountain Journal’s All-Over the Mountain team. More photos at Journal photo by Pete Collins

Youth Movement

Ogilvie and Classmates Helping Spartans to Early Success BY LEE DAVIS



or some people, Collier Ogilvie’s path to athletic stardom might have been predictable. After all, her father Major starred in football at the University of Alabama in the 1970s, and her brother Morgan plays on the current Crimson Tide squad. But even those impressive bloodlines didn’t necessarily mean that the Mountain Brook freshman would achieve so much so soon. As an eighth grader in 20092010, Ogilvie joined the Lady Spartan varsity basketball team. It

helped that her sister, Mary Riley, was also on the varsity, but the jump was still huge. The younger Ogilvie proved up to the task. Not only did the 5-10 forward earn a starting role, she became the first eighth grader in any sport to earn a spot on the Over the Mountain Journal’s AllOver the Mountain team. “It was a great year,” Ogilvie said, when contacted by phone last week. “Everyone accepted me from the very beginning, and we played together as a team. Any awards I may have received wouldn’t have been possible with-

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ushing to an early 19-1 lead, underdog Spain Park held off numerous Mountain Brook charges to stage a 65-49 upset of the Spartans, who entered the game ranked third in Class 6A. Mountain Brook rallied to cut the margin to 23-14 by halftime, but the Jaguars pulled away in the second half. Robby Prater led the Spain Park scoring with 18 points. Rembert Martin added 15, while Mitchell Holt chipped in 11. Austin Keim paced the Spartans with nine points; Hatch Marbury scored seven. Mountain Brook dropped to 17-2 overall and 1-1 in Area 12 play. Spain Park rose to 14-6 overall and 1-0 in area competition. Homewood – ranked number one in Class 6A – escaped the upset bug. The Patriots defeated Northridge 64-54. Jeremy Watson scored 24 points for Homewood and snagged 10 rebounds. Marvin Whitt added 18 points as Homewood rose to 15-2 for the season. John Crain scored 18 points to lead Hoover to a 49-41 win over Gardendale. Jaron Davis contributed to the win with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Bucs saw their record improve to 15-3. Briarwood earned a win in Class 5A Area 7 play with a 57-32 decision over Chelsea. Jason Laatsch connected on five threepoint shots and led the Lions’ scoring with 18 total points. Devin Bowman scored 11 for the winners, while James Palmer added 10. Coach Chris Laatsch’s team now stands at 17-4 Spain Park’s Mitchell Holt puts up a jumper for the season and 2-1 in over Mountain Brook’s Paul Ehrhardt and area play. Jesse Gettinger. More photos at

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Journal photo by Marvin Gentry

Lee Davis

Transition Year: Championship and Coaching Changes Highlight 2010


f you wanted championship play and high drama on and off the field, Over the Mountain high school athletics had it all – and then some – in the 2010 calendar year. It all began last January, when the Hoover girls’ and Homewood boys’ basketball teams were on their way to the state 6A finals. In late February, Hoover crushed Bob Jones 39-19 in the state championship game, finishing 32-1 and taking its place among the great teams in Alabama girls’ high school basketball history. The news wasn’t as good for Coach Tim Shepler’s Patriots as Homewood fell in the finals to the Bob Jones boys’ team. A down note in the basketball season was an unfortunate fight that took place in the HooverSpain Park game in the Class 6A Area 10 finals. Several Hoover players were ejected from the game, and scenes from the fracas received worldwide exposure on YouTube. In the spring, the area’s dominance in soccer was showcased in both boys’ and girls’ com-

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Over the Mountain Journal Jan. 17, 2011  

Over the Mountain Journal, covering Homewood, Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook and North Shelby County, all suberbs of Birmingham, AL,...

Over the Mountain Journal Jan. 17, 2011  

Over the Mountain Journal, covering Homewood, Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook and North Shelby County, all suberbs of Birmingham, AL,...