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Hollywood Premiere BH&G Magazine’s 2021 Inspiration Home Opens This Month

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new star is about to make its debut in Hollywood. Birmingham Home & Garden’s Inspiration Home, a showhouse that the magazine builds from the ground up, will be open

Oct. 28-Nov. 21. It’s at 306 La Prado Circle in Homewood’s historic Hollywood district. The first Inspiration Home was built in 2003. Fully decorated by local designers, the house showcases resources for homeowners, homebuilders and remodelers. With 2,300 square feet on the main level and

1,744 square feet on the second level, this year’s house has three separate living spaces – a den, great room and upstairs living room. It also has four bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms, an open concept kitchen/dining area and great room, a butler’s pantry off the dining room, a large master suite on the main level, a See HOLLYWOOD, page 19

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FALL TREATS Halloween and Fall Festival events calendar PAGE 6

LIGHT IN THE DARK Community Grief Support introduces Tree of Lights Memorial to help people grieve lost loved ones PAGE 10

STAR TURN Inspiration Home team embraces the Spanish Colonial and English Tudor influence In Hollywood neighborhood PAGE 18

‘BACK TO ONE’ Lawyer and professor publishes first novel PAGE 26



is the season for monsters. and collect them all. Absolutely brilThe Hallmark Channel would liant. have you believe that Santa I’m only eight movies in right now, has skipped all that nonsense mostly because it is difficult for me to and is packing his sleigh as we speak, watch that much battle action in one but ask any 5-year-old and he will tell gulp. I watch one movie, then retreat to you that it is actually Monster the safety of “The British Baking O’Clock. Show,” where the only drama that takes A lot of kids want to dress up as place is when one of the “sponges” is a monsters on Halloween. Psychologists bit dry. say they are subconsciously trying to I’ve watched all three Iron Man overcome their inborn fear. My guess movies and the Guardians of the is that after having to do as you’re told Galaxy duo. I’ve been introduced to all Sue Murphy day after day, it’s fun to let loose and of the Avengers and, so far, the guy be the bad guy. that intrigues me the most is The Hulk, Dracula, Frankenstein, The a gentle human being who only goes Hulk when he’s morally outraged. Werewolf – these are the monsters We are all just I don’t know about you, but there of my childhood. They only came have been days lately when I felt out at night, couldn’t see you if you monsters who are myself hulking up just a bit. I get hid under the covers and could be trying – trying every disgruntled (can you just be gruntled taken out by any stalwart human being with a silver bullet or wooden day to save our little before you get ‘dissed?”) and start about some misdirection in stake. corner of the world ... grousing the world’s trajectory. Thankfully, I Today’s movie monsters come haven’t reached actual Hulk stage, out in broad daylight and want nothbut I’ve spent many an evening ing less than world domination. frothing at the mouth like those purple transformed Their extermination can only be accomplished by a team of superheroes, while the rest of humanity screams Minions in “Despicable Me 2.” Like me, the Minions are eventually brought back to their original cuteness by and runs in the opposite direction. a group of faithful friends. I’m currently making my way through the Marvel I’m going to get angry. That can’t be completely superhero movie line up in the order the studio suggestavoided, but I’d like to be more like Grover. Most days, ed, mostly because I watched “End Game” before I had seen all the preliminaries and was completely lost. I saw he is Super Grover, but even on Sesame Street, there are frustrations. Grover will scream and flail his arms, but the movie back when you could actually go to the theater and sit close to complete strangers without knowing then he takes a deep breath and says, “I am just a monster who is trying.” their vaccination status. It seems like a dream to me We are all just monsters who are trying – trying now. every day to save our little corner of the world, hopefulI must say, the Marvel movies are brilliantly done. I ly with as little wailing and gnashing of teeth as possidon’t mean Oscar-worthy, but the studio cleverly insertble. It’s a good plan. If there is a little piece of the realed one little piece of the “End Game” puzzle into each life End Game puzzle embedded in each day, we can’t movie. It’s like giving you a jigsaw puzzle one piece at afford to miss it. a time. If you get hooked early on, you must continue

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Ernie’s Sweet Peas participating in the 2021 Heart of Alabama Walk to End Alzheimer’s Sunday were, from left: Babs Babs, Kelly Pratt, Lauren Mashburn, Ashley Hibberts, Nikol Gaut, Shannon Gifford and Natalie Gaines.

The 2021 Heart of Alabama Walk to End Alzheimer’s took place at Sloss Furnace on Oct. 17, hosted by the Alabama Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The annual walk achieved its fundraising goal, resulting in more than $250,000 donated to further the national organization’s care, support and research efforts in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Walkers participated as individuals or teams, raising funds in honor or in memory of a loved one. A Promise Garden Ceremony kicked off the walk, with participants raising colored flowers that represent their diverse motivations for walking. Blue flowers represented Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, yellow represented caregivers and family members of a patient, purple represented the loss of a loved one to the disease and orange represented support for the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission.


Through Oct. 30 “Ruff!”

Birmingham Children’s Theatre presents a “tail” about two shelter dogs, the rough and tumble Axel and the friendly and eager Buddy. The story tackles themes of identity, selfesteem, friendship and confidence. Where: BCT Wee Folks Theatre Website:

Through Oct. 31

scholarships and efforts to promote the community. When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Robert Trent Jones-Oxmoor Valley Ridge Course Website:

Oct. 29 & 30 Raising Our Voices

UAB Arts in Medicine and Minneapolis-based Stuart Pimsler Dance Theater will present the production “Raising Our Voices: Stories of Cancer told through Movement, Music + Voice.” This

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The Alabama Ballet will perform its mixed-repertory production featuring segments of classic and contemporary works, including original work by choreographer Garrett Smith titled “Imitations” and George Balanchine’s “Western Symphony.” Where: The BJCC Website:

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Shop, Save, Share

The Junior League of Birmingham presents its 16th annual fundraiser where patrons receive 20% off or exclusive offers at over 230 participating local businesses. Shop, Save, Share cards can be purchased for $40. Funds raised will support the organization’s 31 community projects focused on improving the lives of Birmingham women and children. Website:



Oct. 21-31 “Natalie Needs a Nightie”

The Homewood Theatre will showcase productions of this lighthearted comedy by Neil and Caroline Schaffner. Shows will be performed over two weekends, Oct. 21-24, Oct. 28-31 When: Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. Where: The Homewood Theatre at Brookwood Village Website: homewoodtheatre. com

Sat., Oct. 23 October Creature Feature

Part of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Family Fun Days series, Kendra Abbott of the Alabama Museum of Natural History will present a free program highlighting Alabama invertebrates, featuring live insects from around the world. When: 10 a.m.-noon Where: Blount Plaza at the BBG Website:

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Thurs., Oct. 28 Homewood Chamber Golf Classic The Homewood Chamber will host its annual golf tournament, presented by Brookwood Baptist Health and C Spire, to raise funds for its economic development programs, student


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The Levite JCC of Birmingham invites local dogs to play in the facility’s outdoor pool with proceeds benefitting the Animal League of Birmingham and the LJCC. Tickets are $15 per dog with multi-dog discounts available. Owners must bring proof of rabies vaccination. When: 1-4 p.m. Where: LJCC Website: movement and storytelling project tells the stories of individuals impacted by cancer. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Alys Stephens Center Website:

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Sat., Oct. 30 Homewood First Responders 5K

This annual 5K run will raise funds for the Homewood Police Foundation and Homewood Fire Department. The race course will wind through downtown Homewood, with officers and firefighters onsite with police and fire vehicles as well as McGruff the Crime Dog. When: 8-11 a.m. Where: The Trak Shak, Homewood Website:

Oct. 29-31 Back to Broadway

Red Mountain Theatre will kick off its 2021-22 season with a performance celebrating the joy and power of musical theatre, featuring some of Broadway’s biggest hits performed by local and national talent. When: Oct. 29-30, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Oct. 31, 2 p.m. Where: Red Mountain Theatre Arts Campus Website:

Nov. 1-5 Terra Nova Academy Auction

Based in Birmingham, the Board of Directors for the Ugandan primary school Terra Nova Academy will host this inaugural online auction. Funds raised will support students and their families, as well as the school’s mission to offer spiritual, academic and artistic development with a focus on education to 250 students in Kampala, Uganda. Website:

Wed., Nov. 3 Little Black Dress Fashion Show Assistance League of Birmingham’s annual fashion show and luncheon includes local vendors, lunch and a fashion show by Town & Country Clothes. When: 10:30 a.m. Where: private club in Vestavia Website:

Thurs., Nov. 4 Casino for a Cause

The Alabama/NW Florida Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s 11th annual gala, raising funds for the organization’s programs, including education, Camp Oasis for children with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis and additional support services for Alabamians living with chronic digestive diseases. Festivities will include dinner, live and silent auctions, wine and jewelry pulls, music, casino games, prizes and more. When: 6 Where: Haven Website:

Nov. 4 & 5 Paula Cole

Hoover’s Library Theatre will host performances by this grammy-winning artist, known for hits including “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” and “I Don’t Want to Wait.” She will present her 10th album “Revolution.” When: 7:30 p.m. Where: The Library Theatre Website:

Sportsman’s Social and Clay Shoot The Lord Wedgwood Charity will host it’s two-part fundraiser, presented by Bromberg’s, benefiting its mission to place life-saving AEDs in schools, athletic programs, camps and nonprofits throughout the Southeast. The Sportsman’s Social will be held on Nov. 4 at Iron City and will feature

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a meal created by renowned wild game chef Rick Vonk along with a raffle and auctions. The Clay Shoot on Nov. 5 will include a morning session at 8:30 a.m. or an afternoon session at 11:30 a.m. at the Orvis Shooting Facility at Pursell Farms. Website:

Sat., Nov. 6 Metamorphosis

Formations Dance Company will host performances of this production, which celebrates the changing of the seasons as well as the changes of life, directed by Whitney Renfroe and Nell Goza. The production will also be broadcast virtually. When: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Where: The Dance Foundation Website:

Nov. 6 & 7 Moss Rock Festival

This annual festival’s 16th anniversary eco-creative outdoor festival will feature artists, a smart living market, design artisans, nature exhibitors, food, beer garden and more. Festivities will also include live music, a photography exhibition and more. When: 10 a.m., daily Where: Hoover Met Website:

Sun., Nov. 7 Out of Darkness Walk

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Alabama chapter will host the Birmingham walk to raise funds and awareness for AFSP’s mission to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy and support for those impacted by suicide. When: 2:30 p.m. Where: Veterans Park Website: chapter/alabama

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HALLOWEEN AND FALL FESTIVAL EVENTS CALENDAR Thurs., Oct. 21 Fall Festival Community Night Out Vestavia Hills Police and Fire departments will host a community night out for first responders to network with local businesses, civic groups, churches, schools and community volunteers. Activities will include food, a pumpkin patch, a DJ, jump houses, kids activities, vendors and Halloween costumes are encouraged. When: 5-8 p.m. Where: Vestavia Hills City Hall Website: Vestavia Hills Police Department Facebook Page

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Fri., Oct. 22 Bootastic Monster Bash

O’Neal Library will host a Halloweeninspired carnival for all ages, featuring crafts, carnival games and a sunset viewing of a monster movie. Halloween costumes are encouraged. When: 5:30, festival; 6:30, movie Where: O’Neal Library Website:

Sat., Oct. 23 Trick or Trot 5K

Kid One Transport’s ninth annual run will be held in person, with a virtual option allowing runners to complete the race from a distance anytime between Oct. 17 and Oct. 23. Funds raised will provide transportation to medical care for children and expectant mothers throughout Alabama. When: 8 a.m. Where: Back Forty Brewing Website:

Grace House Pumpkin Festival

The junior board for Grace House Ministries will present its 8th annual pumpkin festival to raise funds for the organization’s mission to provide a home for Alabama girls in foster care. Admission will include a pumpkin, a climbing wall, carnival games, candy giveaways, and food from local vendors. When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Homewood Central Park Website:

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The Arthritis Foundation will host this Halloween-themed gala, featuring dinner, music, a silent auction and more, presented by Arthritis Foundation volunteers and staff. Proceeds will benefit the foundation’s research, advocacy and public health programs for those affected by arthritis. When: 6-10 p.m. Where: Sloss Furnace Website:

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The Birmingham Zoo presents a daytime Halloween event series


The Homewood Witches will take flight, throwing treats along their way with a festival to follow, featuring live entertainment, inflatables, food trucks and live performances. Funds raised will benefit the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center. When: 2 p.m. Where: Homewood Central Park Website: homewoodwitchesride featuring trick-or-treating throughout the Zoo’s “Candy Trail.” Guests are invited to don their costumes for meet-and-greets with special guests, gather candy, take a ride the zoo’s Haunted Red Diamond Express Train or take a spin on the Protective Life Corporation Cobweb Carousel. When: Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 30-31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: The Birmingham Zoo Website:

Wed., Oct. 27 Boos and Brews

The Junior Leadership Council will host its annual Halloween-themed event, with guests and canine companions invited to arrive in costume. Proceeds from the event will benefit Mitchell’s Place and Studio by the Tracks. When: 6-9 p.m. Where: Back Forty Beer Co. Website: “Boos & Brews 2021” Facebook page

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Thurs., Oct. 28 Viva Vestavia

The Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Vestavia Hills restaurants and businesses have joined forces for this annual Halloween-themed tasting event, with guests invited to arrive in costume for food tastings and samples of fine wines. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s annual scholarships and capital fund. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Hollywood Pools/Alabama Gaslight and Grill Website:

Fri., Oct. 29 Hoover Hayride & Family Night

The City of Hoover’s annual familyfriendly fall community event returns with hayrides around the park and a large exhibitor pavilion where kids can gather treats throughout the night.

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The Alabama Wildlife Center will host this annual festival, featuring educational meet-and-greets with the center’s resident owls and other glove-trained raptors. Familyfriendly activities will include Bird of Prey shows, a rehabilitated bird release, themed crafts, treats and more. When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park Website:

The Mountain Brook community’s annual Halloween parade will return to Crestline Village. The Mardi Gras-style parade will feature floats and live entertainment. Parade-goers are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing. When: 4 p.m. Where: Crestline Village Website:

Halloween in the Heights

The Cahaba Heights Merchants Association will host a day-long Halloween celebration, featuring themed entertainment, shopping

deals and treats for the entire family. When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: The Heights Village Website: business.

Ross Bridge Witches Ride

The Ross Bridge Witches will host a brunch edition of this annual fundraiser to benefit the Hope for Autumn Foundation. Participating witches will meet for cocktails and brunch appetizers courtesy of Hometown Fare before taking

ArtPlay, the Alys Stephens Center’s community arts education program, will host a trick-or-treating Halloween party for the whole family, featuring a costume contest, live music, spooky storytelling, pumpkin decorating and more. When: 1 p.m. Where: ArtPlay Website: artplay-family-day-halloween-party/

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Children’s of Alabama Acquires Technologically Advanced Helicopter have a new piece of equipment and state-of-the-art technologies for our medical crews to operate in,” Jason Peterson, director of the Critical Care Transport team, said in a statement. “But at the end of the day, it’s going to come down to the ability for our crews to provide excellent care for our patients and their families.” The new helicopter has enhanced terrain avoidance systems, weather radar and other equipment that make it possible for crews to travel in Instrument Flight Rule conditions – something they previously could not do, being restricted to Visual Flight Rules

through the Federal Aviation Administration. Now, the team can transport patients even when the weather is not totally clear. The helicopter also has twin engines, a rolling stretcher and rearloading capacity. It offers enough space for four crew members in the back by the patient, with a pilot and another passenger in the front. “In the state of Alabama, it’s one of a kind,” Peterson said. “Currently, it is the only aircraft of this model in the state. It is one of the most advanced technological aircrafts in the state.” The Children’s Critical Care Transport team began in 1983 transporting critically ill and injured children between medical facilities across the region. It has ambulances, an air medical jet and the helicopter – essentially mobile emergency rooms – that transport kids to facilities that offer the level of care they need. “It’s very impactful,” Monday Morning Quarterback Club board member Jeff Stone said. “Our club is all about supporting the medical needs of children in our community any way we can, and I can’t think of a better way of doing it than through this helicopter.” The operation of the helicopter is possible through a partnership between Children’s and Med-Trans Corporation, which provides all pilots, mechanics and other operation logistics for Children’s to use the new helicopter.

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Children’s of Alabama has acquired a new state-of-the-art helicopter that will allow the Critical Care Transport team to reach more children in emergency situations and treat them more effectively. The helicopter was made possible through donations from the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, and it was named QB1 in acknowledgment of the gift. The helicopter, an Airbus H145, replaces the team’s previous helicopter, which had been in use since 2012, and includes more sophisticated technology. “It’s really cool that we’re going to

Morning Quarterback Club 2021 Captain John Williams with Children’s of Alabama’s new state-of-the-art helicopter.

Turning the Page

What Remains

Beginning on Oct. 20, the Dandé Lion will present a farewell sale with everything in the store available at a 40% discount. Shoppers will find a store staple, Byers’ Choice Carolers, on the

Vestavia Hills City Schools announced on Monday that five educators will be inducted into the Vestavia Hills City Schools Hall of Fame’s second class. Inductees in the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 are, in alphabetical order: the late Sammy Dunn, coach of the Vestavia Hills High School baseball team from 1978 to 2004; Barbara Grant, science teacher at Vestavia Hills Junior High and Louis Pizitz Middle School from 1968 to 1998; Michael Gross, principal of Vestavia Hills High School from 1985 to 1999; Rick McKay, teacher at Vestavia Hills Elementary East and Vestavia Hills Elementary Central from 1980 to 2002; and John Rush, physical education teacher and coach at Louis Pizitz Middle School from 1981 to 2019. Inductees were chosen from a field of nominees submitted earlier this year by alumni, faculty, staff and the community at large. More than 100 nominations were submitted for the 2021 class. The Class of 2021 will be the second group of educators to be inducted into the Vestavia Hills City Schools Hall of Fame following a 2020 class, which included Buddy Anderson, Helen Holley, David Miles, Dr. Carlton Smith and Kay Tipton.

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The Dandé Lion owner Joann Conzelman Long is turning a page and beginning a new chapter. After taking over ownership of her mother’s furniture and home accessories store and maintaining its presence in Mountain Brook Village for 52 years, she is saying farewell. In 1969, Joann’s mother, Joan Conzelman Long, opened the Dandé Lion in English Village. Joan moved the operation to Culver Road in Mountain Brook Village three years later, and the store remained there for more than 45 years. When Joann moved back from Atlanta, she intended to continue her career as an educator but found she was overqualified for the positions available to her in Birmingham. She had always planned to help her mother at the store, so she joined her and found that she loved it. “Mother and I worked very well together,” she said.

A portion of that great working relationship was due to Joann’s ability to capture her mother’s sense of style. It came naturally. Joann took over ownership of the store after her mother died of liver cancer. “When I was in the Culver Road store, there were times when I felt like my mother would walk in at any moment,” Joann said. She did lose that feeling in 2018 when the store relocated to its current space on Canterbury Road in Mountain Brook Village. Joan’s style – as well as daughter Joann – set the standard for The Dandé Lion, which has continued to offer classic and timeless pieces while adapting to trends.

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Joann Conzelman Long said what she will miss the most are the relationships she has built with her customers.

The Dandé Lion and Joann Long Say Farewell After 52 Years in Mountain Brook By Emily Williams-Robertshaw


shelves. Joann and her mother began selling Carolers after seeing them at market in Atlanta in the early 1980s. There are a number of individual Carolers in the store, including holiday pieces from collections such as “A Christmas Carol,” “The 12 Days

of Christmas” and “The Nutcracker.” Joann has been known for her wide selection of lamps, once having upwards of 500 in stock at the store’s Culver Road location. Few lamps remain, but there is a wide selection of furniture and other

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John Rush, physical education teacher and coach at Louis Pizitz Middle School from 1981 to 2019 is set to be inducted into Vestavia Hills City Schools Hall of Fame’s second class.

“The Hall of Fame Class of 2021 epitomizes the exceptional educators that are the trademark of Vestavia Hills City Schools,” said Superintendent Todd Freeman. “Their positive influence was transformational for the many students they taught as well as the colleagues they worked alongside.” Inductees will be honored in a special ceremony open to the public, beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Vestavia Hills High School. decorative pieces for the home. “We have baker’s racks, étagères, dining room tables, end tables sofas and antique trunks,” she said. She also has a wide variety of antique and modern mirrors on display throughout the store. Some of her favorite decorative and smaller pieces include fivepiece place settings of Richard Ginori china in “Italian Fruit” and antique items including Imari plates, leather books and brass candlesticks. “I have loved the retail business,” Joann said, “but it’s just time for a change.” Her wish is that the community continues to SHOP LOCAL, she said. Not only are small businesses vital, Joann agreed that nothing beats the experiences of purchasing an item you’ve seen in person from someone you know and trust. Joann said what she will miss the most are her interactions with shoppers and the relationships she has built with customers over the years. “I love it when we help a customer find the perfect gift or item for their home, and they come back in to tell us how much they have enjoyed it,” she said. “That’s the best feeling. Thank you for 52 wonderful years!”



For the Kids

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Children’s Harbor Hosts 25th Annual Barbecue Cooking Competition By Emily Williams-Robertshaw Children’s Harbor is bringing the heat to Cahaba Brewing on Halloween weekend. This will be the 25th annual cook-off benefiting the organization’s mission to provide support services to children with serious illnesses and their families. Proceeds from the event will benefit the many children served at the organization’s two facilities. Children’s Harbor operates a Family Center at Children’s of Alabama as well as its Lake Martin Campus. Children’s Harbor was founded in 1987 when Ben and Luanne Russell built the first facility on the banks of Lake Martin in Alexander City. In 1990, the campus began serving as a camp retreat for children with serious illnesses and their families at no cost. It also has become a fixture for the surrounding Lake Martin community. Children’s Harbor’s picturesque Plymouth Lighthouse and Children’s Chapel have become iconic markers for folks who attend Sunday church services at Church in the Pines, an open-air church on campus. The chapel and church also have become highly sought-after venues for weddings. In addition, the organization offers services to children and families at Children’s of Alabama through its Birmingham Family Center, established in 2001. Programming is offered at no cost to the patients, including support services such as a counseling center, education, career development and transition living program for the whole family. In addition, kids can use the center as a place to unwind and participate in fun activities in a nonclinical setting. While the lakeside campus offers respite away from the hospital, the family center is an escape within hospital walls. In the cook-off, Oct. 29, teams will compete to see who achieves the best BBQ ribs, Boston butts and sauce. Guests can attend the event and taste the teams’ creations in-person or grab a plate of tastings at a drivethru pick-up. Festivities also will include a variety of family-friendly activities including music and a Halloween costume contest for humans and pets. For more information, visit

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By Emily Williams-Robertshaw s the holiday months come into focus, the community is quick to embrace joyful aspects of the season. While it is abidingly common to approach the season with a cheerful demeanor, it is just as common for many to lose a bit of their holiday spirit, especially if they have lost someone. To support those who are entering the season while experiencing the recent loss of a loved one, Homewood-based counseling nonprofit Community Grief Support will be offering programs designed to help cope with holiday grief. In addition to hosting sessions of its annual “Hope for the Holidays” community seminars, CGS will be introducing a new initiative, the Tree of Lights, presented by founding partner Alabama Power Co. Through a partnership with the city of Homewood’s Parks and Recreation Board, a 12-foot holiday tree will be installed at Homewood Central Park at the corner of Oxmoor

In addition to sponsoring a light, donors will receive gifts to memorialize the person they have lost. A $75 donation will include a handmade pottery luminary with a candle created by Lisa Howard, an acclaimed artist working out of Mobile whose sister, Rachel Bunting, serves on the board for CGS.

‘The people who come to us during this time are grieving so much more because they’ve been in isolation and haven’t been able to share with those people who are close to them.’

going through the holidays may not feel like celebrating.” Those experiencing grief approach the season in different ways, she said, and the first holiday after a loss is especially difficult. Some may want to maintain traditions in honor of their loved one, or they may want to scale back to avoid further pain. Harrison said losing someone to COVID in the hospital can be especially difficult. “I’ve been there, and I know how it feels,” Harrison said. “It’s really a tough thing, as well, to be in those units working with the patients. Not having loved ones there who can rally around the person, all they have there are those health care workers.” Harrison’s husband lost his mother to COVID-19 in December 2020, so she experienced firsthand the level of grief that resulted from losing her so suddenly. It wasn’t just that there was little time to prepare for the loss, the family could not gather together at the hospital by her side. “It was just so sudden, and they didn’t get to talk to her or see her,” she said. “It just feels terrible. “The people who come to us during this time are grieving so much more because they’ve been in isolation and haven’t been able to share with those people who are close to them,” Harrison said. Through programs like the Hope for the Holidays seminars, CGS seeks to at least prepare those in grief for the holidays ahead.

Seminar Gives Coping Skills

Led by bereavement care counselor and CGS Clinical Director Steve Sweatt, LPC/LMFT, the seminar includes professional advice as well as

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Road and Central Avenue and will be on display through November and December. Community members can sponsor a light for the tree in memory of a loved one in exchange for a donation. According to CGS Administrative Director Lisa Sims Harrison, the idea has been in the works since 2015. “This is a tree of remembrance for those people we have lost,” Harrison said. “It’s at the holidays when people want to remember their loved one.” In addition to sponsoring a light, donors will receive gifts to memorialize the person they have lost. A $25 donation will include a memorial card in the name of the lost loved one that can be sent to up to three addresses. A $75 donation will include a handmade pottery luminary with a candle created by Lisa Howard, an acclaimed artist working out of Mobile whose sister, Rachel Bunting, serves on the board for CGS. “For a $100 donation, you get this gorgeous, four-inch antique gold, matte finished ornament with a velvet ribbon,” Harrison said. The ornament will arrive in a gift box and will feature the name of the person being memorialized handpainted in calligraphy. The ornaments will be personalized by Amber Rosenberg with Party Pick Up. Harrison hopes the event will prove a success and the organization will be able to expand the project to other locations in the Birmingham area. “While we are located in Homewood, we don’t want to limit ourselves, because this can be an areawide memorial and celebration of a person’s life,” she said. The funds raised through donations will benefit CGS services, which are provided to the greater Birmingham community free of charge.


Light in the Dark Community Grief Support Introduces Tree of Lights Memorial to Help People Grieve Lost Loved Ones

For 25 years, CGS has provided its grief support services to the community free of charge. The organization relies on corporate and individual donations as well as fundraising events such as the Tree of Life to continue their work. The need for grief support has grown since 2020, according to Harrison. “Since the pandemic began, our intake of new clients has increased by 40%,” she said. When new clients arrive, they have often dealt with loss before but did not know that there were community resources like CGS available. “We’re right here in Homewood,” Harrison said. The organization’s office is located on Oxmoor Road across the street from Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. “This is where our

counseling takes place, but we also have virtual counseling, which we added during the pandemic.” CGS offers virtual support groups as well as counseling.

Hope for the Holidays

The first holiday without a loved one presents a challenge for those who are coping with loss. CGS will be offering three installments of its “Hope for the Holidays” community seminars in November. “People have traditions that they have done for years upon years, maybe even generations to generations, and all of a sudden that circle has been broken,” Harrison said. “A person who is

CGS Junior Board to Host Fourth Annual Mac N’ Cheese Festival The junior board of Community Grief Support will host the fourth annual Magic City Mac N’ Cheese Festival on Nov.14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Back Forty Beer Company. The festival is part-competition, partcelebration of the ultimate comfort food and a fundraiser for Community Grief Support. Event officials estimate a crowd of about 2,000 guests tasting mac and cheese dishes from Birmingham restaurants, food trucks, caterers, corporate teams and home chefs. Vendors so far include John’s City Diner, The Southern Kitchen & Bar, Vegan Underground, Troup’s Pizza and Carlile’s Barbecue, with more to come. The festival will be a family- and petfriendly event including live music and children’s activities such as balloon artists, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt. There also will be a local celebrity judging panel and other food and beverages for sale on site. All proceeds support the organization’s free grief support groups, grief counseling and community grief education in the Greater Birmingham area. For more information, visit macfestbhm. com.


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O’Neal Library Staff Education Fund Honors Former Library Director

The Mountain Brook Library Foundation has created a fund in honor of the late Susan DeBrecht, the former O’Neal Library director who passed away Sept. 1 after battling ALS. In honor of her legacy after working 32 years with the library, the Susan J. DeBrecht Education Fund has been established to fund opportunities for staff support and educational development. Former O’Neal DeBrecht joined the staff Library director Sue as a children’s DeBrecht. librarian in 1985, assuming the role of assistant director in 1986 and then library director in 1989. She retired in 2017. During her tenure as director, the Mountain Brook Library Foundation raised funds for the construction of a new library building, finished in April 2001. In a letter to library staff and supporters, library Director Lindsy Gardner states, “As a result of Sue’s leadership, the O’Neal Library received the Blue Ribbon Level Award, which is conveyed to public

libraries in the state that have achieved superior excellence and service.” In addition, the library earned a four-star rating from the Library

Journal, considered a prestigious recognition that assesses a library’s collections, programs and community service. It was the only four-star library

in the Jefferson County area at the time, according to Gardner. “Sue will also be remembered for her tireless advocacy for library

employees,” Gardner said. “She encouraged her staff to pursue higher education and supported continuing professional development.”

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discussions with loss survivors about how they dealt with their own holiday grief. “We give people a lot of coping skills,” she said. “We tell them to make a plan for the holidays in advance so they are not surprised by their emotions and can prepare those around them if they don’t seem to have quite the same level of excitement. We tell people that they should do a lot of self-care. If that means not buying as many gifts, then don’t buy as many gifts.” A range of informative topics on coping skills will include “Plan Ahead for Your Holiday Season,” “Accept Your Limitations,” “Make Changes If Necessary,” “Trim Down to Essentials,” “Ask for and Accept Help,” “Inform Others of Your Needs,” “Build in Flexibility” and “Give Yourself Permission to ‘Be.’” In-person sessions will take place Nov. 6 at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church and Nov. 20 at Asbury United Methodist Church in North Shelby County. A virtual session will be hosted Nov. 13. With each session, the organization will provide counseling to help loss survivors deal with their struggles. To register for one of the events, contact Callie Eldredge at 205-8708667. For more information, visit

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Trinity Counseling Hosts Autumnal Fundraiser

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upporters and staff at Trinity Counseling gathered at The Battery on Oct. 14 for the annual Tacos for Trinity fall fundraiser. Trinity’s board of influencers and host committee organized the autumn benefit, featuring food, live music and a silent auction.

Tacos were provided by Taco Mama, along with ice cream from Big Spoon Creamery. Funds raised account for a large portion of Trinity’s annual budget, allowing the counseling organization to provide affordable mental health services to the community. ❖

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The Mountain Brook Kappa Delta Alumnae Association recently held a reception to honor two members, Sally Legg and Mary Stimpson Turner. Both Legg and Turner received national recognition of the Order of the Emerald from the national Kappa Delta organization. The Order of the Emerald is given to an alumna who has displayed extraordinary service to Kappa Delta at the local, state or national level. Nominated by fellow Kappa Deltas and chosen by committee, the recipient must have exhibited selfless devotion to the sorority through service at the national level or locally on a chapter advisory board, alumnae chapter, house corporation board or alumnae Panhellenic. ❖

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Fashion Forward

Linly Heflin Hosts 62nd Scholarship Fashion Show The latest looks for fall were showcased on the runway at The Club on Oct. 13 as the Linly Heflin Unit hosted its 62nd annual Scholarship Fashion Show. Beginning with a cocktail reception, guests mingled before settling down for dinner and a fashion show organized by Gus Mayer. This year’s featured designer was Zang Toi, coordinated by Gus Mayer owner Jeff Pizitz and President Chuck Mallett. Planning for the fundraiser was led by the organization’s 2021 fashion show chair Cameron Crowe and co-chair Kendall Eagan. Funds raised at the event will benefit the organization’s mission to award scholarships to local women who plan to pursue higher education. This year, scholarships in the amount of $9,000 per year for up to four years were awarded to 100 young women pursuing undergraduate degrees from Alabama universities. ❖

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Autumnal Induction

Carousels Introduce New Slate of Officers Carousels Dance Club members met at Mountain Brook Club for their annual fall luncheon to introduce new officers and conduct a brief business meeting to discuss upcoming events. Those attending feasted on chicken crepes, asparagus, fruit salad and creme brûlée topped with strawberries. Each table was decorated with pots of festive yellow mums. Members present were Lynn Ault, Adele Colvin, Sarah Creveling, Jo Anne Gaede, Melanie Gardner, Virginia Gross, Jay Hall, Jesse Key, Sara Lee, Peggy Marshall, Patsy Norton, Valerie Parkey, Carole Sullivan, Betty Wagstaff and Anne Handley. New officers are: President Martha Cheney; Secretary Laurie Binion; Treasurer Lynn Ault; Party Chairman Bebe Costner; invitations, Barbara Baird; mailings, Adele Colvin; Parliamentarian Sara Lee; and Publicity Chair Virginia Gross. Members are looking forward to the Valentine dinner dance. In the spring, the club will meet to nominate new members and address the slate of officers for the coming year. ❖

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Welcome to My Treatment Home

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Social Revival

Young Women Revive and Reimagine Birmingham Spinsters Club The Spinsters Club of Birmingham recently was revived and met Oct. 13 for the first time since the early 2000s at Moe’s Barbecue in Lakeview. Organized to bring together young women living in Birmingham, the club hosts social gatherings at local establishments in the city as well as one or two parties a year. Originally formed in 1925 as the “Spinsters Cotillion Club,” the club was a tradition in the Birmingham area for more than 75 years. The charter members of the newly revived Spinsters Club of Birmingham include Rebecca Lankford, Anne Matthews, Turner

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Hand in Paw’s Barktoberfest Raises Funds for Animal Therapy Teams Hand in Paw hosted its annual Oktoberfest fundraiser Oct. 7 for people and their furry friends. In addition to a stein-hoisting competition for guests with opposable thumbs, there was a costume contest for pets. Highlighted throughout the evening was craft beer by Cahaba Brewing Company, Cahaba’s new food truck The Current and Big Spoon Creamery. Judges for the costume contest were Rodney Tucker and Billy Connelley, creator of Hand in Paw’s Anna’s Fund, which helps fund the cost of training for therapy teams. ❖ Jordan Carlisle, Maggie Baker and Esther Arnold with a furry friend.


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When husband-and-wife team Kevin and Leigh Misso of River Brook Design and Construction set out to create a home to inspire, the story was in the details. The result is a true dichotomy of design. It’s a modern European design that honors the historical Hollywood community. It offers an open and airy floor plan but reads as unique rooms filled with warmth and color. While this is Birmingham Home & Garden’s 10th Inspiration Home, the journey to finishing the project was a new experience for editor Cathy Still McGowin. “We were excited to work with a designbuild team,” she said. “In the past, we’ve worked with just an architect or just a builder, but they are the whole package.” It makes for a more streamlined process, as the team can continue to design the home as they build, tailoring and making adjustments as the project progresses. When Birmingham Home & Garden reached out to the Missos to design their 10th Inspiration Home, they were thrilled. “It was such an honor to be asked,” Leigh said. After basking in the glow of it for a moment, the work began. “Now we have 13 months to get it done …,” Leigh said. “… In the height of a pandemic,” McGowin chimed in. Time was crucial, but the team had a few properties in mind and landed on 306 La Prado Circle in the Hollywood neighborhood in Homewood. The home was not only a collaboration between the publication and River Brook, but also the property’s owners, Paul and Mary Schabacker and their three children. The existing home was torn down and plans began to create an inspiring home that fit into the community. The Missos preferred to embrace the Spanish Colonial and English Tudor influence established in the surrounding Hollywood neighborhood. It needed to read rustic and European, Leigh said, which is right up their alley. “We love Europe,” she added. The couple eloped with their families and married in Venice, and old world European design has always been a major influence in their work. Embracing the feel of many homes that established the Hollywood community, the Missos set out to bring a Spanish colonial revival into the present day with modern European influences.

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By Emily Williams-Robertshaw

Kevin and Leigh Misso of River Brook Design with Cathy Still McGowin BHG editor at this Birmingham Home & Garden’s 10th Inspiration Home located in the Hollywood section of Homewood. The home was not only a collaboration between the publication and River Brook, but also the property’s owners, Paul and Mary Schabacker and their three children. Below, living room and fireplace by L.Vogtle Interiors/Design Supply.

Star Turn

2021 Inspiration Home Team Embraces the Spanish Colonial and English Tudor Influence In Hollywood Neighborhood

impact on manufacturing and shipping. River Brook stuck to local vendors whenever possible and sourced materials based on availability. “Everything really worked out great,” Kevin said. “We’re talking about 50 plus windows, doors, everything showed up on time when it was supposed to.” Inside the home, River Brook created a space that shows the shift away from the pre-pandemic trend of fully embraced open concept living. “When you walk through the door, we wanted you to experience the house as you walked through it,” Leigh said. “We didn’t want it to give itself away right at the beginning.” Leigh said the limewashed stone used in the facade and parapet set the tone for the interior of the home. Entering the front door, one meets a living area to the left while a large fireplace covered in the same stone sits on the right, creating a separation between the great room and a small office area. “We wanted limestone, but we couldn’t fit it in the budget,” Leigh said. “How can we accomplish the same look without sacrificing the aesthetic?” The stone is also used in the second fireplace in the outdoor living area in the backyard. While there are no doors, the kitchen and dining areas are sectioned off and the eye is drawn all the way to the back of the living area where a staircase leads upstairs and a foyer creates a path to the home’s private side entrance and courtyard, then to the master suite. “I don’t know if the open floor plan will ever go away because it is so family friendly, but the way River Brook handled it creates individual spaces with their own signature style and personality,” McGowin said. Designers created unique experiences in each room that remain cohesive, she said.

Setting the Scene

The Opening Scene

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The couple set out to establish their theme from the moment people see the house from the street. “The lot was a challenge,” Leigh said. Kevin added that the front of the lot was narrower than the back, creating a kind of pie shape. “We had a narrow front, so we thought, what if we did a parapet?” Leigh said. “Could it be a little Alys Beach?” No, Alys Beach was too coastal. “We didn’t just want to take a traditional modern farmhouse and stick it in Hollywood,


we wanted to find a way to tie the build into the aesthetic of the neighborhood,” Leigh said. Using Birmingham Home & Garden’s sponsors for the 2021 Inspiration Home, the Missos

were able to source many materials locally. It made the difference, according to Kevin, as they didn’t have to worry about waiting for materials that were backordered due to the pandemic’s

One of Leigh’s passions is the creativity in the work, how the design of the home evolves and adapts throughout the building process. She is also the design liaison for the project. “We wanted it to be all about the natural material,” Leigh said. She wanted to let the materials speak for themselves, like the flooring used throughout the living area sourced locally from Evolutia. “We have worked with them on several projects,” Leigh said. “They salvage old wood, beams, you name it from barns, houses, all over and then they rehab it and use it for other purposes.” Easily accessible in North Birmingham, the company’s warehouse had a treasure trove of reclaimed white oak flooring. An eclectic look was created by using differing plank sizes and keeping the sanding light to reveal the natural flaws in the wood. “I wanted to have some character in it,” Leigh said. “I wanted to see the knots. I wanted to see that this was old wood that has beauty and let the truth of the honest materials speak for themselves, not make them look like something else.” While the floors make a big impact, the light finish creates a cohesive and neutral base. See INSPIRATION, page 21



spacious foyer with a floating staircase, two laundry spaces and a tiered outdoor living space. Hollywood, one of the first Over the Mountain developments, was built by developer Clyde Nelson. Street names reflect the Homewood neighborhood’s California name-

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HOME sake: La Prado, Bonita, Poinciana and Hollywood Boulevard. Many of the houses in Hollywood were designed by architect George P. Turner in the Spanish Colonial Revival and the English Tudor architectural styles. The Hollywood Historic District was registered with the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. River Brook Design & Constructi on is the designer and builder for

the house. Owners Kevin and Leigh Misso launched the company in 2017. Since then, the husband-andwife team has expanded the business to include custom luxury new builds, renovations and additions. It handles residential and commercial design. River Brook has projects in many areas, including in Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills and Lake Martin. Leigh Misso also is the Inspiration Home’s design liaison. Birmingham Home & Garden reaches about 110,000 readers in the Birmingham area and beyond. The magazine is produced by PMT Publishing, an Alabama company with offices in Birmingham and Mobile. Sponsors for the Inspiration Home include Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery, Land Title Co. of Alabama, Mayer Lighting and Showroom, Ray and Poynor Properties and Triton Stone Group.

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“I see at lot of first-time buyers taking advantage of low interest rates.,” said Carl. “Also I think a number of homeowners are looking to


move up to larger space. COVID has had many people working from home and they are needing more space.” “I think the Real Estate market will continue to be great for awhile,” said Mary. “Buyers need to work with professional agents that can make sure they get to the closing table. People do not realize all of the steps you have to take from beginning to end, whether they are selling their house or buying a new home.’ “Houses to rent are in high demand, they usually rent the first day on the rental market and for higher prices than ever,” said Gail Call Gail, Carl, or Mary to take care of all of your real estate needs. All Star Realty is located at 2030 Columbiana Rd., in Vestavia Hills.

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The home has two butler’s pantries, one off the dining room. Leigh knew they wanted to do a marble slab finish up the back wall to show off the 10-foot ceilings and didn’t want it to be hidden from view. She had sourced three sets of antique French doors and used one to

‘We didn’t just want to take a traditional modern farmhouse and stick it in Hollywood, we wanted to find a way to tie the build into the aesthetic of the neighborhood.’ create a path of sight in the wall separating the pantry and dining area. Then she put the other set in the wall between the dining area and the office. “It brings you into an office that looks on to the dining room and then through to this gorgeous butler’s pantry,” Leigh said. When you sit at the dining table, there are views of the stone in the butler’s pantry as well as the full marble slab covering the back wall of the kitchen, the heart of the home.

Culminating at the Kitchen

The kitchen is homeowner Mary Schabacker’s baby. She loves to cook. Inspiration was drawn from the most important feature of the kitchen, the silver and gold La Cornue range, which presents a heavy European look.

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HOME Next to it is a deck-mounted pot filler faucet, as Leigh didn’t want to break up the marble with a wall-mounted piece. A window installed above the range provides natural light. It’s something unexpected, Leigh said. “You don’t typically have windows behind your range, so we decided to use this new hood from Wolf that is seamless,” Leigh said. The ceiling-mounted hood is so seamless one would imagine it’s too far above to properly vent, but Kevin can attest to its functionality. “You don’t want to wear a toupée around that,” he joked. Throughout the space, the goal was to hide everything. A wall of white oak cabinets with a horizontal design hide a fridge, pantry and cabinets, with the pattern carried throughout the room along the lower cabinets. On the opposing wall, a blank space is filled by an abstract piece by artist Joe Turner as well as a modern glass display cabinet with steel door frames and a marble backsplash. “Kitchens are looking less utilitarian and more a part of the living space,” Leigh said. “We wanted to elevate it while modernizing it.” Keeping the focus on the stone wall, large waterfall island and range, there are no upper cabinets. “This house, to me, out of all of the houses we have ever done, has the most beautiful tile and stone package we have ever seen,” McGowin said.

malist trend. “Especially in the master, it reads more is more,” she said. The design is filled with antiques and found objects, which McGowin sees as a growing trend alongside sourcing locally. There’s also the powder room. “It’s a bathroom,” Leigh said. “It’s a space that is necessary, but we wanted to figure out how to make it unassuming.” So, it was tucked into a wall off the kitchen and dining area with a hidden

door flush with the wall. “We have to build all of that custom,” Leigh said. “So, our River Brook team built that door by hand.” But even if it was hidden, Leigh had no intention of creating a run-ofthe-mill powder room. “You’re used to seeing a vanity and a mirror,” Leigh said. “Why? Why does it have to be that way? “How do we make it more than a vanity and toilet. How do we make it a room you want to be in?” she added. High-quality, natural stones sourced

from Triton Stone Group set the tone throughout the home, including the powder room’s vanity. The powder room is now exciting, Leigh said. The hidden door opens and reveals high lacquered paint on walls covered in framed paintings, creating a wallpaper of artwork. It is just one example that showcases how interior designers created designs that bring the build to the next level. “Now it is a wow moment,” Leigh said.

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Homewood Toy & Hobby Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop is celebrating its 70th year in business, making it the oldest toy store and hobby shop in the Birmingham area. “We are family-owned and operated since 1950 with a focus on classic toys for the child inside of everyone,” said owner Tricia McCain, above right, with store manager Julie Marix. “We carry a wide variety of brands including, but not limited to Corolle Dolls, Lego, Playmobil, Melissa & Doug, Lionel Trains and Traxxas Remote Control.



“Whether you are looking for a new toy for a newborn baby, a birthday gift for your child’s classmate or even a new hobby for Dad, our experienced staff can help you decide on the best item,” Tricia said. “We carry the largest selection of remote controlled toys in Birmingham. We are proud to have 70 years of business in the hobby industry. “If you are looking for a particular toy, don’t hesitate to give us a call. If we don’t stock it, we can often special order it for you.” Homewood Toy & Hobby Shop is located at 2830 18th Street S., 205-879-3986.


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Reagan Bonner, 2021 Miss Indian Alabama, visited Green Valley Elementary School on Oct. 8. Bonner caught the students’ attention right away, dressed in traditional regalia and her beaded Miss Indian Alabama crown.

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Reagan Bonner, 2021 Miss Indian Alabama, visited Green Valley Elementary School Oct. 8 to share stories about Native American culture with students. Her visit was through the Hoover City Schools’ Diverse Literature Initiative, in which educators coordinate opportunities to celebrate diversity and teach about other cultures. Miss Indian Alabama is a scholarship program sponsored by the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission. According to the AIAC, the distinction is a coveted honor among Alabama’s tribal communities. Those crowned use the platform to educate people and celebrate the history and culture of indigenous tribes in Alabama through speaking engagements such as the one in Hoover. The daughter of Hoover City Schools Child Nutrition Program Director Melinda Bonner, Bonner is active in her family’s tribe, the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama. Bonner caught the students’ attention right away, dressed in traditional regalia and her beaded Miss Indian Alabama crown. The colorful attire is usually worn for traditional dances. According to Hoover Schools Public Relations Coordinator Sherea Harris-Turner, students were enamored by Bonner and attentive throughout her presentation. Bonner’s presentation highlighted Native American storytelling, including performances that showcased its historical importance and cultural value. Stories included a tale about “how we got moccasins” and a historical tale about Turtle Island, also known as North America. A favorite story for the students was about the importance of eagle feathers in indigenous culture. “She didn’t have eagle feathers to

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display but she did show the students her large turkey feathered prayer fan with the tail of a deer at the end,” Harris-Turner said. Playing her Native American flute, Bonner mesmerized students with a performance of “Cherokee Morning Song.” “One student said, ‘That music is so relaxing,’” Harris-Turner said. “She explained that Native American women sing the song as their morning prayers to the north, south, east and west.” Bonner also taught the students how to speak a few words in Cherokee. “The room was full of chatter and laughter as she taught them how to say hello, ‘osiyo,’ my name is, ‘da-qua-doa hi-a,’ and thank you, ‘wado,’ in Cherokee, and they enthusiastically repeated the words back to her,” Harris-Turner said. Dr. Terry Lamar, Hoover Schools’ director of equity and educational initiatives, said finding educational oppor-

tunities to celebrate indigenous culture of Alabama is vital. “Students need to see all people and cultures that represent our great state,” Lamar said. “Native American communities have such rich history within our state and this country. This is the least we can do, highlight accomplishment and celebrate their rich culture and experiences.” In addition to celebrating indigenous culture, Hoover schools’ diversity initiative seeks to celebrate the many cultures represented in its student body. “Like all the other schools within Hoover, Green Valley is extremely diverse,” Lamar said. “There are over 15 languages spoken at Green Valley and there are a plethora of ethnicities within the Green Valley community.” “Students learn and they see characters in books that represent all students,” he added. “Hoover believes each student should feel represented and respected within the curriculum and school system.”

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‘Back to One’

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On Nov. 2, Anne Glass will achieve a dream that began in 1994. Her first novel, “Back to One,” will be released under her pen name, Antonia Gavrihel.

By Emily Williams-Robertshaw


t is Anne Glass’ philosophy that everything comes in its own time. The Arizona native entered the workforce as an actress in Los Angeles. Decades later, she has her juris doctorate, lives in North Shelby County and is a tax advisor at H&R Block, also serving as a professor of tax law at the Birmingham School of Law. Come Nov. 2, she will achieve a dream that began in 1994. Her first novel, “Back to One,” will be released under her pen name, Antonia Gavrihel. It’s a story inspired by her own fantasies about a married woman from Alabama and a bachelor movie star living in Los Angeles who meet by chance and form a deep and lasting friendship. “It’s about true friendship,” Glass said. “True friendship is the basis of everything. Whether you go on as friends or it eventually

turns into romance, you have to have the friendship.”

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While Kyle and Catherine’s story is fiction, Glass wrote what she knew. She grew up in the entertainment industry. Both of her parents were in showbiz, having performed all over the world. In addition, she began acting at a young age. The title “Back to One” is not only a reference to the story but an industry term. When it’s time to do another take of a scene, a member of the crew will call out “back-to-one,” signaling everyone back to their starting positions. Her father, August Malatia, was an actor and comedian, better known by his stage name Bob G. Anthony. He worked the comedy circuit in nightclubs and toured with big name acts such as Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole. His successful career in film and television include feature film roles, including the films “Mixed Company” and “Campus Man.” In the

television series “Father Murphy,” he played storekeeper Wendell Griffin, and he made appearances on shows such as “The New Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Wonderful World of Disney.” Glass’ mother, Anne, was a professional big band singer. She performed under the stage name Toni Rami with Bennett and Cole, Rosemary Clooney and Red Skelton. She even made it to television, performing on hit programs such as “The Ed Sullivan Show.” In her youth, Glass spent a lot of time alone, and her imagination became her constant companion. “My parents being entertainers, my mom would work a regular job during the day and then would entertain at night, and my dad was always on the road. My brother was older, so he would work after school,” she said. Glass would return home after school and write, beginning with poems, then short stories, a few plays and even one screenplay. The screenplay was the biggest challenge, because she had to see things from the director’s point of view – camera angles, cuts and the like. Yet, film seems to be a big influence in her method of writing books. “That’s the way I see them, as movies,” she said. “I always write the dialogue first and then I go back and fill in the scenes.” While she always loved to write, Glass envisioned a career as a lawyer. But after graduating from college, she moved to Los Angeles to become an actress. One of her neighbors worked in industry training films and helped her land consistent jobs acting in non-broadcast roles for things you might watch when hired by a new company. While she enjoyed the work and was successful, living in LA and working in the competitive nature of the entertainment industry made it difficult to build friendships. “Los Angeles was lonely,” she said. “I’m Italian and come from a very close-knit family, and I missed them. I really needed to go home, not because I wasn’t successful, but it was secondary to wanting to be with my family.”

Alone Again, in Alabama

After marrying and relocating to Alabama, she found herself alone at home in the evenings again. She would work all day, pick up her son from day care, have dinner, put her son to bed and then stay up until 3 a.m. working on her book. “It was all my own fantasies,” she said. She fell in love with her characters, Catherine Leigh and Kyle Weston, and enjoyed spending time creating a world that brought this unlikely pair together. After spending a year editing her book, she started aggressively pursuing publishing houses as well as production companies. She quickly found that you can’t just submit a book to a publishing house. Most publishers won’t event glance your way if you don’t have a literary agent. But she did have two near misses. A Beverly Hills agent loved her book and even had her fly See GLASS, page 28

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Lawyer and Professor Publishes First Novel

Bill Lees, Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame 2021 Award with Dana Henson, Hoover Senior Center Manager.

Hoover’s Lees Inducted into Seniors Hall of Fame

Bill Lees recently was inducted into the Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, Class of 2021 for his work serving Hoover seniors. Lees was one of 15 new members inducted into the hall of fame and the only one from the Over the Mountain area. He has volunteered with the city of Hoover for more than 30 years. He and his late wife, Connie, were instrumental in working with city leaders to ensure that citizens had a dedicated senior facility, according to the program announcing his induction. The new senior center opened in 2007 with more than 1,500 members. He also has served as past president of the Hoover New Horizons, Kitchen Committee chair and treasurer.

‘Bill has always been that one person who my team could count on in any situation to support others in need.’ DANA HENSON, MANAGER OF THE HOOVER SENIOR CENTER

More recently, Lees helped seniors without computers to get online and schedule COVID19 vaccine. For years, he assisted with transporting those who couldn’t drive themselves, according to a statement from the Hoover Senior Center. He also served on the center’s Strategic Planning Committee and on its Accreditation Team. He has served on Hoover’s Veteran’s Committee, as treasurer and president of the Hoover Soccer Club, YMCA volunteer and treasurer and secretary for the Greater Birmingham Brewmasters. “Bill has always been that one person who my team could count on in any situation to supSee LEES, page 28


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In the past, seniors seeking a retirement community Comprehensive health and wellness services for had few options. Often, it was either an uninspiring independent living, assisted living and memory care urban high-rise with few outside amenities or an lifestyles are available at Danberry at Inverness, and upscale development built around a golf-course or they are offered in meticulously designed environwaterfront with few personal services. ments that invite nature indoors. For example, throughBut today’s retirees and tomorrow’s retiring baby out the Danberry at Inverness Clubhouse, nature seamboomers increasingly demand an environment that not lessly blends both indoors and out with fireplaces, the only is carefree, but also offers them ample opportuniatrium lobby, English tea gardens and waterfalls. Here, ties to remain mentally and physically active in a residents can take care of everyday details and enjoy a soothing natural setting. range of first-class amenities (movie theater, creative In other words, they want an address that redefines art studio, bridge and card rooms) and services (library, retirement. mail/communications room). Dining is available in the Danberry at Inverness senior living community, formal dining room and al fresco on the garden terrace. located at 235 Inverness Center Drive in Hoover, justMOUNTAIN JOURNAl OVER THE life off US 280 and Valleydale Road, is an example of an A Dynamic Approach to Wellness inspiring approach to retirement living that feels The advantages of living in one of today’s wellnessunique from the moment one enters its atrium lobby. oriented retirement communities are many: ample Stained-glass windows and a cascading waterfall set the mood for a retirement lifestyle that emphasizes nat- opportunities to stay as strong and independent as Danberry at Inverness retirement community has been chosen as in the mainstream of activities and ural beauty, vitality and personal fulfillment.oneResidents of the nation’s toppossible, communities staying in 2013 on, the premier online ratings events and reviews sitekeeping for senior living communities and a healthy outlook on life. Danberry can choose from comfortable one-, two- or three-bednationwide. at Inverness offers exceptional fitness opportunities all room luxury apartment homes which are appointed The SeniorAdvisor 2013 Excellence Award recognizes senior living under one roof, such “senior-friendly” spa services, with upscale features such as ceramic tile floors, grancommunities that receive consistently high ratings andas positive reviews from residents, families, and visitors. “Receivingfitness this des ignation a fully equipped center, classes including Tai ite countertops and stainless steel appliances. English places Danberry in the top one percent of all retirement communities Chi,ataerobics, waterdirector, yogaLori and Pilates, a private seniorgardens and flowering landscapes complete nationwide,” these picsaid Danberry Inverness marketing Krueger. “We are so proud that soheated many—especially residents— friendly indoor,ourresort-style saltwater pool and a ture-perfect residences. consider us to be one of the wellness“Our clinic. The award-winning Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired residents will tell best of the best.” in Inverness on“We make residents architecture and natural surroundings only addLocated to the you thatsure theyour wish they’dhave every opportuniLake Heather, Danberry at moved here sooner. They ty to learn, explore and savor life in a whole new peaceful, stress-reducing environment. Inverness is a senior living carefree, fun-filled way,” said the Krueger. “In other words, we help them “We believe that Danberry at Inverness offers people community for adults 55 and love older with every convenience and rewarding retiredesign a future filled with fun!” over 55 independent living unlike anywhere else one and amenity imaginable, ment lifestyle they find that encourages growth, learning and discovery of new including a clubhouse with This community really must be seen to be believed, we love today, visit rooms, a ballroom, so stopatbyDanberry. DanberryAnd at Inverness things about yourself and your environment,”card said indoor swimming pool, serving them!” or call 443-9500. Danberry at Inverness Marketing Director Lori Krueger. creative art studio, salon/

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Danberry at Inverness

ABOVE: Residents spending time together at Danberry at Inverness. LEFT: The atrium at Danberry at Inverness is the center of the clubhouse. It connects the common areas and provides a place where residents can enjoy a cup of coffee or a cocktail with friends before dinner.

lori Krueger, marketing director, spa, theater, fitness studio, Danberry at Inverness. innovative wellness programs and much more. Residents enjoy chef-prepared menus and dining with friends in the casual bistro or more formal dining room. Services include scheduled transportation, concierge and weekly housekeeping. For those in need of a helping hand, 24-hour licensed professional nursing is available on-site in Assisted Living at Danberry, which offers a comfortable and luxurious atmosphere. On-site physical and occupational therapy also are available. “Our residents will tell you that they wish they’d moved here sooner. They love the carefree, fun-filled and rewarding retirement lifestyle they find at Danberry,” said Krueger. “And we love serving them!” Danberry is the flagship senior housing development for the Daniel Corporation and is managed by CRSA®, an LCS® company. Danberry at Inverness is located on Lake Heather just off U.S. 280 and Valleydale Road in Hoover, 443-9500.

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Hope for the Holidays’ Sessions for those who have lost loved ones

The first holiday season after a loss can bring on a great deal of stress, anxiety, depression and sadness. Community Grief Support is hosting three community seminars in our community on Saturdays in November to provide tips and coping methods to help. Bereavement care expert and counselor, Steve Sweatt, LPC/LMFT and clinical director at CGS will provide information and coping tips such as these:

• Plan Ahead for Your Holiday Season • Ask for and Accept Help • Accept Your Limitations • Build in Flexibility • Trim Down to Essentials • Give Yourself Permission to “Be” • Inform Others of Your Needs You’ll be given an outline for making your own holiday “plan” so that you can be prepared for dealing with unexpected emotions. And you’ll receive a keepsake booklet with holiday memorial ideas. November 6, 2021, 9 a.m.-Noon, Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Homewood. November 13, 2021, 9 a.m.-Noon, Online, virtual presentation. November 20, 2021, 9 a.m.-Noon, Asbury United Methodist Church, North Shelby County. Continental breakfast provided November 6 and November 20. For more information, or to register for one of the events, contact Callie Eldredge at 205-870-8667. Presented by Founding Sponsor Alabama Power Company



GLASS From page 26

out to meet with him. “By the time I flew home, he said, ‘We have too many people in your genre,’” she said. “I had no clue what my genre even was, because it’s not a romance. At the time, I don’t think there was anything like ‘women’s fiction.’ It was just general fiction.” She also took a leap of faith while visiting her family in Arizona. She knew a major production company was filming in Tucson, so she drove from Phoenix and met with the producers. “Nothing came from that,” she said. “For all I know they could have just thrown it in the trash.” After giving it the old college try until about 2009, she decided to pursue another dream and go back to school. “Law school was pretty demanding and I was working full time, so the book found a comfy little home under the bed,” she said.

Cut to 2020.

“My son lives in New York and came home to escape the city during COVID,” Glass said. “When he got here, he said, ‘Mom, I really do not want to sit here and watch marathons of television with you. Let’s do something constructive.’” Knowing the book was still set in the mid-90s, he suggested she revisit the story and bring it up to date. “I only brought it up 10 years, to

2005, because I realized that there was a second book with the same characters knocking at my brain and I didn’t want to go up to 2025,” she said. She said the work was easy because she genuinely loved spending time with her characters. With renewed vigor, she set out to find an agent but found herself con-

It’s a story inspired by her own fantasies about a married woman from Alabama and a bachelor movie star living in Los Angeles who meet by chance and form a deep and lasting friendship. nected directly to a publisher through a friend. “The first thing out of my publisher’s mouth when I met him was that he loved the characters so much, ‘Have you considered a second book?” Glass said. She had already written the sequel. “He told me to keep going,” she said. “’Let’s try for a third and a fourth.’”

Do Something You Love

Throughout her career changes, she has followed a rule she learned watching her parents make a living doing what they truly loved.

“When my mom was on stage singing, it looked like she was a little girl,” she said. “There was this glow and vibrancy about her. The same went for my father … he looked like a little boy. “That kind of exuberance was something that I patterned my own life after,” she said. “My dad used to tell us that you’ve gotta love what you’re doing and enjoy it, because life is too short to do something you hate every day.” Often that comes with a great need for adaptability and hard work, just as it did when she went back to school. Many of the students she teaches at Birmingham School of Law followed a similar path to her own pursuit of her juris doctorate. “I always compliment my students, we did law school the hardest way possible,” she said. “Many of them are working full time, most with families, and going to law school. “It’s a completely different way of handling your education,” she added. As for her dream of publishing her book, she’s happy with the timeline. “I kind of think to myself, if this had happened 24 years ago, would I have been as happy and appreciative?” she said. “Probably not, or at least not as much as I’m feeling now. I’m so thrilled with it.” She plans to celebrate this new chapter on Nov. 11 with her first book signing and wine-tasting at Giovanni’s in Sylacauga. For more information and to preorder, visit

LEES From page 26

port others in need,” Dana Henson, manager of the Hoover Senior Center, said in the statement. “The best way that I know how to describe him is that he has a true servant’s heart.” “He doesn’t give back so that he can be in the spotlight for recognition,” said Tracy Vinzant James, senior event coordinator with the city. “In fact, when trying to set up a time that we could officially honor him at our local City Council meeting, he modestly declined because he doesn’t do it for that reason.” In Lees’ earlier years, he was a national merit scholar and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Lowery before receiving his degree in electrical engineering at Louisiana Tech University. He worked for Western Electric/ Southern Bell, which became South Central Bell, for almost 40 years and was a licensed professional engineer and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Lees still is active in his community and church and is a real estate investor and fisherman, according to the center’s statement.


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Coping with Arthritis as You Age stories and what coping strategies you have found effective.

One side effect of aging is that many people deal with is arthritis. This swelling of the joints can leave you feeling stiff and sore. It may become more difficult to get your fingers to do the intricate tasks you once did, or maybe you feel it in your hips or ankles when you try to transition from sitting to standing. But arthritis doesn’t have to keep you down. There are many ways of coping with this condition:

Try Different Treatments

Remain as Active as Possible

Keep up with your normal routine when you can. Engaging in gentle stretches each day that work all of your joints can enhance your flexibility and reduce stiffness and pain. Continue to do activities that you enjoy because

moving your joints helps loosen them up and maintain your range of motion. Adjust your exercise routine to avoid high-impact activities that put pressure on your joints such as running, jump roping, or playing tennis. Focus on low-impact options such as biking, swimming, yoga, and walking. Regular exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight which can be better for your joints.

Know When to Take a Break

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Learn to listen to your body. While staying active can be good, you should also rest when you are feeling especially sore or tired. Give your joints a break so you don’t overdo it and cause yourself more pain in the long run. It’s all about finding balance and knowing when to push yourself and when to take it easy.

Pay Attention to Your Mental Health

Arthritis does not just affect you physically; it can also take a toll on your mental health. It can be frustrating trying to do different activities and not having your joints cooperate, or dealing with chronic pain. Some people experience depression or loneliness. Connect with friends and family who make you laugh and feel good. Continue doing things you enjoy as you are able, even if that means make some modifications. Explore new hobbies that aren’t affected by your arthritis. Your attitude can play a role in how you feel, so try not to dwell on the negatives. Meditation and deep breathing can be beneficial in calming your mind and reducing stress. It can also help to join a support group and talk to others who are going through similar experiences. You can share your

No two people experience arthritis exactly the same way. Find what works for you and don’t be afraid to try new things. Sometimes an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory may be enough to manage any discomfort, and other times you may need a prescription medication. That’s okay. There are also topical creams that can help ease pain and stiffness in your joints. After you’ve been active, take a break and enjoy the warmth of a bath or shower. Or, you may find that ice packs are more effective at providing relief. It could vary depending on what you have been doing or how your muscles feel. Some people also find that acupuncture is useful.

Managing Changes in Abilities

Living with arthritis, some days you may be more active and others not so much. Partnering with an in-home caregiver in Birmingham, AL can enable you to get the level of support you need when you need it. A caregiver can assist with tasks that your arthritis makes difficult while allowing you to remain as safe and independent as possible. Contact Always Best Care today to learn more about senior services options and schedule your free consultation.

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Olivia Brown

Two Olivias Spark Homewood’s Volleyball Team

By Rubin E. Grant Whenever someone yells “Olivia” at a Homewood volleyball practice or during a game, two players automatically look to see who is being addressed. It can get confusing at times, but senior outside hitter Olivia Brown and senior setter Olivia Outman have learned to live with it. “We both look up, but we both just know who they’re talking to,” Outman said. “We don’t have any code names. It gets crazy sometimes, but we make it work.” Brown and Outman also have been making it work with their play. Outman leads the team in assists with 865 and Brown leads the team in kills with 541. Outman also has 211 digs, 30 kills, 25 aces and 21 blocks. Brown has 262 digs, 35 blocks and 33 aces. Homewood coach Andie Freedman raves about the two Olivias. “Olivia Brown is a very special

SOCCER From page 32

“I just couldn’t find a reason for it,” he said. “Then coach Goldfarb reached out and I thought it was a perfect opportunity. I get to play with some BSC guys again and meet

player,” Freedman said. “She has tremendous athleticism and ball control, and a great volleyball IQ. “She started out as a middle hitter and we moved her to outside hitter, so she’s become a six-rotation player. She’s a dominant hitter and she puts the ball down consistently.” Usually, Brown puts the ball down after receiving a pass from Outman. “Olivia Outman is a great setter and a great leader,” Freedman said. “She practices for a lot of hours and plays with a lot of confidence. She’s smart about which hitters to get the ball to.” Freedman said Brown and Outman have a “strong connection on the court.” One reason for that is they are close friends. “Our friendship has grown so much, especially since we played on the same club volleyball team,”

Brown said. “That gave us an extra nine months to get closer. We communicate really well and some of it is non-verbal.” Outman said, “Our personalities mix well so that helps our connection.” Both players admire what the other brings to the court. Outman described Brown as “amazing.” “She’s extremely athletic and resilient,” Outman said. “I feel she’s able to put any ball down that I throw up to her.” Brown says Outman’s best asset is her court awareness. “She’s smart,” Brown said. “She’s kind of quiet and she kind of creeps up on the ball, then she makes a play.” Brown has another player on the team that she’s even more close to, her younger sister Grace Brown, a

some new people, get something to do, so.” Hepp, who works at Homewood High School, said some might think a side gig as a semipro soccer player might not add up. “But I make it work,” he said. “It’s definitely worth it. I played in some men’s leagues and with some

friends, but to be able to play at this level, I really couldn’t say no to that.” Crestline native Brother Swagler is another Crestwood resident on the team. He said Goldfarb helped him land a playing opportunity in Germany for a season after college. “That was two years ago and I haven’t played in two years,” he said. “Then I joined this team when he started it and became the coach this year. “I get to hang out with my friends every day,” Swagler said. “It’s something I’ve done for a long time, and I feel like I’ve gotten somewhat good at. I just want to keep doing it while I can. Eventually everything will give out. My knees and my ankles, they just won’t work that way anymore.”

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sophomore middle hitter. “I love it that we’re playing on the same team, but it’s funny being out there together,” Olivia Brown said. “This is the first time with us playing together, even though we’re with each other all the time.” The Patriots (27-13) finished as runners-up in the Class 6A, Area 9 tournament, falling to host Mountain Brook 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-12). Homewood will be playing in the Class 6A North Super Regional this week at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, trying to earn a berth in the state tournament Oct. 26-28 at the Birmingham CrossPlex and Bill Harris Arena. The Patriots will play Springville (42-17) in their regional opener on Wednesday. “I think we all want to win it bad enough, but making state would be great since none of us have ever gone to state,” Brown said. “I hope it goes well,” Outman said. “I believe we can go far if we play our best.” Curry said he and teammates aspire to move on to playing truly professional soccer. “At the same time, I’m very, very happy to be in the position I’m in right now,” he said. “I’m very lucky to be able to still have a full-time job but get to play it at a level that’s this high and for a coach like him.”

Playing at a High Level

Goldfarb said Walk’s hope is take the semipro team to the professional level, perhaps playing in the National Independent Soccer Association. “There’s a lot of good teams in there,” he said. “They’re equal to the USL, where the Birmingham Legion plays.” Walk, a Fairfield native living in Fultondale, had been a baseball player before being introduced to soccer. As

go after its third consecutive state championship. The Spartans took the first step in that direction last week, winning the Class 6A, Area 9 tournament by sweeping Homewood 3-0 (2515, 25-17, 25-12) in the final at Spartan Arena. Mountain Brook is competing in the Class 6A North Super Regional this week at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. The Spartans will take on Southside-Gadsden (45-12) Wednesday in its first regional matchup, seeking a return trip to next week’s state tournament at the Birmingham CrossPlex and Bill Harris Arena. Redden, an outside hitter, and Golden, a middle hitter, have played key roles, leading the team in kills — Redden with 351 and Golden with 279 — and providing senior leadership along with fellow seniors Hannah Hitson and Alexandra Carlson. “I think we have played pretty well,” Golden said. “This year has been kind of intimidating with everyone in the community expecting us to win state again, but the expectations also have given us lot of confidence going into the super regional.” Redden has enjoyed having an expanded role this season as a six rotation outside hitter who does a little of everything. “I haven’t always had a big role on the team like Greer, who has been on the varsity for four years,” Redden said. “It’s been really nice to have a bigger role and be a leader, making sure to keep everyone in check. We all have the same goal, but we need to bring it every game. “Some teams play on emotions or rely on one person to succeed, but we’re not a one-person team. We have to have everybody doing what they are supposed to do.” Redden and Golden have a close relationship, and they are hoping to end their careers with another title. “We are really good friends,” Golden said. “We’ve grown up together, playing volleyball and basketball since the third grade. We want to go out on top.” an adult, he began to follow local men’s league play and saw potential. “Some of those players are amazing,” he said. “They really could have a chance to maybe, hopefully, someday sign a pro contract with somebody, even if it’s on a training team or reserve team. They’re still getting paid to do what they love to do. “We wanted to hold them to a different standard,” Walk said. “We want to treat them as professionals.” Beyond the semipro squad, the FC Birmingham operation also includes youth teams that are designed to give youngsters a chance to move up in the sport. The semipro team generally practices at Birmingham’s Carver High School or in Pleasant Grove, with home games at Lawson Field near Crestwood.

From page 32

varsity last year. “It’s been a blast. I’m enjoying every moment of it, practicing and playing with my friends.” Colvin has had a solid season. Last week, he completed 9 of 13 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns as Mountain Brook (7-1, 5-0) clinched its second consecutive Class 6A, Region 5 championship with a convincing 49-14 victory at Homewood. Both of his touchdown passes went to Sims Brown, covering 15 and 41

‘We have some great receivers. They make my job easy.’ JOHN COLVIN, SPARTAN QB

yards. “I think the season has been pretty good,” Colvin said. “I’ve had some ups and downs, but I hope my best games are ahead of me.” Yeager likes how the first-year starting quarterback has performed. “John has done what we expected,” Yeager said. “He’s a very cerebral guy and he competes.” Colvin, who also plays basketball for the Spartans, has been playing quarterback since he was in the third grade. He describes himself as a multidimensional signal caller. “I try to be a pocket passer and

run when I need to,” he said. “I also try to be a leader and a good game manager.” Colvin says it helps having experienced receivers such as Brown and Jake Thompson, both seniors, and junior Jackson Beatty. All three started last year. “We have some great receivers,” he said. “They make my job easy.”

Week 8 Scores

Family Affair

Pleasant Grove 42, John Carroll Catholic 12

John Colvin is the third Colvin to play for Yeager, following older brother Tyler, a wide receiver, and Sam, a defensive end. Tyler is now in medical residency at UAB and Sam is a student at Auburn, but they keep up with how their younger brother is doing. “They come watch me when they can, but they also watch our (livestreamed) games on the NFHS Network,” John Colvin said. Mountain Brook plays its final region game Friday at Chelsea and closes the regular season Oct. 28 at home against Austin. The state playoffs begin Nov. 7. The Spartans are hoping to make another deep run in the postseason after reaching the Class 6A semifinals last year. “We’ve gotten better every week,” Colvin said. “The Thompson game was rough (a 51-0 loss on Sept. 24), but it helped us grow as a team. We’re starting to click and build some momentum. “If everyone keeps giving their all and things keep trending upward, I think we’ll have a chance to win it all.”

Class 7A

Hoover 49, Tuscaloosa County 7 Thompson 48, Oak Mountain 0 Vestavia Hills 34, Spain Park 6

Class 6A

Mountain Brook 49, Homewood 14

Class 5A

Briarwood Christian was off

Week 9 Schedule Homewood at Briarwood Christian Thompson at Hoover John Carroll Catholic at Wenonah Mountain Brook at Chelsea Hewitt-Trussville at Oak Mountain Tuscaloosa County at Spain Park Gadsden City at Vestavia Hills

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Vestavia Hills, led by Tucker Smith (46) with 71 rushing yards, had 196 total yards on the ground in the Rebels’ 34-6 Region 3 win over Spain Park Friday.

Double Trouble: Two Olivias Spark Homewood’s Volleyball Team Page 30

Having A Blast


Week 8 Scores Page 30

Thursday, October 21, 2021 ❖ OVER THE MOUNTAIN JOURNAL

The Last Hurrah

Mountain Brook Seniors Want to Finish Volleyball Careers With Another Title

Colvin Enjoying First Season as Spartans’ Starting Quarterback

By Rubin E. Grant

By Rubin E. Grant


ing. But he is living the dream as the Spartans’ starter after growing up watching Hamp Sisson and Strother Gibbs play quarterback for Mountain Brook. Sisson, who graduated in 2018 and is now a junior at Furman, and Gibbs, who graduated in the spring this year, were both three-year starters. “It’s crazy to think I’m playing where they played,” Colvin said. “I always watched what they were doing and now I’m doing it.” Colvin didn’t find out until the middle of the summer that he would be the starter ahead of junior Benjamin Parrott and sophomore John Cooper. Mountain Brook coach Chris Yeager just wanted to let the competition play out. “We’ve had two quarterback changes in six years with Hamp and Strother, so it’s not something we were used to,” Yeager said. Colvin, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound left-hander, was pleased to get the starting nod, although it came as a surprise. “I was happy, but it was a crazy moment,” he said. “I hadn’t started in the seventh, eighth or ninth grades, but I was the starter on the junior See COLVIN, page 31

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

ountain Brook junior quarterback John Colvin doesn’t pinch himself every time he steps on the football field to make sure he’s not dream-

Last week, John Colvin completed 9 of 13 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns as Mountain Brook (7-1, 5-0) clinched its second consecutive Class 6A, Region 5 championship with a convincing 49-14 victory at Homewood.

With a new head coach, Mountain Brook senior volleyball players Greer Golden and Lucy Redden were not sure what to expect this season. Even though Mattie Gardner had been involved with the Spartan’s volleyball program since 2017 and served as a varsity assistant the past two seasons as Mountain Brook won state championships in 2019 (Class 7A) and 2020 (Class 6A), there was still a bit of an unknown with her replacing Vickie Nichols as head coach. “There was confusion with coach Nichols retiring and then unretiring,” Redden said, referring to Nichols’ decision to take over at Florence. “We didn’t know until summer what was going on. “Coach Gardner came in and said she was going to change the environment, that it would not just be the same. But she said we all have the same goal, to win another state championship.” The Spartans have responded well to the standards Gardner set. “It’s been good,” Golden said. “There have been a lot of positive changes. I really enjoy the team. It’s one of the funnest teams I’ve been on since I’ve been on varsity.” Redden said Gardner placed an emphasis on fundamentals. “Coach Gardner’s big thing is technique,” Redden said. “She wants us to work on the little things and that’s helped us be consistent.” Mountain Brook (35-12) now is in position to See SPARTANS, page 30

Soccer Side Hustle

Former Players, New Recruits Play Semipro to Keep the Game Alive

Photos by Tony Blanco

By Solomon Crenshaw Jr.

Ryan Hepp (26) said he couldn’t say “no” to the opportunity to play soccer

Hoover native Galen Curry sells software; Homewood resident Ryan Hepp teaches high school math; and Hoover’s Brett Feringa works for a Liberty Park real estate investment company. And each has a side job that he absolutely loves. Each plays for the semipro FC Birmingham soccer team. Commercial business banker Doug Walk is the owner of the team that gives young adult soccer players a chance to continue to play and, perhaps, keep alive their dream of playing at a higher level. Retired Birmingham-Southern College soccer coach Preston Goldfarb has a number of his former Panthers on the squad. Goldfarb, who

Retired Birmingham-Southern College soccer coach Preston Goldfarb, above, talking with members of FC Birmingham, missed teaching soccer.

lives in Mountain Brook, was idle after having written a book –

“Tenacity of Purpose: Coach Preston Goldfarb’s Journey through life, loves and soccer” – with Scott Adamson. “I was kind of bored,” the coach said. “I said, I don’t miss the games. I miss teaching the game. I miss being on the field, teaching soccer the way I think it should be played.” Goldfarb wasn’t the only one who missed soccer. So, too, did the young men who played on their college squad. “I couldn’t fill the void,” said Curry, who lives in Crestwood. “I had about a year off. I tried a bunch of different things, but nothing can fill that void that soccer has.” Louisiana native Brett Feringa of Hoover said he always knew he wanted to get back on the pitch.

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