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HOUSE Christmas Spirit Fills Delaney Family’s Crestline Home


Story by Donna Cornelius • Photos by Lee Walls Jr.

ou can’t help catching the holiday spirit at Kalli and Andrew Delaney’s Crestline home. From the candy-filled kitchen island to Christmas trees that range from beautifully appointed to whimsically delightful, this house would make Santa himself feel right at home. This year, the Delaneys not only will enjoy their house during the holidays, they also will be sharing it with others. It’s one of the stops on this year’s Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday House Tour Dec. 8 and 9. Kalli and Andrew have lived in Birmingham since 2004 and moved to 10 Honeysuckle Lane last year after an extensive search. They wanted a house that would accommodate their growing family – and one that didn’t require a lot of work and updating. “With our third child on the way, we didn’t want to take on a remodel,” Kalli said. The couple’s quest came to an end when they saw the Crestline house.

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Food and floral stylist Christina Brockman filled the kitchen island with gingerbread houses and Christmas treats. The sparkling tree in the stairwell, left, was decorated by Kalli Delaney’s aunt, designer Kris Parsons.


Holiday Gift Giving!


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Murphy’s Law

Himself De-Elf

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PARADE OF HOLIDAY HOMES ‘Travel’ Around the World on the Samford Legacy League’s Christmas Home Tour



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This is when you’ll look across the expanse of don’t know how things fare with our national remaining gifts and sigh. security, but I can tell you one thing: No If Buddy the Elf was really serious about one’s going to be surreptitiously walking off getting a second job, he could hire himself out with one of Mrs. Squirrel’s tea cozies any time to take care of all this. Imagine that you have soon. just unwrapped Gift #3 (the Mousetrap game When Santa’s elves finish making their toys, that has 27 hinge-locked pieces) and you get a the gifts must be packaged for store display. text: “Psst … For a price, I’ll come to your Although the entire assemblage of Mrs. house right now and de-elf the rest of the Squirrel’s Tiny Tree House will eventually take up only four inches of home floor space, packagtoys.” What price? Would it matter at that ing elves (a different breed schooled in visual point? You know that half of the upcoming gifts sleight-of-hand and liability law) insist that it (Santa left you a cheat list) will require batteries commands a full 24 inches of shelf space. The positioned in compartments that must be opened Tree House itself is situated front and center, surwith screwdrivers, some flathead, some Phillips. rounded by all of the necessary squirrel tree Your intel says there’s a Barbie Dream House house accoutrements, each item encased in a sepand a Hot Wheels Firewall Loop of Death in Sue Murphy arate clear plastic bubble. The four acorn cups your future that will come with 10 pages of and saucers, the miniature teapot, every sinbarely decipherable directions for their gle tiny spoon and jam jar is spread out assembly. Tabs must be put into slots, little Your intel says there’s a against a colorful cardboard backdrop. Barbie Dream House and plastic pieces wrenched from staging brackAt this point, the Squirrel Tree House is ets, and Barbie won’t truly feel at home a Hot Wheels Firewall indeed a tiny sight to behold. Your challenge until you place all 100 stickers on the tiny as the new owner is to get everything out of plastic drums that will miraculously become Loop of Death in your the box. The plastic showcase bubble must doll-sized cans of soda and hairspray. It’s a future that will come be separated from the cardboard. Oddlot, my friends. with 10 pages of barely shaped items will be so tightly wedged into Now, I’m not naïve enough to think that their slots that they will have to be forcibly decipherable directions for Buddy could do this all by himself. I mean, jettisoned to freedom. Poor Mrs. Squirrel the man’s not Santa Claus. Still, he could their assembly. will come bound by the neck and lower recruit other forward-thinking elves who extremities with plastic bands that must be cut perhaps weren’t all that happy at Elf Practice with scissors. The tea table is securely held into and were ready to strike out on their own. prime presentation position by a twist tie, scotch Himself De-Elf, LTD. I think it could work. tape and a plastic gizmo that has to be turned and Buddy might not have time to acquire all of turned and turned until it snaps. It will take your the necessary business licenses before Dec. 25, child one minute to unwrap this gift and you will 2018, so I’d plan on de-elfing yourself this time spend the next 15 minutes twisting and cutting, around. Scissors, screwdrivers, batteries, and 27 tearing and swearing (to yourself) while your man hours of work. You can do it. There’s an child stands next to you saying, “Hurry, Daddy!” extra cup of nog at the finish line.

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“‘A Christmas Story’ – it’s just the sweetest, most precious movie in the world about a boy’s Christmas dreams coming true.”

“‘Home Alone,’ because it’s funny!” Stephanie DeLeonard Hoover

Renee DeLeonard - Nall Hoover

“‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ – you can’t beat the Griswold’s!”

“‘The Santa Clause’ – it’s just a good, old-fashioned Christmas movie!”

Brooke McCreless with daughter Blakely Birmingham

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The Shops of Canterbury Road

Hospitality and unique gifts found in the local shops of Canterbury Road in Mountain Brook Village Byers’ Choice Carolers made in Pennsylvania. Prices start at $73. The Dande’ Lion, 879-0691, open Sundays in December noon to 5pm.

Holiday candles by MacKenie-Childs, starting at $24. Christine’s on Canterbury, 871-8297.

Sea Salt caramel shortbread cookie straws, Red Velvet cookies are a perfect gift for everyone on your list! Marguerite’s Conceits, 879-2730.

Be stylish in a rainbow of sapphires. Almost 8 carats of natural sapphires in a stunning variety of rich hues, punctuated with sparkling diamonds. A one-of-a-kind piece from Avani Rupa Fine Jewelers , 982-4888.

One-Of-A-Kind necklace with antique watch fob set with Carnelian and Tiger’s Eye stones on a necklace base created from vintage chain, $298. Ex Voto Vintage Jewelry, 538-7301.

For all you dog lovers out there...luxurious double gauge intarsia cashmere roll neck sweater, $80. Christine’s Across the Street, 871-6611.

Heather Angora Fur Pom Pom Gloves by linda richards, New York, $82. The Village Poodle, 423-5443.

Antique English boxes, starting at $295. Antiquities, 870-1030.

MPower Pilates + Cycle Studio, 518-5676.

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NOV. 29 - DEC. 13 Thurs., Nov. 29

Photo courtesy Opera Birmingham

Hoover Christmas Tree Lighting

Lauren Marino, above second from the left, in last season’s performance of “Elixir of Love,” and her fellow members of the Opera Birmingham Concert Choir are prepping for the Sounds of the Season concert on Dec. 16.

O Come, One and All Opera Birmingham to Host 12th Annual Concert of Christmas Carols and Modern Favorites

By Emily Williams In “Miracle on 34th Street,” Kris Kringle speaks the words, “Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.” What better way to get into that festive frame of mind than listening to a yuletide carol being sung by a choir? Whether it be a carol or a newer classic, Opera Birmingham’s 12th annual Sounds of the Season concert will be singing it out Dec. 16 at Samford University’s Brock Recital Hall. “‘Hallelujah’ (the Pentatonix arrangement) gives me chills in the rehearsals alone,” said Lauren Marino, a member of the Opera Birmingham Chamber Choir. “This is a great group of people that sing and blend really well, and we all enjoy performing together.” A native of Vestavia Hills, Marino studied vocal performance and advertising during her time at Samford University. Outside of her job as an account executive with

Big Communications, Marino has taken to the stage with Opera Birmingham in multiple installments of Opera Shots, last season’s “Elixir of Love” and the 2016 Sounds of the Season - last year’s holiday production was cancelled due to snow. “I am singing ‘Winter Song,’ by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, as a duet with another member of the company, and I have another solo that I am excited about,” Marino said. Her second song is being kept a surprise for guests, but Marino assures that is will be something many people probably wouldn’t expect to hear at performance by an opera company. Along with members of the Indian Springs Chamber Chorus, Marino and fellow Opera Birmingham members will offer pop songs, choral music, sacred music and traditional Christmas music - including “O Holy Night,” “Mary, Did You Know?” and

“Away in a Manger.” “I think people who don’t have any knowledge of opera think there is a stereotype and go into a performance in a certain headspace and mindset,” Marino said. “Shows that mix more contemporary music with opera are a great way to introduce people to opera in a way that isn’t a completely immersive opera experience.” In addition to celebrating the season through song, Opera Birmingham has teamed up with the U.S. Marine Corps to give concertgoers the opportunity to give back during the Christmas season. On Nov. 26-30 and Dec. 3-5, people who buy tickets at the Opera Birmingham office will get a 50 percent discount if they bring a new, unwrapped toy. The toys will be distributed through the Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots to children whose parents cannot afford to buy gifts this Christmas. For more information, visit operabirmingham.org.

What: The Christmas Tree Lighting is a free annual city event that officially kicks off the holiday season. Included will be performances by the Deer Valley Elementary School Choir and Spain Park High School Jazz Band. Madison Etheridge, a fifth grade student at Brock’s Gap Intermediate School, will be the official tree lighter this year. Santa will make a grand entrance on a fire truck. Guests will receive a commemorative ornament. When: 5 p.m. Where: Hoover City Hall - Main Parking Lot Parking at the Hoover Public Library. Shuttles will run to the event site. Website: hooveral.org

Mountain Brook Village Holiday Open House

What: Kick off the holiday season in Mountain Brook Village and enjoy refreshments, discounted prices and special events. When: 5-8 p.m. Where: Mountain Brook Village Website: mtnbrookchamber.com

Holiday Hangout

What: Leadership Mountain Brook presents a fundraiser in support of the class’s projects and field trips by partaking in a babysitting opportunity led by Leadership Mountain Brook students (all juniors and seniors). The event will include a pizza dinner, holiday craft and entertainment for children ages 5-10. Have a date night, holiday shop or pop over to the Mountain Brook Village’s Holiday Open House. When: 5-8 p.m. Where: Emmet O’Neal Library Website: mtnbrookchamber.org

Nov. 29-Jan. 6

Ice Skating at the Park

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What: Railroad Park is hosting a seasonal ice skating rink for the holidays seven days a week, only closing on Christmas Day. The Boxcar Cafe will offer hot cocoa and other cold weather fare throughout the season. When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday Where: Railroad Park Website: railroadpark.org

Fri., Nov. 30

The Mutt-Cracker

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What: International sensation, The Mutt-cracker, a new twist on a “classic tail,” is essentially Birmingham Ballet’s The Nutcracker with the addition of dogs performing alongside the dancers. The holiday favorite is brought to life with masterful storytelling and exciting dancing by professionals

as well as local talented aspiring youth. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Alabama Theatre Website: birminghamballet.com

Christmas with Samford Arts

What: A special Christmas celebration featuring Samford’s talented ensembles, theatre and dance students in collaboration with the Division of Art and Design. When: 7:30-9 p.m. Where: Samford University, Wright Fine Art Center Website: samford.edu

Nov. 30-Dec. 16

Holiday Spectacular

What: Celebrate the holidays with a spectacular display of all of your favorite music of the season. RMTC Conservatory students perform alongside Birmingham’s best local artists to warm your heart and set the stage for a magical holiday season. When: Wed.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. at 2 p.m. Where: RMTC Cabaret Theatre Website: redmountaintheatre.org

Sat., Dec. 1

Noojin & White Race to the Courthouse 5K

What: The 31st annual Noojin & White Race to the Courthouse 5K is a chip-timed, rain-or-shine event followed by a post-race bash and awards at Good People Brewing Company to benefit the Greater Birmingham YMCA. When: Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. 5K start and post-race bash & awards at 10:30 a.m. Where: Railroad Park Website: ymcabham.org

Holiday Greenery Sale

What: Now is the time to decorate your mantles, mailboxes and entryways to set the mood for the holidays. Aldridge Gardens offers fresh greenery and botanical materials. Get greenery for wreaths, garlands and other holiday decorations. When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Aldridge Gardens behind Aldridge house on the patio at Roots Website: aldridgegardens.com

Dec. 1 and 2

The Nutcracker

What: Celebrate the Holidays with Birmingham Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a Magic City holiday tradition. Moving this year to the Historic Alabama Theatre, this production features elaborate costumes and sets along with the ambience of the “Showplace of the South” all dressed up for the holidays. When: Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Where: Alabama Theatre Website: birminghamballet.com


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Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2

The Magic City Nutcracker

What: This holiday performance features Morgan McEwen, dancer with the Metropolitan Opera, and Simon Wexler, former dancer with American Ballet Theatre and principal with Texas Ballet Theater. There will be a meet and greet with Carla before the performances on Sat. and Sun. at 1 p.m. sharp, $15 per child and includes a signed poster and a cupcake. A Patron Party & Benefit is available following the Sun. matinee performance featuring an evening of hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live music and a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the Magic City Nutcracker. When: Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and the Patron Party and Benefit is from 5-8 p.m. Where: The Virginia Samford Theatre Website: magiccitynutcracker.org

Dec. 1, 8 and 15

The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats What: From learning how to whistle to thrilling encounters with treasure, the delightful moments of childhood are perfectly captured in the musical play by Jerome Hairston based on stories by Caldecott Award-winning author Ezra Jack. A sensory-friendly performance is available Dec. 8 at noon. When: 10 a.m. and noon. Where: Birmingham Children’s Theatre Website: bct123.org


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Dec. 1, 8, 9 and 15

J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan

What: Through the magic of shadow puppetry, Peter Pan and his friends sail through the night sky to Neverland. Daring sword fights, tricky fairies and a very hungry ticking crocodile await in a spectacular production, perfect for the holidays. A sensory-friendly performance is available Thurs. When: Dec. 1, 8, 9 and 15 at 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Birmingham’s Children’s Theatre Website: bct123.org

Sun., Dec. 2

Mountain Brook Holiday Parade

What: Santa Claus is coming to town, and Mountain Brook is hosting its holiday parade featuring floats, a marching band, music and photo ops with Santa. The Emmet O’Neal Library children’s librarian will host a pop-up story time following the parade, featuring stories, puppets and music in the great outdoors. When: 3 p.m., storytime from 4-4:30 p.m. Where: Mountain Brook Village, story time at Emmet O’Neal Library Website: mtnbrookchamber.org

Dec. 3-7

Colonial Christmas Lunch and Tour

What: Enjoy a delicious lunch with hostess Abigail Adams. Sing carols in the Colonial Chapel. Share a Christmas Homecoming with the Washingtons. Visit the President’s House and more. Pre-reservations are required. When: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and noon2:30 p.m. Where: American Village, Montevallo Website: “Colonial Christmas Lunch and Tour” Facebook page


ABOUT TOWN Tues., Dec. 4

Cahaba Village Holiday Open House

What: Shoppers will enjoy extended shopping hours, food, beverages, discounts and special events. When: 5-8 p.m. Where: Cahaba Village Website: mtnbrookchamber.org

Homewood Lighting of the Star and Christmas Parade

What: The official start of the Homewood Christmas Parade is the Lighting of the Homewood Star by Mayor Scott McBrayer. Enjoy floats, a band and Santa, who will be in front of City Hall to help light the Christmas Tree and then be available for pictures. When: Lighting of the Star at 6:30 p.m. with the parade to follow Where: 18th Street hill in downtown Homewood. Website: homewoodchamber.org

Dec. 5-7

Briarwood Presbyterian Church’s Walk Through Nativity

What: A free walk will be held through the church’s live nativity featuring 14 scenes depicting Jesus’ life. The performance will feature more than 900 members of the church and live animals, including a camel. Cold weather refreshments and cookies will be available. Wheelchair and stroller access is provided. When: Anytime between 6:45-8:45 p.m. Where: Briarwood Presbyterian Church Website: briarwood.org

Thurs., Dec. 6

Third Annual Gifts of Art

What: Aldridge Gardens presents a stress free, fun day of shopping just

in time for the holiday season. The market will feature Alabama artists offering reasonably priced, one-ofa-kind gifts of art – including glass, ceramics, wood, metal, fabric and more. Southern- and Alabamainspired, original art pieces will be available. When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: The House at Aldridge Gardens Website: aldridgegardens.com

Dec. 6-7

Windham Hill Winter Solstice

What: With warmth and humor, this concert brings the best of acoustic music recognized in indigenous traditions around the world featuring master musicians who made their names on the Windham Hill label: Liz Story, pianist; Sean Harkness, guitarist; and Samite, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist. When: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Where: Hoover Public Library, Theatre Level Website: events.hooverlibrary.org

Fri., Dec. 7

Murder at the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

What: Join Emmet O’Neal Library for a holiday murder mystery party ages 21 and up. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater and be ready for cocktails, canapés, sleuthing and murder. When: 6-8 p.m. Where: Emmet O’Neal Library, Community Meeting Room Website: eolib.org

Jingle All the Way

What: Enjoy songs and stories of the season with storyteller Dolores Hydock and the music of Bobby Horton. A light hors d’oeuvres buffet will be served. When: 6:30-9 p.m. Where: Homewood Public Library, Large Auditorium

Website: homewood.libnet.info

Home for the Holidays

What: The Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents this holiday spectacular. Chris Confessore conducts as the renowned Hilltop Singers from Birmingham Southern College, Kristen Sharp, Bethany Borg and the Embellishments Handbell Ensemble join the Orchestra for an unforgettable evening of holiday cheer. When: 7 p.m. Where: Samford University, Wright Fine Art Center Website: alabamasymphony.org

Dec. 7-9, 14-23 and 26-31

ZooLight Safari

What: The zoo hosts its annual holiday light festival featuring one million lights, holiday music, snowfalls, rides, slides and more. When: 5-9 p.m. Where: Birmingham Zoo Website: birminghamzoo.com

Dec. 7-22

Holiday Movie Series

What: The Alabama Theatre will kick off its holiday movie series with a showing of White Christmas on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Each screening begins with a singalong accompanied by the might Wurlitzer Organ, and costumes are encouraged. Doors open 90 minutes before showtime for the sing-along. When: Showtimes are at various times of day, check the website Where: Alabama Theatre Website: alabamatheatre.com

Sat., Dec. 8

Holiday in the Hills Breakfast with Santa

What: Bring the whole family for a free pancake breakfast with Santa courtesy of the City of Vestavia Hills. When: 7:30-10 a.m. Where: Vestavia Hills Civic Center Website: vestaviahills.org

Jingle Bell Run

What: Put on your favorite holiday costume, tie jingle bells on your shoelaces and bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk in support of the

2019 James Bond Gala Honoree and cancer survivor Tony Petelos.

For Your Cure Only

James Bond-Themed Gala Includes Live, Silent Auctions The eighth annual James Bond Gala, “For Your Cure Only,” will be held Feb. 23 at The Club in Birmingham. The event is put on by ROAR (Radiation Oncology Accelerated Research), a nonprofit composed of women whose goal is to raise funds for cancer research programs for the department of radiation oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Organizers announced this month that the 2019 Gala Honoree is Tony Petelos, county manager of Jefferson County. Petelos was mayor of Hoover from 2004 until 2011, represented District 49 in the Alabama House of Representatives for three terms and was director of the Alabama Department of Human Resources under two governors. Petelos was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2014. After an 18-month battle that included multiple complications, chemotherapy and three major surgeries, he finally was declared cancer-free. “I was fortunate to live a few miles from UAB and a team of specialists who worked together relentlessly to resolve my medical issues and bring me back to health,” Petelos wrote in a blog on AL.com. “These UAB doctors were life-savers for me.” The event will feature live and silent auctions. Tickets are $250 each. To buy tickets or make a donation, visit roar2019.givesmart. com.

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Alabama Wildlife Center Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

What: Alabama Wildlife Center presents its annual fundraiser in support of their mission to rescue, rehabilitate and return to the wild Alabama’s injured and orphaned native birds. Guests can enjoy free refreshments, take photos with Santa and meet glove-trained education birds up close. Available for purchase will be homemade goodies, hand-made crafts, original artwork of wildlife and nature, smoked hams, turkey breasts and more. When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Veterans Park Website: awrc.org

Dec. 8 and 15

Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop

What: Create an unforgettable experience as you engineer your very own edible masterpiece with fresh baked gingerbread and decorations from the candy buffet. Take a break from construction to visit Santa over a cup of hot cocoa and cookies. End the workshop with a ride on the holiday train before you head home with your keepsake gingerbread house. When: 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m. Where: McWane Science Center Website: mcwane.org

Mon., Dec. 10

The Great Gingerbread Bake Off

What: Assemble your family team of four for Homewood Library’s first-ever Great Gingerbread Bake Off (no actual baking required) for kindergarten to fifth grade students. When: 6-7:30 p.m. Where: Homewood Public Library, Large Auditorium Website: homewood.libnet.info

Tues., Dec 11

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

What: Emmet O’Neal Library hosts a light dinner, showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and a special guest appearance from Mrs. Claus. When: Dinner at 5:30 p.m. with the movie and special guest appearance at 6 p.m. Where: Emmet O’Neal Library, Community Meeting Room Website: eolib.org

Thurs., Dec. 13

Art Reception

What: An art reception honoring Crestline Elementary students selected by their school to have their

Sun., Dec 9

When: 7 p.m. Where: Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall Website: alabamasymphony.org

Grand Menorah Lighting

What: Enjoy Chanukah festivities to include music, latkes, donuts, a street fair, gelt drop and more. When: Chanukah Festivities, 4:30 p.m., Menorah Lighting at 5:15 p.m. and Gelt Drop at 5:30 p.m. Where: The Summit, Saks Plaza Website: chabadofalabama.com

artwork on display at the Emmet O’Neal Library. When: 6-7 p.m. Where: Emmet O’Neal Library, Storytelling Room Website: eolib.org

Dec. 14-16 and 21-23

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker Journal file photo by Jordan Wald

Arthritis Foundation. Fundraising efforts and the total registration fee will benefit the foundation. When: Registration and activities begin at 8 a.m. with the race beginning at 9 a.m. Where: Railroad Park Website: events.arthritis.org

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Fri., Dec. 14

Handel’s Messiah

What: Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Handel’s Messiah. Audience members will

hear selections from all three parts of Messiah. The selection of solos, arias and choruses will include “Ev’ry Valley Shall be Exalted,” featuring the trumpet sound and the unforgettable Hallelujah chorus.

What: Alabama Ballet presents this holiday masterpiece as one of only eight companies in the world licensed by The Balanchine Trust to perform it. When: Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m.; Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 22 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Where: Samford University, Wright Fine Arts Center at Website: alabamaballet.org Send About Town info to: editorial@otmj.com


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‘Help Birmingham Southern Thrive’

Journal photo by Ingrid Howard

New BSC President Puts Broadening Educational Reach, Building Enrollment at the Top of His To-Do List

From the day that sisters Katherine McRee and Susan Day, above from left, opened The Lili Pad, they have made a commitment to community, customer service and selection, McRee said.

Vestavia Hills’ The Lili Pad Is in the Running for National Indie Award

By Ingrid Howard The Lili Pad of Vestavia Hills is a quarterfinalist in this year’s contest for the Independent Small Business of the Year, also called the “Indie Award.” A children’s boutique offering clothing and gifts for infants, toddlers and children, The Lili Pad is the only Alabama store to make the list. From the day that sisters Katherine McRee and Susan Day opened The Lili Pad, they have made a commitment to community, customer service, and selection, McRee said. “We have always lived by our Lili Pad motto: ‘The Lili Pad,

where being a mom just got a little easier,’” McRee said. “Our customers have become part of our family.” Consumers can vote for their favorite store through Dec. 16 by going to IndieBizAward.com. Up to three votes a day are allowed. The winner will be announced Dec. 19. “This year’s quarterfinalists represent the nation’s favorite independent businesses who go above and beyond to support their local economies,” said Bill Brunelle, cofounder of Independent We Stand, the sponsor of the award program. The 2018 Indie winner will receive prizes with a combined value of more than $25,000,

including a branding, advertising and public relations makeover; public relations and social media recognition; gift certificate for equipment; a plaque; and a lifetime Independent We Stand Premium Membership. “Our commitment to improve local businesses all around town will continue to grow,” McRee said. “Small businesses have the opportunity to bring communities together for the common good, and that is what we will continue to do. “It’s amazing to be able to help others in need by donating to local auctions, schools, fundraisers and our proud support of the Junior League of Birmingham.” Find The Lili Pad on Facebook.


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The new president of Birmingham-Southern College said he’ll be working to help the college expand its educational reach and solidify its role as “the intellectual heart of the city.” “I feel like the best way for me to have a positive impact on the city is to help Birmingham-Southern thrive,” Daniel Coleman, the Birmingham native who will take over the president’s office Dec. 3, said in a statement issued by BSC. “It has always been a special place here in Birmingham and has such a history of and culture of service to the community.” Coleman, who was CEO of the global financial services firm KCG Holdings until its 2017 sale, has been a member of the college’s board of trustees and is currently an adjunct professor of finance. Before KCG, Coleman was CEO of GETCO, a privately held automated trading firm based in Chicago, and before that was global head of equities for UBS Investment Bank. He and his family returned to Birmingham in 2009, with Coleman commuting to New York and Chicago until the sale of KCG. Since making Birmingham his home base, Coleman has served on Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin’s transition team and is cochair of the mayor’s financial advisory team. He also has been adviser to the Security Industry Financial Markets Association and has served on the boards of the Alabama Symphony Endowment and of Build Up, an innovative early-college workforce development program centered in Ensley. While teaching at BSC, he also took undergraduate classes in computer programming and calculus. “I have discovered that the facul-

ty at BSC are very much here to support students,” Coleman, 54, said in the statement. “I have taken classes at a lot of places and while I’ve had some incredible teachers, I’ve not seen a lot of examples of professors being on students’ side. That’s something really special.” Coleman said his own experiences have shown the value of a personalized liberal arts education, like BSC provides. “I started my career in finance on a trading floor, but now, those jobs are almost all gone,” he said. “When I think about college, I think about that kind of rapid professional evolution that’s happening in every field. We need to make sure students have jobs when they graduate, but we also have to make sure they have the ability to adapt so they have careers decades later. That’s something the liberal arts does like no other form of education.” Coleman also has said the financial stability of BSC is one of his priorities, and increasing enrollment at the college will be near the top of his to-do list when he takes office. “We are fortunate to have someone with such a thorough understanding of the college and broad experience shaping and growing complex organizations,” BSC board Chairman Denson N. Franklin III said during a Nov. 15 event announcing Coleman’s appointment. “His love for Birmingham-Southern is apparent, but more than that, he brings an incredible skill set and perspective and impressed us with his ideas for moving BSC forward.” Coleman takes office as BSC’s 16th president on Dec. 3, replacing BSC President Emerita Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith, who retired earlier this semester due to health and family reasons. —Virginia Martin


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Coleman, CEO of the global financial services firm KCG Holdings until its 2017 sale, has been a member of the college’s board of trustees and is currently an adjunct professor of finance.

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Fund Endowed to Award Zoo Grants for Studying Conservation Worldwide The Birmingham Zoo has received its first endowed gift for conservation, from Phyllis and Larry Wojciechowski, above. The Phyllaris Fund will support the zoo’s Passion into Conservation Action program, which awards grants to zoo staff members for conservation projects and worldwide research, according to a statement from the zoo. The Wojciechowskis’ initial gift for the endowment is $250,000, which will grow over time. After retiring for the second time in 2003, Larry and his wife, Phyllis, moved to Birmingham from Michigan and Arizona and quickly became involved in the community. Following an event at the Birmingham Zoo, they were impressed by the care and passion with which the zoo animal care professionals approached their jobs, according to the statement. The couple wanted to establish an endowed gift that would provide income to the program annually. The couple in a statement said they wanted to be sure zoo employees

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NEWS could chase their passion to research the natural world. The PiCA program, founded in 2012, encourages zoo employees to participate in projects that support the conservation of species at local, regional and international levels. It awards grants to fulltime employees to research the conservation of wildlife species and habitats. The projects must benefit conservation, the Birmingham Zoo and the employee’s professional development. “With this generous gift by the Wojciechowskis, the PiCA program will continue to have a direct, positive impact on our efforts toward the conservation of species, further the zoo’s mission and support our staff’s professional development,” zoo President & CEO Chris Pfefferkorn said in the statement.

to Norville during the Realtors Conference & Expo this month in Boston. The DSA honors Realtors who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and who serve as leaders in their local communities, according to a statement from the Birmingham Association of Realtors. The award is considered the highest honor an NAR member can receive. Recipients must be active at the

local, state and national association level, but they must not have served as NAR president. “It means a great deal to me to win this award because it is such a high honor,” Norville said in the statement. “I am extremely humbled and shocked to be singled out of so many Realtors who are deserving of this award.” Norville founded Norville-Randolph and later merged the firm with Lawrence Arendall Humphries in

1996, serving as its executive vicepresident for eight years. He has served as president of both the Birmingham Association of Realtors and the Alabama Association of Realtors and is a director of both the state and national associations. He has been awarded the Tom Rast Cup by the Birmingham association and the David D. Roberts Award, the Robert Jemison Jr. Award and the Above and Beyond Award by the state association.

Realtor Norville Celebrated for Receiving National Service Award Realtor Peyton Norville was celebrated Oct. 14 at the Alabama Realtors annual conference in Montgomery for receiving the National Association of Realtors Distinguished Service Award. Norvile Peyton Norville was given the award earlier this year. The award is handed out every year to no more than two of NAR’s more than 1.3 million members. It was presented



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BMA’s ‘Embodying Faith’ Follows Images of Jesus Throughout Centuries

Just in time for Christmas, the Birmingham Museum of Art will be debuting a new exhibition focusing on images of Jesus Christ. “Embodying Faith: Imagining Jesus through the Ages,” presented by Altec Styslinger Foundation, will arrive at the BMA on Dec. 8, showcasing 30 works of art that depict Jesus. The exhibit runs through April 22. The artwork on display will cover more than six centuries, with pieces from as far away as Ethiopia and as close as Fayette County in Alabama. According to Dr. Robert Schindler, the Fariss Gambrill Lynn and Henry Sharpe Lynn Curator of European Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, the exhibition will give visitors a glimpse at the many different ways Jesus’ life has been interpreted by artists throughout the centuries. “Historically, visual traditions were critical in communicating important events from the life of Jesus and reflecting his central role in the Christian faith,” he said, with images found in books, paintings on walls or altars and more. For example, there are various ways the crucifixion has been depicted. A piece could be used to symbolize the meaning of Jesus’ death – giving up his own life for the betterment of mankind – or it could also be a means to evoke an emotion, such as sorrow, sympathy or even fear. With Christianity dominating Europe for centuries, Schindler noted that the amount of Christian artwork is vast but certain standard images can be found throughout. Some of the most popular depictions of Jesus are of the beginning and ending of his life – images of the nativity and images of the crucifixion. The images also served a variety of purposes. A work of art could be displayed in the home to show devotion or use in prayer. It could be used to communicate the stories found in the Bible to the illiterate. A work of art could also serve as the artist’s own commentary on Christianity – whether for or against, as it was during the Protestant Reformation. “Especially for the Middle Ages, we must assume that these images also served to illustrate the bible, theological thought or Christian teaching,” he said. “Many viewers would not have been able to read the bible, or any other text for that matter.” Throughout the experience, visitors will see many artists’ interpretations of Jesus depicted in print, drawing, paint and sculpture, on quilts, flags and books. To kick off the exhibition, the BMA will host a free holiday event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8. The afternoon will include holiday treats and a performance by the Birmingham Boys Choir as guests make their way through the exhibit. For more information, visit artsbma.org.

Images courtesy Birmingham Museum of Art

By Emily Williams

The artwork on display will cover more than six centuries, with pieces from as far away as Ethiopia and as close as Fayette County in Alabama. Clockwise, from above: Christ with Instruments of the Passion by Jacopo d’Archangelo del Sellio (Italy) 1485; Pregnant Nativity by Clementine Hunter (United States), 1970; Voudon Flag by Joseph Oldof Pierre (Haiti), 1990; Adoration of the Magi by Claude Vignon (France), 1624.

‘Historically, visual traditions were critical in communicating important events from the life of Jesus and reflecting his central role in the Christian faith. This exhibition encourages visitors to explore the many ways artists represented the life of Jesus and how these traditions and conventions changed with time and place.’ DR. ROBERT SCHINDLER


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LIFE The Joel’s Southern Cooking restaurant team includes, Arturo Arteago, June Matsos, Krystal Elaine Johnson and Cecilia Arroyo.

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being served for lunch change daily, but visitors can always expect to have about four meats to choose from – always count on fried chicken – and a pick of sides, from casseroles to peas, beans and greens.

One of Arteago’s favorite sides to serve, especially during the holidays, is a traditional sweet potato casserole. “This sweet potato casserole is fairly simple and traditional, leaving the flavors of the sweet potatoes and pecans to really shine through,” Arteago said. He feels the almost dessert-like side dish is the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter table. That being said, it is also

simple enough to whip up for a Sunday supper. “The sweet potato is a nutritional powerhouse – a source of betacarotene, as well as Vitamin C and potassium,” Arteago said. “Cooked sweet potatoes are also a good source of fiber. “Not only are they nutritious and delicious; the best part is that this sweet potato casserole is not expensive, meaning this easy side won’t break the bank,” he added.

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Joel’s Vestavia Hills’ Chef Arteago Shares Favorite Southern Side Dish for the Holidays By Emily Williams The late John Egerton, a Nashville writer who helped found the Southern Foodways Alliance, said it best when he wrote: “When the chemistry is right, a meal in the South can still be an esthetic wonder, a sensory delight, even a mystical experience.” The experience he describes in “Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History” is similar to the one diners get when they enter Joel’s Southern Cooking in Vestavia Hills, a restaurant that serves up traditional Southern cuisine in the meat-and-three style that is quintessentially Southern. Recently sealing the restaurant’s title as Yelp’s number one spot to savor a meat-and-three meal in the Birmingham area, head chef Arturo Arteago has offered up one of his favorite recipes – perfect to pair

with any holiday meal, whether classically Southern or not. Arteago has proven that you don’t have to be born in the South to be a true Southerner. A native of Guerrero, Mexico, Arteago honed his craft at the Culinard Culinary School in Birmingham and has

‘The sweet potato is a nutritional powerhouse – a source of beta-carotene, as well as Vitamin C and potassium.’ been a chef for 14 years. He started out at the original Joel’s in Trussville before helping open the Vestavia Hills location in October 2017. The list of meats and sides

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Farewell, Elton John

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Back in the ‘70s, when Lynn Thomas was a student at Homewood High School, she could buy a record with $5 that she made from babysitting. When she spent her babysitting money on Elton John’s 1974 album Caribou, it changed her life. She already was familiar with two of the singles on the album from listening to John on her car radio. “But I played the second song on that side, and it was a song called ‘Pinky,’” she said. “Just an obscure album cut. But the way he sang it, the way he played it, and the melody, and the lyrics told a pretty story, and I liked the piano, and it just struck a chord.” Forty years later, her name has changed to Lynn Kurtts, but she still calls herself Elton John’s number one fan. She’s been to 65 Elton John concerts and has met him in person on four separate occasions. All of these memories and more are documented in her “Elton John Room,” a ‘70s-themed spot downstairs in her Hoover home with disco balls, lava lamps, bean bag chairs and hundreds of Elton John memorabilia. The walls of the room are blue, but almost every inch is covered with an Elton John poster or photograph. Five of the framed photographs picture Lynn with John. There are concert ticket stubs, Elton John dolls, a pair of John’s sunglasses that Lynn won at an auction and a 25-pound scrapbook filled with magazine and news clippings. In one corner of the room hang hundreds of T-shirts that Lynn purchased at Elton John concerts. A black Versace jacket hangs on the door, the same one John wore in a video with George Michael for “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” Lynn said she began decorating the room after her daughter moved out about 10 years ago. Her husband, Rob, had built the bedroom for their daughter. Meanwhile, all of Lynn’s Elton John memorabilia had been in storage boxes. “They were just there, collecting dust,” she said. “So when my daughter moved out, I asked Rob, ‘Hey, would you mind if I maybe put up a couple of posters or something?’” When her husband said that was OK, she took out a few posters to hang up, but she quickly realized that she couldn’t pick a few favorites. “I had so much, I couldn’t say, ‘Well do I want to put up this poster or just that one?’” she said. Instead, she had enough to fill up a whole room. So that’s what she did. Since then, Lynn said, she has added a lot to her collection. But a lot of what’s displayed in the room is from her original collection.

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By Ingrid Howard

Lynn Kurtts has been to 65 Elton John concerts and has met him in person on four separate occasions. Lynn won a pair of Elton John’s glasses, below, at an auction.

A Fan in Alabama After all of her encounters with John, Lynn said she thinks he may know there’s a big fan of his in Alabama. At a concert in 2007, she and Rob scored front-row seats to one of his shows after Lynn answered a trivia question correctly on the radio. “So we were on the front row, and he comes out on stage, and he’s taking bows,” she said. “He sings the first song, and he stands up, and he waves to the crowd. … He looks right at me, and he points, and he says, ‘I remember you.’” Lynn hasn’t had a chance to meet John in person since then, so she still doesn’t quite know what that means. “I don’t know if he remembers that there’s a girl here with blonde hair, or does he know that’s Lynn the big fan?’ she said. “His security, a lot of his people know me. I’ve met all of the band.”

Going out With a Bang

All of the photos with John and the band are documented on her homemade, bedazzled jacket. On the right side of the jacket are five smaller versions of her photos with John. On the left side are photos with the rest of the band. By pressing a button on the inside of the jacket, Lynn can turn on the lights that travel up the seam. She made the jacket specifically for John’s upcoming visit to Birmingham, which is part of his last tour before retiring. “I decided that if Elton’s going to go out with a bang, then I’m going to go out with a bang, too,” she said. Lynn plans on putting a Kleenex in the pocket of her jacket for this last show, she said. “It’s bittersweet, because I knew the end was coming,” she said. “I know the energy it must take and the stamina it must take and the physical aspect of doing a show like this. … He gives you 150 percent of what

he’s got.” Lynn has had more perfect Elton John memories than a lot of his fans, she said. From going backstage, getting his autograph, giving him flowers and having him point and blow kisses to her from the stage — Lynn has had her fair share of “Elton Encounters.” “There’s fans that would kill to have that happen to them that haven’t had it happen,” she said. “I’ve had it done a lot. So I’m comfortable looking back on the memories of what I’ve experienced with Elton. I share it, in a way. I’m fine with it. It’s going to be sad. … It’s going to make me cry, but that’s going to be a natural human response to a very moving performance.” John’s final Birmingham concert will be at the BJCC on Dec. 4. Lynn wasn’t able to get front row seats this time, but she’ll be on the 12th row, sparkling in her light-up jacket with Rob. “Music really is a healer,” Lynn said. “Music will take people out of their mindset for those couple of hours that you’re in a show. You don’t think about work. You don’t think about your kids. You don’t think about your home life or what’s going on. You don’t think about money. It’s just a break from all of the general things that go on in life. And it’s very entertaining. It’s like a drug, almost, but it’s a positive thing, not a negative.”



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From left, Tom Egan, Walter and Paige Scott with Kendall Egan.

Casino tables were open for bets.


High-Roller Casino Party Raises Funds for Robert E. Reed Foundation

Alan Ritchie, Missy Cox and Austin Noah.

Martha Mims and Sarah Singleton.

Kelly Peace, Tracy Strickland and Gracie Johnsey.

Amy and John Bromberg with Sarah Burchfield.

Robin Trammell and Amanda Trammell.


andom rivalry reigned at the annual Finish the Fight Iron Bowl kick-off casino party Nov. 15 at The Club. Twelve casino tables were open for bets throughout the evening, with football celebrities representing the University of Alabama and Auburn University leading the games. As music by The Negotiators played, guests gambled, danced, placed bets for the winning score of the 2018 Iron Bowl and won big through the Denny Chimes wine pull and a Toomer’s Corner liquor toss. Hosted by the Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation, the evening’s festivities celebrated this year’s Faces of GI Cancer – a group of patients and survivors of GI cancer acting as ambassadors for the foundation – and raised funds for local GI cancer research efforts being conducted at UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. ❖

Patty Bromberg and Bo Jemison.



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Moving to a new venue, the Firehouse Ministries junior board hosted its annual Blue Jeans and Baskets Bash on Nov. 16 at Iron City. The change of scenery offered room to grow, giving guests a longer list of items to snag in the gift basket drawing and live and silent auctions. In addition to restaurant and vacation packages, a selection of limited edition memorabilia were up for grabs in the live auction, including a framed Game of Thrones image signed by leading cast members; a guitar signed by members of The Rolling Stones; limited edition Star Wars: Episode VI artwork signed by lead cast members and more. Hosting the event were junior board members Austin Averitt, Matt Cate, Major Click, Mary Ann Couch, Matt Couch, Alyssa Daniels, Alex Edwards, Jennifer Faulkner, Cody Jackson, Anne Knox Averitt, William Marinos, Mary McIntyre, Jonathan Moody, Kathryn Newell, Luke Newell, Patrick Pittman, Jeff Rodgers, Grayson Sanders, Scarlett Simmons, Sammy Slack, Mary Frances Somerall, Auston Sullivan, Michael Wade Jr., Bo Welden, Josh Williams and Dr. Neena Xavier. ❖

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A look at one of art history’s most enduring subjects across time and place Embodying Faith: Imagining Jesus Through the Ages Dec 8 · 2018 – April 21 · 2019 at the Birmingham Museum of Art Embodying Faith: Imagining Jesus Through the Ages is presented by the Altec / Styslinger Foundation and made possible by the City of Birmingham

Left to Right: Attributed to Joseph Oldof Pierre, Haitian, 1955–1984, Vodou Flag or Banner (Erzulie Danthor), early 1980s, satin, sequins, and glass beads, Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Robert Cargo Folk Art Collection, Gift of Caroline Cargo, AFI.235.2013 | Jacopo d’Arcangelo del Sellaio, Italian, 1441–1493, Christ with Instruments of the Passion (detail), about 1485, tempera on panel, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.99 | Sadao Watanabe, Japanese, 1913–1996, Last Supper (detail), 1973, color on paper, Museum purchase, 1981.55

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CASA of Alabama board members with Leigh Anne Tuohy, from left, Helen Holt, Maggie Blaedow, Ellen Presley Proctor, Tuohy, Lisa Stone, Lauren Keet, Bryan Olson, Sarah Merkle, Jennifer Hardin, and Gayle Watts.

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Taking the Blinders Off

Leigh Anne Tuohy, adoptive parent, author and inspiration for “The Blind Side,” was keynote speaker for the sixth annual Emma’s Circle luncheon. The event, held Nov. 1 at The Florentine, raised funds for the Alabama CASA Network, a group of volunteer lawyers, social workers and judges who work to find safe and loving homes for abused and neglected children. “The Alabama CASA network is grateful for the overwhelming attendance at the Emma’s Circle luncheon with featured speaker Leigh Ann Tuohy,” said Maggie Blaedow, executive director of CASA of Alabama. “The intrinsic impact of one small act of kindness and our shared responsibility to one another filled the atmosphere.” ❖

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Jamie Stephenson, CASA committee member; Leigh Anne Tuohy, guest speaker and inspiration for “The Blind Side”; and Rick Karle, emcee.

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Runners Don Halloween Costumes for KidOne Transport Costumed community members took off at Back 40 Brewing on Oct. 20 for the annual KidOne Transport Trick or Trot 5K run. Whether walking or running, guests, leashed pets and children resting in strollers took flight along the streets of downtown Birmingham. Trick or Trot helps raise funds for KidOne and its mission to provide reliable transportation for children and expectant mothers to get to health care services they need. ❖

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There was a time when retailers had promotions entitled “Christmas in July”. At the rate we’re moving today it won’t be a limited promotion it will be the beginning of the season. No one wants to be in rehab during the holidays, but frankly it can be a happier place to be during this very stressful time of the year. We recently had a client arrive at Bayshore Retreat and during the admittance she realized that she would be there for Thanksgiving instead with her family. To her delight we told her of course she should spend it with them. Her parents live in the area and they could pick her up that morning and return her that afternoon. Not only that, but having her cell phone and the ability to say “good night” to her mom gave her the comfort of knowing she was loved and supported. She also mentioned the Family portion of Life Skills and the fact that she is finally receiving text messages from her siblings who have shunned her because of her addiction. She commented that although she had only been there five days she felt better about herself and had gotten more help than six weeks at another place. This is one of the problems with most rehabs, especially the big box rehabs. Their program is – everyone’s the same. An addict is an addict. Not so. Everyone is different even those in the same family. Having only six clients at a time means clients get the individual attention they need. Get out of the madness of the holidays and give yourself or someone you love an escape to sobriety. Bayshore Retreat is different and can make a difference.

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SOCIAL/WEDDINGS at Vestavia Country Club. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Michael Clark of Mountain Brook. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Watt of Montgomery and the late Dr. and Mrs. George Elwood Clark of Homewood. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Manning of Canton, Mississippi. He is the grandson of Mrs. Herman Weiss Mosby and the late Mr. Mosby and Mrs. Robert Kirk Manning and the late Mr. Manning, all of Canton. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory silk Mikado organza trumpet gown with an Alencon lace bodice and sweetheart neckline with illusion. Her ivory, cathedral-length heirloom veil with Alencon lace was worn by the bride’s mother as well as her maternal aunt. The bride was attended by her sister, Ashley DuBose Clark, of Aspen, Colorado, as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mignon Arrington Lunsford, cousin of the

bride, of Carrboro, North Carolina; Stevie Marie Cantrell, Lindsey Marie Ferguson, Katherine McGinley Guess and Sara McGinley Withrow, all of Jackson. The father of the groom served as best man. Groomsmen were Mark Mosby Manning, brother of the groom, of Lafayette, Louisiana; William Brett Blanton of Kansas City, Missouri; George Rimmer Covington Jr., cousin of the groom, of Pass Christian, Mississippi; Addison Ives Smith Jr. of Columbus, Ohio; and Lee Herren Walker of Tupelo, Mississippi. Readers were Lewis Anderson Watt Jr., cousin of the bride, of Ridgeland, Mississippi; Hailey Angelle Manning of Lafayette and Daly Latham Pollman of Mobile. Brittany McKinley Brown of Madison and Anna Katherine Stuart of Jackson greeted wedding guests. After a honeymoon trip to Hawaii, the couple will reside in Jackson.


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Storybook Run Supports Vestavia Hills Library Children’s Department The junior board for the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest hosted its second annual Storybook 5K costumed run Oct. 26 at Vestavia Hills City Hall. Runners donned costumes and completed an evening run while a festival of live music, inflatables, storybook characters, costumed ballerinas, face painting, food and more took place. Proceeds from the run benefit the library’s children’s department.






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‘Travel’ Around the World on the Samford Legacy League’s Christmas Home Tour By Sharon Smith


The Prewitt Home

Photos courtesy Samford University

ourney from Palm Springs to the Mediterranean countryside, shop an assortment of gifts and snack on holiday treats – all while traveling less than four miles during the Samford University Legacy League’s Christmas Home Tour, set for Dec. 6. Featuring two homes in Mountain Brook and three in Vestavia Hills, the one-day holiday tour showcases residences of several architectural styles, décor, sizes and ages. Now in its eighth year, the event, which is presented by ARC Realty, also includes a holiday gift market and seasonal treats served at the Samford President’s Home. The mission behind the tour is to raise scholarship funds for students who have faced serious obstacles on their path to higher education. The Legacy League’s 2018 tour includes the Mountain Brook homes of Ashley and Trevor Kaple, 2940 Pump House Road; and Danielle and Bart Yancey, 2809 Pump House Road; as well as the Vestavia Hills homes of Ashley and Andy Prewitt; 417 Sunset Drive; Tracy and Robert Stephens, 216 Sheridan Lane; and Jeanna and Andy Westmoreland, Samford President’s Home, 1994 Shades Crest Road.

The Stephens Home

The Kaple Home

Located not far off U.S. 280 near Cahaba Heights, the manor house sits on more than 3 wooded acres and has a pool encircled by stone. The home has old-world elegance and Mediterranean influences, though it was just built in 2005. The Kaples purchased the house in 2010, moving in when Ashley was 40 weeks pregnant. Six days later, their first baby girl was born. They have since added two more girls to the family. Stepping into the Kaple home, visitors will notice floor-to-ceiling windows, arched doorways and stately columns. The light-filled house is decorated with Tuscan pottery, European tile and antiques. To the right of the foyer is a formal living, complete with a large tapestry and chandelier. To the left, a large dining table is decked out for a holiday meal. A winding staircase leads up to the second floor while an iron gate separates the foyer from the kitchen area. Two islands in the gourmet kitchen provide plentiful countertops for baking cookies, a favorite activity for the Kaple girls. The family also enjoys snuggling up to

The Yancey Home

watch movies in their media room, which is tiered for better viewing from leather couches. Upstairs, the girls’ bedrooms are decorated with delicate fabrics in subtle, calming colors. Throughout the rooms and hallways, large cheerful photographs hang, celebrating each of the children. At Christmastime, the Kaples’ living room is home to a 14-foot tree, flocked to look as if it’s dusted with fresh-fallen snow. Their second tree, trimmed in red and gold, displays ornaments the girls have made. On Christmas Eve, the children sprinkle “reindeer food” in the courtyard and gather to read the Christmas story.

The Kaple Home The Yancey Home

Danielle and Bart Yancey’s names may sound familiar to some past patrons of league home tours; their previous home in Vestavia Hills was featured in 2013. But while the Yanceys’ names may be familiar, their new house has little in common with their former farmhouse dwelling. The décor in the Yanceys’ residence in Mountain Brook has a more modern and glamorous Palm Springs flair. The house, built in 1963, was designed for Kitty Ireland by architect Fritz Woehle, who based the structure on the configuration of a Roman basilica. More than 20 years later, Ireland’s granddaughter added to the house, installing an

engraved stone to mark the divide between old and new. The main walls are glass bordered by brick archways, which surround a grand courtyard and pool. At the back of the house, an enormous round window frames a view of the space. The Yanceys contracted with Richter Landscape Company to establish a master plan to be implemented over time. “Creating usable spaces to take advantage of the entire property was an important goal,” said company owner John Richter. “It is important to maintain the overall theme of an existing home and landscape while adding new areas of interest.”

The entire residence is floored with Alabama white marble, the veins varying by room, which provides a clean backdrop for the décor. An aficionado of vintage aluminum Christmas trees, Danielle is displaying several of various sizes and colors this season. One tree is dedicated to Trooper, their rescue dog. Another is decorated with white ornaments crocheted by Danielle’s mom and angels painted by Danielle and her dad. The Prewitt Home

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they’d undertake a major renovation. Thirteen years later, that day came. “It started as a bathroom addition,” laughed Tom Adams of Adams Gerndt Design Group, who worked closely with the Prewitts on their renovation design. With a goal of crafting “an English cottage feel,” Adams and his partner, Adam Gerndt, suggested they add an exaggerated gable and large limestone bay window. While changing the roofline and opening up the house, “We tried to be respectful of the street, where there are lots of low ranches,” Adams said. “It’s a very clean and traditional look ... and the scale of everything is just right.” In addition to raising the roof significantly, the design included refacing part of the home with brick. To accommodate the change from siding, a new footing was added around the house. According to the builder, David Sherrod of BRBC Construction, the effort was worth it. “The front elevation transformation was fantastic,” he said. “Now the house has ‘pop’ and a curb appeal that really draws you in.” The new cedar shake peaked roof allowed for a high vaulted ceiling in the center of the home, creating an open living and kitchen

area. With lots of natural light and a large kitchen island topped with Carrara marble, the great room is bright and welcoming. Double French doors open to a screened porch, which in turn leads to an outdoor dining area with a rustic stone fireplace. Overlooking what is now the 14th fairway of Vestavia Country Club’s golf course, the Prewitts’ home has beautiful views from nearly every vantage point. As the Prewitts decorate in preparation for the home tour, they will be remembering Ashley’s recently deceased mother, who loved Christmas. “We know it’s no coincidence our home is on the tour this year,” Ashley said. The Stephens Home

With views of Double Oak Mountain from two-story windows, the Stephens’ home in Vestavia Hills bears little resemblance to the ranch that once occupied the lot on Sheridan Drive. To create the transformation, Tracy and Robert Stephens engaged Adam Gerndt and Tom Adams of Adams Gerndt Designs. Tasked with honoring the mid-century modern look of the original house, they incorporated deep overhangs with brackets and corner windows. Adding a second level, they framed the mountains in tall windows. Having four active children, a dog and a heart for hospitality, the Stephenses wanted an open floor

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The Samford President’s Home

plan to accommodate a crowd. The bulk of their new house is in the living space, designed and furnished to be inviting, comfortable and functional. “Tracy actually uses her kitchen,” said Gerndt, “so the flow from the kitchen to pantry to mud room to garage was very important to her and their family.” With Alabama white marble on the perimeter countertops and Alabama limestone on the large island, the kitchen is bright and airy. Tracy wanted everything to be “clean but accessible,” so the refrigerator, dishwasher and ice maker have paneled fronts that match the cabinets. An appliance garage hides smaller appliances, keeping the countertops unclut-

tered. Adjacent to the kitchen is an open dining area and a large living space with plenty of room for friends and family to gather. Flanked by three floor-to-ceiling windows on one side and double French doors on the other, the room is filled with natural light. A limestone fireplace with herringbone tiles anchors the space, creating a visual connection to the kitchen island. Reclaimed, hand-hewn oak timbers from a dairy barn in Kentucky add depth and warmth to the room, which opens to the back patio and yard. The Samford President’s Home

Overlooking Shades Valley and Samford’s campus, the Samford

President’s Home on Shades Crest Road is at the peak of Shades Mountain in Vestavia Hills. With elegant furnishings, lush landscaping and the view, the home welcomes nearly 10,000 visitors annually. The main level of the house is open to the public during the tour. Visitors will see five Christmas trees, each thematically decorated. Among Jeanna Westmoreland’s favorites is the one dedicated to Chrismons, Christian symbols crafted in white and gold. Also displayed throughout house is the Westmorelands’ collection of nativities, gathered during their travels to international locations. Garland with twinkling lights adds a festive touch to the two stairways, while more than 100 nutcrackers of all sizes adorn the bookshelves and mantles. On the day of the tour, the house also will feature a holiday gift market and holiday treats. The gift market, set in the ballroom, features merchandise from more than a dozen merchants, including art, jewelry, soaps, knitted items, specialty olive oils and photographs. Stepping out of the ballroom into a heated tent provided by Pre Event Resources and Tailgate Guys, guests will discover an array of hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats donated by local businesses and league members. Pianists will be playing as visitors shop and snack.



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Samford Legacy League’s Christmas Home Tour

2018 Christmas Home Tour Committee, front row, from left: Julie Cundiff, committee manager; Lisbeth Cease, co-chair; and Terre Currey, co-chair. Second row: Jeanna Westmoreland, Mary Margaret Yeilding, Cheryl Landreth, Ginny Scott, Jan Service and Harriet Williams. Third row: Janie Howell, Sharon Smith, Kathy Clay, Ginger Brown, Phyllis Crocker, Pam Matthews and Inga Clum. Not pictured: Melinda Mitchell, Sheila Smith and Allison Strickland.

Scholarships for Samford The Legacy League’s annual Christmas Home Tour raises funds to provide scholarships for students with significant financial need and challenging circumstances. Many of the organization’s scholarship recipients have faced obstacles including the death or disability of a parent, foster care, inner city violence, parental job loss, homeless-

ness, abandonment and full-time ministry in a remote place. To date, the Legacy League has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships to help nearly 180 students attend Samford University. The league is a volunteer organization with more than 750 members. More than 250 volunteers worked on this year’s home tour, for which ARC Realty is presenting sponsor again this year. “The Legacy League’s Christmas Home Tour is one of the most rewarding events that we par-

When: Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-8 p.m What: A tour of five houses decorated for Christmas Tickets: $25 in advance through Dec. 4 at samford.edu/ legacyleague; $30 at the door of featured houses during tour hours. Parking: Parking is available at each of the Vestavia Hills homes. For the Mountain Brook homes, park at Philadelphia Baptist Church’s property on Pump House Road. Shuttles will run during tour hours.

ticipate in yearly, and it is gratifying to know that we are helping young people receive a great education and be in an outstanding environment.” said Beau Bevis, ARC Realty CEO and qualifying broker. Premium sponsors are Adams Gerndt Design Group, AllSouth Appliance Group, Apex Valet/Rare Transportation, BRBC Construction, First US Bank, LongLewis Ford, Richter Landscape Company, Tailgate Guys and Pre Event Resources. Sharon Smith is Samford University Legacy League Director of Development.

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Kalli Delaney said this antique nativity set is just like one her family had while she was growing up in Andalusia. Left, Daughter Betsy chose a princess theme for the tree in the room that she and big sister Mary Charles share.

Kalli and Andrew Delaney are opening their Crestline home for the Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday House Tour Dec. 8 and 9.

Delaney: All Through the House From Page One

“We kept coming back to this house again and again,” Kalli said. “We’d been looking for so long that we’d come up with a long list of things we wanted. With this house, we kept looking for something wrong. We haven’t found anything yet. It’s the opposite – we keep finding things that we like.” Built in the 1950s, the house was purchased in 2005 by Lisa and Matt Costanzo. They completely

renovated the house in 2014. Residential designer Matt Costanzo of Matthew V. Costanzo Residential Designs was inspired by the shingle-style houses in the northeast United States. His design took advantage of the lot on which the house sits. Because the lot has an unusual shape with an angled rear property line, the house has a wider front façade than most others in the neighborhood.

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“I like the way Matt complemented the house’s traditional elements, such as the old millwork that he used,” Kalli said. She said the Costanzos “popped the top” of the house to add more space. The main-level living room is an addition, too. With four bedrooms and a third-floor playroom, there’s plenty of room for the whole family – which includes a lively cocker spaniel named Louie. Although the house was movein ready, the Delaneys added their own touches with the help of interior designer Catherine Pringle of Catherine Pringle Design. Jessica Schniper, also an interior designer, worked alongside Pringle to get the Delaneys’ house ready for the IPC tour. “Catherine has become such a good friend,” Kalli said. “I could tell right away that she was a good mom and that she’d know what I meant when I said I wanted a kidfriendly house. I wanted to be able to use every single space and not panic when a red sippy cup goes rogue.” That means that while the house

is stylish, there are no rooms where the three Delaney daughters don’t feel comfortable. Mary Charles, age 6, is a first-grader at Crestline Elementary. Betsy is 3, and the youngest Delaney is 18-month-old Cate. “Everything is covered with performance fabric; you can just wipe it off,” said Kalli, adding that the kitchen table’s wooden top is water-resistant. “We use every single space in the house.” During the holiday season, the house is especially merry and bright. The kitchen table is set with festive Fitz and Floyd Christmas china. Christina Brockman of Huckleberry Collective has filled the marble-topped kitchen island with an assortment of gingerbread houses, cookies in jars, hot chocolate fixings, peppermints and lollipops. She’s a floral and food stylist who’s also decking the halls with greenery and floral arrangements. In the Delaneys’ living room is a 9-foot fresh tree from Sweet Peas Garden Shop in Homewood. “It’s a traditional tree,” Kalli said. “Things will get more modern

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Holly Jolly Houses

Journal photos byJordan Wald

Christmas in Birmingham Wouldn’t Be Complete Without the IPC Tour



By Donna Cornelius Almost every family has a Christmastime custom that, for them, signals the start of the holiday season. Maybe it’s decorating cookies, trimming the tree, watching “Home Alone” for the umpteenth time or hanging up the mistletoe in a strategic place. In these parts, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without one special festive tradition: the Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday House Tour. In its 69th year, the two-day event is still creating merry memories for generations of Birmingham residents. This year’s tour, set for Dec. 8 and 9, features four houses that will be decorated in holiday finery. Also open for the tour is the historic church at 3100 Highland Ave. IPC members decorate the sanctuary and parlor, and a Christmas tea will be served in the church’s Great Hall. The church, founded in 1915, was designed by Warren, Knight and Davis architect William Warren. Helping to organize this year’s event are Penney Hartline, tour chairman; Mary Beasley and Greer Elkus, house chairmen; Honora Gathings, IPC communications director; and Jennifer Cope, publicity chairman. Proceeds from the tour benefit women and children through IPC’s community ministries, the church’s

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food pantry and STAIR – Start the Adventure in Reading. The tour includes the home of Kalli and Andrew Delaney at 10 Honeysuckle Lane, in Crestline (see cover story). Others participating in the tour are: 1. Mr. and Mrs. George Holman, 2509 Country Club Circle The Holmans have built and renovated several houses in Birmingham over the years. Their home on Country Club Circle has an understated French exterior and modern interior, bringing together the best of the mid-century modern home they renovated most recently and the French home they built previously. The house’s open interior is appointed with the Holmans’ collection of antique furnishings and is perfect for the casual and openair entertaining Val and George enjoy. The house was designed by George’s brother, Richard; decorated by his sister, Mary Lib; and built by George’s company. 2. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schleusner, 2333 Highland Crescent This is the third house the Schleusners have built with a design by Birmingham-based architect James Carter. It’s the 20th and last home in Highland Crescent, a culde-sac built on the former site of



John Carroll Catholic High School. The house, designed for easy living and entertaining, has a traditional English Tudor façade. Inside is an eclectic mix of antique and modern elements, showcasing both trends and tradition. Tourgoers will see interesting features that include a patio fountain (also known as a hot tub), an outdoor kitchen and an apartment for a future caregiver. 3. Mark Thompson and Jay Draper, 4036 Clairmont Ave. S This building was constructed between 1912 and 1914 as Clairmont Terrace Apartments. It’s within the quiet neighborhood of Forest Park but has the feel of a big city brownstone. The comfortable interior has plenty of ideas for small spaces. Both Draper and Thompson have inherited family heirlooms, and these items add to their condominium’s warmth and graciousness. The two own Shoppe, a garden and home store that’s just a short walk up Clairmont Avenue. Tour hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 9. Tickets are $30. You can buy them online at ipc-usa.org or at the church reception desk during business hours beginning Dec. 1. Tickets also will be available during the tour at each home and at the church.

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When Beth White was growing up working at her family’s flower shop in Kentucky, she said she had no intention of making a lifelong career out of it. She just did what she had to do to “get the car” from her parents. But when her husband left the military in 1975, she rethought that



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“I became a volunteer here and realized why it is such a special, magical place,” she said. Now, she does two to four classes a year that focus on floral decorating. decorating look special. “If you start cooking on Thanksgiving Day, and you’ve never cooked before, you’re pretty much doomed to fail. Most people have some experience, and many people have a lot of experience. But they may not have the information they need to make the right decisions.” In her classes, she also teaches seasonal decorating, so the decorations can last past Dec. 25. “We’ll do some winter decorating, and then we’ll do holiday trim on it,” she said. “And then you put Santa Claus away, and the rest is still there.” Spots are limited to White’s classes, and her Nov. 30 class is sold out. Listings for future events at Aldridge Gardens can be found at aldridgegardens.com/education/ events. “Life is too short not to enjoy it,” she said. “In my flower shop, that was our mission. There is beauty which will fill your soul from the very simplest touch to really big things. But it’s not always about big things, it’s about enjoying that moment and appreciating the beauty in whatever: that blossom, that leaf, that stem.”


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Made from scratch daily, Half Moon cookies are hand dipped in rich milk chocolate, $22.99. Full Moon Bar-B-Que, fullmoonbbq.com.

Four-pronged geode earrings, $69.99, are the perfect gift for Mom. george inside Snoozy’s Kids, 871-2662.

Send a selection of holiday treats in custom and pre-made holiday gift baskets, starting at $34.99. Piggly Wiggly, pigbham.com.

“Memories of Grace” by Seth, a 31” x 41” original acrylic painting in a custom, pewter leaf, wood frame, $590. Griffith Art Gallery, 985-7969.

“The Magic of Old St. Nick - The Adventure Begins” children’s book and Santa doll gift bag set, by VIETRI, $50. Bromberg’s, Mountain Brook, 871-3276; The Summit, 969-1776.

Decorative, pipe cleaner Christmas trees add a touch of holiday cheer, available in a range of sizes and colors. Chelsea Antiques, 678-2151.

A natural agate geode on a glass base, $69, and an amethyst crystal perfume bottle, $59. Birmingham Wholesale Furniture, 322-1687.

Classic diamond stud earrings, available in a variety of sizes for every price range. Shay’s Jewelers, 978-5880.

The 36” Hestan gas grill with side burner, $10,398, is the perfect gift for your grillmaster. AllSouth Appliance, 942-0408.

The Caroline Hill clutch bag blends the best of both worlds with an optional crossbody strap, $34.95. Blue Willow, 968-0909.

High-fire stoneware small mugs come in 27 different glaze options, $32. Earthborn Studios, 702-7055.

Vintage 18k yellow gold cross necklace by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co., $1,175. JB & Co. Jewelry, 478-0455.

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A handcrafted wine holder from Argentina in Alpaca Silver with horn handles, $90. Henhouse Antiques, 918-0505. Add some sparkle to your holiday with Lineage by Levy’s platinum ruby and diamond earrings. Levy’s Fine Jewelry, 252-3381.

The Birdhouse Impact Kit, $20, benefits Magic City Woodworks and provides an Impact Kit to a child served by the Christian Service Mission. Alabama Gas Light & Grill, 870-4060.

Give the gift of healthier skin with the Neocutis Skin Care pack. Total Skin and Beauty Dermatology Center, 933-0987.

Share “the reason for the season” with a Nativity scene, $26. Attic Antiques, 991-6887.

The H. Goose high quality, military-grade field watch, perfect for the activities you make time to enjoy. Wallace-Burke, 874-1044.

Bloch warm-up booties can be worn over ballet, jazz and pointe shoes to and from class to prolong their lifespan, $40-$48. Applause Dancewear, 871-7837.

Leave cookies for Santa with the Old St. Nick Large Oval Platter with Santa Reading, handcrafted in Italy. Blackjack Gardens, 836-2933.

Holiday cheer is for the birds with the “Buttons” Snowman Seed Cylinder, $16.99. Wild Birds Unlimited, 823-6500.

Holiday cookie tins range from a tall tin of five cookies, $15, to a stack of tins holding 40 cookies, $112. Cookie Fix, 582-2623.

Plush, gradient knit shrug with fringe, available in four colors, one size fits most, $24.99. Flip Flops & What Nots, 967-7429.

Front and rear interlocking floor liners in jet black with Bowtie logo, $268 plus tax. Edwards Chevrolet, Birmingham, 716-3330.

Decorative, oil-burning candles feature festive red berries sealed inside with a separate wick inserted into the top, starting at $35. Table Matters, 879-0125.

A stunning assortment of Merry and Bright Christmas ornaments to trim the tree, prices vary. Trussville Antiques, 661-9805.

The Mighty Mini Jet Set travel bag, with a Mini Ionic Dryer and Mighty Mini Styler, $80. Salon Summit, 518-0406.

Add a warm glow to your holiday home with Ugandan wooden candles, $25 and $30. Sozo Trading Co., 208-0016.

Beautiful, laminated Pakka Hardwood spoons and spatulas are durable, safe for all cookware surfaces and heat resistant up to 450 degrees, $12 each. The Cook Store, 879-5277.

Blue and white decor is back with a variety of items available to fill your home, starting at $79.99. Tricia’s Treasures, 871-9779.

Sports fans will love these Alabama and Auburn Santas that play team fight songs, $75. The Dandé Lion, 879-0691.

Find the perfect gem in Phillip Gavriel rings, from $110-$210. Southeastern Jewelers, 980-9030.


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Josh and Kelsey Sizemore, launched The Wild Honey Flower Truck last month. The couple started throwing around ideas for the business a few months after they got married last year. Below, Kris Farley.

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By Ingrid Howard For a holiday gift that has a pop of color, the Wild Flower Honey Truck sells seasonal, international flowers by the stem. It makes stops around the Birmingham metro area to give people the opportunity to build a bouquet. “Sharing it with people has been really exciting, just to see people’s reactions,” said Josh Sizemore, who launched the business with his wife, Kelsey. “It’s fun to see what the experience is like putting bouquets together. I think it’s something that a lot of people have never gotten to do. So, it’s fun to see people walk through that experience. I think people just really enjoy it.” The couple started throwing around ideas for the business a few months after they got married last year. When they found a 1963 Ford Econoline truck for sale on Craigslist, they decided to move forward. “Once we fell in love with the truck, we were like, ‘We’re going for this,’” Josh said. After giving the truck a paint job and adding an awning, among other restorations, the popup flower truck was ready for business. And so far, Kelsey said, it’s been driving well. “We haven’t had any issues yet,” she said. Kelsey — who still works at Forge in Birmingham as a community manager — helps people pick out which flowers will look good in a bouquet. Josh — who is a coowner at Breakout Games in Homewood — operates the card reader. As of now, the truck accepts only cards.

“We’re learning a lot about flowers and just how we want to run the business,” Kelsey said. “But it’s been really fun meeting new people and chatting with people who are really excited about getting flowers.” Through the winter, Josh said, the truck will run mostly on the weekends. In the spring, he said he hopes to start operating the truck more days a week. To find the truck, Josh said to follow Wild Honey Flower truck on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. Laurel Day, who was at the truck Nov. 17, said she saw a post on Instagram announcing the truck


would be at the Summit. Since she lives close by, she decided to give it a visit. “I think it brings everyone together,” she said. “And flowers make people happy. You could be in the worst mood and just drive by and be like, “Oh my gosh! Flowers!’ It brings happiness and joy.”

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Though classrooms were empty on Veterans Day, schools throughout the Over the Mountain area found time to celebrate veterans through community service drives, concerts, assemblies and art projects. At Homewood Middle School, a U.S. Armed Forces Veterans Day Program attended by local veteran honorees on Nov. 9 featured patriotic music from the school’s eighth-grade band, seventh-grade concert choir, eighth-grade chamber choir and the Patriot Singers group. A keynote speech was given by Dr. Joel Henneke of the U.S. Marine Corps, and each veteran was honored during the course of the program. Veterans in attendance served in several branches of the armed forces, and they served in combat actions from World War II to the present day. Louis Pizitz Middle School hosted its annual Living History Day on Nov. 8 in honor of Veterans Day. U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, was keynote speaker during the program, which was attended by veterans representing all five of the branches of the armed forces. Those attending the program were invited to walk through the Hall of Heroes, which was filled with posters showing the photo and bio of veterans, living and deceased. The social studies department at Spain Park High School devoted an entire day to activities focused on veterans. Students heard from Jody Chapman, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point and a U.S. Army veteran, who spoke about his tours in Afghanistan and Africa. The students also created a tribute wall dedicated to Alabama Fallen Heroes, wrote thank you cards to soldiers and constructed care packages with items collected during a drive in October. The packages will be shipped to members of the armed forces who are deployed. The school partnered with Support Our Soldiers, a non-profit started by Hoover residents Thomas and Charon Rivers, to send the care packages. Crestline Elementary hosted its Veterans Day Program on Nov. 9. Emceed by CBS 42 anchor Jack Royer, the event featured a patriotic concert performed by fifth-graders and speeches from several students on the subject “Why a veteran is a hero.” The event was attended by 80 veterans. Among them was 94-year-old Battle of Normandy veteran Charlie Nelson of

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OTM Students Celebrate Veterans Day

Louis Pizitz Middle School, above, hosted its annual Living History Day on Nov. 8 in honor of Veterans Day. At Homewood Middle School, below, a U.S. Armed Forces Veterans Day Program attended by local veteran honorees on Nov. 9 featured patriotic music from the school’s eighth-grade band, seventh-grade concert choir, eighth-grade chamber choir and the Patriot Singers group.

Greensboro, who attended with his daughter Louise Nelson Beverett and her husband, Jim. Nelson served in the Navy during WWII and landed on Omaha Beach in the third wave on D-Day, at 8:30 a.m. During the Normandy Invasion, Nelson

and his fellow crew members made between 47 and 51 trips across the English Channel, delivering artillery and transporting wounded soldiers back to England. —Emily Williams

Proud to Be an American Rachael Jostons, right, an eighth-grade World History teacher at Bumpus Middle School, recently became a United States citizen. Born in Bristol, England, Jostons and her family moved to Nova Scotia when she was nine years old and again to the United States six years later. In a ceremony held in Montgomery on Sept. 21, Jostsons took the oath to become a citizen of the United States, accompanied by friends from the U.S. Air Force.


Vestavia Hills City Schools Names District Teachers of the Year

Vestavia Hills City Schools announced its 2018-19 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year on Oct. 18, naming Heather Parrish as elementary teacher of the year and Mary Busbee as secondary teacher of the year. Parrish, a special education teacher at Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park, has taught at Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park since 2015. Previously, she taught special education in the Mountain Brook and Chambers County school systems and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in collaborative special education from Auburn University. Busbee, a science teacher at Vestavia Hills High School, has taught science courses at Vestavia Hills High School since 2016. Previously, she chaired the science department at St. Clair County High School and served on the executive committees of the Alabama Science Teacher Association and the Birmingham Audubon Society. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Judson College and a master’s in science education from UAB. “The Teacher of the Year program recognizes outstanding educators for their commitment to the profession,” said Vestavia Hills City Schools Superintendent Todd Freeman. “It is an honor given to those that distinguish themselves as high performing teachers. Mary Busbee and Heather Parrish are consummate professionals and dedicated ambassadors for the mission of Vestavia Hills City Schools. On behalf of the Board of Education, I congratulate them and wish all the best as they represent our system at the state level.” Both Parrish and Busbee were selected from a field of eight school-level Teachers of the Year, including Kayla Underhill, Vestavia Hills Elementary Cahaba Heights; Kate Donaldson, Vestavia Hills Elementary Central; Shannon Kirby, Vestavia Hills Elementary East; Maggie Widman, Vestavia Hills Elementary West; Lisa Williams, Liberty Park Middle School; and Leah Seng, Louis Pizitz Middle School. Parrish and Busbee will move on in the competition to be considered for the Alabama Teacher of the Year designation from the Alabama Department of Education. —Emily Williams

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On Nov. 15, Homewood Middle School students rocked the stage at the annual HMS Fest Showcase Showdown. Several student dance groups choreographed and presented an evening showcase featuring themed dance numbers. Members of the audience then cast their votes for their favorite groups. This year’s overall showcase winners were the group Umbrella Fellas, followed by HMS Under Construction and Lip Sync Showdown. In addition, Homewood Middle School’s top performers were Synergy, Patriot Singers and Boom. Proceeds from the event and funds raised by participating dance teams will benefit the Homewood Middle School PTO.

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HMS Fest 2018 Finishes with Showcase Showdown Group Dance Competition

Mary Busbee, a science teacher at Vestavia Hills High School, has taught science courses at Vestavia Hills High School since 2016.


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SPHS and Berry Table Tennis Teams Win State Titles Berry Middle School and Spain Park High School’s table tennis teams could not be beat on Nov. 2 as they competed in the eighth annual Alabama State Club Table Tennis Championship in Trussville. The SPHS team earned its third consecutive win in the high school A division. In addition, team member Ben Harwiger was named MVP for the high school division. Berry earned its fifth consecutive championship title in the competition’s middle school division. Members of the Spain Park team competing were Hartwiger, Luc Vo,

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The SPHS tabel tennis team earned its third consecutive win in the high school A division on Nov. 2 in Trussville. Grant Hall, Siddharth Karra, Sam Wasko and Parker Wildmon. Berry team members were Logan

Cantu, Matthew Brumbeloe, Carson Wildmon, Adam Punjani, Kaushik Dheeravath and Sam Waldrop.


The Vestavia Hills High School robotics team competed Nov. 3 in the River Region Robotic Tournament. VHHS Team D, which consists of A.J. Bredemann, Angela Zheng and Kate Harshberger, won the Excellence Award. According to a release, the award is the highest given at the tournament and recognizes the team’s robot performance, sportsmanship and teamwork.

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VHHS Robotics Wins Excellence Award at Regional Tournament

From left: A.J. Bredemann, Kate Harshberger, VHHS robotics coach Pamela Hickman and Angela Zheng.

Vestavia Students Raise Awareness for Miracle League Field Project

Students at Vestavia Hills High School are raising money this fall for the Miracle League Field project to take the game of baseball to children with disabilities. In partnership with the Vestavia Hills Parks and Recreation Foundation, high school students will be taking part in the project to build a field at Wald Park. The purpose of the project is to provide children with physical or mental challenges the opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. Through various activities and fundraisers during the high school’s Homecoming Week, students raised more than $23,000 for the project. They plan to host more fundraisers throughout the fall.


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By Blake Ells Senior Kate Amberson, juniors Anne Vandevelde and Ellie Dayhuff and sophomore Celie Field didn’t join the Mountain Brook girls basketball team until Nov. 1, just one week before the Spartans’ first game against Homewood. The four helped lead the Spartans’ volleyball team to the AHSAA 7A state semifinals, losing in three sets to eventual champion McGill-Toolen (16-25, 18-25, 14-25). That’s a third of the Spartans roster, and it put the team at a bit of disadvantage out of the gate. Still, the girls reached the Thanksgiving break with just one loss, 55-58 at Shades Valley on Nov. 10, and with a tournament championship in their own Spartan Turkey Jam the week of Thanksgiving. Their path to that trophy included victories over Gardendale, Shades Valley and

Central-Tuscaloosa. “They haven’t been with us since June,” coach John London said. “That’s the last time that we had them with us as a team. Even though what we do isn’t complicated, there’s still a thought process that takes place and they have to have some time to figure out where they need to be. But we’re patient with them. They just have to be patient with themselves.” The Spartans have had new leaders every night they’ve been on the floor this season, but their leading scorers through their first seven games were seniors Whitton Bumgarner and Emily Henderson. Bumgarner’s season high was 19 points against Gardendale, while Henderson’s season high of 24 points came in the loss at Shades Valley. They’ll work to improve on their 19-9 finish from a year ago, a season that ended with a first-round loss in the area tournament. It was London’s

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Mountain Brook Girls Team Gelling With the Late Arrivals

Ellie Dayhuff, above, is one of several Spartan basketball players who joined the team after volleyball season ended.

first year at the helm. “The goal is to win the area and get to the regional,” London said. “We’re used to going to the regional tournamen, and we haven’t been in a

couple of years.” Region play against Spain Park, Hewitt-Trussville and Vestavia Hills won’t begin until Jan. 8, when the Spartans will travel to meet the Jaguars. That leaves plenty of time to gel with the girls who joined the team in November and plenty of time to tune-up for one of the state’s most difficult regions. They’ll face difficult local competition in Ramsay and St. Pius X of Atlanta; they’ll accompany the boys team to the Classic of the Palms tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida, one of the nation’s premier high school basketball tournaments; and they’ll compete in the Spain Park Holiday Tournament, offering the Spartans a possible preview of that area competition. “We’ve got to do a better job of taking care of the basketball,” London said of what his team will focus on over those coming weeks. “We’re making way too many turn-

overs right now. And we just need to play within ourselves. We can defend a little bit better than we’ve been defending. We’ve shown that we can. We just have to build on that and keep moving forward.” London believes that when Amberson, Vandevelde, Dayhuff and Field are allowed more time, his team will continue gaining momentum. “They just need to get their basketball legs under them,” he said. “As soon as they figure out what’s going on with us – offensively and the scheme of things – they’re going to make our team even better. We just need to get those girls up to par.” Mountain Brook will host McAdory on Dec. 3 and travel to West Lincoln, Mississippi, on Dec. 8. They’ll return to the Spartan Arena for home games against Ramsay on Dec. 11 and Parker on Dec. 14 before they hit the holiday

Young Hoover Girls Basketball Team off to Fast Start By Rubin E. Grant When the Hoover girls basketball team was blown out in its third game this season, head coach Krystle Johnson didn’t raise an eyebrow. That’s because of the way the 2017-18 season ended for the Bucs. Hoover did not lose to an in-state school until Sparkman dealt the Bucs a 55-54 setback in the Class 7A Northwest Regional final. “We had won 20 games in a row and then we lost to end the season 30-2,” Johnson said, recalling the painful finish. “We were all shocked. We played our worse game at the wrong time. Our only other loss was to Holy Innocents (from Atlanta), which was nationally ranked.” So, Johnson took the Bucs’ 53-35 loss at Hazel Green on Nov. 16 in stride. “We’ve already had a loss,” she said. “I’d rather it happen now.” The loss to Hazel Green was

Hoover’s only defeat in their first seven games. During Thanksgiving weekend, the Bucs traveled to Lebanon, Tennessee, to compete in the John Greer State Farm Classic and posted three impressive victories. They beat Webb School of Knoxville 69-34, host Lebanon 61-34 and Franklin, Tennessee, 79-31. Johnson likes the way her young team has started the season. The team lost to graduation post players Eboni Williams (Chattanooga), Jennifer Andrew (Montevallo) and Angela Grant (Faulkner University). That trio combined to average 22 points and 20 rebounds per game last season. “We’re trying to replace all that with younger players,” Johnson said. “We’ve got six returning players and four new players.” Among the returning players are four seniors, Skyla Knight, Joiya Maddox, Miya Kimber and Melanie Hall.

Three of them start and already have signed college scholarships. Knight is headed to Arkansas-Little Rock, Maddox to Rutgers and Kimber to West Alabama. Each of them starred in the weekend tournament in Tennessee. In the victory against Webb, Maddox led the team with 15 points and Knight had 10. Knight led the way against Lebanon with 18 points. Maddox had 13 and Miya Kimber 11. Knight scored 21 points and Kimber 14 in the win over Franklin. The Bucs also have two juniors, Janae Hubbard and Madison Adamson. Hubbard is playing on the varsity for the first time. “She’s a very aggressive player and our leading rebounder,” Johnson said. “In our first game, she had 16 rebounds against McAdory.” Adamson is still working her way back from a torn ACL she sustained in May. She started more than half of the Bucs’ game last season.

The Bucs are also without 6-foot2 sophomore Rachel Hager. “She twisted her ankle a week before our first game,” Johnson said. “She’ll be out another two weeks. When we get her back, she’ll be our starting center.” Hager is one of the Bucs’ three sophomores, joining Jada Knight, Skyla Knight’s younger sister, and Karina Garcia Martinez. Jada Knight was on the varsity as a freshman while Martinez was pulled up from the junior varsity just before the start of the season. Rounding out the roster are freshman Aniya Hubbard and eighth-grader Reniya Kelly, who attends Bumpus Middle. “Aniya averaged 13 points per game at Simmons (Middle School) as a point guard, but right now we’re playing her out of position because of our injuries,” Johnson said. “We have used her at the two guard and both forward positions. She’s very

athletic.” Kelly is an ultra-quick guard with deft ball-handling skills. She scored 10 points in the Bucs’ opener. “We’re trying to put people into the right positions,” Johnson said. “We have some versatility. It’s a learning experience because we’re teaching them how to play fast.” The Bucs are in the midst of a demanding schedule to start the season. They will play host to Ramsay at 6 p.m. Thursday and travel to Fayetteville, Georgia, on Saturday to take on St. Francis from Roswell, Georgia, in the Queens of Atlanta Hardwood Classic. “It’s not getting any easier,” said Johnson, who guided Hoover to the 2017 Class 7A state championship. But she hopes it will pay dividends come the postseason. “As usual, our goal is to win state,” Johnson said, “but right now we’re just trying to get better every day.”

From left, Sam Pence, Caleb McLendon, Henry Erickson and John Hale.

For the ninth time since 1978, the Homewood High School Patriot Band traveled to New York City to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade last week. The band of over 400 students braved temperatures of about 21 degrees, making it the coldest Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on record, to be a part of the tradition. “It’s very exciting that we’ve been able to keep the tradition of the Homewood band going for so long,” Band director Ron Pence said in an interview with OTMJ in August. “Seventy eight to now is a long time of excellence. Some bands may get to go once. That might be it. But to go nine times is just fantastic.”

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HOOVER From page 36

said as the Patriots finished their season with a 10-3 record. Pinson (12-1) will host ClayChalkville in the Class 6A semifinals Friday. The Indians’ only loss came to Hoover in the first game of the season. Homewood quarterback Larkin Williams completed 23 of 39 pass-

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Demarion Holloman and Tye Pouncey. “We just ran into a team that had more horses than us,” Homewood coach Ben Berguson

Thompson (12-1) will play Central-Phenix City (13-0) for the Class 7A championship on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. Hoover finished 9-4, the first time since 1999 that the Bucs did

Homewood defensive lineman Antoine McGhee, above, gets by a Pinson Valley blocker. Marcus McGhee, right, scores a touchdown on an 8-yard pass in the second quarter. McGhee finished with nine catches for 63 yards. More photos at otmjsports.com.

es for 181 yards and a touchdown, on an 8-yarder to Marcus McGhee in the second quarter. McGhee finished with nine catches for 63 yards. The Patriots were hurt by two turnovers in the first quarter that enabled the Indians to take control early.

not win at least 10 games on the field. The Bucs had appeared in a state championship game every year from 2000 to 2017, except for 2007 and 2015, when Spain Park represented the North bracket.


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Three of the Bucs’ seniors — running back Larry McCammon, above; kicker Will Reichard, left; and receiver George Pickens — have been selected to play for the 2018 Alabama All-Star football team. More photos at otmjsports.com.

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ning drive, capped by Shadrick Byrd’s 3-yard scoring run and a 2-point conversion with 21 seconds remaining. After the kickoff, Thompson’s Jalen Bustamante intercepted an Ashford pass to seal the Bucs’ fate. Bustamante had two interceptions in the game. Tagovailoa completed 12 of 28 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown. Byrd scored the game’s first two touchdowns and finished with 125 yards rushing on 23 carries as the Warriors avenged a 45-26 loss to the Bucs on Sept. 7. Ashford completed eight of 15 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown, and he rushed 12 times for 63 yards and two scores. McCammon ran for 98 yards on 23 carries and caught three passes for 88 yards.


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Homewood’s Season Ends in Quarterfinals; Bucs Come up Short in Bid for a Three-Peat

Homewood’s defense had a tough night trying to stop defending 6A state champion Pinson Valley last week at Waldrop Stadium in Homewood. Above, Patriot senior defensive back Michael Kash. Hoover Sophomore running back Dylan Pauly, inset, is brought down by several Thompson defenders in the Bucs loss last Friday at the Hoover Met. More photos at otmjsports.com.

Pinson Valley 48, Homewood 7 By Rubin E. Grant Homewood reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs for the first time since 2006, but defending Class 6A champion

Pinson Valley made sure the Patriots would advance no further. Pinson senior quarterback Bo Nix showed Homewood just what kind of quarterback Auburn would be getting, since he is an Auburn commit. Nix completed 22 of 33 passes for 298

yards and four touchdowns, leading the Indians to a 48-7 victory against the Patriots last week at Waldrop Stadium. Nix also scored on a 47-yard run in the second quarter that gave the Indians a 28-0 lead. Nix threw two touchdown passes each to

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Historic Holiday Trtadition for Homewood Band. PAGE 34

Thompson 31, Hoover 28 By Rubin E. Grant In the aftermath of Hoover’s disheartening 31-28 loss to Thompson in the Class 7A semifinals last week at the Hoover Met, Bucs head football coach Josh Niblett praised his seniors for their career accomplishments. “Our seniors mean a lot,” Niblett said. “I could speak all night on them and what they’ve meant to our program.” Three of the Bucs’ seniors — receiver George Pickens, running back Larry McCammon and kicker Will Reichard — have been selected to play for the 2018 Alabama All-Star football team, which will meet Mississippi in the 32nd AlabamaMississippi Classic on Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m., at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. Niblett will serve as the Alabama head coach. More Hoover seniors could join Pickens, who has committed to Auburn; and McCammon and Reichard, who have committed to Alabama. The Alabama defensive All-Stars were scheduled to be announced this week. The Bucs’ seniors were part of back-to-back Class 7A championship teams in 2016 and 2017. It appeared they were headed back to the Super 7 Championships to go for a three-peat. Hoover clawed back from an early 14-0 hole and a 17-14 halftime deficit against Thompson to take a 28-17 lead with two third-quarter touchdowns. McCammon scored on an 18-yard screen pass from junior quarterback Robby Ashford, and Jaeden Sankey fell on a blocked punt in the end zone for the other score to put the Bucs ahead. But Thompson’s stellar senior quarterback, Taulia Tagovailoa, an Alabama commit, brought the Warriors back in the fourth quarter. After Reichard missed a 45-yard field goal, Tagovailoa threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Bonham to cut the Bucs’ lead to 28-23. Then, late in the fourth quarter, Tagovailoa engineered an 85-yard game-winSee HOOVER, page 35