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The Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation will host its Patriotic Tribute Nov. 7 at the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park. See About Town, page 4.

Over the Mountain soccer buffs are reaching out to inner city children through the NorthStar Soccer Program. See Life, page 10.

Entertaining with Ease Over the years, Carolyn Bradford’s collection of tableware has grown. She uses the collectibles to decorate her Vestavia Hills home and set an inviting table for family and friends. Plus, the Junior League of Birmingham’s cookbook continues to serve up easy and delicious dishes for entertaining. See Home, page 34.

Antiques at The Gardens celebrated its fifth year at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in style, kicking off the event with the red-themed Sterne Agee First Look Party. See Social, page 12.




Don’t wait until the last minute to do your holiday shopping. Get a head start on gift giving with these great finds from Over the Mountain merchants. Page 20.




arolyn Bradford and her family love to cook and entertain. Get some of the go-to dishes that always leave their guests feeling full and satisfied.


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oe Reeder has a great shiny new faces together in the Capitol Rotunda and idea. In an article for lock them in for a few days of team-building activities. the AARP Bulletin, Call it Camp Congress. We’ll bring in seasoned high school youth group he asserts that members of Congress should be seated directors from around the country to lead the congresalphabetically instead of sional crew in some ice-breakers, like making name tags by party affiliation. that represent one of their special interests, and I mean I agree. All that’s gotten something like hang gliding or cake decorating, not a list us is an orchestrated chorus of the special interest lobbyists they’re financially bound of booing and cheering and to support. catcalls, not to mention one They could break off in pairs to complete a get-touniquely embarrassing callknow-you questionnaire and introduce the group to their Susan Murphy down during the State of the new camp buddy. “This is Senator Brenda Wilson. She’s Union Address. I’ve seen from Ohio and she likes skeet shooting and peanut butbetter behavior at a junior high school awards assembly. ter banana sandwiches.” Mr. Reeder’s no stranger to The only thing they couldn’t dealing with such miscreant mention would be the person’s As soon as the new congres- party affiliation. To me, that’s misbehavior. He’s a Washington lawyer and a former Assistant sional group is decided, we where the process gets stuck. Secretary of the Army. It’s sad Sometimes we get so far into could gather all of their shiny the “us” vs. “them” mentality that a person of his expertise that we forget we’re really all has to spend time thinking about new faces together in the “usses.” Every decision becomes how to get grown men and Capitol Rotunda and lock a push-me-pull-you endeavor, women to act like ... well, grown and we end up grinding our men and women. them in for a few days of teeth at square one. It’s sad that anyone does. It’s team-building activities. There must be things our our government, for heaven’s representatives have in common, sake, the place where big decisions are made regarding the not the least of which should parameters of our day-to-day lives, and it would be nice be the protection and social betterment of the American to see these things set forth with thoughtful resolution people, be they Republican or Democrat. If not, the rather than spiteful rhetoric. newly elected need to pack up their briefcases and come If disparate congressional representatives were forced home. to sit next to each other, they might also be forced to After the morning’s emotional heavy lifting, there’d say “Good morning” or “How’s the family?” or even be afternoon field day activities, sack races and relay “How’s your golf game?” – the same civility you extend events (everything but the tug o’ war), and the day to your next-door neighbor whether you agree with how would end with a picnic on the White House lawn the guy mows his lawn or not. More face time with their where everyone would bring a dish from their home cross-wise counterparts might make Congressmen more state: jambalaya from Louisiana, Philly cheesesteak inclined to pick up the phone to discuss an issue instead sandwiches from Pennsylvania. Alabama would be there of picking the guy apart on “Face the Nation.” It sure with a delicious tub of barbecue. North Carolina and couldn’t hurt. Texas might show up with their versions, too, but that’s It’s possible, however, that a quick “hello” wouldn’t okay. Campers are there to extend their hands across be enough. We might need to take alphabetical seating partisan borders, remember? one step further and require attendance at a pre-session Camp Congress. It may sound ridiculous, but have “get to know you” seminar. As soon as the new conyou seen this year’s primary TV ads? I’d say somebody gressional group is decided, we could gather all of their needs a sack race. ❖


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Homewood ROTC students discuss the importance of Veterans Day.

“It takes a special person to put their life on hold to promote freedom for others. This is a day to put time aside to honor them.” Michelle Bird HHS senior

“We do a program at the middle school every year where we get to bring in veterans. It’s one way to give them a little pride and show them we’re proud.” Ryan Daidone HHS senior

“Veterans Day is to honor the men and women who fought for our country and our freedom. It’s a time to appreciate them, and all they’ve done.” Copply Robinson HHS senior

“When someone does something good, you should show gratitude. It’s a big thing, what they do, what we ask them to do, and we need to show them gratitude.” Michael Johnsey HHS senior



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The Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation will host its third annual Patriotic Tribute Nov. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park off I-459 at Liberty Parkway’s exit 23. At 1 p.m., the Woodmen of the World will present the park with a new American flag. Visitors can walk along the wooded Memorial Trail, where veterans and veteranrelated group members will be stationed to discuss their military experiences. The America Legion 21 District Flag Disposal Unit will hold a flag disposal ceremony at 2:15 p.m. in Memorial StepStone Plaza. At 1:30 p.m., “Honoring our Fallen Heroes and Their Families” will commemorate and honor the families and the lives of the deceased Alabama veterans whose names have recently been inscribed on the Hall of Honor walls. Participants in the ceremony will include the Samford University ROTC, soloist Brett Taylor, Birmingham Mayor William Bell, military honor representatives from each branch of service, poet Victoria Bedgood and Homewood Girl Scout Troop 513. At 3 p.m., visitors may attend a patriotic ceremony, “Honoring Our Veterans.” There is no admission fee. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. The Memorial Trail is wheelchair accessible.

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Frances and John Carter will be among those telling their war stories at the Alabama Memorial Foundation’s Patriotic Tribute Nov. 7. Frances worked in the factories during World War II and was one of what became known as the Rosie the Riveters. Her husband John was a paratrooper during WWII. Journal photo by Laura McAlister On Nov. 11, Cathedral Church of the Advent will hold a 9 a.m. memorial service before the National Veterans Day annual World Peace Luncheon at Boutwell Auditorium. The 11 a.m. lunch features addresses from the governor and leaders of veterans’ organizations, award presentations and keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command. The celebration ends with the organization’s parade, known as the nation’s oldest and largest, which begins at 8th Ave. North and 19th St. North Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets to the awards dinner are $25. Tickets to the luncheon are $23. To buy tickets or for more information, visit

veterans’ reception Nov. 5 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. On Nov. 8, the library will present two showings of the movie “Memphis Belle,” based on the story of an American B-17 bomber and set in England during World War II. Show times are 2 and 6:30 p.m. Don Keith, author of “War beneath the Waves: A True Story of Courage and Leadership Aboard a World War II Submarine,” will visit the library Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 444-7800.

Service Honors Deceased, Veterans

The city of Hoover’s annual weeklong “Thank a Vet” celebration is set for Nov. 5-10. Flag-folding ceremonies will be held in front of the Hoover Public Library Nov. 5, 8, 9 and 10 at 4:45 p.m. The library also will host a

This year’s Hospice Services of Alabama Memorial Event will honor the lives of those lost over the past year as well as the lives and service of all veterans. The event will be Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Lt. Col. Bruce Bright (USMC, ret.) will be the keynote speaker. The UAB Gospel Choir will perform, and Daniel Cason will play the organ. ❖

Nov. 20 at homes and venues throughout the Birmingham metro area. This year’s theme, “Living Our Legacy,” celebrates the work of the guild, which supports the Bell Center for Early Intervention, a facility that works with children at risk for developmental delay. The Gourmet Dinners Event gives guests the opportunity to enjoy dinners prepared by some of the most celebrated chefs in the Birmingham area while supporting the children of the Bell Center. Featured dinners include one with the theme “’Tradition’ Al Fare: An Evening Honoring the Legacy of the Southeastern Conference.” Food will be pre-

pared by the Bright Star. Another featured dinner with the theme of “The Best of the West,” will offer a Mexicanthemed cuisine prepared by Virginia Wilson Volman. This year, a special event will precede the dinners. Bromberg’s in Mountain Brook will host “Taste of Wedgwood” at 5 p.m. with special guest Lord Piers Wedgwood. Guests will have the opportunity to socialize and have cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before the dinners. For more information, contact Kristie Stewart, Gourmet Dinner chairman, at 936-0265 or or visit ❖

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Members of the host committee for Bread for the World are, from left: Elaine VanCleave, Bob Terry, Pat Heath Pelham, Rusty Goldsmith, Joanna Ware, Michael Smith and Taylor Pursell.

2010 World Food Prize Winner to Discuss New Book, Ending Hunger David Beckmann, winner of the 2010 World Food Prize and president of the Alliance to End Hunger and Bread for the World, will be in Birmingham Nov. 10-11. He will have a book signing and presentation open to the public Nov. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Leaf & Petal at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for his new book, “Exodus from Hunger.” Beckmann will speak at 4 p.m. During his stay, Beckmann will also speak with Birmingham Rotarians and will give a Lunch and Learn presentation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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The World Food Prize was established in 1986 by Norman Bourlag, winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on improving agriculture around the world. It is considered the most prestigious international award presented to individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Beckmann, one of the foremost U.S. advocates for hungry and poor people, has been president of Bread for the World since 1991. Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice working to end hunger at home and abroad. For more information on Beckmann and Bread for the World, visit ❖

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azel Green, Alabama. Heart of the Tennessee Valley. Home, sweet home to Dianne Clark Hinson, a career woman and mother of three adult sons. Hinson may have been born and raised in a small town in north Alabama, but her style reflects a global sophistication. Her love of art and design grew through her reading and study of early designers such as Elsie de Wolfe and contemporary antiques dealers such as Ariane Dandois. She graduated from Samford University and studied decorating through the New York School of Interior Design. She has designed, built, and decorated several houses in Birmingham, including the first home in Alabama to be recognized with a listing in the world-famous “Guide to Distinctive Properties,” published by the prestigious Sotheby’s International Realty. The unique qualities of her style is what caught the attention of the firm’s representatives. In addition to her nursing profession and design projects, Hinson was a partner in a Birmingham restaurant until it was sold earlier this year. Now, Hinson has combined her love of design, art, and antiques into a new business endeavor, Clark Antiques Gallery. The Gallery, which opened Oct. 7, features fine 17th- and 18th-century Euro-

pean antiques. She travels extensively to personally select each piece in the Gallery. Hinson said she learned the value of hard work from her parents, the late Catherine and Ernest Clark. “My parents instilled in me what makes a person successful at whatever they choose in life – perseverance, hard work, and belief in oneself.” The Gallery is named in their memory. For Hinson, every item in the Gallery is chosen for a reason: It may be the color, the detail, the lines. For her, each piece is a sculpture filled with the energy and life of the people and places it has touched. She looks for the unusual, the lasting, the unique, for every person is an individual, and style is a necessary reflection of that individuality. “Our homes tell others about us,” Hinson said. “Our homes reflect who we are at our core. That’s why we feel comfortable at home; it’s the one place that fits us perfectly.”



VH Garden Club Sets Bid and Buy

Vestavia Hills Garden Club’s annual Bid and Buy luncheon and auction will be Nov. 11 at the Vestavia Country Club. All funds raised from the auction and luncheon will be used for ongoing maintenance and continued improvement of the historic Sibyl Temple and surrounding park at the crest of Shades Mountain. The live auction will include vacation condos, autographed Alabama and Auburn sports memorabilia, a fireside dinner for eight prepared by one of Birmingham’s Getting ready for the Vestavia Hills Garden Club Bid and Buy luncheon most noted chefs, artwork and garden and home accessories. Garden are, from left: Chairmen Leigh Ann Yeilding, Melinda Helveston, Wendy Henry and auctioneer Becky Babanats. Photo special to the Journal Club members will contribute homemade food items. Terry Kellogg, president and Nicks Bar-B-Q and Food Studio B, Auctioneer for the event is chief executive officer of Blue along with warm apple cider and Becky Babanats. Cross and Blue Shield, has been cold beer from Good People and Some of the most popular items named the March of Dimes 2010 Reverend Mudbone. Valet parking will be home mailbox arrangeAlabama Citizen of the Year. will be provided. ments created and installed by club A wine and cocktail reception The suggested donation is $10 members. The arrangements are will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the per adult, with free admission for made from live greenery, includawards ceremony. children 12 and under. All proceeds ing magnolia, holly and fresh pine All proceeds benefit the March go to the farm’s education progathered from members’ yards. of Dimes. grams. Chairmen for the Bid and Buy Corporate sponsorships begin The farm is on Dunnavant are Melinda Helveston, Leigh Ann at $2,500. For more information Valley Road. For more information, Yeilding and Wendy Henry. Linda about the event, sponsorships visit Allision is club president. and ticket purchases, contact For tickets and more informaAshley Wheeler, March of Dimes tion, call Pam Merrell at 902-3038 Alabama Chapter North Central or contact any Vestavia Garden Division director, at 824-0103 or Club member. The Cystic Fibrosis YP Board will host Dodge CF, a dodge ball fundraiser, Nov. 20 at the Riverchase Church of Christ. The event will raise money for the The Mt Laurel Organic Farm, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Jones Valley Urban Farm’s suburThe 16th annual March of Registration is at 9 a.m., and the Dimes Alabama Citizen of the Year ban site, will host a Farm Field Day games begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Testimonial Dinner will be Nov. Teams of six to 10 are invited The event for all ages will have 8 at the Wine Loft in downtown to play for an entry fee of $250 per live music, farm tours and hayrides. Birmingham. team, which includes lunch. Kids’ activities will include meetThe award honors an outstandAwards will be given to the ing farm animals, hula hoop making citizen of Alabama whose distournament winner and for most ing, scarecrow stuffing, a maketinguished leadership and devoted team spirit, best dressed and more. service to the community have con- your-own trail mix bar and more. E-mail to A complimentary fall sampling tributed greatly to the quality of life register a team. ❖ menu will be provided by Jim ’N for Alabama and its people.

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Iron Bowl Party Raises Funds For GI Medical Research at UAB

The Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation’s sixth annual “Finish the Fight” Iron Bowl Party will be Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at B&A Warehouse. The event features a dinner buffet, complimentary wine and beer, entertainment by Fountain City Players of Montgomery and a silent auction. Up for bid will be the party signature “Iron Bowl package,” including football tickets to the Iron Bowl game, limousine service to and from Tuscaloosa and tailgate party food. Sandy and Don Logan will serve as honorary event chairmen. Title sponsors are B.L. Harbert International and Realty South. Crimson Tide fans will be able to enjoy the AlabamaGeorgia State game in the Bottle Room at B&A. Fundraising efforts of the Reed Foundation help support patient care and advance GI medical research at UAB, under the direction of Dr. Martin J. Heslin. For more information about the Reed Foundation or to make a reservation to the party, visit events or call 427-5085.



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Collecting auction items for the Iron Bowl Party silent auction are committee members, from left, front: Elizabeth Branch and Paige Albright; and in back, from left are: Catherine Gross and Crawford Bumgarner. Photo special to the Journal

Football Bash Supports Children’s

The Rotary Club of Shades Mountain Sunrise will host the second annual Ironman Football Bash Nov. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. at WorkPlay. There will be a silent and live auction to support Children’s Hospital’s Critical Care Transport Service. Food, beverages and

The 12th annual Christmas at the Caroline House is set for Nov. 16-17 at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. The event begins with brunch or supper each day followed by a performance of the Briarwood Ballet, music by Daniel Cason and Hunter Goff and a Christmas message by speaker Barbara Barker. A shuttle will take guests to tour the Caroline House, the original home on the property that has been the location of Briarwood Presbyterian Church since 1987. The house was given to the ladies of the church for hosting special events. Lovely furnishings and antiques provide a beautiful backdrop for the annual Christmas tour. Tickets are $10 and are available online at www.briarwood. org/womens or the Briarwood Bookstore. For information, call 776-5311 or e-mail ❖

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Plans are underway for the 2010 Children’s Hospital Illuminations Ball, formerly known as the Gala. Presented by Protective Life Corporation, the ball will be at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. The evening will include a seated dinner with live music from Bonus Round, and both silent and live auctions conducted by Stokes Auction Group. The auction committee includes Fiona Watts, Tracy Pharo, Katherine Brown, Molly Stone, Heather Lebensberger and Tammy Yeager. For tickets or more information, including how to donate auction items, call Beth Serotsky at 212-7478.

St. Mark to Host Holiday Market

The fourth annual Saint Mark United Methodist Holiday Market will be Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church gym on Columbiana Road. All proceeds from the market benefit local and foreign outreach programs as well as programs at Saint Mark. Coffee and homemade muffins will be available for early shoppers, and a soup lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information visit

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Gala Gives Sneak Peek of Auto Show

The Birmingham Automobile Dealers Association is revving up for the fourth annual Cars, Keys, and a Cure Auto Show Preview Gala Nov. 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. The private preview gala kicks off the four-day 2011 Alabama Auto Show and will give guests a sneak peek at the 2011 models. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling the Autism Society of Alabama at 951-1364 or the Dannon Project at 202-4072.

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Craftsmen annual Fine Crafts Show will be Nov. 13 and 14 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The show features handmade jewelry, ceramics, glass, textiles, ironwork, copper, paper and wood. Show times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14. Door prizes will be awarded, and there will be children’s activities both days. A $3 donation for admission is suggested for ages 12 and older.

OLS Show Offers Arts and Crafts to Area

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church (OLS) is holding its seventh Annual Arts and Crafts Show Nov. 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Parishioners will showcase and sell their paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and various forms of arts and crafts to the community. The event will be in the OLS Family Life Center in the Assembly Hall on Central Avenue in Homewood. Participating artists donate a portion of their proceeds to the church. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information contact Fran Ross Robertson at 529-3336. ❖


Cooper is New President of American Bar Endowment

Birmingham attorney N. Lee Cooper has been elected to serve a one-year term as president of the American Bar Endowment, an affiliate of the American Bar Association. The first Alabamian to serve in this position, he was elected at the association’s annual meeting in August in San Francisco. As presiN. Lee Cooper dent, Cooper is focusing on broadening communication about the ABE’s charitable support of more than 200 law-related public service, educational and research programs. Programs funded by the ABE include research on the improvement of the criminal justice system and the legal profession and projects to address the legal needs of children, the elderly, minorities and victims of domestic violence. A former American Bar Association president, Cooper has a long history of involvement with the American Bar Association. He is the founding senior share-


holder in the Birmingham firm of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. He is chairman emeritus of the litigation and arbitration sections at Maynard Cooper and remains active in several of the litigation practice groups. Cooper earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Alabama.

Junior Golfers Are Rolex All-Americans

Three Over the Mountain golfers were named Rolex Junior All-Americans by the American Junior Golf Association, joining current and former top-level junior golfers from around the world. Michael Johnson was named a first-team Rolex Junior AllAmerican while Stewart Jolly and Tom Lovelady received honorable mention awards. Johnson, 17, is a senior at Spain Park High School and rose to the No. 7 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings after earning his first AJGA Invitational victory at the Junior Players Championship Labor Day weekend. He earned an additional victory at the 2010 Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot Out in July and placed inside the top 10 at five of the six events in which he competed this season. Johnson has verbally committed to play at Auburn University


next year. Jolly, 17, is a senior at Mountain Brook High School and earned the No. 44 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings after posting three top 10 finishes in national junior golf competition during the 2010 season. His best finish this year was a tie for third at the Exide Technologies Junior Open. Lovelady, 17, is a senior at Mountain Brook High School and was named an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American for the second consecutive year. He earned the No. 45 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings after notching five top 10 finishes in national junior golf competition during the 2010 season, including a tie for ninth at the Rolex Tournament of Champions in July. Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior AllAmerica Teams annually recognize players who have established themselves as the world’s premier junior golfers. Those selected will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America awards banquet Nov. 21 at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. ❖

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“We’re just a bunch of Over the Mountain people who were really blessed and who had a desire to do something like this.” – Ray Lewis, one of AWSF’s founders

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An Inspiring Goal

Over the Mountain Soccer Buffs Reach Out to Inner City Program BY DONNA CORNELIUS



n soccer, an unlikely kick that shoots the ball into the goal is a thrilling sight. No less exciting is the unexpected connection between a group of Over the Mountain soccer supporters and some inner city kids who needed a helping hand. Members of the Alabama Women’s Soccer Foundation have reached out to the NorthStar Soccer Club, an organization that strives to give urban young people a spiritual and physical boost, through soccer. Ray Lewis, one of AWSF’s founders, said his group was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1999. “At that time, boys’ soccer was becoming popular, but girls’ soccer played second fiddle with practice times, field use and that kind of thing,” he said. “Three of us guys had daughters who played, and we needed a way to promote our girls and to promote girls’ soccer and educate people about it.” AWSF built several fields and started a thrift shop to help finance them. “We wanted to pay off our debt and do ministry work, too,” Lewis said. The group supported several good causes, including an orphanage in the Dominican Republic and Birmingham’s Lovelady Center, a residential facility for women in need of shelter and rehabilitation. “But our real desire was to tie girls’ soccer in with helping kids in the inner city,” he said. “This was a faith-based effort by Christian men and women.” That’s when, said Lewis, “the Lord dropped Val into our laps.”

Learn More The NorthStar Soccer Club welcomes help through the donation of gently-used soccer gear and team or player sponsorships. For more information or how to help: Visit: Contact: Val Kikkert at 322-9296 or Val is 23-year-old Val Kikkert, a recent Samford University graduate, who played on the SU soccer team. The Atlanta native first got involved with NorthStar as a student. “Our assistant coach wanted us to give back to the community as a team,” Kikkert said. “We volunteered at NorthStar.” The soccer club, she explained, is a branch of NorthStar Youth Ministries, which also runs afterschool programs and a Bible-based day camp for urban children. NorthStar director Paul Neville saw a chance to expand the soccer program when it received a grant from the disbanding Mid-State Soccer League. “Paul wanted to do something with the grant that he could sustain,” Kikkert said. “He decided

to hire someone to oversee the soccer program. “When Paul approached me, my initial reaction was ‘no.’ My goal had been to go overseas to do mission work, but I felt God pull me away from that. “My background matched (the newly-created position). I had a love for kids and experience with kids from working at sports camp. I had a love for soccer, a love for Christ and a relationship with God. “And at Samford, I was a journalism major with a public relations concentration and a business minor, so I’d learned about social media, marketing, writing and promotion.” The NorthStar club had about 50 to 60 participants when Kikkert came on board last August. “In the spring 2010 season, we had about 120 to 130 kids,” she said. Kikkert said that support from the AWSF has been invaluable. “Words can’t express how grateful we are,” she said. “This gives me confidence that God is at work in the inner city of Birmingham. “And it means more to me than a bank account that they’re prayerfully supporting me.” Isabelle’s, the AWSF thrift store, provides money for NorthStar. Originally housed in a “dark little place behind Burlington Coat Factory with no sign, no nothing,” said Lewis, the shop is thriving in its new quarters in the Plaza at Riverchase, on U.S. 31 near Hobby Lobby. “We’re just a bunch of Over the Mountain people who were really blessed and who had a desire to do something like this,” Lewis said. “It’s not our money but God’s money. We’re just a conduit. “We’re doing something for His glory that He planned all along.” ❖


Swagler is Finalist for Mailer Award

Allison Swagler, a 2010 Alabama School of Fine Arts graduate, was one of four finalists in this year’s Norman Mailer High School Nonfiction Writing Award competition. There Allison Swagler were more than 600 contest entries from across the nation. Swagler received a glass trophy for her personal remembrance of her uncle Frank, which was included in the most recent publication of “Cadence,” the school’s literary magazine. She is the daughter of Susan and Rick Swagler of Mountain Brook.

Brown Chosen for Offense-Defense Bowl

Franklin Brown of Mountain Brook has been named to the second annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl. Franklin, a nose tackle for Mountain Brook’s ninth grade football team, will join dozens of players nationwide in an East meets


West clash, part of a week-long series of events leading up to the nationallytelevised all-star football game showcasing 80 of the nation’s top high school seniors. Franklin Brown Franklin, 15, was selected from thousands of young athletes across the country.

Robinson Participates in CAP Conference

Col. Lisa Robinson of Birmingham joined more than 500 fellow Civil Air Patrol members from across the nation in San Diego for the 2010 CAP Annual Conference and National Board. Col. Lisa The Robinson annual conference was held Sept. 1-4 at the San Diego Marriott Marina.

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As part of CAP’s ongoing commitment to the professional development of its members, CAP offered 10 pre-conference courses Sept. 1-2 and more than 50 learning labs Sept. 3-4. Also, exceptional CAP members were honored for their service in more than 20 categories during a Sept. 4 awards ceremony. Alabama Wing received the National Search and Rescue Award for its performance during USAF evaluations and for actual hours and missions flown in Search and Rescue and Disaster Relief efforts. Robinson accepted the award for the wing. A CAP member since 2000,

Robinson serves as the first female commander of the Alabama Wing. ❖

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens Does Antiquing in Style


ntiques at The Gardens celebrated its fifth year at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in style, kicking off the event with the redthemed Sterne Agee First Look Party Sept. 30. More than 400 guests attended the party, which featured a red carpet runway and statues clothed in couture botanical gowns made by Integrity Landscapes. Twenty-four dealers from across the U.S. filled the Garden Center with Continental and American furniture, antique silver, See page 19 jewelry, paintings, for a round up lighting, china, oriof Birmingham ental rugs, majolica, Botanical Gardens’ books and more. Other highlights fall programs that benefited the BBG of the weekend-long event included the education Flower magazine programs. Designer Preview Oct. 1. Interior designers, decorators and architects were invited to shop with clients before the sale opened to the general public that morning. Also on Oct. 1, the Red Diamond Lecture Series brought in guests with Alabama ties. Presenting talks were floral designer and event planner DeJuan Stroud and interior designer Miles Redd. Both have their own design studios in Manhattan.


Clockwise from top: Chairs for the 2010 Antiques at the Gardens were from left: Clarissa Harms, co-chair; Diana Slaughter, honorary chair; and Susan Elliott, co-chair. Among those attending the First Look Party were Kelly Hulsey and Norman Johnson and Melissa and Hanson Slaughter. Photos special to the Journal More than 2,000 guests attended the events, which raised more than $291,000 for educational programs at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Over the past five years, Antiques at The Gardens has raised nearly $1.6 million for the BBG. Last year, nearly 10,000 schoolchildren attended free award-winning, science curriculum-based Discovery field

trips at the gardens through support from Antiques at The Gardens, Junior League of Birmingham, Vulcan Materials Foundation, Regions Financial Corporation, Robert R. Meyer Foundation, Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation, Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust, Hugh Kaul Foundation, Daniel Foundation of Alabama and the cities of Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills. ❖

New Library More than ‘Imagined’


Checking out Vestavia Hills’ new Library in the Forest were from left: Karmin and Michael Lytle and Libbi and Ben Isbell. Below, from left are: Tom and Kiley Watson and Stuart Siegal.

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ore than 300 guests came to a sneak peek event at Vestavia Hills’ new Library in the Forest Oct. 14. While the library’s official opening is slated for late November or early December, its foundation, staff and board members hosted the preview as a thank-you to those who have helped turn the community’s vision into reality. The facility, Alabama’s first LEED-certified library and only the 39th in the nation with this distinction, is the result of more than five years of fundraising and planning. Guests enjoyed catering from Vestavia’s Everything Iz and were entertained by a variety of Over the Mountain area performers, including classical vocalist Kiley Watson with Ken Watson on piano and country and bluegrass vocalist Kelli Johnson. A live auction was held for the naming opportunity to the rooftop garden patio furnishings. Winners were Vestavia Mayor Alberto “Butch” Zaragoza and his wife Diane. Throughout the evening, Colin Coyne, Library in the Forest board chairman, offered guided tours highlighting the library’s LEED features. Popular spaces with the guests included the grand hall, observation deck and Treehouse

reading room. Attending the event were Victor and Michelle Adamo, Ursula Ahmed, Rocklin and Pam Alling, Linda Allison, Steve and Shannon Ammons, Dennis Anderson, Lamar and Elaine Bagby, Gennia and Mitchell Baldwin, Steve Ball, Kim more photos at and John Barelare, Jack and Patricia Barr, Keith Belcher, Stacey and Linda Berthon, Susan Bethea, Faye Black, Arthur Black, David Blackmon, Adam Blair, Howard Bogard, Laurie Borland, Carol Bradley, Andy and Kim Brindley, Steven and Candace Brom, Matt and Sarah Bryan, Frank and Martha Buck, Gregory Canfield, Dawn Cannon, William Carrington, Richard and Amy Cashio and Herbert and Daisy Cheung. Others were Lisa Christopher, Robert and Ellen Coker, Carlton and Rhonda Cook, John and Rhonda Cooper, Jason and Merryl Cooper, Mae Coshatt, Mike and Sarah Cowart, Colin Coyne, Jim Davis, Krista and Bradley Dennis, Ruby Denson, Cori Dillon, Gary and Nancy Dunavant, Charles and Gladys


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presented the second annual “A Picture of Health,” an ovarian cancer fundraiser, Sept. 30. The event, held at the Redmont Hotel, raised $55,000 for the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Different activities were held on three floors of the hotel, including a photo shoot headed by photographer Angela Karen for the Birmingham Bombshells’ 2011 calendar. A silent auction included SEC championship tickets, a week’s stay in Sarasota, Fla., designer handbags, art by local artists and more.


At “A Picture of Health” were, from left, front: Jenny Real and Chrissy Richie. Back: Ashleigh Timmerman, Jenny Duncan, Talia Pepke, Amy McGill Fitzgerald, Alexis Spokes and Denise Wiggington. Left, Alana Thaxton, left, and Katie Myers Early were among those in attendance at the Birmingham Bombshells’ “A Picture of Health.

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Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution promoted Constitution Week awareness with several activities during September. Proclamations recognizing the event were secured from Hoover Mayor Tony Petelos, Irondale Mayor Tommy Joe Alexander, Mountain Brook Mayor Lawrence T. Oden, Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Alabaster Mayor David Frings and American Village CEO Thomas G. Walker Jr. The national celebration of Constitution Week began Sept. 17. The Cahawba Chapter distributed pocket copies of the U. S. Constitution to Hoover and Spain Park High Schools and Bluff Park Elementary. The copies were provided by U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus. Caleb Goodwin from Bachus’ Birmingham office visited fourth graders at Bluff Park Elementary to talk about Constitution Week and to give a presentation on the nation’s capitol. Cahawba Chapter Regent Nancy Folk and historian Halcyann Badham visited Spain Park High School Sept. 17 to observe classroom activities planned by Spain Park history teacher Cheryl Morrow. The AP students signed a copy of the U.S. Constitution on a website and participated in a game about the government and constitution.

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Morrow, dressed as Martha Washington, planned the Constitution Day event. Cahawba Chapter members Rhonda Beachum, Michelle Gresham and Ann Boone continued the tradition of celebrating the Constitution by reading books, writing letters and planning classroom activities. Cahawba Chapter treasurer Nancy White obtained individual copies of Patrick Henry’s famous speech, “Give Me Liberty or Give me Death.” Badham distributed the copies to Bluff Park Elementary, Irondale Community School and

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The traffic island at Old Leeds Road and Stone River Road recently got a facelift, thanks to members of the Cherokee Rose Garden Club. Photo special to the Journal

Mountain Brook, Spain Park and Hoover High Schools.

Cherokee Rose Garden Club held its first meeting of ... the new club year at the home of Helen Cocoris. Co-hostesses were Beth Henderson, Martha Hastings and Ann Dodson. President Phyllis Russell conducted a business meeting. Becky Rollins and Martha Davis, future projects co-chairmen, were recognized for their work in landscaping the traffic islands at Old Leeds Road and Stone River Road and at Old Leeds Road and Old Leeds Lane. A generous donation from the Rose Crest Garden Club was used in re-landscaping the Irondale Furnace entrance. Ms. Rollins and Ms. Davis, who will continue to oversee the maintenance of the sites, reported on work in progress and shared ideas for future neighborhood beautification projects. New officers for 2010-2011 are: Phyllis Russell, president; Laura Colebeck and Ginger Ballard, first vice presidents; Nancy Mauldin and Lauren Hayes, second vice presidents; Carolyn




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Oct. 14 at Park Lane. “Sunshine on the Vine,” sponsored by Western Supermarkets, celebrates October being proclaimed National Dyslexia Awareness Month. Spring Valley is the only school in central Alabama serving students with average to

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Hearing about the Birmingham Music Club’s upcoming season were guild members, from left: Tina White, Elouise Williams, Therese Mays and Sally Bergquist. Photo special to the Journal

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Oct. 7 in the Redmont home of Deborah White to learn about the club’s upcoming 105th season and its new fundraiser, BRAVO! Birmingham. Decorated with pumpkins, gourds and fall foliage, the home was filled with guild members enjoying refreshments and coffee prepared by Judy Anderson, her daughter-in-law Charlann and Charlann’s mother, Mary Ann Potter of Auburn. Among members there were Elouise Williams, Babs Simpson, Carolyn Reich, Lochrane Coleman Smith, Martha Black, Suzanne McCain, Sue Watkins, Jeanne Bradford, Marsha Drennen, Tallulah Hargrove, Tina White, Judy Long, Jo Nell Hales, Rose Lofton, Margie Denton, Sandra Holley,



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musical genres. Bobby Horton, producer/performer of music scores for filmmaker Ken Burns, is master of ceremonies. After the show, patrons will mix and mingle with the stars on the Wright Center mezzanine while enjoying gourmet desserts and specialty coffees. Tickets will be available Dec. 1 through the Wright Center Box Office, 726-2407. Jeanne Bradford and Marsha Drennen are chairmen of the events.

At a gathering for members of the Birmingham Music Club Guild were, from left: Lochrane Coleman Smith, Madelon Rushing, MaryNoel Sellers and Malcolm Miller. Photo special to the Journal

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Coretti Catering of the Carraway-Davie House served a variety of mini-desserts. The dining room table held a display of artisan cheeses and fresh fruit. At sundown, guests moved to the front lawn and porch where pastor Dennis Arnold gave a reading by Henry Van Dyke, a “Litany for Sallye,” and sang “Healing Waters” and “Until All the Children Are Home.” A release of white doves by her children and grandchildren ended the ceremony. Those attending included Leslyn and Terry Weathers; Kandra and Terry Weathers Jr. with Myrisa, Maygan and Brayden; Sara and Chris Parker with Nicole and Natilee; Rhonda and Clayton Davie Jr.; Todd Davie; Michelle and Ashley Davie with Kirsten Grace and Harrison; and Vicky and Manny Sousa. Others there were Robbie Sevier, Dottie and Tom Craig, Farrell and David Wheeler, Sharon and Milton Weathers, Sherry and Jeff Whidby, Dale Fulmer, Connie Waddell, Anita Bolding, Bonnie Lorino, Woody Marks, Juanita Poole, Charles Lemley, Virginia Jay, Mary Russell, Brenda and Carlton Capps, Billie McCarty, Carol Rouse, Jeris Burns, Elizabeth Hutchins and pastor Dennis Arnold. ❖


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Birmingham Botanical Gardens, drawing more than 2,700 shoppers. The Oct. 16-17 event raised more than $36,000 for BBG educational programs. Guests received plant advice free of charge from dozens of volunteers and listened to music from a jam band Sunday afternoon. This year’s sale was the largest in the 18-year history of the autumn event. The season finale of Cocktails in The more photos at Gardens, two days earlier on Oct. 14, drew more than 500 guests, who were treated to hors d’oeuvres from Occasions by Wynfrey, signature cocktails and music from Bonus Round. Ford Fiesta Little Big Tour, the presenting sponsor of the “Autumn Harvest Feastival,” had interactive games and displays, including a chance to win a 2010 Ford Fiesta. Décor by Kirsti provided an elegant look for the evening, with brown linens; vases filled with tree branches; red, orange and yellow flowers; green accents and chocolate-colored trimmings. Guests also had a chance to add their strokes to an interactive artwork with artist Laurie Kramer. The pieces from each of the three events will be on display in the gallery at the Gardens in November and are available for purchase. With Antiques at The Gardens, held Oct. 1-3, fall events raised more than $340,000. Proceeds benefit BBG educational programs, including Discovery field trips, horticultural therapy and adult and family classes.


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an end of summer party at the home of Ellen Barry. The club welcomed five new members: Kelly Sorrell, Dawn Bendig, Ginger Burkett, Lisa Henley and Shelley Watkins. The club was organized in 1948 to encourage beautification through the love of gardening. Today, the club’s primary focus is the ongoing maintenance and improvement of the historic Sibyl Temple at the crest of Shades Mountain. The temple is listed in the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. Upcoming fundraisers dedicated to the temple include the annual Bid and Buy in this month. Vestavia Hills Garden Club has 55 members. Officers for 2010 are Linda Allison, president; Susan Murphy, vice



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Holiday Shopping I N M O U N TA I N B R O O K

CAHABA VILLAGE Diamonds Direct

2800 Cahaba Village Plaza | 201-7400 Thurs, Nov 11, Diamonds Direct Champagne Diamond Drop 6pm–8pm. Holiday Trunk Show Fri Nov 12, 10am–8pm, Sat, Nov 13, 10am–8pm, Sun, Nov 14, Noon–5pm.

Massage Envy

2800 Cahaba Village Plaza | 834-8140 3 Month Gift Membership. $177 Includes: 3 1-hour massages plus 1 free upgrade choice of Aromatherapy or Deep Heat Relief Therapy.

Paper Affair

2800 Cahaba Village Plaza #175 | 977-2257 Extended hours: Mon–Fri 10am–7pm, Sat, 10am–6pm and Sun, Noon–5pm.

Piggly Wiggly

Facelogic Spa

2800 Cahaba Village #170 | 637-1128 3 month Signature Facial Gift Membership, $147 Includes: 3 Signature facials plus free lip or brow wax.

3800 River Run Drive | 776-8755 Place your order by Mon, Nov 15 for Thanksgiving or by Fri, Dec 17, for Christmas and you get your choice of a FREE 8” Pumpkin, Sweet Potato or Apple Pie.


Crestline Sunday Shopping Days Kick-off - November 21, 2010, 1-5pm

Dyron’s Lowcountry

121 Oak Street | 834-8257 Celebrate the Holidays on the Halfshell. Oysters on the halfshell $1 each. All bottles of champagne and sparkling wine half off with your oyster order.

Snoozy’s Kids

228 Country Club Park | 871-2662 On Sun, Nov 21, selected items will be reduced for 4 hours during the first Holiday Shopping Sun. Every Sun from Nov 21 - Christmas Snoozy’s will be open from 1–5pm.

Norton’s Florists

53 Church Street | 313-1904 Fri, Nov 12, and Sat, Nov 13, 9am-5pm Holiday Open House at our Crestline Village location. 10% to 15% Off. Fri, Nov 12, 10am–1pm Mud Pie Trunk show.


A’Mano is a unique store selling pottery, glass, gifts, jewelry and accessories by national and local artisans. “We offer many one-of-a-kind items,” says owner Lynn Ritchie, above. Lynn opened the store in Mountain Brook Village 13 years ago. “A’Mano has grown every year that we have been in business,” says Lynn. “We are always changing and evolving. You can always come in and find something new and different. “Having A’Mano is a joy. The people in Mountain Brook have embraced the store and we love our customers. We are open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. after Thanksgiving. We have wonderful, one-of-a-

kind holiday gifts for everyone on your list. “We are thrilled to announce that we will be expanding our store in the next month,” says Lynn. “We will have more of what everyone loves, as well as many new lines.

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“Our annual sale night will be Thursday, Nov. 11, from 5 - 8 with 20% off all items. Food and wine will be served.” A’Mano has become a Mountain Brook tradition with great gifts and complimentary gift wrap. A’Mano is located at 2707 Culver Road, and their phone number is 871-9093.

MOUNTAIN BROOK VILLAGE Holiday Christmas Parade

Sun, Dec 5 - Parade will begin at 2pm.


2707 Culver Road | 871-9093 Sat, Nov 20, We’re Expanding! Grand opening is Sat, Nov 20. Holiday Shopping hours after Thanksgiving Mon-Fri, 9am–5pm. Sat, 10am– 5pm. Sun, 1pm–4pm.

Barton-Clay Fine Jewelers

2701 Cahaba Road | 871-7060 Thurs, Nov 4, Slane & Slane Trunk Show - 10am –3pm, Sun, Dec 5 - Open House, 2pm–7pm Holiday Hours for Dec. Mon–Sat 9:30am–5pm Sun, Dec 12 and 19, 12pm–5pm.


2800 Cahaba Road | 871-3276 Nov 4 - Julia Knight Signing Event Nov 29 - Lord Wedgwood Signing Event Nov 29th – Bromberg’s Tree Lighting Event and Open House in Mountain Brook Village Nov 19th & 20th - George Mendlebaum Estate Sale Dec 6, 9:30-5:30 - John Hardy Trunk Show.

Lulie’s on Cahaba

2724 Cahaba Road | 871-9696 Thurs Dec 9th, Open House with refreshments served all day, a trunk show with Simply Earristable Handmade Jewelry and a special St. Nick sale! Holiday Hours: Mon–Fri, 9:30am– 6pm, Sat, 10am–5:30pm.

Smith’s Variety Toy & Gift Shop

2715 Culver Road | 871-0841 Thurs, Nov 11, Holiday Open House 5pm-8pm Fri, Nov 12, Clay Rice, Silouettist, 9am-5pm, Sun, Nov 14, Arthur Smith, Pastel Portrait Artist, we will begin taking appointments on Nov 1. Sat, Nov 20, 18th Annual Playday with Roger Day in Concert! 9am-4pm. Extended Holiday Hours begin after Thanksgiving. Nov 26-Dec 23, Mon-Sat, 8:30-7 Sun, 12-5pm. Dec 24, we will close at 3pm & reopen on Mon, Dec 27 at the regular time.

Table Matters

2402 Montevallo Rd | 879-0125 or 1-866-861-0125 Oc 27-Nov 6, sales of the 2010 Junior League Shop, Save, and Share Card will benefit 30 community projects of the Junior League of Birmingham. Nov 10-11, Craven Trunk Show 10:30am-5:30pm. Nov 17, Michael Aram Trunk Show. Dec 11, Good Earth Pottery Signing Event 11-5pm. SAVE OUR SHORE On-going sale.

Village Press

2710 Cahaba Road | 871-5498 Oct 27-Nov 6, Junior League Shop, Save and Share Card. Village Press is your source for unique custom Christmas Cards and Invitations! Sale on personalized items during November.

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Bromberg’s is a retailer of fine jewelry, watches, china, crystal, silver and gifts. Bromberg’s was founded in 1836 and has the unique distinction of being Alabama’s longest standing business. Six generations of the Bromberg family have maintained the company’s position as Alabama’s leading jeweler. “At Bromberg’s we are devoted to being the best jeweler in the south,” says Ricky Bromberg, above. “We accomplish this through our long-term philosophy that quality in merchandise, personal service and our integrity will bring the customer back to shop with us. “Serving customers is part of the fabric of the Bromberg family, it is simply the way we were raised. Our success as a company is determined daily by the shopping experience


our customers enjoy. By far, the best thing about being a part of the Bromberg’s legacy is the privilege of being part of the happiest times of our customer’s lives. “We have many wonderful events planned including a Lord Wedgwood signing event, a Waterford Artisan event, a John Hardy trunk show and an estate jewelry show, to name a few. Our buyers have gone above and beyond getting in fabulous jewelry and giftware items for every price range,” says Ricky. “ We are especially proud of our exclusive Children’s Hospital ornament, benefiting Children’s Harbor. “I encourage people to visit our website and become fans of Bromberg’s on facebook for details!” Bromberg’s is located at 2800 Cahaba Road in Mountain Brook Village and their phone number is 871-3276.

The Cook Store

The Cook Store is a kitchen specialty shop featuring functional pottery, pots, pans and gadgets for cooking and entertaining. “The Cook Store has been a fixture in Mountain Brook since 1975,” says owner Wesley Lassen, above. The Cook Store exclusively carries pottery skillets and sauce pans from The Pottery Works that is stovetop safe, whether you have a gas or electric cooktop. The store also offers kitchen linens, bakeware, cookware and more. “You can chose from All Clad stainless steel cookware, Doughmakers bakeware, Wusthof knives and pottery from two local potters: Tena Payne of Earthborn Studios and Lynne Killion of Stonegate Pottery.” says Wesley.


The Cook Store has a wide selection of kitchen gadgets perfect for stocking stuffers or making your life easier in the kitchen. “I love having my own business. I love selling, buying and helping customers on a daily basis,” says Wesley “Come see Tena Payne at The Cook Store as we launch our exclusive new line, Elements. Tena will be in the store Nov. 18 from 2p.m.-6p.m. and Nov. 19 from 10a.m.-2p.m. Come visit with Tena and watch her on her wheel and see all the wonderful pottery she does. This is a great time to get what you need to entertain with at Thanksgiving and start your Christmas shopping. We have unique things for those hard to buy for and wrapping is free.” The Cook Store is located at 2841 Cahaba Road in Mountain Brook Village and their phone number is 879-5277.

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This year will be Christine’s 38th Christmas in Mountain Brook Village. The Christmas window has become a tradition that the children (both young and old) start inquiring about in July, according to Jean Clayton, owner, above. She remembers the elaborate windows the stores in downtown Birmingham always had during the holiday season. “For the younger children it is such magic,” Jean says of the display her shop does every year. “Diversity of merchandise keeps the store interesting. While frames, fragrances, linens and MacKenzie Childs are the mainstay, you will find a broad selection of gifts and accessories too.

‘Diversity of merchandise keeps the store interesting.’ casing bed, bath and table linens from Yves Delorme, Sferra and Matouk,” says Jean. “Also available are home furnishings from Charlotte Moss, Rigaud and Marc Blackwell. Both stores offer free gift wrap. Visa, Mastercard and American Express accepted.” Christine’s is located at 2411 Montevallo Road in Mountain Brook Village and their phone number is 871-8297.

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The Lingerie Shoppe

“We are a full-service lingerie shop, including bras and bra fitting, sleepwear, lounge wear, foundation, underwear and all associated items,” says Brenda Meadows, above, “Customer service is our number one priority. “The Lingerie Shoppe has been in Mountain Brook Village since 1946. I have owned the shop for 22 years. It is wonderful to know that we literally ‘raise’ our customers up. We have several-generations-deep customers. It is our privilege to serve them through weddings, births, special trips and

hospital visits, as well as serve their everyday needs. “Mountain Brook Village is a wonderful place for shops that offer services and items for everyday needs as well as wonderful, unique and special things for special occasions,” says Brenda. “We also provide a lovely, free gift wrap that is always a sought-after gift under the holiday tree. “Beginning Saturday, November 27, we will have our 3rd annual special promotion called Hot Items for the Holidays. There will be featured items offered at 20 percent off on each of the four Saturdays leading up to Christmas. The Lingerie Shoppe is located at 2403 Montevallo Road in Mountain Brook Village, and their phone number is 871-8994.

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Ivory & White

Dyron’s Lowcountry Restaurant

Dyron Powell and his wife Sonya, right, love to travel. Over ten years ago, they were fortunate enough to happen upon the lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia. There they found relaxed lifestyles combined with one-of-a-kind culinary tastes. In their opinion, it is the greatest place on earth to slow down and enjoy great food and great friends. Joined by Executive Chef Phillip Baio, they opened Dyron’s Lowcountry Restaurant in Crestline Village in Mountain Brook to share their love for the culinary offerings of the region. “It’s a place for those who have been to revisit their memories and refresh their pallets and a place for those who have never been to get an authentic taste of the unique foods,” says Dyron. Exactly where the boundaries of South Carolina’s fabled lowcountry lie may be debated—but the region extends roughly from Winyah Bay at Georgetown, 59 miles north of Charleston, to the Savannah River in the south and from the Atlantic Ocean inland to the so-called Fall Line, where the topography and vegetation begin to change, and the first pine-covered red clay hills appear. “For centuries lowcountry dwellers have turned to the water for culinary inspiration. Crabs, shrimp, fish, and oysters form the basis of any traditional menu, and seafood


dishes are offered at every meal.” says Sonya. “Rice, grits, and the produce of the coastal plain also play an instrumental role in lowcountry cooking. Whether served as a simple side or cooked with tomatoes and other vegetables to make pilau, rice is integral to the region’s meals.” “But, lowcountry cooking is more than a culinary tradition. It’s a relaxed, welcoming attitude that makes everyone feel at home. It’s a commitment to keep things simple and uncontrived. It’s a state of mind. “Welcome to Dyron’s Lowcountry. Plenty for everyone.” Dyron’s Lowcountry Restaurant is located at 121 Oak St in Crestline Village and their phone number is 834-8257.

“Ivory & White is a wedding boutique that specializes in uniting the bride with her perfect gown for the perfect day,” says owner Brooke Mason, right. “We work by appointment to ensure the bride receives one-on-one time with a professional bridal stylist, who will provide the utmost in customer service. At the heart of the Ivory & White experience, just like the wedding itself, is the bride! “This October was Ivory & White’s two year anniversary! We opened October 1, 2008. My initial interest in the bridal industry came when my sister and I opened a Bella Bridesmaid store in Louisville, Ky. Around the same time, I was managing the Bridal Salon at Saks. I learned so much through both experiences, and I really just fell in love with the bridal industry. That was when I decided to open my own bridal boutique. “It’s a lot of responsibility, but such a wonderful industry to be in,” says Brooke. “Working with brides and helping them to achieve everything they’ve imagined for their special day is so rewarding and fulfilling! It’s so important to build a relationship with the bride based on trust. I wanted my boutique to be a place where brides can come relax, free from pressure, and enjoy this special time in her life.

“We have several trunk shows planned for the holiday season including a Lela Rose trunk show November 12 and 13, a Vera Wang trunk show on January 13, 14 and 15 and a Liancarlo trunk show on January 28 and 29. Trunk shows are a wonderful opportunity for the bride to see not only all of her favorite designers collection but the most popular styles as well as the upcoming new line. The holiday season is such a great time to make an appointment, because so many brides are just recently engaged. Families are together and everyone is home for the holidays to help make the dress shopping experience even more special!” Ivory & White is located at 55 Church Street in Crestline Village and their phone number is 871-2888.










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Marguerites Conceits

“We are a linen - gift store - I like to call it ‘a feel good store,’” says owner Marguerite Ray, above. “We have everything needed to pamper yourself or any female (of any age) in your life - from bedding to bath & body products to PJ’s and robes - we have it all! “We have been in business for 17 years. I grew up in Mountain Brook Village, it’s home,” says Marguerite. “It is really fun to own my own store. I get to interact with interesting people, see old friends and make new friends everyday. What a great job! “Mountain Brook Village has charm like no other shopping area. You get personal attention and a great variety of shops. It’s like small town shopping but with big city merchandise. We have the best of both worlds!” Marguerites Conceits is located at 2406 Canterbury Road in Mountain Brook Village and their phone number is 879-2730.


Beverly Ruff Antiques and Linens

“Beverly Ruff Antiques and Linens was founded on the belief that beautiful furniture and collectibles should be shared and enjoyed,” says owner Beverly Ruff, below. “The store provides an environment that enlightens the senses of our customers by striving to offer an exceptional array of furniture, sterling silver and unique accessories. Beverly tirelessly searches for special items she knows her customers will cherish. One area the shop specializes in, is offering a large selection, is antique frames. Beverly Ruff has been in business for seven years and is looking forward to another holiday season, the shops first in Mountain Brook Village. “An Open House is planned for Dec. 4. Customers are invited to shop and enjoy our wide selection of small gift items, including coffee table books, candles, frames, baby items and interesting accessories. Custom gift wrapping is provided at no additional charge.` Beverly Ruff Antiques and Linens is located at 2417 Canterbury Road in Mountain Brook Village and their phone number is 871-7872

Paige Albright Orientals

Paige Albright Orientals opened in the heart of Mountain Brook Village in the fall of 2007. It has quickly become one of the region’s best sources for the finest selection of antique Orientals. With an academic background in fine arts along with more than 11 years practical experience, Paige Albright, right, has long been established as a specialist in the Oriental carpet business. “I felt there was a need in our market for quality antique floor coverings--something unique and one of a kind,” says Paige. “I believe that one’s home should be personal and distinctive.” Paige Albright Orientals is the realization of Paige’s desire to offer homeowners, businesses and interior designers premium inventory and unparalleled service. A keen eye for design and a vast knowledge of the trade has allowed Paige to hand pick a world-class collection of antique Orientals. From Turkish Oushaks to classical Persian carpets, distinctive designs, traditional to unusual motifs; there is an abundance to choose from. “Like any art, consumer education is key,” says Paige. “While a rug should certainly be appreciated for its beauty, the history and craftsmanship are what intrigue me the most. Woven as personal expressions of cultural identity and creativity, these masterpieces have stood the test of time.” Paige Albright Orientals is located at 2814 Petticoat Lane in Mountain Brook Village and their phone number is 877-3232.


Snoozy’s Kids - Crestline

Snoozy’s Kids is a most unusual toy store that showcases items from jewelry to the latest trends in toys. “We have been in Mountain Brook for 22 years,” says George Jones, above, whose family owns the store. “We saw a need for a toy store in Crestline because there are so many young families with so many children. “We live in this community and a lot of our customers are our neighbors. We try to give a small town feeling while you shop for the latest ‘big city’ items. “Customers will be surprised at the variety and value of shopping at a locally owned shop. We can’t wait for you to see our holiday 2010 selections! We carry many items typically only found through catalogs or exclusive web sites.” Snoozy’s Kids is located at 228 Country Club Park in Crestline Village and their phone number is 871-2662.

Unique Collection of Antique Oriental Rugs Hand Selected Especially For You Monday thru Friday 9:30 - 5:00 or by Appointment 2814 Petticoat Lane Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223 (205) 877-3232

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Longworth Collection

Constance Longworth has returned to Mountain Brook and she is thrilled to be back. The onetime Mountain Brook resident moved from her Cherokee Road home to a horse farm on Highway 119 years ago to offer her daughters more opportunity to ride their horses. “I was driving back and forth to the stables and decided it just made sense to live on a horse farm,” Longworth said. Longworth was in the cable television business with her husband, Daryl Harms, and then in the very early 80’s, started traveling internationally doing advance work and design for a royal family, and that graduated into designing for diplomat’s homes and embassies. A 20,000 square foot penthouse overlooking the Nile in Egypt was the last project in the Middle East completed in 2009. There is another to follow in 2011. “I decided to put the suitcase away and not travel so frequently,” Longworth said. “A bit of retirement, I thought? I found I needed and wanted to stay busy so have now opened my third location. I am very happy to have the opportunity to have a storefront in Mountain Brook Village. It is a delight, indeed. I am excited every day to open the door of my wonderful store.” Contance lives at Brookfield Farm, which was the Alabama Symphony Decorator’s Show House in 2004. She is well known to Mountain Brook residents but until this fall has been in business in the Greystone area. She has been

MOUNTAIN BROOK SPECIAL SECTION involved in civic organizations and hosted many political fund raisers at her farm. The store has a full line of home furnishings including furniture, chandeliers, rugs, lighting and wonderful bedding and window treatments. Longworth’s background is in architecture and design. She has traveled the world extensively through her work. “I have designed buildings from the ground floor to finished interiors, both commercially and privately,” she said. Some of the brands offered at Longworth Collection include DrexelHeritage, Lexington, John Richard, Harden, Pulaski and Bradburn Gallery, to name a few. “I love what I do, love the excitement of clients when they get just what they want for their homes,” Longworth said. “And I also love the joy of getting to know all the people on the level of helping with something as personal as their homes. I always strive to make sure that everyone is completely beyond a doubt happy with their purchases from my store.” In addition to the fine furnishings, one is also guaranteed to see one of Longworth’s three standard poodles, Rudy, Bo and Teddy, who take turns coming to the store with her each day. “The business that I love changes year to year, but one thing is always for certain, if the client stays headed towards the traditional, they will always have their monies worth for years and years to come,” Longworth said. Constance Longworth Collection is located at 2408 Canterbury Road in Mountain Brook and their phone number is 803-4040.

Lulie’s on Cahaba

“We’re a women’s clothing store that caters to women from every walk of life,” says owner Lauren Stewart, above. “We have everything from casual wear to special occasion and formal wear. “We’ve been in business a year and a half now and have enjoyed every minute of it. I graduated college in May of 2009 and two months later the store was opened. In order to go to my first market to find clothing lines for Lulie’s, I had to take my final exams early. “It’s eye opening and definitely challenging at times but I wouldn’t want to be in any other career,” says Lauren. “So many women come into the store discouraged about not being able to find an outfit for an


event or even updating their wardrobe for the season. It’s so satisfying to help them find those pieces and leave here confident about their purchase and themselves.

‘We’re a womens’s clothing store that caters to women from every walk of life.’

“People should visit Lulie’s because we depend on them for everything including advice, clothing line suggestions, business and friendship. Be sure to stop by Thursday, December 9, because we’re having an open house with refreshments and sale specials all day.” Lulie’s on Cahaba is located at 2724 Cahaba Road in Mountain Brook Village and their phone number is 871-9696.


Mulberry Heights Antiques

Mulberry Heights Antiques in Mountain Brook Village offers unusual hand-pickedFrench and English antiques. Customers will find an incredible selection of dining tables, sideboards, armoires, chairs, desks and benches, as well as an array of accessories including leather books, botanicals and picture frames at Mulberry Heights Antiques. The shop opened in 2000 as an expansion of owner Carolyn Bradford’s interest in decorative antiques and transfer ware. The shop provides an avenue to interact with customers and help them achieve their decorating goals.


“We strive to provide a cheerful, uplifting environment for our clients,” says Carolyn.

Mulberry Heights Antiques offers unusual hand-picked French and English antiques. “We feature several artists with their own look and one-of-a-kind pieces. We will be having an open house on Dec. 9, and Emily Ozier will be here with more paintings. We are very excited to showcase the incredible paintings, jewelry and T-shirts by our artist.” Shown above, owner Carolyn Bradford with Patti Vines and Pattie Booker. Mulberry Heights Antiques is located at 2419 Canterbury Road, and the phone number is 870-1300


Smith’s Variety Toy & Gift Shop

“We are a true variety store.” says Tammie Glazner, above with husband Jim Glazner, owners of Smith’s Variety Toy & Gift Shop. “We carry everything from candy by the pound, hot toys, Vera Bradley, to specialty sunglasses. Our ribbon selection is one of the largest in the southeast. Our monogramming & imprinting departments continue to be very popular. Also, we love to spotlight holidays & always try to have a wonderful selection of seasonal items.” “This is our 60th year in business. We feel very blessed to have this store in such a wonderful village and are very thankful to our loyal customers and friends for always being supportive,” says Jim. “We love the feeling of being a part of this

very family friendly community. We always strive to have the latest items & change with the times while trying to keep that old-time variety feel. Customer service is very important to us, so we try to keep the staff very knowledgeable on the items we carry plus continue to offer free gift wrapping. We are looking forward to the future growth of the village and promise to keep Smith’s the way our customers want it. “This year we are having our Holiday Open House separate from our Annual Play Day. It will be held on the evening of November 11th from 5:00-8:00. We are really looking forward to this event this year. Play Day will be special too. This will be our 18th anniversary for Play Day on November 20th and we are going to have Roger Day join us for a free concert!” Smith’s Variety Toy & Gift Shop is located at 2715 Culver Road in Mountain Brook Village and their phone number is 871-0841.


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Table Matters

Table Matters is the place to visit for all of your entertaining needs...especially when it comes to the holidays! The friendly staff is happy to assist you as you browse their extensive selection of pottery, stemware, serving pieces, fine china and seasonal décor. In addition to tableware they’ve expanded their niche to lamps, pillows, and furniture--including tables, sideboards, and hutches. Table Matters’ owner Patricia Murray, above, bought the business in 1997. At that time it was located next door to Mt Brook Flower Shop, but in 2001 she moved the shop across Montevallo Road to its current location between Avo/Dram and Another Broken Egg. “I enjoy planning dinner parties and entertaining friends, so it’s only natural that I also love going into customers’ homes to help them complete their ‘entertaining ensemble’,” says Patricia.. “It’s fun to see the individual tastes our customers have. Birmingham is still one



of those southern cities in which people have both formal and casual dinner parties, supper clubs, or just gather on porches for drinks before going out to dinner – and that’s where we fit into the picture, whether it’s glassware you need or a full place setting.” Patricia also notes that one of the most rewarding parts of owning your own business is the friendships formed with so many of the artisans. “I try to find pottery and ceramics that aren’t mass produced and that will make a table setting unique,” she says. “It has been really fun to watch some of these lines grow from just 5 pieces to 100 pieces, and still be made by the man or woman that started the company.” During the holiday season several of these artisans and representatives will be in the store for trunk shows including, Vietri Dinnerware, November 4-6; Craven Pottery, November 10 and 11; Michael Aram, November 17 and Good Earth Pottery, December 11. Table Matters is located at 2402 Montevallo Road in Mountain Brook Village and their phone number is 879-0125.

Hoover Antique Gallery

Hoover Antique Gallery is a collage of antiques dealers founded by over-the-mountain native and Vestavia Hills graduate Chris Feagin in 2006. “This is a cool store packed full of variety and values in home decor,” says Chris, above. “Based on antiques and repurposed preloved furnishings, it is a paradise for treasure seekers. The store is conveniently located only one mile north of the Galleria, but can be easily over-looked because the entrance is on the backside of the block on the corner of U.S. 31S. and Patton Chapel Road, South. The building is large and encompasses 18000 square feet of the upper level of Patton Chapel Plaza shopping center. “Hoover Antique Gallery is home to 75

of the areas best eclectic dealers of furnishing, accessories, and vintage jewelry. New customers are finding us daily and only wish they had come sooner,” says Chris. “Truly there is something for all tastes and budgets.” For this holiday season, the staff and vendors are planning a special event for November 11th. From 6-9 p.m. the store will stay open and host a Holiday kick off party with special savings, refreshments, and other holiday treats. The fun will continue on November 13th and 14th with the annually scheduled Christmas Open house party with festive decor, special prices, and tables full of homemade food. Hoover Antique Gallery is a great place to start, catch-up on, or finish this year’s holiday shopping. Hoover Antique Gallery is located at 3411 Old Columbiana Road (Intersection of Highway 31 and Patton Chapel Rd., S.) and their phone number is 822-9500.

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Coman Baum Fine Jewelry and Gifts

“Coman Baum Fine Jewelry and Gifts is a family style full service jewelry store focused on personal (multi-generational) relationships. We repair, design, appraise and offer a unique selection of platinum, gold and silver jewelry with diamond and a variety of precious and semi precious colored stones.” says owner Coman Baum, above. “In October we began our tenth year of business. I started working for a jewelry store in Vail, Colorado in 1997 and then moved to San Antonio in 1998 to work for my step father who has had a family jewelry business for over 45 years. In 2001, I moved to Carlsbad, Calif. for eight months to attend GIA Gemology School where I earned a graduate gemologist degree. “Being exposed to unique styles has molded the uniqueness of our store. Our focus is on quality at fair value with an over emphasis on customer service and building relationships. “Having graduated from Vestavia Hills and



Auburn University, I had a drive and passion to open a business in this area. Today owning our business presents new challenges with the economy. It’s hard to find quality jewelry items at prices that everyone can afford,” says Coman. “We don’t sell things that people need, so our focus has to be on the emotion and lasting impression that the gift of jewelry gives someone. We focus on finding out truly what someone wants no matter the budget. “This Christmas our new Chamilia charm bracelet line is affordable and something you can add on to over time. It also allows the customer to be the designer as well. Our new state of the art website allows them to see unlimited styles and colors. “Diamond studs and solitaire pendants are always big sellers you can’t go wrong with. Woman love diamonds. We also sell unique finished high end pieces with natural Fancy Colored Diamonds and buy and sell preowned Rolex watches.” Coman Baum Fine Jewelry and Gifts is located in The Village at Lee Branch, 270 Doug Baker Blvd. Suite 500 and their phone number is 991-1812.

“We are a full service furniture store. We have comfortable, quality furniture and accessories with style and flair,” says dwellings owner Katie Baker Bolten above with, Dianne Baker Clelland, Sandra P. Miller, (from left to right). The store opened this

‘We have comfortable, quality furniture and accessories with style and flair.’ past April. “For the holidays we have lots of festive and unusual decorations. Sandra is magical in decorating for Christmas! She also will decorate people’s homes. She’s got quite a knack in taking someone’s decorations and transforming them into something beautiful. “We offer design services. If someone comes in and loves a look but needs help pulling it together, we can help them with an in-home consultation. No project is too big or too small. dwellings is located at 5299 Valleydale Road, Suite 113 and their phone number is 981-7779.


reDesign Furniture Consignment

“With the holiday season nearly upon us, a trip to reDesign is just what the decorator ordered”, says Pam Scott, owner of reDesign Furniture Consignment, above left with Rebecca Ogran one of two in-house designers.. “It’s well worth the drive out 280 to find high-quality, pre-loved furniture for half the price of new”! “Whether your taste is trendy or traditional, or somewhere in between, you never know what you’ll find among our everchanging, eclectic inventory”, says Pam. “And, if you need help “putting it all together” just ask either one of our in-house designers and they will be thrilled to assist! Rebecca and Dixie Luke just love what they do and are as passionate about your home as you are! At reDesign we’re very selective about the items we consign, so you know you’re going to find only the best when you shop at our store. We do carry a few new pieces; about 95% is consigned”, says Pam. If you’ve never shopped used before, please join us for our Second Annual Holiday Sip N’ Shop on Wednesday, Dec 1 from 4pm-7pm. You’ll find out what reDesign is all about and you’ll be so glad you did!! reDesign is located at 5361 Hwy 280 and their phone number is 408-2601.






Love that “collected look”? Then reDesign is the place for you! We make consignment shopping cool.

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Mr. and Mrs. Carlo H. Joseph III announce the engagement of


Mr. and Mrs. James Russell Reagor of Memphis, Tenn.,


Mr. and Mrs. Alfred R. Butler of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Tighe L. Butler, to Major Mitchell L. Kirkland USMCR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L.

their daughter, Melissa Decker Joseph, to William David Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Miller of Hoover. Miss Joseph is the granddaughter of Mrs. Karolyn Mersmann of Hoover, Dr. and Mrs. James Mersmann of Columbiana and Mr. and Mrs. Carlo H. Joseph Jr. of Hoover. She graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. At Auburn, she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Phi Kappa Phi honor society and received the College of Science and Mathematics Dean’s Medal. She is now in her first year at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The groom is the grandson of Mrs. Mary Ann Hornbuckle and the late Mr. William Donald Hornbuckle of New Hope and Mrs. Carolyn Miller of Hoover and the late Dr. Alex Miller of Birmingham. Mr. Miller is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and recently received his master’s degree in higher education administration from Auburn University. He is employed at Auburn University as a scholarship advisor in the Office of University Scholarships. The wedding is planned for Dec.18 at Bluff Park United Methodist Church in Hoover.

and Mr. and Mrs. Kent Richie Thompson of Memphis announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Ann Thompson, to Jesse Hunt Mobley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Dale Mobley of Memphis. The bride is the granddaughter of Mrs. Marilyn Ritchie Thompson and the late Mr. Joseph Kent Thompson of Lodi, Calif., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jay Leonard Mann of Chicago. Miss Thompson is a 2001 graduate of Hutchison School in Memphis. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Mississippi, where she graduated cum laude and was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Miss Thompson is employed as an assistant buyer at

Books-a-Million in Birmingham and is a member of the Junior League of Birmingham. The groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Mobley of Birmingham and Mrs. Doris Hildreth Cooper and the late Dr. Luther Bancroft Cooper of Elba. Mr. Mobley is a 2001 graduate of Christian Brothers High School in Memphis. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Epsilon fraternity. Mr. Mobley is the owner of Mobley & Sons in Birmingham. The wedding is planned for March 12, 2011 at Rosemary Beach, Fla.

Kirkland of Gray Court, S.C. The bride is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William O. Butler Jr. of Montgomery and the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Culpepper of Pell City. She received bachelor’s degrees in architecture and fine arts at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. She is employed with Manning Architects in New Orleans. The groom is the grandson of the late Mr. Arthur C. Kirkland and Mrs. Katherine Kirkland of Hodges, S.C., and the late Mr. Livingston B. Hodges and Mrs. Nell Hodges of Hodges. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at The Citadel and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is employed at Shaw E&I in New Orleans. The wedding is planned for Dec. 18 in Fairhope.

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert Edward Nims Jr. of Auburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Elizabeth Nims, to Paul Britton Molony, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael William Molony of Hoover. The bride is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Edward Nims of Mobile, the late Mr. Maxwell Barto Coleman of Excell and the late Mrs. Quida Rae Coleman of Excell. She is a 2005 graduate of W. P. Davidson High School in Mobile, a 2009 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a 2010 graduate of Auburn University with a masters of science in elementary education. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Impact.

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The groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Leon Hecht Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., the late Mr. Daniel Joseph Molony and the late Mrs. Katherine Bradley Molony of Mobile. He is a 2005 graduate of Hoover High School and a 2009 graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical and wireless engineering. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity where he served as treasure, assistant director of Impact and a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. The bride is a kindergarten teacher at Eglin Elementary School in the Okaloosa County School District. The groom is employed with the United States Air Force as an electronics engineer at Eglin Air Force Base in Niceville, Fla. The wedding is planned for Nov. 20 at the First Baptist Church in Opelika.

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Guests of honor at the Over the Mountain School of Etiquette finale dinner and dance were, from left, front: Kaitlyn Livings, Reid Adams, Rachel Nesbitt, Jake Rice, Leighton Martin, Niko Paige, Haley Harmon, Peyton Hewitt, Jennah Green and Nolan Turner. Back: Beth Berutich, Taylor Cahoon, Nathan Hospes, Gibs Williams, Grant Thomas, Meghan Levant, Max Michel, Regan Shaw, Ty Roberts and Susan Ellis. Photo special to the Journal




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SSA Names Blair Superintendent of the Year

The School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) and Classworks, an SSA Premium Business Sponsor, named Dr. Jamie Blair, superintendent of Vestavia Hills city schools, the Alabama/ Jamie Blair Classworks 2011 Superintendent of the Year.

Blair was selected from eight finalists throughout the state. He will be honored at the Superintendent of the Year Luncheon in March at the SSA Legislative Conference in Montgomery. Blair will represent Alabama at the American Association of School Administrators’ national conference in February in Denver, where he will receive a bronze medallion with the Superintendent of the Year emblem and a plaque from the AASA. The national Superintendent of the Year will be announced at the conference. The eight finalists for the state award were honored during the recent SSA fall conference in Florence. Each finalist will award a $1,000 sch olarship on behalf of SSA to a graduating senior in their school system who meets minimum GPA and ACT score requirements and who intends to pursue education and teaching in Alabama. Blair has served as superintendent of Vestavia Hills city schools for 10 years. Previously, he was superintendent for Cullman city schools, assistant superintendent at Muscle Shoals city schools and principal and teacher in the Opelika city school system. ❖


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Liberty Park Middle Students Go All Out For “Outsiders” Study

Eighth grade students at Liberty Park Middle School recently celebrated Greasers and Socs Day as a concluding activity for their unit of study on S.E. Hinton’s novel “The Outsiders.” The novel tells the story of two different social classes, the Greasers and the Socs, who



choose not to associate with each other because they grew up on opposite sides of town. The students dressed as either Greasers or Socs from the 1960s. They also brought chocolate snacks, watched Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of the novel and had a “thumb war” during homeroom. Eighth grade English teachers are Anne-Carter Finch and Baylor Knott.

Participating in Liberty Park Middle School’s Greasers and Socs day were, from left, front: Hannah Vinsant and Isabella Aldana. Second row: Katie Henderson, Drue Benefield, Sarah Thornton, Kenzie Lambert, Harrison McRee, Savannah Yielding and Steffie Rosene. Back: Philip Duchock and Tucker Simmons.


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Bluff Park Mentors Host Breakfast

The Bluff Park Mentors hosted an Oct. 12 breakfast featuring Virginia College, Online Programs continues to grow and Rep. Paul DeMarco. change students’ lives. Our mission is, in part, to provide high The group includes fathers, quality, career focused educational services to a diverse student grandfathers and other men who population in a dynamic, growth oriented setting. want to stay active in the lives If you have a passion for helping college students change their of their Bluff Park Elementary lives and if you would like to be a part of an expanding college students. with its face to the future, please contact us, now. Its primary purpose is to help out at the school through fundraisPlease send your letter of ing, support and involvement in ������ ��� interest and resume to: the children’s lives. ������� ������������������������������������������������� For more information about the � ������������������� Bluff Park Mentors, call James ������� ��������� Harwell at 281-4731. ����������������������������������������������������������������� �����������������������������������������������������������������

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VHHS Places Third in National Math Contest

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placed 18th and Evan Li finished in 24th place. In the 11th grade division, Jerry Hsu was sixth, and Daniel Brown placed 24th. In the 12th grade division, Owen Scott placed first. Kyle Julian was sixth, Suyoung Jang placed seventh and Ricky Goncalves finished in 15th place.

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Adarsh Kulkarni and Alex Head tied for 17th place, and Dakota Duncan placed 25th. Vestavia Hills High School will participate in all five of National Assessment & Testing’s contests this year, including the 2010 Team Scramble and the 2010 Ciphering Time Trials.

Highlands Team Supports Komen Race for a Cure

Highlands School’s sixth grader Zoe Zahariadis formed a team for the Oct. 9 Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure event. The team, named Pink and Fierce, included students Emily Bolvig, Kiana Perkins, Audrey Roell, Aubrey Turner, Emma Turner, Connor Walker and Zoe Zahariadis and parents Connie Hill, Jenny Walker and Ellen and Nikos Zahariadis. The Pink and Fierce Team raised $548. ❖








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The Junior League of Birmingham’s “Tables of Content” cookbook sits on the dining room table of Kathleen Roth’s Mountain Brook home. The cookbook has more than 350 recipes. Journal photos by Emil Wald

Easy as Pie Entertaining Junior League of Birmingham cookbook is secret weapon for home chefs




unior League of Birmingham members Kristin Shoe and Kathleen Roth have a secret when it comes to throwing an enjoyable get-together without a lot of fuss. Whether it’s a planned party or a spur-of-the-moment gathering with friends and family, they’re armed with a tool that makes planning the menu a piece of cake. The Junior League of Birmingham is known for its cookbooks, and with more than 350 recipes, the organization’s third book, “Tables of Content,” makes entertaining easier than ever. “They’re wonderful, and I think people sort of depend on it,” Shoe said. Both women can name several of their favorite recipes without hesitation and even recall the page numbers. Among their favorites are Oven Jambalaya, Pumpkin Soup, Sweet Potato Casserole and White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites. “They are easier to make than Rice Krispie treats,” Roth said. “That’s the fun thing about the cookbook – there are some really impressive recipes that are not difficult to make. It has something for everyone and allows the family to participate in the cooking as well.” “The idea was getting families back around the dinner table and talking over meals instead of watching TV and driving through the drive-through,” Shoe said. The two recently got together at Roth’s Mountain Brook home to make a few recipes that would be perfect for the

GET THE COOKBOOK The book is $29.95. Proceeds benefit the 30 programs supported by the Junior League, including the Employment Readiness Program at Pathways; Meals on Wheels; the YWCA Children in Crisis program and other efforts in the areas of education, health, financial stability and safety and crisis intervention. For more information, visit upcoming holiday season, including the Basil and Sun-Dried Tomato Brie and the Best Squash Casserole. The familiar scent of a cheesy concoction baking in the oven escapes as Roth opens her front door. In the entryway, a large model ship sits on a nesting table, and it’s immediately apparent that the home is filled not only with intoxicating aromas but with many unique and personal items. While accent pieces reflect an eclectic style, the furniture and rugs create a cozy environment with deep red and green tones. “I’ve heard that things you tend to like have a common thread,” Roth said. “But my tastes range from a funky lamp to a formal urn. It just depends on if I find something I like.” The aesthetic carries over into the dining room. The fresh-out-of-the-oven casserole and tempting cheese spread sit among modern, multi-colored glasses paired with traditional silver goblets and

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ulberry Heights is a shop that’s known for timeless antique furniture and accessories that create a calm, warm atmosphere. So it’s not surprising that the same signature style can be found in owner Carolyn Bradford’s Vestavia Hills home. Carolyn, husband Jim and their three children moved into the house nearly 11 years ago. They quickly made changes to the small, one-level structure, creating a space that would fit the family and their love of cooking and entertaining. “Pretty much the only thing still standing here from when we bought the house is this fireplace,” said Carolyn, referring to a large brick fireplace in the kitchen. “We added a second story and, later, a covered patio and enlarged the playroom. We like to entertain a lot.” When the weather is warm, the pool area and covered patio make the perfect spot for guests, but Carolyn and Jim said the area most people always end up in is the kitchen. That’s probably because the kitchen is where Carolyn spends much of her time, according to Jim. “Everybody stands in the kitchen,” he said. “They all want to be around her. She’s more fun than me.” The kitchen is designed for someone who loves to cook, and not just the typical Fall flowers and rustic pumpkins make the perfect decorafamily meals. The tions for Carolyn Bradford’s fall table setting. Bradfords equipped Journal photos by Emil Wald their kitchen with three ovens and two dishwashers, making it ideal for entertaining. While renovating the house, they also expanded the pantry, opening it to the kitchen, and added a sitting room that leads out to the patio along with a wooden-spiral staircase that leads up to the playroom. Cabinets and a black granite countertop were added in the pantry and are now used as a beverage station during parties. The nearby laundry room was also expanded and has storage for extra

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food and dishes while the family is hosting a party. “The extra space allows us a place to hide the messy stuff, away from our guests,” Carolyn said. Having her own shop means Carolyn is never short of accessories for a party, and that includes tableware. In fact, her love of tableware and decorating is one of the reasons she opened her store. For years, Carolyn has been a collector of transferware, a style of ceramic dinnerware that uses transfer printing developed in 18th century England. The shop’s name comes from the popular mulberry transferware and from the store’s first location, Cahaba Heights. The name stuck, even though Mulberry Heights is now in Mountain Brook. Throughout the Bradford home are different collections of Carolyn’s transferware. Some she displays in cabinets, and others are hung in collections on the walls. But they’re not just for looks; Carolyn uses many for entertaining as well. For the fall, her dining room table is set with Woodland by Spode. This collection is brown and white with turkeys. Carolyn said the colors are great for the autumn but added that she’s really starting to



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The Bradfords’ kitchen is made for entertaining with three ovens and two dishwashers. It tends to be the gathering spot during the family’s entertaining. prefer her white creamware for its simplicity. “I have a little corner over here with all my Creamware,” Carolyn said, pointing to a display shelf near the pantry. “It’s just so plain and simple. But of course I do still love the Flora, the brown and white. That was my first pattern.” She displays the Flora transferware, which is more durable and not as delicate as Creamware, in her butler’s pantry. It’s a mulberry type of transferware. Another of her favorites is displayed on the wall in

the dining room. It’s a pattern called Lily by Davenport. In addition to dinnerware, Carolyn also collects napkin rings. On her fall table, she combined antique silver napkin rings, given to her by her mother, with red and orange cloth napkins. The bronze flatware was given to Carolyn by her aunt, who purchased the ornate pieces when she was living in Vietnam. To complete her table setting,

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The red trees outside, seen through the dining room window, become part of the tablescape, and a low profile urn provided by Antiquities in Mountain Brook holds a floral arrangement with an

HOMES orchid as its star. Debby Shephard, the mother-in-law of a League member, created the arrangement. On the buffet, orange and green pumpkins from the Finley Avenue Farmers’ Market are stacked atop one another on either side of a silver tea service. “When we have friends over, I like to sit around the dining room table and make it fun and special,” Roth said. “We love to entertain, but we don’t do it that often. “I will say that now that the silver is polished, it will make it easier,” she added, laughing. “I think entertaining is just about good friends and good company and enjoying each other as opposed to worrying about polishing the silver, but of course I still worry about it.” And as long as she keeps her copy of “Table of Contents” close at hand, the silver is all Roth will have to worry about the next time an event calls for a little something special. ❖

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Carolyn placed rustic pumpkins down the center of the table and glass votives filled with arrangements of mums, roses and berries were hung from the antique chandelier over the table. When it comes to entertaining, Carolyn and Jim want to have as much fun as their guests. The key to that, Carolyn said, is planning. “You have to start ahead,” she said. “I cook things ahead of time and freeze them if I can. The two days leading up to the party can be crazy, but then I can enjoy myself, too.” Carolyn also has some go-to recipes to make sure all her guests leave full and happy. Her white chocolate bread pudding is always a hit at their annual Christmas party. To get this recipe and others from the Bradford family, visit ❖


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Mountain Brook Ends Volleyball Season on Top


he Metro seventh and eighth grade volleyball season has come to an end. The Metro tournament for eighth grade was played at Berry Middle School. Fourth place went to Homewood Middle School; third place went to Simmons Middle School; second place went to Bumpus Middle School; and Metro Champions for the 2010 season is Mountain Brook Junior High. Mountain Brook Junior High’s eighth grade finished with a record of 25-4. The Metro tournament for the seventh grade was played at Liberty Park Middle School. Fourth place went to Pizitz Middle School; third place went to Thompson Middle School; second place went to Simmons Middle School; and Metro Champions for the 2010 season is Mountain Brook Junior High. Mountain Brook Junior High’s 7th Grade finished their season with a record of 28-4. The following are lists of the Metro All tournament Teams for seventh and eighth grade. Seventh Grade All - Tournament: Bumpus - Grace Huldtquist; Oak Mtn - Sarah Kathryn Hix; Thompson - Farrah Gehring; Hewitt - Callie Shields; Clay Chalkville - Lexie Payne; Homewood - Virginia Estes; Mtn. Brook - Sara Carr and Kathryn Wason; Pizitz - Alex Smithson;

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VH Rotary Ready to ‘Run for the Hills’

Steamers Win Columbus Day Championship

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Bearden, Devin Carter, Taylor Cox, Christopher Edmunds, Wesley Fall, Josh Grant, Nick Gravlee, Josh Headley, Bruce Johnson, Jacob Marasckin, Joseph Neumeier, Dan Panos, Davis Reynolds, Hunter Ross, Daniel Seay, Patrick Sides, Judson Smith and Dylan Williams.

The Vestavia Hills’ Rotary Club’s annual Run for the Hills, set for Nov. 13, has events for almost all ages – and supports several community causes. Proceeds from 5K, 10K and one-mile fun runs will benefit Vestavia Hills Park and Recreation Foundation, the Vestavia Hills Library Foundation and the city’s new Library in the Forest. Individual and family registrations are available for ages 14 and younger through age 84 and older. Courses will wind through Vestavia Hills, with widely varying topography and scenic views. Last year, more than 300 runners registered for Run for

the Hills. More participants are expected this year. A T-shirt is guaranteed to all pre-registrants, with limited quantities for late registration. On-site registration will be at the Vestavia Park and Recreation Center Nov. 12 and on race day morning at the Wald Park pavilion. The starting point also will be at the Wald Park pavilion. Registration on race day begins at 6:30 a.m., with races starting at 7:30 a.m. Online registration is open now at and the official Web site is www. For more information, contact race director Steve Ammons

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and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score. John Cunningham and Daniel Robert were on the receiving end of Craft’s touchdown tosses. Running back Sam Whitaker rushed for 104 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown. Briarwood’s defense stopped the Anniston offense five times inside the Lions’ 20-yard line, including an interception in the end zone. The Lions end their regular season with a 9-1 record. They host Mortimer Jordan in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.

from back cover The Rebels added to their lead in the second stanza when substitute quarterback Henry Davis – filling in for injured starter Patrick Prewitt – passed 10 yards to Salem for a touchdown. Raspino’s conversion gave Vestavia a 14-0 halftime lead. Davis directed another Rebel march, this time to the Mounties’ 21-yard line, early in the third quarter. Raspino booted a 38-yard field goal to lift Vestavia’s advantage to 17-0. A couple of minutes later, Davis connected with Salem on a 32-yard touchdown strike. Another extra point by Raspino gave the Rebels a 24-0 lead with 7:04 remaining in the third quarter. Davis passed for another touchdown before the period ended. This time, he found Neil Gannaway open for a 33-yard scoring strike. Raspino’s kick brought the margin to 31-0 with just a minute remaining in the quarter. Raspino added another field goal early in the fourth period to end the Rebels’ scoring. Shades Valley battled back for two late consolation touchdowns to make the final score respectable. After the game, Vestavia players were complimentary of the Mounties, who ended the year with a single win. “Shades Valley is a very good team – a lot better than their record would indicate,” said Salem. “They are very physical. We just were able to take advantage of their mistakes.” Salem finished with 130 yards on just 13 carries and caught two passes for 42 yards. Davis threw only nine passes but completed four of them for 93 yards and three

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the Elite Eight finals played at the Pelham Civic Complex last Thursday. In Class 6A, Oak Mountain lost to Huntsville 25-13, 25-19, 21-25 and 25-22 as the Crimson Panthers earned their eighth state title in nine seasons. After losing the first two sets, the Lady Eagles rallied to take the third frame. With the score tied 2020, Oak Mountain’s Sara Goodwin

Vestavia running back Stewart Jacobs breaks a tackle in the Rebels win over the Mounties.

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scores. The Rebels will enter the postseason with two consecutive wins following disappointing Class 6A Region 6 losses to Spain Park and Hoover. Salem believes, however, that his team is peaking at the right time. “Whoever we play, we’ll be ready,” he promised. What Vestavia would really like to avoid is a repeat of its last two years’ playoff experiences, when, in each case, the highly-touted Rebels were beaten in the first round. Don’t count on that happening a third time. WEEK TEN HIGHLIGHTS Briarwood 28, Anniston 7 The Lions closed their regular season slate with an impressive win over the ninth-ranked Bulldogs. Quarterback Ben Craft completed 12 of 19 passes for 217 yards earned a kill and took advantage of a Huntsville passing error. The Lady Eagles’ Sam Skinner tipped an attack over a triple block and followed with Hannah Beach on a ������� tandem block to give her team the � ����� ��� victory. ������ �� The Crimson Panthers�bounced ������ �� back, winning the fourth set and taking the title. Chelsea Payne had 52 assists for Oak Mountain, while Emily Goodwin and Emily Cosgrove each added five kills. The Eagles made their way to the finals by defeating Daphne in

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Hoover 20, Bob Jones 13 Trailing 13-6 in the fourth quarter, the top-ranked Bucs rallied for two late touchdowns to take a dramatic win over the third-ranked Patriots. Quarterback Ryan Carter’s 10yard touchdown pass to Jaylon Denson cut Bob Jones’ lead to 13-12 with 10:16 remaining in the game. Larsen Real’s extra point tied the score at 13-13. Justin McArthur’s two-yard touchdown dash with five minutes remaining gave Hoover the victory. The Bucs completed the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record. They will host Gardendale in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. Mountain Brook 34, Buckhorn 7 The Spartans rolled to an easy victory against the Bucks. Mark Rector ran for two touchdowns to pace the victory. Mountain Brook quarterback Edward Aldag passed 40 yards to John McCrary for a score. Walker Cox also contributed to the winning cause with an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Warren Handrahan booted two field goals. Mountain Brook ends its regufour sets in the quarter-final round and outlasting Grissom in four sets in the semi-finals. “Our goal before the season started was to make it to the finals,” said Oak Mountain coach Tammy Richardson. “About three weeks ago, I realized we had the potential to be state champions. We didn’t get there, but finishing runner-up is about as significant as wining the title.” The Lady Eagles’ appearance in the 6A finals was their first advancement to that level since 2002. In Class 5A, Briarwood fell to St Paul’s 25-15, 25-17, 25-7, as the Lady Saints earned their fourth state championship in five years.


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lar season with an 8-2 mark. The Spartans will host Northridge in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. Homewood 48, Grissom 0 Ameer Abdullah ended his career with the Patriots on a high note. The senior running back rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns in Homewood’s rout of the Tigers. He also caught a 41-yard scoring pass from quarterback Stephen Baggett. Abdullah’s scoring runs came on dashes of 64, 54 and 21 yards, respectively. Baggett also connected with Aaron Ernest on an 81-yard touchdown pass. Jay Williams recovered a Grissom fumble in the end zone for a score, and Kenny Thompson struck pay dirt from three yards out for Homewood. The Patriots end the 2010 season with a 6-4 record. John Carroll 13, Thompson 9 Senior running back Marcus Richardson scored two touchdowns to help the Cavs to a hard-fought win over the Warriors. Wes Dismuke contributed 105 yards rushing in the winning cause. John Carroll completed its season with a 6-4 mark. Oak Mountain 21 Pinson Valley 7 The Eagles broke open a scoreless tie to earn a win over the Class 5A Indians. William Bostick’s three-yard run gave Oak Mountain a 7-0 third quarter lead. The Eagles’ next score came on a 34-yard pass from quarterback Mickey Todd Forrest to Jakaryus Redwine. Forrest and Redwine also connected on a 29-yard scoring pass for Oak Mountain’s final touchdown. Linebacker Anderson

Whitcomb led the Eagles’ defensive effort with eight tackles and two sacks. Oak Mountain completed its season with a 2-8 mark. Clay-Chalkville 35, Spain Park 23 The Jaguars saw a 17-7 halftime lead melt away in their loss to the Cougars. Spain Park quarterback Nick Mullens passed for two touchdowns. His first scoring pass was a 21-yard strike to Reid Renagel. Mullens’ second scoring toss went to Zak Michael from 31 yards out. Alexander Roberson scored the Jags’ first touchdown on a twoyard run. Spain Park ends its season with a 5-5 record and will visit Tuscaloosa County in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. Isabella 55, Shades Mountain Christian 13 The Eagles finished their season with an 0-10 mark. OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES Vestavia running back Georgie Salem rushed for 130 yards and caught two touchdown passes in the Rebels’ 34-14 win over Shades Valley. Briarwood quarterback Ben Craft completed 12 of 17 passes for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Lions’ 28-7 win over Anniston. Homewood running back Ameer Abdullah ran for 166 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 48-0 rout of Grissom. Abdullah also caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Stephen Baggett. Homewood quarterback Stephen Baggett completed six of 11 passes for two touchdowns from 81 and 41 yards, respectively, in the Patriots’ rout of Grissom.

“I’m very proud of what our girls did this year,” said Lady Lions coach Tien Le. “We did everything we could possibly do. This was St. Paul’s year.” B r i a r w o o d ’s Katie Briley, with six kills, earned a position on the AllTournament team. Teammate Sara Kate Bracewell had seven kills and two blocks for the Lions. Adeline Reiser had 15 assists in the losing cause. Briarwood earned its way to the finals with a three set victory over John Carroll Catholic in the quarter-finals and a The Lady Lions fell to St. Paul’s in the 5A tournafour set win over ment. Adeline Reiser, above had 15 assists in the Faith in the semilosing cause. finals. Journal photo by Pete Collins



yard line. Warren Handrahan’s 22yard field goal gave the visitors a 3-0 first quarter lead. Hoover battled right back, moving to the Mountain Brook 16. Larsen Real’s 33-yard field goal tied the score at 3-3 with about three minutes left in the period. In the second quarter, the Bucs drove 53 yards for a touchdown in just five plays. Justin McArthur’s five-yard run gave Hoover a 103 advantage midway through the second quarter. Nobody could know it at the time, but that would be all the points the winners needed. McArthur’s one-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds in the half pushed the Bucs’ lead to 17-3 at the break. “The game plan was to get the short passing game going early,” said Hoover quarterback Ryan

Carter after the game. “Mountain Brook has a fine team, and we expected a battle. But we knew if we could win tonight, we can control our own destiny.” Hoover continued to look like a team of destiny in the second half. Carter’s 13-yard touchdown strike to Denson with 1:33 remaining in the third period gave the Bucs a 24-3 margin that they never relinquished. “The offensive line did a great job of giving Ryan time to find me in the open,” said Denson. “He threw the ball right to the numbers on my jersey. All I had to do was catch it.” Mountain Brook moved the ball effectively at times between the red zones but couldn’t add any more points. Carter completed 25 of 35 passes for 258 yards. Spartan quar-


terback Ed Aldag passed for 178 yards, while Mountain Brook halfback Mark Rector rushed for 80 yards. The Spartans fell to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in region play. Mountain Brook will likely enter the postseason as a number three seed, which will necessitate a road game in the first round. While nobody would concede the 2010 state 6A title to Hoover yet, the Bucs are leaving little doubt that they are the heavy favorites to add yet another blue trophy to their hardware case. “Our goal was to win the region title and take the next step,” said Carter. “That’s what was on our minds. Our goal is another state title.” So Hoover opponents are forewarned. The Bucs are on the move. Again.

Hoover’s Brandon Cochran tries to break free from Mountaing Brook’s Clay Yeager (55) and Miller Williams (45). More photos at Journal photo by Marvin Gentry


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Hoover Wins Title with Impressive Victory over Mountain Brook BY LEE DAVIS JOURNAL SPORTS WRITER


oover came into its Class 6A Region 6 championship game with Mountain Brook as the state’s number one ranked football team. Before the night was finished, the Bucs showed the Spartans – and everyone else – exactly why they are ranked so high. After a slow beginning, Hoover put itself in high gear and didn’t stop until it had earned a 24-3 victory and the region crown. In doing so, the Bucs turned in one of their most impressive allaround performances of the year against one of metro Birmingham’s

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The Bucs closed their regular season with a 20-13 come-frombehind victory on the road against a very good Bob Jones team. Hoover seems to have no true weaknesses on either side of the ball and must be considered the favorite to win its seventh state championship since 2000. Ryan Carter fits right in line with the roster of great Buccaneer passers and, as always, Hoover has plenty of talent everywhere. Coach Josh Niblett’s team should have few problems with Gardendale in the North Division’s first round and would then face the Tuscaloosa County-Spain Park winner the following week. The Jaguars’ rise to the playoffs

best teams. “We’re fortunate to have a great group of kids that work hard and stay focused,” said Hoover coach Josh Niblett, who saw his team move to 9-0. “That made a difference tonight.” Hoover honored its seniors with the traditional Senior Night celebration and, appropriately enough, upperclassmen led the way in the victory. Senior wide receiver Jaylon Denson caught 11 passes for 109 yards as well as a touchdown to pace the Bucs. Mountain Brook started like a team that might ruin the Hoover party. The Spartans drove 83 yards with the opening kickoff, moving all the way to the Buccaneer fivedespite off-the-field distractions is one of the feel-good stories of the 2010 season, but they will be an underdog to the Wildcats in their opening game. Tuscaloosa County, however, has a history of falling early in the post-season, and Spain Park is just the kind of team that’s capable of pulling an upset. If the Jaguars upset the Wildcats, that would put them against Hoover for the second time. The Bucs won 44-0 when the two met back on Sept. 3, and Hoover would be a heavy favorite to defeat Spain Park again. But it would be a completely different game from the one three months ago. Elsewhere in the North Division, Vestavia Hills visits Hillcrest of Tuscaloosa. After a lackluster mid-October which saw the Rebels lose to Spain Park and

Simmons Middle School Wins Battle of the Bucs

Hoover High Schools football slogan of “LEGACY— leave everything, give all, commit yourself,” was played out at the annual “Battle of the Bucs” football game between Bumpus and Simmons Middle Schools which was held on October 21, 2010, Thursday at Simmons Middle School. Both of the schools’ eighth-grade teams went into the match with a perfect record of 7-0. The Simmons’ defense held the Bumpus team scoreless for more than 3 quarters. When the game was over, the Simmons eighth-grade team had avenged last year’s loss with a 26 - 7 victory. After the game, both teams met at mid-field where Hoover High Head Coach Josh Niblett spoke to them.

Hoover, Coach Buddy Anderson’s charges rebounded with solid wins over Oak Mountain and Shades Valley. Now admittedly, the Eagles and Mounties finished with only three wins between them for the entire season, but Vestavia looked much improved as it took care of business in both games. Standout running back Georgie Salem was excellent in the early season but seems to have taken his game to a new level in recent weeks. Expect the Rebels to handle Hillcrest and move on to face the Mountain Brook-Northridge winner in the second round. After a disappointing 4-6 record in 2009, few except the truest of Spartan believers would have predicted what Mountain Brook has accomplished in 2010. Coach Chris Yeager’s squad post-

Both teams will be combined into one when they get to the Hoover High Freshman campus next year. Team members include: RJ Arnold, Connor Chiselko, Kenny Amerson, John Ethridge, Ethan Carter, Matthew Lydon, Nicholas Austin, Jack Hutcheson, Zach Kilgro, Damageyo Johnson, Jakiel Presswood, Wesley Thomas, Ernesto Garcia, BJ McNeal, Jackson Warren, Brooks Pruitt, Alex Elam, Harry Sullivan, Payton Hopkins, Kris Parker, Greg Jackson-Wright, Trey Davis, Gabriel Camacho, Jonathon Valencia, Donaje Johnson, Kyle Flint, Chase Elliott, Stephen Walley, Raphael Mugambi, Grayson Correro, Max Gunn, Trevin Pierre-Noel, Chance Pruitt, Andre Murrell, Chris Anderson, David Brooks, Rashad Smith, Will Suddith, Mahmoud Seder, Alex Horn, Trevor Blood, John Parker, Drew Addison, Thomas Henley, Lawrence Johnson, DaShun Erby. Brent Brizendine is the head coach.

ed an 8-2 record, including a loss to Vestavia which it easily could have won. The Edward Aldag-to-John McCrary passing battery may be the best of any playoff team, and the Spartan running game is outstanding. But what really made the difference for Mountain Brook was the improvement of its defense, sparked by linebacker Miller Williams, and its sparkling special teams play. The Spartans should handle Northridge and then likely face the Rebels again. If you’re looking for a playable long shot to reach Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 3, Mountain Brook might be your team. Remember, however, the Spartans will need to get there by way of beating Hoover. In Class 5A, the Briarwood

Lions are surely one of the favorites to win the state championship. Coach Fred Yancey said before the season that his offensive line would be his best since 2003 – which was the last year Briarwood earned a state title. And so far, the Lions have lived up to the lofty expectations. They’ve had few difficulties with their peers in Class 5A; Briarwood’s only defeat came at the hands of Class 6A power Vestavia. Ben Craft has emerged as an outstanding quarterback, and Sam Whitaker has carried the running game in recent weeks. The Lions may not make it to Auburn in December, but if they don’t, it’ll be an upset. One thing is for certain: The new season is here, and everybody has a chance. But for Class 6A, I’d still pick Hoover.



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Rebels Tune Up for Playoffs With Rout of Mounties BY LEE DAVIS



n paper, Vestavia Hills’ last regular season game Thursday night at Shades Valley didn’t look like much of a match-up. After all, the Rebels were entering the game with a 7-2 record, and a post-season playoff berth was already wrapped up. The Mounties, on the other hand, were putting the finishing touches on what has been a disappointing 1-8 year. But those well-schooled on area football history understand that Vestavia-Shades Valley is an ancient rivalry that goes back to the early 1970s. That fact wasn’t lost on star Rebel running back Georgie Salem, whose dad played in some hotly contested battles against the Mounties in the 1980s.

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“Shades Valley has OTMJ.COM always been Hoover QB says a big game Bucs are ready for us,” said for title run. the younger Salem. “They are one of the most physical teams we play. It’s always a good game.” It turned out to be an exceptionally good game for Salem and Vestavia. The junior chalked up 211 all-purpose yards to lead his team to an easy 34-14 win over the Mounties. “Our guys played hard tonight,” said Rebel coach Buddy Anderson. “The best thing was that we got better as the game went along.” Vestavia opened the scoring when Stuart Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run. Ryan Raspino’s extra point pushed the lead to 7-0 with 5:25 remaining in the first quarter. Valley rebounded with a drive

Eagles and Lions Fall in Bid for Volleyball Titles




ak Mountain and Briarwood both made impressive runs for the state volleyball title in their respective classes. Both bids fell short, however, as the Lady Eagles and Lady Lions were defeated in

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Playoff Fever: Area Teams Likely To Make November Splash

Georgie Salem chalked up 211 all-purpose yards to lead Vestavia to an easy 34-14 win over Shades Valley. Journal photo by Marvin Gentry of its own, moving to the Rebels’ two-yard line. On third and goal, however, Vestavia’s Paden Crowder intercepted a short pass in the end zone to kill the effort. “We thought they’d probably try to punch it in, but when they put it in the air I was able to come

up with it,” said Crowder later. “The play kept them from scoring and gave us the momentum back.” The Rebels added to their lead

See Rebels, page 38 Oak Mountain’s Sarah Goodwin in the Lady Eagles’ 6A volleyball finals last week. More photos at

Journal photo by Marvin Gentry


s October turns to November, playoff fever reaches epidemic proportions at several Over the Mountain schools. With the conclusion of the 2010 high school football regular season, no less than five area teams move on to the post-season with their dreams of a state championship alive and well. Some, like Hoover and Briarwood, will be among the favorites to win the title in their respective classifications. Others – most notably Spain Park, which enters the playoffs with a 5-5 record – will be considered long shots to earn a blue trophy. But if a team is still playing in the eleventh month of the year, it always has a chance to go all the way. Any discussion of the Class 6A playoff picture has to begin with the defending champion Buccaneers. In many ways, this Hoover team looks like the school’s best since the 2004 championship unit – led by Corey Reamer and Jarod Bryant – that went 15-0.

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Nov. 4, 2010 Over the Mountain Journal  

Nov. 4, 2010 issue of Over the Mountain Journal, a suburban newspaper covering Hoover, Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook and North Sh...

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