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An Emperor’s Court Beaux Arts Krewe Celebrates 51st Presentation

Reigning over the evening’s festivities was King Harold Henderson Goings and Queen Kathryn Alline Vogtle, above. For more on the Ball please turn to page 14.


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ARE YOU READY FOR THE SUMMER? Check out our annual Summer Camp Guide for details on camps for almost any interest, beginning on page 23.



M GIVING MORE THAN THEY GET Leadership Vestavia Hills Honoring Top Community Leaders in Annual Banquet PAGE 6

TIME TABLE Children’s of Alabama Event Has Celebrity Chefs, Food Studio Tours PAGE 12

THE HEART OF LIFE Harberts Host Cor Vitae Reception Before Next Month’s Heart Ball PAGE 16

LIFE LESSONS Homewood’s 44-Year-Old Air Force Junior ROTC Program Keeps Focus on Service PAGE 22






There’s so much happening in the Over the Mountain area, we can’t fit it all in the paper! Visit for more stories and photos.


I don’t believe that clothes actually y granddaughter wants to be make the man (or woman), but it’s all a princess when she grows the uninformed public has to go up. Today, it’s specifically Princess Elsa, but on other days she on. Your get-up sets up expectations. A wants to be Rapunzel or Ariel or fluorescent vest signals that you are capable of directing traffic. A Harvard Aurora. I don’t have the heart to tell T-shirt leads people to believe that you her that those slots are already taken might know the square root of 3,450. and that real-live princess positions If your T-shirt says, “I’m With Stupid,” don’t always turn out to be magical. they might not expect you to know In pursuit of her princess dream, anything at all. my granddaughter gets up every mornWorkout clothes indicate that you ing, dons a frilly princess costume and are headed to the gym. A camouflage goes forth to benevolently rule her jumpsuit suggests that you are on preschool and her little brother, who your way to your deer camp. If you took it upon himself to snap all the pop into the grocery store on a combs off her tiaras and drop them Sue Murphy Saturday night wearing a tuxedo, peointo the air conditioning vent in my ple will assume you are picking up living room. I haven’t asked, but it In pursuit of her a corsage for a special date. appears that he intends to grow up Wearing a tuxedo on a Saturday to be Wreck It Ralph. princess dream, my morning pushing a cart filled with If my granddaughter continues granddaughter gets random daisies and carnations tells her princess pursuits, the high people you were in charge of flowschool guidance counselor might up every morning, for the wedding and you flat suggest she widen her scope on dons a frilly princess ers career day, but the idea of dressing out forgot.  for the job you want is usually good The premise of “Dress for the costume and goes forth job you want” is that the way you advice. In the business world, wearto benevolently rule her dress has an effect, not only on the ing a tasteful pantsuit or freshly pressed khakis is a good idea no preschool and her little way people see you, but on the way you behave. When I need to matter where you are on the ladder. brother ... get some serious work done, I put If the higher-ups are continually on sneakers. I don’t really need the presented with this upwardly mobile traction when I’m working at the visual, they would be subconsciouscomputer, but it makes me feel like ly disposed to move you higher up as well.  I mean business.      In other situations, however, dressing the part can Right now, I am wearing slippers, so I hope that get you in a heap of trouble. Wearing a police uniform doesn’t show in what I’ve written, but my sneakers before you have those credentials could get you an are in the wash because they got muddy while I was interview in handcuffs. (Don’t worry. The officers will out filling the bird feeders.  bring their own.) If you wear unearned scrubs out in My granddaughter will not have to worry about public, someone might look to you to do an emergency these things because she is going to be a princess. She tracheotomy with a penknife and a drinking straw, and just needs to find a prince who is not really a unless you have watched a lot of M*A*S*H reruns, toad. Here’s a tip, my darling: Look for someone you’d be completely lost…and so would your hapless wearing freshly pressed khakis and sneakers. He’ll patient. mean business. ❖   


What’s your favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

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Members of Troop 746 of Bluff Park selling Girl Scout Cookies at Brookwood Village last week shared with us their recommendations. From left: Jordan Rose, “Thin Mints, because they are chocolatey and I love chocolate and I also love mints.” Bella Rose, “Savannah Smiles, because they are lemon and they have powdered sugar in them with an overall crispy taste.” Jadalyn Hyche, (in front) “Tagalongs, because I like peanut butter and I like chocolate and they are so good mixed together.” Abbey Nelson, “S’mores, because they are made of marshmellow and chocolate.”

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Rembering his Cub Scout oath “To help other people at all times” and lending a hand was Timothy Nelson, Cub Scout Troop 321. “Thin Mints, I like thin mints because I like the mixture of mint and chocolate.”

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World Class



Gold, Silver, Bronze Future for Over the Mountain Taekwondo Athletes

As the world watches Olympians compete in the rink and on the slopes in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a different competition approaches for some Over the Mountain athletes. While the competition is local, the sport originated in Korea. On Feb. 24, more than 200 students from Master Scarsella’s World Class Tae Kwon Do will compete as part of the 7th annual Tae Kwon Do Festival at the Chelsea Community Center. Taekwondo is a martial arts practice differentiated by high and fast kicks and a “relax, strike” stance. With an emphasis on character-building as well as physical fitness, taekwondo students earn different colored belts as they achieve goals and pass tests. During the festival, students of all ages and belt ranks will demonstrate forms, board-breaking techniques and Olympic-style sparring. At the end of the competition ath-

FEB 22 - MAR 8 Feb. 22-23 VESTAVIA HILLS

Whale of a Sale Vestavia Hills United Mehtodist Church The Church will host its annual Spring Sale in the Lighthouse Gym featuring spring and summer children’s clothing, shoes, furniture, equipment, toys and more. Shopping hours are Thurs. from 5-9 p.m. and Fri. from 9 a.m.-noon with half price items from noon-2 p.m. For more information, visit


Princess & Super Hero Meet and Greet Breakfast VHHS New Gym Vestavia Hills High School presents a

letes will be awarded gold, silver or bronze medals for accomplishments. While the participants are eager to win medals, master Justin Scarsella said students at World Class Tae Kwon Do are taught there is much more to the discipline. “The experience is good for the instructors, families and students alike. The spirit of taekwondo is to develop oneself physically, mentally and emotionally.” He said instructors encourage students to apply those abilities to their everyday lives. The festival is one way the public can learn more about taekwondo while celebrating the achievements of the 200 athletes competing. Families will also have the opportunity to compete as siblings and parents work together in choreographed family form events. A highlight of the event will be the black belt board-breaking demonstration at 12:30 p.m., in which black belt-

fundraiser/breakfast from 9-10:30 a.m. to benefit Children’s Hospital Oncology Department. Admission is $15 at the door. For more information, visit BIRMINGHAM

End Heroin BHAM Walk Railroad Park The Addiction Prevention Coalition hosts a free walk to raise awareness to the substance abuse epidemic. Registration is at 9 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. City Bowls, Travis Chicago Style Polish Sausage & Bear Bruger and the Heavenly Donut Co. food trucks will be on-site. A portion of the proceeds provide scholarships for substance abuse treatment. To register, visit or visit “Addiction Prevention Coalition” Facebook page. BIRMINGHAM

Red Nose Ball BJCC East Hall The 26th Red Nose Ball, presented by Cellular Sales Verizon Wireless

level participants kick and punch with rhythm as they break wooden boards. Master Scarsella World Class Tae Kwon Do is on Valleydale Road, with students attending from all over the

A highlight of the event will be the black belt board-breaking demonstration in which black belt-level participants kick and punch with rhythm as they break wooden boards.

Birmingham and Over the Mountain area. The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit or contact Jessica Scarsella at 205-981-9636. ❖

and Charity Steel, hosted by Wendy Garner and benefitting Smile-A-Mile, will begin at 6 p.m. The event will feature a silent auction with mobile bidding, complimentary beer and wine, a seated dinner, live auction and music provided by the Schmohawks, and a photo booth. For more information, visit HOOVER

Hearts and Harmony Gala Hoover Country Club The Hoover Service Club presents its annual fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. featuring, dinner, silent and live  auctions with a few surprises sprinkled in. Funds raised enable the Club to carry on its legacy of “helping others”. Reservations can be made through the website, or by contacting Barbara Henry, 936-0472, or Darla Williamson, 305-2082.  BIRMINGHAM

Dinner & Diamonds Regions Field Guests will be treated to dinner, entertainment and silent and live auctions from 7-11 p.m. at the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation’s annual fundraiser. Individual tickets are $80 and valet parking will be provided. For more information, visit

Journal file photo by Jordan Wald



Book lovers enjoy the hunt at annual sale.

Emmet O’Neal Library Book Sale, Feb. 22-25 Emmet O’Neal Library The Friends of the Emmet O’Neal Library book sale will kick off with a preview party Thurs. from 6-8 p.m. with a minimum donation of $25. The book sale will be Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. For more information, visit❖

Photo courtesy World Class Tae Kwon Do

By Sarah Kuper

Pointe Ball The Club The Alabama Ballet will host its black tie gala from 6-11:30 p.m., featuring a performance of a selection from the ball theme, “Swan Lake”. This year’s gala will commemorate the late Mr. Beverly Head III and his legacy of service to the Alabama Ballet, as well as his family’s continued service to the organization and community. For more information, visit BIRMINGHAM

Wigs & Wallpaper: A Patterned Art Bash 3012 4th Avenue South Magic City Art Connection’s Art

Bash will be held from 7-10 p.m. and will feature contemporary artwork, hors d’oeuvres, music and more. Funds raised through the event will suport an art trip for Birmingham 3rd and 4th graders who attend Birmingham city and county schools, as well as the organization’s annual art festival, to be held April 27-29 in downtown’s Linn Park. For more information, visit

Feb. 24-25 IRONDALE

Twice as Nice Sale Zamora Temple Birmingham Area Mothers of Multiples presents a sale of over 100 families’ gently used infant, children’s and maternity clothing, equipment, toys books, DVDs, housewares, electronics and more on Sat., from noon-7 p.m., and Sun. from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Children are welcome, but no strollers allowed on Sat. For more information, visit the “Twice As Nice Sale (BAMOM)” Facebook page.  

Wed., Feb. 28


Spencer Lecture - Laura Dowling Birmingham Botanical Gardens The 20th annual lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception in the Hodges Room, followed by the presentation in the Lecture Hall at 6 p.m. After the presentation, Laura Dowling will be signing her latest book, “A White House Christmas” available for purchase at Leaf & Petal. For more information, visit

Thurs., March 1 HOMEWOOD

Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series Samford University Wright Center The Orlean Beeson School of Education presents Eric Motley, a Samford University alumnus, as the featured speaker at this eighth annual

event beginning at 7 p.m. The lecture’s focus will be on Motley’s personal Memoir “Madison Park: A Place of Hope.” Book signing to follow. A $75 VIP ticket includes a 6 p.m. reception. For more information, visit


The Wizard of Oz Virginia Samford Theatre Mainstage STARS presents this production based on the MGM movie by youth for youth featuring classic songs “Over the Rainbow”, “Yellow Brick Road” and “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead”. Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Reseved seating $20, Student $15. For more information, visit

March 2 and 3 HOMEWOOD

Wine 10k Birmingham/ Elyse Kopecky Book Signing Patriot Park Lemak Health presents a unique point to point run from Patriot Park to Lakeshore Park Plaza at 8 a.m. Enjoy post-race mimosas and recipes previewed by New York Times Bestselling Cookbook Author and Nutrition Coach Elyse Kopecky. Kopecky will also be on hand for an exclusive meet and greet and book signing event on March 2 at Vulcan Park and Museum at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the “Wine 10k Birmingham” Facebook page.


Swan Lake BJCC Concert Hall Alabama Ballet with the Alabama Symphony performs one of the greatest works in ballet history, set to the music of Tchaikovsky Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday


Bluff Park UMC Hosts World-Renowned Organist The theme for Bluff Park United Methodist Church’s 16th annual Organ Recital pays homage to each aspect of the performance, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed…”, featuring classic and contemporary organ music played by guest performer and worldrenowned organist Dr. Faythe Freese. Freese, professor of organ at the University of Alabama, will be performing March 4 on the church’s more-than-50-year-old organ. Freese’s performance will feature works by Ronald Arnatt, Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck, Jean Langlais, Pamela Decker, Samuel Barber and CharlesMarie Widor. In high demand as a performance artist not only in the United States, Freese has been sought after to perat 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Sat., March 3 HOOVER

Judy M. Merritt Memorial 5k Run and Walk Veterans Park The 4th annual event will kick off with an 8 a.m. 5k start, a 9 a.m. One-Mile Fun Walk. A post race celebration will follow from 10 a.m.- noon and feature free food & drink, field day activities, glitter tattoos, cotton candy, a bounce slide and D.J. For more information, visit HOOVER

Arbor Day Celebration Aldridge Gardens Hoover’s 20th annual Arbor Day Celebration will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. featuring free trees for Hoover

We’re celebrating our birthday with a

Photo courtesy Bluff Park United Methodist Church

Something Borrowed

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Dr. Faythe Freese, professor of organ at the University of Alabama, will be performing March 4 on the church’s more-than-50-year-old organ.

form in countries including Germany, Denmark, South Korea and Singapore. She was the first American woman to be recorded at the L’Eglise de la Saint Trinte in Paris playing its landmark-worthy organ, previously used by famous organists Guilmant, Messiaen and Hakim.  Freese holds a degree in organ performance from Indiana University residents, a formal Arbor Day ceremony, recognition of Hoover Schools’ 4th grade Arbor Day Essay Contest winners, a ceremonial tree planting and plenty of food and drinks available from local sponsors. New this year Alabama Power will have a right tree right place booth. For more information, visit “Hoover Beautification Board” Facebook page.    LEEDS

Heart Ball Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum The American Heart Association’s 31st annual Heart Ball is set for 6 p.m.- midnight. Raymond and Kathryn Harbert are this year’s ball honorees. Funds raised through the event go to local research, advocacy and community education efforts to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke. For more information, visit the “2017-2018 Birmingham Heart Ball” Facebook page.

and was named a Fullbright Scholar and an Indiana University/Kiei Ausstausch Programme participant, during which time she studied under French composer Jean Langlais and German organist Heinz Wunderlich. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A reception follows the performance.  For more information, visit ❖




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Tues., March 6 BIRMINGHAM

Different Trains: Contemporary Visions WorkPlay The ASO returns with a pair of string quartets at 7:30 p.m. The show reflects upon life during World War II and honors those affected by it. Tickets are $29 with student prices available. For more information, visit  

Thurs., March 8


Easter Basket Community Service Hoover Country Club The Hoover Service Club will hold a community service project beginning at 11 a.m. Guests will be preparing baskets for the Green Valley United Way Food Bank. Lunch is available following the meeting for $18. Reservations required, call Winnie Cooper, 979-5699, for lunch reservations.

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Taste of Homewood Rosewood Hall The 17th annual fundraiser is set for 5:30-8 p.m. featuring food and beverages from 30 of Homewood’s restaurants and eateries and live music. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Chamber’s student scholarships and economic development efforts. For more information, visit Lil’ Lambs Consignment Sale is located in Trinity’s gym. Lil’ Lambs Consignment Sale, March 1-3 Trinity UMC Gym The Church will hold its annual spring consignment sale Fri. from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. and Sat. from 9 a.m.- noon, featuring gently worn clothing, toys and furniture. All proceeds will help fund mission and outreach projects in the community, church and abroad. There will be a preview sale March 1 for volunteers at 4 p.m., consigners at 5 p.m. and a public preview sale from 6-8 p.m. all with a $5 entrance fee. For more information, visit kids/lil-lambs/. ❖ HOMEWOOD


SCBWI Book Signing and Reception Homewood Public Library Join Newbery Award Winner Linda

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Giving More Than They Get

Leadership Vestavia Hills Honoring Top Community Leaders in Annual Banquet By Emily Williams

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Sue Park, Coretta Scott King Award winner Pat Cummings, local treasure Irene Latham and more signing books for young readers from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Round Auditorium. For more information, visit BIRMINGHAM

Opera Gala The Florentine Opera Birmingham will host its annual gala at 6 p.m. featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, a seated dinner and concert of opera favorites featuring the cast of “Romeo & Juliet”. The event is black tie optional and complimentary valet parking will be available. Reservations must be made by March 2 by calling

Mote said the combination of living and working in the city heightened the drive for her and her late husband, Donald, to give back in any way they could. JoAnne Mote is a cornerstone of the local community, according to Leadership Vestavia Hills officials.

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Leadership Vestavia Hills will honor two leaders who have worked to make the city a better place during its 28th annual Community Leadership Awards Banquet on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Vestavia Hills Country Club. JoAnne Mote, who has helped organize many events in the community over the years, will be recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Valerie McLean Cuddy will be given the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award. Mote, is a long-time Vestavia resident and business owner as well as a community volunteer. “It has always been important to me to give back as much as I get,” Mote said. Her family owns and operates American Pest Control and Hollywood Pools, which is currently operated by her son, Jason. Mote said the combination of living and working in the city heightened the drive for her and her late husband, Donald, to give back in any way they could. “I’ve always loved the holiday events,” she said, adding that she enjoys any event that draws people from all corners of the community together. Over the years, Mote has been instrumental in organizing the annual Vestavia Christmas Parade as well as the I Love America Day events, and 15 years ago, she helped add a Halloween event to that list. The annual Viva Vestavia tasting event was one Mote helped create. The Hollywood Pools’ U.S. 31 location hosts the annual event, which celebrated its 15th year in 2017. In addition to helping plan and organize events, Mote noted that she and her family businesses are dedicated members of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce, and she is a longtime member of the Vestavia Hills Historical Society. In addition, Mote maintains an active role as a board member and

Brook via the local Children’s Service League. The post involved spending 25 hours a month volunteering with children served by the organization. “I always loved spending one-on-

Valerie McLean Cuddy will be accepting the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award at the 28th annual Community Leadership Award Banquet on February 27 at 6 p.m. at the Vestavia Hills Country Club.

advocate for Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Center, which reaches throughout the greater Birmingham area and beyond to provide educational and outreach opportunities for children and adults with autism, behavioral health disorders and mental illness. She first joined the board in 1977, when it still was operated out of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Mountain 322-6737. For more information, visit BIRMINGHAM

SchoolHouse Rock Regions Field Cornerstone Schools’ Junior Board hosts the 13th annual fundraiser from 7-11 p.m., featuring live music by 2nd Coming, an online silent auction, event giveaways, cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds directly benefit the students of Cornerstone School. Cocktail attire, adults only. For more information, visit “13th Annual SchoolHouse Rock” Facebook page.


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one time with the children and those have always been my best memories,” she said. Mote said her late husband also took an active role supporting the organization and spent much of his retired life enjoying the campus and fishing in the lake. Joining Mote in the spotlight at the awards ceremony will be Cuddy, who is accepting the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award. Cuddy is the owner of the Trak Shak running shops and one of the founders of an annual half marathon fundraiser for The Bell Center for Early Intervention, which evolved into what is today the Mercedes Marathon. In addition, she won a bid in 2003 to host the U.S. Men’s Marathon National Championship and the 2004 U.S. Men’s Marathon Olympic Trials during the Mercedes Marathon weekend. A running enthusiast herself, Cuddy has championed healthy initiatives in the community, a passion she has passed on to her children. During his time attending Vestavia Hills High School, Cuddy’s son, Breck, helped organize the school’s annual Purple People Run, which is an annual fundraiser for the school’s Relay for Life program. For more information about the Community Leadership Awards Banquet and to buy tickets, visit ❖ this annual run with a 7:30 a.m. start, featuring both a 10K and 7.5K runs. The after party will be at the new Lane Parke Development in Mountain Brook Village and feature live bands, carnival games and kids area, face painting, refreshments from local restaurants and more. For more information, visit   BIRMINGHAM

Holi Festival Birmingham Museum of Art The Indian Cultural Society will host a festival celebrating Holi, the Indian celebration of color, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will include traditional music, food, storytelling, art-making, and a special performance of classical Indian and Bollywood style dancing. The highlight of the celebration involves the throwing of powdered colors, a traditional part of Holi celebrations. For


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Taste of Teal Gala Hyatt Regency Birmingham Wynfrey Hotel The Laura Crandall Brown Foundation will host its annual fundraiser including dinner with drinks, music, silent and live auctions and casino games at 6 p.m. The organization will present its “Legacy of Laura” Awards to four community members. For more information, visit

It starts with a free workshop. It ends with renewed confidence. Journal file photo by Jordan Wald

BBQ for Building Habitat Restore Habitat for Humanity host its 10th annual bar-b-que cook off and festival from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the gate (military, first responders and children 10 and under are free) and include food, drink, live music, face painting, moon bounce, Home Depot Kid’s Workshop and more. For more information, visit


Gershwin in Hollywood Alys Stephens Center The ASO performs Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Steve Beck at 8 p.m. Other highlights include the music from “Shall We Dance”, “Damsel in Distress” and more. Tickets start at $25 with student prices available. For more information, visit ❖


KID FRIENDLY Festivities will include a kid zone with activities and games.

Soups On!

Annual Chili Cook-Off Prepares to Boil at Brookwood Mall

Plans are heating up for the Exceptional Foundation’s 14th annual Chili Cook-Off on March 3. More than 100 teams will serve up their best chili recipes for attendees to taste as they compete to find out whose batch is the best. A variety of judged awards will be given, as well as a People’s Choice Award. In addition to all-you-can-eat chili, festivities will include a kid zone with activities and games and a variety of bands and musicians performing live on a main stage.  Proceeds from the annual event make up nearly three-fourths of the funds that provide Exceptional Foundation participants with daily social activities, field trips and sports competitions throughout the year. The cook-off will be 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brookwood Village. Tickets are $10 for early bird admission or $15 for day-of admission, and a special $20 general admission ticket offer includes $25 in free eGift Cards to J. Clyde and Trak Shak. For more information, visit ❖

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Peripheral Artery Disease Friday, March 16 • Noon-1 p.m. Grandview Conference Rooms inside Grandview Medical Center 3690 Grandview Parkway Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. Seating is limited and registration is required. Christopher King, M.D., FACC Board-Certified in Cardiology

Call 205-971-7474.

STAY A STEP AHEAD OF PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE. Do your legs ache or feel heavy? Do your feet or toes sometimes tingle or feel cold? Do you have sores on your feet that just won’t heal? Those could be symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or PAD. If allowed to progress, PAD can result in the loss of a limb. But fortunately, it’s treatable when detected early. So join cardiologist Christopher King, M.D., FACC, to learn more about PAD symptoms, early detection and treatment options.

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ALIMONY Mountain Brook Restaurant Trail Ambassadors Boost Competition and Patronage By& Emily Williams

DIVORCE Since its kick-off Jan. 1, the 2018

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On Feb. 16, Billy Angell, (standing) owner of Oak Street Garden Shop and Local Market, got his entire crew involved in his restaurant experience with Black Sheep Kitchen in Crestline. As Black Sheep is a kitchen, not a restaurant, Angell decided to order a meal for his staff and the whole team, and a few guests from the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce, gathered for lunch and to document their experience on social media.

club to take on the challenge with him. Follow him at @dpangeline. Laura Silsbee, a Realtor with LAH, will be taking on the challenge to break away from her go-to restaurants. Due to her dairy and gluten intolerances, her journey, documented as @laurasilsbee, will showcase local offerings that meet both of these common dietary needs while being kid-friendly for her three young children.

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Erica Murphy, who does not live in Mountain Brook but works in the city, will be taking on the trail simply because of her love of friendly competition and is recruiting friends to boost the challenge. With the grand prize in mind, she’s documenting her journey via @aireekuh. The growing list of participating restaurants can be found on the chamber’s website,

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restaurant-trail. Those who document their visits to all of the restaurants by Dec. 1 will be eligible to win a grand prize package, currently valued at more than $1,800, featuring items and gift cards from local restaurants.  For more information, contact the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce at or 871-3779. ❖


Huddle of Mountain Brook Completes Eagle Project

Christian Huddle, a senior at Mountain Brook High School, recently completed his Eagle Scout Project, focused on serving the Independent Presbyterian Church’s Stair Program. A Boy Scout with Troop 28, Huddle has spent the past year coordinating with his pastor and other IPC leaders before Christian Huddle choosing to work with the Start the Adventure in Reading program, a local nonprofit that works to improve the reading skills and selfesteem of second-grade students in Birmingham through one-on-one tutoring. After connecting with Stair staff members, Huddle planned to create 12 lending libraries for Stair sites, located in schools and churches throughout the city, so children could check out books and take them home to read. To fund the project, Huddle sent flyers to the friends and family on his mom’s Christmas card list, asking

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Thomas Renneker, a member of Troop 28 at Independent Presbyterian Church, earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Vulcan District Eagle Board on Dec. 14. In his scouting career, he earned 23 merit badges, camped out for Thomas Renneker 31 nights and received the God and Country Award and the Order of the Arrow. Renneker served in several leadership positions, including patrol leader, assistant quartermaster and instructor. He also attended the High Adventure trip at SeaBase in the Bahamas and the Northwest Trek in Washington and Canada. For his Eagle project, Renneker chose to complete a task at the Birmingham Zoo. With the help of a number of scouts from Troop 28, family and friends, Renneker cleared a large rock formation adjacent to the Children’s Zoo where four planting areas were overgrown. The soil was replaced with ten cubic yards of new top soil, and three trees and 64 plants, all native to the region, were planted. Renneker is in the ninth grade at Mountain Brook Junior High School, where he serves on the Spartan Council and is a member of the Beta Club National Honor Society. He is on the track team and participates in hurdles and pole vaulting. In addition, he is a member of Big Time Ministries, a youth support group, and Canterbury United Methodist Church.

for books and donations to purchase supplies. He then recruited friends to help him build the bookshelves. In December, Huddle delivered 12 bookshelves and more than 3,000 books to the Stair locations throughout Birmingham. The most rewarding part of the experience, Huddle said, “was seeing the students and delivering the bookshelves. I really felt like I was making a difference.” In addition to providing the lending libraries, Christian was able to donate more than $5,000 to provide resources for the Stair program. Huddle is the son of Clark and Lynn Huddle.

United Way Announces Newest Board Members

The United Way of Central Alabama’s membership recently elected six new community leaders to its board of directors and celebrated a successful 2017. More than 250 community volunteers attended the annual meeting. “We are grateful for the time commitment, skills, talent and resources our board members invest in helping United Way achieve its mission,” said Drew Langloh, president and CEO of the United Way of Central Alabama. Mark Crosswhite, president and CEO of Alabama Power Company, will continue in his two-year term as chairman of the board. New directors elected to the board include: Alan Register, 2018 United Way campaign chairman, John Hackett, Sonja Keeton, Lauren Saddler Pearson, Jonathan Porter and Bryson Stephens. In addition, the board recognized directors who rotated out of service this year, including Leigh Collier, Greg King, Gordon Martin, John McCullough, Rena Ramsey and John Thompson.

Judge Sandra Storm, center, recipient of the 2017 Jeana P. Hosch Woman of Valor Award, with, from left, YWCA CEO Yolanda Sullivan and former Woman of Valor honorees Dot Mueller, Henrietta Emack and Miriam Davies.

YWCA Honors Sandra Storm for Her Work With Families, Introduces New Officers The YWCA Central Alabama recently named retired Judge Sandra Storm as the 2017 Jeana P. Hosch Woman of Valor. The award is presented each year to honor a woman for her work caring for children and families in the community. As a former district court and circuit court judge in Jefferson County Family Court, Storm presided over child abuse and neglect cases as well as domestic violence cases, according to a statement from the YWCA. She implemented the process that allows domestic violence victims to obtain protection from abuse orders against their batterers without an attorney. After retirement, she helped start the YWCA’s Safe Haven Supervised Visitation and Exchange Center. The secure facility enables children to visit safely with their non-custodial parent without danger to first vice regent; Nancy Sturkie Folk, state regent; Rebecca Bradley, Birmingham chapter regent; Jean Whatley Vaughn, honorary state regent; Patrice Renee Donnelly, second vice president; and Elizabeth Speer Gillian, corresponding secretary. Other Birmingham chapter members attending were Sharon Bamberg, Sharon Blocker, Teresa Boody, Delores Brooks, Sandy Carter, Sally Cox, Sara Craft, Laura Doumont, April Guin, Ann Halpern, Sara Kennedy, Sarah Klein, Ellen Knollenberg, Barbara Matthews, Kathy McCoy, Deborah Reid, Lanell Saeger, Colleen Sanders, Renee Shelfer, Jane Smith, Mary Jane Tingle, Melissa Williams, Lucy Willis, Linda Wooward and Janis Zeanah. ❖

Birmingham DAR Takes Armchair Tour Through WWI

The Birmingham Territory Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a luncheon meeting Jan. 9 at The Club, with special guest representatives from the Alabama State DAR. Nancy Folk, state regent, gave a moving presentation in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I. Folk’s presentation was based on the DAR’s Franco-American Alliance Tour, made in October and hosted by Ann Turner Dillon, president general of the National Society of DAR. Eighty DAR members and spouses visited many historical WWI sites in France, including the American Cemeteries and Fort Vaux, where the Battle of Verdun, the longest battle on the Western Front of WWI, was fought from February to December 1916. The tour also included a trip to Tilloloy, France, where the DAR funded the reconstruction of their municipal water system after its destruction during the war. The last day of the tour was a visit to the Palace of Versailles and the Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was signed to end WWI. Alabama State DAR Officers attending the meeting were: Carolyn Walker Dunaway, organizing secretary; Rita Haywood Reid, recording secretary; Tammy Bradshaw Clemons,

themselves or their parents. “This program literally saves lives, and we are grateful to Judge Storm for her role in making it a reality,” said Laura Poston, who introduced Storm during the program. The YWCA also introduced a new board president during its 2017 annual meeting. Maggie Brooke, a longtime board member and volunteer, took over the position from outgoing President Brenda Hackney. New board members this year are Sherry Anthony, Corlette Burns, Dana Cockrell, Leigh Davis, Tammy Fincher, Apryl Fort-Kelly, Ricki Kline, Erin Stephenson, Kelly Styslinger and Gwen Swain. Hackney during the meeting thanked outgoing board members Nancy Burton, Lynn LaRussa, Andrea McCaskey, Laura Poston and Valerie Thomas for their service. ❖

Serving Alabama Children through CASA For children who have experienced abuse or neglect, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) can help make a difference by helping them work their way through the court and child welfare systems in search of a loving home. Each time a child is paired with a CASA Volunteer, their chances are greater to have the best possible outcome. CASA recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for the child’s best interest in the court process. They work with judges, lawyers, social workers, and families to ensure each child has an advocate in court, the child welfare, and foster care systems. Many life goals and achievements that our culture considers normal rites of passage do not Devon lived in three occur for children who are in foster homes in one year. foster care. Statistics show that That’s a heavy burden for 40% do not graduate from high a child to carry. school, 20% become homeless within one year and 25% will be incarcerated after leaving foster care. In contrast, children with CASA volunteers spend 7.5 months less time in foster care, experience fewer outof-home placements, have significantly better educational performance, and are 90% less likely to reenter the system. By working to reduce the length of time a child spends in foster care, CASA saves the state thousands of dollars while drastically improving the quality of a child’s life, one child at a time. Every child that CASA helps to find a safe, permanent home is one more future adult who has a chance to thrive and succeed in our society. In 2015, there were 10,279 dependency proceedings in Alabama. Currently, we only have the capacity to serve 10% of the children who need a CASA Volunteer. We must serve more but we cannot do it without the help of caring individuals willing to be trained to serve. You don’t have to be “qualified,” just a caring, compassionate and concerned person willing to be trained.

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Mountain Brook’s Renneker Earns Eagle Rank

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CASA is presently recruiting volunteers to work with abused and neglected children in all areas of Shelby County and parts of the Hoover area. Training classes begin April 2018. For more information on how you can help, please visit or call Beth at 243-8753.

Nancy Folk and Rebecca Bradley.


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By Sam Prickett

Customer Complaints

During its Feb. 12 meeting, the Mountain Brook City Council opted to keep the road closed for now even though it would be years before construction on the roundabouts would begin. Some business owners near the intersection in question have expressed frustration over that decision. Scott Pyburn, the owner of Harrison Limited, a men’s clothing store in Village Circle, said he’s received complaints from “customer upon customer upon customer” about traffic issues caused by the closure, which he describes as a “gridlock” that sometimes prevents his customers from parking. Pyburn also has concerns about safety related to the closure. He echoed concerns expressed by Mountain Brook residents at the Feb. 12 meeting, saying drivers don’t stop at the new stop sign placed at the intersection of Village Circle and

‘Conversation Is Not Closed for Now’ Journal photo by Jordan Wald

A stretch of Canterbury Road remains a source of frustration for some Mountain Brook residents and business owners, as what was once considered to be a temporary closure now looks to be an indefinite one. The section of the road in question, from its intersection with Cahaba Road to its intersection with Village Circle, was ordered closed by the Mountain Brook City Council in July to study its effects on traffic flow. Ultimately, that study, helmed by Birmingham-based consulting firm Sain Associates, is intended to test the effects the installation of a roundabout would have on Village Circle and surrounding roads, along with a second, smaller roundabout in front of Barton-Clay Fine Jewelers. In particular, said Alicia Bailey, a team member at Sain, the study was intended to find ways traffic could be prevented from backing up in a roundabout. “One of the benefits of a roundabout is it has continuous (traffic) flow in it. It gets more traffic through it than a standard intersection. So if traffic is backing up into it, you’re losing your benefit.” The city could not receive federal funding for the roundabouts unless that problem was alleviated, Bailey said, and closing Canterbury seemed to be the most viable way to do that. “That worked,” she said. “That fixed the problem.” The closure initially had been slated to last through the end of September 2017, but it has since been extended multiple times. The initial public announcement of the road’s closure in July 2017 highlighted that the road would be closed “TEMPORARILY,” with that word in all caps, but also said the city “MAY proceed with making this closure permanent” if the traffic in Village Circle “remains acceptable with the temporary closure in place.”

Canterbury Road Merchants Frustrated With Traffic and Parking Issues From Road Project

Canterbury Road. “It’s a free-for-all,” he said. Bailey said that Sain has noticed a slight traffic backup on Canterbury Road, “but the most we have observed was six vehicles, which is probably a little more than it was before, when they could access the signal. But we have not observed that it’s backing up all the way down.” She added that the parking issues some merchants have complained about are endemic to the street’s design. “I know (the traffic) does block some parking on Village Circle,” she said. “If vehicles are sitting there, it does block some of that, but that’s their existing configuration. That’s the way it’s always been laid out.” Bailey added that those problems will likely not be resolved anytime soon. “We’ve done what we can do for the issues that have been experienced,” she said. Pyburn said the traffic problems have not yet caused a measurable loss for his business, he said the continued closure is “insulting” to merchants in the area. “We were all told it was a temporary closing,” he says. “Now we just feel misled.” Mountain Brook Mayor Stewart Welch said his administration is “very concerned about the merchants on Canterbury Road, but you have to go through the process.” But he took issue with the idea that the road has been “closed,” despite that being the official language used by Sam Gaston, the city manager.

“The first thing is, we have not closed Canterbury Road,” he said. “What we did was turn off the traffic light at Canterbury and Village Circle. So instead of driving straight through Canterbury on up to Hollywood Boulevard, you now either take a left or right and you enter the circle that way. So there is no closing.” Canterbury Road, he said, is “open and ready for business.” Welch is quick to point out that a final decision has not been made; studies still are being done to make sure that the land needed for construction of the roundabout doesn’t include gravesites, which has delayed progress on the project. City Council President Virginia Smith similarly emphasized that open-endedness during the Feb. 12 meeting, saying that continued updates on traffic patterns from Sain Associates would keep discussion going. “The conversation is not closed for now,” she said. Welch said he’s confident the city “will make a decision that we believe is in the best interest of the entire city and community,” despite the controversy. “Almost every time you make a decision, there’s at least somebody who’s not happy with that,” he said. “Change always creates disruption … . But we’re going to do the very best we can in that particular area to make the best decision for the most people.” ❖

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Fire Chief of the Year Award Goes to Rocky Ridge’s Jon A. Lord Rocky Ridge Fire District Chief Jon A. Lord has been named Fire Chief of the Year for 2017 by the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs. Lord was recognized for his more than 30 years of service and an array of accomplishments, including his service on the board of Jefferson County 9-1-1 and as vice-chair on the Alabama First Responders Wireless Commission, the association said on its Facebook page. The announcement was made Feb. 8 during the 2018 Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs Executive Development Conference in Tuscaloosa. A statement from the Rocky Ridge Fire District said Lord was chosen based on his leadership, innovation, integrity and service to the public and to the fire service as a whole. ❖


Downtown Homewood Planners Hone in on Issues Raised in Surveys By Sarah Kuper

Since September, representatives from the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham have been working with the city of Homewood on a master plan for developing the downtown area. After a series of open houses, vision surveys and online mapping exercises, principal planner Lindsay Puckett said she is excited to see results of the latest survey going out to interested Homewood residents. “People here are very passionate about their town,” she said, “The survey released in January presented different development types and results said people want to see mixed-use buildings no taller than four stories.” Among other conclusions, planners were able to hone in on residents’ desire to create a mix of live/work units, an idea that isn’t allowed currently because of zoning laws. Now residents are being invited to participate in a follow-up survey that presents a series of trade-offs or compromises that would have to be made to achieve some of their desires. One example is the pull between a more walkable downtown and convenient parking. “We hear that parking is an issue, but if you want to make a more walkable city, it is the choice of being able to walk to a business or pull up and park in front of that business,” Puckett said. Other survey questions involve green space, streetscaping, crosswalks and architecture. The previous survey had 420 participants, and Puckett hopes at least that many respond this time. Results and other planning tools will be discussed at the next public forum, March 22. To sign up for updates and to take the survey, visit and ❖

Hontzas Named 2018 James Beard Best Chef Semifinalist Timothy Hontzas of Johnny’s Restaurant in Homewood is making news again. For the second consecutive year, he is a semifinalists in the best chef in the South category for the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s 2018 culinary awards. The restaurant and chef semifinalists were announced last week. Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, is a semifinalist for the country’s most outstanding restaurant for the 10th consecutive year. Highlands has gone on to be a finalist for the top restaurant award nine times but has yet to win the big prize. Dolester Miles, Highlands’ longtime pastry chef, has once again been nominated for the country’s most outstanding pastry chef. She has been a finalist in this category for two years running, but has not won. The Atomic Lounge in Birmingham is a semifinalist for outstanding bar program. The field of 20 semifinalists in each category will be narrowed to five finalists on March 14. Winners will be announced at the annual James Beard Foundation Awards ceremony on May 7. ❖


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VHCS Prepares for New Superintendent and New School

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As the Vestavia Hills City Schools prepares for its new superintendent, Dr. Todd Freeman, to take office March 12, it also announced new assignments for several administrators to take place in August 2019. Dr. Charles Mason, interim superintendent, in a Feb. 16 statement noted that making those assignments now enables those administrators to be involved in planning for each campus and to become more familiar with the teachers and staff they will

lead. Dr. Ty Arendall, principal of Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park, will become principal of the new elementary school, which is planned to be located at the Gresham Elementary School campus. The sale of that property, off U.S. 280, is pending approval by a federal district court. Joining Arendall as assistant principal will be Lorie Belski, who now is assistant principal of Vestavia Hills Elementary Central.

In addition, Vestavia Hills High School assistant principals David Howard and Jennifer Brown will be assigned to a ninth-grade center to open in August 2019 at Pizitz Middle School. Pizitz will be relocated to the old Berry High School campus. Contingent on the Gresham purchase, an adjustments to the facilities plan will make all elementary schools grades K-5, middle schools will be grades 6-8 and VHHS will be grades 10-12. ❖

From left, Dr. Andres Forero, Carol Myers and Dr. Michael Birrer.

BCRFA Presents $950,000 to UAB Research

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama on Feb. 2 presented a $950,000 donation to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. It was the group’s largest donation since its inception in 1996. The money will benefit research and was collected through annual fund-raising efforts. The recent donation brings the total the foundation has donated to UAB to $7.7 million. “The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama has been central to providing the critical monies for the development and maintenance of the breast cancer research program, making our program one of the most prominent breast cancer programs in the country,” said Dr. Michael Birrer, the new director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. “BCRFA is a perfect example of motivating the community to support new and evolving research.” Community support during 2017 included 20 Alabama fire departments’ participating in the Pink Ribbon Project by selling T-shirts to raise money and awareness, along with dozens of other businesses, schools and churches that raised funds for breast cancer research. Half of the total donation of $950,000 was raised through the foundation’s specialty car tag sales. Available at DMVs across the state, the breast cancer research tag is the ninth most popular specialty tag in the state, with more than 11,500 vehicles sporting the tag. The foundation supports a comprehensive approach to battling breast cancer through collaborative and innovative research to help diagnose, treat, prevent and eradicate the disease. ❖

“Robin Turberville sold our home so fast, we were homeless for six weeks.” When Allison and Taylor Strickland decided to sell their first home and look for a new one, Allison enlisted her friend Robin Turberville with ARC Realty. “We knew each other through the Samford Legacy League,” says Allison. “ARC Realty is a corporate sponsor. I had always been impressed with Robin’s friendly, outgoing personality, so it was an easy decision to list our home with her. She sold it so quickly, we had to move in with family and friends while conducting our home search.” Taylor says Robin worked tirelessly to help them find the right new home. “She has great vision. She would point out things we didn’t notice, details that helped us evaluate what works for us. We gladly recommend Robin Turberville to anyone buying or selling a home. She’s helping one of our friends right now.” Robin says being a part of the ARC Realty family allows her to provide excellent customer service. “ARC Realty is committed to helping our community, supporting programs like the Samford Legacy League. I’m proud to be a part of the ARC family.”

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From left: Vestavia Hills Rotary Club member, Gary Jordan; Lt. Bryan Farrington of the Salvation Army; and David Martin, president of Vestavia Hills Rotary Club.

The Battle of the Bells

Lt. Bryan Farrington of the Salvation Army attended the Vestavia Hills Rotary Club’s meeting Feb. 2 to present the group with a plaque recognizing its members as top bell ringers in this year’s Red Kettle campaign. Farrington is in charge of recruiting and coordinating volunteers for the campaign and this past year began a friendly competition among the volunteers to see which group could raise the most money. The Vestavia group, which has been volunteering to ring the bells each year for more than 30 years, won the Kettle Cup Competition and in a statement gave credit to the generosity of the Vestavia community. ❖

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Children’s of Alabama Event Has Celebrity Chefs, Food Studio Tours By Donna Cornelius

Fuller’s Food Focus

Fuller’s fascination with food kicked off with tailgating at University of Alabama football games and intensified through TV. “I started at tailgates on the Quad with my dad and his friends,” Fuller said. To entertain himself during long hours in the hospital, he tuned in to a channel that featured cuisine rather than cartoons. “I didn’t like Mickey Mouse, so I watched

Chris Hastings of Birmingham’s Hot and Hot Fish Club and Ovenbird will be the presenting chef

James Boyce Galley & Garden

Mauricio Papapietro Brick & Tin

Abhi Sainju Abhi’s

Ben Vaughn Root to Tail

Birmingham chefs who will be cooking at the event

Food Network,” he said. Fuller landed a spot on “Chopped Junior” through his own initiative. He said he was watching the show one day when he heard host Ted Allen invite kids to apply by saying, “Do you have what it takes?” “I saw the show’s website on the screen and took a photo of it,” Fuller said. “I got on my mom’s computer, and I just signed up. Two days later, I got a call.” His success on “Chopped Junior” led to a second TV gig, this time on a new show, “Top Chef Junior.” It’s also a spinoff, in this case of “Top Chef,” one of the most prestigious cooking competition shows around. Fuller was one of 12 young chefs from around the country who made the cut. The series began in October on the Universal Kids network. Fuller won the elimination challenge on the show’s second episode and came out on top in two face-offs against fellow contestants. But while his cooking chops remained strong, he had to drop out of the competition due to the demanding schedule’s effect on his health. “It was 12 hours a day, six days a week,” Melissa said. “That’s what took a toll.” Some kids might be hard-pressed to make anything more complicated than a decent PB&J. Fuller, however, whips up some pretty impressive meals for his family, which includes his dad, Scott Goldsmith, and his big sister, Lele, a senior at Tuscaloosa Academy. “Last night, I made homemade pasta with

roasted eggplant puree and braised short ribs,” Fuller said recently. He plans to attend the Culinary Institute of America and then to open a restaurant in his hometown. Meanwhile, he sandwiches appearances at food events between the time he spends in home school. Through his TV experiences, Fuller has met well-known chefs such as “Chopped” judge Alex Guarnaschelli, “Top Chef” winners Brooke Williamson and Michael Voltaggio, and “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons. Fuller also got to know Australian-born chef Curtis Stone, the “Top Chef Junior” head judge. Stone has a new Los Angeles restaurant, Gwen, and hosted Fuller and his dad there. “That was the best meal I’ve ever had,” Fuller said. “My dad is, like, 50, and he said it’s the best meal he’s ever had, too.” The young chef said he’s looking forward to appearing with Chris Hastings at Children’s Table. Other participating chefs include Bill Briand, the James Beard-nominated chef at Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina; Mississippi’s Elizabeth Heiskell of The Farmstead on Woodson Ridge; Rob McDaniel, another James Beard nominee who’s the executive chef of SpringHouse at Lake Martin; and Leonardo Maurelli III, executive chef and director of culinary operations for the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Birmingham chefs who will be cooking at the event are James Boyce, owner and executive chef of Galley & Garden in Birmingham; Ben Vaughn

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Children’s of Alabama has cooked up a brandnew fundraiser. Children’s Table, set for March 3, is bringing high-profile chefs to the new Time Inc. Food Studios. Those who attend can taste food from lauded chefs and tour the state-of-the-art facility that’s home to Cooking Light, Food & Wine and Southern Living magazines. Chandler Bibb, director of development at Children’s, said Chris Hastings of Birmingham’s Hot and Hot Fish Club and Ovenbird will be the presenting chef. “Chef Hastings is a longtime supporter of Children’s,” Bibb said. “When we asked him to participate, he didn’t even hesitate. He said, ‘Of course I will.’” Hastings, a James Beard Award winner for best chef in the South, is one of a star-studded group of chefs who will cook and serve food at the event. “Other cities might have NFL players or rock stars, but in Birmingham, our chefs are our celebrities,” Bibb said. Cooking alongside Hastings will be a chef who’s an honest-to-goodness TV star – and he’s only 14 years old. Fuller Goldsmith of Tuscaloosa competed on Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” in April and smoked his competition. He won the kids’ version of the network’s wildly popular series, in which four chefs are given baskets of ingredients that they have to combine for an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert. One chef is eliminated after each round. Fuller won the “Fry Fans” episode of “Chopped Junior” by starting with beer-battered catfish in the appetizer round. For his entrée, he coated chicken tenders in hush puppy batter and served them with a cauliflower, potato and pimento cheese puree. “I’d never cooked with cauliflower before, but I do now,” he said. Fuller said he told his mother, Melissa Goldsmith, before the show that he felt sure he’d make it to the third round. But he wasn’t as confident about the final round. “I’m not really a dessert person,” he said. He need not have worried; his beignets with walnut and raspberry ice cream puree helped win him the championship. Fuller is no stranger to challenging situations. At age 3, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which led to many hours of treatment at Children’s of Alabama. He donated part of his $10,000 “Chopped Junior” prize to Children’s and said he’s happy to support the hospital through Children’s Table. “We started out at Children’s, so this event was a natural fit because of the relationship we have with them,” Melissa said. Her son had a bone marrow transplant in 2014 and is now considered cancer-free, she said.

Chefs from the Time Inc. Food Studios visited Children’s of Alabama on Feb. 14 to do a cooking activity with some of the hospital’s dialysis patients. The nephrology unit inspired the Children’s Table event because the patients’ restricted diets lead many to an interest in cooking.

Fuller Goldsmith of Tuscaloosa competed on Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” in April and smoked his competition. Fuller is no stranger to challenging situations. At age 3, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which led to many hours of treatment at Children’s of Alabama.

of Root to Tail, Mauricio Papapietro of Brick & Tin, and Abhi Sainju of Abhi’s.

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Chandler Bibb said the event is the brainchild of a Children’s of Alabama physician. Dr. Daniel Feig is professor/director of pediatric nephrology and medical director of renal transportation. “Dr. Feig is a big champion for the children served in his division,” Bibb said. “He came up with the idea for Children’s Table. Nutrition is important to kids waiting on transplants. His patients are always talking about cooking. When you go into their rooms, all the channels are tuned to cooking shows.” Children’s Table will raise funds and awareness for the nutritional needs of patients at Children’s Hospital. “At the event, we’ll have recipe cards developed by our renal patients with their nutritionists,” Bibb said. “You can also get the recipes on our website.” Several Time Inc. editors will be on hand at the event, including Southern Living’s Sid Evans and Hunter Lewis from Cooking Light and Food & Wine. “Allison Lowery, director of the food studios, has helped so much and really added a high level of energy,” Bibb said. She said the Time Inc. Food Studios will provide the perfect venue for the food-themed fundraiser. “We reached out to Time Inc. because they’re the hub of culinary creative media here,” she said. “It’s such an incredible gem in Birmingham. They’ve worked very hard on developing this event.” Children’s Table is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 3 at the Time Inc. Food Studios, 4100 Old Montgomery Highway, Birmingham. For tickets and more information, including bios of participating chefs, visit ❖


For Poinsettia Ball President Liz Phillips-Guest, nothing pairs together like debutantes and the arts, except maybe the coupling of the Ballet Women’s Committee and the Poinsettia Men’s Club. Founded in the late 1960s, these two organizations annually present a group

The hope is that a love of the ballet will encourage future female leaders to make supporting the arts a priority.


of young ladies as debutantes while also raising money for the Alabama Ballet. The culminating event of the debutante season is the Ballet Women’s Committee’s Poinsettia Ball every December. Proceeds from the event have supported the Alabama Ballet for more than 50 years. The ball is a formal evening with debutantes in white gowns and junior debutantes wearing festive red. Christmas greenery and poinsettias adorn the ballroom and debutantes take their fathers’ arms as they are presented and waltz. “It is a very enchanting sort of thing, soft and serene – a fun evening for the ladies and their parents and grandparents,” Phillips-Guest said. But, before the ladies take the floor with their fathers, it is the Poinsettia Men’s Club that first introduces them at a summer luncheon. “The girls are nominated in the spring, voted on and introduced for the season the summer prior to the ball,” Phillips-Guest said, “Their names are published in the paper and the Men’s Club supports them throughout the season.” In addition to parties and social events, the young ladies spend time before the ball getting to know and support the Alabama Ballet and other local

Members of the 2017 Ballet Women’s Committee Poinsettia Debutante Ball Board include, front, from left: Stephanie Whisenhunt, Kelly Troiano, Jayna Southerland, Liz Phillips-Guest, Tammy Towns, Kelley Brown, Suzanne Richardson and Lianne Hand. Middle: Sharon Maddox and Melissa McMurray. Back: Erin Burton and Carla Nesbitt. Not pictured: Sherry Bohorfoush, Cathy Donze, Cara Haston, Ashley Stockard and Sue Ellen Summers.


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art organizations. The hope is that a love of the ballet will encourage future female leaders to make supporting the arts a priority. Phillips-Guest said the Alabama Ballet, under the artistic direction of Tracy Alvey, is flourishing as the Ballet Women’s Committee and other organizations contribute money and encouragement. The Poinsettia Men’s Club also hosts the Benefactor’s Dinner before the Poinsettia Ball. Phillips-Guest describes the members of the Poinsettia Men’s Club as a group interested in raising money for the ballet but also interested in the debutante tradition. “Some are young fathers who may see their daughters become debutantes one day,” she said. Under the leadership of incoming President Clint Beasley, plus Donnie Dobbins and Jay Dennis, the men’s club has helped the Ballet Women’s Committee raise between $50,000 and $80,000 dollars a year. In December, 30 debutantes were presented along with 19 junior debutantes. According to Phillips-Guest, the young women come from all over the South, some with ties to the area and some who just dreamed of being debutantes because their mothers and grandmothers were presented. In a few short months, the Poinsettia Men’s Club will begin introducing a new group of accomplished young women and the Ballet Women’s Committee will see the girls presented in December, all while contributing to the success of one of the area’s crowning arts organizations, the Alabama Ballet. ❖

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

Keeping Debutante Tradition on Pointe Ballet Women’s Committee and the Poinsettia Men’s Club Work to Keep Art and Tradition Alive

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Beaux Arts Krewe Celebrates 51st Presentation

From left, Tommy Roberts, Rob Minor, Meade Whitaker, John Kidd, Lee Thuston, Hubert Goings, Tommy McCulley and Wilber Allen.

Princesses Anna Catherine Gillespy, Mary Seldon Andrews, Anne Pickering, and Lucy Gardner.

Sally and Jim Johnson with their grandchildren, Kathryn, Davis and William Rives.

Queen Alli’s guards Lee Edwards, Ogden Deaton, Tony Gaede, Billy Reed and Mitch Bruhn.


uests were transported to East Asia as this year’s annual Beaux Arts Krewe Ball, held Feb. 9 at Boutwell Auditorium, adopted a Chinese theme. The “Great Hall” was decorated with the same banners, crests and candelabras that have been used in the presentation since the Krewe was created in 1966. Reigning over the evening’s festivities was this year’s king, Harold Henderson Goings, joined by his wife, Jane, and Queen Kathryn Alline Vogtle, escorted by Tyler Rieves Berry Jr. Vogtle’s ladies in waiting were Kaylor Elizabeth Kidd, with trainbearer Ann Calvert Whatley; and Margaret Bell McCalley, with trainbearer Juliette Perry Cook. Princesses presented at the ball were Catherine Wheelock Giti Ahmad, Mary Seldon Andrews, Elinor Clay Anthony, Haley Elizabeth Bradford, Mary Boyd Crosier, Kendall Elizabeth Crumbaugh, Lucy Elizabeth Gardner, Anna Catherine Gillespy, Ellen Elizabeth deBerniere Given, Margaret Allyn Pratt Given, Mary Keller Greene, Catherine Brevard Harmon, Camille Elizabeth Jernigan, Stella Christine

Laura and Jesse Vogtle, parents of Queen Alli.

Kontos, Chandler Thorogood Law, Helen Oliver Little, Caroline Goodwyn Luckie, Katherine Beall Michaux, Alice Lee Naughton, Anne Genevieve Pickering, Caroline Sanders Reed, Walker Evans Sanders, Anne Kinsman Simmons, Emily

Princesses Emme Stutts and Cate Harmon.

Symington Slaton, Mary Evelyn Sprain, Walton Leigh Stivender, Mildred Eugenia Stutts, Margaret Elizabeth Tapscott, Catherine Claire Turner, Anne Douglass Williams, Kathleen Claire Wilson and Antoinette Dunn Wyatt.

Serving as the king’s dukes were Wilbur Keay Allen Jr., Hubert Wesley Goings, John William Kidd, Thomas Melvin McCulley, Robert Exum Minor, Thomas Atkinson Roberts, William Lee Thuston and Meade Whitaker Jr. The king’s trainbearers were Stewart Campbell Clay Jr., Lee Summers Faust, Grace McCray Faust, Sheard Lovelace Faust, Charles Miner Harrell III, Harold Henderson Goings III, Isabella Jane Goings, Jane Briggs Harrell, Elizabeth Gray Schoenvogel and Robert Clement Schoenvogel. The queen’s guards were William Alfred Bowron Jr., William Wade Brooke, Glover Mitchell Bruhn, Ogden Shropshire Deaton, Leon Wyman Edwards Jr., Anton Henry Gaede III, Matthew Stanley Parker and William Lawrence Reed. Serving as Queen Alli’s trainbearers were Mary Clayton Dixon, Anna Maye Morgan Parker, Anne Bankston Pounds, Catherine Cercone Pounds, Emma Beatrice Pounds, Emory Ellington Pounds, Mary Harter Pounds, Parish Lucille Pounds, Daniel William Samford Jr., Lucile Pierce Samford,


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Mending kids’hearts DA and Ingram Tynes.

Hubert and Alpha Goings.

Stella Virginia Samford and Michael Riley White. Serving as pages for the evening were Bebe Kate Allen, Elizabeth Collett Ankar, Kathryn Frances Baker, Julia Hamilton Butrus, Margaret Miller Caine, Leyden Elizabeth Comer, Lucy Virginia Comer, Mary Jackson Darnall, Ann Fulton Ferguson, Clarke Crawford Gillespy, Gillian Palmer Goodrich, Susannah Blythe Goodrich, Samuel McKean Kipp, DeWitt Vanderite Little, Nancy Ryals Little, Virginia Hay Littrell, Madelyn Ruth McKee, Alice Louise McKnight, Julia Ruen Naftel and Elizabeth Jane Nielsen. Also pages were Elizabeth Parker Owens, Zachary David Owens, Edith Grey Pritchett, Charlotte Speight Redden, Davis Heaton Rives, Kathryn Bowman Rives, William Thomas Rives, Elizabeth-Anne Donald Robinson, Robert Louis Robinson III, Rushton Grace Robinson, Elizabeth Everett Sandner, Frances Feagin Sandner, Olivia Grace Short, Anne Louise Sullivan, Lillian Rose Sullivan, Kara Leigh Whitaker, Elizabeth Oliver Wood, Mary Russell Wood, Catherine Jane Woods, Madeline Grey Woods and Evelyn Paylor Yeilding. As it has for the past 50 years, the ball supports the Birmingham Museum of Art. The Krewe Acquisition Fund has helped the museum acquire important European paintings, sculptures and drawings valued at more than $1 million. ❖

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John and Susan Kidd.

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From left, Susan Curtin, Lisa Miller and Susan Silverstein.

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Kathryn and Raymond Harbert hosted a cocktail reception Jan. 25 to thank the executive leadership team and Cor Vitae Society members for their support of the American Heart Association and celebrate the upcoming Birmingham Heart Ball. Cor Vitae is the association’s philanthropic society that recognizes donors who have made transformational personal gifts to support the organization’s mission of helping people build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Attending the event were Dr. James and Terry Kirklin, Tom and Susan Curtin, David and Susan Silverstein, Grayson Hall, Ann and John Forney, Johnny Johns and Dr. Nancy Dunlop, Charlie and Lisa Miller, Billy Pritchard, Bill Terry, Tom Brannan, Dr. Derrill and Cameron Crowe, Ruffner Page and Beau Grenier. The Harberts are the honorees for the 2018 Birmingham Heart Ball, which will be held March 3 at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Over 31 years, the Birmingham Heart Ball has raised more than $16 million for local research, advocacy and community education efforts to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke, the first and third leading killers of Alabamians, respectively. ❖

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Home for the Holidays Mothers and Daughters Gather for Alpha Gam Tea

The Greater Alumnae Chapter for Alpha Gamma Delta hosted its annual Mother Daughter Holiday Tea Dec. 17 in the home of Linda Stone. Attending the afternoon event were alumnae, mothers and daughters. Officers present included Linda Winkler Pope, president; Amy Nichols McCain, permanent editor; and Susan Stewart Murdock, vice president. Among the guests from chapters at the University of Alabama, Auburn University, University of Montevallo and University of Alabama at Birmingham were: Jerry Nelson Johnson, Linda Johnson Stone, Molly Stone Given, Callie Stone Nash and Ann Harper, Nancy Rosser Beasley and Anne Elise, Amy Jackson Nunnely and Ella, Amy Ricks Butler and Anna Morgan, Karen DeVenney McCollum, Kelly McCollum, Kayla Tai, Katherine Tai and Yee Hazlewood, Dede McDanal Moore and Anne Neal, Judith Hayes Hand, Linda Long Stewart, Stewart Anne Murdock, Mary Ponder Wilson Porter and Mary Harbin, Shauna Broom Hard, Rachel Broom Hard, Shelby Dilorenzo and Sue Swanson, Nancy Runyan Gaston and Alison, Elizabeth Estess Wilson, Paige Whitt, Bonnie Fair, Michaela Bruno Swaford and Emory. ❖  

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Timbres de Paques

The good times rolled Feb. 10 at the Renaissance at Ross Bridge as Easterseals of Birmingham welcomed guests to its first “Timbres de Paques” Mardi Gras Ball. Rob Conrad from Magic 96.5 and JT from WERC served as emcees for the evening, introducing the gala’s King, Jeh Jeh Pruitt. Attendees danced to music by Just Friends Little Big Band and were served a New Orleans-themed menu featuring a shrimp and grits bar, mini muffulettas, carved BBQ Brisket, red beans and rice, bananas foster and king cake. Festivities included a photo booth, caricatures and a silent auction featuring golf outings and getaways to New Orleans and Nashville. Proceeds from the event and auction will benefit programs and services provided for adults and children with disabilities. The evening was organized by the group’s board, including Anne Wallace, Armand St. Raymond, Brad Anderson, Brad Hilsmier, Chris Winchester, Colecia Thomas, David Keough, Davis Mange, Jennifer Shaw, Jonathan DeWaard, Laura Kleckley, Michael Wooley, Paul Ebert, Peyton Lockett, Portia Williams and Sophie Martin. ❖

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Easterseals Hosts First Krewe-Themed Gala

From left, Steven and Connie Jacks, Ginger and Gregory Scott Reid.

Jeh Jeh Pruitt and Clare Huddleston. Amanda Carlson and Merrick Wilson.

Above, Andrea Holt, Karon Grubbs and Natalie Locastro. Left, Paul Ebert and James Pace.

Cory and Carissa McGuffie.



Rachael Pintaric, Katelyn George, Kenneth Smith, Hilary Mills and Sarah Jones.


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A Royal Flush

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Just as Junior Achievement of Alabama inspires young people to succeed in a global economy, the organization’s annual All Aces Casino Night inspired guests to succeed on the “casino floor” at the annual All Aces Casino Night. The event was held Feb. 9 at Cahaba Brewing Company to raise scholarship funds for the group’s Business Plan Challenge, which encourages entrepreneurship among area high school students. Attendees were given $500 of play cash and hit the tables, including blackjack, Texas Hold’em, craps and roulette. For guests who ran out of their first stake, more casino cash was available for a donation. At the end of the evening, play chips were used to bid on a variety of prize drawings. The evening’s festivities were coordinated by Kelly Benton and Frances Allen. Junior Achievement sponsors volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. ❖

Journal photos by Jordan Wald

All Aces Casino Night Supports College Scholarships

PackingYour Parachute Wren Smith, Reed Strength, Stephanie Howell, Alycia Bagget and Kathryn Barker.

Anna Medley and Haley Bishop.

Andy Sullivan and Sara Davies.

Changing With the Times Amulet Dance Club Transforms to Ladies Who Lunch dances. The first luncheon was held Feb. 1 at Vestavia Country Club, with attendees dining on roast pork medallions with a baked sweet potato and medley of steamed vegetables. Dessert was chocolate cake topped off with a dollop of whipped cream.

Longtime members Nell Larson and Elizabeth Judd coordinated arrangements for the get-together. Among amulets attending were Martha Black, Bonnie Cicio, Ann Harris, Ann Harvey, Beverly Jackson, Elizabeth Judd, Nell Larson, Gloria Lundberg, Betsy

McGrath, Kathy Miller, Anne Nelson, Evelyn Ringler, Donna Talbot, Jackie Thompson, Jane Weamer, Olivia Weingarten and Janis Zeanah. Valerie Middleton, Jackie Thompson’s daughter, was welcomed as a guest. ❖

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When the Amulet Club was organized more than 60 years ago as one of Birmingham’s first dance groups, the members could have danced all night. Today, changing lifestyles and the desire to nurture friendships have motivated the club to get together for quarterly luncheons rather than formal

From left, Nell Larson, Kathy Miller and Elizabeth Judd.

Beverly Jackson, Ann Harvey, Kathy Miller and Evelyn Ringer.

Who is packing your parachute? The first time I jumped out of a plane from 15,000 feet, I felt satisfaction and accomplishment because I did something on my own that many people couldn’t or wouldn’t ever do. But here’s the catch. I didn’t do it on my own. I let a stranger pack my parachute and relied on him to carry me to safety. There will always be challenges that you must meet. It’s up to you to fly solo or ask for help. How does all this tie into addiction? I see it as having to conquer some of your greatest fears – the fear of how will people see you when you’re no longer the life of the party? Who is the real you? Will you like yourself or will others like you? Or how will you manage the pain without the medication? These are all things that can keep an addiction going. As with everything sometimes it’s easier to continue doing the same thing than to change. Change is scary. Jumping out of a plane is scary even when you have an expert pack your parachute and know that he will glide you to safety. There’s still the “what if’s” that run through your mind, but once done, the feeling of accomplishment is exhilarating. The same is true for beating addiction. Stepping out of the life of addiction can be scary. But regaining control of your life is the most important thing you can do for yourself and for those who love you. The experts at Bayshore Retreat can help you fly and soar in life.

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From the Heart


Patients and Artists Create Unique Works for Annual aTeam Gala. Artwork was the headlining feature of aTeam Ministries’ annual Heart2Heart gala, held Feb. 11 at The Club. The annual event helps the ministry pay for projects for pediatric cancer patients and their families across the state of Alabama, reaching more than 1,100 lives from 2009 to 2017. In previous years the Heart2Heart event has featured 52 pieces of art inspired by the memories and realities of pediatric cancer treatment. This year, the event took a new spin by pairing professional artists including Melony Allen, Kristin Blakeney, Ann Harper, Ashley McCullers and Lauren Woods with local pediatric cancer patients to create unique works of art for auction. The live auction was conducted by Granger Thagard and Associates, and guests sampled a selection of foods from Savoie Catering. This year’s patient artists were Sam Cunningham and Davis Hartsell of Vestavia Hills, Kathryn Marbutt of Birmingham, Shepard Nations of Hoover and Kenna Parramore of Pelham. ❖


Mr. and Mrs. Jim Houston of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, announce the engagement of their daughter, Meg Houston, to Will Saxon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Saxon of Hoover. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Houston of Franklin, Tennessee, and the late Mrs. Margaret Houston and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Harris of Columbia, Tennessee. Miss Houston is a 2010 graduate of Samford University, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She is employed with Daxko.  The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Saxon of Alabaster and Mrs. Lilly Ledbetter of Jacksonville and the late Mr. Charles Ledbetter.  Mr. Saxon is a 2010 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is employed with Protective Life.  The wedding is planned for May 5. 

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Dr. Michael K. Ryan Joins Andrews Sports Medicine Group

Dr. Michael K. Ryan, an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and hip preservation, has joined the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center. Ryan is an associate of The Hip Center at Andrews Sports Medicine, the center announced in a press release. He focuses the hip preservation portion of his specialty on treating non-arthritic hip disorders, often using Dr. Michael K. Ryan arthroscopy and other joint-preserving surgeries.  Ryan is the only physician in the state who is trained to perform a surgical procedure called periacetabular osteotomy, which is used to treat congenital hip impingement and hip dysplasia, according to the release. In addition to hip preservation surgery, Ryan specializes in sports medicine surgery and knee and anterior hip replacements. Ryan completed a fellowship at Birmingham’s American Sports Medicine Institute and another in Bern, Switzerland, training alongside top innovators in hip preservation and surgical treatment of hip pathology in adolescents and young adults. Dr. E. Lyle Cain Jr., an orthopaedic surgeon and managing partner at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, said, “Dr. Ryan was a valuable asset to our team during his one-year, ASMI sports medicine fellowship, displaying his talents as a skillful surgeon and researcher. We are thrilled to welcome him to our Andrews Sports Medicine team of physicians.” Ryan has worked on the medical teams for the University of Alabama football team and UA athletics, SEC Baseball, the Birmingham Barons,

still want to try on clothes and get feedback from people they trust. They want to know what is most flattering and you can’t do that if you order clothes to your house,” she said. Bassett said customers can almost always count on one-on-one service from a seasoned pro such as long-time stylist Marsha Meadows, who has worked at Town and Country Clothing for 25 years. While styles have changed over the years, Town and Country’s approach to dressing customers has not. Bassett said that, when she first began working there, the store carried suits and more tailored looks. “That was the way people dressed then. As the lifestyles of our customers have changed, so have our clothes,” Bassett said. Bassett invites loyal customers as well as curious first-timers to come see what Town and Country Clothing has to offer on March 1 starting at 1 p.m. ❖

social media tools to ensure their student-athletes’ accounts act as university brand ambassadors, according to a statement from the university.

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Entrepreneur Honored With Montevallo Alum Award

Mountain Brook’s Jim Cavale has been honored with this year’s Nathalie Molton Gibbons Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Montevallo’s National Alumni Association. The award is given each February during the school’s homecoming to one alumnus over the age of 35 whose career and community achievements have reflected well on the university. Cavale is a 2005 graduate with a degree in mass communication. Perhaps his biggest success so far has been Jim Cavale his work with Iron Tribe. He joined his local fitness gym in 2010, became friends with the founder and soon was overseeing the opening of a second location. The gym now has 40 locations nationwide. “We are not sure we have ever met anyone else who can walk into his neighborhood fitness center one month and by the next become the company’s president,” said fellow Montevallo alumni Fred and Terra Miller in a nomination letter. “We think this clearly speaks to the amazing qualities evident in Jim whether in the classroom, in the boardroom or in the gym.” Cavale left the gym franchise in 2016 to become entrepreneur in residence at Innovation Depot, where he mentored and advised 10 new Birmingham start-ups. Since then, he has co-founded the beauty service Glow with his wife, Yazmin. He also last year established INFLCR, a web-based product that equips college athletic departments with

The ladies clothing store opened in 1943, making it one of Crestline Village’s oldest establishments. Laurel Bassett, above, is the fourth owner of the boutique, and she designs and makes jewelry for the business.

This summer, Evson Inc. plans to begin demolition of the final original structure in the Lane Parke Phase II development, which will include 44,000 square feet of retail space. According to Evson officials, the cause for the stall in demolition has been due to a lease agreement with Rite Aid, which will end June 30 at which point the remaining structure will be torn down. In the meantime, crews forged ahead to create the new space for Regions Bank, which moved into the space in December and are currently finetuning Jemison Lane, which accommodates traffic flow from Lane Parke Road to Montevallo Road. The grand opening of the completed Phase II has been estimated for October 2019. Though completed, the Phase I structure is reaching full capacity, with Swoops children’s boutique having moved from its Cahaba Rd. location to claim remaining retail space. In addition, Evson signed on the Buckhead, Georgia boutique Tulipano, which will open its second location; and Medici, a high-end Italian restaurant - specializing in Neopolitan pizza, is currently renovating one of the remaining restaurant spaces for its first location in the state.

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Town and Country Clothes in Crestline Village has been styling Over the Mountain customers for 75 years. To celebrate, owner Laurel Bassett said, the store will have a reception March 1 with door prizes and refreshments, but she’s also marking the occasion by reflecting on the store’s history. The ladies clothing store opened in 1943, making it one of Crestline Village’s oldest establishments. Bassett describes the merchandise as easy to wear and easy to care for. She said the store specializes in everyday clothes that feel good and can be worn through many seasons. The store carries great lines for customers who travel, she said. Bassett is the fourth owner of the boutique, and she designs and makes jewelry for the business. She began learning the business when she worked there as part of a co-op program at Mountain Brook

High School. Bassett continued to serve clients at Town and Country as she attended Birmingham-Southern College, and nearly 10 years ago she bought the business. She said she loves going to market and styling clients, many of whom she has known for years. “I see multigeneration of customers. The people who shopped here when I was in high school are now bringing their daughters to shop all these years later,” Bassett said, “Once we get to know customers, we call them when things come in. We are able to be honest with them and say when styles aren’t their best and make suggestions.” Exceptional customer service is one of the hallmarks of Town and Country Clothing and, Bassett said, it is one reason the store has enjoyed success even with the advent of online shopping. “I think we are at an advantage even with internet shopping. People

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By Sarah Kuper

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Crestline’s Town and Country Celebrates 75 Years of Customer Service

Red Hills brewmaster Eric Baumann, left, with Joe Pilleteri, the brewery’s managing partner.

Homewood Brewery Introduces Its First Canned Beer

Red Hills Brewing Co., a craft brewery in Homewood, is debuting its first canned beer this month. The brewery’s first release is its Phase III Honey Pilsner in six-packs of 12-ounce cans. International Wines and Craft Beer will distribute the product to restaurants and retailers throughout Alabama. Red Hills will begin selling the cans at its brewery Feb. 23. “Canning our product will open Red Hills to a whole new market and make our beer available to more people and more locations throughout our home market and hopefully beyond,” said Joe Pilleteri, the brewery’s managing partner. Phase III is a classic German-style pilsner, brewed with German pilsner malts and a mixture of old and new world German hops. Red Hills brewmaster Eric Baumann said it’s worth the extra time required to produce lagers. “At this phase in our lives, we brewed a traditional German-style lager to remind us that sometimes it’s OK to take your time and do things right,” Baumann said. Red Hills is a 20-barrel craft brewery that offers beer for sale in its Homewood taproom and for distribution in bars, restaurants and retail locations throughout Alabama. The brewery is at 2328 Central Ave. ❖

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Homewood’s 44-Year-Old Air Force Junior ROTC Program Keeps Focus on Service

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Directed by Col. Michael Morgan and Master Sgt. Vincent Simmons, the ROTC program is among the oldest detachments in the nation.

Not only does the program give back to the community, but to the school, as well. Many of the school’s extracurricular activities are affiliated with the AFJROTC, including the drill team and the color guard.

By Emily Williams Since 1971, the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Homewood High School has been teaching students leadership skills and instilling in them a desire to serve the nation and the community. Directed by Col. Michael Morgan and Master Sgt. Vincent Simmons, the program is among the oldest detachments in the nation. While the uniforms the students wear to school one day a week may make it look like a grooming program for the next generation of military cadets, program authorities say that’s not the case. “The purpose of the program is not to recruit for the military,” said Desiree Smith, Homewood City School’s career and technical education director, who oversees the program, adding that much of the focus of lessons are in practical life skills, leadership and serving the community. In class, students follow a four-part program with a variety of focuses. Each course places

skills, like financing and banking. But the lessons don’t remain within school walls, according to Smith, which is one of the hallmarks of the program, “service before self.” Past cadets have regularly visited nursing homes and hospitals, hosted food and clothing drives, and raised money for or volunteered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes, Adopt-A-Highway and Special Olympics. Cadet teams are charged to use their imaginations and get creative with their service. In the past, one unit helped a paralyzed boy with physical therapy designed to help him walk again. Not only does the program give back to the community, but to the school, as well. Many of the school’s extracurricular activities are affiliated with the AFJROTC, including the drill team and the color guard. A club sponsored by Col. Morgan sponsors Homewood’s CyberPatriotX Team, which is a cyber security club that practices defending against hacking. In addition, cadets are regular fixtures on the field during the football season, presenting the colors in special on-field ceremonies, and the cadets hold an annual Veterans Day program and a six-hour silent remembrance march on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Most notably, the cadets present themselves at the beginning and ending of each school day by raising the school’s flag in the morning and lowering it at the end of the day, upholding a tradition held since 1972. ❖

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emphasis on Air Force traditions, athletics and life skills, as well as offering two courses that focus more heavily on science-based lessons in applied flight sciences, military aerospace policies and space exploration. According to Smith, lessons in leadership are a huge focus in the day-to-day of the program, including lessons on project management, organizing and conducting staff meetings, and public speaking. There also are lessons in useful life

VHHS Cheer Places at National and World Competitions

At the 2018 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship, the school’s JV Game Day cheer squad, below, took first place in the Junior Varsity Game Day cheerleading category. In addition, the VHHS Super Varsity squad, above, took third place in the World School Cheerleading Championship.

Shades Cahaba to Host Winter Carnival Fundraiser

memberships, artwork, reserved seating at school events, teacher time, travel packages and more. In previous years, proceeds from the festival have funded Chrome books, kindergarten STEM boxes, school supplies, computer software, grants for fifth-grade pen pals, school musicals, special school events such as Grandpals’ Day and the Owl Prowl Fun Run. Ticket packages vary and include wristbands and special donation options. For more information, visit

The Vestavia Hills High School Rebel cheerleading team traveled to Walt Disney World in Orlando Feb. 10-11 to compete in two cheerleading competitions, scoring high marks at both events.

The Shades Cahaba Elementary PTO is preparing for the school’s annual Winter Festival, to be held Feb. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. Festivities will include carnival rides, arcades, inflatables, balloon animals, face painting and plenty of games. For the parents, a silent auction will provide opportunities to bid on classes and camps for kids, excursion packages, fitness and health

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Mountain Brook Cheerleaders Wrap Gifts for MS Program

Over the holidays, the Mountain Brook High School cheerleaders adopted a family of four affected by multiple sclerosis and served as gift wrappers for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MS Santa Project. “The cheerleaders had a heart of service from the moment we introduced the idea until the last gift was wrapped. Serving others should be our number one priority, and our girls displayed that beautifully through this opportunity,” said Shane Martin, cheerleading coach. Through the MS Santa Project, the National MS Society matches families that have holiday needs with volunteers who wish to “adopt” an individual or family and provide items from their holiday wish lists. Through the

generosity of volunteers, families receive gifts, clothes and other vital household essentials such as bath towels and cleaning supplies. Andrew Bell, president of the National MS Society’s Alabama-Mississippi market, said the program began in 2013 as a small initiative of the society’s Birmingham Community Council. “The average cost of living with MS can be upwards of $70,000 per year,” Bell said. “The society is a trusted partner for people living with MS, and we exist to help people overcome the challenges the disease can create. Along with physical and emotional challenges, MS can cause financial challenges around the holidays. We are so privileged to be able to help offset this stress. Thanks to individuals and groups like the Mountain Brook cheerleaders, this program continues to grow year after year. We hope the MS Santa Project brings some joy.” ❖


Photos courtesy Virginia Samford Theatre; The Altamont School; Alabama Ballet; McWane Center; Samford University Baseball; Camp Mac; and Alabama School of Fine Arts/Beau Gustafson.

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Give your kids the summer of a lifetime with camp experiences tailored to their interests and needs. You’ll find a variety of camps to choose from in the 2018 edition of OTMJ’s Camp Guide with programs ranging from academics to fine arts, from marching band to sports. We’ve also included camps of the more traditional kind with activities like swimming, crafts and horseback riding. But as you browse our listing, beginning on page 24, be aware that dates and other details are subject to change, and enrollment is often limited. So please use the contact information provided to verify the options available prior to registering.


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ACADEMICS/ENRICHMENT CAMPS Advent Episcopal School Summer Programs (Day) Telephone: (205) 252-2535 Address: 2019 6th Avenue North, Birmingham 35203 Email: Website: Dates: June 11-July 27 Ages: Grades Pre-K through 8, rising Description: The Advent summer program is designed to stimulate, challenge and entertain students. Open to kids throughout the greater Birmingham area, the program consists of two components: Summer Solstice for grades 4-8 and Panther Camp for PreK-3rd grade. Advent offers extended morning and afternoon care. Alabama School of Fine Arts Summer Programs (Day) Telephone: (205) 252-9241 Address: 1800 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham 35203 Email: Website: Dates: June 4-22 Ages: 8-15 Description: S.T.E.A.M. through summer with a variety of camps at ASFA, including creative writing, dance, computer science, app development, math, music, theatre arts and visual arts. For details on specific camps, please visit our website.

You’re the type of parent who wants your children to spend their summers outdoors, exploring their surrounds, making lifelong friendships, and having a blast. Unlike other summer day camps, Regional Outdoor Day Camp at Hargis Retreat is real camp situated on more than 200 wooded acres in Chelsea!


Altamont Summer 2018 (Day) Telephone: (205) 879-2006 Address: The Altamont School, 4801 Altamont Rd., Birmingham 35222 Email: Website: summer-at-altamont Ages: Grades 1-12, rising Dates: June 4-July 13 Description: Altamont’s summer programs feature a wide array of fun and educational classes, including photography, theater, creative writing, cooking and gaming, as well as math and English enrichment. Summer at Altamont also includes high school credit courses and music and sports camps. See website for details. Baylor School Summer Programs (Day or residential) Telephone: (423) 757-2616 Address: 171 Baylor School Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37405 Website: Description: Overnight and day camp options available. Programs include sports and enrichment, as well as Walkabout Camp (see separate listing in Traditional Camps) and more. Camps take place on the beautiful 200acre campus of Baylor School, situated on the banks of the Tennessee River. See website for more info. Hilltop Montessori School (Day) Telephone: (205) 437-9343 Address: 6 Abbott Square, Birmingham 35242 (Mt Laurel) Email: Website: Ages: 18 months – Grade 8 Dates: June 11-July 27, weekly sessions except for week of July 4 Description: Weekly session topics will include Science in the Kitchen, Study of Different Types of Living Things, Engineering, Montessori Methodology, Chemistry, Leadership and Communication, Musicology, Coding and Cryptology, Astronomy, Study of Caves, Pottery and Weaving. Please visit website for details. Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy (Day) Telephone: (205) 995-8709

The Altamont School Address: 5509 Timber Hill Rd., Birmingham 35242 Email: Website: Ages: 3 years to Grade 8 Dates: June 5-July 27 Description: JBMA offers an array of summer programs that will enhance your child’s education in the arts, science, nature and sports. All children are welcome. Summer camps are led by Bruno Montessori teachers on JBMA’s beautiful wooded campus. Visit website for a full list of camps and dates. Summer at Highlands (Day) Telephone: (205) 956-9731 Address: Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Rd., Birmingham 35213 Email: Website: Ages: Grades K-8 Description: Highlands strives to offer a variety of camps and activities that will enable children to continue learning while having a great time. Traditional day camps, as well as enrichment camps, are available. Offerings also include a Counselor-in Training Leadership program for rising 7th-11th graders and programs geared toward 4K and 5K only. See website for details. Summer @ Springs (Day) Telephone: (205) 988-3350 Address: Indian Springs School, 190 Woodward Dr., Indian Springs 35214 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 4-12 Dates: June 5-August 11 Description: For students in grades 4-12 who want to make the most of their summer breaks, Summer@Springs offers a wide range of academic enrichment courses, including ACT prep, study skills and strategies, wetlands ecology, black-and-white analog photography and much more. Summer@Springs faculty are dedicated professionals and accomplished educators. Courses are designed to be fun, adventurous and enriching.

ART/CRAFTS CAMPS Art Camp with Jayne Morgan (Day) Telephone: (205) 902-5226 Address: 585 Shades Crest Rd., Hoover 35226 Email:



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Art Camp with Jayne Morgan Website: Ages: 4-18 Dates: June 4-21 Description: Campers will explore lessons in painting, drawing and clay, bringing home many works of art at the end of camp. See our website for more details. BIG Art Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 871-7324

Email: Ages: Grades 1-5, completed Dates: June 18-July 12 Description: Children of all skill levels come back year after year to learn about art and create their own masterpieces. Led by experienced teachers Jimmy and Nancy McGowan, campers explore various forms of artistic expression, including drawing, painting, sculpture, origami and multi-media collage.

There is no place like Y Day Camp. A home away from home where your children laugh, learn, explore and grow in the outdoors while creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime.

ALTAMONT SUMMER 2018 DAY & SPORTS CAMPS | CREDIT COURSES GRADES 1-12 | JUNE 4-JULY 13 Registration & information: Join us for an Open House on March 8 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

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S U MM E R ASFA offers 1/2 day and full-day programs touching all the S.T.E.A.M disciplines including camps in science, technology, engineering (game design & computer science), the arts (creative writing, dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts) and math. Specific camp descriptions, fees, dates and registration at: ALABAMA SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS 1800 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd. 35203 205.252.9241

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Birmingham Museum of Art Summer Art Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 254-2565 Address: 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd, Birmingham 35203 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 1-12, rising Dates: June 11-July 27 Description: This camp will give campers access to the museum’s collection of original artworks from around the world. This summer’s camp, Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection, will encourage young artists to contemplate, discuss and create art while spending time in the exhibition with museum docents and work with certified teaching artists and prominent local artists. Samford Art Studio for Teens (Day) Telephone: (205) 726-2739 Address: Samford University Academy of the Arts, Birmingham 35209 Email: Website: summer-camps Ages: Grade 6-8 Dates: June 4-8 Description: Art camp is one week full of inspiration and creative expressions in art. With the help of our experienced art instructors, the students will see, touch, hear and feel the vocabulary of art by incorporating color, line, shape, texture, space, value, form, balance and rhythm.

Samford Bulldog Art Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 726-2739 Address: Samford University Academy of the Arts, Birmingham 35209 Email: Website: summer-camps Ages: Grade 1-5 Dates: June 25-29 Description: Art camp is one week full of inspiration and creative expressions in art. With the help of our experienced art instructors, the students will see, touch, hear and feel the vocabulary of art by incorporating color, line, shape, texture, space, value, form, balance and rhythm. Space One Eleven Summer Art Camps (Day) Telephone: (205) 328-0553 Address: 2409 2nd Ave. N., Birmingham 35203 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 2-5 and 6-12 Dates: June 4-July 27 Description: SOE offers weeklong art camps in multiple mediums for students in grades 2-5, and specialized camps for students in grades 6-12 in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, design, illustration, motion graphics and portfolio development. Taught by professional artists, SOE’s camps will spark the imaginations of young artists. Tangled Arts Studio at Artists on the Bluff Art Camps (Day)



Art Studio for Teens Grades 6-8 • June 4-8 Bulldog Art Camp Grades 1-5 • June 25-29

Adventures in Music Camp Grades 1–12 Piano • June 11-15 Piano and Voice • July 9-13 Music and Art for Minis Ages 4-6 • July 16-20

Register Now! • 205-726-2739

Writing Camp for Teens & Tweens Ages 11–15 June 18-22 • July 23-27



Telephone: (205) 305-2082 Address: Tangled Stones Studio, 736B Shades Mountan Plaza, Hoover 35226 Email: Website: Ages: 7-adult Description: Join Certified Zentangle Teacher Darla Williamson for a creative summer experience. Camps include Zentangle Summer Camp, July 9-13 for ages 7-10; Undersea Zentangle Book Camp, July 23-27 for ages 10 and up; and Art Journal Camps, July 16-20 and July 30-August 4 for ages 12 through adult. For more information, visit the website.

Description: YouthServe is a local nonprofit dedicated to empowering youth leadership through community service. Urban Service Camp is a transformative week-long residential camp with an emphasis on community service and designed to not only introduce campers to the benefits of serving others but to demonstrate the importance and benefits of collective impact. Youth will come away from camp with new relationships, a strengthened sense of community and an empowered self.


DANCE CAMPS Alabama Ballet (Day) Telephone: (205) 322-4300 Address: 2726 1st Ave. S., Birmingham 35233 Email: Website: Ages: Summer Program (ages 11-19, intermediate/ advanced) Junior Camp (ages 8-12) Tutus & Tiaras (ages 4-7, two sessions) Description: With its state-of-the-art studios and superb instructors, the Alabama Ballet seeks to promote and foster the development of classical and contemporary ballet through high-quality performances, dance education and community outreach. Birmingham Dance Theatre (Day) Telephone: (205) 822-3012 Address: 1694 Montgomery Hwy., Suite 200, Hoover 35216 Email: Website: Ages: 2-18 Dates: June 4-14 Description: Young dancers will love this camp, with lessons offered in ballet, Jjazz, hip-hop, tap and acrobatics. The Dance Foundation (Day) Telephone: (205) 870-0073 Address: 1715 27th Court S., Homewood 35209 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 4K to 6 (Half- and full-day camps) Dates: June 6-June 29 Description: Our dance camps are fun, creative and collaborative. Each camp has an age-appropriate focus, is led by professional teaching faculty and include dance, music and art. Sessions include Once Upon a Fairytale, Adventures in Enchanted Lands, Once Upon a Ballet, Dance Explorations and Theatre Explorations. A full list of camps, age requirements and dates is available on the website. Dawson Ballet School Summer Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 871-17324 Email: Ages: 5 years to Grade 2 Dates: July 30-August 3 Description: This camp is a delight, whether your little dancer is a first-time ballerina or has experience. Snacks will be provided, as ballerinas can work up quite an appetite, and crafts time gives those little feet time to rest. Enjoy a recital at the end of the week and see what your little ballerina has learned at camp.

DRAMA CAMPS Imagine! Drama Camp (Day) Address: 800 Lakeshore Dr., Birmingham 35209 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 1-5 Dates: June 11-15 & 18-22 Description: This one-week (for grades 1–5) and two-week (for grades 6–12) camp gives

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Samford Academy of the Arts students the chance to plan, create and participate in a theatre production. Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Camps (Day) Telephone: (205) 324-2424 Address: Sessions held at Berry Middle School and The Dance Foundation, Homewood Email: Website: Ages: 7-18 Dates: June 4-July 27 (one- and two-week sessions) Description: These camps offer singing, dancing and acting instruction taught by theatre professionals. Options include Broadway Bootcamp (Recruit, Intermediate and Advanced), Summer Blast ‘18, Playmaking (half-day camps), All Aboard the Hogwarts Express, Characterization, and Beginner Tap. Virginia Samford Theatre’s Camp VST (Day) Telephone: (205) 251-1228 Address: 1116 26th St. S., Birmingham 35205 Email: Website: camp-vst Ages: 7-17 Dates: Session 1 - June 4-8; Session 2 - June 11-15; Session 3 - June 18-22 Description: This summer theatre intensive is designed to give children the opportunity to explore all aspects of working in live theatre with classes offered in acting, singing, dancing, hip-hop, improv, stage combat and more.

LANGUAGE/WRITING CAMPS Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop (Day) Telephone: (205) 934-8573 Address: 1190 10th Ave. South, Birmingham 35233 Email: Website: events-and-series/ada-long Ages: High school (rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors) Dates: June 4-22 Description: Every day, students will work closely with nationally acclaimed novelists, essayists and poets, all of whom have extensive teaching experience. A rare opportunity for high school students to learn from published authors. Samford Writing Camp for Tweens and Teens (Day) Telephone: (205) 726-2739 Address: Samford University Academy of the Arts, Birmingham 35209

Email: Website: summer-camps Ages: 11-15 Dates: Session I – July 18-22; Session II – July 23-27 Description: Are you that kid who writes poetry in math class? Want to learn how to write better and enter contests and publications? This is the class for you. We will practice finding the perfect words, imagery and details that will make everyone want to read your journals! Boundless creativity lives in these small classes, which offer teacher feedback and sharing with peers.

LEADERSHIP/SERVICE CAMPS Animate (Day) Telephone: (205) 726-4524 Address: 800 Lakeshore Dr., Birmingham 35209 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 7-12 + adult mentors Dates: June 25-29 Description: Animate is a five-day summer program in worship leadership for teenagers and their adult mentors. It is sponsored by the Center for Worship and the Arts on the campus of Samford University. Using biblical, Christ-centered principles, students hone worship leadership skills, adults sharpen their mentoring tools and everybody works together to reflect on the intersection between worship, theology and the arts. Worship Leader Boot Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 726-4524 Address: 800 Lakeshore Dr., Birmingham 35209 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 7-12 + adult mentors Dates: July 27-28 Description: Worship Leader Boot Camp is an intensive 24-hour training experience for student worship leaders and student worship teams. With a practical focus on music skills and principles of worship leadership, this camp prepares teenage youth worship leaders to plan, rehearse and lead worship for their peers during the Fall semester. YouthServe Urban Service Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 521-6651 Address: Camp held at Avondale Samaritan Place (adjacent to Avondale UMC) Email: Website: Dates: Session I - June 11-15; Session II – June 25-29; Session III – July 9-13

Adventures in Music Camp at Samford (Day) Telephone: (205) 726-2739 Address: Samford University Academy of the Arts, Birmingham 35209 Email: Website: summer-camps Ages: Grades 1-12 Dates: June 11-15 (piano only); July 9-13 (piano and voice) Description: These one-week intensive music camps offer aspiring piano and voice students music training, including private instruction, music literature, ensemble, theory and performance opportunities. Piano students must have at least 3 months of private instruction. Music and Art for Minis (Day) Telephone: (205) 726-2739 Address: Samford University Academy of the Arts, Birmingham 35209 Email: Website: summer-camps Ages: 4-6 Dates: July 16-20 Description: This camp offers a fabulous learning experience for preschoolers. Activities include singing, movement, listening skills, art projects, instruments, games, music history, recreation and a daily snack time. Campers bring their own lunch. Space is limited to 40 campers. Dawson Music Academy Summer Music Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 871-7324 Address: 1114 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham 35209 Email: Website: Ages: Grades K-5, completed Dates: July 16-20 Description: Come experience the joy of music through our fun-filled camp week. Campers will explore the instrument of their choice (piano, violin, voice, guitar, harp, percussion), participate in team spirit competitions and enjoy recreation and art electives. Mason Music Camps (Day) Address: Four locations: 761 Shades Mountain Plaza, Hoover 35226; 2903 Cahaba Rd., Mountain Brook 35223; 3187 Cahaba Heights Rd., Birmingham 35243; 5406 Hwy. 280 E, Suite B103, Birmingham 35242 Email: Website: Ages: 3-18 Dates: June 4-July 28 Description: Mason Music’s 2018 summer camps include STARS Preschool Music Camp for ages 3-5 (potty-trained); Mason Music Camp for Beginners for ages 6-9; Led Zeppelin Rock Band Camp for ages 10-18; and Overdrive Rock Band Camp for ages 13-18. Not all camps are at all locations. See website for details. Samford University 2018 Piano & Chamber Music Institute (Day) Telephone: Dr. Ron Shinn at (205) 601-3695 or Dr. Barbara Shinn at (205) 335-8736

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Address: Buchanan Hall, 800 Lakeshore Dr., Birmingham 35209 Email: or bshinn@samford. edu Website: Ages: 12-high school seniors Dates: June 3-9 Description: This one-week program affords talented pre-college students opportunities to further their performance abilities while simultaneously increasing general knowledge of music through music history, music theory, ear training and keyboard literature classes.

trips and a design competition.

UAB Beginners Percussion Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 975-5823 Address: UAB Hulsey Center, 950 13th St. S., Birmingham 35294 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 6-8 Dates: June 4-8 Description: Basic drumming techniques for students with one year or less public school band instruction.

Prepared, Not Scared Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 777-7446 Address: P.O. Box 321038, Birmingham 35232 (Camp is at Ruffner Mountain) Email: Website: Dates: June 18-22 Description: This life skills/survival camp teaches kids how to find clean water, what you need in a safety kit, how to start a fire, how to deal with bullying and how to forage for food. Learn survival skills such as finding water. We will track the legendary Bigfoot as well. Aftercare available. Discounts for members.

UAB Marimba/Keyboard Clinic (Day) Telephone: (205) 975-5823 Address: UAB Hulsey Center, 950 13th St. S., Birmingham 35294 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 9-12 Dates: June 26-29 Description: This clinic focuses on 4-mallet technique and musicianship on marimba, as well as covering topics on vibraphone, xylophone and bells. For advanced high school students with experience on keyboard instruments. UAB Summer Music Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 975-2263 Address: Hulsey Center, 950 13th St. S., Birmingham 35294 Email: or Website: Ages: Grades 6-12, rising Dates: June 10-16 Description: This is a weeklong band camp that helps participants gain new skills and methods they can take back to their school band programs and share with other band members. Residential and commuter options are available.

SCIENCE/NATURE/TECHNOLOGY CAMPS Aldridge Botanical Gardens Summer Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 682-8019 Address: 3530 Lorna Rd., Hoover 35216 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 5K-5 Dates: June 4-29 Description: A summer camp held in the great outdoors and providing hands-on learning experiences designed to cultivate children’s natural curiosity, empower them with understanding, and engage them in problemsolving and decision-making. Birmingham Zoo Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 879-0409 Address: 2630 Cahaba Rd., Birmingham 35223 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 4K-8 Dates: June 4-Aug. 3 Description: The Birmingham Zoo has a variety of unforgettable camps where your child can experience up-close-and-personal interaction with animals and have a great time while learning. Camps include Adventures in Nature, Young Naturalists, Naturally Gross, ZooKeeper and more.

McWane Science Center Summer Camps (Day) Address: 200 19th St. N., Birmingham 35203 Website: Description: McWane Science Center Camps make learning an unforgettable adventure. Various themes and activities allow kids to experience something new each day. Flexible programming gives parents options ranging from an afternoon of exploration to full weeks of learning fun. Check website for details and scheduling.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Day) Telephone: (205) 414-3950 Address: 2612 Lane Park Rd., Birmingham 35223 Email: Website: Ages: Grades Pre-K-8 Dates: June 4-July 27 Description: BBG’s programs are designed to actively promote your child’s natural sense of creativity and discovery with fun learning experiences in the unmatched setting of the Gardens. This summer BBG is offering exciting opportunities to grow and discover through yoga, art, cooking, gardening, children’s literature and more, all while forming new friendships. ChemBridge (A CORD camp) (Day) Telephone: (205) 934-5171 Address: 901 14th St. S., Birmingham 35205 Email: Website: Ages: Grade 9 (rising) Dates: July 9-13 Description: ChemBridge provides area 8th grade graduates with an exciting journey into big time chemistry, including stimulating hands-on experiments, great UAB faculty and staff to help with understanding the chemistry behind the experiments, and preparation for the high school experience.

adventures. (Shhh! It’s science, but please don’t tell the kids.) HotScience (Day) Telephone: (205) 934-5171 Address: 901 14th St. S., Birmingham 35205 Email: Website: html or Ages: High school juniors and seniors and college freshmen Dates: July 16-20 Description: This program allows you to make an original contribution to research in a UAB chemistry lab. We talk about vaccines, viruses and DNA, explore UAB medical facilities, and talk about science and medical careers. This program is staffed by UAB faculty and students. Materials Camp at UAB (Day) Telephone: (205) 975-3271 Address: 1150 10th Ave. S., (BEC 254), Birmingham 35294 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 10-12, rising Dates: June 18-22 Description: Students interested in engineering and applied science, can explore metals, plastics, ceramics and high-tech composites through hands-on activities, interaction with UAB engineering faculty and students, field

Engineering Camps at UAB (Day) Telephone: (205) 975-3388 Address: Hoen 101, 1720 2nd Ave. S., Birmingham 35294 Email: Website: Ages: 12-17 Dates: June 4-July 20 Description: Hands-on training for students interested in various aspect of engineering. Sessions include Introduction to Programming, Computer Programming and Robotics, Internet of Things – Building Smartphone Applications, Advanced Programming and Robotics, and CAD Design and 3D Printing. Gross Out Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 777-1851 Address: P.O. Box 321038, Birmingham 35232 (Camp at Birmingham Botanical Gardens) Email: Website: Ages: Grades 1-4, rising Dates: May 29-July 27, nine sessions Description: Kids explore the great outdoors in this award-winning science camp, a hands-on field biology experience. Dig for worms, hunt for crawdads, feel a snake slither through your hands, make slime and other gross science

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS The Exceptional Foundation (Day) Telephone: (205) 870-0776 Address: 1616 Oxmoor Rd., Birmingham 35209 Email: Website: Ages: 5 and up Dates: June 4-July 27 Description: The Exceptional Foundation provides social and recreational activities for individuals with special needs through activities such as art, music, bowling, swimming, sports and more. Camp ASCCA (Week) Telephone: 825-9226 Address: P.O. Box 21, 5278 Camp Ascca Dr., Jacksons Gap 36861 Email: Website: Ages: 6 to adult Dates: July 1-6, July 8-13, July 15-20, July 22-27, July 39-Aug. 3, Aug. 5-10 and Aug. 12-17 Description: Located on 230 wooded acres at Lake Martin, Easterseals Camp ASCCA offers a traditional summer camp experience for children and adults with disabilities, offering recreational and educational activities, such as horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, archery and more. Each session is designed to serve specific age groups and their abilities. Mitchell’s Place Summer Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 957-0294 Address: 4778 Overton Rd., Birmingham 35210 Email: Website: Ages: 6-14 Dates: June 4-14, June 18-28 and July 9-19 Description: Three different themed sessions camping, team building and fine arts - will offer games and activities that focus on continued development of social skills, teamwork, building friendships and self-esteem. Participants receive weekly reports describing specific activities and skill performance.


The Exceptiional Foundation

Ambassador Soccer Camp - Junior (Day) Telephone: (205) 776-5114 Address: 2220 Briarwood Way, Birmingham 35243 Email: Website: Ages: 4-10 Dates: June 11-15 Description: A fun introductory soccer camp


for any level of player, ages 4-10. Great professional staff with a fun environment. Ambassador Soccer Camp - Senior (Day) Telephone: (205) 776-5114 Address: 2220 Briarwood Way, Birmingham 35243 Email: Website: Ages: 7-14 Dates: June 11-15 Description: A fun, challenging soccer camp for a competitive level of player, age 7-14. Great professional staff with a fun environment. Blackjack Farms Summer Horsemanship Camp (Day) Telephone: (205) 956-8532 or (205) 901-8261 Address: 2420 Burns Lane, Birmingham 35210 Email: Website: Ages: 6-13 Dates: June 5-7; June 19-21; July 10-12; July 24-26 Description: Blackjack Summer Horsemanship teaches English riding lessons along with horsemanship skills. Campers receive safe, professional instruction in a structured environment. Other activities include arts and crafts, picnics, swimming, field trips and more. Dawson Basketball Camps I & II (Day) Telephone: (205) 879-1758 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 1-5, completed Dates: Camp I - May 29-June 1; Camp II - July 9-12 Description: Dawson’s Recreation Ministry is crazy for basketball! We invite children of all skill levels in Grades 1-5, completed, to kick of their summer with a half-day basketball camp. No experience required.

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SUMMER CAMP GUIDE High Point Climbing and Fitness (Day) Telephone: (205) 981-9190 Address: 4766 Hwy 280, Birmingham 35242 Website: Ages: 5-14 Dates: Beginning of June to beginning of August Description: High Point camps teach kids about rock climbing and team building. Our staff is dedicated to teaching the basics of climbing, equipment usage, climbing techniques, and the importance of trust and communication. Participants will finish our climbing camps with a sense of self-confidence and accomplishment.



Mike Getman Soccer Camp (Day or residential) Telephone: (205) 870-0194 Email: Website: Ages: 10-12 (Day, boys and girls); 10-18 (Residential/commuter, boys) Dates: Day camps: June 4-8; July 9-13; Residential/commuter camps: June 17-20; June 24-27; July 15-18 in Rome, Ga.; and July 27-29 Description: Great soccer training for all ages. Learn from the best! Samford University Casey Dunn Baseball Camps (Day & residential) Address: Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Dr., Birmingham Website: Ages: Grades K-12 Dates: Youth Camps – June 11-14, June 25-28, July 9-12 and July 23-26; Middle School Advanced Camp – June 20-21; High School Elite Camp – July 17-18 Description: These age-appropriate baseball camps are designed to maximize the camp experience so that campers enjoy the game and become better players. Sessions led by the Samford baseball staff, current and former Samford players, as well as other college players, college coaches and high school coaches.


Learn a repertoire of musical theatre songs and dances during these fun week-long workshops, culminating in a performance for family and friends .


MARCH 26 - MARCH 30, 2018 Ages 7-12 • $300 • Mon-Fri 9AM-4PM


J U N E 1 1 -1 5 , 2 0 1 8 O R J U N E 1 8 -2 2 , 2 0 1 8 O R J U LY 2 3 -2 7, 2 0 1 8 Ages 7-12 • $275-Before April 13, After 13-$300 • Mon-Fri 9AM-4PM


J U N E 4 - 8 , 2 0 1 8 O R J U N E 1 1 -1 5 , 2 0 1 8 O R J U LY 9 -1 3 , 2 0 1 8 Ages 4-6 • $160-Before April 13, After April 13-$180 • Mon-Fri 9AM-12PM or Mon-Fri 1PM-4PM

This premier, audition-based camp will enhance the performance skills of all young artists through technique-based classes. Students ages 7-18 learn from theatre professionals hired from across the United States, to LA and Broadway.


JUNE 4-15, 2018 Ages 7-18 • $575-Before April 13, After April 13-$600 • Monday-Friday from 9AM-4PM


JUNE 4-22, 2018 Ages 9-16 • $1,150-Before April 13, After April 13-$1200 • Monday-Friday from 9AM-4PM


JUNE 4-22, 2018 Ages 13-18 • $1,150-Before April 13, After April 13-$1200 • Monday-Friday from 9AM-4PM

Register Today: Summer Art Camp 2018 is sponsored by the UAB School of Medicine

More camps available! For a full list, visit or call 205-324-2424

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COME A ! h MAKE Splas Pre-K - 8th Grade Your children will have fun this summer while learning something new and exciting!

Advent Episcopal School 2019 6th Avenue North (205) 252-2535

Samford University Scott Padgett Basketball Camps (Day) Telephone: (205) 726-4444 Address: Samford University, 800 Lakeshore Dr., Birmingham Email: Website: Ages: Grades K-12 Dates:Fundamental Camp I - May 29-June 1 (K-8); Fundamental Camp II - June 4-7 (K-8); Fundamental Camp III - June 18-21 (K-12) Description: Led by the Bulldogs’ coaches and players, as well as additional top collegiate coaches from across the nation, these camps provide players and teams with a competitive and educational experience. Sessions will be a balance of instruction, skills and game experience. Athletes will learn the latest methods in training and technique.

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Camp Cosby - YMCA (Residential) Telephone: (256) 268-2007 Address: 2290 Paul Bear Bryant Rd., Alpine 35014 Email: Website: Ages: 6-16 Dates: June 5-July 30 Description: This camp offers a one week, co-ed sleepaway camp experience for children ages 6-16 on the shores of Logan Martin Lake. YMCA Camp Cosby gives children a chance to play hard, make new friends and have the adventure of a lifetime in a safe, fun and structured environment. Camp Fletcher (Day or residential) Telephone: (205) 428-1059 Address: 5150 Fletcher Rd., Bessemer 35022 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 1-12, rising


Dates: May 29-Aug. 3 Description: Camp Fletcher in McCalla offers traditional day, resident and leadership camps, as well as a beautiful woodland setting, a safe and structured environment, quality programs led by carefully chosen staff, fun-filled activities for all ages and interests, small groups and high staff ratios, affordable sessions and ACA accreditation. Camp Juliette Low (Residential) Telephone: (770) 428-1062 Address: 321 Camp Juliette Low Rd., Cloudland, GA Email: Website: Ages: 7-17 (girls) Dates: June 3-July 28 (1- & 2-week sessions) Description: Platform tents, outdoor adventure, traditional camping, fun and friendship since 1922. Located on Lookout Mountain, Camp Juliette Low is an independent, residential summer camp for girls that fosters selfconfidence, independence, leadership and a love for the outdoors. Camp Mac (Residential) Telephone: (256) 362-7449 Address: Inside the Talladega National Forest Email: Website: Ages: Grades 1-8, completed Dates: May 1-July 29 Description: Camp Mac gives kids a place to “learn stuff, do things, and have fun.” It also gives kids a unique place to explore their strengths, find their courage and reach out beyond their comfort zone in an environment that is wholesome, supportive and surrounded by natures’ beauty. Programs are fun, challenging and offer an unforgettable camp experience.

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Camp Merri-Mac (Residential) Telephone: (828) 669-8766 Address: 1123 Montreat Rd., Black Mountain, NC 28711 Email: Website: Ages: 6-16 Dates: June 4-Aug. 9 Description: Camp Merri-Mac is an all-girls Christian camp located high in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Join us for a summer of growth through friends and adventure. Camp Nakanawa (Residential) Telephone: (931) 277-3711 Address: 1084 Camp Nakanawa Road, Crossville, Tenn. 38571 Email: Website: Ages: 8-16, girls Dates: June 17-July 29 (one-, two- and four-week sessions Description: Camp Nakanawa is a traditional summer camp for girls offering a program designed to enable each camper to acquire skills in various activities in a positive atmosphere that develops character and a spirit of unselfishness. It’s a fun-filled environment in which to make lifetime friendships and gain true self-confidence. Camp Winnataska (Residential) Telephone: (205) 640-6741 Address: 336 Winnataska Dr., Pell City 35128 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 1-10, rising Dates: June 11-July 23 Description: Camp Winnataska is an interdenominational camp with the motto “Christian camping at its best”. The camp is celebrating its 100th birthday this summer.

Camp Woodmont (Residential) Telephone: (423) 472-6070 Address: 381 Moonlight Dr., Cloudland, GA 30731 Email: Website: Ages: 6-14 (Boys and girls) Dates: May 27 – July 27 Description: Camp Woodmont is a traditional overnight camp for boys and girls, ages 6-14. Just two hours north of Birmingham in NW Georgia, Camp Woodmont features horseback riding, high-ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery and more. Founded on Christian principles in 1981, Camp Woodmont is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories. Open House: May 20, 2-5 p.m. Kidcam Camp @ Oak Mountain (Day or residential) Telephone: (817) 4KIDCAM Address: 200 Terrace Dr., Pelham 35124 Email: Website: Ages: Kindergarten to age 13 Dates: May 29-Aug.3 Description: Kidcam campers enjoy everything Oak Mountain State Park has to offer, including beaches, boats, archery, hiking, nature, golf, pet farm, sports and a good mix of indoor activities. Parents love the flexible scheduling, week-to-week options, extended hours, affordable prices, multi week and sibling discounts. The Walkabout Experience (Residential) Telephone: (423) 757-2515 Address: 171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405 Email: Website: Ages: Ages 8-16




June 11-24, June 25-28, July 9-12 and July 23-26 Grades K-7, $195, 9 a.m.-noon

Fundamentals, including hitting, fielding, throwing, running bases, and game simulations.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVANCED CAMP June 20-21, 6th to 8th Grades, $200, 1:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

The camp is designed for campers at a higher level than the youth camps with a more advanced and technical level of instruction for the players.


July 17-18 • Grades 9 - 2018 Graduates • Day 1 - 12:00-9 p.m., Day 2 - 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • $295 This camp is designed for players to receive detailed instruction while showcasing their talent for the Samford Coaching Staff.


• one-on-one instruction • daily games • instruction in all areas of baseball • exposure to many different coaches • Samford Baseball Camp t-shirt • Youth Campers receive Samford Baseball water bottle


• baseball glove and hat • baseball cleats and tennis shoes • baseball pants and shorts • a willingness to work hard and get better

Check in starts 30 minutes prior to first day of camp!

The camp is open to any and all registrants. Registration information can be obtained online at or call 205-726-4294

To: From: Date: Over The Mountain Journal, phone 205-823-9646, fax 205-824-1246 February 2018 This is your AD PROOF from the OVER THE MOUNTAIN JOURNAL for the Save $10 February 22, 2018 issue. Please fax approval or changes to 824-1246.

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Use Code OTM18 FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES & AFFORDABLE PRICING Please make sure all information is correct, Swimming, Arts, Sports, Hiking, Golfing, Boating, Archery, Outdoor Adventures including address and phone number! Oak Mountain State Park Please initial and fax back within 24 hours. we have not heard from you by 5 pm of the Friday before the press date, Located in the Oak Lodge & Pavilion on Ifthe Lake your ad will run as is. We print the paper Monday. May 29th - August 3rd $145 a week

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SUNDAY, MARCH 4TH | MAIN LODGE 2PM-4PM Extended Hours 7a - 6p | Multi Child Discounts | Build Your Own Summer Sessions 2 Convenient Drop Off Locations at front of park & Hwy. 119


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Cultural Camping

Folk School Program Preserves the Past for Future Generations By June Mathews From its Native American beginnings, to its agricultural economy, to its role in the Civil War, Alabama’s cultural heritage runs diverse and deep. But through each element of its culture runs a common thread: the creative hearts and hands of Alabamians, manifested in the form of traditional folk arts. The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell, the camp and conference center for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, is working to preserve those traditions for future generations. Founded in 2007, the school seeks to reconnect the adults and children who come there to music, art and each other. “We provide opportunities for people to work creatively with their hands and minds in ways to preserve Alabama’s cultural heritage,” said program coordinator Bailey Hill. “Our hope is that making the world a better place is an extension of what we do.” Workshops offered through the folk school include basketry, fiber art, painting, blacksmithing, fly fishing and quilting, as well as musical options such as fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar. For a complete list, go to workshops. “Folk school has become another reason to come to Camp McDowell,” said Hill. “It’s a good experience and kind of adds a different Dates: June 10 - July 7 Description: The Walkabout Experience is your camper’s avenue to all things outdoors. Campers will climb, kayak, explore caves, camp, hike, swim make friends, make memories for life, and so much more. Sessions are age- and challenge-appropriate. See our website for more info on the best summer a camper can have in the Southeast!


Birmingham Botanical gardens Children’s Summer Camps

A Family Tradition!

Programs are designed to actively promote your child’s natural sense of creativity and discovery with fun learning experiences in the unmatched setting at Birmingham Botanical Gardens!

All Saints’ Preschool (Day) Telephone: (205) 879-1092 Address: 112 West Hawthorne Rd., Homewood 35209 Email: Website: Ages: 12 mos. to 5 yrs. (6-yr.-olds who have completed kindergarten may attend) Dates: June 4-22 and July 9-27 Description: This camp experience gives kids a summer filled with lots of activities, music, creative movement and friends.

dimension to people’s lives. They’re learning something and doing something unique at the same time.” Hill, a musician, began volunteering with the folk school five or six years ago, then became a part-time member of the staff last summer. He has since moved into a full-time position. “It’s a privilege, not to mention fun, working with an art form you love and helping other people to do that, too,” he said.

Attracting Youth

Though mainly attended by adults in the beginning – 100 to 130 at any given session – the folk school now attracts a number of youngsters through its summer program for rising fifth- through 12-graders. “At first, we didn’t get a lot of response to our youth camp,” said Hill. “We had maybe 20 or 30 kids attend. But the next year we had around 60, and interest continues to grow. It’s been fun watching the youth programs catch up to the adult programs. I wish they’d had this program when I was a kid.” Youth Folk Camp combines the traditional overnight camp concept with instruction in farming, fiber arts, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and more. During the registration process, campers choose the classes they attend. In between classes, they enjoy activities such as swimming, padCamp Straight Street (Day) Telephone: (205) 978-9308 Address: 2281 Old Tyler Rd., Birmingham 35226 Email: Website: Ages: K3-8, rising Dates: June 5-Aug. 4, weekly sessions Description: Kids enjoy learning as they have a great time and go home feeling like they’ve spent the day with good friends who care about them as individuals and as part of the group. This camp is just the thing for kids enjoying their first camp experience, as well as for “seasoned pros” who have been to camp before. Dawson Day Camps I & II (Day) Telephone: (205) 879-1758 Email: Website: Ages: Grades 1-5, completed Dates: Camp I: June 11-15; Camp II: June 25-29 Description: Day camps are held at the beautiful wooded Camp Dawson near Calera, just the place for a summer adventure. Each

Camp Juliette Low On Lookout Mountain in Cloudland, Georgia

Registration now open for weeklong sessions in yoga, cooking, art and more! Outdoor adventure, platform tents, traditional camping, fun and friends! A private, residential camp for girls 7-17. 1 & 2 week sessions: June 3-July 28

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Photo courtesy Camp McDowell


Summer@Springs offers students in grades 4–12 a wide range of academic enrichment Though mainly attended by adults in the beginning – 100 to 130 at any given session – The Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell, now attracts a number of youngsters through its summer program for rising fifth- through 12th-graders.

dle boating, hiking and ropes courses. Enrollment in each class is limited to 15 students, allowing for individual attention when needed. Instructors are master musicians and artists. A showcase for sharing what campers learn during their Alabama Folk School experience will be held for family and friends on the last day of camp. “The mandolin and guitar classes always fill up pretty quickly,” said Hill. “But what’s surprising to me is how the kids enjoy the farming morning, campers will meet at the Family Recreation Center on Dawson’s campus and travel by bus to camp. We offer a variety of activities with something sure to satisfy every camper, including archery, swimming, BB guns, recreation, crafts, high ropes course, and rock wall climbing. Levite Jewish Community Center’s Camp LJCC (Day) Telephone: (205) 879-0411 Address: 3960 Montclair Rd., Birmingham 35213 Email: Website: Ages: Grades K-8, rising Dates: May 29-July 27 Description: LJCC offers eight weekly day camps to the entire Birmingham community for children entering K-8. Our “Camp a la Carte” system allows you to plan your summer exactly as you wish – sign up for one week or all eight. You can mix and match weeks with day camps, specialty and/or sports camps.

courses. Make the most of your summer at Springs!

classes. Farming is an art form of its own, and a lot of our campers come from urban and suburban areas around the state and haven’t seen where their food comes from. “And,” he said, “seeing their first encounter with a muddy pig is always kind of funny.” An hour’s drive from Birmingham in Winston County, Camp McDowell is situated on 1,140 acres of forests, canyons, streams and waterfalls near the Bankhead National Forest. For more information, visit

Summer Camps at the Y (Day) Telephone: (205) 801-YMCA Address: 2101 Fourth Avenue North, Birmingham 35203 Website: Ages: 5-18 Description: The Y’s summer camp is all about helping kids get more out of their summer: more friendships, more achievement and more belonging. For details check out the YMCA of Greater Birmingham website or call your local YMCA. Alabaster Family YMCA – (205) 663-7240 Downtown YMCA – (205) 324-4563 Greystone Family YMCA (205) 981-0144 YMCA Hargis Retreat (205) 678-6512 Hoover Family YMCA – (205) 682-1399 Mountain Brook YMCA – (205) 870-0144 Northeast Family YMCA – (205) 833-7616 Pelham Family YMCA – (205) 664-9622 Shades Valley Family YMCA – (205) 870-9622 Trussville Family YMCA – (205) 655-2224 Vestavia YMCA – (205) 823-0144 YMCA Youth Center – (205) 324-1643 ­—June Mathews

Use the summer to explore! ACT Prep Wetlands Ecology Black & White Photography Driver’s Education Leadership Development Social Entrepreneurship Institute Civil Rights Immersion Travel Study

2018 Summer Camps

Algebra/Geometry Boot Camp Cooking (Intro & Advanced)



Improving Your Writing



Intro to Faith Traditions





DEWITT, From page 36

On the Mat or on Stage, Homewood’s Turner Is a Virtuoso Performer

CLASS 6A 195 POUNDS: Carlos Miguel Figueroa (Homewood) 61-1, Jr. over Anthony Talton (ClayChalkville) 43-5, Jr.

CLASS 7A 120 POUNDS: Sullivan Tipton (Oak Mountain) 50-7, So. over Riley Huff (Hoover) 35-9, Jr.

Class 7A 170 pounds: Barrett Blakely (Oak Mountain) 53-0, Sr. over Jordan Hunter (Buckhorn) 31-3, Jr.

Homewood senior Javonic Turner had little time to digest the disappointing end to his high school wrestling career. Turner reached the Class 6A 152pound final with a 42-0 record. But he lost a narrow 4-2 decision to Oxford’s Matt King in the championship match last Saturday afternoon in the 63rd AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. When the match was done, he had to drive home from Huntsville and take the stage to perform with The Network, Homewood’s Advanced Mixed show choir. He’s one of the choir’s dance captains and Homewood was hosting the South Central Classic. “I got there really quickly,” Turner said. “Things ended pretty quick at state (wrestling), and the drive to Homewood wasn’t that bad, except for some rain. I got to the school in plenty of time. It wasn’t as stressful as it was when I went to Opelika.” After winning the Class 6A 152pound North Super Section title Feb. 10 at the Birmingham CrossPlex, Turner jumped into his car to travel to Opelika, where The Network was competing in the Opelika Southern Showcase. His mother, Teia Turner, did the driving while he maneuvered in the passenger’s seat to change into his performance clothes. “I got to the competition as our choir was leaving the dressing room to go on stage,” Turner said. “As soon as I got there, our assistant director tied my shoes and I went on stage.” “With wrestling and show choir, some time-consuming demands are placed on him, but he always makes it work,” said Scott Thorne, the Homewood show choir director. With Turner on stage doing his thing, Homewood took first place in the mixed division, earning accolades for best vocals, best choreography and best overall effect. “He’s probably one of the most driven kids I have,” Thorne said. “He comes down during his lunch break to study what we’re doing and when he gets on stage he owns the stage. “He’s a great singer, but he’s an

USTA Alabama Announces 2018 Hall of Famers

CLASS 7A 182 POUNDS: Spencer Haddock (Vestavia Hills) 22-2, Sr. over George Francovitch (Bob Jones) 42-5, Jr.


Birmingham’s Boo Mason, right, director of tennis for Hoover Country Club, recently was named to the 2018 USTA Hall of Fame. Mason, along with Eddie Jacques of Huntsville and Grant Rolley of Jasper, will be inducted into the Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame Feb. 17 during a ceremony at Vestavia Country Club. According to USTA officials, Mason is a tennis player and teacher of sportsmanship on and off the court, as well as an outstanding volunteer for USTA Alabama.

Journal photo by Mark Almond

By Rubin E. Grant

Journal photos by Mark Almond

Saturday at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. “It feels awesome to win again,” Dewitt said. “Going into the state finals last year, losing was my biggest fear, so I couldn’t imagine losing. Losing wouldn’t have felt right, especially since everybody expected me to do it again.” Dewitt qualified for the state tournament as a freshman at 170 pounds and finished fourth at 182 pounds as a sophomore. As a junior, he finally reached the pinnacle. “Last year was the first year everything came together for him,” Hoover wrestling coach Jacob Gaydosh said. “He’s always been a really good athlete, strong and quick. But a few times he had difficulty listening and taking coaching. But sometime last year, he started listening. He matured a lot.” Gaydosh pointed to Dewitt’s 2017 championship match as a sign of his maturity. He won then in a 9-4 decision over Huntsville’s Jaeger Clark, who entered the match 55-2. “The guy he beat in the state finals last year had beaten him during the year,” Gaydosh said. “But he went in with a game plan, with a strategy, and wrestled the way he needed.” This season, Gaydosh put added responsibility on Dewitt to be a team leader. The Bucs had only three seniors on a team of 30 wrestlers and started four or five freshman whenever they took the mat. “He did a really good job of taking guys under his wing, showing them how to practice and what to do on the mat in competition because there’s a big difference in high school and middle school,” Gaydosh said. Dewitt embraced the role of team leader because that’s the way he views wrestling. “It’s an individual sport, so you can’t blame anyone if you get beat,” Dewitt said. “But at the same time, it has a strong team aspect. If you don’t go out and do what you’re supposed to do, you’re hurting the team. “As a leader, sometimes you have to make the hard decisions and tell them what they need to do, so you’re connecting with your teammates.” Dewitt finished his senior season with a 46-2 record after posting a 35-3 mark in 2017. And now, he said, “I’m ready to go on to the next level.” He plans to wrestle in college and perhaps join the Navy one day. “I’ve always wanted to be in the military since I was young,” Dewitt said. “When I was younger, my favorite toy was a helicopter and I wanted to be a pilot. My dreams have changed over the years, but I still want to be in the military. “The Navy is in the big picture, so I’m looking at schools with strong ROTC programs.” Among those schools are Virginia Tech, Purdue and Auburn. He also has spoken to coaches from Castleton University, a NCAA Division III school in Vermont. “I’ve got a plan of action, so I’m going to do my best to get into the Navy,” Dewitt said. ❖


Javonic Turner reached the Class 6A 152-pound final with a 42-0 record. But he lost a narrow 4-2 decision to Oxford’s Matt King in the championship match last Saturday afternoon.

even better dancer. They say athletes make the best dancers, and he’s top notch.” The Network will be competing in the Auburn Show Choir Showdown on Saturday and will compete in the Show Choir Nationals March 22-24 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

The Lure of Pretty Girls

Turner joined the show choir as a sophomore, but it took some convincing from his friends. “My friends said, ‘You know how to dance’ – I was a pretty good dancer – ‘so you should do show choir,’” Turner explained. “I told them I already had enough on my plate with wrestling, but they said there are pretty girls in show choir, so I decided to do it. “I was on the middle level, The Associates, that first year and I wasn’t really that good. But I started watching the people who were really good and I thought I’d do it that way. The next year I made The Network.” Turner has taken his balancing act in stride, although he admits the practices on Monday were a bit taxing. “I’d go to school all day, go to wrestling practice from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30, then go straight to show choir practice from 6 to 9 p.m., and finally go home,” Turner said. “It’s tiring, but I enjoy both.” Turner has been wrestling since middle school, coming up with another talented wrestler, Carial Tarter. But when Tarter transferred to Mortimer As a junior player, Mason ranked first in the state in boys 16s and 18s and moved on to play tennis for Mountain Brook High School. He then joined the team at the University of Alabama. In addition to his current duties as director of tennis at Hoover Country Club, Mason volunteers as captain of senior men’s USTA Teams and is the acting captain of the Alabama Senior Cup Men’s team.   Mason’s honors include being named the United States Southern Professional Teaching Association Professional of the Year in 2011, and the United States Tennis Association Alabama Professional of the year in 1992,1999 and 2007.

Jordan after his freshman year, Homewood wrestling coach Eddie Crocker wasn’t sure whether Turner would continue to wrestle. “He had to wrestle up as a freshman and he gutted out the season in the 10th grade, but Javonic stuck with me,” Crocker said. “He’s a great kid and a pleasure to coach.” Turner reached the Class 6A 145pound final as a junior, but he lost to Muscle Shoals’ Joseph Green in the championship match. That had been his last loss before falling to King last Saturday. King had been the Class 6A 160-pound champion in 2017 before dropping down a weight class this season. “It was a pretty close match,” Turner said. “I was two points behind and in the last 30 seconds I got on top and had a chance to get three points, but he was able to stall it out. “I wasn’t super upset or sad. I think I was more upset last year. I was pretty chilled this time. I gave it my best and it didn’t work out.” Before leaving the Von Braun Center, Turner had a brief conversation with wrestling teammate Carlos Miguel Figueroa, a junior who won his second consecutive state title. Figueroa pinned Clay-Chalkville’s Anthony Talton for the 195-pound title to finish the season with a 61-1 record. He won the 182pound crown as a sophomore. “I told Miguel that at the end of all this that it was the end for me,” Turner said. “I told him I enjoyed being his teammate, but I’m officially retired and I’m no longer his captain, that he would have to step up and lead everybody now. It was my funny little way of passing the torch.” Turner doesn’t plan to wrestle in college. He plans to go to South Alabama and study psychology and music. Crocker said he will miss Turner next season. “I told him he needed to go to UAB, so he could be close by to help me,” Crocker said with a laugh. “He’s been like an assistant coach this season. When I need something technical taught to the young guys on our team, I let him teach them. He’s an intense technical technician. “Neither this program or the show choir would be as good if he wasn’t on the team.” ❖

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Journal photo by Marvin Gentry

Kassidy Crawford and Kalia Cunningham, from left, are so similar in height — Crawford is 5 feet 4 inches and Cunningham is 5 feet 5 inches — and playing style that one of the Patriots’ assistant coaches calls them “sisters.”

‘Sister Act’

Close-Knit Seniors Crawford and Cunningham Step up for Patriots By Rubin E. Grant Even though defending Class 6A champion Homewood reached the Northeast Regional final, this has been an unusual season for the girls basketball team. Not only have the Patriots had their third different head coach in as many seasons, they have had to deal with some significant player losses. Last summer, Ajah Wayne, the reigning Class 6A Player of the Year, transferred to area rival Ramsay. Also during the summer, senior forward Lia Roberson went down with a torn ACL in her left knee that sidelined her for the entire season, except for a brief appearance on Senior Night. And then in January, senior center Tori Webb went down with a knee injury. “This season has been different,” senior guard Kassidy Crawford said. “We don’t have the same people we had last year and we have a new coach. Everything has completely changed. It’s been interesting.” But one thing that hasn’t changed is the Patriots’ “sister act.”

Crawford and fellow senior guard Kalia Cunningham have been friends since kindergarten and teammates on the basketball court since the fifth grade. They are so similar in height — Crawford is 5 feet 4 inches and Cunningham is 5 feet 5 inches — and playing style that one of the Patriots’ assistant coaches calls them “sisters.” Cunningham doesn’t argue the point. “I am her sister,” Cunningham said matter-of-factly. “We’ve been around each other for a long time. We went to summer camps together and we’ve played basketball together for seven or eight years.” Crawford agrees the two have a close bond. “We’ve been best friends since we were 5,” Crawford said, “and she’s the first person I played basketball with. I wanted to be a cheerleader, but she wanted me to play basketball with her, so I did.” The Patriots couldn’t have reached the regional final without them, and not just because Cunningham came up with

BARKER, From page 36

“It was definitely something that I was leaning toward, but it’s not something that I knew I was going to do the whole time,” Braxton said. He bypassed scholarship offers to Delta State and Kentucky Wesleyan and possible preferred walk-on opportunities at UAB and Memphis for the chance to earn an opportunity to take snaps for the Tide. But make no mistake, the decision was his own. “He’s not following in my footsteps,” Jay said. “He is making his own prints and I have tried to give him advice and just be here for him. I’m excited for him and proud of him for all the hard work he has put in, the sacrifices he has made and just his competitive spirit. And yes, I’m very excited about him choosing Bama!” Alabama head coach Nick Saban personally extended the offer to the younger Barker when he dropped by Spain Park High School earlier this year. “He told me that he wanted me to be there,

a clutch steal and sank a free throw with 8.4 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give Homewood a 63-62 victory over Brewer in the regional semifinal last Friday at Jacksonville State University. Homewood played Ramsay in the regional final Tuesday afternoon (after this issue went to press). Ramsay had won two of their previous three meetings this season. Before this season, the two seniors had been primarily role players, but they had to up their games because of all the roster changes. “Kalia and Cassidy have both been a huge part of our growth as a team,” first-year Homewood coach Jazmine Powers said. “They have really stepped up big this year.” “We didn’t have a choice if we wanted to accomplish our goal,” said Crawford, who had six points, six rebounds and three assists in the regional semifinal. Powers described how both her senior guards have made vital contributions. “Cassidy brings a lot of energy and aggressiveness on defense,” Powers said. “We challenged her to be our defensive leader and she embraced that role. She also helps on offense. She’s got a good shot and has knocked down some big threes for us. She’s developed a shot-fake where she’ll drive to get to the rim. She’s learned to be a smart player. “Kalia also gives us a lot on defense. She’s quick. There are not too many people who can stay in front of her. She has good feet and good hands. We challenged her about being aggressive and getting to the rim.” In the regional semifinal, Cunningham scored 16 points, picked up five steals and had four rebounds. “I’ve been more aggressive lately,” Cunningham said. “At the beginning of the season, I wasn’t aggressive. I didn’t have any confidence and I don’t know why. But after Tori got hurt, I knew I would have to step up and be a leader.” When the season is over, the “Sister Act” will break up – at least on the basketball court. Both girls want to play college basketball, but they are not planning to attend the same school. “I think we’re going to go our separate ways,” Cunningham said, “but we’ll definitely keep in contact.” ❖

but that I needed to make the best choice for me,” Braxton said. “If it wasn’t there, that was OK, but he really wanted me on that team. It was awesome hearing him say that; for him to come by was really cool.” While the elder Barker’s experiences didn’t necessarily set the younger’s path, they did guide

‘At the end of the day, he loves Bama and wanted to play for coach Saban. He told coach Saban during their meeting at Bama that this was his dream and he always wanted to put on the crimson jersey.’ JAY BARKER

him. Jay’s familiarity with the recruiting process served as a handbook for his son as the latter made one of the most important and difficult decisions of his life. “At the end of the day, he loves Bama and

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Spartans’ Faced Similar Foe For Regional Semifinal Win

By Blake Ells

Mountain Brook’s basketball team scored a 54-37 victory over Grissom at the Northeast Regional Semifinal at Pete Matthews Coliseum in Jacksonville on Feb. 15. The win set up a Feb. 20 clash with Huffman at the Northeast Regional as Mountain Brook defends its state champion title. The Spartans led most of the way in the match-up against the Tigers, but Grissom kept it close until the half, when they trailed by just five. Mountain Brook pulled away after the break. It was a familiar matchup for the Spartans. The Tigers are coached by former Mountain Brook assistant Stu Stuedeman. Stuedeman worked under Spartans head coach Bucky McMillan from 2014-16, and the two remain close friends. Stuedeman took the schemes he learned at Mountain Brook with him, first to Greenville, then to Grissom, and McMillan said it was like looking in a mirror. “It’s funny seeing a team you’re playing running the exact same stuff, calling it the exact same thing that you call it,” McMillan said before the contest. “It’s almost like it is in practice.” McMillan, a Mountain Brook graduate, said he knew his friend and former colleague would have a successful head coaching career of his own. Stuedeman, a Vestavia Hills graduate, had immediate success at Greenville, a place where basketball has never seen much success. And it didn’t take long for him to be given the reigns at Grissom, a program with more of a history of success. While McMillan has remained a mentor to Stuedeman, he said he won’t reveal everything. “I don’t hold back too much,” McMillan joked. “I do remember him asking how something worked on our press on something we’ve been doing that’s new since he left, and I said, ‘Hey, man, that one I can’t give you. We’ll be using that on y’all in about a month.’”

wanted to play for coach Saban,” Jay said. “He told coach Saban during their meeting at Bama that this was his dream and he always wanted to put on the crimson jersey. I honestly think after that meeting, Braxton would have said, ‘You had me at hello!’ I’m excited that he pursued his dream and not just a scholarship opportunity he could have had somewhere else. He’s one of those Alabama kids that it means the world to him to get to be a part of Bama football.”

Weighing the Pros and Cons

Braxton discussed the decision at length with not only Jay, but also his mother. They weighed the pros and cons of each opportunity. And while his father’s legacy loomed large over his own football career, he said he never felt pressured to choose the Tide. “I feel like people expected me to (choose Alabama), but I didn’t feel like I had to do what was expected,” Braxton said. “I felt like I could make whatever choice that I did, and I made the choice that I made and I’m really excited to start the next chapter in my life.” Beyond the guidance of his mother and

Whatever secrets McMillan managed to keep worked. The Tigers did everything they could to keep forward Trendon Watford in check, double- and sometimes triple-teaming him, but he still managed 18 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Senior Britton Johnson added 10 points and Paulie Stramaglia added another eight. The Spartans defeated Huffman in the area tournament before the regional, a matchup that has become quite a rivalry in recent years. Their fourth meeting of the season was to be Feb. 20 in the Northeast Regional. “They’re a really, really great team,” said Johnson. “I think we’ve played them eight times now over the last two years, which is kind of ridiculous. … They always challenge us with their guard play, and they’re very well coached. It was our first time to win area this year in three years, and the first time in my career.” Johnson hopes his senior class can match the achievements of the class of 2014, which left behind two consecutive state championships, but he said the priority is maximizing their potential. “It’s not necessarily about winning the state championship,” Johnson said. “But other people see that as a mark of success. If our class manages to go out with two state championships, that would obviously be a fantastic thing.” ❖

Journal photo by Marvin Gentry



Senior Britton Johnson scored 10 points in the Spartans win over Girssom last week. More photos at

father, Braxton also had Spain Park head coach Shawn Raney. That leadership was something with which Jay was always comfortable and for which Braxton was always grateful. Braxton said Raney made phone calls and sent emails on behalf of all of his players in an effort to give each an opportunity to play at the next level. He credits Raney’s efforts for the opportunities that he and many of his teammates now have. “He’s been a great coach and role model for them through the years,” Jay said. “Also, (quarterbacks coach) Marty Rozell was a teammate of mine at Hewitt-Trussville and we’ve been friends for over 25 years, so I was excited that one of the brightest minds and quarterback coaches around would be coaching my sons. (Raney and Rozell) are high character people.” Braxton is leaning toward pursuing a degree in business. He’s not certain when he will join his new teammates and begin the pursuit of his oldest dream, but he’s hopeful that he’ll do it wearing his father’s number 7. “That would be really cool to see him in a crimson and white number 7 jersey with Barker on the back,” Jay said. ❖



Paulie Stramaglia



Mountain Brook Boys Moving On PAGE 35 Seniors Crawford and Cunningham Step up for Patriots PAGE 35

Barker Bama Bound


But Says He’s Not Following His Father’s Path By Blake Ells On Feb. 7, senior athletes from across the country made their college choices known by signing their Letters of Intent on National Signing Day. Former Spain Park quarterback Braxton Barker accepted an offer to join the Alabama Crimson Tide as a preferred walk-on, a decision that seemed predestined. His father, Jay, led the Tide to a national championship in 1992 and was a member of the 2015 class of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. But Braxton’s decision was carefully made.

Journal photo by Mark Almond

See BARKER, page 35

REPEAT PERFORMANCE Buc’s Dewitt Closes Career With Another State Wrestling Title

By Rubin E. Grant When D’Angelo Dewitt began wrestling in the seventh grade at Bumpus Middle School, it was a way to channel some of his aggression.

“I got into my fair share of fights,” he said, “so when I saw the wrestling team at Bumpus, I thought that was something I could do.” Little did he know that was the beginning of his journey to becoming a two-time state cham-

pion at Hoover. Dewitt successfully defended his 2017 195pound Class 7A title by defeating Bob Jones’ Harold Gilmore by major decision 10-2 last

See DEWITT, page 34

Braxton Barker




Journal file photo by Lee Walls Jr.

D’Angelo Dewitt of Hoover, left, defeated Harold Gilmore of Bob Jones for Class 7A 195-lb title last Saturday afternoon in the 63rd AHSAA State Wrestling Championships at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. More photos at