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A GRAND SHOW AT THE GARDENS Antiques Show Helps Gardens Grow

Top dealers from across the country will bring their wares to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ sixth annual Antiques at The Gardens show, set for Oct. 7-9. Designer Charlotte Moss headlines this year’s event, “Heirlooms in Bloom.” Chairmen are, from left: Barbara Burton, Elizabeth Broughton and Katharine Patton. Read about Journal photo by John Pope committee member Nonie Brown’s home in this issue, too. See Home, page 20.

The Junior Board of Magic Moments will host the third annual Kick’n Chick’n Wing Fest benefiting Magic Moments Oct. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in downtown Homewood. See About Town, page 7.

Emily Schreiber is in the running for Glamour magazine’s Readers Choice Woman of the Year award thanks to her work to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis. See Life, page 10.

The American Cancer Society’s 31st annual Hope Gala was Aug. 20 at Vestavia Country Club. The event raised more than $375,000 for the ACS. See Social, page 12.






Two Hoover schools were recently recognized for their efforts to get healthy. See Schools, page 28.



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September 22, 2011

What’s your game day superstition?

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“If Tennessee is losing, I will switch locations and televisions to watch the game until they hopefully start winning.” Jordan Cole Homewood

“If Alabama is doing well and I am sitting in a certain spot, I will stay in that spot the entire time. If they are doing poorly, I move to a different spot in the room with hopes that it will somehow help them improve.” Terra Garmon Homewood

“I play football at Samford, and if we’re on the sidelines, we have to use headsets to communicate the plays. I use the same headset every game until we lose, then I will change it.” Connor Lowery Homewood

“I have a game day ring that I have to wear or Alabama will lose.” Tori Bragg Homewood





Autism Society Junior Board members helping out at the FROG Affair include, from left: Jackie Jones, Tyler Cummins, Meredith Jones, Emily Walker, Jessica Charlton and Clark Norvell. Photo special to the Journal


FROG Affair Set For Oct. 7

The Autism Society of Alabama will present the 14th annual Autism-Asperger FROG Affair Oct. 7 from 6 to 10 p.m. at WorkPlay. The FROG Affair gets its name from the ASA mascot and means “For Research, Outreach and Giving Support” to the autism and Asperger syndrome community.


This year, the event has live music by Blind Dawg, a dinner buffet by Imperial Catering, a signature cocktail provided by Sobeski Vodka and silent and live auctions. ASA board members from Birmingham include president Bill Pearson, immediate past president Ryan Thomas, treasurer Jonathan Nelson, Ben Carlisle, Rod Harbin, Matt Moore and Jodi Smith, general counsel. Reserved seating is available for sponsors. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased at For more information call 877-4AUTISM or email

Celebrities Cook at Women’s Show

Aspiring chefs, foodies and fans of Bravo’s “Top Chef” are invited to bring their appetites to the 2011 Celebrity Cooking Stage at this year’s Southern Women’s Show. The show will be Oct. 6-9 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Headlining the cooking event with “Hot Chef in the House” is Italian chef Fabio Viviani from Bravo’s “Top Chef.” He’ll be joined by local and regional chefs. Those who attend the Southern Women’s Show can try out new products and services, consult with experts and register for prizes and giveaways. On-site health screenings will be available. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 at the door or $7 in advance at participating Piggly Wiggly stores. Tickets are $5 after 5 p.m. Tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $5; there’s no charge for children under 6 with a paying adult. For information, call 800849-0248 or visit www.

Greek Food Fest Begins Sept. 29

The 39th annual Greek Food Fest will be Sept. 29-Oct. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral. More than 100 parish volun-

teers will participate in the festival, which includes not only Greek cuisine but a marketplace, live Greek music and dancing by parish youth. Cathedral tours will be given throughout the event. The event includes a take-out option with drive-through and walk-up lines. For orders of 10 or more, call 716-3086 or fax 7163085. Free parking for the event is available in the Liberty National Building parking deck, one block away from the cathedral between 20th St. and Richard Arrington Blvd. For more information, visit

Bush Is Speaker at Faulkner Dinner

President George W. Bush will be the keynote speaker at Faulkner University’s benefit dinner Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa Convention Center. As president, Bush created the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to strengthen a faith-based institution’s ability to provide services to local areas of need. Since that time, Faulkner has implemented its own service initiative in the spirit of Bush’s domestic policy. Proceeds from the dinner will go towards student scholarships. For ticket information, call the Office of University Advancement at (334)386-7257 or visit faulkner. edu.

Event Designed for Young Professionals

Birmingham young professionals are invited to Young, Gifted & Healthy Sept. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Steel Bar, 2300 First Ave. North. The event features a meet and greet with city leaders in the health care industry, a health fair, business card exchange and more. Those who attend also can meet fellow business professionals, enter to win door prizes and have complimentary appetizers from Steel Bar’s kitchen. There is no charge. To make reservations, visit ❖

Preparing Pasticho, a Greek lasagna, for the upcoming Greek Food Festival are from left: Despina Triantos, Stephanie Dikis, Fanoula Photo special to the Journal Gulas, Elene Giatinni and Boula Constantine.




are nonrefundable. Register online at www.GreatProstateCancerChall Register in person or pick up bibs and T-shirts at the Urology Centers of Alabama, 3485 Independence Dr. in Homewood, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Race day registration begins at the park’s Dogwood Pavilion at 7 a.m. Entry fees to the park will be

With Pip the Gator at last year’s Read Between The Wines Event are from left: Fran Howard, Darwin Metcalf and Kally Wall. Photo special to the Journal

Wine and Food Festival Benefits O’Neal Library

Western Supermarkets’ annual wine and food festival, “Read between the Wines,” is set for Sept. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Birmingham Zoo. All proceeds from the event benefit the Emmet O’Neal Library in Mountain Brook. In the past, the library has used donations to bring in authors, most recently Carl Hiaasen. Guests can sample more than 650 wines; regional wine experts will be on hand to answer questions. Food prepared by Jefferson State Culinary Institute chefs will focus on Alabama products. There also will be some one night-only wine deals. Tickets are $45 in advance or $55 at door. They can be purchased at any Western Supermarket and at the Emmet O’Neal Library or online at www.


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Chanticleer Performs at Downtown Church

Chanticleer, a Grammy Awardwinning ensemble of 12 male singers, will perform in concert at the Cathedral Church of the

Advent in downtown Birmingham Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the group, visit www.chanticleer. org. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at door and $35 for reserved seating (advance only). Additional charges may apply. To purchase tickets, call 443-8553 or 226-3505 or visit ❖

Run, Walk Will Aid Prostate Cancer Cause

Urology Centers of Alabama’s Great Prostate Cancer Challenge, a 5K race and 1 mile fun walk, will be Sept. 24 at 8 a.m. at Oak Mountain State Park. The event will support ZERO: The Project to End Prostate Cancer and the Urology Health Foundation. The race is part of the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge, America’s Premier Men’s Health Event Series, taking place in 27 cities this year. Funds raised go to prostate cancer research, education and free screenings. Awards will be given to the first overall male and female winners and the top three male and female winners in the following age groups: 0-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-99. Pre-registration is $25; race day registration is $30. Entry fees

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Concert Benefits Transplant Program

Four country music singersongwriters, including Grammy Award winner Craig Wiseman, will perform Oct. 4 at WorkPlay to help build a new transplant program at Children’s of Alabama. The one night-only Believe concert will feature Wiseman, Bob DiPiero, Tony Mullins and Jeffery Steele, collectively known as the Hitmen of Music Row of country music and reality TV fame. Proceeds will benefit the Pediatric Transplant Program at Children’s of Alabama. The event includes a preconcert reception of heavy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer and wine at 6 p.m. followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Sponsorships are $250 to $5,000. All sponsor tickets include admission to the reception, priority seating at the concert and complimentary table service throughout the evening. A limited number of $35 general admission tickets will be available. For sponsorship opportunities or ticket information, contact Misty Farmer at 939-9956 or

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B’ham Originals Plan 2 Food Events

The Birmingham Originals, an eclectic group of locally-owned restaurants in the Birmingham area, will host the eighth annual Break ’n Bread food and wine event and the inaugural Music City Chefs in the Magic City Gala Dinner. Break ‘n Bread will be Oct. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Railroad Park. Break ‘n Bread will feature signature dish tastings from nearly 40 Birmingham Originals restaurants. Festival guests will also be treated to entertainment from American


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Nursing School Hosts Alumni Weekend

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing and the Nursing Chapter of the UAB National Alumni Society will host an Alumni Weekend Oct. 7-8. The weekend will include the Alumni Night and Awards Ceremony Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. at the UAB National Alumni Society House. The event will give alumni the chance to network, reconnect and celebrate with fellow classmates and faculty. The school will also present its annual awards honoring alumni for their contributions to the nursing profession. Admission to this event is $35 a person. For more information or to purchase tickets for any of the weekend events, contact the school’s Development and Alumni Relations Office at 9759419 or ❖


Wing Fest Benefits Magic Moments

The Junior Board of Magic Moments will host the third annual Kick’n Chick’n Wing Fest benefiting Magic Moments Oct. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in downtown Homewood at 29th Avenue and SoHo Square. The football-inspired, tailgatethemed event will challenge up to 25 local restaurants to cook their best hot and alternative flavored chicken wings or best “wannabe” wings. Proceeds will help Magic Moments, an Alabama wish-granting organization that makes dreams come true for children with lifethreatening or life-altering medical conditions. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. There’s no charge for kids ages 10 years and younger. Tickets include admission and five wing tasting tickets. Additional wing tasting tickets and beverages will be available for purchase. Surrounding Homewood businesses will offer additional shopping and food specials for Wing Fest attendees. SEC college football games will be televised on large screens throughout the event site. For tickets and information, visit For the lineup of restaurants and event promotions, visit bhamwingfest and www.facebook. com/bhamwingfest.



Getting ready for the Kick’n Chick’n Wing Fest are from left: Whitney Hamm, Magic Moments Junior Board vice president; Kassady Gibson, Kick’n Chick’n Wing Fest event chair; Christy Coward, Kick’n Chick’n Wing Fest event co-chair; and Julie Ward, Magic Moments Junior Photo special to the Journal Board past president. cate Over the Mountain families through a year of programs at the library. Topics include financial planning for growing families, female entrepreneurs, adults and retirement savings in a recession, credit card debt and couponing. The next seminar, “Budgeting and Beyond,” will be Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Emmet O’Neal. Dr. Rauterkus from UAB will be leading the program seminars. For more information, a schedule of events or to register, visit

Library to Host Year of Financial Programs The Emmet O’Neal Library is one of two libraries in the state of Alabama that recently received a “Smart Investing @ Your Library” grant, from Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FENRA. The money will go to help edu-

Chapel in the Pines will host a yard sale Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church on Chapel Road in Hoover. Dozens of church families are donating an array of goods for sale. Proceeds benefit the church’s mission programs in the area. A bake sale held in conjunction with the yard sale will support youth retreats and mission opportunities.

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Choral Concert Supports AIDS Groups

Secondhand Sale Aids TS Clinic, Research

The third annual tuberous sclerosis sale will be Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Colonial Properties’ space at the former Deborah Stone Spa in the Colonnade. Friends, families and neighbors in the area have donated used items to raise funds for tuberous sclerosis research. Tuberous sclerosis is a rare, multisystem genetic disease that causes benign tumors to form in a number of vital organs. The sale begins Sept. 30 from 7 to 11 a.m. with a $1 admission price. The sale will be open the rest of the day until 7 p.m. with no admission charge. It continues Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Oct. 2 from noon to 3 p.m. Donations of furniture, housewares, home décor items, fitness equipment, appliances, sporting goods, toys, books and more are being collected. Tax deduction receipts will be provided. Call Carole Pitard at 617-1159 for more information.

Chapel in the Pines’ Yard Sale is Oct. 1

Carole Pitard, left, with Catie and John McBride with Jenny are among supporters of a secondhand sale benefiting the UAB tuberous sclerosis clinic and TS Photo special to the Journal research.

The Magic City Choral Society will host the second annual Red Ribbon Concert benefiting four Alabama AIDS service organizations Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center at Samford University. The concert will feature the society’s men’s and women’s choruses. The benefit’s goal is to raise awareness for AIDS service organizations in Alabama, with all proceeds going to AIDS Alabama, West Alabama AIDS Outreach, UAB’s 1917 Clinic and Birmingham AIDS Outreach. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased at or by calling 7262853. ❖


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Getting ready for this year’s EcoFest are in front from left: Sharon McDermott, Louis Montgomery and Gail Harper Yeilding. Back: Franklin Biggs, Sally Yeilding and Beverly Bugg Philips.


EcoFest Benefits Environmental Center

EcoFest 13, benefitting the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College, will be Oct. 6. at the Harbert Center in downtown. Cocktails and silent auction starts at 5:30, and dinner and a live auction will follow at 7 p.m. Committee members are Greg


Bass, Michael Sznajderman, Laura Brooks Bright, Sally Yeilding, Mary Beth Burner, Kathy English, Lorrin Etka- Shepherd, Phillip Armthor, Tom Garrett, Catie Yeilding, Hugh Hunter, Gail Harper Yeilding, Todd Keith, Beverly Bugg Phillips, Lea Ann Macknally, Sharon McDermott, Louis Montgomery and Bill Segrest. Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased by calling 226-4934 or at

Walk to Defeat ALS Set for Oct. 8

The sixth annual Birmingham Walk to Defeat ALS, coordinated by the ALS Association Alabama Chapter, will be Oct. 8 at Vestavia Hills High School. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the walk starts at 11 a.m. More than 86 percent of walk funds go toward patient care in Alabama, and the remainder is used by the National ALS Association for cutting-edge research, advocacy and other programs. EBSCO Industries is the presenting sponsor for the Walk. For more information visit

Hoover Shelby Show Has Variety of Art

The Hoover Shelby Art Association will host its annual fall show Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heardmont Park Senior Community Center, 5458 Cahaba Valley Road. The show includes wood turning, jewelry, fiber arts, photogra-

phy, pottery, folk art, decorative painting, pressed flower work and calligraphy. Indoor and outdoor exhibits will feature oils, watercolors, mixed media, dry media and 3-D art. Joining returning area artists is gourd artist Teresa Wamble, new to the show this year. The show is family-oriented, free and handicap accessible. Refreshments and parking will be available. For more information, visit

Spirit of Hope Ranch Hosts Pony Express

Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch will host the first Pony Express 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Oct. 1 in Crestline Village. The chip-timed 5K race will begin at 9 a.m.; the fun run starts at 9:15 a.m. Registration continues through Sept. 29 at www.ponyexpress5k. com. On race day, registration begins at 7:30 a.m. across the street from Emmet O’Neal Library. The cost is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the fun run until noon on Sept. 29. On race day, costs are $30 for the 5K and $15 for the fun run. All proceeds benefit the Spirit of Hope Youth Ranch, which gives children in stressful situations the opportunity to work with horses that have been rescued or are unwanted. Race day emcee will be Fox 6 News anchor Jeh Jeh Pruitt. The event includes music, live entertainment and family-friendly activities. For more information, visit ❖ Showing off artwork for the Hoover Shelby Association’s annual fall art show are in front from left: Becky Roberson and Yvonne Andrews; and in back from left: Lewis Hughes and John Rodgers. Photo special to the Journal

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Carroll Completes USMA Training

Cadet Spencer M. Carroll, son of Steve and Julie Carroll of Vestavia Hills, recently completed six weeks of Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy. Carroll entered West Point June 27. CBT provides cadets with Spencer M. Carroll basic skills to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological and chemical training. Carroll, a Vestavia Hills High School graduate, began classes Aug. 15. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2015 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Maples Elected to Executive Committee

Sirote & Permutt attorney Marcus M. Maples has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Alabama State Bar’s Young Lawyers Section. The section is made up of lawyers who are 36 years old or younger or who have been admitMarcus M. Maples ted to the bar for three years or less. At Sirote, Maples’ practice consists of general business and commercial litigation matters. He represents life, health, disability and long-term care insurance companies in bad faith and ERISA related issues. Maples earned a juris doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Alabama.

Samford Professor Earns Recognition

Samford University professor Franz Lohrke, Brock Family Chair in Entrepreneurship, was recently chosen as the 2011 Best Case Reviewer for “Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice” during the national Academy of Management conference in San Antonio, Texas. ET&P is an academic journal published by Baylor University. Lohrke was appointed to the ET&P case review board in January. ❖



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Emily Schreiber’s Fight against CF Gets Glamour Magazine’s Attention

Join the cause Laps for CF offers a variety of ways to help those with cystic fibrosis. Below are just a few ways to help:


Sip Some Wine Sips for CF, a wine tasting competition will be Oct. 13 on the rooftop of the Kress Building. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the tasting competition at 7 p.m. There will be hors d’oeuvres, music and a silent auction. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Visit

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There is still some time left to vote Emily as one of Glamour magazine’s Readers Choice Women of the Year winners. Emily was nominated for founding Laps for CF. If she wins, she’ll be featured in the magazine and invited to the awards ceremony in New York City. Vote at glamour. com or


Emily didn’t take any time after her diagnosis to start making a difference in the CF community. hen Emily Just six weeks after she Schreiber was diaglearned she had CF, she organosed with cystic nized her first fundraiser. Since fibrosis at age nine, she she was a competitive swimdidn’t despair. Instead, she mer at the time, she decided went to work. to make it a lap swim, with For the past nine years, donors pledging money for Emily, a 2011 graduate of each lap she swam. The event Mountain Brook High School became an annual one and led and freshman at Furman to the name of the foundation, University, has been raising Laps for CF, as well as countmoney for CF research and less other fundraisers. awareness. In 2005, she even In addition to the lap swims, started her own nonprofit founthe foundation also hosts an dation, Laps for CF, for the annual golf tournament and cause. partnered with BioGuard to “I think for me this was host the annual Splash for CF, really the best coping mechaa national campaign raising nism,” she said. “I’m a very awareness for the disease. Type A person. I like to do One of the newer fundraisthings and plan things. I just ers started by Laps for CF’s wanted to do what I could to Junior Board is the upcoming make a difference in the CF Sips for CF, a wine tasting community.” event set for 6 p.m. Oct. 13 Emily’s fundraising has on the rooftop of the Kress made a difference. To date, Building downtown. she’s helped raise more than “This has all just been really $2.1 million for CF research awesome,” Emily said. “When and awareness. I first started, my goal was to Her hard work also has her raise $3,000. It’s just really in the running for a national amazing.” award. Emily said it’s great to know Emily is one of five finalists that her hard work for CF has worldwide for Glamour magaearned her a nomination for a zine’s readers’ choice Women national award. But even more of the Year Awards. The important is what’s being done awards honor women doing with the money she’s helped philanthropic work around the raise. world. Past winners include Locally, funds from Laps for Julia Roberts, Cher and Somali CF have allowed Children’s CF humanitarian Dr. Hawa Abdi. Clinic in Birmingham to purThe awards also honor 21 chase breathing machines and women under age 25 who are hire a nurse practitioner and making a difference in their nutritionist. communities. Two of these “The Children’s CF clinic women will be chosen by readwent from being one of the ers via online voting at glamEmily Schreiber, a Mountain Brook High School graduate and freshman at Furman worst to now the top in the through Sept. 23. University, is in the running for Glamour magazine’s Readers Choice Woman of the nation,” Emily said. “Right Emily, along with four othYear award thanks to her work to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis, a now, each year we split up the ers, is in the running for a readdisease she was diagnosed with at age 9. funds raised to the CF national ers’ choice award. If selected, foundation and CF Hope, she will be invited to the which helps families, and the clinics in Birmingham, so we’re giving all awards ceremony at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and will be featured over the nation.” in the magazine. Although Emily is just starting her freshman year at Furman, she She was nominated for the award by Riley McDuff, a fundraiser at remains very involved with Laps for CF, and instead of focusing on her Emily’s Laps for CF. In her nomination, Riley mentioned the many fundillness, she continues to look to the future. As she said, she’s a Type A perraisers Emily helped organize to raise money for CF research and awaresonality, which means she does have a plan. ness, while at the same time coping with the illness. “I have not decided for sure on a major. I am thinking history with a CF is a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. The concentration in poverty studies,” Emily said. “Although still undecided, life expectancy of a CF patient is approximately 37 years old. I would love to go to law school and work with broken families and the For Emily, the diagnosis means taking about 35 pills daily and having complex issue of homelessness.” at least one lung treatment every day. For more information on Laps for CF or to cast a vote for Emily in “Living with CF is really different for every patient, but it’s definitely a Glamour’s Women of the Year Readers’ Choice awards, visit www.lapsday-to-day thing,” she said. “You can’t take a long weekend from CF.” ❖




Hitting the Right Notes: CD Reflects Musical Talents, Faith



ichele Miree Smith, a Mountain Brook resident and songwriter, recently released her first CD, “Reflections of the Son.” The album features 15 songs written and sung by Michele as well as others in the Birmingham area. Michele said her songwriting hobby came about unexpectedly. “I never really thought about songwriting until I was singing in a contemporary Christian group at church,” she said. “I recognized how meaningful the music was to people and concurrently gained an understanding of creating original lyrics and music.” Although she hadn’t intended to become a songwriter, Michele does come from a musical family. Her grandfather played the organ at Samford University when the school was known as Howard College, and her grandmother studied voice at Converse College and in Paris. Her great-grandfather owned Birmingham-based Forbes Piano Co. The musical legacy continues with “Reflections of the Son,” as Michele, her husband and two of her daughters perform. Although Michele wrote the 15 songs on the CD, she performs in only two of them. The other songs feature a variety of voices. “I held auditions for singers at Amy Murphy Studios in Mountain Brook,” Smith said. “I chose the singers based on which ones we felt fit the song best.” The auditions concluded with the selection of Birmingham-area talents and studio musicians from

Nashville. Lead vocalists include Audrey Cardwell, Stephen Folmar, Ashley Guin, Neal Hunter Hyde, Jeff Ingram, Kendall Johnson, Amy Murphy, Mabry Smith and Camille Smith. Studio owner Amy Murphy said she enjoyed working with Michele to determine the talent necessary to make the album a reality. “I have the utmost respect for Michele as an artist,” Amy said. “Not only are her songs singable and melodic to the ears, but they weave passion of the vocal instrument, passion for her musical mission and passion for her inspiration. “Listening to her CD from start to finish is like getting to know a best friend. It has everything a listener could ask for.” Once singers and musicians were selected, it was time to begin recording. Under the direction of Don Mosley, “Reflections of the Son” was recorded at Sound of Birmingham studio. “Michele has a truly refreshing writing style,” Don said. “It’s not the same old verse-chorus, verse-chorus stuff. Each song is a unique treat.” “Reflections of the Son” was released last spring. A party at Amy Murphy Studios celebrated the occasion. Michele said each song has a unique story behind it and that each was written with the intention of pointing to God and encouraging others to follow him. “I am often encouraged by the many personal notes and messages from those who are listening to my music,” she said. “Just yesterday, I received a letter from a lady in Florida who shared with me that the music had served for her as a inspirational reminder of hope, especially

during challenging times, “Michele said. As for what’s next for Michele, she said she has no written agenda for her music. She simply wants to allow herself to be led wherever God wants to take her with the music. Michele is not looking to perform, just hoping to write and is keeping

her eyes and ears open to any opportunity. “Reflections of the Son” can be purchased at Cokesbury, A’mano and Carpenter’s Shop Antiques. It is available online on iTunes, CD Baby or www.michelemireesmith. It will soon air on Birmingham Christian radio station WDJC. ❖

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he American Cancer Society’s 31st annual Hope Gala was Aug. 20 at Vestavia Country Club. Lisa Smith Sharp chaired this year’s event. The theme was “Circo Della Speranza,” Circus of Hope. The gala raised more than $375,000 for the ACS. Honoree Stanley Virciglio and his family were the first guests to arrive. There to meet them was Bob Vardaman of Events Management and his masked helpers. Vardaman, who has designed several galas, transformed the country club using a vintage Italian postcard motif. As guests entered the club’s lobby, which was draped in orange and red fabric, they found a giant birdcage holding a “feathered” girl suspended from her perch. Women on pedestals and dressed in vintage burlesque costumes surrounded the birdcage, performing fan tricks, juggling acts, umbrella twirls and contortions. Waiters in brocade vests and fezzes served hors d’oeuvres of pork belly corn dogs, lobster nachos and The honoree of this year’s Hope Gala was Stanley Virciglio, second left. With him on his special night were from left: Photos special to the Journal Theresa Dichiara, Gail Moebes, Dr. James Moebes and Butch Dichiara. caramel apple and goat more photos at cheese crostini from red guitars as guests placed their bids on silent auction items. Guests posed for photos beside the vintage circus poster designed for the event by portrait artist Barrett Bailey, who created a likeness of Virciglio as the master of ceremonies. Later in the evening, guests entered the ballroom to find a dramatic stage draped in black satin. In the center ring, large scaffolding held an aerialist suspended from white silk. In each corner of the dining room, fire performers twirled, tossed and spun fire apparatus. The tables were covered in Mylar shredded cloths of pink, blue, gold and silver. Contemporary centerpieces created by Birmingham floral designers included peacock feathers, electric lights, multicolored ribbons and flowers. Guests dined on an Italian-inspired meal of ricotta and tomato tart, grilled peaches and pancetta on field greens, beef tenderloin and citrus salmon over polenta Clockwise, from above, left: and a dessert trio of tiramisu, cannoli and Attending the American Cancer panna cotta. Society’s Hope Gala were from After dinner and the live auction, left: Terry Chapman, Paula Beck guests danced to music by Livewire. and Jim Creamer. Circus perAt the event were Butch and Theresa formers like this one were seen Dichiara, Nick and Marilyn Zaden, throughout the evening to go along Naseem and Norma Ajlouny, Clayton with the Gala’s theme, Circo Della and Sherri Pledger, Basim and Pam Speranza, or Circus of Hope. Also Ajlouny, Georgina Smith, Carol attending the gala at the Vestavia Sandner, Al and Katisha Vance and Country Club were from left: event Paul and Jacqueline DeMarco. chair Lisa Smith Sharp, Burton Also there were Brian and Suzan McDonald, Melanie Geary and Wilson, David and Susan Brouillette, Jimmy Taylor. Jimmy Taylor, Tim and Ellen Lupinacci, Brett Taylor, David Hezlap, Tony and Suyra Moore, Gary and Faye Asher, Bill and Sharon Harvill, Marlin and Nan Priest, Don and Cindy Williams, Mike and Mary Ballard, Bill and Melinda Mathews, Jim and Nancy Klopman, Tim and Lynn Petro and Paul and Lacy Sparks. ❖




to reconnect and celebrate the Vestavia Hills school system. All proceeds went to the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation, which provides perpetual financial support to each of the Vestavia Hills schools. At the reunion were Vestavia Hills Mayor Alberto Zaragoza and wife Diane, Joy and George Langley, Becky and Fred Crum, Sharon and Jim Lovell, Julie


and Bill Meadows, Mae and Duane Coshatt, Cathy and John Amos, Elizabeth and Wayne Pate, Jane Ann and Jack Traffanstedt, Martha Cook, Joan and Jim Rein, Joanne and George Groves, Amy Irby, Stasi Bara, Gina and John Henley, Ashley and Robert Thompson, Scott Ferguson, Missy Sexton, Kelley and Jay Evers and Bo Kirkpatrick. ❖

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19th anniversary of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Aug. 13 at the Homewood church. The evening began with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament from the Chapel of Our Savior to the church, with Knights of Columbus members as the Honor Guard and the OLS adult choir singing. Benediction was followed by Mass at 5 p.m. In the sanctuary were 318 roses representing the 318 committed adorers. Five white roses represented the five committed adorers who died this past year; the other roses were deep red. OLS pastor Msgr. Martin Muller, who celebrated the Mass, thanked the committed adorers. After the anniversary Mass, about 300 people – committed adorers, substitute adorers and their families – were treated to a catered appreciation dinner in the Family Life Center. In 1981 Pope John Paul II initiated Eucharistic Adoration in St. Peter’s Basilica and encour-

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aged parishes to begin Adoration of the Eucharist. More than 1,000 parishes in the U.S. now have Eucharistic Adoration. Among those attending the OLS celebration were OLS associate pastor Father Jaya Reddy, Mary Claire Brouillette, the John Tighe family, Martha Masucci, the Marc Ayers family, Jeannette Bell, the Seth Galloway family, Bridget McCaffrey, the Stephen Naylor family, Sam Gagliano, the Greg Pierre family, Rosemary Reynolds, the Tommy James family, Jeannie Wade, the Warren Kyle family, Mike Millican, Dale and Provy Richards, Stephanie Murdock and Joe and Gloria Wadsworth.

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and Jim Musgrove, Patrick Cather, Charlotte and Steve Clarkson, Nan Teninbaum and Vonnie and Rick Venglik. Also there were Linda and Roger James, Sue Watkins, Tallulah Hargrove, Corinne Greer, Skip and Bob Wadhams, Gene Crews, Evan McCauley, Shirl and Ron Ward, Connie Bishop, Don Burrell, Margie and Robert Denton, Elaine and Oliver Clark, Jane Paris and Chandler Smith, Sylvia and Vernon Patrick, Lu and Charles Moss, Kay and David Clark, Pam Ausley, Anna and Brian Keith, Virginia and Boyce Guthrie, Darlene Gray, Dena Bowden and Melanie Grant. Roberta Atkinson entertained Attending the Symphony Volunteer Council fall membership party were the 2011-12 SVC executive board from left: Linda Griggs, Deane Giles and Mike Griggs. Aug. 11 with a brunch after the Photo special to the Journal board meeting called by newlyelected president Linda Griggs, Carnegie Hall performance set for who succeeds Nancy Morrow. May 2012 in New York. Other new officers are: Kathie He also announced that Ramsey, executive vice president; Edgar Meyer, a bass player and Debbie Reid, Rosalind Rust Tennessee native, will be the and Jody Weston, education vice fall membership party Aug. 23 at symphony’s composer-in-residence presidents; Martha Black and the home of Deane and Ron Giles. for the upcoming season. Samford Shirley Brown, hospitality vice President Linda Griggs presided at University’s Wright Center is the presidents; Mimi Jackson, mema brief business meeting. new venue for Pops concerts. bership vice president; Nancy Van Jody Weston, vice president for Party planners were hospitality Wanderham, recording secretary; education, discussed plans for next vice presidents Martha Black and Joanna Fuller, corresponding secyear’s Lois Pickard Scholarship Shirley Brown. Assisting with retary; Michael Griggs, treasurer; Competition. Roberta Atkinson refreshments were Susan Mason, Phil Teninbaum, assistant treasurannounced that the Lois Pickard June Bulow, Jody Weston, Tonie er; Liz Warren, parliamentarian; Luncheon, which includes perforBone, Donna McCauley, Olivia and Nancy Morrow, immediate mances by music scholarship recip- Weingarten, Liz Warren, Martha past president. ients, will be Feb. 16. Diane Ray is Yeilding, Diane Ray, Kathie co-chairing the luncheon. Ramsey, Halcyann Badham, Membership vice president Janis Zeanah, Dixie Ayers and Mimi Jackson welcomed new Roma Bounds. members Patricia Nix, Dottie Among those at the kickThompson and Helen Letchman, off party were Bob Black, along with prospective mecBob Brown, Mike Griggs, Aug. 26-27 for the January and mbers Donna Wilson and Peggy Jim Atkinson, Tom Warren, May classes of 1961 at the Hilton Roberts. Gene Bone, Bob Roberts, Bill Hotel in Birmingham. More than Alabama Symphony Orchestra Ayers, Pringle Ramsey, Gerda 200 people attended from the comadministrative staff members Carmichael, Jeanette Humes, bined graduating classes of 509 Vincent Carbone and Smith Dora Barnes, Joyce and Ebbie students. Williams updated guests on symJones, Cathy Wheeler, Noma Woodlawn was the largest phony concerts, activities and Jeanne Crews, Lyn Gibson, Birmingham school in the early events for the 2011-12 season. Jo Nell Hales, Terry and Jack 1960s. Carbone highlighted the ASO’s Standridge, Martha Noble, Lin

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Campus Dining, Inc. executive director and chef Chris Vizzina will be giving cooking demonstrations at the Run Away from Domestic Violence event set for Photo special to the Journal Oct. 22.

Cooking Demonstration by Chef Chris Vizzina, executive chef and president of Campus Dining, Inc., is the event’s newest feature. Vizzina has been nominated twice for the Silver Plate Award, a food service industry honor. He is a director on the board of Birmingham Originals, ambassador to the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, adjunct professor of nutrition and health at Samford University and a consultant to Jones Valley Urban Farms, which recently nominated him as a Champion for Health in Birmingham. Vizzina also works with Homewood City Schools as part of the Chefs Move to Schools initiative.

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hosted a kickoff party, “Run Away on the Runway,” Aug. 23 at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen Health and Wellness Center for its Oct. 22 Run Away from Domestic Violence 8K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. The event included a reception and dinner with shrimp, artichoke dips, punch, cheese straws, pasta and green salads and a variety of desserts. Christy Jackson created a race theme with black and white checked flags with hot pink accents. A fashion show by Coldwater Creek and Game Day in Style, coordinated by Sylvia Gonda, topped off the event. Mixing and mingling were models Mandy Cox, Donna Sibley, Betty Bussey, Jodie Hill, Alli Denning, Margaret Stewart, Dawn Fish, Ricia Thomas, Dorsae Holmes, Amy Dern, Billie Holleman, Jennifer Alden, Pam Neimann, Jessica Neimann, Lauren Steed, Jessica Golda, Jennifer Smith, race chairman Amy Reese, Cameron Morris, Kathy Henton, Ashley Henton and Lauren Henton. Other members and friends there were Stephanie Holdersby, Peggy Rawls, Tamilya Davis, Jean Castille, Connie Blalock, LaVerne Reese, Stacey Alexander, Mary Jo Carter, Tamara Moser, Bettie and Merv Torme, Pat Yost, Matt Gonda, Bill Morris, Elizabeth Neil and Mary Ann Nelson and husband Re, who provided the pasta salads. Amy Reese updated the crowd about the run. Going into its fifth year, the event includes Zumba classes, a children’s festival with a moonwalk, sack races and other games, free health screenings, entertainment and a healthy cooking demonstration as well as the 8K and fun run/walk. The Alagasco Healthy


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trends at their September meeting at the Country Club of Birmingham. Informal modeling by members provided a preview of the 53rd annual Linly Heflin Fashion Show and Luncheon, set for Sept. 28. Megan LaRussa, style director of Southern Femme, will produce the show. The long-running fundraiser is a partnership with Birmingham clothier Gus Mayer. Cuban-born designer Rene Ruiz will present his spring 2012 collection in the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel ballroom. Doors open just before noon. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling the Linly Heflin office at 871-8171. Amie Beth Shaver, Miss Alabama 1994, is emcee. The event is the primary fundraiser for the group’s scholarship program for women seeking higher education in

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held Aug. 27 at Sloss Furnace to benefit the Bell Center for Early Intervention programs. The third annual event more than doubled last year’s revenue, with more than $25,000 coming from ticket sales, tents and sponsorships. Participants are challenged to show their team spirit by competing in tent contests. Captains decorate their tent areas to represent their schools and provide food for tailgaters. This year’s entries included multiple tents for Alabama and Auburn as well as tents for Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and others. The Best Team Spirit Award went to Texas. The Best Tastin’ Food prize was a tie between Ole Miss and Kentucky. Best All Around went to Mississippi State. The Bell Center Tailgate Challenge was sponsored by the Trak Shak, NBC 13 and Jim ’N Nicks Bar-B-Q. Highlights of this year’s tailgate included appearances by Auburn and UAB mascots Aubie and Blaze plus entertainment by Rockstar. Children were entertained with face painting and a bounce house.

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a night under the stars at Brook Valley Farm in North Shelby County. The farm is owned by Deane and Ronnie Giles. The party was in honor of debutantes Brittany Arias, Mary Ellen Davis, Amy Dumas, Emily Dumas, Elise Gilbert and Sarah Kathryn Sharp. After a dinner of barbecue chicken and pork, guests danced to music by Z and the Party Factory. Black and white linens provided the background for elegant arrangements of tall sunflowers and red and white gerbera daisies in black pottery vases with a western design. Attending were Dalton Smith, Leigh Anne Gilbert, Amanda Vinson, Rachel Truss, Kate Warden, Michael Sutherland, Lauren Gilbert, Chris Arias, Mr. and Mrs. David Peter Arias, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Raymond Hays, Robert Sturdivant, Kennith Ellis, Blake Logan, Dr. Lajuana Logan, Lizzie Hawk Drew McMeans and Elsbeth Denton. Also at the party were Devon Byrd, Jarred Brookins, Amanda McClung, Elizabeth Pettey, Lydia, Caitlin and Skylar Sexton from Troy and Storm Ingram from Montgomery, Matt Roden, Emily Lindsey, Melissa Jeffcoat, Heather Hall, Melissa Meinburg, Ashlyn Hardy, Mary Katherine Howell, Anna Leigh Sharp, Monicka Roden and Lindsey Conry. ❖



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Family Ties

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Antiques at The Gardens Committee Member Shares the Stories of Her Home’s Many Family Heirlooms. BY LAURA MCALISTER JOURNAL EDITOR


hether it’s the antiques passed down from generations or the family portraits that hang on the walls, Nonie Brown’s Mountain Brook home is a nod to both her family’s past and present. Nonie, a member of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Antiques at The Gardens Committee, said the many family heirlooms in her Dell Road home have largely driven the decor of the house. That, along with the help of her mother, Mallie Ireland, and friend and decorator Scott Johnson, has made Nonie’s home one that’s perfect for formal entertaining as well as the everyday activities of the family of five. The Brown family purchased the house nearly 25 years ago, but according to Nonie, its history in her family dates back It’s really been further than that. a happy home. “My dad actually lived here with his mother during the war,” Nonie said, It’s been such referring to World War II. “He lived here a great house. when he was 16. It’s had many owners in Now we’re between.” empty nesters, There may have been many owners and and it’s fantastic. years in between her father’s time in the – Nonie Brown house and Nonie’s family purchasing it, but she was still able to find some pieces fro m her family’s past there. When Nonie and her husband moved into the house, they found two old mirrors that belonged to Nonie’s grandmother stored in the attic. The mirrors were restored and now hang in the living room. The focal point in this room, though, is an old painting that belonged to Nonie’s aunt, Doris Schuler. The large painting of a distinguished 18th Century Englishman dominates one wall of the living room. “We did the whole room around him,” Nonie said. “The painting used to sit in my aunt’s home in London. Here we like to call him ‘the Duke on Dell.’” The painting sets a formal, traditional tone in the room. The colors in the painting are subtle and earthy, aside from

Clockwise from top: The painting from Nonie’s aunt and the sofa from her grandmother set the tone for the living room. The library offers stunning views, and the center bookcase is actually just a cover for the television. Nonie stands by a painting of her mother, Mallie Ireland, in the dinJournal photos by Emil Wald ing room.


the red coat worn by the so-called “Duke on Dell.” Nonie brightens the room with another family piece, a gold sofa that belonged to Kitty Ireland, her grandmother. “That piece drove the room, too,” Nonie said. “It’s such a bold color. It was hard to do.” Nonie makes it work, though, with some soft mauve and green striped chairs on either side of the couch and two peach velvet chairs sitting opposite the sofa. Tables flanking the sofa are covered with family photos and antique trinkets, some passed down from family members and others new to Nonie. The setup in the living room is designed with entertaining in mind, as is the rest of the house. Though Nonie doesn’t know the exact year the home was built, she knows it pre-dates World War II. Without sacrificing the character of the house, the Browns made some changes to the floor plan to fit their lifestyle. Making it flow easily for entertaining was a must for Nonie. In addition to updating the kitchen, they added a whole new wing that can be accessed from the dining room as well as the living room. It includes the master bedroom, library and what Nonie calls the gallery. In the gallery is a black granite built-in wet bar displaying a painting by artist Thomas Arvid, who is known for his realistic wine paintings. “We bought this at Linn Park,” Nonie said. “Now his work is in the Atlanta Museum of Art.” Nonie said she loves going to art shows in the Birmingham area to find local artists’ work, which is apparent throughout the house. One of her favorites is a floral painting by Arthur Stewart that hangs above the fireplace in the living room. Other pieces of artwork special to Nonie include a sculpture of her son and a portrait of her

three children. The sculpture sits in the gallery and was done by Dallas artist Barvo. It’s of Nonie’s now 22-year-old son as a child, with a fishing rod in hand and dog by his side. She actually commissioned it at a sculpture auction at the Botanical Gardens, started by her mother-in-law, Virginia Brown. “She just loved The Gardens,” Nonie said. The portrait is by Carter Laney and hangs in the stairwell at the front entrance of the home. According to Nonie, the oil painting was one of the first large ones done by the Birmingham artist. The Brown children posed for the portrait in the family library, which like much of the house is formal yet still comfortable and inviting. The walls are a dark paneled wood, and cabinets disguised with antique book bindings cover the television. One of Nonie’s favorite parts of this room, as well as the entire house, is the great views. An entire wall of the library is windows with floor-to-ceiling rich red draperies. During an earlier renovation, the couple moved the master bedroom downstairs to connect to the library, which shares the appealing views. Another renovation done by the Browns was the expansion of the formal dining room. Like much of the house, the dining room is also filled with family heirlooms but mixes in a few modern pieces. A portrait of Nonie’s mother in a formal blue evening gown hangs on a mirrored wall on one side of the room; on the opposite side, windows and French doors open up to the patio. Dramatic light green draperies frame the large wall of windows. The antique crystal chandelier over the dining table belonged to Nonie’s grandmother. Nonie mixed modern chairs with her

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HOME mother’s antique dining table to complete the room. Although there are lots of formal spaces in this Mountain Brook home, there’s still plenty of space to kick back and relax. Nonie said the heart of the house, where the family spends most of its time, is definitely the kitchen and adjacent den. The den has a relaxed French Provincial style with light green toile couches and chairs. Whether it’s the formal dining and living rooms or the relaxed den, the house holds many family memories for the Browns. After nearly 25 years, their children are grown now and in college. Nonie said it was the perfect place to raise a family. “It’s really been a happy home,” she said. “It’s been such a great house. Now we’re empty nesters, and it’s fantastic.” ❖

A sculpture of her son as a child sits in the gallery of the Brown home. Nonie said she purchased it at an event at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens that her motherin-law, Virginia Brown, started. The event was a precursor to what would become Antiques at The Gardens. Journal photos by Emil Wald

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Gardens’ Antiques at The Gardens: Heirlooms in Bloom will be Oct. Cell: 205 - 223 - 8180 Office: 205 - 835 - 8180 JOURNAL EDITOR 7-9. As in years past, some of the best antique dealers from across the hether you’re looking �� for a timeless piece for nation will be selling their finds at ���� ���������������������������������������������������������������� the sixth annual show. your home or decora������������������������ Chairing this year’s event are ���� ������������� tions for your daughter’s dorm ����������������� Barbara Burton and Elizabeth room, Antiques at The Gardens ������������������������������������������������������������������ Broughton. Both said great care is likely to have it. ������������������������������������������������������������������������ was taken this year to offer antiques Birmingham Botanical in all price ranges. “We really tried to run the ��������������������������������������������� gamut this year,” Barbara said. “It’s ����������������������������������� nice because if you’re just looking for little antique pieces for yourself Come visit us or your daughter’s dorm room, you �������������������������������������������� can find it, and if you’re looking in our newly ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� for something pretty major, we’ll �������������������������������������������������� expanded ������ ������������������������������ have that, too.” ������������������������������������ space ������� ������������������������������������������������� The event will kick off Oct. 6 � ������������������� with the Sterne Agee First Look ������� �������� Party. The show officially opens to the public Oct. 7. ������������������������������������������������������������������ Perhaps the biggest draw to this ������������������������������������������������������������������� year’s event is the featured speaker at the Red Diamond Lecture Series. ��������������������������������������������� World-renowned interior decorator Charlotte Moss will be the keynote ����������������������������������� speaker. A Virginia native, Charlotte �������������������������������������������� draws from her Southern heritage ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� to create luxurious living spaces. �������������������������������������������������� She’s the author of seven books; the most recent, “Charlotte Moss ������������������������������������ Decorates,” will be available for purchase at Antiques at The Gardens. “We’re just so excited about Charlotte speaking,” Elizabeth said. “I mean, wow, to have someone ������������������������������������ ��������������������������������������������������������������������� like her really just makes this an even more outstanding event. She’s truly regarded as one of the out������������������������������������������������������������

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A Conversation with Charlotte Moss Eco Three S Transforms Homes Business Profile

he now calls New York home, but Charlotte Moss’ roots are buried in Richmond, Va. At age 27, Charlotte, now an interior design icon, packed her bags for Wall Street, fostering a successful business career before launching her own firm eight years later. Susan and Michael Bloomberg were among Charlotte’s first clients. Today, she has been recognized as one of Elle Decor’s A-List designers and has been given the opportunity to design her own line of furniture for Century, a collection that will arrive next spring. Charlotte is the speaker at this year’s Antiques at The Gardens Red Diamond Lecture Series. She’ll be speaking Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the BBG’s Linn Henley Lecture Hall. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at In a recent telephone conversation with Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Blake Ells, Moss shared her elegant ideas, passion for style and concepts from her most recent book, “Charlotte Moss Decorates.” BBG: Does an elegant design always require a big budget? Charlotte Moss: Heavens no. Because style doesn’t require a big budget. Anybody can have a checkbook. Some people with a checkbook don’t know how to use it. Pauline de Rothschild’s room in Albany has just two or three pieces. It’s not about volume or money. It’s about being selective. It’s about editing. It’s about knowing when to stop. BBG: My living room needs a makeover. I can’t afford to take care of everything at once. Where do I begin to make the room more inviting? CM: Good seating is the key. There’s no way you can have a room like that without an invitation for someone to be there – and a good mix of it. I don’t even think you start with a rug. That’s bogus. Great – so you blew your budget on a rug, now where do I sit? Even a loveseat and two chairs – then I would move to a great mirror or painting. BBG: What antique pieces are easiest to incorporate into a modern design? CM: It could be as simple as an antique globe or a pedestal. I don’t think there is one type of piece; you just have to love what it is. The key is being great. BBG: What can we expect from your new line of furniture with Century? CM: You’re going to see some classic pieces and some classic things with a twist – painted furniture. BBG: What do you hope people will learn from your most recent release, “Charlotte Moss Decorates”? CM: That there are no bloody

Eco Three founders Will Fountain and Jonathan Handey with team member Sam Hill, pictured above, from right to left, create opportunities for local home owners to renew their homes.

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Kinsey Marable helps his clients find all sorts of rare books. He said many are interested in historical books or style and fashion, while others have more rare taste. business started when he was working at Goldman Sachs. His job required him to travel to London frequently, and it was there he found several bookstores specializing in out-of-print books. At first, he was keeping his rare finds for his personal library. Then he started fetching books for coworkers and friends. “I really started spending a lot of time in those bookstores,” Kinsey said of the London shops. “I’d bring them back to my office, and then people started asking me to bring them back books.” Since Kinsey’s collections are tailored to his clients’ tastes, he said putting together a home library with rare out-print-books could be time consuming, especially before the Internet. When he started his business 17 years ago, he said, it required travel. While the Internet helps some, he said the best way to find that rare book is by getting out and searching for it. In his nearly two decades as a book curator, he’s put together quite an assortment of collections. He said some people prefer architecture books, while others are look-

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standing leaders in interior design.” Charlotte’s work has graced the covers of top home magazines, and she also has received numerous awards, including Elle Decor’s Vision Award and the Royal Oak Foundation’s Timeless Design Award. “She’s obviously a person of incredible elegance,” Barbara said. “She has a way of bringing warmth into the home. “I remember in the ‘80s and ‘90s going to her store in New York. I didn’t know then that she was from the South, and I remember thinking how it reminded me of the homes in Alabama. Now I know why.” Another special aspect of this year’s Antiques at The Gardens is the honoree – Frances Blount. Frances has been an advocate of The Gardens for years and has in part made the Botanical Gardens what it is today, said Nonie Brown, an Antiques committee member and Frances’ close friend. “She is just wonderful and so deserving of this,” Nonie said. “I just think it’s wonderful that we’re honoring her.” Frances was instrumental in raising more than $3 million that would fund the entryway of The Gardens and the Garden Center, improved parking and pathways



Charlotte Moss is this year’s Red Diamond Lecture series featured speaker. She also will be signing her new book, “Charlotte Moss Designs.” and the renovation and creation of several gardens. “We’re really trying to shine the spotlight on Frances this year,” Elizabeth said. “She has been a significant force for The Gardens for many years. She’s not only an advocate for The Gardens, but she’s also done some tremendous stuff with fundraising.” The show will be open to the public Oct. 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10. Visit www.bbg. org to purchase tickets or for more information. All proceeds from Antiques at The Gardens will go to the Botanical Gardens’ education programs. “That’s really the best thing about this event,” Barbara said.

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert Murray Lofton of Mountain Brook announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Lofton, to Thomas Morrison, son of Mr. Thomas Michael Morrison of Mountain Brook and Ms. Elizabeth Colvard Morrison of Homewood.


The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Mack Lofton of Mountain Brook and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gauld of Pell City and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jaeger of Nashville, Tenn. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Auburn University’s School of Nursing with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She is employed with East Alabama Medical Center. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Sarah Colvard and the late Mr. Frank Colvard of Sylacauga and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jackson Morrison of Sylacauga. He is a graduate of Columbus State University, where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the CSU baseball team. He is employed with BlackJack Lands. The wedding is planned for Nov. 19.

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Holleigh Nichole Wisner and Jeffrey Pascal Hamby were married July 23, 2011 at First Baptist Church of Albertville. The Rev. Chris Johnson officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Dale Wisner of Albertville. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hershell Sewell of Albertville and the late Ms. Margaret Louise Wisner of Boaz. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Evan Hamby of Vestavia Hills. He is the grandson of Mrs. Mavis Parker Stevens and the late Mr. William T. Stevens of Alexander City and the late Mr. and Mrs. Pascal Roy Hamby of Dadeville. Given in marriage by her father the bride wore an ivory charmeuse side-drape gown with a champagne sash featuring applique detail and a sweep train. The matron of honor was April Strickland, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Leslie Wisner, Debbie Wilson, Rachel Dykes, Sarah Gill, Audrey Williams, Miranda Morgan and Michelle Moulton. Flower girls were Ella and Evie Strickland, nieces of the bride. The grooms father served as best man. Groomsmen were Todd Hamby, Steven Hamby, Mark Hamby, Whit Wisner, Scott Stevens, Drew Stevens and Jason Grammer. Owen Stevens, cousin of the groom, was ring bearer. After a honeymoon trip to Guanacaste, Cost Rica, the couple live in Hoover.


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volunteered their time and help in shifts. Some of the competitors are regulars at Emmet O’Neal’s weekly Chess Club meeting, where ages 7 and older receive a free hour-and-a-half lesson from a chess coach each week. After four rounds of chess matches, winners were Jason Zhang for the K-third grade division and Manish Nagaraj for the K-ninth grade division.


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Among those on the Alabama Ambassadors of Music tour were musicians from Vestavia Hills, Oak Mountain, Spain Park, and Hoover, including, from left, front: Kerrilyn Gibson, Kate McAfee, Erin McAfee, Mi’a Callens and Lauren Hughes. Second row: Harry McAfee, Christian Free, Matthew Perley, Shelby Koelz, Kat White and Jackson Thomley. Third row: Spenser Matthews, Maddie Haddock, Peter Adamo and Jon Photo special to the Journal Barron.

OTM Musicians Join Ambassadors Tour

Alabama Ambassadors of Music recently returned from a seven-country European tour. The ambassadors were each nominated to represent the state by their band or music directors. Students on the tour came from schools from all over the state, including Vestavia Hills, Oak Mountain, Spain Park and Hoover high schools. The group, which included more than 60 musicians, played concerts in parks and churches throughout Europe. After sightseeing in Paris at the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre, the band played a concert at Luxembourg Gardens. AAM also visited England, Switzerland, Austria, Lichtenstein, Germany and Italy. The music was under the direction of music professors from the University of South Alabama.

Mountain Brook Debaters Excel at Wake Forest

The Mountain Brook debate team recently traveled to Wake Forest University for the weekend with a squad of 16 debaters. In Lincoln-Douglas Debates, junior Wyatt Moorer made the varsity sweet 16, while junior Haley Siddall and sophomore Amelia Putnam both made the elite 8 in junior varsity. Leading the team in varsity policy was senior Evan McCarty, NFL Academic All-American debater, who was named second place overall speaker. McCarty’s former partner, now debating on scholarship for Wake Forest University, was allowed to award the trophy to McCarty on stage. McCarty and his partner,

junior Philippa Straus, finished in the final four of a competitive field of teams from across the U.S. Straus and McCarty have earned their first of two needed bids to the Tournament of Champions held by the University of Kentucky. In junior varsity debate, sophomores Mary Nix Roberson and Chamblee Shufflebarger made it to the elite eight. Sophomores Hope Reamer and Caroline Goolsby made the final four. Mountain Brook rising eighth grader Marc Straus appeared in his first tournament with sophomore partner Ben Jackson. Straus was the 13th overall speaker in the junior varsity pool.

O’Neal Library Hosts Chess Tournament

The Emmet O’Neal Library hosted a summer chess tournament July 23 for children from kindergarten to ninth grade. Students competed for awards in two age divisions while parents

A New Student Party was hosted at Liberty Park Middle School for all students new to the Vestavia Hills school system. Counselor Stephanie Holcomb held the party so students could meet each other and play games. SGA members provided breakfast and told new students about ways to get involved at Liberty Park Middle.

Guidance counselor Stephanie Holcomb welcomed new students at a Photo special to the Journal party at Liberty Park Middle School. Greeting families at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church’s orientation are, from left: Brendan Kelly, director of youth ministries; Pastor Rev. Msgr. Martin Muller; and Suzanne Corso, director of religious education. Photo special to the Journal

OLS Begins New Parish School of Religion Year Children and their parents turned out for the start of the 2011-12 season of the Parish School of Religion at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Homewood. During orientation Aug. 21, OLS Pastor Rev. Msgr. Martin Muller told parents that their main focus in life should be the salvation of their children. Those at the event also met

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Gwin, Simmons Recognized for Healthy Choices

Two Hoover schools were recently awarded for their healthy achievements. This summer Simmons Middle School and Gwin Elementary received the Bronze National Recognition Award by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for their efforts in fighting childhood obesity.

The American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation founded the Alliance. Simmons and Gwin earned the awards for their dedication to revamping their meal services and physical activity programs to meet or exceed standards set by the Alliance. Simmons transformed its campus into a healthier place for the students and staff. Simmons provides healthy nutritious meals and teaches health education and


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physical education classes. Faculty and staff also have access to fitness equipment in the weight room. Gwin’s efforts foster healthy lifestyles that benefit young people now and into the future. Gwin provides healthy nutritious meals, teaches health education in the classroom, provides daily fitness breaks with various exercise activities like unicycle, dance and running club before and after school for students and teachers. Simmons was one of six schools awarded in Alabama and out of 274 nationwide. Gwin was the only elementary school to receive the award in Alabama.


Cherokee Bend Welcomes New Families

Shades Cahaba Elementary School kindergartners in Meredith Bryan’s class recently visited the library, where they got to pick out their favorite books to read. Students gathered in groups to read aloud to each other. Enjoying their selections are, from left: Miller Sanfratel, Photo special to the Journal Maven Baldwin and Bashar Muthana.

VHHS has 19 National Merit Semi-Finalists

Students new to the fifth and sixth grades at Cherokee Bend Elementary recently attended a picnic hosted at the school by the New Family Photo special to the Journal Committee.

The New Family Committee at Cherokee Bend Elementary School hosted a picnic Aug. 21 to welcome families with new students in grades 1-6. About 75 people, including principal Betsy Bell, attended the event on the school’s playground. Parents and children enjoyed dinner, which included hot dogs and chicken fingers provided by Gus’s. The New Family Committee also hosted “Muffins for New Moms” for mothers of the new students. The committee’s goal is to make new families feel welcome and to make the transition to a new school enjoyable. Chairmen are Jackie Breland, Edith Lyon and Susan Yarbro.

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation, NMSC, recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring.

Vestavia Hills High School is proud to announce that 19 of its seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists, which represents 10 percent of all the National Merit Semifinalists in the state this year. The following VHHS students are semifinalists: Daniel Brown, Ted Cook, Brandon Duan, Forrest Gamble, Sarah Gunn, Ryan





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Oak Mountain Tennis Tourney Benefit Draws 26 Teams

The second annual Oak Mountain Tennis Tournament at Inverness Country Club was held as part of the Oak Mountain Sports Festival Aug. 12-13. Twenty-six teams participated in the Friday event, raising more than $1,200 to benefit the Oak Mountain High School athletic department. Tournament planners were Julie Rinks, Lisa Roberts, Miriam Stone and Pam Holton. Jerry Nixon, Inverness Country Club’s head tennis pro, organized the roundrobin play. Winners were: Men’s Division A: Rick Bonsack and Miller Sproull, first place; Paul Touliatotis and Preston Touliatos, second place. Women’s Division A: Mary Kay Greer and Patti Henderson, first place; Yu-ing Hargett and Debbie Ivey, second place.


from back cover 3-0 in Class 6A Region 6). After a down year in 2009, the Spartans have reestablished themselves as one of the state’s best football programs. Quarterback Ed Aldag leads a team that should be undefeated going into its Sept. 30 game against Spain Park. If Mountain Brook can get past the Jags, its meeting with Hoover three weeks later could be a battle of the unbeatens. From there, anything can happen. Homewood (2-2 overall, 1-2 in Class 6A Region 6). A new era may have begun under firstyear Coach Doug Goodwin, but in many ways the Patriots seem much like they have in the recent past: good coaching, good athletes, but not enough depth to be competitive with the powerhouses in its region. As always, however, Homewood has outstanding talent at the skill positions, notably quarterback Stephen Baggett. The Patriots won’t win their region,

Four weeks into the season John Carroll, led by quarterback John Boohaker, has a 2-2 record.

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Lady Phantoms Win United Invitaional Tourney

Winners in the OMHS tennis tournament’s Women’s Division B were, from left: Tracy Smith and Cristy Flournoy, first place, and Shelly Richardson and Kim Osburn, second place. Photo special to the Journal Men’s Division B: Ben Kingsley and Chris Woodham, first place; David Kallus and Jay Thompson, second place.

Women’s Division B: Tracy Smith and Cristy Flournoy, first place; Shelly Richardson and Kim Osburn, second place.

but they usually pull off one big upset – and that win could determine the ultimate region winner. Briarwood (4-0 overall, 3-0 in Class 5A Region 5). The Lions have looked unstoppable in their first four games, as Fred Yancey’s squad seems to be a team on a mission. Only a meeting with Class 6A’s Vestavia Hills seems to stand between the Lions and a perfect regular season. In the playoffs anything can happen, but anything includes another state championship for Briarwood. Vestavia (1-3 overall, 1-2 in Class 6A Region 6). The Rebels are off to their most disappointing start in years. It would be politically correct to say that there’s still plenty of time to turn the situation around, but the truth is that the season is nearly half complete. Probably no team in Alabama will have a tougher slate over the next four weeks, as Vestavia faces Briarwood, Homewood, Spain Park and Hoover in succession. How the Rebels fare over that period will say a lot about how their season winds up. The good news for Vestavia,

however, is that you can never count a Buddy Anderson-coached team out. Oak Mountain (1-3 overall, 0-3 in Class 6A Region 6). The Eagles are still building and aren’t that far from being a factor in the region race. They haven’t quite reached that plateau yet, as there is still too much inexperience in key positions. Oak Mountain may not reach the playoffs this season but does have a realistic shot at a winning season. That accomplishment would give Coach Jeff Harris something on which to build for next year. John Carroll Catholic (2-2 overall, 1-2 in Class 5A Region 4). The Cavs got their fans excited with a 2-0 start but have come back to earth after consecutive losses to McAdory and Parker. Things won’t get much easier for John Carroll either, as tough games against the likes of Chelsea, Hueytown and Fairfield are still ahead. The Cavaliers’ offense, however, is difficult to stop, and on any given night, Carroll can be competitive with almost anyone in its class. At this point, however, a lot of things must break the Cavs’ way for them to have a winning season. Shades Mountain Christian (03 overall, 0-2 in Class 1A Region 4). It’s been a long, tough haul for the Eagles since the school adopted football a few years ago, and it won’t get easier anytime soon. New coach Joel Dunn had������ only 19 players on his August roster, ������� including three eighth graders, � so it’s no surprise that Shades ������� Mountain is having a rough time on the field. But there’s nothing wrong with the program that adding more athletes and getting more depth won’t solve.

Hoover Soccer Club’s Lady Phantoms 00 took first place in the Athens (Georgia) United Invitational Soccer Tournament recently. The Lady Phantoms 00 played four games at the weekend tournament winning three games and tying one game, ending with a 2-0 victory over Henry’s TSC Thunder 00. With that victory, the Hoover Lady Phantoms 00 earned the 2011 Athens United Invitational Title. Team members are, from left, front: KaiLian Davis, Maris Laney, Emily Carlisle, Sydney Steely and Helen Lunsford. Back: Coach Nick DiTullo, Erin Butler, Elena Register, Jasmine Greene, Elizabeth Corcoran, Jurea Parker and Anna Grace Steele.

Shades Mountain Park Nationals Wins Metro

The 8-Year-Old SMP National All Stars won the Metro Baseball Championship held in Homewood this summer. Team members above are, from left, front: James Broderick, Slade McCraw, Tyner Patterson, Connor Eberhardt, Sam Tolbert and Evan Warren. Middle: Landon Dickson, Ty Truett, Robbie Ashford, Josh Lundy, Will Whisenhunt and Tyler Waugh. Back: (Coaches) DannyWarren, Mike McCraw, Joseph Lundy and Craig Tolbert.


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On its next possession, Homewood moved to the Spartans’ 14-yard line before committing the fumble which led to Mountain Brook’s game-winning march. After regaining the lead in the final stanza, the Spartans effectively ran the clock, using running back Mark Rector to gain yardage and keep the ball away from Homewood’s offensive unit. Rector also rushed for 26 yards on just five carries on Mountain Brook’s last touchdown effort. He finished the night with 128 yards after 31 carries. “We struggled some tonight, but when opportunities came, we took advantage,” said Rector. “Homewood has a terrific team. They don’t stop battling.” Neither does Mountain Brook. Despite hurting themselves by dropping passes and getting 51 yards in penalties, the Spartans found a way to go home with the scoreboard lights in their favor. “We ran the ball well but didn’t play with a lot of consistency,” said Mountain Brook coach Chris Yeager. “But we made plays when it counted.” The Spartans enter the midpoint of their season in a strong position. They should be undefeated going into an epic confrontation at Spain Park Sept. 30. A victory there will most likely keep Mountain Brook undefeated until its Oct. 21 date with Hoover – to be played in the friendly confines of Spartan Stadium. Is Mountain Brook a team of destiny? “Oh, I don’t know about all that,” said Aldag. “We just want to keep winning. All we’re thinking about is the next game.” Aldag undoubtedly speaks for his teammates. But with a few

With protection from Zach Simms (70) Homewood quarterback Stephen Baggett (11) gets a pass off as Mountain Brook’s Robert Eckert (48) applies pressure. More photos at Journal photo by Lee Walls Jr. more victories, Spartan fans can aim their sights a little higher.

WEEK 4 ROUNDUP Spain Park 28, Oak Mountain 10

The Jaguars took their second Class 6A Region 6 victory with a workmanlike performance against the Eagles. Sean Mardis’ 15-yard touchdown run and quarterback Nick Mullens’ 35yard pass to Ashton Daniel gave Spain Park a 14-0 first quarter lead. Mitch Mathias countered for Oak Mountain with a 32-yard field goal. Mardis’ second touchdown – from 42 yards out – gave

Mullens, from back cover

were pretty good, but I was just playing. I really didn’t know the inside story of being a quarterback.” Mullens credits Lindsey and his staff for his quick study of the new offensive schemes. “Coach Lindsey has taught me that playing quarterback is similar to studying a science,” he said. “Our coaches coach me on leadership and help me understand anything that opposing defenses might throw at us.” Lindsey is pleased with his quarterback’s rapid development. “Nick and all of our players have adapted really well to our offense,” said Lindsey. “Nick resembles a coach on the field. He’s still learning, but he picks up things quickly and has been a fine leader for us.” The best news for Mullens and Spain Park may be the abundance of other skilled players at the Jaguars’ disposal. Sean Mardis and Ashton Daniel take pressure off Mullens with their talents at the running back slots. Spain Park also has a deep receiver corps, including Reid Reinagel and Michael

the victors a 21-3 advantage in the third quarter. Jakaryus Redwine gave Eagle fans hope when he returned a punt 41 yards for a touchdown to cut the Jags’ lead to 21-10. Spain Park’s Devon Brown ended the scoring when he intercepted an Oak Mountain pass and returned it 12 yards for a touchdown. Spain Park moved to 3-1 overall, while Oak Mountain fell to 1-3, including three losses in Class 6A Region 6 play.

Briarwood 45, Chelsea 34

The Lions stormed back from a 34-17 deficit to take an impressive

Nelson-Brown, who had 45 yards in receptions in the victory over Oak Mountain. The Jags’ offensive line is comparatively young, but returning All-Over the Mountain selection Ben Tamburello and Robert Bagwell are veteran standouts. Mullens’ biggest attribute is that he is a self-professed football workaholic. In his down time, if he’s not doing school-related homework, the quarterback is likely to be studying film, either to improve his own technique or to brush up on the next opponent. “Technology is amazing now,” said Mullens. “There is no carrying projectors and film home like it was done in the old days. You just get a log-in and watch it on a home computer.” While Mullens and Spain Park are off to an impressive start, the season hasn’t been all peaches and cream. A bitter off-note came on Sept. 2, when the Jaguars fell to arch-foe Hoover 20-0 at Spain Park’s own Bob Finley Field. The Jaguars have never defeated the Bucs in nearly a decade of competition. “You can’t look back,” said Mullens. “All we can do is keep growing and learning.”


win over the Hornets. Quarterback Ben Craft led the comeback, completing 22 of 33 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Craft also rushed for 71 yards on just nine carries and a score. With Briarwood leading 17-14 at halftime, Chelsea exploded for 20 points in the third period to take command. But the Lions countered with 28 unanswered points to remain undefeated. Briarwood is now 4-0, 3-0 in Class 5A Region 5 play.

Parker 32, John Carroll Catholic 25

Hoover 41, Thompson 15

Maplesville 42, Shades Mtn. Christian 2

After a slow start, the Bucs took off in the second period to stage a strong homecoming victory. Halfback Caleb Sims was a big reason for the surge. Sims threw a touchdown pass, caught a touchdown pass and scored on a one-yard run to spark Hoover’s offense. If that wasn’t enough, the versatile Sims also returned a Thompson punt 68 yards for a score. Quarterback Sam Gilliken passed for two scores – one to Sims and another to Josh Jackson. The Bucs raised their record for the year to 4-0.

Pelham 30, Vestavia Hills 27 (2OTs)

The Panthers overcame a traumatic week -- in which two players were suspended -- to take an emotional victory. The Rebels moved to an early 10-0 lead and led 17-10 at halftime. But Pelham battled back to send the game into overtime. Eli Beall’s touchdown on a fourthand-two situation in the second overtime period gave the Panthers the victory. Georgie Salem led the Vestavia attack with 139 yards rushing on 29 carries and two touchdowns. The Rebels fell to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in Class 6A Region 6 play.

The Cavs chalked up 25 points and nearly 400 yards of total offense but couldn’t stop the Thundering Herd. Quarterback Johnny Boohaker ran for two touchdowns, and Kenny Johnson scored another in the losing cause. Trent Marshall kicked two field goals for John Carroll. The Cavs’ record fell to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in Class 5A Region 4 play.

The winless Eagles fell again at the hands of the Red Devils.


Hoover’s Caleb Sims was responsible for four touchdowns in the Bucs’ rout of Thompson. Sims tossed a touchdown pass, caught a touchdown pass, ran for a score and returned a punt 68 yards for yet another touchdown. Homewood quarterback Stephen Baggett completed 17 consecutive passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 21-14 loss to Mountain Brook. Briarwood quarterback Ben Craft completed 22 of 33 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat Chelsea 45-34. Mountain Brook running back Mark Rector rushed for 128 yards on 31 carries as the Spartans defeated Homewood. Spain Park quarterback Nick Mullens completed 22 of 36 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars’ 28-10 win over Oak Mountain. John Carroll Catholic linebacker Daniel Bostick had 12 tackles in the Cavs’ loss to Parker.

Spain Park would be well-advised to continue to do that, as its schedule does nothing but get more difficult. The Jags will journey to north Alabama this week, where they will face always-tough Bob Jones before returning to region play. Starting on Sept. 30, Spain Park will face dangerous Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills and Pelham on consecutive weekends. The team must go on the road against the Rebels and Panthers. The slate is tough, but Mullens is philosophical. “We really can’t control what our opponents do,” he said. “They will take care of themselves. All we can do is be concerned about us and work like crazy to get better every week. If we get the details, we can have a big year. But it’s all up to us.” Conventional wisdom would say that’s a great attitude for success. And this time, the conventional wisdom is right. Homewood’s Johnathan Gooden (27) knocks Spain Park’s Hunter Kahn (15) out of bounds in Week 3 action. The Jaguars beat the Patriots 27-6. More photos at Journal photo by Marvin Gentry




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Hoover Soccer Club’s Lady Phantoms 00 Win United Invitational Soccer Tournament. See page 29.

Spartans Take Advantage of Opportunities to Edge Pats in Region 6 Battle

Lee Davis

Four Weeks In: How Area Teams Look In MidSeptember



ne way to tell that a football team might be on the way to a special season is when it wins a game on the road that, by all rights, it could have lost. That’s exactly what happened to the Mountain Brook Spartans Friday night. Locked in a tough battle with Class 6A Region 6 rival Homewood, the Spartans drove 86 yards in seven plays for the game-winning score in the fourth quarter to take a 21-14 decision at Waldrop Stadium. Quarterback Ed Aldag passed 44 yards to Coates Doss for the touchdown. Mountain Brook recovered a Homewood fumble at the Spartan 14-yard line late in the third quarter before putting together the final drive. “I told our guys that this was our chance to come back from adversity,” said Aldag. “We knew exactly what needed to be done, and we were not going to be denied.” Mountain Brook lifted its record to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in region play. The Patriots fell to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in league competition. A huge bright spot in defeat for Homewood was the extraordinary play of quarterback Stephen Baggett. He completed his first 17 passes for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns. “Our offensive line was unbelievable,” Baggett said later. “I had all the time in the


Mountain Brook linebacker Buddy Pell (45) and a host of Spartan defenders bring down Journal photo by Lee Walls Jr. Homewood running back Justin Hardy (4). More photos at world. All I had to do was throw the ball. This loss hurts, but it won’t do anything but make us better.” Homewood got its fans excited early in the game when quarterback Baggett connected with Nycholas Young for a 31-yard score. Jay Williams’ conversion gave the Patriots a 7-0 lead with 9:22 left in the first quarter. The Spartans rallied when Gavin Golson hit pay dirt on a reverse with just over two minutes remaining in the quarter. Warren Handrahan’s extra point kick tied the score at 7-7.

In the second stanza, Aldag passed 21 yards to Reagan Alexander for a score. Handrahan’s kick gave Mountain Brook a 14-7 halftime advantage. Homewood rebounded in the third period. Baggett completed a nine-yard touchdown toss to D’Vonte Wallace, bringing the Patriots to within a point. Williams’ kick tied the score with 5:23 left in the third quarter.

See Spartans, page 30



Spain Park quarterback Nick Mullens has thrown for more than 500 yards in the last two games for the Jaguars.

Journal photo by Marvin Gentry


onventional wisdom would say that the football player most affected by a coaching change would be the quarterback. That’s particularly true if the new coaching staff brings in an offense that is diametrically different from the one the previous staff utilized. New terminology, new plays and a new philosophy can take a heavy toll on a quarterback. At least that’s, once again, according to conventional wisdom. Spain Park quarterback Nick Mullens proudly goes against the conventional wisdom. As a sophomore last season, Mullens passed for more than 2,200 yards and four touchdowns in a run-oriented power offense taught by former Jaguar coaches David Shores and Ben

Berguson. For good measure, Mullens also completed 60 percent of his passes But 2011 brought in a fresh era at Spain Park as Chip Lindsey, former Hoover assistant and Troy University quarterback coach, took over as the Jaguar boss. Lindsey brought in a four-wide out offense, and Mullens and his teammates adapted without missing a beat. For example, Mullens completed 22 of 36 passes for 232 yards in Spain Park’s 28-10 win over Class 6A Region 6 rival Oak Mountain last week. In the previous game, he completed 22 of 27 passes for 271 yards in the Jaguars’ 27-6 rout of Homewood. That sounds like a pretty decent transition. “There were a lot of things I didn’t do well last year,” said Mullens. “Maybe my numbers

See Mullens, page 30

eptembers in high school football are similar to Aprils in Major League Baseball: It’s too early to get excited about a fast start, and it’s too early to get depressed about a poor start. With that being said, it’s also true that games played early in the season count just as much as games played later in the year. So now is as good a time as any to evaluate where area teams are at this early point in 2011. Hoover (4-0 overall, 3-0 in Class 6A Region 6). The Buccaneers have looked invincible in their first four games. Quarterback Sam Gilliken has stepped right in to follow in the tradition of fine Hoover signalcallers of the past. He is surrounded by an outstanding supporting cast. But the Bucs’ trump card could easily be its defense, which may be one of the finest in school history. Hoover pitched a shutout against powerful Spain Park back on Sept. 2 and has gotten better in the games that have followed. The Bucs have a clear path before them for an undefeated regular season run and another state 6A championship. Spain Park (3-1 overall, 2-1 in Class 6A Region 6). The Jaguars continue to suffer frustration at the hands of crosstown rival Hoover, as once again they fell short against the Bucs. But that doesn’t mean new coach Chip Lindsey hasn’t inherited one of metro Birmingham’s best teams. After the anemic performance in the Hoover game, Spain Park has rebounded with impressive wins over Homewood and Oak Mountain. A mid-season schedule streak of Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills and Pelham will probably determine where the Jags finish in the region standings. Mountain Brook (4-0 overall,

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