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A Taste of Italy: Festival celebrates Italian food, family and faith

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The 30th Magic City Art Connection showcases art, food and wine

Riverchase Hosts This Year’s Decorators’ ShowHouse

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Homewood house damaged by fire is on Historic Hollywood Home Tour

life page 14

Tennis legend in town to help ‘Finish the Fight’

social page 18

Two historic South Carolina mansions provided architectural inspiration for this year’s Decorators’ ShowHouse in Riverchase. The late Dr. Bill Bryant visited Charleston for ideas before building his family’s home on Royal Fern Lane. Some designers were inspired by the coastal city’s time-honored style, while others expressed themselves with a more contemporary flair. In our special section beginning on page 32, you’ll find all the details on the Alabama Symphony Organization’s annual fundraiser--plus looks at individual rooms and the designers who created them. Journal photos by Lee Walls

Forty and Fabulous Two well-known shops celebrate anniversaries this year

business page 28

chipping in at casino night p. 17•stepping up for ts p. 6•otm teachers honored by state p. 24•All-otm teams p. 40

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Stage Presence


murphy’s law

Acting helped BCT Junior Board President reach her goals.


people page 10

Fashion Movement

New venture by a Homewood husband and wife team is offering on-thego fashionistas a way to keep up with the latest trends by putting the boutique shopping experience on wheels.

business page 29

On Get recipes for Italian dishes from Robert Sbrissa of Greystone, one of the organizers of the Feast of Saint Mark Italian Food Festival scheduled for April 27 in North Shelby.

Coming May 2

Find ideas for Mother’s Day and get a look at some glorious OTM gardens.

in this issue About Town 4 People 10 NEWS 12 LIFE 14

Social 16 Schools 24 Business 28 Sports 40



April 18, 2013

Publisher: Maury Wald Editor: Keysha Drexel Features Writer: Donna Cornelius Office Manager: Christy Wald Editorial Assistant: Stacie Galbraith Sports: Lee Davis Contributors: Susan Murphy, June Mathews, William C. Singleton III, Emil Wald, Marvin Gentry, Lee Walls Jr., Bryan Bunch, Margaret Frymire, Carole Pitard Advertising Sales: Suzanne Wald, Julie Trammell Edwards, Tommy Wald Intern: Ivanna Ellis Vol. 22, No. 8

Over The Mountain Journal is a suburban bi-weekly newspaper delivered to Mountain Brook, Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Hoover and North Shelby County areas. Subscriptions for The Journal are available for $24 yearly. Mail to: Over the Mountain Journal, P.O. Box 660502, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216. Phone: (205) 823-9646. E-mail the editorial department at E-mail our advertising department at Find us on the Web at Copyright 2013 Over The Mountain Journal, Inc. All rights reserved. The Journal is not responsible for return of photos, copy and other unsolicited materials submitted. To have materials returned, please specify when submitting and provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope. All materials submitted are subject to editorial review and may be edited or declined without notification.

Dishing on Downton

were so upset about, so I bought the didn’t want to like “Downton first season DVD and set about catchAbbey,” but once Carson ing up. rang the dressing gong, I was On a lark, I also bought some hooked. scones. Come on, what could be betI don’t usually follow the all-theter? I brewed a cup of tea and sat down rage pack. I successfully avoided the to relish their sweet, fluffy goodness “Twilight” saga. I didn’t take part in along with Downton’s sweeping vistas “The Hunger Games.” Given the fact and twisted plot lines. I brewed, I ate, that I already have enough drama in I watched. I bought the second season my life (thank you very much), I try to DVD. I brewed, I ate, I watched. Now stick to sitcoms or one hour, wrap-it-up I’m rounding the turn into the third mystery shows, but “Downton Abbey” season, so if you know what happens, was garnering so many awards and I do don’t tell me. love Dame Maggie Smith, so I figured I’m not sure I want to know, but I it couldn’t hurt to just take a quick onehave to get some closure. Along with episode peek. Sue Murphy the weight gain (that’s a lot of scones), Wrong. I’ve been losing sleep. Upstairs, downThe music swelled, the credits stairs, behind the stairs, “Downton rolled, and there was Downton Upstairs, downAbbey” has so much backstabAbbey, this fabulous genteel estate stairs, behind the bing and undermining and missed rising from its exquisitely groomed opportunities for happiness that I lie gardens, and I willingly followed stairs, “Downton awake worrying...what was Mary Lord Grantham and his nice yellow Abbey” has so much thinking? How can Lord Grantham dog right through the front door. so completely clueless? Why The house is actually Highclere backstabbing and be can’t anyone see how Miss O’Brien Castle, the ancestral home of the is tearing the family apart? Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. undermining and The group needs a Doctor Phil The saloon is decorated with leather missed opportunities intervention. “Edith, tell your sister wall coverings, the music room with 16th-century Italian embroideries. My for happiness that how you feel about the way she you. Isobel, can you see how walls are covered in scrubbable paint I lie awake worry- treats your brashness might rub people the that I bought at Home Depot. Highclere Castle has 11 bedrooms ing...what was Mary wrong way? And Thomas...Thomas, you need some serious therapy.” on the first floor and 40 or 50 on the thinking? I have enough problems, believe upper floors that are not in use at this me, so I’d just as soon not be wortime. Forty or 50. They don’t even rying about the Grantham crowd. It know. At its peak, the house was was another time, another place, not to mention the fact maintained by 60 staff members who lived in or around that the whole shebang is fictional. the property. I’m a staff of one. At least I don’t have to worry about one of the charSo whenever I can, I escape to Downton Abbey, acters having to choose between marrying a vampire or a fictional home to a family of privileged individuals who werewolf...or do I? cannot seem to get from one day to the next without Wait, don’t tell me. I’ll find out soon enough. making a mess of just about everything. More brewing, more munching, more gripping the I didn’t meet them until the third season, and I felt arm of my 21st-century non-Italian chair. like someone who had walked in on a conversation in I’m sorry, I have to go. I hear the dressing gong. ❖ progress. I had no idea who the people were or what they

over the Mountain Views

April is National Humor Month. What’s your favorite comedy?

“I like ‘Duck Dynasty.’ I know it’s somewhat staged, but it’s hilarious and I really like to watch the strong family dynamic on that show.”

“My favorite is ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.’ I’ve watched it for about two years now. It’s really a funny show.”

Elizabeth Mitchell Homewood

Zade Shamsi-Basha Homewood

“I would have to say that ‘Modern Family’ is my favorite. I just love the Phil Dunphy character. He’s the ultimate awkward dad.” Lacey Beno Mountain Brook

“My all-time favorite is ‘Friends’ and I watch the reruns all the time. It’s something that you can relate to and something that never fails to make you laugh.” Megan Fly Homewood

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A Taste of Italy


Festival Celebrates Italian Food--Plus Family and Faith By Keysha Drexel


Journal editor


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rganizers of an Italian food festival scheduled for next weekend in North Shelby say their goal for the second annual event is simple. The Feast of Saint Mark Italian Food Festival on April 27 at Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church is all about faith, family and food, said Robert Sbrissa of Greystone. Robert and his wife, Monica, organized the inaugural Italian Food Festival at the church last year and are heading up preparations for an even bigger--and better, Robert says--event this year. “The focus is on celebrating our faith, bringing our families together and enjoying some really good food,” Robert said. Robert, who grew up in an Italian family in Canada, said when his career brought him to the Birmingham area 16 years ago, he was surprised there were not more Italian festivals. “I grew up going to Italian festivals and feast festivals all the time in Montreal, and when I moved here, I thought that the Italian community needed to celebrate its culture,” he said. With that goal, Robert worked to help organize the church’s first festival last year. “We had originally planned on about 500 or 600 people showing up, but it really gained momentum, and we sold out 1,500 tickets three weeks in advance of the festival,” Robert said. The festival was so well received last year, Robert said, that this year organizers are expecting about 3,000 to attend. “Everybody loved it last year and so we were determined to make it even bigger and better this year and really give people a taste of Italian culture and really good Italian food,” Robert said. That really Italian good food will be prepared by Bernard Tamburello of North Shelby. Bernard, owner of Bernie’s on Main in Columbiana, has been a professional chef for 22 years. Last year, all the food for the festival was catered, Robert said. But this year, the festival committee wanted to have the food prepared on site. “And so we turned to our local chef, Bernard Tamburello, with the goal of being true to the culture and providing high quality food for the festival,” Robert said. Bernard’s family roots stretch back to Palermo and Bologna, and he said he’ll be using family recipes to offer festival-goers favorites like chicken marsala, eggplant parmesan, rigatoni with marinara sauce, freshly-made bread, homemade Italian cookies, cannoli, limoncello and freshly-brewed espresso. “With Italian cooking, you want everything to be as fresh as possible. You use high quality, local ingredients,” he said.

Chef Bernard Tamburello, left, and Robert Sbrissa will serve up family recipes at the second annual Feast of Saint Mark Italian Food Festival. Journal photo by Keysha Drexel

Feast of Saint Mark Italian Food Festival When: April 27, 4-11 p.m. Where: Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church For more information: Call 980-1810 Preview two festival recipes at

But the real focus of Italian cooking, Bernard said, has less to do with what’s actually served on the plates. “It’s about the people at the table. You want to make them smile,” Bernard said. In order to make the people eating your food smile, Bernard said, you have to have a passion about what you’re cooking. “I’m a passionate guy, and it shows in everything I do, especially my cooking. I’m proud to be Italian, and I’m passionate about Italian food,” he said. But the festival is not just about Italian food, Robert said. “The Italian culture is so entwined with the Church’s culture and the patron saints are a huge part of Italian culture, so that’s why it’s important that this celebration be not only about great food but also about the Feast of Saint Mark,” he said. Robert said faith is also an important component in another thing the Italian culture holds dear--family. “The faith is what holds generations together, and that’s what we want to do with this festival. We want to bring the families, all the generations together to celebrate,” he said. Robert said he will not measure the success of this year’s festivals by its ticket sales. “Instead, for me, this will be a true success if I can look out during the festival and see grandparents and grandchildren and aunts and uncles and whole families sitting down at the table together,” he said. “That’s what we saw last year, and we hope it’s even better this time.” Bernard said festivals and celebrations are important for preserving the Italian culture for future generations.

“We lost a lot of the Italian culture here in Birmingham when our grandparents’ generation died, but I won’t let that happen with my kids. I want to teach them everything I can so they can carry it forward and teach their children someday,” he said. Bernard grew up in Homewood but said he didn’t realize the extent of the Italian influence on the Birmingham area until he took a trip to Vulcan as an adult and read about sculptor Giuseppe Moretti’s contributions to the community. “That’s the kind of thing we need to be teaching our children. It’s their heritage,” he said. Bernard and Robert said they both make it a priority to cook with their children on a regular basis and to pass along not only cherished family recipes but family values. “It’s important for families to spend time together, and this festival will give people a chance to do that,” Robert said. The festival will have activities for all age levels, Robert said, including a grape stomp, face painting, a pirate ship ride and a rock climbing wall for the kids and dancing to live music from Razz Ma Tazz in the piazza, which also features a professional outdoor music stage and dance floor. There will be music from Total Assets and performances by the Dance South dance team and performers from the Fred Astaire Dance Studio featuring Fabian Sanchez of “Dancing with the Stars.” A bocce ball court is being built for the festival, Robert said. The festival’s finale will be a bonfire at 10 p.m. Festival-goers are welcome to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the outdoor activities. The indoor activities will be held in the church’s parish hall. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. The ticket price includes festival admission and access to food in the Parish Life Center. To order tickets, T-shirts or aprons, visit ❖

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JLB Gears Up for Bargain Carousel, Bash


argain hunters looking to find a wide variety of items and low prices can get their shopping fix at the upcoming Bargain Carousel event while supporting a good cause. The Junior League of Birmingham’s annual Bargain Carousel is slated for April 27 and 28 this year. It will kick off with the Bargain Bash on April 25. A 1,000-family garage sale, Bargain Carousel has been called one of the largest garage sales in Birmingham. “The proceeds that are raised through this event are used to support more than 30 community projects with the Junior League’s partner agencies, which depend on the funds raised to support their missions,” said Valerie Ramsbacher, president of the Junior League of Birmingham. More than 100,000 items will be for sale, including adult and children’s clothing, large and small appliances, art, books, music, electronics, furniture, heirloom items, holiday decorations, home décor, infant furniture and accessories, kitchen items, lighting, linens, office equipment and furniture, outdoor and sporting goods, rugs and toys. Both the Bargain Carousel and Bargain Bash, the preview party and auction, will be held in the former JC Penney location at the back of Century Plaza, 7580 Crestwood Blvd. The Bargain Bash on April 25 will offer a sneak peek at the items that will be featured at the sale. With VIP

From left: Emily Brown, Elizabeth Burgess, Sarah Peinhardt, Carrie Juliano and Caroline Williams. Photo special to The Journal

admission of $40, patrons will receive one hour of early bird shopping privileges before general admission patrons enter and first dibs on cash and carry auction items. General admission for Bargain Bash, from 7-10 p.m., is $30. Both tickets include food, beverages, live and silent auctions with more than 300 items and all- night shopping. Shoppers pay double the listed price for all merchandise purchased the night of Bargain Bash. For do-it-yourself enthusiasts, the event will also include the DIY Duds Corner featuring donated pieces by JLB members that have been transformed into treasures for the home. Marianne Strong of Marianne Strong Interiors; Bargain Carousel Chairman-Elect Sarah Peinhardt, designer with Gresham Smith Partners; interior designer Marianne Gilchrist; and Sidney Bragiel, stylist for Entertain Decorate Celebrate

magazine, will present their visions of upgrading Bargain Carousel merchandise to make it your own. “There will be lots of washers, dryers, refrigerators, bedframes, antiques and baby furniture,” said Elizabeth Burgess, Bargain Carousel chairman. This year, patrons may prepurchase up to four tickets at $10 per ticket for the Saturday Sale on April 27 from 3-7 p.m. Bargain Carousel 2013 will begin on April 27 at 8 a.m. Tickets for Saturday are $10 from 8-10 a.m. and $5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bargain Carousel continues on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. with free admission and halfprice merchandise. For the Saturday sale, all tickets will be numbered, and shoppers will enter in the order of their ticket number. To order Bargain Bash tickets and for more information, visit or call 879-9861. ❖

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Stepping Up For TS

Rare Disease Hits Home for Liberty Park Family

By Carole Pitard


Journal contributor

fter meeting Margaret Cox of Liberty Park, it doesn’t For over 90 years, Levy’s has take long to figure out the been Birmingham's Specialist Crowley, La., native is all about family. in Antique and Estate Jewelry In the past five years, Margaret as well as Fine Diamonds, has raised more than $100,000 to help Art and Antiques. fund research for a rare disease that caused what she says was a defining moment for her family. Margaret and her husband, Jared, are the parents of 6-year-old Michael and 3-year-old Marie. Margaret said her family’s defining moment came during the first few weeks of Michael’s life. Michael was about 8 weeks old and seemingly Liberty Park’s Margaret and Jared Cox and their children, Michael and healthy when his parents noticed him Maria. The family is hoping to raise money and awareness about a rare making strange movements with his disease at the Step Forward to Cure TS Walk in Mountain Brook on April 27. Photo special to The Journal right hand, Margaret said. The movements became stronger and lasted for together and raised $70,000 that first are so mildly affected that they do longer periods of time over the next year. Since then, the annual walk has not know they have it. Most people few days. raised almost $300,000. fall somewhere in the middle of this Margaret said she was told by And more than $100,000 has been spectrum. everyone not to worry, but being a raised by Margaret over the past five Estimates place TS-affected births young mother, she found this hard to years. at one in 6,000. It is estimated that do. She decided to make a video of Event organizers have called 700 people are affected in Alabama the episodes for the family’s pediatriand approximately 50,000 in the U.S.  Margaret a “fundraising machineâ€? and cian, who referred Michael to a neudescribed her as someone who takes At the same time the Cox famrologist after viewing the video. her work to raise money and awareily learned of Michael’s diagnosis, The neurologist said Michael was ness about TS to the next level. Dr. Martina Bebin, a pediatric neuhaving seizures. Since there are many 2116 2nd Avenue North • (205) 251-3381 rologist/epilepsy researcher, and Dr. As a member of the event comreasons for seizures, testing was perBruce Korf, Chair of UAB Genetics, mittee, Margaret hopes to raise more formed, including an MRI and CT were teaming up to open the UAB money at this year’s event on April scan, Margaret said. Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic in April 27. The sixth annual Step Forward As Margaret and Jared sat in a 2007. to Cure TS Walk will start in front of cramped room with three nurses In conjunction with the opening Emmet O’Neal Library in Crestline and a radiologist, they heard the of the TS clinic, the Greater Alabama Village in Mountain Brook at 8:30 news Margaret said would change To: Jennifer Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance was a.m. The 5K family walk through their lives. The radiologist looked From: Over The Mountain Journal, PHONE: 205-823-9646 formed to serve as a support group Mountain Brook will start at 9:30 a.m. at Jared and said the words “tuberfor families and a fundraising arm for FAX: 205-824-1246 For those who might not be up ous sclerosis.â€? Jared’s head dropped. research.  Date: March 2013 to completing the entire 5K, there Margaret said she felt like the doctor Margaret said she and Jared realwill be a turn-off spot at the halfway was speaking in a foreign language, ized God had given them Michael but herJOurNAl husband’s response mark. This is your AD PrOOF from the OvEr THE MOuNTAiN for the told her everything she needed to know. It was for a reason and began accepting his The event will also include a Kids’ April 4, 2013 issue. Please fax approval or changes to 824-1246. diagnosis. Margaret said the family not good. Corner with Funny Face the Clown, received an outpouring of support Tuberous sclerosis is a group of the Chick-fil-A cow, music, door Please make sure all information is correct, including address and phone from family members and friends. two genetic disorders that affect the prizes, a silent auction and a visit The couple decided to join the skin, brain/nervous system, kidneys from Mountain Brook Mayor Terry number! Alabama TS Community Alliance, and heart and cause tumors to grow. Oden, who is scheduled to drop by in Please initial and fax back within 24 Ithours. is the leading genetic cause of his antique fire truck. which had its first fundraising walk if we have not heard from you by 5 pm of the Friday before the press date, your ad will run as is. We print the paper Monday. epilepsy and autism and can cause To pre-register for the event in April 2008 in Crestline Village in learning and behavioral disorders. or to make a donation, visit www. Mountain Brook. 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Save the Date Birmingham

Shades Valley High School 50th Reunion April 19-20 Country Club of Birmingham The Shades Valley High School 50th reunion, “The Best Reunion Ever,� will be held April 19 and 20 at the Country Club of Birmingham. All Mounties are invited to attend the celebration. For more information, email granwassie@ Over the Mountain

Relay for Life Events April 19-May 17 Over the Mountain The American Cancer Society will

host several Relay for Life events in the Over the Mountain area in April and May. The community-based, volunteerdriven event allows community members to unite to celebrate cancer survivors, remember lost loved ones and fight back against cancer. The Relay for Life of Mountain Brook will be April 19 at Mountain Brook High School’s Spartan Stadium. The Relay for Life of Vestavia Hills High School will be at Thompson-Reynolds Stadium on April 20. The Relay for Life Homewood will be April 26 at Homewood Central Park. The Relay for Life Hoover will be at Hoover High School on April 26. The Relay for Life of Oak Mountain High School will be April 26 at Heardmont

Park Stadium. The Relay for Life of North Shelby County will be May 17 at Pelham High School. To get involved, visit or call the American Cancer Society at 9308860. Vestavia Hills

Garden Club Yard Sale April 20, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Vestavia Hills UMC The Vestavia Hills Garden Club will hold its annual yard sale on April 20 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, 2061 Kentucky Ave. The sale will include decorator items, glassware, dinnerware, clothing, books, linens, games, furniture

English Village Walking Tour April 20, 9 a.m.-noon English Village Vulcan Park and Museum will present a walking tour of English Village on April 20, led by Phillip Morris and Cathy Adams. One of three historic commercial villages in Mountain Brook, English Village emerged in the 1920s. The tour will include moderate grade changes and require medium exertion on sidewalks and some stairs. The cost is $12 for non-members and $10 for members. For more information, call 933-1409. Birmingham

Episcopal Place Gumbo Gala April 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sloss Furnaces The eighth annual Episcopal Place Gumbo Gala will serve gumbo Alabama-style on April 20 as it partners with Alabama Gulf Seafood and Gulf Shores restaurant owner Lucy Buffett to promote local seafood and raise funds for the residents of Episcopal Place. The event will be held at Sloss Furnaces. Up to 40 professional and backyard cook teams will compete for 14 awards, including a new award for best gumbo using local seafood. Chris Hastings, owner of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, and Chris Blankenship, director of marine

North Shelby

Legacy Walk/5K April 20, 9 a.m.-noon Oak Mountain State Park The third annual Legacy Walk/5K benefiting the American Cancer Society Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge will be at Oak Mountain State Park from 9 a.m.-noon on April 20. Registration is $30 through April 19 and $35 on race day. There is a $3 park entry fee to participate in the walk. Park admission and participation in the walk is $1 for children and seniors. For more information, visit hsofal or call 682-9996. To register online, visit search/event.aspx?id=19837. Birmingham

Gardening the Natural Way April 20, 10 a.m.-noon Birmingham Botanical Gardens Participants in the Gardening the Natural Way class led by Tony Glover at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens will learn about organic and low impact pest management, soil improvement, water management and season extension

techniques for home vegetable and fruit production. To register online, visit www. The cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members.

280. Team registration closes April 13. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.

Vestavia Hills

Shades Valley Class of 1957 Reunion April 20, 6:30 p.m. Vestavia Country Club The Shades Valley Class of 1957 will hold a reunion on April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Vestavia Country Club. There will also be a scramble golf outing for men and women on April 19 at Highland Golf Club. For more information, contact committee members Charlotte Weaver McDonald at cdonald@realtysouth. com or 222-1339; Sara Ann Polhemus at or 9701669; Ann Whitson Baker at 871-3435; John Schoppert at johnschoppert@ or 960-8061; Julian Butler at or 536-1711; Mervyn Epson and; Patsy Harned Norton at 879-4147; or Richard Randolph at 871-6541. Birmingham

Mutt Strut April 20, 9 a.m. UAB Campus Green Hand in Paw will host its annual Mutt Strut dog-friendly 5K and one-mile fun run on April 20 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The third annual event will kick off at 9 a.m. on the UAB Campus Green. The event will include activities for dog lovers, dogs and the whole family, including live music, local vendors and performances by Manners in Motion’s agility dogs. Race packet pick-up is April 19 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fleet Feet on U.S.


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Mountain Brook

resources and program administrator for the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission, will present the award for the commission. Lucy Buffett, sister of singer Jimmy Buffett and an Alabama seafood advocate, will join area chefs and food experts in judging the gumbo contest. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. Buy tickets online at or by calling Kris Mueller at Episcopal Place, 9390085, ext. 12.

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ACA Garden Art Party April 20, 7-10 p.m. Ted’s Garage Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama will

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furniture • urns • planters • fountains

and more. All proceeds help with the upkeep of the Sibyl Temple and its grounds. Cash is preferable. There’s no early shopping. For more information, call yard sale chairmen Celeste David at 910-2791 or Sarah Wite at 823-0052.

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present its Garden Art Party on April 20 at Ted’s Garage. The event will feature a live and silent auction along with a special auction of artwork created by Alzheimer’s patients. Auction items include golf clubs, beach condos, NFL packages, fine dining, jewelry and stays at the Ritz Carlton Rose Hall in Jamaica and the Ritz Carlton San Francisco. Proceeds from the event support ACA’s scholarship programs, which offer patients the opportunity to attend adult day care. For more information, visit or call 871-7970.

art in the village

It’s a truckload of stuff!

Vestavia Hills

Arts on the Mountain April 21, May 5 and 19 Vestavia Hills Baptist Church Vestavia Hills Baptist Church will present its fifth annual Arts on the Mountain. Bill Bugg and Terre Johnson will perform classical and gospel vocal music at 4 p.m. April 21. Pianist Michael Dulin will present a concert at 2 p.m. on May 5. Christian artist Ken Medema will perform at 10 a.m. on May 19. The church is at 2600 Vestavia Drive. For more information, call 979-5920.

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Hoover Has Talent April 23, 6:30 p.m. Hoover Public Library Are you a singer, dancer or juggler? Showcase your talent on the Library Theatre stage at the Hoover Public Library’s Hoover Has Talent show on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. To reserve a spot in the show, call 444-7833. North Shelby

Hope for Autumn Foundation Crawfish Boil April 27, 3-9 p.m. Ross Bridge Main Green The 2013 Hope for Autumn Foundation Crawfish Boil will be April 27 from 3-9 p.m. on the Main Green of Ross Bridge. The event will include music, food, a silent auction, live music and children’s activities. Proceeds benefit the families of Kayda Richey, 4, and Coleman Parker, 3, as well as the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorder’s Developmental Therapeutics Program, which seeks to find new treatments for children with difficult-to-treat cancer. Crawfish will be prepared by Louisiana native John Hein. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs for the kids. Rollin in the Hay and The Clammers will provide music. Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door. (excluding Children 12 and youngertops) get in free. For more information or to buy tickets, visit or email info@hopeforautumnfoundation. org.

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Spring Art Festival April 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Crestline Village Mountain Brook Art Association’s 32nd annual Spring Art Festival will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 20. Up to 100 local artists will display original paintings for sale in an outdoor setting near Crestline Village. All participating artists are members of the Mountain Brook Art Association, and many are regionally recognized artists. Artwork at a variety of prices will range in size from minis to extra-large canvases. Rain date is April 21 from noon-5 p.m. at the Crestline Elementary School sports field, 25 Vine Street. For more information, visit mountainbrookartassociation. com.


Cray Day Crawfish Boil April 27, 2-4 p.m. Veterans Park The Hoover Recreation Teen Board will host the Cray Day Crawfish Boil on April 27 from 2-4 p.m. at Veterans Park. There will be free T-shirts for the first 50 students attending. The event will feature a live band and fun activities. All events are free to high school students who have their Spain Park High School or Hoover High School student ID. For more information, call Tracy Vinzant at 739-6767.

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and golf tournament registration, contact Lance Evans at 256-452-2900 or or visit www. Black Jacket Symphony concert tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 879-4773 or online at or at www.workplay. com.

Ministries from noon-3 p.m. April 28. Community residents are encouraged to donate canned and shelf-stable foods, new or gently used clothing and linens, paper towels, toilet paper and diapers. The church is at 4887 Valleydale Road. For more information, visit www.sothl. org or call 995-9673.

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Food and Clothing Drive April 28, noon-3 p.m. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church will hold a food and clothing drive supporting Oak Mountain Missions

Legacy League Scholarship Gala May 2, 6 p.m. Vestavia Country Club The Legacy League, a Samford University auxiliary, will feature Sean Tuohy at its annual Scholarship Gala on May 2 at Vestavia Country Club. Tuohy


Magic City Art Connection April 26-28 Linn Park The 30th Magic City Art Connection Contemporary Art Festival is set for April 26-28 at Birmingham’s Linn Park. The event will feature art from 215 juried artists from around the country and will also include Corks and Chefs, a food and wine tasting event. There will also be 30 interactive art workshops for kids, live music, cultural and dance performances on two stages, large scale art installations and food. Admission is free. The event is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26 and 27 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 28. For more information, visit or call 595-6306. information, visit www.trinitybirmingham. com or call 879-1737. Birmingham

Wedgwood Blue Dinner and Concert/ Celebrity Golf Classic April 28-29 WorkPlay/Shoal Creek National and local sports celebrities will be on hand during the Wedgwood Blue Dinner and Concert April 28 and the 11th annual Lord Wedgwood

Links to Life Celebrity Golf Classic April 29. The events support the efforts of the Lord Wedgwood Charity, Children’s of Alabama and Alabama LifeStart to place automated external defibrillators in schools across the state. The Wedgwood Blue Dinner at WorkPlay will include several well-known sports figures. Black Jacket Symphony will provide entertainment. There will also be live and silent auctions. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. For dinner ticket information




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Stage Presence Acting Helped BCT Junior Board President Reach Her Goals By Keysha Drexel


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flute at Brewton Middle School and performed a piece on the flute for the Miss Alabama pageant. She also plays the piano, guitar, bass guitar and piccolo. “In high school, I knew I would need money for college, so I started doing pageants. I already had the public speaking skills and I’d already been on stage a lot, so I knew it wasn’t an insurmountable task,” she said. After winning the Escambia County Junior Miss title, Catherine used the scholarship money to attend Auburn University. She graduated with a major in history and a minor in political science. Catherine made her first appearance in the Miss Alabama competition in 2001 as Miss Auburn University and competed again in 2002 as Miss Painted Rock, where she placed in the Top 10. In 2003, she competed in the Miss Alabama pageant as Miss Homewood Area and was crowned the winner. “That’s kind of ironic since I live in Homewood now,” she said. “I guess I’ve come full circle.” Catherine lives in Homewood with her husband, Frank Long Jr., and their two children, 3-year-old Franklin and 18-month-old Crosby. Catherine said she became involved with Birmingham Children’s Theatre shortly after her children were born. “I really wanted to make sure my

ll it took was one audition in a tiny Escambia County town to open the doors that would lead Catherine Long to fulfill her dreams. And now the Homewood woman is hoping a fundraiser for Birmingham Children’s Theatre will help bring that opportunity to more young people in the Birmingham metro area. Catherine Long, right, of Homewood said being involved in theater helped Catherine is president of the her reach her professional goals. Catherine is president of the Birmingham Birmingham Children’s Theatre’s Children’s Theater Junior Board and former Miss Alabama. She is picturedJunior Board, which will present the A with her husband, Frank Long Jr. and their children, Franklin and Crosby. Night in Neverland Gala on April 20. Photo special to The Journal The family-friendly gala is the nonthe children.” profit organization’s largest fundraiser A Night in Neverland This is the fifth year for the each year, she said. group’s major fundraiser. This year’s Gala Catherine, who was crowned Miss gala theme is A Night in Neverland. Alabama 2003 and is a business litigaWhen: April 20, 5:30-9 p.m.. What sets this gala apart from tion attorney with Baker, Donelson, Where: BCT others, Catherine said, is its familyBearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, What: Peter Pan themed friendly atmosphere. said she probably wouldn’t be where kid-friendly fundraising event “We’re one of the few kid-friendly she is today if she had not won the including live performances, gala events in town. Instead of paying starring role in her hometown’s prosilent auction a babysitter, you can bring the kids duction of “Annie” when she was 8 Details: with you, and everyone can have a years old. good time for a good cause,” she said. changing experience being involved in “I credit that experience with so The gala will be at the theater can be for children. much of my success as an adult,” she Birmingham Children’s Theatre “I was from a small town, so to said. “I learned time management from 5:30-9 p.m. and will include be able to perform on stage gave me skills, I learned to do well under stress a different experience, it gave me live performances every 30 minutes, and pressure, I learned about public a stepping stone to think of what I Catherine said. speaking and making a good impresmight accomplish next,” she said. “The entire upstairs area will be sion. These are all things that helped The programs of Birmingham dedicated to the kids. There will be me reach my goals.” Children’s Theatre aim to inspire chil- activities ranging from balloon aniCatherine grew up in Brewton, a Catherine said. mals and face painting to crafts that ‘Theater gives children dren,“Theater small town where theater-going was gives children the mecha- go along with our Peter Pan theme, not a regular To: activity. Dr. Beckenstein nisms to dream big. It shows them the mechanisms to like making pirate hats, crowns and ButFrom: once sheOver was bitten the act- Journal, PHONE: 205-823-9646 that one open door leads to another Theby Mountain treasure chests,” she said. dream big. It shows ing bug, Catherine kept on treading open door. They may start on the FAX: 205-824-1246 The event will also include a silent the boards. 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and comptroller, Alabama Power Co.; the Hon. Agnes Chappell of Birmingham, municipal court judge, City of Birmingham; Suzan Smith Doidge of Mountain Brook, executive director, Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce; Lisa Narrell-Mead of Vestavia, executive vice president and director of human resources and corporate services, Cadence Bank, N.A.; Lori Snodgrass of Homewood, audit partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Joyce Spielberger of Birmingham, executive director, Magic Moments; Deborah L. Voltz, Ed.D., of Hoover, dean, UAB School of Education; and Bonika R. Wilson of Birmingham, president and chief executive officer, Wilson Capital Management. Lois D. Woodward and Margie Curry organized the luncheon.

The Salvation Army presented Life Member Awards at its annual dinner. From left: Major Bob Parker, Capt. Kathy Parker, Everett Holle, Coy Collinsworth, Archie Manning and Jim Gorrie. Photo special to The Journal

Salvation Army Honors Life Members at Dinner

The 2013 Women of Distinction were honored by the Girls Scouts of North-Central Alabama at a luncheon on March 8. Front, from left: Joyce T. Spielberger, Deborah L. Voltz and Agnes Chapel. Second row: Lori Snodgrass, Debra H. Goldstein and Chris Ross. Third row: Anita AllcornWalker and Bonika Wilson. Fourth row: Lisa Narrell-Mead and Patricia K. Coghlan. Back: Suzan Smith Doidge and Margaret Morton. Photo special to The Journal

Girl Scouts Honor Women of Distinction at Luncheon The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama honored 10 women at its annual East-Central Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama on March 8. The Women of Distinction program pays tribute to women who have made special contributions to their community through civic, academic or professional involvement. Margaret Morton, executive director of the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement, Inc. and president of the Alabama Network of Family Resource Centers, received the 2013 Frances E. Couch Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors an outstanding

woman who embodies unselfish leadership, is committed to community service and exemplifies the ideals of Girl Scouting. Judge Debra H. Goldstein of Hoover, administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration, received the 2013 Mildred Bell Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given annually to a woman who has a prior affiliation with Girl Scouting and has made a lifelong contribution to her community by distinguishing herself through professional, community or humanitarian efforts. The Mildred Bell Johnson honoree serves as a role model for past, present and future Girl Scouts. The 2013 Women of Distinction honorees were Anita Allcorn-Walker of Birmingham, vice president

The 2013 Salvation Army Annual Dinner raised more than $100,000 for those in need in the Birmingham area. Almost 1,000 attended the March 12 event at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex South Hall. A VIP reception was held at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame prior to the dinner. Some 200 mingled with Archie Manning, former NFL quarterback and father of two Super Bowl-winning sons. Manning was the guest speaker at the annual dinner. He shared inspirational stories and talked about his dedication to helping others and how the Salvation Army does that every day. Several people were recognized at the dinner for their contributions to helping those in need through the Salvation Army. Everett Holle and Coy Collingsworth received Life Member Awards for their dedication to helping others. The event also included a performance by Nicole Lamb, a singer with the Red Mountain Theatre Company. ❖

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Life Time Fitness opened last week in Vestavia Hills. The city has been courting the company since 2007, hoping it will provide an economic catalyst for the Patchwork Farms development.


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he Minnesota-based Life Time Fitness opened its first health fitness center in Alabama on April 13. Life Time Fitness officials say by opening their doors to the general public, they are culminating months of marketing and months of onagain-off-again discussions with Vestavia Hills officials regarding the company’s plans to build a fitness center in the city’s Patchwork Farms, an 80-plus acre tract between Caldwell Mill and Cahaba River roads and bracketed by U.S. 280 and Interstate 459. “We’re confident we’ve got the best programs and the best people in place to deliver a unique, healthy way of life destination for individuals, families and organizations. We can’t wait to open our doors and showcase all that we have to offer the Vestavia community,” said Jeff Zwiefel, Life Time Fitness’ executive vice president and chief of operations. The new 105,000 square-foot fitness center features indoor and outdoor swimming pools

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Police Departments to Participate In Drug Take Back Day April 27

By Keysha Drexel Journal Editor

Several Over the Mountain cities are participating in an annual event aimed at making sure unused medication does not end up in the wrong hands. The Vestavia Hills and Hoover police departments, along with the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, will take part in the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27. The law enforcement agencies will work alongside the DEA to give the public an opportunity to properly dispose of unused and expired prescription medicine. Law enforcement officials say that medicines that stay in home cabinets are easily stolen and abused and that prescription drug abuse is alarmingly

high with a number of accidental poisonings and overdoses linked to unused medications. According to the DEA website, last year the Drug Take Back Day netted a record-breaking 520 tons of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at more than 5,000 take-back sites across the country. In 2012, Shelby County residents turned in about 482 pounds of unwanted medication, according to the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force. In Vestavia Hills, unwanted medication can be brought to Vestavia Hills City Hall at 513 Montgomery Highway or the police department’s east precinct at 3241 Cahaba Heights Road. In Hoover, medications can be brought to the Hoover City Hall at 100 Municipal Lane.

equipment, indoor basketball courts, a cafeteria, a spa and a child center equipped with computers.

Hoover’s Capt. Jim Coker said the annual event is important to the community. “In the past, people could just flush the medicines they didn’t want, but with environmental concerns, you can’t do that anymore,” he said. “This gives our residents a way to get those medications out of their homes. All they have to do is bring it to us, and we’ll dispose of it in the proper way.” In North Shelby, drop-off locations are at the Greystone YMCA at 5414

‘In the past, people could just flush the medicines they didn’t want, but with environmental concerns, you can’t do that anymore.’ Jim Coker, Hoover Police U.S. 280 and the Winn-Dixie at 2653 Valleydale Road. Drug Take Back Day runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ❖

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City Will Dispose of Hazardous Waste, Firearms for Residents

Hoover wants to helps its residents get rid of hazardous materials--and firearms. The City of Hoover is holding its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day on April 20. This is an opportunity for Hoover residents to safely dispose of a variety of household cleaners, paints, batteries, automotive fluids, pesticides, fertilizers, pool chemicals and more.

The city will also accept old and tattered American flags that will be disposed of properly. Also on April 20, the Hoover Police Department will be accepting firearms, ammunition, reloading supplies, edged weapons and fireworks. City officials say no questions will be asked about the items collected. This event is for Hoover residents only and is not for contractors or

businesses. The city will accept the household hazardous waste and other items from 8 a.m. until noon at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, located at 100 Ben Chapman Drive. Fore more information, contact the Hoover Public Works Department at or at 4447543. —Keysha Drexel

The center also features a wide selection of health programs and services such as Pilates, yoga, Zumba, personal training and basketball. The center will offer no membership contracts. Vestavia Hills officials have been courting Life Time Fitness since 2007, hoping a new health facility would provide the economic catalyst for the Patchwork Farms property. The recession forced Life Time Fitness to reduce the size of the facility it proposed for Patchwork Farms and then to nix the deal altogether. However, the city and Life Time Fitness officials continued talking and finally agreed on a deal for the fitness chain to build a new facility in Vestavia Hills. Since Life Time Fitness’ announcement, Northport Holding has proposed building a nursing home and Brookwood Medical Center a rehabilitation facility and geriatric psychiatric unit in Patchwork Farms in a sectioned titled Healthy Way. “We’re very excited to have them in our city,” said Mayor Alberto “Butch” Zaragoza. ❖

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Samford University Wins $170,000 Grant

Samford University’s Center for Science and Religion has received a $170,000 research grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The Templeton grant is one of 10 to be awarded nationally through the foundation’s Randomness and Divine Providence initiative, based at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. The initiative promotes scholarly inquiry into questions of how God might work through intermediate processes. Starting June 3 this year and continuing through June 30, 2015, Samford’s project–“Who Pulls the Random Strings in Neural Evolution?”–will address the question through computer-based evolutionary simulations. Samford faculty members Steve Donaldson and Tom Woolley and Eastern Kentucky University professor and Samford alumnus Josh Reeves will serve as the project’s primary investigators. Samford professors Bruce Atkinson, George Keller and Wilton Bunch will serve as consultants. At least two Samford students per summer also will play a role.

Project leader Donaldson is a computer scientist focused on real and artificial cognition and relationships between science and religion. He led development of the simulation system at the heart of the project. Woolley is a statistician with a long history of engagement with the questions addressed by the center and its new project. The 2003-2005 Templeton Fellow in Science and Religion at Oxford University specializes in the science of chance and randomness. Woolley, Donaldson, biologist Keller and physician, medical researcher and theologian Bunch were all co-founders of the Center for Science and Religion. Reeves is a theologian with an intense interest and growing publication history in the areas of science and religion. Samford mathematics and computer science chair Atkinson, with an extensive background in probability theory, will lead the team’s search for formal mathematical relationships that characterize the empirical results. ❖

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Cancer Society Seeks Inspirers for Annual Awards The American Cancer Society wants to honor Birmingham area cancer survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals who encourage others in extraordinary ways. The ACS is seeking nominations for its annual Life Inspiration Awards. The Life Inspiration Awards were started 16 years ago to recognize special efforts to ease the battle against cancer. To nominate a survivor, caregiver or medical professional, visit www. For information on banquet tickets, call 918-3223. This year’s awards banquet will be June 18 at The Club. ❖

The grand opening of the Hoover City Hall Art Gallery was April 1. From left: Mayor Gary Ivey, Annabelle DeCamillis, Dori DeCamillis and Linda Chastain. Photo special to The Journal

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Gallery Opens in City Hall By Keysha Drexel Journal Editor

The City of Hoover is mixing a little art into its everyday municipal business. The Hoover City Hall Art Gallery opened April 1 at 100 Municipal Lane. The gallery, suggested by Councilman Gene Smith, is in the lobby of City Hall and features the artwork of Hoover artists. The gallery is under the supervision of Pat Bendall, a member of the Hoover Arts Alliance. Annabelle DeCamillis, a senior at Spain Park High School, was the featured artist at the gallery’s opening. DeCamillis has been recognized at the local, state and national levels for her work. She is the 2013 recipient of the Signature Homes/Hoover Arts Alliance Art Scholarship. DeCamillis’ artwork will be on display at the Hoover City Hall Art Gallery for the next few months. City Hall was also the site of other art news for Hoover earlier this year. The director of the Alabama Tourism Department in January made the announcement at Hoover City Hall that the Bluff Park Art Show had been named one of the state’s top 10 events for 2013. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bluff Park show. ❖

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Lakeshore Foundation Helps Athletes Train for 2016 Paralymic Games The Lakeshore Foundation in Homewood and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association are teaming up to help athletes get ready for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The agreement, officials said, means that not only will there be an increase in training activity in the Birmingham area by the top U.S. men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball players but also valuable opportunities for player development, recruitment and cultivation of coaches and officials. “The Lakeshore and NWBA relationship has been a long and strong one,” said Lakeshore Foundation President Jeff Underwood. “This

agreement enhances the relationship by not only extending Lakeshore’s top quality services to elite NWBA athletes but will also allow us to work together with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association to develop new athletes, coaches and officials. “Collaborative work like this is tantamount to the ongoing success of sports, and we are extremely proud of the role Lakeshore Foundation will play with the NWBA.” Both organizations agreed that Lakeshore is now the official home of USA Wheelchair Basketball. “Lakeshore and Birmingham were just what we were looking for as we developed this plan,” said NWBA Executive Director Randy Schubert. “As the NWBA has looked at the key elements that need to be in place to build and maintain a program that meets our objectives, what Lakeshore and Birmingham offer to us is unparalleled.” The first U.S. camp of the year was April 4-7 in Birmingham.

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Schools Getting More Police Officers Next Year Vestavia Hills schools will be getting permanent police presence at each of its schools for the 2013-2014 school year. The City Council recently approved hiring five school resource officers for the school system. Currently, officers serve at each of the system’s nine schools, but five serve on a contract basis. The elementary and middle schools had resource officers prior to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., which prompted schools nationwide to increase security. The City Council also agreed to promote six officers to the rank of sergeant and hire six new officers. The promotions will take effect May 20. --WIlliam C. Singleton III.

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Crestline Streets Being Paved Through May Work crews will be giving some streets in Mountain Brook a new look over the next few weeks. On April 15, the City of Mountain Brook, through its contractor, Dunn Construction, began milling and paving several streets in Crestline Village. The work is being done at night, after regular business hours and into the early morning hours in an effort to minimize the effects on traffic and business activities, according to city officials. The paving project will continue through April and into May. The streets to be paved in Crestline Village include Church Street, Oak Street, Hoyt Lane, Tibbett Street, Keeley Court, Euclid Avenue (Memory Triangle

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Hollywood Home Damaged by Fire Is Renovated in Time for Tour Story by Keysha Drexel • Photos by Lee Walls Jr.


n the weekend that they will mark a dark anniversary in their family’s life, the Bakir family in Homewood will open their home to neighbors and friends in an effort to help the people who helped them during their time of need. The Bakir home at 218 LaPrado Place is one of the homes featured on the 2013 Historic Hollywood Home Tour. The house, originally built in 1926, was struck by lightning and almost destroyed by fire during the violent storm outbreak in the Birmingham metro area on April 27, 2011. The Bakirs have just finished repairing and renovating the historic home and said they wanted to be a part of the tour to help the community that rallied around them when they lost so much. Proceeds from the Holly Oak Garden Club’s semiannual tour benefits Shades Cahaba Elementary School and other programs in Homewood. “Our neighbors were so incredible after the fire and any way we can give back and show our appreciation, we want to do it,” said Shannon Murphy, who owns the home with her husband, Steve Bakir. The couple lives there with their three children, 12-year-old Halle, 9-year-old Michael and 6-year-old Lila. On the evening of April 27 two years ago, Shannon said she was trying to get dinner for her children and make sure they all had their baths because of the bad weather making its way across the state. “We were watching James Spann, trying to get baths, to get dinner, just normal family stuff,” Shannon said. But soon the family’s normal evening took a chaotic turn. Shannon said her oldest daughter became concerned about the weather while watching television and told her that the family should probably go to its safe place. “The innermost place we had at that time was a closet upstairs, so I took the kids up there and got them settled in and went back downstairs to get my husband. He was outside at that time putting the car in the garage. That’s when I heard the loudest booming sound you can imagine. Later, people told me they heard it at the fire station,” she said. As she called her husband inside, Shannon said she and Steve remarked at how close the boom of thunder and lightning had been and decided to get the dog and make their way to the upstairs closet with the children. “That’s when I smelled smoke. I thought maybe a tree had been struck by lightning, and I had no idea at that point that it was our house that was actually hit,” she said. Shannon said the family’s security and fire alarms went off and the kitchen began to fill with smoke. “I just got this sick feeling in my stomach and told Steve to call 911. By that time, black


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Clockwise, from above: Beams on the ceiling in the living room are reclaimed pieces from a tobacco barn. The 218 LaPrado Place house was built in 1926. The traditional decor in the dining room reflects the home’s historic roots. The pool is a favorite outdoor spot. Homeowner Shannon Murphy added safety features to the house.

smoke was pouring out everywhere. It was such a chaotic scene. We ran upstairs to get the kids and tried to get the dog, and the kids were screaming. We just didn’t know what to do,” she said. Steve tried to battle the fire with a fire extinguisher but soon saw that the fire had spread to both floors of the house. “It spread so quickly, and we’re just standing outside in this very ominous weather watching our house burn. It was surreal,” Shannon said. Adding to the chaotic scene, the family couldn’t find its beloved dog, Baxter. “I remember telling the children that Baxter might be in heaven, but he was actually saved by a firefighter,” Shannon said. Shannon said it took Homewood firefighters most of the night to put out the blaze. Their house was heavily damaged not only by the fire but by smoke and water. “The whole upstairs was a total loss. Downstairs had soot and smoke and water damage. It was just a mess,” she said. Even before the firefighters left the scene, Shannon said, her neighbors were pitching in to help the family. “The fire department had to flood the house to make sure all of the fire was extinguished, and a neighbor went inside before they did that and got a photo box out of the rubble for us. Our neighbors were phenomenal from the very beginning,” she said. Neighbors were also able to save other things from the house, but Shannon said she estimates they lost about half of their belongings, including most of the children’s toys and furniture. “What hurt the most, though, was losing their

baby stuff--their first blankets, their baby photos. Those were the things I knew we couldn’t replace, and that was hard,” she said. The day after the fire, members of the family’s church, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Homewood, came by and helped them sort through the debris to try and save their belongings and family mementos. “We could not have made it through those first few days without our friends and neighbors,” she said. See restoration, Facing Page

esidents in the historic Hollywood area of Homewood will open their homes to visitors later this month in an effort to give back to the community. The Holly Oak Garden Club will present its 2013 Historic Hollywood Home Tour on April 28, with proceeds going to benefit the club’s projects and Shades Cahaba Elementary School. Every other year, the club selects historic homes to feature on the tour. On this year’s tour are the Goodrich home at 300 Yorkshire Drive, the Freeman home at 11 Bonita Drive, the Beisher home at 224 Poinciana Avenue and the Bakir home at 218 LaPrado Place. Known for its Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architectural styles, the residential subdivision was developed by Clyde Nelson, beginning in 1926. Hollywood incorporated as a town on Jan. 14, 1927, and was annexed into the city of Homewood in October 1929. In 2002, the Hollywood Historic District was registered with the National Register of Historic Places. The area’s rich history is why those living there love Hollywood so much, said Erin Donohoo with the Holly Oak Garden Club. The Holly Oak Garden Club pays to maintain the triangles and circles in the neighborhood as well as decorating the street signs at Christmas, Donohoo said. “We also give money to the festivals at Shades Cahaba School, which is also located on the Historic Registry and is considered one of the entrances to Hollywood,” she said. This year’s tour will feature the Spanish Colonial Revival home at 11 Bonita Drive. Built in 1927, it is also known as the Salie House after its first owner, Birmingham’s first city architect. The home is owned by Lisa and Randy Freeman. Revisions and renovations have been made to the house throughout the years, including extensive changes by the previous owners, John-Bryan Hopkins and Terrance Finley. They added a dramatic kitchen and an extensive master suite. Also featured on the 2013 tour will be the home at 224 Poinciana Avenue. Owned by the Beisher family, the English Tudor-style home was built in 1927 and was last renovated in 2004. See Hollywood, Facing Page


The Goodrich home is one of four houses featured on the 2013 Historic Hollywood Home Tour. Journal photo by Keysha Drexel

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Leigh Ann Beisher said the home is decorated with antiques that she has collected over the years. Currently owned by Ali and Charles Goodrich, another home on this year’s tour will be 300 Yorkshire

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The couple immediately started efforts to rebuild their home and made plans to make it safer in the process. “I think the most difficult part of this whole thing was that home is supposed to be the place where your kids feel safe, and after the weather and the fire, I just wanted that feeling back for our kids,” she said. Shannon said she and her husband regularly go over the family’s weather and fire safety plans with the children and do everything they can to ease their lingering fears about severe weather and fires. “It’s been difficult, but I think now that the renovations are complete, we can settle down again,” she said. Shannon, a native of Louisiana, said she’s become much more aware about weather conditions since the April 27 storms. “I knew Alabama got tornadoes and bad weather, but this has really made me watch the weather so I know what to expect and how to prepare,” she said. With the help of decorator Bonnie Cofield, architect Warren Kyle and builder Nathan Lovvorn, the family set about making their home more spacious and updating it to include new safety features. “The first six months were full speed ahead. We were living in hotels, with neighbors and friends and we wanted to get back in our house as soon as we could and get the kids back into their routine in their own home,” she said. Shannon said she knew she wanted the renovations to include safety lad-

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Drive. The Colonial-style home was built around 1925 and was owned for 60 years by the Crais family. The house was struck by lightning ders in the children’s bedrooms. “But I wanted a clever way to hide them, so we came up with these builtin window seats that hide the escape ladders. The kids just pop open the window seat, grab the ladder and put it out their window, and they can get out of the house in case of a fire,” she said. Also part of the redesign was moving all of the kids’ bedrooms to the second floor. Shannon said her son’s bedroom was previously on the first floor. “This just makes the house more livable. We liked the idea of having everyone sleeping on the same floor,” she said. The home got other safety features, including lightning rods, a sprinkler system and a safe room. The renovations also included creating a breakfast room next to the kitchen and converting a den into a library downstairs. To give the family the extra space they needed on the second floor, the high ceilings in the living room downstairs were lowered, Shannon said. “But we still wanted to have something interesting on the ceiling, so we used wooden beams that were salvaged from an old Pennsylvania tobacco farm,” she said. “We wanted a nod to the home’s history but at the same time create a home that fit the way we live.” Much of the wood used in the repairs and renovations was reclaimed wood, Shannon said. A mantle in the living room was found at The Garages at The Garage Cafe and reassembled, Shannon said. A marble sink in the powder room was also a salvaged piece, Shannon said. “There are a lot of ‘found’ treasures in the house. I wanted things that would make the house special,” she

in the 1960s and still has charred beams in the attic. The tour on April 28 will run from 1-4 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Hunter Cleaners, Harmony Landing, Arceneaux Art Gallery and Sweet Peas Garden Shop. Tickets are $15 in advance and

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said. While the master bedroom suite upstairs did not require a lot of repairs or renovations, Shannon said the family decided to add a safe room to the house during the redesign. The master suite closet is actually a safe room that is built to withstand an F3 tornado. The safe room is stocked with bicycle helmets for the children, water, snacks, sleeping bags and an emergency weather radio. “We know this helps us all feel safer at home, and that’s the way it should be. Home is your safe place, and we’re glad to be back home,” she said. Visitors to the home during the 2013 Historic Hollywood Home Tour will also get a glimpse of what Shannon says is proof her family was being watched over on April 27, 2011. Hanging at the top of the stairs is a framed drawing that is blackened by fire and soot and looks almost out of place among the stylized rooms of the historic home. The family found the drawing Lamps & Linens among the rubble of the children’s Home of Birmingham's LARGEST selection of lamp shades rooms upstairs the day after the fire. 981-3330 • 5299 Valleydale Road, #115 “I wasn’t really ready to bring the kids in and have them see all the damConveniently located in Inverness, just ¼ mile off of Hwy 280 age, but they wanted to come in the house, so we were going through some things and Halle found this drawing of angels, and it was something I didn’t recognize at first. It was just sitting on the top of the stairs on top of all this To: Katy mess, still intact,” said. “I Journal, 205-823-9646 ph., From: Over Shannon The Mountain asked Halle205-824-1246, where it came from, faxand she told me, and I knew it must have Date: April been with all of the2013 kids’ stuff, their artwork, that was lost. This is your AD prOOF from the Over The MOunTAin JOurnAl for the “But it survived. To me, it proved April 18, 2013 issue. please fax approval or changes to 824-1246. that we had guardian angels watching over us that night.” ❖


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An Evening of Magic


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he Birmingham Botanical Gardens were aglow March 3 for Opera Birmingham’s largest fundraiser of the season, An Evening of Magic, presented by the Thomas E. Jernigan Foundation. The gala event was held in support of Opera Birmingham’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Sponsors were Cadence Bank, Bridgeworth Financial and Regions Bank. The event was coordinated by longtime Opera Birmingham volunteers Kathy Emison, chairman, and Amy Johnstone, co-chairman. Designer Robert Logan of Backstage Florist created a forest-like ambiance. Floral arrangements by Dorothy McDaniel’s Flower Market accented the tabletops. Many guests were dressed in purple, silver and black evening attire to help set the magical theme. Among them were Marsha and John Markus, Julius E. Linn, Jr., Jeff Tombrello, Sue Watkins, Donna and Jim Reddinger, Dot Mullins, Carleen Morin, Lida Hill, Patty McDonald and Jeffery Kliner, Peter Walsh, Andrea and Goodloe White, Diane and Scott Selman, Jean Shanks, Janis Zeanah, Fay Hart and Ann Hillhouse.  A magician entertained guests as they arrived and mingled over wine and champagne courtesy of UnitedJohnson Brothers of Alabama. During a silent auction, guests placed bids on items such as fine jewelry, tickets for local entertainment and spa packages, all donated by local businesses and opera supporters.  Those who mingled around the tables included Jan and Jim Briley, Mimi Jackson, Zane Rhoades and Robert Raiford, Cameron and Judge Scott Vowell, Antoinette and John Cipriano, Tallulah Hargrove, John Johnstone, Jim Emison, Joyce Jacobson, Jane Morris, Allan Stephens, Betty Loeb, Pat Scofield, Amy Carr, Mike and MaryAnne Freeman, Jane and Bob Hinds and Christian Cámara. John D. Jones, Opera Birmingham general director welcomed guests. Guests seated at the table sponsored by the Thomas E. Jernigan Foundation included Dorothy McDaniel, Rosemary Snead, Betty Healey, Joan Parker and Gerry Dunham. Guests seated with Cadence Bank included Lisa Mead, Libby Cochrane, Kim and Jim Harper, Lea

Sanders, and Anna Kittinger. Guests of Bridgeworth Financial included Cinda and Larry Goldberg, Stephen Iaconis, Sarah and Zach Ivey, Brandi and Jeff McCormack, David LeCompte and Atticus Rominger. Guests at the table of Dorinda and John Smith were Kim Jemison, Corbin Day, Virginia and John Hornsby and Frances and Claude Bennett. Erica Miller, Kori Jennings, Jennifer Bryant, Aaron Blake, Israel Gursky and Marc Astafan. Seated at the table of Kathy G & Co. were more photos at Kathy and Louis Mezrano, Susan and Lee Reeves, Ginger and Lane Milam and Kay and Jim Wooten. Baritone Corey McKern serenaded guests with “The Way You Look Tonight.” As dinner was served by Imperial Catering, a live auction featured items such as a golf outing at Shoal Creek donated by Patrick Cather; an exclusive “Dinner with the Diva” with soprano Jan Cornelius, star of “The Magic Flute,” donated and hosted by Nanci and Steve Chazen; several sculptures by artist Frank Fleming; and a diamond pendant donated by Levy’s Fine Jewelry. Live auction winners present included Karyn and Brent Uptain, Jane Paris and Chandler Smith, Leisel and Will French, Diane and Herb Rossmeisl and Martha Pezrow.  Frances Bennett, Claude Bennett and Cameron Vowell. Cast members of “The Magic Flute” performed for guests during dessert. ❖


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n annual book sale in Mountain Brook raised more than $25,000 for the Emmet O’Neal Library. The Friends of the Library held the sale in February. “I am so happy to announce that we were able to raise more than $25,000 for our local library,” said Susan Elliot, Friends of the Library president. “We had wonderful support from many of our Friends, such as Missy Scott who provided beautiful flowers, Shaun Gray, who decorated the stage, Carmen Morrow and Kaci Chesebro, who chaired the Preview Party, and Leigh Fullington and Nicky Barnes, who chaired the book sale.” The sale kicked off Feb. 21 with the Friends of the Library Preview Party, open to Friends members as well as those willing to make a $25 donation at the door. Patrons were given access to rare and first edition publications.

The official book sale was open to the public Feb. 22-24. Items available during the weekend book sale included first editions, collectors’ books and hardbacks and paperbacks from a wide range of genres. Patrons were also able to participate in the Friends of the Emmet O’Neal Library meet and greet with New York Times bestselling chef Gabrielle Hamilton, author of “Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef.” The group took donations throughout the year in preparation for the annual sale. Those who want to donate can drop off gently-used books at the back door of the library and ask for a receipt. For more information on Friends of the Emmet O’Neal Library, visit http://www. or contact Katie Moellering at or 445-1118. ❖



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Guests Chip in at Assistance League’s Casino Night


uests at the Assistance League’s Casino Night chipped in for a good cause. The Assistance League of Birmingham hosted Casino Night March 9 at Vestavia Country Club, with all funds raised going to support the league’s three philanthropic programs, PrimeTime Treasures, Operation School Bell and Operation Literacy. The event’s chairman was Melinda Thornbury. She was assisted by Molly Bee more photos at Bloetcher, Mary Ann Wade, Jan Service, Char Bonsack and many others. President Mary Ann Wade welcomed guests and recognized members of the Assistance League Advisory Council who were present, including Anthony Underwood, Bill Tevendale, Frances Owens and Andrew Hancock. Tim Parmer served as master of ceremonies, reminding everyone of the importance of the three philanthropic programs supported by the event. Silent auction items were beautifully displayed. Bidding was especially active on the three wooden vehicles by PrimeTime craftsman Ralph Hardwick, donated by a supporter of Assistance League. After dining at a buffet, guests were entertained by the live auction run by Tim Parmer with assistance from Anthony Underwood. Guests bid on weeks at the beach and Smith Lake, tickets to Talladega and Barber, dining at fine restaurants with a stay at the Wynfrey Hotel, a necklace donated by James Avery and a Judith Ripka necklace from Cummings Jewelry. Katherine Schablow, Ann Casey Hughes, Savannah Trammell and Aimee Bals, senior Star Spangled Girls from Homewood High School, assisted with the silent and live auctions. After the live auction, guests adjourned to the casino tables for blackjack, craps and slot machine play. Book-em Dano provided dance music. ❖


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Tennis Legend Helps ‘Finish the Fight’


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Pickwick Dance Club Hosts Party


ickwick Dance Club members gathered at the Mountain Brook Club on Feb. 22 for a party. Party-goers were greeted by President Kelley Gage with Pete as they gathered in the club’s living room for cocktails and appetizers. In the ballroom, Compositionz provided party music for dancing. The sunroom was set up with a buffet of treats and three varieties of gumbo. Party planners Cathy Echols with Jack and Lind Burks welcomed those attending along with Pickwick Dance Club officers Jean Reed with Robert Woodward, Jan Shannon and Jack, Kathy Anderson and Frank, Lindsay Cook, Helen Pardue and Richard and Kathy Peerson and Pete. On the dance floor were Pickwick members Dana and Tommy Norton, Marcia and Owen Vickers, Fran and Rob Glendinning, Julia Ann and Joe Cleage, Sharon and Emeris Graham and Julianne and Jim Buckley. Other members enjoying the party were Susan and Bob Warnock. Nancy and John Bagby, Trissy Holliday, Catherine Ann and J.B. Schilleci, Ann and George Morris, Molly Bradley, Peggy and Jim Lee, Pat and Tom Hinton, Jenny and Drew Whitmire, Patsy and Alan Dreher, Bootsie and Lowell Garrett, Tricia and Jim Ford, Lynn and Tim Callahan, Linda and Bobby Vann, Marion and Robby Nichols, Chris and Alston Ray, Beverly and John McNeil, Dottie and Raleigh Kent and Garnett and Jim Baker. Candy and Jim Lindley traveled from Knoxville, Tenn., to join the fun, and Carol and Chuck Steiner were in town from Atlanta. ❖

Huguenot Society Chapters Meet at Spring Event The Huguenot Society of Alabama and the Manakin Huguenot Society held a joint spring meeting March 28 at the Country Club of Birmingham. President Steve Saxon presided at the meeting. Dr. John Killian, a Baptist minister, presented a program about Huguenot history and beliefs. A luncheon followed Killian’s presentation. The Huguenot Society is a genealogical organization which honors members’ French Protestant ancestors who were forced to flee France because of religious persecution beginning in the late 1500s. On March 27, 2014, the Huguenot Society will present an authentic Huguenot church service at South Highland Presbyterian Church Chapel with a luncheon following. All are welcome.  For more information on the society or the church service next year, call Mary Joyce Ponder at 870-7174. ❖

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KD Alums Celebrate Founders Day


embers of the Mountain Brook Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter gathered at the Birmingham Country Club to celebrate Founders Day. The original Virginia chapter of Kappa Delta was established in 1897. Murray Priester gave a presentation explaining plans for and changes to the University of Alabama’s Zeta chapter house. Because of an increase of students and an increase of girls pledging Kappa Delta, the chapter house needs to be enlarged, she said. Sally Legg assisted with the presentation.  A soup and salad lunch followed the meeting. Members marking Founders Day at the event included Anita Bagby, Garnett Baker, Sara Beth Blair, Jane Brakefield, Elizabeth Briggs, Leigh Bromberg, Julianne Buckley, Walton Burchfield, Ragan Cain, Anna Carson, Molly Carter, Rebecca Chambliss, Kaci Chesebro, Brooke Coleman, Anna Cooper, Elizabeth Crommelin, Nan Crow, Cindy Crowther, Dana Davis, Francie Deaton, Bede Donnell, Emily Dunn, Kendall Eagan, Susan Ellard, Fran Fields, Marlea Foster, Irene Gardner, Betsy Harmon and Augusta Hassinger. Other KD alums attending were Katherine Hawkins, Lucie Haynes, Anne Heppenstall, Suzanne Hughes, Melissa Kenan, Carol Kirkland, Amy Knight, Michele Knowles, Mary Beasley Kohn, Lauren Ledbetter, Sally Legg, Elizabeth McCoin, Nancy McCollum, Leslie Mcleod, Beth McMillan, Wendy Morris, Lee Nix, Kathy O’Leary, Katie Patrick, Kim Pitts, Murray

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he Psi Chapter of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at the University of Alabama celebrated a chapter rededication and reunion Feb. 15-17. Alumni, current brothers, family members and friends of ZBT attended the weekend festivities, including some Psi Chapter alumni who had not been back to Tuscaloosa in years. Among those gathered were families representing three generations of ZBT alumni, current and future members. President of the chapter’s board of trustees is Louis H. Tuck. He attended along with past board presidents James I. Rotenstreich, Harold B. Blach Jr. and Ross N. Cohen. ❖



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lumni from a college preparatory and boarding school in Chattanooga, Tenn., reunited on March 7 in Mountain Brook. Baylor School Headmaster Scott Wilson hosted the alumni gathering at Park Lane. The event featured a concert by the Baylor School Concert Choir. The host committee included Brad Haynes, class of 1983; Gerry King, class of 1965; Jimbo King, class of 1980; Ashley Randolph McMahon, class of 1998; Jeff Davenport, class of 1997; Finley Bullard Evans, class of 1991; and Chris Wright, class of 2003. Alumni attending the event included Brooke

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Coronets Welcome Spring’s Arrival with Luncheon


he Coronets Dance Club members welcomed spring with a luncheon at the Vestavia Country Club. Linda Gooldrup planned the event and selected a menu of chicken scallopine with lemon caper sauce, wild rice pilaf, green beans and chocolate peanut butter sauce. A highlight of the luncheon was the announcement of a New Orleans theme for the club’s next event. The announcement was made by chairmen Nelle Freeman and Edna Alderman. As jazz music played in the background, Nelle and Edna described

their plans for a fun evening. Shirley Evans is president of the Coronets Dance Club. New club members attended the luncheon, including Una Ray Barnett and Jackie Webb. Other members there were Sue Belcher, Jennie Lewis, Carolyn Edge, Clarice Gibbs, Betty Miller, Shirley Palmes, Liz Slive, Lynne Cohen, Sally Stanley, Dianne Horn, Glena Etheridge, Claire Gomperts, Betty Meeks, Carolyn Hogan, Redonda Broom and Jean Henrickson.

Also enjoying the luncheon meeting were Carolyn Delk, Virginia Cobb, Susan Stofel, Gloria Hudson, Corinne Greer, Vera Shirley, Betty Healey, Anne Nelson, Barbara Hudson, Rusty Kirkpatrick, Margaret Howell, Pat Garlikov, Ming South, Fay Hart, Nancye Lawrence and Terry Dunham. ❖ From left: Ming South, Corinne Greer and Carolyn Delk. Photo special to The Journal

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hose attending the monthly meeting of the Shades Crest Garden Club in March got an update on Alabama politics. Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, was the special guest at the March 15 meeting of the club. DeMarco talked to the group about several state and local political issues. After his presentation, club members treated him to a potluck luncheon. Members attending included Bernice Peterson, Nell Hayes, Jo Gardner, Marie Taylor, Clara Murphy, Suzy Purvis, Gwen Eblen, Sharon Klug, Becky Blair and Dot Sanderson. ❖

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he Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs hosted a luncheon at the group’s state headquarters on March 2 for the 50 contestants in the 2013 Miss Alabama pageant. Anna Laura Bryan, Miss Alabama 2012, was at the event. Also attending the luncheon and workshop at Samford University were Miss Alabama board members and members of the AFWC. AFWC State President Roberta Atkinson and AFWC Miss Alabama Chairman Jean Ingram and other board members greeted the honorees. ❖ From left: Jean Ingram, Anna Laura Bryan, Miss Alabama; Roberta Atkinson and Nan Teninbaum.

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Teams Dish Up Hot Recipes to Help Exceptional Foundation Team Vines took home the People’s Choice Award. The team from Iberiabank won the Spirit Award. The fundraising award went to Doster Construction for selling the most tickets to the event. The Exceptional Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with special needs enjoy social and recreational activities. Proceeds from the annual chili cook-off event and other fundraising efforts provide three-fourths of the funds needed to ensure that Exceptional Foundation participants are able to gather daily for social activities, take field trips and compete in sports. ❖

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State Finalists OTM Teachers Recognized for Effective, Interactive Styles By Margaret Frymire

Peterson said. Students are engaged in an activity or game related to their science lessons and get to apply what they are learning. “It gives me the ability to meet with the he State Board of Education honored students, conference, guide them through misthree Over the Mountain teachers as conceptions. I also am able to meet with those finalists for the Presidential Awards who are struggling with a concept or lesson and for Excellence in Mathematics and Science those who have the understanding and are able Teaching. to dig a bit deeper into our studies,” she said. Danielle Peterson of Greystone Elementary, She said the students love Math Lab and that Rita Schell of Hall-Kent Elementary and Pamela it allows her to hold the attention of her students Smith of Edgewood Elementary are three of longer than a traditional lesson, although she Alabama’s five state finalists who were honored teaches both methods. March 14 in Montgomery for their teaching Peterson also holds early morning math sesachievements. sions once a week to aid those who are Peterson is a finalist in math. Schell struggling or simply want more practice and Smith are finalists in science.  with the concepts the class is studying. Established in 1983, the PAEMST “We connect to our science studies as are the highest honors for math and scimuch as possible. This lets (the students) ence teaching in the nation. The award is see that it is just not something you solve given to teachers who exemplify excellent in school during math time,” Peterson instructional skills, content knowledge said.  and leadership capabilities. All three teachers agreed that the key The award-winning teachers are conto engaging students and helping them sidered models in their field and espeunderstand the concepts was getting them cially gifted in enhancing the learning into hands-on experiences and applying environment. the subject material to real-life situations This year’s finalists are all teachers of as well as other subject matter.  K-6 students.  Each of the teachers expressed a genuPam Smith is a LEAD teacher at Rita Schell is a LEAD teacher at Danielle Peterson is a fourthMany students often find math and Edgewood Elementary School in ine love for learning and a desire to instill Hall-Kent Elementary School in grade science teacher at science daunting subjects, but these three Homewood. Homewood. Photos special to The Journal Greystone Elementary School in that love for learning in their students.  teachers have developed innovative and Hoover. “I teach to make a difference in the interesting ways to engage their students. lives of children. When my students are Schell, a teacher for 13 years, said that excited about learning, I know I am contributing love science.” Schell said comments like that flow of electricity and they grow bacteria in because most of her learning was done through to their future as a lifelong learner,” Smith said. are what remind her that her work matters and Petri dishes to understand germs,” Smith said. a textbook when she was in elementary school, The national PAEMST winners will be makes a difference. Smith and Schell have the unique opporshe had trouble understanding and applying At Greystone Elementary, Peterson, a teacher announced later this year. Each winner will tunity in Homewood City Schools to teach concepts. She felt she was “just not good” at receive $10,000 and a certificate signed by the for almost 20 years, incorporates interactive LEAD--Learning Enhancement and Academic science, and subsequently it became one of her president as well as a trip to Washington, D.C. learning styles into her classroom through Math Design--classes. LEAD classes provide science least favorite subjects, she said. Each state will have two winners–one in sciand math enrichment for K-5 students in labora- Lab. Peterson said she had a similar experience ence and one in math. ❖ Math Lab is much like a science lab, tory settings. with math. 


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“I was actually scared of math. That’s why it is so important to me that (my students) develop their number sense, that they understand the ‘why’ behind their work and are able to apply it,” she said. All three women have tried to make their classroom learning environments different and put an emphasis on math and science. Smith said her students “experience science concepts rather than read about them in a book.” “Most activities are hands-on and involve inquiry-based learning and problem solving. They mix chemicals to learn about a chemical change, they build circuits to understand the

Each class participates once a week, complementing the math and science curriculum in the regular classroom. “I want to create learning experiences for my students that make science exciting and accessible for all learners. I want to foster a love for science that has students leaving Hall-Kent with science as one of their favorite subjects,” Schell said. Schell and Smith said the LEAD program gives them the opportunity to engage their students more fully in a creative way. Schell said that recently one of the students ran up to her and exclaimed, “Mrs. Schell, I

School Notes Crestline Students Sing to Kirkwood Residents

Pizitz Media Center student assistants with author Roland Smith. They are, from left, Keywanda Turner, Mary Grace Huckestein, Beining Tian, Roland Smith, Laura Levensailor, Lyra Bailey and Emery Thomas. Photo special to The Journal

Roland Smith Speaks to Pizitz Middle Students Louis Pizitz Middle School welcomed author Roland Smith on March 12. Smith spoke to more than 1,000 sixth, seventh and eighth-graders at a schoolwide assembly. A native of Portland, Ore., Smith has been a zoo administrator and has been involved in saving the North American red wolf as well as rescuing sea otters during the aftermath of the ExxonValdez oil spill in 1989. Smith shared his experiences and told students how he became a full-time author of children’s and young adult books. His lecture was accompanied by a big-screen visual presentation of his world travels. He also gave synopses of

More than 100 first-graders from Crestline Elementary School in Mountain Brook got to sing songs of love on Feb. 14. The students were invited to sing for Valentine’s Day at the River Retirement Community in Kirkwood. They performed “Skinnamarink” and Woody Guthrie’s “Mail Myself to You” among other songs. For the finale, the audience joined in with the performers to sing “You Are My

Sunshine/Valentine.” The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience, from preparing for the trip to greeting the community’s residents before and after the performance, their teachers said.

Samford Opera Visits Deer Valley Elementary School Students at Deer Valley Elementary School were treated to some musical excitement recently when Samford Opera students visited the school. Samford University’s School of the

many of his books. Smith’s visit was sponsored by the Pizitz PTO. His book “Peak” is on the school’s seventh-grade reading list.

New Private School Coming to Greystone

Berry Student Wins Art Contest on Prevention Jade Jolly, a Berry Middle School student, has won a poison prevention art contest. The Alabama Pharmacy Association held the contest to enhance medication safety among youth. The theme was “Poisonings Span a Lifetime.” The APA’s goal is to educate the public about the proper use of medicine, good health, poison prevention and drug interactions.

Arts performed “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck. The group received a donation from Michael and Mary Anne Freeman to allow the production to tour schools in January. Deer Valley and several Hoover schools were on the tour. Students in grades 2-4 attended a nearly 45-minute production that included “Evening Prayer” as well as other numbers from the first and second acts. The opera version of “Hansel and Gretel” is based on the famous fairytale by the Brothers Grimm. The role of Hansel was played by Bethany Orick, the daughter of the school’s technology coach, Melanie Haynes.

Cast members from Samford University’s School of the Arts performed “Hansel and Gretel” when they visited Deer Valley Elementary School in Hoover recently. Photo special to The Journal

The Greystone Montessori Academy will open its 13-acre campus to students this fall. The school will be on Cahaba Valley Road near the Brook Highlands and Greystone communities. “The school will be a wonderful choice for parents who desire their children to flourish in their ability to think critically and creatively, work cooperatively and independently and respect themselves, others and the environment,” said Melinda Bray, the school’s executive director. Bray also said the academy will offer

condemning Jesus, and concluded with a 15th station: His resurrection. Students who attended the assembly sang between the changing of each station. The Stations of the Cross is a Catholic devotion in which the passion and death of Christ is distinctively defined and the suffering of Jesus Christ is remembered.

seminars in a larger variety of electives, such as computer programming, civics and citizenship, and entrepreneurship. Art, music, drama, and Spanish classes will be offered to students at all grade levels. Greystone Montessori is currently accepting applications for Fall 2013. For more information about the school, as well as application forms, visit www.

Math Class Explores Pi

VHHS Dance Team Wins at National Competition The Vestavia Hills High School Varsity Rebelette Dance Team and director Faith Lenhart traveled to Orlando, Fla., last month to attend the National Dance Alliance National Competition. The Rebelettes performed in the large varsity team dance and large varsity jazz routine. During the preliminary competition, the Rebelettes’ team dance, “Marry Me,” placed sixth, and its jazz dance, “Movement,” won first place. Both routines earned the team a spot in the finals the next day. The team’s finals performances won seventh in the nation for a team performance and second in the nation in jazz dance routines. Members of the dance team include Haley Evans, Emma Rohrer, Leah Dennis, Maria Inman, Chandler Kitchens and Caroline Bottcher. Second row: Anna Scott Welch, Rachel Caskey, Rachael Snow, Jane Thornton and Emily Lytle. Third row: Maria Christine, Allison Howell, Cailyn Levant and Haley Dellacio; Fourth row: Emily Brock, Addie

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Author Wyatt Key shared his stories with students when he visited Liberty Park Middle School in Vestavia Hills recently. Photo special to The Journal Prewitt, Macy Blackburn, Anna Watts, Hannah Moss and Mary Kate Smith.

Wyatt Key Shares Stories at Liberty Park Middle Liberty Park Middle School recently welcomed Wyatt Key, author of “Alabama Moon.” His visit was coordinated by school librarian Jean Deal. Key, who is from Point Clear, spoke about his experiences, including growing up by the bay with a swamp across the street and attending a school where he had only nine boys in his class and how they influenced his novel. He shared other stories of his childhood, such as having to use a boat to get around, growing up without the influence of TV and having a pet grey squirrel named Smokey. Key said he was inspired by his father.

“He would read to us all the time, and I think this made me a better writer,” Key said. Key said his book is based on an experience he had in college with his friends.

OLS Celebrates Holy Week Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School fifth and eighth-grade students gave a special presentation March 28 of the Last Supper in remembrance of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life, his passion and his death. The narrated 15-minute presentation was acted out at a school assembly by OLS fifth-grade boys, who depicted the last Passover meal of Jesus and his 12 apostles. The eighth-grade students performed a reenactment of the 14 Stations of the Cross, which included Jesus’ passage to Calvary and Pontius Pilate

Caitlin Renda, a fifth-grader at Brock’s Gap Intermediate School, won a pi reciting contest in her math class. The math class investigated the popular calculation in celebration of Pi Day on March 14. To win the contest, Renda recited pi to 64 digits in front of her classmates. The class also learned about pi by measuring the circumference and diameter of many round items and practiced using calculators to find pi. They ended the celebration of pi by eating pie.

Fourth-grader Competes at State Geography Bee Hilltop Montessori School student Aly Pabani earned a spot as a 2013 Alabama National Geographic Bee

Caitlin Renda, a fifth-grader at Brock’s Gap Intermediate School, won a pi reciting contest in her math class. Photos special to The Journal semifinalist. The process began with schools throughout the state holding geographic bees for their fourth through eighthgrade students. Winners from each school took a qualifying test to be submitted to the National Geographic Society. The society invited the 100 highestscoring participants from each state, the District of Columbia and Department of Defense dependent schools as well as U.S. territories to compete in the national competition.  Pabani represented her school at the national bee on April 5 at Samford University.

ASFA Student Accepted to National Music Institute Aly Pabani

Alabama School of Fine Arts student Caitlin Edwards was recently accepted

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Bumpus Musicians Named to State Honor Band Several students at Bumpus Middle School in Hoover have been named to the Alabama Bandmasters Association District IV Honor Band. Those students are Erin McAfee, Jason Lee, Joseph Jun, Olivia Gault, Nathan Solomon, Logan Jones, Carson Fehler and Annemarie Guske. Jun, Lee and Gault play clarinet. McAfee plays flute, and Guske plays percussion. Solomon plays horn, Fehler plays trombone and Jones plays trumpet. The District IV Honor Band includes outstanding band students from the Birmingham metro area.

Southminster Student Surprised by Soldier Dad Hoover resident and Southminster Day School kindergarten student Margo Baily got the surprise of her life when her father, Capt. Mark Bailey, popped in during her class time. Margo’s father had just returned from serving in Afghanistan.  He spoke to Margo’s class about his tours while on duty in Afghanistan, showed them pictures and also presented the school with a flag that had flown on the base in Bagram, Afghanistan.  The flag was a gift from the commanding officer at the base.

Cherokee Bend first-grader Jack Brandt placed third at the district competition. Photos special to The Journal Fifth-grader Genevieve Wilson placed first at Cherokee Bend Elementary and second at district in a visual arts contest.

Cherokee Bend Artists Win Contest Awards Several students from Cherokee Bend Elementary School won awards in an annual visual arts contest. The Mountain Brook Expressions Art Contest is held annually to encourage creativity and appreciation for the fine arts among elementary students. This year, four Mountain Brook elementary schools joined forces to give their students a chance to create original pieces of art in the categories of visual arts, musical composition, literature, photography and video. Each finalist was judged at the school and district level by experts in

each field. Hundreds of entries were submitted by kindergarten through sixth-grade students. Their artwork was displayed at art shows at each participating school. This year the district winners were presented at the Expressions District Art Show at the Cherokee Bend School auditorium.  The showcase was attended by families, principals and community members and by the artists themselves, who discussed their work, answered questions and accepted praise.  Mountain Brook Schools Superintendent Dicky Barlow was also at the showcase to announce the district winners. The winning pieces for visual arts and photography were on display through March at the Emmett O’Neal Library. ❖

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Bluff Park Elementary’s Character Education Award nominees were, from left, front: Brady Sheppard, Cole Clark and Garrett Jackson. Back: Georgia Anderson, Anna Lane Elmore and Noel Ponder. Photo special to The Journal

In honor of Coach Bob Finley, former Berry High School athletic director, a Hoover employee and a senior student from each Hoover high school is selected annually to receive a Finley Award. The Finley Award represents the best demonstration of the late coach’s notable characteristics, according to school system officials. Teachers and staff members also choose students for each grade level to become Character Education nominees. Capt. Mark Bailey made surprised his daughter Margo with a visit to her class at Southminster Day School. Photo special to The Journal

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Homewood HIgh School students and teachers laced up their sneakers and hit the pavement to participate in the 2013 Mercedes Marathon in downtown Birmingham. Several students won awards for their marathon times, including five seniors. The seniors finished first in the high school division of the event. From left: Maggie Williams, Mary Claire Nabors, Drew Shroyer, Grace Kyle and Patricia Flach. Photo special to The Journal

The Vestavia Hills High School basketball cheerleaders are wrapping up a successful season. From left, front: Caroline Moore, Natalie Fliegel, Anna Grace Beck, Frances Abbott Knox and Mary Kathryn McCullough. Back: Nolen Moore, Briana Wrencher, Hailey Thompson, Lucy Bailey, captain Paris Malensek, Lauren Bahakel, Barrett Harris and Kai Brown.

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Two Well-Known Shops Celebrate Anniversaries This Year

Susan Kidd is celebrating the 40th anniversary of King’s House Antiques.

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A Mother-in-Law’s Love

Jean Clayton is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Christine’s in Mountain Brook Village.

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King’s House Owner Says In-law Inspired Life’s Passion

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Susan said she instantly fell in love with the antiques and interior design business and while she was learning on the job with her mother-in-law and raising a family, she hile most people make jokes somehow managed to earn a degree in interior about their relationships with their mother-in-laws, Susan Kidd design from the Southern Institute of Interior Design. credits her mother-in-law with showing “There were a lot of nights where I was up her her life’s passion. Susan, the owner of King’s House Antiques studying until 2 a.m. after I had worked, gotten the kids fed and put to bed. I don’t know in Pepper Place, is celebrating the businesses’ how I did it but I just loved what I was study40th anniversary all year and said she would ing and that kept me going,” she said. have never succeeded without her mother-inSusan said the more she studied antiques, law, Ann Kidd. the more intrigued by the history of the pieces Ann Kidd opened King’s House Antiques she became. in 1972 in Mountain Brook Village and took “It’s fascinating, really, to learn about the Susan under her wing and taught her everyhistory of these pieces. My job has really thing she knew about the antiques and interior opened my eyes to my love of history. I think design business. “I love my mother-in-law, I truly do. She’s about how furniture used to have a purpose other than being beautiful,” she said. has always been such an inspiration to me and Susan said her expertise in the business her energy is contagious,” Susan said. grew as she continued to learn at school and Susan started working with under her mother-in-law’s guidance. Ann at the store in 1988 Susan also took on another job after teaching preschool during this time and worked as a for several years. After Ann Kidd opened teacher at the Southern Institute of she and her husband, King’s House Antiques Interior Design where she taught John, had their two the history of period furnishings in 1972 in Mountain children, Susan said and antiques for 13 years. she needed a career Brook Village and In 1996, Susan’s role at the that would be flexible took Susan under store increased after her motherand leave her plenty of in-law retired. her wing ... time to take care of her After her father-in-law died, family. Susan’s husband, John, bought the “My mother-in-law was store from the family and Susan has adamant about me being home owned it for about six years now. with the children as much as possible so when Susan moved the store to the designer I started working at the store with her, I was at district of The Pepper Place in Birmingham in home every afternoon to take them to baseball 2008. practice or help them with their homework. It See King’s House, Facing Page really was the best of both worlds,” she said.


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Birmingham. We saw a need for those interesting items in this market and decided to give it Journal editor a try,” she said. Jean’s mother and father were actively he owner of Christine’s and involved in getting their daughter’s business Bagatelle in Mountain Brook dream off the ground, she said. Village said a lot has changed about Jean and Bob found a storefront in the retail business in the four decades Mountain Brook Village and took off to New since she opened, but Jean Clayton said York City to buy items to stock their new her business philosophy remains the same. store. Christine’s will celebrate its 40th anniver“But it turns out, I don’t think Birmingham sary on April 25 with a day-long celebration. was quite ready for some of the more contemJean said she credits the success of her porary things that we were finding. It took a business to advice handed down from her little while for some things to catch on here,” father. she said. “My father had a plaque hanging in his One night as they were preparing to open office that said ‘The bitterness of poor qualthe store, Jean said she had a moment ity lingers long after the sweetness of panic about the new business of low price is forgotten.’ I really venture. didn’t have a clue how to run Jean and Bob “I was sitting at a table a business when I started out, found a storefront in with my husband and my but I’ve always followed father. We’d had renovathat principle,” she said. Mountain Brook Village tions done on the store, Jean had been teaching and took off to New we had just bought all this school while her husband, York City to buy items inventory from New York Bob, was in the Air Force. and it suddenly occurred to Once he got out of the milito stock their me what we were actually tary, the couple settled back in new store. doing. I told my husband and the Birmingham area and Jean my father that I wasn’t sure if I started law school. wanted to do it, and my father looked But Jean’s field of interest in law at me and told me it was a little too late for turned out not to be what she wanted at all, that. The rest, as they say, is history,” she said. she said. Jean said from the very beginning, she What Jean really wanted to do, she soon tried to offer her customers items that she discovered, was bring back some of the treabelieves in. sures she and Bob found when they went “I’m very passionate about some products, shopping on their trips to visit her parents in and I believe in everything I sell,” she said. south Florida. Jean said her customers are her favorite “When we would go visit my parents part of her job. and go into all these neat little shops, we’d See Christine’s House, Facing Page see things that we couldn’t get here in

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“They become your friends and you become their therapist, a little bit. You listen to them and become involved in their lives, and they get to know you, too,” she said. About three years ago, Jean opened Bagatelle right next door to Christine’s. “Bagatelle is mostly our linens and fragrances but right now, we’re the in process of combining both stores,” she said. The move, she said, is concerning some of her longtime customers. “Our customers get very attached to certain products, and ever since we announced that we were combining the stores, people keep coming in worried that we won’t offer this item or that item anymore,” she said. The combined space, Jean said, will offer the best inventory from both stores. “We’re going to keep on doing what we do and try to bring quality and good prices to our customers,” she said. Christine’s 40th anniversary celebration will include an appearance by Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan and will also raise money for a program that brings therapy dogs to schools to help children with autism, Jean said. A percentage of the day’s sales will go to help P.A.W.S., People and Animals Working Side-by-Side. The event will include hors d’oeuvres served outside the store. Mountain Brook Mayor Terry Oden is expected to make an appearance to cut the anniversary cake. The celebration will also include drawings for prizes. Christine’s is at 2415 Montevallo Road in Mountain Brook Village. For more information, call 871-8297. ❖

Lance and Evelyn Wood of Homewood have launched the Birmingham Fashion Truck. Journal photo by Keysha Drexel

New Clothing Business Rolls Into Town

A new venture by a Homewood husband and wife team is offering on-the-go fashionistas a way to keep up with the latest trends by putting the boutique shopping experience on wheels. Evelyn and Lance Wood launched the Birmingham Fashion Truck on April 4. The mobile boutique offers women’s apparel and accessories at affordable pricing, Evelyn said. “Everything is under $80, with most under $50, and most of our jewelry is under $20,” she said. The Birmingham Fashion Truck makes stops throughout the Birmingham metro area and has a feature on its website that lets customers track its whereabouts.

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“For up-to-the-minute information, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram,” Evelyn said. The Birmingham Fashion Truck also makes stops at private events, Evelyn said, with perks for the hostess. “If you host the truck for a private event, you can earn up to 250 Truck Bucks, which you get to spend in the store or online,” she said. Evelyn graduated from Auburn University after studying apparel merchandising, and Lane studied business at Auburn. “This business is the perfect fit for us,” Evelyn said. The duo got the idea for the business after Evelyn learned about the popularity of boutiques on wheels in other fashion hot spots, like Los Angeles. For more information, visit www., call 637-3598 or follow the business on Twitter. ❖ Sirote Supports was developed as a way to support the charities and nonprofits of the firm that strengthen and positively impact the community in arts, education and healthcare. The initiative is designed to bring Sirote lawyers, employees, clients and nonprofits together to create maximum impact. Company officials said the firm was the only Alabama company that

received the award. The Communitas Awards are an outgrowth of the pro-bono recognition program of the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals, an organization of creative professionals from corporate communication departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms and production companies. The program honors creative achievement and fosters partnerships with charities and community organizations.

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Ms. Ann Campbell Butler and Mr. Gregory Dennis Butler of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Denise Butler, to Maclin Ferdinand Smith IV,


Dr. and Mrs. Randy Alan Peters of Winston-Salem, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Kristen Peters, to Joseph Ellis Watson III, son of Mrs. Joseph Ellis Watson Jr. and the late Mr. Joseph Ellis Watson Jr. of Mountain Brook. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Clyde Johnson Eggleston and the late Mr. Eggleston of Winston-Salem and the late Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wayne Peters of Elizabethton, Tenn.  Miss Peters is a graduate of


Ms. Barbara Comstock Lavender announces the engagement of her daughter, Laura Emily Lavender, to Matthew Conrad Gosney, son of Dr.

Weddings & Engagements son of Mr. and Mrs. Maclin Ferdinand Smith III of Birmingham. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Butler and the late Mr. Butler and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Luttrell Campbell, all of Birmingham. Miss Butler is a graduate of Riverside Academy in LaPlace, La., and Jefferson State School of Nursing in Birmingham. She is employed with Trinity Hospital. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. George Sidney Waits Jr. of Andalusia and the late Mr. and Mrs. Maclin Ferdinand Smith Jr. of Birmingham. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School and a cum laude graduate of Auburn University with a degree in finance. He is employed with McInnis Construction, LLC in Montgomery. The wedding will be May 4. Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, N.C., and the University of Virginia, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and history. She is a 2011 magna cum laude graduate of Cumberland School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Miss Peters is a member of the Junior League of Birmingham and is an associate attorney at Burr Forman in Birmingham. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Reid Todd of Trussville and the late Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Ellis Watson of Luverne. Mr. Watson is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School and received his bachelor’s degree in economics and politics from Washington and Lee University, where he was president of Sigma Nu fraternity. He graduated with a juris doctor from Cumberland School of Law and a master’s degree in business administration from the Brock School of Business in 2010. Mr. Watson is an attorney and owner of The Watson Firm in Birmingham.  The wedding is planned for June 29 in Winston-Salem. and Mrs. Michael Conrad Gosney of Muscle Shoals. Miss Lavender is the daughter of the late Mr. Charles Brooks Lavender of Mountain Brook. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lavender of Cincinnati and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Comstock of Kenton, Ohio. Miss Lavender is a graduate of Auburn University and is employed with Children’s of Alabama. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gosney of Junction, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. E.S. Herring of Maryneal, Texas. Mr. Gosney is a graduate of Auburn University and is employed with Gosney and Associates, LLC. The wedding is planned for August 17.



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Mr. and Mrs. James E. Roberson Sr. (Linda) of Homewood announce the engagement of their daughter, Jemia Linnae Roberson, to Adrian Curtis Storey, son of the late Ms. Winifred Robinson and the late Mr. Lee Curtis Storey. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mack E. Roberson (Aressa) of Birmingham and the late Dr. and Mrs. Sherman Thompson (Louise), of Tampa, Fla. Miss Roberson is a graduate of Homewood High School and Hampton University in Hampton, Va., where she received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and marketing. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Percy Storey (Alberta), of Birmingham and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Johnson (Dorothy) of the Bronx, N.Y. Mr. Storey is a graduate of Ramsay High School and Alabama State University in Montgomery, where he received a bachelor’s degree in biology. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.  Miss Roberson and Mr. Storey are both members of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. Mr. Storey proposed on Jan. 26 at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tenn. The wedding will be in November.

the engagement of their daughter, Mary Allison Crawford, to William Benjamin Callaway, son of Mrs. Vickers Allen Callaway and the late Mr. Callaway of Selma. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Walter Edward Jesmonth and the late Mr. Jesmonth of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Hawkins Crawford Jr. of West Point, Ga. Miss Crawford is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration. She will receive a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama in May. She was president of Pi Beta Phi sorority and a member of the Student Government Association, Mortar

Board and the MBA Association. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Franklin Jeffcoat and Mrs. Betty Allen Callaway and the late Mr. John Furniss Callaway of Selma. Mr. Callaway is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He will receive a master’s degree in secondary education for social studies from the University of Alabama in May. He was commander and marshall of Sigma Nu fraternity and a member of Jason’s Men’s Honorary and the Student Government Association. The wedding will be June 1 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bruce Donnellan of Birmingham announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Kennedy Donnellan, to Andrew Martin Moon, son of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Edward Moon, of Durham, N.C. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Dean Myers Burget and the late Mr. Burget of Brookston, Ind., and the late Mr. and Mrs. William George Donnellan of Atlanta. Miss Donnellan is a graduate of the Baylor School and the College of Charleston, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority and treasurer of the Student Government Association. She received a bach-

elor’s degree in nursing from Duke University. She was presented at the Cotton Ball in Chattanooga, Tenn. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Peter Edward Moon of Toronto, Canada, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Joseph Smith of Ottawa, Canada. Mr. Moon is a graduate of Durham Academy and Rutgers University. He received a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. He attends the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  The wedding will be June 8. 


Mrs. Karen Retchless and Mr. Michael Retchless of Palm Harbor, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Nicole Retchless, to Brandon John Demyan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip James Demyan of Vestavia Hills. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Gopsill of Clearwater, Fla., Mr. and Mrs. Charles Retchless of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wills of Pittsburg, Pa. Miss Retchless is a 2012 graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. She prac-

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tices at the law firm of Lloyd, Gray, Whitehead and Monroe. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mrs. Kay B. Haggerty of Vestavia Hills, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Sopko and Mr. Michael C. Demyan Sr. of Bethlehem, Pa. His great-grandmother is the late Mrs. Clifton Elizabeth Barnes of Cedartown, Ga. Mr. Demyan is a 2012 graduate of Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He is serving as law clerk to the Hon. Michael G. Graffeo. The wedding will be June 8 at Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.


Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Clinton Vucovich of Montgomery announce the engagement of their daughter, Meagan Elisabeth Vucovich, to Ryan Patrick Robichaux, son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Philip Robichaux of Pelham. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. Hoyt F. Hardin and Ms. Marianne Plendl Hardin of


Mr. Lowell Snider and Mrs. Lesa Whitson of Knoxville, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Chelsey Lynn Snider, to Jackson Robert Vaughan, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Robert Vaughan Jr. of Mountain Brook. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Phillips of Knoxville and the late Mr. and Mrs. William J. Snider Sr. of Robbinsville, N.C. Miss Snider is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi soror-


Mr. and Mrs. David Floyd Pylant Jr. of Hoover announce the engagement of their daughter, Anne Marie, to Patrick Wood Kennedy, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Michael Kennedy of Hoover. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Monroe Crowson Sr. of Birmingham and the late Mr. and Mrs. David Floyd Pylant Sr. of Birmingham. Miss Pylant is a graduate of Hoover High School and the University of Alabama, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She is employed with Martin

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Montgomery and the late Mr. George William Vucovich and late Mrs. Paytie McCrory Evans of Pensacola, Fla. Miss Vucovich received a bachelor’s degree in arts management at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She is director of development at Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lawrence Rehm of Mobile and the late Mr. and Mrs. Adam Joseph Robichaux of Baton Rouge, La. Mr. Robichaux received a bachelor’s degree in politics at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he served as SGA president. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law and is an associate attorney at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham. The wedding is planned for May 11. ity and received a bachelor’s degree in human environmental science, specializing in early childhood development. She is enrolled in the South College TEACH program in Knoxville and upon completion, will be licensed to teach kindergarten through the sixth grade. Miss Snider will complete her student teaching for Knox County Tennessee schools in May. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Margaret Jackson of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and the late Mr. Ralph Straughan Jackson and Mrs. Nellwyn Taylor of Richmond, Va., and Mr. James Robert Vaughan of Lynchburg, Va. Mr. Vaughan is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the Honors College and captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team. He received a bachelor’s degree in business with a double major in risk management/insurance and banking/ finance and a minor in real estate. Mr. Vaughan is a commercial insurance broker with Scott Insurance in Knoxville. The wedding will be July 27 in Knoxville.

Advertising. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Delworth Wood of Birmingham and Mr. James Patrick Kennedy and the late Mrs. Elizabeth Gannaway Kennedy of Birmingham. Mr. Kennedy is a graduate of John Carroll Catholic High School and attended the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is employed with Simpson Plastering. The wedding is planned for May 25 at the Windmark Beach resort in Port Saint Joe, Fla.


Mr. and Mrs. Michael Alexander Thomason Sr. of Vestavia Hills announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Alexandra Thomason, to Bradley Paul Hardekopf, son of Mr. and Mrs.

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Rosalyn and Irvin Siegal will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Aug. 17. It will be followed by a cruise of New England and a part of Canada. The blind date of the summer of 1942, arranged by Rosalyn Rittenbaum’s double first cousin, Mitzi Rittenbaum, who lived next door to her on the corner of

William Gary Hardekopf of Hoover. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Virginia Gravitt Thomason and the late Mr. David Mortimer Thomason Sr. of Vestavia Hills and the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Andrew Anderson of Vestavia Hills. Miss Thomason was presented at the 42nd Poinsettia Debutante Ball in 2009. She is a 2007 graduate of Vestavia Hills High School and a 2011 graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a minor in Spanish. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi social sorority, Cater Society, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and Cardinal Key and served as secretary of public relations for the Student Government Association. Miss Thomason is an account executive at Walls Media. She serves as president for the Birmingham Fashion Week Junior Board and recognition chair for the American

Cancer Society Junior Executive Board. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Gaitha Davis Trimm and the late Robert Hubert Trimm of Fayette and the late Mr. and Mrs. Irving Paul Hardekopf of Studio City, Calif. Mr. Hardekopf is a 2003 graduate of Hoover High School and a 2007 cum laude graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He served as a leader for Grace Campus Ministries, was a sports marketing intern for the Auburn Athletics Department and was an intern for the Alabama Sports Foundation. He is assistant athletics director for the UAB Athletics Department, serves on the steering committee for Leadership UAB and is a member of the Birmingham Tipoff Club. The wedding is planned for June 8.

Heathermoor Road in Mountain Brook, was followed by six years of dating. Rosalyn graduated in the class of 1941 from Mountain Brook Elementary School, then a county school. She attended Phillips High and Ramsay High. She was a member of the National Honor Society and attended the University of Michigan for three years. After less than a year at the University of Alabama, Irvin joined the Enlisted Reserve Corps of the Army and served three years of active duty. After being discharged from the Army as a sergeant, Irvin continued his studies at the University of Alabama. Irvin was invited to be Rosalyn’s date for Michigan’s homecoming of 1947. Irvin went and was back in Tuscaloosa for his Monday morning classes. On Aug. 17, 1948, they were married and honeymooned in the Rockies of Colorado. Ros transferred from Michigan to Alabama, and they attended their senior year as a mar-

ried couple. They graduated sitting next to each other since Irv’s three years in the Army allowed Ros to catch up with him. Upon graduation Irv joined his father, the founder of Alabama Auto Parts Co., Inc., founded in 1922. At age 36, Irv became the president of the Automotive Wholesalers of Alabama, later serving on national association boards. Irv said he will never forget introducing auto air conditioning to Alabama in the early 1950s, before it became standard equipment in vehicles. In 1968, Irv founded Automobile Headquarters, Inc. (A-HI), the state franchiser of Bumper To Bumper Auto Parts Stores. In December 1984, the business was sold and Irv retired. The Siegals love their 56-yearold home at 112 Hillsdale Road in Mountain Brook, where their three children were educated in the Mountain Brook school system. Irv and Ros remain very much in love with each other and in their senior years work at staying young in mind and body.

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Riverchase Hosts This Year’s Decorators’ ShowHouse By Donna Cornelius

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Lynette Mantooth and her team at Mantooth Interiors filled the upstairs master bedroom with sophistication—and surprises like the large mirror on the wall. It’s a plasma TV in disguise. Draperies are from the company’s newest addition, the Curtain Exchange in Homewood.

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ynette Mantooth had to think big when making plans for the Decorators’ ShowHouse master bedroom. With the master bathroom, the suite is 1,200 square feet, said Nan Teninbaum, showhouse publicity and marketing chairman.

“And the room has the advantage of a lovely view looking out “That’s as big as some apartments,” Nan said. over the golf course.” Lynette and her design team from Mantooth Interiors in One considerate touch in the bedroom is the plasma TV that Homewood gladly took on the task of choosing furniture that can become a mirror when it’s wouldn’t get lost in the large not in use. room. “Wives often don’t want a “We had to use oversized TV in plain sight—but husbands furniture,” she said. Besides the often do,” Lynette said. massive bed, there are several The designer said she and seating areas in the room. her team—Ansley Turncliff, “And there’s still plenty of Caroline Hutchinson, Lori room to walk,” Lynette said. Jack, Brenda Hillman and Lynn One striking element is the Rush—introduced “traditional, fireplace, which had a green martransitional and contemporary ble faux finish. Lynette refinished styles” in the bedroom. the mantel in a more natural “We added elegant touches shade and hung a contemporary with the crystal chandeliers, a ring mirror above it. Mongolian fur bench with acrylThe bedroom walls were ic legs and mirrored furniture. painted eggplant, Lynette said, We wanted it sophisticated with which made the room dark. a touch of bling.” Lynette Mantooth said she wanted to make the expansive “We tried to make everything master bedroom a welcoming retreat for the homeowners. Vibrant blues and greens are light,” she said. Walls were used throughout the space. On painted Spanish White, and the wood and leather Marge Carson bed, pillows in a variety of showhouse visitors will see metallic striping on the wall behind colors and shapes are piled high. Linens are a mixture of velvets, the bed. raw silks and cottons, Lynette said. “We wanted to create a haven,” Lynette said. “A true escape “That gives a textured, layered look,” she said. doesn’t have to involve travel. You can have it in your own A mirrored beverage bar can be used for a display cabinet or home.” A master bedroom should be a retreat for the homeowners, she to hold items like jewelry or shoes, Lynette said. The tiered silk and taffeta draperies, accented with buttons on said. “We tried to create a soothing, serene effect here,” she said. See Master Strokes, page 36

Those who visit the Decorators’ ShowHouse every year know some things never change. The ShowHouse, hosted by the Symphony Volunteer Council to benefit the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, annually offers Charleston inspiration and ideas from Birmingham area designers. Charm But there’s someDecorators’ thing new this year: the ShowHouse ShowHouse location. For Combines Classic Style the first time, Hoover’s Riverchase neighborhood is of Two Historic Houses home to the event. P. 34 The house, once the home of Dr. William Bryant, wife Konie and their four children, is in the Chadwick Square area of Riverchase’s Cross Haven subdivision. Kathie Ramsey, SVC president and chairman of the showhouse steering committee, said Chadwick Square residents have been hospitable to their temporary neighbors. “The neighbors here have been so gracious and welcoming,” Kathie said. “Some have even stopped by and offered to help if we need extra volunteers.”

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This is the 37th showhouse, said Nan Teninbaum, SVC publicity and marketing chairman. It opens April 20 and will close May 5. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. on Sundays. Those who want to see the Charlestonstyle house should park at nearby Riverchase United Methodist Church, 1953

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In the living room, foreground, and dining room, Robin McCorquodale of Castle Creations mixed antiques, elegant appointments and fine reproductions. Below, the dining room table is tastefully set with Herend china and Pairpoint crystal. Journal photos by Lee Walls Jr.

Charleston Charm Decorators’ ShowHouse Combines Classic Style of Two Historic Houses By Donna Cornelius


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isitors to this year’s Decorators’ ShowHouse will see stylish rooms inside--and a nod to historical architectural outside. All the house on Royal Fern Lane in Hoover’s Riverchase neighborhood needs to look as if it had been lifted right out of Charleston, S.C., are Spanish moss-draped oaks in the yard. And that’s no coincidence. Dr. William Bryant, a well-known Birmingham orthopedic surgeon, planned the house carefully, said Kathie Ramsey, SVC president and chairman of the showhouse steering committee. “This house was Bill’s great love,” Kathie said. “He went to Charleston and did some research. It was based on two homes there.” One of the homes from which Bryant, who died several years ago, drew inspiration is the Miles Brewton

House on Charleston’s King Street. It’s been called one of that city’s finest examples of a double house. Double houses traditionally face the street full length and have central hallways with four rooms on each floor. Bryant also used elements of the Nathaniel Russell House, a Neoclassical gem near Charleston’s High Battery. The house’s brick façade is designed according to the Brewton House’s style, showhouse officials said, but has semicircular wings like those at the Russell House. In the brickwork on the top windows on the front of the house, look for “soldiers”—bricks laid vertically with their long, narrow sides exposed. Another typical Charleston element is the raised basement with its own front door. But while the house was built with great attention to historical detail, Bryant also wanted a home well

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suited for his family, which included wife Konie and the couple’s four children—two sons and two daughters— according to showhouse officials. The four-story house has 9,100 square feet of heated space as well as porches, patios and other outdoor living areas. Built in 1991 in Riverchase’s Chadwick Square neighborhood, it’s owned by Konie Bryant Clark, who now lives in Dothan with husband Ken, and is for sale. There are six bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms and an elevator in the house. The design of the great room fireplace, one of three in the house, is based on a fireplace in the Brewton house. When showhouse visitors climb the double brick staircases on either side of the front porch, they’ll enter a foyer with Corinthian columns and a marble and granite floor. On either side of the foyer, they’ll be greeted with the work of Robin McCorquodale of Castle Creations. Robin chose Benjamin Moore’s Moss Green paint for both the living and dining rooms. Benjamin Moore donated all the paint for the showhouse this year, he said. “Everybody’s liked the paint color a lot,” Robin said. In the dining room, a handsome restored Baker table seats eight but can accommodate10 people when the leaf is added. “Or 12 if you’re thin and friendly,”



Robin said with a smile. The table is beautifully set with Herend china that belongs to Robin’s daughter, graceful Pairpoint crystal in the Warwick pattern and Gorham’s Alencon Lace flatware. The sideboard is “a fine reproduction,” Robin said. “It’s finished and distressed to look older than it is. But it has great craftsmanship. You can see the dovetailing even in the backs of the drawers.” The sideboard surface is large enough for typical sumptuous Southern buffets. “It’s extra deep, so you can have room for two platters of fried chicken,” Robin said. Robin calls two candelabra on the sideboard “showstoppers.” Ornamented with vibrantly-colored parrots, they are companion pieces and not duplicates, he said. Above the sideboard is a gesso-onwood mirror with a curved top. “That was a typical French design, to curve the top to fit against the molding,” Robin said. “ Bavarian china is displayed in a stately cabinet that’s almost nine feet tall. Square salad plates from the set

hand-colored on silk,” Robin said. “They’re reminiscent of what you would see in the DuPont mansion, now the Winterthur Museum.” Two Regency-style chairs near a chess table “are very Charleston,” he said. Cording on the tufted-back sofa matches the trim on the draperies. The tufting “formalizes” the soft lines of the sofa, Robin said. “You see the Empire and Regency styles a lot in Charleston,” he said. “You also see gilded pieces. I’ve used them here with the dining room chairs and one chair in the living room.” Other designers participating in this year’s showhouse incorporated the Charleston theme into their rooms. Ramona Griffin of G&G Interior Design wanted to infuse Southern charm into her space, a second floor bedroom once occupied by one of the Bryants’ daughters. “I’m calling it ‘Mint Julep Dream,’” Ramona said, showing off silver mint julep cups on a small aluminum side table. A fuchsia settee stands out against

Ramona Griffin of G&G Interiors said the fuchsia settee and chandelier with wooden beads inspired her design plan for an upstairs bedroom. The aluminum table beside the settee looks at home in the bedroom but could be used almost anywhere, the designer said. Journal photos by Lee Walls Jr.

hang over a pair of silver chests. On the chests are knife boxes. “At one time, only people with money could afford cutlery, so you would put the knife boxes front and center,” Robin said. In the living room, a pair of large Chinese-style panels were framed for the walls. “They’re 18th century style and

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the pleats, are from the newest addition to Mantooth Interiors. “We bought the Curtain Exchange in October,” Lynette said. “It’s right next door to us.” Many longtime Birmingham residents will remember the Mantooths’ business by its original name: the Brass Bed. “It opened in 1973,” Lynette said. “This is our 40th year in business. Now, we offer a more complete decorating experience.” “We don’t even have brass beds anymore,” she added, smiling. Her company has participated in the Decorators’ ShowHouse for more than 10 years, Lynette said. No matter what spaces she’s decorating, from small projects to total transformations, the designer doesn’t believe in following rigid design rules.


“You have to be happy in that room,” Lynette said. For this year’s master bedroom, she and her team tried to come up with creative ideas “for an element

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Homewood Student Named One of State’s Top Scholar-Athletes A Homewood High School student has been recognized as one of the state’s finest scholar-athletes. Maggie Williams, a senior, was honored at the 28th annual BryantJordan Scholarship Banquet and Awards Ceremony. The banquet honored 48 scholar-athlete regional winners and Williams was named the overall 5A Class Scholar-Athlete winner. As a regional winner, she was awarded a $2,500 scholarship. She won a $3,000 scholarship as the 5A Class winner. The Bryant-Jordan StudentAthlete Program was created in 1986 by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with the Alabama High School Athletic Association. One of the objectives of the program is to recognize and honor Alabama students who have by ability and effort achieved a level of excellence in the areas of academics and athletics that is commensurate with their potential. About 400 high school seniors are nominated for the program each year. Williams is a National Merit Finalist and has played tennis and volleyball at Homewood High School. She has served as tennis captain, drum major for the Patriot Marching Band and she regularly volunteers in the burn unit at Children’s of Alabama hospital.

Buc Track Teams Sweep MB Invitational The state 6A track and field meet at Gulf Shores is still a few weeks away, but if the results at last weekend’s Mountain Brook Invitational are any indication, the Hoover Bucs have an excellent chance to sweep the boys’ and girls’ championships again. Hoover dominated both fields in the prestigious event at Mountain Brook. In boys’ competition, Hoover

Maggie Williams, a senior at Homewood High School, was named the overall 5A Class Scholar-Athlete winner at the annual Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Banquet.

She said her work in the burn unit has been an important part of her life and said she plans to study public health and attend medical school. She said she will go to Virginia or North Carolina for her undergraduate studies. Williams is the seventh Homewood High School student to be named a Scholar-Athlete winner. Of the seven, the school has had four students named The Larry D. Striplin Jr. Scholar-Athlete winners, the highest honor of the Bryant-Jordan program.


scored 156 points to easily outdistance runner-up Vestavia Hills’ 119 total. Host Mountain Brook was fourth with 79 points. In girls’ competition, the Lady Bucs won the title with 199 points. Mountain Brook earned the runner-up spot with 139 points. The Hoover boys won seven events. The 4x100 relay team took first place with a record time of 41.95. The Bucs also won the 4x400 relay. Jordan Jones won the high jump with a leap of 6-4, Daniel Fort won the javelin at 174-11 and Trey Gooden earned first place in the discus with a throw of 149-11.

Marlon Humphrey won the 110meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles, both in record times for the Mountain Brook Invitational. Mac Macoy of Vestavia Hills won the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs. Brittley Humphrey of Hoover led the Lady Bucs with victories in the 100- and 300-meter runs. Asia Hart won the 400-meter run for Hoover, Chloe White won the javelin with a toss of 121-3 and the Lady Bucs’ 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter teams claimed victories. Homewood’s Kiara Williams won two events. Williams won the long jump with a 19-foot leap and also won the triple jump. —Lee Davis

HMS Golfers Win Hewitt Tournament The Homewood Middle School golf team won the Hewitt-Trussville Invitational March 14. Competing against eight other teams, the HMS golfers won by six shots over second-place HewittTrussville. Homewood is 6-0 this season with two tournament victories. The team also won the Mountain Brook Invitational. Coach Chris Cooper called this “an exciting year” for the HMS golf team.

Homewood Middle School’s golf team won the Hewitt Invitational March 14. From left: Connor Doyal, Jack Goldasich, coach Chris Cooper and Jack Poole. Photo special to The Journal

The Mountain Brook Predators, from left: Coach Robert Hornak, Elizabeth Hornak, Emily Henderson, Cami Curtis, DiDi Bird, Sarah Kate Crafton, Whitton Bumgarner, Claire Kimberlin, Ellen Dulin and coach John Dulin. Photo special to The Journal

Predators End on High Note The Mountain Brook Predators finished four years as a team by winning the Sixth-grade Girls Over the

Mountain Basketball Championship this year. This was the team’s 10th championship out of 12 possible tries since the team was formed in 2009. The Predators won four straight OTM regular season championships,

three OTM tournament championships and three Jingle Bell Jam championships. Most of the girls will move on to play for Mountain Brook Junior High School next year, according to Robert Hornak, Predators coach.

Oak Mountain Raptors Win Three Basketball Titles

The 2012-13 third-grade Oak Mountain Raptors basketball team won three championships this season. The first was in December in the annual Jingle Bell Jam Tournament, when the Raptors beat out 15 teams to take the title. The Raptors also went undefeated in North Shelby Basketball Association regular season play and won the NSBA tournament. The team also won the Over the Mountain title, knocking off Vestavia Blue in late February. The Raptors’ final record for the year was 25-2. Their only two losses were by one point in overtime. Coaches were Kris Dunn, Mike Evers and Pat Rakers.

The third-grade Oak Mountain Raptors won three titles this season. From left: Tyler Fanning, Wilder Evers, Taylor Bush, Ryan Giegel, Brady Dunn, Cam Whitaker and Ean Gove. Not pictured: Jack Driskill and Grant Rakers. Photo special to The Journal

Westminster team members are, from left, front: David Blackburn, Ben O’ Neil, Weston Padgett and Luke Robey. Back: Coach Johnny Padgett, William Mote and Garrett Reynolds. Photo special to The Journal

Westminster’s Padgett Scores 83 Points in Two Games Sixth grader Weston Padgett scored 83 points in two games against previously undefeated Briarwood Christian School to help Westminster School at Oak Mountain win both the regular season and tournament championship games of the Birmingham Regional Independent Basketball league. Westminster team members turned in strong performances during the regular season and playoffs. Luke Robey led the team in assists. Ben O’Neil scored critical baskets and had a number of key steals. David Blackburn, William Mote and Garrett Reynolds all played strong defense to hold Briarwood to 20 points below its average in the finals of the playoffs. During the last game of the regular season against Briarwood, Padgett shot 19 of 22 and scored 48 points as Westminster won 49-46. He was 50 percent from the three-point

range, 9 of 11 on free throws and had six steals, four deflections, seven rebounds and no turnovers despite 49 passes. A week later in the rematch against Briarwood in the tournament championship game, Westminster won 40-29 as the team held Briarwood to 20 points below its season average. Padgett scored 35 points and shoot 59 percent from the field. For the season, he averaged 21 points on 13 attempts per game, shot 66 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line and hit 50 percent of his three-pointers. Westminster, one of the smallest schools in the state, focuses on quality classical education from a Christian worldview. The school also has a recordsetting track team. Its soccer and baseball teams tied for the area championship.

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boys otm team, from back cover

The Oak Mountain High School Golf Team, from left, standing: Connor O’Gorman, Wriley Herring, Phillip English, Matthew Kelley, Coach Chris Collins, Riley Fowler, Tyler Edge, Ben Rush and Zack Holton. In front is Nolan Mercer with his hole-in-one ball. Not pictured: Harrison Mink. Photo special to The Journal

Oak Mountain Golf Team Wins Shelby County Tourney Oak Mountain High School won the Shelby County High School golf tournament at Eagle Point Golf Club on April 2. The Eagles’ Red Team scored 312 to place first while the Blue Team finished fourth with a score of 330. Tyler Edge, Phillip English, Riley Fowler, Matthew Kelley and Harrison Mink were Red Team members. Wriley Herring, Zack Holton, Nolan Mercer, Connor O’Gorman and Ben Rush made up the Blue Team. In individual standings, Mink finished second with a

score of 72. Kelley and Holton, both with a score of 77, tied for fifth place. All three were named to the Shelby County All-County Team. Mercer made a hole-in-one on the par-3 hole 15. The Eagles placed second in the 2013 Pelham Panther Classic Golf Tournament at Timberline Golf Club April 1. The team scored 311, five shots off the winning score of 306 by Northridge High School. Mink placed fifth in the individual standings.

he burned the Senators with 22 points and 12 rebounds. “It’s an honor to be named Player of the Year, partly because it’s chosen by the coaches of the teams we play against,” Grant said. “But anytime you get an individual award, it’s really a team award. We were able to win the state championship because we played as a team.” McMillan, a Spartan basketball star a decade ago, agreed with Grant that the team concept was the key to Mountain Brook’s success. “Our guys were so unselfish,” he said. “Everyone bought into the concept that if we worked together, we could go a long way. Their work ethic and attitude made us so successful. I can’t say enough good things about our players.” The coaches also chose the 201213 All-Over the Mountain Boys Basketball Team. Grant was joined by several teammates: his brother Tawarren, Jeremy Berman and Patrick Keim. Other members of the team included Josh Laatsch, Briarwood; Kelvin Bradford and Malik Cook,

Girls otm team, from back cover

Fairfield. A graduate of Fairfield, Frederick played at the junior college level and at Auburn University at Montgomery before pursuing a career in coaching. Frederick may be Webb’s biggest fan. “Marqu’es has the ability to be an intense competitor while maintaining a professionalism and maturity beyond her years,” the coach said. “She led the team with a big heart for the game of basketball, her teammates and the competition.” The coaches also chose the

The Vestavia Hills High School girls’ soccer team celebrates a tournament win over Mountain Brook.

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Vestavia Hills High Girls’ Soccer Team Wins Metro Tourney The Vestavia Hills High School girls’ soccer team defeated Mountain Brook in overtime in the finals of the Metro Tournament on April 6. “It was a big rival game. They had beat us earlier in the year and so it was a defining victory for the girls and definitely a confidence builder,” said Brigid Littleton, head girls’ soccer coach at Vestavia Hills High.


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Brook is listed as a school receiving votes but not enough to crack the top 10. Perennial powers Hoover and Spain Park aren’t mentioned in the rankings. In Class 6A baseball, Hoover is ranked fourth, while Spain Park is mentioned among other vote-getters but didn’t make it to the top 10. Class 5A baseball rankings show Homewood solidly in the No. 7 position. Briarwood also received votes, just not quite enough to make the top 10. Shades Mountain Christian sits in the No. 10

Team members are Morgan Jemison, Margaret Swain, Taylor Gosdin, Meghan Prendergast, Anna Dyess, Addie Irvin, Melanie Clark, Marjorie Dortch, Jenna Mclaughlin, Nicole Estrada, Anna Allen, Anna Ireland, Julia Kimbrough, Molly Sinclair, Lindsay Copeland, Alexandra Carroll, Marian Wolski, Elise Mann, Juliana Ross and Amanda Fitzgerald.

spot in Class 1A baseball. Soccer, however, may be the area’s hottest sport in 2013. The Class 6A boys’ rankings reveal no less than four schools in the top 10. Oak Mountain and Vestavia Hills sit in the one and two spots, respectively, while Mountain Brook is fifth and Hoover is seventh. In boys’ 5A, the dominance is similar. Briarwood is ranked first with John Carroll Catholic third and Homewood seventh. Class 1A-4A shows Indian Springs in third place, Altamont sixth and Westminster Oak Mountain in seventh place. In girls’ soccer, it looks even better. Class 6A finds four Over the Mountain schools ranked in the top 10. Vestavia is second, followed by

Golf Tourney Benefits Mountain Brook Athletics

The Mountain Brook Sports Corporation’s 15th annual golf tournament will be held May 15 at Highland Park Golf Course. Shotgun starts are at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The tournament raises money for athletic programs at Mountain

Mountain Brook in fourth and Oak Mountain in sixth place. Spain Park holds down the No. 9 spot. Class 5A girls’ rankings have Homewood in second place and Briarwood in third. In Class 1A-4A, the Indian Springs girls are ranked fourth. Nominations Sought…

There are still a few weeks left in the 2012-13 school year, but now is the time to start thinking about your nominations for the 2012-13 Boy and Girl Over the Mountain Athlete of the Year. Eligible candidates must have competed in at least one varsity sport for what is considered an Over the Mountain school, including Briarwood, Homewood, Hoover, John Carroll

Mountain Brook’s Malek Grant averaged 13.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game to help lead his Spartans to the state 6A championship. Grant is the 2012-13 Over the Mountain Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Journal photo by Marvin Gentry

Homewood; Kaleb Baugh, Brannon DeFore, Q Hardy, Alex May and Michael Wiesneth, Hoover; Devin Hill, John Carroll Catholic; Chris Marino, Oak Mountain; Deion Wright, Spain Park; and Mitchell Baldwin and Anton Cook, Vestavia Hills. 2012-13 All-Over the Mountain Girls Basketball Team. Hoover led the way with four selections. Webb was joined by teammates Breigha Wilder-Cochran, Courtney Hunter and Kara Rawls. Other members of the team are Hannah Wainwright, Briarwood; Kiara Williams, Homewood; Paige Pruet and Veronica Richardson, John Carroll Catholic; Ellie Mouyal, Mary Katherine Pinson and Collier Ogilvie, Mountain Brook; MacKenzie Garmany and Madison Pierce, Oak Mountain; Victoria Baldwin, Ashley Gaston and Denise Newton, Spain Park; and Peyton Blalock, Vestavia Hills. Brook High School and Junior High. Entry fee is $250 per golfer. The fee includes 18 holes of golf, range balls, cart, lunch and beverages. Sponsorships are available for a hole or a foursome for $1,000. Those unable to play can sponsor a coach. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, call Jennifer Welch at 661-4534.

Catholic, Mountain Brook, Oak Mountain, Spain Park, Vestavia Hills, Shades Mountain Christian, Westminster, the Altamont School and Indian Springs School. Nominations may be made by anyone. Past winners have included former Hoover quarterback and baseball star Ross Wilson and track and field standout Elisabeth Molen of Altamont. To nominate an athlete for the award, write to Player of the Year, 2016 Columbiana Road, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216. You may also go email your nomination Who were the top high school athletes in the Over the Mountain area for 2012-13? We want to know your opinion.


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Grant and McMillan Head 2012-13 Boys All-Over the Mountain Basketball Team

Oak Mountain Golf Team Wins Shelby Tourney P. 39 Homewood Student Named One of State’s Top Scholar-Athletes P. 38

By Lee Davis

Journal Sports Writer

As long as their school exists, Mountain Brook fans will talk about the school’s 2012-13 basketball season. The Spartans set the state on its ear by posting a 30-6 record and winning the 6A championship, the first basketball title in school history. Mountain Brook’s clear dominance, as revealed in its 74-53 rout of highly-regarded Sparkman in the title round, was one of the most impressive performances in Final Four history. Everything the Spartans touched seemed to turn to basketball gold. Coach Bucky McMillan had built a competitive program during his tenure at Mountain Brook, and the Spartans were expected to have a strong team in 2012-13. But two key move-ins the summer before the season guaranteed that Mountain Brook would be a serious player in the state championship race. Brothers Malek and Tawarren Grant transferred to Mountain Brook from Midfield and gave the Spartans a dynamic new dimension. And, as they say, the rest is history. McMillan’s team didn’t stop rolling until it had a shiny new blue piece

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Carroll Call

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W Members of the 2012-13 Boys All-Over the Mountain Basketball Team include, front, from left: Michael Wiesneth, Hoover; Kelvin Bradford, Homewood; Quamauri Hardy, Hoover; Chris Marino, Oak Mountain. Second row: Tawarren Grant, Mountain Brook; Deion Wright, Spain Park; Devin Hill, John Carroll Catholic; Josh Laatsch, Briarwood; Malik Cook, Homewood. Third row: Jeremy Berman, Mountain Brook; Patrick Keim, Mountain Brook; Malek Grant; Mountain Brook; Brannon DeFore, Hoover; Kaleb Baugh, Hoover; and Mitchell Baldwin, Vestavia Hills. Not pictured: Alex May, Hoover, and Anton Cook, Vestavia Hills. Journal photo by Marvin Gentry

of hardware to put in the school’s already-crowded trophy case. After such a storybook season, it’s no surprise that the Spartans dominated the 2012-13 All-Over the Mountain Boys Basketball team, chosen by an exclusive Over the

Mountain Journal poll of the eight head coaches of schools that compete in Classes 6A and 5A. Senior Malek Grant was named 2012-13 Player of the Year, and McMillan was named Coach of the Year.

Grant, a 6-4 forward, averaged 13.8 points and 6.2 rebounds, while blocking 20 shots. His best performance may have come in the championship game against Sparkman, when See boys otm team, page 39

Webb and Frederick Lead Girls AllOTM Team By Lee Davis

Journal Sports Writer

In many ways, Marqu’es Webb had the perfect senior year. The 6-1 senior center/forward led her Hoover Lady Bucs to their second consecutive Class 6A state basketball championship. In Hoover’s 66-55 victory over Blount in the title game, Webb exploded for 29 points along with 22 rebounds and was named MVP for her efforts. A few days later, she became the first Lady Buc in a decade to be named the Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year for Alabama. But just when you think Webb has won everything there is to win, she brings in yet another accolade. An exclusive poll of the head coaches of the eight Over the Mountain schools

Members of the 2012-13 Girls All-Over the Mountain Basketball Team include, front, from left: Kiara Williams, Homewood; Hannah Wainwright, Briarwood; Veronica Richardson, John Carroll Catholic; Denise Newton, Spain Park; and Ashley Gaston, Spain Park. Second row: Mary Katherine Pinson, Mountain Brook; Collier Ogilvie, Mountain Brook; Victoria Baldwin, Spain Park; Paige Pruet, John Carroll Catholic; and MacKenzie Garmany, Oak Mountain. Not pictured: Marqu’es Webb, Breigha Wilder-Cochran, Courtney Hunter, Kara Rawls, Hoover; Ellie Mouyal, Mountain Brook; Madison Pierce, Oak Mountain; and Peyton Blalock, Vestavia Hills. Journal photo by Marvin Gentry

that compete in Classes 6A and 5A chose Webb as the 2012-2013 Over the Mountain Girls Player of the Year. She averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per contest in leading Hoover to a 28-4 record. As a sophomore, Webb sparked Brewbaker Tech to the Class 4A crown in 2011.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as the area’s player of the year,” Webb said. “But basketball is a team sport, and all of my teammates share in any award that I receive. The most important thing is to always be humble. Always give credit to God first.” The coaches chose Hoover’s

Tiffany Frederick as Over the Mountain Coach of the Year. Frederick directed the Lady Bucs to the state title in her first year at the helm. She came to Hoover after a successful run as head coach at See girls otm team, page 39

hen Chris Musso became the head football coach at John Carroll Catholic five years ago, he seemed to be the perfect fit for the job. A Roman Catholic himself, Musso and his penchant for public relations and hard-nosed football seemed to be just the right mix to bring Cavalier football back to prominence in Class 5A. And in some ways, Musso succeeded. Under his watch, John Carroll twice reached the playoffs and posted winning seasons in 2009-10. But a recent leveling off that resulted in a combined 5-15 record over the past two campaigns, along with an offer from his alma mater, Locust Fork, sent Musso to his former school. So suddenly the Cavalier brass was searching for a new football coach. The search ended last week when veteran coach Tim Sanders was named as Musso’s successor. Sanders comes to John Carroll after a two-year stint as an offensive coordinator at Newton County High School in Mississippi. He has had head coaching runs at Ohatchee, Warrior, Leeds and Shades Mountain Christian. Sanders posted a 4-6 record for the Eagles in 2006. He is no stranger to John Carroll’s program. Sanders served as a Cavalier assistant in 2004 and again in 2007. “This is my dream job,” said Sanders when his hiring was announced last week. “This is the last job I’ll ever have as a football coach.” Sanders will get his first on-thefield look at his new team soon. John Carroll will climax spring training by hosting a three-team jamboree featuring Pope John Paul II out of Huntsville and Montgomery Catholic. Latest Rankings…

The most recent Alabama High School Association rankings show that, as usual, several area schools are positioning themselves for strong runs at state championships in their respective sports and classifications. In Class 6A softball, Oak Mountain is in fourth place, while Vestavia Hills is in fifth. Mountain See Davis, page 39

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