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Comfort and Joy Designer Alex Papachristidis Loves Making People Feel at Home

Betsy Brown

Sweet Sixteen

Antiques at The Gardens Never Goes Out of Style


By Donna Cornelius

Photos courtesy Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

ROM FURNITURE BUILT LONG AGO TO DESIGNERS whose aesthetics are shaping modern sensibilities, Antiques at the Gardens is a showcase for timeless beauty. The 16th annual event, hosted by the Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, kicks off Sept. 29 and runs through Oct. 2. It includes 12

See SWEET SIXTEEN, page 18

Alex Papachristidis is one of the featured speakers at this years Antiques at the Gardens show. See story page 18.

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O FOR THE SAKE OF THE MUSIC Alabama Symphony Orchestra sets its annual Maestro’s Ball for Oct. 7 PAGE 4

GOOD AS GOLD Ashley Mac’s wins Statewide Retailer of the Year Award PAGE 8

RESCUE MISSION Mountain Brook honors Vestavia teen who saved woman in house fire PAGE 10

‘QUITE AN HONOR’ Mountain Brook High School French teacher wins Yale Award PAGE 28





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18 28 32 With everything that’s happening “Over the Mountain,” it can be difficult to keep up. That’s why we have launched the OTMJ newsletter. Published every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - we’ll give you a quick recap of the latest news, sports and social events as well as a heads up on upcoming events so you won’t miss any of the interesting and fun happenings in the Greater Birmingham metro area. To sign up for our newsletter, visit Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, @overthemountainjournal, for daily updates on what’s going on around town, too.

Over the Mountain Views

Homecoming Fun


Vol. 33, No. 4

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

J O U R N A L September 22, 2022 Publisher & Editor: Maury Wald Copy Editor: Virginia Martin Features Writer: Donna Cornelius Staff Writer: Anne Ruisi Photographer: Jordan Wald Sports Editor: Rubin E. Grant Contributors: Susan Murphy, June Mathews, Emil Wald, Marvin Gentry, Lee Walls, Bryan Bunch Advertising Sales: Julie Trammell Edwards, Tommy Wald, Gail Kidd

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Second Verse

Homewood, Mountain Brook and John Carroll Catholic High Schools celebrated Homecomings recently highlighted by parades, Homecoming Courts and of course football games. These young Patriots fans watched the parade pass through downtown Homewood last Thursday. A favorite spot for parade watching in Mountain Brook was Church St. in Crestline Village. See page 28 for more Homecoming photos.

CORRECTION: A photo of Thornton Dial in our Sept. 8 issue should have been credited to Jerry Siegel



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Through Oct. 2 Cahaba River Frydown

September 29 - October 2

The Cahaba River society will host its annual catfish cooking competition virtually to raise funds for efforts to protect and restore the Cahaba River watershed. The event will culminate on Oct. 2 with a Grand Finale from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Cahaba Brewery.

Sept. 22-25 Human Rights New Works Festival

Red Mountain Theatre will host its annual festival featuring works that explore difficult topics and issues. The Calling: The Story of Judge U.W. Clemon, Bar Mitzvah in Birmingham, The Crossing, Pink Clouds, and Touch Where: Red Mountain Theatre

Sept. 23-25 Warbird Weekend

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The Alys Stephens Center’s Jemison Concert Hall will be the setting for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro’s Ball on Oct. 7. Laura and Jesse Vogtle (pictured) are the hosts for this year’s annual fundraiser for the ASO. Nick Willis is the corporate chair. Pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner is the guest artist and Carlos Izcaray is conductor. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., is ASO’s largest fundraiser of the year. Through it, Birmingham’s corporate community and individual contributors help raise as much as 10% of the ASO’s operating budget. In addition to helping underwrite the ASO’s concert series, funds help the ASO reach a large and diverse audience through free community engagement performances, a statewide tour and education programs that serve approximately 25,000 students annually. For more information, go to and click on “Events” under the “Menu” tab.

1-3 p.m.; the full exhibition is open Monday-Friday 9-5 and Saturday and Sunday, 1-4. Where: Vestavia Hills City Hall.

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Sun., Sept. 25

The Laura Crandall Brown Foundation will host its annual Head Over Teal 5K and 10K in recognition of gynecological cancer awareness month. Races are pet-friendly and a fall-themed family fun festival will follow the run. When: 8 a.m. Where: The Preserve

Lifeline Children’s Services R(un) for One Fun Run and 5K

The R(un) is a family-friendly annual event where Lifeline’s alumni, friends, advocates and community partners run or walk to raise awareness and funding for vulnerable children around the world. When: 8 a.m. Where: Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

Sept. 25-Oct. 21 Watercolor Society of Alabama Exhibition, Workshop Antiques at the Gardens is hosted by the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Proceeds benefit the ongoing stewardship and enhancement of the Gardens, educational programs, and outreach activities. A facility of the Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, Birmingham Botanical Gardens is the result of a public/ private partnership between the City of Birmingham and the nonprofit Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the mission-driven, membership-based organization that seeks to protect, nurture, and share the wonders of the Gardens.

ASO Sets Its Annual Maestro’s Ball for Oct. 7

“That’s All, Brother”, the C-47A Skytrain troop transport that led the formation of 800 other troop transport aircraft over Normandy on D-Day 1944 will be in Birmingham. A dinner and program on the C-47A will be Sept. 24 at the museum. For more information: southernmuseumofflight. org. When: Exhibit open 9 a.m.-4 p.m; Sept. 24 dinner at 6 p.m. Where: Southern Museum of Flight

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The 2022 Alabama Member Showcase Exhibition and the city of Vestavia Hills hold a watercolor exhibit of Alabama artists that kicks off with an opening reception on Sept. 25. There also will be a learning watercolor portrait workshop with Pennsylvania artist Larry Lombardo Sept. 22-24 at the old Vestavia Hills Civic Center, with registration available at the When: Opening reception on Sept. 25 from

Photo courtesy Alabama Symphony Orchestra

SEPT. 22 - OCT. 9

Vestavia Hills UMC Fall Festival

Rides, food and a great afternoon of family fun will be offered at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church’s fall festival. When: 4-6 p.m. Where: Vestavia Hills UMC

Symphony 30 Picnic

Family-friendly picnic is a fundraiser for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s educational outreach and operations. When: 4 p.m. Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

A Night of Sacred Music

Join the 200+ members of the choirs and orchestras of a partnership of Birmingham Baptist churches for worship in a night of sacred music premiering the never-before-heard, seven-movement composition “All Nature Sings” by prolific composer Phillip Keveren. When: 6 p.m. Where: Alabama Theater

Mon., Sept. 26 Links Fore Scholars Tournament

The Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce will host this annual golf tournament fundraiser to benefit the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which annually awards four $4,000 scholarships to deserving Hoover students. When: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Riverchase Country Club

Thurs., Sept. 29 Opera Shots

Opera Birmingham will host a happy hour concert in its parking lot featuring members of the Opera Birmingham Chorus and surprise guest artists. When: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Where: Opera Birmingham

Thurs., Sept. 29 The [Fall] Reframe Party

The ReFRAME, is an immersive celebration with a fresh perspective, inspired by art and culture from around the world. When: 5-9 p.m. Where: Birmingham Museum of Art

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 Symphony Masterworks: Pictures at an Exhibition

The concert takes the listener on a musical journey through an art gallery. Valerie Coleman’s “7 O’clock Shout,” an anthem inspired by the tireless efforts of frontline workers in the COVID-19 pandemic, opens the concert. When: 7 p.m. Where: Alys Stephens Center

Oct. 1 Bluff Park Art Show

The Bluff Park Art Association will host its 58th annual art show featuring local and regional artists showcasing a variety of mediums of work. When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Hoover Met Complex

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The Birmingham Zoo inaugurates its first Oktoberfest for adults 21 and older. Seasonal autumn brews and authentic German beverages, German food and live music will be featured. When: 5-10 p.m. Where: Birmingham Zoo


ABOUT TOWN Songs of Hope – Unveiling the Darkness

This multi-media event centers on live musical performance featuring stories and artwork on four social justice categories: victims of human trafficking, marginalized youth,

undocumented immigrants and refugees. Samford University’s Jason Terry and Joshua David are part of the production. It next heads to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and then to Carnegie Hall in New York. When: 1 p.m. Where: Birmingham Museum of Art

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This annual event will include multiple courses including a 10K and 5K in Homewood on Oct. 1 beginning at 8 a.m. and a one-mile fun run, a marathon and half-marathon in Birmingham on Oct. 2 at 7 a.m. All proceeds form the races will benefit Magic Moments and Children’s of Alabama. Where: Oct. 1, downtown Homewood; Oct. 2, Sloss Furnaces.

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Birmingham Children’s Theatre Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Tues., Oct. 4

Birmingham Children’s Theatre will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a free Birthday Bash at the BJCC Theatre on Sept. 24. The party begins at noon in the BJCC Theatre Courtyard. Guests can take in performances of “Amelia Earhart” and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” at a pay-what-you-can price. A cupcake walk will start at 12:30 p.m., with a paper plane flying competition judged by Amelia Earhart at 1 p.m. Treasure Island Trunk Show performances begin at 1:30, followed by backstage tours at 2 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., there will be a singing of Happy Birthday and a dance party. Crafts, games and a scavenger hunt are among the activities that will be offered, and costumed characters will be on hand. There also will be a raffle with prizes that include free tickets to individual shows, an all-access pass and one class or camp registration. Raffle tickets can be prepurchased for $5 each or five for $20. While the event is free, tickets must be reserved in advance at www. Next month for adults, a gala benefit to support Birmingham Children’s Theatre will be held. The Fennec will be the site of An Enchanted Evening on Oct. 13. The 1920s-themed event will include dinner, jazz and performances celebrating the organization’s 75th anniversary. It begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets, go to

Homewood Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic

The Homewood Chamber of Commerce holds its annual golf tournament to benefit the community. Players must pre-register before the event. When: Players who are preregistered can sign in beginning at 8 a.m., tourney starts at 9 a.m. Where: RTJ Oxmoor Valley

‘Comedy for Kids’ Hoover City Schools Fundraiser

“Comedy for Kids: Turning Fun into Funds,” a Hoover City Schools Foundation fundraiser presented by Hendrick Hoover Automall. Comedian Henry Cho will be the headliner. For tickets and more information, go to When: Doors open at 6 p.m. Where: Stardome Comedy Club

Sat., Oct. 8 Rescue Run 5K

The Jimmie Hale Mission will host its annual runs, including a 10K, 5K and one-mile fun run followed followed by a short awards presentations and Homewood restaurant and business specials. When: 7:45 a.m. Where: Downtown Homewood

St. Symeon Food and Culture Fair

St. Symeon Orthodox Church celebrates its 4th annual food and culture fair with church tours, a concert by its choir, homemade pierogies and kielbasa sausage sandwiches, hot Greek doughnuts, Slavic tea, Turkish coffee and more. When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: St. Symeon Orthodox Church

At Taste of Hoover in 2021 were, from left, Alli and Steve Ammons and Greg Knighton.


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The annual culinary event will feature tastings created by local Hoover restaurants, caterers and vendors as well as international spirits, wines and local beers. When: 5-8 p.m. Where: Aldridge Gardens

Riverchase UMC Women Host Workshop on ‘Managing the Mess’ The Women’s Ministry at Riverchase United Methodist Church will hold a “Managing the Mess,” workshop for women on Oct. 15. The event, from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., will Rev. Monica feature the Harbarger Rev. Monica Harbarger, executive director at United Counseling, as guest speaker. She will help participants learn ways to manage daily and seasonal feelings of being overwhelmed. The cost is $25 and includes the workshop and lunch. For more information or to register online, go to, click on Events and scroll for Managing the Mess. You also can register in person at the church welcome center on Sept. 18 and Sept. 25.






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Ashley McMakin, founder and chief executive officer of Ashley Mac’s, has been named Alabama’s Gold Retailer of the Year in the Annual Sales $5 Million to $20 Million category, according to a press release from the Alabama Retail Association. The fast-casual café, catering and gourmet-togo business with five Birmingham-area locations is one of 11 businesses being honored throughout the month as the association’s 2022 Retailers of the Year. “I had no idea what God had in store for us when I started a little catering business back in 2005,” McMakin said. “I’m thankful He called us to serve in this industry and for all the people He has provided to make Ashley Mac’s what it is today.” McMakin started catering home-style food like her mother and grandmother cooked out of the Homewood condominium where she and her husband lived as newlyweds. “My friends knew I loved to cook and wanted to hire me to cook for their events, and we just thought this would be something fun to do until we had kids,” she said. It was her husband, Andy, who told her, “We really need to take this, and we need to run with it.” In 2007, Ashley Mac’s catering and to-go opened in Bluff Park. Today, Ashley Mac’s has one café each in Cahaba Heights, downtown Birmingham and Homewood, plus two in Hoover. Her chicken salad, burgers and strawberry cake are among the recipes, and more will be featured in a cookbook to be out in the spring. “I fully expect for Ashley’s business to be

Photo courtesy Ashley Mac’s

Ashley Mac’s Wins Statewide Retailer of the Year Award

Ashley McMakin with husband Andy, owners of Ashley Mac’s, were recently named Gold Retailer of the Year.

known outside the borders of Alabama down the road,” fellow entrepreneur Ron Holt, founder of Two Maids & A Mop and Pink Zebra Moving, wrote in a recommendation letter for McMakin. “Her products are just too good, and her work ethic will take care of the rest.” Besides being “one of the strongest entrepreneurial leaders within the Birmingham community,” Holt also commended McMakin for being an involved and active mother. “Somehow, she has always toggled back and forth between supermom and entrepreneur without acting like any of it is difficult,” he said. The McMakins have three children.


“We seem to have kids and new stores at the same time,” Ashley McMakin said. Their first son was born in 2009, just before they opened their first sit-down location in Cahaba Heights in 2010. Their second son came in 2011, followed by the opening of the Inverness café in Hoover in 2013. The McMakins adopted a daughter from China while opening their second Hoover café in Riverchase in 2015. Their Homewood and Pizitz Food Hall in downtown Birmingham cafés opened in 2018 and 2020, respectively, while they welcomed a foster son into their home. “Even with their busy schedule and young children, the McMakins still are involved in the communities they serve and give back to them generously,” said Michelle Hawkins, president and chief executive officer of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce, who nominated Ashley Mac’s as a Retailer of the Year. Ashley Mac’s corporate headquarters as well as its Cahaba Heights location are in Vestavia Hills. The business also belongs to the Homewood and Mountain Brook chambers of commerce.

Applauding Pandemic Ingenuity

The Retailer of the Year judges commended McMakin for opening a new café during the pandemic and capitalizing on the take-home trend. “Ashley Mac’s has a well-known carry home business. Beginning with the pandemic, this business line exploded,” McMakin noted in her entry. The Alabama Retailer of the Year awards, started in 1999, honor retailers who have demonstrated growth, innovation and a commitment to their communities. This year’s winners were selected from 42 entries submitted from a pool of 55 nominees. “Ashley McMakin is a retailer of the year EVERY year to her customers, her 81 employees and the Vestavia, Homewood, Hoover and

downtown Birmingham communities,” Alabama Retail Association President Rick Brown stated in the press release. Ashley Mac’s has been a member of the Alabama Retail Association since opening its first restaurant in 2010.

Susan Gordon Pottery Is a Bronze Retailer of the Year

Susan Gordon, below, founder, chief creator and owner of Susan Gordon Pottery in Homewood, is the Bronze Alabama Retailer of the Year in the Annual Sales $1 Million to $5 Million category. Gordon’s store offers handmade pottery in the form of bowls, vases, dishes, serveware, picture frames and seasonal Christmas décor, as well as ceramic jewelry and framed intaglios. Susan Gordon Pottery is one of 11 businesses honored as the 2022 Retailers of the Year by the Alabama Retail Association Other OTM area retailers to be recognized with awards this week are Babbie Styslinger, owner of At Home Furnishings in Homewood and Amy Jason, founder/owner of Cookie Fix in Homewood and Cahaba Heights plus Cookie Fix Franchising, which includes Huntsville.

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OTM Mayors to Hold Domestic Violence Awareness Forum

Over the Mountain mayors will hold a Domestic Violence Awareness forum Oct. 18 at the Vestavia Hills Civic Center. The forum, “Protecting our Teens and Young Adults from Dating Violence,” will begin at 6 p.m. Vestavia Hills Mayor Ashley Curry, Mountain Brook Mayor Stewart Welch, Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato and Homewood Mayor Patrick McClusky will host the free event, according to a press release from the city of Vestavia Hills. “Domestic violence is present in all types of communities and affects those

Hoover Library’s Food for Fines Seeks 10,000 Donations This month, the Hoover Public Library is trying to collect 10,000 canned, dry and non-perishable food items through its Food for Fines program. The program, which helps address food insecurity in Hoover, kicked off Sept. 1 and runs through the end of the month, according to a press

of all races, socioeconomic statuses, ages and educational levels. This abuse can be physical, sexual and/or psychological and is the leading cause of injury to women. The effects can profoundly impact health and well-being and often set the stage for future relationship problems for the remainder of the individual’s life,” Vestavia Hills Mayor Ashley Curry said. “I am honored that Vestavia Hills is participating in this forum to spread awareness and provide necessary tools to reduce the occurrence and long-term effects of domestic violence. Everyone has the right to be in a safe, violence-free rela-

tionship.” For many, unhealthy relationships can begin early and last a lifetime. Abuse can take place in person, online or through a device and often goes on without the knowledge of parents, other family members or close friends, the press release said. This event is specifically designed for parents of teens and college-aged young adults. It will include presentations on topics such as the scope of domestic and dating violence in Jefferson County; resources available to help and educate the public; tips on how to recognize dating or relationship

up to $10. release from the City of Hoover. “I think it’s important for us to Collected food items will be donated understand that we to area food banks, have the ability to make including those at Green Collected food items Valley Baptist Church will be donated to area a difference,” program coordinator Lawana and the Community Food food banks, including Rooks said in the press Bank of Central Alabama. those at Green Valley The program began Baptist Church and the release. “We are the in 2008 as a part of the Community Food Bank difference between a child having a meal or Jefferson County Library of Central Alabama. going to school hungry! Cooperative’s effort to We are the difference address food insecurity. between a parent choosing to buy For every food item donated, the food or purchase gas! Oftentimes, we library waives $1 in that patron’s fines,

violence in the workplace and among friends and relatives, particularly teens; and tips on how to respond appropriately when someone needs help. Those at the forum also will receive information on primary prevention programs available to schools and groups that focus on creating safe and healthy relationships to stop relationship violence before it starts, the press release said. This is key, considering those between the ages of 16 and 24 are the most at-risk age group for relationship violence, and 40% of teens ages 14 to 17 have been exposed to at least one form of intimate partner violence.

Presenters will include LaRhonda Magras, CEO of the YWCA Central Alabama; Allison Dearing, executive director of One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center; Cleola Callahan, senior director of Domestic Violence Services for YWCA Central Alabama; and Susann Montgomery-Clark and Rod Clark, founding donors of the Megan Montgomery Domestic Violence Prevention Fund at The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. For more information, contact the Megan Fund’s Montgomery-Clark at 205-568-7474.

feel as if our donations are too small to make a difference. However, when we realize that we are the difference, our approach towards helping others will change.” In the past, the effort has netted about 40,000 donated food items, but since the COVID-19 pandemic, donations have decreased while the need has increased. “The price of food has gone up, gas prices are on the rise, and we want to let the community know that we care,” Rooks said. “Food insecurity is a real

issue in almost every city in the state of Alabama, including the city of Hoover. According to data from the 2020 U.S. Census, nearly 6 percent of the Hoover population is living below the poverty line. Ten thousand items will change the dynamics of this need.” For the first time, Hoover City Schools is partnering with the library to increase donations, and food will be collected at seven buildings. Patrons also can donate at book drops across the city and at Jason’s Deli on Alabama 150.



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Honor the Fallen

OTM Cities Mark Patriot Day With Stair Climb, Remembrance Ceremony Ceremonies and a stair climb in honor of the fallen marked Patriot Day events by Over the Mountain municipalities Sept. 10-11. The events were held to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A ceremony in the Riverchase Galleria’s food court, followed by a stair climb at Galleria Towers was held in Hoover on Sept. 10 to mark the anniversary. The stair climb was the equivalent of 110 stories, the number of stories in each of the World Trade Center towers in New York City that collapsed after terrorists crashed passenger jets into the buildings. The cities of Homewood, Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills held their annual joint event at Vestavia City Hall on Sept. 11 with a remembrance ceremony and Patriot Day celebration. Michael A. Williams of Birmingham was the keynote speaker. Williams retired from the Secret Service after a three-decade career that included protection details for former presidents, and he was special agent in charge of the Birmingham Field Office with executive oversight for Alabama and Mississippi. The three cities alternate holding the annual 9/11 event each year to pay respects to and honor those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

One of the key differences between Bayshore Retreat and most other rehabs is the environment. One walks into my foyer not a lobby. Clients can raid the pantry or refrigerator for a nighttime snack. There’s no vending machine, but rather drinks in the refrigerators and a shopping list on the counter where they can add anything they would like to have except alcohol, of course. The home environment is healing in itself. Clients are continually thanking me for “allowing” them to come to my home. Beyond the home itself it’s also the staff. They’re not judgmental, but rather there to help clients be comfortable and find a new beginning. Admitting that someone has a problem is huge and the decision to do something about it is also huge. It’s also scary with the unknown of what rehab would be like. This is one reason we created Bayshore Retreat to be a place that would take the ‘fear out of rehab’. Clients bring their cell phone and laptop and are able to work remotely while there. Oh, sure there plenty of counseling and activities, but there’s also time that can be spent checking in with work. We adapt the daily schedule to accommodate those who have to have a meeting or whatever might require their attention. At Bayshore Retreat we work hard to prepare our clients for their new beginning with tools for success. With that come his or her After Care Plan such as where they will live, work and any follow-up counseling. People leave there with a new outlook and the understanding that we’re only a phone call away.


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RESCUE MISSION Mountain Brook Honors Vestavia Teen Who Saved Woman in House Fire

By Anne Ruisi

Neither Chandash nor the woman were injured in the incident, but the teen said breathing the next day and night was a bit uncomfortable, accompanied by a stinging sensation.


Praise for the Hero

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Vestavia Hills High School senior is being hailed as a hero and was honored with the Medal of Valor from the city of Mountain Brook after saving an elderly woman from a house fire. John Michael Chandash, 17, not only managed to wake the 87-yearold woman sleeping on her couch by banging on a locked door and getting her out of the house, he gave her his shoes to wear when they got outside and he saw she was barefoot. “I’m telling you, that was one great move on his part,” said Leland Rhudy, Mountain Brook’s fire marshal. “We would not have had a good outcome” if the teen hadn’t responded when he smelled the smoke. The fire occurred on the evening of Aug. 29, when Chandash was visiting his grandparents’ home on Brookwood Road, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County that’s in the Mountain Brook Fire District. He said he forgot his backpack in the car – something he said he does a lot and described as a bad habit. When he went out to get it, he smelled smoke, which seemed to come from the neighbor’s house. Chandash knew the elderly woman who lived there had hearing loss, so he called 911 to report the fire and ran over to the house. Peering through the decorative glass in the front door, he saw the glow of flames in the background while she slept on the couch. That’s when he started banging hard

John Michael Chandash, second left, was recently was honored by the city of Mountain Brook with the Medal of Valor by Mayor Stewart Welch, left, as fire Chief Chris Mullins and police Chief Jaye Loggins look on.

on the door to wake her. “There was a moment when I thought she was dead, she was so asleep,” he said. He thought about breaking down the door – he’s a nose guard on the Rebels’ varsity squad – but the woman woke and answered the door. Inside the smoke was like a light fog. Chandash started to lead her to safety, but she wanted to go upstairs in the house. He didn’t let her. Once outside, Chandash, who’d noticed she was barefoot, gave her his own shoes to wear. His were too large for the woman, but they offered foot

protection when he guided her off the porch and down the driveway as the Mountain Brook Fire Department

‘I just saw it and I did it. It’s like when you’re fishing, and you see the bobbers go under the water and you just react.’ JOHN MICHAEL CHANDASH

arrived. “I just saw it and I did it,” Chandash said. “It’s like when you’re fishing, and you see the bobbers go under the water and you just react.” Fire department officials initially thought the young man was the woman’s grandson because he was so solicitous of her as they put out the fire, Mountain Brook Chief Chris Mullins said. “He was very selfless.” The source of the fire, which caused fire, smoke and heat damage, is being investigated by the homeowner’s insurance company, Rhudy said.

Community Food Bank of Central Alabama Celebrates 40 Years

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama celebrated its 40th anniversary during a luncheon at the Harbert Center on Sept. 8. Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, was the guest speaker. Babineaux-Fontenot oversees the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization and second-largest U.S. charity, according to a Community Food Bank press release. Through a network of more than 200

food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations and more than 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs, Feeding America helped provide 6.6 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year while supporting programs that prevented food waste and improved food security among the people it served Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s mission is to feed people in need today and foster collaborative solu-

tions to end hunger tomorrow. It began in 1982 as a small organization with a three-county service area focused solely on fulfilling emergency needs. It has grown into a complex operation serving 12 counties that distributes more than 16 million meals to people facing hunger in central Alabama. Food is purchased from industry sources, and the organization receives surplus food reclaimed from local grocery stores, according to its website, www. In turn, that food is distributed to more than 230 nonprofits in the community that function as agency partners. The agencies receive food from the Community Food Bank and distribute it free of charge to those in need. Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, far right, with representatives of The Community Food Bank of Alabama from left, Nicole Williams, David Wilson, Dave Wood and Mary Alice Kline.

Lifesaving hero or not, school was in session the next day, but his teachers didn’t berate him for not having done his homework. “It was the best excuse not to do homework – ever,” he chuckled. They also allowed him to postpone two tests scheduled for that day, including one in AP biology. When his friends found out what had happened, social media at Vestavia High “blew up,” he said. “People asked, ‘Why didn’t you tell us?’” “I do like being praised for it, but I didn’t seek the attention,” Chandash said. Local media have brought the attention to him. His story was featured on Fox 6 news, and reporters have interviewed him or sought to tell his story. The City of Mountain Brook bestowed on him the Medal of Valor at the Sept. 12 City Council meeting. Chandash, who is the son of Holly and Jay Chandash, said he’s thankful for the honor, but he is most thankful he was in the right place at the right time. “If there is a moral to this story, it’s to keep up your bad habits,” he said, referring to forgetting his backpack in the car. “You might just save someone’s life.”

Sickle Cell Initiative

Red Cross Seeks Black Blood Donors for Patients Who Need Transfusions September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross is seeking Black blood donors during the Joined By Blood fallfocused component of the Sickle Cell Initiative. The Sickle Cell Initiative was launched in 2021 to help increase the number of blood donors in the Black community. Sickle cell disease distorts soft, round blood cells and turns them hard and crescent-shaped, which can cause severe pain. Regular blood transfusions are critical to managing the extreme pain and life-threatening complications sickle cell patients face. To get the most compatible match possible, blood from someone of the same race or similar ethnicity is best. The blood drive is running through September and October, and the Red Cross is teaming up with community organizations such as the National Pan-Hellenic Council – known as the Divine Nine – and others to host blood drives. Upcoming opportunities to donate blood will be held at: • The Levite Jewish Community Center on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • UAB Medical Center Blood Donation Center on Sept. 22-23, 26, 29 and 30 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. • UAB Medical Center on Sept. 27-30 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. • Riverchase Galleria Towers, 3rd Floor, Sept. 26 from noon-4 p.m. • Grandview Medical Center on Sept. 30 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.



Birmingham Boys Choir Unveils New Logo for 50th Anniversary

The Birmingham Boys Choir has unveiled a new logo and rebranding to mark the group’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebration. The new identity for the choir was created to represent its two-part mission: to teach excellence in musicianship while teaching excellence in

develop their musical gifts in an area of concentrated study. What started as an informal group of about 26 boys has grown to more than 150 from throughout all areas of Birmingham. The choir is led by music directors Susan and Ken Berg, who have trained boys ages 8 to 18 for the past 45 years. The choir performs locally, as well as in the United States and internationally. The Birmingham Boys Choir also offers summer camps.

anniversary commemorative logo was also created that will be used throughout the celebratory year. The choir kicked off the fall season with a joint performance on Sept. 17 with the Briarwood Ballet, “Be Still My Soul.” The choir has two scheduled concerts through the end of the year. On Oct. 9 at 3 p.m., the choir will perform at the Three Choirs Festival,

which also features the Birmingham Girls Choir and the Sozo Children’s Choir. That event will be at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Birmingham. On Dec. 13, Samford University’s Wright Center will be the venue for the choir’s annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. For tickets, go to and search for Three Choirs Festival.

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character, which is stated in the new tag line, “Training for Life,” according to a news release from the choir. That idea is captured in the new emblem’s musical notes, which combine to symbolize the journey from boy to man through discipline, integrity, professionalism and teamwork, the news release said. The choir, founded in 1973, is a nonprofit civic organization that gives talented boys in the greater Birmingham area an opportunity to

“We’re thrilled to be preparing for our 50th anniversary season,” said Ken Berg. “We believe this is a perfect time to rebrand and reintroduce ourselves to our families, patrons, audiences, city, and the world.” BBC Board President Benjamin Dow added that “going forward, you will find the new logo — both the emblem and the word mark — on all our official documents, correspondence, and promotional items — as well as our social media presence.” Dow noted that in addition to the BBC’s new logo, a distinctive 50th-

Highlighting Veterans

Hike the Hill Recognizes Veterans While Raising Money for VH Schools

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Walkers and runners in November will be donning T-shirts with a veteran’s name on the back and traversing one of four routes as part of the Vestavia Hills Rotary Club’s annual Hike the Hill event. This year’s hike will help welcome back Veterans Day programs to Vestavia Hills schools after they were scaled back or paused during the height of the pandemic, a news release from the Rotary Club stated. Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation is the ‘Join the fun! Put a veteran on your back and Hike beneficiary of the hike. Funds will be used for the Hill with us in 2022.’ student programs and scholarships, as well as to Vestavia Hills Rotary Club support each school’s reception during their President Keith Covington Veterans Day programs, Alabama Veterans Memorial Park and Unless U. Participants can take part Nov. 1 to Nov. 15 by registering and then walking any of four routes. Go to to register. Register by Oct. 18 to get a veteran’s name on a T-shirt. Veterans Day is Nov. 11. The Hike the Hill event at Vestavia Hills High School will begin Nov.15 at 2 p.m. The “hill” symbolizes a student’s climb from elementary school to the high school on the hill and life-long learning. Hike the Hill was established as a family-fun event to promote good health and wellness while supporting local schools. “Join the fun! Put a veteran on your back and Hike the Hill with us in 2022,” Vestavia Hills Rotary Club President Keith Covington said in the release. LEGAL NOTICE In accordance with the Code of Alabama, 1975, notice is hereby given that CB&A Construction, LLC, has completed the contract for Hagood Street Sidewalk Project TAPBHTA19(930), and has made request for final settlement of said contract. All persons having any claim for labor, materials, or otherwise in connection with this project should immediately notify City Hall – City of Mountain Brook, 56 Church Street, Mountain Brook, AL 35213-3700. ATTN: City Manager/Purchasing Agent.

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Wild at Heart Zoo Goes Wild for Annual Fundraiser

Journal photos by Jordan Wald

uests in “wild chic” fashions roamed the plaza at the Birmingham Zoo during the Wild at Heart: Rhino Crash event on Sept. 8. Food, an open bar, an auction and live music by Yacht Rock Schooner were featured. The annual fundraiser is the zoo’s marquee event and was presented by First Horizon Bank. Honorary chairs for the event were the Collat and Goedecke families, well-known, longtime Birmingham-area philanthropists. Event co-chairs were Rosemary Alexander, Stephanie Cooper and Dr. Anthony C. Hood. ❖

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More than 300 people sampled beers at the Sweet Home Brews fundraiser for Ronald McDonald Charities of Alabama on Aug. 26. The event was held at Pepper Place. Birmingham District Brewery won the Voters Choice Award out of 21 local and regional breweries that participated. ❖

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Birmingham University School Centennial Celebrated for Altamont School’s Precursor

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The 100th anniversary of the founding of Birmingham University School, a forerunner of The Altamont School, was celebrated Sept. 10. More than 200 guests, including alumni and faculty, attended the event at the school for cocktails and dinner. The event was hosted by Bruce Denson, Class of 1968. The Centennial Celebration included addresses by Altamont Head of School Cecil Stodghill, event chairman Tim Callahan and Denson. Historian and filmmaker Chris Thomas also presented his new documentary film about Birmingham University School. Birmingham University School was a private college preparatory school founded in 1922 by Basil Parks for the sons of families driving the city’s rapid physical, financial and cultural growth. It merged with the Brooke Hill School for Girls in 1975 to form The Altamont School. ❖

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Fairy Tale Ball

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Lane Parke was the setting for the Tapas and Taps fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters on Sept. 15. Guests partook in a “taste of Mountain Brook” at the evening event, with drinks and small plates prepared by Mountain Brook restaurants. Live music offered a festive backdrop, and there was a silent auction filled with items from Lane Parke’s retailers and restaurants. All proceeds from ticket and silent auction sales directly benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters. ❖

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Comfort and Joy Designer Alex Papachristidis Loves Making People Feel at Home hen Alex Papachristidis arrives House and Garden, Southern Accents, InStyle and for this year’s Antiques at the the New York Times. A 2017 Veranda magazine Gardens show, it will be the cover story called his Kips Bay Decorator Show noted designer’s first visit to House dining room an “ethereal space” and said Birmingham. But chances are he’ll feel right at the room had created a social media frenzy. home. Papachristidis has been named to some pretty “I think that I was Southern in another life,” he impressive honor rolls: the 2016 AD 100 List, Elle said. “I have lots of friends who are Southerners, Décor’s A-List of 25 Interior Designers and, sevand they all have a wonderful sense of hospitality eral times, to the New York Spaces’ Top 50 and are so welcoming. I even start to pick up a bit Designer List. of a Southern drawl when I’m around them.” It’s an impressive resume – but it doesn’t capPapachristidis qualifies as an honorary ture the magical quality of the man himself. That Southerner with his own gift shines through in the elegant of putting people at ease. He yet user-friendly interiors he also fulfills another requirecreates as well as in his ‘What are we ment: He loves barbecue. endearing personality. His His warmth and gracioussophisticated, eclectic rooms here for? To give ness express themselves even are meant to be lived in, not other people joy.’ through a phone conversation just admired. and are likely to light up the “Use your best things – room during his Oct. 1 talk at use everything you have,” the Birmingham Botanical he said. “Things are more Gardens’ annual antiques show. beautiful when you use them. It’s called a living A large Manhattan apartment was his first big room because you’re supposed to live in it. commission when he was a student at Parsons “If you can’t be comfortable, that’s not a home School of Design. Today, his creations are making – that’s a museum.” houses across the world beautiful. His work has The concept of “home” has long been dear to appeared in prestigious publications, including Papachristidis’ heart. He and his partner love their See ALEX, page 20 Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful,

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speakers, 22 dealers and about 150 floral designers, architects, landscape architects and furniture designers. volunteers – all working together to Dealers will support the offer an array of Gardens and to tempting items: educate and enterDealers will furniture, fine art, tain those who offer an array of vintage and fine attend. tempting items: jewelry, silver, First Horizon rugs and textiles, Bank is the prefurniture, fine art, home decor and senting sponsor of vintage and fine garden accessothis year’s show, ries. which features jewelry, silver, This year’s textile sponsor rugs and more. lineup includes Sister Parish Antique Cupboard, Design as well as Beth Poindexter talks and book Luxe, Black Sheep Antiques, signings by nationally and internaBlackwell Botanicals, Brocante tionally acclaimed interior designers,

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Antiques at the Gardens gets off to a festive start Sept. 29 with Gala in the Gardens, a glittering party honoring longtime BBG supporters Maggie and Will Brooke.

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The Cook Store “We are a privately owned kitchen specialty shop. We specialize in functional pottery, gadgets, cookware, bakeware, tabletops, and lots more,” said owner Wesley Lassen, pictured with her well known shop dog, Lucy. The Cook Store has been in Mountain Brook Village since 1975. Wesley has owned the popular shop since 1999—23 years. “I grew up cooking with my mom so a kitchen shop is a great place for me. It’s a fun business,” Wesley said.

Eighteenth Street Orientals “Everyone is always happy when they are talking about food.” According to Wesley the three biggest trends in the kitchen world are: 1. Le Creuset nonstick cookware, cookware and more cookware and Cast Iron and enamel Dutch Ovens 2. Functional pottery 3. Charcuterie boards - all shapes and sizes - use them for everything The Cook Store is located at 2841 Cahaba Road, 205879-5277.

Family owned and operated in downtown Homewood since 1986, Eighteenth Street Orientals, has successfully created an environment where homeowners can purchase quality oriental rugs in an atmosphere of first-class customer service at affordable prices. Eighteenth Street Orientals offers an extensive inventory of oriental rugs from artisans around the globe, sourced from countries such as Turkey, Morocco, India, Pakistan, Tibet, and more. Owners Paige Drummond and Jim Howard offer their cus-

tomers complimentary in-home consultations to assist in choosing the right rug to complement your interiors and your lifestyle. For fall the team at Eighteenth Street says pops of color can easily work with neutral palettes. Mixing traditional and transitional styles with colors and patterns as well as incorporating contrast by including both modern and traditional rugs in your space. Eighteenth Street Orientals is located at 1829 29th Ave. So., 205-870-3838.


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“We are seeing slight departure from the modern minimalist,” Janet said, when asked about fall design trends. “It’s as if there is some vintage nostalgia with the return of velvet furnishings, tassels, chunky knits and faux furs. When designed with a neutral base, rich, warm color palettes make for lots of cozy comfort for Fall.” King Cotton is located at 1820 Green Springs Highway, 205-322-5878.

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Roman Brantley Art & Antiques is an antique shop with a focus on art also. “We have period antiques and contemporary pieces that help our clients achieve a mix that is timeless and on trend,” said owner Linda Brantley, pictured. “This allows our clients to add fine art pieces to make their home that much more special.” “I was so fortunate to buy property in Homewood when I retired from UAB Health

Systems and opened Roman Brantley Art and Antiques.” “I have always been a collector and this transition seemed natural to make.” “The trends I see are still the things that have survived time, but the biggest change is the addition of color is back in play,” said Linda. Roman Brantley Art & Antiques is located at 2790 B M Montgomery Street, 205460-1224.

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Tricia’s started 41 family. In 2020, Tricia years ago with a small was thrilled when her and modest shop in the oldest granddaughter East Lake area of joined the team. Birmingham offering “Since my parents Antiques, accessorie were in this business and art. before I was, it was just “Ten years later, we natural to bring my relocated to Vestavia, family in and so in adding lots of accesso2021 my son, Matt ries and in 2002 we joined us as well. We moved to our current are now 4 generations Tricia’s Treasures location in Homewood and having lots of fun.,” quadrupling our space, and filling it up,”said Tricia said. owner Tricia Thomas. “Have space-Will Fill!” “Trends often change more quickly now “It has been quite a ride, a few bumps along than they once did--but we see a strong trend the way but mostly smooth sailing.” Tricia has toward moving the traditional antiques with the had the same crew working together for 20 plus contemporary furniture and/or art. Come see!” years. Just like family, and then for various reaTricia’s Treasures is located at 2700 19th sons some had to leave and break up the happy Place So., 205-871-9779.

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Dreams. Antique chandeliers are also a mainstay at the shop. There are several styles currently hanging such as the 18th century neoclassical chandelier that is pictured. “Stop by and shop with us. We have a large assortment of gifts, clothing, handbags and other fabulous finds! You may even be greeted by one of our standard poodles!”

SPEAKERS From page 18

through a special garden entrance created by Millhouse Howell as they prepare to dance, sip cocktails and carry on conversations under the stars.

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The Village Poodle The Village Poodle is a boutique offering an array of items such as ladies clothing, jewelry, baby gifts and antique chandeliers. “We have been in business for 7 years and feel that we have filled a niche needed in Mountain Brook Village,” said owner Beverly Ruff, pictured far right with Hillary Kent. Throughout the fall season you will find a variety of new styles from some of our favorite lines such as Hinson Wu shirts, Estelle and Finn, and Barefoot



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Here’s the schedule for the rest of the event:

Friday, Sept. 30 Show hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Shop the Show with Show Ambassador Richard Keith Langham, 9:30 a.m. Born in Alabama and based in Manhattan, Langham, above, has been a force in the decorating world for more than 30 years. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and studying at the Study Center for the History of Fine and Decorative Arts in London, he then apprenticed with design legend Mark Hampton. Langham spent 10 years with Irvine & Fleming before founding his own firm in 1990. His signature rooms speak to the past in a fresh way with luscious color, pattern and couture detailing. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis once proclaimed him to have “a sorcerer’s eye.”

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This Georgia native’s C. Brandon Ingram Design is an Atlanta-based residential design firm with major concentration on custom homes, historic renovations and architectural interiors. A Georgia Tech alumnus and four-time winner of the prestigious Philip Trammell Shutze Award for excellence in Classical Design from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Ingram, above, has designed classic, traditional homes across the country. Janice Parker

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Red Diamond Lecture Series: Ken Fulk, 11 a.m. (followed by a book signing) For more than 30 years, interior designer Ken Fulk, below, has crafted enchanting spaces around the world. He’s been named to the Architectural Digest AD100 and Elle Decor A-List and has been twice nominated for a James Beard Award for his hospitality projects. He’s known for his blend of cinematic flair and layered spaces that pay homage to the traditional influences of his Virginia upbringing. His book, “The Movie in My Mind,” takes readers behind the scenes of some of his most extravagant endeavors. Fulk has won international acclaim with widely published residential and hospitality projects. In 2018, he founded Saint Joseph’s Arts Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting local artists at revitalized historic landmarks in San Francisco and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Rooms and rooms of antiques, curiosities and fun!

Red Diamond Lecture Series: Lewis Miller, 2 p.m. (followed by a book signing) Lewis Miller, above, was born and raised in California farm country, where he developed a respect for nature at a very young age. Miller, above, is the founder of LMD New York, Lewis Miller Design, one of the premier floral design houses in New York City, with a new second office in West Palm Beach, Florida. Miller’s clients include leading industry professionals in fashion, design, photography, art direction and architecture. He is the author of “Styling Nature: A Masterful Approach to Floral Arrangement” and “Flower Flash.” Miller is known for his Flower Flashes, street art floral installations repurposed from events to create pop-up street installations. He focuses on flowers and fantasy, transforming key life moments in his clients’ lives into magical, everlasting memories. His goal is to continue this work and bring joy and surprise to urban neighborhoods and city dwellers.

Born and raised in New York City, Janice Parker, next page top, studied at Parsons School of Design and then with John Brookes at the Clock House School of Garden Design in England, during which time she also worked in the floral business, designing for events and spaces. Her firm, Janice Parker Landscape Architects, has conceptualized and directed innovative landscape architecture for private and public clients globally. The firm has won


cism, Sills brings together furnishings that span four centuries and innovative choices of surfaces, textures and colors. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Town and Country, Vogue, Veranda, W, New York Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar. He is a member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and is one of its 30 Deans of American Design. Sills’ third monograph, “Stephen Sills – A Vision for Design,” will be available this fall.

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HOME Designers to Watch. Her style inspires more than 100,000 followers on Instagram. Moderator: Steele Marcoux

Marcoux is the editor-in-chief at Veranda magazine. She leads editorial initiatives and covers design trends, architecture and travel. Alex Papachristidis, presented by Flower magazine, 2 p.m. (followed

by a book signing) Papachristidis’ work has been published in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, House and Garden, Southern Accents, InStyle and the New York Times, and he has been named to the 2016 AD 100 List, Elle Décor’s A-List of 25 Interior Designers and, several times, to the New York Spaces’ Top 50 Designer List. The designer is the author of “The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex

Papachristidis” and a new book, “The Elegant Life: Rooms That Welcome and Inspire.” He also has a tabletop business called Everyday Elegance on Instagram. (See story on page 18.)

Sunday, Oct. 2 Show hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Hosted by James Farmer Making a return appearance at the show is James Farmer a Southern See SPEAKERS, page 24

Stephen Sills

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multiple awards, including the Veranda Best in Outdoor Living Awards in 2020 and 2022; its work has been featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Veranda and other publications.

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Summer Thornton, above, is known for decorating with the wildest abandon to create bold and colorful interiors that give homes life. Her first book, “Wonderland: Adventures in Decorating,” debuted in March. Her work has been featured in AD, Veranda, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other publications. She is regularly named to exclusive lists, including Sotheby’s list of the top 20

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House Beautiful panel: Betsy Brown, Jeffrey Dungan and Grant Trick; moderator: Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful magazine director of editorial special projects. 2 p.m. (followed by book signings) Photo by Emily Followill


Betsy Brown, below, was raised in Birmingham by a wildly creative Southern mother – an antiques dealer who was obsessed with design. Her namesake firm, Betsy Brown Inc.,

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Furniture maker and artisan Grant Trick, below, is the founder of his namesake furniture upholstery workroom in Birmingham. Trick began his career as a sportswear designer in New York. Creative stints as a showroom designer and propmaker for various fashion brands allowed him to master the manufacturing art of custom upholstery and soft furnishings. He has since returned to his Southern roots in Alabama, where he hand-tailors, hand-tufts and hand-sews custom pieces for the design industry.

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Sunday with Kreis Beall, 11:30 a.m. (followed by a book signing) Kreis Beall, below, is co-founder of Blackberry Farm, an award-win-

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fully familiar and welcoming homes. Farmer, above, is the author of numerous best-selling books. His most recent publication, “Arriving Home,” features design projects from the farmlands of Georgia to the Connecticut countryside. His work also has been published in Southern Living, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Southern Home, Flower and other magazines.


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Jeffrey Dungan is principal of Alabama-based Jeffrey Dungan Architects. His creative work can be seen in his native South and throughout North and Central America. Dungan has been honored with the 2017 Southeast Architect of the Year award by Veranda magazine and the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center as well as numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects. In 2018 and 2019, he received the prestigious Palladio Award, the only national award for classical architecture.

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Moderator: Carisha Swanson

Panel moderator Carisha Swanson is director of editorial special projects at House Beautiful magazine. She works with brands and partners to create innovative editorial initiatives in the digital, video and print spaces. Books will be available to buy at Leaf & Petal’s shop at The Gardens. Some events have limited seating and require additional tickets. For more information and to buy tickets, visit Follow the show on Facebook and Instagram @antiquesgardensbham.

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The Legacy League’s 12th annual Christmas Home Tour will feature three homes in Vestavia Hills and two in Mountain Brook during the event to raise scholarship funds for students with significant financial need and challenging circumstances. To date, the tour has raised more than $300,000, helping change the lives of students who have faced obstacles such as homelessness, inner city violence, the disability or death of a parent or sibling, foster care, parental job loss, abandonment, parental incarceration and the sacrifices of full-time ministry, according to a news release from Samford. ARC Realty is presenting sponsor for the community event, which will include pop-up shops and holiday refreshments at the Samford President’s Home. Homes on display will be: • Julie and Beck Taylor, Samford President’s Home,1994 Shades Crest Road, Vestavia Hills. • Kathryn & Doug Eckert, 2900 Overhill Road, Mountain Brook. • Wansley & Ryan Griffin, 2133 Southwood Road, Vestavia Hills. • Bridget & Andrew Patterson, 309 Sunset Drive, Vestavia Hills.

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Gift to the Community

Plans Being Made for the Samford Legacy League’s Christmas Home Tour

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Legacy League Christmas Home Tour committee members, above, from left, front: Molly McLain, Mary Margaret Yeilding, Jan Service, Amy Hacker, Julie Taylor, Tricia Naro (chair), Cindy Hardy, and Karen Carlisle. Back: Pam Wood, Julie Davis, Cindy Bembry, Kristen Comer, and Sharon Smith. Not pictured: Julie Cundiff, Paula Gossett, Christy McKiernan, Becky Neuberger, Sheila Smith, Julia Vasquez.

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- exercise that wear most of us out in a hurry. Toting heavy lumber, climbing 20’ ladders, dealing with cramped and difficult to reach areas for repairs, etc. 7. Clean up and haul out left over materials. 8. Get home 6:30-7:00 for a late dinner. 9. Prep tools and materials for the next day before they can go to bed. 10. Repeat. “These people are the lifeblood of Trublue” said Batson. “They are skilled technicians who do the difficult work most of us can’t or don’t want to do. 12 hour days are not unusual. We are grateful to have such good people who can help our clients.” Next time you see a handymen out working, give them a smile. It just might help lighten their load.


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Birmingham Home & Garden magazine’s 2022 Inspiration Home showhouse will be open to the public through most of November. Since 2003, Birmingham Birmingham Home & Garden Home & Garden magazine’s has built homes 2022 Inspiration from the ground Home is located up with the in Vestavia Hills. area’s top resources for homeowners, homebuilders and remodelers. Companies working on this year’s house, which is at 2211 Chestnut Road in Vestavia Hills, are builder, Mitch Bradford of Saunders Bradford Building Company; home designer, Adam Gerndt of Adam Gerndt Design Group; landscape design, Craig Smith & Fletcher Smith of Curb Appeal; and interior design liaison, Britney Bradford of Neylan Design. Money raised by this year’s home tour will go to The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs, which provides intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays. The house will be open Nov. 3-Nov. 27 on Thursdays through Sundays, except for on Thanksgiving Day. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased through Eventbrite; search for BHG Inspiration Home.

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‘Quite an Honor’

John Binet has been recognized by Yale University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a recipient of the 2022 Yale Educator Award.

By Anne Ruisi Mountain Brook High School French teacher John Binet has been recognized by Yale University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a recipient of the 2022 Yale Educator Award. “It’s quite an honor,” said Binet, who joined the school’s faculty in 2010. “I’m humbled by it but it’s a great feeling.” The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. Of this year’s 339 nominees, 48 teachers and 29 counselors were selected to receive the award, according to the Mountain Brook City Schools’ website.

Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee of Yale admissions officers reviews each nomination and designates recipients. Jane Grey Battle, a 2022 Mountain Brook graduate who is a freshman at Yale, nominated Binet. “To be thought about highly enough to have something like this done for me means the world to me,” Binet said. “I’ve learned that the connections you make with students are equal to, if not more important than, what you’re teaching them.” Binet is one of two French teachers at the high school. His colleague, longtime French teacher Audrey Laird, is retiring this month and a new French teacher will take her place. Students studying French at Mountain Brook High not only learn the language but are immersed using as many authentic sources as possible. “We integrate technology into what we do,” Binet said. For example, before the COVID19 pandemic, classes would take field trips to Atlanta to dine in a French restaurant or visit a French art exhibit. While students can’t do that now, they do use tech such as Google maps to “drop into” a French city and explore it or listen to a podcast. Binet thanked the school system for its support. “I’m very appreciative of where I teach. It’s fortunate to have all the resources we need,” he said. “I can’t thank them enough for all that they do for us,” he said.

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Courtesy Mountain Brook High School

Mountain Brook French Teacher Wins Yale Award

At an event last week to mark the 40th anniversary of Bruno Montessori Academy were, from left, Jamie House, Robert Sprain, Kathy Maxwell, Joe LaRussa, Rebecca Little and Jay Waters.

Bruno Montessori Academy Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Bruno Montessori Academy marked its 40th anniversary with a reunion and celebration Sept. 18 at the school in North Shelby County. The event included a dedication ceremony for the late Theresa Sprain, who founded the academy with the late supermarket magnate Joseph S. Bruno in 1982. The school began as a small classroom of children ages 3-6. A year later, Sprain received her Montessori certification. Over the years, the campus expanded and grew

into its current form as a toddler through eighth grade school. “It was my mom’s dream to build a prepared environment that focused on the human spirit and embraced each child’s true potential,” Sprain’s daughter, Kathy Maxfield, said. Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy is accredited by the American Montessori Society and Cognia, a nonprofit organization that accredits primary and secondary schools.

The Montessori method of education offers a different approach to learning. Among its aspects is recognizing that children learn in different ways, and all learning styles are accommodated, according to the school’s website, Students learn at their own pace, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan. “Many students have shared in the Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy learning experience over the past 40 years. Learner outcomes for our students are independence, confidence, social responsibility and academic preparation,” said Rebecca Little, interim head of school.

Floats, Football Players, Fans and Marching Bands Highlight Annual Homecoming Parades in Homewood and Mountain Brook



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Sydney Cancer Survivor

Vestavia Hills High School has 21 seniors who were named semifinalists, the most from any individual school in the state. Front, from left: Mary Katherine Meeks, Alice Sun, Malaika Dsa, Jamie Casey, Isabella Gentry, Rebecca Maddox, Susan Baskar Raj, and Dylan Zhao. Back: Kate Kaiser, Philip Mitchell, James Anthony, Amith Varambally, Graham Uldrich, Jaxon Dunlevy, Erin Visser, Haojun Chen, Aarya Aluri, Zain Farooqui, and Arman Dolatabadi. Not pictured: Jonathan Gidley and Hannah Wright.

OTM Students Named National Merit Semifinalists, Vestavia Hills High Leads State With 21

Dozens of Over the Mountain high school students are among the more than 16,000 students nationwide named as 2023 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Vestavia Hills High School has 21 seniors who were named semifinalists, the most from any individual school in the state. The semifinalists entered the competition by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, according to a release from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Less than 1% of high school seniors in the U.S. qualified as semifinalists. They will vie for a share of about 7,250 scholarships worth about $28 million. Vestavia’s 21 National Merit semifinalists is the largest

group of semifinalists from the school since 2006, when it had 24, according to a state from the city school system. “I’m thrilled for the achievement of these scholars and all the opportunities this will set into motion for them and their families,” Vestavia Hills High School Principal Tonya Rozell said. “They demonstrated great perseverance through many challenges – including several unprecedented years of high school – and continued to learn and grow on the highest level.” About 95% of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, according to the scholarship corporation’s website. Winners will be announced between April and July.

Over the Mountain-area students on the semifinalist list are: Alabama School of Fine Arts William W. Bittner Dexter L. Gard Parker Hull Zoe E. Johnson Daniel Y Zhao

The Altamont School Sid Doppalapudi Pranav Goli Lila Mitchell Wesley Sudarshan

Briarwood Christian School Samuel Olsen

Homewood High

James W. Bird Brandon L. Collins Lily K. Giffin John N. Jones Kiran J. McCool Samantha B. Pearson, Richard Reed

Hoover High

Christos Argyropoulos Jari Q. Chen Lukas R. Fu Kashvi P. Gaddam Lauren C. Geisler Thomas K. Gullahorn Dylan D. Haigler Thomas S. Hao Matthew M. Harden William A. Hertz Eshika Kudaravalli Dominic C. Renda Hannah S. Reynolds

Midhun S. Sadanand Matthew Shen Jacob T. Upton Rati H. Venkatesan Liz Wang

Indian Springs School Sida Cheng Veston A. Colvin Victoria Y. Kim Derun Kong Cynthia Y. Li Mayu A. Nakano Yujiro D. Nakano Nour Shoreibah Enoch Xiao

John Carroll Catholic High Sawyer Herring Lily Watts Adeline Jehu

Mountain Brook High Virginia M. Averyt William T. Decker James H. Eldridge Vaughn R. Frost Nathanael R. Holden Robert D. Lee Lillian W. Odom Jackson F. Perkins Caley D. Record Carson V. Rehder Anne E Turner

Oak Mountain High Benjamin P. Dyer Justin C. Ferreiro Kyle N. Hiers

Emily B. Lunsford

Spain Park High

David J Collins Zachary R. Lin Benjamin L. Roberts Fiona R. Selle Nicholas O. Stefanov

Inspiration happens

Vestavia Hills High

Aarya Aluri James C. Anthony Susan G. Baskar Raj Jamie X. Casey Haojun S. Chen Arman Dolatabadi Malaika M. Dsa Jaxson D. Dunlevy Zain Farooqui Isabella C. Gentry Jonathan E. Gidley Kate E. Kaiser Rebecca G. Maddox Mary K. Meeks Philip D. Mitchell Alice Sun Graham J. Uldrich Amith Varambally Erin L. Visser Hannah M. Wright Dylan L. Zhao

Westminster School Walker Stephenson

Sydney was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 13 years old. Through her treatment and recovery, she bonded with the doctors and nurses saying, “they became like family to me.” She was so inspired by her care team, she decided to become a doctor and help other children going through a scary and similar situation. She also wanted to show that people with physical challenges can and should pursue medicine, too. She believes her journey to becoming a doctor was inspired as a patient here at Children’s of Alabama.

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see they wanted to compete. The kids have done a good job of buying in to what we’re doing and then going out and executing.” Hoover’s offense did enough to complement the defense against Hewitt. Senior quarterback Brewer Smith threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Jordan Woolen in the first quarter for Hoover’s first score. The first half ended in a 7-7 tie, but the Bucs dominated the second half. They opened the third quarter with an 11-play, 77-yard scoring drive. Senior running back Ahamari Williams scored on a 1-yard dive to cap the march. Peyton Argent’s 38-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter closed the scoring. The Bucs have won four consecutive games since a season-opening

Bringing out the Best John Carroll’s Langley Setting Sights on State Cross-Country Title

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rthur Langley didn’t start running when he took his first steps, but it wasn’t long after that. He was still in kindergarten when he ran his first 5K race, and he’s been running ever since. Now a junior at John Carroll Catholic, Langley is one of the top boys distance runners in the state. “He comes from a family of runners,” John Carroll cross-country coach Katie King said. “He has a strategy for every race. He knows the exact mile and exact time he’s supposed to hit at each mile. It doesn’t matter who he’s racing against or is around, he’s always looking to bring out the best in himself.” Langley said, “The strategy comes from my coaching and from previous races and how I can apply the mistakes I made to become better or whether I should try a different approach.” In his first race of the 2022 cross-country season, Langley clocked 10:08.66 to win the Warrior 2-mile Invitational hosted by Thompson. The next time out, Langley recorded a personal-best 15:38.93 while finishing fourth in the annual Chickasaw Trails Invitational at the Oakville Indian Mounds cross-country course, where the 2022 AHSAA cross-country championships will be held Nov. 5. Things didn’t go quite as well for Langley last Saturday in the Southern Showcase presented by Huntsville High at the John Hunt Running Park. The race featured some of the top high school runners in the Southeast. Langley finished well back in the pack in the Championship Division Boys 5K run with a time


John Carroll Catholic junior Arthur Langley is one of the top boys distance runners in the state.

of 16:06.81. Patrick Koon, a senior from Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida, clocked 14:43.09 to win. Despite that showing, Langley figures to be in contention for the Class 5A individual state title. He finished fifth in 2021 as a sophomore with a time of 16:23.79. “I want to bounce back and capture the state title this year,” Langley said. With that goal in mind, Langley changed his

17-14 loss to Class 7A, No. 1 Auburn in the AHSAA Kickoff Classic in Montgomery. “I’m pleased with how we’re growing and how well we’re all growing together, with them getting to know me and me getting to know them,” Waldrop said. “Our defense is playing well and the kicking game has been solid. We knew those were the two things we’d have to lean on early in the year, giving our offense a chance to grow. I think our offense is making strides.” Hoover will step out of the region this week when it visits Class 6A, No. 2 Mountain Brook (5-0) on Friday.

Rebels Roll

The battle between two new head coaches turned out to be not much of a battle at all. Junior quarterback John Paul Head accounted for 212 yards total offense and two touchdowns, leading coach Robert Evans’ Vestavia Hills Rebels to a convincing 36-7 road victory against

workout routine during the summer. “I had a lot of base mileage, trying a different approach with longer runs and higher mileage,” Langley said. “I wanted to be consistent in my training, but the main thing is staying healthy.” King, a former runner at John Carroll and at Samford, was not surprised to see Langley increase his mileage. “Honestly, with Arthur, no distance is too far and no workout is too daunting,” King said. “He

coach Tim Vakakes’ Spain Park Jaguars. “It was a huge win ‘cause it means we still control our own destiny and we’ll continue to play a role in trying to make the playoffs,” Evans said. “Most people assume that it will be Thompson, Hoover and Hewitt who will make the playoffs from our region, leaving a spot for one of the rest of us. If we can beat Oak Mountain, Tuscaloosa County and Chelsea, we’d get in. And if we can beat Hewitt, we can get the No. 3 seed.” Head missed the Rebels’ close 20-14 loss at Hoover the previous week because of a concussion, but he made his presence felt against the Jags. He completed 11 of 25 passes for 108 yards and rushed 15 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 11 and 12 yards, both coming in the third quarter. Sophomore running back William Tonsmeire rushed for 108 yards on 14 carries and scored on a 51-yard run in the fourth quarter.

has a passion for running. He seeks daily improvement for himself and others. He trains with people all over, with his family, with soccer players, with whoever. He’s very intentional and focused, driven.” Langley’s dad, Eric Langley, ran in high school at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Mobile. His mom, Allison, also was a runner and his sister, Lilly Langley, ran at John Carroll before graduating in the spring. “My dad started ‘Honestly, me, running with him with Arthur, in the morning,” Arthur no distance is Langley said, “and I just kept running.” too far and no Langley said his workout is too dad is an invaluable resource. daunting.’ “We talk the whole week about goals and strategy and what success that day looks like. After a race, we reflect on how well I did.” Last winter and in the spring, Langley had strong seasons in indoor and outdoor track for the Cavaliers. In the state indoor meet, he earned two individual medals, a silver in the 3,200-meter run and a bronze in the 800-meter run. In the state outdoor meet, he earned silver in the 3,200 and bronze in the 1,600 and finished fifth in the 800 meters. When asked whether he preferred track to cross-country, Langley replied: “That’s a difficult question. I’ll go with cross-country, although in track, as the distances go up, it gives me a chance to thrive in longer and different races. But crosscountry is where me and my teammates are all doing the same thing. I like that aspect of it.”

Rebels junior defensive end Jordan Ross also scored a touchdown when he stripped Spain Park quarterback Evan Smallwood of the ball and recovered it in the end zone. Sophomore place-kicker Carter Shirley kicked three field goals in the first half, covering 36, 23 and 22 yards. Vestavia Hills improved to 2-3, 1-2 in Class 7A Region 3, while Spain Park fell to 1-4, 0-3 in the region. In assessing his team at the midpoint of the season, Evans said, “I think we can beat anybody in the state on a given night and lose to anybody in the state on a given night. I think we’re talented enough to beat anybody and our kids believe they can beat anybody.”

Happy Homecoming

Homewood’s homecoming game against Benjamin Russell didn’t start off well, but it had a happy ending, thanks to senior quarterback Woods Ray. The Patriots trailed 10-0 at the end of the first quarter but scored 24 points

in the second quarter en route to a 31-24 victory at Waldrop Stadium. Ray completed 14 of 27 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 95 yards, including a 3-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter that snapped a 24-24 tie as Homewood improved to 4-1, 3-0 in Class 6A, Region 3. Benjamin Russell (3-1, 2-1) suffered its first loss. Homewood senior receiver Jackson Parris caught three passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, the first coming from 54 yards out and the second coming when he took a quick pass and raced 95 yards down the sideline. Elsewhere, Oak Mountain (2-3) let a 31-20 fourth-quarter lead slip away and lost 34-31 at Tuscaloosa County (4-1) when Wildcats sophomore running back Kevin Riley scored on a 1-yard run as time expired. John Carroll Catholic (1-4) failed to score in the second half after being tied 14-14 at halftime and lost 20-14 at Carver-Birmingham.

Photo courtesy John Carroll Catholic

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

Journal photo by Jordan Wald


Homewood High School Homecoming Queen senior Suzanne Sheehan, above right, riding in the schools Homecoming parade with Frances Ceravolo a senior Homecoming Court member.

Mountain Brook High School senior Cate Cooper escorted by her father Chris Cooper was crowned Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies of the Woodlawn game on Sept. 9.

Johnna Hawkins, escorted by her father John Hawkins, was crowned John Carroll Catholic’s Homecoming Queen during halftime festivities of the Hayden game on Sept. 9.

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Humes would like to play in college. She has offers from UAB and Florida A&M and has drawn interest from Maryland and Florida State. “She’s exploring her options,” Freedman said. “She’s definitely going to play at the next level.”

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A Father’s Misgivings

Craig Sanderson was an All-State wide receiver at Hamilton High School before going to Alabama. At Alabama, he became best friends with running back Kevin Turner. But when Turner died in 2016 after an excruciating battle with ALS – Craig Sanderson was one of Turner’s caretakers – the elder Sanderson had some trepidation about letting Clark play football. It was discovered that Turner had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive brain condition that’s thought to be caused by repeated blows to the head and repeated episodes of concussion. Despite his misgivings, Craig Sanderson eventually allowed Clark to play. “I think we made a deal to let me play when I got to the sixth grade,” Clark Sanderson said. “My mom (Julie) didn’t want me to play, but my dad was able to convince her to let me. Playing tackle football looked

and vertical leaping ability, she started out as an outside hitter and setter before becoming a defensive setter when she began attending

Homewood. “I love defense,” she said. “I get to show my athleticism and explosiveness on the defense.”

really fun. I had played flag football and it wasn’t that much fun.” Craig Sanderson is an interested spectator on game nights. “He just loves watching me play,” Clark Sanderson said. “He never misses a game.” Even so, Craig Sanderson still has some reservations about his decision to let Clark play. “I can’t say I’m completely convinced about him playing,” Craig Sanderson said. “I got to see some of the things that CTE does to a person, so we didn’t let him play until he was 12. I wanted him to play and have some experience before junior high because in junior high is when it gets real and players are bigger and stronger. “After we allowed him to play in the sixth grade, I left it up to him if he wanted to continue. I’m getting more comfortable with it. They’re wearing the graduated helmet pads and they’re not hitting as much during practice, but it’s still a tough choice.”

“It’s so easy to put highlights out on social media. I’ve had people from Hamilton and who played with me at Alabama who see him and say, ‘He looks like you.’ He’s very talented.” But Clark, who also plays basketball for the Spartans, isn’t a trash talker like his dad was. He’s someone of a quieter nature. “He’s a person of few words,” Yeager said, “but his actions on the field speak volumes. He’s an incredible leader. He leads by example.” “Yeah, he’s very quiet,” Craig Sanderson said. “You don’t see him doing a lot of celebrating out there. When he scores a touchdown, he just pitches the ball to the official. “I was more cocky when I played. When I beat a guy and made a reception or scored a touchdown, I’d let him know.” Clark Sanderson is part of a talented receiving corps that includes seniors Jackson Beatty and Rob Gillespie, giving senior quarterback John Colvin a few options to spread the wealth. Beatty leads the team with 14 receptions for 304 yards and three touchdowns. Gillespie also has a touchdown reception to his credit. “We complement each other,” Sanderson said. “Jackson, I think, is just tough, a natural. He’s really good at running routes and catching the ball. He has really good hands. Rob is like a leader. He gets all of it, what we’re doing, quickly, and I try to follow him. I like to think I’m the speed guy with good hands. But I’ve got a lot of learning to do on running routes.”

Coming off consecutive 12-2 seasons and two trips to the Class 6A semifinals, the Spartans haven’t taken a step back this season. They are 5-0, 3-0 in Class 6A, Region 5, following a 48-0 rout of JacksonOlin last Thursday. The victory was the 400th in the history of the pro-

gram. Mountain Brook plays host to Hoover (4-1) in a non-region game Friday night at Spartan Stadium. “I think our season has gone pretty good,” Sanderson said. “I think we have proven we haven’t gone down in talent.”

Homewood is undefeated in Class 6A, Area 9 with a 3-0 record after sweeping Jackson-Olin and Parker last week and Minor on Sept. 8. Homewood’s Grace Brown in action against Jackson-Olin last week.

Chip off the Block

What wasn’t a tough choice was Clark Sanderson becoming a receiver like his dad. “I don’t think he steered me to play receiver, but I always looked up to him,” Clark Sanderson said. Craig Sanderson said it’s uncanny that Clark has many of his mannerisms on the field, with one noticeable exception. “It’s been kind of interesting watching him,” Craig Sanderson said.


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ond-leading receiver with 13 receptions for 278 yards, an average of 21.4 yards per catch, and two touchdowns. “We knew he was going to be a great football player,” Yeager said. “His dad, Craig Sanderson, played at Alabama (1988-90) and he’s just like his old man, making some plays.”

Humes began playing volleyball during recess when she attended elementary school at Saint Rose Academy. Because of her athleticism

Homewood has just a 10-16 record this season, but the Patriots have had to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak that sidelined five starters, including Humes, for a period of time. Also, talented sophomore outside hitter Ellie Watts was lost for the season because of a knee injury. “We’ve definitely been hit with some adversity,” Freedman said. “I’m hoping all of that is behind us now and we can move forward.” Homewood is undefeated in Class 6A, Area 9 with a 3-0 record after sweeping Jackson-Olin and Parker last week and Minor on Sept. 8. This week, the Patriots are set to play Auburn in an in-school match Wednesday and then will play in Spain Park’s Heffstrong Tournament Friday and Saturday. “The way the season has started gives us a chance to grow as a team with the most important part of the season ahead of us,” Humes said. “We’ve got a lot of young girls who are starting to see what varsity volleyball is all about. I’m trying to be an influential leader and help them with building confidence.”



Snakebit Season

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“Sydney is a special player and special person,” Freedman said. “She comes from a great family and leads others by example and just her presence. She brings a tremendous amount of energy and intensity to the gym and on the court.” It’s not just passion that Humes brings to the court but also talent. She is regarded as one the top seniors in the state. Last season, she recorded 392 digs, 43 assists, 12 aces and 8 kills, and she is well on her way to eclipsing those numbers this season. She entered this week with 329 digs, 36 aces, 32 assists and 8 kills. “Sydney leads us on defense,” Freedman said. “She is a very skilled defender with tremendous ball control, court awareness and athleticism. Her anticipation is very good. She gets to balls a lot of other players wouldn’t be able to get to.” Humes played in the Alabama High School Athletic Association North-South All-Star Volleyball game in July and recorded seven digs for the North. She comes from an athletic family. Her older brother Cameron played football for the Patriots, and her dad, Darryl, played football and baseball at Minor High School.


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Sydney Humes

Spartans’ Sanderson Making Plays Like His Old Man By Rubin E. Grant


Homewood’s Humes Can’t Hide Her Enthusiasm on the Volleyball Court


By Rubin E. Grant omewood senior libero Sydney Humes plays volleyball with unbridled enthusiasm, which befits her per-

‘Sydney is a special player and special person.’

sonality. “My whole family is kind of out HOMEWOOD COACH there,” Humes said. “We’re loud. We ANDIE FREEDMAN like to talk. So, when the other team misses a serve and we get the point, or we score a point, or I make a dig, I believe it should be celebrated. “I love this game so much and I get excited on the court. I think that’s a very positive thing.” Homewood coach Andie Freedman doesn’t mind the Patriots’ 5-foot-5 bundle of energy expressing herself on the court.

See HUMES, page 31

Bucs Take Down Huskies to Clear Another Hurdle in Waldrop’s First Season By Rubin E. Grant Before the 2022 high school football season kicked off, first-year Hoover head coach Wade Waldrop said he welcomed the challenge of competing in Class 7A, Region 3. “As a coach, who doesn’t want to be in and play in the best region

around and play against the best competition?” Waldrop said. Midway through the season, Waldrop and the Bucs have more than met the challenge head-on. They scored their most impressive victory yet, traveling to HewittTrussville last Friday and prevailing 17-7.

‘He’s a person of few words, but his actions on the field speak volumes. He’s an incredible leader. He leads by example.’ The Jets’ punter dropped the snap and barely got off a punt that didn’t travel far. Sanderson yelled, “Peter, Peter,” the signal for teammates to get out of the way of the bouncing ball. But Sanderson noticed the James Clemens players also peeled off and alertly fielded the ball and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown. “He’s so quick on his feet when it comes to thinking about what he needs to do,” Yeager said. “I just wanted to make a play,” Sanderson said. “I saw a bunch of grass and no one around the ball. My mind was racing. I couldn’t think. I just picked it up and ran.” Sanderson’s derring-do allowed the Spartans to pull away for a 42-21 victory. At the midway point of the season, Sanderson is the Spartans’ sec-

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Intense Energy

Clark Sanderson

See SANDERSON, page 31


William Tonsmeire rushed for 108 yards on 14 carries and scored on a 51-yard run in the fourth quarter in the Rebels convincing 36-7 road victory over Spain Park.

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

Journal photo by Jordan Wald

ountain Brook football coach Chris Yeager calls junior receiver Clark Sanderson one of the most fearless players he’s ever been around. To illustrate his point, Yeager pointed to a daring play Sanderson made on a punt return against James Clemens early in the third quarter of the Spartans’ second game of the season.

Using a stout defense that has become their calling card, the sixthranked Bucs (4-1, 3-0) held the fifthranked Huskies (3-2, 2-1) to only 215 total yards. Hewitt entered the contest averaging 49 points per game during its previous three games. “I really thought we’d be good defensively this season,” Waldrop said. “Even in January and February, I could

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