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THE OAK RIDGE BOYS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011 · 7:30 P.M. Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring three decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to bear on a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.

SESAME STREET LIVE: ELMO’S SUPER HEROES TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011 AT 7:00 P.M. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, AT 10:30 A.M. & 7:00 P.M. Elmo makes his way to Montgomery in his action packed show featuring all of his super hero friends. Super Grover has lost his powers! Never fear, because Elmo, Abby Cadabby and their other super friends are going to help him find them. This super group will explore lessons of exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene in order to get Grover back to his super self! Don’t miss this opportunity to teach your little super heroes some healthy habits.

DECEMBER BRIAN REGAN TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 AT 7:30 P.M. One of the premier comedians in the country, Brian Regan brings his sophisticated writing and comedic timing to the MPAC stage. His believable comedy allows him to relate to his audience and span generations. Critics and fans agree, this is not a show to miss.

STYX SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 AT 8:00 P.M. Legendary rock group and cultural icon, STYX, takes the MPAC stage in December. Spend a night remembering the soaring power ballads that defined a generation. With hits like “Lady” and “Come Sail Away,” you’re guaranteed to have a rocking night.

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Tickets for all events can be purchased at the MPAC box office on a walk-up basis or by calling 334.481.5100, or online through Ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.mpaconline.org or www.facebook.com/mpactheater.


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YOU CAN’T MAKE MUCH DIFFERENCE

FROM THE SIDELINE Our earliest students came to TROY to learn how to lead others. Today, our degree programs continue to attract those looking for careers shaping a life Brett Wilson Group Publisher, Parade Magazine Troy University Alumnus

of purpose... such as business.

If it is in your nature to contribute to the greater community, you’ll find a culture here that knows how to nurture that spirit. Troy University is not for everybody... it is for those who want to become somebody.

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Have a Vogue Holiday

24 busy bee 26 singled OUT A Romantic Death

30 connections Bro’s Night Out

36 two are BETTER Holiday Gift Guide

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38 Feature Story Tommy Shaw: Coming Home

44 socially SEEN 50 the LIST A Who’s Who of Young Leaders

60 Applause & Appraise 62 IN motion: The Thrill of the Hunt

64 Special Feature:

Humane Society: Hope for the Helpless

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68 Look, Listen, Lounge Hot new music, movies, books, places

70 Take 5 Five Holiday Happenings

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72 Friends, Trends, Odds & Ends 74 Now Hear This

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78 Behind the Scenes 80 when? what? where?

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from the GIRLS The River Region Guide for All Things Social vol. 4, Iss. 6 publisher kim traff Editors amanda mccoy amanda morrison Creative Director carl adams Contributing Designers bryan carter summer patterson Contributing Photographers bryan carter darren freeman brooke glassford hello gorgeous photography josh moates enlove photography

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t’s that time of year! Time to pull out our boots, watch the successes and failures of our favorite football teams and start making plans for the holidays… some anticipated and some dreaded. As Thanksgiving approaches, I have to give thanks for the incredible experiences that we have had over the past four years and give an even bigger thank you to our staunch supporters. If you have been following us for a while, you have probably incorporated us into some aspect of your social life, and we love you for it! We are working harder than ever to bring you more features, more entertainment and more information on all that Montgomery has to offer… so stay tuned because the best is yet to come. In this issue, you will laugh out loud with our Guys Night Out feature, sympathize with the Singled Out bachelor, reconnect with the beloved band STYX, and be enlightened to some great holiday gift ideas for your significant other. We’ll take you on a tour of the Montgomery Humane Society, help you create quick holiday recipes, teach you some hunting techniques, and more importantly, we will inspire you to ‘dress to impress’ for all of your holiday parties. Happy Holidays… we hope you enjoy this issue and our preview of what the season has in store!

A special thanks to Paul Majerick and Ron Johnson for bringing your incredible Ford Model A’s to our photo shoot!

Contributing Writers mark anderson kristi gates lindsey henig amanda morrison amanda mccoy crystal strickland blue sullivan jt thompson RSVP Team mallory anderson mary lackey bailey crystal strickland IT Director charles kamerling Advisory Board keith cousins karl dabbs ken woodard mike watson


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‘TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING The holidays can be stressful. Give your loved ones, or yourself, the gift of relaxation this season at the Spa at Montgomery. Gift cards are easy to wrap and guaranteed to fit. Located in the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center in downtown Montgomery, this uniquely designed spa is one of the best in the nation and offers everything from tempting hot stone massages and body treatments to signature facials and pedicures. Use an app like RedLaser on your smartphone to read the QR code to the right and receive 15% off your next spa treatment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Expires 12/31/2011.

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VOGUE Holiday

By Amanda McCoy and Crystal Strickland Photography by Aubrie Lemon Moates/ Hello Gorgeous Photography Hair by Mallory Spotswood Makeup by Rebekah Edwards/ LUSH Makeup Art Set styling by Evan G. Cooper Location: Ham and High restaurant 16

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s 2011 winds down, venture into the New Year in style. From sparkles to sequins to silk, our local boutiques have truly outdone themselves when it comes to holiday gear. Whether you will be attending a friend’s Christmas cocktail party or a glamorous New Year’s Eve extravaganza, let the city be your runway, and strike a pose wherever you go. Draped in these stunning holiday dresses, your dream guy won’t be able to resist meeting you under the mistletoe.

Above – Left to right: Asymmetrical nude dress, beaded necklace and chain bracelet: hue Studio. Sequin dress, gold bangles and studs: hue Studio. Ivory chiffon dress as seen on page 19 Opposite – Red cocktail dress, multicolored bracelet, ruby earrings: The Look Boutique. Hobo clutch: hue Studio

CONGRATULATIONS to the RSVP Montgomery and Hello Gorgeous 2011 Model Search winner

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Johannah Munck and Candice Hope.

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Let the color steal the show in this elegant and classy dress from Painted Pink.


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You'll be sure to sparkle in this metallic dress with faux leather leggings...no tinsel required!

Experience New Year’s Eve at the premier private club in Montgomery! Celebrate in style with a dining and dancing experience you will never forget with live entertainment by the Clint Darby Band, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight! NYE party favors will be given out all night long. Book a room at the newly renovated Embassy Suites Hotel and enjoy a cocktail reception before the ball, special room rate and full hot breakfast on New Year’s Day! Special Code Required. Members and guests of Members only. For more information or to make your reservations today, call

334.834.8920 Above – Dress, leggings and earrings: Opposite – Pink silk dress, gold chain necklace:


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JohannahMunck Go beyond basic black with a splash of holiday color. Don’t stop there...embellish this look with a pair of feather earrings.

Asymmetrical dress paired with leggings and red suede boots, feather earrings and silver costume ring:


This strapless colorblock dress, complete with electric blue necklace, will be a show stopper you can carry into the New Year.

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Have yourself a merry little Christmas party at Alley Station! Enjoy mild Alabama evenings on the Rooftop Terrace, close enough to reach up and touch Santa’s sleigh. Or bring

Take his breath away in this sophisticated red carpet look, polished with an ivory and gold necklace.

it indoors where the gorgeous Ballroom is ready for small, intimate gatherings or all-out holiday bashes—up to 700 people.  Beautiful Rooftop Terrace (Seats up to 350)

 Stunning Ballroom (Seats up to 350)  Freedom in choosing your own vendors  Expert help throughout planning process

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When it comes to holiday party food, why bite off more than you can chew? Literally.  Amidst the holiday frenzy, we understand it can be hard to whip something up for the neighbor’s annual Christmas party – but don’t panic, we have all you Busy Bees covered! This list of four quick yet tasty appetizer recipes from the kitchens of the RSVP gals will have your guests hanging around the snack table and leave you feeling like the next Martha Stewart.

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singled OUT

A Romantic Death In the last Singled Out, we heard a female’s take on breakup management, complete with angry girl music, wine therapy and finding inspiration through proverbs, friendship and ice cream. This month, the guys weigh in on their slightly different coping mechanisms.

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ost people have experienced hopeless moments in their lives. Often these experiences begin bad, get worse, and then as everyone says, time heals the pain. Whether these moments occur in hospital waiting rooms, college football stadiums or the comfort of home, they are never welcome. Similarly, most people have had their share of romance, romances or romantic interludes. Depending on your personality or stage in life, you may disagree with me. Regardless, I think these moments are almost always invited. It seems like an odd comparison to make. Yet when jammed together, these two words render a powerful accusation: hopeless romantic. I use the term accusation for two reasons.

Number one, I’m a guy and I’m trying to save just a little face. Number two, a lot of people that fall into this category deny it, even to themselves. The fact is, very few hopeless romantics admit it. That isn’t very surprising considering the phrase just isn’t, for the most part, pleasant. The idea of being hopeless in any aspect of your life is off-putting, but when used to describe one’s love life, it just seems cruelly unfair. Over time, I’ve heard many definitions, and some imply that your average hopeless romantic will never find happiness. However, I don’t think those definitions are correct. Of course, what do I know about any of it? Well, I used to be a hopeless romantic. Yes, I just admitted it. If you disregard the fact that my name doesn’t appear at the top of this article, it’s a fairly bold move. As I sit here watching television (and writing this article), I


can’t say that I once believed every person in this world would experience a Sleepless in Seattle romance during their lifetime. I feel like I’m more likely to fall off the Empire State Building than to find the love of my life up there. However, I did once believe that for most people there was someone that could be tolerated (if not loved) on a daily basis. Nonetheless, the last few years have definitely brought my reasoning into question. I won’t go into the specifics, but after two failed relationships in the last two years, I am starting to think it’s just not worth the effort. People get invested, expectations rise, and then it’s only a matter of time before someone ends up pissed off. It seems to me, relationships just aren’t made of the “happily ever after” stuff we see in the movies. After taking a sip of my scotch, I find myself thinking about Dudley Moore in Arthur (or maybe Russell Brand for the younger readers). With the exception of the uncontrolled alcoholism, he had it pretty good. Maybe I need my own Hobson? Someone to take care of me, run my baths for me and fetch me anything I need. In one quote from the movie, Arthur says to Hobson, “Oh, stay with me Hobson. You know how I hate to be alone.” Remembering that Arthur almost gives up $750 million to be with Linda, and that I can’t possibly afford

my own Hobson, I take another sip of scotch and move on. Working my way through the guide, I find several options: Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Groundhog Day and Coming to America. I love every one of these movies, so the choice should be difficult. It isn’t. I think to myself, “No to all three.” There is no room in my life for anymore of that. I want something with no underlying love affair. And just when I think finding something with no signs of romance is hopeless, there it is, my favorite movie of all time. Plus, it’s a man’s movie, complete with murder, prison fights, valuable lessons and absolutely NO romantic endings. I get a fresh drink and settle in to watch. Luckily I caught it with about two thirds left to go. This is exactly what I need. Although I’ve seen it many times before, I watch the entire thing without thinking. As it gets close to the end, just before the line is uttered, I say it to myself. Then I hear it on the television. In the words of Andy Dufresne, “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” Well crap.

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You know how the saying goes… “Bro’s before all the fascinating and charming women in your life.” Well, I think that is how it goes. Whether it’s your annual trip to the Iron Bowl, weekly poker night or just an epic night on the town – It doesn’t have to look like a Ketel One commercial, but every guy knows what it is, it’s Bro’s Night Out. It’s that distinctive time guys all need – a time to bond combined with a license to be stupid. It’s high fives, fist bumps, insults and horribly inappropriate demeaning nicknames; it’s time with the boys, it’s Bro time. Case in point: One Spanish dude running down a street in his pajamas being chased by a herd of bulls looks a bit like an idiot; however, a group of Spanish dudes running down the street in their pajamas being chased down the street by a herd of bulls is, frankly, pretty damn awesome. The license to be stupid is why we have bros in the first place, and things are just better when it’s you and your crew. When you get together with the boys you can just be yourself, and if you aren’t, they are the first ones to call you out on it. We’re just not that complicated; we don’t have to express our deepest feelings or share our life goals.

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All we need is to have fun, find ourselves in the company of other Y chromosomes, maybe get a little rowdy and not worry about anything for a while. There is just something special about sitting around having a drink while being insulted by some of your best friends and, God forbid, you have an attractive sister because you will never hear the end of it. This is the fundamental difference between men and women. We don’t have to open up to one another and be vulnerable to be close friends. Our definition of vulnerable is playing any sport without a cup. Our bonding is born of the shared experience: the big game, the great hunt, the road trip or just a day paddling the river. It is watching your team win the National Championship together, despite the fact that this is one of the few occasions in which it is acceptable for bros to hug and weep openly. This is the type of experience that fuels our friendships. It’s what we talk about (over and over and over) when we get together; fools reveling in our folly. With all due respect, this is why Girl’s Night Out doesn’t hold a candle to Bro’s Night Out. It is, in fact, the polar opposite: 1. It never would take place at a spa or any venue with the word “Tapas” on the menu. 2. We would never all sing along if some life affirming song started playing. 3. It does not by definition exclude the opposite sex. In fact, it often affirmatively attempts to include the opposite sex (with varying degrees of success), despite the fact that our behavior quite often leads to a de facto exclusion of women. Every night does not have to be epic, half the fun is the simple camaraderie of sitting around enjoying libations while talking about our war stories, great sporting events and saying kind and complimentary things about the women in our life. It is never “how do you feel about that”; it is “remember when” or even better, “watch this” and yes, some of the greatest of these moments can include a trip to the emergency room. We are not kind, we are not supportive, and we give each other hell and enjoy every minute of it. Nevertheless, there is simply no substitute for time with your buds.


All men (should) know this, but the following is a simple guideline for a Bro’s Night Out: Required Bro’s Night Out occasions: All you can drink _________ night (exception: anything with an umbrella in it); St. Patrick’s Day; the _________ Championship Game; Desperation Day (February 13). 

Suggested occasions for a Bro’s Night Out: All you can eat ________night (exception: salad) ;The premiere of “The Hangover 2: Prague”; anything involving the recreational use of a firearm; any event where, while smoking cigars and drinking Scotch, you could be goaded by your bros into the purchase of an expensive shotgun, South American fishing trip or completely untrained bird dog.* *I can neither confirm nor deny whether the author of this article has made all three such purchases

Forbidden occasions for Bro’s Night Out: Dance recitals (exception: exotic); anything involving babies; any event where you will be offered Botox or could end up going home with a large selection of Tupperware; finally, of course, brunch.

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ith the high stresses of careers, children, bills etc., the concept of “aging gracefully” can be seemingly hopeless. But we know that feeling beautiful begins with feeling confident in our own skin, and that is the underlying fundamental of Laser Wellness, where Medicine Meets Beauty. The gracious and talented staff at Laser Wellness render an experience truly luxurious and rejuvenating, leaving clients with a more youthful feeling and appearance. Passionate about meeting the full range of patient healthcare needs, Doctors Mark and Kathy Lindsey created Laser Wellness as an expansion of Alabama Family Practice. The dynamic board-certified physicians have been in practice since 1995, and are thrilled to welcome Medical Aesthetician Debbie Russell, a highly acclaimed authority in the aesthetics industry, as the facility’s director. While aesthetic treatments can be intimidating for the firsttime patron, the welcoming staff and serene, spa-like atmosphere ease any apprehension. Debbie meets with all new patients, determining their needs and carefully constructing the best treatment plan. In addition to the available non-invasive aesthetic procedures, the physicians can compose a natural weight loss and meal supplement program for patients. Whether you are seeking mere relaxation, a safe nutrition plan for effective weight loss, or full aesthetic treatment, Laser Wellness will readily help meet the needs of all ages. “I feel that one of best gifts to give or receive is the gift of beautiful skin. Helping clients accomplish this goal has been the most rewarding aspect of the aesthetics business for me. Doctors Mark and Kathy Lindsey and I seek the most innovative treatments and products so that we can deliver to the client the most practical options available. Along with Doctors Lindseys’ support and direction, our team offers a truly unique experience.” – Debbie Russell The most popular procedures include: Exilis Non-Invasive Fat Reduction and Skin Tightening, Laser Hair Removal, Leg Vein Treatment, Botox Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, Chemical Peels, IPL Rejuvenation, Teen Acne Treatments, DermaSweep Microdermabrasion, Relaxing Facials and Waxing. Our Skin Care Products, Cosmetics and Supplements, which include SkinMedica, ColoreScience, Glo, Clarisonic, Thorne and Vital Nutrient Supplements, are all Medical Grade Products. 34

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We may never discover the fountain of youth, but we have certainly discovered the secret behind aging gracefully. Reward yourself at Laser Wellness, and you will leave refreshed, revitalized and confident in your skin.

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE By Lindsey Henig

If you’re anything like me, holiday anxiety has already set in. The gift list, the Christmas tree, stocking stuffers, holiday parties...oh my! It’s all right around the corner, and there is a lot to be done. For me, the largest part of holiday time is centered on finding that perfect gift for each member of our family. ‘Tis the season for fighting shopping crowds and finding free online shipping codes! Oh, but it’s not always a walk in the park. Be it for the Dad who has it all, or the niece that’s easy to buy for, there’s always a challenge that awaits us. I’ve done some research for you (and gotten in the holiday spirit!) on this year’s top gifts for everyone on your list.

1) Anyone: Apple iPad 2 ($499) I would be lying if I told you this wasn’t #1 on my personal list. We all know the cold hard truth: The iPad is the best tablet to experience the web, email, photos and video. Hands down. With apps galore and a large multi-touch screen, this is an amazingly powerful machine that adults and kids alike have all come to adore. 2) Techie family member: Sony Bloggie Touch Camera ($100-$150) The Sony Bloggie Touch is a Full HD pocket camcorder that also takes 12-megapixel photos. This 2-in-1 tech

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gadget has a 3-inch capacitive touch screen that automatically adjusts for vertical or horizontal shooting and viewing, enabling customers to shoot video right-handed, left-handed, rightside-up or even upside-down. Just don’t try doing that all at once, or after a night of holiday cocktails.

Mom, sister or best friend: Inspire Bracelets ($49.95)

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It is no secret that we are obsessed with Red Envelope, and this year they do not disappoint. These graceful, delicate bracelets are a throwback from the old days of giving ID bracelets. The pendants are slightly curved to fit the contour of your wrist and are made of sterling silver. Available in three different styles to meet any gifting desire: Cross (faith), circle (friend), heart (love). 4) Dad or hubby: Ballpark Cuff Links (starting at $179.95) Talk about totally knocking it out of the park! This is perfect for the welldressed sports enthusiast in your family. Whether he’s a Yankee or a Dodger fan, there is a set just for him! Crafted from salvaged stadium seats from America’s favorite baseball stadiums, each one is unique.

First time grandparent:

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Handprint Canvas Kit ($39.95) What better way to brag about your grandkids than by using their cutest body parts for


your entry way artwork? These four colorful canvases beg for tiny hand and footprints, or even a toddler masterpiece.

even more comfy. Just another reason for her to live in them all winter long.

6) Far away relative: Hickory Farms Home for the Holidays Gift Box: ($55) It can be hard to be creative when it comes to your loved ones who live far away. If you’re tired of sending gift cards, you’ll be excited to send something a little more indulgent this year. You'll be giving Hickory Farms’ Signature Beef as well as Italian Style Summer Sausage, an assortment of three cheeses, Sweet Hot, Honey and Pineapple Mustards and savory crackers bring it all together. The best way to your favorite great aunt’s heart is through something yummy and delicious!

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7) Wife, sister-inlaw or favorite coworker: Stripe Dreamy

Your favorite toddler: Mattel Sing-A-Ma-

Jigs ($12.99) These things are side-splitting hilarious, and if your toddler doesn’t think so, I know you will. These free spirited, off beat little critters actually harmonize with each other when they start to sing. With their zany looks, they work in harmonizing mode, each Sing-A-Ma-Jig singing in harmony with their other Sing-A-Ma-Jig friends (sold separately). The more your little one collects, the larger the chorus and the better the sound! I’ve already put this on my 2-year-old’s Santa list.

9) Wine enthusiast: Vinturi Wine Aerator for Red Wines ($39.95) This item is a staple in my own home; we never drink a glass of red without it! This easy-to-clean acrylic wine aerator instantly aerates your glass of red wine while you pour, for better flavor and a much smoother finish. Simply pour your wine through the aerator into a glass and you never have to wait for your wine to breathe again.

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Teenage nephew or adolescent husband: uControl Cloud Force

RC Helicopter ($59.99) Your favorite nephew will want to run outside on Christmas morning and give this baby a spin. Test your limits and fly missions up to 80 feet away with this rechargeable Cloud Force RC Helicopter. It features unique gyroscope technology for the smoothest, most stable flight experience ever. Go forward, backward, left and right. It even banks and hovers like a real helicopter! Authentic and detailed styling adds to the fun.

Cotton Pant ($45) Holiday time always brings a new robe or pair of slippers with the cold weather. This year, try and replace her last year's flannels with this season's stripes. The Stripe Dreamy Cotton Pants have an extra hint of stretch (not that you’ll be over eating…), making them

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Tommy Shaw–

Coming Home By Amanda Morrison • Photo by Ash Newell


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t was the RSVP interview a lifetime in the making when I was privileged to speak with Montgomery’s most famous rock legend and the man who made my maiden name famous. Growing up as a Shaw, it was a family event anytime he was nearby on tour, and a television appointment to see my daddy’s first cousin on American Bandstand, Solid Gold or watch Miami Vice while Tubbs and Crockett cruised in a convertible rocking to his first solo release, Girls with Guns. No matter your last name, his music takes you back and at the same time, carries you forward. As Montgomerians, he is our collective cousin; a proud relative whose Alabama heritage remains relevant to his artistry. Tommy Shaw was born in Montgomery on September 11, 1953 to Dalton and Mildred Shaw, the baby among his older siblings Danny, Jimmy and Renee. Long before becoming the front man of STYX, Tommy was a simple kid growing up in Prattville when the performance bug first hit. “I would watch the Ed Sullivan Show and stand by the television and imitate Sammy Davis, Jr.” Tommy admits his dancing moves were not up to par. He continued, “I kept thinking if I could just have something in my hands… and then I saw the Beatles.” That live performance made a lasting impression on young Shaw as he entered and won the 4-H talent show at Prattville Junior High, performing the British band’s hit, I Saw Her Standing There. His mother still has the blue ribbon.

High, he tried a group class but found it “boring and rudimentary” when the other students seemed to be there out of obligation. He realized to master the craft, his best bet was to learn from practical experience, so he began to spend more time with his neighbors who shared his innate passion. During this time, Tommy went from having a good ear to learning more difficult chords. He would perform on his front porch to the cars passing by his Madison Avenue address and pretend they were his audience. His talent quickly progressed and at the ripe age of 13, through his connection to Rod Henley who was the dance band leader at Troy State University, he began playing in local clubs and bars. His early musical influences ranged from country to R & B to jazz, and having earned money as a musician since his early teens, his logical step after graduating from Robert E. Lee High School was to move to Nashville. There he eventually met the musicians that would soon lead him to worldwide fame. For the next three years, he toured with a group called MSFunk, and while this time was financially uncertain, Tommy’s talent as a live performer was never in question. “About 1975 when disco and the oil embargo hit, we were driving through Iowa when we got pulled over and the car and U-Haul with all of our equipment was repo’d.” Tommy knew they were broke but had no idea they were skipping payments, so at this point he realized there was only one thing to do – go back to Alabama.

The thrill of victory was soon overshadowed with the news most kids fear – the family was moving to Montgomery. Tommy reminisced, “Back then, we might as well have been moving a world away, which is funny to think about now… but all I knew as a kid was I wouldn’t be seeing my friends anymore.” As fate would have it, this move proved to be most pivotal for the up-and-coming icon. His new neighbors were an eclectic mix of ages, and many were musicians who took an adolescent Tommy under their wing. Increasingly interested, he convinced his hardworking father, an Alagasco employee, and his musically inclined mother to present him with his first guitar on his 10th birthday. “My oldest brother says after that, they never saw me again. I was always in my room practicing.” To learn the instrument, while attending school at Capitol Heights Junior

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The Kiss audience was not exactly blown away by the local band’s performance, but Tommy was. He left the large arena stage wanting more. Shortly after, based on the recognition he received while performing with MSFunk in Chicago, he received the phone call to join STYX. It was 1975 and within a few years, performing at the Fox Theatre, he was presented his first gold record for the Grand Illusion. This was the moment he knew he “had made it.” The Alabama native went on to write some of the groups largest hits including Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man), Renegade, Blue Collar Man and Too Much Time on My Hands. Returning meant a steady gig at Kegler’s Cove inside Bama Lanes, where he played with childhood friends in a band called Harvest. The bowling alley may not have been the most glamorous, but this time afforded Tommy the hometown connection for his band to be a last-minute fill in as the opening act to Kiss. Preparing for the show at Garrett Coliseum, completely green to the business, Tommy naively asked Gene Simmons when his band would get their sound check. “I’ll never forget Gene taking me aside and telling me ‘how this thing works.’ He was in his platform shoes and all – but he was nice enough to let us have the sound check and over the years we have become friends.”

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Now four decades later, after playing with both the Damn Yankees and Shaw Blades, Tommy remains on the road about 200 days per year performing with STYX. Despite the demands of this touring schedule, he remains devoted to creating quality music that keeps true to the heart of who he is, even when it challenges him beyond his level of comfort. This is evidenced by his latest solo project, a bluegrass album titled The Great Divide, which connects his songwriting and musical abilities from stories of his past to newfound talents, such as playing the mandolin. This endeavor spans generations and is one of coming full circle, finding his way home and fully reconnecting with the music that set him on his path as a child in Alabama.


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“I think my dad would be charmed to have his story immortalized. He was a fan of my music. I think he would be able to relate more to this than anything I’ve ever done,” says Tommy. During the process of the album, Tommy realized another truth – mother knows best. He recounts, “She always said things will work out, and they always do.” With that optimism, The Great Divide compels listeners to a personal journey of hope and discovery. Authentic in delivery, this album is also available in vinyl. Tommy deliberately chose this medium to accurately deliver the music of his roots, and from the texture of the paper sleeve to cover artwork, he toiled over each detail. “It is a ritual [playing an album] from selecting from the sleeve to placing it on the turntable. It is an experience, tangible like a book – something to be cherished.” His phenomenal range as an artist scales even higher than his trademarked tenor sound. Tommy’s voice summons audiences to listen, and his stage presence as a guitarist and performer commands the crowd to willfully engage. His vocal register and charisma remain as strong as ever, and perhaps the only thing more powerful than his sound is his relentless passion for music. Much like the grooves on a vinyl recording, Montgomery is etched into the core of this legendary musician. Though Los Angeles based, he still occasionally enjoys meals of fried chicken, collard greens and fried okra with his wife Jeanne (whom you may have seen recently on Bravo’s Flipping Out). His siblings remain in Alabama, along with his mother, to whom the lyrics of The Great Divide seem intended: “Please wait for me, I’ll be coming home. Please pray for me, I’ll be coming home.” Luckily, the wait is over. Join RSVP Montgomery as we welcome Tommy home, performing live with STYX on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. For tickets: www.mpaconline.com. www.styxworld.com; www.tommyshaw.com; www.thegreatdividemusic.com

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Since opening in July 2009, AlleyBAR has been the host venue for a variety of creative and exciting private events. During the Air Force Information Technology Convention that takes place at the Renaissance Convention Center in August each year, L-3 Stratis has chosen AlleyBAR to host their event three years in a row. This year was exceptionally fun as AlleyBAR’s Back Alley was transformed into an action packed casino with Black Jack, Texas Hold’em, Craps and Roulette from Good Fellas Gambling of Birmingham. Attendees enjoyed barbeque provided by Dreamland and an open bar hosted by L-3 Stratis. Upon entering, guests gave a monetary donation in exchange for “play” money to use on the gambling tables. All donations benefited the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. As the donations rolled in throughout the night, it was difficult to heed Kenny Rogers’ advice to, “Never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.”

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The Riverwalk was abuzz with an abundance of food and wine patrons Since opening inofJuly 2009,8AlleyBAR beenannual Riverwalk on the afternoon October during thehas second the host venue a variety ofofcreative and100 types of wine were Wine Festival. Anfor ample variety more than exciting private events. During Air John ForceBull Band flooded the uncorked, while the buoyant soundsthe of the warm fall air. Upon admission, guests were Information Technology Convention thatgreeted takes with the ultimate souvenir bag, which included an etched commemorative wine glass, a place at the Renaissance Convention Center comprehensive wine list, a fresh French baguette and door prize ticket. in August each year, L-3 Stratis has chosen Toward the festival’s conclusion, the impressive list of door prizes were AlleyBAR to host theirbottles event of three awarded, which included wine,years restaurant gift certificates in aeven row.a This yearIIwas exceptionally funhunger as and Harriott cruise for two. When struck, a variety Back Alley was into heaping portions ofAlleyBAR’s restaurant vendors lined thetransformed walkway, offering ofanappetizers and hors d’oeuvres, Havana Dreamin’ presented a action packed casino with and Black Jack, Texas huge selection of cigars. Once the Riverwalk ran dry, a rambunctious Hold’em, Craps and Roulette from Good Fellas crowd climbed aboard the Harriott II for an early evening cruise on Gambling of Birmingham. the Alabama River. The weather was on our side, as the temperature Attendees enjoyed provided hovered around 80 degreesbarbeque and provided a light breeze throughout this by Dreamland and an open bar hosted L-3 most beautiful and remarkable all-afternoon event at one of ourbycity’s unique Stratis.venues. Upon entering, guests gave a monetary

donation in exchange for “play” money to use on the gambling tables. All donations benefited the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. As the donations rolled in throughout the night, it was difficult to heed Kenny Rogers’ advice to, “Never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.”

A special thanks to Troy University for sponsoring the wine bags, Alley Station for sponsoring the etched wine glasses, and to The Renaissance Hotel and Spa for providing the French baguettes and special room rates. Wine: Alabama Crown, Bodega de Mendoza, Global Wines, Grassroots Distributors, International Wines, M&J Wines, MBC United, Pinnacle Imports, Rush Wines and The Wine Source. Food vendors: Roux, The Deli at Alley Station, Midtown Pizza Kitchen, Peppertree Steaks N’ Wines, Earthfare and The Vintage Olive. Artist: Carol Barksdale Thank you Ken Reynolds for all your hard work in making this event a success!


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he Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Montgomery Biscuits baseball team, took on a completely original genre on the night of Friday, October 14. Guests were invited to a Big Time, Big Top Event, and that is exactly what they got!  The event was circus themed, designed by Bob Vardaman of Events Management, and benefited Montgomery AIDS Outreach at its annual fundraiser, Dining with Friends. Bob, dressed as the ring master in a top hat and tails, took advantage of the historic portion of the stadium that faced Tallapoosa Street to ensure the Big Top feel, rafters and all. Guests entered the box office foyer to find two pairs of vaudevillian style burlesque dancers, high atop the guests’ heads, performing vintage side show acts, including fan dances, umbrella twirls and juggling.  Suspended from the rafters was a masked femme fatale twirling

from her lyra hoop to the crowd’s amazement.  Doorways were draped in red velour, spot lights shown across the crowd, and masked servers passed popcorn and corn dogs from hollowed out guitars.  After guests filled the room to brimming proportion, a gong sounded and the red curtains rose to reveal the 300 foot hallway with 26 tables in single file, covered in popcorn boxes and multicolored balloons. After guests feasted on a dinner of either “The Famous Disappearing Burger” or “The Rubber Chicken and Noodle Plate,” another curtain was raised to expose the Big Top Cupcake display of more than 300 cupcakes. The night proceeded with more mind blowing performances from the same femme fatale and the Hot Toddies Flaming Cabaret, amazing the crowd with sparkling fans, blazing hula hoops, torch umbrellas, fire balls and fire eating. Guests continued to dance to the rocking music provided by DJ Jeff of Absolute Entertainment until the party ended. It was a Big Time.

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A special thanks to: ServisFirst Bank, Alley Station, Stivers Ford-Lincoln, Doug's 2 Salon-Spa, Photography by Jon Cook, Montgomery Biscuits, City of Montgomery, Moody & Hodgson CPA, LWT Advertising, Slate+Carter+Comer Attorneys at Law, EventDrapery.com, PPI Design Production, Marquirette’s Fine Jewelry, Alabama Graphics, Denny Davis Advertising, Audio-Video Resources, Inc., Dr. Marla Wohlman, Mr. John Crews, Louisa's Bakery, Megalicious Cupcakes, Cooper Cupcakes, Liger's Bakery, McKinney Cakes, Fleur de Lis Catering, Shashy's Bakery, Cool Beans.


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DAVID DICKENSAUGE, JR. With a resume teeming with culinary accolades, David Dickensauge, Jr., Executive Chef and Operational Partner of ROUX, brings his exploding hometown flavor to Montgomery. The Louisiana native first developed his deep love for the art of true New Orleans Cajun cuisine at 16 while working under the tutelage of Chef Jamie Shannon at Commander’s Palace. Dedicated to achieving a true understanding of his vocation, David then went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of New Orleans and the University of Alabama with a degree in hotel and restaurant management. He then journeyed across the country, soaking up knowledge across many different restaurant styles and cultures, including Walt Disney World, Biloxi casinos, the University of Alabama and even worked unpaid for six months at the only five-star restaurant in Chicago. “Leaving my family behind was tough… but I needed to travel in order to learn different approaches to the culinary world.” Today, the proud father of 3-year-old Jacob is thrilled with the opportunity to give his customers a taste of New Orleans at ROUX, and there is never a second that passes when he doesn’t truly love what he does.

KATHERINE TRANTHAM Sophisticated from her design down to her dress, Interior Designer Katherine Trantham is quickly making a name for herself. Although she graduated from The University of Alabama only four years ago, the Florida native already owns her own business, Katherine Rebecca Interior Styles, in tandem with managing custom design projects with Gardner Carpet One.  Upon graduation, the young designer made the bold decision to move to an unfamiliar city, where she worked under designer Phillip Sides, whom she credits with having a significant impact on her professional success, for three years before branching out to create her own brand.  Katherine’s love of travel has proved fruitful in her career, as she finds inspiration in different cultures and styles. “Being exposed to cultures, environments and experiences outside my daily routine offers a complete recharge of design inspiration for me,” she notes.Although, she acknowledges Montgomery definitely isn’t lacking in talented tradesmen and local artists that help keep her clients dreaming big.“There are so many national and regional gems here amongst small town charm.” An absolute people person, Katherine thrives on being outside, whether it is sightseeing in a different city or merely enjoying outdoor happy hour with friends.  Visit www.krinteriorstyles.com to see her work.

MICHAEL SERDULA Michael Serdula, Executive Chef for The Olive Room, is an inspiring example of self-taught success. Formerly the Sous Chef for Amsterdam Café in Auburn and the Executive Sous Chef for SaZa’s Serious Italian Food, Michael began his culinary career as a salad cook before discovering his full potential. In addition to delighting customers with his passed-down family recipes and contemporary food creations, Michael is actively involved in benefiting the community through participation in charity events such as The Blackout Cancer Event and 86 Hunger. With his strong passion for advocating the continued growth of the city, Michael is an ardent supporter of outsourcing from local companies including Destin Connection and the Hampstead Farms. “I am trying my best to contribute to that end goal of being the best culinary city in Alabama.” The soon-to-be husband attributes his success to the unwavering support and guidance from his family, who instilled in him the importance of “not getting complacent with being just good enough.” 52

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JOE HOWARD He might describe himself as an introvert, but the ambitious Joe Howard is busy paving the way for the creative arts in Montgomery. A savvy businessman by day as a Wireless and Data Solution Consultant for the Sprint/Nextel Corporation, the entrepreneur recently launched a swanky modeling group titled The House of Suave’ and is gearing up to host his first fashion show on November 27. The University of Troy graduate is thrilled with the opportunity to provide clients with their needed wireless and data solutions offered by Sprint/Nextel, but hasn’t lost sight of his creative vision. In addition to The House of Suave’, Joe is concluding his first solo book “Choice Words,” an eclectic collection of poetry, and he is in the initial stages of commencing a nonprofit agency geared toward benefiting underprivileged youth – but his involvement doesn’t yield there. The avid golfer is adamant on allowing his walk of life to create paths for others, and is an active member in church ministries, a speaker for the Family Sunshine Center, a volunteer for Partners in Education, and proud husband and father to his beautiful wife Sancha and son Myson. A self-proclaimed “gym rat,” Joe is a health and fitness enthusiast and is always, no surprise here, dressed to the nines.

JASON BAKER Although the recession has sadly seen the close of many small businesses, the superior customer service and dedication to quality of Jason Baker, Vice President of Baker’s Framing and Art Supplies, has caused his family business to continue to thrive. Jason began his career at Baker’s as a part-time employee in high school, and after graduating from Auburn University at Montgomery, he came aboard full time. As an art aficionado himself, Jason has since been thrilled with the opportunity to assist clients in finding the ideal complement to their prized artwork. “Custom framing is an art in itself…I enjoy helping new and old customers find that perfect piece for their frame.” Outside of the store, the avid golf and tennis player teaches 2-year-old Sunday School, and as a father to a young boy himself, also serves on the YMCA Boys Work Committee. Although Jason is a staunch supporter of the newly revitalized downtown area, he takes every chance he can to escape to Lake Martin with his family and golden retriever, Bogie.

JOY RANDOLPH CLINKSCALE Fueled by creativity and determination, Joy Randolph Clinkscale is a triple threat – dedicated, business wise and incredibly talented. In addition to her role as a Graphics Operator for WSFA 12 News, the go getter is also the founder and owner of two businesses, JRGraffix Creative Solutions LLC, a graphic design service, and Fitfully Made Boutique, a vibrant collection of female athletic apparel. “Even though I do a lot, one thing that is common in all of them is the opportunity to create,” says the Troy University graduate of her multi-faceted career. Joy previously served as a Marketing Supervisor for MMI Outdoor, but it was her love of fitness that influenced her creation of the boutique, where each item of clothing is custom designed. And as if she isn’t busy enough, the new mother is also an amateur figure competitor and has even been featured in Oxygen Magazine – making her professional bodybuilder husband proud. Even with all her remarkable accomplishments, Joy still hasn’t lost her thirst. “I’ve learned that no amount of talent or skill can replace consistency and persistence in achieving your goals.”


KIMBERLY CAUTHEN Blessed with a huge voice and even bigger dreams, Kim Cauthen is making noise in the River Region – literally. The Hooper Academy graduate ventured to Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute after high school, where she studied Opera, and then completed her studies in English at Huntingdon College. In addition to her current role as the Director of Fundraising and Collaborative Agreements for the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the brunette beauty also manages a blog titled Montgomery Underground, a compilation of under-the-radar local artists, musicians and upcoming shows. Of course, Kim is not always behind the scenes – the emerging songwriter also plays the violin and fiddle for band Distant Kin and makes guest appearances as a singer in swing band The LoFi Loungers.Truly dedicated to promoting the culture and youth of the city, Kim notes, “Helping a young person pursue their dreams is so rewarding…it’s great to be behind something that I truly believe in.” Outside of the office and when she doesn’t have her hands on an instrument, the Italian/French cinema enthusiast can be found at the Capri Theatre in Cloverdale with her boyfriend, Hunter.

MELODY KITCHEN A steadfast supporter of the importance of health awareness, Melody Kitchen, Public Relations Manager for Baptist Health, fights for the cause both inside the hospital walls and out. Born with an unyielding thirst for knowledge, the Texas native received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Tech University, during which she served as the Public Relations Specialist for the university’s Health and Sciences Center. Upon graduation, the diehard Texas Tech fan left The Lone Star State for Sweet Home Alabama, where she worked her way up at Baptist Health from Communications Specialist to her current role. Melody also serves as the Mission and Advocacy Chair for the American Cancer Society’s Junior Executive Board, where she has the unique ability to provide guidance through her inspiring survivor story. “I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in college. I’m 11 years cancer free, and I want everyone who is diagnosed with cancer to be able to say the same thing.” Although her strength serves as an inspiration to many, Melody credits her courage to both her mother and husband Sebastian for their unwavering love and encouragement.

TASHA SCOTT Born with an incredible entrepreneurial spirit, Tasha Scott is a firm believer in dreaming big. And with her devotion and dedication, the Scott Realtime Reporting founder/owner has successfully turned her dreams into a reality. As a certified court reporter that specializes in CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation), Tasha provides a service for the hearing disabled in the business, education and government sectors. “I love that with my business I am able to build long, lasting relationships and ultimately create opportunities for others. It is very humbling to hear a student or professional say ‘thanks for helping me.’” Her compassion and servant heart extends past the courtroom as well; the Prince Institute of Professional Studies graduate has also found a calling in motivational speaking, and has launched a mentor group for junior high and high school girls titled GEMStones. Although she commends local organizations such as the Small Business Incubator and Chamber of Commerce for their direction and support in the growth of her business, Tasha’s greatest inspiration is her family – husband Morris and daughter Milah. “I want to leave a legacy for my daughter that it’s okay to dream BIG.” 56

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Come see what’s new at EastChase this holiday! Whether you prefer the smell of fresh pine or warm Christmas cookies right out of the oven, Yankee Candle has holiday aromas for every taste. With an extraordinary variety of sizes, accessories and fragrances, your home can be filled with the scent of the holidays from Thanksgiving all the way through the New Year, as their large jars burn for up to 150 hours! Christmas will be in the air with top seller Balsam and Cedar (large jar), Be Jolly (large tumbler), spiced pumpkin (medium tumbler paired with potpourri) and classic favorite Christmas Cookie (small jar). With their superior quality, it is no wonder Yankee Candle is described as “America’s Best Loved Candle.”

Put some style in your step this holiday season with the tremendous selection of designer footwear at DSW. With countless rows of every style from bejeweled flats to stacked pumps, it is the dream of anyone with a shoe shopping obsession. Prepare yourself for the winter chill with their chic collection of boots, including this striking red ankle boot by Impo and sleek camel boot by Charles David. DSW also offers a variety of handbags to complete your look. Come today to visit EastChase’s new haven of designer shoes for less.

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Dracula By Kristi Gates

Photo by David Robertson Jr.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s take on “Dracula” harkened back to the early roots of vampire lore. There were no sparkly Twilight or synthetic blood-drinking True Blood references to be found. As Juri Henley-Cohn, who commanded attention as Dracula, said in promotional interviews, “This is the traditional one. This is the story that everything else has been based upon.”

Even so, “Dracula” succeeded in presenting a rare combination of horror and comedy, the latter of which was mostly due to Renfield’s character, played to the hilt by Greg Jackson. Even Dracula himself made some hilariously biting remarks – sorry, couldn’t help myself – delivered perfectly by Juri so the audience felt they were the only ones in on the alarming turn of events to come. But make no mistake, those looking for chills and thrills were certainly satisfied, as “Dracula” continuously churned out genuinely frightening and surprising scenes. Impressive and detailed staging perfectly set an ominous and dark mood, in addition to copious amounts of blood, fog and pyrotechnics. Some of the audience members even became a part of the action, much to their surprise! The cast and crew of “Dracula” indeed outdid themselves, turning in a thoroughly entertaining and groundbreaking ASF production that had audience members abuzz at the close of the curtain.

Chicago By Kim Traff The Montgomery Performing Arts Centre came alive when one of the most loved bands in history performed on October 14.  With 50 hit songs, 18 gold records, a Grammy and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it’s no wonder that Chicago had a sell-out show filled with dedicated fans wanting to “Stay the Night.”    Opening with the “Ballet/Make Me Smile” medley and “Along Comes a Woman,” the band roared through several songs off its first five albums. Being one of their younger fans, I was looking forward to some of the later albums filled with ballads that many of us played repeatedly after a break up.  A personal highlight was watching founding members Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow and Walt Parazaider rock through the two-hour set with incredible enthusiasm, showmanship and sound. Other highlights of the night included Robert Lamm performing his free form introduction to “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is” as trumpet player Lee Loughnane sang hitting sky high notes.  Keith Howland did a great job filling Terry Kath’s shoes as he performed “If You Leave Me Now,” while bassist Jason Scheff (Peter Cetera’s replacement) stole the show with “You’re the Inspiration.” Even with their newer contemporary songs, the band did a great job of keeping the big band sound we love.   As band members left the stage, fans demanded an encore.  Chicago reappeared and rocked MPAC with show stopper “25 or 6 to 4.”  Despite its long history, this is not a band clinging to past glory… Chicago continues to put on an incredible show! 60

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‘TIS THE SEASON The holidays are meant to be a time to enjoy those around you. This year, start a new tradition and let go of all the stress that comes with planning holiday parties. The Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill is prepared to take care of your every detail and request. With multiple indoor and outdoor venues, a professionally trained staff and festive décor, the Marriott at Capitol Hill promises to deliver a unique and memorable event.

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Hunt The Thrill of the

The day was August 17th. The year was 2005. The temperature was, well, it was August. I was a junior at The University of Alabama, and I had borrowed my parent’s camcorder to film my good buddy, Philip Pitts, shoot his first hog with a bow. After an hour of hunting, we waded through knee-deep, snake infested water and got close enough for Philip to make a perfect shot on his first wild Alabama hog. Fast forward through a six-year rollercoaster and you will find us doing the same exact thing. Traveling the world, living every hunter’s dream, hosting the TV show Endless Season Outdoors. And yes, this is an absolute dream. After hunting in more than 20 states and into Alberta and Saskatchewan, people often ask us what is our favorite state to hunt. Our reply is always the same – Sweet Home Alabama. Alabama has so much to

offer, with so many different species to hunt, generous bag limits and long hunting seasons; when it comes to hunting, it is hard to beat our home state. Organizations and businesses like Alabama Black Belt Adventures and Mossy Oak Properties Alabama Land Crafters are doing a great job in helping hunters find places to hunt.

That’s why over the last few years we have been blessed to capture some great footage even when we weren’t on the road. Many people seem to be under the impression that they have to spend thousands of dollars and drive hundreds of miles to go on a good hunt, and that is just not the case. Alabama, especially the Black Belt, has some unbelievable hunting. In fact, some of the best hunting in the state is found right here in the River Region. From deer to turkeys to hogs and all kinds of small game, there is always something for everyone to enjoy.

By Jacob Walker But even though there is always something to hunt in Alabama, fall is a special time of year because it is what so many families and friends look forward to. Like the connection that a parent and a child create when sitting under a white oak tree together, or even if it is just that one weekend a year when someone can get out in the woods and escape the stress of everyday life. For so many hunters, this time of year is magical. The leaves are starting to change and that chill is in the air. This is the time of year we live for. Hunters are a special breed. We are conservationists and once again, hunting season is upon us. Jacob Walker and his partner Philip Pitts host the hunting show Endless Season Outdoors on the Pursuit Channel.


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Mark your calendars for our Christmas Open House on November 12th from 10am-5pm Live music all day by Brandon Self and Henry Pugh, refreshments and plenty of shopping! Consignments are also accepted upon met requirements. For information on pricing and how to reserve your space call:

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MHS Provides

Hope for the Helpless

Steven Tears, Executive Director

By Jamie Thompson Photography by Kim Box

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a proud parent of three Montgomery Humane Society (MHS) pets including our doxies, Pebbles and BamBam, and our self-potty trained cat, Snickers, it is always rewarding to visit their former foster home and catch up with Executive Director, Steven Tears. The Montgomery Humane Society continues a great service to our four-legged, furry community and the humans who love them. One of the most exciting announcements from MHS is the upcoming dog park to be located at Blount Cultural Park. This came about when our city was a national finalist in the running for a $100,000 grant from PetSafe to construct a dog park, and despite over 26,000 votes in our favor, the grant was awarded to Huntington, West Virginia. Because of the local interest generated during this contest, the city responded by allocating half the funding for this park, and along with private and corporate donors, the dream is becoming a reality in the Blount Cultural Park. Already, the fence has been delivered and construction is underway, beginning this fall. Steven says,

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“Every update I receive on fundraising events, major donors and corporate support leaves me no doubt that Montgomery will have the benchmark ‘Dog Park’ for the state.” Our doggies can’t wait! While private contributions for the Dog Park have poured in, the funding for this project has been a double-edged sword for the Montgomery Humane Society. The support will go a long way toward building the park; however, ongoing contributions are needed to sustain the day-to-day operations at MHS. It’s important to remember that if you’d like to make a donation, you mark “Shelter Needs” on your check so that the funds will be applied to the daily expenses of caring for homeless animals. Other items needed year round include: bleach, laundry detergent, hand soap, hand sanitizer and a variety of office supplies. The pet population problem is overwhelming with an estimated 4-6 million euthanizations each year in the U.S., and there is no “magical formula” for selecting which animals will


“Saving just one dog won’t change the world, but it surely will change the world for that one dog.” – Richard C. Call

be given a second chance at life or have their lives ended the next morning. However, thanks to the hard work of Rachel Tears and her team at the Alabama Animal Alliance, the population at our shelter (and therefore the amount of animals euthanized) has declined over the past few years. Responsible for this trend are programs including, “Spay Montgomery,” which provides grants for qualified owners to have their pet altered for only $10, and “Trap, Neuter and Release,” which controls the number of feral (or “wild”) cats by working to

bring stability to the colony through spaying or neutering, reducing the number of euthanized animals in Montgomery by almost 3,000 pets in the past three years. When it comes to this controversial topic locally, Steven reports there are some in the community who make this harsh reality almost unbearable. Citizens opposing this practice text, email and post on Facebook terms such as “killer” or “heartless,” making this gut-wrenching job even that more difficult. Steven wants to remind the public of the shelter’s “Open Admission” policy, which allows for the acceptance of any animal, adoptable or not, healthy or sick, young or old. The MHS staff is forever committed to the animals who call the adoption center home and work tirelessly to save as many pets as possible. Steven further explains that if MHS became a “No-Kill” shelter, they could no longer accept every animal that came in to the facility. It would simply mean, “The euthanizations would occur down the street and may or may not be done humanely.” He credits his staff who come to work daily (many on a volunteer basis) and continue to get their heart broken for giving him the motivation to stay positive and work for


the common goal of saving and improving the lives of as many animals as they can in Montgomery. Perhaps acquiring a new best friend (and saving a life) is in your plans sometime soon. Steven reminds those considering a pet for the holidays to take into consideration that they can become a commitment of 15 years or more, and therefore it should be a well-planned decision and not a “last minute gift idea” for someone on your list. However, if you’re ready, the dogs and cats would love to see you at the shelter located at 1150 John Overton Drive directly across from Gunter Air Force Base. They’re available seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While at the shelter, you can also shop for your pet (Christmas gifts, hello?) at the “Home At Last” store, and don’t miss out on the 2012 Friends for Life Calendar which is currently for sale. Get details on all the holiday fundraisers and MHS happenings at MontgomeryHumane.com.

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As we approach the holiday season, there are three different fundraisers that you can take advantage of to help the animals at MHS. * Christmas Wrap 2011 at the Shoppes at EastChase – Quality is king here as your presents are individually wrapped, topped with a handmade bow and kept organized for you to put under the tree! SUVs and buggies full of presents are wrapped each year and all proceeds go directly to the Montgomery Humane Society. You’ll like the finished product or they’ll redo it – and for the right price, they’ll wrap “ANYTHING” – just ask them! * “Home for the Howl-idays” Holiday Cards – These cards are designed by local school children during the “Home for the Howl-idays” art contest. Each entry is voted on and the winner’s artwork is featured on the cards each year. You simply pick the design you like best, submit your Christmas Card list with addresses, and they’ll take care of the rest for you! $5 per card (larger orders are usually less). Make it easy, help save lives! * Year End Appeal Letter – Each year the Montgomery Humane Society sends out their annual appeal letter to those on their mailing list. Steven says, “I am very excited this year about our 2011 appeal. I can’t tell you about it just yet, but it’s in the works. It will directly save lives; I hope it will appeal to you, and I hope that you, through your kind donations, will make it a reality.” Be on the lookout for these letters later this year!


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By Blue Sullivan The weather in the River Region has been so nice this last month that it puts one in a charitable and forgiving mood. The latter is particularly helpful this season if you are, like me, an Auburn fan. For you fans of that other team, the weather is another enjoyable bonus to the gilded success you’ve enjoyed since the third of September. As a staunch Tiger, I would love to say that a rude awakening awaits your squad on November 26th, but I am all-butconvinced that an unholy crimson wrath awaits our heroes of the plains. Facing such a dire prospect, my fellow Aubs are encouraged to seek solace on that day in the conspicuous consumption of anything with strong sense-deadening properties. In fact, I suggest you start now stockpiling liquor like the US stockpiled nuclear warheads during the Cold War. After all, if you can’t remember the game, can you really be sure that we lost, or even that there was a game at all? That is, of course, advice that no sane person should ever follow unless their dream is to land a starring role in a future episode of Cops. Instead welcome the movies, music and websites featured here for their entirely safe and stress-relieving properties:  

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Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 I haven’t seen any of these movies and have no intention of seeing this latest one. Yet who can deny their cultural import to the countless women, teens and slightly creepy older men that adore them? For that reason alone, I feel compelled to mention that this new Twilight adventure hits theaters on November 18th. Based on the promotional photos I’ve seen of the movie, I am going to assume that there will continue to be a lot of scenes of pretty young people staring longingly at each other. Some of those people will be vampires. Also, the movie will make more in the first weekend than most of us will ever see during our entire lives. So get out there, Team Jacob. Your support is needed.

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I haven’t had the opportunity to herald many locals in this column up until now, but more importantly, I haven’t had the inclination, either. With this Montgomery based band, I can declare with unreserved enthusiasm my local pride. I interviewed them for Now Hear This a few months back, and I’ve since had the opportunity to spend some time with this, their debut album. Though critics have a tendency to refer to this style of largely instrumental music as “post-rock,” bands like these guys and Austin’s Explosions in the Sky have too much fire and urgency to their sound to be saddled with such a sterile term. This is rock and roll—big, brawny, ambitious and loud—but delivered with an additional layer of intelligence and genre experimentation (you’ll hear jazz, prog rock, electronic and classical influences in here also) that make them larger than life. Like Titans, in fact.  

Montgomery Area Help Wanted www.montgomeryareahelpwanted.com In this economy, job seekers in the River Region need to utilize every tool available. Their radio spots are admittedly a little goofy, but don’t let that discourage you. It’s a well-organized, well-maintained place for graduates to find a good entry into the workforce and for those already employed to potentially seek a better opportunity. Like their nationwide counterparts at Monster and Careerbuilder, this site also allows you to post your resume, get information about employers and even take a free online career assessment. Your patronage of this great magazine proves that you are too smart to not be working or get stuck in a terrible job, so use your laptop WiFi and this site to change your life for the better. 68

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Holiday Happenings We might not have a 90-foot Christmas Tree in the middle of town or a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but our city offers a variety of festive pursuits for every holiday enthusiast. Bookmark the following events, and you’re sure to be put in the holiday spirit!

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The Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents A Christmas Memory. (November 25-December 24) Gather the family to witness this heartwarming story, which centers on two rowdy young cousins Buddy and Sook during what may be their last Christmas together.

The Montgomery Ballet presents The Nutcracker. (December 10-22) Easily one of the most famed holiday productions of all time, The Nutcracker is performed beautifully every year by the exceptional dancers of the Montgomery Ballet.

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Cruising with Santa on the Harriott II Riverboat. (December 8-10, 15-20) Bring your kids to see Santa on the Riverboat this year, while you enjoy dinner, a cash bar and a relaxing evening cruise.

Christmas Lights Festival at the Montgomery Zoo. (December 1-4, 8-11, 15-31) The streets of the zoo will be glowing again this year with the Christmas Lights Festival, complete with live entertainment and Santa, of course!

City of Montgomery Christmas Parade. (December 3) It will officially feel a lot like Christmas in early December when the City executes the annual downtown parade.


BassMasters Elite Series Congratulations to Keith Poche (remember him from our May/ June cover?), who was presented with the Wounded Warrior Award during BassMasters Elite Series on July 30.

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Polished skin is trendy and moving forward for autumn/ winter, and there is nothing quite like a healthy, glowing tan to make you look and feel fantastic.  St. Tropez’s extensive range of high performance products not only deliver a flawless, safe tan, but are filled with nourishing ingredients designed specifically to improve the tone and condition of your skin.  Whether you are preparing to party, have a special occasion or just want an everyday glow, get the look with St. Tropez. Learn more at sttropeztan.com or stop by Montgomery’s newest spa, Spa Elia (see ad on page 42) for a consultation and/or application.

Country music sensation Lee Ann Womack will be rocking the stage of the Troy University Davis Theatre on December 8. Upcoming Nashville star Dani Flowers will be opening for the award-winning artist. Don’t miss this one night only spectacular performance by one of country music’s most inspirational voices! Call 334.241.9567 for tickets or more information.

Vita Coco

Encumbered with nutrients, Vita Coco is one of the most refreshing, hydrating and naturally delicious beverages on the market. Loads of potassium? Check. Electrolytes? Check. All-natural? You bet. A media frenzy and spotted in the hands of numerous celebrities and fitness enthusiasts? Got that, too! This 100% pure coconut water is available in six different flavors, and is said to be like “putting a straw in a coconut.”

Starr Luna The innovation of a dynamic mother and daughter pair, Starr Luna is an eclectic graphic tee and accessory line based out of Atlanta. The ultra chic collection of whimsical tees each display hand drawn designs from brilliant artist Mary Ann (“the mother”) that are categorized by the line’s mission, “Live With No Regrets.” Starr Luna also includes an accessory collection that ranges from modish belt buckles to baseball caps, all touched with the same inspirational custom design as the tees. Visit www.starrluna.com for more information.


Dine ‘N Dash On September 27, more than 100 people gathered for a night on the town to help raise money for the Montgomery Area Food Bank.  Participants enjoyed a progressive dinner with incredible courses from SaZa’s, The House at the Renaissance, The Exchange at the Renaissance, Dreamland BBQ, The Deli at Alley Station, The Olive Room and AlleyBAR.   The Harriott II also came aboard, providing some fabulous entertainment for revelers to kick off the evening.  This party with a purpose raised over $4,000 to help the Montgomery Area Food Bank feed families in need across Alabama.  This event was generously sponsored by Thompson Insurance, Inc. and RSVP Montgomery.

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- a look at local sound

By Blue Sullivan Josh Moates is one of the River Region’s renaissance men in the truest and best sense. For years he played bass for one of the region’s biggest musical success stories, Trust Company. The band’s debut album, The Lonely Position of Neutral, was a breakout smash in 2002, rising to number 11 on the Billboard album chart on the strength of its modern rock hit single, “Downfall.” The band’s follow up in 2005, “True Parallels,” was a Billboard hit as well, but dissention broke the band up soon after.  When they reformed in 2011, Josh chose not to rejoin them. In addition to cultivating a successful career as a photographer (he does brilliant work for our magazine, among his many clients), Josh had a new project that had captured his passions. That project is MuchNoise (www.muchnoise.com), a great new site for unsigned bands that provides them a free showcase to promote their music. It’s an advantage that Josh and his former bandmates didn’t have when they were coming up, and it explains some of Josh’s altruistic enthusiasm in discussing it, which RSVP had a chance to do recently. RSVP: How did this idea first come about and when? Josh: The idea came about when I first saw CDbaby.com. They have a site where indie bands can sell their CDs / Mp3s online for a small fee. I really liked the site, and I started to think about what I could do to help out new bands. So originally I wanted to sell band CDs, merchandise and pretty much anything a band had to offer, and it sort of just got out of hand. So I got up with a really close friend, programmer David Gatlin, to brainstorm on what was possible. After weeks of late nights and six packs during the winter of 2010, he

suggested we have an Internet radio and iPhone app where unsigned and independent bands upload their music and it plays on the web or your phone, like a radio station. I was all about it, perfect and simple. So we hammered out the details, built the site and launched it on 1/1/11 and are hoping to have the iPhone app finished soon. RSVP: How did your experience in a successful band influence the way you crafted the website? JM: Well, I feel like I’m in tune to what indie bands need and want out of a site. Free promotion is super helpful to bands on a low budget – I’ve been there.


RSVP: When did you first decide to become a musician and why? JM: I knew the day I picked up a bass guitar. Never forget it, I was 13 in my friend David Persons bedroom and on his bed sat a white 4 string bass. I didn’t even know what it was, and when I picked it up, I told him this is what I want to play. After that I was totally obsessed with it. I still am. But I owe a ton to my dad who always played for me when I was young. RSVP: What artists influenced you early in your career? JM: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Deftones, Rage Against the Machine and Counting Crows. And always the friendly competition of other local bands.   RSVP: After experiencing such early and profound success with Trust Company, why did you retire from the band? JM: It was just a gut feeling really. Something told me this wasn’t going to be what I did forever, though it was really hard for me to believe. I was thinking of how hard we worked and how much energy we all poured into it, but I just knew. RSVP: How much did local support aid you and Trust Company’s success? JM: The local scene was really amazing when we started. The support really kept us going. The lack of venues was the hardest part. The fans would come no matter if it was in a parking lot or a local gym. I have to say we got to experience some great local support. RSVP: What changes have you made to the site since its inception? JM: When we launched the site, we still had a ton of ideas on the backburner to add later, but David has mainly been focusing on finishing up the iPhone app. We made a MuchNosie Featured Band NOV/DEC 2011 RSVP 75


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RSVP: What kind of feedback have you received from artists who use the site? JM: They love it! The artists that sign up and upload their music can see detailed stats on how many plays their songs get and how users are rating their songs, so it’s a useful tool for them to get feedback on their music. RSVP: What is your vision for MuchNoise’s future? What changes are in store? JM: We would definitely like to see the site become one of the go to places on the net for independent bands to promote their music. We hope that artists and music fans will enjoy the site and spread the word, so we can keep getting more and more great bands to signup. The next big move for us will be launching the iPhone app, which we think that’s going to be a great addition and should help us to reach many more listeners. www.muchnoise.com

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when? what? where?

Nov 1-SHREK 7:30 P.M. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Broadway at the MPAC presents the hilarious musical, SHREK. Ticket prices vary. 334.481.5100 www.mpaconline.org Nov 2-6-Disney on Ice – Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey Times vary. BJCC Arena, Birmingham. Ticket prices vary. www.ticketmaster.com Nov 2-6-Alabama Frontier Days 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M. Wetumpka, AL. Take in a reenactment of Alabama’s frontier days from the French colonial times to the early American period. There will be Native American re-enactors, period traders, merchants, entertainers, pottery making and more! 334.567.3002 www.fttoulousejackson.org Nov 3-Commerce for Canines 4 P.M. Come lend a paw to the third annual “Commerce for Canines” dog parade through downtown Montgomery. The Montgomery Humane Society will parade their adoptable dogs with the help of local business sponsors beginning at the corner of Tallapoosa and Commerce Street and travel through the downtown entertainment district ending in the Alley. Invite your friends and business associates to come down and support our adoptable dogs! Nov 3-Networking Night for Executive Women 5:30-7:30 P.M. Capital City Club. Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres, beverages and a cash bar will be available. Meet your fellow members! Attend this professional networking event to expand your personal and professional contacts while networking and connecting with other women of the Capital City Club. Member and guests of members only. For membership information, contact Phyllis Fenn at phyllis.fenn@ourclub.com or 334.834.8920 www.capitalmontgomery.com Nov 3-Vintage Affair Special Spirits 6-8 P.M. Montgomery Country Club. The evening will feature six tasting stations which will include Woodford, Jack Daniels, Wild Turkey, Micheal Collins, Belvadere, Makers Mark, Glenmorangie, Johnny Walker, 1800 Tequila, Hanger 1, Stratahans Whiskey, Wines as well as some Craft Beers. $20 per person for tasting and appetizers. Special Spirit packages will be available for purchase as a donation to the American Cancer Society’s Vintage Affair. 334.612.8178 80

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when? what? where? Nov 3-6-Christmas Village Festival Times vary. BJCC Arena, Birmingham. With more than 700 booths of clothing, jewelry, food and decorations, this is a shopper’s delight! Christmas Village is the South’s largest indoor arts and crafts festival, so come be a part of an Alabama tradition. Admission charged. Tickets for the November 2 show must be purchased in advance. 205.836.7178 www. christmasvillagefestival.com Nov 4- Ladies Lunch and Holiday Decorating Class 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M. Capital City Club. Cassandra McCullough of Ciao Bella Boutique in Mulberry will give a lesson on holiday decorating. $20 includes lunch. Register online or call the Club at 334.834.8920 today to make your reservations! Members and guests of members only. www.capitalmontgomery.com Nov 4-5-Mistletoe Market Times vary. Doster Memorial Community Center, Prattville. Don’t miss this chance to get a head start on your Christmas shopping! Mistletoe Market has more than 40 vendors and booths to choose from so you can pick the perfect goodies for all your holiday festivities. Ticket prices vary. 334.365.7058 www.visithistoricprattvile.com Nov 4-6-Southern Homes and Gardens Christmas Open House Times vary. Southern Homes and Gardens, both locations. Shop the River Region’s premier Christmas store and get special pricing on ornaments, décor, gifts, wreaths, ribbon and more! Free admission. 334.387.0440 www.southernhomesandgardens.com

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Nov 4-6-Alabama Pecan Festival Times vary. Tillman’s Corner Community Center, Mobile. Come enjoy a carnival atmosphere with vendors selling food, arts, crafts, jewelry, face painting and more. There will also be a gospel show on Sunday. Free admission. 251.401.5555 www.alabamapecanfestival.com

As the River Region’s 21st Century Technology School, Saint James is proud to be on the cutting edge once again... bringing the latest in technology to your child.

Nov 5-Step Out – Walk to Stop Diabetes 8-11:30 A.M. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Enjoy a whirlwind day filled with energy and fun as you take a 3.1 mile route through the festival grounds. Afterward, get your wellness level checked at one of the health screening booths. Free to the public. 205.870.5172 www.main.diabetes.org/ stepoutmontgomery

Pre-K4 & Kindergarten Open House Sunday, January 22, 1:30pm

Visit our state-of-the-art campus and picture your child soaring to new heights – right from the classroom!

All-day and half-day pre-school and kindergarten options available.

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8 A.M.-12 P.M. Southern Homes and Gardens, Vaughn Road location only. Shop locally grown produce and locally made goods from Alabama farmers and vendors. Pumpkins, gourds, various vegetables, baked goods and more will be available. Free admission. 334.381.0440 www.southernhomesandgardens.com

for pre k3-12th grade admissions info call 334.273.3000 6010 Vaughn Road, Montgomery stjweb.org English as a second language (ESL) tutoring provided. Saint James School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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when? what? where? Nov 5-Vulcan 10K Run 8 A.M. Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham. This year will be the 34th running of this Birmingham classic 10K. Participants have an opportunity to win prizes or money and there will be a post race party with food and music. www.vulcanrun.com Nov 5-Pike Road Arts and Crafts Fair 9 A.M.-4 P.M. Historic Marks House, Pike Road. Come out for a day of fun in the country with more than 250 arts and crafts vendors, homemade sweets, plenty of barbeque, goodies and much more! There are also special activities for the children too, including face painting, a tour of the Pike Road Fire Department’s Mobile Fire Safety House and free “make and take” crafts will be provided by the Home Depot. 334.277.2326 www.pikeroadfair.org Nov 7-Harvest Moon Festival 11 A.M.-4 P.M. AUM Campus. Enjoy food, games and more while being entertained by Rollin’ in the Hay, Eleven and Groove Factor. Free to the public. To volunteer, contact Kendra Morris at 334.244.3279 www.aum.edu Nov 10-Eggs and Issues with Congresswoman Terri Sewell 7:30-8:30 A.M. RSA Activity Representative Terri Sewell to business development, regional directly affect the river region. www.montgomerychamber.com

Center. Join District 7 discuss issues impacting projects, and events that Fees vary. 334.230.8361

Nov 10-Uncork the Cure 6-8:30 P.M. Turenne and Associates. Come be a part of this new twist on a traditional wine tasting. Online pre-paid tickets are $20, at the door $25. www.arthritis.org Nov 10-My Fair Lady 7 P.M. Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. 334.241.9567 www.troy.edu Nov 11-The Oak Ridge Boys 7:30 P.M. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices vary. 334.481.5100 www.mpaconline.org Nov 11-12-Charis Crafters Craft Show Times vary. Wetumpka Civic Center. Enjoy a wide variety of handmade crafted items and homemade treats. 334.541.2505 Nov 11-12-2nd Annual Farm-to-Fork Invasion Times vary. Hampstead. Guests will enjoy fall-inspired food tastings from the South’s best chefs and samples from regional brewers, farmers and mixologists. Tickets are limited and available now. For more information visit www.foodinvasion.com

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when? what? where? Nov 12-Trade Days at the Warehouse 8 A.M.-2 P.M. The Warehouse, Eclectic. An indoor/outdoor market filled with local artist and vendors offering a variety of products from antiques, artwork, crafts, baked goods, fresh produce and much more. Trade Days offers a “Yard Sale” sellers area, educational display, entertainment and activities for the entire family. For more information contact Steve at 334.279.0308 Nov 12-Organic Gardening 101 10-11:30 A.M. Hampstead Institute Downtown Farm. Enjoy a hands-on, organic gardening session with farmers Jetson and Anne! This month’s topic is “Garden Crafts: fun activities right outside your door.” $5 for adults and teens, free for kids. Sign up at 9:30. Email Farmer Anne for more information Anne@hampsteadinstitute.org Nov 12-LuLu’s Attic to Antiques Christmas Open

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10 A.M.-5 P.M. LuLu’s Attic to Antiques. Come out and shop with us and get your Christmas shopping done early! We will have refreshments, live music by Henry Pugh and Brandon Self and lots of vendors with giftware, Christmas decorations, furniture, accessories, jewelry, pictures, frames, antiques, artwork and much more. Don’t miss the fun! Located off the Northern Bypass on Plantation Way. 334.593.7852 Nov 13-15-LEAD Summit Renaissance Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center. This exciting two-day conference invites young professionals and community leaders throughout Alabama and our neighboring states to learn how to create and manage a young professional organization and how to retain young professionals to keep our cities vibrant. For more information visit www. emergeleadsummit.com Nov 15-Future of Montgomery with Mayor Todd

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6 P.M. Alabama State Campus. There are many exciting things going on in and around Montgomery! Join us to hear directly from Mayor Todd Strange on what he sees for the future. There will also be time for attendee interaction so please bring your ideas and questions! www.emergemontgomery. com Nov 15-Sesame Street Live: “Elmo’s Super Heroes” Times vary. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices vary. 334.481.5100 www.mpaconline.org Nov 16- St. John’s Episcopal Church Annual Bazaar 10 A.M.-2 P.M. 113 Madison Ave. Shop fine art and sculpture, unique gifts, handsewn clothing and crafts, plants and garden items, a silent auction and treasure room. Free to the public. Lunch tickets can be purchased in advance for $10. 334.262.1937 www.sthjohnsmontgomery.com

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when? what? where? Nov 17-A&P Lofts Holiday Open House 5 P.M. A & P Lofts. Enjoy amazing holiday specials, tasty treats, prize giveaways and a free Clefworks performance in the courtyard. Be sure to stop by Roux for a special meal and exclusive book signing with New Orleans’ own Chef John Besh. Free admission. For reservations at Roux, visit www.rouxmontgomery.com Nov 17-Atlanta Shopping Trip 9:30 A.M. Capital City Club. Join in for the 8th Annual Pre-Holiday Shopping Trip at America’s Mart in Atlanta. Members and their guests will receive wholesale pricing plus 5% on diamonds and fine jewelry and a special drawing for a $150 gift certificate will be held. Reserve early as this event “sells out” early and begin your holiday shopping. $44 per person inclusive, $75 with transportation. Please reserve with Ashley Brandle at 334.834.8920 or by email at ashley. brandle@ourclub.com Members and guests of members only. www.capitalmontgomery.com Nov 18- Bingo for Breast Cancer 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M. Capital City Club. Enjoy a three course meal while playing five games of bingo to raise money for breast cancer research. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides for Breast Cancer.” 334.834.8920 www.clubcorp.com Nov 19-11th Annual Turkey Burner 8 A.M. Presented by Metro Fitness. Come take part in the 11th Annual Turkey Burner, a 5K and/or 1 mile Fun Run benefiting the Montgomery Area Food Bank. Both the 5K and Fun Run start and end at Metro Fitness and will take you through the lovely Wyndridge neighborhood. Participant fees charged. 334.396.0040 www.metrofitness.com Nov 19-Season’s Greetings-Santa’s

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9:30 A.M. The Shoppes at EastChase. Bring your kids to celebrate the season and watch Santa make his big arrival! Contact Brian Key at 334.244.2250 Nov 19-20-Mistletoe Times vary. Davis Theatre. The Alabama Dance Theatre returns to the stage with its holiday production of Mistletoe. The always popular “Favorite Dances of Christmas” will be featured with some old and new favorites. The performance will round out with “A Christmas Carol.” www.alabamadancetheatre.com Nov 19-Dec 18-Photos with Santa Saturday-2-7 P.M., Sunday-2-6 P.M.The Shoppes at EastChase, inside Priester’s.

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November 25–December 24 Book by Duane Poole | Music by Larry Grossman Lyrics by Carol Hall Based on the short story by Truman Capote

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when? what? where? Nov 21-Annual Christmas Open House 1-5 P.M. Downtown Prattville. Merchants in the Historic District open their shops to kick off the holiday shopping season! www.visithistoricprattville.com Nov 24-Thanksgiving at Ariccia TBA-Ariccia Italian Trattoria and Bar, Auburn. Forget slaving away in the kitchen all day. Let the chefs at Ariccia do all the work while you enjoy time with your family. Whether you have traditional tastes or want a variety of delicious dishes, there is something for everyone. Daytime buffets and plated dinners are available. Visit www.auariccia.com Nov 25-Dec 24-A Christmas Memory Times vary. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. This musical version of Truman Capote’s enchanting holiday tale is sure to be one you and your family will love! Ticket prices vary. 334.271.5353 www.asf.net Nov 26-Iron Bowl 1 P.M. Jordan Hare Stadium, Auburn. Fans won’t want to miss out on the action of this year’s Iron Bowl! Cheer on your favorite team as Auburn and Alabama go face to face to see who will earn a year’s worth of bragging rights. Get your tickets now at www.auburnalabamatickets.com or www.stubhub.com Nov 26-Getaway Cruise 4:30-6:30 P.M. Harriott II. Enjoy live entertainment, food and a cash bar as you take this relaxing cruise along the river. Adult tickets-$20, Children-$15 334.625.2100 www.funontheriver.net

DECEMBER Dec 1-Gingerbread Village The Hotel at Auburn University. The Hotel at Auburn University’s festive holiday sesason will kick off with the unveiling of the hotel’s gingerbread village. After the city of Auburn’s official Christmas tree lighting ceremony, guests will be invited to the hotel to celebrate the beginning of the season with complimentary hot cider and cocoa, delicious treats, and the holiday sounds of a bell choir. Revelers will then witness the unveiling of this year’s gingerbread village of famous Auburn and campus buildings. 334.821.8200 Dec 1-Wine 101 Holiday Extravaganza 6-8 P.M. Capital City Club. We will sample a wide variety of wine selections, which will include fine sparkling wines. There will also be live entertainment and delicious hors d’oeuvres – so don’t miss this fantastic event! Complimentary for Wine 101 Members | $20 for Non Wine 101 Members. Register online or call the Club at 334.834.8920 today to make your reservations! Members and guests of members only. www. capitalmontgomery.com

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when? what? where? Dec 1-4, 8-11, 15-31-Christmas Lights Festival 5:30-9:30 P.M. Montgomery Zoo. Bring the whole family out to enjoy live entertainment, food and pictures with Santa. Admission fees charged. 334.240.4900 www.montgomeryzoo.com Left to right: Lynn Akin, Denton Hawk, Kathy Clay, Allison Bird, Alan Williams, Terri Capouya, Angela Bailey and Leslie Jackson

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Dec 1-31-Old Alabama Town Holiday Celebration Times vary. Old Alabama Town. Celebrate the holidays in Old Alabama Town! Their house museums will be authentically decorated for the holidays and for your enjoyment. Self-guided tours will be offered Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and guided tours are available by reservation. Fee for attractions only. 334.240.4500 www.oldalabamatown.com Dec 2-4-Cirque Dreams Holidaze Times vary. BJCC concert hall, Birmingham. This holiday season, bring the family to celebrate with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams. Ticket prices vary from $25 to $65. www.newspaceentertainment.com Dec 3-City of Montgomery Christmas Parade 6 P.M. Downtown Montgomery. Depart from Cramton Bowl and parade downtown from the Capitol steps to the Court Street fountain. 334.241.2726 Dec 3-Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis 8:30 A.M. Huntingdon College. Run or walk a 5 Kilometer route to help fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability. Participants can wear a holiday themed outfit or even jingle bells on their shoes and kids under 8 can take part in a 1 mile Santa chase! Fee for participants. 334.244.1179 www.arthritis.org Dec 3-4-Your Spiritness Expo 11 A.M.-7 P.M. Alcazar Shriner’s Temple. Physics and mediums will be available to tell you what your future holds as well as many other exciting vendors. There will be massage and energy workers, classes and workshops, speakers, jewelry, door prizes and more. To become a vendor, volunteer or for more information visit www.yourspiritness.com

Christmas Open House at Montgomery Antique Galleries

Dec 3-

10 A.M.-5 P.M. Montgomery Antique Galleries. Join us on Saturday for food, fun, holiday decorations & fabulous shopping for unique Christmas gifts! 334.277.2490 Dec 3-4-Your Spiritness Expo 11 A.M.-7 P.M. Alcazar Shriner’s Temple, Montgomery. Physics and mediums will be available to tell you what your future holds and well

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when? what? where? Dec 4-Santa Sunday Brunch 11 A.M.-2 P.M. Capital City Club. Join us for a memorable Santa Sunday Brunch! You and your family are sure to enjoy Chef Michael’s extravagant holiday buffet and Kid’s Gingerbread House making station! A photographer will be there to catch that special moment with Santa and take your family portrait. Due to the popularity of this event, be sure to make your reservations early, as seating will be limited. Call the Club today for your reservations. Members and guests of members only. Children under 5 are complimentary. $24.95+ per person | $9.95+ for children 12 and under. Contact Phyllis Fenn at phyllis.fenn@ourclub. com or 334.834.8920. www.capitalmontgomery.com Dec 4-Santa and Mrs. Claus and Tree Lighting 1-4:30 P.M. Bud Porch Center, Downtown Alexander City. Kids can enjoy pictures on Santa’s lap and watch Santa and Mrs. Claus light the Mainstreet Christmas tree in front of Bud Porch at 4:30. Free to the public. 256.329.3461 www.alexandercitychamber.com Dec 5-Annual Hometown Christmas Parade 6-7 P.M. Downtown Alexander City. Come watch one of east Alabama’s largest parades as it winds through downtown Alexander City. The parade will showcase elaborate floats, dancers, bands, Santa and much more! Free to the public. 256.234.3461 www.alexandercitychamber.com Dec 5, 12, 19-Governor’s Mansion Candlelight Tours

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Times vary. Governor’s Mansion. Tour the state’s executive residence while it is decorated in all its holiday grandeur. Tickets available at gift shop across from the Governor’s Mansion. 334.242.4665 Dec 7,9,10,11-An Eclectic Christmas 6 P.M. 1733 Claud Road, Eclectic. Come join in to experience the true store of the first Christmas. In the atmosphere of an outdoor walking trail, you and your guests will be part of live drama that is set during the Roman Empire. Reservations are suggested. 256.794.7789 www.focelectic.org/#/eclectic-christmas Dec 7,14,21-Arricia’s Holiday Tour d’Italia Cooking

Classes

The Hotel at Auburn University. Come join in for the best way to receive hands-on instruction on preparing some of Italy’s favorite holiday foods. Classes will be led by Chef de Cuisine Miguel Figueroa and attendees will be paired with select wines. At the end of the evening, revelers will receive a take-away basket containing fresh pasta, basil pesto, Ariccia’s traditional tomato sauce, a small block of cheese, and a signature apron. $125 per person. 334.321.3179

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when? what? where? Dec 8-20-Cruising with Santa 6:30-9 P.M. Harriott II Riverboat. Come aboard the Harriott II with Santa for a 2 hour cruise for dinner with live entertainment. $39 per adult and $19 per child. Menu includes waldorf salad, baked ham, roasted turket with dressing and cranberry sauce, green beans with almonds and pimentos, sweet potato casserole, rolls, and red velvet cake. www.montgomeryal.gov Dec 8-Lee Ann Womack 7 PM. Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. 334.241.9567 www.troy.edu Dec 8-Brian Regan 7:30 P.M. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices vary. 334.481.5100 www.mpaconline.org Dec 10-Brunch with Santa The Shoppes at EastChase. RSVP with the EastChase Management Office by December 5. 334.279.6046

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Dec 10-AUM Holiday Market 9 A.M.-3 P.M. Taylor Center, Room 230. Browse through handmade soap and body products, knitted items, jewelry, personalized gifts, baked goods, home décor, pet products and more! Admission is free. www.aum.edu Dec 10-Christmas on the Coosa Celebration 7:45 A.M.-5:30 P.M. Gold Star Park and Courthouse Veranda, Wetumpka. This day-long celebration features a quilt and car show, children’s entertainment, a street and boat parade and a grand fireworks finale. Free admission. Call Gwen Turner at 334.567.1348 for more information. www.wetumpkachamber.com Dec 10,11,17,18,21,22,23-Teddy Bear Teas The Hotel at Auburn University. Children and parents alike, along with their favorite teddy bears, are invited to gather around the fireplace and enjoy sandwiches, sweets, cookies, tea and hot cocoa at this old-fashioned high tea. A real live Teddy Bear and Christmas Elf will provide entertainment and be there for everyone to snuggle up to. $20 per person. 334.321.3179 Dec 10-22-Montgomery Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Times vary. The Davis Theatre. A tradition since 1976, “The Nutcracker” will delight all ages with brilliant dancing, magical scenery and colorful costumes. Children can have their picture taken with their favorite nutcracker character and receive party favors. www.montgomeryballet.org 334.409.0522 Dec 15-Wine 101 Holiday Party 6-8 P.M. Capital City Club. The wine event of the season is almost here! Sample a wide variety of selections from the most reputable wine vendors while enjoying live entertainment and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Ticket prices vary. Reservation only. www.clubcorp.com

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when? what? where? Dec 17, 24-Breakfast with Santa The Shoppes at EastChase. RSVP with the EastChase Management Office by December 12. 334.279.6046 Dec 17-STYX 8 PM. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices vary. 334.481.5100 www.mpaconline.org

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Dec 17-Christmas on the Coosa Ball 7-11 P.M.Wetumpka Civic Center. www.wetumpkachamber.com

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Dec. 19-24-Photos with Santa 2-7 P.M. The Shoppes at EastChase inside Priester’s. 334.279.6046 Dec 31- New Year’s Eve Cruise 10 P.M.-12:30 A.M. Harriott II Riverboat. Enjoy a two hour cruise with entertainment, hors d’oeurves, a cash bar, complimentary champagne toast, party favors and fireworks! $50 per adult. 334.625.2100 www.etix.com Dec 31-New Year’s Eve Ball 8 P.M.-1 A.M. Capital City Club. Watch the ball drop live from New York at 11 p.m. CST right from your own Club! Celebrate in style with a dining and dancing experience you will never forget! Reserve a table of eight and receive two complimentary bottles of wine or champagne and VIP seating. $75 per person includes heavy hors d’oeuvres. Register online or call the Club at 334.834.8920 today to make your reservations. Members and guests of members only. www.capitalmontgomery.com December 31-EMERGE NYE Party 2011 9:00 P.M. Train Shed at the Historic Union Station. The hottest NYE Party in town is back! Get ready to dance all night long to the DJ/band Creativity! With drink tickets, great food, a band and a DJ, this will be a night you will never forget! Plus, all attendees receive a special EMERGE rate at Embassy Suites! Grab your dancing partner and party with EMERGE on New Year’s Eve! Tickets $50. Online registration only at www.emergemontgomery.com

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Dec 31-New Year’s Eve at Riverwalk Stadium 9:30 P.M.-12:30 A.M. Riverwalk Stadium. Ring in the New Year at Riverwalk Stadium! Celebrate with drink specials, dancing, music by Fontaine Entertainment, concessions, commemorative photos and fireworks at midnight. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 the day of. Call 334.625.2100 www.etix.com Dec 31- New Years Eve Bash at AlleyBAR 8:00pm. AlleyBAR and AllState Beverage are bringing The Dueling Pianos back to entertain you through the night and into 2012. Tickets are $25 and include complimentary champagne toast at midnight and Continental breakfast from 12:30 - 2:00am. Limited table reservations. 334.387.3333 or www.alleybarmontgomery.com

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Located right off the Northern Bypass on Plantation Way, LULU’s Attic to Antiques is definitely a one-of-a-kind store in Montgomery!  Owned and operated by Sammy and Leigh Luster, this 11,000+ square foot upscale flea market houses a variety of vendors with merchandise ranging from antiques, new and old furniture, home décor, lighting, accessories, jewelry, artwork, clothing, personalized gifts and so much more. Sammy and Leigh felt Montgomery needed a place that catered to shoppers in every aspect by offering both contemporary and antique merchandise.  By opening LULU’s, they were able to achieve this goal by allowing vendors to occupy their own spaces. LULU’S even offers consignment on approved merchandise.  There is an open air market in the back with a variety of products.  With the surplus of vendors, there is something for every taste. Shoppers can come with a list of items they are looking for and if LULU’s does not have it, they will be sure to find it for you.  Stop by LULU’S today to find a unique Christmas present or simply to reward yourself!  LULU’S is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information on becoming a vendor call 334.593.7852.


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The home of Legendary Food and Legendary Fun! A Readers’ Choice winner from Huntsville to Mobile, Baumhower’s features a great menu with choices including hand carved steaks, always FRESH never frozen chicken, seafood selections, crisp cool salads, hearty sandwiches and of course our World Famous Wings. Come and pick up a party platter or two this football season to tailgate with your friends and family. Baumhower’s is an excellent place to gather with your friends for the big game, with Jumbo Definition Flat Screen TVs. And don’t forget about our World Famous Sauces that you can purchase at Baumhower’s or online at Baumhowers.com. Here in the South, and especially in Alabama, our pride runs deep in football and food. There's no place for shortcuts in either one. At Baumhower's, we don't take shortcuts when it comes to preparing mouthwatering Southern favorites. All of the chicken, beef and vegetables come from the farm, not the freezer. Our shrimp is caught wild in the Gulf of Mexico and comes from Forrest Gump country, Bayou La Batre in L.A. (Lower Alabama). Our fresh and famous Wangs are Mojo-marinated, hand-breaded and Southern-fried with a little love mixed in. Great food and hospitality have kept folks coming back to Baumhower's for 30 years.

Happy Holidays /Catering

(Birthdays, Corporate, Graduations, Holidays, Rehearsals, Weddings, etc.) We cater! Let Baumhower’s make your Holiday Party extra special this year! Enjoy Baumhower’s delicious Almost Fried Turkey this Holiday Season which is served with cranberry relish, savory cornbread dressing, garlic mashed potatoes with mushroom beef gravy and stewed okra and tomatoes. Take the stress and bother out of your holiday season by letting Baumhower’s handle the hospitality duties for you! Give Baumhower’s a call today to book one of our private dining rooms or to cater your holiday party!

Gift Cards

Don’t forget you can always give the gift of hospitality with a Baumhower’s Gift Card – and during the Holidays, buy a $25 gift card and receive a $5 gift card voucher FREE!

Locations

Baumhower’s Downtown – Casual, fresh, fun, convenient and great food is located right in the heart of Downtown Montgomery at 201 South Union Street on the first floor in RSA Headquarters. This location features live music every Thursday and Friday from 4-7 p.m., breakfast Monday-Friday starting at 7 a.m., lunch specials starting at just $4.99, a beautiful patio and free covered downtown parking! Baumhower’s of Montgomery is located at 2465 Eastern Boulevard and features lunch specials starting at just $4.99 Sunday-Friday, Social Club specials daily and KIDS Eat free every Wednesday off the KIDS MENU!


resource directory 129 Coosa Street, p. 84 129 Coosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.262.8859 www.129coosa.com

A & P Lofts, p. 43

Arrow Rents & Party Professionals, p. 97

5600 Calmar Drive Montgomery, AL 36116 334.277.0460 www.arrowrents.net

AUM, p. 86 501 Cloverdale Road 7440 East Drive Montgomery, AL 36106 www.alanticandpacificlofts.com Montgomery, AL 36117 334.244.3000 www.aum.edu A Catered Affair, p. 89 9138 Eastchase Parkway Baker’s Framing and Montgomery, AL 36117 Art, p. 55 www.acateredaffair.info/ 405 Coliseum Blvd. Montgomery, AL 36109 Abita Beer, p. 47 334.277.5023 www. Academy Events, p. 60 bakersframingandartsupplies. 17 Coosa Street com Montgomery, AL 36104 334.318.3047 Bama Budweiser, p. 100 www.academychefs@cs.com 2514 Midpark Road Montgomery, AL 36109 Alabama Shakespeare 334.271.5620 Festival, p. 86 www.bamabud.com 1 Festival Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 Barbara Bonds , p. 63 334.271.5353 7051 Fain Park Dr. Suite 200 www.asf.net Montgomery, AL 36117 334.215.4492 Alfa-Billy Bradford, p. 91 4331 Atlanta Highway Brendle Rentals, p. 90 Montgomery, AL 36109 485 Eastern Boulevard 334.277.5785 Montgomery, AL 36117 334.279.7368 AlleyBAR, p. 3 www.brendlerentals.com 166 Commerce Street Montgomery, AL 36104 Buckelews, p. 77 334.387.3333 www.alleybarmontgomery.com 7012 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.279.5147 Alley Station, p. 23 130 Commerce Street Cantina, p. 47 Montgomery, AL 36104 130 Commerce Street, Suite 334.277.1077 103 www.alleystation.com Montgomery, AL 36104 334.262.2339 All Med, p. 75 www.cantinatortillagrill.com 4305 Atlanta Highway 334.271.7051 Capital City Club, p. 19 34 Taylor Road North 201 Monroe Street, Suite 334.272.7639 2100 2815 East Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36104 334.271.4545 1595 East Main Street, Prattville 334.834.8920 www.capitalmontgomery.com 334.361.3171 4452 US Highway 231, Charlottes Jewelry, p. 10 Wetumpka 8161 Vaughn Road 334.567.8400 Montgomery, AL 36116 www.goallmed.com 334.396.1919 Allstate Beverage, Colon Hydrotherapy, p. 27, 31, 47 p. 91 1580 Parallel Street 7020 Sydney Curve Montgomery, AL 36104 Montgomery, AL 36117 334.265.0507 334.264.6116 www.allstatebeverage.com/ home/ Colonial Insurance, p. 67 5251 Hampstead High Street, Another Chance, p. 48 Unit 200 2367 Central Parkway Montgomery, AL 36116 Montgomery, AL 36106 334.270.6824 334.593.2150 www.colonial-insurance.com Arbors on Taylor, p. 87 Colorbox Photography, p. 5 485 Taylor Road 334.491.0425 Montgomery, AL 36117 www. 334.386.2655 colorboxphotographers.com www.thearborsontaylor.com 96

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Filet and Vine, p. 95

LULU’s Attic to Antiques,

Finiti Electronic Cigarettes,

Lush Makeup Art, p. 85

431 Cloverdale Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.262.8888 www.filetandvine.com

Corner on Dentistry, p. 69 Dr. Camille Phillips-DMD 2415 Central Parkway Montgomery, AL 36106 334.277.2424 Courtyard, p. 59 2101 Eastern Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36117 334.272.1001 Darren Freeman Photography, p. 94

p. 31

Hampstead, p. 28-29 5272 Hampstead High Street Montgomery, AL 36116 334.270.6730 www.townofhampstead.com Heather Pierce Designs, p. 88 334.286.6598 www.heatherpiercedesigns.com Harriott ll Riverboat, p. 61

P.O. Box 240404 Montgomery, AL 36124 334.215.7827 www.darrenphotography.com

www.funontheriver.net

Davis Theatre- Troy University, p. 32 71, 97,

www.hellogorgeousphotography. com

Hello Gorgeous Photography, p. 45

251 Montgomery Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.241.9567 www.montgomery.troy.edu/ davis

Heidi’s Fine Jewelry, p. 79 4695 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.239.7700 www.heidisfinejewelry.com

Doug’s 2 Salon-Spa, p. 20

House of Suave, p. 84

4697 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.396.7120 www.dougs2.com

Dreamland BBQ, p. 63

101 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.273.7427 www.dreamlandbbq.com

EastChase, p. 8, 59

7274 Eastchase Lane Montgomery, AL 36117 334.279.6046 www.theshoppesateastchase. com

hue Studio, p. 25

8155 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.239.8884 www.huestudioinc.com

Ice Sculptures by David Bromley, p. 91

P.O. Box 130681 Birmingham, AL 35213 205.914.4527 www.chefdavecarvesice.com

p. 63 946 Plantation Way Montgomery, AL 36117 334.593.7852

334.315.2863 www.lushmakeupart.com

Marquirettes, p. 2 7818 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.270.0074 www.marquirettes.com Marriott-Legends at Capitol Hill, p. 61

2500 Legends Circle Prattville, AL 36066 334.290.1235 www.marriottcapitolhill.com

Midtown Pizza Kitchen, p. 41 2940 Zelda Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.395.0080 www.midtownpizzakitchen.com

Mini-Flex Storage, p. 93 4220 Troy Highway Montgomery, AL 36116 334.281.4446 www.aminiflexstorage.com www.alabamatruckrentals.com Momma Goldberg’s Deli, p. 87 87 7960 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.517.1071 www.mommagoldbergdeli.com Montgomery Antique Galleries, p. 89

1955 Eastern Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36117 334.277.2490

Eastdale Mall, p. 99 101 Eastdale Circle Montgomery, AL 36117 334.277.5164 www.shopmalls.com

Jim N’ Nicks, p. 77 6415 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.213.0046 2250 Cobbs Ford Road Prattville, AL 36066 334.290.1000 www.jimnnicks.com

Edible Arrangements, p. 83

Kim Box Photography, p. 15

Montgomery Humane Society, p. 64

Embellish, p. 82 7056 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.649.2022

Laser Wellness, p. 34

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, p. 73

Emerge Montgomery, p. 73

Lemongrass Salon and Spa, p. 85

3000 Zelda Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.270.2888 www.ediblearrangements.com

600 South Court Street, Suite 544 Montgomery, AL 36104 334.262.2261 www.emergemontgomery.com

ER Med, p. 52 4770 Woodmere Blvd., Suite B Montgomery, AL 36106 334.272.0074 www.aeras.com Faulkner University, p. 92 5345 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109 334.386.7210 www.faulkner.edu

West Main Street Prattville, AL 36067 334.491.0409 www.kimboxphotography.com

370 St. Lukes Drive Montgomery, AL 36029 www.alabamalaserwellness.com

5251 Hampstead High Street, Unit 105 Montgomery, AL 36116 334.356.5495 www.lemongrasssalonandspaal.com

Lingerie by Hob Nob, p. 95 1609 South Decatur Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.230.9886 Look Boutique, p. 80 1048 East Fairview Montgomery, AL 36106 334.239.7537 2469 Pinnacle Way Prattville, AL 36066 334.290.0928

Montgomery Ballet, p. 80 2101 Eastern Boulevard, Suite 223 Montgomery, AL 36117 334.409.0522 www.montgomeryballet.org 1150 John Overton Drive Montgomery, AL 36110 334.409.0622 www.montgomeryhumane.com

1 Museum Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334.240.4369 www.mmfa.org

Montgomery Performing Arts Centre, p. 4

201 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.481.5100 www.mpaconline.org

Montgomery Zoo, p. 79

2301 Coliseum Parkway Montgomery, AL 36110-3250 334.240.4900

Nails O Naturel, p. 71

8448 Crossland Loop, Suite 163 Montgomery, AL 36117 334.782.4137 www.nailsonaturel.com


New Hob Nob, p. 71

1609 South Decatur Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.230.9886

New Park Living, p. 98 9430 New Park Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334.215.9215 www.newparkliving.com NShape, p. 82 334.233.8675 nshapefitness@live.com

Spa Elia, p. 42 8243 Old Federal Road Montgomery, AL 36117 334.239.9300 www.spaeliamontgomery.com Spa at Renaissance Montgomery, p. 14

201 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.481.5210 www.spaatmontgomery.com

State Farm Insurance,

Obelisk Healthcare, p.56

p. 79 Breck Honea 61 Market Place Montgomery, AL 36117 334.272.8423 www.breckhonea.com

Painted Pink, p. 35 1941 Mulberry Street Montgomery, AL 36106 334.834.2220

Studio 4619, p. 83

Peppertree Steaks N’ Wines, p. 35

Taylor Crossing, p. 66 100 Taylor Road North Montgomery, AL 36117-6723 334.270.9225 www.taylorcrossingvet. vetsuite.com

Pickwick Antiques, p. 43

The Waters, p. 11 2239 Marler Road Pike Road, AL 36064 334.561.1801 www.thewatersal.com

Pine Bar, p. 35 501 Cloverdale Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.239.9061 www.thepinebar.com

Thomas PattersonAronov Realty, p. 48

4705 Woodmere Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36106 334.558.0262 www.obeliskhealthcare.com

8101 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.271.6328 www.steaksnwines.com

3851 Interstate Court Montgomery, AL 36109 334.279.1481 www.pickwickantiques.com

Pure Salon and Spa, p. 32 4697 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.481.2875 Regions Mortgage, p. 88

8301 Crossland Loop Montgomery, AL 36117 334.213.1340 www.regionsmortgage.com

8073 Eastchase Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.271.3778

334.399.0454 Thomas@ ThomasOPatterson.com

Troy University, p. 7

231 Montgomery Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.834.1400 www.montgomery.troy.edu

timeless Davis Theatre Where elegance brings Historic Landmark in Downtown Montgomery

your event alive.

Twisted Spur, p. 20 3033 Wetumpka Highway Montgomery, AL 36110 334.396.7787

Give your event the splendor and grace of this beautifully restored 1930s treasure.

River Bank and Trust, p. 13 Uptown Tanz, p. 48 7075 Halcyon Park Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334.396.6565 www.riverbankandtrust.com

2359 Central Parkway Montgomery, AL 36116 334.220.6301 www.jam2uptown.com

• Impressive facility to rent at reasonable and competitive rates for special events • Amazing sound and specialized lighting • Large stage and dressing rooms • Great for theatrical presentations, concerts, dance troupes, commencements and guest speakers expecting large audiences

Riverfront Facilities, p. 61 Your Soft Curves, p. 93 www.funontheriver.net ROUX, p. 69

503 Cloverdale Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.356.3814 www.rouxmontgomery.com

RSVP Bridal Ad, p. 58

www.rsvp-montgomery.com

RSVP Pub Crawl, p. 76

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Saint James School, p. 81 6010 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.277.8033 www.stjweb.org

1043 Woodley Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.264.3333 www.billingalls.com

Your Spiritness Expo, p. 90

www.yourspiritness.com

Zelda Cigar/Prattville Cigar, p. 33

Learn more at 334-241-9567 or e-mail davistheatre@troy.edu

2920H Zelda Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.279.5775 2086 Highway 14E Prattville, AL 36066 334.365.9181

troy.edu

SaZa Pizza, p. 6

(click on Montgomery Campus, then go to Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts)

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hatever your new home needs, we can make them happen at New Park. With a variety of new floor plans starting in the high $100s to custom homes designed just for you, there’s a New Park lifestyle that will fit your budget. G

A New Way of Life With Features No Other Neighborhood Can Offer!

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ew Park is the River Region’s only new home neighborhood that

offers a variety of beautiful home styles with an array of price options—ranging from the perfect starter home to custom dream homes—located in the city’s popular east side and home to Montgomery’s newest elementary

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school and YMCA! Live where life is a breeze. At New Park!

New is Smarter.

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Don’t settle for a foreclosure or

a short sale home. Discover the better value of a brand new home in New Park. New Plans & Features New Energy Efficient Options Means Less Upkeep & Maintenance

New Convenience!

James W. Wilson Jr. Elementary and Johnnie Carr Middle School, entering their third year of serving New Park families.

New Schools! Montgomery’s East-Side High School Announced.

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hen you live at New Park, you’ll be within walking distance of

Montgomery’s newest Elementary School

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Move In Ready Homes!

Come by and take a tour today.

D.R. HORTON Coming Soon!

and Middle School. Plus, the location for Montgomery’s new east-side high school was recently Road Construction is underway on Taylor Road to Ray Thorington Road Connector so getting to Taylor Road, I-85 and Highway 231 will be even easier!

announced and it’s only two miles from New Park.

NEW PARK PARTNERS WITH EARTH FARE TO PROVIDE A WELCOME HOME BASKET JUST FOR YOU.

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The new neighborhood from Jim Wilson & Associates

334.215.9215 newparkliving.com

New Park Drive, off Ray Thorington Road


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