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GOOD FOOD. GREAT TASTE. What are you craving? The Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center offers a variety of menus ﬁlled with vibrant ﬂavor and local ingredients. The House Restaurant, which features a menu including steaks, pastas and ﬂatbread pizzas, provides the perfect atmosphere for an evening out. For a night accompanied by live entertainment, stop by The Exchange Bar & Lounge for burgers, sandwiches and more. Simply stop in for a cocktail after work or a nightcap. The House and the Exchange have something for everyone. For more information, call 334.481.5000 or visit renaissancemontgomery.com
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Punctuality Never Looked So Good
24 InMotion Box Mania
26 Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital More than just fun and games
28 A Retreat to the Woodlands 34 Feature Story Donica Knight: A Southern Heart
38 Socially Seen 42 the LIST
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52 Colonial Commercial Realty An Interview with Josh Lowder
56 Behind the Scenes
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ON THE COVER Donica Knight Photo by Liesa Cole
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Never Looked So Good By Mallory Anderson • Photography by The Studio at Eastchase Some think of the wristwatch as an antiquated accessory, but let’s face it- this piece of arm candy says a great deal about a person’s lifestyle and personality. Sure, you’ve always got your smart phone to let you know how much time you have to get to that next meeting, but the right watch makes a statement. In a short amount of time, the watch has gone from simple time-teller to solid gold venture.
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Tech-y Timekeepers Modern day watches can do just about as much as your tablet. Not to worry, they only look complicated. Take the scratch resistant T-Touch Classic by Tissot for example. With 13 features including an altimeter, backlight, continual calendar, two time zones, multiple alarms and more, this watch allows one to operate its different functions with a simple tap of the finger. With the increasing popularity of the fitness industry, Montgomery Multisport has a great selection of watches for all the health nuts out there. The store carries a variety of Garmin watches in funky, bright colors to be used when running, cycling or even swimming. No need to hit the treadmill, the Garmin Forerunner 610 tracks distance, calories burned, heart rate, average pace and more. This watch has a built-in feature that lets you race to beat your best times. With this watch, who needs a personal trainer? If you are a multisport athlete, check out the Forerunner 910XT. This watch can even track stroke type and count when training for your next triathlon. Want to track your progress? No problem- the Garmin watches have the ability to upload straight to the Garmin Connect site for easy access to all of your fitness data.
The Bolder The Better When using a watch as more of an accessory than for its functionality, the bolder the better. Punch up a natural look by adding a little color on your wrist. The Michael Kors Mid-Size Pink Leather Runway Three-Hand Watch is ideal for those wanting to spice up a more laid-back look. If you prefer a natural color, the Fossil Georgia Rose Gold Leather Bangle Watch is the way to go. Both watches look great layered with stacked dainty bracelets and bangles.
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Navy is the new black. The Michael Kors Oversize Two-Tone Navy/Golden Stainless Steel Everest Chronograph Watch also has a colorful dramatic effect. This chunky watch will polish off just about any outfit.
Men, think of a watch as you would a tie. Who cares if it is man jewelry? It plays an integral role in what it means to be a man. The Fossil Retro Traveler Three Hand Silicone Watch with bright yellow dial and Blue-Dial Multifunction Watch are the perfect mix of sporty and refined.
Ticking Treasures It is only fitting that we feature a watch with diamonds from Montgomery’s own Marquirette’s Exquisite Jewelry. The Tissot Couturier Ladies White Quartz Trend Watch has a white dial surrounded by a diamond bezel and stainless steel bracelet radiating unmistakable class. The Swiss have perfected watchmaking, and the Tissot brand has crisp and clean styles for men and women sure to make anyone look and feel like a million bucks. WARE Jewelers, located at The Shoppes at Eastchase, carries one of our favorite luxe lines. Not only is Citizen eco-friendly, converting light into energy to power the watch, but the stainless steel smooth look of the D’Orsay for ladies and Men’s Strap both pictured here are sure to be in style for years to come (without having to replace a battery!).
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When choosing a watch, one cannot go wrong with a sophisticated and sleek style by Michael Kors. The brand has several options if you are looking for a watch to take on the personality of any ensemble. A little different look from the chunky chain we love from Michael Kors, the Rose Golden Stainless Steel Chain Bracelet watch will put the finishing touch to your workplace attire or casual summer look. Fun tipthe rose gold color goes with every skin tone.
The brand that immediately comes to mind when thinking about luxury is none other than Rolex. For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to have the Powerball winning numbers, the dream of sporting a Rolex is still a reality thanks to Charlotte’s Jewelry. Charlotte’s Jewelry is the only retailer in the River Region that sells refurbished Rolex watches with reasonable pricing. These beautiful ornaments scream class with every twist of the wrist.
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BOX MANIA By Stephanie Hoskins
Photography by Darren Freeman
Do you get bored with the same old workout routine? Maybe you’re stuck in a rut with your trusty old treadmill, or getting sick of the same ol’ same ol’ every week in your exercise class? Allow me to introduce you to Box Mania, a non-choreographed, martial arts based fitness class that includes power punching and kicking combinations on handheld targets. Box Mania uses interval training to develop strength, cardio conditioning and balance, and is popular with both men and women. This fun, challenging exercise program truly gives you a full body workout. Warning: it may be difficult to crawl out of bed the day after your first session. Montgomery native and exercise guru Katrina Shaw created the program in 2010, drawing from her personal workout routines. “I developed class formats called Box Mania™ I & II based off of my combined background and experience with group exercise and martial arts. During training I explain and emphasize proper form for all techniques. This makes it safe and provides more fitness benefits for the participants when they understand and use correct body control, form, and movements. It delivers a total body workout,” she says. Katrina travels across the country leading demo and certification classes for exercise professionals who then go on to offer Box Mania to their clients. “It has been very enthusiastically received. It appeals to those who typically enjoy group formats as well as those who previously haven’t. The course offers a power workout with no choreography or music. It is fun and yet very challenging with modifications so all fitness levels can participate.”
Katrina Shaw will be presenting the Box Mania Xtreme DVD format at the Fitness and Health Expo at Pro Fitness on Saturday, September 21 from 9-11:30 a.m. Other local health and fitness experts will be offering presentations as well. Attendees can register for door prizes and other giveaways, as well as a DVD discount.
Box Mania was so well received that Katrina recently developed Box Mania Xtreme: an intense exercise program like no other. Like its predecessor, Xtreme was a result of Katrina’s passion for fitness and martial arts. The Xtreme program will be available to the public via DVD later this summer and involves the use of the KatzBo, a bo designed by Katrina for Xtreme. The DVD will include an instructional segment on how to use the KatzBo, a warm up, two intense 30 minute workouts and a 20 minute bonus dance segment using the Katzbo. It incorporates power moves, jumps, squats, lunges and polymetrics in every workout, allowing you to improve cardio and strengthen your core, upper and lower body. Interested in learning more about Box Mania or Box Mania Xtreme? Check out Katrina’s websites where you will find videos on both types of workouts, testimonials, certification information and more. For more information on Box Mania and Box Mania Xtreme, please visit: www.boxmania.org and www. boxmaniaextreme.org Find them on Facebook and YouTube! JULY/AUG 2013 RSVP 25
u J n s a t h T Fun & Games e r o M Article and Photography by: Julie Lowry/Chanterelle Photography
n the 80’s sitcom world, if you were a middle-aged guy named Norm and you needed a pick-me-up, you headed over to Cheers. It was a place where everybody knew your name; and being surrounded by people you were familiar with made you feel at home. Nowadays, if you happen to be a dog looking for that same feeling, you head over to Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital. If you want to know what “happy” looks like, watch a dog come in the door of the clinic and hear the staff call him by name. Watch another dog go for a dip in the pool (a pool shaped like a dog bone, no less) or watch one get a little snuggle from a staff member. Taylor Crossing’s doggie daycare is like watching a bunch of furry, mismatched siblings at recess. It’s a great opportunity for your dog to socialize and get some exercise, but the benefits can go far beyond that.
Take Tommy for example. With his Bambi eyes and a
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black face that gets a little more gray as the years go by, he is sweetly unassuming, despite his size. When he arrives at Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital to join his friends at doggie daycare, he carries his favorite stuffed animal, just like a little kid with a security blanket. Reach down to pet the top of his head and it won’t be long before you feel him sit beside you and lean into the side of your leg. You’d never know that he has suffered from severe separation anxiety, and his trips to Taylor Crossing have been like therapy for him. If you know Tommy’s background story, you’ll understand why he had some issues. Stolen from his own backyard in Pike Road (likely to be used as a bait dog in a dog fighting ring), he was later found and brought to Taylor Crossing so his injuries could be tended to. No one knew who his owner was, but he eventually found a new home, also in Pike Road. But even after his ordeal, Tommy’s spirit couldn’t be broken. He wanted to go home, so he went – all the way
back to his original owner’s home on the other side of Pike Road. He scratched at the door until she answered, and she fell to her knees in happiness. It had been a year and a half since he had been stolen.
Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital is located at the intersection of Taylor Road and Atlanta Highway. Doggie daycare is available Monday through Friday, 7a.m.-6p.m. For more information: (334) 260-8787.
According to Dr. Phil Mitchell, one of three veterinarians partnered at Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital, dogs with anxiety or aggression issues often act that way because they have no confidence around strangers and/or other dogs. When those anxious or aggressive types come to the clinic and interact with the staff and other dogs, they are able to gain confidence as they become more familiar and comfortable with the surroundings. As a result, their behavioral issues often improve. Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital is full service and offers boarding facilities and grooming, along with doggie daycare and veterinary care. This means your dogs have multiple opportunities to visit, and the staff has multiple opportunities to learn your dog’s likes and dislikes. When left alone in a room with a closed door, Tommy had gone so far as to chew the doorknob off to get out. The staff at Taylor Crossing learned that Tommy’s separation anxiety is lessened if he is placed in a run that is more open, as opposed to a more closed-in suite if he’s boarding for the weekend. On the other side of the coin, Tommy has learned that it’s okay to leave his beloved stuffed animal with the staff when he arrives, and he’ll get it back when his mom comes to pick him up and it’s time to go home. You have probably seen a dog that starts shaking as soon as he realizes he is at the vet’s office, because every time he goes there, he gets a shot or gets poked and prodded. But if your dog is used to going to the clinic to play with staff members and dogs he recognizes, it’s not as big of a deal when it comes time to see the vet, because he associates the clinic with a place he visits to have fun. Dr. Mitchell added that dogs that are confident in their surroundings also tend to be less stressed when they need to have a procedure done or need to be hospitalized. A great example is Saban, a Great Dane who has been coming to Taylor Crossing since he was a puppy and recently needed to have major surgery. He showed no signs of stress during the surgery and recovered exceptionally quickly. He would have been happy to get back to his doggie daycare group sooner rather than later, if the doctors had allowed him to! Dr. Mitchell likes to say they know they are doing their jobs right at Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital when the dogs get out of their owner’s cars and RUN inside. So give your dog a chance to stick his face in a sprinkler at doggie daycare. Or the next time you go out of town, bring him to the “Paws Mahal” to spend the night. If you’re lucky, Tommy might share his stuffed animal.
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A Retreat to the Woodlands by Kim Traff • Photography by Tracy Page & Barnsley Resort
There is nothing more relaxing and rejuvenating than taking a vacation, but for some of us, it seems like those getaways come about as often as a leap year. Having heard that Barnsley Resort was one of the most unique destinations in the South, and believing that my sanity depended on a little R&R, I packed a bag and headed to the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to see for myself. When I entered the gates of the quaint English village with over 3,000 acres of perfectly landscaped grounds, I was speechless. The friendly guard at the gate and my experience upon check in let me know that hospitality was one of their strong suits and personally, that is kind of a big deal. As I was escorted to one of the 92 cabins, I am pretty sure that I let out a squeal upon seeing how charming my room and bathroom were. On my bed 28
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sat a personal welcome note from the manager and an itinerary filled with a plethora of activities for the weekend. The side of me that wanted to relax alone or hang at the spa was quickly vetoed by the little girl in me who wanted to cross things off her bucket list, including fly fishing, shooting clays, horseback riding and paintball.
Touring the grounds to learn more about this best kept secret, I couldn’t escape the magical, fairytale ambiance. Now just in case you don’t know the story, let me tell you that it is full of history. Opulence, timeless love, tragic loss, a spirit’s visitation, civil war, decline and rebirth are all part of the story…
The st ory… Inspired by love Godfrey Barnsley wanted an estate worthy of the love of his life, Julia Scarborough of Savannah. So in 1842, inspired by the contemporary architect and landscape designer Andrew Jackson Downing, Godfrey set to work. Before the house could be finished, his beloved Julia got very sick and passed away. Hopeless and devastated by his loss, Godfrey abandoned construction on the estate. Claiming to have seen a vision of Julia’s spirit in the gardens a few months later telling him to finish the home, Barnsley persevered believing Julia was with him in spirit and the estate was completed in 1848.
Trials The War Between the States destroyed Godfrey’s fortune, while soldiers from both sides ravaged the estate. The property had more hard times ahead when a tornado tore the roof from the house in 1906. Broken and in disrepair, the property sat for years at the mercy of the elements.
Hope and restoration In the late 1980s, a Bavarian Prince learned of the estate, fell in love with the property and acquired it. Horticultural experts were brought in to restore the historic gardens, and in the fall of 1991, Barnsley Resort was opened as a historic site so others could share Godfrey’s dream… if only for a while. The property was purchased by Julian Saul and his wife Anita in the summer of 2004, and they have continued the development of the Barnsley Resort into a prestigious site.
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Talk. Meet. Learn. Laugh.Dance.Dine. Discover Whitley Hall Montgomery’s former Whitley Hotel is today a state-of-the-art conference center, banquet hall and educational center. • Perfect for seminars, workshops, receptions, dinners, luncheons and other social or professional events • Advanced wireless audio/visual equipment
Whether you are looking for a little peace and quiet or prefer more activity, Barnsely Resort has plenty to offer. Two clay tennis courts, a sand volleyball court and paintball are available for those with an adventurous spirit. A Grecian-style swimming pool and visit to the full-service spa will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. This resort is also home to one of the most sought-after championship golf courses that boasts some of the fastest greens in the Southeast. Nicknamed “The General,” the Jim Fazio-designed course is notoriously rugged, with big changes in elevation that challenge even professional golfers. Don’t let the first few links-style holes fool you — the 7,350-yard course progresses quickly into woodlands.
• Large and small classrooms available • Computer labs with Internet access • Full-service catering • Free parking Learn more at 334-241-9543 or e-mail email@example.com
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For the nature lovers, there are over twelve miles of scenic hiking trails and garden tours, and the beautiful lake is a perfect place to kayak or canoe. Their sporting program encompasses air, land and water as fly fishing programs are also available. The instructors teach all levels, including equipment and fishing knot basics as well as multiple fly casting techniques so even if you are experienced, come with a teachable spirit and you’re bound to learn a few more tricks. The challenging 17-station clay shooting course might have been my favorite part of the weekend. Being a novice didn’t matter as world-class instructor Skip Smith taught us safety and technique. After missing my first few shots, Skip immediately knew what I was doing wrong, helped me make a few adjustments and I was finally able to hit the target. That is when the fun began! Having experts on site to answer questions or provide guidance when it came to any activity was a plus. Allow me to introduce you to a few of them: 30
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The Wine Snob We enjoyed a social hour of wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres before heading to the Rice House for a five-course meal and wine pairing with Barnsley’s very own resident Wine Snob, Greg Teague. The atmosphere, service, presentation and food selections were all exceptional. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the Wine Snob would be available to make recommendations regarding wine selections during our stay at the resort as he sets the bar when it comes to knowing how to please your palate.
The Historian Making smores at the campfire was enriched when Barnsley’s historian and museum director, Clent Coker joined us. Clent has been fascinated with the Barnsley story since he was a child. I can honestly say I have never been so captivated by any story teller, and if history had been this interesting in school I might have listened more. Godfrey and Julia are two people I would have loved to have met.
The Cowboy To tell you that the Cowboy is easy on the eyes would be quite an understatement. This southern gentleman takes pride in caring for these beautiful horses, and when he isn’t at the stables, you might find him playing acoustic guitar for groups somewhere on site. Our guided two-hour trail ride with scenic views was another highlight of the trip.
The Fairy There is another detail that contributes to Barnsley’s fairytale reputation—the resort’s own fairy godmother. Carrying a crystal-studded wand, Denise Webb takes event planning to a level that is gorgeous, extraordinary and downright magical. From small touches like a rose petal covered bed to WOW moments like walking into a bedroom filled with balloons, the Fairy Godmother can add that special touch that makes your stay magical. As the resort is only an hour away from Atlanta, you will have to work pretty hard to find a good excuse not to plan a trip here. So whether you are looking to do some team building with your staff, create some meaningful family time or get away with close friends, you can’t go wrong choosing Barnsley Resort as your next retreat.
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DONICA Photography by Liesa Cole
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A Southern Heart By Amanda Morrison
o write a song, you must first hold a pen. For Donica Knight, it was holding onto a softball bat in her formative years that allowed her the confidence to later grab hold of the microphone and live her dream. This Prattville native is holding her own as a rising country star and a singer/songwriter on Nashville’s music scene. Her striking blue eyes pale in comparison to the beauty within her soul. As young as 10 years old, she remembers praying for wisdom. As a girl she began to trust her gut and those instincts led her to a life changing decision her sophomore year at Auburn University. Donica learned the formula for winning long before college, back in her tomboy days when she played softball. “Playing softball taught me that in order to win, you need a team of good people working together,” says Donica. Though she’s always preferred to step out in boots, she stood in her cleats among champions when she and her teammates were named World Series Champions two years in a row. She discovered excellence through discipline and still believes in surrounding herself with positive people. All along, Donica performed solos in school functions and sang in her church band and choir. She always wanted to be a singer but made the practical decision to pursue college over music. Two years into her studies preparing her to become a special education teacher, it was a fateful solo performance during Alpha Chi Omega Rush Week that stopped her in her tracks. She explains, “All summer I felt like my heart was leading me to something else… [during sorority rush] I sang a song and people started to cry. I knew my voice touched a lot of people and that I had to do music and use the talent given to me.” While she was sure this was her calling, it did not make the phone call to her parents any easier. Recognizing her passion, her parents reassured her she would make them proud no matter what her decision, so she packed up her car, said her collegiate goodbyes and returned home. With her sole focus on music, this transition freed her to JULY/AUG 2013 RSVP 35
pursue her goal and opened doors for the southern-styled rocker. A few short weeks after singing live-band karaoke, she was invited to join a cover band, Luckytown, that was playing the college circuit. Donica enjoyed performing to live audiences, but in 2011 she felt the inner nudge calling her to write her own music, so she started knocking on doors in Nashville. No one taught her how to be an aspiring artist. Following her gut instinct, and after a couple of searches on Google, she headed on a drive towards Nashville, Tenn. The windshield time during these road trips alone allowed Donica to get to know herself even more as she would listen to music in the car for inspiration. She cheerfully and honestly exclaims, “If you can’t entertain yourself, you’re not gonna entertain anybody!” Employing the discipline of her youth has once again paid off over the past few years, as Donica has gone from a complete unknown to co-writing songs with Pat McLaughlin and country mainstays like Ronnie Sap. Donica’s debut album, “A Southern Heart,” offers something for all fans of southern music. She describes the different textures: “The track “Annie” is stompin’ rootsie country, while “Elevators” is Patsy Cline classic country and “You Only Love Me” grows on you.”
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Donica also recorded her version of the “Auburn Fight Song,” as played at the Spring Game in April. Not only is it available for download on her website, nearly 100,000 people have viewed her rendition on You Tube, proving it is in fact “Great to be an Auburn Tiger – War Eagle.” On June 29, Donica will be opening for Little River Band in Phenix City. Just recently, she once again took position behind home plate to play in the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Tournament in Nashville, where she ran the bases and rubbed elbows with stars like Florida Georgia Line, Vince Gill and Phil Vassar. Winning a contest called “Stageit,” a virtual concert where fans donate to charity, made radio take notice. Her single “Girls Go Out” is currently playing on Canadian radio as well as XM Channel 59, The High. She later learned that the coach from her softball days was among the “Stageit” donors who helped her earn recognition, making the victory even sweeter. Donica still believes it takes a team, coach and working together to accomplish a dream. That’s why you will find “Team Donica” merchandise available on her website, www. donicaknight.com. You can also find her performance schedule and listen to her music online. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Thursday, September 5, 2013 • 7:00 PM
Riverfront Concert for the Brantwood Childrens Home @ Montgomery Amphitheater 355 Coosa Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
There’s No Stopping
When You’re Hopping Photography by Amanda Lee and Carter Photography & Design
The weather was warm and breezy, and the atmosphere was jubilant at the 3rd Annual Hampstead Hop, held Thursday, June 7. When RSVP pairs up with Hampstead, it is guaranteed to be a great time! Hampstead “Hoppers” were given a wristband that gave them access to great specials at three participating locations. At Farmhouse Kitchen, one could enjoy the Southern folk tunes of River Dan while snacking on chicken salad and cornbread muffins and sipping on sweet tea vodka and watermelon crawl cocktails.
enjoyed wine and whiskey tastings at City Grill. The Tipping Point was a happening place with Zac Martin playing acoustic and several people testing seasonal beers. Hampstead made the perfect setting for this relaxed, but energetic event. Everywhere you turned live music filled the air, and each location evoked a different feel. But no matter where you turned, friends were laughing, spirits were poured, good food was devoured and great times were had. For the third year in a row, Hampstead Hop was a success, and all who attended left thinking “Can’t wait till next year!”
Countess Jane Allen’s 60th birthday celebration in Downton Abbey Style
Hoppers swayed to the live jazz vibes of Jilla & Kurt as they
By Peyton Flowers • Photography by Nick Drolllette
uests partied like it was 1917 at Countess Jane Allen’s 60th birthday celebration, in the theme of Downton Abbey, at the Alley Station Ballroom on May 3, 2013. Invitations requested guests to dress in period appropriate garb. Upon arrival, there were additional accoutrements of elbow length gloves, handmade feather hair pins, hats, pearls and fans laid out on a Victorian dressing table (owned by Carolyn Dwyer of Montgomery) similar to the one Lady Mary and her sisters use in Downton Abbey, the popular PBS television drama. The birthday girl was given a battenburg lace parasol. Guests were given a beverage option upon their entry into the ladies drawing room: A Countess Jane (champagne cocktail with lavender simple syrup and
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peach nectar) or A Lady Jane (iced tea sweetened with lavender simple syrup and peach nectar). Classical guitar, period appropriate music was provided by James Terrell of Montgomery while ladies conversed in the drawing room or played croquet on the east lawn. At 6:30, a butler in tails and white gloves announced dinner would be served in the dining room. Guests were treated to high tea, provided by the Smith Byrd House Tearoom, of a sun dried tomato quiche and salad followed by fresh scones and an assortment of homemade tea sandwiches. Food was served on the birthday girl’s personal china, a gorgeous Haviland set adorned with green and pink flowers with a gold rim. The china was the color inspiration for the rest of the party which was complemented by the amazing floral
table décor of muted hydrangeas, spray roses and soft greenery by Crystal Strickland of Southern Posies. Plates were set on gold chargers with heirloom silver and battenburg toppers on top of ivory linens from Brendle Rentals. A number of tea options, including peppermint, Buckingham Palace garden party or lavender lace were enjoyed, as well as cucumber water as a decaffeinated option. The cake was a two layer butter cake with battenburg lace buttercream icing provided by Alice Harris. It was topped with flowers by Southern Posies. Photos were taken by Nick Drollette Photography. Event styling and printed materials including the menu, place setting cards, and invitations were created by Allison Godwin of High Cotton Paperie. We’re sure it’s safe to say this party was a splendid success!
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Kentucky Derby Graduation Tea There’s No Stopping Photography by Nikki P Photography
When You’re Hopping Photography by Amanda Lee and Carter Photography & Design
The weather was warm and breezy, and the atmosphere was jubilant at the 3rd Annual Hampstead Hop, held Thursday, June 7. When RSVP pairs up with Hampstead, it is guaranteed to be a great time! Hampstead “Hoppers” were given a wristband that gave them access to great specials at three participating locations. At Farmhouse Kitchen, one could enjoy the Southern folk tunes of River Dan while snacking on chicken salad and cornbread muffins and sipping on sweet tea vodka and watermelon crawl cocktails. Hoppers swayed to the live jazz vibes of Jilla & Kurt as they
enjoyed wine and whiskey tastings at City Grill. The Tipping Point was a happening place with Zac Martin playing acoustic and several people testing seasonal beers. Hampstead made the perfect setting for this relaxed, but energetic event. Everywhere you turned live music filled the air, and each location evoked a different feel. But no matter where you turned, friends were laughing, spirits were poured, good food was devoured and great times were had. For the third year in a row, Hampstead Hop was a success, and all who attended thinking wait till Photography by Joshleft Moates / Kim“Can’t Box Photography next year!”
There are a few momentous occasions in a girl’s life...her sweet 16, graduation and her wedding day, to name a few, that are usually marked by celebrations with friends and family. In the south, graduation teas are a befitting celebration of a young girl’s graduation from high school and journey to college. On May 4, 2013, Shelby Traff was honored with a graduation tea at the Hampstead Bocce Pavilions. Falling on the same day as the 139th Kentucky Derby, the tea was held with the same theme. Surrounded by her closest friends, Shelby enjoyed an intimate tea where the weather was perfect and the spirits as cheerful as the derby hats worn by her guests. Food was provided by the hostesses and the gorgeous floral decor was arranged by Crystal Strickland of Southern Posies. Memories were captured by Nikki P Photography. With a spot on the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s volleyball team, we know Shelby’s college career is “off to the races!” As a fun-themed graduation tea we’re betting this party as a Triple Crown contender! 40
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AMY DICKINSON Amy Dickinson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in recreational therapy from Longwood University in Farmville, Va. After working as a recreational therapist/manager in psychiatry for 5 years, she decided to take the head coaching position for the UAB Division I synchronized swimming team. Amy grew up a competitive synchronized swimmer, and she was blessed to qualify and compete in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic trials. Along with her best friend, Amy later developed a closet organization product and started her company, The Happy Closet. She now sells those closet dividers to stores all over the United States and several foreign countries. They have a line for babies, kids and adults. Two years ago Amy moved to Montgomery to be closer to her family. “I have met some amazing people since moving to Montgomery. My parents, friends and family have been a great encouragement and sounding board in starting my new business,” she says. Amy is also the owner of Bloom Upscale Resale and Consignment Boutique. Her company is already making plans to host community events. Amy and her two children, Pete and Kileigh, stay busy with soccer, swimming, cub scouts, church and dance. Amy loves the diverse and friendly people of Montgomery and loves that the city offers so many fun activities for families.
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CRAIG J. BOYKIN As Executive Director of United Dream Montgomery, Craig Boykin says he has dedicated his life to “inspiring others and providing hope to those who feel hopeless.” The mission of United Dream Montgomery is to empower individuals to live a life of hope, integrity and compassion while making positive changes in their lives, families, communities and the world.The vision is to rally individuals, families and communities to combat the infectious activities that plague our youth, families, communities and schools. Having hit rock bottom after dropping out of high school, Craig realized that change was needed. He decided to enroll in the Job Corps career program which allowed him to earn both his G.E.D. and a diploma in retail sales from Job Corps in Prestonsburg, Ky. Craig then enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he developed integrity and discipline. During his military service Craig suffered an injury and was medically discharged, after which he decided to further his education. Three years later, Craig had earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University Montgomery. He went on to earn a master’s degree in theology as well as a master’s degree in criminal justice, both from Faulkner University. Craig is currently working on his Ph.D. Despite the struggles of a troubled childhood and being diagnosed with a learning disability, Craig has never allowed his circumstances to determine his future, and that’s what he strives to teach others daily. When he isn’t mentoring at-risk individuals or speaking in public, Craig enjoys spending his time with his wife Adrienne and daughter Kiera.
MARY KATHERINE SMITH “I love traveling to parts of south Alabama and helping our members plan community service activities to give back to the communities,” explains Mary Katherine Smith. She works for Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society as the community outreach manager for south Alabama. Sometimes Mary Katherine enjoys her job so much that it doesn’t even feel like work. She received her Bachelor of Arts in communications and information sciences from the University of Alabama with a focus in public relations. She was hired with Woodmen before she graduated in May 2010, and went straight to work on June 1st. Though she had some reservations, she was prepared to succeed. Mary Katherine credits her husband, Pate, as her biggest supporter. His encouragement has given her the strength to get to where she is today. They love Montgomery’s social atmosphere and do their best to stay involved. They enjoy Biscuits games, the Dragon boat festivities, and participating in WAKA kickball as members of the Gumptown Ballers team. After spending the first 2 years of her marriage here, Mary Katherine says that Montgomery will always be her home base. She has met many life-long friends here, and those relationships contribute to her love of Montgomery. She loves working out, cooking and hanging out with friends and family.
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KENYETTA SMILEY “My company offers one of the few avenues here in Montgomery to give models and designers a real opportunity at success,” says Kenyetta Smiley. Kenyetta is a branch manager with Wells Fargo, but the company she’s referring to is Sways Way Modeling Group. As the creative director and owner of Sways Way, Kenyetta helps aspiring young men and women reach their modeling and designing goals. She is a graduate of Faulkner University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and plans to start work on her Master of Science in management this fall. Kenyetta’s education in fashion started at a much younger age. At just 17, she learned how to produce and manage fashion shows from two of Montgomery’s fashion pioneers: Perry Varner of Style Experience and Sheyanne Webb Christburge of KEEP Productions.They taught her everything from booking performers, designers and staff to how to be a stylist. However, Kenyetta says the most important thing they taught her was how to handle disappointment and pressure. She does not dwell on fear, but instead uses it as fuel to accept necessary change. Kenyetta’s favorite thing about Montgomery is the community. The people are amazing and they have shown great support for everything she does. Her events are often partnered with local nonprofit organizations in an effort to give back. Kenyetta’s hobbies include traveling, hosting events, and make-up.
DR. MICHAEL MULL “Montgomery and the River Region have played an integral role in molding my career success,” explains Dr. Michael Mull. He is an optometric physician with Montgomery Lasik and Eye Care Center. A physician for 4 years now, Michael is passionate about Montgomery Lasik and Eye Care Center. “I love being part of an operation that offers comprehensive eye care through ophthalmology and optometry,” says Michael. “Montgomery Lasik and Eye Care Center is unique in that it allows me to be a part of affecting patients’ lives for the better through eye surgery, glasses, contact lenses, and overall eye health,” he continues. Michael is quick to point out that Wes and Lisa Daniel have created a unique environment, but doesn’t stop giving praise there. He explains that Wes and Lisa gave him his start in optometry back in 1993, and they remain strong advocates of his goals in optometry. Of course, Michael gives full credit to God and his wife Melissa for always giving him the necessary support to be successful. In 1998, he and Melissa moved back to Montgomery for 6 years before then moving to Miami for graduate school. They have always enjoyed Montgomery’s relaxed pace, and that’s the main reason they returned.They enjoy attending Church of the Highlands, seeing Biscuits games and experiencing the overall feel of a revitalized downtown Montgomery. Michael happily supports the community through Children’s Miracle Network and Christmas Clearinghouse.
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CLINT MANN “Every time a patient walks into my clinic, I am presented with the opportunity to have a positive impact on their life,” says Clint Mann, the clinic director at PT Solutions Montgomery East Clinic. “The goal is to get them better, but I’m not just in the business of improving physical ailments - I’ve been placed in a position to have a greater impact on their overall attitude towards life, faith, and future,” he explains. After graduating with a B.S. from Auburn University in exercise science, Clint applied to Alabama State University’s PT Program. He says that his acceptance into the program was a blessing and an opportunity for him to fulfill his dream. In 2010, he received his doctorate in physical therapy, and then began working as a staff physical therapist at the PT Solutions Eufaula Clinic.After just one year, he accepted a position as director of the Wetumpka Clinic.Two years later, he became the director at Montgomery East. Clint believes his success is a result of his faith and his parents, who instilled in him an unfailing work ethic and responsibility to treat everyone with respect regardless of age, race or gender. Clint says he enjoys Montgomery’s small town living with a taste of the big city. He also likes hunting, cooking and CrossFit.
GRACE LLOYD Grace Lloyd is a licensed hearing aid dispenser for Montgomery Hearing Services, a division of Montgomery Otolaryngology. She says that it is the relationships she builds with her patients that she enjoys the most. “I love so many things about my job but when patients come back after the initial fitting of their hearing aids and they say thank you for giving them their life back, I know in my heart I am in the right profession,” explains Grace. She received her Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Troy University of Dothan. Grace then completed her internship with Montgomery Hearing Services and Starkey Hearing Technologies, and went on to finish the National Board Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences in May of 2012. She is currently a board member on the State of Alabama Licensing Board for Hearing Instrument Dealers, as well as a member of the Alabama Society for Hearing Healthcare Providers and the International Hearing Society for Hearing Health Professionals. Grace says that by far the biggest influence in her life has been God. She attends the Church of the Highlands, where she stays involved with the community and participates in small groups. She has one son, Jordan, three boxers and one cat. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, fishing, eating oysters and rocking in her rocking chair on the porch.
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After meeting Amy Ray and her 6 dogs, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to find out that her first word was “dog.” She is the owner and head groomer of Prissy Paws. “I love working with dogs and bringing my own dogs to work with me,” says Amy. She graduated from Saint James School in 2006, and has been grooming ever since. After attending grooming academy in Pensacola, Fla., Amy decided she needed to start her own business. At first, Amy was a bit scared of going outside her comfort zone, but she knew that she was good at her job. That gave her the confidence she needed. Amy lost her father at the age of 16, but knowing how proud he would be kept her strong. Her biggest supporter, her mother, has been there every step of the way. Amy makes sure that she gives back to the community that has been so good to her. Whenever she has time, she grooms the dogs that are up for adoption at the humane shelter. She tries to make them as cute as possible in hopes that they will be adopted. Her own 6 dogs are Izzie, Bash, Zappa, Harmony, Odie and Trace. She never goes anywhere without at least one dog, and she enjoys painting portraits of pets in her spare time.
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Stephen Pegues is the cut flower manager at Horton Wholesale Floral Inc., a wholesaler of imported and domestic fresh flowers. “We import flowers from across the globe to supply florists, event planners and many other licensed dealers of fresh flowers,” explains Stephen. He grew up in this business and has worked for Horton Wholesale going on 20 years now. Stephen worked part time through high school and college. After graduating from Troy University in 2006 with a degree in finance, he took on the role full time as cut flower manager. Both fast paced and demanding, his main role is to oversee the supply of tens of thousands of stems of fresh flowers. The biggest influence on Stephen’s career would definitely be his boss, Jeffrey Horton. He has been a mentor to Stephen for a long time, always pushing him to strive for nothing but the best, both personally and in a business setting. From the roses delivered to your door to the biggest weddings and events in the River Region and beyond, Stephen loves being a part of it. He works with a lot of wonderful people in our community and loves Montgomery. Stephen is engaged to fiancé Jaime, who he describes as amazing, beautiful, and his best friend. They have too many cats, and an awesome dog named Haze. Stephen says he also owes a great deal of his success to his mom who always supported him. He has a passion for food, and considers himself an accomplished home cook.
RICHARD CHANNING LEGER “The client describes the vision to me, and I get the thrill of making it a reality,” explains Channing Leger, the owner of Leger Group, LLC. As the head horticulturist and carpenter, Channing loves getting to know his clients so he can better create their dream landscape. Channing attended Alabama Christian Academy from K-12. He later got his associate’s degree from Southern Union and his bachelor’s degree in landscape horticulture from Auburn University. His concentration was in landscape design, installation and maintenance. After graduation, Channing immediately started his own company. He says that it was a bit frightening, but he believed he could do it. That confidence came from his mother and father. Channing’s mother always told him to believe in himself, and his father used to say, “get up, dress up, and show up no matter what.” They also taught him that nothing in life is free and you have got to work to reach your goals. Channing loves Montgomery for the small-town feel. He likes that everybody knows everybody, and the amazing word of mouth in the community has really helped him.There’s nothing better for a business than happy customers. He enjoys hunting, riding horses, and creating wood art. When he isn’t busy with his business he works with his chocolate lab, Delta. His nickname is “Wild Bill” because he loves to wear boots and have a good time.
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COLONIAL COMMERCIAL REALTY An Interview with Josh Lowder
The Colonial Companies and the Lowder name have been synonymous with real estate in Montgomery and the southeast for almost 60 years. However, Josh Lowder is not your typical real estate executive. As associate broker of Colonial Commercial Realty (CCR), he brings a new perspective to the role of broker and manager while assisting in strategic planning and oversight of the Colonial Company. Before returning to Montgomery, Josh served as managing partner for developing boutique condominium projects in Charleston, S.C., which remain under his management. His community work includes a position on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Redevelopment Authority. Josh has received his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation is also completing a master’s in real estate development from Auburn University while continuing his professional work. What impressed us in our interview was the fact that Josh is not one of the hands off manager/developers of the past. 52
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He puts his money, and for that matter his family, where his mouth is. He and his wife Katie live in Colonial’s Hampstead development with their 8-month-old son. In addition, Katie recently opened her business, Pure Barre, at the A&P Lofts, another company development in Old Cloverdale. RSVP: So what does a busy young executive do for fun? Well, I have an 8-month-old baby boy, Jack, who is an absolute blessing to be around. When not spending time with my wife and family, I practice guitar, keys, drums and music production. I have played since I was 12 years old, and wrote and performed steadily with an improvisational rock band while in college in Charleston. It is still a strong passion of mine. My new favorite fan, Jack, is already making sounds into the microphone! RSVP: What excites you about the future? JOSH: Truthfully, I am just excited about the future of Montgomery. The improvements to the city really have
Photo by Darren Freeman momentum and I am proud to call it home. There is dynamic leadership shaping the city, and I’m eager to help. Home sales are increasing and our economy is improving. Personally, I am quite excited that there is a 22-acre lake being built in my “backyard” at Hampstead. I love to watch the construction and soon will be able to walk a block to go fishing every week. There is also new office/retail construction in the neighborhood. It’s great to see our developments grow along with the city. RSVP: So you do see this improvement in the local housing market continuing? JOSH: Homeownership is still the American dream and it remains alive and well. While the negative connotations associated with renting are diminishing, the satisfaction and pride of ownership will continue to prevail. The consensus about the market and interest rates is that the bottom is behind us. RSVP: Is this improvement also reflected in the local commercial real estate market? JOSH: It too is improving, but an oversupply remains. Having said that, the market is less tenant and buyer-driven than it was even a year ago. “Rock-bottom” deals are going away and absorption is increasing. JULY/AUG 2013 RSVP 53
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RSVP: What services does Colonial Commercial Realty provide? JOSH: We manage the properties developed by our parent company which involves recruiting tenants, negotiating leases, facilitating sales and maintaining the properties. These are all services we also offer certain third-party property owners. If the property is the right fit for our company, and we can confidently assist the client, then we encourage meeting to discuss opportunities. We represent primarily retail, office and mixed-use properties, which can include residential units. This can be for any combination of sales, leasing and management services. RSVP: What differentiates you from the competition? JOSH: As a team our knowledge is vast. And we believe in creating strong, long-term relationships. RSVP: Are there any properties you would like to mention? JOSH: We have an exciting commercial investment property for sale at the A&P Lofts development in Old Cloverdale. It is 100% leased with staggered lease expirations, quality tenants, and is priced at a projected 8% return rate in the first year you own. The unique aspect of this property is the condominium structure of the commercial and residential, therefore the structure and common areas of the property are maintained by the property association. This minimizes the property management for individual owners, making it easier to be investor-managed without having to pay a professional manager. Some of these units are priced as low as the mid $100ks. For lease, there is a great restaurant space in our Hampstead development in east Montgomery. We are offering competitive rental terms, but being discerning to find the right “fit” for our development. We are proud of our tenant mix and plan to build on the synergy of City Grill and Tipping Point. At this point, we have declined two interested parties. In a mixed-use development, the importance leans toward enhancing the neighborhood/submarket and less about filling a vacant space. It is worth being patient. RSVP: Is there anything else you want to say to the reader? JOSH: Many people don’t realize that investing in real estate is within the capabilities of most individuals, and it is a critical part of diversified investing. Buying stock in a real estate company is one thing, but it is equally important to invest in the hard asset directly. And just like most people use financial advisors to invest, CCR can be hired as a real estate asset manager to locate property and facilitate all the essential services, from acquisition to disposition. I invite you to give me a call and come visit any of our properties. JULY/AUG 2013 RSVP 55
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Table Talk by Kristi Gates
The Vintage Olive: Flavor on Tap 8101B Vaughn Road • Montgomery, AL 36116
According to Ed and Carly Gannon, “Life’s too short to eat boring food.” Through their store, they’re able to provide tips and advice to customers about using their products to transform food from blah to food that’s bold and flavorful. After travelling extensively all over the world leading missionary teams, Ed and Carly met while leading different teams in Peru, and found they shared a love of cooking and trying new cuisines. In later travels, they came across the idea of being able to taste different kinds of olive oil. Carly says, “We were intrigued because it was something different. We researched it and decided to give it a try here!”
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The Vintage Olive has more than 55 gourmet olive oils from around the world and balsamic vinegars from Italy, as well as a fabulous selection of specialty oils. All selections are on tap, so if something like the Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar or Tuscan Herb Olive Oil peaks your interest, you’re free to give them a try! Other keys to success have been bottling each selection in-store for superior freshness, private taste tests and excellent word of mouth. Ed says, “We’re so excited because we’re still growing tremendously.” Future plans include developing corporate packages and marketing their products as unique party and wedding favors.
To see all they have to offer, visit www.thevintageolive.com, and like them on Facebook to find special offers and new recipes.
Roasted Walnut Oil
This handcrafted oil with a nutty finish is made in France following 150-year-old traditional methods. Slow roasted to perfection, it complements vegetables, salads, fruits, pastas, grilled meats, fish and baked pastries. It’s also perfect to dip with bread or drizzle over oatmeal!
Toasted Sesame Seed Oil
The roasting process elicits the delicious taste of sesame so prominent in Asian cooking. This oil brings incredible flavor to stir-fry, rice, noodles, vegetables, vinaigrettes or your favorite greens. It can also be combined with soy sauce and Garlic EVOO and Honey Ginger Balsamic Vinegar for an amazing marinade.
Roasted Almond Oil
With a delicate scent and deep flavor, this oil is great for sautéing, drizzling, baking, dipping and making vinaigrettes.
White Truffle Oil
Made in Italy in an artisan fashion, this oil has both an earthy aroma and intense white truffle taste. Use it as a finishing oil on everything from potatoes, pasta, rice and vegetables to French fries and popcorn! It’s also amazing drizzled onto steak just before serving.
Healthy, affordable and great for cooking! This oil has a very high smoking point of 450 degrees, which makes it perfect for deep frying and other high-heat cooking methods. Both odorless and colorless, it’s versatile enough for everyday use in the kitchen.
Blockbuster Movies By Caitlin McRae
While it may be the season to spend time outside, summer is also the time for movies. It’s the best way to beat the heat, or escape from work, responsibility and the everyday. We have highlighted a few blockbusters coming to theatres this summer that might peak your interest.
The Spectacular Now
If you’re looking for a boy meets girl story, this is the perfect summer movie for you. Sutter Keely, a high school senior, lives in the now. He’s the life of the party, loves his job, and has no plans for the future. He’s a budding alcoholic, who after being dumped by his girlfriend gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finicky hovering over him. She’s different: a nice girl with a nerdy side who has dreams of a future. Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, and somehow they’re drawn together. Rated R. Opens August 2, 2013.
The Lone Ranger
Following up on their success with “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Johnny Depp and Walt Disney Pictures have teamed up again to bring “The Lone Ranger” to the big screen this summer. Also starring Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham Carter, “The Lone Ranger” recounts the tales of Tonto, a Native American warrior, along with legendary man of the law John Reid. Rated PG-13. Opens July 3, 2013.
Looking for an action movie this summer? Wolverine is the one for you! In this much anticipated summer movie, we join Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, as he makes a voyage to modern-day Japan encountering an enemy from his past in a life-or-death battle that will change him forever. Rated PG-13. Opens July 26, 2013.
We’re the Millers
Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis star in this comedy about a small-time drug dealer who hires a phony family as camouflage to bring drugs from Mexico to Colorado. The plan includes a cynical stripper as a faux wife, as well as a homeless teen and a geeky neighborhood kid as the children. Rated R. Opens August 9, 2013.
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Fans of horror, this is the scary movie you’ve been waiting for all summer! “The Conjuring” follows paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who are helping a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. The Warrens are forced to confront the powerful entity and find themselves in the middle of the most terrifying case of their lives. Rated R. Opens July 19, 2013.
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Wicks and Willow introduces Cupcake Candles Known for their teacup and vintage mason jar candles, Wicks and Willow is excited to announce a new unique line of cupcake candles! Although they may look good enough to eat, the cupcakes are made entirely of soy wax and burn like a normal candle. You can order a few to add some fun flair to a birthday party, or get a bunch to give out as party favors -your guests will love them! The candle “icing” and “flavor” can be customized with your choice of color and sprinkles, and they are available in vanilla, buttercream, snickerdoodle or unscented. Cupcake candles are $9 each or 2 for $15. Bulk pricing is available. Email Melissa@wicksandwillow.com for questions or to order.
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High Cotton Paperie Inspired by the idea that paper products can help unite a theme and create a brand, Allison Godwin started High Cotton Paperie in April 2013. Whether she is creating an identity for a business, a theme for a party or shower, or a motif used in a wedding, her products help bring an event to life. From baby showers to a 30th birthday “Booze Cruise” to the Downton Abbey-themed birthday party featured in this RSVP issue, High Cotton Paperie provides the finishing touches for any social event. To learn more about recent HCP projects and see some of the calling cards, stationery, and gifts used, visit www.highcottonpaperie.com/blog. You can also find High Cotton Paperie on Facebook and Etsy.
Pouchee A woman’s purse is often a bottomless pit and a catchall for miscellaneous items (first aid supplies, snacks, money, makeup, and much more). If this scenario sounds all too familiar, there is help. We have found Pouchee, the ultimate purse organizer! The Pouchee organizes essentials inside the purse, making life easier by allowing a woman to find what she needs in a snap. It also makes changing purses with different outfits a breeze! Pouchee is perfect for the busy woman of today- with the Pouchee, women are organized, less stressed, and able to save time! Pouchee is available in over 50 colors and 3 different sizes. Please visit pouchee.com to find a store near you.
READY, SET, MERGE! LWT Communications and Reid/O’Donahue Advertising, two of Alabama’s top ranked advertising agencies have merged to become Stamp Idea Group, LLC, a full-service advertising, interactive and media agency. With more than 90 years combined agency experience, partners David Allred, Jim Leonard and Bruce Reid will lead the newlymerged firm. Stamp brings together a combined team of 29 creative professionals with $16 million in annual capitalized billings and experience with local, regional and national clients. Please visit StampIdeas.com for more information.
ESCAPE FOR AN EVENING AT OAK TAVERN The Oak Tavern Lounge & Restaurant, located in the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill, offers a tempting dinner menu featuring traditional American and Southern-inspired dishes, plus an extensive cocktail list for all occasions. Enjoy a night complemented by live entertainment in the stylish bar or move to the patio to enjoy the ﬁre pits and the scenic views of the perfectly manicured Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill.
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when? what? where?
June 29- July 3 - Montgomery Biscuits vs. Tennessee
Times vary. Riverwalk Stadium. Ticket prices vary. For more information visit www.biscuitsbaseball.com.
July 1 and 15- A Business Planning Seminar 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Small Business Resource Center. Establish a strong foundation for your new or existing small business! From locating financing, writing a business plan and finding expert advice, the Business Planning Seminar will get you going in the right direction. For more information visit www.montgomerychamber.com . July 3- Harriott II Scenic Lunch Cruise 11:00 a.m- 12:30 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Enjoy a relaxing lunch as you take a cruise down the Alabama River on the Harriott II. Ticket prices are $19 for lunch and cruise, $9 adult cruise only, $7 child cruise only. For cruise information or to purchase tickets, visit the box office at 200 Coosa Street, call 334-625-2300 or visit www.funontheriver.net. July 4- Harriott II Fireworks Cruise 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Enjoy a wonderful evening of fireworks, live entertainment, cash bar and concessions all while taking a cruise on a Thursday evening with friends and family. $25 per adult, $20 per child. For more details call 334-625-2100, stop by the box office at 200 Coosa Street, or visit www.funontheriver.net. July 5, 6, 12, 13,19, 20, 26, and 27- Harriott II Dinner Cruise 6:30-9:00 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Enjoy live entertainment, cash bar and concessions as you take a relaxing cruise down the river aboard the Harriott II. Ticket prices vary. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 334-625-2100, stop by the box office at 200 Coosa Street or visit www. funontheriver.net. July 6, 13, 20, and 27 – August 31 - Farmers Market 7:00 a.m. – Noon. Shoppes at East Chase. Come join us at the Market where you will find locally grown produce and unique gift items, as well as entertainment for the entire family. The Market is open every Saturday rain or shine until August 31. For more information on The Shoppes at East Chase or its Farmers Market, call 334-279-6046. July 8-11 & 15-18 -Fashion Camp 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Shoppes at East Chase. These one-day Fashion Camps are the only ones of their kind in the River Region. The girls will learn how to have fun and build confidence while learning about fashion, modeling, and healthy living. July 8 – 11 for ages 6 – 8 years; July 15 – 18 for ages 9 – 12 years. $75 per child. For questions about Fashion Camp, call the main office at 334-279-6046. 66
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when? what? where? July 8-12 & 22-26- Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Summer Art Camp
Times Vary. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. These funfilled camps offer small group lessons in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. Each camp offers different themes, art activities and techniques, so students are encouraged to sign up for more than one week. Camp fees include snacks and all materials used in the art making. The camps are designed with working parents in mind, so extended hours are offered. Camps are limited to 20 students and fill up quickly, so enroll today! For more information visit www.mmfa.org July 8-26 - Montgomery Zoo Summer Camp 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Montgomery Zoo Camp Safari is a fun-filled, educational wildlife experience. Geared for kids 5-12 years old, half day and full day camps available. July 8-12 is a full day camp for 7-8 year olds; July 15-26 is a half day camp for 5-6 year olds. Advanced reservations are required. For more information call 334-240-4930 or visit www.montgomeryzoo.com. July 10- 60 Minute Coffee 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. Capitol Chevrolet. This monthly member event is the perfect way to begin your day. Meet potential clients, make important contacts and network with Chamber executives and community leaders. For more information visit www.montgomerychamber.com .
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7:05 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium. Ticket prices vary. For more information visit www.biscuitsbaseball.com. July 10- Summer Movie Night at The Tipping Point: Lady and the Tramp
Sundown. The Tipping Point in Hampstead. Bring the family and enjoy a night out for all ages. Bring your own blanket and enjoy garden seating. Kids and adult menus available, but please no outside food or drink. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/thetippingpoint.
July 11-31- Ring of Fire:The Music of Johnny Cash Times Vary. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. From the songbook of Johnny Cash comes this unique musical about love, faith, struggle, success, rowdiness, redemption and home. More than two dozen classic hits—including I Walk the Line, A Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, and, of course, Ring of Fire — paint a portrait of The Man in Black that is a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a uniquely American legend! Ticket prices vary. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.asf.net .
July 12- Fish Fry in the Sky 6:00 p.m. Capital City Club. Experience a new summertime favorite at our old-fashioned fish fry with live music, great food and a chance to dine in the sky on our beautiful Overlook Terrace. Indoor dining is also available in our newly renovated Overlook Terrace Lounge. $19.95 per person. Members and guests of members only. For Membership Information, please contact Phyllis Fenn at phyllis.fenn@ ourclub.com or 334-834-8920. www.capitalmontgomery. com. JULY/AUG 2013 RSVP 67
when? what? where? July 13- Second Saturday Party Cruise 10:00 p.m. – Midnight. Harriott II Riverboat. Enjoy the second Saturday of the month while taking a cruise with live entertainment, concessions, and cash bar available. $15 cover. For details call 334-625-2100, stop by the box office at 200 Coosa Street, or visit www.funontheriver.net. July 13-14. Primetime Crossfit presents Without Limits 8:00 a.m. Primetime Crossfit. This is a two-day, individual and two person all men team or two person all women team competition that promises to push your limits. Whether you are fresh off Regionals or looking to compete for the first time, we promise to test your capabilities and show you that the sky is the limit. Come join us for this awesome event! Primetime Crossfit is located in the old Sam’s Warehouse on Eastern Boulevard. Register at www.thegaragegames.com/ events/without-limits/ July 14, 21, 28 – Harriott II Blues Cruise 6:00-8:00 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Come out and enjoy live entertainment, cash bar, and concessions while taking a cruise on a Sunday afternoon. $15 per child, $20 per adult. For more details or to purchase tickets, call 334-625-2100, stop by the box office at 200 Coosa Street or visit www. funontheriver.net. July 15-18 -AHSAA All-Star Sports Week Times vary. Cramton Bowl. AHSAA All-Star Sports Week will have participants from high school students all over the state. Each sport will be represented. AHSAA All-Star Classic (Football) will be played on July 18th at Cramton Bowl. For more details visit http://www.ahsaa.com/. July 16, 18, and 30 Clay Art Camp 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. In this series of classes, students can explore the exciting possibilities of working with clay, ceramic glazes, and three-dimensional media, as well as painting with acrylics, watercolors, and mixed media. Sign up for one or both series of these popular classes. The classes are limited to 15 children. Prices range from $24 to $64. For more information visit www.mmfa.org. July 16 and 30- Young Artists 10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. These fun classes for preschoolers, accompanied by an adult partner, help increase eye-hand coordination and creativity. Each class will explore beginning drawing, painting, ceramics, or sculpture, working with a variety of art materials. Sign up for one class or the series of classes. Class size is limited to 10 children with adult partners. The cost is $8 for members and $12 for non- members for each class, and $32 for members and $48 for non-members for the series of five classes. For more information visit www.mmfa.org . July 17- Tales for Tots 10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. This free monthly program offers young children and their families special stories in the galleries, related to works of art in temporary exhibitions or in the Museum’s collection. A simple arts and crafts activity is included each time. For more information visit www.mmfa.org .
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when? what? where? July 18- Evening with the Curator: Joe Price 5:30 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will lead a discussion of the colorful, technically extraordinary prints of Joe Price. The scintillating effects of light achieved in his prints of still life and everyday subjects can be attributed to his mastery of the serigraph technique. For more information visit www.mmfa.org. July 20- Good People Brewery Tour 1:30 p.m. Capital City Club. The Beer Club invites Members to meet for good beer and a good time at the Good People Brewing Company in Birmingham, AL! Stay after the tour for dinner at Summit Club (optional)! We will meet at the Brewery at 1:45p.m. The cost is $10 per person and includes a collectible glass. Members and guests of members only. For Membership Information., please contact Phyllis Fenn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-834-8920 www. capitalmontgomery.com. July 20- Animal Enrichment Day 10:00 a.m. â€“ 2:00 p.m. Montgomery Zoo. Mark your calendar and make plans to visit the Montgomery Zoo for an incredible day of wildlife adventure and fun. Join us as we tour through the Zoo watching the animals react to the various enrichment items given to them that day. For more information call 334-240-4930 or visit www. montgomeryzoo.com. July 20- Nephew Tommy and Friends 8:00 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Center. You donâ€™t want to miss this amazing show that will keep you laughing from start to finish. Thomas Miles II aka Nephew Tommy is an actor, comedian, producer and entrepreneur that is bringing his hilarious comedy show to Montgomery for one night only! Ticket prices vary. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.mpaconline.org . July 20- Art on Fire 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Join the Junior Executive Board for the summer Mixed Media event Art on Fire at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Montgomery young professionals will listen to live music by local talent Charlie Hubbard and Michael Gaby and watch a live glass blowing demonstration by Calvary Glass under the stars. Picnic baskets, chairs, and blankets are welcome. No outside alcohol permitted. For more information call (334) 240-4347 or visit www.mmfa.org. July 23- Dave Matthews Band 7:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m. The Wharf. Fans of Dave Matthews Band you are in luck! They are coming close to our favorite capital city this summer for a fun show! Ticket prices vary. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit amphitheateratthewharf.com . July 23- 27- Montgomery Biscuits vs. Jacksonville Suns 7:05 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium. Ticket prices vary. For more information visit www.biscuitsbaseball.com.
when? what? where? July 24- Summer Movie Night at The Tipping Point:
Wreck It Ralph
Sundown. The Tipping Point in Hampstead. Bring the family and enjoy a night out for all ages. Bring your own blanket and enjoy garden seating. Kids and adult menus available, but please no outside food or drink. For more details, visit www. facebook.com/thetippingpoint. July 25- Business Tax Seminar 3:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Small Business Resource Center.The Chamber and the Alabama Department of Revenue are conducting free Business Taxation Seminars at 3 p.m and 6 p.m.The seminar covers employer withholding taxes, state and local sales taxes, property taxes, estimated tax payments and business licensing requirements. For more information visit www.montgomerychamber.com . July 25- Art After Dark 7:00 p.m. Capital City Club. Join us for our first P’Zazz Art Class at the Capital City Club! Kasey from P’Zazz Art Studio will instruct the class on how to design a picture perfect painting on canvas. This class is for both experienced and inexperienced artists. From 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. enjoy happy hour drink specials, live entertainment and complimentary hors d’oeurves. At 7:00 p.m. get ready to create a beautiful masterpiece to take home with you! Supplies will be provided! $30 per person. For Membership Information, please contact Phyllis Fenn at email@example.com or 334-834-8920 www.capitalmontgomery.com. July 25- ARTtalk 2013 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Join this session of this unique program, designed for artists in the area as well as those interested in art. Bring a work of art to the Museum, show to other artists and participants, and have friendly feedback about the work. Light refreshments are served as well as a good deal of camaraderie! Prices range from $10 to $20. For more information call 334. 240.4363. July 26-27- Don Quixote 7:30 p.m. The Davis Theatre. Don Quixote is a classic ballet based on an episode taken from the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. This ballet is sure to please! Ticket prices vary. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.montgomeryballet.org . July 26-30 - Alabama Junior State Championship Times vary. Lagoon Park. The Alabama Junior State Championship will be played at Lagoon Park and O’Connor Tennis Center from July 26th - July 30th. For more information contact Lagoon Park at 334-240-4051 or O’Connor Tennis Center by dialing 334-240-4884. July 27- Animal Portrait Workshop 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Learn to create a colorful painting of your favorite animal in this fun and informative workshop! Most will be provided, including a standard 11’ x 14’ canvas and acrylic paints. Just bring photographs, brushes and paper towels. The class size is limited to 12 students so sign up early! Prices range from $105 to $150. For more information visit www.mmfa.org.
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when? what? where? July 27- National Dance Day 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.The Montgomery Ballet. National Dance Day was created by Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer and judge for the So You Think You Can Dance television series. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, a longtime proponent of healthy lifestyles, introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness across the U.S. National Dance Day is an annual event and “grassroots initiative to encourage the nation, young and old, to move!” in the United States. This event occurs annually on the last Saturday of July. Come join The Montgomery Ballet as we celebrate National Dance Day with the rest of the nation at our home location in the Courtyard. For more information visit www. montgomeryballet.org . August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Harriott II Dinner Cruise 6:30-9:00 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Enjoy live entertainment, cash bar and concessions as you take a relaxing cruise down the river aboard the Harriott II. Ticket prices vary. For cruise information or to purchase tickets, visit the box office at 200 Coosa Street, call 334-625-2300 or visit www. funontheriver.net August 2-6 – Montgomery Biscuits vs. Chattanooga
7:05 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium. Ticket prices vary. For more information visit www.biscuitsbaseball.com. August 3- Stuff the Bus 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Shoppes at East Chase. Come donate school supplies in the main parking lot between Dillards and Earth Fare. All of the supplies are donated to the Montgomery public school system. EMERGE Montgomery and the Torchbearers’ Leadership Class Alumni are collecting and donating school supplies to help students prepare for the upcoming school year. For more information visit the website http://www.theshoppesateastchase.com/. August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31- Farmers Market 7:00 a.m. – Noon. Shoppes at East Chase. Come join us at the Market where you will find locally grown produce and unique gift items, as well as entertainment for the entire family. The Market is open every Saturday rain or shine until August 31. For more information on The Shoppes at East Chase or its Farmers Market, call 334-279-6046. August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31- Harriott II Getaway Cruise 4:30-7:00p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Get away on the Harriott II and enjoy live entertainment, concessions and a cash bar as you cruise down the Alabama River. Anniversary and birthday packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 334-625-2100, stop by the box office at 200 Coosa Street or visit www.funontheriver.net. August 4, 11, and 25- Creative Clay and Glass 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Create jewelry and wind chimes in this unusual series of classes combining clay with fused glass! Adults and youth alike can make their own unique works of art to wear, hang on the patio, and give as gifts. Class size is limited to 10 so hurry and sign up! All supplies are provided. Prices range from $75 to $105. For more information visit www.mmfa.org. JULY/AUG 2013
when? what? where? August 4 and 5- Stars On The Riverfront 7:30 p.m. Riverwalk Amphitheater. The Alabama Dance Theatre will open its 27th season with two spectacular free performances of â€œStars on the Riverfront.â€? For more information visit alabamadancetheatre.com . August 5-9- Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Summer Art Camp
Times Vary. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. These funfilled camps offer small group lessons in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. Each camp offers different themes, art activities and techniques, so students are encouraged to sign up for more than one week. Camp fees include snacks and all materials used in the art making. The camps are designed with working parents in mind, so extended hours are offered. Camps are limited to 20 students and fill up quickly, so enroll today! For more information visit www.mmfa.org. August 5- 17 Montgomery School Clean Up Times vary. Montgomery Public Schools. Come kick off the new school year by preparing the schools for opening for the 2013-2014 year. The volunteer teams will each be assigned to one of the 54 Montgomery Public Schools to complete tasks that include cleaning flower gardens, cutting grass, and planting new shrubbery/flowers. Volunteers will be assigned to a specific school. For more information or to volunteer please call the EMERGE office at 334-262-2261. August 5 and 19- Business Planning Seminar 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Small Business Resource Center. Establish a strong foundation for your new or existing small business! From locating financing, writing a business plan and finding expert advice, the Business Planning Seminar will get you going in the right direction. For more information visit www.montgomerychamber.com . August 7- Harriott II Scenic Lunch Cruise 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. $19 for lunch and cruise, $9 adult cruise only, $7 child cruise only. For cruise information or to purchase tickets, visit the box office at 200 Coosa Street, call 334-625-2300 or visit www. funontheriver.net. August 7- Chamber Orientation 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. This is a very informative and informal session. You will learn about the many endeavors in which your Chamber is involved. Our President, Randy George, will introduce our Vice Presidents and give a short description of their areas. You will also be given a chance to tell us about your business. Reservation is required. For more information visit www.montgomerychamber.com . Aug 7- Summer Movie Night at The Tipping Point:The
Sundown. The Tipping Point in Hampstead. Bring the family and enjoy a night out for all ages. Bring your own blanket and enjoy garden seating. Kids and adult menus available, but please no outside food or drink. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/thetippingpoint.
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when? what? where? August 9- Black-Out Cancer 7:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.Alley Station. Dress up, dress down, just wear all black! This event benefiting the American Cancer Society, will include a silent auction, two drink tickets and complimentary appetizers. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door and are available at jebmontgomery.org or at the American Cancer Society office. For more information call 334.612.8177. August 10- Second Saturday Fireworks Cruise 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Riverfront Amphitheater. Enjoy the second Saturday of the month while taking a cruise with fireworks, live entertainment, cash bar, and concessions. $20 per adult and $15 per child. For details call 334-6252100, visit the box office at 200 Coosa Street, or visit www. funontheriver.net. August 11- A Summer Afternoon with Yvonne Wells,
2:00 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. In celebration of Piecing Together History: Civil Rights Quilts by Yvonne Wells, join the artist as she talks about her work, and her quilt themes related to the Civil Rights Movement. Ms.Wells describes herself as, “a storyteller first, and a folk quilter second. It’s from the heart that the issues of life flow,” she says. “I’m an artist and my work is my interpretation of the issues.” Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with an artist with something important to say, both verbally as well as in her outstanding art creations. For more information visit www.mmfa.org. August 13- Back to School Breakfast 8:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. RSA Activity Center. This annual Chamber breakfast brings together Montgomery Public School principals, central office staff, elected officials, and business leaders who recognize the importance of preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s workforce. Join us as we embrace the future of public education with keynote speaker, Dr. Jay Wolf, Senior Minister at First Baptist Church. Ticket prices vary. For more information visit www.montgomerychamber.com . August 13 and 27- Young Artists 10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. These fun classes for preschoolers, accompanied by an adult partner, help increase eye-hand coordination and creativity. Each class will explore beginning drawing, painting, ceramics, or sculpture, working with a variety of art materials. Sign up for one class or the series of classes. Class size is limited to 10 children with adult partners. The cost is $8 for members and $12 for non- members for each class, and $32 for members and $48 for non-members for the series of five classes. For more information visit www. mmfa.org. August 14- 60 Minute Coffee 8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. Costco Wholesale. This monthly member event is the perfect way to begin your day. Meet potential clients, make important contacts and network with Chamber executives and community leaders. For more information visit www.montgomerychamber.com .
when? what? where? August 14- Tales for Tots 10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. This free monthly program offers young children and their families special stories in the galleries, related to works of art in temporary exhibitions or in the Museum’s collection. A simple arts and crafts activity is included each times. For more information visit www.mmfa.org . August 15- Military Open House 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. All active, reserve, and retired military personnel and their families are invited to the Museum for an evening of family fun dedicated to the military communities. Guest will enjoy art-making activities in the studios, a light dinner in the Rotunda, and exhibitions in the temporary and permanent galleries. The event is free and open to all military families. For more information call 334.240.4333 or visit www.mmfa.org.
August 16- Love the Pearls 6:00 p.m. Capital City Club. This is a special dinner and presentation hosted by the Capital City Club in partnership with “The Wonderful World of Pearls”. Come listen to a guest speaker who is a global pearl producer who will deliver this fun and fascinating new presentation. All ladies attending will receive a beautiful pair of high quality pearl stud earrings as a gift. You will also have an opportunity to shop the world’s largest selection of quality pearl jewelry, including many new designs, at incredible savings direct from the producer. Members and guests of members only. For details call Ashlee Meriwether, Member Relations Director at 334-834-8920. August 17 & 18- Fresh paint: New Acrylic Mixed- Media
The River Region’s Professional Ballet Company
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. This two-day workshop will explore a multitude of new surfaces for painting and collage, created with Golden Paints, glass bead gels, translucent molding paste, fiber paste, crackle paste, and more! Learn to transfer your digital images onto a multitude of flat surfaces. Some of the technical challenges of working with inkjet printers will be explored as well as new layers effects for drawing and painting. All paints, mediums and gels are provided by Golden Paints. Class is limited to 15 participants. Prices range from $225 to $275. For more information visit www.mmfa.org. August 18- 22 – Montgomery Biscuits vs. Mississippi
7:05 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium. Ticket prices vary. For more information visit www.biscuitsbaseball.com
A sweeping tale of romance & chivalry Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Davis Theatre For tickets: etix.com or (334)409-0522 Fall classes begin Monday, August 5, 2013
Ballet, jazz, modern, tap & hip hop. Toddlers thru adults. www.montgomeryballet.org 78
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August 19- Elvis- The Early Years 7:30 p.m. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Hearts will flutter and hips will shake when Elvis Presley returns to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for a one-night-only concert. Elvis will be performed by Scot Bruce. Scot’s authentic, high-octane portrayal of the King is guaranteed to have you ALL SHOOK UP! Ticket prices vary. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.asf.net .
when? what? where? August 21- Eggs & Issues with Congresswoman Martha
7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. RSA Activity Center. Join the Chamber and Congressman Martha Roby for breakfast! Congressman Roby will speak on issues impacting business development, regional projects and the vitality of Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base. Ticket prices vary. For more information visit www.montgomerychamber.com . August 22- Luncheon Series 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EMERGE invites a guest speaker covering how to plan estate planning. $20 per person to attend. The luncheon will be held at Cappell & Howard 150 S Perry St, Montgomery, AL 36104. For more information call 334-262-2261, or visit www.emergemontgomery.com. August 23- 27 – Montgomery Biscuits vs. Jacksonville
7:05 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium. Ticket prices vary. For more information visit www.biscuitsbaseball.com. August 24- Capital City Club presents Auburn/Alabama
Night at the Biscuits
7:05 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium. Come out for Auburn/Alabama night. It’s the Iron Bowl of Baseball! Showcase your school spirit by wearing your Auburn Orange or Alabama Crimson! Collegiate decor and special appearances by university mascots highlight the game, plus fans battle it out in on-field promotions to score points for each university! Enjoy the privilege of a private chef and bartender as well as great seats on the 3rd base line inside the Whistle Stop Grille! $30 per person- includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, soft drinks/ water, and will end with a firework spectacular! Members and guests welcome. For details call Ashlee Meriwether, Member Relations Director at 334-834-8920. August 24- Montgomery Dragon Boat 8:00 a.m. Riverfront Amphitheater. The Montgomery Dragon boat race is a community event where every one of all ages is welcome. Parking is free and everyone is invited to watch a boat race on the Alabama River. There will be food vendors and plenty to do for the children in Children’s Village.The first race starts at 8:30 a.m. and the championship race begins at 3:30 p.m. To sign up to compete in the race visit the website www.montgomerydragonboat.org. For more information call the executive director Andrew Szymanski at 334-625-9411, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. August 24- Fantasia Live in Concert 8:30 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Center. The winner of American Idol season 3 is coming to the capitol city for what is sure to be a spectacular show! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.mpaconline.org . August 31- Magical Creatures 10:00 a.m. – Noon. Montgomery Zoo. Come join us for an exciting day at the Montgomery Zoo where you will get a chance to meet animals up close, learn about them in their habitats, and take home special prizes for yourself. Geared for kids 4-10 years old, advanced reservations required. For more information call 334-240-4930 or visit www. montgomeryzoo.com.
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334-215-7827 www.darrenfreemanphotography. com
Marriott Legends, p. 65 334-290-1235 www.marriottcapitolhill.com
Alabama Shakespeare Festival, p. 45
David Bromley Ice Sculpture,
Montgomery Advertiser, p. 9
p. 67 205-914-4527 www.chefdavecarvesice.com
Alfa- Billy Bradford, p. 72
Dermatology Associates, p. 54
Lauren Bishop 334-356-1912 www.medspamontgomery.com
American Cancer Society, p. 16
Dougs 2, p. 74 334-396-7120 www.dougs2.com
Montgomery Area Musicians Association, p. 73
Anchor & Daisy, p. 73
Dr. Steven Mackey, p. 71 334-263-1400 www.drstevenmackey.com
Montgomery Biscuits Baseball, p. 33
Eve’s Studio, p. 65 334-262-8888 www.evesstudiollc.com
Montgomery Dragon Boat,
Alpha, p. 48 www.alphamontgomery.com 800-227-2345 www.cancer.org
Arbors on Taylor, p. 79 334-386-2655 www.thearborsontaylor.com Bella, p. 8
Bonefish Grill, p. 30
Capital City Club, p. 61
Central, p. 57
Chanterelle Photography, p. 5 334-202-8489 www.chanterellephotography.com Charlotte’s Jewelry, p. 4
Faux Glow Studio, p. 77 334-300-0273 www.fauxglowstudio.com
City Grill, p. 81 334-244-0960
Cohen’s Electronics & Appliances, p. 15
Colonial Commercial Reality,
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p. 32 334-625-9411 www.montgomerydragonboat.org
Montgomery Humane Society, p. 75
Montgomery Lasik & Eye, p. 77
Irontribe fitness, p. 84
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, p. 70
Hue Studio, p. 53
Montgomery Hearing Services, p. 69
Irish Bred Pub, p. 2
Jamison Alexander Hair Studio, p. 21
Montgomery Zoo, p. 21 334-240-4800 www.montgomeryzoo.com
N Shape, p. 68 334-233-8675 email@example.com
Jim Massey Cleaners, p. 68
New Park Living, p. 82
K Bar K, p. 80 334-285-5269 www.kbarkboots.com
Nick Drollette Photography,
Crossfit Without Limits, p. 75
L’Esprit, p. 71 334-260-0355 www.lesprit.net
Darren Freeman Photography, Lulu’s Attic to Antiques, p. 78
Hampstead, p. 50-51
Kalli’s Love Stuff, p. 79
p. 55 334-270-6700 www.colonialcommercial.net
Montgomery Aesthetics MedSpa, p. 21
Geordan Communities, p. 54 334-821-7447 www.geordancommunities.com
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Regions Mortgage, p. 81 334-213-1340 www.regionsmortgage.com Renaissance, p. 6, 83
River Region Facial Plastics, p. 69 334-270-2003
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Southern Posies, p. 70 334-391-3651
State Farm Breck Honea, p. 63
Studio 180, p. 72
Studio at Eastchase, p. 74
Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital, p. 57
The Montgomery Ballet, p. 78 www.montgomeryballet.org
Troy University, p. 17, 30 www.troy.edu
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Waters, p. 13 334-272-3200 www.thewatersal.com
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