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11 reply “YES” Styles and Trends to Consider
Suit Yourself! Swimwear to Compliment All Body Types
16 singled OUT The 411 on Single Life
The Insider: A Males Perspective on Dating
Reasons to Gather
Riverfront Pub Crawl
20 two are BETTER Ideas for Couples
Renaissance: The Royal Treatment
30 socially SEEN Events planned by RSVP Montgomery
“It’s a Wrap Shamrock’n on the River
24 Feature Story:
What’s Up Downtown
34 the LIST
A Who’s Who of Young Leaders
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Hot new music, movies, books, places
48 Friends, Trends, Odds and Ends 43 Special Features
Off the Wagon L’Esprit
54 when? what? where? 66 resource DIRECTORY 68 venue 411
Feature Story: What’s Up Downtown
Cover Photo by Julie Lowry Chanterelle Photography
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from the GIRLS The River Region Guide for All Things Social
vol. 2, iss.3 Publisher kim traff Editors blue sullivan amanda morrison Creative Director carl adams Water has always had a way of attracting people, and that is certainly the case with our riverfront. With the temperature rising, we encourage you to seize opportunities for fun on the river and take a cruise on the new Harriott II. If you prefer to be the captain of your own ship, boats and jet skis are now available to rent by the day. The latest buzz is about Montgomery’s new entertainment district, The Alley, located between Commerce, Tallapoosa and Coosa streets and landmarked by a cool, historic water tower. With Dreamland BarBQue and the Alley Bar, as well as plans for more retail shops, bars, restaurants, children’s museum and loft apartments, this Alley is definitely a place you will want to be caught in after dark! Whether it is the Harriott II, Biscuits Baseball, Jubilee CityFest, The Alley or the amphitheater concerts, there are plenty of enticements beckoning you to venture downtown. Be sure to check out our riverfront revitalization feature on page 24! The event planning side of our business has taken us on some wild adventures. Special thanks to Aronov New Homes for giving us the opportunity to organize the “wrap up” party for the Extreme Home Makeover team. It was a blast. We have also formed a partnership with the Riverfront Facilities to produce many new and exciting events downtown, including the first ever Pub Crawl on May 29. We hope to see you there! With so many exhilarating additions to our beloved capital city, we continue to strive to keep you entertained and informed of all that Montgomery offers! With warm regards,
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Contributing Designers kasey alexander summer patterson Contributing Photographers bill ingalls julie lowry josh moates jim orr nicole paulk capitol filmworks Contributing Writers shannon fannin lindsey henig amanda morrison blue sullivan jamie thompson jonalan wright RSVP Team mallory anderson kimberly collier janine schoudel tiffany sorenson brianne wilson IT Director charles kamerling Advisory Board keith cousins karl dabbs michael traff ken woodard rsvp montgomery, inc. p.o.box 242158 montgomery, al 36124 telephone: 334.354.2577 fax: 334.272.3422 www.rsvp-montgomery.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com RSVP Montgomery is a bi-monthly publication available at fine retailers throughout the River Region and through the website www.rsvp-montgomery.com All materials are protected by copyright laws. No material contained in this publication may be reproduced in whole or part without the expressed written consent of Publisher.
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SUIT YOURSELF! Swimwear to Compliment All Body Shapes
by Shannon Fannin Photography by Josh Moates
Perfect body? Show it off! For the other 99 percent of us, bathing suits involve strategic planning like no other! A strategy consisting of equal parts concealment (Belly? What belly?) and flattery (Yes, My World, my bust is Fan-Tab-U-lous!), the following guidelines and suit suggestions will not only draw the eye to the best areas, they will help reshape and recharge! Here’s the skinny: you can be functional OR you can look smashing! Sooo...cast off the fear of horrible florescent lighting and evil 3-way mirrors! Let’s get to work and show those suits who’s boss!
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Never fear the suit! Anyone can look good in their suit if the right suit is chosen. Many things to consider here: body type, weight, skin, hair and eye color. Choosing the wrong style can put you in flawcity, while the wrong color could wash you out and create the sallow look, not cute! You want the top and the bottom to fit well, and reflect your fashionable personality. Your suit should also compliment your activity of choice, must be durable, and easy to clean.
Basic Bathing Suit Rules: Small Booty?
Big Bottom Girls?
You will look great in boy cut
No Problem! String or strap-
Skirted swimsuits are a great
short bottoms! If you happen
less tops, bright colors, prints
option and can be found in
to have a well-toned tummy
and bright or light colors work
many patterns and styles. The
also, a string bottom flaunts
well when enhancement is the
skirt will flatter a fuller bottom
your abs and everything else!
goal. A and B cups can create
by creating balance. You may
Furthermore, board shorts,
the desired cleavage with
also want to shop for a darker
boyshorts and hipster bikinis
under-wire support and push-up
bottom that is low rise yet cov-
can become your best buddy
pads built into the top. Look-
ers you with moderately high
by fitting even in the middle
ing to show less skin? Perhaps
cut legs. Look for a printed top
of a plus size day or PMS fat
a ruffled top or a horizontal
to draw attention to The Girls
neckline? A padded bandeau
instead of the trunk.
top is a great choice as well!
How about those Spray Tans!?!?!
Coverage is just as crucial as the perfect suit! Not so cute is the makeshift boyfriend shirt or the cut offs! Save the moo-moos for
This is the answer for that sun-
the island events. Say it with me “Sarong! Sarong!” This flirty and versatile article will never go out of style. The sarong may
kissed glow! By selecting your application by a professional salon,
be worn as a shawl, a head cover, a dress/halter dress, or a skirt. Choose a colorful print or solid to compliment your bathing
you can’t go wrong! We recommend Olivia A Salon,
suit. Just be sure not to mix and join the overload wagon!
or L’Esprit Salon da Spa, for this fantastic alternative to sunning!
Please, girl, donʼt wear that
One piece swimsuits can be
Look for bottoms that sit
small top. It provides no sup-
slimming and very flattering.
high on the hip. For both
port or shape, and it just leans
This style provides an elongat-
short and long torsos, the
a little on the trashy side. Do
ing effect that makes the wearer
cut of the leg is the most
yourself and your d+ʼs a big
appear more streamlined. Tankini
important factor in choosing
solid and find you an under-
fan? No worries! They are a won-
appropriate womenʼs bath-
wire or halter top in the correct
derful swimsuit style for shorter
size. Make sure itʼs adjusted
torsos. Many tankini styles also
correctly and a perfect fit, so
offer adjustable straps, which are
you can look your best!
a godsend to those who need a little less material around the middle.
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Body Shapes Apple: You’re top heavy, and smaller from the waist down. Do you have... -Large chest or breasts for your frame -Broad shoulders -Or generally your upper body has a larger frame compared to your bottom’s. Tip: Avoid wearing low cut tops, instead swimsuits with high neck or thick straps. Any swimsuit with support particularly at the chest will help. Tankinis will work wonders for you.
Pear: You are smaller on top, and larger on the bottom. Think of a tear drop shape, it gets larger at the bottom. Do you have... -Large hips and thighs -Smaller upper body -When you gain weight, it tends to show up around your thighs and hips? Skirt or boy shorts. Colors should be a dark solid on the bottom and lighter for your top.
Round: Most of your weight is around your tummy, with large breasts. You have an overall rounded body shape with a wide waist. Do you have... -narrow shoulders and hips. -minus a well defined waistline -a centre that is the largest part of your body -plus sizes in your wardrobe Try one piece swimsuits that have prints and patterns that distract the eyes away from the swimsuit. Tummy control swimsuits are also a good option to help flatten your gut. High cut legs will make your entire body appear longer.
A much sought after body, with a curvy body type. Well defined waist and proportional breasts and hips. If you turn sideways you can visualize an S shape on your body’s profile. Hour glass shape... -When shopping for clothes, your tops’ size always matches your bottoms’ -You tend to have the most common body. Congrats! The bathing suit choice is all yours!
Slim/Athletic: You’ve got a small frame in general, with little or no curves. Slim/Athletic women have small bone structures, with lower than average body fat percentage. If this is you... -You’re an athlete! -You’ve still got some growing up to do…physically not mentally -You wear tall or petite sizes -Or you have a small bust size. Two piece swimsuits will show off your body and will also make you look curvier. Wear push up or add-a-cup-size bra sized swimsuits. Choose solid colors. You want a smooth appearance to make your boobs and butt pop out, so avoid prints that are too detailed.
Just Remember! No one can possibly see all the lumps and bumps as the
girl in the bathing suit in the
mirror does, so pick the least worst suit you can find, and get out there and play! YOU are FANTASTIC!
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A Male’s Perspective on Dating By: Blue Sullivan I’ve been back to the River Region over a year now, long enough to refamiliarize myself with the peculiar dating habits of its residents. In this time, it has occurred to me that, as a committed bachelor and keen observer of the human condition, I am perhaps in a unique position to provide some advice to the fairer sex on how to avoid many of the pitfalls & common mistakes which plague their search for a proper mate. The first (and perhaps most fatal) of these mistakes is most ladies’ conception of a “perfect” mate. This idea of a man without flaws is frankly only the purview of fairy tales, which even in their narrow and fantasized conception only show the beginning
of a life we are told was “happy ever after.” Do you honestly think Prince Charming is quite so gallant & romantic after five years of sharing a bathroom with Cinderella? Moreover, do you really think Cinderella is still captivated by her mate’s air of mystery and sexual magic after she has been laundering his underwear for half a decade? The point is not to search fruitlessly for someone who meets every idealized standard (i.e. an exact look, height, income, type of career, etc.). Frankly, no matter how wonderful you no doubt are (and I’m sure you’re just a hair fiber away from being flawless), you are unlikely to be “perfect” to your prospective mate, either. The point
is to find someone perfectly suited to be with you, which means someone who truly understands and embraces those parts of you which others might perceive as “imperfect” (like say, your penchant for growling at anyone who speaks to you before you have your morning coffee). Besides, how Charming is your Prince if he is constantly berating you about your appearance, style of dress, and friends? There is a common mistake I recognize in my girlfriends’ woebegone tales of relationships gone bad, and it comes down to this: women rarely observe the whole picture when initially evaluating a prospective mate. The pheromone rush of attraction and that noble desire to find true love invariably leads to an initial “glamour shot” of the new man. All faults are touched up, glossed over, and seen through a maze of gauze until they seem not to have ever been there at all. At the same time, the superficially “ideal” traits are accented to the point that merely the faint glimmer of their existence is held up as proof of the new man’s worth.
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Here’s the unvarnished truth, ladies. Just because a man pulls out your chair for you at dinner doesn’t necessarily mean he’s considerate. Just because he smiles during your tales of work-related intrigue doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a good listener. And just because he goes to a couple of chick flicks with you, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s sensitive to a woman’s (and more importantly, your) feelings. Equally important, those nagging doubts you have about him, say his mysterious penchant to check his cell phone whenever he thinks you’re not paying attention, aren’t necessarily just paranoia. If he seems like a guy who has girls on the side, chances are good you’ll be finding out all their names just when it hurts the most. I don’t say any of this to discourage you in your quest. I tell you this so you can avoid the same mistakes which lead women to get so disillusioned, and then miss out on that wonderful someone who lacks the flash, but has all the substance from which great relationships are forged. Happy hunting--just remember that the clearer your vision is, the better chance you have of hitting the desired target.
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Riverfront Pub Crawl
By: Jonalan Wright
pub • crawl (sometimes called a bar tour, bar crawl or bar-hopping) is the act of one or more people drinking in multiple pubs or bars in a single night, normally walking to each one between drinking.
If you’ ve ever experienced the bars and clubs that line the streets of cities like Atlanta, New Orleans, or New York, the memory of a warm evening taking in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the city night life is no doubt fresh in your mind. Or perhaps you fondly recall college weekends walking (or for some of us, stumbling) from bar to bar with
took in the lovely atmosphere of the outdoor patio while live music provided a perfect soundtrack to the sundown. In fact, the Exchange is one of the River Region’s premiere spots to experience live music, offering two bands per day, 365 days a year! Add to this the best wine menu in the city, a fantastic beer selection, and a menu that can whet even
friends, banishing your worries for a night of fun? Thanks to a select group of hip downtown bars & restaurants (the Exchange at the Renaissance Hotel, the Brew Pub, Off the Wagon, the Alley, Nobles, and The Olive Room), Montgomery is offering you an opportunity to experience the same nightlife excitement, right here in the River Region, courtesy of our very own Riverfront Pub Crawl.
the most demanding of appetites. Particularly delectable is the flatbread pizza, which should not be missed.
My own pub crawl experience started at the Exchange, located in the breathtaking Renaissance Hotel and Spa. Here I was extended the honor of ringing the bell signifying the beginning of happy hour. While winding down with dollar draft beer and two dollar margaritas, we
fact, Chris Ellis and the crew at the Montgomery Brew Pub won a silver medal for its Blonde brew out of a total of six hundred brewers and 1800 taste quenching beers! On the stage, a live band added to the excitement of the evening until it was time to head to our next adventure.
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As delicious as the food is at the Exchange, it is essential that you save a bit of appetite for your next great stopthe Brew Pub. The Brew Pub has a full menu (including amazing nachos, sautéed crab claws, and Creole-seasoned alligator tails), and serves the best microbrew in the city. In
Our next stops in the night’s adventure were an intriguing sampling of the cool urban vibes found at Nobles and the Olive Room. While Nobles provided a little piece of the big easy for its happy young clientele, the Olive Room provided a big city lounge atmosphere, an inviting array of special martinis, and after work drink specials from 4-7pm. Off the Wagon was our last stop of the evening. This is the city’s nonpareil music bar and venue. With drinks flowing, and both the temperature and mojo rising, the evening was reaching a fever pitch. As usual, the act on stage rocked the house, but our experience at Off the Wagon revealed that it is much more than just a rock bar. Proprietor Chris Rambo brings in the best in regional and local entertainment as well. If you haven’t been, enjoy this one of a kind Montgomery experience for the first time. This was the perfect place to end the night. Soon you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to a party, with your own gang and a bevy of new friends, in some of the best spots in town. One of the best parts is no driving around town! Montgomery’s newest Alley Bar, Off the Wagon, The Exchange, The Olive Room, the Club Car Bar, and many more have signed on for a night of mind-boggling excitement and entertainment in the capital city. All of the stops will be pulled: wristbands for reduced drink prices, the absolute best in entertainment, and a chance to party like rock stars will be on the list.
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Finally, you can revisit those college days once again and paint the town three shades of red. Matt Clark, a fellow crawler, said, “The pub crawl is a great idea.” Tyler Schmidt, another fellow pub crawler, stated. “It was good night with a bit of variety for everyone and easy on the pocket book.” Chris Ellis, co-partner of The Brew Pub, said, “That’s what is going to be awesome. You will have something to do within walking distance.” So get ready Montgomery. Amass that group of friends. Call in some old friends from college, for this is going to be a night to remember.
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By: Lindsey Henig
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I bet you’re totally relaxed, and there isn’t a tense muscle in your body. You don’t have a care in the world, and your mind is totally free of worry. I’ll bet there isn’t anywhere else you’d rather be than at your desk, or listening to your kids fight in the back seat. I didn’t think so. Let’s face it: no matter who you are, your day to day life is hectic! Whether you’re a corporate executive or a stay at home mom, there are times you just want to get away. The Renaissance Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center in downtown Montgomery has everything you need to have your own little vacation without ever leaving your hometown. Their state of the art spa has welcomed new spa director, Kenneth Lee. Lee comes from the J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, California, and with a 20-year stint in the military and a strong background in upscale spas, his goal is to create a higher level guest experience for those who visit this sanctuary. When you think of a spa, you think simply of massages and facials, but the Renaissance offers so much more. With services like the Deluxe Mediterranean Grape Mud Wrap and Warm Stone Rejuvenation Massage, spa-goers can expect the unexpected. In addition to massage treatments, facials, and body experiences, the spa also offers a state of the art nail and hair salon. When you make an appointment for a routine cut and highlight or mani-pedi, you are granted full access to the spa for the duration of the day! The spa welcomes you to arrive before your appointment, or stay afterwards and enjoy the steam room, the quiet room, the work out facility, or the pool. All of the amenities of a day at the spa are at your fingertips for no additional charge! For a minimal charge of $25.00, you may have access to all these fun extras for an entire day without any spa treatments. The Renaissance is also a perfect pick for couples who need a night away. Their luxurious guest suites offer such features as a high-def LCD TV, down comforter and custom duvet, down feather pillows and cotton-rich linens. The Exchange and The House restaurants welcome guests for a fine dining experience. Enjoy signature cocktails and live entertainment at The Exchange, or dine on Crab and Southern Caviar at The House. Sit on the patio, at the bar, or at a private table and enjoy some of Montgomery’s finest, most unique cuisine. In addition to enjoying plush rooms and delicious food, the spa also offers a
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couples massage to help relax and rejuvenate. I recently had the distinct pleasure of spending an afternoon at the spa, and as the working mother of a 3 month old, this invitation couldn’t have been more welcome! I was given the Renaissance Montgomery Signature Massage, The Renaissance Signature Facial and the Refreshing Pedicure. The massage and facial rooms are incredibly perfect with dim lighting and relaxing spa music playing in the background. The use of essential oils and aromatherapy during both treatments allows you to truly decompress. With each stroke, the massage therapists use their knowledge of skin and muscles to help improve circulation and stimulate blood flow throughout your body. Their attention to detail is impeccable, using methods such as a large feather to fan aromatic smells throughout your treatment room. In between spa services, the quiet room adds to the serenity with plush lounge chairs, magazines, a whirlpool, lemon water and snacks. After experiencing my massage and facial, I was escorted to the hair and nail salon, and was pleasantly surprised to find a modern space complete with stylists and products galore. The facilities are a feast for the eyes to those who like to treat themselves to a highlight, wash and blow out (myself included). The Refreshing Pedicure truly lived up to its name. Including a spa soak, an exfoliating scrub, and a lotion massage, I was tingling from my knees to the tips of my toes. The array of nail colors offered allows you to truly pick for the season at hand, and I felt bright pink was only appropriate for the spring and summer ahead! The Spa offers so many services, such as group packages like the Perfectly Pampered Wedding Party and the Spa-Tini Bachelorette Party, just to name a few. They truly cater to any needs, individual or group, and will accommodate most any requests. There are also wonderful treatments just for the gentleman in your life, such as the Gentleman’s Facial, Deep Tissue Massage or Manicure and Pedicure, any of which would make a great Father’s Day gift! The next time you’re looking for an escape, take the short drive downtown and visit the Renaissance. From food to facials, there isn’t a better “getaway” here in the River Region for those who don’t necessarily have the time to get away!
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DOWNTOWN VINTAGE SPACE. TIMELESS FUN. By: John Heckman
Montgomery always seems to move to the beat of its own drum. So I suppose it shouldn’t come as such a surprise that while the rest of the world appears to be in the throes of an economic crisis and freezing development, our cap city is adding some much anticipated additions downtown. Yep ya’ll, we might not be completely immune to this financial meltdown mess, but coming soon we’ll have some new places to brush it off our shoulders before shuffling off to the important stuff, like a Biscuits game. Some estimate plans for Montgomery’s newest downtown entertainment district, “The Alley,” began about a decade ago. Of course, early on skeptics were as dubious that the area would actually reach fruition as they were about those early Nick Saban comingto-Alabama rumors. “We heard about it back then,” says Jake Kyser, one of the property owners in The Alley, “but we weren’t sure if it was actually going to happen. Even after all the talk, we weren’t sure the city was going to be able to come up with the money.” It took a tremendous amount of cooperation between the city and The Alley supporters (the city pitched in over a million dollars for the project)
and low and behold, like Saban landing in Tuscaloosa, the destination in downtown Montgomery became a reality. Located about a half-block from Riverwalk Stadium off Tallapoosa Street and within easy walking distance of the Renaissance Hotel and the riverfront development, The Alley is designed to be yet another fundamental asset to Montgomery’s revitalization plan. The entrance to The Alley is boldly punctuated by an historic water tower which was relocated from atop one of the adjoining buildings. Slated for demolition, the structure was rescued and will now serve as the landmark for the development while preserving a piece of Montgomery’s architectural heritage. It’s an alley (duh), but the center is courtyard-esque, lined by late nineteenth century brick buildings and juxtaposed with new landscaping and a paved stone walkway installed by Concreations. It will be much more enjoyable for your feet than a genuine paved road would have been; ladies in high heels... you’re welcome. It is a pleasant environment, but also the kind of place the Number Sixteen crowd and 1048 regulars might both feel at home in. Alley Bar, Dreamland BarBQue, and Sa Za Serious Italian Food, are just a few of the bar/restaurant spots in or near the Alley that which will be open this summer. One local, whose office actually overlooks The Alley, expressed her excitement, “It’s going to be a cool scene... that window is our conference room,” she explained pointing up to second floor from the Alley. “I think our work ethic is going to suffer,” she joked.
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clientele Alley Bar will attract, from young professionals working downtown to conventioneers staying in the nearby hotels.” Alley Bar will include a limited food menu, and for those familiar, a “cold room” similar to Bar51. Involving fur coats, ice shot glasses and near freezing temps, be sure to explore this first for our city. Giving yet another reason to dine downtown is the recently opened legendary favorite, Dreamland BarBQue. Owner Bob Parker feels fortunate to have secured a place for his restaurant in The Alley, benefiting from the constant traffic brought by Biscuits baseball games and all those employed downtown looking for a new lunch spot. Whether you are lured in by the smell, live music, outdoor seating, or just a craving for succulent ribs worth getting your hands dirty, you are sure to enjoy this southern staple in the heart of the Riverfront.
Mike Watson, local well-respected architect and experienced bar owner (Bar51 in Auburn), is the perfect guy to conceptualize what will be the hub of The Alley, fittingly called Alley Bar. “It will be a unique space, sort of warehouse industrial chic,” says Watson. He cleared out the street-level parking area of his office building adjoining The Alley to create space for this entertainment venue and has been working tirelessly to have it ready in May. “I have to,” explains Mike, “my daughter’s wedding reception is here in June, and she’ll disown me if it’s not done by then.” This has been a vision of Watson’s for a while, he notes, adding: “I’m excited about the mix of
SaZa Serious Italian Food expects to open in July, and will serve “authentic southern Italian peasant food,” according to part owner Ken Register. This will be the second Sa Za. According to Register, the idea for the restaurant came from Joe DiMaggio Jr. (the cousin of the baseball great) and has been a big hit at the original restaurant in Naples, Florida. “Nothing will be more than twenty bucks, says Register, “unless you want Lobster on your pizza.” And yes, lobster pizza is one of the tempting choices available when the restaurant opens. Jake Kyser worked on the renovations to “129 Coosa,” a second floor venue with prime location in the Alley. 129 Coosa boasts exposed brick, 12 foot ceilings and a spacious covered rear balcony overlooking The Alley. If the ambience isn’t enough to convince you to have your wedding, reception, or corporate party here, even more appealing is the ability to choose your own caterer and host your own bar, which is helpful in accommodating any budget. Kyser says he enjoys the increasing hype over The Alley and downtown in general: “we are constantly finding people who didn’t have a clue what was going on down here, and now people see it and say ‘WOW’.” For those looking for some recreational fun, look to Captain Hooks Boat and Waverunner Rental. A new edition to the riverfront, this service offers pontoon boat and Jet Ski
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rentals for those who want to soak in some sun and fun on the mighty Alabama River. Beginning in May, rentals are available every weekend and by reservation only during the week. Equally enthused about The Alley are the existing downtown businesses. The Renaissance and the Montgomery Biscuits, for example, see this as a mutually beneficial relationship. “We are excited about creating another destination to bring people downtown,” says Montgomery Biscuits assistant general manager, Marla Terranova. “The whole point of the ball park was to revitalize downtown and we are proud to be a cornerstone of all that is happening.” The Renaissance, located within a football toss of The Alley, figures to bring out of town guests for conferences and events, and The Alley provides convenient downtown entertainment. MAY/JUNE 2009 RSVP 27
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The Alley project also brought forth the return of the riverboat. It is a massive red, white, and blue triple-decker boat that holds around 300 people. “It was built in 1981, although we refurbished it when it arrived, and we take great pride in its meticulous maintenance,” says Branch Kloess, the director of Riverfront Facilities. Kloess says they’ve already had lots of interest in it for wedding receptions and private parties and he laid out an impressive plan offering cruises three days a week – a mere $15 for the ride and around $35 with dinner included. This plan includes Wednesday night Commerce Dinner Cruises where you can enjoy a unique way to mix business with pleasure. Over a century ago, another riverboat, the Harriott, called Montgomery home. Now the “Harriott II” inherits the name and perhaps some of the classic riverboat “mojo” you might imagine of those popular in the 1800s – minus the overdressed ladies in big feathery hats.
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Harriott II and other new additions downtown hope to be especially hopping during Jubilee CityFest on May 22nd and 23rd. The organizers of Jubilee are similarly optimistic about the upside of anything that brings people downtown. “We think the synergy from all of the new hotels, restaurants, meeting space, bars and attractions will enhance Montgomery’s appeal to locals and visitors alike and add more excitement to Jubilee CityFest,” expounds Marianne McLed. L.L. Cool J, Hinder, 3 Doors Down and Montgomery Gentry are just a few in the lineup this year. Other spring and summer downtown events contribute to the excitement as well, including a Summer Concert Series at the Riverfront Amphitheater and a handful of concerts at the train depot. All involved in the downtown revitalization and events appear to be targeting just about everybody - socialites, sports fans, families, and even people who prefer lobster on their pizza. Just look around downtown these days and you’ll see a wealth of opportunities for having fun and enjoying life in the River Region.
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“It’s a Wrap” By: Amanda Morrison
Photography by Julie Lowry
Helping a deserving family in need calls for a deserving “thank you” to the contributors who made it happen. After a tremendous effort to build a home in a week, Aronov New Homes showed appreciation to key volunteers, donors, cast and crew, by hosting a “wrap party” worthy of their efforts. This pinnacle event hinged on the tastes of the production crew based out of L.A. (the real one and not “Lower Alabama”). Praising the dishes synonymous with our region, the evening’s inspiration of southern chic quickly developed, allowing the opportunity to present a modern take on southern hospitality. The stunning ballroom at the Renaissance hotel, perfect in every way, provided an infectious feeling immediately upon arrival. Partnering with a florist whose expertise is as bold and edgy as her work itself, Montgomery’s own Jennifer Reilly offered show stopping floral art in vibrant hues. The ingenious use of authentic tree branches, hydrangeas and various southern stems created a visual indulgence that created much buzz among guests. Traditional mason jars delicately hung from the branches, providing soft candlelight that twinkled throughout the room. Additional specialty lighting deliberately furthered the illusion of warmth and kindness. Equally friendly, amidst the high-boy tables draped in chic black linens and ties (courtesy of Reception décor), guests lounged on three separate groupings of fabulous, modern stark-white couches (provided by Atlanta based rental company, Cort). Small printed cards with quotes by southern dignitaries, athletes, and artists also made for friendly conversation and exclusive keepsakes. A signature drink greeted party- goers and the recipe hailed from unmistakably southern, sweet tea. Called Sweet Trouble, this blend infused with Firefly Vodka was presented to curious tasters in genuine jelly jars. The center beverage station served as a focal point as the prominent logos for Aronov New Homes and Extreme Home Makeover were carved into ice by Chef David Bromley. Flanking both sides of the bar, guests gathered to watch the plasma televisions
offering a visual display of photos taken throughout the week. This personal touch emphasized the remarkable progress resulting from the attendees efforts. No one left hungry as every southern dish imaginable was offered by various local caterers, graciously partnering with this cause. Not only was the cuisine delicious, the presentation was imaginative. A favorite included the “grit bar”, where this southern staple was presented in martini glasses. Also a big “hit” were the piping hot biscuits and honey served from the kitchen of our very own baseball team. Demonstrating sweetness, Nancy Patterson’s decadent dessert display of miniature southern treats was rich in flavor and lovable goodness! To keep with the energy, several artists and bands provided entertainment to enhance the party’s flow. The mellow sounds of gifted singer/songwriter Jonathan Bloom were followed by the Todd Simpson Band. In addition, “northern” favorite, Jeremy Leslie, based out of Huntsville, brought plenty of southern rock and country favorites to the stage. Montgomery’s beloved party band, The Spicolis, rounded out the line-up. After a week of volunteering, guests kept the spirit alive as they volunteered their moves on the dance floor. Rare to have all four attend, expectations were exceeded as Ty Pennington and co-stars graced the event. Designers Eduardo Xol and Tracy Hutson along with builder Paul DiMeo, rounded out the cast, who were found mingling with guests throughout the night. Their positive comments in response to the event confirmed that Montgomery is beyond the sleepy-southern-town image. As a matter of fact, upon request the Spicolis played an additional 30 minutes, making the final “wrap” around 2am.
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RSVP has made its reputation as the River Region party authority, so when it came time to throw a perfect soiree on the river itself, the magazine rose to the occasion for the first St. Pattyâ€™s day cruise on the Harriott II. Two hundred happy revelers filled the three decks of food, music, and entertainment, as the whole group set off onto the crystal clear Alabama River just after sundown.
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In the ship’s main ballroom, ecstatic partygoers sampled from a bountiful buffet of shrimp, meatballs, wings, and other culinary favorites, delectably prepared by the food service department of the City of Montgomery, as traditional Irish music was presented with style and flair by the John Bull Band. The party reached such an early, fevered pitch that the draft green beer was extinguished before the raucous crowd could finish the chorus to “Irish Eyes Are Smilin’.”
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Irish eyes found plenty of other reasons to smile, however, as the other two decks each provided their own distinct pleasures. On the top deck, DJ Shannon Fontaine spun fresh grooves for anyone who preferred a quicker dance step. While in the lower deck, Lucky provided cool, soulful acoustic balladry to soothe those who needed a breather from all the excitement. For those who just wanted to take in the wonders of nature along the riverfront, starry vistas greeted them on all sides, as the pitch perfect weather ensured this was a fantastic maiden voyage for all the lucky adventurers in attendance!
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Meet the Young Professionals and Business Leaders who bring Culture and Energy to our Area.
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LINDSAY ROGERS While some enjoy consuming wine, Lindsay Rogers’ profession is consumed with bringing it to us. Representative and Fine Wine Specialist for International Wines, this Psychology major and graduate from Auburn University is sure to help figure out a wine you’ll like. Influencing her life, her parents helped develop her work ethic by teaching her the importance of being diligent. While a lover of wine, this profession demanded that she overcome her fear of public speaking and lack of knowledge regarding varietals. Now a pro and constantly learning, she can be found at tastings around town or supplying your favorite local restaurants. She also has the fortune to meet the winemakers themselves from all over the world. She loves finding new and unique wines, introducing fellow wine-lovers to her discoveries, telling them the story behind each one, and seeing them start to love it too. Her most beloved possession is her 2 year old cockapoo named Ernie, who she deems the “love of her life”. For Lindsay, Montgomery is a large town providing that hometown feeling, and she is quite fond of the historical architecture found in our downtown area.
ERICK LEON ARMSTER There are few endeavors in life that are as rewarding as working with young people, as Erick Leon Armster can attest. Erick is the Director for the Central Alabama Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After graduating from Tuskegee University with a Bachelors degree in Construction Science and Management, Erick decided his calling was to make an impact on youth throughout the state who may feel hopeless and are seeking the direction a relationship with Christ provides. Erick credits his father’s unparalleled work ethic, laboring sunrise to sunset to provide for his family, and his father’s strong faith with instilling a determination in Erick to help others who do not have such an exemplary role model in their lives. His organization has a program called “OneWay2Play,” which promotes drug free athletics. Erick also takes his love for helping others to state inmates with the JAMM organization, for which he serves as a mentor. A great man once said: “there is an abundance of good advice, but a scarcity of good examples.” Erick Leon Armster daily provides a great example.
CAROL GUNTER Having a job that is directly involved with moving the city in a positive direction and helping create opportunity for its citizens is what keeps Carol motivated and energized. After graduating from Troy University with a double major in Public Relations and Print Journalism, she went to work for the City of Montgomery Parks and Recreation Department. (and 3 Mayors!) Her grandparents owned and operated the “Francis Cafeteria” in Montgomery and her mom being a single parent working hard as an RN, helped to instill opportunity and work ethic into Carol and her three sister’s lives. Married to Bill Gunter for 7 years and counting, the couple has 2 precious daughters - Hanna Grace (6) and Henlee (3). Carol has a lot to be excited about with all of the changes and reorganization happening in the Capital City under the leadership of new mayor Todd Strange, because she will be a part of the NEW Public Information and External Affairs Department. What a perfect fit for Carol who tells everyone, she resides and works in Montgomery even though she doesn’t HAVE to - but because she WANTS to!
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TY EILAND Cautious not to run with them as a Master Stylist at Doug’s 2 Salon, Ty uses his scissors to create daring new looks. After earning his degree in Business Administration from Troy University, he exited the “corporate world” to pursue his passion. Apprenticing under the talented Doug Rice, he furthered his education in NYC, Miami and LA. Ty’s success could be considered his birthright, as his mother and grandmother both worked as stylists and greatly influenced his desire to do the same. His favorite thing about his career is “making someone’s day,” and he loves his clients who desire the latest styles and aren’t afraid to try something new. He volunteers with many charitable organizations including the Brantwood Children’s Home, ASF and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art. He has two “four-legged” girls: Bailey and Banks, who are both twelve and have his heart. A great lover of nature, Ty also rides horses whenever he finds the time. If you are looking for a new and modern look that will compliment your features, find your way to Ty’s chair at Dougs 2!
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Relationships can make or break a career in the advertising business, thus it is critical to manage them well. For Heather Sellers, a graduate of Ole Miss and currently serving as Marketing and Advertising Manager for Triton Management Group, this crucial marriage of the personal and the professional spheres comes so naturally that it’s no wonder her clients recommend her so highly. On any given evening, you might see Heather at a ballgame, ballet, Junior League event (she’s on the board), or the grocery store! Heather loves the friendly small town atmosphere in Montgomery, and her determination to reach the full scope of this “small” town is evident as she diligently works to reach her clients’ marketing goals! This hardworking gal still finds time to spend with her husband Rick, and their two children - Sarah-Scott (10) and Jackson (7). In addition, Heather also teaches Sunday school, serves on the Montgomery County School Board, and enjoys spin class at the gym! This would be a daunting schedule for anyone, but Heather pulls it off with style and grace, proving herself a true asset to the River Region.
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Veterinarian Dr. Zeb Austin King may not talk to the animals like Dr. Doolittle, but his love of animals and his years of intense schooling provide pet owners with the next best thing! After attending high school at Locust Fork in North Alabama, Zeb finished two years of undergraduate work at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham. He then attended Auburn University, where he achieved a Bachelors degree in Animal Science. Paying his way through school via the operation of his own landscaping business, Zeb still managed the 3.8 GPA necessary to be accepted to Auburn’s prestigious Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine program, where he eventually achieved his degree. All of this preparation led the good doctor into his chosen vocation with the Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital, a partnership with Dr. Robert Speight and Dr. Phil Mitchell which has allowed him to embrace both his love of working with animals, and his excitement at tackling new challenges each day. With his wife Michela (an aesthetician at Herron dermatology), Dr. King is also a proud new parent to daughter Ragan Lynn King, born October 29th, 2008! He and his family are proud active members of Frazer United Methodist Church, while Zeb also serves as part of the Central Alabama Veterinary Medical Association and has previously served on the YMCA boys work committee. Zeb loves the outdoors as well, finding time to operate a small landscape and irrigation business, as well as enjoying Montgomery’s many opportunities for scenic open-air family fun!
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JENNIFER ATKINS Never one to be a creature of habit, Jennifer Atkins’ career has centered on thinking outside the box. With over 15 years success in the real estate sector, she is the current Vice President of Residential Land Development and Marketing for Aronov Realty. Awarded her Bachelors in Marketing from Auburn University Montgomery, she went on to receive her Masters in Business Management from Troy University Montgomery. Throughout her career she has worked for respected firms such as Jim Wilson & Associates and spent four years prior to her current role as the manager and developer for the popular neighborhood, Deer Creek. She names the support of her family as the key contributor to her success. Whenever she is working on a large project such as her most recent, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, her family always supports her efforts by making things flow at home. Jennifer loves challenges and constantly analyzes processes to bring forth maximum potential. She serves on the Board of Directors for Camp Smile-A-Mile and the March of Dimes, and is an alumni of the prestigious Leadership Montgomery program. She and her husband Todd have eight-year-old twins: son Hunter and daughter Alexandra. A lifelong resident of Montgomery, Jennifer loves seeing familiar faces all over town.
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STACEY LANCASTER Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding. For Stacey Lancaster, owner of Reception Décor, perfect weddings are more than a dream, they are her personal mission! After graduating from the University of South Alabama with a Marketing and Logistics degree, Stacey spent 13 years as a Senior Executive at AT&T Advertising Solutions before leaving the company last year to pursue the dream of owning her own business. With the support of her family (husband Mark, son Trey, and daughter Reese) and a strong faith in Christ, Stacey has been able to launch the company in both Montgomery and the Columbus, Georgia markets. Her continued involvement with youth groups, The American Cancer Society, Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, and the Columbus Women’s Association has also laid the strong community foundation for her success! When a bride realizes the picture perfect wedding of her imagination, or a corporate event reaches the height of elegance, Stacey has done her job! Weddings and events should be fun, and with Reception Décor, Stacey Lancaster shows how much fun decorating them can be as well!
CHAD REESE Before the Biscuits hit the first pitch, before there was a river walk, or the amphitheater cast a reflection in the water, there was the lone rider. Anyone crossing over the Alabama River looking down has probably seen him-just check out the cover of this issue of RSVP! (Go ahead, we’ll wait). That’s him, hanging in mid air over the Alabama River on his wakeboard. Would it therefore surprise you to discover that Chad also likes to hang cabinets? As a matter of fact, this semi-pro wakeboarder has been in the cabinet business for over 11 years. Chad is one of four owners of Grace Fabrications, LLC, and manager of the finishing department for that venerable company. In his work, Chad lives to hear the ecstatic oohs and ahs from homeowners and decorators who display his cabinetry work in their homes. His father, Mark Reese, was and still is a huge influence and motivator in his life, and Chad is making dad proud. Thriving on personal challenges, Chad recently felt the need to lose 30 pounds so as to better compete with the younger wakeboarders. Ask him about the Chad Reese diet if you want to discover the secret to his successful weight loss, and look for his work in homes all over the River Region. And don’ t forget to look for him on the river, too!
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62 Dexter Ave. Montgomery, AL• 263.0102 • www.thewagonrocks.com It has been over 5 years since Off the Wagon has changed the landscape of the area’s nightlife and raised the bar on live entertainment in the River Region. Off the Wagon has hosted some of the hottest artists in the country including Saving Abel, Jason Aldean, 30 Seconds to Mars, Theory of a Deadman, Jamey Johnson, Taproot, Days of the New, David Alan Coe, and a seemingly endless list of who’s who in the music industry. Often times the smallest venue for these artists, Off the Wagon has created a venue that music industry professionals know about and respect. This has led to many of the artists seeking out the downtown Montgomery club when routing through the area. However, don’t be fooled by the long list of national acts playing Off the Wagon. The venue also hosts the best touring cover/ party bands around. The Poptart Monkeys, a regular at the venue, was once named “Best Cover Band in America” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Bands such as Fly By Radio, The 17th Floor, Splendid Chaos, The Ugli Stick, and others are on the Off the Wagon stage regularly and are the same acts that consistently play to packed houses around the southeast. It isn’t the hard rock club that many mistake it for. The diversity of the crowd and live entertainment makes for an exciting place to see a concert or just party with friends. “I am often surprised by how many people tell me they haven’t been to Off the Wagon. I sometimes think we are better known outside of the River Region,” owner/manager Chris Rambo says laughingly. “I can only hope that more people in the River Region discover what we have to offer as more traffic begins to flow through the downtown area at night.” Between band performances, the hottest dance tracks play inside the club. For those not ready to dance in front of the band, the club also has dartboards, pool tables, and video games to keep you entertained. “It is much more than just a concert club,” Rambo continues, “The atmosphere is pretty unique for this area. It has a feel of a bar in New York City or Atlanta or Birmingham.”
Off the Wagon has been a staple in the now resurging downtown area even though it was “on an island,” according to Rambo. “There are a few of us in the club business who have hung tough and believed in the downtown revitalization. There were some preconceived notions about the downtown area over the years, and I hope we have had some part in changing those.” Not only has Off the Wagon done much for the nightlife in the area, they are doing even more to improve the entertainment for everyone in the River Region. Last July, Off the Wagon partnered with Steve Hall and Montgomery’s Riverfront Facilities to bring Shinedown, with Theory of a Deadman and Black Stone Cherry to Riverwalk Amphitheater and Chris Rambo is personally promoting Skillet’s Comatose Tour 2009 with Skillet, Disciple, and Decyphur Down with Reaction Media on May 14th at Riverwalk Amphitheater. “That (Shinedown show) was a great event, and I know we can do even bigger and better things. I have a ton of ideas about how to improve the entertainment in the area, and I believe in Off the Wagon’s reputation in the music industry to bring in larger acts. I would also love to get involved in Jubilee Cityfest,” says Rambo. “There are so many things we can do with the existing facilities and the possibilities are endless.” As downtown continues to grow and more people discover what the area has to offer, people in the River Region will surely discover what it seems the rest of the country knows: Off the Wagon has something for everyone. Be it games, bands, or just a place to sit back with cocktail in a friendly, inviting environment, Off the Wagon has it. “I would like to personally invite everyone to come experience the good time, the friendly staff, and the unique vibe that is Off the Wagon,” Rambo says, adding: “And don’t forget to try the Rambo Shot”. MAY/JUNE 2009 RSVP 43
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By Blue Sullivan
As another birthday approaches (May 3rd—send gifts, cards & cash care of the magazine), I reflect on a uniquely varied set of experiences during my adult life. Some of these memories are recalled with a shudder, while others are best written off as youthful folly. In honor of this (thirty-something) birthday, Look Listen & Lounge enters the way-back machine to pay tribute to a few cool retro nuggets, in addition to a sparkling sample of piping-hot modern discoveries. May these treasures bring you as much enjoyment & inspiration as they have for this humble writer:
LOOK: Trainspotting (1994 film,Available on DVD) This year’s Oscars provided one of the great underdog stories in recent film as a small-budget indie production, Slumdog Millionaire, beat the odds to claim Best Picture. This earlier 1994 film not only introduced the world to the genius of its director Danny Boyle, it was also responsible for launching the career of its star, Ewan McGregor. Following the (low) lives of young heroin addicts in working class Glasgow, Trainspotting manages the singular feat of avoiding the after-school-special quality of most drug-related films, while managing to be a darkly comic, genuinely insightful coming of age story that moves with the adrenalized, heedless rush of youth.
LISTEN: Massive Attack – Mezzanine (1999,Album) Possibly the most gorgeously layered production work in the last decade is found in this, the brilliant third album for the revered collective from Bristol, England. After virtually creating the trip-hop/downbeat genre with their debut (Blue Lines), Massive Attack reinvented electronic music with sheets of noir guitar, throbbing bass lines, kinetic beats, and hauntingly beautiful vocals courtesy of Liz Frazier (also known as the singer for the Cocteau Twins). Some people will likely be familiar with the single “Teardrop,” (it serves as the theme song for the show “House”), but even that stunning track can’t overshadow the rest of this perfect album.
SURF: Urbandictionary.com Possibly one of the most laugh-out loud funny (for those who have a skewed, very coarse sense of humor) sites on the internet is this: a huge verbal catalogue of slang, with effective definitions for each term. Never again will you be confused by the secret language of regional vernacular or youth slang. From the knowledge gleaned from this website, I will never look at the words “bad economy” the same again. Essential.
READ: “Outliers:The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell Having made his name by compellingly arguing for the intellectual power of instinct & first impressions, Malcolm Gladwell asks the age old question in this new book: why do some people have such brilliant success, while others do not? Gladwell’s fresh, carefully considered answer makes this book so much more than the latest variation on the “habits of highly successful people.”
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Friends,Trends, ODDS & ENDS La Fete Ball Events in Montgomery rarely get more regal than the 50th Annual La Fete Ball, held at the Garrett Coliseum on Saturday, April 4, 2009. Guests entered via a magnificent archway that was designed by the late Deb Watson, reflecting her artistry and flair for stately décor. Among the guests were more than a hundred active members of the women’s mystic organization, along with 75 honorary members and past queens of the La Fete ball. It was therefore fitting that this year’s theme was “Queen for a Day,” and in keeping with the celebration of the event’s proud history, photos from prior La Fete galas lined the corridor to the Coliseum. Once inside, finely vested men and women enjoyed a series of choreographed dance presentations by the members, then joined all on the dance floor as a live band played until the late hours.
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Montgomery Academy Highlight HEADMASTER PHOTO: Seated (left to right): Gus Hamner, Headmaster 1959-1967; Archie Douglas, Headmaster 2001Present; Robin Byrd, Headmaster 1985-1990 Standing (left to right): Jim Adams, Headmaster 1968-1973; Emerson Johnson, Headmaster 1991-2000; Wade Segrest, Headmaster 1973-1984
When one of Montgomery’s most hallowed scholarly institutions commemorates its golden anniversary, it is indeed a cause célèbre. Such was the case for the 50th anniversary celebration of Montgomery Academy, held on a bright, cheery Sunday afternoon in March at its Vaughn Road Campus. The school has come a long way since its inception in 1959, when 110 students first gathered to attend classes in the old Governor’s Mansion. Fifty years later, the school numbers nearly that many faculty members, many of whom were in attendance for the gala affair. Also in attendance were the six men who have served as principal of this vaunted capital city institution. More than a hundred visitors came to enjoy a tour of the school’s facilities, including Hill Hall, the Sahlie Commons, and its impressive new theater, which showed a documentary account of the campus’ rich history. The inspiring presentation also gave a intriguing glimpse of what the next fifty years might foretell at one of the River Region’s most respected places of higher learning.*
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The City of Montgomery
Montgomery ZOO and Mann Wildlife Learning MUSEUM Events Mayfest at The Montgomery Zoo 2009
See what’s happening “Your City at work, so you can play” With the downtown revitalization progressing seemingly by the hour and new and exciting attractions emerging throughout the city, Montgomery enters the summer months with a wealth of things to see and do in the River Region: The City of Montgomery calendar displays sporting and recreational events for all ages, including the 54 Hole stroke Play competition on May 22, the AHSAA Baseball Finals May 13th to May 15th, and the Summer Camps at Lagoon Park June through August. The Montgomery Zoo provides events for the entire household such as Mayfest on May 9th, Mother’s Day on May 10th, Dino Ding on May 16th, Father’s Day on June 21st, and more. At the Riverfront, gather together with friends and family for The Harriott II riverboat rides on May 2nd, and The 4th of July Riverfront Celebration and Biscuits. Whether it’s Jubilee Cityfest on May 22 & 23, The Union Station Train Shed Concert Series, or Casting Crowns on June 5th, there are must-see concerts for people of all ages and musical tastes. Be sure to come out for these exhilarating events, and check the City of Montgomery calendar below for even more ideas for summer fun!
Date: Saturday, May 9th Time: 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. Zoo remains open until 5:00 p.m. Location: Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum Sponsors: The City of Montgomery Zoo & Booker T.Washington Magnet School Phone: (334) 240-4900 Admission: Combo admission to Zoo and Museum, $12.00 for Adults, $8.00 for 3-12yrs old and Seniors 65+, FREE for 2 yrs old and younger. Train: $2.00 Description: Join Booker T.Washington School and The Montgomery Zoo for a day of fun filled activities, live entertainment, food, games, gift items, and 40 acres of Zoo Wildlife
Mother’s Day 2009 Date: Sunday, May 10th Time: 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Location: Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum Phone: (334) 240-4900 Admission: FREE FOR ALL MOMS. Combo admission to Zoo and Museum, $12.00 for Adults, $8.00 for 3-12yrs old and Seniors 65+, FREE for 2 yrs old and younger.Train: $2.00 Description: All Mothers get in FREE to the Montgomery Zoo & Mann Wildlife Learning Museum for a relaxing outside activity. Show your Mom you care by bringing her to a beautiful place for her special day and spend quality time with her.
Dino Dig 2009 Date: Saturday, May 16, 2009 Time: 10:00 a.m.- NOON,Zoo remains open until 5:00 p.m. Location: Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum Phone: (334) 240-4900 Tickets: Pre- registration required A fee of $18.00 for non-members ages 3-12 Members free admission, $14.00 for Dino Dig. A parent must attend with their child. Description: Dino Dig has become a favorite at the Montgomery Zoo. Dino Dig gives children and adults the opportunity to dig in the sand while learning about prehistoric creatures.
Summer Camp 2009 Date: Begins the first full week of June and ends the last week of July Time: Full day camp is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Half day camp is 8:00 a.m. to noon. Location: Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum Phone: (334) 240-4900 Call for more information Cost: Advance Registration Required Description: Children ages 5-12 can enjoy learning more about animals, conservation and more all while having fun at the zoo.
Father’s Day 2009 Date: Sunday, June 21st Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum Phone: (334) 240-4900 Admission: FREE FOR ALL DADS. Combo admission to Zoo and Museum, $12.00 for Adults, $8.00 for 3-12yrs old and Seniors 65+, FREE for 2 yrs old and younger.Train: $2.00
Description: All Fathers get in FREE to the Montgomery Zoo & Mann Wildlife Learning Museum, for a relaxing outside activity. Show your Dad you care by bringing him to an exciting place to spend quality time with him.
Parks and Recreation Events TENNIS Summer Camps at Lagoon Park Camp Dates: June 8-12 June 29-July 3 August 3-7
June 15-19 July 13-17
June 22-26 July 27-31
Future Stars Camp Ages: 7 to 17 (players divided by age and level) Time: 9am to 11am Monday thru Friday (rain days may be used at any of the camps) Cost: $95 per camp or $25 a day
Tiny Tots Camp Ages 4 to 6 Time 9am to 10am Monday thru Friday Cost: $60 a week or $15 a day
GOLF Coming In July! 31st Annual Lagoon Park Golf Championship 54 Hole Stroke Play Competition
SOFTBALL May 8-9 -AHSAA Regional Softball Playoffs Lagoon Park Softball Complex May 14-16 - AHSAA State Softball Finals Lagoon Park Softball Complex
Parks & Recreation City of Montgomery Event 4th of July Riverfront Street Party Stay tuned for more information about the Riverfront 4th of July Street Party that will be taking place in the downtown district Thursday, July 2 through Saturday, July 4. There will be many activities for children and adults, including, the second pub crawl, Fourth of July MAX Fireworks Spectacular, live music, street performers, inflatables, and more. Have a “staycation” right here in your own home town.Visit www.funontheriver.net for updates!
Riverfront Facilities: May 2 - Crossing The River Together Event Harriott II - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. May 13- AHSAA State Baseball Finals Riverwalk Stadium - 10:00 a.m, 1:00 p.m. (if necessary), 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (if necessary) May 14 - AHSAA State Baseball Finals - Riverwalk Stadium - 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. (if necessary), 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. (if necessary) May 15 - AHSAA State Baseball Finals Riverwalk Stadium - 10:00 a.m, 1:00 p.m. (if necessary), 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (if necessary) May 16 - Springfest - Benefit Festival - Riverwalk Amphitheater - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. May 22 & 23 - Jubilee Cityfest - Riverwalk Amphitheater & Riverwalk Stadium May 28 - TGIT - Union Station Trainshed Gates 6:00 p.m. - Show 6:30 p.m. June 5 - Casting Crowns - Riverwalk Amphitheater - Gates 6:00 - Show 7:00 p.m. June 27 - IMPACT Montgomery 2009 - Riverwalk Amphitheater - 3:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m.
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- a look at local sound
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Among Montgomery’s array of talented local bands, there is one band that stands ready for a national audience. That band is ChromeHeart - a five piece modern rock ensemble that utilizes a heady brew of influences and melds them into a distinctively eclectic sound. Co-founder Mike Cuenco describes their mission simply: to “rock faces off.” Theirs is a multitalented formula for great rock, Ipod and radio ready, with a live show worthy of the big stage. ChromeHeart forged their origins here in the river region after its two founders, Chris Weidman and Mike Cuenco, worked closely for a 2005 project called DocRock. Emboldened by their creative synthesis as hired musicians on that project, Chris and Mike began a search to unearth the best talent in
the area for the expressed purpose of creating their own original music. After various short lived incarnations of the group, ChromeHeart found its full power when guitarist Drew Lankford, vocalist Joshua Hodge, and drummer Alex Staton were added to the group, forming their modern day lineup. These crucial additions finally allowed the ChromeHeart sound to coalesce. “We finally found the group of guys we wanted to make the sounds that we wanted,” said Weidman about the new lineup. Inside countless hours back at the ‘shed’ (ChromeHeart slang for the band’s rehearsal space), each member adds a musical ingredient to create their astonishing audio entrée. Weidman outlines these finished works as
“anything from a punk based song to a blues based song to a metal based song.” The results often create in their audiences what Lankford describes as “total shock and disbelief.” “They’re not expecting to hear a band like us coming out of Montgomery, Alabama,” adds Lankford. ChromeHeart found it initially difficult to get original material heard in the area, as Montgomery’s music scene is predominated by cover bands. These days, however, the songs discussed after the band’s shows are their own – a powerful validation of ChromeHeart’s original mission. Whether or not you have heard ChromeHeart’s previous recordings, it is
vital to take a listen the new tracks. The fruits of their labor yielded the release of a new EP titled Glance. The recording was conducted at Black Dog Sound in Stone Mountain, GA, with acclaimed producer, Rick Beato (Shinedown, Bullet for My Valentine) there to sharpen the band’s sound to a fine edge.
Since then, the buzz surrounding ChromeHeart has risen to a fever pitch. Among its most vocal supporters has been Rick Hendrick, programming director at 95.1 the Fox, who recently had the quintet in studio for the “Locals Only” radio show. “ChromeHeart is definitely the next band with the possibility to make it to the ‘next level’,” commented Hendrick. “I’ve heard a lot of local bands through the years that were good but not quite good enough to make it to the ‘next level’, and they are ready to make that jump. Their dedication and hard work are just a few qualities that impress me about them. They have a great stage presence and a huge amount of energy when onstage.” Speaking of onstage, a Glance CD release party was held at the famed local concert venue Rock Bottom American Pub on January 31st . “One thing that we have been proud of is that Vinnie [the owner of Rock Bottom] has always been a supporter of ours…cultivating our music,” Weidman notes. During the release party, ChromeHeart provided a mesmerizing live show of original material to an ecstatic reaction from the packed house.
“We were expecting the worst going in,” Hodge tells of working with such a high caliber producer. “We went in open to any of his suggestions and input, and he really liked what we had.”
“We had a great time and always appreciate playing for a fun crowd,” noted Lankford. “That is what makes playing music enjoyable! Rock Bottom always treats us right and we just hope the fans keep coming out!”
Much to the band’s surprise, Beato changed only one chord and made minor useful suggestions. Both the band and Beato finished the session with mutual admiration, as Beato enthused over ChromeHeart’s ability to reproduce their stellar originals time after time.
If you missed that electric performance, don’t dismay. Check the band’s website (http://www.myspace.com/ chromeheartband) for more chances to experience this singular rock band now before their inevitable nationwide reign!
when? what? where? The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the birds are singing. There is no better time to get outside and enjoy the good life! Before you make plans to travel outside of Montgomery, think again. Things here in the River Region have never been more exciting and the calendar below will serve as a great resource to help you plan your whereabouts.
May Events: May 1 – 2 – Relay for Life 6:00 P.M. Auburn University Montgomery. Benefiting the American Cancer Society. 800.227.2345 www.RelayForLife.org May 1 - 2 – Prattville’s 2009 CityFest 7:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. Friday / 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Saturday. Arts and craft show complete with food, fun and entertainment. Admission charged. 334.365.7392 www.prattvillecityfest.com May 1 – Jun 6 - ASF presents: Othello Don’t miss this Shakespearean classic! The beautiful Desdemona defies society and marries Othello, a Moorish general, and chooses to follow him to Cyprus where her husband must repulse the invading Turks. But the villainous Iago, a junior officer in Othello’s army, sets out to destroy the lives of the couple for his own selfish gains. 334.271.5353 www.asf.net May 2 - MMFA’s Flimp Festival 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Let your imagination and creativity run wild for the 20th year of the MMFA’s Flimp Festival. Join in on art activities, music, and a variety of entertainment throughout the day. Admission is free. 334.240.4333 www.mmfa.org May 2 – Crossing the River Together 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Harriott II Riverboat. Downtown Montgomery. 334.241.2100 www.funontheriver.net
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May 2 – 5th Annual Kentucky Derby Party Fundraiser 3:30 – 8:30 P.M. Race Day Activities: View the 135th Run for the Roses, place bets for the 135th Derby, “The Hat Parade” – with celebrity judges, dance to the live band, “Just a few Cats”. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. $50.00 tickets. 334.244.3804 or www.aum.edu/coned May 2 – Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour 8:00 P.M. Enjoy the top-grossing female comedy tour starring Etta May and featuring Sonya White. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. 334.481.5100 www.ticketmaster.com
when? what? where? May 3 – RSVP Montgomery Speed Dating Event If you are between the ages 23 - 38, come join us at the Alley Bar, 166 Commerce Street – in The Alley, Montgomery’s Historic Entertainment District. This is a great way to meet potential dates. Everyone attending the event is single and in the same age demographic! $35.00 includes 2 drink tickets, appetizers, door prizes, and the follow up e-mail providing you with mutual matches. Register today at www.rsvp-montgomery.com May 4 - 25 – Learn to Play Golf! 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Auburn Montgomery Continuing Education. This class is for the beginner or intermediate golfer. Bring your own club. The fee is $112.00. (4 sessions at the Lagoon Park Golf Course) www.aum.edu/coned
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F E S T I VA L Nathan M. Hosner, Jeffrey de Picciotto, Michael Daniel Anderson and Chris Roe in The Three Musketeers
May 4 – RSVP Montgomery Magazine Release Party 5:30 P.M. Please join us as we celebrate the release of the sixth issue of RSVP Montgomery at Number Sixteen in Hampstead. May 5 – Cinco de Mayo at Jalapeno’s Annual event celebrating Cinco de Mayo! There will be live music at the Peppertree location only, but Dora the Explorer will be at the Eastale Mall location taking pictures with the kids! There will be drink and food specials at both locations. 334.277.2840 May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Blow-out! 4:00 P.M. Rock Bottom American Pub. Drink specials, food specials, and Plum Loco live on stage starting at 8:00 P.M. 334.239.7625 May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Celebration! 5:00 P.M. LUNA- a tapas restaurant. Party under the outdoor tent or dine inside with friends as you hear the sounds of local artists including Jonathan Bloom. 334.517.1260 May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Marengo House 6:00 P.M. Marengo House in Historic Lowndesboro. An incredible buffet of all your favorite Mexican dishes. Music by D’Zyre featuring Leslie Bailey. BYOB. $20 per person. Reservations required. Call Silver Spoon at 334.264.1116 May 5 - Death Cab for Cutie, Matt Costa & Ra Ra Riot 7:30 P.M. BJCC Concert Hall. www.ticketmaster.com May 5 – 9 – SERBA Festival Time Varies. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. The Southeastern Regional Ballet Association’s annual festival. 334.481.5100 www.mpaconline.org May 6 – MACC 60 Minute Coffee 8:00 – 9:00 A.M. City of Montgomery, Riverfront Facilities. www.montgomerychamber.com
The Three Musketeers
APRIL 24 – JUNE 7
Adapted by Charles Morey • It’s all for one and one for all as D’Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porthos cross swords with the evil Cardinal Richelieu and the enemies of France. In addition to being a rip-roaring tale, this production features costumes and a set that have to be seen to be believed.
MAY 1 – JUNE 6
By William Shakespeare • The beautiful Desdemona defies society and marries Othello, a Moorish general, and chooses to follow him to Cyprus where her husband must repulse the invading Turks. But the villainous Iago, a junior officer in Othello’s army, sets out to destroy the lives of the couple for his own selfish gains.
The Comedy of Errors
MAY 8 – JUNE 7
By William Shakespeare • The Bard is at his playful best in this fun and farcical romp. The story centers on the arrival of Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse in the town of their twin brothers Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus. Mistaken identities result in hilarious mishaps and mayhem!
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when? what? where? May 9 – Kid One Wheelin’ & Healin’ The Waters, Pike Road. $40.00 Single / $65.00 Family / $20.00 Kids riding for Kids (5K route through the Waters). Registration includes: 2009 Commemorative event T-shirt, Support-and-Gear vehicles provided by Cycle Escape and Chain Reaction, Pre-ride beverages; 2 stocked rest stops, 2009 Waters Post-Ride Party featuring live music, free beverages and food, One-year membership to the Montgomery Bike Club (new riders) and 3 Route options (20mi, 30mi & 62mi) 205.978.1017 www.kidone.org/wheeling.php May 9 - Herb Day 2009 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Old Alabama Town. The free event will feature an open air market with plants and gardening items, children’s activities, special programs, speakers, and tea parties. The tea parties will be held at 9 A.M. and 1 P.M., hosted by Elsie Hilton, an expert on growing and using herbs. The tea parties are free but seating is limited--pick up your tickets early in the day at the event entrance. 334.240.4500. May 9 - The National Kidney Foundation Serving Alabama “Taking it to the Streets” 8:00 A.M. Join the National Kidney Foundation Serving Alabama as they lace up their walking shoes and walk to fight kidney disease. The walk will begin at the Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery. 334.396.9870 www.nkfalabama.com May 9 – Mayfest at the Montgomery Zoo 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Join Booker T. Magnet School at the Montgomery Zoo for a fun filled day of activities, live entertainment, food, games, gifts and forty acres of zoo wildlife. 334.240.4900 www.montgomeryzoo.com May 9 - Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Gala Montgomery Performing Arts Center. Admission charged. Tickets may be purchased through Ticket Master. 334.241.2590 www.alabamadanetheatre.com May 9 – The 2nd Annual Taste for Life – Cancer Wellness
Foundation of Central Alabama 6:00 – 10:00 P.M. Downtown in the new Alleyway. Featuring live entertainment and great food from local chefs with special celebrity guests: Joe DiMaggio, Jr. and Bobby Funaro. $50.00 per person includes dinner and entertainment. Cash bar available. 334.273.2279 www.montgomerycancer.com May 9 - Montgomery Biscuits Baseball – Circus Night 7:05 P.M. Montgomery Biscuits v. Birmingham Barons. Fireworks Spectacular! 334.323.2255 www.biscuitsbaseball.com May 9 – Belly Dancing Class 3:00 P.M. for teens / 4:30 P.M. for adults. FREE! Maya’s Belly Dancing Studio. 334.356.6552 www.mayasbellydancing.multiply.com
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when? what? where? May 10 – Mother’s Day at the Montgomery Zoo 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. The City of Montgomery Zoo / Mann Wildlife Learning Museum. All Mothers get in FREE. $8.00 Adults, $5.00 children ages 3 – 12, Ages 2 & under and Montgomery Zoo Friends Free. 334.240.4900 www.montgomeryzoo.com May 10 – Mother’s Day feast at Marengo House 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Marengo House in Historic Lowndesboro. A five course meal will be served and tours of this antebellum mansion and ghost stories too! $25.00 adults / $12.50 children. Reservations required. 334.264.1116 May 11 - The Montgomery Auburn Club’s Annual Golf Tournament Wynlakes Golf & Country Club. This is the Club’s main fundraiser for the Auburn scholarships awarded to local students. This year, along with raising money for local Auburn scholarships, the Montgomery Auburn Club is also raising support and awareness for Child Protect, a local child advocacy and counseling center. The tournament is a great day of golf, food, and fellowship with other Auburn fans. Please contact: Ronda Beesley at 334.538.5187 or Monty Carpenter at 334.312.3899. May 13 – 15 – AHSAA State Baseball Finals Riverwalk Stadium in downtown Montgomery. May 14 – Bob the Builder 1:00 and 7:30 P.M. The Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. 334.481.5100 www.mpaconline.org May 14 – The Comatose Tour 7:00 - 10:00 P.M. Riverwalk Amphitheatre. Featuring Skillet, Disciple, and Decyfer Down. 334.241.2100 www.funontheriver.net May 15 - Gordon Lightfoot LIVE in Concert 8:00 P.M. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. 334.481.5100 www.ticketmaster.com May 15 - 17 - Southern Writers Project 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M. Join ASF and see new plays in every stage of development from some of America’s most innovative playwrights, while enjoying meals, music and performances, as well as mingling with some of today’s theatre professionals. 334.271.5334 or www.southernwritersproject.net May 16 – Dino Dig at the Montgomery Zoo 10:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M. Montgomery Zoo. This gives children and adults the opportunity to dig in the sand while learning about prehistoric creatures. Pre-registration required. 334.240.4900 or www.montgomeryzoo.com
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when? what? where? May 16 –Springfest – Benefit Concert 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Riverwalk Amphitheater. www.funontheriver.net May 16 – 7th Annual Cloverdale Crawfish & Shrimp
Festival 2:00 – 7:00 P.M. Filet & Vine – Graham St. and Cloverdale Rd. Featuring Blues Old Stand & Mac Cone. Tickets are $15.00 for adults. $5.00 for kids under 10. Under 5 get in free. May 16 - Montgomery Biscuits Baseball – Boy Scout
Camporee 7:05 P.M. Montgomery Biscuits v. Mississippi Braves. Fireworks Spectacular! 334.323.2255 www.biscuitsbaseball.com May 16 – Belly Dance Workout! 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Maya’s Belly Dancing Studio. 334.356.6552 www.mayasbellydancing.multiply.com
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May 16 – Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives 8:00 P.M. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. 334.481.5100 www.ticketmaster.com May 17 – Luau at Crockmier’s 4:00 P.M. Crockmier’s Grill and Bar. Pig roast, drink specials and Charlie C. and the Cuzamatics live on the patio! 334.481.0490 or www.crockmiers.com May 22 - 23 – Jubilee Cityfest Alabama’s largest family music festival featuring various music stages, Kidsfest, food, fun and more. 334.834.7220 or www.jubileecityfest.org May 22 - 25 – Memorial Day Weekend at The Wharf Enjoy a weekend full of concerts and live music. Admission charged. 251.224.1000 or www.TheWharfAL.com May 28 – TGIT 6:00 P.M. Union Trainshed. Downtown Montgomery. May 29 – Riverfront Pub Crawl 6:00 P.M. Join RSVP and the Riverfront Facilities for the FIRST Riverfront Pub Crawl. Participating pub stops include Harriott II, the Exchange, Alley Bar, Dreamland, Off the Wagon, Nobles, Olive Room, Club 322, Hank Williams Museum, Silver Spoon, Biscuits Club Car Bar, and more. $10 in advance, $15 - day of and include wristband, coupons for drink specials at all participating bars/venues, and transportation on the shuttles to designated stops. Tickets available at Etix, Riverwalk Box Office and all participating venues.. www.rsvp-montgomery.com May 30 – CCWG: White Affair Sail-a-bration 8:00 P.M. Harriott II Riverboat. Live music and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Attire: All White. $60 per person. Proceeds will benefit Eve’s Circle, Inc. and Breast Cancer Survivors. 334.414.3711
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when? what? where? May 30 - Keith Urban: Escape Together World Tour 7:30 P.M. Von Braun Center Arena. Huntsville. www.ticketmaster.com
June Events Jun 1 - 30 – Summer Concert Series 2009 7:00 P.M. Old Alabama Town and Alabama Roots Music Society is bringing music back to Montgomery. So load up the family, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy something wonderful. Admission charged. 334.240.4500 www.oldalabamatown.com Jun 4 – Aug 29 – Alfred Conteh Exhibit 9:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M. Monday - Friday / 9:00A.M. - 3:00 P.M Saturday. Rosa Parks Museum Exhibit Hall. Mixed media and paintings. Free Admission. 334.241.8615 Jun 4 – 6 – The Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music and
Arts Festival 3 day, 3 night music extravaganza to celebrate the human spirit through music and arts. Provides financial support to help serve the needs of Coffee County and the surrounding area. www.bamajammusicfestival.com Jun 5 – Casting Crowns 6:00 P.M. gates open. 7:00 P.M. show. Riverwalk Amphitheater. Downtown Montgomery. Jun 9 – 11 – Dora the Explorer Live! Time Varies. BJCC Concert Hall. www.ticketmaster.com Jun 11 – Corks in the Courtyard Join RSVP Montgomery for a mix and mingle after hours at the A&P in Cloverdale. Wine tasting, live music by Henry Pugh, and door prizes. Grab some friends or make some new ones as sip and stroll through the courtyard and stores. Free. www.rsvp-montgomery.com Jun 12 – 13 – Alexander City Jazz Festival Time Varies. The 19th Annual Alexander City Jazz Festival is a free two-day event will be held at Strand Park downtown Alexander City on Friday night and Lake Martin Amphitheater on Saturday. www.alexcityjazzfest.com Jun 12 - 13 - Montgomery Biscuits Baseball 7:05 P.M. Montgomery Biscuits v. Chattanooga Lookouts. Fireworks Spectacular! 334.323.2255 www.biscuitsbaseball.com Jun 14 - Montgomery Biscuits Baseball – Bark in the Park 2:05 P.M. Montgomery Biscuits v. Chattanooga Lookouts. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to bring man’s(or woman’s) best friend for a day at the ballpark, complete with special guest Jake “The Diamond Dog.” 334.323.2255 www.biscuitsbaseball.com
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when? what? where? Jun 14 – RSVP Montgomery Speed Dating Event If you are between the ages 35 - 45, come join us at Eastside Grille. This is a great way to meet potential dates. Everyone attending the event is single and in the same age demographic! $35.00 includes 2 drink tickets, appetizers, door prizes, and the follow up e-mail providing you with mutual matches. Register today at www.rsvp-montgomery.com Jun 16 - STOMP 7:30 P.M. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Complete with garbage can lids, brooms and sticks- this percussive symphony has been packing the house since 1994. 334.481.5100 www.ticketmaster.com Jun 17 - Rooftop Pool Party 5:30 -8:30 P.M. Join RSVP Montgomery and the Renaissance Spa at Montgomery for an after hours mix and mingle. Admission is $20.00 and includes appetizers, a $20.00 gift certificate to the Spa at Montgomery, live music and cash bar. www.rsvp-montgomery.com Jun 19 - 21 – Summer Solstice Weekend Celebration Enjoy a weekend at The Wharf complete with local, regional, and national music acts. 251.224.1000 or www.TheWharfAL.com Jun 19 - 21 – City Stages Music Festival Linn Park, Birmingham. www.citystages.org Jun 20 – Flamenco for Beginners Workshop 2:00 – 6:00 P.M. $70.00 if registered by May 30, $85.00 after. Maya’s Belly Dancing Studio. 334.356.6552 www.mayasbellydancing.multiply.com Jun 21 – Father’s Day at the Montgomery Zoo 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. The City of Montgomery Zoo / Mann Wildlife Learning Museum. All Fathers get in FREE. $8.00 Adults, $5.00 children ages 3 – 12, Ages 2 & under and Montgomery Zoo Friends Free. 334.240.4900 or www.montgomeryzoo.com Jun 26 - Montgomery Biscuits Baseball – Family Faith
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7:05 P.M. Montgomery Biscuits v. Tennessee Smokies. After the game stick around for the post-game concert featuring up and coming Christian band 33 Miles! 334.323.2255 www.biscuitsbaseball.com Jun 27 – IMPACT Montgomery 2009 3:00 – 11:00 P.M. Riverwalk Amphitheater in downtown Montgomery. www.funontheriver.net Jun 27 - Montgomery Biscuits Baseball 7:05 P.M. Montgomery Biscuits v. Tennessee Smokies. Fireworks Spectacular! 334.323.2255 www.biscuitsbaseball.com
when? what? where? July Events Jul 4 - Montgomery Biscuits Baseball 7:05 P.M. Montgomery Biscuits v. Birmingham Barons. Fireworks Spectacular! 334.323.2255 www.biscuitsbaseball.com Save the date:
FOURTH OF JULY RIVERFRONT STREET PARTY Stay tuned for more information about the Riverfront 4th of July Street Party that will be taking place in the downtown district Thursday, July 2, through Saturday, July 4. There will be many activities for children and adults, including the second pub crawl, fireworks, live music, street performers, inflatables, and more. Have a “staycation” right here in your own home town. Visit www.rsvp-montgomery.com or www.funontheriver.net for updates! Please note that the listing of an event does not constitute sponsorship or endorsement by RSVP Montgomery. The information listed is provided merely as a guide to aid you in your planning. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in information provided, changes in schedules sometimes occur and it is suggested that you confirm information prior to attending listed events.
Do you have an event coming up that you would like to see on our calendar of events? Email the details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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May 15 • 7:00 pm Eastwood Presbyterian Church
Victory Baptist School
Taylor Road Academy
May 21 7:00 pm • Taylor Road Baptist Church
May 15 • 7:00 pm Victory Baptist Church
May 21 • 7:00 pm Edgewood Academy Gymnasium
Alabama Christian Academy
May 17 • 2:00 pm Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church
St. James School
May 18 • 6:00 pm St. James Gymnasium
Montgomery Catholic May 18 • 7:30 pm Montgomery Catholic Complex Field
East Memorial Christian Academy May 21 • 7:00 pm East Memorial Baptist Church Sanctuary
Wetumpka High School May 21 • 7:30 pm Garrett Coliseum
Stanhope Elmore High School
May 21 • 7:00 pm Autauga Academy
Marbury High School May 21 • 7:00 pm Marbury Football Field
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New Life Christian Academy May 22 • 7:00 pm New Life Christian Academy
Evangel Christian School
May 22 • 7:00 pm Evangel Temple Sanctuary
Prattville High School May 22 • 8:00 pm Stanley Jenson Stadium
Montgomery Academy May 24 • 6:30 pm Vaughn Road Campus
May 21 • 7:00 pm Joe L. Reed Acadome, ASU
Lee High School
Jeff Davis High School
May 21 • 7:00 pm Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church
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resource directory 129 Coosa, p.10
129 Coosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.262.8859 www.129coosa.com
Academy Events, p. 62
203 Orline Street Wetumpka, AL 36092 334.567.7322 www.academychefs.com
Alley Bar, p. 2
166 Commerce St. Montgomery, AL 36104
Amplify Salon, p. 65
1615 Graham St., Ste102 Montgomery, AL 36106 334.834.4243 www.amplifysalon.com
Arbonne, p. 47
Mindi Wilson 334.239.2194 www.arbonneinternational.com
Aronov Homes, p. 42
2430 Fairlane Drive, Ste. C-1 Montgomery, AL 36116 334.396.2776
A&P Lofts, p. 28
503 Cloverdale Rd. Montgomery, AL 36106 334.270.6728
ASF, p. 55
1 Festival Dr Montgomery, AL 36117 334. 271.5353 www.asf.net
Auburn University Montgomery, p. 67
Capitol Filmworks, p. 56
909 Forest Ave Montgomery, AL 36106 334. 269.3456 7030 Eastchase Pkwy Montgomery, AL 36117 (334) 356-3457 www.capitolfilmworks.com
Chanterelle Photography, p. 6
City of Montgomery p. 50-51 Cronier’s Fine Jewelry, p. 3 2307 Eastern Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36117 334.272.4995 www.croniers.com
Croydon Finishing p. 38
1283 Newell Parkway Montgomery, AL 36110 334.260.0148 www.croydonfinishing.com
Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, p. 14, 65
251 Montgomery Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.241.9567 www.montgomery.troy.edu/davis/
Dougs 2 Salon, p. 63
4697 Vaughn Rd Montgomery, AL 36106 334.396.7120 www.dougs2.com
Dreamland BBQ , p. 29
334.244.3000 7440 East Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 www.aum.edu
101 Tallapoosa St. Montgomery, AL 36104 334.273-RIBS
Bama Jam, p. 60
3351 Main Street Millbrook, AL 36054 334.285.7808 www.drwohlman.com
Bella, p. 16
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Montgomery, AL 36104 334.834.8920 www.capitalmontgomery.com
8129 Vaughn Rd Montgomery, AL 36116 334. 272.8116 2257 Cobbs Ford Rd # B Prattville, AL 36066 334. 285.9500
Bill Ingalls Photography, p. 23
Dr. Marla H. Wohlman, M.D., p. 21
Eastside Grille, p. 49
6667 Atlanta Hwy Montgomery, AL 36117 334.274.1200 www.eastsidegrille.com
Fine Line Engravers p. 15
1043 Woodley Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.264.3333 www.billingalls.com
3653 Debby Drive Montgomery, AL 36111 334.281.7577
Capital City Club, p. 68
201 Monroe Street, Ste. 2100
Fontaine Entertainment, p. 61
Hampstead, p. 9
5272 Hampstead High Street Montgomery, AL 334. 270.6730 www.townofhampstead.com
Harriott II p. 57
Ice Sculptures by David Bromley, p. 63 P.O. Box 130681 Birmingham, AL 35213 205.914.4527 chefdavecarvesice.com
Jim N’ Nicks , p. 57
6415 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.213.0046
Marquirette’s Exquisite Jewelry, p. 72 7818 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.270.0004 www.marquirettes.com
Maya Salm Belly Dancing Studio,p. 29
136 Mendel Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.356.6552 www.mayasbellydancing.multiply.com
Metro Fitness, p. 14
7150 Halcyon Park Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334.396.0040 www.metrofitness.com
MJ Yoga, p. 45
Jim Orr Photography, p.17
5145 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109 334.451.5326 www.healthwisefoods.com
Jubilee CityFest , p. 59
Montgomery Antique Galleries, p. 23
334-657-5219 www.jimorrphotography.com www.jubileecityfest.org
Kim Box Photography, p.4
157 W. Main Street Prattville, AL 36067 334.491.0409 www.kimboxphotography.com
K&M Persian Import Rugs p.37 1617 Graham Street Montgomery, AL 36106 334.239.7304
Legends at Capital Hill, p. 45 2500 Legends Circle Prattville, AL. 36066 334.290.1235 www.marriot.com
L’Esprit Salon, p. 44
8327 Crossland Loop Montgomery, AL 36117 334.260.0355
LUNA, p. 54
8123 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.517.1260
1955 Eastern Blvd. Montgomery, AL 36104 334.277.2490
Montgomery Catering, p. 61
770 Washington Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104 334.269.0222 www.montgomery-catering.com
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, p. 66 One Museum Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334.240.4369 www.mmfa.org
Montgomery Parks and Recreation, p. 51 334.241.2300
Montgomery Performing Arts Center, p. 5 201 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.481.5000 www.mpaconline.org
Montgomery Zoo p. 50 2301 Coliseum Parkway Montgomery, AL 36101 334.240.4900
New Park Living, p. 71
Ray Thorington Road 334.260.2500 www.newparkliving.com
NikkiP Photography p. 21 334.221.3715 www.nikki-p.com
Off the Wagon, p. 43
62 Dexter Ave. Montgomery, AL 36104 334.263.0102 www.thewagonrocks.com
Oz Entertainment, p. 58
919 Felder Ave # B Montgomery, AL 36106 334.669.8801 www.oz-entertainment.com
Party Professionals/ Arrow Rents, p. 15
5600 Calmar Drive Montgomery, AL 36116 334.277.0463 www.arrowrents.net/party
Peppertree Steaks N’ Wine, p. 47 8101a Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.271.6328 www.steaksnwine.com
Reception Décor, p. 70 334.244.7926
Rock Bottom American Pub, p. 63 2430 Eastern Blvd. Montgomery, AL. 36117 334.239.7625 www.rockbottomamericapub.com
Sinclairs, p. 33
7847 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.271.7654 1051 E Fairview Ave Montgomery, AL 36106 (334) 834-7462 www.sinclairsrestaurants.com
State Farm Insurance, Kevin Brock, p. 63
3574 Quad Parkway Montgomery, AL 36116 334.277.2317 www.kevinbrockagency.com
Taunton Landscape , p. 33
5000 Alabama River Parkway Montgomery, AL 36110 334.260.8400
Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital, p. 42
6897 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.260.8787 www.taylorcrossingvet.com
Touch of Class Limousine, p. 49 4220 Troy Highway Montgomery, AL 36116 334.284.2673 www.alabamalimo.com
Troy University, p. 41
Resolution Camp, p. 69
231 Montgomery Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.834.1400 www.montgomery.troy.edu
Renaissance Hotel & Spa, p. 22
The Waters, p. 64
201 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.481.5000 www.marriott.com
55 Bridge Street Pike Road, AL 36064 334.272.3200 www.thewatersal.com
Riverfront Facilities, p. 50
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Renaissance Montgomery The Renaissance Montgomery is in the heart of downtown Montgomery, with 346 luxury rooms and suites, and 140,000 square feet of meeting space. It is Alabama’s newest 4 Diamond hotel with The Spa at Montgomery, Performing Arts Centre, Convention Center, and parking deck and valet services. Upgrade to luxurious spaces and unsurpassed amenities in one of 50 hotel suites. Enjoy premier multi-channel high definition LCD TV’s that feature movies direct from Hollywood. Interactive work stations highlight tech-savvy rooms and suites, each with a connectivity panel that allows guests to plug-in laptops, iPods, MP3 players, and digital cameras.
Spa at Montgomery As part of Marriott’s Revive Experience, The 10,000 square foot European Spa at Montgomery offers guests the utmost in a relaxing and individual spa experience: treatments designed by world-renowned experts, superior spa products, and personal advice after each treatment. The Spa at Montgomery is a full service spa and salon within the Renaissance Montgomery, enjoying an exquisite rooftop view! The spa has been designed to take you on an international odyssey of massages, body treatments, facials and enticing salon services.
The House The House Restaurant conjures memories of past comforts, while offering a new age of fare. Experience a taste of New South Cuisine in our modern environment with such selections as Crab and Southern Caviar. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Dress code: Casual
The Exchange Named for the historic downtown hotel, the Exchange is a vibrant new location for nightlife. Enjoy weekday happy hour and signature cocktails while listening to live entertainmen
Montgomery Performing Arts Centre Serving as the center for entertainment in downtown Montgomery, this state-of-the-art facility is large enough for first run Broadway shows, yet intimate enough with 1,800 seats to view a wide variety of concerts, opera, comedy, dance and kids shows. Check out the membership section to see how you can experience the excitement of becoming an MPAC member. www.mpaconline.org 68
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Troy University’s Davis Theatre ������������������������������ originally opened on January �������������������������������������������������������� 25, 1930, as a “Movie Palace” ����������������������������� and Vaudeville house. Known ���������������������� ������������������������������ for decades as The Paramount ������������������������ Theatre, countless numbers of �������������������������������������������� patrons not only enjoyed movies ������������������������������������������� and shows in the Theatre, but ���������������������������������������� many couples enjoyed their �������������������������������� �� first date, first kiss or marriage ������������������������������������������������� ��������������������������������������������� proposal here. There were also ������������������������������������� many weddings held on the Paramount’s stage!
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After closing in 1976 (ironically the last feature was Gone With the Wind), the theatre was purchased by Troy University, renovated and reopened in 1983 as Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, named for the late Tine W. Davis and his wife Eunice, the major contributors to the restoration effort.
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How Can We Help You? The Davis Theatre is a fully equipped, professional rental theatre. The types of events we are able to handle are very wide-ranging. Having a church cantata and need a larger space? Is your group putting on a play, dance recital, seminar for your employees, awards program, induction ceremony, graduation, gospel show, band concert, beauty pageant or fashion show? No problem! The Theatre is located in the heart of historic downtown Montgomery on the campus of Troy University and seats 1200 patrons in deeply padded velour seats. With a sound system, lighting system, lecterns, microphones, teleconferencing capabilities, video projection equipment, folding chairs, tables — we have practically everything you need for your event.
How Can Your Organization Book the Theatre? Technical information, rental pricing, complete history, upcoming events and other items about the Theatre can be found on our homepage. Please visit www.troy.edu for more information. Click on the Montgomery Campus tab at the top of the page, and then click on The Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts under Montgomery Campus Highlights. Call us today to begin planning a wonderful event for your organization in this intimate, nostalgic setting! 251 Montgomery Street Historic Downtown Montgomery, Alabama Phone: (334) 241-9567 Fax: (334) 241-9756 E-mail: email@example.com
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