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ANNIE March 9, 2010 • 7:30PM

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The timeless tale of Annie is hitting MPAC’s stage for an experience

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BRYAN ADAMS March 25, 2010 • 7:30PM Bryan Adams’ “Bare Bones Tour” entertains audiences with favorites such as the Grammy award-winning “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.” This acoustic solo tour showcases Adams’ vast array of talent as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. You’ll be hanging on every note with the smooth acoustic sounds of the “Bare Bones Tour.”

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12 reply “YES” Styles and Trends to Consider

Head Over Heels

14 singled OUT

What’s Your Color?

18 Feature Story: Get Moving with the Exercise Doctor

23 connections



Reasons to Gather

Traveling Trifecta: Lake. Trails. Beach.

28 socially SEEN Events planned by RSVP Montgomery


Jackson Thornton Spring Party

30 Applause & Appraise RSVP’s Local Entertainment Review


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

34 Take 5 Five 36 the LIST A Who’s Who of Young Leaders

44 Friends, Trends, Odds & Ends


46 Now Hear This

- a look at local sound

Davis Nix & Rob Aldridge

49 when? what? where? 64 eyeSPY 66 resource DIRECTORY 68 venue 411

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from the GIRLS


t is unanimous with the girls at RSVP… this is the best season of the year! The time of year when the regimens of the school year no longer rein us in. The time of year when things happen off-schedule and a sudden jaunt to grab drinks with a friend or run to the lake or beach is a perfectly natural impulse. If you want to get away for some R&R, but don’t have the luxury of leaving everything behind for more than a few days, our feature ‘Traveling Trifecta’ will be worth the read! However, keep in mind that a vacation doesn’t have to be an itinerary, but an invitation to step outside of convention and routine — a chance to explore something you never knew would interest you! Whether you love live music, the arts, fitness, or networking events, our calendar of events provides an abundance of options to help you enjoy something fun and exciting right in our home town. Count on this issue to put you in the KNOW and in the NOW of the places to go, the people to know, and all the other best kept secrets in town. Get out and embrace the season. After all, this is the Spring of 2010. And it will only happen once!

The River Region Guide for All Things Social vol. 3, iss. 3 Publisher kim traff Editors amanda morrison blue sullivan Creative Director carl adams Contributing Designers bryan carter summer patterson christine sykes Contributing Photographers darren freeman bill ingalls josh moates jim orr nicole paulk the studio at eastchase Contributing Writers mallory anderson mark anderson jess margeson nancy carlton bendinger katherine mallini amanda mccoy amanda morrison blue sullivan jamie “j.t.” thompson RSVP Team mallory anderson crystal luster amanda mccoy janine schoudel

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e r ov head heels By: Mallory Anderson • Photography by Josh Moates



Marilyn Monroe said it best with her statement, “I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot”. There is something to say about the connection between a woman and her favorite pair (or pairs!) of heels. With warm weather afoot, it’s time to show off that pedicure in high style. Put some spring into your step and head to one of our favorite shoe spots, Dillard’s. Whether you are looking for elegant and classy or fun and flirty, they have the right shoe to give toes the perfect peep show. One of the biggest trends to debut this season is the Nautical Theme. The Gianni Bini “Railay” is the perfect wedge to salute your red, white and blue. This navy slingback wedge is the goto shoe for any seafaring outfit. Take ‘em or weave ‘em, woven kicks are intermixed in new collections this year. The “Juniper” Espradrille by Michael Kors with white gold straps and natural woven platform, elevates your look in a flirty sundress. If daring color is your signature, raise eyebrows and your stature with the Steve Madden “Ammanda” yellow t-strap wedge. One more plus, the height of the wedge and platform shoe slenderize legs! Adorning another shoe season is our perennial favoriteembellishment. The Vince Camuto “Orlando” pewter heel is perfect for a day at work or a night on the town. The beautiful beading is ideal for dressing up your favorite little black dress. The BCBGeneration “Ambra” adds that needed pop of color with the faceted turquoise stone. The last mentionable trend is a mashup of stepworthy style: neutral colors and embellishment. The blush-colored Gianni Bini “Natal” portrays this trend to perfection and its stacked platform heel with neutral stone detailing is one of our favorite looks this season. Steep in controversy, no one can say for sure who invented the high heel, so perhaps Marilyn was right. We do owe whoever he is a lot (or was it a she?). What’s not for debate is that cute heels like these remain a stylish woman’s sole obsession. MAY/JUNE 2010 RSVP 13

singled OUT

What’sYour COLOR? By: Amanda Morrison • Photography by Josh Moates

The last Singled Out “What’s Your Status?”, questioned how declaring single and zero affects ones psyche. Basically we determined the benefit of which is having more free time to indulge in whatever it is we want to do, so consider this as somewhat a continuation of that thought…


or me, pedicures are the selfish act of choice, but recently my selfabsorbed retreat was tested. Body nestled into the pulsating shiatsu chair, feet dipped in warm water and swirling in humming jets, no sooner did my eyelids shut than I hear the same looming question in Vietnamese dialect. It was something like this: Nail Salon Guy: “You Married?” Me: “No.” Nail Salon Guy: “You have children?” Me: “No.” To cease this questioning, I chose my standard comedic reply: “I’ve tried it before but it didn’t work.” In retrospect, I must express gratitude to You Tube for preparing me forward and thwarting this potentially damaging moment through the unlikely source of comedian, Anjelah Johnson. Like many of you and sixteen million other viewers, I’ve watched Bon Qui Qui perform her 14


Nail Salon bit! Recalling this, I laughed to myself and waited for him to tell me “if I upgraded to the deluxe I’d get a boyfriend”, but he never did. Be clear that I am not stereotyping or mocking him. Actually, I frequent this particular salon because it’s affordable and convenient, but more so because there’s something I admire in people who are brave enough to leave everything that feels like home in order to work and live the American Dream. Plus he won me over with his next words, “You pretty”. Mind you, I had basically rolled out of bed on a Saturday morning to land in his leatherette chair, and the only thing sticking out more than my puffy eyes were the stray hairs from my jumbled ponytail coifed the dateless night before. That’s when I realized I liked him even more. His technique was much more effective than the reenactment on cyber tube. Aware I didn’t look my best, he made me feel good about myself and in return, I gave him a better tip. He may not have grown up

in our culture, but he’s learned one thing about American women: flattery gets you everywhere! Just like someone in a foreign land, that’s what life can feel like after a break-up or divorce. It feels as though we have to learn a new culture and decode a far-off language. At our weakest, life continues and we have to make difficult choices and take risks in vulnerable moments. To gain confidence in our decision making, the best practice is starting where the risks are minimal but results are satisfying - like choosing a color at the nail salon. This decision may seem idle, but psychologists and marketing analysts have long studied how color choices relate to our behaviors and personalities. If you find that approaching the dating scene leaves your disposition less than sunny yellow, make a new statement that declares vibrancy no matter what your situation. Is your true color shining through? (continued on pg. 17)


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Once you begin to discover yourself clearly as an individual, you will find you are more prepared to take a risk. Perhaps the greatest test of indecision is plucking an offered selection and knowing a color (or date) is right for you. After all, people are not glass bottles with plastic removable tops. Some blanket true feelings under a sober exterior while others cover up their sinister side with a lovely shade of lavender. Introspection is the best armor for combating a naïve heart awarded purple for bravery, and surviving a harsh experience ultimately finds us matured and equipped for relationship choices of simplicity or flamboyance, nonchalant or deliberate- whatever color matches our current mood. By observing my Vietnamese friend (whose name I’m unclear), I aspire to be braver and bolder not only in my dating life, but life in general. In speaking to him I know upon immigration, he has only visited his home country a few times due to flight durations over 24 hours and costs soaring above $3,000. What that said to me is he came to America with purpose. He knew the global impact of moving half a globe away and yet risked it all for the opportunity to live a dream. What inspiration in a time where we as citizens shy away from taking a stand or making lifelong commitments! Sometimes it takes an “outsider” to remind us how truly remarkable our color-wheel of opportunity (dating or otherwise) is. So if you want to put your best foot forward, enjoy selecting a hue as remarkable as you. Polish enthusiasts agree that a favorite brand for nails is O•P•I. The quirky titles lend to menial mischief and sassy fun, so I asked my best single gal pals their favorite color, and was surprised to find sound advice for dating singles: O•P•I for the Frivolous Dater I’m Indi-a Mood for Love. Come with me, and We’ll Party in My Cabana. There’s no limit on time, we’re usually out Teal the Cows Come Home, so tell the babysitter you’ll return when there’s Sand in My Suit. O•P•I for the Reluctant Dater If You Don’t Know Jacques about relationships we recommend speed dating, where after your mini-date you may need to confess, I’m Really not a Waitress. Once that Elephant Pink has left the room, do the same and return home for a Bubble Bath. He’ll call to invite you on his Private Jet and you may find yourself in Chicago at O’Hare and Nails Look Great! But if the phone doesn’t ring, just call a girlfriend and remember- Who needs a Prince? Most of all -choose the color that best compliments you! Whether foreign to dating or a proud veteran, the spectrum has room for us all. MAY/JUNE 2010 RSVP 17

Get Moving with

the Exercise Doctor:

an interview with AUM’s Michele Olson, PhD, FACSM

By: Amanda Morrison


eeking to get our heart rates on the rise, the impending swimsuit season has us rising from the couch. With renewed vigor and devotion to health, some of us treat fitness like most everything else in our society; instead of a reasonable yearlong approach, we find ourselves binging in the quest for better health- mainly for vanity’s sake. On the contrary, Michele Olson, PhD devotes her life and career to fitness, specializing in exercise physiology research. From the Pacific Northwest, she first came to Montgomery one summer during college as part of the Junior Development Program at the O’Conner Tennis Center. Her talent was quickly noted and upon the offer to attend Huntingdon College on scholarship, she traded her home state of Oregon accented in majestic landscape to accept an educational opportunity accented in southern drawl. Not only did she pick up on the slang, she went on to earn her doctorate from Auburn University. Post graduation, she was chosen by her alma mater and worked as a professor of Human Performance and Kinesiology at Huntingdon for 5 years before moving to her current role at Auburn University Montgomery. As Research Director for the Human Performance Research Lab, she has tested the efficacy on well-known products like the Bender Ball. What makes Michele unique is that she is among a handful of women to earn a doctoral degree in her respected field. Setting herself apart further, she was the first to study Pilates and it’s effectiveness on abdominal conditioning. Compelling results of her specialized research allows her to be considered an expert on abdominal exercise. She is sought after nationally to provide commentary and case studies to research the effectiveness of various abdominal products. Earning the title of Fellow of the American



College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) for Outstanding Service to Research in Exercise Physiology, she serves on the boards of Fitness magazine, Health magazine, and the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science. A feature in last January’s Self magazine awarded her the catchier title of “Dr. Abs” for her expertise on Pilates abdominal exercise. One conversation with Michele and you will know why she is sought after. She is intellectual and personable, which blends nicely to offer a straight forward approach to fitness. With all the fads clouding the direction of consumers, in our search to be healthy, she points us towards simplicity and recalls the lessons of our youth. “Remember the kinds of foods your mother gave you.” Olson reminded of a time when our mothers made sure we had breakfast before leaving for school (where P.E.

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class was not optional). Our day of school usually concluded with a snack at home, followed by some kind of outdoor physical activity before being called to supper. Not so long ago, there was a time when family dinners were standard and the real treat was not dessert, rather earning the reward to go back outside and play a little more before settling in for the evening. This led to an insightful conversation about the state of our society and the health of our state. Just last month, Montgomery was named the most obese city in our nation (based on BMI), so naturally Michele had clear insight on how to combat this statistic. “The best way to change this trend is to start with the children and have safe places for kids to go after school and play. Whether in church gyms or parks, these opportunities need to be low cost and near the neighborhood where kids live”. Olson further advised, “Children need about 2 hours of vigorous activity per day.” Our cultural “biggie-size” shift has largely impacted the health of our nation and the lessons we continue to impart on the next generation. We are a culture who desires more, requiring more money, causing us to work more. Michele laughingly recalls, “When computers first came out, there was the thinking that we would be able to reduce our work week to 4 days”, she continued, “Instead we have used the efficiency of technology to triple the load in the same 5 day work week and, we often work more days.” Reverberating in truth as cell phones, emails and text messages demand our full attention; this 24 hour accessibility finds us spending more time in drive- thrus and less time in the gym. The good news is Dr. Olson offers practical suggestions for maintaining a healthy lifestyle while

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juggling the pressures of today’s society. She does not condemn those who cannot live on a frenchfry-free diet, but reminds that frequency and portion control is the key. “When McDonald’s first opened, they only had one size.” Whether choosing fast food as a result of the decline in our budget, time, or willpower, she encourages us to make smarter choices - like ordering the small fry and regular hamburger. Not only does she point out the positive benefits of exercise towards stress, she offers proof that even those with little time can get into shape. “While one hour of moderate activity is best, if you cannot commit to that, make small goals to exercise 10 minutes at a time. Research supports that the same outcome can be achieved from three 10 minute sessions as 30 consecutive minutes”, she counseled, “And activities like dog walking or playing with your kids count towards that total as well.” Proving her passion further, Michele has choreographed and starred in two fitness DVD’s for those who want a fast work-out with bikini worthy results. The first is titled “The 10 Minute Solution: Kettlebell Ultimate Fat Burner”, which can actually be performed with a regular dumbbell and has 5 mini-workouts that are 10 minutes each. Her latest DVD, “The Fitness Prescription: Perfect Legs, Glutes and Abs”, is comprised of 2 twenty-five minute segments and sequenced to provide fast results. More impressive, she not only starred in this DVD but flexed her business muscle to produce it. It is now available at This was also a fun endeavor for her husband Brian, a marketing professional, who helped develop her product packaging and press kit. So, as the summer heat turns on and our cover ups are off, it’s a sure bet we’ll feel healthier if we just get moving. When looking to turn our “flabs” into abs, THE Exercise Doctor has our prescription. She can be found teaching classes weekly at both Metro Fitness and Montgomery Country Club and online at

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Those of us in the River Region are truly blessed with a great location. As spring and summer beckon us into their warm embrace, we begin to feel the urge to get away and relax. Do you really want to drive for hours and hours, or jump on a plane to find your style of R&R? Well you don’t have to! Our central locale means that within a few hours or less, we have the opportunity to enjoy splashing lakeside, exploring the trail or sunning on the beach. A trifecta of nearby indulgences awaits us, so we asked a few of our writers to share about their favorite spots to retreat.

Break to the Lake Nancy Carlton Bendinger

Lake Martin offers all you could want out of a vacation or weekend getaway, and you can be there within the hour. If you are lucky enough to have your own place on Lake Martin, you are probably thinking that entertaining the masses can be as much work at it is relaxing. However, it is possible to enjoy yourself as host, and offer this experience to your friends, your family, and your family’s friends (and their friends too) with no fuss or muss. Don’t miss out while your guests laugh, swim, sun and munch. Instead, hop in the boat and head to a casual lunch. What seems like a task and a long drive by car becomes a relaxing afternoon and part of the whole lake experience. You will be glad you ventured from Kowaliga over to Blue Creek. Dinner can be made easy when entertaining friends at the lake by calling upon your local wine & butcher shop or an

area personal chef to put together a basket of marinated steaks ready for grilling and prepared side items. You can pick it up as you head out of town for the weekend or run by Catherine’s Market at Russell Crossroads near Kowaliga when you arrive. For those of us who do not already have our own piece of paradise on Lake Martin, we can still plan a getaway to the lake. If you want to just get your feet wet with a day trip, renting a boat for the day is the perfect way to take in all that this picturesque lake has to offer. For those ready to make a weekend of it, check out Vacation Rentals by Owner’s website, It is a great resource wherever your travels may take you. You will find condos, cabins and homes for rent. The more adventurous types may want to pitch a tent at Wind Creek State Park. It’s a great affordable day or weekend option. They have a fishing pier, hiking trails, and playgrounds providing entertainment for all ages. Lake Martin has something for everyone and is just around the corner. It’s so close you can almost call it a stay-cation. Just think: within an hour you will feel that weight lifted as you kick back and watch the sun glisten across the glass-like waters of beautiful Lake Martin.

Trail Away Boredom Mark Anderson

After being asked to write an outdoor article, I immediately dusted off the packs, stoves, and myriad other tools essential for any gadget junkie headed towards the wilderness. Then after realizing the article theme was Reasons to Gather and not Great North American Wilderness Trecks, I re-stowed MAY/JUNE 2010 RSVP 23

the gear and decided to write about two great venues, easily accessible from the River Region by car and with cooler (and without bear repellent). The first is one of the River Region’s true gems, Lanark Plantation. Located in Millbrook and owned by the Alabama Wildlife Federation, Lanark was specifically established to preserve Alabama’s natural heritage. The Plantation contains over 300 hundred acres of prime Alabama forest, crisscrossed by immaculate hiking trails and boardwalks. The trails pass beautiful ponds, and cover upland forests, hardwood bottoms and swamps (via elevated boardwalk). The AWF maintains a world class conservation education center at Lanark, and throughout the year it hosts numerous events and lectures, teaching children and adults the principles of wise-use and stewardship of our wildlife and related natural resources. Being just 10 miles drive from downtown Montgomery makes this a very convenient and enjoyable afternoon trip. Information is available at

Changes in Latitude Jess Margeson

You’re not fooling anyone. Sure, you may be at your desk (seemingly hard at work), but everyone knows that your mind is a million miles away and streaming the best of Jimmy Buffet. So if you are one of many craving cold drinks and warm sand, read on….

Chewacla State park is another excellent venue for either a day hike or an overnight car camping trip. Located in Lee County just off I-85, it is easily accessible for a short trip. Chewacla contains 696 acres of trails, a 26 acre lake, camping areas, newly renovated cabins, and the enjoyable (though manmade) Chewacla Falls. Chewacla provides a bit more serious of a hiking experience with eight separate hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty. It also has a mountain biking trail and a tree identification trail. However, it remains easily accessible for anyone just looking for an afternoon of picnicking and hanging out with friends. Information is available at There is rarely a better time to be outdoors in Alabama than springtime, so get out and enjoy some of these local treasures. 24


Head to Destin, Florida and enjoy The Emerald Grande, a resort in a category all its own. The trendy hotel offers suites (dubbed “vacation residences’’) for both purchase and rental. A typical suite might include three to four bedrooms, as many full baths, a full kitchen, and multiple balconies. Suites are immaculately maintained and feature amenities like stainless appliances, granite counters, and marble showers. Situated in the Harbor Walk Village, this resort offers everything a visitor might need within walking distance: multiple restaurants, spa services, live music and an outdoor movie theater. Perhaps best of all, the resort runs a continuous ferry to an isolated patch of beach reserved for guests. The “strip’’ (as it’s called) greets guests with bold blue lounge chairs and umbrellas, perfect for a

relaxing day on the beach. When you are ready to head back to the hotel, simply ring for the ferry and they will shuttle you back to the mainland. You will have the feel of a private island without the fourteen hour flight! For guests truly desiring to be pampered, the Spa at Emerald Grande is a must. The establishment offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and waxing services. If you aren’t ready to hit the beach when you arrive, you will be after a day of beauty treatments. When you are done, grab a glass of chilled fruit water and slide into one of the leather lounge chairs in the relaxation area, overlooking the water. So, whether you are bringing the whole family or slipping away for a romantic weekend, as Mr. Buffet sings, sometimes we all just need a little change in latitude.

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JAZZ ON THE GRASS Hampstead - April 23, 2010 By Amanda Morrison

What’s better after a long week at work than unwinding with your coworkers, neighbors and friends at a free concert in beautiful Hampstead? On the pristine lawn, concert goers introduced the weekend while listening to the mellow jazz sounds of Coleman Woodson III and crew. Dogs and humans alike were found on the family friendly, picturesque scene where magnificent architecture surrounds. Truly an escape, Hampstead gives the feel of vacation living right off the path from home. Whether delighting in the complimentary cucumber gazpacho, sipping on your choice of vino, or enjoying the basket o’ bacon from Tipping Point, make a point to mark your calendar for entertainment and comraderie at this free event.


MPAC - March 9, 2010 By Mallory Anderson

Being one of my favorite musical productions from childhood, I was screaming “leapin’ lizards!” as I watched the story of the freckle-faced, redheaded orphan come to life on the stage of the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. The musical opened with “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” the melodic portrait of institutional living in Manhattan during the Great Depression. Miss Hannigan, the lonely-little-girl-hater played by Lynn Andrews, had the crowd in stitches with her comically inept attempt to play mom to the adorable group of orphans. The youngest orphan, Molly, captivated my attention with her triple threat talent and confidence on the stage. However, our favorite orphan, Annie, stole the show with her big voice in her hopeful songs, “Tomorrow” and “Maybe.” Billionaire Daddy Warbucks swept our hearts with his strong-willed attempt to find Annie’s missing parents, along with the help of President Roosevelt and the entire United States military forces. Despite the efforts of con artists Rooster and Lily, in the end, Annie is right where she needs to be. I can truly say that I was “fully dressed” with a smile throughout the entire performance.

OneRepublic with the Rocket Summer Band Union Station Train Shed -March 13, 2010 By: Katherine Mallini

Montgomerians had the opportunity to “Stop and Stare” at one of the most current bands on the 2010 tour scene. OneRepublic, lead by singersongwriter Ryan Tedder, delivered a performance fit with “All The Right Moves”. With the Train Shed packed by a few hundred, Tedder and company brought together the likes of rock, pop, classical, and symphonic tunes all rolled into one. The group performed hits from their 2007 album, Dreaming Out Loud and their 2009 album, Waking Up. To further entertain the crowd, Tedder shared personal stories of his childhood days playing football and his most recent experience with flying. (note to travelers, he is convinced that commercial planes barrel role) OneRepublic came to life thanks to the popular site MySpace and like Toyota; they haven’t tapped the brakes yet! This current tour is scheduled to take them all over Europe then back to the US. That busy schedule must be the reason for referencing Birmingham while playing in our Capital City, but finding humor as he misspoke and inspired by his performance, concertgoers were quick to forgive. Unlike the lyrics of their hit song, it’s never too late to “Apologize”, and the night was memorable leaving behind dedicated Montgomery fans eager for more.




Riverwalk Amphitheater - April 16, 2010 By Jamie “JT” Thompson (Mix 103)

As Montgomery continues to grow, so does the caliber of talent the city is able to persuade to perform at our venues. Colbie Caillat brought her tour to Montgomery’s Riverwalk Ampitheater on a friday night in April for her first ever stop in Alabama.   Fans packed the outdoor venue on an evening perfect for music under the stars - and Colbie did not let them down.  The songwriter and guitarist,, who got her start in 2006 by uploading her tunes on MySpace, thrilled the audience with her hits like “Realize”, “Bubbly” & her latest “Fallin’ For You”(a current hit on Mix 103). Colbie grew up in California and Hawaii where the laidback lifestyle is reflected in her music.   Her debut album “CoCo” is almost double platinum status and her hit single “Bubbly” spent 14 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 40 charts!  If there was any disapointment, perhaps it was the lengthy downtime between the opening act (who did a fantastic job with just an acoustic guitar) and Colbie’s entrance - but she was definitely worth the wait!    Her new CD “Breakthrough” was released in August and is already rocking the charts.   Thanks Colbie for a great night of entertainment along Montgomery’s Riverfront!

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By Blue Sullivan Another birthday approaches (May 3rd, for those keeping score at home) despite my protests, as I am close to achieving seniority here at this beloved glossy record of all things fun and cool in the River Region. As always, gifts are by no means mandatory (though highly encouraged), but attendance of the little cultural party known as Triple-L is essential. See below for this month’s very best in sights, sounds, places, and sites, and if you see me out, thanks can be expressed in hearty handshakes and/or vodka-n-Red Bull. Enjoy!

LOOK: [rec], Film, Horror Props to my west coast sibling for recommending this ingenious little Spanish horror film. Remade in the US as “Quarantine” (avoid the remake at all costs), this scary little small-budget movie centers around a late-night TV reporter going on a seemingly-innocuous assignment at a firefighters’ station. Yet when they receive a call at a Barcelona apartment building, they find themselves in the midst of a full-blown epidemic of a virus which turns its’ victims into vicious, bloodthirsty zombies. Although the plot is a tried and true one, the jittery, “you are there”-style handheld camera gives the film a terrifying immediacy that is rarely found in modern horror. Watch it on DVD in the dark, and get ready to cover your eyes.

SURF: The Hype Machine For those with adventurous musical tastes who aren’t happy unless they’re up on the latest cool bands (your humble columnist, for instance), there is no better resource than this website. The site’s motto expresses it succinctly: “Every day, thousands of people around the world write about music they love — and it all ends up here.” The Hype Machine is an invaluable resource which collects links to music blogs all over the world, especially those that provide listening posts or video links, and then provides them for your perusal. Perhaps even more useful is the “Search” function, which allows user to search for a favorite band or song, then links to a place where one can check it out. As essential as Pandora in its own way, the Hype Machine is a bookmark you will find yourself visiting over and over.

LISTEN: Massive Attack – “Paradise Circus” The best track from Massive Attack’s new album, “Heligoland,” is a track made for the bedroom. With its soothingly kinetic beats, hazily orchestral sounds, and a sensuous vocal track by Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star, “Paradise Circus” is premiere listening for either peaceful slumber or young lovers who aren’t quite ready to go to sleep yet. For an album’s worth of similarly useful sounds, pick up a copy of the new album, or even better, the band’s album “Mezzanine” (featured in a former column).



COMFORT FOOD, CLASSIC CHARM. Oak Tavern offers a unique menu filled with options that are sure to whet any appetite. This restaurant, located at the Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill, provides comfortable elegance and a cozy ambiance perfect for almost any occasion. Stop in for Sunday brunch and for $19.95 sample an array of options that will please the whole family. Oak Tavern also offers live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Remember, guests who are in the military always receive a 25% discount at Oak Tavern. For information or to make resevations, call 334.290.2124. Also be sure to check us out on Facebook at oaktavernrestaurant.

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By Amanda McCoy

From shopping to status changing to showing you what your future baby might look like, the iPhone seems to be able to do everything short of brain surgery. With more than 10,000 apps available, there appears to be one for well, just about anything. RSVP takes a look at the coolest iPhone apps of 2010. 1.) Viper Smart Start This app can rev your car up for you from a distance. Perfect for days when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a rush. 2.) Hello Vino For the wannabe wine connoisseur. Not only does this app help you decide what wine to pair with your shrimp tortellini, but it will also give you wine ratings and reviews. 3.) Can I Drive Yet Think you might have had one too many apple martinis? This app calculates if you are able to operate your vehicle based on national blood alcohol standards. 4.) Near+Now When in an unknown city, none of us want to look like tourists. So instead of asking a stranger, this app will tell you the most entertaining and hippest places near you based on your GPS location. 5. ) Yowza Want to save a few dollars? This app searches out coupons from stores within 15 miles of your current location. No need to print the results â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the clerk can scan the bar code from your phone.



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KEON ADDISON “Expect the unexpected” is the motto of 5th grade teacher Keon Addison. Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Keon moved to Montgomery 19 years ago to pursue a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Auburn University Montgomery. He then began teaching at Wares Ferry Elementary School, where his profession has continued to excite and challenge him every day for eight years. When he’s not in the classroom, Keon is still dedicating his time to children. As a certified personal trainer, he is a launching a fitness program for kids called “Unleashed Potential”. The program is a proactive approach to the state’s increasing child obesity rate. Keon’s goal is to encourage kids to make healthier diet and exercise choices. “It’s time to make a change, and it doesn’t start with the adults - but with kids.” “Unleashed Potential” is scheduled to launch in June. In addition to being a positive influence in the lives of children, the self-proclaimed bachelor enjoys playing guitar, exercising, singing and expanding his culinary skills.

KAIT PARKER Weather wonder woman Kait Parker didn’t exactly fool around during college. Before giving Montgomery its morning and afternoon weather reports, the WAKA, CBS 8 Morning Meteorologist served as a peer advisor, student teacher and an intern at one of the top newscasts in the nation in Dallas, Texas. The University of Missouri graduate also serves as a liaison for CBS as a community events coordinator and loves getting involved in the community. Kait is proud to be able to help secure the safety of the public during harsh weather conditions, and to further public education on weather phenomena by visiting schools and organizations to provide information on severe weather and safety precautions.“If I can be responsible for providing the accurate and timely information to help save one person’s life, then my entire body of work will have been well worth it.” The self-proclaimed science nerd spends her down time volunteering with the Montgomery Humane Society, hanging out with her adopted dog, Brewski, and traveling.



RYAN JOHN SNELL While most 13-year-old boys focus their time on J.V. sports and cheerleaders, Ryan John Snell, founder of Ryan John Ministries, began his career at this formative age. He traveled with his church part time to speak at events and rallies until becoming a licensed minister at 18. Ryan continues to travel today with his non-profit ministry to inspire and reach out to students, but he also does a little more than speaking. Along with friends Mark Kirkland and Andrew Mohney, Ryan founded the Ryan John band and they just released a new album entitled Beautiful Scars. With an album just released, the band has been featured on several radio stations, including local station 101.5 The River. Ryan is not only a guitarist and minister, but also a young entrepreneur as well, serving as part owner of Kirkland’s Lawn Care, which provides landscaping throughout the River Region. Inspired to succeed by his dad’s upstanding character, Ryan says he is living out his dream every single day. “Every day I get to do what I love and see lives changed at the same time.” Ryan is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Liberty University. We would like to congratulate Ryan on his recent engagement to Sarah Gilchrist.

RACHEL TEARS For Rachel Tears, fighting animal euthanasia isn’t just her vocation, it’s her passion. After receiving four degrees from Auburn University, including a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organization Psychology in 2002 and working as a senior consultant for business leaders, Rachel founded the state’s first high volume, highquality, affordable spay and neuter clinic in 2007. Even though she enjoyed her work as a consultant, this animal advocate knew she was meant to make a significant impact on the lives of animals. Her goal is to severely reduce the extremely high number of animals that are euthanized in the River Region, and she has been doing so since the clinic’s opening in October 2007. Not only has she dedicated her professional life to animals, she shares her personal life with 10 rescued dogs. Rachel is currently a board member of Spay Alabama and the Alabama Humane Federation and a member of the Montgomery Junior League. Her husband Steven and two daughters, Lily and Violet, inspire her to be great every day.


HADRYAN VAUGHN While many of us may take wearing flip flops or going for a walk for granted, Hadryan Vaughn, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, increases opportunities for those that can’t. After receiving his D.P. M . degree  from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. and gaining specialized training in foot  surgery  from within the  Temple University Health System and Thomas Jefferson University Health System, Hadryan opened his own practice in Montgomery to dedicate his life to improving the look and function of feet.  His office, Vaughn Podiatry Center, opened 11 years ago and is thriving with up to date treatments and surgeries that improve the quality of life of his patients.  Hadryan attributes his success to the influence of his parents and the support of the Montgomery community.  When the busy doctor is not in his lab coat, he enjoys spending his free time with his wife LaShondra and their two children, Harrison and Carly.  Besides being a doctor, husband and father, Hadryan is also a fisherman, aspiring chef, and shoe and sports car fanatic.

SUMMER PATTERSON For Senior Art Director of Matrix, LLC, Summer Patterson has a passion for the arts which found its roots in a basic art class in the 7th grade. The graphic designer and photographer continued her studies at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. During college, Summer was the photo editor of her campus paper, Zapp photographer for local college events, and was never caught without her camera. Upon moving to Montgomery, she worked for Community Communications Inc. and Reid/O’Donahue Advertising Inc. before taking her place at Matrix, LLC. Although her profession can be a bit stressful with its strict deadlines, Summer loves the excitement and creativity of it. Whether she’s in her office, hanging out at home with her husband, Thomas and three dogs, or relaxing on the beach, Summer can do her job anywhere as long as she has her laptop, camera and internet access. When she’s not taking pictures and designing layouts, Summer enjoys volunteer work, gardening and grilling out. She is also a member of the Junior League of Montgomery, Public Relations Council of Alabama, Mystic Society, independent sales consultant for Mary Kay, and last but not least, graphic designer for RSVP Montgomery!



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LEANNE THOMPSON Like many successful professionals, it took Mix 103 More Music Morning Show co-host Leanne Thompson a few different jobs and states before finding her calling. A native of Pensacola, Florida, Leanne’s resume includes positions in New Orleans and Dallas and five years in the U.S. Navy before taking her place in Montgomery as a charming cohost. Although a great deal of the River Region listens to her on their drive to work, Leanne is not one who has always craved attention. “Believe it or not, I was petrified to speak in front of people - let someone else have the spotlight.” With the help of fellow host and husband JT, Leanne was able to overcome this fear. After a lot of moving, the scrapbook lover finally feels at home in the community, along with her family – which includes three girls (Kimberlee, Ashlee and Rebecca Lynn), three dogs, and one “potty trained” cat. Leanne is also an active member in various charities, including the Children’s Miracle Network, Joy to Life and the Walk and Wag, along with what she says is her greatest achievement of all: being a mother.

CRAIG VINSON Whether it be with a new curio, couch or cupboard, Craig Vinson, Jr., owner of Granville Home Furnishings, and his talented team strive to bring life into the homes and businesses of the River Region. Craig’s story began with a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Finance from the University of Alabama, followed by a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Auburn University Montgomery. Craig and his wife Suzanne bought the furniture store in 2008 after he spent 11 years with Starke Agency, Inc. Granville offers premium indoor and outdoor furniture and accessories for the home, along with office furniture to add personality to local businesses. To be successful in their work, Craig and the Granville team simply work to discover each client’s unique style and then find the right home furnishings to match their visions. Craig also serves on the board of the Alabama Retail Workers’ Compensation Fund, the Paseo Movement, and Camp Chandler. At home, Craig and his wife Suzanne are raising three children – Anna, Adele and Trey.


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QUINTON ROSS Alabama State Senator Quinton T. Ross, Jr. fights for public education on a daily basis. The former principal of Booker T. Washington Magnet High School has anything, but a boring background. Before holding his current titles as Director of Adult Education at H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College and State Senator, the honorable public servant was a statewide field representative for the Alabama Democratic Party. He served on the State Advisory Committee for President Barack Obama. Senator Ross began his career with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science before earning his Master’s degree in Education from Alabama State University. He is currently working on his ED.D in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law from Alabama State University. In an effort to inspire a hunger for knowledge among the community’s students, Ross serves as a motivational speaker and mentor for aspiring educators and public servants. Reared in Pontiac Michigan, the Mobile, Alabama native has been recognized as a rising star in politics and education. He has been given many awards to his honor. Senator Ross has made it his mission to motivating young minds to “Grasp the Light of Knowledge through Diversity”. His most notable accomplishment is being a husband and proud father of two sons.

AMY STRICKLAND Audiologist Amy Botts Strickland has the unique opportunity to ensure the best possible care for the most precious and vulnerable of patients, newborn babies. As the Newborn Hearing Screening Coordinator for the state of Alabama in the Alabama Department of Health, Amy has dedicated her professional life to increasing the opportunity for newborns to have a high quality of life. Though she no longer treats patients, her recommendations and referrals are vital to guaranteeing newborns proper medical attention for threatening genetic diseases. Before acquiring her position, Amy achieved the highest levels of education and training in her field. After receiving a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Auburn University, she completed an internship in Atlanta before receiving her clinical doctorate from Salus University. The mother of two is also passionate about volunteer work and is a member of The Junior League of Montgomery and Leadership Montgomery. She strives to be an excellent model of character to her children, Daniel and Lucy. “If I want Montgomery to be a place where my children can thrive; it starts with me to make it happen.”  



MICHELLE WATSON With a dedication to impeccable customer service, Michelle Watson has taken the position of 311 Customer Service Supervisor for the city’s new 311 Access Montgomery call center, a resource where citizens can seek information regarding anything from weather inquiries to directions. After growing up in Atlanta, Michelle moved to Montgomery after attending Morris Brown College. She began her career in the state’s capital with the City of Montgomery Food & Catering Service. Working with talented people and delectable food wasn’t the only perk of the job, as it was here that she further realized her passion for assisting and serving customers. Michelle strives to make day to day life a little easier for the citizens of Montgomery and believes that having the ability to help others increases her satisfaction with not only her profession, but her personal life as well. Michelle loves the southern hospitality of Montgomery and is excited to be a part of the city’s expansion. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her niece and nephew, TaShianna and Anthony.

BILL RAYMON, CFP(r) From the mountains to the river, University of Colorado graduate Bill Raymon came back down to sea level to help Montgomery citizens prepare for retirement. After receiving a degree in business Bill left Boulder, Colorado to begin his financial planning career in 1997 with A.G. Edwards and Sons, which eventually became Wells Fargo Advisors. With a concentration on retirement planning, Bill’s days are spent helping clients prepare for a secure and steady future by anticipating possible financial needs. It’s not just talk of finances and 401K for the proud father of two, however. The Certified Financial Planner slips out of his tie at night to play drums with his band, The Signals. The band is a group of four friends that have been together since high school, and play an eclectic selection of songs from bands such as the Grateful Dead, REM, and Bob Dylan. Fans of great local music can catch the band at select dates in town, and they can be seen at Crockmier’s this July.

A Hug from Taylor Swift On April 26, pop and country music superstar Taylor Swift stopped in Auburn to play a surprise concert for more than 350 of her closest fans at The Hotel at Auburn University. The venue’s intimate setting gave fans access to an up close and personal performance. Auburn University students Michael Wekall and Ryan Leander had been working on an audacious plan for months to hug the country music star. Their quest began in January with a YouTube video announcing their quest to “do something big.” The plan exploded into a media network of Facebook and Twitter posts and Web sites, following the video dialog between the AU students and Swift. The concert came together after the pair received the last set of instructions from Swift: to gather as many people as they could for a karaoke sing-along.

Eve’s Studio This quaint, little green house off Mulberry will not only leave you with your hair and nails looking fabulous, but also great gifts as well! Eve’s Studio carries a variety of gifts ranging from hair accessories, jewelry, purses, and great items from ‘The Shelley Kyle Collection’ (as featured in photo).  This product line ranges from lotions, candles, perfumes, soaps, and body powder.  With prices under $50, these gifts are great for any birthday, holiday, and perfect for Mother’s Day.  All of the fragrances smell wonderful, so go and get pampered at your one stop shop for making yourself both look and smell beautiful!

Cake O’ Licious Move over cupcake! This is the newest fun party favor to send guests home with after any event, or just enjoy it yourself!  At just 80 calories each, the cake pop is presented on a stick and may be personalized according to any theme or color you like.  With an assortment of eight delicious flavors dipped in a confection of chocolate, you are sure to find your favorite.  So add these fun desserts to your list of must haves for your next summer cookout or party!  Check out their website for more information at www. 

Venice Gelato

It is getting hot outside and so are the cravings for Venice Gelato’s hand-scooped gelato and sorbetti. Located in Wetumpka, this ‘sweet’ shop is full of the best flavors of gelato.  Whether you are a basic chocolate or vanilla fan or want something a little more exotic, Venice Gelato has any flavor your heart desires.  From butterfinger, cookies and cream, to blackberry cheesecake and strawberry lemonade, this is your one stop shop to beat the heat.  They now also serve Gourmet and Custom Gelato Cakes and Cookie Sandwiches which are great for birthday parties!  Their newest addition is the catering menu.  They will not only cater food for any event but also can bring a cart of the gelato and offer multiple flavors hand served.  This is great for any event!

La Fete Escapes to Paradise

Cool breezes, great music, and a picture-perfect sunset welcomed guests to the Garrett Coliseum recently for the 51st annual La Fete ball. The women’s mystic society celebrated at this year’s event with the theme “La Fete Escapes to Paradise.” More than 120 active members of the group, along with 60 honorary members and Past Queens were “on-board” to carry out the group’s theme throughout the night. The entryway to the ball was a bridge with oversized torches, which led to the hallway where guests picked up a cool margarita from twin tiki bars. A beach scene at the entrance to the ball included pictures taken of La Fete members in their own “paradise.” The theme was carried out throughout the Coliseum with grand decorations and realistic scenery including fabulous cabanas, tiki torches and bamboo curtains.  The bar areas were covered with tiki huts embellished with tropical themed white lights, and throughout the venue, there were plenty of pineapples, beach balls, and flamingos that added to the ambiance. Dance routines performed by the members were all examples of locations that the Queen and La Fete members considered to be “paradise”the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the lake, and the beach. Guests danced until the wee hours to the sounds of the band 4 Barrel Funk from Mobile, Alabama. Tunes included Motown favorites to hits from the 80’s, with revelers singing along to the familiar music.  


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Jonalan Wright By Blue by Sullivan Davis Nix and Rob Aldridge are two musicians whose talents perfectly compliment each other. Both are bright, talented, brimming with creativity, and having a shared love of American music and its rich history—rock, country, folk, and soul.  Meeting at a music festival in Tennessee, the two quickly formed a bond that would pay off in their current fruitful musical partnership, which began nearly a year ago and now finds them playing fiery live dates throughout the River Region and recording both an EP and what Rob calls a “mini documentary.”  RSVP sat down with these two local favorites to talk about what brought them together, their own personal journeys and influences, and what’s next for Davis & Rob: RSVP: How did you guys meet? Davis: I met Rob at a music festival in Sewanee, TN called Sewaneroo. I was playing an acoustic show right before his slot. We each got 30 min. I was playing with a guy named Sam Lewis, who is a talented singersongwriter and who also grew up playing with Rob. Sam introduced me to Rob while hanging out in the artists’ tent. Ended up combining our sets together. That was the first time we jammed.  Played one hell of a show if my memory serves me right. Rob is the true musician in the duo. I stick to more of the managing side and keep things consistent. 46


RSVP: What about your individual journeys? How did you each become musicians?

Davis: I grew up with a father and a mother who always played music in the house. Mom was a piano player, and Dad was an old school picker. He actually released a couple vinyls back in the 70’s and 80’s. He taught my brother and I our first chord progression. I believe it was “Love Can Build A Bridge.” Meanwhile, mom was taking us to piano lessons that i just dreaded going to. Rob: I grew up listening to my dad’s CD collection, everything from Billy Joel, the Allman Brothers, the Beach Boys to Marvin Gaye, the Commodores and Al Green. Dad also played guitar, so one day I just picked it up.  At about 13, I started learning really fast, found I had a knack for figuring out songs by ear, really enjoyed writing songs, was gigging by 14 and been trying to make a living out of it ever since.

RSVP: What musicians that you listen to have most influenced your own work? Davis: Grew up listening to a wide range of music in my dad’s car from The Allman Brothers to Clint Black. I have always enjoyed the “chicken pickin’” country licks growing up along with the solid southern rock licks that the Allman Bros would kick out. But I would have to say my favorites would be Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, and you could add some Phish in there. But mainly Dylan and Adams. Can’t listen to them enough. Rob: I’ve tried to answer this question so many times and always find myself giving different answers...honestly I try and take something useful from everything I listen to in order to develop my own songwriting, so I guess you could say everything I listen to is potentially inspirational.

RSVP: Who are you listening to right now? What’s on your iPod? Davis: I am currently listening to The Wood Brothers - Ways Not To Lose. Solid album. Also keep Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan and Cold Roses Ryan Adams a click away. Rob: Me and ole “swoop” Nix are usually listening to the same or similar music.  Ryan Adams definitely gets a lot of play time right now.  I’m also enjoying any music with really dirty electric guitars in it at the moment, but I get bored with any one genre pretty quick… I don’t have an iPod…I’m a pretty low-tech guy, hate computers....but I love CDs and records.  I want something to hold!  I wanna read lyrics and look at album art, but at the moment I’m listening to the Dexateens, Pearl Jam, the Avett brothers, and Jakob Dylan.

RSVP: What artists outside of music influence you? Davis: Tarantino is a badass. Some Cohen Brothers as well. Rob: [Calvin & Hobbes creator] Bill Watterson.

RSVP: Tell us about how you write songs… Davis: Rob you answer this. I don’t write, i compliment. Rob: Sometimes the music comes first, sometimes the lyrics come first. Sometimes I write a lot, sometimes I can’t write for months...I don’t get it, but I love it.

I guess you could call it that. Rob: Everything is always in the works. [laughs]

RSVP: How does performing live change what you do? Davis: I love playing live and being a part of the entertainment. We have a good chemistry going and have grown as musicians over the year we have been playing with each other. It opens up to some fun jams. We have surprised ourselves with certain jams a good bit.  Always refreshing. Rob: Well right now playing live almost completely consumes my time, so lately it’s hard not to write highway songs.

RSVP: What are your favorite live experiences? Davis: My favorite live experience would be at Alley Bar. We play there roughly once a week. There have been a couple times that we just killed it and completely rocked out. Good times. Rob: There honestly isn’t one specific show that I could call the best, but sometimes everything just flows right.  You’re feeling it, then the crowd feels it, then it transfers back to you and multiplies how you feel it, then back to the crowd again and everything keeps building…it makes you just wanna jump out of your skin to create a moment like really the fact that can happen at any given show keeps my job pretty exciting. I’ll never stop chasing those moments.

RSVP: What’s in the works for you guys?

OasisMontLivinghalf:Layout 1 as 4/21/10 2:03 PM Page 1 Davis: Currently recording an EP as well a mini documentary.


when? what? where? MAY Now – May 22 – ASF presents: All’s Well That Ends Well Times Vary. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Helena is smart, brave, talented...and in love with a man who’s just not that into her. But she’s willing to do whatever it takes to win his heart - be it risk the wrath of a king, cross battle lines or fake her own death. Because after all, all’s well that ends well. 334.271.5353 May 3 – 4 – Jewelry Sale 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Holiday Inn, Prattville. Come shop for a great cause benefiting the Montgomery Cancer Wellness Foundation. 334.273.2279 May 3 - First Monday at Next Door 6:00 - 8:30 P.M. Next Door in the Peppertree Shopping Center, 8147 Vaughn Road. Enjoy great food, drinks and music with Ziggy. 334.244.0960 May 5 – Cinco de Mayo en Barra del Callejón (AlleyBAR) 4:00 P.M. - midnight. AlleyBAR, 166 Commerce Street. Atencion caballeros y senoritas ! Almost 150 years after the Battle of Puebla another war is brewing. On this date in 2010 the citizens of Montgomery will rise up against an army of Mexican beers in a fight to the finish. Join us as we slay every Corona, Dos Equi, Tecate, Sol and Modela in the bar.....$1 at a time. $1 also buys a frozen Margarita or a Tequila shot! And YES!...there will be a Piñata. 334.387.3333

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May 5 – 2nd Annual “No Green Card Required”… Gringo... Cinco de Mayo Party

3:00 P.M. Rock Bottom American Pub, 2430 Eastern Blvd. Buckets of Corona, Dos Equis, Corona Light (4) $13 / $3.25 each. Dinner specials include: $2 beef tacos & nachos / $4 beef burritos & chicken quesadillas. Charlie C and the Cuzamatics live on stage at 8:00 P.M. 334.239.7625 May 5 – 10th Annual Cinco de Mayo at Jalapenos 5:00 P.M. – until. Jalapenos, 8157 Vaughn Road. Largest party in town! MIXX 103.3 will be on location doing a live remote, DJ OZ will be spinning tunes, and the local sensation 2-DAZE GONE will be performing live! Food and drink specials all night! Disney characters for the little ones will be walking around. 334.277.2840 May 5 – Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration 5:00 – 10:00 P.M. Eastside Grille, 6667 Atlanta Highway. Join us for our annual Cinco De Mayo Celebration Live music, $4 Cuervo Margaritas, $2.50 Coronas, $1.50 Drafts, $3 Cuervo shots! 334.274.1200

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when? what? where? May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Alley Station. The Montgomery, Autauga, and Elmore Medical Alliance is hosting this fiesta to benefit One Place Family Justice Center. Ticket purchases will help furnish the medical exam room for the center. $100 ticket admits two to enjoy food, beverages, live music and festivities. May 6 – Minority Business Development Networking Mixer

5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Union Station, 300 Waters Street. Minority and women-owned businesses! Come to the historic Union Station and network with your peers, share ideas, contacts and experience - in an after-work social setting. Chamber Members: FREE, Non-Members: $10. May 6 – Taste of The Gardens 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Southern Homes and Gardens on Vaughn Road. The 4th annual Taste of The Gardens benefiting the American Red Cross. Enjoy an evening of shopping and tasting gourmet delicacies with local flavors. Guests will enjoy discounted items at Southern Homes and Gardens and the opportunity to bid on fabulous silent auction items, including ornamental, garden butterflies decorated by area artists. 334.360.4017 May 6 - Ballet, Barbeque, and Boots 6:00 – 9:00 P.M. A fundraiser for the Montgomery Ballet Company and School, will be held at the Cantina de los Cielos on the Bartlett Ranch in Pike Road. The cost is $50 per person to benefit the Montgomery Ballet. 334.409.0522

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May 6 – Girls Night Out 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. hue studio, 8155 Vaughn Road in the Peppertree Shopping Center. Join Cinda the designer of Cinda B and receive 15% off, while enjoying cocktails and treats. 334.239.8884 May 7 – 8 – Widespread Panic 7:00 P.M. The Wharf Amphitheater, Orange Beach. Since their inception in Athens, GA in 1986, Widespread Panic has risen to elite status among American jam bands. 251.224.1020 May 8 – Spring Fashion Fling 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. The Shoppes at EastChase. EastChase has partnered with RSVP Montgomery to bring you an afternoon of live music from blues artist, Henry Pugh, and guitarists, Davis Nix and Rob Aldridge, “freeze” modeling, wine tastings at Bonefish, La Jolla, and a meet the artists wine tasting at Gallery East. There will also be many great activities for the kids such as face painting, characters and balloons. Come enjoy the spring air and fashionable fun! 334.279.6046

when? what? where? May 8 – Herb Day 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Old Alabama Town. Just in “thyme” for Mother’s Day, the Old Alabama Town Herb Society presents Herb Day. There will be music, children’s activities and educational lectures on identifying, growing and using herbs. An open-air market featuring garden wares and a Master Gardner’s plant sale is a perfect place to pick up Mother’s Day gifts. Admission is free. 334.240.4500 May 8 – Mother’s Day Gift Making Class 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Capital City Club. Have someone bring your child to the Club and let the staff help them make a sentimental gift for mom for Mother’s Day! Call today to make your reservation. Members and Guests of Members only. 334.834.8920 May 8 – MayFest at the Montgomery Zoo 2010 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. 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. 334.240.4900 May 9 – 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. 334.240.4900 May 9 – Mother’s Day Brunch 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Capital City Club. Make this Mother’s Day an event you and your family will remember forever! Seating will be limited, so make reservations early. Members and Guests of Members only. 334.834.8920 May 12 – MACC 60 Minute Coffee 8:00 A.M. Harriott II Riverboat. The City of Montgomery Riverfront Facilities is sponsoring this chamber event. May 12 – Tales for Tots 10:30 – 11:00 A.M. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. This free program for young children and their families connects storybook illustrations to art in the Museum’s galleries. Admission is free. 334.240.4333 May 12 – 16 – Regions Charity Classic Times Vary. Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge. Come witness some of the greatest Golf Champions Tour players at the Regions Charity Classic as they strive to make birdies for charity. May 14 – The National Employee Health & Fitness Day Walk 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. State Capitol Building. Different health and fitness vendors and awesome door prizes.


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when? what? where? May 14 – Friends of Children’s Harbor Silent & Live Auction 6:30 – 9:00 P.M. Willow Point Golf and Country Club, Lake Martin. Come out for a night of great food and fellowship, with a silent and live auction benefiting Children’s Harbor. $75 per person or reserve a table for 8 for $1000. Contact Ellen Philips at 334.857.2037 or visit May 14 – Southern Voice Tour: Tim McGraw with

Lady Antebellum and Love & Theft

7:00 P.M. Verizon Wireless Music Center.


May 14 – 16 – 2010 Coosa River Whitewater Festival Times Vary. Coosa Outdoor Center, Wetumpka. Practice release is Friday, Canoe and Kayak Competition begins on Saturday, and Fun Float on Sunday. $30 fee includes t-shirt, camping, Saturday night party, and a personal shuttle to the river. 334.201.5510 contact-us/ May 14 – 16 – The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival 12:00 – 11:00 P.M. The Hangout and nearby Gulf Shores Public Beach, 101 East Beach Blvd. More than 60 bands to be announced performing on four stages. Some of the partial lineup includes: Zac Brown Band, John Legend, The Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule, Alison Krauss and Union Station, and much more.

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May 15 – 5th Annual Wheelin’ & Healin’ Bike Ride 7:30 A.M. The Waters, Pike Road. Registration includes a commemorative T-shirt, Support-and-Gear vehicles provided by Chain Reaction, pre-ride beverages, two fully stocked rest stops, and the Post-Ride Party featuring live music, free drinks, and food. Benefits go to support Kid One in providing transportation to medical care for children and expectant mothers throughout the River Region. cycling/pike-road-al/wheelin-and-healin-2010 May 15 – Red Cross Run for The Armed Forces 7:30 A.M. Runners and walkers alike lace up their shoes for a 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run on National Armed Forces Day. 334.260.4017 May 15 – 2nd Annual Elmore Antique Tractor Show 5K 8:30 A.M. 301 Politic Road, Wetumpka. All pre-registered racers are guaranteed a t-shirt and racers can enjoy the Antique Tractor Show and Pull activities after the race. Pre registration is $15 and Race Day Registration is $20. May 15 – Alabama Antique Tractor Show and Pull 10:00 A.M. 301 Politic Road, Wetumpka. This is the largest fund raiser of the year for the Elmore Volunteer Fire Department. Attractions will include antique tractor displays, a tractor pull, a pedal tractor kid’s race, and many other events as well as good food and vendors with a BBQ Cook-Off. 334.514.5988



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May 15 – Dino Dig at the Montgomery Zoo 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. The City of 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

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May 15 – Friends of Children’s Harbor Ridge Home Tour 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Come tour 4 beautiful Lake Martin Homes at The Ridge on Lake Martin. The Ridge Club will serve as the hospitality center for the tour where tour maps and Children’s Harbor logo items will be available. Advanced tickets are $25 and day of are $30. 334.857.2037

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May 15 - Zumbatomic Class 11:00 A.M. Maya’s Belly Dancing, 136 Mendel Parkway. A Zumba class for kids ages 6 to 12! $5. 334.356.6552 May 15 – Chef’s Culinary Demonstration 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Capital City Club. Come see what Chef Michael will prepare and discuss this time! The best part about this event is you get to eat what he prepares! Members and Guests of Members only. 334.834.8920 May 15 – Christian Singles Mingle 6:00 – 10:00 P.M. State Farmers Market Pavilion. Come mix and mingle with River Region singles and a DJ will be providing entertainment. Soft drinks and light snacks provided. $5 in advance and $10 at the door. 334.313.3857 May 16 - Crawfish Boil at AlleyBAR  2:00 – 6:00 P.M. AlleyBAR, 166 Commerce Street. Come out and take part in AlleyBAR’s first annual Crawfish Boil.  Our favorite Louisiana Boys, Hip Boot Joe, will be performing.  334.387.3333

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May 18 - 21 – TKAM 2010: To Kill a Mockingbird – Awakening America’s Conscience

Stonehenge Art Gallery. The Alabama Humanities foundation celebrates 50 years of To Kill a Mockingbird with a series of statewide events including this art show. May 20 – Business Expo and After Hours 1:00 – 8:00 P.M. Seminars between 1:00 - 3:45 and Expo is 4:00 - 8:00. The Renaissance Hotel and Spa is sponsoring this chamber event. May 21 – Swinging Fore Seniors 2010 Golf Classic 7:00 A.M. Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill – Senator Course. Prattville, Alabama. Gather your friends for a four man team scramble for a great cause benefiting the Montgomery Area Council On Aging. Sponsored by The Campbell Group of Morgan Stanley. Individual fees $100 and Sponsor fees $600. 334.263.0532

when? what? where? May 21 – Dancing for Exercise – Ladies Lunch & Seminar 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Capital City Club. Come listen to one of your local dance instructors speak about how simple dance moves can help you shape, tone and lose weight! Members and Guests of Members only. 334.834.8920 May 22 – Canoe Trail Fun Run 9:00 A.M. Spend some time with your family and friends on Prattville’s Autauga Creek canoe trail for a day of racing fun. Participants must provide their own equipment and register to participate. 334.361.3640 May 22 – Front Porch Fair 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Old Alabama Town has partnered with Jubilee CityFest to present a day of old fashioned family fun. Join in for bluegrass music, storytelling, and craft demonstrations by blacksmiths, woodcarvers, potters, chair caners, spinners and weavers, and much more! Children’s activities will include a presentation by The Montgomery Zoo featuring native animals, a puppet show by Paw-Paw Cotton Tales, sack races, butter making, arts and crafts, and other games and activities. Admission is $5. 334.240.4500 May 22 – Toy Story Character Dinner 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Jalapenos, 8157 Vaughn Road in Peppertree Shopping Center. Eat dinner among popular Toy Story characters, a huge hit with kids and adults alike. 334.277.2840 May 22 – Jubilee BrewFest 6:00 – 10:00 P.M. Union Station Train Shed. Patrons will sample some of the world’s most unique beers, local restaurant cuisine and great music. Tickets are $25 for beer tasting and $35 for beer and food tastings. May 22 – 29 – Jubilee CityFest This year Jubilee CityFest will spread over two weeks and weekends. Check the online calendar for dates and times of concerts and other new and exciting events such as BrewFest, Fishin’ Chix and much more! May 23 – Attack on Swayback Mountain Bike Race 7:00 A.M. Swayback Bridge Trail, Wetumpka. May 25 – A Health Forum Designed for Small Businesses 8:30 – 9:30 A.M. & 5:00 P.M. Staybridge Suites at Eastchase. Breck Honea and Kevin Brock will be hosting a seminar on health insurance at the Staybridge Suites. 334.272.8423 or 334.277.2317 May 25 – Big Mo of Biscuits at Family Spaghetti Night 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Capital City Club. Biscuits Baseball season is well under way and what better way to get you excited about this season than Big Mo! A sales rep will be there selling tickets, and group events. Members and Guests of Members only. 334.834.8920 MAY/JUNE 2010 RSVP 55

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when? what? where? May 27 – Taste of Peppertree Steaks N’ Wines 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Peppertree Steaks N’ Wines, 8101 Vaughn Road. Indulge your senses, please your palate, and tantalize your taste buds with some succulent food and wine samples offered from Peppertree Steaks N’ Wines. Find all you need for Memorial Day weekend! 334.271.6328 May 29 - Higher Education Partnership

Foundation 5K Fun-D Run

7:00 A.M. registration. The Waters, Pike Road. Supporting higher education today for tomorrow. 334.832.9911 May 29 – Gary Allan 8:00 P.M. The Wharf Amphitheater, Orange Beach. 251.224.1021 May 29 – Harbor Pointe’s Summer Kick-Off Celebration 5:00 P.M. – Until. Harbor Pointe Marina, StillWaters. Kick off a great start to summer with music from two DJ’s and the band, Dave and The Swingers at Lake Martin’s, Harbor Pointe Marina. 256.825.0600

JUNE Jun 3 - 5 – Verizon Wireless BamaJam Music & Arts Festival Times Vary. 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.

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Jun 5 – “How Do I Look” Dillard’s Fashion Show 8:00 – 10:00 A.M. Dillard’s, Eastchase. Come out for a great Saturday of shopping, door prizes, and a fashion show with some of Montgomery’s local celebrities and politicians as models! The purchase of a $50 Dillard’s gift card is your ticket in the door and you can use it that morning! Alexandra Dillard will be in attendance and directing the fashion show which will be showcasing Dillard’s exclusive brands. You can make an appointment with one of the exclusive buyers of Dillard’s to personal shop with you and answer any questions about the lines of clothes they carry. For more information call Jewel Wilkinson at 334.244.6442 Jun 5 – National Trails Day There is no better place to celebrate National Trails Day than at Lake Guntersville State Park! Take to any one of their 31-miles of trails on a self-guided hike or participate in 1 or more of their planned guided hikes. For more information email or call 256.571.5455 Jun 5 – Daughtry 7:30 P.M. The Arena at Gwinnett Center. Atlanta, Georgia. Jun 7 – Jul 30 – Summer Camp 2010 7:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. The City of Montgomery Zoo. Children ages 5 – 12 can enjoy learning more about animals, conservation and more all while having fun at the zoo. 334.240.4900 MAY/JUNE 2010 RSVP 57

when? what? where? Jun 7 - First Monday at Next Door 6:00 - 8:30 P.M. Next Door in the Peppertree Shopping Center, 8147 Vaughn Road. Enjoy great food, drinks and music with Ziggy. 334.244.0960 Jun 9 – MACC 60 Minute Coffee 8:00 A.M. Location TBD. Alfa Properties is sponsoring this chamber event. Jun 9 – Military Family Appreciation Day at the Zoo 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. The chamber will host a fun day at the Zoo for all enlisted military personnel and their families. The entire family can enjoy a great day with lunch and admission provided free of charge. Sponsored by Dreamland Bar-BQue. Jun 9 – 12 – Miss Alabama Pageant Times Vary. Wright Center at Samford University, Birmingham. The Miss Alabama Pageant is the competition that selects the representative for Alabama to compete for the title of Miss America. 205.871.6276 Jun 11 – Red Day – One For The Red Cross 7:05 P.M. Riverwalk Stadium. Come out and cheer on the Montgomery Biscuits as they take on the Birmingham Barons, and show your support for the American Red Cross of Central Alabama by wearing red and making a $100 donation. 334.260.4017 Jun 11 – Zac Brown Band 7:00 P.M. Verizon Wireless Music Center. Birmingham. Jun 11 – 13 – Harbor Pointe’s In Water boat show

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Times Vary. Harbor Pointe Marina, Still Waters, Lake Martin. 256.825.0600 Jun 11- 12 – Alexander City Jazz Festival Times Vary. The 20th Annual Alexander City Jazz Festival is a free two-day event held at Strand Park in downtown Alexander City on Friday night and at the Lake Martin Amphitheater on Saturday. Jun 11 - 27 – ASF presents: Cowgirls Times Vary. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Jo Carlson is going to lose the family saloon unless she raises a lot of cash, fast. And darned if she hasn’t accidentally hired an all-girl trio of classical - not country - musicians for her Grand Reopening. Now she’s gotta help them find their inner cowgirls in just 24 hours.Y’all won’t want to miss this very funny musical, featuring such original songs as “Don’t Call Me Trailer Trash,” “Honky Tonk Girl” and “Saddle Tramp Blues.” 334.271.5353



when? what? where? Jun 12 – AlleyBAR British Invasion 1:00 P.M. AlleyBAR, 166 Commerce Street. The British are coming. The British are coming! An all day affair. Watch the USA and England in a World Cup match from South Africa in HD on the 12 foot wide big screen in the BackALLEY. Immediately followed by The Wes Paul Band, recently the house band for the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, and The Return ‘A Beatles Tribute Band’ will take the stage at 9:30 P.M. Traditional English fare will be served and pints of Bass and Newcastle will be flowing. 334.387.3333 Jun 12 – Military Appreciation Salute at Riverwalk


7:00 – 10:00 P.M. Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium. This annual event brings business, elected and military leaders together to host a great night of baseball for the military families in our community. Sponsored by ITT Systems Division. Invitation only. Jun 12 – Lynyrd Skynyrd 9:00 P.M. Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, Atmore. Jun 17 – Chamber Classic Sportsman Shoot 2:00 – 7:00 P.M. Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club. The 3rd Annual Chamber Classic Sportsman Shoot is an excellent opportunity to network and fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere with Chamber members and potential clients. Sponsored by Taylor Lakes. $125 Individual Member and $150 Non-Member. 334.240.9431

Jun 17 – Taste For Life 5:30 P.M. AlleyBAR, 166 Commerce Street. Taste for Life is back again for the 4th year in the Back Alley of AlleyBar. “Mix ‘n Mingle” from 5:30 – 6:00 in the bar and the “tasting” and musical entertainment by Jonathan Bloom will begin at 6:00 P.M. Tickets are $25.00.  334.273.2279 Jun 17 – Lynyrd Skynyrd: God and Guns Tour with

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7:00 P.M. Verizon Wireless Music Center, Birmingham. Jun 18 – 20 – 6th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon


Times Vary. Foley. Forty brightly colored hot air balloons are the stars of the festival, and, weather permitting, visitors can enjoy seeing them in the air at sunrise and sunset. The festival includes great music throughout the weekend, food, arts and crafts, a children’s village, the DiscConnected K9’s World Famous Frisbee Dogs Show, and the WhatAKite 60’ kites will be on display and flying throughout the day and fireworks on Saturday evening. 251.943.3291


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when? what? where? Jun 19 – Disney Princesses Character Dinner 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Jalapenos, 8157 Vaughn Road in Peppertree Shopping Center. Eat dinner among popular Disney Princesses, a huge hit with kids and adults alike. 334.277.2840 Jun 19 - The BEST Latin Dance party in town at

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9:00 P.M. - 1:00 A.M. Maya’s Belly Dancing, 136 Mendel Parkway. $10 cover charge - Bring your own drinks! 334.356.6552 Jun 20 - Father’s Day Brunch 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Capital City Club. For all that he does throughout the year, make this Father’s Day an event that you and your family will remember forever! Seating will be limited, so make your reservations early. Members and Guests of Members only. 334.834.8920 Jun 20 – 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. 334.240.4900 Jun 24 – MACC Business After Hours 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Alabama Shakespeare Festival is sponsoring this chamber event. 1 Festival Drive. Jun 24 – Emerge Alive After Five 7:00 – 10:00 P.M. Riverwalk Stadium. Hit one out of the park at this after hours mixer at the Montgomery Biscuits game. 334.262.2261 Jun 24 – Autauga County Heroes Doster Center, Prattville. Area leaders and businesses join together to recognize Autauga County’s hometown heroes. The evening includes a program, dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. 334.260.4017 Jun 25 – 27 – Southern Regional Water Ski Show

Team Tournament Jun 26 – Jason Aldean with Special Guest Colt Ford 8:00 P.M. The Wharf Amphitheater, Orange Beach. 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 you confirm information prior to attending events.

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Davis Theatre Historic Landmark in Downtown Montgomery

May 16 - 2:30 PM

Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church

Autauga Academy

May 21 - 7:00 PM

Autauga Academy

East Memorial Christian Academy

May 21 - 7:00 PM

East Memorial Baptist Church Sanctuary

Eastwood Christian School

May 21 - 7:00 P.M.

Eastwood Presbyterian Church

Edgewood Academy

May 20 - 7:00 PM

Edgewood Academy Gymnasium

Evangel Christian Academy

May 21 - 7:00 PM

Evangel Temple Sanctuary

East Memorial Christian Academy

May 21 - 7:00 PM

East Memorial Baptist Church Sanctuary

Jeff Davis High School

May 27 - 7:00 PM

Joe L. Reed Acadome, ASU

Lee High School

May 26 - 8:00 PM

Garret Coliseum

Marbury High School

May 27 - 7:00 PM

New Marbury High School Gym

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New Life Christian Academy

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May 28 - 7:00 PM

Joe L. Reed Acadome, ASU

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resource directory 129 Coosa Street, p. 11 129 Coosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.262.8859

Adventure Boot Camp, p. 68

Margaret Peeples 334.315.2358

AL Shakespeare Festival, p. 25 1 Festival Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334.271.5353

Cagle & Luster Construction Inc., p. 16

Dunn & Schreiber Orthodontics, p. 59

7051 Halcyon Summit Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334.270.1044

Eastside Grille, p. 52

61 Market Place Montgomery, AL 36117 334.260.0205

6667 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.274.1200

Capital City Club, p. 21

Emerge Montgomery, p. 19

201 Monroe Street, Suite 2100 Montgomery, AL 36104 334.834.8920

Charlottes Jewelry, p. 2 8161 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.396.8230

600 South Court Street, Suite 544 Montgomery, AL 36104 334.262.2261

Eve’s Studio, p. 54

166 Commerce Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.387.3333

Cloverdale Crawfish Event, p. 54

2026 Clubview Street Montgomery, AL 36106 334.262.8888

Club BTS, p. 53

Alley Station, p. 50

2152 Cobbs Ford Road Prattville, AL 36066 334.285.5500

Fain Realty Leigh Luster, p. 67

AlleyBAR, p. 3, 25

130 Commerce Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.277.1077

Amore, p. 56

4695 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.386.2060


City Grill/Next Door, p. 51 8147 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.244.0960

CrossFit Saints Forge, p. 35

Anti Ageing Water, p. 7


9 Wax Myrtle Court Montgomery, AL 36117 334.322.6835

Arbors on Taylor, p. 31

Darren Freeman Photography,

485 Taylor Road Montgomery, AL 36117 334.386.2655

Arrow Rents & Party Professionals, p. 65

5600 Calmar Drive Montgomery, AL 36116 334.277.0460

AUM, p. 22

7440 East Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334.244.3000

Bama Jam, p. 26 Bill Ingalls Photography, p. 48

1043 Woodley Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.264.3333

Brendle Rentals, p. 60

485 Eastern Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36117 334.279.7368 66


p. 70 P.O. Box 240404 Montgomery, AL 36124 334.215.7827 www.darrenfreemanphoto.

Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts, p. 63

251 Montgomery Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.241.9567

Dillard’s Fashion Show, p. 55 7310 Eastchase Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.244.6442

Dougs 2 Salon-Spa, p. 57

4697 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36106-3103 334.396.7120

Dreamland BBQ, p. 35 101 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.273.7427

61 Market Place, Suite E Montgomery, AL 36117 334.819.7697 Office 334.657.3639 Cell

Jason’s Deli, p. 67 1520 Eastern Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36117 334.409.9890 Jim N’ Nicks, p. 57

6415 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.213.0046 2250 Cobbs Ford Road Prattville, AL 36066 334.290.1000

Jim Orr Photography, p. 27

8719 Morning Place Montgomery, AL 36117 334.657.5219

Jubilee City Fest, p. 8


Kim Box Photography, p. 15 West Main Street Prattville, AL 36067 334.491.0409 Legends at Capitol Hill, p. 33

Filet & Vine, p. 20

2500 Legends Circle Prattville, AL 36066 334.290.1235

First Klass Movers, p. 60

Maya’s Belly Dancing, p. 67 136 Mendel Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.356.6552 www.mayasbellydancing.

431 Cloverdale Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.262.8463 334.277.6010

Fontaine Entertainment, p. 68

109 Company Street Suite 220 Wetumpka Alabama 36092 334.514.4457 www.fontaineentertainment. com

GreenCo Landscaping & Irrigation Inc., p. 22

P.O. Box 1503 Wetumpka, AL 36092 334.651.2161

Hue Studio, p. 20 8155 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116-6701 334.239.8884 Ice Sculptures by David Bromley, p. 67

P.O Box 130681 Birmingham, AL 35213 205.914.4527

Jalapenos, p. 55 8157 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.277.2840

McKinney Drapery, p. 67 2123 Woodley Road Montgomery, AL 36111 334.265.9706 MillerCoors, p. 72 Montgomery Academy, p. 49 3240 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.272.8210

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, p. 27 1 Museum Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334.240.4369

Montgomery Otolaryngology, p. 58

1722 Pine Street Montgomery, AL 36106 334.834.7221

Montgomery Zoo, p. 62 2301 Coliseum Parkway Montgomery, AL 36101 334.240.4900

Nails O Naturel, p. 51

8448 Crossland Loop, Suite 163 Montgomery, AL 36117 334.782.4137

New Park Living, p. 71

9430 New Park Drive Montgomery, AL 36117 334.215.9215

Oasis HotelVictoryland, p. 47

8680 County Road 40 Shorter, AL 36075 334.720.1700

Sal’s Pizzeria, p. 17

2940 Zelda Road Montgomery, AL 36106 334.279.7437

SaZa Pizza, p. 5 138 Commerce Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.495.7292 Shoppes at EastChase, p. 27

7274 EastChase Parkway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.279.6046 Breck Honea 61 Market Place Montgomery, AL 36117 334.272.8423

Peppertree Steaks ‘N Wines, p. 48

Kevin Brock, p. 45 5947 Carmichael Road Montgomery, AL 36117 334.277.2317

8101 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116 334.271.6328

Productive I.T., p. 19

4121 Wall Street Montgomery, AL 36106 334.356.3561

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa, p. 46

Taylor Crossing, p. 16

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

Troy University, p. 29

201 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 334.481.5000

Vintage Media, p. 56

Rock Bottom American Pub, p. 61

3020 Eastern Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36116 334.271.8888

2430 Eastern Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36117 334.239.7625 www.rockbottomamericanpub. com

RSVP Subscription, p. 65

State Farm Insurance, p. 45

Olivia A Salon, p. 33

2101 Taylor Road Montgomery, AL 36117 334.396.4567

(205) 914-4527


WAKA, p. 52

The Waters p. 62 55 Bridge Street Pike Road, AL 36064 334.272.3200

original soups select salads wraps major potatoes favorite sandwiches New Orleans muffalettas toasted po'boys NEW pasta meals paninis and wrapinis junior meals always free ice cream!

dine in / take out / delivery

‘Deli’cious For All Tastes and Catering for All Occasions

1520 Eastern Blvd. Montgomery • 334-409-9890


Eastside Grille is a full-service upscale restaurant & bar co-owned by Eric Duggan & Mitch Johnston located on Atlanta Highway.

Menu - Eastside Grille offers the best made from scratch lunch and dinner menu items to the greater River Region area. All of their foods are made with the freshest ingredients and prepared to order just the way you like them. From seafood, steak and pasta to great chicken dishes, they have it all at prices you can afford. Libations - Eastside Grille features a full bar serving up only

the best cocktail creations around. To ensure quality, they serve only premium brands. The friendly bartenders will be happy to make you one of the house specialties like the popular Bahama Mama or a Hpnotiq Martini.

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Catering - Whether your next corporate event is a 25 person luncheon, a 50-person cocktail party, or a spectacular gala, please consider Eastside Grille for the job. Mimi and her staff will work directly with you to create a unique event. Their commitment to excellence not only takes the pressure off you, but ensures something truly memorable. Outdoor Seating - If you are looking for a place to

relax and unwind, take a seat out on Montgomery’s largest patio and enjoy a seasonal signature drink and dinner. Take pleasure in listening to live music every Wednesday – Saturday Spring thru Fall!

Hours of Operation: Monday–Thursday, 10:30 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. Friday & Saturday, 10:30 A.M.– 10:30 P.M. Sunday, 10:00 A.M.– 2:00 P.M. Reservations Accepted

6667 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36117 334.274.1200

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Legendary Golf and Service at Marriott in Prattville Located just outside Montgomery, the Marriott Prattville at Capitol Hill combines world-class conference-center and resort amenities with championship golf and classic Southern hospitality. Choose this first-class hotel for your next event or for a quick getaway. Experience the luxury of our lushly wooded surroundings directly overlooking the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the ultimate retreat and also hosts the top LPGA players each October for the Navistar LPGA Classic.


The Marriott Prattville has 95 total guest rooms with 74 spacious guest rooms in the main lodge. The hotel has two eight-room luxury villas with living areas for informal gatherings. All guest rooms feature flat screen television with in-room pay movies and high-speed internet access. Executive parlors and suites are available. All guest rooms are nonsmoking. Luxurious bedding with down comforters and custom duvets guarantee a great nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep. For the ultimate in luxury, the 10,000-square-foot Presidential Cottage has five suites, private gardens and a private heliport.


The Oak Tavern offers dining with an extraordinary view overlooking the 17th Fairway of the Senator Course. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel offers both indoor and outdoor dining options and has a lounge with a large selection of beverage options and flat-screen televisions.


The 54 holes of championship golf at Capitol Hill were ranked the #2 site for public golf in the country by Golf World magazine in 2008. The Navistar LPGA Classic is played each fall on the Senator Course. The Judge Course offers spectacular views of the Alabama River. The Legislator Course offers a third option for golfers. For more recreation, the Marriott has an outdoor pool and whirlpool plus tennis and volleyball courts and fitness facilities.


The hotel features 15,000 square feet of event space, including 13 venues, a new ballroom and pre-function area and a covered terrace. The Marriott can hold functions from 10 to more than 1,000. From wedding receptions to large social events, the Marriott Prattville at Capitol Hill offers an upscale option and is part of the Resort Collection on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. For more information call (334) 290-1235 or visit www. and MAY/JUNE 2010 RSVP 69



At New Park, you’ll find Montgomery’s only complete family neighborhood with a collection of homes with over 100 plans to choose from. Plus, New Park is the city’s only neighborhood that is home to Montgomery’s newest elementary school and YMCA, and adjacent to the city’s newest middle school. All just a sidewalk away. Homes from the low $200s. Convenience from another time. Enjoy life from a simpler point of view at New Park. For the latest neighborhood news and promotions, follow us on Facebook.®

S a l e s C e n t e r New Park Drive, off Ray Thorington Road 334.215.9215 | T h e n e w n e i g h b o r h o o d f r o m J i m Wi l s o n & A s s o c i a t e s ,MA LY/JUNE L C 2010


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