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Picnic Penache

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Annie: A Crew’s Curtain Call

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36 connections

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Nonstop to Never Want to Leave

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Common Bond Brewers

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62 socially SEEN Barrel of Blues Annual Derby Party Taco Libre Graduation Tea The Moth Dancing in Full Bloom

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from the GIRLS The River Region Guide for All Things Social vol. 11, Iss.4

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ummer 2018 in one word: spontaneous. With all the new excitement coming through our city, it has become evident in every aspect of our work. We have new blood at the RSVP office with our summer interns, and new full time employee, Charley Bond, who has already proven to be an incredible asset with her ideas and creativity. We loaded up our new team and explored the unique spots of Montgomery and experienced behind-the-scenes action unlike anything else. That, along with the excitement featured in this issue, we have been everything but bored. Spice up your summer wardrobe with our Picnic Panache inspiration, broaden your horizons with a whole new music and art scene invading downtown, excite your taste buds with all the new sips and eats around, and get to know some of the movers and shakers featured on “the LIST”. With so many opportunities arising, it might seem hard to keep up. Luckily, RSVP has you covered on a weekly basis. Be sure to sign up for our weekly email blast at rsvp-montgomery.com to get you excited for everything new happening in the River Region. God Bless Montgomery… the city that we LOVE!

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Anna looks fabulous in this Regatta Jumpsuit by Gianni Bini. The sweetheart neckline, spaghetti straps and waist tie give this monochrome stripe jumpsuit loads of personality. The cropped, culotte style legs show off the silver Ally Criss Cross slip-on flats by Frye. The wide brim sun hat from H&M is perfect for blocking those summer rays! Available at Dillard’s.


Ann Vivian creates an oh-sosummertime look with minimal effort. The cinched drawstring hem upgrades this striped Sanctuary shirt from classic to cool. The medium wash split denim skirt by Kut from the Kloth should be a staple in every girl’s closet, and the neon layered tassel earrings by Bluu Moon Collection gives it the perfect pop of color! Available at Welle Studio. 20

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A Crew’s Curtain Call By Anna Shay Wasden • Photos by Stephen Poff

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hen the curtain opens and the actors come on stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival audiences are in awe of the magic taking place on stage. But amidst all the fanfare in front of them, there is a special crew, hard at work backstage, who does not give the final bow at the end of the show. In fact, their work begins over a year before the show even reaches its opening. As “Annie” makes its first appearance at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the RSVP team went behind the scenes to see all the work that goes into such a large production. From the wigmakers who sew each red, curly wig strand-by-strand to the builders who work for weeks on an ice cream cart that passes on the stage only once- the work is tremendous. Initial planning begins with applying for rights from a publisher. From there, an artistic team that includes the director, set designer, and choreographer is hired. The director works to establish and communicate a vision to ensure everything is successful- even down to the lighting.

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival crew builds the sets and costumes and is in constant dialogue with the directors and designers. “When it comes to the behind-the-scenes team dynamics, the key word is trust,” says Ahkim Church, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival production manager, who guides every production through the build process and onto the stage. “It’s 100% trust. You have to know that everything will be in exactly the right place at exactly the right time, night after night. You are working with a team of people you can always count on.”   Actors and dancers are cast both locally in Montgomery and through companies in New York City. A month before opening, the actors arrive in Montgomery and spend six days a week in full-time rehearsal. Hannah Jean Farris, stage manager and right-hand to the director, works to ensure every detail is carried out just as needed. “My favorite part of preparing for a show is watching the actors go through the rehearsal process. I get to watch as each individual actor creates their character in an evolving process in the rehearsal room. Everyone brings something new to their character and I enjoy

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seeing the personal touches they add to their roles,” she shares. “Annie” brought a lot of excitement to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival staff. Lovers of the 1982 film who grew up watching the spunky orphan face her difficulties with a song can now see it live and in the comfort of their own city. Additionally, the 2014 version of “Annie” (starring Jamie Foxx) revived the classic for a whole new generation. Katie Perkowski, marketing director for the Shakespeare Festival, enjoys the unique dynamic a show with children has. “The kids – oh my goodness! The kids are adorable! They make every performance a unique adventure. Add to that a stellar cast of dynamic Broadway performers and you have an unforgettable experience that the whole family can enjoy and share in together,” she says. ASF’s production of “Annie” has cast a multitude of local children. Any “Annie” lover knows there would be no show without the title character’s canine sidekick, Sandy. Casting a dog takes a unique sort of preparation that Alabama Shakespeare Festival fortunately has experienced in previous shows. Last year’s

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production of “Because of Winn Dixie” allowed ASF to work with Broadway animal director, Bill Berloni. Berloni is renowned for his animal actors and even trains them for New York’s Broadway stage. Marti, who plays Sandy in the ASF show, was originally trained to appear in the 2014 version of “Annie” with Jamie Foxx. She has performed in many stage versions since- giving the Alabama Shakespeare Festival the best Sandy they could have.


“Annie is a story about resilience, hope, and optimism. It is an inspiring story that has touched the hearts of multiple generations. Christopher Windom is a director and choreographer who exudes optimism and joy, and he has created a production that speaks to our River Region audience,” says artistic director Rick Dildine, who tells us this adaptation is uniquely designed to fit the Montgomery area. Christopher Windom says, “The challenge was to create a production that is unique to this theatre and this community while honoring the intention of the story. You don’t just want to present a one-dimensional story about hope and optimism – rather you want to explore the emotional depth of characters, the story and the time period, to create something that will really resonate with the community of people watching the performance.” As the opening of “Annie” draws closer, keep up with more behind-the-scenes action on Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Instagram and Facebook pages. “Annie” will run from July 4th through August 5th. Don’t miss your chance to see the play and its beloved songs, including “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” and “Tomorrow,” come alive on stage.


This devastating piece, by Lonnie Holley, is called “After the Burn.” This piece pays respect to the EJI Memorial that just opened which commemorated the over 4400 people who were lynched in the US since the 1850s. The piece on the top looks like it could be charred tree or bone, but it’s actually PVC pipe that Lonnie burned. The bottom half is a railroad tie and filled with chemicals to keep it inflamable. The piece at first looks organic, but each piece is filled with toxins, a metaphor from the artist about American 32 RSVP society. JULY / AUGUST 2018


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Matt Arnett and Lonnie Holley:

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nyone who walked by Kress on Dexter on the evening of May 24th might have noticed the art exhibit’s usual quiet interior was filled with the sounds of soulful lyrics. Lonnie Holley, along with Lee Bains III, recently came to Montgomery to perform for a select group of fellow art and music lovers. Matt Arnett, Lonnie’s longtime friend and manager, gave an introduction of the performers filled with adoration and respect.

lead to art or song- but he does hope that they will result in something that inspires others. As Lonnie and Matt travel across the south showcasing Lonnie’s art and music career, they have an unparalleled relationship. “We’ve traveled thousands and thousands of miles together by train, car, van, tour bus, truck, plane, boat, you name it. We’re like brothers, most of the time. Or an old married couple, sometimes. We don’t necessarily finish each other’s sentences. More like we finish each other’s thoughts, because a lot of our communication is non-verbal or half spoken,” Matt explains. The two share inspiration and constantly look to find it in new places. Lonnie’s musical performances are each unique, as he never repeats a song. Instead, he allows the words to come to him as each show comes along. “My songs are not music or lyrics written down and performed. I keep all of these things in my memory and sometimes ask Matt to write down ideas or thoughts that I have in a book (that always travels with us). The book is like a book of prescriptions and medicine that would allow wounds to heal.”

Interestingly enough, Lonnie’s performance at Kress on Dexter had a backdrop of his own art in the showcase: “This is Where You’ll Find Me.” He describes the relationship between his physical art and music as Siamese Twins- separate souls but always together. “Both my art and my music come out of the same brain, and a lot of times influence each other.” He never knows whether a new idea will

Matt grew up in a family determined to preserve art in today’s modern world. His father, William “Bill” Arnett is a curator of cultural art who has spent decades fighting for the acceptance of Southern African American art into mainstream museums and culture. Matt thanks his parents for their forward ways of thinking- something that unfortunately brought a fair amount of criticism and resentment.


“I could go on, but I won’t; because despite all of that, this is a happy story: one of triumph and overcoming those many obstacles. My dad never abandoned his beliefs or ideas. And those ideas won.” Matt’s acceptance of the different cultures and lifestyles in the American South allowed him to see the unique transformation artists have brought to the world. “I have been able to work with folks in my dad’s generation- a generation of artists who toiled, mostly in obscurity, who finally have their voices heard: where those voices are being heard loud and clear and in the most hallowed halls in the art world.” He hopes this time of progress in America is not met with any setbacks, as it has already taken the art world and its contributors by storm. To Lonnie, Matt and his father have become a second family. As they work to build a team of fellow trailblazers, the men grow closer. Lonnie likens their bond to roots- roots which have an ability to break through even the strongest of human foundations. Matt’s work differs slightly from his father’s. After being surrounded by the great culture of Southern artists in his adolescence, he has found his own unique voice and way of portraying talents. Matt treasures the intimacy of the smaller, curated events. His experience with large exhibits and shows often pales in comparison to the pure magic a spontaneous performance can give. One of the first performances 34

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Matt organized was at his Atlanta location, “Grocery on Home,” and it also happened to be Lonnie’s debut. That event became a music series that continues to this day, still performed at “Grocery on Home.” Matt’s encouragement for Lonnie to pursue his musical talent was the beginning of Lonnie’s fruitful career. As Lonnie’s talent continues to blossom- showing in places like New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and being featured in prestigious prints like the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times- the opportunities continue to present themselves. The two are hard at work as they film music videos for Lonnie’s new record, coming out this fall. “He thinks on a much higher plane than the rest of us. But he’s kind enough to always make me feel like I’m smart enough to understand what he’s thinking. Truth is, none of us are,” Matt says of Lonnie. Lonnie is currently working on a film to showcase his visionary ways of thinking. As the duo continues to make a mark on the South’s already unique heritage, their hope is for a culture of acceptance and change. Lonnie believes art is the way to further this frontier: “Hopefully greater opportunities will continue to come in the next few years. I feel like respect is finally coming and I hope that continues. There is so much we can all learn from artists’ experiences and activities, but we must want a better understanding. For the greatness of all.”


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f the heat and endless lines at over-crowded theme parks doesn’t quite fit your definition of “magic,” a trip to Orlando might seem like the last place you would travel for a fun-filled summer vacation. But there’s more to Orlando than just Disney World and theme parks. Recently re-branded as Orlando North Seminole County, the area serves as a welcome reprieve to the bigcity feel of the well-known Orlando of your childhood. And thanks to Montgomery Regional Airport’s new nonstop flight offered by Via Airlines, travelers can see and enjoy an entirely different side of central Florida. Nonstop flights from Montgomery Regional to Orlando-Sanford International Airport start from as low as $99 each way. After experiencing the ease of Montgomery Regional Airport’s check-in process, from parking to checking luggage, Montgomery’s departure gates are a welcome change of pace from the overwhelming and laborious job of flying from bigger airports like

Atlanta. The Montgomery Regional staff greets their flyers with southern hospitality and is willing to help in any way possible. And while flight delays are inevitable, they now present an opportunity to grab a bite from Runway 28, the new restaurant inside the airport, all while taking advantage of the airport’s free Wi-Fi. After a short flight, you can expect a leisurely arrival to Orlando Sanford International Airport. The airport offers in-house car rental companies - perfect for those flyers looking to explore the nearby cities. An on-site company is available to meet with travelers to plan their trips, reiterating the airport’s motto of “Simpler-Faster-Better.” Just a 20-minute drive from the airport lies the hidden gem of downtown Sanford. The unofficial foodie capital of central Florida has something for every eater’s (or drinker’s) palette. Feel as though you have travelled to Germany at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, sample gourmet marshmallows at Wondermade, and browse furniture

while sipping at The Imperial. A personal favorite, Smiling Bison, offers an ever-changing seasonal menu. The duck pizza is a phenomenal pair to the jalapeñoinfused watermelon margarita. If the delicious eats of Sanford do not do the trick, travel to the local brewery, Sanford Brewing Company or cindery, Tuffy’s Bottle Shop and Lounge, for local sips unlike any other. Sanford Brewing Company’s ale, the Panty Dropper, offers a wheat beer with a twist indignant of its name at 10% alcohol. The downtown area of Sanford offers a unique blend of growth and tradition. Their festivals and celebrations draw huge crowds each year, but the unassuming air of the downtown area can entertain even on the simplest of nights. Free trolley rides on “The Lime Ride” are available as well for a more eclectic choice of getting around town. Rides on the neon green golf cart arrive with a simple call or by texting 407-500-LIME. In addition to the historic downtown and garden district, Montgomery visitors can see the similarities with

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their own hometown as they walk along the Riverwalk and board Sanford’s own riverboat, the Barbara Lee. The downtown trek can be tailored for any age or family size. Organized bar crawls are encouraged with the chance to “go around the world” and earn stamps resulting in a free t-shirt at completion. Sanford’s close neighbor, Oviedo, offers an equal escape from the hustle of the surrounding tourist towns. Daytime activities include browsing the unique selection of mom-and-pop stores at the Oviedo Mall and gator-spotting on Lake Jesup with Black Hammock Airboat Rides. Oviedo’s Mall works to provide shoppers with a shopping excursion tailored to experience and entertainment. Whether it’s tasting dips at Farmhouse Provisions, watching your toddlers experience the real world at Arcadia, or sipping and stroking at The Winey Wench, locals and travelers alike can find charm in this eclectic mall. Black Hammock’s unique variety of wildlife on-site provides both adults and children with a safe, educational, and entertaining way to connect with Florida’s natural side. The site serves as a sanctuary for injured birds and alligators. The growing Seminole county still manages to retain a number of small-town

atmospheres, something rare in an area with so many citizens. If Orlando North Seminole County’s plethora of unique sites and activities don’t meet all of your vacation needs, Sanford is just a short drive to the popular theme parks of Orlando. Disney World, Universal Studios, and many other theme parks in Orlando offer endless options of entertainment. In addition, the beautiful beaches of Daytona are another short drive from the city. Knowing that you must inevitably return to both home and reality makes it difficult to leave an enjoyable vacation. Luckily, the Montgomery Regional Airport offers an easy transition that lessens the burden. Be sure to take advantage of the airport’s new nonstop flight to Orlando for a fun summer trip, or consider a nonstop flight to Washington, D.C., another new option also offered now from our very own Montgomery Regional Airport. Visit the airport’s website www.flyMGM.com to learn more.


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f you’ve spent any time at all in downtown Montgomery recently, you know there’s something new to discover around every corner. It’s all part of a collective push to revitalize and expand the historic capital city, as new homes, restaurants and renovations are popping up all over. In particular, there’s one new addition to the city’s weekend itinerary that’s looking to give a boost to Montgomery’s economic efforts and show you a good time while doing it.

That place is Common Bond Brewers. You wouldn’t know it from its humble location nestled behind Bibb Street Pizza Company, but the locallyowned and operated brewery and taproom has already become a hub of community gathering and economic growth since it opened in April. While it may look like an ordinary, hole-in-the-wall bar from the street, Common Bond is actually far from it - its owners claim it’s Montgomery’s first production brewery since before Prohibition.


What does that mean? When asked about the shiny, intricate arrangement of metal containers, tubes and kegs in full view of the taproom’s bar, the brewery’s founders said they wanted to offer a unique beer-drinking experience to its customers. “We will always only have Common Bond products,” said Andrew McNally, who founded the business with his friend, Tim Doles. “What you see through those windows is what we made here and what we sell here.”

The pair first started with their idea for the brewery three years ago, and this past April it came to fruition with the grand opening of the taproom. “It’s different from a bar, where you can have taps from wherever coming in, and they’ll rotate through,” McNally explained. “No, this is all about Common Bond and what’s made in the community.” While McNally and Doles are not River Region natives, they met in Montgomery through their sons, who go to school together.

“(Andrew) talked to me about this idea that he had of bringing craft beer to Montgomery, and as a craft beer enthusiast myself, I was very intrigued by that and fortunate to become a part of that vision that he had,” Tim says. That vision revolves around the pair’s four flagship beers: Ramber, Pale Ale, Blonde and IPA. While they only serve four beers for now, the two hopheads said they will be expanding their taproom’s beers in the future, and are always tinkering to create new and original recipes. In the meantime, they are focusing on


letting folks know that the whole purpose of their business is to connect a growing community. “I’ve seen tremendous growth here downtown in the time I’ve been here,” Doles says, “We believe strongly in the revitalization process downtown and what’s going into the businesses in keeping and attracting young people to businesses other than ours in this area. That’s kinda what brought us here; to be part of the revitalization of an historic area.” From the looks of things, they did just that. Thanks to a 14-month renovation process that resurrected the city’s old, run-down Lowe’s automotive parts building, McNally and Doles created a clean, modern, familyfriendly environment that stays true to its roots.

After you walk into the brewery’s subtle entrance hidden behind the pizza restaurant out front, you walk down a ramp and are greeted by a large, bright common area furnished with tables, sofas and cushy armchairs. From every corner of the room to the taproom’s bar, you can find board games, cards and menus for local food. That’s right; you can play board games, eat and relax at this place, and it’s all good as far as the taproom staff are concerned. But wait, there’s more. Not only can you bring your kids here and not have to worry about loud music or smoking, you can even bring your pets. McNally said there’s no limit on what kind of pet, or how big or small they are. “You can bring your fish in a bowl if you really wanted to,” he says with a chuckle.

While the brewery is looking to continue to grow itself and the community, its founders are looking to expand into distributing its beer to local bars, restaurants and even Biscuits games. For now though, order or bring whatever food you want while you try Montgomery-brewed beer, and know that you can be a part of a bond that brings the city together. “Beer is a medium that brings people together,” McNally says. “Whether you’re going with friends or you’re meeting someone new that you’ve never even met before, the reason why you went there was to share a beer. Of that comes the bond that you guys built; hence, Common Bond.” For more info about Common Bond, visit the brewery’s website at commonbondbrewers.com


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Dr. Jevonnah “Lady J” Ellison is ​the​​founder and ​CEO​of Maximum Potential Academy and The Leading Ladies Mastermind. She is a certified ​leading business coach, ​and ​dean of coaching for the 48 Days Eagles​. ​“I help leading ladies worldwide (and a handful of awesome men) prioritize what matters MOST in life and business so they can maximize their potential, live out their Godgiven purpose, and leave a strong legacy in the marketplace,” she explains. Jevonnah was ​recently ​named one of the top​ leading​ business coaches in the nation by the Forbes Coaches Council. She says God is the primary source of her success, and thanks her mother, Dr. Rezine K​e​ng, for ​being ​her​ biggest fan. Jevonnah​‘s​ mission is to encourage, inspire and empower leaders​ to​ reach their​fullest potential. ​Lady J is married to Pastor Terry Ellison and lead​s​a ladies bible study ​in the fall. She is a presenter for the Small Business Administration. Leaders like Bishop Charles E. Blake, Dan Miller, Michael Hyatt, Dr. Barbara McCoo Lewis and Dave Ramsey have played a pivotal role in her life. ​Jevonnah has completed thirteen marathons. She was recently presented with The Golden Rule Award by the North American division of the United Nations for treating others the way she would like to be treated.

BEN GIBBONS Ben Gibbons, a deputy district attorney of the Montgomery County DA’s office, graduated from the University of Alabama and Jones School of Law with hopes of making his community a safer place to live. “I feel that law is a service profession, and I am a service-oriented person that likes to help others,” Ben says. He loves the reward of working with first responders and local law enforcement officers, who serve Montgomery’s community with honor. Ben volunteers with the I-Lead program as a mentor to 5th grade students on subjects including drugs, peer pressure, and how to avoid a life of illegal activities. He is a member of Montgomery’s chapter of the Red Elephant Club and Montgomery County’s Young Lawyer Association. Ben also serves as a camp counselor at Camp Sumatanga for special needs adults and volunteers with Meals on Wheels. He and his girlfriend, Erin Cunningham, share their two dogs, Charlie and Amos. Ben is a big Alabama football fan and enjoys running, reading, cooking, and being overly sarcastic with his friends. After losing a bet to a close friend in 2014, Ben is now also an ordained minister. Since then he has officiated many friends’ weddings, with more planned in 2019.

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Kimberly Davis does her best work when making others smile.As the founder of Party Posse and the other half to Glitterbug the Clown, she does just that throughout Montgomery and the surrounding areas.While Kimberly was attending the University of Georgia, she worked as a clown at birthday parties for kids. After graduating with her bachelor’s of fine arts in jewelry and metalsmithing, she moved to Montgomery and began working for jewelry stores. She had a calling to open her own entertainment business offering face painting, balloon works, airbrushing, stilt walking, and other amusements. “Quitting my 9-5 job to become a professional clown and entertainer was actually a serious life decision. I knew it was possible to love what you do and make a career of it,” Kimberly says. She has competed three times internationally in the World Body Painting Festival in Austria. Her team placed first one year, and in the top 10 other years. As Kimberly continues to work events and birthday parties, she highlights the children’s sheer joy as her favorite part. Kimberly has been known to make surprise appearances at local events, just to spread a little cheer. Her favorite thing about Montgomery is the life-long friendships she has formed.


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LANIE BRAZELL When you meet Lanie Brazell, the first thing you notice is her bubbly personality and contagious energy. After graduating from Troy University and working as a Certified Public Accountant for several years, she put her career on hold to support her husband Craig’s professional baseball career. They spent seven years in Japan and while she always had a passion for fitness and Pilates, it wasn’t until they returned home that she decided to make her dream a reality and open Club Pilates in Montgomery. It was only a few months after opening her East Montgomery location that the client demand resulted in a second location, as well as plans for an Auburn location. Lanie has three sons - Trot, Tagg, and Tipp, so she knows the importance of maintaining health and balance. “It isn’t about what you do for one hour… it’s what you do for the other 23. We want you to gain strength and a better quality of life.” The motto “Do Pilates. Do Life.” speaks to how this exercise method, an  art of control over your body, mind, and muscles, can improve your everyday life. Lanie and her family are involved members of Trinity Presbyterian Church. Both she and Club Pilates enjoy giving back to the community by helping with events including Breakfast for Babies, American Cancer Society’s Vintage Affair, and the Pike Road Crawfish Boil.

AARON GANEY Aaron Ganey shines in his role as the special events coordinator for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Ever since he began his hospitality career as a server at the Capital City Club, Aaron’s work ethic and perseverance have allowed him to take advantage of each opportunity presented to him. As director of logistics for Jennie Weller Catering, Aaron’s creativity flourished as he helped his clients bring their event visions to life. In 2017, he had the opportunity to combine his experience in hospitality and event planning with his love of museums by working with the MMFA and has been in this position since. “God-given talent certainly plays a part in my success, but most of it comes from simple sweat equity and a willingness to learn. All of my previous work experiences have played their part in molding me into the person I am today,” Aaron explains. When he’s not planning events for the museum, Aaron enjoys hosting dinner parties, exploring new cities, working on his never-ending bathroom renovation, and food photography. He also has an ongoing quest to make the perfect macaroon.

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CAROLINE STOUGH As a speech language pathologist for the Montgomery Public School System, Caroline Kimbrough Stough loves working with children. “We have great power with our communication, so being able to help a child better communicate in his or her environment is one of the best things that we can do for them.” Caroline has earned a bachelor of arts in speech language pathology and audiology and master’s degree in communication disorders from Auburn University. Caroline highlights her faith as the biggest driving factor in her success; the difficulties she faces in her day-to-day work are no match for the support she receives from God and her family and friends. As an involved member of Frazer United Methodist Church, Caroline attends a weekly Bible study and is a member of many service teams within the church. Caroline, a Montgomery native, has loved seeing the immense growth her city has undergone in recent years. She loves shopping at Eastchase, baking and reading in her free time.

ELTON BROOKS After eighteen years in financial services, Elton “Earl” Brooks is now currently serving as the Vice President of retail delivery at MAX Credit Union. Originally from Detroit, Elton moved to Montgomery 20 years ago. Since then, he believes the city of Montgomery has played a huge part in his growth over the years. He enjoys the changing pace of his job, citing the people he works with as his favorite part. Elton’s family serves as a huge driving force as he continues to progress in his career. “The biggest influence on my career, outside of God and my faith, is my family. I have nine nieces and nephews that I wanted to be an example for, and I make sure that I am just that for them.” Elton serves as the president of the Epsilon Theta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He also serves on the MAX4Kids and Cancer Wellness Foundation Boards. Elton is single and the self-proclaimed “life of the party.” He enjoys traveling and enjoying life in every way possible.

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MORGAN TUGGLE As the catering sales manager for Wynlakes Golf and Country Club, Morgan Tuggle plans and hosts fundraisers, corporate events, and weddings at one of the city’s most popular venues. “I love my job because it allows me to meet and work with people from all walks of life in the community. It is really important to me that everyone who comes to Wynlakes has a great time and leaves with unforgettable memories,” she says. Armed with a marketing degree from Auburn University at Montgomery and a sincere passion for hospitality, Morgan provides top notch service for her clients. Morgan is a member of Leadership Montgomery’s Torchbearers Class X and serves as the project chair for 21 Dreams’ Art Walk Series. When Morgan is not working with Wynlakes, she can be found traveling and spending time with friends and family. Her parents have been her biggest influences and have helped her grow both personally and professionally. “They have shown me that you can go anywhere with hard work and dedication. I will always have that to cherish and take with me.”

CAPTAIN MICHAEL BENTON Captain Michael Benton, originally from Detroit, has had a lifelong journey of combining his love of engineering and ROTC in his career. Michael now serves in the United Army Reserve as an Engineer Officer and plans to use his engineering background and leadership abilities to pursue a career in Aerospace Science in the civilian sector. A graduate of Tuskegee University, Michael now lives in Montgomery, Ala., and is happily married to Dr. Brooke Robinson Benton. “At an early age I was fascinated with people and what made them different from me. I jumped at every opportunity to be surrounded by people. This is what drove my decision to join the military.” As a result of Michael’s courage and tenacity during a tour in Afghanistan, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. He attributes his success to his parents and thanks them for constantly pushing him to be his very best. He enjoys inspiring the local youth and looks forward to becoming more involved in the Montgomery community.

MEGAN FLORENCE Megan Florence sees the River Region through her lens as a photographer for Kim Box Photography. After graduating from the University of Alabama, Megan moved out west to both California and Colorado for a short season, where she worked with kids and fell in love with the outdoors along with all the beauty it offered. It was in that time that she found her passion for photography. Megan knows that she would not be where she is today were it not for God’s guidance and comfort. In conversation with Megan she shared,“With photography, I believe the scariest aspect at first is putting your work out there for anyone and everyone to judge or criticize. However, I have found with photography that you rarely create something perfect, but you can create something both you and your clients love and hopefully cherish forever.” Her skills often serve RSVP well as she works to capture the perfect image for our readers. Megan is married to Mitchell Florence and enjoys traveling, music, and fashion in her free time.You can usually catch her out supporting local Cloverdale restaurants and teaching a twice-weekly dance fitness class. Kynard Korner

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Let’s admit it. Sometimes we are so hungry that every all-you-can-eat buffet we see calls out to us like a siren song. Extra-large pizzas, a huge steak, a bucket of fried chicken—these all have their place at times. What if you aren’t so ravenous, but still want delicious food… maybe just a TASTE of something spectacular? If this is the case, head over to Hampstead and visit one of their newest additions. You won’t be disappointed. TASTE, on Hampstead High Street, opened in 2017, and is THE place to go in Montgomery for wine, craft

beer, and tapas. They offer an extensive wine selection, a variety of wine flights, hand-crafted cocktails, and an array of small plates including flatbreads, salads, sliders, pasta, steak, and desserts.   Owner Clint Hahn and chef/owner Ginger Hahn built TASTE out of their love of wine and the River Region. Rachel Arnone, who runs their marketing, design, and social media, says, “There’s nothing else like TASTE in Montgomery. TASTE is casual, without sacrificing quality.” 


“Wine is our passion, but we also have great food— tapas—which are small plates. People don’t always know what tapas are,” Arnone says with a laugh. “Having smaller portions is great when you just need a little something, like on the way to a concert or when you are meeting a few friends after work for a glass of wine. Especially at this time of the year, it’s great to eat a lighter meal before heading into the sauna of Montgomery’s summer.”

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The menu changes frequently, a definite plus for a local menu. Many of the sides are seasonal, but there are a few staples, such as the grilled filet with rosemary garlic butter. Chef/owner Ginger Hahn says , “We love buying local where we can. For example, our hydroponic lettuce is from Extreme Green in Auburn, and many of our herbs, like mint and rosemary, are grown here in Hampstead. We also recently purchased vegetables and Wagyu beef from the Eastchase Farmer’s Market.” Some of the most popular dishes at TASTE are the grilled steak flatbread with black truffle roasted garlic ricotta and caramelized onions, parmesan crusted halibut with heirloom tomatoes and zucchini, and the short rib pasta with a gorgonzola Alfredo sauce. And don’t forget about dessert! The pecan praline bread pudding is a little piece of heaven in a cast iron skillet. JULY /AUGUST 2018 RSVP 55


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Wine flights are one of the offerings that make TASTE so unique. Guests are served samples of three wines, with a tasting card for each. Arnone is the creative mind behind the names of the wine flights, such as “Whimsical Whites,” “Pour Me a Pinot G,” and “Chardo Nay Nay.” They also have a large selection of craft beer, and feature cocktails such as “The Salty Russian” and “The Bubbly Turkey,” made to order by head bartender Kelly Holley Head.

TASTE hosts regular wine tastings, live music, exclusive wine dinners and has added a wine tasting course called “Not The Usual Suspects.” They have also hosted events such as SIPurbia, and will be presenting a Beerfest on July 14th. All events can be found on their Facebook page or by signing up for the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce’s weekly Enewsletter. TASTE is open Monday through Saturday, 3:00pm until, as well as Sundays for brunch at 10:00am through the rest of the day. You can make reservations via their website, OpenTable, or on Facebook, but walk-ins are always welcome.   To find out more about TASTE, check out their website at tastemgm.com, follow them on Facebook, or on Instagram at taste_montgomery.

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e was a rugged, handsome man. Some may have described him as the personification of the classic American male image. He worked hard, took care of business, and wasn’t afraid of anything or anyone. Whether he was in the field herding cattle or escorting his female companion to a dinner date, there was always a cigarette nearby. He was the Marlboro man. Of course, at least four of the models who played the role of Marlboro man have died from smoking-related illness. The men themselves have died, but also has the ability to portray this type of “cool” figure in advertising tobacco-related products. We learned that image can drive habit, and that particular bad habit was linked to far too many deaths in America. The genius of the Marlboro man advertising campaign was that all they really needed to get you to do is smoke a few cigarettes, and then you were addicted. It’s probably not that easy, since they do smell bad and often times make you nauseated the first time you smoke one. However, the more you smoke 60

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cigarettes, the more likely you will develop a habit that is extremely hard to break. Nicotine is most likely the third-most illicit addictive substance, just behind heroin and cocaine. The Marlboro man would probably not even be relevant in the current era we are now living in. Millennials often shun a standardized portrayal of our culture and seek out what is different. They are no longer interested in icons, and instead seek the uniqueness of being different and an individual. Have you ever heard of juuling? I had not until recently. I consider myself one who keeps up with popular trends, especially since E! TV is often on our television when I come home from work. I knew about vaping, but if you had asked me if I had ever juuled, I might smile and politely change the subject. Experts are now warning that juuling has become the new trend for high school and college students to become addicted to nicotine. There are even Juul dealers in high schools who obtain the J uuls in bulk and then sell them to their classmates for a profit.


While the cigarette is classic in its appearance, the Juul looks more like an USB flash drive that you might plug into your computer. In fact, you can actually charge the device using your computer. Cigarettes come in the classic tobacco flavor or menthol, while the Juul comes in multiple flavors like mango and cool cucumber. Cigarettes smell bad and leave an awful lingering stench on your clothes and your breath. The Juul has no smell. Can you see why people may make the switch and why we may be facing a new epidemic of teenage nicotine addiction? Your teenager could be juuling in their bedroom at night and you might not even be aware of it.

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Since juuling was such a new concept to me, I did need to do a little research to see if this new trend really is safe or dangerous. I could easily have told you about the 4000 chemicals in a cigarette and the direct link to a long list of medical conditions, including the over 500,000 deaths per year related to smoking. The Juul has about five different chemicals, including nicotine. Unfortunately, based on polling, many teenagers did not know their Crème Brulee flavored Juul actually contained nicotine. It is certainly promoted as an alternative to smoking cigarettes by the manufacturer and their mission is stated to eliminate cigarette smoking in adults. The problem is that even though their target may be adults, teenagers are using them all across the country. Nicotine is a stimulant. We live in a hyper-stimulated world. Do we really want to be chewing our caffeinated gum, sipping on a cup of coffee, and juuling all at the same time? What is all this stimulation doing to our mental health, sleep patterns, our hearts and our brains? The short answer is that we just do not know. We do know that juuling and vaping might expose you to things like lead and other chemicals. I don’t have to tell you that you shouldn’t eat lead, and you should probably assume that if you shouldn’t eat it, you likewise should not smoke it. Most experts will admit that if you do currently smoke, switching to vaping or juuling is likely a safer option… but the safest advice is to not get addicted at all. Dr. Brian Richardson is an Urologist and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Jackson Hospital and Clinic.

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hild Protect Children’s Advocacy Center debuted their new spring fundraising event, Barrel of Blues, on April 26th at the home of Korie & Christian Lowry in beautiful, historic Cottage Hill. This year, “Barrel of Blues” replaced Child Protect’s “Chairs for Children,” an event they have held for the past ten years. Barrel of Blues featured a bourbon tasting, music by blues artist Roger “Hurricane” Wilson & His Homeboys, a selection of cigars from Zelda Cigar Shop, food by Jennie Weller, and a silent auction with items contributed by local individuals and businesses. There was even a birthday celebration for Mayor Todd Strange! Barrel of Blues was sponsored by ServisFirst, Wind Creek Montgomery, Kam & Patrick Sidhu, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Beasley Allen, Caddell Construction, Palomar Insurance, Jackson Thornton, Alabama Power, The Vance Law Firm, Jim Wilson &

Associates, Whitfield Foods, Borden Morris Garner, Crosby Drinkard Group, United Heating and Air, Shaw Technology, Steve & Debbie Kranzusch, Patti & Whit Joyner, Railyard Brewing Company, and Warren Averett. The event raised over $26,000 in its first year! Child Protect, serving Montgomery County, conducts on average over 500 forensic interviews of child abuse victims every year, with 65% of those cases involving sex abuse. Their team also provides followup counseling and family advocacy throughout the judicial process at no cost to the victims or their families. Money raised from Barrel of Blues directly funds these services. Child Protect’s next fundraiser is their 8th Annual Swingin’ for Kids Golf Tournament on November 2nd at RTJ Capitol Hill. For more information about how you can get involved, visit their website at www.childprotect.org.


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News Network morning and noon anchor, kept the party going with her enthusiasm as the emcee. The Derby photo booth was busy from the party’s beginning until its end. Men slipped outside to the covered patio to enjoy a “specialty” cigar at the cigar bar and bourbon tasting. The benefit received rave reviews; and a memorable time was had by all. 

Hundreds of patrons experienced the Kentucky Derby this year without having to make the trip to Churchill Downs. On May 5, Hospice of Montgomery (HOM) hosted their annual Derby Party at the Montgomery Country Club, and the 144th Run for the Roses was celebrated in grand style.   Derby Day was a beautiful day full of sunshine in Montgomery. The attendees came in high fashion. Large and small hats, seersucker suits, bow ties, and brightly-colored dresses entered the event one after the other. The Country Club was adorned with red roses galore and breath-taking floral arrangements. You could feel the sense of the Derby the minute you entered the building.   When the event kicked off, there was something for everyone to enjoy. Guests participated in a wine pull, silent auction, and hat contest, while also enjoying delicious food and mint juleps, live music, casino tables (funny money), a life-sized screen for watching the derby, and much more. Olivia Deas, the Alabama

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All proceeds from the annual benefit will be used to support the work of HOM. Founded in 1976, Hospice of Montgomery was the first hospice in Alabama. Today it is the only areaindependent, not-for-profit hospice; and is guided by an all-volunteer board, funded in part by the River Region United Way. The mission of Hospice of Montgomery is to provide quality palliative care to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those in our community affected by terminal illness, to maintain the highest ethical standards, and to educate the community about the hospice concept and end-of-life issues.   Countless hours of work go into the planning and preparation of this event every year. HOM would like to thank each and every individual who gave of themselves to ensure the success of Derby Day, an occasion many look forward to each year, and offer special thanks to all of the event’s sponsors. 


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early 2,000 people returned to the The Yards at Western Rail for the 3rd annual Taco Libre on Saturday, May 12. With a wide assortment of tacos from favorite local joints as well as food trucks from all over the state, people lined up to trade in pesos for tacos and beer. Presented by Modelo, there were plenty of cold beers on hand, and of course delicious margaritas. A new element was added this year to create a family-friendly atmosphere with life-size games such as checkers, chess, legos and Jenga, all provided by LAF Gaming Company. Memories in Motion photo bus captured the energy of the day and allowed patrons to take home a keepsake photo. Tickets were reasonable, but if you wanted a little “mas” there was a limited number of VIP tickets available that included special parking, seating areas, a private bar, salsa bar and VIP restrooms. Music was provided by Alex Therrien followed by Blue Yonder. The Birmingham band Lady Legs was the headliner and rocked the crowd with their alternative rock style. Proceeds from the event benefitted Girls on the Run, 21 Dreams and Child Protect. Taco Libre is one of many great events Lightning Line puts on in our city and we can’t wait for their next one. Photos by Michelle Consuegra 66

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arrington Leigh McTier’s exciting transition between high school and college was celebrated at the Breckenridge Clubhouse on April 29. The floral décor and well-dressed guests helped send the senior off in style. Balloon arches, fun Mason jar drinks, and entertaining corn hole games were the ideal backdrop to the blush and gold accents that could be found throughout the tea. The girls mingled and took pictures to remember the fun time they had celebrating their upcoming graduation. Karrington’s mom, Terry, made the cake herself, one which was almost too delicious to eat. The event was decorated by well-known Montgomery designers including Kim Hall, Jana Edmundson, and Soo Kim, and was certainly an affair to remember. Karrington is a graduate of The Montgomery Academy and has been a star student, ambassador for the school, homecoming court recipient, and prom queen in her years there. She plans to attend Auburn University this fall and study child psychology. We wish you the best of luck Karrington!

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he Moth is a nonprofit group dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, and their events often feature prominent literary and cultural personalities. Events in New York and 28+ cities across America have captivated many audiences. On May 18, The Moth made its first appearance in Montgomery at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival with a sold-out show! The hilarious and entertaining host, Dame Wilburn, could have kept the night going solo but shared the stage with storytellers Phyllis Marie Bowdoin, Natalie “Alabama” Chanin, Dylan Park, Leonard Lee Smith and Michelle Browder. Special thanks to director Catherine Burns and producer Chloe Salmon for bringing this fabulous event to our city. We hope the demand that resulted in a sold-out show brings more Moth events our way. If you missed this event, The Moth offers a weekly podcast and a national public radio show, The Moth Radio Hour, which won a 2010 Peabody Award.

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n April 21, the 58th annual Ninth Grade Dance took place at Montgomery Country Club, with 37 honorees celebrated. This social event is a rite of passage for the children and grandchildren of MCC members. The honorees were joined by friends from local schools, as well as out-of-town guests. Preparations began last April under the direction of chairpersons Jenny Miller (Raines Miller), Natalie Pirnie (Brabee Pirnie), Laura Thomas (Harper Thomas), Ashley Conner (Mamie Conner), and treasurer Ashley McDaniel. The evening began with a seated dinner. Wildflower arrangements handmade by Ashley Conner adorned each table. After dinner, honorees were presented with a commemorative t-shirt wrapped and tied with pop rocks by Melissa Chapman (Ann Cobern Chapman). After the group picture, honorees gathered upstairs for the leadout presentation under the guidance of Austin and Suzy

Huffaker (Mary Virginia Huffaker). This year’s decorations were inspired by the colors of spring and adhered to the traditional “garden party theme”. Decorations Committee Chairperson Natalie Pirnie, along with committee members Amy Chapman (Hamilton Chapman), Kim Jordan (Ben Jordan), Angie Martin (Laine Martin), Katie Hubbard (Virginia Anderson), Tara Sinco (Maddie Sinco), Genie Lindsey (Ridge Lindsey), Rebecca Miller (Stewart Miller), Mary Goldthwaite-Perry (Anna Perry), Liz Braswell (Virginia Braswell), Gina Schroll (Lilly Schroll) and Kathy Royal (Brooke Smith) worked for weeks creating pieces to transform the traditional decor into a dramatic and whimsical setting. A colorful light show danced on the lobby ceiling, and guests admired the large, handmade wisteria bonsai tree while ascending the staircase.

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The festively-decorated ballroom had carefully-arranged seating so guests could view their favorite honorees and escorts as they were presented by emcee Randy Thomas. More than 80 oversized, brightly-colored, tissue paper flowers were mounted and served as the backdrop for the presentation and photographs. Darren Freeman returned this year as the official photographer.   In addition to the tissue paper flowers, color abounded with paper lanterns in various colors and sizes, positioned to hang directly above the dance floor. Nearly a dozen handmade, illuminated, floor-to-ceiling multi-colored windsocks were on either side of the stage. Adam Stewart with Special Event Lighting, Inc. created a memorable light show with moving lights, lasers and up-lighting that highlighted the many colorful decorations and the ballroom perimeter. Music was provided by the band Blackberry Breeze.

. At 11 p.m., chaperone chairs Doug and Catherine Robertson (Leighton Robertson) helped usher the honorees and their guests out into the spring night.

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July 1- First Sundays 1 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Learn more about work in the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (traveling exhibitions as well as the Museum’s Permanent Collection) in these FREE docent-led tours the FIRST Sunday of each month. For more information visit mmfa.org.. July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – Blues Cruise 5:30 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon aboard the Harriott II. Includes live entertainment, cash bar & concessions. $25 per adult and $15 per child. Call 334.625.2100 or visit funinmontgomery.com.

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July 1 - Patriotic Concert 6:30 p.m. Pratt Park Amphitheater. Kicking off Prattville’s Independence Day Celebration, the Pops and Chorus will present a patriotic concert as a tribute to our country’s independence and those who have fought for our freedom. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a family-friendly concert that is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Special Events office at 334.595.0854 or visit prattvilleal.gov. July 2-26 - Summer Kids Series 10 a.m. Chantilly 13. The Summer Kid Series is back! Chantilly 13 will be showing one movie a week on Monday and Thursdays. Take advantage of the summer fun and savings with the family. Only $4.00 (plus tax) for admission! Includes a 46 oz. popcorn, a 16 oz. drink and your movie ticket. For all ages. Call 334.819.1638 for more information. July 2, 9, 16, 23 – Family Night Movie Mondays Dusk. Riverfront Park. Bring the family out to Movie Mondays at Riverfront Park! Food and beverage vendors will be available for purchase at the event. Admission is free. Movies include Peter Pan, Pets, Cars 3, and Star Wars. For more information call 334.625.2300.

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when? what? where? writing a business plan and finding expert advice. No registration required. Please arrive to sign in by 8:15 a.m. For more information visit montgomerychamber.com. July 3- Independence Day Celebration 6 – 9 p.m. Blount Cultural Park. The city of Wetumpka will be celebrating Independence Day with events featuring the Sweet Young’uns, street dancing, children’s activities and fireworks. For more information visit cityofwetumpka.com. July 3 – Stars in the Park 7 p.m. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents Stars in the Park, a free outdoor concert commemorating Independence Day in conjunction with the  City of Montgomery’s fireworks display in Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park. ASF encourages families to bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic for this evening under the stars. No outside alcohol is permitted, but beverages will be available for purchase. For more information visit asf.net. July 4 - Prattville’s Fourth of July Celebration 9 a.m. Downtown Prattville. Fireworks, food, and fun are all part of the Independence Day Celebration planned for Prattville. The day starts with a parade through downtown Prattville that ends at Pratt Park, where the Lion’s Club will host its Annual BBQ fundraiser with music, a patriotic program, and arts and crafts. The Cardboard Boat Races, starting at 11 a.m., are a great way for families to work together and compete in a fun swimming pool event. The day will end with a FREE concert at 7 p.m. at Stanley-Jensen Stadium featuring Creativity and a huge fireworks display beginning at dark. For more information about these events and how you can be a part of the celebration, contact Parks and Recreation at 334.595.0800 or Special Events at 334.595.0854 or visit prattvilleal.gov. July 4 - Harriott II: Scenic Lunch Cruise 11a.m. Enjoy lunch and a scenic cruise aboard the Harriott II. Come aboard the riverboat and enjoy a great daytime setting of the Alabama River. Don’t miss the boat! To purchase tickets visit  funinmontgomery. com, call 334.625.2100 or visit the Riverwalk Box Office at 200 Coosa Street.

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Times vary. Riverwalk Stadium. Stick around after the game on Friday and Saturday to enjoy crowdpleasing fireworks, creating perfect summer memories! Ticket prices vary. Visit biscuitsbaseball.com for more information. July 6 – Lower Dexter First Friday Cruise-In 5:30 – 7p.m. Lower Dexter/One Court Square. Join us for some for family-friendly fun while local dealerships showcase a different car club each month. For more information call 334.273.0313 or visit lowerdexter.org.  July 6,7,13,14,20,21,27,28 –

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6:30 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Spend your Friday and Saturday nights cruising down the river on the Harriott II while enjoying dinner, live entertainment, and a cash bar. Ticket prices will vary. Call 334.625.2100. or visit funontheriver.net. July 7, 14, 21, 28 –

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7 a.m. - Noon. Near Dillards. The Shoppes at EastChase 14th Annual Farmers Market, featuring a variety of local produce, fruits, veggies, milk, eggs, jams, artisanal breads, and much more! For more information call 334.279.6046 or visit theshoppesateastchase.com. July 7, 14, 21, 28 - Yoga on The Green 9 a.m. Near Pies and Pints. Grab a bottle of water, a mat and a friend for {free} yoga on The Green at The Shoppes at EastChase every Saturday through August. July 9 – 27 - Zoo Summer Camps Times vary. Montgomery Zoo. Zoo Summer Camp is a fun-filled, educational wildlife experience. Geared for kids 5-12 years old, boys and girls, half and full-day camps available. Camp activities include scavenger hunts, behind the scene tours, live animal presentations, special oneon-one animal experiences, classroom projects, games, craft time, riding the train, pedal boats, sky lift, zookeeper talks and so much more. Parents can check out Facebook posts to see daily activities and see pictures of their kids. Advanced reservations are required. Contact Montgomery Zoo’s Education Department at 334.354.6034 or email at sfontaine@montgomeryal.gov. 

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July 11 & 12- Vintage Year Dinner Series 6 - 9 p.m. 405 Cloverdale Road. Join Vintage Year for another Vintage Dinner Series.This four-course meal will be representative of the Blue Moon Inn Restaurant where guests came to leisurely dine on excellent food in the homey, yet attractive setting of the antebellum cottage. Come enjoy the exciting dishes  that Chef Rivera will replicate in the kitchen! Cost: $75 includes Signature era cocktail hour and passed canapés, four-course dinner, gratuity & tax (excludes alcohol during dinner). For dinner series reservations, call 334.819.7215. July 12- Whiskey Business 6 - 9 p.m.The Porter Club, 12 W. Jefferson.This is for the ones that want to be able to TALK about whiskey but need to LEARN (and taste) some more first. Help raise money for EAT South’s garden education programs while enjoying a private beginner’s class on all things whiskey. Tastings will take place at 6 and 7 p.m. so pick a time that works for you and stick around for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. July 13-15 – The 33rd Annual White Water Festival Times vary. Coosa River Adventures, 172 River Road, Wetumpka. Come join the Coosa River Paddling Club for the 33rd annual Coosa River Whitewater Festival! There will be a classic ender contest, freestyle competition, down river race, and everyones favorite, the King of the Wave comp! Register early to ensure that you get an event t-shirt Registration fee: $30. For more information call: 334-202-3050 or 334-201-1059 or visit www.coosariverwhitewaterfestival.com. July 13, 20, 27- Family Fun Night 5 – 7 p.m. Eastdale Mall. Family Fun Night provides local families a night filled with exciting, hands-on activities, story times, and performances from your local community attractions. Check in at the Customer Service Center to receive your wristband to participate in all of the activities. For more information call 334.277.7380. July 18 – Artful Yoga Noon – 1 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Does your yoga practice need a little artistic inspiration? Join us to stretch, reflect, and relax. Each Artful Yoga session will draw inspiration from collections and exhibitions of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Visit mmfa.org for more information. July 18-22 – Montgomery Biscuits vs.Mississippi Braves Times vary. Riverwalk Stadium. Stick around after the game on Friday and Saturday and enjoy crowdpleasing fireworks, creating perfect summer memories! Ticket prices vary. Visit biscuitsbaseball.com for more information.

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when? what? where? July 19- Calligraphy Workshop 6 – 8 p.m.The Shoppes at EastChase. Come and enjoy a fun Thursday evening at The Shoppes with others interested in the art of calligraphy! In this course for beginners, the basics of the art of modern calligraphy will be covered with Kara Anne Paper. You will learn how to identify the main supplies needed, nib prep, warm up exercises, up and down strokes, letter formation and connecting words. In addition to learning calligraphy, you will be able to enjoy wine and snacks. Visit theshoppesateastchase. com to purchase tickets.

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July 19-29- The Hobbit Times vary. Cloverdale Playhouse. J.R.R. Tolkien changed the face of literature and fantasy with his novels The Lord of the Rings.An odyssey with unlikely heroes about moral courage, coming together with other cultures to fight for the common good, and friendship in its truest sense, his works have been translated into over 50 languages, and eventually became box office record shattering films. For tickets or more information visit cloverdaleplayhouse.org or call 334.262.1530. July 21- Animal Enrichment Day 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Montgomery Zoo. From zoo animals to our pets at home and even including us, we all need enrichment… a chance to smell a new scent, taste a new flavor, play a new game or figure out a puzzle.  Enrichment is an effort to tap into and stimulate our basic five senses: touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing.  The result is to stimulate behaviors resembling those for species in the wild. It is a lot of trial and error, but it is always fun. Regular admission fee to enter zoo; however, there is no additional fee to view and participate in the Animal Enrichment Day activities.  For more information call 334.625.4900 or visit montgomeryzoo.com July 21 – Third Saturdays 1 – 2 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Learn more about the works of art on view and latest exhibitions at the Museum with docent-led tours offered the third Saturday of each month. These tours are free and open to the public, no reservations required. For more information visit mmfa.org. July 23-29 – 2018 World Champion of Cornhole Times vary. Multiplex and Cramton Bowl.The best players in the world....the biggest Cornhole Party...$68,000 up for grabs. HoleHeadz Festival will include a craft beer garden, music stage, food trucks, party in the end zone, combat juggling, social courts and much more! This is a free, family-friendly, five day event. For further information and updated schedule of events, go to americancornhole.com.

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when? what? where? July 26 – ArtTalk 6 – 8 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Join this bi-monthly program for Museum members during which artists share one piece of artwork and receive feedback from their peers. Get an up-close look at artists, their work, and the creative process in this unique program designed for artists in the area as well as those interested in art. Cost is $14 for the remaining sessions.Visit mmfa. org for more information on how to join.

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July 26-August 12 - The Secret Garden Times vary. Way Off Broadway Theatre. This musical is a family favorite and is suitable for all ages. The Secret Garden is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, music and lyrics by Marsha Norman, music by Lucy Simon and presented through special arrangement with Samuel French. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door (if available) and can be purchased by calling the Special Events Office at 334.595.0854 or online at prattvilleal.gov. July 27- Moonlight Movies on the Green featuring Coco 7-9p.m. Near Pies and Pints at The Shoppes at EastChase. This family-friendly event features an outdoor showing of Coco, beginning at sunset. Enjoy food and drinks from a variety of different local vendors. Bring your chairs, blankets, and even pups out for a perfect family movie night at The Shoppes! This month, we are collecting monetary donations at entry for the Miracle League! Learn more about this event and more at theshoppestaeastchase.com. July 28-August 1 – Montgomery Biscuits vs.Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

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July 30-31 – Stars On The Riverfront 7:30 p.m. Riverwalk Amphitheater. The Alabama Dance Theatre will present its annual “Stars on the Riverfront” with two spectacular free performances. Bring the entire family and a picnic and join the Alabama Dance Theatre as the sun sets on one of Montgomery’s most beautiful venues, the Riverwalk Amphitheater. These eclectic performances are the culmination of ADT’s two week Summer Dance Seminar and will feature over 50 dancers. Gates open at 6 p.m. for picnicking. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please call 334.241.2590. August 1, 15 – Artful Yoga Noon – 1 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Does your yoga practice need a little artistic inspiration? Join


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2:30 – 3 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Visit ArtWorks on Monday afternoons to explore the arts of different cultures. ArtWorks Educator Kelly Bazan will introduce young learners to the basic greetings, visual arts, music, clothing, and traditions of the country in focus.Visit mmfa.org for more information. August 3 – Lower Dexter First Friday Cruise-In 5:30 - 7 p.m. Lower Dexter/One Court Square. Join us for some for family-friendly fun  while local dealerships showcase a different car club each month. For more information call 334.273.0313 or visit lowerdexter.org.  August 3, 10, 24, 31 – Harriott II Friday Dinner Cruise 6:30 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Spend your Friday nights cruising down the river on the Harriott II while enjoying dinner, live entertainment, and a cash bar. Ticket prices will vary. Call 334.625.2100 or visit funontheriver.net. August 4, 11, 18, 25 -

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7 a.m. - Noon. Near Dillards. The Shoppes at EastChase 14thAnnual Farmers Market features a variety of local produce, fruits, veggies, milk, eggs, jams, artisanal breads, and much more! For more information call 334.279.6046 or visit theshoppesateastchase.com. August 4, 11, 18, 25- Yoga on The Green 9 a.m. Near Pies and Pints. Grab a bottle of water, a mat and a friend for {free} yoga on The Green at The Shoppes at EastChase every Saturday through August.

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August 4 – Zoo Serve Day 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Montgomery Zoo. Join us along with 100 other zoo volunteers as we spend the day focused on several Zoo grounds projects. We will work on landscaping, making minor building repairs, planting various flowers and plants for the season, painting, and overall beautification of the Zoo. It is amazing what volunteers on task can accomplish in one day.  Join us for a great day of community service at the Montgomery Zoo. For more information or to register visit montgomeryzoo.com. August 4, 11, 18, 25 – Getaway Cruise 4:30 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Enjoy a sunny Saturday afternoon aboard the Harriott II. Includes live entertainment, cash bar & concessions. $25 per

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when? what? where? adult and $15 per child. Call 334.625.2100 or visit funinmontgomery.com. August 5 – First Sundays 1 – 2 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Learn more about the works of art on view and latest exhibitions at the Museum with docent-led tours offered the first Sunday of each month. These tours are free and open to the public, no reservations required. For more information visit mmfa.org. August 5 - Wake Up and Smell the Coffee 2 – 5 p.m. Doster Community Center. The Prattauga Art Guild will present its 5th Annual Wake Up and Smell the Coffee event with live music, local art, and readings by local authors. This event is free and open to the public. Coffee, snacks, soft drinks and water will be available for a small donation to the art guild special projects fund. For more information, contact the Special Events Office at 334.595.0854 or visit prattvilleal.gov. August 5, 12, 19, 26 – Blues Cruise 5:30 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon aboard the Harriott II. Includes live entertainment, cash bar & concessions. $25 per adult and $15 per child. Call 334.625.2100 or visit funinmontgomery.com. August 7 & 21- Business 101: Start It Up 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. Establish a strong foundation for your new or existing business! Topics covered include locating financing, writing a business plan and finding expert advice. No registration required. Please arrive to sign in by 8:15 a.m. For more information visit montgomerychamber.com.

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August 9- Summer 2018 Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm. Wetumpka Civic Center. Join us as we hear from our panels of guest speakers from local area business owners concerning the challenges and successes of running a business in Elmore County, Alabama. For more information visit wetumpkachamber.com. August 11 – Magical Creature Education Program 10 a.m. – Noon Montgomery Zoo. Meet some of magical animals that are featured in movies like “The

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when? what? where? Hobbit” and “Harry Potter.” You will get a chance to meet animals up close, learn about them in their habitats, and take home some special prizes.  Geared for boys and girls, ages 4-10 years old.  Advanced reservations preferred. For more information and to register visit montgomeryzoo.com. August 11 – Elvis: The Early Years at ASF 7:30 p.m. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Elvis: The Early Years, starring nationally-renowned  tribute artist Scot Bruce, will return to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The performance features songs made famous by the king of rock ‘n’ roll, including “Hound Dog,” “Burnin’ Love,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Me Tender,” “Suspicious Minds,” and more. This annual fundraiser for ASF has traditionally sold out, so get your tickets now! For more information visit asf.net or call 334.271.5353. August 17 – KC and the Sunshine Band 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. KC and the Sunshine Band are still as popular today as they were when they first danced into the music scene 40 years ago. Harry Wayne Casey - KC for short - developed a unique fusion of R&B and funk, with a hint of a Latin percussion groove, giving us an impressive string of hits like “GET DOWN TONIGHT,” “THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT),” and “SHAKE YOUR BOOTY.” With sales of over 100 million records, nine Grammy nominations, three Grammy Awards and an American Music Award, KC and the Sunshine Band was one of the most progressive bands of the 70’s and is credited with changing the sound of modern pop music! Ticket prices may vary. For more information and to order tickets visit mpaconline.org.

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when? what? where? Saturday of each month. These tours are free and open to the public, no reservations required.Visit mmfa.org for more information. August 18 – The 5th Dimension and The Spinners 7:30 p.m. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Wind Creek Hospitality and ASF present legendary soul and R&B groups The 5th Dimension  and The Spinners! Led by original member Florence LaRue, The 5th Dimension produced some of the most popular songs of the late ’60s and early ’70s, such as the Grammy-Award winning “Up, Up and Away,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” and “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.” The classic sound of The Spinners has never lost its universal appeal. One of the most successful soul groups of the ’70s, they have topped both the Pop and R&B charts with hits such as “I’ll Be Around,” “The Rubberband Man,” and “Then Came You.” For tickets and more information visit asf.net. August 18 – Mark Farner 8 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Enjoy your evening listening to this legendary all-American front man and guitarist. He was the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad to the top of the charts. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online. Call 334.481.5100 or visit mpaconline.org for more information. 19-23 – Montgomery Biscuits vs. Chattanooga Lookouts

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August 24-25- STIFF 7:30 p.m. Cloverdale Playhouse. STIFF is the hit, fastpaced comedy about moving slow that has been an award-winning audience favorite at festivals, conferences, and theatres across the country. Actress and playwright Sherry Jo Ward was suddenly facing a career-ending diagnosis with a super-rare neuromuscular disease called Stiff Person Syndrome. Instead, she turned it into an autobiographical one-woman show that demonstrates her resilience, and her “sick” sense of humor. It’s a unique hour of theatre that promises to stay with you. For tickets and more information visit cloverdaleplayhouse. org or call 334.262.1530. 24-28 – Montgomery Biscuits vs. Tennessee Smokies

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when? what? where? August 25 – Dragon Boat Festival 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Riverfront Park. 70+ teams from central Alabama and beyond will converge downtown to paddle and party for a cause while in the pursuit of the Grand Championship Trophy! For more information, visit montgomerydragonboat.org. August 25-31 – Menopause the Musical Times vary. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. COME JOIN OUR SISTERHOOD! Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisle! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 16 years! To purchase tickets and learn more about this event visit tickets.asf.net. August 30 – Blackberry Smoke 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Don’t miss this Southern rock band who has shared the stage with ZZ Top, Montgomery Gentry and the Marshall Tucker Band. Tickets are on sale now but prices vary. For more information or to purchase tickets visit mpaconline.org. August 31 – Jake Owen 7:15 p.m. Riverwalk Stadium. Come out and see this awesome country singer on his tour “Life’s Whatcha Make It” with special guests Chris Janson and Jordan Davis. You won’t want to miss it! For tickets and more information visit jakeowen.net. August 31 – Pre-Labor Day Blues Show 8 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. What happens when you mix high-energy comedy and dancing with some of the best blues around? That’s exactly what’s coming to the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre with the Pre-Labor Day Blues Show. Stanford “MC” Lightfoot will be hosting the show, which also stars blues greats Tucka, Calvin Richardson and Pokey Bear. “They’re young. They’re going to bring it,” says Lightfoot. “It’s going to be impactful.” Ticket prices may vary. For more information or how to purchase your tickets visit mpaconline.org.

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Ware Jewelers, p. 92 334.386.9273 warejewelers.com Welle Studio, p. 84 334.239.8884 wearitwelle.com Wharf Casual Seafood, p. 79 334.676.3200 WharfCasualSeafood.com Wind Creek Casino, p. 90 334.946.3360 windcreekmontgomery.com Wynlakes, p. 10 334.279.0297 wynlakes.com

JULY /AUGUST 2018 RSVP 89


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idden away at Wind Creek Montgomery is a special place. It’s called Itta Bena, an exquisite dining experience with a taste of Beale Street on the side. From the 10 oz. bone-in pork chop to the 8 oz. filet, every dish at Itta Bena is gourmet southern cuisine. So come on up to the 3rd floor, discover our modern day speakeasy, and enjoy a FREE appetizer on us. But remember, it’s our little secret!

Present this coupon to your server for a:

FREE APPETIZER with an entrée purchase.

Limit one per table. Offer expires 8/31/18. May not be used in conjunction with any other offers.

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