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14 reply YES Styles and trends to consider

Fringe & Fur

22 Feature

Ultimate Fitness Guide

58 the LIST A Who’s Who of Young Leaders


66 socially SEEN


Farm to Fork MANE: Raise the Roof Live & Listen: Funksgiving Festiwelle The Hospitality Gala

78 Take 5 Catch a Flick

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River Region Facial Plastics

84 table TALK Healthy in a Hurry


88 Behind the Scenes


90 Friends Trends 92 when? what? where? 92 resource DIRECTORY

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from the GIRLS The River Region Guide for All Things Social vol. 9, Iss.1


anuary tends to be a little quiet with everyone focused on their new year resolutions. If you are trying to make changes for a healthier lifestyle, great news… you have landed upon a great resource! This issue has a plethora of options for getting active and finding your fitness family. Table Talk has healthy menu items from some of our favorite local eateries so if you get in a hurry or didn’t prepare your meals, have no fear, you can still stay on track with lean, yet delicious choices. While being physically fit is a huge part of feeling good about yourself, having a fabulous outfit doesn’t hurt one’s confidence either. Fringe and fur are all the rage this season so flip over to Reply Yes to see some of the latest trends from our favorite boutiques. We couldn’t pick a favorite look because they are all gorgeous. If you are avoiding outdoor activities to keep warm our Take 5 feature highlights a few flicks being shown in our theaters that you may be interested in. For other activities, check out our Calendar of Events or visit our website so you can stay informed of weekly specials, promotions and area happenings. We are excited to introduce our new intern, Maggie Mobley, a senior at Faulkner University, who will be a great asset to our team this winter. Be sure to say hello to her when you see her out and about. From the entire RSVP team, we wish you much success and happiness in 2016! Cheers!



RSVP Montgomery, Inc. 505 Cloverdale road, Unit 104 montgomery, al 36106

This AS by DF leather skirt has all the fringe benefits of a chic ensemble. The shaggy sweater is by Waverly Grey and the necklace is by Whitley V. (Painted Pink)


& FUR Two of the hottest trends right now: fringe and fur. From hats to boots, you can find these fun features on everything. There was a fringe binge on nearly every designer runway, and it’s being carried from winter to spring. As for fur, the style is far from your grandmother’s old coat. Whether you’re a faux fan or prefer the real deal, there are many fur options in a variety of styles and for every budget. Some of our favorite local boutiques have everything you need to perfect the look. Let these pictures be an inspiration for your wardrobe.

By: Peyton Flowers Photos by: Michael Carson Hair by: Jamison Alexander Makeup by: Derricius Breon

Flaunt your fringe in this suede jacket by Hot & Delicious. The Mbellish layered necklace is the perfect accessory. (ElizabethGrace Fashions)

This faux fur vest by Waverly Grey is perfectly layered over a Free People sweater and accessorized with a beaded necklace and hat by C.C. (Painted Pink)

This knitted rabbit fur with fox inserts vest (Henig Furs) goes perfectly with this multicolor Eloise dress by Pearle 88 , Tart hat and tassel necklace by Boho Gal Jewelry. (Splurge)

A showstopper, you can’t go wrong with this champagnecolored sequin dress by Parker. (Welle Studio)

Tractr Blu distressed flare leg denim.(Elizabeth Grace Fashions) Leather handbag by B-Low the Belt. (Splurge)

This fringe dress with suede panel by Ya is begging for a dance party! (ElizabethGrace Fashions)

The faux fur accent on the arms of this Liberty Garden pullover is an unexpected touch. The leggings are Hale Bob and the necklace is Boho Gal Jewelry. (Splurge)

Channeling the age of the flapper, this layered fringe dress is as fun as it is elegant. (Welle Studio)

For the luxurious ladies, this demi-buff mink with crystal fox collar jacket is a must have . (Henig Furs)



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FITNESS 2016 GUIDE If you are looking to improve your overall physical appearance and endurance or if you are unhappy with your current workout regimen, this issue will serve as an informative resource guide for you. Gone are the days of one local gym. There are now dozens of options when it comes to getting fit all within a few miles of our homes and work; and to be honest, some are pretty darn intimidating. If you’re going to invest time and money and trust in a person to guide you in the right direction then

you need to make the right choice. The next several pages will introduce you to several of our favorite local trainers, instructors, coaches and facilities that all offer something a little bit different. While some people want to be pushed to their limits, others are going to work better in group settings or with gentle encouragement. We hope with this guide you will find the person and place who will cater to your personal needs and learning preferences in order to make sure you reach all your goals in 2016. JAN / FEB 2016 RSVP 23

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Get ready to push past your limits and be stronger than you ever thought possible. At Guns Out CrossFit, you’ll do exactly that and more. Guns Out CrossFit, located on Atlanta Highway in Montgomery, is a strength and conditioning facility that develops any individual, whether beginner or advanced, to reach elite levels of fitness through constantly-varied functional movements executed at high-intensity levels. They opened their 6,000 square foot facility in September of 2013 and employ six motivated CrossFit trainers who have over 20 years of combined experience.

CrossFit Kids four times a week for ages 6-12, taught by a certified CrossFit Kids coach. Personal training is also available upon request. At Guns Out, they know that tracking your progress is important to stay motivated. They use a software program called Wodify that is displayed on monitors at the facility and lists performance results and stats. Members can also use the convenient auto-draft payment option built into the software.

Members of Guns Out will be challenged to do more and be more through a combination of the most effective training methods of weightlifting, gymnastics and highintensity cardio. They promise to push you to the best of your abilities and get you in the best shape of your life. They offer a two-week CrossFit Fundamentals course for beginners. Upon completion of this course, new members are welcome to attend any of the regularly scheduled workout sessions. All sessions are hour-long group workouts, which include a warm up, stretching and mobility, and the workout of the day. Guns Out also offers

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RELAX AND REFRESH. January 2016 has arrived. Start the new year with a visit to Montgomery’s newest Aveda Concept Full Service Salon, Spa, Fitness Center and Pool: The Spa at the Renaissance Montgomery. Refresh after the busy holiday season with a massage and facial, or surprise your loved one with a couples massage for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday. Visit the Aveda Concept Salon and try a new hairstyle, or buff away the winter blues with a manicure and pedicure. Experience relaxation at the Spa at Montgomery. For more information or to book a spa appointment, call the Spa at Montgomery at 334.481.5210.

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Members who put in the time and do the hard work will see results. According to owner Charles Monnier, “At Guns Out CrossFit, we train harder than most thought they were capable of. Every day, our athletes break down barriers and set new standards for themselves. Our training is intense, and it creates a bond among our members that can’t be faked or manufactured. Together we sweat, we expose weaknesses, and we get stronger…together. The community aspect of CrossFit is our greatest strength. At Guns Out in Montgomery, Alabama, there are no egos, no room for bad attitudes. Those types of people just don’t last here. We are supportive, we are competitive, we are strong, we are humble, we are athletes…we are CrossFit.” Guns Out CrossFit is open six days a week with a flexible schedule for everyone. Every Saturday, they offer a free workout for anyone who is considering joining. They also offer free meal planning upon request to their members. Ask about discounted rates for uniformed services, students, family and kids. Coming up in January is a New Year’s special—the first month is half off including the Fundamentals course. For more information, a schedule of workouts or questions, go to their website at gunsoutcrossfit. com, call 334.868.1950 or visit them at 4351 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, Alabama 36109.

We are supportive, we are competitive, we are strong, we are humble, we are athletes… we are CrossFit.

· Crossfit is constantly varied, functional movements at high intensity. · Intro classes for education & safety · Scalable for all fitness levels

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Photo by Nick Drollette Tiffany Bell & Katie Lowder- Co-owners

Looking for a fast and effective way to change your body? Pure Barre may be your answer. Pure Barre is the nation’s largest and fastest growing barre concept. Since 2009, it has exploded in popularity and introduced its innovative technique in more than 300 studios across the U.S. Montgomery is fortunate to have two Pure Barre locations, one in Cloverdale and one in East Montgomery, together boasting 15 trained and certified teachers with all levels of training. Pure Barre uses small, isometric movements to create long, lean muscles with no impact on joints. Workouts tone the body and burn fat in no time, and clients have seen results in as little as ten classes. This is a proven technique that not only works but is also a blast! The hour-long group sessions fly by thanks to fast-paced classes and fun, motivating music. All ages, body

types, fitness levels and genders are welcome—anyone and everyone is invited. Tiffany Bell, co-owner of Pure Barre Montgomery and East Montgomery, shares the philosophy behind what they do. She said, “We motivate clients to work to push themselves and work in their deepest working zone every day, wherever that is for them. We meet you right where you are and help you meet your personal goals in each class, offering additional challenges or modifications as needed. Clients receive the energy and motivation from a group setting, all while receiving individual, hands-on attention and encouragement from our trained and certified teachers. We also routinely offer individual challenges with extra incentives for clients to help reach and exceed their goals.”

Pure Barre Montgomery and East Montgomery co-owner Katie Lowder shares Bell’s enthusiasm for Pure Barre. She said, “We truly believe in the Pure Barre brand and have witnessed the mental, emotional and physical results firsthand and through clients at Pure Barre Montgomery since opening in February 2013. Whether clients are looking to get in shape, build strength and confidence, make friends or mentally escape, Pure Barre provides a safe haven and positive environment for EVERYONE that walks through our doors.” Pure Barre offers classes seven days a week at both locations. Their morning classes start as early as 5:30 a.m., and evening classes start as late as 6:35 p.m. Current schedules, as well as links to purchase classes, are posted online at www.purebarre. com/al-montgomery and www.

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Testimonial from Carley, Pure Barre Montgomery client:

Photo courtesy of Pure Barre They offer a variety of packages to fit your budget, and the first class is only $9.99. Ready to get fit? Visit their locations at 507 Cloverdale Road, Unit 102, or at 8103 Vaughn Road, or give them a call at 334.834.7790 (Cloverdale) or 334.356.5154 (East Montgomery).



In May of this year, I hit an emotional wall. Having recently graduated from college and facing the workplace, I began to struggle with self-esteem. I questioned long-term personal relationships, wondering, "What is wrong with me?"  My health had begun to suffer, and I was facing medication.   With the help of people who will always support me no matter what, I declared this "The Year of Carley.” My goal was to find peace with my personal life, professional life and social life.   It is clear that exercise, diet and what I tell myself about the day is what follows me home. I had to get moving and find a way to become active again! I had to eat better! I had to put negative thoughts away for positive ones!   For some time, I had looked at Pure Barre classes and thought this may be an answer for me. Guess what? I was right! After only a few months or about 25 classes - I have dropped a little over 35 pounds. On particularly stressful workdays, my salvation is at the barre. After 55 minutes of LTB (lift, tone, burn) my head is clear and the other results are a bonus. What an amazing group of people at Pure Barre Montgomery - so encouraging and helpful with technique. I can’t thank you all enough for helping me along my "Year of Carley.”

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Get ready to hit the dance floor with Maya! Maya’s Belly Dancing is a dance fitness studio like no other. Their philosophy is to encourage participants to be healthy and to feel good about themselves through a fantastic dance class. While today’s culture seems to have a very narrow view of beauty, Maya’s wants each person to recognize and appreciate the beauty they naturally have—loving what

they see in the mirror and letting that confidence radiate to everything they do. Dancing, while being a fun and enjoyable form of exercise, also comes with a large number of health benefits. You can lose weight, strengthen and tone muscles without hurting joints, increase stamina and flexibility, and improve balance and posture. While you’re having fun shaking it up on the dance floor, you are lowering stress levels and cortisol, the hormone responsible for weight gain, particularly around the abdomen. Dance can also have an affect on your mind. Maya said, “Dance requires you to learn certain steps that can actually increase your brain power and help to improve balance and posture, and produce confidence, among other things.”   Maya started teaching belly dancing in Montgomery in 2001. She opened her first studio in 2007 and started offering belly dance, Zumba and Latin dance classes. The studio closed in 2012 and became a “mobile studio,” teaching in various locations around Montgomery and nearby cities. In 2016, Maya’s Belly Dancing will be

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partnering with MetroFitness. You don’t need to be a member of MetroFitness to enjoy Maya’s classes. Maya has 23 years of belly dancing experience, 15 of those being in Montgomery. She studied in Egypt, Brazil and the United States with famous belly dancing artists. She is AFAA group fitness and Zumba certified, and she has participated in six Zumba conventions and several belly dancing festivals around the world.   Anyone can join in Maya’s classes. There is no experience required and no need to show your belly in class! With Maya’s patient instruction, students will learn dance moves in no time. While you can wear regular workout gear, everyone is encouraged to wear a belly dancing hip scarf, bracelets, earrings, lipstick and even high heels for the Latin Dance class – no partners needed. Dressing up is part of the fun!   If you want to try one of Maya’s Belly Dancing classes, visit their website at, call 334.322.0946 or email at


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Photos by Nick Drollette Montgomery has a unique fitness studio located in the beautiful “Glass Tower” room at Hampstead. CoreVibes Studio is the only fully- equipped Pilates studio in the River Region and the only GYROTONIC® studio in Alabama. They are also an authorized Power Plate® Training Center. The focus at CoreVibes is attention to detail. Proper alignment is critical- any exercise performed with bad posture or bad form simply strengthens the bad form and leads to injury. They combine correct form, alignment and proper breathing to teach "mindful, intelligent movement." The results for strengthening, performance and pain relief are amazing!

CoreVibes Studio originally opened in 2001 at MetroFitness and then moved to Hampstead on December 1st. Owner Lynne Ellen Kershaw has been training for 21 years. She started taking Pilates lessons in 1994 because of severe back pain from scoliosis and from there decided to open her own studio. She and two other instructors hold certifications from the Pilates Method Alliance, which is the gold standard of Pilates certifications, and they hold certifications from GYROTONIC® and Power Plate®. They also hold certifications from Z Health, NeuroKinetic Therapy, Rocktape, Functional Movement Systems, and Restorative Breathing. Kershaw is passionate about motivating her clients. She said, “Each client is different! We try very hard to listen to individual goals and find novel ways to help our clients meet them. We are continually attending cutting-edge courses to pass along the latest research to our clients. Everyone wants results faster these days. Modern neuroscience helps us get our clients there faster! Example: Did you know the position of your eyes affects your strength on a pull up?” CoreVibes Studio offers a variety of private and semiprivate classes seven days a week. Their packages are “Buy 10 Get One Free” for all sessions. In January, they are offering memberships for even better deals. There is also a loyalty rewards program! If CoreVibes Studio sounds right for you, visit them at 5251 Hampstead High Street, Unit 400 in Montgomery. For questions or more information, call them at 334.396.3131, or go to their website at

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Photos by Julie Lowry / Chanterelle Photography Every person is unique and has their own strengths, weaknesses and needs when it comes to being healthy and fit. At Iron Tribe East Montgomery, they recognize this fact and work diligently to customize workouts to each individual. Iron Tribe opened their Montgomery facility in May of 2013 and have five coaches with over 30 years of combined experience. Iron Tribe focuses on three main types of exercise—cardio,

weightlifting and body-weight movements. Cardio, which includes running and rowing, strengthens your heart, increases metabolism and can help ease symptoms of depression and fatigue. Weightlifting improves bone density and promotes fat-free body mass. Squats, sit-ups and pull-ups are in the category of body-weight movements. These increase core strength, flexibility and balance. Since not every member can do

every exercise, the coaches at Iron Tribe can scale any workout to fit any need. What makes Iron Tribe different from other facilities that offer similar workouts? It’s the “3 Cs” that Iron Tribe is built on—coaching, culture and class structure. The first C is coaching. With full-time coaches devoted to helping athletes experience a transformation, members feel like they have their own personal

trainer. Culture, the second C, is very important in creating a bond among members and coaches, enabling each person to become the best version of themselves. The last C is class structure. Classes are 45-minute workouts programmed by a team of expert coaches. You can expect the same level of excellence in every class, at every gym, across the country. One of their favorite transformation stories is that of Tomy Gamble. Coach Fred Turner said, “When Tomy started our 101 class, he weighed over 300 pounds and could not run 100 meters without stopping. It took him over 18 minutes to complete the baseline workout. Within a year, he lost over 60 pounds and dropped 10 inches from around his waist. A lady he had known for years actually introduced herself in a meeting because she

didn’t recognize him. On his oneyear anniversary, Tomy re-tested his baseline workout to see how much he had improved. He completed it in under six minutes. He also ran his first half marathon in 2015.” Every client can expect amazing results, just by taking the first step. Iron Tribe offers a flexible schedule and multiple packages depending on your goals. Want to “Try the Tribe?” Iron Tribe has a variety of ways to try before you buy. The best offers are given exclusively to people who sign up to receive free fitness reports and email updates at EastMontgomery@ For more information, visit them at 7927 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, Alabama, call them at 334.356.9696 or go to the website at

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“From the moment I walked in the door, I could tell Iron Tribe was a special place. The facility is amazing! But the knowledge and personal attention of the coaches is what makes all the difference. When I began 101, I was sluggish; way overweight and had a daily BP averaging of 180/95. Since then I’ve lost over 30 pounds and my daily BP is down to 120/80. Joining the Tribe is one of the best decisions I have ever made…the results speak for themselves!” Thomas Claunch Harding & Claunch, LLC

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Photos by Brooke Glassford / Colorbox Photographers There’s an addictive, high-energy workout experience right here in the River Region. It’s called NShape, and they are just waiting for someone like you. At NShape, every time you walk through the door, you will be surrounded by a loving, supportive, authentic group of amazing people on the same journey together. NShape was founded in 2009, but moved to their current facility on Averitt Drive in 2013. Since their beginnings, the philosophy has been

a holistic one. They know that you “can’t outwork a bad diet.” With this in mind, NShape not only works out the total body through Tabata, H.I.I.T style cardio, body weight, and weightlifting, but they also focus on helping people to become part of a supportive community and to “find real, life-long health, which includes a diet that fuels and nourishes your body and mind.” When asked about the motivation behind NShape, owner Casie Scott

said, “Everyone has their own “why” when it comes to a commitment to health and fitness. For some, it’s their kids, their spouse or just themselves. I ask everyone to think hard about that and to make this choice about his or her “why.” Then, it’s all about supporting them— from checking in and advising on meal plans and organizing focused healthy eating group classes, to sending workouts to do at home or while traveling.”

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NShape offers a variety of options for members, including group camps, individual training sessions and group classes for diet and proper nutrition. The sessions and classes fit any level and any schedule, and the first boot camp trial session is free. There’s even an added benefit of fellow clients coming together for fun runs and additional workouts on the side, just because! With all these benefits, it’s easy to see why members become addicted. Clients adopt the mentality of “this is my family. I don’t let down my family.” This pushes and motivates them. Successes are celebrated together, hard times are tackled as a team, and the support system gained by joining is IRON CLAD!

One success that was celebrated was that of Courtney Johnson. She shared, “Since October of 2014, I have lost 87 pounds. Thank you doesn’t even begin to cover the gratitude I have for Casie and my NShape family. Y’all are such a huge factor into making that achievement even a possibility. Casie has a heart of gold. With her amazing work outs and dedication to healthy living, plus the amazing support and encouragement from the incredible people at NShape, there is no way you can’t reach your own goals!” If you want to join this amazing group of people, visit NShape at 7719 Averitt Drive in Montgomery, call them at 334.233.8675, or go to their website at

Casie Scott- Owner

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If you are looking for a place that not only helps you reach your fitness goals, but also makes you feel like you’re part of a family, then look no further than MetroFitness. They opened their doors in January of 1999, with a focus on their members’ health and well-being. The entire staff at MetroFitness desires to create an atmosphere for all people to achieve success in their wellness journey. Leigh Anne Richards, part owner and general manager, has personally been in the fitness industry as an exercise leader for 28 years and in fitness business management for 20 years. She said, “Our philosophy at MetroFitness with instructors and trainers is encouragement. It is taking time to know the people that are members and learning what areas they struggle with, then keeping up with them on a personal level and making people feel part of a family.” MetroFitness is a full-service, all-inclusive health club. They open at 5:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. and offer all types of classes throughout the day. Variety is the name of

the game. Besides classes, members can choose to come in anytime and work out with weights, do cardio or run on the indoor track. They have great customer service and amenities, and their staff is always available to help if needed. MetroFitness offers several price options, including oneyear, six-month and three-month contracts, as well as monthly pricing with no contract. The first visit is always free, and they give seven days free for prospective clients. They also have punch cards for classes, corporate rates, couple and family memberships, and guest prices available, so there’s something for everyone. Members of MetroFitness can expect results. One success story is that of Dr. James and Abbie Dunning.

The Dunnings share, “With both of us holding degrees in exercise science and James being a physical therapist, we are literally real fitness enthusiasts. We joined MetroFitness three years ago and have used the club four to six days a week ever since – sometimes even more than once a day. We love that Metro provides both a relaxing as well as invigorating environment where we have all the equipment and classes we need to accomplish our fitness goals. The atmosphere is very positive and the place itself is extremely clean. We feel very comfortable using all the equipment, saunas and showers, which we couldn’t necessarily say about the other gyms we tried before joining Metro. Additionally, although Metro’s classes are highly popular, there is no need to arrive an hour earlier before a class or even sign up to reserve a spot or a spin bike – that makes working out very convenient. We highly recommend this club and have done so many times. We love it!” Interested? Visit MetroFitness at 7150 Halcyon Park Drive in Montgomery, call them at 334.396.0040, or go to their website at

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Are you ready to go the extra mile? The trainers at Southern Muscle and Fitness are! Southern Muscle and Fitness, owned by Jennifer and Terry Biddy, is a locallyowned facility located in the Somerset Shopping Center on Atlanta Highway. It is a fully-equipped gym to meet their members’/clients’ needs and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their trainers challenge, lead and motivate members/clients to achieve the highest level of sustainable fitness possible. There is something for everyone, no matter what your wants or needs may be. Jennifer and Terry Biddy have over 20 years of experience in fitness and training. Whether you want to lose weight, gain mass, increase speed for a sport, prep for a bodybuilding or figure competition, or just to stay fit, they can help you achieve your goals. The members/clients at Southern Muscle and Fitness always come first, and Jennifer and Terry strive to make it a place where anyone can come and feel at home. They maintain a high level of professionalism, encompassing integrity, ethics and pride. “Our clients receive full support in terms of our time, skills and resources, not just when they visit our premises, enabling them to achieve their health and fitness goals. We educate our clients on the foundational principles of not just simply losing that unwanted body fat, but to keep it off permanently. We will show them in small incremental steps so they can incorporate them into their lifestyle, so it will become second nature. We teach our clients that there is no magic pill. We empower them with the truth and what they need for lasting results. We are dedicated to our clients’ success, and we are committed to educating our clients on a healthy, fit lifestyle,” said Jennifer.

Southern Muscle and Fitness is located at 7750 Atlanta Highway. They are open 24 hours a day to members, and their personal training hours are 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Questions? Give them a call at 334.356.3407.

As a testament to the results their members/clients can see, client Eric Starkes said, “I started training with Terry and Jennifer about 5 years ago, and I am currently still training with them. When I walked in the gym, I was hesitant about it because I was so unhealthy and out of shape. I knew I had to start somewhere. When I walked through the door, my waist size was 48 inches, and I was on 5 different medications. I decided I wanted to get off my butt and take control of my life. Since I have been training with Terry and Jennifer, my waist decreased to a size 36, and I am no longer taking any medications whatsoever. I also am currently a bodybuilder competing in bodybuilding shows. My whole life has changed. I feel amazing, all due to losing all of the body fat! Terry is not only a personal trainer, he is an educator and he cares. It’s not too late! Terry and Jennifer will deliver what they promise!” JAN / FEB 2016 RSVP 51

Fred Shelby- Director of Healthy Living Photo by Aubrie Moates

Usually when someone thinks of the YMCA, the first things that come to mind are “gym and swim.” However, the YMCA of Greater Montgomery is so much more than that. According to Lara Lewis, “The YMCA of Greater Montgomery is a dynamic association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of our youth, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause and our programs are always based on the needs and interests of our communities. We exist for a better you, for a better community, for a better us.” The YMCA has a rich history, especially in Montgomery. Their first building, the Downtown YMCA on Washington Avenue, was built in 1906 as a residence serving only boys and men with a membership of just 529 people. By 1912, membership doubled to 1,200. Four new branches were built in the 1950s, and growth has been steady since then, with new branches and Photos by Nick Drollette

increased membership. Currently, the Montgomery locations have a director of healthy living, two wellness directors and over 85 instructors who work throughout the 14 fitness facilities promoting health and wellness for the whole family. The YMCA offers monthly packages with varying rates according to your needs, and there are no contracts or processing fees. With the monthly packages, clients have access to their 14 fitness centers, indoor pools, multiple gyms, free group and water exercise classes, free childcare for ages 6 months to 6 years while you work out, youth sports and camps, and much, much more. When you join, you are offered a personalized wellness orientation. You may schedule a one-on-one session with any wellness coaches to set a plan to help guide you through your wellness journey. The YMCA is there to meet your needs and your goals. Their philosophy is, “A new year means a stronger you.� With over 80 classes a week, and all their other amenities, there is truly something for everyone, even Fitness on Demand, which allows you to schedule multiple classes to take virtually. To learn more about any of their locations or programs, visit their website at or check out their app on your mobile device: The Y. For a Stronger You, For a Better You, For a Better Community, For a Better Us.

Photos by Nick Drollette Let’s face it. Getting in shape is hard, and sometimes you need someone who will motivate you to keep going and reach your personal goals. Katrina Shaw is just waiting to be that person for you! Shaw is the developer of nationally accredited fitness formats Box Mania I, Box Mania II and Box Mania Extreme, as well as the justreleased Box Mania Knockout on DVD. She is passionate about her clients’ health and helps them achieve success through customized workouts at all levels. Fitness is her focus—fat loss, muscle gain and clean eating.

three mornings per week and are limited to no more than eight people to maximize individual attention and instruction.

Shaw has over 25 years of experience as a fitness instructor, personal trainer and martial arts specialist. She started her own fitness business five years ago, offering a variety of training options, including personal training, small group training and coaching via a private Facebook page. There are also ladies’ groups that meet

Shaw wants prospective clients to know that they can expect workouts that are effective, fun, challenging, safe and personal. She said, “You can expect me to be your biggest cheerleader. I believe in each of my clients. I will provide support, encouragement and accountability the entire way. Invest in yourself—you are worth it!” One

Clients who choose to participate in the Facebook group have access to workouts, recipes, nutrition tips, encouragement and accountability check-ins. The cost to participate is $20 per month. Prices for the other training options vary depending on the type and how many sessions per week are chosen. • 334.399.2004

person who has truly benefited from Shaw’s motivation is Dr. Kathy Lindsey, board certified in family medicine. Dr. Lindsey said, “With Katrina’s help, I have lost 33 inches in the past 11 months. With modified exercises, Katrina has maximized my workload without injury. I am stronger now than I have ever been.”

With Katrina’s help, I have lost 33 inches in the past 11 months. With modified exercises, Katrina has maximized my work load without injury. I am stronger now than I have ever been. - Dr. Kathy Lindsey, board certified in family medicine.

During the month of January, receive a discount on the Box Mania Knockout DVD. The special price is $20 and will be $25 after January 31. A portion of all proceeds will go to Wounded Warrior in honor of Katrina’s son who currently serves in the U.S. Air Force. For any questions, email Katrina Shaw at ksfullforcefitness@ To sign up for the Facebook group or to order the Box Mania Knockout DVD, visit You can also follow them on Instagram at boxmaniafitness.

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After studying in Baltimore and working in Chicago, Cara Hathcock felt the need to return home to Montgomery. Cara says, “I love Montgomery. It is a great place to live and work. Although it is the state capital, Montgomery still has a small-town feel.” This small-town feeling is what brought Cara back. “I lived away for 10 years and once I got back, I knew this was where I was supposed to be.” Currently, Cara serves as the River Region division manager at Bell Media, LLC. Montgomery has been a great place for her to grow as a professional. She says, “I love being able to meet new people and help them and their business.” Her relationships with people are what mean the most to Cara. With much determination, Cara has achieved many things since earning her degree from the University of Maryland. The value of hard work, introduced by her parents, is what has led to Cara’s success. “I’m very thankful for wonderful parents who have shown me this value and instilled it in me from a very young age.” Cara has had many rising opportunities in her career. She says, “I love to learn and I think that being able to take on different opportunities in my career has helped me to continue to develop professionally.” Not only does Cara love working in Montgomery, she also enjoys life in the city. In her spare time, Cara volunteers at her church and, as a former college dancer, finds time to choreograph and teach dance. One of Cara’s favorite places in Montgomery is downtown, where she can have dinner, attend an event or even catch a baseball game. Cara loves spending time with family and friends, especially her pets, Marshall, Lily and Ginger.

STEVEN ARCHUELTA After taking three years of cosmetology in high school, Steven James Archuleta discovered his passion for hairstyling. Following his heart, Steven attended Virginia College in Montgomery for cosmetology and now is a hairstylist at Olivia A Salon. Steven says, “I’d have to say that what I love the most about doing hair would be the look on my clients’ faces when I finish their hair. As a hairstylist, I have the power to literally change someone’s perception of themselves.” These clients from the community are the reason why Steven says he has been so successful. “The Montgomery community has greatly contributed to my success in the form of opportunities to expand my business and promote my name.” Another very influential person in his life and contributor to his success is his mother. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. She encouraged me to follow the career path that came naturally to me and that I enjoyed the most.” In the community, Steven stays involved by volunteering in retirement homes around Montgomery offering no-cost haircuts to the elderly inhabitants and volunteering at the Montgomery Humane Society. He also does promotional work for various places around the city, including RSVP. Steven loves the community in Montgomery. “It’s a wonderful community made of great people.” In his spare time, Steven loves to clean and surprise... style hair! “I can do hair any day of the week, at any time of the day.” He also enjoys spending time with his family and making new connections within the community.

ROBERT KOHN Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. After attending Rhodes College and later receiving his master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Mobile, Robert Kohn returned to his hometown of Montgomery. He says, “It is nice to live in a place where you can surround yourself with family and friends.” Robert serves as the area vice president of Rehab Associates and has served the River Region for sixteen years. Rehab Associates is closely linked to the community. Being highly involved in sports medicine, they are able to provide outreach coverage for over forty schools in the area.The behind-the-scenes crew at Rehab Associates is the group Robert gives the most credit to regarding his success. “I enjoy going to work every day because I get to work with a team that is top notch.” Robert loves the interaction he gets to have with the patients. “I can come in contact with over 100 people each day and get to communicate and talk to them.” To Robert, the people of the community are what make his job worth it. “I have met some really amazing patients over the past sixteen years that have made an impact on me as a person.” In his free time, Robert enjoys spending time with his wife, Rochelle, and their three children, Sydney, Britton and Morgan. His favorite pastimes include hunting and watching all sports, especially Alabama football.

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the LIST KELLEY HALL Extraordinary is just one title that Kelley Hall holds; she is also vice president regional mortgage manager for Trustmark Bank, president of the Board of Directors for Macon East Academy, a breast cancer survivor and a dedicated wife and mother of two girls. At Trustmark, Kelley is able to help families purchase homes and lower their payments. Her favorite part of her job is helping people achieve their goals and dreams. After Kelley was diagnosed with breast cancer, she decided she wouldn’t let it discourage her. In 2006, Kelley was awarded the Montgomery American Dixie Softball Coach while also battling her cancer. Through prayers from the community, Kelley was able to defeat cancer and continue being the amazing woman she has always been. Her husband, Kent, and daughters, 17-year-old Lexi and 5-year-old Randi, are very important to her. They are members of Woodland United Methodist Church where Kelley serves on the finance committee. While Kelley is not originally from Montgomery, she loves it nonetheless. “I love that Montgomery is a great place to raise a family. Montgomery is large enough to offer a lot of fun things to do and be involved in, yet small enough to know people and develop relationships,” she says. Kelley also loves to run in her spare time.

DR. BRIAN GARY Jackson Hospital is lucky to have Dr. Brian Gary as one of their general surgeons. After growing up here in Montgomery, Brian attended Tuskegee University, Meharry Medical College and Medical University of South Carolina. Helping others in their time of need is what Brian considers the greatest reward. He loves that, as a general surgeon, he is able to make a positive difference in the lives of so many. God, his parents and his older brother are whom Brian says laid the foundation for his success. His wife, Helen, and children, 9-year-old Claire Elise and 5-year-old Brian Jr. (Deuce), provide him with the love and support that drive him everyday. Brian is involved in the community as a member of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. “The same community that helped raise me is the same community that I am blessed to give back to,” Brian says. Montgomery has always been home for Brian and he was glad to return after living in Charleston, South Carolina. When he’s not working hard at Jackson Hospital or spending time with his family, Brian enjoys golfing, reading, playing billiards and participating in sprint triathlons.

LaTOYA CALHOUN LaToya Calhoun is a strong, God-fearing woman who loves helping people any way she can. After earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Troy University and accumulating over 10 years of experience in state and government services, LaToya became a revenue compliance officer. With her job, LaToya is able to meet many different people and help small businesses stay in compliance with the law. LaToya strives to be an example for others and help those within the community. “I have faced many obstacles on my path, but my faith in God and perseverance has catapulted me to the dimension I am now in my life. I use fear as a steppingstone; either you can forget everything and run or face everything and rise. I choose to rise,” she says. LaToya is a very family-oriented individual who spends most of her time with her 4-year-old daughter, Guillana Skye, her close friends and other family members.  Some of her favorite activities are attending sporting and cultural events, enjoying fine dining and traveling. 



VICTORIA CAMPBELL “Quality education for our children is not possible without the support of community.” Victoria Miller Campbell is certainly the support our children need to provide them with a quality education. A native of North Carolina,Victoria attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a degree in childhood development and family studies. After college, she married her husband Colin and moved to Lynchburg, Virginia. For two years, Victoria taught at a local school until she and her husband moved to Montgomery. In Montgomery, Victoria first was a longterm substitute teacher at the Montgomery Academy and now is the extended learning director for the Montgomery Education Foundation. She says, “What I love most about being the extended learning director for MEF is working with Montgomery Public School children and the families we serve.” For Victoria, teaching is not just a job- it’s a calling. This past summer she directed the Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy. “I especially love seeing our Montgomery students gain confidence in their own abilities and see that reflected in their academic progress.” Victoria and her husband are certified foster parents through DHR and are members of the Montgomery Foster Parent Association. They attend Frazer United Methodist Church. In the community,Victoria serves on Montgomery’s City Youth Initiative Committee and EAT South’s Education Committee. As a member of Capitol Heights Neighborhood Association, she volunteers at Capitol Heights Middle School and Southlawn Elementary. Victoria loves her Capitol Heights neighborhood; in fact it is her favorite thing about the city. Some of her favorite activities include painting, traveling, cooking and going on hikes with her husband and their lab mix, Roosevelt.

FRED TURNER Fredrick Re’nard Turner was born and raised in Montgomery. Overcoming many obstacles in his childhood, Fredrick graduated from Carver High School in 2004 and from Troy University in 2009. Becoming the first person in his family to graduate from high school and college, Fredrick says his mother had a large impact on his life. He explains, “She instilled in me respect for others, taught me to love everyone and to help anyone if I could.Without her support and love, I would not be the man, husband and father I am today.” He certainly took his mother’s words to heart.Today, Fredrick is the lead trainer at Iron Tribe Fitness in Montgomery. Before his current position, Fredrick coached football at Carver High School and served as the head football coach at Eastwood Christian School. Fredrick says,“What I love the most about my job is that I have an opportunity to help someone change their life for the good. I participate in families being rebuilt, relationships being strengthened and the longevity of life being increased!” In his free time, Fredrick loves going to the park, fishing and hunting. On Sundays, Fredrick can be found leading worship at Strong Tower at Washington Park Church. Fredrick also volunteers at Common Ground Montgomery ministry where he leads a purity study for the youth. Montgomery is a special place to Fredrick. He says, “What I love about Montgomery is it’s home.”

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APRIL BERREY From fashion to medicine, April Majors Berrey can manage it all. April graduated from Troy University in 2002, with a degree in psychology and business administration. After college, she worked in the fashion industry in Birmingham for the Wish Collection specializing in marketing, sales and management. In 2004, she moved to Montgomery and began working for Health Star Clinic where she currently serves as the director of patient affairs as well as at the Pain Management Center of Montgomery, the newly added clinic. April explains, “It was certainly a change going from the fashion industry to the medical field, but I absolutely love my job. It is such a rewarding position.” The clinic has been voted #1 in Montgomery since 2005. She says, “We take pride in helping the people in our community through health and wellness.” April is married to Brandon Berrey. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with their son, Braxton. She loves fitness and fashion and will be launching a blog titled “Champagne & Cowboy Boots” in the next few weeks. Some of her favorite workouts include Pilates, Pure Barre and shopping, of course. In the community, April is a member of the Montgomery Claims Association and a volunteer for the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. She says, “My favorite thing about Montgomery is the small-town feel. Even though it’s a ‘big city,’ there is still such a sense of community.”

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Danna S. Patterson, or Super Woman as her friends call her, works as a financial support supervisor and as a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant. In both roles she is able to help people, which is what she loves most about her career.Working with the Department of Human Resources is most rewarding for Danna.“I am more aware of my blessings and things that I ordinarily take for granted. I am so fortunate to be a blessing to those who are in need and a positive inspiration for young women.” She is also a positive inspiration to her husband,Terris, and especially her daughters, Averie Danielle and Malarie Ruth. She says,“As a woman and mother, I have to show them that they can do anything with opportunity and determination.” Perhaps she learned this lesson from the community in which she was raised. Danna says, “The community taught me persistence and toughness. If the front door closes, run really fast to the back door or sometimes you may have to find a window!” No closing door has stopped Danna from continuing her success.A graduate of Troy University, Danna received her Bachelor of Science in psychology and went on to obtain her Master of Science in human resource management.Today, Danna is an active member of the community, serving as a member of the Quality Assurance Committee for Autauga County DHR. She is the assistant director and teacher of Elizabeth Baptist Church’s 3G Ministry, promoting Bible study for children.As a Mary Kay consultant, Danna is able to live out her life motto,“When you look good, you feel good.” In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, spending time with family and friends, reading, and giving complimentary facials.

ROGER TEEL Born and raised in Montgomery, K. Roger Teel, Jr. has seen first hand the growth of the city. Roger says, “Because relationships mean so much to me, both personally and professionally, living and working in my hometown has really been a blessing to me and has been a big factor in contributing to my success.” After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in business administration, he began his banking career with Regions Bank in 1996. He now serves as the area vice president of Trustmark National Bank. In addition to banking, he also serves as the managing member of R&W Developers, LLC. His career has taken him all over the city of Montgomery, but in each position he says, “The thing I love most about my job is building relationships with potential banking clients and expanding upon relationships with existing banking clients.” The people who’ve had the biggest influence on his life are his parents. “My father (my best friend) taught me all about hard work at a very young age and has provided me with much wisdom and encouragement throughout the years.” Of his mother, Roger says, “She always reminds me of the scripture verse Luke 12:48— ‘To those whom much has been given, much is required.’” Roger serves as an active member and past board member of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery and of the Montgomery Auburn Club. He also served as the vice chairman of the River Region United Way Campaign and was an ambassador for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce for 11 years. Outside of work, Roger enjoys attending social events in the city and spending time with family and friends.

TRACEY MENDELSOHN Over the years, the role of a nurse has evolved in the medical field. In the River Region, there have been many nurses who have advanced their careers by becoming nurse practitioners, and Tracey Mendelsohn is one of them. She says, “This community as a whole has embraced the nurse practitioner role in health care and has played a vital part in the growth of this role.” Tracey graduated from Auburn University in 1984 with a degree in nursing. Returning to Montgomery, she worked as a registered nurse in various institutions. In 2004, she graduated with a master’s degree in nursing and was certified as a family nurse practitioner. Upon graduation, she immediately began working for OBGYN and Associates of Montgomery.Tracey says,“During this time, I had the honor of caring for thousands of women of all ages for the various health issues that affect women throughout their reproductive lifespan.” Recently, Tracey accepted a position as the nurse practitioner in the Montgomery Office of ART Fertility Program of Alabama. She says, “My favorite part of my job is being able to help people and to build relationships with women from all walks of life that otherwise I wouldn’t have had the privilege to meet.” As a nurse practitioner, she has worked with Child Protect of Montgomery as an examiner in child abuse cases. She has also taken part in various health fairs in the River Region, as well as a few medical mission trips. Outside of work,Tracey’s life generally revolves around her family.Tracey is married to Kenny Mendelsohn and together they have three children, Daniel Wohlford, KJ and Keely. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, hanging with her pups and investing time in the lives of her children.

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Photos by Matty Drollette With more than 180 food-lovers gathered at the Hampstead Farm for a deliciously good time, this year’s Farm to Fork Food Invasion dinner was the biggest yet. On November 5, 2015, Chef Leo Maurelli, III of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center and Chef Miguel Figueroa of The A&P Social and Kudzu Noodle Bar served up several culinary creations such as grilled Murder Point oysters with Sriracha butter, corn soufflé bites, baby greens with garlic honey vinaigrette, porchetta and more! The Social Cedar, a cocktail featuring Cathead pecan vodka,



paired perfectly with menu items. This annual dinner kicked off the Hampstead Farm revitalization and benefited The Hampstead Institute, which focuses on providing children’s education opportunities through relationships with Montessori School at Hampstead, as well as the community garden for Hampstead residents and the full farm operation on-site.

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3699 Wallahatchie Road • Pike Road, AL 36064 Tickets are $75/person. Barn Casual • Live Country Band Come tour our beautiful facility and enjoy a wonderful evening with your friends! Fabulous, fresh seafood provided and grilled on site by Wintzell’s Oyster House. Country music by The Whiskey River Band in the Poarch Creek Arena at MANE! Photos by DiAnna Paulk & Katharine Harris

Please make your reservations no later than Oct. 7 by calling MANEAatrecord-breaking (334) 213-0909 or sending a check made payable feast for the eyes including an array of grilled and fried attendance marked Montgomery to MANE at 3699 Wallahatchie Road, Pike Road, AL 36064. oysters, fish, chicken and shrimp. Also included were Area Nontraditional Equestrians’ (MANE’s) 7th Annual “Raise the Roof” Seafood Celebration on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Hundreds gathered Food donaTed by: to show support for the tri-county area’s premier therapeutic riding center, which serves those who have physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities through equine-assisted activities. Food and labor for the fabulous seafood extravaganza were donated by Wintzell’s Oyster House, courtesy of owners Bob and Buffy Donlon from Mobile. The sumptuous Wintzell’s seafood buffet was beautifully served in The Poarch Creek Arena where Joe O’Hara, Wynlakes Golf and Country Club’s Chef and party-designer, had produced a most inviting setting for the MANE enthusiasts to dine amid high cotton. Wintzell’s Oyster House prepared a fresh and fabulous

bacon-wrapped shrimp, coleslaw, cheese grits and other Wintzell’s Oyster House favorites. Back in the barn area, one of MANE’s certified therapeutic riding instructors introduced MANE’s twelve extraordinary equine partners to party attendees. Guests gained insight into the many benefits of therapeutic riding as well as opportunities to sponsor horses and/or riders for those interested in expanding their support for MANE’s program. The Whiskey River Band from Tuscaloosa played country hits that inspired guests to shake their boots and enjoy the night’s entertainment. For more information about MANE’s services and to save the date for future events, visit

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On November 28, hundreds gathered in the Union Station Train Shed in downtown Montgomery as nationally touring bands BYOG, The McLovins, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band came together for Funksgiving 2015. This groovy event was definitely a success and raised approximately $3,000 for the Parkisons Association of Central Alabama. The success is due, in large part, to the Funksgiving title sponsor360 Salon & Spa, as well as the other sponsors: Capitol Container, Zaxby’s, Vintage Year, Filet & Vine, SaZa Serious Italian, Capital City Club, Chris’s Hotdogs, 95.1 The Fox, LiveMusicDaily, and MOVI. There were several vendors in attendance from around the state. From Johnny’s BBQ in Moody, Alabama, to our very

own Chris’s Hotdogs, no one went home hungry. The mobile boutique, Southern Wanderer, and Hoops for Fitness from Birmingham were offering any last minute Black Friday deals before the show began. BYOG and The McLovins had the crowd jamming by the time Robert Randolph & the Family Band arrived on the scene. Robert Randolph is a unique performing artist from New Jersey with ties to the South—his uncle! Bishop David Randolph from the House of Greater Biblical Fellowship Church in Montgomery was in attendance and even joined his nephew and the band on stage for the song “Stand By Me.” All in all, Live & Listen made Funksgiving a success yet again! Stay clued in on future Live & Listen sponsored events by visiting

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ne of America’s greatest historians once said, “No harm’s done to history by making it something someone would want to read.” That historian and two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author, Mr. David McCullough, was the honored guest and speaker at an Air University Foundation luncheon on November 16th at the Renaissance Hotel & Spa in downtown Montgomery. His recently released book, “The Wright Brothers,” is a New York Times best seller and was the subject of his speech in Montgomery, sharing insight on the resiliency of the Wright brothers and how Montgomery has honored their achievements. Mr. McCullough, along with Amanda Wright-Lane, great grandniece of the Wright brothers, signed books for guests following the luncheon. You may recognize some of his other best-selling books, “John Adams,” “1776,” “The Path Between the Seas,” “The Great Bridge,” “The Greater Journey” and many others. If you don’t know much about Mr. McCullough, do a little research as his accolades are pretty darn impressive. Proceeds raised from the event went to support the Air University Foundation, which complements Air University programs and initiatives by providing financial resources when, for policy or budgetary reasons, government funding is not available.

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Festiwelle By: Kim Traff • Photos by Brooke Glassford/Colorbox Photographers

Welle Studio’s 6th annual style event of the season was held at the A&P Lofts in Cloverdale on November 19, 2015. This free event featured 25 male and female models rocking the season’s winter trends from Welle Studio, Christine’s Feathered Nest, Fleet Feet and Buckelew’s. Lucy Farmer of Lucy’s Inspired was available for a meet and greet for all the VIP guests before emceeing the event alongside co-host Ben Hagler. Multiple vendors were on site showcasing their products and services as live music from Benny & The Jets kept the crowd entertained. Festiwelle is one of the most energetic fashion shows in Montgomery and wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors, vendors and talented stylists who donate their services. Photos by Grace Photography

Main Sponsors: Welle Studio Pine Bar Christine’s Feathered Nest A&P Social Buckelews Fleet Feet Save A Tripp Cleaners Vendors: Lucy’s Inspired RSVP Montgomery Pure Barre Burgwin Studios T’was the Night Before Gameday Amos Book Co. Cotton and Pine Revival Coffee G Mommas Cookies   Services: Amplify Lush Make Up Art L’Esprit Salon Da’ Spa Montgomery Aesthetics Special Events Lighting Southern Posies Vital Signs Matter Grace Photography Studio   Coverage: Ben Hagler - Bluewater Broadcasting Good Afternoon Montgomery WSFA Alabama Live Montgomery Advertiser

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It was a record-breaking night of fundraising and celebration as some of the finest names in the culinary and hospitality industries gathered November 12th at The Hotel at Auburn University for the 28th Annual 2016 Hospitality Gala. Junior and senior students who major in hotel and restaurant management earned real-world experience as they planned and executed all aspects of the Hospitality Gala. Chefs, winemakers and fabulous guests came together raising a record $300,000 for Auburn University’s Hotel and Restaurant Management Training Program, shattering last year’s total of $235,000. In a special tribute, the Gala recognized and honored Dale Katechis, soul founder of Oskar Blues Brewery, with the prestigious Horst Schulze Award for Excellence in Hospitality as well as Chef Michel Nischan, three-time James Beard Recipient of Wholesome Wave, for his humanitarian efforts.

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By: Peyton Flowers

Valentine’s Day is coming up and the typical V’day dinner date can be stuffy and forced, plus if you don’t make reservations several days in advance, you might get caught having a romantic dinner at Sonic. If you want to steer clear of busy restaurants and it’s too cold for a walk in the park, sneak away to the silver screen and catch one of these flicks.

50 Shades of Black This 50 Shades of Grey spoof stars Marlon Wayans, who also wrote and produced the film. This movie is perfect for the not easily offended and those who prefer LOL over S&M. (Release date: January 29)



Pride and Prejudice and Zombies A twisted version of the classic tale by Jane Austen, this film is based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. A romantic comedy action horror film, this one has it all! When a mysterious plague breaks out in 19th century England, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy must ward off the undead and discover their true love for one another. (Release date: February 5)

The Choice Based on the book by the unequivocally romantic Nicholas Sparks, this movie follows a couple’s love story over the span of a decade. The two main characters first met as neighbors in a small coastal town and journeyed into a relationship tested by life’s most defining events. (Release date: February 5)

Tumbledown After a famous folk singer’s untimely death, his wife struggles to move on as she tries to write his biography in this romantic comedy. She feels comfortable in her small town until a brazen New York writer moves there and stirs things up. (Release date: February 12)

How to Be Single The perfect Galentine’s Date with your girlfriends, this comedy explores the dating lives of five single women in New York. Actors such as Rebel Wilson, the Wayans brothers, Leslie Mann and more make up this hilarious cast, so you can’t go wrong with this follow up to the 2009 hit film He’s Just Not That Into You. (Release date: February 12)

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No Double Chin. No Surgery. No Kidding! By: Angela Hardgrave

Dr. Thomas Cawthon and Dr. Michael Bowman established River Region Facial Plastics in Montgomery in 2012. Both physicians are board certified in ear, nose, and throat and facial plastic surgery. They offer a wide variety of services to meet almost any need, including non-surgical options such as Botox® Cosmetic, facial fillers and chemical peels, and surgical procedures such as facelifts, eyelid surgery, neck liposculpting, ear lobe repair, rhinoplasty and scar revision. The physicians at River Region Facial Plastics specialize in the latest treatments and cutting edge technology in facial rejuvenation for cosmetic and medical reasons. RSVP spoke to Dr. Cawthon about one of the latest options offered to patients, a product called Kybella™. RSVP: We are focusing on your latest product, which I understand is exclusively at River Region Facial Plastics. What is it and how does it work?

Dr. Cawthon: The newest non-surgical addition to our anti-aging arsenal is Kybella™. Kybella™ is the brand name given for the product deoxycholic acid. The FDA released the product in April 2015 and is to be administered/injected by physicians only. Kybella™ is uniquely designed to metabolize fat in the area of the “double chin,” which is medically known as submental fullness, a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition. Submental fullness detracts from an otherwise balanced facial appearance, leading to an older and heavier look, and it can be resistant to diet and exercise. A series of two or three injections is needed for most people who have moderate fullness under the chin.  The injections are spaced out over a span of six weeks for each successive injection.  The most common side effect after the injection is swelling at the injection site and is typically present for a period of three to four days following the procedure. The procedure is very comfortable as we use lidocaine to numb the targeted injection site.  Our very first patient described the procedure as a breeze! Deoxycholic acid is a natural product of the body that specifically metabolizes fat cells in the body, so there are no allergic reactions to the product. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they are permanently removed and can no longer store or accumulate fat. The injection of Kybella™ compares very favorably with submental liposculpting and gives an alternative to those who do not wish to have surgery in this region. (continued on page 82)



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RSVP: Who would benefit the most from Kybella™? Dr. Cawthon: While Kybella™ is great for a younger on-the-go person who often may not be able to afford downtime, Kybella™ is also a viable alternative to surgery for all age groups. RSVP: What results have you seen on your patients who have elected to have Kybella™ injections? Dr. Cawthon: The results we are seeing thus far have been very gratifying, and even if weight is changing in the rest of the body, this area does not resume its previous appearance after the injection of Kybella™. As is true with any type of treatment, there may be subtle differences in results between patients; however, we have seen a benefit to everyone who has received Kybella™ to date. We do recommend preparing for post-injection swelling the day after (at a minimum), but otherwise we consider this procedure to offer a “no downtime” alternative. RSVP: What can I do if I am interested in Kybella™ or in River Region Facial Plastics? Dr. Cawthon: Complimentary consultations are offered at our office so that we may take a look at your concerns and formulate a plan together to meet your budget and your goals. We are so excited to be the only place to offer Kybella™ in the River Region. Please call our office at 334.270.2003 or visit our website at for more information.



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Table Talk

| by Haley Petrey

HEALTHY in a HURRY Photos by Brooke Glassford / Colorbox Photographers

We’ve all heard the saying, “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.” But enjoying your favorite savory treats doesn’t have to come with the extra guilt. Gone are the days of sacrificing flavor for results. When it comes to your fitness regimen, staying disciplined requires some serious willpower. Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym. But let’s face it. We don’t always have time to prep our meals for the week ahead. Even if we do, we can’t pull out the Tupperware when meeting with clients at a restaurant.

This list of healthier menu options from some of our favorite restaurants will help you stay on track when cooking in the kitchen is just not in the cards. So, whether you’re on the go, out for a romantic night on the town or even just grabbing something to take home, you can enjoy these menu items without worrying about your waistline. You may even be surprised by the variety of restaurants that offer healthier options. Your taste buds and willpower will thank you for it. Bon Appetit!

Blackfinn Ameripub 6854 Eastchase Pkwy

Kale Quinoa

Avocado Mango Salad

Blackfinn Ameripub has a menu driven by guest choice. If it’s time for you to resist (if you possibly can) the bacon wrapped meatloaf or amazing shrimp & grits, then there is a range of menu items that are designated as on the lighter side.  Look for the menu icon for lighter choices such as the lime-seared salmon, the California naked bird or one of their many salads.  The mango avocado shrimp salad is packed with fresh ingredients and tossed with house-made mango vinaigrette. If you are looking for a few superfoods, the kale quinoa salad has got you covered.  Dried cranberries and apricots, mint, carrot julienne, and pine nuts add to the flavor.  No matter what you are in the mood for, Blackfinn Ameripub’s broad variety of classic American favorites will treat you to a great meal.

Zoës Kitchen

7218 East Chase Parkway Embracing the spirit of Southern hospitality, as well as the Mediterranean way of life and the many ways it feeds the body and sustains the soul, Zoës has created dishes that celebrate life, health and occasions that inspire sharing with family and friends. That’s why every dish is made with simple ingredients delivered and prepared fresh daily, to help you stay on track and reach your fitness goals. Along with Zoës’s multiple gluten-free options, the Chicken kabobs will fill you up and keep you fueled for the rest of the day. Grilled peppers and onions, tomato, rice pilaf, and side Greek salad, make for a filling, yet low-calorie option. 84


Urban Cookhouse 7712 Eastchase Pkwy

Wood-fired Shrimp Kabob

Pepper Patch Salad

This Southern favorite lives by the motto “buy local, eat urban.” Grab your fork and knife and enjoy a fresh, wood-fired shrimp kabob, complete with rice pilaf and a garden salad. If you’re feeling something with a little more Southwest, Southern flavor, the pepper patch salad is the way to go. It is full of black beans, corn, red onion, tomatoes, pepper jack cheese and Urban Cookhouse’s very own jalapeño vinaigrette for a little added kick!

Tazikis Mediterranean Café 2564 Berryhill Rd.

Inspired by Greek islands, Mediterranean markets and even mom’s kitchen, Taziki’s has discovered the recipe for creating the deliciously unexpected. Wholesome ingredients with a dash of inspiration will keep your taste buds begging for more. When a salad just won’t cut it, try Taziki’s grilled salmon feast: atlantic salmon, seasoned and chargrilled to perfection. The veggie plate with shrimp is another great option, especially for those of us constantly on the run.

Veggie Plate w/ Shrimp

Grilled Salmon Feast


130 Commerce St. At SaZa, they take Italian food seriously. The menu incorporates a fusion of authentic and traditional dishes, with new and inventive flairs. When trying to stay on track, you may overlook an Italian restaurant since carbs are notorious for being unfriendly to the waistline, but this menu item won’t set you back on the progress you’ve been making.

Bandito Salad

The Bandito Salad is a health-nut’s favorite with its fresh avocado, mozzarella, arugula and grape tomatoes. You can even add chicken or shrimp for a little boost of protein. JAN / FEB 2016 RSVP 85



Newk’s Eatery 7880 Vaughn Road

Newk’s is already known for its artfully crafted sandwiches and salads, so it’s no wonder we’ve included them in our healthy menu options. Along with the 600-calorie menu items which include sandwiches, soups and salads, these two options are healthy-eating approved! The Ahi tuna salad features flash-seared, sushi-grade Ahi tuna, Arcadian mixed greens, shredded carrots, cucumbers, sweet grape tomatoes, sliced radishes, wonton strips and house-made ginger wasabi dressing.

Ahi Tuna Salad Triple Take Salad

This triple take salad with seasonal fresh fruit, pasta salad and Newk’s signature chicken salad with grapes and pecans on a bed of mixed greens with grape tomatoes and cucumbers with your choice of dressing, will make you do a double take. Add grilled chicken breast, steak, salmon or broiled shrimp.

Dreamland BBQ 101 Tallapoosa St.

Barbecue sure is a Southern staple. Missing out on this Southern tradition and smoky, savory flavor would just be plain cruel! So if you’re looking for something high in flavor, high in protein, but also low in fat and won’t leave you hungry, check out Dreamland’s Bob’s salad and the smoked half chicken plate.

Smoked Half Chicken Plate Bob’s Salad

Bob’s Salad is a blend of romaine lettuce topped with cooked bell peppers, purple onions and diced pineapple, pulled white meat chicken, two cooked tomatoes, and jalapeños for a little kick. Then it’s all soaked in olive oil and vinegar. If the smoked half chicken plate is more your speed, you won’t be let down. We tasted it and there is truly nothing like it anywhere. They know the secret to cooking chicken and keeping it moist yet flavorful!

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The Journey Continues...Tim Tebow The Cancer Wellness Foundation is pleased to announce “The Journey Continues...Tim Tebow” on January 16, 2016, at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Guests will enjoy a special evening of engagement with Tim Tebow, ESPN SEC network analyst. By the end of his college career, Tebow had already won two NCAA Football Championships, earned the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s best quarterback, and was the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy. In his first professional season, he led the Broncos to their first playoff game in five years and went on to play for the New York Jets. Sponsorship packages with VIP Reception are available by calling Lucile Waller at 334.273.2279 or you can visit For general admission tickets, call MPAC at 334.481.5100 or visit

Montgomery’s Downtown Business Association presents the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Block Party & Cajun Cook Off

SaZa – Now Locally Owned RSVP loves supporting local businesses and one of our favorite restaurants just got a little bit better! A ribbon cutting on November 18th marked the beginning of some positive, new changes at this serious establishment. Mark Kitchens, Jeff Tharp and Davo Thames are now the joint owners of SaZa Serious Italian Food in the Alley downtown. These local fellows have a true pulse of Montgomery and will no doubt take the restaurant to a new level, including adding new menu items and introducing a new Sunday brunch with live music. Make plans to dine at SaZa and congratulate these new head honchos.

January 30th, come down to Commerce Street and enjoy live music straight from New Orleans and a Cajun cook-off among several local businesses as the Downtown Business Association brings a little Mardi Gras "flavor" to downtown. Entertainment sponsored by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. More details will be posted on DBA Montgomery’s Facebook page and at 

A&P is now booking for "eat at the chef’s table" in the kitchen Trying to impress your guests? Want to go behind the scenes? Get up close and personal at A&P Social by reserving a seat in the kitchen at one of Montgomery’s premiere chef’s tables and get first class treatment from Chef Miguel Figueroa. Watch the action, anticipate the dishes and trust the expert when you dine in the kitchen at A&P Social. For reservation and pricing, call 334.356.8914. 90


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Jan 3 – First Sundays at MMFA 1-2 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Learn more about work in the museum (traveling exhibitions as well as the museum’s permanent collection) in these FREE docent led tours the FIRST Sunday of each month.Visit Jan 6 – Eggs & Issues with Senator Richard Shelby 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. RSA Activity Center. Join the Chamber and Senator Richard Shelby for breakfast at the first Eggs & Issues of 2016. Senator Shelby is the chairman of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Committee on Rules and Administration. Sen. Shelby will speak on issues impacting business development, regional projects and the vitality of Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base. Sponsored by Troy University. Admission fees vary. For more information, contact Brenda King at 334.230.8361 or at bking@ Jan 7 – The Emperor’s New Clothes:The Naked Truth Tour 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Come laugh the night away with the renowned actor, author and stand-up comedian Lewis Black.Ticket prices vary. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 334.481.5100 or visit Jan 8, 22 – Parent’s Night Out 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. United Gymstars and Cheer.Two Fridays a month, United hosts a Parent’s Night Out.While you’re out and about, your kids will have the options of fun games, trampolines, rope swings, tumble tracks, foam pits and more to entertain them! Cost is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional sibling.To reserve your child’s spot, call 334.284.2244 or visit Jan 9 – Hope Inspired Ministries “Extra Mile” 7 a.m. The Armory, 1018 Madison Ave. Hope Inspired Ministries “Extra Mile” teaches students to go the extra mile. This 5k and 10k run will each include one extra mile along the race route for all runners! Food, face painting, music and entertainment for the whole family. Registration fees vary. For more information, call 334.318.5864 or visit Jan 10 – Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s Fellowship


2:30 p.m. Wilson Auditorium in the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. An impressive music program featuring Natalie Helm, Nozomi Khudyev and Emil Khudyev.Ticket prices vary. For more information, call 334.240.4004 or visit Jan 11 – BCS Championship Game 6:30 p.m. Glendale, Ariz. This intense game will be shown on ESPN for those of you who don’t make the trip out to Arizona. AlleyBAR, Dreamland, Eastside Grille, Irish Bred Pub, Mugshots and Rock Bottom American Pub will all be having parties with drink specials. Grab some friends and enjoy the game at one of Montgomery’s local hot spots.



when? what? where? Jan 12 – 60 Minute Coffee 8 – 9 a.m. Capitol Hill Rehab First, 520 South Hull Street. This monthly member event is the perfect way to begin your day. Meet potential clients, make important contacts and network with Chamber executives and community leaders. For more information, contact Sandra Kelley at 334.240.9298 or at skelley@ Jan 12, 26 – Young Artists 3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. These fun classes for preschoolers with an adult partner help increase eyehand coordination and creativity. Each class will explore beginning drawing, painting, ceramics or sculpture, working with a variety of art materials. All supplies are provided. Classes are limited to 10 children and their parents. Register for one class or the series.Visit Jan 12 – VEG Out Montgomery 6 p.m. 485 Molton Street. Join EAT South for a monthly pot luck dinner! Free event. For more information, call 334.422.9331. Jan 13 – Tales for Tots 10:30 – 11 a.m. and 11 – 11:30 a.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Designed for children (ages 2-5) and a parent or adult partner, this FREE monthly program includes simple storybooks, a visit to the museum galleries for inspiration and related art activities. Visit Jan 14 – Art Ed Central 4:30 - 6 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. All area art teachers are invited to join us each month for these exciting and informative programs, related to art exhibitions at the museum. Each workshop includes hands-on projects inspired by art in the museum, guided tours of exhibitions, light refreshments and sharing of ideas with other arts professionals. Participants also earn certification hours.To register for these FREE workshops, call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or email Jan 14 – Stained Glass Workshops 6 - 8:30 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. For beginners as well as those with prior experience working in glass, this course will teach all the steps in creating a stained glass window. Students with more experience will be encouraged to develop their own patterns. All glass working tools and most materials are provided. Class size is limited to eight students and is a series of eight classes, so sign up early! Jan 15 – The Black Jacket Symphony presents “Journey and ESC4P3” 8 – 10 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. The Black Jacket Symphony returns to bring a unique concert experience to the River Region! Purchase tickets online or at the MPAC Box Office. Ticket prices vary. For more information, call 334.481.5100 or visit Jan 16 – “The Journey Continues...Tim Tebow” 6 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Come enjoy a special evening of engagement with Tim Tebow, ESPN SEC Network Analyst.Ticket prices vary. For more information, call 334.481.5100 or visit Jan 20, 27 – After School Art I (ages 6-9) 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. This weekly class is designed to help young students learn to use the basic elements of art and principles of design in their artwork. The classes are based on art in the museum and include a variety of art materials, such as oil and chalk pastels, clay, papier-mâché, acrylic and watercolor paint, and relief prints. Class size is limited to 12 students. All supplies are provided.Visit JAN / FEB 2016 RSVP 93

when? what? where? Jan 21, 28 – After School Art II (ages 10-14) 4 – 5 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. More advanced principles of design and art techniques will be explored in this weekly class for older students. Studying drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures in the museum by well-known artists, students will learn to improve their own two-dimensional and threedimensional artwork.They will explore drawing and painting with a variety of media, printmaking, and working with clay and other three-dimensional materials. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 10 students.Visit Jan 21 – New Discoveries Exhibit Opening and Reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. Loeb Reception Center and Ware-Farley-Hood House. Be the first to view the Alabama Decorative Arts Symposium exhibit, “New Discoveries,” grand opening and reception. The exhibit opening will be at the Loeb Reception Center, 301 Columbus St. A reception will follow at the WareFarley-Hood House, 450 North Hull St. Come enjoy a menu designed by renowned Alabama chef Frank Stitt. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at or over the phone at 334.240.4500. Jan 21 - College Night: Honoring the Montgomery Bus Boycott, an Artistic Evening

5:30 - 10 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. In partnership with the university and college community, the museum has organized an evening of creative celebration of the legacy of Rosa Parks and many others. With Trebled Soul from Alabama State University, Dr. Felicia Bell of the Rosa Parks Museum, performers from Huntingdon College, dancers from Tuskegee University and more, the college community will offer a memorable tribute at the Museum.  Dr. Bell will offer a historical introduction followed by performances.Visit Jan 21 - Watercolors for Everyone 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Explore the nuances and techniques of this exciting medium while working with this popular Troy University professor and artist! Learn about design, composition and color theory. Develop your creative potential to produce paintings with glowing color, while working from still life and landscapes. All levels are welcome! Some supplies will be provided. Class size is limited to 12 participants and includes a series of 5 classes.Visit Jan 22 – Alabama Decorative Arts Symposium, Alabama


8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Alabama Department of Archives and History. The Inaugural Alabama Decorative Arts Symposium, Alabama Made, is inspired by the 1985 Alabama Decorative Arts Survey and the Made in Alabama exhibit that followed. Join us as experts discuss the following topics and more: Alabama Decorative Arts Survey in Retrospect; Made in Alabama, Revisited; Traditional Pottery; Photographs & Photographers; Alabama Quilt Book Project; Alabama Silver; and a forum. Admission is free. Tickets for breakfast, lunch and refreshments, catered by Jennie Weller Catering & Events, are $30. Sponsored by Pickwick Antiques and supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Register online at

Jan 23-Feb 14 – Cinderella Times Vary. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Cinderella takes the stage in this enchanting play based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale. Do not miss out on this exciting experience before it’s too late.Ticket prices vary. For show times or more information, call 334.271.5353 or visit



when? what? where? Jan 24 – Southern Bridal Faire 1 – 5 p.m. Renaissance Ball Room, 201 Tallapoosa Street. The Southern Bridal Faire is a great tool for all blushing brides-tobe! Find photographers, caterers, DJs, wedding planners, venues, florists and much more. Of course the day wouldn’t be complete without a fashion show featuring the most stunning gowns of 2016. Admission is $10.Visit Jan 24 – Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams 2 - 4 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. All ages will enjoy these fun, FREE monthly events combining Jazz Jams (listening to incredible local jazz musicians) and exploring art together with hands-on art making, inspired by exhibitions in the museum.Visit Jan 25 – Feast of Flavours 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Come join the party at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Armchair Auction Preview Party. Enjoy cocktails and food from local celebrity chefs representing thirteen restaurants from the area. Space is limited. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information, call 800.841.4273. Jan 25 – 30 – Thirteenth Annual ASF Armchair Auction 5:30 p.m. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Bidding begins Jan 25th and continues until Jan 30th at 11:59 p.m. All bidding will be online. Closing times begin on Jan 30th starting at 3 p.m. This fundraiser event helps ASF continue to produce the classic plays everyone enjoys! For more information, contact Julie Spraggins at 334.271.5380 or visit Jan 28 – Business After Hours 5 – 7 p.m. Double Tree by Hilton. This popular after-work networking event is the perfect place to exchange business cards and meet potential customers. People do business with people they know. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards and build your customer base. Sponsored by Guardian Credit Union and Double Tree by Hilton. For more information, contact Lynn Norton at 334.240.9431 or at lnorton@montgomerychamber. com. Jan 28 - ARTtalk 6 – 8 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Six times a year artists have the opportunity to bring a work of art to the museum, show it to other artists and those interested in art, and have friendly feedback about the work. Signing up for ARTtalk reserves a space in all six meetings, with or without artwork. Cost: $20.00 (for all six sessions) for museum or Art Guild members; $35.00 for non-members Register now for this unique program, and get an up-close look at artists, their work and the creative process! Email or call 334.240.4365 for reservations. Jan 28 – Feb 13 – Ain’t Misbehavin’ Times Vary. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. This play is a journey through the timeless music of Thomas “Fats” Waller from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. Ticket prices vary. For show times or more information, call 334.271.5353 or visit Jan 30 - Polar Bear Run 8 a.m. First Baptist Church Prattville, 138 S. Washington Street. Come brave the cold at the 22nd annual Polar Bear Run.You can choose the challenging 5k or the 1 mile fun run. Whatever you decide, you will be rewarded with a spread of food fit to satisfy the hunger of a polar bear! Join us for a great race benefiting our students’ summer mission trips. For details on pre-registration and packet pickup, call 334.365.0606 or visit JAN / FEB 2016 RSVP 95

when? what? where? January 30 - Montgomery’s Downtown Business Association presents the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Block Party & Cajun Cook Off

Time TBD. Downtown Montgomery. Come out and enjoy live music straight from New Orleans as the DBA brings a little Mardi Gras “flavor” to downtown. Entertainment sponsored by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Details to be posted on DBA Montgomery’s facebook page and at Jan 30 – Mystic Society of Bal Masque Ball Time TBA. Garrett Coliseum. Private invitation only. Feb 3, 17, 24 – After School Art I (ages 6-9) 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. This weekly class is designed to help young students learn to use the basic elements of art and principles of design in their artwork. The classes are based on art in the museum and include a variety of art materials, such as oil and chalk pastels, clay, papier-mâché, acrylic and watercolor paint, and relief prints. Class size is limited to 12 students. All supplies are provided.Visit

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Feb 4, 18, 25 – After School Art II (ages 10-14) 4 – 5 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. More advanced principles of design and art techniques will be explored in this weekly class for older students. Studying drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures in the museum by well-known artists, students will learn to improve their own two-dimensional and threedimensional artwork. They will explore drawing and painting with a variety of media, printmaking and working with clay and other three-dimensional materials. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 10 students.Visit Feb 4 – An Expressive Evening 6-7:30 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Join us in celebrating the expressive talents of local students. The Muses, a council of teens passionate about the arts, presents the fourth annual Expressive Evening. Showcasing music, dance, visual arts and dramatic and literary readings throughout the museum, the performance event will engage the collection as a source of inspiration. Student artwork will also be on view in the exhibition “Sensational Still Life.” Visit Feb 6 – Vintage Affair Time TBA. Wynlakes Golf & Country Club. This annual wine gala and auction benefits the American Cancer Society. The event will feature a silent auction, an exquisite wine tasting from various vineyard and an elegant seated dinner accompanied by speciallyselected wines. The highlight of the evening is a live auction featuring rare and collectible wines, exotic trips, specialty parties and memorable events.Visit Feb 6 – Kathleen Madigan – The Mermaid Lady Tour 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Join the MPAC in welcoming Kathleen Madigan to the capital city! From Letterman to Conan, Madigan has performed in nearly every stand-up television show ever made. Ticket prices vary. Purchase tickets online or at the MPAC Box Office. For more information, contact 334.481.5100 or visit Feb 6 – Mystic Society of Krewe of The Phantom Host Ball TBA. Renaissance. Private invitation only. Feb 7 – First Sundays at MMFA 1-2 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Learn more about work in the museum (traveling exhibitions as well as the museum’s permanent collection) in these FREE docent led tours the FIRST Sunday of each month.Visit



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Feb 7 – Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s Fellowship


2:30 p.m. Wilson Auditorium in the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. An impressive music program featuring Nadir Khashimov and Barno Nishanova. Ticket prices vary. For more information, call 334.240.4004 or visit Feb 7 - Superbowl 50 5 p.m. Levis Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif. CBS will air the 50th Superbowl and Coldplay will perform at the halftime show. This will be the largest Superbowl in NFL history. Grab some friends and head to your favorite local hotspot to catch it. Feb 9, 23 – Young Artists 3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. These fun classes for preschoolers with an adult partner help increase eyehand coordination and creativity. Each class will explore beginning drawing, painting, ceramics or sculpture, working with a variety of art materials. All supplies are provided. Classes are limited to 10 children and their parents. Register for one class or the series.Visit Feb 9 – VEG Out Montgomery 6 p.m. 485 Molton Street. Join EAT South for a monthly pot luck dinner! Free event. For more information, call 334.422.9331. Feb 9 – Mystic Society of Les Mysterieuses Ball TBA. Montgomery Country Club. Private invitation only. Feb 10 – 60 Minute Coffee 8 – 9 a.m. Capitol Hyundai, 2820 Eastern Bypass. This monthly member event is the perfect way to begin your day. Meet potential clients, make important contacts and network with Chamber executives and community leaders. For more information, contact Sandra Kelley at 334.240.9298 or at skelley@montgomerychamber. com. Feb 11 – State of the City and County 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. RSA Activity Center. Get valuable information on the “State of the City” with Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and “State of the County” with Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton N. Dean, Sr. Enjoy breakfast as they present their perspectives on the economic status of the River Region. Presented by Baptist Health. Admission fees vary. For more information, contact Bonnie Evans at 334.240.9299 or at bevans@ Feb 11 – Art Ed Central 4:30 - 6 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. All area art teachers are invited to join us each month for these exciting and informative programs, related to art exhibitions at the museum. Each workshop includes hands-on projects inspired by art in the museum, guided tours of exhibitions, light refreshments and sharing of ideas with other arts professionals. Participants also earn certification hours.To register for these FREE workshops, call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or email Feb 12, 26 – Parent’s Night Out 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. United Gymstars and Cheer.Two Fridays a month, United hosts a Parent’s Night Out. While you’re out and about, your kids will have the options of fun games, trampolines, rope swings, tumble tracks, foam pits and more to entertain them! Cost is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional sibling. To reserve your child’s spot, call 334.284.2244. Visit unitedgymstarsandcheer. com.

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when? what? where? Feb 12-14 – Valentine’s Day at the Hotel at Auburn


Times Vary. The Hotel at Auburn University. Ariccia is offering multiple options for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day. Enjoy s’mores on the Ariccia patio featuring a hot chocolate and coffee bar. On February 12 and 13, enjoy live jazz in Piccolo from 8-11 p.m. On Sunday, February 14, wine and dine at a three-course dinner at Ariccia. For dinner reservations, call 334.844.5140. To book the overnight package, call 334.821.8200 or visit Feb 12, 13, 14 – Love on the Harriott II 6:30 – 9 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Enjoy a surf and turf dinner, along with live entertainment, all while cruising the river! Tickets are $155 per couple and include three roses and champagne with a commemorative glass. For more information, call 334.625.2300 or visit Feb 13 – Mystic Society of Maskers Ball TBA. Renaissance. Private invitation only.

Feb 13 – Cultural Crossroads XV, Becoming Alabama 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Alabama Department of Archives and History. The Landmarks Foundation, the Alabama Department of Archives & History, and Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, with the support of the Alabama Humanities Foundation, invite you to join them for the Cultural Crossroads XV Symposium. Register at Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day Brunch Cruise 12:30 – 3 p.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Cruise the river sipping on complimentary mimosas and enjoying a breakfast buffet.Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call 334.625.2300 or visit Feb 14 – The Love Songs of Elvis & Buddy 7:30 p.m. Alabama Shakespeare Festival. This special Valentine’s Day benefit concert will feature sets of famous love songs by Elvis and Buddy including “Love Me Tender” to “Suspicious Minds” and “Oh, Boy” to “That’ll be the Day!” For more information, visit Feb 14 – Late Night Romance Cruise 10 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Harriott II Riverboat. Spend an enjoyable evening on the Late Night Romance Cruise dancing the night away with your special someone. Enjoy dessert and a glass of complimentary champagne. Tickets are $75 per couple. Live entertainment provided. For more information, call 334.625.2300 or visit Feb. 15 – Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Concert 7:30 p.m. Davis Theatre. The season continues with a water themed concert featuring Strauss’s “On the Beautiful Danube,” Smetna’s “The Moldau,” along with Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome,” which depicts Rome’s fountains at different times of the day. Feb 16 – Blue Man Group 7 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. This event is fun for people of all ages. Blue Man group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts that combine comedy, music and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. Tickets prices vary. For more information, call 334.481.5100 or visit Feb 17 – Tales for Tots 10:30 – 11 a.m. and 11 – 11:30 a.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Designed for children (ages 2-5) and a parent or adult partner, this FREE monthly program includes simple storybooks, a visit to the museum galleries for inspiration and related art activities. Visit JAN / FEB 2016 RSVP 101

when? what? where? Feb 17 – Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett “Songs and Stories” 7:30 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Come enjoy a concert featuring a series of intimate solo and duo performances, during which the Grammy Award-winning artists will serve as their own accompanists. Ticket prices vary. For more information, call 334.481.5100 or visit Feb 18 – St. Paul and the Broken Bones 8 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Don’t miss out on the performance of this great soul band performing live! Ticket prices vary. For more information, call 334.481.5100 or visit mpaconline. org. Feb 20 – Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Show 3 p.m. Faulkner University Gymnasium. The Harlem Ambassadors are coming! Get ready for dazzling ball-handling tricks, highflying slam dunks and hilarious family comedy. Join the Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Show as they take on the Montgomery Habitat Home Team.Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door the night of the game. All proceeds will benefit Montgomery Habitat for Humanity. For more information, contact Montgomery Habitat for Humanity at 334.832.9313 or visit habitatmontgomery. com.

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Feb 20 - 21 - Graphite Drawing Workshop Times Vary. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Don’t miss the chance to learn and practice well-known artist Elana Hagler’s personal technique of creating atmospheric drawings using graphite powder! Participants will work in both an additive and subtractive drawing method, using rags, stumps, erasers and graphite in both powdered and pencil forms. Working in a smaller format will allow for the development of multiple drawings during the course of the workshop. Students are encouraged to bring in their own photographs as source material to create personally meaningful work. Most supplies will be provided. Class size is limited to 12 participants.Visit Feb 21 – Animal Enrichment Day 10 a.m – 2 p.m. Montgomery Zoo. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit Feb 21 – Lockwood Lecture 2 p.m. Loeb Reception Center. As an introduction to the 2016 Lockwood Tour of Homes, John Scott will give a free presentation on “Lockwood: The Man,” at the Loeb Reception Center in Old Alabama Town. Free to the public. Visit or call 334.240.4500 for more information. Feb 23 – The Montgomery Music Organization presents: The Dover Quartet 7:30 p.m. Wilson Auditorium at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The New Yorker named the group, “The young American string quartet of the moment.” A reception will follow the concert. For ticket or event information, call 334.277.3505 or visit

Feb 25 – Mar 6 – Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike TBA. Cloverdale Playhouse. Enjoy the first event of 2016 at the Cloverdale Playhouse. Ticket prices vary. For more information or for tickets, call 334.262.1530 or visit Feb 25 – Business After Hours 5 – 7 p.m. Montgomery Regional Airport, 445 Selma Highway. This popular after-work networking event is the perfect place to exchange business cards and meet potential customers. People do business with people they know. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards and build your customer base. Sponsored by Montgomery Airport Authority. For more information, contact Lynn Norton at 334.240.9431 or at 102


Feb 26-27 - Blue Gray National




Times Vary. Lagoon Park Tennis Center. For 67 years, some of the finest tennis players in the world have come to Montgomery to battle. Teams from Alabama, Auburn, Boise State, Clemson, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Princeton and Texas will all be battling it out for the title. Come support this wonderful event. Visit bluegraytennis. com.

Feb 27 – Dancing With Celebrities Capital City Club

5:30 p.m. Capital City Club. A fundraiser to benefit The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. It’s back! Founder Sherry Nath will present a new ballroom dance competition with Jim Williams, owner of River Region Dance Studio, and Steve Chambers, owner of Dance Chambers, as instructors of local celebrities. This will be a night you certainly will not want to miss! Cash bar, dinner and dancing. Cost is $75 per person. For more information, contact Sherry Nath at 334.215.2217 or at Feb 28 – Lockwood Tour of Homes 12:30 – 5:30 p.m. Various local neighborhoods. Landmarks Foundation is hosting its third annual house tour to familiarize the public with Montgomery’s historic housing stock. On Sunday afternoon, six Frank Lockwood designed homes in the Garden District, Old Cloverdale and Edgewood will be open to the public. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased in advance at, at the Old Alabama Town Museum Store or on the day of the event at the Capri Theatre starting at noon. For more information, visit or call 334.240.4500. Feb 28 – Family Art Affair and Jazz


2 - 4 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. All ages will enjoy these fun, FREE monthly events combining Jazz Jams (listening to incredible local jazz musicians) and exploring art together with hands-on art making, inspired by exhibitions in the museum.Visit Feb 28 – Melissa Etheridge: This is

M.E. Solo

8:30 p.m. Montgomery Performing Arts Centre. Academy Award and Grammy winning artist, Melissa Etheridge, will take the stage to perform songs from her new album, This is M.E., as well as some of her greatest hits like “Come to My Window,” “I’m The Only One” and “I Want To Come Over”. Purchase tickets online or at the MPAC Box Office. Ticket prices vary. For more information, call 334.481.5100 or visit

resource directory Bella, p. 11

Alabama Shakespeare Festival, p. 93



Blackfinn Ameripub, p. 13


A&P Social, p 60.


Alfa - Billy Bradford, p. 101 334.277.5785

Box Mania – Katrina Shaw, p. 54


Budweiser, p. 4

Alley Station, p. 64

Colonial Commercial Reality - Equisouth Mortgage, p. 86 334.409.9300 48 Midtown, p. 19



Filet & Vine, p. 100 Colorbox Photographers, p. 57 334.262.8463 Core Vibes, p. 34


Doug’s 2 p. 98 334.396.7120



Dreamland BBQ, p. 89

Arbors on Taylor, p. 95 334.386.2655

Central, p. 81 334.517.1155

Dr. Steven Mackey, p. 92

ASE Credit Union, p. 31

Charles Anthony’s at the Pub, p. 94

Auburn Hotel & Conference Center, p. 63


Bell & Corwin, p. 103 334.279.0220


Charlotte’s Jewelry, p. 68



Eastside Grille, p. 48


Gardner Carpets, p. 97 888.592.0675 Guns Out Crossfit, p. 24


Hampstead, p. 107 334.270.6730 Harriott II Riverboat, p. 86


Henig Furs, p. 8 334.277.7610

Irontribe, p. 38 Elizabeth Grace Fashions, p. 16 334.356.9696

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City Grill, p. 103 334.244.0960

Jamison Alexander, p. 73

Emerge, p. 41


Joseph Salon, p. 92 334.260.9602

Kim Box, p. 37


Kynard Korner, p. 102 334.277.4027

L’Esprit Salon, p. 105


LogoLand Marketing, p. 94 334.850.7645

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Maya’s Belly Dancing, p. 32 334.322.0946 Metro Fitness, p. 45 334.396.0040 Michael Carson Photography, p. 10 334.538.1775

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Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, p. 105 334.240.4350

Montgomery Regional Airport, p. 82


Montgomery Zoo, p. 83


N’Shape, p. 42


New Park Living, p. 106


Newk’s Eatery, p. 79 334.290.4955

Saza Serious Italian, p. 49 334.495.7292

Shoppes at EastChase, p. 6 334.279.6046

Southern Bridal Faire, p. 56

Southern Muscle and Fitness, p. 50


Spa at The Renaissance Hotel, p. 26


Splurge, p. 16 Nick Drollette Photography, 334.593.1305

p. 91

Olivia A Salon, p. 96 334.396.4567

Painted Pink, p. 35 334.834.2220

Peppertree Steaks N’ Wine, p. 98 334.271.6328

Pine Bar, p. 101 334.239.9061

Plastic Surgery Associates, p 9. 334.284.2800

Pure Barre, p 28.

334.834.7790 334.356.5154

Railyard, p. 95


Regions Mortgage, p. 104 334.213.1340

River Region Facial Plastics,

State Farm - Breck Honea, p. 81 334.272.8423

Steineiker & Dillon Denistry, p. 77


Taylor Crossing Animal Hospital, p. 3


The Chapel at The Waters, p. 3 334.272.3200

The Cigar Shoppe, p. 101 334.239.7923

The Waters, p. 5 334.272.3200

Trustmark, p. 89

Vintage Year, p. 100


Ware Jewelers, p. 108 334.386.9273

p. 83 334.270.2003

Welle Studio, p. 19

River Region TV, p. 97

Wind Creek Casino, p. 2

Rockin Jump, p. 99 334.239.2587


YMCA, p. 52

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January/February 2016  

The River Region Guide for all things Social

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