RSVP Montgomery

Cover Story

MARCH/APRIL 2019

Alabama Shakespeare Festival has given us more reason than ever to seek the theatre. “Romeo & Juliet” recently returned to the stage and is the first Shakespearean play directed by Rick Dildine since joining ASF. Named Artistic Director in August 2017, he’s being ‘shaking’ things up for all the right reasons. This year he courageously programmed a Festival Format with more shows than any season in ASF’s history, with variety and affordability to create a theatre experience for everyone.

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Table Talk

MARCH/APRIL 2019

“That’s my dog!” This is the unforgettable phrase that you might hear from one of River Region’s finest, Charles Lee. This Montgomerian is trailblazing through the capital city to give back to and support community teens that are less fortunate and facing hardships of violence and poverty. Charles’s three word catchphrase has morphed into establishing a safe haven and a plethora of opportunities for adolescents to stay off the streets. His zest for helping youth reach their all-time potential is contagious, and he is relentlessly spreading his passion throughout the community. Charles’s spectacular efforts led him to be chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Alabama Young Professional’s Hero award and the 2017 Leadership Montgomery Unit award.

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Reply Yes

MARCH/APRIL 2019

Spring trends always feel like a breath of fresh air, especially when it comes to denim, a fabric that suits everyone. Genderless and versatile, denim is the easiest addition to any wardrobe. With the help of a few of our favorite places to shop and some super fun ladies, we set out to give you a little inspiration to shake up your regular denim routine.

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Signed Original

MARCH/APRIL 2019

For Montgomery native Gina Budny, her family, their beloved space on Lake Martin and her parents patronage of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts fostered a love of art at a young age. During her high school years at The Montgomery Academy she took AP Art History, after some encouragement from her father who also studied art history in undergrad, and began a quick journey to her passion—creating unique commissioned pieces of art.

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Special Feature

MARCH/APRIL 2019

I’ll never forget being downtown in the Alley over ten years ago when Bob Parker tapped me on the shoulder and said, “come check out the future home of Dreamland Bar-B-Que.” Having known Bob for 30 plus years, I had never seen him more excited about anything as he walked me through the empty space describing what he had set out to do. Bob’s mom, Betsy, describes him as her “dreamer” and we are fired up to celebrate 10 years of success that resulted from Bob’s vision of possibilities.

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In Motion

MARCH/APRIL 2019

These days there are all sorts of races for runners and non-runners alike. There’s the standard road race for runners seeking to challenge the clock, the obstacle course race for people seeking to challenge their physical strength, and then there is the inflatable obstacle course race, a unique kind of event that puts fun to the test.

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Socially Seen

MARCH/APRIL 2019

Saturday, January 26th was no ordinary evening in Montgomery. White rabbits, tea parties, and colorful costumes encouraged guests of the 56th Annual Bal Masque to journey “Down the Rabbit Hole.” The whimsical set of vibrant, overgrown mushrooms, gigantic flowers, and colorful hats transported the participants to a mystical garden party that made it difficult to remove one ’s self from. Garrett Coliseum served as the venue, and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel White, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Stewart, Mr. Brandon Smirnoff and Ms. Kayla Denham, Mr. and Mrs. Beverly Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Andrea Murray, Mr. Robert Pelt and Ms. Jill Green served as the elegant floor and reception committee greeting the arriving guests.

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Special Feature

MARCH/APRIL 2019

Nestled in the charming Peppertree Shopping Center at 8129 Vaughn Road lies a sophisticated boutique filled with all of your favorite things. Featuring exclusive selections of quality cosmetics, skincare, fragrances, candles, modern fashion, and accessories, Bella has been Montgomery’s upscale, lifestyle boutique for nearly two decades, staying fresh and current. Back by popular demand, owner Jane Williams has reunited the original, dynamic team of John, Meagan and Brianna, who encompass years of experience in retail and spa, cosmetic artistry, and professional aesthetic services. Her team is on a mission to carry on the success of Bella, as they gear up for the showroom’s 18th anniversary later this year.

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