Geoffrey Sherman has been the Producing Artistic Director at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival since 2005. A native of London, Sherman has been in Montgomery for almost 13 years, and will soon retire, his last directorial production being Mary Poppins, scheduled to run through July.
Henry Pugh has been playing music for as long as he can remember. He started playing music at 5 years old in the church and played in his first band with grown musicians when he was 12. Now, in his late 70s, Henry still plays four nights a week, on average. That usually entails a three-night stint playing for his many fans at Sous La Terre, and another playing at private events or at other music venues in town.
Whether you find them at the fair, a football game or a street corner cart, hot dogs are one of the quintessential American foods. According to tradition, German immigrant Charles Feltman brought hot dogs to the United States when he began selling “ sausages in rolls” on Coney Island around 1870. After that introduction into the American experience, frankfurter carts began to be a staple in New York City in 1906.
It sometimes feels like the world around us is falling apart. Almost daily, depressing headlines bombard us, causing fear and uncertainty about the future. Like the rest of our country, there are people in the River Region who are hurting, sick or in poverty. Five years ago, Michael Coleman, a retired Army veteran and former pastor, had a vision to change that. His vision became Hope Inspired Ministries.
Newk’s Eatery is known far and wide and has roughly 110 locations in 13 states, 17 of which are in Alabama. Featuring everything from salads and sandwiches to desserts and their famous mac and cheese, the menu is extensive, and people from Tuscaloosa to Mobile line up at this casual dining restaurant, whose motto reads “Great Food Is Our Passion.”
Personal training, boot camps, group classes and more…there are so many options when it comes to working out. Everyone has different needs and preferences, so the key to sticking to your fitness resolutions is finding an approach that works for you. Whether you’re a young athlete who wants to improve your game or a senior citizen who wants to remain independent as long as possible, Fitness Solutions has always been a reputable source for individualized fitness. And now, they’re expanding to provide even more benefits to their members. Fitness Solutions now boasts a new additional gym, open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
Around the world, approximately 361,481 babies are born every day. That’s 251 babies per minute! Go almost anywhere in our area, and you will see the evidence of that—families with one, two, three or more children. But, what happens when another’s reality is just out of reach for you? What options does a couple have when their dream of becoming parents seems to be an impossibility? For those in the River Region, there is hope. One team of physicians is on a mission to help couples realize their dream of having a child.
Here we are again, at the start of yet another college football season. And as you probably already know, when that subject comes up – especially in this state – the discussion falls along “party lines.” Once of the first questions asked upon the start of a new relationship has always been and will continue to be “Who are you for?” The answer, sadly but many times truthfully, could determine its fate.
Escape games have become increasingly popular across the country, and lucky for us, we no longer have to travel out of town to participate. Breakout Games Montgomery was opened this summer by Josh Sizemore and Jeremy Carter, who also own the Birmingham and Mobile locations. The concept is so much more exciting than the stale board games or Friday night bar hopping. I mean, when is the last time you put your phone away and truly interacted with people for an entire hour… away from Facebook or Snapchat?
A decade ago, three ladies teamed up to create a lifestyle store for the city of Montgomery that would bring us something we had never seen before. Edna Steen, Heather Steen and Stephanie Brown used their different skill sets to embark upon their vision, and in 2006, the city saw the birth of Hue Studio, now known as Welle Studio. It’s a store that sells a little bit of everything - from clothing, to gifts and accessories, this boutique offers shoppers the chance to buy something extra special that is hard to find elsewhere around town. Edna Steen has since retired, but Heather Steen and Stephanie Brown are still hard at work to please the slew of customers who come in to purchase items with unique flair and undisputed originality.