From The Girls
January 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 eating healthy on the go. Check it out, and let us know what you think! From the entire RSVP team, we wish you much success and happiness in 2016!
Sometimes work just doesn't feel like work. Putting together this issue definitely made that true. The cover and feature story was inspired by last year’s successful 1960s Mad Men inspired holiday issue and casino party. After a few brainstorming sessions, we decided to take it back to the 70s and will be re-creating A Night at Studio 54 with a casino and disco New Year's Eve Bash at the Capital City Club. We hope the photographs throughout this feature will take you back a few decades and inspire you to get down with us on New Year's Eve.
The American Cancer Society just launched the first “Real Men Wear Pink” statewide campaign. Our cover features Montgomery’s leading community men who will all raise money for the fight against breast cancer during the month of October. Read more about this campaign and the 16 men who will be competing to be Montgomery’s Pink Man of the Year.
Summer has kicked into full gear and although it has been a hot one, it doesn’t seem to be stopping us from spending time outside in our gardens, kayaks, farmers markets and ball fields. If you look back at some of your past summers with regret over things you missed... the trips, the concerts, the people you never got to know, we hope this issue will remind you that every opportunity missed can be pursued again. RSVP is all about connecting you with people and places that are worth knowing about. Our feature story on The Little Mermaid will give you a new appreciation for all the planning and preparation that goes into the productions at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Book your tickets and don’t miss this performance. Local salons give us tips for hairstyles that will keep you cooler in the hot weather. Be sure to check out the individuals featured in this issue who bring energy, trade and culture, making our city even richer. If you are looking to get fit and want something out of the ordinary, read about one couple’s experience at Iron Tribe.
The Greater Montgomery Home Builder's Association is bringing back the Parade of Homes with more than 50 homes on the tour with the central site being at New Park. We had so much fun adding this home and lifestyle aspect into this issue and hope that you will make plans to attend one of the three weekends in June.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement, we wanted to dedicate our feature story to the courageous individuals and events that changed history. We love this cover, which is a collection of the scenes painted by Sunny Paulk in the mural on Lee Street. Sunny is one of the commissioned artists enlisted by the Public Art Commission to commemorate this celebratory anniversary. High 5 Productions and Rob Minervini were also enlisted to create two metal structures that are placed at the beginning and end of the National Historic Civil Rights Trail. Both of these exhibits are incredible and worth going to see!
Another year has come and gone and January always tends to be a little quiet with everyone focused on New Year’s resolutions and catching up from the holidays. Lucky for you, there are still several options when it comes to being entertained or getting involved in the community for those of you who aren’t slowing down. Check out our calendar of events and absorb all the great info in this issue, but don’t stop there. Visit our website and sign up for our email blast so you can stay informed of weekly specials, promotions and area happenings.
The holiday issue is always so much fun to put together and this one might be our favorite of all time. It all starts with fun ideas during a brainstorming session and those ideas quickly turn to fruition with the talent of so many incredible contributors who are simply the bees knees in their field. We couldn’t have pulled it off without the talent at Salon Seville, the skill of LUSH Makeup Art, the creativity of Evan & Co., the clothing collection at Kynard Korner and the eye of Aubrie Moates. We are all MAD over this vintage spread and our upcoming Mad Men casino holiday party at the Capital City Club on December 13. Buy your tickets now before it sells out!
Over the past six years we have published almost 40 issues. A few extra copies of my favorites are stashed in my car and displayed on my coffee table. This issue will most definitely be joining my “favorites” collection. Inside these pages you will be transported to the center of Montgomery: Old Cloverdale. This issue focuses on the Cloverdale Community- the places, the people and the personality. While I don’t live in Cloverdale, I have certainly made some great memories there.
It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. Social media has come a long way and there are some great apps for making photo slideshows highlighting memories of the past year. It only takes a quick glance at Facebook to reveal how many of us are thankful for 2013, as well as excited about the New Year and the opportunity to start fresh, reach new goals or conquer challenges we may not have been able to this year.