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Jul 20

RSVP’s Summer Playlist

Thursday, July 20, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

Who doesn’t love a good song playing on the radio as you drive with the windows down? Take some inspiration from us here at RSVP and see what we have playing on repeat all summer long!

Kim- Malibu by Miley Cyrus

Peyton- Body Like a Backroad by Sam Hunt

Anna Shay- All the Pretty Girls by Kenny Chesney

Charley- Meet Me in the Hallway by Harry Styles

Angela- Walking on the Sun by Smashmouth

So, turn up those tunes and soak up the rays!

Do you have a favorite song this summer? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Jul 19

A Trip to Cherry Tree Lane

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

Mary Poppins is playing at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival until August 5th. Take it from us here at RSVP, it is “practically perfect in every way!” A flick for children and adults alike, every age group can find magic in the beloved story of Mary Poppins. Whether you grew up watching the movie or have never seen it, ASF’s version of Mary Poppins will entertain you for the entire duration. Watch as the magical nanny, Mary Poppins, works to mend the Banks family’s fractured relationship. The plot is truly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and the acting is an equal match. A live orchestra manages to keep the perfect beat, ideal for a musical like this.

Longtime director Geoffrey Sherman says his farewell with the final close of the curtain on Mary Poppins. Read more about his journey in our latest issue.

Come out and enjoy this beloved classic as it takes place on Montgomery’s very own Alabama Shakespeare Festival stage. We can promise there is an “element of fun” in every scene!

Jul 18

RSVP Takes the Skies

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

A recent List patron, Erik Box, gave the RSVP team a once in a lifetime opportunity this morning. Through his company, Box Aviation, Erik offered to take us on an aerial tour of our very own home city. And let us tell you, Montgomery is even more beautiful from 1000 feet above.

After a short drive to the bunker just past the Montgomery Airport, we took a quick tour of the on-site planes. Both privately-owned and Box Aviation planes filled the bunker. We went straight into the Box Aviation office where we were greeted by Erik and his staff. We got a quick run-down of plane procedures, strapped on our seatbelts, put on our headphones, and off we went. We toured the entire city of Montgomery: from downtown, all the way to Hampstead Living. The views of the Capital City were unparalleled; an experience we will not soon forget!

Box Aviation offers services spanning the entire aircraft-needs span. Flight Training, Aerial Photography, Discovery Flights, and Aircraft Management are a few of their most popular services. For more information visit their website.

We at RSVP want to thank Box Aviation for this truly elevated experience! Happy Flying!

Jul 13

Soaking Up the Last Few Weeks of Summer

Thursday, July 13, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

As the month of July winds down and August quickly approaches, it can be easy to see your summer as almost done. But, don’t let yourself waste away the days in sadness. Instead get out there and savor those last days. Make memories, meet someone new, and do not be afraid to change your course. Mark Twain once said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” What better mantra to remind yourself to experience everything you possible can?

Here are a few of our favorite ways to experience life to its fullest in the coming weeks:

  1. Explore your city.
  2. Learn five phrases in another language.
  3. Plant a new flower in your garden.
  4. Send a card to a friend.
  5. Plan a day trip to somewhere you have never been.
  6. Try out a new form of exercise.
  7. Try eating somewhere alone.
  8. Find a mentor.
  9. Learn to cook a new meal.
  10. Volunteer at a local nonprofit.

Jul 12

Must-Have Montgomery Gear

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

We live in such a great city filled with history, character, and southern hospitality, so why not represent in proudly? We have rounded up a few of our favorite ways to represent our Capital City all while keeping it fashion-forward.

1. Montgomery Parties Harder Graphic Tee

Get it online here

Cloverdale’s younger audience has taken a liking to the catchphrase, Montgomery Parties Harder. The popular hashtag is now available on a t-shirt. Featuring a simplistic design and super soft fabric, this tee will be your go-to for any occasion.

2. MGM Aviate Hat

Kinnucan's and online here.

We have the fashionable fix to any bad hair day! Aviate’s three letter design spans throughout the United States. While they offer t-shirt options as well, Aviate’s hats are the real shining stars. Available in black, navy, and grey, Montgomery is represented in the design by a simple MGM. Other state favorites like Tuscaloosa, Auburn, and Birmingham are also available.

3. Alabama Outline Tee

Goat Hill Gift Shop

Goat Hill, located across form Alabama’s State Capitol in Downton Montgomery, offers a wide section of handmade gifts and knick-knacks made right here in Alabama. Their state outline t-shirt names all the main cities we love in our great state. Available in a peachy hue, it is guaranteed to stand out in any crowd. 

Jul 11

Steineker and Dillon Family Dentistry

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

If going to the dentist tops the list of your least-favorite experiences, then we might be able to ease your anxiety a little. Whether it’s the time spend in a waiting room, the sharp objects so close to your mouth, or getting reprimanded for not flossing, everyone has their reason for loathing their bi-annual trip to the dentist. At Steineker and Dillon Family Dentistry, they understand these fears and do everything they can to make your visit comfortable and care-free. “We want you to feel reassured that, at Steineker & Dillon Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we will carefully listen to your concerns and prioritize your dental needs. A strong correlation exists between your mouth and your overall health and well-being.” Dr. Art Steineker and Dr. Darren Dillon are the two primary physicians at their family-based density office. Along with their well-trained and caring staff, Steineker and Dillon will stop at nothing to solve whatever problem is bothering you. A wide variety of services offered make them your one-stop shop for all dental health needs.

Go to for more information on the staff and dentistry office. Also, check out their blog to get an inside view at all the fun their staff has together. They cannot wait to see you smile!

Jul 08


Saturday, July 08, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

Located on 130 Commerce Street, Escapology is the hottest virtual reality escape simulator in Montgomery. Perfect for team-building or just an outing with friends, Escapology offers five separate mystery-solving experiences. Escapes range all over time periods including the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 to the Arizona Shootout in 1881. Puzzles in Budapest and Shanghai allow for a cultural experience all-the-while giving you a thrill as you work your way out of the mystery presented. For a present-day enigma, choose the Antidote and Code rooms. Full descriptions and difficulty ratings are available on their website.

Recently, Escapology has added a virtual reality section to their space. Escapology Montgomery is part of a chain spanning the entire United States. But, the owners of the Montgomery franchise chose to take their venue up a notch with virtual reality experiences, making it a standout among competitors. Stand atop the Golden Gate Bridge or skydive from 10,000 feet all from the comfort of your hometown. Escapology’s virtual experiences allow you to be in Montgomery then jump across the world within seconds. This portion of Escapology has become a huge draw to adults and children alike.

For more information, visit

Jul 07

Parade of Homes

Friday, July 07, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

Join the Greater Montgomery Home Builder’s Association this weekend and next weekend for the annual Parade of Homes. Both Saturday and Sunday, houses will be open for your viewing pleasure from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The central site of the 2017 Parade of Homes is in New Park. There, visit seven homes from six different River Region builders. GMHBA’s Ideal Home is also in New Park. Homes are located throughout the Capital City; including neighborhoods like The Waters, Stone Park, Sturbridge, and The Oaks.

At the Parade of Homes, get a first-hand look at all the new gadgets and appliances necessary to making your home great. A selection of the hottest trends in flooring, countertops, and wall colors is also represented in each house. Need some help with decorating? The Parade of Homes offers a wide variety of house decorations from which anyone can draw inspiration.

Free child care is available at the YMCA to all attendees.  Guides for the Parade of Homes are available at all Max Credit Union Locations as well as on the Parade Craze map app. Come out to see what the homes of Montgomery have to offer!

Jul 06

Food Truck Takeover

Thursday, July 06, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

Are you looking for something different to fill your Friday night? Tomorrow, July 7th come enjoy Montgomery’s favorite food trucks for a night of delicious eats and live entertainment by Patrick Cross. This event is part of the ongoing Food Truck Takeover, with a rotating group of food trucks on the first Friday of each month this Summer. Located in the quaint Hampstead Living town square, live music and tent seating gives an ambiance unlike anything else in Montgomery. Despite the rain, the first Food Truck takeover was a hit for all ages with over 300 people in attendance. Enjoy food, craft beer, wine, and cocktails at Town Center Businesses Tipping Point and TASTE, but note that alcohol cannot be taken off restaurant premises. Parking is available on Long Acre, Mercer Street, and two of the large Hampstead parking lots.

This week’s Food Trucks include NYC gyroOn a RollTaqueria El CampesinoFire Meats Wood LLCFrios Gourmet PopsAlabama Sweet Tea Co., and more.

Come out and celebrate the beautiful Summer season with us! We will see you there!

Jul 02

Fourth Fashion Finds

Sunday, July 02, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

This year’s Fourth of July fashion is all about having the right accessories. We are here to break down three of the most fashion-forward add-ons to tie together any look. So gather your red, white, and blue, and read ahead to find that extra sparkle your wardrobe needs.

Ball Earrings

Ball earrings are this season’s must-have accessory, Fun and flirty, their colors can range to match any outfit. Both the beaded and twined, two of the fabric options for these dangly duds, pack the perfect punch for any outfit hoping to make a statement. Add them in with a feminine romper and simple wedges to impress everyone at your July 4th barbecue.


Bold, braided, and beautiful, espadrilles are ideal for the hot summer months. Whether you prefer flat form or a more dramatic wedge, opt for an espadrille bottom to tie in 2017 trends. Available in various colors and fabric combinations, there is bound to be a shoe that fits any style. Combine with a cool tank and patriotic shorts to keep those legs looking long on the beach this Fourth of July.

Neck-Tie Scarves

Looking for something that has not quite made it to the mainstream yet? This is it! Neck-Tie Scarves are the next big trend and you do not want to miss out. Soft fabrics and intricate patterns combine to pull together any look. Pair with a simple tee and distressed jeans for an effortless look at the lake this Tuesday.

With these simple additions, we can promise that you will be setting off fireworks no matter where the holiday takes you!