When the curtain opens and the actors come on stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival audiences are in awe of the magic taking place on stage. But amidst all the fanfare in front of them, there is a special crew, hard at work backstage, who does not give the final bow at the end of the show. In fact, their work begins over a year before the show even reaches its opening.
In 1896, S. H. Kress built a chain of five and dime stores that grew to 264 locations and dominated our country for years. Most were located downtown at five or six stories high and, because he was an avid art lover, each building incorporated distinctive architecture with detailed artistic flourishes on the exterior. His Montgomery store was his third to be built but was destroyed by fire in 1927. In December of 1929, architect George E. Mackay rebuilt it with a Greek temple design that remains today. It closed in 1981, and over the years began to deteriorate, along with several other buildings on Dexter Avenue. So much history happened on Dexter: Martin Luther King, Jr. led thousands on the Selma to Montgomery March from this street. Nonviolent activists organized sit-ins at the eating counters in the Kress Department Store. The Webber Theatre, the oldest theatre in Alabama, is where actor and assassin John Wilkes Booth performed regularly. Dexter Avenue created a platform for Civil Rights activists. It tells a story…several stories. How could Montgomery afford not to restore it?
In 2008, The United States elected its first AfricanAmerican president, Congress bailed out the big three automakers, China hosted the Summer Olympics, Heath Ledger died and a little publication called RSVP Montgomery was born. Despite the economic crash in 2008, two friends in Montgomery, Alabama, were determined to make their dreams of starting amagazine a reality.
“...And it’s people merely players.” It’s not just a Shakespearean quote, it’s a way of life for Catherine “Cat” Williams. The Montgomery native and Montgomery Academy alumna grew up in Montgomery Children’s Theater, headed by John and Lorna Bell, and took that passion with her to college, the Big Apple and the City of Angels. But when the curtain closed on her time in theater a new stage appeared: The Internet.
Whether it’s a fancy dinner party or a casual get-together with family and friends, this time of year is never short of parties. While the fun memories of holiday cheer will be what we hold on to for years to come, great décor can be pretty memorable, too. You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to design a beautiful, instagram-worthy tablescape. Your decor can be over the top or minimalistic – either way, it can still set the mood and make an impact! Take a cue from these local designers and allow these photos to inspire you to design a table you’lllove all season long. ‘Tis the season to be jolly...and to celebrate!
What’s better than looking fabulous? Looking fabulous for a fantastic cause, of course! That’s exactly the combination you will find at Montgomery’s Best Dressed Ball. The Best Dressed Ball is Montgomery’s premiere event for young professionals. This event honors the top 10 men and women who not only dress sharply and present themselves professionally, but are also recognized for their leadership and continued contributions to our community. This is the second year for this exciting event, which will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. at The Shoppes at EastChase.
For 36 years, the Family Sunshine Center has been a beacon of hope to victims of family violence, and/or sexual assault. This includes women, men and children. Offering hope, healing, and eventual happiness, the Family Sunshine Center’s mission is to aid victims of domestic violence and assault. Many arrive at the Family Sunshine Center with often just the clothing on their back. After a series of counseling sessions, self-esteem workshops, and other aid, these individuals gain the tools to be independent of their abusers. Although this process is not an easy one, the victims are always appreciative of the center’s aid. Many even come back to the center to share their testimonies of healing with supporters.
The food truck industry has exploded in major cities across the country, and Montgomery is no exception. The City of Montgomery is very supportive of the food truck movement, and those who live and work in the area are excited to have more dining options available here. Some of the trucks currently operating in Montgomery are Southern Smoke Shack, On a Roll, NYC Gyro and Fire Meats Wood, among others. There are even plans in the works by Lomar Benson of Fire Meats Wood to create an app that allows people to see where each food truck is every day. Steve Jones, director of general services for the mayor’s office, graciously agreed to answer questions about the food truck movement.
Maxwell Air Force base has been gearing up to celebrate two historic marks in history, anniversaries that bring to light the importance of not only aviation, but the United States’ efforts in making this country the land of the free and the home of the brave.
A lot can happen in 16 years, and there may be very few bands that understand that more than Blackberry Smoke. The Atlanta-based Southern rock band formed in 2000, the brink of the new millennium. Emerging during the time of frosted tips and boy bands, Blackberry Smoke--consisting of Charlie Starr (lead vocals/guitar), Richard Turner (bass), Brit Turner (drums), Paul Jackson (guitars) and Brandon Still (keys)-- started to grow their audience against all odds. Though a southern-bred band, the quintet got their big break in the northern states, maybe because of the saturation of Southern rock at the time or maybe because Northerners like Southern music more than they’d like to admit. Whatever the reason, Blackberry Smoke doesn’t care because that recognition was a catalyst for their music career.