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MCBA Community Table

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019

The 14th annual Montgomery County Bar Association Community Table fundraiser presented by Beasley Allen Law Firm was held on September 26 at the Union Train Shed. Guests enjoyed food by Vintage Year, Central, Dreamland BBQ, Itta Bena, Martha’s Place, Chappy’s Deli, Full Moon BBQ and Sinclair’s, while entertainment was provided by Henry Pugh and The Blue Room Jazz Trio. All proceeds benefited Mercy House & the Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program.

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Merrie Mimics at The Movies

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019

With a debut in 1953, Merrie Mimics is one of the oldest mystic societies in Montgomery, and this year at the 66th annual ball held this past September 7 at the Montgomery Country Club, “Merrie Mimics at the Movies” upheld tradition as the evening’s theme.

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Taste of Hampstead Wine & Art Festival

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019

Mother Nature really shined for Taste of Hampstead Wine & Art Festival, which took place on Hampstead’s Great Lawn on October 27. The stunning lake views and 70-degree weather provided the perfect atmosphere for this inaugural event. Attendees received a wine bag with bottled water and commemorative wine glass used for sampling over 60 wines provided by Alabama Crown, Grassroots, International Wines, Pinnacle, Rush Wines and United Johnson Brothers.

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Snow White

JULY/AUGUST 2019

World-renowned choreographer Vadim Fedotov helped the Montgomery Ballet bring “Snow White” to life for multiple performances at Alabama State University’s Leila Barlow Theatre and Greenville High School, entertaining hundreds. Vadim has choreographed in more than 50 different countries with professional ballet companies around the world since bringing his family to Florida from the Ukraine 20 years ago.

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Frist Friday Cruise-In

JULY/AUGUST 2019

The Lower Dexter Improvement Association created First Friday Cruise-Ins at the summer’s start, and they have been a huge success with interest and crowds growing each month. Past featured car clubs have included the Capital City Corvette Club, Gump Jeeps, Mustangs & Model A’s and Truck Night. Some events featured pedal-car races and free haircuts by The Chop Shop and River Region Golden Shears. Local restaurants on the block, Momma Goldberg’s, Frios Pops, Cuco’s Mexican Café and Island Delight, stay open for those looking to grab a bite to eat.

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Hampstead Taste & Tour

MAY/JUNE 2019

On April 6, the Samaritan Counseling Center and Hampstead hosted the third-annual Hampstead Taste & Tour fundraiser, which proved to be the most successful event yet. Nine Hampstead residents opened their beautifully-designed, private homes and created special food-and-drink tastings for guests to enjoy as they toured different parts of the homes and patios. Kicking off the tour, City Grill and Taste offered wine tastings, and Leola & Croff, the town center gift shop, offered discounts on specialty items and hosted a champagne tasting.

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Inside Out: We Are The Dream

MAY/JUNE 2019

One of the largest, community-initiated, grassroots art installations in the U.S. was recently completed in downtown Montgomery on the exterior of One Court Square, as well as a variety of other downtown locations. Hailed as a global art project transforming messages of personal identity into works of art, “Inside Out: The People’s Art Project” is a magnificent collection of black-and-white portraits of community members.

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MANE’s 2019 Course for Hope Golf Tournament, Dinner and Auction sponsored by Regions Bank

MAY/JUNE 2019

Renderings of Pegasus helped illustrate the theme of MANE’s Course for Hope 2019, which was to “Inspire New Heights!” On March 4, at Wynlakes Golf Course, 26 golf foursomes competed for Apple Watches, Apple 4K TVs, Lenovo Smart Displays and other prizes over the course of 18 holes. Hole-in-one prizes included two Riverside Chevrolet Silverados and a Tag Heuer watch, courtesy of Ware Jewelers.

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Under The Big Top

MAY/JUNE 2019

The Alabama Dance Theatre concluded a weekend of four spectacular performances of the long-awaited, full-length ballet of “Beauty and the Beast,” choreographed by ADT’s very own Sara Sanford. 

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ADT Presents: Beauty and The Beast

MAY/JUNE 2019


The Alabama Dance Theatre concluded a weekend of four spectacular performances of the long-awaited, full-length ballet of “Beauty and the Beast,” choreographed by ADT’s very own Sara Sanford.

The huge cast of 80 was impressive in ADT’s most-extravagant performance to date. Creating atmospheric lighting and enhancing the beauty onstage was talented lighting designer Josh Monroe. Following the Saturday matinee, children were invited on stage to meet Beauty and her friends, have cast members autograph their admission tickets and take photographs with the dancers. As the children exited the stage the little girls received beautiful red roses and little boys were given toy swords.

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Bal Masque

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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ADT Presents Mistletoe & Dracula

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

On November 3-4, The Alabama Dance Theatre presented spectacular performances of “Dracula,” a ballet to die for, and “Mistletoe” featuring “Favorite Dances of Christmas,” all accompanied by full houses, thunderous applause, and standing ovations. The night before, a special “sneak peak” production and reception was held for military and first responders.

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Emerging Artists Show

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

Hampstead’s Lido Event Space was the perfect venue for many who found their happy “medium” at the inaugural Alabama Emerging Artists Show on December 7 and 8. The show featured nine talented emerging artists from our great state, and several from right here in Montgomery.

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Krewe of Athenians

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

The Krewe of Athenians hosted its 69th annual ball on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Convention Center at the Renaissance Hotel. This elegant event featured a “Triple Crown” theme to celebrate the royal legacy of the current queen, Mary Elmore DeMott, daughter of Dr. Miles Lamar DeMott and Elmore Inscoe DeMott, the Queen of Athenians in 1988. Her grandmother, Elmore Bartlett Inscoe, was the first of the three Athenians crowns in 1960.

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MANE Raise The Roof

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

Hundreds of River Region citizens gathered to show support for the area’s premier therapeutic riding facility, known as MANE, at the 10th annual “Raise the Roof” Seafood Celebration on Thursday, October 25th. MANE serves area children, adults and veterans who have physical, cognitive, emotional and developmental disabilities using equine-assisted activities. All labor and fabulous seafood, which was freshly prepared in MANE’s Poarch Creek Arena, was completely donated by Wintzell’s Oyster House, courtesy of owners Bob and Buffy Donlon from Mobile. Baptist Health, MAX Credit Union, and Spire Energy (formerly Alagasco) sponsored the event. Toes tapped to country music favorites from the Trotline Band as guests dined, mingled and made new acquaintances.

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Mystic Society of Les Dames

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

The Ladies of the Mystic Society of Les Dames celebrated the 62nd annual ball on Friday, November 9th at the Wynlakes Country Club. The theme, “Who Runs the World, Girls!”, celebrated empowered women throughout history.



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Beat the Odds

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

The Cancer Wellness Foundation held its 3rd annual fundraiser, “Beat the Odds” Casino Night and Drawdown Event, on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the beautiful Wynlakes Country Club. Natalie Pirnie coordinated all the decorations and lighting in keeping with the casino night theme and in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Driving Out Crime

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

What better way to help fight crime than spending an afternoon on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course? On October 12, this fundraiser was in full swing with 120 golfers who helped raise money for the Central Alabama CrimeStoppers organization. Program Coordinator Officer Tony Garrett started the tournament over ten years ago, but they really drove it home this year, raising almost $100,000.

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Festiwelle

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

Welle Studio’s 9th annual fashion event was held at the A&P Lofts in Cloverdale on October 16, 2018. This free event featured over 20 female models rocking this season’s fall trends from Welle Studio and sleepwear from Christine’s Feathered Nest. Sara Dogget Evenson, creator and designer of Marie Oliver, was available for a meet-and-greet for all the VIP guests before emceeing the event. The VIP pre-party was held at Vintage Cafe and included hors d’oeuvres, a drink ticket, and a swag bag with goodies and gift cards from Welle Studio and Christine’s Feathered Nest. Festiwelle is one of the most energetic fashion shows in Montgomery and wouldn’t be possible without the incredible ladies who rocked the runway and supporters who came out for the fun night!

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Merrie Mimics

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

On the evening of Saturday, September 8 at the Montgomery Country Club, the Merrie Mimics
Mystic Society officially opened the Montgomery Ball season with their 65th annual ball themed “You Can Call Me Zelda.” The Ladies of Merrie Mimics celebrated the 1920s and life of Zelda Fitzgerald, as well as the 100th anniversary of her meeting F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Mustache Run

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018


Runners lined up outside Common Bond Brewers for the second annual 5K Montgomery Mustache Run on September 29th. This fundraiser raises money to support the Jackson Hospital Foundation. Over 300 runners and spectators, many sporting unique mustaches, lined up to help raise awareness of the importance of men’s health. Rich’s Carwash was on site offering free car washes and LAF Game Co. brought out their oversized games to keep kids and adults entertained. Common Bond Brewers provided beer for the event and runners at the finish line. Over $10,000 dollars was raised, which will help to expand medical services and facilities on the hospital campus. 

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Beat The Odds

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019

The Cancer Wellness Foundation held its 4th annual fundraiser “Beat the Odds” Casino Night and Drawdown event on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the beautiful Wynlakes Country Club. The casino night theme was seen in the creative decorations and lighting and, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a splash of pink light cascaded down the walls amid a room full of feather table arrangements and even a pink lighted bar.

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End O' Summer Nights Gala

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019

Wynlakes Country Club was decked out for Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) inaugural End ’o Summer Night’s Gala on August 17. As a not-for-profit organization, ASF relies on the great generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and local government to fund half of ASF’s $8.7 million budget.

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MANE: Raise The Roof

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019

Well over 300 River Region citizens gathered to show support for the area’s premier therapeutic riding facility, known as MANE, at the 11th annual “Raise the Roof” Seafood Celebration on Thursday, October 24. MANE serves children, adults and veterans in the area who have physical, cognitive, emotional and developmental disabilities using equine-assisted activities. All of the fabulous seafood, freshly prepared in MANE’s Poarch Creek Arena, was donated by Wintzell’s Oyster House. Baptist Health, MAX Credit Union and Spire Energy sponsored the event. Toes tapped to country music favorites from the Trotline Band as guests dined, mingled and made new acquaintances.

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MISS MARY RENFROE STEVENSON REIGNS AT 70th HARLEQUINS BALL

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019

For years, the Harlequins Ball has been one of Montgomery’s most highly anticipated social events of the season. This year’s ball certainly did not disappoint as the Harlequins krewe, their guests and a beautiful group of debutantes let the good times roll to the sounds of TUB into the early morning hours. Presiding over the festivities was the King of Harlequins and his Queen, Miss Mary Renfroe Stevenson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Jefferson Stevenson. Miss Stevenson was escorted by Mr. George Mason Little. MaryRen is a member of Kappa Delta sorority at the University of Alabama, majoring in kinesiology and exercise science. She was joined at the ball by a host of sorority sisters, friends and family. Sarah Spratling once again displayed her expertise in decorating and directing the ball, as well as decorating and providing the beautiful floral arrangements for the ballroom.

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Service Dogs of Alabama

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019

After a fun, but intense four days of protocol, tips and task training, 12 dogs and their “handlers” passed their public access evaluation and were honored at the Service Dogs Alabama (SDA) 2019 graduation ceremony held at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

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SHINDIG

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019

Child Protect Junior Executive Board (CPJEB) hosted the third annual SHINDIG, a free, family-friendly, open air concert, this past July 28 to raise funds and awareness for their efforts at Children’s Advocacy Center serving Montgomery County.

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Stars on The Riverfront

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019

Alabama Dance Theatre (ADT) opened its season with two successful nights of “Stars on the Riverfront” at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre on July 28 and 29.

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