Monday, May 22, 2017

Ms. Jefferson County 2017

Held at the Gardendale Civic Center, Ms. Jefferson County Pageant 2017 included three competitors, Mary Turner, Deborah Williams, and Doris Ann Shipp. The ladies were all from various senior centers around the area.

The pageant is sponsored by Jefferson County Human-Community Services and Economic Development: Senior Services Division where  Janice Williams is Coordinator. Contestants must be 60 years of age and above.

I have attended two previous pageants and all of the ladies conduct themselves with dignity and poise. Defying vulnerability, these ladies, make their promenade through the audience to the stage, leisurely walking back and forth as the emcee introduces us to each contestant giving their background information. Contestants also perform a talent  and in the last segment present themselves in an evening gown and give their philosophy on life.

Between costume changes we were  treated with performances by soloist, Crystal Waddy,

a line dance by  Fairfield Swinging Senior Line Dancers,  as well as a word from some of those who helped sponsor the event.

Before the coronation of Ms. Jefferson County 2017, Tena Wilson, 2016’s Ms. Jefferson County made her final walk then sung, “My Funny Valentine.”
A panel of three comprised the judges.
Deborah Williams and Doris Ann Shipp received trophies for congeniality and two other categories.

 This year’s Ms. Jefferson County winner was Mary L. Turner.  She will go on to compete in the state  event.
A reception followed  immediately after the pageant.

Ebony and Ivory Sassy Hatters

Red Hat Society (RHS) members strutted their favorite Red Hat Costumes and Regalia at Queen Bridget’s, Ebony and Ivory Sassy Hatters (EISH), meet and greet luncheon.  This was also an event to sign new chapter members and give insight into what the RHS is about.  Scheduled were talent, dancing, dining and most of all meeting other ladies who were there to have fun.
Hatters are known for tea and tea parties. At each place setting was a box containing, a tea cake, two candies, a tea bag and a honey stick. 

There were hooped skirts, pirate costumes, pajamas, poodle skirts and general Red Hat regalia.
Cash prizes were awarded to 1st and 2nd place costume winners.

 EISH members dressed in 1950’s poodle skirts, fitted sweater tops, hair scarves and head bands, bobby socks, tennis and I even saw a pair of red, high-heeled sneakers.
One member of the Flamboyant Prima Donnas sang  Help Me Make It Through the Night. Members of Fellowship of Friends did a coordinated dance routine.  Members from the Red Hot Mamas had us all laughing and participating in their exercise routine done to Tooty ta
Lunch included savory, skinless, baked chicken breasts, spring greens salad with fruit and cheese, seasoned baked vegetable medley, rolls and iced tea. For dessert, red velvet cake (which is the RHS signature dessert) along with a dollop of lemon mousse inside a chocolate candy shell.  
Of course every RHS event has the 50/50 cash drawing. Attendees purchase tickets for a set price. The money goes into a pot. If a person’s number is called she wins half of what is in the pot with the other half going to the hosting chapter. Since RHS is a non-profit, this money is used toward sponsorship of future events. Other funding efforts include auctions, and ticketed gift basket drawings. Of course members pay a fee to attend the various events.

Dancing, entertainment, door prizes, food and innocent mayhem is definitely a part of the fun at all of the events I have attended. We were all surprised at being gifted a selfie stick from EISH as we left the event.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jumping and Jiving with Jazz

It happened April 20-22, 2017,  the Student Jazz Festival, Held at the historic Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Students from elementary, middle and high schools from around the state get to participate in this annual event. Also, on board are college, junior and 4 year. They always put on a great show and it's all FREE!.
This year I listened to only one set (that's jazz talk)  
Gadsden State Community College did a fine job with their four numbers. 
Matt Leder, director of Gadsden State Show Band

This is my first attempt at video. It may be flipped but at least you can hear it.

They had a mean keyboardist and singer who had to be channeling some of the greats.

After the performance Dr. Leah Tucker, Director of the Jazz Hall of Fame, awarded a trophy*    to band director Mr. Matt Leder for a job well done.
* All bands were given trophies.

That's it.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Coffee and Soda Fountain

(This also took place April 22,2017)
After leaving the record store I popped next door to Crestwood Coffee for a java.  This was one of the first coffee shops I went to before coffee became all the rage. They were there before Starbuck's hit Birmingham and Dunkin' Donuts. I hadn't been there in years, but they're still thriving.  They will still allow you to bring your own cup.  I just wonder if I'd still have to pay $4 for a cup of coffee or would I get a discount for having my own cup.? I ordered an expresso with caramel.  I wanted a jolt. The purists won't like it but I do. 

I took a seat and selected one of the many books they have for customers to read.  I chose a musty hardback and settled in. I don't remember the title but the story line captured my interest. Unfortunately, I didn't write down the title or author.

You see the usual coffee house clientele. Mostly people interfacing with some form of technology, phone, PC, i-pad , the usual. To think coffee shops were once places where you could commune with people, face-to-face.

Crestwood Pharmacy & Soda Fountain.  Within this same shopping strip at the corner. They too were announcing their planned opening this summer. There will be a pharmacist and a soda fountain on the premise. (Think Mayberry drugstore) 
They were having open house and telling everyone their plans for this space. Refreshments and samples of ice cream floats were available. They haven't furnished it yet but they do plan to use a lot of local fare in their soda fountain area.
Printed on the pharmacy door,
"  In centuries past, townspeople recognized  a show globe as the landmark for healing. It's glow welcomes all to this place of medicine, the local pharmacy."

Next stop  TODAY Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame for some live music. Woot! Woot!  (separate post)

That's it***

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Record Store Day

Record Store Day is an annual event inaugurated in 2007 and held on one Saturday every April to "celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store" (Wikipedia)

There are only two record stores in Birmingham that I know of. One is Charlemagne which has been in existence since Moses. The other is Seasick Records which is pretty new to the block.

I chose Seasick Records located in Crestwood which is closer to me. Thinking Record Store Day was April 20, I went inside and proclaimed, Happy Record Store Day to which I was told would take place on April 22nd. 
ALTHOUGH I did find out that 4/20 is Weed Day. (You can Google it or click the 4/20 link) The lack of customers and a couple of guys getting their hair cut should have been an indication that I was there on the wrong day.

I went back April 22nd and there were throngs of people actually buying vinyl also known in my era as records, LPs and 33s. 
You won't see any people on this picture because I took these on 4/20. As you can see they have a large variety of vinyl but they also sell a few CDs, Indie music and locally pressed vinyl.

Did I mention they have a two station barbering corner? It's right back there where you see the two large mirrors.
Yes, I took a picture of the restroom. They have this cool mural painted on the walls.

Since the albums were only $3, I bought a Sammy Davis Jr. and Ashford and Simpson.

 I've played the Ashford and Simpson album and it sounds great.

This poster shows pics of the guest DJs for the day. One is the mayor of Birmingham. There was a wall of flyers inside Crestwood Coffee (rt.) of Coming Attractions.

I also visited in this same shopping strip, Crestwood Coffee and the future home of Crestwood Pharmacy and Fountain.  I'll post about those in a different post.

That's it.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This Isn't Your Grandma's Button Box

It's been a while since I posted. Had what I consider major PC issues. Had to get a new modem. Then the PC had to be upgraded. Tech ,Tech,Tech.

Since I enjoy crafts I've been hanging out once a week at one of the city libraries where they have crafts for adults. 
The first I participated in was making pictures with buttons.  
There were buttons of all shapes, colors and compositions. 
First we painted a tree on the canvas mat.
This tree looks a little angry. Maybe it'll cheer up after I decorate it.

We used E-6000 glue and a real canvas mat.  Choosing the buttons wasn't easy with so many choices

Here are some of the ones that were done .

Remember the angy looking naked tree at the top? This is how I filled it in.
 That's it***

Friday, April 14, 2017

No More Wristlets

 ...for a while.

I've turned my handbag crafting and sewing to cross body bags. I'm going for a "boho" style or another way of saying Bohemian.

Here are 5 of the eight purses I prepared for a craft show that took place this month.
 In the world of small purses when carrying the merest of essentials, cross body purses seem to be the preference. If I plan to make any sales, I've got to give the people what they want.

Here in Alabama, football is a MAJOR focus. You must declare a team once you step across the state line.  Alabama and Auburn are the main teams.
I've never been a sports fan of any type but, numerous  friends suggested that I make a few cross body bags for the football fans out there. I took their advice.  Here's the first one I did featuring  The University of Alabama.

I didn't use everything below but, some or none.

                                                                 NEXT UP
 BLUE and GRAY and Beige tapestry with beige cording cross body strap, silver button closure, decorative button and stitching on the back
 ORANGE, GREEN and DUSTY ROSE cross body bag with silver chain strap.
Another Alabama bag with cream faux leather, hand stitiching on the side, Alabama "A" cheerleader on the back with rhinestone and ruby pom poms, tulle skirt, button and tie footwear. Black chain strap. Black, silver and while beads and trinkets.

GREEN BROCADE with raised gold threading throughout. Gold cord and chain cross over strap. Velcro closing
I have to admit, the green one is my favorite.

Below is my first attempt at posting my own video.  I'm only showing my table of crafts. You'll notice that I also have door/knob pillows left over from Christmas.  I wrote about that in a previous post.

That's it***

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Personalized phone case

I decided on a Queen of Hearts theme since we can all use more love 💟.

4.Laser copies of cut outs made at  Staples.  5. Cutting and gluing on the pieces. Then covering with a matte finish of decoupage.
Not perfect, but good enough for me. I plan to do another with a different design.
That's it 💓💘💗

The Mystery of Love and Sex

SUCH a pretty day not to get out . I made a last minute decision to attend a Sunday matinee of  live theatre done by Terrific New Theatre,  one of the little theatres here in Birmingham.   The Mystery of Love and Sex was the offering. The online teaser stated:

Deep in the American South, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were nine. She's Jewish, he's Christian, he's black, she's white. Their differences intensify their connection until sexual desire complicates everything in surprising, compulsive ways. An unexpected love story about where souls meet and the consequences of growing up.”

This was my first time attending a TNT production. In fact  I went to the WRONG theatre which was Birmingham Festival Theatre to which I have been too before.  As a searched for a parking space,  I wondered why I didn’t  see anyone on the theatre grounds.  Discovering my mistake  Latoya (that’s my car’s name) and I did a turn around  hoping to make it to the correct address  Luckily TNT wasn’t too far away.  
I made it in well before the curtain went up.

According to the  Who’s Who on the program, the cast included:

 Russell E. Alexander II (Jonny)   is a Senior Theatre Arts Major at The University of Alabama at  Birmingham (UAB) who’ll be graduating this April. He has performed  numerous works here and in other cities 

Beth Kitchin (Lucinda)  has performed in over 30 productions in the Birmingham area. She is an Assistant  Professor of  Nutrition  Sciences at UAB. 
*I immediately recognized her from her nutrition advisory spots on the local morning show, Good Day Alabama

Judd McCluney (Howard)   made his debut with TNT in 1987.  He has performed in countless productions here and elsewhere.  He too studied at UAB, been a member of  the  Birmingham Shakespeare Ensemble, City Equity Theatre and Ravenswood Productions.

Laura Elson Towns (Charlotte) This was her fifth performance with TNT. She has also performed with BFT and Virginia Samford Theatre.

George “Buddy” Cannon (Howard’s  father) is a retiree with a long history of stage performances over the years. This was his first performance with TNT

This was definitely not a dramedy  (comedy-drama)  for children. There were adult themes and scenes.  Also present were infidelity, sexual tensions, racism, homosexuality, alcohol, marijuana and tobacco. 

I was gripped in a trance as each actor finessed his/her character exhibiting a roller coaster of emotions of which I was a passenger.   A brilliant  presentation.  I left the theatre sated from the performance.

Very cozy inside with head shots of various actors.

Photo opp with Russell E. Alexander II who portrayed Jonny.
I would have requested photos from the other actors but he is the only one I saw.

That's it