End of Summer Activities

By on 23 July, 2012 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

With the deafening cicadas already here, and the temperature failing to drop past “pretty hot” just about every night, it’s hard to imagine that summer is almost over. But we’re actually now about halfway to fall and fairly close to the start of football. It’s not too late to make your plans for some of the great events coming up that Montgomery has to offer. There are things to do in August besides “swelter” and “get out of the South.” Here are some of our picks; share some other ideas with us if you’ve got them:

  • Roller Derby – July 28 – Garrett Coliseum. We went last month and had a great time. It’s fun for the whole family, totally exciting, and well worth the price of admission. If you’ve never been, check this out, especially if you’re a sports fan. This bout will be against Rome (Georgia). Doors open at 6, and the bout begins at 7.
  • Montgomery Film Festival – July 28 – Capri Theater. It’s a shame that this is scheduled opposite the roller derby match; we wish we could do both. We’ve made a habit of attending and reviewing the films each year. One of the great things about it is that the entries are all pretty short, so if you don’t like a film it’s pretty much over before you can’t stand it any longer. Both times we have gone before, we have hoped that young Montgomery filmmakers will get inspired and start making great cinematic works of art that reflect the unique nature of life in Montgomery. Or at least make a fantastic competent horror movie.
  • The Race of Truth – August 4 – This is a bicycle race that is being heavily promoted by something called Montgomery Multisport, along with the City of Montgomery, which will evidently be closing down some streets for this high-powered bike race, which provides cash awards for top finishers. It starts at 7 a.m., so if you want to see people whip by you on high-tech bikes, you’ll have to get up early. Also, we think the name “Race of Truth” is hilarious.
  • Alabama Roots Music Society – August 5 – The Capri – We went to one of the concerts put on by the Alabama Roots Music Society (ARMS) and had a blast. It was proof that, even if you’ve never heard of the band, the people at ARMS know great music and do a good job of bringing it to town. On August 5, it seems like another case of a fantastic group coming to town. These folks have the name Flannel Church, and some of the members have history playing with the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton. Their website describes them as “funky New Orleans R&B,” which is plenty enough sales pitch for us.
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – August 10-September 2 – Alabama Shakespeare Festival. This is one of the rare times we might actually go and see a musical. We’re not much for people bursting into song as part of advancing a plot, but this show got consistently rave reviews during its runs in New York, and promises to be off-beat and interesting. Hat’s off to ASF for bringing it to town. This will be the last show until the 2012-2013 season is announced, and we’re already promising ourselves to go to more shows in the coming year.
  • Dr. Strangelove – The Capri – August 9. Just one of our all-time favorite movies, and a rare opportunity to see it on the big screen. If you’ve never seen it, you simply must go, even if only to understand what all those Simpsons references are playing on. You don’t have to know anything about Kubrick or the Cold War to enjoy this movie, but it’s one that you could watch thousands of times. Set aside some time afterward to talk with friends about how it totally applies to today’s political climate and how you should have gone to film school.
  • Second Saturday – August 11 – Riverwalk. We haven’t been to one of these yet, mostly because we’ve been out of town (and maybe a little because we’re too old to play on the inflatables), but this is the last one, and it’s nice to see the city providing opportunities for organized family fun. Plus, there’s music and fireworks.
  • Dragon Boats – August 25 – Riverwalk. This rowing and racing event has become an annual tradition here in Montgomery and, as we noted last time, we had a lot of fun when we went. It’ll be hot, but worth it.

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with a cat, a dog, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

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