Old Alabama Town in August

By on 9 August, 2013 in Karren Pell with 0 Comments

I have been having quite the time lately. Mid-July I had company from Nashville, and we partied all weekend. Then I had to go to Nashville to continue researching my book on Randy Rayburn’s Sunset Grill — which meant I had to eat a bunch of food at his five star restaurant and drink champagne. Then, I barely got back home when friends came up from Florida, causing Hubby and I to throw a big dinner party for them Saturday night. Well, since the house was clean and some tequila punch was left, I invited Our Gang over for Sunday brunch. Then Hubby and I went on vacation. You know how it is — sometimes it just never stops! So here I am on vacation writing my Midtown Montgomery Living blog post. But you know what? I don’t even mind because I love writing this blog, and I love what I am writing about — Old Alabama Town.

What’s not to love about Old Alabama Town? As I have said many times, it’s all happenin’ at OAT. Check it out at www.oldalabamatown.com and you’ll see what I mean. During the month of August, all Saturday tickets are half price. A visit to Old Alabama Town is a deal at any price, but half price is too fabulous to pass up. Don’t worry about the heat. The beautiful old houses have their own ways of keeping cool developed long before AC was invented. High ceilings and pass through halls keep the interiors temperate, and wide verandas are shaded by overhanging trees. Meander through the garden which is in rare form due to the recent rains and the loving care of the Capitol City Master Gardeners. The fruit trees are doing well — a new addition from Edy’s Fruit Bars’ “Communites Take Root” competition. Also thriving is a food garden; not your typical vegetable garden mind you, but an edible-designed-to-be-especially pleasing garden space by Kris Conner. What about them apples (as my ole granny would say)? Carole King says Rescued Relics (423 Madison Avenue; Tuesday -Thursday 10:00-12:00) is crankin’. Newest additions include the chandeliers and wall sconces from Huntingdon’s Dining Hall saved from the wrecking ball by Jeff Benton. Go visit the Loeb Reception Center (Monday-Saturday 9-4; 301 Columbus St.) which currently features an exhibit of color saturated prints titled “Rituals” by photographer Mark Allen Francis. Francis, an Associate Professor of Photography in Pensacola, FL, explains his subject choice: “I targeted events with unique characters, colors and performers at heart.” Events include Mardi Gras, the Gulf Coast Balloon Race,the Pensacola Blue Angel Homecoming Show, and, yes — the Mullet Toss! Let’s hear it for the Mullet Toss! The last fun happening I will mention is intriguingly called “Vicarious Vacations.” Every Saturday in August from 10:45-12:00 in the Loeb Reception Center, take a vicarious vacation — that is not only without ever leaving Montgomery, but you don’t even have to leave your chair at the Loeb Center — through pictures and information on amazing places. On August 10, Robert Gamble and Ellen Mertin share their experience and experiences regarding the unique architecture of Cuba; on August 17, Twinkle Smith wows the crowd with tales about Morocco; on August 24, Dr. Richard Chamberlain looks into the past and peers into the present transitions of Istanbul; on August 31, the Crook Family will show and tell about their excellent adventure in the Maldives. Don’t know where that is? Well, come to OAT and find out!!

I would tell you about some other fun stuff coming up at OAT, but I happen to know my BGF Carole King is going to write her blog post about those activities. And I can’t risk her ire as — newsflash: We might be writing another book together! The publisher has approached us, and we are currently jumping through the ole proposal hoops. So no need to jealous of me walking along the beach or partying with my friends — go check out all the fun at OAT in August!

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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