Montgomery Holiday Traditions

By on 22 November, 2013 in Holidays, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

The golden autumn light sifts through the remaining colored leaves on the trees and gives a soft glow to the streets of Capitol Heights these fall evenings. Walking the dogs, we crunch leaves on the sidewalk and enjoy the crisp air and cool breeze that rustles the tree limbs. Those hot steamy summer walks are all in the past. The many traditions of the season promise times with friends and neighbors, good food and fun events.

Open house tours are a great tradition in Montgomery. Cottage Hill is having a Christmas tour this year — they don’t always have a Christmas tour so it’s always good to go when they do. On Sunday, December 8, from 3 p.m. until 7, the tour features 10 homes. It starts at the Town Hall on 103 Whitman St.

The city’s Christmas parade is the Friday before that, December 6 at 6 p.m. The parade is downtown, as usual and should be a lot of fun.

Capitol Heights will have the annual candlelight Christmas tour the next weekend on Saturday, December 14 from 4 p.m. until 7. Enjoy the historic homes decorated for Christmas and munch and sip on homemade cookies and hot cider.

The Old Alabama Town Holiday Open House is scheduled for December 5, from 4 p.m. until 7. Stroll through the beautiful buildings, houses, schools, and taverns, all decked out in period decorations.

Plan to stay and join me for the Old Alabama Town Revue that starts in the old church on Columbus Street at 7 p.m. We have a great show for you. Tom House continues the tradition of coming down for the show from Nashville. He is threatening to write a song called “I Wanna Hear that Baby Jesus Cry.” I don’t know what’s got into songwriters these days. My own true hubby wanted to end his new Christmas song by putting Santa’s reindeer in a stew. But do not fear, I am standing strong against the onslaught. The Old Alabama Town Revue Holiday Show will be a NICE show.

Tim will debut his new mandolin, a handmade in America Morris F-Style with a dark cherry finish. It sounds like Christmas angels and he has been practicing hard on an instrumental piece. Toni has worked up a few new numbers, but do not fear, she will sing “Please Come Home for Christmas.” Talk about traditions, when I hear Toni sing that song I know it’s Christmas!

Marty Martin is coming up from Florida (I got one coming up and one coming down!) to add that stand-up bass sound. The pellets with Terry Woosley, Tom Huber, Katie Pearson, Terri Sweeney, and Pat Thomason will seriously kick up our vocals a notch or two. Me? A few weeks back somebody sent me this silly chart on Facebook that turned a name into an elf name (not a Tolkien elf — the little elf). For example, I’m Cookie Pointy Toes and Carole King is Bubbles Superplum (Superplum?) So I got this idea about turning that into a song. However, my muses are not into it. So as of this writing, I don’t have a new song. You’ll have to come to the Old Alabama Town Revue to see what happens! It’s a Montgomery tradition.

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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