End Your Day with the Sundowners

Sundowners is a new fun and educational series that Landmarks Foundation has initiated to help you wind down your busy work day. A “sundowner” is actually a British colloquial term for an alcoholic beverage shared with friends after completing a long, hard day. And although we do have refreshing beverages and munchies, it’s all about sharing information, networking and learning what’s happening currently in Montgomery.

To date, but of no use to you except to show you what you missed, Sundowners’ programming has included Anna Lowder comparing Montgomery’s New Urbanism Movement to what’s happening on a national level. Martin McCaffery presented Montgomery’s Historic Theaters, a very timely topic considering the fundraising efforts of the Capri Theatre and the impending demise of the Montgomery Theater. In preparation for the Voting Rights March, Jeff Benton did a presentation titled The City of St. Jude stressing how significant St. Jude had been in the community for decades, not just during the March. So if you missed these Sundowners events, there are a lot of fabulous topics coming up in the next couple of months.

The Sundowners series takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in the Old Alabama Town Reception Center located at 301 Columbus Street. Refreshments include, but are not limited to, soft drinks, beer, wine, nuts, popcorn and other snacks pertinent to the learning experience of that particular evening. The next in the series will be on Tuesday, April 28, and will feature a presentation by Ethel Dozier Boykin Boykin is a landscape designer who will present on the new Montgomery Botanical Gardens that will be located at historic Oak Park. Plans have been in the works for about two years, and, after the completion of negotiations with the city, work has finally begun in the park. Ethel will talk about the design plan, future programming and volunteer opportunities.

At the May event on Tuesday, May 26, Carole King (that’s me), curator for Landmarks Foundation, will take Sundowners on a virtual tour of the Permanent Collection at Old Alabama Town. Since its formation in 1967, Landmarks Foundation has amassed an impressive collection of southern decorative arts for our historic house interiors at Old Alabama Town. Many of these artifacts have fascinating stories which you will hear about.

On Tuesday, June 23, Camille Bowman, architectural historian, will discuss how to read old houses, how to maintain them properly, and why we should appreciate and enjoy them.

In the heat of July, the 28th, local historian Jeff Benton will present Maxwell Air Force Base’s City Planning and Architecture. Maxwell’s rich history dates back to the Wright Brothers’ flying school of 1910. Today, Maxwell is home to more than 12,500 active-duty, reserve, civilian and contractor personnel providing a significant economic and cultural impact on the Montgomery area.

Lots of other exciting topics for presentation and interesting architectural tours are on the drawing board for the fall. There is no admission for the Sundowners series…just bring your interest and curiosity to learn about what’s happening around you in our community. For more information about the Sundowners series just call 334-240-4500 or visit www.oldalabamatown.com.

Carole King (not the singer, just the hummer) enjoys midtown living from South Capitol Parkway in Capitol Heights where she has lived for 25+years. Carole has been the historic properties curator for the Landmarks Foundation that manages Old Alabama Town for 28 years and is passionate about neighborhoods, their architectural character, their people, and their preservation!

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  1. Janine Koslofsky says:

    Moving to Capitol Heights soon. Will need lots of good advice about renovations.

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