Magnolia Festival Praises

Music Notes

Named a Top Twenty Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the Gardendale Magnolia Festival, April 20-21 will include some great family friendly entertainment and talent proclaiming God’s praises.

Acoustic Gospel. Bentwood Revival will perform Friday Night at 7pm. These four artists, Faith Harper, Larry Bradford, Selwyn Spalding, and Charlotte Guffin, are all from Gardendale and have been singing together for 25 years. The band’s name is a nod to the craftsmanship of the wood instruments used in their acoustic gospel group.

Southern Gospel. Steel City Revival will sing God’s praises Friday night April 20 at 8pm.  The Alabama based, all male southern gospel quartet members include BT Thomas, Greg Carter, Dustin Bearden and Keith Wix, www.steelcityrevivalqt.com.

Bluegrass. The bluegrass sibling band, Cotton Pickin Kids, will perform at 12:30pm on Saturday April 21. The Cipollari kids are from Hanceville and range in age from 7 to 15. Listen to Savio on mandolin, Therese on fiddle, Cecilia on guitar, Rosalinda on fiddle, Gianluca on banjo and harmonica and Giovanni on dobro. The Cipollari family will not disappoint!

The Magnolia Festival kicks off on Friday April 20, from 5-10 p.m. with an entertainment stage, food and a carnival. On Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. enjoy live entertainment on three stages, a pooch parade, car show, free art classes, 150 vendors and more. Admission is free. Learn more at www.magnoliafestival.org.

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Called to Enjoy Turkey Season

Called to Enjoy Turkey Season

The Great Outdoors

presented by: Mark’s Outdoors

Eddie Salter, host of Turkey Man on the Sportsman Channel, demonstrates his champion winning turkey calls to Mark’s Outdoors customers.

The most experienced turkey hunters and world champion turkey callers recently converged upon Mark’s Outdoors in Vestavia for TURKEY DAY! The annual event, held right before spring turkey season kicked off, included “Turkey Man” himself, champion caller Eddie Salter. Customers could learn first-hand from dozens of experts about new cutting edge products and techniques as well as enjoy a free Whisker’s Catfish lunch served up by Mark’s Outdoors staff.

Spring turkey season will continue through April 30 and whether this is your first season or your fifteenth, one thing all turkey hunters agree on is turkey hunting takes work- especially perfecting your call. If you are having a hard time deciding what call to use, try each type of call and see which one, or ones, feel good to you. If you still don’t have a preference, ask yourself which one allows you to achieve that turkey sound you are looking for the best and the easiest? The most important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong decision. Most calls are inexpensive enough that you could buy one of each type without breaking the bank. And if you are still having a hard time deciding, let one of the Mark’s Outdoors staff members help you pick out your new favorite call. The store is stocked with all types of calls to choose from.

And if you haven’t already, remember to find and “Like” Mark’s Outdoors on Facebook to keep up with upcoming events like Turkey Day as well as new product arrivals and specials. Happy hunting!

-Mark’s Outdoors 

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822-2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

The staff at Mark’s Outdoors greet customers with plates of free Whisker’s Catfish and fixings at Turkey Day.

Mark’s Outdoors customers learn about cutting-edge turkey hunting products and techniques from the most experienced turkey hunters and world champion turkey callers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Local Third Graders on the Oregon Trail

Education Extra

OLS’s Mia Hooten and Myca Banks hit the Oregon Trail dressed in western attire.

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School(OLS) third graders recently traveled the Oregon Trail – without ever leaving school! In a fun and educational day, the youngsters took a trip back in time to study the life of a pioneer and the hardships endured on the historic trail. The eventful day was incorporated as a special part of their social studies curriculum. They dressed in western-style attire and reenacted a day on the Oregon Trail with activities that included budgeting play money to purchase items for their adventure; writing letters with wax seals; playing a specialized computer game; square dancing; learning how to tool leather; and making and enjoying homemade butter and biscuits.

 

 

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6 Big Benefits of Summer Day Camp

6 Big Benefits of Summer Day Camp

Healthy Living

Every child can benefit from the experiences of summer camp. But for many parents, the decision of whether or not to sign their child up is not so easy.

Many parents feel the separation and independence required of a camper for sleepaway camp may be too high of a hurdle for the child or themselves. Many campers are (in their parents’ minds) too shy or ill-equipped for resident camp. Oftentimes, parents themselves are not ready to let go of the child for the duration of a camp session. And some campers are simply “too young.”

For these families, Day Camp can provide a camp experience that is nearly identical to sleepaway camp without the anxiety-producing long-term separation.

  1. Camp builds self-confidence. By removing academic, athletic and social competition kids experience at school, camp helps kids build self-confidence! There’s an accomplishment every day!
  2. Campers make new friends. Counselors help children create new connections and reach outside of their comfort zones to meet and play with children they may not have known during the school year.
  3. Campers unplug from technology. Camp is full of games and organized activities that give children an opportunity to enjoy doing instead of just watching. Outdoor activities encourage them to commune with nature, realizing their roles in stewardship of the land.
  4. Campers learn new skills. Camp activities help children develop skills like swimming, horseback riding, sports and art and social/emotional things like teamwork, creativity, and self-confidence.
  5. Camp is fun! With non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for kids. Geared toward the interests of every child, camp activities are made to be fun – no tests required!
  6. Day Campers Come Home for Dinner. In the evenings, parents and children can sit down together and discuss the events of the child’s day. Parents can share in their child’s successes, work through any obstacles that their child faces and help shape their solutions. This gives the child practice for when they have to work through issues on their own.

Day camp can be a child’s first independent experience away from mom and dad. A child can strengthen emerging skills of making new friends, taking care of their own belongings, trying new activities, and taking risks. Registration is open now for YMCA Summer Day Camp 2018 at 11 Birmingham area locations. Register online through April 30 at www.YMCADayCamp.net.

-Jennifer Neil

YMCA of Greater Birmingham, www.ymcabham.org 

Read more healthy information from the YMCA at www.BirminghamChristian.com. Click on News/Health

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12 Springtime Auto Care Tips

12 Springtime Auto Care Tips

Under the Hood

presented by Franklin Automotive

Spring is one of the prime times for auto maintenance. The first wash and wax on a warm Saturday afternoon is liberating. Winter’s gloom (to say nothing of the dirt and grime) is literally washed away. Take out the gloves and ice scraper and store them ‘til next season. Summer’s not far away! Some preparations now will help ensure that your vacation plans go as smoothly as you envision them now. Franklin Automotive offers the following tips on getting your vehicle ready for summer:

  • Read the owner’s manual or ask your service shop about recommended service schedules. You are probably overdue for one.
  • Have hard-to-start, rough idling, stalling, etc. corrected before hot weather is here.
  • Have the cooling system flushed and refilled according to recommendations for your vehicle. Have the level, condition, and concentration checked periodically.
  • If you are not a Do-It-Yourselfer, find a repair facility you trust. I recommend Franklin Automotive!
  • The tightness and condition of belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a qualified auto technician. They know what to look for.
  • Have the air conditioner serviced BEFORE it gets too hot. It never quits working on a cool day!
  • Have your oil and filter changed. A repair facility will make sure your used oil is disposed of properly.
  • Have your other filters replaced (air, fuel, cabin air, etc.) as recommended.
  • Have the condition of your tires checked, including the spare. Always check tire pressure when the tires are cold.
  • Inspect all lights and bulbs. Replace as necessary.
  • Replace worn wiper blades, and make sure your washer fluid is topped off.
  • Stay safe and have fun!

Ward Drennen 

Owner, Franklin Automotive

2880 Acton Road, Birmingham 35243

205-969-2886

www.FranklinAutomotive.com

 

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A Piece of Jugtown History at Magnolia Festival

A Piece of Jugtown History at Magnolia Festival

Cool Stuff

The Gardendale Magnolia Festival has commissioned local artisan Jay Burton to make a limited number of Jugtown factory replica jugs (1873-1876) which will only be available for purchase at the Festival on April 21.

Jugtown, Ala. changed its name to Gardendale, Ala. in 1906. Why? Find out when you attend the 17th Annual Magnolia Festival at the Gardendale Civic Center on April 21. Plus, you will have an opportunity to see an original jug claimed to be made in the Jugtown factory from 1873-1876. The jug was recently donated to the Gardendale Historical Society museum by local resident Marie Fields.

The Gardendale Magnolia Festival has commissioned local artisan potter, Jay Burton, to make 100 replicas of the jug to be sold only at the Festival, Saturday April 21. Burton, of Burton Pottery by Jay, will be on site at the exhibit to demonstrate how to make pottery. He makes his tools by hand and only uses Mt. Olive/Gardendale clay to create his pottery. Members of the Gardendale Historical Society will share with visitors the story of how Jugtown changed its name to Gardendale as well as the story of why they believe the donated jug is an original jug made in the Jugtown factory. The jug can be seen now and during the festival at the Museum which is near the civic center amphitheater on Bell Street off Main Street in Gardendale.

The Magnolia Festival will kick off on Friday April 20, from 5-10pm with an entertainment stage, food and a carnival. On Saturday enjoy the pottery exhibit along with live entertainment on three stages, including “blue grass with a twist” from the Judge Talford Band, a pooch parade, car show, free art classes, 150 vendors and more. Admission is free. Learn more at www.magnoliafestival.org. †

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Magnolia Festival kicks off on Friday April 20 and will feature the Jugtown Pottery exhibit on Saturday April 21 and so much more, wwwmagnoliafestivla.org.

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The Great Outdoors: Mark’s Outdoors

The Great Outdoors: Mark’s Outdoors

The Success of a Call

Spring turkey season kicks off March 15. Whether this is your first season or your fifteenth, one thing all turkey hunters agree upon is that turkey hunting takes work- especially perfecting your call. No matter what type of call you use, we are all trying to achieve one common goal, letting the feathers fly.

If you are having a hard time trying to decide what call to use, then you are probably over thinking it. All turkey calls are designed to do the same thing and that is to replicate the sound of those tasty, tasty birds. The success of a call lies solely on the person using it, not the person that endorses it. It is important to try each type of call and see which one, or ones, feel good to you. If you still don’t have a preference then think about what you are doing- trying to sound like a turkey. Which call allows you to achieve that sound you are looking for the best and the easiest? The most important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong decision. And if you are still having a hard time deciding, let one of the Mark’s Outdoors staff members help you pick out your new favorite call. We are here to help you Monday through Saturday 8am-6pm. Also join us for our annual Turkey Day March 9 for special sales and demonstrations!

Next month we will be gearing up for fishing, so make sure that you go ahead and bring your rods and reels in for service now so you will be ready to hit the water.

-Mark’s Outdoors 

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822-2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

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Great Get-Away at Historic Boone Cabin

Great Get-Away at Historic Boone Cabin

Boone Newspapers donated Boone Cabin to The University of Alabama in honor of Mrs. Buford Boone. With renovations that maintain the historic integrity of the home, the venue is now a perfect site for family gatherings, weddings, wedding anniversaries, birthday parties, church or corporate retreats, and more. Learn more at www.boonecabin.ua.edu.

Tucked away on the wooded banks of Lake Tuscaloosa, the 1820s Boone Cabin provides historic charm, modern features, and breathtaking views of the lake. Boone newspapers graciously donated the home to The University of Alabama in honor of Mrs. Frances Boone. With renovations that maintain the historic integrity of the home, the venue is now a perfect site for day or overnight family gatherings, day rentals for church or corporate retreats, class reunions and weddings.

With a sleeping capacity of eight people, the cabin can easily accommodate single or multiple families. The cabin nestled near the east bank of Lake Tuscaloosa and about 35 minutes from The University of Alabama campus features a cozy living room with a smart, flat screen TV and unlimited cable channels, kitchen with modern amenities, two full baths, master bedroom with flat screen television and queen bed, two upstairs bedrooms for guests (one with queen bed and flat screen television and the other with four twin beds and activity table), and outdoor grilling on a separate patio. Wireless internet is also available throughout the cabin. To further enhance your stay, camping gear, canoes, kayaks, and other outdoor equipment can be rented through the University’s Recreation Center.

Boone Cabin is perfect for spring, summer or fall weekend stays, special events, game day weekends or your special wedding day (up to 150 guests). The cabin features a large back porch full of rocking chairs to accommodate multiple guests. It leads down to a winding, slated rock pathway to the water. Adirondack chairs are also provided for your leisure of small talks, soaking up some sun, or watching your loved ones’ swim. To learn more visit www.boonecabon.ua.edu, facebook.com/boonecabin or call 205-348-4090. †

 

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Castin’ ‘N Catchin to Help Children with Heart Disease

Castin’ ‘N Catchin to Help Children with Heart Disease

Are We There Yet?

The McNutts credit many prayers from their community in helping to bring their son Andrew home after undergoing heart surgery at four days old. Now, after two heart catheterizations and another open-heart surgery in June 2015, Andrew is a happy, playful toddler.

Enjoy a great day out on Lake Guntersville while helping raise funds for the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Children’s of Alabama. The Castin’ ‘N Catchin Fishing Tournament is April 14, 2018 at Goose Pond Colony Resort, Lake Guntersville, Scottsboro, Ala. The annual tournament has raised more than $200,000 in two years for Children’s. “100 percent of the money we raise through this tournament is being immediately turned around to help make life-saving advancements in pediatric heart medicine at Children’s of Alabama,” explains Jodie McNutt, who along with her husband Drew are a driving force behind the tournament. Their son Andrew was born in May 2014 and underwent his first open-heart surgery four days after birth. “There will never be enough words to express our thankfulness for the staff at Children’s of Alabama. The reason we and the other families involved coordinate this tournament is to hopefully give back a portion of what they have given us,” says Jodie McNutt. “We have never seen a more kind, compassionate, loving staff. The doctors, nurses, social workers and other staff were not only concerned about Andrew’s health, they were concerned about our entire family. We have said over and over how blessed the state of Alabama is to have such a highly-trained, highly-skilled group of medical professionals in our backyard to treat so many children. Without them, Andrew’s healing and the healing of so many other children would not be possible.”

Grab your fishing pole and grab a friend to team up for Castin’ ‘N Catchin April 14. All participants are treated to a dinner Friday, April 13 with keynote speaker ABC 33/40s Chief Meteorologist James Spann. Register at www.CastinNCatchin.org. †

The McNutts at check presentation following last year’s Castin’ ‘N Catchin Tournament benefitting the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Children’s of Alabama. The annual tournament has raised more than $200,000 in the past two years.

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