by Frank Griffin
With minimal effort, families can come together and build enduring memories.
Here are some ideas for activities in the Birmingham area. And remember, the point is to bring the family together, explore new possibilities, have fun, and of course build wonderful memories.
Take a Cooking Class Together
Taking a cooking class as a family is an incredibly great way to build lifelong memories. You will acquire a skill that will last forever, learn about new cultures, and have fun in the process.
You can go to this link (https://www.thumbtack.com/al/birmingham/cooking-classes/) to find a wide range of chefs from Birmingham that provide cooking classes in your home or another setting.
Yoga for the Family
Just like cooking, this is one skill set with lifelong benefits. The great thing about this activity is many yoga studios have introductory packages for the whole family that are affordable. Village Yoga is one of the many places you can try. http://villageryoga.com/
Visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
If you really want to escape while still in the city, visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. First of all, it is free (but you can always support them because they do great work), and it provides 67 acres of incredible gardens. You can make a day of it and learn more than you bargained for.
Here is their website https://www.bbgardens.org/gardens-culture.php#Bruno
If you feel inspired by your visit to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, you can start your own garden with flowers, vegetables, and herbs. This brings all of the above activities together. The Oak Street Garden Shop has been around for 25 years. It has everything from seasonal plants and flowers to garden shrubs, herbs, and vegetables. Here is their website http://oakstreetgardenshop.com/
Go on a Hike as a Family
Going for a hike is another opportunity to bond as a family while appreciating nature. Ruffner Mountain covers 1,038-acres, and it is one of the largest privately held 501 (c) (3) urban nature preserves in the country. Just like the botanical gardens, the trails are free but the experiences it provides are invaluable. Here is their site: https://ruffnermountain.org/
Making memories with your family doesn’t require an expensive activity. The most important thing is to spend time together.
By Laurrel Allison
Thanksgiving can oftimes be a warm and bustling time of year for the family. Many families spend hours in the kitchen together preparing the perfect meal. But there are many reasons plans could change. Perhaps you don’t feel like cooking this year. Maybe there are only a few of you around for the holiday. Whatever the case may be, there are awesome choices in Birmingham for special Thanksgiving meals. Don’t be afraid to dig right in!
Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Birmingham
Are you struggling to find vegetarian and vegan options in the city? Eating out can be difficult when you aren’t sure where to go. To help, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite eateries in and around Birmingham that serve delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes. You should note that even restaurants popular for meat often have vegetarian menu items.
Single in The Magic City
Meet LaTonia Williams
photo credit: LaTonia Williams
LaTonia Williams is an Alabama resident living near Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. As a mother of three, Williams understands how hard it can be to meet people. Here are a few questions we asked Williams:
What is one reason you think it is hard to date in Birmingham?
Williams: Despite its size, Birmingham is fairly small. It’s easy to cross paths with someone who has already crossed paths with someone else in your circle. Those people are certainly off limits, as are those who are married, too old, too young or have criminal records (or just seem to be just plain crazy). Sometimes it just seems easier and less complicated to remain single.
What do you love about living in or near Birmingham?
Williams: Being in a big city that still has a small city feel; the fact that there is always something going on and something to do.
What is something you wish you could see come to Birmingham?
Williams: Dave & Busters and an aquarium
Williams has lived in the Birmingham area for the past twelve years. She is thirty-seven years old.
The 45th Annual Greek Festival is set for September 21-23, 2017 from 10:30am-10:00pm in downtown Birmingham. The Birmingham Greek Festival began in 1972 and is one of Birminghamʼs oldest cultural food festivals and most highly anticipated southeast event. The festival is an act of love of Birminghamʼs Greek
“Over the course of the interview process and indeed over the last decade of his service to the Birmingham Museum of Art, Graham has proven himself. We look forward to the possibilities his leadership will provide in elevating the Birmingham Museum of Art to even greater heights, as he builds on Gail Andrews’ incredible legacy.”
Following Gail Andrews’ retirement announcement, the Board of Trustees assembled a group of key stakeholders to form a Director’s Search Committee. The committee enlisted the help of global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to conduct a national search. The comprehensive, months-long search yielded a large number of qualified candidates, and the committee ultimately narrowed the pool to two individuals for final interviews.
Upon completion of the interview process, the Director’s Search Committee unanimously agreed upon one individual as the most qualified candidate for the position and made a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees then voted on, approved the recommendation, and appointed Boettcher as the seventh R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art.
“I’m thrilled to serve as the BMA’s next director and lead the institution in the coming years, especially as we explore new and dynamic ways to engage and serve the public,” says Boettcher. “I am grateful to the Board for extending to me this opportunity, to my predecessor Gail Andrews for her exemplary dedication to the museum, and to the BMA’s exceptionally talented staff for continuously striving for the highest standards of excellence.”
Graham C. Boettcher was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. He received a B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, and an M.A. from the University of Washington. Boettcher was previously a curatorial fellow at the Yale University Art Gallery, and held research fellowships at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Terra Foundation Summer Residency in Giverny, France. He joined the Birmingham Museum in Art in 2006, as the Henry Luce Foundation Curatorial Fellow in American Art. Upon completion of his fellowship in 2008, Boettcher was hired in the newly created position of Curator of American Art, which was endowed that same year. After six years as the William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, Boettcher rose to Chief Curator and, in February 2016, he was promoted to The James Milton and Sallie R. Johnson Deputy Director.
Boettcher will assume his new role on September 20, and Andrews will stay on until October 6 to facilitate the transition.
Add Blossoming Decor to Your Event
by Laurrel Allison
Whether you have a happy, celebratory, or somber occasion coming up, there are choice florists scattered about Birmingham who are ready to assist. Birthday and anniversary parties, weddings, graduations, and funerals which could use a little sprucing up do well featuring floral arrangements. Below are a select few local florist shops from around Birmingham. Think local and shop local when planning your next event! [Read more…]
I Woke Up Like This
MUAs in the Magic City
By Laurrel Allison
Makeup artists can save the day. If you had a particularly bad sunburn, a spontaneous breakout, or if you’re just notoriously clumsy with doing your hair, makeup artists are here for you. Their job is to make you look like royalty on your special day. Birthday parties, weddings, school dances, and any other special event you can think of are their specialty. Even if you want to dress up for your significant other for a day, they got you. When you’re choosing a hair and makeup artist, stay local. There is plenty of creative talent in Birmingham.
Good Eats in the Magic City
By Laurrel Allison
Rather than going to one of America’s well-known franchises for a bite to eat on a warm Summer evening, you would do well to consider staying a bit more local for your eats. In Birmingham, you’ll be able to fill your stomach without emptying your wallet and walk away with the knowledge that your food wasn’t identical to someone else’s meal a couple states over.
Craving a Juicy Burger?
Popular Places to Get a Burger from a Birmingham Business
by Frank Griffin
If you saw the title and continued reading it’s because you love burgers! And if you’re in Birmingham – you are in luck.
Buy Local- Buy Fresh
Top 5 Reasons to Shop at Farmers Markets
By: Frank Griffin
You can’t put a price on the feeling you get when you shop at your local Farmers Market. The ambiance is the closest thing you will experience to going directly to the farm.
If you need further convincing, the following are the top five reasons to shop at Farmers Markets
‘Jumping Around’ The Magic City
Jump Houses / Jump Parks in the Birmingham Area
by Cassie Bondie
Are you looking for something fun to do on a long summer afternoon? Check out the follow jump houses and jump parks.
One-of-a-kind Boutiques in the Birmingham Area
by Cassie Bondie
Wine Attractions in the Birmingham Area
by Cassie Bondie
It can be difficult to find a winery nearby, especially when there are only eleven in the state of Alabama. Thirsty for something new and exotic? Check out this short list of popular wineries near Birmingham.