"Crochet for Everyone" aged 10 and older is February 26, 6-7 p.m. at Saraland Public Library.
Those attending should bring their own projects to work on. For beginners, the Library will provide some hooks and yarn to create simple projects. Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, call 251-675-2879.
Beautiful Beginnings Baby Expo is Sunday, March 10, 2-4 p.m. at USA Children's & Women's Hospital, 1700 Center Street.
This is a new, FREE family-friendly event celebrating expectant moms and families. Beautiful Beginnings Baby Expo will showcase USA Health’s OB/GYN services for expectant moms, families with babies and children younger than age four, as well as women who are considering having a baby.
The rain-or-shine event will include door prizes, exhibitors, Meet Your Care Team and guided hospital tours
Beautiful Beginnings Baby Expo is seeking a limited number of exhibitors (see http://bit.ly/BBexpo2019exhibitors.)
Exhibitor rates are as follows: Non-Profit ($25 fee); Standard ($100 fee)
For more information, visit usahealthsystem.com/baby-expo or send an email to email@example.com
The 46th Annual Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Queens Pageant will be held on Saturday, May 18th, with practice on Friday, May 17th.
There are now 6 age categories, from age 4 (by July 4th) through age 18. Watermelon Festival Queens not only represent the Grand Bay Watermelon Festival on July 3rd and 4th, but also represent Grand Bay at other local events throughout the year. This is a wonderful opportunity for these young ladies to learn to be ambassadors for Grand Bay. After they graduate high school, they can go on to compete for the Alabama Watermelon Queen, which can include scholarships for college.
Applications and other information is at http://grandbaywatermelonfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2019-Queens-Pageant-Application.pdf
Historic Mobile Preservation Society's Mardi Gras Lawn Party and Staff Moon Pie Cook-Off is Saturday, March 2, 2-5 p.m. at 350 Oakleigh Place. Admission is $5; RSVP through historicmobile.org. BYOB, food and chairs. For information, call 251-432-1281
Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council recently welcomed Hunter Cobb as a Member Artist at Dauphin Island Gallery at the Lighthouse Building, 918 Bienville Boulevard. The public is invited to visit the Gallery and see Hunter's "wonderfully evocative art." Gallery hours are Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce's First Responders Day is Wednesday, March 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. Everyone is invited to this annual event to honor and thank our first responders. Our community will band together in appreciation to provide food, entertainmen, and door prizes and gift bags filled with items from local businesses. RSVP at 251-666-2488.
This news from long-time runner and title-holder Ron Mitchell:
Luise Mitchell, 82, (no relation) is the holder of several State of Alabama running records. At the Saturday, February 16 Battle of Mobile Bay 5K, Dauphin Island, Alabama, she came in second in a field of five women ages 71-82. Her time was 43:02/13.51 pace.
Ron finished 3rd in a field of twelve runners ages 70-81 with a time of 26:41/8:36 pace.
Approximately 300 runners/walkers competed in the race produced by Port City Pacers.
The photo (courtesy Ron Mitchell) was made at historic Fort Gaines. The cups the two runners hold in the photo is the award received by the top three finishers in each age division
Several years ago, I wrote an article about Marie Brooks, first for Mobile Press Register and then for this blog. I heard from Marie recently, and she is still quilting, and still receiving calls from the articles, so I thought perhaps an updated version of the article might interest those who do not know Marie.
Marie Brooks: Memory Quilt Maker of Grand Bay
Bring Marie Brooks your tired old tee-shirt collection, your sports banners, the little scraps of your childhood dresses that your mother saved, and she will turn them into a quilt that can be passed down for generations. Over the past several decades, she has completed more than 200 of these soft, warm, fabric scrapbooks of people's lives and memories.
Brooks is a native of Grand Bay, born "almost at the end of Henderson Camp Road," she said.
Below, she shares her thoughts on how she came to love quilting and on some of her favorite quilts and people.
She grew up in a home where quilting, canning and farming were a way of life and where her "Mamma always had a quilt on a frame rolled to the ceiling waiting for a chance to do another stitch or two."
Among the tee-shirt quilts Brooks made and remembers vividly were made for a fellow Grand Bay resident--Mary Taylor--who participated in the Azalea Trail Run for 30 years. When Taylor died, one of the quilts, which she said told the story of her life, was used as a casket blanket and another was on a stand at her feet.
Not all quilts that Brooks makes are of tee shirts or on orders of another person, though.
For example, she became interested in Demopolis, an Alabama town she knew nothing about. But after receiving photos from a Demopolis reporter, she created a "photo" quilt, which she donated to the town's Christmas on the River event. The winner, she said, gave the cover to the city, and it now hangs in the fire station there.
A more recent quilt standout is one Brooks made for a young mother who died of cancer a month after giving birth to a baby girl. In the upper left-hand corner of the pale pink coverlet is embroidered, "My little angel Ava Claire Tate" with the baby's birth date and weight. In the lower right corner are photos of mother and baby--surely a treasure little Ava will keep forever. (See pictured the bear she made for Officer Justin Billa's son--Billa was killed in the line of duty.)
Yet another quilt was made of banners a World Cup Soccer player had kept. "So many memories," Brooks said.
Though quilting has remained her favorite pastime, it's not her only talent. For several years, she made banners for the Grand Bay Watermelon Queen and Maids and for the Miss Alabama Agriculture Queen. She once made a backdrop curtain for televangelist Bennie Hinn's TV set in Orlando and got to see it several times on television.
Brooks is proud that a quilt square she designed was selected for inclusion in the AREA (Alabama Rural Electric Association) 2015 quilt. The theme is "What Put Us On The Map," and for Brooks, farming was the only answer. She has also won several prizes for her canning, another passion.
Marie Brooks' reason for making the type of quilts she does is, and has always been the same: "I have been able to be a part of preserving memories for so many people that I feel blessed," she said.
Pictured are several of Marie's creation.
Photo 1 is Marie; 2 is the bear she made for Officer Justin Billa's son--with memories of his father's service; 3. quilt from sports tee shirts; 4. quilt made from feed sacks from the 1930s and 40s and 5. How the quilts look on a bed.
From Daphne Pulliam Farnell comes this photo of her mother, Barbara Pulliam at Mardi Gras 1984:
"25 years ago," Daphne said, "my mother led the Order of Polka Dots ball. It was such a special year for her and our family. It is with a full heart that we remember all those beautiful women who celebrated her" then and at this Mardi Gras ball. "Thank you to all who made her reign so spectacular," Daphne said.
Barbara is pictured with her husband, Jerry Pulliam, and others.
The 2019 Satsuma Swamp Fest, sponsored by Semmes for Satsuma Schools, is Saturday, March 9, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on the campus of Satsuma High School. The event includes music, games, raffles, antique cars, food, various vendors, arts and crafts--and a Silent Auction.
Among the select items that those attending the Fest can bid on are these:
A Gift Bag contributed by Robert E. Lee Elementary School PTO.
A print of “The Kick." It is a small print and isn’t numbered, but is signed by Daniel Moore and Van Tiffin who is the kicker in the print. Frame size is 8" x 10."
Three Official 1985 Iron Bowl Game Coins. They are numbered and only 350 of each coin were made. The die was destroyed and no coins like these will ever be struck again. Numbers of coins are: 16/350, 265/350 and 292/350. They are in the original case.
On Thursday, February 21, 2019, Linda D. Robbins, President of Satsuma School Board, was honored at the Boy Scouts Golden Eagle Award Dinner. Congratulations, Linda Robbins. (Photo courtesy Shirley Compton Presnall)
Christ N Us FUN(d) Raiser Fun Day, presented by Christ N Us Ministry, is Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Christ N Us FUN(d) Raiser Fun Day, presented by Christ N Us Ministry, is Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Christ N Us Ministry, 14021 South Wintzell Avenue, Bayou La Batre. The event includes BBQ Chicken Dinners, Life South Blood Mobile, live music, raffles, games and more.
The seniors at Semmes Senior Center got to enjoy "The Best Chili Ever," made by seven competitors. Of course, the judges had to pick the top three, and they were, in 1st place, Cheryl Albert; 2nd place went to Karen Brown and 3rd to Earl Hudgins. A special thank you goes to those judges who had to taste everything, and to Community Insurance Partners for sponsoring the event.
On Valentine's Day, Semmes Woman’s Club member, Gwen Pritchard, went for a visit to the Mobile Arc Group Home in Semmes.
Gwen did some decorating, then presented the 22 guests and staff with Valentine Treat Bags and Cards--and a fun pizza party. The group home is almost at capacity. Gwen said that "the guys were happy to have a party and, needless to say, loved the pizza, chips, cookies and drinks."
Thanks goes to Gwen and Semmes Woman's Club for continuing this wonderful and rewarding community outreach for a most deserving group.
The University of South Alabama's Society of Automotive Engineers is hosting the 6th Annual Autoshow on Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at University Of South Alabama Shelby Hall, 150 Jaguar Drive, Mobile.
Camp Grace Car Show is Saturday, March 23, 2019, noon-4 p.m. at Camp Grace, 11081 Wanda Drive, Mobile. All proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For information, contact Jeff Russell, 251-591-1451.
Grand Bay Community Breakfast Saturday, February 23, 9 a.m. at Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90
A reminder, an invitation and a menu: Seriously, can anybody turn this down?
February is a short month and the last Saturday comes early so does the Grand Bay Community Breakfast. The public is invited to Breakfast on Saturday, February 23 (8:30 a.m. for coffee and chat; 9 a.m. for breakfast) at the Grand Bay Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. Chef Kimon Brown promises the following dishes:
Southern style - biscuits and gravy; grits; Conecuh sausage and peppers; Eggs to order; Omelet bar; Hash brown casserole; Fresh fruit; Juice; Coffee and more.
Cream Cheese Danish Casserole; Ham and Cheese Quiche Spinach Mushroom Quiche; Monte Cristo Bake; Suprise bakery sweet goods; Suprise Savory Breakfast Special
Omelet bar -choices include -Ham - Cheese -Bell Peppers -Onions -Mushrooms -Chopped Tomatoes
Price is a donation of $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.