Published authors: Check with Junior League of Mobile about a space in the Author's Corner in Christmas Jubilee November 9-12, 2016
From author Mahala Church comes the following information for writers:
If you are a published author with books in hand, the Junior League of Mobile is hosting a Christmas Jubilee, November 9-12, that will have an "Author's Corner" in it. They are looking for more authors to fill time slots during their 4 day slot. This is for a local donation event, so if you can offer them discounted books, they will sell them at $16 each, with the proceed going toward their cause. If you are interested in this event, email the woman directly @ email@example.com to see what spots are available. For information on the event, log onto https://www.juniorleaguemobile.org/?nd=christmasjubilee
On Thursday, October 27, 6-8 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum, in conjunction with AIDS Alabama South invites guests of all ages to a Day of the Dead-meets-Halloween Night at the Museum.
"Here’s your chance to meet and greet your favorite artists from the past, like Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt and many more, because the museum is haunted!" say organizers of this event.
"So, put on your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat through the galleries for a frightfully good time with Halloween fun, as well as Day of the Dead festivities." There will be traditional Day of the Dead altar installations, tarot card readings, an art scavenger hunt, haunted second line--and guests can commemorate the evening with a free “haunted” photo.
"Bring the whole family for a trip through time and into art history," say organizers of the event.
Admission is free, but donations to AIDS Alabama South and Mobile Museum of Art are encouraged.
On Thursday, October 6, Mobile Museum of Art will host its monthly Night Market which showcases makers, artists, artisans and craftsman who make locally-sourced, handmade goods. The public is invited to support local artists and "join the party and shopping fun with great food and drink from Ben’s Burga Kaboose, Yellowhammer Coffee, and the DJ stylings of Neil Byrne aka Hot Lobster."
Think Pink 2016, hosted by Homecare Companions Mobile, will be at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road on Wednesday, October 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Seniors are invited to THINK PINK 2016 as educators and health care service providers share information and take the pledge to support early detection and education. The Mobile Fire Department will have the Pink Fire Truck on hand and will also be selling their MFD Breast Cancer Awareness shirts.
The Sassy Stitchers quilt group at Connie Hudson Regional Senior Community Center has created an Alabama Football Quilt and are selling raffle tickets to raise funds for their projects, including the Quilts of Valor they bestow on military veterans each fall.
Tickets sell for $1 each or 6 for $5 (Check with the Center, 251-602-4963, for days a representative will be on hand to sell tickets.)
The quilt is pieced in squares embroidered with the names of coaches for all national championships won and the dates of the wins (with a few "Roll Tide" and "Ramma Jamma" squares thrown in.)
Rendered in bright red with white embroidery squares outlined in black-and-white houndstooth, the quilt, which will be awarded November 5th when Quilts of Valor are presented, this keepsake cover can be passed down to 'Bama fans for generations.
Pictured with the quilt, which can be seen at the Senior Center, 3201 Hillcrest Road, is Foundation member, Sonya Fowler.
Mobile Regional Senior Center Foundation, Inc. Fall Benefit September 29--a lovely outing and a successful fundraiser
On September 29, the cafeteria/auditorium at the Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center was transformed into an elegant restaurant for the annual Mobile Regional Senior Center Foundation, Inc. Fall Benefit.
Azalea Trail Maids Lily Gulledge from Murphy High School and Karson Hollingsworth from Baker joined the Foundation board and members to welcome the many guests who came to enjoy the sumptious meal by Ron's Catering, hear the music of John Chaddick and Bruce Jones, bid on items in the silent and live auctions and participate in the fellowship and combined effort to raise funds in support of the Senior Center.
Pictured are a few scenes from the night's activities.
Bands, Oysters and Nature to be part of Dauphin Island concert series’ grand finale--Funds to benefit Little Red School House project
A press release from Frances Coleman (below) details the Sunday Sunset Concerts finale at Dauphin Island's West End Beach:
Area residents and visitors will have a “remarkable” opportunity to sample locally harvested oysters, two popular local bands and unparalleled local scenery at the grand finale of Dauphin Island’s 2016 “Sunset Concerts” series.
Events are scheduled Sunday, Oct. 9, at the town’s West End Beach. Mayor Jeff Collier said the music will begin at 3 p.m. that day with Crowned Jewelz, followed at 5 p.m. by Roman Street. Admission will be $5 per person, with children 12 and under admitted for free.
As usual, concert proceeds will go to the preservation of Dauphin Island’s historic Little Red School House – although this Sunset Concert will be anything but usual. In addition to two bands performing instead of just one, representatives of Mobile Oyster Co. will be on hand to serve up their locally raised Isle Dauphine oysters and -- as a special treat -- will bring the chef and staff from Peche Seafood Grill in New Orleans.
“The town is pleased to partner with Mobile Oyster Co. and Chef Ryan Prewitt and his staff, who are donating their time, talent and food products to support our school project,” Collier said. “This will be a remarkable combination of music, fine cuisine and breathtaking scenery, all in one spot.”
Donations to the school project will be accepted from those who sample oysters on the half shell and Peche’s signature seafood dishes, according to the mayor.
He said the ongoing effort to relocate and re-purpose the historic Little Red School House is a partnership between the town and the Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce, which have pledged $100,000 each in support of the project.
“Over the past couple of years, we have raised an additional $60,000,” Collier said. “Our original goal was $300,000, based on initial cost estimates, and it looks like that is a fairly accurate number.”
The 80-year-old building will be moved from the elementary school campus, where a new school recently opened, to a parcel on the north side of Bienville Boulevard near Town Hall. The timing of the move is contingent upon a variety of factors but town officials believe the move will occur in the coming months, the mayor added.
“We anticipate the building providing a community meeting space, welcome center, lending library, computers and museum,” he said. “A Museum Committee was formed early on and is already working to gather island artifacts, photos and more to include in the building.”
People can make contributions (and receive a tax deduction certificate) to the Dauphin Island Foundation’s Little Red School House Fund. The foundation is a 501(c)3 entity.
Contributions can also be made directly to the town.
Taylor Hillyer of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra reports that MSO is bringing Pixar in Concert to the Gulf Coast. This multimedia production is the first of its kind to be done in Mobile and marks the beginning of a new type of popular music symphony concert, Hillyer said.
The following press release gives details:
The sounds and sights of Pixar’s beloved animated movies come to life at the Saenger Theatre on Friday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., as the Mobile Symphony (MSO) presents Pixar in Concert – a multimedia program featuring music from 16 of the studio’s feature films, from Toy Story to The Incredibles to Up, performed live as film clips are projected on a large screen above the musicians.
“This special family event has drawn enthusiastic support from Mobilians of all ages – parents bringing their kids, millennials who grew up loving Toy Story, or people like me who just love how great music adds magic to the screen,” says J.C. Barker, MSO’s general manager and director of artistic administration.
Since the release of Toy Story in 1995, Pixar’s 17 feature films have changed animated filmmaking, and music plays a powerful role in that success. All scores have been written by just six composers: Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman, Patrick Doyle and brothers Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna. Collectively, this music has won three Academy Awards, received 10 additional Oscar nominations and won 10 Grammy Awards.
After premiering with the San Francisco Symphony in 2012, Pixar in Concert has been performed by orchestras from Los Angeles to New York and all over the globe. This fall the Pixar event will be performed by orchestras in Shanghai, China; Taipei, Taiwan; Minneapolis, Minn.; Austin, Tex.; and Mobile.
Sarah Hicks, principal conductor for pops and presentation of the Minnesota Orchestra, will conduct the performance on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Mobile. Tickets are $35-$99 and can be purchased online at www.mobilesymphony.org, by phone at 251-432-2010, or at the symphony box office, 257 Dauphin Street.
The concert is sponsored by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, Atmore and WKRG-TV.
Presentation made under license from Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. © All rights reserved.
The Mobile Symphony has been a regional orchestra for the central Gulf Coast since 1997. Scott Speck serves as music director. In addition to offering a full season of classical and pops concerts, the orchestra serves the area with a wide range of educational and outreach programs including student performances, a string academy, a youth orchestra and a community string orchestra for all ages.
Trick or Trot 5K and Scary Scurry Fun Run hosted by USA Children's & Women's Hospital, is Friday, October 21, 6-9 p.m.--Tee shirt design is in
Runners, walkers and those who just want to have fun for a good cause: Trick or Trot 5K and Scary Scurry Fun Run, hosted by USA Children's and Women's Hospital, is Friday, October 21, 6-9 p.m. The event, to be held at the University of South Alabama Moulton Tower, is to raise money for the renovation of the hospital's Evaluation Center (emergency department.)
Registration can be made at https://raceroster.com/events/2016/8393/trick-or-trot. The fees are as follows: Adults--$25 from now through October 20 and Youths--$15 through October 20.
Trick or Trot takes place on a Certified 5K course on USA's main campus. The Fun Run is approximately one mile. Participants pre-registered by October 1 are guaranteed a t-shirt on race day. Late registrants will receive t-shirts while supplies last.
NOTE: Tee shirt design is in (see shirt) and don't forget--signing up today, September 30th, gets runners the early registration rate and guarantees a shirt in correct size
Semmes Senior Center to offer class in Pinestraw Basket Weaving by Dr. Phillippe Oszuscik. Class size limited.
On Monday, October 3, a new class is on the schedule at Semmes Senior Center. From 9-11 a.m., Dr. Phillippe Oszuscik will be teaching the ancient art of Pinestraw Basket Weaving. The class size will be limited to three students, but observers are welcome. For information, call the Center, 251-649-2010.
Below is an earlier blog post about Dr. Oszuscik, his art of pinestraw basket weaving and other arts, as well as his various other interests.
Mobilian Phillippe Oszuscik, PhD is a professor of art and art history retired from the University of South Alabama. He is a well-known artist whose works center on watercolor, encaustic and egg tempera painting, which he describes as "easy (to do) but actually difficult to master."
Dr. Oszuscik's art extends in several different directions. He has a wood shop where he makes small furniture. He is a writer with a book expected to be on the market in a couple of years. Since his retirement, he has returned to his pre-teaching art activities, as most of his 34 years at USA involved writing about art and architectural history.
But about a year ago, Dr. Oszuscik added another dimension to his art; he makes baskets and other decorative and useful objects from local pine needles. "I have done traditional reed basket weaving, and now pine needle baskets, which is more of a challenge for me," Oszuscik said.
The type of baskets he makes are the kind made by Indians in America, but "really found in India, African countries and around the world," Dr. Oszuscik said.
In describing his latest artistic endeavor, he said that he collects pine needles "where they are found, such as public parks." Doing his work at home, he employs a coil method making a coil of a bunch of needles, about 1/4" to 3/8" in diamenter, depending on the size basket being considered.
"By wrapping the coils with needle and thick thread or other fibers, such as palm leaves, a basket can be built. Many materials can be used for the coils--sea grass or any long, grassy, natural fiber, such as hemp," Dr. Oszuscik said.
Pine needle basket making is "a tedious craft that takes more hours than one will be compensated for, so craftsmen do this more for the enjoyment of executing one of the earliest crafts that changed the world from Paleolithic to the Neolitic revolution, along with agriculture, weaving and the domestication of animals," Dr. Oszuscik said.
The artist enjoys the ancient arts, such as basket weaving. Egg tempera art dates back to the 9th century and encaustic (hot-wax painting) to perhaps the 2nd century, he said. And in fact, he is interersted in other older forms of expression. "In the Mobile area, I have been devoted to researching old buildings and houses and writing about their architectural significance," Dr. Oszuscik said.
A Little Shoppe, 5475 Highway 43 in Satsuma, is holding its 9th Annual Breast Cancer fundraiser on Saturday, October 1, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Several contests and special events and sales are included in the fundraiser including the sale of raffle tickets for an opportunity to win several gifts, a Yeti, a Pink bike and other prizes; a pumpkin contest (pumpkins will need to be at the shoppe by 11 a.m.; winner will be announced at 1 p.m.) and other events. Light refreshments will be served. Live drawing will be at 4 p.m.--winner does not need not be present to win.
One hundred per cent of proceeds from A Little Shoppe's event October 1st will go to the Vera Bradley Breast Cancer foundation to help find a cure for cancer.
One show only: Leona Williams and her son, Ron, appearing at Mobile Country Music Association, Sunday, October 23rd
On Sunday, October 23, 3-5 p.m., Country Recording Artists, Leona Williams and her son, Ron Williams, will appear at Mobile Country Music Association Concert Hall, 310 South Craft Highway in Chickasaw.
A $5 donation is requested; doors open at 2 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase.
For more information, call Carolyn Sue Williams Cain, 251-455-6748.
7th grade students at Satsuma High School were recognized for qualifying for Duke University 2016-2017 7th Grade Talent Search. Their selection was based upon their outstanding achievement on the 2015 ASPIRE Test. Congratulations to the following students for qualifying for this prestigious award: Landon Andry, Dustin Blake, Micheal Bowdoin, Tyler Cassity, Melody Creekmore, Mileah Joy, Jade Laffiette, Skylar Love, Braxton McCurdy, Taylor Nelson, Gabriel Perkins, Desiree Phillips, Landon Rice, Autumn Schatz, Jesse Soebeck, Brittany Weaver, and Abigail Wood.
Satsuma High School Project Outreach members will be joining Keith's Krusaders at the 9th Annual DSSM Buddy Walk, which will take place on October 15th in Downtown Mobile. Keith is a Satsuma High School graduate and is the former Mr. SHS, 2016 Prom King, and honorary captain of the Satsuma High School bowling team. Students will be walking with Keith to show their support, not only for him, but the more than 400,000 other individuals with Down Syndrome in the U.S.
Photos courtesy of Marcelinia Sumerlin, Satsuma Board of Education
Spotlight on Joe Sheffield, One of 50 Artists featured in Dauphin Island Art Trail, Saturday, October 15th
When visitors converge on Dauphin Island for the 6th Annual Art Trail October 15th, Joe Sheffield will be one of the 50 artists featured.
Sheffield will be set up in front of Mack 'n' dd's Emporium, just past the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Site. And his works will be familiar to many, not only because he is a well-known artist with his watercolors hanging in many area homes, but also because of the subjects he paints--scenes from the central Gulf Coast and Mobile Bay locales.
Sheffield was born in 1944 in Salinas, Kansas where his father was stationed during the war. In 1946, the family moved to Hollinger's Island and that's when "My love of the water and the coast began," the artist said. "I remember in the early days, Mobile Bay was pristine and an adventure to a kid! Colors took on a special meaning for me," he said.
Sheffield's love of art probably came from his mother, who, he said, "was a wonderful artist who encouraged me to sketch and illustrate anything that interested me."
After high school and college, Sheffield began a 30-year career as a firefighter/paramedic with the Mobile Fire Department. Throughout that time, he kept "a keen interest in artwork, mainly watercolor," and when he retired in 1994, his wife Peggy encouraged him to pursue "what I've enjoyed over our marriage of nearly 50 years," Sheffield said.
Joe Sheffield continues to show his mainly water-related artwork in art shows such as the annual Dauphin Island Art Trail, but he also has a home studio/gallery in Daphne and a studio in Nevada City, California. And his work is widely seen on his Facebook site, www.facebook.com/somethingsouthernart.
Pictured are some of Sheffield's artworks showing scenes from the Gulf Coast area, and including a brief comment by the artist on each of them.
On the Bait Shack picture, Sheffield says that he's been at this old shack on the Bay Causeway more then once, "hoping against hope that live shrimp would be there for one more try for the Speckled trout running in the Fall. All the characters shown are real," he said, "and I've met them hanging around in Autry's Camp over the seasons." The old shed is still there, fully visible from the Bayway, an old reminder that local landmarks are rapidly disappearing from our Gulf Coast.
Delta Camp: A fast-fading scene in all the Delta areas nationally. In their heyday, Delta camps were commonplace, especially in the Mobile River delta. In the painting, the men are gearing up to fill their blinds close by, Sheffield said, adding that "Previous evenings were usually filled with all-night card games and meals prepared by guys who wouldn't think of cooking at home."
How Interesting: Jaime Lee presents Qigong exercise at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center
Every other Friday afternoon at 4, a new exercise class, Qigong, is being offered at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center. Led by volunteer Jaime Lee, the next class is October 7th. It is free to members of the Center at 3201 Hillcrest Road in west Mobile. Lee also teaches a Saturday class every other week at Semmes Public Library.
According to the National Qigong Association (http://nqa.org/about-nqa/what-is-qigong/), Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention, and, Lee said, the slow repetitious motions can be midified to fit any person's physical condition.
Lee is well-qualified for her position as instructor. "I've been practicing this exercise for more than 20 years; while growing up in Thailand, I attended traditional Thai Massage Therapy school, which includes qigong exercise that can reduce stress and hypertension, increase vitality and improve balance," Lee said.
The Qigong website gives the following information about the exercise: "The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality."
The site is very helpful in understanding the origin, the movements and the benefits of Qigong.
More relevant, however, may be the comments of Lee's students. Maggie Lawson, who recently had eye surgery, the exercise has helped with balance (there are chair backs to hold onto, so no danger of falling.) Donna Burnham finds that the breathing exercises have a calming effect, helps her to focus and ultimately, aids in making decisions.
Don't let the idea of gentle stretching, controlled breathing and slow movements of Qigong fool you: If you follow Jaime Lee's lead, you will "feel the burn" and you WILL break a sweat!
For information on this class or the many others offered at the Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Center, call 251-602-4963 for a list of events.
On Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., South Brookley United Methodist Church is sponsoring the Dauphin Island Parkway Sausage Festival to be held on the grounds of BC Rain High School.
The festival will feature musical entertainment from local bands, singers, rappers and choirs (including the BC Rain HS chorus and band); children’s games and activities; local craft vendors and booth; and the church selling sausage dogs, drinks and desserts.
"We hope that we'll have great weather and see our community come together and enjoy this time of family-friendly fellowship and fun," said spokesperson Judy Burnham.
Funds raised from the sale of sausage and hot dog plates will go to the United Methodist World Service Fund, which supports local charities such as the Mobile Inner City Mission, the Dumas Wesley Community Center and the University of South Alabama’s Wesley Foundation, national charities such as the Black College Fund, and international ministries, including the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which, Burnham said, "goes all over the country and world to establish a base of operations after a natural disaster has occurred, and help bring relief and rebuilding."
UMCOR, she said, is currently working to bring relief to flood-ravaged Baton Rouge, to the earthquake victims in Italy, to the displaced refugees of war-torn Syria and all around the world.
Spaces are available to be rented by vendors representing local businesses, artisans, craftsmen and farmers. "All goods to be sold must be legal and family-friendly, as well as newly made, created or grown -- no resale items. It's not a flea market or yard sale," Burnham said.
The cost to rent a space is $20 for the day. Those needing electricity will have to provide their own generator. Vendors wishing to rent a space should email name, contact information, and description of goods to be sold to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-478-5332 (leave a message for a return call.)