Our Sisters' Closet is having a Cheap Chic Boutique sale, Friday, December 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Director Terri Kearns said that the event will be in a new, larger location with excellent parking--Dumas Wesley Community Center, 126 Mobile Street, 1/2 block from UMS-Wright School off Old Shell Road in Midtown Mobile.
Kearns said that OSC has its best selection ever, including women's clothing such as separates, suits, dresses, shoes, purses, coats and "jewelry galore!"
There are new items, nearly new, vintage, Designer and name-brand pieces, in all sizes from Petite to Plus.
All proceeds benefit Our Sisters' Closet/SuccessAbility Services to assist in-crisis women, men and teens who are job seeking by providing job search services, training and resources to increase their self-confidence and job opportunities and provide the business community with a better prepared employee.
For more information, call 251-423-2001.
Christmas Open House and Auction at Dauphin Island Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, is Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6-9 p.m.
This event is an excellent opportunity to "shop for those special Christmas gifts, all created by local artists, and get into the holiday spirit with good food, drinks and socializing," according to Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council president, Kathryn Carver.
"Join in the excitement of our live auction conducted by local favorite, Pruitt Woodall, offering fantastic experiences, art and other items," Carver said, and lists some of the items up for bid as the following trips, excursions and performances: A guided inshore fishing trip donated by Capt. Charlie Gray; your portrait painted by master artist, Benno Kollegger; Watercolor painting of your home by Gallery artist, Russ Voisin; Acrylic painting of your home or pet by Gallery artist, Doretha Holbert; Original acrylic paintings by Gallery artist, Joe Sheffield; Console and matching mirror donated by J & J Furniture; Bay excursion (or birthday party, etc.) aboard The Duke (22 passengers); Musical performance by Bruce Jones; Golfing package donated by Isle Dauphine Golf Club; Four (4) tickets to Gator Ranch and Swamp Boat Tour - Moss Point, MS; Weekend at Willow Tree Cottage, Dauphin Island; Weekend at Dunes View Bed & Breakfast; Mule Palm donated by Roni's Tropical Nursery--AND more!"
Proceeds from the auction will help support Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council's arts and heritage programs.
Featured at the Open House and Auction will be a special grand prize, a "Blue Crab" metal art sculpture by Frank Ledbetter. The sculpture measures approximately 5' X 4' and is valued at $2,000. Tickets are $10 each and are now on sale at the Gallery, 918 Bienville Boulevard.
To become a member of DIHAC, visit website www.DauphinIslandArts.com and download a membership application. Donations to DIHAC can be made online through PayPal.
For more information on the event or the gallery, call 251-861-3300, email DIHAC at DauphinIslandArts@gmail.com or Facebook.com/DauphinIslandArts
Bellingrath Gardens & Home opened Magic Christmas in Lights with a fireworks display, welcoming nearly 4,000 to the 20th Anniversary celebration of MCIL
Sally Ericson, Marketing and Public Relations Director for Bellingrath Gardens and Home, said that 3,800 attended the 20th Anniversary celebration of Magic Christmas in Lights on Friday, November 27. Except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day, MCIL will remain open every night until January 2. (Photos courtesy of Sally Ericson)
The Citronelle United Methodist Women's first Quilt Show on Saturday, Novemberr 21 can surely be proclaimed a success. Event Chair, Janice Ross, said that approximately 150 quilts filled
the sanctuary of the church on Labaron Avenue and spilled over into every available nook and cranny the church had to offer.
All the works of art--and they ARE works of art--had stories to tell. Take the one from the 1950s, exhibited by the Chalker-Macon Sunday School Class. It was created by former members
of Citronelle United Methodist Church and had one of the members' name embroidered in each of the blocks. Or the one made in the early 1900s that belonged to Marion Platt's mother. That
one has brought warmth and comfort and love to several generations.
Platt also had her wedding quilt from 1983 on display. Lela Thomason, she said, got family members and friends to make squares, then she put them together and quilted the cover, which she
presented to the Platts at their wedding rehearsal dinner.
In addition to the Quilt Show, the event included a Country Store and an Arts and Crafts exhibit.
With all the cakes, pies, pepper and kudzu jelly, fig preserves and various breads and candies, a visitor to the Country Store had an opportunity to fill a month's worth of desire for sweets.
The Arts and Crafts Show offered wooden door hangings from Tiffany Weaver (a departure from the traditional Christmas wreath): quilted pot holders and wreaths from Liz Downey and nylon
lingerie made by Margie Guy. Susan Harris made everything from baby bibs to team-themed drink cozies.
Proceeds from the event will benefit UMW projects.
The Arts and Crafts Show, on feature of the Citronelle UMW Quilt show November 21, had a variety of crafts to offer visitors
Friday, November 27 is Opening Night of Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. A special fireworks show is planned at 7 p.m. to celebrate the MCIL 20th Anniversary.
The annual outdoor light display is a holiday institution on the Gulf Coast and according to Bellingrath's Marketing and Public Relations Director, Sally Ericson, there are several reasons to make a visit to Bellingrath on this special night a tradition. She lists six of them below:
1. Magic Christmas in Lights is celebrating 20 years of magic in 2015, and we’re marking this milestone anniversary with a bang! Join us for a fireworks show on the Great Lawn on Opening Night, Friday, November 27. Magic Christmas in Lights will continue from 5 to 9 p.m. each night through Sunday, January 2, 2016. (The Gardens are closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days.)
2. Magic Christmas in Lights is made in Alabama. Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s beautiful holiday lights display is designed and built on-site by our employees, two of whom work full-time, year-round to create and lamp the set pieces.
3. Our guests will see brand-new displays and effects, along with their favorite scenes. We’ll have animated snowflakes sparkling on the Great Lawn and 8-foot water lilies glowing on Mirror Lake. The Underwater Garden will be enhanced with blue track lights to create the effect of flowing waves overhead.
4. It’s one of the nation’s best holiday light shows, voted into the Top 10 of USA Today’s reader’s choice list in 2014! (Here is the link: www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/)
5. It’s the perfect family event to get everyone into the holiday spirit. All ages – grandparents, babies and everyone in between – enjoy strolling the paths throughout the Gardens and taking magical photos together.
6. We’ll have an extra-special evening on Saturday, December 19, when the Coca-Cola Christmas Caravan rolls in! Don’t miss your chance to take family photos with the Polar Bear!
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, Alabama. For information, call 251.973.2217 ext 137 or toll free 800.247.8420 or fax 251.973.0540 • cell 251.689.5444.
Holiday Shoppers' Trolley Trek, sponsored by Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, Thursday, December 10, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
On Thursday, December 10, 5:30-9:30 p.m., the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is sponsoring "Holiday Shoppers' Trolley Trek," a shopping adventure at three of the top cultural institutions in Mobile.
The "trek" will start at the beautiful Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, all decorated for the holidays and ready for travelers to shop for unique gifts and enjoy refreshments.
Then, visitors will be welcomed aboard the holiday trolley to trek to the International Chocolate store at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, where there are unique gifts (and chocolate) from around the world.
Next trek will be to the Mobile Museum of Art for great holiday shopping in one of the most beautiful museum stores in Alabama, plus an art market will be going on at the same time.
There will be free refreshments and holiday treats at all three locations. Space is limited, so those intending to make this the beginning of a holiday tradition should get their tickets soon. They are $20 per person and are available by calling the Exploreum at 251-208-6893.
Someone You Should Know: The "Bag Ladies" of Memorial Baptist Church in Citronelle will again trek to Atlanta to Fill a Special Need for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry
A few years ago, a group of about ten women from Memorial Baptist Church in Citronelle began an outreach ministry that has grown by leaps and bounds. They call themselves "The Bag Ladies of Memorial Baptist Church," and their purpose is to bring joy and to share their Christian love with children a world away.
Led by Hazel Gray, the women meet every other Wednesday at the church to make drawstring fabric bags, hairbows, cute little dresses and other items to be placed in the shoe boxes filled with toys and personal-care products that are shipped from Atlanta to developing countries as part of the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Ministry.
With a motto of "Sew 'til you go," the group has contributed thousands of the 15" by 23" fabric bags to hold the children's "treasures" and dozens of dresses similar to, but more complex, than pillowcase dresses for little girls.
Spokesperson Eva Hendrix explained that the ministry began in 2006 when Gray received a letter asking for volunteers to come to Atlanta and join others in checking the hundreds of shoeboxes before they were shipped overseas.
And each year since then, 4-10 women have made the trip and spent 2 or 3 days removing items such as liquid shampoo, weapon-type toys and other inappropriate things. Purging the boxes of such materials left a void and, Hendrix said, "That's how Hazel got the idea to fill the space with a bag to hold the children's toys."
This year, on Monday, November 30, 8 "bag ladies" will leave for Atlanta, taking with them 6,000+ bags. And, Hendrix said, "We made all these bags from material that was donated to us." Newspaper articles, a few speeches to civic and church groups and word-of-mouth have brought in everything from whole bolts of fabric to several bins of upholstery samples to a sewing machine.
"We are so thankful to the people who have been willing to help us with our ministry," Hendrix said. "We will begin sewing again in January. If anyone has material to donate, just contact our secretary at Memorial Baptist Church; we will make arrangements to pick up donations," she said.
Some of the dainty and beautifully printed fabrics are made into pinafores by Roselle Schaniel, who has turned out dozens in the past. And Hendrix said that even small pieces of material are sewn together patchwork-style to make them large enough for "designer" bags.
Among the women who meet at the church for a sewing session and potluck lunch are, in addition to Gray, Hendrix and Schaniel, Jean Evans, Renee Sellers, Ann Gartman, Bobbie Miller, Virgie Smith, Catherine Williams, Tweety Miller, Peggy Hall, Willie Mae Clayton, Margaret Loomis, Jo Nichols, Debbie Odom, Cynthia Miller, Mary Weaver and Eunice Green.
The women all have primarily the same reason for their share in this ministry. As summed up by Hendrix, "This my way to be a missionary," she said. "If I can't go to a foreign country, I can send things to help missionaries to show the love of Christ to children."
In addition to the bags and other items the women havc made, the church has packed 212 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to add to the ministry.
For more information on the Bag Ladies of Memorial Baptist Church or to arrange for a speaker from the group, contact Hendrix at 866-7553. To donate fabric, ribbon, buttons, trims, thread, yarn (one member crochets yarn into drawstrings for the bags), gift cards or cash, call the church at 251-866-5628 and leave a message for a Bag Lady to call. To learn more about the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Ministry, visit such sites as www.samaritanspurse.org
St. Mary Catholic Parish to light up Historic Midtown at 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Tuesday, December 8, 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8, 7-9 p.m. is the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting of Historic Mobile on the campus of St. Mary Catholic School.
Visitors are invited to join St. Mary for this annual block party event. The Lafayette Street Fire Department will bring in Santa on their Fire Truck and assist in the tree lighting. Santa will be happy to pose for photos--that's what he does while the elves turn out toys at the North Pole.
There'll be Christmas caroling, hot chocolate, cookie decorating, "snow"--and Rudolph noses for all! Food trucks, including Geaux Boy Po-Boys and Mellow Mushroom, will be there.
For more information, contact St. Mary parish office at 251-432-8678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile Energizers, Alabama Power Company retirees, purchase and wrap gifts for students at Regional School for the Deaf and Blind
On Wednesday, November 18, members of the Mobile Energizers (Alabama Power Company retirees) and others shopped for gifts for children at the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind on Burma Road in Mobile.
The team wrapped each gift and will deliver them to the Regional School on December 15 to be distributed by Santa Claus.
Those who worked on the project were Carolyn Feltus, APCO representative to the Mobile Energizers; Energizers Mary Jo Hrabe, Cathy Odom and Carol Mitchell, and from the Kiwanis group, Mithiyo Higgenbotham, Joe Higgenbotham and Kirk Shaw.
From left, Carolyn Feltus, APCO representative to the Mobile Energizers; Energizers Mary Jo Hrabe, Cathy Odom and Carol Mitchell, and from the Kiwanis group, Mithiyo Higgenbotham, Joe Higgenbotham and Kirk Shaw.
"Forever Plaid" is coming to the Chickasaw Civic Theatre. Below is a synopsis and other information from CCT Board member, Steve Alsip.
The Plaids are about to make it big time. They've got a gig at the Airport Hilton's "Fusel Lounge" where they’ll present the music they’ve been honing for years--"Three Coins in a Fountain,” “Catch a Falling Star," “Perfidia,” “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing”—the music that was the heart and soul of the 1950s.
But their cherry-red Mercury convertible was broadsided by a busload of teenagers on their way to hear The Beatles debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, killing the cast instantly and ending their dream of bringing peace and harmony to the world through their music. But now The Plaids return from the afterlife—their one last chance to return to Earth to complete their mission of harmony.
Mary Jo Alsip directs this warm and funny favorite by Stuart Ross. The cast is Tim Tolar as Jinx, Ian Weaver as Francis, Steve Alsip as Sparky and Scott Wright as Smudge.
Show dates are December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Lola Phillips Playhouse (Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street, Chickasaw.)
Tickets are $15 for adults and, for senior citizens (60+) and students, $12 (cash and local checks). Call 457-8887 or go to cctshows.com for reservations and to pay by credit card.
"A Christmas Carol," an original musical by Playhouse-in-the-Park, will be performed at the Saenger Theatre on December 9, 7:30 p.m.
The Playhouse-in-the-Park will present its original musical, “A Christmas Carol,” at the Saenger Theatre, 6 Joachim Street in downtown Mobile, one performance only, on Wednesday, December 9, 7:30 p.m.
All ages will enjoy this magical show set in Victorian-age England during the Christmas season. The production is filled with music, dancing and colorful characters, including Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future; and the fun-loving Fezziwigs.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Call 251-602-0630 for reservations.
Upcoming Spring/Summer Performances at Playhouse-in-the-Park, 4851 Museum Drive in Langan Park, include The Taming of the Shrew--March 2016; Charlotte’s Web--May 2016 and The Wizard of Oz--July 2016. Performance dates will be announced later.
The Sassy Stitchers quilting group from Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center honor approximately a dozen U.S. Military veterans with Quilts of Valor near each Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
On Saturday morning, November 14, thirteen more veterans were added to the list of those honored.
Included were six men and one woman from WWII; one veteran who served in both WWII and the Korean Conflict; two from the Korean Conflict; two from the Vietnam War and one from Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
Those from World War II were Nathan Gulley, Lawrence Lockhart, Elaine Sullivan Lortie, Thomas Cowart, Fred Douglas Reed, Lewis Charles Malone and Marion Clarke Bush. Eudell Hudspeth served in both WWII and the Korean Conflict, while Billy Joe Royster and Lelland Eugene Black saw action only in the Korean War. Two men were veterans of Vietnam--Herbert McCants and Bruce Garrison, and N. Stewart Hanley was in Iraqi Freedom II Operation.
Their stories and photos are posted below.
Wayne Dunkin entertained veterans and guests at a Quilts of Valor event at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center
From left are Wayne Dunkin and Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson. Dunkin sang the Elvis Trilogy of patriotic songs on November 14th at a brunch to honor veterans. The event was held at the Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center.
Dew Drops trio sang WWII era music at event to honor veterans; Quilts of Valor were created by Sassy Stitchers quilters and presented to 13 vets at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center
On November 14, during a brunch at which thirteen U.S. military veterans received Quilts of Valor made by the Sassy Stitchers quilting group from the Connie Hudson Senior Center, veterans and their guests were entertained by the Dew Drops, a trio who met at the University of Mobile.
Jenna Goodwin, Lydia Bru and Ellie Lawrence, dressed in 1940s style, sang Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Chattanooga Choo Choo. The young women said that they are available to entertain at other functions and can be contacted at email@example.com or 251-442-2320.
Veteran Marion C. Bush, 92, joined the U.S. Army in April 1943 and received his basic training at Fort Meade, Maryland.
Attached to the 159th Engineering Combat Battalion, Bush's duties included clearing mines, repaired roads, built bridges and other activities.
Bush fought in five major battles, including Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and the Rhineland Campaign 1944. The worst thing about the war, Bush said, was seeing all the death and destruction. But looking to a brighter side of war, if there is one, Bush said that he liked seeing the cities and towns and countryside of Europe and he enjoyed meeting the people.
Bush and his wife, Louise, have been married for 60 years. His hobbies include gardening and fishing.
Betty Todd of the Sassy Stitchers (R) made the Quilt of Valor given to veteran Bush on November 14; it was quilted by Carol Balch.
Lewis Charles Malone, USMC WWII veteran, honored at Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center on November 14
Lewis Charles Malone, 91, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He said that out of 110 African American men drafted from Alabama, he was the only one selected to serve in the Marines.
Malone was engaged in the Battle of Iwo Jima, where he was wounded. He was discharged in March 1946.
When he returned home to Frisco City, he finished high school and got a degree in Vocational Agriculture. He retired from Scott Paper Company.
The Quilt of Valor that Malone received was quilted by Sassy Stitcher Betty Todd and quilted by Rosa Little.