The Camellia Club of Mobile hosts its 78th Annual Show at The Shoppes at Bel Air this Saturday, January 20, beginning at 2 p.m. The Annual Camellia Show is an opportunity for the public to see beautiful camellias and maybe to take some home for their own garden. Pictured is the "Alice Creighton,"' an Alabama camellia from Walter Creighton of Semmes, Alabama. It features a 3-1/2 inch formal double bloom that is rose pink with a white border at the edge of the petals. Photo from event site.
The 2018 Mobile Bay Area Backyard Chicken Club Breed Showcase is Saturday, January 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Environmental Studies Center, 6101 Girby Road, Mobile
The 2018 Mobile Bay Area Backyard Chicken Club Breed Showcase is Saturday, January 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Environmental Studies Center, 6101 Girby Road, Mobile.
Past President Travis Rayner said that "Our Breed Showcase is to raise awareness of the various breeds that are commonly kept by local backyard chicken keepers. It allows people see what the adult chicken will look like, talk to the owner about personality, laying ability, pet ability, special needs, and so on. In the end it provides a great platform for making decisions for adding new baby chicks to the flock. The babies usually start arriving around February at local feed and farm stores."
One thing I'd like to add, said current president, Angela Fore, is that "St. Elmo Feed and Seed will have a presence at this year's Breed Showcase to spotlight the breeds that they will have arriving in the Spring, as well as the products they offer the community of chicken keepers in the area."
For more information contact Angela Fore, President, Mobile Bay Area Backyard Chicken Club, 9311 Abilene CT, Mobile, AL 36695, 251-604-9471.
The ESC is always in need of certain items, and below is the Environmental Studies Center Wildlife Wish:
Clip-on clamp light, pine shavings (for cages), airline pet carriers, pine bark mulch for cages, Paper towels, Heating pads, Dawn dish soap, Liquid dishwasher detergent, 60-watt light bulbs, Newspaper, Cash donations, 1cc and 3cc syringes, Small mesh nets, leather work gloves, Ziploc freezer bags (gallon & quart), Baled hay, Plastic wrap, Bleach, Latex Gloves, whole corn, scratch feed, Wild birdseed, Unsalted (in shell) sunflower seeds, Raw peanuts (in shell, Canned sardines in water, Nuts (in shell), Dry dog food (small bites), goat's milk, small frozen fish, Jarred “chicken vegetable” baby food and Plain Cheerios
The Night Market at Mobile Museum of Art is Thursday, February 1, 5-8:30 p.m.; the Museum is at 4850 Museum Drive.
MMofA hosts a monthly Night Market that showcases makers, artists, artisans, and craftsman who make locally-sourced, handmade goods. Support your local artists and join the party and shopping fun with great food and drink from Ben's Burga Kaboose and the DJ stylings of Neil Byrne aka Hot Lobster. The next Night Market is February 1, 5-8:30 p.m.
Restoring Order: Pruning Demonstration will be at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, Tuesday, February 6, 10-11:30 a.m.
Restoring Order: Pruning Demonstration will be at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, Tuesday, February 6, 10-11:30 a.m.
Tickets are available at mbgrebloomshop.com. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members; the meeting place will be at the Gardens.
Attendees can learn from Curator Amanda Wilkins about the art and science of pruning trees and shrubs (and herbaceous perennials.) She will cover tools of the trade, techniques to help you maximize the form of your plants,will demystify when you should do what. Bring your pruners, your questions and yourself!
"Precious Metal Clay Jewelry with Allyson Russell" class is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 1-4 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art
"Precious Metal Clay Jewelry with Allyson Russell" class is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 1-4 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Cost is $75. ($55 for members/)
The Museum describes the class this way: "Do you love the idea of making jewelry, but don't have the tools or space for metalsmithing? Join us for a class in Precious Metal Clay™, a magical art medium that is as malleable as clay, but turns into real silver! In this introductory class, you will learn the basics of working with the clay as you make a pendant for yourself or your Valentine."
On December 14, 2019, Alabama will celebrate its 200th birthday--a three-year celebration honoring the state's places, people and stories.
Several Semmes events are included in the recognition: Semmes Old-Fashioned Christmas, Christmas Tour, Heritage Day and Camellia Festival among them. All are presented by community volunteers.
The 2018 Semmes Camellia Festival is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes First Baptist Church. And, while Semmes isn't quite as old as our state, it does have its own unique heritage and history; the Camellia Festival honors that.
The Festival, a revival of the affair discontinued decades ago, will have among the displays of colorful camellias, tablescapes, various collections and Camellia Maids, an exhibit that shows the history that earned Semmes the title of "The Nursery Capital of the World" and helped in the selection of the camellia as our State Flower.
In that history exhibit (and those displayed at Semmes Heritage Park's Open House), visitors can see old legal documents; black-and-white photos of Camellia Maids from a half-century ago; scrapbooks and pictures from long-ago Camellia Festivals; and ancient, historic buildings lost to progress.
The City of Semmes has a motto: "Remembering the Past as We Look to the Future." And the sentiment is captured perfectly in the many facets of the Annual Semmes Camellia Festival.
Go to Semmes Heritage Park blog for more information on events. More information on the AL200 celebration is at http://www.alabama200.org.
The following information comes from the office of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson:
Thanks to the hard work of our City employees and partnering agencies, we cleared the streets of the City despite the icy conditions. Please be aware of black ice which looks black due to the color of road pavement. It is difficult to see and roads become very slippery when black ice forms. This is especially dangerous on roads with heavy tree coverage and shaded areas. If you are seeking shelter in the cold weather, all of our community centers are open to you. We are also coordinating with the Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama on their cold weather shelter at 1009 Dauphin Street. They are currently offering hot meals and shelter for those in need.
Due to inclement weather, MMofA will be open from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow, January 18. It not be open late as it usually is on Thursday nights
4th Annual Downtown Cajun Cook-Off is Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cathedral Square, 300 Conti Street in Mobile.
Attendees can enjoy tasting delicious eats from 20+ competitive teams, live music, cold drinks, games, giveaways, and a great time.
Limited tickets, available at www.cacmobile.org, are $13 online or $10 in person at the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile or Arrow Exterminators Mobile & Baldwin County, Mellow Mushroom Midtown and Mellow Mushroom Old Shell Road..Tickets are $15 at the gate on the day of the event. Children 6 and younger attend free with a paid ticket. No pets are allowed.
Each ticket includes a tasting of more than 20 dishes.
The following information comes from Barbara Estes, Director, Via Center.
Thank you for your putting our event on your schedule! However, we have had to cancel tomorrow due to ice/weather situation. The Via Center will be closed tomorrow as well.
We will advise on a re-schedule date.
A group of 10-20 women from Semmes First Baptist Church meet at 1 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month for a very special reason.
They create beautiful rag quilts for men, women and children of the congregation who are sick at home or in the hospital. In addition, they presents quilts to the women of Haven of Hope (for addicted women) when they graduate from the recovery program. And, sometimes they make baby quilts for Women's Resource Center.
Carol Jarvis began the ministry in 2010. She was semi-retired from the family nursery business and wanted to become involved "in something."
A customer from Mississippi came in to buy plants, and Carol mentioned that she was looking for a hobby. "When she suggested quilting, I thought 'Oh! No!' I do not like to quilt.
But the customer told Carol that she had a different type of quilts in mind. "She called them prayer quilts." They are rag quilts with ribbons on them to be knotted as the group says a prayer for the recipient.
The Mississippi customer sent instructions and a sample quilt a few days later, "And I was hooked," Carol said. "I made the first one for a dear friend who had been battling cancer."
In 2013, church member Susan Digman became interested in the prayer quilts and suggested it as a ladies' ministry.
The group is now about 20 strong and meet in the Fellowship Hall to work on the quilts. They enjoy a few minutes of coffee-and-desert time, fellowship and prayer for the group and for those receiving the quilt before beginning their work.
"Most of the sewing (on the quilts) is done at home, but there are many steps that have to be completed before they are presented for prayer," Carol said. For example, there's the cutting the squares a certain size, the process of clipping and "fraying" each seam and applying the prayer ribbons.
The covers are lap-size and measure 5'X5' for women, 6'X7' men and 4'X4' for babies. Each adult quilt has embroidered in one corner "God is in Control." And for babies, "Jesus Loves Me" is in the corner square.
The fabric for the quilts come from members, and the church also supports the ministry with a small allowance. The lightweight afghans are made of 100% cotton fabrics--pieced tops, filler (usually sheets) and linings. Each finished quilt is washed in a commercial washing machine before it's presented to the person.
While the Prayer Quilt Ministry is seldom extended outside Semmes First Baptist congregation, "We are always willing for other groups to come and learn how to set up this ministry in their church."
For information, email Carol Jarvis at firstname.lastname@example.org. For instructions on making rag quilts, see online sources such as http://www.instructables.com/id/Rag-Quilting-for-the-Beginner/ and https://feltmagnet.com/textiles-sewing/Rag-Quilts-How-to-make-a-Denim-Rag-Quilt.
Our Lady of Lourdes KoC and Parkway Senior Citizen Foundation Spaghetti Dinner is Saturday, January 20, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes Knights of Columbus and Parkway Senior Citizen Foundation, Inc. are hosting the 8th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Saturday, January 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall on Boykin Boulevard. The event is a fundraiser for Parkway Senior Center (SAIL.)
Mobile Theatre Guild is holding auditions for "The Pot" January 22 and 23, 7 p.m. at the Theater, 14 N. Lafayette Street. Below, from MTG is the cast of "The Pot" to be directed by John Richards. Performance dates will be April 13-15 and April 20-22, 2018.
Cast of "The Pot":
NATHAN - College student. Adopted child of George & Mary. Has never met his black and white biological parents. Deeply introspective and thoughtful with a great sense of humor.
LAURA - College student. Daughter of George & Mary
GEORGE - 40-50ish. Laura and Nathan's Father, Mary. Moderately liberal, recently-elected State Senator
MARY - 40-50ish Wife of George. They met in college and had kids shortly thereafter
UNCLE JOHN - 50-60ish. George's brother. Retired ophthalmologist and now an activist/blogger. Very conservative. Believes that borders should be closed.
RICK - Laura's boyfriend with dreams of being a doctor. Born in Guanajuato, Mexico. Came to the United States with mother and sister when he was 16 and has lived in the U.S. for 9 years. Speaks English perfectly. Accent not necessary.
DIANA - College student. Rick's sister also from Mexico and sorority sister of Laura
ANGELA - 30-60ish. Legal Immigrant and housekeeper for George and Mary
Think Ahead: Bellingrath Gardens and Home Winter Wednesday session for January 24, 10:30 a.m. is "Steamboats on Alabama Rivers," with Tom McGehee as presenter
The "Steamboats on Alabama Rivers" session on January 24 at Bellingrath Gardens' Winter Wednesday is described in brief below:
Long before there were highways or railroads in Alabama, the rivers provided the only choice to move passengers and freight. The age of steam travel on those rivers lasted from the 1830s until the early 20th century, when railroads and improved roads made them obsolete. Walter Bellingrath shipped his Coca-Cola cases on many a river steamer in the early 1900s, and his father-in-law was a shipwright – a skilled carpenter who built and repaired the boats. Join Tom McGehee to explore the beginnings of the era of river steamers, their peak in the 1890s and their sad end by World War I.
Tom McGehee's column in Bellingrath's recent newsletter is quoted below to give visitors a little history of steamboats and their importance in the era before railroads made them a thing of the past.
By Tom McGehee, Museum Director of the Bellingrath Home
When Walter Bellingrath purchased the Fowl River fishing camp that would eventually become Bellingrath Gardens and Home, the camp’s two wooden cabins had been abandoned for some time. His father-in-law, Sewall (Sewell in obituary) Walker Morse, assisted him in the renovations, as he was an experienced carpenter. Early photographs depict a white bearded Morse enjoying the grounds with his Airedale named “Jolly.”
According to his 1933 obituary, Sewell Morse was born in the coastal city of Topsham, Maine in 1835 and came to Mobile at the age of 23 in 1858. His name first appears in the Mobile city director for 1867 when he was a partner in the grocery firm of Morse and Gamage on St. Louis Street.
Two years later Morse married Alice Morrow and the couple ultimately had three sons and five daughters. Bessie Mae Morse, born in 1869, was right in the middle of the lineup.
The Morse listing in the city directories vanishes between 1872 and 1878.
In 1879, Sewell W. Morse is listed as residing in Grand Bay, Alabama, with the occupation of “carpenter.” Beginning in 1881, the family was back in Mobile, where his occupation was given as a ship’s carpenter for the steamer Mary in 1881, the Nettie Quill in 1887, the Tinsie Moore in 1895 and The City of Mobile in 1901.
All of those river boats, or “packets,” were the lifeblood of commerce for Mobile and riverfront communities stretching north to Montgomery. As the vessels were built completely of wood, a ship’s carpenter held an important position in their maintenance and operation.
Join Tom McGehee at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, to learn more about the colorful history of steamboats on the Alabama and Tombigbee rivers. While authors have often portrayed them in a romantic light, these vessels were workhorses, and long before safety measures were decreed by law, many vessels were lost to boiler explosions, fire and running aground. As railroads and then highways improved, this colorful era would come to an end by World War I. For details, or to make a reservation for this Winter Wednesday program, call 251-973-2217.
"What is Citizen Science?" will be presented at Mobile Botanical Gardens Tuesday, January 23, 10 a.m.-noon
"What is Citizen Science?" will be presented at Mobile Botanical Gardens, 5151 Museum Drive, Mobile on Tuesday, January 23, 10 a.m.-noon. Tickets are available at mbgrebloomshop.com. Cost for MBG members is $5; for non-members, $10.
MBG asks the question "Have you ever wanted to participate in scientific research? . . . (Then) come join the citizen science team at the Mobile Botanical Gardens and learn how you can contribute to citizen science projects going on at the Gardens."
Amanda Wilkins, curator of plant collections, will lead an introductory session about what citizen science is and guide you on how to use technology to record the natural world. We will then venture into the Gardens on a data-gathering mission. MBG will be using the free phone app iNaturalist, so attendees must have access to a smartphone. Participants must be 13 years and older.
From Semmes Senior Center
The Senior Center will be closed tomorrow because of the freezing low temperatures and possible icy road conditions. Please stay safe and warm.
Due to the expected winter weather, the Museum of Art will open at noon tomorrow, January 17, 2018. MMofA expects to be open regular hours on Thursday, January 18.
The public is invited to taste the best chili in the city – cooked by Mobile police officers.
The Mobile Police Department third annual Chili Cook-Off is a family-fun event. It will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cathedral Square Downtown Mobile, 300 Conti Street. Teams of police officers will compete against each other with their best chili recipes.
Tickets are $5 per person, and free for children under age 5. Tickets can be purchased at police headquarters, 2460 Government Blvd, or at the Downtown Mobile Alliance, 261 Dauphin Street. For ticket information, call Lt. Kay Taylor, MPD Crime Prevention, at 251-454-2346 or 251-208-1924.
Proceeds benefit the Mobile Police Foundation and Crime Prevention Unit.
The offices of Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS) will be closed Wednesday, January 17, due to freezing temperatures and potentially dangerous road conditions. MAWSS’ 24-hour Customer Care Teams will be available to respond to water emergencies and can be contacted at (251) 694-3165.
On your Mark, Get Set: Semmes BIG Challenge 5K Run is Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m. at the beginning of Semmes Azalea Festival
The Semmes Azalea Festival, sponsored by the Semmes Chamber of Commerce, is a fundraiser for Semmes Boys and Girls Club; it will take place Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the campus of Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes (corner of Moffett and Snow Rd).
Approximately 100 arts and crafts booths, car show, food, live entertainment, plant sale featuring azaleas, children's area, jumpy’s, bungee jump, jet ski simulator, pony rides, petting zoo and a train will be provide fun, food and opportunities to fellowship with others who love a good festival.
One of the events, the Semmes BIG Challenge 5K Run, is sponsored by the Semmes Boys and Girls Club and begins at 9 a.m. The run, previously known as the Semmes Azalea Festival 5K Charity Run, has been a part of the Semmes Azalea Festival for the past 9 years.
Runners, trotters and walkers may find the specifics below to be helpful:
The run will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018; The run is located at Mary G. Montgomery High School on Snow Road in Semmes. The course is a certified 5K (AL12005JD) and has some hills. ALL SECTIONS OF THE COURSE CONSIST OF ROAD PAVEMENT OR CONCRETE SIDEWALK - NO MORE DIRT TRAIL! It is not a sanctioned run.
Online registration ends Thursday, March 1, 2018. Day of run registration is $25, but does not include a shirt.
Packet pick up and race day registration will open at 8 a.m. and close promptly at 8:45 a.m. Start time is 9 a.m.
There will be refreshments available to all participants after the race.
Race times will be available at the Registration Tent following the race. Participants are asked to give Event Volunteers a few minutes to compile the times. (We want to make sure we get things right) Awards Ceremony will take place as soon as times are compiled and as Azalea Festival scheduling permits. Check https://bigchallenge5k.com/contact and Facebook page for list of awards given and other information.
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