We were coming back from the Wiregrass Saturday night and talked about taking the boys to supper at the Hotel Talisi in Tallassee, then decided since it was so late we would just drive straight through and instead have Sunday brunch there this week.
Thanks to my friend Larry for telling me about this - according to the AP, Margaret's Grocery in Vicksburg (which the story called the "Bible Castle") is:
...being taken over by a local church that hopes to preserve it.
The couple sold the home to Cool Springs M.B. Church, on condition that they be allowed to live there as long as they were able.
I *finally* opened my Etsy shop! The first two things I have listed are for personalized English and Hebrew menorahs - here are some pics from ones I've done in the past:
Last month, we took the boys to the Alabama Gourd Festival in Cullman before seeing the new sculpture at Ave Maria Grotto. I was really excited about going to the gourd show this year, because our friend Wade Wharton (who has the great art environment in Huntsville) let us know that he entered and won in the toy category!
It's too late in the season now to make one, but all it is is just several ears of Indian corn cut in thirds, a hole drilled through the middle of each, and a wire frame inserted through the hole in each corn section. Definitely going to make a couple of these next year for friends!
Last night, Av and I went to the Stray Art Salon show at The Club in B'ham. I wish it were open to everyone, but it's only from tonight through Friday and Saturday in the Gold Room (11a - 9p) for members and their guests only. Thankfully we're members so we got to see the show and then have a little supper. I wish somehow they had opened this event up to everyone, but I'll post again when Stray Art Salon is at a different venue - we'll definitely be at that one too. Here I caught a rare lull and got this pic of part of the space:
We were talking about his family being from Austin and his dad was the late Charles Umlauf. If you're 'into' sculpture or are familiar with the Austin area, you probably know the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. Nice!
One weekend, we gathered the boys up to take them to American Village in Montevallo. It was closed! Turns out, it's only open during the week, largely (I'm just guessing here) because they host many weddings, and secondly because it's a huge draw for school groups - but again that's just a guess. Either way, seems like it would be wonderful for kids who can't go during the week to have the opportunity to visit on a Saturday.
It was announced last week that a $6 million replica of Independence Hall will be built at American Village. It is supposed to include a visitor's center and a colonial coffee house.
The middle of last month at Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, they held the dedication of the statue of Brother Joseph, so we went to see it. They were also showing off the renovation and addition of the visitors' center:
I think Av is starting to feel as though his weekend isn't complete unless we've at some point been on a dirt road:
I'm going to send this church a little check with my Amazon earnings this month and see if we can't help them get rid of these wasps.