Category Archives: Random Shots

Random Shots: The sign goes up at Avondale Park

Avondale Park sign goes upThanks to Brian Barrett for letting us use his image of the sign being installed at Avondale Park earlier today.

The sign is part of a nearly $3 million renovation of the park that was mostly completed in November. A dedication ceremony recognizing what had already been completed was held back on November 19.

The project included restoring the park’s amphitheater and its dressing rooms. The property once served as the home to Birmingham’s first zoo.

There are still more things to be done, including the installation of a statue recognizing the park’s most famous resident – Miss Fancy – to stand in front of the sign. For those not familiar with the area around the park, the new sign is located at the northern entrance to the park where 41st Street meets 5th Avenue South.

The date for next year’s Art in Avondale Park has also been announced – probably the first time many will see the improvements. It’ll be held on Saturday, May 5.

Photo: “new sign going up at Avondale Park! #bham” tterrabab/instagram.

Random shots: Classical music fills Railroad Park

Alabama Symphony concert at Railroad Park 2011

Tonight’s your last chance to enjoy the Alabama Symphony Orchestra perform in Railroad Park downtown. As mentioned previously over on Timetable, this is a new version of the outdoor summer concert series that was held at Caldwell Park in Birmingham’s Highland Park neighborhood.

The photo above is from Friday night’s performance; Sunday’s will begin at 6 p.m. and is being called more family-friendly than the previous two. Pieces presented will include the theme to the Harry Potter film series, selections from Pirates of the Caribbean and a big bands salute all sponsored by Protective Life.

Attendees who want to share their photos from this weekend with others and are members of Flickr may want to add them to the unofficial group for Railroad Park that’s maintained on the popular site. The park has placed a gallery of those images on its website.

Random Shots: Bare Hands Gallery closes tomorrow

Bare Hands December 2010 Shine opening

Last month Bare Hands Gallery announced that they would be closing on December 30.

That means if you’ve been procrastinating thinking that you’ve got more time to make that last visit over there, you have about one day left.

We’re not sure how the crowd will look over there tomorrow between 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., but we’re hoping that it looks a lot like it did on December 3 when this photo was taken during the 14-year old gallery‘s last opening reception.

By the way, you need to check out WBHM’s interview with Bare Hands’ artistic director Wendy Jarvis (including the extended interview).

Photo: Bare Hands December 2010 opening reception. acnatta/Flickr.

Random Shots: Writing about turnips at Pepper Place

DISCO at Pepper Place. acnatta/Flickr

One of the additions to this year’s Pepper Place Farmers Market is the weekly writing booth being conducted by the Desert Island Supply Company. This past Saturday visitors to the booth wrote pieces about turnips; last week the focus was lettuce.

This new writing center is based in Birmingham’s Woodlawn neighborhood is currently in the process of securing 501©3 status. It’s similar to programs found in Valencia, CA and Austin, TX.

It recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to expand their efforts and this weekend became one of the first organizations to be awarded funds by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham via the Kresge Arts in Birmingham program.

The full list of organizations awarded grants (and descriptions of their projects) is available over on Timetable.

Photo: DISCO Birmingham writing booth at Pepper Place. acnatta/Flickr

Random Shots: Wind and Rain

wind and rain. Bob Farley/f8Photo

Liz Harris, left, and Nancy Wagnon, right, both with Wagnon and Associates fight the wind and rain Tuesday to bring in part of their display to the Birmingham Business Journal Business Growth Expo at the BJCC Tuesday morning. Birmingham was getting hit with the wind and rain brought here by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

Wednesday’s forecast by comparison will be 64° and mostly sunny.

Photo: Bob Farley/f8Photo

Fun in the skies overhead last weekend

AeroShell performing barrel maneuver. Bob Farley/

The AeroShell Aerobatic Team was in Birmingham as part of the the 2009 Barber Vintage Festival this past weekend performing an air show. The 5th edition of the festival also featured bike shows and a swap meet. The team flies the North American AT-6 Texan. The Texan first appeared in 1939 and was designed as a trainer for the United State Army Air Corps. According to the company’s website, the plane is still flown as a basic trainer and as a light attach aircraft by the air forces of 22 countries.

Photo: Bob Farley/f8Photo

Random Shots: Progress at CiTYViLLE


Construction workers drag metal reinforcements to be used in the foundation of the CiTYViLLE BLOCK 121 mixed-use development on Birmingham’s Southside Tuesday morning. As we’ve previously reported, the development is slated to include 255 apartments and more than 21,000 square feet of retail space.

Photo: Bob Farley/f8Photo