Tag Archives: 2010

Hats and Horns 2010 benefits Bell Center, Operation School Bell

Hats and Horns logo. Courtesy of official website.We haven’t written anything about the annual Hat and Horns Societé New Year’s Eve party since late 2007 (and that’s a shame). The group was formed in 2000 and theirs one of the only celebrations that gives all of its proceeds to area non-profits.

This year, The Bell Center and the Assistance League of Birmingham‘s Operation School Bell will benefit from tickets and t-shirts sold for the event’s 10th anniversary.

The tickets are currently $125 per person, with options available to purchase tables with Mother Mercy and Hash Brown providing musical entertainment. We can’t tell if you’ll be able to purchase a shirt and have it mailed to you or not, but they’re available for $15 a piece and can be picked up the night of the event.

Holiday wishes from the stationmaster

With many people suggesting that they’re beginning their holiday weekend early, I just wanted to take a moment and say a few words.

Of course, You’d think I’d be remiss to not also take a moment and publicly thank all of you who’ve made it possible to be a finalist in The Birmingham News‘ Birmingham’s Best Readers Poll best website category for the third year in a row. But I didn’t.

I could also mention that we’ll post specific times and locations for the contributors interest meetings that I’m hoping to hold beginning January 5. Nope, didn’t do that either.

Perhaps I could’ve even mentioned the beginning of minor changes made to the front page of the site and (hopefully by this evening) the archives. Well, I do kind of tease about those…

In the end, all I wanted to do was deliver a simple message before everyone got on the road or busy with whatever it is that we do.

Birmingham prepares to light new tree

The new tree arrives. acnatta/FlickrThe City of Birmingham will light this replacement Christmas tree tomorrow morning in Linn Park at 9:30 a.m. It arrived shortly after 3 p.m. this afternoon.

A crane and city crews were waiting to put the 30’+ tree into position so that those interested in helping decorate it may – beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

The new tree was retrieved from nearby Tarrant and donated by 98.7 Kiss FM and Cox Radio as a replacement for the one that was burned down Wednesday morning as vandals attempted to steal its lights for copper.

Photo: The new tree arrives. acnatta/Flickr

Check out the floating Christmas tree!

Railroad Park's first Christmas tree. acnatta/FlickrUPDATE: According to the park’s Twitter account, the tree’s already floating before 5 p.m. (complete with a photo to prove it).

Well, it’s not floating yet, but it will be before the end of the night…

Birmingham’s Railroad Park ushers in its first holiday season this afternoon starting at 5 p.m.

Sometime between 5 and 6 p.m. this tree will be “launched” into the park’s man-made lake.

The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, though weather forecasts calling for a 90% chance of rain and a low of 32° were reasons enough for Mayor Bell to request a time change.

Those attending can bring g a new, unwrapped toy to support the Mayor’s Office Division of Youth Services Toy Drive and enjoy hot chocolate and music from Neo Jazz Collective.

Incidentally, if you attend tonight’s event, you may get a chance to introduce yourself to the park’s new executive director, Camille Spratling. The former executive assistant to the president of Birmingham Southern College started last week. Katherine Billmeier will continue on as a consultant to the park until the end of the year.

Photo: Railroad Park’s first Christmas tree. acnatta/Flickr

Election Night coverage galore (elsewhere)

election signIf you couldn’t tell, today’s Alabama’s statewide primary elections. Jefferson County is also holding a special election to fill the rest of Birmingham mayor William Bell’s Jefferson County Commission District 1 seat.

Politics is a pasttime in Alabama so of course there are plenty of outlets reporting on the returns.

NBC 13 is providing results using their graphics package they’ve created for tonight’s television broadcast while ABC 33/40Fox 6, and CBS 42 are providing results using periodic updates of dedicated pages for each race.

Wade on Birmingham is providing a one-stop (one-page) results page while Second Front and AL.com are providing opportunities for a live chat to take place while they report returns.

New venue, tickets still available for Open Secret

OpenSecret promotional pieceA new film about the 1901 constitutional convention that led to the state of Alabama’s governing document (the world’s largest) is currently in the process of being debuted across the state.

February 26th brings the film, Open Secret, directed and produed by Melanie Jeffcoat, to the Carver Theatre (overwhelming demand for attending forced organizers to move it from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute) courtesy of Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform.

The film’s script is based on the 109-year-old transcripts of the convention and reveals the issues of race, poverty and suffrage – and perhaps several other reasons why we may want to rewrite the document. Tickets are still available for the screening which will include a panel discussion with:

  • Merika Coleman, Alabama State Representative (D) for District 57 (Jefferson)
  • Paul DeMarco, Alabama State Representative (R) for District 46 (Jefferson)
  • Dr. Carol Ann Vaughn Cross, Core Curriculum Fellow, Samford University (Moderator)

Mayorpalooza ends tonight!

Bell vs. Cooper Bob Farley/f8PhotoMany people are rejoicing in the fact that the journey to the special election to serve out the remainder of former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford ends tonight – though the reasons for that relief vary depending on who you talk to.

There’s bound to be endless coverage of the election results across Birmingham virtual landscape but the City of Birmingham will be posting the election results on their website starting at 7:15 p.m. tonight. You could also check out the results from various sources, including Fox 6AL.com and Wade on Birmingham.

Of course, I have my own opinions about today’s vote, but I did vote this afternoon. I hope that you did too. We’ll post a photo of the winner after it’s been determined.