Tag Archives: East Lake

East Lake residents to get choices for their morning cup

east59interiorIt’s been several months since the REVIVE pop-up initiative visited several of REV Birmingham‘s commercial districts. One of the long-awaited results of that effort in East Lake is the opening of East 59, a coffee shop to be located at 7619 1st Avenue North near Oporto-Madrid Blvd. A May 19 status update to the company’s fan page on Facebook let folks know they’d been approved for build-out, keeping them on-track for the summer opening long mentioned on their website. They won’t be the only ones keeping area residents caffeinated this summer though…

coffeebooksbluesA Kickstarter campaign launched by Sharrif Simmons suggests area residents will have at least two coffee houses to choose from later this summer, though the second will have a different vibe. The New York native is looking to open Coffee, Books, and Blues by July, bringing an independent bookstore and music venue to the area at 752 81st St., S., near the corner of Rugby Avenue and 81st St. S. Simmons once worked at the famed Liberation Bookstore in Harlem and is its late founder Una Mulzac‘s great nephew. He plans to offer a selection of both new and used books. There are also plans to serve as a performance venue and to host a farmers market on Sundays.

Looking forward to seeing how both of these efforts move forward.

Stocking East Lake for a rodeo this weekend

Stocking East Lake for 2011 Fishing RodeoNo, this photo doesn’t catch a catfish sliding into East Lake Park‘s namesake early Wednesday afternoon. There were several folks present though who did see several fish dive in as the lake was stocked for Birmingham’s 14th annual Family Fishing Rodeo this Saturday, June 4. They were delivered by Stearn’s Fish Farm of Wetumpka, AL.

It’s the largest community fishing event in the state, drawing thousands to Birmingham’s eastern area. It’s also an opportunity to participate in giveaways and learn more about local non-profits and community organizations. It’ll take place from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

If you want a better idea of what it looks like when you load a few thousand pounds of fish into a city lake, check out this video via al.com from last year’s stocking.

East Lake wants to stay weird

A call has been sent out to all artists, musicians, poets, prose, and liberal thinkers to “…relocate and create our own Art’s District here in the shadows of Birmingham.” The Keep East Lake Weird and East Lake Arts District movements have Yahoo Groups that have been in existence for at least the last year. Organizers are attempting to leverage the development of an artists community among the area’s 1920s era bungalows with the potential revitalization of the community’s downtown area – the blocks near 1st Avenue North and Oporto-Madrid Blvd.

Vote for East Lake

Well, you’re actually voting for the design of the new East Lake banners, done by local graphic designer Christian Bizarth in this year’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards as a People’s Design Award nominee. The design “is a landscape of the community of East Lake which includes East Lake and Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve in Birmingham, Alabama. The artist has captured the ebb and flow of lake water and then complements it with Ruffner Mountain’s ridge.

The banners currently extend through the community, which was incorporated in 1900 and annexed into the city of Birmingham in 1910, along 1st Avenue North.

More places to find it fresh

Back in May Christina gave us a few options for finding fresh produce in the Magic City. Well, you can add at least three more options to that list. The Park Place Farmer’s Market started up its third season last Wednesday in Linn Park; they’ll keep on going until August 27 from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Jones Valley Urban Farm logoThe folks over at Jones Valley Urban Farm invite you over to the Gardens of Park Place to pick up produce between 4 – 6 p.m. at their after-work farm stand. It’s available Monday – Thursday through August and Tuesdays only from September to April.

Those living on the city’s East side can head over to the South East Lake Farmers Market at 78th Street and 2nd Avenue South every Saturday through October 25 for fresh produce.

Let us know if there are any others that we’re missing…

Family Fishing Rodeo, East Lake Park

11th Annual Birmingham Park and Recreation Family Fishing Rodeo is the largest community fishing event in the state of Alabama. Birmingham’s East Lake is stocked with tons of catfish and bass especially for this event.

Enjoy activity booths, fantastic giveaways, family-oriented fun, and more. For more information, call 205-254-2391.

Cost: Free

East Lake Park
84th Street & 1st Avenue North