Heard on the Street
– December 2017 – by Cathey Carney –
We had a winner for the Photo of the Month for November – the baby was Jan Williams who leads tours through the neighborhood he was raised in – 5 Points. Congratulations to Tom Blakemore who was the first correct caller. Tom is from the Big Cove area, his grandpa was James King Drake and f made him promise to send a story about Mr. Drake. Tom is just loving life!
Our north Alabama winner for the tiny chubby turkey I hid carefully on page 5 of the November issue was Marcia Brown, of New Market. Marcia has lived here all her life and has 8 grandkids that she’s so proud of! Congratulations to Marcia! I’m getting better with my hiding skills because most people who called had the turkey in other areas of the magazine, but p. 5 was it!
Then finally I awarded the out of town subscription to Becky Richardson, who found it after her second reading. Becky is from Boaz, Al but worked for IBM for 25 years and NASA for 5 before retiring. At the same time she cared for her learning-disabled daughter, who’s now 57 and still with her mom. An amazing lady.
Watching college football games seems to get more fun every year because of course our state has the two of the best teams – Alabama & Auburn! I know Natalie and Kerry Johnson are SO proud of their son Kerryon Johnson who is Running Back for Auburn University football. That Georgia game was amazing and Kerryon (who went to school at Madison Academy) has been winning so many awards. Old Huntsville loves both teams but the Iron Bowl will be the game to watch for sure!
Jean Ayers is the sweet lady you always see when you go to Ayers Farmers Market on Parkway & Governors Drive. We love you and are thinking about you and want you to feel better soon!
Liz Butler is looking for an old Huntsville phone book – anything older than the 1970s would be amazing – remember those heavy old things? If you have one that you could part with, please give Liz a call at 256.509.8545.
Hospice Family Care hosted an Annual Service of Remembrance in early November, for people they have cared for that passed away this year. We were there to honor my Mom who passed away in January. Hospice Family has a beautiful new inpatient facility at 10000 Serenity Lane, just down the hill from Redstone Village. Anthony Ford was the Chaplain and it was a very moving service and reception.
We all know Nina Beal, who started the Ark as a no-kill shelter for dogs and cats, but what she has started is interesting. It is a program for Senior animals that will be called “Canine Silver Muzzles and Feline Senior Cuddles. Many people would love to adopt but don’t necessarily want a puppy or kitten. Adopting senior dogs or cats who are up-to-date on all their vaccinations would be so rewarding. Love Nina for doing this!
This was sent to us by one of our readers: In Iceland, books are exchanged as Christmas Eve presents, then you spend the rest of the night in bed reading and eating chocolates. The tradition is part of a season called Jolabokaflod, or “The Christmas Book Flood”, because Iceland, which publishes more books per capita than any other country, sells most of its books between September and November due to people preparing for the upcoming holiday. (Thanks to Anna Talyn Carson for this!
I’ve been ordering Old Huntsville Tshirts and sweatshirts from JR Enterprises for 15 years but the latest long sleeved Tshirts I got from them were SO PRETTY! I don’t sell them, just give them away but the black shirt with red lettering was amazing! Special thanks to my friend Margaret Watson (one of the owners) who’s also a Kiwanian.
So happy that the Sunoco gas station is open at Holmes & Andrew Jackson. The owners are two of the nicest people you’ll meet and they owned the BP station in that location years ago. They open 6:30am weekdays and 7:30am weekends, til midnight most nights. Welcome back Dan and Srinu!
Roosters Christian Coffee Shop is now open on the south end of Whitesburg Drive and they have a Christian Songwriters night the first Tuesday of each month from 7-9. They’d love to get more songwriters to join, and there have been good crowds there too who love music.
Many of you know Skip Vaughn who is editor of the Redstone Rocket. Skip recently finished the book he was writing called “Vietnam Revisited” and one of his book signings was at Barnes and Nobel. There was a steady crowd and his book is said to be excellent – I’ll be looking for it on Amazon. So proud of Skip.
Allen Watkins is a singer and musician who is three-time Alabama State Champion for finger-style guitar, and plays banjo, mandolin and bass. Connie Watkins is Allen’s sweet wife and she sings, plays acoustic guitar, djembe and mandolin. Along with Bob Hill, a bassist with a classical music background, they comprise the Allen Watkins Band and if you like acoustic music with a bluesy rock sound, you’ll love them. They are having a CD release concert in an intimate setting on Jan. 13, 2018. It will be at Huntsville Strings Shop at 7pm and Phil Riddick (owner) created a listening room so you can really hear the beautiful music. Tickets available in December.
Sam Keith and I recently took a weekend trip to Dunlap, TN which is a tiny town but they have a museum mere that is so interesting – the building they’re in was built in 1904 as the store for the coal mining business there, and they have coke ovens (burn coal) all around the surrounding land. The Sequatchie Valley Historical Asso. hosts bluegrass concerts there and other events – we’ll be back!
A friend recently told me she asked her doctor if it was OK to do crunches. This lady has had back problems in the past and is in her 70s. He recommended something that is gaining in popularity called the McGill Curlup, named for Stuart McGill, Ph.D who designed this exercise. Lay on your back on a firm surface. Have one leg extended out straight and the other one bent with foot flat on the floor or bed. Place hands, palms down, underneath your lower back and raise your elbows just off the floor. Now squeeze your abs to raise your head and shoulders a few inches off the floor. Hold for five seconds or as long as you can while maintaining good form, then slowly return to start. Do about 10 times then swap legs. I tried this and could really feel it in my abs! Always ask your doctor first if you’re trying new exercises.
Verna McCulloch turns 90 in January! We wanted to wish Verna happy birthday and make sure she really parties it up!
I know many of us like burning candles in the winter, for the coziness and great scent. A candle maker told me recently that the worst mistake people make with their candles is not trimming the wick down to 1/4″. If it’s left too long when you light it, you’ll have black smoke and a large flame which could also be dangerous. And he suggested burn a candle no longer than 4 hours before you extinguish it. Good tips!
Thank you to Linda Jones from Goodlettsville, TN who is a subscriber and wrote to congratulate Old Huntsville magazine on its 28th anniversary this year. Can’t believe in a year or so we’ll be at 30! Sure doesn’t seem that long ago when Tom and I started this, and called it our baby. He still helps me with each issue, from above.
Wanted to mention that Broadway Theatre League’s schedule for the next couple of months is as follows: Cabaret Jan. 5-7 (5 shows); The Sound of Music Jan. 26-28 (5 shows); and Million Dollar Quartet Feb. 16-18 (5 shows) all at the Von Braun Civic Center.
I read a weather superstition the other day – If you notice alot more acorns on streets and sidewalks under oak trees, it is bound to be a very cold winter. This agrees with 2018 Farmers Almanac that says we will have a harsher winter this year. Crank up your fireplaces and stay warm!
Rosemary Leatherwood of Ole Dad’s BBQ wants to wish her son Billy Leatherwood a happy birthday on Dec. 18th. She’s so proud of the way he’s running the business after losing his dad, who’s looking down from above and very proud of his son. And happy birthday to her oldest grandson Austin Pinkerton on Dec. 28th, he has made the family so proud!
OK, if you’ve read this far you’ll be happy to know I’ve hidden a very super-tiny Santa Claus somewhere in these pages. If you find it, which I doubt, you win a free subscription to “Old Huntsville”. Call anytime the magazine hits the stands.
Have a wonderful Christmas and stay Warm!