ALL things FALL

As fall approaches, it is always so exciting to embrace all things orange and cinnamon. Today we have compiled a few different resources to get you ready to take on fall in full swing! We have included a few Do-it-Yourself projects to decorate for fall as well as some free fall prints that you can hang up!

 G O L D   S P R A Y   P A I N T…. is your best friend!

leavesGold spray paint can make anything look cute! It also can live on into the Christmas and New Year’s seasons! Find a few things that you can add a touch of gold spray paint to. Our favorites were edging a few pumpkins, pine cones, and leaves! You can purchase pumpkins or you can just go for a walk and collect leaves and pine cones and minimize your cost to just the spray paint!


After collecting what you desire to spray paint, head outside with a few paper towels and tape them to the areas that you do not want spray-painted and have a few cute pieces for decor!


P I N E C O N E G A R L A N D ….scented!

Step 1. Gather about 12 pinecones

Step 2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees

Step 3. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and place the pinecones on top.

Step 4. Place in the oven for about an hour and then let them cool.

Step 5. Hot glue the ends of the pinecones to a blank inch piece of burlap- then hang!



Step 1. Find a twig outside and cut the branches to a size that fits the items you want to hang.

Step 2. Tie a string to both ends and hang with a thumbtack or nail. Place items on the branches!














Judah and the Lion and Ben Rector

The Local’s Macey Sims got the chance to interview Judah and the Lion this fall while they were on tour with Ben Rector. 

Judah and the Lion came together in Nashville, Tennessee, at Belmont University. The band consists of three main members, Brian Macdonald, Nate Zuercher and Judah Akers.

“We met, a jock and two music majors and played through one song and for whatever reason it just worked,” Akers said.

The band has a folk, rock-hop twist feel that pulls musical influences from a wide range of acts, including 50cent and Frank Sinatra to create their own beats and lyrics. They hope to put out an amazing record that expands their reach and surprises people. When asked if they could perform for any person or group in the world, they stated “Jesus, Hitler, Dave Grohl, Michael Jordan and Ghandi. I think we may set it up as a concert but just make it a Q and A.”

The band answered questions about music and life for The Local:

The Local: Who are your musical influences? 

Judah and the Lion: A lot of everything. From Tom Petty and Steve Miller to 50cent and Frank Sinatra. Also Nate likes punk and death metal.

TL: What has surprised you the most about becoming a professional musician and completing an album with a band?

JTL: The fact that things that you’ve always looked forward to as a dreaming musician are just moments. Then they

are gone. We got to play David Letterman this past year and play at my dream place (as a Tennessee boy) at The Ryman. You set these events up in your mind when you’re dreaming to be the pinnacle of life or whatever. Like it’s gonna bring you some kind of “we did it” but it doesn’t. Just makes you want more. Perhaps that’s the beauty of it.

TL: What are your long term career goals?

JTL: I think we set out with a whole lot of big dreams, some like playing theaters, arenas, stadiums. but really we just want to keep having fun and keep making new fans on the road. We hope the record takes us way farther than we expect and to keep making music that is cool and true to us.

TL: Where do you draw your musical style from? Is it a mashup of a few styles, or have the same kinds of beats always driven your music?

JTL: Hip-hop really is the most common influence between all of us, believe it or not. So we like to have those style of beats for our music. The new record features a lot of ‘80s style hip-hop beats.

TL: If you want your fans to know one thing about y’all, what would that be?

JTL: That they aren’t fans. They friends. We are all humans. Why is there separation? Cliche, I know, but it’s true. But we are happy that they like the music and can’t believe they pay to see us do what we love.

All photos by Macey Sims. IMG_7164 IMG_7265 IMG_7300 IMG_7320 IMG_7400 IMG_7405 IMG_7468 IMG_7489 IMG_7503IMG_7589IMG_7698IMG_7734IMG_7741IMG_7872IMG_7827IMG_7805

Birmingham Veteran’s Day Parade

Birmingham will celebrate Veteran’s Day with their annual parade on Thursday.

The city is the first in the nation to celebrate Veteran’s Day, and holds a variety of festivities each year to honor those who served.

The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday and starts on the intersection of 18th St. and 8th Ave. N. and ends on 19th St. and 8th Ave. N.

Veteran's Day Route

The parade concludes two days’ worth of events in the city to celebrate. On Wednesday, Birmingham held the 3rd Annual Family Fun Run and 10K Ruck Challenge, the Raymond Weeks Memorial Service and an award reception and dinner. On Thursday, there will be a memorial service at 8:30 a.m. and a world peace luncheon at 10:30 a.m.

Christmas Village

This past weekend, the annual Christmas Village was held at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.

The festival is held every year in the first weekend in November and is always widely attended. It features over 700 vendors from around the state selling foods, clothing, gifts, home décor and more.

It’s an annual event that many make a holiday tradition.

“My mom and I try to go every year,” said Carissa Davis. “It’s kind of become a mother-daughter bonding experience for us.”

Because of the rainy weekend weather, guests flocked to the BJCC for the festivities.

“It was packed,” said Davis. “It was kind of difficult to maneuver through all the people, but it was definitely worth it.”

While general admission was opened on Nov. 5, on Nov. 4 there was a private party held for a higher admission price that featured fewer guests and no strollers or two-wheeled carts.

Though some think that November is still too early to begin celebrating Christmas, some attendees enjoyed getting a head start on the holiday season

“Going to the Village puts you in the Christmas spirit,” said Davis. “I don’t think it’s ever too early to celebrate the holidays.”

Art Crawl and Moss Rock Festival

This weekend the Birmingham Art Crawl and Moss Rock Festival are two great events to attend. These promote and showcase local artists’ work.

Birmingham Art Crawl

Tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. local artists and performers display their work in downtown Birmingham. The art crawl takes place the first Thursday of each month and showcases 40 plus artists. Many stores are also open after hours. Venues are located along the historic arts, loft and theatre districts.

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Moss Rock Festival

Saturday Nov. 7 and Sunday Nov 8 the 9th Annual Moss Rock Festival will be held at the Preserve in Hoover.

This outdoor festival will have around 100 juried local artists whose work is inspired by nature or created from materials such as clay, wood, glass or recycled material. All art mediums will be represented and all work will be for sale.

There festival will also have live music, hiking, biking, geocaching, fuel-efficient car exhibitions and more. Certain business and organizations will be at the festival promoting and discussing green living ideas.

The festival is free and begins each day at 10 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors must park and ride a shuttle to the festival from The Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

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