Local Coffee Shops Transformed into Popular Fictional Diner

To celebrate the 16th anniversary of the first episode of Gilmore Girls, Birmingham coffee shops partnered with Netflix on October 6 and converted into the hit show’s own coffee shop, Luke’s Diner.  Lucy’s Coffee and Tea, Crestwood Coffee Co. and The Abbey were three of the 200 cafes around the country that participated in the pop up.

The pop-ups were open from 7 a.m. to noon, and the first 200 guest received free coffee. The shops included décor from the show, such as Luke’s signs, aprons, backward caps, and coffee cups covered in Gilmore Girls quotes. Even the staff at the shops wore Luke’s Diner branded aprons and T-shirts. Netflix also announced a new season which is to premiere around Thanksgiving time.  

Lucy’s, a coffee shop located on University Blvd, was thrilled to be one of the Netflix-sponsored coffee shops. Early on, the line wrapped around the block as Gilmore Girls fans excitingly waited for their free cup of coffee. The coffee shops said that social media was a big factor in whether or not a café was chosen to host a Luke’s diner pop-up.

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Coffee sleeves were adorned with Luke’s logo
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A line of fans awaiting their coffee
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Employees dressed up as characters for the occasion

  

Binge-Worthy Halloween Movies

Fall is here and along with it comes the Halloween season. In addition to leaves on the ground and the return of oversized sweaters, the change in season also means the updating of Netflix’s library, everything from horror to old childhood favorites. So no matter where you stand on the pumpkin spice flavor debate, here is a list of movies and tv shows on Netflix to watch this season to get you in the spirit.

Practical Magic:
This rom-com stars Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman and follows two witches/sisters who are stuck with a curse against all the men in their lives. Not quite heart-racing, give-you-nightmares material, but a fun movie with a great soundtrack nonetheless.

Scream 2:
The 1997 sequel to the classic slasher film follows the infamous “Ghostface” as he ravages a small town. While not as classic as the first, if you want a film that will keep you on your toes, this is it.

Scary Movie 2 & 3:
The Scary Movie franchise is not what you would expect. These movies take popular horror films and parody them by mashing up the plot lines and making them ridiculous. Some jokes may fall flat, but if you are looking for something more lighthearted, look no further.

Corpse Bride:
Tim Burton’s creation follows a groom who must search for a way back to his fiancée after he accidentally becomes the husband of a corpse bride in the underworld. This movies is exactly what you would expect from a Tim Burton film and follows in the footsteps of his wildly popular Nightmare Before Christmas.

American Horror Story:
This tv show is unique because it presents a new storyline every season. From a haunted house to a witch coven to an insane asylum, each season presents new twists and turns. If you don’t have time for the whole show, most agree that the 2nd season, titled Asylum, is a can’t miss.

It’s Relay For Life Time

Homewood — It’s here again! The Homewood community is gathering Friday, April 22 between 4p.m. and 11p.m. at Homewood’s Central Park for this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Homewood event.

 

Involved in this common effort to “create a world with less cancer and more birthdays” are organizations such as Samford Greek Life, Hall Kent Elementary, Edgewood Elementary, Shades Cahaba Elementary, Homewood High School and Southern Nuclear.

 

Supported greatly by volunteers, the event will feature performances from HHS Cheerleaders, Edgewood Kids Choir, HMS Patriot Singers, Homewood Jazz Band and HMS Trendsetters—to mention a few!

 

To accompany these treats are an ice cream eating contest and an inflatable slide.

 

“Our Relay for Life event,” Relay For Life Specialist Christina Zabala wrote in a press release, “supports the mission of the American Cancer Society to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against the disease.”

 

Readers are invited to join in this community celebration of the lives impacted by, lost to and reclaimed from cancer.

 

Readers interested in participating in this year’s Relay For Life event as a volunteer or team member may contact Zabala at 205-930-8868 or visit www.RelayForLife.org/HomewoodAL.

Track and field competes at South Alabama

Eight Samford University track and field athletes earned top-three finishes at the South Alabama Invitational, held Thursday, April 14 through Saturday, April 16.

The high-performing contingent was headlined by first-place showings from Sarah Sanford, Courtney Prengaman and Javion Lee.

Sanford won the women’s 400-meter hurdles in 59.76 seconds; Prengaman won the women’s high jump with a clearance of 1.69 meters; and Lee won the men’s triple jump with a leap of 15.04 meters.

Men’s pole vaulter Tray Oates and men’s long jumper Marquis Barnes claimed runner-up finishes in their respective events. Notably, Oates’ clearance of 5.32 meters set a new school record.

Jay Vines (400 hurdles), Chris Thrasher (javelin) and Tonia McKinley (100 meters) posted third-place performances to round out Samford’s top finishers.

The teams will look to carry their momentum into the coming weekend, when they’re slated to compete at the Auburn Invitational.

Birmingham Barons Opener

The Birmingham Barons had a rough season opener, losing to the Jacksonville Suns 6-1 last Thursday.

The team played the opener in Jacksonville and stayed the weekend, playing five games in all. The Barons won one of the five games against the Suns.

The Suns, with a 57-81 record for the 2015 season, proved to be too much for the Barons’ opening game.

The Suns scored the first point, and the Barons’ first baseman, Jake Peter, had a home-run in the second inning. This was Peter’s first professional baseball game.

The teams remained tied 1-1 until J.T. Riddle of the Suns had a three-run home run in the third inning. The next inning was scoreless, and in the fifth inning the Suns gained the last game point.

They will play their first home game tonight, against the Tennessee Smokies. First pitch will be thrown at 7:05 p.m. For ticketing information, call (205) 988-3200.

Pepper Place is Back

Birmingham’s favorite farmers market is back on Saturday, April 9th. It is open from 7 a.m. to noon rain or shine.

Pepper Place began in 2000 in provide a connection between family farmers and the people of Birmingham, Alabama. Since then is has grown from a few tents to over 100 tents spread across parking lots and streets around Pepper Place. The market has hosted around 10,000 people every Saturday at the height of the season.

All of the vendors are based in Alabama and are the actual growers, joined by their family members and friends.

Shoppers can expect bedding plants, herbs, lettuces, asparagus, and strawberries to be in season for the spring and as it gets closer to summer blackberries, blueberries, peaches and mushrooms. Alongside of the fresh produce market goers can find bakers and cooks who serve food to eat and take home, from breakfast food to dessert. As well as food, Pepper Place hosts Alabama artists, artisans and craftspeople with unique items to decorate with or give as a gift.

The address is:
2829 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233

A list of vendors can be found here:

http://www.pepperplacemarket.com/vendors/

Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series

The Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series is a reading, writing, and performance event held at The Desert Island Supply Co. in Birmingham, Alabama. They generally feature at least one of Birmingham’s working writers. For the month of April, they are hosting three out-of-towners: Michael Robins, Adam Clay and Ada Limón.

All three are incredible poets. Lion’s latest book, Bright Dead Things, was recently a finalist for the National Book Award.

The event is happening Sunday, April 10th at 3:30 p.m. at Desert Island Supply Co. in Woodlawn. The address is: 5500 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35212.

Fore more information:

http://www.desertislandsupplyco.com/

http://www.facebook.com/nittygrittymagiccity/

Cajun Cook-off this Weekend at Railroad Park

Here it comes! The Sixth Annual Girls Inc. Cajun Cook-off is steaming down the tracks to Railroad Park, “Bringing the Big Easy to the Magic City” Saturday April 9 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Hosted by The Committee of 25, which is the Girls Inc.’s Junior Board, and presented by Publix Super Market Charities, the cook-off will feature a family friendly atmosphere spiced with the Cajun aromas of foods such as jambalaya, gumbo, bread pudding, shrimp and grits, po’boys and more.

Twenty to 25 amateur cooks will prepare these dishes for the chance of taking home trophies from the taste-testing contest.

Live zydeco music by the Swamp Poppas will provide additional flavor to the day, accompanied by a silent auction, kids’ activities and a performance by Girls Inc. program participants.

Connie Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer for Girls Inc. said that the Cajun Cook-off, which is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, expands each year in order to create a more “memorable and fun” experience for attenders.

“Through this year’s event participation and fundraising efforts,” Hill said, “Girls Inc. hopes to raise $80,000 to support our efforts to provide vital and innovative educational programs to school-age girls in Central Alabama.”

These programs are dedicated to “inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.”

Tickets can be purchased at bhamcajuncookoff.com, $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages three to ten. Children under three years of age may attend for free.

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Photo courtesy of Connie Hill

 

 

Men’s Golf Competes at Mason Rudolph

The Samford men’s golf team finished 14th in the Mason Rudolph Men’s Golf Championship held at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., Saturday and Sunday.

“The Mason Rudolph field was our most competitive this year. Five top 50 teams competed including Vanderbilt, Florida, and Alabama,” said Samford Coach Al DelGreco.

“Conditions were very difficult for rounds 1 and 2,” he added.

Despite those difficult conditions, The Bulldogs responded to the challenge.

Samford had a team score of 911 (301-311-299), to come in 14th. The host team, ninth-ranked Vanderbilt won the event with a score of 847 (275-291-281). The 19th-ranked Florida Gators came in second at 848 (283-286-279), while 17th-ranked Alabama finished third with a score of 861 (282-291-288).

Senior Zach Hughes led the Bulldogs with rounds of 70, 75 and 73 for a T14 finish in the 78-player field. “Zach has played well all year after returning from shoulder surgery last year,” DelGreco said.

Junior Ivan Truss finished with rounds of 70, 79 and 75 for a T42nd finish, what DelGreco said was Truss’ “best tournament to date.”

The group of Samford freshmen was led by Crawford Flach with rounds of 81, 77 and 74 to tie for 62nd, while Jackson Seawell and Ashton Nix tied for 73rd.

Sam Horsfield of Florida, ranked sixth in the GolfStat rankings, won individual medalist honors with a score of 206 (70-70-66).

With a talented core of young players, DelGrecro is pleased by how his team has progressed this season.

“We still have a lot of work to do but I’m happy with our work ethic and improvements we have made this year,” DelGreco said.

Samford will close the 2015-16 season April 24-26 with the Southern Conference tournament in Pinehurst, N.C.

Men’s Tennis Hosts Furman

The men’s tennis team will look to add a fifth game to their four game winning streak as they host
Furman on Sunday, April 3. The team is coming off of a crushing 7-0 win against The Citadel in their last
match, which improved their overall record to 9-4 and SoCon record to 3-1.

Senior finance major Trey Carter, sophomore pre-business major Jake Faundez and engineering physics
major Justin Ghavami are tied for the lead in singles wins for the bulldogs with 9 wins. Carter and
graduate student Leonard Gerch are tied for most doubles wins at 7 with the duo of Faundez and
sophomore pre-business major Eduardo Lourido Sanchez.

The bulldogs have an impressive 7-1 record at home this season.

The paladins have an overall record of 8-7 so far this season. Adam Steryous leads the paladins in singles
wins this season with 10, while Matt Browne and Ben Horst lead the team with 10 doubles wins. Furman
has struggled on the road this reason with an away record of 1-5.

The bulldogs will be looking to improve their SoCon record to 4-1 with a win over Furman before
finishing off the regular season with matches against Mercer and the University of Tennessee at
Chattanooga.

This Sunday’s match will be played at the Samford Tennis complex at 1 p.m.