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MBJH students to showcase art

The annual Art Forms Showcase sponsored by the MBJH PTO and several local businesses will be held on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Fine Arts Center located on the Mountain Brook High School campus.  The public is invited to attend.  

Overall winners for the Art Forms showcase were Bill Perry (Performing Arts), Kelley Jiang (Visual Arts) and Avi Goldsmith (Literary Arts).

The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a DVD compilation of winning visual arts entries, and then culminates with the showcase beginning at 7 p.m. Selected students in grades 7-9 will perform and the event will be emceed by sophomore Jack Royer.

Prior to the showcase, more than 100 entries were judged by local professionals in three major categories:  Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Literary Arts.  Visual and Literary Arts entries are judged without names on the work and Performing Arts judges are confirmed to have no familiarity with competing students.  Additionally, a logo contest was held with the winning design featured on the Art Forms 2012 T shirts, showcase programs and posters.  Caroline Moore, ninth grade, won the logo contest by popular vote of the students.   Continue reading

Awards presented at Chamber’s annual luncheon

The Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce held its annual luncheon Feb. 9 at The Club.

City Director of Finance Steve Boone accepts his award of Employee of the Year. Photo by Madoline Markham.

City Manager Sam Gaston presented Director of Finance Steve Boone with the city Employee of the Year award, crediting Boone for the reason that the city has the best paid employees and the lowest bond rate.

Pleasant Grove Mayor Jerry Brasseale accepts a check from Mountain Brook Mayor Terry Oden. Photo by Madoline Markham.

Mayor Terry Oden presented Pleasant Grove Mayor Jerry Brasseale with a check for $1,000. The amount was from the proceeds of the Village2Village Run and was what Oden called a “down payment” called for the future funds they will raise to assist Pleasant Grove with its recovery efforts from the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. The Pleasant Grove donation was a part of Mountain Brook’s Spartans Helping Spartans campaign.

George Ladd was presented the John Jemison Award, and his grandson accept it on his behalf.

Greg King of luncheon sponsor Iberia Bank, Master of Ceremonies Mike Royer, Mayor Terry Oden, keynote speaker Don Logan, and outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Steven Hydinger

Former Time Inc. executive and current owner of the Birmingham Barons, BASS and Seek Publishing Don Logan spoke about his experiences and hopes for the new baseball park downtown.

Current and former Chamber of Commerce presidents gathered for a photo at the end of the luncheon.

For more information about the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce, visit

Announcing the 2012 Mountain Brook Writers’ Festival

Three talented authors will be stopping by Mountain Brook this month for the annual Mountain Brook Writer’s Festival.

Michael Buckley, Jane Kurtz and Peter Lourie will be featured at the event, which will take place February 28 through March 1.

The authors will spend a full day at the school presenting their books, which cover age ranges from kindergarten to 6th grade. Each author will also host book signings after school.

Brookwood Forest Elementary will host the event, which is also sponsored by Cherokee Bend Elementary and Mountain Brook Elementary.

T-Lish Dressing: A perfectly balanced blend


Tiffany Denson with her newly bottled T-Lish dressing in her Crestline home. Photo by Madoline Markham.

It has been said that when you do something you really love, it will never feel like work.  Not many of us get that lucky, but when you meet someone who has, it is almost immediately evident.

Tiffany Denson is one of those people.

If you’re like other readers, you’ve probably picked up a jar of Denson’s T-Lish Dressing & Marinade on a visit to the Pants Store in Crestline. And as Denson can tell you, you weren’t the only one who bought a bottle and then came back for more.

What started as a little something she could whip up in the kitchen for friends turned into something so much bigger.  Denson and her husband, Rush, moved to Crestline in January 2006.  By Christmas that year, the family had hit their groove, and Denson was looking to share the holiday spirit with a plethora of family and friends. Bottling up her beloved dressing was a natural choice for this busy mom of two who is so fond of entertaining and cooking. Continue reading

Park planned on Cahaba River


Nimrod Long presented this draft of a rendering of the Cahaba River Park to the Mountain Brook City Council in January. The city is asking for input on the plan before it is finalized. Image courtesy of Nimrod Long and Associates.

The City of Mountain Brook is planning a Cahaba River Park on Overton Road at Oakdale Drive near I-459. The 4.7- acre park will back up to the Cahaba River.

The city acquired the land for the park last fall from Brookwood Baptist Church and reviewed plans for development by Nimrod Long and Associates in January.

“The park will serve as a gateway coming into our city from the southeast,” City Council President Virginia Smith said. “I feel like it’s going to add something to the southern part of Mountain Brook. Most of the current parks are closer to the Villages.”

Nimrod Long’s rendering includes walking trails, a fishing ledge, a gazebo, picnic tables and benches. There would also be a parking area. Continue reading

A life of living history: WWII Artist Nathan Glick

Crestline resident Nathan Glick was an artist during World War II. Photo by Christiana Roussel.


The walls of the Glick home are like a fine art gallery.  One wall contains watercolors of places Nathan Glick was stationed: England, Egypt, North Africa, Romania, India and Italy. Another wall contains vivid paintings he completed after each family vacation with his wife, Esther, and their two daughters, Stephanie and Roseanne. His style is evident in each; one has to look at the dates to know they vary in age by decades.

Only a few months shy of turning 100 years old, Glick still paints.
Born in Leeds, Ala. in 1912, Glick had a natural affinity for art and illustration that he developed and refined through traditional schooling and real life experiences. As a boy, he used these gifts to create drawings from the stories his mother read to him, illustrations that would find their way to the Children’s Page of The Birmingham News when he was only six years old. Continue reading