Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

Return of Iron Bowl big for Tuscaloosa

By Stan J. Griffin The 2014 edition of the Iron Bowl, perhaps the greatest rivalry in the history of college football, promises to be another competitive and riveting affair, as Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide and Gus Malzahn’s Tigers have been ranked highly and have been in definite pursuits of championship goals all season long.

It is yet to be determined whether or not this year’s Alabama/Auburn contest can match the sheer drama of last year’s 34-28 Auburn win, but the City of Tuscaloosa is no doubt already looking forward to a winning effort and a nice outcome as the game returns to the friendly confines of Bryant-Denny Stadium on the University of Alabama campus.

Considering that the Nov. 29 game also has a convenient proximity to the holiday season and one of the most lucrative shopping days of the year, Black Friday, the city stands to profit in a number of ways by the return of the heated contest.

By Marlena Rice Overfilled boiler pots, deviled eggs hitting the carpet (facedown, of course), family pets lingering near countertops, and footballs breaking shiny new holiday figurines…sound familiar? Yep, that’s Thanksgiving in the south for you. Add a teeter-tottering toddler to the mix, and your sanity level may just shoot through the roof! So, how do the mother’s on television do it? They have perfectly coifed hair, a cutesy outfit (usually a dress, but who in their right mind would do that?!) with a clean, pressed apron, and a wide array of delicious looking foods that are ready to go on the table. And ready on time.

In real life, we know chaos will happen. Below are a few quick tips that may help you to slow down, even if it is just long enough to allow you to realize how much you love your sweet, crazy, loved ones.

By Amy Poore Have you started planning the Thanksgiving meal yet? Fall is definitely in the air, and both of these recipes will compliment your holiday table beautifully. The pear chutney is an aromatic delight, and a perfect pairing for your turkey, no matter how you prepare it. And for dessert, I suggest this scrumptious pumpkin Bundt cake with caramel drizzle. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

By Candice Morris Tuscaloosa’s PARA Holidays on the River will be here before you know it, and it is sure to be one of the highlights this season. Now in its third year, this event has become a Tuscaloosa staple for holiday fun. The Holidays on the River winter village features an ice skating rink at the former Queen City Pool, located next to the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum.

There are also many exciting things going on with Holiday on the River this year. “For 2014, guests can expect story time with Santa, carriage rides, and character appearances,” Tuscaloosa River Market Director Christy Bobo. “Holidays on the River will showcase community programming at the ring, with appearances from local theater and dance organizations, as well as from local musicians.”

Holidays on the River was slated to kick off on Sunday, November 23, but because of the threat of inclement weather, the kickoff is set for Monday, November 24 at 2 p.m. 

Tuscaloosa Tennis Center announced today that Tommy Wade will be the Director of Tennis for the new Tuscaloosa Tennis Center, expected to open in February 2015.


"We are very excited to reveal that Tommy Wade will be our Director of Tennis,” said Tommy English, Managing Partner of Tuscaloosa Tennis Center. “Tommy’s expertise and background in the sport make him the perfect fit for our facility and the things we are trying to accomplish within our community. He is a great leader and we are thrilled to have him as part of our team."

On November 20 at 5:30 p.m. David Robertson will be in Tuscaloosa at Valor Grove Apartments on the VA campus. He will tour the facility that his non-profit High Socks For Hope furnished for homeless veterans. While there, he will meet some of the veterans and welcome them to their new homes.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

Fall in Tuscaloosa: Five Favorite Things

By Candice Morris There’s nothing quite like Tuscaloosa in the fall, and there’s much more to it than just football. Here are just a few things that are sure to make you fall more in love with this area right now...

This Thursday, November 20th Druid City Brewing Company will be hosting Pint Night from 4:00-10:00 p.m. One dollar from each pint sold in the taproom that day will go back to the The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa to help fund the advocacy, preservation, and restoration of the arts in Tuscaloosa.

The City of Tuscaloosa is expanding curbside recycling services to its nonresidential garbage customers beginning Monday, Dec. 1. This free, voluntary service is available to businesses, nonprofits, churches and government agencies with active City of Tuscaloosa water and garbage accounts.

On Tuesday, November 18, the Tuscaloosa Tennis Association is holding a tennis clinic at the University of Alabama’s varsity tennis courts. The event, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., is free.

You don’t have to be a tennis pro to participate. Any adults (18 and over) with any level of ability, beginner to advanced, are welcome to take part.