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Most Popular Tab 1 - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:46:29 -0500 MYOB en-gb Tuscaloosa to Honor Veterans on Memorial Day Tuscaloosa to Honor Veterans on Memorial Day
A Memorial Day service to honor military veterans is planned for Monday, May 28 at the Tuscaloosa…

The guest speaker at the Tuscaloosa Memorial Day service is Sergeant Evan Van Nostrand, United States Marine Corps (ret).

Sergeant Van Nostrand grew up on Long Island, New York, and enlisted in The United States Marine Corps in 2005 immediately following graduation from Smithtown High School. Upon completion of recruit training, he was assigned to 3rd Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment 2nd Marine Division in 2006. Sergeant Van Nostrand would deploy to Iraq in 2006 and 2007. In 2009, Sergeant Van Nostrand deployed as part of the Battalion Landing Team for the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit. Upon returning from his deployment with the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit, Sergeant Van Nostrand was assigned to 2nd Battalion 6th Marines 2nd Marine Division. In August of 2010, Sergeant Van Nostrand was deployed to Afghanistan. In September of 2012, Sergeant Van Nostrand was medically retired from The United States Marine Corps due to injuries sustained due to combat operations.

The program will feature an Armed Forces Medley and Gun Volley Salute and Taps by the Tuscaloosa County American Legion Honor Guard.


After the ceremony guests are encouraged to tour the Park’s military exhibits and visit the Honor Roll of Veterans and Congressional Medal of Honor monuments. The Memorial Day Ceremony is sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Park Association and the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority (PARA). 

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NorthRiver Yacht Club to Host the 2018 WSGA Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships Finalizing meals for the upcoming WSGA Championship at NorthRiver during a meeting on May 4 are (clockwise) Club Host Chair Katherine Moore, Tournament Chair and WSGA Board Secretary Susan West, NorthRiver Director of Food and Beverage Kristin Rastall, NorthRiver Director of Catering Hannah Thomas, NorthRiver Chef Scott French, and NorthRiver Assistant General Manager Zeke Larson.
Talented female golfers from 15 southern states are taking over the greens at Tuscaloosa’s NorthRiver Yacht Club…

“WSGA is thrilled to be at a championship venue like NorthRiver for our prestigious Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships,” said Janie Carpenter, WSGA Board President. “We take great pride in our tournaments and look forward to being in Tuscaloosa.” 

Steeped in tradition, the WSGA has held its amateur tournament for over 100 years, with many  

participants and winners going on to play in the LPGA. Notable past participants include Dori Carter, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, and Louise Scruggs. 

Each tournament will host 48 players who will travel with their families from all over the south to participate. WSGA Board members estimate the tournaments will bring almost $400,000 in revenue to the community.

“The hospitality of our town was so good that the WSGA was thrilled when NorthRiver stepped up to host this year's championships,” said Susan West, Secretary of the WSGA Board of Directors and Championship participant. 

Registration and practice rounds for the championships are June 3, with qualifying on June 4. Match play gets underway on June 5, and the finals are scheduled for June 8. The featured social event is the Players Dinner in NorthRiver’s dining room overlooking the picturesque 18th hole.

This has been quite the year for Alabama women in golf. The USGA Women’s Open Championship was held at Shoal Creek in Birmingham in the days leading up to the WSGA tournaments. The Women’s Open offered a great opportunity for more experienced competitors and a potential learning experience for amateurs who chose to watch.

The WSGA also offers opportunities for young women golfers. Last year’s WSGA scholarship winner, Molly Ann Norris of Winfield, now attends Birmingham Southern College. Each year, the WSGA awards a four-year scholarship to a graduating senior who not only has an interest in golf, but who also excels academically. 

Supporting young women in the game of golf, either through hosting tournaments or providing scholarships, is all a part of the mission of WSGA. For decades, volunteers have continued these traditions with same ultimate goal.

“There is a lot of work, both beforehand and behind-the-scenes and up-front during tournament week, that goes into planning one of these championships, and the committee has been working on this for over nine months,” West said. “We are grateful for our local volunteers and the membership at NorthRiver for being so helpful.” 

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Part of Your World: The ACT to Present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” June 1-4 Flounder and the Mersisters strike a pose. Center: Brady Taylor; L-R: Emily Odom, Farris Turner, Reagan Branch, Meredith Vaughn, Virginia Hutto, and Anna Adams.
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The musical The Little Mermaid is based on the 1989 classic Disney movie that tells the story of Ariel, the famous red-headed mermaid, as she embarks on a journey to marry a prince that lives on land. Along the way, she is accompanied by Flounder the fish, Sebastian the crab, and Scuttle the seagull. All of them help her restore life under the sea from Ursula, the evil sea witch.  

University of Alabama student LeeAnna Sparks is starring as Ariel in the production. Sparks says since she was a little girl, she’s always felt she and Ariel share similar personality traits. 

“She is fun-loving, adventurous, and determined,” Sparks said.   

According to Sparks, this determination is seen in Ariel’s journey during the show.  

“Ariel dreams of being a human and does everything in her power to make that dream come true, even though it seems impossible,” Sparks added.  

LeeAnna Sparks plays Ariel in The ACT’s upcoming production of The Little Mermaid.

Along her journey, Ariel is faced with many obstacles, one being an evil sea witch named Ursula, who will be played by theatre teacher (and ACT newcomer) Marissa Mena. She says Ursula is one of the most iconic villains of all time.  

“The audience will be expecting what they know from the movie, so I want to keep the Disney essence of the character, but also make her my own,” Mena said.   

Mena says the set hasn’t been revealed to the cast yet, but she is excited to see what it’s going to look like.  

“I feel like the ACT always has a few tricks up its sleeve that always leaves the audience talking about special effects and things like that, so I believe that will make this production different from others,” Mena added.  

Joey Lay, artistic director of the ACT, is both directing and costuming the show.  

“This production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid is going to be a visual feast for the audience with both the set and costumes,” Lay said. “We are constructing over 100 costumes from scratch.”  

For this production, the ACT is partnering with the charity “The Joy Like Anna Foundation.” This charity is a legacy honoring the love, joy, faith, and kindness of Anna Kamplain, a Hillcrest High School freshman who passed away in December after a liver transplant. The foundation's purpose is to provide families with spiritual and financial assistance as they care for their children with life-threatening illnesses. Additionally, the foundation works with other charitable organizations with similar purposes to carry out the missions important to Anna. The foundation also provides scholarships and assistance for youth with interests in missions through their local churches and other mission-oriented organizations.  

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