I’ve always loved the holidays and the overabundance of food and the weird, hybrid Thanksgiving recipes brought by each person that walks in the door. I’d always heard that you can’t ruin dressing. 

Yes. Yes, you can. You can absolutely, positively, 100 percent ruin dressing. 

The City of Tuscaloosa’s Holidays on the River event will return on Wednesday, Nov. 21 to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Holidays on the River features ice skating, carriage rides and visits from Santa. New this year, the Very Merry Market will be open Dec. 15 and 22 and will feature vendor booths, allowing guests to shop local for the holidays.

From time to time, Druid City Living likes to turn the spotlight on some of the local business leaders in our community. This month’s Business Spotlight is squarely on Raymond James Financial Advisor Michael Ford. Our sincere thanks to Mr. Ford for taking the time to answer our pressing questions, and for revealing some incredibly interesting things about himself. It is our hope that everyone in our community will get to know him just a little better.  

November is such a wonderful month, as we usher in the holiday season. And yes, I’m busily preparing for our annual feast, but I also enjoy making meals the rest of the month, too. This sweet and spicy chicken is perfect for those busy weekdays, and you can make it as spicy as you like. And yes, I’m aware there are several big football games this month, not the least of which is the Iron Bowl. Whether you’re heading to tailgate on the Quad with friends or throwing a home watch party, whip up this corn and black bean salsa/dip and watch it disappear. 

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and bon appétit!

Preliminary returns arrived from a distant county, and it appeared that Democrat John Erwin had won a seat in the U.S. House to represent the Seventh Congressional District of Alabama. A rowdy group of his supporters, led by John Gorman Barr, rolled a cannon to a hilltop overlooking Tuscaloosa and were set to have “a grand jollification.” But before any salutes could be fired, the official returns for the general election of November 6, 1851, arrived. The hoped-for result was not to be, as Whig candidate Alexander White was victorious. The would-be merrymakers dispersed in disappointment.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center will be the setting for the District 3 Poetry Out Loud regional finals for West-Central Alabama students on Thursday, Nov. 15. The competition begins at 9 a.m. at the DWCAC in Tuscaloosa and is free and open to the public.

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun.

And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

Ever had a question or concern about what your child should be doing at a certain age?  See below for developmental milestones that your child should reach at each age.

Meet Shirley! This beautiful 7-year-old lady is still available for adoption, and she's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week.

Tuscaloosa will honor its veterans on Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. at the Magnolia Pavillion at Snow Hinton Park. For the first time in many years, Veterans Day is on a Sunday - so the event is being held on Monday. The threat of rain forced organizers to move the event from Veterans Memorial Park.

Do you have an idea for a new product, service or business? Can you pitch it in three minutes or less? This year's River Pitch might be your in. The 2018 River Pitch Business Idea Competition will be held on Nov. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa River Market.

For most of us mamas, fall in Alabama means visiting the pumpkin patch with our kiddos, enjoying pumpkin spice everything, and getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’re also one step closer to preparing for Black Friday, and two steps closer to having a vacation during the Christmas holiday season. Whew! There is so much going on here, there, and everywhere that we may not realize our kids are feeling burned out.  

Shelton State Community College Community Education is offering a one-night-only course, “Chocolate: Your Holiday How-to,” on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on the College’s Fredd Campus. 

Phylecia Hickman Krebs was named Northport Citizen of the Year during the annual awards program held on Oct. 4 at Five Points Baptist Church.

The 7th Annual Schoolyard Roots Garden Party will be held on Nov. 11 at the Tuscaloosa River Market. From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., attendees can sample fresh, delicious food from 18 local farmers, 16 restaurants, and three breweries. Local musicians will provide live music, and guests can bid on art provided by local artists.  

If you’re looking for some decorating ideas or holiday motivation this season, you’ll want to check out Tuscaloosa Tablescapes on Nov. 8. For the second year, the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy’s Hospitality and Tourism program will offer up some gorgeous holiday décor ideas and inspiration.  

Few Tuscaloosa experiences can compare to the glamour and charm of The Lucy Jordan Ball. The DCH Foundation will host the 41st annual ball on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at NorthRiver Yacht Club. Attendees will gather this year in support of The Finn and Quinley Children and Infants’ Fund. 

Hopefully, parents, you'll have a little extra time to spend with your kids this holiday season. And if you do, consider hanging out one evening and reading to them. Here are 10 reasons you really want to make the effort...

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun.

And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

Stillman College has officially been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Alabama State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Defense, to recruit military veterans for second careers as public school teachers.

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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