Thursday, February 19, 2009


I need your help! We're going to a Mardi Gras ball tomorrow night and I'm bringing out the brown bm dress from Jill's wedding. It's so pretty I want to wear it again! I've already worn Casey's to another one a couple of years ago.

Anyway, I have this jewelry that Melissa had made in Fairhope and I love it and want to wear. How should I wear the necklace? Long or do it around twice? I have matching earrings and a bracelet and don't want to overload. Or no necklace? I appreciate your advice! Please disregard the pale face, red eyes, chapped lips and Cousin-It hair. I've been at school all day with youngens. And it's weird taking a picture of yourself.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Greenville's Ritz Theater Has a New Marquee!

The Ritz Theater in Greenville is a community landmark. I believe it opened in the 1930s and had some renovations a couple of decades ago. This week the city of Greenville lit up the lights of the new marquee above the Ritz. (By the way, the Ritz is where we hold our show that I have starred in for the past two years, okay, I didn't star in it, but I was in it).

Here are a few of my pictures and the article from The Montgomery Advertiser:

February 11, 2009
Ritz marquee shines again
Column by Alvin Benn
GREENVILLE -- "The play's the thing," accord­ ing to Shakespeare, but it was a lot more than that Mon­day night, and it wasn't on the Ritz Theatre stage in downtown Greenville.
What attracted most of the at­tention before "Bye Bye Birdie" began was a $200,000 marquee that glittered outside just above the sidewalk.
The neon work of art that surrounded the theater with bright red, blue and yellow col­ors brought back memories of days long ago when movies, plays and fashion shows enter­tained residents as far back as 1935.
As has happened so many times in central business dis­tricts across the country, the Ritz fell on hard times when television and home computers came along. People found them­selves with other opportunities for entertainment and took full advantage of them.
It would have been easy to tear down the Ritz and turn it into a parking lot, but local lead­ers refused to see a landmark de­molished. Instead, they went to work to save it.
The biggest boost came in 1982 when the Greenville City Council bought it and assumed responsibility for not only sav­ing the theater, but restoring the interior and exterior as well.
The first steps were slow and not always successful. But the setbacks didn't deter the council and patrons of the arts from con­tinuing to try and save the Ritz.
Urban renewal projects, for the most part, failed miserably around the country in the 1950s and 1960s. As a result, down­town buildings often were razed.
Some cities focused on awn­ings over sidewalks. Others spent a lot of money hammering aluminum siding to decaying buildings to hide the ugliness. Other ideas were tried, but few succeeded.
With a population of just over 7,000, Greenville can hard­ly compete for entertainment dollars with Montgomery be­cause it's only about 45 minutes away up the interstate.
Saving the Ritz was one way to keep an important part of the past from crumbling, not to
mention keeping folks at home. As a result, money was raised from a variety of public and pri­vate sources to pay for restora­tion of the Ritz.
The art deco interior of the theater was gutted in 1990 and then returned to its original look. New carpet was installed to match the 1930s design.
The marquee proved to be a major challenge and an expen­sive one. Many wondered if the theater would ever glisten as it once did.
"The Ritz hadn't been totally lighted since around 1960," said Roberta Gamble, Greenville's shining light when it comes to the arts. "We tried a restoration in 1990, but it was pretty much a piecemeal project, and it didn't last."
"Miss Bobbie," as she's known in Greenville, recalled that the last movie she saw in the Ritz was "The Way We Were" in 1973. That was about the time the theater appeared to be inexorably moving toward its demise.
Thanks to the City Council's purchase and support from the Greenville Area Arts Council, it didn't happen, and the Ritz Marquee Restoration Project be­gan moving forward again.
The Landmark Sign Co. of Montgomery did a masterful job on the marquee, restoring it to the way it looked when it opened in the middle of the Depression.
It all came to a wonderful conclusion Monday night as res­idents lined up to go inside to watch "Birdie." Many of them preferred to stand outside and watch the colorful lights for awhile.
Mayor Dexter McLendon, Po­lice Chief Lonzo Ingram, Butler County District Judge MacDon­ald Russell Jr. and Greenville City Councilman Tommy Ryan were among hundreds of the­atergoers who admired the light show.
Annie Killough, a student in Gamble's seventh-grade class years ago, greeted her at the en­trance and said: "I'm glad you lived long enough to see it."
Gamble, who turned 80 last year, flashed a smile almost as bright as the neon sign above her head. She told Killough she also was happy to be on hand to see completion of a project so many decades in the making.
Nancy Idland, who directs Greenville's Main Street Pro­gram and helped lead the resto­ration project, was beaming as she greeted patrons on the in­side.
"This says a lot about our community and the importance of people working together to make something good happen," she said.
Indeed, it does.

Happy Valentine's!!

My Valentine Sweetheart and Me!

Last night Troy and I went to the Chef's Table in Greenville for a seven-course dinner. Everything was so beautiful and the food was delicious! However, we were about the only ones there without gray hair (okay, I might have one...). We sat with Jill & Steve and had a good time. Jill caters and she had prepared everything ahead of time. It was gourmet cooking at its finest! We both had the beef filet, but the salmon looked exquisite also. This was the menu:

Appetizers - fig and gorgonzola pastry puffs, and rosemary pecans

Bread - Hot sweetheart muffins with raspberry butter

Soup - Warm tomato & gruyere bisque

Salad - Strawberry, walnut & blue cheese over gourmet greens with a balsamic vinaigrette

Palette cleanser - raspberry sorbet

Main course - Atlantic Salmon or Angus Fillet of Beef, stacked on roasted red pepper mashed potatoes, over a grid of whole green beans, topped with a bernaise sauce and garnished with sliced almonds. The wine will be paired with the entree that you select.

Dessert - Chocolate mocha stack cake with cherry vanilla cream topped with chocolate covered cherries and chocolate syrup

Coffee - Guatemalan roast

I had planned to take a picture of each course, but forgot when they got there because I was so anxious to dig in!
Jill & Christy taking a "Prom" picture

Jill & Steve Stallworth

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I'm too old to cheer

So I took off Monday to clear up my little ticket situation. I had to go to the Dale County Courthouse, so I spent Sunday night with Mom & Rodney in Newton and got up first thing Monday morning and took care of that.

Anyway, I got back to Greenville early and so I decided to stretch out really good before teaching cheer clinic this week. I only had to show the cheer and the chant, but you know I wanted to do my best and be sharp and all that. So I stretched really, really good. And I kept pushing myself because I can't stand to see those girls out do me even though they are 15 YEARS YOUNGER THAN ME!! (having issues with turning 30) I taught them W-I-N for their tryout cheer and put in a jump (which I did once) and made up another chant that had running in it (still in?? I don' tknow, but it looked cute). And I cheered WITH them, teaching and modeling from 3-8. Came home, soaked in theh bath for 30 minutes, in bed knocked out by 9.

I can barely walk today or lift my arms. I'm serious. I have taken like 8 Aleve/Tylenol since yesterday morning. I didn't get to school till 7:20 and I'm usually there at 7. I have to make myself move my legs one in front of another. I am finally facing reality that I am not as young as I used to be and can't hang anymore! And I'll be 30 in a month and don't even have a BABY yet among other things. It hurts to brush my HAIR!!! And now I have to leave for Varsity clinic. Great, two more hours of cheering. I just knew I still had it in me....HA