What do you know about Birmingham’s Quinlan Castle? Its history might surprise you.

Is this an old English castle? Am I at Disney World? It’s actually just down the road from Five Points. Photo by Pat Byington.


If you’re anything like me you’ve found yourself bopping around Birmingham, come across a massive fairytale-style castle, and had a few questions. This eccentric structure is the Quinlan Castle–it contains 72 apartments and has quite a curious history. Today it is currently uninhabited. Dig in. 

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Books for Birmingham is helping local students get back on track

Looking just like Christmas morning, students are delighted to choose a book of their own. Photo via BetterBasics.org.

Young students throughout Birmingham have been affected by early school closings. Better Basics has created the Books for Birmingham book drive campaign to collect NEW books for these students helping them get back in the swing of things for school in the fall.

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See the Magic City’s Treasures with this Scavenger Hunt

Birmingham is home to many cool spots that are bound to catch your fancy. Photo from Instagram @bclcreations by Brandon Littleton.

Whether its our trusty friend Vulcan or the exquisite Botanical Gardens, Birmingham offers countless awe-inspiring locations all across the map. Yet, there are even more lesser-known + charming sites all around that are must see’s. Visit the city’s hidden gems and check these underground places off your bucket list.

Most of these locations can be seen while social distancing or even from inside your car, so bring your mask along for the adventure!

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Jazz, Blues & Nightlife in Birmingham’s Tuxedo Junction

The Bama Street Collegians led by Erskine Hawkins got their start performing at Tuxedo Junction before hitting it big in New York City. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Public Library.

The Magic City is home to countless cultural influences that contribute to our city’s vibrant culture. In the 1920s and 1930s, Tuxedo Junction stood within the Ensley neighborhood. Its dance halls brimmed with the latest jazz music and dances—including the Jive Dance which originated there.

By night it was the heart of the black community’s social paradise, and it will always be immortalized by Erskine Hawkins’ famous jazz tune “Tuxedo Junction”.

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14 Birmingham counselors offering online therapy

There are hundreds of online platforms offering valuable resources and virtual therapy. Photo via Unsplash.

Big lifestyle changes of any kind—much less, those brought on by a pandemic—can take a toll on your mental health. Things are tough right now, and if you’re struggling, know you don’t have to go through it alone. Here are 14 Birmingham counseling centers offering virtual services.

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13 businesses + nonprofits offering internships in Birmingham

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Gaining experience through internships is a valuable and fun way to plan for the future. Photo via Unsplash.

Whether you’re looking to gain work experience in a particular setting or fulfill required credits before your graduation—we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to see what companies and organizations are offering internships in Birmingham.

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See how Birmingham students are supplying healthcare workers with face shields

Nurses enthusiastically hold two thumbs up after receiving their brand new face shields. Photo via Rita Goyal.

By now you’ve no doubt come across *inventive* ways people across the globe are combatting shortages of face masks while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out how students at The Altamont School in Birmingham have created the ultimate crafty solution.

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