A year into the pandemic, and I think we’re all looking forward to taking an in-person vacation. While the vaccine efforts are ramping up, it’s still safest to keep your vacay virtual. Keep reading to see seven ways to enjoy a Birmingham virtual vacation.Continue reading “7 ways to enjoy Virtual Vacation Day in Birmingham”
According to our recent audience poll, most of y’all are planning to stay home this holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun. We pulled together a list of five pandemic-safe ways we can enjoy this long holiday weekend here in Birmingham. Keep reading for the details, then let us know what you’ve got planned.Continue reading “5 pandemic-safe ways you can enjoy the long holiday weekend here in Birmingham”
Hard to believe Thanksgiving is here, but chalk it up to the general weirdness that is 2020. Turkey Day traditions may be a little (or a lot) different this year, but there’s no reason you can’t still have a good time. We pulled together 9 safe ways you can enjoy the long Thanksgiving weekend in Birmingham.Continue reading “9 safe ways to enjoy the heck out of this Thanksgiving weekend”
You heard it here first, folks. Fall is the prettiest time to enjoy the beauty of some of Birmingham’s best parks. If you want to see the changing leaves in all their glory, there is no better time than now—so, we rounded up five of the best spots to see the changing Fall landscape in Birmingham.Continue reading “5 spots to FALL in love with the changing leaves in Birmingham, including Oak Mountain State Park”
When COVID hit back in March 2020, the City of Birmingham closed arts, cultural and sporting organizations across the city. Some of these have opened back up and others will soon. Keep reading for all the details.Continue reading “13 arts, culture + sports organizations opening back up, including the Negro Southern League Museum”
The temperatures are finally cooling down, and we’re celebrating by spending as much time outside as possible! Whether you want to watch or join, add these 6 community sports in Birmingham to your calendar to enjoy the weather and get some exercise.Continue reading “Enjoy the outdoors this fall with 6 fun community sports in Birmingham, including beach volleyball”
Mid-March, most religious organizations moved online. In the Jewish world, the big question was “What about Rosh Hashanah?” Each fall, the Jewish New Year is usually a time for the largest in-person gathering of the year. Temple Beth-El Birmingham got creative with the holiday. Now they have concrete takeaways for other faith communities as they begin to plan their own upcoming holidays. Keep reading for all the details.Continue reading “How this Birmingham synagogue reinvented its New Year celebration + takeaways for other religious holidays anywhere”
The Magic City’s biggest attractions continue to open up. Last week, it was the Birmingham Zoo and Vulcan Park and Museum. This week, Topgolf and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens are reopening on Monday, June 15th.Continue reading “Reopening update: Vulcan Park and Museum, Topgolf, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and more are back”
It’s time to break out your high school Italian. Beloved French restaurant Bistro 218 is opening a sister Italian ristorante, BOCCA. You don’t have to wait long, homemade pasta and fresh bread will be at your fingertips on 2nd Ave. downtown next month!Continue reading “BOCCA is the new Italian restaurant of your dreams. Don’t miss its opening on 2nd Ave. this February!”
Did you know that Julia Tutwiler, one of the most famous women in Alabama history, discovered a native plant found nowhere else on earth?
“They know what to do.”
That’s how John Manion, curator of the Kaul Wildflower Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, explains why native plants are important for our gardens and natural landscapes in Birmingham.
You might have heard talk about ’native’ plants. But, what are they and more importantly, why should you care? We’re going to take a look at these questions in this first of a three part series. I invite you to come along with me to explore.
Similar to most nonprofits, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is dependent upon volunteers and the work they do. The Friends honored volunteers this month at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
As Executive Director of the Friends—Tom Underwood—stated, just one person’s decision to volunteer helps build the network of community support that keeps the Gardens thriving.Continue reading “Green thumbs, hearts of gold. Meet the volunteers that keep Birmingham Botanical Gardens beautiful!”
Summer’s in full swing here in Birmingham. But don’t fret— you still have time to sign up for these fantastic summer camps at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. If you find yourself asking, “Is it time to go school supply shopping yet??” You’re in luck— no matter their age or interests, the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens probably has a summer camp option that your kiddos (and you) will get excited about.Continue reading “5 summer camps at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens– including a family camp that you’re not going to want to miss”
There were a lot of exciting things going on at this year’s Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Native Plant Conference. We spoke with the conference’s organizer, John Manion–who is also curator of the Gardens’ Kaul Wildflower Garden–about the highlights.Continue reading “7 things you missed at the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Native Plant Conference, including hip hop and forestry”