Happy Mardi Gras!
The madness has begun. After a crazy first weekend, will we be able to keep the party going through Fat Tuesday? Of course, we will! You just have to be like George Michael and have faith, faith, faith in yourself and your liver function! And I do!
But before we can worry with all that, we need to catch all of the gossip the spies and their associates were throwing at us last week, misters and misses! So let’s get to it!
Crazy for AC!
The town was going nuts as sightings of CNN anchor and “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper made their way across the Mobile social media highways and byways last weekend. It seems Cooper was in town in preparation for a “60 Minutes” piece he is doing on the Clotilda.
We know this much is true: He stayed at the Battle House; he rode in an elevator at the Battle House with other Mobilians; he watched the Conde Cavaliers parade; he ate at Dumbwaiter (he liked the cornbread) and Southern National; he went to the Spirit of Our Ancestors Festival in Africatown; he conducted interviews with the mayor; and he visited the History Museum of Mobile.
The History Museum of Mobile wrote this on their Facebook page: “The History Museum of Mobile was honored to welcome Anderson Cooper and ‘60 Minutes’ behind the scenes. Joining him were Jim Delgado of Search Inc., lead maritime archaeologist in analyzing the Clotilda, and state archeologist Stacye Hathorn from the Alabama Historical Commission. They discussed the science that verified the wreck as the Clotilda, the last slave ship to come to America, and one of the most notorious vessels in U.S. history. These objects are a powerful reminder of the horror and terror of the journey from Ouidah, Benin, to Mobile. The discovery of the Clotilda also points the way to a new and hopeful future for Africatown and the descendants of those who survived. We are grateful for the privilege of partnering with the organizations around the country doing this important work.”
You never know what you are going to get
Last issue, we reported on local singer/songwriter Ryan Balthrop’s brush with Grammy-winning greatness, when he was asked to join the uber talented Brandi Carlile on stage in Mexico at her “Girls Just Wanna” weekend. They sang one of her tunes and it was just lovely.
We also mentioned that “a lady from Southern California” had trouble pronouncing Mobile as she introduced Balthrop, but the crowd and Brandi tried to help her out.
It has since been pointed out to me that the random lady from SoCal was none other than Rita Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks.
Sooooo … the wife of Forrest Gump can’t pronounce a town in Alabama? I mean, we are no Greenbow, but come on! And, that’s all I’ve got to say about that.
New brew to debut
Riverview Blonde, a new offering from Ghost Train Brewery, will make its maiden voyage at Renaissance Riverview Plaza with a launch party on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 around 5 p.m..
Known for its waterfront views and nautical décor, the new Riverview Blonde featured a blonde mermaid in keeping with the theme of the hotel. The launch party will be in the hotel’s courtyard along Royal Street prior to the Order of Inca parade. This is a free event to attend.
Now that is a “train” I am happy to board!
Well kids, that’s all I got this week! Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or some plain ol’ AC lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!
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