Alright Mother Nature, it is the end of September and you are still making us sweat it out, literally. Enough is enough, it’s time for at least a little chill in the morning or something! I’m ready for fall clothes instead of same ole summer stuff. This past weekend I couldn’t even find shorts still in stores. Luckily I did find some gossip though! Well not in stores, but you know what I mean, so go on, “fall” into this weeks column.
We all remember when President George W. Bush’s daughters Jenna and Barbara were party animals, which Lord forbid 20 year olds have a little fun. Those days are more Boozie’s style but like most kids, they grow out of the party phase and move on. Jenna Bush Hager is the perfect example, she went from “Secret Service nightmare” to children’s book author talking at Junior League Luncheons.
Last Thursday afternoon, Junior League of Mobile hosted Jenna (now Jenna Bush-Hager) at the Battlehouse for a luncheon and to hear more about her new children’s book. I’m not sure if you can be much more “Southern belle” than that and I haven’t even told you everything.
While at the luncheon Jenna took a picture with the Azalea Trail Maids as well as fans. But what sets the Trail Maids is apart Jenna posted the picture of them together on Instagram. Can you say #instafamous?
Like I said this wasn’t exactly Boozie’s cup of tea but I did have some friends attend that gave me the scoop. A group of ladies were cleaning up the tables and noticed a large amount of dessert went untouched, which my spy said was the best part. One woman made the comment that in a room full of women who don’t eat what would you expect. SMH, crème brulee cheesecake sounds amazing!
A tale of two cities
Last week Widespread Panic and their fans rolled into Pensacola along with all their so called “floppiness.” If we recall back to April 2015, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said a few things about WSP fans that he probably wishes he could take back. But he can’t so now anytime WSP visits the area his name is going to be brought up. So while Orange Beach may not be WSP’s biggest fans, Pensacola welcomed the jam band with open arms.
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward not only attended one of two sold-out shows, but he also Instagramed a picture with the caption “Widespread at Pensacola’s classic venue the Saenger Theatre. We appreciate all our visitors from out of town!” Take that OBA mayor. Mayor Hayward received comments thanking him for having them, how nice Pensacola is, as well as a suggestion to run for mayor of Orange Beach.
The warm welcome didn’t end there either. Widespread fans were allowed to paint “Graffiti Bridge” in Pensacola, and it looked real cool painted all royal blue with the silver kokopelli logo.
Alabama’s Music City
You don’t have to go to Nashville for a vibrant live music scene, as downtown Mobile was packed Sept. 24 all day and night. The Exploreum held a grand opening for its new guitar exhibit and hosted several bands in the courtyard. Yes it was hot, but that didn’t stop dozens of people from enjoying the music, although most were taking shelter in the shade or dipping back into the air conditioning between sets.
A lot of selfies were taken with the more than 60 guitars on display, as well as the amazing rock photography exhibit by Janet Macoska. A photographer for more than 40 years, Macoska has captured some of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest names in really intimate or intense moments. In a word, her work is “sexy” and it has the tendency to get you in the mood, if you know what I mean. I’m just saying, you might want to take the stairs when you go, because there could be love in an elevator.
The Mobile Symphony Orchestra was also at the Saenger Theater to kick off its season with George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Politicos Connie Hudson and Bess Rich were spotted, looking a lot more dressed up than a handful of casual Alabama men who may have confused this performance for the MSO’s annual “Beethoven in Blue Jeans.” The MSO doesn’t have a dress policy, but c’mon people! Don’t be afraid to dress to the nines when there is such a classic performance in such a classy venue.
But the best looking crowd of the night, appropriately, may have been around the corner at The Merry Widow for the 10th anniversary tour of a band called “Cute Is What We Aim For.” You would’ve thought they were watching The Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965 by the way girls were screaming and singing along to the upbeat power pop.
Is she for real?
So I had some errands to run this weekend, one of these errands lead me out to ol’ Tillman’s Corner. While Boozie must admit, I don’t leave my neck of the woods often (or ever) but when I started seeing billboards for TenSixtyFive music festival with the words “downtown Mobile” on them, I know I’ve strayed a little too far from home. Like, what other downtown would it be?
While on my errand run, I was about to enter a store’s garden section and I had to do a double take. Is that lady wearing shoes? No those aren’t those weird shoes with the toe part those are just a plain ol’ white pair of tube socks! I looked back again, maybe she has on white tennis shoes? Nope, those are socks, it was confirmed.
To make matters worse, this garden center had just given their plants a fresh drink of water, so this lady was walking around in wet socks! Y’all just reliving the moment gives me anxiety, like if you forget your shoes run back home don’t wear socks then walk all through water. I can’t even. Get me back to Midtown ASAP!
Well, kids, that’s all I’ve got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ Widespread Panic lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!