Weekend missing Atmore

Published 10:17 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2007

By By Adrienne McKenzie
The town of Atmore was all hustle and bustle this past weekend with all the events that occurred. Unfortunately I missed out on all the fun.
The First National Bank &Trust held their Relay for Life Soc Hop Saturday night. Guests showed up wearing their poodle skirts and other 50s attire to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Northview High School also presented their senior play, entitled "High School Musical," this past weekend. From what I have heard, the play was magnificent and those who were in it truly deserve some recognition for all their hard work and dedication.
I give kudos to those who were in any way involved in the musical. I know, from experience in my own high school senior play, that a lot of time and energy goes into the production of plays and musicals.
I, however, was out of town this past weekend. I wish I could have been in Atmore to attend at least one of the many events that community members hosted, but I had prior engagements.
During college at the University of Alabama I met some of the greatest people in this world, Jon Bolle and Raeanna Vann. The couple is getting married in May and this past weekend I had to make a trip to Birmingham to get my bridesmaid dress altered for the wedding.
I had a great time in Birmingham although I will admit that I did miss the small-town environment of Atmore. The bridesmaids and maid of honor all got fitted for our dresses, which are a beautiful shade of crimson, my friends are some of the most faithful and passionate Alabama fans there ever have been and have decided to have somewhat of an Alabama-themed wedding.
There was a bridal shower at the Steak &Ale Restaurant in Birmingham, where about 30 of Vann's family members and friends showed up to honor the bride-to-be.
I think my favorite part of the weekend, however, was going to Vann's father's house, which sits on the top of a beautiful mountain, just riding up the hills caused my ears to pop because I am used to my level ground.
At her father's home we ate crawfish, which was a new experience for me as well and I could only eat two. They are too much effort to peel into for the tiny piece of meat they produce. Not to mention the fact that the poor little crawfish is whole before digging in to it, and after butchering it with fingers, I was expected to eat it? It was a little too much for my stomach to handle.
During my weekend adventure I also went to Tuscaloosa to see some old friends from college. The new football stadium looks amazing, it is too bad I don't know anything about football, I just know the stadium is very nice.
After visiting my friends in Tuscaloosa I began the drive back to Atmore in the rain. I was very glad to get back into my comfy environment and enjoy the peace and quiet of the small-town, instead of the loud streets of the big city.
It is funny how people always complain about there being nothing to do in Atmore, or in my case a couple of months ago, Brewton, but when we leave and no matter how much fun we have while gone, we will almost always want to come back.
Adrienne McKenzie is a staff reporter for The Atmore Advance. She can be reached at 368-2123 or via email at lifestyles@atmoreadvance.com

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