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Montgomery Biscuits Baseball!

17 Apr

I attended my first Montgomery Biscuits (AA Tampa Bay Rays affiliate) game last Monday night. The home team was taking on the Mobile (AL) BayBears (AA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks). Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium is a great new facility, located in the city’s historic downtown.

Our evening began a short block away near this old water tower

We enjoyed dinner at world famous Dreamland BBQ

Here’s a look at “The Alley” – cool space!

Grabbed a pint of microbrew (Hopitoulas IPA from NOLA)

Dinner was BBQ bird, sauce and Sunbeam Bread

Got a complimentary order of Nanner Puddin’ too!

The brick exterior gives the ballpark a classic look

The team’s apparel store is aptly called the “Biscuit Basket”

Team mascot, Monte Biscuit (complete with butter slab tongue!)

The ballpark was built on the site of the old railroad station

Love this exposed brick feature

Some great details remain from the old railyard

Me and the boys hangin’ out with “Big Mo”

Strolling the inner concourse at Riverwalk Stadium

Listen to team theme songs here: 

Some more of the ballpark’s retro features

Real trains still run just beyond the left field wall

Of course, they serve biscuits at Biscuits’ home games!

Civil Rights Tour of Montgomery, AL

17 Apr

Eileen and boys at “rolling waters” wall.

Prominent figures/moments in the movement are noted here.

This is the entrance to the 20-minute educational film.

That’s Pete Seeger singing in the center of wall.

Kids killed by the KKK in Philadelphia, MS. The film “Mississippi Burning” was based on this incident.

My name appearing on giant screen inside museum. Any visitors who sign a petition to fight injustice in the world will get similar recognition.

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

MLK Jr. preached here from 1954-1960

The cornerstone at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

This is still a working, breathing church

Another look from the front of church

The parsonage where MLK and family lived in the ’50s

Historical marker in front of King’s former residence

Cozy porch swing still looks inviting

Hank Williams’ Montgomery, Alabama

17 Apr

Hank Williams may have made his name is Nashville, but he was a son of Montgomery, AL. Hard living, alcohol and pain pills killed Ole Hank at the tender age of just 29 years old. Yes, 29 years old! Just think of the music he might have produced had he lived a longer life. Needless to say, his catalog of classic country songs is still incredibly impressive.  

“I Saw the Light” was Hank’s biggest gospel hit

Hank’s final resting place at Oakwood Cemetary in Montgomery, AL

Alan Jackson’s B/W video was moving tribute to memory of Hank Williams

Hank is buried alongside his wife, Audrey

Williams recorded a few songs under the moniker of “Luke the Drifter”

Me paying respects to the King of Country

Statue in downtown Montgomery park

A more detailed look at Hank and his guitar

Entering Hank’s museum in downtown Montgomery

Standup of Williams at museum entrance

This marker directs fans to Hank’s gravesite