48th Annual Christmas Heritage Tour of Pioneer Homes Dec. 3

The oldest Christmas tour of historic houses in Jefferson County, the 48th Annual Christmas Heritage Tour of Pioneer Homes will be held on Sunday, December 3 from 1p.m to 4 p.m.

This fundraising event is sponsored by The West Jefferson County Historical Society.

Connie Grund is president of The West Jefferson County Historical Society.

The Society’s three historic pioneer plantations: McAdory House, Owen House and Sadler House are located on Eastern Valley Road.

Planning the Christmas tour are Louise Ayer Tommie, Connie Grund and members of the Lily of the Cahaba Chapter, DAR and members of The Bessemer Junior Service League.

The three early 19th century plantation houses will be appropriately decorated for the Christmas season with fresh garlands, bows and fresh wreaths. A beautifully trimmed Christmas tree will be featured in the parlor of each house during the candlelight tour.

Cindy Massey Rushing is preparing the circa 1840 McAdory House for the occasion and will extend a charming Christmas welcome to the visitors. Again this year, Connie Grund and members of the Lily of the Cahaba Chapter, DAR are busy cleaning and arranging the 1839 Owen House for the Christmas tour. Louise Ayer is most grateful to The Bessemer Junior Service League for their ongoing commitment to the 1838 Sadler House. They will again serve as hostesses at the Sadler House.

Suzy and Kenny Spencer of McCalla will play Christmas music on the keyboard and fiddle at the Sadler House.

The cost of the tour ticket is $8.00 for adults and children under the age of 12 are free. The tickets will be available for purchase the day of the tour at any of the three houses.

The tour benefits the ongoing maintenance of the three properties.

When you finish touring the plantation houses, drive to Bessemer and visit the Bessemer Hall of History Museum located in the former Alabama Great Southern Depot on Alabama Avenue.

For more information, please call 205-426-1633.


Thanksgiving Commercial

The Publix’s commercials featured on television during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are truly heartwarming.

You stop and listen, for they have a personality all their own.

This year’s Thanksgiving commercial, “A Recipe for What Matters,” features a mother and daughter each preparing their Thanksgiving meals.

Suddenly, the mother’s Smartphone rings. It is her adult daughter calling from out-of-town concerning her Nana’s dressing recipe.

“Did Nana’s dressing have rosemary or thyme?” asked the daughter. The mother’s heart fills with love and joy as she talks with her daughter. “It had both,” said her dear mother.

The daughter immediately calls back to verify the oven temperature setting. A warm, sweet, kind smile appears on her mother’s face. Precious memories.


Hall of Fame

The 25th Kiwanis Club of Birmingham Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a memorable event especially for members of the Sloss family.

The ceremony was held at the Harbert Center.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame were Col. James W. Sloss, A. Page Sloss, Sr., Arthur Page “Pete” Sloss, Jr., Dr. Will Ferniany, Odessa Woolfolk and Carrie Tuggle.