Every summer, my son Richard and I spend a few days at Seaside, Florida--the planned community developed by Birmingham native Robert Davis. It was featured in that Jim Carey movie, The Truman Show. Friends own a house there and my son's earliest memory of the Gulf is playing on the beach at Seaside.
Those 'Save The Gulf' bracelets are just one way people are drawing attention to effects of the oil spill. A few weeks ago, we got a CD in the mail from Thelma Peterson of Machipongo, Virginia. She's a professional painter who dabbles in songwriting. When she saw what was happening down in the Gulf, she was crushed. Peterson tells WBHM's Tanya Ott she has saltwater running through her veins.
Baseball is as much a part of Birmingham's history as the steel industry and the civil rights moment. The city is home to the oldest professional ballpark in the country: Rickwood Field turns 100 this year.
Many well-known players have sat in the Rickwood dugout. Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, for starters. Then there's pitcher Leroy 'Satchel' Paige. He was born in Mobile in 1906. Paige's hard knock childhood included an arrest for shoplifting and time in reform school. That's where he learned how to throw a baseball.
Paige went on to have a long career in the Negro Leagues-including time with the Birmingham Black Barons-before he was signed to the Cleveland Indians in 1948. Journalist Larry Tye has written a biography of Satchel Paige. Tye tells WBHM's Bradley George that early in Paige's life, baseball wasn't part of the picture.
Did you hear The Stones are coming to Birmingham? No, you won't see Mick and Keith strutting around town anytime soon. But you will have the chance to see a unique tribute to the Rolling Stones. It's one of the events WBHM intern Johanna Hendley has on offer in this month's 3 to See.
As we mentioned earlier, Birmingham's Rickwood Field celebrates its 100th anniversary this month. Many people have memories of watching the Birmingham Barons play there. Some may remember the days of the Negro Leagues and Satchel Paige. But Bill Walker's memories are unique. Walker's father was Rickwood's caretaker. The family lived in a house just beyond right field.
So you're born, you live, and then you die. That's just how it is-for you, your loved ones, and everyone else. Dale Short's been thinking about the cycle of life and loss. It all started when he visited one of his old haunts in Jasper.
As a child, Matthew Mayfield remembers being moved to tears listening to his father play guitar. He didn't start writing songs himself until he was a student at Mountain Brook Junior High.
Mayfield continued writing and singing, first as part of the group Moses Mayfield and now as a solo artist. He's just finished recording a full length album that'll be released this fall. This tune -- called Better - was featured on the television drama Gray's Anatomy. (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Cities like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco are famous for their cultural scene. Birmingham has its fair share of culture, too. During the month of August, the Magic City will host two festivals unique to the city. WBHM's Collin Kurre has the scoop.
Tapestry is produced by Bradley George and Michael Krall. We had help this month from Johanna Hendley, Collin Kurre, Tanya Ott, Dale Short, and Andrew Yeager. We always love to hear you feedback and ideas for the show. Our e-mail address is [email protected] . We're also on Facebook and Twitter. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next month.