The Tuscaloosa Belles

of The Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society

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Many congratulations to our Senior Belles on their Presentation Day! The Tuscaloosa Belles Presentation took place at First Presbyterian Church (due to the rain) on May 13th. Five excellence awards were given out and the Alice McLean Stewart Award and Scholarship was awarded to the Senior Belle who was an exemplary Belle throughout her two years. The girls looked absolutely beautiful and we are so proud of them! 

To see the Tuscaloosa New’s article on the 2012 Senior Belles click the link below: 

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20120617/NEWS/120619868?p=1&tc=pg

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The Easter Egg Hunt was a tremendous success! The Junior Belles did a great job and the all of the kids had a great time!! Not only was it a great event for the community, but the Junior Belles also learned a lot about responsibility, leadership, and following through with plans. All proceeds from the event went to a scholarship fund that will be awarded to an exemplary Senior Belle!

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Next up on the calendar is the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society’s First Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Junior Belles. The Junior Belles were split up into groups to plan the event. Such groups included; advertising, sponsorships, event planning, and tickets. The girls in the advertising group worked very hard creating posters and advertisements and distributing them around town. The girls in the sponsorship group were able to gather over $800 worth of sponsorships for the event! Girls in the event planning group got everything needed for the event and were there early to set up and work the event. In the ticket group, girls designed and printed tickets and made sure each Belle sold the 5 tickets they were given. The Junior Belles have worked so hard and we can’t wait to see how the Easter Egg Hunt turns out!!

Next up on the calendar is the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society’s First Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Junior Belles. The Junior Belles were split up into groups to plan the event. Such groups included; advertising, sponsorships, event planning, and tickets. The girls in the advertising group worked very hard creating posters and advertisements and distributing them around town. The girls in the sponsorship group were able to gather over $800 worth of sponsorships for the event! Girls in the event planning group got everything needed for the event and were there early to set up and work the event. In the ticket group, girls designed and printed tickets and made sure each Belle sold the 5 tickets they were given. The Junior Belles have worked so hard and we can’t wait to see how the Easter Egg Hunt turns out!!

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This month the Belles worked at the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society’s first Earth Day Garden Show. The event was hosted at the Battle-Friedmann Home and the Belles spent the day setting up, gardening, greeting guests, helping with the auction, and cleaning up after. The Preservation Society’s first Earth Day Garden Show was a great success and we are so glad we got to be a part of it! 

To learn more about the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society and what they are involved in click below:

http://www.historictuscaloosa.org/

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In the upcoming weeks, the Belles will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Making Strides Against Breast Caner Run. The Belles have been given  the option to either run or work the events. We are very excited to participate in both of these events and to be able to give back! 

To learn more about these great causes you can visit the websites below:

http://makingstrides.acsevents.org/site/PageServer?pagename=MSABC_FY13_findanevent

http://www.relayforlife.org/

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A recap of yesterday’s meeting:
At our January meeting we were thrilled to have Mrs. Gina Johnson come and speak to the us about social media etiquette. She talked to the girls about the “dos” and “don’ts” of social media and how important your image is on social media. We also had the Executive Director of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society, Katherine Mauter, come and talk to us about the history of the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion.
Fun Fact: The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion was almost burned during the dwindling days of the Civil War. Union soldiers desired to burn the house of the leading Confederate Senator, Robert Jemison. Mrs. Jemison was given fifteen minutes to take what she needed from the house before it was to be burnt down. Fortunately, during those few minutes, young boys playing a trick on the invading Yankees rode down Greensboro Avenue crying, “Forrest is coming, Forrest is coming, hurrah for Forrest!” Scared of the legendary rebel general, Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Yankee commander ordered his troops to retreat and the Union troops neglected to burn down the Jemison Mansion.
Below is the link to the Jemsion-Van de Graaff Mansion’s website where you can learn more about the history of the home and its use today.
http://www.jemisonmansion.com/

A recap of yesterday’s meeting:

At our January meeting we were thrilled to have Mrs. Gina Johnson come and speak to the us about social media etiquette. She talked to the girls about the “dos” and “don’ts” of social media and how important your image is on social media. We also had the Executive Director of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society, Katherine Mauter, come and talk to us about the history of the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion.

Fun Fact: The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion was almost burned during the dwindling days of the Civil War. Union soldiers desired to burn the house of the leading Confederate Senator, Robert Jemison. Mrs. Jemison was given fifteen minutes to take what she needed from the house before it was to be burnt down. Fortunately, during those few minutes, young boys playing a trick on the invading Yankees rode down Greensboro Avenue crying, “Forrest is coming, Forrest is coming, hurrah for Forrest!” Scared of the legendary rebel general, Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Yankee commander ordered his troops to retreat and the Union troops neglected to burn down the Jemison Mansion.

Below is the link to the Jemsion-Van de Graaff Mansion’s website where you can learn more about the history of the home and its use today.

http://www.jemisonmansion.com/

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This past weekend the Belles and their parents were invited to our annual Belle’s Christmas Party. As taught in etiquette lessons during monthly meetings, the Belles each brought an ornament for the hostesses Christmas tree as a hostesses gift, being that it was the first time they had been invited to the hostesses home. While at the party, the Belles picked a book from a list that they wanted to donate to the Alberta Elementary and University Place libraries. These were two of the schools destroyed in the April 27th tornado. The Belles also picked two people in local nursing homes to write personal notes to in Christmas cards. Along with giving back to the community, the Belles and their parents had a wonderful time mingling and enjoying the refreshments!

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Dickens Downtown

This weekend is the 22nd Annual Dickens Downtown in historic downtown Northport. This event is something the Belles look forward to each year. It is such an exciting and festive event and we had an outstanding amount of Belles sign up to work this event. The belles have been working all week filling hundreds of paper bags with peanuts that will be given out during the event. This weekend however, the Belles will be stationed in full dress at different stores in downtown northport. The Belles will be helping the storeowners with anything they need and will help give the atmosphere a more vibrant and authentic feel. 

Feel free to check out the website below to find out more about Dickens Downtown!

http://www.dickens-downtown.com/

an here is a link to an article written about about this years Dickens Downtown on al.com: 

http://blog.al.com/tuscaloosa/2011/12/dickens_downtown_northport_1.html

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Here is another picture from the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society’s Annual Holiday Open House. 
Our very own Senior Belle, Savanna Reach, plays the violin for guests at the Battle-Friedmann Home

Here is another picture from the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society’s Annual Holiday Open House. 

Our very own Senior Belle, Savanna Reach, plays the violin for guests at the Battle-Friedmann Home

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This weekend the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society held its annual Holiday Open House. The historic locations on the tour were the Battle-Friedman House, the Old Tavern and the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion, the Gorgas House on the University of Alabama campus, and the McGuire-Strickland House, one of the buildings of the Capitol School. 

Groups of Belles were at each house among the tour greeting guests and helping out.