And the hits just keep on coming … the “good weather hits” that is! What a stellar weekend.
Recently I had the opportunity to drive down to Birmingham for the day and visit with two dear friends who work at the Birmingham Business Alliance, Brian Hilson and Rick Davis. Rick and Brian had previously worked at the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and now are leading the charge for the new economic development movement at the Birmingham Chamber. It was a visit that was way over due and I must say that their “treat” was well worth the drive.
The treat came in the form of a lunch trip to Bright Star Restaurant in Bessemer, AL. I knew little about the establishment but it did not take me long to realize that, with all the celebrity and sport legends photos on the wall, it was no secret to everyone else. The restaurant is listed on almost everyone’s Top 100 lists including the James Beard Foundation designation as an American Classic Restaurant, CNN as one of Americas Best Historic Restaurants and designated as having “1 of the 100 southern dishes to eat before you die”. Brothers Nicky and Jimmy Koikos have owned and operated the restaurant since 1966. I had the pleasure of meeting both, while enjoying their extreme hospitality and a stellar lunch!!!
Once my lunch and visit we complete, I chose to spend the rest of the day photographing some of my favorite destinations, which include Vulcan Park and the Sloss Furnaces. Both are iconic attractions with exceptional photographic appeal. Vulcan Park overlooks the city with and includes the largest cast iron statue in the world (visitvulcan.com). Sloss Furnaces is the only blast furnace preserved for public use and is listed as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1981.
Sloss Furnaces was a pig iron-producing blast furnace from 1882-1971. The site is now an interpretive museum of the industry as well as serves as a music and festival venue. It is one of my favorite photographic destinations in the Birmingham area.
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