We recently hosted relatives who visited Huntsville from Brooklyn, NY. We have visited them many times and always found the New York area filled to the brim with activities, attractions, landmarks, etc. Little did we know that our city would be as appreciated by them in return. The Botanical Gardens, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Alabama barbeque, Downtown Huntsville and others certainly added to the experience! I thought this was a beautiful summary of what someone else recognized about our city. It’s another reason to be proud and Happy in Huntsville… Here is is:
“Huntsville Alabama. A place where schools and streets are named after Astronauts and Shuttles Missions. A small community that quietly won the Cold War and put the first man on the Moon. A place where Patriotism is not an abstract idea but instead a way of life. The warmth and hospitality that we’ve been shown this week can never be matched! Thank you so much to our family! I promise we’ll be back soon! Roll Tide and War Eagle!”
My husband and I just returned from the season opener between the University of Alabama and the University of Michigan. As a football newbie, I am always amazed at how many people travel with the team and how exceptional it is to be in another state but still be warmly greeted with an enthusiastic “Roll Tide”. I grew up with parents who graduated from Auburn, but still the tradition that washes over a place in a sea of crimson definitely makes one feel more at home, even in Cowboy Stadium. I’ve experienced the same sensation during Alabama trips to Hawaii, New Orleans, Atlanta, Orlando, Jacksonville, Florida and last year’s trip to Penn State just months before their unfortunate situation was revealed. (Even have a photo with JoePa’s statue that is no longer on display at their stadium) Our daughter loved her travels with my husband to the Rose Bowl a few years ago, too. She loved seeing the palm trees, Disneyland and the Crimson Tide…
Traveling with any team, especially with teams that have such a loyal fanbase like Alabama or Auburn, is a total blast. I hope everyone in Alabama gets a happy football greeting of their chosen team at least once in their lives. It makes a big world a little bit cozier…
Huntsville City Schools began the new year with a bit of good news – plans were approved for the building of a new Blossomwood Elementary School AND the newest of the city’s schools – Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary – opened. Principal Brad Scott was formerly the principal of Monte Sano but began the school year overseeing Goldsmith-Schiffman’s activities at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year while housed at Hampton Cove Elementary. The children were separated into their Goldsmith-Schiffman classes with teachers they will be with during this school year. I’d imagine it would be tough on the faculty and staff to work through the first part of the year with multiple “chefs in one kitchen,” but they now have room to roam. And, more importantly, overcrowding at these schools is greatly eased.
The school was named for the family who donated the land. The Goldsmith-Schiffman family, led by Margaret Anne Goldsmith, are longtime Huntsville residents, dating back to the Bernstein family. Their family still owns property all over the area, including the Tallulah Bankhead birthplace on the East Side Square and the Bernstein house on Gates. The home next door to the Bernstein house was built for the Bernstein’s daughter when she married into the Goldsmith family and was purchased in 2000 by my parents, Richard & Nancy VanValkenburgh, for use as our corporate offices of VanValkenburgh & Wilkinson, REALTORS.
Margaret Anne tells the family story best in the following video, also telling of the exciting Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary on the land bordering the school property: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k04idY4d0f0
The school is an exciting new addition to the area and promises to feature fantastic natural attractions for all the people of North Alabama, whether they have school aged children or not. Take a look at the Huntsville Times article about the school opening, linked below. I wish all the best to the students, families, faculty and staff of Huntsville’s newest school. Congratulations!
Sarah Lauren Kattos of VanValkenburgh & Wilkinson was featured in the June 2010 episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters.” Sarah Lauren helped the Barsh/Russo family,who relocated to the area from San Mateo, California, to work with the Hudson-Alpha Institute for Biotechnology and the St. Jude affiliated hospital at Huntsville Hospital Women & Children’s Hospital.
Rosa Belle Van Valkenburgh, almost 90, still drives, still plays bridge, still does her scrapbooks, still sings in the choir at First Methodist Church. But gardening and planting are her enduring interests. She was among 14 people who attended the first meeting of the Huntsville Botanical Garden in 1979. This weekend, she’ll be among the volunteers at the garden’s day lilly sale. Mike Marshall, The Huntsville Times http://connect.al.com/user/mmarshall/index.html Rosa Belle Van Valkenburgh, almost 90, still drives, still plays bridge, still does her scrapbooks, still sings in the choir at First Methodist Church. But gardening and planting are her enduring interests. She was among 14 people who attended the first meeting of the Huntsville Botanical Garden in 1979. This weekend, she’ll be among the volunteers at the garden’s day lilly sale.
www.ourvalleyevents.com is the site to see if you are looking for activities in Huntsville, Alabama or North Alabama. The site includes networking, arts, music, educational endeavors and more. Check it out and you’ll see why Huntsville is all abuzz about this great new site!
If you’re considering a relocation to Huntsville and want to know if we have anything to do, you’ll find out quickly that “there’s plenty to do if you know where to click”
Have a great weekend-
Sarah Lauren Kattos & Julie Lockwood at VV&W REALTORS, Huntsville, AL