Celebrate the arts, the outdoors and our country’s veterans


We have music, wine tastings, fun, and even the ability to drop the kids off and let the parents play. Plus, of course, this week has Veterans Day, and we’ve got a variety of ways to celebrate them in The 10 for the week of November 7-13.

Benefit concert with OTI

If you’ve been around the music scene in Montgomery, chances are you’ve heard Outside the Inside (OTI). The trio consists of Mark DePlanche on drums, Steve Wingard plays bass and vocals, and Neil Young plays guitar and vocals. They have been around for over 20 years and are one of the premier rock bands in the River area. In 2020, they released the album “Lost My Soul”. It is available on Amazon and all streaming platforms. On Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m., they will give a benefit concert at the Capri Theatre. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. Buy them online at https://www.capritheatre.org/

Wine tasting

Enjoy wine tasting Thursday at Prevail Union in Montgomery.

Prevail Union, 39 Dexter Ave. in downtown Montgomery, is hosting a free wine tasting with supplier International Wines Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be free samples of special craft beers from a member of the Sunset Club Rotary. This is limited to the first 40 guests, so arrive early. Also bring a new pair of socks (or maybe a dozen or so) for a chance to get a free bottle of wine.

Reception for the Art of the River Country

A reception for the Art of the River Region exhibit is being held Thursday at the Rosa Parks Museum.

You’d be surprised how many of the world’s best-known artists hail from here in the river region, both in visual and performance arts. The Rosa Parks Museum is hosting a reception Thursday in their honor, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition presents a variety of styles, visions and media. Featured artists include Nathanial Allen, Alisa Beck, Madeline Burkhardt, Maalik Camp, Alana Finallyity, Sueann Gomez, Patricia Hackett, Keith JR Hollingsworth, Rebecca Olson, Jayla Poe, J. Felton Powell, Ashley Redic, Korey Rowswell, Tara Sartorius, Ciera Simone, Mary Soylu, Toni Toney, Samuel Washington Jr. and Cleve Webber. Refreshments will be served.

Celebrate Veterans Day in Montgomery

Montgomery will celebrate Veterans Day on Thursday.

In honor of those who served and risked their lives for our nation, Montgomery celebrates Veterans Day Friday at Riverwalk Stadium, 200 Coosa St., Montgomery. Starting at 10 a.m. there will be food, drink and live music. It’s free to attend. Then at 11am, it’s time for the 7e the River Region’s annual Veterans Day Parade, which begins in front of the State Capitol and continues down Dexter Avenue to the fountain in Court Square. After the parade, the Capitol Sounds Band will perform inside the City Hall Auditorium beginning at noon.

Get out for #IAMSWAC

The #IAMSWAC pregame mixer is Friday at the Wishbone Cafe in Montgomery.

Hey, Alabama State University football fans! Just before ASU’s game against the Florida A&M Rattlers, the Wishbone Café, 6667 Atlanta Highway, hosts the official pregame mixer Friday at 9 p.m., hosted by Michael Woody and Malcolm Calhoun. For tickets and table reservations, call or text 334-425-9994.

Leave the kids in Newtopia for a parent’s night out

Newtopia in east Montgomery is offering Parents Night to take care of the kids this week.

This is for all parents of children aged 5 to 12. Need a break? Need a romantic date? Then you need Newtopia Fun Park, 3731 Malcolm Drive, Montgomery. They have a parents’ night out on Fridays from 4-8 p.m. Admission is $25 for 1 child, $45 for 2, and $60 for 3. Newtopia staff will supervise them and dinner is provided. Register online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSetRphkEf9UjOy8clwIBXMn_GJLcDcaxHWXvcV5rpcrmZQgJA/viewform. You must register and pay before the event. For more information, call 334-346-4518.

Pirates vs. Ninjas at GTSouth

Arrrr are you ready to make someone walk the plank, or be quiet and deadly? Pick a side and dress up Friday at GTSouth Geek & Gaming Tavern, 2015 Cong WL Dickinson Drive, Montgomery. From 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. it’s Pirates vs Ninjas. Standing somewhere in between, DJ Abuniverse will keep everyone entertained.

The two gentlemen of Verona

Booker T. Washington Magnet High School will present "The two gentlemen of Verona" November 12 at the Shakespeare Garden of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

This is a special project coming to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival on Saturday. Booker T. Washington Magnet High School presents Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and they do it outdoors at ASF’s Shakespeare Garden. Admission is $10. What’s even cooler is that this is the first show under a new partnership between ASF and Montgomery Public Schools, so look out for other school productions at ASF in the future.

River Region Fall Family Day

Guests can enjoy activities such as canoeing at YMCA Camp Chandler during the River Area Fall Family Day.

Register now for a free day of fun at YMCA Camp Chandler, 1240 Jordan Dam Road, Wetumpka, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The River Region Fall Family Day is free and will feature activities like canoeing, archery, high ropes and more. Meals and activities are provided by the River Region Lions Club. Register online at https://campsealeharris.org/event/river-region-fall-family-day/.

Veterans Tribute Cruise in the Car Show

A cruise honoring veterans at a car show will take place Nov. 13 in Prattville.

Come to Prattville for a Tribute to Veterans Car Show cruise on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. The cruise begins at 101 S. Court St., travels through downtown Prattville, up and across Memorial Drive, and down to United Christian Church, 1852 Fairview Ave. There will be vendors, food, music, fun trophies and tributes to all veterans. Admissions for cruises and car shows are $5 and veterans admission for cars is $2. Advance registration is not required. Spectators are free. Some proceeds will benefit a local veterans program. Veterans and active duty military personnel and their families are then invited to Adrienne’s home for a free veterans’ tribute dinner. All ages are welcome.

Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel covers things to do in the river area. Contact him at [email protected]

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