June 2017 Around Town

Art in the Vineyard

What’s more tranquil than enjoying a glass of wine and listening to live music? While enjoying breathtaking views of the Ozan Winery, attendees teased their taste buds with local fares and admired the works of talented Alabama artisans.

Art in the Vineyard was a success for its second year straight. Located in Calera, Alabama, Ozan Winery hosts this annual event, which was held in early April, and featured a bazaar of impressive artists and potters, local cuisines, a variety of indulgent Ozan wine and the sounds of 2Blu and the Lucky Stiffs and the Phil Dudley Band. OzanWine.com

A Stitch in Time: A Tribute to Shelby County’s Quilting History

Shelby County Museum and Archives has a collection of quilts dating back to the early 1900s on exhibit. Information is being sought on the historical significance of one quilt in particular—a quilt that has hundreds of signatures and three historical buildings stitched on it. The names seem to link back to residents that lived in the community in and around 1915. The quilt has been nicknamed the “Mystery Quilt.”

Local culinary students at the Shelby County College and Career Center won first place win at this year’s FCCLA State Culinary Competition. Zyon Bradford, of Oak Mountain High School; Quinn Turner, of Chelsea High School; and Nick Sandy, of Calera High School, had 30 minutes to prep and one hour to prepare the menu that would persuade the judges to make their decision

Judges based their verdict on overall appearance, execution of technique, food plating, following the recipe and teamwork. The team was praised on their superb execution of the dish as well as their remarkable teamwork. Awards included a gold medal and $2,000 scholarship. The team now moves on to compete in the National FCCLA competition held in July in Nashville, Tennessee.

OMMS Robotic 
Team Qualifies 
for Elite Competition

The ultimate objective of any robotics team is the opportunity to compete in the VEX Worlds Robotics Competition. As it happens, Oak Mountain Middle School had five teams qualify.

To qualify for this elite competition, students must first build the robot. Once the robot is created, the next step is to sync a joystick for operation. The machine must also operate autonomously (without remote). A research paper on the STEM topic of Robotics Technology in the Community is the final stage of the competition.

So far, this year, the 16 OMMS Robotic teams have a combined total of 34 awards.