Lunch Bunch 34 - Ross Bridge (2012)
is hard to believe but the West End Girls Lunch Bunch began 10 years ago! We
have been meeting just about every 3 months since that time and many friendships
and relationships have developed through the years. The exciting thing is new
classmates and schoolmates continue to join our group. Some travel a long way to
be a part of this fun and exciting group. On December 10th, we met at Ross
Bridge for our 2012 Christmas Lunch Bunch Meeting. The weather outside was
"FRIGHTFUL" but the fellowship was so "DELIGHTFUL".
Bunch 33 - Arlington Antebellum
Dianna Riddle &
September 7th West End Girls Lunch Bunch was a very special event hosted by
Nancy Lou Whitlow and Dianna Riddle. The girls did an excellent job to make this
every not only special but memorable as well. It was complete with table
arrangements, door prizes, shared memories of Arlington and a tour of the
Arlington Manor. This place holds a dear spot in the hearts of most West End
Girls as we had special events there while growing up in West End.
Lunch Bunch 32 - Oscar's
On May 22, the "GIRLS" West End Lunch
Bunch met at the Birmingham Museum of Arts. We took a mini-tour led by our
own Marianne Schoel then had a delicious lunch at the restaurant called
Oscar's at the Museum. A wonderful time was had by all who attended. We
welcomed a "First Timer" Martha Steele and a gift was given to Barbara
Powell who traveled all the way from North Carolina!
Lunch Bunch 31 - Dale's Southern Grill (2012)
The Lunch Bunch Gals met at Dales Southern Grill on a
spring like February day. We had
a lot of fun, as usual. We had two first timers,
Billie Faught and Gail Williams. It's
always fun to have new folks join us for lunch!
Some exciting events are in the
planning stage. Just to tweak your interest: 1) Alice Faye Burgin and
Anne Williams are planning our next Lunch Bunch at the Birmingham Museum of
Art, sometime in May. 2)
June Harrell is working on the Chocolate Biscuit in August.
3) Nancy Whitlow and Diane Riddle hope to
get us set up at Arlington where us Westenders
have so many memories. Nothing definite at this
time, but thanks to these ladies, we have something to
look forward to!
Lunch Bunch 30 - Another Broken Egg (2011)
We had a very bewitching time on Halloween at Another Broken Egg Cafe in
Mountain Brook on Oct. 31,2011. We had about 20 to attend and to the ones
who didn't make it, you missed out on great accommodations, food and
service. Our waiter and waitress was the best. They not only provided us
with good service they were very entertaining. Judith Ratliff from
Arlington, TX (class of Jan '61)
was in town visiting Nancy Pigg Rinks. We were glad to have her and hope she
will come back. Next Lunch
Bunch will be in January. Have a great holiday
season and remember the reason for this season and see y'all in the better
Lunch Bunch 29 - The Bright Star (2011)
Shirley Shortnacy & Deanna Douglas
Our August 1st Bright
Star Lunch Bunch was a great summer break. Our
summer crowd was slim, but we had Linda Smith from Mississippi,
Brenda Mitchell from GEORGIA and Linda Bryan from Jacksonville
AL, so if you lived close by, you were missed!
We even had a West End Gal who graduated in 1944! Hope to see you next time!
Lunch Bunch 28 - Cypress Inn (2011)
On April 18th, the West End gals
"traveled" to Tuscaloosa where we dined at the
beautiful Cypress Inn. We had 2 first timers, Betty Ruth Stone ('59) who lives
in Tuscaloosa and Judy Gilley ('58). Most of the time we meet in the Birmingham
area but thought we would give a little "journey" a try. Our next meeting will
be later in the summer. Shirley Shortnacy and Deanne Douglas will be our
Lunch Bunch 27 - The Fish Market (2011)
Lunch Bunch Gals met at the Fish Market Restaurant in Hoover and found it to be
a great place for our get-together. The accommodations, food and service were
great. We had a good crowd too with about 35 attending. It was good to see June
Harrell, Irene Burton and Jean Burton again after a long absence from our group.
Our long distance winner was again Brenda Mitchell who came all the way from
Marietta, Georgia. She has attended all but 2 of our 27 lunch luncheons. Our
next lunch bunch will be held in April at the Cypress Inn, Tuscaloosa. Check
back later for details.
Lunch Bunch 26 - Landry's Seafood (2010)
West End Girls
met for our Fall 2010 get-together at Landry's Seafood House.
As you can see from the photos, the food was
very special. Marie Clarke ordered
just dessert, yum! Our "first timer" was Deanna Douglas,
class of '59. We had
girls travel from Tuscaloosa, Springville, Jackson MS and Marietta
GA to attend. A good time of fun and fellowship was
enjoyed by all who attended.
Lunch Bunch 25 -
Trussville Antique Mall (2010)
Diane McGinty -
had a small group at our summer lunch bunch at the Trussville Antique Mall, but
we had a great time visiting, antique shopping and enjoying a great meal
Bunch 24 - Seafood Delight with a Special Guest (2010)
Kay Forrester -
West End Gals met on April 5th at the Red Lobster
in Vestavia. Not a large crowd, but we had a great time. Carolyn
Stringfellow, class of '58, came from
Navarre, FL to share with us a mystery novel she has written called "A
Southern Mansion Mystery", which
includes her grandmother's antebellum home in
Tuscaloosa, along with southern recipes. Carolyn has
just completed her second mystery.
Lunch Bunch 23 -
Great Food at Dale's Southern Grill (2010)
Myra Buckner -
On Monday, January 25th, the
West End Girls met for our 23rd luncheon. We had
a great time to talk and visit as we had a private dining room
at Dale's Southern Grill in Vestavia. One of
our usual long-distance travelers, Brenda Mitchell,
came to town for the meeting. It's always good to have our out of town
gals make the effort to attend!
Lunch Bunch 22 -
Special Treat at The Spiced Pear (2009)
Carol O'Barr & Jackie
On Monday, October 26th at 11am,
we had a very special West End Lunch Bunch at the new Spiced Pear tearoom in
It was an enjoyable day for all
who attended. Sue Mann and Brenda Mitchell drove from the Atlanta area. This was
Sue's first Lunch Bunch and everyone was glad to see her.
Lunch Bunch 21 - Fun at The Olive Garden (2009)
Kay Forrester -
We had a great time at the WEST END LUNCH BUNCH held at The Olive Garden. We
were limited as to the number of reservations we could have but had a great
crowd of about 35. Several first-timers attended: Jackie Robinson, Nancy Dykes,
Bonnie Dykes, Kathy Johnson, Sharon Glover and Brenda Anderson. Two party
crashers attended: Charlie and Calvin Howard. It was good to see them! A real
treat was West End grad Ben Burton, author of "Southern Shade" about one
Christmas Eve in 1955. The photo on the cover of the book is the Burton home on
Fulton Avenue in West End. It was delightful to hear Ben give a brief review of
the book. Check out his web site
if you are interested in more information about his book.
Lunch Bunch 20 - Botanical Gardens (2009)
Nancy Pigg -
On Tuesday, April 21st, we had a super time at the West End Girls Lunch Bunch.
It was held at The Gardens Cafe Balcony at the Botanical Gardens. Flowers were
in bloom for this fun event! We had 44 West End Girls in attendance and everyone
was in the true spirit of Spring! If you haven't attended one of our Lunch Bunch
outings, then plan to come to the next one. We would love to have you there!
Lunch Bunch 19 - Fun at Ross Bridge (2008)
Kay Ballard -
We had such
fun we had at our December 9th Lunch Bunch meeting at Renaissance Ross Bridge
Resort! We had a great crowd and everyone was dressed in their Christmas Best.
It is always a treat to see our old West End friends at these Lunch Bunch
meetings! The prize for long distance went to Shirley Wood, who came from
Duluth, Georgia near Atlanta. A first timer was Mary Ann Butler which everyone
as so happy to see. As usual, lots of "remembering" went on and memories shared!
Bunch 18 - Fish at Landry's! (2008)
Kay Forrester -
We had a ball for our Lunch Bunch on Tuesday, Sept 16, 2008
at Landry's Seafood House in Homewood and three
new gals attended for the first time. Our new attendees were Linda Baird (wife
of Fred), Cynthia Garrett and Jean Hill. and it was great seeing them! We were
delighted again to have Barbara Powell come all the way from Durham, NC for her
second Lunch Bunch. We met at Landry's Seafood House and the food, service, and
fellowship were outstanding! Our next event will be hosted by Kay Ballard and
the tentative date is December 9th at Ross Bridge.
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