JEH JEH LIVE - Alabama Ballet, the state's premier, professional ballet company, presents the holiday classic George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™. The first public performance is Friday, Dec. 11, with performances running through Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Wright Center on the Samford University campus. For tickets, call 205-202-8142 or visit AlabamaBallet.org. Ticket prices start at $25. Group discounts are available. Alabama Ballet remains one of only eight companies in the world licensed by The Balanchine Trust to perform this one-of-a-kind holiday treat. Set to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's glorious score, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ features choreography by Mr. Balanchine, a man widely recognized as one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century.
HOLIDAY FASHIONS - The holiday season is a blur of parties, gatherings and events. Melissa Patton with Von Maur joined us with your fashion guide on what to wear and how to wear it. She says to stick with the staples with a great cocktail dress that lands right below or right above the knee. Keep an eye on golds, reds and silver tones for clothing and accessories. Focus on tassels, big chunky rhinestones and statement necklaces to dress up anything in your wardrobe. Layer on the sparkles and sequins for a festive look.
DEGA JAM - Chairman Grant Lynch from the Talladega Superspeedway joined us with details on the upcoming First-Ever Country Music Festival DEGA JAM! The festival is July 1-3, 2016 and is the perfect Christmas gift for all of our country fans! The full 2016 Dega Jam lineup includes: Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Hank Williams, Jr., Billy Currington, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lee Brice, Martina McBride, Gary Allan, Kip Moore, Tyler Farr, Chase Rice, Chris Janson, Dwight Yoakam, Frankie Ballard, Jamey Johnson, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, Sara Evans, The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, and Ranger Doug Green, Montgomery Gentry, Marty Stuart, Eli Young Band, Colt Ford, Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark, Clare Dunn, John Anderson, Kristian Bush, The Cadillac Three, Aaron Lewis, Pat Green, Josh Thompson, RaeLynn, Mac Powell, Rodney Atkins, Cassadee Pope, Shooter Jennings The Swon Brothers, Mo Pitney, Frank Foster, Whiskey Myers and Ruthie Collins.
Being the biggest race track in NASCAR and having nearly 3,000 acres of unlimited camping opportunities, Dega Jam is uniquely positioned to become one of the – if not the – biggest country music festival in the country. Just as it is for the races at Talladega, Dega Jam will allow fans to camp in the infield, literally inside the festival. A full-range of camping opportunities is available for virtually any budget, from pitching a tent to deluxe RV locations adjacent to the stages. Special VIP packages – the "Crew Chief VIP Experience" and "VIP Pit Pass" - will allow for a variety of special privileges, depending upon which package is selected: an exclusive upfront, golden circle viewing area at the main stage and with VIP viewing at the other stages; access to the White Lightning VIP Club offering a comfortable hospitality tent and private cash bar; and other comforts and amenities. VIP packages will be available in limited quantities. Fans at the festival will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of their favorite country stars at artist meet-and-greets. Find out more information and get your tickets at www.degajam.com or call (855) GO4-DEGA.
GIFT GUIDE - Cecilia Pearson with Alabama Baby and Child Magazine shows us ideas for geek out gifts.
1. Dyson humidifier, at all major retailers
2. MyCharge HUB Plus, at all major retailers
3. Shylling Wood Rocker Guitar from Smith's Toy & Variety
4. Sphero Ollie from Homewood Toy and Hobby
5. Mindscope Hoover Quad Remote Control Car from Smiths Toy & Variety
For more information, visit albabymag.com/.
OUR HOUSE - Cathy Borden with Home Depot joined us with some holiday safety hazards in your home. She says fire and electrical hazards are more common during the holiday season with trees, cooking and electrical decorations. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that holiday decorations have ignited more than 900 fires each year. Avoid a fire hazard with your Christmas tree with a few simple tips. Plan and inspect where you'd like to place the tree. Avoid heat sources and drafts that cause excessive drying and increase risk of a fire. Keep the tree stand filled with water to prevent heat from drying out the tree. Holiday decorations, lights and live trees increase the chance of a home fire. Take a few simple preventative measures, like testing your smoke alarm and checking your fire extinguisher. Don't overload your outlets with lights. Only use plastic or plastic-coated fasteners and clips to hang holiday lights. Metallic fasteners, nails and staples can conduct electricity. Always unplug lights before leaving the house and before going to sleep or use a timer to turn them on and off. Don't put a portable heater too close to your tree and be sure to turn heaters off when going to sleep or leaving the house.
PET OF THE WEEK - Lisa Teague from the Shelby County Humane Society introduced us to a pet that needs a new home. Her name is Jane. For adoptions, call 205-669-3916 or visit shelbyhumane.org.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, our Savvy Shopper brings us some great deals for your shopping this weekend! We have a choir joining us live for some Christmas music! Comedian Lucas Bohn comes to town and joins us! Milton McGregor joins us with his latest business plans. Plus we bring you the latest entertainment and business headlines! Join us for that and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!