Inspired by Jill Scott “A Long Walk”
“You’re here, I’m pleased. I really dig your company” These 8 words that start one of my favorite songs couldn’t be more fitting. Released 16 years ago, “A Long Walk” by Jill Scott is a staple in any neo soul lover’s music collection. Jill’s mastery of wordplay is undeniable as she tells her lover just what she thinks of him while also throwing out a few date ideas. Today, I will share 10 Birmingham Summer Dates with you based on her suggestions.
1. “Let’s take a long walk around the park after dark”
Birmingham, a city that holds 99 unique neighborhoods nestled into 151 square miles, has 110 parks including Birmingham Botanical Gardens recognized and managed by Birmingham Parks & Recreation. Our parks have a connection with New York’s Central Park in that they were designed by F.L. Olmstead’s sons. Technically, all city parks close at sunset so no long walks after dark. But a sunset walk is extremely romantic.
2. “maybe we can talk about …”
a. Surah 31:18
b. Revelation 3:17
c. Psalms in entirety
I never noticed that Jill Scott referenced discussing 3 different religious texts before now. One is from the Quran and the others can be found in your bible. Most people say avoid religious talks when dating but honestly discussing religion and your beliefs will lead to 3 big revelations in your relationship; where your partner is spiritually/their religious beliefs, how they handle conflict, and their argument style. I’m still a big supporter of breaking the no religion talk on dates rule. This discussion date can be held at home, in a group setting, or at your local church or mosque.
3. “maybe we can see a movie”
Birmingham has a plethora of movie options that don’t include your local theater chain or Netflix during the summer. There’s Flicks Among the Flowers at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Sidewalk Film Festival, Movies at Avondale Park, Coyote Drive-In Movie, and the Alabama Theatre has special showings of your favorite throwback movies.
4. “maybe we can see a play on Saturday”
Although we’re not New York, Birmingham has a legit theatre scene. Birmingham Children’s Theatre is great place to take your family for a kid friendly date night while Virginia Samford Theatre provides year round classic and new, innovative plays and musicals.
Speculated by many to be the greatest of all American musicals, GYPSY tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry, powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business. Loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, the memoir and the musical focus on the story of Gypsy Rose Lee’s mother, Rose, and earned Rose a place in the theatrical and literary canon as the quintessential, archetypal “Stage Mother.” Featuring the classic “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Rose’s Turn,” and the show-stopping, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”. Starring Kristi Tingle Higginbotham as Mama Rose. June 29 – July 16, 2017 Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets: $35 Center, $30 L & R, $15 Student VST Mainstage
5. “maybe we can roll a tree and feel the breeze and listen to the symphony”
You aren’t allowed to roll a tree but you can definitely listen to the breeze rustle the leaves of the trees while listening to the symphony. The Alabama Symphony does paid performances year round but they do 3 nights of free concerts at RailRoad Park during the summer that’s amazing. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets and a picnic to cool off while the symphony takes away all the stress of your day. Don’t forget to stop by Good People Brewing Company for a couple beers before.
6. “maybe chill and just be”
You can chill and just be anywhere but my favorite chill spot is 41 Street Pub & Aircraft Sales at the bar. The bartenders are super nice and knowledgeable about the history and mixing the perfect drink. Birmingham also has a planetarium that’s an amazing place to just be.
7. “maybe we can take a cruise and listen to The Roots”
If you’re reading this Schaeffer Eye Center, please bring back CityFest and The Roots!!!! I’m begging you!!! 2 years ago, you would’ve been able to cruise the city then stop at Railroad Park and catch the Roots for free at CityFest but now you’ll definitely have to follow this dating tip literally and cruise in the car with bae while listening to your favorite Roots songs. The alternative would be to go see Nappy Roots live at Zydeco on July 8.
8. “maybe eat some passion fruit”
The best place around town to find fresh fruit is your local Farmers’ Market. There are about a dozen in Birmingham to choose from. Check out this list to plan the perfect Farmers Market date to find some passion fruit but if you’re like me, I know you’ll likely be looking for the Chilton county peaches.
9. “maybe cry to the blues”
If I’m being honest, Birmingham is more of a jazz than blues city. In my search for Blues dates, I came across the Bob Sykes BBQ and Blues Festival happening May 20th and the infamous Gip’s Place as the only venue that may host blues artists regularly.
10. “maybe we could just be silent”
Now this is my kind of date. I find peace in the quiet, especially if I have a good book in my hands. Plan a date night in with bae to cuddle and read together or even watch a silent film. There’s nothing like a comfortable silence between lovers who just want to spend time with each other.
In the words of Jill Scott “Come on, come on” and share your thoughts with us below in the comments!