The first time I visited Auburn the trees were healthy.
Small bits of toliet paper were hanging from their limbs, a sure sign Auburn had won the day before.
The second time I visited Auburn the trees were dying, poisoned by an Alabama fan, much to the dismay of Alabama fans.
Today the trees are dead, ready to be removed.
Auburn University and their fans will celebrate a last rolling of the trees on April 20 following the Spring football game. A new landscaping plan will be announced and the traditon of “rolling the trees” will be continued.
As bitter as the rivalry between Auburn and Alabama is, in February 2011 Alabama fans came together with Tide For Toomer’s, to raise money to help save the trees.
Just a few months later, in April 2011 after devastating tornados ripped through Tuscaloosa, Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa was formed by Auburn fans to raise money to aid victims of the storms.
Now the good news. Auburn is “The Loveliest Village on the Plains”.
Toomer’s Corner is the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Avenue, where the town of Auburn and Auburn University meet. Toomer’s Drugs is the “corner drugstore”, famous for its fresh squeezed lemonade.
On a trip to Toomer’s with my good friends Joanne Astor and Pam Hope, we bought a lemonade from the cutest young lady. She was busy squeezing lemons through a very commercial looking squeezer.
I asked for the secret recipe and she just smiled. I guessed a simple syrup with fresh squeezed lemon juice. Again she just smiled.
Most Auburn fans will understand the inclusion of lemons and lemonade in my “Tailgating At Toomer’s Corner” painting.
Notice the hint of toliet paper in the oak tree. Many Auburn friends wish I had been more realistic with the trees covered in white! I always defend myself by reminding fans this is a tailgating painting, which means “before” the game.
Samford Hall is the most recognizable building on campus. The clock tower plays the Auburn fight song, “War Eagle” everyday at noon.
Jordan-Hare Stadium is the site of many Saturday football victories.
Remember my Button Lady story? My friend Robin and her Go Vols Go button? Well she also has an Auburn Mom button.
Her daughter Erin was raised a Tennessee fan, but graduated from Auburn University. Brother Rob also graduated from Auburn. Another house divided.
When Joanne and I visited Auburn, we were hosted by Pam and Jim Hope. Pam owns the lovely Southern Crossing in the quaint downtown Opelika, not far from Auburn.
She suggested a great restaurant for lunch, Crepe Myrtle at Blooming Colors
They serve very unique, wonderful crepes. Each crepe is served with a stuffed baby squash. The display case next to the cash register held very large “Pigs N’ A Blanket.” I asked the server about their large size. She said, “Yes they are large. My dad calls them “Hogs N’ A Quilt”!
I laughed all the way to Pam’s house. She said they use the famous Conecuh Sausage from Evergreen, Alabama, Conecuh County (kuh-ney-kuh).
That night Pam served us up some great Conecuh Sausage.
Watch for upcoming stories from my tailgating travels. I welcome your comments, recipes and any inside information on your favorite tailgating spots.
Come celebrate with me. I’ll save you a seat at the table.