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Couple Canoodling Alert! By: Rose Hattenbarger




The Charity Picnic Auction came and went but don’t fret! I am here to tell you which couples are in it for the long haul.

First up, Lemon and Lavon Hayes. I don’t think the town of BlueBell has ever seen a stranger combination. In fact, L&L might just be the strangest couple in the whole world. Lemon hates sports. And Lavon hates uppity-ness. Sorry folks, this relationship is going nowhere. Dead in the water. Over before it even began. They have no chemistry. Trust me, I know these things.

Brick and Shelby.  Oooh, a little May-December romance. Hmmmm, sounds interesting. While Brick can be serious and straight-forward, Shelby’s charms could sweep Brick off his feet. If he’s into 24-hour, non-stop Internet shopping. Not. Sorry, this couple is never gonna happen.

George and Tansy. George has been trying to sow his wild oats for the last few months. But I think he’s ready for something real and I can see this going somewhere. George needs to loosen up and Tansy is the girl for the job. I give this relationship two thumbs up.

Wade and Zoe. (In lieu of Magnolia.) No one loves Star Crossed Lovers more than me. Wade runs a bar. Zoe saves lives. Wade likes trucks and beer. Zoe loves her Louboutins and pinot noir. Hmmm, maybe these two are the world’s strangest couple? But unlike L&L, these two have a spark between them. That certain something Taylor Swift is always singing about. Of course, Taylor’s never been in a relationship longer than an episode of New Girl. So this is anyone’s call, folks. What do you think?

Tom Long and Wanda. Is there a sweeter couple in the world? These two make me sing gushy love songs in my head. Sing it, Taylor.

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Happy Halloween! By: Rose Hattenbarger




Finally! My absolute favorite holiday (besides my birthday, of course) is here! Halloween! I don’t know about you, but I think it takes entirely too long for Halloween to come and it goes by far too fast. It’s not even the dressing up. It’s the decorations! The festivities! The jack-o-lanterns! Nothing is better than Halloween in BlueBell. It’ll especially give us a nice break from all of this Election craziness! I will be dressing up as Carrie Bradshaw (post series, pre movies, obviously) but some other clever and popular costumes have been roaming around Town Square. Here’s my list of the Best Halloween Costumes of 2012!


Psy (the Gangnam Style guy)

The newly independent and strong-willed Lemon Breeland

Old school Lemon Breeland, in a wedding dress, Miss Havisham style

US Olympic Gold Medalist McKayla Maroney (she’s my favorite!)

Honey Boo Boo (sadly not such a stretch for some)


Don’t forget, any and all costumes can always be done as a monster or ghost (Honey BOO BOO?).


Happy Trick-or-Treating! Hopefully you get loads of great candy and no pennies or floss. Ick.


Happy Halloween!!

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Meat the Candidates By: Rose Hattenbarger





Lemon Breeland recently took over Lavon’s campaign and has hit the ground running, in true Lemon fashion. Lemon has been on a energy fueled kick to prove to everyone that she is a strong, independent woman! She’s turning into a bit of a role model for some of us younger folks, and has completely sold me on Team Lavon. She’s also done us BlueBellians a favor and planned a Meat & Greet! Tasty southern BBQ, friends, politics and most importantly – MUSIC! In honor of this weekend’s Meat & Greet, I’ve put together my ultimate playlist for a hot day’s BBQ.


1. Grouplove – Tongue Tied

2. Ellie Goulding – Lights

3. Walk the Moon – Tightrope

4. No Doubt – Settle Down

5. Pink – Blow Me (One Last Kiss)

6. Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

7. fun. – Some Nights

8. Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time

9. Tegan & Sara – Closer

10. Maroon 5 – Payphone


Well, this list may be a bit biased, but if it were my decision, ya’ll know this is what we would be hearing at the Meat & Greet! How could any opposing candidates quarrel while listening to any of these songs? They just put you in a great mood! Hopefully everyone can come out to the BBQ!! I’ll see ya there! And possibly sneaking into the Rammer Jammer to play a couple CD’s…

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Rose’s Choice By: Rose Hattenbarger



Hey there, BlueBellians. Election season is upon us, my favorite time of the year after Earth Day and the Golden Globes! Though I am still tragically three years shy of the legal voting age, I always look forward to going into the booth with my mom, talking her into voting for the best candidate, and pulling the levers for her. And this year actually poses a challenge – Mayor Hayes is running opposed!

I know what you’re thinking and yes, Lavon is my friend, and yes, he let me wear the Yellow Hammer costume to impress Frederick Dean (who is so 2011), and he’s let me have many pieces of cake in his kitchen while visiting Zoe and they’re always delicious. But as a feminist, I have to give a lot of props and consideration to Ruby Jeffries, a woman, a captain of industry, an all around role model.  Would it be un-feminist of me not to vote for Ruby Jeffries?

But on the other hand, doesn’t she seem kind of vaguely evil? And also, last time she lived in BlueBell, reality TV wasn’t even a thing yet.  Lavon has been active in the BlueBell community for as long as I can remember – even when he was off in the NFL, he was always visiting and sending cool paraphernalia, he didn’t just peace out like Ruby did. He’s always there for Zoe when she’s in a fix, which is often, and has always just been a good guy and a good mayor.

So honestly, Readers, I’m kind of on the fence as to who to tell my mom to vote for. I guess I could let her decide for herself? But why risk it? I will have to wait and see how the campaign shakes out.

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BlueBellapalooza… The Morning After By: Rose Hattenbarger




It is the morning after BlueBellapalooza and I am putting the beat in BlueBell Beat. Man, what a day. And despite the success of the event and the consistent ping of Facebook friend requests I’ve been hearing since I woke up, I can’t help but feel somewhat adrift.

All I wanted was to earn some indie cred, but does my indie event being such a mainstream success make me a sellout? And are my new friends really my new friends, or do they only like me for my vicinity to celebrity?

Plus, now the pressure is totally on. Do I have to do a BlueBellapalooza every year? It was a lot of work. And I can’t assume that the crowd will be satisfied watching George Tucker rock out every year. This year was a fluke! I mean, the man can sing but he’s still George Tucker the lawyer. He’s no Bon Iver. He’s more like a beloved Harry Connick, Jr type, which is great, but doesn’t open any rock festivals.

So I’m thinking what I should do is just find a new niche. I guess I could put on a musical, but Dash kind of has that covered already. So maybe my thing will be interpretive art. Like I can put on an avant garde art show, and no one would get it and then the stakes would be much, much lower in the future.

But in the meantime, my phone has been ringing off the hook… so I guess I should ride the indie rock girl wave for at least a few more days.