Join us for Race in to the Future at The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum!

By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 12, 2020

DATE CHANGE: Due to the uncertainty surrounding the next couple of months and our desire to prevent COVID-19 exposure, we have made the decision to postpone our 40th Anniversary Celebration at Barber Motorsports Museum to September 25, 2020. Thank you for your understanding. Please go ahead and mark your calendars, we are excited to celebrate with you the fall!


Hopefully by now you have heard about this spectacular event we are hosting to celebrate Kirkwood by the River’s 40th Anniversary and kick off the fundraising to support our community renovation. It will be a night you do not want to miss out on so be sure to read all about it and grab your tickets here! We want to take a moment to shout out our friend, event venue host, and neighbor: The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum! This night would not be possible without you and we are so excited!

If you have not been out to visit, the BVMM is one of our community’s favorites. With the world’s largest collection of motorcycles, located at the 880-acre Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, they are one of a kind!

BVMM has been our across-the-river neighbor for almost 20 years now and they truly epitomize the definition of a good neighbor. Every year (at least twice) they host a lunch and ride for our residents where we get to take a few trips around the race track and enjoy a wonderful lunch in their museum, all while learning about the rich history and seeing all the new vehicles being added to the collection.

We are so grateful for our partnership with this incredible organization and their wonderful leadership team. We couldn’t dream of a better venue for our 40th Anniversary Celebration! Thank you, Barber’s Team for your continued support. Everyone be sure to plan a visit to their facility and catch our event on Thursday, May 14th at 6:00pm!


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Former Resident

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Former Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Former Resident