The Orange Beach Area Community
Overview of the Alabama Gulf Coast including Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Foley & Perdido Key.
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By David Rainer, Outdoor Alabama
August 1, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - As happens on occasion, my youngest daughter asked if I had read the story about a man from Ocean Springs, Miss., who died after a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico.
She started reading the symptoms from the story.
“Vibrio,” I said. “What does the story say?”
She said it didn’t indicate a cause but mentioned the man’s underlying health problems.
The next day, she said, “You were right. They updated the story and it was vibrio vulnificus.”
I point this out not to cause panic or dread, but to inform people who enjoy our coastal waters about precautions to ensure it will be a safe and enjoyable excursion.
Vibrio vulnificus is a bacteria in the same family as cholera and parahaemolyticus (which causes digestive distress), according to Environmental Toxicologist John Guarisco with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).
Vibrio vulnificus is normally found in seawater because it requires salt to live. Guarisco said the family of bacteria has been around since before the human species inhabited the coastal areas.
July 30, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Friday the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package Store will mark its 50th year. The “Official” Anniversary Celebration is set to begin Friday, Aug. 1, with a “Blast-to-the-Past” Party featuring ’60s prices and music.
From 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, enjoy 50-cent drafts, burgers and fries for only $1.50, $1 tall boy Schlitz, along with $1 “War Eagle” and “Crimson Tide” specialty drinks, and select T-shirts in the gift shop for $10. (Pictured: From left are Flora-Bama owners Pat McClellan, Cam Price, John McInnis and Joe Gilchrist.)
July 30, 2014 - Fort Morgan, AL (FMA) —The 150th year celebration of the Battle of Fort Morgan takes place Friday through Sunday at Fort Morgan.(Pictured: From left are Mary Wayne Gilmore, Ann Morrison, Diane Nowicki, Mindy Jones and Mike Bailey, Fort Morgan Site and Education Director.)
July 29, 2014 - Fort Morgan, AL (FMA) — With the three-day festival quickly approaching, organizers of the celebration to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay are charging ahead with last- minute preparations much like Admiral David Farragut’s fleet of Union warships entering Mobile Bay.
Sponsored by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, the three-day event will feature the largest Civil War re-enactment on Southern soil, a nighttime pyrotechnical bombardment of Fort Morgan, more than a dozen tall-ship sailing vessels, along with authentic Civil War era food and entertainment.
July 29, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The City of Orange Beach proudly invites you to come celebrate 30 years of history at the City's 30th Birthday Celebration on Monday, August 4, 2014.
This sunset celebration will take place at the City of Orange Beach Coastal Arts Center at 6 p.m. There will be a short program, refreshments and the premiere screening of the History of Orange Beach video.
The City of Orange Beach Coastal Arts Center is located at 26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach, Alabama 36561.
We look forward to seeing you at this celebration at one of the most beautiful venues in the City of Orange Beach.
No RSVP is required.
July 28, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The About Boating Safely classroom course will be provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-10 at the Orange Beach Community Center on Aug. 9.
Upon completion of this eight-hour boat safety course you will receive a boating safety education certificate that satisfies the Alabama requirements for a boating license.
The course provides instruction in types of boats, boating law, boat safety equipment, boat handling, and navigation.
The course is open to ages 12 and above at a cost of $35 per student or $45 for two family members sharing a book. Registration is required by calling John Griggs at 251-955-1443.For more information visit Coast Guard Auxiliary online.
July 27, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Holy Spirit Thrift Shop recently awarded a grant of $2,500 to the South Baldwin Literacy Council.
The South Baldwin Literacy Council provides reading and writing instructions by trained volunteer tutors in a one-on-one or small group settings to residents of South Baldwin County. Instructions in English as a Second Language are also available.
The Holy Spirit Thrift Shop is an outreach ministry of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church. Located at 6786 Highway 59 in Gulf Shores, the Thrift Shop is open from 10 AM - 4 PM, Tuesday through Friday and 10 AM - 1 PM on Saturdays.
Proceeds from the sale of donated clothes, furniture, books and small household goods benefit nonprofit organizations in Baldwin County. For additional information or to volunteer call Alicia at the Holy Spirit Thrift Shop, 968-2797. Visit online at Holy Spirit Thrift Shop.
July 26, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Professional storytellers, authors, musicians, visual artists and dancers from all across the Gulf Coast recently came together to create a unique fine arts experience that would offer young people rare insight into the artistic world.
Sponsored by the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance and the First Presbyterian Church of Gulf Shores, the Kaleidoscope Summer Fine Arts Camp was designed to not only showcase the talents of performing and exhibiting artists, but also to share the journeys which led to their careers in the fine arts arena.
Students were able to select class preference for the hands-on workshops, while all participated in the Kaleidoscope Mass Choir and enjoyed several live professional performances throughout the week. Pianist Kayla Dowling kicked off the performance series with an interactive and informative presentation which also featured her extraordinary performing skills.
July 25, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — A $1,000 ExxonMobil contribution was made to the Holy Spirit Thrift Shop, Alabama 59 in Gulf Shores, due to the volunteer involvement of Cal and Carol Hanson. Carol is retired from ExxonMobil and the grant is in recognition of their volunteer hours.
The Holy Spirit Thrift Shop is part of the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church outreach ministry to the community. It accepts donations of clothing, furnishings, and other saleable goods. The Thrift Shop net proceeds, after expenses, go to the basic needs of the community by supporting other service organizations. Examples are the Christian Service Center, Camp Happy Sands, and Mary's Shelter. They also provide support to the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church for distribution to various forms of ministry.
July 24, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber announced today that Owen Corcoran has been named Special Events & Media Coordinator for the organization.
Corcoran, a Gulf Shores resident and Auburn University graduate, replaces Lauren Turner, who resigned last month to pursue a career opportunity in Florida. He comes to the Chamber from the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball team where he held various duties related to special events, group sales, and group parties.
He previously served as Assistant Director of Golf Operations for Mill Creek Golf Club in Auburn where he not only oversaw day-to-day operations but also handled various administrative duties.
Corcoran also has background and experience in communications in the areas of sports management, broadcasting and real estate.
July 23, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL — The July Island Spirit recipient was Lyle Hedeman with Gulf State Park.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce presents The Island Spirit Award monthly, to an individual who works on the island and displays an attitude of concern, warmth, and hospitality to those they serve.
July 22, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL — The seniors at DayBreak Senior Daycare were treated to a morning of fun and golf at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf Shores. Volunteers and participants enjoyed a beautiful cool morning on the golf course – some played while others cheered them on.
After returning to the club house everybody was treated to a great lunch at The Peninsula Grill. Thanks to the generosity of Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club everyone had a great time!
July 21, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - "Good Morning America" asked viewers to share their favorite places in America, and photos from spectacular spots across the country poured into their website.
From coast to coast, the audience shared their favorite places, big and small. Devil's Thumb Ranch in Colorado and Picnic Island in the Florida Keys were among the many spots that got shout-outs.
It was a tough task, but, in the end, GMA came up with the following five finalists and the reason they are so beloved:
July 21, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The public is invited to come out to Meyer Park, 400 E. 22nd Ave. in Gulf Shores on Aug. 2, for the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market, presented in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores.
The Art Market is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and will feature the original works of local and regional artists. Visitors can also enjoy musical entertainment and delicious concessions. The shady oak trees of Meyer Park provide the perfect cool setting for this popular event.
Gulf Shores resident, Deb Tolle will be among the artists displaying their works of art. Deb was born and raised in Indiana and received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University with a major in marketing.
“I have always had a desire to create,” Deb said, “and I really began painting 30 years ago when I was young and broke and needed to give a house warming gift to a friend.”
July 20, 2014 - Gulf Shores (GSA) and Orange Beach, AL (OBA)- With photo-centered social media apps like Instagram growing in popularity, whose users alone currently share 60 million photos a day, it is no question people love taking and sharing pictures. Today, finding a food picture or hashtag on an average timeline or homepage is not a rare occurrence. Food-focused magazines are also on the rise with over 15 million combined subscribers to the 10 largest culinary magazines in the United States.
Alabama Tourism Department took notice of the growing industry and created a traveling photo exhibit that highlights 36 images of dishes from the “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die” brochure as part of its “Alabama Food” campaign. The exhibit showcases an array of signature dishes from around the state, including locally known LuLu’s Cheeseburger in Paradise and King Neptune’s Royal Red Shrimp in Gulf Shores as well as Jesse’s Whiskey Steak in Magnolia Springs.
So, how can the average Joe with a Smartphone keep up with these photo trends being shared by so many others? A few simple tips can lead to success; no expensive camera required.
Melanie Spohn of Global Marketing Solutions (GMS) counts lighting as one of the most important aspects of taking food pictures.