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February 28, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of public hearings around the Gulf of Mexico beginning Monday, March 10 at the Fairfield Inn in Orange Beach.
The meetings will continue through March 24. The purpose of the meetings is to solicit public comment on Reef Fish Amendment 28 - Red Snapper Allocation. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. local time and will conclude no later than 9 p.m. Note, the call-in session will begin at 6 p.m. Eastern time.
March 2, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Wisconsin Sno-bird Club met at Orange Beach Community Center (OBCC) on Thursday, Feb. 20, with WKRG (TV Channel 5) Meteorologist, Alan Sealls, as our speaker.
The New York native worked at WMTJ-Milwaukee (cheers), WGN-Chicago (boos) and Atlanta before coming to Mobile in 1999. We enjoyed being able to ask "the weatherman" questions about himself and the behind-the-scenes work to make the weather understandable.
March 1, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Ohio Snowbirds had their second to last meeting at LuLu’s Homeport Marina on Feb. 19 with 85 members in attendance, including two new people. Our current membership is 161. President Bob Hofacker led the Pledge of Allegiance and Don Thrash gave the blessing followed by some of his famous jokes.
Our interesting speaker on Mardi Gras in Gulf Shores was Evelyn Sanders, who was one of the founders and also the Grand Marshal in the 13th Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade. Mardi Gras in G. S. began 1979.
February 28, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL, (OBA) — The Amphitheater at The Wharf has been recognized by the Academy of Country Music for “Venue of the Year - Medium Capacity.”
This venue remains the biggest entertainment provider on the coast with some of the hottest acts in the music industry. Since opening in 2006, The Amphitheater has hosted sellout crowds for artists such as Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Lady Antebellum and Casting Crowns.
This is the first year The Amphitheater has been nominated for an ACM Industry Award. The Academy’s professional members determine this award's nominees and winners.
February 27, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — While the Orange Beach Festival of Art brings the 40th year of fine arts, culinary delights and expert demonstrations to the grounds of the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach, a draw for many festival goers is quality performances by local and regional bands, songwriters, dancers and performing artists.
Some familiar names gracing stages at this year’s event include Rollin’ in the Hay, Roman Street, and Rio Barlow’s Coastal Ballet Academy.
During the Orange Beach Festival of Art on March 8 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and March 9 10 a.m.-4 p.m., expect an appearance by popular Birmingham band Rollin’ in the Hay — a group with a modern, high-energy bluegrass sound — also known as renegade bluegrass.
Rick Carter, Stan Foster and John Kulinich provide plenty of opportunities for foot stomping, hand clapping, and feel-good, Southern beats with every show. Rollin’ in the Hay will perform March 8 from 2-3:15 p.m.
February 26, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Breakfast at Tiffany’s was the theme for the seventh annual TOI ball Feb. 1 which honored this year’s King, John Hicks and Queen, Jane Woolwine.
Upon entering The Orange Beach Event Center, guests were swept back in time to an era reminiscent of elegant New York in the 1960s as they were greeted by a life size cutout of Audrey Hepburn aka, Holly Golightly.
More than 270 people dinned and danced beneath twinkling chandeliers, and strolled by “Central Park” complete with park bench and multi-tier fountain. Trees sparkled with dangling crystals that shimmered from the glow of soft street lamps which provided an old New York ambiance, that included the famous skyline which served as a backdrop for one of several buffet tables provided by caterer, Georgia Roussos Catering.
February 25, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Hangout Music Fest announced new additions to its 2014 lineup including Gary Clark Jr, Matt and Kim, Dawes, Ozomatli, Tommy Trash, The Tontons, St Paul and the Broken Bones, Caked Up, Empires, Black Cadillacs, and The Electric Sons. The festival will take place May 16- 18 just miles from the Florida border in Gulf Shores.
The 2014 lineup is presented by Chevrolet, which will once again be sponsoring a stage on the beach at the Hangout. Artists previously announced to perform Hangout Music Festival include: The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights,
February 25, 2014 - Perdido Key, Fla. (PKA) – Seven popular restaurants are signed up for a Mardi Gras Cajun Cook-off that will offer plenty of dining delights March 1.
The professional chefs dueling for bragging rights and $500 in prizes will represent Flora-Bama Yacht Club, Happy Harbor, Joe Patti Seafood, The Crab Trap, Triggers, Las Brisa and Fisherman’s Corner.
In addition there will be a “backyard cook-off” for amateur chefs who will compete for a separate pot of $500 in prize money.
The food is part of a day of fun at Hub Stacey’s at the Point, Galvez Landing, off Innerarity Point Road.
A colorful boat parade starts at Hub Stacy’s at noon and travels to the Oyster Bar, Sunset Grille and the Flora-Bama Yacht Club before returning. Boaters will throw beads and moon pies to spectators on the shore. Live music begins with the Foxy Iguanas at 2 p.m., followed by T’Monde Cajun Band at 4 p.m. and Acadien Cajun Band at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Elaborate fireworks by Pyrotecnico, one of the nation’s most innovative fireworks companies, will cap the event at 8 p.m.
February 25, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Gulf Shores High School visual arts students, under the instruction of Visual Arts Director Austin Boyd, will exhibit their work at the March 1 Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market which is held in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores at Meyer Park in Gulf Shores.
“This is very exciting for us,” GCAA chairman Maria Bastin said, “because one of our primary goals is to introduce art to young students and exhibit their art as they progress over the years.”
February 24, 2014 - Thibodaux La. – Donny Rouse, managing partner of Rouses Markets, has personally confirmed that his company’s new store at 1545 Gulf Shores Pkwy will open at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.
“It’s been a whirlwind,” said Rouse. “We’ve already opened four stores in one month. And it’s Mardi Gras!”
Rouse says customers are stocking up on national brands, local brands, and Rouses’ own store brands. Gulf seafood has been another big hit.
“We’re selling whole Gulf fish, Gulf oysters, Gulf crabmeat, wild-caught Louisiana shrimp and Florida Royal Reds. And people can’t seem to get enough of our boiled crawfish. We put everything in our boil, corn, potatoes, mushrooms, even turkey necks.”
February 24, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores, will be March 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Meyer Park, 400 E. 22nd Ave., Gulf Shores.
Original art by local and regional artists will be the main focus of the Art Market. Visitors can expect to see pottery, paintings in all mediums, jewelry, textile, carved wood and metal arts.
Crosswinds Church will have hands-on art activities for children including mosaics, pin point stencil and clay pot painting.
The Four Winds Barbershop Quartet will stroll the grounds entertaining with their unique sound. Other entertainers will liven the day with music and storytelling. Concessions will be offered by the GCAA.
One of the exhibiting artists is Linda Carroll Gamel who is a resident of Boaz but spends much of her time in Coastal Alabama where her art is available in local shops. Gamel always knew she could paint, but it wasn’t until her son was deployed to Iraq in 1996 that her sleepless nights led her to dabbling with acrylics.
“In 2003, I began to paint almost every day,” Gamel said. What had previously been note cards for friends became canvas art. Gamel said she enjoys painting what she calls “folk art” scenes depicting the old South.
February 23, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA)- Neil Simon's 'Barefoot in the Park' opens a three-week run at South Baldwin Community Theatre in Gulf Shores on March 13.
Performance dates are March 13-16 & March 20-23 & March 27-30. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m., and the curtain rises for the Sunday shows at 2 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Monday, March 3 and are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Tickets can be purchased at sbct.biz and at the theatre box office. The box office will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and one hour before each performance. Credit cards are accepted.
SBCT is at 2022 West 2nd St. in Gulf Shores. For more information go to sbct.biz or call 251-968-6721.(Pictured:The talented cast of Barefoot In The Park, from left, Ted Pitsios as Victor Valasco, Sharon Watson as Ethel Banks, Jack Stieber as Harry Pepper, Cailey Mize as Corrie Bratter and Mitchell Dembowski as Paul Bratter.)
February 23, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Snowbird club updates from Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa:
Due to icy weather, the Ohio Snowbird Club’s second meeting was canceled for Jan. 29, but the third was Feb. 5 at LuLu’s Homeport Marina with 95 people in attendance.
In the absence of President Bob Hofacker, Vice-President Sue Ellen Carpenter opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Don Thrash giving the blessing and some of his jokes.(Pictured: visiting Rotarian Bill Wiesjohn of the Wisconsin Snowbird Club with trophy for having the most participants of all the Snowbird Clubs.)
Mona Barfield and her mother, Sandra Bishop of B&B Pecans were our guests. Mona spoke and showed a video about the growth of the pecan trees, the development of the nutlets, the harvesting of the trees by the tree shakers, how important it is to keep the leaves green, and explained how the top of the tree ripens first.
February 22, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Baldwin County Board Member Angie Swiger of Gulf Shores has announced she will run for re-election to her seat this year.
“It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I announce my decision to run for re-election to the Baldwin County Board of Education, District 5,” Swiger said in a release. “When I took office five years ago, there was a great deal of work to do. Our Gulf Shores/Orange Beach schools were overcrowded and often neglected.
Swiger said adding more technology and foreign languages in the schools was part of her agenda.
February 21, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach will participate in a sales-tax holiday weekend so residents can stock up on storm-related supplies.
The weekend will begin on Friday at 12:01 a.m. and run through midnight of Sunday , during which the payment of the nine percent sales tax collected by the two municipalities will be exempted on the sale of certain covered items.
In April of 2012 the state legislature passed an act allowing the sales tax holiday and Gov. Robert Bentley signed it on April 26 of that year.
“The bottom line is this sales tax holiday can help save lives,” Bentley said. “We want to encourage people to stock up on supplies that will help them safely weather a storm and its aftermath. Alabama is no stranger to severe storms. Whether it’s a tornado, a hurricane, or even an ice storm, we must all be prepared for whenever severe weather strikes. I commend members of the Legislature for passing this extremely important bill.”