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October 17, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — In a round about way, those four lads from Liverpool who took the music world by storm in the 1960s are coming to the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival.
The 30th festival kicks off on Thursday, Nov. 6, and while the final day, Sunday, Nov. 16, won’t exactly be Beatlemania, it will have some akin to it: Fredamania.
Kathy McCabe of Baltimore and part-time resident of Gulf Shores since 2004 is bringing the film she produced, “Good Ol’ Freda,” about Beatles secretary and fan club president Freda Kelly to the Gulf Coast along with the film’s star, good ol’ Freda herself.
Freda Kelly, at 17, became the Beatles secretary and president of the official Beatles Fan Club. She is, longtime friend McCabe says, the only person employed by the Beatles from beginning to end of the madness that was Beatlemania. (Pictured: Freda Kelly in an Austin Hargrave Photo)
October 17, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – Join The Hangout for spooks and thrills and enjoy Halloween Gulf-style with The Hangout’s Terror on the Gulf Cabin Fear Haunted House and Fright Night Costume Dance Party. Each weekend through Oct. 31, The Hangout will transform into a haunted destination, and on Saturday, Oct. 25, it will throw the biggest Halloween party on the Gulf to celebrate Fright Night!
Terror on the Gulf presents Cabin Fear offers two haunted trails – one for the bravest souls and a toned down version for kids. Tickets are $7 for the Scary Cabin Fear and $5 for the Not So Scary Cabin Fear. Tickets are valid for one admission on any date. Dates for haunted house are Friday, Oct. 17, Saturday, Oct. 18, Thursday, Oct. 23, Friday, Oct. 24, Saturday, Oct. 25, Thursday, Oct. 30 and Friday, Oct. 31. In addition to the haunted house, The Hangout will feature live music on the Mermaid Stage each night at 7 p.m. with no cover.
October 16, 2014 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) – Here’s a chance to see how that 403-gallon pirate ship aquarium got inside the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Center.
“Tanked” will air at 9 p.m. Friday on the Animal Planet Channel with the story of the aquarium.
The aquarium features a pirate’s ship, treasure chest and gold coins, part of Perdido Key’s legend for buccaneering. It is home to fish and an ecosystem native to the Gulf of Mexico.
October 14, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - On Oct. 14, the City of Gulf Shores officially released the lineup for the 2015 Entertainment Series. The Entertainment Series, now in its 28th year at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center, will feature 11 shows from six different acts ranging from Grammy Award winners and multi-platinum artists to American music pioneers.
On Jan. 12 and 13, folk revival pioneers, The Brothers Four, kick off the Entertainment Series with ”An Evening With The Brothers Four.” With hits like “Try to Remember,” “Greenfields,” and “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore,” their elegant harmonies blend flawlessly with traditional folk instrumentation of the guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass. Over the last five decades, the group has serenaded four U.S. presidents at the White House and performed around the world enthralling their audiences with their unforgettable melodies. The show starts at 7 p.m. each night and tickets are $35.
October 15, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — A chance visit with a long-time friend to Alabama Gulf Coast 10 years ago left Baltimore native Kathy McCabe in awe.
“I had an old friend with a home on Fort Morgan and I came down to visit her,” McCabe said. “The minute I pulled into her driveway in Bay Gardens, I was hooked. She lived on Bon Secour Bay where the water was so beautiful and calming. It was so uncrowded and nature and wildlife were everywhere since the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge was right next door. Being an avid birdwatcher, I was excited to find out Fort Morgan is on the migratory route for birds. Within weeks we had bought a house in the same neighborhood.”
October 12, 2014 — ORANGE BEACH, AL (OBA) — Treasures Of The Isle invites all to our 3rd annual halloween bash! grab a costume and join in the ghoulish, freaky, fun.
On Oct. 25 from 7-11 p.m., the Orange Beach Community Center will be wickedly transformed reminding all of a “haunted party house” but have no fear, our monsters only want to entertain!
There will be costume contests and door prizes. Enjoy dancing the spooky night away to the sounds of our two bands, Hot Sand 2.0 and The Bar Stool Surfers.
October 13, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — In response to questions still abounding about Obamacare, District 4 of the Baldwin County Republican Party will host a town hall meeting on Obamacare Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Susan N. McCollough Gallery located at the McCollough Institute at Craft Farms in Gulf Shores.
The event is open to the public and is the first of a series of Town Hall meetings sponsored by District 4 of the Baldwin County Republican Party. District 4 includes the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley and Lillian/Elberta parts of the county.
October 11, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — If you are looking for a unique holiday gift that will make a lasting impression on the environment plus provide over $75 in free monthly offers from the Original Oyster House restaurants, Battleship Alabama and Geez Louise, check out the Oyster Trailblazer Calendar.
The Oyster Trailblazer Calendar is a 101 on precious bivalves, sharing their abundant benefits that include cleaning our waters, protecting our shorelines from erosion and feeding us with some of the tastiest and most sought after cuisine while providing huge nutritional benefits.
Proceeds from the sales of the calendars benefit oyster gardening, restoration and environmental education.
October 10, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Fall is cool at The Wharf with exciting events throughout the month of October. Enjoy beautiful fall weather and fun for the whole family.Calling all ladies, Girls Night Out is back at The Wharf on Oct. 16 from 5-9 p.m. Gather a few girlfriends and enjoy an evening of giveaways, fun and shopping.
Ladies attending the event can register at The Southern Grind for a free swag bag and a chance to win door prizes. Stroll down Main Street and Wharf Parkway and visit the participating stores to collect entries for the door prize drawing at 9 p.m. at the Compleat Angler. This is an event too fun to miss.
October 9, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Running Scared is back and promises to be a fun treat for people of all ages. The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail Foundation will host the revival of locals-favorite Running Scared 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run on Oct. 25, 2014.
The run will take place inside the Backcountry Trail just before dusk to provide a spooky yet family-friendly after-party atmosphere. Runners are encouraged to wear costumes and be entered into the costume contest to win prizes, such as a free weekend at a Gulf State Park cabin.
The 5K run will take place on the Gulf Oak Ridge paved trail and approximately 1 mile of off-road trails in the Gulf State Park. It will end at the Sportsplex parking lot, where an after-party with food, beverages, runners’ awards, costume contest prizes, and music will be held. The 1 Mile Fun Run will also start and end at the Sportsplex and will include the Twin Bridges paved trail and three wooden bridges.
5K Run fees are $20 for early bird registration, $25 for regular registration and $30 for on-site registration. The 1 Mile Fun Run fee is $10 for early bird registration, $12 for regular registration and $15 for on-site registration. Visit Backcountry Trail online for more information and to link to the registration page.
Following the runs, the Gulf State Park’s Wicked Woods Festival includes a “Haunted Hayride” that will take runners, non-runners, families and kids of all ages trick-or-treating along a decorated trail.
The Wicked Woods festivities include:
Haunted Hayride for all ages from the Sportsplex to the Backcountry Trail Pavilion and Butterfly Garden.
“Trail of Horrors” spooky forest section for those 12 and up
Halloween festival at the Pavilion with bounce house, games, music and more
Costume contests for runners, families, and kids
“Best Scene” winner for Hayride spooky spots participants
Fire pits and marshmallow-roasting
Music and much more!
October 6, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Students from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at Gulf Shores High School recently went on a “Cool Business” field trip to LuLu’s, for a behind the scenes look at what it takes to operate the business.
The field trip, the first of six in the program, focused on demonstrating to the future business owners the importance of meeting customer’s needs.
Geroge Martin, General Manager, took the students on a tour of LuLu’s Homeport and Restaurant complex.
October 6, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Orange Beach Fire Dept. Ladies auxiliary held their September meeting and their annual White Elephant Sale at the home of Wilma Trent on Ono Island. (Pictured: From left with the clothes donation are President Connie Baker, Jane Hanners and Pam Jeffries, Treasurer.)
Members brought T-shirts, underwear and socks in addition to uniforms for the clothes closet at Orange Beach Elementary School to be used for students in need.
Members voted to raffle off a Holiday Gift Basket and sell baked goods at the Merry Market in December which will be at the Events Center at the Wharf on Dec. 12-13. Merry Market is sponsored by the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber.
October 5, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — If you’re ready to embrace that touch of fall in the air, you might spend some time on the beautiful grounds of the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach.The annual Scarecrow Festival will be Oct. 17 from 3-6:30 p.m. with a movie on the lawn starting at 7 p.m.
Family fun is in no short supply at this event. Families can pre-register to participate in building their own scarecrow. The cost is $5 and space is limited. (Pictured: Saundra Kichler puts birds on her scarecrow frame at the 2013 event.)
October 5, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The seniors at DayBreak Senior Daycare enjoyed a “field trip” to The Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores recently.
The lunch, the Southern hospitality and a special birthday celebration were a real treat. Everyone had a great time. (Pictured: Shown here, ready for some birthday cake, from the left, are Dolly Crewes, Ellen Steele and Buddy Wallace.)
DayBreak Senior Daycare provides a secure, loving environment where individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are encouraged to participate in playing games, craft projects, singing, exercising and social interaction.
October 4, 2014 - Foley, AL (FA) — For the second year, Chico’s at Tanger Outlet Center in Foley will host a wardrobe party benefiting the Christian Service Center in Gulf Shores. 10 percent of all purchases made between 1-6 p.m. at the Chico’s Foley store on Sunday, Oct. 5, will benefit the Christian Service Center. All store and Passport member discounts will apply.(Pictured: Christian Service Center President Linda Chappelle, left, and Chico's Manager Rhonda Clifford.)
The Christian Service Center provides assistance to qualified individuals and families in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan needing food, housing and/or counseling. For more information visit the Christian Service Center online.
For additional information regarding the Chico’s Oct. 5 wardrobe party, email Luv2shopchico@ gmail .com.