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September 2, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - On Monday, Sept. 8, the Friends of the Orange Beach Public Library will host an Author Wine and Cheese event at the Orange Beach Senior Activity Center. This event will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature talks from authors Cindy Bates Muir, Charles R. McInnis and Sylvia Williams Dodgen. It is free and open to the public.
Ms. Muir, pictured right, is the author of “Schooled for Murder’, a story about an amateur sleuth who also dreams of being a Trop Rock singer. She is a former elementary music teacher and directed church children’s choirs for 32 years. Ms. Muir lives in Dallas, and is a member of the San Antonio Parrothead Club and an enthusiast of Trop Rock music. She is also the caretaker for the Jimmy Buffett Museum of Port Aransas, Texas. “Schooled for Murder” is her first book.
August 31, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Red Roots, acclaimed Christian country/gospel/bluegrass singers will be in performance on Saturday, September 13th, at 7:00 pm at the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church sanctuary, 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway. Tickets at $10 per person will be available for sale at the church office Monday thru Friday (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and at the door on Sept. 13. All concert proceeds go to support the music ministry of GSUMC.
Red Roots engages their audience through real life lyrics backed by rolling banjos and ripping guitars. The award-winning group regularly appears on top-of-the-chart lists of country gospel singers. Their latest album The Middle of Nowhere includes the song Christian Country Girl expressing not only where they come from, but their deep faith and love of music. And yes – they are red-haired triplets.
For more information feel free to call GSUMC at 251-968-2411 or visit Gulf Shores United Methodist online. Sanctuary doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Join with your family, friends and neighbors for a wonderful evening of inspiring Christian song by a trio of fascinating red-haired sisters.
August 29, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Trident Aircraft located at Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores has donated a “flightseeing” tour to the silent auction at the Gulf Shores Woman's Club Charity Style Show and Luncheon.
This is just one of many beguiling items to bid on. For example, two nights at the Caribe, golf at Craft Farms, a class with the brewmaster at McGuire's Irish Pub in Pensacola and rides in the Christmas and Mardi Gras parades with the fire and police departments.
August 28, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL – Beach-goers and locals alike are invited to spend the last unofficial weekend of summer at The Hangout to participate in fun activities, win great prizes and listen to music.
Activities and games to take place all weekend long include, whiffle ball tournament, watermelon eating contest, hula hoop contest, frozen t-shirt contest, water balloon toss, whipped cream pie contest, limbo and more! (Pictured: This weekend will be the last performances of the Hangout Hounds Lunches for the season.)
August 27, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Mary Lou Nicolai will begin a six-week course in watercolor at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery beginning Sept. 25 and ending Oct. 30.
Her classes will be on Thursday nights from 5:30 until 8:30.
Nicolai began taking art lessons at age 11 at the Adelee Wendel School of Art in Indianapolis. She later attended the John Herron Art Institute.
August 26, 2014- Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Caribe Resort and the Crimson Tide Sports Network are teaming up for the 2014 football season.
Starting with the University of Alabama’s game against West Virginia University, there will be multiple remote broadcasts of the “Around the SEC” pregame show and post-game show from Caribe Resort throughout the season. These broadcasts will all take place at Caribe Resort.
Be sure to tune in weekly to hear Tyler Watts and Todd Robbins with pregame analysis. Saturday, August 30, they will be broadcasting from Cobalt Restaurant at Caribe Resort starting at 11:30 am. If you are in the Orange Beach area, stop by Cobalt Restaurant and cheer on the Crimson Tide while enjoying the show. Tyler and Todd will be interviewing guests and local sports stars throughout the broadcast.
Award-winning Caribe Resort boasts over 40,000 square feet of pools, slides and a lazy river which provides a great location for a weekend getaway. With spacious units, a fantastic on-site restaurant and access to all the amenities, Caribe Resort is the perfect place to relax and cheer on your favorite team.
August 25, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — This cleverly written play starts with 10 strangers trapped on an island and opens Sept. 12 at the South Baldwin Community Theater.
One by one they are accused of murder; one by one they start to die. In this superlative mystery comedy statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger.
A nursery rhyme tells how each of the 10 “soldiers” met his death until there were none. Eight guests who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned.
August 23, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Saturday, Sept. 6 is the date for the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market which will be in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores.
The Art Market will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. under the shady oaks of Meyer Park, 400 E. 22nd Ave., GulfShores. Live musical entertainment and concessions will add to the festive atmosphere.
The original works of more than 30 artists will be on display and for sale. Visitors can expect to see paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel and mixed media. Other works of art will be metal, wood, textile, jewelry, pottery and sculpture.
Among the artists exhibiting their works will be Glenda Lee of Orange Beach. Glenda started painting in the second grade with temper paint on white roll paper hung over the chalkboard. Each year, her next teacher would have her complete another painting and they would all be featured at Thanksgiving.
August 22, 2014 - Perdido Key, Fla (PKF) – As the blues legend Muddy Waters once sang, “Yeah, deep down in Florida, Well, Well that’s the place I long to be.” We have a feeling he was singing about Perdido Key. The second annual Kayak, BBQ and Blues Festival will feature kayak and paddleboard races, a barbeque cook-off, live blues music, fireworks and an all-day flyboarding demonstration.
August 21, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery will begin a series of dance lessons in the South Gallery beginning in September.
Classes will be every Tuesday night beginning Sept. 2. Dances being taught are East Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Merengue, Mambo, Cha Cha, Rumba, Shag, Hustle, Waltz and Tango.
Singles are welcome as are beginners, intermediate and advanced students. The cost is $12 per person for this family friendly event.
August 19, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The 43rd Annual National Shrimp Festival is currently looking for volunteers for this year’s festival.
This year’s Festival is scheduled to take place Oct. 9 – 12 at the main public beach in Gulf Shores.
“We love our volunteers. Anyone who wants to help us can sign up by going to Volunteer for Shrimp Festival and click on the Volunteer link,” Ann vonEberstein, Chamber Special Events Director said. “It’s a few hours of hard work, but it’s so much fun and great people to work with.”
Matt Mogan, Shrimp Festival Chairman, said the key to a great Festival is undoubtedly the hundreds of volunteers that donate their time and expertise to make the Festival an enjoyable event for everyone who attends.
“We have approximately 100 volunteer committee members who spend at least four days at the Festival site from before it opens to after closing,” he said. “These staff volunteers along with 600 to 700 more volunteers - who work in every area from the Children’s Activity Village to our retail and concessions booths - are the real reason the Festival runs as smoothly as it does.”
August 19, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Wharf is excited to make an end of summer splash with a huge Labor Day Extravaganza. Join us for the conclusion of The Wharf's 100 Days of Summer presented by Pepsi with a weekend jam packed with live music, fun events and activities for the entire family with the best dining, shopping and entertainment on the coast of Alabama.
Country recording artist, Kip Moore, will start the street party with a free concert in Marlin Circle at 7pm. Kip is known for his signature smoky voice and his road-tested rock vibes. His singles Hey Girl, Beer Money and Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck earned Kip three consecutive No.1 singles and a 2013 CMA nomination for New Artist of the Year. Dirt Road, Kip’s newest hit single can be heard on 95 KSJ daily, The Wharf’s premier media sponsor.
August 19, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Annette Mitchell will be sworn in as City of Orange Beach Councilwoman tomorrow, Tuesday, August 19th at 4pm in Council Chambers at City Hall in Orange Beach, Al.
Mrs. Mitchell moved to Orange Beach in 2000 after running car dealerships in the midwest and has been actively serving on the City Finance Committee, Planning Commission, the Gulf Coast Health Care Authority and the Orange Beach Advisory Committee.
"I am not a politician," Mitchell said during her post appointment speech, "I've spent five years, for any of you who don't know me, volunteering in an advisory capacity to help this council, this city staff and our mayor to make the best decisions possible to run our city."
In addition to her service to the City of Orange Beach, Annette Mitchell also proudly serves as an usher and on the Finance Committee at St. Thomas by the Sea Church, President of the Orange Beach Garden Club, on the executive board of Sirens of the Sea Mardi Gras krewe and as primary caretaker of her mother.
Mrs. Mitchell was picked unanimously by the council to fill the Place 1 seat left vacant by the death of Councilman Al Bradley. She served with Bradley on the city's finance committee.
August 15, 2014 - GULF SHORES, AL (GSA) - Given the South's frequent heat and humidity, it comes as no surprise that most of the region's beaches receive a steady stream of visitors.
Quality among beaches varies – no one will mistake even the most acclaimed options with Bali or Hawaii – but there are several worthy options offering everything from rugged, wild terrain to affordable, family-friendly activities. Here are 10 of the best beaches the South has to offer.
Gulf Shores, Ala.
White quartz sand, shallow waters, and wide stretches of uncrowded beach draw in-the-know types to Gulf Shores. Visitors can spot dolphins, cruise on a pontoon boat, or learn to catch shrimp.
August 15, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — In July the TOI Mardi Gras Krewe presented a check for $1,125 to Richard Crawford, Director of Youth-Reach Gulf Coast, an organization whose focus is, “A fresh chance for troubled kids.”Richard and an on-site staff live with young men ages 18 -21 who have been assigned by the courts to Youth-Reach. This one year volunteer residential program instills love of Christ, a feeling of family, and a hard work ethic to help heal broken lives and truly provide a fresh chance by participating in the educational opportunities to obtain their G. E. D. which allows them the ability to prepare for trade school and college. Their daily routine also consists of bible study and caring for the 81-acre farm which is home for youth-Reach, Gulf Coast. For more information about how you can be a part of helping provide “a fresh chance for troubled kids” visit www.youth-reach.org.(Pictured: From left, are John Hicks and grandson John Paul, Corbin Smith, Richard Crawford, 2015 Treasures of the Isle Queen Laura Elliott, Cheryl Lanning, and 2015 Treasures of the Isle King, Danny Vogelgesang.)