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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.
July 18, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — New boat owner Cramer Pierce made the most of his opportunity. Pierce saw his first blue marlin ever come up on a pink Marlin Magic lure Friday, hooked the fish and finally landed it after a three-hour battle. Weighing in at 595 pounds, that fish turned out to be the largest recorded in the 2014 Blue Marlin Grand Championship and earned Pierce and the Dirt Pit team Grand Champion honors and $175,875 in prize money. Dirt Pit, a 55 Hatteras, is run by Capt. Travis Holzburn with mates Clay Holzburn and Brian Beason. It was only the second time the Union, Mississippi-based team had fished together.
July 18, 2014 - Dauphin Island, AL - Not since 2011 have anglers participating in the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) been able to bring the state’s most popular Gulf fish to the scales at Dauphin Island.
Thanks to a special season implemented by Gov. Robert Bentley and Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr., red snapper, a species in great abundance off Alabama’s Gulf Coast, will be back at the rodeo, which is scheduled July 18-20.
Gov. Bentley, Commissioner Guy and Alabama Marine Resources Division Director Chris Blankenship recently announced that red snapper fishing in state waters will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July.
“The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo has been a part of our great state’s summer activities for more than 80 years, and red snapper fishing is popular along the Alabama Gulf Coast, and the extra fishing days are good for the Gulf Coast economy,” Governor Bentley said. “We are happy that the special red snapper season in state waters on each weekend in July will coincide with the 2014 rodeo, and anglers will once again be able to bring Alabama’s favorite offshore fish to the weigh station on Dauphin Island.”
Since 2012, the red snapper season has closed before the rodeo, forcing ADSFR officials to substitute for the species that was among the 30 species of fish eligible to weigh in at the rodeo, the largest fishing event in the world according to Guinness World Records.
July 15, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Three Gulf Shores firefighters landed in the Big Apple this week to compete in the finals of “Good Morning America’s’ 5-Alarm Firefighter Challenge.” After winning the “dance off” competition on Monday morning, the team was eliminated after coming up just short in the obstacle course on Tuesday.
Although the $10,000 grand prize won’t be coming home to Gulf Shores, it won’t stop community leaders from welcoming Lt. Robert Rowland, fire-medic Nick Anagnostopoulos, firefighter/EMT Logan Lambert and fire-medic/video producer Justin Parks back home on Thursday afternoon with a celebration fit for champions.
“The pride, excitement and support that our fire department has generated through this competition has been unbelievable,” said Mayor Robert Craft. “We couldn’t be more proud of how these guys represented us while in New York and the rally of support they received is a testament to just how special our community is.”
The public is invited to show their support by welcoming the group home on Thursday, July 17 at 4 p.m. at Fire Station One. Festivities will continue until 7 p.m. and will include a BBQ, refreshments and a slideshow recapping the journey throughout the competition.
July 15, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - As durable as American steel, Northern California’s four-time GRAMMY winning The Doobie Brothers sound has become part of America’s musical firmament, sampled on dance records, reinterpreted on “American Idol,” and a fixture on radio formats from Top 40 to classic rock.
The icon band will co-headline at The Amphitheater at The Wharf on Saturday night with guitar legend Peter Frampton.
The Doobies continue to write and record new material and tour the world, boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, all while breaking new creative ground. In 2011, the band marked a new chapter, filming a CMT Crossroads special with superstar Luke Bryan, and appearing for the first time ever on the Grand Ole Opry.
July 14, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Following a massive year of touring, including 2013’s inaugural Frampton’s Guitar Circus, Peter Frampton is back on the road.
He’ll land in Orange Beach on Saturday at the Amphitheater at The Wharf as part of a co-headlining tour with Grammy-winning American rock legends The Doobie Brothers. Before coming to Orange Beach, the show will be in Tuscaloosa on Friday and on Sunday the two acts will play in New Orleans.
Frampton has kept quite busy over the past year in addition to touring. He was recently inducted in the Musicians Hall of Fame, performed on-stage at the Grammy’s with Ringo Starr and also played an integral part in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Beatles’ arrival in the U.S. Frampton also produced Humble Pie’s Rockin’ The Fillmore deluxe compilation with original member Jerry Shirley (available now via Omnivore Recordings).
Moreover, Frampton’s latest work, Hummingbird in a Box, was released June 23 via RED Distribution. The new music was inspired by the Cincinnati Ballet, featuring seven original guitar pieces in Frampton's virtuosic stylings.
July 13, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Kiwanis Club of Gulf Shores will present Casino Night on Aug. 23 at the Kaiser Realty building at 1557 Gulf Shores Parkway. in Gulf Shores.
Gambling opportunities include a raffle for a chance to win a new truck and a $2,500 Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament. That’s in addition to a $500 blackjack tourney and a dice game with a chance to win $50,000.
The preliminary round of The Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament will consist of six tables. A seat at the table will be $100. Each of the table winners will advance to the final round and a chance to win $2,500. Only 54 slots are available and cost is $100 per player.
July 12, 2014 - Mobile, AL — The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Kenyen R. Brown, and NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement Special Agent in Charge Tracy A. Dunn announce that David Braley was sentenced yesterday in two related cases.
First, Braley was sentenced to serve 30 months imprisonment for violations of the Lacey Act, Title 16, United States Code, Section 3372 and 3373. This charge was based on illegal sales of Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish including Red Snapper with a market value of $10,660.50.
Braley was ordered to pay $3,731.18 in restitution to the owner of the vessel he used to illegally catch and sell the fish and $319.82 to the National Marine Fisheries Service.
July 10, 2014 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Brand new Sharky’s Family Adventure Park, a family leisure and entertainment destination, located at The Wharf, celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber on June 25.
Chamber members, local business owners, and adventure tourists spent the afternoon eating, drinking, and traversing through the sky. The Southern Grind, a staple restaurant within the Wharf, catered the event. A local country and Americana musician, Destiny Brown, performed. Attendees tested out the Sky Trail®, Sky Rail and Sky Tykes™ ropes courses, many for the first time.
July 9, 2014 - Pensacola, Fla. - It’s been nearly two years since the Navy’s Blue Angels performed over Pensacola Beach, Florida, and locals and visitors anxiously await their return next weekend, July 11 and 12. This Blue Angels’ beach homecoming will be even more spectacular than usual as it will open with a pre-show fly-over of World War II airplanes that will honor and INCLUDE veterans of World War II.
Julian MacQueen, founder and CEO of Innisfree Hotels, together with Pensacola attorney Roy Kinsey and the Santa Rosa Island Authority, have organized a tribute to World War II veterans. MacQueen and Kinsey, both experienced pilots, will join other aviation enthusiasts and their vintage airplanes, which are set to arrive in Pensacola on Thursday, July 10, for the weekend Air Show.
July 8, 2014 - Fort Morgan, AL (FMA) - “Damn the torpedoes!” Legend has it that Rear Admiral David Farragut uttered the often-quoted phrase shortly after dawn on Aug. 5, 1864 as he led his fleet of 18 Union warships through the mouth of Mobile Bay and into the largest naval battle of the Civil War. Mobile Bay and Fort Morgan will come alive Aug. 1-3 much like they did that fateful day and the days following for a festival to commemorate the brave fighting men on both sides of the battle.
Sponsored by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, the three-day event will feature the largest Civil War re-enactment held 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 6, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach on July 12 will present Photography Class: Seeing Beyond the Obvious.
Participants are urged to arrive by 6:45 a.m. to catch the early light and the class is from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $75 and there must be a minimum of four people with a maximum size of 10.
A $35 nonrefundable deposit will hold a spot with the balance due on the day of the seminar. All skill levels are welcome and all are encouraged to bring a lunch and a drink. Bring a point-and-shoot camera and a laptop if you have one available.