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November 19, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — This holiday season, The Wharf will transform into a winter wonderland offering a full series of festivities including the return of ice skating, featuring a large rink with real ice.
Beginning Nov. 23, The Wharf will offer something for everyone through a number of recurring events, including:
Skate on real ice Nov. 23 through Jan. 10. The rink will be open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission to the rink is $10 and $13 for the skating and Ferris wheel package.
Live Animal Nativity Trail & Exhibit
This is the newest addition to Winter at The Wharf. From Nov. 27 through Dec. 27, everyone can walk, drive and or take a camel ride through the exhibit, in addition to a petting zoo with horse and pony rides. Prices range from $5 to $10, and this attraction is open Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
November 10, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Laura’s Vacation Rentals is proud to present the first annual Ultimate Tailgate Charity Golf Tournament & Tailgate Party Fore the Kids. This event will take place on Friday, November 20th at the Orange Beach Golf Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Orange Beach Sports Association, which is a “community driven” charity that aids local children in sports with the core belief that “Everyone Plays!” This event offers you a chance to either play, cook, compete or celebrate!
The golf tournament begins at 8:30 with registration followed by a shotgun start at 9:30. The entry fee is only $75, which includes the golf scramble, green fees, golf cart, range balls, food & beverage, gift bag, raffle & prizes plus a ticket to the “Tailgate Party.” Awards celebration will take place that evening.
The “Tailgate Party” kicks off at 6:30 with an awards celebration and food competition. Donation cost is $25/person, which includes food & beverages, raffle & door prizes, games, awards celebration, silent auction & live music. If you think you have the best tailgate food around, enter the food competition and compete at the party for the “Ultimate Tailgate Food Champion.”
Special thanks to the following sponsors: Laura’s Vacation Rentals, B Agency, Guthrie’s of Fairhope, Tacky Jacks, McCarron Insurance Group, Diamond Jim’s & Mrs. Donna’s, Breathe at the Beach, B Square Repair & Remodeling & The Wharf.
Special thanks for donations: Down Under Dive Shop, Acme Oyster House, Archipelago, Blalock’s, Brick & Spoon, Cactus Cantina, Charm Boutique, Cosmo’s, Fisher’s, Flipper’s, Flora-Bama, Fusion Spa Salon, Gulf Coast Paddle Company, Gulf Island Grill, Lucca, Lulu’s, O’Chopper’s, Pepper Palace, Rafter’s, Salt Coastal Outfitters, Sam’s, Southern Grind Coffee House, The Meat Mart, The Orange Beach Community Website, The Wharf Marina & Wildflower’s Boutique.
October 25, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) - “Good Ol' Freda” is the story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: The Beatles. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years.
Freda Kelly was just a teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her.
History notes that The Beatles were together for 10 years, but Freda worked for them for 11. Many people came in and out of the band’s circle as they grew to international stardom, but Freda remained a staple because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication. As the Beatles’ devoted secretary, Freda was there as history unfolded; she was witness to the evolution – advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges – of the greatest band in history.
In Good Ol’ Freda, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few documentaries with the support of the living Beatles, the film includes a never before seen archive of Beatles photographs and offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the music industry.
More than 200 songwriters to perform November 5-15 at The Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival
PERDIDO KEY, Fla. — The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival will celebrate its 31 st year, presenting a memorable lineup of Grammy-winning performers and up-and-coming hit-makers Nov. 5-15 at venues in Perdido Key, Pensacola and along the Gulf Coast. The event is centered at the sprawling Flora-Bama Lounge astride the Florida-Alabama line, but numerous venues will be used as more than 200 songwriters perform there and in other nearby locations along the Gulf Coast from quiet listening rooms to raucous honkytonks.
Both Billboard and American Songwriters magazines have recognized FBISF as the granddaddy of songwriter festivals. Featured performers include such noted songwriters as: Dennis Morgan who has charted 30 #1 Records; Grammy award for I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME)- Best R&B Performance by Duo or Group, 1988; 8 Grammy Nominations; 47 BMI Writer Pop and Country Awards (400,000 airplays per song to receive these awards); BMI Songwriter of the Year- 4 times Country/2 times Pop; Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song, 1988 (London) for LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING)- Climie Fisher; Country Music Association’s Song of the Yearnominated twice; Robert Burton Award (BMI) for NOBODY – Sylvia; Songwriter of the Year (N.S.A.I.)- 1981, 1982, nominated again in 1983; President’s Excellence Award (N.S.A.I.)- 1990; Over 300 million records sold & hundreds of Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum Albums.
October 23, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – A new era in international sailing is about to begin and a boat based in Orange Beach’s Hudson Marina, the Libra, will be one of the boats to make history.
While sailors from Pensacola Yacht Club participated in several races to Cuba in the early part of the 20th century, in a few short days the first race of that kind will go from Pensacola to Havana.
“With the overthrow of the Batista regime and Castro’s takeover, the world lost one of the truly amazing, romantic, swashbuckling races of all time,” Tom Pace Jr. wrote on the website cubarace2015.com. “Now in 2015, as our current Administration is attempting to normalize relations with Cuba, a new race will again head to Havana: the Pensacola A La Habana Race.
“It is a 584-mile race set for Oct. 31 planned for competitive racers as well as cruisers and multihulls. This could well be the start of many great adventures to Cuba and a new time to experience old feelings!”
Ryan Rayfield, who runs the SailOB.com for charters in Orange Beach waters, has his 60-foot cruiser-racer sailing yacht, the Libra, rigged up and ready to take part in the new race connection with the Cubans.
October 17, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, which takes place November 5-15, 2015, has developed an in-schools program to introduce students to the wonders of songwriting. Once again, the festival is offering this outreach to area schools free of charge.
These presentations bring a professional songwriter in to speak to students of all ages, combining performance as well as, an interactive question and answer segment during which the students can ask about the process of songwriting. Presentations also include some general instruction on the subject, and the speaker will address the various aspects of songwriting as a career. There is no cost to the schools or to the students for this program.
September 24, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) – Flora-Bama Yacht Club is pleased to partner with Youth-Reach Gulf Coast in making a difference in the lives of young men. As part of an annual golf tournament held at Craft Farms Golf Resort, the Flora-Bama Yacht Club will be hosting a dinner with special guest speaker, Willie Robertson.
Willie Robertson is an American TV personality, businessman, outdoorsman, hunter and author. He is best known for his appearances on the reality TV series Duck Dynasty on A&E, and is the current CEO of the company Duck Commander. Youth-Reach Gulf Coast and Flora-Bama Yacht Club are excited to welcome Willie to the Yacht Club on Thursday, October 22nd.
Youth-Reach Gulf Coast operates a full service, Christ-centered residential program for troubled, at risk delinquent young men between the ages of 18 and 21. It takes place on an 81-acre campus in rural Summerdale, Alabama. The program is designed to remold values, redirect lives, and lead the young men who come to us to a transformational relationship with Jesus Christ. Youth-Reach is a non-profit organization with 501c3 status with the Internal Revenue Service.
September 9, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Paar Media Group has been selected for the 2015 Best of Orange Beach Award in the Advertising Agency category by the Orange Beach Award Program.
Each year, the Orange Beach Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Orange Beach area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Orange Beach Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Orange Beach Award Program and data provided by third parties.
Special unveiling takes place Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m.
September 8, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – The newest addition to The Oyster Trail is a statue entitled “Waters, Ways & Wildlife” by Orange Beach artist Nick Cantrell. The oyster, which portrays the route of Alabama’s Coastal Connection National Scenic Byway amid a beautifully depicted coastal scene, will be unveiled Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. at the Orange Beach Welcome Center (23685 Perdido Beach Blvd.).
The Oyster Trail is a fun and educational public art treasure hunt throughout coastal Alabama. It is a project of the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program with partners including the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
by Outdoor Alabama
September 8, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Do you enjoy taking photos of Alabama’s scenic beauty and wildlife? If so, Outdoor Alabama magazine wants to see your photos. Entries for the 2016 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest are now being accepted online atwww.outdooralabama.com.
The contest is open to adults and youth ages 6 and up. A total of 10 photos per person may be entered in the following categories: Alabama State Parks, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians, Other Native Wildlife, Scenic/Pictorial, Nature-Based Activities, and Plants and Fungi.
To see complete rules and view winners of previous contests, visit outdooralabama.com/outdoor-alabama-photo-contest.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.
August 19, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - In anticipation of the 31st Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival, two hit songwriters, Bobby Tomberlin and Bill LaBounty will be performing at the world famous Flora-Bama on August 28th. The upstairs main room, or “listening room” as it is referred to by songwriter performance fans will be the location for this exclusive event.
Grammy, CMA and ACM nominee Bobby Tomberlin began his career in the music business at the early age of 11 as a disc jockey at WLVN in his hometown of Luverne, Alabama. During this time, he interviewed legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, and Keith Whitley. Mel Tillis gave Bobby his first publishing contract, and he is currently a staff writer for CURB Records Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee.