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April 30, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The University of Alabama’s professional summer theatre, SummerTide, will bring the man in black “down, down, down” to Gulf Shores during its 12th season. The cast of SummerTide will present Ring of Fire, a musical revue by Richard Maltby Jr., and Bill Meade. Inspired by the life and lyrics of Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire brings universal stories of love, home and family to the stage. The revue features over two dozen songs by Cash including, “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and of course the title song, “Ring of Fire.”
All Shook Up director Stacy Alley returns this summer to direct this production. After the excitement and energy of last summer, Alley hopes to celebrate another icon with the Gulf Shores community.
“It’s not a concert, it’s a story,” said Alley. “There is not one person portraying Johnny Cash, but his life comes through in the music.” Alley said she has been influenced by the Americana themes of the stories and is excited about the flexible possibilities for her cast and staging. “There are so many fantastic moments in this production and whether it’s a gospel hymn or the title song, everyone will find themselves singing along with the cast at some point.”
March 31, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF)- The sixth annual Perdido Key Wine & Art Festival will be at VillagioTownCenter (13700 Perdido Key Drive) on April 2-5.
The festival has been extended from its original two-day length to a four-day experience. Throughout the event, guests will have the chance to taste a variety of wines from different regions, including the U.S., Europe and South America.
“We will feature a different region daily so guests will have an opportunity to sample two dozen wines during course of the festival,” event coordinator Lori Raisch said. “On Easter Sunday visitors can explore on their own and experience all that the Perdido Key area has to offer, including our beautiful beaches and delicious dining options at local restaurants.”
March 18, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) & Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber has launched a five-year Business Action Plan designed to focus on assisting existing businesses with growth and profit sustainability.The plan, named "Advantage Coastal Alabama", will also enhance the Chamber's ability to work on recruitment of new businesses, education and workforce development, transportation and infrastructure, and the environment.
Leonard A. Kaiser, President of Kaiser Real Estate Sales, has accepted the role of Campaign General Chairman for Advantage Coastal Alabama.
"We've had our challenges over the 40 years I've been doing business here," said Kaiser. "From hurricanes to the BP oil spill, our community has always responded by working together and each time we've come back even stronger than before. Now is the time to move forward with a united focus addressing key issues of economic growth and year-round profitability of our existing businesses, new business development, transportation, education and workforce development."
March 6, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has partnered for 17 years with Wildlife Forever to conduct the State Fish Art Contest. The contest requires student artists to depict a state fish. Prizes are awarded in four categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, with students in grades 4-12 writing a one-page essay about the fish, its natural habitat and the importance of that habitat in addition to the artwork.
Artists can choose to depict either of Alabama’s state fish – the largemouth bass or the fighting tarpon. Participants can also choose to draw state fish from other states, which are listed on the Wildlife Forever website. Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2015, and mailed to Wildlife Forever, 2700 Freeway Blvd., No. 1000, Brooklyn Center, MN, 55430.
March 3, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Refgue Golf Cousse at the Gulf State Park is one of coastal Alabama’s most popular attractions. Surrounded by undeveloped parkland, the 18-hole championship course is family-friendly and provides a natural setting for golfers of all ages and skill levels.
Situated in the middle of a wildlife refuge,the course is surrounded by natural coastal woodlands and wildlife.
There are a wide variety of trees along the course that include southern pines, live oaks, magnolias, Japanese maples, pecan trees and hickory trees. In addition to the trees flowering shrubs, such as azaleas, provide beautiful colors during the spring. There are also herds of deer, wild hogs, small bobcats, fox squirrels and some huge alligators here at the state park golf course. In the heat of the summer there is an influx of alligators, especially around the ponds.
February 28, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The 23rd Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show was held at the Wharf for the first time. Based on the number of folks attending the event and the number of food and craft booths it was a huge success.
The photos were shot from the Beach Express Bridge and the top of the Orange Beach Event Center Building.
February 28, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Three days after the announcement by Senator Richard Shelby about the dredging of Perdido Pass the work has begun.
Currently the sand from the Pass is being placed on the west side on Alabama Point. Once the dredge equipment moves north of the Perdido Pass Bridge plans are to pump the sand onto Bird Island. This should create more room for boaters to enjoy the island this summer.
February 13, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - In a fun filled competition, 25 teams combined culinary skill with imagination for the Flora-Bama’s Annual “Super Chili-Bowl Cook-Off” for the American Cancer Society, Saturday, January 31st. An exuberant crowd consumed nearly 3,000 bowls to crown “Hormel’s Best”, team captained by Larry Capps, this year’s People’s Choice. The juried awards went to “451 Fahrenheit" with team captain Chad Peterson for 1st, “The Bean & Bistro” with team captain Terri Days for 2nd and “Chrome Fender Café Roadkill Chili Team” with team captain Jim Schiller for 3rd. Keeping to the spirit of the event, the winners donated winnings to the American Cancer Society to reach the $6,000 milestone!
Two additional fundraisers are slated this February, as the iconic roadhouse carries on its proud tradition of giving something back to the community that's supported it over the last 50 years!
By DAVID RAINER - Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
February 8, 2015 - Thankfully, a new red snapper stock assessment has confirmed what Alabama anglers and fisheries managers have said for a long time: There are a lot more red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico than previous assessments indicated.
Whether that changes the parameters of the 2015 red snapper recreational season has yet to be determined.
At the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting held last week at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Ala., the new red snapper stock assessment was discussed, as well as a number of other items that could impact anglers off the Alabama Gulf Coast.
“With the stock assessment they just completed, it looks like there could be up to a 2.9-million pound increase in the annual catch limit,” said Chris Blankenship, Alabama Marine Resources Director. “Council members asked for some clarification from the Scientific and Statistical Committee about the stock assessment. What happened was the committee didn’t have the complete landings data from 2014, so they used 2013 data like it was the same exact data as 2014. But the landings were less in 2014, so they’re waiting on the final landings numbers to put into the assessment and have that at the March Council meeting. The March meeting in Biloxi (Miss.) is when they will set the 2015 season.”
One of the reasons the stock assessment indicated higher numbers of red snapper is because of the new survey system MRIP (Marine Recreational Information Program), which was implemented for the 2013 season. When NOAA Fisheries (aka National Marine Fisheries Service) looked at the new MRIP data compared to previous years’ data, it decided to adjust the older data.
February 2, 2015 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Sirens of the Sea Mardi Gras, a local women’s Mardi Gras Krewe, will present the seventh annual “View From The Top” condo tour February 28th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ways and Means Chairwoman, Carol Layfield and View From The Top Chairwoman, Angela Martin, have an outstanding selection of condos for the tour this year. This exciting tour lets residents and winter guests see uniquely decorated condos along the Gulf of Mexico and back bays.
Some of the featured condos this year will include Phoenix West, Turquoise Towers, Caribe Resort, The Colonnades, and two others. Tickets are $20 and will be available after Jan. 29 from any Siren member as well as the following local retailers:
February 1, 2015 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — A musical and fun evening is in store when Three-on-a-String performs at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church on Thursday, Feb. 5, and Friday, Feb. 6.
Both shows are at 7 p.m. in the GSUMC South Campus auditorium. The show includes bluegrass, old favorites, pop tunes and some country as well as comedy skits. Reviewers note that the group is “folksy, but professional; funny, but seriously musical. If you have never heard Three-on-a-String, you just owe it to yourself to go.”
January 31 2015 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Orange Beach Garden Club announces the date and theme for it's 28th Annual Garden Club Game Day and Salad Luncheon.
This year's theme is “After The Fox Hunt” and will be at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf on Feb. 11 from 10 a.m.-to 3 p.m. with doors opening at 9:30 a.m.
This annual event is renown for its expansive buffet and member-made salads and deserts and the fellowship of a fun day of table games with friends old and new. Many supporters attend just for lunch and the chance to win door and raffle prizes donated by generous local merchants.