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November 11, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Join us on Saturday, Nov. 15 for our first "Meet the Makers event, For the Love of Oysters," featuring six different Alabama oyster farmers serving up some of the finest and freshest oysters you can find.
Meet the Makers is a series where we connect you to the women and men responsible for growing your food, and that's important. The fine folks at Alabama's Back Forty Beer Co. will have lots of their beer on hand and we'll have college football on the TV's.
Dr. Bill Walton, aka Dr. Oyster, with the Auburn Shellfish Lab will be here to discuss all things oyster.
Limited tickets are available at Fisher's Orange Beach Marina at the restaurant.
Fisher's at Orange Beach Marina, 27075 Marina Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561, 251-981-7305.
November 9, 2014 - Gulf Shores (GSA) and Orange Beach (OBA), AL – Coming off three consecutive record-breaking years for tourism following the BP Oil Spill, 2014 is expected to continue the upward trend for Alabama’s beaches. Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT) projects $375 million in total lodging revenue for 2014, a whopping 7.1 percent increase over 2013.
“Gulf Shores and Orange Beach saw an unprecedented 5.4 million visitors in 2013, and we are on track to beat that record in 2014,” Herb Malone, president and CEO of GSOBT, said. “More guests means more business for retailers, lodging providers, restaurants, attractions and more as a direct result of tourism, and increased business means more jobs.”
November 8, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – Christmas is just around the corner and the City of Gulf Shores is once again gearing up to celebrate with a full array of holiday events.
Whether it’s marveling at the magical glow of the lighted parade or rocking to holiday tunes with multi-platinum artists Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, families young and old are invited to join in on the excitement of the season.
“The City of Gulf Shores is proud to be partnering with the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber and local businesses in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to promote the Coastal Christmas campaign,” said Grant Brown, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director. “We encourage all businesses to participate by decorating for the season to help our community become an unforgettable holiday destination.”
November 7, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Dollar General arrived at Orange Beach Elementary School this morning ready to start a revolution.
Company representatives carried a yellow and black box with a very special gift inside. When school leaders opened the box in front of a classroom of curious students, they were surprised and elated to find a check for $40,000!
November 6, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL — In honor of Veterans Day, Alabama State Parks will waive the entrance fees for veterans Nov. 8-11.
Anyone who indicates they are a veteran will be admitted free into park areas that normally charge an entrance fee. Gulf State Park is also offering veterans a free round of golf on Veterans Day, Tuesday. Veterans must be accompanied by at least one paying golfer.
“Veterans have been leaders in the development of state parks and other public lands across the country. Several of Alabama’s state parks were created with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which employed numerous veterans,” said Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein. “Although Veterans Day is officially celebrated on just one day, Nov. 11, we are waiving the entrance fee for a four-day period to make it easier for families to visit a park together. Fall is an especially good time to be outdoors because of the milder temperatures and changing leaf colors.”
November 5, 2014, Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Orange Beach Elementary School is having its Fall Festival at the Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf event center Nov. 7 from 5-8 p.m.
There is going to be a live auction, silent auction and raffles for the adults. It is free to attend, but there are $10 meal tickets to sample food catered by Shipp's Harbor Grill, Villiagos, the Flora-Bama Yacht Club, Baumhower's, Pappas Pizza and Flippers at Bear Point.
A kids $12 wrist band gets pizza chips and drink plus unlimited games, bounce house and prizes as well as a DJ playing dance music.
November 4, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival is proud to present “Songwriters for Autism Awareness,” a special event at the Sunset Cork Room, Nov. 13 featuring special guest performer, Logan Blade.
Logan was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. He can answer simple yes and no questions, but cannot carry on a conversation. However, when you put a microphone in his hands, God has given him a voice through music.
He has performed for 28 world leaders at The Parade of Nations. He has also performed at the Bluebird Cafe’ and the Grand Ol’ Opry with Josh Turner.
November 3, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – The 7th Annual Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend announced today its music lineup for Friday and Saturday. The Mulligan Brothers, Willie Sugarcapps – and Nashville-based Steelism will provide the entertainment.
Steelism is comprised of guitarist Jeremy Fetzer, pedal steel player Spencer Cullum – and backed by some of Nashville’s finest young musicians. Steelism is one of Nashville’s most exciting new acts blending an eclectic array of vintage and modern influences to create unique, instrumental music like none other. The duo’s full-length debut “615 to FAME” was released via Muscle Shoals, Ala.-based Single Lock Records in Sept. 2014.
November 2, 2014- Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Three local charities, The Christian Service Center, Under His Wings, and the Alabama Sheriffs’ Boys Ranch in Summerdale, received the proceeds of the Gulf Shores Woman’s Club Charity Style Show and Luncheon at the GSWC meeting on Oct. 8.(Pictured: Happiness highlights the faces, from left, of Kathleen Donaldson, Gulf Shores Woman’s Club President, Karen Brown, co-chair of the GSWC Style Show, Kay Palmer, representing the Christian Service Center, and Pam Charlton of Under His Wings.)
November 1, 2014 - Mobile, AL - Despite its opposition to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Amendment 40, better known as Sector Separation, the Alabama Marine Resources Division decided that discretion is the better part of valor at last week’s Council meeting in Mobile.
Historically, the red snapper fishery in the Gulf has been divided into two segments, commercial and recreational. Amendment 40 will split the recreational sector into charter-for-hire vessels and private recreational anglers.
While the charter boat captains cheered the approval of Amendment 40, most of the private recreational anglers are unhappy.
October 31, 2014 - Washington, D.C. - On Oct. 23, Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) filed suit in Washington, D.C. challenging the decision of the U.S. Department of the Interior and other federal agencies to allow money intended to repair damage to the Gulf of Mexico from the 2010 BP disaster to instead be used to subsidize a beachfront convention center in Alabama.
On October 2, the Department of the Interior, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture, issued a decision approving a final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and Phase III Early Restoration Plan (ERP) which allocated $58.5 million dollars of Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) funds to subsidize a hotel and convention center in Alabama’s Gulf State Park.
October 30, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, located in the beautiful Waterway Village of Gulf Shores, will celebrate a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The public is invited to come by, enjoy holiday refreshments and browse the original creations of all GCAA participating artists.
The focus of local art will be on items appropriate for Christmas gifts. In addition to the Gallery’s paintings, pottery and wood crafts, the Gallery Gift Shop will include beautiful hand made jewelry, creative wall hangings, greeting cards, GCAA T-shirts and many other gift items. (Pictured: GCAA officers, from left, Wanda Price, Eloise Thomley and Maria Bastin .)
October 29, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Mystical Order of Mirams are proud to announce the 8th Annual “Taste of the Islands" to be Friday, Dec. 5.
This year our culinary extravaganza will host more than 35 restaurants from Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and surrounding areas. The Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf will be the location for this holiday gala, which will consist of food sampling, all inclusive cocktails and musical entertainment.
Our charities of choice are Toys for Tots and Gulf Coast Cancer Centers. The Mystical Order of Mirams are known for supporting our community during this holiday season.
Please bring an unwrapped toy to benefit local children in need. Musical entertainment will be provided by Rythm Intervention. The band will keep you dancing throughout the night and will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
Taste of the Islands is the perfect venue to host your holiday party! Let us do the work, as you take all the credit. Tickets to this All-Inclusive Holiday Gala are $50 per person. Reserved seating and tables of 10 are available for $500. Reserve your table early as they are limited.
To purchase tickets or a table visit Mystical Order of Mirams online.
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m.
October 28, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The last Art Market of this year will be Nov. 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Meyer Park, 400 E. 22nd Ave. in Gulf Shores. The Art Market is hosted by the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores.
Approximately 40 artists will be exhibiting their original work for the culmination of this festive event. Visitors will also enjoy live musical entertainment, children’s art activities and concessions.
Tammy Evans of Orange Beach, a watercolorist, will be among the exhibiting artists.
October 27, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The City of Orange Beach Wind and Water Learning Center will host the American Canoe Association Coastal Kayaking Level 1-3 Instructor Development Workshop Nov. 21-22.
Participants in the IDW will learn how to develop and manage kayaking instructional programs, discuss various teaching methodologies, barriers to learning and issues related to paddler safety and risk management.