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August 13, 2014 - Gulf Shores (GSA) and Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Professional bartenders across eight regions in Alabama will concoct their best cocktail and compete for a spot in the returning State Bartender Competition. Hosted by the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance (ARHA), the regional competitions run Tuesday, Sept. 16 through Wednesday, Sept. 30. The winner of each region will receive $200, a plaque and automatic entry to compete for the title of State Bartender of the Year.
The contest is sponsored by Casmigos Tequila, American Harvest Vodka and Barenjager Honey Liqueur.
August 10, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event presented by Mercedes-Benz of Mobile will be Sept. 25-27.
The three-day event will combine delicious food, tantalizing wines, live entertainment with a pinch of southern flair and a dash of Gulf Coast hospitality.
Numerous wine and culinary events during the event offer opportunities for foodies, wine connoisseurs and those who want to learn more about wine and culinary arts.
Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster and at The Wharf Box Office. A limited number of tickets will be available; purchase tickets before the event for a discounted rate of $50 for general admission or $125 for an enriched VIP Experience.
General admission tickets will also be available at the entrance of the Food & Wine Grand Tasting Event on Sept. 27 for $60 or $135 for a VIP Experience. All ticket holders will receive a complimentary commemorative wine glass and bag at the beginning of the Grand Tasting Event.
General admission ticket holders will enjoy sampling tantalizing wines from international and local distributors expertly paired with custom culinary creations from nationally recognized chefs and local restaurants for the Food & Wine Grand Tasting Event on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.
Aug. 9, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Florida’s record-breaking Miss GEICO powerboat racing team hopes to roar to a double-header victory at Alabama’s Thunder on the Gulf in Orange Beach followed by the Pensacola Grand Prix in Florida.
“We’re excited to be back racing out on the open ocean,” says Miss GEICO Throttleman Scott Begovich. “The Flora-Bama rivalry will kick things into a higher gear.”
The 7-time World Champions will tackle the Gulf Shores’ Alabama waters first, with races Friday, Aug. 22 against a heavy field of superboat competition. Then they’ll head down the Gulf Coast to the Pensacola races on Sunday, Aug. 24.
August 6, 2014, Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery will host a live demonstration by professional artist, Greg Cartmell, Friday evening, Aug. 8. beginning at 6.
The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and Cartmell’s free art demonstration which will be held at the GCAA Art Gallery, located at 225 E. 24th Ave. in the Waterway District of Gulf Shores.
A professional artist for more than 45 years, Greg Cartmell is nationally recognized as one of the country’s foremost landscape painters. Cartmell paints en plein air; the tradition of on-location painting, directly from nature.
A true impressionist, Cartmell paints in broken color whereby engaging the viewer to mix the color with one’s own eye. His teaching method is “alla prima,” which means at once.
Cartmell’s works are in private and corporate collections throughout the world. The recipient of more than 300 awards, he has been published in numerous regional and national journals such as Art & Antiques, Architectural Digest, Art World News, The Artist Magazine and a host of other well-known publications.
August 6, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - GSPD Detectives are reporting the arrest of an additional suspect in the robbery of Courtyard Marriott.
On Tuesday, July 22 at approximately 1 a.m., Gulf Shores Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Courtyard Marriott, which is located in the 3700 block of Gulf Shores Parkway. According to witness statements and surveillance footage the suspect approached the hotel clerk in the lobby and pulled out a black handgun. The suspect then told the clerk that he wanted all of the money. The clerk complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled the area on foot. After a canvass of the area officers were unable to locate the suspect.
On Monday, Aug. 4 at 1:57 p.m., suspect Joshua Daniel Thomas, a 20-year-old of Foley turned himself into the Gulf Shores Police Department. During a thorough investigation, Gulf Shores Detectives obtained information indicating Thomas as the suspect involved in the robbery.
Further investigation has identified Justin Shawn Miller, a 29-year-old of Foley as an additional suspect involved in the hotel robbery. Detectives obtained warrants for Miller’s arrest on Tuesday, Aug. 5. At 12:09 p.m., Justin Shawn Miller was taken into custody by GSPD detectives. He was booked into the Gulf Shores Police Detention Center.
August 4, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - GSPD Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing information on the whereabouts of a man who is suspected of committing an armed robbery at the Courtyard Marriott in Gulf Shores.
On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Gulf Shores Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Courtyard Marriott, which is located in the 3700 block of Gulf Shores Parkway. According to witness statements and surveillance footage the suspect approached the hotel clerk in the lobby and pulled out a black handgun. The suspect then told the clerk that he wanted all of the money. The clerk complied and handed over an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect then fled the area on foot. After a canvass of the area officers were unable to locate the suspect.
During a thorough investigation, Gulf Shores Detectives have identified the robbery suspect as Joshua Daniel Thomas, a 20-year-old resident of Foley, AL. On Aug. 4 at approximately 1:57 p.m. Thomas turned himself in to Gulf Shores Police. Thomas is described as a 20-year-old male white. He stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 210 lbs. Detectives have obtained warrants on Thomas for Robbery in the first degree (Title 13A-8- 41), a Class A felony and Theft of Property in the second degree (Title 13A-8-4), a class C felony. Please do not approach Thomas as he is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Conway at 251-968-1157. During off-hours or on weekends, call the 24-hour GSPD Communications Center at 1-251-968-2431.
August 4, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Kayak fishing class at the Wind and Water Learning Center is a brief introduction to kayak fishing.
Focus will be given to the techniques involved. Students will also be presented with information on maneuvering in a fishing kayak, using and detaching an anchor trolley, casting techniques specific to being on a kayak, and the importance of staying visible.
We prefer for our participants to have prior basic kayaking/paddling experience. All equipment is included (kayaks, paddles, rod/reel, tackle, life jacket.
Aug. 3, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA)- The City of Gulf Shores will host its annual Back to School Beach Bash at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14 at the west end of t he Gulf Shores Public Beach.
The Back to School Beach Bash will feature music from a live DJ, campfires and all of the makings for s’mores. These family-friendly events started in 2010 and have quickly become the perfect recipe for families of all ages who are looking for a little free fun and excitement before gearing up for the school year.
Families are encouraged to bring their blankets, chairs, friends and family to join the fun and relax on the beautiful, white sand of the Gulf Shores Public Beach.
For more information about the Back to School Beach Bash, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1172.
By David Rainer, Outdoor Alabama
August 1, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - As happens on occasion, my youngest daughter asked if I had read the story about a man from Ocean Springs, Miss., who died after a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico.
She started reading the symptoms from the story.
“Vibrio,” I said. “What does the story say?”
She said it didn’t indicate a cause but mentioned the man’s underlying health problems.
The next day, she said, “You were right. They updated the story and it was vibrio vulnificus.”
I point this out not to cause panic or dread, but to inform people who enjoy our coastal waters about precautions to ensure it will be a safe and enjoyable excursion.
Vibrio vulnificus is a bacteria in the same family as cholera and parahaemolyticus (which causes digestive distress), according to Environmental Toxicologist John Guarisco with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).
Vibrio vulnificus is normally found in seawater because it requires salt to live. Guarisco said the family of bacteria has been around since before the human species inhabited the coastal areas.
July 30, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Friday the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package Store will mark its 50th year. The “Official” Anniversary Celebration is set to begin Friday, Aug. 1, with a “Blast-to-the-Past” Party featuring ’60s prices and music.
From 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, enjoy 50-cent drafts, burgers and fries for only $1.50, $1 tall boy Schlitz, along with $1 “War Eagle” and “Crimson Tide” specialty drinks, and select T-shirts in the gift shop for $10. (Pictured: From left are Flora-Bama owners Pat McClellan, Cam Price, John McInnis and Joe Gilchrist.)
July 30, 2014 - Fort Morgan, AL (FMA) —The 150th year celebration of the Battle of Fort Morgan takes place Friday through Sunday at Fort Morgan.(Pictured: From left are Mary Wayne Gilmore, Ann Morrison, Diane Nowicki, Mindy Jones and Mike Bailey, Fort Morgan Site and Education Director.)
July 29, 2014 - Fort Morgan, AL (FMA) — With the three-day festival quickly approaching, organizers of the celebration to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay are charging ahead with last- minute preparations much like Admiral David Farragut’s fleet of Union warships entering Mobile Bay.
Sponsored by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, the three-day event will feature the largest Civil War re-enactment 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 29, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The City of Orange Beach proudly invites you to come celebrate 30 years of history at the City's 30th Birthday Celebration on Monday, August 4, 2014.
This sunset celebration will take place at the City of Orange Beach Coastal Arts Center at 6 p.m. There will be a short program, refreshments and the premiere screening of the History of Orange Beach video.
The City of Orange Beach Coastal Arts Center is located at 26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach, Alabama 36561.
We look forward to seeing you at this celebration at one of the most beautiful venues in the City of Orange Beach.
No RSVP is required.
July 28, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The About Boating Safely classroom course will be provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-10 at the Orange Beach Community Center on Aug. 9.
Upon completion of this eight-hour boat safety course you will receive a boating safety education certificate that satisfies the Alabama requirements for a boating license.
The course provides instruction in types of boats, boating law, boat safety equipment, boat handling, and navigation.
The course is open to ages 12 and above at a cost of $35 per student or $45 for two family members sharing a book. Registration is required by calling John Griggs at 251-955-1443.For more information visit Coast Guard Auxiliary online.
July 27, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Holy Spirit Thrift Shop recently awarded a grant of $2,500 to the South Baldwin Literacy Council.
The South Baldwin Literacy Council provides reading and writing instructions by trained volunteer tutors in a one-on-one or small group settings to residents of South Baldwin County. Instructions in English as a Second Language are also available.
The Holy Spirit Thrift Shop is an outreach ministry of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church. Located at 6786 Highway 59 in Gulf Shores, the Thrift Shop is open from 10 AM - 4 PM, Tuesday through Friday and 10 AM - 1 PM on Saturdays.
Proceeds from the sale of donated clothes, furniture, books and small household goods benefit nonprofit organizations in Baldwin County. For additional information or to volunteer call Alicia at the Holy Spirit Thrift Shop, 968-2797. Visit online at Holy Spirit Thrift Shop.