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February 25, 2014 - Perdido Key, Fla. (PKA) – Seven popular restaurants are signed up for a Mardi Gras Cajun Cook-off that will offer plenty of dining delights March 1.
The professional chefs dueling for bragging rights and $500 in prizes will represent Flora-Bama Yacht Club, Happy Harbor, Joe Patti Seafood, The Crab Trap, Triggers, Las Brisa and Fisherman’s Corner.
In addition there will be a “backyard cook-off” for amateur chefs who will compete for a separate pot of $500 in prize money.
The food is part of a day of fun at Hub Stacey’s at the Point, Galvez Landing, off Innerarity Point Road.
A colorful boat parade starts at Hub Stacy’s at noon and travels to the Oyster Bar, Sunset Grille and the Flora-Bama Yacht Club before returning. Boaters will throw beads and moon pies to spectators on the shore. Live music begins with the Foxy Iguanas at 2 p.m., followed by T’Monde Cajun Band at 4 p.m. and Acadien Cajun Band at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Elaborate fireworks by Pyrotecnico, one of the nation’s most innovative fireworks companies, will cap the event at 8 p.m.
February 25, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Gulf Shores High School visual arts students, under the instruction of Visual Arts Director Austin Boyd, will exhibit their work at the March 1 Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market which is held in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores at Meyer Park in Gulf Shores.
“This is very exciting for us,” GCAA chairman Maria Bastin said, “because one of our primary goals is to introduce art to young students and exhibit their art as they progress over the years.”
February 24, 2014 - Thibodaux La. – Donny Rouse, managing partner of Rouses Markets, has personally confirmed that his company’s new store at 1545 Gulf Shores Pkwy will open at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.
“It’s been a whirlwind,” said Rouse. “We’ve already opened four stores in one month. And it’s Mardi Gras!”
Rouse says customers are stocking up on national brands, local brands, and Rouses’ own store brands. Gulf seafood has been another big hit.
“We’re selling whole Gulf fish, Gulf oysters, Gulf crabmeat, wild-caught Louisiana shrimp and Florida Royal Reds. And people can’t seem to get enough of our boiled crawfish. We put everything in our boil, corn, potatoes, mushrooms, even turkey necks.”
February 24, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores, will be March 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Meyer Park, 400 E. 22nd Ave., Gulf Shores.
Original art by local and regional artists will be the main focus of the Art Market. Visitors can expect to see pottery, paintings in all mediums, jewelry, textile, carved wood and metal arts.
Crosswinds Church will have hands-on art activities for children including mosaics, pin point stencil and clay pot painting.
The Four Winds Barbershop Quartet will stroll the grounds entertaining with their unique sound. Other entertainers will liven the day with music and storytelling. Concessions will be offered by the GCAA.
One of the exhibiting artists is Linda Carroll Gamel who is a resident of Boaz but spends much of her time in Coastal Alabama where her art is available in local shops. Gamel always knew she could paint, but it wasn’t until her son was deployed to Iraq in 1996 that her sleepless nights led her to dabbling with acrylics.
“In 2003, I began to paint almost every day,” Gamel said. What had previously been note cards for friends became canvas art. Gamel said she enjoys painting what she calls “folk art” scenes depicting the old South.
February 23, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA)- Neil Simon's 'Barefoot in the Park' opens a three-week run at South Baldwin Community Theatre in Gulf Shores on March 13.
Performance dates are March 13-16 & March 20-23 & March 27-30. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m., and the curtain rises for the Sunday shows at 2 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Monday, March 3 and are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Tickets can be purchased at sbct.biz and at the theatre box office. The box office will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and one hour before each performance. Credit cards are accepted.
SBCT is at 2022 West 2nd St. in Gulf Shores. For more information go to sbct.biz or call 251-968-6721.(Pictured:The talented cast of Barefoot In The Park, from left, Ted Pitsios as Victor Valasco, Sharon Watson as Ethel Banks, Jack Stieber as Harry Pepper, Cailey Mize as Corrie Bratter and Mitchell Dembowski as Paul Bratter.)
February 23, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Snowbird club updates from Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa:
Due to icy weather, the Ohio Snowbird Club’s second meeting was canceled for Jan. 29, but the third was Feb. 5 at LuLu’s Homeport Marina with 95 people in attendance.
In the absence of President Bob Hofacker, Vice-President Sue Ellen Carpenter opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Don Thrash giving the blessing and some of his jokes.(Pictured: visiting Rotarian Bill Wiesjohn of the Wisconsin Snowbird Club with trophy for having the most participants of all the Snowbird Clubs.)
Mona Barfield and her mother, Sandra Bishop of B&B Pecans were our guests. Mona spoke and showed a video about the growth of the pecan trees, the development of the nutlets, the harvesting of the trees by the tree shakers, how important it is to keep the leaves green, and explained how the top of the tree ripens first.
February 22, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Baldwin County Board Member Angie Swiger of Gulf Shores has announced she will run for re-election to her seat this year.
“It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I announce my decision to run for re-election to the Baldwin County Board of Education, District 5,” Swiger said in a release. “When I took office five years ago, there was a great deal of work to do. Our Gulf Shores/Orange Beach schools were overcrowded and often neglected.
Swiger said adding more technology and foreign languages in the schools was part of her agenda.
February 21, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach will participate in a sales-tax holiday weekend so residents can stock up on storm-related supplies.
The weekend will begin on Friday at 12:01 a.m. and run through midnight of Sunday , during which the payment of the nine percent sales tax collected by the two municipalities will be exempted on the sale of certain covered items.
In April of 2012 the state legislature passed an act allowing the sales tax holiday and Gov. Robert Bentley signed it on April 26 of that year.
“The bottom line is this sales tax holiday can help save lives,” Bentley said. “We want to encourage people to stock up on supplies that will help them safely weather a storm and its aftermath. Alabama is no stranger to severe storms. Whether it’s a tornado, a hurricane, or even an ice storm, we must all be prepared for whenever severe weather strikes. I commend members of the Legislature for passing this extremely important bill.”
Februrary 21, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — A $100,000 grant awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley will enable the city of Gulf Shores to widen an existing trail to accommodate more users.
The city will expand a section of the Fort Morgan Road Trail, located between Alabama Highway 59 and West Fairway Drive, from 6 feet to 10 feet wide to give adequate space for both walkers and cyclists. City officials say the project will increase pedestrian access to nearby restaurants, fishing piers, campgrounds and other attractions.
“From residents to tourists to retirees, many people benefit from the trails in and around Gulf Shores,” Bentley said. “I am pleased to help the city widen this trail so even more people can enjoy it.”
February 20, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Grace Lutheran Church is having their 9th annual free pancake breakfast and giant yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 7 a.m.-noon.
It will be on the church grounds at 491 W. 23rd Ave. in Gulf Shores and they will have “handmade gifts, collectibles, treasures, and the best pancakes and sausage on the island.”
All proceeds benefit the Christian Service Center.
February 20, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — In just a few short years it’s become one of the most popular events on the Gulf Coast: The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show.
In this year’s show, slated for March 27-30, organizers expect more than $90 million in boats and marine products on display including more than 125 in-water vessels and an additional 250-plus boats on land.
February 19, 2014 – Orange Beach, AL – The City of Orange Beach will once again host its annual tree giveaway providing participating residents with a free tree in observance of Arbor Day.
The Orange Beach Community Development Staff will be handing out saplings on Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-11a.m. at the Community Development Building located at 4101 Orange Beach Blvd. in Orange Beach.
Larry Ellis, Forester for the City of Orange Beach says, “This year, the City will be giving away more than 1300 trees with some of the varieties to include Mayhaw, Sawtooth Oak, Bur Oak, Live Oak, Green Ash, Bald Cypress and River Birch. There is no better way to celebrate Arbor Day than planting a tree in our community.”
For 16 years, the Orange Beach has been recognized by the non-profit Arbor Day Foundation with the nation designation of a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. For more information about Tree City USA, visit Arbor Day Tree City USA online.
February 19, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - In honor of our WWII veterans The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour brings extremely rare bomber and fighter aircraft for local living history display as part of 110-city nationwide tour.
The tour will land in Gulf Shores on March 3-5 for tours and viewing at the Jack Edwards National Airport. WWII vets can tour the aircraft for free.
Participating planes include the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII heavy bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII heavy bomber and P-51 Mustang. This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history.
February 18, 2014 - Gulf Shores (GSA) and Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – As spring fever sets in, Alabama’s Gulf Coast will welcome a variety of family-friendly events from athletic competitions and boat shows to music, food and art festivals to satisfy visitor interests.
Check out the following major events occurring from March through May 2014 along Alabama’s 32 miles of white-sand beaches.
Get in touch with your inner artist at the Orange Beach Festival of Art. Held at the Coastal Arts Center at Orange Beach and Waterfront Park from March 8-9, festival goers will have the opportunity to celebrate visual, performing, music and culinary arts with more than 90 artists' work on display. This free festival will also include the Kid's Art Alley, live music and a culinary arts court showcasing local food.
February 13, 2014 Gulf Shores (GSA) and Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – For guests visiting Gulf Shores.com or Orange Beach.com, they see a whole different state of destination information thanks to the launch of the convention and visitors bureau’s redesigned website, which was unveiled in early January and features the “it’s a whole different state” branding.
“As we continue to integrate our new branding that was designed to speak to the transformative nature of a beach getaway on our white-sand shores, it was crucial that the redesign of the website serves as an online beacon for our brand,” Joanie Flynn (pictured right), vice president of marketing for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT) said. “Graphically, the site features a classic beach-focused color palette, our newly tweaked logo and expansive imagery.”
A year-long, multi-agency collaboration between GSOBT, Aristotle, Inc., Global Marketing Solutions, Software Management, Inc. and BrainSpur went into the design, social and blogging components and database queries to deliver the final product.