The Orange Beach Area Community
Overview of the Alabama Gulf Coast including Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Foley & Perdido Key.
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.
August 15, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Below are the agendas for both the Committee of the Whole and the Regular Council Meeting coming up Tuesday, August 18, 2015.
By DAVID RAINER
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
August 14, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Judging by the number of record fish caught in the past year and a half, it appears Alabama’s saltwater fishing is doing just fine.
Ten records were established in 2014, and five more have been established in 2015 with several months left to fish.
One of the most impressive fish that made the record book was a snowy grouper caught by Tyler Kennedy of Mobile in 2014. That fish weighed 68 pounds, 9 ounces. The world record is 70 pounds, 7 ounces.
Another record set in 2014 was a king mackerel caught by Jeremy Goldman during last year’s Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. That fish was a dollop of fish slime away from 70 pounds. The official weight was 69 pounds, 15.84 ounces.
The cubera snapper caught by Brett Rutledge of Mobile was another impressive 2014 catch at 84 pounds, 9 ounces. Also on the big fish list was a jack crevalle caught by Joseph Condry Pope IV of Alabaster, Ala., that weighed 40 pounds, 2 ounces.
Others on the 2014 record listed included a 5.0-pound Darwin’s slimehead (aka big roughy) caught by Lance Smith of Lithia Springs, Ga.; a scorpionfish caught by Ike Farmer of Salem, Ala., that weighed 4 pounds, 4 ounces; a sharksucker caught by Dylan Andrew Bauman of Spanish Fort, Ala., at 5 pounds, 13.2 ounces; a great northern tilefish caught by Dick Paul of Pensacola, Fla., at 35 pounds, 5.6 ounces; a tomtate caught by Lauren Ogle of Muncie, Ind., at 1 pound, 4.6 ounces; and a whopper of a big eye tuna caught by Bobby Abernathy of Merryville, La., at 236 pounds.
August 13, 2015 - Montreal, Canada - The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber was selected as 2015 Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). The award was presented last night at the ACCE Annual Convention in Montreal. Chamber Chairman Vince Lucido, President Ed Rodriguez, and Membership Director Vicki Stillings were in attendance representing the Chamber at the ACCE Awards Ceremony at Montreal's Palais des Congres.
Chamber of the Year is a prestigious international award and is the only award recognizing the dual role Chambers have in leading businesses and communities. Chambers honored with this designation have not only demonstrated organizational strength, but also have made an impact on key community priorities such as education, transportation, business development, and quality of life.
August 11, 2015 - Foley, AL (FA) - Foley High School's "Camp Lion Pride" and Foley Middle School's "Mane Event" are half day orientations supported by South Baldwin Chamber Foundation's ACEd Program as a part of Bridges to Success. This important program helps elementary students transition to middle school, and middle school students transition to high school. The orientations help to take the guess work out of the first day of school by giving new students an idea of expectations and partnering new students with Link Leaders and Peer Helpers who are upperclassmen trained to assist their peers. South Baldwin Chamber Foundation assists with providing counselors, T-shirts, snacks and supplies for the event.