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Holiday Events at The WharfNovember 19, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — This holiday season, The Wharf will transform into a winter wonderland offering a full series of festivities including the return of ice skating, featuring a large rink with real ice.

Beginning Nov. 23, The Wharf will offer something for everyone through a number of recurring events, including:

Ice Skating
Skate on real ice Nov. 23 through Jan. 10. The rink will be open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission to the rink is $10 and $13 for the skating and Ferris wheel package.

Live Animal Nativity Trail & Exhibit
This is the newest addition to Winter at The Wharf. From Nov. 27 through Dec. 27, everyone can walk, drive and or take a camel ride through the exhibit, in addition to a petting zoo with horse and pony rides. Prices range from $5 to $10, and this attraction is open Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lighted Christmas Boat ParadeNovember 18, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber's 30th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 12th starting at 5:30 pm. The event has now been a southern Alabama family tradition for 30 years and it is FREE to the viewers.
The parade route of the boats is from Lulu's and finishes at Cobalt in Orange Beach. There are great viewing areas along Canal Road, at The Wharf and at Cobalt Restaurant. A special flotilla party will cap the evening with live music and more at Cobalt.

November 10, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Laura’s Vacation Rentals is proud to present the first annual Ultimate Tailgate Charity Golf Tournament & Tailgate Party Fore the Kids. This event will take place on Friday, November 20th at the Orange Beach Golf Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Orange Beach Sports Association, which is a “community driven” charity that aids local children in sports with the core belief that “Everyone Plays!” This event offers you a chance to either play, cook, compete or celebrate!

The golf tournament begins at 8:30 with registration followed by a shotgun start at 9:30. The entry fee is only $75, which includes the golf scramble, green fees, golf cart, range balls, food & beverage, gift bag, raffle & prizes plus a ticket to the “Tailgate Party.” Awards celebration will take place that evening.

The “Tailgate Party” kicks off at 6:30 with an awards celebration and food competition. Donation cost is $25/person, which includes food & beverages, raffle & door prizes, games, awards celebration, silent auction & live music. If you think you have the best tailgate food around, enter the food competition and compete at the party for the “Ultimate Tailgate Food Champion.”

Special thanks to the following sponsors:  Laura’s Vacation Rentals, B Agency, Guthrie’s of Fairhope, Tacky Jacks, McCarron Insurance Group, Diamond Jim’s & Mrs. Donna’s, Breathe at the Beach, B Square Repair & Remodeling & The Wharf.

Special thanks for donations: Down Under Dive Shop, Acme Oyster House, Archipelago, Blalock’s, Brick & Spoon, Cactus Cantina, Charm Boutique, Cosmo’s, Fisher’s, Flipper’s, Flora-Bama, Fusion Spa Salon, Gulf Coast Paddle Company, Gulf Island Grill, Lucca, Lulu’s, O’Chopper’s, Pepper Palace, Rafter’s, Salt Coastal Outfitters, Sam’s, Southern Grind Coffee House, The Meat Mart, The Orange Beach Community Website, The Wharf Marina & Wildflower’s Boutique.

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Good Ole' Freda at the Flora-BamaOctober 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.

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival 2015PERDIDO 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.

Songwriter Outreach to the schoolsOctober 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.

October 17, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Columbia Southern UniversityColumbia Southern University is preparing for more than 3,800 graduates and guests from around the globe to attend its annual commencement ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 23 in Orange Beach, Ala.

Two graduation ceremonies will be held at the Orange Beach Event Center to accommodate approximately 730 graduates. There will be a ceremony at 9 a.m. and a second ceremony at 2 p.m. featuring graduates from as far away as Vietnam, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Canada and nearly all U.S. states.

October 17, 2015- Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Lionfish invade the reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. 

For more information visit the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition website or the Lionfish Mafia Facebook Page

Flora-Bama Yacht Club Fundraiser for YouthSeptember 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 Ad Agency Award 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.