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Gulf State Park Beach LuauMay 2, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - On Saturday, May 23, Gulf State Park will host its 2nd Annual Beach Luau from 6-10 p.m. The luau will take place at the beach pavilion and will feature performances by Polynesian entertainers the Aloha Islanders and Hawaiian Entertainment. A traditional luau buffet will also be served. Tickets are available online at ticketleap.com (search: Gulf State Park).
 
Last year’s Beach Luau featured traditional Polynesian music, crowd participation, hula and Maori war dancers, and thrilling fire dancers. In 2014, the event sold out quickly. This year Gulf State Park has increased the number of available tickets from 304 to 512.

Read more: Gulf State Park Beach Luau Returns May 23

Ring of Fire - The Music of Johnny CashApril 30, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The University of Alabama’s professional summer theatre, SummerTide, will bring the man in black “down, down, down” to Gulf Shores during its 12th season. The cast of SummerTide will present Ring of Fire, a musical revue by Richard Maltby Jr., and Bill Meade. Inspired by the life and lyrics of Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire brings universal stories of love, home and family to the stage. The revue features over two dozen songs by Cash including, “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and of course the title song, “Ring of Fire.”

All Shook Up director Stacy Alley returns this summer to direct this production. After the excitement and energy of last summer, Alley hopes to celebrate another icon with the Gulf Shores community.

“It’s not a concert, it’s a story,” said Alley. “There is not one person portraying Johnny Cash, but his life comes through in the music.” Alley said she has been influenced by the Americana themes of the stories and is excited about the flexible possibilities for her cast and staging. “There are so many fantastic moments in this production and whether it’s a gospel hymn or the title song, everyone will find themselves singing along with the cast at some point.”

Read more: Gulf Shores will ‘walk the line’ with SummerTide Theatre this season

Perdido Key Wine & Art FestivalMarch 31, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF)- The sixth annual Perdido Key Wine & Art Festival will be at VillagioTownCenter (13700 Perdido Key Drive) on April 2-5.

The festival has been extended from its original two-day length to a four-day experience. Throughout the event, guests will have the chance to taste a variety of wines from different regions, including the U.S., Europe and South America.

“We will feature a different region daily so guests will have an opportunity to sample two dozen wines during course of the festival,” event coordinator Lori Raisch said. “On Easter Sunday visitors can explore on their own and experience all that the Perdido Key area has to offer, including our beautiful beaches and delicious dining options at local restaurants.”

Read more: Perdido Key Wine & Arts Festival

Coastal Alabama ChamberMarch 18, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) & Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber has launched a five-year Business Action Plan designed to focus on assisting existing businesses with growth and profit sustainability.The plan, named "Advantage Coastal Alabama", will also enhance the Chamber's ability to work on recruitment of new businesses, education and workforce development, transportation and infrastructure, and the environment.

Leonard A. Kaiser, President of Kaiser Real Estate Sales, has accepted the role of Campaign General Chairman for Advantage Coastal Alabama.

"We've had our challenges over the 40 years I've been doing business here," said Kaiser. "From hurricanes to the BP oil spill, our community has always responded by working together and each time we've come back even stronger than before. Now is the time to move forward with a united focus addressing key issues of economic growth and year-round profitability of our existing businesses, new business development, transportation, education and workforce development."

Read more: Chamber Launches 5-Year Strategic Plan for Business Development

March 6, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has partnered for 17 years with Wildlife Forever to conduct the State Fish Art Contest. The contest requires student artists to depict a state fish. Prizes are awarded in four categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, with students in grades 4-12 writing a one-page essay about the fish, its natural habitat and the importance of that habitat in addition to the artwork.

Artists can choose to depict either of Alabama’s state fish – ­the largemouth bass or the fighting tarpon. Participants can also choose to draw state fish from other states, which are listed on the Wildlife Forever website. Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2015, and mailed to Wildlife Forever, 2700 Freeway Blvd., No. 1000, Brooklyn Center, MN, 55430.

Read more: Youth State Fish Art Contest Enters 17th Year

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