Alabama Coastal BirdFest

October 15 through 18, 2009, is set for the 6th Annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest. Nineteen guided tours will be offered during the course of the four days; many of the popular past tours will be repeated, and some new locations have been added.

Birders from across the country are expected to flock to this event, along with the winged creatures they are so interested in learning about and viewing. And local aficionados will be especially pleased that the guest speakers are well-respected folks from our own backyard.

Alabama BirdFest 2009 is slated for October 15-18.

Alabama BirdFest 2009 is slated for October 15-18.

Photographer Kathy Hicks created this year’s BirdFest poster. On opening night she will present a selection of her photography, which she has set to music, during A Gulf Coast Photo Journal. Kathy’s talent with the lens has captured the interest of magazine editors – including those with Forbes and Science Daily – and she is currently an exclusive camera artist for iStock.com.

Friday night’s gathering will feature Dr. Bill Summerour, a well-known biologist and talented artist. His vocation meshed well with extra duties as editor of Alabama Birdlife magazine. Now retired, he continues to paint, photograph and research, with a particular interest in red crossbills in the Talladega National Forest and Swainson’s warbler in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Some of this area’s best birding places will be highlighted during his Birding the Alabama Gulf Coast presentation.

Five Rivers Delta Resource Center (on the Causeway to Mobile) will be used as the main location, and tours will depart from there. Some events will be held nearby, including the day-long Bird & Conservation Expo on October 17 at Faulkner State College in downtown Fairhope.

Registration is now open for this growing event.  Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy the northern Gulf Coast’s beautiful weather, lovely scenery and great variety of fall’s feathered friends.

And as you are making your plans, don’t forget to reserve your accommodations at the beach in the Gulf Shores island area. Choose your perfect location from Meyer Real Estate’s more than 1900 condos or beach houses, and save money (up to 50% off!) by taking advantage of the specials and Hot Deals. Stay a few days longer to enjoy the great number of outdoor activities, history attractions and more.

Headliner Concerts Coming to the Beach

The crowd is alive with energy, and you can’t help but be caught up in it. Every time you attend a live concert, you know you can’t wait to do it again.

Well, you won’t have to wait long to feel that adrenaline pumping once again. Look at what’s coming to the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast in the next couple of weeks:

Friday, July 31, 6:00 p.m.

Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson are teamed up for a triple musical treat. Since his first album release in 1962, Bob Dylan personified the 1960s counterculture and has incorporated just about all genres of music in his own compositions. John Mellencamp’s heartland rock style is the background to his outspoken political and cultural views, and he credits Bob Dylan as one of the biggest influences on his musical life. Willie Nelson was the center of the 1970s outlaw country movement and is today a pop culture icon. Tickets are on sale now (through Ticketmaster) for this trio of legends at The Amphitheatre at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Thursday, August 6, 7:30 p.m.

Country star Kenny Chesney comes to the Gulf Coast with guests Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum. Kenny Chesney did not follow the usual path to musical success – he received his first guitar after high school, completed a degree in advertising before turning to full-time music, and now has more than 30 top ten hits. Miranda Lambert got her big break on Nashville Star in 2003 and has been climbing up the charts ever since. Lady Antebellum, a trio formed in 2006, is on the fast track to success. Their first album holds the honor of the Top Country Albums chart’s first album of a group to debut in the top spot. This event at The Amphitheatre at The Wharf is sold out, but watch your sources for last-minute cancellations.

Friday, August 7, 8:00 p.m.

Counting Crows, with Michael Franti & Spearhead, are headed to the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores island for a rousing evening of rock sounds. An Academy Award nomination went to Counting Crows for their song “Accidentally in Love” that was heard in the movie Shrek 2. The group Michael Franti & Spearhead relays their messages related to peace and social justice through hip hop blended with jazz, reggae, rock and more. Ticketmaster is the ticket outlet of choice for this energetic entertainment held at The Amphitheater at The Wharf.

Now that you’ve decided which concerts to attend (maybe all of them!), you’ve also realized that you don’t want the fun to end with a drive back home immediately afterward. After all, you’re at the beach – why not make it into a weekend getaway? Meyer Real Estate has the largest inventory in the area, with 1900 properties to choose from! Check out the many specials and Hot Deals offered on our website, and let us play a part in ensuring you an exhilarating weekend.

The Golf Club of The Wharf Opens To Public

The first golf course in Gulf Shores opened 40 years ago and was renovated in late 2005. Gulf Shores Golf Club has since become The Golf Club of The Wharf, and it is ready for action.

Residents and guests are encouraged to take advantage of the par-71 course that offers four lengths: red with 5,362 yards; white 5,950; blue 6,365; and championship 6,812. Whet your appetite even further when you view the tour of the course.

In addition to the beautiful and fun-to-play course, the plantation-style clubhouse includes dining facilities and a pro shop. New and veteran golfers will be very pleased with the ProLink GPS system – just touch a button to find out distances, get tips from the pros, and even order food and drinks.

Tee times are available to the public as well as those with paid memberships. Rates include morning prices, discounted afternoons and groups.

Live in the area? Baldwin County residents may cash in on a special discount for local players.

To reserve your tee time, give The Golf Course at The Wharf a call at 251-968-7366.

Make your next golf outing into a beach vacation. A party of golfers will have no trouble finding enough courses to play. And non-golfers will find plenty to do at the beach and beyond. Start planning now by perusing more than 1,900 vacation condos and houses in the Meyer Real Estate portfolio, including many options along a golf course. Join us for a golf getaway that you’ll want to experience again and again.

It’s Baa-aack!

The year 1985 marked the opening of what would soon become a favorite gathering place for island locals and one of the top dining and entertainment spots to enjoy while on vacation.

What made family-owned Nolan’s Restaurant so popular? It may have been the lively atmosphere combined with a sense of comfortable familiarity, even if it was your first visit. Perhaps the incredible flavor of the legendary Steerbutt Steak, or Greek-Style Grouper or Snapper drew folks in. Others might say it was the top-notch band that was there each night for listening and dancing.

The memories of all those things – and more – will forever linger in the hearts and minds of the loyal patrons. Those memories, though, were all that remained after Hurricane Ivan buried it in 2004. The kitchen, dining area, bar, dance floor . . . all swept away from the East Beach location, in a matter of just a few hours.

But WELCOME BACK, Nolan’s – we’ve missed you!

Yes, the grand opening of the beautiful new Nolan’s Restaurant was July 1, and the buzz on the island is that of pure excitement. Now located at Sawgrass Landing (on Hwy. 59 just north of Waterville – 251-948-2111), wonderful new memories are already being formed.

The warm, classy atmosphere (you guessed it – table cloths and candlelight) will welcome hungry diners, as the old favorite dishes mingle with new menu items in a sumptuous variety to suit all palates.

Signature beverages have been added – Godiva Chocolate Martini, anyone? Or Millionaire’s Coffee? – but the famous Long Island Tea in the quart-size Mason jar again plays a starring role.

The new house band, Midnight Confessions, will lure you onto the dance floor Monday through Saturday nights, so be sure to bring your dancing shoes. Dancer or not, you will marvel at the group’s talented sax player as he strolls through the restaurant and lounge, even stopping for some tableside solos. Cameras are encouraged!

The great service and friendly staff played a strong role in making the old Nolan’s the place to be. You can count on a continuation of that customer-centered philosophy, so expect to find yourself drawn back there time after time.

The locals’ gathering place has returned. And so has a new favorite gathering place for our area’s guests.  And no matter which group you belong to, the folks at Nolan’s Restaurant can’t wait to serve you.

It’s Not JUST Fireworks On the 4th…

It’s music the whole weekend!

Celebrate by enjoying any combination of musical entertainment you choose. And there are plenty to choose from over this holiday weekend. Just take a look at some of your options:

Thursday, July 2

Bust – Lulu’s, Gulf Shores – 6:00

Top Hat & Jackie – Cosmo’s, Orange Beach – 6:00

Top of the Orange – The Hangout, Gulf Shores – 7:00

Rhonda Hart – Tipseas Steam Shack, Orange Beach – 7:00

Les Linton – Shuckers Oyster Bar, The Wharf, Orange Beach – 7:00

Karaoke – Foxy’s, Gulf Shores – 8:00

Friday, July 3

John Reno – The Hangout, Gulf Shores – 2:00

Open Mic Night – Janna’s Market, Orange Beach – 5:00

Elley Duhe – Cobalt, Orange Beach – 5:30

Adam Holt Band – LuLu’s, Gulf Shores – 6:00

Relics – Tacky Jack’s, Orange Beach – 6:00

Mike Eagan – SanRoc Cay, Orange Beach – 6:00

Harry Sherman Trio – Tipseas Steam Shack – 6:30

John Reno – Cosmo’s, Orange Beach – 7:00

Scott and The Johns – Shucker’s Oyster Bar, The Wharf, Orange Beach – 7:00

Karaoke – Snappers Lounge, Orange Beach – 7:00

Kyle Parker – The Hangout, Gulf Shores – 7:00

Wayne Mills & Greg Crowe – Silver Moon Café, Perdido Key – 8:00

Karaoke – Foxy’s, Gulf Shores – 8:00

Terence & Michael Caruthers – Our Cigar Bar, The Wharf, Orange Beach – 8:00

Mike Eagan – North Shore Deli & Grill, Orange Beach – 9:00

Veinmelter – Coffee Merchant, Gulf Shores – 10:00

Lynam – Pink Pony Pub, Gulf Shores – 10:00

Gary Story – Guy Harvey’s Island Grill, The Wharf, Orange Beach

The Rhythm Band – Live Bait, The Wharf, Orange Beach

World-Famous Dueling Piano Bar Rum Runners, The Wharf, Orange Beach

Saturday, July 4

Rhonda Hart – Silver Moon Café, Perdido Key – 2:00

Robert Broom – Tequila West Beach Restaurant, Gulf Shores – 4:00

Elley Duhe – Cobalt, Orange Beach – 5:30

Brent Burns – Original Oyster House, Gulf Shores – 6:00

Lea Anne Creswell & Rick Whaley – Silver Moon Café, Perdido Key – 6:00

Homemade Wine – LuLu’s, Gulf Shores – 6:00

DD Freels – SanRoc Cay, Orange Beach – 6:00

Top Hat & Jackie – Ginny Lane’s, The Wharf, Orange Beach – 6:00

Shawn Curle and the 44’s – Tipseas Steam Shack, Orange Beach – 6:30

Rumor Mill – The Hangout, Gulf Shores – 7:00

Paul Killough – Cosmo’s, Orange Beach – 7:00

Montgomery Gentry With Special Guest: Little Big Town – The Amphitheater at The Wharf, Orange Beach – 7:00

Les Linton – Shuckers Oyster Bar, The Wharf, Orange Beach – 7:00

Comedy with Steve Mingolla @ Palms Bar and Grill, Orange Beach – 9:00

Wayne Mills and Greg Crowe – Silver Moon Café, Perdido Key – 10:00

Lynam – Pink Pony Pub, Gulf Shores – 10:00

Cary Laine Band – Rafters, The Wharf, Orange Beach – 10:00

Veinmelter – Villaggio Grille, The Wharf, Orange Beach- midnight

Sunday, July 5

Greg Brown – LuLu’s, Gulf Shores – 1:00

Lee Yankie – Shucker’s Oyster Bar, The Wharf, Orange Beach – 3:00

Lucky Doggs – Tipseas Steam Shack – 3:00

Jezebel’s Chill’n – Silver Moon Café, Perdido Key – 3:30

Brent Burns – Foxy’s, Gulf Shores – 4:00

Sugarcane Jane – Lulu’s, Gulf Shores – 6:00

Relics – Tacky Jack’s, Orange Beach – 6:00

Veinmelter – The Hangout, Gulf Shores – 7:00

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For more about fireworks displays in the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach island area, read our Meyer Muse blog.

It’s not too late to reserve your beach holiday! Many great specials and hot deals are still available, but book soon before we sell out!

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