WWII Photos Prompt Expanded Art Exhibit

When Fairhope, Alabama artist Cynthia Rush discovered a box of nearly 400 photographs taken shortly before World War II, it captured her interest in multiple ways.

Flight and military photos from just priot to WWII pair with modern mixed media at Orange Beach Art Center through Feb. 13.

Flight and military photos from just prior to WWII pair with modern mixed media at Orange Beach Art Center through Feb. 13.

The black and white photos that encompassed military life and flight training were taken by an uncle she never knew. Lt. John Rush lost his life at age 27, while testing a plane in Pensacola during the summer of 1941.

Cynthia had always been interested in flight, often bringing her perspective to canvas as she developed her own artistic skills.

The discovery of the photographs began an exploration into her uncle’s life, creating a strong bond between two family members who never met, yet shared the same passion for flight and a keen artist’s eye.

The exhibition Flight Paths: A Fighter Pilot and Artist Meet Outside of Time is the culmination of Cynthia’s research and visual expression of the similarities between the lieutenant and herself.

You can view this touching display for free at the Orange Beach Art Center through Saturday, February 13. The center is located at 26389 Canal Rd., and is open Tuesdays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Neato – A Sock Hop at The Hangout!

What’s buzzin’, cuzzin? Lookin’ for a chance to ditch Squaresville? Start gettin’ ready—The Hangout in Gulf Shores is hosting a ’50s Rock ’n’ Roll Party!

Throughout the day and evening of Thursday, January 21, in addition to the regular menu, you’ll find a peachy-keen selection of ’50s diner favorites. Yes, the fresh Angus hamburgers, foot-long hot dogs, patty melts, crinkle-cut fries, banana splits and root beer floats will put you on Cloud 9.

But that’s not all! From 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., you can bop ’til you drop. Live rock ’n’ roll will fill the place, giving all you hep daddy-o’s and chicks a chance to show off your twist, hand-jive and box step talents. Wowsville!

A slate of judges will be eyeballing everyone, so if you don your bobby socks, saddle shoes, rolled-up jeans, poodle skirt or letter sweater—and top it off with a bonafide pony tail or D.A.—you’ve got it made in the shade to win the contest for best dressed. Gee, wouldn’t that be swell?

C’mon, what are you waitin’ for? Your date will flip when you jump in your deuce or rag top and head to the ginchiest party of the winter instead of sitting home watching yet another flick.

January 21 at The Hangout will be a kick—be there or be square!

For even more special times with your date, friends or family, check out the nifty specials and hot deals offered by Meyer Real Estate. We’re ready 24 hours a day to help remove any smog in the noggin’ regarding beach vacations and getaways, proving why we’re the hippest company along the Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast.

Coins, Crafts and More

Two local events this weekend promise a change of pace from the typical beach and/or winter activities. And after the recent cold spell, these offerings give you fun reasons to get out of the house and enjoy the warmer air.

Saturday morning, January 16, is the 7th Annual Yard and Craft Sale indoors at the Orange Beach Community Center, 27235 Canal Rd. Proceeds benefit American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, so you’ll want to take advantage of one of the area’s largest yard sales to find bargains and to make a difference at the same time.

The sale begins at 7 a.m. and ends at noon, but get there early for the greatest selection of items. Sausage biscuits & gravy and coffee are available to keep your energy up as you wander through the aisles and booths. For more information, call 251-981-1524.

Saturday and Sunday, January 16 & 17, brings the 8th Annual Gold Coast Coin & Currency Show to Foley. The free admission encourages visitors of all ages, and everyone can learn many interesting tidbits by taking time to talk with the folks involved.

Located at 407 E. Laurel (Hwy. 98 east of Hwy. 59), the doors will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Prizes will be awarded, so be sure to buy your raffle tickets. Call 251-943-1486 for further information.

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Snowbird Extravaganza at Tanger Outlets in Foley

Anyone who lives or vacations near a Tanger Outlets shopping center knows about the great variety of stores and products, and loves the affordable prices as well as the amazing sales. But on Tuesday, January 26, at the Foley, Alabama complex, you’ll have even more reason to visit!

Join the scavenger hunt at Tanger Outlets in Foley, Alabama, on January 26!

Join the scavenger hunt at Tanger Outlets in Foley, Alabama, on January 26!

Beginning at 9:00 a.m., breakfast is served. Head to the family courtyard for a FREE continental breakfast. Juice is included, or you can purchase coffee right there at the food court. You’ll want to take advantage of this carb-loading meal, as the extra energy will be helpful to complete the day’s activity.

Then it’s “ready, set, go” . . . on your way to a bargain-filled scavenger hunt. Only Tanger Outlets can offer you such an exciting “shopportunity adventure” paired with fresh air and gentle exercise.

Be sure to wear your comfortable shoes—and bring a friend to double the fun.

For more information about this Snowbird Extravaganza, call 251-943-9303.

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Swing-Era Concerts Aboard Naval Air Station

Enjoy music from the 1940s during February at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL.

Enjoy music from the 1940s during February at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL.

You may not think of great music from the Big Band era when someone mentions naval aviation. But in Pensacola this February, the combination will delight folks on three separate occasions.

Kicking off the trio of concerts is the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, led by Buddy Morrow. Their national tour will stop here on February 2, and the musicians will be eager to share their tunes “for the kids” (of all ages).

February 18 brings another famous group to the stage. The Glenn Miller Orchestra will show off their unique jazz renditions, and will leave you happily humming the tunes afterward.

Orlando Jazz closes out the series of concerts on February 27. This eclectic group will highlight the many famous swing bands of the 1940s, evoking memories every step of the way.

All concerts will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Blue Angels Atrium of the National Naval Aviation Museum aboard the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Tickets are $27.50 for the general public and $22.50 for museum foundation members. For details, call 800-327-5002.

There are numerous activities to pursue along the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast. Take some time to discover your opportunities by visiting for a few days, a few weeks or longer. Choose from the widest variety of beach-area houses and condos when you stay with Meyer Real Estate, and be sure to take advantage of terrific specials and hot deals to get the most for your budget.

Pillars of Mobile: Greek Revival Era

Pillars of the Community—Mobile’s Greek Revival Movement.

In a literal and figurative manner, the pillars of Mobile form both the backdrop and the forefront of this current exhibit at The Museum of Mobile.

As a partner exhibition to John Sledge’s newest book, The Pillared City—Greek Revival Mobile, you’ll find engaging stories about the people behind Mobile’s columned architecture of the early 1800s.

Once considered a fortified colonial town, Mobile pushed forward to become a modern American city. The book’s author, an architectural historian with the Mobile Historic Development Commission, shares his passion for the buildings of the era through the lives of the people who made them possible. The buildings take on an almost human quality, allowing museum visitors to actually feel the city come to life.

The Pillars of the Community exhibit is now in its last few days, closing on Sunday, January 10, 2010. The Museum of Mobile, located at 111 S. Royal Street in downtown Mobile, is open Monday through Saturday 9–5 and Sunday 1–5. Admission is just $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for students, and free to those under 6.

Plan now to attend—you’ll never see Mobile through the same eyes once you experience this enlightening exhibit.

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