Hangout Music Festival Shuttle, Parking and More

The Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival, May 14–16, 2010, has just announced its plan to make it easier to get to and from the 3-day weekend’s events.

Share rides, use shuttles, ride bikes - just don't miss The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival in Gulf Shores May 14–16, 2010!

For those who wish to drive back and forth from their local accommodations, parking will be available along neighborhood roads and other designated parking areas. But the number of spaces is limited, so be prepared to walk a few blocks to the festival entrance.

A better choice might be to catch one of the three shuttles that will be running from 10:00 a.m. to midnight each of the three festival days. Shuttles will accept $3 cash for each ride, or patrons may purchase a wristband for $10 for unlimited rides. Wristbands may be purchased in advance through The Hangout Music Festival site, at the festival headquarters, or as you board the shuttle.

Or do your part for Mother Earth and help cut back on air and noise pollution by renting a bicycle. The official bike rental company for the festival is Orange Beach Bicycles. When not attending concerts, ride the bike paths and explore some of the area’s beautiful surroundings.

If you’re still not sure how you will get into Gulf Shores from your hometown, and would like to share the experience—as well as money and gasoline—check out Zimride to locate people who are looking for a rider.

Event tickets—including 3-day passes, VIP passes and more—are available through The Hangout Music Festival website. Don’t know all the performers at Hangout Music Fest? We can help!

And now you can extend the fun! For just $20 more ($25 at the door) you can attend the indoor late-night concert Friday night at The Hangout, featuring Alex B, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) and Big Gigantic.

Make your condo or house reservations through Meyer Real Estate, an official sponsor of the festival, and you can receive a FREE night!

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George Washington Carver at Museum of Mobile

No, he didn’t invent peanut butter or discover sweet potatoes, although you’ve probably heard otherwise. But George Washington Carver did find many previously untapped uses for both.

Known for his work with peanuts and sweet potatoes, George Washington Carver’s amazing talents span many fields.

Did you know that this great man was not only a brilliant scientist, but also an artist? He painted, played both the piano and the guitar, and wrote poetry. He also loved to teach, even creating a horse-drawn classroom so he could reach the poor who had no means to attend school or learn proper farming techniques in rural Alabama. His humanitarian efforts were at the root of his actions, touching folks from every walk of life.

It’s no wonder “George Washington Carver”—on loan from the Field Museum in Chicago—is The Museum of Mobile’s largest and most expensive exhibit. Learn how the infant slave was rescued from kidnappers, raised by his owners, and driven by relentless curiosity to leave his home at age 13 to pursue a formal education. Follow his path to two colleges in Iowa, and eventually to a teaching and research position at then-named Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Delve into the numerous successes he had with agricultural research, including work with Henry Ford on a biofuel.

Admission to The Museum of Mobile is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students; children under 6 are admitted free. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. The “George Washington Carver” exhibit will be available through July 4, and is included in the museum admission fee.

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Emerging Artists at Orange Beach Art Center

A handful of artistically talented young adults are getting a little added exposure thanks to the Orange Beach Art Center and Friends of the Arts, Inc.

Support young talent by visiting the Emerging Artists Exhibit at Orange Beach Arts Center through June 5, 2010.

Through June 5, 2010, you are invited to experience the world through the eyes of graduating art students during the center’s Emerging Artists Exhibit. This particular group of exhibitors was chosen by their college instructors and deans, as a vote of confidence in the current and potential abilities of each student.

Now in its second year, the Visiting Artists and Special Exhibits Series was begun to highlight and encourage some of the Southeast’s visual artists.

Consider new perspectives as you view ceramic sculpture, painting, videography, photography and mixed media sculpture. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Rebecca Brown (Univ. of So. Alabama) with one of her still-life series of oysters.

After admiring the Emerging Artists Exhibit, wander through the center to enjoy the many other artworks on display. And don’t forget to stop by the Hot Shop, Alabama’s only public-access glass studio. You’ll find the Orange Beach Art Center located at 26389 Canal Road, 0.3 miles east of the Hwy. 161 and Canal Rd. (Hwy. 180) intersection, on the left.

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Hangout Music Festival Schedule

The Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival is getting closer (May 14–16, 2010), and now you can see not only what day your favorite bands are playing, but also the time and which stage. You’ll find this info listed on the Hangout Music Fest website (click on “Schedule”), or as a colorful chart on the festival’s Facebook page.

The schedule is available! Start planning your days at The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival in Gulf Shores on May 14 through 16, 2010.

Register before midnight on April 30, and you could win a pair of 3-day passes plus 3 nights in a gulf-front condo.

To get the best selection of Gulf Shores-area condos and houses for the festival weekend, check out the huge variety available only through Meyer Real Estate. Don’t forget to take advantage of the FREE NIGHT special by using the promo code XMUS!

Are you unfamiliar with some of the artists? We’ve put together a list of links to all of them, so you can better plan your festival days.

Through The Hangout Music Festival you’ll not only enjoy many of your favorite groups, but you’ll also become a fan of many new groups after hearing their terrific sounds.

Ride Thomas the Tank Engine

Mention the word “choo-choo” and the older generations may smile with memories of the upbeat 1940s song “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.” But the younger generations will likely become excited about a particular blue locomotive named Thomas.

Wales West Light Railway welcome Thomas the Train. Enjoy a full day of family fun Saturdays and Sundays through May 9.

Regardless of which generation you are part of, there is no denying the appeal of Thomas the Tank Engine and the wildly popular, internationally televised series Thomas and Friends.

Over the course of three spring weekends, your children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews can let their imaginations soar as they ride on the beloved train. But the fun doesn’t stop there.

The $18 admission fee for ages 2 and older includes a 25-minute train ride, videos of the television show, a chance to meet and take pictures with Sir Topham Hatt (head of Thomas’s railway), storytelling, building with Mega Bloks, live music, temporary tattoos of Thomas and his friends from the Island of Sodor, the Imagination Station with coloring and art projects, and a model train club demonstration.

Plan now to attend Day Out with Thomas—The Celebration Tour in Silverhill, Alabama at Wales West Light Railway, America’s only authentic Welsh narrow gauge railway.

To reach Wales West from our Gulf Shores area beaches, follow Highway 59 north to County Road 32. Turn left (west) and continue 5.6 miles to County Road 9. Turn right to travel north 2.3 miles to the park entrance on the right.

Advance ticket purchase is encouraged due to assigned train departures (every 45 minutes), but you may also purchase at the door. The first train departs at 9:45 a.m. and the final train at 4:15 on Saturdays and Sundays through May 9. Cameras and strollers are welcome for this family event.

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Late April or Early May?

You already know that a beach vacation is what you want, and you need that getaway sooner rather than later. Things are hectic at home or at work—or maybe both—and it’s been a long, cold winter. You need a little “Ahhh…” factor infused into your life.

The beach offers an escape from the everyday life, even if only for a few days.

What if we offered you a chance to get a free night in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan, Alabama, or Perdido Key, Florida? Meyer Real Estate always gives you the seventh night free. (Actually, you can get your sixth and seventh nights free if you stay by May 26 – click here to get the scoop.)

Are time constraints keeping you from enjoying an entire week at the beach?

No problem! Stay just three nights or four. If you choose a condo, your third night is free. Opt for a house and you’ll get your fourth night free.

Your schedule will only allow two or three nights? Just use your free night as an extended check-out. Sleep in on that last morning, spend the afternoon at the beach, and maybe hang around for dinner before heading home again.

Not once, but TWICE in the next four weeks you’ll find a commemorative day paired with a special offer of third or fourth night free:

* Celebrate Mother Earth when you opt for the Earth Day special and stay between April 20 and 26, 2010. Enjoy nature-related activities such as hiking, biking or birding.

* Celebrate family ties when you opt for the Mother’s Day special and stay between May 5 and 11, 2010. Let Mom choose to shop, dine out or admire items at an arts & crafts fair.

Let Meyer Real Estate’s specials and extra-large variety of vacation properties make it easier to reward yourself with a much-needed beach escape!

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