Save the North Shore of the Gulf September 1–6

Six days of entertainment by popular local musicians means three opportunities to join together as a community to benefit ecological programs along our coastal area.

Support Mobile Baykeeper efforts and hear popular local entertainers at SanRoc Cay September 1–3, 2010.

Even volunteer organizations cost money to operate, so Sweetwater Brewing Company, SanRoc Cay Marina & Shops, North Shore Grill and Beach CITE Studios have joined together to raise funds for care of our precious resources.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 brings LeAnn Creswell & Rick Whaley to the courtyard of SanRoc Cay (Orange Beach, Alabama) from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Thursday evening features The Most Wanted Band and Friends from 6:00 until 9:00, then the action moves inside to the Listening Room at Beach CITE Studios for the Wes Loper Band from 9:00 until midnight

John Joiner begins the Friday evening schedule at 6:00, along with North Shore Grill’s smoked Boston butt take-out sale. At 9:00, move into North Shore Grill to kick it up with Jon Cook & Ryan Baltrop Swamp Music Throwdown.

On Saturday, an all-day tailgate-style part in the Courtyard will be followed by JJ Mack playing 6:30–9:30. At 9:30, The Soul Wig ParTay Band will begin playing in North Shore Grill.

Sunday’s all-day music schedule starts with a gospel brunch with Jody Payne and Cowboy Johnson 11–2, followed by the Knee Deep Band 3–6 and ending with Coconut Radio 6–9.

Lisa Christian kicks off the Monday festivities in the North Shore Grill at 1:00. At 3:00, Paul Killough and Alan Grossman take over the stage, followed by Cowboy Johnson, Jody Payne and Jon Cook at 6:00 until 9:00.

Proceeds from the six-day event will help to sustain the current programs of the Mobile Baykeeper organization, increase awareness and encourage involvement. Locally, more than 4,000 people participate in their activities. One of the many ways for you to be involved is to come enjoy some of the area’s best entertainment and give generously to support the efforts to keep our waters clean and safe.

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Broadway Music in Gulf Shores

“Follow the Yellow Brick Road” to a memory-filled evening of Broadway songs presented by the Chancel Choir of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.

Some of your favorite Broadway music will play near the coast Sunday, August 29, 2010.

Although Gulf Shores is a little more than “Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway,” “The Music of the Night” will be taken from four hit Broadway shows: The Wizard of Oz, Grease, Phantom of the Opera and George M! These musicals were carefully chosen to represent music and theater from different eras, enhancing the entertainment impact. You are sure to know some—or maybe all!—of the much-loved songs, making it a fun way to spend one of the year’s last “Summer Nights.”

The tiny $5 donation per ticket for the 7th Annual Evening of Broadway helps to fund not only the music ministry of the church, but also community concerts throughout the year. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. performance may be purchased ahead of time at the church office or at the door. You’ll find the church on Hwy. 59, next to the Winn Dixie shopping center. For more details, call 251-968-2411.

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Jazz Pianist at SanRoc Cay

Beach CITE Studios, located at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach, Alabama, presents an evening of jazz piano on Friday, August 27.

Al Martin provides jazz piano August 27 in the Listening Room of Beach CITE Studios at SanRoc Cay.

Local legend Al Martin will treat your ears and hearts to a swinging celebration of jazz. Seating is limited in the Listening Room, so reservations for the 7:00 show are encouraged. The affordable $10 donation ($15 at the door) is a great bargain for the professional level of entertainment. But your ticket covers more than a couple of hours of musical pleasure.

Quoting from their literature, Beach CITE “donations are to support the artists and our non-profit organization’s vision to provide art experiences in Orange Beach and for the local community which promote creativity, bring people together, inspire success, and impart positive values.”

They also want the community to know that “If emotions are touched by art or music created at Beach CITE Studios, then we shall have achieved success.”

For reservations or further information, call 251-981-1989 or e-mail info@beachcitestudios.org.

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Labor Day, Cajun Style at the Beach

For many people, a Cajun celebration may not be the first thing that comes to mind for Labor Day. But why not?

Party Cajun-style at The Hangout this Labor Day Weekend!

Unless you are from Louisiana, you may not even know what “Cajun” means, much less what kind of celebrating it might describe. If so, it’s time to change that! This Labor Day Weekend is your chance to party like a Cajun, whether as second nature or for the very first time.

The folks at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Alabama—yes, where Highway 59 ends, right on the beach—are making it easy to live it up. The three-day festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. this Friday, August 27, and each night it doesn’t wind down until 2:00 a.m.

During this time, you’ll enjoy Cochon de liat, a traditional pig roast. You’ll also be treated to zydeco music all weekend, including dance music from the Mermaid Stage. A free family show by Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening. Saturday’s special guests are Don Fontenot and Lez Ami de La Louisianne beginning at 7:00 p.m. And Sunday at 8:00 p.m. is another lively show with Wayne Toups.

It’s not too late to plan your road trip to the party. In fact, Meyer Real Estate has teamed up with The Hangout for the weekend and beyond, offering 50% off accommodations plus a $50 Hangout gift card. See the details and reserve your beach headquarters online. This is a celebration you don’t want to miss!

Birthday Bash at The Hot Shop

You may not remember the day you were born or your first birthday, but the folks at Orange Beach Arts Center and The Hot Shop are full of first-year memories and excitement for the future of Alabama’s only public-access glass studio.

You're invited to a birthday bash for The Hot Shop at the Orange Beach Arts Center on Friday, August 20, 2010.

And what a fun evening they have planned to mark the occasion!

From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, August 20, you’ll be treated to a Hot Glass Cold Drinks celebration. Food and drinks are just the beginning, accompanied by the uplifting, sophisticated guitar sounds of Roman Street.

Wander through the Arts Center and around the grounds, and you’ll find all kinds of artistic activities in progress. Glass-blowing demonstrations will be offered by Mark Lupeta, Steve and Dee Burrow will show their process of pottery making, and Opal Young will invite you to watch as she creates a painting.

A public mosaic project will be led by Connie Blum, so don’t pass up your opportunity to add your personal touch. “Bob” the Art Car will be making a special appearance. And you know you can’t pass up a chance at a raffle, especially when it will benefit the Arts Center.

This Birthday Bash is also the opening of the 2010 Members Show. Check out new works by your favorite artists while you discover some new favorites to admire.

Learn more by contacting the Arts Center at 251-981-2787—or simply show up and talk to the Arts Center folks at 26389 Canal Rd. in Orange Beach, east of the Hwy. 161 intersection.

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Historic Home and Heritage Quilts in Bon Secour

Through September 28, you have TWO great reasons to visit the historic Swift-Coles Home in Bon Secour, Alabama.

Beautiful heritage quilts in a lovely historic home. See both when you visit the Swift-Cole Home in Bon Secour, Alabama.

The house, listed on the registry of Alabama Historical Landmarks since 1978, was built on the Bon Secour River banks circa 1882. Many accounts of ghostly sightings have been reported, describing scenes with Civil War soldiers, servants and guests.

We can’t promise apparitions, but we can promise a lovely exhibit of a material kind.

Rare heritage quilts and educational information have been gathered by members of the Island Quilters Guild. In the family parlor of the Swift-Coles Home, visitors may examine a quilting frame and learn about the process of quilting a dogwood pattern. A display describing the history of quilting is accompanied by some of the typical quilting patterns.

Once you better understand what the craft is all about, take your time as you wander through the 16-room home. In each area, you’ll be impressed by the artistry of stitched, appliquéd or embroidered quilts of many colors and interesting patterns.

To admire the quilts, feel free to stop by any Tuesday or Friday through September 28, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Admission to the Swift-Cole House, located at the end of Co. Rd. 49 in Bon Secour, is just $5. Further details are available by calling the Baldwin County Department of History and Archives at 251-580-1897.

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