Early Bird New Year’s Eve Bash

It’s not a requirement to stay up until midnight just to enjoy a New Year’s Eve party. In fact, non-night owls are being offered their own celebration in Gulf Shores, and you are certainly invited!

Spirit mermaid Gulf Coast raffle mixed media statue

You could win this in the raffle at Early Bird New Year's Eve Bash in Gulf Shores!

As of this writing, there are still tickets available for the 3rd annual Early Bird New Year’s Eve Bash at the Erie Meyer Civic Center. You are guaranteed to enjoy exactly the snacks and beverages you prefer, as this is a BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything) gathering. Even the decorations are up to you (no glitter, confetti or open flames, please)—the table with the most outrageous décor will win a prize provided by the entertainer.

Speaking of entertainment, you will be treated to the music of Brent Burns, winner of the 2010 Trop Rock Singer, Songwriter and CD of the Year award. Brent combines rock, country, folk and beach influences to create his often humorous original songs.

Another perk to the evening is a raffle for the mixed media Spirit of the Gulf sculpture created by Jan Jones. The party is hosted by the Christian Service Center, and proceeds from the raffle support their mission to assist local families in need of emergency assistance.

Gather your friends and reserve your table now (just $15 per person) before they are all taken! The evening begins at 6:00, with music and dancing from 7:00 until 10:00. Call 948-8863 or visit Brent Burns’ website to reserve your place at the Early Bird New Year’s Eve Bash.

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It’s a Way Cool New Year’s Party!

Come on, dudes and dudettes, admit it: You just couldn’t part with those favorite parachute pants or leg warmers that are stashed in the back of your closet. Now it’s time to dig them out and don them proudly. They just might make you a winner!

Hangout New Year's Eve Party 1980s 2010 2011

Welcome 2011 with the 80s band Kung Pow at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Well, you’re already a winner simply by choosing to attend The Hangout’s ’80s New Year’s Eve Party. You’ll get free appetizers from 8:00 until 10:00 p.m., and a midnight champagne toast. And the totally radical, big-haired band Kung Pow will be bringing you the best of the ’80s tunes until 2:00 a.m.

But to add even more fun, prizes will be awarded during the ’80s dance off and the ’80s attire contest. The lucky winners will receive a pass to the 2011 Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival, May 20–22 at The Hangout.

Tickets are just $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Grab your friends, your ID (minimum age 21) and your camera and get ready for a righteous par-tay! The doors open at 7:00 on New Year’s Eve at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, where Hwy. 59 ends and the fun begins. For more details, see their website or call 251-948-3030.

Make a weekend of it and stay right at the beach. Rent a rad gulf-front condo from Meyer Real Estate for your two-night celebration (valid through January 7, 2011) and we will start your new year off right with a FREE $50 gift card to The Hangout in Gulf Shores. Use it for party admission, food or souvenirs. Simply provide promo code NY1150 online or call 866-202-0962 for this awesome New Year’s weekend and free Hangout gift card.

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Gulf Coast Ballet: Nutcracker

A little more than 200 years ago, a new version of ETA Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was written by Alexander Dumas Pere. Titled The Story of a Hazelnut-cracker, it was a rather morbid story never intended for children. But many years later, due to a great deal of imagination and discussion and planning, the world was gifted with what we now know as the music and choreography of “Nutcracker.”

Gulf Coast Ballet Nutcracker Gulf Shores Orange Beach Foley Alabama

Marvel at the talent in The Nutcracker presented by Gulf Coast Ballet December 18 & 19.

Tchaikovsky’s music—premiered in 1892, just a few months before the choreographic rehearsals began—was an immediate success. The ballet premiered in December of that year, but only received a lukewarm reception. Although it played many times in Russia and then Europe, it wasn’t until famed choreographer George Balanchine restaged it in 1954 for the New York Ballet that it became immensely popular throughout the world.

On December 18 and 19, 2010, the curtain again goes up, this time for a local rendition of this beloved holiday presentation. Including 65 students from Gulf Coast Ballet, 15 local actors, and guest performers Anthony Lee and Michael Lee, audience members will be charmed by the story as well as the talent.

Plan now to attend either of two performances: Saturday, December 18, 7 p.m. at the Erie Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores or Sunday, December 19, 3 p.m. at the Foley Civic Center. Tickets are $10 (children 5 and under $5) and will be available at the door. For further information about the performances or the school, call 251-269-9297.

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Roman Street to Perform in Orange Beach

The very popular guitar/percussion ensemble Roman Street is set to entertain Friday, December 17, 7:30 p.m., at BeachCITE Studios in Orange Beach.

Roman Street BeachCITE Studios Orange Beach Gulf Shores Alabama

Relax and rejuvenate with Roman Street at BeachCITE Studios on Friday, December 17, 2010.

Known for their highly professional abilities, this Mobile-based group of internationally trained young men has talent and skills beyond their years. And there is no doubt that they thoroughly enjoy what they do, as evident by their easy interactions with each other while playing and with the audience between songs.

The Listening Room at BeachCITE Studios, located in SanRoc Cay, has a very limited capacity, so don’t hesitate before making your reservations (251-981-1989) for an evening of mostly original fusion/jazz/classical/rumba/flamenco-styled arrangements. Donations, taken at the door, benefit the studio in its quest to bring visual and performing arts—via concerts, exhibits and classes—to area residents and visitors of all ages.

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Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride!

It may not be a true horse-drawn sleigh as in days of yore, but a real sleigh would require snow—something we don’t see much of here along the Gulf Coast. I don’t know about you, but I’ll opt for a modern, makeshift sleigh rather than the snow!

Hugh Branyon Trail Orange Beach Alabama

Take a modern sleigh ride through the Christmas-themed Hugh Branyon BackCountry Trail, for free on Friday, December 10.

Oh—you may not know what I’m talking about. Let me fill you in:

Tonight in Orange Beach, Alabama, a gift of nostalgia is being offered. When you arrive at City Hall between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m., you will be given a ticket for a sleigh ride. Okay, it may feel more like a hay ride, as you’ll be sitting on benches attached to an open-air trailer pulled by a truck. But when your group is called and you step on the vehicle, let your imagination conjure up a one-horse open sleigh (name that song!), decorated just as you like.

As your sleigh follows the Hugh S. Branyon BackCountry Trail, you’ll discover carolers singing songs of the season, Santa’s workshop in high gear (are you on Santa’s list this year, good or bad?), a lovely Nativity scene and more. A number of schools, churches and businesses are involved to make this a special evening for everyone.

Before and after your excursion through Christmasland, stay warm with hot chocolate and cookies provided by Shipp’s Harbour Grill as you chat with friends old and new.

Your admission fee is simply a nonperishable food item or cash donation for the Christian Service Center. The donations will be put to immediate use to assist those in our communities who are struggling this holiday season and beyond.

So bundle up and bring your family for a taste of an old-fashioned winter gathering. And tell everyone you know to come enjoy the perfect ending to a perfect day (name that song!) during this sure-to-be-popular community event. Need more information? Call City Hall at 251-981-6979 or visit the Orange Beach Community Website.

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Chocolate and Charity Make Children Cheerful

Your love affair with chocolate is about to go public, and you’ll actually be proud to admit it. That’s because when you indulge at the 3rd Annual Chocolate Affair in Robertsdale, Alabama this Friday evening, you are also benefiting Family Promise of Baldwin County.

Chocolate Affair Family Promise of Baldwin County Interfaith Hospitality Network

Indulge in chocolate to assist neighbors in need Friday, December 10 in Robertsdale, Alabama.

In addition to the decadent desserts and rich treats that you would expect at such an event, you will be encouraged to sample outstanding hors d’oeuvres presented by local professional and amateur chefs.

As you admire, taste and discuss the delicious edibles, music by the popular local group Cool Change will set a festive background. And there will be plenty of time to register for raffles, win door prizes, and bid on live and silent auction items that include artwork by a number of local artisans.

After enjoying your evening of chocolate bliss, you will also sleep well knowing that you assisted local homeless families through your $25 ticket and auction purchases. Offering host or support services are 22 faith-based organizations throughout the county. Through the Interfaith Hospitality Network, short-term overnight lodging, meals, transportation to and from school or work, and more are given to those families with children who lose their home as a result of economic or disaster circumstances.

Help neighbors through a difficult time by supporting this very worthy cause. And make new friends during an evening of fellowship at the Chocolate Affair on Friday, December 10, 2010, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. For tickets, directions to Robertsdale’s PZK Hall, and further information, call 251-408-1338 or 251-947-5641, or visit the website of Family Promise of Baldwin County.

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