14th Annual Wooden Boat Festival

Sailboat race. Paddle and row race. Children’s treasure hunt. Food and beverage booths. Live music. Wood boat competition with trophy prizes.

Wooden Boat Fest, Josephine, Pirates Cove, Alabama, sailboat, row, paddle

April 30 and May 1 are perfect days for the 2011 Wooden Boat Festival at Pirates Cove in Josephine, Alabama.

You’ll encounter all this and plenty more fun when you attend the 14th Annual Wooden Boat Festival in Josephine, Alabama this weekend.

Two full days, both beginning at 10:00 a.m., bring backwater fun to the forefront for a mere $5 daily ticket or $8 two-day pass (children under 12 are free).

If you are into the music scene, you’re in for a great time. Saturday, April 30, at 11:00 a.m. is Big Daddy O and the Local Riff Raff. At 2:00 is the Lightnin’ Malcolm Band, followed by Moonshine Babies at 6:00. Sunday music includes Big Muddy at 10:00 a.m. and Rollin’ In the Hay at 2:00.

The weather forecast promises a gorgeous weekend, so come on out and enjoy the outdoors! You’ll find all the festivities around Pirates Cove just off the Intracoastal Canal (by water) at I.C.W. Marker #65 and L 30‘ 19.2 N Lo 87′ 32.0 W, or by land at the end of Co. Rd. 95 off of Co. Rd. 20, west of Foley.

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S’mores at the Shores

You are never the wrong age and it’s never the wrong season when it comes to S’mores. (Your mouth is already watering just thinking about this warm, gooey, sweet sandwich, isn’t it?)

S'mores at the shores, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Bring your family to the beach for free S'mores and music Friday, April 29, 2011.

To celebrate families and this renowned treat, the City of Gulf Shores is offering a free, tasty opportunity along our shoreline!

This Friday, April 29, bring your family to the west end of the main public beach, lifeguard tower #4. There you’ll find a number of campfires and all the makings for the best-ever S’mores. (After all, everything tastes better at the beach.) The event runs from 6:30 until 8:30, but don’t wait too late—S’mores will only be available as long as the ingredients last.

There’s more to do, though, than just eat and run. Bring your blankets and beach chairs and relax to the music of Top Hat and Jackie from 6:30 to 7:30, then DJ music by Shawn Weaver until 8:30. And of course, the beach is a beautiful place to be on a warm evening!

S’mores at the Shores is the first of the 2011 Gulf Shores Outdoor and In series, bringing you music and activities to bring people together. See the full schedule at the city’s website.

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Cowboy Johnson CD Release Party

The name “Cowboy” may not come to mind when you hear someone was born in England. And the name “Cowboy” isn’t usually a legal name chosen by parents. So let me explain:

Cowboy Johnson, music, Beach CITE Studios, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Alabama, SanRoc Cay

Celebrate Cowboy Johnson's new CD at a concert and party Friday, April 29, 2011, at Beach CITE Studios in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Baby Boy Johnson was born into an Air Force family that happened to be stationed in England. The young boy then spent many childhood hours singing gospel music at churches in California. But at age 15 his family moved to Minnesota, and at age 16 this young man was on his own, working in South Dakota mines, playing music, and living hard. When an upset neighbor referred to Johnson as a “cowboy” after shooting up a mailbox, the moniker stuck—and for the past 30 years the tattoo on his chest proudly proves that “Cowboy” is his name.

Having conquered his alcohol addiction 24 years ago, and experienced the hurt of four divorces, the excitement of his three children’s births, and the sorrow of losing both parents, Cowboy Johnson now shares stories of his demons, pains and redemption through his honest, compelling music and his unexpectedly smooth and gentle voice.

His first CD, A Grain of Sand, was released in 2003 as a tribute to the music of Texas artist Mickey Newbury. And now, the folks at Beach CITE Studios are excited to host a concert and release party this Friday, April 29, 2011, for Cowboy Johnson’s new CD, Old Friends. Appropriately, he will be joined in concert by a few of his favorite guests.

You’ll want to be at the studios’ Listening Room in SanRoc Cay, Orange Beach, when the doors open at 6:30 to be assured a seat for the 7:00 concert. Your admission is by donation at the door, and helps to bring more such outstanding artists to the Beach CITE Studios Listening Room. Learn more by visiting the Beach CITE Studios website and make your reservations by calling 251-981-1989.

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Naked Running?

You’ll hear it called “naked running,” but before your imagination gets too involved, I should probably clarify. The real meaning of this term is that your feet are naked. Yes, barefoot. (Sorry to disappoint.)

Christopher McDougall, Born to Run, naked, barefoot, author, book, bestseller

Join Born to Run author Christopher McDougall for a 90-minute evening beach run and a book signing party Tuesday, April 26 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The concept of running with no shoes is certainly not new, but doing so for a long-distance marathon is a bit unusual. With a strong new influence by Christopher McDougall, though, it may become more commonplace.

Chris, a former AP correspondent and now author of the bestselling book Born to Run, is here at the beach to promote his running concept as well as his book. He explains why form is more important to running than the footwear you choose, and even offers cautions about shoe styles meant to be helpful that actually can cause difficulties. But perhaps his most important idea to share is that running should always be fun—not work, not exercise, not an obligation, but just pure enjoyment.

I have not read the book yet (it’s on my list!), but I’ve spoken with others who have read it and are giving it high praise, even though they aren’t runners themselves. One of the most fascinating aspects of the book comes from Chris’ experiences and observations of his time spent with the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico, known for their running skills. They run everywhere, even into their 70s, using thin sandals made of tires or no foot covering at all—and with virtually no injuries.

For your chance to experience a 90-minute naked run along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico shoreline with Chris McDougall and other world-class runners (including Scott Jurek and Eric Orton), come to The Hangout in Gulf Shores by 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26—but don’t miss the presentation at 4:00 to learn the barefoot running techniques. Beginning at 7:15, a book signing and discussion will be hosted at The Hangout by Fairhope’s Page and Palette bookstore. Event tickets are $5, but for only $15.95 you will receive an autographed copy of the paperback book, a temporary tattoo, an event T-shirt and access to the run if you choose.

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Mac Walter—No Ordinary Talent

It’s not every day that you get to experience up-close a guitar virtuoso who developed his own fingerstyle approach to incorporate into folk, jazz, country, rock and blues.

Mac Walter, guitar, concert, Beach CITE Studios, Orange Beach, Alabama, Gulf Shores

Folk, swing, jazz and more by virtuoso guitarist Mac Walter who uses his own fingerstyle method to create masterful music.

But it’s not an everyday kind of talent that brought Mac Walter to the forefront. Although already playing ukulele at age 15, he was encouraged to explore the guitar. Three months later he was playing in a band and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His fascination with music led him to study at Berklee College in Boston and then continue his studies with inspiring, hard-driving teachers, and Mac is now a role model to the next generations of true guitarists.

Beach CITE Studios—located at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach, Alabama—is offering you an opportunity on Friday, April 22, 2011, to see, hear and feel the passion that exudes from the heart and fingers of Mac Walter.

As seating is limited at this intimate venue, call 251-981-1989 now to claim chairs for you and your friends. The entertainment begins at 7:30; your donation for admission will be accepted beginning at 7:00.

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Susan Gibson Returns to Beach CITE Studios

Among her many achievements, Susan Gibson may be best known for her song “Wide Open Spaces” that the Dixie Chicks easily coaxed into a number one hit in 1998. The song—winner of the Single of the Year at the 1999 Country Music Awards—also appeared on the Dixie Chicks album that won two Grammy awards that year.

Susan Gibson, Wide Open Spaces, Tightrope, singer, music

Enjoy Susan Gibson's return engagement at Beach CITE Studios on Thursday, April 21, 2011.

Susan’s newest album, Tightrope, was released on Valentine’s Day of this year. The acoustic sounds don’t always come from “real” instruments, as they include percussion via cigar box, strums on a warped dobro and plucks on piano strings. Yet everything about the sparsely beautiful CD sounds comfortable and refreshing to the ears.

Susan’s Texas/Americana/folk style obviously strikes a chord with many people, as she has been successfully touring for the past 14 years, including numerous return engagements. Beach CITE Studios in Orange Beach, Alabama, is one of those welcoming venues filled with appreciative audiences who eagerly await another visit from this favored artist.

Discover why Susan Gibson’s performance talents are so favorably recognized. Join her on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Beach CITE Studios’ Listening Room located in SanRoc Cay. Doors open at 7:00 for the 7:30 show. Donations are accepted at the door, but you are encouraged to call 251-981-1989 to assure a seat in this intimate facility.

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