Hey, Elvis Fans!

What is it about Elvis that has folks, all these years later, still in love with him and with his music? Was it his costumes? His hairstyle? His dance moves? His voice? The songs he chose to sing?

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Is it really Elvis, or impersonator Eddie Miles? Find out for yourself Saturday, February 25, 2012, in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Entertainer Eddie Miles may not be able to give a definitive answer to that age-old question, but he sure gives a definitive performance as Elvis. And Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and other country legends. The country legends will appear during the first half, and the second half is all Elvis, from his early to his final days. You’ll be singing along with all of them!

Eddie will bring his show, Elvis and Country Legends, to the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 7 p.m. Tickets—ranging from $15 to $30—are available by calling 251-504-2122, or you can stop by Nibbles Gourmet Market and Deli in The Wharf.

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Orange Beach Seafood Festival

Saturday, February 25, 2012, marks the 20th anniversary of the Orange Beach Seafood Festival sponsored by the Orange Beach Sports Association.

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Enjoy a day of delicious seafood, classic cars, local music, arts & crafts and kids activities during the Orange Beach Seafood Fest on February 25, 2012.

Just by its name, you naturally expect to find plates full of great seafood, and plenty of it. Choose a delicious pile of fried or broiled fish or shrimp and you’ll also get generous portions of sides. (Have your $11 ready before you pick up the plate, though, as it will require both hands to carry it.)

There’s plenty to do before and after you eat, too. Check out the many hot rod, antique and classic cars on display. Even though there will be prizes for the vehicles at the end of the day, you’ll see that the favorite part of the contest for the owners is talking about their cars with all the admirers. (Have a car you’d like to enter? Just $15 registration gets you a spot and two meal passes.)

Wander through the 40+ vendor booths to find exclusive items made by regional arts and crafts folks. Home décor, jewelry and accessories, clothing and more will be available.

This alcohol-free, pet-free atmosphere is great for the kids, and they will have plenty to do with inflatables, games, a climbing wall and more. There is even a kids performance stage that will include all-day entertainment.

Speaking of all-day entertainment, you will enjoy live music throughout the festival, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., including the ever-popular Top Hat and Jackie playing around noon. The rest of the day you’ll hear from local artists such as Chris Sweeney, Gage Downs, Bailey Kennon, Kenny Lambert, Callie Ann Myers Thompson and more.

The festival’s location at the Orange Beach Sportsplex (off Canal Road approximately one mile east of the Foley Beach Express) works well because of its large open area. But it’s also fitting for the event, as proceeds from the day will allow purchase of uniforms, equipment and insurance for youth baseball, T-ball and softball, as well as help with expenses for officials and to sponsor clinics.

There are plenty of places to stay at the beach, but did you know there are also great options near the Sportsplex? Look out over the marina and be just steps from shopping, dining, a movie theater and more when you choose a elegant 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom condo at The Wharf, sleeping 4–8 people. Or enjoy a quiet, bayside getaway in a 2-bedroom condo that sleeps 6 at Wolf Bay Villas, where you can toss a line off the pier and even clean your catch at the fish-cleaning station.

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Three Mardi Gras Parades on the Island

You’ve been seeing the colors—purple, gold and green in particular—and you’ve been hearing all kinds of animated discussions about fancy balls and informal parties.

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How many throws can you catch? Find out at any of three parades in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach on Fat Tuesday, February 21, 2012.

It is Mardi Gras season, after all. And here on Pleasure Island we take on the holiday festivities with not just two, but three parades on the day itself, Fat Tuesday.

To start your day, bring lawn chairs, breakfast or snacks and a thermos of coffee and set up early along Highway 59 anywhere between the Intracoastal Bridge (south side) and the main public beach. The parade will roll at 10 a.m., supplying you with as many beads, moon pies and other treasures as you can catch.

You are bound to make new friends before and during the parade, so after stowing your goodies in your car or house/condo, meet them at any of our fine restaurants to renew your energy before gathering more throws at the next event.

The starting time for the Orange Beach parade is 2:00. You will again want to arrive early to claim your favorite spot along the parade route, so refill your thermos and snack bag and be ready to meet more new friends. Wintzell’s marks the beginning point, and the floats will process eastward to Highway 161.

But wait—there’s more! Scurry over to a spot along Canal Road for the 3:00 Intracoastal Waterway boat parade that runs from The Wharf to LuLu’s. When the parade ends, join everyone at LuLu’s for a daylong party that began at 11:00 with live music by Glen David Andrews from noon until 3. Stay for dinner accompanied by terrific Americana/roots music by Sugarcane Jane from 5 until 9 p.m. It will be a Fat Tuesday to remember: February 21, 2012!

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Mardi Gras Festival

It’s not just parades and fancy balls.

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Warm up your voices and your catching arms, and go home with plenty of treasures from the 2012 Pleasure Island Mardi Gras Festival at The Wharf.

Some of you may find that hard to believe, but the Mardi Gras season really does include a wide range of activities. Proof of such is offered this Monday, February 20, at The Pleasure Island Mardi Gras Festival held at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.

The all-day party begins at 10 a.m. with street entertainers, face painting, clowns and fire breathers. Let the kids put their high energy to use in the bounce house and on the giant slide. At 2 p.m., even Fido can be part of the merriment during the Kid & Pet Parade along Main Street.

From 3 until 5 p.m., Wes Bayliss will break out his guitar and keep everyone happily engaged in the festivities with his country music.

The official Wharf Mardi Gras Parade begins at 5 p.m. Start warming up your voice now so your “Throw me some beads!” yell will bring you plenty of goodies for your bag. The people on the floats and go-carts are prepared to be generous, and the bands will punctuate the treasure collecting with their driving beats.

But don’t go away after that! Hang out with your friends and let those dancing feet prove their stuff as Knee Deep—with their funky blues, reggae and more—keeps things lively until 10 p.m.

Admission and parking are free, so if you can’t stay for the full day, feel free to come and go as you please. Don’t forget to shop, dine, ride the Ferris wheel or take in a movie while you are there. It’s a day for fun, and The Wharf is prepared to make that happen for you.

Can’t join us for Mardi Gras? How about a free night when you stay with us between March 1 and May 6, 2012? Find out how by checking out our spring special.

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2 Authors to Speak Wednesday at Library

The first full week of February leads to a full Wednesday at the Orange Beach Public Library—a day when readers, authors and history buffs are in for a treat.

Patricia Brady, A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel Donelson and Andrew Jackson

Patricia Brady will speak Wednesday, February 8, 2012, of her newest book, A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel Donelson and Andrew Jackson

At 10 a.m. on February 8, The Friends of the Orange Beach Library will present Patricia Brady, a historian and author, who will speak about her newest book, A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel Donelson and Andrew Jackson.

From Rachel and Andrew’s love affair to his rise in the military and political worlds, and from wars to plantation life to raising children (often alone), Rachel unwaveringly supported Andrew’s aspirations. Unfortunately, Rachel died just weeks prior to Andrew’s move to the White House, and the president’s devotion to her kept him from remarrying.

Ms. Brady brings the touching story to vivid life for her readers, and you will enjoy her personal glimpse into the lives of the powerful couple and the research that helped to create the narrative.

After savoring a leisurely lunch and shopping in town, return to the library by 3 p.m. for a different brand of insight into our country’s more recent past with the author of a historical novel that ties together events from present day and 1940.

Bob Buckley, novel, author, The Slave Tag

Bob Buckley's novel The Slave Tag finds two college students investigating an unreported murder from 1940.

Bob Buckley’s compelling story, The Slave Tag, is directed by two college students who stumble upon some information about an old, unreported crime. Their interest piqued, the characters eventually follow their research to an unpleasant set of circumstances in the Deep South.

In addition to the discussion of his book, Mr. Buckley (yes, the geocaching expert from previous library programs) will also enlighten his audience on the changed landscape of publishing in today’s world and how it affects authors.

Join fellow booklovers, history enthusiasts and authors for both of these enlightening (and free!) conversations. But don’t say we didn’t warn you—after visiting with these authors, you will be so intrigued by their books that you will just have to purchase your own copies. Happy reading!

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