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SEC Beachfest 2012

Friday, August 3rd, 2012
Start warming up your arms for weeks of high-energy fist pumps. Begin your food planning for weekly sports-related snacks. Get your voice back in shape to enthusiastically sing your favorite school’s fight song.
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Meet current and legendary coaches, play beach games, swap stories with players and fans, enjoy two great concerts, and participate in even more family-friendly fun at SEC BeachFest August 23–26, 2012 in Gulf Shores, AL.

And now there’s one more preparation for an awesome SEC football season: Pack your bags and head to the beach! Get psyched to meet current and legendary coaches August 23–26, 2012, during the first SEC BechFest in Gulf Shores, Alabama. There’s no question that you’ll know these names: Nick Saban of Alabama, Gene Chizik of Auburn, Les Miles of LSU, Pat Dye of Auburn, Gene Stallings of Alabama, Vince Dooley of Georgia, R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M, and Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee. ESPNU’s SEC preview show will be broadcast from the beach, and it will include the current coaches. Get the inside scoop from these hard-hitting leaders during town hall discussions with the fans. You may even learn a few new moves from the icons of Southeastern Conference football at the FanZone sports clinics and games. For some, it may be hard to understand that SEC football isn’t at the top of your loved one’s list. We understand your disappointment. But don’t leave those folks behind! Fueled by BP, FanZone will also host family and kids’ activities such as a sandcastle-building competition, beach games, beach volleyball, touch football with SEC legends, a 5k run and one-mile fun run, and a waffle breakfast. You can even get a foursome together and participate in the SEC BeachFest Golf Scramble. In keeping with the excitement-filled “something for everyone” weekend, you’ll be treated to two fabulous evening concerts: Celebrate 35 years of rockin’ beats with the B-52s on Friday night, and dance on the sand Saturday night to Grammy-winning voodoo funk by Dr. John. Each SEC school will have a fan/alumni headquarters at LuLu’s (Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee), Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores (LSU, Georgia, Mississippi State, Texas A&M) or Tacky Jack’s Orange Beach (Alabama, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri), so be prepared to swap stories and relive great football and school memories between 5:00 and 8:30 each evening. To make the weekend even more appealing, we've arranged for you to get your 3rd night free in a condo or your 4th night free in a house when you stay with Meyer Vacation Rentals—AND you'll get FREE passes to the weekend’s activities (each ticket is a $25 value). Get all the details, then get busy warming up for a fantastic SEC football kickoff event at the beach! Stay informed of local activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Vacation Rentals on TwitterFacebook and MySpace.

Army Band in Gulf Shores and Foley

Monday, June 18th, 2012
Patriotic music moves us. Marches inspire us. And the sound of a military band excites us.
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Two opportunities to enjoy the 151st Army Band patriotic concert: Tuesday in Gulf Shores and Friday in Foley.

This week, you have two opportunities to experience all of the above! The 151st Army Band’s Concert Ensemble will be performing Tuesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. in Gulf Shores. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks, and choose your spot in the lawn behind the Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 W. 2nd St. This is a free event, so bring your family and friends—the more the merrier! Can’t make it Tuesday? You’ll also find the military musicians playing Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at Heritage Park in Foley (corner of Hwy. 59 and 98). Their appearance, preceded at 6 p.m. by the Alabama Baton Corps, is part of the free weekly Music and a Movie event that also includes a farmer’s market (3–6 p.m.), so be prepared to shop and then stay for the evening to view Forever Young on the large inflatable screen. It’s not too late to join us at the beach for this weekend! Take a look at what is still available for your arrival this Friday, June 22, then start packing for a fun-filled, sunny getaway on the beautiful white sands of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan or Orange Beach (Alabama) or Perdido Key (Florida)! Stay informed of local activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Vacation Rentals on Twitter and Facebook.

Book Signings in Gulf Shores

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
If you haven’t visited Just Books and Coastal Video in Gulf Shores during your beach trips, be sure to put it on your list—especially if you are in town this Saturday, June 16.
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Visit with nine authors Saturday, June 16, at Just Books and Coastal Video in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., you will have the opportunity to meet, chat with, and get autographs from nine authors! Their stories or their lives (and sometimes both) involve our Southeastern locale. Some of the material is true to life and some is fiction, and it’s always entertaining. Stop by to enjoy an afternoon with the following authors: Gilbert Morris—Christy Award-winning author of more than 200 books, Mr. Morris created the series The House of Winslow among many others, and has just published his most recent book, The River Rose from the Water Wheel series. Chris Warner and Joe GilchristBushwhacked at the Flora-Bama was released earlier this year, detailing the history of the Flora-Bama Lounge at the Alabama/Florida state line and sharing some philosophies of the future of our country’s entrepreneurial opportunities. Roger Reid—Among his acclaimed young-adult novels is his newest, Time, which follows teenaged Jason Caldwell through another exciting mystery-solving adventure. Margaret Childress Long—From a native's perspective, The Best Place to Be: The Story Of Orange Beach, Alabama describes the history and the people of Ms. Long’s beloved home.
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Read about the tough times and the great times behind the scenes at the famous Flora-Bama Lounge in this 2012 publication.

Harvey H. Jackson III—Covering the 1930s to present day development of the Alabama Gulf Coast, Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera begins with the worries of World War II’s effect on the area and includes the recovery from economic and natural disasters. Ryan Anderson—Ms. Anderson weaves a mighty story in each of her thriller/murder mystery books, the most recent of which is Undelivered. Paris Love—Coach, speaker, consultant . . . and now author. Debut novel Growing Pains proves the importance of true friendship as her central characters work their way through the ups and downs of the quest for true love. Mark J. HaindsYear of the Pig chronicles a hunter’s year-long pursuit of wild pigs in America to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig (2007). While at Just Books and Coastal Video in the Bruno’s shopping center on Hwy. 59, don’t forget to pick out a couple of additional books for your beach reading, and also purchase or rent your favorite DVDs or games (system rentals available) to share with your family or friends. Need more details? Give them a call at 251-968-6828. If you can’t make it here this weekend, join us when you can! How about staying in a 2-bedroom Gulf Shores house?  Or, with more than 1500 properties to choose from—small to large and budget to luxury—we’re sure to have something that fits your needs. Stay informed of local activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Vacation Rentals on Twitter and Facebook.

Smokey Joe’s Café

Friday, June 1st, 2012
The names Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller may not be familiar, but you will know many of the timeless songs they wrote during the 1950s and 1960s.
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Don't miss the highly entertaining Smokey Joe's Cafe! Performances by SummerTide Theatre of University of Alabama through June 29 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Among their most well-known pieces are “Stand By Me,” “Love Potion #9” and “On Broadway,” as well as novelty songs “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown.” Others you will likely recognize include “Ruby Baby,” “Poison Ivy” and “Spanish Harlem.” Smokey Joe’s Café is a revue of the music of the prolific Lieber and Stoller writing team. Filled with rock ’n’ roll as well as rhythm and blues, you’ll also pick up on a few hints of country and even Vaudeville in the 39 songs presented by eight highly talented SummerTide Theatre performers. Since the entire production is a collection of songs with no dialogue, you might expect to sit through a concert, politely applauding after each number. But rest assured, this is a highly entertaining show. Each song is a production within itself, thanks to clever and well-executed staging and/or choreography. You’ll find yourself applauding enthusiastically and even cheering throughout the performance, especially following the bring-down-the-house “I’m a Woman” that highlights each of the ladies and then brings it home as they join together for a powerful final refrain. Capitalizing on that momentum, the full ensemble immediately follows up with a high-energy “Jailhouse Rock” song and dance sequence. It’s almost impossible for audience members to keep from dancing then and many other times during the 90 minutes of entertainment. There’s just not enough room in this blog to share all the wonderful moments of song and dance, melancholy and laughter. So do yourself a favor—get your tickets today for Smokey Joe’s Café. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings through June 29 at 8 p.m. at the George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center, 2022 W. 2nd St., Gulf Shores. Tickets may be purchased online at SummerTide.org, or by calling 251-968-6721; adults $18, children under 12 $12, groups of 10 or more $12 each. Each June for nine years, students and recent graduates of University of Alabama have brought their gift of musical theater to Pleasure Island. Each year it has been a must-see experience, and this year’s Smokey Joe’s Café continues their string of smash hits. If you haven’t made your summer beach plans yet, don’t miss out! Consider staying at any of our vacation rental condos or houses in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan (Alabama) or Perdido Key (Florida). But book now before your favorite property is taken! Stay informed of local activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Vacation Rentals on Twitter and Facebook.

Rockin’ Thursdays at The Wharf

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Starting May 10 and running throughout the summer, Rockin’ Thursdays will bring a great variety of popular local acts to the Ferris Wheel Palm Plaza at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.
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The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, offers year-round entertainment and activities, including this summer's Rockin' Thursdays.

Mark your calendars now to enjoy the following acts scheduled thus far: May 10 — The Jay Williams Band May 17 — Lee Yankie May 24 — Bud Smith and The Budz May 31 — Ryan Balthrop and Friends June 7 — Jason Justice and Hung Jury The music begins at 5 p.m. and will keep you hoppin’ for the next three hours. The best part? It’s free! So plan to spend your Thursday evenings at The Wharf this summer—music, dining, shopping and fun! Choose to vacation in a one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom condo at The Wharf, each with a marina view. Play all day in the pools, lazy river and waterfall, then walk to dinner and pick up a few fun items in the unique shops before taking the boardwalk to a headliner concert in the amphitheater.  Or take in a current movie showing on one of 15 Rave Theatre screens, followed by a ride on the Southeast’s largest Ferris wheel. You may find that you never want to leave!
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Play all day in the pools, lazy river and waterfall, then enjoy dining, shopping, the Ferris wheel, music and more through the evening.

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Waves of Wine in Orange Beach

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Sipping wine while relaxing by the beach. Doesn’t that sound like an idyllic way to spend an afternoon?
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Sample wines, enjoy car and yacht exhibits, take a water tour of the bay, and enjoy arts and crafts as well as sumptuous hors d'oeuvres and brunch this weekend at Waves of Wine in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Take that picture in your mind and put yourself into it by attending the 2nd Annual Waves of Wine festival in Orange Beach, Alabama. Two days, two different opportunities—and you’ll want to attend both. Saturday, May 5 is your opportunity to leisurely stroll the event, stopping at each of the wine stations to learn about, sample and/or purchase your own wine from the 120 varieties available. Beginning at noon until 5 p.m., make a few stops for a few sips, then intersperse the tasting with visits to the arts and crafts area, premium automobiles exhibit, Galati yachts show and a water tour of the bay. Savor wonderful hors d’oeuvres offered by top local restaurants, and relax to live music from three local bands. Sunday, May 6 brings a five-star brunch accompanied by flights of champagne. Between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., you’ll be treated to delicious food and samples of sparkling delight, with a backdrop of live music. Purchase your Waves of Wine tickets online—Saturday is $45, and Sunday is $35. They can be purchased individually or as a set. The weekend’s activities take place on the grounds of the upscale Caribe The Resort. The scenic location lends itself well to the event, and the view from the condos is stunning. Take a peek at the 2- and 3-bedroom Caribe properties available for your next vacation. Fair warning: Deciding which of these luxurious properties to reserve will be a difficult but fun mission. Stay informed of local activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Real Estate on TwitterFacebook and MySpace.