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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.

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2 Authors to Speak Wednesday at Library

Monday, February 6th, 2012

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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Gospel Quartet Convention in Orange Beach

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Good ol’ gospel singin’ is comin’ your way!

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Three powerful days of gospel quartet singing February 2-4 in Orange Beach, Alabama. You don't want to miss this!

You’ll be amazed by the tremendous talents of numerous gospel artists, both well-known and up-and-coming, at the Gulf Coast Quartet Convention in Orange Beach, Alabama, on February 2, 3 and 4, 2012.

From 2 until 5 p.m. and again 6 until 7 p.m. each day, rising stars are welcomed to the stage by Phil Cross, Tim Lovelace, Paul Smith, and Rose Gilley.

The evening’s featured and headline performers will take the stage between 7 and 10 p.m.:
Thursday— Phil Cross, HisSong, Mark 209 (formerly The Mystery Men), Tim Lovelace, Fourtwelve (formerly Shiloh)
Friday— Jeff & Sheri Easter
Saturday— The Hoppers

At 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, the Night Owl Showcase will be open to any performers who want to sing again, so be sure to keep the applause going. You may even hear some spontaneous regroupings by the artists.

Saturday afternoon, arrive early and be ready for laughs with the Tim Lovelace Comedy Hour from 1 until 2 p.m. Also on Saturday, 1–4 p.m., Phil Cross is hosting a Writer’s Lab. Both events are available for a separate fee and may be purchased at the artist’s booth in the exhibit area.

All of the events will take place at the Conference Center at The Wharf, except the Writer’s Lab, which is at Romar Beach Baptist Church. And all of the artists will have booths where you can speak with the members, purchase CDs, take pictures and collect autographs.

General admission tickets for the 3-day event are $50, or you may purchase a single-day pass for $25. Artist Circle tickets—$100 full pass or $50 single-day—allow seating within the first 5 rows, where you may also interact with the seated artists. Advance purchase is preferred by calling organizer Paul Smith at 251-981-8960, but tickets also will be available at the door. And don’t worry about where to go for mealtime, as local restaurants will be there with their booths of delicious foods from seafood to barbecue and more.

Besides those mentioned above, other artists appearing at the event include:
James Sheldon
Gold Harbor
GladHeart
Mountain Joy
The Drummond Family
Majestic Sounds
The Copenhavers
Appointed By Grace
Omega
Paul Family
McClellan Singing Sisters
E-SweetsCandy
Darlene Chapman
Restored Trio
Song of David
Vonda Easley
Amy Dunnam
John 3:16
Bourn Again
Grace Trio
The Jonathans
Nikki Ellison

Start planning now, and take advantage of the special price on accommodations when you stay with Meyer Vacation Rentals. Purchase 2 nights in a condo or 5 nights in a house and get 2 more nights FREE, making it extra-affordable to attend this exciting weekend of music. You may wish to claim a nearby condo or house in Orange Beach as your home base, but feel free to choose from any of the 1500+ properties available.

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Cooking Classes in Gulf Shores

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Long walks on beautiful white sand, volleyball and other outdoor games, restaurants and night life, miniature golf and amusement parks . . . and a class? Taking a class when you come to the Gulf Shores area may not be top-of-mind, but widening your horizons may provide a welcome new vacation experience.

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Cooking is more fun when you know how! Choose from a variety of Gulf Coast Culinary Institute workshops to enhance your skills and bring out your hidden chef.

The Gulf Coast Culinary Institute at the Gulf Shores campus of Faulkner State Community College is offering a tasty array of afternoon and evening workshops through early December. Each class lasts 2.5 or 4 hours, and includes information, demonstration and guided hands-on opportunities.

To whet your appetite for the classes, take note of what the Culinary Institute has in store for you in November and December:

Saturday, November 12, 3–7 p.m. ($45)—Holiday Cajun Style
Who says your holiday meal has to be the same each year? Adopt a full Cajun theme or simply incorporate a few Cajun ideas to spice things up. This class discusses the history, the foods and the cooking techniques of Cajun cuisine. After a little exploration, you’ll get to put your new knowledge to use in the kitchen as Chef Trawick guides you through the steps.

Saturday, November 19, 3–5:30 p.m. ($45)—Sushi
Sushi lovers often declare that they would dine on this delicacy more often if not for the cost. But knowing how to make it means you can serve it often for a much lower cost than dining out. Chef Douglas will describe the history, food and techniques of sushi-making. Once you enter the kitchen, you’ll be instructed on selecting ingredients and cooking the rice, then experience the ease of making large rolls, small rolls, inside-out rolls and hand rolls.

Saturday, December 3, 3–7 p.m. ($30)—Cheesecake
Place a homemade cheesecake on the dessert table, and you’re the star of the gathering. You won’t need to watch someone else take those honors at your next get-together once Chef Douglas teaches you the secrets of successful cheesecake creation. Ingredients, tools and techniques will be covered, followed by guided preparation of a variety of savory and sweet treats. Among the lessons are crusts, styles, garnishes and sauces.

Register for any or all of the classes, held at the Faulkner State Community College campus just north of the Intracoastal Canal bridge in Gulf Shores, by calling 251-990-0445 or 800-231-3752.

Culinary workshops are even more fun when couples, families or friends share the experience, so get everyone together and come on down to the beach! If you haven’t already made your lodging arrangements, take a look at some of Meyer Vacation Rentals’ properties, such as 2-bedroom Gulf Shores condos and houses—or for larger groups, 4-bedroom houses and condos in Gulf Shores might be the perfect fit.

Stay informed of Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Vacation Rentals on Facebook and Twitter.

Gulf Coast Culinary Institute Cooking Classes

Friday, October 7th, 2011

As you plan your trip to the Gulf Shores area, you probably think about white sand and beach towels, volleyball and other outdoor games, restaurants and night life, miniature golf and amusement parks. Taking a class may not be top-of-mind, but widening your horizons may provide a welcome new vacation experience.

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Cooking is more fun when you know how! Choose from a variety of Gulf Coast Culinary Institute workshops to enhance your skills and bring out your hidden chef.

The Gulf Coast Culinary Institute at the Gulf Shores campus of Faulkner State Community College is offering a tasty array of afternoon and evening workshops through early December. Each class lasts 2.5, 3 or 4 hours, and includes information, demonstration and hands-on opportunities.

To whet your appetite for the classes, take note of what the Culinary Institute has in store for you in October:

Saturday, October 8, 3–6 p.m. ($30)—Healthy Cooking
Foods with lower amounts of fat and calories and higher fiber and vitamins are important to any healthy diet. You’ll learn which foods to emphasize, as well as which tools and techniques will help you get the most out of those foods. Learn to make soups, appetizers, entrees and desserts that will satisfy and nourish.

Friday, October 14, 6–8:30 p.m. ($40)—Taste of Italy
You may be surprised at the versatility of classic Italian cuisine and the ease of preparation, in spite of the seemingly complicated names. Chef Marsha breaks it down into easy-to-understand skills to make dishes such as Roasted Garlic & Mascarpone Fettuccine Alfredo; Butternut Squash Risotto with Shaved Pecorino and Granny Smith Apple “Caviar”; Creamy Polenta with Italian Sausage, Peppers, Onions and Homemade Marinara; and Tiramisu Parfaits.

Friday, October 21, 6–8:30 p.m. ($45)—Tapas and Paella
Small-plate tapas of Spain are rising in popularity in the U.S. Learn to make Classic Chilled Tomato Gazpacho; Tortilla Española with Potatoes, Onions and Lemon-Herb Crème Fraiche; Queso Frito (Baked Manchego Cheese with Spicy Spanish Marinara); and Traditional Paella Valenciana with Saffron Rice, Chicken, and Chorizo. Chef Marsha also will share her recommendations for Spanish wines, port and sherry.

Saturday, October 22, 3–6 p.m. ($45)—BBQ Sauces
BBQ is a staple of Southern cuisine. Many a fierce rivalry has begun over bragging rights to the best barbecue! Thanks to this class, you, too, can jump right in to claim your fame as the new champion of flavor. Learn about the history of BBQ in America, as well as regional variations, and then put the information to immediate use with hands-on fun exploring the many combinations.

Saturday, October 29, 3–6 p.m. ($40)—Poultry
From the most basic preparations to complicated gourmet presentations, poultry is a favored choice for entrees, appetizers, soups and more. Learn not only the best cooking techniques, but also how to choose and properly prepare poultry for whichever cooking mode strikes your fancy.

Register for any or all of the classes, held at the Faulkner State Community College campus just north of the Intracoastal Canal bridge in Gulf Shores, by calling 251-990-0445 or 800-231-3752.

Culinary workshops are even more fun when couples, families or friends share the experience, so get everyone together and come on down to the beach! If you haven’t already made your lodging arrangements, take a look at some of Meyer Vacation Rentals’ properties, such as 2-bedroom Gulf Shores condos and houses—or for larger groups, 4-bedroom houses and condos in Gulf Shores might be the perfect fit.

Stay informed of Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area activities, vacation rental specials and more by subscribing to this Discover Alabama Beaches blog and Meyer Muse, and by following Meyer Vacation Rentals on Facebook and Twitter.

Collage Workshop Aug. 2, 3, 4

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Creating an artistic collage can be as relaxing as meditation while at the same time bringing the participant energy through the creative process and sense of accomplishment.

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Learn collage art at Orange Beach Arts Center during a 3-day workshop August 2-4, 2011.

Artist/instructor Jane Sellier wants to share her love of the collage process with anyone—first-timer to professional artist—who wishes to dabble in or seriously study this medium. The Orange Beach Arts Center is helping her make that happen.

Using any variety of objects, students adhere items to a surface in whatever manner that is pleasing to their eye. The collage may feel complete as is, or any combination of other media (paint, pencil, crayon, etc.) can be applied to embellish the basic work.

Call 251-981-2787 today to register for this popular 3-day workshop scheduled for August 2, 3, and 4, 2011, from 9 a.m. until noon. The fee is only $50, and you’ll walk away with a truly unique creation of your very own, as well as enough skills and knowledge to expand your portfolio.

Even if you choose not to explore your creative side at this time, stop by the Arts Center to admire or purchase works of talented artists. Their ever-changing displays include a number of artistic forms, and you can even enjoy watching a glass artist at work in The Hot Shop.

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