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The Hangout in Gulf Shores—yes, you know the place, located at the main beach—needs your help. Well, maybe more appropriately, they would like your participation or your assistance to spread the word. Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach, The Hangout is asking artists to consider submitting an entry for the 2nd Annual Hangout Public Art Competition. Your work should be a large-scale, weather-friendly, 3-D sculpture relating to this area. If your work is chosen, you will receive a $3,000 stipend and the displayed art will become property of The Hangout. While last year’s contest was open to college/university students, this year it is open to all artists. If you are interested in taking part in this competition, email your contact information to Juli Jordan at email@example.com. Be sure to include “Hangout Public Art Competition” in the subject line. Deadline for this initial contact is October 14, 2012. November 18 is the deadline for a written concept design plus photos of detailed sketches or models. Your presentation of the model—including why you chose the design and the requirements of installation—is due December 16. Announcement of the winning design will be January 15, 2013. For further information, contact Juli Jordan at the email address above or 251-981-4111. Be sure to stop by The Hangout to see the winning sculpture from 2012 or 2013. If you need a place to hang your hat while doing so, consider staying a few days or a few weeks at a condo in Gulf Shores. Meyer Vacation Rentals has a wide selection of condos and houses to fit your budget and number of guests. 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, Facebook and MySpace.Partnered with
Shiver me timbers! It’s a FREE breakfast for the little pirates and princesses, all summer long at The Hangout! Your Southern breakfast is served family-style: beignets, scrambled eggs, grits, breakfast potatoes, bacon, smoked sausage, and fresh hot biscuits. Children aged 10 or under get a free breakfast with each paid adult breakfast. You’ll find these tasty vittles served between 8 and 10:30 a.m. Be prepared to cheer on your favorite characters during sword fights and skits. Search for pirate booty during the guided buried treasure tour. And talk with the characters who come alive each morning throughout the summer. You can be thankful that you don’t have to walk the plank for your food or for a place for your family to stay. Take a look at the many properties available in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan (Alabama) and Perdido Key (Florida). There's something for families of all sizes and budgets! 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.
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. 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.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
If you can’t squeeze in enough live music during your busy evenings, you will be ecstatic to learn about the free shows at LuLuPalooza this Memorial Day Weekend at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Starting at noon Saturday and again Sunday (May 26 and 27), four bands are scheduled each day. You’ll hear soul, blues, R&B, funk, gospel, punk, jazz, rock, roots and pop, sometimes all within the same song. The artists are from New Orleans, Florida, Texas, and even Australia: Honey Island Swamp Band, Eric Lindell, The Lee Boys, Geoff Achison, Roddie Romero and The Hub City All-Stars, Dread Clampitt, Bonerama, and Pat McCann. Take a look at our Concerts & Music page to find out who is playing when. And all the time you are listening (when you can take a break from dancing), you can be enjoying the food for which LuLu’s is so well known. From appetizers to burgers and sandwiches to seafood, the fresh tastes will have your senses dancing. (Food allergies? Ask for any of their six special allergy menus.) Between meals, kick back with a favorite drink from the full bar, including their original Loopty Lu or LuLu’s World-Famous Bushwhacker. And spend some time marveling over the talents of Frenchy, a renowned live performance painter. Can’t make it this weekend? LuLu’s has live music every evening, and sometimes in the afternoon, too! Plan to come for a beach getaway any time, and make a visit to LuLu's a must-do on your activity list. Check out the current specials on condos and houses in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan, Alabama, and 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, Facebook and MySpace.
Sipping wine while relaxing by the beach. Doesn’t that sound like an idyllic way to spend an afternoon? 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 Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.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