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Attention, 3-D Artists!

Friday, September 21st, 2012

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.

2012 art contest winning sculpture, orange beach arts center, the hangout, gulf shores

Pictured is the 2012 winning sculpture “When I Visit Your Home.” Maybe your entry will be the 2013 winner!

Partnered with 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 jjordan@cityoforangebeach.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.

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Easter Shred Fest

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

You’ve seen them along the shoreline. They wait on the sand, ever vigilant, then race along the water’s edge. Next thing you hear is a plopping sound and suddenly they are gliding across the water—sometimes awkward, sometimes graceful. But when it’s over they are always ready to do it again, with the hope of more grace, a longer path, and maybe even a chance to ride a wave.

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Watch skilled competitors of all ages during the Easter Shred Fest April 7, 2012, at the Gulf Shores Public Beach.

This Saturday, April 7, 2012, you can see many such shows of ability during the Easter Shred Fest—a skimboarding competition on the Gulf Shores Public Beach. Hosted by Blonde John’s Surf & Skate, the event is open to all ages. Contestants will be judged on the length of the ride, their creativity, and their technical ability. Three members of Blonde John’s eight-member Bama Boys team are set to turn pro next year, so you can bet you’ll see some amazing action from them and other competitors.

You’ll find the athletes and audience at the beach in front of The Hangout. Events begin at 9 a.m. and last all day. If you’d like to compete, call 251-948-2182 to register.

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Oyster Cook-Off at the Beach

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The event may not officially begin until 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, November 5, but you can bet the planning for the 4thAnnual Oyster Cook-off has kicked into high gear over the past few weeks.

4th Annual Oyster Cook-off, The Hangout, Gulf Shores, Alabama, 2011

Cheer on your favorite restaurant in the Oyster Cook-off. November 5, 2011, The Hangout, Gulf Shores, Alabama.

With $10,000 in prizes—including cash and Hangout Music Fest tickets—the competition is fierce. The most coveted prize, though, is bragging rights as creator of the best oyster dish in our island area. Food categories include Cajun Oysters, Oysters Rockefeller, and Create-Your-Own Raw Oysters; they will be judged by an official panel. An overall grand champion also will be named, a fast-paced contest will crown the three speediest shuckers, a best booth will be chosen, and everyone attending will get to vote for the People’s Choice winner.

Tents are already being set up for each competitor, the beer garden is about to be stocked full of craft beers and all the makings for Cordina frozen cocktails, and folks are abuzz with a rivalry befitting the weekend’s sports events.

Will your favorite oyster eatery be competing? Come cheer them on (admission is free!), and sample their savory concoctions for just $1 per ticket:
City Grill
Cotton’s
DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen
Flora-Bama
Gulf Island Grill
The Hangout
Happy Harbor
Lester’s (2010 Cajun winner and Grand Champion)
LL’s Seafood (2010 Raw winner)
Mudbugs
The Original Oyster House
Shrimp Basket (2010 Rockefeller winner)
Steve’s Place
Sunset Cork Room
Sysco
West Beach Grille
Wintzell’s Oyster House
Wolf Bay Lodge

There will be plenty of cook-off activities to keep you engaged, but if you are looking for even more from this gathering, you’ll find it! Live music will be provided by The Rentmakers, and the big screen will broadcast SEC football (be sure to join in the related games and prize opportunities). You can always count on The Hangout for a great variety of high-energy fun for all ages.

Take a peek at video from last year’s Oyster Cook-off.

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Shrimp Fest Sand Sculpture Contest

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The 40th Annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama is known not only for our favorite crustacean served any way you can imagine, but also juried art and arts & crafts booths, and two stages filled with live music throughout all four days.

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Put your creative skills on display during the Shrimp Fest Sand Sculpture Contest on Saturday, October 15, 2011.

One of the lesser-known attractions of Shrimp Fest, though, comes by way of the beach. The white-sand setting of the festival makes it a perfect venue for a sand sculpture contest—and you are invited to participate.

Registration and building of masterpieces will begin Saturday, October 15, at 11:00 a.m., with judging starting at 3:00 p.m.

Competition is grouped into age categories: 5–10 years, 11–15 years, 16 years and older, or Family (mixed ages). Each group will compete for trophies and ribbons, and all participants will receive a sand bucket. The contest is sponsored by Ike’s Beach Service, Inc.

From basic shapes molded by buckets or by hand to complex artistic renderings, let your creativity shine as you enjoy a picture-perfect day at the beach and at Shrimp Fest 2011. Festival hours are Thursday–Saturday, October 13–15, 10–10 and Sunday, October 16, 10–5.

If you are bringing the entire family to Shrimp Fest—and we hope you are!–you’ll want to know what there is for the kids during the festival. Check out another page on this blog to learn about the Children’s Activity Village, including the kids’ stage schedule of entertainment.

While at the festival, you won’t want to miss the wide variety of musical acts at both ends of the festival grounds. Take a look at the full line-up, including links to many of the performers, on our Shrimp Fest—East Stage and Shrimp Fest—West Stage pages.

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Martinis, Extreme Bartending and More!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

For just $20 ($30 at the gate), you can sample as many of the finest martini concoctions as you wish. Dessert drinks, tropical treats and of course the very basic dry martini will tickle your taste buds during the 4th Annual Perdido Key Martini Festival on Saturday, November 6.

Taste some creative concoctions at the Perdido Key Martini Festival at Villagio on Saturday, November 6, 2010.

Even non-martini fans will thoroughly enjoy the afternoon. The Extreme Bartending Flair Show promises plenty of fascination as these high-energy entertainers from Vancouver pour, juggle, flip and even light drinks in well-choreographed, constant motion.

At 2:00, the competition for Best Bartender on the Gulf Coast begins, each participant hoping for prizes, a trophy and bragging rights. Live music, local artist booths and food vendors, and even a few games round out the 4-hour event that will go by much too quickly.

According to The Jellyfish Bar, the event’s host, 100% of the advance sales will go to local non-profit organizations, so be sure to pick up your advance ticket through one of the following: Perdido Bay Youth Sports Association, Relay for Life, Covenant Hospice, Jef Bond Kidney Foundation, Escambia County Sheriff’s Department, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Optimist, Shriners, Sons of Italy, and YMCA.

Don’t miss the fun between 1:00 and 5:00 on November 6 at Villagio Shopping Center in Perdido Key, Florida. More information is available by calling 850-332-6532 or visiting the Martini Festival website.

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Two Food Events This Weekend

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

The evening of Saturday, October 30 will likely be filled with numerous Halloween parties for children and adults.

Get your fill of barbecued ribs at the 25th Annual South Eastern Sudden Death Rib-Off Championship in Orange Beach, Alabama, on October 30, 2010.

But during the day, you’ll find two delicious reasons to get out and about.

The 25th Annual South Eastern Sudden Death Rib-Off Championship is making its first appearance in Orange Beach. The grills will be lit around noon, and while the chefs are busy preparing their gourmet concoctions the Rib-Off Olympics will be in full swing. There will be plenty of silliness, so be prepared for some not-quite-ordinary activities and participants. The $5 admission to the event, held at the Orange Beach Waterfront Park on Canal Road, includes as much barbecue as you can eat.

Since 1978, the Elberta Fire Department has raised money via the Original German Sausage Festival. Although the wild success of the event is attributed to the amazing secret-recipe sausages cooked on the grill, you’ll also find burgers, dogs, BBQ, baked beans, goulash, potato salad, sauerkraut and more. Wander the grounds to find nearly 250 arts & crafts and homemade dessert booths; live entertainment including fiddlers, German bands, country music and cloggers; and carnival rides. Be sure to arrive well before 3:00 or you may miss out on your share of the 7,000 pounds of sausage sold that day. The free event is held from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Elberta Town Park on Hwy. 98 East.

Get there early to dine on amazingly delicious sausage and more at the Elberta German Sausage Festival on October 30, 2010, in Elberta, Alabama.

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