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Halloween on Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Spooky. Cute. Fictional characters. No matter your costume style, Halloween is a chance to let your imagination soar. Choose from a variety of opportunities for all ages to celebrate this fall holiday along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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For spooky or not-so-scary Halloween fun for any age, the Alabama Gulf Coast is the place to be!

Nightly between 6 and 9 p.m. through October 31, LuLu’s in Gulf Shores becomes BooLu’s, including the Manor of Doom haunted house and maze plus age-appropriate games. The $5 donation goes to local school arts programs—and for another $5 donation, test your climbing and balancing skills on the Mountain of Youth Ropes Course.

Boo at the Zoo speaks to the softer side of the season. With furry, feathery and scaly friends all around, your little ones will squeal with extra delight Thursday, October 25 at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores. The costume contest for kids of all ages begins at 5 p.m., but games, prizes and snacks will round out the fun from 4 until 6 p.m. Admission is $2 for kids, $1 for adults.

Bring the whole family to the Uptown Foley Halloween Party on Thursday, October 25. This free event, 5:30–8:30 p.m., is a block party-style celebration. Local businesses will line the streets, where you’ll enjoy a food court, cake walks, spook house, obstacle course, face painting, free games and treats, an inflatable jump house, and a costume contest for all ages.

Combine trick-or-treating with a shopping excursion at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach. This Friday, October 26, from 3 until 9 p.m., bring your own bag and pick up treats at the SanRoc Cay merchants. While you are there, enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants, shop to your heart’s content, and even paint a special Halloween mask at Life’s a Canvas.

Get spooked at the Terror on the Gulf haunted house at The Hangout in Gulf Shores. For just $5 (or $25 for a season pass), find your way through the maze—but watch out for creatures! Open 7–10 p.m. for all ages that can handle the fright, then the adults-only version will run from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. for those 18 and over. Dates are Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, then again October 29–31.

Let your pet in on the holiday fun! Bring your costumed pet, children and self to Magnolia By the Gulf Animal Clinic at Hwy. 59 and Co. Rd. 6 at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 27. Judging begins at 11 a.m. and prizes will be awarded for various categories for pets and people.

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Tiptoeing past a scary sight is just one of the many ways to celebrate Halloween in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama.

Halloween Family Fun Night at the Bodenhamer Recreation Center in Gulf Shores includes fireside stories, carnival games, dunking booth, a cake walk, and costume contests. This event begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 27. Admission and popcorn are free, and game tickets may be purchased for 50 cents.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets Saturday, October 27 for movie night on the marina lawn at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The full evening begins at 6:30 with Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween Special, followed by Monsters, Inc. at 7 p.m. As the younger children head home, the screen will light up with the scary Poltergeist at 9 and Amityville Horror at 11. Admission and popcorn are free for all movies.

On Saturday, October 27, 7–11 p.m., join the Treasures of the Isle krewe for their Halloween Fundraiser at the Orange Beach Community Center. Your $20 donation includes a dinner of barbecue, chips and slaw. Ice, cups and set-ups will be provided, and you can dance to the music of Knee Deep. Be sure to dress up—you could win prizes in the costume contest!

Of course, you’ll need a place to relax after all the spooky fright of Halloween. Plan now to stay with Meyer Vacation Rentals any time of year for pure peacefulness at the beach.

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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!

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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!

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LuLuPalooza 2012

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

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.

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Great music, great fun! LuLuPalooza May 26 and 27, 2012 at LuLu's in Gulf Shores.

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.

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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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Sand Volleyball Competition

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Some would insist that the best place to play volleyball is on the beach. We do agree, but we’d have to take it a step further and say that the best place is on OUR beach!

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Cheer on your favorite collegiate women's sand volleyball teams and duos as they compete April 27-29 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

And that’s exactly what the American Volleyball Coaches Association determined. You will understand when you come to the Gulf Shores Public Beach this weekend, April 27–29, 2012.

The first AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships will crown a team winner from four top women’s collegiate teams (College of Charleston, Florida State University, Long Beach State University and Pepperdine). Elimination rounds begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the final matchup at 5 p.m.

Beginning Friday at 11 a.m. is a 16-team pairs competition featuring the best duos from the University of Southern California, the University of Hawai’i, Florida Atlantic University, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of North Florida and Stetson University, as well as the No. 1 and No. 2 duos from the four schools in the team championship. The single-elimination tournament will culminate with finals Sunday morning at 8, and the championship round at 11 a.m.

Junior and adult tournaments will also be played throughout the weekend. You’ll be treated to free live music Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m. when Scars on 45 and ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) perform as part of The Road to The Hangout concert series. And if you are present for the Sunday morning playoffs, you can register for a chance for free tickets to the sold-out Hangout Music Fest to be held May 18–20, with the winner announced at approximately noon.

CBS Sports Network will be there to film the weekend’s events for two one-hour broadcast segments scheduled for June 6 and 13. Spectators are welcome to view any and all activities, and admission is free. Be spontaneous—join us for this exciting weekend!

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