Sand Volleyball Competition

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!

Collegiate Women's Sand Volleyball Championship Tournament Gulf Shores Alabama

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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Tornados Touching Down at SBCT

The first presentation of the 2012 season at South Baldwin Community Theatre brings back a familiar family of characters.

Tornados Touching Down, play, comedy, Laura Sansing Pfizenmayer, South Baldwin Community Theatre, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Start 2012 with laughter! Attend Tornados Touching Down at South Baldwin Community Theatre.

Playwright Laura Sansing Pfizenmayer created the not-quite-perfect Whitfield family for Livin’ & Comin’ Back, which was presented at the theater in October 2010. Tornados Touching Down is the second in a series that follows the family through various trials and tribulations. You will quietly chuckle and heartily laugh as they learn to cope with a wedding, a new baby and, as the title suggests, a tornado.

Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, January 5–7 and 12–14, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 8 and 15, at 2 p.m. Adult tickets are $15, student tickets are $12; they can be purchased at the box office (10 a.m.–2 p.m. or just prior to performance) or via the SBCT website. The theater is located at 2022 W. 2nd St. in Gulf Shores, across from the Bodenhamer Center and the Erie Meyer Civic Center. Need more details? Call 251-968-6721.

Make it a beach getaway that includes the show, great dining, plenty of local music, outlet shopping, top-notch golf and more. We’ll even give you ONE or TWO FREE NIGHTS depending on how long you stay! Consider a 1-bedroom property in Fort Morgan or choose a house in Gulf Shores based on the size of your group of family and friends.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

“Oh, no! Not the Herdman kids! They’ll ruin everything!”

Best Christmas Pageant Ever, play, theatre, Gulf Shores, Alabama, South Baldwin

In spite of chaos, it really does turn out to be "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at South Baldwin Community Theatre.

The six Herdman siblings, known to run wild while their single mom works double shifts to support the family, only showed up at church because they heard there were snacks. When the notoriously unruly bunch is allowed to take part in the Sunday school’s annual Christmas pageant, the current members’ objections are ignored. The show does go on, in spite of the chaos caused by the newest participants and a few unconventional twists. But the church will never be the same again—and neither will the Herdman family, as they finally learn the true meaning of Christmas.

If this story sounds familiar, it may be for good reason. Barbara Robinson’s rollicking, family-friendly, short story was first published in McCall’s magazine before she adapted it as a book in 1972. Ms. Robinson later scripted it as a play that was premiered in 1982 by the Seattle Children’s Theatre. In 1983, it became a TV movie that starred Loretta Swit as the frazzled, last-minute replacement for the injured director of the pageant.

This version of the play is directed, produced and performed by talented folks from our area. They will ensure that you leave the performance filled with laughter and warmth.

Tickets are going fast, so reserve yours today: Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10 or 16 & 17, at 7:30 p.m., or Sunday, December 11 or 18, at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students. Box office hours for the South Baldwin Community Theatre (2022 W. 2nd St. in Gulf Shores, 251-968-6721), are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Shrimp Fest – Children’s Activity Village

Yes! Bring the kids to the Shrimp Festival October 13–16, 2011!

Children's Activity Village, Shrimp Festival, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Bring the kids and enjoy loads of family fun during Shrimp Fest, October 13–16, 2011, in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are encouraged to bring the younger set to enjoy this hugely popular event in Gulf Shores, Alabama. There is an entire section of the grounds dedicated to making the children’s days at the festival just as fun as the adults’ experience.

Free snacks of snow cones and popcorn will keep the kids fueled between meals. Many free events and activities will be provided, including sports inflatables, arts & crafts, video games, Build-a-Bear coloring books, jet ski simulator, face painting, make-your-own T-shirts, safety lessons and ID tags from the Alabama Marine Police. You’ll also find H2O Ballz, outdoor family adventures, and children’s clothing and accessories.

A full slate of live stage acts by or for children is offered throughout the four-day festival. Babin House of Party will supply free all-day entertainment on Thursday and Friday, October 13 and 14 (10 a.m.–5 p.m.), plus shorter stage segments Saturday and Sunday (see schedule below).

Local and regional acts fill out the weekend days:

Saturday
10–11 a.m.       South Baldwin Dance Center
11–11:30           Melange Dance Company of Pascagoula, MS
11:30–noon     Alabama International Girl Youth Development
Noon–12:30    Flip City
12:30–1:00      Babin House of Party
1:00–1:30        Southern Edge Dance
1:30–2:00        Wheeles Karate Academy
2:00–2:30        Southern Edge Dance
2:30–3:00        Babin House of Party
3:00–3:30        Flip City—Gulf Coast Little Princess Pageant Crowning
3:30–4:00        Gulf Coast Tae Kwon Do
4:00–5:00        Babin House of Party

Sunday
10:30–11 a.m. Alabama Entertainers Music Theater Group
11–11:30           Babin House of Party
11:30–noon     International Miss Youth Development
Noon–12:30    Brandy Brown Studio
12:30–1:00      Miss Seafood Queens
1:00–1:30         kbDanz
1:30–2:00         Babin House of Party
2:00–2:30        Alabama Entertainers Music Theater Group
2:30–3:00        Alligator Alley
3:00–3:30        Alabama Entertainers Music Theater Group
3:30–4:00        —
4:00–5:00        Babin House of Party Grand Finale

Although not directly a part of Children’s Activity Village, the Sand Sculpture Contest on Saturday (11 a.m.–3 p.m.) offers a creative opportunity for age groups starting as young as 5 years.

So pack up the entire family for fun, fun, fun at the 2011 Shrimp Festival!

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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Smoke on the Mountain

It’s the 1930s, and the fictitious Sanders Family Singers is holding a “singin’” of traditional and bluegrass gospel music on a Saturday night in North Carolina. And you are a member of the congregation, eager to hear the music, witness the witnessing, share in the lives of the realistic (and non-preachy) characters, and be uplifted by a big helping of laughter.

South Baldwin Community Theatre, Gulf Shores, Alabama, Smoke on the Mountain, musical, play

Down-home gospel and bluegrass music woven into the lives of the fictitious Sanders Family Singers of the 1930s. Be part of the "congregation" at South Baldwin Community Theatre in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

As the dozen-plus cast members tell their stories, they segue naturally into great old hymns, some well known, others obscure. You’re sure to recognize sacred standards such as “Rock of Ages,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “Church in the Wildwood”—but even the unfamiliar tunes will bring on a sense of nostalgia for the little ol’ one-room community church that everyone in town attended.

Smoke on the Mountain will play Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 and Sunday, October 2 at 2:30—and again the weekend of October 7–9 at the same times. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students; group rates are available. Call to reserve at 251-968-6721. South Baldwin Community Theatre is located at 2022 W. Second St. in Gulf Shores, across from the Erie Meyer Civic Center and Bodenhamer Recreation Center.

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The Jungle Book Kids—This Weekend!

Remember the animated musical about Mowgli, the young boy raised by wolves in the jungle? It was a childhood favorite, including the popular song “The Bare Necessities.”

The Jungle Book Kids, musical, South Baldwin Community Theater, children, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Enjoy the stage musical version of The Jungle Book Kids this weekend in Gulf Shores.

This weekend—Friday and Saturday, August 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 14 at 2 p.m.—you and your children and grandchildren can relive this wonderful story of The Jungle Book in a staged children’s presentation.

This one-act musical has been carefully adapted from the original, keeping it family friendly, and making it sparkle with energetic music and colorful characters. When the villain tiger Shere Khan decides that the young boy is no longer welcome in the jungle, Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear try to escort Mowgli safely to the “man village.” But they encounter some interesting characters along the way.

The Jungle Book Kids includes an age-old moral to the story and, of course, a happy ending. Don’t miss your opportunity to watch the young stars shine at South Baldwin Community Theater in Gulf Shores, 2022 W. Second St., across from Bodenhamer Center and the Erie Meyer Civic Center. Adult tickets are $10, student tickets $5, and ages 2 and under are admitted free. Call 968-6721 for further information.

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