Halloween on Alabama’s Gulf Coast

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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June Music at SanRoc Cay

The laid-back setting of outdoor music can reel you in no matter where you are. But at SanRoc Cay, there are so many reasons to make plans to hear the music that you’ll find yourself returning again and again.

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Enjoy live music in the courtyard at SanRoc Cay Thursdays and Fridays throughout the summer.

Each Thursday evening during June, from 6:30 until 9:30, you’ll find popular local entertainer JJ Mack in the courtyard at SanRoc Cay. And on Fridays, you’ll find either DD Freels (June 3 and 17) or Scott Koehn (June 10 & 24 plus July 1) manning the mics. And it’s all free.

Grab a drink at the outdoor bar and just let the music wash away your cares. Can’t sit still? There are plenty of boutiques to shop and still hear the musicians, or you can wander along the marina to admire the boats and welcome the fishing crews back to land. Hungry? There’s plenty of time to step into a restaurant for a delicious meal and still be treated to a fair amount of tunes—enough to know that you want to return to hear and taste more of what SanRoc Cay has to offer.

Treat your ears to some of the best local music in June, and keep your ears open for the lineup for July. Check the frequently updated schedule at Meyer’s Concerts and Music page so you don’t miss a note.

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Jim St. James at Beach CITE Studios

The state-of-the-art Listening Room at Beach CITE Studios will once again be filled with top-notch talent this Friday, May 6, when singer/songwriter Jim St. James and his guest Vic Saul take the stage.

Jim St. James, singer, songwriter, Beach CITE Studios, Orange Beach, Alabama

Enjoy the music of Jim St. James and Vic Saul on Friday, May 6, 2011, at Beach CITE Studios.

Jim St. James began developing his style in the mid 1980s as he traveled to open mic opportunities around his stomping grounds of northwestern Indiana. As an owner of local coffee houses, he enjoyed his time at the mic between the hundreds of acts he brought in. But he also yearned for a larger opportunity as a performer, eventually living and honing his talents in Nashville, Los Angeles and Austin. In 2007, his song “Caroline” reached Number One on independent music charts, and he now claims the Number Five spot in the folk/rock category for Chicago’s Reverbnation charts.

Vic Saul may describe himself as half Welsh/Cornish and half Lithuanian, but he fits right into any local scene, performing his brand of folk, country with a touch of blues, or as he likes to call it, “acoustic dance.” Saul has appeared at the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival in the fall several times. He says, “I love the whole Frank Brown Festival, and the Nashville artists who come down for it. There’s a lot of Nashville musical refugees down here on the Gulf Coast, but personally I think this is where all the good stuff is anyway.”

Both members of the talented duo will shine during the solo spotlight, but their collaboration material sparkles as well, highlighting a vibrant musical exchange only possible in a live setting. You will want to be there to experience it all, so bring a donation for admission and arrive as early as 6:30 for the 7:00 concert. This intimate Beach CITE setting at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach will fill up quickly, so it is suggested to call 251-981-1989 to reserve your place.

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Cowboy Johnson CD Release Party

The name “Cowboy” may not come to mind when you hear someone was born in England. And the name “Cowboy” isn’t usually a legal name chosen by parents. So let me explain:

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Celebrate Cowboy Johnson's new CD at a concert and party Friday, April 29, 2011, at Beach CITE Studios in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Baby Boy Johnson was born into an Air Force family that happened to be stationed in England. The young boy then spent many childhood hours singing gospel music at churches in California. But at age 15 his family moved to Minnesota, and at age 16 this young man was on his own, working in South Dakota mines, playing music, and living hard. When an upset neighbor referred to Johnson as a “cowboy” after shooting up a mailbox, the moniker stuck—and for the past 30 years the tattoo on his chest proudly proves that “Cowboy” is his name.

Having conquered his alcohol addiction 24 years ago, and experienced the hurt of four divorces, the excitement of his three children’s births, and the sorrow of losing both parents, Cowboy Johnson now shares stories of his demons, pains and redemption through his honest, compelling music and his unexpectedly smooth and gentle voice.

His first CD, A Grain of Sand, was released in 2003 as a tribute to the music of Texas artist Mickey Newbury. And now, the folks at Beach CITE Studios are excited to host a concert and release party this Friday, April 29, 2011, for Cowboy Johnson’s new CD, Old Friends. Appropriately, he will be joined in concert by a few of his favorite guests.

You’ll want to be at the studios’ Listening Room in SanRoc Cay, Orange Beach, when the doors open at 6:30 to be assured a seat for the 7:00 concert. Your admission is by donation at the door, and helps to bring more such outstanding artists to the Beach CITE Studios Listening Room. Learn more by visiting the Beach CITE Studios website and make your reservations by calling 251-981-1989.

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Mac Walter—No Ordinary Talent

It’s not every day that you get to experience up-close a guitar virtuoso who developed his own fingerstyle approach to incorporate into folk, jazz, country, rock and blues.

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Folk, swing, jazz and more by virtuoso guitarist Mac Walter who uses his own fingerstyle method to create masterful music.

But it’s not an everyday kind of talent that brought Mac Walter to the forefront. Although already playing ukulele at age 15, he was encouraged to explore the guitar. Three months later he was playing in a band and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His fascination with music led him to study at Berklee College in Boston and then continue his studies with inspiring, hard-driving teachers, and Mac is now a role model to the next generations of true guitarists.

Beach CITE Studios—located at SanRoc Cay in Orange Beach, Alabama—is offering you an opportunity on Friday, April 22, 2011, to see, hear and feel the passion that exudes from the heart and fingers of Mac Walter.

As seating is limited at this intimate venue, call 251-981-1989 now to claim chairs for you and your friends. The entertainment begins at 7:30; your donation for admission will be accepted beginning at 7:00.

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Susan Gibson Returns to Beach CITE Studios

Among her many achievements, Susan Gibson may be best known for her song “Wide Open Spaces” that the Dixie Chicks easily coaxed into a number one hit in 1998. The song—winner of the Single of the Year at the 1999 Country Music Awards—also appeared on the Dixie Chicks album that won two Grammy awards that year.

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Enjoy Susan Gibson's return engagement at Beach CITE Studios on Thursday, April 21, 2011.

Susan’s newest album, Tightrope, was released on Valentine’s Day of this year. The acoustic sounds don’t always come from “real” instruments, as they include percussion via cigar box, strums on a warped dobro and plucks on piano strings. Yet everything about the sparsely beautiful CD sounds comfortable and refreshing to the ears.

Susan’s Texas/Americana/folk style obviously strikes a chord with many people, as she has been successfully touring for the past 14 years, including numerous return engagements. Beach CITE Studios in Orange Beach, Alabama, is one of those welcoming venues filled with appreciative audiences who eagerly await another visit from this favored artist.

Discover why Susan Gibson’s performance talents are so favorably recognized. Join her on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Beach CITE Studios’ Listening Room located in SanRoc Cay. Doors open at 7:00 for the 7:30 show. Donations are accepted at the door, but you are encouraged to call 251-981-1989 to assure a seat in this intimate facility.

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