SEC Beachfest 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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Orange Beach Seafood Festival

Saturday, February 25, 2012, marks the 20th anniversary of the Orange Beach Seafood Festival sponsored by the Orange Beach Sports Association.

Orange Beach Seafood Fest, Alabama, car show, hot rod

Enjoy a day of delicious seafood, classic cars, local music, arts & crafts and kids activities during the Orange Beach Seafood Fest on February 25, 2012.

Just by its name, you naturally expect to find plates full of great seafood, and plenty of it. Choose a delicious pile of fried or broiled fish or shrimp and you’ll also get generous portions of sides. (Have your $11 ready before you pick up the plate, though, as it will require both hands to carry it.)

There’s plenty to do before and after you eat, too. Check out the many hot rod, antique and classic cars on display. Even though there will be prizes for the vehicles at the end of the day, you’ll see that the favorite part of the contest for the owners is talking about their cars with all the admirers. (Have a car you’d like to enter? Just $15 registration gets you a spot and two meal passes.)

Wander through the 40+ vendor booths to find exclusive items made by regional arts and crafts folks. Home décor, jewelry and accessories, clothing and more will be available.

This alcohol-free, pet-free atmosphere is great for the kids, and they will have plenty to do with inflatables, games, a climbing wall and more. There is even a kids performance stage that will include all-day entertainment.

Speaking of all-day entertainment, you will enjoy live music throughout the festival, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., including the ever-popular Top Hat and Jackie playing around noon. The rest of the day you’ll hear from local artists such as Chris Sweeney, Gage Downs, Bailey Kennon, Kenny Lambert, Callie Ann Myers Thompson and more.

The festival’s location at the Orange Beach Sportsplex (off Canal Road approximately one mile east of the Foley Beach Express) works well because of its large open area. But it’s also fitting for the event, as proceeds from the day will allow purchase of uniforms, equipment and insurance for youth baseball, T-ball and softball, as well as help with expenses for officials and to sponsor clinics.

There are plenty of places to stay at the beach, but did you know there are also great options near the Sportsplex? Look out over the marina and be just steps from shopping, dining, a movie theater and more when you choose a elegant 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom condo at The Wharf, sleeping 4–8 people. Or enjoy a quiet, bayside getaway in a 2-bedroom condo that sleeps 6 at Wolf Bay Villas, where you can toss a line off the pier and even clean your catch at the fish-cleaning station.

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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:

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

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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Orange Beach This Week

Orange Beach, Alabama, may be best known for its fishing and beautiful white beaches. But this week it also boasts a family movie, baseball tournament and tennis matches.

Orange Beach, Alabama, Turquoise Place, Sugar Beach Condos

In addition to beautiful beaches, Orange Beach has plenty of non-beach events to enjoy.

Starting Wednesday, July 6, the USSSA Baseball World Series 9–14 teams will play at Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Foley diamonds. Approximately 150 teams will compete to reach the July 9 Bracket Games and then the July 10 Championship Games. Check out the USSSA website for each day’s schedule. It is open to the public at no charge. This is the Session I tournament; Session II runs July 13–17.

On Thursday evening, July 7, the Orange Beach Public Library will host the popular PG-rated family movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Popcorn will be supplied at this free event, but you are welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks. The movie will be shown from 5:30 until 7:15.

Tennis fans will enjoy the NTRP Combo Classic on Saturday, July 9. More than 80 players from the Southeast will compete in this national ratings challenge. You may participate for a fee of $23, or observers are welcome to enjoy the games at no charge at the Orange Beach Tennis Center.

So if you are in the Orange Beach area this week and are looking for non-beach activities, these would certainly fit the bill. Squeeze in as much fun as you can without worry, as there will still be plenty of new experiences available for your next visit!

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Sports and Art Pair Well in Lower Alabama

Alabama’s largest outdoor mural (two stories high) is in Daphne, Alabama, at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives.

Find out how competition and collaboration go hand-in-hand at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives in Daphne, Alabama.

An independent university, the United States Sports Academy, offers degrees to those studying the business of sports. It is the only such school in the U.S., and the largest in the world. And you’ll find it in Daphne, Alabama.

It is no coincidence that these two organizations share space. Athletic competition is really a form of artistic expression, and the artworks and literature you’ll find here capture the moments that create sports memories. It’s well worth the short drive to see what may be the world’s largest collection of sport art. Even the building has been given architectural acclaim.

Sculptures, paintings, photographs and more depict specific highlights of athletes and teams as well as overall impressions of sports. Once you have been moved by this combination of competition and interpretation, you may wish to feel a larger part of the experience by purchasing representations of the art. And for a tax-deductible donation, you may place your name on a brick on the “Walk of Fame” to help assure the future of the museum.

There’s much to appreciate about the American Sport Art Museum & Archives, so head that direction next time you’re in town. You’ll find it about 45 minutes from Gulf Shores, and just a few miles east of the USS Alabama Battleship. The hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., but be sure to leave time to choose some art, memorabilia or clothing from the gift shop. Since admission is free, you’ll be able to take something home for all your friends, too!

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Sports Legends at Saturday’s Dinner

University of Alabama. Auburn University. You won’t find a much bigger college rivalry, certainly not in this state.

Support high school football and talk with your favorite college athletes Saturday night in Gulf Shores.

But for one evening, stars from both teams join together to tell stories, answer questions and meet their fans—all to benefit the Foley High School football program.

Taking part in the 2010 Legends Dinner on Saturday, May 8, will be Crimson Tide players/Foley grads Julio Jones, Robert Lester and D.J. Fluker, as well as past players Roger Schultz, Bob Baumhower, Jeff Rouzie and South Alabama coach Joey Jones. Auburn will be represented by “Wild Bill” Cody, Kurt Crain, Tom Banks and Brandon Johnson.

The $40 ticket admits you to an evening that includes a shrimp boil and chicken dinner, cash bar, live music and, of course, interaction with the football players. Tickets for the 6:30 event, to be held in Gulf Shores at the Erie Meyer Civic Center, can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Meyer Real Estate in Gulf Shores
  • all First National Bank of Baldwin County locations
  • Baumhower’s Wings restaurants in Mobile and Daphne
  • Bimini Bob’s in Daphne
  • Foley High School

For more information, call the Foley High fieldhouse at 251-943-6539.

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