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WINTER 2011/2012

Celebrate the Holidays – Alabama Coast style

Moon Pie Mania Mobile ushers in the New Year

May We Recommend... Our favorite places to Dine, Shop, Play & Explore

Inside:

Special Mardi Gras Section!


Downtown Mobile Alliance Member Merchants: Inside Up Kangal Gallery in the Sail Loft Robertson Gallery Three Georges Southern Chocolates Toomey's at the Carnival Museum Gift Shop in the Exploreum Divine Consign Bellingrath Gardens at the Urban Emporium Serda’s Coffee Company Gift Shop at the Renaissance Riverview Hotel

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PUBLISHER’S LETTER

A Season of Celebrations on the Alabama Coast Here on the ALABAMA COAST, we don’t experience the normal seasons of Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Rather, our seasons are defined by the traditions and festivities we celebrate. As Fall and Football fade away, we welcome family home for the Holidays and gear up for the biggest party of the year – Mardi Gras! Beginning in 2008, Mobile began to “officially” kick off the Carnival season on New Year’s Eve with our “Moon Pie Over Mobile” celebration. You can read more about that on page 29 and you’ll find a complete Mardi Guide on pages 21-28. In fact, we invite you to use ALABAMA COAST MAGAZINE as your guide for your entire stay. Throughout its pages, we’ll introduce you to some of our favorite places and the best places to DINE, SHOP, PLAY and EXPLORE. To help your search, we’ve divided the region into three areas – Mobile, the Eastern Shore and Dauphin Island and the Gulf Beaches – and profiled each within the magazine. Other feature stories educate, entertain and entice you to embrace the treasures of our little part of the world. For help getting around, you’ll find area and local maps on pages 44-45. A rundown of things to do and a business directory begin on page 31. For even more help as you’re traveling around the Alabama Coast, please be sure to download our free Alabama Coasting app. It’s the “Official Smart Phone Guide for Mobile Bay” – full of music and event listings and as complete a roster of area restaurants, retail shops, attractions and businesses as you’ll find anywhere. It is of course, GPS enabled, so you can be assured of getting wherever you need to be. Just search “Mobile Bay” on your Android or i-Phone. Whether you’re here for business, pleasure, or both, we hope you’ll enjoy your time along our little slice of heaven on the Gulf Coast. In town for the GoDaddy Bowl or Senior Bowl? GO TEAM! Thanks again, for visiting and for reading ALABAMA COAST MAGAZINE. We invite you to share your feelings and your experiences by sending us a note or joining us on Facebook.

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President, Discover Gulf Coast Alabama, LLC Danny Calametti Publisher/Editor, Alabama Coast Magazine David Calametti Art Director Dee Cariglino Contributors Justin Calametti Whitney Calametti Wellborn Ideas Brent Smith Photography Debbie & Tad Denson myshotz.com Tony West myshotz.com Mike Baxter Jeff Kennedy Photography Joy Russell MD hARTley~russell photography Published by Discover Gulf Coast Alabama, LLC Phone: 251-694-0457 info@discovergulfcoastalabama.com 5758 Huffman Drive North, Mobile, AL 36693

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The Moon Pie will descend once more over Royal Street as Three Dog Night rings in 2012 in Downtown Mobile. Photo: Tad Denson – MyShotz.com

features Mobile Bay Welcomes you ................................ 3

New Year’s Eve, Mobile-Style ......................... 29 MOONPIE OVER MOBILE!

Publisher’s Letter ............................................... 4 Mobile Neighborhoods ..................................... 8 ENJOY WINTER IN THE PORT CITY Eastern Shore ................................................. 14 QUAINT AND CONTEMPORARY Hospitality Industry Salute ............................. 17 TIP OF THE HAT/PAT ON THE BACK Dauphin Island and the Gulf Beaches ............. 18 WARM WINTER GREETINGS Alabama Cruising for the Holidays ................. 27 ON THE SOUTHERN BELLE Mardi Gras Guide ............................................ 21 MOBILE – MOTHER OF THE MYSTICS 6 ALABAMA COAST

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GoDaddy.com and Senior Bowls ..................... 40 STARS FALL ON ALABAMA Feliz Navidad, Y’all .......................................... 43 HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS 2011

directories Dining and Entertainment.......................... 30-33 Shopping .................................................... 34-35 Play and Explore ........................................ 36-37 Events ........................................................ 38-39 Maps .......................................................... 44-45 Advertiser Directory........................................ 46

A holiday dinner cruise along Fowl River on the Southern Belle – a festive way to enjoy the holiday season on the Alabama Coast. Photo: Tad Denson, MyShotz.com


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MOBILE

ENJOY WINTER IN THE PORT CITY

Historic Mobile Winter on Alabama’s Coast is unlike anywhere else. Even though residents don’t often see snow, they certainly know how to celebrate the season with lots of spirit! From the first cool tendrils of Fall to the new buds of Spring, the Port City is alive with holiday festivities followed by the revelry of the mystic Mardi Gras season. DOWNTOWN MOBILE

There are activities downtown to fit the mood of any occasion. Whether you are a visitor to Downtown Mobile this winter or a resident in need of some entertainment, this town has a variety of charming accommodations, art galleries, restaurants, bars, music venues and more to keep you busy. For those looking for a unique, romantic evening try bringing your loved one downtown. Start your 8 ALABAMA COAST

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night off with cocktails at the Royal Street Tavern in the Battle House Hotel. Then enjoy a delectable dinner at NoJa’s fine dining restaurant followed by a performance featuring Mobile’s talented symphony orchestra. Upcoming symphony performances include: Beethoven in Blue Jeans, Home for the Holidays and Beyond the Score: New World Symphony. For more information visit their website www.mobilesymphony.org. Feel like getting out for some fun with the family? The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center downtown is the place to be. They encourage kids to touch, play and interact with fun and educational exhibits. Your family is sure to go wild over their newest traveling exhibit, Kangaroo Kraze, featuring live kangaroos, wallabies, baby joeys and more. The exhibit teaches audiences about the exciting and exotic Australian Outback. For more information visit www.exploreum.com Enjoy the more avant-garde side of Mobile with an independent film screening at the Cresent Theater and some late night revelry


at Dahlia’s, Mobile’s own dueling piano bar. If you’re in town on the second Friday of the month, you don’t want to miss the LoDa artwalk from 6-9 p.m. downtown on Dauphin Street. Dozens of galleries and art venues participate and feature a wide range of local, regional and national talent and styles. And make plans to be downtown for Mobile’s unique MoonPie Over Mobile Celebration this New Year’s Eve and for Mardi Gras in February! It’s a three weeklong festival like nothing you’ve ever seen! For more information visit www.mobilebay.org. MIDTOWN MOBILE

Midtown Mobile has character all its own. Stretching between downtown and West Mobile, Midtown (as the name implies) links the historic city center to the neighborhoods and suburbs which grew west away from the river. The Ashland Place neighborhood with its boutiques, shops and restaurants maintains an energetic aura without losing its quaint neighborhood feel. It’s no secret that southerners love food and Midtown Mobile is home to a number of excellent establishments offering up some really good grub. The Dew Drop Inn, one of the oldest restaurants in the city, has a reputation for serving the best hot dogs in town. Order “the works” for old-school deliciousness! Or for some south of the border heat stop by Fuego Coastal Mexican Eatery, “Mobile’s hottest Mexican flavor.” And for southern cooking with a bit of contemporary garnish, try True Midtown Kitchen. SPRING HILL

The holiday season is full of great festivities and food, but don’t forget the shopping! West of Midtown, Mobile’s Spring Hill neighborhood offers a variety of contemporary shops and boutiques. Spend your holiday dollars fashionably at Dragonfly or Holiday, Inc. at the Holiday Place, or a number of others.

Enhance the winter months with a bit of culture. The Mobile Museum of Art located in Municipal Park is home to a permanent collection featuring more than 8,000 contemporary works. Also located in Municipal Park is the Mobile Botanical Gardens. Wander the 100-acre grounds populated with wooded trails, hundreds of varieties of camellias and azaleas, and a 40 acre longleaf pine preserve. While in the area, grab a cup of joe at Carpe Diem on Old Shell Road, a specialty coffee shop known for producing and selling its own robust blends. True Restaurant in Spring Hill is home to some of the finest cuisine in Mobile with a menu comprised of southern interpretations of classic French and Italian dishes. Or stop in and enjoy the British inspired fare at Shamrock, Rose and Thistle Tea Room and Gastro Pub located in the Village of Spring Hill. NORTH MOBILE

Fall is a perfect time for camping, hiking and biking on the Alabama Coast. Chickasabogue Park in Eight Mile is an 1,100acre public recreational facility and nature preserve. The park is open for camping, canoeing and hiking. It also offers a 14mile Mountain Bike Trail. For a quiet back-to-nature getaway or a large family outing, this Mobile County owned and managed nature park is a terrific pick. For information visit www. mobilecountyal.gov. SOUTHWEST MOBILE

One of the biggest attractions in Mobile can be found just a short 40 minutes from downtown: Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Bellingrath is a 65-acre estate garden full of various beautiful flora year round. As fall slides into winter, Bellingrath’s famous Cascade Mums are replaced by an impressive lights display. From November 25 – December 31, Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s Magic Christmas in Lights showcases a display of over

Mobile boasts one of the largest number of historic structures in the United States. See the splendor of the past at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Bragg-Mitchell mansion, or on Downtown streets. Downtown photo: Tad Denson, MyShotz.com

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Opportunities for seafood abound on the Causeway. Here: Oysters 3 ways at Felix’s Fish Camp Grill.

three million Christmas lights and 928 set pieces in 13 themed sets. It’s sure to delight your whole family! THE CAUSEWAY

The outdoors along Alabama’s Gulf Coast is full of scenic beauty. While in the area, take the opportunity to travel through the region’s vibrant delta. At Five Rivers Delta Resource Center you can rent kayaks and canoes or take airboat rides through the wetlands.

Experience American history firsthand aboard the USS Alabama battleship, permanently anchored at the Battleship Memorial Park. And satisfy that appetite at any of many quality seafood restaurants on the Causeway. Enjoy fried shrimp, crawfish and other coastal favorites while listening to great local music on the deck of the Bluegill Restaurant or at nearby Felix’s Fish Camp Grill.

TICKETS ON SALE

____________ Home for the Holidays Dec. 10 & 11, 2011

Jan. 21 & 22, 2012 ____________________

New World Symphony Feb. 25 & 26, 2012 ____________________

Symphonie Fantastique Tickets begin at $15. To order, call

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SUPPORTING LOCAL ART

Through a Host of Lenses Between August 30 and September 23, 2011, creative photographers were invited to submit up to five entries to “A Host of Lenses,” the first of an annual fine art photography contest sponsored by The Host Gallery, in Downtown Mobile.

Accomplished photographers Michael Mastro and Ria Winanda served as judges, and selected “New Orleans Streetcar” (above) as this year’s winner. The artist, Robert Shroeter, received $500 and will have a show at the Host Gallery in 2012.

There is no medium more powerful than music to move the hearts of people

Opera For The Cure An uplifting and positive musical experience that tells the stories of breast cancer survivors through emotionally charged and powerful music. January 27 & 29, 2012

TURANDOT Puccini’s Final Opera

March 30 Grand spectacle - Grand music Don’t miss it.

& April 1 2012

MOBILE OPERA

more than expected

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MOBILE BOTANICAL GARDENS Experience the beauty of

Winter Enchantment

The Kosaku Sawada WinterGarden features hundreds of camellias in varieties ranging from pure white to deep red, palest pink to fuschia, and every form and combination between. Peak bloom time is December through February. Located in Spring Hill at 5151 Museum Drive, the Gardens are open daily, dawn to dusk. For more information, visit mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

the K. Sawada WinterGarden

In addition to the vibrant colors of Mardi

Now in BloomGras, winter on 5151 Museum Dr. • Mobile, AL • (251) 342-0555 the Alabama Coast is a www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org

season of bloom for Japanese magnolias, cherry trees, and most of all, camellias. These captivating blossoms have commanded nearly cult following for centuries. Your chance to fall under their spell is going on now at Mobile Botanical Gardens.

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Winter is the season of bloom for camellias and early azaleas in the Mobile Botanical Gardens WinterGarden.


The sounds of “Joy to the World” will be flowing through the streets of

downtown Mobile on New Year’s Eve. But don’t get your holiday songs confused. Legendary music group Three Dog Night will be headlining the free Mobile celebration leading to the MoonPie Drop at midnight.

Fireworks and a laser light show will add to the festivities. Don’t miss it!

Sponsored by: City of Mobile Retirement Systems of Alabama

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BLUEGILL Restaurant

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Wintzell’s Oyster House

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EASTERN SHORE

QUAINT AND CONTEMPORARY

Eastern Shore Offers Best of All Worlds Only minutes south of the port city of Mobile lies a cluster of pleasant communities known as The Eastern Shore. Along the temperate Eastern Shore visitors can enjoy golf year-round as well as a wide variety of coastal activities like fishing, boating and kayaking. The communities that comprise the Eastern Shore include: historic Spanish Fort, the distinctive city of Daphne and the ever-so-charming Fairhope. Whether you are looking for a winter retreat, a day-trip getaway or are a long-time resi-

The Eastern Shore offers many options for dining, shopping and entertainment.

dent there are plenty of ways to pass the time this holiday season along Mobile Bay’s Eastern Shore. SPANISH FORT

Not far off of the Mobile Bay’s causeway rests the city of Spanish Fort. As with much of the region, this historic area still bears remnants of our past. Fortifications from the Spanish-British Conflict of 1781 can still be found spread throughout the city. But don’t let the area’s antique appeal fool you, there are plenty of exciting, new things to do in Spanish Fort! This year get your holiday shopping done all in one convenient place at the Eastern Shore Center. Cross off those wish-lists with gifts from American Eagle, Charlotte Russe, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Pottery Barn and many other favorites. After working up 14 ALABAMA COAST

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an appetite shopping, grab a bite to eat at nearby California Dreaming or local favorite, Wintzell’s Oyster House. DAPHNE

The city of Daphne is quite unique. Daphne is home to one of the only places in the world where guests and residents can witness a natural phenomenon known as a “Jubilee.” Picture countless schools of fish inexplicably rushing into the shallows. Stuck, they become ripe for picking by eager seafood enthusiasts waiting at the water’s edge. It’s considered a celebration of abundance. Daphne also offers an abundance of opportunities for golfing. Don’t pass up the chance to enjoy the greens at Timber Creek Golf Club. If shopping’s more your cup of tea, spread the wealth at Daphne’s Old Towne Center.


You may also enjoy “getting into the holiday spirit” during the Baldwin Pops’ free Wonderland Concert on December 6 at the Daphne Civic Center. For more information on this concert call 251-988-1260. FAIRHOPE

For a season filled with art, food and great boutique shopping pay a visit to the charming town of Fairhope. Take a drive down Scenic Highway 98 from Daphne and you’ll find yourself at one of the gems of the South. From fine antiques to eclectic boutiques, galleries food and more, Fairhope is an excellent place to find that unique gift for your loved one. For a taste of Alabama Coast culture, stop by during Fairhope’s monthly First Friday Art Walk. It’s a great way to see downtown Fairhope and explore the area’s galleries and shops while getting a glimpse of the ample regional talent that calls the Eastern Shore home. With so many holiday activities to choose from, you won’t want to miss out on Fairhope’s Annual Tree Lighting on November 17th, the Christmas Parade on December 2nd or the annual New Year’s Eve Celebration.

On the Alabama Coast, the holiday season is just a precursor to the month long celebration of Mardi Gras. February presents a full schedule of parades, balls and festivities through-

out the Eastern Shore. For complete information visit www.eschamber.com or alabamacoasting.com.

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Stay, Play & CATCH!

Sure we have shopping, history, golf and all that but have you heard about our Mardi Gras? Fairhope, Daphne & Spanish Fort. Celebrate Shore style. We’ll throw you beads, moonpies and more! After all, It’s a Shore Thing!

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Build your own unique Eastern Shore excursion: ART American Sport Art Museum & Archives One Academy Drive in Daphne, 626-3303.

Fairhope Colony Cemetery Oak Street, across from the Fairhope Civic Center

Bay Rivers Art Guild & Gallery 1704 Sixth Street, Daphne

Jackson Springs Cemetery (in Blakeley State Park) 34745 Highway 225, Spanish Fort

Booth Sculpture Park outdoor art exhibit 2400 Main Street, Daphne

Little Bethel Church & Cemetery 1902 Main Street, Daphne

Eastern Shore Art Center 401 Oak Street, Fairhope

Old Methodist Church & Cemetery 405 Dryer Avenue Daphne

NATURE TRAILS Daphne Path–begins on N. Main Street at Gator Alley Boardwalk, goes through Montrose Fairhope Path–begins on N. Section Street and ends at Marriott’s Grand Hotel HISTORIC CEMETERIES Confederate Rest Cemetery on the grounds of Marriott’s Grand Hotel in Point Clear

PARKS Historic Blakeley State Park Site of the last major battle of the Civil War. Picnic tables, fishing ponds, shell mounds, boardwalk, pavilion, camping. Walking, jogging, bicycling, hiking & horseback trails, camping, nature sanctuary.

Meaher State Park Highway 225, 6 miles north of I-10 Spanish Fort. Meaher State Park Pier, picnic tables, boat launch pavilion, playground, camping, nature trails. Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort. The Village Park Picnic area, natural trail, Jackson’s Oak, champion trees, early American cemetery. 27717 Main Street, Daphne.

An unforgettable adventure for the whole family! Battleship USS ALABAMA and Submarine USS DRUM • 20+ rare historic aircraft Exciting Flight Simulator ride • America’s most unique military attraction B AT T L E S H I P M E M O R I A L PA R K B AT T L E S H I P PA R K W AY, M O B I L E B AY, M O B I L E , A L OPEN DAILY 8:OO A.M. (EXCEPT CHRISTMAS) • 1-800-GANGWAY

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Courtesy of Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce


Tip of the Hat

Industry Salute As a visitor to the Alabama Coast, we trust that by now you’ve experienced first-hand the genuine warmth and hospitality of our home. Whether evidenced in the smile and greeting as we pass on the sidewalk or in the timeless courtesy of holding a door open, it’s more than a gesture, it’s who we are. For many of you, the harbinger of our message of welcome is the frontline staff within the hospitality industry. We at Alabama Coast are very pleased to have the opportunity to express our appreciation to these stewards of hospitality. The individuals highlighted in this issue were nominated by their supervisors and selected for recognition by an independent panel of judges.

Manfred Wudler makes dining at the Marriott an unforgettable experience.

Pat on the Back

Lakino White delivers service and excellence every day at Candlewood Suites.

We proudly extend a Tip of the Hat to Mr. Manfred Wudler of the Mobile Marriott where he is a restaurant server in Bistro 65. In his nomination letter, Sales Manager, Mark Larkin tells us that “Manfred excels in providing our guests with a high level of service and making each of them feel welcome, comfortable, and important. He believes in making their dining experience just that, an experience. In fact, he has been known to serenade some of our guests upon their request and to their enjoyment.” It seems while Manfred has been in the hospitality industry since he was 23, he has left a few times and along the way become a self-taught musician, performing the works of a wide range of artists from Gordon Lightfoot to Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, and even Ozzy Osbourne. Again from Mr. Larkin, “Manfred has a remarkable personality that embraces the staff and the guests. When not assisting our guests, he takes the proactive steps to assist other departments within the hotel.

He not only understands the definition of customer service, but he embraces it as well.” Alabama Coast is equally pleased to offer a “Pat on the Back” to Candlewood Suites Downtown Mobile honoree Ms. Lakino White, Executive Housekeeper. General Manager, Teresa Floyd writes: “I have the greatest admiration for Lakino and it is truly an honor to have her as a vital team member. Each day, I am rewarded with her presence and warm friendly smile. Her smile allows the sun to shine on the dreariest days.” Ms Floyd describes Lakino as a “leader by nature” who inspires and supports all around her. She has a demonstrated desire for excellence and to assure that the hotel delivers the best of service and quality every day. She concludes: “Her gracious hospitality and enthusiasm infects all that she comes in contact with. She is a nurturing and remarkable single mother of one, Aspen, her nine year old son whom she regards as, ‘her blessing in life.” Loved by all, she is a jewel to be treasured. If given the opportunity to meet Lakino, I am certain you too, will be inspired!” We are proud to honor these two outstanding examples of Gulf Coast Hospitality and award each a special “Alabama Coasting Dine and Play Package,” so they too can enjoy a piece of this very special place we call “Home.”

Sponsored by:

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GULF BEACHES

FUN FOR ALL SEASONS

On Gulf Beaches GULF BEACHES

Enjoy a tropical holiday season this year along Alabama’s Gulf Beaches. Experience a warmth and hospitality you can only find in the South combined with the laid back, laissez faire attitude that works its way into all those who spend time living on the coast. It’s one of the best places to be any time of year! FOLEY

On your way to the Gulf Beaches don’t pass up a chance to stop in the charming town of Foley, gateway to Alabama’s beach communities. Foley is a great place to scratch that shopping itch. The Tanger Outlet in Foley has more than 120 name-brand stores and sees more than 5 million visitors each year. Or go for a stroll in any one of Foley’s pretty public parks. John B. Foley Park is in the heart of downtown, an easy walking distance from shops and more. Heritage Park is on Laurel Avenue where you can get better acquainted with the early days of Foley. GULF SHORES

In addition to the beautiful, white shores and the incredible coastal view, Gulf Shores has lots to offer its visitors. This smalltown beachside setting is home to “The Little Zoo that Could,” better known as Alabama’s Gulf Coast Zoo. Located just a few blocks off of 59, this zoo houses more than 300 wild animals. The Gulf Coast Zoo was the subject of a 14-episode series featured

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on Animal Planet for their outstanding work after Hurricane Katrina. The facility is currently undergoing expansions. ORANGE BEACH

Gulf Shores blends seamlessly to the east with the city of Orange Beach. Continuing along the beach, this locale offers guests a wide variety of great places to shop, dine and be entertained. While visiting the Gulf Coast you can’t miss out on the best part…the seafood! Seafood icon of the South, Wintzell’s Oyster House serves up a great selection of mouth-watering crab claws, alligator bites, fish, po-boys and more, but they are most famous for their oysters served “fried, stewed or nude.” Seafood isn’t the only good cuisine you’ll find in Orange Beach. There are plenty of places to get a juicy steak, signature burger, sandwiches and more! Stop by Rafters at The Wharf for good live music, yummy food and game nights featuring prize-winning The Ferris wheel at the Wharf. Photo: trivia and poker. Tad Denson, MyShotz.com


Discover the wonders of the sea at the Dauphn Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Photo: Tad Denson, MyShotz.com

Many Gulf Beach cities, including the town of Dauphin Island, host their own parades. Check out AlabamaCoasting.com for more details.

A trip to The Wharf is an activity all its own. Enjoy great shops, big-name bands and concerts, catch a movie or take a ride on the giant Ferris Wheel. There’s tons to keep you entertained. And if you are in town for the holidays make plans to catch the Christmas Sleigh Ride on December 9 from 6-9 p.m. No trip to Alabama’s Gulf Coast would be complete without a stroll down to the water. Dip your toes in the abundant white sands lining the coast along Orange Beach. Even in the winter visitors can enjoy sunshine and a temperate trip to the shore. Round out your stay with a little history at the Fort Morgan State Historic site. Built in the early 1800’s, the fort has played a critical role in defending the region several times throughout the area’s history.

DAUPHIN ISLAND

For the traveler who wants to, “Get away from it all,” Dauphin Island is the paradise for you. This 14-mile long barrier island, just a quick ferry ride from Gulf Shores, is the hidden gem of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Nature lovers will be right at home on Dauphin Island. Aside from the low-traffic natural beaches, guests can also enjoy bird watching at the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, home to thousands of birds and birders each year. Marine enthusiasts can get up close and personal with the Gulf’s aquatic inhabitants at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Estuarium. History is also abundant on Dauphin Island. Historic Fort Gaines, first visited by early 16th century explorers, is most known for its part in the Battle of Mobile Bay where the expression, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead,” was coined. All along Alabama’s Gulf Beaches you can celebrate the season with a bit of coastal flare. Come spend the holidays with us and you’ll never want to leave.

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OH, WHAT FUN!

Holiday River Cruise Some of our hospitality industry friends joined the staff of Alabama Coast to help set the mood for the beautiful cover photo. With Captain Jeff Mansur at the helm, the Southern Belle offers nightly dinner cruises through the holidays. It’s also available for private parties. For reservations call 251-973-1244 or visit www.alabamacruises.com. Clockwise from top left: 1. The Southern Belle. 2. Alabama Cruise staffers Melissa and Jeff ensure a warm welcome and great evening. 3. Mr. Thom Oglesby provides the evening’s music. 4. Friends and staff swaying to the beat. 5. Wait until I put this on Facebook! All photos: Tad Denson, MyShotz.com

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Get ting the Shot Alabama Coast would not be possible without the contributions of photographer Tad Denson. Along with his wife, Debbie, they create amazing event shots and stock photos of this great place we call home. We hope that even if you don’t get to visit something in person, through our words and Tad’s photos, you will still feel as if you experienced it. For more information, or to purchase stock photos, visit MyStockShots.com


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Mardi Gras on the Alabama Coast is fun for the whole family

Welcome to Mobile – the Mother of Mystics. Despite urban legends to the contrary, every Mobilian can tell you with impunity the truth about how Mardi Gras came to be celebrated in its festive North American manner. Of course, Mobile is the Mother of Mardi Gras here; case closed, you’ll hear. Well, I’m not going weigh in (there’s a rather complete timeline of our history inside this issue.) Besides, we don’t really have a problem with our cousins’ version of our family celebration. We’re quite comfortable welcoming those who visit, sharing with all our Alabama Coast hospitality. After all, Mardi Gras in Mobile is truly a family celebration. The kids will have a great time as they are showered with candy, doubloons, stuffed animals, beads and – of course – Moon Pies. Parents and “kids of all ages” will enjoy the pageantry of the parades, the enthusiasm of the marching bands and will likely become caught up in the “battle for beads.” Everyone becomes immersed in the cacophony of sights and sounds that never seem to end. Frankly, it’s just plain fun! You’ll also find that the spirit of Mardi Gras extends well beyond the parade routes. It’s deep in the hearts and souls of us all. Respect for tradition, for family, for our values is, to borrow a phrase, “the fabric of our lives” down here. During this season of frivolity, we shake off a bit of the stresses of everyday life. We remember to smile, to laugh, and to not take ourselves or life too seriously. We remember funny stories of past Mardi Gras, renew our personal family traditions and start new ones. You’ll find that we love Mardi Gras for reasons too simple and too complex to clearly explain. Most importantly, we love sharing Mardi Gras with you. Thank you for coming to play with us. Please make yourself at home because you’re family too! Of course, we want you to be careful. A party this big can be a bit daunting at times. Keep an eye on the kids, pace yourselves and don’t forget to take a time-out from Mardi Gras to experience some of the rest of what Alabama Coast has to offer. And as our favorite cousins to the west like to say: “Laissez les bon temps rouller!”

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Celebrate Mardi Gras on Dauphin Island! First of the Season, Family Friendly Saturday, January 21 1 pm Krewe de la Dauphine Parade Saturday, January 28 1 pm Island Mystics Parade 251-861-5524 or 1-877-532-8744 www.dauphinislandcoc.com


A Select Mardi Gras History Timeline Tuesday. Formation of the Boeuf Gras Society in Mobile, which held its first parade in 1711.

1857 A group of Cowbellions and Strikers help 13 New Orleanians form the Krewe of Comus, incidentally coining the word “Krewe.”

1793 Mobile hosts a parade on “Twelfth

1699 Pierre Le Moyne declares his camp “Pointe du Mardi Gras” (Mardi Gras Point), as Alabama’s first European settlers entered the Mississippi/Alabama/Louisiana Delta Gulf Coast Region. This is considered the first U.S. celebration of Mardi Gras.

1704 Mobile is formally made the capital of the French province of Louisiana. Masque De La Mobile celebrated until 1709. Societé de Saint Louise is founded by French soldiers at Fort Louis de la Mobile. Mardi Gras begins to become the holiday for French colonists to remember their homeland roots.

1710 The Societé de Saint Louis hold their first “boeuf gras” (fatted ox) celebration on

Night”, held by the Spanish Mystics.

1865 Cowbellions hold their last parade.

1835 Newspapers report Mobile’s Cowbellion

1866 Joe

de Rakin Society parading through the streets of New Orleans. This may have been the first parade in New Orleans. It is certainly the earliest written reference.

1840 The “Cowbellions” present their first tableau pageant – based on mythological themes with floats, bands and horses. It is the first time a theme is used as a guide to the set up and decoration of a New Year pageant.

Cain appears as fictional Slacabamorinico, chief of the Chickasaw from Wragg Swamp, riding a coal wagon through the streets on Shrove Tuesday. Beginning of the modern era of Mardi Gras in Mobile. Beginning with daytime activities on Fat Tuesday, the carnival season in Mobile has grown through the years.

1868 The Infant Mystics’ first parade. 1883 Mobile’s renowned Excelsior Band is

1842 A group of young upstarts branches out to form the Strikers Independent Society, Mobile’s second Mystic Organization.

formed and begins to follow Slacabamorinico (Old Slac for short) on his annual processions.

1884 The Comic Cowboys, a satirical society, 1852 The Cowbellions stage their first ball.

presents its first parade.

As other mystic societies form, the Carnival season is gradually expanded from only New Year’s to include Mardi Gras parades.

1890 The first women’s Mystic Society “Mobile Women Mystics,” holds its first Mardi Gras Ball.

1856 A

group of Mobilians who had moved to New Orleans organize their own New Orleans Cowbellions, the first parading society in New Orleans, which, unlike the Mobile Cowbellions, parades on Mardi Gras.

1893 Mobile’s first electric streetcar begins operation. Ethel Hodgson rules as the first queen of the Mobile Carnival.

1894 The Order of the Doves, Mobile’s first black Carnival society, holds its first Ball.

1898 The second Carnival Association crowns King Felix II.

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The People’s Celebration Local author Julian Lee Rayford set out to honor Joe Cain for reviving Mardi Gras in Hosea Lonon currently leads The Excelsior Mobile. Rayford’s first act commemorating Band, formed in 1883. the savior of Mobile’s Mardi Gras tradition was to transport Cain’s body from a cemetery in Bayou La Batre to the Church Street Graveyard in downtown Mobile. Cain was interred with all the pomp and revelry of a Mardi Gras parade, with a jazz-band procession and throngs of mourners. The burial and commemoration of Cain was so popular that Rayford and others decided to make it an annual event, held the Sunday before Fat Tuesday. They instituted the Joe Cain Day Parade (also known as The People’s Parade) to the Church Street Graveyard, led by a person dressed as Chief Slackabamirinico, and it quickly became one of the most popular Mardi Gras events. Thousands of spectators would gather in the old graveyard while Joe was memorialized and serenaded by Mobile’s famed Excelsior

Band (founded in 1883 whose members paraded with Ole Slac and have been a part of Mardi Gras ever since). Joining in the ceremony were Cain’s Merry Widows, dressed in heavy veils and mourning robes, crying aloud and lamenting his loss to the world. Joe Cain Day quickly outgrew the cemetery and now “the People’s Parade” is the largest of all Mardi Gras processions during the season. There is a waiting list to join the parade and family groups, neighbors and loosely formed “Krewes” have established their own parading identities and traditions. Old Joe Cain would be quite proud. The Original “Chief Slackabamarinico”

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A SHORT GUIDE TO

Mardi Gras Lingo BAL MASQUE (pronounced ball mask´) – (n.) the formal masked ball of a mystic society featuring dramatic entertainment, music, dancing, food, and drinks. If the organization parades, the bal masque is usually held immediately after the annual parade, or if a day parade is held, later that evening.

BEADS – (n.) necklaces thrown from floats and worn

by revelers and maskers alike. Beads vary widely in color, size, style, length, and quality. (n.) form of currency at a Carnival/Mardi Gras parade whose value mysteriously declines by Ash Wednesday.

CARNIVAL COLORS – The official colors of Carnival are purple, green and gold. The colors represent justice (purple), faith (green) and power (gold).

COSTUME DE RIGUEUR – (n.) Required attire at a formal bal masque. Slight variations exist, but typically involve full-length evening gowns and white tie with tails for invited guests and masked costumes for society members.

DOUBLOON – (n.) coin tossed by riding maskers. At one time, some were made of wood, now they are aluminum. Most bear a Society’s emblem on one side and the current parade theme on the other.

EMBLEM FLOAT – (n.) typically the first float in a parade, designed in the likeness of the society’s emblem. These one-of-akind floats often carry society board members and sometimes feature the costumed persona of the mystic society itself.

KING CAKE – (n.) ring shaped pastry, a cross between a coffee cake and a French pastry, decorated with colored sugar, often with one or more fillings.

KING FELIX III, KING ELEXIS I – The two monarchs that rule

over Carnival and Mardi Gras in Mobile. King Felix was first crowned in 1872. King Felix III has been crowned every year by the Mobile Carnival Association (MCA) since 1927. King Elexis I has been chosen each year by the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association (MAMGA) since 1939.

LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER – (pronounced lay-zay lay bon ton role-ay) French for one of the most spoken phrases in the Cajun speak of the land. It’s almost risen to the level of a battle cry. Let the good times roll!

MARDI GRAS – (n.) literally, “Fat Tuesday.” The last day of

Carnival celebrated with numerous parades and balls. Though a misnomer, the term Mardi Gras is often used to describe the entire Carnival season. Always on a Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday falls the day before Ash Wednesday when the 40 day penitential season of Lent begins.

MASKER – (n.) a mystic society member appearing in mask and costume on a parade float. Maskers are required by their organization bylaws to be masked when appearing in public.

MOON PIE – (n.) The official throw of Mobile

Mardi Gras since 1952. Marshmallow filling sandwiched between two chocolate covered cookies. Vanilla, banana, and other flavors are also common. These bear the trademark name Moon Pie and are baked by the Chattanooga Bakery. All others should be called Mardi Gras pies.

MYSTIC SOCIETY – (n.) a secret membership organization that presents parades, bal masque, and other activities for the revelry of members, invited guests, and the public.

QUEEN – (n.) Female sovereign who reigns over a parade, a bal masque, or both. Since 1893 a Queen has ruled over Mobile Mardi Gras beside King Felix III, while another Queen rules beside King Elexis I each year since 1939. The coronation of the queen is a highly anticipated annual event. Tickets may be purchased by the general public.

REVELER – (n.) festive merrymaker who participates in a

Carnival/Mardi Gras parade en masse. Crowds at a parade who are more than spectators, they are participants.

TABLEAUX – (n.) an elaborate production or a series of scenes, skits, or dances linked by a theme. Often a tableaux is performed by mystic society members at costumed balls or bal masque.

THROWS – (n.) Any item tossed from a float to the crowds of revelers below by costumed maskers in the form of trinkets, candy, toys, novelties, doubloons or other emblem souvenirs; beads of all styles, sizes, and colors; and of course, Moon Pies.

“THROW ME SOMETHING, MISTER!” – The standard

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NOT-SO-SECRET MYSTIC SOCIETIES

Join the Fun So, you’d like to join the fun? There are two Mardi Gras organizations that give all a chance to be a part of Mobile’s Carnival... LE KREWE DE BIENVILLE

Mobile, Alabama’s only civic Mardi Gras organization, Le Krewe de Bienville was founded in 1961 for the purpose of promoting Mobile Alabama as the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the United States. To this end, members of the Krewe travel to festivals throughout the U.S. to tell the story of Mobile’s Mardi Gras and invite visitors to our Carnival. In 2011, in celebration of its fiftieth year, the Krewe voted to include men and women into active membership, so any person 21 years of age or older is now eligible to join and enjoy the fun and good times. The Krewe de Bienville holds its parade and ball on the evening of Joe Cain Day. They offer a special “seasonal” membership for visitors who want to be a part of the ball or parade. Visit www.krewedebienville.com for details.

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CONDÉ EXPLORERS

Organized in 2004 under the banner of “Making History in Mobile’s Mardi Gras,” the Condé Explorers became the first Mardi Gras society to open its membership to all – regardless of race or gender. Henry Callaway, who joined the Conde Explorers in 2009 explains: “I wanted to be part of a group that demonstrated to Mobile’s children that we are all one people and that we can laugh and play and celebrate Mardi Gras together. I’ve enjoyed making new friends in the Condé Explorers and have had a great time participating in the parade and ball.” Memberships in the society are open right up until parade day (Saturday, Feb 4). Their website is www.condeexplorers.org.

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LOOK OUT!

Moon Pie Over Mobile The sounds of “Joy to the World” will be flowing through the streets of downtown Mobile on New Year’s Eve. But don’t get your holiday songs confused. Legendary music group Three Dog Night will be headlining the free Mobile celebration leading to the MoonPie Drop at midnight. This year’s free celebration will be centered on Royal Street between Government and St. Francis streets – offering great views of the MoonPie and the fireworks shows. Revelers will enjoy a Mardi Gras-style parade, a laser light show and spectacular fireworks. Whether you prefer RC Cola or a glass of champagne, ring in the New Year in downtown Mobile. “Mobile’s New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring the MoonPie Over Mobile has become a cultural phenomenon in the entire USA. Every year, more and more people are getting involved, and thousands more revelers come out to enjoy the festivities. I look forward to this New Year’s Eve being the best that has ever been in our city,” said Mobile City Councilman Fred Richardson, who is credited for creating the MoonPie Over Mobile concept. “All eyes will be on Mobile this New Year’s Eve,” said Kent Blackinton, general manager of Renaissance Riverview Plaza and president of the Mobile Hotel Association. “Television viewers throughout the Central Time Zone can watch MoonPie Over Mobile live in a 45-minute telecast on Raycom stations, but we would rather have you be part of the excitement.”

MoonPie Over Mobile Sponsors City of Mobile • Retirement Systems of Alabama International Shipholding • BLUEGILL Restaurant • SMG Chattanooga Bakery • Signal International • Wintzell’s Oyster House Photos: Tad Denson, MyShotz.com

NEW YEAR’S EVE 2011 SCHEDULE 7:30 p.m. – New Year’s Eve Parade Featuring Mobile’s best Mardi Gras floats and bands. 8:30 p.m. – Opening ceremony on Main Stage Official kick-off of the MoonPie Over Mobile celebration. 8:30-11:00 p.m. – Live entertainment on the Main Stage From country to hip hop, local and regional musicians will keep the street party lively. Street vendors will offer a variety of food and drink options. 11:00 p.m. – Three Dog Night on the Main Stage. International hits include “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”, “Joy to The World,” “Shambala,” and many more. 11:30 p.m. – Light show begins downtown Three Dog Night will continue to perform as the lights of RSA Battle House Tower and the Renaissance Riverview Plaza put on a light show for the crowd. 11:59 p.m. – Countdown starts As the giant MoonPie descends. Midnight – Laser and fireworks show over Downtown In addition to the giant MoonPie and laser show on the RSA BankTrust Building, four synchronized fireworks shows will help properly welcome 2012. 12:30 a.m. – Three Dog Night performance concludes Downtown bars, restaurants and hotels remain open to continue celebrating the New Year. ALABAMA COAST

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Dining & Entertainment BAUMHOWER’S RESTAURANT Midtown Mobile and Eastern Shore. Always fresh, always friendly, always fun at two locations on the Alabama Coast. Locations: 3673 Airport Blvd., Mobile and 6880 US Hwy. 90, Daphne.. Info: www.baumhowers.com or 251-344-2131 (M) or 251-625-4695 (D). BIENVILLE CLUB Downtown Mobile. Your invitation to explore the world class view and enjoy 5-star dining at Mobile’s Premier Private Club atop the RSA BankTrust Building. Now reopened after our million dollar renovation! Call our Concierge at 251-433-4977. 107 St. Francis Street. Info: www.bienvilleclub.com.

BAUMHOWER’S COMPLEAT ANGLER SEAFOOD GRILL Eastern Shore. A taste of the Caribbean with island-style hospitality! Open Mon.– Thur., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.–Sun., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Located: 29249 US Hwy. 98, Daphne. Info: www.compleatanglergrilll.com or 251-621-1086. THE BLIND MULE RESTAURANT Downtown Mobile. Made-from-scratch dishes and featuring live music by local artists. Open daily at 11am. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Saturday and Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm. We deliver to downtown hotels. 57 N. Claiborne St. Info: www.myspace.com/ theblindmule or 251-694-6853.

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Bienville Club Following a one-and-a-half million dollar renovation, The Bienville Club proudly proudly resumes its place as Mobile’s premiere business club. With spectacular 360° views of downtown, first class dining and legendary southern hospitality, truly “the only thing the Bienville Club overlooks IS the city”. Special guest memberships are available for visitors. Call 251-433-4977 for details and reservations. www.bienvilleclub.com Photos by Jeff Kennedy

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BLUEGILL RESTAURANT Eastern Shore. Committed to fresh traditional seafood in a relaxed fun atmosphere. Our goal is to create a memorable dining experience with great service that will have you returning again and again. Open Tue–Sat, Live music daily. 3775 Battleship Pkwy, Spanish Fort. www. bluegillrestaurant.com or 251-625-1998. THE BULL CANTINA & GRILL Downtown Mobile. Southwestern style cuisine on historic Dauphin Street. Open for dinner Monday-Saturday at 4pm. 609 Dauphin St. Info: www.thebullrestaurant.com or 251-378-5091. CALLAGHAN’S IRISH SOCIAL CLUB Midtown Mobile. Mobile’s oldest and friendliest pub featuring great food and music at the corner of Marine and Charleston Sts. in the historic Oakleigh Garden District. Info: www.callaghan sirishsocialclub.com or 251-433-9374.

FELIX’S FISH CAMP GRILL Eastern Shore. Don’t let the exterior fool you, this is the place for delicious, fresh Gulf seafood and USDA certified steaks on one of the most scenic parts of the Causeway. We pride ourselves on making you and your guests feel like you are the most important people in town...because you are! 1530 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort. Live music Mon.Sat., 6:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 12-8 p.m. www. felixsfishcamp.com or 251-626-6710. FUEGO COASTAL MEX Midtown Mobile. Mobile’s hottest in Mexican flavor - served with Cali Coast fire. Open for lunch and dinner Monday-Friday; Saturday at 4pm. Daily specials. 2066 Old Shell Road. www. fuegocoastalmex.com. 251-378-8621. NO JA Mobile. This one-of-a-kind dining experience fuses Mediterranean, Asian and contemporary Gulf Coast cuisine to create a menu to remember in the heart of the arts and entertainment district. Open Tue-Sat, 5:30-9:30 pm; Reservations recommended. 6 N. Jackson St. www.nojamobile.com or 251-433-0377. RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Midtown Mobile. Sizzling USDA Prime Beef, Chicken, Fresh Seafood, Salads and delectable deserts served in a fine dining atmosphere with legendary service. We also feature a variety of wonderful wine selections to complement our entrées. Open for dinner Monday through Saturday and also lunch on Friday. 2058 Airport Blvd. www.ruthschris.com or 251-476-0516.

Warm up after a parade with a cup of Ms. Evelyn’s Gumbo at the BLUEGILL.

SHAMROCK, ROSE & THISTLE TEA ROOM & GASTRO PUB Spring Hill. British tradition with a Southern Accent. Steaks and other favorites nightly and selected changing items weekly. Open Tue-Thur 11 am-9 pm. Thur-Sat 2-10 pm. Reservations recommended. Sunday Brunch 10 am - 2 pm. ‘Afternoon Tea’ Tues-Sat 10 am - 3 pm. www. shamrockroseandthistle.com, 251-343-4669. WINTZELL’S OYSTER HOUSE Downtown Mobile, West Mobile, North Mobile, Eastern Shore and Gulf Beaches. 40 years and “still shuckin’.” Premier fresh Gulf oysters and seafood at the original location on 605 Dauphin St. in Mobile and more. Other locations: 6700 Airport Blvd., W Mobile; 805 S. Mobile St., I-65 at Exit 13, Saraland; Fairhope; 30500 State Highway, Spanish Fort; 24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach. Info: www. wintzellsoysterhouse.com.

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Live Music

Mobile Big Band Society keeps it swingin’ at The Bluegill.

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ALABAMA MUSIC BOX Downtown Mobile. 455 Dauphin St. Info: www. alabamamusicbox.net or 251-441-8934.

BLUES TAVERN Midtown Mobile. 2818 Government Blvd. Info: www.bluestavern.com or 251-479-7621.

ASLAND MIDTOWN PUB Midtown Mobile. Info: www.ashlandmidtown publ.com or 251-479-3278.

BOJANGLES West Mobile. 260 Azalea Rd. Info: www. booradleysmobile.com or 251-344-1411.

BAMA BARN Theodore. 11470-B Bellingrath Rd. Info: 251-973-9300.

BOO RADLEY’S Downtown. 276 Dauphin St. 251-432-1996.

BAYHOUSE PUB Eastern Shore. 28850 Bayline Dr., Daphne. Info: or 251-626-0158.

CALLAGHAN’S IRISH SOCIAL CLUB Midtown Mobile. 916 Charleston St. Info: www.callaghansirishsocialclub. com or 251-433-9374.

BIMINI BOB’S Eastern Shore. Daphne. Info: www. biminibobs.com or 251-621-1086.

CLUB CASINO West Mobile. 7790 Tanner Rd., Ste. B (Old Shell and Schillinger.) Info: 251-634-3929.

BLIND MULE Downtown Mobile. 57 N. Claiborne St. Info: www.theblindmule.com or 251-694-6853.

CROOKED MARTINI West Mobile. 7639 Cottage Hill Rd., Ste C. Info: 251-633-5555.

BLUEGILL RESTAURANT The Causeway. 3775 Battleship Pkwy. Info: www.bluegillrestaurant.com or 251-625-1998.

DAHLIA’S ELECTRIC PIANO HALL Downtown Mobile. 258 Dauphin St. Info: www. myspace.com /dahliasmobile or 251-378-5025.


FELIX’S FISH CAMP The Causeway. 1420 Battleship Pkwy., Info: 251-626-6710 or 251-621-0234. FLORA-BAMA Gulf Beaches. 17401 Perdido Key Dr., Pensacola (State Line). florabama.com or 251-850-0611. FLY CREEK CAFE Eastern Shore. 831 N. Section St., Fairhope. Info: www.flycreekcafe.com or 251-990-0902. THE GARAGE Downtown Mobile. 9 S. Washington Ave. Info: 251-433-2223 or 251-209-5664.

PELICAN PUB AND RESTAURANT Dauphin Island. 1102 DeSoto Ave. Dauphin Island. Info: 251-861-7180. PIRATE’S COVE Gulf Beaches. 6600 Co. Rd. 95, Elberta. Info: 251-987-1224 or www.piratescoveriffraff.com. THE PUB Fairhope. 311 Fairhope Ave. Info: 251-928-2032 or 251-604-8362. SAENGER THEATRE Downtown Mobile. 6 S. Joachim St. Info: 251-208-5600 or www. mobilesaenger.com.

GRAND CENTRAL Downtown Mobile. 256 Dauphin St. Info: www. grandcentralmobile.com or 251-432-6999. THE GUMBO SHACK Eastern Shore. 212-1/2 Fairhope Ave. Info: 251-928-4100. JOE CAIN CAFE Downtown Mobile. 26 N. Royal. 251-338-2000. LIQUID LOUNGE

SERDA’S COFFEE Downtown Mobile. 3 S. Royal St. Info: 251-415-3000 or www.serdas.com. Local favorite Lisa Mills. Photo: Tad Denson, MyShotz.com SHAMROCK ROSE AND THISTLE Spring Hill. 4513 Old Shell Rd. Info: 251-343-4669 or shamrockroseandthistle.com.

SKYVIEW LOUNGE Downtown Mobile. Top floor of the Holiday Inn, 301 Government St. 251-694-0100, ext. 1755 or www.skyviewlounge.com.

Downtown Mobile. 661 Dauphin St. Info: 251-432-0109. LULU’S AT HOMEPORT MARINA Gulf Beaches. 200 E. 25th Ave. Info: 251-967-LULU. THE OARHOUSE Dauphin Island. 1504 Bienville Blvd. Info: 251-861-4800. OK BICYCLE SHOP

SOUL KITCHEN Downtown Mobile. 219 Dauphin St. Info: 251433-5958 or www.soulviewkitchenmobile.com. TRADER’S Eastern Shore. 4015 Battleship Pkwy., Spanish Fort. Info: 251-626-5630. VEET’S Downtown Mobile. 66 S. Royal St. Info: 251-694-3090 or www.veetsbarandgrill.com.

Downtown Mobile. 661 Dauphin St. Info: 251-432-0109.

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Shopping B&B PECAN COMPANY Eastern Shore. Luscious pecans fresh from the farm and a variety of nutty confections. Nuts available shelled and unshelled and mail order services are offered. Located: 16151 Greeno Rd. (Hwy. 98), Fairhope. Info: www.pecangifts. com or 251-928-9031. BILL WISMAR’S METAL BENDERS GALLERY Eastern Shore. Distinctive original jewelry in both traditional and art styles by more than 20 accomplished designers. Custom design and jewelry repair offered courtesy of the full-casting facility onsite. Located: 314-A De La Mare Ave., Fairhope. Info: www.metalbendersgallery. com or 251-928-5858.

GROWING NEW BUSINESSES

Urban Emporium The Urban Emporium is Downtown Mobile’s newest retail experience, offering shoppers a variety of merchandise, from women’s clothing to gourmet foods to great gifts for the home and garden. The Emporium, located at 260 Dauphin Street, is the Downtown Mobile Alliance’s retail incubator, offering new and expanding entrepreneurs the opportunity to test the downtown waters without a long term lease commitment or the expense of remodeling a storefront. The goal of the project is to send these new retailers out into currently empty downtown storefronts after they have an established customer base and reliable income stream. 34

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HOLIDAY INC. @ HOLIDAY PLACE Spring Hill. Contemporary ladies’ and children’s clothing. Located: 4513 Old Shell Rd. Info: www. shoptheholiday.com or 251-342-4911. THE HOST GALLERY Downtown Mobile. Contemporary Fine Art and Gifts. Open Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Till 9 p.m. for LoDa Second Friday Artwalk. Located: 111 Dauphin Street. Info: www.the-hostgallery.net or 251-214-6113. LUKE EDWARD Eastern Shore. Professional decorating and design, rugs, furniture, accessories, collectables and fine art. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. Noon-6 p.m. 10200 Eastern Shore Blvd. in the Eastern Shore Centre, Spanish Fort. www.lukeedward. com or 251-990-3226.


Shopping Districts

MOBILE

DOWNTOWN Dauphin Street and vicinity, between Water St. and Broad. VILLAGE OF SPRING HILL Old Shell Rd. west of I-65 to University Blvd. www.thevillageofspringhill.com ASHLAND PLACE Old Shell Road between Upham and Florida Streets.

BEL AIR MALL Airport Blvd at I-65. SPRINGDALE MALL Airport Blvd at I-65. LEGACY VILLAGE Dauphin Street at I-65.

EASTERN SHORE JUBILEE SQUARE Hwy 98 at I-10 in Daphne. www.jubileesquare.com EASTERN SHORE CENTER I-10 Exit 38 (30500 Hwy. 181) in Spanish Fort. www.easternshorecenter.com DOWNTOWN FAIRHOPE www.fairhopemerchants.com

GULF BEACHES PELICAN PLACE Hwy 59 (Gulf Shores Pkwy) less than five minutes north of the Intracoastal Bridge in Gulf Shores. TANGER OUTLET MALL 2601 S. McKenzie St. Foley. www.tangeroutlet.com/foley

YMCA – Y NOT?

There’s One Near You BOUNDS FAMILY YMCA

8051 Whispering Pines Rd, Daphne. 251-626-0888. Mon-Thurs 4:30am10pm; Friday until 8pm. Saturday 7am-6pm; Sunday 1pm-6pm. HEARIN-CHANDLER FAMILY YMCA

Downtown Mobile’s First Yoga Studio Also offering personal training, private yoga sessions and more! Contact us today for all your fitness needs!

951 Downtowner Blvd. Mobile. 251344-4856. Mon-Thurs 5am-9:30pm; Friday until 8:30pm. Saturday 7am-6pm Sunday 1pm-6pm. JOHN McCLURE SNOOK FAMILY YMCA

2560 S.Pine Street, Foley. 251-9703003. Mon-Friday 5am-8pm Saturday 7am-2pm; Sunday 1pm-4pm.

MONTE L. & LOUISE R. MOORER FAMILY YMCA

101 N. Water Street, Mobile. 251-428-1163 Mon-Thurs 5am9pm; Friday until 8pm. Saturdays 8am-4pm; Sunday Closed NORTH MOBILE FAMILY YMCA

92 Saraland Loop, Saraland. 251-679-8877. Mon-Thurs 4:30am9pm; Friday until 8pm. Saturday 8am-5pm; Sunday 1pm-5pm

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Play & Explore FIVE RIVERS DELTA RESOURCE CENTER Eastern Shore. The “ultimate place to begin your adventure” becoming acquainted with this region. At Five Rivers visitors can learn about the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee and Blakeley Rivers that flow into Mobile Bay through fascinating exhibits in a scenic setting ushering you into 250,000 acres of waterways, wetlands and woodlands. Info: www.alabamafiverivers. com or 251-625-0814. GULF COAST EXPLOREUM SCIENCE CENTER Downtown Mobile. Bringing the world of science to the Gulf Coast through permanent and traveling exhibits as well as an impressive IMAX Theater. Open Mon.-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun.12-5 p.m. 65 Government St. Info: www.exploreum.com or 251-208-6873. ALABAMA CRUISES Mobile. Enjoy sight-seeing eco-cruises on scenic Fowl River through the famed Bellingrath Gardens at Theodore. Also available for dinner cruises and private bookings. Info: www. alabamacruises.com or 251-973-1244. BELLINGRATH GARDENS Mobile. Magic Christmas in Lights at this 65acre Garden Estate at Theodore. Walking tours of the garden and guided tours of the majestic Bellingrath Home are available. Open daily for regular tours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore. Info: www.bellingrath. org or 251-972-2217. EASTERN SHORE ART CENTER Eastern Shore. Five exhibit galleries. Open Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 401 Oak St., Fairhope. www.esartcenter.com or 251-928-2228.

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HISTORY MUSEUM OF MOBILE Downtown Mobile. History, Culture, Heritage, Diversity. Open Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun.1-5 p.m. 111 S. Royal St. 251-208-7569 or www.museumofmobile.com. LODA ARTWALK Downtown Mobile. Enjoy the sites & sounds that only Mobile can offer. Every 2nd Friday of the month, 6-9 p.m. Maps available at Mobile Arts Council. www.ncsmobile.org. 251-208-7443. MOBILE BOTANICAL GARDENS Mobile. 100 acres of cultivated gardens, woodland trails, and a longleaf pine forest in the middle of the city. Open year-round, dawn to dusk. 5151 Museum Dr., adjacent to Langan Park. 251-342-0555. www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org. MOBILE CARNIVAL MUSEUM Downtown Mobile. Highlighting the history of Mardi Gras in its true birthplace. Open Mon., Wed., Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 251-432-3324 or visit www.mobilecarnivalmuseum.com.

MOBILE MUSEUM OF ART Mobile The largest Fine Arts Museum on the central Gulf Coast. 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile, Al 251-208-5200 MOBILE OPERA Downtown Mobile. 257 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36602. Call 251-432-6772 or visit www.mobileopera.org. MOBILE SYMPHONY Downtown Mobile. 257 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36602. 251-432-2010. www.mobilesymphony.org.


TENNIS, ANYONE?

Public Facility is World’s Largest Living on the Alabama Coast as we do, outdoor activities are a major part of our lifestyle...all year round. Hunting, fishing and water sports, of course, are huge, as is golf. Tennis, however, is not only a sport enjoyed by thousands but is also a surprising economic engine as well. With the world’s largest public tennis facility–the Copeland/Cox Tennis Center–the City of Mobile plays host to more than 20 regional and national tournaments each year. Scott Novak, Mobile’s Director of Tournaments, recently published a report that details

more than 19,000 tennis-related visitors and an overall economic impact of close to $60 million dollars annually. In January, Mobile welcomes the USTA National 12-18 tournament with more than 250 tennis players from around the country competing. The month of March brings 2,200 tennis players from around the south to the USTA Sectional Combo Championships. If you’re in town for one of the USTA events, congratulations! We wish you the best of luck and hope you have a grand time while you’re here.

In addition to the regional and national tournaments, the Tennis Center is open daily for open play and offers a full schedule of clinics, lessons and league play. There are also always people looking for a game. Just call the center at 251-208-5181 or visit www.mobiletenniscenter. net for more information.

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Events

people, and tell us something about the nature of the region itself. www.mobilemuseumofart.com.

Community & Cultural

Papercuts – at Space 301 through December 17.

Fairhope First Friday Artwalk Downtown Fairhope. Dec 2; Jan 6; Feb 3. Eastern Shore. Takes place on the first Friday of every month in Fairhope. Exhibit openings with guest artists, refreshments, live entertainment at participating venues. 6-8 p.m. 251-968-2228; www.easternshorecenter.com.

Artwalks & More

Papercuts Oct 14–Dec 17. An exhibit that features works made with a variety of tools with subjects that range from narrative commentaries to complex structural abstractions. At Space 301 in Mobile. For more information: www.space301.com Mobile Museum of Art John James Audubon: American Artist and Naturalist Oct. 14–Jan. 8. Spring Hill. Audubon (17851851) was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, hunter and painter whose name is synonymous with the study and preservation of American wildlife. His masterpiece, “The Birds of America” folio, and his lifetime of written journals stand as an unsurpassed contribution to the world of fine art, natural science and American history and literature. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to view more than 80 original Audubon prints including 64 of the original hand-colored Double Elephant Folio engravings. Original letters and other personal effects from the John James Audubon Museum in Henderson, Kentucky, are included. 38

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LODA Artwalk Dec 9; Jan 13; Feb 10. Downtown Mobile. Join downtown art galleries, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome visitors to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious food and hear the sounds of local musicians. Second Fri, 6-9 PM. LODA Arts District (LOwer DAuphin St) Free. For more information: 251-208-7443; www.ncsmobile.org. Mobile Museum of Art Celebrating Our Maritime Heritage: A Coastal Holiday Dec 11–Jan 8. Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Dr.) Mon–Sat, 10 AM–5 PM; Sun, 1–5 PM. Adults/$10; senior citizens & military/$8; students/$6. More info: 251-208-5200, www.mobilemuseumofart.com. Mobile Museum of Art Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists by Jerry Siegel Jan. 13–April 1. Facing South is a multiyear project culminated in this series of 100 photographic portraits. Jerry Siegel has sought out professional artists from across the Southeast to create portraits from them which convey the creativity and character of this remarkable selection of

Kangaroo Kraze at the Exploreum Oct 15–Jan 2. Kangaroo Kraze features life from “Down Under”: live kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies, baby joeys and more, the exhibit teaches audiences about the Australian Outback. For more information: www.exploreum.com. Our Town Jan 20-22 & 27-29. By Thornton Wilder; Director: Jim Faust. 8 PM. Joe Jefferson Playhouse (11 S. Carlen St) Adults/$20; senior citizens and military/$15; students/$10. For more information: 251-471-1534/www. joejeffersonplayers.com The American Society of Marine Artists 15th National Exhibition Jan 20-Apr 8. Mobile Museum of Art; Mon–Sat, 10 AM–5 PM; Sun, 1–5 PM. For more information: 251-208-5200/www.mobilemuseumofart.com The Curious World of Patent Models at the Museum of Mobile Jan 22–Apr 1. The Rothschild Collection is the world’s largest gathering of viewable U.S. Patent Models. The exhibit of 58 objects includes a variety of Patent Models that children and adults alike will enjoy: household, agricultural, medical, toys, musical instruments, tools and more. www.museumofmobile.com

See live Australian animals at Gulf Coast Exploreum’s Kangaroo Kraze, Oct. 15-Jan. 2.


Picasso at the Lapin Agile Feb 3-5 & Feb 10-12. A Mobile Theatre Guild production. In 1993, Steve Martin created Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Set in 1904, it features a funny and colorful barroom chat between Picasso and Einstein about the value of genuis and talent that is peppered with interactions with various others in the bar. www.mobiletheatreguild.org. Theatre 98’s Production of 33 Variations Feb 9-12 & Feb 15-19. A Tony-nominated play by Moises Kaufman. In 1819, music publisher Anton Diabelli sent a frolicking waltz to Vienna’s major composers asking for a single variation to the tune. Although Beethoven initially declined, four years later he had wrought 33 variations, composing his longest piano work. The hauntingly compelling piece continues to fascinate musicologists today, which sparked in playwright Kaufman an ingenious script interplaying the drama of the Variations and the drama of modern-day plights of passion, parenthood, and medicine. For more information: www.cofairhope.com/events.php

Beyond the Score: New World Symphony Jan 21-22. In this groundbreaking concert experience, incorporating big-screen visuals, film clips, narrator and actors, the MSO explores how this iconic symphony grew out of Dvorak’s singular American experience of discovering African American spirituals and native American melodies. For more information: www.mobilesymphony.org. Dance Theatre of Harlem Jan. 17. A leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim. Each component of Dance Theatre of Harlem carries a solid commitment toward enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts. www.mobilesaenger.com.

Music

John Prine w/Special Guest Amos Lee Dec 16. American music legend John Prine will perform an evening of his classic songs at Saenger Theatre in Mobile on Friday, December 16th. Opening will be versatile singer-songwriter, Amos Lee. www.mobilesaenger.com

Baldwin Pops Classic Concert Feb 7. Eastern Shore. Classic selections from the Pops at the Fairhope Civic Center at 7:00 p.m. For more information: www.eschamber.com.

Sports and Outdoors

GoDaddy.com Bowl Jan 8. Midtown Mobile. Ladd-Peebles Stadium is home to the annual “GoDaddy.com Bowl” pitting champions of the Mid-American Conference against the Gulf South Conference. 7PM kickoff. Televised on ESPN. www.godaddybowl.com.

New World Presents: “Laugh Out Loud Comedy Fest” Feb 14. Featuring Shawty Shawty, Joe Clair, and friends. www.mobilesaenger.com The Seagull Feb. 24. Drama by Anton Checkhov. Theatre USA. Thu–Sat, 7:30 PM; Sun, 2 PM. University of South Alabama, Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. General/$14; USA faculty/staff and senior citizens/$12; all university/college/high school students/$10. For more information: 251460-6306/www.southalabama.edu/drama

Game on! Winter brings the GoDaddy Bowl and the Under Armour Senior Bowl to the Alabama Coast.

Opera For The Cure Jan 27 & 29. Join Mobile Opera for this uplifting and positive musical experience that tells the stories of breast cancer survivors through emotionally charged and powerful music. January 27, 2012 @ 8:00pm and on January 29, 2012 @ 2:30pm. www.mobileopera.org. Symphonic Winds Concert Feb 2. University of Mobile. 6:30 PM. Ram Hall (5735 College Pkwy) Free. For more information: 251-442-2424/www.umobile.edu.

Under Armour Senior Bowl Jan 28. Midtown Mobile. Ladd-Peebles Stadium hosts this annual event showcasing the country’s top college senior football players – and top NFL draft picks. Practices are open to the public on days preceding the game. For more information: www.seniorbowl.com. University of South Alabama Jaguars Basketball Through Feb 25. Join the Jags – Men’s and Ladies’ teams – for another season of exciting basketball. www.usajaguars.com or 251461-1USA (1872) or visit the Box Office at the Mitchell Center, 2195 Mitchell Center Dr.

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GoDaddy.com Bowl Mayor’s Luncheon DATE: 1/6/2012 TIME: 12:00 PM LOCATION :Mobile Convention Center Eight time NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Chris Carter will address city officials, media, corporate sponsors, traveling parties of each Bowl team and other guests. During the banquet, the GoDaddy.com Bowl will present “Champions of Life.” This honor is given to individuals who have achieved great success through dedication and hard work. These extraordinary individuals have overcome many obstacles and have given a great deal back to the community and country. Tickets for the Luncheon are $30 ea. or $300 per table. Tickets can be purchased by calling the GoDaddy.com Bowl office at 251-635-0011. Greer’s/Press-Register Mardi Gras Parade DATE: 1/7/2012 TIME: 6:30 PM LOCATION: Downtown Mobile A Mardi Gras parade will be held in the streets of downtown Mobile starting at 6:30 pm. Sixteen Mardi Gras societies will be represented with floats and throws for the crowd. Several local high school marching bands will join the parade, as well as the bands and cheerleaders from each participating Bowl team. A huge crowd is expected to pack the streets of downtown Mobile for this early rendition of the Mardi Gras season. Press-Register Pep Rally and Street Party DATE: 1/7/2012 TIME :8:00 PM LOCATION: Mobile Convention Center, South Plaza Following the Spectronics fireworks display, the party will move to Water Street and South Plaza for team pep rallies followed by live music and refreshments MillerCoors Alumni Golf Tournament DATE: 1/8/2012 TIME: 8:00 AM LOCATION: Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Magnolia Grove Alumni groups and fans from the competing Bowl teams are invited to play in a golf tournament at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Magnolia Grove. Cost per golfer is $85, which includes breakfast, lunch, door prizes and tournament gifts. Call the GoDaddy.com Bowl office (251-635-0011) to reserve a spot in the tournament.

GODADDY.COM AND SENIOR BOWLS

Stars Fall on Alabama Here on the Alabama Coast, it used to be that the first week of January was a time to catch our breath between “holiday” seasons of Christmas and Mardi Gras. That’s changed over the past 12 years with the advent of the annual college football shoot out now known as the GoDaddy.com Bowl. The game has a history of high-octane offenses and this season’s matchup of Northern

Illinois and Arkansas State continues that tradition. But it’s not the high-energy game that get us all rev’d up. It’s the players, families and fans that come down for the game and give us a chance to welcome them to our home. We love our sports and we love family – and with GoDaddy.com Bowl we get the best of both. By the time the end of January rolls around, sports

Northern Illinois and Arkansas State will duke it out in this year’s GoDaddy.com Bowl.

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CHICK-FIL-A FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES RALLY Wednesday, January 25 6:00pm-8:00pm Mobile Convention Center Open to Public (Ticket Required). Call 251-661-6060 for information. PRESS-REGISTER SENIOR BOWL EXPERIENCE Friday, January 27 3:00-7:00pm Mobile Convention Center FREE to the public. Family-friendly event with interactive activities for children and adults. COCA-COLA MEET THE PLAYERS Friday, January 27 3:30-6:30pm Mobile Convention Center FREE to the public. Fans can meet their favorite Senior Bowl players.

Fans can catch the pre-game action at the Senior Bowl practices.

fans – heck, most everybody who lives on the Alabama Coast – are fairly exhausted from the effort required to support their Tide or Tigers through another year (particularly with another National Championship on the line for our State). However, being consummate fans and gracious hosts, we marshal our energy for one last game...well, given our natures, it’s more an event than a mere game. The Under Armour Senior Bowl, played on Saturday, January 28, 2012, is the nation’s most unique

football game and NFL football’s premier pre-draft event. It annually features the country’s best senior collegiate football stars in the nation. Senior Bowl practices attended by over 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from the 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention.

P R A C T I C E S C H E D U L E S. NORTH Monday, January 23 2:45-4:15pm Ladd-Peebles Stadium Tuesday, January 24 9:30-11:00am Ladd-Peebles Stadium Wednesday, January 25 9:30-11:00am Ladd-Peebles Stadium Thursday, January 26 9:30-11:00am Ladd-Peebles Stadium Friday, January 27 9:30-11:00am Ladd-Peebles Stadium SOUTH Monday, January 23

2:45-4:15pm Fairhope Municipal Stadium Tuesday, January 24 1:45-3:15pm Ladd-Peebles Stadium Wednesday, January 25 1:45-3:15pm Ladd-Peebles Stadium Thursday, January 26 1:45-3:15pm Ladd-Peebles Stadium Friday, January 27 10:30-11:30am Ladd-Peebles Stadium

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

GoDaddy.com Gives Back In addition to hosting visiting teams and fans each January, the GoDaddy.com Bowl folks make an impact in our community all year long. While events range from golf tournaments and regattas to honoring student athletes, our favorites are two that support reading, writing and the visual arts. NEW HORIZONS CREDIT UNION 6TH ANNUAL ART COMPETITION

This fall, sixth through twelfth grade arts students from throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties participated in the New Horizons Credit Union 6th Annual Art Competition. Winners received plaques, gift certificates, and cash prizes for their school art departments. In addition, their works will be displayed at various places throughout the community and showcased in the GoDaddy.com Bowl game program.

1st place winners from left to right: 11th-12th grade, Victoria Daniels, Theodore High School, 6th-8th grade, standing in for Karl Sonalan is Causey Middle School Principal, Gill James, and 9th-10th grade, Breanna Earls, Bay Minette High School.

HOAR PROGRAM MANAGEMENT/GODADDY. COM BOWL READING AND WRITING PROGRAM

The Hoar Program Management/Godaddy. com Bowl Reading and Writing Program strives to encourage students to read, write, and stay in school. Approximately 10,000 entries were submitted from schools all over the area. Ten finalists were chosen, six of them from the Mobile area, to compete for savings bonds ranging from $500 to $10,000. This year’s book the children read for the finals was The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.

Back Row: Mike Lanier (VP Hoar Program Management), Ken Megginson (Mobile County Public School Board District One Commissioner), Roy Nichols (MCPSS Superintendent), Jerry Silverstein (President, GoDaddy.com Bowl) Middle Row (kids): Logan Allen, Daniel Bettis,

Congrats to all the winners!

Olivia Puranen, Taylor Respress, Bowl Dog Front Row: Elizabeth Busby, Emily Baker, Gabrielle Rivers, Caleb Adas, Miller Wongsa and Riley Hutto.

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Holiday Celebrations 2011

The Holidays along Alabama’s Coast are celebrated with a uniquely festive flare. We blend the flavors of Southern food, family and hospitality with a bit of easy-going attitude. Here in Mobile Bay and along the Eastern Shore and Gulf Beaches winter doesn’t mean hiding from the cold and snow. Instead we embrace an enthusiastic, “out and about” spirit during the holidays. There’s just too much to see and do to stay indoors during winter on the Alabama Coast!

along Canal Road. For more information: 251-968-6091.

2011 Semmes Christmas Tour of Homes & Taste of Semmes Dec 10. Tour five decorated homes plus Historic Semmes Heritage Park. Benefits Historical Preservation of Semmes. For more information: 251-656-1777 (Caresse Fincher) or 251-645-9176 (Diane Moore).

Magic Christmas in Lights Nov 25-Dec 31. Bellingrath Gardens, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd. Nightly the 65-acre grounds are illuminated with 928 displays featuring 3 million lights. Closed Christmas Day. For more information: www.bellingrath.org

Joe Jefferson Players Holiday Gala Dec 18. Refreshments and “It’s a Wonderful Life” performed by Radio Classics Live. 2 PM. Joe Jefferson Playhouse For more information: 251-471-1534; www.joejeffersonplayers.com.

Film: The Light Before Christmas Dec 1-Jan 2. IMAX film for the holidays. Mon - Fri, 11 AM - 2 PM; Sat & Sun, 2 & 4 PM. Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center (65 Government St) For more information: www.exploreum.com The Nutcracker Dec 10-11. Mobile Ballet. Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. For more information: 251-342-2241; www.mobileballet.org. Home For The Holidays: Mobile Symphony Dec 10-11. Conductor: Crafton Beck. Sat, 8 PM; Sun, 2:30 PM. Saenger Theatre For more information: 251-432-2010; www. mobilesymphony.org. Scrooge, the Musical Dec 9-11. Musical based on Charles Dickens holiday tale. Fri and Sat, 8 PM; Sun, 2 PM. Southern Alabama Family Theatre Company & Mobile Theatre Guild For more information: www.mobiletheatreguild.org

Downtown Mobile Christmas & Holiday Parade Dec 17. Enjoy an exciting and festive parade featuring floats, marching bands, holiday music and, of course, Santa Claus, at 1:30 p.m. 251-470-7730; www.ncsmobile.org.

“Nautical Night Of Lights” Lighted Boat Parade Dec 10. The 26th Annual “Nautical Night of Lights” lighted boat parade takes place at 5:30 p.m. The parade is viewable from any public area

A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas Dec 17. Enjoy this musical production of Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” at 7p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center. The experience is one that both young and old can enjoy.

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Winter Solstice and Holiday Music Dec 18. Dr. Jazz Normand grand piano concert. 2 PM. Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship Hall (1150 Fairhope Ave, Fairhope) Free, but donations accepted. For more information: 251-929-3207; www.fairhopeuu.org

Moon Pie Over Mobile Dec 31. New Year’s Eve celebration featuring a Mardi Gras-style parade, a street party with live entertainment and, at midnight, the Moon Pie drop, accompanied by a laser and fireworks show. Downtown Mobile. For more information: www.mobilenewyear.com City of Fairhope New Year’s Eve Celebration Bring your family to downtown Fairhope from 8:30 p.m. - Midnight and ring in the New Year. Entertainment includes: live music, karaoke, face painting, strolling clowns, fireworks and favors at midnight. www.cofairhope.com/events.php


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Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce .................................... 15 Exploreum .............................. 28,36,37 Fuego Coastal Mex .......................... 10 History Museum of Mobile ........... 2,37 Holiday Shops, Inc. .......................... 12

The Bull Cantina & Grill ................... 31

Host Gallery ..................................... 11

Callaghan’s Irish Social Club............ 11

Mobile Carnival Museum ................ 22

City of Mobile Neighborhood

Mobile Opera ................................... 11

and Community Services ................. 13

Mobile Symphony ............................ 10

Dauphin Island Chamber

MyStockShotz.com .......................... 46

of Commerce/Mardi Gras ................ 22

Sculpt Yoga & Fitness ...................... 35

Downtown Mobile Alliance ............... 2

Shamrock, Rose & Thistle ................ 12

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TimberCreek Golf Course ................. 47 Toomey’s Mardi Gras ....................... 26 USS Alabama ................................... 16 Wintzell’s Oyster House ................... 47


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