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June 22 Alabama Bicentennial Juneteenth Celebration at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery June 30-August 11 “We the People”: Alabama’s Defining Documents Exhibition, Huntsville July 4 Alabama Bicentennial 4th of July at Thunder on the Mountain, Birmingham July 15-20 Rocket City’s 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Celebration, Huntsville September 11-15 Ride Alabama 200: Alabama Civil Rights Ride, Birmingham-Tuscaloosa-Selma-Montgomery October 5 Old St. Stephens Days Bicentennial Year Celebration, St. Stephens October 11 Old Cahawba Bicentennial Celebration, Orrville/Old Cahawba November 3-December 31 “We the People”: Alabama’s Defining Documents Exhibition, Montgomery November 11 Alabama’s Bicentennial Veterans Day Celebration at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile November 28-29 48th Poarch Creek Thanksgiving Pow Wow, Atmore December 1-3 City of Montgomery Bicentennial Celebration, Montgomery December 13-15 Alabama Bicentennial Finale and Alabama Bicentennial Park Dedication, Montgomery

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COASTAL ALABAMA IS A RARE JEWEL. IN THIS ISSUE, WE HIGHLIGHT THE COMMUNITY’S HISTORY INCLUDING MOBILE’S WORKING WATERFRONT

EMBRACING MOBILE’S WATERFRONT GULFQUEST MARITIME MUSEUM.............. 10

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS................. 14,19,24,30,35,43,50

EXPLORE MOBILE CELEBRATING 300 YEARS OF HISTORY...... 16

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OUR COASTAL COMMUNITIES MOBILE........................................................ 12 SOUTH MOBILE COUNTY............................ 17 GULF SHORES/ORANGE BEACH .................22 THE EASTERN SHORE.................................. 26 NORTH BALDWIN COUNTY......................... 34 FOLEY........................................................... 40

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DAUPHIN ISLAND BIRD SANCTUARY ........ 20 EASTERN SHORE 7 WAYS TO EXPLORE THE SHORE............... 32 THE LEGACY OF FORT MIMS AN EVENT THAT CHANGED HISTORY......... 37 NORTH BALDWIN YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PLAY IN THE MUD....................................... 38 ALABAMA COASTING’S FOOD SPORT REPORT.............................44/49 BAMA-Q TV FOLLOWING THE ALABAMA BBQ TRAIL.......................... 45

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No matter the season, no matter the weather, life is grand in our part of the world and there are always so many tough choices to make. Festivals, Music, Food, Sports, or simply “chillin”. The challenge for locals and visitors is not what to do, but how to do it all! Since 2010, we’ve offered ALABAMA COASTING Magazine as your guide to help you get the most out of your visit with us. Throughout its pages, we’ve introduced you to some of our favorite places and the best choices for where you can DINE, SHOP, PLAY and EXPLORE. We are very excited to continue as your local guide with our new DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA Magazine. Our affiliation with Coastal Alabama Partnership expands our reach and our ability to serve our readers through linkage with six regional tourism organizations. In each issue of the magazine – print and digital – in addition to our feature stories, business profiles, and event highlights, our tourism partners will share the exciting happenings in each of their own communities. For help getting around, you’ll find area maps – and if you’re reading this on your mobile device, you’ll see that that we’ve included hyperlinks throughout the magazine. Whether you’re here for business or pleasure or both, we hope you’ll enjoy your time along our little slice of heaven on the Gulf Coast. Thanks again, for visiting and for reading DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA Magazine. We invite you to share your feelings and your experiences by sending us a note or joining us on Facebook Cheers, Danny Calametti CEO/Managing Partner

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Embracing Mobile’s Vibrant

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obile’s waterfront has been valued as an important asset since the days of its founding in 1702. The brothers Bienville established a French colony on the barrier island of Dauphin Island and a deep water port on the Mobile River. The town was relocated to its present site in 1711 to be closer to the deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With its unique positioning between the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and Mobile Bay and proximity to the Gulf, the port of Mobile has long served as a main cog in the economy of the city. During the two World Wars, Mobile’s port evolved into a shipbuilding center with more than 200 ships launched during that period. Shipping and shipbuilding remain of vital importance to Mobile’s economy, which continues to expand and attract new investments to the city. The Alabama State Port Authority (Alabama State Docks), Mobile’s trade port, has been recognized as the fastest growing port in the nation for three years. Most importantly, without the Port and the maritime industry Mobile would not have Airbus,

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Austal USA, ThyssenKrupp, Arcelor Mittal, Nippon Steel, Sumitomo Metals, Degussa/Evonik and a host of other foreign investment and economic development accomplishments. Former Mobile Mayor, Mike Dow, now serves as Executive Director of GulfQuest/National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico. He shares his vision for the future of our working waterfront – Mobile’s “Front Porch”.    “GulfQuest’s vision and mission is to educate, showcase, celebrate, sell and market our Maritime history, culture and our economic development impacts.  Without our Maritime assets our $6B recruitment of modern day foreign manufacturing industry recruitment of investment, jobs and tax base would not exist. This same identity, branding and core economic values scenario exists for further development of our tourism industry. Add our Maritime’s history and water-based assets to our city’s equally as rich diversity, historic architecture, seafood, arts and cultural assets and we become a nationally competitive tourism destination.

Mobile is in the process of creating an experiential entertainment and leisure-based destination at Cooper Riverside Park, the home of our GulfQuest Maritime Museum. Cooper Park is being programmed with an abundance and variety of riverside food and beverage services, live music, retail and other family leisure-based entertainment and events that will connect Mobilians with our working waterfront and extend downtown’s footprint to the river. Cooper Park’s development also positions our “front porch” as a gateway to our large, magnificently forested and outdoors experiential Delta (America’s Amazon), 5 large rivers, multiple bays and white sand beaches eco-system. It is


Working Waterfront my passion and vision that our planned GulfQuest docked high speed ferries are destined to become a central part of that growth – connecting our counties, cities and tourist attractions by a waterborne transportation system comprised of high speed ferries and water taxis. This regional branding and connectiveness by water will allow the city of Mobile to compete in tourism, from our own core strengths at a national and global level as we have so successfully accomplished in our foreign manufacturing recruitment of investment, jobs and tax base. Again, all things maritime, an abundance of water assets are Mobile’s core and competitive historic, cultural and economic impact assets. More to come.” Mike Dow, Executive Director GulfQuest Maritime Museum

GULFQUEST/NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE GULF OF MEXICO tells the story of our maritime heritage and the culture of the Gulf of Mexico. The 120,000 square foot museum, located on the Mobile riverfront, is designed to look as if it were a ship headed into Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The museum features 90 interactive exhibits, simulators, theaters and artifact displays, complemented by artifacts and memorabilia displayed throughout “multiple decks” inside a full-sized replica of a container ship, displayed as if dockside. GulfQuest also features a museum store, a museum café and several event spaces.

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ith over 300 years of history, Mobile knows a thing or two about having a good time. There is always something to do in this historic, coastal town! You’ll find museums and attractions showcasing everything from fine art to Mardi Gras, history to science, the military to mums. How about dancing in the streets with thousands of new friends at one of the region’s many outdoor music festivals, catching Moon Pies

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thrown from fire-breathing dragon floats during Mardi Gras or taking in millions of glittering holiday lights on a 65-acre historic garden estate? Did we mention Mardi Gras? As the home of America’s Original Mardi Gras, we celebrate the carnival season yearround at the Mobile Carnival Museum! If water is more your thing, you’ll discover water-based adventures that bring you eye-to-eye with giant gators in America’s Amazon, the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta.

Maybe you’ll find yourself paddling toward an ancient Indian mound accessible only by water or sipping wine on a sunset cruise on Mobile Bay, after all, being on the water is simply a part of life around here. If you’re making a trip to Mobile, plan to eat extremely well while you’re here because the port city also knows a thing or two about delicious cuisine. Shrimp, blue crabs, oysters and more, are as bountiful as succulent, and they come


straight from our backyard, the Gulf of Mexico. We can’t forget about the cornbread beside Southern fried chicken, collards, cheese grits and other soulful delicacies that really are as good as Momma’s.   Slow-cooked pit barbecue is a prized local favorite and James Beard nominated Chefs are taking innovation to the next level. Pull up a seat and eat with us.  Stretchy pants not required!   So, come, enjoy, engage, have fun! We Mobilians certainly do!

The South of every country is different, and the south of every South is even more so. I come from that stretch of Gulf Coast South which is another kingdom. Mobile is a Separate Kingdom. We are not North America; we are North Haiti. Because we are so different from the rest of the United States. The spirit is closer to the Caribe than it is even to Montgomery. You’ve got pirates and drama and Carnival and fishing fleets and smuggling and so many different skies and thunderstorms, like this constantly changing pageant in the background. It’s another country. And that’s where I come from. -Eugene Walter, Milking the Moon

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Mobile Events OCTOBER 5, 2019 PAST, PRESENT, & PROUD PRIDEFEST A celebration of Mobile Alabama Pride to promote pride in, and respect for the LGBT+ community in the greater Mobile region. Event will be held in Cooper Riverside Park. OCTOBER 5, 2019 50TH ANNUAL HISTORIC BUILDINGS TOUR: GEORGE B. ROGERS  The 50th Annual Historic Buildings Tour will focus on Mobile architect George B. Rogers. It includes never seen before access, to the architecture, history, family tales, furnishings, artwork, upstairs and downstairs, all hidden passages, gardens, and planting. This oncein-a-lifetime tour will be written by Cartledge Blackwell III, a Mobile Historian who wrote his master’s thesis on Rogers.George B. Rogers  OCTOBER 27, 2019 MOBILE WITCHES RIDE Get your best, most fabulous witch costume together and hop on your broom (aka your bicycle - yeah decorate that too!) for an easy paced bike parade around downtown Mobile. The fun will end in a fabulous block party with music, libations, and food available from local food trucks and our party hosts, The Blind Mule.  The Mobile Witches Ride is a major fundraiser for Delta Dogs, a community supported, volunteer run non-profit that provides free spay and neuter and veterinary care to the pets of Mobile’s community in need.

JANUARY – DECEMBER, 2019 LODA ARTWALK Celebrating the arts in downtown Mobile! Explore this free monthly showcase of visual and performance arts! Starting at 6pm on the second Friday of every month, galleries, restaurants, shops, institutions, etc in the Lower Dauphin (LoDa) Arts District open their doors for a family-friendly evening of exhibitions and entertainment by area artists.  NOVEMBER 4, 2019 JAZZ 4 A CAUSE - AJOYO IN CONCERT  Jazz Concert featuring Ajoyo, an eclectic and upbeat blend of Jazz, West African rhythms and soul delivering a message of social justice with a very distinct NY sound. First-ever Gulf Coast performance. Central ArtSanctuary, 1260 Dauphin Street. VIP Champagne “Meet & Greet” Reception, 5:30-6:30pm $25 General Admission $40 VIP Reception 

NOVEMBER 10, 2019 BOURBON BY THE BAY Raise your glass at the third annual Bourbon on the Bay, where you can sample from over twenty-five premium bourbons and whiskeys. The event will also feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, craft cocktails featuring local mixologists, a selection of wine and local brews, a unique silent auction and festive live music. Crown Hall 853 Dauphin Street Mobile, AL 3-7PM $125 General $175 VIP www.bourbonbythebay.com 

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300 Years of History to Celebrate!

EXPLORE MOBILE’S 300 YEAR HISTORY Take a visit to the building that was the first Old Southern Market and later Mobile’s City Hall. Unfold Mobile’s 300 yearold story at the History Museum of Mobile where permanent and traveling exhibits are on display year-round. RELIVE MOBILE’S MILITARY HISTORY Embark on an incredible journey through America’s past and explore USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park. Home to the namesake, 44,000-ton, World War II legend “Mighty A” and its longtime sister submarine, the USS DRUM, the park also exhibits nearly 30 military aircrafts along with multiple memorials of past wars. Take advantage of the gorgeous campsites and nature trails while you visit the Civil War Memorial at the site of the last major land battle of the Civil War, Blakely State Park. TOUR THE FORT The Fort of Colonial Mobile tells the story of the fort that protected Mobile for France, England and Spain for over one hundred years. As a ⅓ replica of the original structure, the Fort of Colonial Mobile has interactive exhibits that connect visitors to cultures and eras that form the rich history of the Gulf Coast. EXPERIENCE WHERE CARNIVAL IN AMERICA BEGAN It’s not a secret that Mardi Gras started in Mobile but there are many secrets to unveil at the Mobile Carnival Museum. Learn how America’s first Mardi Gras came to fruition and how its significance helped shape Mobile into the city it is today. 16 DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - FALL 2019


VISIT MOBILE’S HISTORIC HOMES Immerse yourself in old Mobile by visiting one or all of Mobile’s Historic Museum Homes. The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion was the center of social life in Mobile, the Conde-Charlotte House was the site of Mobile’s first jail, the Oakleigh House has authentic Greek Revival period rooms and the Richards-DAR House tells the story of affluent Victorian Life in pre-Civil War Mobile. A little jaunt west is all it takes to get to Bellingrath Gardens & Home to see Walter and Bessie Bellingrath’s lifelong collections. EUROPE OR MOBILE? Completed in 1850, the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is an architectural masterpiece that transports you to Europe while you’re in historic Downtown Mobile. One of 67 Minor Basilicas in the United States, given status by Pope Paul VI because it’s the oldest church congregation outside of the original colonies. It’s located in Cathedral Square and appears on the National Register of Historic Places. PILOT A CARGO SHIP AT GULFQUEST NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE GULF OF MEXICO Take in over 90 hands-on exhibits, each giving you a first-hand look at Mobile’s maritime history and global seafaring significance. The museum is a life-sized replica of a container ship with a simulator that allows you to steer a ship coming into the Port of Mobile. TAKE A TOUR! When a city has three hundred years of history, you can bet the stories as well as the tours are endless; and you’d be right! Secret History Tours, Architectural Walking Tours, Bienville Bites History and Food Tour, Historic Driving Tours, Architectural Walking Tour and so much more. If it happened in Mobile’s history, there’s probably a tour for it! WALK AMONG THE GREATS IThere’s something special about visiting the oldest graveyard in Mobile. Church Street Graveyard is the final resting place for famous Mobilians such as author Eugene Walter and the Father of Mobile Mardi Gras, Joe Cain.

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South Mobile County

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tranquil and welcoming community, SOMO (South Mobile County) is rich in wildlife, Southern culture, excitement and so much more. Get your pulse racing with the exhilaration of an international speedway, the thrill of the catch while deep sea fishing or at any of our acclaimed annual events involving music, the arts, coastal cuisine, outdoor activities and more! SOMO offers all the best of the Gulf Coast in one stunning and easily accessible location.

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South Mobile County is full of adventure. Choose to ride bikes around the island, build sandcastles on the beach, search for wild creatures or wander among the gardens, there are many opportunities to explore and discover. Whether you prefer a beach house, bed and breakfast, condo or campsite. SOMO offers many types of accommodations, including beachfront and waterfront, to satisfy any occasion or group size. After a day of playing on the beach, shopping for antiques and gifts, exploring

the waterways and more, you’ll be ready to refuel at one of the unique restaurants found in SOMO. From the sugar white sand beaches of Dauphin Island and the beauty of Bellingrath Gardens and Fowl River, to the charming atmosphere and unrivaled seafood of Bayou La Batre and Coden, hop on your bikes and explore all that there is to do and spend your days finding adventure with the family.


South Mobile County Events JULY - OCTOBER, 2019 SUNDAY SUNSET CONCERTS Celebrating the natural beauty and the Island’s designation as the “Sunset Capital of Alabama”. Held at West End Beach, the concerts begin about 90 minutes before each sunset. Oct. 13.... at Fort Gaines - Roman Street www.townofdauphinisland.org. OCTOBER 12, 2019 DAUPHIN ISLAND ART TRAIL Over 40 artists from throughout the Southeast at 10 local businesses – many hosting open houses. Ride your bike, your car or the free trolley which includes a pickup at the ferry as well for “walk-ons” from Ft. Morgan. facebook.com/Dauphin-Island-Art Trail-733270103385846/ OCTOBER 26, 2019 36TH ANNUAL RENAISSANCE FEST: GATALOP 36 Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island. Watch reenactors explore the culture of the Renaissance period. Hosted by the Society of Creative Anachronism. OCTOBER 26, 2019 BOO AT BELLINGRATH Bellingrath Gardens & Home. The Gardens will be filled with spooky and fun inflatables, and local businesses and organizations will set up numerous treat stations to hand out candy and trinkets to guests of all ages. NOVEMBER 1-19 CASCADING CHRYSANTHEMUMS Bellingrath Gardens features hundreds of colorful, four-foot long cascades of chrysanthemums throughout the Gardens. Guests can enjoy the columns of mums and thousands of mums in the flower beds in the fall colors of yellow, red, bronze, lavender and white. The Great Lawn’s dramatic border is a feast for the eyes. www.bellingrath.org/ experiences/events/cascading-mum-display/

Blessing of the fleet.

NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 31 MAGIC CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS Enjoy one of the most popular holiday events in the Southeast. Stroll through the gardens with more than three million twinkling lights in over 1,100 custom designed set pieces in 15 scenes. Tour the Bellingrath Home decorated in its holiday finery. www.bellingrath.org/ experiences/events/magic-christmas-inlights-2019/ MAY, 2020 TASTE OF THE BAYOU The 5th Annual Alabama Seafood Cook off take place as part of the 31th annual Taste of the Bayou. Sample a variety of Fresh Seafood while watching top chefs compete for a win a spot in the Great American Seafood Cookoff in New Orleans AND the World Food Championships. Tasteofthebayou.com

MAY, 2020 BLESSING OF THE FLEET The custom of the Blessing of the Fleet can be traced back to Old World European fishing communities where God was publicly acknowledged and asked for a bountiful harvest and the safety of the men at sea. Today, a Fleet Blessing ceremony begins with a prayer by the Archbishop of the Diocese of Mobile. After this, decorated boats of all kinds form a procession behind the boat carrying the Archbishop as the he blesses their boats and docked vessels along the way. fleetblessing.org 

Bellingrath Magic Christmas in Lights.

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Dauphin Island – Bird Sanctuary

In 2016, the National Audubon Society recognized Dauphin Island as a Globally Significant Important Bird Area - officially putting it on the “birding map.” In addition to its location, the natural habitat of abundant trees, shrubs and flowers make the island an essential resource. Working to assure this habitat is protected is the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries. Their mission, in addition to their dedication to the preservation of critical bird habitat, is to promote birding and other forms of ecotourism activities. For more information, visit coastalbirding.org

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HISTORY COMES ALIVE ON ALABAMA’S BEACHES Fort Morgan State Historic Site is a favorite for history enthusiasts visiting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The Third System masonry fort was built in the early to mid-1800s to serve as a guard between Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. In 1864, the fort played a pivotal role in the Battle of Mobile Bay; and was used intermittently throughout the Spanish American War, WWI and WWII. Today, Fort Morgan stands as a testament to the strength and resilience of the United States armed forces. Since it was turned over to the State of Alabama as a historic site, nature areas, a boat launch, picnic facility and beach access have been added, making the fort a fantastic place for an all-day adventure. And, for those who really want to dive deep into the history, guests can book a tour with a historian or spend some time browsing through the on-site museum. Beginning in early fall, Fort Morgan will launch its escape room: Espionage at Mobile Point. History truly comes alive as guests become captured spies during the Civil War in the summer of 1864. Using decision-making skills, communication and wit, teams of five to 10 must help the Union Army find the defensive map and escape route used by the Confederate soldiers in one hour. This activity is ideal for sports teams, snowbirds, wedding parties and more. For information about the escape room, visit GulfShores.com/Signature-Experiences.

FUNKY FALL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS As we keep the summer spirit alive well into the fall, there is a festive feeling that engulfs the Alabama Gulf Coast. Whether you’re one of the many yelling “Go Jags” at a South Alabama football game, spending your weekends doing early Christmas shopping at the eclectic boutiques in Fairhope or heading down to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for some foodie festivals, it’s quite a time to be alive in this part of the world. The event season on Alabama’s beaches gets off to a running start with the Brett/Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon on Sept. 7. The race offers two options: an intermediate distance triathlon or a beginner-friendly “Tri It On.” Both take participants into the Gulf of Mexico for the swim, along the beach road for the bike and throughout various areas on the island for the run. The triathlon will put you in prime shape to come back down to the beach Oct. 10-13 for the 48th Annual National Shrimp Festival. With more than 100 hours of live musical entertainment, 50 local and regional food and art vendors, and thousands of pounds of shrimp served per day, it’s no wonder that folks from all over the country flock to the Gulf Shores Public Beach every year for this event. Then, if you haven’t had enough

fresh Gulf seafood (as if you can ever have enough) The Hangout will host its 11th Annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend Nov. 1 and 2. On the first night, there will be 60 beers available from 30 local and regional craft breweries for tasting as well as live music and delicious Alabama BBQ. Then, the next morning, the Oyster Cook-Off will kick off as dozens of chefs from nationally-recognized restaurants showcase their favorite oyster recipes. Plus, there will be live cooking demos and workshops as well as a North American Oyster Showcase and live music all day and night. And rounding out the season is the 35th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival Nov. 7-17. Throughout the 10-day run, Grammy Award-winning songwriters and up-and-coming stars will perform on stages throughout the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast sharing their work as well as the stories behind them. This year, nearly 200 songwriters from all across the country and around the world are expected to make their way to the beach for this two-week event. Visit our calendar of events at GulfShores.com or call 800-745-SAND (7263) f or more information. DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - FALL 2019 23


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OCTOBER 10-13, 2019 48TH ANNUAL NATIONAL SHRIMP FESTIVAL A celebration of all things SHRIMP along with a juried art show and great local and regional music. www.myshrimpfest.com/ NOVEMBER 1-2, 2109 THE HANGOUT OYSTER COOK-OFF & CRAFT BEER WEEKEND showcases the talents and tastes of the best chefs from the Southeast for a decadent afternoon of oysters and spirits on the beach in beautiful Gulf Shores, AL. Sample inspired oyster dishes from dozens of restaurants who will be serving Rockefeller, Gulf Coast Cajun and Raw Oysters. www.hangoutcookoff.com NOVEMBER 23, 2019- JANUARY 1, 2020 COASTAL CHRISTMAS Over 40 events to celebrate the holidays lighted boat parades, merry markets, ice skating, family concerts, and more. alabamacoastalchristmas.com

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The Eastern Shore

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ife is easy on the Eastern Shore! This sportsman’s paradise is bustling with vibrant communities, opportunities to flourish and a shared appreciation for the natural beauty found along Mobile Bay. There’s southern charm, blooming magnolias and fresh Gulf seafood to tempt every palette. Take a ride from the Delta in Spanish Fort, along Mobile Bay in Daphne to Fairhope and Point Clear. The Eastern Shore has it all. It’s not hard to see why the Eastern Shore is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States.

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One of the first things you’ll notice about the Eastern Shore is its sprawling coastal views; the perfect setting for some of the most magnificent and colorful sunsets you’ll ever find. Locals spend lazy Sunday afternoons propped up in an Adirondack chair soaking in the scenery or strolling down one of the Eastern Shore’s many public piers nestled right on Mobile Bay. Bring along your fishing pole and you might even catch supper or attract a friendly pelican or two. Lace up your walking shoes or grab your bike because you’ll want to enjoy the Eastern Shore Trail as it winds along


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Mobile Bay from Interstate 10 to Weeks Bay. The path showcases a number of stunning views including the Fairhope Municipal Pier with its rose garden and giant fountain. Nature lovers will also want to check out the Weeks Bay Pitcher Plant Bog, visible from an easy walk along the boardwalk. Watch closely and you may see one of the bog’s many carnivorous plants capture insects within its leaves. Feeling a little more adventurous? Go on a gator hunt along Daphne’s Gator Boardwalk. This free and accessible attraction is a favorite for children looking to spot some big teeth. Hop on a boat tour at Blakely State Park or 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center and explore the area’s diverse wildlife in America’s Amazon, the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. The Delta is Alabama’s largest wetland ecosystem and the nation’s second largest river delta. While you’re at Blakeley State Park, get a history lesson as you explore the battlegrounds for the last major battle of the Civil War. It includes several miles of unspoiled Confederate and Union fortifications associated with the Battle of Fort Blakeley in 1865.

The beauty of the Eastern Shore has become a haven for artists. You can explore beautiful works of art at several galleries dotted along Fairhope’s downtown streets. Be sure to stop in at the Eastern Shore Art Center where they have exhibits changing out each month in their five galleries. Try to plan your visit during the

first of the month as Fairhope’s downtown streets come alive for First Friday Art Walk. The American Sports Art Museum and Archives in Daphne is dedicated to sports art, history and literature and includes more than 1,800 pieces, the largest collection of sports art in the world.

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Visitors and residents are often spotted strolling from boutique to boutique in downtown Fairhope with shopping bags in tow. The small town’s flower-lined streets allow you to pop in a shop to buy a dress for the weekend, pick up a gift at the jewelry store, get lost in an antique shop and finish off your day with an ice cream cone. Downtown Daphne also offers great shopping opportunities as you head north on Scenic 98. Near the interstate in Daphne and Spanish Fort, several shopping centers offer some of your favorite national brands as well as local shops. The Eastern Shore adventure isn’t complete without enjoying fresh Gulf seafood. The Causeway between Mobile and Spanish Fort offers a variety of wonderful seafood restaurants right on the water. More tasty stops can be found throughout Daphne and Fairhope, often attracting national television attention. The Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay leaves a lasting impression on visitors and a feeling of small-town warmth for those who call it home. The Eastern Shore welcome visitors to stop and visit a while. I’m sure one of the locals would be happy to share their favorite sunset spot with you. Written by: Denise Curtis, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce

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Eastern Shore Events SEPTEMBER 28-29, 2019 31ST ANNUAL JUBILEE FESTIVAL OF ARTS The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Jubilee Festival of Arts attracts thousands to Daphne’s oak-lined Main Street for a weekend full of art, music, performances and local cuisine. The festival features more than 100 local and regional artist booths. Children can also explore their creative side in the Kids Art Park. Admission is free. www.thejubileefestival.com

OCTOBER 26, 2019 10TH ANNUAL TURKEY TROT The 10th Annual 5K Race, 1 Mile Fun Run/ Walk & Family-Friendly Festival has become a tradition for many area families and businesses. All proceeds fund Prodisee Pantry’s coordinated effort with various nonprofits and churches to provide a “Norman Rockwell” type holiday feast for Baldwin County families who are hungry.  https://prodiseepantry.org/

OCTOBER 2-5, 2019 ALABAMA COASTAL BIRDFEST Four days of guided bird & nature tours on land and by boat plus speakers, evening events, workshops, and family-friendly expo with raptors, snakes, exhibits, hands-on activities and more. www.alabamacoastalbirdfest.com

NOVEMBER 14-17, 2019 FAIRHOPE FILM FESTIVAL Four days of brilliant, entertaining and award-winning films screened throughout the beautiful little town on the bay. www.fairhopefilmfestival.org

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7 Ways to Explore the Eastern Shore’s Unique History Written by: Denise Curtis, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce

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HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE Take in the historic architecture as you cruise down Scenic 98 and the bayside streets of Fairhope to find neighborhoods dripping in southern charm. The deep-south style and stately homes overlook Mobile Bay with ancient live-oaks and magnolias lining the driveways. You’ll find prime examples of the coastal-cottage style with board and baton, craftsman columns and blooming gardens. THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH The Greek Orthodox Church in Malbis is a gorgeous example of Byzantine architecture. The church opened in 1965 in memory of Jason Malbis, Greek immigrant and founder of Malbis Plantation. The Greek Orthodox Church is known for its incredible murals depicting the life of Christ, carved marble and vivid stained glass.

HISTORIC BLAKELEY STATE PARK Historic Blakeley State Park sits on the last major battlefield of the Civil War, the Battle of Fort Blakeley. Today you can still find several miles of unspoiled Confederate and Union fortifications. The Battle of Fort Blakeley was fought on April 9, 1865, on the same day General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox. The Union went on to capture Mobile.

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OLD METHODIST CHURCH MUSEUM The Old Methodist Church Museum is the second oldest church building in Baldwin County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery on the property has burial sites dating back to 1847. Today, the church operates as a museum featuring a collection of arts and crafts, period clothing and the original pews.

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GRAND HOTEL GOLF RESORT & SPA The Grand Hotel has played a vital role in our military history, serving as a hospital during the Civil War and later for training operations during World War II. The Grand Hotel honors its wartime history each day at 3:45 in the afternoon with a procession and cannon firing on Mobile Bay.

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TOWN OF BLAKELEY While touring Historic Blakeley State Park, you can explore the remnants of the early Alabama town of Blakeley, a colonial-era homestead and evidence of habitation from American Indians. Historic Blakeley State Park is the largest National Register Historic Site on the eastern half of the United States, stretching 2,100 acres with horseback-riding trails, cabins and campgrounds.

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FAIRHOPE MUSEUM OF HISTORY Find artifacts from Fairhope’s unique past throughout the Fairhope Museum of History. Exhibits feature everyone from the city’s earliest residents, the Native American Indians, the potters who enjoyed working with the area’s rich Alabama clay to the single taxers who sought to create a utopian society.

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North Baldwin County

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estled among the pine forests, live oaks and Tensaw River Delta you will find the City of Bay Minette along with several surrounding communities that are all full of southern charm. Our communities are steeped in tradition, history and culture with a landscape draped in natural beauty with fascinating wildlife, waterways, swamps and wet-

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lands. North Baldwin County is a must visit destination for any outdoor enthusiast! As the northern gateway to Baldwin County and all of Coastal Alabama, and the county seat, Bay Minette, Alabama is ideally situated within an hour’s drive of the city of Mobile, Alabama and just 45 miles north of the white sandy beaches in Gulf Shores, Alabama. With easy access

to interstates 10 and 65, you are merely a stone’s throw away from anywhere you could want to be – Bayou? Bay? Beach? City? The features of North Baldwin County extend far beyond the many historical sites to see and explore. Focusing more on the serenity and a growing outdoor adventure tourism trend, often reminding visitors of other places in a unique-


ly North Baldwin way. The Mobile-Tensaw Delta, mostly protected by the Forever Wild Land Trust and named a National Natural Landmark, is obviously a big part of who and what North Baldwin is. Deep in the Delta you will find Alabama’s Champion Cypress tree – our version of a big city Skyscraper, along with the Bottle Creek Indian Mounds – remnants of the area’s first settlers, along with floating camping platforms on the Bartram Canoe Trail that can take you to a whole other world! We have a blooming Artist community in and around Bay Minette, and miles of hiking, biking and paddling trails.

The beauty that is found in world famous public gardens can be found in our endless fields of wildflowers that blossom throughout the delta; many of which are found in shallow bays and bayous that may only be accessed by canoe or kayak, keeping them protected from the world. Live Oaks dot our landscape, like monuments to another time. All of this is just moments from Downtown Bay Minette where you will find unique shopping and dining, lots of history to explore, and a community ready to welcome you to stay a while and Discover all that North Baldwin has to offer!

North Baldwin County Annual Events JUNE, 2020 CRAWFISH COOK-OFF This good-eating fun-filled event held in downtown Bay Minette is great for the whole family. Four person teams compete for 10 different awards. The Event include kids’ activities, corn hole and live music. northbaldwinchamber.com/Calendar

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JUNE, 2020 RIDEYELLOW This is a charity bike ride held annually on the Saturday before Father’s Day. Since it’s inception, RIDEYELLOW has donated over $400,000 to various cancer charities! The ride offers cyclists four route options - a 6 mile, 10 mile, 37 mile and 62 mile. Routes wind through the beautiful hills of North Baldwin County and Tensaw Delta Communities. rideyellow.racesonline.com

SEPTEMBER, 2020 8TH ANNUAL DELTA DASH Experience the Delta like never before. A 5K obstacle course race designed to challenge the heart, body and soul! The goal is simple… provide participants of all lifestyles and ages with an opportunity to test endurance, stamina, resilience, quick decision making skills, animal instinct and the ability to enjoy a face-full of mud, leaves or whatever else the terrain throws their way.  The Delta Dash will take place on over three miles of wooded terrain where several obstacles will be encountered. Obstacles could be anything from crawling in the mud, wading through a creek, a mega slipand-slide, scaling hay bales or something else (we aren’t going to tell you all our secrets). The coveted Golder Gator is up for grabs each year, are you Tough Enough to take on the Delta? Hosted by the Young Professionals of the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce www. DeltaDash.org DECEMBER 13 & 14, 2019 37TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FEST A time-honored tradition featuring arts and crafts vendors, live music, food vendors, kid’s activities and the annual Christmas parade. Friday evening is always a draw with the Ping Pong Ball Drop where many wonderful prizes are up for grabs! Sponsored by the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce. northbaldwinchamber.com

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The Legacy of Fort Mims

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wo hundred and six years ago the future of two nations and countless individuals changed forever in the blood and fury of the first major battle of the Creek War. On August 30, 1813, over 700 Creek Indians destroyed Fort Mims. American settlers, U.S. allied Creeks, and enslaved African Americans had sought refuge in the stockade. The Creek warriors who carried out the attack were members of the Red Stick faction named for the red wooden war clubs they carried. Their assault on Fort Mims is considered one of the greatest successes of Indian warfare in history. Exact casualty figures will never be known, but most authorities agree about 250 to 400 settlers and militiamen died at Fort Mims that day. Many accounts state the death toll exceeded 500, but this apparently does not take into account the approximate 100 to 175 slaves captured by the Creeks. Historians believe that around 300-400 Indian Warriors were lost in the brutal attacks also.

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The fact that the United States was already embroiled in the War of 1812, tension was high and Americans on edge. This strike by the warring Red Stick Creeks on Fort Mims triggered a series of events in the Old Southwest that changed fortunes of all involved and moved the currents of history for many Americans that had never even heard of this small frontier settlement. News spread quickly throughout the South, sending shock waves through the Mississippi Territory (present-day Mississippi and Alabama) and Tennessee and caused panic among the American settlers. Troops from surrounding states and territories joined to crush the “Creek War” by the following summer. The Red Stick forces were eventually cornered and defeated by Colonel Andrew Jackson at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814 on the Tallapoosa River. On August 9, 1814, the Creek leaders met at Fort Jackson near Wetumpka, signed the Treaty of Fort Jackson and ceded 23 million acres of their land to the United

States. For Jackson’s actions in forcing the treaty on the Creeks, he earned the first measure of fame that would lead him to presidency. Although the Creeks surrendered on that day, the bloody battle forever changed the relationship of Americans with Indian nations. Continued outrage over the attack at Fort Mims contributed to the eventual forced removal of Creeks and other Indians from the Southeast in the 1830s, in what is known as the “Trail of Tears.” For the people of the Tensaw, the end of the hostilities meant that life slowly returned to normal, leading to the never-ending cycle of life brought on by farming along the frontier. As time passed the memories of that August day faded and the land returned to its intended use. Local residents, understanding the value of history, never forgot the importance of Fort Mims. Today the site of the 1813 attack is owned by the Alabama Historical Commission with much of the work


to preserve the area accomplished by the Fort Mims Restoration Association, featuring a restored blockhouse, well and reconstructed stockade. While the Restoration Association began its work in 1983, according to current president Claudia Campbell, numerous residents began preservation efforts at the location much earlier. Ms. Campbell’s family has a long-standing relationship with the Fort Mims event including her mother June Slaughter who began efforts to commemorate Fort Mims as early as 1948. Initially she began collecting donations and worked alongside her husband and other members of Tensaw to secure the memory and importance of the 1813 tragedy. The legacy of Fort Mims, thanks to people like Ms. Slaughter and members of the Fort Mims Restoration Association, is alive and well. For those interested in taking a step back in time and learning more about what happened that fateful day, Mark your calendar for the last weekend in August, make plans to come out for 1800’s crafts and living history, concessions, daily re-enactments and more. The annual commemoration and living history weekend provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the daily life of early settlers and how their lives intermingled with the Creek Indians during the early 1800’s, long before Alabama became a state. Beyond the event held each August, the fort site is open to the public each day. It is located seven miles west of Tensaw off State Highway 59 on Baldwin County Road 80. The site has no staff but features picnic tables and an interpretive walkway.

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The Young Professionals of the North Baldwin Chamber

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he Young Professionals of the North Baldwin Chamber work in support of the mission of the chamber, specifically focusing on education and workforce development efforts. In 2012 the Young Professionals held the inaugural Delta Dash 5k+ Mud Run Obstacle Course in the Tensaw Delta. The Delta Dash is the primary fundraiser for the Young Professionals and 7 Years later, because of Delta Dash, the Young Professionals have raised over $144,000 that has been put back in to the North Baldwin Community through the Chamber of Commerce, Scholarships, and other educational endeavors in our community. As of 2019, the Young Professionals will have awarded more than $43,000 over the last 7 years just in scholarships to Baldwin County High School Seniors and students at Coastal Alabama Community College and Huntingdon College in Bay Minette. Delta Dash has hosted more than 3,500 participants from more than 8 states in the last 7 years. The event is 99% volunteer driven and has welcomed an average of 200 volunteers each year on event day.

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ARE YOU UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

The Annual Delta Dash which takes place in late September moved to a new location for 2019 - Live Oak Landing in Stockton, Alabama. This new course presents new thrills and new challenges -whether you are a Delta Dash veteran or checking it off your bucket list for the first time - for you to experience the Delta like never before! This 5k course is designed to provide participants of all lifestyles and ages with an opportunity to test endurance, stamina, resilience, decision making skills and the ability to enjoy a face full of mud, leaves or whatever else the terrain may throw their way. The Delta Dash will give you the opportunity to challenge yourself and experience the quaintness of racing in the woods of Stockton while testing your level of endurance.


Delta Treasure in Baldwin County’s Back Yard

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ive Oak Landing, located in Stockton, AL, is the perfect destination for Adventures, Celebrations and simply Enjoying Life. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway for the family, a Corporate Picnic, or your perfect destination wedding, Live Oak Landing has something to offer everyone. Live Oak is a unique 175 acre parcel owned by Baldwin County, with highway access and half a mile of waterfront, surrounded by County, State and Forever Wild protected land, making up approximately 1,500 acres on the Eastern side of the Tensaw River. This treasure is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life but still within reasonable driving distance of neighboring towns and cities, making it the perfect retreat for anyone. Live Oak has always been a family friendly environment allowing visitors and locals alike to revive themselves amongst the serenity and charm of the delta. While day visits and local community have free access to the recreation area, camping and rental options are available. Recently under-

going a facelift, Live Oak now boasts 28 improved full-hookup campsites with paved padsites and 20 primitive campsites with back country option. All full hookup campsites are large enough for RVs with pullouts. The campground and park feature a modern air-conditioned bath house, general store, laundry facilities, boat ramp, bocce court, horseshoes, disc golf course, catch and release pond, duck feeding, 4 miles of hiking trails, canoe and kayak rentals, tours and weekly activities. Live Oak also offers rental of their beautiful, newly built pavilion for parties, weddings, family gatherings and more. The pavilion is fairly large, covered and equipped with built in seating and ceiling fans. Aside from what’s offered day to day, Live Oak also hosts or is home to local and large fishing tournaments, disc golf tournaments, live music and holiday parties open to the public. Live Oak continues to grow, as it’s setting provides the perfect stage for Baldwin County to become a leader in the development of a sustainable tourism concept, benefiting the local community while si-

multaneously also raising the profile of our County and State. New and creative amenities, activities, lodging and more are currently in the works. It’s calming and serene landscapes are a site to see for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Bountiful in trees and plants, waddling ducks around the pond, reflective sunsets over the water like you’ve never seen and Spanish moss blowing in the breeze… spend some time here and we’re sure you’ll appreciate the Delta in a way you never have before. With its location, the landing is the perfect stepping off point for exploring and experiencing North Baldwin County, the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Coastal Alabama, and the incredible, natural, cultural and historical diversity of the region. Whether you visit for the day or pack the family and plan an adventure, Live Oak beckons you to stop by and create your own delta memories. For more information, events, rates and rentals, visit www.LiveOakAlabama.com, email info@LiveOakAlabama.com or call 251-800-7464. DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - FALL 2019 39


Foley

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eople who haven’t visited Foley’s historic downtown recently are often surprised by the activity they find here. The same storefronts have lined the streets for decades, yet the businesses and attractions inside are updated and invite people to stop in and browse. Historic preservation is a priority, and residents, visitors and business owners are reveling in the new opportunities and economic growth springing up in Foley. Within its small, walkable downtown, it is difficult to turn a corner without seeing a historic building that houses something that cries out to be explored in Foley. From a drugstore which has occupied the same building since 1929 and is still popular today for its old time soda fountain, to other recently remodeled buildings that house coffee shops, small café’s, a tea house, two free city museums and an art center, downtown Foley has blossomed into a laid-back yet entertaining place to spend the day. 40 DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - FALL 2019

FOLEY RAILROAD MUSEUM Foley’s Railroad Museum, located in the historic circa 1909 depot building built by the L&N Railroad, remains a destination for visitors even though train service into Foley stopped decades ago. Today the building, which was moved to Magnolia Springs for a number of years and then moved back, is home to a railroad museum. The depot was the center of activity in Foley in the early years. This was where new settlers and visitors arrived, and where the bountiful harvests of area farmers were shipped to northern markets. The iconic old train station, situated in the heart of town now surrounded by a city park, continues to be filled with curious visitors who are interested in finding out what the area has to offer.

FOLEY MODEL TRAIN EXHIBIT Adjacent to the depot, visitors will find Foley’s Model Train Exhibit, a museum-quality 0-guage train layout recognized as a top attraction in Foley on TripAdvisor for the past five years. The model trains are operated by a group of retired gentlemen who call themselves the Caboose Club. Members take their job of keeping the model trains in shipshape and on schedule very seriously. They also work hard at greeting visitors and answering questions about trains. Talk with them long enough and you’ll learn a lot from these guys who never outgrew their love of model trains.

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DROWSY POET AT THE FOLEY STATION At the corner of Highway 59 and Myrtle Ave., the Drowsy Poet at the Foley Station is a popular new coffee shop located inside a building that was once a gas station. The building has been there for decades. Somehow, the airy, industrial remodel just feels right. It seems so very natural to be able to choose a latte or espresso and enjoy a homemade breakfast sandwich or quiche while working or chatting in such comfortable surroundings. The food is prepared onsite by the owner, a trained chef. This coffee shop also has a convenient drivethrough.

HOLMES MEDICAL MUSEUM The very building that once served as the area’s first hospital is now a quirky little museum showcasing vintage medical equipment and stories about the early doctors and nurses in Foley. Sibley Holmes was one of the first doctors to practice medicine the area. His lifelong dream was fulfilled when his son, W.C. Holmes opened a hospital in the heart of Foley in 1936. The hospital was located upstairs, because there was no airconditioning, and with unpaved roads, it kept out some of the dust. The stairs going up into the hospital are so steep that it is impossible to imagine someone who was ill or about to give birth being able to climb them. Legend has it that in those circumstances, men were recruited

from the pool hall across the street to help them up. Dr. Holmes wife, Philomene, a nurse, kept the hospital running and residents doctored (some say she was as good as her husband) while he served in World War II. In 1958, a new, modern hospital was built just up the road, and the building was essentially shuttered, with medical equipment and vials and paperwork left in the building. Many of those items are on display today in that very same building on Hwy. 98, now open as the Holmes Medical Museum. The boards in the hallways still creak, the surgical table is still in place and Dr. Holmes desk still sits in his office. And, maybe folks are right when they say it is haunted. Those who were delivered there are known as Holmes babies. Many still stop in to show their grandchildren where they were born.

THE COPPER KETTLE TEA BAR Tucked away on Chicago Street in Foley’s downtown is a small, unassuming house that was once a home to railroad workers in the 1930’s, and notably, the only remaining structure on the street that once had a mix of homes and businesses. In 1971, the L&N Railroad ceased its operation in Foley, the house was available for purchase and bought by a gentleman who grew up in one of the original houses on the street. Thanks to his passion for preservation the old home still stands today. Since 2014, it has been home to The Copper Kettle Tea Bar, a delightful place to enjoy a spot of tea and perhaps a bite to eat. Once inside you will find it cozy, welcoming and charmingly eclectic. Owners Robin Peters and Susan Adams are proud to serve over 130 varieties of organic loose-leaf teas from around the world, including tea grown in Alabama. Additionally, the tea bar offers a superb luncheon menu of homemade soups, sandwiches, and a variety of delectable desserts to make your taste buds happy! Celebrate a special occasion with family and friends with high tea for an unforgettable experience (reservation required). Throughout the year, The Copper Kettle Tea Bar hosts family-fun, themed tea parties and special events in the community. The upcoming Under the Sea Tea DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - FALL 2019 41


on August 30, invites kids of all ages to have fun sipping tea with mermaids, pirates and a host of sea creatures. On August 17, the historic Swift-Coles House in Bon Secour, Alabama will co-host the Jane Austen Summertime Tea highlighting local grass roots art and history. Other themed Teas include the Hobbit Tea in April, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in July, and Harry Potter Tea in October. The season of Christmas is complete with the 4th Annual Dickens’ High Tea co-hosted with, and held, at the historic Magnolia Hotel. Please visit www.facebook.com/ copperkettleteabar or call 251-609-2823 for additional information.

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YABBA’S WACKY SNACK SHACK On a corner of the very busy intersection of US 98 and Hwy 59, you’ll find a vibrant new business in a historic building that has recently been renovated. The building, which had served as an Elmore’s 5 and 10, an office for the local phone company and then, sadly, sat vacant for years, is now one of the prettiest structures in town. Although the transformation is not a historic match, the improvement is so noticeable that residents applaud the new owners for the rescue. Stucco that covered the old building was removed, and new arches inspired by the halls of Fort Morgan line the new façade. The whimsical designs in the new railings outside hint at the delights to be found inside.

One trip to Yabba’s Wacky Snack Shack and you will be impressed with the seemingly endless choices of candy, snacks and wacky soda pops available. Care for a mustard flavored soda pop anyone? The hand-make flavored popcorn ranges from sweet to savory. If you’re in the mood for ice cream, they have that, too. You’ll also find various flavors of homemade fudge. If you want something more substantial, Yabbba’s offers a menu that includes salads, sandwiches and burgers. Don’t miss the gift shop that offers a variety of shirts, toys, stuffed animals and novelty items. STACEY DRUGS & OLDE TYME SODA FOUNTAIN Take a step back in time and experience Foley in the 1930s. Not much has changed since Stacey’s Drugs opened in 1929 - you’ll find a friendly pharmacy located in the heart of downtown, a convenient lunch counter, ice cream and other frozen treats that include chocolate malts and banana splits, and self-serve coffee is still only 10 cents a cup.

Downtown Foley. Stacey Drugs & Olde Tyme Soda Fountain.


Foley Events FOLEY TAKES STREET FOOD TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL! Downtown Foley is gearing up for the town’s signature fall event – the 8th Annual Chicago Street Supper Club sponsored by Caldwell, Wenzel and Asthana, P.C., Riviera Utilities, Wolf Bay Lodge, South Baldwin Regional Medical Center and Back Forty Beer Company. This elegant outdoor dinner will take place on Friday, October 18 on North Chicago Street. Cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 pm with dinner service to follow at 7:00 pm. Enjoy a 4-course meal prepared by Chef Brian Vaughn of Wolf Bay Lodge, Chef Brody Olive of Perdido Beach Resort, Chef Cory Garrison and Chef Marcus Williams of The Grand Hotel and Chef James Balster and Chef Brad Gilstrap of The Lodge at Gulf State Park. In addition to delectable dishes paired with wine, the evening will also feature live entertainment from Bell and the Bull.

THE TICKETS ARE LIMITED AND CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE FOR $75 PER PERSON. Tickets are first-come, first-served; additional tickets will not be available at the door. For information on purchasing tickets, visit http://bit.ly/ChicagoStreetSupperClub and like our Facebook Page, Chicago Street Supper Club.

ADMISSION IS $10

Tickets can be purchased at the gate. For more information, visit www.foleybbqandblues.net or follow us on Facebook

The South Baldwin Chamber Foundation is cooking up a whole lot of fun during the Annual BBQ & Blues CookOff. On Saturday, March 14, in Heritage Park, located at the intersection of Hwy 59 & 98 in Downtown Foley. Enjoy award-winning barbeque, popular blues bands, craft and retail vendors, children’s activities and silent auction bidding. As a part of the Alabama BBQ Trail, cook team competition rules follow guidelines of the Alabama Barbeque Association. The cooking competition is open to everyone with the $100 entry fee

covering all competition categories and up to six team members. Deadline for registration is March 1st. The South Baldwin Chamber Foundation will be selling barbeque sandwiches from LA Barbeque and pre-cooked Boston Butts. Beer, wine, soft drinks and water will also be for sale, along with the official event t-shirts. Special thanks to Riverview Turf as the Presenting Sponsor! All proceeds benefit the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation to support local schools through programs and partnerships that enrich education, develop leadership and better the community.

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Food Sport Report

IF IT’S FALL IN THE FOOD SPORT NATION IT’S TIME FOR THE WORLD FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPS’ MAIN EVENT! Some 450 cook teams will converge on Dallas, Texas to compete in ten different categories fame, prizes, and ultimately $100,000 Grand Champion Award. Although the Championships moved from Orange Beach this year, Alabama will be well represented. As the WFC State Partner, Alabama Coasting has traveled the state – certifying competitions and qualifying food champs. In the end, twenty-five teams qualified for WFC 2019 from across the state. The teams hail from nineteen different cities, with ten coming from Coastal Alabama, seven from the northern part of the state and the rest from the central and southern regions. This could be our strongest team yet as fifteen are WFC veterans with several defending a top finish in 2018. We’re excited to have the opportunity to showcase Alabama’s Food culture to the world and we plan to do that in a big way. We’ve joined forces with our friends from the Caribbean Food Championships to establish some 2400 square feet of “home base to provide a rallying point for our teams, some friendly food challenges amongst ourselves, and always telling our Alabama food stories to other competitors, vendors, spectators, and foodies. We’ll also be part of the BAMA-Q TV series finale including a special Alabama-Puerto Rico throw-down and, in addition to our own social media postings, we’ll be part of Media Row conducting and giving interviews and reporting on the championship results.

BACON Scott Neal/ Susan Ellis Gulf Shores BBQ Tina and Bobby Cannon Newnan, GA • Laddy Ratliff/Ron Stephens Huntsville • Tim Bartley Atmore • Bryce Hrncirik Henrietta, • Chester Lewis Mountain Brook BURGER Chad Whittington Southside • Vanna and Morgan Cheek Muscle Shoals 44 DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - FALL 2019

Susanne Burton Madison CHEF Charl Switzer Dauphin Island • Josh Quick Florence • Clementine de Roode Huntsville CHILI Margo Smith Bayou la Batre DESSERT Joshua Speiss Foley • Patty Clark Fairhope SANDWICH Roy Seewer Mobile

Paul Kerr North Port • Bill Howard Gulf Shores • Mathew Habermehl Foley SEAFOOD Rachel Baxter Mobile • Darren Harbison Bayou la Batre • Ramon Jacobsen Florence • Matthew Palamara Gulf Shores STEAK Russ Allen/Amy Beck Florence • Matt Germanson Dothan


FOLLOWING THE ALABAMA BBQ TRAIL

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BAMA-Q STYLE By Lisa Blackwell

ama-Q is a reality-based tv show that gives people a behind the scenes look into the world of competition barbecue. The show follows professional teams from the Alabama Barbecue Association as they travel the southeastern United States competing in KCBS sanctioned barbecue competitions. The show captures the cooking techniques and all the fun the barbecue cooks have as they compete for top awards and cash. Bama-Q covers all the action as the Pitmasters prep, spice, sauce, cook and turn in their chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Barbecue is a bit of a science and viewers get to see these dueling chefs apply different methods along the way to achieve the perfect meat. The cooks talk about what they’re doing and why, giving viewers a good understanding of their methodology and providing tips for improving their own barbecue process at home. The Bama-Q pros love to compete and part of that is having fun. We capture the jokes, pranks and trash talking that goes on behind the scenes. We also cover the awards ceremony so everyone finds out who wins! The Bama-Q pros cook competition meats using big smokers and pits but some viewers may not have those devices, so the show also features a couple of segments with recipes for the folks at home. One segment features a Pitmaster sharing a quick and delicious, 3 to 5 ingredient, easy-to-prepare recipe that anyone can make. A second segment showcases a Pitmaster demonstrating special recipes and techniques for grilling on a typical backyard grill.

Competition barbecue is a whole sub-culture of people who share a passion for cooking, a sense of community and a desire to forge lasting friendships through fire. Barbecue Pitmasters cook a lot of meat in an effort to win but none goes to waste because of a sense of community and a desire to give back and help others. Leftovers are given to family, friends or donated to a variety of charity programs. The idea for Bama-Q was cooked up by Executive Producer Michael Smith and Host Lisa Blackwell as they were looking for a fun, fresh show to create. Just about everyone loves barbecue and it’s hot both locally and internationally, yet there was very little fresh content on TV at the time. It seemed like the perfect recipe to follow Professional teams in real time as they compete while featuring all the interesting personalities on the competition barbecue circuit. After talking with Chester Lewis, President of the Alabama Barbecue Association, about being featured in a show, the teams agreed to let the film crew follow them as they compete. There’s something for everyone on Bama-Q and we hope that viewers will feel the same way too by tuning in to watch. Bama-Q Seasons 1 and 2 are available on Amazon Prime, Country Road TV and Pride Outdoor Network. Bama-Q Season 3 premiers Saturday October 5, 2019, at 8 a.m. ET on Discovery Channel’s Destination America. By Lisa Blackwell

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BAMA-Q TEAMS

THERE ARE TWO DIVISIONS ON THE NATIONAL BBQ CIRCUIT

THE PROFESSIONAL TEAMS

PROFESSIONAL AND BACKYARD BOTH ARE FIERCE COMPETITIONS

SMOKE ME SILLY • Lex Vanegas and Robert Vanderipe

AND BAMA-Q IS WELL REPRESENTED!

BUSH LEAGUE • Tony Mancuso

THE SMOKIN’ BUTT CREW • Kelly and Buddy Estes SOUTHPORK • Suzanne and Scott Burton JIGGY PIGGY • Steve Blake and Bob Fite THE SPECIALISTS • Chester Lewis THE PIT CREW GA • Tina and Bobby Canyon BEES KNEES • Brent Bourland and Jeff Cole FAT, DRUNK AND STUPID • Laddy Ratliff, Ron Stephens, James Evans, James Henley Q-BONES/GRILLA GRILL • Ben Wilson and Shane Draper JARVIS BROTHERS BBQ • Brian Jarvis

THE BACKYARD TEAMS BEER PRESSURE • Rob Nelson and Stanley SWEET CHEEK’S PIT BBQ • Vannah and Morgan Cheek REDBONES • Russ Allen & Amy Beck

SUZANNE BURTON of South Pork from Madison, Alabama will compete in BURGER based on her TOP TEN finish in 2018. VANNA & MORGAN CHEEKS of Muscle Shoal’s Sweet Cheeks will also compete in BURGER having qualified with a win at Gadsden’s Smoke on the Falls “Cheeseburger in Paradise” competition. CHESTER LEWIS of The Specialists out of Mountain Brook will defend his fourth place WFC 2018 BBQ finish by competing in both BBQ competitions in Dallas. LADDY RATLIFF & RON STEPHENS from team FAT, DRUNK & STUPID won their Golden Ticket at the High on the Hog Cook-off in Winchester, Tennessee. Alabama Coasting is excited to be a partner with BAMA-Q TV in helping them promote the television series, the Alabama BBQ Association and our fantastic Alabama cook teams. As if the mountains of ribbons and trophies these teams bring home each season isn’t enough evidence of their culinary skills – six of them have qualified and will join Team Alabama at the World Food Championships in Dallas. 46 DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - FALL 2019

RUSS ALLEN & AMY BECK of Redbones join a strong Florence contingent to compete in STEAK by virtue of their victory in the Riverfest Jack Daniels Steak Competition. TINA AND BOBBY CANNON a Georgia based member of BAMA-Q and TEAM ALABAMA returns to WFC to compete in both BBQ divisions. Tina is also returning to defend a WFC title as she competes in the FIRE WOMAN CHALLENGE.


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Buy Local By Locals By Debra Hodges

Julia Child said “People who love to eat are the always the best people”. That’s true, but our favorite people are the ones who love to feed them. Even more special are the ones who dream of turning this love into their own business. Visit any local farmers’ market and some local stores, and you will find several products that come right from the hearts of your friends and neighbors. From production to packaging to marketing and accounting, bringing these products to market is truly a labor of love. Why should we make the extra effort and maybe even spend a little extra money to buy these local products? Because it’s good for our community. Local food is local soul. Sharing our food is sharing ourselves. There is nothing that brings us together more. These local businesses are not Fortune 500 marketing executives telling us what we should eat, they are our neighbors sharing what they love most with us. When we spend our money with local businesses, they put it right back into our community by supporting the local events, teams, groups and places that make where we live special. There are more food choices available to us now than ever. With online shopping, free shipping and same-day delivery, we don’t even have to go get it anymore. But, maybe we should. Take some time and head to your local markets as part of your regular shopping routine. Look in your stores for locally made products. Ask the managers to carry locally made products by name. Find these small businesses on social media and like and share their posts. Leave them a complement. Our friends and neighbors have invested their time and money to offer us a taste of their dreams. Feeding their success will nourish us all. Hall’s Sausage and Wholesale Meats have been on Mobile’s best tables since 1945. The makers of eight varieties of sausage and Hall’s Garlic Bologna, Hall’s also carries a full line of beef, pork, chicken and specialty meat products in support of its wholesale customers. Hall’s Sausage may be found in most Mobile and Baldwin County grocery stores, including Walmart, Rouses, Piggly Wiggly, Greers and other local markets as well as on the menus of many local restaurants.

Bienville Bites - Food Tour Enjoy Mobile’s award-winning food scene while experiencing the rich history and culture of our Gulf Coast city.

bienvillebitesfoodtour.com info@bienvillebitesfoodtour.com

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Festivals & Events

The Biggest Food Party on the Beach...

JUST GOT BIGGER!

HANGOUT OYSTER COOK-OFF, CRAFT BEER AND SPIRITS WEEKEND FOR TICKET PACKAGES AND MORE INFORMATION GO TO HANGOUTCOOKOFF.COM

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he 12 annual Hangout Oyster Cook-off Craft Spirits and Beer Weekend is set for November 1st and 2nd on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores. The weekend is a two-day event. Friday’s official “kick-off ” party – the Craft Spirits and Beer part of the weekend - is a must experience night all on its own. This year, guests will sample some of the rarest spirits to reach our Gulf Coast. Bourbons like Pappy Van Winkle will be paired with high-end barbecue. Rums like Matusalem will be paired with Caribbean cuisine and Mexican food will be paired with boutique tequilas including Avion 44. The craft beer village in addition to offering a large variety of specialty beers, features All-American gourmet grilled food with the best burgers and hotdogs on the beach. Hours are from 6 to 11pm. While there is a full schedule of activities, celebrity chef demos, and nibbling options, Oysters are definitely the star of the show on Saturday. Gates open 50 DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - FALL 2019

at 11am and you’ll be greeted by sixty of the best restaurant chefs in the region showcasing oysters three ways – raw, Rockefeller, or Cajun. Some 100,000 of the tasty bivalves will be consumed before the horn sounds at 7pm including the best of Alabama oysters as well as variates from throughout the continent. Two new additions to the day ensures every palette will be pleased. Each restaurant will also prepare and serve a signature dish for sampling and in the Big Green Egg Tailgate village, they’ll be sampling slow-cooked grilled and smoked delicacies.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Culinary superstars Chef Michael Symon and Pitmaster Chris Lilly lead a stellar cast at the Celebrity Chef Cooking Stage. There are more food demos at the Publix Hands-on Cooking Stage and Cocktail Demos, a Champagne Lounge and an oyster shucking competition. All of this fantastic food is washed down with great live music. Jimmy Hall and the Muscle Shoals Allstars and Carolyn Jones headline the main stage on Saturday, while Crawford & Power and Boy Named Banjo perform on Friday night.


Songwriters Flock to the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast

FRANK BROWN INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING A COMPLETE SCHEDULE, GO TO WWW.FBISF.COM

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he iconic and nationally recognized Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival will celebrate its 35th year, November 7 – 17 as over 200 Grammy award winning and up and coming songwriters converge on the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast. The festival is an opportunity for seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the world to have their songs heard, and for attendees to learn the stories behind the lyrics that only the song’s author can express. One of the objectives of the festival is to recognize the unsung heroes of the music business; “to bring the authors of original music out of the shadows and into the spotlight.” Songwriters often team up during these shows turning some sets into spellbinding jam sessions. Venues range from the headquarters and birthplace, the world-famous FloraBama Lounge, Package & Oyster Bar to local restaurants, art galleries and even churches. Most shows are free to attend, but some include a nominal cover charge.

Special events taking place during the festival include educational seminars on the songwriting craft as well as the business side of professional songwriting; Operation Song, a Veteran’s Day Tribute, an Autism Awareness Benefit and a Native American Tribute. Frank Brown, the festival’s namesake, worked as the night watchman at the Flora-Bama for 20 years from 1964 to 1984. The Songwriters Festival started the same year Mr. Frank, as he was known retired. Mr. Frank passed away in 1988 at the age of 95.

Andy Haynes, Director of the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival, described the ambiance of the event “FBISF is nothing short of a magical experience,” he explained. “I am aware of long-lasting friendships – songwriter to songwriter and songwriter to attendee – that have been forged as a result of being here. All the venues are intimate so you can be up close and personal with the individual who actually created the song. Most times the songs come from real life experiences which the songwriter shares with the attendees.” Photos: Shelley Patterson / C-Shelz Photo

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Azaleas in Mobile Have a Long History

INAUGURAL AZALEA TRAIL FESTIVAL OF MOBILE

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FOR MORE INFO GO TO WWW.MOBILEAZALEATRAIL.COM

hile the azalea bush has a shallow root system, the roots of Mobile’s Azalea Trail are deep. The azalea’s history is even older than the state of Alabama. Originating in China, azaleas were utilized in beautiful French gardens. It is alleged that a colonial horticulturalist named Fifise Langlois journeyed to Toulouse, France his childhood home and upon his return to Mobile in 1754, brought three colors of azaleas from his family’s garden. They were pink, purplish-red and white and flourished in Mobile. It is said that after France ceded Mobile to England in 1763, the English visited to see the azaleas as did the Spanish after Spain took over in 1779.

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In 1928-29 the Mobile Junior Chamber of Commerce, known now as the Mobile Jaycees, sold azalea bushes on downtown streets. The Azalea Trail project, spearheaded by Sam Lackland and Marion Draughton encouraged the planting of azaleas in yards and along local streets. They were even given away at gas stations with a fill-up. It was truly a community project. The Azalea Trail was chartered in 1933. In 1938, over 5,000 cars, carrying about 25,000 people toured the 17 mile long Trail. By 1940, Mobile’s Azalea Trail attracted 100,000 visitors. In 1972, Mobile began to paint the “pink line” to designate the Trail. The Azalea Trail Run began in 1978. In 2015, the Mobile Jaycees and Keep Mobile Beautiful purchased new Trail signs

that incorporated an Azalea Trail Maid in the design. The current Azalea Trail has three segments and covers some 38 miles. In Chinese culture, the azalea is known as the “thinking of home” bush. Any one from Mobile can certainly agree. Keep Mobile Beautiful, Visit Mobile, and the Mobile Area Lodging Association are encouraging Mobilians to “Rethink the Pink” and again invite visitors to see how Mobile is “Pretty in Pink.” The inaugural Azalea Trail Festival will take place March 12-29 throughout the Mobile area. Enjoy self-guided tours of the trail, guided tours, special events and discounts at many area attractions and hotels.


“We live a pretty incredible life.” The HAW5 Foundation was formed to keep alive the energetic fun-loving spirit of Henry A Wise V. Henry was a fine young man who was very genuine and had a great attitude towards life. He was always smiling and singing, in a great mood, and never wasted a minute of the day. Henry was known as someone who included everyone. He was a popular and talented athlete with a strong inner faith and connection to Christ which allowed him to live with such a free spirit. He once said while out fishing with friends on Mobile Bay that “We live a pretty Incredible life”. This life included 16 years at Bayside Academy and attending camps like JH Ranch and Young Life - just a few of the important, impactful places that shaped Henry’s spirit during his short life.  The HAW5 Foundation funds scholarships to all of the above organizations. 100% of the donations are gifted back to people in need. The HAW5 board consist of parents, siblings, friends, and a student who received the HAW5 scholarship. The scholarship allows that same student to match the contribution and make his or her own donation to a cause of their choice.  The foundation will also always continue to support emergency and first response teams who in Henry’s case went over and beyond expectations in their search. We will forever be grateful to those men and women.  We promise as advocates for HAW5 to help others however we can to live an incredible life as Henry did. For more information and how to make a contribution please go to

haw5.com

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Digital Directory

Discover Coastal Alabama is available in print and digital form … with appropriate partner and advertiser hyperlinks. So, if you’re reading the print version it might not mean that much to you, but if you’re on your phone, tablet or laptop – link away! ALABAMA PUBLIC RADIO From the Shoals to the shore APR has you covered! www.apr.org ALCHEMY TAVERN In the Heart of Old Mobile, featuring top shelf spirits, craft beers on tap & live local music. www.alchemytavernmobile.com BAUMHOWER’S VICTORY GRILLE Daphne and Mobile. Always fresh, always friendly, always fun on the Alabama Coast. www.baumhowers.com THE BLIND MULE RESTAURANT & BAR Downtown Mobile. Made-fromscratch dishes and live music by local artists. www.theblindmule.net BUTCH CASSIDY’S CAFE Midtown Mobile. Robbing a train takes time and preparation and so do our Famous Butch Burgers. You’ll see it’s worth the wait. All our food is cooked to order to assure you the best quality & freshness. www.butchcassidys.com CALLAGHAN’S IRISH SOCIAL CLUB Mobile. Burger, sandwiches, salads, live music, and more. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. www.callaghansirishsocialclub COWBELL ROLLED ICE CREAM Foley. Homemade everyday Rolled Ice Cream with all kinds of combinations and flavors. We will create the perfect Roll for you! www.ShopFoleyFirst.com/ CowbellRolledIceCream

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DAUPHIN ISLAND SEA LAB Discover an authentic Gulf Coast experience. Our 5 unique venues combine on-point technology and amenities to keep you focused. www.disl.org DAUPHINS RESTAURANT Downtown Mobile. Contemporary “Classic Coastal” dishes with hints of Creole and Caribbean flavors godauphins.com DOC HOLLIDAY’S Foley. A locally owned business that offers a wide range of quality beverages specifically designed to delight everyone. We have various wines on hand, and great cocktails. ShopFoleyFirst.com/DocHollidays DOWNTOWN MOBILE ALLIANCE Whether you’re looking for a fine meal, great live music or inspiring art exhibitions, you’ll find it in Downtown Mobile. www.downtownmobile.org DROWSY POET @ THE FOLEY STATION Foley. Espresso Drinks, Signature and Local Drinks including Poetchinos. Assorted Gourmet Baked Goods, NY Style Bagels (Plain, Asiago, Everything, Blueberry, French Toast) www.ShopFoleyFirst.com/ DrowsyPoetCoffee GINNY LANE at The WHARF Orange Beach. Fun, family-friendly atmosphere with a great selection of fresh, local seafood and Certified Black Angus Beef. www.ginnylanebargrill.com

GROOVY GOAT Foley. Groovy Goat is OWA’s centerpiece for the Greatest of All Time in food, drinks, sports and games. www.ShopFoleyFirst.com/GroovyGoat GULFQUEST NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Mobile. Experience an array of maritime topics from early settlements, trade routes, marine archeology, shipwrecks, Gulf marine life, weather and hurricanes, marine and coastal environments, and much more! www.gulfquest.org JUBILEE HEALING ARTS Doctors’ Choice for Therapeutic Massage. Daphne. JubileeHealingArts.com LET’S GET GRILLIN MEATS Foley. Our beef has NO added growth hormones, NO steroids, NO antibiotics, and NO animal byproducts. Looking for exotic meats, Bison, Ostrich, cheese, sausages, come check us out! www.ShopFoleyFirst.com/ LetsGetGrillinmeats THE LISTENING ROOM OF MOBILE Connecting the finest local, regional and national singer, songwriters and storytellers with our audience. Outside distractions not allowed! thelisteningroommobile.com THE LODGE AT GULF STATE PARK Where doing nothing is really something! The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel is a unique destination on the Alabama Gulf Coast where nature is at your doorstep. lodgeatgulfstatepark.com


MALAGA INN A boutique hotel in the Downtown Mobile Historic District, the Malaga Inn speaks both of the grand tradition in genteel Southern Living and also meets travelers’ business and personal needs. malagainn.com

THREE GEORGES CANDY & THE NUTHOUSE Celebrating over a century serving Mobile! Three Georges offers many varieties of candy, ice cream and milkshakes plus daily lunch specials. www.3georges.com

MANNING JEWELRY Foley. Renowned for its selection of quality fine jewelry, unique fashion jewelry, exquisite gifts, and our award winning custom designs. www.ShopFoleyFirst.com/ ManningJewelry

TOWN OF DAUPHIN ISLAND A quaint, small southern town with an eclectic mix of locally owned shops and galleries, and laid-back restaurants. You’ll also find miles of uncrowded, pristine beaches, excellent fishing and a historic, storied past. townofdauphinisland.org

NAMAN’S CATERING The Gulf Coast Premier Caterer for over 25 years. Specializing in full service catering and event management for corporate events, galas, fundraisers, and weddings. expansion, while keeping to the exceptional standards that have always distinguished Naman’s Catering since we began. namanscatering.co/

WISMAR JEWELRY Fairhope. Bringing together the diverse works of jewelry designers and other artists for a fun and unique shopping experience. wismarjewelry.com YOHO RUM & TACOS at The WHARF Orange Beach. A premium casual taco concept featuring chef-inspired taco varieties, entrees, delicious desserts, and custom cocktails. www.yohorumandtacos.com

VILLAGIO GRILL at The WHARF Orange Beach. Italian Fusion has never tasted so good! Our talented chefs and pristine ingredients create a dining experience so enjoyable you won’t want it to end. www.villaggiogrille.com

PIRATE’S COVE Arr ye lookin’ for the best cheeseburgers in these here waters? Ye won’t find better grub than that at Pirates Cove Marina & Restaurant in Orange Beach. www.piratescoveriffraff.com SOUTH MOBILE COUNTY (SOMO) SOMO is rich in wildlife, Southern culture, and so much more. You can find everything from the sugar white sand beaches of Dauphin Island and the beauty of Bellingrath Gardens and Fowl River, to the charming atmosphere and unrivaled seafood of Bayou La Batre and Coden. www.dauphinislandtourism.com THE NUTCRACKER PRESENTED BY COASTAL BALLET The Holiday Classic, November 17, Foley Civic Center. December 8, Eric Meyer Civic Center. Coastalballet.org

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Celebrating Alabama’s Food and Musical Heritage FALL 2019

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ADVERTISER INDEX Alabama’s Bicentennial................................................................ .5 Alabama Notes Magazine........................................................... 58 Alabama Public Radio.................................................................... 9 Bama-Q TV .................................................................................. 48 BEACH TV..................................................................................... 26 Beachfront Rentals & Sales........................................................ 21 Blind Mule Restaurant & Bar........................................................ 5 Butch Cassidy’s Caf....................................................................... 9 Callaghan’s Irish Social Club......................................................... 3 Coastal Alabama Partnership..................................................... 59 Container Yard............................................................................. 15 Dauphin’s Restaurant.................................................................... 2 Dauphin Island - Sunset Capitol.................................................. 20 DigiPro.......................................................................................... 27 Discover Coastal Alabama.......................................................... 15 Downtown Mobile Alliance.......................................................... 3 Five Rivers Delta Safari ................................................................ 5 Frank Brown Int’l Songwriters Festival...................................... 25 Gulf Breeze Motel........................................................................ 21 Gray Gulf Charters....................................................................... 20 Gulf Coast ITEX ........................................................................... 31 GulfQuest..................................................................................... 15 HAW5 Foundation........................................................................ 53 Jubilee Festival of the Arts......................................................... 31 Lil John’s Big & Tall...................................................................... 55 My Shotz Photography................................................................ 58 My Church is at Flora-Bama........................................................ 24 Naman’s Catering.......................................................................... 7 Playa del Rio RV Resort ................................................................ 5 3 Pirates’ Cove............................................................................ 25 South Mobile County Tourism..................................................... 60 Southern Public Relations Federation........................................ 24 The Estuarium.............................................................................. 21 The Listening Room ...................................................................... 3 The Silver Pearl ........................................................................... 21


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work coastal and play along the Coast. Making Alabama theGulf place to live, A CATALYST FOR work CHANGE and play along the Gulf Coast.

Coastal 150 is an exclusive group of community leaders who work from a grassABOUT

ABOUT roots level to the highest levels of government to further the mission of Coastal Coastal 150 is an exclusive group of communityAlabama leaders who works from a grassroots Alabama Partnership to the place tofrom live, work and play Coastal 150 is an exclusivemake groupcoastal of community leaders who works a grassroots level to the highest levels of government to further the mission of Coastal Alabama along the Gulf Coast. level to the highest levels of government to further the mission of Coastal Alabama ABOUT Partnership to maketocoastal Alabama the place to live, work andand play along Partnership make coastal Alabama the place to live, work play alongthe theGulf Gulf Coastal 150 was founded by the board of Coastal Alabama Partnership to engage Coast. Coastal Coast. 150 is an exclusive group of community leaders who works from a grassroots with the leaders who led the efforts to rebuild the coast after the Gulf Oil Spill and level to the highest levels of government to further the mission of Coastal Alabama to 150 ignite the energy built Coastal Leadership Council. Partnership to make coastal Alabama the place toAlabama live, work and play to along the Gulf Coastal was founded by thethrough board ofthe Coastal Alabama Partnership Coastal 150 was founded by the board of Coastal Alabama Partnership tore-engage re-engage Coastal 150 gives all regional leaders an opportunity to be involved in to the with the leaders who the efforts to rebuild the coast after Gulf Spill, to developwith the Coast. leaders who led theled efforts to rebuild the coast after thethe Gulf OilOilSpill, ment of our coastal region’s bright future. the energy built through the Coastal Alabama Leadership Council. re-ignitere-ignite the energy built through the Coastal Alabama Leadership Council. Coastal 150 was founded by the board of Coastal Alabama Partnership to re-engage MISSION with the150 leaders who led the efforts toanrebuild the coast after the Gulf Oil Coastal all regional leaders opportunity to involved be involved theSpill, to Coastal 150 gives allgives regional an opportunity to be in in the Coastal 150 made upleaders of the region’s core leaders who support Coastal Alabama re-ignite theisenergy through the Coastal Alabama Leadership Council. development of our built coastal region’s bright future.

development of our region’s Partnership ascoastal the catalyst forbright plans,future. strategies, programs and advocacy on issues andCoastal challenges unique to Coastal 150 gives all regional leadersAlabama. an opportunity to be involved in the

MISSION development of our coastal region’s bright future.

MISSION REGIONALISM

Coastal 150 is made up of the region's core leaders who support Coastal Alabama

The Coastal 150 is made up of regional business leaders committed to supporting Coastal 150 is madeasup ofcatalyst the region's core leaders who support Coastal Alabama Partnership the for plans, strategies, programs and advocacy on issues and MISSION Coastal Alabama Partnership’s mission of improving the quality of life in the coastchallenges unique tofor Coastal Partnership as the catalyst plans,Alabama. strategies, programs and advocacy on issues and al Alabama region byup collaborating improving infrastructure, education Coastal 150 is made of the region'son core leaders who support Coastal Alabama and govchallenges unique to Coastal Alabama. ernmental services. Partnership as the catalyst for plans, strategies, programs and advocacy on issues and

BACKGROUND challenges unique to Coastal Alabama.

ADVOCACY BACKGROUND The Coastal 150 is made up of regional business leaders committed to supporting Coastal 150 is made up of the region’s core leaders who support Coastal Alabama Coastal Alabama Partnership’s mission of improving the quality of life in the coastal BACKGROUND The Coastal 150 is as made of regional business leaders programs committedand to supporting Partnership theup catalyst for plans, strategies, advocacy on issues Alabama region by collaborating on improving infrastructure, education and Coastal Alabama Partnership’s mission of improving the quality of life in coastal and challenges unique to Coastal Alabama. Together with a coalition of regional The Coastal 150services. is made up of regional business leaders committed to the supporting governmental Alabama regionAlabama by collaborating on mission improving infrastructure, education stakeholders we have developed our 2019 Legislative Agenda focusing on importCoastal Partnership’s of improving the quality of life inand the coastal governmental services. region by collaborating on improving infrastructure, education and antAlabama regional issues. Coastal 150 was formed to broaden the influence and reach to ensure Coastal

CON TAC T:

Wiley Blankenship N TAC T: T: CONTAC CEO &COPresident Wiley Blankenship Wiley Blankenship

CEO & President CEO Levert & President Andrew CO N TACPartnership T: Coastal Alabama

Coastal Alabama Partnership Policy & Project Initiatives Wiley Blankenship CEO & President Mailing Address: Mailing Address: Partnership Coastal Alabama Mailing Address: Coastal Alabama P.O. Box 881Partnership Coastal Alabama Partnership Mobile, 36601 P.O.AL Box 881 Mailing Address:

AL 36601 P.O.Mobile, Box 2563 Coastal Alabama Partnership Come Visit Us: P.O.AL Box 881 Mobile, 36652 1 Mobile, South Royal Street Come Us: AL Visit 36601 2nd Floor 1 South Royal Street Come Visit Us: Mobile, AL 36602 Come Visit Us: 2nd Floor 450 1Saint Louis Street (251) 436-8822 South Royal Street Mobile, AL 36602 wiley@coastalalabama.org Mobile,2nd ALFloor 36602 (251) 436-8822

Mobile, AL 36602 (251) 436-8822 wiley@coastalalabama.org www.coastalalabama.org (251) 436-8822 wiley@coastalalabama.org wiley@coastalalabama.org

www.coastalalabama.org

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governmental services. Alabama priorities are advanced at home, in Montgomery and around the state.

POLITICAL ACTION Coastal 150 was formed to broaden the influence and reach to ensure Coastal Coastal 150 members Coastal PAC,and whose purpose is to influence the 150are was formed support  to at broaden reach to ensurethe Coastal AlabamaCoastal priorities advanced home,the in influence Montgomery and around state. selection, election individuals to various public offices Alabamanomination priorities are or advanced at of home, in Montgomery and around the state.in Alabama that will support policies and programs that will enhance the quality of life, economic development and environment of Mobile and Baldwin counties.

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Discover Coastal Alabama Magazine Fall 2019  

COASTAL ALABAMA IS A RARE JEWEL. IN THIS ISSUE, WE HIGHLIGHT THE COMMUNITY’S HISTORY INCLUDING MOBILE’S WORKING WATERFRONT. Our coastal tour...

Discover Coastal Alabama Magazine Fall 2019  

COASTAL ALABAMA IS A RARE JEWEL. IN THIS ISSUE, WE HIGHLIGHT THE COMMUNITY’S HISTORY INCLUDING MOBILE’S WORKING WATERFRONT. Our coastal tour...