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February 2017

beachin’ Life on the Alabama Gulf Coast

2017 Mardi Gras Parade schedule Take a Day Trip

to USS Alabama

Get Fit at the Beach

Stick to your New Year’s resolution with the help of local fitness experts! 1 Beachin’ ● February 2017

Dining Guide


Welcome Snowbirds

Welcome Snowbirds to Bill’s By The Beach, where you will experience the best cuisine the Gulf has to offer while taking in the amazing Alabama Gulf Coast beach view. We’ve built our reputation offering fresh, wildcaught Gulf and domestic seafood, as well as local, farm fresh and seasonal vegetables — hand crafted into unique, sensational meals that can be enjoyed by the entire family for an affordable price. Bill’s wine list includes over 115 selections spanning 12 countries to suit a diverse range of tastes and pocketbooks. Take advantage of our Swirl Saturday at Bill’s By The Beach with 1/3 off of any bottle of wine priced from $9 to $100 with the purchase of a meal.

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Get Fit at the Beach Take a Day Trip to USS Alabama Mardi Gras parade schedule Beach Art: Carolyn Wagner At the Beach photos Live Local Music Beach Happenings Hooked on Fishin' Dining Guide

a letter from the editor

It's the last month before spring is here once again. Before the hustle and bustle of spring breakers arrives, the beach keeps the February visitors entertained. This month marks one of the most popular and celebrated holidays on the Gulf Coast, Mardi Gras. In this issue, check out the list of Mardi Gras parades happening in Baldwin County and Mobile and be sure to collect your share of beads and souvenirs. Also in this issue, see behind the scenes of local mosaic artist, Carolyn Wagner. Take a day trip to the USS Alabama for a history lesson and an enjoyable experience for the whole family. Get fit in February with the help of local fitness experts like Gulf Shores CrossFit who invite you to improve your health and fitness level for 2017! I'll see you there in my beach chair,

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about the cover Februa ry 2017

beachin’ ama Gulf Coast

Life on the Alab

2017 Mardi Gras Parade schedule Take a Day Trip

There are more than plenty of breathtaking views that can be enjoyed from the beach. Before the busy spring months are upon us, take time in February to experience the beauty of the sunsets and the colorful reflections cast upon the water (photo by Jack Swindle)

to USS Alabama

Get Fit ch at the BeaYear’s

Stick to your New resolution with the help of local fitness experts!

Dining Guide

Starting in January. Call for information.

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Gulf Shores CrossFit challenges you to improve in 2017 Jim and Dr. Alicia Barton, owners of Gulf Shores CrossFit, began their gym in 2013 after developing a passion for the popular fitness regimen. The couple moved from instructing workouts in their garage to a gym that is conveniently next door to Alicia's chiropractic facility and have been sharing their goal for wellness with anyone who wants to workout. “There are all different fitness levels,” Jim Barton said. “People that have been doing it a few years and some that are just now getting started. A good thing about CrossFit is that it’s scalable, which means we can workout at different levels and use different weights, but doing the same workout and go together.” Gulf Shores CrossFit hosts five classes a day between its coaches. “All classes are whoever wants to come,” Jim said. “If you’re not ready for CrossFit, we have a foundations class. It’s more of a one-on-one type of thing that is building you up so you know what you’re doing and won’t get hurt. Once you’re done with foundations, you can start joining in on regular classes.” The amount of people per class depends on the time of day, month and the weather outside. “Typically, if you come to one of our classes the first thing we do is all get together and figure out what we’re going to do for that hour for that workout,” Jim said. “Then, I explain all the movements and make sure no one has an injury. Then we warm up together. The warm up is just a general warm up to get everything moving, and then I go through the specifics of what we’re about to do like olympic lift or squats or a gymnastics movement.” The workout varies every day, but it’s always the same in general. When the class gets to the intense part of the workout, they cool down and stretch afterwards. “Don’t give up,” Jim said. “It’s very frustrating, even for people who have been doing it for a long time. The key and the biggest tip I have is don’t give up and find ways to work around the things you have going on. There’s always something you can do no matter where you’re 10 Beachin’ ● February 2017

GET at. Keep going.” A new year means a new you. For 2017, make a goal to stick to your resolution long enough to see your desired results. “A lot of people make new year’s resolutions and then about a month into it, it’s over,” Jim said. “You move on, find other things, forget you’re doing it or just get tired of doing the work. I think the biggest thing with that is to not necessarily set exactly what you’re going to do, but say you’re going to do something and just keep doing it.” Barton recommends giving CrossFit at least one month’s try before giving up. “If it doesn’t work, talk to your coach or go out and start walking,” Jim said. “Do something, don’t just quit. Keep evolving and do something. If you’re not happy where you’re at, you’re not going to get any better by not doing anything about it.” Gulf Shores CrossFit also teaches boot camp throughout the week and yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. Deb Kolynych teaches a gentle yoga class and her husband, Bob, teaches power yoga. “We are really stretching our hips and squatting which preps for the birth itself,” Deb Kolynych said. “There’s not a lot of up and down flowing, but more getting into your core. We take concepts of what we teach in power yoga and soften them. It’s more gentle yoga and stretching.” This yoga is also recommended for beginners. It is meant as a strengthening course to build up to power yoga. “Bob teaches a power yoga, which is pretty intense,” Deb said. “Most people never thought yoga could be so difficult.” Gulf Shores CrossFit is located at 7369 Alamo Circle in Gulf Shores. For more information, visit gulfshorescrossfit.com.


FIT!

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TRAINING TIPS FOR

ENDURANCE RACES 1 2 GET GOOD SHOES. I can’t

by Crystal Cole

If you’ve read any of my columns in the past, you probably know I like to wax poetic about running and how amazing it is and how more people ought to run. While all those things are true, it’s also really hard. It’s a constant battle with the part of your brain begging you to stop and sheer bullheadedness. It’s rewarding both physically and mentally, but it hurts parts of your body you didn’t realize could hurt. You have to make a lot of sacrifices to make it part of your regular routine. So, I thought I’d offer a little advice on how to make the training for longer races marginally easier. 12 Beachin’ ● February 2017

overstate this enough. It might take you a few pairs to find what you like, and everyone is different. Maybe you like a minimal shoe to feel closer to the road, or maybe you want a little more shoe to avoid a little more injury. You might turn your foot a certain way and need a slightly corrective shoe. Whatever the case may be, find something that works for you.

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BE MINDFUL OF NUTRITION. I get some of

us run so we can eat an entire large pizza guilt-free, but what we eat before, during and after a long run is very important. I’m not going to offer too much “expert” opinion here. I will tell you what I usually eat and suggest you do your own trials and research. So, before a long run I usually eat a couple of servings of a fruit like apple or kiwi and some toast or grits. I have just recently added mid-run eating. I like to pack some nuts, raisins, Starburst or an applesauce pouch. After a run, I always eat a banana. It’s superstitious at this point for me, but I rarely get cramps, so take that for what it’s worth. I try to get in a mini-meal no more than 45 minutes after my run to help recover.

FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE TO LISTEN TO. Not everyone likes running with headphones, but if you do, try to find some music that gets you motivated. I used to listen to a certain podcast and wouldn’t let myself listen to it if I wasn’t running. There are even apps which match music to your desired heart rate in beats per minute.


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PICK A DESTINATION RACE. I know this isn’t

financially feasible for everyone, but I highly recommend doing so if you can swing it. Making your race a minivacation somewhere fun can make logging those training miles a little sweeter.

7 8 9 DON’T IGNORE AN INJURY. Seriously. We all hate being couched, but better a few days than a few weeks. Go to a doctor if you need to, but don’t treat injuries lightly. They certainly won’t return the favor.

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DON’T PUSH TO MAKE A DISTANCE IF YOU’RE NOT READY. Just because

there is a half-marathon coming up and you WANT to run it, doesn’t always mean you SHOULD run it. Look at how many miles you’re logging on an average week and what your long runs are typically. It’s easy to pull up some basic training plans online and assess where you are before making race decisions.

TAKE TIME TO REST. Enough said.

TAPER. TAPER. TAPER. Someone wise once told me you’re not going to get in better shape by Friday than you were Sunday. Gently lower your mileage before raceday to give your muscles time to heal and rest.

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GRAB YOURSELF SOME NEW GEAR. I know

this sounds silly and materialistic, but splurging on a couple of new pairs of leggings or something with a fun pattern can make lacing up feel like getting ready for a date.

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DON’T TRY ANYTHING NEW THE DAY OR YOUR RACE. You’ve found what works, so stick to it. Don’t wear new gear without knowing if it rubs you wrong in a weird place. Don’t go overboard with a lavish breakfast. Don’t add or change the way you warmup just because you’re around other runners. Run your race, not theirs.

BONUS TIP

HAVE FUN, AND REMEMBER YOU PAID TO DO THIS. MAKE SURE TO LOOK AROUND AND TAKE IN THE SIGHTS. YOU WORKED HARD, AND YOU ACCOMPLISHED A GOAL. RELISH CROSSING THAT FINISH LINE. February 2017 ● Beachin’ 13


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Welcome to the Beach

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 1. Tents (no larger than a 10x10 ft.) are allowed on the beach, but they have to be placed behind (North of) the designated sign marker post and should be removed before night. Tents cannot be placed between the sign post and the Gulf of Mexico. This is for designated emergency and safety access.

BEACH FLAG WARNING SYSTEM

2. Pets are not allowed on the beach on the Gulf of Mexico or surrounding islands (Robinson, Bird, Walker). However they are allowed at the designated city Dog Park on Canal Rd. (Hwy 180) next to Sportsman Marina. All dogs should remain on a leash within the city limits.

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3. Glass in any form (bottle, cup, container, etc.) is strictly prohibited on our beaches and islands.

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4. A yellow or green flag posted along gulf beaches means to use caution while swimming in the gulf waters and is permitted. A red flag means danger and one should not swim in the waters.

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Medium Hazard (light surf and or currents)

Low Hazard (calm conditions) High Hazard (rough conditions, such as strong surf and or conditions)

Double red flags mean that swimming in the waters is prohibited by law. Water Closed to Public Use

Purple means WARNING! A jellyfish or other marine threat. 5. All trails and parks are free and open from daylight to dusk 7 days a week. 6. Fires or flames are strictly prohibited on the beach. This includes grills, tiki-torches, lanterns, open fire pits, candles, fireworks, etc. 7. Jet skis, boats, and any other motorized vessels, are prohibited from launching along the gulf front beaches.

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It was a beau�ful summer morning when we le� Fairhope, low humidity and not a cloud in the sky. We were on our way down to Orange Beach to check out a business that many of our friends have told us about, this Englishman who had opened a Hair Salon on the beach with his daughter Emma. My hair is very important to me and ge�ng a good haircut is a must, and that is what Anthony Jones is known for and excellent hair color to boot. We have both been very dissa�sfied with the last few a�empts on designing our hair to suit our lifestyles; most of the so called stylists did not take into considera�on our age or understand that we both want to look great without a lot of fuss and bother. The traffic was a bit heavy due to the summer visitors, but we arrived on �me to this charming yellow and white beach house on the beach road with a fabulous view of the Gulf of Mexico. We were greeted warmly by Anthony and Emma and they ask us if we would like a cold drink or a glass of wine before he started making us beau�ful. Pam, my friend, went first since I was a li�le chicken a�er the last experiences. Anthony directed her to a styling chair and went on to explain the ten most important rules in designing a custom hairstyle to suit her. He first looked at her face shape and explained that there are five face shapes out there and told her her face shape was oval. The next was bone structure and head shape, a�er that was the type of her hair, the texture of her hair, then what sort of condi�on her hair was in, followed by the way the hair grows out of the head, plus cow licks, then her likes and dislikes and fashion. Wow! What a lot of things to get right. So then Emma started with a relaxing shampoo and deep condi�oning, then for the next 30 minutes Anthony’s hands were a sea of mo�on, lastly a quick blow dry with hardly any fuss and presto she was finished! She was so happy and she could not believe the difference in her hair. Now it was my turn, my hair especially in the summer gets

very frizzy and dry; I have tried everything out there for my hair with no success! Anthony explained that commercial hair products are made different to professional hair products. Commercial shampoos are made of mild detergent and the condi�oners are based on petroleum oil. Where professional hair products are pure and natural and give back to the hair, he also went on to say that we should all wash our hair every day and condi�on our hair the same. Anthony explained that at all �mes our hair has to have at least 8% moisture in it the same as our skin, we should treat our hair the same way as we treat our skin, by moisturizing it every day which made a lot of sense to me, since the last stylist told me not to wash my hair every day because in her mind it would dry it out. Anthony explained to me that yes using some drug store products would dry your hair out if washed daily. A�er we went through the ten rules, he took me to the shampoo area and treated me to the best shampoo and condi�oning my hair had ever had. While shampooing, Emma explained to me what I should do in the morning in the shower, again stressing no over-thecounter hair products, that’s why my hair is dry and frizzy. A�er shampooing and before condi�oning, towel blot the hair because the hair is porous like a sponge, pu�ng any condi�oner on one’s hair when it is full of water will not go into the hair itself, so blot it first then apply the product and leave it in while you are washing yourself. Then before you leave the shower, rinse and count up to 10 slowly and stop, just rinse the excess and no more. A�er she explained to me the hows & whys, I understood. They are like hair doctors, if we listen and do what they says it works! Anthony has his own line of products and everything he used on me was his and believe me the stuff works. The cut he gave me was wonderful; I walked out a new woman and so did Pam, no more frizzes! Oh, by the way he used a great product before he dried my hair called “POTION.” It is a gel with a lot of healing features with body, fabulous! I bought a bo�le. Best money we ever spent and yes, we are definitely going back. He is a true professional.

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2017 Check out these local parades in Baldwin County and Mobile and “Laissez les bon temps roulez!” Provided by The Mobile Mask, www.themobilemask.com. w Saturday, Jan. 28 (Senior Bowl) 1 p.m. - w Wednesday, Feb. 15 12:30 p.m. Krewe de la Dauphine (Dauphin Island)

 Mystics of Ashland Place (Lanier Avenue)

 w Saturday, Feb. 4 1 p.m. - Town of w Thursday, Feb. 16 6:30 p.m. - Order Dauphin Island Parade (Dauphin of Polka Dots (Mobile, Route A)

 Island)

 w Friday, Feb. 10 6:30 p.m. - Conde Cavaliers (Mobile, Route A) 

 w Saturday, Feb. 11 2 p.m. - Krewe of Riviere du Chien (St. Andrews Loop)


w Friday, Feb. 17 6:30 p.m. - Order of Inca (Mobile, Route A) 6:45 p.m. - Apollo’s Mystic Ladies (Daphne)



w Saturday, Feb. 18 10 a.m. - Hickory 2 p.m. - Order of the Rolling River (DIP)
 Ridge Kids Krewe (Timberly Circle) 2:30 p.m. - Bayport Parading Society, 2 p.m. - Mobile Mystics, Mobile Mystic DJ Riders (Mobile, Route A)
 Mystical Revelers, Mobile Mystical Friends (Mobile, Route A) 6:30 p.m. - Pharaohs, Order of Hebe, 6:30 p.m. - Maids of Mirth, Conde Explorers (Mobile, Route A) Butterfly Maidens, Krewe of Marry 
 Mates (Mobile, Route A)
 w Sunday, Feb. 12 2 p.m. - Krewe de la 6:45 p.m. - Knights of Ecor Rouge Kids of Heron Lakes (Heron Lakes (Fairhope)

 Circle)

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w Sunday, Feb. 19 2 p.m. - Mystics of Children (Rosswood Drive) 6:30 p.m. - Neptune’s Daughters, OOI (Mobile, Route A)

 w Monday, Feb. 20 (Presidents Day) 6:30 p.m. - Order of Venus, Order of Many Faces (Mobile, Route A)
 
 w Tuesday, Feb. 21 6:30 p.m. - Order of LaShe’s (Mobile, Route A) 

 w Thursday, Feb. 23 10 a.m. - Order of Impalas (St. Ignatius Catholic School)
 6:30 p.m. - Mystic Stripers Society (Mobile, Route A)
 
 w Friday, Feb. 24 6:30 p.m. - Crewe of Columbus (Mobile, Route A)
 6:30 p.m. - Mystical Order of Mirams (Orange Beach) 6:45 p.m. - Maids of Jubilee (Fairhope)



Parade (Prichard) 3 p.m. - MLK Business and Civic Organization, MLK Monday Mystics, Northside Merchants (Mobile, Route D)
 6:45 p.m. - Order of Mystic Magnolias (Fairhope)
 7 p.m. - Infant Mystics, Order of Doves (Mobile, Route F)

 w Tuesday, Feb. 28 (Fat Tuesday) 10 a.m. - Gulf Shores Parade (Gulf Shores)
 10:30 a.m. - Order of Athena (Mobile, Route A) 12:30 p.m. - Knights of Revelry, King Felix III, Comic Cowboys (Mobile, Route A) 2 p.m. - Orange Beach Parade (Orange Beach) 2 p.m. - MAMGA Mammoth Parade (Mobile, Route B) 6 p.m. - Order of Myths (Mobile, Route C)

w Saturday, Feb. 25 11 a.m. - Foley parade (Foley) 11a.m. - Krewe of Kids, Krewe of Goats, Prichard Carnival Association (Krewe of Goats Prichard route) Noon - Floral Parade, Knights of Mobile, Mobile Mystical Ladies, Order of Angels (Mobile, Route A)
 Noon - Mystic Revelers (Bay Minette) 2 p.m. - Krewe of Mullet Mates (Mullet Point) 5:30 p.m. - Mystics of Pleasure (Orange Beach) 6 p.m. - Mystics of Time (Mobile, Route A)
 6:45 p.m. - Shadow Barons (Daphne)

 w Sunday, Feb. 26 (Joe Cain Day and Oscars) 2 p.m. - King Elexis I Motorcade (Mobile, Route E)
 2:29 p.m. - Loyal Order of the Firetruck (Daphne) 2:30 p.m. - Joe Cain Procession (Mobile, Route A) 5 p.m. - Le Krewe de Bienville (Mobile, Route A) 
 w Monday, Feb. 27 (Lundi Gras) Noon - King Felix III, Floral parade (Mobile, Route A) 1 p.m. - Prichard Mardi Gras Association

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Take a Day Trip:

to

USS ALABAMA

Battleship Memorial Park If you’re looking for a little more than sand and sea to take up your vacation time, load up and take a day trip! There are many places for all ages and the whole family that are just a drive away from the beach and offer new memories! 22 Beachin’ ● February 2017

By Destiny Brown The USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile is an adventure and history lesson for all ages. Come explore an establishment that is guaranteed to make a memory or relive one. “The USS ALABAMA and Battleship Memorial Park is a great military park,” said Rhonda Davis, Director of Sales and Marketing. “It allows families to step back into history and see what life aboard a battleship and submarine was like during WWII. Along with these mighty naval vessels, visitors can see and

learn about historic aircraft in the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion and ride our flight simulator. Touring is self-guided, so everyone can go at their own pace.” It is recommended to take two and a half hours to tour the entire park. The park opened January 1965 and has since been an attraction for people from all over. “After WWII, the USS ALABAMA was put in mothballs by the US Navy in Washington state, along with other battleships, to be used for her parts,” Davis said. “In 1964, an article appeared in the Mobile Press-Register announcing the plans by the Navy to scrap the USS ALABAMA. A group of concerned Mobile


What: USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park Where: 2703 Battleship Parkway Mobile, AL 36602 Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

citizens organized and worked with the state of Alabama to save her and bring her to Mobile. It was through a statewide fundraising campaign by the school children of Alabama that over $100,000 was raised to help bring this mighty ship to Mobile.” To cater to the participants of the park, food facilities, gift shops and other amenities are also available. “We have The Galley, our snack bar, that serves food daily,” Davis said. “We have outrageously good bacon cheeseburgers, along with sandwiches, personal pizzas and daily specials. Ice cream, slushies and hot chocolate is also served.” The park also has a gift shop and dog

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POPULAR ATTRACTIONS BATTLE BRIDGE:

When tourists visit, they always want to visit the battle bridge. This is the area located on the level 4 deck in the super structure of the USS ALABAMA and is where the captain would command the ship during battle. This area contains the navigation bridge, the battle bridge with 16-inch thick armor, the pilot house, the chart house and the captain’s sea cabin. It is from this area that all the battle commands were given from and where the crew steered the ship during engagement. When in battle, the captain moved to this area and never left. Our curatorial and maintenance departments restored this area of the USS ALABAMA this year.

THE GALLEY:

The galley aboard the USS ALABAMA is the area where the ship’s food was prepared and the crew members were feed. You can see just how organized the ship was and how busy this area would have been. The galley fed the crew of 2,500 every day. The cooks had to prepare more than 7,500 meals a day, over 50,000 meals a week. Just to serve the crew morning coffee it took four large 80-gallon pots to make 320 gallons of coffee.

kennels located on grounds for pet owners to kennel their pets while touring the park. “We also have a fishing pier that locals use every day,” Davis said. “You and your family can come and fish with a valid fishing license. Admission to the park’s grounds is $2 per car.” The main deck of the USS ALABAMA is handicapped accessible, as is the aircraft pavilion. Because the USS ALABAMA and the USS DRUM are National Historic Landmarks, they are preserved and restored in their 1940s original condition. In August, the USS ALABAMA will celebrate her 75th anniversary. The park just celebrated the USS DRUM’s 75th anniversary in November.

THE USS DRUM

This is the oldest submarine on public display. Climbing through this submarine you get a sense of how tight quarters were for the 72 men who served aboard her.

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Gulf Shores Welcome Center, 3459 Gulf Shores Pkwy. Gulf Shores, AL 36542 2-3 p.m. Admission is free. Join Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism for this free educational series highlighting our local history. During this one-hour lecture series we will learn about the USS Alabama with Shea McLean. WEBSITE: http://www.gulfshores.com

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Carolyn Wagner Mosaic Artist

“For me, the most enjoyable part of the process is in the actual execution of my design — the point when I start putting the tesserae (tile) onto the substrate, and the design starts to come to life.”

by Destiny Brown Carolyn Wagner didn’t grow up as an artist. In her childhood, she was more academic and took up writing. She was creative, but never took art classes. It wasn’t until she had children and left her career as a promotional writer and producer for television that she discovered her artistic side. “I had some personal tragedies, and I needed some healing,” Wagner said. “I had always been intrigued by mosaics so I read up a little on it and I made a plate.” She then discovered a mosaic online group and began to attend conferences with a national organization. “I began going to them and the workshops with internationally known mosaicists,” Wagner said. “I initially self taught, but then I had some training.” Most of Wagner’s work is coastal related.

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“I grew up in the mountains and that still has my heart, but most of my work has some kind of coastal reference either with subject matter or the palette,” Wagner said. “I’m drawn to coastal colors.” Wagner teaches classes at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance (GCAA) in Gulf Shores and the Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach. She recently finished a seven-week mosaics class for kids at the GCAA. In the meantime, Wagner has her teaching certificate for K-6 and substitutes on occasion. The art of mosaics is a unique form of art that takes patience and is a building process. “First, I start with a concept and sketch it out,” Wagner said. “As a writer, most of my mosaics have a poem that goes with it. Sometimes the poem comes first and then the mosaic and sometimes the other way around.”

Many things go into consideration when building mosaic art. “You have a lot of technical considerations,” Wagner said. “If it’s going to be outdoors or not, if the adhesive you have is the proper one, these are considerations before you get started. Mosaics are heavy, so you can’t use a traditional canvas. You can use wood, but it gets heavy. There are light weight building substrates to use.” Wagner uses a variety of materials for her pieces from glass to stone to shell to stained class, and there are different ways to break the materials. “You can choose to grout it, which gives it a more cohesive look, but my favorite part is probably laying down the tile itself, which is called the ‘tesserae,’” Wagner said. “You can get lost in it.” “For me, the most enjoyable part of the process is in the actual execution of my design—the point when I start putting the tesserae (tile) onto the substrate, and the design


starts to come to life,” Wagner said. “Sometimes, it’s an idea that has been in my head a short time, and sometimes for years. I also enjoy the formation of an idea, which usually comes to me during my morning walks gazing out at the bay.  I don’t mind that the solitude of the moment is punctuated by the excitement of the birth of an idea”.  

She enjoys the art opportunities offered on the Gulf Coast and how helpful other artists can be. “There’s a lot of other artists that you can bounce ideas around with and limitless inspiration,” Wagner said. She is also involved in Turtle Tracks in Gulf Shores.

“I did a mosaic turtle at the T-section at the Hangout in Gulf Shores that Tacky Jacks sponsored,” Wagner said. “I would love to get more involved in public art. Mosaics is an expensive medium, so it is hard to get the funding. I have a lot of ideas in my head that I’d like to get the community involved with.”

Wagner is based out of Josephine, Al. She also creates mosaic jewelry and beaded pieces and accepts commissions for fine art wall hangings and architectural installations, and can incorporate a client’s or interior designer’s vision into a design. Wagner’s work can be found at Coastal Arts Center, Foley Arts Center and GCAA. She will be displaying and selling her work at the upcoming Orange Beach Arts Festival. Wagner's work is framed by The Looking Glass in Foley and a few pieces of her work are displayed there also. For more information, visit Wagner’s website at www. backbaydesignstudio.com. February 2017 ● Beachin’ 27


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At the Beach Families arrived in costume for the Flora-Bama's Polar Bear Dip to kick off the new year (photo by Brittany Houghton)

Kids take a mosaic class instructed by Carolyn Wagnor at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance (Eliose Thomley)

Customers at LuLu's celebrated the new year at Noon Year's Eve to welcome 2017 (photo by Gabrielle Barnett)

Sunset in Gulf Shores (photo submitted by Mary Wisor)

Gerald Tipton and Lucy Buffett celebrate Noon Year's Eve at LuLu's in Gulf Shores (photo by Gabrielle Barnett)

Many participants showed up to take a dip in the Gulf for the Flora-Bama's Polar Bear Dip! (photo by Brittany Houghton) 30 30 Beachin’ Beachin’ ● ● February February 2017 2017

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FOLEY American Legion Post 99 Friday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 6 p.m. Gelato Joe’s Monday at 7 p.m. Good Time Charlie’s Tuesday at 10 p.m. The Office Lounge Wednesday at 8 p.m. FT. MORGAN Behind The Pines Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tacky Jacks Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m. GULF SHORES Pink Pony Pub every night at 7 p.m. Tacky Jacks Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Mudbugs Thu, Fri and Sat at 8 p.m. ORANGE BEACH Island Times Daiquiri Fridays at 9 p.m. Undertow Thu - Sat at 9:30 p.m.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Jon Cowart Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 GULF SHORES LuLu’s BAT Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust The Hot Spot Mark Laborde and Smokey Otis Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 GULF SHORES LuLu’s BAT Nolan’s Midnight Confessions ORANGE BEACH Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Grits N Pieces Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Ribs and Reds Don Stafford ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Greg Brown Ribs and Reds Don Stafford ORANGE BEACH Cobalt Coffee, Black Cosmo’s Brittany Bell Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Brent Burns Nolan’s Lisa Zanghi Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH The Hot Spot Mark Laborde and Logan Spicer

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 GULF SHORES Nolan’s Jimmy Lumpkin Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust The Hot Spot Brent Burns Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Justin Yawn Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Adam Holt Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust The Hot Spot Mark Laborde and Smokey Otis Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Lefty Collins Nolan’s Midnight Confessions ORANGE BEACH Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Light Travelers Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Ribs and Reds Don Stafford ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Greg Brown Ribs and Reds Don Stafford ORANGE BEACH Cobalt Coffee, Black Cosmo’s Brittany Bell Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Brent Burns Nolan’s Lisa Zanghi Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH The Hot Spot Mark Laborde and Logan Spicer TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 GULF SHORES Nolan’s Ronnie Presley Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust The Hot Spot Brent Burns Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Jon Cowart Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 GULF SHORES February 2017 ● Beachin’ 31


LuLu’s Adam Holt Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust The Hot Spot Mark Laborde and Smokey Otis Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Lefty Collins Nolan’s Midnight Confessions ORANGE BEACH Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 GULF SHORES LuLu’s TBA Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Ribs and Reds Don Stafford ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Greg Brown Ribs and Reds Don Stafford

ORANGE BEACH Cobalt Coffee, Black Cosmo’s Brittany Bell Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Brent Burns Nolan’s Lisa Zanghi Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH The Hot Spot Mark Laborde and Logan Spicer TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 GULF SHORES Nolan’s Jimmy Lumpkin Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust The Hot Spot Brent Burns Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 GULF SHORES LuLu’s The Tip Tops Mardi Gras Ball Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach

Resort John Brust Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 GULF SHORES LuLu’s TBA Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Papa Rocco’s Mark and Smokey ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust The Hot Spot Mark Laborde and Smokey Otis Voyagers at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Albert Simpson Nolan’s Midnight Confessions ORANGE BEACH Our Cigar Bar Ed Lee Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Lee Sanders SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 GULF SHORES LuLu’s Albert Simpson Nolan’s Midnight Confessions Ribs and Reds Don Stafford ORANGE BEACH Lobby Lounge at Perdido Beach Resort John Brust

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FOLEY Moe’s Original Bar B Que Thursdays at 7 p.m. GULF SHORES The Hangout Wednesdays at noon at 5 p.m. ORANGE BEACH Tacky Jacks Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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FOLEY American Legion Post 99 Wednesday at 10 a.m. Moe’s Original Bar B Que Wednesdays at 7 p.m. GULF SHORES American Legion Post 44 Monday at 6 p.m. Cultural Center Wednesday at 10 a.m. Tacky Jacks Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Hangout Thursday noon-5 p.m. ORANGE BEACH Flora-Bama Weekdays from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Tacky Jacks Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Hot Spot Wednesday at noon

JANUARY 2 THROUGH MARCH 30 SNOWBIRD GOLF ‹Gulf Shores Golf Club, 520 Clubhouse Dr. Gulf Shores 3:15-4 p.m.› Join Anna Gajda, LPGA teaching professional from January 2 through March 30 for weekly drop-in swing clinics on Mondays from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. or weekly drop-in short game clinic on Thursdays from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. All clinics include range balls and instruction. There will be no sessions during February 2 – 8. PHONE: (734) 347-3219 WEBSITE: http://www. pars4megolf.com. MONDAYS WOMEN VOICES NEEDED IN THE SWEET HARMONY CHORUS ‹2-4 p.m. Gulf Shores United Methodist, 1900 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores› Sweet Harmony Chorus is a group of local and snowbird women who like to sing acapella music in the barbershop close harmony style and invite any woman interested to join us for lots of fun and harmony. For more information call Pamula

Rustan at 701-260-0670 or Cherryl Clark at 850-492-9165. To learn more about Sweet Harmony Chorus visit us online. WEBSITE: http://www. sweetharmonychorus.org. TUESDAYS TUESDAY WINTER CIVIL WAR TOUR ‹Fort Morgan Historic Site, Fort Morgan, 51 Hwy 180 Gulf Shores 2-3 p.m. $7 Adults $4 Children $5 Seniors (over 65)› A Historian will provide historical insights on various periods of Fort Morgan’s History. Regular admission will be charged and no reservations are required. PHONE: 251-540-5257. WEBSITE: http://www.fort-morgan. org WEDNESDAYS BIG BEACH BREWING RUNNING & SOCIAL CLUB ‹Big Beach Brewing Company, 300 E. 24th Ave. Gulf Shores 5:30-7:30 p.m.› Every week at 5:30 p.m. a few avid beer drinkers and passionate runners get together to share a run and a pint. Join them in the taproom and on the pavement, and you can get $1 off your pint February 2017 ● Beachin’ 33


after the run! PHONE: 2519482337 WEBSITE: http://www.bigbeachbrewing.com

INSPIRATIONS ‹First Baptist Gulf Shores, 2200 W. 1st St. 7 p.m.›

SATURDAYS SATURDAY MORNING BIKE RIDE ‹Infinity Bicycles, 4575 Orange Beach Blvd., Orange Beach› On Saturday mornings riders can join in the fun for a 24-35 mile group ride in and around Orange Beach. This ride usually averages 17 mph. Check our shop calendar or Facebook page for time changes or canceled rides. All you need is: The willingness to get out and ride, a bike in good working order, helmet, water, ID, spare tube, nutrition (recommended), emergency money (recommended.) PHONE: (251) 974-1727 WEBSITE: http://www.infinity-bicycles.com

FEB. 4 11TH ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT AND SILENT AUCTION ‹Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf, 4671 Wharf Pkwy., Orange Beach Teams of 8 are $100 per table.› Benefits the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores libraries. Costumes and decorations at Trivia Night are welcomed. Need inspiration? Choose a team favorite book. Bring your own libations and snacks. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places. WEBSITE: http://www.mosnowbirds.org/Trivia. html

FEB. 1 GULF SHORES GARDEN CLUB’S 26TH ANNUAL FLORAL SEMINAR ‹10 a.m. - 2 p.m Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 W. 2nd St., Gulf Shores Tickets are only $20 (advance purchase only) and include lunch and door prizes› Guest speaker, Kirk Brooker’s program will be “Sea Naturals.” Doors open at 9:15 a.m. The program starts at 10 a.m. Immensely popular, the seminar always sells out. Tickets are $20 (advance purchase only). Entry includes lunch and exciting door prizes. Tickets also include the opportunity for many exciting raffles and second chance raffles. Tickets are available for purchase at The Thomas Norton Public Library (221 West 19th Ave.) in Gulf Shores. Tickets can also be obtained by contacting Kim Edgerton at 251-943-3672 or kimbilledge@ yahoo.com, or Mindy Jones at 251-968-9777 or islandenclosures@gulftel.com. Groups of 10 or more can request reserved seating by contacting Kim or Mindy with your group name. PHONE: (251) 968-9777

2017 FLORA-BAMA ANNUAL SUPER CHILI BOWL COOK OFF ‹Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, 17401 Perdido Key Dr. Perdido Key, FL 10 a.m. - noon Tickets are $2 per sample or $10 for six samples or entry fee is $50 per 3-Man team› Let the chopping begin at the Flora-Bama’s “Super” Bowl Chili Cook-Off on Super Bowl Saturday. Teams of three register beforehand and will even dress up to show team spirit. They work their chili magic to win with their version of the best chili ever, and will receive an award at the end of the day. If you don’t want to cook, come by and sample the wide variety of dishes. The FloraBama continues this annual event that benefits the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. Cooking begins at 10 a.m., with tickets being sold at 11:45 a.m. and tasting begins at 12 p.m. Entry fee includes three event t-shirts, draft beer, plus other party favors. For more information please visit our website. PHONE: (850) 492-0611 WEBSITE: http://www.florabama.com/events/ super-chili-cook-off

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iconic three-part harmony. Emerging from San Francisco’s North Beach scene in 1957, The Kington Trio brought the rich tradition of American folk music to the mainstream. Influencing musical tastes of a generation, they enjoyed unprecedented record sales and worldwide fame in the 50s and 60s. Today the trio is comprised of Bill Zorn, George Grove and Rick Dougherty. Using only acoustic guitars and banjos they’ve remained true to their trademark sound. PHONE: (251) 968-1171 WEBSITE: http://www.gulfshoresal.gov/ FEB. 5 EntertainmentSeries WINTER CONCERT SERIES: VOICES OF FEB. 9 MOBILE ALABAMA LIFESTYLES RETIREMENT EXPO ‹First Baptist Gulf Shores, 2200 W. 1st St. 7 p.m.› ‹Caribe The Resort, 28103 Perdido Beach Blvd. Orange Beach FEB. 6 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.› WACKY WINTER OF FUN PRESENTS ART The EXPO attracts Snowbird visitors and locals AL FRESCO “OYSTER SHELLS & PEARLS who wish to learn more about what Alabama ORNAMENT OR NECKLACE” and the Gulf Coast has to offer in a spacious ‹Tacky Jacks Gulf Shores, 240 E. 24th Ave. Gulf and beautiful setting. The emphasis is on the Shores great amenities available in Alabama and the 10 – 11:30 a.m. Gulf Coast. The EXPO is popular with seniors, $15 includes lunch› but it offers something of interest for all ages. If you are looking for some fun this winter Free admission, free parking, free door prizes, then look no further than Tacky Jacks in Gulf free professional services , free consultations, Shores. The Wacky Winter of Fun series will free tickets, free food samples are offered to feature different events to include regional attendees.     artists, local organizations, and games each More than 70 exhibitors will provide information Monday this winter beginning January 9. A about community living, quality of life programs monthly schedule of events is online. for people over 50, food samples from This is a perfect all ages lunch and learn. RSVP restaurants, hands-on-exhibits, free giveaways, required online or by phone. Arrive 15 minutes things to do and see, and places to visit. early. The Alabama Lifestyles Retirement EXPO is PHONE: (251) 948-8881 sponsored by the Alabama Advantage for WEBSITE: http://www.tackyjacks.com Relocation, Caribe The Resort, the City of Orange Beach and the Alabama Gulf Coast FEB. 6 AND FEB. 7 Chamber of Commerce. 2017 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES PRESENTS: PHONE: (800) 235-4757 THE KINGSTON TRIO WEBSITE: http://www.alabamaadvantage.com ‹Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 W. 2nd St. Gulf Shores 2ND ANNUAL DISTINGUISHED LECTURE 7-9 p.m. SERIES PRESENTS THROUGH EDWARD O. Tickets: $35› WILSON: THE MOBILE-TENSAW DELTA The Kingston Trio will take the stage singing ‹Foley Public Library, 319 E Laurel Ave Foley simple yet memorable melodies with their 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.› Shores 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.› The 19th Annual Snowbird Bratfest will be held in the parking lot adjacent to the Erie Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores. The festivities start at 10:30 a.m. and will proceed until all the brats are sold. All proceeds benefit the Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Fire and Rescue Departments. This is a rain or shine event and carry out and take out services are available in addition to the walk through lines

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The University of South Alabama’s Distinguished Lecture Series brings public speakers of the highest caliber from the worlds of academia, business, history, science and culture to both residents and tourists visiting Baldwin County. The purpose of this series is to bring engaging topics that provide significant educational enrichment as well as intellectual and artistic stimulation from amazing lecturers from our own community. We hope you will join us for what we expect to be an outstanding series. To register for any and all events call, email or visit our website. PHONE: (251) 460-7200 WEBSITE: http://www.usacontinuinged.com

Shores 11 a.m. - 3 p.m› For all of the lovebirds out there, this one is for you! Come celebrate your love and commitment at LuLu’s 9th Annual Tropical Reunion. Couples should come out and enjoy the festivities with a complimentary champagne toast, complimentary wedding cake, flowers for the “brides”, certificates of re-union and some great music that will help to make this day perfect. This event’s registration will begin at 11 a.m. The vow renewal will take place at 2 p.m. Come spend the day with friends, family and all of us here at LuLu’s as we celebrate you! PHONE: (251) 967-5858 WEBSITE: http://www.lulubuffett.com

FEB. 11 40TH ANNUAL TOUR OF HOMES ‹9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Ticket cost: $20› The 40th Annual Gulf Shores Woman’s Club Tour of Homes will be held on Saturday, February 11 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning January 2, 2017 at Jubilee Apparel & Gilfts; Beach House Boutique and Coastal Flowers in Gulf Shores, Fran’s on 59 in Foley, Flowers by the Shore at The Wharf and Pack & Mail in Orange Beach. PHONE: (251) 948-4307

VALENTINE’S DINNER AT COAST RESTAURANT AT THE BEACH CLUB ‹Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club, 925 Beach Club Trail Gulf Shores 5 – 9 p.m. $40 per person, $80 per couple› This year, win brownie points with your sweetheart with a three course dinner and a glass of complimentary champagne at Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club. Enjoy a romantic waterfront dinner with cuisine prepared by award-winning Executive Chef John Hamme. Looking for a romantic weekend?  Accommodation rates start at $510 for 2 nights in a one bedroom gulf-front condominium. PHONE: 251-224-3600 WEBSITE: http://thebeachclub.spectrumresorts. com/dining/special-events

GCAA ART MARKET ‹Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, First Presbyterian Church, 309 E. 21st Ave. Gulf Shores 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.› The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market features original arts and crafts created by local and regional artists. Visitors can expect to see paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel and mixed media. In addition, the artists will feature pottery, photography, jewelry, woodcrafts and other original art.  PHONE: 251-948-2627 WEBSITE: http://www.gulfcoastartsalliance.com LULU’S 9TH ANNUAL TROPICAL RE-UNION WEDDING VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY ‹Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s, 200 E. 25th Ave. Gulf 36 Beachin’ ● February 2017

FEB. 13 WACKY WINTER OF FUN PRESENTS ART AL FRESCO “MARDI GRAS BEAD MOSAIC ART” ‹Tacky Jacks Gulf Shores, 240 E. 24th Ave. Gulf Shores 10 – 11:30 a.m. $15 includes lunch› If you are looking for some fun this winter then look no further than Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores. The Wacky Winter of Fun series will feature different events to include regional artists, local organizations, and games each


Monday this winter beginning January 9. A monthly schedule of events is online. This is a perfect all ages lunch and learn. RSVP required online or by phone. Arrive 15 minutes early. PHONE: (251) 948-8881 WEBSITE: http://www.tackyjacks.com

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9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $60 per golfer› The best thing about playing a round of golf in a four-man scramble besides choosing the best shots until you reach the hole, is playing for all the proceeds to benefit the Baldwin County Heritage Museum. FEB. 13 AND FEB. 14 Your entry fee includes 18-holes of Scottish 2017 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES PRESENTS: links golf, cart, range balls, a delicious lunch and THE YOUNG IRELANDERS prizes. ‹Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 W. 2nd St. Gulf Registration starts at 8 a.m. Call or email for Shores complete details. 7-9 p.m. PHONE: (251) 986-8375 Tickets: $35› MELISSA’S PLACE - BENEFIT CONCERT AND Comprised of eight young performers, this LIVE AUCTION sensational show features traditional Irish song ‹Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf, and dance. 4671 Wharf Pkwy. Orange Beach This talented group has performed for U.S. 3-6 p.m. Presidents, the Queen of England, and Prince $10 in advance or $15 at the door› Albert of Monaco. They have also toured as lead All proceeds going towards completing performers with Riverdance, shared the stage construction of Melissa’s Place, an orphanage with Bono, and have recorded with Ronnie being built in Haiti for girls 5 - 16 years old. In Wood. addition to the music of The Coachmen, and PHONE: (251) 968-1171 Wojamm travelling here for this event, Gulf WEBSITE: http://www.gulfshoresal.gov/ Coast locals Lisa Christian, Mac Walter and EntertainmentSeries Shelby Brown, recently seen on The Voice, will perform. During the intermission of this great FEB. 14 benefit concert, a live auction will be held with RELAY FOR LIFE PANCAKE BREAKFAST proceeds also going to Melissa’s Place. Live ‹The Beach Club, Coast Restaurant at The auction items are “experiences” like a trip for Beach Club, 925 Beach Club Trail Gulf Shores two to Big Sky, Montana, a complete three7 – 11 a.m. night stay at Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, $7 per plate› spa and dinner packages, and much more.   Have breakfast with us and support the The Paul Meyer’s Foundation is a non-profit Alabama Gulf Coast Relay for Life. Breakfast and an official receipt will be provided for any will include pancakes, bacon, fresh fruit, orange donations or ticket purchases and bids. Advance juice, and coffee. Plates will be $7. Contact ticket purchases can be made here. Activities Manager, Ashton Hicks at 251-2243510 or ahicks@spectrumresorts.com for FEB. 17 reservations. 11TH ANNUAL LOW COUNTRY BOIL PHONE: 251-224-3510 ‹St. Andrew by the Sea, 17263 Fort Morgan Rd. WEBSITE: http://thebeachclub.spectrumresorts. Gulf Shores com/ 10:30 a.m. - noon Tickets are $13› FEB. 16 The Low Country Boil will be held on Friday, THE 5TH ANNUAL BALDWIN COUNTY February 20th at St. Andrew by the Sea church HERITAGE MUSEUM GOLF SCRAMBLE located at 17263 Fort Morgan Road. Tickets

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are $13 and include one drink. There are four different seating times. Your ticket also includes entry to the zoo at your convenience. Tickets available through the zoo and snowbird clubs. WINTER CONCERT SERIES: THE CHESTANGS ‹First Baptist Gulf Shores, 2200 W. 1st St. 7 p.m.› FEB. 18 25TH ANNUAL ORANGE BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL & CAR SHOW ‹4830 Main St. Orange Beach, AL 36561 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.› The 25th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival is a major fundraiser for the Orange Beach Sports Association to support sportsrelated activities in our community, specifically youth baseball, softball and t-ball. Proceeds are used to purchase uniforms, equipment, insurance, and pay for expenses of officials and sponsor clinics. The Festival is a full day of delicious food, 80 arts and crafts vendors, military memorabilia and music for the whole family. This is an alcohol-free event. The festival includes a silent auction, car show featuring antique, classic and hot rod vehicles, a Kids Zone with climbing wall, inflatables and games and a children’s performance pavilion. PHONE: (251) 981-1524 WEBSITE: http://www.obparksandrec.com FEB. 21 RELAY FOR LIFE BINGO NIGHT ‹The Beach Club, 925 Beach Club Trail, Gulf Shores $8 Donation for Bingo Book› Join us for a night of bingo and fun. Bingo books will give you six cards to play in 20 rounds of bingo. Make an $8 donation to receive your book. Advanced bingo players are welcome to make a donation for more than one book. Win vouchers and prizes for property and local items. This event is open to the public. All proceeds will go to Relay for Life. PHONE: 251-224-3510 WEBSITE: http://thebeachclub.spectrumresorts. com/ 38 Beachin’ ● February 2017

FEB. 20 AND FEB. 21 2017 ENTERTAINMENT SERIES PRESENTS: RUSSIAN STRING ORCHESTRA ‹Erie Meyer Civic Center, 1930 W. 2nd St. Gulf Shores 7-9 p.m. Tickets: $35› Enjoy the musical direction of Misha Rachlevsky with the Russian String Orchestra. Celebrating its 25th anniversary the Russian String Orchestra, previously Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, is comprised of some of Russia’s finest young string. About half of nearly 2,000 concerts the orchestra has performed to date have taken place in Moscow, the rest were played on tours in 24 countries in Europe, North and South America and the Far East. The orchestra’s discography of over 30 CDs has received widespread international acclaim, such as the Diapason d’Or award in France, Critics Choice in London’s Gramophone, Critics Choice in The New York Times, and Record of the Year award in Hong Kong. PHONE: (251) 968-1171 WEBSITE: http://www.gulfshoresal.gov/ EntertainmentSeries FEB. 22 LULU’S 5TH ANNUAL BIRDS OF PARADISE MARDI GRAS BALL ‹Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s, 200 E. 25th Ave. Gulf Shores, 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $65› Tickets to the 5th Annual LuLu’s Mardi Gras Ball are now on sale at LuLu’s Gift Shop and online. The ball will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22 and The Tip Tops will headline again this year. The ticket price includes open bar, delicious Cajun themed buffet, and all the fun of dancing to the South’s best motown band. LuLu’s will be closed to the public for this ticketed event open to those 21 and older. Dress code is island elegance to tuxedo t-shirt and flip flops. Call for tickets, visit in store or shop online. LuLu’s is located under the Northside of the Hwy. 59 Bridge on the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf


Shores. PHONE: 251-967-LULU (5858) WEBSITE: http://www.lulubuffett.com

‹Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s, 200 E. 25th Ave. Gulf

Shores 3-5 p.m.› Join us here at LuLu’s on Fat Tuesday for the FEB. 23 biggest, baddest, with a side of Lagniappe, SUSHI CLASSES AT BIG BEACH BREWING CO. Mardi Gras celebration in town. ‹Big Beach Brewing Company, 300 E. 24th Ave. Come dressed in your finest beads and Gulf Shores costume then start your day with one of our 7-9 p.m.› signature beverages while you listen to the In this 2 hour, hands-on class, we’ll teach great band starting at 11 a.m. you to make perfect sushi rice at home, how to Watch the Mardi Gras boat parade as it rolls make all of those sauces that you love, where to into LuLu’s and keep the party going with more shop, what to buy and how to safely serve raw great music at 5 p.m. This is a full day of great fish at home, according to health department eats, great music, and great fun! regulations. This is a ticketed event and spots Oh did I mention it is our anniversary here at are limited! LuLu’s? And no anniversary would be complete PHONE: 2519482337 without complimentary cake! You don’t want to WEBSITE: http://www.bigbeachbrewing.com miss this. We will assemble at The Wharf for a 3 p.m. departure and head west to Lulu’s and FEB. 28 Homeport Marina. Call for more information. LULU’S MARDI GRAS ANNIVERSARY PHONE: 251-967-LULU (5858) CELEBRATION & BOAT PARADE WEBSITE: http://www.lulubuffett.com

SNOWBIRD GOLF

@ GULF SHORES GOLF CLUB JANUARY 2 - MARCH 30 WEEKLY DROP-IN SWING CLINICS Mondays 3:15 - 4:00 pm Tuesdays 9:15-10:00 am

WEEKLY DROP-IN SHORT GAME CLINICS Thursdays 3:15 - 4:00 pm All Clinics $10 and include range balls and instruction. No sessions February 2-8

ANNE GAJDA, LPGA TEACHING PROFESSIONAL pars4me@comcast.net 734-347-3219 www.pars4megolf.com Golf Digest “Best Teacher in Your State” Fox Hills Learning Center, Plymouth, MI

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hooked

on fishin with Phil Dortch

February and on into early May traditionally mark the best months to fish for sheepshead, also nicknamed convict fish, because of its black and white vertically striped body. Another unique physical identifying feature is its human-like teeth. Also, its face resembles a sheep. A variety of baits can be used along with different tackle and methods when seeking this fish.

Location

Find any structure that has barnacles growing on it. An old pier, bridge or gas rigs located in the Gulf or Bay are excellent areas to target. Another great location is the jetties around Perdido Pass. Carry a shovel or straight blade hoe to scrape barnacles off the structure. This is known as “chumming.”

Bait

Live shrimp, fiddler crabs, oysters cut into small pieces and ghost shrimp all make excellent baits. Sheepshead never seem to bite artificial bait, frozen shrimp or cut bait. The bite is usually so light, it has gained the reputation of expert bait thieves. Ghost shrimp can be sucked out of the sand near the water’s edge using a PVC suction gadget purchased from local tackle shops.

Tackle

Any type rod and reel will work. Tight line method works best by fishing straight down using sufficient weight depending on conditions. I prefer a 3” – 5” circle hook. One of the best methods is to anchor your boat up current of the structure and use a slip cork to allow the bait to drift back to the rig or pier.

CONTACT INFO: CAPT. PHIL 251-223-3682 OR ISLANDWESTCHARTERS@YAHOO.COM 40 Beachin’ ● February 2017


dining

guide

Featuring Bobby Graves and Pat Willkinson at The Hot Spot

- Voyagers - Tacky Jacks - Fish River Grill - Desoto’s

in this issue

- Gulf Shores Steamer - Benedetto’s Italian Ristorante - Bill’s by the Beach

- LuLu’s - Papa Roccos - The Orginal Oyster House

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Contemporary Coastal Cuisine

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Winter Dinner Specials

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Aw Wi ar nn d ing Daily Lunch Specials

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“HOME OF THE ORIGINAL”

Fish River Grill #3

Fish River Grill #2

(Next to Rouses)

(Foley Plaza on Hwy. 59)

251.948.1110

251.952.FISH (3474)

GULF SHORES 1545 Gulf Shores Pkwy.

FOLEY 608 S. McKenzie

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Gulf Shores Later Hours Spring & Summer

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Aw Wi ar nn d ing 1545 Gulf Shores Parkway • Gulf Shores, Alabama (Next to Rouses)

251.948.1110

OMG! SHRIMP FEAST POBOY!!!

CHOSEN IN TOP “100 DISHES TO EAT IN ALABAMA BEFORE YOU DIE” GRILLED or FRIED AUTHENTIC SOUTHERN COOKED SEAFOOD PLATTERS

(Served w/ Fries, Coleslaw, Hushpuppies, Fried Okra, Tartar or Cocktail Sauce & Swamp Soup) Bayou Seafood Platter - Fried Gator, Frog Legs, Shrimp, Oyster, Catfish Seafood Platter - Fried Shrimp, Oyster, Catfish Cajun ls Golden Fried Catfish Platter - (U.S. Raised) to Crawrefi’sshNoPthising Fried Select Oyster Platter The ! m ‘E Like Fried Shrimp Platter - (Approx. 14-15) Fried Gator Platter

RAW OYS T BAR ER

VOTED BEST BURGERS IN BALDWIN COUNTY

Hurricane Burger • Hillbilly Melt • River Burger • Shroooom Burger • Swamp Burger Bleu Cheese Bacon Burger

REDNECK REUBEN • ALABAMA CHICKEN MELT PoBoys • Chicken • Shrimp • Oysters • Gator • Frog Legs Crawfish Pistols • Catfish • Whitefish • Stuffed Crab

***Cajun Crawfish Pistols Dinner (2) w/ Fries & Slaw*** OMG! Shrimp Feast Po-Boy • Seafood BLT

APPETIZERS ~ SALADS ~ POBOYS & SANDWICHES ~ KIDS MENU DON’T FORGET YOUR SWEET THANG

“Sweet Thang” Signature Dessert! Redneck version of a New Orleans Beignet & Granny’s Apple and Peach Cobbler Rolled in Powdered Sugar. Mmmmm...this “thang” is SOOOOOO good!

BEST BAR PRICES ON THE COAST ~ SWAMP JUICE ~ STUMPWACKER DIXIE DARLIN’ ~ MARDI GRAS MARGARITA

608 S. McKenzie Street • (Foley Plaza on Hwy. 59) Foley, Alabama

251.952.FISH (3474)

1545 Gulf Shores Pkwy (Next to Rouses) Gulf Shores, Alabama

251.948.1110

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. • Gulf Shores Later Hours Spring & Summer

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Voted “People’s Choice” “mustA-visit” Since 2004

•Best Lunch • Best Dinner • Best Seafood also been voted • Friendliest Staff

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138 West 1st Ave • Gulf Shores • 251-948-7294

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138 West 1st Ave Gulf Shores, AL

251-948-7294

www.Desotosseafoodkitchen.com

Seafood Kitchen SALA SA LA AD D SALADS Dressings: Honey-Mustard, Ranch, Bleu

Lunch L hM Menu

HOME-STYLE LUNCH SPECIALS

(Served with your choice of two side dishes) Saturday & Sunday - Add $1.00

Fried Shrimp - tail less Blackened Catfish Fried Catfish Broiled Flounder Fried Flounder Grilled Chicken Chicken Creole Fried Chicken Tenders Country Fried Steak Hamburger Steak Pork Chops Country Ham Vegetable Plate SANDWICHES

7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99 7.99

(Served with french fries)

Complimentary Ice Tea and Bread Served with All Dine in Lunch Entrees. Add House or Substitute Salad for side dish 1.99 Po-Boy Sandwich 10.99 Cheeseburger 7.99 Crab Cake Po-Boy 11.99 *Monte Cristo Sandwich 8.99

STARTERS Oysters on the Half Shell 1/2 dozen 8.99................1 dozen 16.99 Southern Style Crab Cakes 12.99 Shrimp Remoulade 8.99 Crab, Spinach & Artichoke Dip 9.99 Coconut Shrimp 8.99 Stuffed Mushrooms 8.99 Alligator Bites 8.99 Fried Crab Claws 1/2 lb........17.99 1 lb........29.99 Tuna Dip 9.99 Sweet Potato French Fry Basket 9.99 Fried Green Tomatoes 6.99 GUMBO & SOUP Seafood Gumbo cup....4.75 bowl....6.49 Crab & Shrimp Bisque cup....5.25 bowl....7.99 FRIED SEAFOOD FAVORITES (Served with your choice of two side dishes)

Riviera Salad 7.25 - with pecan chicken tenders 9.99 - with chicken tenders 8.99 - with boiled shrimp 9.99 - with grilled or blackened chicken 8.99 Caesar Salad 7.25 - w/grilled or blackened chicken 8.99 - w/boiled shrimp 9.99 Gumbo & Salad - a cup of Seafood Gumbo and our 7.99 Bisque & Salad 8.50 SEAFOOD FAVORITES (Served with your choice of two side dishes)

Add House or Caesar Salad Substitute Salad for side dish Fried Butterfly Shrimp Fried Oysters Fried Crab Claws *Coconut Shrimp Grilled Shrimp Fried Seafood Platter

3.25 1.99 11.99 14.99 16.99 12.99 11.99 15.99

SEAFOOD PLATTERS

Dinner Menu

Butterfly Shrimp Tail-less Shrimp Bon Secour Oysters Crab Claws Fried Fish of the Day Shrimp & Flounder Shrimp & Oysters Fried Catfish

Cheese, Italian, Thousand Island, French, Low-Fat Ranch, Raspberry Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinegar, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Sesame Asian, Oil & Vinegar

16.99 14.99 18.99 20.99 17.99 17.99 18.99 15.99

(Served with your choice of two side dishes)

Shrimp Lover’s Platter Fried Seafood Platter Broiled Seafood Platter Creole Platter Caribbean Platter Crab Platter SEAFOOD SPECIALTIES

17.99 18.99 16.99 18.99 18.99 23.99

Stuffed Shrimp Shrimp Scampi Blackened Catfish Coconut Shrimp Grilled Shrimp Shrimp Creole Crawfish Etoufee Crab Cake Dinner STEAMED SEAFOOD

17.99 18.99 17.99 16.99 17.99 17.99 17.99 17.99

(Served with your choice of two side dishes)

(Served with new potatoes & one side)

Snow Crab Legs - 2 lbs. 29.99 Royal Red Shrimp - 1 lb. 28.99 Combo - 1/2 pound Royal Reds & 1 pound Snow Crab 27.99 TONIGHT’S CATCH (Served with your choice of two side dishes) Choose from the following preparation styles:

Fried Catch Blackened Catch Grilled Catch Broiled Catch

17.99 17.99 17.99 17.99

Broiled Seafood Platter 14.99 Stuffed Shrimp 12.99 Mahi-Mahi 11.99 Yellow-Fin Tuna 11.99 Tilapia 9.99 Grouper 12.99 Snow Crab Legs 16.99 Royal Reds - 3/4 lb. 16.99 Combo - 1/2 lb. Each 18.99 Crab Cakes - 2 cakes 13.99 PASTA Fettuccini Alfredo 10.99 - w\grilled or blackened chicken 11.99 - with shrimp or crawfish 13.99 Basil Pesto Pasta - with Roma Tomatoes 10.99 - with grilled chicken 11.99 - with shrimp 13.99 SIDE DISHES Fried Green Tomatoes ~ Green Beans Turnip Greens ~Sweet Potato Casserole Corn Fritters ~ French Fries Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy ~ Fried Okra Au Gratin Potatoes ~ Steamed Veggies Kernel Corn ~ Yellow Rice Black-Eyed Peas ~ Cole Slaw Lima Beans ~ Macaroni & Cheese

New Orleans Catch Mediterranean Catch Caribbean Catch *Pecan Encrusted Catch *Paneed Catch LAND LOVER’S FARE

22.99 22.99 18.99 21.99 22.99

(Served with your choice of two side dishes)

Hawaiian Rib-eye - (12 oz.) 22.99 - add jumbo grilled or fried shrimp add $5.00 Jamaica-Jerk Chicken 15.99 Grilled Chicken Breasts 15.99 Fried Chicken Tenders 15.99 PASTA Fettuccini Alfredo 14.99 - with grilled or blackened chicken 17.99 - with shrimp or crawfish 19.99 Scallops Alfredo 18.99 Shrimp & Pasta Marsala 21.99 Basil-Pesto Pasta 15.99 - with grilled chicken 18.99 - with shrimp 18.99 SIDE DISHES Substitute House or Caesar Salad for a Side Dish - Add $1.99 Sweet Potato Casserole ~ Cole Slaw Baked Potato ~ Steamed Vegetables Yellow Rice ~ French Fries Fried Green Tomatoes

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10 Items Under $10!!!

Voted Top Ten Seafood Restaurant In USA

By Coastal Living

“The Best Steamed Seafood Available” SINCE 1989 www.GulfShoresSteamer.com

251.948.6344

Located at 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd. #115, Orange Beach, AL in SanRoc Cay

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Appetizer Selection

*Steamed Oysters, *Raw Oysters Seafood Gumbo, Crawfish Corn Chowder or Spicy Cajun Jambalaya Steamed Royal Red Shrimp Fresh Steamed Mussels Smoked Tuna or Shrimp Dip Blue Crab Claws Crab Cakes • Shrimp Skewer

Salads Shrimp Salad • Cobb Salad

Sandwiches

Served with chips and all the fixin’s *Hot & Juicy Hamburger *Tuna Sandwich Chicken Sandwich Hot Dog Grilled PoBoy’s *Steak Sandwich Crab Delight Grilled Cheese

Land Lover’s

Served with corn, potato and cole slaw *Filet Mignon *Ribeye Steak Grilled Chicken Garden Steamer

251.948.6344

27267 Perdido Beach Blvd. #115, Orange Beach, AL in SanRoc Cay www.GulfShoresSteamer.com

Gettin’ Steamed Platters

“VOTED BEST VALUE” All Platters & Combos Are Served with corn, Potato and Cole Slaw Bay Steamer Ocean Steamer Small Steamer

Crawling Combos Royal Red Shrimp Alaskan Snow Crab Shrimp & Crab Combo *Shrimp & Oysters The Crab Bowl “Bucket O’ Reds”

Desserts

Key Lime Pie French Silk Chocolate Pie New York Style Cheesecake

A la Carte

Shrimp Skewer Snow Crab Cluster Lobster Tail

Sides

Cole Slaw, Corn or New Potatoes Cauliflower or Broccoli

Beverages

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Vault, Lemonade, Iced Tea

Fresh Fish Selection

Served with corn, potato and cole slaw Extra For Blackened Seasoning Red Fish, Mahi-Mahi, Tilapia, Whitefish or Our Fresh Catch *Yellowfin Tuna Crab Cakes Stuffed Fish

The “Little Shrimp” Selection Served with Chips 4 Oz. Burger • Hot Dog Grilled Chicken Fingers Grilled Cheese • (2)PB & J

Wines

By The Glass, By The Bottle, Premium Bottle

Merlot, White Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Pinot Grigio

Beer

Domestic Bottle Premium Bottle Domestic Draft By The Glass Premium Draft By The Glass Domestic Pitcher Premium Pitcher

Frozen Daiquiri

Strawberry, Pina Colada, Banana, Peach, Tequila sunrise, Margarita, Amaretto Orange Blossom, (Non-Alcoholic Daiquiri)

*All Prices Are Subject To Change Without Notice Due to Market and Availability* We Serve Our Food Hot & Fresh, So Please Allow Time For A Quality Product

Consumer Information: consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions, such as chronic illness of the liver or blood, or have immune disorders.

*Cooked To Order Items are Identified by Asterisks.

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26619 Perdido Beach Blvd. • Orange Beach, AL

251.981.0032

LOCATED BEHIND THE SHRIMP BASKET AT ZEKE’S MARINA ON THE SECOND FLOOR 52 Beachin’ ● February 2017


Appetizers

Entrees

Smoked Tomato Bruschetta

Three Cheese Ravioli

Grilled Crostini Brushed with Confit Garlic Topped with Smoked Roma Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, Basil Oil and Sweet Balsamic Reduction

Fresh Ravioli Stuffed with Herbed Ricotta Cheese and Topped With Creamy Cheese Sauce

Tender, Crispy Calamari Rings breaded and deep-fried until Golden Brown and served with Marinara and a Lemon wedge

Sautéed Brined Chicken, Smokey Bacon, Cracked Black Pepper, and Fresh Herbs Tossed with Hand Rolled Linguine in a Rich Pecorino Cheese Sauce. Served with a side salad and your choice of dressing

Fried Calamari

Crawfish Cakes

Carbonara

Chicken Marsala

House Made Pan-Seared Crawfish Cakes Served with Southern Chili Sauce over Apple- Cabbage Slaw

Pan-seared Chicken Breast and Sautéed Mushrooms, Finished with a rich Marsala sauce over Hand-Rolled Fettuccine

Parmesan Truffle Fries

Italian Style Shrimp & Grits

Crispy Golden Brown Fries Tossed with Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese Lightly Coated In Truffle Oil Topped with Fresh Chives

Soups

Smoked Tomato Basil

Creamy Bisque made with House Smoked Roma Tomatoes and Fresh Cream topped with Fresh Basil oil

Salads Panzanella

Seasoned Spring Greens Tossed in Champagne Vinaigrette Topped with Herbed Garlic Croutons, Fine Julienned Vidalia Onions, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Sliced Cucumber, and Pecorino Romano Cheese

Heirloom Tomato Caprese

Heirloom Tomatoes Layered with Fresh Basil and Mozzarella Topped with Sweet Balsamic Reduction

Creamy Parmesan Polenta served with Fresh Gulf Shrimpand a Hearty Shrimp Sauce

Fettuccine With Meat Sauce

Hearty Tomato Sauce with Ground Beef Served Over Hand Rolled Fettuccine Pasta

Italian American Favorites Chicken Parmesan with Fresh Mozzarella

Golden Brown Chicken Breast over House Made Marinara and Fettuccine Noodles

Veal Parmesan with Fresh Mozzarella

Golden Brown Veal over House Made Marinara and Fettuccine Noodles

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Linguine Noodles Topped With Marinara Sauce and House Made Meat Balls

Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Noodles Tossed With Creamy Alfredo Blend and Fresh Herbs Add Grilled or Blackened Chicken

Bacon Mac N’ Cheese

Mixed-Berry

Elbow Noodles Tossed With Creamy Cheese Sauce

Seasoned Spring Greens Lightly Tossed with Honey-Lavender Dressing Black Berries, Blue Berries, and Strawberries Topped with Granola and Farm Fresh Chevre

Mozzarella Cheese Pizza

House Made Flat Bread Topped With Marinara and Mozzarella Cheese

Signature Steaks

Pepperoni Pizza

House Made Flat Bread Topped With Marinara and Mozzarella Cheese and Pepperoni

NY Strip Steak

An 10 oz. Certified Angus Beef Strip Marinated in Garlic and Herbs using a Sous Vide Technique, Then finished on the Grill to your Specification and Topped with Compound Butter and Demi-Glace. Served with Red Hash, Broccolini, and a Side salad with your choice of dressing. Ad dd d a Crawfi Crawfish Cra sh Cake Cak Ca ke A Ad Thre Th ee Jumbo Jumb Ju mbo Shrimp mbo Shrim Sh rimp rim p Add Add Three

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Check our website and FB for hours of operation.

26619 Perdido Beach Blvd. • Orange Beach, AL

251.981.0032

LOCATED BEHIND THE SHRIMP BASKET AT ZEKE’S MARINA ON THE SECOND FLOOR

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Bill’s By The Beach Weekend Brunch This menu available Saturday & Sunday only from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

EYE OPENERS

Mimosa $2 Poinsettia $4 Bloody Mary $5

BRUNCH BRUNCH

Butter Pancakes BananaPecan Fosters Pancake Three griddled pancakes/fresh bananas/ 3 Griddled Pancakes, Fresh Banana slice candied pecans/cream cheese/choice Nutella/Fosters Sauce/Cream Cheese of ConecuhSugar. baconChoice or Deans breakfast Powdered of Bill's Bacon sausage or Deans Breakfast Sausage Biscuit & Gravy S.O.S. (Seafood A Shingle) A southern styleOn biscuit with sausage Sourdough Toast/Seafood Gravy/Choice gravy and two eggs any style of Breakfast Potatoes, Cheese Grits, or Seasonal Southern Fruit Style Surf & Turf Benedict Two halves of a southern style biscuit G.O.B. toppedBenedict with pit ham/wild American Southern Style Biscuit/Deans shrimp cake/poached egg and Breakfast key lime Sausage/Sawmill Gravy/Sunny Up hollandaise sauce—served withSide breakfast Egg. Choice of Breakfast Potatoes, Cheese potatoes Grits, or Seasonal Fruit Croque Madame Our spin the Chicken classic French ham and Sweet TeaonFried cheese sandwich withChicken sourdough bread/ Sweet Tea marinated Breast pit ham/swiss cheese/key lime hol-Bun Coastal Slaw/House Pickles/Pretzel landaise a sunnyPotatoes side up or egg— Choice ofand Breakfast served with Fries breakfast potatoes Sidewinder Seasonal Discount—15% off all food ??? & Grits items on menu. Off season hours Choice of Winter Grillades, Blackened or Fried Thursday-Sunday at 11a.m. Brunch Sat & Gulf Shrimp, or Seasonal Fish/Oakview Sun at 9a.m. Farms Goat Cheese Grits/Sauce Piquant

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• Appetizers • Steamed Seafood • Award-winning Pizza Specialty Pizzas • Pasta • Oysters: Suck ‘em down RAW on the Half Shell or

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Shrimp Pizza • All Meat Pizza • Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Spinach Alfredo Pizza • Chicken Club Pizza • Buffalo Chicken Pizza

10” SMALL

(Mushrooms, green peppers, onions, black & green olives, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese)

Vegetarian Style...................................$10.95 ...............................................$14.95

(Artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, onion, feta cheese, mozzarella & pesto)

Artichoke, Sun-dried Tomato................$16.25 ...............................................$19.25

(Alfredo sauce, mozzarella cheese, shrimp, scallops, mushrooms, onions & broccoli)

Seafood Primavera Pizza.....................$16.25 ................................................$19.25

(Whole slice tomato, bacon, feta, onion and pesto)

Flying Tomato......................................$16.95 ...............................................$19.95

10” SMALL

Papa’s Specialty Pizza

Add Shrimp:........................................$ 2.75 ..................................................$3.75

(Pepperoni, onions, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, beef, ham, black & green olives)

Price Buster Pizza..............................$12.95 .................................................$16.96

(Pepperoni, onions, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms)

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Pepperoni, sausage, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, beef, black or green olive, ham, hot pepper rings, anchovies, extra cheese, fresh tomatoes, bacon, sauerkraut, Canadian Bacon, pineapple, French and ranch dressing.

Our Great Cheese Pizza........................$6.95 ...................................................$9.95 Each Item.............................................$1.30...................................................$1.65

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Papa’s Steamed Specials

Caesar Salad..................................Side $5.95 Dinner ..........................$6.95 add Chicken $1.95 add Shrimp $2.95 Spinach Artichoke Dip ......................................................................................$8.75 Stuffed Mushrooms (3) ....................................................................................$8.95 Oysters Picard (3).............................................................................................$9.95 Garlic Bread (2) $2.75..........Cheese Bread (2) $3.50 ..... Add Marinara Sauce $.75 Boil Shrimp Small (6oz.) $8.25 Large (12 oz.) $13.75 Papa’s Wings With Ranch Dressing (6) $6.50.....................(12) $9.50(25) $16.75 Potato Skins (Choose any three toppings) ......................................................$9.95 Combo Platter: 3 Wings, 2 Stuffed Mushrooms, 3 Skins ................................ $11.50 Nachos -- Best In Town Round 1: Cheese ..............................................................................................$5.95 Round 2: Chili & Cheese ..................................................................................$7.95 Round 3: Chili, Cheese, Black Olives, Onions & Green Pepper..........................$8.95

Rocco’s Appetizers

Italian Garden Salad ........................................................................................$4.75

for complete menu details

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Cajun Oysters (Whooee!) Oysters Alfredo Oysters Fiesta

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Hot Shucks (The Heat is On) Baked Oysters Oysters Rockyfeller Oyster Parmesan

★ Oyster Specialties ★

Oysters

All oysters @ market price Suck em down RAW on the Half Shell..............1/2 doz or dozen Steam em up w/a lil drawn butter & lemon.....1/2 doz or dozen

add Meatballs ............................$1.50 add Sausage ............................. $1.50 add Meatballs & Sausage ..........$3.00

Served With Garlic Bread Seafood Pasta .............................. $13.95 Fettuccine Alfredo.................... $8.95 Baked Ravioli ............................... $11.95 Chicken Alfredo ..................... $11.95 Manicotti ...................................... $11.95 wShrimp Alfredo .................... $13.95 substitute Alfredo Sauce .... $2.00 Lasagna (Papa’s Favorite) ..... $12.95 Italian Combo Dinner.................... $14.75 Spaghetti................................. $7.95

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Papa’s Specialties

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