November 17, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Tomorrow night (Thursday) Tacky Jack's is hosting a big party with live music from the Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival. The Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber members will be there for their monthly After Hours party and Orange Beach locals will be there with their weekly Gathering. There will be lots of great fun and eats.
Updated November 19, 2010 - Lots of locals showed up for the party at Tacky Jacks in Orange Beach.
November 16, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Tonight's Orange Beach City Council Meeting will began at 5:00pm. The meeting tonight is a committee of the whole (C.O.W.) meeting. When the meeting begins, the player below will start the live stream.
A replay of tonight's council meeting is now available. Click on the link below for the Agenda and video.
November 15, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - On November 20, the Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum building will be celebrating 100 years. From 10am to 2pm, one can enjoy light refreshments, music and good company and relive the history of Orange Beach by touring the museum. At 11am, local luminaries will be sharing their memories of the building in its many incarnations and the olden days of Orange Beach.
In 1910, the Orange Beach Schoolhouse was built on Canal Road, near where the 1st Baptist Church sits now. The building then subsequently served as a church and a community house before its current inception as the museum, which opened in 1995, after being moved to Snell Park off of Wilson Boulevard. In 1999, the building was moved again to its current location by City Hall and the Post Office.
November 15, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Effective November 15, 2010 at 6 p.m. eastern time (5 p.m. central time), NOAA will reopen 8,403 square miles (21,764 sq km) of area it had previously closed to commercial and recreational fishing in the Gulf of Mexico in response to the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The area closed to all fishing now measures 1,041 sq mi (2,697 sq km). All commercial and recreational fishing including catch and release is prohibited in this closed area. Transit through the closed area is allowed. The next federal re-opening priority is to open the remainder of the closed area, immediately surrounding the Deepwater Horizon/BP wellhead.
November 11, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - WOW! What a night! Tipseas Steam Shack was packed out with people enjoying the tunes being banged out by the Honky Tonk Angels. The North Shore Grill (aka Hula Hula Tiki Bar) looked fantastic with its new face-lift including a brand new tiki stage. Rick and Lea Ann rocked the tiki stage. The Silver Moon featured songwriters Joe Sun, Moe Monsurrat and local favorites Johnny B and Cathy Pace... And to think this was the pre-launch?
Photos of the pre-launch kick off party from Tipseas, Northshore Grill & Silvermoon
November 10, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Enjoy a one of a kind experience making Christmas ornaments this holiday season under the direction and guidance of glass artist, Sam Cornman, of The Hot Shop at The Orange Beach Arts Center. This is a perfect family outing for all ages and the take-away is truly delightful: a hand blown glass ornament in your color choice. Children are welcome and encouraged to experience magic happen as they see their breath forever captured in glass. Age 8 and up can work with the glass artists. Younger children accompanied by a parent or guardian can assist with the glass creation. The Hot Shop is one of only a few public access glass blowing studios in the southeast and a tremendous benefit to our Gulf Coast community.
The ‘Make Your Own “Ornament’ cost is $20 and takes between 10 to 20 minutes. Blow three or more ornaments and receive a 15% discount.
November 10, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Coloring pages about freshwater fish and their habitat are now available from www.outdooralabama.com, the website for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR).
Alabama has more than 300 types of freshwater fish. The numerous types of freshwater habitats, the high number of river basins, Alabama’s five geological provinces, and the high rainfall in Alabama contribute to a diversity of freshwater organisms. Links to the coloring pages may be found at, www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/fish/link.cfm.
Submitted by Bill K. Bugg, Jr., Gulf Coast Business Support Center
November 9, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Business Support Center is offering a Workshop designed to help businesses survive, sustain and succeed on Tuesday, November 23, from 8:30 until 11:30 AM at the Gulf Shores Campus of Faulkner State Community College in the Culinary Institute.
“Crank Up Your Business” will be a Hands-on Workshop offering six different Round Table Discussions throughout the morning that can benefit both seasoned businesses and individuals considering a new start up business. Each Round Table will focus on a core business fundamental and will be led by a local business professional experienced in that industry. Participants will be able to take part in any, or all, of the Round Tables to discuss the latest trends and opportunities.
November 9, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Tonight's Orange Beach City Council Meeting will began at 5:00pm. The meeting tonight is a committee of the whole (C.O.W.) meeting. When the meeting begins, the player below will start the live stream.
A replay of tonight's council meeting will be available shortly after the completion of the live stream.
November 8, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Tonight's Orange Beach Town Hall Meeting will began at 5:30pm and run until. Mayors Tony Kennon & Robert Craft provided an update on their recent meeting with Kenneth Feinberg.
In addition to the update on the claims process, representatives from the Coastal Recovery Commission of Alabama provided an update on their progress.
For more information about the Coastal Recovery Commission visit their website at: www.crcalabama.org.
November 7, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The State of Alabama, in conjunction with the other Gulf Coast States and various federal agencies, are conducting a Natural Resource Damage Assessment meeting concerning the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Thursday November 11, 2010, from 6 - 8 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center Tensaw Theater, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, Ala., 36527.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will be hosting this meeting along with the Geological Survey of Alabama, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The public is invited to attend and learn about the fundamentals of the Natural Resource Damages Assessment process, which will serve as a starting point for determining the restoration needs facing the Gulf Coast. Information about opportunities for public involvement as the oil spill recovery effort moves forward will be discussed.
November 7, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The 26th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival begins Thursday, November 11th and runs through the 21st. This years' Festival includes over 150 songwriters and musicians from all over the world. During this exciting 11 day festival, performers will play at 25 venues in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Perdido Key and Pensacola (venue map). Performers scheduled for this year's Festival include Grammy Award winning songwriters and the up and coming stars of tomorrow. Many of the songwriters are not household names, but their songs are.
The Festival began in November of 1984 and grew slowly each year until 1996. By 1996 word had spread throughout the country that the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast was the place to be for songwriters to gather, collaborate, and give birth to new music. The year 1996 seemed to be the turning point where the Festival grew from a small gathering to so many songwriters that many had to be turned away.
November 4, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Orange Beach Art Center has a lot of events planned for the holiday season and for the new year.
Nov 13th Arty Party Tail Gate Bash
This event begins on Nov 12th with discounts, demonstrations and ‘open house’ at 10 Canal Road Art Merchants:
M II Interiors @ The Warf, Caribe Interiors, Merrill Miller Interiors, Posh Interiors, Prosperous Pelican, Gulf Island Gallery, Wall Décor, Artists Gallery, World Wide Interiors and The Orange Beach Arts Center.
Free raffle drawings for fabulous artwork valued at $200-$300.
The event concludes bay side at The Orange Beach Arts Center Saturday evening at 6 pm with a tail gate party featuring bluegrass music, great food and drinks and the raffle drawing. This is a great time to get a jump on your Christmas shopping!
Nov 19th Hot Glass/Cold Drinks
A fun, casual event featuring one-of-a-kind glass blowing demonstrations by Hot Shop glass artist, Sam Cornman. With the purchase of an exclusive hand blown drinking glass wine and beer are available at no charge. As always nonalcoholic drinks are complimentary. Visit the gallery, hang out at The Hot Shop…stop by before or after dinner. This is a family friendly event. The Hot Shop is Alabama ’s only public access glass blowing studio.
November 2, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - On Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, 2010, Alabama State Parks will waive park entrance fees for veterans as a way of honoring all living Americans who have served their country in a branch of the U.S. Military. Anyone who indicates they are a veteran will be admitted into the park day use areas without charge on Thursday only. No identification will be required.
“This is just a small tribute to those who have helped give us the freedom to enjoy our way of life,” Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Barnett Lawley said. “We are deeply grateful for their service to our country.”
Volunteers Needed for Biggest Florida Beach Walk and Photo Fest Ever
Submitted by Kris Thoma
November 2, 2010 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Perdido Key and Pensacola Beach Florida volunteer organizations and beach-lovers are invited to join the Great VISIT FLORIDA Beach Walk, coming this Saturday, Nov. 6, when Floridians rally to celebrate the Sunshine State’s sandy shores and show the world – with photos from each of the 825 miles – that Florida’s beaches are as wonderful as ever.
Volunteers can register now at to walk a beach mile and upload a photo. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at:
www.VisitFlorida.com/beachwalk, but volunteers are encouraged to register earlier.