Get Ready for “S’more” Summer Fun at Back to School Bash and Twitter Party, Aug. 14


Gulf-Shores-Smores-300x200If you need just a little “s’more” summer, there’s an event that is tailor made for you and your family this Thursday, Aug. 14 at the main public beach in Gulf Shores. The Back to School Beach Bash, hosted by the City of Gulf Shores, will begin at 6 p.m. In addition to family-friendly music and activities, there will be small beach bonfires and all the fixings for s’mores.


If you can’t make it to the beach, join us online from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and make some virtual s’mores at the #GSOBsmoresummer Twitter Party. Together with a fun team of homeschool and family travel bloggers, we will be talking back-to-school beach fun on the Alabama Gulf Coast. There will be trivia related to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and prizes including beach gear like t-shirts, towels, visors and more. You don’t have to be present to win. Just tweet in and follow along with @Alabamabeaches on Twitter using the hashtag #GSOBsmoresummer. You can even make your own s’mores at home and tweet your photos to show us!


Follow our #GSOBsmoresummer Twitter Party team on Thursday at the following Twitter handles:
Marci Goodwin, Homeschool Scientist
Jordyn Coffin, Almost Supermom
Colleen Kessler, Raising Lifelong Learners
Karon Warren, Karon Warren
Sara Broers, Travel with Sara
Keryn Means, Walking on Travels


Join us on the Alabama Gulf Coast for a whole new state of “s’more” summer fun before the bell rings and school is back in session!


150th Anniversary of Battle of Mobile Bay Explodes onto Fort Morgan, Aug. 1-3, 2014


The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay takes place Aug 1-3, 2014 at Fort Morgan.

Experience a literal blast to the past with your family at the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay. Be a part of this historical event Aug. 1 to 3 at Historic Fort Morgan. Event kick off is Friday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m. with the Artillery Firing at Water Battery. Close out the night while enjoying Civil War-era tunes by Montgomery native Bobby Horton.

Enjoy a full day of activities on Saturday, Aug. 2, followed by a siege and surrender on Sunday. There will be period music and demonstrations, as well as food vendors.

Parking will only be available onsite for those arriving by Mobile Bay Ferry. Shuttle service will be available for a nominal fee. Shuttle service will begin from Pelican Place Shopping Center and Faulkner State Community College, both in Gulf Shores. The cost of the shuttle is $4 per person, each way. Gates will open at 8 a.m. each day. Admission for adults is $10 for a single-day ticket, ages 6 and older; $20 for a three-day pass, ages 6 and older; $30 for a single-day ticket, family of four; $65 for a three-day pass, family of four.

Schedule at a Glance

6:30 p.m. Artillery Firing at Water Battery
7 p.m. Period music performed by Bobby Horton

9 a.m. Commemorative Ceremony and Military Salute
10 a.m. Naval Battle
Noon – 4 p.m. Siege of Fort Morgan Infantry Battle, including sortie and Artillery
8 – 9 p.m. Grand Bombardment with Artillery and aerial pyrotechnic explosions

10 a.m.–1 p.m. Siege of Fort Morgan Infantry Battle including artillery
1 – 2 p.m. Surrender ceremony with a special salute to the colors