Calendar of Events
Summertime Wonderful Wednesdays
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582
Dates: Wednesdays from June 4 – July 30, 2014Who knew Wednesday could be so wonderful? Every Wednesday, enjoy a special program about Bellingrath Gardens and Home, gardening, local history and nature. Topics include Summer Gardening, The Bellingrath Collections, Christmas in July and special Children’s activities including the popular Kid’s Kruise.
Meet at the Nature Center to participate in a highly physically active simulation game to learn about the life and survival of Loggerhead Sea Turtles. $1 per vehicle to enter campground.
Guided Pier Walk
Meet our park guide near the concession stand and learn about some of the unique local sea life and walk along the pier.
Butterflies in Flight
Visit our Education Building to take a flight of fancy with nature’s most beguiling creatures. See their miraculous transformation and learn why these delicate insects have long entranced and inspired us. $1 per vehicle to enter campground.
Guided Beach Walk
Meet our park guide at the Beach Pavilion near the fireplace and learn all about our coastal ecosystem. Then, Meander along the shore, with our guide, looking for shells and learn about some of the local sea life.$5 parking per vehicle
Discovering Sea Turtles
Visit our Education Building and learn all about nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtles found in Gulf State Park and along Alabama’s coast. $1 per vehicle to enter campground.
Alligator Slide Show
Visit our Education Building and learn about the alligators of Gulf State Park.
$1 per vehicle to enter campground.
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The Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort Morgan
110 State Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
On August 1-3, 2014 re-enactors from across the nation will commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort Morgan. Friday’s events include artillery firing at 6:30 pm followed by Civil War era music performed by Bobby Horton, a Birmingham, Alabama, native is known for his authentic Civil War recordings performed with instruments from that era. Saturday morning’s events will depict the attack by the Union Navy upon the fort as they attempt to steam past the fort and into the bay. The afternoon witnesses the opening of the siege guns upon the fort. Union artillery and infantry will seal the fate of the Confederate garrison by occupying the siege lines across the peninsula and commencing the bombardment. Saturday evening, the bombardment intensifies with artillery blazing away at the fort and concluding for the day with a grand fireworks display over the fort. This will be one the largest nighttime bombardment reenactment event ever at the fort featuring artillery and aerial pyrotechnic explosions. Sunday morning the guns open fire again upon the fort and continue throughout the day until the fort finally surrenders to Union forces that will include a surrender ceremony with a salute to the colors. The Battle of Mobile Bay is one of the iconic confrontations of the American Civil War at sea. During the three-day event, the fort’s museum will feature rarely exhibited artifacts from three of the fleet of ships engaged during the battle; the USS Tecumseh, USS Philippi, and the CSS Gaines. The USS Tecumseh, an ironclad ship widely thought to be unsinkable, sank during the Battle of Mobile Bay when she struck a mine called torpedoes during the war. The ship capsized and rests upside down northwest of Fort Morgan. Union Admiral David Farragut, lashed to the rigging of his ship, saw his fleet pulling back after Tecumseh went under. That’s when Farragut yelled out his now famous order, paraphrased as, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.” The USS Philippi was set afire by Confederate artillery and destroyed while following Admiral David Farragut’s fleet into Mobile Bay. The CSS Gaines was heavily damaged during the Battle of Mobile Bay and as she took on water became grounded within 500 yards of Fort Morgan. Announced schedule for the events: Naval BattleSaturday, August 2, 10am Artillery FiringFriday, August 1, 6:30pm, Water BatterySaturday, August 2, Noon-4p, SiegeSunday, August 3, 10am-1pm, Siege Civil War MusicFriday, August 1, 7pm, Bobby Horton Performs after Artillery Firing Siege of Fort Morgan Saturday, August 2, Noon-4pm, with Infantry and Artillery FiringSunday, August 3, 10am-1pm, with Infantry and Artillery Firing Confederate SortieSaturday, August 2, during the siege Grand BombardmentSaturday, August 2, 8-9pm, Nighttime event with artillery and aerial pyrotechnic explosions Surrender CeremonySunday, August 3, 1-2pm, Ceremony to include Salute to the Colors Naval ExhibitsDuring all three days – Special Naval Exhibit at Fort Morgan Museum featuring rarely exhibited artifacts from USS Tecumseh, USS Philippi and CSS Gaines, three of the ships that fought during the Battle of Mobile Bay.The boat launch at Fort Morgan State Historic Site will close to all
launchings and retrievals during the commemoration and reenactment of
the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay and Siege of Fort
Morgan. The closure will extend from Thursday July 31, 2014 through
Monday August 4, 2014. In addition to the closure of the boat launch,
the fishing pier located immediately next to the boat launch will be
closing as well. This closure will begin on Thursday July 31, 2014 and
will continue for an indefinite period of time. Closure of the pier is
due to the rising concerns for public safety on the aging pier and lack
of funding necessary to repair both the walking surface and the support
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay Commemorative Day
51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528
The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a fascinating historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Fort Gaines was recently designated as one of the most endangered historic sites in America. The event highlights Fort Gaines integral role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Come and experience a living history day for the whole family.Schedule of Events:Saturday, August 2 – Naval Battle 1:00PMStories of Matthew Brady, Famous Civil War Photographer 2:30PMSunday, August 3rdCivil War Period Church Service 10:00AMStories of Col. Charles Anderson, Commander of Fort Gaines 10:30AMSiege of Fort Gaines 12:00PMSurrender Ceremony 1:00 PMEvents all throughout the 2 day Event:Blacksmithing, Military drills, Cannon firing, and live music byKracker Dan BandAugust 2 & 3, 2014“Damn the Torpedoes… Full Speed Ahead…”
Learn new and exciting facts about some of the animals that live in Gulf State Park. This one hour program is suited for people of all ages and allows you to get close and personal with some of the educational animals at the Nature Center. $1 per vehicle to enter campground.
Weeks Bay Foundation Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race
11300 US Hwy 98, Fairhope, AL 36532
Saturday, August 2 2014 8:00 a.m.- Noon. Registration and check in 8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m., races begin at 9:00 a.m. (Rain date Sunday, July 28th.) Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center under the Fish River bridge on US 98 in Fairhope. Advance registration: $25.00/paddler, $60.00/family. Day of registration: $30.00/paddler, $75.00/family. Family= 3 or more immediate family members. 3.5 mile race divisions: Men’s Solo Kayak, Women’s Solo Kayak, Junior Solo Kayak (ages 13 & under) Canoe, 2 paddlers, Stand Up Paddle Board, Non-Traditional(includes tandem kayaks, pedal kayaks, and any type of non motorized boat not included in other divisions, excluding sailboats)7 mile race division: Pro Solo Kayak (any age and gender)Entry includes lunch, water/soft drinks, a Pelican Paddle t-shirt, and the chance to win awesome door prizes!1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each division will be awarded medals.Your attendance will raise funds to protect the natural resources of coastal Alabama while supporting the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Contact Ryan Wedell at 251-990-5004 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Guided Nature Walk
Meet our park guide at the Gulf Oak Ridge Trail on State Road 2. This trail is ADA accessible and approximately 2 miles.
please arrive a few minutes early
Beach Creature Feature
Beach Creature FeatureLocation: Gulf State Park Nature Center/ClassroomTime: 10:00 AMMeet at the Nature Center to learn about some of the local sea life found in the Gulf of Mexico. If you have something you have collected along the beach shore, bring it along and we will help you to identify it. $1 per vehicle to enter campground.
Snake EncountersLocation: Meet at Gulf State Park Nature Center/Education BuildingTime: 10:00 a.m.Visit the Nature Center to learn all about our native snakes. Bring a camera and get your picture touching a beautiful snake. $1 per vehicle to enter campground.
It’s not Woodstock, it’s Sandstock the Flora-Bama way. Come and hear great music, have good times and eat great food. Music is devoted to Sandstock style music in the Tent and starts at Noon. Customers encouraged to dress up in hippie style threads & will receive free peace sign beads for dressing up while supplies last. Purchase a tie dyed Sandstock souvenir t-shirt in the Gift Shop starting at $19 + tax.
Conde Cavalier Fishing Rodeo
1ST, 2ND, 3RD, 4TH, & 5TH place prizes-all categoriesPrizes awarded in 8 places for King Mackerel and Flounder plus-$100 bonus to 1st state record broken in rodeo categoryEntry fee: $20.00 per person. Optional Jackpot fees: $25.00 per boat (separate tickets)
Owl EncounterVisit the Nature Center to learn all about owls. We will have our resident screech owls out for pictures! $1 per vehicle to enter campground.
11th Annual Thunder On The Gulf
The Gulf Coast Powerboat Association (GCPA) is proud to announce that classic Southern Rockers, The Marshall Tucker Band, will be in concert on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The concert will be held at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. Tickets are $20 for General Admission and $45 for Premier Seating. Platinum VIP Ticket Holders will get in FREE! All tickets are available at www.thunderonthegulf.com . Opening Act – Whyte CapsThe 11th Annual Thunder on the Gulf races will be held on Friday, August 22nd in beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama. We have a full Race Week starting on August 15-24, 2014. Check out our website for more information www.thunderonthegulf.com. Platinum VIP’s will view the races from the luxurious Penthouse at Turquoise Place, 30 stories above the race course. The VIP tent will be set-up on the beach at the Island House Hotel, the Official Host Hotel of Thunder on the Gulf. Race Fans will experience the exhilaration up-close and personal. Bring the family for an exciting, memorable day at the beach. Viewing the races beachfront is free to the public. Races begin at 1pm and 3pm. PENSACOLA ~ That’s right, two races one weekend!!! You will not want to miss the INAUGURAL ThunderRun Super Boat Grand Prix Championship, a family-friendly event that can be viewed from the shores of Pensacola Bay at Maritime Park. The public is also welcome to view the races from their favorite restaurant/bar, Nick’s Boat House. At our exciting VIP Tent located at Plaza de Luna, there will be a catered buffet lunch. Feel like a VIP’s and view the races from Jaco’s Bar and Grill, which is also located at Plaza de Luna. VIP passes can be purchased on our website www.thunderonthegulf.com. Race Village opens from 10am-5pm on August 23 and from 10am-5pm on August 24, 2014. VIP Areas are open at 11:00 am. Races begin at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. There will be a Boat Parade, Street Party, Vendors, Entertainment, and much more during this 2-day event. There is a one-time $5.00 entry fee for Race Village for adults and children over 15. Your wristband allows for entry and reentry for the weekend. Viewing the races is free to the public.
27th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup
Show your support and concern for Alabama’s waterways by participating in the 27th Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup. You or your organization can make a difference by volunteering to clean up our cherished coastal area. On the day of the event, come prepared with sunscreen, a hat, gloves, shoes and lots of water. It gets HOT! If you, or your organization, is interested in participating please check online for locations and listed Zone Captain.
Our visitors love Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and all that makes Alabama’s Gulf Coast such a special place. Many decide to become a part of the community while they are here. If you, your family or your group have some time and want support one of our community organizations we’d love to have you with us, working side by side to build an even better community. The following organizations would welcome your participation.
The Alabama Coastal Cleanup engages citizens to remove trash and debris from the gulf coast beaches and waterways, to identify the sources of debris, and to, ultimately, change the behaviors that cause pollution. This event is held on the third Saturday in September at various locations throughout Baldwin and Mobile Counties.
Type of projects: Debris pick-up and organizational assistance needs vary by zone.
Group size: Group size varies according to the Cleanup Zone.
The 11th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
450 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL 36532
We offer expertly guided trips by foot and on boat to prime birding locations on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail. Our location on the northern Gulf Coast makes this area a major stopover for migratory birds from all over North America—and so fall is a great time to add all sorts of species to your life list.The free Bird and Conservation Expo October 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of Faulkner State College in Fairhope, offers hands-on fun and activities for kids of all ages with live raptors and snakes and displays and exhibits from conservation organizations, vendors, artists, and divisions of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Come see us in October! Learn more about birding, add to your life list, and meet other birders as we welcome the fall migration!
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