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Vol. 2, Issue 10

45th Annual Festival of Art  

While any day is a good day to go to the beach, the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach is offering a great excuse to visit Pleasure Island THIS WEEKEND — the 45th annual Orange Beach Festival of Art is set for March 9-10. 

Festival hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is completely free with public parking located at both the Wharf west lot and the Orange Beach City Hall complex. Shuttle service is provided by Baldwin Regional Area Transit System (BRATS) with an all-day pass for $5. Bike riders can park at the Bicycle Village on the Arts Center grounds.

The festival will feature 100 booths of local and regional fine art, plus top-notch acts on the performing arts and music stages. Festival goers may also enjoy live visual arts demonstrations including hot glass and clay.  Savory gourmet offerings will be presented in the Culinary Arts area and children can dive into fun hands-on experiences in the Kids Art Alley.

The reputation of this show continues to grow with its selection by Sunshine Artist Magazine, a national arts and crafts industry publication, as one of the "Top Contender" events in the U.S. The Festival of Art was one of 11 in the nation selected as a "must-see event" in 2018. 

The festival is a fine arts, juried event held every second weekend in March on the joint grounds of the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach and Waterfront Park on Canal Road.

The 2019 music line-up will include Roman Street, Three Bean Soup, The David Jones Band, The All Star Band, and more. Performing artists in multiple genres will be featured on the Performing Arts Stage with acts including Coastal Ballet Academy, Cello Salad, and the Frank Brown Youth Showcase winners Ben Kennington and Maura Hawkins.

Music Stage schedule:

Saturday, March 9
  • 10:15-11:30 a.m. - Jerry Anderson
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. - Three Bean Soup
  • 1:30-2:45  p.m. - David Jones
  • 3:15-4:45 p.m. - Roman Street
Sunday, March 10
  • 10:45 a.m.-Noon - Bitter End Band 
  • 12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. - Poarch Ninjas
  • 2-3:30 p.m. - Coconut Radio

Performing Arts Stage schedule:

Saturday, March 9
  • 10 a.m. - Gulf Coast Jujutsu
  • 10:45 a.m. - Dolphin Sound, Gulf Shores Elementary
  • 11:45 a.m. - Tai Chi with Rio Cordy
  • 12:15 p.m. - Coastal Ballet
  • 1 p.m. - Cello Salad, Della Grigsby
  • 2:30 p.m. - Ben Kennington and Maura Hawkins - Frank Brown Songwriters Youth Showcase winners
  • 3:45 p.m. - Snook Youth Club
Sunday, March 10
  • Noon - Jonathan Crawford
  • 1 p.m. - OB Expect Excellence Program - “Willy Wonka” excerpts
  • 2 p.m. - Mel Middlebrooks
  • 2:45 p.m. - Baldwin County Youth Orchestra, String Ensemble

Culinary selections featured at the festival offer gourmet flair, while still providing plenty of child-friendly options. Feast your eyes on beautifully presented culinary pieces while savoring the rich flavors of the Alabama Gulf Coast. Featured restaurants will include Alabama Coastal Catering (Cosmo’s/Cobalt restaurants), Bleus Burgers, Fin & Fork and new this year, Wolf Bay Lodge.

In addition to the Culinary Arts section, the Specialty Foods Area will include The Meat Mart of Orange Beach, Two Sisters Olive and Grape, Willow Farms and BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets, among others.

Kids' Art Alley offers young festival goers plenty of hands-on fun. Children can dig their fingers into clay and bright paint, enjoy games, watch live demonstrations and take home their own works of art. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and the Orange Beach Wildlife Center will offer children an up-close look at wild animals.

New this year is the incorporation of art from last year’s Best of Show winner as the signature design for the current year.  Best of show in 2018 was Pui Lan Cockman and her beautiful watercolor Koi fish are featured in all festival advertising this year.

For more information and details on how to volunteer for the event, visit OrangeBeachArtsFestival.com, follow on Facebook at Orange-Beach-Festival-of-Art, or call 251-981-ARTS (2787). 

Latest News

City Council to meet Tuesday, March 12th 

The Orange Beach City Council will hold its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 12th, followed by the Committee of the Whole meeting. This meeting was rescheduled from March 5th due to the Mardi Gras holiday. The public is invited. See the March 12th City Council agenda at orangebeach.novusagenda.com/agendapublic.

ATTENTION ALL BOATERS AND WATERCRAFT ENTHUSIASTS: please take the time to watch the video from Orange Beach Police Department talking about the expanded No-Wake/Idle-Speed-Only Zone. Watch the video on the OBPD Facebook page. 

Planning Commission meeting set Monday

The Orange Beach Planning Commission is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. Monday, March 11th for its work session followed by its 4 p.m. regular meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 4099 Orange Beach Blvd. View the agenda for the March 11 meeting on the City Website. 

Greeting from OBMS Principal Smith

Orange Beach Middle School Principal Robbie Smith wants to get the know the community. She introduced herself on the middle school's new Facebook page this week, saying "WELCOME. Hi Mako families! I am Dr. Robbie Smith, principal of Orange Beach Middle 🦈 I am very excited to be a part of the Orange Beach community and can't wait for our school to be up and running! Here is a little bit about me and my family:..." Check out the rest at www.facebook.com/Orange-Beach-Middle-School and "like" the page. 

Mardi Gras in Orange Beach finished strong on Fat Tuesday with the annual city parade down Perdido Beach Boulevard. Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the afternoon of festivities. Kudos to all city staff and city departments that make this event - and many others throughout the city - a success each year. See more photos of Fat Tuesday's parade on the City's Facebook page. 
Makos Academics, Arts and Athletics Club forms 

An exciting announcement was made last week about the formation of the Makos Academics, Arts and Athletics Club (MAAAC).  MAAAC is a non-profit organization that represents and funds the interests of our children at the Orange Beach Middle School and High School. MAAAC’s core mission is to raise funds that directly support and enhance our children’s experiences in academics, arts, and athletics. For full details on MAAAC go to the City Website. 

Boggy Point Boat Launch to close for renovations

The Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources / Marine Resources Division will be closing the Boggy Point Boat Ramp located at the end of Marina Road in Orange Beach at 7 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019 for necessary renovations. Renovations will include the replacement of the existing finger piers and repairs to the parking area. The boat ramp piers need to be repaired before the busy summer season due to their current condition. If left unchecked, the ramp likely would not have make it through a full summer season due to corrosion and erosion. Funding was not available until January 1, 2019.  Renovation activities are anticipated to take place for at least two months; however, weather conditions may impact the completion date. Access to the site by the public will not be permitted throughout the renovation process. See more details on the Boggy Point renovations on the City Website. 

Sand volleyball registration open until March 13 

Following the success of last year’s launch of a sand volleyball league, the City of Orange Beach is now registering for the 2019 Doubles Sand Volleyball season. Registration is open until March 13 and the fee is $50. The league is open to girls and boys, ages 10-16, as of May 1, 2019. Register on the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/youth-sand-volleyball.

 

2019 Polar Bear Classic draws 61 tennis players 

The 2019 Polar Bear Classic junior tennis tournament was held on February 22nd-24th at the Orange Beach Tennis Center and drew 61 players from New Orleans, Birmingham, Meridian (Mississippi), Dothan, Mobile, Destin, and many others cities in Baldwin County and Alabama. The next tournament will be the Century Doubles Adult tournament on March 16th, and the Spring UTR Adult/Junior tournament on April 5th-7th at the Orange Beach Tennis Center. To see the Polar Bear Classic tournament results, visit the City Website. 

OBPD Boats, Buoys & Badges set for April 2

The public is invited to join Orange Beach Police Chief Joe Fierro and the Police Department for Boats, Buoys & Badges from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at West Marine. This will be an opportunity for the public to discuss the 2019 boating season with the police department and marine division. Snacks will be provided. A raffle will be held by West Marine, which is located at 24369 Canal Road.


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HELP IS NEEDED: SPRING 2019 OPERATION RECONNECT WEEK
The City of Orange Beach is pleased to continue its partnership with Operation Reconnect, where military families reconnect with their loved ones after active military duty. Last year, local businesses stepped up to donate services and accommodations for 50 military families in Orange Beach, with the military men and women just returning from Afghanistan. This spring the nonprofit aims to host more than 100 families from April 6 to April 13, 2019.  Anyone who wants to help get involved with Operation ReConnect Week whether that’s donating business services, properties or just being involved as a volunteer, please go to www.operationreconnect.org or call 929-900-6772. Click here or photo above to play video.
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