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Vol. 5, Issue 35


The 2nd Annual Orange Beach Freedom Fest is going to be a patriotic weekend to remember at The Wharf. The three-day weekend will be capped off on Sunday, October 2nd with a benefit concert at the Amphitheater headlined by John Rich of Big & Rich. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

Tickets start at $20 and go up to $35, plus fees. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Folds of Honor, a nonprofit that helps provide families of fallen and disabled service members educational scholarships.

The show will start at 1 p.m. with two patriotic speakers - Ben Walborn, former U.S. Navy Blue Angel, followed by Kevin Lacz, retired U.S. Navy Seal who served with "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and is the author of "The Last Punisher." The music will begin at 1:30 p.m. with local country rock artist Bruce Smelley and then John Rich will close out the festival weekend. 

Tickets are also available at the Wharf Ticket Office in person during business hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and day of the event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


The festival will be held Friday, September 30th to Sunday, October 2nd. It will celebrate America at its best with food, arts and crafts, cars, motorcycles, jeeps and plenty of music that expresses our love for this great country.

Come on out and share in the fun while showing your patriotism and feeling what these United States of America was built on… family values, love of our creator and the military that protect us every day.  


The festival will be held in conjunction with the inaugural Fall Bama Coast Cruisin' event. Bama Coast Cruisin' participants will line Main Street at The Wharf on Friday and Saturday. For those wanting to sign up for the fall car show, visit


Mark your calendar as the planned schedule for Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will include arts & crafts and food vendors, entertainment, children's activities and the fall edition of Bama Coast Cruisin'.


ZZ Top and Jeff Beck will be playing at the Amphitheater on Friday as part of the C Spire Concert Series. Find ticket information on The Wharf Amphitheater website


On Saturday only, The Marshals will hold the 2nd Annual Let Freedom Roar Run and Rally with a motorcycle and Jeep parade around noon, benefitting Youth Reach Gulf Coast. The Marshal group will stage in the Event Center parking lot and in the marina parking lot and lawn. Register at

A Jeep rally is also being planned for Friday. Registration details will be shared in early September. 


On Friday and Saturday, the entertainment lineup includes the following live music on the stage on the arts and crafts side of the festival: 

Friday, September 30th

  • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Tony Brook 
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Dew Pendleton 
  • 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Christina Christian 
  • 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - The Krickets 

Saturday, October 1st

  • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - David Chastang
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Al and Cathy
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Charlie Argo
  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Johnny Hayes


Friday and Saturday will be full of arts and crafts vendors selling a wide variety of wares, including metal artwork, nautical-themed décor, yard art, wooden signs, glass, pottery, jewelry, watercolor art, boutique-style clothing, and patriotic art. A variety of military groups and non-profit organizations will be in attendance.

The food selection will be one of the best at recent festivals. In addition to the restaurants at The Wharf, festival-goers will have their hands full with barbeque ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, Cajun pistols, gumbo, shrimp po-boys, grilled mahi, philly cheese steak, crawfish, oysters, and grouper tacos, among many other selections. Some of the specialty foods will include Hawaiian shaved ice, ice cream, kettle corn, smoothies, boiled shrimp, lemonade and beer, provided by the Makos Academics, Arts and Athletics Club as a fundraiser. 

A Kids' Zone with bouncy houses and other fun activities will be available by the Ferris wheel at The Grove on Main Street. The Orange Beach Police Department is organizing the children's area. 

Adding Bama Coast Cruisin' car show, ZZ Top and Jeff Beck, and the Sunday benefit concert with John Rich to the patriotic weekend mix, it will most certainly be an unforgettable festival at The Wharf. 

Latest News
'Clue: On Stage' set to be performed Sept. 23-25 at Orange Beach Performing Arts Center

The City of Orange Beach Expect Excellence Community Theatre will present Clue: On Stage on Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th at the Orange Beach Performing Arts Center's main stage. Shows on Friday and Saturday will start at 7 p.m. The Sunday matinee will begin at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $15 per person - general admission for all ages. Purchase tickets at


“Clue: On Stage” 

Adapted from the Paramount Pictures film written by Jonathan Lynn and the board game from Hasbro, Inc. 

Written by Sandy Rustin, based upon the works by Jonathan Lynn, Hunter Foster, Eric Price.

Produced by special arrangement with The Araca Group, Work Light Productions, and Michael Barra/Lively McCabe Entertainment.
Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing. (

Group Fitness Class Showcase set for Sept. 17

A Group Fitness Class Showcase will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 17th at the Orange Beach Recreation Center gym.

The free community event will be an opportunity for the public to meet Fitness Class instructors and enjoy 90 minutes of fun showcasing all of the Fitness Classes offered at the City of Orange Beach Fitness Center.

Classes will include Cardio Dance with Barbie Frances and Lauren McCaghren, Total Body Fit with Marquise Elston, Strength & Cardio H.I.I.T. with Lisa Nix, PIYO and P90X with Jane Sims, Zumba with Michelle Murphy and YOGA and Balance, Core & Flex with Carmen Watkins.

Participants will need to bring a towel, mat and a non-perishable item to donate to the Christian Service Center.


Orange Beach City Schools has launched its new website. Visit it at



Congratulations to the Orange Beach Mako volleyball team as they defeated Gulf Shores, 2-1 (25-15, 24-26, 17-15), on Thursday night. See the full story by Gulf Coast Media: Orange Beach Makos prevail for first volleyball win over Gulf Shores Dolphins. The Makos are hosting the Battle at the Beach Invitational today and Saturday. Get your tickets for that at Makos!



The Annual MAAAC Membership meeting was rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 29th at the Orange Beach High School Library.  


Orange Beach City Board of Education 

Upcoming scheduled meetings and/or work sessions:
  • Thursday, September 8, 2022, 4:30 P.M. Work Session followed by 5:30 P.M. Regular Meeting in Council Chambers
  • Thursday, October 13, 2022, 4:30 P.M. Work Session followed by 5:30 P.M. Regular Meeting in Council Chambers
For additional meeting information, go to

Find all of the latest school news on Facebook at: 

The Monthly Community Potluck returns Monday, September 5th at the Orange Beach Community Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 6:30. Each potluck features a guest speaker. Everyone in the community is invited to bring a covered side dish or dessert. If you are unable to bring anything and wish to join the group, there is a $5 charge for the meal. The entrée is furnished by the Orange Beach Community Association, which organizes the event. The September entrée will be a BBQ dinner. New members are always welcome. Dues are $13 for a single member and $25 for a family per year. 


The September calendar for the Orange Beach Public Library is available now. A highlight of the month will be the Wednesday Book Club on Wednesday, September 14th. The book will be "Memoirs of a Geisha," by Arthur Golden. The film based on the novel will be shown at the library from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on September 14th and the book club gathering will follow. 

Baldwin County needs your input

The Baldwin County Commission’s Department of Planning and Zoning is seeking citizen input through completion of a short online survey regarding future growth in Baldwin County.  

Citizens who complete the survey will provide valuable information about the needs and wants for future growth in Baldwin County. The last day to complete the survey will be Wednesday, August 31, 2022. The survey can be accessed here:

The feedback received from this survey will help Baldwin County’s Planning and Zoning Department create a successful guide for future growth that will enable Baldwin County to remain a great place to live and prosper. 
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