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II'S JANUARY... 
and that means we have a slight break between our two major holiday seasons (Christmas, and - of course - Mardi Gras). This isn't to say that our schedule is empty, but we do get a little breather before the Carnival madness explodes.
 
This being the last week of January, our attention is drawn to the final event of the
college football year - the Senior Bowl - which, in true Alabama Coasting fashion,
is as much party as football game. While the players are all here for the most
important job interviews of their careers, the town is set to celebrate - welcoming
coaches, scouts, families, and fans. Players and coaching staffs arrive on Monday
and immediately get to work, but the rest of us get serious about playing.
Whether its scoring tickets to the Welcome Reception or Seafood Jubilee, both
held at the Battle House, scouting practices to find the next star for your favorite
team (real or fantasy), or celebrity spotting at our best restaurants and drinking
establishments, the football party spirit is contagious. To find your spot at the party, or get the full roster of all of the Senior Bowl events, follow the link at left:
 
 "EVERY PLAYER HAS A STORY..."
 
Each year, one of the "unofficial" traditions of Senior Bowl Week is the game's Executive Director, Phil Savage's appearance at the Sunrise Rotary Club. Yes, there is the obligatory post season review of the Alabama Crimson Tide, but the focus is ultimately all on the Senior Bowl. After sharing highlights and stats of the game as a whole, Phil turned to the Seniors coming to showcase their talents. When asked "Who stands the benefit the most?", his response was "anyone that takes advantage of the opportunity", but he did share one of the stories that exemplifies the unique aspect presented by the Senior Bowl format. A friend and alumni of Tiffin University, sent Phil a tape on unheralded, dual-threat, quarterback Antonio Pipken. Only three NFL scouts had been to see Pipken play, but his talent potential was undeniable - and he became the first ever Tiffin Dragon and only third NCAA Divsion 2 quarterback to garner a Senior Bowl invitation. For more stories on the game and its players follow this link:  http://www.seniorbowl.com/news-highlights.php.
 
 
 
 FOOD AND SPORT...
 
Nothing quite captures the "Alabama Coasting" spirit then the combination of great food and great competition - and each year, our good friend, Bob Baumhower, gets Senior Bowl Saturday started right with the Baumhower's Tailgate Challenge. Taking   place in the Ladd Stadium parking lot (where else?), a team of celebrity judges will make the rounds beginning at 930. 
Awards are given to the best in the following categories: Alabama Seafood Gumbo; Alabama Seafood Entree; Wings; BBQ Entree; Reese's Dessert; and Tailgate Party.  Alabama Coasting will be on hand reporting "live" (yes, tough duty once again). 
 
 
Look forward to seeing you all in and around Mobile for Senior Bowl Week 2017!

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Arts Alive! Hands on at the Fair –
and hands on Food Fight.
 
Join us for another year of fall fun at the Fair! Arts Alive! will play a prominent role in the diverse array of experiences and interactive events offered at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds. The upcoming festival takes place this Fall from October 30 – November 1 2015: Fri, 4:00 - 8 p.m., Sat 10:00 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday Sat 10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.. 

And this year features Food Fight at the Fair! Food Fight is an all-ages construction competition and food drive benefitting the Bay Area Food Bank. Displays will be featured at the Greater Gulf State Fair (Oct 30 - Nov 8, 2015). 
 
Pianist Scott Cossu
Don't miss renowned pianist Scott Cossu in concert at the Alchemy Tavern to benefit the Mobile Symphony on November 4th. Reception begins at 6:30pm and the concert begins at 7pm. For reservations contact David Calametti at 251-623-1751.

Oysters and more!
Hangout Oyster Cook-off & Craft Beer Weekend – Alabama Coasting is proud to support this event as the official Coasting Concierge. We’ll be on site helping visitors and hangout patrons get the most out of their Cook-off Weekend. Watch our Facebook page for special promotions.
 
Frank Brown Songwriters Festival.
Join us November 5-15 for an eleven day celebration of song-crafting with performances, workshop and more. Alabama Coasting is organizing a FBISF shuttle excursion for a true Coasting Experience. Details to follow so stay tuned!

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Beginning in 2011, as a living memorial to the heroes of 911, I was honored to be part of a team, led by Ed Murphy, that produced the Mobile Tunnel to Towers Run. The above American Flag image is a mural created by Scott LoBaido at USS Alabama Battleship Park in conjunction with our last event in 2013. This year, our neighbors to the west, introduce the inaugural Tunnel to Towers Biloxi 5k run and Walk. If you're looking for a unique way to commemorate the events of 911 and honor our First Responders - we highly recommend that you check this out. As an added benefit, the 34th annual Biloxi Seafood Festival is taking place a few blocks from the finish line.

Once again, Alabama Coasting is proud to support our friends at the Mobile Airport Authority and the 2nd edition of the Airbus 5K on the Runway. More than 1000 people participated in the 5k, fun run and after party last year - and even more are expected this time around - as the day ends with a community celebration honoring the official dedication of Airbus manufacturing facility. Fun Run starts at 5:30pm; 5K at 6pm; followed by the post-race party and then fireworks and the Tip Tops to end the festivities. Online registration is still available through Friday.

Looking for a little live music to get your weekend started? Check out Lisa Mills LIVE at the Azalea Manor. She's filming a DVD so maybe you'll get a chance to go VIRAL! Click here for more details.

And, speaking of dates to remember - One of the most popular events on Dauphin Island returns on September 16th, as Ryan Balthrop and Friends join locals and visitors to celebrate a Sunday Sunset on West End Beach. The concert begins at 5:15pm and the sunset performs just after 7pm. Admission is a $10 donation to Save the Little Red School House. Bring lawn chairs, coolers, but no glass nor pets.

Go ahead and mark your calendars for Saturday, September 25th! It's the 2015 edition of Bayou La Batre's  Sample the bounty from the Seafood Capital of Alabama prepared by those who know it best. The food festivities are from 6-10pm at the Community Center.

And finally, Alabama Coasting is pleased to welcome some new talent to our team!  Christy Symes Raley has signed up to work for our clients and business partners as Sales and Account Manager. Her email address is christy@alabamacoasting.com Welcome aboard!

 

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Last month, the Gulf Coast "celebrated" the 5 year anniversary of the BP oil spill. Well, we here at Alabama Coasting are celebrating a more positive milestone - as we begin our sixth year of showcasing our slice of the Gulf Coast to the hundreds of thousands of visitors and active locals that are looking for the best places to "Dine, Shop, Play, and Explore".

Here's a quick update on how we're making that happen:

Alabama Coasting Magazine – Our full-color, high-quality magazine, is published quarterly with information on art and culture; dining, entertainment and shopping; sports, recreation and the outdoors; and the "hidden jewels” that help create our very special coastal lifestyle. We're proud to support our lodging partners as the premier "in-room" magazine for the Alabama Gulf Coast as well as providing copies for your guest information areas, lobby "libraries” and for special groups and meetings. Alabama Coasting, through our network of partners, also produces specialty print pieces such as "hyper-local" event guides, programs and themed publications – an area that we’ll be expanding in the coming year.

Alabama Coasting.com and our Digital Community - We go mobile with the full digital magazine as well as our entire website accessible through smart phones and other browser-enabled devices. Alabama Coasting app is a free download for  all mobile devices and provides real time event and music calendars as well as geo-located directories to find the best places to Dine, Shop, Play and Explore. Most importantly, Alabama Coasting.com is a complete SEO website built to maximize internet traffic AND it is also fully mobilized for consistent display on every digital platform. Powered by our partner, DigiPro Media, Alabama Coasting is linked to an ever-expanding network of regional digital communities. Our marketing partners also gain valuable connectivity through the DigiPro suite of products. Directory listings, special event and promotions postings and the most efficient "new media” management tools in the marketplace (including email marketing and e-commerce) are offered through our bundled marketing solutions

Alabama Coasting Marketing Solutions - Through our unique position in the marketplace, our pool of talented professionals, and our years of industry experience, we have the ability to offer an independent, cost-effective platform of consulting services, project management, business development solutions and special event planning. We have been pleased to work with the Mobile Bay CVB, Eastern Shore Chamber, South Mobile County Tourism Authority, the Town of Dauphin Island, Bayou La Batre and a number of independent organizations doing good work along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

What’s up next for Alabama Coasting  - The next issue of Alabama Coasting Magazine will be out in just a few short weeks. Yes, it’s a little behind schedule - but it’s part of a process of retooling all of our resources to better serve our partners and our visitors to the Alabama Coast. Beginning with this issue, we’ll be expanding our content coverage to include more of the South Baldwin County and South Mobile County communities. We’re also adding tools to more effectively "link” our print pieces with our digital offerings. Included in this is a complete upgrade of our website and "app” tools – including a new LODGINGS directory to support all of our accommodations partners. We’ll send out more specifics on this new feature in the near future – along with a brief survey to ensure that we’re doing all we can to assist your success. Finally, in conjunction with distribution of our next issue and our resource updates, we’ll be hosting a series of Hospitality Industry receptions in various locales along the Alabama Coast. Stay tuned.

Finally, THANK YOU to all who have supported our efforts over these first five years. We really appreciate all of you and are committed and excited to continue to be the very best resource for the best of the Alabama Coast.

 

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IT'S FINALLY GODADDY BOWL - GAME DAY!

We hope all you Rocket and Red Wolves fans have enjoyed your time in the Port City - despite yesterday's sogginess. To start your day off right - we offer a few suggestions for brunch/lunch options and then, most importantly, a roster of who will be open following the game. 

BRUNCH/LUNCH TIME

There are plenty of great brunch options in downtown Mobile, but if you've not yet discovered The Blind Mule (57 N. Claiborne St.) now is the time. Their small, eclectic "made from scratch" menu is perfectly complemented by Bottomless Mimosas and zesty Bloody Marys along with the friendliest staff in town. 

Other brunch options include:

In downtown - TP Crockmiers, Cafe 615, The Spot of Tea, and OK Bike Shop. In the Oakleigh Garden district - Callaghan's or Kitchen on George. And in Midtown - Sage Restaurant (with award-winning chef Chris Lambert), Lucky's Irish Grill, and Benjamin's



AND, YES, DOWNTOWN IS OPEN AFTER THE GAME
Whether you're toasting victory or drowning out the bitter taste of defeat, downtown's Dauphin Street is ready to serve you.  While other spots may also be open, we've confirmed the following:
 
Alchemy Tavern (7 S. Joachim, a half block off of Dauphin)
Loda Biergarten (with a late nite kitchen)
OK Bike Shop (with a late nite kitchen)
Moe's BBQ (kitchen closes by 10pm)
 
Regardless of how you spend your day - thanks for visiting.  No matter what the season, it's always a great time for a little Alabama Coasting! We look forward to seeing you again.
 
 

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Mobile, AL—November, 19 2014 The Mobile Aerofest and Mobile’s Arts Alive! Festival today announced that the highly innovative, interactive arts festival that played a key role in the evolution of Mobile’s downtown Arts District will be presenting its annual event as part of the Mobile Aerofest, starting in March 2015.  The Arts Alive! Festival, now in its eleventh year, has become one of the Gulf Coast’s premier celebrations of the arts featuring three days of varied artistic experiences and interactive hands on activities.
 

"The stars have really aligned for us to forge this dynamic partnership with the Mobile Aerofest,” said Arts Alive!’s David Calametti. "As Arts Alive! has grown over the years, we have always been open to new opportunities for collaboration. Aerofest provides us with the ideal platform to continue to showcase local art and organizations to the region and the nation while also enabling us to impact the lives of our nation’s heroes.”

"Mobile Aerofest is thrilled to have Arts Alive! as a founding partner,” said Aerofest co-founder Dave Glassman.  "Arts Alive! and the Aerofest were both created to promote the best of Mobile while impacting our community in a positive and lasting way—together I know we will become far greater than the sum of our parts individually.”

The Arts Alive! Festival will play a prominent role in the diverse array of experiences and interactive events offered at Aerofest.  Wounded veterans and all festival attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of interactive art activities and learn hands-on about creating within a wide variety of artistic mediums.  The Festival will occupy space in the Brookley Village area of the Mobile Aeroplex and will include the traditional Arts Alive! elements of a performing arts showcase, a visual arts show and sale, and a full schedule of musical performances. 

"Our partnership with Aerofest will empower Arts Alive! to greatly expand the interconnectivity that we bring to the community at large by reaching new members of our community and a broader audience in the region,” added Calametti.  "We are very proud of the role that Arts Alive! has played in our downtown development and are excited to be part of the next important chapter in the continuing growth of our city taking place at the Mobile Aeroplex.”

Mobile Aerofest is a multifaceted annual festival taking place at the Mobile Aeroplex on March 20 – 21 2015.  The Festival’s mission is to actively improve the lives of America’s injured warriors through a confluence of talent, vision and technology never been seen before in the production of a live event.