Legendary Flora-Bama Lounge plans Alabama Gulf Coast Events

1 May 2015 · Bellator Blogger

Alabama Gulf Coast Events

Established in 1962, the Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar straddles the line between Florida and Alabama, and situates itself partly on our Alabama Gulf Coast. Though it primarily serves two southern states, it has received national recognition. Not only has it been featured in numerous magazines such as Delta Sky Magazine, Outside Magazine, USA Today and many others, it has also received top honors in quite a few “Best of” lists.

Despite being known for its fun, bar atmosphere, Flora-Bama is also a popular spot for families to grab some of the freshest, tastiest local seafood during the day. While it stays open from 11:00 am to 3:00 am, the Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar is kid-friendly until 6:00 pm. The Flora-Bama Yacht Club, which features live music, is kid-friendly all the time and offers casual flip-flop dining – perfect for a meal after a long day at the beach. Flora-Bama is also known for offering tons of popular activities on the Gulf Coast beaches throughout the year. Here are a few of the upcoming events taking place at the popular hangout:

June 5th-7th: Shindig on the Sand

The third annual Shindig on the Sand is a three-day beach concert featuring more than 200 musicians and 70 musical acts. While a complete list of this year’s acts is yet to be announced, past acts have included Billy Currington, the Mulligan Brothers, Taylor Hicks, Banana Republic, Cornbread and too many others to name. While ticket prices have not yet been announced, they were only $40 a person last year – granting you access to all Flora-Bama stages and acts for the full three-day weekend.

June 11th-14th: Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo

The Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo will follow right after the much-anticipated Shindig on the Sand. Billed as “The ‘Funnest’ Fishing Tournament on the Gulf Coast,” the inaugural Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo will boast a number of different categories and divisions, making it possible for people of any age and skill level to participate.

Within the kid’s division, which costs $20 per participant, there will be 10 categories with 1st through 3rd place prizes, as well as a Top Junior Angler award. The adult’s division, which costs $40 per participant, will include 26 categories with 1st through 3rd place prizes and a Lady Angler and Master Angler award. The Competitive Angler Divisions will cost $100 per speckled trout angler and $500 for each boat fishing for king mackerel. Both divisions will have a $1,000 3rd place prize, a $2,000 2nd place prize and a $7,000 1st place prize. The event will also feature an Offshore Slam of tuna, dolphin and wahoo at a cost of $1,000 per boat. In all, the event guarantees more than $160,000 in prizes and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Foundation. For more information about rules and prizes, visit the Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo website.

For those who aren’t interested in fishing but still want to join in on the fun, the tournament will be paired with a three-day beach party ending in the awards ceremony. The event will include daily weigh-ins, a fish viewing area, live music and, of course, seafood!

Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar is located at 17401 Perdido Key Drive in Pensacola, Florida. For more information about the bar and its events, call (850) 492-0611.

Fort Gaines Annual Colonies of the Gulf Coast event on Dauphin Island

2 Feb 2015 · Virtual Results

Fort Gaines Annual Colonies of the Gulf Coast

Fort Gaines will be hosting a special family-style event on Saturday, March 7th. Billed as the “25th Annual Colonies of the Gulf Coast”, the event gives visitors the opportunity to explore life on “Isle Dauphine” as it was during the 1700 through 1800s.

Focusing on the lives of French, British and Spanish soldiers, the Colonies of the Gulf Coast event will feature live actors dressed in period uniforms as they go through drills and fire cannons. During the event, visitors will also have the opportunity to watch an authentic Blacksmith live at work. The event will also host a Pirates show for visitors to enjoy.

Even if you can’t visit Fort Gaines during this special event, it’s still well worth taking a trip to explore the site. Established in 1821, the fort played an integral role in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War. Furthermore, many historians consider it to be one of the best-preserved Civil War era masonry forts in the country. In addition to exploring the fort, you can also explore several other historic buildings – five pre-Civil Ear brick buildings, an operational blacksmith shop, operational kitchens and even a tunnel system that leads to the fortified corner bastions. There are also many artifacts and exhibits on display throughout the grounds – one being an anchor from the USS Hartford, which was commanded by Admiral David Farragut. You might recognize his name as the one who coined the famous phrase “Damn the torpedoes – full speed ahead!” The original cannons used during the Battle of Mobile Bay are also on display.

In addition to exploring the rich history of the area, visiting Fort Gaines will also give you ample opportunity to take in the scenic beauty of the Dauphin Island shoreline. While at the fort, you can look out at panoramic views of Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. There are also public beaches, parks, trails and opportunities for wildlife watching, boating and kayaking.

Unfortunately, this historic structure is at risk. With its location just several feet away from the Gulf of Mexico, the fort has sustained significant damage from hurricanes and tropical storms. It is also threatened by erosion, with ongoing losses of neighboring sand dunes and beach reaching up to 10 feet per year. Due to these threats, the fort was placed on the History Under Siege list compiled by the Civil War Preservation Trust. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has also placed the fort on its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. With the fort under such threat of being lost, anyone interested in seeing the fort should be sure to visit it while it’s still possible.

To get to Fort Gaines, take Route 193 South all the way to Dauphin Island. After arriving on the island, turn left at the Water Tower in order to get on to Bienville Boulevard. The fort is located two miles down the road at the easternmost point on the island. Admission to the annual event is $6 per adult and $4 per child.