January is the month when many snowbirds begin to make their way to the Gul f Coast – and Lower Alabama is a popular destination. Not only does the area providea much-needed retreat from the cold that much of the country experiences during this time of the year, but Lower Alabama also offers many activities that are specifically geared toward those who wish to get away to a warmer climate.
For some, the unofficial start of “snowbird season” begins on the day of the Snowbird Fest. This year, the event takes place on January 10th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf. As usual, the event will feature an extensive lineup of entertainment, but this year will include tribute shows honoring Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball. The festival will also include vendors, giveaways and exclusive deals on dining, golf, rentals and other forms of entertainment. To learn more about the free event, visit the Snowbird Fest website or call 1-800-270-2457.
A number of fun classes, events and activities will also be offered throughout the month to kick-off a new year and the snowbird season. Some of these include:
- January 10th: Better Photos with Your Point and Shoot Camera at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery. Classes are from 10:00 am to Noon and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Cost is $25. Call 251-948-2627 for details.
- January 12th and 19th: Beach Flight Aviation at the Orange Beach Welcome Center. The activity gives you the opportunity to fly over the beaches with a unique trike aircraft. In addition, an informational talk will take place from 10:00 am to noon. For more information, call 251-974-1510.
- January 14th: Meet ceramic artist Steven Dark at the Gulf Shores Welcome Center. The meet and greet will take place from 10:00 am to Noon. Visit http://www.gulfshores.com or call 251-968-7511 for more details.
- January 14th: Learn more about Wild Hearts cruises at the Orange Beach Welcome Center from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Call 251-974-1510 for further information.
- January 15th: Lecture from Gulf State Park Naturalist at Orange Beach Welcome Center at 10:00 am. Learn about sea turtles and shorebirds that are native to the region. Visit the Gulf State Park website or call 251-974-1510 for more information.
- January 17th: “Post-Camera Production – After You Take the Picture, What’s Next?” talk at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery. Learn how to produce professional-looking results from your photos. Classes from 10:00 am to Noon. Cost is $25. Call 251-948-2627 for details.
- January 17th: Editing Digital Photographs with Adobe Photoshop session at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery. Classes are from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Cost is $25. Call 251-948-2627 for details.
- January 19th: Local Author Book Signing at the Orange Beach Welcome Center from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Call 251-974-1510 for further details.
- January 20th: Baldwin County Heritage Museum lecture at the Gulf Shores Welcome Center, from 10:00 am to Noon, to learn more about the culture of the farm communities of early Baldwin County.
- January 22nd and 29th (also on February 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th): Mini Scrapbooking Sessions at The Hangout from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. $20 per person, which covers the cost of craft AND lunch. Visit the Gigi Scrapbookin’ website or call 251-971-2005 for more information.
This list of events is just a small sampling of what Lower Alabama has to offer throughout the beginning of the year. Visit the Snowbird Events page of the Gulf Shores website to learn more about what is taking place throughout the area.
- Exploring Summer Camp on the Alabama Gulf Coast
- Enjoying Family Friendly Events on the Alabama Gulf Coast
- May Brings Crawfish Bashes, Wine Festivals and More to the Gulf
- Enjoy Hot Air Balloons, Mother’s Day Celebrations and Races with Your Pooch
- Enjoying Festivals, Triathlons, Performances and More