May 2015 Event Calendar

 

Ongoing

American Sport Art Museum and Archives

Located on the campus of the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, dedicated to the preservation of sports history, art, and literature. Exhibits spotlight visiting artists on a rotating basis, as well as our permanent collection of prints, sculpture, original paintings, photographs and other arts media.  Free admission.  Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 1 Academy Drive, Daphne.  For more information call 251.626.3303 or visit www.asama.org.

 

Big Brother / Big Sister Mentors Needed

At-risk children at Summerdale School need volunteer Big Brother Big Sister mentors. “Bigs” have fun with a child one time a week, for one hour, on school grounds, during the school year by reading a story, working puzzles, playing catch, drawing, or just being a friend. Professional training and support are provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama YMCA, Inc.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Polly at 251-344-0536 ext. 104.

 

Eastern Shore Art Center

A non-profit arts organization located in beautiful downtown Fairhope, the Art Center houses four galleries with exhibits that change monthly, as well as a gallery featuring member artists’ work for sale. Admission is free. 401 Oak Street, Fairhope.  For more information call 251.928.2228 or visit www.eseartcenter.com.

 

The Exploreum

The Exploreum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. For tickets or more information visit www.exploreum.com or call 251-208-6873.  65 Government Street, Mobile. 

 

Fairhope Museum of History

The museum is full of artifacts from old Fairhope. You can see displays on Clay City, the Single Tax Association and the Civil War. You can also see personal belongings from some of Fairhope’s first families.  The museum is located in downtown Fairhope at 24 North Section Street. The museum is open Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 929-1474.

 

Marietta Johnson Museum

This museum was founded to preserve the oldest school building in Baldwin Country, which was founded in 1907 by famed educator Marietta Johnson.  Known as one of the first progressive schools in the world, the museum includes historic letters, documents, and artifacts from the school’s heyday, as well as biographical information about Marietta Johnson.  To learn more, visit www.mariettajohnson.org.  Open Mondays-Fridays from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Admission is free.  440 Fairhope Ave.  990-8601.

 

Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Weeks Bay Reserve has a free educational interpretive center and two boardwalks.   The Interpretive Center houses a multitude of exhibits, habitat models, specimen collections and a diorama giving the visitor a better understanding about the value of estuaries, diversity of coastal wetlands, and a close-up look at living plants and animals of coastal Alabama.  Admission is free.  Hours are Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. 11300 US Highway 98, Fairhope.  For more information call 251.928-9792 or visit www.weeksbay.org.  

 

 

Friday, May 1

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, presented by Tanger Outlets, welcomes hot air balloonists from across the country. Enjoy the floating works of art as they grace the skies of South Baldwin County on Friday and Saturday morning. Get up close and personal as the hot air balloons and their pilots light up the evening skies at the nightly balloon glows, held Friday and Saturday night. Guests enjoy free, fun entertainment featuring something for every member of your family. Spread out your blanket, grab an ice cold drink and enjoy a variety of live music daily. Be sure to catch one of the many shows by the Disc Connected K-9 World Famous Frisbee Dog Show. Toss after toss you will be amazed as man’s best friend defies gravity catching their prized flying saucers. Grab a cone of homemade ice cream or delicious BBQ plate as you shop through an eclectic array of local crafters, artisans, and retailers. Location: Foley Sports Complex, 18507 US Highway 98 West, Foley.  Friday 2 - 10 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Please visit www.southbaldwinchamber.com for more information.

 

Relay For Life of Eastern Shore

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Location: Daphne High School at 6 p.m. Please visit relay.acsevents.org for more information.

 

Fairhope First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk is a community art and entertainment event that takes place the first Friday of each month in downtown Fairhope and begins at the Eastern Shore Art Center. The event is free and open to anyone. Between twenty and thirty venues are open between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for the Art Walk. Art Walk venues have openings, talks, music, and other special activities, some venues have wine and appetizers.

 

South Baldwin Community Theater presents “The Ransom of Red Chief”

Join us for “The Ransom of the Red Chief” at South Baldwin Community Theatre (2022 W 2nd St, Gulf Shores). Show dates: April 24 & 25, May 1 & 2 at 7:30 p.m.  April 26 & May 3 (Sunday) at 2:00 p.m.

Two extra shows added on April 30 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for students. Please visit www.sbct.biz for more information.

 

92 ZEW Brown Bag Lunch

Join us for 92 ZEW Brown Bag Lunch with Live Music at 11:30 a.m. This music series is in its 5th year at the Windmill Market and it is always a crowd favorite. Grab lunch at one of our three restaurants, get a seat on the outdoor patio, and start your weekend off right.

 

Eastern Shore Reparatory Theatre presents “The Music Man”

Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre (ESRT) will present “The Music Man” for the second annual Theatre on the Bluff production at Henry George Park in Fairhope April 30- May 2, at 7:30 p.m. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and gates to the bluff will open at 6:30 each evening. Patrons should bring their own blanket or lawn chair, and picnics are encouraged. Concessions will also be available for sale. Tickets are on sale now at www.easternshorerep.com and can also be purchased at the gate the night of the show.

 

First Friday Family Night – Bay Minette

First Friday Family Night takes place in Downtown Bay Minette in Blackburn Park (1st and Hoyle) from 5 - 9:30 p.m. Foods Trucks and Kids Activities.

 

Saturday, May 2

Battle of the Bay Canoe and Kayak Race

Battle of the Bay is the fourth annual Canoe and Kayak Race benefiting the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program. It is a canoe; kayak and SUP paddle in beautiful Mobile Bay along with a shrimp and grits brunch at the BLUEGILL, live music, great prizes, kid’s activities and more. See www.facebook.com/BattleoftheBayCanoeandKayak for more details as they come available.

 

Relay for Life of South Baldwin

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers like you, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. And we won’t stop until we finish the fight against cancer! Please join us! Location: Heritage Park, 125 E Laurel Avenue Foley. Please visit main.acsevents.org for more information.

 

Tunnel Vision 5K

Proceeds from the Tunnel Vision 5K will benefit the sight programs of the Lions Club of Mobile. Please visit www.lionsclubofmobile.org to learn about our programs. Saturday starting at 8:00 a.m. in downtown Mobile. (starts at intersection of Washington & Government Sts. near Mobile Public Library). Please visit tunnelvisionrun.org for more information.

 

66th Annual Blessing of the Fleet

The annual blessing of the fleet is Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at St. Margaret Catholic Church (13790 South Wintzell Avenue, Bayou La Batre) from 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on both days. This event will include great food, music, blessing of the fleet, children’s activities, arts and crafts, boat tours, boat parade, a 4 mile and 1 mile race and much more. Admission is Free. Please visit www.fleetblessing.org for a schedule of events.

 

Captain Hook Classic Inshore Fishing Tournament

The annual Captain Hook classic Inshore Fishing Tournament at the Gulf Shores Marina will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Alabama Chapter. Please visit www.captainhookinvitational.com for more information.

 

Peddle to the Treasure for a Cure

Bicycle Scavenger Hunt 9 a.m. - 12 noon. The ride begins @ Orange Beach City Hall 4099 Orange Beach Blvd. (Hwy. 161). 8 - 9 a.m. - Check-In/Late Registration.  9 a.m - Ride Begins.  12 noon - Hamburger/Hot Dog Lunch & Awards! Monies raised benefit American Cancer Society. Individuals & teams will be given a list of sites/things along the trail to be photographed or collected. Points will be assigned for each photo/item. For full details contact - Team Captain - Jeanne Fitzgibbons 251-981-1524 - Cell 251-747-1344 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Wiggle Waggle Dog Day at Bellingrath

Calling all runners and dog walkers alike! Join us for the Wiggle Waggle Dog Day at Bellingrath Gardens and Home benefitting the Animal Rescue Foundation. The day will start with the Wiggle Waggle 5K run (for humans only) at 8:00 a.m. The Wiggle Waggle Walk (with your pup friends) is approximately a ¾ mile walk and will begin at 9:00 a.m., and then pups and their people are welcomed into Bellingrath Gardens for a special Wiggle Waggle Dog Day at Bellingrath Gardens!

 

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

See May 1 for more information.

 

South Baldwin Community Theater presents “The Ransom of Red Chief”

See May 1 for more information.

 

Eastern Shore Reparatory Theatre presents “The Music Man”

See May 1 for more information.

 

Sunday, May 3

MerFaire presented by Poetic Presence

Join us for an immersive celebration of the written word. MerFaire combines the beauty of the Eastern Shore with artistic expressions of local & regional poets, authors, and artists amid the backdrop of the rich folklore that surrounds the sea.  10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the University of South Alabama Baldwin County, Fairhope.

 

5 Rivers Animal Ambassadors Meet and Greet 2-2:30pm, Free. Alabama has one of the highest plant and animal diversities in the United States.  Join a member of our human educational staff and meet one of the local critter inhabitants from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and beyond.  5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.  For more information call 251-625-0814 or visit www.Alabama5Rivers.com.

 

5 Rivers Sunday Matinee “Life Stories”

Come out and join us every Sunday for a free family, friendly film.  The films play throughout the day.  This week’s movie ventures into the wild to explore the fascinating habits that enable different animal species to survive and thrive. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.  For more information call 251-625-0814 or visit www.Alabama5Rivers.com.

 

South Baldwin Community Theater presents “The Ransom of Red Chief”

See May 1 for more information.

 

66th Annual Blessing of the Fleet

See May 2 for more information.

 

Tuesday, May 5

5 Rivers StoryTime: “But I Am An Alligator”

by Lauren Child; 10am-11am

The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers.  Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. This week’s story is a Charlie and Lola story.   Lola has a favorite alligator costume that she wants to wear absolutely everywhere. Charlie tells her she can’t wear it ALL the time, but Lola argues that she can. Who will win this battle? 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.  For more information call 251-625-0814 or visit www.Alabama5Rivers.com.

 

5 Rivers Outdoor Adventure Night

Free, everyone is welcome.  Meet and mingle with local outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy monthly programs.

•  7pm-8:30pm; Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club

•  7pm-8:30pm; Mobile Bay Sierra Club

 

Thursday, May 7

Free Skin Cancer Screening – Haley Dermatology

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Haley offers a FREE Skin Cancer Screening each May open to the public. This year it will be held from 4 - 6 p.m. at Haley Dermatology - 202 Rock Creek Pkwy, Fairhope. For more information, call (251) 928-3844. No appointments - first come first serve basis.

 

Taste of Towns – 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center

Join us for this benefit for the Daphne/Spanish Fort Kiwanis at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. Please call (251) 621-2996 or visit daphnespanishfortkiwanis.org for more information.

 

Cocktail with the Critters

Cocktails with The Critters, the major fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, will be from 6:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. at the Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway. This will be an exciting evening overlooking Mobile Bay.  Entertainment will be provided by the lively inspired sounds of Eric Erdman.  For those seeking more thrills, there will be a fantastic Silent Auction. The Bluegill Restaurant is pulling out all the stops and will be serving fabulous hors d’oeuvres along with tasty wine and beer. A cash bar will also be available. For more information, please visit sealabfoundation.org/cocktails_with_the_critters.

 

Theatre 98 presents “This Day and Age”

Theatre 98 presents “This Day and Age” on May 7-10, 13-17. Performances are 8 p.m. on weeknights and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays at 350 Morphy Avenue, Fairhope.  This sophisticated comedy of modern manners deals with the “empty nesters” greatest nightmare: the chickens coming home to roost. Please visit www.theatre98.org for more information.

 

Shen Yun Performing Arts

Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired. A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops – together creating one spectacular performance. Performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center. Please visit www.mobilecivicctr.com for more information.

 

2nd Annual Fairhope Girl’s Night Out

The Downtown Fairhope Business Association will present the 2nd Annual Fairhope Girl’s Night Out. Ladies on both sides of the Bay are invited to join DFBA for an evening of shopping, dining, and strolling through the streets of downtown. Please visit www.cofairhope.com for more information.

 

Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert

MSYO Concert at the Saenger Theatre (6 South Joachim Street) on May 7 at 7:30 p.m. Please visit www.mobilesymphony.org for more information.

 

Friday, May 8

Annual Fairhope Rotary Steak Cook-Off

All inclusive, all-you-can-eat, rib eye steak, baked potato, tossed salad, wine, beer, and soft drinks, as well as live entertainment by the Tip Tops on Bancroft Street in Downtown Fairhope. Tickets $50 per person in advance and $60 at the gate.  Best of all, it all goes to charity! And the party just begins with the food: you enjoy great music, dancing in the streets, and more fun than is legal north of the Mason-Dixon line! Please visit www.fairhopesteak.org for more information.

 

92 ZEW Brown Bag Lunch

See May 1 for more information.

 

Theatre 98 presents “This Day and Age”

See May 7 for more information.

 

Saturday, May 9

Mobile Symphony Orchestra Presents Russian Romance

Stunning pianist Olga Kern returns to Mobile for the virtuosic and ravishing Third Piano Concerto by Rachmanioff. Glinka’s energetic Russlan and Ludmila and Prokofiev’s First Symphony are also featured. There is no better finale than one with Olga Kern, Maestro Scott Speck and the wonderful musicians of your Mobile Symphony Orchestra! 8 p.m. and May 10 at 2:30 p.m. For information call 251-432-2010 or visit www.mobilesymphony.org

 

Art in the Park – Foley

Join us at Art in the Park, a competitive juried fine arts show for artists across the southeast. This event is held each spring on the lawn of the John B. Foley Park in downtown Foley and has grown to attract thousands of attendees. Over 100 artists showcase their talents while providing unique, hand crafted cultural experiences and shopping opportunities. Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please visit www.foleyartcenter.com for more information.

 

6th Annual Good Life Ride

The Alabama Coastal Foundation presents the 6th Annual Good Life Ride. There are four routes to choose from, the longest being 64 miles. The registration fee is $35 in advance. Visit inATHLETE.com to find out more. Call (251) 990-6002 if you have any questions.

 

5 Rivers Class “Wilderness Survival”

9:30am-Noon, Free, all ages. Join 5 Rivers Educator Tim Cooper to learn about and practice key skills to survive in the wilderness.  Whether you are camping, hiking, or riding through the woods, the best time to learn what to do in an emergency situation is before it happens, and to practice and be prepared with the proper knowledge and equipment to make your trip safe and enjoyable.  5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.  For more information call 251-625-0814 or visit www.Alabama5Rivers.com.

 

Essences Mother’s Day Gospel Concert

Concert begins at 5:00 p.m. at Daphne Civic Center (2603 U.S. Highway 98, Daphne). $25 for general admission; $45 for VIP tickets. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.com.

 

Orange Beach Wine Festival

The Orange Beach Wine Fest is one of the most cherished tickets on the island. Over 120 wines, three live music acts, food from distinguished local restaurants, boat tours of the bay, custom wine glass, custom wine bag, and even craft beer for the un-winies all for only $35 if you buy before the event. $45 to purchase at the gate. The event takes place at Caribe Resort. Please visit www.wavesofwine.com for more information.

 

Theatre 98 presents “This Day and Age”

See May 7 for more information.

 

Sunday, May 10

Mother’s Day Evening Concert – Bellingrath Gardens

Bellingrath Gardens and Home will welcome the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra and their conductor, Rob Seebacher, for the Annual Mother’s Day Concert at 5:30 p.m. on Live Oak Plaza. Guests are invited to enjoy the Gardens and Home throughout the afternoon and then gather at 5:30 p.m. for the late afternoon concert. You may reserve a table for 4 or for 6 to enjoy your supper and the music. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase on Live Oak Plaza; guests may also bring a picnic supper. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day, admission will be reduced to $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12. There is no charge for children ages 4 or younger. For more information, or to make a table reservation, call Bellingrath Gardens and Home at 251-973-2217, ext. 110. Location: Bellingrath Gardens and Home, 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road.

 

5 Rivers Sunday Matinee “How the States

Got Their Shapes”

Come out and join us every Sunday for a free family, friendly film.  The films play throughout the day.  This week’s movie is a clever documentary that blends history, politics and geography to show how America’s states got their current borders.   5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.  For more information call 251-625-0814 or visit www.Alabama5Rivers.com.

 

Monday, May 11

Baldwin County Youth Orchestra presents Music from the Movies

Baldwin County Youth Orchestra presents Music from the Movies. Performing Beginner & Advanced String Ensembles, Baldwin Winds Ensemble. Featuring Baldwin Adult Strings Orchestra and Baldwin County Youth Orchestra. Location: Eastern Shore Baptist Church, 6847 Park Drive, Daphne at 7:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, May 12

REEF Lionfish Collecting and Handling Workshop

6:30-8:30pm. Reef Environmental Education Foundation is holding a workshop at 5 Rivers Blakeley Hall on lionfish collecting and handling.  The workshop will cover the history of the invasion, lionfish biology, ecological impacts, venomology, how to avoid getting stung, first aid for stings, and recommended techniques for collection, handling and filleting. This workshop is made possible through funding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Please note: minors attending should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register at http://www.reef.org/lionfish/workshops/Mobile. Questions? Call REEF at (305)852-0030 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

5 Rivers Outdoor Adventure Night

Free, everyone is welcome.  Meet and mingle with local outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy monthly programs.

• 6pm-7pm; Alabama Hiking Trail Society

• 7pm-8:30pm; Mobile Bay Audubon Society

 

Thursday, May 14

Fairhope Farmer’s Market

Join us behind Fairhope Library on Bancroft St. for fresh vegetables, cut flowers and more. 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays from May 14-July 9.

 

Friday, May 15

3rd Friday Art Walk – Foley

Come join us downtown for a wine tasting and art walk to visit the many shops and boutiques Foley has to offer from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Please visit visitfoley.com for more information.

 

“Shrek, Jr.”

Center Stage Performance Theatre 4-12 grade department presents “Shrek, Jr.”. Performances are Friday and Saturday at Fairhope United Methodist Life Center (155 South Section Street, Fairhope). Please visit www.centerstageperformance.com for more information.

 

Saturday, May 16

2nd Annual Memorial 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Run/Walk for Alabama’s Fallen Heroes

Out and back certified 5K (AL08020JD) course along the Causeway between Mobile and Spanish Fort. One mile run/walk is out of and back in to the Park. Races start and finishes at Battleship Park. 5K race will start at 7:30 a.m.  1 Mile fun run will start at 7:35 a.m. Benefits Blue Star Salute Foundation, Inc. (www.bluestarsalute.org)   Each runner will run with the name of one of Alabama’s Fallen Heroes on their Race Bib and afterwards during activities, they can visit the wall of Alabama’s Faces of the Price of Freedom to see the faces of their fallen service member. Please visit Eventbrite.com for more information.

 

Agricultural Heritage Day

Step back in time and celebrate Foley’s agricultural heritage at Agricultural Heritage Day. As a part of Foley’s Centennial celebration, this one-day event will feature numerous pieces of antique farming and forestry equipment including a horse-drawn potato digger, an antique potato grader and a horse and buggy.  The event will also feature farming and cooking demonstrations. The Antique Tractor Club will also be a part of this event.  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Heritage Park (125 E Laurel Avenue Foley) Please call (251) 943-5559 for more information.

 

Azalea City Smooth Jazz Heritage Festival

First Annual Smooth Jazz Heritage Festival featuring Eric Essix, Kim Scott flutist, David Jones and Band, Leflore High School Jazz Band and Dunbar Middle School Jazz Band.  Historic Fort Conde, 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Contact: Cecil Turk Jr - 251-648-6171 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

City Rhythm Big Band

Join us at 7:00 p.m. and the Loxley Civic Center (4198 Municipal Park Dr, Loxley) for City Rhythm. Music of the Big Band Era for dancing and listening. $5.00.

 

“Shrek, Jr.”

See May 15 for more information.

 

Sunday, May 17

5 Rivers Animal Ambassadors Meet and Greet

2-2:30pm, Free. Alabama has one of the highest plant and animal diversities in the United States.  Join a member of our human educational staff and meet one of the local critter inhabitants from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and beyond.  5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.  For more information call 251-625-0814 or visit www.Alabama5Rivers.com.

 

5 Rivers Sunday Matinee “Nature: My Bionic Pet”

Come out and join us every Sunday for a free family, friendly film.  The films play throughout the day.  This week’s movie is an intriguing look at scientists using prosthetics and other innovations to treat a range of injured animals to give them a new lease on life. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.  For more information call 251-625-0814 or visit www.Alabama5Rivers.com.

 

Sunset Concert at Bayfront Park

The City of Daphne and Catt’s Sunday Jazz Brunch invites everyone to experience a sunset view from Bayfront Park with a soundtrack of big band music. The Sunday Sunset Concerts are a series of three big band performances, timed to conclude as the sun dips below the horizon. Free to the public, the concerts take place on the lawn at Bay Front Park. Mobile Big Band at 6:00 p.m. More information by contacting: Catt Sirten 251-583-1963 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Tuesday, May 19

5 Rivers StoryTime: “Hi! Fly Guy” by Tedd Arnold

10am-11am; The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers.  Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. In this week’s story, boy and fly meet and so begins a beautiful friendship. Er, and so begins a very funny friendship. Using hyperbole, puns, slapstick, and silly drawings, bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold creates an easy reader that is full of fun. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.  For more information call 251-625-0814 or visit www.Alabama5Rivers.com.

 

Wednesday, May 20

Mrs. Bellingrath’s Birthday Celebration

Born on May 20, 1878, Bessie Morse Bellingrath left an unparalleled mark on the Gardens and Home of Bellingrath. Every year, guests are invited to plan a special visit to the Gardens to celebrate Mrs. Bellingrath’s birthday. After touring the Bellingrath Home and learning of how Mrs. Bellingrath amassed the decorative arts collection that bears her name, guests may visit the Bellingrath Gift Shop which will feature a special “Buy Like Miss Bessie” sale! Please visit bellingrath.org for more information.

 

Thursday, May 21

Fairhope Famers Market

See May 14 for more information

 

Friday, May 22

“Sleeping Beauty, Kids”

Center Stage Performance Theatre K4 through 3rd grade age division will perform “Sleeping Beauty, Kids” on May 22-23.  A complete production with staging, lights, a professional set and costuming will be performed at The Life Center at 155 S. Section St. in Fairhope. Please visit www.centerstageperformance.com.

 

Heritage Park Marketplace – Foley

Arts and crafts, plants, vegetables, baked goods and much more from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m! Heritage Park is located at the intersection of Ala. 59 and U.S. 98 in Foley.

 

Music and Movie in Heritage Park - Foley

Live entertainment with Foley Elementary School’s show choir, FAME, and entertainment provided by the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo begins at 6 p.m. “Big Hero 6″ movie begins at dusk on a 40-foot inflatable screen. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and get comfortable for an afternoon and evening of fun and free entertainment in Heritage Park.  Concessions will be available for purchase on-site. Heritage Park is located near the intersection of Ala. 59 and U.S. 98. 4:00 - 9:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 23

Fort Morgan’s Memorial Day Tribute

Historical interpreters, dressed in period uniforms of the United States Army from different eras of the fort’s occupation, will conduct special guided tours of the fortification throughout the day. Also, artillery, small arms, and other demonstrations will show the complexities that have faced the military garrisons at Fort Morgan from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fort Morgan, 51 State Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores. Admission $7 Adult, $5 Senior (65-older), $4 Child (6-12). Please visit www.fort-morgan.org for more information.

 

2nd Annual Gulf State Park Beach Luau

Put on your grass skirts and join us at Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion for an authentic Beach Luau.The 2015 Beach Luau will include live hula and fire performances, fresh Hawaiian leis, an island inspired buffet, kids activities, and more… all on the beautiful sandy beach of Gulf Shores! This year we are doubling our capacity and are working to enhance the island experience even more. 6 - 10 p.m. Please call (251) 948-7275 for more information or visit gulf-state-park.ticketleap.com/gulfstateparkbeachluau for tickets.

 

The Thunder on the Bay: 151st of the Battle of Mobile Bay

The Thunder on the Bay is scheduled for May 23 – 24, 2015 at Historic Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island.

The Battle on Saturday is at 2:00 p.m. and on Sunday it will be at 1:00 p.m. The event “Thunder on The Bay” highlights Fort Gaines’ integral role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Come and experience a living history day for the whole family. Federal and Confederate soldiers exchange artillery fire and infantry sharpshooting during the commemoration of the 151st Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay. Come and surround yourself with history as we depict the attack by the Union Navy upon the fort as they attempt to steam past the fort and into the bay. Be witnesses to the opening of the siege guns upon the fort. Union artillery and infantry will seal the fate of the Confederate garrison by occupying the siege lines as they commence the bombardment of Fort Gaines.  $8 adult $4 children. Please visit dauphinisland.org for more information.

 

“Sleeping Beauty, Kids”

See May 22 for more information.

 

Sunday, May 24

Baldwin Pops Concert

Come out to Henry George Park in Fairhope to hear the Baldwin Pops at 6:30 p.m. Please call (251) 232-1072 for more information.

 

The Thunder on the Bay: 151st of the Battle of Mobile Bay

See May 23 for more information.

 

5 Rivers KID’S DAY Sunday Matinee

“The Croods”

Come out and join us every Sunday for a free family, friendly film.  The films play throughout the day.  This week’s movie is for the kids, but adults will love it too!  When an earthquake obliterates their cave, a prehistoric family is forced to journey through unfamiliar terrain in search of a new home.  But things go from bad to worse for dad (Grug) when his daughter meets a clever cave boy. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.  For more information call 251-625-0814 or visit www.Alabama5Rivers.com.

 

Monday, May 25

Memorial Day: 5 Rivers Presents:

“Alabama Turtles” 

2-3pm, all ages, free. Turtles are the charismatic faces of the reptilian world, and people of all ages seem to love watching and learning about them.  Alabama is a hot-spot for turtles, and we have over 30 different species in our state.  Join 5 Rivers Educator Shonda Borden to learn about how these shelled creatures are perfectly adapted for a not-so-slow paced life. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.  For more information call 251-625-0814 or visit www.Alabama5Rivers.com.

 

Thursday, May 28

Art in the Park at W.O. Lott Park

Come to Lott Park in Daphne from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for petting zoo, animals & sea life, games, inflatables and more.

 

Fairhope Famers Market

See May 14 for more information.

 

Saturday, May 30

Grandma Triathlon

The event begins with a 1/3 mile swim straight out into picturesque Mobile Bay and back beside the Fairhope Municipal Pier. After the swim comes an 18 mile bike ride through the charming city of Fairhope. The ride begins with one steep hill and five miles of rolling countryside. The race to the finish line begins with a 3.1 mile run through the streets of Fairhope and along the Bay. We look forward to seeing you bright and early at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Please visit www.thegrandman.com for more information.

 

Growing Up Wild, Grades 1-2,

“The Wonderful World of Bugs”

We are surrounded by them.  They fly, crawl, hop, wriggle, jump, and dive.  They buzz, click, whistle, and sing too!  They are considered pests, food, annoying, beautiful, and necessary.  Come jump into the wonderful world of bugs with 5 Rivers Educators, and learn why bugs are so important.  Free, but registration is required.  To register, email Shonda at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 251-625-0814.  5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.  For more information call 251-625-0814 or visit www.Alabama5Rivers.com.

 

Sunday, May 31

Jubilee Kids Triathlon

Eastern Shore Triathlon Club will hold its sixth annual Jubilee Kids Triathlon at 7:30 am at the beautiful Fairhope Municipal Pier in Fairhope. Funds from this event will be used to support local charities and promote the sport of triathlon in Baldwin County. This is a SWIM, BIKE; RUN race for kids ages 7-15. Please visit www.imathlete.com for more information.

 

5 Rivers Sunday Matinee “Secret Life of Predators”

Come out and join us every Sunday for a free family, friendly film.  The films play throughout the day.  This week’s movie reveals the hidden, unknown world of predators living in the oceans, forests, open spaces, and on the edge. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.  For more information call 251-625-0814 or visit www.Alabama5Rivers.com.

 

 

Monday, June 1

Master Gardeners Annual Farm to Table

Mobile County Master Gardeners present their 4th Annual Farm to Table Tasting Event. Local chefs, local produce. Non-refundable advance reservations required by May 22. Sent check for $65 to MCMG, 6910 Providence Estate Court, Mobile, AL 36695. Location: Five Rivers Delta. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. For more information, please contact: Mary Ann Days - 251-574-8445 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Daphne Summer Reading Kickoff

Daphne Summer Reading Kickoff will take place at the Daphne Civic Center starting at 10:00 a.m. Please visit www.daphneciviccenter.org for more information.

 

Tuesday, June 2

Tuesday Evening Civil War Twilight Tours at Fort Morgan

Vignettes of Fort Morgan’s Civil War history are brought to life every summer during this hour long tour. Historical interpreters portraying the lives of members of the garrison tell of the events transpiring in the final months of Confederate occupation of the fort. Visitors will hear the growing concern as the Federal Navy strengthens its fleet in the Gulf of Mexico as it prepares to attack Mobile Bay in August, as well as the events surrounding the destruction of the blockade runner Ivanhoe. Every tour concludes with the firing of one of the fort’s artillery pieces with time for visitors to explore the fort in the twilight hours. 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Fort Morgan, 110 State Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores. Please visit www.fortmorgan.org for more information.

 

5 Rivers StoryTime: “Bugs Galore” by Peter Stein 

10am-11am. The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month is StoryTime at 5 Rivers.  Children under the age of 6 are welcome to stop by for a free reading of a nature based story followed by arts and crafts. In this week’s story we have bugs.   Bugs, bugs, BUGS galore creep, slither, stink, and squirm; scurry, fly — ewww, a worm! Dig in as a flurry of bugs of every shape, size, and color crawl across the page in a veritable infestation of whimsy and humor. 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 5 Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort.  For more information call 251-625-0814 or visit www.Alabama5Rivers.com.

 

Dave Matthews Concert

C Spire Concert Series presents: Dave Matthews Band at The Wharf (23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach). Please call 800-745-3000 for more information.

 

Tuesday, June 2

5 Rivers Outdoor Adventure Night

Free, everyone is welcome.  Meet and mingle with local outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy monthly programs.

•  7pm-8:30pm; Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club

•  7pm-8:30pm; Mobile Bay Sierra Club

 

Wednesday, June 3

Summertide Theatre presents: Ring of Fire

The University of Alabama’s professional summer theatre, SummerTide, will bring the man in black “down, down, down” to Gulf Shores during its 12th season. The cast of SummerTide will present “Ring of Fire”, a musical revue by Richard Maltby Jr., and Bill Meade. Inspired by the life and lyrics of Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire” brings universal stories of love, home and family to the stage. The revue features over two dozen songs by Cash including, “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and of course the title song, “Ring of Fire.” June 3-July 3 Tuesday-Sunday at 8:00 p.m. at George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center South Baldwin Community Theatre, 2022 West 2nd Street, Gulf Shores,. Please visit www.summertide.org for more information.

 

Summertime Wonderful Wednesdays – Bellingrath Gardens

Who knew Wednesday could be so wonderful? Every Wednesday, enjoy a special program about Bellingrath Gardens and Home, gardening, local history and nature. Topics include summer gardening, horticultural production techniques and the collections in the Bellingrath Museum Home. Dates: Wednesdays from June 3 – July 29.  Please visit www.bellingrath.org for more information.

 

Thursday, June 4

Glow in the Park Movies – Fairhope

Join us in Fairhope Community Park, Church Street, Fairhope on the first Thursdays in June, July & August for movies in the park. Movies: June 4 “Finding Nemo”, July 2 “The Lego Movie”, August 6 “A Bug’s Life”.  7:30(ish). Please call (251) 929-1466 for more information.

 

Fairhope Famers Market

See May 14 for more information

 

Art in the Park at W.O. Lott Park

See May 28 for more information.

 

Summertide Theatre presents: “Ring of Fire”

See June 3 for more information.

 

Friday, June 5

Fairhope First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk is a community art and entertainment event that takes place the first Friday of each month in downtown Fairhope and begins at the Eastern Shore Art Center. The event is free and open to anyone. Between twenty and thirty venues are open between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. for the Art Walk. Art Walk venues have openings, talks, music, and other special activities, some venues have wine and appetizers.

 

First Friday Family Night – Bay Minette

First Friday Family Night takes place in Downtown Bay Minette in Blackburn Park (1st and Hoyle) from 5 - 9:30 p.m. Foods Trucks and Kids Activities.

 

2015 Coastal Seafood Craze

On Friday, June 5, the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) will hold the fourth annual Coastal Seafood Craze! This event will take place at the Hank Aaron Stadium in their Event Center (755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard, Mobile).  Come enjoy seafood and other ACF supporters anytime between 5 p.m. until 7:05 p.m. when the first pitch is thrown! The Coastal Seafood Craze invites local restaurants to feature dishes made with locally caught seafood.  Gulf Coast seafood is an important part of our local culture, and we need to do everything we can to support and celebrate it. Tickets—which include food, a beverage and admission to the game—are $25 or patrons can pay $40 which would include an individual membership to the Alabama Coastal Foundation.  People can pay for tickets or memberships through the by clicking here.  All proceeds will benefit ACF’s education and habitat restoration programs. Please visit www.joinacf.org for more information.

 

Heritage Park Marketplace – Foley

See May 22 for more information.

 

Music and Movie in Heritage Park - Foley

See May 22 for more information.

 

Summertide Theatre presents: “Ring of Fire”

See June 3 for more information.

 

Saturday, June 6

Summertide Theatre presents: “Ring of Fire”

See June 3 for more information.

 

Dragonboat Festival, 9am-4pm

Mobile’s own local Fuse Project is hosting their second annual Dragonboat Festival!  These Hong Kong style dragon boats are 46-feet long, with 10 seats and 20 people plus a drummer. The competitions will last throughout the day and are fun to see for the whole family.  All funds raised go to benefit local youth.  For more information, see http://fuseproject.org/dragon-boat-festival/.

 

Sunday, June 7

Summertide Theatre presents: “Ring of Fire”

See June 3 for more information.

 

Tuesday, June 9

Tuesday Evening Civil War Twilight Tours at Fort Morgan

See June 2 for more information.

 

Summertide Theatre presents: “Ring of Fire”

See June 3 for more information.

 

 

 

 

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