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MISSISSIPPI COAST OBSERVER AUGUST 2013
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    STRUMILA PUBLISHING Mailing Address PO BOX 1334 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 (251) 504.1001 OFFICE www.coastobserver.com Coast Observer Virtual www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/ GulfCoastObserver/current/ Search: Alabama Coast Observer OBSERVER STAFF Cheli Strumila Editor/ Owner / Graphic Design cheli@coastobserver.com Ben Fant Graphic Design Robert Baudier Photographer WRITERS Kelly Lott Restaurant Reviewer kelly@coastobserver.com Kelli Parris Attractions & Bar/Nightclub Writer kelli@coastobserver.com Christine Cramer Lifestyle/Historian Writer christine@coastobserver.com Bryan Bennett Fishing/Outdoor Writer bryan@coastobserver.com ADVERTISING SALES Kelli Parris Advertising Rep kelli@coastobserver.com Coast Observer strives to provide a very accurate informative publication. At times entertainment listings change and mistakes are made by Human Error...or they are put there for those of you looking for error...if this happens we apologize but are not responsible for any typographical errors that occur or changes in listings. The contents of Coast Observer may not be reproduced in any form without written permission by the Publisher and Owner, Cheli Strumila. All rights reserved. If you have anything you would like listed in Coast Observer, any stories or poems that uplift the spirit, or if you have any ideas you think would interest the rest of our readers, we are always open to new ideas!! This is your paper too!! This Month’s Features w Florabama Yacht Club w The Shed on Food Network w Papa Rocco’s w SEC Beachfest Adventures & Watersports Page 6 w Beach Services w Boat Rentals w Fishing & Charter Boats w Kayak & Canoe Rentals Attractions Page 8 w Amusement Parks w Bazooka Ball & Laser Tag w BiPlanes w Dolphin Cruises Dining Heeelllloooo Gulf Shores Orange Beach & Foley!! Ok, what happened...I just blinked and summer was over, back to school sales are in full force...what happened to the good ole’ days when it seemed that summer lasted forever? Well good thing we live in paradise and it feels like summertime long after all the kids go back to school!! What a pleasant surprise we had when we were invited to come enjoy the new addition to the Florabama family ‐ Florabama Yacht Club, that opened the weekend of the infamous Mullet Toss!! We didn’t know what expect when we saw “Yacht Club” in the name, but we were so excited when we pulled up and saw that they carried on the same casual atmosphere that Florabama is known for!! What we didn’t expect was the incredible 5‐Star dishes that we would be presented with!! Make sure you check out our feature and pics of the new Florabama Yacht Club in this month’s restaurant feature!! We no doubt have found a new fav for us to hang out and dine at!! All you college sports fans are gonna have a Big treat this month as many SEC Coaches and Players visit our beautiful Alabama coast for the 2nd Annual “SEC Beachfest!!” Special events, beach concerts, meet/greets will make this a fun time for the entire family and you’ll wanna make sure to join you’re other alumni at the many special Happy Hours and Golf tournaments they have planned!! Always a coast favorite, Papa Rocco’s may say they have “Warm beer and lousy pizza,” but we all know better!! We’d put Papa’s pizza up against some of the Best Italian pizza makers in the world and the beer is Always Ice Cold!! With the upcoming football season, we thought we’d reshare w Check out our Review on Florabama Yacht Club w Tacky Jacks Summer Series w Ghost of Happy Harbor w Reachin’ Inside to Touch Your Soul w Paddleboard Rentals w Parasailing w Sailing w Waverunner & Jet Ski Rentals w Go Carts w Hot Air Balloon Rides w Miniature Golf w Zoo w Dine at our Restaurant Advertisers Golf Courses Page 15 Museums & Historic Sites Page 15 with you what makes Papa Rocco’s such an icon of our Alabama Coast!! We ran a story earlier this year about the “Ghost of Happy Harbor.” Since we ran it so early in the year, we thought that there were many who might not have heard the story yet, and with such huge crowds coming for many big events in August, we thought we’d reshare the story with some new readers. In speaking with Happy Harbor, we’ve heard that it’s been quite on the ghost front lately, but that doesn’t mean that she isn’t still hanging out!! When I started my first publication, MS Coast Observer, 14 years ago, I was so honored to become part of the family known as “The Shedheads!!” The Orrison’s have always been like a 2nd family to me!! It was through the years of watching them expand to Mobile, AL, Destin, FL, Gulfport, MS, and many other locations that gave me the courage to get out of my comfort zone and launch the Alabama Coast Observer that you are reading today. That is why I wanted to share with you their new reality show that will be airing on the Food Network on August 5th at 9pm. I think you’re gonna love this family as much as I do, and if you haven’t had some Shed BBQ, make sure you stop by the next time you’re in Mobile or over in Ocean Spring, MS!! So what are you waiting for...Get out & have some fun and enjoy everything that life and Gulf Shores / Orange Beach / Foley has to offer!! I know I’m going to, so I’ll see ya there!! Until Next Month ... Cheli PS...Don’t forget to join our facebook page www.facebook.com/alcoastobserver or download our smartphone app for more updates and to post your fun & exciting events!! And you can always check out our most current issue virtual on the web by going to our website coastobserver.com and clicking on “Alabama Coast Observer” cover. Alabama Coast Observer w August 2013 w 3

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    Gulf Shores, AL­­If you are looking for some afternoon fun this summer then look no further than Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores. The Summer of Fun series will feature different events to include regional artists, local organizations, and musicians each Tuesday through Friday. A monthly schedule of events is online at www.tackyjacks.com. Tuesdays Hands on Habitat is a fun and educational hands on nature series presented by Ocean Camp, Gulf State Park Nature Center, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, and Down Under Dive Shop. Kids & adults alike can learn about our ecosystem and interact with the animals that live here with us. The event is free for all ages from 11am­12pm (arrive 15 minutes early), no RSVP required. Wednesdays Art al Fresco “A hands on lunch & learn for starving artists of all ages” Create different works of art & crafts every Wednesday this summer. Painting with Larry Rackley, Clay with Steve Dark, and master the art of Ductigami (that’s duck tape origami for Presents a Summer Series of Art and Nature Events, Beach Games, and a Waterfront Oyster Bake those that don’t know), and enjoy a special live chainsaw art demonstration by Jeff Wheelock. All ages lunch & learn every Wednesday 11am­ 12pm (arrive 15 minutes early) RSVP required in advance, includes lunch, fee: child or adult pricing depends on project, free for spectators. Thursdays Coast 360 Beach Games is all about a little friendly competition. Kid’s ages 6­11yrs compete every Thursday this summer in relay races, challenges, and brain teasers! All participants get a free lunch from Tacky Jacks, plus prizes for the winners! Parents can compete in a friendly game of water balloon dodgeball for prizes! Event is free for ages 6­11yrs every Thursday from 11am­ 12pm (arrive early to ensure availability). Fridays Oyster Bake Fridays invite you to start your weekend early every Friday from 11am­4pm this summer. Enjoy a waterfront outdoor oyster bake with live music, corn hole, sand pile, fun and games for the whole gang! Create your own oysters grilled to perfection for $1 each, drink specials offered.

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    A Orange Beach Sailing Adventure 4575 S Wilson Boulevard Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.SAIL (7245) www.sailob.com Gulf sailing adventures specializing in family day trips and romantic sunset getaways. Come experience true offshore sailing just 10 minutes from our dock! Located at Hudson Marina. ABC Parasail 26651 Perdido Beach Blvd. East Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.8877 www.abcparasail.com Float high above beautiful coastal Alabama waters. Visit our website for complete details. Action Charter Service 888­558­3889 www.FishEmeraldSpirit.com www.ActionCatCharters.com As local family owned boats, our personalized customer service and southern hospitality excel. Capt. George and his lifetime passion for fishing (and catching) is unsurpassed. We are consistently rated 5­star in every category by our customers. We provide year round fishing trips from 4 to 48 hours to meet your wants, needs and budget. Visit our Facebook page for specials or call toll free any time to book your Reel Fun! Alabama Kayak Adventures 251.379.5143 www.Alabamakayakadventures.com Kayak the Gulf Coast with Alabama Kayak Adventures Inc. Paddle inshore waters and discover native wildlife, or hook the big one on an inshore or gulf fishing trip. "get the paddling you deserve". Alabama PaddleSports 251.279.0703 www.alabamapaddlesports.com Alabama PaddleSports is a delivery only, kayak and stand up paddleboard rental company that offers the Gulf Coast area the best in paddlesports delivery. Bad Habit Charters 23650 Cotton Bayou Drive Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.6899 48' Newton, air conditioned, three bedroom, two bath enclosed salon on board cooking facility. BeachnRiver Kayak Rentals 18743 Keller Road ­ Foley, AL 36535 251.971.8359 beachnriverkayakrentals.com Offering single and double sit­on­top kayaks for self­guided still water floats from a shaded, onsite shallow launch at river's end of the cool, clear, spring­fed waters of the Bon Secour River located just 10 min from Gulf Shores beaches. Blue Reef Watersports­Parasail 27075 Marina Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.504.7411 www.bluereefwatersports.com Group discounts. Your premier watersports activity center. Offering Parasailing, Jet Ski rentals, 2­hour guided jet ski tours and Dolphin tours. Call for reservations. Serving Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Perdido Key. Chute em up Parasail 27212 Marina Rd Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.7673 Have a birds­eye view of the beautiful gulf coast aboard the largest most comfortable parasail boat. Longest flight time. Bring your cooler! Down Under Dive Shop 1129 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.968.3483 www.downunderdiveshop.com Specializing in exciting scuba charters, guided snorkel trips, PADI and NAUI instruction, exotic group trips, equipment repair, and an excellent selection of quality scuba equipment. Gary's Gulf Divers 27844 Canal Rd. Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.747.6563 www.gulfdiver.net We are a full­service scuba diving center. We offer rental gear and charter boats for scuba trips, scuba training, spearfishing trips, snorkeling and much more. Located at Sportsman Marina. Gulf of Mexico Trips 1577 Hwy 180 Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.540.2628 www.gulfofmexicotrips.com We offer a fleet of rental boats and watercraft including pontoon boats, jet skis, kayaks, surfboards and bicycles. In­shore and deep sea fishing charters and scuba diving charters are both available. Gulf Shores Beach Rentals 3873 Gulf Shores Pkwy Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.609.4577 Toll Free: 888.896.9854 www.gulfshoresalbeachrentals.com For all your vacation needs! We Deliver: Beach Chairs/Umbrellas, Kayaks, Bicycles, Grills, Baby Equipment and much more! Call today to set up a reservation! Happy Harbor Water Sports at Sun Harbor 27212 Marina Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.6111 www.happyharbors.com Pontoons with slides, waverunners, craigcats, run­a­bouts, kayaks, bikes and more! Ships Store, Fuel Dock and boat storage.. Hudson Marina 4575 S Wilson Boulevard Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.4127 Toll Free: 877.783.3474 www.hudsonmarina.net At Hudson Marina you can experience it all. Fishing, dolphin cruises, dinner cruises, jet ski and pontoon boat rentals. You will have fun here year round! Ike's Beach Service, Inc. 800 West Beach Blvd Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.948.3757 www.ikesbeachservice.com Beach chairs, umbrellas, full size cribs and beach wheelchairs, kayaks, high chairs, roll away beds. Lucy L Charters 26350 Cotton Bayou Drive Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.454.6693 www.lucylcharters.com It's all about you! Fish, fun, family and friends. We take up to six people. The boat offers the luxuries of home. We offer fishing trips, sunset cruises or design your own trips.. Orange Beach Parasail 26619 Perdido Beach Blvd Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.8359 www.obparasail.com Up to 2 passangers can ride at the same time! Experience the thrill of a sky high ride over the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach Our boat ­ Six Chute'R is docked @ Zeke's Marina Perdido Beach Services 25328 Canal Road Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.981.4807 www.perdidobeachservices.com Lounge chair and umbrella rentals. Delivery of beach equipment to private homes and condos. Water sports rentals: Kayaks, Sailing, Boogie Boards, and Sunscreen product sales. Perdido Key Parasail 401 East Beach Blvd. Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.948.7433 www.perdidokeyparasail.net From 800 feet in the air, enjoy spectacular views of our emerald waters and stunning beaches. We offer Jet Ski and Banana Boat rides. No trip to the beach is complete without a stop at Perdido Key Parasail. Sea Rocket 27212 Marina Rd Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.923.9862 Cruise the scenic gulf coast and intracoastal waterways. Dolphin tours. We'll pick you up. Shoreline Pontoon Boat Rentals 251.989.2205 Toll Free: 877.637.9527 www.pontoonboatrentals.com Boats are delivered to the customer at a boat launch within a 20 mile radius of Foley. Very nice, clean and maintained boats. Must be 21 years or older to rent or operate. Sky High and Pleasure Island Parasail at SanRoc Cay 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.946.9000 www.pleasureislandparasail.com Independently owned and operated, Pleasure Island Parasail is your one stop beach destination for Jet Ski rentals, beach chair rentals and world class parasailing adventures.Two Locations: Pink Pony Pub and San Roc Cay Marina. Wahoo Water Sports 29603 Perdido Blvd Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.979.0150 www.wahoowatersports.com Waverunners, pontoon boats, and dolphin cruises. Open 9 a.m.­ 6 p.m. Seven days a week. Located at Flora­Bama 6 w August 2013 w Alabama Coast Observer

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    Adventure Island 24559 Perdido Beach Boulevard Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.974.1500 www.adventure­island.com Rides and thrills for entire family! Mini­golf, bumper boats, gokarts, paddle boats, and lazer tag arena. Kiddie rides and 100+ arcade games. See the 5­story volcano erupt nightly! Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.968.5731 www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.org Explore the natural habitats of more than 400 animals. Elevated viewing decks offer close­up viewing of everything from alligators to wallabies, plus Reptile House, Aviary, Petting Zoo, Gift Shop, Concessions, shaded picnic area. LIONS, TIGERS AND BEACH. OH MY! Alligator Alley 19950 County Road 71 Summerdale, AL 36580 251.946.BITE (2483) www.gatoralleyfarm.com See over 150 alligators in their natural environment with an opportunity to feed them! Meet Captain Crunch, the world record holder for bite strength­he's over 13 feet long! Enjoy bird watching and a Giant Snake Safari. Seasonal feeding times: 11:00 a.m.­ 1:00 p.m.­4:00 p.m. Arena the Next Level 4720 Main Street Ste 205 Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.224.5297 www.arenaorangebeach.com The newest and prettiest family attraction on the Gulf Coast. Our Lazer Tag and Bazooka Ball are safe and fun for all ages. Bird of Paradise Biplane Rides 3190 Airport Drive Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.609.2043 Toll Free: 866.687.8359 www.866mustfly.com The Bird of Paradise takes flying to a new level…providing adventurous passengers open cockpit flights and romance of yesterday. Ferris Wheel at The Wharf 4985 Wharf Parkway Orange Beach, AL 36561 251.224.1000 Toll Free: 877.942.7325 www.thewharfal.com The Southeast’s tallest Ferris Wheel at The Wharf. Open Monday through Saturday from 10am­10pm and Sunday from 1pm­8pm. Tickets are $4.00 each. Gulf Bowl 2881 South Juniper Foley, AL 36535 251.943.4575 www.gulfbowl.com Join a league, have a party, or just bowl for fun. Restaurant, snack bar, party rooms, mezzanine viewing area, pool table room, family arcade/redemption and much more. Jimmy's Casino Shuttles 8275 Hwy 59 South Foley, AL 36535 251.943.2744 Toll Free: 866.943.2744 www.casinoshuttles.com Biloxi Casino trips are available from Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Foley, and Loxley, Alabama. Visit the IP Casino and The Beau Rivage Casino. At either casino, you get $15.00 in FREE PLAY. Exciting daily trips to the fabulous Biloxi casinos. The best deal in town. Call for reservations. Lakewood Stables 15523 Lillie Lane Summerdale, AL 36580 251.945.6711 Trail rides, Group parties, Riding lessons. Landmark Tours 26 Hoffren Drive Fairhope, AL 36533 251.928.0207 www.landmarktours.com Day tours aboard luxury buses. Trips planned for your group of 20 or more. We'll visit historical mansions, Civil War relics, forts and museums, nature centers, hikes, zoos, boat sightings of dolphins and alligators. Mobile Bay Ferry 51 State Highway 180 West Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.861.3000 www.mobilebayferry.com Vehicle/passenger ferry operating between Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan. Daily departures every 1 1/2 hours. Check our website for rates and schedule. Oak Hollow Farm 14210 Greeno Road Fairhope, AL 36532 251.928.4840 Toll Free: 877.OAKHOLLOW www.oakhollowfarm.net Open six days a week by appointment. One hour guided horseback rides on a 300 acre scenic farm. Nature trails, group hayrides, horseshoes, playground. Pirates Island Adventure Golf 3201 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.968.4653 www.piratesislandgolf.com Two 18­hole courses among waterfalls, caves, tropical plants, a pirate ship and sea fog. Sea Horse Stables 14537 State Highway 59 Foley, AL 36535 251.971.RIDE (7433) Trail rides, Pony rides, Birthday parties, and Riding lessons. Shrimpy's Mini Golf & Arcade 204 East 2nd Avenue Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.948.6464 18 hole mini­golf with arcade inside. Candy, chips, ice cream and sodas available. Fun for the whole family! Taking Off Hot Air Balloon Company 708 West Laurel Avenue Foley, AL 36535 251.970.3598 www.gulfviewballooning.com Gently lift off into an adventure where you'll experience the scenic vistas of the Alabama Gulf Coast from a whole new vantage point! Great for weddings or honeymoon! The Track Recreation Center 3200 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.968.8111 www.gulfshorestrack.com Go­karts, bumper boats, Kids Kountry, arcade, mini­golf, skycoaster, and refreshment center. Wales West Light Railway & Family Fun Park 13670 Smiley Street ­ Silverhill, AL 36576 888.569.5337 www.waleswest.com Real train ride, 1 mile through rural setting. Train station, gift shop, tea room. Month­long event trains at Halloween, Christmas, & Easter. Day Out With Thomas in May. Parties. Waterville USA 906 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores, AL 36542 251.948.2106 www.watervilleusa.com The ultimate in family fun, is a 20 acre Water Park and Amusement Park located in the beach resort community. Amusement park opens March 5th. Waterpark opens May 14 on weekends only and every day after May 28th. 8 w August 2013 w Alabama Coast Observer

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    Perdido Key, FL­­Not that we are not already in love with all that Flora­Bama has to offer, now they’ve built a po­man’s Flora­Bama Yacht Club. I aptly call it po­man, because you won’t find any pretention or stuffiness here! I’ve always enjoyed the fabulous music and coctails for as long as I can remember, in this down to earth atmosphere that has alwys been a purely fun, beach bar extravaganza! I don’t care what season it is, or what day of the week it is, I have always had an excellent adventure at the infamous Florabama! Across the street from the infamous bar that straddles the Florida/Alabama state line, behind their liquor store, sits another indooroutdoor structure over­looking the bay and the gorgeous beach estates along Ono Island. Flora­Bama Yacht Club offers fine dining in an un­pretentious atmosphere with a beach and a view. Boaters and jet skiers are invited to “beach it” and dine while the rest of us are allotted plenty of parking spaces, lol. And, of course, they are serving “the world’s strongest Bushwaker” at this location as well. This quote is strictly from me, because I can’t handle more than three! Our server Eric promptly served my Bushwaker as we discussed with Chef Timothy what we wanted to cover. He immediately jumped on the Greek Shrimp Nacho avowing that he and Chef Chris Sherrill had created this amazing dish. I let him know that this was already an Alabama Coast staple for me, to which he explained that they had created this at the “other” venue and buried their recipe, too funny! Fried wonton chips loaded with a creamy spinach cheese sauce, topped with feta cheese, grilled shrimp, kalamta olives, red and green onions, banana and peppadew peppers, if you’ve never enjoyed this mountain of food, you need to, and eat all of it, I dare you! And, yep, it was the original. We also loved the Spicy Cornmeal dusted Oysters – lightly fried and served in a half shell over edamame maque choux. The Lobster Corn Dog, actually tempura, was served with a drizzle of Dijon beurre blanc, and it was simply fantastic! Our very favorite appetizer after all this insane tastiness was the Duo of Seared Tuna Sashimi. We’ve tried it probably 100 times, but this was the best seared (rare) yellowfin and white tuna ever! The beautifully decorated plate were actually two combinations of two different sauces, one wasabi and soy, the other chirachi and spicy aioli. We loved them both!!. They are also offering Chipolte Hummus with grilled pita bread, Firecracker Calamari, instead of shrimp, fried and tossed in a spicy aioli, Peel and Eat Gulf Shrimp, (you can still have Royal Reds across the street), Smoked Tuna Dip, and Fried Gulf Coast Blue Crab Claws. There are four salads to choose from including a grilled romaine that can be topped with your choice of shrimp, chicken, seared tuna, steak, lobster, or fresh catch. Those are some great options for those of you who are dieting, but looking for a great meal. The only thing on the menu that they brought over was the Build Your Own Bama Burger – a gourmet seasoned hand patty topped with your choice of swiss, cheddar, blue cheese, grilled onion, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and jalapenos on a soft sour dough bun. We had it all­the­way and dressed with red onion, pickle, lettuce and tomato. This is a dynamite burger, and, as such, should have been carried over, as it is their #1 seller. We also enjoyed a delicious Caribbean Jerked Chicken Flatbread with charred red onions, pepper jack cheese, and peppadew relish. All specialty sandwiches are served with hand­cut, skin­on, crispy fries. Other sandwiches include the Flounder Rueben, a Seared Tuna Wrap, Build Your Own Ole’ River Po­Boy with shrimp, oyster, fish, chicken, or Cajun French Quarter Roast Beef. They also have baskets of shrimp, oysters, fish or chicken, grilled, blackened or fried served with cole slaw and hushpuppies. The Yacht Club offers You Hook’em We’ll Cook’em and The Fresh Sheet. A selection of gourmet dishes introduced daily, we were astounded by the quality and expertise of all dishes, but, these next two were incredible! Spicy Grilled Grouper, cooked moist and seasoned, over Gumbo­Parmesan dirty rice, served with grilled yellow squash and zucchini. Cheli always opted for another fish until she had this wonderful Grouper. We also had some Grilled Shrimp Kabobs over Canecuh Sausage Grits, served with a shoepeg corn and field pea succatash. Us southern girls do love our seafood, almost as much as we love our GRITS!!! Having my third Bushwaker I opted out of dessert. There’s nothing greater than this chocolate laced alcohol concoction in a blender. Songwriters haven, maybe Flora­Bama should have a new song about those Bushwakers! You don’t always have to go to the big ole’ bar across the street to have a good time, if you enjoy fantastic cuisine in a casual atmosphere, come to the Flora­Bama Yacht Club and “do it with us on the line!” “Fine dining in flip­flops”, no better combination I say, oops, Chef Paul Kerr said that, ha! Chef Paul was recruited from Tuscaloosa where he created food fantasies at a fine hotel and catered to “The” football team. The Yacht Clubs’ team is amazing, enthusiastic, creative, and getten­er­done in a style new to Flora­Bama, with the same old spirit! Come on over and dine, before you party, after you party, or when you just want to indulge in a fine meal with a beautiful view. Flora­Bama Yacht Club has live outdoor entertainment Thursday – Sunday, serving all your favorite food and beverages. Come on over y’all, ya hear?! Florabama Yacht Club 17350 Perdido Key Drive, Perdido Key, FL on Ole River across from Flora­Bama Lounge. www.florabama.com

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    Ocean Springs, MS— One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I remember that old saying every time I go by The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint. Their eclectic style is evident as you pass any of the locations. The buildings appear to be a haphazard fitting of scrap metal and wood. The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint’s interior is no different. Here lately, cameras were seen shooting video all around The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint for a new series on Food Network. The “sneak peek” of the show “The Shed” airs on Food Network Sunday, August 4th at 9pm CST and the Season Premiere is on Monday, August 5th at 9pm CST. For those unfamiliar with the local folklore, Brad Orrison started collecting junk when he attended school at Ole Miss. When he decided to move home, he used the pieces to build a homemade junk hauler to get all his treasures to the Coast. One day he had an epiphany to open a barbeque joint. His sister, Brooke Orrison Lewis, helped him start nailing together all his junk and soon the entire family was on board. Now, the “First Family of Mississippi Barbeque” is a legend and includes Craig Orrison aka Daddy­O, who manages The Saucery and Linda Orrison aka Mama Shed, the marketing director. And yes, locals really do call them Daddy­O and Mama Shed! Their story is a colorful one of perseverance, fun, and good­natured competition. After talking to them for only a short time, you’ll immediately gain a sense that working together is what’s most important to the First Family. They always joke and poke fun at one another and are quick to laugh. Is there a better recipe for television than an eclectic venue ran by a close family of barbeque geniuses?! It wasn’t an overnight success story. As Brooke points out, they’ve been in the barbeque business for 12 years. They were featured on the Food Network shows “Diners, Drive­ins, & Dives” in 2008 and “Best in Smoke” in 2011. According to The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint website, www.theshedbbq.com, it was also during this time that their winnings and prizes for their food and sauces really started heating up. As heads started to turn, a production company approached The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint and things began shaping up for the new TV show. “[Food Network and The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint are] one big family producing a very positive and fun show based on [our] family and barbeque,” Brooke said. Brad described “The Shed” as “a head­on collision between Dukes of Hazard, I Love Lucy, Seinfeld, and with a little garnish of Cheers on top.” According to the episode guide available at Food Network’s website, viewers around the country will get to experience the one­of­a­kind antics that are found only at The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint. In the episode “Do You Take This Hog…” The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint races to prepare a wedding feast on short notice. Cameras follow the lovable First Family around in “Something’s Fishy” as Brooke caters a fishing boat and Brad sets up concessions at the beach! You’ll also get to see some of the daily operational woes and tasks throughout the season and get behindthe­scenes insight and laughs. Brad said, “Cameras just add excitement. Really adding a cool buzz” around The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint. The show will feature employees such as Hobson, the Senior Pit Master; Gus and Mr. Jim, The Shed Pimps; Coal Miner, “an expert spoon player;” Big Hoss, who handles the chicken side of the competition team; Hazel, the office manager; Scotty, the Kitchen Manager; and others. Mama Shed told me the series really gets to show “a real look of what we do.” She said the show is “about The Shed, our outreaches and the family. And that of an extended family of ShedHeds!” For those unaware, customers are affectionately known as ShedHeds. A distinct, proud, and loyal group of ShedHeds have contributed over the years to the outrageous and off­the­wall décor. After a fire in February 2012 destroyed the original building, the ShedHed community pitched in and donated materials to bring The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint back to life. In five short days, The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint was back to serving food from temporary digs until the new Shedquarters was complete. “The Shed” will also educate out­ (Continued on Page 13)

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