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ALABAMA COAST OBSERVER JUNE 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 Alan Taylor Advertising Rep 334.332.9800 alan@coastobserver.com 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 Desoto's Seafood Kitchen w Island Time Daiquiris w 9th Annual LuLuPalooza w 9th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival Adventures & Watersports Page 6 w Beach Services w Boat Rentals w Fishing & Charter Boats w Kayak & Canoe Rentals Attractions Page 8 Attractions w Amusement Parks w Bazooka Ball & Laser Tag w BiPlanes w Dolphin Cruises Dining Heeelllloooo Gulf Shores Orange Beach & Foley!! It is so hard to believe that this year has reached the halfway mark...time sure does fly when you're having fun!! Speaking of fun..there's so much fun happening in June you better start drinking alot of coffee just to have all the energy to enjoy everything!! Since we launched the first issue of Alabama Coast Observer, one of our best distribution locations has been DeSoto's in Gulf Shores!! We put more bundles there than any other location and we can't fill the rack fast enough!! Each time I fill the rack I am so amazed at all the people that are either waiting to get into eat or are coming out the door from having just had some good ole' coast cookin'!! So this month we decided to stop by and see what all the hype was about. Boy were we pleasantly surprised at how fantastic our dining experience was!! From the friendly staff, to the sweet conversation we had with one of DeSoto's owners, Rosemary Steele, and then to what has made them such a hoping hot spot, their wonderful dishes!! We can tell you that DeSoto's deserves Every Award they have re‐ ceived throughout the years!! This month brings the return of alot of Big Events to our area!! Returning again to our beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast, Thunder on the Gulf, is sure to entertain you with some high speed entertainment as you watch those pow‐ erful speedboats fly over the gulf!! Make sure you cheer for our AL Coast Observer sponsored boat Twisted Offshore!! They were 2012 National Champions in their class and we are hoping they will be able to do it again!! In addition to Thunder on the Gulf, June finds the ever popular LuLu‐ Palooza happening on June 8. The Crazy Sista has some truly incredible bands lined up to keep the fun in the sun going all day & the party continues w Check out our Review on Desoto's Seafood Kitchen w Taky Jacks Summer Series w Jubilee ­ Songs Of & About Alabama w Cold Mil Fleet Dolphin Cruise 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 into the night!! An annual favorite, this is one event you don't want to miss!! And let's not forget about the Hot Air Balloon Festival happening June 14/15. If all of this weren't enough, now Tacky Jacks Presents a Special Summer Series of Art and Nature Events, Beach Games, and a Waterfront Oyster Bake that you want to be sure to be a part of!! For all you theatre lovers, Summertide Theatre returns with Jubilee ~ Songs Of and About Alabama for you to enjoy!! Paying homage to the great musical heritage of Alabama, Jubilee is a riveting compilation of songs about or invoking the "Heart of Dixie" state. With summer comes our yearning for some frozen concoctions!! Island Time Daiguiri in The Wharf is sure to satisfy that craving!! From some of the Best Bushwackers and Pina Coladas on our coast to some really hi‐oc‐ tane like their OBAttitude, you're sure to find the perfect cocktail for you. And if you're in the mood for some of the Best live music, they've scheduled in some great bands to entertain you either on their outdoor patio or in their newest addition, the Voodoo Room. And of course, they've got some hotties behind the bar with our very own bar/nightclub writer Kelli Parris and our girl Brittany!! So stop by and tell'em we sent ya!! So what are you waiting for...Get out & have some fun and enjoy every‐ thing 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 June 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. 6 w June 2013 w Alabama Coast Observer 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

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    JUBILEE - SONGS OF AND ABOUT ALABAMA Premieres in Gulf Shores, Alabama June 2013 Gulf Shores, AL­­SummerTide Theatre, the professional summer theatre of The University of Alabama, is thrilled to announce that 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of bringing professional musical theatre to Gulf Shores. In June 2013, SummerTide Theatre will present Jubilee - Songs of and about Alabama. Running Friday, May 31through Friday, June 28, 2013, performances are Tuesday to Sunday evenings at 8:00PM. Paying homage to the great musical heritage of Alabama, Jubilee is a riveting compilation of songs about or invoking the "Heart of Dixie" state. From blues and country to rock and gospel, the state of Alabama has played a central role in the development of America's musical legacy. Jubilee showcases the rich and varied musical flavors, from the foothills of the Appalachian mountains to the white sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. Jubilee will run Friday, May 31 to Friday, June 28, 2013, with performances every Tuesday through Sunday evening at 8:00PM. Tick­ ets may be purchased, starting in April 2013, by visiting the SummerTide online ticketing system or by calling The University of Alabama Box Office at 205/348­3400. Tickets prices are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for children under 12. More information on group rates, theatre location and on­site theatre box office hours will be available later in 2013. SummerTide Theatre is made possible by the Herbert Clark West Endowed Support Fund at The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama National Alumni Association, The University of Alabama Office of the Provost, The University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences, the George C. Meyer Foundation, the Erie Hall Meyer Charitable Fund, Alabama Credit Union, Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Baldwin Community Theatre, Sunset Properties, James V. Roberts PC, Mark & Karen Reynolds, and Bama Breakfast Group. The UA Department of Theatre and Dance is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, UA's largest division and the largest liberal arts college in Alabama.

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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. 8 w June 2013 w Alabama Coast Observer 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.

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    Gulf Shores, AL­­Definitely a Gulf Shores tradition, DeSoto's Seafood Kitchen, located behind Souvenir City, has been pumping out great local seafood choices for years. Winner of "Best Lunch" for 6 years, "Best Dinner" for 5 years, and "Best Seafood" for 5 years, DeSoto's keeps a full house with the friendliest staff serving swarms of locals and tourists their favorite dishes. Alabama Coast Observer has a rack at DeSoto's, which is always needing refilling from the throngs of customers checking­out the entertainment magazine. We've noticed the patrons don't mind waiting in line to dine, and, even during the slow season the parking lot is always packed. A full parking lot is a great sign, so, we at ACO decided to see what all the fuss is about. After being seated by the up­beat hostess, the owner, Rosemary Steele, came over to meet us and was as sweet and down to earth as they come. She proudly gave a few suggestions of the diner's best sellers, as well as her personal favorites. Pointing us in the right direction, we promptly placed an order of several entrees, for­going appetizers because we found platters on the menu that covered so many of the options together. Except for the Crab, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, served with tortilla chips. Now, I thought I had made this dip­up, a Kelly spe­ cialty, and low and behold here it is on their menu! A house specialty, I can tell you first hand this rich and cheesy concoction is wonderful and goes over well with a large group. Having had some of the leftover dip for a late dinner last night, I can savor the flavors now, and wouldn't mind indulging in a little more as I write. A cold Bud Light and some dip would suit me just fine right now, uh­huh! It is a beautiful holiday weekend, and Cheli and I are hard at it getting this news to you. But, we are also the ones who get to enjoy the fabulous food first hand, lol! We began with Rosemary's favorite, Shrimp and Pasta Marsala ­ fresh gulf shrimp sautéed with mushrooms and marsala wine which definitely make a delightfully different brown gravy served with a bed of fettuccine alfredo. The two sauces together were a delicious combination and really enhanced the shrimp as well as the mushrooms. Served with a house salad and toasted French bread, the meal was unlike anything we had had before, and, we both really enjoyed it. Our waitress had urged us toward the Stuffed Shrimp ­ bacon wrapped, stuffed with crab meat dressing and Monterey jack cheese then baked. This covered the crab cake as well, and, has been a favorite of mine since childhood. The savory stuffed shrimp came with 2 sides and we opted for fried green tomatoes and steamed veggies. You can never go wrong with fried green tomatoes or fresh veggies in the south! Another house specialty, the Paneed Catch ­ fresh Grouper dipped in buttermilk & cracker crumbs, pan seared in a compound garlic butter and topped with Bearnaise sauce was mouthwatering fresh fish that I was completely in love with. I do love a paneed fish over a deep fried fish any day, and, I do love fresh Grouper. Served with 2 sides as well, we had 2 servings of a creamy sweet potato casserole, pecans, and brown sugar included, yummm. We also did the Caribbean Platter ­ Coconut Shrimp, Jerk Chicken & Grilled Grouper with mango­pineapple sauce. Cheli and I love our spicy Caribbean jerk, and I had the Grouper blackened to boot. The Coconut Shrimp complimented this platter perfectly as did the seasoned yellow rice, and some more fried green tomatoes! The menu options are endless at DeSoto's including, of course, seafood of any kind served everyway, pastas, steaks, chicken, gumbo and bisques'. Local favorites such as Royal Red Shrimp, and Bon Secour Oysters, are offered along with many fresh catches and snow crab or creole dishes and Caribbean succulents. They also offer a Seniors Only menu, a Kids menu, and an array of sinful desserts. After having an amazing meal, we finished it off with an enticing warm bread pudding swimming in a delicious sweet sauce. Overwhelmed at how speedily we were taken care of and how tasty all of our food was, I can now see why people don't mind the short wait for a truly enjoyable meal! DeSoto's Seafood Kitchen holds a reputation as the best in family dining and I understand fully why they are so successful. Christopher and Rosemary Steele have a warm and friendly staff, consistently fine cuisine including coastal and Cajun flare, and prices that can't be beat, that will pack­out a venue any and every day! See y'all soon now, you hear?! Until Next Month... Kelly DeSoto's Seafood Kitchen ­ Gulf Shores 138 W 1st Ave Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Phone:(251) 948­7294 www.desotosseafoodkitchen.com Open Daily at 11:00am

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    Gulf Shores, AL­­A music festival that should never be missed is right here at LuLu's. LuLuPalooza brings in the most talented musicians from around the Gulf Coast to entertain at this daylong event. It all starts at 11am, June 8, 2013 and trust me you don't want to miss a beat... "One of THE best and most important funky bands in New Orleans. We couldn't be prouder." Quint Davis, producer of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Booty shaking party music best sums up the inimitable Papa Grows Funk, one of the most successful funk bands to emanate from New Orleans. Rooted in improvisation, the group of all­star musicians led by Hammond B3 keyboardist and lead vocalist, John Gros, has built its enthusiastic vibe on a longstanding musical tradition that dates back to the hot jazz of the legends, Fats Domino and Louis Armstrong. Like Dr. John and the Neville Brothers, Papa Grows Funk keeps that New Orleans lineage alive while always funkifying towards the future. Papa Grows Funk has fused the individual talents of its members into one unique sound, but still retains the initial spark they ignited in the beginning while jamming together at the Old Point Bar. "While we throw in New Orleans classics, now our songs and our groove are all our own," says John Gros. "We still love playing together and that comes through in our music." The band plays over 100 shows a year for its international and growing fan base. From the Highline Ballroom in New York City to the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, from the Nancy Jazz Festival in France to the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, Papa Grows Funk has brought their "Mardi Gras in a bottle" music to iconic clubs from coast to coast and renowned festivals worldwide. With no play lists and no rehearsals every Papa Grows Funk performance is its own masterpiece of funk. On any given night, the band might change songs or grooves. But one thing is certain: whether it is jam band college kids or seersucker wearing professionals, five folks or 100,000, after John Gros announces "We're Papa Grows Funk from the great city of New Orleans," the crowd is going to go wild. I've been on the road for many years. It really has been a long, strange trip. But such a good one. I had reached the time in my life when I needed to get back home and be with my parents and my sister more, so I started looking for more shows to play on the Gulf Coast. Then I played my first Frog Pond show. It was with Grayson and Corky, with Sugarcane Jane. I knew about Grayson. I had been listening to Corky play since I was a kid. I knew all about Anthony, and maybe we had met once or twice over the years. Then it was show time at the Frog Pond. Within the first five minutes, we were all playing together. Within ten minutes, we were all singing together. It went on all afternoon and into the evening. We were inspired. The crowd was mesmerized. There were drums and tambourines and banjo and mandolin and steel guitar and fiddle and lord the guitars and the voices! Then we had another show. Maybe another one. Suddenly, we were a band folks were asking us to show up and play at festivals and music conferences. At concert series and good music clubs. All we did was sit down and play together. And that's why I love it so much: it's organic. It just sprung up natural. And it's never exactly the same. So here we go, into the mystic: Willie Sugarcapps. Austin­based indie rock band Uncle Lucius is set to released its new studio album, "And You Are Me," on August 28, 2012. Recorded in Austin and Nashville, "And You Are Me" finds Uncle Lucius stretching their musicianship and reeling in eleven songs that punch with a fullness reminiscent of The Doors to early Black Crowes to the current new blues sound of The Black Keys. Uncle Lucius takes rock and roll from its deep roots, pushes it onward by putting their own honest interpretation of new rock sounds with elements of r&b and blues added. Packed into their van the band toured everywhere from the corners of both coasts and throughout the Midwest from their Austin TX home pushing their rock and soul shows into late nights throughout the country. Songs from this 2009 album were featured on TV shows such as Castle and Friday Night Lights. The band takes pride in their live show as a sacred and energetic experience, with a belief that this is still the truest form of communication with their fans.

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