The Dauphin Island Sailboat Regatta of April 27th will make its way into Aloe Bay around early to mid-afternoon, depending on the wind conditions. To be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the vessels in full sail from the apex of Dauphin Island Bridge is a sight to behold--one the viewer wont forget. Recognized as the largest point-to-point race in the country, the Dauphin Island Sailboat Regatta is celebrating its 61st year in 2019.
Mobile Museum of Art Night Market starts June 6th. Vendors Application Open--Deadline: Sunday, May 12. MMoA note: Night Market is a retail event for local artists and artisans to sell their wares. We focus on vendors of handmade, and original crafts of all kinds. Apply today to be a vendor at our next market on June 6. For more information, visit mobilemuseumofart. .
Saturday, May 4 is the Surrender Oak Festival in Citronelle. The event marks the 4th of May, 1865, the day that the last contingent of Rebel soldiers were surrendered by Gen. Richard Taylor to U.S Army General Canby.(see short history below--from Citronelle Historic Preservation Society.)
Event activities start bright and early on Saturday morning with a Surrender Oak 5K Run/Walk at 7/7:30. Medals will be awarded in the following categories: Seniors, Men, Women and Children. There will also be music and entertainment, demonstrations and exhibits, lots of children's activities, food, an Antique Car Show and Living History Re-enactments.
Of interest to children will be the Jumpy Houses, face-painting, snow cones and the Touch-A-Truck (always a good opportunity for photos, parents.)
There will be a variety of demonstrations on the grounds and one of particular interest is flintnappiung--the chipping away at stones to fashion tools. Visitors can look for demonstrations of quilting, woodworking, blacksmithing and other old-timey activities.
Krista Herring of Surrender Oak committee said that adults will enjoy the antique auto show featuring 20-30 vehicles from the past. And there will be music and other live entertainment throughout the day, with the Wootones performing from noon-1 p.m.
As an AL200 Bicentennial-sanctioned event, this day recognizes an occasion of special signifance in our history. And those who want to look more into the past can find documents and objects in the Train Depot Museum. A geneaologist will be available inside the depot to aid in family research.
The Festival will conclude at 1:30 p.m. with the final battle and surrender, portrayed by re-enactors. There'll be skirmishes between Confederate and Union Soldiers until the surrender.
THE SURRENDER OAK FESTIVAL
Taken from Citronelle Historical Preservation Society
Citronelle, Alabama plays host to the Surrender Oak Festival each year on the first Saturday in May. The last surrender of the Confederate Army, east of the Mississippi River, occurred in Citronelle on May 4, 1865.
The closing scenes of that awful bloody drama, the Civil War, were witnessed in this vicinity. Lee and Johnson had surrendered; Mobile had been occupied by Union forces after the Battle of Mobile Bay, and but one organized body of Confederates that could be called an army, remained in the field. This last army of close to 9,000 Confederate soldiers was surrendered on the 4th of May, 1865 by its Commander, General Richard (Dick) Taylor, to the U.S. Army General, E.R.S. Canby under a large white oak tree in Citronelle.
The original “Surrender Oak” was blown down in the hurricane of 1906. From it was made numerous walking canes, gavels, and other items as souvenirs; most of which have long since disappeared, with the exception of several which were sent to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and the few we have on display at the Citronelle Depot Museum.
A memorial marker was placed at this spot by the Historical Mobile Preservation Society on May 4, 1965 to commemorate 100 years. The City of Citronelle planted a young live oak tree in the approximate location of the Surrender Oak in 2012.
The Surrender Oak Festival is always held on the first Saturday in May of each year.
The 2nd Annual Jazz & Cocktails..Rx for a Cause, presented by Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy and Gardberg & Kemmerly, Attorneys at Law, is Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 5:30-9 p.m. at Azalea Manor, 751 Dauphin Street. Tickets are $35 per person and $65 for couples. Tickets may be purchased at Ozanam Pharmacy, 109 S. Cedar Steet or at the door. The event will feature a silent auction, delicious appetizers and live jazz music performed by Alvin King and The Fifth K'nection Jazz Band, and also James "Milkshake" Patterson. Net proceeds will benefit Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy programs and services. Attire is dressy or business The net proceeds from the event will directly go to all of our programs at Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy. For more information, contact 251.721.0458 / 251.432.4111 or visit our website at www.ozanampharmacy.org.
Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit pharmacy that provides free prescription medications to uninsured patients in Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia and now Washington Counties. Last year, Ozanam provided more than 1,690 patients with a retail value of over two and a half million dollars in medications. Our life sustaining medications are dispensed to patients who suffer from chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease who could not access their medications without Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy. Ozanam relies on support from the community to help purchase the life sustaining generic medications for our patients.
The 70th Annual Blessing of the Fleet is May 4 and 5, 2019 at St. Margaret Catholic Church, 13790 S Wintzell Avenue. This fun-filled free weekend includes everything: Alabama Gulf seafood, traditional Vietnamese Cuisine, Arts & Crafts Show, Decorated Boat Contest, Boat Cruises, Bingo, activities for children AND a Gumbo Cook-Off (Saturday only.) For more information on all the Blessing of the Fleet activities, visit www.fleetblessing.org or call the Parish Office at 251-824-2415 or email email@example.com
"Job Hunting 101 Workshop" is Tuesday, April 23, 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Armbrecht/Briskman Meeting Room, Ben May Main Library, 701 Government Street. Those attending can explore job search techniques and tips that will get them on the road to a successful job search. Facilitator is Pamela G. Ware, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at SWAPTE (Southwest Alabama Partnership for Training and Employment). For more information, call 251-340-1458.
The 5th Annual Alabama seafood Cook-Off (ASCO) takes place with the 31st Annual Taste of the Bayou on May 1st, 2019
News from Bayou La Batre Chamber of Commerce:
The 5th Annual Alabama seafood Cook-Off (ASCO) takes place with the 31st Annual Taste of the Bayou on May 1st, 2019. While the four fop finalists from around the state compete for the ASCO title, guests will have the opportunity to sample a variety of fresh seafood dishes.
The event is presented by the Bayou La Batre Area Chamber of Commerce, the South Mobile County Tourism Authority, the Organized Seafood Association of Alabama and Alabama Coasting. “The taste celebrates the Seafood Capitol of Alabama, the heritage of our area and the fishermen and women who work to bring their catch from ‘tide to table’.” said Debra Jones, President of the Bayou la Batre Chamber.
“Partnering the Annual Taste of the Bayou with the World Food Championship Alabama Seafood Cook-Off was an overwhelming success last year. We are looking forward this year to cheer on the chefs and have folks taste the best seafood around, Wild Caught Alabama Seafood. We believe the changes we’ve made will allow the best experience for those attending. We are proud to showcase our Seafood Heritage and provide a 'taste' of how seafood should be”.
Along with earning the title of ASCO champion, this year’s winner, as in past years, will represent the state of Alabama at the 16th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans, LA in August. This year’s winner will also be an automatic qualifier for the 2019 World Food Championships in Dallas, TX in October. Chef Jeremy Downey, winner of last year’s Seafood Cook-Off will be back as one of the judges, Chris Sherrill, chef ambassador of the Alabama Gulf coast, will serve as emcee.
“Alabama’s seafood industry is flourishing, and when we narrowed down the entries, we saw many inventive dishes,” said Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and program administrator for the ASMC. “But we are happy with our selection of the final four contestants. We would like to wish the best of luck to each them, and we look forward to an exciting competition in May.
The Celebration of the Taste of the Bayou will be held at the bayou La Batre Community center from 6 to 9 pm, May 1st. General Admission Tickets are $10, VIP tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at the event ticket sales page.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Semmes School and the 20th birthday of Semmes Boys and Girls Club, which now occupies the school building at 3810 Wulff Road E. Semmes High School building housed Semmes Middle School after Mary G. Montgomery High School was built.
With so many years in the rear-view mirror, it's time for an All-Class Reunion of those who attended high school or middle school classes or worked at the old Semmes School, as well as all alumni of Semmes Boys and Girls Club. In fact, the general public is invited to attend the celebration on May 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., according to Semmes Boys and Girls Club Director, Blake DeWitt.
The goal is for old friends and classmates to come together and share memories of days gone by and updates about families, careers and milestones in their lives. No RSVP is needed. "Just come and enjoy yourselves," De Witt said.
Several activities are planned for the event. There will be antique cars on display in front of the school. The classrooms inside will be designated into decades and will feature yearbooks, photos and memorabilia.
Semmes All-Class Reunion is partnering with the 16th Semmes Heritage Day Festival at Heritage Park, 3871 Wulff Road. Together, the events make for a full day of fun and entertainment for those who attend.
And though there will not be a formal reception at the school, De Witt said that The Hickory Pit Too will be selling "Stop Sign Pizzas" and the one-a-only "Viking Special" --a nostalgic plate of chili cheese fries that was served at Mary G. Montgomery High School during the late eighties and nineties. There will be other food and drink items available at Semmes Heritage Park.
"This building has seen many generations walk through its doors," DeWitt said of the old high school, turned middle school then a Boys and Girls Club. "We hope that everyone comes out to celebrate something that we share a great deal of love and respect for in this community."
The Mobile Bay Vintage Motorcycle Club’s 23rd Annual Spring Motorcycle Show and Competition, sponsored by Dauphin Island School PTO, is (rescheduled) for Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Green Park on Lemoyne Drive between the Ship & Shore and the Chevron station near the water tower on Dauphin Island, Alabama. All makes are welcome.
The registration fee will be $10 for the1st bike and $5 for each additional. Registration will open at 10:30 a.m. Judging will begin at 1:15 p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. to the first 3 places in each class plus a best-of-show trophy. In addition to scores of motorcycles of all makes and models, the event includes live music, food, beverages and raffles.
For additional information, contact Chasity Hall, 251-680-4223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Semmes Heritage Day and Semmes All-Class Reunion is Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Heritage Day is at Semmes Heritage Park, 3871 Wulff Road and the Reunion is just across the road at the old Semmes School, which now houses Semmes Boys and Girls Club.
There will be plenty of celebrating going on and one thing the day is never short of is entertainment.
As always, the Park will be filled with music and dance.
The Girls of Grace, Marla Murrill and Susan Williamson, will entertain and uplift the crowd with their blend of Southern Gospel. Ella Wolff will present a violin solo. And the Back Porch Boys, Don Jenkins and Earl Hudgins, will take their listeners down Memory Lane with their Classic Country, Sothern Rock, Gospel and Blues.
Among the dance groups will be Amelia's Dance Team, the Rhythm Dance Center Dancers and Elevate Dance Team.
Another event that visitors to Heritage Day can look forward to is the Vintage Show. It is open to anyone who would like to dress up in attire of the early 1900s.
Colorfully-begowned Camellia Maids will brighten the shady grounds, and Boy and Girl Scouts, along with Mary G Montgomery Ambassadors,
will be on hand to offer assistance where it is needed.
All this is just a small fraction of activities, information, demonstrations and fun that visitors to this free event can look forward to on May 4th
Meg McCrummen Fowler, new director of the History Museum of Mobile, will give a special Learning Lunch lecture entitled “Notre Dame: Destruction, Renovation, and the Symbol of a People," on Wednesday, April 24 at noon
Meg McCrummen Fowler, new director of the History Museum of Mobile, will give a special Learning Lunch lecture entitled “Notre Dame: Destruction, Renovation, and the Symbol of a People," on Wednesday, April 24 at noon. She will discuss the Gothic era of cathedral building, the history of destruction, vandalism and restoration at Notre Dame de Paris, and how Notre Dame became the beloved symbol it is today.
Ms. Fowler, who is a doctoral candidate in Art History & Society at Tulane University, has written on the nineteenth century's understanding of Gothic cathedrals, including Notre Dame, as part of her doctoral research. She holds an M.A in History of Art from Tulane and, in 2018, completed a curatorial fellowship at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
The History Museum of Mobile invites the general public to attend the free Learning Lunch lecture series. Guests are encouraged to bring their lunches and enjoy a presentation about a cultural or historical topic. For more information on Learning Lunch, contact Jennifer Theeck, Curator of Education, at 251-301-0270 or by email at email@example.com.
2019 Mobile Bay Charity GALA is Friday, April 26, 5:45-10 p.m. at Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile.
The 2019 Mobile Bay Charity GALA is Friday, April 26, 5:45-10 p.m. at Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Road, Mobile.
The public is welcome. One $25 ticket for the Mobile Bay Charity Gala includes dinner, non-alcoholic beverage, dancing, networking and a Door Prize raffle ticket for 36+ donated prizes (total value of $5,000 +/-) drawn periodically during the event from 7:15 until 10 pm.
There will also be a cash bar run by the Shriners. NOTE: Your Door Prize raffle ticket numbers and optional Progressive Prize raffle numbers will be recorded so You DO NOT have to be present to WIN! AND...each winning Door Prize ticket is returned into the barrel for other drawing chances. Ticket sales end on April 26 at 6 p.m.
April is Limb Awareness Month, and on Wednesday, April 24, 6-7:30 p.m., the community is invited to Ben May Main Library to meet Alan L. Samry.
As a congenital amputee, Alan Samry is comfortable talking openly about his differences and his book, "Stump the Librarian: A Writer’s Book of Legs."
Among the many topics, Stump the Librarian includes his memoir, personal experiences with limb difference, and several biographies of other amputees, historical and mythical. Mr. Samry was a patient at Shriners Hospital and had a role as an amputee extra in the movie "USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage."
Currently, Mr. Samry is a librarian at the Fairhope Public Library, and at Ben May Main, he will discusse his life, work and challenges. Books are available for sale. For more information, call 251-call 340-1458.
Semmes Heritage Day (and new this year, Semmes All-Class Reunion) is Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes Heritage Park, 3871 Wulff Road, Semmes.
The celebration is set in Heritage Park, which includes the historic Semmes schoolhouse, Malone Chapel and a log cabin in an expansive, oak-shaded yard.
There will be many activities going on during the day, all geared toward the Town of Semmes' practice of Remembering the Past while Looking to the Future.
Among the interesting people and activities is volunteer Sammy Everett, who displays tools from the past and demonstrates a hand-operated grist mill that belonged to his grandfather.
Below is an article (with a few cosmetic changes) that I wrote for Mobile Press Register in 2011. While some of the material may be outdated, it still shows how Sammy, as well as other Semmes volunteers, values his history and heritage. Look for him on Semmes Heritage Day, May 4th.
2011 MPR Article:
When schoolchildren take a field trip to spend a day in the little one-room turn-of-the century schoolhouse at Semmes Heritage Park, they learn more than reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic.
One volunteer is Sammy Everett, who is on the board of trustees of Alumni and Friends of Semmes School Inc., the group who oversees the old school and nearby chapel. Everett saw a need that he could fill for those public, private and parochial school students who spend a day taking classes as their great-great-grandparents did and learning a little of the way families lived in 1900. (Ed. note: and those who spend a few hours at Heritage Park May 4th.)
A retired railroad employee who is active in his church, Lott Road Assembly of God, Everett, 65, is from a family who have spent their lives in the Semmes/Wilmer area, and it just so happens that he has some tools passed down from his grandfather.
So whenever youngsters come to the Semmes school, Everett sets up his corn sheller, the 1894 hand-operated grist mill his granddaddy used, and several other primitive and modern tools, and holds court as children gather around him.
First, he said, he shows students how the corn sheller works. Then he feeds the corn kernels through the mill setting, it for cracked corn.
"I explain that this is biddy feed, then tell the ones who don't know what a biddy is that it's a baby chick," Everett said. Next, he sends the yellow corn back through the grinder to show how grits are made, then grinds it once again for corn meal.
Everett also brings two stones found on his family's property and demonstrates how Indians once used them to grind their corn into a fine meal. "I want the children to see the differences in primitive and modern tools," he said.
(Ed note: this article geared toward school field trips--not sure what activities Sammy plans for Heritage Day, except the grist mill.) Toward that end, he brings an array of saws, brace and bits and other devices.
Using a hand saw, he'll demonstrate just how slow cutting a board by hand is, then follow that with a demonstration with a battery-operated skill saw.
Everett does other chores around the park, as well — cutting the grass, helping make decisions as a trustee, filling in when other volunteers can't participate. But he likes the days the school children come the best.
"I feel that I have the ability and the knowledge to help them learn about the difference in the way things used to be and the way they are now," he said.
Pictured from the 2018 Semmes Heritage Day are Doris Stephenson and Anna Grace Rodgers with Sammy Everett.
On April 24, 10-10:45 a.m., there will be a Jazz Appreciation Storytime for Preschoolers at Ben May Public Library.
Headstart programs, schools and families are invited to a special Storytime in Bernheim Hall. The program consists of songs, stories and a Readers Theater tailored just for ages 4 to 7.
For more information or to register, call the children’s department at 251-340-1507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Margaret's Ladies Sodality Blessing of the Fleet Quilt, both a tradition and work of art, will be raffled at the Bayou La Batre Blessing of the Fleet, May 4 and 5. A drawing will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday. About the quilt:
In 1988, members of the St. Margaret's Ladies Sodality had an idea that a Fleet Blessing Quilt would help raise money for their charitable undertakings. The first quilt started a tradition that continues today.
Each year's quilt is unique but always has a nautical theme. There are beautiful hand-embroidered shrimp, crabs, fish, boats and other nautical items. Each square is lovingly embroidered by the Ladies of St. Margaret's Parish. Many hours of hand work go into the creation and stitching together of this beautiful heirloom piece.
For information, call the Parish Office at 251-824-2415 or visit the website at: www.fleetblessing.org for additional information.
Pictured is the 2015 quilt
Mobile County Earth Day Celebration is April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Chickasabogue Park. The event is free and open to the public. (Guests are asked to bring canned food items for Feeding the Gulf Coast.)
There will be music, food trucks, 100 tree giveaways, pet adoption--just to name a few of the events and activities.
For more information, call 251-574-2267.
Oakleigh Belle Tea, hosted by Historic Oakleigh House Museum and Historic Mobile Preservation Society, is Saturday, May 11, 1-3 p.m. at Historic Oakleigh House Museum, 350 Oakleigh Place.
The public is invited to join the Oakleigh Belles for a Mothers Day Tea Party! Come enjoy tea and treats, a hat contest, tours of Oakleigh House Museum, a raffle of purses and more! All proceeds will benefit Historic Mobile Preservation Society and the Oakleigh House Museum. The outdoor event will be located in sunken garden on Oakleigh grounds.
Admission is $25 for adults and free for children under 10. Limited child's tickets are available. For more information and tickets, go to www.historicmobile.org.
St. Mary Catholic School Casino Night presents "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" on Saturday, May 4, 6 p.m. until...
Here's the Question: Are you a Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn or Dianna Ross? A Sean Connery, Sammy Davis, Jr. or Cary Grant?
Be a part of St. Mary's 1960s glam costume contest! Dress in your 1960s cocktail or casual attire and join us for or 30th annual event featuring live and silent auctions, entertainment, games with celebrity hosts, and “A Taste of Midtown,” featuring local restaurants with some of their spectacular dishes. Some of the live auction items include an in-shore saltwater fishing trip with Fox 10 Meteorologist, Jason Smith; braces by Dr. Todd Bennett;
an Old School DJ Rodsky Dance Party, a St. Mary Garden Party and more.
St. Mary welcomes elebrity dealers (no exchange of $)
WALA FOX 10 Meteorologist, Jason Smith; Editor of The Catholic Week, Rob Herbst; Food Editor for Mobile Register, David Holloway; Man About Town, Ray Weinshanker,; and the St. Mary Crew: Coach Patti Eriksen; Middle School Teacher, Joe Moody; St. Mary Former Middle School Teacher, Marsha Robichaux; and a few surprise guests.
Tickets: General Admission tickets are $30 advance, $35 at the door and $25 for seniors. Special Dinner tickets are $100 each, admit two adults, and give an opportunity to take home a door prize of $10,000! (only 300 special dinner tickets available.)
Sponsorships are welcome! And new this year, you can "tip" your dealer with all proceeds benefitting St. Mary Catholic School. And you may also take a chance on one of the many take home opportunities with the highlight this year, a Diamonds Drawing compliments of Hayes Jewelers.
For more information or tickets, contact St. Mary Catholic School, 251-433-9904 or visit www.stmarymobile.org. St. Mary Catholic School is at 107 N. Lafayette Street, Mobile, AL
Matinee @ the Main (Ben May Main Library) on April 23 at 1 p.m. is "Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle"; four teenagers are sucked into a jungle-themed video game in this film which runs 119 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more information, call 251-340-1458.