The September 26, 2015 Taste of the Bayou appeared to be a great success with all tables filled to capacity and about 20 teams sharing everything from deep fried gumbo to fried strawberry cheese cake.
In between those extremes were several kinds of gumbo, shrimp and spinach lasagna, Cajun corn with roasted caramel and tequila sauce, Big Buckin' Nachos and the best crab dip ever.
The Taste of the Bayou is produced annually by the Bayou La Batre Area Chamber of Commerce.
On hand to welcome guests to the 2015 Taste of the Bayou were Azalea Trail Maids from Bryant High School, Tara Ladnier, left, and Bailey Pelps, right. Between them is (perhaps) a future Trail Maid, Analese Ford, daughter of Clayton and Vicky Ford, and a student at Breitling Elementary School in Grand Bay
Cammie's Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe is "Dippin' to End Domestic Violence" on Thursday, October 1, 2015
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), Cammie's Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe is "Dippin' to End Domestic Violence" on Thursday, October 1. A portion of proceeds from the day's sales will be donated to Penelope House shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.
We all love ice cream--especially Cammie's Old Dutch. So visit the shop at 2511 Old Shell Road at Florida Street, by a scoop or two and help Penelope House women's shelter.
Saturday, October 3, 2015 is the 16th Annual Tennis Tournament to benefit Penelope House.
The event is at Mobile Tennis Center. Registration is at 8 a.m.. Play starts at 9 a.m. and includes Men's Doubles/Women's Teams of 8; lunch; prizes and a silent auction.
For more information on the tournament, visit "Penelope House Tennis Tournament" on Facebook. To learn more about Penelope House shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children, log onto www.penelopehouse.org.
Fundraiser for Telia Graham, 12, of Bayou La Batre, Saturday, October 3 at Bayou La Batre Senior/Community Center
Telia Graham of Bayou La Batre, now 12 years old, was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma when she was 6. It began in her right arm and has since moved to her hip, back and spine.
The daughter of Gracie Graham, Telia has 2 brothers and 2 sisters. In an earlier story (AL.com, April 2, 2014, Jo Anne McKnight, correspondent), Telia's grandmother, Anna Bosarge, said that the family has no insurance and that Medicaid does not nearly cover Telia's treatments and other expenses.
So on Saturday, October 3,11 a.m.-7 p.m., the community is holding a fundraiser to help the family. The event will be at Bayou La Batre Senior/Community Center, 12747 Padgett Switch Road in Irvington.
The fundraiser and family fun day includes a singing, arts and crafts booths and, for children, games and a Moon Walk. There's to be a silent auction, a bake sale and spaghetti dinners. There'll also be a Cruise-In (no entry fee, no competition) with vehicle owners showing off their classic cars, trucks and motor cycles. Tiffany DeGeer, who is helping with the fundraiser, said that there will be a raffle with "cool prizes": and a 50/50 drawing.
For more information, call Tiffany DeGeer, 251-223-6262.
It may seem a little early to start preparing for a December event, but Citizens for a Better Grand Bay has added a Chili Cook-Off to this year's Country Christmas, and teams have to be organized and recipes planned.
Kelli Bratton, events coordinator for CBGB, said that the Grand Bay Country Christmas Chili Cook-Off will be Saturday, December 5. Divisions and entry fees are as follows. Teams may enter one of the following in either, or both, the Red and Vegetarian Red categories: Amateur $50; Professional $100.
Detailed information on Public Tasting, Chili Definitions, Miunimum Chili Amounts, Cooking Times, Ingredients and other specifics can be obtained from Bratton at email email@example.com.
Judging will be on Best Chili, People's Choice, Most Tasted and Most Original Team.
Was small-town life ever like Mayberry, where little boys shot marbles for fun and mothers were always home after school with a plate of warm cookies and a pitcher of cold milk?
The folks in Satsuma think so.
And from October 5-10, their 100-year-old town will turn back the hands of time for a Centennial Celebration to rival any festival held in the fictional Mayberry or the real Satsuma of the early 20th century.
Just as in Andy's hometown, the church has always played an important role in Satsuma. So fittingly, the week-long Centennial event begins on Monday, October 5, 7:30 a.m. with a "Bless the Tie that Binds" Prayer Breakfast at First Baptist Church of Satsuma. Featured will be three Satsuma High School alumni, soprano Dr. Kimberly M. Davis, and keynote speakers, Dewanna Banks and Dan McConaghy. The speakers will share an historical event, and then, three long-time residents will be honored. All Satsuma ministers are invited to participate in prayer for Satsuma. This community breakfast is open to all current residents of Satsuma and all members of Satsuma churches; it is sponsored by A Little Shoppe and Little's Auto Sales.
On Tuesday, October 6, 10 a.m., Satsuma Reunited will sponsor an open-to-all City Hall activity, a "Profile in Courage" tribute to two 1973 graduates of Satsuma High School. After they are honored for their role in the town's history, everyone is invited to stay and watch the movie, "The Help," complete with Coke and popcorn.
The Wednesday, October 7th event is closed to the public. All former Miss Satsumas will be honored at this reunion of the town's beauty queens. "There She Is--Miss Satsuma through the Years" is sponsored by Alpha Kappa.
The Thursday, October 8th offering could put Andy's Mayberry to shame. It's a "Home Sweet Home Southern Supper" at Steel Creek Lodge at 6 p.m. and it is open to all paying guests. The cost is $15 per person, which includes the sumptuous meal and entertainment by the Kempters, a family who plays both gospel and contemporary music. Mary Atchison said that during this evening, the two oldest families still living in Satsuma and the oldest continuously operating business will be honored. Tickets are available at McConaghy Drug Store.
The Women's Club of Satsuma is sponsoring "Life in 1915--Ladies Porch Party" recognizing the First Ladies of Satsuma on Friday, October 9. The hostess of the event is Megan Wyatt and the party is open to forty women who are current residents of Satsuma.
Saturday, October 10, 9 a.m.-12:05 p.m. is the BIG day. Titled "It Must be Mayberry 'Cause Aunt Bee, Andy, Opie, Barney and Floyd Are Here," the event in Baldwin Square is a town party and field day. There will be games with cash awards--Barney's 100-Yard Dash at 9 a.m.; Opie's Sack Race at 9:30 a.m. (both carry a $2 entry fee), and Aunt Bee's Pie Contest at 10 a.m. Miss Centennial will be crowned at 11 a.m. Satsuma Community Development Organization is sponsoring this activity, which should bring out the hometown spirit and appreciation for some of the simpler things in life.
For more information, contact Mary Atchison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-626-0630.
Think Pink Tea, billed as "Part Fashion Show, Part Tea Party" is scheduled for Thursday, October 8 at Alabama Cruise Terminal
On Thursday, October 8, 4-6 p.m., the annual "Think Pink Tea" will be held at Alabama Cruise Terminal, 201 S. Water Street, Mobile.
Billed as "part fashion show, part tea party," the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute's Think Pink Tea is a celebration of breast cancer awareness, a commitment to patients, survivors, advocates and friends and family of those affected by breast cancer.
The annual event during Breast Cancer Awareness Month features guest speakers, music, delicacies and a runway fashion show. The models who walk the runway each year are current patients, breast cancer survivors, physicians and others who have been affected by cancer.
This award-winning event is presented by MCI and USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital of Mobile and has been recognized by the Public Relations Council of Alabama for its social and community impact.
The fashion show will begin at 4:30 p.m. Title sponsor for the event is the Vincent F. Kilborn Charitable Foundation, the official wardrobe sponsor is Dillard’s of Mobile and the official hair and makeup sponsor is Salon West 54 Hundred. The event is free; RSVP by calling 251-445-9691.
Heather Williams of the Saraland Arts Council, Saraland High School, said that the group will be holding its 3rd Annual Music and Arts Festival at Saraland Civic Center on October 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be musical performers as well as vendors; visitors are invited to start their holiday shopping early, Williams said. "We still have some outside spaces available for vendors," she said; she can be reached at email@example.com for information. The winning art design by student Sophie Bussell is pictured.our high school students, Sophie Bussell.
Monday, September 28 is the deadline for Satsuma girls in grades 9-12 to apply for the Miss Centennial competition. See Donna Salter at Satsuma High School or pick up an application at City Hall. For information, contact Mary Atchison at 251-626-0630.
The Government Street Forum and lunch at Government Street Presbyterian Church is Thursday, October 1. The $10 lunch is at noon, and guest speaker, Dr. Robert Lightfoot of Victory Health Partners, will speak at 12:30 p.m Dr. Lightfoot will give an update on his clinic, which provides health care to low-income uninsured people. For more information, call the church at 251-432-1749.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a "Show your Colors Food Drive," asking that businesses in the area pick a team, Alabama Crimson Tide or Auburn Tigers, and start a collection of canned goods for those in need. Individuals can also make donations for their favorite teams. Call Tina Poiroux at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 251-666-2488 for details. Drive ends November 18.
A couple of Pumpkin Patches will open October 1, both offering fun for children and adults. At Tanner Williams United Methodist Church, 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road North, the Patch will be open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Visitors can buy pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, mums, plants and home made treats. The month-long observance of autumn really kicks off Saturday, October 3 with a Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There'll be games, demonstrations, a Scare Crow contest, a decorated cake competition, cake walks, kids' crafts, face painting and other activities. A pulled pork dinner will be available for purchase.
School field trips can be scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday during October; call 251-649-4792 or 776-0283.
Middleton Farm is also offering Pumpkin Patch Field Trips, allowing students to explore a real pumpkin patch and compare different pumpkin, corn and gourd varieties. Students see the life cycle of a pumpkin, take a hayride, have a visit to the Country Store and meet some of the favorite animals on the farm. In addition, the Pumpkin Patch will be open to visitors on Saturdays through October. Call 251-709-2001 for more information and directions.
On Wednesday, September 30, 6-8 p.m., local celebrity waiters will be working at Heroes on Hillcrest for tips to benefit Family Promise, which provides temporary housing for homeless families. Call Brandi Purvis, 251-441-1991 for more information.
The 5th Annual Dauphin Island Art Trail is Saturday, October 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The event, sponsored by the DI Chamber of Commerce, will feature 40 artists at 10 different locations; a free trolley service will be provided. For more information, see www.dauphinislandchamber or call 251-861-5524.
The 21st Annual Vintage Affair Gala is Thursday, October 1, 6-9 p.m. at Alabama Cruise Terminal. The event will benefit American Cancer Society. See www.vintageaffairmobile.org for ticket information.
Sea Stars camp for special-needs children and their guardians is October 2-4 at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. For information, call 251-861-2141.
Women's Resource Center is sponsoring “Walk for Life” on Saturday, October 3 at Mobile Municipal Park and the University of Mobile. Call 251-473-4000 ext, 28 for details on this fundraiser that is also includes family fun activities.
Art at the Park at Oak Park Church, 3321 Sollie Road, is Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To rent an arts and crafts or vendor booth, call Jessica Roberts at 251-633-6110. Visitors can take this opportunity to pick up a few Christmas gifts a little early, perhaps.
A Community Family Fun Day at the City of Mobile Adult Center, 1301 Azalea Road, is Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call Heidi Hanchey, 251-666-3922 for information.
Semmes seniors will share “Lunch with the Mayor” (Judy Hale) on Thursday, October 1 at noon. Call 251-649-2010 to RSVP.
The Senior Dance at Tillman's Corner Community Center is Thursday, October 1, 7-10 p.m. Music will be provided by Dumas McLaney and the County Line Band. Call 251-661-5827 for more information.
Calling All Children born in the Hollis J. Wiseman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital. A 26th Reunion Party is scheduled on Sunday, October 18, 1-3 p.m. Call Cynthia Huie-Smith, 251-415-1000 for information on this fun, free event.
A Holiday Craft/Yard Sale and Gumbo Sale is scheduled for Saturday, November 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Georgetown-Chunchula United Methodist Church, 9775 Chunchula Georgetown Road. The gumbo is home made and frozen, so orders are being taken now. Call 251-243-2649 to place an order or reserve a crafts or vendor space.
Semmes Art Festival is Saturday, October 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Semmes Community Center, 10141 Moffett Road. Applications are available; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 4th Annual Nita Cain Breast Cancer Awareness Walk at Ralston Park in Bayou La Batre is Saturday, October 10, beginning at 3 p.m. All proceeds will benefit those in need in south Mobile County. For more information, call Angela Hawkins, 251-786-0405.
Grand Bay Community Breakfast was Saturday September 26; Breakfast held on last Saturday of the month
The Grand Bay Community Breakfast, sponsored by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay, was Saturday, September 26, and among those attending were Rev. John and Rachael Baxter; the Harper brothers, Joe and Roland; Jane Spicciani of the Grand Bay Garden Club and Andrea Trehern and Ann Bennett, CBGB board members.
Kimon Brown reported on the activities of the Compassionate Care Team and the short-fall in government funds for the senior program. CBGB president, Aleta Boudreaux, discussed the progress of the library renovation, gave the dates of the Grand Bay Country Christmas weekend as December 4 and 5 and introduced new residents Kelly and Harold Smith. Guest Carolyn Cain reminded those present of the Alabama Pecan Festival, November 6-8, and encouraged all to attend.
Ann Bennett, Citizens for a Better Grand Bay board member, and Ted Stevens enjoy morning coffee and orange juice at the CBGB-sponsored Community Breakfast