events

January 21

Fairhope Volunteer Fire Dept. BBQ Cook Off
“Smoke’em if you Got’em”
Equality Street, Downtown Fairhope
2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Entertainment by 12 South
For information, call 251-379-1924

January 21

The Fairhope Public Library is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in the current building
located at 501 Fairhope Avenue. Join us as we ‘party’ on the birthday of the ‘new’ library on Saturday, January 21, 10  a.m.  until 2 p.m.
There will be activities, cake, prizes and more for all to take part in. All the festivities will be held in the Giddens Auditorium. The Library will conduct normal operations along with our celebration. The Library hours on Saturdays are 9 am until 3 pm. For more information, contact your local library or visit www.fairhopelibrary.org

January 26

FEEF Bringing ASF’s Two Gentlemen of Verona to Fairhope

Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation (FEEF) will host Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s touring production of Two Gentlemen of Verona for a one-night performance only on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in FEEF’s Black Box Theatre at Fairhope High School.

This condensed version of Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare’s first play, is sure to be a hit with all ages. Proteus is in love with Julia until he gets an eyeful of his best friend’s girl, Silvia. When friends turn into rivals, things go quickly comic as they clash with bandits, a bad-mannered dog, an angry father, and a girl who won’t be dumped.

FEEF Board President Carrie Mackey said proceeds from this showing of Two Gentlemen of Verona will help fund performances for more than 1,200 public school students in Baldwin County during the week of January 23. The production is underwritten by Hampton Inn Fairhope.

“This partnership with ASF is a win-win for all parties involved,” Mackey said.
“The public has access to professional theatre at a discounted price, your students are exposed to a first-rate Shakespeare performance, and ASF is able to reach an audience outside its traditional Montgomery location.”

General admission tickets are $15 and available at brownpapertickets.com or by calling 990-3333. Ticket sales are limited and doors open at 6:30 p.m. for general seating. For more information visit www.feefonline.org or email info@feefonline.org.

January 30 

Nix Center to Host Annual Volunteer Fair
The Nix Center will host a Volunteer Fair on Monday, January 30 from 1 – 3 p.m.  With the New Year upon us, now if the perfect time to get involved and give back to your community.  Local groups are looking for all types of volunteers with many different talents to offer.  Local organizations who are in need of  volunteers will have booths setup with information about their group and what kind of volunteer they are looking for.  You can sign up to volunteer at the fair or take home information to make sure you find the right fit. The Volunteer Fair is open to the public and admittance is free of charge.

Baldwin Pops 20th Anniversary Concert
The Baldwin Pops 20th Anniversary Concert, sponsored by the City of Fairhope and the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation, is Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the Fairhope Civic Center. The concert will include a Fairhope history segment, selections from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo, plus other favorites, along with a new piece written by conductor Dr. Roger Jones that will feature the band’s talented oboe and English horn player, Erica Lovato, a senior at Spanish Fort High School.

February 4
Chinese New Year Parade, downtown Fairhope. Most activities at Fairhope United Methodist Church. Parade begins there at 10 a.m. For information, call 251-990-3550.

February 11
Champagne and Chocolate, Fairhope Public Library, 6:30 p.m.
For information and tickets, call the library or visit www.fairhopelibrary.org.

February 11
Fairhope’s Arbor Day comes a little early this year. “The actual date coincides with Mardi Gras, so we moved our celebration to Saturday, February 11, to make it easier for people to do everything in Fairhope this busy month,” said Jennifer Fidler, Director of Public Works for the City of Fairhope. The event takes place starting at 10am on the Fairhope Faulkner campus.

Along with the always-popular distribution of tree seedlings, the day will honor new “treasured tree” award recipients and recognize the 5th grade poster contest winners from Fairhope Elementary and J. Larry Newton.   “Also, we plan to raffle off a few fruit trees, and we expect to have commercial tree vendors there to answer the public’s questions about trees,” Fidler said, adding that the vendors provide drinks and snacks and often hold a giveaway. “New this year, we hope to have a ‘blessing of the trees,’ which will be a nice addition, and, as before, there will be music from the Fairhope High School Jazz Band.

The tree seedling giveaway follows the main program and lasts for about 30 minutes or until supplies are exhausted. This year the list of trees includes: American hornbeam, eastern mayhaw, sassafras, southern red cedar, longleaf pine, flatwoods plum, Nuttall oak, green ash, Dahoon holly, white oak, and bald cypress. For questions, call 251-929-1466.

February 18- Mardi Gras

Fairhope’s Mardi Gras season kicks off on Saturday, February 18, with not one but two parades. First, grab a leash for the Mystic Mutts of Revelry, Fairhope’s only walking parade. Now in its 14th year, this parade is the main annual fundraising activity for Fairhope’s no-kill animal shelter, The Haven, and features, what else? Dogs! “This is a fun and popular event that has raised around $140,000 for The Haven since its inception, said spokesperson Joline Beedy. “Our monthly vet and medical care costs average between $6,000 and $8,000, so this is an important fundraising event. But we also call it a ‘friend-raising’ event because we are reaching out to the community with information about the wonderful pets we have available for adoption.”Since it opened its doors in 2000, The Haven has helped 6,500 dogs and cats find new homes. “Funds from this event allow us to continue saving lives,” Beedy said. To learn more and to register for the parade, visit www.havenforanimals.org. Registration will also be available the day of the parade at the park, starting at 10:30.

Mardi Gras really gets rolling that evening (Saturday, February 18) with the Knights of Ecor Rouge, and the men of KOER have an exciting parade planned. According to a masked spokesman, the theme for their 33rd annual parade is “Riding with the Knights,” and the floats will feature famous “rides,” including the Bat Mobile, Back to the Future’s DeLorean, Rosco P. Coltrane’s patrol car, KITT, the A-Team van, Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine, Ghostbuster’s Ecto-1, and Smokey & the Bandit’s Ban One. In addition to the themed floats, KOER parades include crowd favorites of the gator Daphne, a Bayboat, the Pelican, and the emblem float. As always KOER brings a lot of great music to its parade. Watch for local high school bands from Fairhope, Robertsdale, Spanish Fort, Baldwin County, and Atmore, plus the Olympia Brass Band, Robertsdale Naval Jr. R.O.T.C, and McGuire’s Pipe Band.

The Maids of Jubilee are taking Fairhope “On the Wild Side” this year for their parade on Friday, February 24. “This year’s floats are bright and beautiful and all our floats have been enhanced with new sound systems, which is very exciting,” said a masker. The ladies will be riding on floats depicting various jungle animals, including zebras, cheetahs, flamingos, peacocks, giraffes, iguanas, and tigers. Permanent MOJ floats to watch for are Jubilee, Mystical Mermaids, and a float introduced last year, the Clam Shell. “This honors those who have been affected by breast cancer,” the MOJ masker said. “The rider is costumed as a live mermaid, which is fun!” Music for MOJ will be from the Fairhope and Spanish Fort High School bands, Foley Drum Ensemble, Bay City Brass Band, Excelsior Band, and the New Millennium Band.

Last but far from least for Fairhope’s season, the ladies of OOMM, the Order of Mystic Magnolias, bring their brand of fun to the streets on Monday, February 27, with “Hometown Throw Down,” featuring all things Baldwin County. Along with OOMM’s popular marshals on horseback (14 of them!), the parade will feature floats that should look familiar to locals, such as First Friday, Festival and Ferris Wheels, John Deer Green, Down on the Delta, Fairhope Float, Maiden Voyage/Boat Float, Salt Life, Polo and Pearls, and of course—Mardi Gras! Numerous high school and other bands will provide lively tunes to keep everyone dancing in the streets.

All the evening parades start at the corner of Oak and north Section Street at 6:45 pm and follow a loop through downtown, returning to the Civic Center. If you want to see the floats up close before things get wild and crazy in the parade, come early. You can stroll among the floats and take up-close photos in the staging area along Oak and Church streets, next to the Fairhope Municipal Complex.

February 25

Krewe of Mullet Mates on County Road 1, 2 p.m.

February 25
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 17th annual Chili for Charity event sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries, Inc. This year’s cook-off will again be held at Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope , Saturday, February 25. The fabulous fun-filled festival has something for everyone. You are able to sample some of the best chili that Baldwin County has to offer, hear live music by several choirs and bands, ride a mechanical bull, request a great creation from the balloon artist and check out all the antique tractors on display. Also, there’ll be inflatables for the kids to enjoy.   And we’re not finished…add a bake sale with out- of –this- world homemade baked goods.  It’s the PERFECT RECIPE for a great afternoon of family fun that supports EMI’s many worthwhile programs.

This cook-off is still one of the best bargains around.  Admission is $12.50 for adults in advance, $15.00 at the gate.   Children under 12 are free.  Adult admission which includes a handmade chili bowl is $32.50 in advance ($35.00 day of the event).   All the fun begins at 11:30 am and runs until 2:00 pm or until the all the chili is gone.   So, come early and bring your appetite.

Sponsorships and teams are always needed.  For more information call: 928-3430. You can also visit our website, www.baldwinemi.org  for team and sponsorship applications or to buy your tickets online. Hope to see you there, come for the fun and help support your neighbors in need through the many social service programs at Ecumenical Ministries.