Snowbird News

Snowbird Trivia Night slated Feb. 17 at O.B. Event Center

The Friends of the Orange Beach Library will be hosting Snowbird Trivia Night on Saturday, February 17 at the Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf. Tables are $120, with 8 players per table. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and play starts at 6 p.m. Enrollment forms are available at Orange Beach Public Library and Gulf Shores Library. If you have any questions, please call Larry or Sharon at 251-975-1258 and leave a message.

Pensacola Senior Follies tickets are now on sale

City Slickers & Country Cousins is this year’s theme for this year’s Pensacola Senior Follies. Performing again this year at WSRE-TV, Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio on College Blvd. and 12th Ave.
Evening performance will be at 7 PM on Friday, March 16, and matinee performances will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18. Show tickets can be purchased at Bayview Senior Center and West Escambia Senior Center. Tickets will be valid for any performance. Ticket information is also available by calling 417-7736 or 453-3016. Tickets are $15 and are good for any show.
These multi-talented seniors will present a two-hour song, dance and comedy review with proceeds going to support various senior programs in the community, including the Council on Aging, Exchange Park, Sacred Heart System “Camp Bluebird”, Bayview Senior Center, West Escambia Senior Center, Pensacola State College Scholarship & ARC.

Bratfest is Feb. 3

The 20th Annual Pleasure Island Firefighters Bob Gilray Memorial Snowbird Bratfest will be held on Saturday, February 3 at the Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center, located adjacent to the Erie Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores. Brats are $4. The festivities start at 8 a.m. and will continue until 11 a.m. or until sold out. All proceeds benefit local Fire and Rescue Departments. The event has raised over $165,000 in the past 19 years. It is a rain or shine event and carry out and take-out services are available in addition to the walk-thru lines.
The event is sponsored by the following Snowbird Clubs: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Pancakes & Porkies Feb. 10

The 19th Annual All You Can Eat Snowbirds Pancake & Porkies Breakfast event will be held on February 10 at the Eric Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores from 8-11 a.m. Cost is $6 per person, with family rates also available. All proceeds benefit the Gulf Shores Fire Fighters Association.

Welcome Wednesdays at ‘Bama

Welcome Wednesdays potluck lunches are back at the Flora-Bama through March 1. The weekly lunch features live music, followed by drawings for goods, services and merchandise compliments of the Flora-Bama and local businesses. Music begins at 11 a.m. The 1 p.m. buffet is $3 per person or free for those bringing a side dish. The Flora-Bama is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico at the Florida-Alabama state line.
Snowbird euchre Tuesdays at G.S. American Legion

Starting Tuesday, January 2, Snowbirds will be gathering to play euchre every Tuesday. Sign in starts at 12:30 p.m., and play begins at 1 p.m. at the Gulf Shores American Legion. Contact Judy Bahnmiller at 517-414-4795. The lasat day of play will be March 20. “It is actually open to anyone,’’ Bahnmiller said.

Snowbird Dulcimer Players

Mt Dulcimer Players – Meet M 10-11:30 am, W 2:15-3:45, Jan 3-Mar 28, Thomas Norton Library, 221 W 19th Ave, Gulf Shores. Novice beginners W only 3:45-4:45. For more information, call Irene Morrison at 231-487-0126.

St. Thomas By The Sea fish-frys start Jan. 5

The Knights of Columbus of St Thomas by the Sea will start their annual fish fry on Friday, January 5, and it will run through March 9, 2018. The fish fry will be from 4PM to 6PM each Friday at the Parish Center in the rear of the church. Proceeds from the fish fry are used by the Knights to help support various charities in the local area during Christmas. Plates are $10/person. In addition to the dinner, there will be a 50/50 drawing each week. St Thomas is located at 26547 Perdido Beach Blvd in Orange Beach. See you there.

Iowa

By Fran Gruenhaupt
Iowa Snowbirds invite Iowans and guests to attend their breakfasts and the cocktail parties held during January through early March 2018. Iowa Snowbird Club Co-Presidents, Steve and Chris Hedlund, have set the Snowbird breakfasts for the second and fourth Wednesdays in January and February. The first Iowa “breakfast” will be at OWA, a change from previous announcements. The “meet and greet” coffee and donuts gathering will be Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the Groovy Goat, 8:00-10:00am. The cost will be $6 for an informal coffee time around small tables. Reservations can be made on the website, Iowa-Alabamagulfcoastsnowbirds.org (preferred), or by calling Shari DeCook, 641-521-0929 or Sharon Hesselmann, 563-357-2721. Everyone is welcome to attend this get acquainted event.
The Iowa Club will meet for their regular breakfast meetings Wednesdays, January 24, February 7 and 21 at the Perdido Beach Resort, 27200 East Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach. The cost will be $10 per person with reservations to be made on the website.
Door prizes are awarded and a 50/50 drawing is held at each regular breakfast. While in the Gulf communities, the Iowa club members donate to various local charities such as the zoo, libraries, fire departments, and others through their activities. Chairmen of these fundraising events will review the 2018 plans and will sign up volunteers to assist in the activities.There is no membership fee and all Iowans and their guests are welcome at all club events.
Cocktail Parties are scheduled on Fridays, January 26 and February 23, 5-7PM at the Caribe, Building C, 28103 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach. No RSVP is required. Bring a dish to share and your own beverage.
Club members may check the website, iowa-alabamagulfcoastsnowbirds.org for updates and a listing of activities available in the Gulf area. Golf sign-up for 2018 is through the website.

North & South Dakota

The Gulf Shores based North and South Dakota Snowbird Club meets on the following alternate Tuesday mornings in January, February and March beginning on January 9, January 23, February 6, February 20 and March 6. We gather at Luna’s Eat & Drink, 25753 Canel Road, Orange Beach, at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast with a short meeting to follow at 9 a.m. We also hold several other social events throughout the winter season including pot lucks, dinner at local restaurants, etc. While in Gulf Shores we collect food and infant items at our breakfast meetings for the local food pantry and also contribute to other not for profit fundraisers in the local Baldwin County area. For more information contact Joyce at 605-351-0274

Snowbird Men’s Coffee Club

The Gulf Shores Men’s Snowbird Coffee Club will hold their first meeting of the 2018 season at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3 at Gilbey’s Restaurant, 25775 Perdido Beach Blvd. in Orange Beach. The club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. for coffee. Membership information is available at these meetings. The oldest continually active snowbird club has more than 290 members from twenty-seven states and three Canadian provinces. Besides raising money for local charities, the club holds golf outings, sponsors casino trips and conducts breakfast meetings for members and spouses. The club also throws horseshoes on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at noon at Meyer Park in Gulf Shores. The first breakfast meeting of the season will be at Gilbey’s Restaurant in Orange Beach on Friday, January 19 at 8:00 a.m. Officers for the 2018 season are: Mike Culverhouse, president, Michigan; Dale Orchard, vice president, Michigan; Carl Crump, secretary, Missouri and Tom Williams, treasurer, Michigan. Kevin Probst from Alabama will schedule all golf outings.

Michigan

By Lynn Wilhelm
lynnwilhelm@gmail.com
News: Tuesday, January 2nd, Michigan Club Board Meeting, St Andrews Church , 10:00 a.m.; Membership and golf signup, Gulf Shores Activity Center, 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Thursday, January 4th – Michigan Club General Meeting, Erie Meyer Center. Doughnuts and coffee at 9:00; meeting starts at 10; Monday, January 8th – Golf: Timber Creek, 12:00 shotgun, $36, Call Dave Ferguson at 989-435-9085 for more information. Tuesday, January 9th, Gulf State Park, 10:00. Wednesday, January 10th – Golf: Peninsula, tee-times 10:36-12;52, $59, Call Tom Kelly at 251-948-4446; Casino Trip: Scarlet Pearl, 7:00 a.m. at the Track. Cal Walt at 231-450-2192. Thursday, January 11th – Michigan Club Luncheon at Gulf Shores Activity Center, 4:30 p.m., $13. Catered by the Sassy Bass. Cal Ed Phillipson at 989-621-9755. Monday, January 15th – Michigan Club board meeting, 10:00, St Andrews Church. Golf: Perdido Bay, 12:00 shotgun, $40. Call Sherri Plumley at 231-690-2686.

Wisconsin

By Nancy Durgin
The WI Sno-bird Club will meet on January 3 at the Orange Beach Event Center (OBEC) at the Wharf at 8:30 am for coffee and donuts with the meeting beginning at 9 am. Everyone from WI is welcome to join us! We have a book/puzzle exchange, opportunities to volunteer, day and overnight trips, singles events. Cards will be played every Friday from 9 am to noon at the Hogfish Grille (formerly Lester’s), 24821 Canal Road, Orange Beach (OB). Special rates for golf are available at GlenLakes Golf Club every weekday. We also collect the following: Campbell soup labels, Nestle water bottle labels, General Mills and Johnson & Johnson boxtops for education, manufacturer’s coupons, empty printer ink cartridges and pop-top rings. For more information contact Kenn at 251-967-2463 OR wissnobirds@yahoo.com
• Wednesday, January 3 – 8:30 am, OBEC, meeting; Monday, January 8 – 8 am, Singles breakfast at Tacky Jacks, Gulf Shores; Wednesday, January 17 – 8:30 am, OBEC, meeting
Wednesday, January 24 – Noon,; Potluck lunch at Orange Beach Community Center; Saturday, February 3 – Bob Gilray Memorial BRAT FEST, Fire Departments benefit; Tuesday, February 13 – 8-pin No Tap Bowling, charity TBA; Thursday, February 15 – Baldwin County Heritage Museum Golf Scramble benefit.

Snowbird Fest Jan. 27 at O.B. Events Center

The 9th Annual Snowbird Fest is returning to the Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf on Saturday, January 27 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Entertainment includes tributes to Lucy Ball and Johnny Cash, magic acts and a car shine & show.
Those registering will have a chance to win amazing prizes that include a drone, an Amazon Fire 7 Tablet or a Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice remote. Register for express entry online at SnowbirdFest.com or just show up on the day of the event. It’s all entirely free for snowbirds.
The fest is designed specifically to suit the unique Snowbird lifestyle, Snowbird Fest is both a trade show and a festival that features exclusive deals on rentals, sales, dining, golf, RV resources and other entertainment. Plus, businesses and organizations that cater to the unique Snowbird lifestyle will be on-hand to offer their own special giveaways, provide information and answer questions.
Snowbird Fests offer Snowbirds a chance to meet each other and learn more about their winter homes. The festival is an annual event organized and produced by The Snowbird Company, the leader in rent-by-owner websites specializing in the snowbird demographic and their travel needs. Businesses interested in exhibiting, call 251-454-4111 or visit snowbirdfest.com.
This year’s Snowbird Fest is expected to be the biggest and best ever, as the Snowbird Company will be busing snowbirds in from Ft. Walton Beach, Destin and Pensacola. The bus trip is free for Snowbirds. Since 2010, tens of thousands of winter visitors have attended the one-day, four-hour event, including a record breaking 3,500 visiting Snowbirds last year.

Tacky Jacks Winter of Fun

Winter visitors looking for fun can find it at Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores (on the Intracoastal Watway). The Wacky Winter of Fun series will feature different events to include regional artists, local organizations, and games each Monday this winter beginning January 8. For a monthly schedule of events, to rsvp or for more info, go to tackyjacks.com or call 251-948-8881.
• January 8, 10-11:30 am; Art al Fresco “Gulf Shores Rocks!” Rock Painting- Painted rocks are all the rage. Create your own painted rocks. All ages; lunch & learn $15 includes lunch. RSVP online or by phone. Arrive 15 minutes early.
• January 15, 10-11:30 am; Art al Fresco “Ductigami” Duct Tape Crafts. Make a duct tape wallet or jewelry. All ages; lunch & learn $15 includes lunch. RSVP online or by phone. Arrive 15 minutes early.
• January 22, 10-11:30 am; Art al Fresco and Hands on Habitat with NUISANCE Group – Rare Lionfish Spine Jewelry and educational presentation.

Knights of Columbus Welcome Dance Jan. 19

The Knights of Columbus will host the 12th Annual Frank Calma Memorial Welcome Back Snowbirds Dance at the Our Lady of the Gulf parish hall at 308 East 22nd Avenue in Gulf Shores on Friday, January 19, from 7 – 10 pm. Again this year, music will be provided by John, Jim, and Jerry.
Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the Our Lady of the Gulf parish office or from Gail Calma 251-752-7422. This event regularly sells out – please get your tickets early!

Astronomy lecture slated Jan. 4 at Foley Library

On Thursday, Jan 4, Dr. Otto Richter, of the University of West Florida, will give an astronomy presentation entitled “Supernovae (or Where does all the Gold on Earth come from?) at the Foley Public Library at 6 p.m. Seating is limited for all programs and calling 251-943-7665 is generally required to reserve a spot. All programs are held in the upstairs meeting room of the library.
Dr. Richter graduated from the University of Hamburg and has lived in the states for many years and taught astronomy classes at several universities.

Adult coloring club meets Jan. 14 at Foley Library

Color Me Happy, an adult coloring club, will be meeting at a new time starting on Wednesday, Jan 14. The new time is 2 – 4 p.m. This is being done in the hopes it will increase attendance. Calls for a reservation for this program are not required at this time. For more info, call 251-943-7665 email mschnieders@cityoffoley.org or visit foleylibrary.org.​

Journal making workshop Jan. 27 at Foley Library

On Satuorday, Jan. 27, an adult program will be held on journal making at The Foley Library. Attendees will create their own journal/scrapbook to take home with them. Instruction on decoupaging, sewing in pages, and embellishing books will be given. Seating is limited for this program so a reservation is required.
For more info, call 251-943-7665 email mschnieders@cityoffoley.org or visit foleylibrary.org.​

Illinois

Illinois Snowbird Club Activity Schedule.
• January – 5 @ 10:00, Welcome Back Coffee – Orange Beach Sr. Activity Center (Gail Brueggeman 618-580-4407; 12 @ 8:00, Breakfast at GTs On the Bay (doors open at 7:45) Call the Kolek’s 630-738-8717 for reservations $13.00 at the door– Tentative Speaker: Karen Hellmich, OWA Group; 16 @ 5:00, Potluck and Games – Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center (Lu Douglas 815-541-9952) Speaker: Jim Djryea, National Naval Aviation Museum; 18 @10:00, Guided Tour of National Naval Aviation Museum (Lu Douglas 815-541-9952); 18 @ 9:30, Book Club: South of Broad by Pat Conroy @ Orange Beach Library (Gail Brueggeman); 26 @ 8:00, Breakfast at GTs On the Bay (doors open at 7:45) Call the Kolek’s 630-738-8717 for reservations $13.00 at the door – Tentative Speaker: Mark Wentzel of 5 Rivers/Alabama’s Delta Resource Center.
• February – 2 @ 8:30 –10:00 “Sea, Sand and Stars” Tour $5 suggested donation (RSVP 251-981-5690); 3 @ 10:30 – 1:00, Snowbird Bratfest – Erie Meyer Center (Doris Hulett 309-846-8808); 9 @ 8:00, Breakfast at GTs On the Bay (doors open at 7:45) Call the Kolek’s 630-738-8717 for reservations $13.00 at the door – Tentative Speaker: Alicia Tally of the Gulf Shores K-9 Unit; 7 @ 5:00, Potluck and Games – Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center (Lu Douglas 815-541-9952), 10 @ 7:30, Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast – Erie Meyer Center (Doris Hulett 309-846-8808), 15 @ 9:30, Book Club: Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani @ Orange Beach Library (Gail Brueggeman), 15 @ 7:30, Snowbird Play “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” (Mary Jane Munsell), 16 @ 11:00, Low Country Boil [location TBD] (Doris Hulett 309-846-8808), 17 @ 6:00, Trivia Night – Orange Beach Events Center, 23 @ 8:00, Breakfast at GTs On the Bay (doors open at 7:45) Call the Kolek’s 630-738-8717 for reservations $13.00 at the door – Tentative Speaker: TBD; 27@12:00, Picnic in the Park, Johnnie Sims Park, 348 W. 19th (Lu Douglas 815-541-9952) (GSAC if rain).
• March – 9 @ 7:30, Breakfast at GTs On the Bay (doors open at 7:45) Call the Kolek’s 630-738-8717 for reservations $13.00 at the door – No speaker; Year-end Business.

Wisconsin Synod Lutherans will be meeting at St. Jude’s

Gulf Shores area WELS / ELS Members
Wisconsin Synod Lutherans will have local church services with Holy Communion conducted as follows: January 7 & 21, February 4 at 4 p.m. with Bible class to follow at St Jude by the Sea Lutheran Church, located at 312 E 16th Ave. in Gulf Shores. Make checks payable to: Risen Savior Luth. Church. For more info, contact Evan Dobberfuhl at 715-573-0808 or tpcevan@gmail.com.

New York

By Frank Panczyszyn
The New York Snowbirds are returning in force to the Gulf Coast for another winter of warmth and fun. Once again, they are pleased that the hurricanes were forgiving for this cherished area, and it’s business as usual for the next 3 months. Snowbird committees are already meeting to begin plans for the various fund raising activities for the communities that are championed by the wintering guests.
New York will start the season with its first luncheon on Thursday, January 11th at Ginny Lane, in Orange Beach, at the Wharf. They will gather for registration and social time at 11AM, with lunch to begin 1130AM. They will order from a special menu and be provided separate checks. $1 per person will be collected at registration to cover luncheon expenses, amenities, and future donations back to the community. 50-50 raffle will also be used to generate $$$ for community donations. A speaker will be scheduled to talk on an appropriate topic. For reservations, please call Frank and Tracy at 585-748-0432, or email nysnowbirds@ gmail.com., no later than January 8th, 3 days before the scheduled luncheon. Future luncheons will be at Ginny Lane on January 25th, February 8th and 22nd, and March 8th.
A casino bus trip to Biloxi is planned for January 18th, with information sent to its members by email.
They will participate in the various winter snowbird fund raising functions: Brat Fest, Trivia Night, Pancake Breakfast, Baldwin County Heritage Museum Golf, and the Low Country Boil.
Other activities may include Ladies Luncheon, Valentine Brunch, Dinner Dances, Dolphin Cruise, Fishing Trip, a second Casino Trip, etc. Anyone interested in helping with these or other NY Snowbirds social and volunteer activities please email nysnowbirds@gmail.com .
More details and signup opportunities will be provided at their first luncheon in January.

Indiana

By Becky Chatham-Heidenreich
All IN snowbirds: welcome to your home away from home. We have an exciting year planned for 2018. Our breakfast meetings will be Jan.9 and 23, Feb. 13 and 27, and March 13 at the Luna Event Center (next to Cosmos behind Buzcatz Coffee Shop on Canal Road). The cost for the buffet breakfast is $10 per person. (No $50 or $100 bills, please. You may want to join the club also which is only $2.50 per person. The doors will open at 7:30 and breakfast will be at 8:00. We will have a 50/50 drawing ($1 for 1 ticket or $5 for 6 tickets or $10 for 13 tickets.) and door prizes. Guaranteed you will meet some great people and have fun. We also join with other snowbirds to raise funds for the fire stations and the zoo through a brat fest, pancake breakfast, and low country boil. Hope to see you at the breakfast.

Senior Snowbird Potluck

The senior snowbirds weekly potluck will run each Thursday thru March 30 at the Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center on Clubhouse Dr. Set-up is 11 a.m. Service at 12:30 p.m. All seniors, visitors and locals are welcome. Bring a dish to serve that will feed eight to 10 people. Suggested dishes are set up on a rotating alphabetical schedule available at each meeting. First timers should call 251-981-6060 for their initial suggested dish. A 50 cent registration fee will be collected at the door to cover drink and table service replenishments.

We all have a story, but we connect through pickleball

By Tamara Pace, Orange Beach Pickleball Player Dang!!!!! That word with Southern origins flies across the Pickleball courts faster than a slammed ball. We all have a story. We are all connected. However, our connection is Pickleball. It brings us closer than cheese grits and shrimp. We all started at the beginning. We started as novice player to advance in skill possibly by small increments, or so it may seem. A little bit of luck and a lot of strong will can bring out the best or least. We each have our personal desires of achieving more and more. Some say, “If I could only beat Al I would know I’m improving.” After beating Al were are looking to beat the next skilled player. We are stakeholders or investors, not willing to let go of our gains. We’re constantly working to challenge any losses for a turn around. The quicker the better. It goes on and on. Eventually, submitting to the challenges we are given we settle for the progress made. We grin, giggle or jump for joy. Some players are so laid back, barely smile. Others can be seen as a gregarious single soul parade which springs up inside. Maybe not a win took place, but a visit from an old friend was valued more. Greetings to the fresh faces who come to join our community! Those ties that bind us are closer than abandoned chewing gum on Alabama’s steamy hot asphalt mixed with humid salt air. We lift our hands to our brothers and sisters in symphonic acclaim, lifting them high with and “unbelievable shot”, an encouraging shout, or just plain DANG. This sometimes tail-whipping to tail- dragging game has brought us all together. Cheers to you all and to all a moment of thankfulness for our circumstances.

Pickleball popularity grows at Orange Beach Recreation Center

Since the introduction of pickleball to members of the Orange Beach Recreation Center in 2015, the low-impact sport has attracted over 8,000 players, according to Rec Center Manager Jonathan Langston.
“Not only is pickleball the fastest growing sport in the country, it also seems to be the largest sports program that we have ran at the Orange Beach Recreation Center,” Langston said. “We have between 30 and 50 citizen/members that play regularly.”
And what exactly is pickleball? According to the USA Pickleball Association, it is a sport created for all ages and skill levels that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, by three dads whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities, according to the Pickleball Association website.
Thanks to winter guests, the Rec Center’s pickleball player numbers increase to as many as 1,300 per month between January and March, with daily attendance between 75 and 105.
Beginning January 1 and continuing through March, the Rec Center will offer pickleball play on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with two 3-hour sessions each day and three courts available.
Session 1 will be from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Session 2 will be from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pricing will be $5 per person, per session or players can purchase a 15-session punch card for $50 (1 punch per person/per session).
It’s important to note that pickleball play is only included with an annual membership. It is not included with a monthly membership.
For information on membership fees, visit the city website at www.orangebeachal.gov/facilities/recreation-center/membershipsor call 251-981-6028. The Orange Beach Recreation Center is at 4849 Wilson Blvd., off Canal Road.
Pictured: Pickleball players enjoy the courts at the Orange Beach Recreation Center on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.

Coastal Alabama Pickleball News…

Effective November 30, Bob Webb will be passing the torch of the operation of Coastal Alabama Pickleball Club to Eddie McDonald. Eddie is a former school administrator and a current USAPA pickleball ambassador. He and his wife, Joan are relocating here from Northern Montana. Both the CAPC Steering Committe. “He and Bob believe he is the right person, at the right time for the Pickleball Club,’’ said Blob, who went into surgery last month with the hope of reversing the Chronic Demyelinating Poly-Neuropathy that has kept him from playing Pickleball and walking normally. Bob and his wife, Deb and thankful his earlier diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2015 was not accurate.
CAPC will offer six (6) new Pickleball Venues in 2018: Gulf Shores Church of Christ-3 indoor courts; The Beach Club-4 outdoor courts; The Plantation-3 outdoor courts; Foley Cedar Street Park-4 outdoor courts (will open mid Jan. of 2018).
Open play on the Foley Event Center’s 12 indoor courts (The CAPC Tournament Feb. 27, 28, & March 1). will not be available until at least 2nd quarter of 2018
Three outdoor courts at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex, located County Road 6 will also open in the 2nd quarter of 2018.
All of the above venues, as well as Lake Osprey RV Resort will be operated by the CAPC and a $3 per session fee will be charged. Check the CAPC website coastalalabamapickleballclub.com for the monthly pickleball schedules.
The CAPC recently re-opened discussions with the City of Foley in an effort construct a 34-46 court pickleball-bocce facility anchored by a restaurant. The location being discussed is north of the Foley Farmers Market. The location is contiguous to the Foley Sports Tourism Park. The venue would have a Trolley Stop.
The goal of the project is to make Foley the pickleball hub of Southeast, serving as host for major Pickleball and bocce tournaments, provide court space for instruction, and keep pickleball and Bocce affordable for the CAPC and Bocce Club membership. The project will require investors.
The CAPC was founded on February 1, 2015 and to-date has accomplished a great deal: 700 + Members 7th Largest PB Club in the U.S.; a website; Steering Committee equaling representing both genders, locals and snowbirds; An online merchandise store, club tourneys and nine new playing facilities.
“We brought people together from all over the U.S., and had a great time doing it,’’ said Bob Webb.