SnowBird NEWS

Welcome Wednesdays at Flora-Bama

Welcome Wednesdays potluck lunches are back at the Flora-Bama thru February. The weekly lunch party 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 noon buffet is $3 per person or free for those bringing a covered dish or dessert The Flora-Bama is located directly on the Gulf at the Florida-Alabama state line.

Missouri

By Mark Rethemeyer
If you are from Missouri and looking to meet some other Missouri Snowbirds – we have the club for you! Join us for breakfast every Wednesday at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach. Arrive around 8:30 and we have a great buffet breakfast at 9:00 for $10 per person (plus tax and tip). At breakfast you’ll have an opportunity to sign up for our other activities. We play golf every Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 (weather permitting of course) and we would love to have you join us. You can sign up at breakfast. Join us for Happy Hour on Mondays at 4:00 at Cobalt’s, the Restaurant just over the Perdido Bay Bridge (“next to” the Caribe Resort). We’ll be in the Banquet Room. Lots of Happy Hour specials, and a great opportunity to meet other friendly people from Missouri. You’ don’t have to be from Missouri and you don’t have to be a member to join us for our activities. If you are looking to get involved and make some new friends while you are snowbirding then take this as your personal invitation, and we hope to see you soon! For more info, please email mer2@charter.net or visit mosnowbirds.org or facebook.

Minnesota

By Nancy Poferl
The Minnesota Snowbird Club is hosting a weekly breakfast at GT’s On The Bay located on 26189 Canal Rd, Orange Beach January 11 – March 8 at 8a.m. Registration is required 1 week prior to the event. Click on the Breakfast Sign-up tab on our homepage at mnal.org. There is a minimum and maximum requirement. Best value breakfast in town. New and returning snowbirds from Minnesota can keep abreast of 2022 activities at mnal.org or facebook.com search @mnalclub.

Snowbird Church Service

Snow Bird Church service to be held every Sunday (Jan-March) at 9am at the Island Retreat RV park clubhouse on Ft. Morgan Road. Kent Gerber, chaplain 336-529-2372 for more information.

Iowa

By Pat Brush
Iowa Snowbirds are invited to attend events held during January through early March 2022. There is no membership fee to join and all Iowans and their guests are welcome at all club events. For more info: IowaAlabamagulfcoastsnowbirds.org (preferred), or by calling Chris and Steve Hedlund at 319-430-4597. Iowa club members support various local charities while in the Gulf community such as the fire departments, libraries, the zoo, etc. with the funds collected.
The first Iowa Social is scheduled for Friday, January 21 from 5-7PM at the Caribe Resort, Building D, 28103 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach. No RSVP is required. Bring an appetizer/dish to share and your own beverage. The Iowa golf schedule and sign-up for tee times is posted on the website, Iowa-Alabamagulfcoastsnowbirds.org. An Iowa night at the Trip Down Memory Lane Dinner Show is scheduled for Tuesday, February 1. Information and details for obtaining discounted tickets can be found on our website under the Happenings tab. Club members are encouraged to check the website for updates on events, sign-ups for club events, and a listing of activities available in the Gulf area.

Snowbird Trivia Night Feb. 12

By Larry Ramirez
Snowbird Trivia Night at the Orange Beach Event Center is happening on Saturday, February 12 at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. Doors open at 5 p.m. and play begins ast 6 p.m. There are a limited number of tables available so register before the February 1 deadline. Registration forms are available at the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores libraries or on the OB library website. Bring food, drink, table décor and $5 per person to play heads and tails during the break. There will be awards for the top 3 winning tables and certificates for the top three decorated tables. The Friends of the Orange Beach Library are going to great lengths to make this event as safe as possible for participants and workers. The $160 table cost includes 40 door prize tickets. Mulligans must be purchased at time of registration. More info: 405-630-7831.

Winter Showcase Series

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism will once again be offering its free Winter Showcase Series to winter guests visiting the area as well as local residents. During the months of January and February, visitors and locals can learn from area experts on topics ranging from shipwrecks and military and Native American history to gardening and cooking, to music and art, to wildlife and the local environment, and more. The Winter Showcase Series will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday-Friday starting January 10 until February 25. All presentations will be held at The Port at The Wharf in Orange Beach unless noted otherwise. Advance registration is required. For the full series schedule and to register online, go to gulfshores.com. More info: 251-968-7511.

Masonic Chicken Dinner Feb. 5

By Dean Mott
Sonora Masonic Lodge #635 F&AM will hold its 2022 annual fried chicken dinner fundraisers on Saturday, February 5 and March 5 from 11 am-1 pm or until supplies last. The lodge is located at 202 E. Jackson Street in Summerdale. Adult plates will be $9.00 and a child’s plate will be $5.00. Delivery is available on multiple plate orders. The dinners will include chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, cole slaw, green beans and complimentary tea and dessert for dine-in guests. Proceeds generated from the fundraiser will be used towards monthly lodge expenditures. For more information contact Dean Mott at 251-423-7604 or visit the lodge’s Facebook page.

Dulcimer Beginnner Lessons

By Irene Morrison
Free Mt. Dulcimer beginner lessons start Wed Jan 5, 12:30-1:30pm. St. Andrew by the Sea, 17263 Fort Morgan Rd. Dulcimers available to rent for winter $20 w $50 refundable damage waiver. Contact Michelle 317-446-0500. Mt Dulcimer Players Meet Jan-March, Mon 10-11:30 am, Wed 2:00-3:30, St Andrew by the Sea, 17263 Fort Morgan Rd, Gulf Shores. Questions? Michelle 317-446-0500.

SBCT’s God’s Favorite Jan. 13-16

South Baldwin Community Theatre will present Neil Simon’s God’s Favorite Jan. 13-16, with shows at 7 p.m. Fri. and Sat. and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. To buy tickets, visit sbct.biz. Tickets are also available at the theatre box office (2022 W. 2nd St. in Gulf Shores during posted hours. Call 251-968-6721 for more info.
Other scheduled 2022 SBCT shows include A Bad Year for Tomatoes Feb. 9-13 & 16-20, The Fourth Annual Radio Theatre Festival February 25-27, and The Enchanted Bookshop on April 1-3 & 8-10.

New York

By Frank Panczyszyn
New York Snowbirds will gather at Ginny Lane throughout the winter on January 27th, February 10th and 24th, and March 10th. They hope that all have been vaccinated, and hope that attendees will arrive wearing masks. A degree of social distancing will be encouraged.

Cribbage Fridays at Post 44

By Barbara Beamish
Beginning Friday, January 14, Cribbage players will be gathering to play Cribbage every Friday. Sign up starts at 12:30 pm and play begins at 1 pm at the Gulf Shores American Legion, Post 44, 6781 AL-59. Cost is $5. For additional information contact Barbara Beamish at 989-464-8605. All Cribbage players are welcome!

G.S. Men’s Snowbird Coffee Club

By Larry Cole
The Gulf Shores Men’s Snowbird Coffee Club will hold their first meeting of the 2022 season on Monday, January 3 at 8:00 a.m. All meetings are held at Ginny Lane Bar and Grill at the Wharf in Orange Beach every Monday morning from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Membership information is available at these meetings.
The oldest continually active snowbird club has more than 200 members from twenty-six 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 Friday at noon at Meyer Park in Gulf Shores.

Snowbird Euchre

Snowbird Euchre: Wednesday from 12:30 to 5:30 at the Gulf Shores American Legion POST 44. Will also start playing Snowbird Euchre on Thursdays, January 6, at 1. Gulf Shores American Legion POST 44.

Dakotas Snowbird Club

By Joyce Anderson
Dakotas Snowbird Club is scheduled to meet January 25, February 8 and 22, and March 8, at 8:30 am for breakfast with a 9:00 am program at Luna’s Magnolia Hall in Orange Beach, AL. The club may also plan several social activities to be determined at a later date.
Our club consists of Snowbirds visiting the Gulf Coast with connections to or living in North and South Dakota. We contribute to the Christian Service Center food pantry by collecting food and cash at our meetings and providing volunteers for several local charities and organizations. For more information please contact Joyce Anderson at 605-351-0274 and leave a message for a return call.

Snowbird Blood Drive Feb. 14

By David Angle
A snowbird blood drive, sponsored by the Michigan Snowbird Club, will be held on Monday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. ‘til 3 p.m. at the Gulf Shores Adult Activity Center, located at 260 Clubhouse Dr. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting redcross.org / rapid pass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment. For more info, contact David Angle at 248-797-9852.

Indiana

By Becky Chatham-Heidenreich
Welcome to all IN Snowbirds. You are cordially invited to the IN Snowbird Club breakfasts this year on Jan. 13th & 27th, Feb. 10th & 24th, & March 10 at the Magnolia Event Center (next to Luna’s restaurant on Canal Road). The cost is $10 for each meal. Doors open at 7:30 am and breakfast is served at 8. Reservations are mandatory as Luna will only prepare enough for reservations made, so you will not be admitted without reservations. Call Jan Pell (317)914-5832 no later than Jan. 3. Please bring cash with no bills larger than $20. Club dues are $2.50 per person. We have a 50/50 raffle and door prizes (thanks to the generosity of many businesses of the area.) The speaker for Jan. 10th is Dane Bailey, the Singing Auctioneer and for Jan. 27 is Linda Spanyrud, an author and an Alabama sea turtle enthusiast. Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast, the fun, the renewing of old friendships, and making new friends.

Frank Calma Snowbird Dance

By Gail Sims
We are looking forward to having the Frank Calma Memorial Welcome Back Snowbirds Dance once again on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 at the Foley Civic Center, 407 E Laurel Avenue (Hwy 98) from 6:00 TO 9:00 PM. BYOB, set-ups, chips, soft drinks and water will be furnished. Feel free to bring appetizers for your table. Tickets Are $20.00 Per Person, Casual Dress. For additional info call 251-752-7422. John Brust, Jim Andrews, and Jerry Anderson, core group of the Shirley and Wayne’ Supper Club Band, will be playing And we are all looking forward to enjoying an evening of dancing with them. We have certainly realized Frank’s dream each year!

Give Back Tuesdays at State Park

Give Back Tuesday community work days are back at Gulf State Park. Volunteers are needed for projects focusing on wildlife protection, trail maintenance, campground restoration, park beautification, invasive species removal and much more. The community work days are every Tuesday from 8 a.m. ‘til noon. Meet in the parking lot next to the Nature Center and be sure to bring closed-toe shoes, comfy clothes, work gloves, bug spray and a reusable water bottle. Contact Cindy Langston at cindy. langston@dcnr. alabama.gov for more info.

Michigan Snowbird Golf

By Dave Ferguson
While the Michigan Club will not be meeting this Winter, we still have golf outings. We will be golfing every Monday and Wednesday until March 9th. Our golf schedule can be found at the Michigan Club website (michiganclubalabama.com). This year we are again welcoming all snowbirds from all the snowbird clubs to join our golf outings. To sign up, just go to our website, click on the golf icon and our schedule will appear. Pick the course that you want to play and call the coordinator for that course and give them your name and phone number and you will be signed up. Our next four of golf outings and contacts are as follows: 1/17/22 at Soldiers Creek, Dave Holzworth 231-463-7181; 1/19/22 at Gulf Shores Golf course, Mary Rossi 586-295-4449; 1/24/22 at Rock Creek, Sheri Plumley 231-690-2686; and 1/26/22 at Peninsula, Nancy Grebe 586-295-4345. We will also have Ladies golf. It will be every Tuesday, weather permitting, at Gulf Links Golf Center on 59. We will meet at 9:30 AM, with Tee times at 10. If you would like to join or have questions please contact Sue Beach at spbeach260@charter.net or phone number 231-429-0952.

Gulf Shores Senior Softball

By John McCabe
For the past 20 years local seniors have welcomed snowbirds to join us on our manicured diamonds in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Most snowbird softball players participate in leagues in their hometowns and look forward to continue play here. We have 22 local players, but we welcome and encourage others to join us. Our players are all over 50 years old. We welcome females as well. We generally meet Mondays and Fridaysin the morning at either the Gulf Shores Sportsplex or Orange Beach Sportsplex. The location depends upon field availability. For more information please contact John McCabe at 251-981-9787.

Wisconsin Synod Lutherans

By Jeff Quint
Gulf Shores area WELS/ELS members
will have local church services with Holy Communion on January 16 & 30 and February 13 & 27 at St Jude by the Sea Lutheran Church, 312 E 16th Ave, Gulf Shores. Services will start at 4 pm with Bible class to follow. Make checks pay-able to Risen Savior Luth Church. For more info contact: Jim Diehm, 231-598-0383 or jkdiehm@gmail.com.