SnowBird NEWS


By Dave Ferguson
Michigan’s Club last meeting will be on March 2, 2023, at The Island Church, 25550 Canal Road in Orange Beach, Coffee and donuts at 9 AM, meeting starts at 10 AM. When turning into the church driveway, turn right to the church’s auditorium. There is apply parking on the west side of the driveway. We will be golfing every Monday and Wednesday until March 8, 2023. Our golf schedule can be found at the Michigan Club website at “”. This year we are again welcoming all snowbirds from all the snowbird clubs to join our golf outings. Our last four golf outings and contacts are as follows: 2-27-23 at Quail Creek Golf course, call Dave Eppley at 810-334-5947; 3/1/23 at Craft Farms Golf course (Cotton Creek), call John McIntyre at 989-392-5190; 3/6/23 at Peninsula Golf course, call Nancy Grebe, at 586-295-4345; 3/8/23 at Gulf Shores Golf course, call Dave Holzworth at 231-463-7181. We will also have Ladies golf. It will be every Tuesday 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.

Senior Softball

By Mike Dunaway
Come join the Coastal Alabama Senior Softball group this winter by calling Mike at 724-970-6219 or visiting for our complete schedule. We play twice a week in the mornings around 10 a.m. at either the Orange Beach or Gulf Shores Sportsplexes. We have local players, but we welcome and encourage snowbirds to join us. Our players are all over 50. We welcome females as well. See you there.


By Nancy Durgin
The WI Sno-bird Club will meet on Wednesdays, March 1 and 8, at the Orange Beach Community Center on Canal Road east of the Senior Center. Join us at 8;30 am for coffee, donuts and visiting with the meeting starting at 9 am. Tammy Kinney from the Baldwin County Heritage Museum (BCHM) will be our speaker on the 1st, and Joel Hamilton, Gulf Coast Zoo, will come on the 8th. Remember the Zoo Fun Day on March 2 (RSVP) and the JAMBALAYA fund-raiser at BCHM, 25521 US-98 east of Elberta, on Saturday, March 4, from 11 am – 2 pm. Golfing at GlenLakes and Sheepshead cards on Fridays at the Gulf Shores American Legion on US-59 every Friday from 9 am – noon through March 10. At our meetings we collect box tops from General Mills and Johnson & Johnson products, motel toiletries, empty printer ink cartridges and pop top rings. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact Kenn at 251-967-2463 OR


By Amos Glanz
Our next breakfast meeting is at 8:30am, March 8 at Another Broken Egg, 25910 Canal Road, Orange Beach. Order from the menu. RSVP by March 1st on the website,

New York

By Frank Panczyszyn
The New York Snowbirds will be meeting March 9th at Ginny Lanes at the Wharf in Orange Beach, AL at 11am. The NYers will order off their special lunch menu, with separate checks. That will be followed by a meeting, their 50-50 drawing, and door prizes. $1 per person is collected at registration for expenses and year end donations to the community. RSVP at


The Pennsylvania Snowbird Club meets weekly for breakfast on Wednesdays through the first two Wednesdays jn March. Breakfasts are at 9:00am at the Buzzcatz Restaurant on Canal Road in Orange Beach. For information call Rich Smith at 610-217-6674.

Hobby & Craft Fair Feb. 24

Hobby and Craft Fair will once again be at the Grand Pointe Condominium Meeting Room (27284 Gulf Road, Orange Beach) The show and sale will take place from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Friday, Feb. 24. Info: Judie McCoy at 765-860-8520. (Gates will be open)


The Minnesota Snowbird Club is hosting a weekly breakfast at GT’s On The Bay located on 26189 Canal Rd, Orange Beach each Tuesday, through March 14 at 8am. Registration is required 1 week prior to the event. Info:

Free quilt classes

Free quilt classes will start on Wednesday, JKan. 18 from 9 – 11 a.m. ‘for five weeks at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 400 N. Alston St. in Foley. The classses are Learning Basic 4 & 9 Patch Blocks. For more info, call 573-760-5119 or email


By Mark Rethemeyer
The Missouri Snowbirds Club of Alabama meets weekly for Breakfast at Tacky Jacks on Wednesdays, Golf Scramble at Gulf Shores Country Club on Wednesdays, and Happy Hour at Cobalt’s on Mondays. We have other parties and activities planned as well, but you’ll have to go to our Website to sign up. at

Son Sowers sewing group

The local chapter of Son Sowers, a community of local spirit filled individuals who are also handy with a needle in their hand, will host sew/sows the first and third Thursday of each month from 1- 3 p.m. at GSUMC classroon A138. The meetings consist of card making, cutting, embellishing, ironing and pattern tracing. For more info, contact Jackson at sewsowensuziastic@ gmail. com or 205- 753-0281. Future chapter meetings are: April 18, July 18 and Oct. 17.

Dulcimer Beginner Lessons

By Irene Morrison
Mt Dulcimer Players meet Jan 9, until the beginning of March, Mondays 10-noon, St Andrew by the Sea, 17263 Fort Morgan Rd, Gulf Shores. Questions? Michelle 317-446-0500. Want to learn to play mt dulcimer? Free lessons Mondays 9-9:45 a.m. until mid-March. St Andrew by the Sea, 17263 Fort Morgan Rd, Gulf Shores. Dulcimers available to rent. Please call Michelle to register 317-446-0500.

Masonic Fried Chicken March 4

Sonora Masonic Lodge #635 F&AM in Summerdale will continue its fried chicken dinner fundraiser on March 4 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The lodge is located at 202 E. Jackson St. Adult plates will be $10 and a child’s plate will be $6. 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. For more information contact Dean Mott at or 251-423-7604 or visit the lodge’s Facebook page.


By Becky Chatham-Heidenreich
Alas and woe is me! Our visit to Alabama’s Paradise is just about over for many of our members. We had 35 people for our luncheon at The Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores on Feb. 20th. Our last meeting is Feb. 23. A change of venue for doughnuts, coffee, tea, and juice will be at OB Event Center located near the Wharf.(4671 Wharf Pkwy. West). All of the members on the 2023 roster will receive a roster, an application for payment of annual dues, and a schedule of events for the 2024 Snowbird season.
We had several new members sign up this year and are looking forward to an exciting year. If you do not receive these items by either email or mail by Oct. 15th, please alert me by text or email. Leave a message if you call and I will return your call.

Snowbird Trivia Night: “It was fun.”
By Larry Ramirez
“It was so fun” was a common comment heard about the Friends of the Orange Beach Library’s Snowbird Trivia Night held February 11, at the Orange Beach Event Center. The evening consisted of eight rounds of ten questions, Pick-a-Pot drawings, Heads and Tails contest, and a best table decoration contest. Susan Bartholomew, Youth Services and Communications Supervisor for the South Baldwin Literacy Council was the evening’s emcee. Mitchell Lee, Executive Director of the Literacy Council, conducted the Heads & Tails contest as well as expertly keeping the computer programs running smoothly. Members of the Friends of the Orange Beach Library and the Library staff worked together to get the evening put together. The Pick-a-Pot prizes included donations from the Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana Snowbird Clubs. Local businesses Cosmos, Cobalt, GT’s, BuzzCatz, Luna’s, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, SandCastle University and the Orange Beach Golf Center provided wonderful gift certificates. The first, second and third place table all received Olympic style medallions that were made in the Library’s Maker Space by the Library staff. Pictured: Norbert Schranz, Jack Gravolet, Trey Perry, Marie Curren, Koray Davis, Joanie Flynn, David Greene