2019 Sunday Sunset
And then there were two. The 2019 Sunset Concerts have been well attended throughout the summer, but only two concerts remain; Sept. 1 Ryan Balthrop, Eric Erdman & Friends (530pm) at West End Beach and Oct. 13 Roman Street (430pm) at historic Fort Gaines. Admission is $5 (Age 13 & up) with those Age 12 & under receive free admission. As always, we encourage you to bring beach/lawn chairs, blankets, and bug spray (just in case). See you at the concerts!
Fall Plant Sale & Give-Away
Green Thumbs take note: The town-sponsored Fall Plant Sale & Give-Away is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9am-noon and Dauphin Island property owners are encouraged to stop in and pick up your FREE plants! In addition, vendors will be on-site selling a variety of plants, trees, shrubs, and more and our local Master Gardeners will be there to offer helpful tips on how to make your new plants thrive. The plant sale will be held in front of Green Park, and the town’s Environmental Mitigation Fund will be used to provide plants for the give-away. See you there! News From Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council Join us for the third annual Gulf Seafood Gala on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Isle Dauphine Club! Enjoy locally-sourced Gulf seafood prepared by Dority’s Grill, Pirate’s Bar & Grill, Islanders Restaurant, JT’s Sunset Grill, Waves, Island Rainbow, Pelican Reef Restaurant, and Catalina Restaurant, and served in a relaxed atmosphere at the iconic Isle Dauphine. A full cash bar will be available. Live music and a silent auction of original art will round out a memorable Dauphin Island experience.
Admission is by pre-purchased ticket only. Tickets are on sale now at $50 each and may be purchased online through
www.dauphinislandarts.org or at the Dauphin Island Gallery (the Lighthouse Building), 918A Bienville Boulevard. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Presenting sponsors for the Gala include Pirate’s Bar & Grill at the Isle Dauphine. Platinum sponsors include Greer’s Market and Mobile County Commission. Other sponsorships are available. The Gulf Seafood Gala is endorsed by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission as an official 200Alabama event. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Last Friday Art Night, an Island tradition, will be held on Aug. 30, 6–8 p.m. at Dauphin Island Gallery. Join friends and neighbors at LFAN and enjoy local art and heritage, music, food, and socializing. LFAN for August will include a special reception for Guest Michele Traum and an art demonstration. Donations are requested and appreciated!
Hurricane Run 5K
and Fun Run
Lace up those running shoes and get ready for the annual Hurricane Run 5K & Fun Run sponsored by the Port City Pacers. This popular event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7 and will get underway at 8:10 a.m. near DI Sea Lab on the island’s east end. Fun Run (1.5-mile course) starts at 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to pre-register by mail (postmarked by Sept. 1), in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope until noon on Sept. 3 or online until 4 a.m. on Sept. 5. Entry Fee: $20 SK/ $10 Fun Run (add $5 per entry day of race). For more info go to portcitypacers.com. Proceeds benefit DI Fire & Rescue.
2019 Tri the Gulf Triathlon
Sponsored by the Mobile Bar Foundation, the Tri the Gulf Triathlon is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event that includes a 600-yard swim, 16.7-mile bike, and 3.25-mile run. The race will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 (7 a.m. start) and begin and end at the Isle Dauphine complex after traversing multiple island streets, bike trail and the DI Bridge. NOTE: DI Police, Fire & Rescue and a host of volunteers will be out in force assisting with traffic and pedestrian safety. Motorists should expect delays, especially when crossing the DI Bridge as traffic will be reduced to one-lane/pilot car (approx. 6 a.m.–10 a.m.) as in previous years. Please be patient! Age Divisions include; Age Group (by five-year increments) 16 years to 70 years, Clydesdale & Athena, Lawyer Division, Fat Tire Division, Novice/First Timer and Relay Team (2-3 persons). Race packet pick-ups are as follows; Oct. 17 & 18 (11 a.m.–7 p.m.) Pro-Health Fitness Center at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center Campus and Oct. 19 (5am-630am) Isle
Dauphine Club (race day and site). For general information contact trithegulf.racedirector.com,
email@example.com or check out the FB page. Volunteers are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and info. Proceeds from the triathlon support a wide range of civic and charitable entities and endeavors.
ArtDoeslt News & Info
Please join us in celebrating our artist-run gallery with our Second Sunday September special combined events: “Mud and Wine” ceramic space dedication to Irene Gurthel Cox-donor of our ceramic kilns, pottery wheel, and ceramic supplies–and our monthly “Second Sundays with the Arts” featuring September’s Ceramic Artist Jenn deBose. Learn to make hand-built ceramic Dauphin Island Sun’s, sip wine, appreciate local art, enjoy pottery wheel throwing and clay sculpting demonstrations, and celebrate our local arts to live music performed by Noah Ferrell. Sunday, Sept. 8, 3–5 p.m. Starting Aug. 21, join ADI ceramic artist Jenn DeBose in creating Dauphin Island Tree masks in ADI’s “Hand-building with Clay First and Third Wednesday Evenings” classes 6–9 p.m. at the Art Does It Gallery. Cost is $25.00/class but does not include clay ~$1.00/lb or firing. Space is limited; please contact Jenn at email@example.com to register and ask questions. Interested in “brushing-up” your skills in painting? Join ADI painter Margie Delcambre for weekly Monday painting classes 10am-1pm. Please bring your supplies. $10.00/session. Calling all military veterans interested in exhibiting their artwork in the Special month-long exhibit in November. The Coastal Alabama Veterans Art show opening reception will be Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 3–5 p.m. and will feature the unveiling of the Jeremiah Denton Memorial Statue by Regina Doi-Kollegger. All mediums encouraged. There is no cost to exhibit. Please email or call ADI for more information. The ADI gallery, located at 1101 Bienville Blvd. next to the DI Town Hall, is open Thursday and Friday 12–6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and is home to many local and seasonal artists. For more information regarding exhibition opportunities and arts instruction, please contact Regina Kollegger 251-214-6485, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page @artdoesit.
Thank You, NEP!
The town of Dauphin Island would like to recognize and thank Roberta Swann and the entire National Estuary Program (NEP) team for helping spread the message “Trash Blows … Stow It” at this year’s Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo! The campaign included the posting of banners and other signage throughout the island, recycling, free mesh trash bags for boaters, educational handouts, and more. This was the second year that NEP has partnered with the town (and Mobile Jaycees) to help bring awareness that trash left in boats and the back of pick-up trucks tend to blow out creating litter along roadways and in our delicate waterways. So, every time you take the boat out, always remember “Trash Blows … Stow it”! Island Speed Limits Reduced Effective Aug. 15, speed limits throughout the island were lowered by 5-lOmph in an effort to make our roadways safer for motorists and pedestrians. Updated signage has been installed, and our police officers will be enforcing the new limits on a regular basis. Generally, neighborhood streets were reduced to 25mph, Bienville Blvd. dropped to 35mph (except where lower speed limits are already in place) and Lemoyne Drive (from near the rodeo site south to the three-way stop) was changed from 45mph to 35mph. Let’s all slow down– we’re on Island time!
Trick or Treat in Green Park
Kids of all ages are encouraged to stop by Green Park (if you dare!) on Halloween night (Thursday, Oct. 31) to share in an assortment of spooktacularly tasty treats provided by the town, police dept. And local citizens. Island residents are invited to set up a table and chairs (you can even decorate your area and come in costume!) in the park to hand out goodies to all the ghosts and goblins that evening. A hauntingly good time awaits!
3rd Annual Massacre Island Haunted Bike Ride
Dust off those capes, hats, spooky costumes, check the air in your bike tires and get ready for the Massacre Island Haunted Bike Ride that will take place on Friday, Oct. 25. Riders are encouraged to gather at Green Park by 5:15 p.m. (ride starts at 6:15 p.m.) and be prepared to bike to Fort Gaines, Goat Trees and Shell Mounds all for a good cause. All bikes must have lights. No motorized vehicles or pets allowed. After-party and awards ceremony will be held at Dority’s featuring live music by the Redhouse Band. Children are invited to watch the bike parade, get free candy, dance & play at the after-party, but the ride is limited to adults only (Age 18 & up) for safety reasons. Proceeds from the bike ride will support the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). Entry Fee $10 per person. For more info, check out the Massacre Island Haunted Bike Ride FB page. Online registration will be available by mid-September.
9th Annual DI Art Trail
Up to 50 artists will be on hand for the 9th Annual DI Art Trail on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and you’re invited to check out all the local and regional art. Pick up a Trail Map at any of twelve locations and have them stamped at each Art Stop to qualify for prize drawings at 5 p.m. at the ArtDoeslt Gallery. Town shuttles will be running that day to provide you with quick and convenient access to all the locations scattered throughout the island. For more information, please contact Regina (251) 214-6485 /Regina@ArtDoeslt.com or Tricia (251) 861-6001 / email@example.com.
Upcoming Events at
Historic Fort Gaines will be a hub of activity throughout the remainder of the 2019 calendar year as it hosts a variety of popular events as follows; 4th Annual Massacre Island (September 14-15 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) – In 1711 pirates stormed Mobile Bay and attacked Dauphin Island. This time you’ll have a front-row seat as they pilfer and pillage Isle Dauphine and fight against Spanish and British Galleons. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find a treasure or two? 36th Annual Renaissance Festival GATALOP 36 (October 25-26 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) – Hosted by the Society of Creative Anachronism, the Barony of Osprey will present life in the Middle Ages. You’ll see Knights in Armor as they storm the castle while viewing melees and sieges. Visit with Lords, Ladies, Artists, and Medieval Merchants. Get up close and personal with our resident blacksmith as he demonstrates his craft in the fort’s original Blacksmith Shop. The Fall Campaign: WWII Living History Event (Nov. 16 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) – Come and experience a day in the life of a WWII soldier. There will be authentic camping demonstrations, blacksmithing, small arms firing, and drills throughout the day. 35th Annual Christmas Through the Ages (Dec. 14 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) – Experience a Christmas of “days gone by” at this living history event on the sacred grounds of Fort Gaines. Join soldiers and their families from the 1700s-1900s as they celebrate a non-traditional and non-commercial holiday. Visiting children can make seashell Christmas tree ornaments and other decorations. For more info on these and other events, please call 861-6992. Fort Gaines is open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and admission is $8 (Age 13 & up), $4 (Age 5-12) and FREE for Ages 4 & under!
Island Surfers Donate Toy Box
As Nathan Jerrell caught a few waves at West End Beach earlier this summer he came up with a really neat and generous idea. He, along with his surfing buddies Charlie Batten, Christopher Stebly, Tommy Porter and Mike Holcomb combined their artistic talents to build, paint, deliver and donate one attractive Toy Box! The guys noticed families and lots of kids frequented West End Beach and thought it would be nice to have a place where children could borrow beach toys.