Daphne Christmas Parade 2009

Our 4H club had a float in the Daphne Christmas parade this year.  The members worked hard decorating it to no theme in particular; just Christmas.  They wrapped lights around the sides of the trailer which was pulled behind a pickup truck.  There was also garland and red bows.  We plugged the lights into the truck’s cigarette lighter and there was a festive float.  The members huddled in the cold on top of bales of hay.  There were signs on the sides and back telling all of Daphne who we are.

The club, the Creative And Performing Arts Club, had just come off of a production of Robin Hood the week before Thanksgiving so the members dressed up in their costumes donning santa caps as well.

It was a lot of fun, even on probably the coldest night yet. 

They threw out candy, cups and stuffed animals.

One thing the other mom on the truck and I learned about the parade is that a lot of goods go to waste.  The crowd stood beyond barricades yet tons of beads, candy, and moonpies were on the inside of the barricades; in the street.  We watched the truck in front of us and the truck behind us and notice everyone was throwing down.  The stuff they paid for to hand out wasn’t making it to the crowd.  So she and I encouraged our crew to toss as far as possible.  She (other mom) was at the Spanish Fort parade the next day and told me later that she noticed the same thing.

Mardi Gras is coming up soon.  I hope those beads and other treats get tossed far enough to reach their crowds.

November and December in Baldwin County AL 2009


This is the busiest time of year everywhere: parties, symphonies, festivals, parades, tree lightings and more. I’ll try to get as much as I can in this blog. Stay tuned because I’ll be adding things as we go through the month.  If you know of anything else, please write and I’ll include it.  What I won’t include is directions to Grandma’s house for turkey…find your own!

Every Tuesday night you can listen to Bluegrass music at the “Bluegrass By the Tracks Concert Series at Wales West Light Railway. This concert series continues through March of 2010. For $5 you can enjoy music, refreshments and a train ride. www.waleswest.com

And, don’t forget First Friday Artwalk each month in Fairhope from 6pm-8pm.  You can get a map at the Art Center.

Nov 1: Celtic festival at the Daphne Civic Center Plaza. 251-621-3703

The weekend of Nov 6th through 8th:
The 9th Annual Heritage Harbor Day in Foley. It’s a free, 3-day event in Heritage Park by the Depot. Friday night there’s a free concert. www.heritageharbordays.com  

Jitterbug Theatre presents Disney’s Mulan Jr.  751-2935

Market Days at St. Paul’s in Magnolia Springs from 8am – 4pm. They’ll have food, crafts etc. Proceeds go to the preservation of the historic chapel and the church’s programs. www.stpaulsms.org

The Annual Angel Ride Friday and Saturday.  www.angel-ride.com

The whole weekend is the South Alabama Film Festival.  www.southalabamafilmfestival.org

Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile has lots of activities this weekend.  Call: 251-973-2217

The Fall Festival for Autism on Saturday from 9am-1pm.  Proceeds go to Autism society of Alabama.  Call Malbis Parkway Pediatric Dentistry for more info: 251-626-9924

Nov 8th: Photographer Chip Cooper will speak on his photo exhibit titled “Havana” which is hanging at the Patina Galleries in Fairhope. The lecture is at USAFairhope in the Performance Center and then you can go to the gallery for a reception. Starts at 8pm. 251-928-8133

Weekend of Nov 12th through 14th:

Nov 12 through 22: Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival.  http://fbisf.com/

On the 12th in Mobile you can attend the Annual Christmas Jubilee at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds.  Sponsored by the Junior League, check out their website for more info: www.juniorleaguemobile.org

Now I know that Monroeville is a bit of a drive, but I couldn’t resist putting this item on my list.  After all what is Christmas without fruitcake?  Nov 12-14 Fruitcake Festival and Mockingbird Market.  Of course it’s a celebration of Truman Capote as well as the upcoming holidays.  So what does he have to do with fruitcake?  “It’s fruitcake weather” was one of his catch phrases and more recently a book was written filled with fruitcake recipes belonging to his aunt.  Great book: Fruitcake, Memories of Truman Capote and Sook. For more info:  http://www.alabamafrontporches.com/blog/2009/10/fruitcake-monroeville-alabama.html or you can call 251-743-2879.

Nov 13: Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show in Pensacola.

Also, starting the 13th and running through Dec 23 is the Annual Trim A Tree event in Foley at the Performing Arts Center. www.foleyartcenter.com

Nov 14: Junior Fishing Tournament www.wolfbaywatch.org  has registration forms and more info.

Also on the 14th is the Mamma Mia Cook-off in Daphne.   Sounds yummy and it raises money to support the Daphne public schools and Christ the King Catholic School (we have friends there so I’m plugging this for them).    Check out www.seedsindaphne.org for more info.

Nov 19:  Tree lighting ceremony in Downtown Fairhope at 5:30pm  251-929-1466

Nov 19: American Red Cross CPR training classes.   Info: www.redcrossalcoast.org  or 251-436-7940

Nov 20: BARC Christmas by the Bay, sponsored by the Humane Society, 6-9pm at the Fairhope Civic Center. tickets are $50 per person.  www.baldwinhumane.org

Also this night at 6:30 at the Faith Baptist Church in Fairhope, the Creative and Performing Arts Club (a local 4H club) will perform Robin Hood.  Its free, just get there in time for a seat.  Refreshments will be on sale during intermission as a fundraiser.

Nov 22: Fairhope holds an open house in it’s shopping district from 1pm-5pm.  They’ll provide music, and refreshments.   251-929-1466

Nov 27:  Tree lighting at the Wharf, 6pm, Gulf Shores

Nov 28: Wales West Arctic Express runs through December 24th.  www.waleswest.com


For a list of fun things to do this month in Gulf Shores AL: http://www.resortquestal.com/events-december.htm

Here’s a list of events for the first weekend of December.  Mark your calendars with these events for the weekend of Dec 4-6:

Friday December 4 Parades and events:

Daphne Christmas Parade 6pm followed by the tree lighting at City Hall.

Bayshore Ballet Academy and Theatre present The Nutcracker: two shows on Saturday and one on Sunday at the Fairhope Civic Center.  Call now for your tickets: 251-952-8628

7pm Christmas in the Park in Foley.  Music, Santa and Christmas Tree lighting. 

Also at 7pm: Fairhope Christmas Parade

Saturday December 5th Parades and events:

9am-2pm Annual Christmas Bazaar at St Margaret’s Catholic Church.  251-955-1370

Santa visits the Fairhope Welcome Center

At 9am Spanish Fort holds its Christmas Parade at the Eastern Shore Center

At 10am Christmas Parade in Foley.  Check the local paper for the route or stay tuned here for more info.

At 11am-3pm “Let it Snow” at the Foley Heritage Park by the Depot.  Free admission; entertainment, music etc.  251-943-1200

Bay Minette’s Christmas parade is at 1:30pm

Robertsdale’s Christmas parade is at 6:30pm

December 12: Gulf Shores Boat Parade