Orange Beach 25th Birthday Block Party & Baldwin County Bicentennial Celebration
The City of Orange Beach celebrated it's first 25 years and also commemorated Baldwin County's Bicentennial with a 'Block Party' complete with music, food, children's games & activities, demonstrations, historical remembrances and more.
The event was held Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the City's Municipal Complex located at 4099 Orange Beach Boulevard (Hwy. 161). From 11:00 am - 4:00 pm the parks behind City Hall overflowed with many interesting things to see and do. Music by Dave McCormick & John Brust kicked off the mornings activities with Brent Burns rounding out the afternoon time slot. A Recognition Ceremony at 1:00pm honored past Councils & Mayors, as well as long standing businesses in the community.
In Council Chambers, long time citizens talked about early times in Orange Beach and reminisced about by-gone days. The museum was open for visitors and the park adjacent to it will overflowed with exhibits from Baldwin County's history. Surrounding communities also set up displays showing where they've come from.
It was a great day with lots of interesting history to commemorate Orange Beach's 25th & Baldwin County's 200th.
During the month of August, celebrations and special events were held throughout the city. Check out the calendar and see what was going on.
Schedule of Events - Saturday, August 29 11:00 am - All Activities, Booths & Displays Open - Food Booths & Refreshments - Children's Games, Activities & Face Painting - County History Displays - Displays from various surrounding communities - Historical Speakers in Council Chambers
11 am - 12:30 pm Music by John Brust & Dave McCormick Stage 11 am Prehistoric People of Orange Beach Council Chambers 12:30 pm SRT & Canine Demonstration South of stage 1 pm Recognition Ceremony Stage 2 pm Music by Brent Burns Stage 2 - 4 pm The Life & Times of Early Orange Beach Council Chambers
History is a major focus for the day. In Council Chambers don't miss the opportunity to find out about early times.
11 am Prehistoric People of Orange Beach
Presentation by Bonnie Gums - Archeologist - University of South Alabama - Artifacts collected at several historic digs in the area
2-4 pm The Life & Times of Early Orange Beach Panel of Orange Beach natives will talk about olden times - Ella Callaway, Earl Callaway, Mike Miceli, Sidney Walker Jr., Billy Walker, Lois Gale Walker, Clifford Callaway, Beverly Callaway, Godbey Smith and Margaret Childress Long.
History Displays - Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum Baldwin County Dept. of Archives & History City of Gulf Shores Town of Perdido Beach City of Foley and CVB Civil War Artifacts collected in Baldwin County Weeks Bay Watershed Wagon Fort Morgan Baldwin County World War II Exhibit Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Vintage Gallery - Photographs of old Baldwin County
Displays & Information Fire Department Vehicles & EMS Police Department - SRT, Vehicles & Canine Demo Orange Beach Fishing Association Parks & Recreation Engineering & Environmental Services Finance Orange Beach Lions Club Treasures of the Isle Mardi Gras Association
Festival Foods To Enjoy Lemonade & Soft Drinks Hot Dogs & Fixins' Gator Sausage & Jambalaya Shaved Ice Ice Cream, Popcorn & Nachos Orange Beach Pies Millie Ray's Orange Rolls
Kids Activities & Entertainment Inflatables Face Painting & Animal Balloons Alligator Alley - Touch an alligator Crafts & Games Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo 11am - 1pm
Special Booths & Displays Oldest Orange Beach Businesses Festival t-shirts designed by Visual Effects Sunny 105.7 Radio WHEP 1310-AM Radio