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June 2012 - What's HOT This Summer

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Winning Weekend
SEC fans have one more way to kick off football season and it’s combined with the beach. It just doesn’t get any better! Join legendary SEC coaches, current SEC coaches, alumni and more for a football-focused Fanfare weekend at the shore at the SEC BeachFest 2012 happening August 23–26. Family-oriented festivities include two nights of music by the B-52s and Dr. John, plus an alumni golf scramble and 5K run. Event tickets, valued at $25, are complimentary for Meyer Vacation Rental guests.

Book now to get the 3rd night free in condos (excluding Gulf Shores condos) with promo code 12SECC, or use promo code 12SECH to get the 4th night free in houses allowing promotional rates. The BeachFest 2012 special is valid for stays August 21–29, 2012.

Off the Beaten Path
The Hot Shop, located at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach on Canal Road, is Alabama’s only public-access glass-blowing studio. During the Hot Glass Blowout events, resident glass artist Sam Cornman and friends provide an amazing view of the fascinating art of glass blowing. Your hand-blown drinking glass, which comes in a variety of colors, can be purchased for $20, but purchase is not a requirement. Donations are accepted for the Hot Shop which is moving to a new pavilion soon.

Dates for the Hot Glass Blowout are June 14, July 5, July 20 and August 2, held 5–7 p.m. Another “hot” opportunity this summer at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach is a Make Your Own Glass Experience that will provide a wonderful souvenir of your beach vacation.

Independence Day Savings
July 4th bargains can be yours when you search online for 2- and 3-day getaways. These allow you to plug into a gap of time that provides a discount of 22% on 2-day trips and a 3rd night free on 3-day beach vacations. Once you’ve arrived for your island retreat, shopping savings can be yours at 120 stores during the Tanger Outlets 4th of July Weekend Sales featuring a super sidewalk sale July 4-8.

Relax on the beach in Gulf Shores and watch the sky light up with an awesome display of fireworks over the gulf waters. This spectacle is awe-inspiring.

For musical fun head over to The Wharf Amphitheater for a blast from the past with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band. Whatever you decide to do at the beach, you are sure to feel happy you came to the coast for the holiday.

Things to Do
Plan your beach time around the events listed below, and get more details at our Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Calendar of Events and Concerts and Music Calendar.


3,10,17,24 Candlelight Tours, Fort Morgan Historic Site

4           Independence Day Fireworks, Gulf Shores

4           Ringo Starr at The Wharf Amphitheater, Orange Beach

5, 20     Hot Glass Blowout, Orange Beach

10–15  Blue Marlin Grand Championship, Orange Beach

12         Miranda Lambert at The Wharf Amphitheater, Orange Beach

14–15  Blue Angels Air Show, Pensacola Beach

21         Dukes of September at The Wharf Amphitheater, Orange Beach


2            Hot Glass Blowout, Orange Beach

4            Battle of Mobile Bay at Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island

6            Kelly Clarkson & The Fray at The Wharf Amphitheater, Orange Beach

17          Jason Mraz at The Wharf Amphitheater, Orange Beach

24–26   SEC Beach Fest

Special Events

Oct. 5–7        BayFest, Mobile

Oct. 11–14   National Shrimp Festival, Gulf Shores

Nov. 2–3       Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show, NAS Pensacola

Nov. 8–18     Frank Brown Songwriters Festival, Orange Beach & Gulf Shores

Meyer is your beach vacation and concert connection.

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