Friday, November 18, 2016

Fairhope's Lighting of the Trees

Last night's Lighting of the Trees in Fairhope was exceptional. Fairhope High School Band put on a great performance, the crowd was friendly and the weather couldn't have been better.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Blueberry Jam This Weekend

The Blueberry Jam at Weeks Bay Plantation 

Photo by Michelle Carroll Stancil

The second annual Blueberry Jam at Weeks Bay Plantation is scheduled for next weekend (Friday 10/14 - Saturday 10/15) in Fairhope, Alabama.  This one-of-a-kind, family-friendly music and arts festival is held on a beautiful 90-acre organic blueberry farm, with live music coming from the brand new waterfront amphitheatre stage.  For those looking to camp for the weekend, gates will open at 3:00 PM on Friday, October 14th.  Camping spots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here, as well as at the box office at Weeks Bay Plantation.  A percentage of all ticket sales will be donated to American Cancer Society and Team River Runner.

For those wishing to keep an eye on the world of college football, there will be a tent and TV set up on site at Weeks Bay Plantation.  Activities such as face painting and inflatables will be available to children, who will be admitted free of charge (ages 12 and under).  A wide variety of local food vendors will be on site, as well as a centrally located bar for patrons ages 21 and up.  Music is scheduled to end by approximately 11:00 PM CST on both Friday and Saturday night.  We would like to thank our gracious sponsors who make this event possible: Gulf Coast Organic, LuLu's, Bryant Bank, 92 Zew, Colonial LifeOptera Creative, Flowerwood Nursery, American Cancer Society, Team River Runner, Red Hare Brewing Company, Print Sound, and Chris Myers Automotive.  See below for the official music schedule for both Friday and Saturday.

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Official Schedule for The Blueberry Jam at Weeks Bay Plantation:

Infant Richard & The Delta Stones - 6:00 PM
McLovins - 7:30 PM
Zach Deputy - 9:30 PM

Lee Yankie & The Hellz Yeah - 12:00 PM
Paw Paw's Medicine Cabinet - 1:30 PM
Little Raine Band - 3:00 PM
CBDB - 5:00 PM
McLovins - 7:00 PM
The Heavy Pets Present Walrus: A Tribute to The Beatles - 9:00 PM

Fairhope Single Tax Archives Now Online

Big news announced at last night's monthly meeting of the Fairhope Single Tax Colony.

 The FSTC's full collection of archives is now online and searchable. From the site:

     The archived documents of the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation tell the story of the founding of the Fairhope Single Tax Colony in 1894 on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay and the development of the community. The Populist reformers who founded Fairhope were interested in conducting an economic and social experiment based on the principles of the economist Henry George, and came to Baldwin County, Alabama to establish a cooperative colony to demonstrate the theory. 

     The collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, financial reports and printed articles about the founding of Fairhope and the daily activities in the Colony (1890-1997). In addition, papers from the personal collections of important Fairhopers (including but not limited to E. B. Gaston, C. A. Gaston, James Bellangee, Lydia J. Newcomb Comings and Anne B. Call) and single-tax reformers with ties to the Colony (Joseph Fels, Daniel Kiefer, Fiske Warren among others) are included.

Visit the FSTC's archive collection at 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Fairhope Mayor has a Message

Fairhope's newest Mayor, Karin Wilson has a message to share:

Nothing makes me happier than to report that my acceptance speech and concession speech are the same speech. I won. You won.

When I first announced my campaign, people were fearful. Fearful to speak out. Fearful their friends or family or employer would be upset. I thought, “Is this where I live? Is this really Fairhope?” As we started talking about my platform, going door to door, those doors started opening, and people would whisper, “I support what you are doing.”

More and more people starting coming out into the open. As it turned out, the community as a whole had a lot on their mind. We said “it’s ok”. We weren’t afraid. We began putting up more and more signs. More people joined this conversation and the chorus became louder. People began picking up their own signs. They began asking for me to come to talk to them and their friends in their homes. This long overdue community conversation became more and more open, honest, and truthful.

YOU started a conversation that has only just begun. This conversation will keep pushing our lawmakers to actually involve the community in their very important decisions – not just give the optics of involvement. This conversation will require leaders to communicate with the public on different terms, improving transparency and accountability. This conversation will necessitate a new approach to planning – one that is proactive instead of reactive and one that doesn’t saturate our community with over-development. This conversation will result in real changes that will make sense and benefit this community. This conversation will keep going.

Leadership will no longer be able to shrug their shoulders and say they aren’t sure how something impactful to the community happened. Leadership will no longer be able to say we can’t. They will be looked at by YOU to say “here are some ways we can.”

And let me make this very clear. Being Mayor is a position of leadership. The REAL people who do this amazing work, lead these city departments, run community organizations and extend nothing short of heroic efforts in Fairhope -- THEY will keep doing their work, and our town will continue to be an incredible place to live because of them.

Thank you to the many volunteers who made my campaign a success. Thank you to each person who took the time out of their day to be part of a fun, energized election in downtown Fairhope today. Thank you also to our Secretary of State, who responded to our requests and sent his General Counsel to personally provide election oversight support at the Civic Center today.

I am so proud to have been part of this experience. I WILL continue the conversation and the hard work we have just started to do. We will do this.

Here’s to a new chapter in Fairhope!

2016 Election Results

Congratulations to new Mayor, Karin Wilson.

Karin Wilson 3407, Tim Kant 2974

Council results:

Place 1 Jack Burrell 5,087; Meredith Smith 1,287
Place 2 Rich Mueller 1,979; Jay Robinson 4,287
Place 3 Diana Brewer 2,918; James "Jimmy" Reid Conyers Jr. 2,774; Murray Lawrence 653 -RUNOFF-
Place 4 Robert Brown 4,282; James Phil Nix Jr. 2,119
Place 5 Kevin Boone 3,504; Gary Gover 2,744

Monday, August 22, 2016

Election Day 2016

The City of Fairhope wishes to inform registered voters within the City Limits that there is only “one” polling place for the August 23rd Municipal Election; and that is the Fairhope Civic Center. During General Elections such as the Presidential Election in November and in County-wide Elections, there are multiple polling places. So in order to vote for Fairhope Mayor and City Council Places on August 23rd, bring your ID to the Fairhope Civic Center. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fairhope Candidate Forum August 18

On Thursday August 18, Fairhope First and WABF Radio will present a Fairhope Candidate Forum at the Fairhope Civic Center. An informal candidate Meet & Greet begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the forum on stage at 6:00 p.m.

Mayoral and City Council candidates will deliver their opening statements followed by a question & answer session. During the meet & greet period, questions may be written down and submitted by the public for consideration.

The City of Fairhope will stream the forum live on their website, and WABF 1220 AM will broadcast it live on the radio. 

The event is free and open to the public.

Here are the candidates:
Click their name to visit their website.

City Council Place 1
Jack Burrell
Meredith Smith

City Council Place 2
Rich Mueller
Jay Robinson

City Council Place 3
Dianna Brewer
Jimmy Conyers
Murray Lawrence

City Council Place 4
James "Phil" Nix Jr.
Robert Brown

City Council Place 5
Kevin Boone
Gary Gover

Tim Kant
Karin Wilson

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Colony delays Monthly Meeting One Week

President Turner has re-scheduled the August Executive Council meeting to 6:30 pm, Thursday August 18th, 2016 due to the absence of three Directors.

2016 Elderberry Festival This Weekend

    The Fairhope Museum will host the 8th annual Elderberry Festival at the Fairhope Museum of History on Saturday August 13, 2016. Festivities begin at 10:00am with demonstrations, tastings, a pie-eating contest, music and more throughout the day. The music will once again be from the Kracker Dan Band performing from 11 to 2.

     The public is invited to submit their favorite elderberry pies, cakes, breads, jams, jellies and juice as well as other elder-flower creations for the Elderberry Cook-off Contest. The deadline to submit elderberry goodies is 5:00 pm on Friday August 12.

“The elderberry is essentially a lowland weed, but it is prevalent in Baldwin County and it’s been used for generations to cook with, for wine, and for folk medicine remedies,” said Museum Director Donnie Barrett. “Decades ago, the elderberry was celebrated in Fairhope, and we’re happy to bring it back to its rightful place of prominence.”
     This event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the museum at (251) 929-1471.