• Weeks Bay Foundation to celebrate 30th anniversary and more at 11th annual Bald Eagle Bash!

     The 11th Annual Bald Eagle Bash, set for Saturday, April 25, at the Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center, will be a celebration of milestones, as well as a look to the Weeks Bay Foundation’s future.
    Bald Eagle Bash, Weeks Bay Foundation’s largest event, will feature 16 of the area’s best restaurants serving fresh Gulf shrimp and delectable desserts. And for the first time, there will be two bands providing musical entertainment—The Underhill Family Orchestra and The Marlow Boys!
    Native to the Alabama delta, The Underhill Family Orchestra has been described as “outright anthemic,” with compositions that make you want to “pain your face, forget your age, and kiss a stranger.” Roy Durand, Ben Cook, Joelle Rosen, Steven Laney, and Joe Grove combine their Appalachia-inspired sound with a sultry and soulful four-part vocal arrangements
    The Marlow Boys, Joe and Karl Langley (Kyle & Karl Band) Stan Foster (Rollin’ in the Hay, Deluxe Trio) and Phil Proctor (Dog River Boys, Deluxe Trio) have been playing together since 2014. Collaborating on original songs, their music is both personal and universal, acoustic and electric, serious and, as one person said, “Good people, good music.”
    Proceeds from the Bald Eagle Bash support the Foundation’s mission to protect land and promote environmental education in south Alabama. Since 1990, the Foundation has protected more than 7,200 acres of vulnerable habitat, with more land projects in store for this year. The protected areas reach from Elberta to Dauphin Island, and include new public-access nature preserves in Baldwin County and in Mobile County.
    The highlights of this “Party for Preservation” are the area restaurants that serve up dishes based on delicious Gulf shrimp. The chefs prepare everything from fried shrimp, to stuffed shrimp, shrimp and grits, shrimp ceviche, and their own unique creations. In addition to the seafood, several restaurants serve delectable desserts, while Fairhope Brewing Company serves a signature beer —Bald Eagle Blue—created especially for “the Bash.” And there’s always a great selection of wines from local wine distributors.
    Tickets are on sale at baldeaglebash.com and at The Fairhope Store, The Orange Beach Store, Weeks Bay Reserve and Weeks Bay Foundation. Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the gate. Children 10 and under are free. Free parking is available at the Weeks Bay Foundation site, with shuttles providing transportation to the event. 
    For more information, call 251-990-5004, visit baldeaglebash.com, or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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