Winter Guests Flock to Beaches for Fun, Philanthropy

Winter Guests Snowbird EventsWinter guests to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are hardly retiring. After their escape from harsh winter weather found in our northern states, our annual visitors stay busy with a myriad of activities, many benefiting the communities surrounding our white-sand beaches and their permanent residents.
Snowbird clubs join together for events such as the annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Jan. 28. This year marks the 18th year clubs from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have held this delicious event that benefits the Gulf Shores Fire/Rescue Association. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m.; tickets are just $6 for adults, with children 6 and under eating free.

On Feb. 4, the Missouri Snowbird Club will hold its 11th Annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction at the Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf. The event benefits the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores public libraries. Admission for a team of eight is $100 per table. Teams are asked to decorate their tables for trivia night, and costumes are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

Snowbird Events Brat FestOne of the most anticipated events for the season is the 19th Annual Snowbird Bratfest on Feb. 4 at the Erie Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores. Held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., proceeds benefit the Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach fire and rescue departments. This is a rain-or-shine event, and takeout will be available.

There are plenty more snowbird events benefiting the Alabama Gulf Coast communities. To learn of the opportunities, visit the snowbird calendar of events.

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