Alabama Coasting 2018 - Page 12

Celebrating the Heritage, Culture and Art of the Island As a community that is defined by the fact that its main intersection is simply a three-way stop, Dauphin Island is more small-town than beach town. However, that shouldn’t lead one to believe that the town isn’t rich in culture. In addition to its natural and historical offerings, Dauphin Island boasts a vibrant arts community. The Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council is a strong source for the arts, local culture and heritage for the Island and South Mobile County. The organization offers community outreach by providing venues for the display of local art as well as educational arts and history programs, shows and performances.  In addition to art classes for both adults and children, DIHAC sponsors a monthly Last Friday Art Night, a regular storytelling series 12 ALABAMA COASTING’S DAUPHIN ISLAND LIFE called “Stirring the Sand” featuring locals sharing their experiences of “old Dauphin Island”, and an annual Gulf Seafood Gala, celebrating the area’s seafood heritage with offerings prepared by noted regional chefs. For the past 17 years, the St. Francis Arts & Crafts Festival has heralded the end of winter and the beginning of the Island’s real seasons. The longest running art event on the island, held the third weekend in April (the 21st in 2018) on the grounds of 2018 the Episcopal Church with over 50 local and regional artists showing and selling their work.   This weekend also features the annual Dauphin Island Sailing Regatta as well as the Dauphin Island Gumbo Festival.   The second weekend in October brings the Dauphin Island Art Trail to venues throughout the town. Presented by the  Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce, it takes place at eleven retail