Alabama Coasting 2018 - Page 4

PUBLISHER’S LETTER Life on the Alabama Gulf Coast Has a Certain Rhythm A combination of laid back “Beachiness” and up tempo “What are we going to do today?” We call it “Alabama Coasting” – an attitude, an eagerness to explore and take full advantage of all this area has to offer AND an understanding for when its time to relax and restore. While living here comes in many different flavors, this Alabama Coasting spirit remains a constant. As many who grew up in Mobile, my misspent youth mostly involved the eastern shore of Mobile Bay and that other spot of the Alabama Gulf Coast. I didn’t really start gaining an appreciation for this slice of paradise until we began publishing Alabama Coasting Magazine. I’m happy to start to make amends with this inaugural issue of Dauphin Island Life Magazine. My hope is that you’ll find this small town island as captivating as I now do. FEATURES DAUPHIN ISLAND HISTORY ........................................ 6 From Massacre Island to Sunset Capital HERITAGE, CULTURE & ART ....................................... 12 Dauphin Island Life Magazine Managing Partner/CEO Danny Calametti President/Publisher David Calametti Art Director Randy Jennings Public Relations, Sales & Client Services Heather Howard Content Management Whitney Calametti Contributors Debbie & Tad Denson myshotz.com Jim Hall Dr. Joy Russell Sjon Hopkins Peter Tanner Dauphin Island Chamber of Commerce Dauphin Island Parks and Beach Board Town of Dauphin Island South Mobile County Tourism Published by Discover Gulf Coast Alabama, LLC Phone: 251-694-0457 david@alabamacoasting.com 5758 Huffman Drive North Mobile, AL 36693 ©2018 Discover Gulf Coast Alabama, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Celebrating Island Life THINGS TO DO ................................................................. 16 Boating and Birding and Beaching and More EVENTS ............................................................................... 20 A full calendar all year round! COMMUNITIES WORTH CHECKING OUT ............. 23 The Villages of South Mobile County 4 ALABAMA COASTING’S DAUPHIN ISLAND LIFE 2018 Our cover photo is courtesy of Dr. Joy Russell, who, in addition to having a great eye for Island life, runs a medical clinic and owns, with her husband, Mac n’ DD’s Emporium, a wonderful gift shop and art gallery at 207 LeMoyne Blvd.