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Brighten Your Holiday with Christmas Nights of Lights in Mobile!

December 8, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Christmas Nights of Lights 2017

Come to Mobile and experience Christmas Nights of Lights: the most amazing drive-thru Christmas light show you will ever see! Now through January 1st, 2018 at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium.

Mobile’s annual Christmas Nights of Lights is a display of over 1 million LED lights that you can drive through in your car. The lights are programmed to dance, twinkle, and even “sing-along” in time to both new and traditional Christmas tunes by over 40,000 computer channels. Best of all, you can tune in to the music on your own car stereo!

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Come Experience the Mobile Symphonic Pops Band!

August 14, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Symphonic Pops BandThe Mobile Symphonic Pops Band is celebrating its 40th season this year. If you’ve not heard one of their amazing programs, you owe it to yourself to do so. Luckily, there are still plenty of opportunities left in the year to do so!

If you’re moved by live performances of symphonic music, then you’ll definitely want to experience a Mobile Symphonic Pops Band concert.

The Mobile Symphonic Pops Band, formed in 1977, is a voluntary community band. Originally known as  the “City of Mobile Symphonic Pops Band,” they’ve since dropped the “city of ” part of their name, due in part to evolving sponsorship.  The band is also sometimes simply referred to as “The Mobile Pops Band.”

In the ensuing decades, the band has gained in prominence and popularity. Their annual series of “StarBright” concerts in Langan Park are especially well attended. The band is also called to perform at important events outside the area, such as the Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans, for example.

The Mobile Symphonic Pops Band is made up of adult, volunteer woodwind, brass, and percussion players. The band is currently led by Conductor David Dueitt. Dueitt is a retired band teacher and director with more than 30 years of experience working with music education programs. He has also served as an adjudicator for countless concert and marching band competitions, as well as directing a number of All-State and County Honor Bands.

Performances from the group feature both classical compositions and newer, often show, tunes. 2017 is the Mobile Symphonic Pops Band’s 40th concert season. Though much of the season is already past, seven more opportunities to see them perform remain.

2017 Mobile Symphonic Pops Band Schedule

September 25 – Semmes – MGM Auditorium, 7pm
September 30 – Cottage Hill Medal of Honor Park, 7pm
​October 1 – Spanish Fort Community Center, 6pm
November 11 – Veterans Day – U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Park, 7pm
December 11 – Christmas – Davidson High School Auditorium, 7pm
December 14 – Christmas – Murphy High School Auditorium, 7pm

Visit www.themobilepops.com for Mobile Symphonic Pops Band performance videos and more!

Mobile Lodging
Let Malaga Inn be your home away from home whenever you’re in the Gulf Coast region. Our privately owned hotel is located in Mobile’s historic downtown, putting the best the area has to offer practically right at your door! Our 39 private rooms and suites provide our guests with the best of both modern and classic amenities. Book your Mobile getaway today at Malaga Inn!

Historic Fort Condé – The Fort of Colonial Mobile

May 26, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Historic Fort Condé - the Fort of Colonial Mobile You’ll feel like a time traveler when you visit Fort Condé, the Fort of Colonial Mobile, a partially reconstructed, 1724 French fort in downtown Mobile, AL!

Fort Condé stood watch over Mobile from 1723 to 1820, just three years shy of 100 years. The fort was built by the French and named after Louis Henri de Bourbon, prince of Condé  – but it didn’t keep the name long!

The English gained control of the region in 1763, changing the fort’s name to Fort Charlotte. Come 1780, the fort changes hands and name once more. Now the Spanish have control and they rename the complex, Fort Carlota. 1813 rolls around and the fort finds itself controlled by U.S. troops and once again called Fort Charlotte.

Is it any wonder, after all that, that the fort is now commonly referred to as the Fort of Colonial Mobile?

Things calmed down in the region after 1813 and, by 1823, the once mighty fort was gone: dismantled.

Zoom forward to the 1970’s and a reinterest in celebrating the colonial period of Mobile’s history. Careful excavation of the fort’s original site and a study of the building plans allows for a reconstruction of the Fort of Colonial Mobile. Of course, the reconstruction had to be a bit smaller than the original to fit in modern Mobile!

The historic Fort Condé compound took up almost 11 acres of land in what is now downtown Mobile. Reconstructing the fort to its original dimensions would have meant tearing down large sections of Royal Street, Government Boulevard, Church Street, Saint Emanuel Street, and Theatre Street!

Consequently, the reconstructed Fort of Colonial Mobile represents about one-third of the original compound, rendered in 4/5-scale. Even dramatically downsized the Fort of Colonial Mobile remains impressive and makes one wonder at how daunting a site the original Fort Condé must have been!

Visitors to the Fort of Colonial Mobile enjoy interactive exhibits, historic artifacts, and more on the peoples of early Mobile, both Native American and European. The complex includes a Colonial Cafe, Trading Post, Colonial Photo Booth, Breakout Room, and a Shooting Gallery.

Guides in period costumes help to provide a fully immersive Colonial experience.  Live exhibitions include a Fife and Drum band, a cannon firing, and actors representing historical, Colonial Mobile residents.

The Fort of Colonial Mobile will educate and entertain history buffs and casual visitors alike.

The Fort of Colonial Mobile

150 S. Royal Street, Mobile, AL
Hours – 9am to 5pm, daily. Closed most major holidays.
Be sure to visit colonialmobile.com for more details, special events, tickets, and more!

Mobile Lodging
It’s all well and good to visit Colonial times but no one wants to feel like they’re rooming there! Get the best of both old and modern worlds with a stay at Mobile’s Malaga Inn! Our boutique hotel’s 39 rooms will surpass your wildest expectations and introduce you to true comfort and relaxation. Better yet, Malaga Inn is located smack-dab in downtown Mobile, putting all of the biggest reasons to visit right at your fingertips. So what are you waiting for? Book your stay now at Malaga Inn!

Discover the Mobile Carnival Museum

March 25, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Carnival MuseumNew Orleans may be the noisiest city in America to celebrate Mardi Gras but Mobile is the oldest. Carnival in the US is traceable back to 1703, some 15 years before New Orleans was even founded. Learn all this and more at the Mobile Carnival Museum!

Mardi Gras is celebrated around the world and has been for many centuries, springing from medieval Catholic rituals around the advent of Easter and, before that, pagan celebrations of spring.

When most of us think of Mardi Gras, visions of parades and beads and masks and … New Orleans come to mind, which is completely understandable but also misleading. Many think of New Orleans as the source of Mardi Gras in the US – when, in fact, that would be Mobile, AL. One fascinating Mardi Gras fact among many that you will find at the Mobile Carnival Museum.

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Meet Tutankhamun at the History Museum of Mobile!

January 18, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Tutankhamun at the History Museum of MobileHoward Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 is considered the most important archaeological find of the last century – and now you can discover the ancient treasures of the boy king of Egypt for yourself, on display at the History Museum of Mobile until April 3rd, 2016!

The History Museum of Mobile’s current main exhibit, Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb is a window into the life and death of King Tut through 100 reproductions of his famous tomb’s treasures. Exhibited at the History Museum of Mobile since October 2015, this collection from the artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Egypt recreates the artifacts discovered in King Tut’s tomb, the richest archaeological find of all time.

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Attend Mobile’s New Year’s Eve Celebration 2015!

December 11, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile's New Year's Eve - MoonPie Over MobileMobile, Alabama really knows how to put on a party and Mobile’s New Year’s Eve celebration is no exception – it might even be the rule!

Since 2008, Mobile’s New Year’s Eve event has featured the signature dropping of a giant MoonPie – “MoonPie Over Mobile” they call it – along with other attractions such as a second-line parade, live music, fireworks, a laser light-show, college football tailgate party, and other festivities.

Wait – a giant MoonPie?

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Visit Christmas Past at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

November 23, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Christmas Past at the Bragg-Mitchell MansionStep back in time to a Christmas past – one without Scrooge and his ghosts – at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, one of Mobile, Alabama’s most celebrated antebellum mansions!

For many, the best part of the Christmas season is all of the beautiful lights and decorations that go up seemingly every where, bringing cheer and good holiday spirit to all who look upon them. It’s a tradition that has gone on for time out of mind, since before there were strings of electric lights, plastic snowmen, and glowing, inflatable Santas.

The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, decked out for the holidays in vintage style during the month of December each year, provides a look back to one of these earlier, simpler Christmas eras.

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