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Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce September Newsletter

28th Annual Jubilee Festival - September 24 & 25
by Denise Curtis Jubilee Festival

The 28th Annual Jubilee Festival presented by BMW of Mobile is just around the corner and the Eastern Shore Chamber is getting ready to welcome some of the best artists and craftsmen from around the Southeast to Olde Towne Daphne. This fun and laid-back festival features a juried art show. It's a great opportunity to go ahead and buy some Christmas gifts you won't be able to find anywhere else. By the end of September, there is usually a hint of fall in the air, so perusing gorgeous paintings, jewelry and pottery in Olde Towne Daphne is pleasant for everyone.  

You also have a chance to support our local dance companies and theater groups as they perform for the crowds. New this year, we are excited to have the YoGo Kids offering a yoga class for children and adults on our entertainment stage. 
Another big hit, year after year is the Kids Art Park. Generations of children have their handprints on the perimeter fence of Centennial Park.  Every child makes a fish print or wooden block sculpture which instills a love of art in children of all ages.  There is an activity for every child that walks through the gates of Centennial Park.
This is truly a complete family experience that celebrates the arts, local entertainment and community in the City of Daphne.  The 28th Annual Jubilee Festival presented by BMW of Mobile, will be held September 24 and 25, 2016 along Main Street in Downtown Daphne. The hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. It is free to attend the festival. Tickets can be purchased for Kids Art Park activities. 

To learn more, visit the Jubilee Festival on Facebook or on our website.

Meet the Jubilee Poster Artist: Dana Gault
Dana Gault

The Eastern Shore Chamber is extremely excited about this year's Jubilee Festival Poster art and we have Dana Gault to thank. Dana Gault is a Mississippi girl, born and raised in Meridian, now making her home here in Daphne, AL, "I've loved any opportunity to be creative since I was a kid." Drawing, design, and painting were part of what earned Dana an Associate Arts degree.

In 2007, Dana's husband took an engineering job in Mobile, which landed the couple and their three daughters on the Eastern Shore, "I knew nothing about the area, certainly nothing of its famed art culture. It was just the first place we chose to rent a house." As it turned out, this move wasn't happenstance. This was the perfect area to be, brimming with local artists and art festivals year round. "This was the place the creative ember in me caught fire again." 

Texture has become a recognizable part of Dana's work, "I love the way the paint breaks up over the creases and wrinkles of paper or fabric. I have to 'work backwards', considering the end result I'm trying to achieve and the foundation that must first be laid. I want the viewer to want to touch the surface of my paintings," said Gault,  "I am drawn to vivid colors, and texture. I paint about the things I know, things I love, and things that give me comfort or make me laugh." You'll quickly figure out Dana's favorite subject matters include pineapples-the symbol for Southern hospitality, gulf seafood-specifically shrimp, scripture, positive quotes, and her signature 'Doll Whiskers' blue birds. "Each bird's wing is cut exclusively from the pages of Mississippi Magazine. It's my way of including a little bit of home in my work." In case you're wondering where the name Doll Whiskers comes in, it was Dana's nickname as a kid. 

Dana's studio is a modest room in her home with a huge window that floods the space with natural light. On a typical day, she'll drive her girls to school and head back to 'the office' to paint, "It's so easy to get lost in what you're doing, especially when the creative juices are flowing. I have to set a timer to remind me to be at the bus stop on time." 

"Being chosen as the poster artist for this year's Jubilee Festival means the world to me. I was so excited to get that news. I played it cool for about 30 seconds, then there may have been a few tears of joy. (My kids are relentless about teasing me when the happy tears flow, so I'm glad they weren't home when I got the news.) There are some impressive artists along the Eastern Shore, and to be counted in the same company as past poster artists is an honor that I'll never forget. It actually motivates me to keep growing and evolving my art." 

You'll be able to meet Dana Gault herself at the Jubilee Festival. Be sure to stop by her tent and say hello. You can also find more of her work on her Etsy page or her Doll Whiskers Facebook page

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Patron's Awards

Advertise your business while supporting the arts at the Jubilee Festival through the Patron's Awards Program. Commit to purchase $100 of artwork, shop, then present your ribbon & placard to the artist.

Click here to learn more about the program & download the sign up form. Email it Liz Thomson at
Featured on Visit Coastal Alabama

The Jubilee Festival is being featured on regional tourism website  Visit Coastal Alabama's blog as one of two great festivals to enjoy on the Eastern Shore this Fall. 

Click here to read the article and poke around to find some other great ways to enjoy our area.
Chamber Events
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Eggs N' Issues
"New Department of Labor Overtime Rule"
Speaker: Day Peake, Phelps & Dunbar
Wednesday, September 14
7:30 a.m.
Daphne UMC
2401 Main St, Daphne, AL
$10 - Members
$15 - Guests
Please RSVP to (251)621-8222

Sponsor: Colonial Life

Morning Marketing Meeting
Thursday, September 15
8:00 a.m.
Dickey's BBQ 
6882 Hwy. 90, Suite G2
Jubilee Square Shopping Center
Sponsor: Costco

Young Professionals
Third Thursday Social & Cornhole Tournament
Benefitting the Spanish Fort Public Library
Thursday, September 22
5:30- 7:30 p.m.
The Tin Roof Restaurant
10810 U.S. 31
Spanish Fort

To Sign up email 

28th Annual Jubilee Festival
Presented by BMW of Mobile
September 24 & 25
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Olde Towne Daphne

Run-off Elections
Tuesday, October 4
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting & Open House at Capstone Bank
103 Ecor Rouge Place,  Fairhope
Tuesday, October 4
4:30 p.m.
Members Invited

Annual Home-based Business Expo & October Business After Hours
Thursday, October 6
5 - 7 p.m.
Homestead Village of Fairhope
924 Plantation Blvd.
Fairhope, AL

Free for members to attend
$25 for exhibitors
Click here for more information on registering or
call (251) 928-6387

AIDT Leadership Workshop
October 18 & 19
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Riviera Utilities
413 E Laurel Ave. Foley
Call (251)928-6387 to register

Elected Officials Luncheon
October 26, 2016
11:30 a.m.
Fairhope Yacht Club
More information to come

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Eggs N' Issues: New Overtime Rule
Eggs N_ Issues
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has published the final rule on changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rules. The changes will make an estimated 4.2 million workers eligible for overtime pay effective December 1, 2016.

Join us at Daphne United Methodist Church for Eggs N' Issues, Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30 a.m. Day Peake with Phelps & Dunbar will walk us through these changes. 

He will cover:
  • An overview of the Executive, Administrative Professional exemptions
  • Minimum salary levels impacted by the change
  • Issues to consider in remaining compliant
Members: $10
Guests: $15
Call (251) 621-8222 to RSVP

Pick Your Team: Young Professionals Cornhole Tournament 
Cornhole Tournament

The September Young Professionals event will feature a cornhole tournament to raise money for the Spanish Fort Public Library. The event will be Thursday, September 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 at The Tin Roof Restaurant 10810 U.S. 31, Spanish Fort. Companies can claim a team in the tournament by making a $100 donation to the Spanish Fort Public Library. Spots are filling up quickly, so contact Frank Shepard at 251-263-1866 or soon if you would like to participate in the tournament!

  Home-based Business Expo
Home-based Business Expo
Would you like more exposure for your home-based or environmental business?  The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is here to help! 

Our annual Home-Based Business and Environmental Expo will be held in conjunction with the October Business After Hours to be held at Homestead Village of Fairhope located at 924 Plantation Blvd. Fairhope, Alabama 36532 on October 6, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost to participate in this great marketing opportunity is $25.  Each exhibitor will have one eight foot table to display and market their business.

We are providing you the opportunity to showcase your products or services.  Members attending will be able to visit your display while enjoying a casual networking environment.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this wonderful marketing opportunity, please contact Liz Thomson ( or Frank Shepard ( or call (251) 928-6387.

AIDT Leadership Workshop

AIDT Leadership Workshop

Back by popular demand, you have an opportunity to sign up for the AIDT Leadership Skills 1 Workshop. The class will be offered October 18 and 19 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Riviera Utilities, 413 E. Laurel Avenue, Foley, Alabama. Leadership Skills 1 is the recommended first course for first-line, team leads and/or new supervisors. The class is offered in a 2-day format and is designed for currently employed Alabama citizens who are in leadership roles in their respective companies. To see a course outline, click here.

$25 per person
To register call (251) 928-6387.

This leadership workshop is being sponsored by the  Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce  and  Riviera Utilities .
Ribbon Cuttings
Daphne East Elem.
Strickland Orthodontics

Daphne East Elementary
Students and teachers at Daphne East cut the ribbon on a new bridge linking the playground to Trione Park. This addition gives them a lot more flexibility for their physical education classes.

Strickland Orthodontics
Congratulations to Strickland Orthodontics on opening their new Fairhope South location at 19059 Greeno Road. They can now serve patients in three locations. This new office is beautiful and very convenient to Fairhope schools.

August New Members

Making Headlines

Baldwin County ranked as the 3rd best place to retire in the South by

Fairhope is listed as one of "The 14 Cutest Small Towns in the South" by

Spanish Fort's Claudine Andress is named to the Senior Hall of Fame

Fairhope is featured as one of the "10 Great Weekend Getaways in Alabama" by

Coldwell Banker Reehl Properties  won the 2015 Coldwell Banker President's Award of Honor

Wilkins Miller,  Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore P.C., White-Spunner Construction Inc. , 
Total Quality Logistics, &  Hargrove Engineers + Constructors were named as the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama by Business Alabama

Fairhope was named one of the "Best Places to Retire" by Southern Living Magazine featured Fairhope as one of "50 Small Towns to Visit Across the U.S."

Sunset Pointe at Fly Creek Marina was named as one of "11 Incredible Waterfront Restaurants Everyone In Alabama Must Visit" by

University of Mobile Starts New Year with New President and New Look

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