Free lecture and showcasing series at local welcome centers in January and February

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Series takes place Jan. 16 through Feb. 24 at various times at the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Welcome Centers

The public is invited to attend Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s 2017 Showcasing and Lecture Series highlighting military and coastal life history, local artisans and nature on week days from Jan. 16 to Feb. 24. Showcasings will take place on various days from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Orange Beach Welcome Center (23685 Perdido Beach Blvd.), while lectures will take place each week day at 2 p.m. at the Gulf Shores Welcome Center (3459 Gulf Shores Parkway).

“We are so grateful to welcome the snowbirds’ return to our community, and the lecture and showcasing series is an incredible tool to introduce and connect these invited guests to new or possibly undiscovered destination activities and businesses,” said Kim Chapman, director of hospitality and information at the tourism bureau. “We also encourage all guests to visit the Gulf Shores Welcome Center, which opened in its new location shortly after last snowbird season.”

Showcasings at the Orange Beach Welcome Center will feature the following:
•    Blue Girl Beading
•    City of Gulf Shores
•    Clara’s Loom
•    Gulf Coast Arts Alliance
•    Gulf Coast Exploreum
•    Harmony Creek Farms
•    Meg’s Mermaids
•    Pottery Central
•    SEA Quilt Shoppe
•    Wild Native

The lecture series at the Gulf Shores Welcome Center will highlight the following:
•    Alabama Coastal Foundation
•    Baldwin County Heritage Museum
•    Bellingrath Gardens and Home
•    Big Beach Brewing Company
•    Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
•    Fort Morgan State Historic Site
•    Gulf Coast Ducks Boat Tours
•    Gulf Coast Exploreum
•    Gulf State Park
•    Historic Blakeley State Park
•    Holmes Medical Museum and Foley Railroad Museum
•    Intercoastal Safaris
•    Marine Resources Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
•    Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium
•    Mobile Carnival Museum
•    Mobile Historic District
•    National Museum of Naval Aviation
•    Orange Beach Wildlife Rescue Center
•    Reel Surprise Charters
•    Share the Beach
•    USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
•    Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
•    Wild Native

For a complete schedule of events, see the schedule at GulfShores.com/WelcomeCenters.