6th Annual Bald Eagle Bash one of the best!
What looked like it was going to be the wettest Bald Eagle Bash ever ended up as one of the best, with great music, a great crowd and more than enough to eat.
After last year’s record crowd, the Weeks Bay Foundation decided to purchase about 1,000 pounds of shrimp this year, just to make sure we had enough no matter how many people showed up. Each restaurant was given more shrimp than ever before to cook, and, with the help of Alabama Gulf Seafood, we also set up a low country shrimp boil and a crawfish station. We knew we would be ready for a big crowd.
Then came the rain. After a soggy week heading into the Bash, and a wet forecast for the day of the event, we were excited to see 700 hearty souls willing to risk a little rain come Saturday afternoon. With the entire event set up under tents and beneath the Tonsmeire Resource Center, we were set up to stay dry. But like magic, it never rained a drop until the last guests were headed home.
For the folks who came, the Bash was a shrimp feast on an epic scale. When it was all said and done, we had about two pounds of shrimp per person. Most people ate until they were full. At the end of the night, we still had a few pounds of shrimp left over at the low country boil stand. First time Bash participant Master Joe’s cooked an incredible Thai-style shrimp curry. Big Daddy’s fried dozens and dozens of pounds of shrimp, while the Wash House Restaurant brought 20 gallons of an incredible shrimp bisque. Panini Pete’s new Sunset Pointe served up Shrimp Isabella. There were lines for Sweet Olive’s New York shrimp salad, and Blue Marlin’s seafood stuffed mashed potatoes. Locals brought an outstanding shrimp and grits with Conecuh sausage, and the Bluegill stuffed everyone on jambalaya. Cobalt had a spicy firecracker fried shrimp that was a perfect complement to the cool lime and miso shrimp concoction from Dragonfly Foodbar. Camellia Café once again served up grilled shrimp with a delicious tangy sauce. Pinzone’s came through with a delicious shrimp and tomato dish.
As the night wound down, with the Modern Eldorados playing to a crowd of dancers as the sun set, we agreed that it might not have been the biggest crowd we’ve ever had, but it was definitely the best Party for Preservation we’ve ever thrown. We can’t wait until next year. See you there!
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!
Coastal Land Trust
Budweiser Busch Distributing
Alabama Gulf Seafood
Allen, Allen and Foster, LLP
Merrill Lynch - Fairhope, AL
Russell Thompson Butler & Houston, CPAs
South Baldwin Family Practice
Weeks Bay Watershed - Yours to Protect
Alabama Commercial Fishermen
Family Medicine Specialists - Michael McBrearty, MD
Gulf Coast Media
Knockout Pest & Termite
Paige Moore / RE/MAX By The Bay
Moyer Ford Sales, Inc.
South Baldwin Regional Medical Center
Southern Capital Services, Inc.
Storage Plus of Baldwin County Inc
The Conservation Fund
AC & Leon Coastal Ins. Work Group
Alabama Coastal Radiology
Alabama Power Company
Joe & Foncie Bullard
Burton Property Group
Chris Myers Automall
Dauphin Island Real Estate, Inc.
Fairhope Brewing Company
Susan Godwin Contemporary Artist
Hand Arendall LLC
Tommy & Wanda Harris
Hatch Mott MacDonald
Dr. Michael Houston / Dr. Barbara O'Brien
HRG Design-Build Solutions
Hutchinson, Moore & Rauch, LLC
Walter Kirkland and Judy Culbreth
Marcus & Millichap
Merchants & Marine Bank
Len & Letty Oratowski
Michael & Debbie Quinn
Stone, Granade and Crosby, P.C.
The First of Baldwin County
H.W. Thurber, III
Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects