Life is good on the Gulf Coast my friends. Pumpkins and mums abound. The temperature is getting more bearable. All of our football teams are playing pretty gosh darn well. The redfish are biting. The birds are chirping. The drunks are drinking, and the misbehavers are misbehaving. That’s the kind of stuff a gossip gal like me needs to do her job, well, at least those last two things. The other stuff is just gravy. But this whole gossip entrée is pretty tasty, so you better sop it up with a biscuit before it gets old and cold, the worst way a dish like mine can be served.

BayFest slays Karen

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night nor threat of wimpy tropical storm can keep BayFest from going on. At least I think that’s someone’s motto. POS TS Karen tried her best to put a damper on Alabama’s largest music fest, but proved to be much ado about nothin’. Though her threat did cause organizers to shut down the smaller, local stages, the main stages were packed out each night, even in the rain on Sunday.

Local fave graces the stage with Zac Brown

Probably one of the most well attended performances of the festival was Zac Brown Band’s Saturday night show. He charmed the crowd with his hits “Chicken Fried,” “Goodbye In Her Eyes,” “Knee Deep” and “As She’s Walking Away,” among others. And he even played some fun covers, including Dave Matthews “Ants Marching,” Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” and Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” But the best cover of the evening had to be of our Kristy Lee’s “Drink Your Wine,” during which she sat in. What a treat!

I don’t think it will be much longer before Miss Lee will be headlining her own stage.

BW Barbie at BF

One spy reported seeing a tank-top-wearing lady with “Backwoods Barbie” inked on her shoulder. No it wasn’t Dolly Parton, but this should definitely be a real Barbie, if it isn’t already. Somebody call Mattel! Could you imagine the Backwoods Barbie dream house? I’m seeing a double wide with a recliner and broken down refrigerator on the front porch. No word on if she had found her Backwoods Ken yet, but judging by some of the men folk walking around, all signs point to yes.

Seen on the Scene

Apparently if you are a high school girl, your “going out” uniform is a pair of short shorts, a sheer or see-through shirt, and cowboy boots. The Boozester must have seen 3,000 girls wearing some variation of this get-up. Not that there was anything wrong with it, I was really just amazed by the “sheer” volume of the same outfit.

Mama always said to film movies in Mobile, ALA-BAMA!

Mykelti Williamson, the actor who played Bubba Blue in the film “Forrest Gump,” which of course was based on the book by our own Winston Groom, was at the Royal Scam Downtown on Friday night, Oct. 11. It seems The Scam was packed and there were no seats available without reservations, when Williamson and his friend walked in. Two of the regulars, who didn’t even realize he was the man who got Forrest interested in shrimp, invited him to join them. They said he was a really nice guy, and he even bought their meals!

Apparently he is in town filming the flick “Convergence,” directed by Drew Hall, who also directed “Sons of Liberty,” which was also recently filmed here. This is the description of the movie on imdb.com: “Detective Ben Walls finds himself in a modern day Dante world, passing back and forth between the present and the future. Surrounded by the residents seeking redemption, Ben is left with the task to find a way out.”
I often find myself feeling this way in Mobile, too, so I feel Det. Walls’ pain.

Though we have had a good time speculating around Lagniappe World Headquarters if Bubba had shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried shrimp, deep fried shrimp, stir-fried shrimp, pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, or a shrimp sandwich at the Royal Scam, apparently he did not. He instead opted for the fish special, which was a snapper with a crawfish cream sauce, or so we are told. Excellent choice!

Doin’ it Gatsby style

On Oct. 11, the Order of Osiris held their annual “Azalea Ball” at the Ezell House in downtown Mobile, or should I say Gatsby Mansion? Under the theme of “The Great Gatsby,” the organization threw a party so fabulous, even Jay himself would have been envious.

As King Bryan and Queen Traci reigned, beautiful flappers and fierce gun-wielding mobsters took over the home, as guests were entertained by D.J. Mel and the Excelsior band.

It appeared that bootleggers opened their private stash of booze as it was free-flowing that Friday evening, complete with a champagne fountain on the back deck. Guests were able to have photos made in their 1920s fashions and munched on delicious food provided by Jayme Richburg of Bay Gourmet. From what I hear the pork was amazing. 

Spies did report that the evening ended on quite a different note than the classic it was based on though, as Jay and his beautiful blond Daisy happily danced the evening away. This organization sure knows how to throw a party!
 
“Santa Claus” does a little Boot-scoot boogying

A couple of Saturdays ago, the Santa Claus Society initiated their new members and grown men were spotted doing strange things all around town, in hopes of gaining entrance to the oh-so-secret organization. It seems at least one prospective new member was asked to don a mullet and sport a soul patch and weird sideburns and act like Billy Ray Cyrus all evening. No word on if any “twerking” was also required, but oh how we hope not.

Well kiddos, that’s all I got this time. Remember whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ snapper with crawfish cream sauce lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!