Another year has come and gone. Boozie swears it was just summertime. Oh wait, that would be because I’m wearing shorts in December. Despite this un-holiday-like weather and Christmas being over, we still have much to celebrate, as we had a pretty good year in the gossip world. Shall we take a look back?
January always means Senior Bowl and Senior Bowl always means big names in football head to the Port City. From Heroes Sports Bar to Smoothie King, coaches were spotted. Not to name drop but, Bill O’Brien (Houston Texans), Jay Gruden (Washington Redskins), Rex Ryan and Sean Payton (Saints) were a few of the coaches Boozie’s spies reported seeing.
The boom-boom rolled and the Prancing Elites pranced. The Order of Osiris had an out-of-this-world party with the theme “A Journey Through Space.” The Wild Mauvillians got even more wild on Joe Cain day and as always, The Comic Cowboys poked fun at Councilman Fred Richardson, Mayor Sandy Stimpson and the Press-Register.
We traded Mardi Gras beads for shamrocks and headed to Callaghan’s in OGD to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patty’s Day wasn’t the only thing going down in OGD, as “world class” arborists wanted to climb the trees in Washington Square and people went nuts. March also brought the first-ever Cajun Cook-Off in downtown Mobile, which was a ragin’ success.
Jimmy Buffett came back and was welcomed home with a sold-out concert at The Wharf. And we can’t forget Orange Beach officials panicking about Widespread Panic coming to The Wharf and the “floppiness” they would bring, which started an uprising on social media.
The Hangout Music Festival turned out to be another huge success. Boozie’s spies reported all kinds of interesting fashions, and caught the band Floating Action with surprise guest Jim James of My Morning Jacket at their early afternoon show. There was also a celeb sighting: “Nashville” star Lennon Stella, who plays Maddie Conrad on the hit show, was seen hanging out in the VIP section at the Vance Joy show.
The 2nd annual Fuse Project Dragon Boat race took place at 5 Rivers. Lagniappe — or, as we were known on the course, “Let Them Eat Wake” — came in 28th out of 40, which was good enough to beat al.com and other media outlets to take home the first-prize paddle in the media category (which is probably just a sad testament to our local media).
The Nappies. Enough said. This year we changed up voting and created a nomination period and a voting period. Boy, did it take off. The first day of voting crashed our website and the host server, bringing down hundreds of other websites. Needless to say, this was our biggest year and by the time the Nappies Awards rolled around, we had received over a million votes.
The Nappies went viral! The category for best divorce attorney, affectionately known as “Best lawyer if your spouse is a ho” (won by Allison Baxter Herlihy), made it onto popular websites like The Chive and Tosh.0. But in even bigger news, presidential candidate Donald Trump made a visit to the Port City and people went nuts. The Donald spoke to thousands at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and even circled his jet around the stadium airspace a couple of times. Our spies said it was quite the spectacle.
September was full of celeb sightings in Mobile, or as we like to call it, the “Hollywood of the South.” “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro, Haley Joel Osment, Freddie Highmore and Christopher Meloni were spotted, just to name a few. The last three were in town filming movies. We also had some big events like Beer Fest, a favorite of Boozie’s, and Airbus opened its facility in grand style.
BayFest was canceled but Ten Sixty Five music festival was born. Ten Sixty Five was thrown together in roughly 10 days and was a huge success. Boozie is ready to see what the organizers will have in store next year since they’ll have more time.
The Oyster Cook-Off took place at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, and like Hangout Music Fest, it was also a success. Celebrity chefs were running around that Saturday, including Food Network stars Anne Burrell, Marc Murphy and Martie Duncan, as well as top chefs from New York, Atlanta, New Orleans and other more-local folks.
The Mobile area had some standouts in football this month. McGill-Toolen brought home its first-ever state championship win. McGill alumni and family partied like it was, well, their first state championship win. St. Paul’s and Spanish Fort also secured state championship wins for the area.
Boozie is already looking forward to another year filled up with gossip, and don’t even start with all that “new year, new me” BS. Y’all know that only lasts about two weeks tops before y’all are back out trying to get my attention. So why waste your time?
Well, kids, that’s all I’ve got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ year-in-review lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!