Mobile Mask publisher Steve Joynt has built quite the reputation as an authority on Mobile’s Mardi Gras. The fifth annual issue of his pre-Lenten must-have is out now, so you know the season is at hand.

This seasoned journalist, who spent 11 years with the Press-Register, will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Feb. 1, Learning Lunch program at the History Museum of Mobile (111 S. Royal St.). Joynt will share the history of two historically rich and trend-setting parading organizations, the Cowbellion de Rakin Society and the Order of Myths.

Admission to the Learning Lunch is free. As always, guests are encouraged to bring their own lunch and enjoy enlightening presentations on a wide range of historical and cultural topics.

For more information, call Jennifer Fondren, curator of education, at 251-301-0270 or email

Baldwin Pops celebrate 20 years
In 1997, band directors Steve Sims and Joe Riemer joined forces with musicians Regina Bush and Tom Robinson, along with the then-director of continuing education at Faulkner State College in Fairhope, to launch a new musical venture for Baldwin County. Mobile Pops veteran Riemer wanted to replicate the success on the Eastern Shore.

Close to 60 musicians turned out for their first rehearsal. They filled venues in Fairhope, Daphne and Foley and experienced widespread success. They also provided music scholarships to deserving students.

Now led by current director Dr. Roger Jones, the Pops will celebrate two full decades of bringing rich sounds to residents of Alabama’s most widespread county.

The anniversary concert takes place Thursday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m. at the Fairhope Civic Center (161 N. Section St.). The concert will include a Fairhope history segment, selections from Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo” and other favorites, and a new piece written by Jones.

The show is sponsored by the City of Fairhope and the Fairhope Single Tax Corp.

For more information, visit or find them on Facebook.

Chickasaw holds ‘Music Man’ auditions
The Chickasaw Civic Theatre (801 Iroquois St.) will stage the American musical classic “The Music Man” May 5-21 and is seeking enthusiastic performers.

Auditions for the work about a con man’s encounter with a Midwestern small town will be held Sunday, Jan. 29, and Monday, Jan. 30, both nights at 6:30 p.m.

The cast includes 10 male and 10 females characters. They are a variety of ages. Any prepared song will do for auditions. Please bring sheet music for the accompanist.

Everyone will be asked to work on basic dance steps with the choreographer. Dance auditions are in groups.

Reading auditions are in groups. No special preparation is needed.

Rehearsals begin in mid February. Expect three per week to begin, four per week as opening nears.

For more information on characters and schedule, visit or call director Nedra Bloom at 251-463-4837.