It’s BayFest weekend, and that means only one thing — craziness is about to ensue in LoDa’s Port-o-lets this weekend. Eww. And don’t think the threat of a little tropical weather will dampen our spirits or gossip gathering skills either. Har har har.
We’ll have all the “scoop” from the Port-o-lets to the tour buses next issue. Hopefully none of the bands will poop in a blender this year and leave it in their trailer. Yes, that actually happened one year. I’m still in therapy about it.
And BayFest isn’t the only event we have this weekend, as a competing fest promises they will be “knocking it out of the water.” We love a little trash talk.
But before we get to dancing to Zac Brown or R. Kelly, or in the streets of the OGD, we have some other business to attend to first.
Here we go…
O’Daly’s Magical Mustache Ride
Last issue, we reported downtown bar O’Daly’s would be participating in Red Bull’s “Flugtag” competition in Miami Sept. 21.
Flugtag is an event where competitors attempt to launch a “handmade flying machine” off a 30-foot platform into the ocean. The competitors are judged on distance, creativity of craft and showmanship.
I’m pleased to announce The O’Daly’s team took third place in the competition. Their “craft” resembled Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine with a giant mustache on the front, which certainly won them points for creativity. The crew included Sarha Williams, Matt Lemond, Josh Giraldo, Stephen Snead and Nick Fox. You can see a short clip of their performance at redbullflugtagusa.com.
Congrats to the O’Daly’s crew for placing in this fun event!
Happy Birthday to you LuLu!
My spies report Lucy “LuLu” Buffett, the sister of Jimmy and owner of the popular Gulf Shores restaurant bearing her name, is celebrating her October birthday in Key West. Our spies say she has friends flying in from all over the US and Europe.
“Lucy often refers to herself as a ‘cook’ versus a chef, but I am sure the Key West chefs will be putting on their best show for her,” one spy reported. No word on if her brother will be singing her Happy Birthday along with her world-traveling friends, but we wish her the best.
And if you haven’t checked out her new restaurant, Lucy B Goode, on the same site as LuLu’s, do so. The décor, with local art by Bruce Larsen, among others, is as interesting as the menu.
A special goodbye
A well-known Mobile lawyer died recently after a brief illness. There was a memorial celebration at The Record Bar in Daphne, which was absolutely packed.
His sweet wife had a lovely handmade “vessel” of his ashes next to the book to sign. Along with the vessel, she had a little spoon and some baggies so anyone could take some of his ashes home or to scatter in a place that was special to them and her deceased husband.
“This is just like something he and his soul mate wife would do,” my spy said.
What an awesome way to remember someone! Our thoughts are with his wife, family and friends.
Suey-Fest this weekend
The grand dame of the Oakleigh Garden District, Suzanne Cleveland, will be celebrating her 75th birthday with a three-day festival, organized by her friends and children. Anyone who has spent two seconds around Suzanne knows the former Azalea Trail Maid and beauty queen is an unforgettable personality and force to be reckoned with — so much so local playwright Tom Perez based a character, Suzanne Cincinnati, on her in his latest play, “Don’t Frack with Society Shell.”
The first event will be a special screening of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” one of Suzanne’s favorite movies at her favorite theater, the Crescent on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. It will be followed by a street party on Church street in the OGD on Saturday afternoon, and a recovery brunch at LuLu’s on Sunday. Now, this is how you do a birthday celebration!
We wish Suzanne a very happy festival, and the Boozester definitely wants to know if the birthday girl gets any tattoos for this one like she has for previous big birthdays — (and if so, where it was applied, wink, wink!).
Well kids, that’s all I have this issue. Stay dry and keep dancing. And remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or some plain ol’ Suey lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!