2011 Vacation Guide and Calendar of Events focus on Year of Alabama Music

Alabama’s 2011 Vacation Guide and Calendar of Events focus on the Year of Alabama Music with feature articles, attractions and more than 1,500 listings. The covers of both publications prominently feature the state’s beaches to showcase the gulf coast as a tourism destination. More than 1,500 festivals, events and celebrations that take place across the state during the Year of Alabama Music are highlighted in the calendar. Nearly 400 of the listed events include festivals that feature live music and 71 of the events highlight “Becoming Alabama” activities. “Becoming Alabama” is a five-year commemoration focusing on three historic struggles that shaped the state: the Creek Indian War, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. “We are excited about having two important campaigns for 2011, The Year of Alabama Music and Becoming Alabama,” said tourism director Lee Sentell. “There is something for everyone in this year’s calendar especially if you enjoy music, history and theatre.”
The picture on the cover of the vacation guide showcases Alabama’s white sand beaches. The photo is of two brightly colored Adirondack chairs resting in the white sand along Gulf Shores, the chairs are positioned toward a view of the aquamarine waters along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. A small version of the same photo also appears on the cover of the calendar of events along with three other photos. The other photos include Mardi Gras in Mobile; Blues woman Debbie Bond at the Alabama Blues Project to promote the Johnny Shines Blues Festival in Tuscaloosa; and a reenactment to highlight the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The 97-page calendar of events includes a listing of events by city and a top ten list for each month makes it easy for travelers to plan a trip to the state. A music note next to a listing indicates a Year of Alabama Music event and a state flag icon indicates “Becoming Alabama” events.
The 169-page vacation guide provides travelers with information on hotels, restaurants, campgrounds, tourism associations, state parks, golf courses, attractions, trails and museums. Music venues are a main feature throughout the Vacation Guide. Each region of the state is highlighted and provides articles on the attractions, places to stay and events in the area. Articles include “Sweet Home Alabama Songs” on pages 16-19, “Toe-Tapping Tunes and Finger Licking Fare” on pages 20-21 and shopping on page 22. A special feature on “Becoming Alabama” can be found on pages 24-26 and golf begins on page 28. Travelers can pick up copies of both publications at each of the eight Alabama Welcome Centers, by calling 1.800.ALABAMA or by requesting online at www.alabama.travel. Compass Marketing of Gulf Shores publishes the vacation guide.

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