Eastern Shore Chamber Unveils the Featured Artwork for the 30th Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts

DAPHNE, Ala. - The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and Jubilee Festival of Arts Committee are proud to recognize Helen Doyle as the featured poster artist for the 30th Anniversary.

This year’s artwork uses bright colors and bold strokes to depict a jubilee, the natural phenomenon in Mobile Bay where fish swarm to the shallow shorelines. For Doyle, it brings back memories of her childhood. "It’s the thing I grew up with; a plastic laundry basket picking up crabs, picking up flounder, and this is what I saw every time I saw a jubilee. This is Daphne,” said Doyle.

Helen Doyle was born and raised on the Eastern Shore. She developed a passion for art early in life, sparked by her grandparents. "We’re a family of artists. Art was always something very important,” said Doyle.

Most of her work is inspired by the place she calls home. You’ll find sunsets, seafood and the shore. Her favorite canvas is glass, using old windows and ornaments to showcase her paintings. In doing so, she’s developed a unique talent of painting her scenes backward.

She’s extremely excited to represent this year’s Jubilee Festival of Arts. "To be able to represent the Eastern Shore, to be able to paint something that represents the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay is an absolute honor,” said Doyle.

You can find Doyle’s artwork at coastal art shows, Christmas ‘Round the Corner in Fairhope and online at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HelenDoyleDesigns.

About the Jubilee Festival of Arts:

The Jubilee Festival of Art will be held September 29 & 30, 2018 along Main Street in Olde Towne Daphne. The Festival includes more than 100 artist booths selling their best in handmade artwork. There will be a Kids Art Park where children can take advantage of six free hands-on activities. The Jubilee Festival’s two World Food Championship qualifiers will be back Saturday & Sunday afternoons. Patrons will also be treated to Southern Maker Demonstrations, local entertainment & the food court filled with festival favorites. As always, the Jubilee Festival of Art is free to attend.

Don't Take a Vacation From Making Your Voice Heard

"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
It’s Summertime and during the summer months, we tend to take a break from our fast-paced lives to enjoy the things we love most about living in Baldwin County. However, there is one thing that we cannot take a vacation from and that is voting in our upcoming runoff election.

With the primary election behind us and the runoff elections upon us, it’s a great time to take a moment and reflect about the importance of civic engagement.  As President Abraham said, "Governing starts on the ground with its engaged citizenry leading the way”.

As the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, our mission is to make the Eastern Shore the best place to live, work and cultivate business and we can’t do that without you taking the first step: Letting your voice be heard by exercising your right to VOTE!

By voting in the upcoming runoff election, July 17 and then again in the General Election, November 6 we have the opportunity to select leaders who understand the issues facing Baldwin County and our great State of Alabama.

The Eastern Shore Chamber and its Governmental Affairs Committee, want to see voters take to the polls July 17 and then again on November 6.                                       
Don’t take a vacation from making your voice heard!
To read more about the candidates on the Primary Runoff Ballot, read our updated Election Guides.
The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce does not endorse any specific candidates but does strive to inform voters on where candidates stand on issues facing the local business community.

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Wins Communications Excellence Award for Eastern Shore Elf Campaign

FAIRHOPE, Ala. - (June 28, 2018) — The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce has been named an "Award of Excellence” winner in the Communications Excellence awards program presented by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). ACCE, an Alexandria, Va.-based association, represents more than 8,000 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, around the world.

ACCE’s annual Awards for Communications Excellence, sponsored by Golden Openings, Inc., is designed to showcase top communications and marketing work of chambers of commerce and similar organizations. Several thousand award entries have been submitted since the launch of the organization’s Awards for Communications Excellence, which is now in its thirty-fourth year.

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce received an Award of Excellence for its Eastern Shore Elf Social Media Campaign which highlighted local shops throughout the holiday shopping season.

"We had a lot of fun with this holiday season shop local initiative,” said Communications Director Denise Curtis. "We want to thank all the local store owners and staff who made this campaign such a success by offering special deals and sharing the Eastern Shore Elf’s playful antics.” The Eastern Shore Elf will be back to find more great present ideas in 2018.

A panel of communications and marketing professionals from five U.S.-based chambers of commerce evaluated entries, which were organized by category — based on the chamber’s annual budget — and entry type: advertising and marketing, campaigns, digital and publications. With more than 150 entries submitted in 2018, judges recognized 13 entries as Grand Award winners and 41 as Award of Excellence winners. Three Best in Show awards will be announced July 18 at the ACCE Annual Convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Publishes Updated Election Guide for Primary Runoff Races

The 2018 Primary Runoff Election Guide is now available online & at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce office at 327 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, AL. The Election Guide is produced by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee. 
We asked candidates to answer questions about the issues that impact you most. 
Local Runoff Races Included:
- State Senate 32
- Judge of Probate
- County Commission District 3
General Election Runoff Races Included:
- Alabama House District 64
- Alabama House District 96
- County Commission District 2

Other statewide races that will be on your ballot include:
- Lt. Governor
- Attorney General
- Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries
- Associate Justice of Ala., Supreme Court, Place 1
- Court of Civil Appeals Judge, Place 1
- Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 2

Baldwin Inventory Remains Slim; Homes on Market for Less Time

The Baldwin County housing market — and national housing market for that matter — doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon. Thinking about selling? Now’s the time!

The total amount of residential active inventory in May 2018 was 3,200. 723 properties were sold last month, a decrease of 11% from 811 properties sold in May 2017.

Properties are staying the market for less days from 2017: decreasing 37% from 139 days last year to 88 days in May 2018.

May total sales decreased 11% this year, $206,401,867, from $231,330,938 in May 2017.

The average sales prices of residential properties in Baldwin County this month are about the same as 2017. Last year, the average sales price was $285,479, and this year, $285,421.

 Residential MLS Stats by area:

Central Baldwin

Residential Properties sold in May 2018: 183

Average Sales Price: $199,099

Average Days on Market: 60

Average Sales Price Change from May 2017: increase 10.82%

Coastal Condos

Residential Properties sold in May 2018: 133

Average Sales Price: $367,264

Average Days on Market: 104

Average Sales Price Change from May 2017: increase 4.24%

Coastal Homes

Residential Properties sold in May 2018: 89

Average Sales Price: $392,454

Average Days on Market: 136

Average Sales Price Change from May 2017: decrease 4.55%

Eastern Shore

Residential Properties sold in May 2018: 218

Average Sales Price: $296,903

Average Days on Market: 88

Average Sales Price Change from May 2017: increase 1.9%

North Baldwin

Residential Properties sold in May 2018: 15

Average Sales Price: $152,833

Average Days on Market: 51

Average Sales Price Change from May 2017: decrease 5.11%

About BCAR

The Baldwin County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is aprofessional trade association supporting the success and advancement of over 1,900 REALTORS® in the Baldwin County area.BCAR supports members through professional education, peer networking, and MLS services. We work for the protection of private property ownership and promote the work of our members in the local community. REALTORS® are held to a high standard of conduct by their peers and the National Association of REALTORS® code of ethics.


Allison Woodham


23280 County Road 65

Robertsdale, AL 36567



The Happy Olive Selected as June Business of the Month

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize The Happy Olive as the June Small Business of the Month. The Happy Olive has become a unique staple in the community, bringing European flavor to Southern Alabama. Owners Vickie and Richard Bailey began their passion for olive oil after visiting their son-in-law’s family olive farm in Northern Italy.

Opening in 2012, The Happy Olive has created a place where residents and chefs experience, learn and purchase premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Gourmet food and gifts are also available for purchase to compliment the unique oils and vinegars. It continues to add innovative products such as its new small batch gourmet mustards blended in house. The Happy Olive also offers special delivery if needed.

The Happy Olive is a very active member of the community, making numerous donations to churches, schools and civic groups. It prides itself on providing healthy eating options for its customers to enhance a happy and healthy lifestyle.

The Happy Olive is located in Downtown Fairhope on 314 De La Mare Avenue. To contact them call 1-251-929-0711.

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