“We talked a bit
about Mobile and thought about how it has never
then it was “I-95
down to Pensacola.”
Under the flags of Spain,
the Confederacy and the United States,
boast a colorful past that has centered on their ports. The old shanty
“Homeward Bound” touches on the heartfelt goodbye of a sailor as he
sings, “To Pensacola town we’ll bid adieu, to lovely Kate and
pretty Sue. Our anchor’s weighed and our sails unfurled, we’re bound to
this watery world.” Likewise,
Roll” reflects on the Civil War battles as the lyrics remind us that “in eighteen-hundred
ship’s building was begun…to fight the North, oh, roll, Alabama, roll.”
both bay cities remain loyal to their histories. Jimmy Buffet, a native
of the Mobile
area, wrote about the relaxed feeling he enjoyed in his home town in
“Turnabout.” Jimmy sings, “We talked a
bit about Mobile and thought about how it has never changed.” In the George Jones/Merle Haggard rendition
of “Mobile Bay,”
the lyrics express a connection between magnolia blossoms and the past
meet with a “bearded man in an army coat.”
Today the USS Alabama of 1945 rests in the Mobile
Bay, open to tours,
other celebrations. Old-timers speak of the years when they were
contributed their school milk money to the restoration effort that
USS Alabama “home” to Mobile. Pensacola’s
Naval Air Station invites the public to share in naval history unique
northwest Florida port
tripping through time and space in the National Museum of Naval
Visitors can get close to the real experience of flying with a flight
simulation ride or catch the Blue Angels in top form as they maneuver
famous Diamond Formation in aerobatic precision flight performance. The recent television series Pensacola
Wings of Gold is patterned
after the United States Navy Air Station in Pensacola.
and pride are key elements to both Mobile
and Pensacola. From the
Docks Café to Giuseppi’s Wharf, sandy beaches offer the means
from family fun to a romantic night on the town. Cliff Bruner promises
down with “Lucille from Mobile”
a “house on the edge of town.” It
must be the water. After all, sand and memories just seem to go
her song “Pensacola,” Joan
weaves the story of the man “in Pensacola, in a
trailer in the sand, the man from the
picture creased and yellowed in (her) hand.” Throw in a few clouds
you’ve got Savoy Brown’s “Going Down to Mobile”
where he promises to “bide (his) time,
thinkin’ … staring at the clouds.” Soul Coughing reminds us in
tongue-in-cheek fashion that “pride is
not a sin” in the “Pensacola”
song found on the El Oso album.
suppose you are inclined to sin. Sheryl Crow urges
the listener to take a trip on “I-95 down
to Pensacola” where she found a “bunch of holy rollers.”
She must have visited the ongoing
services at Pensacola’s
Assembly of God. Sheryl’s “Maybe Angels” song lyrics go on to say, “I swear they’re out there … maybe angels …
oh, what a mystery.” Mystery or not,
people have been trucking into Brownsville
to find out for themselves.
of Call, as they
were historically dubbed, Pensacola
and Mobile are submissive
comings and goings of a modern generation. Jerry Reed, “Guitar Man,”
“trip to the ocean … down around Mobile,” but Lost
& Found sings lyrics
that tell of a disgruntled lover who is “leavin’
… not stayin’ here and bein’ a fool forever.” The words of this
Found piece from the Across the Blue
Ridge Mountains album express a jilted man’s sentiments about love
as he says to his lover, “I’m leavin’ you
and Mobile too.” Comings and goings – just like
the traveler is
easing in or heading out, Mobile’s
beckons a stop-by. Open to
visitors since 1932, Bellingrath
is the creation of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bellingrath with the aid of
George B. Rogers. The Bellingrath home, which is situated amidst the
was created from bricks salvaged from demolished antebellum houses and
flagstone walks came from the slate ballast used aboard English sailing
The gardens themselves abound in natural plant life as well as
flowering plants that are indigenous to the area. There’s no doubt
about it –
the Gardens are the epitome of that history and pride element so
of the bay cities.
still, it’s the
water that sweeps you in, dancing across your toes on a daytime
sparkling in the moonbeams. Jimmy Buffett knew. “Stars on the Water”
album Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads
lets us in on the secret.
come from miles around
the jukebox down.
the good time sounds they all play
across the harbor, night lights shinin’ in.”
some mint julep in
my tea and save me a spot at the Dew Drop Inn where Jimmy used to hang
out … I
feel a moonbeam calling me.
must be the water.
heard of southern hospitality. It warms your heart and fills your
with food as rich in tradition as the ingredients that make the dishes.
Pecan trees are abundant in the south and have long been a source of
inspiration in southern homes.
the following ingredients:
for 9” one-crust pie
cup margarine, melted
cup dark corn syrup
cup pecan pieces
oven to 375 degrees. Prepare pastry. Beat eggs, sugar, salt, and
thoroughly. Stir in syrup. Add pecans. Pour mixture into pie shell.
45-50 minutes. Check crust at 40 minutes. If crust edges appear to be
too quickly, fashion a foil covering around the outer part of the pie
for the last 10 minutes of baking. Allow pie to cool 30 minutes before
serving so that filling may set.
Carver’s Peanut Brittle
Washington Carver was left an orphan during the Civil War after his
mother – a slave – was killed. He grew up with a love for the soil and,
as an adult, was head of the Department of Agriculture at Alabama’s
Institute. He is remembered throughout the state for his productivity
peanuts. Peanut Brittle and Mardi Gras just seem to go together.
the following ingredients:
cup shelled, skinned peanuts
½ cups sugar
the bottom and sides of a 9-inch metal pie pan with foil. Wrap foil
the pan’s top edge and secure it. Grease the foil generously with
More than a tablespoon may be used if necessary. Lay peanuts on the
and shake pan to spread them evenly over the bottom.
sugar in a saucepan over high heat. Do not mix until sugar begins to
(about 3 minutes). Reduce heat to medium. Stir until all sugar is
Pour hot mixture over peanuts, using a wooden spoon to dispense it
Cook to room temperature. Peel peanut brittle from foil and break into
small pieces for serving.
– Azaleas reign supreme in Mobile! There are even Azalea Trail
These teenager girls interview for the opportunity to become Azalea
Maids, submitting grade point averages and letters of recommendation.
chosen, each girl designs her antebellum gown and commissions its
The girls appear as guides and hostesses at various city functions,
attired in antebellum costume.
of Mobile Bay– 1864 Civil War battle in which the Union took Mobile
Bay under the leadership of Admiral David Farragut, whose “Full speed
cry is remembered in history. Visitors can stand at Fort Morgan and
out over the bay where the battle occurred.
Gras – A celebration prior to Lent. Mobile is famous for its Mardi