EVENTS

April, May, and June

Cheeseburger In Paradise Contest with participating local restaurants!  Vote for your favorite Cheeseburger in Paradise right here in Gadsden!  Go to participating restaurants to try their Cheeseburger in Paradise and then vote for your favorite! Click HERE to vote now! 

Tales From the Bottom of My Glass Short Story Contest-Write a short story that is based upon a Jimmy Buffett song!  Winner will receive a 3-day, 2-night package at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville resort in Pensacola, FL!  Submission deadline is May 20, 2011.  Winner will be announced at the Gadsden Reads 2011 Finale Concert on the evening of June 3, 2011.  Contest guidelines must be followed for your entry to be valid! Click here for full essay contest guidelines and rules.

April 1, 6 pm - Kickoff-Parrot Head Parade on Broad Street-Help kickoff the 2011 Gadsden Reads at 6PM at Gadsden City Hall for a one-of-a-kind Parrot Head Parade (gathering and line up for the parade begins at 5:30PM)!  Parrot Head and beach attire is encouraged!  Immediately following the parade, join us for a Buffett/Beach Karaoke Contest at the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts from 6:30-8:30!  Prizes include copies of Buffett’s Tales From Margaritaville, t-shirts and more!

May 2, 5:30-6:30-Margarita Monday @ The Downtown Tavern (short story discussion).  Join Gadsden Reads in discussing the short stories "Take Another Road," "Off to See the Lizard," and "Boomerang Love" from Buffett’s Tales From Margaritaville!  

May 6, 6-8PM-Lost Shaker of Salt Scavenger Hunt First Friday!  Help Gadsden Reads find their Lost Shakers of Salt during the First Friday festivities, May 6!  Shakers of Salt will be hidden in participating merchants’ businesses as well as around Broad Street!  Once you’ve found a Lost Shaker of Salt, you must register it at the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts to enter your name for prize drawings!  Drawing will take place at 8:15 pm at the Hardin Center that evening! You must be present to win.

May 9, 5:30-6:30-Margarita Monday @ Blackstone Bar and Grill (short story discussion).  Join Gadsden Reads in discussing the short stories "The Swamp Creature Let One In," "The Pascagoula Run," and "I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever" from Buffett’s Tales From Margaritaville

May 16, 5:30-6:30-Margarita Monday @ The Downtown Tavern (short story discussion).  Join Gadsden Reads in discussing the short stories "You Can't Take it With You," "Are You Ready for Freddy?," and "Hooked in the Heart" from Buffett’s Tales From Margaritaville

May 23, 5:30-6:30-Margarita Monday @ Blackstone Bar and Grill (short story discussion).  Join Gadsden Reads in discussing the short stories "Life in the Food Chain," "A Gift for the Buccaneer," and "Sometimes I Feel Like a Rudderless Child" from Buffett’s Tales From Margaritaville

May 31, Noon-Tales From Margaritaville Brown Bag Book Discussion-Bring your lunch and join Gadsden Reads at the Gadsden Public Library as they discuss Jimmy Buffett’s Tales From Margaritaville!

June 3, 9(ish)-Finale-Summer Concert Series presents Jimmy Buffett-endorsed band A1A at the Amphitheatre.  Winners of the Cheeseburger In Paradise Contest and the Tales From the Bottom of My Glass Short Story Contest will be announced at this event!