FOLEY – Foley welcomed flocks of winter visitors to the Alabama Gulf Coast on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the city’s annual Snowbird Coffee.
The city of Foley, South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Foley helped sponsor the event held at the Foley Civic Center. About 650 participants collected local information, talked to city and business representatives and met other seasonal visitors to South Baldwin County during the morning event.
Ute Coleman and her husband, Dave, are visiting from Indiana.
“We heard about this while we were visiting the Holmes Medical Museum,” she said. “This is all very nice. We met a lot of people and learned a lot about what Foley has to offer.”
She said places such as the Holmes Medical Museum show that Foley has many unique attractions.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “It was amazing to go through there.”
Nancy Sullivan, who is visiting from Kentucky, said she has been coming to South Baldwin for about 10 years and has come to the Foley Snowbird Coffee for about three years.
It’s just wonderful to come in and see all there is to do and there is a lot to do here in Foley,” Sullivan said. “It’s always so nice to come here.
Nancy McMeekin of the Foley Senior Center talked with visitors about the services and activities available at the center.
“It’s been wonderful,” she said. “We’ve had a chance to talk to a lot of people and give them a warm welcome to Foley and the Foley Senior Center.”
McMeekin said that in the first hour, she had talked to visitors from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana.
“I just love having a chance to meet all these people and to have a chance to welcome them to our city and tell them about all we have to offer,” she said.
In addition to the sponsoring agencies, visitors have the opportunity to meet with representatives from groups such as the Foley Police Department and Fire Department, Public Library, Graham Creek Nature Preserve, Foley Depot Museum, Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermen’s Market and other organizations.
Participants also had the opportunity to take part in a scavenger hunt through downtown Foley, visiting local businesses and attractions for chances to win prizes.