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3 Hot Happening This Weekend, July 14-16, in Mobile

pole jumper soars through the air at the dauphin street pole vault

So, other than my SO’s work schedule, I’m not sure what possessed me to travel this weekend, but I will be missing some REALLY good stuff, but I refuse to let FOMO stop me from telling you what’s happening and why you should do it.

LODA ArtWalk, July 14, Celebrates National Dance Day & National Tattoo Day with a Tattoo Competition

Let’s start with this Friday night–July 14 from 6-9 PM. The LODA ArtWalk celebrating Dance Day and National Tattoo Day. As a former dancer with 20 years of experience with one of Mobile’s most established dance studios (#sheffieldstrong) as well as one of the modern performers with Parapluie, later named the Alabama Contemporary Dance Company (#ACDC), I love dance, and I know that the art and artistry of dance has manifested well beyond the jazz square and subsequent hands so prominent in the ’90s (thank God). Further, appreciation for dance has grown tremendously.

In addition to a dance zone and a kid’s zone at the already exciting ArtWalk, there will be a tattoo competition located in the whereabouts of Warren and Dauphin Sts. The other zones will be at / near Cathedral Square. Do check out the Facebook Page for LoDa ArtWalk and plan to attend with bells on accordingly.

PS: ArtWalk is extremely kid-friendly. It’s fun for all ages, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to introduce your kids to arts and culture while helping to celebrate local creators.

Dauphin Street Pole Vault on Saturday, July 15 is Worth Leaping into the Heat to Enjoy

One of the most obscure and perhaps seemingly random events that happens in Mobile is the Dauphin Street Pole Vault. It’s a one-day event that transpires every third weekend of July on Dauphin St. where Joachim intersects. As a spectator, the best way to enjoy the event is to bring a folding chair–or arrive early to snag a table–and post up in front of one of the platforms where the vaulters compete.

They typically have a few different setups for different age groups with the older and more experienced vaulters jumping just in front of what is now Debris Po-Boy (you must have the cochon for lunch). Enjoy some water from your BYO ice chest or purchase some from a local venue or have something a little stronger as you sit–and yes, sweat, as vaulters sprint down the plank and soar over the poles onto giant mats. It’s really a fun and entertaining and amazing day of incredible sportsmanship. It’s even more awesome that athletes come from all over to compete in the July heat of Downtown Mobile. Even if you only hang for a few hours, it’s well worth the venture downtown. I’ve never had a bad time, and if you get too hot, just remember The Haunted Book Shop is just around the corner at Joachim and Conti, and I hear they have a pretty good travel and local interest guide. You may have heard of it…**wink**.

Christmas in July on Saturday, July 15 at Central Midtown–Last Chance Before They Close!

From 11 AM to 5 PM on the 15th (so basically, while you’re downtown for the Dauphin Street Vault), Central Midtown will host Christmas in July, which will allow you to make stunningly stylish custom holiday decor. It’s a great way to beat the heat and get your creative on. What’s more, it’s your last chance to do so. This creative mainstay is located in Central Midtown, a stone’s throw from the downtown area where the vaulters will be vaulting like it’s hot (and it probably will be) just off Dauphin St. between Ann St. and N. Georgia Avenue. I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t note that the collective is temptingly close to Red or White, one of my favorite places to grab a bottle of bubbles or to get some delicious, refreshing cuisine. (They seriously handmade pasta dishes as the special all of the time. The oyster special is worth dueling for, and I would tell you more, but I cannot get past the Rosemarino wood-fired pizza. I will eat it all. By myself. In one sitting. I’m linking to their menu here, and I’ll have to go eat one of everything soon, so I can wax poetic on the whole menu for the benefit of public sharing, ah…delicious, delicious sacrifices.

Anyway, wishful thinking aside, as I’ve gotten off topic…let’s get back to the art. I’m sharing photos from Janie and Renee’s Facebook page of the kinds of amazing things you can expect to create.

I’ll also note that their space is closing in August after this event, so both can devote more time to family and other activities. While they will still be doing some art events around town (follow on Facebook to stay in touch), this is sadly the last of a phenomenal opportunity and event. As much as I love ArtWalk and the pole vault, I’m most disappointed that I’ll be in Chi-town and will miss this final art event. If I learn that private lessons and / or parties will be offered, I will schedule one and report back (I beshat you not–the last time I tried to schedule a class because I had, you know, personal time, my body went into full shut down mode. I thought my gallbladder had exploded, and I spent 12+ hours making new besties in the ER. The good news is that my trifecta of most-likely-to-be-endangered-from-previous-poor-choices organs are in tip-top shape (and we’re building a mystery….). The bad news is that I missed the art class and wasted a day in the ER (but I did meet this one really eccentric pot farmer from the midwest, so there’s that).

I digress. Please come out and show love to Renee and Janie.

Also, please buy a copy of Secret Mobile if you haven’t already. My 5YO daughter literally said to me today, “Hey, does ‘Mommy’ stand for ‘made of money’?” and my oldest (10), gleefully realized, “Hey, MOM–Made of Money!” I said, “No.”

In all seriousness, I would love if you buy my book because it’s really entertaining–maybe not as candid as these blogs will be, but pretty darn close. I hope you have a great weekend and happy reading. Stay cool and stay dry, Mobile.

PS: If you have something you’d like for me to write about on the Secret Mobile blog, please contact me at I’d love to meet you and help you share more of what you do!

*All Dauphin Street Pole Vault images are (c) Secret Mobile 2022–please contact me to request use; all other images are the intellectual property of their creators and have been borrowed for promotional purposes; please contact those creators for request for materials.

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