Alabama and Mississippi have plenty of groups and organizations for people who share the same interests. From music to photography, bird watching to backpacking, there is so much to enjoy.
If you love to spend time exploring the great outdoors, the Mississippi Outdoor Club (MOC) has plenty of opportunities to keep you fit and your calendar full. The club welcomes people of all ages and experience levels and often hosts events that require little-to-no experience. There are plenty of benefits of joining the MOC: Trip coordinators know some of the best places to go, safety is taken very seriously, quality training is offered, you get to meet other people interested in enjoying the outdoors and you can even get discounts from various retailers and outfitters. Mark your calendar for April 21, 2012 when you can participate in the Gator Bait Waterfest Regatta. Download a membership application at www.msoutdoorclub.org and let the adventure begin.
You’ll get lots of inspiration for your own photography from the Jackson Photographic Society (JPS). Dating back to 1945, it’s the oldest club of its kind in Mississippi. The society is affiliated with both the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and the Gulf States Camera Club Council (GSCCC), and is composed of about 40 members. In 2007, JPS won first place in the “Small Club” division of the PSA’s international photo club website contest. Outings, shows and exhibits within the Jackson area are scheduled each month and offer opportunities to learn and share ideas, as well as take photos. You can get information about meetings and events, and browse current members’ work on the society’s website, www.jacksonphotosociety.org.
Enjoy looking for the beautiful birds of the Alabama Gulf Coast with the Coastal Birding Association
. The group, a chapter of the Alabama Ornithological Society (AOS), is dedicated to promoting the preservation of bird habitats and the conservation of wildlife. As a member, you’ll get the semi-annual newsletter and learning opportunities with local experts. Fieldtrips throughout the year allow you to meet other wild bird enthusiasts and explore the natural wonders of the region. For more information about the Coastal Birding Association, visit www.coastalbirdingassoc.org. Membership application forms for the AOS can be found at www.aosbirds.org.
For those with a passion for classical music in Alabama, the Birmingham Chamber Music Society is known as the oldest continuously operating performing arts organization in the area – the Society is now celebrating 75 years of providing the local area with classical music. Four concerts are performed annually and feature guest artists recognized around the world. In addition, several educational and outreach programs are performed by soloists and ensembles. Past concerts include performances by the Old City String Quartet and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Check www.bcmsal.org for upcoming performances.
The clubs in the region will help you enjoy your interests on a whole new level.