“Blues” Of A Feather Won’t Be Flocking Together At This Weekend’s Airshow
By: Kelly Woodard
The sky will rumble once again as the Navy’s finest provide an action packed weekend on Pensacola Beach this Friday and Saturday, July 11th and 12th for the Pensacola Beach Air Show featuring Pensacola NAS’s own Blue Angels.
The world-famous Navy flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, will perform exhilarating stunts and heart-pounding maneuvers over the Gulf of Mexico to entertain crowds on Pensacola Beach.
The thrills begin Thursday, July 10th at 2 pm for practice and again Friday, July 11th at 2 pm for a full-scale dress rehearsal. On Saturday, July 12th, the air show begins at noon with “the Blues” taking to the air at 2 pm.
The skies will scream with Navy flight team demonstrations, civilian and other military aircraft performances, and US Coast Guard Search and Rescue team demonstrations. Aircraft and teams participating in the Pensacola Beach Air Show include the Grumman Widgeon G-44 flown by Julian MacQueen, Prometheus flown by Skip Stewart, Team RV, MX2 flown by Gary Ward, Extra 300SHP flown by Kevin Coleman Aerosports, and the hometown favorite, Fat Albert, a C-130 Hercules.
But one high flying Blue Angel favorite will be missing from the mix. “Fat Albert”, the Blue Angels C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, will be grounded for all of this weekend’s shows due to a recent bird strike. The four-engine, propeller-driven plane built by Lockheed Martin routinely demonstrates its tactical flight capabilities at air shows by ascending at a 45-degree, nose-up angle to an altitude of 1,000 feet to simulate operations in combat conditions.
W.A. "Buck" Lee, executive director of the Santa Rosa Island Authority, said of Fat Albert’s absence, “While Fat Albert will be missed, the Navy’s first order of business is safety. A bird strike is serious business, and these things happen. I think that everyone is just excited that the Blues are back so the show will still be incredible.”
For both shows, the water will be cleared at noon by the Coast Guard, and the entertainment will get underway with Julian MacQueen kicking off the show. Breaks will occur between acts to allow beach go-ers time to cool off in the Gulf.
The event is free and can be viewed from both Casino Beach and Quietwater Beach on the sound side. Boats are welcome to anchor on the sound side, but will not be allowed to anchor in the Gulf due to safety reasons.
The event is free to the public. It is recommended that all spectators plan to arrive early as the traffic tends to slow around 10 AM. Toll fees will apply to all vehicles. For more information, visit www.pensacolabeachchamber.com or call 850-932-1500.
Local Thrill Seekers Are Ready To Mess With the Bull and Get the Horns
By: Kelly Woodard
A little piece of Spain comes to downtown Pensacola as the 4th Annual Fiesta de San Fermin en Pensacola hits the streets on Saturday, July 19th at 10 am. The Fiesta de San Fermin en Pensacola mixes Pensacola’s rich Spanish history and culture with the excitement and danger of a traditional Encierro (Bull Run).
Inspired by the Fiesta de San Fermin, best known for the “Running of the Bulls” held yearly in Pamplona, Spain which was made famous by Ernest Hemingway’s novel "The Sun Also Rises”, Pensacola’s version of the festival has also been heavily influenced by the Fiesta de San Fermin en Nueva Orleans held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
This exciting and unique event was featured on the Travel Channel as part of their “Edge of America” series in 2013.
The three-day event will combine classic Ernest Hemingway, Spain, music, food & drink all leading up to the excitement in the streets. The weekend will start on Thursday, July 17th with a Spanish inspired Wine Pairing Dinner at Apple Annie’s with wines selected by connoisseur, Bill Carlton. The cost for the event is $60.00 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations are required as this event is limited to just 80 seats.
A “Chupinazo,” or opening celebration, is scheduled for the evening of Friday, July 18th will feature a procession honoring San Fermin, the Patron Saint of Pamplona, Spain with members of the Krewe of Andres de Pez. A local “Padre” will make the traditional opening remarks and local dignitaries will dedicate the weekend to St. Fermin. There will also be a wide array of food, specialty drinks, and live entertainment for everyone to enjoy.
On Saturday morning, July 19th at 10 am, an “Encierro” (Bull Run), honoring the perilous running of the bulls in Spain, will run through the streets of Pensacola. Runners will be notified with rockets throughout the race as to the whereabouts of the bulls. Runners will hear the first rocket at 10 am to alert the runners that the corral gate is open. A second rocket signals that all bulls have been released. The third and fourth rockets are signals that all of the herds have entered the bullring, marking the end of the event. Live music, food & drink will be available for participants & spectators following the “Bull Run”.
The “bulls” are members of the Pensacola Roller Gurlz roller derby team and select participants from other roller-derby leagues across the country. In keeping in tradition of the New Orleans version, in place of angry bulls, the roller derby enthusiasts will be wielding whiffle bats to chase the runners through the streets of Historic Downtown Pensacola.
Runners are required to wear (any kind) of white shirt, white pants or shorts and wear a red bandana or piece of red cloth around the waste and neck. There are only five rules each runner must follow:
1. Run at your own risk
2. Do not touch the “bulls”
3. If you go down, stay down
4. Do not stand still
5. Children under 10 (or those who don’t want to be hit) use the sidewalk
Registration is going on now, and the cost will be $20 between July 11th and 18th. Registration on the morning of the event the cost will be $25. The first 300 registered participants will receive a St. Fermin bandana. Registered participants will also receive a St. Fermin commemorative t-shirt and a wristband for complimentary beer/soft drinks.
You can register for the 2014 Running of the Bulls in the Seville Quarter Wine Shoppe or on-line at www.runsignup.com. Late registration and t-shirt pick-up will be on Friday, July 18th from 4- 7 pm. Day of registration will be Saturday, July 19th from 7 - 8 am.
This event is free for spectators and all ages are welcome. For more information or for a list of all the festival events, visit www.sevillequarter.com or call 850-434-6211.
Classic Movies Light Up The Screen All Summer Long At The Pensacola Saenger Theatre
By: Kelly Woodard
Every movie buff knows that the classics are timeless. Now you can see all your favorites as they were meant to be seen, on the big screen, as the Pensacola Saenger Theatre presents their 3rd Annual Classic Movie Series every Saturday throughout the summer.
Every Saturday night, beginning July 12th, the Saenger will feature a classic movie on one of the largest movie screens along the Gulf Coast.
Tom Roush, Film Commissioner for the Pensacola Area said, "The Saenger is providing a wonderful opportunity for people to see the classics on a big screen in a venue originally built to show movies. In the United States, movies are part of our common cultural inheritance. Classic movies have had at least as great an impact on our culture as classic novels. In fact, being ‘well seen’ is as important as being ‘well read’ in my view, plus it's a whole lot of fun.”
Kicking off the series on Saturday, July 12th, is Yankee Doodle Dandy, one of Hollywood's greatest, grandest and slickest musicals. The nostalgic, shamelessly-patriotic, entertaining film from 1942 also supported the war effort as it paid tribute in its mostly fictional story of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan and the grand American gentleman of the theatre in the early 20th century.
Featuring such beloved songs as "Over There," "You're A Grand Old Flag," "Give My Regards to Broadway," and"My Country Tis of Thee", Yankee Doodle Dandy is sure to keep you in that July state of mind.
Future classic movies in the series will include:
Psycho - Saturday, July 19, 2014
King Kong- Saturday, August 2, 2014
Rebel Without A Cause- Saturday, August 9, 2014
American Graffiti - Saturday, August 16, 2014
Dr. No- Saturday - , August 23, 2014
How the West Was Won - Saturday, August 30, 2014
It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Saturday, September 6, 2014
Vertigo - Saturday, September 20, 2014
Blazing Saddles - Saturday, September 27, 2014
All shows begin at 7 PM, and tickets are $5. Purchase a special Movie 10-pack, $40 for ten movies. Movie 10-packs can be used in combination for any movie or any number of guests for one movie.
Tickets are available at the Saenger Theatre Box Office, located at 118 South Palafox Place, Pensacola, FL 32502, in advance, or in the lobby one hour prior to show time.
For more information, call 850-595-3880.
Celebrate Bastille Day In Gulf Coast Style With “Vive la France” At Jackson’s Steakhouse
By: Kelly Woodard
The elegance and decadence of French cuisine comes to the Gulf Coast as Jackson’s Steakhouse and local wine merchant, Elodie Cardon of La Maison d'Elodie, present a wine and food tasting, "Vive la France” this Tuesday, July 15th at 5:30 pm. A nod to the French national holiday, la Fête du 14 juillet, also known as Bastille Day, the event will feature traditional French fare mixed with local ingredients to add a coastal flare.
Bastille Day commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. Traditionally held on July 14th each year, the French celebrate in style with fireworks, parades, and delicious French delicacies.
Cardon, a French native, will use Bastille Day as an inspiration in hand-selecting four French wines to complement classic French dishes by Chef Irv Miller. The featured presentation for the evening is as follows:
Premier: Gulf coast crab dip, Belgian endive and heirloom tomato paired with Monmousseau“Crémant de Loire,” Rosé, Loire Valley, France, NV
Deuxième: Creamy cauliflower and caramelized-leek soup paired with Monmousseau Vouvray “Moelleux,” Chenin Blanc, Loire Valley, France 2002
Troisième: Pork crépinette, brioche rusk, Roquefort and maque choux paired with Domaine de Mourchon, Côtes du Rhône, France, 2010
Quatrième: Roasted and sliced entrecôte (prime rib eye) with Bordeaux sauce, garden vegetables and popover paired with Chateau Grand Bouchon “Révélations,” Médoc, France, 2012
Cinquième: Tarte tatin with Chilton county peaches and crème chantilly
The event cost is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity, and will include four wines and five courses. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Make yours by calling Jackson's Steakhouse at 850-469-9898 or visit www.jacksons.goodgrits.com.