Bands On the Beach is Back

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Bands On the Beach is Back and Ready To Heat Up Your Tuesday Nights
By: Kelly Woodard

Fill your dancing shoes with some sand as the popular summer concert series Bands on the Beach has returned for another jam-packed season on Pensacola Beach. Located in the beautiful Gulfside Pavilion overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this series features regional artists performing a wide variety of music.
Every Tuesday night from 7 to 9 pm beginning in April and running through October, various local and regional bands will take the stage to entertain crowds of all ages. Bring your lawn chair and soak it up this summer as the air fills with warm breezes, smooth grooves, and a whole lot of good times.
This Tuesday, April 15
th, Chris Martin of the Chris Martin Band will be taking you back to a simpler time with his uniquely recognizable "blue-eyed soul" meets "Nashville drawl" renditions of current country hits as well as original material. Martin says his roots are firmly planted in the heart of traditional country music and such artist as George Strait and Keith Whitley.
Backed by the “hottest little band in P’Cola”, the Chris Martin Band has made an indelible mark on the local music scene, having achieved some impressive milestones for a band just barely a year old. Not content to follow the typical “bar band” business model, the Chris Martin Band continue to hone their craft at fairs, festivals and concerts in NW Florida and beyond.
With a Nashville produced, all original EP just released in March, and plans to share the stage with the likes of Bo Bice, Charlie Daniels and Southern Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, the future continues to look very bright for this new country artist and his band.
Bands on the Beach is free to attend and is family friendly. There will be restaurants and bars within walking distance to fulfill your food and beverage needs. The show will go on weather permitting, so check your local weather before heading out.
For more information on this week’s upcoming show, or for a complete list of bands scheduled for the remainder of the season, visit
www.visitpensacolabeach.com/events/bandsonthebeach.


Ever’man Natural Foods Honors A Brand New Store With A Grand Opening Celebration

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Ever’man Natural Foods Honors A Brand New Store With A Grand Opening Celebration
By: Kelly Woodard

Ever’man, Pensacola’s premier natural foods store, is ready to open its doors after a long awaited facelift. The grand opening celebration will begin this Thursday, April 10
th with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 am. Sponsored by the Greater Pensacola Chamber, there will be a new sign reveal, and dignitaries including Mayor Ashton Hayward and Jewel Cannada-Wynn will be on hand to address the crowd.
The Grand Opening fun will continue on Friday, April 11
th with storewide specials all day long and live entertainment from Sadie Blu, a local blues singer/songwriter who will provide a lunch concert on the outside lawn from 11 am – 3 pm. Then on Saturday, April 12th from 12 pm to 4 pm, celebrate the fantastic new Ever’man Grocery and Cafe with live music, food demonstrations and tasty samples from the various local and national vendors that Ever’man Natural Foods is proud to serve in its new and improved store.
Ever’man Natural Foods carries a wide span of conventional food items along with natural, organic, gluten-free and niche food alternatives. Whole grain breads and fresh peanut butter line shelves next to packaged cereals and a myriad of juice options. For on the go lifestyles, Ever’man offers bulk bins of healthy snacks and frozen meals and canned supplies that encourage healthy eating.
Some of the unique options that Ever’man offers is a sprawling dairy section dedicated to hormone-free, organic milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs and milk alternative products as well as environmentally friendly household items and cleaning supplies to keep people and pets safe.
Is gluten your enemy? Not any more thanks to Ever’man. They carry the largest selection of Gluten Free products in Pensacola. From pastas and breads to frozen foods and cheeses, ample gluten-free options are available to help you maintain your gluten free diet and your sanity while grocery shopping. Along with fantastic gluten free items, Ever’man Natural Foods offers gluten free cookbooks, support classes for those with celiacs disease, and an interactive website to help you not only search for gluten free items available on the Ever’man shelves, but to create a shopping list to save you time when in the store.
Ever’man Natural Foods also carries a wide array of vitamins and herbal supplements to boost your health and well-being. Ever’man carries high-quality minerals, herbs, essential oils, homeopathic products, teas and personal care supplies from several regional companies and favorite nationally known brands. Whether you need a suggestion for an ailment or want help finding a supplement, Ever’man’s knowledgeable vitamin specialist takes care of members and guests in-store at the help desk.
Before you hit the beach, check our Ever’Man’s new selection of high quality sunscreens made with the best ingredients to keep you and your family safe. Of the more than 600 beach and sports sunscreens analyzed by Environmental Working Group for the 2012 Sunscreen Guide, Ever’man Natural Foods only recommends one in five. Whether you are looking for a lotion or a spray, waterproof sport sunscreen or an organic option, the Ever'man Nutrition, Health and Beauty Team has done the research for you.
Ever’man Natural Foods is located at 315 West Garden Street in downtown Pensacola. For more information on the grand opening ceremony or any of the products that Ever’man Natural Foods Offers, visit
www.ever’man.org or call 850-438-0402.

27th Annual Strawberry Festival

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Everyone’s Favorite Berry Takes Center Stage At the 27th Annual Strawberry Festival
By: Kelly Woodard

That first bite of a fresh, ripe strawberry defines the taste of spring. Let your taste buds run wild at the 27
th Annual Baldwin County Strawberry Festival this Saturday and Sunday, April 12th and 13th at the Loxley Municipal Park located at 4198 Municipal Park Drive in Loxley, AL.
The festival, which began in 1987 as a result of a united effort between the Association of Retarded Citizens of Baldwin County (ARCBC) and the Loxley Elementary School, will feature fresh from the vine strawberries made into some of your favorite treats including pies, jams, tarts, and muffins. In addition to fantastic food, the festival will host an antique tractor show, car show, arts & crafts, live entertainment, carnival rides, and plenty of fun for the whole family.
"We are anticipating close to 100,000 people attending the festival and I hope to sell 10,000 strawberry shortcakes," said Mary Carolyn McDaniel, who has been involved with the festival since its beginning. McDaniel said the event is also held in the perfect location as the Municipal Park provides ample shade, and is easily accessible.
The Baldwin County Strawberry Festival held the 27th Annual “Little Miss Strawberry Pageant” at the Loxley Civic Center on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Sixty-one girls participated, representing both public and private schools. Kyra Rose Cornwell, who attends Magnolia Elementary School in Magnolia Springs was crowned “Little Miss Strawberry Queen” for 2014 by the reigning 2013 Queen, Georgia Kate Paradise. The Queen and her court will be presiding over the Baldwin County Strawberry Festival throughout the weekend, so stop by and meet Little Miss Strawberry.
Each year, the festival raises over $48,000 for its two beneficiaries. Proceeds from the festival have helped each organization with its daily operations. Loxley Elementary School has used their funds to purchase computers for their classroom and library, to air condition their multi-purpose building, and to upgrade their playground equipment. The Association for Retarded Citizens of Baldwin County (ARCBC) has used its funds to open new residential homes and to purchase vans used at these homes.
The festival has become one of the largest and is considered by many as one of the best organized festivals in the area.
The festival is free to attend. Donations will however be accepted. For more information, visit www.baldwincountystrawberryfestival.net.

Mullet Man Triathlon

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The Mullet Man Triathlon Kicks Off the 2014 Mullet Toss Season With A Bang
By: Kelly Woodard

The world’s greatest beach party kicks off with the Mullet Man Triathlon Saturday, April 19
th at 7:30 am at the world famous Flora-Bama Lounge located at 17401 Perdido Key Dr. This crowd favorite event promises a great course, super volunteers, awards three deep and overall, as well as a post-race party with fabulous food and fun.
The Mullet Man Triathlon has proven to be a fantastic addition to the Annual Interstate Mullet Toss, held this year from April 25-27
th. The race will feature a swim, bike, run format and athletes of all ages and performance levels are encouraged to participate.
The swim portion of the race will be a 1/2 mile swim from the shore to a buoy and back in the Gulf of Mexico. The bike segment of 17 miles will be on paved four-lane highway (Alabama Hwy 182) heading west 8.5 miles and return to the Flora-Bama® Lounge & Package. Bike helmets are required.
Finishing off the race is a 4-mile run that will begin at the Flora-Bama® Lounge, heading west under the Perdido Pass Bridge and back. Runners are encouraged to bring extra socks and shoes to make their final leg of the race more comfortable in the event that their initial pair gets wet or sandy.
There will be several divisions in the race. The two major divisions are 39 and under and 40 plus. The Athena division is for women weighing 145 lbs. or more. All ladies wishing to compete in this division must “weigh-in” at registration packet pick-up. The Clydesdale division is for men weighing 200 lbs. or more. All men wishing to compete in this division must “weigh-in” at registration packet pick-up.
The Super Clydesdale division is for men weighing 225 lbs. or more. They must “weigh-in” at packet pick-up. The Fat Tire division is for men and women riding a Fat Tire or Mountain Bike. There will be two Divisions in this category: 39 and under and 40 plus.
The First Timers division is for men and women First Time Triathletes, who have never done a triathlon before. First Timers are also in age groups.
Registration is open now through Friday, April 18
th. Registration fees are $65.00 for Individuals, $125.00 for Teams (2-3 Athletes), and $100.00 for Charity Slots. Register now online by visiting www.active.com/perdido-key-fl/triathlon/flora-bama-mullet-man-triathlon-m-lane-gilchrist-memorial-2014.
Early Packet Pick Up will be held April 18
th from 4 pm - 7 pm at the Flora-Bama Lounge. Race Day and Last Minute Registration and Packet Pick Up will be held the morning of the race, Saturday, April 19th from 6 am - 7 am.
For more information on the Mullet Man Triathlon or the 2014 Interstate Mullet Toss visit www.florabama.com.





The Blue Angels Soar Back Into the Spotlight To Record Crowds

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The Blue Angels Soar Back Into the Spotlight To Record Crowds
By: Kelly Woodard

The Blue Angels have proved you can’t clip their wings forever as the U.S. Navy's iconic flying team took to the skies again on Wednesday for the first time in nearly a year after the team was grounded because of forced spending cuts.
Record crowds packed Pensacola NAS for the first public practice of the season. The more than 25,000 fans erupted in a roar as the Blues took to the sky, and it was obvious that the ‘boys in Blue’ have been missed.
Jeanie Skofowitz, a visitor from Lansing, Michigan, said, “It’s something we always looked forward to when we came down this way for our annual visit. We missed it so much last year, and it just feels right seeing them do what they do best again.”
Local resident James Baxter agreed adding, “The Blue Angels are a part of who we are as a city. Having them back in the air over our homes is a great feeling. I’m proud to live in the Blue’s hometown. Hearing them scream past us regularly is such a privilege.”
While fans are ecstatic to have these local heroes putting on a show once again, the Blue Angels team says they too are overjoyed to be back at it. "Our mission is to connect with the American public. Last year, we weren't able to do that with our demonstrations, so we did it with community outreach. This year it will be great to do both," said Lt. Cmdr. David Tickle, pilot of the Blues Angels' No. 5 jet in the lead solo position.
Blue Angel Cmdr. Tom Frosch added, "It just really makes you realize it's a special thing and you never know how long it will last. We take what we do very seriously, and we are so proud to back in the air and putting smiles on people’s faces."
It isn’t just the pilots and their fans who are happy that the Blues are home. Local businesses are hoping that the scheduled practices and airshows will help bring back some of the lost revenue they suffered after last year’s cancelations.
An economic impact study of the 2012 Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Airshow alone concluded that it generated about $2.4 million for the local economy along with $622,000 in wages paid to employees, according to the University of West Florida Haas Center that conducted the study. This was all lost in 2013 after the show was canceled.
Pensacola Beach business owner Amanda Fontaine said, “Our store definitely suffered an economic loss after the July airshow was cancelled last year. We depend on the crowds from that weekend every year. Even though we still had a show last year, the numbers just weren’t there. We are so happy that the Blue Angels are back in business for the show this year, and hope to see even more record breaking crowds on the island this July.”
The team is scheduled for 68 performances at 35 locations between now and November 8
th including the July 12th Pensacola Beach show and the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show November 7th through 9th.

The 5th Annual Gulf Coast Half Marathon Has Pensacola Beach ‘Running Wild’The 5th Annual Gulf Coast Half Marathon Has Pensacola Beach ‘Running Wild’

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The 5th Annual Gulf Coast Half Marathon Has Pensacola Beach ‘Running Wild’
By: Kelly Woodard


Hit the pavement and have some fun at the 5
th Annual Gulf Coast Half Marathon, Sunday, April 13th at 7 am on Pensacola Beach brought to you by Running Wild. This fast, fun run will get your blood pumping as you trot through one of the most beautiful scenic half marathon routes in the country.
Imagine running 13.1 miles with spectacular views of the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico on one side of the course and stunning visions of Santa Rosa Sound on the other.
All participants that complete the 5th Annual Gulf Coast Half Marathon @ Pensacola Beach will receive a special finisher medal at the finish line, and awards will be awarded 3 deep in various age groups for both males and females. The Gulf Coast Half Marathon @ Pensacola Beach will feature Mile Markers at every mile and 11 well supported water stations.
Runners will have a 4 hour course limit to complete the half marathon race (~18:00/mile pace). If any runners are unable to continue at this pace they will be helped into the SAG wagon and will be transported to the finish line. The SAG wagon will only leave after the last runner has crossed the starting line and will proceed at ~18:00/mile according to chip/tag electronic timing.
Free parking will be available at 6 Casino Beach Boardwalk, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561, and due to traffic conditions it is recommended that runners arrive at least one hour before the race begins. The National Anthem will kick of the race at 6:55 am, and the race begins promptly at 7 am. The nearly world famous Flounder’s Post Race Party begins at 8:30 am and will feature drinks, food, and fun entertainment for all participants. Awards will be given at the Post Race Party at 10:30 am.
Registration for the race is open now. Registration fees are $85 until 4/12/14 (in person only at Running Wild Pensacola), and $105 (04/13/2014 - Race Day but only if available). Registration will automatically close at 2,500 runners so register early to guarantee your spot.
Packet pick-up will be held at Running Wild, located at 3012 East Cervantes Street, on Friday, April 11th & Saturday, April 12
th from 11 am-5 pm. Participants must present a government issued ID to pick up race packet. There is No Race Day Packet Pick-Up.
No Bikes / hand-crank cycles (chairs), Baby strollers/jogging strollers, Dogs, Rollerblades/roller skates, Scooters, or Skateboards will be allowed at the race.
For more information or to register for the Gulf Coast Half Marathon, visit
www.gulfcoasthalf.com or www.werunwild.com.

Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition Set To Address Growing Lionfish Epidemic at Local Meeting

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Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition Set To Address Growing Lionfish Epidemic at Local Meeting
By: Kelly Woodard

Though they may be beautiful in your saltwater fish tanks, Lionfish have become a nuisance here on the Gulf Coast. Join the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition, along with Rick O'Connor of Florida Sea Grant, for the first Pensacola Lionfish Workshop Meeting this Wednesday, April 9
th at 6 pm at the Perdido Key Visitors Information Center located at 15500 Perdido Key Dr.
This meeting will give an informational presentation that will help you learn more about the invasive species. Lionfish are not native to the Gulf of Mexico. They originate from the Indo-Pacific, and it is believed that they spread into the Gulf after they were released by aquarium owners in South Florida. Lionfish began showing up in our area in 2010, and had fully infested most public reefs by late 2012.
The venomous, fast reproducing fish are aggressive eaters and will consume anything and everything, gorging so much they are actually getting liver disease. With no known predators, except human beings, they can wipe out 90% of a reef and endangering some of our most important local species.
Ecologist James Morris with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science said that while this may not be the worst epidemic the Gulf of Mexico has faced, it does have the makings of a disaster. He said the lionfish has brought a "big change in biodiversity," and it is what he called "the most abundant top-level predator in the area”.
The meeting, which will be open to all citizens, will aim to educate the public by increasing awareness of the threats posed by the invasive lionfish to Gulf Coast fisheries and marine ecosystems along with ways to promote and facilitate the removal of lionfish by volunteer divers and encourage the consumption of lionfish by the public via restaurants and seafood markets.
The Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition is comprised of concerned scientists, scuba divers, fishermen, gourmet cooks, and other stakeholders who have a passion for protecting and enjoying our natural resources. They believe with the help of local residents through participation in the 2014 Gulf Coast Lionfish Roundup, to be held May 1
st through May 4th, attending local meetings to educate our friends and neighbors, reporting Lionfish sightings, and joining in on the Lionfish hunt, we can control and protect our important aquatic species and their ecosystem.
The meeting will be held from 6 to 8:30 pm on April 9
th and will begin with a short presentation of facts regarding the Lionfish. Audience members will then be allowed to ask any questions they may have about the issue or the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition.
The meeting will conclude with details regarding the upcoming 2014 Gulf Coast Lionfish Roundup. Cash Prizes will be awarded for the highest number of fish checked in (first through fifth place), biggest fish (first second and third place), and the smallest lionfish measured. There will also have a Team Participation trophy. In addition, there will be lionfish education booths and delicious lionfish dishes prepared by Chef Chris at the festival.
Those wishing to participate in the event will be allowed to register at the meeting.
For more information about the Pensacola Lionfish Workshop Meeting or regarding the lionfish problem here on the Gulf Coast, please visit
www.gulfcoastlionfish.com or contact Andy Ross at 850-529-2475.

Who Let the Dogs Out?

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Who Let the Dogs Out? Wiener Dogs Take the Track By Storm
By: Kelly Woodard

With their tiny legs, you'd think wiener dogs (or dachshunds, if you're picky) would be slow. Think again. Every year, the quickest wieners this side of the Mississippi gather at the Gulf Coast Wiener Dog Races to turn on the afterburners and leave the doubters in the dust. Come place your bets at the 10
th Annual Wiener Dog Races Saturday April 12th 11 am to 5 pm at The Wharf in Orange Beach Alabama, located at 4830 Main Street, Orange Beach, AL 36561.
Last year, over 50 Wiener dogs raced their legs off for prizes and glory. The races will be held on a 50ft track, and all dogs will be divided up into categories based on height and weight. There will also be a category for physically challenged and elderly wiener pups so everyone gets in on the fun.
In addition, lots of the wiener dog’s furry buddies attended the event with their Pet Humans in tow to support their friends and enjoy a fun day so feel free to bring your little guys along even if he isn’t competing. There will be plenty of food, drinks, and fun on hand so make a day of it.
Registration is open now for all categories of wiener dogs. Registration fees are just $10 and are to be paid upon entry to the race gate. All dogs entered are required to provide weight, age, county tag #, and veterinarian name.
All proceeds go to the FL Dachshund & Furrever Homes 501c3 Rescue Organizations. Last year, the races generated a donation of $3,734 for the Florida Dachshund Rescue, Inc.
For more information, please visit
www.wienerdograces.net or email wienerdograces@gmail.com.








Jazz Fest 2014

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Seville Square Will Be Filled With Hot Crafts and Cool Jams At Jazz Fest 2014
By: Kelly Woodard

The 31
st Annual Pensacola Jazz Fest hits the streets of historic downtown Pensacola’s Seville Square next Saturday and Sunday, April 5th and 6th. Presented by the Jazz Society of Pensacola (JSOP), the 2 day event celebrates the soulful and unique musical art of all types of jazz.
This free two day event is held from 10 am–6:30 pm in a lovely park setting. With its sprawling lawn and shady oaks, Seville Square Park also offers music lovers a state-of-the-art sound system so the music can be enjoyed anywhere you sit in the park. In addition to some of the best musical jazz acts around, the Pensacola Jazz Fest will also feature food, drinks and jazz merchandise.
The music will include a variety of jazz styles, presented by prominent national, regional and local artists, as well as local college and high school jazz bands. There is even a “Kids Jam with Harmonicas and Kazoos” each afternoon for the children so they can get musical creativity flowing.
The Arts & Crafts Exhibition allows vendors to present a variety of art items, including paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, and various other one of a kind pieces.
JSOP will have designated merchandise areas for the purchase of Jazz Fest posters, a variety of jazzy shirts and memorabilia, plus beer, wine, and soft drinks in order to raise money for the festival. Some seating is provided, but it is recommended that you bring your own folding chair and sunscreen. Dogs are prohibited in the park.
All performances will take place in the Seville Square Gazebo.
This year, you can celebrate Jazz Fest in style with a VIP pass. You can become a VIP donor for only $100 (or more if you wish), and invite a guest to join you in the VIP tent. With you donation, your VIP pass will give you a seated place under a VIP tent with a great view of the Gazebo stage, along with soft drinks and delicious light fare catered by Joe Patti Seafood. Your name will also be listed in the program as a VIP, acknowledging your special contribution toward making the Pensacola JazzFest a reality.
Admission to Jazz Fest is free. For more information, call Crystal at 850-433-8382.



Reggae Festival and Boat Show

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Reggae Lovers Will Be “Jammin’” As the Seville Quarter Reggae Festival Returns Next Weekend
By: Kelly Woodard

‘Don’t worry about a thing’ in Pensacola next weekend as the spirit of Jamaica returns with Seville Quarter’s Reggae Fest at the End O’ the Alley Courtyard next Friday and Saturday, April 4
th and 5th. This laid back weekend Festival will be jammin’ with Reggae inspired music and food.
Headlining the Reggae Festival are various local and nationally known acts. The fun starts on Friday, April 4th on the End O’the Alley Stage from 5pm-7pm with the Fhyah Bun Crew, followed by the Reggae Ambassadors from 9:30 pm-11 pm, and Fat Lipped Fish from 11:30 pm-1:30 m. Friday on the Main Stage in the Seville Quarter Party Plaza will be National Touring Band, Vibe Irie, from 6 pm-7:30 pm, and Sol Tribe from 8 pm-10 pm.
On Saturday, the Reggae music will start again at 3 pm on the Party Plaza Stage with Calypso Nuts from 3 pm to 5:30 pm, followed by Sol Tribe from 6 pm-8:30 pm and Heritage from 9 pm-11 pm. Saturday inside End O’the Alley will be Vibe Irie from 9 pm-11 pm, One Drop from 10:30 pm-12 am, and Reggae Ambassadors closing out the festival from 12:30 am-2 am.
In addition to great music, the festival will also feature a menu of traditional Jamaican fare like Jerk Chicken and Conch Fritters. Local Jamaican spirits like Red Stripe and Appleton rum drinks will be featured along with several other island specialties. Be sure to take a stroll through the festival merchandise booths, filled with tie-dyes, hair braiding, hair feathers, festival art & jewelry and much, much more.
The Reggae Festival will flow into streets in front of Seville Quarter will the 3
rd Annual Seville Quarter Average Joe Boat Show, a special showcase of local boat owners, showing & selling their trailered in boats. It is free to enter your boat and sellers will not be charged any sales commission. There will be boat manufactures, local marina’s and even a local bank on site to help you with any of your boating/financing needs.
Thousands are expected to walk around Downtown Pensacola with the many festivals that are happening that weekend (Jazz Fest in Seville Square, Wine & Arts Event at Jaco’s and Seville Quarter’s Reggae Festival, etc.). This is a great way to show your boat to tons of people in one day without having to spend the money to list online or in the paper. Who knows, you may arrive with one boat and leave with another!
For more information go to www.sevillequarter.com or call 850-434-6211
.

Top 25 Beaches List For 2014

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Two Local Beaches Make TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Beaches List For 2014
By: Kelly Woodard

As residents of the Gulf Coast, we all know that our beaches are some of the most beautiful in Florida, but thanks to TripAdvisor’s second annual Travelers' Choice Awards which includes the Top 25 Beaches, not only in the U.S., but the world, we now have official bragging rights.
The list for 2014, which won't come out until Memorial Day weekend, ranks our very own Pensacola Beach at #19, beating out such other popular Florida beaches like Panama City Beach (#20) and Clearwater Beach (#21). The beach rankings, in their second year, are determined by analyzing the quality and quantity of a year's worth of TripAdvisor user reviews of beaches across the globe.
According to an official statement made on the TripAdvisor website, “Pensacola Beach is an undiscovered gem that boasts undeniable beauty with a family friendly atmosphere that is as magnetic to visitors as the sugary white sands that lie next to its emerald waters.” TripAdvisor went on to say that Pensacola Beach beat out other popular choices due to its “tight knit community feel, delightful beachside eateries, and ease of access”.
One of the highest rated TripAdvisor reviews of Pensacola Beach read, “It’s clear that the beaches are beautiful, but what made our trip extra special was the kindness of the people who live there. We met tons of locals who were so inviting and helpful. We have been other places where we never felt this welcome. Do yourself a favor and see this gorgeous beach and hang with the wonderful people that call it home.”
All in all, out of the top 25 beaches listed on the Best List, Florida landed 10 spots including another local favorite, Navarre Beach, which snuck in at #25. Not too shabby, Gulf Coast.

1st Annual Rage 5K Glow Run

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Light Up the Night At the 1st Annual Rage 5K Glow Run
By: Kelly Woodard

The night is about to get a little brighter as the Rage 5K lights up the streets of downtown Pensacola this Saturday, March 22
nd. Walk, run, and dance your way through the neon illuminated streets for this fun and festive event.
The fun gets started at dusk with a pre-run “Rager” with music and fun activities to get you amped and ready for the race. From there, participants will sashay their way to three Mini-Rager stations where you’ll enjoy DJ’s spinning your favorite songs, lights, special effects and phosphors based colors (phosphors glow under black light).
You can stay at each Mini-Rage as long as the course is open. If the music at one stop isn’t you cup of tea, head over to the next Mini Rager as all the DJ’s will have a different style of music cranked up for runners to enjoy.
After the race, a huge party will take to the streets where runners and their “fans” alike can dance the night away. Be sure to head over to Twenty One West, located at 21 Romano Street for a race sponsored after party with music and drink specials that will last all night long.
Come out and take your time while having fun, or challenge yourself to finish with a great time as there will be a run clock available to all and optional RFID chipped timing available for those who wish to track their time.
Registration starts at just $20, and students with a valid I.D. will receive $5 off standard registration fees. So what’s included with your registration? All participants will receive a killer black and glow race shirt, ticket for 1 FREE Beer or Coke,1 FREE Water,1 glow toy, and 1 Ice Flyer Ticket to The Rage 5K home game. In addition, runners will also receive special coupons for free or cheap food, discounts on other events, and a cool keepsake run bib.
Packet pickup will be the night before the event, March 21
st at the Maritime Park located at 301 West Main Street from 5 to 8 pm.
For more information or to register for this unique event, visit
www.rage5k.com.

New 4-H Facility Finally Approved

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Plan For New 4-H Facility Finally Approved
By: Kelly Woodard

Pensacola agriculture will soon be getting a boost as the Escambia County Commissioners approved construction of a new $1.47 million 4-H center. The approval of the project comes after weeks of delay due to disagreements over the land that the site will call home.

After weeks of negotiating, a compromise deal, brokered by Commissioner Steven Barry, was reached Tuesday that includes the 4-H community and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Services. Pensacola-based A.E. New Jr. Inc., has been commissioned to build the new Escambia County 4-H Center at the Escambia County Extension Office property on Stefani Road.
The previous proposal stated that the 240-acre Langley Bell 4-H Center in Beulah that the 4-H Foundation sold to Navy Federal Credit Union in 2012 for $3.6 million could only be replaced after $1.6 million of the proceeds was used to purchase land to replace the 240 acres lost by 4-H.

After much controversy within the 4-H and the local farming community, a new plan was proposed where IFAS would purchase 108 acres near Molino for about $530,000 that would be used for agriculture, animal programs and outdoor education, and would compensate the loss of the Langley Bell property leaving almost $3 million for programs, activities and scholarships for 4-H youths.


Both parties seem pleased with the final agreement, and Barry said, "We look forward to getting this project underway and hope it will improve the 4-H programs in our area and the benefits that they provide our communities."

Gala of the Royal Horses

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Gala of the Royal Horses Celebrates Tradition and Beauty At the Pensacola Bay Center
By: Kelly Woodard

For the first time ever, riding Master Rene Gasser, creator and producer for “Gala of The Royal Horses” will be bringing his world-renowned equestrian tour to the Pensacola Bay Center for two shows on Saturday, March 29
th at 2 pm and 7 pm.
The Royal horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters and this performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures. Following in the family footsteps of seven generations, Gasser has recreated a show for this tour only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna and Spain.
“The unique qualities of the Royal Horses single them out from all other breeds in the Equine world. Their physical beauty & grace, coupled with exceptional courage and nobility make them an object of admiration and a source of inspiration for horse lovers everywhere,” says Gasser.
In addition to the marvelous stallions, Gala of The Royal Horses will also feature vivacious Spanish Flamenco dancers that will dazzle you with authentic costumes and heart pounding music that will leave you feeling like you’ve been transported to the streets of Madrid.
In the south of Spain, the tradition of flamenco dancing is rivalled only by the tradition of breeding fine Spanish horses and Rene Gasser says the breeds have been featured in portraits with European royalty, used in multiple movies and are extremely popular among riders.
Gala of The Royal Horses will feature a number of performances involving the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds and the event is dedicated to showing off the amazing beauty and maneuvers these horses are capable of including the stunning maneuvers once used on the battlefield now known as “The Airs Above The Ground”.
Tickets are $29.50, $40, and $50.50. There are a limited number of VIP seats available for $60.50 each. Children 12 and under and seniors 60 and over receive a $5 discount (Excluding VIP and $50.50 ticket). Tickets are available at Pensacola Bay Center Box Office, Pensacolabaycenter.com and All Ticketmaster Outlets. To Charge by phone call 1-800-745-3000.

Pensacola Crawfish Festival

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Pensacola Crawfish Festival Entertainment Schedule Announced
 
Fiesta of Five Flags announces the 30th annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival. The festival will be held May 2 to May 4 in Bartram Park, downtown Pensacola. Festival hours are Friday, May 2 from noon to 11 p.m., Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
The entertainment lineup features a variety of artists that encompass traditional Swamp Pop, Cajun and Zydeco beats straight from Louisiana. The lineup includes artists such as The Redfield, Hazy Ray, Chubby Carrier and Gravy.
 
Headliners for the festival include Wayne Toups, Roddie Romero & Hub City Allstars and Cowboy Mouth. Wayne Toups, Grammy winning artist, integrates Rock, Cajun, R&B and Zydeco music to create a genre that he has dubbed “Zydecajun.” Toups began playing the accordion at age 13 and currently tours all over the country. Roddie Romero and the Hub City Allstars, Grammy nominated artists, have been bringing their traditional Cajun flair worldwide for over twenty years. Known for their songwriting as well as keeping to their Creole roots, they’re sure to keep the energy high and dance floor packed. Cowboy Mouth joins this year’s lineup and promises to not to disappoint with their New Orleans Rock n’ Roll, “… on a bad night they’ll tear the roof off the joint and on a good night, they’ll save your soul.” Cake Magazine. The band plays roughly 150 shows a year and has produced over 11 albums.
 
The 2014 Pensacola Crawfish Festival entertainment schedule:
 
Friday, May 2
3 to 5:30 p.m.                     The Upstarts
6 to 8 p.m.                           The Redfield
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.            Wayne Toups
 
Saturday, May 3
11 to 12:30 p.m.                Hazy Ray
1:00 to 3 p.m.                     AJ Ghent Band
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.               Chubby Carrier
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.               Roddie Romero & Hub City Allstars
8:30 to 10:30 p.m.            SuperFunk Fantasy
 
Sunday, May 4
11 to 12:15 p.m.                Gravy
12:30 to 2 p.m.                  Rollin in the Hay
3 to 5 p.m.                           Cowboy Mouth
 
For more information about the Pensacola Crawfish Festival and other Fiesta events, call (850) 433-6512 or visit
www.fiestaoffiveflags.org.

Irish Eyes Will Be Smiling On Pensacola Beach For the 2014 ‘Go Irish On The Island’ Celebration

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Irish Eyes Will Be Smiling On Pensacola Beach For the 2014 ‘Go Irish On The Island’ Celebration

By: Kelly Woodard


Pensacola Beach is going green and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style as the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce presents ‘Go Irish On The Island’, a fun filled week of celebration and debauchery.

Kicking things off for the weekend on Friday, March 14
th at 3 pm is a family friendly Scavenger Hunt that will keep you searching for that pot of gold until the winner is announced on Sunday, March 16th at 2 pm. You can pick up your information and “rainbow map” at the Pensacola Beach Visitors Information Center now through Saturday, March 15th. There will be plenty of prizes and a Pot O' Gold Drawing Sunday 3pm.

Monday, March 17
th, brings the big day filled with festive activities beginning at 9:30 am at Paddy O’Leary’s with Catholic Mass celebrated by Monsignor Hunt followed by a traditional Irish meal of Corned Beef & Cabbage & Fish and Chips. Then at 11am Tom Burman and Duel Christain will take the stage. At 12:30 pm, the An Broc Irish Dancers will entertain you with their fast footwork, followed by live music by Dennis Parkin and friends. At 5 pm, celebrate a Re-enactment of Tim Finnegan's Wake and then head over to Bamboo Willies for the annual Green Bikini Contest at 5:30 pm.

In addition, on Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17
th, the island will celebrate the long awaited 2014 St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl. The fun begins at 10am at Sidelines and continues on visiting all of Pensacola Beach’s hotspots until 6:30 pm. Events throughout the day include a festive Irish Stew and Corned Beef and Cabbage special at Flounder’s including $5.95 Diesel Fuels all day, and the Crawl on In Post Pub Crawl Party at the Sandshaker featuring music by Hippie Radio from 6 to 10 pm.

Make sure to wear you best Irish inspired attire and enter to win cash and prizes at the 2014 Go Irish Costume Contest at 6:30 pm at the Sandshaker Lounge after the pub crawl.

Island specials throughout the weekend will include:

Surf Burger: Drink Specials with Mini Sliders for Pub Crawl Participants
Paddy O’Leary’s: March 14th - "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" Guinness party. Music by Whiskey Down, 9pm-1pm. Guinness give aways. $4 Pints of Guinness and $5 Irish Carbombs all night
March 15th - Aye, Their Givin' It Away "Paddy" Irish whiskey night. "Paddy" Irish whiskey promo, free samples (while they last) and $1 off regular price and $3 Tullamore Dew. Ultra Violet on outside stage 8pm-midnight
March 16
th - Leprachaun Sunday Funday, Electrick Mullets on outside stage, 3pm-7pm. Paddy's Pot O' Gold is a $50 bar tab for best Elton John look alike. Karaoke 9pm-1am inside. $3 Paddy Punch.


In addition to great themed parties and drink specials throughout the weekend, local restaurants like Hemmingways, Crabs We Got Em and Grand Marlin will be featuring special Irish themed menu selections.

For complete Pub Crawl schedules or for more information regarding any of the week’s activities, visit
www.pensacolabeachchamber.com or call 850-932-1500.

Cirque du Soleil Returns To the Pensacola Bay Center With A Dazzling New Show

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Cirque du Soleil Returns To the Pensacola Bay Center With A Dazzling New Show
By: Kelly Woodard

Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai, which has been touring the world since 2002 under the company’s trademark yellow and blue big top, has returned bigger and better than ever in a new arena show, and it is coming to the Pensacola Bay Center this Wednesday, March 19
th through Sunday, March 23rd.
With a fresh cast of 50 performers, Varekai has dazzled crowds all over the world with multiple aerial acts, colorful costumes, and whimsical music. Varekai, which takes its title from a Roma word that means “wherever,” is built around the Greek myth of Icarus who flew too close to the sun. The wax on his wings melted and he fell into the sea.
For Varekai, director Dominic Champagne (who also directed the Cirque’s Beatles show, Love, in Las Vegas) let his imagination run wild, creating a forest peopled with fantastic creatures to welcome the fallen Icarus. This allowed composer Violaine Corradi to come up with a highly variegated world beat soundtrack. And it gave Academy Award-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka (who passed away last year) free rein to conjure up elegant, vibrantly colorful costumes adorned with petals and appendages. They range from the floral to the avian and the reptilian.
The look of Varekai is ravishing and several of the acts are simply sublime. That includes the ascent of Icarus (Mark Halasi), after he has lost his wings, within a net that allows him to make sinuous moves high above the stage. There’s a sensuous aerial hoop act, as haunting as the moon, performed by a woman (Katja Kortstrom) with limbs of shining gold. And a seductive hand-balancing act, performed by a woman in a silver striped white body suit (Alona Zhuravel), leads into a romantic connection with Icarus and the suggestion of a wedding.
Strikingly original moments include a man on crutches (Raphael Botelho) dancing for the wingless Icarus and two men (Oleksii Kozakov and Oleksandr Romashyn), scantily dressed in raven black, flying high on aerial straps.
The dramatic show’s most daring and riveting act of them all is the Russian Swing act that provides the show with an explosive finale. The swings catapult bodies into the air, aimed to land in one of two giant canvas panels suspended at the back of the stage, or on another swing.
Tickets for Varekai are on sale now by visiting http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/varekai, the Pensacola Bay Center Box Office, or through all Ticketmaster Outlets. Ticket prices are $55.50 and $154 plus applicable service fees. Parking is $5 and cash only will be accepted.
Groups with 12 or more can save up to $16.50 with a group discount!
Showtime for March 19
th, 20th, and 21st is 7:30 pm. Showtime for March 22nd is 4 pm and 7:30 pm, and March 23rd at 1:30 pm and 5 pm. Doors open one hour before the show.
For more information, visit
www.pensacolabaycenter.com or call 850-432-0800.

2014 Beulahfest Set To Feature Country and Southern Rock Royalty On Stage

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2014 Beulahfest Set To Feature Country and Southern Rock Royalty On Stage
By: Kelly Woodard

The 28
th Annual Beulahfest is gearing up for a big weekend next Friday and Saturday, March 21st and 22nd with plenty of great entertainment, food, and fun for all.
Formally known as the Beulah Sausage Festival, the event has gone through some changes over the past few years. Traditionally held on the farm land of Jim and Joyce Whaley, the event committee was forced to make a change in location due to growing crowds, parking problems, and county requirements.
Now held at the Escambia County Equestrian Center, located at 7750 Mobile Highway, the newly named ‘Beulahfest’ hasn’t lost its’ original charm. The move to the ECEC has provided answers to parking problems and much more space to grow. It provides a covered arena for the stage and entertainers, and covered stalls for crafters.
Sausage is still provided by Thompson, and comes in two flavors. The monies raised are still largely donated to charities and others in need. Each year our goal is to raise money for those charities and provide funds needed for firefighter training and recruitment.
This year, Beulahfest is featuring some of country music’s biggest acts such as the Charlie Daniel’s Band, Randy Houser, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and hometown cutie and America’s Got Talent Star, Chloe Channell.
Beulahfest not only has great live entertainment, crafters and vendors, but great rides as well, including a mechanical bull and roller coaster ride. All rides are furnished by the James Gang Amusements.
Doors open at 4 pm on Friday, March 15th and festivities begin at 4:15 pm with the Opening Ceremonies. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. Advanced tickets are $15 for a one day pass, or $26 for a weekend pass. VIP admission tickets are available for $36, and include two general admission tickets, two sausage sandwiches, two soft drinks/water, and one parking pass. The last day to purchase advance tickets is March 20
th.
General admission tickets at the gate are $15 before 7 pm, and $20 after 7 pm. Children under the age of 12 are free. Only cash is accepted at the gate, and ATMs will be available onsite.
To purchase advanced tickets, visit www.beulahfest.com and use the PayPal option. Tickets will be mailed to you, so make sure that you correct mailing address is entered upon ordering.
Pets are not allowed at the festival, and cameras are permitted except during musical acts. For more information, visit www.beulahfest.com.







The Best of Mardi Gras Has Yet To Come So Let the Good Times Roll

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The Best of Mardi Gras Has Yet To Come So Let the Good Times Roll
By: Kelly Woodard

Fat Tuesday marks the end of the Mardi Gras season, but you can still get in on the festivities throughout the weekend as the good times roll all over town.
Kick the party off this Saturday, March 1
st at the Krewe of Wrecks Champagne Breakfast at Crab's on Pensacola Beach at 10 am. The champagne will flow and the breakfast feast will fill you up for a long day of reveling. During the breakfast, the Krewe of Wrecks will announce their new royal court. After the court has been crowned with a glittering tiara and bejeweled captain's hat, guests will join in on a decades old tradition where the Krewe ties napkins together in a long strand as the official Krewe of Wrecks song is performed.
Tickets are $30 per person and include a Krewe of Wrecks membership. Tickets are limited, so purchase yours now. For more information contact Melanie Waite at
melanie@waite.cc.
Then head out into the streets at the Sabine Sandbar, Pensacola Beach Blvd, next to the Yacht Club for the Krewe of Wrecks Street Dance, a festive second line style dance to announce the new court to the island. Dress in your most festive Mardi Gras wear and party in the street all while sharing in the bead throwing spirit for onlookers. The fun starts at 1:30 pm and it is free to participate in the event.
Then travel downtown for one of Pensacola’s most beloved Mardi Gras events, the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade this Saturday, March 1
st at 2 pm. Set to hit the streets of downtown Pensacola beginning at Spring Street and Garden Street, this parade is fun for the whole family. Crowds can gather among some of the most historic streets to celebrate Mardi Gras with plenty of Moon Pies and beads from over 200 entries. Be sure to tune into BLAB TV for full parade coverage beginning at 2 pm. The parade will continue until around 6 pm.
The parade is free. For more information, visit www.pensacolamardigras.com or call 850-436-7638.
Then on Sunday, March 2
nd, the grand event of Mardi Gras on the island, the Krewe of Wrecks Beach Parade, storms the streets beginning at noon. Oversized floats with festive riders will be on hand to toss out some of your favorite Mardi Gras themed goodies. You’ll been grooving in the streets to the sounds of marching bands and local bands.
Mardi Gras on the Island is one of the biggest events on Pensacola Beach and attracts a huge crowd, so parking is limited. The parade is free and family friendly. For additional information contact, Melanie Waite at
melanie@waite.cc.
For a full list of Mardi Gras fun, visit www.pensacolamardigras.com/events.

American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Brings His Country Charm To The Saenger Theatre

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American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Brings His Country Charm To The Saenger Theatre
By: Kelly Woodard

Scotty McCreery, the Season 10 “American Idol” winner with the deep country voice, whose platinum-selling debut album made Billboard history, comes to the Pensacola Saenger Theatre this Sunday, March 2
nd at 7:30 pm.
After winning the 10
th season of the highly acclaimed and massively popular reality TV show and ratings behemoth American Idol, McCreery has risen to country fame. In the months following the end of American Idol, Scotty went on to land a spot in the Billboard Hot Country Songs.
His rendition of his coronation song ‘I Love You This Big’ would place him at number 32 and would go on to become the highest debut single the Billboard chart has ever recorded as it sold more than 170,000 units in its first week alone in stores nationwide and by August of the same year, his winning song would become certified gold. His second single ‘Trouble with the Girls’ would become certified gold mere months after its initial release on radio and digital download via iTunes.
Since his record breaking entry into the music business and charts, McCreery would go on to hit Platinum status after selling more than a million units in the United States alone.
Two studio released albums, three awards and millions of dollars’ worth of singles sold, Scotty McCreery remains living proof to everyone out there with big dreams of stardom that just about anything is possible.
Tickets are on sale now at the Saenger Theatre Box Office located on Intendencia Street between the corners of Palafox and Jefferson Street. Tickets are also available at all TicketMaster outlets, TicketMaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Ticket prices are $55, $39.75, and $29.75 plus applicable service charges.
For more information, visit
www.pensacolasaenger.com or call 850-595-3880.

Lumberjacks Are Swinging Their Axes For A Shot At the Title

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Lumberjacks Are Swinging Their Axes For A Shot At the Title
By: Kelly Woodard

Experience the excitement of axe throwing, flannel, burly beards and bluegrass as Pensacola State College Milton Campus celebrates the 26th Annual NW Florida Forestry Conclave & Lumberjack Festival this Saturday, March 1
st from 8 am to 4 pm.
Enjoy live bands, nature and wildlife exhibits, firefighting demonstrations, food, and plenty of activities for both children and adults. The day features knife and axe throwing, a log roll, bow sawing, cross cut and pulpwood toss.
Competitors must be 16 or older to compete in the adult division and 13 to 15 to compete in the junior division. There is a $3 participation fee for the first event and $1 per person fee for each additional event. Children, senior citizens and high school students compete for free.
Competitive adult events include Compass & Pacing, Knife Throw, Axe Throw, Cross-Cut Sawing, Standing Chop, and more. Junior competitive events include Knife Throw and Cross-Cut Sawing. Activities for children include softball toss, coloring, face painting, crafts and more. And don’t miss the recreational tree climbing, Andy Cummings' chainsaw sculpting and fire-fighting equipment demonstrations.
Bluegrass music, nature & wildlife exhibits, firefighting equipment demonstrations, food and much more will be on hand throughout the day to keep you and your little lumberjack’s happy.
Along with all of the exciting activities, patrons will have a chance to learn about North West Florida’s delicate eco-system and the environmental programs being offered from both PSC and UWF to protect it.
While the supply lasts, festival-goers also get to select free tree seedlings from a variety of species and receive information from experts on planting and proper care.
Admission to the event is free; however there is a $3 entry fee to compete in any of the featured competitions.
For more information, visit www.psc.edu or call 850-484-4436.

Take the Plunge Into 2014 With A Polar Bear Dip

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Take the Plunge Into 2014 With A Polar Bear Dip
By: Kelly Woodard


You partied hard all night on New Year’s Eve. Your head is pounding, and you need some relief. Channel your inner Polar Bear, and hit the icy cold waters of the Gulf of Mexico to wake you up and spring you into 2014.

Located on the Florida/Alabama line, the Flora-Bama’s Annual Polar Bear Dip and Pensacola Beach’s Paradise Bar and Grill’s Annual Polar Bear Plunge will give you an opportunity to show off your wild side this Wednesday January 1st by wading into the water braving the bitter cold and a nagging hangover.

The Flora-Bama’s Polar Bear Dip begins at high noon on January 1
st, and swimmers will receive a free traditional New Year’s Day meal complete with good luck Black Eyed Peas and greens. Spectators can also enjoy the meal for a small fee.

Why would anyone swim in January? Polar Bear Dip veteran, Jim Sutton responded, “It’s kind of an initiation
. Every crazy local I know has done it at least once.”

After the “Dip” and the meal, there will be various live entertainment on two stages throughout the day and night, ringing in the New Year as only the Flora-Bama can.

Noon too early for you to get moving? Then, head over to Paradise Bar and Grill on Pensacola Beach for the Polar Bear Plunge beginning promptly at 2 pm. The emerald waters of Santa Rosa Sound are filled with those hardy souls who wade, swim and scurry to the finish line. Heaping bowls of black-eyed peas wait to warm them. There is a small entry fee that benefits the Chamber; however there is no charge to cheer on your favorite polar bear.

For more information on either event, visit
www.florabama.com or www.visitpensacolabeach.com

Ring In the New Year At the Pensacola Pelican Drop

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Ring In the New Year At the Pensacola Pelican Drop
By: Kelly Woodard

Whether you’re in New York watching the ball drop or hitting the town with friends, everyone loves New Year’s Eve. Be a part of a Gulf Coast tradition at the Annual Pensacola Pelican Drop this Tuesday, December 31st in Downtown Pensacola.
Hosted by the Downtown Improvement Board (DIB), the streets will be filled with revelers from across the country counting down to 2014 with the Gulf Coast’s most unique New Year’s icon, a giant illuminated pelican.
Throughout the evening, the Pelican, which is 14 feet tall, with a 20-foot wingspan, will be perched above the celebration on a 100-foot platform at the intersection of Palafox and Government Streets. The celebration’s high point will be the giant illuminated pelican descending at the stroke of midnight amidst fireworks and confetti.
DIB Organizers have also expanded the Kids’ area and feature a unique, kids' countdown at 8 pm with copious amounts of confetti, and the incredibly fun and humorous, "bubble stomp."
Mayor Ashton Hayward directed the DIB to run with the program based on its successful promotion and management of other events for the city including the highly touted Gallery Night. “This is a fantastic celebration for the entire family. Kids, Parents, Grandparents and Great-Grandparents can join hands and sing in the New Year with us,” said Terri Kuvach, Special Events Coordinator for DIB. And best of all? All concerts and events are free.”
Festivities begin at 5 pm with three big stages full of live entertainment all night long. Beginning at 5:30 pm on the main stage is Characters on the Go followed by the Bubble Stomp at 7:45 pm and the Raising of the Pelican at 8 pm. Then the music gets cranked up at 8:15 pm with Antoine Knight, a talented sax player and band leader whose classic alto-driven funk and bluesy keyboard harmonies will have you dancing in the streets.
Then at 9:45pm, join Blend & DJ, an a cappela doo-wop group bringing back hits from the 50’s and 60’s with a twist of fun. Then at 10:45 pm join Mojeaux, one of New Orleans’ diverse and energetic party experience consisting of repertoire of R&B, Motown, Oldies, Top 40, Rock, Hip Hop, Funk and disco hits.
Over on the North Stage, the music gets kicked off with Big Jim Brown and the Speed Kings, a band with a raw, gritty sound from which American rock-n-roll was born. Then at 8:50 pm join Dew Pendleton & UR Friends, an energetic band with a unique sound that is crafted by the honesty of country, the soul of gospel, and the sheer fun of rock. At 10:50 pm, Timberhawk takes the stage. A five piece rock/indie/folk outfit, Timberhawk’s songs feature catchy melodies with beefy grooves and ballsy solos, and a vibe that goes back to the 1960s and punches it in the mouth.
The Pelican will descend from his perch at the stroke of midnight, and will be followed by the New Year’s Eve Fireworks display on Palafox Street.
In year’s past, more than 50,000 revelers rang in the new year at the Pelican Drop, and Southern Living Magazine included the event in their December 2010 issue as one of the must see events of the year.
Here are some valuable tips if you are thinking about heading out to the Pelican Drop.
• Street closures will begin the morning of December 31st, and will continue throughout the night. Avoid downtown streets if possible.
• Arrive early for the best view of the Pelican. Some of the best spots fill up by early evening.
• Local bars and restaurants will be open for food and beverages. No coolers will be allowed.
• Be ready for large crowds. Over 25,000 people are expected to be on Palafox Street when the Pelican drops.
• No animals will be allowed unless they are certified service animals.
• Check the weather and dress appropriately. With such large crowds it may be difficult to leave your spot and return if you need to get a sweater from your car.
For more information, visit www.downtownpensacola.com or contact 850-434-5371.



After Santa Delivers His Goodies, It’s Time To Party Mardi Gras Style

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After Santa Delivers His Goodies, It’s Time To Party Mardi Gras Style
By: Kelly Woodard

Pensacolians who do it right never have to worry about post- Christmas let down. That’s because the day that to most of the world is the twelfth and final day of Christmas is recognized here as Twelfth Night, the first day of the Carnival season. Quite literally, Carnival begins at the moment when Christmas ends.
This annual, event happens the first week of January, and the beads will be flying once again this year with the 3
rd Annual Wind Creek Pensacola 12th Night Mardi Gras Kick-off Celebration next Saturday, January 4th, 2014 in historic downtown Pensacola. Festivities begin at 5 pm as floats line up down Palafox Street ready to jumpstart the Mardi Gras season. At 6 pm, the parade will begin.
Join in on the fun and celebrate the 2014 Mardi Gras Season along with all the local Krewes; their King and Queens for the upcoming season, King Cake, and the town crier.
Danny Zimmern, President of Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc., said of the event, “We formed Pensacola Mardi Gras Inc. to showcase the downtown Pensacola area. We want to emphasize how great Pensacola is, and how much entertainment there is to offer. This is one of the events that we want people to be able to look forward to each Mardi Gras season.”
Recently awarded the honor of being included in the Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society, Pensacola’s Mardi Gras celebrations are free, family friendly events that are not to be missed.
For more information regarding the 12th Night Mardi Gras Kick-off Celebration or any of the areas other Mardi Gras events, visit www.pensacolamardigras.com or call 850-436-7638.




Winterfest Kicks Off the Season With A Little Help From Santa’s Friends

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Winterfest Kicks Off the Season With A Little Help From Santa’s Friends

By: Kelly Woodard

Santa’s little helpers are taking to the streets to kick off the holiday season in Pensacola this Friday November 29
th with the 2013 Pensacola Elf Parade beginning at the T. T. Wentworth Museum. The parade marks the beginning of the 2013 Winterfest, a magical Christmas town that will make you holidays merry with tours and performances that light up beautiful Downtown Pensacola from Historic Seville to the Palafox Business District.
Follow Frosty, Rudolph, and other holiday celebrities along the parade route as they trek to the Plaza Wonderland in front of the Old County Courthouse where Santa will greet all the good boys and girls in a flurry of song, dance, and snow. Then watch as Santa lights the tree to brighten the season and heads back to his sleigh to hear all of your Christmas wishes.
The excitement begins at 3:30 pm as the elves start to gather behind the T.T. Wentworth Museum. Join in on the fun for all the contests, including Best Elf Ears, Best Costume, and Best Elf Stroller or Wagon.
Then, join Parade Marshall Mollye Barrows of WEAR-TV 3 as she leads the merry crew to the Old County Courthouse Plaza Wonderland where you can watch Rudolph's Revue, a free song-and-dance show in the Plaza with your favorite holiday characters like Rudolph and Frosty. Stop in to see Santa Claus in his sleigh for your holiday portrait. This year we're also playing reindeer games in the plaza, with face painting, snowball fights, and snowman transformations for kids.
The Performance Tour features 12 fun performances with your favorite holiday characters including Snoopy, Elvis, Frosty, and the Whos of Whoville on an hour-long trolley ride around downtown Pensacola.
The Elf Parade and tree lighting is free, but the Performance Tour is $15.50 per person. Hot chocolate is provided on the tour.
After you get in to the spirit of the season, head over to the Pensacola Saenger Theatre for a viewing of a Christmas classic, The Polar Express. Slip, slide, and fly across snow banks and frozen ground on a magical train in search of the true meaning of Christmas. The show starts at 6 pm, and tickets are just $5.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
www.pensacolawinterfest.org or call 850-417-7321.

Bellingrath Gardens Lights up the Night with Holiday Tradition

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Bellingrath Gardens Lights up the Night with Holiday Tradition

By: Kelly Woodard

The holiday tradition continues as Bellingrath Gardens and Home celebrates Magic Christmas in Lights. Kicking off this Friday and running nightly through December 31
st, this family event allows guests to stroll through over 3 million sparkling lights and over 928 displays throughout the 65 acre Garden estate. The Bellingrath Home is decorated in whimsical holiday décor while poinsettias encompass the Gardens.
Nightly choral performances are held on the South Terrace of the Bellingrath Home, and don’t miss your chance to have your picture made with Santa. Bellingrath’s specialty gift shop is also stocked with unique handmade crafts and gifts perfect for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
Supper is served nightly in the Magnolia Cafe from 4 pm to 8 pm. Experience the entire spirit of the holiday season with hot chocolate or hot apple cider in hand as you walk through the glow of millions of twinkling lights. Sample menus include turkey and dressing, baked ham, cheesy grits, and sweet potato casserole. Snacks are also available and are located adjacent to the Bellingrath Home.
The estate is open nightly from November 29
th until December 31st from 5 to 9 pm, with the exception of Christmas Day, December 25th, on which the gardens will be closed. Tours of the Bellingrath Home are available every half hour until 8 pm.
Tickets are required for this event, and pricing varies. To view the Magic Christmas in Lights only, ticket prices are $15 for adults 13 and older, $7 for children 5-12 years old, and children under 4 are free. To view both the Magic Christmas in Lights and the Bellingrath Home Tour, ticket prices are $24 for adults 13 and older, $13 for children 5-12 years old, and children 4 and under are free.
If you are looking for the perfect spot to host your next holiday party, then check out Bellingrath’s Party Tent at Magic Christmas in Lights. Accommodating up to 160 guests, the Party Tent is perfect for corporate gatherings, birthday parties and other social functions. Renting the Party Tent includes the enclosed tent, tables, chairs, lights, heaters and electrical outlets.
Please note the rental fee does not include catering or linens. Bellingrath will provide a list of preferred caterers upon request. Prices to rent the tent are $400 for 20-99 guests and $500 for 100-160 guests. For more information, or to book your party now, call Shanna Bennett, Bellingrath's Group Tour Coordinator, at 800-247-8420 extension 163.
Regular tickets are also available at the door during regular hours of operation. Advanced tickets can be purchased at participating Regions Bank locations or online at
www.bellingrath.org. All advance ticket holders will not be required to wait in line. They will be allowed to enter through the Will Call entrance. For more information, call 1-800-247-8420.



Wonderful Wacky Women's Ugly Sweater Party

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Get Tacky This Holiday Season At The Wonderful Wacky Women’s Ugly Sweater Party

By: Kelly Woodard

Get tacky with the wackiest women and mightiest men on the Gulf Coast at the Wonderful Wacky Women’s 2
nd Annual Holiday Ugly Sweater Party this Wednesday, December 4th at 6:30pm at The Sports Bar of Perdido Key, located at 13583 Perdido Key Drive in Perdido Key.
This fun filled event will feature live music, food, and drinks for everyone to enjoy while sporting their favorite tacky holiday looks. Prizes will be awarded for the ugliest sweater, wackiest sweater, and the most creative sweater.
The event is hosted by the Redneck Riviera Chapter of the Wonderful Wacky Women, a local charitable organization benefiting ovarian cancer founded on the concept of “women who rise above all obstacles to turn tragedy into triumph, and who answer the call to make a difference in the world”.
Jimmie Sue Walters, WWW Director/Founder and cancer survivor, believes that bringing awareness to this “silent killer” is imperative to saving women’s lives. Walter’s said, “Early detection is vital, and many women don’t have any symptoms or simply ignore the signs until it is too late. Our goal is to provide education on warning signs, support to those who are already struggling with this disease, and raise as much money as possible to fund research for a cure.”
The event is free; however donations will be accepted to help benefit the fight against ovarian cancer.
For more information, contact Jimmie Sue Walters at jimmiesue@cox.net or 850-525-1975.

46th Annual Snowball Derby

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The Track Heats Up At the 46th Annual Snowball Derby
By: Kelly Woodard

The race is on as the 46
th Annual Snowball Derby speeds into town this Wednesday, December 4th through Sunday, December 8th at Five Flags Speedway. A victory in the Snowball Derby is the most coveted prize in Super Late Model racing.
The Speedway hosts an open test the weekend prior to Thanksgiving each year to provide teams one last chance to prepare for the event. This year, Mason Mingus scored the first blow in the 2013 Snowball Derby, winning $500 by posting the fastest time in the Open Test on Saturday.
Seven Super Late Model teams of the 60-plus registered for the Derby turned laps in addition to Mingus. That list included 2011 Derby runner-up DJ VanderLey, two-time pole-winner and NASCAR Camping Work Truck Series winner Cale Gale, Kyle Grissom, TJ Reaid, Allen Karnes, Chase Oliver and Casey Smith.
Mingus went out 20 minutes into the final hour of the event to take the top spot with a lap time of 16.644 around the 15 degree banked half-mile, which was fast enough to hold off one final attempt by Jeremy Pate in the closing minutes. Pate's final attempt came within 0.008 of Mingus' fast lap but ultimately came up short.
Qualifying for the Derby will take place on Dec. 6 and will lock in the top-30 teams. The rest of the field will be set by three provisional and three last chance race qualifiers, making practice all the more valuable.
The fun kicks off on Wednesday, December 4
th at 9 am where the parking of the team rigs will take place. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in a meet and greet with the teams and drivers until 5 pm. Then from 5 pm to 9pm, join Cat Country 98.7 for the Green Flag Party where guest can get autographs, take pictures, and enjoy food, drinks, live entertainment, and much more.
Then on Thursday, December 5
th, the Pits open at 8 am followed by Snowball /Snowflake Practice from 10 am to 4 pm. Then from 5 to 6 pm, Bomber & Sportsmen Practice begins followed by Bomber & Sportsmen Quals at 6:15 pm where the top 20 will advance.
On Friday, December 6
th, join 102.7 WXBM for Pole Night. The action begins at10 am with Snowball & Snowflake Practice followed by Super Stock Practice at 11 am and Modified Practice at 11:45 am. At 6 pm, the top 30 teams that will compete in the finals will be locked in.
Saturday, December 7
th kicks off with practice in all categories followed by Snowflake Qualifying at 2 pm. Then stick around as the real race action heats up at 7 pm with the Snowflake Drivers Intro followed by the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 at 7:30 pm.
On Sunday, December 8
th, Pits open at 9 am followed by a worship meeting at 10 am. At noon, the action begins again with Engine Warm Ups and Cars to Grid followed by the Drivers Introduction and Pre Race Festivities at 1 pm, and the main event, the Snowball Derby 300, at 2 pm.
Tickets for the Snowball Derby are on sale now at
www.5flagsspeedway.com. Ticket prices for a 4 day pass are $75. A VIP all access pass which is good for Reserved Grandstands, Pits, and all 4 days, are $120. Individual day passes are available for $45.
For a complete list of teams, schedules, and Derby events, visit
www.5flagsspeedway.com or call 850-944-8400.

Touch-a-Truck To Help Put Toys Under Trees This Holiday Season

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Touch-a-Truck To Help Put Toys Under Trees This Holiday Season
By: Kelly Woodard

Kids always dream about what they’ll be when they grow up. Whether it is a firefighter, police officer, or race car driver, there is one special thing that goes along with their dream; the perfect car or truck! Now they can try one on for size as Play Pensacola presents Touch-a-Truck on Saturday, November 23
rd from 10 am to 3 pm at the Community Maritime Park, located at 301 W Main Street in downtown Pensacola.
Children are encouraged to touch, climb and discover construction vehicles, police cars, fire trucks, semi-trucks, buses, heavy duty tractors and more. Kids will learn about what these cars and trucks do, and how they help the community. There will also be live music, food, face painting, and inflatables!
Home Depot will be on hand with fun, kid friendly activities and hands on demonstrations throughout the day. For a small fee, kids can enjoy additional activities like face painting, carnival games, and special sugary treats.
Admission is free with a new, unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots. All proceeds will benefit the Gulf Coast area Toys For Tots Foundation.
For more information, visit
www.pensacolacommunitymaritimepark.com.

2013 Mahabhuta Yoga Festival

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Get Your Body And Mind Connected At the 2013 Mahabhuta Yoga Festival
By: Kelly Woodard

Find your inner Zen at the 2013 Mahabhuta Yoga Festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 15
th-17th at the Sanders Beach Community Center, located at 913 South I Street in Pensacola. The 2nd Annual Mahabhuta Yoga Festival will host 24 regional yoga studios in an amazing 17,500 square foot state of the art water view facility.
There will be twenty-four yoga workshops over the weekend with the “Water” room suitable for 300 people and the “Serpent” room suitable for 75 people. In addition, there will be LED Hoop performances, a marionette show, henna artists, organic & vibrant food, numerous artists and yoga-inspired vendors.
The talented Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band will offer Kirtan, a practice that involves chanting hymns or mantras to the accompaniment of instruments, on Friday evening, and on Saturday evening, Rising Appalachia will perform on location at Sanders Beach Community Center.
Pensacola was chosen to host the event for its’ natural beauty and Southern charm, however the area also boast a tremendous amount of talented regional yoga teachers, artists, healers, and musicians. With several specialty yoga classes to choose from, there is sure to be something fun, new, and exciting to try, even for the most experienced yog-ees.
Get some are at the festival’s Aerial yoga class. Aerial yoga employs a fabric hammock or “yoga swing” to enhance and deepen traditional yoga postures. Students will receive guidance and support in this beautiful outdoor setting overlooking the water. Enjoy the views of the festival as the swing cradles your body towards a relaxed state. The rhythmic and fluid nature of an Aerial yoga practice connects us to the strength and stability of our core, which allows you to fully release into the depths of surrender.
Sharpen your focus while strengthening your core at the Intro to Slackline yoga class. Come learn this award winning practice which redefines balance as you know it! In this 90 min playshop you’ll learn the basics of the Slackasana series. This includes standing (commitment), kneeling (core strength), sitting (focus), arm balancing (breath), as well as exercises for more seasoned slackers to expand their comfort zone on the line. The Slackline Series is a unique practice that teaches complete body awareness, helping you to redefine your sense of balance and mental focus. This class is for all ages and skill levels; no experience of any kind required. Whether you are a slackline star or have never even heard of slackline before come discover why Yogaslackers Slacklining is one of the fastest growing and most popular yoga practices in the country!
Tickets are on sale now by visiting
www.mahabhutayogafestival.com. Single workshop tickets are just $35 or you can buy a workshop bulk pass. A 4 workshop pass is $135, a 6 workshop pass is $200, and an 8 workshop pass is $270. Be sure to purchase your specialty passes for acupuncture for $75, an aerial workshop for $30, reflexology for $75, and 60 minute spa sessions for $75.
A portion of all the proceeds will fund the Mahabhuta Yoga Foundation which will fund a scholarship for a Gulf Coast resident to participate in a local yoga teacher training from one of the participating studios.
For more information or for a full schedule of events, visit
www.mahabhutayogafestival.com or call 850-279-4102.

Local Artist Mikaela Sheldt Paints Live At Gallery Night

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Local Artist Mikaela Sheldt Paints Live At Gallery Night
By: Kelly Woodard

The Pensacola Museum of Art will feature Mikaela Sheldt, one of the nations’ fastest up and coming artist, at Gallery Night, this Friday, November 15
th from 6 to 9 pm. Sheldt, who resides in Pensacola, is an avid surfer, philanthropist, and artistic visionary who has displayed her large art installations at galleries all over the country.
At the age of seven, Mikaela Sheldt’s first community based project was a fund-raiser for children affected by AIDS and HIV. Eight years later with the National AIDS Fund Caring Counts award under her belt, Sheldt lost her best friend and older brother. Life came to a stand still for Sheldt until she began to paint on her first canvas, her barren bedroom walls, a canvas ultimately covered with explosions of the memory of her brother.
In 2012, Sheldt continued to work from a personal place, and whether or not she is performing, painting, or working with the community, Sheldt bridges the gap and engages people in the dynamic experience of simply being human. Sheldt said, “In a world increasingly dependent upon virtual means of connection, art is able to engage us in a visceral and physical way. My work uncovers the dynamic experience of simply being human. Through emotional and intimate portraiture, I ask viewers to connect with the universal human experience.”
Sheldt, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that effects behavioral development, claims that she never wanted to be an artist but found solitude in consuming herself in her creativity. “My studio is the one place where I cease to be a person with Asperger’s Syndrome and I am only Mikaela. When I make art I am challenged, elated, strong, and full. The process and the end of making are my purpose, and with this purpose I am happy.”
When she isn’t producing intriguing art, Sheldt can be found catching a few waves here on the Gulf Coast. Her latest project includes incredible surf photography with a front row seat to all the action on the beautiful emerald water.
In honor of Sheldt’s appearance at Gallery Night, the Pensacola Museum of Art will be open to visitors free of charge. Be sure to stop by to witness Sheldt paint live from 6 to 9 pm.
In addition to PMA’s live Sheldt exhibition, Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola will be closed for the duration of Gallery Night so that patrons can enjoy all that our local businesses have to offer.
For more information or for a complete list of Gallery Night events and specials, visit
www.pensacolamuseumofart.org/gallerynight or call 850-432-6247.


Wacky Women Wipe Out Ovarian Cancer

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Wonderful Wacky Women Are “Making Waves” To Wipe Out Ovarian CancerBy: Kelly Woodard


“Wacky Women” and the “Mighty Men” who love them are standing up to cancer by hitting the pavement at the 5th Annual Redneck Riviera Chapter of Wonderful Wacky Women’s ‘Making Waves to Wipe Out Ovarian Cancer’ Run/Walk on Saturday, September 28th, 9:15 am, at the world famous Flora-Bama Lounge.

SPONSORS


Presenting sponsors include: Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce, WEAR ABC 3, Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, Sunny 105.7, Suzy Toronto Studios, the Flora-Bama. The event is hosted by the Redneck Riviera Chapter of the Wonderful Wacky Women, a local charitable organization founded on the concept of “women who rise above all obstacles to turn tragedy into triumph, and who answer the call to make a difference in the world”. The race will consist of a 4 mile walk/run and 1 mile fun walk to raise awareness and research funding for ovarian cancer.

MISSION


Jimmie Sue Walters, WWW Director/Founder and cancer survivor, believes that bringing awareness to this “silent killer” is imperative to saving women’s lives. Walter’s said, “Early detection is vital, and many women don’t have any symptoms or simply ignore the signs until it is too late. Our goal is to provide education on warning signs, support to those who are already struggling with this disease, and raise as much money as possible to fund research for a cure.”

Walters said of her work with the “Wacky Women” over the past five years, “I just feel like God has led me to this cause for a reason, and continues to put people in my life to keep us on the right path. The Wacky Women started out supporting cancer as a whole, but after our title sponsor author Suzy Toronto lost her best friend to ovarian cancer in 1993, our board decided to do something special in her memory by going in that direction. Our overall race each year is ‘In Tribute to her, Candy Swanson’. When we started getting calls from local survivors, our sisterhood began. We work endless hours to make this event happen. We are all connected, and that’s what keeps us going.”

Toronto, whose books were the inspiration for Walters’s vision for the Wacky Women has become more than just a friend of the Wacky Women. Walter’s said, “Suzy showed up for our first event and fell in love with not only the area but the love this community had for one another.” Toronto has been closely involved with the Wacky Women ever since, taking time out of her busy schedule to accompany Walters on her crusade against cancer. This year, she will serve as an honorary guest throughout the week and at the run.

SUPPORT


Walter’s says she is amazed by the outpouring of support the organization has received. “The ovarian cancer ribbon is teal, and Designed By You in Orange Beach has created a special teal Swarovski crystal bracelet to benefit the event. Each bracelet is $90, and Designed By You will donate $40 of each bracelet sold to our cause.” For more information or to purchase your bracelet now, visit www.designfinejewelry.com or call 251-269-9327.

SCHEDULE


The event will be kicked off with the Wonderful Wacky Women Week:
  • Monday, September 23rd with dinner at the Villagio Grill at the Wharf at 6:30 pm. This Mediterranean/Italian fusion favorite will serve a menu of fresh ingredients that will delight even the pickiest of palates. For reservations, please call 850-535-1975.
  • Tuesday, September 24th at 8 am: Be sure to catch Walters, honorary guest author Suzy Toronto, and Vice-President, Gail Rappa, on Fox’s Studio 10 with hosts Cherish Lombard and Joe Emer speaking about the organization and their upcoming events for the week.
  • Wednesday, September 25th, the Wacky Women will host a beach party and luau at Palacio Condominiums, the hub location for all Wacky Women on the Redneck Riviera, beginning at 10 am. As the sun goes down the fun keeps on going as they move the party to the Flora-Bama at 6:30 pm for the Wacky Hat Contest where wackier is always better. Prizes will be awarded to the craziest and most creative hats so don’t miss it.
  • On Thursday, September 26th, the Wacky Women will set sail on a “Making Waves” Dolphin Cruise at 10 am from Tacky Jack’s in Orange Beach. The cruise only holds 45 people, so make sure to reserve your spot early for this one of a kind adventure. For more information, call 850-525-1975 or visit www.chuteskyeparasail.com.
    • Later, the Wacky Women will be set up at Running Wild, located at 3012 E. Cervantes St. in Pensacola from 5-6:30 pm for race registration and packet pick-up.
    • At 6 pm, SanRoc Cay, located at 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd. in Orange Beach, will host the Wonderful Wacky Women Welcome Party. This outside event will feature live music from the Smokin Elvis’s (aka Elaine Petty and Rhonda Hart).
  • Friday, September 27th, hop on the bus and head over to LuLu’s Homeport for lunch at 10:30 am. Confirm your seat on the bus and lunch reservations with Jimmie Sue Walters at 850-525-1975. Later that day, runners can pick up their race packets at the Flora-Bama tent area from 5-6:30 pm.
  • Saturday, September 28th, the big event gets kicked off at 9:15 am, with a Jazzercise Warm-Up followed by a group photo at 9:25 am. The Opening Ceremony begins at 9:30 am. This year’s Making Waves will be in honor of the Wacky Women’s special friend Terry Ivey and In Loving Memory of Sarah Kelly and Wayne Cavalier who both lost their battles with cancer earlier this year. A special motorcycle procession will close the ceremony in celebration of Wayne Cavalier.

PARTY LIKE THERE’S NO MORE CANCER


After the race, stick around for the “Party Like There’s No More Cancer” celebration where participants and spectators alike can participate in a silent auction consisting of great items donated by local business like gift certificates, massages, and weekend vacations, as well as a raffle, great food and drinks, and live entertainment by local favorites Elaine Petty and Rhonda Hart. Race participants will also enjoy Mike Martin’s famous Caribbean Chili as a special thank you.

Awards will be given to the top finishers in the 4 mile run/walk category as well as the 1 mile fun walk. Please be aware that all participants in the 1 mile fun walk category must walk at all times or they will be disqualified. Prizes will also be awarded to the largest team, most spirited team, and the most creative costumes.

COST


Registration fees are $100 per person with 100% of race registration going to the cause. Teams of 5 can register for just $400, and Active Military and Families are just $25. Kids 13 to 18 years of age are just $25. Ovarian cancer Survivors can register for $25 and will receive a special ribbon to be worn throughout the day in honor of their survival.

To donate to the “Making Waves to Wipe Out Ovarian Cancer” fund, make checks payable to The Sacred Sisterhood of Wonderful Wacky Women, Redneck Riviera Chapter, INC., 14054 Waterview Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507 or call Jimmie Sue Walters at 850-525-1975.

Like the Wacky Women on Facebook-Redneck Riviera Chapter of Wonderful Wacky Women or visit them on the web at www.rrwww.org.
“Make Waves- So be the change the world needs…Set the new standard. Make a difference whenever and wherever you can. And go ahead…Make some waves!” – Suzy Toronto, www.suzytoronto.com

Join the Wacky Women, WEAR ABC 3 and Live Broadcasting from Sunny 105.7, and don’t miss your chance to ‘make waves’ in the community for a good cause!

Pensacola Seafood Festival

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Pensacola Seafood Festival Dishes the Best Gulf Cuisine With A Side Of Art
By: Kelly Woodard


The 36th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival, presented by the Fiesta of Five Flags and Florida Blue, livens up the park September 27th, 28th, and 29th in downtown Pensacola’s Seville Square. Savor delicious seafood and enjoy live entertainment in the historic surroundings of downtown Pensacola.

Visitors can browse the park for amazing original art, handmade jewelry, or unique sculptures. With more than 180 arts and crafts vendors, the Pensacola Seafood Festival is one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in Northwest Florida.

FOOD


The 3rd Annual ‘Gulf to Table’ area in Fountain Park will again feature local restaurants and caterers that will serve tapas style dishes of their signature recipes to festival guests. Participants in the Gulf to Table area this year include local favorites such as Dharma Blue, Fisherman’s Corner, Jerry’s Cajun Café, Fish House, Sons of Italy Buona Fortuna Lodge, The Wine Bar, Chet’s Seafood Restaurant, and Nancy’s Haute Affairs.

MUSIC


In addition to amazing food and one of a kind art, guests will enjoy the sounds of some of the area’s best live entertainment from all genre’s including blues, country, and rock. Featured acts include Tobacco Road, Wes Loper Band, Brothers Osborne, Sol Driven Train, Eric Erdman Trio, and the Molly Ringwalds. For a complete schedule of live performances, visit www.fiestaoffiveflags.com.

SONGWRITER FESTIVAL


This year, The Pensacola Seafood Festival has teamed up with the 5th Annual Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival for ‘SongFest’ 2013. Songwriters will be performing in a special listening room tent at the Fiesta Seafood Grille throughout the weekend. This will be your opportunity to get a sneak peak of the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival to be held in October.

Now in its 2nd year, The Fiesta Seafood Grille, presented by Pensacola Energy, will feature local chefs who share their cooking secrets for preparing their favorite cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Held in Fountain Park, guest will learn some of the best kept cooking secrets from some of Pensacola’s favorites like Dharma Blue, Grand Marlin, Jaco’s, and Scenic Hills Country Club.

The little seafood lovers can get in on the fun in the children’s area, located in Bartram Park. With plenty of fun activities for children of all ages like hands on arts and crafts, sand art and face painting, this is sure to be a fun event for everyone. Hours for the children’s area are Saturday, September 28th from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, September 29th from 11 am to 5 pm.

POSTER


This year’s winning Festival Poster artist is Pensacola/Gulf Breeze native, Carole Holland-Doyle. Her seascapes have been described as “not only beautiful but thought provoking and environmentally conscious.” With each series, she attempts to bring the beauty of water and its inhabitants to a broader audience.

Holland-Doyle will be on site signing limited edition prints. Posters and T-shirts showcasing her art will be sold at official merchandise booths. Posters are $25 and Holland-Doyle will be signing posters on Friday, September 27th from 5 pm - 7 pm, Saturday, September 28th from 11 am - 1 pm and 4 pm - 7 pm as well as Sunday, September 29th from 12 pm - 2 pm.

COST


Admission to the festival is free, and festival hours are 11 am – 11 pm on Friday, 10 am – 11 pm on Saturday, and 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday.
For more information, visit www.fiestaoffiveflags.org/seafood-festival.