14/04/14 11:08 Filed in: Events
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 15th, 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
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 10th 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 11th 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.
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 27th 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.
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 19th 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 25-27th. 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 18th. 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 18th 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.
03/04/14 09:10 Filed in: Events
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 8th including the July 12th Pensacola Beach show and the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show November 7th through 9th.