Local War Hero, Rosamond Johnson Jr., To Be Honored On the Beach That Shares His Name
By: Kelly Woodard
Most people who have nestled their toes in the silky white sands of Johnsons Beach in Perdido Key know that it is one of the most beautiful beaches the eyes have ever seen, but most don’t know that its namesake is a true hero. The late Rosamond Johnson, Jr., a true local American hero, will be honored this Saturday, May 7th at 10 am at the Star Pavilion on Johnson’s Beach in Perdido Key.
Private Rosamond Johnson, Jr. joined the military when he was just 15 years old. A man devoted to his country, Johnson took pride in heading off to war when the Korean conflict broke out. While there, Johnsons platoon came under fire. Having carried two wounded men to safety under enemy attack, he was killed going back to save a third, becoming the first Escambia County resident to die in the conflict. He was just 17.
Johnson posthumously received the Purple Heart on August 21, 1950, and veteran groups continue their efforts to this day to seek additional military honors for him.
During Johnson’s time, segregation was a common practice in the Pensacola area. Jim Crow laws forbid minorities to share Pensacola Beach. The west Pensacola beach, now known as Johnson’s Beach, that had been a favored recreational area set aside for the "sole use and enjoyment of colored citizens" in the 1950's became part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore in the 1970's and retains Rosamond Johnson’s name. A permanent monument in Johnson's honor was erected at Johnson Beach on June 10, 1996.
Mrs. Alice Johnson, Rosamond's mother, still resides in the family home in the historic Belmont/Devilliers area of Pensacola. His 6 siblings, all living, are also valued members of the Pensacola community.
Bring the family and hear the story about this local hero who joined the military at the age of 15. The ceremony will begin at 10 am at the Star Pavilion on Johnson Beach. Park admission is FREE for anyone attending the event.
The ceremony will include a heartwarming performance of the National Anthem by the Naval Performance Group.
For details or more information, contact the Perdido Key Visitors Center, (850) 492-4660 or www.VisitPerdido.com.
Summer Fun and the Art Of Opera Collide At Pensacola Opera Camps
By: Kelly Woodard
With the end of the school year just around the corner, make sure your kids have a summer break enriched with the arts as the Pensacola Opera presents a free morning of opera fun at a very special Family Opera‐tunity day on Saturday, May 7th from 9 am to noon. The event will feature arts and crafts, storytelling, games, refreshments, and the chance for young enthusiasts to register for one of this summer’s Opera Camps.
In addition to a fantastic party that only the Pensacola Opera can throw, performances of the 2015‐16 touring educational opera, John Davies’ Jack and the Beanstalk will be performed at 9:30 am and 11 am, and features the 2016 Artists in Residence with character meet and greets after each show. This festive event is sure to please parents, grandparents and children alike.
The event is free and open to the public, and while you are there, be sure to sign up for the Pensacola Opera’s week long summer camp sessions designed to introduce children and teens ages 8-17 to the magic of opera including vocal coaching, dramatic training, audition techniques, and set design. Each camp session culminates in a final performance by the campers, for their friends and families.
The first Opera Camp for ages 8-12 will be held July 11–14, from 9 am–2 pm and July 15, 9 am until the end of the performance. The final performance will begin on July 15th at 5 pm. The children will be performing Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck.
Tuition for the junior camp is $150, and the registration deadline is Wednesday, July 6th. Parents are encouraged to register early, however, due to there being limited availability in each camp.
The senior Opera Camp for ages 13-17 will be held July 25–28, from 9 am–4 pm and July 29th, 9 am until the end of the performance. The final performance will begin on July 29th at 5 pm. The children will be performing Aida by Giuseppe Verdi.
Tuition for the junior camp is $175, and the registration deadline is Wednesday, July 20th. Parents are encouraged to register early, however, due to there being limited availability in each camp.
For more information on the free Family Opera‐tunity day on May 7th or for more information on Opera Camps, visit www.oensacolaopera.com or call 850-433-6737.
Free Legal Clinic Helps Escambia and Santa Rosa Residents With Free One on One Advice
By: Kelly Woodard
When legal troubles come your way, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly where to turn or how to address the issue. Thanks to Legal Services of North Florida Inc., Emerald Coast Legal Aid and the Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Association, Escambia and Santa Rosa residents can attend a free Legal Advice seminar that can shed some light on legal matters you may be facing.
The free seminar will be held next Saturday, April 30th from 9 am to noon at the Richards Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 2600 W. Strong St. in Pensacola. The clinic will feature many attorneys from the area who will be on hand to discuss personal legal issues, one on one, for free.
The topics that will be covered during these consultations include, family law, tax debt, bankruptcy, foreclosures, fair housing law, landlord tenant issues, as well as advice on final life preparations such as wills and estate information.
All residents of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are welcome to attend, and there will be special assistance after the seminar available for low income persons who qualify. No reservations are needed, however if you would like more information, please call 850-432-8222.
Wacky Women Raid Each Other’s Closets To Help “Wipe Out” Cancer
By: Kelly Woodard
Revamp your look for a good cause at the Redneck Riviera Chapter of the Wonderful Wacky Women’s 6th Annual Closet Swap held this Saturday, April 30th from 10 am to 3 pm at the Perdido Key Community Center, located at 15500 Perdido Key Drive, next to the new Visitors Center.
Rip through your closet and weed out all those dresses you never wear or those pants that may just be a little too tight (after shrinking in the dryer, of course), and bring them in to trade for some fresh new pieces to compliment your spring wardrobe.
Bring as many items as you can, such as clothes, shoes, belts, hats, purses, formals and jewelry (no lingerie please). Please include only nice looking, gently used clothing and make sure the garments are washed, pressed if needed and on hangers.
Shoppers will drop their clothes off any time at the Perdido Key Visitors Center.
Come to the VIP Friday Preview night and enjoy wine and cheese, courtesy of the Perdido Sports Bar, and have a chance to be the first to shop. A maximum of ten items per person may be purchased at the Preview event, but shoppers are encouraged to return on Saturday to continue to shop the sale. A $40 donation is required to participate in the VIP Friday Preview night. Hours are 5 pm to 7 pm.
On Saturday, shopping begins again at 10 am and will be open until 3 pm. A $20 donation will be collected at the door. Unlimited items may be purchased at this event. Shoppers that would like to attend both events can purchase a two day pass for a $50 donation, a savings of ten dollars.
Cash and checks will be accepted, but cash is preferred. All proceeds benefit the WWW’s fund for ‘Making Waves to Wipe Out Ovarian Cancer’. Any clothes remaining after the swap will be donated to Mary’s Shelter.
This year's Closet Swap is graciously sponsored by Erin Wilmer with Edward Jones Investments: Perdido Key Branch.
For more information, contact Tina Morrison at 850-377-5603 or Director@PerdidoChamber.com.
Extraordinary Women is Not Just a Christian Women’s Event…It’s a Lifestyle
By: Kelly Woodard
Get ready for the best Extraordinary Women conference ever! The 2016 “Be Still and Know” tour is coming to the Pensacola Bay Center next Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd. The Extraordinary Women's Conference is an event designed to bring Christian women, ages 13+, together to explore and celebrate what God equipped them to do and find who they are meant to be.
This powerful day-and-a-half event is filled with teaching, music, prayer, fellowship, mentoring and food all centered around women encouraging one another to embrace the unique and authentic lives we all lead.
Featured speaker Julie Clinton, M.Ad., M.B.A., president of Extraordinary Women, has spoken to hundreds of thousands of women as host of EWomen conferences all across America, and is author of Extraordinary Women: Discovering God’s Dream for Your Life, the devotional Living God’s Dream for You, 10 Things You Aren’t Telling Him and A Woman’s Path to Emotional Freedom.
Additional speakers include Christian powerhouses like Renee Swope, Angie Smith, and Joe White to name a few.
Swope is the best-selling author of A Confident Heart, an award-winning book from the Retailers Choice Awards, which is now available in six different languages. She is also co-host of Proverbs 31 Ministries’ radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee,” which reaches more than 10 million women around the world each weekday.
Smith (wife of Todd Smith, lead singer of Dove Award winning group Selah) is one of the most popular authors, speakers and blog writers in the country. First connecting with masses of women on her blog, Bring the Rain, as she wrote about the pregnancy and ultimately the loss of her daughter, Audrey, Angie now connects with women through her books and national women’s conferences.
White is the President of Kanakuk Kamps and the founder of Kids Across America and Cross International. He is the author of 22 books and has spoken at more than 200 college campus events and numerous NFL and MLB chapels. Joe has two honorary doctorate degrees in Education and Christ in Ministry.
In addition to fantastic speakers, the Extraordinary Women’s Conference will showcase two amazing performances by Michael O’Brien, lead singer of the Christian band, NewSong, and Grammy nominated artist, Natalie Grant, who has won GMA Female Vocalist of the Year five times and is a top-selling Adult Contemporary female solo artist. She has established a foothold in mainstream media and radio. Her latest project, Love Revolution, promotes the revolutionary power that love carries.
Doors open on Friday, April 22nd at 6 pm and the conference will be held from 7-10 pm. Doors open on Saturday, April 23rd at 7:30 am and the conference will run from 8:30 am to noon, and will begin again at 1:15 pm after a lunch break (Boxed lunches are available for $12 per person) continuing until 4:30 pm.
Super Early Bird Basic registration fees are $79.00. Basic Registration at the Super Early Bird Savings discounted rate, save $30 off the door price. All purchases are non-refundable. Super Early Bird Gold ($99) Registration with Reserved Seating Section and Early Entry at the Super Early Bird Savings discounted rate, save $30 off the door price. All purchases are non-refundable.
Visit www.EWomen.net or call 800-526-8673 for more details!