If You Aren’t Ready For Fall, “Wine” About It At the 2nd Annual Palafox Wine Walk
By: Kelly Woodard
Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t “wine” about it at the 2nd Annual Palafox Wine Walk this Saturday, August 23rd from 4 to 7 pm. Presented by the Downtown Improvement Board, this special event will allow wine lovers to sample wines from various boutique vendors offering specialty blends and wines you wouldn’t expect to find here on the gulf coast.
This one of a kind experience allowing guests to sample newly released wines from boutique vendors while strolling between some of the best shops on Palafox. The intimate gathering provides an opportunity for attendees to taste artfully crafted wines and learn about the regions and styles of winemaking.
In addition, patrons will enjoy specials on unique items that only the shops on Palafox have to offer, and will be able to preorder wines to be delivered to their home at a discounted price.
Participating retailers for the 2nd Annual Palafox Wine Walk will include Blue Morning Gallery, Elebash’s Jewelry Co., Dollarhide's Music Center, Jewelers Trade Shop & Urban Objects, just to name a few.
Tickets for the event are $35 and include unlimited samples of wines throughout the walk. Tickets are on sale now by visiting www.eventbrite.com/e/palafox-wine-walk-tickets.
For more information, visit www.downtownpensacola.com or call 850-434-5371.
Beloved McGuire’s Matriarch, Molly Martin, Passes Away at 77
By: Kelly Woodard
The Gulf Coast’s favorite Irish Pub, McGuire’s, went dark on Tuesday as they closed their doors to honor its own matriarch, Molly Martin who died Friday at the age of 77.
Molly and her husband, McGuire Martin, were married on Pensacola Beach in 1977 and opened the legendary Pensacola later that year. With its original location on Fairfield Drive, a second McGuire's Irish Pub opened in Destin in 1996. The Pensacola restaurant that everyone has come to know and love moved to its current location on Gregory Street later that year.
At first, the Martins did not even have a phone in their home because they only left the pub to sleep. The rest of those long, early days consisted of many hours of hard work and the wearing of many hats. When McGuire wasn’t in the kitchen, he was keeping the books. Molly kept busy doing a little bit of everything, including something she had never done before: waitressing.
When Molly earned her first dollar tip, she began a McGuire’s tradition that has evolved into the stuff of legend. She signed that dollar and hung it on the wall where it still hangs today. It has since become one of the most recognizable traditions at the popular restaurant, and it is said that over 750,000 bills now grace the walls at the Pensacola location alone.
Molly was born in Stamping Ground, Ky., in Oct. 1936. She studied English literature at Belhaven University. Though she was a fabulous writer, Molly became known for her incredible vocal skills and frequently graced the McGuire’s stage. Her CD’s can still be found in the McGuire’s gift shop today.
Molly’s death come on the heels of the passing of her grandson last week. McGuire Martin said he wouldn’t be surprised if his beloved wife had died of a broken heart. “She loved nothing more than her family. She is greatly missed,” Martin said.
McGuire’s re-opened for regular business on Wednesday.
Pensacola Beach’s Jamaican Festival Will ‘Stir It Up’ This Labor Day Weekend
By: Kelly Woodard
Bamboo Willies and the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce wants to make every little thing alright this Labor Day weekend as they present the 2014 Jamaican Festival Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 29th through August 31st.
The festival will feature an all-star lineup of reggae favorites like Rising Lion, Glory Band, Heritage Band, Jaguar Band, Morning Fatty, and Tree House. In addition to fantastic music, the festival will include a merchant sidewalk filled with one of a kind art, jewelry and more.
Make sure to try some of the best Jamaican food outside of the mother land at one of the many booths serving the traditional cuisine of the island. Foodies can expect to enjoy such specialties as Jerk Chicken, Conch Fritters, Fish Stew, Curry Shrimp, and much more. Red Stripe, Jamaica’s official beer, will be on hand to keep the party jumping with drink specials and Red Stripe gear all weekend long.
A kid’s zone will be set up and will include face painting, arts and craft stations, and dance lessons for those who want to learn how to shake it like a true Jamaican. There will also be races and fun activities for kids of all ages throughout the day.
Celebrate the end of a fantastic summer with a Fireworks Extravaganza on Saturday night on the boardwalk.
Don’t forget to join Bamboo Willie’s Annual Anything That Floats and Bathtub Races on Sunday, August 31st beginning at noon. Cheer on your favorite team of redneck engineers while you sip tropical cocktails and sway along to a steel drum band. Stick around for the Miss Jamaican Festival Bikini Contest at 5 pm.
All proceeds will benefit the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce.
For a complete lineup of events or for more information, visit www.pensacolabeachchamber.com or call 850-932-1500.
The Summer Heat Catches Fire At Flora Bama’s ‘Smoke On The Water’ Beach Luau
By: Kelly Woodard
The Wonderful Wacky Women and the Flora-Bama Yacht Club on Ole River, located at 17350 Perdido Key Drive, will make the summer heat even hotter with the 4th Annual Smoke On The Water Beach Luau and Bikini Contest, this Saturday, August 23rd, beginning at noon.
The festival will feature dozens of arts and crafts vendors as well as a traditional Hawaiian style BBQ complete with a roasted pig and grilled pineapple. Rock the day into the night with headlining act and local favorite, the Sam Glass Band and friends.
All proceeds from this fantastic family friendly event will go to benefit ovarian cancer research and recovery centers. For more information, contact Jennifer Hayden at 757-576-2526.
Think you are the hottest thing on the beach? Then put on your favorite bikini for the Miss Flora-Bama Bikini Contest preliminary. The winner of this contest will receive $500 cash and prizes, and will have a chance to compete against the winners of the other two 2014 Flora-Bama Bikini Contest winners for a chance at being 2014’s Miss Flora-Bama. Registration is free and will be held throughout the day.
The Grand Finale for the title of Miss Flora-Bama will be held Labor Day Weekend. Miss Flora-Bama will receive a $5,000 cash prize and the honor of representing the Flora-Bama for the 2015 season. Second place will receive $1,000 in cash, and third place will walk away with $500. Don’t miss your chance to see the hottest girls on the beach go head to head for the crown!
The event is free. For more information, visit www.florabama.com or call 251-980-5118.
Catching a Great Sunset and A Great Meal Can Win You Big Money At Sunset Grille
By: Kelly Woodard
Anyone who has ever visited Sunset Grille in Perdido Key knows that they boasts some of the best sunset views around. Now it’s your chance to cash in on those beautiful sunset moments captured on camera with the 1st Annual Sunset Grille Photo Contest! Now through September 1st, head on out to the waterfront restaurant, snap a picture of its iconic sunset and you could potentially win one of the many great prizes the restaurant is offering.
The contest is for the best sunset photos taken from Holiday Harbor/Sunset Grille on Perdido Key, FL as judged by a panel of three independent professionals. The contest will consist of three categories, as follows, with the prize packages indicated. General Category: This category is open to all individuals and ages, except employees of Holiday Harbor Marina and Sunset Grille, their families and professional photographers are not eligible. Awards in this category will be made to the top three photos. Award packages in this category will consist of the Grand Prize -- 3-night condo beach accommodations (provided by Point South Vacation Rentals) $300 cash, $100 gift certificate to Sunset Grille and $100 in merchandise. 2nd Place -- $200 cash, $50 gift certificate to Sunset Grille and $50 in merchandise, and 3rd Place -- $100 cash, $25 gift certificate to Sunset Grille and $25 in merchandise.
There will also be two special categories. The Account Customers category is open to individuals, and only individuals, who have a storage account and/or a fuel account with Holiday Harbor Marina. An individual photograph submitted in this category may not also be submitted in the General Category or in the Special Category – Cell Phone. The award in this category will consist of $100 cash, $50 gift certificate to Sunset Grille and $50 in merchandise.
The Cell Phone category is open to all individuals who submit a photograph designated for this category that was taken with a cell phone of any type. An individual photograph submitted in this category may not also be submitted in the General Category or the Special Category – Account Category. The award in this category will consist of $100 cash, $50 gift certificate to Sunset Grille and $50 in merchandise.
A $5.00 entry fee (cash or check) is required for each person submitting an entry. Each person may submit up to three (3) photographs for the same $5.00 entry fee, but only one prize will be awarded per person. Each entry entered in any category must be submitted in the form of an 8” x 10” photograph printed on photograph paper, with the following information on the back of each photograph: photographer’s name, address, phone number and email address.
All photos must also include the date the photograph was taken, a photograph title, and a digital copy of the photograph on disk, thumb drive, SD card or similar common digital media. An e-mailed submission does not satisfy the digital copy requirement. All participants must provide a signed and dated release authorizing Holiday Harbor Marina and/or Sunset Grille to use submitted photographs.
Submission may be made in person (hand delivered) or mailed to Sunset Grille, 14050 Canal-A-Way Drive, Pensacola, FL 32507. All submissions must be received by 5:00 pm, September 8, 2014, although all pictures must be taken before September 1st.
Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of three (3) independent judges with professional credentials, with the final judging occurring during the period September 9 through September 25, 2014. Judging will be based on such factors as composition, color, originality and "wow factor" as evaluated by the judges. Decisions of the judges are final.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Sunset Grille on September 27, 2014. Winners will be invited to attend, but do not have to be present. For winners not present, awards will be mailed after the awards ceremony.
For more information, please visit www.myholidayharbor.com or call 850-492-0555.
Jackson’s Steakhouse Honors Culinary Legend, Julia Child’s 102nd Birthday
By: Kelly Woodard
To celebrate the life of one of America's true culinary darlings, Jackson’s Steakhouse is proud to present ‘Jackson's and Julia: A Celebration of the 101st Birthday of Julia Child’, Friday, August 15th from 11 am to 10 pm. A culinary icon, Child’s rose to fame through her books and television programs, she demonstrated that cooking doesn't need to be intimidating and its okay to make mistakes. The food world has evolved a great deal since Julia was starting out, and its tremendous growth is in large part attributable to her singular influence.
To honor her 102nd birthday, Jackson's Steakhouse will be offering special features for lunch and dinner service in her honor. Although she adamantly insisted that she wasn't a "chef," Child demonstrated her mastery of French cuisine with unparalleled grace and ease. Known for her always charming personality and quotes like “The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook”, and “Always remember: If you're alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who's going to know”, Child left a legacy that bridges the gap from generation to generation in the kitchen.
In addition to our regular lunch menu, Chef Irv Miller has created a Julia Child-inspired featured salad as well as a featured entrée. The salad is a take on Julia’s recipe for Niçoise Salad — artisanal greens, green beans, shallots, tomatoes, capers, tuna, anchovy fillets and black niçoise olives. The entrée feature will be the beloved favorite and classic recipe, Coq au Vin — chicken in red wine with onions, mushrooms and bacon.
For dinner, Chef Irv will offer a smaller, dinner Niçoise Salad with artisanal greens, green beans, shallots, tomatoes, capers, tuna, anchovy fillets and black olives and for the entrée feature, one of Julia’s timeless recipes: Beef Bourguignon — stewed beef, bacon, onions, carrots, red wine, fresh herbs and mushrooms — will be available.
This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some of Julia Child’s most-loved recipes.
Reservations are required. Prices for the Julia Child birthday celebration will vary.
For reservations, please call Jackson’s Steakhouse, (850) 469-9898. Bon appetit!
Joe Patti’s Seafood Named One of the Top 50 Best Southern Food Providers
By: Kelly Woodard
A Pensacola icon and local seafood favorite, Joe Patti’s Seafood, has made the 2014 list of Taste of the South Magazine’s Top 50 best in the nation. “The people, places, products, organizations, and companies named to the Taste 50 represent the best in Southern food. They are authentically Southern, have superior quality, and have made an impact toward the preservation, celebration, and future of Southern food,” said Caroline Russell, an editorial assistant with the magazine.
Joe Patti’s Seafood share the honor with other southern food staples like Conecuh Sausage, Apalachicola Oysters, Crescent City Farmers Market, Milo’s Hamburgers, Tabasco, Waffle House, and Moon Pie.
For over 75 years, Joe Patti's has been located on Pensacola Bay, not always as it exists today.
In the early 1930s Anna & Joe Patti started selling fish from their front porch on Devillier's Street in Pensacola. Captain Joe had a philosophy. He would sell only the highest quality fish at a fair price. He wanted his customers to trust him and he wanted them to become "happy regulars".
Captain Joe developed a reputation of being hard to please. He refused much more that he accepted. Over the years he instilled this same philosophy in all six of his and Anna's children. That hard work paid off as from the 1960s throughout the early nineties as Joe Patti's served all of the restaurants along the Gulf Coasts of Florida & Alabama.
Joe Patti's fleet of refrigerated trucks ran seven days a week and made Joe Patti's Seafood well known and highly sought after beyond Pensacola. As times changed Joe Patti's decided to dedicate their expertise to the retail operation and let food distributors do what Joe Patti's had done so well for many years.
In the late 1990s the store expanded, opening a gourmet delicatessen, sushi bar, and wine shop. Amangiari's opened in 1997 offering specialty foods from around the world as well as products made locally. Oils & vinegars, meats & cheeses, fresh baked breads, caviars & pates and so much more that is now a staple at Joe Patti's Seafood.
Today, Joe Patti's is open 361 days a year and today you'll find Frank Sr. at the helm. Sammy's daughter Anna is in the wine shop, Aunt Arnetta is in the front office, great grandson Michael in receiving and sometimes you'll see Joey stocking the shrimp display. You'll always find them here sharing their philosophy with a staff of a 100 plus.
Congratulations, Joe Patti’s Seafood! You truly are one of the South’s best!
For more information, look for the July/August issue on newsstands or visit www.tasteofthesouthmagazine.com.
Tips For Starting the School Year Off Right Without Losing Your Sanity
By: Kelly Woodard
The 2014-15 school year is fast approaching, and things will soon be changing for the little ones in our lives. Change may be good, but it’s not necessarily easy. Switching from the laid-back fun in the sun of summer to rules, homework, and routines can be a big jump for parents and children alike. But with a little preparation and the right attitude, it doesn’t have to be so hard.
It’s normal for a child to have a little flutter of anxiety about going back to school. After all, they’re getting themselves ready for a lot of newness: a teacher, classmates, tasks, and challenges.
Students may have trouble sleeping at the start of the school year, but that’s nothing to worry about. More uncomfortable symptoms might include continued trouble sleeping, decreased appetite, or irritability. Severe cases can involve tears, tantrums, and even refusing to go to school.
Pensacola native Tina Jeffries son Jacob, was one of those severe cases. Every year from kindergarten through 2nd grade, he struggled with separating at back-to-school time. In the morning, tears would start flowing. He would often cling to his mom and refuse to go to school, including not boarding the bus. “As much as my heart was breaking for him, I had to put on a strong front and say ‘I know you can do it. I’m not worried about you at all. You’re going to have a great day,’” said Jeffries.
Jeffries said she used a lot of strategies with Jacob, including role-playing school with stuffed animals, driving the bus route, riding on the practice bus provided by the school district, and visiting the playground and the classroom before the first day of school. They also practiced a farewell where Jeffries would say “See you later, alligator.” Jacob would reply with “After a while, crocodile,” and know to break from his mom and get on the bus. The more he practiced, the easier it got, and the anxiety he felt was soon behind him.
A parent’s attitude has a strong influence on how children view the beginning of school, says Eileen Kennedy-Moore, a clinical psychologist and coauthor of Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential. Children pick up on their parents’ feelings, react to them, and often magnify them. “You have to have faith that they’ll be able to get through [changes], even if it’s hard. It’s a powerful message to give kids,” she says. “We don’t want to dismiss their feelings, but we do want to normalize them and say ‘Everyone feels a little nervous going into the classroom, but I really think you’re going to be fine.’”
Establishing daily routines at home at the start of the school year (or even before) can also help children adjust. Doing this directly benefits their work in the classroom, where their day is full of routines. Here are some tips to help parents establish routines and become better involved in their children’s day to day school activities.
1. Get Involved. Ask your children what they studied in class today — what they liked and what they learned. Asking questions shows that school is important.
2. Quiet Study. Choose a place for home study and make sure the room is quiet during that time. Creating a quiet place goes a long way toward helping your children learn.
3. Homework Schedules. Set up a certain time of day that is dedicated to homework. Follow up with your children to be sure their homework is complete and turned in on time.
4. Learn Together. If you want your children to read their assignments, give yourself an assignment, too. When it's time for them to do homework, take a break and spend a few minutes reading a book, magazine or newspaper.
5. Learn Everywhere. Increase your children's interest in homework by connecting school to everyday life. For instance, your children can learn fractions and measurements while you prepare favorite foods together.
6. Meet Their Teachers. Meet with your children's teachers to find out what they are learning and discuss their progress in school.
7. Praise Helps. Praise your children for successfully completing homework. Nothing encourages children more than praise from their parents
Spending time just hanging out with your children before the start of the school year helps with transition. A parent’s simple presence is comforting and soothing to children and gives them the opportunity to talk if they want to.
Once school starts, of course parents want to hear all about it, but it’s important to follow your child’s lead. Some children are chatty and want to discuss every detail. Others will feel overwhelmed with too many questions. They may need to relax first and talk later, or they may only tell you about bits and pieces of their day. Either way, it’s fine, Kennedy-Moore says. “If your child seems calm and reasonably happy, you can assume the start of the school is going well,” she says. “One of the most precious gifts we can give our children is our confidence that they will find their way.”