Pensacola Bay Ferries Named Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner Thanks To Local 4th Graders
By: Kelly Woodard
Pensacola’s newest ferry boats have now been officially named, thanks to some creative Escambia County 4th graders. In March, Superintendent Dan Brown declared that the naming of the two vessels would be left up to the creativity of fourth grade classes, and this week he announced Pelican Perch, submitted by Ms. Steven’s class at Cordova Park Elementary School, and Turtle Runner, submitted by Ms. Bradley’s class at Brentwood Elementary School are the winners.
The names were chosen out of 88 submissions by a panel of judges comprised of locals and National Seashore officials. Each submission was judged on various points including its relevance to our local area, wildlife, and commerce, and of course, how the name rolls off the tongue.
Students from the winning classes will be invited to join the City of Pensacola, Gulf Islands National Seashore, and many others at a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome the Pelican Perch and Turtle Runner into service. Each student will also get a free ride on the inaugural voyage with three family members of their choice.
The Pensacola Bay Ferry System will operate in Pensacola Bay, between the City of Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and Fort Pickens located at the Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island. The Pensacola Bay ferry service will provide an alternative means of visitor access to the Gulf Islands National Seashore and Fort Pickens.
The ferry will also allow visitors to access the park if the road to Fort Pickens is made impassable by storms or other unfavorable conditions. Additionally, the ferry will allow visitors on Pensacola Beach to easily access downtown Pensacola and all the amenities offered for tourists and citizens alike. The Park Service estimates that over 65,000 passengers annually will take advantage of the ferry system. Visitors on board the ferries will be able to sight-sea and enjoy an interpretation experience during the 35-45 minute boat ride to each landing location.
The ferry system is expected to begin service in the spring of 2017.
“EggHeads” Unite For the Best Backyard Food and Brew In Town At The Outcast Egg & Keg Fest
By: Kelly Woodard
With the summertime season getting into full swing, it’s the perfect time to get your grill on at the Outcast Egg & Keg Fest this Saturday, May 21st from 2 pm to 5 pm in beautiful Downtown Pensacola at the premiere dining and entertainment complex of Seville Quarter.
Festival patrons will be able to browse the newest in Big Green Egg technology while witnessing numerous demonstrations and seminars to help you become a world class “egg” chef. After you’ve looked around, tie on a bib and try some of the best grilled entrees around. Your ticket gets you admission to the event, several tokens for tastings which you’ll also use to cast your vote for people’s choice, and all the beer you can drink, so come thirsty and bring your appetite.
Think you’ve got the “chops” to be crowned the best griller in town? Register your cooking team to be a part of this great event. Your EggFest team can prepare anything you want like briskets, ribs, chicken, pork, Boston butts, or even something a little closer to home like fish, shrimp, or oysters.
Every cooking team will receive a $50 gift certificate from The Butcher Shopp. Be sure to enter the raffle to win an outdoor kitchen package that includes a large Big Green Egg.
You may register on line or you can wait until the day of the event but early registration will offer a lower price of only $25.00. The general admission fee on the day of the event which is May 21, 2016 will be $35.00 per person. Children 10 and under will be offered free admission.
To purchase your tickets now, visit www.sevillequarter.com/outcast-egg-keg-fest or call 850-434-6211.
Brunch & Bubbles Combines Big Fun and Big Hearts For Gulf Coast Kids
By: Kelly Woodard
Gathering with friends for “Sunday Funday” just got a little better thanks to the Teri Levin family and Levin Rinke Realty’s Brunch & Bubbles event, this Sunday, May 22nd at the Palafox Wharf Waterfront. This unique event, beginning at 11 am, features a delicious Champagne Brunch that will benefit the Gulf Coast Kids House.
Catered by James Beard Nominated Chef Briand of Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina, you’ll sip champagne or Bloody Marys from The Ruby Slipper while enjoying breakfast and lunch favorites like eggs benedict and poached salmon. Jazz music from renowned musician, John Ripley will keep the party going until you’re ready to set sail on a spectacular bay cruise aboard Portofino One which will include live and silent “experience” auctions.
Items up for auction include:
All proceeds go to benefit the Gulf Coast Kids House, a children's advocacy center serving Escambia County that combines all of the professionals and resources needed for the intervention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases under one child-friendly facility. The goal of Gulf Coast Kid's House is to form a more collaborative response to child abuse cases so that we can improve case outcomes and minimize trauma to the children and families they serve.
For more information on the Brunch & Bubbles event or to donate to the Gulf Coast Kids House, visit www.gulfcoastkidshouse.org or call 850-595-5800.
Music Lovers and Beautiful Beaches Go Hand In Hand At The Hangout Music Fest
By: Kelly Woodard
The air on the beaches of Gulf Shores will fill with the sounds of some of the biggest names in music this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday May 19th, 20th, and 21st for the 6th Annual Hangout Music Fest.
Kick off the weekend early with the Thursday night pre-festival Kickoff Party featuring 8 bands on 3 stages. Tickets for the pre-festival Kickoff Party are $50 and are on sale now. Super VIP and Big Kahuna ticket holders get in FREE to the Kick-off Party. Gates open at 6 pm on Thursday, May 19th for the Kick-off Party.
Friday, the anticipation is over as the festival kicks off with bands like PrinceFox at 11:30 am, Pepper at 12:30 pm, Moon Taxi at 3:45 pm, the Alabama Shakes at 7:45 pm, and The Weeknd at 9:30 pm.
The jams keep on coming on Saturday, May 21st with Jai Wolf at 11:30 am, Kurt Vile and the Violators at 2:30 pm, Panic at the Disco at 6:15 pm, Cage the Elephant at 7:45 pm, and Calvin Harris at 9:30 pm.
Sunday, the festival wraps up with The Wailers at 12:30 pm, Fetty Wap at 3:45 pm, Haim at 5 pm, Lenny Kravitz at 6:15 pm, Ellie Goulding at 7:45 pm, and Florence and the Machine at 9:30 pm.
General Admission tickets are sold out through the Hangout Fest website, but are still available on StubHub. This will give patrons access to all three days of music. VIP tickets are also sold out but still available on StubHub. A Hangout VIP pass provides perks such as early access to the site through no wait entry lines, shaded groves to kick back, enjoy a snack and maybe even catch a nap between sets. Enjoy FREE alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages as you lounge at our VIP only pools with direct views of main stage. Now that’s a way to see a concert!
If regular VIP perks just aren’t enough, then shell out the cash to upgrade to a 3 day Super VIP Pass. This is the all-inclusive side of VIP. From the moment you step on site, festival staff has got you covered. With a Super VIP pass, you get all the VIP amenities PLUS a concierge to take care of anything else you might require while at Hangout. Want your condo stocked with groceries before you arrive? Forgot your socks? How about finding a ride to the airport? Ask and you shall receive.
You will indulge in culinary delights from the region’s most renowned chefs in a private air-conditioned dining room. Enjoy private main stage Super VIP viewing areas, a Hangout Festival Welcome Package, and a private dedicated golf cart concierge service. Tickets for the Super VIP treatment are available on StubHub.
Still not VIP enough for you? Then the Big Kahuna Package is for you. Including all of the amenities provided by the VIP and Super VIP Tickets, the Big Kahuna Ticket will elevate your festival experience to the highest level. By providing you with unprecedented access you will receive on stage viewing, backstage access, and personal concierge service and artist style transportation.
Additional perks will include access to the legendary artist compound at the Hangout, on stage access for most performances at main stage, complimentary access to all amusement rides on site, complimentary “Headliner” transportation back to your place after the show, 1 parking pass, and personalized concierge service where you will have your on-site representative’s cell phone number for any needs that may arise during your weekend at the Hangout.
After going Big Kahuna you will never want to experience a festival any other way! Please call the Hangout VIP Guest Services line at (888) 786-0270 to book a Big Kahuna ticket or with any questions you have. The phones will be open from 10am until 6pm, Monday – Friday.
For more festival lineup information or to purchase tickets, visit www.hangoutmusicfest.com or call (888) 512- SHOW
The Perdido Key Chamber Gets The Spring Fling Golf Tournament Into the Swing of Things
By: Kelly Woodard
Tee up for a good time at the 2016 Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce Spring Fling Golf Tournament, this Monday, May 16th from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm at Perdido Bay Golf Club, located at 1 Doug Ford Dr., Pensacola, FL 32507.
This laid back community tournament kicks off with check-in at 11:30 am followed by lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 pm. What makes this tournament special, other than the great food, drinks and entertainment at each hole, is the rock bottom registration fee of only $75 per player. That fee gets you lunch, green fee, cart, range balls and numerous drink holes.
Players can also register for mulligans: 2 for $10 per individual or 8 for $40 per team, with 4 players to a team.
Not the world’s greatest golfer, but still want to be a part of the action? Then sign up to be a hole sponsor for just $100. The Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce will provide the tee sign for you as well as table and chairs, if needed. You can man your own tent with drinks, snacks and other fun items, or have your tee sign set up at a hole representing your business. It’s a great way to advertise while having a good time!
You can sign up to be a sponsor or for the tournament by visiting www.visitperdido.com or stop by the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce, located at 15500 Perdido Key Drive. For more information, call 850-492-4660.