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.