Downtown Crowd July 2022

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JULY ‘22

What’s Brewing at The Rex?

Let’s Get Happy! Your Complete Guide to Downtown Happy Hours

America’s 1st Settlement Trail Vive la Révolution at The Gordon Also in this Issue:

MILITARY MATTERS an Armed Forces News Section


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Editor’s Letter


Publisher Malcolm Ballinger Owner Malcolm Ballinger Executive Editor Kelly Oden Editor Morgan Cole Assistant Editor Nicole Willis

Morgan Cole, Editor

Art Director Guy Stevens Graphic Designer Garrett Hallbauer

It’s just the beginning of summer, and we’ve already reached triple digit temperatures in Pensacola. Don’t get me wrong, I love a nice sunny day, but here lately, the heat has been almost unbearable! So, to help keep you nice and hydrated during this heat wave, we’ve rounded up a list of all the downtown happy hours specials we could find. You’re welcome!

Contributing Writer Darien Hardy Design Intern Lauren Barksdale

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In this issue, you’ll also find all of the details on the new Rex Café that just recently opened up inside the lobby of The Rex Theatre on Palafox Street. I had the pleasure of attending the ribbon cutting ceremony held for the grand opening of the café, and I was truly impressed. Be sure to stop by to check it out. Their nitro cold brew is top notch. We’ve also got the scoop on the newly installed America’s First Settlement Trail and details on the upcoming Pensacola premiere of The Revolutionists presented by PenArts at The Gordon Community Art Center. If you’re looking for a good laugh, this is one you won’t want to miss!

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8 6 5 Questions with Creatives: Brian Tan 8 What’s Brewing at The Rex?

As always, I hope you enjoy this month’s issue, and remember to stay hydrated!

10 America’s 1st Settlement Trail

Until next time, Cheers!

12 Let's Get Happy! A Guide to Happy Hour Downtown


14 Vive la Révolution at The Gordon 16 July Events Calendar 18 Military Matters

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5 Questions With Creatives

Brian Tan, Visual Artist

by Nicole Willis

Visual artist, Brian Tan, creates quirky and fun mixed media artworks. Tan took his childhood love of art into his studies, and now, into his career. Born and raised in New Jersey, the first-generation Filipino-American studied Fine Art at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Tan then went on to live and work in Brooklyn, New York for five years until COVID-19 shut down the city. After the shutdown, Tan and his partner decided to move down South and join the Pensacola community. Since then, his work has been popping up in local galleries and markets throughout the city. You may have seen some of Tan’s work on display at the Easy Going Gallery or Gallery Night in downtown Pensacola. Tan regularly participates in local arts markets throughout the region and is an active member of the local arts community. In the upcoming months, he will be exhibiting in group art shows in New Orleans and for an artist collective based out of NYC called Barangay Bois (@barangaybois). Check out more of Tan’s work online at, or follow @btanart on Instagram. How long have you been creating your art pieces and how did you first get into it? Was there something that inspired you to start working on these pieces? I have been creating my art for about seven years. I first got into it when I was very young. I was always drawing everywhere that I went and my parents were supportive of my interest in art. I remember in 1st grade I would get into trouble for not paying attention in class because I would always be doodling. I specifically remember how my doodles would make my classmates laugh (especially my 1st grade crush!) and sometimes even my teachers. I believe these early responses to my drawings inspired me and made me realize this is what I want to do. My current work is a result of that same inspiration– getting people to laugh and enjoy my doodles. What media do you work in and can you tell me a little bit more about your creative process? I generally create mixed media monochrome drawings using marker, paint, pencil, or charcoal. The style of my work lends itself to being an almost repetitive or pattern-like design, so the first 6 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM

decision in my process must be the size of the piece. Once I decide on the size, I block out the space and size of my “heads” on the surface in pencil. I then begin the work in paint or marker from the bottom up until all empty space has been filled. Additionally, I turn on some music. Music is a very important part of my creative process because it helps get me into a meditative rhythm while I draw. Tell me about the different pieces you create. What are some of your most popular items, and what’s the biggest piece that you have created so far? Round canvases in varying sizes are my most popular pieces. While I most commonly create canvas and paper pieces, I’m always willing to draw on any kind of found object. I have had people send me everything from clothes and shoes to mirrors and rollerblades to decorate with my art. I’ve really enjoyed drawing directly onto clothing but I am working on getting my designs screen printed. I am also into collages. I create collages by incorporating my artwork in with old fashion magazine clippings. I also collaborate with other artists by drawing directly onto their artwork

to create something new. The largest pieces that I have created so far are my hand-drawn bathroom murals. The first bathroom I did took me about three days to complete. I am always looking for any opportunity to work on largescale projects and my dream is to one day cover an entire building. On your Instagram page, I see several different people drawing on your work. Can you tell me more about how you get other people involved with your art and what this process is like? While living in Brooklyn, I worked with a group that hosted pop-up dinners along with live music around the city. I would create my artwork throughout the evening while guests would watch and recommend to me characters and illustrations to incorporate into the drawing. On multiple occasions, I would hear somebody say, “I really wish I could color in your artwork!” So, one night, I brought a box of crayons and once I completed that night’s artwork, I invited attendees to color in the work to finish the piece. I’ve continued that practice till today and it has become an important part of my shows and market events. I believe by inviting viewers to collaborate with me on my

work not only creates a lasting impression, but also memorializes the community and environment that each piece was created in. What would you tell others about the importance of art in your life and the importance of the growing arts scene in Pensacola? I’m so appreciative of the people of Pensacola and its burgeoning art scene. I implore everyone, especially young people, to support local and living artists – whether visual artists, musicians or anything else related to the arts. I wholeheartedly believe it is vital for the

health of the community to have people supporting local venues, galleries, shows, etc., and growing the culture for future generations. Art has the power to create the change we wish to see in the world, to expand the mind, and to create opportunities for people to challenge themselves and their surroundings for the betterment of our world. Thank you to anyone who has supported my work and I’m excited to witness the evolution of Pensacola as a destination for the arts.

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WHAT’S BREW ING AT THE RE X? The idea for the café stemmed from a long-time desire of Generation Church Lead Pastor, Roger Hirth, who wanted to share his love of coffee with the church community by providing them with a welcoming place to gather and visit throughout the week outside of regular church services. Hirth’s vision was finally brought to life this year with the opening of Generation Church’s nonprofit coffee shop, which was aptly named The Rex Café. The Rex Café’s Store Manager, Lois Renaud, and Assistant Manager, Annie Gray, have been working tirelessly to execute Hirth’s vision for the café. Renaud, originally from France, sought to foster the culture found in European cafés through the interior design elements and authentic menu offerings. Renaud explained that European café culture focuses on highquality espresso and a relaxed atmosphere, whereas American cafés usually focus on large and sugary drinks that can be taken on the go.

By Nicole Willis • photos by Guy Stevens

If you’ve ever taken a stroll through Downtown Pensacola, you’ve likely noticed the bright red and yellow hues adorning the marquee outside the historic Rex Theatre on North Palafox Street. Tucked away inside the Art Deco-style building, which is also home to Generation Church, is downtown’s newest coffee shop—The Rex Café.

“I was shocked when I was served a 20 or 24-ounce drink at a café. In America, people want big portions and drinks on the go, it’s just not like that in Europe,” Renaud said. Renaud and Gray want to deliver authentic European-style beverages and provide customers with a more relaxing experience instead of just rushing in and out of the door. The Rex Café’s menu is reminiscent of what you would find when walking into a French or Italian café, prioritizing small drinks that invite customers to sit, relax, enjoy the space and sip on their coffee. “About 80 percent of our menu consists of espressobased drinks,” Renaud said. “We put a lot of emphasis on people experiencing high-quality coffee.” Among the espresso-based drinks are lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and cortados. The Rex Café will


also be serving up two of their signature lattes—a sweet and floral honey lavender latte and a buttery popcorn latte, which was specifically designed with the idea of the drink being served in a theatre. Apart from espresso-based drinks, The Rex Café also offers cold brew, nitro cold brew, assorted teas and regular drip coffee. The menu also features a small assortment of pastries, such as butter or almond croissants from Craft Bakery and doughnuts by Le Dough. The café management team even worked with Le Dough to have them craft a custom doughnut for the café using their coffee to create a special vegan coffee doughnut. When it came to selecting which local bakeries to collaborate with, Gray explained that it all came down to quality. ”We wanted to find local businesses that match our goals and aesthetics that can also provide

Barista Faith Brown prepares an iced latte for a customer during the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Rex Cafe coffee shop located in the lobby of the historic Rex Theatre.

down and stay for a while inside the café.

the quality and the level of excellence that we’re trying to deliver.” The cafe’s chic interior features design elements specifically selected to provide the look and feel of a relaxed European-style cafe. The design features a well-balanced mix of natural materials and modern decorative elements, giving the space a bright, open and airy feel, with plenty of natural wood, white marble countertops, clusters of seating arrangements and bright pops of color. Some of the original architectural elements from the old theatre were also preserved and incorporated into the overall design. Adorning the exposed brick walls are decorative art pieces and vintage film posters that pay homage to the theatre, while also providing a contemporary feel. Gray and Renaud hope that the café’s welcoming design will promote the European concept of having customers sit

“Our little motto is from sip to soul–allowing your soul to rest by coming here, taking that first sip and experiencing a calming moment,” Gray said. The café had its soft opening on April 14 and its grand opening on June 11. The grand opening was a few months later because Gray and Renaud wanted to make sure things were perfect. “We wanted to perfect the aesthetics, interior design, and the drinks. We also spent time training our staff and now have a great staff who are doing fabulous,” Gray explained. One of Pensacola’s most iconic landmarks that once housed a furniture store, concert venue, and movie theater is now the proud home to The Rex Café. The Rex Café is located in the front lobby of The Rex Theatre at 18 N Palafox St. in downtown Pensacola and is open Tuesday–Thursday from 8 am to 12 pm and Friday–Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. Follow @therexcafe on Instagram and Facebook to check out the menu and photos of the new space.

AMERICA’S 1ST SETTLEMENT TRAIL Courtesy of Visit Pensacola


he America’s First Settlement Trail (A1S Trail) is a three-mile marked path through downtown Pensacola and the Pensacola Historic District. Inspired by a trip to Boston, local Realtor Michael Carro

formed The A1S Trail Foundation and then set to work forming partnerships with the City of Pensacola and Visit Pensacola to put his vision into action. The trail was created with the goal of offering new opportunities for residents and visitors to explore Pensacola’s rich history. The first phase of the A1S Trail included the completion of a 3-mile painted walking path through the Pensacola Historic District, and placement of temporary markers with QR codes that display information about our history and landmarks. Future phases will include installation of benches, bronze plaques and a continuous brick trail in place of the current burgundy line. The A1S Trail consists of twenty stops and over seventy points of interest, with history dating back as early as 1756 when the Spanish built Fort San Miguel in what is now downtown Pensacola. The A1S Trail begins with marker 1 at Plaza Ferdinand and ends with marker 20 at 223 South Palafox, the 1887 Customs House that now houses Artel Gallery. Visitors to the trail can tour over 260 years of history and learn the fascinating story of how Pensacola developed into the city it is today.



Location: 400 block of East Zaragoza Street

Location: 300 block of North Palafox Street (east side)

Points of Interest • Axelson House

Points of Interest • Governor Perry House (Historic Marker)

• Barkley House • Maritime Heritage Trail

• First Methodist Church of Pensacola (Historic Marker)


• Galvez Monument (Historic Marker)

Location: Intendencia Street Points of Interest • Intendencia Street Architecture

MARKER 13 Location: Top of Palafox Street

• Charbonier Home - 335 East Intendencia

Points of Interest • Florida Square

• Rosique House - 311 East Intendencia Street

• North Hill Preservation District (Historic Marker) • Temple Beth El (Historic Marker)

MARKER 8 Location: Alcaniz and Intendencia Streets Points of Interest • Pensacola Historic District

MARKER 14 Location: 500 block of North Palafox Street (west side)

• Neighborhood Grocery Stores

Points of Interest • Fort George

• Quina House

• First Baptist Church • Allen Chapel AME Church


• Arbona Building

Location: Plaza Ferdinand

• Voices of Pensacola Multicultural Museum

Points of Interest Plaza Ferdinand MARKER 2 Location: Zaragoza and Jefferson Streets Points of Interest • Old City Hall

Location: Garden and Alcaniz Streets


Points of Interest • Moore Ice Company

Location: 300 block of North Palafox Street (west side)


• St. Michael’s Cemetery

Location: 200 block of East Zaragoza Street

Points of Interest • Christ Church (Historic Marker)


• Immanuel Lutheran Church

Location: East Garden Street

• Muldon Motor Company- Palafox and Wright

Points of Interest • Historic Pensacola Village • Julee Cottage

• Old City Jail

• Walton House (Historic Marker)

• Old Escambia County Court of Record

• Village Stops • Coulson House

• Old Fire Station MARKER 5 MARKER 3 Location: 100 block of East Zaragoza Street Points of Interest • M. F. Gonzalez Co. - Museum Plaza • Commanding Officer’s Compound



Location: Seville Square Points of Interest • Dorr House • Old Christ Church (Historic Marker) • St. Michael’s Creole Benevolent Association Hall

Points of Interest • Garden Street–Name

• Belmont-DeVillers / Savoy

• 1896 Birds Eye View of Pensacola - 2 North Palafox Street


• Hook and Ladder #1 and Hose Reel #2

Location: 100 block of North Palafox Street (west side)

• Swift and Company - Meat Packing MARKER 11 Location: 100 block of North Palafox Street (east side) Points of Interest • Old Escambia County Courthouse • Winston E. Arnow Federal Building old Post Office

Points of Interest • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza (Historic Marker) • Streetcar • Palafox Street

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For more information on the trail and detailed descriptions for each of the points of interest, visit americas-1st-settlement-trail.

Location: North Palafox Street Points of Interest • St. Michael’s Basilica (Historic Marker)


• First Methodist Church • San Carlos (Historic Marker)

Points of Interest • Palafox Street

• San Carlos Mural

• Saenger Theatre

• Rex and ISIS theatres

• Palafox Historic Business District



Location: South Palafox Street

Location: 200 block of South Palafox Street

Points of Interest • Thiesen Building

Location: 100 block of South Palafox Street

• 1905 Halloween Fire

Points of Interest • 1887 Customs House and Post Office

• L&N Passenger Station 1910

• First National Bank

• Blount Building / Woolworth’s sit-ins (Historic Marker)

• American National Bank/Seville Tower

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Let’s Get Happy! Your Complete Guide to Downtown Happy Hours by Morgan Cole

It’s five o’clock and you haven’t made plans for drinks yet? Not to fear. We’ve got you. Downtown offers everything from a cheap, cold beer in a great dive to upscale cocktails on the patio. Whether you’re looking for a low-key lounge or prefer a place where you can dance like nobody’s watching, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to finding the perfect watering hole in downtown Pensacola. To help you get your happy on, we’ve rounded up a list of bars and restaurants offering some of the best happy hour specials in the city. If you ditch work a few minutes early, we won’t tell. Promise.

Pensacola Happy Hour at Museum Plaza

120 Church Street

Stop by the Museum Plaza across from Seville every Friday between 5 pm and 8 pm to enjoy live music, comedy, food trucks, vendors, giveaways and much more. The event is free and open to the public. Visit for complete details.

Angelena’s Ristorante Italiano

Big Top Brewing Company

21 West Romana Street

Enjoy happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 2 pm to 5 pm with $1 off core beers, $5 pretzel bites and $5 half portions of totchos.

BLEND Lounge

200 South Palafox Street Happy hour specials offered Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm with $5 Crown & Downs.

Cactus Cantina (Downtown)

22 South Palafox Street Happy hour specials offered daily from 3 pm to 6 pm with $2 off house margaritas, $2.49 off domestic beers and $3 off well drinks and wines.

Casks and Flights Wine Tasting Room 121 South Palafox Street

Happy hour is held daily from 4 pm to 7 pm with rotating specials. Check out @CasksandFlights on Facebook and Instagram for the latest specials.

Happy hour specials offered Monday through Saturday from 3 pm to 6 pm with $2 PBR & Miller High Life, $3 draft beer and $4 house wine.

Garden & Grain

50 East Garden Street

Enjoy $6 drinks from the Specialty Cocktail Menu Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Graffiti Pizza

210 Palafox Place

Happy hour pizza specials offered Tuesday through Thursday from 2 pm to 6 pm. Buy a slice of cheese, pepperoni, sausage or margherita and a house margarita, get the same slice for free.

Hub Stacey’s

312 East Government Street Happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm with 50 cents off all drinks, along with other nightly drink specials.

Jackson's Steakhouse

400 South Palafox Street

Dharma Blue

300 South Alcaniz Street Enjoy Ladies Night specials on Mondays with $2 off sushi rolls and rotating drink specials. Select bottles of wine are also available for $20 Tuesday through Thursday.

101 East Intendencia Street

Enjoy Aperitivo Hour Monday through Saturday from 4 pm to 6 pm with half price drinks, excluding bottles of wine at the bar.

Five Sisters Blues Cafe

421 West Belmont Street

Fish House & Atlas Oyster House 600 South Barracks Street Happy hour specials offered daily from 4 pm to 6 pm with $3 drafts, $4 mixed well drinks and $5 glasses of wine.

Enjoy half-off bottles of wine from the Governor’s List each week for Wine Down Wednesdays from 5 pm to 10 pm.

Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grille

997 South Palafox Street

Sunset Specials offered on weekdays from 3 pm to 6 pm with half off featured wine by the glass, $3 off featured cocktails and $6 select top shelf pours.

Lucy’s in the Square

301 South Adams Street

Wine Wednesdays held weekly with $3 select glasses of wine and half price bottles of wine with purchase of charcuterie. Sunday Funday specials held weekly with $3 mimosas 12 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM

600 East Gregory Street

McGuire’s Irish Pub

130 East Government Street

1000 South Pace Blvd.

The Oar House

Wisteria Tavern

Enjoy happy hour specials daily from 4 pm to 6 pm and from 11 pm to close with half price draft beer, wine and well drinks.

Seville features seven rooms of fun with happy hour and rotating drink specials offered daily. Visit to check out happy hour and drink specials by room.

Happy hour specials offered daily from 4 pm to 6 pm with $1.50 domestic drafts, $2.25 house liquors and $2.60 house wines.

Offers a daily draft beer special for $3.75 and Ladies Night specials on Tuesdays with $5 Froze, $3.50 High Noons and halfoff bottles of wine. You can also enjoy $2.75 domestic beers on Fridays from 11 am to 2 pm.

Nick’s Boat House

455 West Main Street

Seville Quarter

Sir Richard’s Public House

Happy hour specials are held at the bar daily from 3 pm to 6 pm with $1 off beers, $4 wines by the glass and $5.99 eats.

2719 East Cervantes Street

O’Riley’s Irish Pub Downtown (Downtown)

Happy hour drink specials offered Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm with $2.75 select domestic bottled beers, $3.50 well drinks, $2 off all house cocktails and $7 select wines by the glass.

321 South Palafox Street Happy hour held Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm with BOGO beer, wine and well drinks.

Old Hickory Whiskey Bar

123 South Palafox Place

Happy hour drink specials offered Monday through Friday from 2 pm to 6 pm with $7 seasonal cocktails and half off wine and beer.

Pensacola Bay Brewery

225 Zaragoza Street

Pensacola Bay Brewery hosts a Growler Monday special with 30% off all growler refills and $5 off all pints on Tuesdays after 4 pm.

Perennial Patio Bar

South Market

905 East Gregory Street Bottomless Champagne Brunch served daily until 3 pm. Happy hour specials held daily from 3 pm to 6 pm with Late Night Happy Hour from 9 pm to close. Temporarily closed on Monday and Tuesday for construction.

Taco Agave

200 South Palafox Street Taco Tuesdays specials held all day from 11 am to 11 pm with $3 street tacos, $4 Milagro and $5 House Margaritas.

The Kennedy

1 South Palafox Street Enjoy select happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm.

The Magnolia

501 South Palafox Street

2050 North 12th Avenue (East Hill)

Enjoy drinks from Signature Cocktail Menu for $6 Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Half price wine bottles on Thursday nights, rotating daily happy hour specials and more. Follow @MagnoliaPensacola on Facebook for the latest specials.

Perfect Plain Brewing Co.

50 East Garden Street Enjoy 12 oz beers for $6 during happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm.

The Well

50 East Garden Street

Happy held Monday through Saturday from 4 pm to 6 pm with $8 Classics Cocktail Menu. Enoy “All-Day Happy Hour” on Sundays from 11 am to 8 pm.

The Wine Bar on Palafox

16 Palafox Place

Happy hour is held daily from 2 pm to 6 pm with half off all wines by the glass.

3808 North 12th Avenue

World of Beer

200 South Palafox Street On Thursdays, WOB hosts an All Day Happy Hour event with select $3 and $5 draft beers, select $6 spirits and shareables, select $6 wine by the glass, $3 WOB signature shots and $10 domestic buckets.

“While the story is a creatively imagined meeting of these women and takes place almost 230 years ago, many of the issues remain relevant today. It is a play that will make you laugh, think and feel,” Kellog said.




The Cincinnati Enquirer called it “A sassy, holdon-to-your-seats theatrical adventure...wonderfully wild and raucous,” and for the first time in Pensacola, The Gordon Community Art Center and PenArts will present The Revolutionists. The comedic play is a revolutionary dream-fugue based on a fictional imagining of three historical figures coming together.. Original playwright, Lauren Gunderson, is said to be the most popular and prolific American playwright today. Set in 1793 amid the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution, this comedic yet moving tale, follows a quartet of women who historically existed at the same time and place but never actually met as they fight for equality, justice and their rightful place in history. The play blends the stories of four infamous women, three of whom are historical figures: Olympe de Gouges, a playwright; Charlotte Corday, the assassin of Jean Paul Marat; and Marie Antionette, the infamously dethroned queen. The fourth woman is a compilation of the strong women in Saint Domingue who fought against racism and gender inequality. Owner of The Gordon Community Art Center and PenArts Artistic Director, Christine Kellog, will direct this Pensacola premiere and performances will be held July 21 to 24 at The Gordon Community Art Center in downtown Pensacola. 14 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM

In 2017, Kellog and a group of local creatives established the nonprofit organization PenArts as a way to help bring the local community together. In 2020, PenArts officially moved to its location at The Gordon where they continue to host their programs and mainstage productions. PenArts members also assist with managing the facility so that other members of the community can use it to host classes and performances. Since its inception, PenArts has produced eight professionallystaged production premiers in Pensacola. This small nonprofit features local talent, pays all actors and creative teams and has a large and active community outreach program. “Now, in its new home at The Gordon Community Arts Center in the Historic Belmont-DeVilliers District, PenArts truly uses the arts to help bring the community together with open mics, artist mingles, afternoon jazz concerts, dance classes, community gatherings and many other classes and productions every month,” Kellog said.

ola native currently studying at the University of Alabama) are joining us,” Kellog said. Additionally, The Revolutionists will feature the work of sound designer and PenArts Music Director, Tom Baroco (Director of Music at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart); Costume Designer, Kristen Taylor (graduate of UWF); Assistant to the Director, Bethany Elswick (MFA student at Regents University); and Social Media Content Director, Jenna Smith (UWF senior). “We are grateful to the theater department at UWF for their help with this production,” Kellog said.


The PenArts production of The Revolutionists will feature a younger cast than the cast of the original show, which was originally produced and performed at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. As the production is truly an ensemble show, the lead actors in order of appearance are Keeley Morgan, Klarissa Moore, Harper Garcia and Carissa Ferguson. “It is a talented group of young women, and three of them are appearing with PenArts for the first time. Harper Garcia was last seen in the PenArts production of I AND YOU. They all have extensive performing resumes, and we are thrilled that Keeley Morgan (a UWF student), Klarissa Moore (new to Pensacola from Oklahoma) and Carissa Ferguson (a Pensac-

Keeley Morgan will be performing with PenArts for the first time in her role as Olympe de Gouges, who was a feminist playwright and activist for abolition and women’s rights during revolutionary France. “She is incredibly nerdy and fun, but at the same time desperately wants to make an impact on the world and be remembered. Her character is so entertaining and interesting to watch because we get to see the human side of an important historical figure that most people have only ever read about if they have even heard of her at all. I am so excited to share her quirky character with everyone and let people learn a little more about French playwright Olympe de Gouges,” Morgan explained.

According to Kellog, audience members can expect witty dialogue in an anachronistic play. Although the production is set in 1793, some of the banter is straight out of the 21st Century.

The Revolutionists will pose audiences with the following questions: • • • •

Are terror and violence necessary components of change? Can art (in its various forms) lead to positive societal changes? What is the value of theater and art today? Can one person make a difference?

“The show is not vulgar or risqué, but the topics are rather cerebral and may go above the heads of


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▲ Cast Member Photo: The Revolutionists will feature a younger cast than the original production; (in order from left to right) Carissa Ferguson, Keeley Morgan, Harper Garcia and Klarissa Moore will be playing the lead roles.

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younger viewers. Anyone from middle school and up, French history buffs, theater buffs, and those who enjoy intelligent dialogue will enjoy this play,” Kellog explained. “I am beyond excited about the show! We officially start rehearsals at the beginning of July. So far, we have all been doing a lot of character work and line memorization on our own and with the help of our amazing director, Christine Kellogg, and Assistant to the Director, Bethany Elswick. My castmates are extremely talented so I cannot wait for audiences to see what we have in store with this incredibly entertaining show,” Morgan said. Kellog added that they have recently implemented a “PenArts Patrons Program.” Patrons can choose from three tiers of donations to give. A “Curtain Call” level tax-deductible gift of $50 to $100 will guarantee a patron two tickets to an upcoming production and your name in the program. An “Applause” level tax-deductible

gift of over $100 and up to $500 will guarantee a patron two tickets to an upcoming production in preferred seating, their name in the program and their name or logo on our social media as a sponsor or donor. Finally, the “Standing Ovation” tax-deductible gift of $500 or more will guarantee the patron two tickets to our productions in preferred seating, your name in the program, your name or logo on our social media as a sponsor or donor and an invitation to an event with the cast and crew.

Pensacola Little Theatre Presents Rodgers and Hammersteins

Performances will be held July 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 pm, and July 24 at 2:30 pm at 306 N DeVilliers Street in downtown Pensacola. Tickets are currently on sale for $15 each and can be purchased on The runtime for this production is a little under two hours. Follow @penartsinc on social media or visit for complete performance details and information on other upcoming PenArts events.

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Pensacola Blue Wahoos Schedule



July Home Games at Blue Wahoos Stadium. For more information and tickets, visit Montgomery Biscuits vs Blue Wahoos - July 1 at 6:35 pm

Chattanooga Lookouts vs Blue Wahoos - July 16 at 6:05 pm

Montgomery Biscuits vs Blue Wahoos - July 2 at 6:05 pm

Chattanooga Lookouts vs Blue Wahoos - July 17 at 4:05 pm

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Blue Angels Practice Dates

July 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 DoD identification card holders and their guests who are able to access Naval Air Station Pensacola and visit the National Naval Aviation Museum can view the Blue Angels practice flight demonstrations from the flight deck. The gates will open at 9:30 am. The practice flight demonstrations can also be viewed outside of NAS Pensacola including Fort Pickens, boat cruises, and various points throughout downtown. The Blue Angels will take off around 10:30 am.

Sertoma’s Fourth of July Celebration

July 4

This year, Sertoma’s annual 4th of July celebration will be at Bartram Park (211 Bayfront Pkwy). The event will begin at 4:30 pm with live music and food trucks. Grab a bite to eat, listen to some local music and enjoy the time with family and friends. The firework extravaganza will start at 9 pm. The fireworks are choreographed to play with music from local radio station Cat Country 98.7. Be sure to bring a radio to get the full experience!

Fireworks at the Beach

July 4

Head over to beautiful Pensacola Beach to get into the patriotic spirit this Fourth of July! Enjoy the white sands and crashing waves of the beach. Be sure to keep your eyes on the night sky this 4th of July for a dazzling fireworks display along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk and Santa Rosa Sound. The show will take place at 400 Quietwater Beach Rd Gulf Breeze and fireworks will start at 8:30 pm.

Blue Angels Air Show

July 9

This world-famous Blue Angels will be performing over Pensacola Beach on July 9th for the annual Pensacola Beach Air Show! Locals and tourists alike flock like seagulls to Pensacola Beach in excitement to see the Blue Angel’s flight demonstration. The airshow is scheduled to start around 11 am at Casino Beach. To alleviate traffic, the Santa Rosa Island Authority has provided additional public transportation to and from the beach. To read more about the event and transportation options, visit

Post-Blues Sunset Beach Cleanup

July 11

Join Keep Pensacola Beautiful in their Post-Blues cleanup! The team will be cleaning up Pensacola Beach after a weekend of Blue Angels festivities. Cleanup supplies will be provided by Keep Pensacola Beautiful. Please wear weather appropriate clothing (including close toe shoes) and bring a reusable water bottle. The cleanup will take place during sunset hours, from 6:30pm - 7:30 pm. All volunteers must sign in at Casino Beach and any minors must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit


Reincarnation and Past Life Meditation Workshop

July 16

Instructor Jo Graybeal of Everyday Wisdom blends her scientific training with her intuitive knowledge to explain how they complement each other and give credibility to the theory of reincarnation. Do you think you have lived before? Who do you think you were? Reconnect with your past self at this workshop. Please bring a pillow and a yoga mat. The workshop will be held at 5:30 pm at Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe’s downtown location (327 W. Garden Street). Admission is $20 and can be paid at the door or at

White Tie Rock Ensemble Presents A Musical Tribute to Arena Rock

July 16

The White Tie Rock Ensemble is bringing their tribute to Arena Rock to the Pensacola Bay Center. The event will feature music from Arena Rock’s biggest artists including Van Halen, Styx, Boston, Journey and Foreigner. Doors open at 7 pm and the event begins at 8 pm. For tickets and other information, visit

ZOSO at Vinyl Music Hall

July 16

Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, will be bringing their Led Zeppelin tribute performance to the Vinyl Music Hall. The band that seeks to bring the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin concert since the real thing. The band has performed over 2400 live shows across the world since their 1995 formation. Doors open at 7 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. For tickets and event details, visit

Crab Cake Cook-Off at Seville Quarter

July 20

Enjoy crab cakes for a good cause at The Arc Gateway’s tastiest event of the season– the Crab Cake Cook-Off. This night of all you can eat crab cakes at Seville Quarter features crab cakes from the finest local chefs and restaurants. Sample crab cakes and vote for your favorite, as you select the People’s Choice Award Winner for 2022! Apart from food, the event also includes live music, and art sale and a silent auction. The event begins at 6 pm. All event proceeds benefit The Arc Gateway, a non-profit organization serving more than 1,200 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities, visit

The Revolutionists

July 21-24

Presented by PenArts, The Revolutionists is playing in Pensacola for the first time ever. Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists, is set amid the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. It is a comedic, yet moving, tale of four women who historically existed in the same time and place but never actually met. Three of the characters were women who lived during the French Revolution and the fourth is a compilation of many female revolutionaries in Saint Domingue, the nation we now call Haiti. Come see The Revolutionists for an inspiring tale about social justice, friendship, and the dream of a better future. The show will be held at The Gordon Community Art Center on July 21-24. Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s showings begin at 7:30 pm. Sunday’s showing begins at 2:30 pm. For tickets and more information, visit

Mind, Body, and Sound: A Mindfulness and Sound Bath Immersion

July 23

Join instructor Awen Anne-Marie for an intensely relaxing journey through restorative affirmations, meditations and sound therapy. The workshop will be held at 5:30 pm at Ever’man Cooperative Grocery & Cafe’s downtown location (327 W. Garden Street). Admission is $10 and can be paid at the door or at

Cinderella at the Pensacola Little Theatre

July 29 - August 14

Unhappy with her home life and job as a maid, Cinderella dreams of a different life. When it is announced that the Prince is giving a ball, Cinderella wishes to attend, but it seems impossible. With help from her animal friends and her magical Fairy Godmother, Cinderella’s dream of a lovely night comes to life. The classic production of Cinderella is playing at the Pensacola Little Theatre starting on July 29th and running until August 14th. Tickets will be available on July 1st at

July 30

Texan metalcore band, Memphis May Fire, will be stopping by the Vinyl Music Hall on July 30th. This date is a part of their “Remade In Misery Tour” that is presented by SiriusXM Octane. Special guests include From Ashes To New, Rain City Drive and Wolves At The Gate. Doors open at 6 pm and the show begins at 7 pm. For tickets and event details, visit

Pensacola Psychic Fair

July 30

The Pensacola Psychic Fair brings together speakers, tarot readers, mediums, healers and even UFO enthusiasts. This event is perfect for those seeking intuitive guidance and alternative healing therapies. Visit the Pensacola Psychic Fair at Seville Quarter to experience the wonderfully diverse spiritual community in northwest Florida. The fair begins at 11 am and ends at 6 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit

The Greatest Showcase

July 30

The Greatest Showcase is the 2nd Annual Fundraiser benefiting Council on Aging of West Florida. Head over to the Pensacola Saenger Theatre for a fun-filled evening of dance performances by First Dance Ballroom Studio. As one may assume from the title, The Greatest Showcase celebrates the music from The Greatest Showman and features many local celebrity performers. Doors open at 6 pm and the show begins at 7 pm. All proceeds benefit The Council on Aging West Florida. For tickets and more information, visit

Snapper Days

July 30-31

Adrenaline Outdoors & Shaggy’s Pensacola Beach brings you the end-of-the-season Snapper Days Tournament! Grab your boat, a friend, and your fishing gear to suit up for the snapper-searching event of the year. This two-day tournament is hosted at Shaggy’s, where weigh-ins and a mandatory Captain’s meeting will take place. The awards ceremony will be held at Shaggy’s after weigh in on the 31st. For more information and to register, visit

Potterfest 2022 at Perfect Plain Brewing Co.

July 31

Are you a Harry Potter superfan? Show off your love and knowledge of the fantasy series at Potterfest 2022! Potterfest is a free event open to anyone who wants to let their inner geek out. The event is held on Harry’s birthday and features everything that Harry would want; Butterbeer, magical decor, a costume contest, trivia, cocktails, and more. Wear your best robe and grab your favorite wand to get ready for a day of wizardry! This all-day event is set to begin at 11 am.

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s the needs of the f leet rapidly change and evolve, the evolution and agility of naval aviation training has had to adapt to help increase operational readiness. For the past several years, the Navy has been focused on Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) to modernize the development and delivery of training. The Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) is on the cutting edge of integration of RRL. Commander, Naval Air Forces, Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL), Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), and the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) and its 23 learning sites are partnering with type wings, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and other curriculum, software and hardware contractors in the development and delivery of training when and where it is needed. Development and delivery efforts are led by U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) along with Program Executive Office for Manpower, Logistics and Business Solutions (PEO MLB) in an effort to align technical, career and leadership development to a career-long learning continuum. Finding and incorporating innovative ways to present training objectives to Sailors and Marines have also been an area of focus, particularly in CNATT schoolhouses. From publishing training videos on NETC’s Training Videos YouTube channel, to infusing cuttingedge technology like augmented and 20 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM

virtual reality into classrooms, NETC and CNATT are modernizing aviation training for the 21st century and beyond. “We are in an era where near-peer competitors have re-emerged as the central challenge to U.S. security and prosperity,” said Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, NETC’s commander. “It is just as important today as ever to deliver effective, leading-edge training to our Sailors.” To date, the collaborative efforts of this team have made significant strides in meeting the tenants of RRL. CNATT has incorporated industry best practices such as micro-videos and Broad Unscheduled Rapid Support Training (BURST) courses. Micro-videos are typically filmed on the flight line or in work centers and are intended to provide visual reinforcement of infrequent or very detailed tasks. The videos are then published on NETC’s Training Videos YouTube channel. Efforts are being made to increase access to the videos, wherever a Sailor or Marine in aviation is serving. BURST courses allow for the agile delivery of targeted systems of maintenance and troubleshooting. Typically excerpts from larger training lessons, these courses are tailored for point-of-need delivery. BURST leverages onsite expertise of Forum for System Transition, Naval Aviation Technical Data and Engineering Services Center representatives, CNATT instructors and type wing subject-matter experts to assist maintenance personnel in troubleshooting and repairing particularly challenging or recurring discrepancies. Recent events hosted by USFFC, PEO MLB and NAWCTSD have focused on

(U.S. Navy Photo) Troy Caver, right, a Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Norfolk instructor, demonstrates fiber optic visual fault finding to CNATTU Norfolk students Aviation Electrician’s Mates 2nd Class Tyler Salonius, left, and Zachary Gamez.

delivering modernized training with more agility and speed. Past events include NETC’s offsite where all learning centers shared ideas and challenges related to RRL. CNATT followed with its own offsite where all commanding officers (CO) under CNATT’s domain received the CNATT CO’s number one priority, to improve the RRL process and deliver the most technically trained Sailors and Marines to the fleet. Under CNAL sponsorship, CNATT also hosted more than 50 senior enlisted maintenance leaders to review maintenance leadership courses, identify shortfalls and improve courses of instruction. CNATT Unit Norfolk will additionally host a Training Requirement Review for E-2D avionics courses, emphasizing speed and agility in delivery current and modern training to the platform. Other partnership efforts include corrosion training with F/A-18 type wings, Electrical Wire Interconnect System (EWIS) and Virtual Paint System (VPS).

The F/A-18 corrosion training is combining classroom knowledge with hands-on recognition and treatment. The EWIS trainers are in production and will provide a repeatable and visual way to improve troubleshooting and repair techniques. Finally, the VPS provides “reps and sets” for aircraft painting while eliminating hazardous waste and time-consuming preparations. Naval Education and Training Command is the U.S. Navy’s Force Development pillar and largest shore command. NETC is implementing the Ready Relevant Learning initiative to modernize our institutional training system. RRL delivers the right training, at the right time in a Sailor’s career, in the right way, so that Sailors are ready to operate their equipment and fulfill their rating requirements, transforming them into highly skilled, operational and combatready warfighters. For more information on NETC, visit


Cmdr. Meredith Schley, commanding officer, Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station, spoke at the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Midway commemoration for the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT), IWTC Corry Station, and Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Pensacola on Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, June 3. Photo by Kurt Van Slooten, Center for Information Warfare Training



he Center for Infor mat ion Warfare Training (CIWT), Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station, and Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Pensacola commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Midway during a morning ceremony on Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, June 3. The Battle of Midway was a naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II from June 4-7, 1942. Widely considered a turning point in World War II’s Pacific

theater, the U.S. victory at the Battle of Midway significantly blunted Japan’s westward offensive push, and shifted the tide of the war in the Allies’ favor. Chief Cryptologic Technician Collection Talisman Nellum and Cryptologic Technician Collection 1st Class Elizabeth Johnson organized and participated in IWTC Corry Station’s remembrance ceremony. The ceremony began by expounding upon the importance of the “Miracle of Midway” and how the Navy intelligence community played a pivotal role in Midway’s success. “Eighty years ago today, our nation’s future was far from certain,” Cmdr. Meredith Schley, commanding officer,

IWTC Corry Station said. “The courage, sacrifice, heroism, and teamwork of every Sailor in that pivotal battle warrants our study, emulation and reverence.” During the ceremony Seaman Karson Tran and Seaman Jacob Fletcher recounted the major events of the battle. “At 0430: 10 Planes from the Yorktown began to search for Japanese Ships. At 0810: 17 B-17s from Midway Islands attack. At 1610: Soryu sunk. At 1925: Kaga sunk.” Each moment of heroism and tactical achievement was memorialized with the toll of a bell. “The bell ceremony was my favorite part of the ceremony. It laid out the plan, showed how quickly things happened, and showed all the efforts that had to come together to achieve the end result,” Chief Cryptologic Technician Networks Cecilia Medina said.

Cryptologic Technician Maintenance 3rd Class Jared Reese Santos said the most impactful part of the ceremony for him was, “Listening to the CO (commanding officer) tell us about how Midway was really the first cryptologic-based battle was inspiring. As a cryptologic technician myself, it was very cool. I find a lot of pride in that.” “I was impressed by the ceremony,” Chief Cryptologic Technician Collection Brian Wilson said. “Bringing the events of the Battle of Midway to the new students, the new Sailors, gives them a sense of purpose of what they’re training for. I was impressed by how Chief Nellum and Petty Officer Johnson put this event together. It rivaled other Battle of Midway ceremonies that I have gone to in Pearl Harbor.” The ceremony concluded with a sago palm tree planting. IWTC Corry Station had previously planted an oak tree, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, but unfortunately the tree was destroyed during Hurricane Sally in September of 2020. “It was important to us to be able to replace that oak with something that is a little bit more resilient and a little bit more native to Florida, which is a palm, so it’ll be able to withstand some of the weather,” said Johnson. IWTC Corry Station is a part of the Center for Information Warfare Training. With four schoolhouse commands, two detachments, and training sites throughout the United States and Japan, Center for Information Warfare Training trains over 26,000 students every year, delivering trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services. Center for Information Warfare Training also offers more than 200 courses for cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians, and officers in the information warfare community. DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 21



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