Downtown Crowd, November 2020

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A JOYOUS DEFIANCE The Poetry of Charles McCaskill

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By the time this magazine hits the streets, we’ll all know the results of the election. This gives me a feeling of relief and anxiety- kinda like the season finale of any reality show. If you watched any of the presidential debates, then you know comparing the U.S. election to a reality show really isn’t too far off base. I’m ready for this show to be over, but I’m also concerned about the aftermath. If America chooses to give Biden or Trump the rose, will the loser just cry in the van to the airport or will they burn the Bachelor mansion down? Who am I kidding? This election aligns more with Bad Girls Club. No matter how this dumpster fire turns out, Downtown Crowd’s content is sure to get you through it. Our cover story features the amazing local poet, Charles McCaskill. He recently published his third poetry book, so Dakota Parks interviewed him about his thought-provoking work. You can read this profile and a few of his newest poems in this issue. November is National Native American Heritage Month. This year marks the first of Pensacola celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. The Pensacola Museum of Art is making an effort to feature Native American voices. Sean Linezo’s Bring Me the Head of

Osceola will be on display the entire month and Joy Harjo author of An American Sunrise will discuss her book online Nov. 19 at 6 pm. This issue includes a profile of Linezo’s exhibit as well as his proposal to place a bust of Chief Osceola in Ferdinand Plaza.



Lastly, we rounded up events to match everyone’s interests. Check out our fall events story for a list of fall inspired events. The 4th Shop Black Pop Up Shop is around the corner. You can read about how this exciting event came to fruition in this issue. Finally, the Ice Flyers are back for another incredible season. There are a couple of changes to the game experience and new players have been added to the team. Check out our article for the most updated information.


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Kaylee Ennis is a bright, hilarious and talented person. The Pensacola native does embroidery work that is showcased on her Instagram, @ghostitches. Ennis’s creativity started with the fiber arts when she was younger. She would create Halloween costumes for herself and her friends. Now, Ennis creates beautiful embroidery pieces. Some of her most common pieces are stunning anatomical images of the human body. Whether it’s a skull, limbs or teeth, her needle can bring the beauty out of it. You can purchase her work on her Instagram. When did you start doing embroidery? It seems pretty complicated; how did you learn how to do it? I’d say like two or three years ago, I got really into cross-stitching because I had an office job. It was something quick and easy that I could do if I didn’t want to be productive at my job. Over a year and a half ago, I decided to try to do my own pictures instead of following the cross-stitched patterns. When I started learning how to do it, it was a mix of both trial and error and YouTube. At first, I was just using the stuff that was kind of similar to the supplies you needed but then you could see the stitches through the front of the piece of the fabric. That’s when I started googling and realizing that there are people out there that have it all figured out. I see your work on Instagram is mostly skulls, teeth and limbs. Is there a specific reason why you do anatomy?

I find it very soothing. There’s something weirdly comforting about it. I tried to do flowers and so forth, but there’s not the same level of satisfaction to it. I can’t really express it very well. There’s just a certain satisfaction to seeing this thing that there’s a real representation inside of an actual person. You said it can be frustrating and relaxing at the same time; what makes you choose to keep on doing it? It’s addicting. It’s addicting to watch the progress and then finish a piece; you get a rush of satisfaction. Once you actually finish an embroidery and you have it in the hoop and see the finished product, you have a sudden boost of confidence. It’s just a good, satisfying feeling that you feel like you’ve accomplished something, so that’s part of it. I find whenever I’m not working on something, I’m not me. It’s like the Snickers commercial, “You’re not you, when

you’re hungry.” It’s the thing that keeps me busy, so I don’t lose my mind. Creating your own pattern for the embroidery must be challenging. What is your process? I determine how big of a piece I want to do, because obviously the bigger it gets the more detailed and the more time it takes. So, once I determine how big I want to go with the piece; I’ll get my fabric, iron it and then stretch it to the hoop and trace the design and add more. You have to have two layers of fabric, so there are two pieces of fabric in every hoop—at least that's how I do it. Once I trace it, I'll start stitching. Every now and then I have to touch up with the fabric pen because it is air soluble, so it

will start to fade out on me. I just touch it up a little bit and keep on going for days on end. Where did you get the name, @ghostitches? When I first started embroidering, I was reading Ghost World and I had a fabric pencil, so I’d written Ghost World on the fabric, but whenever I was embroidering, I only got “Ghos” onto it. I was so

pumped and so excited, and I ran into the living room and I just looked at my girlfriend and was like, “Carrie!! Look at this!!” And she said, “Ghos? Okay I get it it’s Ghos by Kaylee.” So, for all of my crafts for a while, I would write “Ghos by Kaylee.” It was just a joke, but when I was making my Instagram, I didn’t know what to put as my Instagram name. Then I realized it could look like ‘stitches’ so, ‘gho – stitches.’ So, that’s how that was born, but it does look like you’re saying ghost, stitches.



!Festivals? !Festivals Festivals? ? by Hunter Morrison

It’s that time of the year again. The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling and you no longer burst into an undeniable sweat the second you step out your front door. That’s right, fall is finally here. It wouldn’t truly be the harvest season without there being an abundance of fall festivals for you to attend. Fortunately, Pensacola and surrounding areas will be hosting a handful of COVID-19 safe fall-related festivals for all to enjoy this November. So kick back, make yourself a pumpkin spice latte, put on a jacket and celebrate the season as we ring in these fall festivities. Whether you’re a shopaholic, a music lover or a foodie, the Pensacola area has an abundance of fall festivals for all to attend and enjoy this November. What better way to celebrate the season than by supporting your local community? With that said, only come out to these events if you are well enough to do so. If you plan on attending any fall festival event, please be sure to do your part to help keep everyone safe. We hope to see you at these fun, and most importantly safe, events this November! 8 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM

Harvest Market at Seville Square

Parents, grab the kids, for Harvest Market at Seville Square will be coming to downtown Pensacola on Nov. 28. Hosted by Orange Beach Breeze, the Harvest Market will feature various activities including pumpkin patch decorating, a bounce house and live entertainment from JDVtheBassist and the Chill Beach Band. Raffle prizes will also be available. “The Harvest Market will be a simpler event, so we’ll have about five food trucks and the rest will be tent vendors,” Christie Sachse, event coordinator for Orange Beach Breeze said. The NATIONAL Harvest Market is a free family-friendly event that will run BREAST CANCER from 9 am–4 pm. A portion of the proceeds from this event FOUNDATION will go to the Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information on the Harvest Market or the 2020 Food Truck Fest, visit

Odd Colony Brewing Company Fall Bazaar The first-ever Fall Bazaar is coming to Odd Colony Brewing Company in downtown Pensacola. This event will showcase local vendors that will be selling original art, thrifted items, jewelry and other home good items. A fun fall-themed photo booth will be available and live music from solo artist will also be featured at the Fall Bazaar. Pensacola’s very own Volume One Salon will be offering donation-based services to guests. All proceeds from these services will go to charity. Treats from the Le Dough food truck will also be offered from 11 am–3 pm. The Fall Bazaar event will be a combination of an indoor and outdoor function. “We’re trying to be as mindful of COVID as possible,” Beth Schweigert, event coordinator and curator, said. “We’ll have hand sanitizer at every station, and we’ll be cleaning throughout the whole event.” The Fall Bazaar is a free event and will be held on Nov. 15 from 11 am-6 pm. For more information about this event, please email or visit Odd Colony Brewing’s Facebook page.

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First City Lights Festival Experience the wonder of the holiday season this fall and winter at the First City Lights Festival. This event will showcase half a million twinkling lights on historic Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola for all to enjoy. The festivities begin with a lighting ceremony on Nov. 27, but will continue throughout the entire holiday season. “We work with a company to get Christmas lights put up and as many trees as possible up and down Palafox,” Walker Wilson, executive director of the Downtown Improvement Board, said. The festival will also offer Polar Express tours, a downtown trolly ride with fake snow landscapes that will immerse you in the story of the Polar Express. The trolly rides will begin on Nov. 27 and 28. All trolly riders must wear a mask during the duration of the tour. Santa Claus will also be at the First City Lights Festival starting opening weekend and every weekend leading up to Christmas Day. For more information on the First City Lights Festival, go to

Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival If you’re a music lover, the

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Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival may be for you. Known for being the oldest songwriting festival in the country, the Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival honors many unsung heroes of the music business. “The people who end up recording the songs get all of the glory, but a great percentage of the time the guy or gal that wrote the songs are behind the scenes,” Andy Haynes, event coordinator of the festival, said. “We want to bring them out of the shadows and into the spotlight.” The Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival hosts songwriters from all over the world. This year, the festival invited about 100 songwriters who are scheduled to play in numerous venues across the Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast. In Pensacola, the festival plans to have performances from songwriters at Seville Quarter. The festival is scheduled for Nov. 11–15, and most venues do not charge an entrance fee. For more information about the Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival, visit

Pensacola Seafood Festival A Pensacola tradition for 43 years

and counting, the Pensacola Seafood Festival is coming to Seville Square and Fountain Park on Nov. 6, 7 and 8. This event will feature arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment from local bands and, of course, delicious seafood. In addition to its traditional seafood vendors, the Pensacola Seafood Festival will feature vendors from locally-owned seafood restaurants. The event will also showcase arts and crafts from 75 different vendors. “Our arts and crafts vendors vary from paintings and photography to gourmet items, jewelry, outdoor items, novelty items, items for pets and items for children,” Margaret-Anne West, event coordinator of the Pensacola Seafood Festival, said. “There is a wide variety of vendors that will be there.” Enhanced sanitization procedures will be taken to keep everyone safe. Sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the festival grounds, and all food vendors will be required to wear masks and gloves. It is recommended that guests also wear masks, but it is not required. Admission to the Pensacola Seafood Festival is free and the event will take place from 11 am–11 pm on Friday, 10 am–11 pm on Saturday and 11 am–5 pm on Sunday. For more information about the Pensacola Seafood Festival, visit

Food Truck Festival

Foodies beware, the 2020 Food Truck Fest is coming to Community Maritime Park in downtown Pensacola. Hosted by Orange Beach Breeze, this event will showcase numerous vendors from throughout the Pensacola area. “We’re really excited that Pensacola finally let off the restrictions of fifty and under for events,” Christie Sachse, event coordinator for the 2020 Food Truck Fest said. “We’ll probably have around twenty food truck vendors and twenty tent vendors.” In addition to food vendors, the festival will also offer a culinary competition, bounce houses for the kids and live entertainment from The HooDoos and the Chill Beach Band. The 2020 Food Truck Fest will be on Nov. 14 from 11 am–6 pm. Admission is $2 and kids under 12 get in for free. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to Feeding the Gulf Coast.



ost in the clutches of a fantasy novel or scouring the pages of journals and composition notebooks, gifted by his mother, are fond memories of Charles McCaskill Jr.’s childhood. As he grew older, roaming his neighborhood in Warrington, taking in the world around him and being shaped by the women raising him, he first discovered poetry in high school. Soon after, McCaskill would nervously read his first poem at an open mic at End of the Line Café, cementing a new era of his life and the community of writers he found himself within. Today, many people may know McCaskill from his involvement in the Pensacola Poetry group. When the group of poets expanded from End of the Line Café into the now shutdown Sluggo’s, McCaskill stepped up to find the new venue at Constant Coffee & Tea. Serving as a regular co-host and a staple at the poetry readings, he formed intimate friendships and a support system for his writing. This year, after being selected as a finalist for the Poet Laureate of Northwest Florida, McCaskill released his third book On a Random Bookshelf in My Mind.

The Poetry of Charles McCaskill by Dakota Parks Photography by Guy Stevens

“I just wanted to get my words out there,” McCaskill said. “My first book came out when Black Lives Matter was gaining traction again. I was witnessing all of these horrible things happening in the country, and I needed to say something. I couldn’t stick to the old, fluff-filled, love poems I was writing—I had to say something. The title of the book, How to Lose Friends and Alienate White People, comes from a Facebook argument. I wasn’t saying anything controversial. I just was explaining experiences and issues that I witness in my identity as a black person in this country. That’s only divisive, if you want it to be divisive.” McCaskill’s first book of poetry, released in 2018, is saturated in the American political



THERE IS A DEFIANCE TO JOY WHEN SO MUCH OF THE WORLD IS TRYING TO STIFLE IT OUT OF YOU. jogging in Georgia, and prays for McCaskill’s safe return home each day. As the book unfolds, it unearths poems focused on black joy, violence, Pensacola history, gentrification, family and honoring lost lives. environment, police brutality and experiences living in the South. His second book, Five Love Letters, released in 2019, is a return to his early writing style. It serves as an assemblage of mostly previously written poetry to family, friends, past romantic partners, his wife and himself. While his first two books have heavily curated themes tying the work together, his new book is a literal and metaphysical look inside of McCaskill’s mind. “I was really fascinated by Stephen King’s book Dreamcatcher,” McCaskill explained. “All of the characters have a memory warehouse, which is a visual representation of their memories that they can physically sort through. One day I was just thinking, ‘What would a random bookcase in my mind look like?’ Well, it would have a poem thumbtacked to the bookcase written by my wife, photo albums of friends, eulogies to past family members and random notes about experiences.” The book opens on a prayer written by McCaskill’s wife, Marissa. The prayer was written shortly after Ahmaud Arbery’s murder, an unarmed black man shot while


“There is a defiance to joy when so much of the world is trying to stifle it out of you. Any marginalized group knows how this feels—people of color, LGBT+, immigrants and indigenous people,” McCaskill said. “I feel like it’s important to focus on that joy sometimes when on the outside, there is pain, fear and anger trying to stifle it out of you. Going back to my own childhood experiences, there was so much joy in playing with my cousins outside or listening to the voices of my mom and aunts making dinner. The pain needs to be talked about, of course, but sometimes I just want to write about seeing black kids laughing on their scooters and bicycles—just being kids. Especially when we’ve seen violence and tragedy against children like Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and so many others.”

McCaskill’s newest collection of poetry, released in Sept. of 2020.

These images of joy, as well as grief, can be seen segmenting the collection of poetry in a bold-faced print, like a voice of refrain. The untitled bold-faced poems are moments, images and experiences that tie the random bookshelf together. As McCaskill explained, they come to him as musings,

Untitled random thoughts and usually Facebook posts. “One of the moments comes from meeting a young woman at a park who was really distraught,” McCaskill said. “I was with my wife at the park, and this woman asked us if we could just watch over her son while she went behind the vehicle and cried. They are these random, powerful moments that we all encounter in life. Those moments are poetry.”

There is a poem in Jamil Davis furiously performing in memory of the black lives taken from us in a building in a historically black neighborhood. While a dozen black people listen intently and two dozen white people chatter at the bar instead. There’s a poem about reclaiming the energy of a space, even for a moment.

driving or working. He often posts rough concepts and ideas on social media to come back to them later and flesh them out. Often times, these posts create new lives of their own and lead to intense debates, which add another layer to his poetry. “My intention is to always speak how I feel. When I read these poems at readings, I can feel the authenticity,” McCaskill said. “It’s amazing to be able to put these words together in a way that not only people can resonate with but also gives me peace. Most of the time, I’m reeling from the anger and feeling the sorrow and fear along with everyone else. The poems are my way of helping myself. These poems are my voice, and my voice is valid. If people can find something in my voice to resonate with, that’s all I want from my poetry.”

McCaskill ties these musings together in his poetry with historical moments and experiences of living Even for just the length in the South. In the poem, “If These of a spoken word piece. Bricks Could Breathe: A Poem WritThe resonance of McCaskill’s voice can be heard in ten on a Brick from John Sunday’s each line, stanza and book of poetry as he wields House,” McCaskill urges for the preshis voice like a cathartic weapon in response to ervation of historical landmarks like political unrest and racial injusJohn Sunday’s House in Pensacola, which was demoltice. In two short years, he has ished in 2016 and replaced with townhomes. Another weaved and crafted his voice poem, “Est. 1898: A Poem Written on a Broken Time into three books of poetry. Two Machine,” explores the way in which themed bars and years ago, McCaskill had his Flashback to 2nd grade restaurants cater to an alternate history that excludes debut launch of his first book when I passed a note to a friend the trauma and oppression of minorities. at Open Books & Prison Book that read Project. He is returning to Open “this is the bomb”. “There is an energy about a space that I feel is really Books on Nov. 20 at 5 pm. for Then I proceeded to have to explain meaningful,” McCaskill explained. “So much of the South the official book release and seto my teacher and principal has been scarred with pain—whether it be in the slave lected readings from On a Ranthat I was not in fact trade, civil war battles or segregation. There’s a lot of pain dom Bookshelf in My Mind. Copmaking a bomb threat. that has happened in a lot of these spaces. Pain and joy ies of McCaskill’s work and the that is erased by gentrification. I have bricks from John work of numerous other local That I was just a nerdy kid Sunday’s Home sitting in my own home. There is somepoets and authors can always who was having fun thing wrong about profiting off these spaces. If I were be found proudly displayed at learning about Japan given a time machine and asked where to go, I wouldn’t Open Books. or the defensive benefits go anywhere. Most of us have more rights today than of fish hiding in coral reef. we ever have.”


When asked about his writing process, McCaskill explained that words and ideas usually come to him while

There’s a poem in this memory about black joy being misinterpreted as violence.


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Spivey said. “It’s really to encourage the community to come together collectively to step in where someone may be lacking.” This event allows the community and local business owners the opportunity to network, celebrate, shop and support locally black-owned businesses.

he Shop Black Pop Up Shop all started with a vision. Queen Esther Spivey, owner of Queensheemee Boutique, started her business in 2018. Right away, she noticed that other small black-owned businesses that were just starting out had no collective space to showcase their products and services. During this time, Spivey was enrolled in cosmetology school. In response to her starting one business and soon starting another as a hairstylist, Spivey thought to herself: “I need to think of how we can come together collectively in a sacred space where we can all feature our businesses." And thus the Shop Black Pop Up Shop was born. “The whole idea is to showcase and to let our community know that we’re here to serve you,” Spivey said. But the Shop Black Pop Up Shop offers so much more than that. The event also offers resources to local small business owners who are just starting out. “A lot of people are intimidated to actually go out and seek these kinds of resources and information, or some people may not be able to afford it,”

The Shop Black Pop Up Shop specifically features black-owned businesses that make a positive impact in the Pensacola community. Featured businesses include Miko’s Sweets Eats and Treats and MorningStar Jewelry, but Spivey hopes to extend to those that are just starting out. “We try to create the space for new businesses to come out so that we can get them into the feel of what it is like to actually run and operate a business,” Spivey said. Many businesses showcased at the Shop Black Pop Up Shop are online based, so this event allows those businesses to promote themselves without having to use social media or the Internet. In total, the Shop Black Pop Up Shop has hosted 45 locally operated black-owned businesses since the event’s start in 2019. Each year, the event showcases 15 to 20 small businesses. This time around, the Shop Black Pop Up Shop will be hosting a smaller event than in past years due to COVID-19, but Spivey still hopes to bring a relaxed atmosphere to the event. In addition to showcasing locally black-owned businesses, the event will offer its guests free snacks, a live DJ for entertainment and swag bags for all. Ultimately, the Shop Black Pop Up Shop’s goal is to grab the community’s attention. “As a whole, it’s to inform the community that, ‘Hey, we’re here, and just so you know, we’re black-owned,’” Spivey said. The services offered from these highlighted businesses benefit not only the black community but also a wide range of other demographics. The Shop Black Pop Up Shop creates a collective space for black business owners to come

together and showcase their goods and services to the community. Looking forward, Spivey hopes to grow the Shop Black Pop Up Shop. One of her goals for the future is to provide the public with valuable business resources and information. “We really want to start affording financial literacy classes to show how to grow and organize your business,” Spivey said. Spivey also hopes that the Shop Black Pop Up Shop will one day be a non-profit organization with a goal of giving back to black-owned businesses and the communities that support them. In response to COVID-19, the Shop Black Pop Up Shop will be taking measures to keep guests and business owners safe. All attending guests must RSVP by purchasing tickets on You can visit the Shop Black Pop Up Shop’s Facebook page for more information. All guests are also required to wear masks to ensure the safety of business owners and fellow guests. Social distancing protocols will be enforced inside the venue at all times.

We really want to start affording financial literacy classes to show how to grow and organize your business.” The fourth ever Shop Black Pop Up Shop will take place on Nov. 28 from 11 am–3 pm. This free event will be held at Anything Events and Rentals located at 5330 Michigan Ave., Suite 1B. Please remember that an RSVP and proper face covering are required to attend this event. Come out and support local black-owned businesses and the community at this unique and fun event. DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 15

“If the goal is to transcend the historical trauma and racial conflict over time, the first step is acknowledgement,” Linezo continued. “Family relations and family history are not points to be argued. We are born into situations that we cannot control. No one is responsible for what their ancestors have done, but we are all responsible for how we act today. So when dealing with heritage, culture, tradition and family relations mixed with multiple generations of historical trauma and underlying systemic and institutional racism in the community, it will take time to understand each other. It will take time to heal, and in some cases, it will take more than one lifetime.”

Artist Fights for Native American Representation in Pensacola Article and photos by Gina Castro or some, looking back at the lives of ancestors is painless. A simple story about how folks made it by without the riches of the modern world. For others, looking back at ancestors is painful. A tale of trauma leaving an invisible mark on each generation. Sometimes the difference depends on one’s race, religion or class, but history haunts us all the same. Pensacola is a living example of this from the heated debates over Lee Square and Columbus Day to the death of Tymar Crawford and the uncovering of T.T. Wentworth as a member of the KKK. As the first city, Pensacola can’t run from its history, so what can it do? If you ask Sean Linezo, he’d say acknowledge it.


Linezo is a Pensacola native and an internationally recognized Creative Producer. He’s planted coffee with indigenous grandmothers in the remote mountain provinces of the Northern Philippines, seen the biggest waves on the planet in Nazaré, Portugal and produced films. His most recent being Going Deeper: Love letter to Nazaré. Visit vimeo. com/458503213 to view. Linezo’s most recent projects are fighting for Native American representation in Pensacola. Like many others, Linezo discovered that his family was affected by a dark moment in history: the Indian Removal Act. Seven generations ago, Linezo’s grandmother, along with her tribal sister, was forced to leave her tribe behind. “The story Uncle Sonny told was that she and her tribal sister were put on


horseback and told to follow the North Star,” Linezo said. “Ever since then, my sisters and I have always wondered, ‘Why would you ever put your children on horseback at night time and tell them to follow the North Star?’ For me the answer is always, ‘Only in the worst circumstances.’ So I have accepted that my Native American ancestors were probably involved in a worst case scenario during the time of Indian Removal in Florida.” A unitary act of systematic genocide, the Indian Removal Act, authorized and supported by Andrew Jackson, forced Native Americans to abandon their land and trek thousands of miles West. Thousands of Native Americans were killed in the process. Linezo decided to take action in how Pensacola represented Native Americans after experiencing the T.T. Wentworth Museum’s permanent exhibit Pensacola Native Peoples. Since Wentworth is closed due to COVID-19, Downtown Crowd was not able to verify the appearance of the exhibit. Wentworth staff also didn’t return our calls for a comment. Linezo describes the exhibit as an empty nature scene with a plaque describing what the native peoples of Pensacola were like thousands of years ago.

“As I walked into the exhibit, the first thing I saw were the faces and names of the first three Spanish conquistadors who began colonization in Florida in 1516. I was baffled that the Native American exhibit started with the Spanish conquistadors. There are a few problems with representa-

tion here, but most simply, we should clarify that Native Americans are still alive today. The Wentworth narrative treats it as if the Native Peoples have gone extinct. As a public institution dedicated to education and local history, it seems irresponsible to leave that room open to the public.” Linezo said that he has submitted proposals to the museum and volunteered to raise money for a redesign of that particular exhibit, but he feels the museum doesn’t take his complaints seriously. There is so much misinformation taught about Native Americans and colonization in the U.S. For starters, Christopher Columbus didn’t discover America. People lived in the Americas for more than 15,000 years before Columbus began exploration, and the Vikings were the first Europeans to locate North America in the early 10th century. Linezo worked with the Mayor and City Council to honor Indigenous people on the second Monday in October rather than Columbus. This year marks the first of Pensacola celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. Perhaps another fallacy in U.S. history is the death of famous Seminole leader, Chief Osceola. Linezo’s exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art (PMA) Bring Me the Head of Osceola // There is More to Remember introduces, for the first time ever, Seminole Tribe of Florida’s oral history of Osceola's death. The official archive and academic history states that the U.S Government captured Osceola under a flag of truce and Osceola died while in prison. His head was stolen by a government appointed doctor who also made a death mask of Osceola.

Seminole medicine-man, Bobby Henry told Linezo that under a flag of truce, Osceola refused to sign a treaty that would remove his people from their ancestral lands, so the U.S. Government shot Osceola in the head and heart. This exhibit doesn’t answer how Osceola died. Linezo’s intention is to make you wonder about the premises of his death. “The installation in the PMA holds the official record up against itself to illustrate inconsistencies that start to make more sense when we include the previously omitted Tribal history,” Linezo said. “The death mask sculptures illustrate three versions of the same story, concerning the death of Osceola: the pop-culture legend, the peer-reviewed academic history and the tribal history, which suggests the possibility of an unsolved murder mystery in U.S. history. I put the stories side-by-side, and when you look at the evidence supported by the official archive, it makes you wonder.” Linezo’s current project addresses the Andrew Jackson bust at Plaza Ferdinand. Rather than removing the Jack-

The exhibit is a collection of artifacts in relation to Osceola. Above, death mask sculptures show three viewpoints, calling into question the premises of Osceola’s death. son bust to condemn his role in the Trail of Tears, Linezo wants to place an equally sized bust of Osceola adjacent to Jackson—a testament to tolerance. “I do support the removal of offensive monuments, but I do not think tearing them down resolves the deeper issues,” Linezo said. “It simply aggravates the other side into a defensive or reactionary position. I am offering a more playful, nonoffensive and creative alternative for our heritage landscape.” Linezo proposed this idea to the City Council in early October. He plants to have the busts at eye level engaging in a stare down. Linezo expressed in his proposal to the council the importance of the Osceola bust being the same size and made from the same material as the Jackson bust. “Each of the figures represents an opposing view, both literally and ideologically,” Linezo explained. “By simply placing a counter monument directly in the line of sight and staring back at

Linezo's proposal suggests placing the bust of Osceola on the right side of the sidewalk.

Jackson, a connection is suggested and a tension is generated between the two figures that would not exist if they were side-by-side or looking in different directions.” However, his proposal doesn’t address the issue of placement. The Jackson bust sits at the center of an island in the Plaza with a path leading directly to it, which presents the bust as the focal point. Based on Linezo’s proposal, Osceola would be placed on the right hand side of the brick path that leads to Jackson. This placement could make it difficult for Plaza visitors to see the busts as equal and that they are engaging in a stare down. Linezo stated that he will not be adjusting the placement of Jackson due to costs. “I’m trying to keep it simple as I have to get approval and permission from so many layers of people,” Linezo said. “I'm also trying to raise funds independently from a community who genuinely thinks the monument is worth investing in. I don’t want to burden the taxpayers or the politicians with any budget concerns.” City Council, the mayor and Linezo are still discussing the proposal for the Osceola bust. Linezo’s exhibit Bring Me the Head of Osceola // There is More to Remember is available to view at the PMA until Dec. 6. He will also be discussing his exhibit at the PMA on Nov. 5 at 6 pm.  DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 17







by Gina Castro

icture this, you're in an Ice Flyers jersey singing “Sweet Caroline” with the same level of enthusiasm you had the first three times. Your favorite Ice Flyers player spreads some holiday cheer by decking the halls of an opponent’s face. Wonderful isn’t it? No one misses hockey season as much as Downtown Crowd. The wait is almost over. The Ice Flyers’ home opener is Dec. 30 at 7:05 pm.

“We're really looking forward to this season. We know our fans are definitely looking forward to watching live sports in a safe environment,” Greg Harris, owner of the Pensacola Ice Flyers hockey team, said. “This has not happened in a very long time, so we're definitely excited about it.” Earlier this year, the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) was cut short due to COVID-19. After months of safety and health regulations, many states, including Florida, are opening back up to full capacity. SPHL announced on Oct. 6 that the 2020-2021 season will feature a 42game regular season and a total of five teams: Birmingham Bulls, Huntsville Havoc, Knoxville Ice Bears, Macon Mayhem and Pensacola Ice Flyers. “Between the delayed start and the numerous cancelled events also booking replacement dates in 2021, there just was not enough time nor availability to have a full 56-game schedule without creating additional hardships for the

five teams attempting to play this season,” Doug Price, SPHL Commissioner, said in a Oct. 6 press release. Because of state and local restrictions related to the continuing pandemic, the Evansville Thunderbolts, Fayetteville Marksmen, Peoria Rivermen, Quad City Storm and Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs will sit out the upcoming season and prepare to return for the 2021-2022 campaign. All players named to a protected list

or signed to a training camp tryout will become free agents; however, the five teams not playing will be able to retain the rights to their protected list players for the 20212022 season. This year’s hockey season will look quite different. Face masks will be required to enter the Pensacola Bay Center and social distancing will be enforced. Even though businesses in Florida are able to open to 100 percent capacity, Harris stated that the Bay Center will be between 40 to 50 percent capacity. “Our priority is taking care of our fans. That's really what it comes down to,” Harris continued. “This is definitely not a decision we take lightly. It is very heavy on our minds and our hearts. We just want to make sure that everybody is taking the precautions that they need to so that way we can have live hockey.” Guests will be socially distanced by pods of up to six people. Groups of guests who plan to attend the game collectively can sit together up to six people, and the groups of guests will be socially distanced from other groups.



TIME TO PUCK IT UP SPHL is also looking out for its players. Players follow a protocol that includes testing requirements and self evaluations. Harris is the co-chairman of the board for the league and serves on the Return to Play Committee. He explained that the protocols for players and staff is extensive and growing to keep the whole operation safe. Safety regulations aren’t the only thing new this season. The home opener game will mark the first time the new Samsung video scoreboard and two Samsung video walls will be used for an Ice Flyers game. This season will be an entirely different game experience with six video screens.

Hagaman is also excited to be playing alongside the Ice Flyers. “I am very grateful for the Pensacola Ice Flyers organization for giving me the opportunity to continue to play hockey this season in such a weird time that we are in,” Hagaman stated in a press release. “I’m excited to see what the season has in store for us.”

Our priority is taking care of our fans. This is definitely not a decision we take lightly. It is very heavy on our minds and our hearts.”

Just like COVID-19, playoffs for this season are still up in the air. SPHL will announce playoff formats, if playoffs are even happening, later on in the season. The success of this season depends on us. Be sure to follow the Bay Center’s COVID-19 regulations so we can get back to scream singing “Bah Bah Bah” in unison. To see the complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit

The Ice Flyers team will be welcoming new faces this season, too. Since players from the other five teams won’t have a season until 2021, they are free agents, which means they are eligible to join any team. Former Peoria Rivermen captain and leading scorer, Alec Hagaman, will be joining the Ice Flyers for the 2020-2021 season. Peoria Rivermen, based out of Illinois, is known as the Ice Flyers’ best rival. Because of Illinois’ state restrictions, all of the Peoria players became free agents this season. “One of the players that we definitely targeted was Alec Hagaman,” Harris said. “We're definitely excited to have him on our team because he's one of those players that adds so much to your team, but you absolutely hate playing against them.”

The Ice Flyers are ready for the season. The first home game is Dec. 30 at 7:05 pm.


Harris said that a ton of other free agents will be joining the team this season, too.

 Rival team Peoria Rivermen's captain and leading scorer, Alec Hagaman, joins the Ice Flyers.



Winterfest C elebrates the Season (Safel y!)

ensacola Winterfest has been a holiday staple for around two decades, and the cheer doesn’t stop in 2020. This year, things will be a little different due to the pandemic, but the Christmas spirit is expected to remain strong in Pensacola, as residents and visitors come together to celebrate the season. The much-anticipated artificial snow will begin to fall the first night of Winterfest from 5-8:30 pm, and will continue each night through Christmas Eve. Winterfest Pensacola will offer two types of experiences for the whole family to enjoy: the Polar Express tour and the Cajun Christmas Village. Unfortunately, the Elf Parade, fireworks display and traditional performance tours have been canceled this year.

Denise Daughtry, founder and creative genius behind Winterfest, is feeling optimistic about this year’s festival. “We made this decision in June,” Daughtry said of the program changes. “We thought it was better to have a Winterfest that was oriented in a different direction.” Winterfest will also be a bit shorter than usual, with only select dates this season. Each tour will have its own introduction, with festival goers arriving at each station about ten minutes early. The Polar Express tour will be an exciting experience this year for the whole family. It will be its own tour and last about 20 minutes. The steam engine will take participants around the festival grounds to experience performances by the much-beloved hot chocolate tap dancers. The performance will be outside of the open air tram, so you won’t have to miss any part of the show. Warm clothes are recommended and blankets will be allowed on board to accommodate for the weather. All participants over the age of two will be required to wear a mask while on board the steam engine.

The Cajun Christmas Experience will be another tour that is available this year. Visitors will board a trolley at the foot of the downtown courthouse with a guide onboard to narrate the wonders of how Christmas is celebrated in Louisiana. After arriving in the Historic Village, visitors will be free to roam around the village to see an abundance of activities. These include a performance by a live jug band, a scavenger hunt and Papa Noel, the Cajun Santa Claus, who will be offering his version of the night before Christmas. “Cajun Santa will have a team of alligators that will conduct tasks. Papa Noel will greet people with a steam whistle. A real steamboat whistle!” Daughtry said. Santa Claus will be available for picture taking this year, but reservations are required to allow for social distancing. Reservations eliminate waiting in lines and allow you to have control of the night and give you time to plan your adventures. To keep you safe, Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 and Thing 2 are going to be the “Social Distancing Brigade.” This year, there is also a new set for Santa. Kids will be sitting in front of his sleigh, instead of in it, to allow for proper social distancing. Elves will guide the family to meet Santa, and children will have the opportunity to write their gift lists for Santa. Masks will be required around the Winterfest grounds, but can be removed for the pictures. “Santa will read their lists, and they will receive their list back as a souvenir. The kids won't have to be afraid of Santa, as their parents will be able to be a part of the picture for the first time,” Daughtry noted. Additional information regarding the festival, dates and how to purchase tickets can be found at www.

41st Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival November 6–8 Savor delicious seafood, enjoy various musical acts and immerse yourself in historic downtown Pensacola during the Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival, produced by Fiesta Pensacola. This festival is one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in northwest Florida with more than 150 artisans and craftsmen who travel from around the country to participate. Join in on the fun with free admission. Festival times: Friday 11 am–11 pm; Saturday 10 am–11 pm; Sunday 11 am–5 pm. Some festival changes include a modified layout to accommodate increased spacing between vendors, more sanitizing stations throughout the parks, and a smaller entertainment stage featuring local bands. Masks are encouraged for vendor transactions. The 36th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival November 11–15 This annual festival features more than 100 nationally acclaimed songwriters in venues along the Florida / Alabama Gulf Coast. Join in on the opportunity to hear and listen to seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the world and learn the stories behind the lyrics that only the song’s author can express. During this exciting five-day festival, performers will be hosted in over two dozen venues along the FL/AL Gulf Coast including Flora-Bama, Hub Stacey’s and Lulu’s Gulf Shores. Check out the various venues at the website: 2020 Food Truck Fest November 14 Gather round at the Community Maritime Park for fresh air, food and philanthropy. From 11 am–8 pm, the festival will feature several of the city’s finest food trucks. Vendors will be exhibiting and selling gifts, crafts, jewelry, personal care products and much more! There will be food trucks, vendors, live entertainment, a food truck tasting competition, people’s choice award and a bounce house for the kids. A portion of the proceeds go to Feeding the Gulf Coast. Winter Brewfest 2020 November 14 O'Riley's Irish Pub presents Winter Brewfest 2020 from 5–7 pm. Come sample delicious appetizers from the kitchen and the latest craft beers available this winter season. Beers are to be determined. Mix-and-match six packs of craft bottled beer will be available for $15. Decide on your favorites and take them home! This event is 21+ and limited capacity. Tickets are $20 in advance / $25 day of event. First City Lights Festival November 27, 2020–January 16, 2021 Experience the holidays this year under the magical glow of half a million twinkling white lights along the historic streets of downtown Pensacola. During the First City Lights Festival, Nov. 27 through Jan. 16, you'll find a diverse, season-long lineup of festive activities. Including live music, shopping, fine dining, art and nightlife, along with a completely reimagined Winterfest holiday program each weekend through December. Also, outdoor holiday shopping at Palafox Market each Saturday from 9 am–2 pm. Minutes from Pensacola's sugar-white beaches, you can stroll downtown Pensacola's iconic streets on foot, or hop on a Segway, pedicab or horse and carriage to enjoy downtown Pensacola, named "Florida's Greatest Place" by the American Planning Association. DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 21







e t i re d U. S. N av y C a p t a i n Frank K. Butler, Jr., MD, FAAO, FUHM, received the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Distinguished Military Lifetime Achievement Award last night during the Convocation ceremony that preceded the opening of the College's virtual Clinical Congress 2020, one of the largest international meetings of surgeons in the world. The award recognizes Dr. Butler’s outstanding contributions to the field of surgery during military service. Dr. Butler is the second recipient of the Distinguished Military Lifetime Achievement Award. The award citation details how Dr. Butler’s “forward-thinking to train and equip every soldier with personal medical kits redefined battlefield surgical management by delivering critical medical care at the point of injury and saving thousands of lives.” Dr. Butler is a former Navy SEAL platoon commander who went on to become a Navy Diving Medical Officer and an 22 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM

ophthalmologist. He recently retired from government service after 11 years as the Chair of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC), a component of the DoD’s Joint Trauma System. While on active duty in the Navy, he developed the concept of Tactical Combat Casualty Care in 1996 and spearheaded the founding of the CoTCCC, a 42-member group comprised of subject matter experts in trauma care from all services in the US military, in 2001. For the last two decades, the CoTCCC has guided the development of battlefield trauma care advances for the U.S. military. TCCC concepts were first adopted by the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, the U.S. Air Force Pararescue Community, and the Army Special Missions Unit. TCCC has now been recognized as the standard of care throughout the U.S. military and has been responsible for saving several thousand American lives in the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. TCCC is also now used by other government agencies, law enforcement and fire organizations, and most allied militaries. Dr. Butler’s call to action to train and the equip every U.S. soldier on the battlefield with tourniquets and hemostatic dressings was revolutionary and these advances have now been adopted by the civilian sector, helping to redefine the delivery of prehospital trauma care and reduce the

time required to control life-threatening external hemorrhage in critically injured patients. This work was the cornerstone of the collaboration between the ACS and the DoD. Dr. Butler served on the White House advisory team on civilian IED Injuries, and is a founding member of the Hartford Consensus Working Group, which developed a set of expert recommendations to improve the rate of survival for people with severe bleeding. These recommendations were the foundation for STOP THE BLEED®, a national public awareness campaign launched in October 2015 by the White House with a call to action to begin training more people to become immediate responders until professional help arrives.

Dr. Butler’s many awards and honors include the 2017 Medical Health System Research Symposium Distinguished Service Award, the 2015 Military Health System Battlefield Medicine Innovation Award (co-winner), the U.S. Special Operations Command Medal (2012), the 2010 Auerbach Award for contributions to wilderness medicine, and the Dr. Norman McSwain Award for Leadership in Prehospital Trauma Life Support in 2009. He was also the first recipient of the TCCC Award for Outstanding contributions to Tactical Combat Casualty Care in 2006, now named the “CAPT Frank K. Butler” award and presented annually by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care. In 2017, the road from the airfield to the Navy forward surgical hospital at a U.S. Base in Iraq was named “Frank Butler Boulevard” in recognition of Dr. Butler’s pioneering accomplishments in battlefield trauma care. The Distinguished Lifetime Military Contribution Award was established by the Board of Regents’ Honors Committee in 2018 to recognize a physician’s distinguished contributions to the advancement of military surgery. Recipients for this Award must be a physician with a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of military surgical care but are not required to be in an active medical practice.

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