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DOWNTOWN CROWD NOVEMBER 2019 Publisher Malcolm Ballinger Owners Malcolm & Glenys Ballinger Executive Editor Kelly Oden

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Art Director Guy Stevens Graphic Designer Bara’ah Jaraiseh Editorial Assistant Dakota Parks Advertising Account Executives Paula Rode Paula@ballingerpublishing.com Geneva Strange Geneva@ballingerpublishing.com Becky Hildebrand becky@ballingerpublishing.com For advertising rates or news tips contact Phone: 433-1166 · Fax: 435-9174 DOWNTOWN CROWD is published by Ballinger Publishing. Offices located at 314 N Spring St., Ste. A, Pensacola Florida 32501 Published by Ballinger Publishing

Downtown Crowd is locally owned and operated. It is published monthly for distribution in Pensacola, Florida. All Right Reserved. Reproduction or use of the contents herein is prohibited without written permission from the publisher. Comments and opinions expressed in this magazine represent the personal views of the individuals to whom they are attributed and/or the person identified as the author of the article, and they are not necessarily those of the publisher. This magazine accepts no responsibility for these opinions. The publisher reserves the right to edit all manuscripts. All advertising information is the responsibility of the individual advertiser. Appearance in this magazine does not necessarily reflect endorsement of any products or services by Ballinger Publishing. © 2019

I know many of you are asking yourselves “Wait, wasn’t it a guy last month?” You guessed correctly, I’m not a guy! Just as Pensacola is constantly evolving, so is Downtown Crowd. So, yes, I’m the new girl on the block, but don’t worry, you’re in good hands. There are a few things you should know about me. I have a green thumb, meaning I have a dying orchid in my office; a knack for quality puns, which is just code for “If you like dad jokes, I got ‘em”; and a passion for sharing stories, especially when it’s hot tea. One more thing, I’m honored to be your guide to downtown Pensacola. So, let’s dive in. Florida has finally shifted from feeling like a sauna to what we Floridians call “sweater weather.” What’s that mean? It’s festival season, baby. Foo Foo Festival is in full swing, and it’s jam packed with over 50 exciting events. Our new Editorial Assistant Dakota Parks spotlighted a few of this year’s most juicy events for you. Dakota and I are not the only new things this month. Pensacola’s inaugural Mini Maker Faire will be shedding a light on even more local talents. We also welcomed a new brewery, Odd Colony. You can learn all about how this strange brew came together later in this issue. Oh, and there’s also a time machine. Well, it’s not a time machine, but it is a flashback to the mid-century. The 60s themed bar The Kennedy is serving classic cocktails Mad Men style. In case you haven’t noticed, this month’s edition is pretty thick. In fact, it’s almost twice the size of last year’s November edition. Our newest section “Military Matters” continues to flourish. Be sure to give that section a look. You won’t want to miss the Blue Angels close out their season in their hometown of Pensacola, and for the first time, you’ll be able to hear from 100 Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan through the 100 Faces of War Experience. To help you stay in the loop, we listed a few local military social media accounts, too.

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15 7 Winterfestivities Take Over Downtown 8 Strange Brew: Odd Colony Opens on Palafox 11 Sparking Creativity at the Maker Faire

13 The Kennedy 15 Fired Up For Foo Foo 20 5 Questions with Creatives: Lynn Huber 25 Calendar 28 Military Matters DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 7


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Fri. Nov. 1st: 7pm - 9pm: 3D Printsacola: “Skateable Skulptures Edition” Featuring Rodney Mullen at FCAC FREE for FCAC Members, $10 suggested donation for general admission Nov. 4-7th: 10am - 6pm: Experimental Glassblowing Workshop with Fred Kahl Register for the workshop at FirstCityArt.org Nov. 7th: 7pm: Keynote Panel Discussion at IHMC with David Fries, Fred Kahl, and Thomas Asmuth FREE and open to the public! Fri. Nov. 8th: 5pm - 9pm: 3D Printsacola: “Steamroller Edition” Featuring Fred Kahl at FCAC FREE for FCAC Members, $10 suggested donation for general admission December 13th • Hot Glass Cold Brew Ugly Sweater Party • Tickets $20-$30 3D Printsacola is presented by First City Art Center in collaboration with IHMC. Generously sponsored by the Foo Foo Festival, with support from Durabrac Architectural Components, and the Doolittle Institute.


Winterfestivities Take Over Downtown by Will Isern

For more than 20 years, Pensacolians have looked to Winterfest as the official start to the holiday season. More than just an event series that transforms downtown into a holiday wonderland, Winterfest is a Pensacola tradition. This year, Winterfest is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever, organizers said. Winterfest began in 1998 as a neighborhood holiday party and has grown into a month-long event series that takes over downtown Pensacola and includes trolley rides, the Elf Parade, visits with Santa, live performances of classic holiday stories and much more. Winterfest kicks off this year with a “Welcome Santa” parade at the Nov. 22 Gallery Night. The Elf Parade on Nov. 29 also serves as the beginning of the First City Festival of Lights, which illuminates Palafox Street with thousands of Christmas lights for the entire holiday season and draws scores of visitors downtown from across the city and around the region. Winterfest has been expanding in recent years and now includes train rides through downtown on the Winterfest Express and a popular fireworks display as part of the opening ceremony at the end of the Elf Parade. Fireworks are on the schedule again this year, as are the LEGO Festival on Dec. 7, Santa’s Puppy Party on Dec. 8 and Papa Noel’s Cajun Gumbo

Festival on the 14th, among others. This year will also see a living nativity scene with singing angles and choir performances by church and school groups on the steps of the Artel Gallery. Winterfest president Denise Daughtry said the festival is about providing value and holiday fun for families and visitors in downtown Pensacola. Coordinating the many parts of Winterfest each year, she said, takes a lot of work, but is made worthwhile when she sees families enjoying the holiday spirit in Pensacola. “Years ago we had a neighborhood Christmas party that was just something fun we decided to do and from there’s it’s really turned into something,” Daughtry said. Daughtry and her small team work year-round to promote and organize Winterfest, and have managed over the years to garner national recognition for Pen-

sacola from national outlets like Expedia and Southern Living. The event is supported with grant funding by Visit Pensacola. Surveys conducted in recent years estimated that nearly 30,000 people attend Winterfest over the course of the month, and that many of those were out of town visitors who came to Pensacola specifically for the event. It was estimated that attendees spend over $800,000 in Escambia County, making Winterfest a valuable economic booster in the usually-slow “shoulder season” when crowds have left the beaches and returned north.

Winterefest’s main attraction is its flagship performance trolley tours which transport guests through the streets of downtown to live-action holiday scenes from classic holiday films and stories including “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Polar Express” and others. This year will see the introduction of axq new stop featuring characters from the 90s classic “Home Alone.” “I think there’s really something for people of all ages and I think something that sets us apart is that there are actual live people entertaining you,” Daughtry said. “It makes a difference.” For more information on Winterfest visit PensacolaWinterfest.org.

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STRANGE BREW

Odd Colony Brewery Co. opens on north palafox

It took a colony to make Pensacola’s newest brewery. The idea for Odd Colony started with coowner Blake Foster. Next, his childhood friend and co-owner Brett Scweigert, who helped open Perfect Plain, came on board. Then, their wives Chelsea Foster and Beth Scweigert came into the mix. 10 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM

by Gina Castro • photos by Jeremy Cook + Guy Stevens “I came on a little bit later,” Head Brewer Ryan Breí said. “I was brewing in Denmark, and they were looking for someone to add to the team. My fiance is from Pensacola. So, we decided, it's time to move back to the states.” Breí’s fiancee Eniko Ujj joined to run the front of the house as Bar Manager. Then Nate Schweigert, Brett’s brother, moved here from Alaska, and lastly a team of local bartenders cemented the colony.

“Our drinks were a collaborative effort between Brett and me,” Breí said. “It’s kind of funny the way Brett and I brew together. I’m passionate about brewing lagers and a lot of wilds. Brett likes brewing wilds, but he is a bigger fan of brewing IPAs than I am. That’s kinda how we work together.” Breí has been brewing for the past decade. He said that his inspiration for his brews come from the beers he has tried over the years.

“The biggest inspiration for me is beers that I have had. Every time that I am drinking and I taste something, it’s inspirational,” Breí said. “Being in Denmark, we got the chance to hangout with brewers in Belgium, Denmark and that whole region, which has a really rich brewing history. A lot of those beers have inspired me especially a lot of the lagers that are brewed over there.”


Brei said that he plans to brew seasonal and holiday brews.

For instance, the reason that we have these water tanks right here is to cut down on waste,” Breí said pointing to the tanks closest to the entrance. “So now, we can keep this water super cold, and then when we are cooling the work down before fermenting, it passes through a heat exchanger. And then the water comes in cold and comes out super hot directly back into the hot liquor tank, which we can then use for brewing. Instead of dumping 300 gallons of water down the drain, we can recapture it and brew with it again.”

“We’re trying to find the right balance between having staples that we will brew again and again and stuff that’s just a one-time brew,” Breí said. “We want to make sure that the balance is good and that we keep coming up with new ideas.”

Brei said that the brewery is working with the Longleaf Alliance, an organization focused on ensuring a sustainable future for the longleaf pine ecosystem, to find sustainable ways to harvest pine needles to brew more eco-friendly.

Odd Colony is one of the many breweries in Pensacola, but Breí said that Odd Colony doesn’t see the plethora of breweries as competition.

Odd Colony also has a unique scene. Breí said that there are influences from Scandinavia, New Orleans, the Northwest Florida ecosystem and farmhouse themes that combine into the brewery’s artsy, minimalist aesthetic.

Brett Scweigert said that the brewery will be focusing on three styles: traditional sours, old-world style lagers and IPAs. “A big important part of what we’re doing over here is using the agriculture around us,” Breí said. “We’re always keeping an eye on what’s in season. Brett came in one day with 25 pounds of scuppernongs, so we put enough to make one keg of it. That flew out on our first night.”

“Funny enough, in the brewing world, we don’t really look at other breweries as competition,” Breí said. “For us, the more breweries that are around, the more good beer is being made. We want Pensacola to be a place people come visit just for the beer.” Aside from getting fresh, local ingredients, Breí said Odd Colony is also passionate about being eco-friendly. “It’s very important to all of us especially as a brewery because breweries are sort of notoriously not great from a sustainable standpoint. In the last five to 10 years, there has been some great improvements on how to reduce that waste.

“It’s a lot, but there is a lot of overlap too,” Breí said. “The Scandinavian like design element is a lot of rustic, farmhouse and untreated wood. The Northwest Florida and the farmhouse all blend together really well. The New Orleans funk is a little bit of an outlier.”

“A big important part of what we’re doing over here is using the agriculture around us. We’re always keeping an eye on what’s in season." adopts retired race horses, and when they die, she lets one of my friends, who does taxidermy, take them to make art from the bones.”

One of the most intriguing elements of the brewery is its use of local taxidermy. The beer tap handles are made from the bones of animals.

Odd Colony also features artwork from local artists on its walls. The brewery donates 10 percent of its art sales to the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida.

“The handles are all antlers and bones. Half of those are from one horse. One of our friend’s mom’s

The brewery plans to feature music artists too. Its first artist is Christ Staples, a multi-instrumentalist and

song maker. He will be performing Nov. 5. You can stop in for a beer at Odd Colony Monday-Thursday 4 pm to 10 pm, Friday 4 pm to 11 pm, Saturday 11 am to 11 pm and Sunday 11 am to 10 pm.

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BY DAKOTA PARKS

niting tech-culture, DIY creativity, entrepreneurship and artists across multiple genres, the maker’s movement is shaking up the conventional fair or farmer’s market atmosphere. The movement originated out of the West Coast in the early 2000s as a tech-inspired DIY community named after the DIY magazine Make Magazine. Their hybrid maker fairs can be described as a science fair morphed into a crafts fair. Open to creatives of all ages, the makers movement showcases artists experimenting with new mediums and technologies. Making its way across the U.S., the first annual Mini Maker Faire, sponsored by the UWF Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering is coming to Pensacola on Saturday, Nov. 16. Tucked into downtown Pensacola’s Historic District, the festival will feature indoor and outdoor exhibits through several buildings including The Museum of Commerce, Museum Plaza, Voices of Pensacola and The J. Earle Bowden Building.

a humanitarian focus. She is well known for bringing gaming to the healthcare space. She has collaborated with the American Heart Association and the Myelin Repair Foundation for her healthcare games. Her mobile app and web-based game, SuperBetter, helps individuals with personal health challenges such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain and stress get support from their allies — real-life friends and family. McGonigal’s two New York Times bestselling books tackles the research of healthcare games like SuperBetter and how the spirit of videogame makers influences the world through complex problem solving and forward thinking.

Universe will be exhibiting two musical coils at the fair. Musical Tesla coils are a type of plasma speaker that produce “musical lightning,” or audible musical tones by manipulating the spark output. The fair is bound to make a spark in the community. In addition to maker exhibitions, the fair will feature hands-on demonstrations for the public to come out and create something for themselves. The event is free, but the sponsors would like attendees to register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/pensacola-mini-maker-faire-tickets-66707194013.

Forward thinking is at the heart of the maker fair and the makers movement. Makers from all different disciplines come together for one goal: to create and showcase their work. The collaborative nature of maker fairs often inspires genre-crossing and networking. Makers like McGonigal for instance get involved in multiple genres like videogame design and writing. Festivals like the Pensacola Mini Maker Faire allow people to try out new mediums and meet interesting people from different fields.

So, what is a maker? Makers are simply anyone that makes something. From tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, hobbyists to engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. The beauty of the maker fair is that it includes both seasoned makers and brand-new makers, giving them both an opportunity to display their passions.

With over 90 exhibitions ranging from a second-grade magician to guest stars like Jane McGonigal and Cameron Prince, founder of Tesla Universe, diversity is crucial. Prince discovered inventor and electrical engineer, Nikola Tesla back in 1982 while watching an episode of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Mesmerized by the magic bolts of electromagnetic lightning, Prince set out to learn everything he could about Tesla.

Guest speaker and maker, Jane McGonigal will be in attendance at the fair. McGonigal is an author and video game designer with

Now a Tesla historian, he has been experimenting with high-voltage technology and crafting Tesla coils for over 30 years. Tesla DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 13


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CLASSIC LIBATIONS WITH A MODERN TWIST by Gina Castro • photos by Steven Gray

Have you ever wanted to experience all of the glitz and glam of the 1960s? Well, get jazzed because Pensacola has the bar for you. The owner of Old Hickory Whiskey Bar Katie Garret opened another bar on Palafox for fans of the 60s era. The Kennedy is a 60s themed bar with a modern twist. The industrial chic bar has the dark undertones and gold accents of the 60s, but its drinks add a splash of modern. Although The Kennedy bar looks like the setting of a scene from Mad Men, Bar Manager Holly Whittemore said that they don’t expect their clientele to reflect that. In fact, Whittemore urges customers to come as they are. Whittemore modernized the 60s classic cocktails. “Each cocktail kind of had its own development,” Whittemore said. “It was very much like taking different pieces of the history we could find to make cocktails that represented it. A lot of it was trial and error and just testing out what works for us and taking those classic cocktails and seeing how we could keep their integrity but add flavor profiles that we weren’t seeing in Pensacola yet.” Whittemore said that the bar’s bestseller is The First Lady. The First Lady is a take on a Moscow Mule. Whittemore said the drink is served in light green tea cups, and it can be served chilled or warmed. The bar also serves “Shareable Sips,” which means you can order a multi-person serving size of select drinks. “We have an extensive list of cocktails because we wanted to represent the

cocktails that were more popular during the 60s,” Whittemore said. “We definitely wanted to represent the classic martini. As far as popularity in the 60s, that classic martini is going to be the most accurate to the era.” Whittemore’s personal favorite is the Stay Golden, which is a modern take on the classic Sazerac. Whittemore said Stay Golden is a reference to the S.E. Hinton novel The Outsiders. “So it has a little piece of the book The Outsiders adhered to the edge,” Whittemore said. “That was one of my all time favorite books, and it was a bestseller in the 60s, so we wanted to give a little homage to it.”

The bar is embelished with mid-century dark undertones and gold accents.

The Stay Golden a modern take on the classic Sazerac

The Kennedy serves more than just drinks. Big Jerk Soda owner Ryan Eaton created the bar’s food menu. “The idea that he ran with was homemade food, like what mama would have made, but elevating it to a modern style and making it fit the establishment,” Whittemore said. “So he did some really delicious ham salad, great chicken salad, deviled eggs and jello molds.” You can stop in The Kennedy Sun. to Thurs. 4 pm to 12 am and Fri. to Sat. 4 pm to 2 am.

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YOUR BEST FALL EVER! There’s nothing quite like Pensacola, Florida in the Fall — and if it’s Fall that means it’s time for Foo Foo Fest! We’ve got it all — it’s a smorgasbord, or a gumbo, of entertainment, self-indulgence, education and enlightenment celebrated right here in our charming coastal city. An annual 12-day celebration of artists and artisans that has blossomed into a “don’t miss” event on the cultural and artistic landscape for both tourists and locals alike. There is no better time than the fall to visit or enjoy Pensacola, Florida. For more information, and a complete listing of all events, visit www.foofoofest.com.

Invite your family and friends. Visit FooFooFest.com to take advantage of hotel specials from our hotel partner. Use the code: Foo!

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FIRED UP FOR FOO FOO

OCT. 31 THRU NOV. 11

by Dakota Parks

IN THE GULF COAST, FEW EVENTS ARE AS WIDELY ALL-ENCOMPASSING AS PENSACOLA’S ANNUAL FOO FOO FEST. From graffiti, skateboarding and tattoos to Brahms, wine tasting and a night at the opera, Foo Foo Festival has a little of something for everyone. Foo Foo Festival is a 12-day long art and culture festival that takes place in the heart of downtown Pensacola. The festival kicks off this year on October 31 and runs until November 11. Known far and wide for the Umbrella Sky installation of 2017 on Intendencia Street downtown, and the multi-artist contributed installations “CUBED” and “CUBED Luminous,” Foo Foo Festival is back again this year with a packed events list. Over the years Foo Foo Festival has made a name for itself

in the Pensacola art scene. Going on its sixth-year anniversary, the festival has gathered Insta-fame on Instagram from all of its art installations. Visitors come far and wide to snap pictures at permanent displays like the Foo Foo angel-wings mural on Palafox St. and the semi-permanent displays such as this year’s Fire&Rain installation on Intendencia St. The festival offers an outlet for the public to come out and support their local artists and neighbors. The events are diverse and include activities for all ages and hobbies. While many events are free and open to the public, several require tickets and advanced registration. With a little over 50 recurring events this year, there are just too many events to capture in one article; however, here are a few we’re most excited about:

PENSACOLA OPERA: AS ONE NOV 1–3 Opera dates back to 16th century Italy. While traditions and techniques may change or drop out of fashion, the content of opera productions often hinge on experiences of the human condition. Pensacola Opera’s performance of “As One,” sponsored by Sunday’s Child, is no exception. The chamber opera, composed by Laura Kaminsky with a libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed first premiered in 2014. The opera is a coming-of-age story about a transgender woman discovering herself and her identity in an unwelcoming world. Pensacola Opera is offering

a double feature performance showing Kimberly Reed’s autobiographical documentary “Prodigal Sons” before the opera. The film follows Kimberly to her 20-year high school reunion as she reintroduces herself as transgender. Focusing on trauma, sexual orientation, identity and love, the film encompasses what it means to discover oneself, just like the following opera “As One.” Pensacola Opera has also partnered with the Gulf Coast Transgender Alliance and Strive to curate an art exhibit titled “Identity in Focus.”

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FIRED UP FOR FOO FOO PENSACOLA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: OHLSSON PLAYS BRAHMS NOV 2 Located in the nearly hundred-year-old historic Pensacola Saenger Theater, Garrick Ohlsson will be playing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, a staple of Romanic-era compositions. Ohlsson is a nationally acclaimed pianist with guest performances in major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and London Philharmonic. With the acoustics and ambiance of the historic theater and Ohlsson’s prestigious years as a pianist, the performance is set to be a beautiful evening in downtown Pensacola.

TAT-FOO NOV 2 + NOV 9 Tattoos are one of the fastest growing art-forms in the 21st century using human bodies as canvases. The legacy of tattooing dates back to 6,000 years ago, but modern-day technology and the ability to share pictures of new ink with millions of people online has skyrocketed the art form. In 2002, the word “tattoo” became the number-one searched term on the Internet. A recent survey revealed that 36 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo. In a festival rooted in the promotion of all forms of art and creativity, tattooing now has a metaphorical table at Foo Foo Fest. The first-ever “Tat-foo” event will be held at Artel Gallery with live tattoo demonstrations by Three Fates Tattoo and models posing in the gallery showing off their ink. Whether you’re tat-free or adorned with one or two, or entire sleeves, the event is a great way to celebrate the diversity of art and the rich history of tattooing.

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FLYING ART: PAINTING WITH AXES NOV 2 After a long work week, nothing is better than blowing off some steam. Some people go for a run or listen to their favorite jams during commute, while other people throw axes at wooden targets. Grizzly Axes has you covered this year at Foo Foo. Axe throwing isn’t just a way to blow off steam; it’s a fun date night for couples, a team-building exercise for corporate businesses and even a competitive sport for axe-throwing leagues. Now, axe throwing is an art form. Set up at their 12-lane axe-throwing facility, Grizzly Axes is creating community art by attaching balloons filled with paint, glitter and colored chalk to their wooden targets. Each time an axe strikes the target, art will be splattered across the board. The event is a fun way to try out a new sport or hobby and make art with your friends.

FIRE & RAIN OCT 31 - NOV 30 The multi-block art installation, Fire & Rain will kick off Foo Foo Festival this year on Oct. 31, lining Intendencia Street and the pillars of Artel Gallery. Stretching roughly 9,500 sq. ft. and dancing in the wind like a Chinese Dragon parade, the installation is made out of reflective handmade strands of mylar and monofilament. Fire & Rain will shape-shift in the wind and reflect different colors and shadows in the rising and setting sun, making an ephemeral and unique photo op for Foo Foo attendees. DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM | 19


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PEN WOMEN: POETRY NOV 5 Poetry open mics are one of the best ways to get involved with community art scenes. Pensacola boasts several niche poetry nights and open mics around the community including Constant Coffee & Tea, Goat Lips Chew & Brewhouse and Waterboyz Surf & Skate Shop. Open mics offer an inclusive way to hear the voices of diverse writers and authors. Poetry readings are often catered to promote or broadcast specific voices, however, such as the promotion of female voices in literature and poetry. Women’s voices have traditionally been lacking in the popular literary canons—events like this poetry night are trying to change that. The National League American Pen Women – Pensacola Chapter and the Women’s Studies Collective at UWF are presenting readings by female writers and poets with open mic performances. Located at the Artel Gallery, the poetry night is free and open to the public. Come out and listen to the work and support female voices in literature.

As technology continues to grow and expand in the 21st century, careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields will continue to boom. The event, Hidden No More: Empowering Women Leaders in STEM, located in the Pensacola MESS Hall, offers an inside look and global view into nine women’s research and development in the STEM fields. Named after the award-winning film “Hidden Figures,” about the true story of three African American women’s contributions at NASA in the 1960s that helped launch the first U.S. astronaut into orbit. The event seeks to put the spotlight on female research and contributions in the STEM fields. The diversity of specialization ranges from robotics and electric drive technologies to women in IT and environmental studies. Partnered by the MESS Hall and the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council, visitors will be in attendance globally from Austria, Costa Rica, Fiji, Mongolia, Namibia, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Sweden and United Arab Emirates.

PENSACOLA EGGFEST NOV 10 Founded in 2013, Pensacola Eggfest unites BBQing, “Big Green Egg” grills and the love of cooking to raise money for charity. Located in the Blue Wahoo’s Stadium, the event gives Dr. Seuss’ green eggs and ham a run for its money featuring 75+ “Big Green Egg” grills cooking up Southern delicacies. In the first six years, Pensacola Eggfest raised over $250 thousand for local charities. The charity of focus for this year, Manna Food Pantry, is trying to put an end to childhood hunger and food insecurity. Under the umbrella of Foo Foo Fest events, Eggfest is going to be bigger than ever this year. Taste testing breakfast foods and raising money for charity is a great way to pass a Sunday afternoon. The price of tickets increases as the event approaches, so get your tickets now.

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November 1st to 10th Pensacola Little Theatre and Curtain Call Productions will present Savannah Sipping Society directed by Kathy Holsworth. The play will be showed at 7:30 pm Thursday through Saturday with a Sunday showing at 3 pm. In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. For tickets and more information, visit pensacolalittletheatre.com

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November 7th to 10th For its 4th production, PenArts is proud to present “Into The Breeches!,” by George Brant. From November 7th through November 10th, a cast of talented actors will bring this surprisingly modern comedy to life by telling the story of a show that not only must go on but will go on. PenArts will be performing the show at 7:30 pm on Thursday through Saturday with a 2 pm show running on Sunday. For more information, www.facebook.com/pg/penartsinc/events/?ref=page_internal

Twentieth Anniversary Volume of The Emerald Coast Review Launch

November 8 More than 25 contributing regional writers and artists are included in the twentieth anniversary volume of The Emerald

Coast Review, and some will read their work at the book's launch Friday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at Bodacious Bookstore and Cafe, 110 East Intendencia, Pensacola. The event is free and open to the public. The volume features poetry, fiction, nonfiction and visual art and a special section of poetry from all seven Poets Laureate of Northwest Florida.

be held in the Music Hall at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Pensacola campus. Admission is free but tickets are required. For more information, visit uwf.edu/cfpa.

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November 10 For the 12th year, the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce invites the public to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon strolling the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, enjoying the fall air while sampling wines and perusing the works of some of the Gulf Coast’s most talented artists. Starting at 11 am and lasting until 4 pm, the festival brings together about 20 local artists and more than 30 wine selections, all in one place. Wine tastings will begin at noon and last until 3 pm The festival is free to the public, however to participate in the wine tastings festival goers must purchase a ticket and receive a wristband. For more information, visit pensacolabeachchamber.com.

Pensacola Eggfest

November 10 Join us from noon to 3 pm on Sunday, November 10th to sample delicious bites cooked on nearly 100 Big Green Eggs at beautiful Blue Wahoos Stadium! From savory classics like BBQ pulled pork and brisket, to sweet desserts and cookies – the food prepared for you will absolutely rock your tastebuds. Tickets and more information

Pensacola Maker Faire

November 16 Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects. We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Pensacola Maker Faire will take place on November 16th from 10 am to 4 pm at UWF Historic Pensacola, and admission is free. For more information, visit pensacola.makerfaire.com. are available at pensacolaeggfest.com.

Gallery Night

November 15 Enjoy the beautiful summer night at Gallery Night, Oct. 18 starting at 5 pm Take the “Arts to the Streets” where visitors can connect with the unique culture of Pensacola. The theme this month will be Shop Local. Palafox Street will be closed for traffic between Garden and Main Street during the event.

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November 15 After a brief hiatus last year, The Pyramid Players are back and they are heading to Yon-

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Runge Strings Orchestra Concert

November 21 The University of West Florida Department of Music will present the Runge Strings Orchestra in concert on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 pm The concert will

November 21 Improvable Cause is Pensacola's only professional improv comedy troupe! Now by popular demand, join Improvable Cause during the week at the Pensacola Little Theatre. IC's shows are completely unscripted and totally hilarious! Everything is created in the moment with audience suggestions, so each show is different! IC shows are edge-of-your-seat theatre where anything can happen (and usually does!) 7 pm performance so the young, old, and the young-at-heart can enjoy Improv! For more information, visit pensacolalittletheatre.com.

The Prophecy Show: The Music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

November 23 St. Louis powerhouse, The Prophecy Show will bring their signature and highly energized Rock Opera to the Pensacola Saenger Theatre on November 23rd at 7:30 pm. Touring as a Tribute to The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Prophecy Show’s Theatrical performances have been igniting stages nationwide. This is a band that loves TSO - loves their audiences - and knows how to create an electrifying evening of rock! For more information, visit pensacolasaegner.com.

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CALENDAR STEM Saturday

November 23 The National Flight Academy hosts STEM Saturday, a handson Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program for kids. STEM Saturday is open to children in grades 3rd – 8th. The theme of this month’s STEM Saturday is Aviation Maintenance. Children must be registered for the event by November 18th. To register or for more information, visit nationalflightacademy.com.

Pensacola Beach Music Fest

November 23 Join us in the Red Fish Blue Fish parking lot for a day full of live music, food, raffles, games and a cornhole tournament! A portion of the proceeds will benefit veteran families and the USO.

We will also be collecting bottled drinks and non-perishable snacks. Pensacola Beach Music Fest will take place in the Red Fish Blue Fish parking lot from 12 pm to 11 pm.

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Elf Parade

November 29 The Elf Parade is a grand kickoff to the 2019 holiday season in downtown Pensacola! The Parade Grand Marshall leads the merry crew of kids, parents, toys, and characters from the old Escambia County Courthouse to Plaza Wonderland at Palafox and Government Streets. Costumed kids of all ages march alongside an alligator "second line" brass band, Santa, and our characters from stops in the Winterfest Performance Tour. For more information, visit pensacolawinterfest.org.

The Pensacola Ice Flyers return for their 2019/20 season. Take to the ice to cheer on the hometeam. Any game with a ‘vs.’ will be hosted at the Pensacola Bay Center.

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National Flight Academy Invites Families to Explore the USS AMBITION The National Flight Academy (NFA) will host an open house on Nov. 6 from 10 am until 1 pm for families to explore the USS AMBITION and learn about America’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational facility. The open house is free to the public. Tours begin on the hour starting at 10 am until 1 pm The NFA offers one of the most exciting and immersive learning experiences in the world, inspiring students in an aviation-themed adventure aboard a simulated, land-locked aircraft carrier. Guests will experience a glimpse of what is to be expected as an Ambition eXperimental Pilot (AXP) during a week aboard the virtual aircraft carrier. The open house will provide families the chance to tour the mess deck, berthing spaces, learning hubs and

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MILITARYMATTERS Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Torriano Hill, from Pensacola, Florida, assigned to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, performs a pre-flight walkaround on a C-2A Greyhound on the flight deck of the Navy’s forwarddeployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erica Bechard)

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The Blue Angels are closing out the season with an airshow in Pensacola. The 2019 NAS Pensacola Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show will be held on November 8 and 9. The air show will be at the NASP Sherman Air Field. You can purchase your tickets at www.naspensacolaairshow.com (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released)

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The American Experience of War Featured in Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition at UWF Pensacola Museum of Art The American military in the 21st century is diverse and reflects the complexities of the country and the current times. “100 Faces of War,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, presents the stories of those who served the U.S. in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The exhibition will be on view at the University of West Florida Pensacola Museum of Art from Oct. 26 to Jan.19, 2020. 36 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM

“100 Faces of War,” organized in collaboration with artist Matt Mitchell, features 100 oil portraits of Americans representing a cross-section of home states, military branches, jobs and backgrounds. Each painting includes a candid, unedited, firsthand account of war. The statements take many different forms, including emails and letters to loved ones and poems and words written specifically for this exhibition.

The portraits symbolize 100 different and highly personal ways of looking at valor, sacrifice and the human experience of war. From 2005 to 2014, Mitchell, who did not have any connection to the military, felt compelled to connect with veterans in a meaningful way when he read an article in a local newspaper about an Iraq veteran coming home. He started painting the portraits of those who served and collecting their personal statements. Through this exhibition, visitors will come to know the veterans’ courage, fears, warmth and humanity. More than 2 million Americans have served in the theaters of war in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001 through 2014. PMA Chief Curator, Anna Wall, said she hopes this exhibition will attract a large local audience of military members to the museum for the first time. “100 Faces of War is a visual representation of the diverse experiences of our modern military,” Wall said. “By themselves, the portraits are an arresting portrayal of the human face of war. When viewed with the sitters' personal statements, the totality of the military experience comes into focus.” 100 Faces of War will be complemented by an installation titled “Veteran’s Voice” by veteran and UWF student, Crystal Ryan, and an exhibition of photographs by North Carolina-based artist and veteran John Bechtold. “100 Faces of War” is an exhibition organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). This exhibition is also made possible by support from the Florida Humanities Council.

Amy Donahue

Army, Specialist Paralegal

SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 65 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition descriptions and tour schedules, visit sites.si.edu. Located at 407 S. Jefferson St. in historic downtown Pensacola, the Pensacola Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm and Sunday from noon until 4 pm 100 Faces of War is an exhibition organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with artist Matt Mitchell. Exhibition support provided by the Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).


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