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Celebrate the Season Make your season merry and bright with these fun holiday events

Holiday Gift Guide Keeping it local

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Honoring the Spirit of the Holidays


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NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES Our hospital workers, first responders, teachers and essential workers all deserve a standing ovation and a raise. Period. DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF And it’s all small stuff—well most of it anyway. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS If you have any of the following, count your blessings—A roof over your head, a family to love, a job, food in the cupboard, friends, good health. If you have all of these things, count your blessings twice and figure out a way to help those who are going without. LOVE THY NEIGHBOR Whether dealing with COVID, multiple hurricanes or just everyday life, I am grateful for my neighbors who are wonderful people always willing to lend an ear, a hand, a roll of toilet paper or a glass of wine when necessary. Cheers! LIFE CHANGES ON A DIME We are all one diagnosis, one job loss, one accident away from our lives taking an irrevocable turn for the worse. Say I love you, say I’m sorry, take the leap, be kind. Ultimately, 2020 has taught me that life is hard and fun, sad and joyful, ugly and beautiful, full and empty, long and short, just and unjust, meaningful and meaningless. Life is all of this and more—sometimes in turn and sometimes all at once. Take it all in. Live it. This is a one-time ride. When it gets to be too much, throw your hands up in the air and scream at the thrill of it all. Wishing you all a safe and cheerful holiday and a very happy New Year.

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Contents PENSACOLA'S CHRISTMAS PAST 15 The UWF Historic Trust helped us find stories of how Pensacolians celebrated Christmas in the past.

3 WAYS TO ENHANCE ECOFRIENDLY GIFT WRAP A few ways you can spruce up your sustainable gift wrap.




A few places you can visit to see Christmas lights.




Make your season merry and bright with these fun holiday events.


Walnuts take center stage in these delicious seasonal recipes.

GRATITUDE AND CELEBRATION: HONRING THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS 31 Exploring the power of holiday traditions, family and gratitude during the holidays of 2020.



Toast the Season.



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Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays…..

fashioned enough to want green bean casserole and sweet potatoes with praline topping. Mercifully, I have a husband who loves to cook and now we gladly host the entire mob for dinner at our home. The lesson here is that at some point we let our children take over. This is when we really learn what they are all about and what they consider worthy of passing on.

How true it is, except what exactly is “home”? Norman Rockwell would probably paint it with parents piling their children and pets into station wagons as they prepared to drive for hours to get back to their own roots with mom and dad. Snow would be a requirement as well as plenty of homemade treats, familiar albums of Christmas music playing on the stereo, and a tree covered with ornaments from childhood. Mom would probably be wearing an apron when everyone arrived and Dad would most likely be in a recliner by the fire watching football. I do remember those days but, my, how things have changed.

years ago I opted for more designer type trees(note the plural), but I always put up a smaller one that shows off all the treasures my children so proudly brought home from school. My son’s toilet paper roll nutcracker soldier holds a permanent spot among the glittering decorations. Money can’t buy something like that.

Becoming a grown-up means taking everything life has dished out and making the very most of every precious second. No one plans on divorce, death, virus, or unusable bridges but all of these things have a way of redefining time-honored tradition. When my children were very small, we always made the annual holiday trek to north Alabama where my parents lived at the time. I come from a large family and for the longest time, all of us miraculously were able to be together for a period of time during the holidays. It was great fun being in a crowded noisy house, passing on sacred family traditions to our own kids. My mother still hangs the same tacky, priceless pieces we made in grammar school on the tree. To this day, none of us claim the ugly angel that topped the evergreen for years and was retired only when one wing came loose. She now has her own tissue-lined box and is available for display only. Semi-gone, but never forgotten. Many

Mom also instilled in us the importance of a home cooked Christmas dinner; regardless of what day we dined. Since Christmas day conflicts such as sharing the kids with an ex or time required at the hunting camp created challenging schedules, we were rarely together on the big day. We did, however, try to have some sort of family feast on before everyone scattered. The change was hardest on my youngest brother who still believes there is no excuse for anything short of a total re-creation of our youth. But to manage the stress level that seems to surface in December, especially this December, concessions had to be made. Additionally, I have to admit that one year I took my children to a nice restaurant for the holiday dinner and if it weren’t for the guilt I feel when looking into my mother’s eyes, I would not mind that becoming a new tradition. Unfortunately, while my kids are thoroughly modern and appreciated that one unique outing, they are old

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To this day, when my grown daughter comes over for the holidays, she likes to nap by the fire under her well preserved baby blanket with “Christmas in Dixie” softly playing. It is a song from an album my parents played over and over…and over. I long ago substituted Michael Buble and Diana Krall as my holiday albums of choice. But there is something so wonderful and so peaceful about seeing her curl up in family tradition while her brother surfs through sports channels on a muted television that I could listen to Alabama sing for the rest of my life. This year our family will add all kinds new ingredients to the magical pot of tradition. My son is professionally entrenched in Tampa, but will schedule his busy days in order to be here and pour the first glass of champagne to toast the season. He now brings a wife and precious toddler so we are in for all kinds of fun. The house will be noisy again with squeals of laughter and anticipation for Santa’s arrival. Holidays can get you down if you’re not careful because it is easy to get lost on memory lane as you wander through the past. We plan to take advantage of change and make new and better traditions for our family. But we will never leave out the nap blanket.



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Pensacola’s Christmas Past by Gina Castro

One of the many perks of being the first city in the U.S. is that there is just so much history everywhere you look. There are thousands of interesting stories about the people who walked these streets, the buildings that once stood here and the ones that still do. Since this holiday season won’t be quite what we anticipated at the start of 2020, Pensacola

Magazine figured you all could enjoy visiting Pensacola’s Christmas past. With the help of UWF Historic Trust archivist Jessie Cragg and Dustin Dewey, we pieced together a few interesting and heart-warming stories that show what Pensacolians were doing at various points in history during December.

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Women’s Holiday Fashion in 1851

The ladies of Pensacola followed fashion tips straight from Paris, which were published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. In December of 1851, Pensacola women wore the following three fashionable cloaks: Parisian, Frileuse and Camara.

Christmas day in 1889 turned out to be a very generous day. Some would say it was perhaps too generous. On this day just in time for Christmas dinner, Pensacola Mayor William Dudley Chipley released every single prisoner confined at the station. Although the crimes of the prisoners are not mentioned, the daily news reported that there were 22 prisoners released. The article describes the bunch as the happiest people in Pensacola: “They were a happy set indeed, and all vowed that their first drink of Christmas egg-nog should be a toast to Mayor Chipley [sic].”

The Big Snow Storm of 1893

Yes, in 1893, it snowed heavily in Pensacola. A photo of a family playing in the snow in Pensacola was taken on Dec. 21, 1893. The image shows Pensacolians dressed warmly with snowballs in their hands. There weren’t any articles published about this snow storm. The only information about this strange occurrence is written on the back of the photograph. The writing on the back states that the image was taken East of Wright Street about a block and a half from the old L&N Station. Some of the people shown in the photo are the following: Julia Moreno, Dottie Blount, Julia Lee, Miss Emma Chandler, Rust and Octavia Smith, Cora and Dudley Hunt, Ruby Mallory, Little S.R. Mallory, Maude Fernald, Fan Warren, and Edna Thompson. JUNE '20


Pensacola’s Christmas Past

A Brent Family Christmas Francis Celestino Brent was a prominent figure in the 20th century. After serving in the Confederate Army and being incarcerated by the Union, Brent returned to Pensacola. He established F.C. Brent and Co., owned the Brent Lumber Company and invested in several other businesses. Brent Lane, which runs from Palafox Street to Springhill Drive, was named after Brent. The photograph of the Brent family Christmas dinner was taken circa 1900. The photo shows the Pensacola banker sitting at the head of the dinner table. His 13 children, in-laws and grandchildren sit on either side of the table finishing their Christmas dessert.

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Lucile M. Smythe poses in front of the Christmas tree with her new doll in 1902. Mary Brent and her friends dressed for a Christmas party at the Pensacola Country Club in 1948.

A Typical Christmas 2 Menu in 18972 Oysters on the half shell • Celery soup • Roast Suckling Pig. Peas. • Sweet potatoes. Creamed potatoes. • Relishes. • Olives. Celery. Salted Almonds. • Roast Turkey with Dressing • Cranberry Sauce. Salad. • Pickled Peaches. • Christmas Plum Pudding. • Ice Cream. Fruit Cake. • Mince Pie. Christmas Cake. • Fruit. Neapolitan Cake. • Nuts. Coconut Cake. • Wines. Bon-Bons. Cheese. • Black Coffee.

The 1930s Christmas Lights Quarrel

Today, Pensacolians expect downtown to be sparkling with thousands of lights each holiday season, but it wasn’t always that way. In fact, people were quite distraught over the lack of Christmas decorations downtown for numerous reasons. On Nov. 27, 1932, the News Journal’s cover featured the headline “Something Must Be Done to Arouse the Christmas Spirit.” The article argued that other cities of equal size to Pensacola increased holiday shopping in their downtown by adorning the streets with lights. Another issue this article posed was that visitors wouldn’t know Pensacola believed in Santa Claus without decorations: “Let’s get together and give the kiddies a real Christmas. Don’t let it be said that Pensacola does not believe in Santa Claus.” The cartoon at the center of the front page titled “Don’t Let Them Down” describes how Christmas decor downtown is important to children. Although the St. Nicholas Girl’s Christmas tree and lights decorated Palafox hill at least since 1930, Pensacola didn’t light the streets of downtown similarly to what we see today until 1936.

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Downtown’s First Christmas Parade

With just a six weeks notice, the Pensacola Christmas Parade Inc. put together downtown’s first Christmas parade in 1983. Businesses in the community funded the event, and more than 20,000 people attended it. A variety of more than 50 floats paraded the streets starting on Jefferson Street. Even Santa himself attended the festivities. The theme of the parade was “A White Sands Christmas.” The grand marshal of the parade was Dottie Booker. She was named volunteer of the year in 1983.

Just days before Christmas in 1993, a 10 year old boy thought about how he could help the children in Sacred Heart Hospital. Steven Ball took a pruning pole and fished for mistletoes out of the oak trees in his yard. He arranged the mistletoes in various sized bundles and wrapped each one with red ribbons. Ball then sold the mistletoes outside of Kmart and WalMart in Milton for about 25 cents to a $1. He used the $27 dollars he made to buy 22 toys for the children stuck in the hospital on Christmas. “These kids are going to have to be here in the hospital and they can’t go home. I thought this might help,” Ball told the news journal almost 30 years ago. Hopefully this story will inspire some youngsters to be generous this year.

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3 Ways to Enhance Eco-friendly Gift Wrap by Gina Castro

Did you know that each year, the U.S. spends $12.7 billion on gift wrap? That’s a lot to spend on something that is going to be torn up and tossed in the trash in 60 seconds. The majority of wrapping paper, tissue paper, bows and ribbons are not recyclable. Most gift wrap is so thin and inky it’s too difficult to extract the fibers. There are quite a few alternatives to gift wrap paper such as newspaper, fabric, cardboard boxes and brown kraft paper. However, some of these alternatives lack the pizzazz of festive gift wrapping paper. To save you the trouble of having to think outside of the box and to help make the holidays just a little bit greener, we found three ways you can make your alternative gift wrap festive.

Gift Wrap with Greenery

This gift wrap tutorial is super easy and resourceful. All you’ll need is a few of your Christmas tree’s clippings, string and a star. If you don’t have a real tree, you can always use faux greenery.


Place the greenery in a festive shape and hot glue in place. I made it in the shape of a star. Once the greenery is secure, tie or glue the string decoratively on the greenery. I glued mine at the center of the gift box. Lastly, place your star decoratively. I placed mine in the center of my makeshift star.

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Yarn Trees

If you are a fellow knitter, then you are bound to have access to a bunch of yarn. I, for instance, have a whole box of yarn just waiting to be used. All you need for this final tutorial is a few pieces of yarn in the color of your choice, some snowflakes or other small decorative pieces and a hot glue gun.


Measure a few strings of yarn starting from the middle top half of your gift box to the two bottom corners of the box and a few in the middle of the box. The goal is to form a tree shape. Next secure those strings to the box with glue. Once the strings are secured and dry, place your snowflakes in a few spots on the tree and glue into place.

Add Some Flare

One of the ways you can make anything stand out is by adding some color. So for this tutorial I found a few craft paints I had at home and painted a string of colorful lights on the box. You can paint this abstractly or as detailed as you wish. I chose to go the abstract route because I like to keep things simple.

Directions Use a marker to draw the cord for the lights. U se your colored paints or markers to draw the light bulbs. Let dry. Add a gift tag.



Holiday Traditions Continue to Shine Bright Holiday traditions have had to adapt this year. Any other year, people would attend the annual holiday parade, travel to their hometown for Christmas dinner or even just spend the day with as many of their loved ones as possible. This year, we’ve all had to make a few sacrifices, but there is at least one holiday tradition COVID-19 can’t affect: Christmas lights. It’s a simple, family fun tradition. There is something about the cool air, dark sky and warm glow of thousands of tiny lights that gets you into the holiday spirit. Just pile the family in a car, grab some eggnog and drive by some beautifully decorated homes. The downtown area is another magnificent sight this time of the year. We rounded up a few neighborhoods that have excellent light shows and a few places that host spectacular light shows that are worth the drive. Download the app Trail of Lights to find homes decorated with Christmas lights near you. You can also join the Facebook group Pensacola Christmas Lights to find dozens of decorated homes in Pensacola.

Local Spots The Cottrell Family Christmas Lights 533 Tampico Boulevard The Bugg Family Christmas 3649 Buford Drive 3281 Whistler Dr 311 Sands Place 4819 Randee Circle Crescent Lake on Clearwater Avenue Randee Circle Langley Avenue

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Spots that are worth the drive Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Light Display

7650 Sowell Rd, Milton Sowell Farms is an event space located in Milton. Although it is known as an elegant wedding venue, it also hosts a spectacular Christmas lights display every year until Dec. 26. Visitors can take a cruise through the farm’s light display as many times as they like for $10 fee per vehicle. Another option is to take a train ride through the farm for an additional $2 per person. Children 12 months and under are free. To learn more about this event, visit Sowell’s Facebook page.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, AL 36582 This is Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s 25th year of Magic Christmas in Lights. In this Gulf Coast holiday tradition, guests stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias. Magic Christmas in Lights is a made-in-Alabama production. Each year, the set pieces for the holiday lights are designed, welded, painted and lamped by members of Bellingrath’s staff. Three employees work full-time all year on the light display. You can experience this event until Dec. 31. Visit bellingrath.org for more information.

Christmas Nights of Lights of Mobile

Hank Aaron Stadium 755 Bolling Brothers Boulevard Mobile, Alabama 36606 Alabama’s largest synchronized light show is coming back for the 2020 season. Visitors can see over one million lights synchronized to traditional and newer Christmas music from their own vehicles. You just have to turn your radio dial to the right station to hear the music play through your own car stereo. So, pack your vehicle full of friends and family to enjoy the show and continue your Christmas tradition. The show is every night no matter the weather until Jan. 1, 2021. Tickets are $8 per person. Children under four years old are free. Visit mobileseg.com for more information.

Celebration in the Oaks

2 Friederich Ave. New Orleans 70124 Breathtaking light displays adorn New Orleans City Park for the annual Celebration in the Oaks until Jan. 1, 2021. The magical winter spectacle attracts crowds each year 25 acres of holiday lights and holiday favorites like Mister Bingle. The Botanical Gardens, Storyland and Carousel Gardens come alive this holiday season. The holiday attraction opens on Nov. 29 to Jan. 1, except on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Admission starts at $10, and children under age 3 are free, along with Friends of City Park members. For more information, visit neworleanscitypark.com.

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Celebrate the Season by Hunter Morrison

As musician Andy Williams once said, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year. There'll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow.” It truly wouldn’t be the holiday season without festivals and events to celebrate it. Fortunately, Pensacola will be hosting a variety of fun events this holiday season. And yes, some of them will include snow (even though it may be artificial). So set down the milk and cookies, put on your snow boots and celebrate the holidays at these fun and, most importantly, COVID-19 safe events this holiday season.

First City Lights Festival


The organizers of Winterfest have been working all year to find creative solutions to bring joy to the Pensacola community in the safest way possible. Their hard work has paid off, as Winterfest is set to take place at 223 Palafox St. on Dec. 5, 11, 12, 18-24. Just like in years past, Santa Claus and The Grinch will still be available for photos. This year, instead of waiting in a crowded line to get your picture taken, guests will be required to make a reservation time for photos either online or on location. You can also expect to see snow at Winterfest, no matter what the weather may be. On Dec. 12, be prepared for a special snow day, with icy treats, snowy activities and an artificial blizzard. While you’re there, be sure to catch a ride on the Winterfest Express, giving all passengers a delightful ride through Santa Plaza. Winterfest is even allowing the kids to write a letter to Santa in the annual Santa letter contest. Winners of this contest will receive a special prize at the Santa send-off ceremony, which takes place on Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the event. Staff will also be required to wear masks. For more information on Winterfest, go to pensacolawinterfest.org.

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Experience the awe and beauty the holiday season has to offer at the First City Lights Festival. Working alongside Winterfest, the First City Lights Festival will showcase half a million twinkling lights in downtown Pensacola. “We work with a company to get Christmas lights put up and as many trees as possible up and down Palafox Street,” said Walker Wilson, executive director of the Downtown Improvement Board. “Those lights will stay on through the middle of January.” The lights from this festival will stretch a total of ten blocks from Wright Street to Cedar Street. While at the First City Lights Festival, be sure to check out Winterfest, which is set to occur on Dec. 5, 11, 12, 1824. For more information on the First City Lights Festival, go to visitpensacola.com.

The Gordon Holiday Festival

Celebrate and embrace creativity this holiday season at The Gordon Community Art Center Holiday Festival. The Gordon Holiday Festival will feature two programs with musicians, dancers and poets that are free and open to the public. “I want to celebrate some of our local talent,” owner of The Gordon Christine Kellogg said. “This is what will be in the shows, which are open to the public.” The event will also feature local artists displaying and selling holiday gifts. Live music and lights will be displayed outside in the garden area. Food and drink will also be available for purchase. This will be an indoor and outdoor event. Masks and social distancing will be required. Hand sanitizing stations will also be present. The Gordon Holiday Festival is scheduled for Dec. 5 from 5 pm to 9 pm. For more information about The Gordon Holiday Festival or The Gordon Community Art Center, visit thegordon. org or call 850-857-8961.

Pensacola Humane Society Peppermint Pup Trot

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Display

The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade gives everyone holiday cheer with a unique

Florida twist. The event will take place at Sabine Marina on Dec. 5 at 6:30 pm. The parade will then make its way around Santa Rosa Sound and the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk before circling back to Sabine Marina. Spectators can watch the event from the Boardwalk, Little Sabine Bay or any businesses along the parade’s route. In response to COVID-19, the event will be limiting crowds to keep everyone safe. “It’s been an unprecedented year, so we hope to spread some holiday cheer along the island this season and invite the public to enjoy the annual light spectacle along the water,” Executive Director of the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce Patty Spradling said. After the parade, be sure to check out the fireworks display along the Boardwalk at 8 pm. This is a free event. Boats of all shapes and sizes are invited to enter the parade. There will also be a holiday boat decorating contest. For more information about the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Display, visit pensacolabeachchamber.com or call 850-932-1500.

The Pensacola Humane Society (PHS) will be hosting its first-ever Peppermint Pup Trot on Dec. 13 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Family and pets are welcomed to participate in the one-mile walk that begins at Ever’man Cooperative Grocery and Café and goes around Corinne Jones Park before turning back to Ever’man’s. Many of the nonprofit’s events have been canceled due to COVID-19, but this one is still set to occur. “We’ve had to cancel every event this year, and it’s hard when we’re used to bringing in volunteers and lots of folks from our community,” Executive Director Jennifer Bitner said. “We’re really hopeful that this will be an opportunity for folks to come out and be engaged again in our community during the holiday time and support Pensacola Humane Society for all the things that we do for folks throughout the year.” But the fun doesn’t end at the walk. PHS will also be hosting tons of fun, family-friendly activities after the walk. There will be photo ops with Santa, stuffed animal adoptions for kids and Pup Cups for the canines. Entry fee s is $10 per person or $25 per family, with or without dogs. Pets and people are encouraged to dress in holiday costumes. Dog costume contest entries are $3 each. All proceeds go to PHS. Walk registration begins at 1 pm and the walk begins at 2 pm. To learn more about PHS, visit pensacolahumane.org

White Tie Rock Ensemble at Blue Wahoos Stadium

Jam out to some holiday tunes and celebrate the season at the White Tie Rock Ensemble. The event will take place on Dec. 5 at 7 pm at Blue Wahoos Stadium. The concert will feature music from Elvis, Paul McCartney, The Eagles and other holiday classics through the White Tie Rock Ensemble’s legendary symphonicrock style and multimedia music experience. “It was a thrill for us to host the White Tie Rock Ensemble at the stadium and help bring live music back to the Panhandle,” team president Jonathan Griffith said. “We can’t wait to literally be rocking around the Christmas tree this December and help ensure that our community can enjoy some of Pensacola’s top musicians during the holiday season.” General admission for the White Tie Rock Ensemble is $30 per person. You can also purchase VIP tickets and packages. All general admission seating will follow social distancing guidelines. Ballpark staff will be in place to ensure social distancing is maintained. Masks are required for all guests and staff while inside the ballpark but may be removed when eating, drinking or when seated. For more information on the White Tie Rock Ensemble, go to milb.com/pensacola. DECEMBER '20


Celebrate the Season New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display

What better way to ring in the new year by watching fireworks? Provided by the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Rosa Sound will be lit up by a dazzling light display this New Year’s Eve. The festivities begin at midnight where spectators can watch the fireworks along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk or the Quietwater Beach and Soundside area, where there is plenty of room to social distance. Be sure to bring the whole family because this is a free event. For more information on the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display, visit pensacolabeachchamber.com.

Miracle on Palafox at Old Hickory Whiskey Bar

Beginning in New York in 2014, Miracle pop-up bar has grown into an internationally known event that partners with bars and restaurants to offer masterfully crafted Christmas cocktails in a holiday-themed setting. Miracle will be returning to Old Hickory Whiskey Bar on Nov. 24 and will run until Dec. 31. Guests can expect to see this bar transformed with over the top holiday décor to get everyone into the holiday spirit. “The bar is going to be completely reimagined and redecorated,” general manager of Old Hickory Whiskey Bar DC Campbell said. “We will have holiday giveaways, ugly sweater Christmas parties and movies playing on certain days, so we will have themes throughout the month.” In an effort to keep guests safe from COVID-19, Old Hickory Whiskey Bar will be operating at 50 percent capacity. All employees will also be wearing masks. Seasonally inspired cocktails to be served at this event include Fruitcake Flip, Bad Santa and several others. Holiday-themed cocktail glasses will be available for purchase at this event, with a portion of the sales going to COVID-19 relief efforts of independent restaurants and bars. For more information about Miracle on Palafox at Old Hickory Whiskey Bar, visit miraclepopup.com or oldhickorywhiskeybar.com.

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Rich, Flavorful Recipes for Memorable Holiday Moments

For many families, spending special moments with loved ones feels more important than ever this year. Whether you’re spending the holidays with family or inviting them for a virtual call from afar, you can plan ahead to enjoy the same dishes even without being at the same table. Tap into family favorites like these seasonal sweets that include California Walnuts for rich, holiday-worthy flavor. Overnight Walnut French Toast with Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote offers a tart-sweet combination perfect for a holiday brunch and allows you to prep the night before and simply pop in the oven when you wake up. Drizzled with a chocolate-peppermint glaze and finished with walnuts and crushed peppermint candies, a Walnut Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake can provide the perfect finish to the festivities. The soft cake and crunchy walnuts contrast for an ultimate texture combination. Find more sweet holiday recipes at walnuts.org.

Walnut Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Servings: 16

Cake: 1 cup butter, plus additional for greasing pan, divided ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus additional for dusting pan, divided 1 cup water 2¼ cups sugar 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 3 eggs 2 cups flour ¾ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking soda ½ cup buttermilk 1 cup California Walnut halves and pieces Chocolate Peppermint Truffle Glaze: 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips 3 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons milk ½ teaspoon peppermint extract Toppings: ½ cup coarsely chopped California Walnuts ½ cup crushed peppermint candy

To make cake: Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly butter bundt pan then dust with cocoa powder. Turn pan, tapping, to coat on all sides; tap out excess. In small saucepan over low heat, melt 1 cup butter, 1/2 cup cocoa powder and water, whisking until smooth; let cool. Transfer to bowl of mixer and lightly beat in sugar, peppermint extract and eggs. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add about 1/3 of dry ingredients to chocolate mixture and beat on low speed to combine. Add 1/4 cup buttermilk and

beat again. Repeat steps ending with flour mixture, mixing only until combined. Fold in walnuts. Spread in prepared pan and bake 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool then invert onto serving plate or platter. To make Chocolate Peppermint Truffle Glaze: While cake bakes, melt chocolate chips, butter, milk and peppermint extract together until smooth. Let cool slightly to thicken then drizzle over cake. Top with walnuts and peppermint candies.



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Overnight Walnut French Toast with Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote Total time: 1 hour Servings: 12

Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote: ½ cup California Walnuts 2 cups cranberries ½ cup orange juice ½ cup maple syrup ¼ teaspoon ground ginger 1orange, zest only Overnight Walnut French Toast: 8 slices Texas Toast or 1-inch thick slices French bread ¼ cup butter, melted, plus additional for baking dish, divided 2½ cups milk or walnut milk ½ cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cinnamon 6 eggs 28 Pensacola Magazine

To make Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote: Preheat oven to 350 F. Place walnuts on baking sheet and toast 8 minutes. Remove from heat and chop coarsely. In medium pot over medium heat, combine toasted walnuts, cranberries, orange juice, syrup, ginger and orange zest. Bring to boil and stir frequently 12-15 minutes until cranberries pop and liquid starts to reduce. Transfer to container and refrigerate once cooled. To make Overnight Walnut French Toast: Preheat oven to 350 F. Place bread on baking sheet and bake 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted on outside but still soft on inside. Butter 13-by-9-inch baking dish. In large bowl, whisk milk, sugar, ¼ cup butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon and eggs. Dip each bread slice in mixture and let soak about 15 seconds on each side. Place in prepared baking dish, overlapping slices slightly, if necessary. Cover and refrigerate a few hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake 50-60 minutes, or until golden brown and somewhat firm to touch. Serve immediately topped with Cranberry Walnut Ginger Compote.

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Gratitude and Celebration Honoring the Spirit of the Holidays By Dana Hairston Hof


e are a “no marshmallows on our sweet potatoes” family. In fact, my grandmother’s sweet potato recipe would rival any dish, at any holiday, on any table in the country. I know those are fighting words, but you should know, I work out and am prepared to defend. Every year, for as long as I can remember, we have eaten the same foods for Thanksgiving and Christmas: turkey with cranberry sauce; ham; sweet potato streusel; green bean casserole; cornbread dressing; twicebaked-potato casserole; Sister Schubert’s Parker House rolls (why mess with perfection?); pecan pie; and The Pink Stuff. When my grandmother was about to leave heaven and come to the earth, God said, “I’ll make this one sweet, beautiful, tireless, and...Peter? Can you fetch The Pink Stuff recipe Martha brought? Let’s send it with this one.” We also drive out to Cross Roads Hunting Club, where five or six generations of our family have lived, deer hunted, fished and farmed. This excursion, only a few miles out of town, includes visiting with cousins, deer hunting, or walking through the cemetery for my grandfather to announce, very matter-of-fact, “This is where I’ll go and your grandmother will go here,” as he points proudly to their

final resting places. And then I’ll say something like, “Oh good grief, really?” and he will respond emphatically, “Well, that’s right.” And then a little piece of me withers at the reality of them not being here with us, with me, forever. And then we check our ankles for ticks. Then, also for as long as I can remember, on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when it is supposed to be played, we would attend or watch the Arkansas Razorbacks play the LSU Tigers (have mercy on cousin Sarah who graduated from LSU; we did our best). To provide some historical context, these two teams have been playing one another since 1901 and as SEC rivals since 1992. We can no longer do that because someone with a dark and lost soul, and absolutely zero understanding of history and tradition, decided to ruin our lives by inventing a fake rivalry between Arkansas and Missouri. For the record, we do not accept or acknowledge this as a rivalry. Is Missouri even in the south? My apologies to cousin Scott, but it’s a fair question. Although I’ve lived in Pensacola for 11 years, I’ve made the trip back to south Arkansas every year during the holiday season in an effort to carry on these unintended traditions. It was my goal to instill the importance of family and history in my own children. My little Mayberry-esque town in the Arkansas

pineywoods, just off the Mississippi Delta, and all its ways and people are fundamental to some of the best parts of me. Sometimes I fear if I stay away for too long, I might somehow lose my eccentricity and charm. With the Thule luggage rack loaded, pillows and blankets and children stuffed and buckled into my Tahoe, to grandmother’s and Dad’s house we would go. Sea and salt air swirling behind us, we dipped through the tunnel at Mobile, Alabama, before traversing across the rolling hills and vast delta. We drove past the stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi, a halfway point between my two childhood homes, where my divorced parents handed me off to one another when I was little. Driving through Jackson, I have to play Jackson by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. I know it's about Jackson, Tennessee, but the point is to educate (read: annoy) my children on good music, not be factually accurate. After Vicksburg, we cross the state line into Louisiana where I must say outloud and with gusto: “Bienvenue en Louisiane!” Much like protesting the Arkansas-Missouri rival, this is the point in the trip when I also protest driving through Lake Providence. Google “Lake Providence speed trap” and mind your own business about why I might personally object DECEMBER '20


Gratitude and Celebration this original driving route. I might be protesting on behalf of the dignity of a friend. Or I might not. This is not a story about my speeding tickets. Turning north off Interstate 10, we disappear into a wall of pine trees, and I know I’m nearing my childhood home. Outside it is 10 degrees cooler. Small town welcome signs boast conference and state championship titles. Fast food signs declare, “Go Eagles!”, “Go Lions!”, and finally, “Go Lumberjacks!” I know this country back-road by heart, having driven it to my mother’s house in Destin and my own house in Pensacola for a total of 34 years. This year, there’ll be no loaded down Tahoe, no drive through the woods, no excursion to Cross Roads and no hugs from all the family. There will be no in-person discussion of Sam Pittman’s first year as head coach. “‘Uh-cuz-of ’ the virus?” my fouryear-old asks. “Because of the virus,” I nod in response, for what seems like the 1,538th time this year. I do not take lightly the loss and havoc wreaked by Covid-19—losses greater than not gathering to slice the turkey or see a football game. This year, we must be sensitive to the sadness and stress these holidays may cause for those grieving in ways we may not understand. But in the ways we can, we should honor the spirit of these holidays: to be grateful and celebrate. This year, I am grateful for memories of past holidays, to have loved and been loved in return by some wonderful people, and for passed-down family recipes. I am grateful for music that takes me to a special time and place and for Zoom, Facetime and texting. I am grateful for room to make new traditions and pledge to receive the quiet, slowed holidays as a necessary respite for my overwhelmed heart. I am grateful I learned to replicate The Pink Stuff and sweet potato streusel. And if I dig deep enough, I might even learn to be thankful for the Arkansas-Missouri game. 32 Pensacola Magazine

Streusel Sweet Potatoes 3 cups sweet potatoes, mashed (1 large can, whipped) 3/4 cup coconut (optional) 1/3 cup butter, melted 2 eggs 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup milk 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup pecans, chopped 1/3 cup butter, softened Cinnamon Mix potatoes, coconut, butter, eggs, sugar, milk and vanilla. Spoon into greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. (Do not pack mixture into baking containers for a fluffy texture) Mix brown sugar, pecans flour and butter. Sprinkle over casserole. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees F. or until firm.

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Despite a holiday season that’s practically guaranteed to feel different than any other, one constant will remain for many: enjoying the tastes of favorite foods and beverages while cozied up at home. Enhance the holiday spirit and complement the meal at your table with adult beverages that call for seasonal flavors to add to the festive vibe. Whether you prefer your drinks with a fruity twist and plenty of mix-ins or would rather opt for a simpler combination, the options are vast. Many traditional holiday drinks require a small handful of ingredients that blend, mix or shake together to create a wintry flavor that’s worth the wait. Regardless of personal preferences, one ingredient you can rely on when creating an at-home concoction is a mixer like those from Zevia, which are naturally sweetened with stevia and include no artificial ingredients, colors or preservatives. These non-alcoholic, zero-sugar, zero-calorie mixers for cocktails (or mocktails) are available in three different flavors: Lemon Lime with Bitters, Tonic and Ginger Beer to provide a simple yet delicious complement to the ingredients of your choosing. For a fruit-flavored solution, this Cranberry Smash Moscow Mule offers a sweet spin on the classic cocktail. Break out your favorite copper mug and let the cranberries and cinnamon sticks add festive flair to your fusion of vodka and ginger beer. Alternately, if the sour notes of a margarita better fit your style, go for a holiday twist with this Winter White Margarita by blending in coconut milk and garnishing with cranberries and rosemary sprigs. By rimming your glasses with granulated stevia, you can add a sweet touch to each gulp. 34 Pensacola Magazine


1 cup cranberries, plus additional for garnish (optional), divided 3/4-1 cup water, divided 2 ounces vodka 1-2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice 4 ounces Zevia Ginger Beer Mixer ice rosemary, for garnish (optional) lime slices, for garnish (optional) cinnamon sticks, for garnish (optional)

In saucepan, boil cranberries in 1/2 cup water until they burst. Use fork to smash cranberries. Boil 3-4 minutes. Keep mixture moist by adding water 1/4 cup at a time. Let mixture cool to room temperature. In copper mug, combine vodka, lime juice, ginger beer and smashed cranberries over ice. Garnish with additional cranberries, rosemary, lime slices and cinnamon sticks, if desired.


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Divide mixture among glasses and garnish each with cranberries and rosemary, if desired.

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Holiday Gift Guide

Keeping it Local

Our holiday celebrations may take on a more subdued tone this year and family gatherings may be held in virtual formats, but one thing unlikely to change is the tradition of gift giving. While the global pandemic has been a boon to many online stores and conglomerates, it has shaken small businesses—particularly retailers—to their core. With that in mind, we’ve gathered an eclectic assortment of items from a variety local stores and artists to inspire readers to shop locally this holiday season. From fun to functional and from whimsical to refined, Pensacola shops offer something for everyone on your shopping list.

Locally Made, Hand-Blown Glass Conch Shell ($95) thejoehobbs.com

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Books From Local Shops Books are the gift that keep on giving. Whether they take you on a journey to a magical world, break your heart with the death of a character or stimulate your intellectual and creative curiosity, books have the power to move people. They also make a very thoughtful gift that be passed on from hand to hand and regifted after reading. Check out these local picks from Open Books & The Prison Book Project and Bodacious Books to gift this season featuring local authors, children’s books and cookbooks. Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Natasha Trethewey. Open Books, $10

Loblolly, Loblolly, You're So Tall by Mommy Moo Moo. Bodacious Books, $9.99

Don’t Quit Your Day Job by Sonny Brewer. Open Books, $10

Tuesday Bluesday by Angel Stull-James. Bodacious Books, $14.95

We Can’t Help It If We’re From Florida: New Stories from a Sinking Peninsula by Shane Hinton. Open Books $20

Miss Millicent Monarch: A Butterfly’s Tale by Janet Wiggins. Bodacious Books, $19.95

When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley. Bodacious Books, $19.99 Blood In The Water by Rick Outzen. Bodacious Books, $16.95 The Silver Waterfall by Kevin Miller. Bodacious Books, $18.99

Feeding Friendzy by Corbett Davis Jr. Bodacious Books, $30

Flavor for All by James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst. Bodacious Books, $30

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Bodacious Butter Infused Olive Oil 375 ml ($16.99) Bodacious Shops

Festive Taco Set: Party bowl ($9.99) Festive Taco Holders ($9.99/each) Festive Taco Spoons ($5.50/set) Bodacious Shops

EVO Stainless Steel Oil Sprayer ($30) Bodacious Shops

Host Wine Freeze Cooling Cups ($26.99) Warrington Hardware Wood Handled Fish Wine Opener ($39) Angel's Garden

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Vista Alegre 1824 Chinese Zodiac Porcelain Trinket Boxes from Portugal ($85) Urban Objects

Merci Louis vintage Hand-Bound Books from Paris: Large 120 Page Book ($36) DUH for Home & Garden

Erbario Toscano Bacche Di Tuscia 1-Liter Diffuser Handmade in Italy ($169) DUH for Home & Garden

Tote+able Canvas Wine and Beverage Canteen ($21) Bodacious Shops

Handmade Ritual Candles with Flowers, Herbs and Crystals ($12) Hand Blended Teas ($10 & up) Whiskey by the Fire Handmade Soy and Local Beeswax Candle ($12) Pink and Lavender Quartz Crystals (Prices Vary) Asher and Bee Apothecary & Teahouse

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White canvas handmade ornaments on wire stands: Dove ($28), Stag ($24) DUH for Home & Garden

Creative Co-op Wool Felt Llama Ornaments ($20) DUH for Home & Garden

Locally Designed Metal and Bead Pensacola Ornament ($28) Angel's Garden

Milk Chocolate Snowman Stuffed With Chocolate Covered Popcorn ($30) White Chocolate and Candy Coated Pretzel Party Mix ($12) Dark Chocolate Santa and Christmas Tree Pops (Prices Vary) Peppermint Bark ($4.50) Peterbrooke Chocolatier DECEMBER '20


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Swarovski Crystal Firefly Necklace ($78), Bracelet ($224) and Earrings ($54) Angel's Garden

WS by Wallace # Sewell Handwoven Kyoto Pink Merino Lambs Wool Scarf ($85) Urban Objects

Still Waters Spa Gift Certificate (prices vary) Skin Medica TNS Advanced + Serum ($295) Still Waters Day & Medical Spa

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. Pocket Worn Old Red Bone Corn Cob Jigger ($68.99) Warrington Hardware

Joe Patti’s Tri-Color Baseball Hat ($14.99) Joe Patti's Seafood

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Community Events Ghost of Christmas Past Haunted House Investigation December 4

This year will mark the 120th Christmas celebration in this haunted house. Customers will check-in at Go Retro, 610 N. Spring St., use the restrooms, and then take a short bus ride to the haunted house, which has been featured on the SyFy Channel's "Haunted Collector" show and other paranormal television shows. There, people will learn about the Victorian home's 100+ year history. Everyone then will be divided into groups and taught how to use various ghost hunting electronic equipment.

Perdido Area Community Craft & Vendor Fair December 5

The Perdido Area Chamber is excited to host a Perdido Area Community Craft & Vendor Fair alongside a holiday Flicks on the Field on the Field at the Pensacola Greyhound Park, 951 Dog Track Road. Kick-off the holiday shopping season on “Shop Local Saturday” by browsing the vendor booths at the Perdido Area Community Craft & Vendor Fair followed by a special holiday Flicks on the Field outdoor movie night featuring the holiday favorite film, ELF!

The Gordon Holiday Festival December 5

Come support local artists at the Gordon Holiday Festival where artists will be displaying and selling art and holiday gifts. The festoval will feature two programs with musicians, dancers and poets that are free and open to the public. Live music and

lights will be displayed outside in the garden area. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.

2020 Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks December 7

The 2020 Lighted Boat Parade will be led by Chase-n-Fins and will set sail from Sabine Marina in Little Sabine Bay at 6:30 p.m. do a loop and will wind its way around the Santa Rosa Sound/ Boardwalk area and then will circle back. Spectators can watch the parade from Little Sabine or the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk and any of the businesses along the route.

2020 Teachers Giving Tree Project December 10

Angel’s Garden is hosting a Teacher’s Giving Tree to give back to local educators. Each ornament on the tree represents three wishes from an individual classroom teacher at a local Title I school. Each day, teachers make a difference, one child at a time. They bring hope, encouragement, and the ability to dream beyond the four walls of the classroom, transforming their students’ lives every day. To help support education in our community in this challenging year, people can select an ornament off the tree located at Angel’s Garden and shop for a local teacher. Gifts are due back to Angel’s Garden no later than Dec. 10 at 5 pm.

Christmas on the Coast 2020 Presented by Saenger Theatre

of the Pensacola Children's Chorus will transform sunny weather into a winter wonderland. You'll experience all the sights and sounds of the holidays that will have you humming through the New Year! Please note that seating is limited due to COVID-19 physical distancing policies. Masks are required for admission and for the duration of the performance.

Junie B. In Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! December 11-December 20

Pensacola Little Theatre presents Junie B. In Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! Junie B. Jones, First-Grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday SingAlong and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.'s fun. So when Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the bestselling book series by Barbara Park.

Winter Art Market December 12

First City Art Center’s Winter Art Market will be an outdoor event featuring local art vendors, glass holiday ornaments from FCAC artists, glassblowing and pottery demonstrations, raffles and more! *Masks are required on FCAC Campus for all staff, vendors, volunteers and attendees*

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82nd Annual Camellia Flower Show December 12

The annual show will be located at The Garden Center, 1850 N. 9tha Avenue, Pensacola, Florida. The Pensacola Camellia Club wecomes everyone with a camellia plant in their yards to enter their blooms from 7-10am, closed judging occurs at 10:30 -1pm, then from 1pm -4pm it is FREE to the Public to view the beautiful camellia flowers that bloom in various colors, forms and sizes. We ask everyone who attends to wear a mask and distance yourselves as you walk through the tables filled with camellia flower blooms.

Christmas ZOObilee December 12, 13, 19 & 21

Christmas ZOObilee includes winterthemed bounce stations, live music and entertainment, a Candy Cane Market full of gifts, sights, smells, and tastes of the season, including unique gifts from local artists and delicious holiday treats. Fun for the entire family, Christmas ZOObilee wouldn't be complete without a visit from the jolly man in a red suit. Sundays with Santa is the perfect opportunity to hand-deliver last-minute Christmas letters while snapping a treasured photo with Saint Nick in his sleigh.

Nutcracker Ballet Pensacola December 18-20

Annually selling out, the Ballet Pensacola company brings joy, excitement and consistent surprises to dance audiences across the panhandle and into the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This production has been hailed as the best Nutcracker from New Orleans to Miami. The classical ballet will enthrall audiences as the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky accompanies the story of

Clara and her journey through the Land of the Sweets. The captivating scenes of a battle between toy soldiers and mice, a pas de deux of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier and a serene snow scene have made “The Nutcracker” a Pensacola family tradition!

Onbikes Winter Wonder Ride December 19

It's never too early to get into the holiday spirit. Join Onbikes this December for the fifth annual slow ride (a little less than 5 miles) through downtown Pensacola and a showing of The Grinch, after. Proceeds raised will be used to purchase new bikes for children in need in the Northwest Florida area.

Ice Flyer’s Home Game December 30

The Ice Flyers will be joined in an All-South Division season by the Birmingham Bulls, Huntsville Havoc, Knoxville Ice Bears and Macon Mayhem. Each team will have a schedule of 21 home, 21 away games as opposed to a 56-game schedule that has existed since the league was founded in 2004. The Ice Flyers first home game at the Bay Center will be Dec 30. Season tickets are on sale now and single game tickets will be available by late November.

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52. Pensacola International Airport Introduces New Non-Stop Flight

56 Around the Region Find out what is happening in business, government and cultural news in the greater Pensacola area and Northwest Florida. DECEMBER '20



At the onset of the global health crisis, industries across the globe began ceasing operations to reexamine safe business practices. In the airline industry, international travel bans were initiated, leisure travel came to a halt and airports quickly turned into ghost towns utilized only for postal cargo shipments and essential travel. When stay at home orders were first implemented, airports including Pensacola International Airport (PNS) witnessed a 92 percent drop in passenger count. Despite the closures and constant changes following CDC guidelines, the Pensacola International Airport has remained above the national averages for the airline industry across America experiencing only a 30 percent drop in last year’s numbers while the national average sits around a 60 percent decrease. Lewis Garvin, the marketing director for PNS, accredits those numbers to implemented safety measures, socially distanced beach vacations and fast-acting local government. “It’s a huge testament to what is going on in Pensacola not only to the vacation climate but also to the business climate and how our area is growing and thriving with the decisions that are being made by our local leadership,” Garvin explained. “We had an initial pushback to close the airport, but we had to stay open unless the FAA said otherwise. Our 20 travel destinations dropped down to eight destinations. Some days there were only four flights running when at our peak season you could see upwards of 80 flights a day.” PNS has implemented several safety measures to protect passengers including enforcing the local mask mandate and providing hand sanitizer to all guests. Masks are to be worn inside the airport, at all boarding gates and during flights unless eating or drinking. The airport even purchased a unique hand sanitizer called microSURE that is Benzalkonium Chloride-based instead of alcohol-based and lasts up to eight hours after application. They have also increased the frequency of

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cleaning crews within the airport utilizing an electrostatic sanitizing method as well as sanitizing the airplane cabins between flights. “Traveling during COVID is a personal decision, and we respect and understand the decision to abstain from traveling. We just want our guests to know that we have done everything on our part to keep them safe while traveling with us,” Garvin explained. While implementing new safety measures, PNS has also been working to bring new flight and destination opportunities to Pensacola. In December, PNS is launching a new non-stop flight to Dulles International Airport (IAD) located on the outskirts of Washington, DC. The new service will begin on Dec. 17, 2020 through Jan. 4, 2021. From Jan. 5, 2021 to March 3, 2021, the flight will change to Saturday and Sunday Service and then back to daily service until the end of March. “Non-stop flights are crucial to keeping an airport competitive, helping lower the cost of flights for travelers and increasing connections to other destinations,” Garvin explained. “We already had a direct flight to Washington, DC through American Airlines to

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, but this allows us to open up more flights and bring more opportunity to Pensacola too. We want to see a lot of people come to Pensacola and enjoy our beaches, our culture and experience what Pensacola has to offer. Dulles is a great hub for international travel as well, so once international travel opens back up, we have positioned ourselves with a great new connection.” Garvin also explained that Dulles is a crucial location to meet increasing demand for flights to Washington, DC and helps connect Pensacola to the Navy Federal Credit Union headquarters in Vienna, Virginia. As we approach the holiday season, PNS is closely anticipating increases in travel and working to ensure that the airport is prepared and maintains its social distanced protocol. Part of that preparation is tracking surveys conducted that estimate 60 percent of normal holiday travelers anticipate traveling while 30-40 of normal holiday travelers are opting not to travel this season. “We are going to continue enforcing masks, keeping seats and lines spaced out by six feet and cleaning the airport and cabins to ensure that we are a safe and easy place to travel. We are constantly aiming to create the best air travel experience on the Gulf Coast,” Garvin said.


The election is over and the ballots are all in. This year marks the highest voter turnout in the U.S. in more than 100 years. Almost 65 percent of voting-eligible voters casted ballots. Although electing the new U.S. President Joe Biden stole most of this election’s thunder, there are plenty of local elections people in Pensacola and Escambia County should be aware of. Business Climate rounded up the winners of the areas elections along with a summary of the candidates.

CITY COUNCIL Jennifer Brahier Jennifer Brahier was elected to the City Council for District 1. She defeated Councilman P.C. Wu by three votes— ending his 16 year reign. Brahier is a longtime resident of District 1. Her family moved there in 1974. Since 1997, Brahier has been a professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Pensacola State College. She was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of West Florida, where she was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. During her years as an educator, she has been an advocate for education. Brahier testified before the Florida Legislature in support of teachers and students’ educational equity. Brahier decided to run for a seat in the City Council after realizing that District 1’s persistent issues with flooding, lighting and lack of sidewalks weren’t being addressed. Brahier hopes to resolve these issues in her district. To learn more about Brahier, visit brahiercares.com or find her on Facebook @brahiercares.

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Teniadé Broughton Teniadé Broughton defeated her opponent Ron Helms for the District 5 seat in City Council. Broughton received 58.35 percent of the votes, and Helms received 41.65 percent of the votes. Broughton is a seventh generation Pensacolian and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. She is locally known as a historian and advocate for African American history in Pensacola. Broughton is the founder of the John Sunday Society, a researcher at the Chappie James Museum and chairperson of the Escambia County Equal Justice Initiative. Her campaign was centered on a broad range of issues that impact District 5 including increasing the number of affordable housing options, enhancing infrastructure and supporting small businesses. She is also using her knowledge of Pensacola history to make her district a destination for cultural tourism. To keep up with Broughton, follow her on Facebook @broughtonforpensacola.

SHERIFF Chip Simmons Chip Simmons defeated his opponent David Alexander III for Escambia County Sheriff. Both Simmons and Alexander are former police chiefs. Republican candidate, Simmons secured 63 percent of the vote while Alexander, a democrat, received 37 percent of the votes. Simmons is a Pine Forest High School graduate. He pursued higher education at Troy University where he earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice and a master’s in public administration. Simmons also graduated from FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. He began his career in law enforcement in 1984 as a corrections officer for the Escambia County Sheriff ’s Office. Shortly after, he was hired by the Pensacola Police Department (PPD). He served as Assistant County Administrator for Escambia County and as Police Chief for the PPD before retiring from the police department in August 2015. Some of the focals of Simmons’ platform is to require all officers in the county wear body cameras, increase training in de-escalation and enhance pre employment screening to remove those who are biased or have radical ideologies. To learn more about Simmons and his plans for the county, visit chipsimmonsforsheriff.com.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE FLORIDA HOUSE DISTRICT 1 Michelle Salzman Republican Michelle Salzman won Florida House District 1 by defeating Democratic challenger Franscine C. Mathis. Salzman received 65.4 percent of the votes while Mathis received 34.6 percent of the votes. Salzman began to make headway in the race for Florida House District 1 when she defeated Mike

Hill in the August primary. She received 52.5 percent of the votes in the primary. Salzman is a U.S. Army veteran who has a degree in computer analytics and business administration. She is locally known as a dedicated volunteer and advocate for veterans. As a full-time community volunteer, Salzman served on the March of Dimes Committee for two years and volunteered with the VA’s local Vocational Rehabilitation office. Recently, Salzman was named Distinguished Woman by the Gulf Coast Girls Scouts Council, and in 2015, 2017 and 2018, Inweekly named her Volunteer of the Year. According to Salzman’s platform, she is pro life, believes occupational licensing laws should be reduced along with other regulations inhibiting entrepreneurism and finding conservative solutions to children’s safety in schools. To tell Salzman the changes you want to see in District 1, take her survey d1matters.com. To keep up with Salzman, follow her on Facebook @ ThePeoplesConservative.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE FLORIDA HOUSE DISTRICT 2 Alex Andrade Incumbent representative Alex Andrade defeated his democratic opponent Dianne Krummel. Andrade received 56 percent of the votes. Andrade began his reelection campaign with an endorsement from Gov. Ron DeSantis and Congressman Matt Gatez. Since becoming representative of House District 2 in 2017, Andrade has worked to pass conservative legislation. He is an avid supporter of pro-life, the second amendment, the military and small government. Recently, Andrade helped pass a ban on sanctuary cities in Florida. He also helped give Floridians more than $100 million in tax cuts. Andrade works to give back to the Pensacola community by volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and he cofounded Onbikes Pensacola, a charitable organization that provides thousands of

bicycles to children in Northwest Florida. To keep up with Andrade, follow him on Facebook @VoteAlexAndrade.

EMERALD COAST UTILITIES AUTHORITY DISTRICT 3 Larry Williams Democrat Larry Williams won the only contested race for a seat on the ECUA board. He received 65.74 percent of the votes. Schneier was in second with 27.69 percent of votes. The ECUA was created in 1981 to enable Escambia County and the City of Pensacola to improve and expand its water and wastewater systems. District 3 is one out of the five electoral districts. Williams has a bachelor’s in workforce education and development, a master’s in health administration and is pursuing his doctorate in public health. Williams is the Executive Committee Member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration Commission and a Sunday School teacher at Morning Star Baptist Church. Williams has experience advocating with concerned citizens for the closure of toxic landfills in the community. He started the nonprofit Wedgewood Area Revitalization Matters for Urban Progress. Williams stated that one of his priorities as the representative for ECUA District 3 is to be transparent with the community. To learn more about Williams, follow him on Facebook @ElectLarryWilliams.

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 1 Douglas V. Broxson Incumbent republican Doug Broxson defeated democrat Karen Butler in the general election for Florida State Senate District 1. Broxson received 65.3 percent of the votes. Broxson first assumed office for

District 1 in 2016. He has a bachelor’s from Evangel University and served as State Senator for District 3. In the past year, he served on several committees including the Community Affairs Committee, Military and Veteran Affairs and Space Committee, and the Banking and Insurance Committee, which he was chair of. Some of Broxson’s stances on issues are pro-life, limited government and increase accessiblity to first class education for all students. To learn more about Broxson, follow him on Facebook @ dougbroxsonforflorida.

UNITED STATE CONGRESS DISTRICT 1 Matt Gaetz Incumbent republican Matt Gaetz defeated democrat Phil Ehr for the second time. Gaetz received 64.6 percent of the votes. He was first elected in 2016. He has a bachelor’s in social science from Florida State University and his J.D. from College of William and Mary. Last year, he served on the Armed Services Committee and Judiciary Committee. He also served as chairman of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, where he helped pass penalties against violent sex predetors. However, in 2017, he was the only member of the U.S. Senate to vote against Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act. To learn more about Gaetz, visit his website gaetz. house.gov.

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AROUND THE REGION BAPTIST HEALTH CARE BREAKS GROUND ON NEW HEALTH CAMPUS Baptist Health Care (BHC) held a virtual groundbreaking event for the construction of its new health campus earlier today. The event was streamed via Facebook Live and YouTube Live. The event was held 71 years to the day of the groundbreaking of BHC’s flagship facility, Baptist Hospital. “This new health campus will serve us now and for generations to come. When Baptist Hospital opened, it was considered a beacon of modern health care,” said BHC president and CEO Mark Faulkner. “Think how far we’ve evolved since then. Our founders’ transformative planning led to generations of care for our community. This new, bold project will allow us to continue providing patient-centered care in a setting that offers the opportunity to evolve and adapt as the needs of our community change over the next 71 years.”

THE SANSING FOUNDATION PRESENTED $100K TO CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA Children’s Home Society of Florida, the state’s oldest and largest child-serving organization, received a $100,000 donation from The Sansing Foundation to benefit local children and their families. CHS will use the funds to help families facing hard situations compounded by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Studies show 8 million Americans have slipped below the poverty line this year as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. This, along with isolation, uncertainty, poor mental health and job losses have impacted families throughout Florida. Florida’s panhandle also weathered three hurricanes this year, compounding the difficulties for local families. The Sansing Foundation – a longtime supporter of CHS – increased its annual gift to a very generous $100,000 to help local children and their families find the support they need to overcome the challenges of 2020.

The new health campus represents the single largest investment in health care facilities, services and programs in Northwest Florida’s history. It will provide a central location for clinical care, programs and services that will be easier for patients to access. Equipped with innovative technologies for diagnosis and treatment along with a concentration of related services, the facility will provide a seamless continuum of care that is more convenient for the patient and better optimizes resources. Its parklike setting, filled with heritage oaks, magnolia trees and other native landscaping, will provide a calming backdrop for optimum healing. Construction is expected to be completed in 2023. The construction of a new campus was announced in June 2019. Since that time, preliminary work has been ongoing including finalization of financing, selection of construction partners, initial site preparation and design

“The Sansing Foundation is passionate about giving back to the community, and the Children’s Home Society of Florida has a longstanding history of caring for our community’s most vulnerable children and families,” said Sandy Sansing of The Sansing Foundation. “We knew in partnering with CHS, our funds would strengthen the community as a whole by meeting families where they need it most.” The Sansing Foundation’s gift will help more families stay safe, strong and together with crisis intervention as well as in-home parenting support with CHS’ Healthy Families program. This donation will also benefit students and their families of C.A. Weis Elementary, A Community Partnership School and assists homeless youth by providing life skills and job training, housing, mental health counseling and more. With the Sansing Foundation’s support, children, teens and their families will have the support they need to realize their full potential.

planning. Brasfield & Gorrie serves as general contractor. Gresham Smith is the architectural firm responsible for design, Meadows & Ohly is program manager, and Smith Seckman and Reid serves as equipment and technology planner. These companies were selected based on individual industry-wide reputations and extensive experience in designing, planning and building health care facilities across the United States. As the project moves forward, BHC expects that many local, skilled subcontractors will be brought on board. More information, including video from today’s event, and ongoing updates about the project can be found at eBaptistHealthCare.org and Facebook.com/BaptistHealthCare.

families that were struggling before the pandemic,” said Lindsey Cannon, regional executive director of Children’s Home Society of Florida, serving Western Florida. “With the Sansing Foundation’s generosity, more families and children will have access to support, hope and a brighter future.” The Sansing Foundation is funded through proceeds of Sansing dealerships; when buyers purchase a car from any Sansing dealership, they support gifts like this to help children and their families in the community. About Children’s Home Society of Florida On the front lines since 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida is the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to helping children and families. Children’s Home Society of Florida serves more than 50,000 children and family members throughout the state each year. More: www.chsfl.org.

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AROUND THE REGION MOLLY MCGUIRE ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP GROWS BY $50,000 AFTER MCGUIRE’S/IPC DONATION BY TROY MOON “Warm and Friendly” was Molly McGuire’s motto, and the adage remains the rule at McGuire’s Irish Pub, which has long been one of Pensacola’s most popular restaurants. On Thursday, friends and family of Molly – the restaurant’s and family’s matriarch – brought plenty of warm, friendly feelings to Pensacola State College. They also brought a check for $50,350 that will grow the Molly McGuire Culinary Arts Endowed Scholarship and provide even more funds for PSC students. Molly McGuire Martin died in 2014. Her husband, McGuire Martin, along with family members and friends in the Irish Politicians Club – a social club based at McGuire’s Irish Pub – established the scholarship in 2015 in her honor. With the latest donation, the endowment principal is now $350,350, making it the College’s sixth-largest endowed scholarship. “They give from their heart,’’ said PSC President Ed Meadows, speaking to Molly’s friends and family at a ceremony in the Molly McGuire Culinary Arts Dining Room, thanking them for their support. “Their support of the College and this program has just been tremendous. We’re

so grateful that they are part of the PSC family.” Guests, including PSC Board of Trustees members, at the ceremony sampled hors d’oeuvres ─ chocolate mousse with raspberry, stuffed mushrooms, strawberries Romanoff and more – prepared by the College’s Culinary Arts students, and wines poured by Hospitality Arts students. Culinary Arts student Patrick Newburn thanked the guests for the donation. A line cook at Union Public House in downtown Pensacola, Newburn is a Molly McGuire Culinary Arts Endowed Scholarship recipient. “It means so much,’’ he said. “This is a fantastic Culinary Arts program and I would not have found the passion I have if not for the program.” And what about the fact that he works in a rival restaurant? “Pensacola is one big community,’’ he said. “All the restaurants are supportive of each other. Chefs go to different restaurants to try their foods. We’re all in this together.” Andrea Krieger, PSC Executive Director of Institutional Development, said the Martin family, McGuire’s Irish Pub and

the Irish Politicians Club have been vital to building and sustaining the Culinary Arts program. “The Martin family and McGuire’s IPC members do so much for our community and giving to PSC is a way for them to invest in our students’ futures,’’ Krieger said. “They give with no thought of if or how it will benefit them. They do this from their hearts. They truly care about our College and our community.” Billy Martin, Molly McGuire Martin’s stepson, told the culinary arts students to enjoy their chosen profession. “There are a lot of hours and a lot of hard work,’’ he said. “But in the end, it’s very rewarding. Molly taught me to have fun and enjoy myself. Don’t let it stress you out. Don’t let it control you.” He also encouraged them to always treat customers and diners with grace and dignity. “Molly’s motto and our motto is ‘Warm and Friendly,’ ‘’ Martin said. “She wanted us to treat our employees and guests like they were family.” Then, he paused. “On behalf of Molly and the family,’’ he said, “thanks for doing what you do.”

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In This Section By the Numbers: A Look at October's Market Highlights page 62

Green and Clean: Eco-Friendly Tips For a Healthier Home page 64

Everyone Can Save on Vital Energy Costs page 70

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MARKET HIGHLIGHTS New listings for residential property rose 12 percent from September. New listings for condominiums fell 31 percent from the prior month. 62 Pensacola Magazine

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October's pending sales rebounded 17 percent from September and were the most reported for the month since, and including October 2017.

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Green and clean: Eco-friendly tips for a healthier home With social distancing, remote work and digital learning the new reality, there's no question that time spent at home has significantly increased. Keeping spaces clean and healthy is a top priority particularly as we head into winter months. Creating a healthy home is easier than you think - consider these five simple steps. Step 1: Change air filters regularly Your home's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system typically includes an air filter that pulls dust, contaminants and microscopic allergens out of the air. If you can't remember the last time you changed the air filter, it's time to add it to your list. These filters should be replaced at least once a season to help maintain a healthier home. During seasons that your system is more in use, such as daily heating during cold months, you may want to change it out more often. Step 2: Use products with better ingredients Some cleaners contain harsh chemical ingredients that can do more harm than good. Look for products that effectively clean with naturally occurring ingredients like hydrogen peroxide. For example, Bona PowerPlus Antibacterial Surface Cleaner kills 99.9% of household germs like influenza A, rhinovirus and E. coli through the power of hydrogen peroxide. This ready to use, streak-free formula cuts


grease and grime on sealed non-porous hard surfaces like granite, stone, ceramic tile, stainless steel, glass and more. Step 3: Kick off your shoes Wearing shoes inside the home can track in unwanted dirt and germs. Place a shoe mat or basket at often-used entryways to keep organized and to encourage visitors to remove their shoes. Additionally, a door mat both inside and outside of the doorway can keep mud, snow and chemicals like salt melt off floors. As an added touch, snag some comfy house slippers so visitors have no excuse to go shoeless. Step 4: Refresh and remodel with green materials With extra time at home, more people are tackling home improvement projects. Whether you are refreshing a space or embarking on a major remodel, look for eco-friendly options such as paint, flooring and other materials with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which will ensure healthier air quality. Consider

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DELICATE HARMONIES CREATE BALANCE IN THE BATH The bath space should feel spa-like in nature and create a sense of tranquility. To establish balance within the bath, coordinate different design styles and incorporate striking natural details. Bathrooms that push the boundaries on contrast, while maintaining a minimalistic tone, create the most coveted sanctuaries. Natural minimalism

Consider choosing earth tones like mocha and rust to bring richness and warmth to the bath. The addition of texture also disrupts the uniformity of a space. For instance, larger visual elements like pebble flooring, a stone tub or a concrete window bench deliver unexpected interruption without feeling obtrusive. Additionally, incorporating organic touches such as live plants or greenery balances the raw minimalism of the unfinished materials. Complete the space with a custom-made mirror with warm backlighting for a functional and luxurious finishing touch.


Stunning combinations

Nero Marquina is renowned for its rich black hues and distinctive white veining. Movement varies by slab, and when paired with hand-selected stone that complements or contrasts the marble, the space becomes the perfect backdrop for a luxurious soak. Further experiment with hardware and fixtures throughout the space to create additional smaller pops of contrast. For instance, the classic combination of gold and onyx works effortlessly as a standalone element, or beautifully when incorporated against a monochromatic feature.

Perfect imperfection

Embrace the beauty found in imperfections, a key element of the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi. A deeply veined marble wall, such as Calacatta Macaubas Quartzite, alludes to both the principles of wabi-sabi and to "Kintsugi," the Japanese method of repairing broken pottery using lacquer dusted with powdered gold. Select additional elements that carry these philosophies through the

space, such as the Single-Handle Lavatory Faucet from the Kintsu Bath Collection by Brizo. The faucet handle displays clean, unbroken lines while in the off position, demonstrating the streamlined form of Scandinavian minimalism. When in use, the handle creates a broken visual line, celebrating the principles of wabi-sabi.

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Opt for strong geometric shapes as both primary and supporting elements within the bath. A cherry wood vanity can act as the focal point or as an understated base to house a variety of accessories. Create stunning contrast with light and dark tones by adding a mother of pearl soap dish or inlaid cabinet hardware against black lacquered surfaces. From small accents to larger statement pieces, establishing a balanced aesthetic within the bath will instill a sense of peace and make for a calming space.

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EVERYONE CAN SAVE ON VITAL ENERGY COSTS It's something everyone in the U.S. needs and uses in their everyday lives – energy to keep the lights on, appliances working and homes cool or warm enough to be comfortable. Now that Americans are spending more time at home, energy needs – and costs – for households across the country are going through the roof. And unfortunately, energy costs tend to be higher for families already struggling with lower incomes and job insecurity, along with other challenges due to the pandemic. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, low-income, African-American, and Latino households and renters pay up to three times more on energy costs as a proportion of their income. The result? Some low-income households spend nearly 20% of

their income on utility bills, which adds to the challenges already affecting these families as they struggle to make ends meet. What's being done to help ease energy burden? The ENERGY STAR Program and its many partners in the private and public sectors are working to bring the benefits of energy savings to everyone - especially those who need it most. Products that earn the ENERGY STAR label meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to providing energy-saving products and services, many ENERGY STAR partner organizations are working to increase access to energy efficiency and deliver assistance to consumers through:

Lower prices and rebates offered on ENERGY STAR certified products including HVAC systems, smart thermostats, water heaters and household appliances. Local utility company programs helping families save energy through income-qualified services, such as free home energy audits and other resources for cutting energy usage and costs.

• Save 430 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity

Energy assistance programs to help homeowners keep and maintain their homes.

What does that mean for your family? A typical household spends about $2,000 per year on energy bills. With ENERGY STAR certified appliances, you can save 30% or about $575 - while avoiding over 5,500 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. A typical household equipped with ENERGY STAR certified products can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 77,000 pounds of CO2 and save about $8,750 on utility bills over the life of these products.

Teen tech centers to offer safe after-school spaces where teens can learn tech skills and engage with schoolwork.

Programs and opportunities like these can help your family save on energy costs, while also helping you and your children learn about new energy solutions and even emerging careers in fields that will create a more energy-efficient future. Go to energystar.gov/saveforgood to find out what's available near you. How much can you save?


In 2018 alone, ENERGY STAR certified products helped consumers:

Programs assisting low-income families and providing education around energy efficiency include:* LED bulb giveaways and donations from utility companies around the country, focusing on communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

STEM-based educational programs to boost interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

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But the overall numbers tell the story: Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped American families and businesses save more than 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity, and achieve over 3.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions.

When you take advantage of energy-efficient solutions, the exact amount of energy and cost savings - and benefit to the environment - will vary, depending on the appliance and how much it is used.

• Avoid $358 billion in energy costs • Achieve 330 million metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions

Get started with your home This year, explore the benefits of greater energy efficiency for your household, including savings on energy and money, while also helping protect the planet. Learn more about how ENERGY STAR and its partners can help by visiting energystar.gov/saveforgood.

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