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Kelly Oden Executive Editor Our homes are an autobiography in progress. They tell the story of our lives. Photographs, awards, collected art and objects, color choices, personal style, it all adds up to a portrait of who we are and the lives we’ve led. I’ve had the pleasure of touring and writing about many beautiful homes in Pensacola and in the process, I’ve met some amazing people. I think that no other home I’ve been invited into has exemplified the idea of the home as life story as much as the home of Nancy Fetterman. The house itself is an architectural gem. Clearly built with an artist’s eye for detail and a craftsman’s expertise, but as amazing as the structure itself is, it pales in comparison to the rich tapestry of life contained within. Filled with hand picked art from Nancy and her late husband, Vice Admiral Jack Fetterman’s, many years of world travel as well as family photos, mementos and accolades galore, the home is a testament to a life well lived. I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to showcase the home and I hope you enjoy reading about it as well. In addition, spring has sprung and it’s time to start thinking about the garden. Many people are jumping on the urban homesteading trend and planting food gardens. We’ve enlisted the help of Eden Garden Supply for some tips on edible organic gardening for our area. Get digging! We’ve also rounded up a handful of other interesting articles—tips on building a healthy pantry from our resident healthy food guru, Jodi Brown; a travel piece on the 30A beach town of Rosemary Beach; information on a great local nonprofit, Four Blades of Grass and a story on the Viva Pensacola Jazz festival. We hope you enjoy this issue and the gorgeous spring weather!

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Contents departments

features Emerald Point ...........................26

entertaining Pensacola Garden Center’s Tour of Tables . .10 travel Rosemary Beach: The Upscale Mayberry . .12

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non-profit Four Blades of Grass Works to Solve County-Wide Hunger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 food Build A Healthy Pantry . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

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gardening Spring Into Organic Gardening . . . . . . .19 festivals Jazz Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

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enter taining

Pensacola Garden Center’s Tour of Tables

By Emily Lullo

A beautifully set table invites guests to enjoy a meal among friends and sets the tone of the occasion. Colorful tableware and fun centerpieces signify a buoyant celebration, while delicate china and classic floral designs welcome you to an elegant meal. Hosts can scour the internet for inspiration and etiquette for table settings, or see it firsthand at the Pensacola Garden Center’s Tour of Tables March 21 and 22. The Tour of Tables offers businesses and individuals the opportunity to design and style a table complete with china and settings, linens, a centerpiece, chair tiebacks and anything else the stylists desire for their table. Each table has a specific theme that can be anything from a unique and fanciful style to a simple “Lunch on Whaley Avenue” theme. The public is then invited to tour the tables and vote on their favorites. The Garden Center started the Tour of Tables tradition 13 years ago and has continued the growing event since

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then. “The Tour of Tables actually has three main things that we wanted to accomplish,” says Tour of Tables committee chair Virginia Page. “First is to educate people about tableware and how to design a table, second is to promote garden clubs in the area, and third is to promote the Garden Center.” Located on Ninth Avenue in the historic East Hill neighborhood, the Garden Center is home to the 31 clubs that make up the Pensacola Federation of Garden Clubs. It’s the only building of its kind dedicated to garden circles from Tallahassee to the Alabama state line. Page says the Tour of Tables is great for people interested in design and table settings, as well as anyone who hasn’t become acquainted with the Garden Center or local garden clubs. “We want to educate the public and get people enthusiastic about garden clubs,” she says. “And we want


to introduce them to our beautiful building.” The Garden Center came to be when a group of garden club members began a fundraising campaign in 1955, raising more than half of the $70,000 needed for construction through bazaars, ticket sales from Christmas Home Tours and Spring Garden Tours, and other efforts. In 1962 construction was complete and Garden Clubs began using it for meetings and events. The public is also invited to hold events at the center, which is often rented for weddings, reunions and meetings. Many Garden Club members are designers for the 23 displays in the Tour of Tables, and some businesses also create displays. Duh!, North Hill Chair Covers, Dee McDavid Interiors, Celebrations and In Detail will each design a table. Designers start work on the Wednesday prior to the event, setting up and creating the perfect look for their tables. On Thursday, designers finish their tables and usher in spring with colorful fresh flower bouquet centerpieces. “These are magnificent centerpiece designs and many are by master gardeners,” Page says. On Thursday, March 21, guests are invited to attend a preview night from 5:30-8 pm. Tickets are $10 and visitors can check out the tables and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cash wine bar. On Friday, March 22, the main event will open at 11 pm with lunch served at noon. Tickets to the luncheon are $20 and the menu will include recipes from the Pensacola Garden Club’s own cookbook called Simply Wonderful. Guests can vote on favorite tables in three categories: Most Elegant, Most Whimsical, and Most Original. While the event is great for anyone interested in gardening, design or entertaining, Page says she also enjoys seeing young people in attendance. With the days of required home economics classes in the past, many don’t learn the proper way to set a table for fine dining or don’t often think about creating an eyecatching centerpiece. “A lot of kids don’t get that kind of information, so it’s good for young people to be able to come in and get wonderful ideas about how to put different types of china together and how to set the silverware,” she says. As the season of spring and summer entertaining gets underway, the Tour of Tables is the perfect way to get inspired. Fresh flowers and beautiful themed table settings will stoke your own ideas for party-perfect setups and designs. For more information on the Pensacola Garden Center or the Pensacola Federation of Garden Clubs, visit pensacolagarden.com.

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travel

By Kelly Oden

Rosemary Beach The Upscale Mayberry If you haven’t driven over to Highway 30A recently, you really don’t know what you are missing. The towns that line 30A have done an excellent job of creating small-scale communities that respect both the environment and the landscape. And although these are planned communities, they each have a unique, authentic sense of place that really speaks to families and luxury vacationers alike. Grayton Beach, Seaside, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach and a handful of other new urbanism communities have created a truly unique beach vacation destination. One of my personal favorites is Rosemary Beach, which I had the pleasure of visiting recently. Often dubbed the “Upscale Mayberry” or “Mayberry on the Beach,” Rosemary Beach’s architecture and atmosphere combine small town America with a West Indies and old European flair. The cobblestone streets, pedestrian footpaths and secret pathways provide a pedestrian-friendly community where nothing is more than a five-minute walk

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away. Established in 1995, Rosemary Beach’s traditional town plan is the design of Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, FAIA. Their vision was to create a town that captures values of 50 years ago—an escape from today’s gridlocked, automobiledependent suburbia. This vision of a new town encourages pedestrian traffic, community interaction and interdependence among neighbors, while relying on strict urban codes and regulations to ensure architectural harmony. Rosemary Beach really does bring visitors back to a bygone era, but with all the conveniences and amenities of the modern world. Dining From fine dining to casual cuisine, the culinary options in Rosemary Beach offer delicious delights for every palate. For coffee, tea and pastries, start your morning at Amavida Coffee. This family-run cafe operates on the motto “Love for


Life” and produces locally roasted, 100 percent natural Fair Trade Certified coffee. Wild Olives is the town market, deli and bakery. They offer gourmet to go options if you are looking to spend a cozy night in. The fun and funky Cowgirl Kitchen brings a little bit of Texas cuisine and hospitality to the Gulf Coast and The Summer Kitchen Cafe, the first restaurant opened in Rosemary Beach, offers creative, healthy fare in a cozy, community oriented setting. La Crema Tapas and Chocolate is a great place to stop for a light bite or late night chocolate inspired dessert (Try the chocolate covered bacon, really!). For a more refined dining experience, Edward’s Fine Food & Wine offers southern-influenced coastal fare in a casual atmosphere. The menu features the freshest Gulf seafood, high-quality meat and poultry, local produce and the finest imported cheeses. Onano Neighborhood Cafe prepares Italian inspired dishes with an intimate dining experience. They offer indoor seating as well as a cozy patio for those who want to feel the ocean breezes. And for a truly elegant experience, Restaurant Paradis serves seasonal fare, fresh Gulf seafood, steaks and fine wine in a warm, wine-country setting. Adventure Swim, bike, boat, paddleboard, golf—these are just a few of the outdoor adventures available at Rosemary Beach. First and foremost is the beach, of course. The beaches along 30A offer spectacular white sands, emerald waters and gorgeous rolling dunes. The town itself also offers four stunning pools for guests to unwind and soak up the sun. The Coquina, with its negative edges and large Pindo palms is a favorite among visitors. For the more sporty guests, Rosemary Beach boasts a racquet club with eight clay courts, a state of the art fitness center and fitness path. Nearby golf, boating and fishing excursions can easily be arranged. Of course a trip to Rosemary wouldn’t be complete without renting a bicycle— the preferred mode of transportation for visitors and residents alike. I thoroughly enjoyed my paddle boarding adventure with YOLO Boards and my relaxing Hobie Cat ride with Sea Oats, a first for me on both counts. Shopping and Services If your idea of a vacation is incomplete without a little retail therapy, Rosemary Beach will not disappoint. Rosemary Beach Trading Company features Rosemary Beach apparel, souvenirs and gift items. For adorable kid clothing, toys and sweet treats, be sure to bring the little ones to Fitz and Emme, Gigi’s and The Sugar Shak. Bombora Sun & Surf is the place to go for stylish beachwear, accessories and gear. Be sure to visit Willow, Hissyfits Boutique, Pish Posh Patchouli, Shabby

Slips, Tracery and Moonpize for high-end fashion and housewares. If you’re into art, A Wickey Studio/Gallery is both an artist’s studio and a gallery and features work by a number of notable 30A artists. Accommodations Rental options in Rosemary feature one-of-a-kind cottages, carriage houses, lofts and flat rentals. Styles and price ranges really run the gamut—from family-friendly to ultra-luxurious. All accommodations include full kitchens and come with fitness center passes, court time at the Rosemary Beach Racquet Club and free DVD movies. A small pensione above the restaurant Onano adds to the European charm and offers small rooms. Look for the elegant full service hotel to open soon as well. For more information on Rosemary Beach and their cottage rental offerings, call 866-348-8952 or visit www.rosemarybeach.com. March/April 2013

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non-profit

By Josh Newby

Four Blades of Grass Works to Solve County-Wide Hunger

Throughout Escambia and Baldwin counties, it is estimated that as many as 25 percent of school-age kids are not receiving proper nutrition or food quantities. Many children’s only meal during the day is the cafeteria lunch provided by their school, and local officials admit there is no data on how often the youths receive weekend sustenance. To help combat this crisis, a grassroots organization, Four Blades of Grass, is rising to the occasion and partnering with local farms, charities and food banks to help guarantee that a child’s stomach never has to rumble from hunger again. By supplying local food pantries with the freshest possible produce and providing children with a well-rounded, consistent diet, this charitable organization is not only helping the children grow properly, but also helping improve grades and their general quality of life. While their mission is to solve the hunger crisis plaguing many children in the area, their story proves that ordinary people can have an extraordinary effect on a seemingly insurmountable problem when they involve their

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community and enlist the charity of its citizens. It all began when George “Rudy” Rudolph and his friend Sandy Veilleux, who owns and co-founded FloraBama Farms, learned that some of the children at Ferry Pass Elementary were not being fed over the weekend. This meant that for at least a 48 hour stretch each week, the children were not receiving any nourishment whatsoever. Health experts agree that inconsistent and inadequate diets in children’s lives stunt their physical, emotional, and mental health, and can lead to problems far extending the pains of going to bed hungry. Rudolph and Veilleux agreed that something had to be done, and after contacting Sue Kennedy, nutritionalist for Escambia County, and Erin Miller, nutritionalist for Baldwin County, they learned that the problem was far worse than they imagined. Even with the BackPack Program, which is one of the country’s foremost hunger-relief charities for school-age children and seeks to fill the void of school meal programs, too many children in the region were simply going undetected or unfed, or both.


After discussing the problem with other local charities and brainstorming solutions that would help the children, but not put too heavy a strain on the generosity of the community, Rudolph and Veilleux decided they could use their connections at FloraBama Farms to stimulate the business of local farmers and vendors while using their product to feed the community’s disadvantaged. They named their charity Four Blades of Grass, which represents the grassroots nature of the organization. Rudolph remarked that it sometimes seems even smaller than a grassroots movement; it sometimes seems like just “four blades of grass.” “By working with local farms and tapping into their Farm to Table program, we realized we could benefit both sides of the crisis, both the food-suppliers and the hungry,” said Rudolph. Through the Farm to Table program, local farmers sell their produce to the less fortunate at a bargain of a rate. For just $180, a family of four can eat for eight weeks. Rudolph and Veilleux would pay the farmers, and their produce would go straight to those most in need, using means of distribution such as MANNA in Pensacola. “By working locally, we are able to gather the resources and supplies and bring them to people who need them most,” said Veilleux. “A hungry mind cannot learn, and by involving the community, everyone wins.” But how would Rudolph and Veilleux get the money to pay the farmers? Using their connections at FloraBama, the team is hoping to purchase a food truck that would travel the area and raise money for the charity. Because of their reputation, they have already secured a VIP placement at the upcoming Hangout Music Fest. The food truck would be non-profit, with most proceeds going to the fund that pays the farmers, and a percentage of funds going to breast cancer research, animal rescues, autism awareness, and other great causes. The truck would cost about $75,000, money that the two are hoping to raise by mid-April. “We’d like to do as many festivals as we can, and in the meantime, the truck would operate daily at FloraBama,” said Rudolph. The team is committed to purchasing the truck whether they receive enough donations and sponsorship or not. Eradicating hunger is Rudolph and Veilleux’s new mission in life, and they are starting in their own backyard. “We want to take hunger charity to the next level,” said Veilleux. “The community can work for itself on so many different levels, and this is an incredible opportunity to help alleviate this epidemic.”

Four Blades of Grass will be working closely with MANNA Food Bank, which will be using Veilleux’s connection to farmers to purchase large quantities of fresh produce at discount rates. MANNA, which helps feed about 70 children a day, will then identify families with the most need and connect them with those consistent and nutritional food options. “Sandy has great connections and networks with local farmers, and in the past fresh produce has been a problem, but by reaching out locally, we’re guaranteeing not only fresh material, but the stimulation of our local economy,” said DeDe Flounlacker, executive director of MANNA Food Bank. “It used to be that we would get fruits and vegetables towards the end of their optimal lifespan, usually from the grocery stores who were high on inventory and needed to move merchandise, but now we can receive it when it is at its freshest, thus giving us more time to distribute a higher quality to those who really need it.” MANNA has been serving the underprivileged of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties for 30 years now, and last year the organization distributed 850,000 pounds of food to those who needed it most. Forty percent of those helped were under the age of 18, and 12 percent were 55 or older. “We are a USDAcertified food bank, which means everything we give is part of a nutritional meal plan,” said Flounlacker. “So we are enriching their lives with fresh, quality products, not junk food, and with the collaboration with Four Blades of Grass, that quality will only improve. The partnership is really a beautiful combination of business savvy and philanthropy.” In Baldwin County, the Four Blades of Grass team is looking to work with area farms and schools to distribute food to the less fortunate. By working with Faulkner State University, Rudolph is hoping to create a seed to table program, in which students would grow, make and market food for the less fortunate. Other area vendors, such as Foley Farmer’s Market, have already pledged assistance. Additionally, the Blanchard family, owners of Gulf Chrysler, has agreed to give Rudolph and Veilleux a great price on a vehicle, as well as 12 acres for growing and farming produce if the land is cleared. Until their dreams of abolishing hunger from the multicounty area come true, the team at Four Blades of Grass is committed to facilitating the connection between the poor and the farmers however necessary. To donate to Four Blades of Grass, contact Rudolph or Veilleux at Facebook.com/FourBladesOfGrass. March/April 2013

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food

By Jodi Brown, the Ultimate Kitchen Commando

Build a Healthy Pantry As many of you know I cook with a lot of fresh ingredients but in order to get many of those ingredients to play well together, you need a good pantry to pull from. I have some criteria for myself that I think are important and I hope I can convince you of its importance too. All my canned goods and plastic containers must be BPA free. “Bispenol A” is a synthetic hormone that

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mimics estrogen in the system. The long term cumulative effects aren’t favorable. Avoid it at all costs, especially in containers that are holding acidic items because they help to speed up the degeneration more quickly, resulting in the BPA transferring to the food item (especially tomatoes). I buy only Eden brand beans because their cans are BPA free and I only buy tomato products in glass jars. I don’t buy much else in cans.


GMO Free and USDA Organic are my preferences when it comes to anything that isn’t fresh. Do your best to always buy foods with both of these labels. Always keep in mind that you are not using massive quantities of these foods, many just as flavor enhancers, so don’t make yourself crazy looking for the perfect version of them. Do the best you can with what’s available. I use no soy products at all and suggest you consider doing the same. I don’t think there are GMO free soy products in the U.S., even if they claim to be USDA Organic. Since over 90 percent of the crops grown in the country are GMO crops, with pollen drift and cross contamination, I don’t believe it is possible for any crops to remain clean. There are approximately 100 derivatives of soy on the market today. Learn to read labels in your prepared foods in order to avoid it. Here’s what’s in my pantry. (* indicates that the food item has a strong flavor profile thus helps you to avoid excessive salt and fats to taste better). Seasoning – Dry Cayenne Pepper* Chipotle* Raw Local Honey Mustard* (good quality, not yellow) Sun dried tomatoes* Sea salt Arrow root (thickener) Apple cider vinegar* Balsamic vinegar* Smoked paprika Cumin Turmeric Nutritional Yeast

Oils Extra virgin (cold or expeller pressed) coconut oil Extra virgin (cold or expeller pressed) olive oil Grapeseed oil Toasted sesame oil (use sparingly) Grains Quinoa Brown Rice Lentils Brown Rice Pasta Canned Beans Black Garbanzo Canellini Black eyed peas Herbs Magic Chef blackened redfish seasoning Basil Celery seed Crushed red pepper Italian seasonings Thyme Curry Bay leaves Miscellaneous All nuts and seeds should be raw Hemp seeds Black sesame seeds Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) Sunflower seeds Almonds Pecans Cashews Walnuts Chia seeds Medjool dates

About the Author: Jodi Brown is the Ultimate Kitchen Commando and loves to turn people on to delicious and healthy foods. She assists people with food transitions and teaches healthy cooking classes. She shares her time between New Orleans and Pensacola. To learn more, visit www.ultimatekitchencommando.com.

Dried fruits Vanilla Cinnamon Nutmeg Cacao Powder Vermicelli (rice) Nori Kelp granules Oats I also have a basic “pantry” of fresh food items that appear with great frequency in my kitchen. They are as follows: Carrots Celery Garlic Ginger Bell Pepper Horseradish Jalapeno Onion Shallot Citrus* (lemon, lime and orange) Remember, pantry items are complements to fresh food items. A little bit usually goes a long way. Play with your food. Be fearless. You might be surprised what you end up with.

Canned/Jar Capers* Olives* Coconut milk Curry paste Fish sauce Nut butters Pumpkin Tahini Vegetable stock

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gardening

By Josh Newby

Spring Into Organic Gardening The sun has begun to shine more pleasantly in Florida as the dull, gray, cold winter months have given way to longer days and a renewed appreciation for the outdoors. And what better way to welcome the warmer time of year than with some smart, healthy, economic gardening? Spring vegetable gardening offers its participants exercise, fresh air, enjoyment, mental therapy and many other rewards, not to mention juicy watermelon, tasty corn and succulent tomatoes. March/April 2013

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In order to get the most health and life out of a garden—and the vegetables and fruits that are planted there—it can be quite beneficial to use organic soil, fertilizer and pest-management products. Maintaining healthy nutrients and chemical levels is important not only for the crops, but for the body as well, and organic gardening guarantees all of that and more. “Organic gardening is much healthier and tastes a lot better than produce grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides” said Greg Armour, owner of Eden Garden Supply in Pensacola. “At commercial farms, they use chemical ingredients, which may help the plants to grow, but in turn rob it of vital nutrition. By growing locally and organically, you are getting those important minerals you wouldn’t normally get.” In the springtime, the sun is showing, the air is cool, and the soil is ready to be used. According to Armour, the best vegetables for this time of year are beans, broccoli, corn, squash, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce and other greens. Other plants will grow and thrive during this beautiful weather, as well, but these plants are guaranteed to give gardeners the most reward for their effort. Armour said that tomatoes and peppers should be started indoors in March, as an unexpected cold front could very well signal their untimely demise. However, the other fruits and veggies are fully capable of being placed in an outdoor plot this early. To begin the spring season of gardening, create a raised bed with organic soil and add some lime additive to combat the acidic nature of Florida soil. The soil in North Florida is mostly sandy and very low in nutrients and essential organic matter. It also drains very quickly

Crop Bean, bush Bean, pole Corn, sweet Cucumbers Okra Peas, Southern Peppers Potato, sweet Squash, summer Tomato, stake Tomato, ground Tomato, container Watermelon, large 20

Outdoors Planting Mar-Apr, Aug-Sept Mar-Apr, Aug-Sept Mar-Apr, Aug Feb-Mar, Aug-Sept Mar-Jul Mar-Aug Feb-Apr, Jul-Aug Mar-Jun Mar-Apr, Aug-Sept Feb-Apr, Aug Feb-Apr, Aug Feb-Apr, Aug Mar-Apr, Jul-Aug

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after rainfall and the upper layers of the soil can be bone dry only a few days after heavy rain. The soil also tends to be home to nematodes, which will weaken or kill many plants. It is important to treat the soil and plants very specifically. Therefore, especially in North Florida soil, additional organic compounds will need to be added for the seeds to grow into the healthy, nutritional plants they have the potential to be. For example, to break up tough soil or clay so that the plants can breathe, a bit of gypsum is helpful. Blood meal is good for dirt that is devoid of nutrients, as it is high in nitrogen and protein. To avoid looking for these precise ingredients, many brands, such as Happy Frog, distribute products with the best chemical and nutritional balances for whatever plant you are growing. After the bed is prepared, plant seeds about an inch below the surface, watering regularly. (Check out the accompanying table for precise depths). For vegetables, adding a fertilizer rich in nitrogen will help ensure healthy, full growth. For fruits, a fertilizer with phosphorous is best. Gardeners should add no more than a cup of additives per 100 square feet, or 10-by-10-foot plot. Seeds are generally preferred for gardens, for economic reasons and simply because they give the gardener greater control over the growth process. A single plant can cost up to three or four dollars, but a packet of seeds purchased for the same price can yield hundreds of plants, all grown to the caretaker’s specific organic preferences. Once the seeds are planted and the garden begins to grow, it is important to keep pests away from enjoying the

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delicious fruits and vegetables that you have labored for weeks and possibly months to cultivate. “A healthy plant is the best protection against pests,” said Armour. “However, there are some plants and insecticidal soaps you can use if you have a recurring pest problem.” Armour recommended planting mustard and borage, as they will attract bugs and act as a decoy to draw them away from the main fruits and veggies. Organic insecticidal soaps are good for a low-impact pest problem. If the pests will simply not be dissuaded, however, and remain a prevalent problem, an organic Insecticide/miticide/nematicide is useful for warding off high-impact pests. In order to avoid a fungus problem, it is important to keep iron levels high by encouraging proper drainage. BT proteins, or Bacillus Thuringiensis proteins, are important for warding off those pesky nematodes mentioned earlier. Pruning is also important for plants to foster healthy growth and fully mature fruits and vegetables. For tomato vines, snipping off the “dummy vines” will help push the nutrients to essential vines and therefore to the fruits themselves. Herbs need to be cut regularly to encourage proper growth. On greens such as lettuce, picking the mature parts first (generally those closest to the soil) will make for a longer lasting crop. For those willing to make the investment, hydroponic gardening, which involves using mineral-rich water, instead of soil, to produce plants, can be very economical in the long run. Plus, gardens can bear whatever fruits or vegetables are so desired year-round. Durations for organic gardening from seed to harvest differ greatly with what is being planted, from 40 days for turnips and mustard to as much as 80 or 100 days for peppers and broccoli. The nutrition, taste and freshness are worth the wait though, not to mention the work under the clear, blue skies of the Florida spring. March/April 2013

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Viva Pensacola Jazz! Each year in April the Pensacola Jazz Festival brings thousands to Seville Square for a celebration of jazz music with talented acts from well known national artists to local school orchestras and bands and everything in between. This year marks the 30th anniversary for the festival and the milestone also coincides with the statewide celebration of the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s east coast with the first convoy of European explorers to document such a landing. The anniversary will be celebrated throughout the state with events all year promoted through Viva Florida 500. The Jazz Society of Pensacola has expanded the Jazz Fest offerings with a full week of events slated for April 1-7, dubbed Viva Pensacola Jazz. Concerts will be held in various locations in Pensacola, from venues along Pensacola Beach, to downtown, and to other stages throughout the city.

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“What we’re doing with that is we have over 40 events around town that are under that umbrella just as a way to have jazz all over town for a whole week,” says JSOP administrator and vocalist Kathy Lyon. At these events and at the actual Jazz Festival, music lovers will be treated to every style of jazz including big band, contemporary, Dixieland, traditional, New Orleans and Latin, as well as gospel, blues and much more. Events will take place everywhere from restaurants and clubs to beach bars and auditoriums all throughout the week and most do not require a cover charge for admission. A full list of events can be viewed at jazzpensacola.com. Several concerts will take place in conjunction with other events throughout the Pensacola community. On Thursday, April 5, guests can be treated to the Dixieland Dandies at Seville Quarter, playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” before a second line procession to the waterfront Community Maritime Park for the opening game of the Pensacola’s Double A baseball team the Blue Wahoos’ second season. On Friday, April 5, UWF will host live jazz at its annual Festival on the Green, when the university invites the public to its campus for a festival with arts and crafts, music, shows, educational exhibits, vendors and other attractions. The UWF Jazz Ensemble with saxophonist Steve Williams will perform in the afternoon to the thousands in attendance at the fest. That evening from 5-9 pm, Downtown Pensacola will come alive with art and music for an edition of Gallery Night, and this time the event will have a jazzy twist. Many participating venues are hosting jazz artists for entertainment during the event, like the Guffman Trio at Dollarhide’s Music, El Fuego at the Tin Cow and Shades Jazz Band at Sole Inn & Suites, to name a few. Many performers will be on stage at restaurants so jazz fans can enjoy the

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tunes over appetizers and cocktails or dinner, and the streets will remain closed until midnight for revelers to have a night on the town. The citywide celebration culminates in the free two-day Pensacola Jazz Fest, held in Seville Square, with two days of continuous music from the pavilion from 10 am-6 :30 pm. Each day will start out with offerings from the local level. “In the morning we feature middle school, high school and college bands, and all three of the local colleges—Northwest Florida State College, University of West Florida and Pensacola State College—are bringing in major jazz artists who will be performing with them which is pretty exciting,” says Lyon. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and spend the day at the park, and there’s plenty to do between sets. Seville Square will also host about 55-60 vendors of arts and crafts as well as other products, so people can peruse the selection and maybe take home a memento from the weekend. There will also be a

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Giacomo Gates variety of food vendors to get snacks and meals throughout the day, and the Seville district and Downtown are surrounded by many enticing local eateries for those who take a break from the festival. The fest is also family friendly, and kids can get in on the musical fun with a free jam session just for them at 2 pm in the children’s area both days of the weekend. “We have Michael Potters who’s a musician and music therapist, and he leads a kids jazz jam,” Lyon says. “We give out harmonicas and kazoos and he leads them and teaches them that jazz is something for participation and not just for listening.” The musical headliners will perform on both days of the festival. Giacomo Gates is a chart-topping jazz vocalist who teaches music regularly at several schools and conservatories. He recently released a new album

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“Miles Tones - Giacomo Gates Sings The Music of Miles Davis,” featuring his signature scat singing styles. The Harry Allen Quartet features master tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, and will also feature Italian pianist Rossano Sportiello. Also headlining will be Roman Street, a Mobile-based group that recently hit the top 10 in Billboard’s jazz singles charts in 2012. “They were part of our festival last year and they just knocked the crowd out,” Lyon says. “It was wonderful, so we’re having them back again this year.” Following the close of the festival on Saturday, April 6, attendees can get an extra treat with an all-star jazz jam hosted at the Fish House Deck at 6:30 pm, where Kathy Lyon will lend her vocal talents and lead a group of musicians in the session, some of whom were on stage at the festival hours earlier. “I’ve got a house band and then we’ll be featuring some of the headliners who will be sitting in since they stay over night,” Lyon says. “So that will be an opportunity for people that have been out at the Jazz Fest to go and have a nice dinner, sit down and enjoy the fun of a jam session.” With the boon from promotion through Viva Florida 500, this year’s Jazz Festival and Viva Pensacola Jazz events promise to bring more music and more jazz lovers to the area than ever before. A seemingly endless slew of mostly free concerts and events to attend have filled the first week of April and can suit the tastes of any fan, and the grand finale, the 30th annual Pensacola Jazz Fest will continue the fun in the picturesque setting of Seville Square Park. “This is an incredible opportunity to come out and hear some really outstanding music and have a nice relaxed weekend in the park,” Lyon says. “It’s one of the things that makes Pensacola special, that we have so many things in the park there and this is one that has proven to be time tested and popular with people and it continues to be a great thing.” March/April 2013

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By Kelly Oden Photos by Kassie McLean

When Nancy Fetterman and her late husband, Vice Admiral Jack Fetterman, first walked into their elegant Star Lake raised cottage, they both knew they were home. "We've always had a house on the water and we've always called every house we are in ‘Emerald Point’ because there was a television program called Emerald Point and it was about an admiral who married a Navy widow. So all of our friends called our old house in Virginia Beach 'Emerald Point.' That house was on a point as well. When we saw how this house sits on the water, we said, 'This is it. This is Emerald Point,'" recalls Nancy. Nestled within an historic Pensacola neighborhood is a home that impresses from the moment you enter with its timeless beauty and gracious style. With solid structure in its elegant cottage lineage, this one-of-a-kind home has exquisite attention to detail and is a tribute to the notable craftsmen who handcrafted each part of its journey. Emerald Point is set on a cloistered peninsula and is surrounded by over 400 feet of water with an outlet to Pensacola Bay. Built in 1977, and soon to be back on the market, the 3,846 square foot home is beautifully furnished and decorated primarily with art collected on the Fetterman's many travels, as well as many of Nancy’s late mother’s antiques. And since Admiral Fetterman spent many years working in the Pacific, there is a definite Asian quality to much of the art. The home is a testament to many things: A marriage, a career, a family and a mutual love of history. The Fetterman’s love of life is evident in the personal touches, photographs and awards that fill their lovely home.

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Top: Entryways. Two Old Chicago brick loggias welcome visitors to the home. The main hall is connected to the smaller loggia leading to the dining room and point room overlooking the lake. The Chinese Kuan Yin brings peace and harmony to the home. Left: Library. The tulip poplar floors were taken from a 1700s Tennessee cabin. The library shelves are filled with books, accolades and photos of family and friends. The bronzed cowboy boots are from Nancy’s two sons and reflect her Texas heritage. The painting above the mantel is by John Russell and was nearly tossed out during the demolition of a Mobile hotel. The library also features a fireplace and safe room.

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Dining Room: The warm and inviting dining room seats 12 and boasts French doors that overlook the back porch, gardens and lake. Nancy’s love of the East is evident in this room. The elephant kalagas are highly detailed Thai textiles and the carved wooden bed slats are accented with pig’s blood and gold leaf. A whimsical wooden French carousel horse stands guard in the corner.

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The Point Room: This stunning living area may well be the heart of the home. Perfect for entertaining, the point room features a service bar with ice machine, custom crown molding and hand hewn floor to ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views of the lake. Nancy’s beloved dog, Gracie (top right) basks in the abundant sunlight.

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The Lake Room: The perfect room for playing the piano and enjoying the lake views. Old Chicago brick floors connect the kitchen area with the Admiral’s Ready Room. One of Nancy’s favorite pieces, a Lady Godiva sculpture by renowned artist Felix De Weldon sits atop a civil war era desk. The architectural model for the Vice Admiral Jack Fetterman Maritime Museum holds a place of honor in the room.

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The Kitchen: The Old Chicago brick extends into the state of the art kitchen, which features a GE Monogram Series, six burner DÊcor duel-fuel oven, granite counter tops, custom cabinets and a generous butler’s pantry. An adjacent porch adds additional entertaining area for alfresco dining.

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The Admiral’s Ready Room: A man’s room if ever there was one. Oak walls, rich leather seating, a custom designed, pub style bar and walls that extol the virtues of Vice Admiral Fetterman’s career and his deep love for all things nautical. The copper binnacle and Patton’s sword are two standout pieces in this stunning room.

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The Gardens: The large yard has plenty of room for tents and is perfect for throwing garden parties large and small. Old growth trees, delicate flowerbeds, intricate gateways and hand picked statuary exude old southern charm. Nancy purchased the statue of the little girl watering flowers because it reminded her of her own childhood when she eagerly helped her grandmother in the garden. Wrap around porches and floor to ceiling windows make the garden viewable and accessible from the entire house.

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Upstairs: The master bath is designed for relaxation. The large marble tub overlooking the garden and the lake is perfect for a sunset soak. Besides the master suite, there are three roomy guest bedrooms, two upstairs and one downstairs.

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datebook Art 25th Riverwalk Arts Festival March 23, 24 On Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, take part in fun for the whole family. This festival is packed with visual and performing arts, children’s activities, live entertainment and great food. Admission is free. For more information, call 850.981.1100. UWF Presents Festival on the Green April 5, 6 The festival features more than 20 themed venues with events including the National Phillips Jazz piano competition, three entertainment stages, fine arts show, crafts show, the Children’s Fair, motorcycle show, green trading post, student life expo, canine arena events, the Time Portal to the Past, Time Portal to your Future (UWF departments and centers), library book sale, the International & Native American Village, UWF athletics events, festival food, theatre productions and some new events proposed for 2013. From children to seniors, the festival has something for everyone, with events for those who enjoy a casual pace, to the excitement of sports competition. The festival is free and open to the public. Festival begins at 10 am. For more information, call 850.474.3000.

Music East Hill Music Fest March 23 The second annual East Hill Music Festival is planned for March 23 from 2 to 9 pm at Bayview Park.  All proceeds will benefit Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Escambia County’s child advocacy center. East Hill Music Festival is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the spirit of community right in the heart of Pensacola. Featuring a daylong event filled with fun, food and fantastic musical performances, the festival is a great opportunity to build some lifelong memories with your Pensacola neighbors. Festival attendees can enjoy the music of Grant Peeples, Said Simple, Betsy Badwater and Chainsaw Kelly. For more information, call 850.595.5780. Bands on the Beach Tuesdays starting March 30 The popular summer concert series begins again from 7 to 9 pm. Bring your lawn chair and join us this summer for hot music, smooth grooves and a whole lot of good times. The concert series will run every Tuesday night until October 1. For more information, call 850.932.2257.

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Pensacola Jazz Fest April 1 – 7 This seven-day event is designed to be a city-wide celebration, with music in a variety of venues. All over town, as well as on Pensacola Beach, the sounds of jazz big band, contemporary, Dixieland, traditional, New Orleans and Latin, along with gospel, blues and much more, will be presented. Admission is free. For more information, call 850.433.8382.

Jazz at Jackson’s: An Evening with the Palafox Quartet April 4 The featured musicians include Jack Zoesch (piano), Jim Green (guitar), Steve Gilmore (bass), and Sandy Spivey (sax). Together, they will present both traditional and modern jazz standards by composers and musicians with enduring popularity, including George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and more. Chef Miller has prepared a special-feature entre: classic Delmonico steak with celeriac-potato mash with sautéed Brussels sprouts, caramelized Vidalia onions, and smoked bacon. Shows are at 5:30 and 7:30 pm. For more information, call 850.469.9898. Saenger Theatre Presents Pensacola Symphony Orchestra April 6 As a special addition to the season, each one of these Russian masterpieces is a showstopper that you will be sure to enjoy. Night on Bald Mountain was originally written as a depiction of the witches’ sabbath. Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto is a Romantic masterpiece. To finish the concert, Symphonic Dances is a truly spectacular showcase of the orchestra. Tickets start at $20. The evening begins at 8 pm. For more information, call 850.595.3880. A Jubilant Song April 13 This musical event takes place at 7:30 pm at Cokesbury United Methodist Church. The 60-member Choral Society of Pensacola will be joined by the Fiesta Barbershop Chorus, the Pensacola State College Chorale and the Pensacola State College Jazz Choir for a lively and diverse evening of choral music. For more information, call 850.484.1806.


Theatre PLT Presents Snoopy April 12 – 14 A musical comedy based on the comic strip Peanuts. This sequel to the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown focuses more on the life of Snoopy. This charming, warm-hearted musical is full of laughs and life lessons on friendship and believing in yourself. You’ll be delighted to see all your favorite characters back on the PLT stage. Tickets start at $14. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2:30 pm. For more information, call 850.434.0257.

Special Events Blue Angels Practice March 20, 26-29, April 2, 3, 9, 10 The Blue Angels team visits the museum to answer questions and sign autographs after Wednesday practices. Schedule is subject to change without notice and is weather permitting, for everyone’s safety. Begins at 8:30 am in the viewing area of the museum. Admission is free. For more information, call 850.452.3604. Auto Racing March 22, 29, April 12, 13 This is a must-see event of racing with extreme sprint cars, sportsmen, super stocks, and bombers. Tickets start at $10. Racing starts at 8 pm. At 5 Flags Speedway. For more information, call 850.944.8400. Saenger Theatre Presents Lavell Crawford in Concert March 23 Presented by Jokers Wild Comedy Tour, Lavell Craword was runner-up on The Last Comic Standing. He’s been seen on Def Comedy Jam, BET’s Comicview, The Jamie Foxx Show, and he most recently taped a special for Comedy Central, Can A Brother Get Some Love, which was released on DVD in August. He can also be seen on AMC’s hit show, Breaking Bad. Tickets start at $40. The show starts at 8:30 pm. For more information, call 850.595.3882. James Beard House Dinner March 27 The Pensacola Celebrity Chefs are heading back to New York’s acclaimed James Beard House for the third consecutive year to host a dinner showcasing the Pensacola Bay Area’s culinary offerings, Spanish heritage and Viva Florida 500, an initiative celebrating the state’s 500th anniversary. The menu presented by five of the Pensacola Bay Area’s finest chefs will commemorate the culinary influences of Spain, fusing modern Gulf Coast cuisine with gustatory inspirations from the first nation to fly its flag over the Pensacola Bay Area. For more information, call 1.800.874.1234.

Toast at the Top Tour March 27 Take part in the area’s most romantic tour. This is a couples only tour. Each reservation is for two and includes ambient music, sparkling non-alcoholic wine served in keepsake champagne flutes, and light hors d’oeuvres. Tour times begin roughly a half hour before sunset. Please note the exact tour start time on your reservation. We ask that you arrive no more than 15 minutes before the start of your tour. Space is extremely limited! Book your reservations now. For more information, call 850.393.1561. Perdido Springfest & Fair April 2 - 6 The Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce presents the third annual Perdido Springfest & Fair. The event begins April 2 and opens weekdays at 6 pm and Saturday at 3 pm. The fiveday event benefits participating Escambia County Community Clubs. All Escambia County 4-H Clubs are welcome to have a booth at the event as well. This exciting community event is hosted at Liberty Church’s Jim Downey Field at 2221 S. Blue Angel Parkway. There will be thrilling carnival rides and games by James Gang Amusements, concessions, a vendor marketplace and live entertainment. In addition, there will be fun contests such as the Ever’man Natural Foods “Fresh is Fabulous” Cooking Contests, photography, art, hula-hoop, seed spitting, pie eating and more. For more information, call 850.982.8266. ABC Beer Tastings April 4 The first series of classes, known as A.B.C. (Atlas Beer Classes), will be held on the first Thursday of the month through June and will feature a presenter discussing the highlighted craft brewery and three selections from that brewery. Classes will cover the basics, as well as specific information regarding the history of the brewery and their beers. Admission is $10. Classes begin promptly at 5:30 pm. For more information, call 850.470.0003. A Sunday of Southside Splendor April 14 Thanks to the hard work of many dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors, Children’s Home Society of Florida’s “A Sunday of Soundside Splendor” has become one of the Gulf Coast’s most anticipated annual dining and entertainment events. Tickets are now available for the eighth annual “Soundside Splendor,” to be held at Portofino Island Resort. All proceeds benefit local CHS programs that serve abused and neglected children in the western Panhandle. The event will once again feature the fine cuisine of many of our area’s top local chefs. In addition to food and wine, guests will enjoy live entertainment from Clarence Bell and the Fellas and the chance to bid on dozens of luxury items in the live and silent auctions at the event. Several large-screen TVs will be tuned in to The Masters. To purchase tickets ($100 per person, $25 fair market value), visit www.chsfl.org/SoundsideSplendor or call 850.266.2700. March/April 2013

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...at the Rat Pack Honoree Photo Shoot Councilman Brian Spencer, Teri Levin, Quint Studer, Fred Levin, Lewis Bear, Jr. Corbett Davis Jr. and Teri Levin.

Tish Childs, Anne Frechette, Peggy Woolverton, Angela Moore, Jenn Cole and Carlette Howell

Dr. Bruce Raymon, Angela and Pete Moore

Pete Moore, Frank Patti, DeeDee Davis, Richard McAlpin and Fred Levin

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