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Thank You for Voting Us Best Senior Living Community

“Taking Care of Those Who Took Care of Us.” Christian Healthcare: being Christian-based

is critical in our mission to provide the highest quality healthcare. Residents will enjoy our optional daily bible study, Sunday church services and Christian sing-a-longs.

Affordable Prices: All Inclusive: 3 meals, snacks, medication management, housekeeping, activities, cable, wi-fi (no hidden cost)

Highly Trained Staff: specially for dementia residents,

24/7 assistance & care. As well as fully functioning security cameras inside our facility to enable WMC to remotely monitor our residents ensuring their health and safety

Convenience: to hospitals, shopping centers &

restaurants

Financial Programs: VA, long term & others Daily Living Assistance: Along with individually

assisting in personal hygiene, our housekeeping staff does an incredible job to ensure cleanliness. Each member of our staff is also trained to accommodate the needs of difficult behaviors.

Beautiful Surroundings: A calm mind begins with

peaceful surroundings. Our landscaping crew does an outstanding job of maintaining our lawns and foliage. Relax both inside and out where fresh air is accompanied by beautiful resting areas.

Casie Harris, the CEO, is a member of the Harris Family which currently owns and operates four

Assisted Living Facilities in the Gulf Coast area for over 30 years. She believes in giving quality service to the elderly and promoting excellence of character to those that she employs. She has partnered up with experts in design and Decorative ideas for Windermere to specifically gear towards the residents needs and who suffer from Dementia and Alzheimer’s. From the logo, calming colors throughout the facility to the activities chosen to recovery memory loss, she feels it truly caters to her residents.

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Three bedrooms. Two baths. Unlimited snuggles. A mortgage is much more than a loan, because a home is more than a house. It’s where you leave your mark and create memories that last for generations. That’s why Trustmark works with each customer to find a mortgage option that works for them. Explore your mortgage options at trustmark.com/mortgage MEMBER FDIC

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contents

Volume IV • Issue VII

events 14 Fiesta Days VIP Sponsor Party 17 Pensacola Crawfish Festival 22 IPS Charity Sporting Clay Shoot 24 PAR Casino Night 27 Croquet & Rosé on the Bay 39 Grand Fiesta Parade 42 5 Star Culture Grand Opening 45 Sandshaker Grand Opening 53 Blues on the Bay 59 Pride Tea Dance 65 Pride Festival in the Park 70 Fiesta All Krewe Ball 76 6th Annual Pink Tea 81 70th Fiesta DeLuna Coronation Ball 87 Krewe of Lafitte Coronation Ball

departments 20 36 50 62 74 78 90

Adventure Out Style Coastal Cuisine Give Care Share Save the Date Locale I Am Pensacola

features 31 Best in Pensacola Winners And the winners are announced for the Best in Pensacola 2019 Reader Choice Awards.

34 Military Directory Check out these local businesses for military friendly shopping exeriences!

on the cover Jack Harden, Max Rudner, Jordan Skillman, John Plant & Daniel Green Photography by Kristina Wright at Fiesta Days VIP Sponsor Party

VIP Pensacola Staff

Publisher Greg Alexander

Designer Sheila McDiarmid

Associate Publisher Verla Price

Contributing Writers/ Photographers Mary Aho Greg Alexander Courtney Murray Verla Price Catherine Rowan Liesel Schmidt Kristina Wright

Managing Editor Steve Barber Production Editor Jessica Graña Advertising Steve Barber Missy Kimbrough Elizabeth Netherland Linette Ragsdale

VIP Founder Jeff Watson

Correction - The Drip Parlor June 2019 Issue, Owners Jeremy Brown and Dr. Rachel Brown July 2019 | 9

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letter from the Associate Publisher Summer has arrived! When we think summer, our brain makes the apparent connections — summer = hot beaches, school’s out, longer days, vacations, etc. I also think of jet ski’s, boats, paddle boards, and kayaking. Some people find the summer months as a time for family gatherings and friendly togetherness, maybe even making homemade ice cream. In this issue’s Coastal Cuisine we share some tips on making homemade ice cream including a receipe. Reading about this sweet treat will have you running out for a nice cold cone. Maybe you find that family time includes watching the Blue Angels fly over the beach. Adventure Out tells us the history of the Blue Angels and some other interesting facts. We are proud to announce the much anticipated winners of VIP Pensacola’s readers’ choice awards for Best In Pensacola in this issue. Local winners will be invited to the Black Tie Ball to accept their awards in style. On September 14th we will convert the ballrooms at the Scenic Hills Country Club to a festive celebration in honor of the winners that you, the readers have chosen. Each year we strive to create the most memorable event in the area in acknowledgement of these coveted awards. As the heat of summer entraps us, I hope you find the time for fun and activities that will create memories to cherish. If I am not out riding my motorcycles, I hope I will see you on the beach!

Verla Price Associate Publisher

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Frasier Phelps

(850) 485-2665 Cell (850) 434-2244 Office

Birnam Woods This all-electric Executive-Style Colonial Home is conveniently located in one of Pensacola’s most desirable neighborhoods: Birnam Woods. Offering over 5,000 square feet of living space, the home features four large bedrooms, four full bathrooms, a half bathroom, a formal dining room, formal living room, family room, breakfast nook, breakfast bar, Heated/Cooled sun room, & screened saltwater pool. A home that is move-in ready and perfect for your entire family!

2721 Banquos Trail

689,000

$

Jennifer Cobb

(850) 602-7682 Cell (850) 434-2244 Office

Woodbine Springs Plantation This custom-built home is situated on a 52-acre lake, perfect for fishing, kayaking, or paddle boarding. Complete with four bedrooms and two and a half baths, you’ll have plenty of space in this move-in ready home which also includes a bonus room, formal living room, and formal dining room. The kitchen is a chef’s dream with granite countertops, a large island, double ovens, smooth top Thermador cook top and a Bosch dishwasher. There is also a whole house generator. While sitting in the screened in porch, looking out onto the large backyard, you’ll be able to take in the serene setting and then watch the sunrise and sunsets from you own private dock.

5441 Rowe Trail

www.BHHSPenFed.com | (850) 434-2244 17 W. Cedar Street | Pensacola, FL ©2019 BHH Affiliates, LLC. Real Estate Brokerage Services are offered through the network member franchisees of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Most franchisees are independently owned and operated. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity.

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VIP Pensacola at Event Location Emmanuel, Sheppard and Condon Parking Lot

FIESTA DAYS

VIP Sponsor Party photos & story by Kristina Wright

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he Grand Fiesta Parade is one of the largest events in Pensacola, and it takes a lot of planning, volunteers, and support to put it all together. On May 31, Emmanuel, Sheppard and Condon hosted a very special VIP Lot Party for all the sponsors who help make the Grand Fiesta Parade, and the entire week of Fiesta Celebration, the best it can be every year. Guests were welcomed with a special wristband for the event, and treated to food, refreshments, libations, and a little bit of shade before the final parade of the season. The 66th annual Fiesta Celebration featured an entire week full of events, beginning at Historic Seville Quarter on May 29, with entertainment, decorations and delicious food in five rooms, each saluting our history under the flags of the five governments that have flown over Pensacola. The Surrender of the City was held in Phineas Phoggs as local dignitaries such as the Mayor, Fire Chief, Supervisor of Elections, Escambia County Sheriff and Pensacola Naval Air Station Commanding Officer surrender the City of Pensacola and its citizens to DeLuna and his Queen for the Fiesta Season. As part of the anniversary celebration, festival organizers focused on reminding attendees of the origins of the festival and how it was designed to highlight the rich history of Pensacola. The festival began in the late 40s in an effort to promote both the historical significance of Pensacola and tourism.

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Jordan McKinney & Michelle Olliff

Jason & Amber Vaughn

Pam Endacott & Gabby Endacott

Newman & Sammie Rodgers

Sterling Gilliam & Kim Chope

Jeff & Cathy Brown

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Joe Campbell, Buck Mitchell, Sonny & Beverly Campbell

Donna Sanders & Susi Lyon

Stacy & Bianca Lurate

Lisa Greskovich & Kelley Harris

Dennis Cooper, Terri Smith & Mike McCombs

Jack Harden, Max Rudner, Jordan Skillman, John Plant & Daniel Green

Gaynell Fordham, Brenda Cooper & Teresa McCombs

Marijane McKinnon & April King July 2019 | 15

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VIP Pensacola at Community Maritime Park

35th Annual

Pensacola Crawfish Festival photos & story by Kristina Wright

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iesta Pensacola hosted the 35th Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival at their new location, Community Maritime Park, behind the Wahoos Stadium, April 26-28. This year’s festival featured over 15,000 pounds of crawfish, provided by Cordova Crawfish Company of Pensacola. Cajun dishes such as red beans and rice, boudin balls, seafood gumbo, étouffée, jambalaya, Cajun pasta and more were also available, including traditional festival fare. A children’s area was sponsored by COX Communications, and provided fun for all ages with sand art, hands-on crafts, face painting and a playground. An exciting update to the 2019 Pensacola Crawfish Festival was the addition of arts and craft vendors. For the first time ever, 30 local artisans and craftsmen joined the festivities showcasing their various talents. The vendor categories varied from paintings to photography, gourmet to jewelry, home décor to wall art and more. Fiesta celebrates our heritage, promotes tourism, and builds pride in Pensacola through festive activities which enhance the quality of life in Pensacola. Their mission is to encourage and help perpetuate in the minds of people, near and far, Pensacola’s rich and diverse history and continually foster pride and spirit in our community.

Chris Middleton & Buck Mitchell

Natalie Morse & Nikki Bucco

Sam Hall & Kelsey Willett

Chris Barfield, Lisa Combs & Jesse Drossos

Noah Smith & Alyssa Andrews

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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Crawfish Festival

Ron Tarkowski & Nicole Quinn

Tonya Zimmern & Greg Davis

Alma Ellis, Aaliyah & Sidney Coaxum

Amanda Goolsby & Stephen Mayer

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Ed Morrison & Kelley Harris

Brittany Cosby, Claire Errington & Tracy Johnson

Cheryl King & Big Moose

Candy Carlisle & Mary Eloise Barfield

Tevin Job, Sarah Jane & Jossette Bailey

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FROM THE MAKERS OF SPANK! THE FIFTY SHADES PARODY

“LOVED EVERY MINUTE” Sirius XM

July 17, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m.

Saenger Theatre

Tickets are available at the Saenger Theatre Box Office, charge by phone by calling 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com Group discounts are available!

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Angels in

Blue

A

story by Liesel Schmidt

s an elite team of pilots known for their breathtaking stunts, precise choreography, and awe-inspiring speed as they fly through the air performing aerobatic stunts, the Blue Angels have long been a part of the fabric of America’s patriotism and pride, demonstrating just how amazing the pilots of our military truly are. Since their official formation in 1946, they have performed for more than 260 million spectators all across the nation, becoming one of the top American air shows for their ability to do the seemingly impossible and soar beyond imagination. Living in Pensacola, we’ve got a certain amount of pride that no one else has for this select team of individuals. This is their home base; this is where they land. This is where they do their fl ight-checks and run their practice maneuvers, where the sharp lines of their unmistakable blue outlines shatter the sound barrier and tear through the sky as they perfect every detail to the very last second. And each year after they traverse the country performing for audiences who have watched them for years as well as those of an entirely new generation, they come home to the people of Pensacola and give us all a thrill that chills us to the core and reminds us how proud we should be of our nation and our military. Highly dedicated to their craft, the Blue Angels fl ight demonstration team combines the very best and brightest members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, bringing them together with one mission: to inspire wonder in all who see them perform, and they do it all without missing a move. Throughout the show, the Blues fly six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, splitting into the Diamond Formation and the Lead and Opposing Solos, with most of the show alternating between signature maneuvers performed by the Diamond Formation and those executed by the Solos. It’s undeniably incredible

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to behold, and that’s why so many people flood the fl ight lines each year in every one of the cities where they perform—and Pensacola is proud to say that this is where they belong. Here, we show them our support by turning out in droves to watch them, sitting through hours of traffic to get a glimpse of them in all their glory. And with good reason, as these select six are ours—our very own representation of the freedom that we fight for. In addition to the Blues, the Blue Angels Air Show will feature demonstrations by Fat Albert—the Navy’s own larger-than-life C-130 Hercules—as well as the highflying acts of Julian McQueen,

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photo provided by Visit Pensacola

the Veterans Flight, Kevin Coleman, Gary Ward, Skip Stewart, and Redline, creating an astounding lineup of air-based wonders whose talents will keep your eyes glued to the sky and your jaw slack in amazement. Over the course of a special “Blue Angels Week” leading up to the airshow, have breakfast at 8:00 a.m. with the Blues flying overhead at the beach on July 10. July 11, watch flight demonstration practice runs beginning at 2:00 p.m. On July 12, watch the full dress rehearsal with the Blues and the civilian acts beginning at noon. Come early to the beach to get a prime spot on July 13—show time starts at noon, and the Blue Angels will make their grand entrance at 2:00 p.m. From loops through the clouds to adrenaline-pumping free-falls, the air show brings it all, making it the perfect way to get summer cleared for take off.

Upcoming 2019 Show Dates

For more information on the show and bus service to the beach, visit www.visitpensacolabeach.com.

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VIP Pensacola at Santa Rosa Shooting Center

2nd Annual

Charity Sporting Clay Shoot photos & story by Kristina Wright

John McCorvey & Mal Mason

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ron Plan Solutions Group hosted their 2nd Annual Charity Sporting Clay Shoot Tournament on June 1. This event went over so well last year, Iron Plan Solutions Group worked hard to make it even better this year. Lunch was provided at the tournament by Chick-Fil-A. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners were awarded, and door prizes were given away. Several games were available to participate in, and also a drawing for a Big Green Egg grill. All proceeds of the shooting tournament benefit the Hadji Shrine. The shooting tournament included teams of four participants, and individual participants were paired with other individuals to form a team. There were many friends and business owners in attendance who supported this great cause toward St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Mal Mason and his team at Iron Plan Solutions are always happy to be a catalyst in raising money for these children in critical care. Dana Tripoli & Chae Kyle

Paul Daidone, Scott Sepulveda, David Burleson & Bob Plank

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Sean Kyle & John McDonald

Phil Cardone, Roger Commander, Phillip White & Jacob Smith

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Thank You for Voting Us Thank You Pensacola! For Voting Us Best Contractors!

Best Automotive Repair Service

Best Florist & Locally Owned Retailer

Gary Sapp Automotive Center

1216 N. Palafox Street | Suite A Pensacola, FL 32501 850.453.4411 | www.beargc.com

6806 Pine Forest Rd, Pensacola, FL 32526 • (850) 944-3340

Southern Gardens Florist

7400 Pine Forest Rd, Pensacola, FL 32526 • (850) 941-4444

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VIP Pensacola at Seville Quarter - Phineas Phogg’s

PAR Casino Night photos & story by Catherine Rowan

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ay 23 the Pensacola Association of Realtors hosted Casino Night at Seville Quarter. This event is a fundraiser to support their program Realtor Political Action Committee. The Committee helps advocate for homeowners and focuses on encouraging members of their association to invest in political candidates that support any party who understands real estate issues. RPAC, which is the most bipartisan major PAC in the country, offers programs, grants and training tools to assist Realtors to help in their local community to advance public policies.

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Tina Nash & Tracy McClurd

Dallas Gossett & Josh Deason

Michael Scapin & Pam Weeks

Matt & Genevieve Fortner

Kathy Wilson & Linda Hensel

Tamara Pennington & Joleen Smith

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Carole Funderburk, Kathy Hulion & Magen Norwood

Josh & Nicole Payne, Dennis Degroot

Candice Scales, Tracy Frick & Tina Wiles

Daria Allen, Amanda Klemm & David Allen

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VIP Pensacola at The Barkley House

Croquet & Rosé On The Bay photos & story by Kristina Wright

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read and Table hosted their Croquet and Rosé on the Bay event at the Barkley House on June 1. Guests were invited to cheer for their favorite team, while ticket holders were treated to spectacular rosé, red and white wines provided by The Bottle Shop, locally crafted beers, food specially created by The Wine Bar On Palafox and delectable desserts provided by Blue Jay’s Bakery. Marty Stanovich provided the entertainment, as he added his own flair as MC of the event. Croquet teams were allowed four members each. In keeping with traditional croquet rules, all participants and observers wore white. Proceeds from the event benefited Feeding the Gulf Coast’s Children’s Backpack Program in a unique and exciting way. The mission of the Backpack Program is to meet the needs of chronically hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-toprepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available. Feeding the Gulf Coast’s Backpack Program is located at elementary schools that have a high incidence of children in need. Each backpack site distributes a pack of food to each participating child on Friday afternoon.

Ruth Holman & Rene Abel

Christin Mathis & Marty Stanovich

Kyle Schoolar, Cathy Pope, Eugenie Sellier & Aubrey Grier

Dr. Gabriel Waterman & Danielle Cobb

Krista Silverman & Jennifer Adams

Terri Levin, Abbie Offerdahl, Amy Martin, Bonita Jacobs & Nels Offerdahl July 2019 | 27

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VIP Pensacola at Croquet & RosĂŠ on the Bay

Dawn Kernagis & Roger Orth

Melinda LeMasters, Jessica Duncan & Madrina Ciano

Janey Olliff, Susan Jason & Sally Bergosh

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READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

2019

For the third consecutive year, the Best in Pensacola awards had thousands of voters logging on to support their choices for the best in the area. Readers considered all of their favorite local food and drinks for the Cocktails & Cuisine category and all of the wonderful stores our area has to offer for the Shopping & Retail category. Voters selected their top choices for Services, Health & Wellness, Wedding & Bridal, and Entertainment during the nomination and voting process. With many categories to choose from, there were places to vote for all of your favorite local businesses. The readers have made their voices heard as the votes have been tallied! The date is set, the voting has ended, the winners are excited and all motions are in gear for the 2019 Best In Pensacola Black Tie Ball! So slip on your party shoes for a night of entertainment and celebration at the 2019 VIP Pensacola Black Tie Ball. The extravagant event will be held on September 14th and will be even more exciting than last year’s. The exclusive, gala event will be a deserving reward for all that are truly Best In Pensacola.

And the Winners Are...

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Shopping & Retail Motorcycle Shop Adventure Motorsports of NWF Nursery/Plants Bailey’s Produce & Nursery Liquor Store Bambooze Fine Wine & Liquor Gift Shop Baskets Of Dreams LLC Women’s Accessories Ciao Bella Boutique and Salon Shoe Store DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse

Furniture Hank’s Fine Furniture Jewelry Store Jewelers Trade Shop Seafood Market Joe Patti’s Seafood Women’s Apparel La Di Da Boutique Men’s Apparel Lil’ John’s Big and Tall Men’s Fashion & Alteration Shop Pet Store Petland

Home Decor/Accessories duh

Locally Owned Retailer Southern Gardens Florist and Gifts

Boutique Duke and Stella

Wine Shop The Bottle Shop

Eyeglasses/Sunglasses Fifty Dollar Eye Guy

Place to Buy Engagement Ring Beré Jewelers

Wedding Florist Just Judy’s Flowers

Wedding Caterer Classic City Catering

Wedding Planner Lindsay Cooey Weddings

Wedding Rentals Emerald Coast Event Rentals

Ceremony Venue The Pensacola Yacht Club

Place for a Tux Gent’s Formal Wear

Reception Venue The Pensacola Yacht Club

Photo Booth Good Vibrations DJ and Photobooth Services

Bridal Store Simply Elegant

Wedding Cake/Confections J’s Bakery and Cafe

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Plastic Surgeon Derek Jones Facial Plastic Surgery Medical Practice DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness Dermatologist Dr. Kevin L. Welch Pain Management Clearway Pain Solutions Institute Medical Center Santa Rosa Medical Center Eye Care Professional Robert C. Harbour, MD Center For Sight Orthodontist Sims Orthodontics Surgery Center Clearway Pain Solutions Institute Chiropractor Henry Chiropractic

Wedding & Bridal

Wedding Photography Images by Carrie Dalton

Health & Wellness

Place for Rehearsal Dinner Skopelos at New World

Dentist Victus Dental Family Care Physician Mark Ryan, M.D.

Weight Loss Program Doctor’s Diet Program Pediatrician Dr. Phillip Dean Permanent Makeup Permanent Make-Up Clinic Walk In Clinic/Urgent Care ProHealth Medical Care Physical Therapy Medical Center Clinic Med Spa Still Waters Day & Medical Spa Aesthetician Still Waters Day & Medical Spa Women’s Wellness Provider Birthing Tree Senior Living Community Windermere Memory Care Alternative/Natural Medicine Crystal Silins - HempWorx Anti Aging Service Henghold Skin Health and Surgery Group Podiatrist Matthew Etheridge, DPM

Entertainment Place for “Girls’ Night Out” Casks & Flights Wine Tasting & Tap Room Place to Take the Kids/Family Entertainment Cordova Lanes Place to People Watch Cordova Mall Music Venue Flora-Bama

Annual Event Pensacon Place for a Date Saenger Theatre Golf Course Scenic Hills Country Club Place to go Dancing Seville Quarter Place to Stay Solé Inn and Suites

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Services Staffing Company AccuStaff

Title Company Clear Title of Northwest Florida

Financial Advisor Iron Plan Solutions Group, LLC

Specialty Contractor Phoenix Coatings

Flooring Act 1 Flooring, Inc.

Customer Service Craters & Freighters

Real Estate Agent - Residential Jessica Duncan Realtor

Bank/Financial Institution Regions Bank

Mortgage Company American Mortgage Svc Co

Real Estate Agent - Commercial Danny A. Zimmern - Scoggins Commercial Real Estate

Banker Jeri Cox

Photographer Salz Studio

Golf Cart/ATV Kool Karts

Event Space Scenic Hills Country Club

Home Repair/Handyman L2 Realty Repair

Florist Southern Gardens Florist and Gifts

Landscaping Applegate Lawn Services Pool/Spa Company Aqua Pool & Patio Art Gallery Artel Automobile Dealer - New Astro Lincoln Mercury Payroll/HR AvalonHR General Contractor Bear General Contractors Real Estate Company Better Homes and Gardens Main Street Properties Automobile Dealer Pre Owned Buick GMC Cadillac Pensacola Accounting Christina Powers Tax

Nail Salon Elegant Nail Spa Event Rentals Emerald Coast Event Rentals LLC Law Firm Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon New Business Fastest Labs of Pensacola Homebuilder FlynnBuilt Automobile Repair Service Gary Sapp Automotive, Inc Charity/Non Profit Gulf Coast Kid’s House Place for a Massage Henry Chiropractic Limo/Transportation Service Hummer 4 Hire

Real Estate Professional Female Linda T. Petty

Barber Shop Sports Clips

Interior Designer Natasha Williams Linenwood Home

Luxury Automotive Sales Step One Automotive Group of Pensacola

Property Management Main Street Property Management Group

Real Estate Team The Hurd Team

Boat Sales & Service MarineMax Pensacola Hair Salon Muse Salon of Pensacola Alarm/Security Panhandle Alarm and Telephone Co., Inc.

Insurance Firm Thompson-Walden Insurance Air Conditioning & Heating Company Trinity Heating and Air Conditioning Real Estate Professional - Male Wayne Crutchfield Computer/IT Firm YourTEK Professionals

Cocktails & Cuisine Bloody Mary Cafe Nola

Chef Josh Warner

Catering Culinary Productions, Inc.

Wine List Pot Roast & Pinot

Breakfast Another Broken Egg Cafe Pensacola

Restaurant - Pensacola Beach Casino Beach Bar & Grille

Food Truck Wrighteous Eats

Restaurant - Downtown South Market

Beer Selection Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom

Locally Owned Restaurant O’Brien’s Bistro

Italian Restaurant V. Paul’s Italian Ristorante

Bushwacker Sandshaker

Fine Dining Skopelos at New World

Neighborhood Bar The Magnolia

Asian Sushi Masa Hibachi And Grill

Outdoor Bar Casino Beach Bar & Grille

Burger The Tin Cow

Sports Bar Ticket Sports Bar 1

Brewery/Craft Beer Perfect Plain Brewing Co.

Restaurant - Overall The District; Seville Steak & Seafood

Place for Cocktails Seville Quarter

Restaurant - North/Nine Mile/ UWF Boneheads Fire Grilled Margarita Taco Agave Bar O’Riley’s Uptown Tavern

BBQ Hot Spot Barbecue Sushi Ichiban

Dessert Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe

Steak House The District; Seville Steak & Seafood

Food Delivery City Spree

Outdoor Dining Lucy’s In The Square

New Restaurant South Market

Bartender Sarah Villar Sandshaker

Happy Hour Frisky Dolphin Sunset Oyster Bar & Grill Brunch The Ruby Slipper Cafe

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Appetizers Global Grill Lunch Calvert’s in the Heights

Pizza Graffiti Pizza Seafood Restaurant Oar House

Place for Coffee Coffee Guy Cafe Special Occasion Rstaurant Skopelos at New World

Casual Dining O’Briens Bistro

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Armed Services Saluting our Troops story by Liesel Schmidt

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pend even five minutes in Pensacola and you can see it: this is one city that fl ies high with patriotic pride—literally. From the Blue Angels that soar through the skies above us to the ships that pull into port, we salute the brave men and women who put their lives on the line everyday to defend our freedom and keep this country safe. Without the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard who fi le in rank and shout out their battle songs, our beautiful City of Five Flags would not be what it is today. And for the honor they bring us, we thank them. They’ve fought in countless wars and travelled worlds away, giving their time and sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice in service to us all. In this issue, we call upon all of our readers to join us in offering our gratitude to all branches of the Armed

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Forces who protect and serve America today as well as those veterans whose years of guarding our nation have come to a close. For their selflessness, words are not enough. To the family members who stand beside them, we also extend our thanks—without you to keep the home front strong and their morale rallied, our service members would feel the full burden of the battle lines. In as much as we can, and in as many ways that we can, we hope that Pensacola remains a city that runs deep with true military pride. Jet engines are the sound of freedom ringing loud and proud here, and uniforms are a beautiful sight. These are the signs that reassure us that we are a city in a nation where Lady Liberty is loved with a passion…in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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Military Discount Directory The following business offer some of Pensacola’s best military friendly services. Give them a call to find out what kind of discounts they offer.

www.CulinaryProductions.net | (850) 469-0445 700 W Main St • Pensacola

www.DrcCaigHenry.com | (850) 435-7777 1602 N 9th Ave • Pensacola

www.MyIronPlan.com | (850) 607-6064 308 W Government St • Pensacola

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tyle is demanding respect this summer with a nod to military pride. There are many ways to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe, some being more obvious than others. If you want to take the more literal approach, invest in some camo clothing. This elusive print is popping up everywhere from denim camo skirts and shorts to structured jackets, loose fitting tees and comfy camo joggers. If you aren’t quite ready to ‘drop and give twenty’ and fully commit to camo, sporting the color scheme is a great baby step to army-crawl your way into the trend. Army green is a wonderful alternative neutral that can pull either masculine or feminine. A green utility jacket can be easily dressed down with distressed denim, simple knotted tee shirt and slip on sneakers. It also looks adorable thrown over a sweet floral dress with sandals or mules. Paper bag waist lines are all the rage, and a white body suit looks chic tucked into a pair of olive green paper bag shorts. Khaki is another color that can give an outfit a bit of military flair. Try pairing a white or olive sweater tank with a silky pair of cropped pants in a luxurious tan or wear a striped t-shirt with (dare I say the word...) khaki cargo pants! Slim-cut cargo pants can be both trendy and flattering, unlike their frumpy counterpart of generations past. Another way to salute your style this season is with red, white and blue. You can honor the stars and stripes by literally wearing them. Dainty gold star necklaces are being seen on celebrities and all over Instagram these days. With hair accessories making a huge comeback, try out combining trends with a star shaped hair clip. Represent the Navy and the Coast Guard with some nautical stripes. There’s nothing quite as classic as a crisp pair of white jeans and a navy and white striped boat neck top. Finish the look with gold accessories and a nude strappy sandal... you’re ready to hit the high seas in style. Patches and insignia showcase the rank and accolades of a soldier, but when worn on a denim jacket, it’s just plain cute. We are seeing a repeat of the patch trend from the 60s that then reappeared in the 90s. And if you need somewhere to put your extra patches, backpacks of all shapes and sizes are super popular right now. Whether they are canvas or leather, a backpack looks stylish with athleisure wear, casual clothes and even with a dress.

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he 69th Annual Grand Fiesta Parade was presented by Fiesta Pensacola, sponsored by Beach Community Bank and Emmanuel, Sheppard, and Condon, and held on Friday, May 31 in downtown Pensacola. There were around 70 parade entries, including 40 to 50 floats, featuring many local Mardi Gras krewes, local businesses and sponsors, as well as bands and color guard teams from area schools. Local law enforcement members participated in the parade, as well as kept attendees safe during the event. Onlookers were encouraged to bring their kids to catch beads, hear the sounds of local high school marching bands, and enjoy watching beautiful floats parade through downtown. The parade followed the established downtown route from the corners of Spring and Garden, to the intersection of Palafox and Main. This is the last Mardi Gras parade of the season, and event organizers work to make it the biggest and best of the year. The Fiesta of Five Flags organization was formed to celebrate the founding of Pensacola. Fiesta plans and produces over 20 events throughout the year with the help of a plethora of volunteers. The full Fiesta Celebration is a 10-day heritage celebration, held the first two weeks in June, and is one of the oldest and largest heritage festivals in the State of Florida.

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asks and Flights Wine Tasting Room hosted the official Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the 5 Star Culture Company. The Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce presented the ribbon cutting, and invited guests to enjoy opportunities to win door prizes throughout the evening. Pensacola Caring Hearts was also in attendance, and half of the profits from the event went towards their goal to nourish and empower individuals, families, and the community by ensuring access to healthy food, nutrition education, and advocacy for those at risk of hunger. Pensacola Caring Hearts also provides seniors, children, homeless, and veterans the opportunity to participate in programs, services, and activities to meet the diverse, social, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the community. 5 Star Culture Company is an online marketplace dedicated to helping local small businesses and individuals sell their products online. Their main goal is to have customers support the hard-working people who make up the wonderful 5 Star Culture in northwest Florida. Andrew Schroeder created 5 Star Culture Company with the assistance of his good friend, Ford Kirkland; to give local and small businesses a way to offer their product to the world, via the internet, without spending all their creative time figuring out business regulations, internet protocols, or spending all their profit on obtaining these services.

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he world famous Sandshaker on Pensacola Beach hosted the grand opening of their second location at the Wharf in Orange Beach on June 14. The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber hosted the event, and were on hand to present the official ribbon cutting. A chartered bus of 50 people came from the Pensacola Sandshaker to help promote the event, and over 200 people were in attendance. The four owners Beverly and Sonny Campbell, Janet Taylor, and Charles Boswell were on hand, and encouraged guests to enjoy complimentary delicious food prepared by Blue Water Bar-B-Que and Red on White Wine Bar. Live entertainment was provided by Cornbread and Class X throughout the evening’s festivities, as well as raffles for door prizes generously presented by local area businesses. The Sandshaker at the Wharf hosts live music every weekend, and various drink specials through the week, focusing on their well, wine, and domestic varieties, as well as the unforgettable Bushwacker.

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scream, you scream! Who doesn’t scream for ice cream? When it comes to frozen treats, ice cream is at the top of the list. The first official record of ice cream in the United States dates back to 1744. However, ice cream was considered an exotic and rare delicacy until the 1800s. Today, ice cream is the best selling treat in America, right after cookies- and July is National Ice Cream Month, so we’re talking all things ice cream. When making your own ice cream, you need to start with a great base. Traditionally, ice cream is made with dairy milk or cream. However, milk alternatives have recently been growing in popularity. Whether it be a dairy intolerance or just a personal preference, there are several options for dairy-free ice cream. Soy, almond, and cashew milk are all popular bases for ice cream these days. Although ice cream is typically sweetened with sugar, honey or agave, and sweet alternatives like stevia are also becoming increasingly more popular. Vanilla is the most popular flavor in the United States, followed closely by chocolate, and then cookies and cream. Making ice cream at home has endless possibilities. With a simple ice cream base, you can add any ingredients you want. When the ice cream is churning, it’s best to keep It simple with spices and liquid extracts. Soft fruit like peaches or strawberries can be added during the churning process, as well. Thicker or harder ingredients like cookies or nuts should be mixed in after the ice cream has frozen.

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There are so many options for ice cream churns and freezers. No matter your budget, you can make ice cream at home. An electric ice cream maker can be purchased for around $100, and a traditional churn that uses ice and rock salt starts around $35 dollars, whether manual or electric. If you aren’t looking to buy an ice cream maker at all, you can pour your ice cream base into a zip lock bag and place that in a larger zip lock bag with ice and rock salt and give it a good shake until the ice cream is frozen. On a hot summer day, nothing is quite as indulging as homemade ice cream. Take this simple ice cream base and make it your own. Experiment with fun flavor combinations like lavender and honey, chocolate with chilies, or balsamic and strawberries. So make the most of this National Ice Cream Month, and make some delicious homemade ice cream.

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VIP Pensacola at Community Maritime Park

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unday June 9th Blues on the Bay at Community Maritime Park in Downtown Pensacola hosted another great concert series featuring Classic June and Bring on the Benjamin’s. Blues Angel Music puts on this free concert series every Sunday in the summer. While enjoying the views of the bay and dancing your night away to wonderful local music you can also enjoy food and treats by 3-D Eats, Arepas Latin Cuisine and Flamingo Shaved Ice. Blues Angel Music is a local music store that not only sells and rents instruments but also has a fully staffed school of music. They also have a non- profit foundation called The Blues Angel Music Foundation that aims to make a positive impact on the greater Pensacola area. They help provide music education, scholarships, and music therapy. Money raised at the Blues on the Bay Concert Series goes right back to the community to help support their programs.

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ay Grassroots of Northwest Florida hosted their Pensacola Pride Tea Dance at The Vineyard at 12th Avenue in East Hill Pensacola on June 16. The gorgeous outdoor space the vineyard offers was an absolutely wonderful host for this event, featuring several umbrella-covered tables to relax under, enjoy the fabulous menu, $20 drink and drown special, and of course enjoy the Pride festivities. This Tea Dance featured two different drag shows, with performances by Monica Hart, Glitter Dust, Janiylea, and Kendall Michaels. A raffle was drawn for a unique gift basket with items from several local businesses. Board members from Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida were in attendance, and had Pensacola PRIDE 10th Anniversary shirts available for purchase, as well as tickets for the Celebration Banquet held at the Pensacola

Opera on June 22. Pensacola Pride showcased eleven events during the month of June to promote equality, inclusion, and a safe space for members of the LGBTQ community to network without fear or concern for discrimination. The mission of Gay Grassroots of Northwest Florida is to bring together non-partisan activists to advocate for full understanding, respect, equality and inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons living in northwestern Florida. Oasis Florida was on hand to provide free, 20-minute HIV testing, as well as information, and other protection and prevention methods. OASIS Florida is an HIV prevention and care organization dedicated to helping those who are affected by HIV/ AIDS and preventing the spread through education and awareness.

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e have all heard the adage: “Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders.” This is certainly true as we see new, young and talented individuals entering the world of adulthood every day. Some people may be considered born leaders, but all teens in the Pensacola area have a voice and an opportunity to make their world a better place because of an organization that does nothing else but develop servants and leaders. Chain Reaction is the Teen Leadership Institute of Northwest Florida and was founded in 2003 by Kristin Fairchild. Since its inception, Chain Reaction has served over 5,500 teenagers. Chain Reaction enables teens to learn through avenues of service. Provided with a safe, fun, and empowering environment, teens discover their innate strengths and untapped abilities where they unite as a team of connected, committed citizens who believe in themselves and strive to achieve more, and aspire to see the good in all things. Chain Reaction clearly understands the multi-faceted importance of community service and has developed a means to pay it forward to upcoming generations. Chain Reaction turns teen potential into great talent for our community by helping them develop their soft skills and leadership abilities, build their civic resumes, discover their gifts and talents, develop their hearts of service, and get them thinking about and planning for life after high school. High schools is primarily focused on achieving good

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grades to get into the college of choice, but a GPA is only one line on a resume. Chain Reaction want teens to be thinking about and developing the skills and experiences needed for their futures, and is providing an opportunity and means for them to become generous citizens and a strong future workforce. Additionally, teens in the program are exposed to different careers in hopes of providing them some future job choices and educational paths that they may not have otherwise been exposed to. One of the greatest parts of Chain Reaction is enabling the teens to put together the puzzle that is their future. Chain Reaction partners with local agencies and non-profits for the teens to carry out service projects while building their love of community service. Their time at Chain Reaction allows them to serve others, discover things about themselves and about the real world, all while building a resume of service that may help them with scholarship opportunities, interviewing techniques, and becoming an overall great citizen.

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Interview with Isabella DiPhilippo Program Manager, Chain Reaction

What impact has Chain Reaction had on the Pensacola community in the last year?

Chain Reaction teens have had hundreds of leadership experiences and completed over 8,000 service hours in the last year. If a monetary value was placed on this, our teens would have made a $67,680 investment in the Pensacola community. This has led to our graduating seniors securing $1.4 million in college scholarships. Our teens worked on projects benefiting 11 different non-profits and organizations in the Pensacola area including Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Legal Services of Northwest Florida, and Pensacola Humane Society. How did you become involved with Chain Reaction?

I am a Maine native and a graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in political science and leadership studies. After graduating, I began searching for a job that would allow me to apply my leadership studies knowledge and impact others. I found Chain Reaction and was immediately drawn to its mission and work. August will be my one- year anniversary in this position and in Pensacola. Is the program styled in a classroom format or more practical/hands on work/volunteering?

Chain Reaction is a hands-on service and leadership experience. Teens come to the Chain Reaction Center and work on a service project of their choice alongside a group of their peers. The service projects are teen-designed and teen-led. The hands-on service projects allow teens to truly understand their impact on the organization they’re benefiting and how they are impacting the community. How do you discover each individual teen’s strengths to determine areas where they may thrive?

At Chain Reaction, we use person-to-person conversation to get to know our teens. Asking questions like “What’s your favorite class right now?” and “Are you enjoying Latin Club?” gives us insight into their worlds. We also focus on building teens’ self-confidence by providing them with the encouragement needed to believe in themselves. As staff, we are constantly watching how teens work, lead, and act. If a teen has no problem speaking in front of his/her peers, we see that public speaking is a gift of this individual. We also use our resume learning plans as a way to discover individual teen’s strengths. In our resume learning plan packet, teens answer questions like, “What do you want to do after high school?” and “What is your favorite subject?” and “What are your three professional passions?” These simple questions reveal a lot about the individual answering them.

Is there a staff or is Chain Reaction volunteer driven?

Chain Reaction has both a full-time staff and volunteers. While our staff is here day-to-day to teach curriculum and keep the organization running, our volunteers are a tremendous asset. They conduct exit interviews for our interns, grade teen resumes, help at our annual fundraisers, serve on committees, and serve on our Board of Directors. Chain Reaction operates year-round with membership running from May to May. Teens can participate after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays during the school year and five days a week during the summer. Is there a specific success story you can share?

Dina joined Chain Reaction as a high school freshman and she fell in love with the passion she witnessed in other members, which inspired her to use her own passion to benefit our community. “I used to be so eager to grow up because I thought the only way I could help my society was as an adult. Chain Reaction showed me that every single person has the power to change the world.” Dina created her own service project with the help of Chain Reaction staff called Leadership in Learning, focusing on motivating young children to love reading and learning with rewards and prizes for reaching learning milestones. After a year of planning, Dina helped Chain Reaction partner with C. A. Weis Elementary School to give learning kits to third graders. At the end of her membership, she graduated and received a full ride to Syracuse University. At Syracuse, Dina studied international relations and citizenship and civic engagement. She was designated as a 2019 Marshall Scholar, a Coronat Scholar, was a member of the Renee Crown University Honors Program, a 2018 Truman Scholar, and a 2018-19 Remembrance Scholar. Dina recently graduated from college and plans to work on immigration and education reform policy. Dina is a prime example of what Chain Reaction seeks to do. Helping teens develop soft skills and leadership skills, build self-confidence, identify their passions, grow a heart of service, and design and lead projects giving teens the foundation needed for future success. How can someone become involved or donate?

We are always looking for individuals to join the Chain Reaction team or donate to our organization. If you or someone you know is interested, please check out our website at www.mychainreaction.org or email us at info@mychainreaction.org.

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ay Grassroots of Northwest Florida hosted their 10th Annual Pensacola Pride Festival in the Park on June 15. A full day of live entertainment was available, featuring six musical acts including Cody Copland, Christina Alconcel, McDean, Boys Who Cry, Cory Harvard, and Wayward Sister plus the Red Carpet Drag Show. Over 50 vendors had tents on site, including local businesses selling goods, as well as informational services for local residents. Food trucks and drink specials were available, including wine, beer, and frozen treats. This was a family event, and leashed pets were allowed, inviting attendees to bring their blanket or chairs to get comfortable, and even spend the entire day. The mission of PensacolaPRIDE is to celebrate and promote the history, courage, diversity and worth of the Pensacola area gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons individually and collectively as the LGBTQ Community. PensacolaPRIDE also focuses on building a stronger local LGBT community by being wonderful hosts for thousands of out of town guests. All of the events during Pride easily serve as a way to introduce people to our local LGBTQ community without being overwhelmed. All the events presented throughout Pride week are designed so member of the community can feel as comfortable as possible, and encouraged to bring anyone along to enjoy the festivities.

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VIP Pensacola at Hadji Shrine

FIESTA

All Krewe Ball photos & story by

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Linda Damhave & Chester Rice

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he 2019 Fiesta All Krewe Ball was presented by Buick GMC Cadillac Pensacola, and held on June 6, at the Hadji Shrine Temple. All mardi gras krewes were invited to participate, and festivities included live music, performances, and a presentation of royalty from each krewe. The theme of the ball was “Around the World.� Several krewes presented a table with refreshments and snacks representing different countries and cultures. Each krewe had representative members competing in a dance contest, choreographed by LaVonne French. The King and Queen were represented from each registered krewe, and presented with a medallion of recognition.

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Ernie & Michelle Lewis

Patty Veal & Torri Smith

BJ Tronu, Cindy Lenn, Margie Wise & Carri Wilson

Zoel & Mark Williamson

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Jeff & Rosie Lee

Lynn Skipper & Dianne Peacock

Margie & Henry Hobbs

Susan & Curtis Williams, Marie Wheeler

Mike & Karen Harris

Jeff & Robin Schwartz

Deborah Lynn & Scott Wenzel

Kathy Casey & Byron Gilbert

Trisha & Ed Morrison

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VIP Pensacola at Fiesta All Krewe Ball

Donna Hatley & Kristina Swanson

Sheryl Stanovich, Sondra Massraff & Stephanie Schmitt

Elizabeth Schrey & Peg Rozman

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JULY 6, 13, 20, 27 Palafox Market N. Palafox St. | in Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza every Saturday | 9am-2pm, rain or shine Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art and antiques are just a few of the items offered by vendors at Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola. Items originate directly from onsite vendors who grow, make, or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs and art for sale.

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JULY 20

Blue Angels Air Show

Running of the Bulls

Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach 20 Casino Beach Blvd, Pensacola Beach | Noon

Seville Quarter Packet Pick-up | 7:30am - 8:30am Race Begins | 9am After-Party & Awards | ends at 1pm The Pensacola Running of the Bulls is modeled after the world-famous Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain. This nine-day celebration is fi lled with feasts, dancing, bullfighting, and the encierro, the ritual of releasing bulls into the streets to chase partygoers traditionally dressed in white and red.

Locals and visitors from all over look forward to the annual Pensacola Beach Air Show held in the summer. The show highlights our hometown heroes — the Blue Angels — the U. S. Navy’s fl ight demonstration squadron stationed at Forrest Sherman Field aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. The Blues hold several practice sessions along the beach in the days leading up to the big event on show day.

In order to maintain the thrilling spirit of the Pamplona bull-run without the hazard of live animals, the Pensacola Running of the Bulls features special guest “bulls” volunteered by regional Roller Derby leagues. Runners beware! The menacing derby bulls will be equipped with roller skates, horns, and plastic toy bats. Visit www.PensaBulls.com for more information.

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JULY 27

Mix & Mingle for a BIG Cause

Pensacola Survivors’ 2nd Annual SpeakEasy Gala

Studer Community Institute | 6pm - 8pm 220 West Garden Street, Pensacola

Mix and mingle luau style with Bigs, Littles, community partners, and supporters for a casual and fun social event sponsored by Fishbein Orthodontics! Tickets are $10 and include hors d’oeuvres, two drink tickets, photo booth, and your own custom frame! This event will feature an incredible silent auction and chances to win perfect for everyone! Don’t miss your chance to support a BIG cause in a FUN way! All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.

Museum of Commerce | 6pm - 11pm 201 Zaragoza Street, Pensacola

Get dolled up and dapper for the swankiest party in town. It’s a prohibition themed night of glamour and giving back. Enjoy an evening of classic entertainment, delicious hors d’oeuvres, all you can drink beer and wine, casino tables, a glam station, and a night you won’t forget. Visit www.EventBrite.com/o/pensacola-survivors-inc-18062576119 to purchase tickets.

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VIP Pensacola at Greater Little Rock Baptist Church

6th Annual

Pink Tea photos & story by Kristina Wright

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he Greater Little Rock Baptist Church hosted their 6th Annual Pink Tea to support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. All proceeds from the event go to the Pensacola chapter to benefit local people dealing with breast cancer. This year’s speakers were Dr. Ashley Chandler, MD, a board-certified reconstructive surgeon, and Dr. Lusharon Wiley, a patient of Dr. Chandler. During the program, a “Strutt Your Pink Fashion Show” was held, allowing anyone attending the event to strut their fashion in support if the cause. Several area businesses provided gifts for door prizes, including Casks and Flights’ own John McCorvey, who was there in support of his mother. In addition, local “Quillow” maker Blanche Flintroy, has designed two beautiful quillows that attendees purchased tickets for an opportunity to win and take home. The American Cancer Society depends on Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events to raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Making Strides events can’t happen without donations of time, effort, and dedication of volunteers. By walking in an event, raising funds, volunteering or forming a team, individuals can help the American Cancer Society find solutions through new treatments and support services.

Sylvia McKingstry & Janice Booker

Angela Rudolph & Michelle Calhoun

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Michelle Clark & Janeta Watson

Shanasta Baldwin & Barbara Ladd

Kay & Nadia Mitchell

Catherine Kelly, Mina Franklin, Edna Burnett & Gloria Clay

Dr. Lonnie D. Westley III & Dr. Susan Winborne

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Cecily, Marva McCorvey & John McCorvey

Shirley Lewis Brown, Jane Wilkinson & Tondaliao Sears

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Annual Luau to be Held for The Main Street Foundation

The Main Street Foundation is one of those good-feeling, hometown organizations that inspires an overwhelmingly authentic “good people doing good” vibe. Since 2012, our good friends at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Main Street Properties have been fulfi lling Christmas wishes, slinging Manna food pantry bags, buying baseball tickets for veterans, caring for our elderly and just offering a helping hand to distressed families in our community. All this good-doing begs the question, is this really a real estate company - or something else entirely? We caught up with Audie Street and Holly Lovett, the owners of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Main Street Properties and the founders of The Main Street Foundation. Their explanation? “We’re not really a real estate company. We’re a relationships company in the real estate business. Building relationships, giving back to the community that has so embraced us, and spreading love and good cheer is critical to our vision - we want to be everyone’s favorite real estate company - and helping out where we can is just the right thing to do.” I have to say, it is inspiring in the world of business and its accompanying hyperfocus on return on investment, to encounter an organization with as much give-back attentiveness as this group. With over 30 service activities in any given year, (mind you, one of those was collecting over 12,000 pounds of food donations door-to-door) their hope is that they will inspire like-minded companies and individuals to get involved in making our community a better place. The idea that we can all make a small difference – be a catalyst for change – make this world a little better – drives this group like a powerful magnet and it’s just cool to witness. So, if you want to help these guys do some good and spread some cheer - be sure to stop by their annual luau-themed fundraiser for 78

The Main Street Foundation. Admission is free - come enjoy good food, good drink, tantalizing silent auction items up for bid, a few entertaining surprises and, as we can attest, really good people pulling together for one great cause. #givewhereyoulive The Main Street Foundation Annual Luau: Friday July 26 4pm-9pm Main Expo Hall at Pensacola Fairgrounds

United Airlines Adds Daily Nonstop Flights Between PNS and New York/Newark

United Airlines has launched daily nonstop service between Pensacola International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport, with the inaugural fl ight taking place today, Thursday, June 6. With the addition of Newark, Pensacola International Airport now fl ies nonstop to 20 destinations. The inaugural fl ight was celebrated today with a ribbon cutting by Mayor Grover Robinson, the Greater Pensacola Chamber, Pensacola International Airport Director Dan Flynn and United Airlines representatives. “We are excited that United Airlines is opening the door for even more visitors to discover Pensacola and everything our great city has to offer, from our beautiful beaches and waterways to our rich history and vibrant downtown,” Mayor Robinson said. “The addition of nonstop fl ights from Newark, New Jersey to Pensacola International Airport is a testament to the continually growing interest in visiting Pensacola from destinations throughout the country, and we look forward to welcoming new visitors from the Newark and New York City area.” The Mayor’s Office and airport team have been working on fl ights to the New York metropolitan area for several years, so the addition of this route marks an exciting accomplishment for the City of Pensacola. The PNS route is one of 22 new routes

United Airlines announced it will add in 2019. Flight times may vary, but fl ights are scheduled to depart PNS daily at 3:25 p.m. and arrive at EWR at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Passengers will enjoy a two-class configuration aircraft.

Feeding the Gulf Coast Offering Free Meals to Children, 18 and Younger, All Summer Feeding the Gulf Coast is partnering with local community organizations to offer free meals to children, 18 and younger, this summer through the Summer Meals Program. The program is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is designed to fi ll the nutritional gap that is left when children are out of school during summer months and do not have access to free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches at school. “Our goal is to ensure that all children have access to nutritious food during the summer. We know that parents do not always have the resources to provide healthy meals for their kids – that is where we come in to help,” said Cathy Pope, President & CEO of Feeding the Gulf Coast. “By offering free meals to summer programs where kids already congregate during the summer, we empower the sites to spend their limited resources on quality enrichment activities for kids, and at the same time ensure the kids have enough energy to learn and play.” This program has a significant impact on children and families during the summer months across the Central Gulf Coast. Last summer, Feeding the Gulf Coast served 87,321 meals to children in Florida alone, and nearly 351,336 meals to children across the Central Gulf Coast at area churches, schools, parks and community centers. The program reaches more children every year thanks to excellent community partners. To learn more about how to become a summer meals site or find a site in your community, text “FOOD” to 877-877 or visit the food bank’s website: https://www. feedingthegulfcoast.org/find-help/find-apantry.

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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Bay Center

70th Fiesta DeLuna

Coronation Ball photos & story by Kristina Wright

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he 70th Fiesta DeLuna Coronation Ball was held on June 7, at the Pensacola Bay Center. The coronation celebrates the founding of Pensacola by Don Tristan DeLuna, Pensacola’s first citizen, and is remembered each year during the Fiesta Celebration. The crowning of Don Tristan DeLuna y Arellano LXX, his Queen, and the arrival of the 2019 court is this year’s presentation in Pensacola’s rich history. The coronation consisted of the Master of Ceremonies, Fiesta Flag Bearers, Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem, Invocation, Introduction of Dignitaries, and the presentation of visiting and local krewes. The official Presentation of the Court of DeLuna LXX announced the Padre, Aide-de-Camp, DeLuna and Queen Royal Pages, Fiesta 2019 Queen, Pages, Princesses, and Knights from the countries of Spain, Britain, France, and America. Brent Lane emceed the event, providing detailed information on each position’s historical significance, as well as facts on the individual chosen to represent the position this year. The Fiesta DeLuna Coronation is the last Mardi Gras ball of the season, and it is the end of the Fiesta Days Celebration.

Jock Mobley & Angela D’ Alessandro

Shelia Smith & Cynthia Dean

Sterling Gilliam & Kim Chope

Marla & Luke Courtney

Brent & Angela Lane

Nicole Ferry, Tonya Rich, Robin Zimmern & Sid Williams-Heath

Amanda Nealis & Cali Scully

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Marc & Caroline Huff

Beverly & Sonny Campbell

Melinda & Theron Toole, Dana & Andy Truluck

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Sammie Rodgers & Gaynell Fordham

Renee Wilhoit & Charles Thomas

Margaret-Ann West & Claire Errington

David & Cindi Bear

Candy & Johnnie Blackmon

Jana & Nick Andrews, Monique & Mike Johnson

Cathy Butler & Jennifer Buer

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Ryan Goulette, Dana Janik & Derrick Fishback

Jake Renfroe, Belle & Lewis Bear

Patty Veal, Kramer Litvak & Mayor Grover Robinson

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VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Bay Center

photos & story by Kristina Wright

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he Krewe of Lafitte hosted their Coronation Ball, featuring the crowning of Jean Lafitte LXV (65th) and his queen at the Pensacola Bay Center on May 18. The Bay Center was filled to the brim with members from all over the south who traveled to attend this coronation. The procession of past kings and queens was presented, as well as special guests from Springtime, Tallahassee, and Gulfport, Mississippi. The procession was followed by the announcement of the new Float Captains, Aide-de-Camp, and appointed Knights and Ladies of the Court. Jean Lafitte LXV, Sonny Campbell, and his Queen, Marla Courtney were announced, and all guests made their rounds to honor the new royalty for the upcoming year. A breakfast was served after the coronation, as guests were encouraged to dance the night away. The Krewe of Lafitte in Pensacola is the largest all male Mardi Gras Krewe in the Florida Panhandle. The organization was founded in 1954 to promote a means to celebrate Carnival. The 300 members enjoy a strong bond between themselves, and their families. Krewe of Lafitte participates in the parades with 12 lighted floats, two of which are used for traveling to seven out of town parades, ranging from Gulfport, Mississippi; to Bradenton, Florida. The Krewe also participates in three other local parades, specializing in an illuminated Christmas Parade for children. They also float around to schools, assisted living facilities, and retirement homes spreading cheer and happiness.

Karen & Mike Harris

Pam Washington & Bill Henry

Tamara Guernsey & Tim Horton

Laura & Ken Worthylake

Merv & Ellie Ortiz

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Marla Courtney & Sonny Campbell

Sue & Steve Knox

James (Jay) & Pat Rea, Andy Corbin & Barbara Densmore

Deb Fuller & Micki Baumert

Dennis & Lexie Thorsen

Marie Wheeler & LeAnn Whichard

Lynn & Byron Gilbert

Sven & Linda Damhave

Alex Ritchie, Kayla McSwain, Ginny & Dean Hinton

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Debra Study & Bobby Olson

Trisha & Ed Morrison

Latrelle & BJ Tronu

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I AM PENSACOLA

What is your hometown, what brought you to PENSACOLA and how long have you been here? I am a proud Pensacola native and love my hometown. I only moved away for a few years after college. I moved back to Pensacola in 1991, and will never leave again. What led you to choose this profession? I am from a huge military family. My father was in the Air Force and retired as an aircraft examiner aboard NAS Pensacola. I have 5 sisters, all of whom married military men. My brothers-in-law were huge influences on me as a young man. My personal experiences and passion for our military led me to develop 90

the free Military Appreciation App. It is the best thing I have ever done in my life. I get to help military families save time and money by connecting them with the local businesses and organizations that care about, and can help them.

influx of creative business owners who have opened businesses that offer consumers unique products and services they can’t find anywhere else.

What do you like best about Pensacola?

Passionate. Motivated. Spiritual.

Number one is the people. People living in Pensacola seem more friendly and personable. I love that we have a family type atmosphere in our city. Second, I love that Pensacola has become a melting pot for small businesses. Aside from our beautiful beaches and obvious military influences, Pensacola, in the past few years, has had an

Give three words that best describe you. Finish this statement, I AM PENSACOLA because… I was born and raised here! Pensacola is as much a part of me and I am a part of Pensacola. I get a sense of swelling pride whenever I get the opportunity to answer the question, “Where are you from?” with “PENSACOLA, FL!”

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