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events 12 Sweet Sixteen Connecting the Pieces Gala 16 HealthSource Clinic Premier 18 Business Happy Hour 33 Pinot and Paws 39 Covenant Care Walk for Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Block Party 43 The Clover Pick A Bowl Fill A Bowl 49 VIP Experience with David Feherty 57 Beer Festival 60 Opera Afer Dark 67 Wine a Little, Dine a Lot! 71 80s Block Party 75 Pieces Adrift Art Show

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Happy New Year! As we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome 2019, we celebrate past year salute Pensacola the new year. Inthe October, weand celebrate with our History and VOLUME XV • ISSUE Our January issue celebrates Destin Heritage Issue and VIP coverage ofMagazine the 2019 Best in Pensacola area weddings. Destin Black Tie Ball. Congratulations to brides all the 2019 Best in has become a vital resource for Pensacola Check out our coverage of the annual seekingwinners. the current wedding trends make our area the destinationball that in this special issue. !"#$%&'() wedding mecca it has become. With the Pensacola is the westernmost city in the Florida !"#!$%&#'%()#" arrival of 2019, we eagerly look forward Panhandle, approximately 13along milesthe from the border with to signature winter events *&&+,%*-(.!"#$%&'() Alabama. It is nicknamed The City of Five Flags, due to the Emerald Coast. Cultural activities, *#"&%$+",-# five fun governments that have ruled it during its history: the festivals, lecture series, athletic /*0*1%01.(2%-+) and weddings. There’s always flagsevents, of Spain (Castile), France, Great Britain, the United ./#*#$0%"0#" something happening our sugar- States of America. States of America, and theon Confederate white shores. Here’s what’s upofonNaval the Aviation, Other nicknames include Cradle !)+2",-%+0.(2%-+) Emerald Coast… January kicks off with 1#..,-%$!"%2% Western Gate to the Sunshine State, America’s First Art Wave, a modern and sophisticated Settlement, Red Snapper Capital the World, and P-Cola. bazaar celebrating local artists,ofsipping *23()-%&%01 photo by Scott Schaeffl er 0#/3$4%(!54 andproud shopping I am to beataBubbly part of Baytowne, the Pensacola community, #&,6%0#/3$(#/3#"&%() and Destin Desserts benefi theOur Girl team and along with our VIP Pensacola ting family. Scoutsthe of the Florida Panhandle, just to especially advertisers and supporters are what make &(0%+).2(&%10() name a few. +",.-,&&%$%/7,(. us the #1 social and lifestyle magazine from Pensacola are creating memories everyevent day with weddings on the Emerald BeachCouples to Pensacola to Perdido Key. Our coverage 2(&%10() Coast. Our January issue is one of the most anticipated issues of the year with a keeps us busy and involved in the community and we are proud of our monthly features Pensacola .3#,&%$4%-),%"4,) concentration on all things wedding related in the area. Many of our advertisers &%-#8$"%-3%&& Dwellings, Adventure May We Swizzle, Give Careeditorials Share, Locale, Save The Date, and I are wedding basedOut, businesses. BeSuggest, sure to check out wedding from our Am advertisers. Pensacola. ,+0-)%#"-%01 4)%-()&5!'+-+1)*!'()& Thank You for your encouraging words andchanges supportchampagne when we are out inasthe Swizzle features Ice Champagne which sipping youcommunity, VIP Pensacola 4%"8$%39 know it, and I Am Destin completes Wedding for issue withideas a spotlight on us cover your events. is YOUR publication. I appreciate yourour suggestions story and letting !"#!$%&#'%()#" Destin event planner and restaurateur, Nicki Cox. As we enter in the autumn season, take time to enjoy all the October activities by getting out to 1#($)##0 63%&4%($3%"",. Take time to enjoy the has NewtoYear activities, get out and enjoy experience the events ourallarea offer. Enjoy your October Issueallofthe VIP Pensacola…and we look .3%((%$4%!(5.9( winter events our area has to offer. Enjoy your January issue of VIP Destin -95"/(#8$45""%8 forward to seeing you again next month. Magazine…and we look forward to seeing you again next month. &,#.#&$.-34,)/

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VIP Pensacola at Studer Community Institute

Sweet Sixteen

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hursday September 12, Autism Pensacola held its Sweet Sixteen Connecting the Pieces Gala in Downtown Pensacola at the Studer Community Institute. Guests got to enjoy live music from Dr. Robert Sackheim, sweets from local bakery Henny Penny Patisserie, and a live and silent auction. This year the recipient of the Autism Community Spirit Award was Jacqui Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell for her extraordinary public service that has made a positive impact on our community. Connecting the Pieces Gala is Autism Pensacolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major fundraiser to support individuals in our community through Kids for Camp Summer Learning Lab, safety programs and trainings to increase awareness and understanding of the needs of all those with Autism. Learning Lab and safety and training programs that increase awareness and understanding of those with autism. This special event was in memory of Sharon Fink, who founded the Connecting the Pieces Gala.

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Dylan Sweeney & Elena Nogara

Stanley & Elizabeth Ladd

Dan & Catherin Storey

Matthew & Brittany Lopez

Michelle Nelson & Tina Likovetz

Lindsey Shaw & Reid Torgersen

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Kit & Sue Nast

Cory & Jessica Baudean

Joni & Savannah Claerbout

Angie Robinson & Moni Hudson

Jena Sudderth & Tiffany Carnley

Pat Yuatta & Ron Ross

Robert Gagliardi & Tina Barber

Cat Outzen & Emily Kennedy

Jacqui Jensen & Dana Wilmot

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VIP Pensacola at HealthSource Chiropractic

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ealthSource Chiropractic held their special Clinic Premier on September 12 at their third location on 1090 Scenic Highway. This event was an invitationonly affair that welcomed clients, sponsors, professionals, business owners, and community stakeholders to enjoy an evening of light hors d’oeuvres, craft beer, wine, and champagne. Flower arrangements were presented by Celebrations, and Nancy’s Haute Affairs catered the delicious food spread. This VIP professional open house focused on gathering professionals together, connecting referrals, building relationships, and increasing community awareness. The premier provided guests with a complementary tour of the services HealthSource has to offer, as well as a chance to meet Dr. Jessica Kelly, Dr. Hart Haymaker, and Dr. Jason Robinowitz. HealthSource Chiropractic is excited to bring some spotlight to the Scenic Heights area and is thrilled to invite neighboring businesses to create partnerships and neighbor relations. Dr. Jessica Kelly says, “Our motto is ‘Do What “U” Love.’ We want to provide clients with the best care possible, and get them back to their best so they can continue doing what they love.” Some of the services offered include Peizo Wave Therapy, progressive rehab with postural correction, and decompression therapy. New patients receive a discounted fee that includes an exam, x-rays, individualized treatment plan, and explanation of projected outcome. HealthSource accepts all auto insurance and most major medical insurances.

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Martina & Mal Mason

Dale & Susanne McCarthy

Jenny Grubb & Terry Levan

Richard Kelly & Kelly Rhodes

Dina Cooper & Taylour Halvorsen

Quinn Luehring, Brynn Minturn, Jamie Sherrell & Staci Holloway

Angelina Baglino & Rebecca Sandberg

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Dr. Jason Robinowitz, Dr. Jessica Kelly & Dr. Hart Haymaker

Andrea Kinnaman & Sue Levan

Danielle Lee, Dr. Carl Pearson & Jennifer Schultz

Chae Kyle, Bryce Potter & Dana Tripoli October 2019 | 17

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VIP Pensacola at Seville Quarter

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he September Business Happy Hour was hosted by Gulf Coast Trade Exchange inside Apple Annie’s at Seville Quarter on September 4. Guests were invited to mix, mingle, and network with local business professionals, providing opportunities for business growth. Door prizes and elegant baskets were available from several local businesses including Gulf Coast Trade Exchange, ProHealth, Southern Floral Gardens, Painting with a Twist, Basket of Dreams, ChickFil-A, Breeze Cinema, Christina Powers Tax, and Sam’s Fun City. Seville Quarter Business Happy Hour is a monthly gathering of business people networking in a relaxed setting to build connections and grow their business. Many businesses have utilized this opportunity to thank their existing clients, while increasing potential to grow the business community as well. Happy Hour Sponsorship packages include a free drink ticket for each guest that presents an invitation or business card, “Featured Business of the Month” promoted on all Seville Quarter media platforms, an e-mail blast to over 10,000 featuring company name and logo, a complimentary Happy Hour buffet from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm, all of the contact names and business cards redeemed, and the use of the stage and sound system during the event.

Alisia & Dustin Dufrene

Zac Testa & Sofia Alexe

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Fran Crumpton & Debbie Sapp

Jennifer Bone & Deborah Oberhausen

Josh Foster & Jill Andrusko

Willa Licata, Donna and Daniel Pennington & Bree McCastle

Bill Jimmerson & Cerys Heroman

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Chip Wood & Bobby Emmons

Judi Dickens & Rachel Mock

Brittany Barnett, Monica Mortara & Angela Greco

Dr. Carl Lindholm, Dr. Erin Lindholm & Danielle Cobb

September Dye, Mike Dickens & Judie Roland

Betsy Tait, Christina Powers & Dr. Aaron Hixon

Barbara Dean, Michelle Lamar-Acuff & Karen Emmons

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olf carts have become the transportation of choice for many communities across America. Here in our beach community, the growing demand for golf carts has risen in the past decade from driving to your local grocery store to cruising down Via de Luna in your Custom Club Car. Kool Karts prides itself on being the industry’s leader in sales and service in the gulf coast area. Since its inception in 2009, Kool Karts has serviced and sold all makes and models of golf carts. In starting the company out of the workings of his own garage, Brian Williams and his family began customizing golf carts and selling parts online. Within a year the retail store on Gulf Beach Hwy opened its doors along with the growth of two other divisions. The acquisition of an upholstery company gave way to the creation of Kool Cushions, which serves as one of the nation’s leaders in custom design manufacturing of marine seats for boat manufactures and golf cart seat cushions for 4 major manufacturing companies. Kool Cushions holds 9 design patents in golf cart seat cushions with the ability of custom designing personalized seats per client’s requests. The addition of 20

Kool Graphics to the brand of Kool revolutionized the sign and wrap industry in the region by becoming the only 3M certified company in the panhandle along with its addition of the new HP R1000 Flatbed printer. Graphics certified installers service the area’s high demand wrap installations along with creating new branding designs for local and national companies. In 2017, Kool Karts was named the franchise dealer for Club Car. With the growing popularity in our local area, Club Car is known for its air crafted aluminum framing which stands up to the weather elements that are well known in and around

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this region. If you know anything about golf carts, then you also know that Club Car is the best brand on the market today. The customization of golf carts is unique to each customer, and we are able to craft specific to each client. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wanting gas or electric, lifted tires, LED lights, body color, and of course speakers for music, our specialty in cart crafting has become well known. Services throughout the retail store and online stores have grown as golf carts have become the method of choice versus gas thirsty large vehicles. What uniquely makes us stand out from all other dealerships is our ability to manufacture and service not only Club Car but a variety of all other golf cart models. With the family of Kool Companies under one roof, we are able to bring into line a vast majority of clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

requests. We are able to continue to grow by ensuring each client is given superior customer service and a quality product. Throughout our years in business, the proudest moments have been when we were able to give back to the community that has given so much to us. We look forward to the future as we continue to grow in our local community. As the rise in golf carts becomes higher, Kool Karts and its family of companies will seek to become the nationwide leader in all golf cart parts, sales, and service. For more information and to get started on crafting your new Onward Club Car today, contact us at 850-912-6404 or visit us online at KoolKarts.com. Mention this ad and receive a free LED under glow kit with the purchase of your new Club Car Onward.

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All Social Member Benefits, Unlimited Golf Cart Fee Applies, Walking Option, Unlimited Cart Plan Option, Special Pricing on Lessons, Preferred Rates for Accompanied Guests, Club Cleaning and Storage, Member Locker Rooms, Monthly Member Only Receptions, 20% Discount on Banquet Faciliities.

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he much-anticipated evening of celebration for the winners of Best In Pensacola was a glamorous night from beginning to end. The winners-only event took place at Scenic Hills Country Club with the celebrants arriving in style as they walked the red carpet to be greeted by photographers and the publisher of VIP Pensacola. VIP Pensacolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s readers selected the winners in online polls earlier this summer with a record number of voting. With 200 guests in attendance, the stylish event was a way to acknowledge the hard work by so many businesses and individuals in the community.

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After the wonderful dinner provided by Scenic Hills Country Club, winners in each category crossed the stage as they were presented their awards. Next, many of the winners moved to the dance floor with their award for a Champagne toast to further celebrate their win. Best In Pensacola winners also enjoyed an evening of dancing with music by Powell Entertainment. The evening was a fabulous way to celebrate these businesses, service providers, and professionals in our area. Be on the lookout for Best In Pensacola voting in summer 2020 to vote for all of your favorites so we can celebrate them at the 2020 Black Tie Ball.

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Dr. Craig Henry & Dixie Stewart

Judy & Shawn Fitzpatrick

Mark & Christy Larkens

Maureen Bierman & Tori Jones

Shanelle Long & Latanya Doubout

Raffaella Fant & Fernando Arellano

Cynthia Toro-Azicri, John Lassiter & Patty Hayles

Michelle & Phillip Salzman

Leo Lynne & Penny Stricklin

Jennifer & Jeremy Reese

Carter & April Lackey

Hannah & Gaddiel Reyes

Martina & Mal Mason

Karl & Kathy Richard & Angela Summerlin Crenshaw

JoAnna Cope & David Apollo

Aaron Hixon & John Manzanet

Tyler Ramos & Justice Cox

Gene & Amanda Hurd

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Dr. Mat McCune & Alex Kelly

Caitlyn & Michael Huebner

Dr. Dave Miller, Casie Harris & Shannon Harris

Wayne Crutchfield

Tony & Chrisoula Hulion

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Magen Norewood & Dallas Gray

Paula Dorsey, Tracy Deuerling, Holly Hays & Katrina Crowe

Jack & Cori Stine

Blaine & Brittney Flynn

Pennye Putman & Kelly Griffith

Carrie Dalton & Kimmie Petrovski

Casey Dull, Kacy Montgomery & Rick Turner

Danny Zimmern

Josh & Brandy Hadden

Anthony & Rachel Silva, Christy & Brian Davidson, Megan & Mark Tegenkamp

Gary & Debbie Sapp

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Audie Street & Holly Lovett

Ron & Patty Spradling

Kevin & Capri Welch

Derek & Julie Jones

Lucia & Dave Greenfield, Chloe & Hanna Greenfield

Verla Price & Greg Alexander

September & Joshua Dye

Nancy Porto & Louis Trotta

Kasie & Don Copeland

Alexandra & Mark Ryan

Brent Isbell & Jessica Duncan

Crystal & Aaron Silins

Chris & Nicole Ferry

Brad Sanders & Megan Chapman

Susan & Mark Belcher

Dominique & Jared DeJesus

Jeff & Autumn Morris

Brian & Trinkette Parker

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VIP Pensacola at the Black Tie Ball

Homer & Linda Biggers

Jeff Wright & Nathan Wright

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Peggy & Mike Davis

Tracey Jernigan & Alyssa Durden

Missy Kimbrough, George & Louise Atchison

Keeling & Sarah Villar

Rusty & John McDonald

John McCorvey & CJ Jackson

Laura & Donald Daugette

Linda Petty

Stephanie & Chris Jaubert

Caitlin Archer & Holly Heller

Mike & Jeri Cox

Eric Larson & Max Holmer

Marlene & Bob Thompson

Bill & Michelle Sauls

Christine Miller & Christina Powers

Adam Hydle & Lillian Rodgers

Maegen Settlemires & Stacey Dees

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Savannah Richardson & Megan Stead

Brooks Bradley & Tori Jones

Josh Warner & Ashley Gonzalez

Stephen Mayer & Amanda Goolsby

Oksana Bagaas & Tisha Ramm

Steve Barber & Kathy Summerlin

Kelsey Jordan & Jolie Tow

Evelyn & Chip Warren

Holly Heller & Caitlin Archer

Caitlyn & Michael Huebner

Dominique & Jared DeJesus

John Lassiter, Tori Jones & Bradley Brooks

Richard & Angela Crenshaw

Shannon Harris & Casie Harris

Kimmie Petrovski & Carrie Dalton

Bill & Michelle Sauls

Adam Hydle & Lillian Rodgers

Megan Stead, Kelly Whibbs & Savannah Richardson

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VIP Pensacola at The Home of Charlene Sanders and Steve Gracik

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harlene Sanders and Steve Gracik graciously opened their home to host “Pinot and Paws” for the A Hope for Santa Rosa County Organization on September 8. A wonderful gathering of like-minded individuals was held to spread the word about A Hope’s mission of educating on spay/neuter opportunities, pet ownership responsibilities, and the necessity of fundraising to run the organization.Vice President/Chairman of the Board Paige Cary, and President/ Executive Director Brandi Winkleman spoke about the new programs A Hope has to offer, including Bowl Fillers, which helps provide elderly citizens with pet food and medication costs, so they don’t have to split their limited resources with their animals. Also new to the organization is an opportunity for donors to pledge a monthly sponsorship, which will help the organization with sustainability, and applications for grants to help build the low cost spay/neuter clinic in the future. A Hope for Santa Rosa County is a small group of passionate individuals aiming to make big changes for the companion animals and community cats in community neighborhoods. They provide assistance finding a low-cost spay or neuter option, and are working toward having their very own spay/neuter clinic in Santa Rosa County.

Steve Gracik & Charlene Sanders with Lanie

Julie Danna & Debbie Davis

Patrick & Cynthia Fulford

Marcia & Roy Tugwell

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VIP Pensacola at Pinot and Paws

Paige Cary, Cynthia Arnold & Linda Aycock

Pam Gadboys, Karl & Pamela Schutzmann

Bronwyn Sawyer & Kin Kincannon

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Campfire Cooking story by Mary Aho

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all is the season for camping. When it comes to camping, it’s all about simplicity and ease. One of the things that is the most challenging while roughing it in the great outdoors is cooking. Whether you are cooking over an open camp fire or outdoor grill, here are some tips, tricks, and meal planning ideas to make your stay in the wilderness easy and enjoyable. There is more to camping meals than sandwiches and hotdogs. Most people feel like they are quite limited when it comes to meals while camping. However, if you go prepared, you can have a variety of delicious and fi lling meals. Prepping things like fruits, vegetables, meat, and eggs, not only saves time but space in your cooler as well. Dice your vegetables and meats before your trip and store them in zip lock bags for space saving storage. Crack your eggs in a bowl, whisk, and pour into a container like a recycled coffee creamer container. That allows you to take more eggs and have a mess free pour at breakfast time. Freeze gallons of water and place them in the bottom of your cooler. The jugs will act as ice packs, when they melt you have extra drinking water. Store spices in a pill dispenser. That way you can take several spices without taking up extra space. When it’s time to cook, there are several essential supplies for cooking outdoors. The first is a cast iron skillet. Cast iron is a wonderful heat conductor. Since it stays seasoned, you don’t really have to clean it. Just give it a good wipe after eat use and keep it nice and oiled. The possibilities of what you can cook in a cast iron pan are endless. The other camping cooking must-have is aluminum foil. The easiest way to cook dinner is to take all of your ingredients, wrap them up in foil, and then put them over heat. You can put the foil packs on the grill or directly in the coals of the camp fire. In around ten minutes, you’ll have complete individual meals with almost no clean up. Whether you’ve fired up the grill or hanging around the fire, camping meals are easy to make and take no time at all to cook. Not only are these ideas perfect for camping but anytime of the year on your grill or in the oven at home. From vegetables to shrimp these recipes are going to have people flocking to your campsite this fall.

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Hawaiian Chicken Foil Pack !"#$%&!%"'() • 2 chicken breasts • 1 cup bbq sauce your favorite • 1 can pineapple slices drained • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

• 2 teaspoon garlic minced • 1 sweet bell pepper chopped • 1/4 onion sliced • salt and pepper to taste

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Campfire Cobbler !"#$%&!%"'() • 6 peaches, chopped • 2 cup raspberries • 1 cup blueberries • 1 cup chopped strawberries • 2 tbsp. cornstarch

• 2 tsp. ground cinnamon • pinch of kosher salt • 2 1/3 cup Bisquick Mix • 1/2 cup milk • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar, divided

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VIP Pensacola at Seville Square

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he 2019 Covenant Care Walk for Alzheimer’s and Block Party was held on September 7 at Seville Square. Walkers were invited to bring the family and their pets to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, celebrate life, and enjoy local food trucks. Registration was free, but a donation of more than $20 received a special commemorative t-shirt. Leading up to the event, participants were encouraged to build teams and fundraise to support local Alzheimer’s programs. Various awards were given for accomplishments such as largest team, and most funds raised. Teams included Team Hope, FoodRaising Friends, Unforgettable, Mall walkers, The Hurd Team powered by KWRGC, Covenant Care Residence Team, KWRGC, Covenant Care Sales Team, We’re ALZ In, and Team Ryan. All funds raised stay local in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, and can be counted as tax deductions. The money raised will enable Covenant Care to educate area caregivers and the public on various components of Alzheimer’s disease, provide memory screenings and virtual dementia tours, offer support and education groups, respite care, counseling and access to free tracking devices for wandering patients through Project Lifesaver. Since 1983, Covenant Care has been a trusted non-profit hospice provider originating in Pensacola, Florida. Covenant Care provides a continuum of services, including hospice and palliative care, home health care, and memory care, throughout 34 counties in North Florida and South Alabama. Their collaborative team of specialists includes physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, bereavement specialists, spiritual care coordinators, personal care aides and volunteers. Through numerous partnerships with hospitals, nursing facilities, assisted living communities and other organizations throughout the service area, Covenant offers care wherever patients call home.

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he Clover Pick A Bowl Fill A Bowl was held on September 6 at the Lou Ross Center of Pensacola State College. This unique event is Manna’s annual fundraiser, created with an artsy twist featuring the work of local artists and the fare of local vendors. Attendees are invited to pick out a one-of-a-kind clay bowl to keep, and use it to sample some of the best soups in town! This event was made possible by the faculty, students, and friends of the Pensacola State College Visual Arts Department, First City Arts Center, local artists, businesses, including vendors providing sponsorships and donations of art, food, beverages and other in-kind goods and services. The event added “The Clover” to the official name after the late Bill Clover, who was a pivotal force in helping this event gain popularity. Clover’s talent was in making pottery, as well as teaching the craft to others. A Pensacola State College visual arts professor for 52 years, Clover was one of the organizers of the event that eventually became known as Pick A Bowl Fill A Bowl. Through strategic partnerships and innovative programs, Manna fills a number of gaps in services to children and the elderly in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Manna provides a number of programs and services addressing the hunger challenges facing more families in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties than ever.

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Mary Stone & Lydia Abram

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Enjoying a Good Book story by Mary Aho

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.K Rowling once said, “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” In today’s world it can be hard to find the time to sit down and enjoy a “good book.” When you have others to share it with, it can make it a little easier. Book clubs have been around for centuries, starting as a women’s rights movement in the 1800s when women were prohibited from attending college and intellectual gatherings. In the past, they would secretly meet and read together and expand their knowledge. Today, book clubs are anything but a secret. They are worldwide and an estimated five million people in the United States belong to a book club. If starting a book club seems like a daunting task to you, think again! To start, all you need is a group of friends (or new friends) and a shared love of reading. From there, it’s completely up to you how you would like to make it your own. When starting a book club for the first time, it’s best to keep it small, around 10 members is a good size group. Next, you need to decide on what kind of structure you’re going to have. For 46

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example, some book clubs have themes such as mystery, romance, or non fiction. However, most book clubs are open to anything that grabs your attention. Another thing to consider is when each member will host. It can be based on volunteers, you could draw spots, or you could randomly assign. It also can be arranged based on what works best for each member. Now that your book club is established, it’s time to talk hosting. You could host at your home, a restaurant, or even your local library. Hosting at your home is the most popular. If you’re serving hors d’oeuvres make sure you keep them bite sized. Conversation will be flowing and you don’t want your guests to be caught with a mouthful when its their turn to talk. It’s fun to match your snacks to the book you’re reading. If your book takes place in Paris,

consider serving charcuterie and macaroons. There is so much room for creativity. Wine is a very popular libation among book clubs- and if you plan on serving wine, it’s nice to have a red and a white option. The possibilities are endless when it comes to book clubs. You can do all males, all females, co-ed, or even a certain age group. Coming together as a group and making it your own is all part of the fun. At the end of the day, the food, topic, or place doesn’t really matter. A book club is all about coming together and sharing your love of literature with friends.

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he First Tee of Northwest Florida hosted the David Feherty live Off Tour show at the Saenger Theatre on September 19. His popular two-hour, oneman comedy show, and question-and-answer session with the audience featured Pensacola on its list of national stops. The New York Times called him “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson.” With a sharp wit and irreverent style, the professional golfer turned golf analyst, talk show host and sports broadcaster has made a name for himself as one of the most hilarious and irrepressible personalities in golf. Golf Digest said Feherty’s show was, “Uncensored and unhinged, and worth the price of admission. It really was stupendous.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette raved, “David Feherty was uproariously funny. It was two hours of zaniness and madcap storytelling. People were coming out of their seats with laughter.” Feherty said, “I think The First Tee is an extremely important program in getting kids involved, especially under-privileged children, and giving them the chance to see what the game is all about.” He became an outstanding professional golfer during his era, winning 10 times as a pro, including five times on the European Tour. He finished tied for fourth in the 1994 British Open, and tied for seventh at the 1991 PGA Championship. He’s also authored more than a half-dozen books, and does a variety of TV programming for NBC and The Golf Channel. Proceeds from this event will benefit the local First Tee chapter to help grow junior golf.

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Nicholas Dimitroff & Matt Dimitroff

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Athleisure Wear story by Courtney Murray

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ou see a person walking down the street. They are wearing a simple white tank top, stylish navy blue joggers, and a sleek pair of tennis shoes. Are the headed to the gym? Nope. They might be headed to a casual lunch with friends, out to run errands or to go do work in a hipster coffee shop. Gone are the days when athletic clothing is simply designed for working out and physical activities. Welcome the dawn of the athleisure era. Comfort and functionality have now collided with fashion and we are diving all-in. This look is all about turning performance wear into everyday wear and putting a fashionable spin on it. This booming industry coincides at the perfect time with an influx in physical fitness. In today’s age of Pure Barre, Cross Fit, Orange Theory and fun runs, fitness has become a trendy and social activity. Athleisure is the go-to uniform for the busy generation; always on the go while looking effortlessly stylish. You can go seamlessly from barre to brunch. For women, it’s all about the leggings. While the great, “are leggings pants?” debate is still up in the air, one thing is for sure is that we are obsessed. Highwaist black leggings are like the Little Black Dress of athleisure. They instantly slim you and can be dressed up or down. Definitely a necessary staple in every woman’s drawer…or more likely, drawers, of leggings. The male version of leggings are joggers. A dark gray charcoal pair in an insanely soft fabric will become a wardrobe workhorse. Grab your joggers for running errands, a movie night in, grabbing a coffee, or dare I saw….going on a jog! In today’s day in age, life is a constant balancing act. Balancing work and play, exercise and relaxation, healthy eating and indulgence, friends and family; the list is never ending. This is why it’s so important to wear many hats. Luckily a baseball hat is right on trend for both men and women. Hats aren’t the only accessory working their way into the scene, backpacks are having a major moment as well. They check all of the athleisure boxes: functional, comfortable, and stylish. Backpacks come in all shapes and sizes and are perfect for both men and women on the go. From a 90’s inspired leather mini backpack to a utility canvas pack with leather straps, you can find a backpack to fit your needs. The athleisure look is mixing function with fashion and incorporating sporty casual pieces into your everyday wardrobe. Throwback Adidas and Nike sneakers give a relaxed and cool vibe paired with distressed denim, a simple white T-shirt and a leather jacket. Layering is a fun way to incorporate some sporty pieces into your outfit as well. A cute sports bra peeking out from a tank with leggings and boots provides the perfect edge to a street-style look. A fitted hoodie zipped up over a striped t-shirt paired with jeans and crisp white lace up tennis shoes creates a sporty chic look for men. When comfort and fashion collide, we are here for it. 54

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pera After Dark was an exciting, free event held after Gallery Night in Downtown Pensacola on September 20. Guests were invited to enjoy a unique outdoor concert like no other, featuring professional singers and local favorites. The evening featured music, food trucks, glowsticks, community engagement, and an evening under the stars. Guests were encouraged to bring a chair and a blanket, and met at the stage of the UWF Historic Trust Museum Plaza, which is directly behind the Wentworth Florida State Museum. Opera After Dark is the kick-off event that showcases five performers known as “Artists in Residence” who join the Pensacola Opera for 22 weeks during the season. Over 500 applications were submitted, 200 auditions were held, and five selections were chosen to bring the brightest young talent to Pensacola. These five artists travel throughout the community to libraries, schools, and civic community meetings to interact with the community and spread the joy of educational Opera knowledge. These selected artists also perform in the season’s selected Opera’s, of which the 2019 season includes: Easy to Love, As One, Don Giovanni, and Il Trovatore. Artists also take part in several “Opera on Tap” events held throughout the year at different local breweries to encourage exposure and engagement with the Opera. The Pensacola Opera proudly presents a bustling series of free public performances and educational programs throughout our area. Their goals are to raise awareness of the arts, to enhance the quality of life, and to educate audience members about the magical art form that is opera.

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OCTOBER 5 Bras Across the Bridge Register at The Grand Marlin | 8:00am-9:00am Bras Across the Bridge | 9:00am The Grand Marlin After-Party | 9:30am – Noon Breast cancer survivors, their loved ones and the community are invited to join together to increase breast cancer awareness. The crowd will make its way across the bridge as a show of awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer. In addition, there will be an after-party celebration at The Grand Marlin that will include live music, activities, drink specials and a silent auction. The bras will be donated to local organizations that help women and girls in need. For more information or to make a donation to this cause, contact foundation@bhcpns.org or call 850469-7906.

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ECS Fish Fry

Pensacola Barn Dance

Escambia Christian School | 4:30pm - 7:00pm Admission | Adults $7.50 | Children $6.00 Come enjoy the ECS Fish Fry! For tickets, call the school office 850-433-8476.

WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performanmce Studio | 1000 College Boulevard 6:00pm - 9:00pm | Admission $50 This 31st annual Wine & Food Classic will take us back to the barn dance halls of yesteryear. Enjoy food from favorite restaurants; a great sampling of wine, bourbon and beer; and live music to guarantee a boot-scootin’ good time under the string lights. Local chefs are the stars of this annual walkabout tasting that supports the public television programs and educational services of WSRE. Kevin Belton, star of “New Orleans Cooking with Kevin Belton,” will be on hand to demonstrate his favorite country cooking and to meet and greet with fans. For more information, visit www.WSRE.org.

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Bag It & Bubbles

Jukebox Gala

Sanders Beach - Corrine Jones Resource Center Friday | 11:00am - 2:00pm Registration/Check-in | 11:00am Auction Bidding | 11:30am

Skopelos at New World | 6:00pm - 10:30pm Limited Seating | Tickets $150

Brown Helicopter, Inc. presents the 12th Annual Bag It & Bubbles Luncheon benefiting Pace Center for Girls Escambia - Santa Rosa. Spend a breezy October afternoon beside the water while bidding on vintage, gently loved and NEW designer handbags donated by area fashionistas and local boutiques. This year’s luncheon will feature a traditional silent auction format for dozens of must-have bags from a variety of price points.

This is your chance to experience the power, excitement and beauty of over 35 beloved opera arias and duets in the form of an intimate tableside concert. While enjoying a four course dinner, you will be serenaded by professional opera stars and the 2019 Artists in Residence. This year’s performers will be Kara Shay Thomson, John Riesen, Gillian Cotter, Charles Eaton, Sheila Murphy Dunn and Corey McKern. The evening will also feature the 2019-2020 Artists in Residence, and over at the keys will be Cody Martin and Stephen Variames.

For more information, contact Pace Center for Girls Escambia - Santa Rosa.

To reserve your seats, call us at 850.433.6737 or book online!

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Dragon Boat Festinval

Stepping Out in Style Fashion Show

Bayou Texar Opening Ceremonies | 8:00am Lunch Break for Racers | 11:00am - 1:00pm Championship Race | 4:00pm Closing Ceremonies | 5:00pm

Skopelos at New World Cocktails, Silent Auction, Hors D’oeuvers | 5:30pm Program and Live Auction | 6:30pmCha Fashion Show | 7:00pm

Over 40 teams supported by thousands of spectators will be competing for bragging rights in the 6th Annual Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival. This festival is brought to you by your local Northeast Pensacola SERTOMA. For more information, visit www.PensacolaDragonBoatFestival.com

Come on out to the 43rd Annual Stepping Out in Style Fashion Show, presented by the Women’s Board of the Baptist Health Care Foundation. Reserve your seat along the runway for a night of fun, fashion, and philanthropy. Partnering with locally-owned boutiques and generous sponsors, the Women’s Board annual Stepping Out in Style Fashion Show features professional and local models that showcase the latest trends on the catwalk. The show includes hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, and a cash bar. Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to create a new playground for the autism spectrum disorder program at Lakeview Center. Don’t miss this premier fashion event that supports Baptist Health Care’s Mission of helping people throughout life’s journey. For more information, visit www.BaptistHealthcareFoundation.org

OCTOBER 18 The Black Jacket Symphony Presents: Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Saenger Doors Open | 7:00pm Show Starts | 8:00pm Tickets | $30 - $35

OCTOBER 18 Italiano! benefiting Children’s Chorus Sander’s Beach – Corinne Jones Resource Center Reception | 6:30pm Program | 7:00pm Tickets: $85.00 Individual Ticket | Table: $750.00 (Table of 10)

The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked–the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album. The performance is separated into two sets. The first set features the album being recreated as a true symphonic piece. The second set, which features a selection of the album artist’s “greatest hits,” opens in full contrast to the first set with an incredible light display and the symphony being much more laid back. The tone is set very quickly that the show will feature the high level of musicianship of the act being covered and will also be accompanied by all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show. For more information, visit www.blackjacketsymphony.com/.

Pensacola Children’s Chorus invites you to join them Friday, October 18 for the third annual “Italiano!”. Kicking off their 30th Anniversary Season, “Italiano!” offers a unique fundraising experience benefiting PCC’s Tuition Assistance Program. Sing-along with the dueling pianos and “mangia” mouth-watering family-style Italian fare provided by The Pensacola Fish House. Guests can expect several opportunities to bring home mementos of the evening by participating in the wine pull, live auction, and chance drawing. It’s sure to be an exciting evening in support of the children. Reserve your seating today at www.PensacolaSings.org.

OCTOBER 27 Barktoberfest Community Maritime Park 10:00am - 4:30pm | Free to Attend Pensacola Humane Society will host animal welfare organizations from across the Gulf Coast during this pet- and famiily-friendly event. Attendees will see all of their favorite Pensacola rescues along with Gulf Coast animal sanctuaries, preserves, and shelters. PHS will have the Humane Express full of adoptable animals looking for their furrever families, non-profit organizations of all shapes and sizes will be out sharing their important missions, and local businesses will be hosting prize drawings and give aways throughout the day! Local eateries and food trucks will keep you full, and the ECUA Quench Buggy will make sure everyone - 4- legged and 2-legged - stays hydrated. For more information about activities throughout the day, visit www.pensacolahumane.org.

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apstone Adaptive Learning & Therapy Centers, Inc. hosted their 12th Annual “Wine a Little, Dine a Lot!” fundraiser on August 10 at Skopelos at New World. Over 260 attendees enjoyed a delectable four-course dinner crafted by community favorite, Chef Gus Silivos, with wine pairings provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. The dinner opened with a heartfelt child-success story captured by videographer, David Gumpel, depicting a mom and her son overcoming challenges as a result of his in-school therapy services at Capstone Academy. Other event attractions included a silent and live auction, craft beer tastings provided by Big Beach Brewing Company, live music from violinist Maria Valentina, and a cork pull contest which included a surprise bottle of Dom Perignon. There was a chance to win tickets for a $2,500 shopping spree to Beré Jewelers, and thanks to two major event sponsors, Wind Creek Hospitality and Krewe of Gatsby Girls, everyone got to take home two wine-themed tokens to commemorate the evening. All event proceeds benefited Capstone’s children’s therapy programs where they provide important educational and therapeutic services, such as exceptional student education preschool, and speech, occupational, and physical therapies to the children within their care with special needs.

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ArchaeoCafé Talk At Perfect Plain Brewing Company Explores Piracy In The Gulf Of Mexico During Early 1800s

The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) and Perfect Plain Brewing Company are hosting ArchaeoCafé on Thursday, September 5th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. FPAN’s Mike Thomin will present “Pirates! The Last Scourge of the Gulf.” Perfect Plain Brewing Company is located at 50 E. Garden St. in downtown Pensacola. Two centuries ago, a massive wave of piracy struck the Gulf of Mexico and terrorized shipping along the Gulf coast. Florida was especially dangerous for travelers. Jean Lafitte and Charles Gibbs, two of the most notorious pirates from this period, had close ties to the Florida panhandle. One case of piracy even wound up in the court of West Florida in Pensacola and made newspaper headlines across the nation. This talk examines some of the broader aspects of piracy during the early 1800s in the Gulf and Caribbean. It also focuses on the current archaeological evidence for possible pirate ships from this period that wrecked beneath the waters of the Gulf. ArchaeoCafé is free and open to the community. Seating is unreserved. At ArchaeoCafé guests can order food, drinks, and participate in a casual and relaxed environment. Veterans National Homecare Donates $5,000 To PSC For First Generation Students Pensacola State College received $5,000 in scholarship funds from Veterans National Homecare for first-generation in college students on Aug. 19.

Denis McKinnon Sr., Denis McKinnon Jr., and Wade Wilson – on behalf of Veterans National Homecare – presented the First Generation Matching Scholarship donation to Pensacola State President Ed Meadows at the PSC Foundation office. The company has pledged a total of $15,000 to the fund scholarships. Two other annual donations of $5,000 will be made in 2020 and 2021. As available, future donations will be matched by funds from the First Generation Matching Grant Program. Pensacola State President Ed Meadows thanked the Veterans National Homecare for the scholarship dollars. McKinnon Sr., a Pensacola State alumnus and highly-decorated Vietnam War veteran, wants the scholarship dollars to help other veterans and their family members. “We just want to do the most good to help out those who have served our country in the military and their families,” McKinnon Sr., said. “These men and women make huge sacrifices when serving in the military, and we must take care of them as well as their spouses and children.” After leaving Pensacola State, McKinnon Sr., entered the U.S. Marine Corps’ Aviation Program and earned his Naval Aviation Designation in 1963. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam – one where he was injured. However, he still went on to serve 20 years as a Marine aviator. Andrea Krieger, executive director of the Pensacola State College Foundation, said the funds from Veterans National Homecare will be given to first-generation students with a preference for veterans or family members of veterans. The First Generation Matching Scholarship will be a FAFSA-based scholarship is available to full- or part-time students with a demonstrated financial need. Recipients also must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien. Scholarship recipients also must meet other requirements. The first scholarships will be awarded in fall 2020, and funds can be used for tuition, fees, books and other supplies.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Northwest Florida Announces Santa Rosa County Big Of The Year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida announces that Big Brother Robert Keith was selected as the Santa Rosa County 2019 Big of the Year. Big Brothers Big Sisters staff chose Robert for this honor because he

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is dedicated, consistent, and supportive of his two Little Brothers. Robert applied to be a Big in the program because he understood firsthand the importance of having a strong mentor at a young age. “Being the product of a single parent household myself, I felt it was my responsibility to become what I wished was available for me when I was that age.” Says Robert. A year and a half ago Robert was matched with his Little Brother Cayden who was being raised by his great grandmother. She enrolled both her grand kids, Cayden and Christian, into the program because she was not in good health and unable to leave the house with the boys as much as she wished she could. After a few outings with his Little Cayden, Robert decided he couldn’t stand to see Christian without a Big Brother. He promptly came into our office and asked if he could be matched with both of the siblings. Robert goes above and beyond the minimum responsibilities as a Big Brother. He makes sure to see both Littles every week. He even makes sure that they both get their own individual time in order to provide both boys with the attention they need. Robert mentors the boys and studies with them. He goes to school to visit them and frequently corresponds with their teachers to make sure he can help anyway he can if they are struggling. They go to church together and Robert includes them in activities with his own son and daughter. “Being a big means everything to me” says Robert “Our relationship has evolved to the point where they are part of the family.” Christian and Cayden’s great grandmother describes Robert as not only part of their family but as the boys’ guardian angel. “I am so very thankful for all he has done for my boys” she says.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida has been the area’s leader in oneto-one mentoring for 30 years by serving children ages K to 18. Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida served 660 children in Northwest Florida.

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ourt of De Luna Event Space hosted their 80s Block Party on August 24. This was a familyfriendly event that was free of charge, open to the public and fun for all ages. Guests danced the night away to 80s-themed music played by Marty Stanovich and DJ Mas. Local artists Josh Mason and Carter J. Gaston worked on a mural that will be the newest art project on the block and take up the east facing wall going down Tarragona. The mural is meant to represent the idea of radiating positivity in the community. All of the proceeds from wine bottles sold went to the Pensacola Dream Center, which is a non-profit that helps aid human trafficking victims, as well as others in need, such as homeless and addicts. Over $1,500 dollars were raised during the event.

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eep Pensacola Beautiful and First City Art Center hosted their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pieces Adriftâ&#x20AC;? art show on September 7 at First City Art Center. A silent art auction was held in which all of the art pieces were created using discarded materials and debris found locally on our beaches and waterways. Several refreshment options were available, including Le Dough Food Truck, Who Cut the Grilled Cheese and Cake offered gourmet grilled cheese and cheesecake, and Mrs. Jones Cold Brew showcased their wonderful coffee varieties. Music for the evening was generously provided by Heather Marie, Tanya Gallagher, and Honey Daze. Each ticket came with a silent auction bid number that guests used to bid on the recycled artwork. All proceeds from the show were divided to support local First City Arts Center and Keeping Pensacola Beautiful programs. Raffle items were generously donated by several local businesses, and included: A surf rack from Waterboyz Surf and Skate Shop, a 6-month pass to Pensacola MESS Hall for up to 4 people, a gift basket from Rusted Arrow Mercantile, a chair from Urban Objects, a $50 Publix gift card, a $50 Saturn Collection gift card, a 5-class pass to URU Yoga and Beyond, two tickets to Pensacola Little Theatre, two Historic Pensacola Museum tickets and more.

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