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Florida Rooms

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INVESTING IN ART

Wealth managers are encouraging their clients to include works of art in their portfolios. That may mean setting personal tastes aside. by ERIN HOOVER

Canadian artist Heather Haynes worked from photographs of Congolese children orphaned by civil war to arrive at the portraits seen here at the beach at Seaside.

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NASHVILLE SOUTH

Panama City Beach’s relationship with country music dates to the postWorld War II era. The walls at Whiskeys Saloon have seen it all. by STEVE BORNHOFT

photo by JACK GARDNER

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55 100 PETS Big dogs present

familiar challenges. They are just, well, larger.

108 GARDENING It’s

THE WAVE

can keep a woman cool — and looking cool.

48 WHAT’S IN STORE Find frozen pops, baked delights and custom furnishing in one (Palafox) place.

28 CHAMPIONS Fueled by joy, Katie Ross works to brighten her community.

36 PERSONALITY Never has Serena Woody abandoned her fascination with mermaids.

PANACHE

39 CITIZEN OF STYLE

EXPRESSION

55 ART Andi Scurto loves

giraffes. As an artist, she sticks her neck out.

58  S TAGE Ron Holman

produces shows of the children, by the children and for the children.

An Hayward, a model and the first lady of Pensacola, favors sophisticated looks that are nonetheless bold.

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may see stars.Musical entrepreneur Tommy Jackson hears them.

44 FOR HER Stylish sleeves

23 THREE-MASTERS

Magnificent tall ships are sailing toward the Port of Pensacola.

60 MUSIC Some people

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64  B OOKS The Longleaf Writers Conference enters its fifth year.

GASTRO & GUSTO

67 DINING OUT Harriet

Crommelin made a visit to the coast and was inspired to trade a career in real estate for restaurant life.

70 LIBATIONS Never

mind keeping things simple. Jeremy Johnson sweetens his Old Fashioned with a complex syrup.

72 DINING IN We suggest creative ways to stuff your spring rolls.

A BODES 95 INTERIORS Florida

rooms admit fresh breezes but keep out the bugs.

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Tropical plants are beautiful but often demanding. Ms. Grow-It-All® recommends knock-out natives such as  this hibiscus.

IN EVERY ISSUE 16 PUBLISHER’S LETTER 18 EDITOR’S COLUMN 236 SOCIAL STUDIES 239 DINING GUIDE 242 P OST SCRIPT

NORTHWEST FLORIDA WEDDINGS: YOUR BLUEPRINT FOR A PERFECT DAY

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ON THE COVER: As a Chico’s model, ballerina, jetsetter, wife, mother and advocate with Sacred Heart Hospital for parents and families, Pensacola’s stylish first lady, An Hayward, dares to be bold. PHOTO BY LAURA BOGAN

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SACRED HEART FOUNDATION The “Stories from the

Heart” section features heartwarming and inspiring stories from those who impact and have been impacted by The Sacred Heart Foundation. These stories revolve around people helping people.

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YOUR GIFT WILL BENEFIT GENERATIONS TO COME Walk the halls of the children’s hospital at Sacred Heart in Pensacola and you will be moved to cheers and tears. • Cheers for the courage of children afflicted by disease, illness and injury. • Cheers for the commitment of hospital staff members dedicated to treating and encouraging their young patients. • Tears for children whose recoveries are not assured. At Sacred Heart, I have observed the struggles of children undergoing chemotherapy, of babies born prematurely, of boys and girls who have sustained traumatic injuries. I have tried to appreciate the feelings of helplessness that parents must experience. And I have tried to avoid thinking about the fact that despite the best efforts and world-class skills of doctors and other health care professionals and the latest medical advances, some children do not survive. The new Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is under construction. For years, the Sacred Heart Foundation, led by its president, Carol Carlan, has worked tirelessly in Pensacola and throughout the greater Emerald Coast community to raise $35 million in local contributions to support the project, scheduled for completion in 2019. Its opening will coincide with an anniversary celebration recognizing the hospital’s 50-year history of serving children. Plans call for a six-story children’s hospital that will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and serve patients from Northwest Florida and parts of Alabama and Mississippi for decades to come. The local capital campaign is more than two-thirds of the way to achieving its goal — enough for four stories — but additional money must be raised soon if plans are to be realized in full. Community leaders including Quint and Rishy Studer, Bubba and Angie Watson, the Sansing Family, Susan Davis and Richard Henley along with scores of other area residents, have contributed generously to the project. They recognize that the new children’s hospital, while meeting the medical needs of children without regard for families’ ability to pay, will additionally enhance the quality of life across our region and add immeasurably to the area’s attractiveness. My hope — and my earnest request — is that you and members of many of the 28,000 households that receive this magazine will be inspired to make a contribution to the Studer Family Children’s Hospital upon reading the report from the Sacred Heart Foundation on pages 32 through 35. Simply enclose your check in the envelope provided and place it in the mail. Or, if you have a major gift in mind, by all means reach out to Carol at (850) 416-2430 or Carol.Carlan@ascension.org; she will be more than happy to detail naming opportunities for you or your business. You can know that every contribution to the children’s hospital will have far-reaching implications. One day, your children’s grandchildren may benefit. Be well,

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BOO BOO WAS NO MISTAKE SAIGE ROBERTS

I am indebted to B.J. Novak, a writer and actor, for it is he who led my 3-year-old grandson to begin to understand that letters, united in words, are representations of objects and actions and emotions and more. That, of course, is a consequential leap, right up there with the realization that an action figure, once removed from sight, may continue to exist. I will be left always to wonder about the origins of words and language in the first place, about how humans came to be capable of abstract thought and emerged as symbol-using imaginers of what could be or even should be, as beings given to expectations and thus subject to both satisfaction and disappointment. The communication scholar Kenneth Burke, whose writings I was exposed to by Dr. Stan Lindsey, my chief graduate school professor at Florida State University-Panama City, addresses “pre-language.” In so doing, he describes a cat that catches a chipmunk in an open field and then repeatedly releases it and recaptures it. The play continues until the chipmunk nears and then scales a tree, making good his escape, whereupon the cat lets loose with a loud yowl. The yowl Burke counts as pre-language. It is merely a reaction to changed circumstances: “The chipmunk was, and then wasn’t.” An “austerity situation” replaced a “salivation situation,” prompting a reaction, but there is nothing to suggest that a cat might envision or anticipate or expect a field replete with rodents. I cannot know precisely how such pre-language became symbolic action or how the spoken word was reduced to alphabets, but I am glad for those developments. I would have been a lousy hunter/gatherer. Grandson Rivers, it impresses me, wouldn’t succeed in that primitive way, either. And, while I consider the life of a left-handed relief pitcher, particularly one with the New York Yankees, to be as good as it gets, the chance that Rivers will professionally toe a rubber as a lateinnings specialist is decidedly remote.

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It’s good, then, that he has begun to read, inspired by Novak’s best-selling The Book Without Pictures. It begins by explaining how books work: “Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say. No matter what. That’s the deal. That’s the rule.” The book proceeds to cause anyone reading it aloud to pronounce nonsense words — BLORK and BLUURF — and to identify himself as a monkey with a head made out of blueberry pizza who has taught himself to read. The book then reaches its crescendo, causing the reader to confess, “My only friend in the whole, wide world is a hippo named … BOO BOO BUTT Trust me when I say that, to a 3-year-old boy, there is nothing funnier than hearing “Boo Boo Butt,” especially said in my distinctly theatrical way. Boo Boo opened a cognitive door and just weeks after I last visited Rivers in North Carolina, he had begun to recite the easiest of readers to his 1-year-old brother, Miles. Indeed, the boy is making swift progress with both his language skills and in making sense of the world with his own peculiar theories of cause and effect. Rivers has an alarm clock that lights up at the designated hour. Frequently, he is up way early, but he is not permitted to leave his bedroom until the alarm is seen. When at his house in January, I heard him, losing patience, complain from behind a closed door, “It is too dark out for my clock to turn green.” In his mind, it is the arrival of light, not the passage of time, that triggers the alarm. Further, Rivers has made it clear that he has mastered the concept of expectations. He and I built a birdhouse from a kit, stained it, nailed it to a big ol’ pine and marked it with a sign, “House for Wrens.” In February, Rivers called me. “Pops, you need to come back up here,” he said. “The birds are not coming.”

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↗ A crewman climbs the rigging of the 1918 topsail schooner Oosterschelde, the last of its kind from a large Dutch fleet. The century-old vessel makes port in Pensacola April 12-15 in the Tall Ships America Challenge. This view is from the bowsprit.

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hough our emerald waters are accustomed to the hefty wakes of luxury yachts, commercial fishing boats and pirate ship replicas that tourists adore, an elite fleet of colossal, historic vessels will make waves like no other. Weighing hundreds of tons and boasting sail areas of 12,000+ feet, these resplendent arks are a force to be reckoned with … But we just call them tall ships. (Think of those wooden ships in a bottle that you may have had on your coffee table in the ’80s.) If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing tall ships at full scale, your chance is here April 12–15, as the Tall Ships America Challenge makes a stop at the Port of Pensacola for the first time ever. Based in Newport, Rhode Island, Tall Ships America was founded in 1973 by Barclay Warburton III, a mariner who sought to excite in North America interest in the type of ship races he experienced whilst sailing the seas of Europe. Apparently, there was such an overwhelming sense of passion and pride at the international event that Warburton was confident he could inspire Americans to rediscover the art of sailing. Forty-five years later, tall ships are still speeding through our native oceans for an annual challenge, but the organization has since then cruised into other roles. “As a nonprofit group, we primarily work to promote sail training in North America,” explains Tall Ships Challenge Manager Erin Short. “Particularly with youth, where we issue grants and scholarships for those who are seeking a professional sailing education. We’re also advocates for tall ships used in the government, so we work very closely with the Coast Guard and other regulatory agencies to help maintain the safety standards of each vessel.” Short’s specialty among the crew lies in organizing the Tall Ships Challenge Series, which rotates each year from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to the Great Lakes. This marks her 12th year as manager and the first year in which the series has dipped into the Gulf of Mexico. In doing so, Short says, “Tall ships and their programming will be promoted to a much larger audience, and different communities will be brought together to witness history.” Historical in the sense that this is a returning voyage for the fleet’s flagship, the Elissa.

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Constructed in 1877 Scotland, Elissa, a three-masted vessel, transported various cargo around the world until the year 1886. She logged two visits to Galveston, Texas, and then set sail for Pensacola. The 205-foot-long ship’s home port is Galveston, where the race will commence. From there, Elissa and five other tall ships will travel to New Orleans and then to Pensacola. Among the ranks are The Lynx, Oliver Hazard Perry, Oosterschelde, Picton Castle and When and If, hailing from both national and international ports. “These ships all have incredible stories,” Short shares. “Picton Castle is completing her eighth circumnavigation. Oosterschelde launched in 1917 in the Netherlands as a freight ship. One of my favorites is about the When and If, which was commissioned by General S. Patton during World War II. He said when the war was over and if he lived through it, he and his wife would sail her around the world.” Unfortunately, the general did not survive, but the When and If schooner perseveres to this day in Key West, taking passengers out for sunset cruises and private charters. While docked in Pensacola, visitors will have the opportunity to skim through the bay on her and on the Lynx for day sails. The remaining four will remain moored at Plaza de Luna in Downtown Pensacola, where visitors are free to climb aboard and explore their hulls during the festival portion of the event. This is a huge attraction of the Tall Ships Challenge Race Series, as up to 50,000 people are expected to gather for the weekend. “We couldn’t be more excited for what’s in store,” says Capt. Sterling Gilliam Jr., director of the National Naval Aviation Museum (which, if you haven’t visited, charges no admission for its spectacular exhibits and »

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The When and If, an Alden schooner, was commissioned by Gen. George S. Patton in 1939 for an around-the-world voyage if he survived WWII. He died in 1945 less than four months after the war ended. A team led by schooner restorer Doug Hazlitt intends to fulfill Patton’s mission, offering sail-training along the way.

offers insight into the magnificent transport that shaped our nation). “Pensacola is one of the oldest civilizations in the country that has a strong maritime history, so we felt it was only natural we honor that and host Tall Ships,” says Gilliam, serving as chairman of the Tall Ships Pensacola Committee. “We’ll have a parade of ships as they arrive on Thursday, followed by a welcome reception for the captains that evening. Friday, VIP viewings, and then the festival is open to the public for the rest of the weekend.” While there will be educational deck tours and private receptions aboard the stationed tall ships, Gilliam adds there will be a party on the pier with live music, tasty concessions and various vendors. As for the actual race, that only happens between ports, where each vessel scuds to the next destination. The prize? “Bragging rights,” Short laughs. “No, we do give out awards, and the crew takes it very seriously! There’s an onthe-water time, but because all these ships operate on different rigs, we do have a handicap system, called the time of corrections factor, to even it all out. It’s really a way for them to show off their skills.” Luckily for ordinary landlubbers, dreams of shouting “anchors aweigh!” are not unattainable, as the crews of these ships are always on the lookout for new deckhands. “The ships carry a mix between the professional crew, guest passengers and trainees between each leg,” Short explains. “If you come to the event in Pensacola and fall in love with the tall ships, you could sail to New Orleans with them that Monday. If you need to get your affairs in order, you can always check their schedules online and hop aboard whenever.” According to Gilliam, falling in love with these magnificent vessels is made easy by the city scenery. “It will be quite a spectacular sight at Plaza de Luna, where you’re looking out toward Pensacola Beach, Fort Pickens and the Three-Mile Bridge with these massive, massive ships in front of it all … it really gives you a sense of our rich heritage.” EC

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Katie Ross, a pediatric nurse, founded The Joy Committee to be of help to homeless people and stray animals, visit elderly shut-ins and provide holiday gifts for needy children. Daughter Jasmine takes after her mom.

“We work often with the homeless at the Waterfront Rescue Mission in Pensacola, where we cook their meals and bring them supplies,” Ross says. “But we also like to take to the streets and scout people out to surprise them with a warm meal. When we first started out, we had a fundraiser that no one came to, so we boxed up all the food, located a homeless camp and passed it all out. It was a great day.” While major charity organizations often host holiday dinners (like Christmas and Thanksgiving) for the homeless, Ross enjoys throwing festive bashes for them on New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and even summer barbecues since she

knows there will be less active volunteers in the area. “While we mostly focus on the homeless, we also love to visit our elderly because they do get lonely,” Ross explained. “We drop by as often as we can and are always looking for more volunteers to come and chat with them, assist with their activities or bring little presents to brighten their days.” The Joy Committee’s charity also benefits the underprivileged children of the Emerald Coast. While regular toy drives are held for the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, this past Christmas, the organization sponsored an Angel Tree. Less fortunate families were able to submit their children’s »

“A lot of times, people will message our Facebook page asking for essentials like school supplies, so we try to contribute to projects like those … But we get random requests all the time. We go wherever help is needed.”— Katie Ross, Founder of the nonprofit Joy Committee

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he Joy Committee’s mission is simple and poignant: Spread kindness, and pay it forward. This is a motto founder Katie Ross adopted at an early age. A young Ross often went door-to-door around her neighborhood to collect canned goods for the homeless, all while dreaming of one day opening her own homeless shelter. But as she grew older, she realized there were even more ways to make her community a brighter place. Today, Ross works full time as a pediatric nurse for Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Pensacola. When she’s not caring for children at work, she, along with her husband Joey Ross, are keeping up with the five she has at home. It seems they’re chips off the old block, as it was actually one of Ross’s daughters who inspired The Joy Committee. “We were driving home one day and passed a nursing home, when my daughter turned to me and said, ‘Those people are probably so lonely!’” Ross recalls. “She was insistent that we visit them, and that got me looking at other aspects of our community in need.” Now entering its fourth year, the nonprofit organization services the disadvantaged, lonesome and vulnerable from Pensacola to Destin, but its reach is ever growing. Ross originally formed The Joy Committee with her good friend and Homeless Advocate, Sara Rios, but the past few years have gifted the duo an altruistic team of volunteers to advance their endeavors.


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Christmas wishes and gift them the toy of their dreams. “A lot of times, people will message our Facebook page asking for essentials like school supplies, so we try to contribute to projects like those,” Ross describes. “But we get random requests all the time. We go wherever help is needed.” And, that’s not just where humans are concerned. Since the advent of the committee, Ross knew she had to include an animal rescue. They currently work with Escambia Animal Shelter, PAWS, Santa Rosa County Animal

Services and other local shelters to sponsor and foster pets in hopes of getting them to their forever homes. “These are dogs that are going to be euthanized — whether just for their breed, or if they have medical conditions that are preventing them from being adopted,” Ross explains. “We take them in, vet them and find them a family.” This is an entirely foster-based operation, meaning these pups aren’t cooped up in a facility. Rather, members of the Joy Committee welcome these babies into their own homes, help them heal and provide plenty of love

to last them into their new lives. Currently, Ross is fostering a dog that she’s had for about a year now. “You do get attached! But at the same time, I want her to find a new home because that means I can save more.” That seems to be a shared attitude between Ross and one of the volunteers, Joan Bastura, who has fostered over 50 dogs during her time with the committee. After training Malamutes for over 40 years, Bastura nurtures dogs with behavioral issues to get them family-ready. She is specifically fond of fostering Shepherd breeds, though Ross keeps an eye out for needy canines of all shapes, sizes … and colors. Have you ever heard of Black Dog Syndrome? It’s common knowledge at shelters that breeds with pure black fur are often skipped over and ignored. That’s why it’s especially important for Ross to scoop up those black beauties, as well as breeds like pitties and bull dogs who aren’t people’s first choice. “A lot of these are abandoned dogs, or litters of puppies that have just been dumped,” Ross says. “They’re often heartworm-positive, but that’s an easy fix that people don’t want to fuss with because they look sickly, or they’re afraid their medical bills will cost them a lot of money, when that’s not true. We work with a couple of vets at Ferry Pass Animal Hospital of Pensacola who provide excellent preventative care and get them fully healed.” As this is a complete 501c3 non profit group, no volunteers or official members of the committee are compensated for their time or resources. This means your donations wholeheartedly go toward the community and pets, be it through the animal or children’s hospitals, toy drives or nourishment for the homeless. “It comes down to what you’re passionate about. We’d always love to have more fosters, more people to help feed the homeless or to visit the children’s hospital and nursing homes. We just want to make a positive impact on the world, and you’re welcome to join us.” EC

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WE’RE HALFWAY THERE We’re $15 million away from building a better future for the community. Here’s why we need your help right now.

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ou could say Quint Studer wrote the book on leadership, but actually he’s authored seven and, in the process, became an iconic figure in healthcare management. Though he’s made his name on the national stage, if you spend time with Quint and his lovely wife, Rishy, you will quickly notice the lack of pretense and great generosity he exhibits with his time and resources. Guided by a strong faith, the Studers actively support the causes that are close to their hearts. Among those causes is children’s health. It was a surreal experience with his own child that led Quint to become a passionate and dedicated supporter of Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital’s effort to build a world-class children’s hospital in Pensacola, Florida. It is a facility the region desperately requires to keep up with the growing need for specialized children’s services. His passion for the project led him to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Sacred Heart Health System. When asked what motivates him, Quint is quick to share the personal story, one he hopes other parents never have to experience first hand. Quint shared the following story. It was July, 1995. Our kids loved to camp, so my wife Rishy and I decided to go camping. We had our two smallish children, Mallory and Mike. We had an old conversion van with about 110,000 miles on it and drove out to Deadwood Gulch at Mount Rushmore. We went tent camping. The kids loved tent camping.

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“Because no parent should have to wonder if their child is getting the best care possible.” — QUINT STUDER, PARENT, GRANDPARENT, CHAIRMAN OF THE SACRED HEART HEALTH SYSTEM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our kids, like most kids, were all about Deadwood Gulch, which was a nice campground. They could horseback ride or swim. They just loved it. On our last day, we rode horses in the morning, and in the afternoon, Mallory wanted to go swimming at this little fenced-in pool. My son didn’t want to swim, so he grabbed his best soccer ball, and he and I kicked it around near the pool. It was a beautiful day, but after a while I realized that I had a work call and needed to find a payphone inside the lodge. I took Mike and his ball to be closer to his mother and yelled over to Rishy that he was there. I was making this call inside and suddenly this man runs in. He yells: “Dial 911! A little boy’s been crushed!” And I just knew it was Mike. I had this unbelievable feeling it was Mike. I was just shaking. I ran out. It was pandemonium. Rishy was yelling “There’s no heartbeat! No pulse!” Mike was laying there just gray; he’d completely lost all his skin color. I guess what happened is, as I said, Mike loved that soccer ball. So, when he accidently knocked it over the fence around the pool, he went to get it. My wife told him not to go, but he didn’t hear her and he went. There was a Bobcat there, this 5,000-pound machine, working nearby. The ball rolls, Mike bent down to pick it up, and the Bobcat driver — not knowing he was there — backs up and rolls the machine on top of Mike. They had to pull it off him. We just didn’t know if he was going to make it or not. The ambulance comes, they put Mike on a stretcher and Rishy jumps in — in her swimsuit. I grab my daughter, find out where the hospital is and drive. Fast. Turns out, our son’s rib cage was pressing against his heart. His shoulder was crushed.

He was bleeding internally. A lot of bleeding, in fact, he bled for three days. He was in a special Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He had tubes everywhere. They had a catheter in him. They were shooting morphine into him because of the pain. He had a respirator on, and he was just pumping out blood. They got him to one hospital nearby and then took him to another, bigger hospital in Rapid City, Southe Dakota. By the time we got there, the doctors and nurses were in the room with him, totally in charge. Thing was, we just didn’t know if he was going to make it or not. But when you’re a parent, you want to believe that they will. The doctor told us that the next 24 hours would be real, real critical. This scared me, because here I am in Rapid City. Was this the best care he could get? Now I ask every parent — where do you want your child when they’re in critical condition? And I get the same answer every single time. They say, “I want them in the best place possible.” I was asking myself that exact question: Was Rapid City the best place possible? So, I point blank ask the doctor “Where did you go to medical school?” He tells me, and I realize they’re great schools. And he’s double-board certified in pediatrics and critical care medicine. I went back into the room, looked at my wife and I said, “We’re in the right place.” Now, I tell you that story because that’s what we want to do at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital. We want to make sure that every parent feels like I felt that moment. That my child was in the right place. Today, my son’s fine. But for those seven days he was in ICU, all we wanted for him was to be where he had the best chance possible. He had it. I’m forever grateful. And it’s why I’m so committed to building this outstanding new Children’s Hospital. Because no parent should have to worry, “Is my child in the right place?” They’ll simply know that it is. Why do I give? Because no parents should ever wonder if their son or daughter is getting the very best care possible. I hope sharing my story will convince you to give right now. Because great communities see every child as their own child or grandchild. And, every child, no matter their ability to pay, deserves the best possible chance at life. Because nothing’s more important than our kids.

A message from Carol Carlan This issue is dedicated to children. Your children and mine. Our, neighbors’ and friends’. Nelson Mandela once said “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children,” and having lived in this community for over 40 years, I know that the soul of this community runs deep with care and support. The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart reveals the depth of its own dedication to our children every day. The hospital is in the process of building what will be one of the finest pediatric hospitals in the United States. The new $85 million facility is $15 million away from reality. It’s a tall order, but one we face together, one I’m certain that, with your help, we will achieve. The campaign, called “Within Our Reach, Within Your Hands,” is designed to put a focus on the extraordinary opportunity we share as a community. With the building of this hospital, our facility will offer children every possibility for healing, partnering state-of-the-art technologies with the finest clinicians in our region. The facility has been designed down to the detail to make the hospital a place of joy and purpose, welcoming to children and families from newborn to 18. Our children need you. Make no mistake, we are not simply erecting a building, we are continuing the legacy the Daughters of Charity began almost 50 years ago. We are building futures — for our children and our children’s children. We are counting on you to help. We have the chance to bring healing, treatment and cures to the most vulnerable among us: our children. We are counting on you!

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BECAUSE WE’RE FIGHTING FOR YOUR CHILDREN EVERY DAY WE ARE $15M AWAY FROM OUR GOAL TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. WE’RE ASKING YOU TO HELP.

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n the 1960s, the idea of a dedicated children’s hospital in a community with the population of the Panhandle was unheard of. Still, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, a small group of doctors and caregivers approached the Daughters of Charity at Sacred Heart with the request to build a hospital

dedicated to the distinct needs of children. The desire was to create a pediatric standard-bearer, formed from the same philosophy of caring as Sacred Heart. In 1969, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital opened as a place of healing for sick and injured babies and children in Northwest Florida.

Because here, medical excellence is built on a foundation of love Since then, medical advancements and undaunted dedication to excellence have led The Studer Family Children’s Hospital to become one of the finest children’s hospitals in the nation. But today, while our clinicians and staff offer unparalleled excellence, our facility is no longer able to keep up with the healing needs of our expanding population. It is with this pressing need — to advance the technology and facilities that would equal the level of care its people can provide — that the campaign Within Our Reach, Within Your Hands was begun. “We know that in order to give the best care possible to our children, we must build a facility equal to the care we can provide,” says Susan Davis, CEO, Sacred Heart Health System. 34

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BECAUSE YOUR SUPPORT IS VITAL, WE’RE ASKING YOU TO GIVE The Studer Family Children’s Hospital will have four floors built from ground up to address the very special needs of kids. Among its assets: a Pediatric ER staffed with a dedicated pediatric triage team and ICU; an expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with family rooms where parents and babies can bond; and hundreds of small features designed specifically to aid in children’s healing. The people at the Children’s Hospital are dedicated to treating all children, regardless of their ability to pay, with the same love and concern that they would have for their own children. The “Within Our Reach, Within Your Hands” campaign asks you, and all those who care about the community to make an investment in our children and all the children who will come in their wake. Because the future of children for generations is within our reach, this future is within your hands.

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Rachel Ousley becomes a bejewelled mermaid under the direction of Serena Woody, who believed as a child that her aunt was such a mythical sea creature.

my inspiration now, and the mermaid is my muse.” Woody also creates swim-with-a-mermaid and meet-a-mermaid experiences for the Pensacola community and its visitors. Once a month, she and her pod of 15 mermaids swim in the Gulf with the public. The Nue Blue Hues mermaids can also be seen at local events, where they delight in talking with humans — especially little girls. “The people in this community love the sea as much as I do,” Woody says. “They are entranced by it, and I give them the opportunity to be a part of it. Artwork should be shared. It’s not about the price, how hard you worked on it or the materials you used; it’s about how it makes others feel. I have found that my seashell tiaras and experiences with my mermaids are what people love

“My art is inspired by others — how they see the ocean, how they love each other. The smile of a child makes me want to make more tiaras. A woman puts on a crown and feels magical, and I want to make a perfect one for her.” — Serena Woody, Owner, Nue Blue Hues

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hen Serena Woody was a child, she was convinced that her aunt, Daniella, was a mermaid. Daniella had red hair and wore seashells and pearls, and she gave her niece similar adornments. Woody’s father encouraged her belief that there was a mermaid in the family. “When I was 6 or 7 years old, I found a stingray egg case while walking on the beach with my dad,” Woody says. “I didn’t know what it was, so I picked it up and brought it to him. He told me it was a mermaid’s purse and that it probably had coins from Atlantis in it. I was so excited. I wanted to open it and take the mermaid money, but Dad said that was stealing. He told me to throw it back in the ocean and tell Aunt Dani what I’d done, and she would get it and return it to its owner. So that’s exactly what I did.” While Woody’s father nurtured her love of the sea, her mother nurtured her artistic skills. As Woody got older, she began to believe that mermaids represented beauty and elegance and freedom, and she decided that she wanted to help other people — humans — feel beautiful and elegant and free, too. She developed Nue Blue Hues, a mermaidthemed business through which she sells original fine artwork, including watercolor paintings and pencil drawings, under-thesea accessories, and mermaid tops and tails. “Now anyone can feel magical and beautiful and strong, just like a mermaid,” Woody says. “I believe that those are characteristics all women strive for. The smiles that my creations put on people’s faces, the wonderment they see in my art ... that’s


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most about what I do. Little girls love interacting with my real-life mermaids. You should see the wonder in their eyes when their fantasy is within their grasp. They look forward to every event we are at.” Woody tells of an experience she witnessed when one of the mermaids, who goes by the name of Ondina, and a little girl talked together at a community event for a solid five minutes about Ondina’s life under the sea. “I was just listening and smiling,” Woody says. “The little girl’s mother came over and was getting her daughter to go home. I watched Ondina take the tiara off her head and give it to the little girl. She lit up and gave Ondina a hug and walked off with her mom. Ondina turned to me and said she would pay for the tiara. I told her not to worry about it, and I was glad that she gave it to the child. That child will be inspired by that memory, and that’s all I want my art to do. To inspire people to love, to give and to feel beautiful. “My art is inspired by others — how they see the ocean, how they love each other. The smile of a child makes me want to make more tiaras. A woman puts on a crown and feels magical, and I want to make a perfect one for her. I draw my mermaids to share the personalities of the people who inspire me daily. I’m blessed with creativity and imagination, but our community is my inspiration. I want people to follow my art and see a part of themselves in it.” EC

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n Hayward has just returned from a work trip to New York City. A signature face of the women’s retail clothing line Chico’s since 1999, the first lady of Pensacola had six days of modeling shoots scheduled back to back. She is always inspired by people-watching in the city, she said — Hayward and her husband, Ashton, lived in New York before moving to Pensacola in 2003 — she also loves her current home. “That hustle and bustle in the cold, where you get on the subway with a thousand people, that’s tough. When I lived there, I loved it, but then it was time for a new chapter in my life. I love to go (to New York) now. I can go to work and come home and

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enjoy it here. The sun is out in Pensacola, and it’s a beautiful day. You can’t beat that.” Born in Antwerp, Belgium, a city known for its Fashion Academy, Hayward credits her mother and grandmother for putting her in touch with style from a young age. “My mom had the best outfits growing up, and that’s what I looked up to,” she said. “My grandmother is 91 now, and she still dresses sharp.” Hayward was working as a professional ballet dancer with the Royal Ballet of Flanders when she was approached by several modeling agencies. “Dance comes with discipline, with posture — those things have to do with elegance,” she said.

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In 1993, work for a Miami modeling agency brought her to Florida, where she met her husband, who had just graduated college and was also modeling. The pair decided to move to New York together to further her career. Prestigious runway jobs and fashion publications followed. “I think my sense of style has always been sophisticated with an edge,” Hayward said. “I love bold clothing. I like bold colors. I like to sometimes step outside my comfort zone and outside the box. It’s about being daring in what you do, but that doesn’t mean revealing.” For example, she described a recent purchase from Zara: jeans with ruffled trims and a sweater with pom-poms detail. Comparing her style then and now, she explained, “I look at fashion differently today because I’m a mature woman, a wife and a mom. … When you’re in your 20s, you’re finding your sense of style. When you’re in your 40s, you’ve figured it out, what works and what doesn’t.”

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Hayward enjoys lakeside breezes in a a bright Zara dress and bold sunglasses. She says her mother and grandmother are both stylish dressers.


Hayward’s favorite items are the exotic tunic her husband bought for her in Singapore and vintage earrings given to her by her mother.

“There is fashion for every age out there,” Hayward continued. “You can be fabulous. You can wear bold colors and a gorgeous necklace; you can have a great haircut. Be fabulous and own it.” There are more choices in what to wear for now for women her age than there once were, Hayward said, noting that “mature women” and “plus-size women” are two growing and powerful markets within fashion retail. Hayward said she’s inspired by what she sees on Instagram: “Social media has changed my style, kept me current. I get a lot of inspiration from looking at what other people wear, what do they like, what colors.” “My age group [in modeling] is a group of women with big careers. Our group might not necessarily Instagram,” she said. “But to keep up with the times, to stay young and stay current — which is important to me —

A model and former ballerina, Hayward makes elegance look easy. Here she wears a Nili Lotan dress from Scout Boutique in Pensacola with Chanel ballet slippers and chunky jewelry from Chico’s.

you want to be connected to the world, and I think Instagram is the way to do it.” In addition to Chico’s — “I like to mix and match a lot of their stuff” — Hayward said she loves to shop at Scout, a boutique in downtown Pensacola that features cuttingedge designers and brands, and at J. Crew, H&M and Target. “I love a trend,” she said, “but if I’m going to buy something trendy for a season, I won’t spend a lot of money on it. I’ll invest in my uniform, my classic pieces.” What might that look like? “If I don’t have much time to think about it, if I have to run out to an event with my husband, I will always go with a black pair of pants and a crisp white dress shirt. I’ll wear a nice suede high heel and a beautiful handbag. Or, I like to wear a blazer with white jeans in the summer with a ballerina flat or a loafer.” Her husband, who has served as mayor of

Pensacola since 2010, has a packed calendar of events to attend, and Hayward can’t always join him. But as a mother who gave birth to a son who was a preemie in the NICU, she has used her voice to advocate for parents as a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Sacred Heart Hospital. Hayward said that she tells her teenaged son, Aiden, about the value of first impressions. “I tell him that you can’t go to everything in a tennis outfit. You have to dress the part; there are rules and etiquette in fashion. Maybe you’ll wear flat shoes and a nice dress shirt. There’s something out there for every occasion.” She continued, “It was the same thing for me as a younger model. I would go to casting, and they’d want me to be put together. I had to have to have a certain look, so people could see what I was all about.” EC

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1. JEN’S PIRATE BOOTY CITADEL TRACK PANT

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2. FREE PEOPLE CHERRY BOMB SET Hello summer style! Woven

cotton shorts set featuring colorful tribal-inspired embroidery detailing. Top cropped with adjustable tassel tie. Shorts with wide smocked elastic waistband, lined. ($148)

3. SOLUDOS TASSEL CITY SANDAL Our love for tassels

continues! Add some pizazz to any outfit with a pop of color. The perfect height for day or night. ($119)

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5. JETS HIGH NECK ONE PIECE

Form-flattering and chic, you’ll love our newest swimwear line. The stretch nylon piece features a sheer high neck panel and sheer mesh detailing, with curved cut-out back. ($205)

6. EILEEN FISHER SPORT PLATFORM SANDAL Taking

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↗ Ruffled, threequarter sleeves match the skirt of this flowing, rayon dress with cinched, empire waist.

(Top) Worn on or off the shoulders, this dress features open-embroidery lace on sleeves and bodice. Flouncy, cold-shoulder rompers (above) are suspended by crisscrossed ballet straps. Sold by Coastal Casuals.

Heart on Your Sleeve Ruffles, flounces and sweet nothings are arm candy for spring by HANNAH BURKE

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kay, ladies, we need to discuss one of the easiest ways to spice up your style, turn heads and showcase your personality. No, I’m not talking about investing in oversized, chunky “statement” jewelry, dangerously high heels or plunging necklines. Sleeves. Think about it: In the morning, throw on a billowy, butterflysleeved blouse, jeans and espadrilles to embrace your inner beachy bohe-

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mian. By night, slip into your sleek, slit-sleeved mini-dress, toss on a pair of pumps and you’re suddenly Gigi Hadid. From flounces and flares, to cold-shoulder and layers, this is the season of the sleeve. “A few trends popping up this season are one-shouldered, puffy and sheer sleeves,” dishes Alicia Taylor, owner of SoBo Boutique in Pensacola. “One-shoulder sleeves have quickly become an alternative to the offshoulder trend of 2017.” If you didn’t dive into the cold-shouldered craze last year (or if you went a little overboard with it like I did,) you’ll be relieved to know this trend is still going strong in 2018. Adds Laurie Olshefski, owner of Coastal Casuals in Panama City Beach, “Most ladies are self-conscious about their arms, so styles that show off the shoulders yet cover the meat of the arm are flattering, feminine and fun. Cold-shoulders especially give coverage while showing a little skin and keeping a girl cool.” Oh, we’re all about keeping cool in these warmer months. Honestly, where would we be without our breathable, bell-sleeved, Stevie Nicks garb once the heat kicks in? “The one thing I love about fashion is while it’s constantly evolving,

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A springtime-weight tence dress can be worn on one shoulder or strapless. Sold by SoBo Boutique.

you’ll always see old trends come back around,” says Taylor. “The ’70s flared, bell sleeves have been a huge trend for the past few years, but now they’re changing to a double flare for a more exaggerated look. Things like embroidery and embellishments help modernize them.” “Lace, crochet and floral embroidery seem to be the most popular details.” Olshefski agrees. “We’re also seeing bell sleeves in a 3/4 length with slit shoulders that have detailed accents across their hem. Personally, I love the updated bell sleeves because they can be designed in so many different ways with stylish accents.” Even if you’re a bit demure when it comes to fashion, sleeves are a simple way to venture outside of your typical comfort zone without going overboard. And if you’re one who basks in limelight, now is the time to take this trend and run with it. “There are so many different sleeves and details out right now, so expand your fashion flare and try out some of the new, flirty looks,” advises Olshefski. “See what fits your style personality and makes you feel good.” Taylor thinks we could all benefit from taking more risks. “Look for conversation starters! It doesn’t matter which trend you gravitate toward as long as you’re feeling bold and confident. The key to keeping your closet trendy, fun and fresh is to look out for new trends as they emerge and incorporate some of those elements into your looks.” EC

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Market Shops of South Walton encourages you to shed some layers in these warmer spring months. Whether that means something for swim season or an ensemble best worn beneath your daily garb, women of all shapes and sizes delight in a stylishly curated selection of garments.

One Palafox Place Breezeway The new, open-air corridor through One Palafox Place’s Brent Building offers visitors far more than passage. ➸ A former cottage business, Bluejay’s Bakery has long indulged Pensacola’s sweet tooth. Its new location candies the atmosphere of the breezeway with custom confections, cakes and pastries. ➸ If that’s not enough sweetness, Frios Gourmet Pops serves up popsicles like you’ve never had them before. Enjoy fruity flavors such as Avocado Lime and Strawberry Mojito or decadent freezes of Black Forest Cake and Mocha. ➸ The Armored Frog elevates the breezeway’s elegance with its showroom of fine wood furnishings and custom fixtures. This is the renowned design-build studio’s first physical location, bringing its online catalog to life.

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consignments and modern home décor, 13 HUB LANE is becoming a new obsession. The Panama City Beach shop not only brings the beach into your home with its seaside-scented candles and knickknacks but also boasts a gorgeous collection of jewels, art and bath products.

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in Pensacola saves you the trip of digging through your parents’ closet by showcasing fashion favorites for both vintage preppies and punk-rockers. As for the oddities … you can be sure they’re old-school cool.

➸ THE CIGAR FACTORY SOCIAL CLUB

takes a departure from the conventional hangouts in Downtown Pensacola in that most people sitting at its bar are nursing stogies with their scotch. Already a hit in its Miramar Beach location, the specialty store furnishes over 25 signature, hand-rolled cigars in addition to premier smokes from other manufacturers.

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1. HOBO REVEL BACKPACK The

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2. SPARTINA SEA LA VIE MY ANCHOR NECKLACE This

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18-karat, gold-plated necklace is charming and delicate. It makes a perfect gift for the friend in your life that is your anchor. Or keep it for yourself to carry a little bit of the coast with you everywhere. ($46)

3. DIFF EYEWEAR ASTRO SUNGLASSES Yes, a modern

feminine look can be achieved with a classic style. These shades make a statement that you know how to complete a look. The frames are a quality black matte finish with gray gradient polarized lenses. ($85)

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6. MUDPIE TAHITI TASSEL BRACELETS Gold cuff, bead

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Whimsy on the Walls

↖ Andi Scurto completed a mural of Mattie the Giraffe at Destin Commons last fall. She popularized her invented character in 2015, when she won the Mattie Kelly Arts Festival poster contest.

Andi Scurto’s colorful imaginings become murals at Destin Commons by KIM HARRIS THACKER

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As a young teen, Scurto’s creativity led her to experiment with as many media as she could, beginning with pencil and charcoal drawing. Mostly self-taught, Scurto then tried oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, and digital art making. “I have read so many books on art and have watched countless hours of YouTube tutorials,” she says. “Through trial and mostly error, I have finally become proficient in several mediums and styles.” While Scurto continually presses beyond her comfort zone and attempts to discover new methods and ideas, she also understands that today’s artists often are recognized for having a particular style. She recently asked her social media followers to vote on the style of art that she should pursue: digital portraits; vibrant, mixed-media portraits; whimsical watercolors; or scenic abstracts. Vibrant portraiture and watercolor illustrations were the most popular. This doesn’t mean that Scurto is going to cease digital art making altogether or abandon her charcoal pencils permanently. She has too many ideas popping into her head at all hours to do that. “I lie in bed at night and mentally envision how I will accomplish what I need to, whether it’s a digital portrait of a toddler or a giant mural of a giraffe,” she says. “I have a cornucopia of ideas just waiting to be explored.” EC

“Mattie in the Sky with Birds” is on display adjacent to the Center Plaza playground.

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enny-farthing bicycles — those old-fashioned rigs with an outsized front wheel and a much smaller wheel in the back — should be ridden by men in tailcoats and top hats who mutter things like, “I say, my good fellow.” But in the dream-like, painted world of Destin-based artist Andi Scurto, Mattie the Giraffe rides a penny-farthing quite masterfully. “Somehow, she translates to ‘adventure,’” Scurto says of her lanky creation, who can be seen any day in a mural Scurto painted for Destin Commons. “Or maybe Mattie just makes people laugh. Who knows?” Scurto, who won the 2015 Mattie Kelly Arts Festival poster contest with an early version of her giraffe, has painted many portraits of Mattie and her high-wheel and hopes to write and illustrate a children’s book about the giraffe’s adventures in the near future. As a child, her favorite books featured Amelia Bedelia, the housemaid whose literal understandings of common English phrases led her into one humorous scrape after another. But Scurto also loved the Reader’s Digest that came in the mail each month when she

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was a child — and not because of the stories it contained. “Together, my mother and I would copy the back of the Reader’s Digest, where they would feature a different artist each month,” Scurto says. “Every month was so new and exciting!” Through this childhood tradition, Scurto learned the value of artistic expression. And it was artistic expression that served as a light that brought her through dark times in her youth when she was bullied by her peers. “My mother is beautiful and Colombian, and in the small town where I spent my teen years, I was picked on in public school for having tan skin, big lips and freckles,” says Scurto. “I often turned to art and poetry because I didn’t know how to handle the personal affronts.” Life experience has taught Scurto that art heals and comforts. One of her favorite quotes from Pablo Picasso reads, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily lives off our souls.” “Art refreshes us,” says Scurto. “But art is also necessary. All humans have an innate desire to create, to build things, to dream. This is not dictated by circumstances. Anyone can find a way to be creative.”

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Andi Scurto’s Artistic Ideals Keep the process and product positive. “I have a husband and family and friends, and none of them should suffer because I’m not happy with how my portrait of a Pomeranian is going.” Accept criticism graciously. “In the beginning, I’d think, ‘Please say you love what I painted!’ Now I say, ‘Tell me what you hate about it and why.’” Continuously pursue artistic excellence. “I try not to cave to ‘this is just how I do things’ as an artist. We all have the power to change.” Meet deadlines. As a small business owner, my reputation is important to me. I guarantee my clients that I will meet their deadline — unless I fall off some scaffolding.” Be grateful for successes and learn from failures. “This is my simple mantra.”


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ALL HIS LIFE, A STAGE

To theater in Bay County, Ron Holman has been a big daddy by STEVE BORNHOFT

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n a Utah Shakespeare Festival production of King Lear, Ron Holman’s role as the Duke of Cornwall required him to pull an eye from the head of the Duke of Gloucester and then squeeze it until blood oozed onto his hand. “The props man made up a bunch of eyeballs in advance, enough for the scheduled run of the show,” Holman recalled. “One night, toward the end of the run, I squeezed the eye to no effect. So I squeezed it harder. Still no blood. I was beginning to think that the eye had dried out. Once more I squeezed it, even harder, and this time it ruptured and the blood showered people in the audience. “That may have been my most endearing gaffe.”

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At age 70, Ron Holman, a career educator and a lifelong lover of live performances, continues to infect children with the magic of stagecraft. Casts assembled at his children’s theater perform three musical productions a year.

And one that made it almost impossible for Holman to carry out advice frequently given stage actors: If you make a mistake or something unintended occurs, pretend like nothing happened and the audience will be none the wiser. Holman has been dispensing that instruction for decades. For 30 years beginning in 1983, he was a drama teacher in Bay County high schools — 20 years at Rutherford and 10 years at Arnold. (He has former students working as actors in New York, Los Angeles and Houston.) In 1992, he founded the Imagination Factory Children’s Theater, the only theater in the region, he said, that produces plays with children for children. The theater, reserved for actors ages 6–16, performs three full musical productions a year — in May, in December and one during the summer as the culmination of Camp Broadway. This summer, campers will be writing and producing a 30-minute film under the direction of videographer Dave Curnett. “We’re combining Camp Broadway with Camp Hollywood,” Holman said. To that end, he will draw upon his vast experience as a director and the screenwriting classes he took long ago at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

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Holman twice tried on Los Angeles in an effort to get discovered but didn’t break through. At one point, he may have been close. Holman was scheduled to perform in a live production of The Fantasticks, a musical that features two farmers who trick their children into falling in love. The production was scheduled as a showcase intended to give scouts an opportunity to size up aspiring actors. Holman was optimistic, then managed to tear the cartilage in a knee the day of the show. He was unable to go on and, disappointed, retreated to his hometown. “I have tried to leave Panama City several times, but it’s always reeled me back in,” Holman said. “I tell people it’s my black hole. But, honestly, I didn’t realize how much of a Southern boy I am until I moved out West. I never really got comfortable in L.A.” Bay County, then, would benefit by Holman’s homing instinct. He has inspired countless students to explore theater and has directed and starred in various productions at the Kaleidoscope Theater in Lynn Haven. Imagination Factory shows are performed at the Martin Theater in downtown Panama City before field-tripping student audiences during the day and adults at night. photography by JACQUELINE WARD


The Imagination Factory’s December production of Princess What’s Her Name, in which Sleeping Beauty visits various fairy tale characters in an effort to reconstruct lost memories, set a record. “It was our longest and in many ways our most ambitious show ever,” Holman said, noting that it ran an hour and 45 minutes in length but was “very cute” throughout. Holman attended the University of Alabama as an English major and transferred to the University of North Alabama for his senior year after discovering an interest in theater. At UNA, he studied under Gladys Shepherd, who became an important influence in his life. He went on to the University of Mississippi where he fell a thesis short of a master of fine arts degree. (He was “waylaid” and made the first of his California forays.) As an actor, Holman always has gravitated to characters who are outsized, outlandish and outspoken. His favorite role, he said, was that of Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. (Zero Mostel famously played that role in a film adaptation of the play.) Other roles come quickly to Holman’s mind: Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and the various roles he played in Greater Tuna, a comedy set in tiny Tuna, Texas. “And I was a natural as Henry VIII in Anne of a Thousand Days,” Holman recalled. “But I have taken something away from every part I have ever played.” And it is those takeaways that Holman who, now at age 70, gives back to the 25 or so students he works with at any given time, even as they energize him. “You hear so much these days about how lazy kids are and how they are so focused on electronic devices and social media, which I know nothing about,” Holman observed. “But when they come to the theater, they put everything down and they get focused and they find that they have a real desire to learn theater and not just to get up and act silly. “That restores my faith in youth, and I love all the energy.” Holman was asked what he’d like to accomplish in his remaining years. “I’d like to be on Broadway,” he said, but conceded he may not make it. “Maybe, when I retire all the way, I will just live in New York for a few months and immerse myself in the theater. I haven’t traveled much in years and I would like that.” And, there is the matter of that unfinished thesis. EC

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Financial advisor Tommy Jackson draws songwriters and artists to Santa Rosa Beach

Tim Jackson, Jamie Kent and producer Dave Brainerd rehearse in the cabin, a remodeled farmhouse where musicians live, compose and record songs.

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Alabama, Jackson founded First Note Entertainment in 2010 after buying out his brother’s catalog of songs. Because his brother, sister and mother all settled in Walton County, Jackson always considered it a second home. Based in Santa Rosa Beach, First Note Entertainment develops artists, publishes songs, produces live performances and has recently launched the digital music platform First Note Play.

Tommy Jackson used his financial expertise and ear for talent to create a retreat for gifted musicians at First Note Farms.

Jackson opened First Note Music Hall in 2012 and began inviting rising stars to perform to sold-out crowds in Santa Rosa Beach. His shows were unique in showcasing several performers from multiple genres — country, pop and singer-songwriter — each playing a few of their very best songs. As master of ceremonies, Jackson himself introduced each performer. Two years later, he sold the venue as an investment property; it is now the restaurant Trebeaché. For the past several years, First Note has worked with local venues to stage show-

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cases, including Trebeaché and WaterColor, the planned community in Santa Rosa Beach. Twenty performers have stepped from the First Note stage into major label record deals. “Our audience is known for standing ovations,” Jackson said and smiled. First Note Farms was born in 2015 when Jackson bought 90 acres of coastal farmland in Santa Rosa Beach and developed it into a retreat to host songwriters. There, in addition to helping artists write and work on their performances, Jackson works with them to formulate business plans. Based on the impact that online discount brokerages like eTrade had on the financial services industry, Jackson foresaw what music streaming services would do to the ability of musicians to make a living from their songs. “Music is pretty much free now, as far as the artist is concerned,” he said. “We teach artists how to position themselves to be able to make money from a tour and merchandise.” Far from Nashville Jackson likes to describe First Note Farms as a vision, and from a rocking chair on the front porch, I had to agree. He remodeled the existing farmhouse with four bedrooms to house performers with plenty of space to play music, and a recording studio to get down inspiring first takes. “They’re used to writing in cubicle environments. Here, they’re going to the beach,” Jackson said.

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ommy Jackson is the man with the golden ear, I learned, sitting with him in his recording studio at First Note Farms. He invited Jamie Kent to write music at First Note Farms on a tip from Dave Brainerd, producer of the Grammy-nominated country artist Brandy Clark, after Kent opened for one of Clark’s shows in New Hampshire. Two years later, Kent’s album, All American Mutt, opened at No. 16 on the Billboard Top Country charts. Rolling Stone named Kent one of “Ten Country Artists You Need to Know” last year. Jackson heard the star in Alyssa Senseney as soon as he listened to the schoolteacher and mother of four sing at her sister’s wedding. She, too, had recorded in the studio where we were sitting. He heard the star in Jacque Jordan, when his brother, the musician Tim Jackson, invited her to audition at First Note Farms. Tommy was sure that audiences would be as surprised as he was to hear such a soulful, bluesy voice coming from a wide-eyed college student. As Jackson played tracks from these artists, his eyes lit up as though he were reliving those moments of discovery. He explained that his music company, First Note Entertainment, is so named “because we find the note first — we discover the artist, the song, before they become known.”


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they go out on the beach and decide to write about it,” Jackson said. It seemed like common sense to produce an album in tribute to the people and places of 30A. Distributed by First Note Play, Come Away to 30A features songs by First Note artists Jamie Kent, Tim Jackson, Lindsey Thompson, Will Thompson and Anthony Peebles. Getting the album right has mattered to its producer. Jackson asked the owner of The 30A Company, Mike Ragsdale, whether he approved of Jamie Kent’s single, “30A Sticker,” an homage to the iconic blue emblem appearing on bumpers across the region. He also got the thumbs up from the owner of Bud and Alley’s, Dave Rauschkolb, who inspired another set of lyrics on the album.

“You get musicians out here and they relax and have fun, and then you see three or four disappear with a guitar and you know they’re writing.”

Something to Build on Jackson believes he can bring serious attention to an area that’s already serious about music. He said he’s impressed with acts like Chris Alvarado, Duke Bardwell & the Boys, Dread Clampitt and Forrest Williams Band, and with the 30A Songwriters Festival that already draws thousands to South Walton each January.

— Tommy Jackson, founder First Note Farms disappear with a guitar and you know they’re writing,” he said. Indeed, First Note Farms is far from Nashville and New York. The Gulf of Mexico is just 4 miles away. “Every time songwriters come down here,

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“I want this place to be like Muscle Shoals in Alabama, or Austin, Texas,” he said. The local music scene is something to build on, Jackson believes. Literally. We walked around the grassy pond at First Note Farms where he envisions a music venue with a large deck overlooking the water and big enough to hold 350 music fans. How soon this will happen depends on obtaining permits to build, Jackson said; then again, he has already managed to accomplish a great deal at First Note Farms in a short amount of time. Starting in 2018, Jackson wants to host three music festivals each year. Standing in Jackson’s field, looking at the tranquility that surrounded us, I asked if inviting the public into First Note Farms would spoil the haven he has worked so hard to create. Jackson responded with what could be called an essential truth of his business model: “As much as artists love sanctuary, they also love to be on stage.” EC

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He showed me the trails where four-wheelers roam, and the pond stocked with fish where artists can cast a line. From a picture on Jackson’s phone, Brian Melo, former winner of “Canadian Idol” and currently with the popular group Apollo’s Crown, grinned after he shot a gun for the first time on a range on the property. He looked like he was having a blast. “You get musicians out here and they relax and have fun, and then you see three or four


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County, University of Mississippi, The Seaside Institute, and others. Everybody attending will have a different project, whether that’s a short story, a novel, a group of poems or a personal essay, Bondurant said. “We cater to what the specific writer wants to do,” he continued. “As a writer, you’ll get input and critique, opinions and reactions — things you get from showing your work to people,” he continued, noting that all of the conference faculty have taught for years at writing programs in universities and other settings. “A lot of attendees are just starting out; many are working on their first short story or novel. We want a welcoming, casual environment.” Past faculty have included Andre Dubus III, Antonya Nelson, Chris Offutt, Jacqueline Mitchard and Elizabeth Stuckey-French; this year’s conference will welcome Beth Ann Fennelly, Tom Franklin, Jill McCorkle, Jennine Capó Crucet and other writers.

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For those who want to network, Longleaf offers ample opportunity to socialize. “At the cocktail parties, you get to meet editors and agents, people who are actively seeking new writers to represent. You meet all the faculty and visiting writers. A lot of people like the idea of hanging out with someone like Andre Dubus III or Beth Ann Fennelly,” Bondurant said. Bondurant, who has won fellowships to attend other writers’ conferences, calls the Longleaf Writers Conference an “amazing value,” particularly the option that includes, in addition to every element of the conference, lodging in a vacation destination town. About a third of attendees, too, live in Walton County and commute to conference events. “We think we can offer an amazing conference overall. We have a beach bonfire, we have a book-signing day at Sundog Books, we have a big shrimp boil. And then we have the ocean.” From the conference’s beginning, faculty members have visited local schools to provide free writing instruction to students. This year, Longleaf fellows and scholars — writers who are awarded scholarships to attend — will spend a day in an underserved school in Walton County. Bondurant said that he and the other co-director, Seth Brady Tucker, feel that this element of local outreach sets the Longleaf Writers Conference apart. Two of the scholars are typically students at the University of Mississippi. For the first time this year, Longleaf will offer a scholarship to a writer of color, and for the third year, a scholarship to a writer who is a veteran. Bondurant said that his experience attending writing conferences changed his writing life — mostly because of the feeling of community they create. “A lot of us, as writers, spend our time in isolation. That’s a part of the writing process. But we find occasionally that we want to meet with other writers who are going through the same experience, other people that love literature and books in the way that we do.” EC

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0 A as we know it today is a bustling thoroughfare of al fresco retail centers, tight-knit neighborhoods and a bevy of coastal canteens, but 20 years ago, it was a different story. Café Thirty A owner Harriet Crommelin recalls a sparse stretch of beachy bungalows, whose residents mostly had the option of eating at Bud and Alley’s or Criolla’s (now Grayton Bar & Grill) for a night out, or they could make the drive to Panama City Beach. “People thought I was crazy,” recalls Crommelin. “There was absolutely nothing here, the neighborhoods weren’t that populated, but I knew it needed another restaurant.” When asked what she says to those people today, the 72-year-old Southern belle simply smiles and shrugs, “Well, here I am now.” Her late father, a Navy admiral, retired in Montgomery, Alabama, when Crommelin was 13. She went on to graduate from the University of Alabama in 1967, dabbling in the real estate field for a while before pursuing her dream of opening a restaurant. In 1983, it came to fruition in the form Kat & Harri’s, a place Crommelin describes as a “Cheers-style joint where people could meet, drink and eat.” One day, a customer recommended she travel to Florida and check out the

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Seaside Seeing Red Wine Festival. It was an instant love affair, and, after several more visits, Crommelin established permanent residency on 30 A in 1994. Crommelin immediately arranged for the construction of Café Thirty A, which first opened its doors in 1995.

“I would label our cuisine eclectic, All-American for the most part, but we tie in other influences and we like to change the menu up depending on whatever strikes us that day.” — MHarriet Crommelin, Café Thirty A owner

Though built in the same vein as a beach cottage, the multi-level restaurant’s architecture is customized with design concepts Crommelin grew fond of during her many years of travelling the country. She even incorporated a little piece of home with the front porch’s alabaster columns, inspired by a house she used to admire on her runs on Cloverdale Road in Montgomery. Inside, you’re greeted with pastel blue and white hues that reflect the shore and

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cloth-covered tables. Immediately, eyes raise to the ceiling, where several billowy beach umbrellas hang upside-down in lieu of chandeliers. Surprisingly, this helps absorb sound and doubles as a style Crommelin dubs “beach chic.” Aside from the main dining room, glass doors open to a second seating area which was formerly an open-air porch. The sultry summer air during peak season and, Crommelin adds, “those pesky yellow flies!” ultimately led her to enclose the space for a more pleasant atmosphere. The same happened to the restaurant’s second story, which was previously a rooftop terrace. Now Café Thirty A’s private party space, its ballroom-style layout is ideal for arranging tables to whatever lengths your reservation requires. While one wall is composed entirely of windows that showcase the seaside scenery, the rest are embellished with massive posters depicting vintage, French ads for a retro, opulent ambiance. The stage is aptly set for Café Thirty A’s upscale menu, whose selections stray from conventional Gulf Coast fare. You can find Chef Derek Nowell in the kitchen prepping pizza for the kitchen’s massive, wood-fired oven, or searing fresh filets of seasonal catches and choice cuts of meat. Originally, Willie McGehee, Crommelin’s

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chef at her Montgomery restaurant, formulated the menu back in 1995. Tried and true, some of his recipes are still used today, like the Sesame-crusted Rare Yellowfin Tuna, accompanied by a nest of julienned, stir-fried veggies and a dash of wasabi to enhance the flavor. Also, Café Thirty A's Famous Creamy Grits with roasted quail: The ultimate comfort food. Over the years, other staples have solidified themselves among the ranks. After trying a bite of Maine lobster and crawfish swirled into truffle macaroni n’ cheese, a customer proclaimed it was a “Lobster in Paradise,” and you can find it under that moniker on the menu today. It’s

also one of Crommelin’s personal favorites, in addition to the Beef Carpaccio with horseradish aioli. Oh, and don’t forget the pillowy, dulcet Banana Beignets topped with macadamia nut ice cream and caramel sauce. “I would label our cuisine eclectic,” Crommelin states. “All-American for the most part, but we tie in other influences and we like to change the menu up depending on whatever strikes us that day.” But, if it’s ‘Tini Night (every Tuesday and Thursday,) guests immediately head to the full bar and indulge in Café Thirty A’s signature martinis for $5 a drink. With an extensive

selection that ranges from the stiff n’ dirty to the tart n’ fruity, people pack in like sardines those evenings to quench their thirsts. There’s also an elaborate beer and wine list to complement your supper. “I’ve always considered myself a bar fly … you know, for the entertainment, and the hospitality,” Crommelin says. “That’s what people find when they come here; I’ve always ensured my staff treats people as if they’ve just stepped into our home. Being here so long, we’ve gotten to know people to the point of being able to pour their usual drink order as soon as they step in. I think that’s what keeps us going.” EC

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At 790, Jeremy Johnson’s complex syrup puts a new spin on this classic bourbon cocktail.

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eremy Johnson grew up in Louisiana. When he moved to Destin five years ago, he quickly made a major Cajun connection. After growing up in restaurant kitchens, he went from “the back of the house” to “the front of the house” at 790 On The Gulf, which is located inside The Inn at Crystal Beach. Louisiana natives Ed Ward and Christine Paris own and operate 790 on the Gulf, and they saw something in Johnson that moved him into a bartender’s role. So it was only natural that “JJ” would connect with visitors from back home. And this connection would produce a recipe that would give new dimension to a cocktail established early in a previous century. Say hello to the “Cocodrie Old Fashioned.” “One of my awesome (customer) families came from right outside Baton Rouge and they owned a fish camp in Cocodrie,” Johnson explained. Located far southwest of New Orleans close to the Gulf of Mexico, this fishing village takes its name for the Cajun word for “crocodile.” Turns out the husband of that family wound up sharing something special with Johnson.

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“We’re were just talking about cocktails, and he’s a big bourbon man,” Johnson recalled. “He loves Blanton’s and I love Blanton’s.” In 1984, the world’s first single barrel bourbon to be marketed commercially was released under the label “Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon,” named in honor of Col. Albert B. Blanton. What sets the Cocodrie recipe apart? Instead of using sugar water (simple syrup) along with bitters to muddle the fruit, it involves a “complex syrup” made from one cup of cane sugar, one cup of brown sugar and one cup of honey, all of which is heated and reduced with water in a skillet. “Regulars say ‘JJ, let me get your mix,’ and I know exactly what they’re talking about,” Johnson said. “For first-timers, I tell them: ‘If you don’t like it, I’ll make you a new one.” And how has that worked out? “I’ve never had to make a new one,” Johnson said, and his smile said the rest. One of 790’s regulars is Tim Collins, who lives in Miramar Beach’s Seascape Resort. Accompanied by his wife, Lydia, he visits several times a week. “I’ll tell you what, man, I don’t order anything else when I go in there,” Collins said. “It’s

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Cocodrie Old Fashioned ➸ Combine complex syrup and five dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters to muddle a maraschino cherry and an orange slice. ➸ Add 1½ ounces of Blanton’s bourbon. ➸ Pour into a mixing glass with ice and stir with a spoon until chilled. ➸ Strain over one large ice cube into a 10-ounce cocktail glass. ➸ Garnish with a Luxardo cherry and the rind of the orange slice.

just the perfect mix of bourbon and sweet and all that wrapped into one.” And what makes it taste so special? “It’s smoother, and the complex syrup is absolutely the difference-maker,” Collins said. “It’s different than anything you ever had, and if you’re a bourbon drinker, it’s going to be better than anything you ever had. All the elements connect.” EC photography by TODD DOUGLAS


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Water to thin mixture to dipping consistency

Assembly 1. Fill a large bowl with cool water. Soak one sheet

of rice paper in the water for about 15 seconds, then turn the sheet over and let it soak for another 15 seconds. Lay the wet (still firm) rice paper sheet on a damp towel and add desired ingredients to the bottom-center portion of the roll (see image). Do not overfill. At this point, the rice paper will have become very flexible.

2. Lift the bottom edge of the rice paper over the filling, then fold in both sides (see image).

3. Continue rolling. The rice paper will stick to it-

self, forming a tight seal. Serve with Dipping Sauce, soy sauce or plain rice vinegar.

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Vermicelli rice noodles,* cooked or soaked (according to package directions) and drained

1 teaspoon red chili sauce*


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“City Folks” by Emerald Coast artist Andy Saczynski of Santa Rosa Beach

CULTURAL CAPITAL Expert tips on the art of buying art by ERIN HOOVER

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“I tell people that to buy for investment purposes, you really have to know your stuff ... a collector needs to do the legwork or they’ll overpay.” — Joseph James Patti, art restorer

Each year, during the last full weekend in October, artists from across the country gather for two full days in Destin for Festival of the Arts, presented by Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. At the festival, customers browse booths of artwork in a range of fine arts and crafts media, from watercolor and oils to textiles, pottery and wood. The art show is juried, meaning jurors evaluate prospective festival participants and put together a show of the best exhibitors. Festival judges also award cash prizes for the best work at the event. Not everyone who attends Festival of the Arts ends up making a purchase, but many do. “What we want, as the presenter of the show, is to see art going out,” said Marcia Hull, chief executive officer of Mattie Kelly Foundation, recently. “We want to help that patron find multiple pieces or big pieces.” Patrons buy art for a multitude of reasons, Hull said. Some head to Festival of the Arts to decorate a new home, or to purchase holiday gifts. “Art is very personal, whether it’s visual arts, or culinary arts or music. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Increasingly, however, buyers seek to purchase works of art for an additional reason: investment value. Deloitte has reported that more wealth managers advise including art and collectibles in an investment portfolio — 78% in 2016, up from 55% in 2014 (“Art and Finance Report”). According to the same report, nearly three out of four art collectors said they “bought art for passion with an investment view.” Clients come to art restorer Joseph James Patti in Pace, Florida, when they have an existing work of art that’s starting to yellow, or because a painting is damaged in a house move or a hurricane. Though Patti is not an appraiser, sometimes his clients also ask him what a painting is worth or for recommendations on how to buy art. “I tell people that to buy for investment purposes, you really have to know your stuff,” he said. “A collector needs to do the legwork or they’ll overpay.”

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“Learning more about artists, as people, can strengthen these connections. When we take it a step further and learn about the fundamental elements and principles of art, we can expand our tastes while developing the language to articulate why we like what we like.” — Dr. K. C. Williams, gallery director for Mattie Kelly Arts Center

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Art that has been on the market before will be registered with the online databases askART or Artprice, which offer information about prior sales to the consumer for a membership fee, Patti said. Patrons may also be able to glean information about a work of art by writing to Christie’s or Sotheby’s, though Patti acknowledged that these auction houses will probably only write back if they believe the work has value. Generally speaking, older works of art are time-tested and are likely to keep their value. “In contemporary art, there are artists who peak at one time in their lives. There may be a new artist selling for $10,000, and the next decade comes along and the interest isn’t there,” Patti said. “It’s like buying a house and paying top dollar, and then the neighborhood goes downhill.” It also may be worth it — literally — to get to know an artists’ work before making a purchase. “Some artists are known for landscapes or seascapes, and once in a while they’ll do a still life. That still life won’t be worth as much,” Patti said. The internet makes it easy to find and buy art, but Patti recommends seeing the work of art in person before buying it, whether it’s older or contemporary work. In many cases, online sellers will ship artwork and allow for the buyer to return it if unsatisfied. Getting swindled by a forgery is a risk, especially with old, famous names — and the quality of the work has little to dto with it. Most forgers are very good artists, Patti noted. A “Certificate of Authenticity” may not necessarily be authentic. Only an expert art appraiser will be able to tell for sure. Those interested in art collecting might begin by taking an art appreciation class at Northwest Florida State College or another local college, suggested Dr. K. C. Williams, gallery director for Mattie Kelly Arts Center.


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Red Bird Gallery in Seaside, seen at lower right, displays artists such as (clockwise from upper left) Rani Garner, “Mirror-Mirror,” Marilyn Sparks, “City With Soul” and “Wide River” by Carylon Killebrew. Gallery owner Tricia Moore advises buyers to choose art that takes them somewhere and leaves no room for regrets.

“Art is not like purchasing a piece of furniture or even a new car. It is something you are going to, hopefully, live with for the rest of your life. When picking art, try to forget about size or where it is going to go. Rather, look for what moves you, speaks to you. It could remind you of where you have been or where you want to go. You will find that in doing this, you never come to regret your purchase.” — Tricia Moore, Red Bird Gallery owner Andy Saczynski employs cubism, folk art and outsider art in his work, often utilizing house paint, found objects and repurposed materials to conjure new life from old. At top left, Saczynski’s “Western Lake.” At left, “Jumbo Mahi.” Immediately above, he works on a new dimensional piece. EMERALDCOASTMAGA ZINE.COM

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“Coastal Flow” is from a diptych series by young, self-taught photographer Jonah Allen of Santa Rosa Beach. His work is exhibited at Anne Hunter Galleries in Seaside.

New work by Justin Gaffrey includes “Let It Out” (upper left) and “Five Ravens Among the Flowers” (lower left). Gaffrey quit his first career to travel abroad, where he saw Van Gogh originals that inspired his vivid, heavily textured style of painting. His welded-steel sculpture of a stag marks the entrance to Gaffrey’s studio on 30A

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By learning more, a potential patron will develop a sense of what they like — another great reason to “invest” in art. “Of course, everyone will like what they like; we are all drawn to art for different reasons that are unique to ourselves. The way we interact with art can be shaped by emotion, nostalgia, simple aesthetic pleasure or a myriad of other factors. Learning more about artists, as people, can strengthen these connections. When we take it a step further and learn about the fundamental elements and principles of art, we can expand our tastes while developing the language to articulate why we like what we like.” The Emerald Coast certainly has plenty of art to offer. In addition to Mattie Kelly Foundation’s annual Festival of the Arts, towns such as Destin, Seaside and Santa Rosa Beach are dotted with galleries. If you like a work of art, making a purchase helps the artist embark on or sustain a career. “There are well-known artists who have been in our show,” Hull said of Festival of the Arts, mentioning Justin Gaffrey, Andy Saczynsky and Mary Hong. “These were ‘starving artists’ at one time. Now they’re accomplished and building a resume.” EC


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Kirsten Reed found healing in art after a tragedy. Her painting “Where Love Lives,’’ above, demonstrates her use of brushwork. Below, Krista Schumacher used oils and palette knife to create “Emerald Shores,” and artist Scott Campbell assembled molted feathers to evoke unified villages in his series “Thunder in the Pines.” Anne Hunter Galleries

Guests at Anne Hunter Galleries view intricate pen-and-ink drawings of urban environments by Dhiru Thadani, an Indian architect, educator, urban planner and world traveler.

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— Gary Handler, owner Curate Gallery

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In “Here To Stay,” Josef Kote (top) fuses academic and abstract elements, applying vibrant strokes of color amid monochromatic spaces, letting images literally run into each other. Meanwhile, Simon Kenevan captures “Morning Sun” in this elegant print. Curate Gallery

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“One of the hallmarks of the success of my galleries is customer care and truly building relationships with the artists we represent as well as our collectors. When there is familiarity and a collector has the chance to chat with an artist about his or her inspiration and technique, a bond is created and the collector has a special tie to the artist and his or her work.”


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On Mother’s Day weekend, the 30th annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival kicks off Art Week South Walton by transforming the streets of the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at San Destin into a showcase of original art. ArtsQuest will feature 150 local, regional and national fine artists, as well as live music, family entertainment and children’s activities. The festival is produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and awards $10,000 in cash prizes. Last year’s show featured ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, oil and acrylics, original digital art, photography, sculpture, wood and works on paper (such as watercolor and printmaking). Food will be available from restaurants in Grand Boulevard and additional food vendors. Drinks will be poured at a full cash bar.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s two-day signature event returns to Destin the last full weekend in October. Featuring more than 100 artists from throughout the United States, plus a collaborative exhibit by an additional 80 adults and students, the 23rd Annual Festival of the Arts will showcase diverse styles of media and award $10,000 in cash prizes. In addition to art exhibits, live art demonstrations, and interactive arts stations for children, guests can expect a variety of music and food. The Festival of the Arts will feature local and regional musicians and the opportunity to dine al fresco while taking in the art, with wine and beer available for purchase.

The newly remodeled Panama City Center for the Arts, formerly the Visual Arts Center, will host the 55th Bay Annual Art Exhibit beginning April 10. The juried show is open to artists who reside in Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton or Washington counties. Works in all media, both twoand three-dimensional, with the exception of photography, are eligible. The majority of entries will be available for purchase. Judging takes place prior to the opening of the exhibit. Winners will be announced at an opening reception on April 7. Heather Clements of Panama City was the Best of Show winner in 2017. Her paintings, frequently combining human faces with flowers, will be on display at the Center for the Arts beginning May 12. The Bay Annual Art Exibit is free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of works is retained by the Center for the Arts.

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More than 200 artists including painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists and others participate in the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, held as part of Pensacola’s Foo Foo Festival. Performing companies, dance studios, community groups and folk artists add to the event. Craft artists demonstrate traditional arts ranging from blacksmithing and engraving to spinning and weaving. The festival offers hands-on activities for children and features a student art show. Festival-goers may choose among local favorites and regional fare representing a variety of culinary tastes. Admission to the festival is free.

Admission to the Festival of the Arts is $5, and free to MKAF members and children 12 and under.

Admission to ArtsQuest is free, but donations are accepted at the gate.

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Sea Inspired Fine artists and sources of creativity span the Emerald Coast by ERIN HOOVER

Kyle Gray describes himself as an avid surferturned-photographer who documents “life in the world of surfing, KYLE GRAY both in and out of the water.” Shot digitally DESTIN using strictly natural KYLEGRAYPHOTOGRAPHY.COM light, his photographs invite viewers to see an ocean wave from inside its crest, the perspectives of the people who love to surf or live onshore, or the sky far above. “It’s hard to pick one thing that inspires me,” Gray said, “but I’d have to choose nature. I love being completely detached from the modern world at times. It’s the little things like natural light and greenery that make me feel balanced.” Trained in multiple media, Gray said he took a liking to photography because “after a while, it seemed to be the most natural of all to me.” Inspired by environmentalist and photographer Ansel Adams and by Chris Burkard, a modern-day surf

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photographer close to his own age, Gray has worked in oceans from Florida to Indonesia. He has images published on Surfline.com, Swell.com, FLUID, and Eastern Surf Magazine, and his work can be found at local businesses in Destin (The Local Market, Cappricio Cafe, and Burrito

Del Sol) as well as Festival of the Arts. Gray said that he is drawn to vibrant colors, technical compositions and unique angles. “I hope viewers become immersed in my images and, even if only for a brief moment, to distract them from everyday worries.”


Although her work can be worn Fans of Campbell’s art often as jewelry, Gayle Campbell describe her work as intricate, considers her creations a form and judges have noticed what of sculptural art. From her might be called an enduring home studio on Boggy Bayou, quality, such as one judge at the Campbell fashions her art from Outdoor Art Festival in Fairhope, glass seed beads, precious and Alabama, who told her: “What semi-precious stones, pearls, GAYLE I love about this work is that it fossils and natural elements, CAMPBELL would have been relevant in the weaving these materials into VALPARAISO past, it is relevant today, and it flat fabric, tubular ropes and GAYLESORIGINALS.COM will be relevant tomorrow.” three-dimensional objects. Campbell worked for the “Beads are my ‘paint,’ and needles are my Okaloosa County School District until June ‘brushes,’” she said. 2017 and now devotes herself to her art full When Campbell met Diana Yum-Bucher time. She sells her work at art festivals and — known in the art world as Suzyum to collectors, some of whom have found her Designs — at an exhibit in 2005, she was online. so moved by the artist’s work that she “I have spent my creative life working offered to quit her day job and become with my hands,” said Campbell, who in her apprentice. She studied with Yumthe past has worked in stained glass, tried Bucher at classes in Pensacola and with torch work, and even cut and kiln-fired her Connie Nabholz of Cee Jay Designs, whom own glass cabochons. “It was the tiny, tiny Campbell said inspired her to try offglass seed beads that hooked me. Weaving loom weaving. She considers these artists and stitching each tiny bead moves my friends as well as influences. imagination like no other medium.”

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Christon Anderson has pegged his own work with a unique brand: “sophisticated gutter.” Working in pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylics and oils, he cites contemporary artists Dean Mitchell and CJ Hendry, as well as Robert Rauschenberg and CHRISTON Jean-Michel Basquiat, for influencing his bold ANDERSON and thought-provoking portfolio. PANAMA CITY Asked what he hopes viewers gain from his CHRISTONANDERSON.COM art, Anderson responded: “A sense of freedom, a sense of weight and wonder. I want people to look at my work and think: ‘Wow, that’s fun, heavy, unique.’ All of that. [I hope they feel] a mix of emotions and questions, because that’s what is going through my mind when I create.” Born and raised in Panama City, Anderson began making art, he said, as an escape from childhood. It was something he always knew he could do. After winning accolades in baseball and football and serving in the military, Anderson returned his focus to art. Studying drawing with Roland Hockett and photography with Johnnie Ihlefeld nurtured his talent. As for inspiration, he said: “I pick it up everywhere, from a movie to an outfit my kid put together.” Anderson has lined up a series of exhibits and has a packed local calendar for 2018, but he suggests buyers also check out his website, studio and social accounts. He considers most of his works inprogress and says they are “always ongoing.” He continued: “Even hanging on a gallery wall, I’ve been known to change things.” EMERALDCOASTMAGA ZINE.COM

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Argentine artist Francisco Adaro was painting in the street in Buenos Aires when he met his wife, Brooke, a native of the Emerald Coast. In 2012, they moved to her hometown of Niceville, and in 2015 opened a gallery. Adaro Art Gallery carries the work of its namesake in addition to several other artists. “Anything and everything inspires me,” Adaro FRANCISCO said. “My drawings and more figurative works are ADARO mostly a stream of consciousness, just whatever WATERSOUND crazy thing pops into my head — there are no ADAROART.COM boundaries. My paintings of people are inspired by musicians I have read about or met.” Known for his life-size portraits, Adaro is inspired by the abstract figures and expressive color of Fauvist artists such as Henri Matisse and André Derain, as well as Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and other artists. His work has been described, he said, as both colorful and whimsical. “I hope that my work is something that someone can appreciate for a long time,” he said. “When they see a piece of my work, [I hope] they can see the joy that went into creating it.” Adaro’s work has won many “best in show” accolades, and in addition to Adaro Art, he exhibits at Orange Gallery in New Orleans and at dk Gallery in Marietta, Georgia. Adaro said he has been drawing since he was old enough to pick

Some people can’t walk by a penny on the ground without picking it up. Ricky Steele can’t walk by a pencil. “A pencil represents a million dollars to me,” he said. Steele works in multiple media: pencil, pen and ink, acrylic and oils. He draws or paints people, he said, because “if the world’s going to change, it’s going to change through people.” Steele said he is especially RICKY drawn to subjects older or younger than his own Baby STEELE Boomer generation. Nicknamed “the emotional PANAMA CITY painter” for the situations he portrays, Steele said, ARTBYRICKYSTEELE.COM “Most of my work is about moving forward, or looking at the past and realizing there were great things in it to remember.” In 2001, when the Houston International Festival awarded Steele first place for his work, one of the committee members even bought him a sign: “the emotional painter.” Born and raised in Panama City, Steele said he is grateful to those who helped him pursue art, like his sixth-grade art teacher, who encouraged Steele to become “a great African-American artist,” fellow artist Sidney Carter, and his mentor, Arthur Dillard, who told him he would have to pay his dues in the art world before making much money. As a kid who had 10 brothers and three sisters and happened to like doodling, Steele admired his friends with talent — those who stopped sketching, like his friend David Forward, and those who didn’t, like Patrick Reynolds, an artist with whom Steele used to airbrush T-shirts. “Pat got into fine art, and he said, ‘You’ve got

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up a crayon. “I couldn’t do another job. I’d get fired— for drawing on the desk, the computer, the cubicle, the water cooler and the ceiling, before the first lunch break.”

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to get out here with me,’” Steele remembered. He encourages anyone who is interested in his work to pick up the phone. “Just call me,” he said. “I’m not trying to make customers, I’m trying to make friends. I like talking to people about what they like and what kind of work they think is suitable for them.”


A show artist for the past 20 years, Michael Fagan uses a process he developed called “layered acrylics” as well as watercolor inks. “Developing the process is as interesting as choosing a subject matter,” he said, noting that he enjoys creating scenes of the Gulf Coast as well as MICHAEL impressionistic and abstract paintings that are reminiscent of the landscapes of FAGAN J.M.W. Turner or Gustav Klimt. PENSACOLA With a background studying the masters in galleries, museums and private studios in Kyoto, Nagoya, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Paris — sometimes on tour as a violinist — Fagan has transformed sketching done primarily for his own enjoyment to recognition as a visual artist. He said that he is also inspired by impressionist painters and more recently the Chinese-French artist Zao Wou-Ki. “Another artist I take a lot of notes from Andrew Wyeth,” he added. “I have been drawing and is sketching since I was three years old. Having come from a family of artists, I was encouraged in this area as well as in music,” he said. Fagan’s painting style has been called eclectic and mystical, with fans of his work commenting on its similarity

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in look to lithograph prints although each painting is original and one-of-a-kind. He said he uses his intuition to determine when he has finished a work and sometimes, going past that point, realizes that he must start over. Fagan believes that each work speaks to an individual in different ways. “I hope that my work speaks to each person in a way that intrigues their sense of wonder,” he said. He can be found via his website — soon to be completed — on email, and at local art fairs.

Art is Marisol Gullo’s second career; she earned a law degree in her native Costa Rica. “I have done art ‘on the side’ forever,” she said. “I think I made a conscious decision to not become an artist because I never thought I could be independent that way. But when you love something, it doesn’t matter how much you try to MARISOL push it away, it’s always there,” she said. GULLO Gullo moved to South Walton with her husband in 2001. Seven MIRAMAR BEACH years ago they opened Not Too Shabby, a coastal cottage-style MARISOLGULLO.COM boutique, refinishing timeworn, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. The store, which offers custom-built furniture as well as custom linens, upholstery and lighting, relocated to a larger location in Miramar Beach in August. Four years ago Gullo took her interest in art to another level when she made two seahorses to complement some of her furniture. On display at her store, they sold within a week. “I’m always building tables or cabinets out of old materials,” she said. “I have a love for the things people discard.” Her work in mixed media incorporates repurposed frames, doors and seashells. Gullo said she is inspired by natural life on the Emerald Coast, such as coastal birds, marine life and florals. “This is the perfect place to become an artist. There is so much inspiration. I’m encouraged by the abundance of art here and the beauty of the area.” In addition to working at the studio and store in Miramar Beach, Gullo creates in her home studio when her family is sleeping. “I like to paint at night,” she said. She recognizes that her work celebrates contrasts: strength and fragility, beauty and ugliness, the old and the brand new. “With beauty, nothing is perfect,” she said. “Nothing is perfectly beautiful or perfectly ugly. It’s like the yin and the yang. They coexist.” EMERALDCOASTMAGA ZINE.COM

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Across Front Beach Road from the Gulf of Mexico, country music lovers queue up at the bar at Whiskeys Saloon — long the epicenter of country music on Panama City Beach — in anticipation of the weekly Sunday jam session.


is voice is a pick-up truck on a gravel road, a quarter-mile distant. It’s Brando/Corleon, which is understandable given the decades throughout which he spoke above the music. He shouts to whisper and, if there were to be a godfather of country music, appointed by a heavenly host of legends, John A. Hobbs would be a leading candidate. Forty-two years ago, Hobbs became the commander of The Nashville Palace, a honky-tonk he developed right near Opryland. Today, a grandson, Barrett, runs the joint, which remains true to its founder’s mission: Serve as a purveyor of authentic country music. I was surprised to find that I was just two degrees of separation removed from Hobbs, who turned 90 in February and for whom a section of Briley Parkway in Nashville is named. A friend of a friend gave me Hobbs’ phone number and suggested that I call him early in the day.

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I got him on the first try and when I introduced myself as a magazine editor, Hobbs did not recoil like so many do these days. (I have been at this for a long time and I have a theory as to why people have become so extraordinarily media skittish; it has to do with the instantaneousness with which anything can be disseminated globally.) But John A., as he prefers to be called, was unguarded. In easy conversation, we talked about the mongrelizing of the music Hobbs holds dear. “Country rock, country rap,” Hobbs fairly spat. “You turn on the country music awards shows these days and most of the music isn’t even country. Lorrie Morgan got her start working for me and her father, George, wrote a song called ‘Candy Kisses.’ Now, that’s a real country song.” And heartrending … Candy kisses wrapped in paper Mean more to you than any of mine Candy kisses wrapped in paper You’d rather have them any old time. You don’t mean it when you whisper Those sweet love words in my ear Candy kisses wrapped in paper Mean more to you than mine do, dear. Ms. Morgan is in good company. Hobbs was instrumental in launching the careers of, among others, Alan Jackson, Ricky Van Shelton and Randy Travis,

Country music star Randy Travis was among the honored guests when John A. Hobbs celebrated his 90th birthday in Nashville in February. Before he signed his first recording contract, Travis washed dishes for Hobbs.

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who once washed dishes at The Palace. Hobbs says the only thing he plays is the radio, but he long ago demonstrated a knack for recognizing entertainment talent in people. Hobbs’ son, Joe, said that “back in the day, it was nothing to look down the bar and see Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and George Jones bellied up together.” Personalities as varied as the Smothers Brothers and Minnesota Fats (Rudolf Wanderone) used to hang at The Palace. “The Palace was Minnesota Fats’ second home,” John A. said, recalling the pool shark memorialized by Jackie Gleason in the film, The Hustler. “We didn’t have a full-size table, just a little 5-foot bumper pool table. Darnedest thing. Fats never could figure out bumper pool, never was any good at it.” Hobbs recited other oft-repeated stories for a time, and then perked up when I mentioned that I was working to find the cornerstone in the longstanding relationship between Panama City Beach and country music. “That,” said Hobbs, “is an easy one.” Of late, Panama City Beach has become a capital on the country music world map. It hosts in September the Gulf Coast Jam, a three-day extravaganza that was headlined last year by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Little Big Town. At this writing, plans are being finalized for a Sand Jam, to be held at the County Pier in the last week of April. Jayna Leach, the vice president of marketing for the bed-tax-supported, tourismpromotion organization Visit Panama City Beach, reports that tours timed to coincide with the Gulf Coast Jam originate in Scotland and Ireland, where country music is newly popular. But, for Hobbs, a gulf may divide country music that is popular from that

which is real. He doesn’t necessarily begrudge today’s crossover megastars, but he’s a purist. For years prior to the death of his wife, Libby, from cancer eight years ago, Hobbs owned a condominium unit in Panama City Beach at the Aqua Vista, located, not coincidentally, straight across the street from a tavern/music venue/package liquor store that used to be known as the Y Bar, given its proximity to the intersection of State 79 and Front Beach Road. The Y Bar, which became Whiskeys Saloon after it was acquired by Troy Syfrett in 2009, was owned by a one-legged piano player and businessman, Jerry Skeen, when Hobbs got to know the place. The bar was originally established by the Arnold family for whom Arnold High School is named and has been in continuous operation as a honky-tonk since 1946 when country chart toppers included Tex Ritter (“You Will Have to Pay”); Al Dexter (“Wine, Women and Song”) and Merle Travis (“Divorce Me C.O.D.”). “Panama City Beach is the Redneck Riviera,” Hobbs said, employing with fondness a term that Leach would like to see evaporate. “And the Y Bar is right at the center of it”— an unpretentious center at that. Dan Rowe, president and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach, has made peace with “Redneck Riviera.” “You have to break it down into components,” Rowe has said. “You hear ‘Riviera’ and you think Monaco and the most desired, aspirational beach in the world. And ‘Redneck’ is just a geographical reference that signifies that, by the grace of God, you were fortunate enough to be born in the agrarian Southeast, just a couple of hours from our fabulous beaches.” For Hobbs, “Redneck Riviera” is synonymous with the kind of people he likes to be around. So taken with Skeen was he that he employed him for nine years at The Palace.


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“I still visit Panama City Beach and, when I do, the Y is the first place I go,” Hobbs said. There, he is likely to see Syfrett’s 18-year-old band, Nashville Mafia, take the stage. Lesley Perdue, with a captivating lilt, is a vocalist with the band. Improbably, Perdue, now 58, didn’t start singing until she was in her 40s, but she has a barn-full of country bona fides. She grew up in town (Lynn Haven), the daughter of a county engineer, Lester Maples, who designed the dam across North Bay that created Deer Point Lake, Bay County’s drinking water reservoir. But she moved to the country after marrying Mac Perdue, whom she started dating at age 15, and today makes a part-time living “breaking” horses. Her methods, she explained, are gentle. Perdue coaxes horses to lie down and then lies down on top of them. “It’s all about becoming dominant in the horse’s life,” she explained. She takes on rescues from time to time and once nursed back to health a horse that had three hooves when it was delivered to her. I met Perdue at a diner where she opts for a cheeseburger and I order a fish basket. Like Hobbs, she is immediately accessible. We’re not halfway through our fries and she is talking about how a hemp derivative, CBD oil, has helped her to sleep better. But the conversation, as intended, soon turns to music. Real country music, she says, endures because it is real.

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“The lyrics mean something,” she says. “It’s not about who looks good in daisy dukes. It’s not about sex and sparkly boobs. Think about Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. They were just regular people. The music industry is trying to keep people interested with stimuli other than music. But people identify with the real stuff.” Today’s stars, Perdue said, are the creations of marketers — “self-appointed gods,” she calls them. “If I had a chance to make it, I wouldn’t because I am so opposed to all of that stuff. Carrie Underwood is talented, but she doesn’t sing real country. Miranda Lambert comes a lot closer.” Perdue has written a lyric that attests to her modest preferences. I thought that I wanted more Than my simple life could afford, Didn’t really know just what I had. That fashion magazine Looked down on my T-shirt and jeans Just silk and lace and pretty faces. So I Ieft on a Greyhound, I was big-city bound, Thought I knew what I’d find there So I left behind a one-horse little town. I don’t really need a diamond ring, I’d be fine with just a piece of string, I’m just a simple country girl Living in a country world. I don’t need a Cadillac, There’s nothing that I really lack. I’m just a simple country girl Living in a country world. Real country rides Greyhound.

As it happens, Perdue tends to horses owned by Syfrett and she was curious to know how an interview I conducted with him went. I had arrived at Whiskeys a few minutes early along with a regular who drove an old land-yacht Caddie, much of which has been reclaimed by the salt air. The gent’s visage was dominated by a giant mustache. We took stools at the bar, and I explained the nature of my business to the bartender whose offer of a drink I declined. I was studying a collection of whitetail horns on a wall when an attractive woman with a balcony so robust that it announced her arrival sat down at the bar a couple of stools removed from me. “Are you Steve?” “I can be.” The woman, it turns out, is Syfrett’s girlfriend. “He’s running a little late.” Presently, Syfrett arrives. He owns a construction business that makes his ownership of Whiskeys possible and looks like he could succeed as a roughneck in an oil field, but he proves soft spoken. He cottoned to country as a boy and began participating (with his used Martin D-35) in jam sessions at the Y Bar when he was 19. “Never then did I think I’d own the place one day,” he said. Over time, he got to know Hobbs, who traveled, he said, with a “couple of henchmen” and had a driver, but few at the bar knew who he was. Hobbs kept things that way, but it was he who introduced performers including Connie Smith, Tom T. Hall and Little Jimmy Dickens to Panama City Beach. Hobbs’ posse inspired the name that Syfrett would one day give his band. He has carried on Skeen traditions at his bar, including Sunday jam sessions, and is committed to “keeping country music alive. Nashville Mafia is a cover band. We want people to hear the music that they know: Johnny Paycheck, Merle Haggard. We bring in real country acts, but it’s not easy because we can’t pay them what they’re worth.” EC


Indeed, David Allan Coe performed a concert in the pavilion behind the bar. Three thousand people turned out. The Kentucky Headhunters, Aldean, Tracey Lawrence and David Woorley have been by. On occasion, the Mafia will permit themselves to work in an original. Syfrett has written what he dismisses as “just a funny song” titled “Botox” … My woman’s getting older, But she still looks the same, ’Round younger women, She’s got the body and can still hang, Father Time is right behind her, But I think she’s gonna win, She just needs a shot of Botox, Every now and then.

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Since she’s turned 40, She’s overcome her fears, With just one office visit, She can knock off 15 years, And I know it’s comin’ soon And I’ll write that check again, She just needs a shot of Botox, Every now and then.

Troy Syfrett says Whiskeys Saloon is a break-even proposition, but it is a big part of his commitment to keeping “real country music” alive. In photo at top right, he is joined by fellow Nashville Mafia band members Lesley Perdue and guitarist Randy Lane, who divides his time between Nashville and Panama City Beach.

The song leads me to consider that it may be real country’s timelessness that most accounts for its durability. My Syfrett interview is complete and I remain at the bar reviewing my notes. The bartender complains to The Mustache that the bar is too quiet and extends him a dollar bill, encourages him to play some music. He looks toward a digital, wall-mounted jukebox. It may as well have been a genomic analyzer. “I wouldn’t even know how to play that blessed machine,” he confesses. And so my suspicions are confirmed. The Mustache and the others who surround him are here because, when that real country music plays, Father Time is not merely arrested. He beats a hasty retreat. EC

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lorida rooms, also known as sunrooms, bring the outdoors indoors, or the indoors outdoors, depending on your perspective. Chris Wallace, a realtor with Century 21 Blue Marlin Pelican, has stood in his share of empty Florida rooms. “They can be screened in, surrounded by windows or have sliding glass doors,” he says. “The benefit to the space is that it allows you to enjoy the outdoors while being sheltered from the wind, rain, intense sun and bugs. The appeal is the room’s versatility.” Such versatile rooms are popular in the Sunshine State, with its extended spells of pleasant weather. “A lot of the clients I work with, whether they are purchasing their primary residence, second home or investment property, are looking for an outside space,” says Wallace. “In Florida, the climate allows the enjoyment of an indoor/outdoor space. Decks, pa-

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tios and a screened-in porch are major selling features.” Wallace says that the presence of a Florida room can increase the value of a home because

“Before you start building, you need to know where the sun is going to hit the structure the hardest. The west sun is your harshest sun, so you have to account for heat gain on that side of the room.” — Phillip Russell, owner of Russell Builders in Pensacola

it adds square footage; however, homeowners should understand that most buyers place more importance on having beautiful, updated kitchens and bathrooms than on an indoor/outdoor living space.

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Buyers, in their turn, should be aware of costs associated with maintaining a Florida room. Having a poorly constructed indoor/ outdoor space attached to your home can drive up utility costs at certain times of year. Phillip Russell, owner of Russell Builders in Pensacola, is well known throughout the country for his energy-efficient building practices. “When building a Florida room,” he says, “there are several considerations you have to make to increase energy efficiency. But before you start building, you need to know where the sun is going to hit the structure the hardest. The west sun is your harshest sun, so you have to account for heat gain on that side of the room.” Whether a Florida room is screened in or glassed in, it should be built using materials that reflect the sun rather than absorb it, Russell says. For solariums, he recommends using reflective double-paned windows; for

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screened porches, he suggests using reflective screens. Roof color matters, too: A light-colored roof will reflect sunlight, while a darkcolored roof will absorb heat. Another way builders can increase energy efficiency is by using a foam spray insulation on the downside of the roof decking and increasing the roof overhang so less sunlight can enter directly into the room. Air circulation is important, too, for keeping a Florida room comfortable. “Ceiling fans move the air around really well,” Russell says, “but you may also want to have a split A/C system installed. Another option is, you can have your existing system tied to the Florida room but have the Florida room zoned separately.” While the cost of building a Florida room

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depends on the materials that are used and on the room’s interior and exterior finishes, Russell says a basic screened porch, with no insulation or A/C, generally runs about $100–$125 per square foot. On the other hand, a custom solarium built using energy-efficient materials and tied into the home’s existing A/C unit costs around $150–$160 per square foot. Once built, the new Florida room needs certain kinds of furnishing and decorating. Brooke Williams, Interior Designer at Lovelace Interiors in Miramar Beach, advises homeowners to select fabrics and upholstery that are UVresistant. Rugs used in Florida rooms should be made from polypropylene, which is a washable, very durable material. “Keep in mind that sun exposure affects

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wood finishes, too,” she says. “Dark wood finishes on furniture will bleach out; so go with lighter, more rustic finishes.” To supply privacy and shade when needed amid all the natural light, Williams recommends installing Roman shades and/or sheer draperies over the windows. Like Russell, she recommends keeping colors light to prevent heat absorption. EC

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Swell, keeping track of his favorite ball, enjoys a washdown from owner Blake Pilgreen. A trainer, Pilgreen says big dogs are happy to cuddle but they most love to play fetch and romp in the ocean with their favorite humans.

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already the size of my senior dog. As the weeks went by and he kept growing, so did his appetite for extra kibble and activity. But these needs aren’t as demanding or as expensive as one might think. The Destin Dog Park is a venue that grants your pooch the freedom to run and socialize safely, as gates divide a small-pup play area and an ample field for larger breeds. The latter is the stomping grounds for your Malamutes, Mastiffs and Shepherds. When you come across these fellas, your hefty hounds and retrievers suddenly aren’t as big as you thought. Take Tucker, a sleek, black Great Dane who frequents the park and towers over both Fargo and my person. Tucker, just 1 year old, weights 115 pounds and is expected to pack on another 40 before he fully matures. The biggest challenge with that? “Finding room on the couch,” owner Patrick Moore laughs. “He thinks he’s a lap dog, but he’s the biggest dog at the park. I don’t ever have to worry about him being aggressive with other dogs because he’s already bigger and doesn’t feel threatened.” Moore, a Fort Walton Beach local, makes the drive to Destin almost daily so Tucker can romp around with his furry friends, as socialization is extremely important in acclimating your big buddy to daily life. Though photography by JOHN HARRINGTON


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Big Dogs, Big Appetites Pilgreen recommends the following to keep those huge tails wagging happily and healthily: ➸ Keep them on a schedule. Free feeding may be convenient, but can lead to obesity. 2-3 cups a day are recommended for adult giant breeds. ➸ Sprinkle joint-health supplements over their food for a salubrious boost, found at your local pet store, veterinary office or online. ➸ Don’t forget the treats. Bully sticks, deer antlers and dehydrated meats are a great way to satisfy the urge to chew and will add protein to their diet.

Great Danes are one of the largest dog breeds in the world, their internal organs are similar in size to the average Fido’s, so there isn’t an abundance of extra energy as you might expect. After an hour at the park, Tucker tuckers out

and lazes around for the remainder of the day, as his heart has been working overtime. Tucker is also content with a walk around the neighborhood, but like fellow big dogs, he has a major problem with leash-pulling. That’s where Blake Pilgreen steps in. A veterinary technician with Barry Veterinary Hospital in Miramar Beach, a dog trainer, and owner of Swell the yellow lab, Pilgreen is quite familiar with correcting common, boisterous behaviors in colossal canines. “Your larger breeds are happiest when you give them a job or activity to focus on,” Pilgreen explains. “They crave mental challenges, so if you’re thinking about getting a big dog, you can’t just let them roam around your house. They’ll go crazy. Think about how you’d be if you grew up in your parents’ house without ever being challenged by school or social activities.” This summer, Pilgreen is opening his own business in Santa Rosa Beach, called The Prodigal Pooch, where dogs will undergo behavioral correction, obedience and confidence-based

training — all essential to coexisting with your furry toddler. While all dogs are keen on playtime, Pilgreen adds, he finds burlier breeds are more eager to play fetch, test their agility and splash around in the ocean with you. Something to consider is the effects of all this activity on their bodies. “Since they have such large frames, you’ll see things like hip dysplasia and arthritis arise. Once your dog reaches the age of 2 and his growth plates set, you can have your vet check him out and identify anything that may become a problem. Immediately, you have the hot temperatures to worry about where we live. Try not to exercise your dog more than 30 or 45 minutes at a time, to avoid overheating.” Most importantly, do your homework before adopting one of these humongous love bugs and don’t get one for aesthetics alone. Make sure you can put in the work. Be their companion. Take them new places. Let them experience different situations. Your dogs will be happier, and you’ll have a better life with them in it. EC

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ADDING TROPICAL FLAIR TO YOUR GARDEN by AUDREY POST

➸ Prune and fertilize camellias and azaleas after they finish blooming.

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➸ Sow seeds for summer annuals such as zinnias, marigolds and sunflowers.

GIVING YOUR LANDSCAPE A TROPICAL FLAIR can be as “big

feel, including canna lilies, particularly those with variegated leaves. Other summer-blooming lily bulbs that create a striking appearance include Gloriosa superba “Rothschildiana,” whose orange and yellow blooms are a knockout. These perennials require little extra effort to get through winter.

2 Bold green foliage. Taro and other elephant ears (alocasia and calocasia) die back in winter but most re-emerge. Avoid the invasive varieties. Other dramatic tropical-feel

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➸ Transplant seedlings of tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Canna Lilies

second dose of fertilizer for the year. Elephant ears Mandevilla

3 Hibiscus. Unlike frost-tender Chinese

hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-seninsis), native hibiscus is a perennial here in Zone 8b. Both the plants themselves and the blossoms are larger than Chinese hibiscus, and they come in several colors. In addition, a couple of hibiscus relatives that grow here as annuals can be planted from seed or transplanted, including okra and roselle.

➸ Replace cool-season annual flowers such as pansies and snapdragons with heat-loving annuals such as torenia, salvia and coleus. ➸ If rainfall is scarce, water deeply once a week – at least an inch – instead of watering lightly more often, which encourages shallow root systems that cannot withstand drought as well as deeper roots.

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foliage plants are bear’s breeches (acanthus); Japanese aralia (fatsia japonica); and Swiss cheese plant (monstera deliciosa).

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➸ Give citrus trees their

4 Tropical vines such as mandevilla

and bougainvillea can add a lot to a paradise garden, but they will need a bit of special care. If the winters aren’t too severe, bougainvillea will return if heavily mulched. Trouble is, we never know what the winters will bring. However, planting them in large pots holding their own trellises, and then placing them where they will jump to other supports such as fences, arbors and porch supports will make it easier to cut them back and move the pots indoors for winter. ››

© 2018 Postscript Publishing, all rights reserved. Audrey Post is a certified Advanced Master Gardener volunteer with the University of Florida IFAS Extension in Leon County. Email her at Questions@ MsGrowItAll.com or visit her website at msgrowitall.com. Ms. Grow-It-All® is a registered trademark of PostScript Publishing Inc.

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ticket” or as economical as you desire. You can still have a yard with a tropical feel without going the labor-intensive route. Start with coldhardy palms, such as windmill palms (Trachycarpus fortunei), Mexican fan palms (Washingtonia robusta), needle palms (Rhapidophyllum hystrix) and swamp cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto). Add banana plants, which will die back during a freeze but re-emerge in spring, and any of the botanical plants collectively known as “gingers.” Cut back in fall and mulch heavily so they will come back each year. The following groups of plants will add to the tropical atmosphere without a lot of work. 1 Lilies. Various lilies lend a tropical

➸ Feed your lawn using a 15-0-15 fertilizer with slowrelease nitrogen. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to prevent using too much, which will run off.


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While there are lots of different kinds of potato beetles, the one most commonly found in the southeastern United States is the Colorado Potato Beetle, Leptinotarsa genus. One of the first infestations was discovered in Colorado, hence the name, but the beetle is thought to have originated in Mexico. Two species are found in Florida, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, the Colorado potato beetle, and Leptinotarsa juncta, the false potato beetle. The potato beetle adults are almost half an inch long and yellowish orange with black stripes, and a black triangle on the head. The false potato beetle has a more creamy base color. Potatoes are the preferred host, but Colorado potato beetles will feed on other plants in the same family, Solonaceae, including eggplant, tomato and, occasionally, peppers. The false beetle feeds primarily on horse-nettle, a weed. The beetles will strip the foliage.

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LIST PRICE: $3,900,000 ADDRESS: 3212 Bay Estates Circle, Miramar Beach SQUARE FEET: 6,360 BEDROOMS: 4 BATHROOMS: 4.5 YEAR BUILT: 1999

APPEAL: “What I love about this home is that it was custom built and has had one owner, so the attention to detail and love put into the property is immediately apparent. The bay views, and particularly the sunsets, are breathtaking. And Burnt Pine is simply the most luxurious and exclusive gated golfing community on the Emerald Coast. Being located on the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is an added bonus as there are so many fun things to experience.” — Shaun Roberts CONTACT: Shaun Roberts, Realtor, The Premier Property Group, (850) 621-2800, sroberts@theppg.net EmeraldCoastRealEstateByShaun.com

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FEATURES: Two-story tall ceilings and windows in living room, two fireplaces, large enclosed back porch overlooking the pool and bay, private dock, gym, two master suites (both overlooking the bay), enormous master walk-in closet with custom built-ins, gourmet kitchen with gas range and wine fridge, large bonus room perfect for a game room, theater room or a fifth bedroom. Plus a three-car garage.


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LIST PRICE: $950,000 ADDRESS: 265 Champion Court SQUARE FEET: 3,100 BEDROOMS: 4 BATHROOMS: 3 FEATURES: Designed with a Key West tropical palette of turquoise, mango, citrus green, Gulf blues and sea glass. Ikat drapes, wallpapered fireplace wall and faux finished ceiling in living room. Custom-created faux finish in master bedroom and bath as well as the office. Custom window treatments, outdoor kitchen and bar, upstairs large living area and guest bedrooms. APPEAL: This lovely house was custom designed by Lovelace Interior Designers, Bunny Hallo and Helene Forester, and it boasts a maintenancefree stone and stucco exterior. It was under contract for only 30 days. CONTACT: Ken Harrison, Keller Williams (850) 714-3037, ken.harrison@kw.com bestbeaches.kwrealty.com

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Medical Prof iles

What is important to you and your family? If you say good health, you’re not alone. In this special section, Emerald Coast Magazine fills you in on dedicated health professionals, their practices and their plans for keeping you healthy. Here they discuss their specialized skills, backgrounds and how they can help you with your important health care decisions.

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WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE? Treatment of brain, spine and peripheral nerve disorders, particularly those that cause back, neck, arm and leg pain, numbness, tingling and weakness.

ROBERT FELDMAN, M.D. Florida Institute of Neuroscience

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT YOU HAVE MADE WITH YOUR PRACTICE? I believe that keeping up with the newest advances in my specialty is important. Another important accomplishment is maintaining a personal and individualized approach to my patients. Patients are not rushed; we do not overbook and we spend a lot of time with our patients. Discussions are in layman’s terms, every question is answered, responses from the office are prompt and most importantly, we will not offer surgery if the patient does not need it or we do not think it will help.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB? Seeing a patient that came into my office crying in pain, unable to work or play with their children, then come in to my office after surgery smiling.

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WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOUR PRACTICE? Because of our results and how we take care of patients, our volume is significantly expanding. We have a very capable and experienced physician assistant, Ken Ellison, to ensure that patients do not have to wait too long to be seen. We now have a second neurosurgeon in our office, Dr. Noah Converse, to accommodate the increase in patient volume. The future is very bright for the FINE Institute and our patients.

Operating on the brain and spine is a privilege. It requires demanding attention to detail and requires constant performance at 100%. This mentality permeates my practice, and our patients can tell that they are getting the care and results that would be hard to find elsewhere. The F.I.N.E. Institute team is looking forward to making a difference in the lives of people in this community for another 15 years.

(850) 863-FINE (3463) | FINEINSTITUTE.COM 965 MAR WALT DRIVE, FORT WALTON BEACH | 115 BEECH AVE. W., CRESTVIEW | 870 MACK BAYOU ROAD, SANTA ROSA BEACH

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NOAH CONVERSE, D.O. Florida Institute of Neuroscience

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WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE? Treatment for narrowing of the lumbar spine, impingement of the spinal cord and spinal tumors, as well as neck and back pain with pain radiating into the arm/shoulder or hip/leg. I specialize in trauma of the brain and spine, including brain hemorrhage. I treat both benign and malignant brain tumors. I also offer cervical disc replacement and spinal cord stimulator placement for patients with chronic back or leg pain that is poorly responsive to medical therapy.

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT YOU HAVE MADE IN YOUR SPECIALTY? My greatest accomplishments will always be based on the success of my individual patients. Seeing a patient walk into the office who was previously paralyzed is very gratifying, and I am honored to be able to contribute in whatever way I can.

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WHAT IS THE FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB? Likewise, the best part of my job is seeing patients thrive postoperatively and be able to get back to doing the things they like to do.

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WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR NEUROSCIENCE AND YOUR PRACTICE? The future of neurosurgery is very exciting. Evidence-based medicine is streamlining the best practices for physicians across the board. Following these best practices allows physicians to give each of our patients the best possible chance of having a favorable outcome when intervention becomes necessary. New advancements in technology provide the basis for continually improving our best practices.

My greatest accomplishments will always be based on the success of my individual patients. Seeing a patient walk into the office who was previously paralyzed is very gratifying, and I am honored to be able to contribute in whatever way I can.

(850) 863-FINE (3463) | FINEINSTITUTE.COM 965 MAR WALT DRIVE, FORT WALTON BEACH | 115 BEECH AVE. W., CRESTVIEW | 870 MACK BAYOU ROAD, SANTA ROSA BEACH

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TELL US ABOUT WHAT YOU DO. My speciality is urology. I provide medical and surgical management of conditions affecting the genitourinary tracts.

WILLIAM F. STILES, III, D.O. Northwest Florida Urology

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WHY DID YOU PICK THIS PARTICULAR FIELD? I chose urology as a specialty due to my fascination with anatomy and physiology. This field also gives me the ability to positively impact the lives of many. I can see myself doing this happily for the rest of my career.

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE NORTHWEST FLORIDA TO PRACTICE? It was an opportunity to work with the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and start from the ground up — a new hospital-supported urology program and practice.

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HAS YOUR PRACTICE EXPANDED? Our practice has started from the ground up, and we are already anticipating growth and expansion due to a great need for quality urological care in our area.

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HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS? Success is defined many ways. Professional success, for me, is using my God-given talent and gifts to have an impact on the lives of others. But probably the best definition of success comes from Maya Angelou: “Success is liking yourself. Liking what you do and liking how you do it.”

I treat others like I would want to be treated. We have an amazing staff that provides great quality and compassion and quality care to our patients. Without them, nothing would be possible. It is a tremendous privilege to have people trust us with their care.

1032 MAR WALT DRIVE, SUITE 250 | FORT WALTON BEACH | (850) 863-0883 | NWFLUROLOGY.COM

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BEIBEI OELRICH, M.D., Ph.D. Northwest Florida Urology

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WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE? I help provide comprehensive urological care for conditions of the bladder, prostate, urinary tract and kidneys, to include kidney stones. My areas include robotic surgery, MRI/Ultrasound Fusion Biopsy, overactive bladder, incontinence and erectile dysfunction/men’s health. I also cater to men and women with benign and malignant urological conditions.

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TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND. I am a native of Germany and received my MD and PhD in kidney physiology in Berlin. I attended one of the oldest and most competitive medical schools in Europe, The Charité, which has produced more than half of all German Nobel Prize winners.

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WHAT ARE YOUR NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS? As chief resident, I was awarded the Resident Achievement Award for Minimal Invasive Surgery and a second award for Scholarly Activity. I have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international meetings. I am a member of the German National Academic Merit Foundation and graduated among the top 5 percent of all German Medical Graduates. A prestigious Research Scholarship from the German Ministry of Economy and Technology, which is given to 24 scholars nationwide annually, has allowed me to conduct clinical studies at the Stanford Medical School on nutrition and cancer prevention.

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Medicine today offers a wide range of choices and options. Every patient is different. My goal is to provide a comprehensive patient-centered care plan that meets your needs and respects your values.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS FIELD OF MEDICINE? I have been working in the field of urology for over 10 years. I was fascinated by the physiology of the kidney and was passionate about doing surgery. Urology was the perfect match. Thanks to great mentors and their support, I specialized in a field where women are still a minority.

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HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS? When my patients return with a smile and introduce me to their family, that’s when I know I have earned their trust through the service I provide.

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WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE? I am a cardiothoracic surgeon. I mostly perform surgery in the chest: coronary artery bypass, aortic valve replacement, atrial fibrillation surgery, pacemakers, defibrillators, minimally invasive lung resection, biopsies and much more.

ERIC L. SANDWITH, M.D.

Northwest Florida Heart Institute

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS? I started practice in 2004 in South Florida, but I have been with the Northwest Florida Heart Institute and Fort Walton Beach Medical Center since 2007 working to develop state-of-the-art cardiovascular services.

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR LOCATION? I had a wonderful opportunity to move to this beautiful location from South Florida. After I arrived, I soon realized there was a definite need in this area for a local cardiac surgeon who could provide excellent cardiovascular surgical care. I knew that I would be able to provide this, which would allow the local population to stay and obtain their medical care here, close to home. I have strong, healthy relationships with local cardiologists and hospitals.

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT YOU HAVE MADE WITH YOUR PRACTICE? I have been able to provide local, state-of-the-art care for heart disease and heart valve pathology. I have a great team of physician’s assistants and nursing staff that specialize in the care of heart patients. I have performed over 1,000 open-heart surgeries since I have been here. I am also the only surgeon in the area qualified to perform open-heart surgery. I was the first in the area to utilize robotic surgery for lung cancer. Most importantly, my complication rates for heart surgery are below the average rate according to The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

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WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOUR PRACTICE? Locally, I plan to continue what I am doing to make the community aware of the remarkable level of success we have been able to achieve. We actually have better results than the surrounding centers. Globally, as cardiac surgery rapidly evolves over the next few years, I hope to adapt our techniques accordingly to meet the expectations of our patients.

I really enjoy getting to know my patients and their families and learning what makes them tick. I enjoy the process of watching them improve over time. I treat my patients like family. Of course, the technical part of my job is fascinating, challenging and demanding all at the same time.

(850) 862-3194 | NFLHEARTINSTITUTE.COM 1032 MAR WALT DRIVE, SUITE 230, FORT WALTON BEACH | 115 BEECH AVE. W., CRESTVIEW

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STUBBS ORTHODONTICS Dr. Casi Stubbs, Dr. Li-Ping Chew

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n old saying states you can change someone’s day with just a smile. Conveniently, that’s just what Dr. Casi Stubbs and Dr. Li-Ping Chew provide at Stubbs Orthodontics. For 10 years, Dr. Stubbs has been producing stunning smiles for the Niceville and Miramar Beach communities, and she recently has welcomed Dr. Chew to her growing practice. Both are certified specialists in orthodontics who were drawn to the profession because it allows them make lasting impacts on people. As career professionals, moms and wives, these two women aim to create tangible and lasting relationships with their patients and their community. DR. CASI STUBBS is a hometown girl who always knew she wanted to open her own practice on the Emerald Coast. Her schooling took her throughout the state — beginning at Florida State University for a degree in chemistry, continuing at the University of Florida for dentistry before finishing her residency in orthodontics at Nova Southeastern University. Her love for her hometown is apparent as she encourages her patients to give back through incentives and prizes. This includes offering raffle tickets to patients, and her practice then matches those donations. As she has expanded her practice and enjoyed a plethora of referrals, she strives for growth and treats her patients with the utmost care. “When I’m with a patient, they are the only thing on my mind,” said Stubbs. “I want them to know how special they are and that we are making true connections. I treat every patient like a family member, and that’s what drives my treatment plans. I always go back to, ‘What would I do if this was my family?’”

DR. LI-PING CHEW has been warmly embraced by the Emerald Coast community since her arrival in late 2017. She studied orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed her residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her husband has an inclination toward smiles as well, as he’s a dentist with the Air Force. Dr. Chew is grateful for her new community and for the opportunity to form meaningful relationships through this office. “I’ve always loved working with people, and orthodontics gives me the opportunity to form relationships with parents and their children,” Chew said. “These relationships typically last for about two years, but you’re able to make a lasting impact on them through their smiles.”

4633 E. HIGHWAY 20, NICEVILLE | 11394 U.S. 98, MIRAMAR BEACH | (850) 678-8338 | STUBBSORTHO.COM

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DERMATOLOGY SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA

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r. Ward founded the practice of Dermatology Specialists of Florida in 2006 and has served as president since that time. He has performed more than 20,000 skin cancer surgeries using all recommended techniques, including Mohs surgery, superficial radiation therapy, erbium laser ablation, cryosurgery, photodynamic JON R. WARD, MD therapy, electrosurgery and BOARD-CERTIFIED curettage. Having every tool at DERMATOLOGIST his disposal to treat skin cancer allows him to determine the best procedure for each patient. Dr. Ward has also been recognized for excellence in non-invasive cosmetic procedures, including laser skin resurfacing, CoolSculpting®, and injectables (Botox®, Sculptra®, other fillers). He was also named a Top Beauty Doc by New Beauty magazine in 2008 and 2009. Dr. Ward earned his medical degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine before completing his dermatology residency at the University of Massachusetts, where he earned the position of Chief Resident. He has been published in the Journal of Dermatology and presented lectures across the country.

“At Dermatology Specialists of Florida, I am part of a team of dermatologists who critically evaluate new technologies to determine if those technologies are going to improve patient outcomes — or if they are a passing fad. My patients benefit every day from having world-class treatments delivered closer to home.”

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r. Stickler joined Dermatology Specialists of Florida in 2007 after serving as Chief Resident at the University of Florida Department of Dermatology Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Stickler attended Penn State University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biological science. His high academic honors and being the MICHAEL A. STICKLER, MD son of a coal miner led him to BOARD-CERTIFIED medical school at West Virginia DERMATOLOGIST University, where he was the recipient of a John L. Lewis scholarship. He completed medical school at the top of his class. Dr. Stickler is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. In addition to his extensive medical and surgical dermatology experience, Dr. Stickler provides cosmetic dermatology treatments, administering injectable products such as Botox®, Dysport®, Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Voluma® and others. Dr. Stickler and his wife, Johnna, relocated to the Panhandle of Florida in 2006 where they raise their three sons: Noah, Christian and Silas. Dr. Stickler coaches youth basketball and is involved in local scouting.

“Whether it be acne or more serious conditions, such as skin cancer and melanoma, my patients are offered state-ofthe-art therapies and treatment modalities. This comprehensive approach and the comfort of knowing I will be their doctor from start to finish offers both convenience and peace of mind for my patients.”

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Dermatology Specialists of Florida is a professional team of physicians, certified physician assistants and nurses who are trained in the medical and surgical specialty of dermatology. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality of comprehensive care for your skin. Our providers combine education, experience and continual training with advanced, proven treatments and technology. Let us help you achieve and maintain your healthiest skin.

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“I love all aspects of dermatology — whether it is fighting skin cancers with micrographic surgery, using my specialized knowledge of rashes to diagnose a puzzling disease or smoothing someone’s wrinkles with a laser. Dermatologists treat the very young and the very old and everyone in between. There is nothing like helping patients with their skin problems.”

“For more than 30 years, I’ve dedicated my life to improving the health and appearance of my patients’ skin. Using the latest in advanced technology, treatments and procedures, I am honored to serve the dermatology needs of our community. It is my mission to educate everyone on the importance of proper skin care, and especially, the prevention and treatment of skin cancer.”

r. vonHilsheimer — or “Dr. V.” to his patients, joined the practice in 2011 with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. A proud military veteran, Dr. vonHilsheimer’s prior service as a military dermatologist, flight surgeon and Apache helicopter pilot gives him a special appreciation for our area’s large military community. GEORGE E. Dr. vonHilsheimer VONHILSHEIMER, MD completed his medical and BOARD-CERTIFIED dermatologic specialty training DERMATOLOGIST at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., with additional training at Johns Hopkins University and the National Naval Medical Center. He is an experienced skin cancer surgeon, and his special interest in laser surgery also led him to complete two nationally renowned preceptorships in the use of the advanced Sciton laser system. Dr. vonHilsheimer also holds faculty appointments at the University of Florida and the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine.

r. Phillips joined Dermatology Specialists of Florida in 2014 after nearly 30 years of private dermatology practice in Louisiana and Mississippi. He is a boardcertified dermatologist and dermatologic cosmetic surgeon offering expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, acne and rosacea, as well and the use of advanced medical technology to repair and restore JOHN H. PHILLIPS III, MD damaged and aging skin. BOARD-CERTIFIED Dr. Phillips received his DERMATOLOGIST undergraduate and medical degrees from Tulane University, where he was given the Order of the Gold Tipped Stethoscope Award for outstanding performance in clinical medicine. He also completed an internship in internal medicine and his dermatology residency at Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatologic Surgery.

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WELLS VISION AND LASER EYE CENTER Dr. Kevin Wells, OD, FAAO, Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

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WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE? We provide iLASIK laser vision

correction (no blades), comprehensive eye exams utilizing the most advanced electronic refraction system available, no “air puff” for eye pressure testing, and treatment for eye disease, infection and injury. We also fit contact lenses and have a large optical selection featuring the most soughtafter designer brands and unique designers not found anywhere else in the Panhandle.

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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GO INTO THIS INDUSTRY? Vision is so important in our lives. I have always been fascinated by how our eyes work. I am very blessed I get to help people see better every day.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND. This is my 20th year in practice. I attended East Central University in Oklahoma for undergraduate studies, spent a year and a half as an Active Duty Officer in the U.S. Army and then attended Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry. I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.

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The best part of my job is improving people’s lives by improving their sight.

WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY? I give my best to every patient. I show

them all of the options available. If they have a disease, infection or injury, it is important to me that they understand what is happening and how the treatment or therapy is going to help them. WHY IS OPTOMETRY IMPORTANT? Routine, comprehensive eye exams

can detect eye disease before it has progressed enough to cause any loss of sight. Often times if a person waits until they are not seeing well to get an exam, it can be too late, and permanent damage has already taken place. I work with many great surgeons locally when tertiary care is needed.

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WHAT DO YOU HOPE PATIENTS EXPERIENCE THROUGH YOUR SERVICES? I want my patients to have an enjoyable experience, have

a better understanding of how their eyes work when they leave and I want them to have the best vision they have ever had. WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? The best part of my job is improving people’s lives by improving their sight. I also like that I get to meet so many people.

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COASTAL SKIN SURGERY & DERMATOLOGY

PROVIDERS (from left to right): Layne M. Fielder, M.D., FAAD; Brittain F. Kulow, M.D., FAAD; Nicholas G. Papajohn, M.D., FAAD; Elizabeth A. Clark, M.D., FAAD; David C. Adams, M.D., FAAD, FACMS; Jessica L. Clark, M.D., FAAD; Katherine Eberly, PA-C; Darla Hobbs, PA-C; Larry Weidell, PA-C

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE. We are a premier dermatology

practice on Florida’s Emerald Coast devoted to providing comprehensive and advanced surgical, medical and cosmetic treatments for patients of all ages. We offer a broad variety of state-of-the-art procedures to maximize your skin’s health, keeping it healthy and looking its best.

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WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE YOUR PATIENTS? Our practice

offers Mohs micrographic surgery performed by Dr. David C. Adams, a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery — a qualification held by less than 8 percent of all dermatologists nationwide. From Tallahassee to Pensacola, Dr. Adams is one of only three fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons serving the entire Emerald Coast. Along with Mohs Micrographic surgery, our practice offers patients the most advanced surgical, medical and cosmetic dermatology services in the Gulf Coast area.

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WHAT IS THE SECRET TO YOUR SUCCESS? Quality. Having a team of

highly trained individuals with a passion to deliver the best quality care has contributed to our success. We promote healthy skin care with compassion and respect and offer personalized treatments to each patient.

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MERITAGE SPA We’re proud of our fine med spa! Meritage is a premier medical spa on the Emerald Coast that elegantly blends the best of beauty and science. The spa offers a peaceful and soothing environment that will allow your mind and body to relax and escape from the stresses of everyday life. Services include: facials and peels, massage therapy, makeup application, brow shaping, reflexology and waxing services. The state-of-the-art spa services, customized techniques and medical-grade products will leave you feeling and looking refreshed and rejuvenated. Meritage is located at Coastal Skin Surgery & Dermatology’s Miramar Beach location.

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DESTIN PLASTIC SURGERY CLINIC Exceptional People. Exceptional Care.

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estin Plastic Surgery is the first practice in the region to offer digital imaging with Vectra® 3D technology. Dr. Burden currently uses 3-D imaging technology to further improve accuracy and communication with patients. With this new, state-of-the-art technology, you see the potential new you in 3-D — before surgery. Destin Plastic Surgery houses its own Skincare Clinic, the Destin Surgery Center, and the Destin Vein Center. Experience and natural looking results — this is why people travel from around the world to Destin Plastic Surgery. Plastic surgery patients from Pensacola, Tallahassee, Mobile and other communities around the region routinely choose Destin Surgery Center for aesthetic procedures, but it is also a top choice for medical procedures due to its reputation as one of the best surgery centers in this part of the country. If you’ve never visited Destin Surgery Center, you probably have an image of a “typical” surgery center in your head, one that can be described with adjectives like “cold” and “clinical.” But Destin Surgery Center is different. The building itself was designed by

our very own Dr. William Burden, and while most people wouldn’t use the word “enjoyable” to describe surgery, we believe your experience here will be pleasant as surgery can possibly be. Destin Surgery Center is fully accredited by AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) and ranked as one of the Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. Over 16,000 procedures have been performed at this facility. Although each patient and procedure is different, our experienced medical staff has a wealth of collective experience that has prepared them for just about anything.

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DR. WILLIAM R. BURDEN Destin Plastic Surgery

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illiam R. Burden, M.D., FACS, of Destin Plastic Surgery is a vastly experienced practitioner and generous philanthropist whose support for community causes in exemplary. Dr. Burden is board-certified and a Fellow of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is the founder and CEO of Destin Plastic Surgery and also founded the Destin Surgery Center, which is housed in the same building. Both he and physician assistant Bill Edelman have been recognized by the Allergan Corporation for their experience with Botox and Juvéderm injections for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. They have achieved Black Diamond status, reserved for the top 10 percent of practices nationwide. Dr. Burden is the only plastic surgeon in the area who is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for the Allergan Corporation. He frequently teaches other physicians regarding cosmetic facial procedures. Dr. Burden is a best-selling author who has written on facial surgery and breast surgery, and has presented studies nationally and internationally on breast surgery. He regularly instructs fellow surgeons in advanced endoscopic techniques; surgeons from throughout the United States and Europe have visited his facility to observe his techniques. His book, “Breast Augmentation With No Scar On The Breast,” made him an Amazon best-selling author. Dr. Burden specializes in cosmetic surgery and was the first plastic surgeon in Northwest Florida to earn certification in cosmetic surgery of the face, breasts and body. He has recertified in that specialty with the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. “To be an excellent cosmetic surgeon, you must be an excellent reconstructive surgeon,” Dr. Burden stresses. Many plastic surgeons enter practice with minimal cosmetic surgery experience. During his first 10 years in Northwest Florida, Dr. Burden performed some of the first microvascular procedures for reconstruction of breasts, replantation of severed fingers and reconstructive surgeries of the head and neck. Dr. Burden has translated his extensive reconstructive experience to cosmetic expertise. Dr. Burden has refined cosmetic techniques of his own including, first endoscopic “No Scar on the Face” browlift and the “No Scar on the Breast” enhancement procedures in Northwest Florida. He has now performed thousands of these technologically advanced procedures.

To be an excellent cosmetic surgeon, you must be an excellent reconstructive surgeon. – Dr. Burden

Patients remark that their results appear natural because they don’t have a pulled or stretched appearance. They appreciate that Dr. Burden has taken the extra time required to fully understand anatomy and to apply what he has learned to his practice. That approach is a product of his philosophical outlook. To understand the normal in beauty, he has found you have to understand departures from normal. Then, by redefining the anatomy, a skilled physician creates results that don’t appear unnatural. After all, people don’t want to look like they’ve had work. To learn more about Dr. Burden, visit ThePlasticDoc.com.

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DR. CASSIDY COOK Cook Family Dentistry

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ook Family Dentistry is a family practice in more ways than one. Drs. Cassidy “Cass” and Stephanie Cook married in 2009, a year after graduating together from the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry. Wanting to live and raise a family on the Emerald Coast, they moved to the area in 2009 after Dr. Cass finished his residency, and the duo started Cook Family Dentistry in December of 2011. Now with three kids of their own, the Cooks know the value of a great family dental practice, and providing their patients with an outstanding dental experience is their most important job. The team at Cook Family Dentistry has over 40 years of combined dental experience, and they take pleasure in making a difference in the smiles and oral health of their patients. The entire team sincerely wishes that when you visit Cook Family Dentistry, you feel right at home.

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WHAT IS YOUR SPECIALTY, AND WHO ARE YOUR CLIENTS? My true passion and focus is in cosmetic, implant, sleep medicine and TMJ dentistry. This passion was sparked during my post-grad residency program in Seminole, Florida, with the University of Florida Advanced Education in General Dentistry. I completed a full year of extensive Comprehensive Implant Residency Program with the esteemed Dr. Michael McCracken in Birmingham, Alabama. I am currently pursuing a multilevel continuum program at The Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg. The courses I study there focus on Occlusion, Occlusal Design, Sleep Medicine and TMJ dysfunction and stability. Our clients are all people looking for comprehensive treatment of dental and facial needs. We tailor our treatment to the client’s desires and wishes with a touch of Southern down-home hospitality. Through our Compassionate Financing™, no one is turned away.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS PROFESSION? I have been practicing dentistry for 10 years, eight of which in South Walton. As a second-generation dentist, I have gained knowledge not available to the average dentist due to being surrounded by ethical and skilled dentists, thanks to my father and friends.

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HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PRACTICE’S PHILOSOPHY? “Fidelitas, Ventas, Integritas” — which translates Fidelity, Truth, Integrity. As a health professional, I hold my faithfulness and oath to my patients to the utmost. Truth is always what I seek for the patient, and I hold myself to a higher standard.

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WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE? At Cook Family Dentistry, we provide a wide range of dental services such as cleanings, cosmetic crowns and smile design, sleep medicine appliances and surgical implant placement and implant restorations. We also offer cosmetic services, like Six Month Smiles™ orthodontics, whitening, Botox and dermal fillers. The practice provides the best care as our office uses state-of-the-art technologies in all of our procedures. These new technologies allow us to detect dental concerns at early stages of all severities, treat all dental issues with precision and provide stunning and customized restorations. When you visit our office, you can be confident that you are receiving the finest and most advanced dental care.


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NITIN BAWA, M.D. Dr. Bawa & Associates

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r. Bawa has been trained on the use of lasers by Harvard faculty, and he regularly attends meetings on aesthetics, anti-aging, Botox and hormones. He takes his mid-level providers to conferences hosted by the American Academy of AntiAging Medicine and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Bawa’s practice has won numerous awards for the different services they provide, and he is routinely praised online for his practice’s unique aesthetic services.

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doing internal medicine for over a decade on the Emerald Coast. Our primary care providers have an extensive knowledge in women’s health including gynecology services. Our 30A office has urgent care services for all ages as we are the only general medicine facility on 30A. That includes minor emergency situations.

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HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS FIELD OF MEDICINE? I had been in

internal medicine for many years but started to be interested in bioidentical hormones when a patient implored me to learn more about them because they made such a big difference in her life. When I started to learn about these and saw how much of a difference these natural hormones can make, I also started to do other things to help people lose weight, get healthy and look better. Now, we are a complete “antiaging” practice, where we can help people get healthy and look good as well.

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We are unique in that we not only help get rid of disease, but we also go beyond and help people get healthy and transform their lives. We can help people lose weight, get their hormones adjusted and help them look better externally as well.

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We can help people lose weight, get their hormones adjusted and help them look better externally as well.

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HAS YOUR PRACTICE EXPANDED RECENTLY? Due to the continued

growth of our aesthetic capabilities, we now have a med-spa. The spa includes the newest technology in anti-aging and weight loss. We offer Hydrafacial, Coolsculpting as well as lasers. We are also accepting new patients at our Seagrove, Destin and Fort Walton Beach locations.

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WHITE-WILSON MEDICAL CENTER

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hite-Wilson Medical Center is a multispecialty physician group with over 20 specialties of medicine and clinic locations in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Navarre and Niceville. White-Wilson physicians work as a team to provide a comprehensive approach to care and believe that collaboration between patients, the primary care physician and medical specialists achieves the best outcomes. Dr. White laid the foundation when he opened Fort Walton Beach’s first doctor’s office in 1946. White-Wilson is the community’s largest team of health care providers and has been dedicated to meeting the growing need for quality care on the Emerald Coast for over 70 years. In the coming months, they will welcome new Obstetrics/Gynecology, Family Medicine, Neurology and Internal Medicine physicians to their team. White-Wilson is committed to meeting a full range of health care needs and has been recognized as the Best Medical Practice on the Emerald Coast numerous times and was also voted Best Family Physician, Best Cardiology Practice, Best Pediatric Practice,

Best Medical Center, Best Pediatrician and the Finest Medical Specialists on the Emerald Coast. When you need a doctor or health care provider — whether it’s a board-certified specialist or primary care physician — WhiteWilson Medical Center is here for you.

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Dr. Barnes is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and specializes in treatment of blood pressure, cholesterol, preventive care, physicals, wellness exams, urgent care illnesses, diabetes and minor dermatological procedures. He is committed to providing comprehensive, efficient and compassionate care to patients in Niceville. He has a lifelong interest in medicine and focuses on building relationships so that he may be a partner in his patients' overall health and wellness.

Dr. Smith has been caring for patients since 1993. She is a board-certified pediatrician who is passionate about children and parents in Destin. She loves watching her patients grow from infancy to young adults and helping families solve problems concerning their children’s health. Dr. Smith specializes in general pediatric care, wellness care, preventive medicine, sick child care, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses and sports physicals. She also has a special interest in skin disorders and children with Down syndrome.

Dr. Arbogast is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician, with a subspecialty certification in Nephrology. He specializes in hypertension, acidosis, blood pressure control, glomerulonephritis, proteinuria and kidney disease. As a physician, Dr. Arbogast works to help patients prevent and fight kidney disease and uses advanced treatment options that allow patients to maintain quality of life.

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3D mammography is here! Mammograms are the most effective way to find breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. White-Wilson Medical Center continues its commitment to innovation and is proud to now provide 3D mammography in Fort Walton Beach. Regarded as the highest standard of care, 3D mammography is helping doctors find cancer earlier and in its most treatable stages. This new technology improves invasive cancer detection by 41 percent and is more accurate than conventional mammograms. Finding cancer early increases chances of survival and also improves treatment options in many cases. White-Wilson is here to help win the fight against breast cancer.

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BECAUSE WHEN FISHER NEEDED BRAIN SURGERY, THE BEST PLACE WAS CLOSE TO HOME

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The Hands of Time

ZAN FRETT

My grandmother is 80, but her hands are delicate, elegant and dainty all at once. The three rows of diamonds on her left hand are as perfectly polished as the day they were placed there 60 years ago. My grandfather, because of his Native American blood, tans easily. When he removes his ring before bed, the band leaves a sun tattoo. My mother is a hairdresser and my father is a lineman — they both have jobs in which wearing their rings is difficult, even dangerous. They don’t often don their rings, but there isn’t necessarily a need. You can look at them and the lives they’ve led together for 30 years and know their commitment is unwavering. I will be the first to admit that I am blessed and grateful to have been surrounded by such exceptional examples of love throughout my life. I wholeheartedly believe in love, and even more so in marriage, because I admire the core pillars of it — the commitment through good and bad, the selflessness of putting another before yourself, the lifelong support system and the ability to become a better, kinder person because of your partner. These deeply rooted beliefs seeded by my family have caused me to seek a love that has the potential to be enduring and devoted. Speaking personally, I believe when you know, you truly know. And you, the freshly proposed fiance, knew. It could have been love at first sight, eyes meeting across a crowded room. Your sixth date, the one with the tequila and too much fun. The moment they met your entire family, and they loved them almost as much as you do. Or maybe it was as simple as looking across the table, over your book and coffee, and knowing you wanted to repeat that moment and that feeling forever. No matter how or when you realized, I’m glad your love led you to the pages of Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine. It has been my honor to wrap up my second year as editor of this magazine. I’ve found great joy in having brides share with me their love stories, and I put a great deal of consideration into the editorial within these pages. I sincerely believe you will not find better service providers than those showcased within this magazine. Having worked with them, I know they are attentive, professional, compassionate and dedicated to far exceeding your wishes for your wedding day. I urge you to trust your selected service providers and simply enjoy planning your wedding. You’re in the process of creating one of the most memorable, significant and beautiful days of your life. It’s a day that, when you look back on it, you’ll squeeze each other’s wrinkled hands a little tighter. All my love,

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For a love that withstands the sands of time and is more vast than the oceans — a coastal ceremony seems fitting. There’s an eternal element in exchanging vows beside waters that reach throughout the earth and leaving your newly united footprints in pure white sand.

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hen you plan your beach wedding, these images fill your mind: Your veil flowing beautifully in the cool coastal breeze, your bare feet gliding through the sand toward your smiling guests and nothing but emerald green waters as the backdrop. This is what you envision on your most memorable day. Sometimes, reality — avoiding the overly windblown look in your wedding photos, stockpiling sand, overheated guests and gray clouds obstructing your beachfront view — can interfere. But the good news is all of these setbacks can be avoided. You aren’t the first and won’t be the last to have a beach wedding. They are timeless and gorgeous, and the positives greatly outweigh the negatives that could occur. If you’re equipped to handle the elements, a beach wedding can be as easy to plan as an indoor wedding. Your first concern is likely weather; Mother Nature can be an unpredictable lady, especially in Florida. Despite superstition, rain on your wedding day is good luck, but it could put a damper on your day if you’re unprepared. First, you should mentally prepare yourself that inclimate weather could occur, but don’t let it gray your day. Have a Plan B and even a Plan C in place — that could include having the ceremony in a beachside tent or veranda if the rain is light or moving the ceremony indoors to a resort ballroom


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the occasion for tuxedos — cotton or linen suits are better options. One aspect you might not have considered is sound quality. With crashing waves and breezes as background music, it might be hard for your guests to hear what is being said during the ceremony. “It may be quiet outside one moment, but wind can blow your vows the opposite direction of your family,” said Jesse Deese, audio visual consultant with Emerald Coast Audio/ Visual Solutions. “Especially for a beach wedding, audio is a must as the ocean waves can be surprisingly loud. You want high-end DC powered (battery) operated equipment and not a loud generator.” If you fear bystanders and gawkers making appearances — don’t. Your venue should take the precautions to section off your ceremony or post signage to keep those who aren’t guests away. Photographers will also be able to gauge angles in order to only capture those attending your wedding. When put into perspective, all of these worries are trivial compared to the overall significance your wedding holds. “If you dreamed of having a wedding next to this piece of nature for years, don’t deter yourself from your dream just because of a few logistical elements,” said Dolin. “Not only can the ocean symbolize your love for each other and your families, it can also represent a special place for you two to return for years to come.” ▪

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should it storm. Keep an eye on your local weather reports, because weather is fickle and an hour can make a difference. If you have the ability to nudge your ceremony time, it might be worth it to wait out the weather. “We are lucky here in Florida where if it rains, it usually doesn’t rain all day,” said Nina Dolin, wedding sales and services manager at WaterColor Inn. “We can most likely get you out on the beach, but it may have to be a different time, without music or without your dream arbor. It’s all about prioritizing and mentally preparing when it comes to successful planning and an overall happy wedding day.” Another weather worry is heat. Consider the time of your ceremony and the season. You will likely regret a sweltering ceremony in the hottest part of the day in the middle of July. If possible, opt for a sunset ceremony in the late spring, fall or winter. Avoiding the heat wave will be appreciated by your guests and will ensure no one looks sweaty and sticky in photographs. Add to everyone’s comfort by providing your guests with baskets of sunscreen, paper fans, bottled water and even umbrellas. “Providing guests with decorative yet purposeful umbrellas, water stations and shoe stations are all great ideas,” said Ashton Burks, sales and event manager at The Pearl Hotel. “You can order customized fans with your event schedule and information.” For your hair, makeup and wardrobe to withstand the elements and prosper, it’s key to plan accordingly: Aim for natural, dewy makeup; go with tousled beach waves or fishtail braids loaded up with hair spray; and rely on easy, breezy breathable fabrics, such as chiffon, lace, silk or crepe. Save the ballgown dress for a ballroom, and this isn’t

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SKOPELOS AT NEW WORLD Pensacola

“When I first walked into Skopelos at New World, I knew it was the one. The whole venue was beautiful — from the historic feel of the New World Inn and the Grand Ballroom, to the classic and gorgeous decor of the Pensacola Room and the French Room. I knew there would be endless options for my wedding there. They took the core of what we wanted and really brought it to life with their ideas. Not only did they cater the reception dinner but the rehearsal dinner as well. The food was sensational. All of my guests raved about the reception dinner! “We were able to reserve all the rooms there at the venue for out-of-town guests to stay with the wedding party. The most special part was having all of our family and friends under one roof celebrating together.” - Danielle Parrish, Crestview, Florida PHOTOS BY AIS PORTRAITS

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪ DINING ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ LINEN RENTALS

(850) 434-7736 // SkopelosAtNewWorld.com 600 S. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL, 32502

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WATERCOLOR INN & RESORT Santa Rosa Beach

“The choice of WaterColor Inn really became simple after looking at other venues along 30A. Most venues we toured were, of course, beautiful, but only WaterColor Inn offered a type of package — including coordination services, catering services and vendor recommendations — that we were searching for. This was such a lifesaver being a good six-hour drive away. The way Nina Dolin (wedding sales and service manager) and the coordinators at WaterColor Inn facilitated the process made my wedding run so smoothly. “From all of the labors of love for our wedding, WaterColor Inn felt so intimate and warm. We never felt like we were at a big, beach hotel, so to speak. It felt much more inviting and loving. We cherished how close everyone felt.” - Leslie Propst-McDaniel, Huntsville, Alabama PHOTOS BY DEAR WESLEYANN PHOTOGRAPHY

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ CATERING ▪▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ DINING ▪▪ SPA SERVICES

(850) 231-7773 // WatercolorResort.com 34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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THE PEARL HOTEL Rosemary Beach

“I knew for quite some time that Rosemary Beach would be a part of our wedding day in some capacity, but I wasn’t exactly sold on a ‘toes in the sand’ type of wedding. I have always loved The Pearl Hotel ­— the architecture, the design, the color palette. When my husband and I started discussing what our day would look like, we immediately agreed that The Pearl was at the top of our list. Upon reaching the rooftop for the first time, we were sold. It was 100 percent the backdrop we wanted. The rooftop transforms into such a magical and romantic place, you truly never want to leave it. “It is the most welcoming and warm place. The staff made the whole process easy and relaxing, and it truly felt like we were going through the planning process with friends.” - Jessica Thompson-Cooper, North Little Rock, Arkansas PHOTOS BY HELLO MISS LOVELY

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ CATERING ▪▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ DINING ▪▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪▪ SPA SERVICES ▪▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪▪ PRODUCTION/EVENT DESIGN (850) 460-9040 // ThePearlRB.com 63 Main St., Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

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HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH GOLF RESORT & SPA Miramar Beach

“When Sam and I started dating, the first trip we took all together was to Hilton Sandestin Beach. So, when we decided to tie the knot, we couldn't think of anywhere else we wanted our family to officially start! All six of us love the hotel, and there is no other place we could imagine getting married.

At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ CATERING ▪▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ DINING ▪▪ SPA SERVICES

“Hilton Sandestin Beach not only has breathtaking views, it has amazing food, multiple reception location options, wonderful staff, a spa and — to top it off — they offered and suggested the best partners to help complete my wedding ” - Missy Pierce, Spring, Texas PHOTOS BY ROBERT YOUNG OF FOREVER YOUNG IMAGES

(850) 267-9500 // HiltonSandestinBeach.com 4000 Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach, FL 32550

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SUNDESTIN | RESORTQUEST BY WYNDHAM VACATION RENTALS Destin

“The ceremony was at the perfect time on the beach. The sunset was behind us, and the temperature was perfect. It was very convenient having it right on the SunDestin Resort property since that is where everyone stayed. The price was affordable, and the location had spectacular views of the Gulf.” – Kayla and Josh Thomas, Kansas City, Missouri

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At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUES ▪▪ CATERING ▪▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ DINING

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At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ CATERING ▪▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ DINING

Consider TOPS’L for your dream beach wedding. Choose between overlooking the soft afternoon sunlight setting over the Gulf from our pool deck, or feel the sand between your toes as you walk barefoot on the beach. At TOPS’L, we also offer complimentary indoor space in case of inclement weather and allow you to use the wedding coordinator, officiant, music and décor of your choice to ensure that your day is exactly what you’ve dreamed of. PHOTOS BY RAE LEYTHAM PHOTOGRAPHY

(888) 412-6408 // TopslWeddings.com 9011 US 98, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

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THE POINTE | RESORTQUEST BY WYNDHAM VACATION RENTALS Inlet Beach

“With two picturesque wedding venues, onsite guest accommodations and the perfect blend of flexibility and luxury, The Pointe is the dream wedding location. The Rooftop Sanctuary venue space offers romantic views of 30A and the Gulf of Mexico; you can celebrate amidst a Southern sunset and spend the evening dancing under the stars. The Green venue space is a garden canvas that provides endless possibilities for events. The Pointe’s unique and sophisticated style, paralleled with the ResortQuest team’s expertise, will make your wedding a dream come true.” - Kristen Cagadas, Wedding Sales Manager, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals PHOTOS BY SARAH & PAUL PHOTOGRAPHY

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At a Glance ▪▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪▪ DINING ▪▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪▪ CATERING

(888) 412-6408 // ThePointeWeddings.com 10711 E. County Hwy 30A, Inlet Beach, FL 32461


Providing creative catering, mobile craft cocktails, and exceptional service to make your wedding day as truly unique as you are.

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There are few sights more enlivening or romantic than a glittering city skyline. City-centric couples seek the steady pulse of a lively downtown, a contemporary cool hotel or a classic location steeped in history. There is much love to be found in the heart of the city.

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ANDREW'S CATERING AT FSU ALUMNI CENTER Tallahassee

“My husband Marcus and I are from Tallahassee, and he is a graduate of Florida State University. We live in Orlando now but wanted our wedding to be back home. When we were taking our tours of the different venues in Tallahassee, we really liked the space and knew the Alumni Center could accommodate our more than 180 guests. They had the outside and inside space we were looking for. It was so lovely and didn’t need much decor as far as the building was concerned. It just simply fit my idea of a wedding space. Plus, I really wanted sparklers for our exit, and they allowed us to have them. “We truly loved when we said our vows and seeing everyone that came to celebrate our union.” - Mamie Mills, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY DREHOW PHOTOGRAPHY

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR AND OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ DESIGN AND DÉCOR INSTALLATIONS ▪ PRODUCTION/EVENT DESIGN ▪ LINEN RENTALS ▪ DJ SERVICES (850) 644-2767 // AndrewsDowntown.com 1030 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32304

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TALLAHASSEE DOWNTOWN Tallahassee

“We chose to get married in downtown Tallahassee because I was born and raised there. So much of Tallahassee and its people made me who I am today, and it felt like the perfect send off into this next chapter of my life. Downtown Tallahassee, specifically St. John’s Episcopal Church, is very romantic. Something about saying your vows in a church built in the 1800s, where thousands of others have wed, makes that location extra special.

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“I grew up attending St. John’s Episcopal Church. I was baptized and confirmed there. My sister was married there, and my dad’s ashes are in the Memorial Garden outside its doors. It is a beautiful, historic church and a meaningful place for my family.” – Caroline Mallison, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY RED FLY STUDIO

SayIDoDowntown.com // TallahasseeDowntown.com 106 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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TALLAHASSEE DOWNTOWN Tallahassee

“Our wedding was unconventional, relaxing, fun and effortlessly beautiful in the heart of our Capital City. We chose downtown Tallahassee not only for our wedding venue, but also for our home. Tallahassee’s old charm, canopy trees and rehabilitated historic architecture made our pictures timeless.

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“When we decided to get married in Tallahassee, we knew it had to be in a city park. The obvious choice was The Edison and Cascades Park. The beautiful ambience is like nowhere else in Florida. Our out-of-town guests were shocked by how gorgeous and scenic the park, downtown and the restaurant were. Everyone had an amazing time, and it was obviously the best day of our lives.” - Mary Bustin, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania PHOTOS BY KYLENE & RYAN STUDIOS

SayIDoDowntown.com // TallahasseeDowntown.com 106 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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Class in Old-school glamour makes a comeback By Rebecca Padgett

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rystal chandeliers shine and shimmer, casting a light that makes everyone appear to be doused in diamonds. White satingloved hands reach for gleaming gold flutes of champagne, and suited waiters pass hors d’oeuvres. Your hair is pristinely curled, and your ball gown is elegantly fitted. Your new husband looks dapper and dashing in his tuxedo as you reach for his hand and enter into your reception, where you’re greeted by the sounds of a string quartet and the applause of your adoring guests. This description sounds like a scene from a movie, but it could become your reality as classic weddings are making a comeback, and with good reason. Who doesn’t deserve to be the star of the show on their wedding day? While trends will come and go, classic elegance was just as beautiful for your grandmother’s wedding as it will be for your children’s. The timeless trend is all about creating a look that will remain beautiful for years to come. Black and white will remain popular because of the sleekness and neutrality this power pair represents. A modern take on classic includes incorporating silver, gold, chrome, copper and rose gold. Two luxurious elements commonly appearing in 2018 weddings will be marble and velvet. Consider marble place settings or a marble dance floor. Velvet adds a dash of royalty, whether it’s outfitting your bridal party or adorning the ceremony seats. The décor should give off a simple yet sophisticated air. Because the pieces are often elaborate and statement-making, they shouldn’t be overdone. Think perfectly polished candelabras, lush floral

centerpieces, gilded gold vases, pearl accents, white china and sparkling stemware. Ballrooms, country clubs, museums and historic buildings are often best suited to cater a classic affair. A luminescent and ethereal atmosphere is the goal as it breathes romance into any space. “The words timeless and elegant come to mind, from the gown to the venue,” said Kendyl Jarvis, catering and events manager with Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown. “Our ballroom has classic elements, such as chandelier light fixtures and updated carpet with classic colors. Even the ceiling height and window treatments provide a soft and elegant backdrop that adds to the classic appeal.” The Edison, located in downtown Tallahassee, stands as a brick beacon of a bygone era, practically radiating with classic glamour. “The almost 100-year-old, brick and stone building is a 1921 power plant that was lovingly restored,” said Mike Xifaras, managing partner of The Edison. “It’s timeless and memorable. What’s more classic than that?” This is your moment to summon and embrace your inner diva. For hair, try bountiful movie star curls or a sleek updo topped with a tiara. Play dress up in queen-worthy ball gown of fluffy tulle or a long, lace train. If your wedding is in a chilly month, pull on a fur stole or velvet cape. This is your day to dazzle. The enduring appeal of a glamorous wedding is its ability to exude charisma and charm that can be felt within the room and preserved within memories. ▪

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HOTEL DUVAL | AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION Tallahassee

“I knew Hotel Duval was the one when I walked into the Ballroom on Level 8 and saw the magnificent chandeliers hanging down from the ceiling — and also the balcony where my guests would have an amazing view of most of Tallahassee. “Hotel Duval did a fantastic job catering to fit the vision I had for my wedding on the budget my husband and I had established. I wanted a nice, elegant, plated dinner for all of my guests, but I also wanted good gourmet food that was reasonably priced. Hotel Duval developed a specialized menu for my wedding day to ensure the food was just what I wanted. Not to mention the way the food was presented was amazing!” – Amanda Anderson, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY TAYLOR'D SOUTHERN EVENTS

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS ▪ DINING ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ AUDIO/VISUAL ▪ LINEN RENTALS (850) 224-6000 // HotelDuval.com 415 N. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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THE EDISON RESTAURANT Tallahassee

“My husband and I actually had our entire wedding planned, but when Hurricane Irma hit, we had to rearrange all of our plans and our venue. I frantically began making phone calls, and, just 30 minutes later, I received a call back from The Edison, ensuring me that they would gladly host our wedding. They even allowed us to have our ceremony on their property. Right then, I knew that was what was meant to be for our special day. The day after the hurricane, I met with the staff and began (re)planning our wedding. “Since our wedding was 99 percent planned when we booked with The Edison, they did a phenomenal job of mimicking our prior plans. Rather than making us create a new menu, they simply took our original and said they would make those options, despite them not being on their menu. My husband and I texted our planner almost daily with details about anything from napkins to floor plans, and she made sure every detail was written out. Our wedding ended up being everything we could have dreamed of.” – Vlada Reinhardt, Moscow, Russia PHOTOS BY CHRIS CROUCH

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ DINING ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ AUDIO/VISUAL ▪ FLORAL SERVICES ▪ DJ SERVICES ▪ LINEN RENTALS (850) 765-9771 // EdisonTally.com 470 Suwannee St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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The coolest anti-color colors

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Top Trends BIG BALLOONS

Let the love in the air fill balloons! That’s right, balloons are making a comeback — whether they are big, bold bulbs or clusters floating from the ceiling.

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That’s right, in 2018, food trucks aren’t rolling away.

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Soft, sweet, pretty and oh so romantic, splashes of watercolor hues are appearing on invitations, bridal party attire, backdrops, tablecloths and even cakes.

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The bigger the bloom, the better — peonies, dinnerplate dahlias, water lilies, amaryllis, king protea, sunflowers and camellias are all statement-making stems.

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There are virtually no limits in 2018. You crave it, you can have it!

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REVAMPED GROOM’S CAKES Grooms are truly expressing their personalities and interests through their cakes.

DOUGHNUTS & ICE CREAM SANDWICHES Elaborate cakes are out, and small desserts are in. Instead, brides are screaming for sweet sprinkled doughnuts and ice cream sandwiches.

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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON TALLAHASSEE DOWNTOWN Tallahassee

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“I moved to Tallahassee in 2015 to attend graduate school, and Four Points stood out to me immediately. I mean, how could it not? It’s structurally unique and beautiful. Living in Florida, the opportunity to have an outdoor wedding in the middle of winter was very appealing to my husband and I. Four Points offered us the opportunity to host our guests in multiple areas, showcasing the beautiful pool and the gorgeous Ornate Chorus Ballroom with an adjacent and intimate outdoor patio. “Four Point’s staff has a unique way of making you feel like family. They heard my hopes for the wedding and went out of their way to make it happen. From the hot chocolate bar to the table settings, creativity abounds at the Four Points.” - Amanda Wickham, Carriere, Mississippi PHOTOS BY TRICKEY PHOTOGRAPHY

(850) 422-0071 // FourPointsTallahasseeDowntown.com 316 W. Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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STAYBRIDGE SUITES Tallahassee

“Staybridge was convenient for us because they allowed us to use our own vendors and helped us set up everything we needed. The staff went above and beyond to make sure the outdoor space we used was perfect. “Our guests enjoyed the atmosphere and feel of our wedding. The live music and fireworks set the perfect stage for the night. There was a distinct moment while everyone was dancing when I looked around and saw smiles on everyone’s faces. The music was perfect, the sun was setting over the lake and everything was gorgeous.” - Taylor Anne Short, Tallahassee, Florida

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At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ SPA SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ LIGHTING ▪ DJ SERVICES ▪ LINEN RENTALS (850) 219-7010 // Staybridge.com/Tallahassee 1600 Summit Lake Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32317

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THE GATHERING/SOCIAL CATERING Tallahassee

“The location is right above Madison Social, the restaurant where we’ve spent so much time together, next to our favorite team’s stadium and was catered by Social Catering, which served some of our favorite MadSo dishes. It was the perfect fit for the two of us. “The Gathering made every little dream possible. All we had to do was vocalize our wishes, and Amanda Morrison (managing partner) and The Gathering team made it all a reality. From food stations to familystyle seating to an abundance of greenery and hanging hoops, they were able to take all the little ideas and somehow make it all work together. I don’t believe our wedding would have been as beautiful, smooth or successful as it was without Amanda. One thing our guests kept saying was how beautiful and intimate the venue was, and that they just felt so much love within the space.” - Morgan Brownlee, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY J&J WEDDINGS, WILDLIGHT FILMS AND NINA NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY

At a Glance ▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ DINING ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ LINEN RENTALS

(850) 228-6817 // GatheringTallahassee.com 705 S. Woodward Ave., Unit 201, Tallahassee, FL 32304

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country Much like elements of nature, love starts with a seed that blooms and blossoms, roots and grows. The country couple yearns for a ceremony under ancient oaks nestled between the region’s gently sloping hills. From enchanted gardens to rustic barns to stately plantations, Northwest Florida is effortlessly and naturally beautiful.

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Sweetly Southern From rustic romance to Southern belle — welcoming the trend By Rebecca Padgett

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hrough the oak trees draped in Spanish moss and sparkling lights, a rustic barn or stately plantation home is visible. The scents of magnolia and barbecue mingle pleasingly as guests sip lemonade cocktails and dance under the stars. It doesn’t matter if you’re born and bred in the South, a Southern soiree has an allure that welcomes all. To properly host the theme, you first must enter a Southern mindset of pretty pastels, whimsical prints and romance as sweet as the tea you’ll likely be serving. Southern settings are often barns, gardens, plantations or wide-open spaces. These locations tend to lend themselves to natural beauty that’s only enhanced by the presence of lots of lace, big blooms and vintage treasures. Cover farm tables in lace or gingham tablecloths, adorn them with Mason jars full of magnolias, gardenias or dogwoods and

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you’ve got a table setting that would please Reese Witherspoon herself. Wash bins containing drinks, large barrels for cocktail tables, burlap table runners and cotton wreaths make nice touches. “Pastels, neutral floral elements, flowers and a lot of them, calligraphy, monograms, white dinner jackets, greenery, lace and lounge furniture tend to be most popular with the Southern theme,” said Cara Dollinger, event manager of Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia. Top those tables with a versatile Southern menu that can range anywhere from down-home classics to downright delicacies. Timeless and tasty options include: fried chicken, barbecue, cornbread, greens, mac and cheese, black-eyed peas, fried green tomatoes, cobblers and pie. Or go all out with chicken and waffles, a shrimp cocktail, alligator tail, oysters and a top-your-own buttermilk biscuit bar. Sweet tea and lemonade are obvious choices — accompanied by moonshine or whiskey, should you choose to partake. Sip those beverages in proper Southern style — out of monogrammed Mason jars or flasks. Lawn games are ideal for cocktail hour or mingling after dinner. Think cornhole, horseshoes, ladder golf, bocce ball, croquet, lawn darts or other games you might play at a Saturday tailgate. Hay bails, tractors and antique trucks make for fun photo props for guests or a bridal party. The Southern bride delights in all things lace, a neck adorned in pearls and cascading curls side swept into an updo. Think bright pastels or — even better — outfit the bridesmaids in floral and the groomsmen in gingham. Love Lily Pulitzer? A Southern wedding is the ideal occasion to wear the infamous designer. No matter the décor or the food, Southern can be a state of mind. “We believe what makes a Southern wedding are family traditions that are passed down from generations and good Southern hospitality that brings everyone together,” said Heather Brown, venue coordinator at Pearl in the Wild in Tallahassee. The epitome of a Southern-style wedding is the mingling of family and friends creating a warm welcome and humble hospitality. It invites you to gather around a meal, sip on something sweet and sit … or better yet, dance a spell. ▪

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PEARL IN THE WILD is a wedding and event venue for Tallahassee, Florida. A 10,000-square-foot venue with a chapel situated on 200 lush acres, with unlimited possibilites. 850-656-1322 | PEARLINTHEWILD.COM 1848 JEFFERSON ROAD, TALLAHASSEE, FL 32317

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Local Love

Embracing and incorporating Northwest Florida into your wedding By Rebecca Padgett

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rom ancient oak trees rooted in red clay to stately palm trees staking claim to our iconic white sand beaches, Northwest Florida has a unique topography all within the span of our beloved Panhandle. From a nationally recognized college football team to miles of pristine coastline, our area attracts many who come to visit or choose to stay. Whether Northwest Florida is your vacation destination or native home, there’s no denying we are blessed with a beautiful and unique region. One way to fully express the love for your locale is by incorporating local businesses and staples into your wedding. Your choice to be married in Northwest Florida was strategic as your wedding city likely holds significance to your relationship. It only seems fitting to embrace the localities. Consider your guests as well and how special it will be to introduce them to your favorite local flavors. A great way to slip the region in is to sip it. In recent years, craft breweries have made their appearance as beloved watering holes in almost every town and city. Craft beers lend themselves to conversation pieces as aficionados and novices alike discuss and compare flavors. From Tallahassee to Pensacola, brewery options are plentiful, and each offers distinct options and styles. Most of these breweries offer kegs for pickup or catering options. Some, including Proof Brewing Company in Tallahassee, can be bought in grocery stores. They even offer a pale ale titled EightFive-0 — it doesn’t get more local than that. “We love Northwest Florida,” said Angela Burroughs, co-founder of Proof Brewing Company. “The weather


reason. It’s a fun way to showcase culinary geniuses feeding your community. From Southern comforts and Cajun creations to strictly desserts or coffee carts — it’s easy to have all of your beloved treats populate your wedding. If you’re seeking a more formal affair, your caterer can include regional delicacies in your menu. Think Apalachicola oysters, fresh Gulf Coast seafood, Florida stone crab, gator bites, a variety of citrus fruits, local honey and key lime pie. A community is only as strong, welcoming and beautiful as the people who dwell in it, and many of those people are local small business owners. They are the steady thrum that provide an abundance of heart to Northwest Florida. So when you’re planning your special day of love and commitment, spread a little love and devotion to your neighborhood businesses. ▪

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and beautiful landscape offer so many opportunities to host outdoor events, and anything we have on draft is a wonderful complement.” For those who prefer grapes over grain, there are a few regional wineries, including Chautauqua Vineyards and Farmer’s Daughter Vineyards, that offer bottles for sipping and sharing. If guests need a jolt of energy before hitting the dance floor, options such as Tallahassee’s Lucky Goat Coffee Co. can cup it up. “Some of the most popular ways to incorporate our coffee is by hosting a coffee bar at the reception or providing the coffee for guest favors,” said Lindsey Sheets, brand manager of Lucky Goat Coffee Co. “We offer a variety of different types of coffee to fit the style and feel of your wedding day.” A creative way to nosh on neighborhood fare is to dine via food truck. This is likely a trend you’re familiar with — and for good

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happen Looking at your wedding to-do list might seem intimidating, but it won’t be if you’re equipped with the best services and vendors that Northwest Florida has to offer. From florists and photographers to caterers and cosmetics — entrust these service providers to exceed your expectations.

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he instant a sparkling ring is slipped onto your left hand, many moments of celebration will follow. While the main event is likely the one you’re most excited for, there are occasions leading up to the wedding that are meaningful and joyous. Don’t let these pre-events daunt you; think of them as mini parties in preparation for the grand finale. There’s a long list of pre-wedding events, but that doesn’t mean you have to participate in all of them — select those that fit best you. Restaurants and venues are equipped to cater to your needs and allow you to save the majority of your planning time for the wedding day. Skopelos at New World in Pensacola, is one of those venues. “From start to finish, the event planners are here to ensure the process is as seamless as can be,” said Arianne Pearce, director of marketing, social media and public relations at Skopelos. “We’ll work with you to establish the feeling you’re hoping to create for your event and determine which of the various spaces is going to be best.”

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Paisley Cafe in Tallahassee. “We offer a custom menu that is specific to the bride. Prosecco has truly changed the game for us as we offer mimosas and tipsy lemonade to morning bridal showers and parties.” The bachelor and bachelorette parties have a flexible timeframe, but for the sake and sanity of all involved, the night before is not encouraged. Whether you choose to travel or stay local, the party should focus on your friendship and involve activities you enjoy. Northwest Florida is a playground for the engaged couple — breweries and a round of golf for the guys or a spa day and cocktails on the beach for the gals. The rehearsal dinner takes place the night before the wedding. After the bridal party and all involved in the ceremony have practiced the proceedings, a dinner is hosted, usually by the groom’s parents. Some opt for fine dining, but others choose a lively or inviting atmosphere. For destination weddings, a location with coastal views or beach access is ideal. “We provide the entire upstairs Fishbone room, along with linens, silverware and full bar service,” said Jackie Maliszewski, office manager at Cafe Thirty-A in Seagrove Beach. “We have the ability to set up

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Soon after the question is popped, it’s time to pop some bubbly at the engagement party. This is a celebration for you as a couple — allowing family, friends and coworkers to mingle in merriment of your soon-to-be matrimony. This is typically a more intimate gathering, so don’t feel the need to invite the entire guest list. Possible locations include the couple’s home, a favorite restaurant, a beloved bar or even the site of the proposal. The bridal shower is for the bride only, so it’s the ideal occasion to host a fancy tea or a boozy brunch. Put on your cutest dress, keep the mimosas flowing and shower the bride with love and gifts. The maid of honor, with assistance from the other bridesmaids, typically hosts this. “Bridal brunches have become increasingly popular,” said Kiersten Lee, owner of

music and visual audio. We even let guests create their own menu to an extent. If guests want something that isn’t on our sample menus, we do our best to accommodate them.” Cafe Thirty-A, like many other admirable restaurants in Northwest Florida, offers all of the services and accomodations you seek when planning a rehearsal dinner. It has become increasingly popular for couples to invite wedding guests to a brunch or lunch the day after the ceremony, especially one in which a large portion of attendees have travelled. This is considered to be one final chance to catch up before the happy couple departs on their honeymoon. From being showered with gifts you will enjoy for a lifetime to unforgettable fun at your bachelor/bachelorette parties to simply spending time with those you care for — take full advantage of these events. They were each crafted with the purpose of celebrating your love. ▪

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At a Glance

“My wedding was full of so much love, lots of flowers and an abundance of delicious food. It was all I’ve ever dreamed of and more.” - Khari Fischer, Tallahassee, Florida

▪ INDOOR VENUE ▪ OUTDOOR VENUE ▪ CATERING SERVICES ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ RENTAL SERVICES ▪ THIRD PARTY VENDORS AVAILABLE ▪ DECORATING SERVICES ▪ BARTENDING SERVICES ▪ DESIGN AND DÉCOR INSTALLATIONS ▪ PRODUCTION/EVENT DESIGN ▪ LINEN RENTALS

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(850) 644-2767 // AndrewsDowntown.com/Catering 228 S. Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

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“Food was a No. 1 priority for my wedding. Ashley, the catering director for Andrew’s, was incredible from start to finish. From doing an initial tasting to creating my final menu, Ashley Chaney and her team worked with me to create a delicious menu that fit my budget. I changed my mind about 100 times with what food I wanted, and they always quickly made the changes. I got amazing food for a good price, and that makes for one happy bride.

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MARGARET ELLEN BRIDAL Inlet Beach

“Our main focus is the bride. We want her to have the best experience — from the time she walks in the door and tries on dresses, to when she walks out with her perfect gown. We are by ‘appointment only,’ so our bride and her family are the only ones in the bridal salon, which makes the gown search intimate, relaxing and exclusive. We also serve small bites along with bubbly to make it extra sweet. Our goal is to provide the best service and most memorable gown shopping experience to every bride.

At a Glance ▪ BOUTIQUE ▪ BRIDAL ATTIRE ▪ COUTURE BRIDAL GOWNS & ACCESSORIES

“With all eyes focused on the bride, the look and details of the dress capture the magic of that moment. I believe it is important for a bride to feel comfortable and her absolute best on the day she marries her groom.” – Maggie Matthews, Owner of Margaret Ellen Bridal (850) 641-0266 // MargaretEllenBridal.com 12805 U.S. Highway 98 E., Suite N201, Inlet Beach, FL 32461

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Forever Favors Giving gifts that guests will cherish by Rebecca Padgett

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here is likely a drawer in your house appropriately deemed the “junk drawer,” filled with various items that you’re not sure what to do with but just can’t bring yourself to throw away. Within that drawer sits an impressive collection of koozies, coasters and magnets adorned with two first names and a shared last name. You don’t use these items, but you feel guilty discarding them because they are supposed to hold significance. But do they really? When you are searching for the gifts and favors you want to give your guests, consider items that are meaningful and memorable. The keys to impressive favors are personalization, usefulness, appeal and thoughtfulness. The gifts we seek are customized to us because they show care while also being something of use. Boutiques and local businesses throughout Northwest Florida offer options that will dazzle your guests.


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Coton Colors, based in Tallahassee but also available regionally and online, specializes in items that promote everyday celebrations — the perfect way to keep your wedding day ever present. “Coton Colors products aren’t only great for serving up sweet treats and late night drinks during your reception,” says Molly Corder, marketing director at Coton Colors, “they also make for highly soughtafter wedding favors that will have your guests reminiscing on the fun they had each time they reach for their stylish plate or mug. … Coton Colors ornaments are a great way to say thanks for coming. Even

better, they can be personalized for the perfect finishing touch.” If personalized is less your style, but you still want something elegant and irreplaceable, think picture frames, jewelry or, as Lisa Nylen, manager of Hearth & Soul, suggests, Sempli wine glasses, which are crystal, handblown beauties. While food favors might not last forever, they are appreciated. Package your favorite sweet treats — make your own s’mores kits, caramel apples, your favorite cookies, popcorn, jams, coffee beans or mini champagne bottles. Or leave the packaging to the professionals.

“Sugarfina, a delicious gourmet candy that is just as beautiful to look at as it is to taste, is always a crowd favorite.” said Nylen. “It comes beautifully packaged with a variety of greetings to suit the occasion.” No matter if it’s elegant or edible, whimsical or personalized — take the time to seek favors that will make your guests feel special, appreciated and cherished. Put yourself in their shoes and think of items that hold relevance, meaning or are useful. Remember, your guests are the people you wanted to share this momentous day with, and they deserve momentos that materialize your appreciation. ▪

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JOHN GANDY EVENTS Tallahassee

“Growing up in Tallahassee, you see John’s amazing work time and time again. Whether it is a wedding, a birthday party or just a celebration, he and his team always create the most exquisite atmosphere. When it came time to plan our wedding, it was an absolute no-brainer. We knew without any hesitation that he would be able to bring our vision to life and more. He did just that.

At a Glance ▪ WEDDINGS AND CORPORATE EVENTS ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ EVENT DESIGN ▪ EVENT PRODUCTION ▪ FURNITURE AND DECOR RENTALS

“Since I was a little girl, I had always dreamed of what my wedding would look like, and on Dec. 9, all my visions came true. Throughout the planning process, we continuously threw new ideas at John and his team, and he brought them to reality. We were able to incorporate such specific and special details into the entire day, and he made it absolutely flawless.” – Brooke Heffley, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY WOODLAND FIELDS PHOTOGRAPHY

(850) 570-5999 // JohnGandyEvents.com 3463 Garber Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303

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“From the first time we sat down with John Gandy and Darin Jones, Landrie (the bride) and I were at complete ease. Even though they were professional, the feeling was one of friendship and respect. They listened to everything we said and never gave any indication that anything she wanted could not be done. It was all about what Landrie wanted. We hired them that day and never even talked with anyone else. I know it’s their job and they do this every day, but it was more than just a job to all of them. They cared about how beautiful it was and that we were happy with everything. “John Gandy Events works like a well-oiled machine. When your child hugs you and tells you it was perfect and she never imagined it could be so beautiful and perfect, well that says it all.” – Debbie Folsom, Mother of the Bride, Landrie Folsom Pettibone, Tallahassee, Florida PHOTOS BY WOODLAND FIELDS PHOTOGRAPHY

At a Glance ▪ WEDDINGS AND CORPORATE EVENTS ▪ PLANNING AND COORDINATION ▪ EVENT DESIGN ▪ EVENT PRODUCTION ▪ FURNITURE AND DECOR RENTALS

(850) 570-5999 // JohnGandyEvents.com 3463 Garber Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303

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making it happen MY FAVORITE THINGS From your invitation to your registry, everything you choose is a reflection of your personal style. The consultants at My Favorite Things can guide you with their expert knowledge in everything from etiquette to entertaining. With our extensive online registry service, you and your guests can access an array of beautiful and unique gifts that will complement the exciting new life ahead of you.

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(850) 681-2824 ShopMFT.com 1410 Market St., C3 Tallahassee, FL 32312

TALLAHASSEE AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM – BANQUET ROOMS The Tallahassee Automobile Museum is a community treasure that offers up history and engaging experiences. For a reception or ceremony that’s outside of the box, the museum is equipped with a variety of banquet rooms ranging in size and style to seat from 50–1,500 to fulfill the needs of your wedding. Your own caterer and decorations are welcome, while facilities, tables and chairs are on-site to drive your wedding day to blissfulness.

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(850) 942-0137 TACM.com 6800 Mahan Drive Tallahassee, FL 32308

TALQUIN PORTABLE RESTROOMS Tallahassee

Talquin Portable Restrooms is Tallahassee and North Florida’s only provider of luxury, mobile restroom trailers. We provide event planners, organizations, wedding parties, corporate parties and individuals with classy, one-of-a-kind mobile restroom trailers at prices that are more than affordable. Forget what you think you know about portable restrooms. Our mobile facilities are state-of-the-art and unique. The Elite series is unlike any mobile restroom you’ve likely seen with simulated marble countertops, brass faucets and fine oak base cabinetry. PHOTOS COURTESY OF TALQUIN PORTABLE RESTROOMS

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At a Glance ▪ PORTABLE RESTROOMS ▪ CONVENIENT ▪ LUXURY MOBILE RESTROOM TRAILERS

(850) 574-2786 // TalquinPortableRestrooms.com P.O. Box 559/20 Taylor Court, Midway, FL 32343


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making it happen COTON COLORS Conveniently positioned in Tallahassee’s Market District, and with simple online registry access, Coton Colors is the perfect stop for celebrating blushing brides. From your engagement to your wedding day, make every moment even happier with Coton Colors.

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(850) 688-0149 Coton-Colors.com 1355 Market St. Tallahassee, FL 32312

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SELFIETALLY PHOTO BOOTH Get the party started with Tallahassee’s premier photo booth! With customized overlays, props and backdrops, your guests will be drawn in, entertained and leave with a lasting memory. Choose to have your photos printed or sent via text or email for instant sharing. Along with our traditional booths, we now have the latest in photo booth experiences — featuring the social media booth with GIFs, Boomerang, single photos, bursts, digital props and more.

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(850) 528-5737 Selfietally.com 3013 Godfrey Place Tallahassee, FL 32309

HILTON GARDEN INN TALLAHASSEE Tallahassee’s best location for comfort, service and convenience to accommodate you and your loved ones as you celebrate your wedding. Our light-filled lobby, on-site restaurant and clean, fresh rooms create the perfect “home away from home” experience. We are centrally located near several of Tallahassee’s wedding venues, just off I-10 at exit 203. In addition to reserving your sleeping-room block, let us take care of your rehearsal dinner as well. With full-service catering available, our banquet room offers an ideal setting for an intimate rehearsal dinner of up to 48 guests.

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(850) 385-3553 Tallahassee.StayHGI.com 3333 Thomasville Road Tallahassee, FL 32308

HAMPTON INN AND SUITES TALLAHASSEE I-10 Convenience and comfort await you and your guests at the Hampton Inn & Suites Tallahassee I-10-Thomasville Road. Our remodeled hotel features a welcoming staff, stylish sleeping rooms and an easily accessible location with complimentary parking. Wake up to our hot Hampton breakfast before heading off to celebrate your special occasion. Enjoy your time with friends and family, and we will take care of the rest.

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PEBBLE HILL PLANTATION Amid the allure of magnolias and lovely longleaf pines, blooms the stately architectural beauty of Pebble Hill Plantation, providing a grand and breathtaking backdrop for your wedding. Pebble Hill Plantation offers five unique venue options, ranging from elegant to rustic. Incorporate the timeless romance of a bygone era into a wedding that is uniquely yours.

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(229) 227-5387 PebbleHill.com 1251 U.S. Highway 319 S. Thomasville, GA 31792

RUSSELL RAINEY, DMD Say “I Do” with a perfect smile. Dr. Russell B. Rainey and his caring team provide Tallahassee’s most exceptional dental experience. Dr. Rainey’s practice offers a wide range of services, including teeth whitening, Invisalign treatment, and anxiety-free cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Whether it is your big day or the big day of a loved one, let Dr. Rainey’s team give you a smile to be proud of.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

(850) 385-3700 DrRainey.com 221 E. 7th Ave. Tallahassee, FL 32303

SWEET TEA EVENTS Tallahassee

Sweet Tea Events believes that life should be embraced, celebrated and oh so sweet. We are one of Tallahassee’s premier wedding and event planning companies. Our experienced team loves brewing up fresh ideas that uniquely capture your vision and personality. We emphasize Southern hospitality and attention to detail in order to ensure your event perfectly suits your taste. PHOTOS BY ELIZABETH BIRDWELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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(850) 228-0521 // SweetTeaTallahassee.com 1000 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303


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making it happen HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH GOLF RESORT & SPA Kissed by the warm, salty breezes of the Gulf, Hilton Sandestin Beach is the perfect choice for the couple in search of a timeless beach ceremony and an overall experience highlighted by unprecedented customer service on the beautiful Emerald Coast. Wedding guests will adore this spot for its understated glamour and gorgeous amenities. This resort can deliver it all, from pre-wedding rituals to post-nuptial relaxation. For the one moment when you say,“I do” there is only one Hilton Sandestin Beach.

RESORT & VENUE

(850) 267-9500 HiltonSandestinBeach.com 4000 S. Sandestin Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

SERENITY BY THE SEA SPA Be sure to include a visit to Serenity by the sea Spa when planning your wedding weekend activities. The full-service spa at Hilton Sandestin Beach is the perfect place to relax away those pre-wedding jitters with a menu of massage, facial and body treatments. The entire wedding party may enjoy a spa-style bridesmaid’s luncheon in the lounge while beautifying together with hair services, manicures and pedicures in the spa’s adjoining salons.

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(850) 622-9595 SerenitybytheseaSpa.com 4000 S. Sandestin Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

BALLROOMS AND THE BEACH With 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor venues, Hilton Sandestin Beach presents a plethora of spots for your ceremony, reception and various wedding gatherings. All of the ballrooms feature an open-ceiling concept that can be transformed into a splendid backdrop for nuptials. If the beach is your ideal venue, three boardwalks lead down to sugar white sands, and three decks overlook the emerald green waters lending to picturesque scenery.

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(877) 705-6641 HiltonSandestinBeach.com 4000 S. Sandestin Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550

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A GRANDE OCCASION WEDDING ARTISTRY A Grande Occasion Wedding Artistry is the wedding team of The Posh Daisy Salon Spa, which offers on-location and in-salon services to make your day perfect. As part of an award-winning salon, this team takes pride in providing stunning hair and makeup services all along the Florida Panhandle. Brides and their bridal parties can rejuvenate with a day of relaxation including a fresh manicure or pedicure, beauty boost facial or deep conditioning hot oil scalp treatment. Let your inner beauty blossom!

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SUNSET BAY CAFÉ With stunning bay views and a delicious, locally sourced menu, you’ll want to host every wedding-related event at Sunset Bay Café. Whether it’s a bridal brunch, a rehearsal dinner on the scenic deck or a casual lunch with out-oftown guests, Sunset Bay offers indoor and outdoor dining areas alongside an extensive menu to fulfill your needs. Dine on an innovative and fresh selection while feasting your eyes on the beauty of Choctawhatchee Bay.

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SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT Make memories to cherish for a lifetime at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Offering the largest selection of luxurious venues on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, Sandestin is the perfect backdrop for your special day. From sugary white sand beaches and lush green lawns to elegant stately ballrooms and serene bayfront terraces, Sandestin will make your wedding all you dreamed of and more.

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Digital Graffiti Explore more than the shore at Art Week South Walton, an initiative of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. This spectacular, week-long festival brings a variety of visual, performing and literary arts events to venues throughout South Walton. Events include ArtsQuest, the 30th annual fine arts festival in Grand Boulevard’s Town Center at Sandestin; the Longleaf Writers Conference, a full week of workshops, seminars, readings and events in the iconic town of Seaside; and the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival, an innovative gathering of performing artists and theater enthusiasts. The week ends with Digital Graffiti (May 18–20), which explores the intersection of art and architecture as dozens of original works of art are projected onto the glistening white walls of Alys Beach. For more information, visit ArtWeekSouthWalton.com.

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Sandestin Wine Festival

→ Named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine, the 32nd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival is an event you won’t want to miss. Located at Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort this four-day event will take place from April 12–15, 2018 and will be an event centered around discovery. Those unfamiliar with wine will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge through a variety of tastings, and those who consider themselves to be “wine aficionados” can meet winemakers, where they will be able to have their most detailed questions answered. Guests will also have the chance to attend wine dinners with celebrity chefs, as well as the opportunity to purchase their favorite wine selections at a discounted rate. Live music, interactive culinary tents and shops will also be present, making this festival an experience that everyone can enjoy, wine lover or not. Visit sandestinwinefestival.com for more details.

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Russian Spectacular: Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky → An evening with the sweeping romance of

Romeo and Juliet and the stunning talent of Grammy Award-winning violinist Gil Shaham performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre in Pensacola.

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SOPCHOPPY WORM GRUNTIN’ FESTIVAL →

Join us in historic downtown Sopchoppy for the 18th annual Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin’ Festival. There is no entrance fee, and the entire event is open to the public. This one-day event is one of the most exciting and unique festivals in the area. The festival features live music, amazing food, a 5K race and games and contests for all ages. Don’t forget to stick around as we close out the event with the starlit Worm Grunter’s Ball. Learn more at wormgruntinfestival.com

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16TH ANNUAL EMERALD COAST BLUE MARLIN CLASSIC presented by Wind Creek Casino & Hotel – Atmore

→ Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the place to be for two days of exciting weigh-ins as top anglers vie for nearly $2 million in prizes during the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic June 20–24. Enjoy nightly fun with entertainment and activities! Visit fishECBC.com to register or for more details.

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LITTLE BLACK DRESS PARTY

→ The Little Black Dress Party is back for its ninth year and headed to Hollywood. The fun-filled event is an evening dedicated to celebrating good health and raising funds for community members in need of life-saving and life-changing health services. The event will feature dinner, dancing, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. The event will take place at the Baytowne Conference Center’s Magnolia Ballroom. Purchase tickets at LBDParty.com.

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HANGOUT MUSIC FEST

→ Hit the beach for music’s ultimate vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The 2018 edition of the festival will feature Kendrick Lamar, The Chainsmokers, The Killers, Halsey, ODESZA, Logic, Zedd, Portugal, The Man, St. Vincent, SZA, Foster the People and many more. See the full lineup and purchase tickets at hangoutmusicfest.com. PROMOTION

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BANDS ON THE BEACH APRIL 3–OCT. 30 At last, it’s warm enough to bust out the beach chairs for your Tuesday night treat at Pensacola Beach. Meet up with friends, settle into the sand and rock out to some local tunes beneath the stars. Free. Gulfside Pavilion, 20 Casino Beach Boardwalk, Pensacola Beach. Every Tuesday, 7 p.m. visitpensacolabeach.com/ whats-happening-bands-on-beach/

2018 PENSACOLA JAZZFEST APRIL 7–8 Pensacola’s JazzFest celebrates its 35th year with a two-day, swingin’ serenade for Seville Square, featuring the talents of the 4 Korners, Scott Wilson Quintet, Paula Atherton, Michael Pellera, Andy Martin and Patrick Frost. In addition to the smooth grooves, vendors provide local light bites, art and jazz merchandise. Free. Seville Square Park, Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. jazzpensacola.com

BAY ANNUAL ART COMPETITION APRIL 10–MAY 4 Presented by the Bay County Art Alliance, the Bay Annual Art Competition’s gallery displays hundreds of submissions from talented, local artists. Various media are showcased and judged in a single category, as winners will receive Best in Show, Merit Awards and Honorable Mentions. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Panama City Center for the ARTS, 19 E. Fourth St., Panama City centerfortheartspc.com/upcoming

TALL SHIPS PENSACOLA APRIL 12–15 Six tall ships will anchor in Pensacola Bay as part of the Tall Ships Challenge, granting the public an opportunity to climb aboard these splendid vessels to explore or to sail away for a day. Visitors also may admire the tall ships from the docks, where a three-day festival will include live entertainment and refreshments. $5–200. Plaza De Luna/Palafox Pier, 900 S. Palafox St., Pensacola visitpensacola.com/tall-ships

MARKETFEST April 12–15 MarketFest is a travelling flea market whose treasures are far from trash. Over 100 vendors display goods, from handmade homewares to original works

of art. Plus food trucks and live music. Free. Laketown Wharf Resort, 9902 S. Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach marketfestevents.com

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S ‘CINDERELLA’ APRIL 13 A Tony Award-winning musical, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a lush, contemporary production that maintains the magic of the classic but appeals to new audiences. Ideal for a family night out, young and old will enjoy the colorful costumes, mesmerizing vocals and exciting twists to their favorite princess’ tale. $45–60. Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Ave., Panama City marinaciviccenter.com/events

SEABREEZE JAZZ FESTIVAL APRIL 18–22 In its 20th year, the Seabreeze festival serenades Panama City Beach with the soulful sounds of Kool and the Gang, Brian Culbertson, Boney James, Gerald Albright and more hot acts in the jazz scene. Enjoy four days of live concerts, take a music-fueled lunch or dinner cruise, and keep the party going during after-hours performances at local restaurants. $60-250. Aaron Bessant Park, 600 Pier Park Drive, Panama City Beach seabreezejazzfestival.com

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APRIL 21 With their sleek design, renowned speed and vintage vibe, who doesn’t love a corvette? A bevy of these beauties will be on display for a “Show and Shine,” where they will compete for titles such as Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Engine, Museum Choice, Participants Choice and more. Free. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, 9300 Baytowne Wharf Blvd., Miramar Beach baytownewharf.com

SANDJAM 2018 APRIL 26–28 Experience the rockin’ rush of Bonnaroo and Coachella on the sands of Panama City Beach. You won’t find traditional country tunes here; this is for the alternative country-music lover who jams to a newer beat. M.B. Miller County Pier, 12213 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach. 5 p.m.–midnight on Thursday. 2 p.m.–midnight on Friday and Saturday. visitpanamacitybeach.com/event/ sandjam/22571

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revving again. Celebrating its 20th spring rally, Thunder Beach features “Vendor Villages,” motor shows and contests. Free. Multiple venues, Panama City Beach. All day.

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A dazzling roster of dozens of celebrity winemakers, distillers, chefs, brew masters and entertainers converge upon Grand Boulevard’s Town Center in South Walton to wine, dine, educate and entertain guests as part of a four-day celebration of wine during the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival at the Town Center of Grand Boulevard. This charity event is a fundraiser for Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which benefits children in need in Northwest Florida. sowalwine.com

DESTIN CHARITY WINE AUCTION APRIL 27–28 The Destin Charity Wine Auction showcases exclusive wines, art and luxurious destination getaways, to raise money for children in need throughout Northwest Florida. A Patron’s Dinner with celebrity chef cuisine and pours from luminary vintners whets the appetite April 27. The next day, catch bidding fever at silent and live auctions, preceded by a reserve tasting. $2,500 Patron Package. Grand Boulevard, 600 Grand Blvd., Miramar Beach

Make it a fiesta with friends as you wend your way through the watering holes of HarborWalk Village, enjoying cervesas of your choice and all the nachos you can handle. You never know what you’ll find at each stop, as select restaurants hold karaoke contests, giveaways and live, musical entertainment. HarborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Blvd., Destin emeraldgrande.com/events-3

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2018 PENSACOLA TRIATHLON Test your endurance on both land and sea to kick off 2018’s racing season. Triathletes will take a plunge in the Pensacola Bay, pedal through the city, and wrap it up with a sprint to the finish line. Cool off at Maritime Park, where an after party will honor winners and supply music, grub and libations. $110-200. Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., Pensacola

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FIESTA 10K & 5K RUN/WALK MAY 5 The Pensacola Runners Association presents a 10K and a 5K race that wind through the historic neighborhoods of Pensacola to reach Seville Quarter. Grab a complimentary bite to eat and a drink once you cross the finish line, or save some room for the Pensacola Crawfish Festival, as all registered runners receive free admission. Awards are based on age and overall outstanding achievements. (850) 433-6512 pensacolarunners.com/pra-events-2/ fiesta10k5k/

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The Cordova Crawfish Company of Pensacola shells out 16,000 pounds of crawfish for what promises to be a scrumptious weekend. Get your Cajun kicks with dishes such as seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, and jambalaya. Events include a crawfish-eating contest. Bartrum Park, 211 Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola


BLACK JACKET SYMPHONY PRESENTS: THE EAGLES’ HOTEL CALIFORNIA MAY 12 The Black Jacket Symphony performs a live show of Eagles hits, starting with a symphonic reproduction of the band’s classic Hotel California album and followed by a full-on sound and light extravaganza. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox Place, Pensacola pensacolasaenger.com/events/the-blackjacket-symphony-present-the-eagles-hotelcalifornia

CHILDREN’S VOLUNTEER HEALTH NETWORK SMILE MILE AND 5K MAY 12 CVHN hosts its 2nd Annual Smile Mile and 5K race, presented by St. Joe Community Foundation. The races will start at Watercolor Inn and Resort’s Marina Park in Santa Rosa Beach. The 5K start time is 7:30 a.m., and the Smile Mile will kick off at 8:15 a.m. Registration before April 1 is $15 for a child and $30 for an adult; it is $5 more thereafter. All proceeds benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Register before the race here: runsignup. com/Race/FL/Watercolor/CVHNSmileMile5K

JEEP BEACH JAM MAY 15–20

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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FESTIVITIES MAY 26–28 The Village of Baytowne Wharf hosts a Memorial Day jamboree to welcome the warmer months and to honor fallen servicemen and servicewomen. The Events Plaza offers entertainment for the kiddies and live music, while patriotic pyrotechnics take to the skies. Free. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, 9300 Baytowne Wharf Blvd., Miramar Beach. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. baytownewharf.com

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Jeep lovers unite for a five-day showcase featuring a grand parade, contests, premier vendors and a variety of obstacle courses and playgrounds. Frank Brown Park, 16200 Panama City Beach Parkway jeepbeachjam.com

KALEIDOSCOPE THEATRE PRESENTS: ‘END DAYS’ MAY 18–JUNE 3 Rachel Stein, 16, is having a bad year. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a teen-age Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all.

The first of many Fat Tuesday jamborees this summer launches with a bang, as elaborate floats parade through HarborWalk Village, street performers dazzle audiences, and colorful beads fly. Enjoy live music on the Main Stage until the grand procession of Krewes commences. Free. HarborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Blvd, Destin. Parade 8:30 pm. (850) 424-0600 emeraldgrande.com/fat-tuesday-parades

‘RENT’ 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR MAY 30–31 The Saenger Theatre sets the stage for the musical that rocked the world in 1996 with its lessons in life, love and perseverance. Detailing the struggle of young, starving artists, “Rent” is a modern-day portrayal of Puccini’s famous La Bohème, packed with electrifying song and dance. Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox Place, Pensacola pensacolasaenger.com/events/rent-20thanniversary-tour

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Skopelos at New World FEB.8 Pensacola’s Skopelos at New World showed that vegan cuisine is here to stay when it hosted a sold out seven-course vegan wine dinner to 100 ecstatic guests. Featuring dishes created by Chef de Cuisine Takara Smith, guests sipped through seven varieties of natural wines while enjoying specialty vegan dishes such as deconstructed pot pies, seitan en croute, a vegan cheese platter and even an edible garden complete with orchids. With a waitlist of dozens unable to get in, Skopelos has plans to host another vegan wine dinner some time this year.

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LULU’S ★

THE BEACH HOUSE

Casual, beach-front dining. Open daily 11 am–10 pm. 4009 S. Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach. (850) 267-4800. $$ L D

Lucy Buffett’s funky hangout features cocktails, burgers & seafood, plus allergy-friendly menus. Open Sun–Thur 11 am–9 pm, Fri–Sat 11 am– 10 pm. 4607 Legendary Marina Drive, Destin. (850) 710-5858. $$ L D

MAGNOLIA GRILL

Steak, seafood, pasta, soups, salads and desserts. Lunch Mon-Fri 11 am–2 pm, dinner Mon–Sat from 5 pm. Closed Sun. 157 SE Brooks St., Fort Walton Beach. (850) 302-0266. $$ L D

BUFFALO’S REEF ★

Hot wings and cold beer. Tues–Sat open at 10:30 am, Sun open at noon. 116 Eglin Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach. (850) 243-9463. $ L D

THE CRAFT BAR ★

MARIE’S BISTRO & BAR ★

CUVÉE KITCHEN + WINE BAR ★

MARINA BAR AND GRILL

Craft brews on tap along with artisan cocktails and elevated bar fare. Open daily 11 am–midnight. 4424 Commons Dr., Destin. Also in Grayton Beach and Pensacola. (850) 460-7907. $$ L D

Seafood, steak, pasta and sushi. Lunch Tues–Fri 11 am–2 pm, dinner Tues–Sun from 5 pm. 2260 W. County Hwy. 30A, Blue Mountain Beach. (850) 278-6856. $$ L D

Classic Italian, French and Asian-inspired dishes. Open daily 5:30–10 pm. 36120 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W., Destin. - (850) 460-2909. $$$

Seafood, po’ boys, burgers and salads. Open daily 11 am–7 pm, breakfast Sat–Sun 8–11 am, kitchen closed Mon–Tues. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W., Miramar Beach. (850) 267-7778. $ B L D

DHARMA BLUE ★

MARINA CAFÉ

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Atmosphere and service match expansive menu including everything from sushi to pork tenderloin. Lunch Sat–Sun 10 am–1 pm. Dinner daily from 5. 300 S Alcaniz St., Pensacola, (850) 433-1275. $$ L D

EVERKRISP ★

Farm-to-table salads, rice bowls & other healthfocused American bites in modern, brick-lined digs. Open daily 10:30 am–9 pm. 4463 Commons Dr W #10a, Destin. (850) 460-8881. $$ L D

GEORGE’S AT ALYS BEACH

Gourmet pizzas, Creole and American cuisine. Open daily 5–10 pm. 404 E. Hwy. 98, Destin. (850) 837-7960. $$$ D

NICK’S BOATHOUSE

Serving a wide variety of seafood, steaks and flatbreads by the waterfront. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 am–9 pm. 455 W. Main St., Pensacola. (850) 912-8775. $$ L D Live music and a menu of varied options including pastas, seafood, salads and cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily 11 am–10 pm. 70 Hotz Ave., Grayton Beach. (850) 231-1008. $ L D

JACO’S BAYFRONT BAR & GRILLE

SUNSET BAY CAFÉ ★

JOHNNY O’QUIGLEY’S

VIN’TIJ WINE BOUTIQUE & BISTRO

ASIAN

Dinner and dancing, serving barbeque and seafood. Open daily 5–9 pm. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, 126 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach. (850) 502-4590. $$ D

LENNY’S ★

Outpost of a chain specializing in Philly-style cheesesteaks & submarine sandwiches. Open daily 10 am–9 pm. Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Ester, Nicevville. $ L D A taste of New Orleans hits the coast through Louisiana-style favorites like shrimp and grits and Cajun seafood gumbo. Open daily from 4 pm. 775 Gulf Shore Dr., Destin. (850) 837-0881.

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KHON'S ON PALAFOX

Modern sushi spot with Pan-Asian salads, stirfries and creative sake cocktails. Lunch Tues–Fri 11 am–2 pm, dinner Tues–Sat from 5 pm. 34 S Palafox Place, Pensacola, (850) 912-6762. $$ L D

OSAKA ★

Known for its sushi but serves a variety of dishes, including chicken, steak and seafood. Lunch 11 am–2:30 pm, dinner 5–10:30 pm. 34845 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. (850) 650-4688 or (850) 650-4689. $$ L D  

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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THAI DELIGHTS ★

Traditional dishes in a casual atmosphere. Open daily 11 am–9 pm. 821 Harbor Blvd., Destin. (850) 650-3945. $$ L D

The restaurants that appear in this guide are included as a service to readers and not as recommendations of the Emerald Coast Magazine editorial department, except where noted. B L D

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Seafood, salad, chef specials. Open daily 11 am–midnight. 10859 W. Emerald Coast Pkwy., #103, Miramar Beach. (850) 650-9820. $$ L D

JOHN WEHNER’S VILLAGE DOOR BAYFRONT RESTAURANT & NIGHTCLUB

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Chef-inspired twists on classic dishes. Breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktail. Open daily 7 am–2 pm. Tiki Bar open noon to sunset. Linkside Conference Center, 158 Sandestin Blvd. N., Miramar Beach. (850) 267-7108. $ B L

Steak, seafood and barbecue. Mon–Thurs 11 am–midnight, Fri–Sun 11 am–1 am. 34940 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. (850) 837-1015. $ L D

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THE RED BAR ★

Seafood, burgers and sandwiches. Open daily 11 am–3 pm and 5–9 pm. 30 Castle Harbour Dr.,   Alys Beach. (850) 641-0017. $$ L D Waterfront restaurant serving burgers, salads, seafood and brunch daily. Open Mon–Wed 11 am–9 pm, Thurs–Sat 11 am– 10 pm and Sun 10 am–9 pm. 997 S. Palafox St., Pensacola. (850) 432-5226. $$ L D

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Outdoor Dining Live Music $ Inexpensive

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Bruster’s of Destin

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Expensive $$$ Expensive

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Noon–7 pm. 4655 Gulfstarr Dr., Destin. (850) 269-2920. $

IRISH

98 BAR-B-QUE

Award-winning barbecue, gumbo, sandwiches and salads in a casual atmosphere. Dine in, take out, catering. Mon–Sat 11 am–8 pm. 5008 Hwy. 98, Santa Rosa Beach. (850) 622-0679. $ L D

The original, award-winning wood-fired pizza and classical Italian cuisine

BUCK’S SMOKEHOUSE ★

Brisket, ribs and pulled pork sandwiches and plates in a casual, rustic atmosphere. Open daily 11 am–8 pm. 303 Harbor Blvd., Destin. (850) 837-3600. $ L D

BREAKFAST/ BRUNCH/BAKERY ANDY’S FLOUR POWER CAFE & BAKERY

Easygoing pub providing Irish and American eats, a game room for kids and deck seating. 11 am–2 am. 2298 Scenic Hwy. 30A, Blue Mountain Beach. (850) 267-0101. $$ L D

MCGUIRE’S IRISH PUB ★

Burgers and pub grub and the famous 18-cent Senate Bean Soup. Open daily 11 am–2 am. 33 Hwy. 98, Destin (Also in Pensacola). (850) 650-0000. $$ L D

ITALIAN/PIZZA

Lively brunch/lunch destination known for its French toast, rolled omelets and cheery ambiance. Open Tues–Sat 7 am–2 pm, Sun 8 am–2 pm. 2629 Thomas Drive, Panama City, (850) 230-0014.

AMICI 30A ★

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFÉ ★

ANGELINA’S PIZZA & PASTA

$$ L D

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JOHNNNY MCTIGHE’S IRISH PUB

Breakfast all day, plus sandwiches, patty melts, specials, soups, salads and desserts. Open daily 7 am–2 pm, closed Mondays. 979 E. Hwy. 98, #F, Destin (Also in Miramar Beach, Panama City, Pensacola, Sandestin and Grayton Beach). (850) 650-0499. $ B

BON APPETIT FRENCH BAKERY & CAFÉ ★

French pastries, croissants, crusty breads, soup, salads and sandwiches. Mon–Fri 7:30 am–5:30 pm, Sat 7:30 am–2 pm, Closed Sun. 420 Mary Esther Cutoff, Fort Walton Beach. (850) 244-2848. $ B L

DONUT HOLE BAKERY CAFE

Eat breakfast all day with fresh-baked donuts and hearty comfort food. Open daily 6 am–10 pm. 635 Harbor Blvd., Destin (also in Inlet Beach and Santa Rosa Beach). (850) 837-8824. $ B

MAMA CLEMENZA’S EUROPEAN BREAKFAST ★

Old World family recipes. Multiple award winner. Brunch Wed–Sun 8 am–1 pm, seasonal hours Labor Day to Memorial Day. In season open 7 days. 12273 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W, Miramar Beach. (850) 424-3157 and 8am-1pm on Sundays at 75 Eglin Pkwy, Fort Walton Beach (850) 243-0707. $$ B

GREEK AEGEAN RESTAURANT ★

Authentic Greek restaurant. Breakfast 8–11 am, lunch 11 am–4 pm, dinner 4–9 pm. 11225 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Miramar Beach (and Shalimar). (850) 460-2728. $$ B L D

ALA BABA GRILL CAFÉ

Casual spot for familiar Turkish and Greek recipes offered à la carte and at a buffet, plus beer and wine. 10 am–9 pm. 550 Mary Esther Cutoff, Fort Walton Beach. (850) 986-5555. L D

YIOTA’S GREEK DELI

Traditional Greek food made from family recipes. Order at counter. 10 am–5 pm. 130 E. Miracle Strip Pkwy., Mary Esther. (850) 302-0691. $ L

Offering authentic Italian cuisine with a flair for celebration. Open daily 11 am–11 pm. 12805 US Highway 98 East, Suite R101, Inlet Beach. (850) 909-0555. $$$ L D Authentic homemade pizza pie and Italian dishes in a casual atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily 11 am–9:30 pm. 4005 E. Hwy. 30A, Seagrove Beach. (850) 231-2500. $ B L D

CLEMENZA’S UPTOWN ★

Classic Italian. Wood-fired pizza, private dining, cooking school. Multiple award winner. Lunch Mon–Fri, dinner Mon–Sat. 75 Eglin Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach. (850) 243-0707. $$ B L D

FAT CLEMENZA’S ★

Classic Italian. Wood-fired pizza, specialty desserts, fish Fridays. Multiple award winner. Lunch Mon–Fri, dinner Mon–Sat 5–9 pm. Holiday Plaza, Hwy. 98, Miramar Beach. (850) 650-5980 $$ L D

GRAFFITI

Traditional, Italian house specialties, such as seafood pizza. Mon–Thurs 5–9 pm, Fri–Sat 5–10 pm. 707 E. Hwy. 98, Destin. (850) 654-2764. $$ D

MIMMO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO

Italian dishes. Open Mon–Fri 11 am–10 pm, Sat–Sun 5–10 pm. 979 Hwy. 98, #5, Destin. (850) 460-7353. $$ L D

THE PIZZA BAR AT BUD & ALLEY’S

Artisan cheese, fresh salads, antipasto dishes, homemade soups, seasonal vegetables, hearty pastas and homemade wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Open daily from 11 am. 2236 E. County Rd. 30A, Seaside. (850) 231-3113. $$ L D

TRATTORIA BORAGO

Pork tenderloin or pan-seared grouper from the open kitchen. Open daily from 6 pm. 80 E. Hwy. 30A, Grayton Beach. (850) 231-9167. $$ D

MEXICAN CANTINA LAREDO ★

A gourmet twist on Mexican favorites. Sun– Thurs 11 am–10 pm, Fri–Sat 11 am–11 pm. 585 Grand Blvd., Miramar Beach. (850) 654-5649. $$ B L D

DESSERT BRUSTERS ★

Ice cream selections made fresh on-site, daily.

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CRAB ISLAND CANTINA

Latin-inspired Mexican cuisine. Mon–Thurs 11 am–10 pm, Fri–Sat 11 am–11 pm, Sun 11 am–9 pm. 2 Harbor Blvd., Destin. (850) 424-7417. $$ L D


THE TACO BAR AT BUD & ALLEY’S

Baja fish tacos, homemade guacamole, burritos and top-shelf margaritas. Open daily from 11 am (in season). 2236 E. Country Rd. 30A, Seaside. (850) 231-4781. $$ L D

HIGH TIDE RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR ★

Casual eatery featuring an oyster bar. Open daily 11 am–9:30 pm. 1203 Miracle Strip Pkwy. S.E., Fort Walton Beach. (850) 244-2124. $$ L D

SEAFOOD BOATHOUSE OYSTER BAR

Ice cold beer, raw oysters, award-winning gumbo. Open daily 11 am–2 am. 288 B Harbor Blvd., Destin. (850) 837-3645. L D

BONEFISH ★

Contemporary grill chain offering a seafoodcentric menu, plus steaks & cocktails. Open Mon– Thur 4–10 pm, Fri 4–11 pm, Sat 11 am–11 pm, Sun 10 am–9 pm. Destin, Panama City, Pensacola.

$$ L D

BOSHAMPS SEAFOOD & OYSTER HOUSE ★

Gulf-to-table Southern cuisine. Open daily from 11 am. 414 Harbor Blvd., Destin. (850) 424-7406. $$ L D

BROTULA’S SEAFOOD HOUSE & STEAMER ★

Fresh steamed and boiled seafood dishes. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch. Destin Harbor, Destin. (850) 460-8900. $$$ B

JACKACUDA’S SEAFOOD & SUSHI

Seafood, sushi, salad and sandwiches. Open daily from 11 am. Sunday brunch at 10 am. 56 Harbor Blvd., HarborWalk Village, Destin. (850) 424-3507. $$ L D

OLD FLORIDA FISH HOUSE ★

Airy eatery is a family-friendly destination for seafood, with a sushi bar & frequent live music. Open Sun–Thurs 11 am–10 pm, Fri–Sat 11 am– midnight. 5235 E County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach. (850) 534-3045. $$ L D

POPPY’S SEAFOOD FACTORY

CAPT. ANDERSON’S RESTAURANT

Since 1967, offering traditional seafood items, flavorful salads and soups with a view of the marina. Open Mon–Fri at 4:30 pm, Sat–Sun at 4 pm. 5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach. (850) 234-2225. $$$ D

DEWEY DESTIN’S HARBORSIDE ★

Award-winning seafood in a quaint house. Open daily 11 am–8 pm. 202 Harbor Blvd., Destin. (850) 837-7525. $$$ L D

DEWEY DESTIN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & MARKET ★

Outdoor setting, fresh seafood. Open 11 am–8 pm. 9 Calhoun Ave., Destin. (850) 837-7575. $$ B L D

THE FISH HOUSE

Fresh seafood cuisine and Southern specialties in a setting overlooking Pensacola Bay and the Seville Harbor. Open daily from 11 am. 600 S. Barracks St., Pensacola. (850) 470-0003. $$ L D

FISH OUT OF WATER RESTAURANT

Southern coastal cuisine with an Asian flair. Open daily 5:30–10 pm. Located in the WaterColor Inn, Santa Rosa Beach. (850) 534-5050. $$$ D

HALF SHELL OYSTER HOUSE ★

Upscale-casual Southern seafood restaurant & bar serving oysters & po' boys, plus steak & cocktails. Open Sun–Thur 11 am–10 pm, Fri–Sat 11 am–11 pm. 34761 Emerald Coast Pkwy #104, Destin. (850) 842-4788. $$ L D

HARBOR DOCKS ★

A surf-and-turf restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and dinner and the best sushi on the Emerald Coast. Open daily 5 am–11 pm. 538 E. Hwy. 98, Destin. (850) 837-2506. $$ B L D

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Fresh seafood, steak and poultry dishes. Open daily 11 am–9 pm. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Miramar Beach. (850) 351-1996. $$$ L D

RUNAWAY ISLAND

Crab, oysters and grouper sandwiches in a casual beach bar & grill with steps onto the sand. Open daily at 11 am. 14521 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, (850) 634-4884. $$ L D

TAKE OUT

BUD & ALLEY’S WATERFRONT RESTAURANT

Sea-to-table dining, serving fresh seafood, steak and vegetarian dishes. Open Mon–Fri 11:30 am. Roof bar open in summer 11:30 pm–2 am. 2236 E. Hwy. 30A, Seaside. (850) 231-5900. $$$ L D

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DESTIN ICE SEAFOOD MARKET & DELI ★

Fresh fish and seafood items, pastas, salads and side dishes, Buckhead meats, decadent desserts, wines, cheeses, spices and more. Open daily 8 am–7 pm. 663 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. (850) 837-8333. $$ L D

BEST OF WINNER: 2010–2017

Outdoor Seating Full Bar Lunch menu available 11AM-3PM Open at 11AM • Closing hours vary by season 202 Harbor Blvd., Destin • 837-7525

STEAK & SEAFOOD BIJOUX RESTAURANT & SPIRITS ★

Fine dining coastal cuisine with a New Orleans flair, Gulf seafood, prime steaks. Open daily 4–10 pm. The Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W., #22, Miramar Beach. (850) 622-0760. $$$ D

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JACKSON’S STEAKHOUSE

High-end steakhouse cuisine with fine wines. Local seafood is hand-selected and artistically prepared to perfection. Lunch Mon–Fri 11 am–2 pm, bruch Sat–Sun 11 am–2 pm, dinner Mon–Sun 5:30 pm–10 pm. 400 S. Palafox St., Pensacola. (850) 469-9898. $$$ D

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MARLIN GRILL ★

Seafood, steaks, salads and appetizers. Open nightly from 5 pm. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Miramar Beach. (850) 351-1990. $$$ D

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE ★

Steak and seafood. New Orleans-inspired. Mon–Sat 5:30–10 pm, Sun 5:30–9 pm. Silver Shells Resort, 1500 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin. (850) 337-5108. $$$ D

SEAGAR’S PRIME STEAKS AND SEAFOOD ★

Premium steak, fresh seafood and caviar. Open daily from 6 pm. Hilton Sandestin, 4000 S. Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach. (850) 622-1500. $$$ D

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postscript

IT’S NOT ROCKET SURGERY

MANAGING DYSFUNCTION WITH STOCK ANSWERS

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f you’re ever going to be stranded in a remote area with only a car for shelter, you’re going to want it to be my car. Before I get to our near tragedy on Interstate 10, I’ll share just a few of the items I keep in my car — or what my wife, Berneice, calls my “List of Dysfunction,” just in case some of you guys need tips on what your car is missing … ➸ Machete (should be obvious) ➸ Glow sticks (just because they’re cool) ➸ String  and rope (because they do different things) ➸ Duct  tape (because as a man I’m required to have it with me

at all times) ➸ Bottled water (in case we are stranded in a desert) ➸ Aspirin (had a friend have a heart attack in a car) ➸ Bug spray (could get stranded in a swamp) ➸S  mall waterproof pouch (protecting phone if I need to walk

through a swamp) ➸ The thing that breaks windows (in case I plunge into a lake) ➸ Small solar charger (charges phone if stranded in daylight) ➸ Umbrellas (for some reason, I have five of them) ➸ Two sets of jumper cables (don’t ask) ➸A  $20 bill (in case I’m stranded close enough for $20 to get

me home) ➸ Protein bars (to survive until found by a helicopter) ➸ A plastic bag with a postage stamp (?????)

We were traveling on Interstate 10 on a Sunday about five miles from nowhere. The car was loaded with all we would need

to visit family on Florida’s east coast. As usual, we had grossly overpacked. While generally going the legal speed limit, the car shut off. The steering wheel locked up and all I could do was drift off the shoulder and finally find a patch of shade. The first thing I did was open the hood. I may as well have opened a bag of cookies. It occurred to me that a better use of my time would be to call AAA. We travel these highways routinely and watch the landscape as we whiz by, but let me tell you that 22 feet off the interstate is a different planet. We saw mosquitoes so big they had landing gear. An army of ants quickly organized an attack force and filled our car. My bug spray may as well have been Kool-Aid. Berneice stepped out of the car, and a snake slithered across her foot. I fully expected to be hit by a blow dart. Mercifully, Mike the tow truck guy finally showed up. “What seems to be the problem?” he asked. “Well, the car just shut off, and I managed to pull off the highway. There’s a family of hornets in my cup holder, and I’m pretty sure I’m in the first stages of malaria.” “Well, let’s get you folks loaded up and see if we can get you someplace where they can fix this car,” Mike offered. “Wow, you think there’s a place open today?” “Oh, yeah, there’s a few places open, just none that fix cars.” He towed us to a shop near Live Oak, J & W Auto Repair, which was closed up tight on Sunday and opens sometimes on Monday, depending on J’s and W’s moods. We saw a Jiffy Mart just up the road. My chest swelled with pride. We had missed lunch, but that $20 bill was going to come in real handy. And that, my friends, is why you stock your car. EC

Gary Yordon is president of the Zachary Group in Tallahassee, hosts a political television show, “The Usual Suspects,” and contributes columns to the city’s daily newspaper, the Tallahassee Democrat. He may be reached at gary@zgroup.com.

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