Scarlett | September + October 2023

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September+October 2023 SHE'S ALIVE! The latest in women’s fashion, beauty, home decor, lifestyle, and health. Home

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Beauty and the Beasts of Halloween

Jo Rich has turned a blossoming passion for makeup into a thriving business offering a wide array of services ranging from facials to permanent makeup, fine line tattoos to piercings, and bridal and special effects makeup. Check out some of her best Halloween looks.


A Grand Affair

We’ve curated a stunning collection of wedding essentials with Pensacola vendors who are ready to make your special-day dreams come true!


104 Get the Look

Like what you see? Here’s how to match our style.


64 Mental Health

Are you experiencing Imposter Syndrome? Learn why it’s common, how to overcome it, and achieve your goals.

74 Body Talk

Hot flashes, mood swings, and dryness — oh my! It’s time to talk menopause, ladies.

80 Foodie

Try our recipe for a beloved Italian classic: Focaccia and consider it an invitation to explore the art of breadmaking!


63 Head to Toe

Take a moment to read about health, prevention, and progress as it relates to October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.




Raise a glass to some amazing women in our community.


A Few Good Men

Leaders, mentors, partners, gentlemen ... a few good men.



Wheel throwing, hand building, sculpting … get fired up about starting a pottery hobby.


Stronger Together

Tiffany Orner has some things to share about her experience being a former service member, and she’s here to advocate for other families during and after their service to better integrate into the community.

Home Decor


Tour of Homes Pensacola

Jessica Duncan walks us through the importance of choosing your Realtor and understanding your unique needs and goals

September + October 2023

84 Be The Change

The Children’s Home Society (CHS) of Florida is proudly celebrating 120 years of devoted service to children and families.

46 Listen Up!

Before diving in, turn up this specially curated playlist inspired by this issue.

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Witchy Woman

Although we’re still dealing with the uncomfortable heat, it’s time to at least pretend that it’s properly fall! And with that comes fall festivals, warm beverages, and imaginative costumes. So this year we’ve decided to give our Home edition a spooky twist — bringing you the inside scoop on Halloween makeup, recipes for treats, and even some real ghost stories from around the Gulf Coast. But we’re also bringing you plenty of what makes a home “home” as you’ll read from Tiffany Orner’s Stronger Together article on just that topic.

Each year when autumn rolls around, I always take a moment to remember the most epic, spook-tacular Halloween party I’ve ever hosted. Literally, still talked about by those who attended. Let me set the stage — It was 1993, I was in the 5th grade. Ok , I know what you’re thinking, but seriously my parents did 10-year-old me a huge solid with this one. I’m still to this day coasting on the amount of cool points I gained from that night. We’re talking dry ice, spooky music, and a lights-off circle reading of the short story “A Dead Man’s Brains” from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (look it up … if you know, you know), complete with food props for each part: peeled grapes for eyes, cold pasta for … other bits. You get the picture. Looking back, the amount of prep work that had to happen to pull this off — I mean, thanks Mom and Dad. Everyone was completely creeped out in the most wonderful way, and we all somehow managed to scream and laugh at the same time, the whole time.

And the best, really best, part of the whole production was that after all the scary stuff was over, we turned on the lights, and I was home. Home means different things to different people, but for me, that night, being surrounded by my friends and totally backed-up by my family, that was home.

Even if a spooky Halloween party isn’t your style, I hope you take some time to set the stage for the season this fall and cozy up to whatever makes home feel like home to you. But if it is your style, go big or go home , ladies!

At Scarlett , we love bringing you the latest in women’s fashion, beauty, home decor, lifestyle, and health. Thank you all so much for the support as we finish our third year of Scarlett . Enjoy this issue and connect with us on social media on Facebook: Scarlett Magazine and Instagram: @scarlett.magazine.

Because frankly, we know you give a damn.
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photography by: Shanna Magnuson photo by: Shanna Magnuson

On the Cover

Frankenstein’s Hot Wife

The Home issue is all about that cozy feeling you get when you’re home, or with your people, or just doing your own special “thing”. And our cover model, Jo Rich, is doing just that — her thing just happens to be amazing makeup techniques for literally any occasion! Whether she’s glamming up a gorgeous bride, or creating a contest-worthy Halloween makeover, she’s definitely at home doing it. Check out some of Jo’s incredible spooky-themed looks in this issue and get inspired to show up in a big way this season!

photography by: Sarah Coleman Photography model: Jo Rich

Who is Scarlett? The Team

Steve Barber


Jessica Graña

Editor/Creative Director

Kristin Frazier

Copy Editor

Shanna Magnuson

Lead Photographer/Collaborator


Here they are ... our amazing team of contributors. Smart, talented, opinionated. The strength of this group is incredible. Scarlett is possible because of their wisdom, vision, perspective, and passion for their work because frankly, we know you give a damn.

We are proud to surround ourselves with this incredible talent:

Brittany Babb, Creative Assistant

Hudson Aho, Distribution

Jessica Duncan, Writer

Tiffany Orner, Writer

Liesel Schmidt, Writer

Kristina Wright, Photographer

Special Thanks

Claire Frear



Beauty and the Beasts of Haloween

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written by: Liesel Schmidt photography by: Sarah Coleman Photography style: Jo Rich Beauty

As simple as it may seem, makeup can have a profound effect.

Throughout history, makeup has made women feel more beautiful, more powerful — more able to face the challenges that lay ahead. It is a form of expression and individuality, and for so many, it is a means of reflecting what they feel.

When Jo Rich was surviving the mental prison of postpartum depression after the birth of her second son, she found makeup — red lipstick in particular — to be like a lifeline, something that made her feel strong enough to face life. “Finding solace in enhancing my inner and outer beauty became a source of comfort,” she says.

Being the enterprising woman that she is, she turned her blossoming passion into a business, first operating a small kiosk in the Cordova Mall before she went on to pursue her esthetician license. Shortly after graduating, fate led Rich to finding the perfect spot on Palafox Street to open a beauty bar, and so Jo Rich Beauty was born. Over the past few years, the company has weathered the challenges of COVID as well as some growing pains, not only thriving but also celebrating the recent expansion into two locations.

Services at Jo Rich Beauty encompass a wide array of offerings, including facials, waxing, chemical peels, injections, permanent makeup, fine line tattoos, piercings, special-event makeup, bridal makeup, special effects makeup, sugaring, skincare and an extensive range of other treatments. “Staying updated with the latest makeup trends is a passion of mine, and I achieve this by continuously learning,” Rich says. “I draw inspiration from makeup artists I

“Every day, I would apply red lipstick, a simple act that empowered me to face the mental challenges I encountered. This experience led me to explore various facets of the beauty industry, and since then, I've grown and evolved in numerous ways within this captivating realm.”

admire, immerse myself in videos and training sessions offered by the makeup lines we carry, and make annual training visits to Chicago, Atlanta and L.A. to attend the renowned Makeup Show and IMATS. Additionally, we follow a diverse range of professional makeup artists on YouTube, where we glean the latest quick tips and tricks to enhance our skills. This commitment to learning ensures we always deliver the best to our valued clients.”

With the intensive level of education Jo demands from herself as well as her staff, Jo Rich Beauty has become well-known not only for their services but also for their abilities in special effects makeup — a niche that is in high demand both from the theater set as well as during Halloween. “Starting as a self-taught makeup artist with a creative mind has been invaluable to my journey,” Jo says. “Despite encountering numerous trials and errors, those experiences have been my greatest teachers. Attending special effects makeup shows in L.A. and Chicago was a game-changer, as I had the opportunity to learn from renowned makeup artists working in Hollywood.”

Jo’s clientele for Halloween makeup effects spans across men and women of all ages — not surprising, considering both her skill set as well as the fact that Halloween has become a multi-billion-


dollar (with a B) industry — much of which can be credited to heavy adult participation in the holiday. Clearly, much has changed from the kidcentric days of simple DIY makeup and homemade costumes. “Halloween makeup has evolved significantly over the past decade or so, offering a vast array of creative possibilities,” Jo states.

“With countless ideas readily available, inspiration is just a click away. As special efects makeup artists, we now have an abundance of tools and prosthetics at our disposal, allowing us to transform a person's appearance dramatically.

Whether it's altering facial features with makeup techniques or utilizing prosthetics, the level of transformation we can achieve is truly remarkable and offers endless possibilities. The everexpanding world of Halloween makeup makes our craft even more exciting and awe-inspiring!

“In my early days, I frequently worked on skeletons and sugar skulls for couples, creating hauntingly beautiful looks,” Jo goes on. “Nowadays, I'm thrilled to serve ‘go-big-or-go-home’ clients who are eager to make a grand entrance for Halloween. Many of them are actively involved in costume contests, seeking show-stopping transformations that leave a lasting impression. The evolution

of my clients' preferences has made each Halloween season an exciting and creatively fulfilling experience.”

For anyone doing Halloween makeup themselves, Jo offers this advice: “Avoid Halloween store makeup for quality results. Invest in the appropriate makeup for your intended look; I highly recommend Graftobian makeup. It's essential to watch tutorials and do a trial run before the big day to ensure you're comfortable with the process. Be creative and don't hesitate to craft something unique on your own — you might pleasantly surprise yourself with the outcome!”


Not all heroes wear capes, some wear fabulous heels. Being a woman can be a difficult job. We are often expected to be everything to everyone. Work hard to reach your full potential in your career field, but also raise a family in-between. Make sure you meet all of your deadlines at work but also bake a casserole and join a book club. While it may seem overwhelming to “do it all,” there are a few local women who seem to have it figured out. And, for that, they are my heroes; or should I say heroines. Malala Fund said, “I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world.” This group of women are bravely climbing to the top and making a difference in the lives of those around them. In these articles, we are raising a glass to some amazing women along the Gulf Coast. As successful businesswomen and entrepreneurs, these women are the examples that we need for our youth. Some are mothers, some are bosses, some are adventurous, some lead quietly from the sidelines, but there is one thing they all have in common — they are heroines. The leaders, the path blazers, the extraordinary women that always go a step above the rest. A heroine is defined as a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. These fearless women are that and more.

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photography by: Kristina Wright Missy Rogers CEO, The Arc Gateway Gulf Breeze, FL

ome people seem destined from birth to live a life of meaning and purpose. Missy Rogers is one of those special individuals. As the CEO of The Arc Gateway, a nonprofit serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Missy spends her days empowering others and working to create a more inclusive society. But her inspirational journey started long before reaching the C-suite.

Growing up in Charlottesville, Virginia, Missy was exposed early on to the joy and value that relationships with those who have disabilities can bring. Whether it was a family member, a neighbor, or a peer at her church, these formative experiences shaped Missy’s tolerant and compassionate outlook. She became attuned to the needs of the most vulnerable at a young age.

After earning her degree in psychology from Elon University, Missy embarked on a career in human services. She sought out mentors along the way who recognized her potential and pushed her to keep achieving. One mentor in particular, Julie, became both a professional and personal role model. “I owe her a lot,” Missy shares. “She believed in me and never let me stop removing barriers in my career path.”

With this continual encouragement, Missy progressed swiftly into leadership roles. However, she’s quick to note that titles and accolades alone don’t define success. “I believe in constant personal and professional development,” she says. “I don’t ever want to be stagnant in my mind, body, or soul.”

To that end, Missy makes self-improvement a daily habit. She’s always reading, listening to podcasts, attending trainings, and finding new challenges that force her outside her comfort zone. “I am always seeking out the next step in my life whether it be in my career, my home life, or my outside activities,” she explains. “I challenge myself to be the best version of myself that I can be.”

This growth mindset has served Missy well, both professionally and personally. When reflecting on her proudest accomplishments, she doesn’t point only to career milestones like being named CEO. She also cherishes her role as a mother to two children. “I am incredibly proud of being a well-rounded woman who has produced two amazing children, advanced in my career, and found time to have some fun along the way,” Missy asserts.

In looking back on her earlier years, Missy wishes she had taken more chances while younger. “I would tell myself to take more risks. Walk in the room, talk to people, don’t hesitate or question,” she advises. She’s learned the worst

thing that can happen is being told no, but boldness often leads to big opportunities.

Now firmly established as a leader in her community, Missy makes giving back a priority. She serves on the Board of FoodRaising Friends, volunteers with groups like United Way, and donates to worthy causes. “I will always be a donor and a volunteer in some manner because it is so important for those who can help to do so,” Missy says. “As Gandhi said, ‘The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.’ I hope I can do my part.”

With decades of experience empowering others under her belt, Missy’s legacy of compassion and service is sure to continue flourishing. We can’t wait to see what this change-maker accomplishes next!

photography provided by: Shari Allen Shari Allen Assistant Director, Northwest Florida Ballet
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Fort Walton Beach, FL

Shari Allen is a woman of boundless enthusiasm and a profound commitment to the arts.

Born in the charming city of Roanoke, Virginia, she now calls the picturesque shores of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, her home.

For the past 27 years, Shari has been the Assistant Director of the Northwest Florida Ballet, a local nonprofit organization. In this role, she has nurtured the arts, advocating for their significance, crafting educational curricula, providing instruction, managing operations, and expanding the organization’s outreach. Shari’s dedication to fostering creativity and growth within the arts community is truly commendable.

But that’s not all. Shari is also the proud owner of Shari’s Mindful Pilates, a studio in Fort Walton Beach. In this realm, she has pioneered the introduction of Pilates to the region, teaching the discipline since the late ‘90s. Her passion for wellness and mindful movement has positively impacted countless lives.

When asked about how she became the woman she is today, Shari’s response echoes the essence of her journey: “I became the woman I am today by being open to changes and continuously evolving. I strive to be my best through continuous learning: recalibrating, adapting, and learning through experiences.” Her journey is a testament to the power of embracing transformation and personal growth.

The arts have the remarkable ability to transform lives and instill inner strength, happiness, and a sense of identity. It’s this profound belief that has driven Shari to get involved in her community. She understands that the arts are not confined by socio-economic boundaries; they have the power to heal and unite. Her role in teaching movement styles and witnessing the transformative changes in the human spirit is a testament to her dedication.

If Shari could turn back time and offer advice to her 20-year-old self, she would impart some valuable wisdom: “Don’t be so hard on yourself; give yourself some grace, speak up for your beliefs, and don’t feel like you have to be perfect.” It’s a message that resonates with many, emphasizing the importance of self-compassion and authenticity.

Among Shari’s most celebrated milestones is receiving her Master of Art Education at FSU last year, and taking the opportunity to embark on an international tour with Lightwire Theater. Shari’s family also plays a pivotal role in influencing her life as a whole. Her mother and two younger sisters serve as her biggest female influences, embodying qualities of strength, resilience, and determination. From her family, Shari draws the wellspring of inspiration that fuels her endeavors. Looking forward, she envisions creating even more innovative programs and ideas to reach a broader audience and foster community unity over the next five years.

photography by: Kristina Wright Nan Harper
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Realtor-Owner, Harper-Pinzino Island Realty President, Pensacola Sister Cities International Pensacola Beach, FL

As a Realtor and President of Pensacola Sister Cities International, Nan Harper has dedicated herself to building connections at home and abroad. Originally from Milton, Florida, Nan now calls Pensacola Beach home. She describes it fondly as “the nearest to paradise on earth,” with the cheeky aside that, “It’s a great place to be happy or miserable.” After growing up encouraged by parents and Sunday School to contribute to the community, Nan has taken that calling to heart.

Nan is the owner and Realtor of Harper-Pinzino Island Realty, where she puts her people skills to work matching clients to properties. As President of Pensacola Sister Cities International, she is part of an organization that builds economic, cultural, and charitable bonds between Pensacola and sister cities abroad like Miraflores and Chimbote, Peru.

When asked how she became the woman she is today, Nan reflects that our journeys are unpredictable — full of unplanned successes and disappointments. By continuing to do our best and move forward, we “become” unexpectedly. Early inspirations like encouraging parents shaped Nan’s spirit of generosity. And as her life unfolds, she continues seeking to uplift the community. Looking back, Nan would advise her 20-year-old self to embrace life’s joys, listen more, and observe. She finds wisdom in author Burt Thorto’s book “Find an Old Gorilla,” which boils success down to gratitude, endurance, and friendship.

Some of Nan’s proudest moments came through serving in leadership roles with the Women’s Council of Realtors. She was recognized as State President and Regional Vice President, bringing well-deserved attention to Pensacola Realtors.

Nan credits her mother as her biggest female influence. She learned to choose words carefully and represent family responsibly — life lessons that served her well. As she gives back through groups like Impact100, Pensacola Opera, Pensacola Symphony Guild, and Navy League, Nan hopes to teach those around her that community involvement energizes us.

Looking ahead, Nan plans to continue supporting pillars of culture like the opera, symphony, and youth programs. She describes these organizations as jewels in Pensacola’s fabric. Through her realty business, she’ll keep helping dreams come true one home at a time. Nan Harper represents the best of Pensacola’s community spirit.


Brittani Hass Nurse Practitioner, Renew Aesthetics Clinic Navarre,

Brittani Hass is a Nurse Practitioner living in Navarre, Florida, who embodies the spirit of a strong Southern woman. Originally from Upstate, South Carolina, Brittani has carved out a successful career in health care, currently working as a Nurse Practitioner at Renew Aesthetics Clinic in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, while raising three daughters, and giving back to her community. Brittani also spent time with Sacred Heart Urgent Care Medical Group earlier in her career.

Brittani credits the influential women in her life for shaping her into the independent, hardworking woman she is today. Growing up, Brittani watched her mother and grandmother overcome numerous challenges with resilience and persistence. As a young, single mother, Brittani’s mom worked tirelessly to provide for her daughter after the untimely death of Brittani’s father. Witnessing their strength inspired Brittani to push forward during difficult times and taught her the importance of self-sufficiency.

After high school, Brittani volunteered at women’s and children’s shelters while earning her nursing degree at the University of South Carolina. She continued this community service throughout college, driven by her passion for helping others. This desire to give back is still evident today through Brittani’s commitment to local volunteer work and fundraising events. She strives to set a positive example for her daughters by bringing them along to these activities, hoping to instill compassion in the next generation.
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Brittani offers words of encouragement to her 20-year-old self: “Keep going, it’s all worth it! You won’t believe the things you are going to accomplish!” She advises embracing the challenges as opportunities to learn resilience. Brittani also stresses the importance of confidence in reaching one’s full potential.

Looking ahead, Brittani is committed to giving back over the next five years. She plans to continue bringing her daughters along to volunteer events, nurturing their development into compassionate, helpful members of the community. Brittani also looks forward to attending fundraisers and finding new ways to serve locally.

Through it all, Brittani aims to lead by positive example. She strives to build up those around her, empowering them to have confidence in themselves and their abilities. Brittani is a shining example of a strong, Southern woman — guided by faith, resilience, and compassion. Her commitment to family, career, and community is inspiring.

photography provided by: Martha Dunagin Saunders
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Martha Dunagin Saunders President, University of West Florida Pensacola Beach, FL

Martha Dunagin Saunders’ journey began in the heart of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she was born. Today, she calls the pristine shores of Pensacola Beach her home. But what truly defines her is not the places she’s lived but the impact she’s had on those places. As the President of the University of West Florida, Martha holds a vital role in shaping the future of education and the workforce in her community. Her dedication to higher education and her commitment to nurturing capable, empowered graduates are evident in everything she does.

Martha’s contributions to her community are immeasurable. She views her role at the University of West Florida as a vital opportunity to provide a capable workforce for organizations and businesses in the region. It’s a commitment to fostering talent and empowering graduates to take on leadership roles, not just locally but on a broader scale. As for her plans for the future, Martha remains steadfast in her commitment to this goal. She intends to continue working tirelessly to ensure that the talent emerging from the University of West Florida plays a crucial role in shaping the region, the state, and the country. When asked about the path that led her to become the accomplished woman she is today, Martha’s response is both humble and profound: “I did what I could and took advantage of every opportunity that came my way.” It’s a testament to her resilience and her willingness to seize each moment that has come her way. Martha’s journey has been marked by a tireless pursuit of knowledge and an unwavering commitment to

personal growth. Her ability to navigate challenges with grace and determination is an inspiration to all who have had the privilege of working alongside her.

Martha’s inspiration to get involved in her community and in education was simple yet powerful: “People who were trying to make things better for all inspired me to get involved.” It’s a sentiment that reflects her core values of equity, progress, and inclusivity. She saw the potential to create change, and she embraced it wholeheartedly.

If Martha could turn back time and offer advice to her 20-year-old self, she would share a message that resonates with the wisdom of experience: “Slow down, take a breath, and enjoy the little moments.” In a fast-paced world, it’s a reminder to savor life’s simple pleasures and to find joy in the journey.

When asked about her proudest accomplishment, Martha’s response is deeply heartfelt: “My proudest accomplishment? A happy family with adult children who love each other.” Though her life is filled with professional achievements, her family remains at the center of her heart.

Martha’s legacy is one of empowerment. She has brought out the best in her students and colleagues, instilling in them a sense of purpose and the skills to make a difference. Her leadership is not just about the present but about creating a brighter future for all. She reminds us that true leadership is rooted in passion, resilience, and the unwavering commitment to empower others.


A Few Good Men

Men — can’t live with them, can’t live without them. But luckily we’ve found a few good men! Leaders, mentors, partners, gentlemen. There are approximately 161.6 million men in the United States. That’s a big number, but all we need is a few good men to make a difference. We are lucky that the Gulf Coast has as many good men as they do palm trees. Our area is booming with strong male role models helping to lead the way and to guide the younger generations down the right path. These men are out there in our community making a real difference. They are running businesses, they are volunteering, they are working at the local nonprofits, they are fathers, and they are husbands. These men are juggling all of these jobs and are doing it with style and grace. Being a good man is more than just following the rules, it’s being the individual who goes above and beyond. It’s being the man who isn’t afraid to stand up for what is right. A truly good man is one whose traits perfectly balance out. He is both strong and sensitive, a leader but can also take direction. A good man is someone you can look up to.


Quint Studer

In the realm of community leadership and philanthropy, there are individuals who shine so brightly that they become guiding lights for others. Quint Studer is undoubtedly one such beacon. With a commitment to making a difference in the lives of people and the communities he calls home, Quint’s journey is not just inspiring; it’s a testament to the power of purposeful living and giving back.

Quint’s story begins in the suburbs of Brookfield and LaGrange, just outside Chicago. While these were the places of his childhood, it’s Pensacola, Florida, that Quint has called home since 1996. To him, a hometown isn’t just where you grew up; it’s where you invest your time, resources, and heart.

In Pensacola, Quint is more than just a resident; he’s a dedicated community volunteer. Together with his spouse, Rishy, they invest not only their money but also their time in the area. What’s remarkable is that they don’t take any salary or money out of the community, a testament to their unwavering commitment to the place they now call home.

While Quint is locally known for his volunteer work, his influence extends far beyond Pensacola. Nationally, he is renowned for his remarkable contributions to the health care industry. As a thought leader and advocate for improving health care systems, Quint has made and continues to make an indelible mark.

But what motivates a person to become so deeply involved in their community? For Quint, it’s a philosophy deeply rooted in personal responsibility. He believes that when someone identifies a problem, they have a human responsibility to seek solutions. In Pensacola, this philosophy led him to address the issue of talent migration and work tirelessly to stop it.

When asked what advice he would give to his 20-yearold self, Quint’s response was deeply introspective. He emphasizes the importance of kindness to oneself and the need to fix our inner selves. Removing barriers to becoming useful to others, he believes, is essential.

Yet, beyond his personal journey, Quint’s proudest accomplishment is not a professional milestone; it’s his 41st year of sobriety. It’s a testament to his resilience and commitment to personal growth.

Behind every successful individual is often the influence of strong women, and Quint is no exception. He fondly acknowledges the impact of his grandmother, Nellie, Aunt Mil, and his mother, Shirley, on his life. Their guidance

and wisdom have undoubtedly played a significant role in shaping the man he has become.

Quint’s impact on his community is immeasurable. He has donated more than $20 million to various organizations, including the Studer Family Children’s Hospital, UWF, and the new Bear, Levin, Studer YMCA. His investments, totaling around $100 million in downtown Pensacola, have transformed the city into a thriving and vibrant hub.

But perhaps Quint’s most enduring legacy is the people he has mentored and continues to mentor. He has uplifted countless individuals who are making a positive impact in their communities. Names like Mark Faulkner, Bob Murphy, Stacey Kostevicki, Chad Henderson, Jonathan Griffith, and DC Reeves are just a few examples of those who have thrived under Quint’s guidance.

As we look ahead to the next five years, Quint Studer’s commitment to giving back remains unwavering. His dedication to making a difference in the lives of children and families in Northwest Florida is a beacon of hope. Whether through his philanthropy, mentorship, or continued advocacy for excellence in health care, Quint’s journey is a testament to the power of one person’s determination to create lasting change.

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Chris Walsh

Air Force Special Tactics Ofcer Professional Racing Driver Step One Motorsports Ambassador Niceville, FL

Inthe world of motorsports, the roar of engines and the thrill of the race often take center stage. But behind the wheel of a race car, there’s more to Chris Walsh than meets the eye. He’s not just a professional racing driver; he’s a passionate advocate for causes close to his heart, a dedicated father, and a firm believer in giving back to the community.

Chris’ journey began in Pittsboro, North Carolina, a town steeped in history and charm. But as life would have it, his path led him to Niceville, Florida, where he currently resides. It’s a journey that’s not just about changing locations but about evolving as an individual.

Today, Chris wears multiple hats, and each one carries a unique story. He is an active-duty Air Force Special Tactics Officer, serving his country with dedication and valor. He’s also a professional racing driver, representing Step One Motorsports, and an ambassador for the same organization. He even spent three years competing for Team USA on the men’s bobsled team in pursuit of a 2022 Olympic bid. What’s more, he serves as an ambassador and former youth mentor for a remarkable organization called wear blue: run to remember.

When asked about his inspiration for getting involved in these diverse roles, Chris points to wear blue: run to remember Their mission, to support the families of fallen service members through active remembrance, mentorship, running, and choosing to do hard things, deeply resonated with him.

His understanding of the sacrifices made by military families, especially those who’ve lost a loved one in service, drew him to this cause. To him, building a community of resilience through challenges and surrounding oneself with strong support networks is not just rewarding; it’s genuinely inspiring. It’s a testament to the power of collective strength and determination.

If Chris could turn back time and speak to his 20-year-old self, the advice he’d offer is profound yet simple: “Be patient.” He emphasizes that success and accomplishment don’t always follow a predetermined timeline. Life unfolds at its own pace, and embracing that journey with patience can lead to remarkable growth.

Additionally, he’d encourage his younger self to lean into his strengths and not be afraid to be the most authentic version of himself. It’s a piece of wisdom that speaks to the importance of self-acceptance and embracing one’s unique qualities.

While Chris has achieved remarkable feats both on and off the racetrack, he is proudest of being a father. His two incredible daughters, Kate and Izzy, hold a special place in his heart. Being their father and helping them grow into confident individuals is an achievement that brings him immense joy.

Chris’ biggest female influence has probably been his mother, Phebe. As Chris tells it, “Unknowingly, I learned much of who I am today from her as a kid. She comes from a family of 12 kids that lived in a double-wide trailer to join the Air Force where she had me at 19 years old in a foreign country. She has since climbed the corporate ladder to be an executive in a large software firm. She didn’t go to college and comes from very humble beginnings. She really embodies the American dream and the persistence in the face of adversity and barriers. Much of my ability to push through adversity and face challenges is rooted in the lessons and examples I got through watching her journey as a child.”

In the coming years, Chris plans to continue racing using it as a means to fundraise and support the nonprofits he holds dear. He’s committed to donating winnings from races as he earns them, ensuring that his passion for racing becomes a driving force for positive change.

As a leader, he believes in leading by example, striving to do the right thing even when no one is watching. He maintains a sense of humility, acknowledging that his success is built on the foundation of a vast support network. He recognizes that no one is truly selfmade and values the people who have influenced and supported his journey.

In a world where speed and competition often define the race, Chris reminds us that the journey of service and giving back is a marathon, not a sprint. His story is a testament to the power of using one’s passion and platform for meaningful change, and he continues to inspire those around him to do the same.

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Whispers From the Seaside Shadows

Ghostly Legends and Lore of the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast, with its powdery beaches, turquoise waters, and rich tapestry of history, isn't just a destination for sun-soaked vacations; it's also a region steeped in local legend and lore that has given rise to a collection of chilling ghost stories. From the historic streets of Mobile, Alabama, to the vibrant shores of Panama City, Florida, the Gulf Coast is adorned with a mosaic of locations that resonate with whispers of restless spirits and phantom apparitions. These tales, whispered around campfires and shared in hushed tones, form a shadowy undercurrent to the region's idyllic beauty, reminding us that even paradise has its secrets.

Nestled within the cozy cafes and bustling markets of the Gulf Coast communities are stories handed down through generations. These tales are woven into the very fabric of the region, connecting the past with the present in a dance of mystery and intrigue. Local fishermen speak of late nights at sea as the distant lights of ghost ships flicker on the horizon, only to vanish without a trace before dawn. Elders gather youngsters around bonfires to recount eerie encounters with ethereal beings near long-abandoned structures and forgotten graveyards.

Generations of families, each with their own heirloom of spectral lore, pass down tales of moonlit figures wandering the beaches, their footsteps etching transient patterns in the sand. Whispers of star-crossed lovers separated by time and tragedy echo through the coastal winds, finding refuge in the hearts of those who still believe in the power of love that transcends the boundaries of life and death. Our journey through the ghostly legends of the Gulf Coast will take us on a winding path, uncovering the mysteries that enshroud each unique location. From the cultural enclaves that harbor stories of spectral performers to the theaters that stage more than just performances, every site has a story waiting to unravel. The Gulf Coast, much like its ever-changing tides, has a way of revealing both beauty and melancholy in its tales.

1. The Clark Family Cultural Center Pensacola, Florida

The Clark Family Cultural Center, home of Pensacola Little Theatre, is a hub of creativity and community. The building is more than 100 years old and has a history of paranormal encounters. Staff members and visitors have reported mysterious footsteps, flickering lights, and the sound of disembodied voices. Some even claim to have seen the fleeting figure of a young woman in a flowing dress, believed to be the ghost of a former performer from the center's earlier days. The theatre was once the home of the County Jail, and it is said that a prisoner by the name of Hosea still haunts the building to this day.

2. Martin Theatre Panama City, Florida

Built in 1936 as the "Ritz" cinema, the Martin Theatre in Panama City boasts a rich history of both entertainment and apparitions. The theatre received notable guests in its early days like Clark Gable, Constance Bennett, Michael O'Shea, William Boyd, and cowboy great Bill Elliot. The Martin family purchased the theatre in the 1950s, and the building has since hosted many plays, recitals, and community events. Staff and performers have reported unexplained cold spots, objects moving on their own, and the apparition of a man in vintage clothing thought to be a former projectionist. The lingering energy in the theater adds an extra layer of mystique to the performances that grace its stage.

3. Hotel DeFuniak DeFuniak Springs, Florida

Hotel DeFuniak, an elegant and historic establishment, has captured the attention of both history buffs and ghost enthusiasts. Since 1920, the hotel has been a charming getaway in the heart of downtown Defuniak Springs. Legend has it that the spirit of a young woman is said to roam the halls, her footsteps echoing through time. Some claim to have seen her reflection in mirrors, only for it to vanish when they turn around. Guests have also reported seeing the apparitions of two children and feeling an unexplained presence in Room 8 of the hotel.

4. Cobb Cemetery Destin, Florida

Cemeteries often hold stories of the supernatural, and Cobb Cemetery in Destin is no exception. Legends surround this cemetery with tales of restless spirits, strange apparitions, and inexplicable sensations of being watched. Visitors have reported sudden temperature drops and the feeling of unseen hands brushing against their skin as they explore the tombstones.

5. Brooks Bridge

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach has a history marred by tragedy, including a fatal accident during its construction. Locals and visitors alike have shared stories of encountering a ghostly figure on the bridge, sometimes appearing as a man in construction attire and other times as a spectral woman. Drivers crossing the bridge late at night have reported feeling an eerie presence as if the past still lingers in the air.

6. Pensacola Lighthouse Pensacola, Florida

Perched on Pensacola Bay, the Pensacola Lighthouse exudes historic charm and an eerie atmosphere. Visitors have reported unexplained footsteps, mysterious shadows, and the ghostly figure of a woman believed to be the wife of a former keeper. The lighthouse's rich history, including its use during the Civil War, adds to its reputation as a paranormal hotspot.

7. Battle House Hotel Mobile, Alabama

The Battle House Hotel, with its opulent architecture and Southern elegance, is also home to a few spectral residents. Guests have shared accounts of encountering the ghost of a young boy who is said to play pranks on visitors and staff. Additionally, the apparition of a woman in a flowing gown has been spotted on the grand staircase, adding an air of mystery to this historic establishment.

8. Beauvoir Biloxi, Mississippi

Beauvoir, the former home of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, is a place of historical significance and, according to some, paranormal activity. Visitors have reported hearing whispers, feeling sudden temperature changes, and encountering the spirit of a woman thought to be Varina Davis, the former first lady of the Confederacy. The property's history and role in the American Civil War contribute to its eerie reputation.

The Gulf Coast's allure goes beyond its picturesque landscapes and sun-drenched shores; it's a place where the past and present intertwine in a dance of mystery and intrigue. These tales of ghosts and apparitions are not merely stories to pass the time; they're a testament to the deep connection between the living and the departed. So, remember the next time you explore the legends of the Gulf Coast that every whisper in the wind, every inexplicable chill, and every shadowy figure holds a story — waiting to be heard and remembered.

For more legends and lore of the South, check out Southern Haunts Podcast on your preferred podcast platform.



We're feelin' a spooky vibe for this issue's playlist! Enjoy this creepy selection with a pumpkin-spiced beverage and your favorite sweet treat.

Monster Mash

Bobby Pickett

Somebody's Watching Me

Rockwell & Michael Jackson


Ray Parker Jr.

Werewolves of London

Warren Zevon

Scan to Listen

I Put a Spell on You

Jay Hawkins

Bury A Friend

Billie Eilish

Weird Science

Oingo Boingo

Hungry Like The Wolf

Duran Duran

Witchy Woman



Stevie Wonder



Freaks Come Out At Night


Spooky Little Girl

Like You

Classics IV

Dark Horse

Katy Perry

ft. Juicy J

I'm In Love With A Monster

Fifth Harmony
| Playlist

The air is getting crisper, the leaves are changing colors, and pumpkin spice everything is back on the shelves. That can only mean one thing — fall festival season is here! Across the Gulf Coast, cities are gearing up for nostalgic autumn traditions from food and music festivals to harvest celebrations and more.

This time of year offers no shortage of family friendly fun and seasonal entertainment to get you into the fall spirit. We've rounded up a list of some of the can'tmiss fall festivals happening throughout the Gulf Coast. Mark your calendars for these exciting events that are sure to put you in a festive autumn mood.


across the Gulf Coast


Panama City, FL — September 30

Dust off your lederhosen and get ready for Historic Downtown Panama City’s 35th Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 3-10 p.m.

Baytowne Beer Fest

Miramar Beach, FL — October 6-7

Time to roll out the barrel and discover unique suds and ales during The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin’s 15th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest. More than 200 American and international specialty beers will be available for participants to sample and savor along with live music and brewery representatives.

Destin Seafood Festival

Destin, FL — October 6-8

One of Destin’s most celebrated traditions, the Destin Seafood Festival kicks off the Destin Fishing Rodeo that extends the entire month of October. The event was started in 1978 by the Destin Charter Boat Association Women’s Auxiliary. While the festival has grown into its new home on the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, the Destin Seafood Festival remains the primary fundraiser for the Destin Charter Boat Association.

Navarre Beach Art, Beer & Wine Festival

Navarre, FL — September 10

@Navarre Beach Art, Beer & Wine Festival

Discover one-of-a-kind items from unique artists and small local businesses, listen to live music, and taste some of the best beer, wine, coffee, and ice cream the Gulf Coast has to offer! Admission is FREE with a suggested donation to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center as they continue their mission of conserving and protecting threatened and endangered sea turtles through community education and partnered research.

Pensacola Seafood Festival

Pensacola, FL — September 29 - October 1

Explore Seville Square and find original arts and crafts, a variety of Gulf Coast seafood dishes, live entertainment, and a 5K.

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

Pensacola, FL — November 3-5

Browse more than 200 fine art and handmade craft exhibits from around the country in Downtown Pensacola’s historic Seville Square.

Annual National Shrimp Festival

Gulf Shores, AL — October 12-15

Savor fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood at the Annual National Shrimp Festival during this four-day event that attracts more than 300,000 people. The festival will play host to more than 100 hours of musical entertainment, featuring a lineup of national, regional, and local acts. There will be 50 local and regional vendors lining the boardwalk at the public beach with mouth-watering delights. Art lovers will have almost 200 booths of fine art and arts and crafts vendors from which to choose.

Mobile Latin Fest

Mobile, AL — October 13-14

Enjoy live music, a Latin American flag parade, Latin DJs, traditional food, and more at this free family friendly festival in Downtown Mobile!

Greater Gulf State Fair

Mobile, AL — October 27 - November 5

Fun for the whole family! Music, rides, and arts and crafts are just some of the fun you will find at the Greater Gulf State Fair.

NOLA Funk Fest

New Orleans, LA — October 20-22

NOLA Funk Fest is a celebration of Louisiana’s rich music history and marks the beginning of the public announcement of the Louisiana Music & Heritage Experience, a grand-scale museum dedicated to preserving and showcasing the state’s musical heritage. NOLA Funk Fest aims to educate, inspire, and empower tourists and locals alike, reminding attendees of the profound impact of Louisiana’s music on the world stage. Along with the funky tunes, food and drinks, artisanal crafts, and commemorative merchandise is available.



| Hobbies
written by: Jessica Graña

k ladies, if you’re the type that likes getting your hands dirty now and then and also leans to the creative side, pottery may be just the hobby for you. There are different types of pottery including earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. And even more techniques to work with — wheel throwing, hand building, sculpting, or slip casting to name a few. One of the greatest aspects of pottery is that it allows you to make items that are both decorative and practical for everyday use. Mugs, bowls, vases, plates — with some clay, a potter's wheel (or just your hands!) and a kiln, you can create stunning objects for your home. Or make unique gifts for friends and family!

Working with clay is tremendously therapeutic and relaxing. As you center the clay on the wheel and shape it with your hands, you can achieve a meditative, Zen-like focus. Who doesn’t need that kind of energy in their life? The very tactile nature of molding and sculpting clay is calming to the mind and spirit. Setting aside time for pottery offers a healthy escape from life's stresses.

Another benefit of pottery is that it provides an endless opportunity for creativity and self-expression. Since clay is so malleable, you can shape it into literally anything you can imagine. Embellish your pieces with stamps, carvings, glazes, and more to make them distinctly yours. With practice over time, you'll notice your skills improving and your artistry developing your own signature style.

For many, working with clay becomes a true passion that brings great personal fulfillment. The pottery studio becomes a sanctuary to cultivate creativity and connect more deeply with one's artistic side. And like with any artform, part of the joy of pottery is that there is always more to learn — the journey never really ends. Even experienced potters continue taking classes, watching technique videos, and expanding their knowledge.

If pottery sounds like an enjoyable and enriching hobby for you, it's easy to get started on your own clay adventure. Look for local pottery studios offering beginner wheel throwing and hand building classes. Starting with proper instruction gives you a solid foundation. Purchase some clay and basic tools — an investment that will bring years of enjoyment. Consider joining a pottery club or studio with open studio hours so you can work independently alongside other potters. With practice, patience, and persistence, you'll be amazed at what you can create.


Sip, Savor, Support

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), renowned for its philanthropic endeavors, is thrilled to bring back the Harvest Wine & Food Festival to the picturesque South Walton Oct. 19-22. With an array of delightful events, this festival promises to be an exquisite experience for wine and food enthusiasts while contributing to a noble cause.

This year's Harvest Wine & Food Festival boasts an expanded lineup of events that will tantalize your taste buds and raise your spirits. The festivities kick off with six celebrity winemaker dinners set in upscale locations across South Walton. These dinners provide a unique opportunity to indulge in fine wines expertly paired with gourmet cuisine.

On Friday, the excitement continues as mixologist Christine Tarpey, the mastermind behind Better Together Beverage, teams up with the Haus Alpenz team. They will lead an interactive cocktail seminar in the charming WaterColor’s Crimson Park. This journey will delve into the rich history and artistry of crafting two custom cocktails, ensuring that attendees leave with newfound mixology skills. The evening culminates with the highly anticipated Harvest After Dark, offering an intimate setting to savor exceptional wine selections paired with culinary delights. The menu features creations from acclaimed Southeastern chefs, including James Beard's 2023 Best Chef Southeast, Terry Koval of The Deer and the Dove, and 2022 James Beard Semifinalist Craig Richards of Lyla Lila. Saturday is the day wine aficionados have been waiting for. The Grand Tasting event, the festival's centerpiece, allows guests to sample a stunning variety of wines sourced from all corners of the globe. As you sip and savor, you can indulge in an array of delectable bites from stations showcasing a diverse range of cuisines, from fresh seafood to mouthwatering barbecue.

To cap off this exquisite weekend, join the Polynesian-inspired cocktail brunch hosted by The Henry Haus. Craft cocktails by Better Together Beverage and a tiki-themed menu curated by Chef Nikhil Abuvala, owner of Daytrader Tiki Bar & Restaurant, promise an unforgettable farewell to the festival.

Throughout the festival, an online silent auction will feature a treasure trove of

exclusive items, including rare wines, luxurious getaways, and staycation packages. This silent auction, held from Thursday, Oct, 19 at 9 a.m. until Sunday, Oct. 22 at noon, provides an opportunity to acquire unique treasures while supporting DCWAF's mission.

Harvest Wine & Food Festival 2023 promises to be a sensory journey through the world of fine wine and cuisine. This event, recently named one of Southern Living's "15 Southern Festivals Worth Planning Your Trip Around," is more than just a celebration of gastronomy; it's an opportunity to make a positive impact. Proceeds from the festival support DCWAF's mission to assist children in need across Northwest Florida, championing causes such as homelessness, food insecurity, and medical care.

Join us for an extraordinary weekend filled with exquisite flavors, top-notch beverages, and the joy of contributing to a brighter future for children in our community. Tickets for all festival events are available now at, where you can also find additional information on headliners and the full schedule of events. Don't miss this chance to sip, savor, and support!
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57 Tour of Homes Pensacola |
Understanding Your Unique Needs and Goals The Importance of Choosing Your Reator
with Special Guest Writer Jessica Duncan

When buying or selling a home one of the most critical decisions you’ll make is selecting the right Realtor. A skilled Real Estate Agent can make a world of difference in your experience. This decision can make a stressful situation or ensure a smooth and successful transaction. The key to finding the perfect fit lies in choosing an agent who takes the time to understand why you are choosing to buy or sell, comprehends your lifestyle, and understands your communication style.

Understanding Your “Why”

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a property, your Realtor should start by understanding your “why” –the motivation behind your decision. Are you moving due to a job change, expanding your family, or downsizing

after retirement? By grasping the underlying reasons for your move, the right Realtor can tailor their approach to match your unique circumstances and priorities. Empathy and comprehension of your intentions are essential for them to navigate the real estate market with you effectively.

Comprehending Your Lifestyle

It is a given that your Realtor should delve into the specifics of what you are seeking in a property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms or preferred school zone. To take it a step further, your agent should understand your lifestyle when buying. Factors such as your hobbies or how often you go out to eat allow them to point out key features you may enjoy. Let’s say, for

example, you play tennis three times a week. When showing you properties, your agent can point out the distance from local tennis facilities.

For sellers, the Realtor needs to understand your plans. Understanding your timeline and future plans helps the Realtor create a strategy to meet your needs best. We recently helped a seller moving out of the area negotiate a 10-day lease back on the property. In doing so, we eliminated the need for two moves for this seller, saving them a ton of unnecessary stress.

Identifying Your NonNegotiables

Beyond understanding your preferences, the Realtor you choose must be aware of your non-negotiables – the factors you are unwavering on.

For instance, if you love taking a bath, an absolute must-have would be a bathtub in the master bathroom. Whether you bathe in a tub or shower may seem very personal, but it is imperative that your Realtor incorporates these crucial elements into their search criteria. Recognizing these non-negotiables ensures that you and your agent are on the same page and prevents the frustration of seeing unsuitable properties.

Understanding You and Your Communication Style

Have you ever realized you just don’t communicate well with a person? Sometimes it is no one’s fault; it is simply that your styles don’t match up. This situation can be very frustrating, especially if it is your Realtor. Communication is a fundamental aspect of any successful real estate transaction. You will want to make sure you communicate easily with your Realtor. We also will take the time to learn about your preferred forms of communication. Some clients prefer phone calls to discuss important matters, while others find texts or weekly updates more convenient. By identifying your communication preferences, we can establish an efficient and effective means of staying in touch throughout the buying or selling process — open and clear lines of communication foster trust and confidence, making for a more positive experience.

Planning a Tailored Strategy

You want a Realtor who goes beyond just listing properties or showing homes. You want someone who will proactively plan a tailored strategy to help you achieve your real estate goals. This may involve targeted searches, neighborhood analysis, and negotiation tactics to secure the best deal for buyers. For sellers, the Realtor should employ comprehensive marketing plans to attract potential buyers, including


Jessica Duncan Real Estate Agent

Jessica Duncan, an award-winning, top-producing Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Main Street Properties, is driven by a passion for providing the highest level of service with integrity to clients in her hometown.

Jessica was raised in Pensacola, educated at the University of West Florida, and is deeply rooted in her community. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance and prides herself in being innovative in real estate sales and marketing strategies, a skillset sharpened through 12 years in the corporate arena as a marketing strategist.

In addition to real estate, Jessica is passionate about serving her community through several area nonprofits and is a proud board member of IMPACT100 Pensacola Bay Area, an all-women philanthropic organization.

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staging advice, professional photography, and online promotion. A well-thought-out strategy increases the likelihood of a successful transaction while maximizing your satisfaction.

Choosing Your Realtor

Choosing the right Realtor is a crucial step in any real estate journey. Whether you are buying or selling your home, finding an agent who understands your “why,” your lifestyle, and hobbies, and identifies your non-negotiables is essential. Moreover, aligning with a Realtor who respects and adapts to your communication style ensures a smooth and enjoyable experience. Finally, a Realtor who plans a tailored strategy will be your valuable partner in navigating the complex world of real estate transactions. Take the time to find the perfect fit, and you’ll reap the rewards of a successful and gratifying real estate journey. If you’re looking for a local Realtor who will set up a strategy meeting and ensure all your needs are met, give the Jessica Duncan Team a call. We’ll be more than happy to help you!

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Real Estate Professional - Residential

Popcorn Balls

The Ingredients

12 cups popped popcorn (about ½ cup unpopped kernels)

1 cup granulated sugar

⅓ cup light corn syrup

⅓ cup unsalted butter

½ tsp salt

½ tsp vanilla extract

Vegetable oil or cooking spray (for hands)

Optional: Food coloring and flavor extracts


1. Pop the popcorn kernels. Remove any unpopped kernels and set the popped popcorn aside in a large mixing bowl. Make sure to have it ready because you'll need to work quickly once the syrup is ready.

2. Create the Syrup Mixture: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the granulated sugar, light corn syrup, unsalted butter, and salt. Stir continuously until the mixture comes to a boil. Insert a candy thermometer into the mixture and continue to cook until it reaches the soft ball stage, which is around 235-240°F.

3. If you want to add flavor or color to your popcorn balls, do so at this stage. Add a few drops of your preferred food coloring and flavor extract (such as vanilla, almond, or cherry) to the syrup mixture. Stir well to combine.

4. Once the syrup mixture reaches the soft ball stage, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Immediately pour the hot syrup over the popped popcorn in the large mixing bowl. Be cautious as the syrup is extremely hot.

5. Using a wooden spoon or spatula that has been lightly greased with vegetable oil or cooking spray, gently stir the syrup into the popcorn. You want to evenly coat the popcorn with the syrup mixture. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, so it's safe to handle.

6. Grease your hands with a bit of vegetable oil or cooking spray to prevent sticking. Take a portion of the coated popcorn mixture and shape it into a ball about the size of a baseball (or your desired size). Place the formed popcorn ball on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet to cool and set. Repeat this process with the remaining mixture.

7. Let the popcorn balls cool at room temperature for about 1-2 hours, or until they are firm and hold their shape.

8. Once the popcorn balls have cooled and set, they are ready to enjoy! Wrap them in plastic wrap or store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh.

*Youcangetcreativewithyourpopcornballsbyaddingchoppednuts,chocolatechips,orcolorfulsprinklesbeforeshapingthem. Justmakesuretodothisquicklyafterpouringthesyrup,sotheyadherewell.

| Sweet Tooth


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means it's time to break out the pink ribbons and spread the word about this disease that impacts so many women. While breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death in women, early detection and improved treatments have led to increased survivability rates in recent years. This progress shows the power of awareness!

That's why this month we encourage all women to take charge of their breast health. Get familiar with what's normal for your breasts so you can recognize any changes early. Perform regular self-exams and ask your doctor about annual mammograms starting at age 40. If you notice anything unusual like a lump, nipple discharge, or skin changes, see your doctor right away. Early detection makes a real difference in treatment options and survival rates. In addition to lumpectomy and mastectomy, other treatment options include radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and targeted drugs.

Along with screening, a healthy lifestyle can reduce your breast cancer risk. Maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, limit alcohol, and avoid smoking. Some studies even suggest breastfeeding may offer some long-term protection too. Of course, some risk factors like family history are out of your control, which is why screening is so vital.

Beyond your personal prevention efforts, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to think of those impacted by this disease. Nearly 3 million women are living with breast cancer in the U.S. today. Consider volunteering or donating to organizations that provide screenings, treatment assistance, support services, and research funding. Or simply reach out to the breast cancer survivors in your life to say you're thinking of them. A little support can go a long way!

While the pink ribbons and campaigns can feel overly commercialized at times, they serve the important purpose of keeping breast cancer at the forefront of our minds. For one month a year, breast cancer gets the awareness it desperately needs to help save lives and provide hope. So get out there and spread the word, ladies. Together, we can make progress in the fight against breast cancer.

| Head to Toe


| Mental Health

Thisone’s for all the ladies that have ever felt like they couldn’t fill the shoes they were in … metaphorically speaking, of course (and spoiler alert: you absolutely can). Let's talk about that persistent little voice in your head that can sometimes pop up uninvited — Imposter Syndrome. You know, that nagging feeling that we're just faking it, not deserving of our successes, and waiting for someone to call us out on it despite having earned every bit of that success. Whether you’ve felt these selfperceived inadequacies leading a business presentation, passed on asking for that

raise, or just generally have trouble accepting how capable you are, Imposter Syndrome is to blame.

Now, why do some amazing women experience this phenomenon? Blame it on our perfectionist tendencies, societal pressures, or even the "compare and despair" culture we live in, ladies. Sometimes, our inner critic gets a little too loud, making us question our achievements and qualifications. So, what can we do about it? Well first things first, let's embrace our accomplishments. Like, seriously, take a moment to reflect on your journey and all the milestones

you've actually conquered. Be honest with yourself! Keep a brag book with praise, transcripts, awards, and other proof of your achievements. That promotion you got totally counts and so does the extra recognition your peers give you for being amazing at what you do. Let yourself truly soak in that your successes are not mere luck or happenstance but a result of your talent, hard work, and determination. Give yourself a high-five, girl, you deserve it!

Ok, now let's reframe our self-talk. Whenever those thoughts of self-doubt creep in, go to your affirmations. Repeat


after me: "I am talented, capable, and deserving of my achievements!" I know it sounds silly, but trust me, it’s ALL true and you need to hear it from you. And not to be underrated, after giving yourself that pep-talk, get support from your tribe. When they tell you how amazing you are, believe them! Share your feelings with trusted friends, mentors, or even online communities of like-minded women. You'll be amazed to discover that you're not alone in this battle. By opening up and hearing the stories of others, you'll realize that we all face doubts and insecurities. Together, we can empower each other to rise above them! Learning and growing is a lifelong journey. Embrace the idea that it's okay to not know everything, it’s ok to give yourself credit for everything you do know, and it’s definitely ok to change yourself accordingly. Give yourself permission to be a work in progress, continuously growing and evolving. Seek out opportunities for personal and professional development, expanding your knowledge and skills. Remember, even the most successful women started somewhere, and they didn't let Imposter Syndrome hold them back! Celebrate your uniqueness, own your strengths, quirks, and individuality. Recognize that you bring something special to the table that nobody else can replicate. Pay attention to self-limiting thoughts, build self-confidence through action, and be ruthlessly compassionate with yourself. You belong here — now go share your genius with the world!

Home: the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.”

That’s the Oxford Dictionary and Google’s definition of the word home. For us in the military, when someone says “home,” often we’re waiting for the rest of it … home of record aka, HOR, (or home of residence), or are you asking for our SLR which stands for state of legal residence. They sound the same but are totally different. HOR is the state in which you first enlisted or commissioned. The only way to change that is to make a correction of an error. The SLR is the state in which you intend to live after you complete your military service. The SLR is used for tax and voting purposes and can be changed at any time using DD Form 2058, buuuuuut I digress.

I am writing this article from an interesting perspective. My husband, Craig, who joined the United States Air Force Reserves at the ripe ‘ol age of 35, just received his ship date for boot camp which will be 1Aug23. So you’re tracking, Craig raised his right hand and swore in earlier this year, 30Jan23. Since swearing in, he’s been a part of the DEP or Delayed Entry Program out of Duke Field, the local Air Force Reserve Base. My definition of DEP is that ‘ya get to “play military” once a month until shit gets real and your standing all alone, waiting for your carry on bag to come out of the X-ray machine on the other side of TSA’s security in VPS wondering if serving your country was the right choice, lol.

So with all that in mind, what is home to the military member? Our physical home changes so often for most of us. The idea of home for me and my fellow Airmen when I served was the place we once lived. Home was the place that we’d speak to, almost like a fairy tail. Not a perfect or pretty fairy tale, but sometimes it was more like an anti-tale or one of Grimm’s fairy tales because let’s be honest, most of us that join the United States Military do NOT have a trust fund on deck or silver spoons hanging out of our mouths. We would speak of home as a place from the past at BBQs, catching up at the commissary or BX. We speak of home when we engage in the social media groups we’ve joined and in comments of memes online, a place in which we lived prior to raising our right hand or supporting our spouse who raised their right hand. For active duty, DOD tells us exactly where our home is. We don’t have much of a say in where we go, especially during the first few years of our commitment. We get our military orders every two to four years, and we pack up and get ‘ta goin’. Home is an interesting word for me. Being a child of an active duty single mamma, an Air Force veteran, and a military spouse, home has been Japan, England, Napa Valley, California, Richmond, Virginia, NYC, the Carolinas, South Jersey, Upstate New York, and now the Florida Panhandle.

Though we try to recreate the feeling of home at every new location, it’s often hard and even harder to maintain when we or our spouse receives TDY orders, mandated military training that takes them away from us for a few months or gets deployed. For those of you who may not know it, we’re still deploying — especially here where there are so many special operators.

Side Note: Though you no longer hear about deployments and training exercises via whatever your news outlet preference is, know this, the United States military STAYS ready, able, and willing, 24/7.

Special Guest Writer

Tiffany Orner is a two-time military spouse, a mother to three wonderful children, and a PROUD Air Force veteran. She is third generation military, second generation Air Force veteran. She is also, in her own words, “one hell of a work in progress.”

PSA: I am not a collegiate scholar on all things military, but I do thoroughly know my shit. My thoughts are my own, and I am not speaking on behalf of any nonprofit business or organization. I’m here to be the advocate for others that I wish would have been available to me both during and after my service to our country.

With all of this said, “home” is an interesting word when spoken in a military context. While navigating active duty life, I wish people would have reached out and engaged with me. I wish they would have damn near made it awkwardly uncomfortable for me in the sense that every time they saw me, they’d share two minutes of their time and ask me how life was, if the boys needed anything, if I needed anything. Not the surface level ask while getting into their car or walking into their house, but the full eye contact standing in front of me followed by that uncomfortable silence and not moving or speaking until I did. I know, we shouldn’t wait around for someone to ask us to dance. I get it, and I understand that now. The Tiffany 20 years ago, however, didn’t even have the ability to conceive the concept of reaching out and asking for help or for support. You don’t know what you don’t know, and I’ll tell you what, when one is living in survival mode we’re doing just that, surviving.

Over the next couple of months, I am challenging YOU to “make it weird” for your military neighbor or fellow military. If you’re reading this article, you’re leaps and bounds ahead of me and my “adulting” when I desperately needed help, and love, and support, and guidance — a mentor, etc. Go, ask the questions, see if there’s any way you’re able to bring just one moment of peace to your neighbor. That moment of peace will absolutely help in making them feel at home.

I think writing this article about home has helped me heal a lil’ bit (Thanks, Scarlett!). I’ll confirm with my therapist early next week so stay tuned, but in the meantime know this … I won’t stop doing all I do #UntilEVERYVeteranWantsForNothing. | Stronger Together
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Family-Friendly Festive Fall Save these Dates!

28th Annual Festival of the Arts

Friday, Oct. 27 | 6 PM | Arty Kick Off Party

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 28-29 | Festival Exhibition

This year’s 28th annual celebration of art, food, music and family fun begins on Friday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. with the Arty Kick Off Party at Henderson Beach Resort in Destin.

The Festival exhibition is Saturday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) throughout the Dugas Pavilion green. Browse original artwork by 100+ artists and enjoy artist demos, live music, food truck fare, craft beer & cocktails, kids creation station, street performers, art raffle, plus free admission, parking and shuttle service.

11th Annual Wine Walkabout

Thursday, Nov. 9 | 5:30 PM

Join us at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Destin to savor tasting stations, visit with vintners from exclusive wineries, enjoy live music, wine pull, silent auction, raffle and more. An intimate vintner-dinner follows the Walkabout (for an additional cost).


Oct. 25 & Nov. 1

A new series featuring intimate “listening lounge” concerts showcasing musicians and small bands performing acoustic sets on the Piazza Plaza of Henderson Beach Resort in Destin.


Season pass & early entry to our "Concerts in the Village".

Discount on "Festival of the Arts" merchandise

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Menopause The Season of

Hot flashes, mood swings, and dryness — oh my! Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman's menstrual cycle. It’s a normal part of aging and usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. Of course, everyone is different and menopause can also occur earlier or later in life depending on different factors.

Menopause generally occurs in three stages: perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Perimenopause is the first stage and can last for several years. During perimenopause, a woman's body starts to produce less estrogen, which is the hormone responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle. As a result, periods become irregular, and women may experience symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. Menopause is the second stage and occurs when a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. At this stage, the ovaries stop producing eggs, and estrogen levels drop significantly. The symptoms of menopause are similar to those of perimenopause but can be more severe. Women may also experience fatigue, memory problems, and joint pain. Postmenopause is the final stage and lasts for the rest of a woman's life. At this stage, the symptoms of menopause usually diminish, but women may still experience hot flashes and other symptoms. It's important to note that women can still become pregnant during perimenopause and even in early menopause, so it's essential to use contraception if you aren’t planning to grow your family.

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Now for the fun part, ladies. The symptoms of menopause can vary from woman to woman, and some women may experience more severe symptoms than others. It's important to note that not all women will experience all of these symptoms, and some women may not experience any symptoms at all. The most common symptoms of menopause include (drumroll, please) :

• Hot flashes

• Night sweats

• Vaginal dryness

• Mood swings

• Insomnia

• Fatigue

• Joint pain

• Memory problems

• Urinary problems

Luckily there are some treatment options available if you feel like these symptoms are overwhelming. The treatment for menopause depends on the severity of the symptoms and the individual's health history, but there are some common treatments that can be helpful for many women, like hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT involves taking estrogen and progesterone to replace the hormones that the body is no longer producing. HRT can help alleviate symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. However, HRT is not suitable for all women, and it may increase the risk of breast cancer, blood clots, and stroke. And then there are nonhormonal treatments for menopause, which include antidepressants, antiseizure medication, and blood pressure medication. These medications can also

help alleviate symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings. So there are definitely plenty of options for you and your health care provider to discuss, ladies!

Lifestyle changes can also help alleviate the symptoms of menopause. Things like regular exercise, a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, quitting smoking, and reducing alcohol and caffeine intake can all have positive effects on relieving your symptoms. Even though we all know menopause is a natural and inevitable part of a woman's life, it can still be a challenging season to navigate for a whole slew of reasons. But understanding what to expect, what changes to look for, and what treatment options are available can help you manage it all and improve your quality of life.

WOTYS 2024 Category List Announced VOTE OCTOBER 1-20

Scarlett is looking for THE WOTY (Woman of the Year) and 100 other deserving women. We have THE list, and we need you to tell us who is most eligible. We want THE women that rocked 2023 at the top of their game.

From bartenders to baristas, real estate agents to dance instructors, and all in between.

We have 100 categories including Fashion, Beauty, Home, Lifestyle, Health , and Community.

And … of course THE WOTY (Woman of the Year). She should be an amazing, strong, independent woman who is confident, reliable, hardworking, spirited, open-minded, brave, and determined — a total Badass!

Sorry guys … this is a contest for the ladies only. Nominees must be 21 years old and must be an individual person (no company entries will be accepted).

Help us fill THE list because … Frankly, we know you give a damn.


Boutique Owner

Bridal Consultant


Formal Wear Provider

Furniture Retailer


Local Retailer



Hair Stylist

Fashion/Personal Stylist

Fashion Designer

Lash Technician

Makeup Artist

Nail Technician

Permanent Makeup




Association Manager

Interior Designer

Mortgage Lender

Property Management

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Real Estate Team Leader

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Be sure to check out the fnal ballot online during voting for a complete list of subcategories
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Focaccia Bread

There's something truly enchanting about the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through your kitchen, isn't there? It's a scent that conjures up memories of cozy family gatherings and hearty meals shared with loved ones. And if you're anything like us, the allure of homemade bread is undeniable.

We hope you try our recipe for a beloved Italian classic: Focaccia. This delightful flatbread, with its golden, olive oil-kissed crust, is not just a treat for your taste buds; it's an invitation to explore the art of breadmaking!

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No-Knead FocacciaBread

1 cup warm water

1 tsp Fleischmann’s ® Yeast (instant)

2 cups all-purpose four

1 tsp salt

8 tbsp olive oil divided Flaky sea salt

1. In a large bowl, add water, yeast, flour, and salt. Mix with a wooden spoon until a sticky dough forms. Drizzle 2 tbsp of olive oil over the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl with a dish towel and let it rise for 2 hours until it has doubled in size.

2. Once the dough has risen, generously coat an 8×8 baking dish with 2-3 tbsp of olive oil. Enough oil so the dough won’t stick to the bottom.

3. Gently transfer the dough from the bowl to the oiled baking dish. Let it sit for 1 hour until it has doubled in size again.

4. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Drizzle the dough with remaining olive oil. Dimple the dough with your fingers and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.

5. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. Once the bread is out of the oven, optional toppings you could add are melted butter, fresh rosemary, thyme, or garlic.


The Queen

Every year, millions of monarch butterflies make a long journey south to Florida and Mexico. These beautiful creatures travel thousands of miles from their summer homes in the northern United States and Canada to their wintering grounds in the Sunshine State.

These small insects are able to travel such a long distance thanks to their strong wings and the favorable winds that carry them along the way. It’s a journey that takes several generations to complete. In late summer, the female monarch butterfly lays hundreds of eggs on milkweed plants, the only food source monarch caterpillars will eat. About a month later, the adult butterflies emerge and begin their long flight south. Using an internal compass, the monarchs orient themselves to the south and fly up to 80 miles per day, resting at night and resuming their journey at dawn.

One of the most amazing things about the monarch butterfly migration is how the butterflies know where to go. Scientists believe that monarch butterflies navigate using a combination of the sun’s position in the sky and the earth’s magnetic field. This allows them to follow the same path year after year.

Come February, the same generation of butterflies from the prior year now turn around and head north again, mating along the way. After laying eggs for a new generation, the exhausted butterflies die along the journey. Meanwhile, their offspring follow the route back to northern climates.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Florida during the monarch butterfly migration, you’ll be in for a treat. The butterflies typically arrive in Florida in late October or early November and can be seen throughout the winter months. Many parks and nature reserves in Florida offer guided tours and educational programs so visitors can learn more about these fascinating creatures.

However, it’s important to remember that the monarch butterfly population is in decline. Habitat loss and pesticide use are two of the biggest threats facing these beautiful insects. By learning more about the monarch butterfly migration and supporting efforts to protect their habitat, we can all help ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the wonder of these amazing creatures.

So, if you find yourself in Florida during the winter months, be sure to keep an eye out for these beautiful butterflies as they make their annual journey. And remember, we all have a role to play in protecting them for generations to come.

Inspiring Hope for 120 Years

The Children’s Home Society (CHS) of Florida is proudly celebrating 120 years of devoted service to children and families. Before the invention of bubble gum or the Model T. Ford, CHS was uniting Florida residents to come to the aid of vulnerable children.

Founded Nov. 17, 1902, CHS originally was established in Jacksonville, Florida, as a child welfare society focused on placing children in safe, loving, healthy homes. The organization expanded to serve our community in 1920, opening its first Pensacola office. Today, CHS serves more than 11,000 children and families throughout Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Bay counties. Yet CHS’s impact has extended even further. Throughout the decades, the organization leveraged its legacy and influence to secure rights and welfare laws for children nationwide, including the development of U.S. compulsory education and child labor laws — the very laws that protect our children today.

Recognized as a national leader in child well-being and traumainformed care, CHS continues to lead the way in addressing key issues facing Florida’s children and families — and collaborating with our communities to collectively create and implement solutions that will empower more children to cross bridges to success.

While still actively supporting families involved in the foster care system, as well as those that have been adopted, their local focus also has evolved to empower families on the front end through its Healthy Families program. This program supports parents and caregivers with children ages birth to 5 with nearly 100% of families remaining safely intact and out of the foster

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care system. The astounding impact felt through this program encouraged the organization to expand to serve new and expecting moms in Santa Rosa County through its Healthy Start program. From support and guidance during pregnancy to education, encouragement, and connections to resources after the baby is born, Healthy Start empowers families even before day one.

CHS’s early childhood programs are proven in-home solutions that stabilize and strengthen families. What’s more, children who complete the program are meeting key developmental, social, and cognitive milestones, even surpassing Florida’s state average of children who are ready to learn upon entering kindergarten. And these programs are completely free to the families that participate.

CHS is also a renowned provider of mental health care including the Ashley Offerdahl Counseling program, which serves more than 400 local children and teens each month, as well as post-adoption counseling. CHS’s postadoption counseling and support has a 99.9% success rate of keeping families safe, strong, and together, and the organization is partnering with national leaders to continue this success.

As a member of the National Training and Development Curriculum (NTDC) for Foster/Adoptive Parents, CHS was a key contributor during the five-year cooperative designed to prepare foster and adoptive families to effectively parent children who’ve endured trauma and to provide ongoing training to help families continue to nurture healthy child development.

True to its mission of “building bridges to success for children,” CHS also provides youth outreach and job training to at-risk and homeless youth, as well as housing, life-skills training, and more. More than 80% of youth participating in local CHS job training programs secured stable employment, earned their GED or diploma, or began post-secondary education.

Another profound way the organization is empowering kids to realize their full potential is through the Community Partnership Schools™ model, implemented at C.A. Weis Elementary, Parker Elementary, and newly adopted by Pine Forest High School.

As the first elementary school to launch the Community Partnership Schools model, C.A. Weis Elementary has increased access to health care, family education, and after-school activities while reducing discipline referrals by more than 90% and out-of-school suspensions by nearly 94% since implementation.

The incredible momentum of the Community Partnership Schools movement led to another innovation in education with the CHS of Florida’s Social Service Navigators — a team of in-school caring professionals trained to provide dedicated support to students, their families, teachers, and administration. Right now, Social Service Navigators are transforming outcomes for students in 34 Escambia schools — serving more than 7,000 students a year — and growing.

Looking forward to the next 120 years, the organization offers several opportunities to get involved and become a part of its storied history. When you get involved with CHS, you make a lasting impact on the lives of children and families.

You can advocate to help create positive policy changes, donate to help more families find the resources and support they need, fundraise by joining CHS at an upcoming event, purchase most-needed items for local families by contributing items from CHS’s wish list, or find other ways to get involved at


A Grand Affair

In the enchanting coastal city of Pensacola, love stories are woven into the very fabric of its historic streets and pristine shores. Let us give you a look behind the curtain at some of Pensacola’s fnest wedding and event vendors, who help transform dreams into breathtaking realities against the backdrop of this idyllic paradise.


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Tap the Coast

Sweet Magnolia’s Baking Co.

Married by Madrina

Supposey Weddings

Simply Elegant

Photography by

Shanna Magnuson

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Tap the Coast, established in 2019, has redefined the mobile bar and beverage experience, servicing private events and special occasions throughout the Panhandle.

Offering the largest fleet of unique mobile bars in the region, their focus is on crafting memorable experiences paired with tasty beverages and topnotch customer service. They also host engaging hands-on cocktail workshops!
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Sweet Magnolia's Baking Co., led by owner and Pastry Chef Heather Pelham is known for its exquisite wedding cakes and gourmet dessert bars. Crafted using only the finest ingredients, their attention to detail and creativity shines through in each masterpiece, ensuring that every cake and dessert is not only visually appealing but also irresistibly delicious. With a focus on quality and a dedication to customer satisfaction, Sweet Magnolia's Baking Co. has become a trusted name in the wedding industry. Their expertise and unwavering commitment to the craft make Sweet Magnolia's Baking Co. the perfect choice for couples seeking a memorable and delicious confection for their special day.

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Ordained Minister officiating weddings for all couples who are ready to say I DO!

Award-winning Community Ambassador, Woman of the Year Influencer, Television Show Host. Wife. Mother. Grandmother. FurMom to LV the Pomeranian. Lover of life. Teller of truth. Living aloha.

Madrina, affectionally known as the Aloha Notary is from Honolulu, Hawaii, and now lives in Pensacola, Florida.

Madrina’s goal is to add a touch of aloha to your special day.

Aloha is the Hawaiian word for love, affection, peace, compassion, and mercy. Most commonly known as a simple greeting but has a much deeper spiritual significance to native Hawaiians for whom the term defines a force that holds together existence. When broken down, the literal translation is "the presence of breath" or "breath of life."

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101 South F St. • Pensacola, FL

Built in 1946, our venue features exposed wood beams in a stunning 25foot vaulted ceiling, garden connecting glass doors, and more than 6,000 square feet of ballroom, bridal suite, and groom’s lounge, large bathrooms, and prep kitchen. Antique chandeliers and lighting transform the warehouse into the perfect setting. The adjoining courtyard boasts 4,000 square feet of natural Southern beauty in a private tree-lined garden, with string lights and fountains creating an ideal romantic atmosphere. We include setup and breakdown and offer in-house services like wedding coordination and wedding design.

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For 31 years, Simply Elegant Bridal (Fort Walton Beach), and for 7 years Simply Elegant Couture (Pensacola) have been serving Brides along the Emerald Coast. We indeed have the best selection of designer wedding gowns ... but more importantly, The absolute best experience and customer service you will receive when it comes to your wedding or special occasion shopping experience!

850-607-7171 215 E Zaragoza St., Pensacola

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The Nutcracker

Nov. 17-19

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

As the only full-length version of this classic holiday fairytale in the area, NFB’s production features a cast of more than 140 performers, including international guest artists and over 100 local children. All public performances will feature live music by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.

Carmina Burana

March 9-10

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

In collaboration with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, NFB presents Carl Or ’s powerhouse masterpiece Carmina Burana. A celebration of spring and new beginnings, this inspiring program is a mesmerizing mix of live music, opera and dance. The production opens with the neo-classical ballet Afterglow.

On the Edge

June 15

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

This unique production features the artists of NFB with international guest artists from Ballet Memphis, Ballet San Antonio, Ballet Idaho and Colorado Ballet. Together they will perform a mix of cutting-edge contemporary, neoclassical and classical pieces from guest choreographers and the NFB repertoire.

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From chargrilled to casino, raw to Rockefeller, and every other preparation imaginable, oysters have long been a popular treasure from the sea. They are a delicacy enjoyed both with reverence and with reverie — and nowhere will they be more celebrated in all their various forms than at HarborWalk Village’s third annual signature fall event, Half Shells on the Harbor. Both delicious and healthy (depending on how much butter, cheese, or bacon is involved), oysters are also sustainable and therefore environmentally friendly. Plus, they’re considered an aphrodisiac. What’s not to love?

Held Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, from 1-4 p.m., the festival kicks off with an exclusive Cocktail & Oyster Pairing experience featuring Distillery 98’s Half Shells Vodka, distilled with oyster shells and presented in an eco-friendly

plastic bottle and a seminar hosted by Chef Rifko of Oysters XO. Learn how to craft specialty cocktails and how to exquisitely pair them with fresh oysters to bring out the unique flavor profiles of both the spirit and the oyster. Each VIP ticket holder will receive early entry into the event as well as additional specialty cocktails, oysters, an oyster shucking kit, and access to an exclusive VIP lounge during the event.

Next, guests to this fantastic feast of meaty mollusks will enjoy an afternoon of oyster tasting and sipping beverages perfectly paired with these briny beauties. There’s nothing like a good oyster pairing — the most classic of which is, of course, Champagne. The crisp bubbles in Champagne complement the flavor of most oysters because they cut through the richness of this bivalve and heighten its subtler flavors.

Dry white wines also pair spectacularly with oysters. Try more acidic wines like pinot gris or sauvignon blanc — these varietals have a lemony flavor that enhances the flavor of the oysters. Ask any well-schooled foodie, and they’ll advise you to choose a slightly tart, lightbodied wine, as those characteristics play off the brininess of the oysters.

Those not enamored by the allure of wine can still enjoy a great pairing as beer is also a great friend of the oyster. Try a dark, rich stout or a beer with a sweet and sour flavor which complements the inherent sweetness of the oysters. Check out the many offerings of wine, craft brews, and spirits from 30A Distilling Co, Goat Island Brewery, Palm Folly, Gulf Water, and more throughout the day. Tipsy Mule will be mixing cocktails, and Perfect Pour 30A will be serving up vino.

Clearly, oysters have a great many

charms. And, as a part of the beating heart of the Gulf Coast’s seafood industry, the Destin Harbor is the perfect location for this tide-to-table event. “Half Shells on the Harbor is such a unique event, each year the event grows, and this year I am really excited to see the event come full circle,” says Ragan Bonner, Events Manager at HarborWalk Village. “Oysters are considered a Southern delicacy, drawing crowds from near and far to attend this event. Not only will attendees be offered a variety of flavors and preparation methods, but they also have the opportunity to learn the skills behind oyster shucking, the 'why' behind oyster farming, and take all they have learned home with them to be an oyster connoisseur themselves.”

Featuring tastings from more than a dozen local restaurants, chefs, and oyster farms, the festival gives ticket-holders the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of preparations and flavors — some classic, some completely unique — whether baked, grilled, fried, or raw. And new this year is an amateur category. More than 15,000 oysters will be prepared during the event. Guests are encouraged to immerse themselves in the world of oysters by checking out the Farmers Market to try freshly farmed oysters with the option to purchase oysters directly from the event to take home with them! Attendees looking to try their hand at oyster shucking can join Chef Rifko on the West Side Patio to take part in his shucking seminar. And, of course, there will be a variety of libations for finding your perfect pairing. Throughout the course of the afternoon, The New Cahoots will perform on the Main Stage.

A portion of ticket sales benefit the Choctawhatchee Bay Estuary Program, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, and Emerald Coast Autism Center. All oyster shells will be collected and donated to the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. All beneficiaries will be on-site at the event providing an opportunity to learn more about these great local, environmental nonprofits.

Fall Events


Every Saturday in October at 9 p.m.

College Football Saturdays

September - November

Destin Seafood Festival

October 6-8

Rocktober Concert Series

October 14 & 21

Spooktacular Nights

October 27-28

Hops & Harmonies

November 4 & 18

Veterans Day Program

November 11

Half Shells on the Harbor

November 12

For more information on Half Shells on the Harbor, visit

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Dillard’s, James Avery: Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Finial with Pink Charm

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Rosdorf Park: Kimmie Upholstered Wingback Chair


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