Lifestyle

All current and former notable lifestyle features

The Economics Behind Memorial Day Weekend

By Hana Frenette Each year Pensacola Beach is home to one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) events in the country. The event takes place on Memorial Day Weekend, in the form of a giant beach party accompanied by smaller gatherings throughout Pensacola. The infamous beach party was started in the mid …
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Gas Delivery Service Heats Up

By Tanner Yea As Florida’s famous summers start to loom and the days grow longer, the air fills with the smell of sizzling barbeques and the excitement of food truck rallies. But what happens when the gas begins to run low on your propane tank and your event is on the brink of fizzling out? …
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Walking for a Cure

By Haley Weaver The morning of the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis 5K Walk is always hectic. We’ve slept maybe a few hours, and are awake and out the door before sunrise to set up tables and games and pick up the breakfast that’s been donated that year. This will be the 10th year of the …
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Adventures in Summer Camp

Arts Ballet Pensacola Dates: June 5-8; June 12-15; Aug. 7-10 Times: 9 am – noon for 3-4 year olds/1 pm – 4 pm for 5-6 year olds Ages: 3-6 Where: Pensacola Cultural Center, 400 S. Jefferson St. Cost: $125/one-week, $325/three-week, $450/four-week session (non-refundable deposit of $25/session due by May 8) Info: balletpensacola.com Ballet Pensacola is …
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Protecting Your Child From Cyberbullies

By Kelly Oden Bullying and name calling amongst children and teens is nothing new. If you weren’t the victim of schoolyard ridicule as a kid, there is a good chance you were the instigator. In the past, these issues involved name calling, rumors or physical abuse and were usually resolved through conversations with school officials …
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Diamonds Are Forever

By Jenn Cole Diamonds and emeralds and rubies—oh my! Draft beer and merlot and champagne—oh my! Bere’ Jewelers new flagship store offers an amazing assortment of baubles and bubbles all under one roof. The goal: take the intimidation out of jewelry shopping. At Bere’s new location, you’ll find big screen TV’s, a children’s room filled …
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Call the Midwives

By Kelly Oden The practice of midwifery has been around since ancient times. From biblical references to the ancient Greeks and from the middle ages to modern times, women have guided other women through their pregnancies and assisted in the labor and delivery of their children. As technology and medical advancements grew, the model of …
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Big Water Calling

By Tanner Yea The Gulf Coast has always been known as a vacation destination, and part of that reputation comes from the small water and amusement parks that run up and down along the coast. However, the closest large-scale amusement parks require a weekend trip to central Florida or further west to Louisiana or Texas …
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The Local Impact of Early Learning

By Hana Frenette Read, sing, read, repeat  It turns out the sweet nursery rhyme or song your grandma might have hummed to you as a baby left behind more than an emotional memory. It likely helped you to form early recognitions of human emotion and language. Research conducted in the last 10 years show reading …
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FavorHouse’s White Rose Luncheon Helps Victims of Domestic Violence

Each year, the FavorHouse White Rose Luncheon celebrates survivors of domestic violence and recognizes survivors who have exhibited exemplary bravery and strength of spirit. FavorHouse of Northwest Florida will host its annual White Rose Luncheon Thursday, May 18, at 11 am at Sanders Beach-Corrine Jones Community Center. This year’s keynote speaker for the White Rose …
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Access Your Health With Direct To Consumer Lab Testing

By Kelly Oden Wondering about the source of your fatigue? There’s a test for that. Trying to decide how to best treat your depression? There’s a test for that. Not sure you are getting enough vitamins? There’s a test for that. Hormones feeling out of whack? There’s a test for that, too, and guess what? …
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A Change of Heart; Through Clinical Collaboration and God’s Grace

By Dana Barfield When Baptist Health Care joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network in 2013, the Gulf Coast community of Pensacola celebrated the clinical collaboration and welcomed the additional resources it would bring to the local care of residents. A closer relationship with Mayo Clinic gives Baptist patients access to world-renowned expertise, often with the …
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Buy Chocolate, Help a Child

By Haley Weaver If you’ve ever wandered around the mall at the end of April, you’ve probably seen the Pensacola Chocolate Fest; different tables and booths scattered throughout, offering the best chocolate and deserts from chocolatiers in the area. For the 14th year in a row, Cordova Mall will be hosting the Pensacola Chocolate Fest …
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Who’s Your Crawdaddy?

By Haley Weaver Spring has finally sprung, and that means a Pensacola tradition is once again starting to boil up. From Friday, April 28 until Sunday, April 30, the 33rd annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival will be held at Bartram Park. Starting in 1984 as a small gathering, the Pensacola Crawfish Festival has blossomed into a …
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Anne Waldman: An Outrider’s Perspective on Poetry

By John Baradell Interviewing Anne Waldman is likely daunting for any writer. Waldman is one of the living legends of literature, a major American poet, an intellectual of the arts and communications, a committed feminist and activist, a spiritualist, and an inspiration for all. She has magically combined her extraordinary talents into musically-inclined performance art …
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Color Me Cabaret!

By Jenn Cole Get ready to color your world! Whether you prefer racy red, princely purple or heavenly white, the Pensacola Little Theater invites you to party in the spectrum at their premiere fundraiser event, Cabaret. Color Me Cabaret: Experience the Spectrum takes place on April 1. The community theatre goes all out for their …
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If Walls Could Talk-The Wally Dashiell House

Written by Kelly Oden, Photography by Guy Stevens When Kenny Holt and Mark McLeod purchased their home in the North Hill neighborhood of Pensacola in April 2015, they knew the home was historic, but they had no idea just how much history the house actually contained. “We weren’t actually looking in North Hill,” said Kenny. …
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Smell the Japanese Roses

By Tanner Yea Across eastern and southern Asia blooms a flower that has captured the attention of millions. From the lofty Himalayas to the massive Japanese Alps to the islands of Indonesia, the colorful and bountiful camellia plant has migrated west over centuries to become a staple among southern American gardens. Now, the University of …
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Going Green in the Home: Cost-efficient Ways to Make Your Home Environmentally Friendly

By Haley Weaver It’s a well-known fact that keeping cool in the Gulf Coat heat costs money. Our Florida winters are hotter than most, which can often come with an expensive air-conditioning bill. As springtime approaches, many people are looking for ways to make their homes more eco-friendly, but the task of making changes is …
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Mind, Body and Soil

By Hana Frenette With its warm weather, plentiful rain, and moist soil, the Pandhandle of Florida makes for a great place to tend a garden. Colorful blooms, fruit, citrus trees, vegetables, lush greenery— just about anything can thrive here with the right knowledge and attention. With the more than favorable climate, it’s no surprise that …
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A Look Inside Our Cover Bride’s Colorful Wedding

Manisha Agrawal first saw her husband Houston Riley at the Fish House in 2002. Houston was playing keyboards with a band and Manisha said to her friends, “I am going to marry him one day!” A few days later, they were introduced and really hit it off. Since they were both in graduate programs at …
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The Best Wedding Investment: A Wedding Planner

Rylee Hart, Wedding Planner, Great Southern Weddings Becoming engaged is one of the most exciting moments of your life. The love of your life has just asked you to marry, you have a ring on your finger that you now get to show off to the world, and you can finally make all your dream-wedding pins …
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5 Wedding Rules to Break

By Hana Frenette Most weddings consist of traditions and practices that date back hundreds of years. These rules have greatly evolved past their original meaning and have simply become part of the formula we’ve come to recognize as a “typical wedding.” Today, more and more couples are taking the opportunity to curate their wedding day …
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A Guide to Bridal Beauty and Bliss

By Dawn Gresko The countdown has begun: you’ve set the date for your big day and you’re well on your way to walking down the aisle to seal the deal. But, the list of things to accomplish between now and then seems to grow longer and longer still. When there’s a break in the midst …
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Crafted by Design

By Dawn Gresko What is design? Well, that depends on who you ask. Some might tell you that design is the creation of a plan (e.g. blueprints, mock-up drawings and sketches, and even sewing patterns). Others might say it’s the direct construction of an object, such as in graphic design, screen and letterpress printing, or …
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Leader Art Consultants LLC launches

  By Kelly Oden Alexis Leader is an art consultant, curator and the principal of Leader Art Consultants LLC. Prior to opening the firm in 2016 she was the Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Pensacola Museum of Art. Alexis holds an MA in Art History from the Savannah College of Art & Design and …
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Beyond The Stage

by Bradley “Beej” Davis, Jr. The mission of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is to promote the well-being of the greater Pensacola community through excellence in live symphonic music and lifelong learning through engaging musical activities. With the introduction of PSO’s Beyond the Stage program in 2015, the organization has seized the opportunity to ensure …
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Blue Morning Gallery–Celebrating 20 Years of Cooperative Art

By Kelly Oden One of Pensacola’s most unique galleries is celebrating a milestone this year. For 20 years, Blue Morning Gallery has provided a cooperative gallery space for local artists and a unique shopping experience for Pensacolians and visitors alike. A pioneering presence in the Pensacola arts scene, Blue Morning opened in 1997 as place …
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Warren Thompson Sees the South

By Hana Frenette Brightly colored beads. Hand-painted signs. Streets glittering with sequins, feathers and velvet. Mobile, Ala. becomes a southern carnival as thousands of people gather in the streets to take part in the unique mix of family-friendly parties, rambunctious parades and neighborhood gatherings that make up the traditional Alabama Mardi Gras celebration. Photographer Warren …
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Feathered Friends

By Kelly Oden Tucked away on a two-acre lot on Old Palafox sits one of the most interesting, colorful and pleasantly noisy places in Pensacola. Uncle Sandy’s Macaw Bird Park Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary houses roughly 110 parrots of varying species as well as a couple of emus, a few peacocks and at least one …
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Ashton Hayward: Mayor With a Mission

By Kelly Oden & Josh Newby   Six years into his tenure as Mayor of Pensacola, Ashton Hayward remains as energetic and optimistic as ever. In 2016, Hayward successfully focused on bringing more jobs to the city, creating solutions for an aging infrastructure and providing an overall higher quality of life for Pensacola citizens. However, …
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A Good Samaritan: Pensacola’s Resident Do-Gooder, Uncle Bill Willis

By Dawn Gresko What does it mean to be a “good Samaritan”? Typically, when we hear the term we think of a charitable and helpful person; a person who acts in favor of the greater good, who aids another without a thought of how he or she might be advantaged (or disadvantaged) by helping. Following …
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Snow Escape: Slipping Away to a Snowy Destination Near You

By Dawn Gresko If you were born and raised in Pensacola, chances are you’ve never had the opportunity to understand the true meaning of a “White Christmas.” While shoveling driveways has given northerners their fare share of reasons to dislike snow fall, there’s no shoveling driveways when you’re on vacation; when you’re going on a …
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TV Time

It’s been called the Golden Age of Television, this period of prestige content being produced right now. Flip through the stations (or the streaming apps of your choice) and you’ll find antiheroes, superheroes, heroes of the working class and more. There’s people of color, trans people, gay people and more diversity than ever delivering dialogue …
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Dabble in VooDoo

There is arguably no better way to spend Halloween than by infusing yourself with the mysterious magic of Voodoo. No, we don’t mean that age-old practice involving shrunken heads, zombies and old chicken bones—we’re talking about the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, also called Voodoo Fest, one of the Gulf Coast’s most unique festivals that …
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October’s Film Trailer Reviews

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN What I got from the preview: Equal parts Rear Window and Gone Girl, this story concerns a divorcee whose daily train rides into the city allow her to supposedly witness the murder of a woman she had been envying and spying on. The subsequent investigation unearths details about her life, …
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The Year’s Biggest Fashion Show is Almost Here

Get ready to be dazzled by a night of glitz and glamour! For the 40th year running, the Women’s Board of Baptist’s Health Care Foundation and Gulf Coast Health Care presents Stepping Out in Style, a fusion of fall fashion and fundraising. This year, Stepping Out in Style continues to shine the spotlight on local …
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Mixology: The Chemistry Behind Your Favorite Drink

What’s mixology? If you’re one for semantics, you might already be picking apart the syllables and coming to the conclusion that it’s the study of mixing. However, as Great Southern Bar Mixologist Shaun Dixon would tell you, mixology is a bit more complicated than that. Making drinks is equal parts art, science and hospitality; although …
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Hockey Season is Here!

At 6-foot-9-inches tall, Minnesotan John McClean of the Pensacola Ice Flyers is a force to be reckoned with, and, as one of the team’s goalies for the second year in a row, no less could be expected from the returning player. However, John will be the first to tell you his success shouldn’t be attributed …
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Get Greek-y

Festival season is upon us. As the weather finally cools, there is nary a weekend that goes by without a fun outdoor activity rife with the smells and sounds of autumn. Few events capture all the fun of festivals and combine it with education and ethnic diversity as well as Greek Fest, now in its …
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Coastal Carnival

The beauty of Pensacola’s annual tribute to coastal cuisine and culture is that you don’t have to be in love with seafood to have fun while getting a taste of Pensacola living. So, whether you’re just visiting or here to stay, the festival is guaranteed to introduce you to something new in Pensacola; you might …
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Cultured Cooking

Good food: it’s something we all crave, but we often take for granted the relationships and bonds formed around good food. (Because it was really Grandma’s cooking that brought everyone together during the holidays, right?) But, more than that, food is a gateway and a glimpse into a culture that might be different from our …
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DIY Shiitake

Considered a symbol of longevity in Asia for thousands of years, the shiitake mushroom is one of the most versatile and flavorful commonly cultivated mushrooms available. Typically grown in inoculated logs, the rich flavor and hearty texture of shiitaké make them a favorite among chefs and foodies. The delicious mushrooms can command a high retail …
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First City Flavors

“Good food is good food,” said Hunter May, Go Retro’s trilingual tasting tour guide. “No matter if an award-winning chef prepares it, or your granny.” Perhaps no truer words have been spoken, and they are especially true of Go Retro’s new Tasting Tours that were launched in August. These tours offer way more than a …
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App-Ventures

POKEMON GO Plaza de Luna: Arguably the place to go in Downtown for all the hottest Pokemon, Plaza de Luna is bursting at the sidewalks with kids and adults alike taking advantage of lures, Pokestops and a Gym. Not to mention, the cool breezes and lengthy roads make it the perfect location to incubate eggs, …
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September’s Film Trailer Reviews

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN What I got from the preview: Based on the best-selling novel, a group of children with a recessive peculiarity gene lives in a 24-hour time-loop in which their whimsical and frightening abilities can live forever. Prophesied to be the one that can save the children from their supernatural tormentors, Jacob …
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Road Trip

Who doesn’t love a road trip? Open road, open skies and the promise of adventure at every turn. Sometimes a quick getaway is all we need to reconnect with nature and recharge our batteries. Fortunately for us, Pensacola is just a hop, skip and a jump from a variety of historical sites, unique natural wonders …
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Fore Pensacola

The pride of Pensacola, the genius of the green, Bubba Watson is known for his multiple green jackets and a larger-than-life personality, but the world will soon know him as an Olympian, too. He grew up in Bagdad, Fla., little more than a shot-making drive from his new business venture, Bubba’s Sweet Spot, in the …
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The Art of Archery

Do you imagine yourself as an artful archer like Katniss Everdeen, or roguish Robin Hood? Although these famous bow-wielders make the sport seem easy, there’s a lot more to firing bolts and arrows than meets the eye, especially if you’re looking to be a professional at hitting the bull’s eye. We’re talking about a specific …
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First City Soundtrack

THE SOUNDS OF THE CITY ARE MUSICAL, RHYTHMIC AND AS VARIED AS THE CITY’S STORIED HISTORY. FROM THEATER TO DIGITAL BEATS AND SO MUCH MORE, LET’S DISCOVER WHAT’S ON THE PENSACOLA PLAYLIST. BLUES ANGEL MUSIC Blues Angel Music is as distinctly Pensacola as its name suggests. Open for almost 20 years, they offer instrument sales like …
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Community Cinema

Perhaps the most underrated form of human creativity is cinema art, as few truly appreciate film’s unique language and aesthetic all its own. Here enters Pensacola Cinema Art (PCA): a nonprofit that began screenings in February 2015, offering the community the chance to view indie films otherwise not shown in the area. Spearheading and facilitating …
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A Voyage to the Comic Convention

The Pensacola Comic Convention is coming to the Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds and Expo Hall Aug. 20 and 21. Fans of science fiction, horror, anime, gaming, fantasy, comic books, and much more can enjoy the exciting experience. The event will include workshops, screenings, demonstrations, events, costume contests, tournaments, gaming, and discussion panels. Fans can also expect …
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Shoot for the Stars

The night sky: our grand celestial ceiling, which has been a cause for awe and wonder by earth’s down-world denizens and amateur astronomers trying to make sense of the stellar sights above even before Galileo’s telescopic invention. The Escambia Amateur Astronomy Association (EAAA) is not the only local group to host stargazing events in the …
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Women Who Serve

The men and women who serve as members of our military and first responders deserve our admiration, support and gratitude. They are often the first on the scene of a tragedy and provide security, comfort and medical attention to those affected. Their jobs are often dangerous, but ultimately rewarding. And, while we love and respect …
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The Bulls Are Loose

Can’t make it to Pamplona, Spain for the Running of the Bulls? Then stick around Pensacola for the next best thing. Seville Quarter hosts the sixth annual Fiesta De San Fermin in Downtown Pensacola from July 21 to 23. This event is Pensacola’s modified version of the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, made …
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A Crumby World

Elementary and middle school can be wonderful places of friendship, discovery and appreciation—but they can also be breeding grounds for self-doubt, exclusionary cliques and psychological bullying and abuse. And while no single product or campaign will forever end this primal nature that rears its ugly head in our formative years, one local mom is taking …
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Saenger Classic Movie Series

Each year, the Saenger Theatre transports us back in time to the golden age of cinema. The theatre combines old-world brick and iron railings with state-of-the-art projection and sound for an experience that marries the best of yesteryear and the modern era. As you walk through the doors of the historic Saenger, last century’s penchant …
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Raffle drawing to benefit Covenant Hospice

Life is a dance: just ask professional ballroom dancer, Tony Dovolani, who’s been Dancing with the Stars since the show’s second season kicked off in 2006. For 11 years, Dovolani has visited Pensacola to support Covenant Hospice’s annual Life’s a Dance events organized by Pensacola’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio. “Pensacola has become a home away from home because of the …
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Waste Not Pensacola

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Pensacola is all about following the three R’s of the environment, especially when it means limiting the negative impacts of waste on our communal home and garden. Since 2009, the City of Pensacola’s implementation of its recycling program coupled with the recycling services provided by the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) has …
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Fishing For Beer

Tired of the same old bottled beer and craving more uniquely crafted concoctions? Or, perhaps you’re still on the lookout for something special to do with Dad this Father’s Day? Downtown Crowd has the perfect solution: mark your calendars, because the Fish House’s annual Craft Beer Festival is returning on June 18. For its fourth …
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Dancing Through Life

If you love dancing, music, and a live show, you will not want to miss this upcoming performance. From the tango to the two-step, the variety of dances performed during the show will make you want to celebrate. And that’s the idea behind the event—to celebrate life through dancing. The performance will benefit Covenant Care, …
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Go For the Sweet Spot

Downtown Pensacola’s diverse dining scene has really expanded in recent years. A range of ethnicities is represented, as are a spectrum of price points. What the area lacks, though, are tasty and budget-conscious options for breaking through that 2:30 pm office feeling or grabbing a quick cup of joe from your car on the way …
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It’s Taco Time in Downtown

Sometimes, you just need a taco—and some tequila to wash it down with couldn’t hurt. The sumptuous food is comforting, delicious, portable and customizable, so why not outsource your next taco night with the hottest new joint in Downtown, Taco Mez? The taqueria and tequileria is located at 21 W. Romana, in the location of …
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Summer Camps: Play | Learn | Grow

For kids, summer time is about slip and slides, pool parties, beach days, and just having fun. For working parents, however, this time of year can be a struggle to entertain kids in a safe environment all week while still meeting their work obligations. There are many ways for parents to give kids the opportunity …
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May the Fourth Be With You

In honor of Star Wars Day, feel free to use this guide throughout each decision of your life as you channel the force and become the Jedi–or Sith–master that were always destined to be. Whether you want to catch a show or do some exercise, we’re here to usher you closer to your inner truth. …
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Teaching Digital Natives

Children under 25 likely see the world very differently than you did growing up. These kids, often termed digital natives, have not known a world in which computers and other advanced technologies have not been a part of their everyday lives. They are all native speakers of the digital language. Computers, digital music players, videogames—and …
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Homes of Hope

It takes a whole village to raise a child: nothing could be more true than in the case of fostering children. The saying is not a low blow to moms and dads, implying they are incapable of parenting on their own; instead, it brings to light the fact that no parent is alone because the …
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The Next Generation

By now, the Pensacola Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Pensacola (LeaP) program is well known in the community both as an initiative to continually renew the pool of leaders in the city and as the kickstarter for many great community projects, like the LeaP Trail near the airport, a playroom at Sacred Heart, and most recently parking …
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A New Heart for Downtown

There’s a new heart in downtown Pensacola: a Sacred Heart, that is. The Sacred Heart Medical Group opened the doors of its new family and sports medicine clinic last month at the corner of Spring and Main streets, near the entrance to Blue Wahoos Stadium and Maritime Park. The grand opening of the Sacred Heart …
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Spring Toward Better Health

Exploring fun ways to elevate your fitness routine Spring is in the air, but flowers aren’t the only ones who get to show off their transformation in full bloom. If you’re slim on motivation, consider the season of renewal as good a time as any to go through your own transformation in body and mind …
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Mind Body Spirit

Mind. Body. Spirit. The holy trinity of holistic healing. Unlike western medicine, which typically treats specific physical ailments and often relies heavily on pharmaceuticals, holistic therapies work within the theory of connectedness and strive to treat the whole self— the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual. Holistic therapies can be successful both on their own and …
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Feeling Blue

Could Pensacola be the next Okinawa, Japan, or Loma Linda, California? These regions of the world boast people who live measurably longer lives. It is not unusual, for example, for men and women in these locales to live to 90 or even 100 years old. You may think there is no way Pensacola could ever …
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Closer To a Cure

Sometimes clinical trials get a bad rep: we hear horror stories of medical malpractice and misuse, as well as mistreatment of patients, and we’re quick to assume the worst. But, do these negative examples give a clear picture of what clinical trials aim to accomplish? To gather up the facts, Pensacola Magazine reached out to …
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Pi Day

A mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, π can be found all around us, sometimes to a surprising extent. The number’s storied past is matched only by on-going research into its depth, reaching 1 million digits back in 1973. It is used in mechanics to give time period …
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Making a Splash

Let’s face it: no matter what time of the year it is, Pensacola has notoriously warm weather. So, why wouldn’t you want the chance to take a refreshing dip at any time in the privacy of your own yard? To help bring your pool ideas to fruition, Pensacola Magazine asked some of our area’s pool …
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Shared Home

We’ve all been there. A huge hotel with hundreds to thousands of rooms, long elevator rides up to the eighth floor, a generic room setup with few homelike amenities. We accept the disadvantages of chain lodging because of the convenience and competitive pricing they offer. But what if there was a way to feel like …
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Celebrate the Sonrise

Celebrate the Risen Son with Marcus Pointe Easter is a time of renewal. Spring flowers begin to bloom after their long winter sleep. The birds begin to sing their sweet songs again. We celebrate the coming of spring with Easter egg hunts, baskets full of goodies for children, and church services to honor the religious …
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March’s Film Trailer Reviews

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE What I got from the preview: In one of the most unnerving, effective trailers I’ve ever seen, a girl is hunkered down in a stranger’s basement, hiding from unseen forces that supposedly plague the outside world. Soon, the background noise of Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” slows to a terrifying crawl, …
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Dogtown Pensacola

There’s a group from the Downtown crowd who doesn’t always get recognized, despite their global recognition as man’s best friend: our four-legged crowd members whose wagging tails will tell you how much they approve of the pet-friendly places and pastimes we’ve found in Pensacola. We’ve outlined a few pet-friendly parks, places to eat, and community …
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Q&A with a Globetrotter

How long have you been with the Globetrotters? I’ve been with the Globetrotters for nine years now. Before that I was with Nike and made various basketball appearances. That’s actually how I got discovered by the team. I wanted to a Globetrotter since I was six-years-old. I knew I was either going to solve mysteries …
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Feeding the City

If you haven’t already noticed, there’s a movement taking place in Downtown Pensacola: food trucks are teaming up with Pensacola Cooks Kitchen and City Hall to feed the city. Since Jan. 7, a dozen food trucks have signed up with Pensacola Cooks Kitchen to secure their spot at the City Hall parking lot in Downtown …
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Destination Weddings Venues

So you’re going to get hitched, but haven’t decided on details like where to do the deed? Pensacola and its surrounding areas are teeming with beautiful wedding venues from which you and your significant other can narrow down potential locations to exchange vows. The options are practically limitless, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to …
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Tips and Trends

As a newly engaged bride, chances are your head is spinning with ideas, dates, deadlines and lists.  The pressures and complexities of planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Pensacola’s wedding professionals have just what you need to turn the chaos of planning the wedding of your dreams into an organized perfect day. We have compiled …
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Down the Aisle Again

Roughly 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce. Out of the 50 percent who don’t make it, 98 percent of them get over it and eventually remarry. My only sister finds herself transitioning into the 98 percent club. She divorced years ago and has been reluctant to make another lifetime commitment. Her job and her …
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Natural Honeymoons

Like wedding planning, putting together a honeymoon can be extremely stressful. He prefers to lounge around with his new bride, while she wants a honeymoon packed full of outdoor adventure. They eventually come to a happy medium. Luckily for them, along the Gulf Coast there are many relaxing fun-filled outdoor honeymoon destinations where couples can …
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Classic & Cultured

According to Pensacola’s resident experts, wedding jewelry is moving back to the traditional and classic looks that define the 20th century’s most timeless weddings. White gold with pearls, understated earrings, and simple, gorgeous necklaces: these are the pieces that will set the mood for your big day, allowing you to look back in five – …
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Return of the Con

For decades, it seemed, politicians and businesspeople ruled Pensacola. The weak served the strong. But there was a silent resistance growing in the town’s underbelly. In movie theaters, at LAN parties and comic book shops across the city, a passionate and energized minority was starting to stand up. There would be occasional but short-lived sparks …
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Whiskey Business

What’s all this whiskey business? It’s been called the water of life and writer’s blood, thanks to its consumption by famous writers like Hemingway and Twain, and there’s even variations on the spelling of whisk(e)y depending on its origins. Downtown Crowd caught up with Katie Garrett, one of Pensacola’s whiskey experts and owner of Old …
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The Write Way

When recognizing different forms of art, we tend to forget that writing is another art form, hence the term the “language arts.” Whether spoken or written, words are crafted the same as any other piece of art: you start with a medium (paper or electronic pages) and use tools (writing utensils or keyboards) to relay …
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Take Me to Church

Pensacola’s southern downtown gets most of the attention regarding historic significance, but toward the north of Palafox is a site rich in culture, religious history, and architectural wonder. The Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel—more casually referred to as St. Michael’s church—has had an uninterrupted presence in Pensacola since 1781 and it is one of …
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Welcome Back Mardi Gras

It’s time for Mardi Gras, and we’re not just talking about that one day out of the year when we celebrate by catching the traditional moon pies, beads, and other surprise throws from dozens of decorated floats manned by costumed krewes cruising through the Downtown crowd. Mardi Gras is its own season beyond Fat Tuesday, …
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Escape on Palafox

Escape the humdrum of your week with a new interactive attraction in Downtown Pensacola. Escape on Palafox is a place for the detective and adventurer in all of us to truly shine, as participants are locked in one of three rooms full of mystery and challenge. No longer are you just a business person or …
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2016 Pelican Drop

What bird has a wingspan of 20 feet, stands 14 feet high, weighs 300 pounds and can’t fly? The New Year’s Pelican of Pensacola, of course. The Pelican Drop on New Year’s Eve is the biggest event in Pensacola, drawing over 60,000 people last year. a There’s something exhilarating about being in the midst of …
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The Gift of Giving

With Christmas just around the corner, many people in Pensacola are likely wondering how they can spread the love and generosity to those in need. Escambia County is one of the poorest in the state, with many children who have never had a traditional holiday season replete with gifts to unwrap on Christmas morning. With …
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Making an Impact

The Pensacola Bay Area IMPACT 100 announced over a million dollars worth of grants at their annual meeting on Oct. 18. Each of the ten recipients received $106,000 toward a particular project or initiative that will positively influence the community in some way. As a result, countless people, artists, kids, minorities and more will benefit …
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Holiday Festivities

‘Tis the season to gather your nearest and dearest and welcome the holidays. A plentitude of local celebrations and events await and they are sure to get you into the holiday spirit. There are musical performances, ballets, and parades that will treat you to the sounds and sights of the holidays. As well as a …
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50K for Turkey Day

50K For Turkey Day is a fundraising project that was started by four Trinitas Christian School students: Colby Gilley, Ben Noland, Bekah Hubbell, and Chloe Gregg. The four high-school seniors set out a few months ago to feed 50,000 Pensacolians in need for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The four seniors started the project because they …
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A Hero’s Heart

To meet Cleo is to love Cleo. This retired Military Working Dog (MWD) will steal your heart. A playful, highly intelligent and extremely friendly German Shepherd, Cleo was recently adopted by Bridget and Steve Fluegge when a back issue caused Cleo to be medically discharged from the Air Force. Bridget and Steve have always loved …
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Fourth Annual Mahabhuta Yoga Festival

Our lives are busy. They can be hectic and demanding. Our days are filled with a series of tasks, which we are expected to complete one after another, often without thought of the benefit, enjoyment, or joy that can be found in doing the task. At the end of the day we question, are we …
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Puck It With the Pensacola Ice Flyers

‘Tis the season for hockey, so it’s okay to act like a wild turkey—just remember to don your favorite jersey and join the Downtown Crowd in welcoming back the Pensacola Ice Flyers for another season filled with home game theme nights and plenty of fun activities for the whole family. Although the first home game …
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Sustainable Pensacola

The city of Pensacola: our communal home and garden. But, just like any home and garden, it takes more than one person to keep everything running smoothly. By definition, sustainability is the capacity to endure—for ecological, social and economic systems to coexist peacefully in order to benefit all aspects of the community and, on an …
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Harvest A Love for Herbs

Fall is a season to harvest the bounty in your life. Nature harvests its treasures to prepare for winter, gardeners harvest their crops, and families gather their nearest and dearest together for the holidays. Fall is a season for traditions like great cooking and family recipes. Fall is also the start of new beginnings with …
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Accessorizing Your Home for Fall

Accessorizing your home for fall is a great way to welcome your guests while enhancing your home for the holiday season. Your front door is a great place to start! Draw your guests in when you adorn your front steps with yellow and orange mums that lead the way to your front door. Pairing mums …
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Historic Haunts: Downtown Haunted Tours

‘Tis the season for goose bumps, ghastly ghosts, murder and mayhem, and a little tragedy and terror. For the month of October, UWF Historic Trust is offering another round of haunted walking and trolley tours for those who love to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, or those just looking to be spooked by some scary stories …
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Go Argos!

The season for football is almost here, Pensacola! Next year in September, the University of West Florida’s new football team—The Argonauts, or Argos for short—will play their first home game of the inaugural 2016 season against Missouri S&T at Bayfront stadium in Downtown Pensacola. With over 5,000 seats available in the stadium, the Downtown Crowd’s …
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Cycling City

With Downtown Pensacola’s resurgence has come a more progressive way of life and an emphasis on healthy, sustainable living. Few cultural shifts embody this change more than the increase of bicycle traffic Downtown. It is a fun mode of transportation rooted in childhood, an activity around which we sometimes compete and obsess but always experience …
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Stepping Out in Style

Every year, the worlds of fashion and healthcare come together for one memorable evening of glitz and glamour, fundraising and cocktails. Baptist Health Care’s Stepping Out in Style event, coordinated by the organization’s foundation, has been going on for 39 years. What started as a luncheon between ladies who wanted to look at some of …
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Meals on Wheels: Pensacola’s Mobile Food Trucks

Although food trucks have been a part of the hipster and foodie lifestyle for decades in other major cities, Pensacola’s food truck scene is a relatively new trend. While food trucks have been staples at local festivals for years and the Al Fresco concept at Palafox and Main brings a different twist to the genre, …
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Local Flavors with John Besh

John Besh is a chef and native son of Louisiana who is dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. In his twelve restaurants, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he aims to preserve the ingredients, techniques, and heritage of the region he loves. Besh’s cookbooks, My New Orleans and My Family Table, were each recognized …
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The Gem: Pensacola’s Upscale Thrift Store

The Gem graciously welcomed Pensacola Magazine to view the new, upscale thrift store benefiting Covenant Hospice. From vintage to modern pieces in jewelry, furniture and more, for a small store The Gem offers a large assortment of goods, so there’s bound to be a little something for everyone—even for your fur babies and children. All items …
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Charcuterie’s Artful Cuts

By Blake Rushing, chef Charcuterie (shahr-koo-tuh-ree) is a beautiful thing.  It is one of the most primal ways of preserving proteins that would rot without curing in salt or preserving in fat.  Charcuterie translates into “cooked flesh.” The cooking can be done with heat, smoke, or salt. Some delicious examples are rillettes, pates, confits, cured …
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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

Caroll Spinney has been the man inside Big Bird from the beginning. In 1969, Jim Henson persuaded Spinney to join the cast of Sesame Street as both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Since then, his characters have been seen on more than 3,900 shows, and Sesame Street is now viewed in more than 150 …
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Q&A with Rudy Ruettiger

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, the inspiration for the 1993 movie about an underdog Notre Dame football player, is coming to the Hilton Sandestin Resort on Sept. 24 to speak at the second annual Boys and Girls Club Steak & Stake dinner. Rudy has been an inspiration speaker for years, imparting a message of courage and optimism …
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A Tale of Two Rivers

When we think of water recreation here in the Florida Panhandle, we tend to think first of our emerald waters and white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. Although our beaches are magnificent, we have other equally beautiful opportunities to enjoy nature in the form of our pristine river ways. Both the Blackwater River …
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Seaplane: An All-American Musical

A scrawny, unimpressive-looking man sits stern-faced watching the horizon with determined, hawk-like eyes. He sits behind a rudimentary contraption, an invention never before heard of, about to embark on a mile-long excursion across Hammondsport, New York. An audience has gathered to witness the feat; excitement bubbles through the air in ripples of anticipation and awe. …
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Enter the Dragon

Are you ready to tame and ride the dragon (boat)? Then prepare yourself for the second annual Pensacola Dragon Boat Festival coming to Downtown Bayview Park on Sept. 12. The only fire you have to worry about with these dragons is the blazing trail you leave behind as you paddle past your opponents. That’s because …
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Page 10 with DeeDee Davis

There are plenty of reasons why August is my Jan. 1. Having been a teacher for many years, August always marked the end of summer vacation and the beginning of a new school year. New clothes, new supplies, new students, great expectations. Additionally, as a diehard Auburn fan, August also brings a new season. Clean slate, new recruits, wonderful traditions, and yes, great expectations. So what better …
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STEMinism

In an increasingly diverse and gender-equal workforce, more women than ever are starting to take jobs once reserved for men and in some cases are becoming their family’s primary breadwinner. It has therefore become important to ensure competitive wages and job security for these relatively new members of the professional labor force. But in a …
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Crab Cake Cook-off

The Arc Gateway Crab Cake Cook-off is one of Pensacola’s most iconic and well-attended fund-raisers of the year, and it’s right around the corner. Guests are given the chance to sample world-class crab cakes, sip wine and beer while surveying the silent auction, purchase local art made by Arc Gateway’s very own clients, and even …
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Running of the Bulls

Pensacola’s Spanish heritage is celebrated often throughout the year in the festivities like those of Galvez Day or during Fiesta of Five Flags events. There’s one event that takes the culture of Spain and adds a few unique twists for a weekend of excitement at Seville Quarter July 16-18. Food, music, festivals and Ernest Hemingway …
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Red, White and Blue

If you’re looking for a way to have fun with your family this 4th of July, look no further than Downtown Pensacola and Pensacola Beach. The 26th annual Sertoma Independence Day Celebration will be held Downtown followed by Red, White, Blues Week with the Blue Angels, providing lots of entertainment, food and a jaw-dropping performance. …
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The Juan Sebastián de Elcano visits Pensacola in Honor of Galvez

Pensacola residents and visitors are in for a special treat this spring. From May 27 through June 1, the Spanish Navy training ship Juan Sebastián de Elcano will visit Pensacola. Maria Davis, the Honorary Vice Consul of Spain in Pensacola, has spearheaded the Elcano’s six previous visits to Pensacola. The first was in 1981 when the …
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Tri As You Might

Since the warm spring weather has settled into Pensacola, plenty of people have gotten outside to enjoy the many spoils of our seaside surroundings while getting some physical activity. From the area’s vibrant running community, to the spandex-clad cyclists zipping down the streets, to the swimmers splashing through the Gulf, this area makes for a …
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Tri as You Might

Since the warm spring weather has settled into Pensacola, plenty of people have gotten outside to enjoy the many spoils of our seaside surroundings while getting some physical activity. From the area’s vibrant running community, to the spandex-clad cyclists zipping down the streets, to the swimmers splashing through the Gulf, this area makes for a …
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Rex Revival

The streetscape of Downtown Pensacola has long been home to the iconic red and yellow façade of the REX Theater, but it’s been decades since the neon letters on the vertical marquee sign have been lit. While the brightly colored, retro storefront is a charming aspect of the Palafox strip just north of Garden Street, …
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Beguiling Blooms

A guest once arrived at my home for a holiday party bearing a square shaped decorative box filled with a spongy greenish moss from which a woody, green stalk grew. From atop the stalk a delicate white bloom splashed with fuchsia at its center was seemingly staring at me with its fragile petals, the daunting …
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One Love

For decades, perhaps even centuries, same-sex couples have longed to be recognized as equal to heterosexual individuals in this nation, to have their love documented in courts the way it is acknowledged in their hearts. Through sweat and tears, through setbacks, overturned rulings, and unimaginable ostracization, they are one step closer to the equality they …
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Graffiti Bridge Project

It’s one of Pensacola’s most recognizable landmarks, a medium for all the inelegant, nuanced, hopeful, angry, short-lived and long-lasting feelings that our community generates. It is a symbol of the brief, passionate emotions we have and the overarching narrative of our collective story. It is the graffiti bridge, and it’s finally getting the artistic platform …
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Pensacola Pelican Drop

A new year signals letting go of the old and welcoming the new. But, when the last day of the year comes into view, everyone just wants to have a good time. Whether the celebration is a delicious dinner with drinks at a local restaurant or an auditory feast while enjoying the Symphony Orchestra’s year-end …
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Mahabhuta Yoga Festival

When asked about how the Mahabhuta form of yoga stands out from other styles like Hatha and Bikram, Stacey Vann was quick to set the record straight. “Mahabhuta isn’t a form,” she said, clarifying that Mahabhuta yoga is more than just a physical variation of the practice. Mahabhuta is actually known as “The Great Element,” …
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Star of Karate Kid talks with Ballinger Publishing

At the Oct. 18 Northwest Florida Martial Arts Championships, practitioners from various schools came to Crestview to share their passion for the various forms of martial arts and compete for the chance to be crowned the year’s grand champions. The tournament, sponsored and organized by Gordon Martial Arts, had over 30 championship titles up for …
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Rat Pack Reunion

For those nostalgic for the glamour and timeless class of decades past, this month will bring a swanky night on the town worthy of Frank, Dean and Sammy. The annual Rat Pack Reunion will come to New World Landing Friday, Oct. 24 offering guests an evening of dinner, dancing and a roast and toast of …
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Craft Food: Handmade Local

Call it artisan, craft, small batch, handcrafted or even homemade — whatever the label, the end result is often more delicious and more nutritious than the big food alternative. Craft food producers are typically extremely personally invested in their products, taking great care with process and ingredients and often tweaking recipes to gastronomical perfection. Many …
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Para Con descends on Pensacola

Pensacola’s fifth annual Para Con, this year featuring guests like Lou Ferrigno and C. Thomas Howell, is right around the corner. The convention celebrates a variety of genres and interests like sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, costuming, anime and many others. Other guests include stars of Baywatch, Power Rangers, Ghostbusters, Star Trek, and many more! The event …
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Fore Charity Golf Tournament

The Panhandle Charitable Open, the signature charity golf tournament in Northwest Florida, is back this Sept. 25-27 for its 13th year, and this one promises to be bigger than ever. With an expanded format, a special party and auction format, and a greater level of community participation, PCO chairman John Peacock is ready to do …
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Children’s Hospital receives new play area

The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart now has a brand-new playroom for its young patients, thanks to the Pensacola Chamber’s Leadership Pensacola (LeaP) 2014 class. Approximately 75 people were in attendance for the May 20 ribbon-cutting where members of the Chamber and the hospital spoke about the importance of this play area to the community. …
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The Hangar is my Chapel

About every week from October to April, I and hundreds of others assemble to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Everyone is welcome and we’re all here for the same reason. We often all dress similarly in something of a uniform for the occasion. As one, the group stands at the appropriate times, …
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