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May ushers in one of my favorite times of the year and this month promises to bring all the warm weather spoils we’ve come to expect during this season along with some exciting new twists. May is the unofficial start to summer here in Pensacola and with my Cinco de Mayo birthday kicking off the last year of my 20s, there’s a certain sense of summer vacation whimsy settling into my newly sun-addled brain. While I’m already planning a few actual weekend getaways for some summer fun, the calendar right here in Downtown is offering plenty of opportunity to escape the humdrum of everyday life with festivals, concerts and special events.   

Starting up this month is Evenings in Olde Seville Square, the beloved Thursday night concert series that fills the square with tunes along with thousands of people who picnic, relax and dance the night away. New this year is an event called Slide the City, a three-block-long waterslide that will send participants careening down Palafox for a wet and wild ride and some very unique summer fun. Also this month a blossoming mainstay kicks off the season. Palafox Market will celebrate with a festive first weekend in May and we’ve got the details on that along with what’s in season and some recipes for preparing your farmers market booty.

In this issue we’re also taking a look at the Creative Class. We all know that there are slews of creative people in Pensacola, and DTC sat down with several designers that have created something special and interesting. Take a look at page 8 to meet these talented individuals and read their stories.

Following the soggy April we’ve endured this year, some May summer fun is definitely in order. Whether you actually get the luxury of a summer vacation or it’s been an alarming number of years since your school days, it’s time to make like the final bell just rang and head outside, tossing your notebooks and pencils into the air in a celebratory act of defiant glee!

OK, now pick them up afterward, obviously. This isn’t a movie. There are real consequences for litterbugs! In fact, instead of throwing anything, just carry a little bit of that carefree zeal with you as you march through the long days of May, whether you’re in the office looking wistfully out your window or riding your bike to enjoy the iconic summer ritual of slurping down mudbugs at Crawfish Festival. With so much to do in this and the next few months, your summer vacation—however short—is just beginning. Pace yourself.

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