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October brings the onset of fall weather and along with it the endless musing of autumnalphiliacs everywhere. Yes, pumpkin latte drinkers and scarf knitters: your day has finally come.
There’s plenty more to October than your knee-high camel boots and crocheted fingerless gloves. This month’s fashion statements should instead involve gory makeup jobs and perfectly conceived costuming, because Halloween is here! Let’s stretch this spooky season out Christmas-style, with party planning and home décor that’s been brewing since late summer. Whether your idea of a great All Hallows’ Eve involves exploring the ghastly history of Pensacola or setting the perfect locally blown glass pumpkin on your mantle, Downtown has everything you need to celebrate.
Speaking of those gorgeous glass gourds, this month we put a spotlight on the glassblowing artisans at First City Art Center that have brought thousands of these beloved keepsakes to life. This working art studio is well known for its Hot Glass Cold Brew events and its annual Pumpkin Patch, but First City also hosts many workshops and studio artists year-round that form a massive contribution to our local art scene.
October in Pensacola also means that festival season is well underway. This month brings a food-centric mainstay in the Pensacola Greek Fest, where I always at least make a pit stop for a delicious tzatziki-slathered gyro, even if I can’t stay for a full day of dancing, tours and celebrating. New to the Downtown fest lineup is the Greater Good Festival. We welcome this seven-year strong event to the Maritime Park which will be filled with music, kids activities, yoga and more on the second weekend of the month.
Even without the poetic romance of blustery winds that carry swirls of richly-hued fallen leaves—which, let’s face it, would mean that an actual winter was coming and who wants that?—fall in Pensacola offers a plethora of opportunities for photo-worthy fun. How about posing with the cast of PLT’s Rocky Horror? Or a color-saturated shot of your to-go baklava glistening with honey from Greek Fest. Or if you must flaunt your fall obsession, show off the newest addition to your glass pumpkin collection. Anything but your Starbucks cup, please.
Questions? Comments? Story ideas? Please email Emily Lullo at Emily@ballingerpublishing.com.