Coastal Holiday Gift Market

Looking for a gift for that special someone?  From 9am-2pm on Saturday, November 12th, you are sure to find something unique at the St. Rita Catholic Church in Santa Rosa Beach.  They are hosting the First Annual Coastal Holiday Gift Market.

What will you find at the market?
  • Over 36 local and regional Artisans
  • A variety of finely crafted items (Art, stained glass, photography,  handmade soaps, metal art, pottery, hand-painted tiles, craftsman quality jewelry and much more!)

One vendor even re-purposes wool sweaters, belts, jewelry, and more to make ladies handbags.  (You can see a picture of this above and to the right.)  For more information you can visit two of the vendor pages online (Tilly Towel and Ginger Leigh) for the Coastal Market Facebook page.

Where is the money going?
  • Habitat for Humanity and St. Vincent DePaul will receive the money collected
  • A local Boy Scout troop will be raising money through the sale of hamburgers and hot dogs
  • Habitat for Humanity will be raising money through morning sales of coffee and cider

The demand for booth space at this year’s event went so quickly, they have already started a list for next year!

Have a fun day of shopping and fun!

You’re Invited to Celebrate the Arts

Beachy Beach and Cerulean Interiors are inviting you to celebrate their openings and enjoy local art on Saturday, November 12th from 10am-4pm.

These two businesses have actually been open for the past two years, but never held a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting- so it’s time now!  They decided against just holding an open house, in favor of holding an event to help local artists, contribute to Beach Care, and introduce the businesses to the community.  Karen Smith, owner of Beachy Beach, says,  “I have been so fortunate that so many in the community have supported and encouraged us so it is our turn to give some more back.”

Artists that will be present at “Celebrate the Arts” will be selling jewelry, painted art, pen and pencil art, textile art, and more.  Proceeds will benefit the local artists as well as Beach Care Services.

These artists include:

  • Eve Alligood
  • Gracie Alligood
  • Constance Snellgrove
  • Tana Plyler
  • Sharon Kator
  • Tom Jordan
  • Judy Kish
  • Global Effect

Enjoy getting to know Beachy Beach and Cerulean Interiors while giving back to local artists and Beach Care Services!

Meet Sudoku Sam

This Saturday, November 12th, Sudoku Sam will be at The Hidden Lantern Bookstore in Rosemary Beach.  He will be signing books as well as having one-on-one Sudoku sessions.  This free event will be held from 12pm-3pm.

Who is Sudoku Sam?

Sudoku Sam published his first book in 2005, which earned the thanks of many who love to play this game.  He has written three books, helping Sudoku fans solve the problems of Sudoku.  His books include: Sudoku Sam’s No Notes Strategy for Solving Sudoku, Sudoku Sam’s Starting Out Right Strategy for Solving Sudoku, and Sudoku Sam’s Meta Strategy for Solving Sudoku.

A Very Aware November

It’s commonly accepted that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but November?  November is home to a long list of causes vying to win the title.  Since they are all good causes, here is the list- you decide which you’ll participate in!

American Diabetes Month

Encouraging people to learn about diabetes and take the pledge to stop diabetes, the American Diabetes Association takes a spot in November.   There are two types of diabetes, those affecting youth and those found in older individuals.

Art Everyday Month

Inspired by National Novel Writing Month (below), this spin-off was for non-literary artists.  Create a piece of artwork and share it each day throughout November!  You can sign-up to participate online

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Raising awareness for the causes and symptoms of lung cancer and hoping to paint November gray.  You can learn more about lung cancer online.    (Gray is the color used to represent lung cancer)

Military Family Month

Established in 1993, November’s Military Family Month is to recognize and honor military families for their sacrifices and contributions they have made to this country.  Learn more about recognizing military families at ASYMCA


Movember encouraged men to grow mustaches in order to address men’s health issues, pancreatic cancer, and other men’s cancers.  For more information on Movember, please read our article on the no-shave holiday.

National Adoption Month

Hoping to find every child a loving family, the National Council for Adoption is hosting a month-long fundraiser.  There will be an online auction, helping you to get your holiday shopping done while raising money to support children in need of a family.

National Novel Writing Month

Encouraging you to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, the National Novel Writing Association takes on 30 days and 30 nights of writing!  At the completion of 30 days, you can upload your novel for official verification and compete to join the winner’s circle.

Native American Heritage Month

Pay tribute to the rich heritage, ancestry, and traditions of the Native Americans.  November was named Native American Heritage month in 1990 by President George W. Bush, which has been celebrated since 1994.  Learn more about the month online.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November has always been the month where the PANCAN organization has turned things purple.  Purple in honor of those who have fought or are fighting pancreatic cancer.  You can learn more about pancreatic cancer and PANCAN online.

Prematurity Awareness Month

The March of Dimes is on a mission to spread awareness about the birth of premature babies. In America, one in eight babies are born too soon.  November 17th marks World Prematurity Day, so don’t forget to remember this issue.

Warrior Month

Supported by the Wounded Warrior Project, one cause hoping to take over November is Warrior Month.  This was designated by the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in 2008, with the goal to ensure that all veterans wounded by war receive the benefits they deserve and, more importantly, need.

There are probably more causes that are raising awareness and publicity in the month of November, but these are the heaviest hitters.  Good luck to all of the organizations behind the campaigns.  No matter what you’re supporting, support something.  November is definitely a month of philanthropy!


Cruzin’ the Emerald Coast

Gather your friends and family for some fun November 10th-12th; hot rods, cruzers, classic cars and trucks, and more make their way to Panama City Beach!  Frank Brown Park (across from Pier Park) will be lined with over 3,000 classic and custom cars for this year’s Emerald Coast Cruzin’.  Among the cars lining the park will be vendors of car memorabilia, parts, ladies wear, a kids corner, and more.  There is sure to be something their for every car aficionado and their family members.

In addition to the car show, there will also be parades, concerts from T Graham Brown and TG Sheppard, and more- to ensure fun for everyone attending.  The best part?  100% of ticket sales go to The Boys and Girls Club of Bay County.   Cost for entry is $10.00 per person (including parking and auction), $25.00 for a 3 day pass, and children under 12 are free.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 10th

8:00am-5:00pm: Vehicle Registration at Sharky’s

8:00am-5:00pm: Show and Shine at Frank Brown Park

9:00am-4:00pm: Vehicle Auction Registration at Frank Brown Park

5:30pm: Burn-out Competition at Hammerhead Fred’s

6:00pm: Live Entertainment from 345 Express at the Sandpiper Beacon Tiki Bar

Friday, November 11th

8:00am-5:00pm: Vehicle Registration at Sharky’s

8:00am-5:00pm: Show and Shine at Frank Brown Park

9:00am-4:00pm: Vehicle Auction Registration at Frank Brown Park

4:30pm: Parade through Pier Park (beginning at Dillards and ending at Sharky’s)

5:30pm: Beach Blast Concert with Jimmy Dale, Bobby Parish, and The Cadillacs Band ($5.00 to registered participants)

Saturday, November 12th

8:00am-5:00pm: Vehicle Registration at Sharky’s

8:00am-5:00pm: Show and Shine at Frank Brown Park

9:00am: Vehicle Auction Begins at Frank Brown Park

4:00pm: Awards Announcement (must be present to win)

6:00pm: Lineup Show (Starts at 7pm) and Flame Throwing Contest at Pineapple Willies


Have fun enjoying these amazing classic cars and hot rods!


Where Color + Texture Collide

The Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach is proud to host a new show, Where Color + Texture Collide. This exhibit will feature artists Lauren Carvalho and Donnelle Clark.  This exhibit will be on display from November 7th, 2011 till December 10th, 2011.

About The Exhibit

Donnelle Clark uses colors and varying surfaces to play to optical and tactile senses making the texture almost touchable.  Utilizing materials with different qualities, such as Japanese paper, tissue, sand, burlap, lace, and more Clark maps a natural landscape on her pieces.  Her pieces oscillate between abstract and representation.  The picture to the left, Turtle, is one of the pieces to be featured at the exhibit.

Lauren Carvalho, Gallery Director and Resident Artist, is well known for oceanic sculptures.  She gathers her materials from the local landscape, including leaves, palm bark, and pine cones.  The pieces she uses are selected for their textural qualities and natural color shifts, and how they come together to form tone, line, and texture.  Carvalho’s work gives the materials a new purpose.  You can see her Gold Blue Fish (above image) at the exhibit, as well as the piece to the right, Patterned Flight.

About The Hidden Lantern Gallery

Located in Rosemary Beach, The Hidden Lantern Gallery is committed to making local and regional emerging artists more visible to the public.  The gallery opened in 2010, and has since been home to a large variety of art – many outside the traditional boundaries. The Hidden Lantern doubles as a bookstore, where you can find a unique selection of quality texts.  The bookstore opened in 2011.  The Hidden Lantern hopes to inspire and engage those who visit their gallery.

Enjoy your visit to The Hidden Lantern for Where Color + Texture Collide!

A Successful Ford Ironman Florida

Nearly 2,500 athletes, from age 18 to 32, began the thirteenth edition of Ford Ironman Florida. Top professionals Ronnie Schildknecht (CHE) finished the triathlon in 7:59:42 and Jessica Jacobs (USA) finished in 8:55:10, each setting course records in Panama City Beach.

Professional Men’s Results

After the morning swim, John Flanagan (USA), was the first to exit the water, followed by James Bonney (USA). Flanagan was in the lead until the 35-mile marker, where competitors, including Schildknecht, made a charge and overtook the American’s lead.  Schildknecht, who is known for his running abilities, expanded his lead on the last leg of the course with an amazing 2:43:48 run split, and became the first male to finish in under eight hours in a North American Ironman event.



Top five professional men’s results are below:

1. Ronnie Schildknecht              CHE                 7:59:42

2. Maxim Kriat                           UKR                 8:10:43

3. Justin Daerr                           USA                 8:18:02

4. Mads Vittrup                         DEN                 8:21:31

5. Frank Vytrisal                        DEU                 8:21:48

Professional Women’s Results

Bree Wee (USA) was the first professional female to run onto the beach after the 2.4-mile swim, followed by Sofie Goos (BEL) and Heidi Jesberger (DEU). A windy bike course tested many of the female professionals. The defending champion made a charge for the lead around mile four of the run. Jacobs sealed her victory with a 2:53:27 run split, setting a new course record and sealing her back-to-back championships.

Top five professional women’s results are below: 

1. Jessica Jacobs                     USA                 8:55:10

2. Mackenzie Madison               USA                 9:10:21

3. Sofie Goos                           BEL                  9:22:21

4. Kim Loeffler                          USA                 9:29:07

5. Stephanie Jones                    USA                 9:33:45


Congratulations to Jessica Jacobs, Ronnie Schildknecht, and all of the other Ironman participants who competed in this weekend’s Ford Ironman Florida!


This Weekend In PCB….

This weekend will be an action-packed one here in Panama City Beach, with larger events, such as UNwineD and the Ironman competition, overshadowing some of the other events.  Take a look at the other events taking place this weekend!


November 4th-November 6th, Pier Park

The Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida brings you Madonnaro!  This will be the sixth year these event has been held, and is always a crowd-pleaser.  Artists are encouraged to paint (with chalk paint) an 8×10-ft spot on the sidewalk, supplies will be provided.  Artists will begin work each day at 9am.  Friday night at 6pm, saxophonist Chris Godber will be performing while a featured artist creates performance art and “paints with fire.”  This event is one-of-a-kind!

Deck the Palms

November 4th-November 6th, Palms Conference Center

Transforming the Palms Conference Center into a winter wonderland, Deck The Palms promises to offer great deals to price-conscious shoppers.  This event is a must for those looking to get ahead on holiday shopping!  Friday’s hours are 11am-8pm, Saturday the event will be open 9am-6pm, and Sunday the winter wonderland will be open 10am-3pm.  Various booths will be set up to help you find the perfect gifts for everyone on your shopping list.

Friday Fest

November 4th, Downtown Panama City

For the last Friday of the season, Downtown Panama City will be lit up for Friday Fest!  Music, food, and fun are bound to be had at the monthly street festival.  In the spring, the first Friday of the month festival will start again.

Woodlawn Church Fall Festival

November 5th, Pier Park Amphitheater

Join the Woodlawn Church from 10am-2pm for inflatables, carnival games, stilt walkers, crafts, and live music!  There will also be a dunking booth, a train ride, and more!  If you get hungry, there will be hot dogs, chips, BBQ, soft drinks, ice cream, cotton candy, popcorn, and kettle corn.  This event is free, and almost everything there will be free as well.  Woodlawn is holding this event to reach out to the community, so don’t forget to bring a friend or two!

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, it’s sure to be a blast!  Have fun and be safe!

Ford Ironman Florida Takes the Beach

The 13th Annual Ford Ironman Florida will be held this weekend in Panama City Beach.  Over 2,500 athletes from around the world area ready to compete in this year’s event, many hoping to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.
About Ironman Triathlons

There are over 30 sanctioned events throughout the world, as well as Ironman 70.3’s or Half-Ironman events.  Ironmans are one of the long-distance series organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).  The first Ironman was held in February 1978, fifteen men began the race and twelve completed it.  With no marketing, in 1979 when the race was held again, fifty participants gathered to compete.  (Only fifteen competed due to harsh weather conditions.)  It is often said that “there is no such thing as an easy Ironman” and also that “just finishing is a victory.”

About the Ford Ironman Florida

The Ford Ironman Florida includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run.  The 2.4-mile swim will consist of  two laps in a rectangular shape out into the Gulf Coast after a mass-start.  The bike lap will start at the Boardwalk Beach Resort on Front Beach Road and heading toward Highway 79, to Highway 20 and 77, and ending back at the Boardwalk Beach Resort.  Finally, the run, which is one of the flattest on the Ironman circuit, will start at the Boardwalk Beach Resort and wind its way to St. Andrews Park.  After St. Andrews Park, runners will make their way back to the Boardwalk Beach Resort to repeat the course again.  There will be water, nutritional bars, nutritional gels, and fruit available to athletes throughout the bike and run sections of the event.

There are 65 spots available for athletes who qualify from this event in the Ironman World Championship on October 13, 2012 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  Last year’s first place time was 8 hours 15 minutes and 59 seconds.  There will be a total professional prize purse of $25,000 this year.

Event Day Schedule

6:50 a.m.- Pro Start

7 a.m.- Age Group Start

12 a.m.- Race Officially Ends

Good Luck to those entered in the triathlon!

Relax and UNwineD This Weekend

The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and The Tourism Development Council are bringing us “UNwineD: Vines and Steins” this weekend,  a festival to celebrate local wines, craft beers, and cuisine as part of the “Taste of The Beach 2011.”  The event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Education Foundation.

There will be over 120 wines, 60 craft beers, food from 20 restaurants, and local musicians playing throughout the evening.  Alton Brown, host of “Good Eats” and “Iron Chef America,” will be in attendance.  Brown will be explaining how to pair the beverages with foods, as well as hosting a cooking demonstration.  Weekend passes are available for $80 online.

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 4th 6pm-9pm – Pier Park

For $40, you can purchase a ticket to taste the wines and beers as well as culinary samplings from the area.  Wander the streets of Pier Park while listening to local musicians and tastes of the coast.

Saturday, November 5th 6pm- Wyndham Bay Point Resort

Alton Brown’s cooking demonstration will be at 7:30pm, and is expected to last 90 minutes. He will also be signing his book (available at the event).  There will also be samples of food from Executive Chef Julio Lucero prepared with a collection of beer and wines.  This evening’s events will be $50.

Relax, Enjoy, and UNwineD!