Celebrate the Arts is Bigger and Better this Year!

 

Save the Date for Saturday, Jan 25th!

Celebrate the Arts Local Artists Market,  just got bigger and bolder thanks to Harley Davidson of Panama City Beach.

This year the event will also include a Celebrity Fashion Show and Live Auction, where local “celebrities” from Sheriff Frank McKeithen to Holly, Mandy and Miguel of Island 106 will not only be modeling the latest Harley fashions but will be auctioned off for a lunch date to benefit Beach Care Services.

In addition to the Fashion Show, with a $10 donation, participants can also enjoy a wine and cheese tasting.

The artists market portion of the event is free to the public, who can expect the same great wares from years before, with the addition of some new artists such as Roxanne Turnipseed who will be debuting her young girls’ bracelet line and Christon Anderson, whose works can be viewed from Main Street Gallery in Panama City to A.Wickey’s Gallery on 30A.

More About Celebrate the Arts

The event was born three years ago when business neighbors Karen Smith of Beachy Beach Real Estate and Roy Eure Jr., designer and owner of Cerulean Interiors fantasized about using art to help their community.  Eure, an artist himself, wanted to show his support for the local artist community and give them an opportunity to share their work while Smith saw an opportunity to fund raise for charity.  Artists would sell their wares and give a portion of the proceeds to Beach Care Services, a local charity that helps Panama City Beach locals in need.

This year’s event is expected to not only offer more, but more people will get an opportunity to take part due to Harley Davidson  providing the event location.   To stay tuned into the event, visit the Celebrate the Arts Facebook Page.

Information on how to pre-purchase Fashion Show and Wine Tasting tickets will be announced soon. Until then Save the Date for January 25th starting at 11 am.

 

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Locals Get in Free to Daytime Concerts Today Only!

 

The first ever Gulf Coast Jam is hitting Panama City Beach today and organizers have announced that today is “Locals Appreciation Day” and will allow all area residents to attend daytime concerts at any of the stages today at no charge. 

It is important to note that this perk is only for today, Thursday, September 26th and only for the daytime shows.  You will need tickets for the shows starting this evening.  Though are area expects several thousand out of town visitors for this event, there are still some Weekend Passes available.

For ticket information, call 888-512-7469 or visit their website at www.gulfcoastjam.com.  General Admission Passes for the weekend are only $139 while supplies last.  Panama City Beach country music fans can stay up to date with all the weekend has to offer by downloading the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Mobile App on your smart phone or visiting their Facebook page.

Some of headliners on the line-up include: Trace Adkins on Thursday, Brantley Gilbert on Friday, and the one and only Toby Keith on Saturday. Stages will be at Frank Brown Park, Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort, Boardwalk Beach Resort and Seahaven Beach Resorts.

 

Dancing For Life is this Saturday!

 

If you have ever wanted to see Sheriff Frank McKeithen shake his tail feathers, you can this Saturday, August 10th at Arnold High Theatre.

 

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McKeithen along with other law enforcement officers such as Police Chief Drew Whitman, Sergeant Emily Melton and Teresa Anglin will show off their best moves with professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studios.

Event Attendees will also enjoy something that is quite a treat for our area, a dance performance from nationally acclaimed dancers who waived their performance fee so all event profits could go to Relay for Life.  In addition to helping judge the event, World Mambo Champions Ronald and Katie Guillen as well as World Cabaret Champions Kimalee Piedad and Justin Guilmette will be performing.

Bay County law enforcement will go head to head with the Panama City Beach Police Department after spending twenty five hours to prepare a choreographed dance routine to be performed live with their professional partner.  The winner will be decided by a combination of votes from judges, audience applause, and the number of “votes” or dollar donations each dance couple receives.

The donations will aid in Fred Astaire’s fundraising efforts for their Relay for Life team for the American Cancer Society. Fred Astaire was moved to start this event five years ago when a beloved student, Dr. Joan Elzawahry passed away from cancer. It was then that the Fred Astaire of Panama City decided to use their gift of dance to help the fight against cancer and their efforts are gaining traction with each passing year.

Show organizer and Ballroom Dance Instructor Stephanie Van Wick reports that “I have been involved with this project since the beginning and have watched it grow.  This year it has been especially amazing seeing the level of community involvement, it has inspired me to work harder to make our contributions count.”

You can start voting for your favorite couple now by making a donation as well as purchase tickets for the show by going to www.fredastairepanamacity.com or calling their studio in Panama City at 850-873-6269.  General admission tickets are $25 per person but VIP tickets which include preferred seating and a cast party directly following the show at Boatyard restaurant are only $45.

Showtime is 6:30 pm at this Saturday, August 10th at Arnold High School Theatre on Alf Coleman Road in Panama City Beach.

 

 

 

 

The Violet Blues Back at the Beach for a Limited Time!

The Violet Blues featuring Ashleigh Smith,  Jenne Weaver and Beth Beighey are a Folk/Blues/Soul trio based out of Nashville, TN with ties to the Gulf Coast area with two it’s members hailing from Panama City Beach, Florida.

For a limited time only, two of the three members will be doing some shows in the Panama City Beach for those of us who have missed their unique sound and warm harmonies.

They will be playing at some of the local hot spots so check out their tour lineup on their website www.thevioletblues.com  or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thevioletblues.

Here’s their lineup so far:

3/1 Morning & Midday News Panama City Beach, FL

Channel 2 WMBB News 13

3/2 Finn’s Island Style Grub Panama City, FL
St. Andrews location

3/4 Newby’s Back Door Lounge Panama City Beach, FL

3/7 Hook’d Pier Bar Panama City Beach, FL

3/9 Hook’d Pier Bar Panama City Beach, FL

3/11 Newby’s Back Door Lounge Panama City Beach, FL

3/14 Tin Lizzie’s Atlanta, GA

3/15 Tin Lizzie’s Atlanta, GA

3/16 Tin Lizzie’s Atlanta, GA

And for their friends in Nashville…come see them at The American Pickers Store: Antique Archaeology on Sunday 4/14 at 2:30PM!

Amavida Coffee Hosts “Christon Anderson Art Opening”

The unapproachable urban vibe of Christon Dee Anderson is often in place to filter objectionable attitudes and cloak his kinder gentler persona. A black child born into the eighties was certain to be challenged and, unwavering, he met them head on. From an early age he spent a great deal of time drawing and showed a passionate interest in the arts. Born and bread in Florida’s Northwest panhandle provided an opportunity for other talents to blossom. His skill and ability at baseball, and later football, were recognized and in high school he received local and state accolades. The journeys outside his everyday routine opened his eyes to a whole new world. Although his stardom through making it into the record books was a bit hard to swallow. After a stint in the military he returned home with a hunger to find his voice and be heard. With local luminaries, Roland Hocket he studied drawing and was fascinated by the

artistic visual possibilities of photography under the tutelage of the late Johnnie Ihlfeld.

Anderson cast his bread upon the waters and was encouraged by commissioned works and fine art portraiture. These positive responses continue to bolster those with serious interest in his work.

Self proclaimed as SOPHISTICATED GUTTER, awarded and scooped up by emerging collectors and the seasoned art crowd, Christon Dee Anderson, from mild to wild, has clearly developed a recognizable style. Using a variety of traditional mediums, stand alone and meld, he creates visionary, intuitive, abstract, three dimensional works of ART. Christon evokes memories and fiery emotions through his antagonism and social criticism. Anchors to his stormy sea of creativity, Christan’s wife, Kristina, daughter, Isabel Rain, and son, Coleman Ray, are and will forever be works in progress, forever providing inspiration.

February 1, 2013 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Amavida Rosemary
104 North Barrett Square
Panama City Beach,FL 32413
USA

Cost: Free of Admission

White HOT Christmas Party at Fred Astaire

 

 

Feliz Navidad from Team Astaire!!!

 

Put your dancing shoes on for a good cause as Fred Astaire once again uses their gifts to help others in the spirit of “Celebrate the Arts”, a fundraising vehicle for local charities.

Help them “Dance for Aaron” as they welcome everyone, even and perhaps especially beginners for two FUN group dance classes and then stay for a fun night of dancing with the students and professionals of Fred Astaire Dance Studio on Thursday, December 20th.

“Aaron”, is Aaron Nichols, a former Bay High graduate who experienced a traumatic car accident a few years that left him permanently injured.  Aaron needs a piece of equipment to help with his recovery and has not been able to purchase it because of lack of funds.  The “Celebrate the Arts” event last November got the ball rolling, but several more thousand dollars are still needed to pay for the RT300 he needs.

Thursday night’s event  party will start at 6:30 with a group class of that infectious “horsey dance” to  “Gangnam Style”.

Fred Astaire will show you all the new moves of the latest pop dance that can’t help but put a smile on your face.

Following the Gangnam style class will be a beginner Latin group class at 7:15.  Then a Latin Dance Party starts at 8 pm for you to try out your new salsa moves!  Fred Astaire encourages you to bring your friends and share the experience!

Cost of this entire evening of fun is only $30 per person and includes an additional PRIVATE lesson to be used at a later time for new adult students.  Guests may also choose to just do the Gangnam Style dance for $15.  Fred Astaire will also be taking donations for Aaron, during the dance party.

To sign up for the event call the award-winning team at Fred Astaire of Panama City at 850 873 6269 or sign up for the event on their Facebook Event Page.

If you are a local business owner that would like to help out with your own fundraising idea using your product or service to help out folks like Aaron Nichols , email Britt@beachybeach.com or send a message to www.facebook.com/celebratetheartspcb.

If you know Aaron and cannot make event on the 20th, you may also make donations to his equipment fund at www.beachybeach.com/celebratetheartspcb.

Remember this  White HOT Latin party, is with a twist! Dress in your white Christmas party clothes with a little twist, like a fun red bow or a green tie….get creative and bring your dancing shoes!

And if you don’t have dancing shoes…come in anyway, Beginners are welcome and you do NOT need a partner.

See you at Fred Astaire on Thursday, December 20th and Feliz Navidad!

 

 

 

Operation Tango Heats up the Dance Floor

 

 

Operation Spay Bay needs your help. And all you have to do is break out your dance shoes and make room for some Spanish Paella.

Paella? Don’t know what it is? Who Cares? All you need to know is it is delicious and it is being served Friday November 16th alongside a fun night of Spanish Culture, music and dancing!

Have two left feet?  No worries, the professionals at Fred Astaire Dance Studios will be leading small group sessions for beginners to try some of the most popular Latin dances from the Tango to the Rumba.  No experience or partner is needed just a willingness to learn and have fun.  There will also be general dancing if you want to bypass the lesson and just enjoy the music.

Operation Tango is the perfect cure for the routine “dinner and a movie” date night  and is a great excuse to do something you wouldn’t normally do…and no worries there are no judges with score cards!  Participants can enjoy all the event has to offer for just $35 per person or $65 per couple.

Participants will enjoy authentic homemade Spanish cuisine as well as Sangria courtesy of The Wine Dog.  Tickets to this event can be purchased from The Wine Dog at 103 West 23rd Street or at Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Panama City.  You may also purchase tickets from Beachy Beach Real Estate on the West End of Panama City Beach.

Save the Date for  Operation Tango on Friday, November 16th, 7 to 9:30 pm at Fred Astaire Dance Studios at 2401 Ruth Hentz Ave off of 23rd Street in Panama City.

 

For more information visit: www.operationspaybay.org or call 850 -784- 2826.