An Attempt to Salvage “Fun for the Holidays”

While “Fun for the Holidays” looked like something that everyone was going to be excited about, the reality was not what anyone had pictured.  The amount of lights was wan in comparison to what was described prior to the events opening, although the forest of Christmas Trees was as plentiful and in tune with music as had been promised.  Many were expecting the pier to be lit up with lights showing the story of “Christmas Under the Sea,” and not a film projected onto the sand.  You wouldn’t know there was a video being projected onto the sand until you were on the pier, but once there you’d see the creative devices showing the film on either side.

However, many children seemed to have fun at the event.  Several comments had been heard about the “ice skating” rink which was setup, even being compared with ‘plastic covered in baby oil.’  No one seemed impressed with the attempt to create an ice skating environment by the beach. Shortly after Thanksgiving the entry price was lowered, most likely due to lack of community participation.

It seems that the event has still been found lacking in the eyes of the community.  The event has added extended dates- lasting till December 30th now and has extended the ‘ice skating’ hours, Thursday- Saturday from 10am-5pm and 6pm-10pm and Sunday from 12pm-4pm.  They have also added more light displays; a Snowmen Cove with 6-foot snowmen, Santas Galore in Action, a Nativity Scene, and more!  They will be rotating out vendors each night, as well as having carolers and a fire pit (with complimentary s’mores supplies).  From December 15th-17th and 22nd-23rd, Mike Jones will be selling and signing his book, Salvaged Santa.  He will also be accepting donations for the Salvage Toy Program.

New Additions for Children:

  • Visit with Santa including a gift bag sponsored by Gulf World Marine Park
  • Photograph with Santa and photo download
  • Holiday face painting
  • Caricature drawings
  • Christmas sand art project (Children 18 and under)
  • Flip, Flop and Snowflake coloring station
  • Reindeer food recipe-making station
  • One additional free item each night.  Always a surprise!

 

Will these changes and new additions be enough to salvage “Fun for the Holidays” or is it too little too late?

The Snapperbowl Tradition Continues

The 43rd Annual Snapperbowl Thanksgiving Classic continues this year with three days of youth football.  The Snapperbowl is the largest running youth football tournament in the United States, and attracts teams from all over the country.  The Classic is a double elimination tournament, continuing till only one team remains in each division.  The Classic will begin on Thanksgiving and run till the 26th at Pete Edwards Field (7300 McElvey Road).  Admission is free for children and will be $5.00 for adults.

The first Snapperbowl was held in 1967, and has since become the Harold M. Creel Memorial Snapperbowl.

Divisions

PeeWee (7 and Under, 70lbs)

Bantumweight (8 and Under, 80lbs)

Lightweight (9 and Under, 90lbs)

Welterweight (10 and Under, 100lbs)

Middleweight (11 and Under, 110lbs)

Cruiserweight (12 and Under, 120lbs)

Heavyweight (13 and Under, 130lbs)

 

For more tournament information, please see the Snapperbowl website.

Good luck to all of those who are playing!  Have fun watching the future generations of football players!

 

A Fun-filled Fall Weekend at the Beach

The cooler weather is rolling in, but it isn’t stopping the events in Panama City Beach! Here is a look at some of the events around town this weekend:

Marshalls Grand Opening

October 27, 2011- Pier Park

Marshalls, where you should “never pay full price for fabulous,” is ready to open its doors this Thursday!  Marshalls shops year round to provide brand names and popular fashions at low price. Pier Park will be it’s newest home.

Margaritaville’s Coast is Clear Locals Party

October 27, 2011- Margaritaville, Pier Park

Celebrating the end of summer and peak season, Margaritaville is hosting an event for the PCB locals.  Enjoy live music, drink specials, $5 food specials, prize giveaways,and get your Locals VIP Card! From 5:00 to 8:00 pm, prizes will be given away each hour, including one pair of tickets to see Jimmy Buffet live in concert!  Thank-you Margaritaville for celebrating the locals!

Gulf Coast Chiropractic & Rehab’s Ladies Night of Indulgence Fall Luau

October 27, 2011- Gulf Coast Chiropractic and Rehab

From 5:30-7:30 pm, ladies are invited to indulge in complimentary drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, free massage, and entertainment.  This is a free event from Gulf Coast Chiropractic and Rehab which will include skin care product demos, jewelry, self-spray tanning, hair feathers, art, pilates, health and wellness, microdermabrasion treatments, yoga, orthotic testing, and more.  All for free, so ladies- don’t miss this event!

Conservation Park Grand Opening

October 29, 2011- Conservation Park

It’s opening day at Conservation Park and promises to be a day full of fun!  Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served from 12pm-2pm, along with giveaways and other fun activities.  A 10K, 5K, and 1 mile family fun run will start at 8am to commemorate the event. More information about the run is available here.  The premise behind this park is to reclaim wetlands that were altered through tree-farming practices.  Many trails and bike paths wil run through the property, as well as a wood-framed porch for park guests.  Enjoy a day in the Florida outdoors!

 

Have a safe and fun weekend getting massages, shopping at Marshalls, eating at Margaritaville, and walking around Conservation park!

Little Black Dresses, Tigers, Clowns, and Jazz Music- Oh My!

Three events take the stage this weekend in Panama City Beach; the Little Black Dress party at The Boatyard, the Cole Brothers Circus, and the 11th Annual Jazz by the Bay Festival.  No matter your interests one of these three events are sure to keep you entertained!

Little Black Dress

October 20th, The Boatyard

It’s the third Thursday of the month which means live entertainment, gift bags, appetizers, and for the ladies- free champagne!  Chef Konrad will also be creating a new dinner special for the event.  There will be live entertainment from 7pm till 10pm when DJ Vladi and DJ Beachhouse takeover till the party ends.  Go to The Boatyard and have fun! Remember all profits go to the American Cancer Society and the fight against breast cancer!

Cole Brothers Circus

October 20th-23rd, Frank Brown Park

Coming to Panama City Beach and Frank Brown Park is the Cole Brothers Circus, known as “The World’s Largest Circus Under the Big Top.” This circus strives to provide family-friendly entertainment to their visitors in a clean, courteous, and safe environment.  Shows are at 7:30pm on Thursday and Friday, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm on Saturday, and on Sunday at 1:30pm and 4:30pm.  You can buy tickets at the Cole Brothers Circus website.  General admission tickets are $14, with reserved tickets priced at $17 and VIP tickets being $20.  You can also learn about the different acts and circus stars at the website.  Enjoy the motorcycle stunts, tigers, clowns, aeriel ballerinas, and more!

11th Annual Jazz by the Bay Festival

October 21st-22nd, Oaks by the Bay Park

Bringing attention to jazz music, the Gulf Jazz Society is hosting the 11th Annual Jazz by the Bay Festival.  In Historic St. Andrews, the two-day jazz music appreciation festival will be held by the water.  Six bands are scheduled to play, including the all-star Dixieland and famous Bud Leeds Classic Jazz Band.  You can read more about these bands here. The festival is free and open to the public, so bring a date or your family and listen to several different styles of jazz music.

 

Whether you want to meet new people and raise money for the American Cancer Society, take your friends or children to the circus, or relax and listen to some amazing Jazz music- be safe and have a great weekend!

This Week:Pirates, Ghosts, Witches, Gymnasts, and Disney Characters!

The week of October 5th to October 12th is filled with Pirates, ghosts and witches, gymnasts, and Disney Princesses in Panama City.

Pirates of the High Seas Festival

October 7th and 8th, 2011

Pirates are invading Panama City Beach Friday and Saturday at the High Seas Festival.  The festival will include pirate and wench costume contests, pet costume competitions, Mardi Gras style parades, beach ball drops, a 5K and half marathon, treasure hunts, face painting, pirate ship battles, children’s pirate parade, movie screenings, balloon making, and firework shows.

Please see the full article for detailed information and a complete event schedule.

Camp Helen State Park Ghost Walk and History Tour

October 8th, 2011

Saturday, for only $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children, you can join Camp Helen State Park for storytelling and historic re-enactments.  The event will take place from 5 – 8:30pm and is family-friendly.  Dress up in your favorite costume and bring a flashlight.  Please park at Winn Dixie and ride the free shuttle if you are able, parking at the park is limited to handicapped.

7th Annual Fall Into Edgewater

October 8th– 10th, 2011

Expecting a record number of athletes this year, is the Gymnastics Invitational competition at the Edgewater Beach Resort.  USAG levels 2-10 will be competing based on Region 8 Rules and Florida Rules, as well as AAU levels 2-8.  There will be a pool party from 6pm-8pm on Saturday to kick the competition off, followed by a weekend with two gyms full of talented gymnasts.

Three Classic Fairy Tales

October 9th, 2011

You can see Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald Duck bringing alive Snow White, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast.  Disney Live! is an experience for the whole family – adventure, humor, and romance.  Tickets start at $17 and we’re offering a special discount to PCBDaily readers.  When you buy using this phone number (850-763-4696) and mention the name “BELLE” you’ll save $5.00 from total ticket price.  Not valid on Front Row/VIP.  Additional service/handling fees may apply.  The show is at 2:30 and 5:30pm at the Marianna Civic Center.

Have an amazing weekend, there are definitely a plethora of events to choose from!

 

This Weekend in PCB – Thunder Beach, Oktoberfest, and Murder Mystery

This coming fall weekend promises to be another full one in Panama City Beach.  The Autumn Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is coming to the beaches from Wednesday till Sunday, Downtown Panama City is celebrating Oktoberfest Friday and Saturday, and there will be a Murder Mystery Cruise.

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally

September 27th – October 2nd

Wednesday will start the Annual Thunder Beach Autumn Motorcycle Rally, with Kick-off parties at The Sandpiper Beacon Resort, The Shores of Panama, and Pineapple Willies.  (Officially, the rally doesn’t begin till the 28th.)  This year’s event will include Miss Thunder Beach and Mrs. Thunder Beach pageants, poker runs, memorial parades, and a custom bike show.  Please see Thunder Beach website for a detailed listing of this weeks festivities.

Oktoberfest

September 30th-October 1st

Friday and Saturday in the Downtown area of Panama City, the Annual Oktoberfest will transform the area into a quaint village in Germany.  Visitors to the event should expect to see carnival rides, accordions, sausage eating contests,  and more.  As one would expect, there will be plenty of musical stylings, including polka music.  Keeping children busy with rides, clowns, and face-painting the festival will also be occupying adults with a wide selection of beers.  There will be Omm-Pah-Pah concerts and ceremonial keg tapping!

Murder Mystery Cruise

September 30th

This coming Friday evening The Betsy Ann Riverboat Cruise will be hosting a Murder Mystery Cruise.  Taking off at 6:30pm from the Sun Harbor Marina at the base of the Hathway Bridge, The Betsy Ann Riverboat will return at 8:30pm.  The price is $38.95 per person and $26.95 for children 5-12 years old.  The cruise promises to send you back in time to learn the history of steam paddle wheel boats and when the original Hathaway Bridge was built.

Have fun this weekend exploring Panama City Beach and please “look twice- save a life” of a motorcyclist!

 

A Zoobilee Time of Year

Looking for inexpensive family fun this weekend? Celebrating Zoobilee 2011, Zoo World admission will only be $1.00 on September 24th and 25th.  Zoobilee is to show appreciation for the community for their continued support, and to serve as a fundraiser for the care of the animals at Zoo World.  Gates will be open at 9:30am, last admittance at 4:30pm, and the Zoo will close at 5:00pm.  There is $3.00 parking at Zoo World, but if you park at Wal-Mart there is free parking and a shuttle.

In addition to enjoying the animals at Zoo World there will be:

  • Pony Rides
  • Picture with a real bull
  • Feed the petting zoo
  • Dunk booth
  • Bungee race
  • Drawings
  • Half price animal photos
  • Snack Bar

Zoo World has been operating in Panama City Beach for nineteen years.  Bring your family out to Zoo World this weekend for family friendly fun at an affordable price!