Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival – UNwineD 2012

The Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival is this weekend, and while it’s not necessarily a replacement for the Seafood Wine and Music Festival of year’s past, it’s a wonderful substitue.  This year’s event is decorated with amazing seafood, great music and a brand new venue, Captain Anderson’s Marina.

Full event schedule

Thursday, October 25, 2012

5:00pm –  Fishing & Diving Tournament Totals Weigh-In Board will be UNVEILED showing 1st Place Artwork from PCB Elementary School Art Contest Winners @ Capt. Anderson’s Marina

6:00 – 8:00pm – PCB Seafood & Music Festival VIP (only) “Reception” at Boatyard Restaurant Sky Deck

8:30 – 10:00pm – PCB Seafood & Music Festival VIP (only) “BMI Songwriter Harbor Dessert Cruise” aboard the Lady Anderson Dining Yacht

10:00pm – 2:00am – “Late Night Hang” at Boatyard Restaurant and Marina Cantina w/BMI Songwriter performances (FREE admittance, food and drink a-la-carte)

Friday, October 26, 2012

12:00pm – 4th Annual Al Hubbard Kids Bay Fishing Tournament “Honoree Kid’s Fishing” (only) Lunch for kids provided by Marina Cantina. Kids, Chaperones & Volunteers Depart at 1:00 from Capt. Anderson’s Marina on the North Star. For more information go to: http://www.facebook.com/AlHubbardKidsFishingExperience

12:00 – 3:00pm – LoCash Cowboys “Beach Party” at Boardwalk Beach Resort

1:00 – 4:00pm – “Grand Lagoon, Shell Island & Dolphin Encounter – Sightseeing Cruise” on Capt. Anderson III. Tickets http://www.captandersonsmarina.com or at Marina $20.00/$10.00

4:00pm – 2:00am – FREE Shuttle Buses(Coastal Coaches) to Festival begin from FREE Parking lots at 1) Corner 98 & Thomas 2) Treasure Island Marina 3) Pirates Cove Marina and 4) St. Andrew’s State Park from – 4:00-11:00pm (entrance fee will be waived for Seafood Festival-goers)

4:00 – 10:00pm – Water Shuttle $2.00 fee (Shark Bite Amphibian Tours) from FREE Parking Lots at 1) Treasure Island Marina and 2) Pirates Cove

4:45pm – “Blessing of the Fleet” waterside @ Capt. Anderson’s Marina – ALL BOATS WELCOME~!

5:00 – 10:00pm – Festival Site OPEN – FREE Entry

5:00pm – Al Hubbard Kids Bay Fishing Tournament “Honoree Kid’s Fishing” trip returns – North Star dock. Weigh-in at Tournament Totals Board – Lady Anderson dock

5:00 – 6:30pm – “Sunset & Seabreeze Cruise” – Lady Anderson dining yacht with dance band Seabreeze and featuring BMI Songwriter Geoff McBride. Wine tasting and upscale appetizer buffet included. Reservations are required, space is limited. Tickets $39.00/$35.00/$27.00 Capt. Anderson’s Marina 850-234-3435 or online at http://www.CaptAndersonsMarina.com

Luxury Lounge – Celebrity Chef Demonstrations, Craft Beer & Wine, FRESH GULF SEAFOOD served by TOP Bay County Restaurants (Boatyard, Marina Cantina, Firefly, G. Foleys, Uncle Ernie’s, Capt. Anderson’s, Dee’s Hangout, Margaritaville, Fatty Patty’s) Admittance Price $10.00 includes keepsake glass w/a-la-carte food purchases (Food & Drink priced at $10.00 or less)

5:00-8:00pm – VIP PASS access to the Luxury Lounge -for a truly “luxurious” experience, $50 per night or $80 for a two-night pass which includes: *FREE food and wine tastings, *stage front seat for BMI Music Entertainment, *Reserved parking at Wyndham Bay Point w/shuttle both ways. For ticket purchase go to http://www.PCBSeafoodFestival.com or call 850-235-1159

Festival Vendor Village – (food & retail vendors) Prices will be posted on site

Bay County Fishing Heritage Tent – “Old Salts” Storytelling, Kid’s History Scavenger Hunt (w/prizes), Pictures w/Educational and Historical displays, St. Andrew’s State Park- FREE

Kidz Zone & Activities – Blue Crab Races, Fighting Chair Pull, Face Painting, Beach Bouncers, Glow Lights, Sandcastle Building, and more – ALL FREE

FWC Tent – Lionfish Exhibition, Education and Tasting – ALL FREE

Bill Cramer Chevrolet car, Legendary Marina boat, & Holiday on Wheels RV show

Dinner specials at Capt. Anderson’s, Boatyard & Marina Cantina

BMI Songwriter performances on community stage:

5:00 – Adam Craig & Cole Swindell

6:00 – Dylan Altman & Jim McCormick

7:00 – Scotty Emerick

8:00 – HEADLINER – LoCash Cowboys

5:15 -6:30pm – “Grand Lagoon & Dolphin Encounter – Sightseeing Cruise” on Capt. Anderson III. Tickets available http://www.captandersonsmarina.com or at Marina $12.00/$6.00

5:30pm – “FRESH GULF SEAFOOD Landing” w/Shrimp & Grouper Boats @ Lady Anderson dockside

10:00pm – Festival Site CLOSED, Last Water Shuttle to Treasure Island Marina and Pirates Cove

11:00pm – Parking Lot CLOSED at St. Andrew’s State Park

10:00pm – 2:00am – BMI Late Night Hang w/BMI Songwriter Performances:

Marina Cantina

10:00 pm – Abigail Rose

11:00 pm – Brandon Kinney & Brent Cobb

Boatyard Restaurant

10:00 pm – Blue Mother Tupelo

11:00 pm – Geoff McBride

12:30 am – Tyler Reeve Late Night Jam

2:00am Last Shuttle departs Boatyard Restaurant for FREE Parking Lots at 1) Corner 98 & Thomas 2) Treasure Island Marina 3) Pirates Cove Marina

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Calling all old salts, new salts, (even slightly salty) Fishers & Divers to take part in one of these awesome opportunities to have FUN with your friends, introduce a whole new generation of KIDS to fishing and at the same time raise money for local Bay County Charities! Ticket proceeds go to the Al Hubbard Kid’s Fishing Experience: Anchorage Children’s Home, Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Boys & Girls Club (Next year will also include Girls, Inc!)

***************Tournament Entry Tickets ONLY $5.00 ea*****************

NOW AVAILABLE at Capt. Anderson’s Marina TICKET OFFICE – sold until 12:00 pm Sat. You MUST purchase tournament ticket BEFORE you leave the dock – angler’s honor~!

5:00am – 5:00pm – 1st Annual Capt. Anderson’s Marina Lionfish “Lion-Tamer” DIVE Tournament – (Private Charter Boats Available at Capt. Anderson’s Marina or check with your local Dive Center) Divers will be donating the lionfish to FWC Tent on Festival Site for the purpose of promoting the elimination of them in our ecosystem and exhibiting how to handle them properly and then cook deliciously – come by for a taste! All other fish may be kept by angler after weigh-in. Dive Categories: Lionfish* / Red Grouper / Gag Grouper / Amberjack *Lionfish will be “wild cards”, each one to count as 1 lb towards fish of diver’s choice*

5:00am – 6:00pm – Deep Sea & Bay Fishing Tournament – (Head Boats/Private Charter Boats/Your Boat) – All fish may be kept by angler after weigh-in. Categories: TROLLING: Tuna (any)/ Dolphin / Wahoo / King Mackerel, BAY: Speckled Trout / Flounder / Spanish Mackerel / Blue Fish / Pompano / Sheepshead, BOTTOM: Red Grouper / Gag Grouper / Amberjack / Beeliners (Vermilion Snapper) / White Snapper (Red Porgy)

5:00am – 5:00pm – Star Queen (Head Boat) “12 HR Deep Sea Fishing” $90.00 (price includes gear, bait, tax & fishing license)

7:00am-5:00pm – Capt. Anderson (Head Boat) “10 HR Deep Sea Fishing” $75.00 (price includes gear, bait, tax & fishing license)

9:00am – 3:00pm – Gemini Queen (Head Boat) “6 HR Deep Sea Fishing” $60.00 (price includes gear, bait, tax & fishing license)

10:00am – 2:00am – FREE Shuttle Buses(Coastal Coaches) to Festival begin from FREE Parking lots at 1) Corner 98 & Thomas 2) Treasure Island Marina 3) Pirates Cove Marina and 4) St. Andrew’s State Park from 10:00am-11:00pm (entrance fee will be waived for Seafood Festival-goers)

10:00am – 10:00pm – Water Shuttle $2.00 fee (Shark Bite Amphibian Tours) from FREE Parking Lots at 1) Treasure Island Marina and 2) Pirates Cove

10:30am – 12:00pm – FREE “Kid’s Dockside Bay Fishing Experience” – meet at Tournament Totals Board

12:00pm NOON – Festival Site OPEN – FREE Entry

Opening Ceremonies on Community Stage including: Welcome & Introductions, Opening Prayer, Presentation of Colors by USN Color Guard, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem

12:00 – 10:00pm – Luxury Lounge – Celebrity Chef Demonstrations, Craft Beer & Wine, FRESH GULF SEAFOOD served by TOP Bay County Restaurants (Boatyard, Marina Cantina, Firefly, G. Foleys, Uncle Ernie’s, Capt. Anderson’s, Dee’s Hangout, Margaritaville, Fatty Patty’s) Admittance Price $10.00 includes keepsake glass w/a-la-carte food purchases (Food & Drink priced at $10.00 or less)

Festival Vendor Village – (food & retail vendors) Prices will be posted on site

Bay County Fishing Heritage Tent – “Old Salts” Storytelling, Kid’s History Scavenger Hunt (w/prizes), Pictures w/Educational and Historical displays, St. Andrew’s State Park-FREE

Kidz Zone & Activities – Blue Crab Races, Fighting Chair Pull, Face Painting, Beach Bouncers, Glow Lights, Sandcastle Building, and more – ALL FREE

FWC Tent – Lionfish Exhibition, Education and Tasting – ALL FREE

Bill Cramer Chevrolet car, Legendary Marina boat, Holiday on Wheels RV Show

BMI Songwriters & Community Stage Performances:

12:30 – Abigail Rose

1:15 – Local Performances, Family Activities & Art Contest Winners

5:00 – Brandon Kinney & Brent Cobb

6:00 – Blue Mother Tupelo

7:00 – Charlie Worsham

8:00 – HEADLINER – Jeffrey Steele Band

2:30 – 4:00pm – FREE “Kid’s Dockside Bay Fishing Experience” – meet at Tournament Totals Board

5:00 – 6:30pm – “Sunsets & Sea Breeze Cruise” – Lady Anderson dining yacht with dance band Seabreeze and featuring BMI Songwriters Aaron Barker & Bridgett Tatum. Wine tasting and upscale appetizer buffet included. Reservations are required, space is limited. Tickets $39.00/$35.00/$27.00 Capt. Anderson’s Marina 850-234-3435 or online at http://www.CaptAndersonsMarina.com

5:00pm – Lionfish “Lion-Tamer” DIVE Tournament – Final Weigh-In @ Tournament Totals Board

5:00-8:00pm – VIP PASS access to the Luxury Lounge -for a truly “luxurious” experience, $50 per night or $80 for a two-night pass which includes: *FREE food and wine tastings, *stage front seating for BMI Music Entertainment, *Reserved parking at Wyndham Bay Point w/shuttle both ways. For ticket purchase go to http://www.PCBSeafoodFestival.com or call 850-235-1159

5:00-8:00pm – Luxury Lounge – Ice Carving Demonstrations

Dinner specials at Capt. Anderson’s, Boatyard & Marina Cantina

5:15 -6:30pm – “Grand Lagoon & Dolphin Encounter – Sightseeing Cruise” on Capt. Anderson III. Tickets available http://www.captandersonsmarina.com or at Marina $12.00/$6.00

6:00pm – Deep Sea & Bay Fishing Tournament- Final Weigh-In @ Tournament Totals Board

6:45 – FISH & DIVE TOURNAMENT WINNERS – ANNOUNCED ON COMMUNITY STAGE

10:00pm – Festival Site CLOSED, Last Water Shuttle to Treasure Island Marina and Pirates Cove

11:00pm – Parking Lot CLOSED at St. Andrew’s State Park

10:00pm – 2:00am – BMI Late Night Hang w/BMI Songwriter Performances:

Boatyard Restaurant

10:00 pm – Scotty Emerick, Dylan Altman & Jim McCormick

11:00 pm – Geoff McBride

12:30 am – Tyler Reeve Late Night Jam

Marina Cantina

10:00 pm – Cole Swindell & Adam Craig

11:00 pm – Charlie Worsham & Brent Cobb

2:00am Last Shuttle departs Boatyard Restaurant for FREE Parking Lots at 1) Corner 98 & Thomas 2) Treasure Island Marina 3) Pirates Cove Marina

Sunday, October 28, 2012

11:00am – 3:00pm – Brunch with BMI Songwriters at Boatyard Restaurant, BMI Open Mic Performances

Parking and Shuttle Recap

FRI :: 4:00pm – 2:00am FREE Shuttle Buses (Coastal Coaches) to Seafood Festival from FREE Parking lots at 1) Corner 98 & Thomas 2) Treasure Island Marina 3) Pirates Cove Marina and 4) St. Andrew’s State Park from 4:00-11:00pm (entrance fee will be waived for Seafood Festival-goers)

FRI :: 4:00 – 10:00pm Water Shuttle $2.00 fee (Shark Bite Amphibian Tours) from FREE Parking Lots at 1) Treasure Island Marina and 2) Pirates Cove

SAT :: 10:00am – 2am FREE Shuttle Buses (Coastal Coaches) to Festival from FREE Parking lots at 1) Corner 98 & Thomas 2) Treasure Island Marina 3) Pirates Cove Marina and 4) St. Andrew’s State Park from 4:00-11:00pm (entrance fee will be waived for Seafood Festival-goers)

SAT :: 4:00 – 10:00pm Water Shuttle $2.00 fee (Shark Bite Amphibian Tours) from FREE Parking Lots at 1) Treasure Island Marina and 2) Pirates Cove

For additional information about the Luxury Lounge, VIP Access, or Custom Coach Shuttle and BMI Music Schedule contact PCB Chamber at 850-235-1159 or visit pcbseafoodfestival.com

For additional information on the Water Events, Fishing & Diving Tournaments and Lady Anderson Dining Yacht cruises, Capt. Anderson’s Marina at 850-234-3435, 800-874-2415 or visit CaptAndersonsMarina.com

Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater Construction Update

Very few things excite me as much as new construction in Panama City Beach.  You know I love dreaming of the future and any sort of growth is a sign of prosperity and success.  The improvements happening at Aaron Bessant Park are really beginning to take shape.  So far the construction of the new amphitheater is giving it some shape and the new restroom facilities are coming out of the ground.  They’ve also began grading the field preparing for the soccer fields.

As you roll through the pictures of the construction update, you can reference the layout schematics to get some bearing on what is where.

Amphitheater schematics

On the west side of the amphitheater there will be the dressing room area.  This will provide an area for the performers to prepare and rest.  There are actually two separate dressing rooms, each with their own full bathroom and a green room. In addition, on that side of the amphitheater there is an administrative office for support staff and secured storage.

On the east side of the amphitheater is the loading and storage area.  There is an opening that is large enough and at the right height for a semi truck trailer to pull right up and off load equipment.  In addition, there is a large amount of storage area.

Construction update photos

Taken from the east side (facing west), this shot looks at the side of the structure.  To the right in this image would be the audience.

This is a closer shot of the east side of the structure.  The larger opening in the middle will be the garage bay door where performers will be able to pull their trailer up to for loading and unloading.  Immediately behind that wall will be storage.

This is taken from the front of the structure with the audience placement behind me.  This shows the right or west side of the building and the stage area.

This is again, the west side of the structure.

REMINDER – Three Day Christian Music Festival on the Beach

The Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, a REAL.FUN.BEACH. destination offering something for everyone, has announced REAL.FUN.MUSIC., a three-day contemporary Christian music festival featuring Point of Grace, Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant.  Part of Panama City Beach’s SUMMER OF FUN campaign, REAL.FUN.MUSIC. will take place Friday, Aug. 20 – Sunday, Aug. 22 on the beach across from Pier Park at the City Pier,* and is free for all visitors and residents.

“We are so pleased to offer a weekend that is inspirational and uplifting,” states Dan Rowe, president and CEO of Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau.  “Our gorgeous sugar-white sand beaches and crystal-clear emerald green waters set the stage for three nights of praise, worship and reflection.”

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