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Volume IX, Number 18 Pensacola Beach, Florida December 24, 2013 Island Times Volume IX, Number 10 Pensacola Beach, Florida September 3, 2013Bizarre Star Andrew Zimmern Comes To The BeachThe Pensacola Beach Chamber has a recipe for success using star power and culinary talents to amp up the Sixth Annual Taste of the Beach, Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15 at Casino Beach. Andrew Zimmern, center, is a James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer, teacher and is widely regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. Hes the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channels hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Andrew Zimmerns Bizarre World, and his new series, Bizarre Foods America. Zimmern will be at Taste of the Beach Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. The festival, which showcases Pensacola Beachs restaurants includes a dessert contest. Chef John Flaningam of Crabs, top delight young guests. Pensacola Beach resident Laken Harvey, top right, has been to Taste of the Beach every year. Look for her in the Mermaid Parade on Sunday and the Hula Hoop contest in the Childrens Area. Rev up your engines! George Smith and his brother-in-law Mike Cook, bottom right, proudly mug the camera next to Smiths entry in the Lifes A Vette on the Beach car show. The show is Saturday from 10 to 3 p.m. The Sauce Boss lays down some serious blues on the Gulfside Pavilion stage, bottom left. He sings and cooks a giant pot of gumbo. It delicious entertainment. The full list of ingredients for the two day buffet of fun is on Page 2 and in Tasty Times, a special four page festival, pull-out section. Look Inside forTasty TimesSpecial Section Grin and Bear ItPolar Bear Plunge January 1 at 2 p.m. Santa Rosa Sound behind Paradise Bar and Grill

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PAGE 2 Island Times December 24, 2013 Published every other Tuesday islandtimes@bellsouth.net www.MyIslandTimes.comNo portion of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. Island Times Island Times Beary Good Plunging Tips by Dave Greenwood Water Safety Supervisor:1. If you cannot swim, do not go into the water 2. Warm up before you enter the water 3. Do not drink BEFORE entering the water; alcohol impairs judgment and lessens the bodys ability to maintain adequate body heat 4. Have a swim cap on to preserve body heat; most body heat is lost through the head 5. Make sure feet are covered with appropriate shoes; in cold water, the skin becomes numb, and you can easily lacerate numb skin 6. Consider not submerging head into frigid water 7. Have a towel and dry clothes available for changing out of wet clothes once you exit the water 8. Have a hot beverage to consume after you exit the water 9. Do not jump/dive off the small pier 10. Hypothermia is a serious risk factor, and can quickly sneak up. We treated a SCUBA diver from a Park to Baptist Trauma center.Polar Bears Plunge in New Years Day EventLooking for the Christmas and New Years Event Schedule?Turn to Christmas Times on Pages 10-11 of this edition. Twenty-eight very merry passengers stowed away on the Shady Lady during the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerces Lighted Boat Parade, December 7. The parade launched from Sabine Marina in Little Sadestination. The Shady Lady won top honors as the Best of Show for its lighting and decorations. Gulf Islands National Seashore Announces Living History Camp and Candlelight ToursKrewe of Wrecks Releases Mardi Gras Parade Applications, Sets Safety Meetings

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Island Times PAGE 3Forever...Barefoot on the BeachAs a tribute to Jane Waters who passed away January 10, 2012 Island Times will continue to run some of Janes favorite columns for your enjoyment December 24, 2013 Our latitude will change your attitude Wings Burgers Seafood RibsOPEN EVERYDAY at 11 AMLunch Specials MonFri 11-2 Dinner Specials NightlyCATCH IT ALL!1010 Ft. Pickens Road Pensacola Beach 932-4139 www.peglegpetes.comRaw Oysters Fresh Gulf SeafoodOPEN EVERYDAY at 11am Waterfront Dining Oyster Bar Live Music Gift Shop Kids Playground#2 Via de Luna Pensacola Beach 934-3660Sports in Hi Def40 TVs 8 Big Screens 934-3660 www.sidelinessportsbarandrestaurant.com WINGS49Every Thursdayc Monday Cajun Nite Tuesday Surf and Turf Wed Mexican Madness Specials Tues: Half Price Bottles of Wine Wed: Raw Oyster Specials Thurs: Baked Oyster Specials Pensacola Beach www.sidelinessportsbarandrestaurant.com www.sidelinessportsbarandrestaurant.com Tuesday Surf and Turf Tuesday Surf and Turf Wed Mexican Madness Wed Mexican Madness All Sports Always On Krewe of Wrecks MeetingsJan 6 Hemingways Jan 13 Flounders Jan 20 Shaggys Jan 27 The Break Start Time: 6 PM Dues $30 ~ The Krewe welcomes all who wish to join. Please come to meeting to apply.Mardi Gras on the Island Events January 11: Krewe of Nereids King Kake Party, 3-7 pm Paradise January 11: Krewe of Bananimals Ball, 7-11. Springhill Suites January 18: Krewe of Shakers WigWacker Party, Sandshaker, 9 PM January 25: Krewe of Nauga Champagne Breakfast, The Dock, 10 AM January 25: Krewe of Kids Sign Up, Beach Church, 2 PM January 25: Krewe of Brewe Beach Babe Contest, Sandshaker, 3 PM February 7: Krewe of Nereids Moon Pie Party, Sandshaker, 7 PM February 8: Krewe of Kids Royal Doughnut Breakfast, Church, 8 AM February 22 Kids and Kritters Parade, 2 PM, Across from Sidelines February 22 Krewe of Wrecks Grand Costume Ball, Elks February 24 Queens Dinner, Flounders February 24 Kings Supper, Elks March 1 Champagne Breakfast, Crabs, 10 AM March 1 Street Dance, Sabine Sandbar, Noon March 2 Krewe of Wrecks Parade, 2 PM March 3 Red Beans and Rice Lunch, 11 AM March 4 Krewe of Coma, Sandshaker, 6 PM March 4 Shoe Box Float Contest, Paradise, 8 PM Feb 3 Cactus Flower Feb 10 Sidelines Feb 17 Elks LodgePensacolaBeachMardiGras.com* Some events require tickets, reservations, or membershipIf you have a feeling you have read this story before, you are probably right. Since we reprint this fantasy every year at Christmastime, it slides comfortably into Beach lore. We believe it should be repeated every year, because it has good thoughts. Its all about a devoted married couple, unbroken friendships, loving, sharing, and living life in the exotic lane. It also reveals the secret that thousands of people who visit Pensacola Beach never want to leave, but like Santa some insurmountable obstacle stands in their way. It teaches us that families all over the world are really just like us, Beach folks in their hearts. And all of us Beach dwellers know the lesson we learn from it that no matter what issues are lapping at our shores, we will somehow protect our enchanted way of life. Rosa, your island is alive and well. ~ The Day Santa Named the Island ~When Santa Claus visits the Island every Christmas, he always brings Mrs. Claus along. She doesnt make many business trips with her husband, but she has a special reason for returning year after year to the Beach. This legend goes far back to a time when there were few living things on the Island. The white sand glistened for miles and miles, untouched by streets or structures. Or people. Santa, who was making his annual rounds that year, decided the uninhabited white stuff he noticed below would make a safe landing place for his sleigh so he and the reindeer could take a break. He fastened his seat belt, and turned on his twinkling lights. The eight tiny reindeer brought the heavily laden sleigh down easily. It nestled in the soft sand, a distinctly different runway from their usual snowy rest stops. Santa got out of the sleigh, loosened his belt, stuck his boot in the squeaky sand, and exclaimed to the reindeer, Hey, we landed in Paradise. Donner and Blitzen snorted because the snow ball they tried to make wouldnt stick together. I may relocate my workshop to this Island, Santa mused. We could eliminate the woodcutter section, and add those guys to the toy making division. Think how happy the kids would be if we produced more toys than ever. He pondered the possibility as he removed his heavy jacket and let the sun shine on his chest. We would never have to arrange for vacations, because no one would want to leave paradise. Our new work uniforms would be long shorts and t-shirts. All our raw materials could come in like magic on the water. Wed never have to thaw out the cans of paint. Santa pulled off his heavy boots and pants and jumped into the Sound for a swim wearing only his candy striped underwear. We would have to put up a new sign. That old North Pole sign is pretty worn out anyway. What can I name this place? Then a Christmas light exploded in Santas head. He would name this romantic little Island after his beloved wife and himself. Santa Rosa Island. Santa liked the sound of the new name. Reluctantly, he put his heavy, red suit back on, and prepared the reindeer for take off. After the worldwide delivery trip ended, and he was resting by a big open Pole, he told his wife, Rosa, about his plan to move the entire operasurrounded by sparkling water. A place that was warm and cozy. Where the elves could test the and sailboards the year round. Ah, Rosa, I have found paradise, Santa said. A romantic place for the two of us. Rosa pushed her spectacles up on her nose, and Santa knew he was in trouble She only did that when she was getting ready to yell at him about major problems like running out of Barbie dolls or drinking too much Coca-Cola. Santa, she said in that awful tone of voice, How could you play such a dirty trick on Frosty the Snowman? So, Rosa had the last word, Santa could never move to a place where his old sidekick, Frosty, would never survive. Santa did not move his factory to the Island. But one starry Christmas eve, he asked Rosa to ride with him, and he landed on the beach for a short time. Just long enough to put a small sign, Santa Rosa Island. So thats how the island got its name. And that is the reason Mrs. Claus climbs aboard the sleigh on the night Santa makes his annual visit to Pensacola Beach. After all its not every wife who has a whole island named after her.

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PAGE 4 Island Times December 24, 2013 ?? ????? ? ? ??? ??? ? ??? ? ?T? ???rivia??? ? PEOPLE 3479 Gulf Breeze Pkwy 850-932-7100 Next to Sonic Blue Sky Gift Shoppe Gifts Galore Whimsical Home Decor Sports Teams Teachers Childrens Gourmet Mermaids and more.... Com e as you are Bike, boat or car INN Top 10 Florida Beach Bars Full Service Open Air FOOD Try a Fred Burger or Renees Famous Shrimp Salad 21 Via de Luna Pensacola Beach 850-916-5087 paradisebar-grill.com BAR FUNPOKER: WED, 7 Texas Hold Em SPORTS: College Bowl & NFL Football on our big screen Be Here! Play & Stay R ates Reservations Fireworks at 8 pm & Midnite. 2 Parties, Too Much Fun! Paradise All Star Band plays. Get a room. $10 for adults, $5 for Polar Bear Cubs. T-shirts, Prizes.Free Black Eyed Peas for good luck. Krewe of Nerieds King Kake Party Saturday, January 11 3 p.m. Open to all fun people. No charge. Music King Kake Prizes Go where the locals go Dance in the sand Eat by the Sound STAR STUDENTThomas Chase Allen is making his mark in his teachers grade books. The Beach School grad is in eighth grade at Gulf Breeze Middle School and continues to score high. He has been named to the Honor Roll for the PARTY IN DECEMBERDan and Jeannine Reiff of Shiloh, Illinois, visited Pensacola Beach in October, so Dan thought to give his gal an Island Times subscription. He contacted the admitted that Decembers a big month at their house. The couples ber 24. With all those parties, hope YOU MEAN SEW MUCH Pandora de Balthazar shared a James Poule and Burma Davis rish, Morgan Parrish, Robert and Meagen Cooke, Beata Antal and more are the past, the future, and the present of the pure fiber of in the summer and linen covered ARTFULLY DONEThe art gene has passed from Beach resident Bonnie Elbert to ramics entries into the Great Gulf SWEET SNOODLESeventeen-month-old Isla is tersons leash. She has a big list of have a big bag of treats to give. She parade. a glamorous trip to Havana, set partied. bad. The Trivia Master felt like Santa. Opening email after email, fortune or a little respect. Hes giving none of those things to Island Times t-shirt gets returned to the tions bubble up in the TMs vat of useless facts. famous little doll. Countless children have hugged, lugged and loved this little gal. Shes Barbara. The TM is, of course, referring to the ever-famous Island Times t-shirt. Good luck. The deadline to COOLEST SANTA ON THE BEACH! Abigail Redman, 10, gets to whisper to Kowabunga Breakfast cember 7. She knows shell get her wish... dad, Johnny Redman.

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PAGE 5 Island Times December 24, 2013 We have gone back to basics. Expect the same incredible quality food delivered in less time. Beer Mug Club $1 any light beer, any time with RED label mug $2.50 any light beer, any time with BLACK label mug850-932-1417500 Quietwater Beach Blvd Upstairs from Key Sailing Family Friendly Inside & Open Air Waterfront Dining Area Mon: Red Beans & Rice $250 Wed: Karaoke 6 9 Mug Club Members $1 & $250 any beer! Sun: Live Music 5 to 7 p.m. Perfect way to wrap up your weekend T he Santa Rosa Island Au thority Board set the stage for the new year at their December 11 full board and committee meetings electing Tammy Bohannon to serve as Board Chairman. Bohannon is a beach resident and business owner, who serves as Commissioner Grover Robinsons appointee. Local attorney Fred Gant is vice-chairman. Janice Gilley was tapped as secretary-treasurer and Ed Guernsey is the acting secretary-treasurer. In addition to the changes in leadership, the Board paved the way for new businesses and infrastructure projects for next year. Subways request to move next door to the Circle K was approved. World of Beers owners Matt LaFon and Scott Zepp, received approval to open a Caribbean-style, open air, upscale social venue at the eastern edge Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier property. Papas Pizza will also operate at the Pier. In a written statement, LaFon and Zepp announced, Our vision to draw and cater to local and visiting professionals begins with planned improvements and capital investment into the property located at the base of the Pier. We strive to create a unique atmosphere, focusing on customer service and high quality products that will include a vast assortment of island lagers. Changes to the Tiki Island property are slated after the Board unanimously approved a lease amendment to allow all upgrades and uses limited only by zoning. The Casino Beach Parking Lot will become safety and turtle compliant with new lighting Ghio, Director of Environmental and Developmental Services, reported that the new lighting plan for the Casino Beach was the culmination of a two year effort which involved multiple local, state and federal agencies working together. The project, which is expected to commence in March, will add 20 light poles with turtle The overall darkness in the parking lot is going away, said Ghio. It will be much improved. The goals of public safety without turtle disorientation is what we were looking for. The funding for the project is coming from Natural Resource the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. Construction should be complete by May 2014. A number of pre-construction projects for building a new Visitors Center in the northern portion of the Casino Beach parking lot are moving forward. Roads, Inc. is responsible for the underground work to the site, and relocation of an existing water main will be complete next month. The SRIA, who has committed to investing $100,000 in underground utilities, $25,000 for detailed civil engineering and construction plan drawings, rejected all bids at the December 10 bid opening. Nine companies responded to the RFP, but none were below the $250,000 budget to construct the Visitors Center. We are going to revise the specs on the Visitors Center and put it out for bid again, said SRIA Executive Director Buck Lee. The RFP will be delivered to the Homebuilders Association as well as advertised in the PNJ. The current building is 20 years-old, and when vacant, the SRIA will accept proposals from interested parties. The eastern and western gateways to Pensacola Beach will be improved next year. The Board gave a green light for a gazebo and park benches to upgrade the visitor experience at Park West. Beach resident Monica Kellner approached the Board with a three-phase improvement plan parking lot transforming it into a destination park for locals and visitors. The Sunset Vista Park concept was not approved, but the SRIA board will spend $50,000 park benches. but dont let this plan disappear. I fully endorse what you have done so far, but dont think you are complete, said Pensacola Beach Advocates President Terry nicely with the eco-tourism. Drivers need to slow down on the island and the design of two roadway changes near Por tofino will make that happen. Pedestrian congestion crossing at Allen R. Levin Way creates devises. The design and eventual installation will come from excess Finance Director Dottie Ford supplied the board with a comprehensive report from Octobers collections. We are 7.7 percent ahead of October of last year, said Ford. And, expenses are well within budget. Commercial lease and residential lease fees totalled $448,990 for October. Auditors from Carr, Riggs and Ingram presented their findings from the annual audit of the SRIA Representatives from two events made requests for funding. The Krewe of Wrecks asked for an additional $3,000 to cover the cost increase for barricades to line the Mardi Gras parade route. The request was approved. Mardi Gras is a premier off season event and the Krewe of Wrecks hosts this, said Dr. Thomas Campanella, the Boards only elected member. This brings guests to the island and The Krewe of Wrecks is an all-volunteer organization, who hosts and coordinates the Beachs Mardi Gras parade, among other public events. William Cadillac Banks approached the board with an amended request to support his second SummerFest, a concert slated for Labor Day Weekend. His prior request for $200,000 held in committee, now changed to a current request for $100,000. The promoter intends to return the grant, if approved, by ticket sales to the SRIA. From the response we had last year, we expect 25,000 people, said Banks. We need the grant to secure a headlining act. Then I can start really promoting this. The request to assist in this way is unusual for the SRIA. The motion to authorize the SRIA attorney to draft an agreement between Banks Enterprises and the SRIA to advance $100,000 and stipulate that tickets sales will reimburse the amount along with attorneys fees, passed 2-1. be open for the SRIA review. The item will be before the Full Board at their January 8 meeting. The Board approved a $15,000 severance package for Mason Kilgore, who is retiring as the Director of Public Works. The Santa Rosa Island Au thority meets next on Wednesday, January 8 at 5 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. Bohannon To Lead Authority Board

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PAGE 6 Island Times December 24, 2013 by Kathi Lewis 850-261-2462Owner Peggy Henshall is ready to keep you in stitches!www.CajunStitchery.com CajunStitchery@yahoo.comnames, logos, custom artsmall or large quantities Marias Fresh Seafood MarketTake a little bit of the Gulf Coast home! Fresh from the boats daily We can cold pack for travel or ship anywhere. 621 Cervantes Street Pensacola 432-4999Call for directions from the Beach Award winning service... Womens Council of Realtors LindaMurphyRealtor@bellsouth.net www.pensacolagulfbreezehomes.comindependently owned and operatedIsland Times Blogwhere shelly waters meet sandy beacheswww.myislandtimes.com Mve In ecias Climate Controlled Self Storage Drive Up Access Boat Parking Moving & Packing Supplies24/7 Digital Surveillance Safe, Clean & Secure Great Rates Professional Managementsmartstopselfstorage.com15 McClure Drive Gulf Breezeformerly Storage Advantage 45 A Via de Luna 934-4848 Serving Breakfast & Lunch 7:30 am to 3 pm Homemade SoupHot fresh soups daily Gumbo Red Beans Shrimp Chowder[Special Disclaimer: Please remember the views and opinions expressed herein are solely opinions/views of our beloved Island Times, its Publisher, Owner, Editor, Columnists or even Advertisers. It is not intended to condone, increase nor encourage the drinking of more vodka than you may or may not consume already.] Yall might remember that in my last column I was talking about the various uses for vodka (other than just drinking it, like me). There are so many that I was unable to list all of them so to mention that its also great for cleaning tile grout (as in showers, tubs). Maybe just talking about vodka makes you forget a lot. However, I would like to say on the record that I believe this is not only an expensive cleaner (even if you buy the cheapest tion of alcohol abuse. Using it for medicinal purposes is certainly acceptable as is cosmetic enhancements. I have also discovered (strictly for research of course) that if you drink the vodka, your shower stalls and bathtubs look much better anyway. In fact, your whole house looks better! The conclusion of my research has proven to me that I just need to hand a nice glass of vodka to anyone coming inside my little round, brown sandcastle. If that doesnt get them in the spirit, them Ill give them another one.. Congratulations to Elaine Mitchell on her Christmas gift of a brand new Honda van (excellent for hauling a pod of mermaids). Paulette Provost and to ride in it and strangely for us three, it was a very ordinary ride to Ella Hess house for the Krewe of Nereids Christmas Party. I say this because some very strange things usually (nearly always) happen when the three of us ride together. Our Wellated while riding together. What started out as a lovely cake was bounced around, thrown around, rolled around and tossed around until it was in a lot of pieces. Since it stayed contained, there was nothing actually wrong with started adding good stuff like whipped cream and pudding. It turned out to be a great recipe, everyone loved it and it took the stress out of traveling with cakes for holiday reunions with family and friends. As happy as I am for Elaine, I just have to say how much I still love my old Caddywagon. We have a bond created when I time I saw her. Of course, she was in much better shape at that time (so was I) and we have aged together. Weve also gotten a few dents and bang-ups along the road, as well as losing a few parts (things we can both live without) and her shine (I still have magic dust). We have both had some minor necessary repairs, although I was a bit jealous when she got a rear-end job and I didnt. We have a bond and even though a lot of people judge us by our outside cover, we not only dont care, we wont waste time on those who do. Inside, both of us carry the love, joy, excitement, of lifes emotions shared with each other, grandchildren, family and friends. Ive never fussed at my grandchildren (or others) for spilling, putting dirty shoes on the seat, dropping food or anything else that happens inside being instantly recognized at every drive-through window in Gulf Breeze. But heres an even better one.. Last week I was coming out of a local Department Store with a huge parking lot. It had begun to rain. As Im walking fast to old Blue, I spot a young couple running ahead of me. Before I reach Blue, the guy (holding bags over his head) yells, This is not your car! The girl is still running in his direction but starts punching the button on the key pad. Her car turned out to be two rows over. As I reached the massive trunk of old Blue, the young man looks at me and all I could do was smile and shake my head. my ride in a parking lot! I do think that everyone should experience owning a brand spanking new vehicle at least once in their lives. Just for me, Ive been there and done that. I have had an incredible year and I am grateful, thankful and Blessed for all of it. I have travelled a lot and enjoyed many wonderful adventures that I never thought would happen. I was also grateful to be available when close friends needed help. I have the closest loving and imperfect family that anyone could want. I have so many close friends and Sisters of the Beach. I live in a panoramic round, brown sandcastle in Paradise. Looking back at this year, there is not a single thing I would change or trade because I am truly one lucky gal and Blessed. First, we gotta get through Christmas! Are yall ready? Im not, sure hope I am by the time this publishes. But I do have a fabulous recipe commonly found in the sandcastle kitchens of all Mermaids. It has been revamped because some ingredients only come from the Gulf as gifts from God. Others, like bacon can only be found on shore but bacon is most loved by all Mermaids (well, that and shoes). Feel free to add your own freshcaught ingredients. Right now, its time to cook. Sirens Stew(or for landlubbers: Mermaids Bisque)12 oz. Bacon 2 cups Water 16 oz. (or more if desired) Chicken Broth Gal. Half and Half (you can add milk if desired) 1 Bunch green onions, (cut tops) 1 lb. crab meat 1 lb. shrimp (peeled and deveined) Using a large pot, cook bacon until very brown. Remove bacon, let drain and reserve. Drain all but 2 tbsp. bacon grease from pot, then pour in water (stirring to release bits stuck to bottom of pot) and remaining liquids. Add onions (both) and bring to a light boil, stirring ofheat, cover and simmer until seafood is cooked (approx. 4-5 minutes). Add crab and stir just enough to break up the clumps. Crush bacon and add to the top for serving. (You can also add a bit of cheese, if desired.) I like lots of soup which is why I often add more liquid than recipe requires. This will easily serve 10-15 people. Enjoy, share and have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! See ya in the kitchen..

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Island Times PAGE 7 December 24, 2013By Rev. Dr. Tom Garrison Pensacola Beach Community ChurchCross in the Sand A 850-934-LILO (5456) lillostuscangrille.com Across from the Hilton on Pensacola Beach TUES SAT 4 til Closed Sun &Mon Happy Hour Dine In Special Buy One Dinner, Get One 1/2 PriceTues-Thurs 4-6pAsk your server for details. Not all menu items are included. Some restrictions apply. Take Out Special Let us do the cooking. Call ahead... or order To Go. Free Drink Card While You WaitBooking Private Parties Tis the season to be jolly Have a very merry ChristmasIt is the most wonderful time of the year. Throughout this Christmas season we hear those things in shopping malls and almost everywhere we turn. For many or even most of us it is a time with friends, family, gift giving and receiving. It is a time for children to be excited about what Santa has brought them. It is a time for parties and seeing those we have not seen. It is also a time to attend that special Christmas Eve service with all the Christmas hymns and readings. All in all, it feels like it is the most wonderful time of the year. However, for many people this time of the year is only a reminder that there has been a hurt, or pain because of loss that has never been healed. Many years ago I was introduced to a service that was not about joy but about sadness. The title may make us smile because of the song by Elvis, but it is a very serious service and is called Blue Christmas tered this service and was part of putting it on, I was surprised at the people that showed up. Many of us are acquainted with the paradox of the Advent and Christmas seasons a time when we feel we are supposed to celebrate hope, love, joy and peace, and yet a time that can also be full of depression, sadness and grief. Blue Christmas services offer special recognition of the struggles that many people face during this season. Its somber of Mary, Joseph and Jesus that are often overlooked. We may not have a Blue Christmas Service this year, however we do acknowledge the struggles that we all face while providing a safe place of rest, comfort and healing. Please during this time of year stop and do something kind and loving for those who are suffering because of loss or depression. It is always good to remember Jesus brought hope into the world, and we can be part of that hope for others. Readers and fans of William Faulkner are invited to the Gulf Breeze Book Clubs monthly meeting, Monday, December 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge. We invite you to join us as a visitor or new member, said Donna Jones, Book Clubber. Southern Author William Faulkners novel, As I Lay Dying will be discussed. Set in Mississippi, the novel is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her familys trials and tribulations to meet her dying wish for burial in the town of Jefferson. For more details, contact Donna Jones at donnaljones@ hotmail.com or 850-932-8620.Book Club Discusses FaulknerNovel: As I Lay Dying The poker gang called in the United States Marines to pick up the Hold Em Tourney, December 7 at The Dock. (L to R): USMC Corporal AshPoker Players Donate Toys For Tots At December TourneyThe focus was on fun at the Toyz 4444 Totz poker tournament hosted by Texas Hold Em 4444 Fun, December 7 at the Dock. For the third year, poker diva Terri McKamey has played the Elf-inCharge of the charity event. We collected over 350 toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign, said McKamey. Bicycles, race tracks and baby dolls from the poker gang will be under the Christmas tree this year. Thirty card sharps battled for hours. Jon Woodham was the champion and took home the trophy donated by Jeff Wheelock. Larry Gers was the runner-up and Deb Friedman battled to a a prize home donated by dozens of local businesses. Melissa Williams assisted in the prize gathering. The players sharpen their skills at weekly games. Jon Woodham continues his streak with a December 1 win at Paddys over Terri McKamey. Woodham bested Mike Wood at the Sandshaker, December 2. Ted Gorder settled for second place behind Glenn Burleson at the Pelican, Dec. 3; before winning at Paddys over Justin Scher. In the family that plays together, and stays together, Mary Kay Wood went to the winners circle with her husband Mike trailing her at the Shaker, December 9. the win at Paddy's, December 12. For poker information, call 850-324-2667.

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PAGE 8 Island Times December 24, 2013 [Native Orleanian Elizabeth Waters Hewson arrived on Pensacola Beach in 1978 at age 14. Love and careers swept her to other shores, but she has returned with The Colonel and The Kid to live permanently on the Beach.] The Lizzards Tongue... Happy Hour Mon-Fri 11 to 7 49 Via de Luna 916-9808 Texas HoldEm Mon-Fri 11 to 7 Mon-Fri 11 to 7 Texas HoldEm Football Time!Bowl & NFL Games Paddys Mug Club$5 Mug $2 Beer during football games PaddyOLearysIrishPub.com It's beginning to look a lot like a bad day on the set of Project Runway, the Lifetime Channel reality show about fashion designers, as opposed to Christmas at my house. I do not know what got into me this holiday season other than I decided exactly one month ago that I would design and sew every person in my family a present, even the dog. If those incredibly talented, hand selected, thimble thumbed contestants on Project Runway can create a look in 24 hours, certainly I could create a little something for 10 people and one mutt in 30 days. Right? I began with such confidence. I was CoCo "Cocky" Chanel as I read two books on couture sewing and signed up for online classes such as "Fashion Draping" and "Sew Better, Sew Faster: Garment Industry Secrets". Jackets. Shirts. Dresses. Shorts. Pants. Scarves. Hats. Purses. Wallets. Luggage. Towels. It was all on my to do list. So I began with virtual shopping -New York (Mood Designer Fabrics), Washington (Seattle Fabrics), Arizona (Fabrics.com), Missouri (Sew For Less) and Minnesota (Embroidery Library), followed by Black Friday brick and mortar shopping at Jo-Ann Fabrics. For about a week, it was like Christmas every day as boxes of fabrics, notions, and sewing machine accessories were left on my doorstep. I opened each with the bright eyed excitement of a child opening her stocking from Santa. My emotional side and happiness. The logical side questioned my sanity and allowed dread and the reality of the situation to sink in. I lacked three things to really pull this off: time, talent, and anyone's measurements! Not one to be discouraged and going into a Walter Mitty trance to summons up my inner Zac Posen, I immediately started with my sisters -that was two looks off of my list consisting of a total of 10 different pieces. Then my son -no real coordinated look here, but four pieces that I really hope he doesn't chose to wear all together. Next on my list, were the in-laws -two brothers and a mother. I gave myself a pass on one brother-in-law who is out of the country until January and the other brother-in-law was worth two more pieces and four days of my time. And, of course, my mother-in-law who has everything in the world except a complete line of soft sided luggage to include an overnight bag, a weekend tote, a garment bag, and a toiletry carrier all in a black, brown and gold quilted fabric that took me more time to pick out than design and sew. Next up were my nephew and grandnephew -three more pieces with the guarantee that With my niece, husband, and faithful furry friend still to design for, I realized I had completely transformed my sewing room into a sweat shop where I found myself all hours of the day and night. I was living on ramen cup-o-noodles and green tea. I began to only emerge for more than one occasion) and to visit the chiropractor (spending many hours hunched over a sewing machine will seize up one's back). With the one look for my husband complete and a boneI was down to my niece who dresses like she just stepped out of a fashion magazine. Nervous but determined, I pulled down my sketch book and returned to a design I began for her in the spring. One that included four elements that I had no concept how to implement. garment by hand, I realized I had done it. I had put together an entire collection for my family in under 30 days. For me, a stitch in time did more than save nine. It made me realize that the greatest gift of all this season is my family and we are the most unique fabric stitched together by love. Until next time...

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PAGE 9 Island Times December 24, 2013 Did you see me in IT? Check out our photo gallery online www.MyIslandTimes.com Super nice 4BR/3BA townhouse in Regency Cabanas, gated community on the Gulf with 2 pools and tennis. Granite, crown molding, elevator shaft. $525,000 MLS #455194 Maureen White, left, created super gawdy sweatshirts for her family for the Beach Chambers first ever Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl. Joining her are (L to R): Jessi Pulver, Chris White and Kevin White. Theyre showing off their holiday garb at Paddy OLearys. Friendships made while laughing at each others sweaters... Liz Russell is surrounded by (L to R) Brian and Ashley Grow, Jillian Windham and Kristin Burks at Paddy OLearys during the Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl, December 15.

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PAGE 10 Island Times December 24, 2013 December 24, 2013 Island Times PAGE 11 Tuesday, December 24: Candlelight and Carols, 6:30 p.m. Pensacola Beach Community Church. All are welcome to sing traditional carols and hear the Christmas story. Parishioners will sing Silent Night in a darkened sanctuary by the light of hundreds of hand-held candles. Wednesday,December 25: Christmas Mass Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Mission. 9:45 a.m. Tu esday, December 31: Double the fun. Two Fireworks displays. The Beach Chamber will light up the night sky on the last day of the year with a Soundside and a Gulfside spectacular at midnight. Parties islandwide. Discounted room rates. Please party with care. Thru December 31: Think about the pets that for one reason or another end up at the Humane Society. Mary Wright and her team at Wright Pet Care are hosting the Annual Paws and Claws Pet Food Drive. All proceeds will go holiday happenings on Santa Rosa Island . . after all, the islands rst name is Santa directly to Pensacola Humane Society and Uncle Sandys Macaw Bird Park. By donating food to these tions, you can help feed local homeless dogs, cats and exotic birds. Beach drop off location is Paradise Bar and Grill. Updated information including additional drop off/purchase locations, and types of food needed are both on the website: www. WrightPetCare.com/petfood-drive/ Wednesday, January 1: Polar Bear Plunge, 2 p.m. Paradise Bar and Grill. Hardy souls test their resolve in the icy waters of Santa Rosa Sound. Adults pay a $10 entry fee which includes a Polar Bear Plunge t-shirt, a and free black eyed peas for good luck. Polar Bear Pub Club for kids under 12. A Club card and a few Cub Club goodies, entry fee is $5. Island Times Best Plungewear Costume Contest will be judged. Top three costumes will earn drawing follow the Plunge. Stick around for music, and drink specials. December 8. zation, the Pensacola Beach Womans Club, marched in the Beach Womans Clubber Jane McGrath made a fashion statement in her Christmas Tree shades while handthe route. were the uniform of the day at the Pensacola Beach Chambers tunes to classic show tunes were a few Christmas carols which echoed Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Wishing you all the best in 2014!Shelley, Diana, Kathi, Liz, Terri, Tom, Charles, Rick, DJ, Joe, Susan

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Island Times December 24, 2013 PAGE 12 850-473-1008 4300 Bayou Blvd DrTraceyPinkston.com Suite 5 PensacolaGet Well Feel Good Look Great Womens Health Chronic Illness Hormone Replacement Anti-Aging New Patients Welcome Medicare & Tricare 10 miles from the Beach Call for Appointment Integrating traditional health management with natural and alternative approaches Dr. Tracey Pinkston FREE DELIVERY TO THE BEACH GULF BREEZE & PENSACOLA Gift Sets LipstickSusan Haselton-KelleyMary Kay Independent Beauty ConsultantHeres to a more beautiful you!Free Gift with orders over $40Easy ordering online or by phone850-934-3865 MaryKay.com/shaselton Eye Shadow Fragrances Skin Care Sunscreen LIVING BRINGS IT IN. WE TAKE IT OUT.Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner Area and Oriental Rugs Tile & Grout Marble, Vinyl & Hardwood Cars, Boats & RV InteriorsV-8 Powered Steam Clean Process Dont forget932-7670 934-1913 S unrise and S unset View the online edition at www.myislandtimes.com Men & Womens Casual & Outdoor Clothing Hiking & Backpacking Gear Snow Ski Apparel Rock Climbing Gear,Ropes & Shoes Kayaks3009 East Cervantes 433-2822 HATS 3009 East Cervantes 433-2822Hiking & Backpacking Snow Ski Apparel Rock Climbing Gear, Ropes & Shoes Indoor Rock Climbing Wallwww.weatherfords.net Men & Womens Casual & Outdoor Clothing Hiking & Backpacking Gear Snow Ski Apparel Rock Climbing Gear,Ropes & Shoes Kayaks3009 East Cervantes 433-2822 HATS Mens and Womens Casual & Outdoor Clothing Texas Hold Em 4444 Fun 850-324-2667 Monday: Sandshaker, 7 Tuesday & Friday Pelican Lounge, 7 Thursday: Paddy OLearys, 7 Sunday: Paddy OLearys, 6 DJs Beach Cafe 63 Via de Luna across from Springhill Suites 850-916-0716 Lunch Everyday 8 AM -2 PM Fri & Sat 3 9 PM Breakfast Dinner Island Times 98HAIR DESIGNS 939-8800 Mon 9 to 5 Tu & Th 9 to 9 W & F 9 to 6 Sat 10 to 5 we offer Bare Escentuals FULL SERVICE HAIR SALONCall for easy directions from the beach studio98hairdesigns.com Schools Out Until Jan 2Drivers, please use cautionBy Susan Haselton-Barr Jambo (Hello) Everybody. The big question: Are you buying this years gifts with next years money? Ouch! I confess. I am part of the trend that has practiced this holiday buying craze for years. I guess it is time to start a new holiday tradition. So ask yourself... How many gifts can you remember that were given to you throughout the years? Was it the Easy Bake Oven from the 50s, your first bicycle, Nintendo, remote controlled car? I have been walking down memory lane the last few weeks. The gifts that immediately pop in my brain vary. However, the ones that were most precious were specific to a friendship or family relationship. My Aunt Lorraine sent me homemade Christmas ornaments over 40 years ago. They have traveled far and wide with me. I value them so much. They are in the Hurricane Box for speedy evacuation. My Father once gave me a coupon book with hand written events he would take me on during the following year. My children through out the years have blessed me with their hand made gifts. Handwritten poems, handmade cards with words of appreciation and thankfulness on them (Hurricane Box). One year my son gave me a paper with his hand and foot prints. Yes, its still hanging in hallway. I was a single parent raising my two children with little disposable income for lavish gifts and trips. I always invited my childrens friends over for a day of cookie making and decoration, sending everyone home with generous amount of cookies and love. My daughter has recently told me these were her favorite memories of the holidays. Tailor-made gifts is a tradition we need to begin. Share with your super favorite people what memories you cherish, a small photo album of childhood pictures perhaps. My mother gave each one of my children a framed picture upon their 18th birthday. In the framing area was a picture of children for the last 18 years taken around their annual birthday. I have yet to let my children take them to their respective homes (Hurricane Box). Remember, you dont have to take the teeth out of a smile just replace the missing ones. I pledge to keep my funds in the current calendar year. I pledge to give everyone a gift from the heart designed specifically for them. Quaharini (Until we meet again.)Surfers Memorial January 12 at Paradise

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Island Times PAGE 13 December 24, 2013 www.myislandtimes.com ......the beachs news worldwideA bit of history. The oldest lounge on Pensacola Beach located in the Via de Luna Shopping Center, about one mile east daily. Dance on the pole. drink Cypress Room and Sundeck. Live music. Just steps away from The Break., our sister establishment. Open everyday for fun. 850-932-9011.Fresh seafood served overlooking Little Sabine Bay. through the open air dining room and side bar. Laid back, funky, family friendly. Arrive by boat or car, bike or on foot. Open everyday at 11 a.m. in the big red building on Pensacola Beach Boulevard. 850-934-4852. www.shaggys.biz May the luck of the Irish be with you as you enter the Beachs authentic Irish Pub. Happy bartenders serving Happy Hour priced drinks Monday thru Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Have you tried a Car Bomb? Electronic Darts. Texas Hold Em 4444 Fun. Live music. All kinds of shenanigans. Located in the historic district of Pensacola Beach, 49 Via de Luna. Call 850-916-9808. www. PaddyOLearysIrishPub.com. Celebrating 30 years of Floundering neath the moon and stars. Offering fresh Seafood including Tuna, Mahi and of course Flounder! Award winning chowder, po boys, burgers and Pensacola Beach Style baked oysters. Sample our Fresh catch including the Shrimp Boat Platterloaded with shrimp cocktail, BBQ shrimp, fried shrimp, popground located on our beach well within view of dining parents. beach bands. Dance all night on Flounders beach to the most popular bands from across the south. beautiful Pensacola Beach, 850-932-2003 Only restaurant on Pensacola Beach offering breath taking views of the Gulf while dining directly on the beach. Come as you are straight off the sandy beach and enjoy our indoor/outdoor bar and gulf side deck. Crabs has the largest selection of Crab on the beach, was voted Best Crab by News Journal readers. She Crab Soup, menu as well as a great assortment of chicken, steaks and pasta dishes. Dont forget to try one of our signature drinks like The Crab Trap which come with a souvenir glass to keep! Open 7 days a week. Sunday Brunch with live Steel Band. Look for the Red Roof. 850-932-0700 www.crabswegotem.com mans bouillabaisse, Corned Beef and Cabbage and Shepherds Pie all inside a turn of the century New York Irish Saloon themed pub. McGuires is celebrated for its atmosphere, boasting more than 750,000 signed dollar bills hanging from the ceilings of the pub. Live entertainment coupled with great food and warm and friendly service by Employees who Give a Damn! complete vertical collection of the Chateau Mouton Rothschild Artist Series. Featured on NBCs Today Show, highly recommended by Fodors, Frommers and AAA travel guides, Florida Trend Magazine Hall of Fame Member. Open every day at 11, 850-433-6789, mcguiresirishpub.com After Sundown...................................................................................................... big screens, 42 televisions. If it runs, jumps, races, its here. JV players. Full bar. Indoor or outdoor seating. Video sports games. Centrally located on Via de off at 11 a.m. seven days a week. 934-3660. Tradition since 1973. Home of the Original Bushwacker. Been selling this signature drink for over 30 years. First bar on the Beach to offer this tasty frozen concoction. Monday half price BARE 10 a.m. til close; TX HoldEm at 7 p.m., $2 Tuesday dies Nite, Thursday half price T-Shirt Nite. Live Entertainment Across from the Boardwalk. Open 10 am 3 am. 850-932-2211. www.sandshaker.com A little bit of paradise at this open air, island style bar with its own private white sand beach. Pull up a rattan stool. Cold beer. Live Music. Exotic Libations. Friendly locals. Lunch and Dinner everyday. Sandwiches. Salads. Fresh Catch of the Day. Renees Famous Shrimp Salad. Happy Hour 11-7. Live Bands. Poker on Tucked away in the parking lot of the Paradise Inn, its directly on Santa Rosa Sound. Boat and Bicycle parking. Open 7 days. 850-916-5087.Ahoy, Matey. Youve found a Pensacola Beach treasure. Pirates welcome. Fresh Gulf seafood served in the galley or outside on the awning covered deck. Glass front bar overlooks LaFitte Cove. All kinds of oysters. Live lobster. Gumbo. Dinner specials nightly. Sizeable sandwiches and burgers for Landlubbers. Take home a t-shirt. Look for the Jolly Rogers A beach experience under the giant thatched roof. Open air bar serving your favorites. Specialty Fat Tuesday frozen drinks like the Octane 190. Live music on stage. Bikini contests. Crawday afternoons. terfront on Santa Rosa Sound. Located at the Boardwalk. 850-916-9888. www.bamboowillies.com 2012 Visit us on the web at: www.mcguiresirishpub.com E-mail: mcguiresirishpub@aol.com ONE OF AMERICAS GREAT STEAKHOUSES 11 Time Golden Spoon Award WinnerFlorida Trend Magazine Hall of FameBeef Backers Award Best Steaks in FloridaFlorida Monthly Magazine Best Pub in FloridaFeatured on NBCs Today Show and on The Food NetworkHighly Recommended by Fodors, Frommers, Mobil & AAA Travel Guides A TURN OF THE CENTURYNEW YORK IRISH SALOON PENSACOLA'S OWN SINCE 1977 A TURN OF THE CENTURY NEW Y ORK IRISH SALOON ONE OF AMERICAS GREAT STEAKHOUSESTM 11 Time Golden Spoon Aw ar d WinnerFlorida Trend Magazi ne Hall of Fa meBeef Backers Aw ar d Best St eaks in FloridaFlorida Mon thly Magazi ne Best Pub in FloridaFe atured on NBCs Today Sh ow and on T he Food Net wo rk Highly Recommended by Fodors, Frommers, Mobil & AA A Tr av el Guides 2011Visit us on the web at: www.mcguiresirishpub.com E-mail: mcguiresirishpub@aol.com 41524-25_DinrCoverPensacola31412.indd 1 3/19/12 11:56:27 AM

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PAGE 14 Island Times December 24, 2013 CLASSIFIED ADS are $5 for 20 words. Additional words are 10 cents each. Send ad with check made payable to Shelley Ink, P.O. Box 844, Gulf Breeze, FL 32562. Calendar Pets Pensacola Beach Dog Parks. Daily, 7 to SUNSET. Leashed, friendly dogs. Parking Lot E located near park east and Parking Lot B near park west on Fort Pickens Road. Kids and Kritters Parade, Saturday, Feb 22 at 2 p.m. at Casino Beach. Get your wagon or stroller ready. The theme is Out of this World! Pensacola Humane Society has adoptable dog, cats and kittens. They are accepting cash and supply donations. www.pensacolahumane.org Island Times Blog myislandtimes.com where shelly waters meet sandy beachesFEBRUARY1: Double Bridge Run, 7 a.m. End on Beach 2: Super Bowl XLVIII 7: Krewe of Nereids Moonpie Party, 7 pm, Sandshaker. Open to public. 12: Santa Rosa Island Authority Meeting, 5 pm. #1 Via de Luna, Open to the Public. www.sria-fla.com 22: Kids and Kritters Parade, 2 p.m. Casino Beach Parking Lot 26: Santa Rosa Island Authority Meeting, 5 pm. #1 Via de Luna, Open to the Public. www.sria-fla.comMARCH 1: Mardi Gras Street Dance, 1 pm Sabine Sandbar. Open to public. 2: Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras parade, 2 p.m. Via de Luna to Gulfside Pavilion. 3: Free Red Beans and Rice Luncheon. Casino Beach parking lot. 11 a.m. Hosted by the Krewe of Wrecks. All are welcome. 4: Fat Tuesday. Krewe of Coma Coronation, Sandshaker. 6 p.m. 4: Shoe Box Float Contest, 8 p.m. Paradise. No entry fee. 12: Santa Rosa Island Authority Meeting, 5 pm. #1 Via de Luna, Open to the Public. www.sria-fla.com 13: Pensacola Beach Womans Club Fundraiser 15: Strongman Contest. Bamboo Willies. Real Estate For SaleCLASSIFIED ADVERTISINGPensacola Beach Vacations Rentals. Call for the BEST RATES on Beachfront condos and beach homes. Toll Free 800-242-3224. Visit online gulfbluevacations.com Real Estate For Rent 101 Cypress Pt. E, Pensacola, $359,000. MLS #448250. This lovely three story contemporary overlooking Escambia Bay comes with deeded access to shared dock with private covered boat slip/lift. Call Today. Call Linda Murphy, Keller Williams Realty 850-748-0865 $26,900. Gulf Breeze .19 acre. Check out my website for additional residential lot listings. www.denrem.com Dennis Remesch, Re/Max on the Coast, 850-384-7607. $240,000. Gulf Breeze. 4/3 home in Grand Ridge. Spacious floor plan, Underground utilities. Two car garage. Just blocks from Oriole Beach boat ramp. MLS#434436 Dennis Remesch, Re/Max on the Coast, 850-384-7607. Call a professional who advertises in Island Times! Real Estate For Sale Waterview Lot. 320 Deer Point Drive, Gulf Breeze. Exclusive Gated Neighborhood. $125,000. Contact Jeremy Johnson, Sales Manager, Levin Rinke Resort Realty. 850-377-3145. 5636 East Bay Blvd. Waterfront 3/2.5. $489,000 MLS #448374 Watch the sunset on the dock of this East Bay waterfront home complete with a covered boat house and sitting area. Call Today. Call Linda Murphy, Keller Williams Realty 850-748-0865 DECEMBER24: Candlelight and Carols. Beach Community Church. 6:30 p.m. 31: Fireworks 8 pm & MidnightJANUARY 1: Polar Bear Plunge Paradise 2 pm 8: Santa Rosa Island Authority Meeting, 5 pm. #1 Via de Luna, Open to the Public. www.sria-fla.com 11: Pensacola Beach Half Marathon. Casino Beach, 8 a.m. 11: Ft. Pickens Living History, 9-5. Candlelight Tours until 8:30 p.m. 11: Krewe of Nereids King Kake Party, 3 p.m. Paradise. Open to public. 11: Krewe of Bananimals Ball, Ticket $50. Springhill Suites. 7 pm 12: Ft. Pickens Living History, 9-5 12: Surfers Memorial, Paradise 16: Krewe of Wrecks Parade Safety Meeting, 6 pm, SRIA boardroom 18: Krewe of Wrecks Parade Safety Meeting, 10 am, SRIA boardroom 18: Krewe of Shaker Wigwacker Party, Sandshaker, 9 p.m. 22: Santa Rosa Island Authority Meeting, 5 pm. #1 Via de Luna, Open to the Public. www.sria-fla.com 25: Krewe of Nauga Champagne Breakfast and Native Noontime Ball. 10 a.m. The Dock 25: Krewe of Kids, Sign Up Meeting, 2 p.m. Beach Church 25: Beach Babe Contest, Krewe of Brewe, Sandshaker, 3 pm NAME:________________________________________________________ ADDRESS: ____________________________________________________ CITY: ________________________________________________ STATE: ____________ ZIP: ___________ Caution: Reading Island Times can result in spontaneous moments of unbridled joy for one years worth of Island Times delivered right to your mailbox delivered right to your mailbox delivered right to your mailbox Send $32 to Shelley Ink PO Box 844 Gulf Breeze, FL 32562-0844 Island Times

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Island Times PAGE 15 December 24, 2013 Saturday, December 21 Gildan New Mexico Bowl Washington State vs. Colorado State 1:00 pm The coach at Washington State is an old crazy former gun slinger from Texas Tech. Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Fresno State vs. USC 2:30 pm USC changed coaches more this year than I did underwear, if I wore underwear. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Buffalo vs. San Diego State 4:30 pm San Diegos much warmer than Buffalo. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette 8:00 pm The Cajun food is better in Lafayette than New Orleans. Monday, December 23 Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl East Carolina vs. Ohio 1:00 pm Im just a pirate at heart. Tuesday, December 24 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Boise State vs. Oregon State 7:00 pm Did you ever see what a beaver can do to a tree ? Thursday, December 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green 5:00 pm I was born sixty miles west of Pittsburgh in West Virginia. Call me a Homer. Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Utah State vs. Northern Illinois 8:30 pm After what Utah did to Alabama, I fear anything from that state. Friday, December 27 Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman Marshall vs. Maryland 1:30 pm The Thundering Herd over the Turtles. Call me a Homer again. Texas Bowl Syracuse vs. Minnesota 5:00 pm Just make my friend New York Nick mad. Fight Hunger Bowl BYU vs. Washington 8:30 pm The Mormons need to win something after the last presidential election. Saturday, December 28 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Rutgers vs. Notre Dame 11:00 am The Brain Bowl. Not picking Notre Dame after what they did to Alabama in the 70s. Belk Bowl Cincinnati vs. North Carolina 2:20 pm UNC played some close games this year. Besides the coach at Cin coach at Auburn. Russell Athletic Bowl Miami vs. Louisville 5:45 pm Should be a good game. Im picking Miami for my FSU friends. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Michigan vs. Kansas State 9:15 pm Michigan looked good against Ohio State. Monday, December 30 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Middle Tennessee vs. Navy 10:45 am Even though I was in the Army, Ill still stick with a military team. Franklin American Music City Bowl Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech 2:15 pm Ole Miss beat and should have beaten some good teams this year. Look out next year. Valero Alamo Bowl Oregon vs. Texas 5:45 pm Who could not pull for a duck? National University Holiday Bowl Arizona State vs. Texas Tech 9:15 pm Texas has the six shooters. Tuesday, December 31 AdvoCare V100 Bowl Arizona Hyundai Sun Bowl Virginia Tech vs. UCLA 1:00 pm The boys from Blackburg will take it to the surfers from the west coast. AutoZone Liberty Bowl Rice vs. Mississippi State 3:00 pm I do not known how the Bulldogs got into a bowl game. Texas A&M 7:00 pm Duke has had a good run this year. But no match for Johnny Football. Wednesday, January 1 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl Nebraska vs. Georgia Heart of Dallas Bowl UNLV vs. North Texas 11:00 am Do not bet against Vegas Capital One Bowl Wisconsin vs. South Carolina Noon Who can not root for the Cocks; besides they have the Ball Coach Outback Bowl Iowa vs. LSU Noon This is for Mike,Caroline, Paulette and all the rest of my friends that are Tiger fans Rose Bowl Stanford vs. Michigan State 4:00 pm MSU did all it could do to get Alabama back into the national championship game. Tostitos Fiesta Bowl UCF vs. Baylor 7:30 pm I hope UCF can be the giant killer of this bowl season Thursday, January 2 Allstate Sugar Bowl Oklahoma vs. Alabama Friday, January 3 were Bud Wilkinson and the Bear. Going to be a great game. Discover Orange Bowl Clemson vs. Ohio State 7:30 pm It is hard for me to pick a Tiger with my present state of mind. AT&T Cotton Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Missouri Saturday, January 4 BBVA Compass Bowl Vanderbilt vs. Houston Noon Vandy will out smart them. Their football program is getting pretty good these days. Sunday, January 5 GoDaddy Bowl Arkansas State vs. Ball State 8:00 pm Arkansas is in the south. Have no idea where Ball State is located. Go State. Monday, January 6 BCS National Championship No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn 7:30 pm. These are two great football programs, as well as teams. I wish they could both win. I will not be disappointed no matter which team wins. Go Noles! Go Tigers! May the best team, and not the luckiest team, win. The Mac is back after a year layoff. These predictions come from the heart and not the head. Yes,some attorneys do have a heart when it comes to football. No crystal ball, just years of watching gridiron action. Note: Barrys picks are in bold. *Due to an early holiday deadline and Christmas press schedule, he made his predictions prior to the December 21 kick off. Pigskin Prognostications By Barry McCleary, Esq. With his Alabama football cap planted squarely on his head, the Pigskin Prognosticator has offered his educated guesses for the Bowl Season. Island Times will report how many correct predictions he made in our next edition. We heard him exclaim as he hopped in his ride, Merry Christmas yall...and Roll Tide!

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PAGE 17 Island Times December 24, 2013 ARE YOU READY?We understand your insurance needs!850-623-8092CALL US TODAY FOR A QUOTE family owned and operated independent insurance agency Life, Business Auto & Motorcycle Commercial Vehicle Homeowners & Flood www.bayins.com bay@bayins.com Island Timeswww.myislandtimes.com ads as low as $20 per month850-206-3156 Joe StukeyComputer Repair in Your Home www.ycpals.com joe@ycpals.com Jennifer Byrom, P.A. Wills, Estates and Probate Marital and Family Law Child Custody Juvenile Law Civil Litigation Guardianship LawThe hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Toll Free: 877-889-8822 5177 Elmira Street Milton Facing the Courthouse916-9000 the beachs news available worldwideAs we near the New Year, drink in a few of these resolutions, thoughts and dreams from your Beach friends. Mary Ann Claus, President, Pensacola Beach Womans Club: We hope to continue to lend support in our community in 2014, our 60th anniversary year, by donating funds and giving of our time as needed to make a positive difference. We wish a Happy New Year to Island Times and all their readers! Jeff Castleberry, Principal Pensacola Beach Elementary School: My New Year's Resolution for 2014 and beyond is that no child will go to sleep hungry. State Senator Don Gaetz: When the Senate sets up our Christmas tree in the Chamber, it reminds us of the promise of hope and peace that brings comfort throughout the world during the holiday season. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve you and the State of Florida and wish you and your family a very happy new year. Reverend Tom Garrison and the Beach Church Family: We resolve to be a path of good for the community of this beautiful Island; to touch more lives and offer ourselves to others in a special way; to offer special and meaningful worship for those that come our way; to offer better exposure about our events and services by adding an additional Church Sign for the Island to get to know us better; to offer musical events for the Island Community; and to be a people of peace and acceptance to everyone. DJ Zemenick: On New Years Day, you can frequently see me with a smile on my face, already thinking about the upcoming sea turtle season. I hope we continue to see a rise in the number of sea turtle nests in 2014, as well as increased interest in conservation endangered marine creatures. I am hoping for less plastic and trash on our beach in 2014. My own New Years Resolution: is to investigate how to implement an Adopt-A-Beach program for Pensacola Beach to keep our sugar white sand sparkling! Melanie Waite: As Queen Shugah, my resolution for 2014 is to ward off any hurricanes or tropical storms that might seek to ravage the shores of the Sandspur Republic. My regal objective is to protect the homes and businesses of the Wooly Boogers as well as the nesting areas of the sea turtles and shorebirds who visit the squeaky white sand beaches of Santa Rosa Island during spring and summer. I will endeavor to attract during the winter season prevailing winds and tides that will deposit additional sand to the eroded areas on our Gulf and Sound beaches. Krewe of Wrecks Board: resolves to foster fellowship among those who are reckless enough to embrace our Wreckhood. We will engage in frolicking, frivolity and foolishness during the entire Mardi Gras season, as we hold weekly training sessions building up to the fantastic Costume Ball, fabulous Queens Dinner, favorite Kings Supper, famous Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade and the festive Coma Procession. Laissez le bons temps rouler! Terri McKamey: Develop patience.. whether its with a my line. Kathi Lewis: I have had an incredible year and I am grateful, thankful and Blessed by all of it For next year, Im borrowing a very special Toast from my dear, close friend and sister, Judy LOignon. To my beloved Island Times, the Publisher, our columnists (I love to read your work) TriviaMaster, Rev. Dr. Tom Garrison, Elizabeth Hew son, Susan Haselton-Barr, Joe Stuckey, Candy Segar, Charles Gheen,Terri McKamey, Saltwater Rick and especially YOU our dear readers: May the best of your past be the worst of your future and may all your pain be Champagne! Shelley Johnson, Island Times: When the ink dries on the newsprint and the electrons buzz onto our website, I hope the stories and photos convey a message about the good life on this barrier island. The celebration continues in 2014. Keep reading. Old Friends Make New Resolutions

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PAGE 18 Island Times December 24, 2013 Open everyday at 9 850-934-3141 www.SabineSandbar.com 715 Pensacola Beach Blvd at the Sabine Marina Happy Hour Mon-Sat 9am-6pm Sun 9am-3pm Tuesday, Dec 24: Timmys Smart Ass Trivia, 7:30 pm Wednesday, Dec 25: Bar BINGO with Becky, 7:30 pm Thursday, Dec 26: Karaoke with Becky, 8 pm Friday, Dec 27: Karaoke with Becky, 8 pm Saturday, Dec 28: Dennis Gossman & Bill Dossey, 7 pm Sunday, Dec 29: Dennis Gossman andTomato, 3 pm Tuesday, Dec 31: Southern Breeze, 8 pm NYE PARTY! Wednesday, Jan 1: Black Eyed Peas & Football Thursday, Jan 2: Karaoke with Becky, 8 pm Friday, Jan 3: Karaoke with Becky, 8 pm Saturday, Jan 4: Dennis Gossman & Ricky Lee Phelps, 7 pm Sunday, Jan 5: Freeway 98, 3 pm Mondays Guest Bartender 6 to 7 pm Tips donated to the Beach Elementary School ARC Gateway Plant Nursery has salt tolerant plants!OPEN Mon-Fri 7 to 3 Call Dennis Remesch850-384-7607 www.denrem.com denrem@denrem.com 4/3.5 High end features and attention to detail. $999,900 MLS #448434 Stunning Gulf Breeze Waterfront Home By Charles Gheen USAT Santa Rosa Island Triathlon Never Hurts To Tri Pensacola Beachs Half MarathonOn January 11, 2014, over 1000 runners and walkers will line up at the Pensacola Beach Run (PBR) starting line at Casino Beach amid great fanfare. There will be loud, invigorating music, of anticipation and excitement. The competitors are typically arrayed in brightly-colored attire and footwear and the scene will resemble an energetic, fast-moving parade as much as an athletic competition. Whether the athletes are traversing 13.1, 6.2 or 3.1 miles they all will be experiencing a great physical event amid the unique and scenic beauty of Pensacola Beach. This event originally was an eclectic, quirky road race at Navarre Beach that enjoyed great popularity and success. It was one of the Pensacola Runners Associations (PRA) signature events and was renowned throughout the Gulf Coast. It started and ended at the Holiday Inn in Navarre Beach and was composed of Half Marathon, 10K and 5K competitions. The Half Marathon was limited to runners only, but the two other distances featured divisions for walkers. In addition to the three distances the event also was known for its brightly colored wind shirts and for the raucous party after the race. The celebration was held in the Holidome, a domed structure with a translucent roof that contained the indoor pool and was part of the hotel. The PRA had a band, food and refreshments and it was an amazingly energetic scene. In 2004 Hurricane Ivan struck Northwest Florida and the Navarre Beach Holiday Inn was one of the casualties (along with the Pensacola Beach Holiday Inn). It was demolished and the area was cleared of all the debris. In January 2005, the race was again held there, but it wasnt quite the same. The PRA was faced with a tough decision regarding its future. For the 2006 event the PRA moved the race to Pensacola Beach and it has prospered here ever since. It was originally hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn (now the Hilton Hotel) and started in front of the hotel on Via De Luna. The three courses have Pensacola Beachs original half marathon remains an amazing athletic experience nearly nine years later. One element that has characterized the race is the unpredictable weather it has been warm and muggy, it has been very windy, it has been cold and one year there was a frigid rain that very much resembled sleet. Despite the varying conditions the scenic vistas of Santa Rosa Island have remained a consistent draw for the runners. Throw in the extra enhancements the PRA provides and it has become known as one of the most well-organized events of the year and certainly one of the most popular. This year the PBR will feature high-quality, long-sleeved, medals for the half marathon, great food and refreshments and an amazing party at The Sandshaker. You can still be part of this memorable event by going to www.pensacolarunners.com for more details and registration information. Rob Jackson enjoyed the irony, so he snapped a photo of the Osprey perched on the Conservation Area sign on Pensacola Beach. The bird, ing for dinner to swim by. Osprey nests can be found in tree tops all over the island and in man-made nests in Villa Sabine. Avid runner Ronnie Tibbs competed in the November 30 Jingle Bell 10K Run. He posted a time place in his age division. Will we see him at the start line of the Pensacola Beach Half Marathon? The Gambler gets lined up prior to the Pensacola Beach Chambers Lighted Boat Parade, December 7 near Sabine Marina. The boat received an Honorable Mention award from the judges for its decorations.

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Island Times PAGE 19 December 24, 2013 By Terri McKamey One Stop Shop for the Watersports EnthusiastsSALES & RENTALSPensacola Beach at the Boardwalk 850-932-5520 www.KeySailing.com OPEN 9 to 6weather permitting Catamarans Parasailing Waverunners Kayaks Boat RentalsGet a VIDEO of your Key Sailing Fun! Get a new kayak in 2014 ~So it's almost Christmas and I know a lot of you out there think and back in the 70's the next; or and into the Gulf where they near shore wrecks in about 30-70 beaches from the surf to out off feel better on the ride home than The Entertainer Captain Rusty Smith submitted this photo. (L to Sandshaker.com 850-932-2211 across from Boardwalk MONDAY: 10 -Close Half Price Drinks/Shots for BARE. Poker, 7 Trivia, 7:30 $2 TUESDAY: 10 -Close $2 Wine/Beer/Well. Karaoke with Becky 8 WEDNESDAY: 5 -Close Ladies Nite. $2 Wine/Beer/Well. John Hart Band, 9 THURSDAY: 7 -Close 1/2Price Drinks w/Shaker Shirt. Tyler Mac Band 9 Somethings Always Shakin Shake in the New Year! Christmas Eve: Karaoke w/Becky 8 FriSat Dec 27-28 The Core, 9 pm Sun Dec 29 Dunnottar, 4 pm Fri-Sat Jan 3-4 The Mainstream, 9 pm Sun Jan 5 Lektric Mullet, 4 pm Mon Jan 6 BCS Championship Tailgate Party TUES, Dec. 31 New Years Eve Party Something Huge 9 to 1 Free Champagne at Midnight TWO FIREWORKS SHOWS 8 pm & Midnight Watch from our Observation Deck Open at 2 p.m. on January 1 Bloody Marys Bushwackers Football Dec 25 Open at 2 p.m. Pensacola Beach Chamber Board Chairman Beverly Campbell served 8. The expert parade convertible driver is Bob Cowen and his co-pilot is Chamber President Nicole Stacey. Fire On Ice Event Brings Cool Riders crab and caramelized fennel and Gulfs Bounty Serves As Beach Chefs Staples

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