View Online | Unsubscribe Photo Gallery | Beach Cam | Contact Us  

August 2012

We’re proud of our new chair. It’s ideal for a family picture. Our big chair is located next to the Mexico Beach Welcome Center at:

102 Canal Parkway
Mexico Beach, FL 32410

When visiting Mexico Beach, we encourage you to drop by the Mexico Beach Welcome Center. Operated by the Mexico Beach Community Development Council, our Welcome Center offers visitors a resource for current information about attractions, events, restaurants and accommodations in Mexico Beach. We’re here to help answer your questions about Mexico Beach and make your visit more enjoyable!

Annual Photo Contest

Our annual photo contest has closed. We received a large number of pictures and have sent them to our panel of impartial judges for evaluation. We’ll have a list of winners in next month’s newsletter.

Weddings on the Beach

You will notice that at all Mexico Beach weddings, the brides are beautiful and the grooms are handsome!

Julie & Larry
Congratulations to Julie and Larry, who came from Vincent, Ohio, to get married. The weather cooperated fully and their wedding on the beach was picture perfect.

Andrea & Joe
Sergeant Joe came from Fort Benning, Georgia, after his deployment and brought his lovely fiancée, Andrea. They had a beautiful and very romantic sunset wedding. Congratulations, Joe and Andrea!


Win a Trip to Mexico Beach

We’ve had some interest lately from couples who have come to the beach to reaffirm their wedding vows. Great idea, huh? Well, we want to help. This month, we’re giving away a “Renew Your Vows” weekend. We’ll provide two nights in a hotel, a gift certificate toward dinner at one of our restaurants, three pictures of the ceremony, and a marriage officiant to perform the ceremony. The offer will be valid for the month of September. If you would like to put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to no later than August 20th. The winner will be announced in our next newsletter.

Mark Your Calendars

MBARA 16th Annual Kingfish Tournament
August 24–25

The annual Kingfish Tournament is sponsored by the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA). It’s one of the highlights of the year, and all anglers are welcome.

For more information click here.

Music in the Park
September 6–27

Each Thursday in September, the Community Development Council sponsors a free concert at Sunset Park (next to the El Governor) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (CST). Be sure to bring your chairs, blankets, and any refreshments you enjoy. Below is the lineup of our entertainers this year:

  • September  6 — Rockin’ Randall
  • September 13 — Heat and the Zydeco Gents
  • September 20 — 98th Army Band from Ft. Rucker
  • September 27 — Flabbergasted Band

14th Annual Art and Wine Festival
October 6

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 6, the date of our Art and Wine Festival. The festival is just around the corner and will be held again this year at the Driftwood Inn. There will be some good changes this year with more food and great auction pieces. We’ve kept the excellent wines and music on the beach. Please join us for this annual event, which is a fund-raiser for the Fourth of July celebration.

Recipe of the Month

Sweet and Sour Carrots

This is one sure-fire way to give carrots a boost and get a few compliments.

1 lb. carrots, peeled and sliced
1 medium green pepper, seeded and cut into one-inch squares
1 (8 oz.) can pineapple chunks in its own juice
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce

In a covered saucepan, cook carrots in a small amount of lightly salted water until just tender. Add green pepper. Cover and cook an additional 3 minutes. Drain.

Drain canned pineapple, reserving juice in a measuring cup. Add enough water to the measuring cup to make 1/3 cup liquid.

Combine sugar, salt, and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Add in pineapple liquid, vinegar, and soy sauce. Stirring constantly, cook until thickened and bubbly. Stir into vegetables, add pineapple chunks, and heat through.

Thought for the Month

The Olympic flag was created in 1914 and portrays five rings which symbolize the five continents. The colors are blue, yellow, black, green, and red; at least one of the colors is in every flag in the world.

The lighting of the Olympic flame is a practice continued from the ancient Olympic Games. In Olympia (Greece), a flame was ignited by the sun and then kept burning until the closing of the Olympic Games. Since 1936, the Olympic flame has been lit at the ancient site of Olympia by women wearing ancient-style robes and using a curved mirror and the sun. The Olympic torch is then passed from runner to runner, starting at Olympia and ending in the Olympic stadium of the host city.

The Olympic medals are designed especially for each individual Olympic Games by the host city. Each medal must be at least three millimeters thick and 60 millimeters in diameter. Also, the gold and silver Olympic medals must be made out of 92.5 percent silver, with the gold medal being covered in six grams of gold. The last medals made entirely of gold were awarded in 1912.

The opening ceremony of the games is a parade of athletes always led by the Greek team, followed by all others in alphabetical order. An exception is the host country, which is last.

The marathon race is the approximate distance that Pheidippides, a Greek soldier, ran in 490 BC from Marathon to Athens to report on the battle with the Persians. The exact length of the race was always approximate until 1908, when the British royal family asked that the distance from Windsor Castle to the Olympic Stadium be used, and it’s been the standard since 1924. The distance is 26 miles and 385 yards.

Women were first allowed to participate in 1900, the second modern Olympic Games.

“Gymnasium” comes from the Greek root “gymnos,” which means nude; the literal meaning of “gymnasium" is “school for naked exercise.” Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games would participate in the nude.

Stadium has an unusual history. The stade was the only event in the first recorded Olympic Games held in 776 BC. The stade was a unit of measurement (about 600 feet) that also became the name of the footrace because it was the distance run. Since the track for the stade (race) was a stade (length), the location of the race became the stadium.

Photo by Sergei Bachlakov

  Mexico Beach   |   Things to Do   |   Places to Stay   |   Weddings & Special Events  

  Business Listings   |   News & Events  

©2012 Mexico Beach Community Development Council | (850) 648-8196 or (888) 723-2546 |
102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach, FL 32456