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eNewsletter · September 2012

Our Season is Winding Down and We Have Lots of Great Memories

To everyone who visited us, we say “THANK YOU”—please come back soon. Our beaches are still spectacular and the water is sparkling. We’re a family vacationland and we would love to be your host!

The Winners!

On August 25, we had our 16th Annual Kingfish Tournament sponsored by the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association. There were 144 boats with 577 anglers competing in the tournament, which began at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 25. It was a very good turnout for the event and the overall winners were Captain Russell Stewart and angler Larry Lemieux, shown in the picture with Miss Kingfish, Ashley Payne. More pictures of the Captain’s Party, the tournament, and the winners can be found at the MBARA webpage.

Weddings on the Beach

Elizabeth & Daniel
This month we want to introduce you to Elizabeth and Daniel, who came from Tallahassee for a beautiful wedding on the beach. The day was perfect and so was the wedding. Pictured is the happy couple along with Michael (brother), who’s serving in the Army, Baby Julian, and Timothy (brother), who’s serving on a nuclear submarine.


Can You Help?

Cathey Parker Hobbs has graciously agreed to write a book—with a little help from her friends! The Parker family is part of the rich history of Mexico Beach and Cathey is writing a book on the history of Mexico Beach. So, we need all the help we can get. If you have any pictures that you are willing to share, please include the date, information on the picture, your name, and contact information. Photo credit will be given for any photographs used. Specific locations needed include: MB Skating Rink, the Surf Restaurant, Lois’s Brown Hut, the Patio, the old mini mall, Wayside Park, old businesses, points of interest, etc. You can e-mail them to and she will get them to Cathey. Thank you!

Mark Your Calendars

Music in the Park
Each Thursday in September

Each year 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 and any refreshments you enjoy. The entertainers we’ve lined up for this year are:

  • 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

Our Art and Wine Festival will again be held at the Driftwood Inn. We’ve made some changes to include more food and a silent auction, and we’ve kept the excellent wines and good music. Artist applications are now available online. For more information on the event, please visit the Mexico Beach CDC Calendar of Events. We hope you will be able to join us for this annual event, which raises funds for our Fourth of July celebration.

Recipe of the Month

New Orleans Red Beans & Rice

This classic New Orleans dish is easy and delicious. Sliced andouille sausage adds another dimension of flavor to the standard red beans and rice.

1 lb. dried red beans
7 cups water
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 lb. andouille sausage, sliced
3 tablespoons Creole seasoning
Hot cooked rice
Garnish: sliced green onions

Place first 8 ingredients in a 4-quart slow cooker. Cook, covered, on HIGH for 7 hours or until beans are tender. Serve with hot cooked rice. Garnish, if desired.

Mexico Beach 2012 Photography Contest Winners

The Mexico Beach 2012 Photography Contest received over 180 entries. Thanks to all those who entered their photographs—the judges had a hard time determining winners for each category. If you entered a photograph and it won, a letter will be mailed to you with information on your win. All winning photographs will be on display in the Mexico Beach Welcome Center. For those who did not win you may pickup your photographs at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center. No photographs will be mailed back. Photographs will be available for pickup until December 31, 2012. Thank you for entering and we hope to receive more photographs next year!

Sunrises and Sunsets

1st:  Bill Fauth, Mexico Beach, FL
2nd:  Ellen Lail, Atlanta, GA
3rd:  Lisa Gaines, Richmond Hill, GA

The Beach

1st:  Rob Greenland, Mexico Beach, FL
2nd:  Cynthia & Paul Burson, Pinson, AL
3rd:  Diane Mayes, Chickamauga, GA

Fishing and Boating

1st:  Janis Kartman, Arkansaw, WI
2nd:  Rosie Gammell, Inverness, FL
3rd:  Ellen Lail, Atlanta, GA



1st:  Christi Cofield, Tallahassee, FL
2nd:  Nancy Walker, Clear Lake, IA
3rd:  Kimberly McArdle, Wewahitchka, FL

Animal Life

1st:  Debbi Howard, Bainbridge, GA
2nd:  Marty Moore, Belpre, OH
3rd:  Lisa Gaines, Richmond Hill, GA


1st:  Kathy Moynahan, Newnan, GA
2nd:  Cynthia & Paul Burson, Pinson, AL
3rd:  Opal Lovelace, Panama City Beach, FL

Historic Mexico Beach

1st:  Christi Cofield, Tallahassee, FL
2nd:  Kimberly McArdle, Wewahitchka, FL
3rd:  Bill Fauth, Mexico Beach, FL

Water Sports

1st:  Ellen Lail, Atlanta, GA
2nd:  Ellen Lail, Atlanta, GA
3rd:  Sheila Loth, Port St. Joe, FL

Around the Town

1st:  Nancy Walker, Clear Lake, IA
2nd:  Marty Moore, Belpre, OH
3rd:  Meredith Hightower, Arlington, TX

Special Events

1st:  Kimberly McArdle, Wewahitchka, FL
2nd:  Butch Alley, Mexico Beach, FL


NASA Trivia

We recently lost Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. So, let’s test your knowledge of this historical astronaut and NASA!

1. Where was Neil Armstrong born?
a. Wapakoneta, Ohio
b. Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
c. Cincinnati, Ohio
d. Salem, Oregon

2. Which of these NASA missions landed on the moon?
a. Challenger
b. Apollo 13
c. Apollo 11
d. Gemini II

3. Who is the only US President to attend a shuttle launch?
a. John Kennedy
b. Richard Nixon
c. Bill Clinton
d. George H. Bush

4. Who was the first American woman in space?
a. Kathryn Sullivan
b. Sally Ride
c. Condoleeza Rice
d. Dr. Mary Schneider

5. How many of the original seven astronauts walked on the moon?
a. None—they were all too old by the time the Apollo program began
b. One
c. Four
d. All seven eventually walked on the moon

6. Who was the first American woman astronaut to walk in space?
a. Kathryn Sullivan
b. Sally Ride
c. Dr. Morgana Johnson
d. Col. Wilma Ruddin

7. Who said "Houston, we’ve had a problem here."?
a. John Glenn
b. James Lovell
c. John Swigert
d. Sally Ride

8. Where did the term “aeronautics” originate?
a. Belgium
b. It was coined by Woodrow Wilson when he set up NACA (the forerunner of NASA)
c. It is derived from the Greek language
d. It’s a NASA originated word

9. What did astronaut Alan Shepard do on the moon that no other astronaut did?
a. Changed a flat tire on the lunar rover
b. Called his wife on her birthday
c. Hit a few golf balls that are still on the moon
d. As a joke, he locked astronaut Jim Lovell out of the moon vehicle

10. Where was the first liquid-fueled rocket launched from?
a. Cape Kennedy, Florida
b. Auburn, Massachusetts
c. McClellan AFB in Sacramento, California
d. Virginia Beach, Virginia


1. a. Wapakoneta, Ohio
2. c. Apollo 11
3. c. President Bill Clinton watched John Glenn return to space in 1998
4. b. Sally Ride
5. b. One (only Alan Shepard walked on the moon)
6. a. Kathryn Sullivan
7. c. The quote is generally attributed to James Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, but it was actually said by crewmember John Swigert.
8. c. It is derived from the Greek language
9. c. Hit a few golf balls (which are still on the moon)
10. b. Auburn, Massachusetts. This was launched in 1926 by Dr. Robert Goddard and is considered to be as historically important as the Wright Brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk.

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