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eNewsletter · November 2012

The Mexico Beach Calendars Have Arrived!

If you’re interested in having our glossy 2013 calendar with beautiful local pictures, they can be purchased at the Welcome Center for only $5.00. If you can’t make it to town, send an e-mail to Melissa at and she will let you know how much it will cost to ship one, two, or ten to you! We are really enjoying the photographs used this year and think you will be happy too!

Weddings on the Beach

Robert & Cheryl
We had a special event in October. Robert and Cheryl came to Mexico Beach to renew their vows after twenty-two years of marriage. They had a beautiful ceremony on the beach that included a sand ceremony. Robert had a special treat for Cheryl: he had been a singer in his younger days and so he serenaded his bride during the ceremony with a rendition of “You Are So Beautiful.” It was a romantic and special evening. Congratulations, Robert and Cheryl—and here’s to twenty-two more wonderful years!

Mexico Beach is the perfect place to say “I Do”! For more information on weddings or vow renewal ceremonies on the beach, visit


Mark Your Calendars

November 25
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we save that holiday for family celebrations. We wish all of our friends a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 2
We will start December off with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year’s event will be held at Sunset Park on Sunday, December 2, at 6:00 p.m. After singing Christmas carols and lighting the Christmas tree, we’ll have the traditional decorated golf cart parade and the arrival of Santa. Complimentary snacks, cookies, and coffee will be provided. Click here for more information.

New Year’s Eve
December 31
On New Year’s Eve, we’ll celebrate the New Year twice! You can cross the time line and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Gulf County (Eastern Time Zone) and then return to Mexico Beach (Central Time Zone) and celebrate again! To make the night safer and more enjoyable, we have extras. First, we’re going to provide free bus transportation to participating venues, so nobody has to drive. Second, we’re going to have a fireworks show at midnight (Central Time) shot off of the Mexico Beach Pier. And lastly, we’re giving away a New Year’s Eve getaway for two nights at the El Governor Motel—check-in New Year’s Eve and checkout on January 2. If you want your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Melissa no later than November 29. The winner will be announced in the December newsletter. Click here for more information.

Recipe of the Month


With the chillier months coming, we thought it would be useful to provide a very quick and delicious soup.

1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli
1 (10 1/2-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon dried whole tarragon, crushed
Dash of pepper

1. Cook broccoli according to package directions and drain well.
2. Add remaining ingredients.
3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated.

Makes about one quart.

Thought for the Month

Elvis Presley was one of the most successful and well-known performers in history. Below, we’ve shared some trivia that you might not have known about the King.

Elvis was voted into four Halls of Fame: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986), Country Music Hall of Fame (1998), Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2001), and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (2007).

On December 21, 1970, Elvis paid a visit to President Richard Nixon at the White House. He had been invited to sing at the White House, but his manager said no. The White House didn’t pay performers and Colonel Parker said that Elvis didn’t sing for free!

The Graceland mansion is the second most visited house in America after the White House, and U.S. Highway 51, which runs in front of the mansion, is officially named Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Elvis is buried on the grounds of the mansion. On his gravestone, his name is written as “Elvis Aaron Presley,” while his name was actually “Elvis Aron Presley.”

Elvis had about $5 million in his bank account when he passed away.

His favorite TV shows were The Jeffersons (1975), Good Times, Happy Days, and The Flip Wilson Show (1970). His favorite soft drink was Diet Dr. Pepper.

In June 1993, the U.S. Postal Service approved a commemorative stamp that featured his image. Sweden also approved a stamp with his picture in 2004.

Elvis held the world indoor attendance record for a concert, which was at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, on December 31, 1976. There were 62,500 in attendance, and he was paid a record $850,000.

His 1960 single “It’s Now or Never” is one of the best-selling singles of all time with sales estimated between 25 and 30 million copies.

Elvis sold over 1,000,000,000 albums worldwide: more than any other musical artist or group in the world, including The Beatles.

In April 1955, he auditioned for a spot on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts and was turned down.

In 1960, he earned a black belt in karate.

When he recorded “Hound Dog,” Elvis insisted on doing thirty or so takes to make sure it was perfect.

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