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eNewsletter · December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all of us in Mexico Beach! We wish all our friends a happy and prosperous new year!

That very special season has arrived and we’re celebrating the holidays in our special “beach way.” Last Sunday we had our annual Christmas tree lighting and the biggest attendance to date. Our special guest to light the tree was Jim Middleton, the first fire chief of Mexico Beach. After the tree lighting, we had the parade of decorated golf carts and another record turnout for that event.

Finally, with lights flashing and sirens wailing, Santa arrived on the fire truck to the cheers of all the kids. Everyone had a chance to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas and receive a small present to start the season.

Weddings on the Beach

Pierre & Sheila
This month we welcomed Pierre and Sheila to our beaches for a beautiful wedding at sunset. It was a delightful and fun ceremony. Congratulations to Pierre and Sheila!

Stormy & Tracy
We also congratulate Stormy and Tracy who came from Tennessee and Georgia to get married on our beach. They had a very intimate and romantic wedding and were graced with a spectacular sunset.

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


2013 Mexico Beach Calendars

Our 2013 calendars are now available. They can be purchased for only $5 at local stores or at the Welcome Center on Canal Parkway. All proceeds go to our annual Fourth of July “Best Blast on the Beach.”

New Year’s Eve Getaway Winners Announced

In our last newsletter, we offered a chance to win a two-night getaway at the El Governor Motel for New Year’s Eve. We had quite a few responses and the winners are Dan and Kathy Murphy from Juliette, Georgia. Congratulations, Dan and Kathy!

Bay Dunes Golf Giveaway

We have a special treat for the golfers this month: two vouchers to play at Bay Dunes Golf Course. It’s a great course and fun to play. One lucky winner will be drawn on December 20, 2012.

CLICK HERE to submit your entry via e-mail.

A Big “Thank You”

Everyone in Mexico Beach knows Carol Dow. As the owner and operator of the Fish House Restaurant, she makes friends with everyone. But there’s a side to Carol that some folks don’t know about. She’s also a volunteer with the Red Cross and helps out at disaster scenes. She recently was sent to New York to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. After her return, she was feted by her friends. (Carol is the fourth from the left.) We say thank you, Carol, for all the good you do!

Mark Your Calendars

December 31
New Year’s Eve is one of the highlight celebrations we have each year. Just a short distance from Mexico Beach is the official time line between the Eastern and Central time zones. You can ring in the New Year at midnight in the Eastern time zone and then come to Mexico Beach and celebrate an hour later in the Central time zone. It makes for a very memorable evening. No need to drive—we also provide free shuttle bus service around Mexico Beach and to Port St. Joe. You can just come and have a good time—and do it safely. Don’t forget to watch the firework show in Mexico Beach that will be shot off at the stroke of midnight!

Recipe of the Month

Here’s a fun and delicious way to enjoy the fresh shrimp we get from the Gulf!

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 pound mushrooms
1 1/2 pounds shrimp
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained
4 1/2 tablespoons butter
4 1/2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup dry sherry
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in pan and sauté mushrooms; set aside.
Boil and shell shrimp.
In a buttered 9” x 13” baking dish, layer artichokes, shrimp, and mushrooms.
In separate saucepan, melt 4 ½ tablespoons butter.
Add in the flour and stir until well blended.
Gradually whisk in the milk and cream.
Stir until thickened.
Add sherry, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to cream sauce.
Pour sauce over layers in baking dish.
Sprinkle with cheese and then some paprika.
Bake for 20–30 minutes at 375 F.
Serve over rice.
Serves 6.

Christmas Trivia

This Christmas season, we have a trivia quiz for the kids. See how many questions they can get right!

1. What did Frosty the Snowman have for a nose?

(A) A carrot
(B) A piece of coal
(C) A button
(D) A pebble

2. Where does Santa Live?

(A) Canada
(B) The North Pole
(C) In the woods
(D) Santa Claus, Indiana

3. How many reindeer usually pull Santa’s sleigh on a clear night?

(A) Two
(B) Four
(C) Six
(D) Eight

4. On one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa needed help guiding his sleigh through the bad weather. Whom did he ask for help?

(A) Dasher and Dancer
(B) Tiny Tim
(C) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
(D) Frosty the Snowman

5. Santa has a “Naughty and Nice” list. How many times does he check it?

(A) Twice
(B) Every day
(C) Twenty
(D) Just before going to little boys’ and girls’ homes on Christmas Eve

6. Who makes the toys that Santa delivers?

(A) Mrs. Claus
(B) The U.S. Marines
(C) The elves
(D) The reindeer

7. Santa has a favorite snack that children often leave for him on Christmas Eve. What is the snack?

(A) Celery and carrots
(B) Pecan pie
(C) Chocolate cake
(D) Milk and cookies


1. (C) Frosty the Snowman had a button for a nose.
2. (B) Santa lives at the North Pole.
3. (D) Eight (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen)
4. (C) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer guided Santa’s sleigh.
5. (A) Santa checks his list twice.
6. (C) The elves make the toys.
7. (D) Santa’s favorite snack is milk and cookies.

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