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eNewsletter · September 2014

Summertime Is Drawing to a Close and Fall Is Picking Up!

Mexico Beach had a great summer season this year. With new families visiting us and our repeat visitors returning for another year, our beach has created a lot of wonderful memories. We want to say a heartfelt “Thank You” to all those who spent some time in Mexico Beach. We hope you keep our family vacationland in mind when planning your next beach vacation.

MBARA Kingfish Tournament

The 18th Annual Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Kingfish Tournament took place at the end of August. With over 140 boats registered for the event, this year’s tournament was a great success. The top prize went to Team Congo in the Professional Division and Team Bluewater Predator in the Recreational Division for Kingfish. Team Garfin took top prize in the Wahoo Division, and Team Contender Bay walked away with the top prize in the Spanish Mackerel Division. This tournament successfully contributed to raising funds for building more artificial reefs in 2015. Great job, MBARA!

And the Winner Is…

Last month, we were giving away a Mexico Beach beach towel and some sunscreen to use on our white sandy beaches. And the winner was Peggy Miller from Harrisburg, South Dakota.

Congrats, Peggy! This month, to show how proud we are of the 16th Annual Art & Wine Festival and to build up excitement for it, we are giving away four (4) entry tickets and a bottle of wine! To put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Melissa; please include your contact information. The lucky winner will be announced in the October newsletter.

16th Annual Art & Wine Festival

The Art & Wine Festival is one of Mexico Beach’s longest standing events. From the idea of gathering talented artists and great wines and housing them all under one tent, Peggy Wood’s vision has been enhanced and is going strong. This year, there will be 30 outstanding artists from all over the world showcasing their work on Saturday, October 11 at the Driftwood Inn. There will be a nice selection of wine to enjoy while browsing through two tents of original artworks, most of which will be made available for purchase by the artists themselves. Please know this is not a wine tasting. Doors open at 2 p.m. (CDT). Come out and enjoy this great event with live music, local restaurant cuisine, and silent and live auctions, as well as art and wine! For more information, click here.


September Music in the Park
Every Thursday

Come enjoy the sounds of great music while watching the sunset in Sunset Park. With a new lineup every Thursday in September, the entire family will enjoy this complimentary concert series. Music kicks off at 6 p.m. (CDT) at Sunset Park, located on Highway 98 in Mexico Beach. Don’t forget your blankets, chairs and coolers. For more information, click here.

  • September 18: Bo Spring Band
  • September 25: Konkrete Soul

16th Annual Art & Wine Festival
October 11

The 16th Annual Mexico Beach Art & Wine Festival will be held at the Driftwood Inn and will feature fine wines, a live auction, musical entertainment and, naturally, great art. We hope you will join us. This event is put on by the Special Events for Mexico Beach to raise funds for the July 4th fireworks show. For more information, click here.

Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival
October 12–19

Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival is celebrating its sixth anniversary this year and once again, Florida’s Gulf Coast will play host to a group of talented musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville. Festival performances will consist of over 30 musicians who collectively have written hundreds of hit songs for the likes of Faith Hill, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, and many others. This annual event continues to deliver on the promise of an incredible time for anyone who appreciates great music. For more information, click here.

Recipe of the Month

Oyster Casserole

We thank the MBARA for sharing this delicious fish recipe from the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association cookbook.

1 lb. shucked select grade oysters
1 lb. butter, melted
1 lb. saltine crackers
1 pint heavy cream
Pinch of ground nutmeg

Using a rolling pin, crush the crackers to a medium-fine consistency. Layer the ingredients in a 2-quart casserole as follows: ½ inch of crackers, a single layer of oysters, drizzle some of the melted butter over the oysters, and then flood the layer with cream to cover the oysters. (Be sure to feel oysters as you layer them to check for pieces of shell.) Repeat until all of the oysters are used (usually about 5 layers) and end with a layer of crackers on top. Add remaining butter and cream to bring the level to the top of the casserole. Sprinkle with nutmeg and bake at 350° for about 45 minutes or until the top is crusty and brown. Serve and enjoy!

Thoughts for the Month

Wisdom to Live by:

Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.

Think about this: no one ever says “It’s only a game” when his team is winning.

The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.

Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.

How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

No one has more driving ambition than the boy who wants to buy a car.

There are worse things than getting a call from a wrong number at 4 a.m.; it could be the right number.

Money can’t buy happiness, but somehow it’s more comfortable to cry in a Cadillac than a Yugo.

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