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eNewsletter · October 2015

Mexico Beach Florida News

Music in the Park Wraps

Our Music in the Park series this year was a great success, even with a minor setback. Regretfully, Heat and the Zydeco Gents had a family emergency and had to cancel. But, we luckily had the Jam Kings fill in, and they were a great substitute. This year we met a new group, the Crickets, and the crowd really enjoyed this all-girl band, as they did all the other great bands this year. Our volunteer fire department had a successful fund-raising event this year by offering hot dog and hamburger dinners to the crowd. Special thank-yous go to Sharon’s Cafe and PeoplesSouth Bank for the generous food donations used by the fire department. We hope everyone enjoyed this year’s concert series and will make plans to attend next year! For more details and to find that perfect getaway, click here.

Meet Mexico Beach

CookbookThis month we want to introduce you to some of our annual visitors who have vacationed in Mexico Beach for many, many years. The Utz family from Georgia enjoys spending their vacations in Mexico Beach. Father Joe runs in the fall triathlon, while mother Elizabeth and the children enjoy all that Mexico Beach has to offer. The last time they were here, there were seven children; however, the recent addition of Elliott brings this year’s trip total to eight. The children read music, play instruments and sing. They have performed at Music in the Park, and this time they played for our Mexico Beach on the Move TV show.
For those who subscribe to Mediacom, you can
enjoy hearing them now.

And the Winner Is…

The Fish House RestaurantLast month, we had a gift certificate from Killer Seafood up for grabs. The lucky winner is Terry Wilson from Beaver Falls, PA. Congratulations, Terry!

This month we are giving away a gift certificate to Graba Java Internet Café. Graba Java is known for its full breakfast menu, coffee and cozy atmosphere. To put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Melissa and be sure to put your contact information in the e-mail.

Weddings in Mexico Beach

The fall weather is ideal for weddings on the beach. Guests can still enjoy the warm Gulf waters, but it’s not quite as hot as in August. We had two weddings this month and we offer our congratulations to both couples. For more information on weddings or vow renewal ceremonies on the beach, visit

Brandon and Kelly Ronny & Sharon
This month, Ronny and Sharon tied the knot on our beach. These locals love living in Mexico Beach and love each other. It was a beautiful beach wedding that took place in the morning. Congratulations, Ronny and Sharon!

Chris and Christina James & Mary-Sue
James and Mary-Sue came from Virginia to have their nuptials on our beach. The weather was great, as was the ceremony. Congratulations, James and Mary-Sue!

Mexico Beach Florida Visitors Guide

Mark Your Calendars

Mexico Beach Florida EventsBlast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival
October 15–18

It's time once again for Florida’s Forgotten Coast to play host to a group of talented musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville. Festival performances will consist of some 30+ musicians who collectively have written hundreds of hit songs for stars like Faith Hill, George Strait, Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks. For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsMexico Beach Turkey Trot
November 26

Start Thanksgiving Day off by running your way to the dinner table! The Mexico Beach Community Garden presents the annual Turkey Trot. This run on Thanksgiving Day gives families and friends a great chance to get out and be active prior to the traditional Thanksgiving feast. All ages are welcome and all entries receive a T-shirt. Sign up now and enjoy spending Thanksgiving in Mexico Beach. For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsLicense-Free Saltwater Fishing Day
November 28

Come enjoy saltwater fishing in Mexico Beach for free! Fish from the shore or off the public pier, or charter a boat and catch multiple big ones. This is a wonderful opportunity for experienced anglers to share their skills and passion for fishing with friends and family. For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsMexico Beach Christmas Tree Lighting
December 6

Come celebrate Christmas on the beach! The Mexico Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, held at Sunset Park beginning at 6:00 p.m., will feature Santa, refreshments, carols and much more! For more information, click here.

Mexico Beach Florida EventsWindCreek Casino Day Trip
December 9

Join us for a day of fun as we head off to win big and make lasting memories at Wind Creek Casino in Atmore, Alabama. A favorite pastime among winter visitors and friends, this day trip will be one for the photo album. Come enjoy this unforgettable adventure during your time in Mexico Beach! For more information, click here.

Recipe of the Month

Florida Seafood Recipes

Oyster Stew

This is a very easy and tasty dish we’re sure you’ll enjoy! We thank the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association for this delicious recipe!

1 pint shucked oysters, with juice
½ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
¾ teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 cup light cream
Dash hot pepper sauce

In medium saucepan, combine the undrained oysters, Old Bay Seasoning, butter and salt. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until edges of oysters curl. Stir in milk, cream and pepper sauce. Heat thoroughly and enjoy!

Thoughts for the Month

Thoughts from Mexico Beach Florida

October is World Series month. Here are some interesting facts about the game:

✯ Harry Chiti was playing for the Cleveland Indians in 1962 and got traded to the New York Mets for a player to be named later. Chiti had a bad time with the Mets and was then designated as the player to be named later and sent back to Cleveland. He was the first major league player to be traded for himself.

✯ Fourteen players have hit four home runs in one game. Among them are Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays and Mike Schmidt.

✯ The New York Yankees have won 26 World Series titles—more than any other team. Yankee Mickey Mantle holds the record for the most career home runs in World Series history at 18.

✯ Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken didn’t miss a game in 16 years (2,632 consecutive games).

✯ Elmer Smith played for the Cleveland Indians and in 1920, he hit the first grand slam home run in a World Series game.

✯ In 1925, first baseman Wally Pipp asked for a day off and manager Miller Huggins agreed. Huggins designated a new kid named Lou Gehrig to play first base. Gehrig didn’t leave the lineup for 14 years; Pipp lost his job and never played for the Yankees again. Gehrig was sometimes known as the “Iron Horse of Baseball.”

✯ Pete Rose played for the Cincinnati Reds and holds the all-time record for hits—4,256.

✯ Pitcher Bob Feller and outfielder Denard Span have something in common. Both fouled off pitches that went into the stands and hit their mothers, who had come to watch their sons play; both moms were OK. But in 1957, Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn of the Phillies fouled off a ball that went into the stands and hit Alice Roth in the face. While medical help was assisting her, the teams went back to the game and Richie Ashburn was still at the plate. He fouled off another pitch and it hit Alice Roth again as she was being carried off on a stretcher!

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