eNewsletter | October 2016
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MBARA Kingfish Tournament – Wrap
One of the biggest fund-raisers of the year for Special Events for Mexico Beach is the Art and Wine Festival, which will take place on Saturday, October 15. All the proceeds that this organization brings in go toward the July Fourth Best Blast on the Beach fireworks show and events. This year’s festival will include artwork from over 30 artists from around the region. Along with the art, there will be a varied selection of wines to enjoy. Please note this is not a wine-tasting event. Both a live and a silent auction will feature artwork from participating artists as well as area merchants, so this will be one festival you will want to attend. The doors will open at 2:00 p.m. and the entrance fee is only $20 per person; this includes a commemorative wine glass with one complimentary beverage, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Please join us for a delightful afternoon of art, wine, and more!

WOW! Our annual photography contest was a great success! With over 225 entries, it was a real challenge for our judges. We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s contest. Thank you to all those who entered and we hope you continue to capture the beauty of our city and enter again next year.

1st Place: Bill Fauth–Mexico Beach, FL
2nd Place: Ron Rudolph–Port St. Joe, FL
3rd Place: Nancy Walker–Clear Lake, IA

1st Place: Lucy Green–Mexico Beach, FL
2nd Place: Angela Maxwell–Acworth, GA
3rd Place: Nancy Walker–Clear Lake, IA

1st Place: Bill Fauth–Mexico Beach, FL
2nd Place: Gloria Sanchez–Mexico Beach, FL
3rd Place: Kathy Bouzard–Oconomowoc, WI

1st Place: Kathy Bouzard–Oconomowoc, WI
2nd Place: Nancy Walker–Clear Lake, IA
3rd Place: Fred Whitfield–Mexico Beach, FL

1st Place: Kathy Bouzard–Oconomowoc, WI
2nd Place: B. J. Lanich–Wausaukee, WI
3rd Place: Linda Johnson–Cairo, GA

1st Place: B.J. Lanich–Wausaukee, WI
2nd Place: Priscilla Hightower–Arlington, TX
3rd Place: Fred Whitfield–Mexico Beach, FL
Our Music in the Park concert series this year was wonderful and a great success! Unfortunately, the weather precluded our first concert and we missed hearing Crossroads. However, we had outstanding appearances by Baby Gray, The Krickets, Heat & the Zydeco Gents, and Konkrete Soul. Attendance was the best ever and we hope you can make it out next year—every Thursday in September—to enjoy a new show each week. We would like to send out a nice thank you to the Mexico Beach Community Development Council for sponsoring the event and a special thank you to the Mexico Beach Volunteer Fire Department for cooking up dinner each week for the hungry patrons.
Last month a gift certificate to Caribbean Coffee was up for grabs. The winner was Pat Woods from Cullman, Alabama. Congrats Pat!

This month we’ll be giving away a gift certificate to Cathey’s ACE Hardware Store. Whether you’re looking for tools, beach supplies, fishing tackle, or gardening equipment, Cathey’s ACE Hardware is able to assist you in all your needs. To put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Melissa (melissa@mexicobeach.com) and be sure to put your contact info in the e-mail.
Our summer has been busy with weddings, and couples are discovering just how romantic a beach wedding can be. We’re delighted to introduce you to some of our newlyweds.
Tony & Stephanie
This month our first couple is Tony and Stephanie. They joined us from Tupelo, Mississippi, to celebrate their vow exchange. It was a beautiful beach wedding. Congratulations, Tony and Stephanie!
Tim & Debbie
Our next couple is Tim and Debbie, who came down from Albany, Georgia. Their special beach ceremony was perfect and included beautiful weather. Congratulations, Tim and Debbie!
Rob & Polly
Our next couple is Rob and Polly, who joined us from Denver, Colorado. With friends by their side, they exchanged vows in a beautiful ceremony. Congratulations, Rob and Polly!
James & Cindy
Our last couple is James and Cindy, who joined us from North Georgia to enjoy our beaches and tie the knot. It was a delightful wedding on our pristine beach. Congratulations, James and Cindy!
Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival
October 20–23
Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe, and Indian Pass will play host to a group of talented musicians and songwriters direct from Nashville. Festival performances will consist of more than 30 musicians who collectively have written hundreds of hit songs for artists ranging from Faith Hill and George Strait to Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks. Many songwriters from past events will be returning for another great weekend of music and storytelling. In addition, guests can count on several new faces at this years “Blast.”
Mexico Beach Turkey Trot
November 24
Join in the fun on Thanksgiving morning for the annual Mexico Beach Turkey Trot! Walk or run off your Thanksgiving feast beforehand. The entry fee is $25 now through November 1 and $30 after November 1. Active duty military personnel run for FREE! Participants are guaranteed to receive a long-sleeved T-shirt if registered before November 1. Proceeds benefit Breastfeed Bay.
Mexico Beach Christmas Tree
Lighting Ceremony
December 4
It’s Christmastime at the beach! The Mexico Beach Community Development Council and the City of Mexico Beach invite you to participate in the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Sunset Park on Sunday, December 4, starting at 6:00pm CT. Come ring in the holiday season with caroling, a festive golf cart parade, and the arrival of Santa Claus on the Mexico Beach Fire Truck. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while your child visits with Santa, and don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the moment.
Snowbird December Biloxi Trip
December 6-7
We’re heading to Biloxi to win some money, or at least to try! This overnight trip departs Mexico Beach on December 6, arriving at Beau Rivage resort and casino to begin a day of play. After that, it’s over to the Scarlett Pearl to check in, eat, and play some more. The next day the bus departs the Scarlett Pearl and ventures over to the IP Casino Resort & Spa where you will receive more free play. We head home around 3:30pm. Cost for the trip is $70 per person (double occupancy) or $100 per person (single occupancy). Trip includes bus, room, $60 free play, and $15 meal credit. Deadline to sign up is November 7. Space is limited to only one bus, so reserve your spot today!
Smoked Fish Dip
Having some folks over and need a quick snack? Here’s a good and simple dip.
2 cups flaked smoked fish
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 teaspoons sour cream
1 pinch Old Bay Seasoning
4 drops hot pepper sauce
3 drops Worcestershire
3 drops liquid smoke
Cracked black pepper
Crackers for serving
Place fish, mayonnaise, and sour cream in food processor. Season with Old Bay, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire, liquid smoke, and cracked black pepper. Blend all ingredients until they reach a spreadable consistency. Serve with crackers and enjoy!

The MBARA has published another great cookbook (3rd edition) and it’s now available to you! With 280 recipes, there are some great meals you can prepare and enjoy. If you would like a copy, you can visit www.MBARA.org for more information.
Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” was penned by beloved children’s author Shel Silverstein.

Reno is farther west than Los Angeles.

There really was a Captain Morgan. He was a Welsh pirate who later became the lieutenant governor of Jamaica.

“Jay” used to be slang for “foolish person,” so when a pedestrian ignored street signs, he was referred to as a “jaywalker.”

Duncan Hines was a real person. He was a popular restaurant critic who also wrote a book of hotel recommendations.

The string on the box of animal crackers was originally placed there so the box could be hung on the Christmas tree.

William Faulkner refused a dinner invitation from JFK’s White House. “Why that’s a hundred miles away,” he said. “That’s a long way to go just to eat.”

Why did the FBI call Ted Kaczynski “the Unabomber”? Because his early mail bombs were sent to universities (UN) and airlines (A).

When asked why he chose the name Piggly Wiggly, founder Clarence Saunders said, “So people will ask that very question.”

The ZIP in ZIP Code stands for Zone Improvement Plan.

Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark.


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