eNewsletter | November 2016
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We truly have a lot to be thankful for, and November is when we show our appreciation and officially give thanks for all our blessings. On this very uniquely American family holiday, we wish all our friends a very happy Thanksgiving.

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.
Author Unknown

Photo by Dragonfly Photography

Well, the cool(ish) weather is venturing our way and so are our winter visitors. We look forward to their arrival every year and wish them safe travels on the way down. There are some exciting activities that have been planned for all our guests (and residents) to enjoy during the next few months. Events include Yoga/Pilates classes, a walkercise program, craft groups, meditation groups, bridge, pickleball, and art classes. Also in store are a number of trips that our visitors and residents can take; these include Biloxi casino trips, Florida Capital and Governor’s Mansion Tour, Shells and Tales, Wind Creek Casino trip, Winter Bay Day, and more. Be sure to visit the “Calendar of Events” page on our website for details and the latest events and trips.
Last month, we had a gift certificate to Cathey’s ACE Hardware Store up for grabs. The winner was Judith Black from Alliance, Nebraska. Congrats, Judith!

This month we are giving away a gift certificate to Mexico Beach Marina, a full-service marina that offers fishing tackle, clothing, bait, ice, gas, boat sales, and more. To put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Melissa ([email protected]) and be sure to put your contact info in the e-mail.
October was a busy month for weddings in Mexico Beach. The weather was wonderful, and many special couples had romantic ceremonies right here. Here are a few of the happy couples:
Kip & Diana
Diana came all the way from Wisconsin to get married on the beach to local resident Kip. The beach was beautiful and the ceremony was very memorable. Congratulations, Kip and Diana!
Fred & Betty
Fred and Betty joined us from Nashville, Tennessee, to celebrate their special day. Their wedding took place on the beach in front of the El Governor Motel. They added personal vows to make their ceremony even more memorable. Congratulations, Fred and Betty!
Richard & Liz
We were delighted to have Richard and Liz join us from Indiana. They had a delightful and romantic ceremony on the sandy beach and the weather was beautiful. Congratulations, Richard and Liz!
Adrian & Betsy
Lastly, we want to introduce Adrian and Betsy. Adrian, a former native of Minnesota, came to Mexico Beach to accept the City Clerk position in 2013. His bride, Betsy, moved from Pensacola to our area once Adrian had relocated. Their ceremony was beautiful, and we send our heartiest congratulations to Adrian and Betsy!
Mexico Beach Farmer’s & Craft Market
November 12 & December 10
Special Events for Mexico Beach is excited to bring back the Farmer’s and Craft Market again in November and December. The market will take place at Sunset Park in Mexico Beach, beside the El Governor Motel. This market is a great opportunity for vendors to display and sell their fresh produce and crafts. The market will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST).
Mexico Beach Turkey Trot
November 24
Work up an appetite for that special Thanksgiving meal! The second annual 5K Turkey Trot, taking place on Thanksgiving morning, will be a fun event for everyone in the family. If you don’t want to run, enjoy walking and take in the nature around you. All ages are welcome and all entries will receive a T-shirt. Sign up now and enjoy spending the morning in Mexico Beach. Race details are available here.
Christmas Tree Lighting
December 4
Our annual Christmas tree lighting event is scheduled, and the elves are already working on getting the decorations lined up. We look forward to this fun-filled event and hope you and your family will join us as we commence the holiday season. The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Sunset Park, where the tree will be lit by one of our community stewards, and then there will be caroling while everyone awaits the arrival of Santa himself. Complimentary refreshments will be provided and the City Police Department will collect toy donations that will be distributed to children in need in our community. A great event for everyone—don’t forget the camera!
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 Scarlet Pearl to check in, eat, and play some more. The next day, the bus departs the Scarlet Pearl and ventures over to the IP Casino Resort and Spa, where you will receive more free play. We head home around 3:30 p.m. 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. Space is limited to only one bus, so reserve your spot today!
New Year’s Eve Celebrate Twice
December 31, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Come celebrate the New Year—twice in one night! Mexico Beach wants to welcome patrons to stay at the beach this New Year’s Eve and ring it in twice. Complimentary shuttles will transport New Year’s Eve patrons to area hot spots from Mexico Beach to Port St. Joe and places in between, so you can enjoy being at the beach and celebrating the New Year. Start in Port St. Joe (in the eastern time zone) to begin your celebration, then hop on a shuttle and come back to Mexico Beach (in the central time zone), where you can do it all over again. Fireworks will be shot off twice as well. Port St. Joe will have a fireworks show at 10 p.m. (EST) and Mexico Beach will have a fireworks display at midnight (CST). Make plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve—TWICE—at the beach!
Marinated Grilled Shrimp
There are many ways to enjoy fresh shrimp, and this recipe will make your mouth water.
3 cloves garlic, minced
⅓ cup olive oil
¼ cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
Stir together garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, and red wine vinegar. Season with basil, salt, and cayenne. Add shrimp to bowl and stir until coated. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once or twice. Preheat grill at medium heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near tail and once near the head. Discard marinade. Lightly oil grill grate and then place shrimp skewers on grill. Cook shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque. 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.

Obeying the law is the easy part, knowing the law is the difficult part.
Here are some laws that you should know about in advance:
After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to go to the bathroom.

Any tool, nut, bolt, or screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe.

The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

If you dial the wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers.

If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.

The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, IT WILL!!!

At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and leave before the end of the performance or the game. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something that will last until the coffee is cold.

The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing facedown on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

Anything is possible IF you don’t know what you are talking about.

If the clothes fit, they’re ugly.

A closed mouth gathers no feet.

As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it, OR the store will stop selling it!


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