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‘I ain’t afriad of no ghost.’ Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum offer haunted tours

By Morganne Lennig

Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum at the Naval Air Station is once again putting on a haunted lighthouse tour. The Pensacola Lighthouse Association and the U.S. Coast Guard hold the tour every year October.

A wide-eyed girl stared up at one of the most haunted lighthouses in the country.

“Wait, I think there’s still a man up there,” said Julia Creel, 6. “This year I’m scared. Last year I wasn’t.”

Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum at the Naval Air Station is once again putting on a haunted lighthouse tour. The Pensacola Lighthouse Association and the U.S. Coast Guard hold the tour every year October.

The two organizations spilt the admission funds evenly. Half of the revenue goes towards the mission of keeping the property maintained and the lighthouse lit. The other half goes towards the Coast Guard relief fund.

Jason Balbuena is the resident paranormal investigator and tour leader for the Pensacola Lighthouse. Balbuena led the tour dressed as popular horror character Dracula.

“Hey! This is my theme song,” Balbuena said as a children’s mix of the theme song from the 1984 film “Ghostbusters” played over the speakers.

He has been participating in the Haunted Lighthouse exhibit for three years, The tours have been given since 2009.

Jed Daleiden is a 22 year old Coast Guard flight student who volunteered inside the museum, wearing a costume to scare visitors.

“It’s been a lot of fun and it’s great for families,” said Daleiden. “Last Saturday, we had a group of people that were terrified the whole way through and we chased them after they exited the tower all the way to their cars with chainsaws.”

Visitors Donna Clark and her son Eric Ireland, 15, are avid watchers of the Travel Channel’s show “Ghost Hunters.”

“I want to see a ghost, that’s why we’re here tonight,” Eric said.

There are many legends that surround the lighthouse, but the most prominent and featured of the tour is of a woman who died in her nightgown after hemorrhaging to death of childbed fever.

Since then, the Lady in White has been seen floating up and down the stairs of the tower and in every room of the lighthouse while ghosts of young children have been seen playing around the grounds.

After guests make their way through the haunted lighthouse, they are encouraged to climb the 177 cast iron steps of the spiral staircase, to the top of the 171-foot tall lighthouse.

“We do a lot of things like this to raise money for the tower as it is very expensive to restore a 154 year old tower,” said Glen Sefcik, collections manager at the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum. “It’s survived numerous hurricanes and the Civil War. It’s a treasure here in Pensacola.”

There will be one final Haunted Lighthouse tour given on Halloween night at 6 p.m., located at 2081 Radford Blvd. at NAS Pensacola. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children.

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Local diplomacy group hosts ‘A Night at the Speakeasy’

By Amanda Shaffer

Imagine yourself taking a nighttime stroll down Zaragoza Street in Downtown Pensacola. You past the Museum of Commerce, which has a soft, jazzy tune coming from it. You peak inside to see all 60 people, dressed in 1920s period clothing, are drinking and having a great time.

But you’re stopped at the door. You don’t have the secret password.

The Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted A Night at the Speakeasy on Thursday night, with proceeds from the event going to a fund for future interns, whose job is to write proposals to get international visitors to visit Pensacola.  Paper invitations were sent out with the secret word earlier this month to anyone who wanted to attend the speakeasy. In the envelope was a piece of paper that had the word “duckie” written on it in lemon juice. The receiver would have to iron it to reveal the password.

The council is one of 93 non-profit organizations in the United States that the Department of State trusts to receive international delegates. There have been over 900 visitors from almost 170 countries.

“The most exciting part of the night, for me, was that people came dressed in period dress,” Executive Director Jena Melancon said. “Flappers were so scandalous.

“We just liked the idea of strong women, and change. From that point flappers were going to be a part of this party,” she said.

In the back corner, the New Orleans Ramblers sat with their instruments, playing jazz music.

“Then we had the idea for a speakeasy,” Melancon said. “I figured, if I’m going to spend my time away from the international visitors, that I was going to make it a party that my friends would want to come to.”

Nathalia Cerceau, a University of West Florida senior graduating in December, is one of the council’s paid interns. She is an international student from Brazil who is majoring in International Studies.

“I have gained a lot of experience and things to add to my portfolio,” Cerceau said. “The events are the most exciting thing about being an intern.”

Cerceau said that meeting all of the different delegates has been her favorite part of being an intern.

Visitors often come to Pensacola on professional exchanges. The council sets up appointments with the delegate’s professional counterparts.

For example, six different people from Russia could come to discuss environmental issues. They would be set up to meet with organizations like the Department of Environmental Protection and Project GreenShores.

“There’s always someone here from out of town,” program coordinator Matt Rizzo said. “The council averages about three international delegates a month who are in town.”

Local volunteers host delegates for dinner parties at their homes to get a more cultural perspective of America.

“Home hospitality is where they really get the American aspect,” said John McMahon, chairman of the board of directors.

To learn more information about getting involved with the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council, visitwww.gulfcoastdiplomacy.org or call 850-595-0817 for more information.

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Whiskey pours like water at the Old Hickory

The Old Hickory Whiskey Bar offers a diverse selection of spirits.

The Old Hickory Whiskey Bar offers a diverse selection of spirits.

By Amanda Shaffer

Imagine going to a bar that has shelves that soar up to the ceiling. They are filled with hundreds of shimmering, different shaped, glass bottles. Each label varies, every liquor is different, and every flavor is distinct.

University of West Florida alumna Katie Garrett opened Old Hickory Whiskey Bar on Aug. 3 at South Palafox Place in downtown Pensacola. She named the bar after President Andrew Jackson.

“The idea just hit me really fast,” Garrett said. “It felt like the right thing to do. I’ve always been working downtown, and with my background in historical preservation it was just a good idea.”

Garrett said she has a passion for Pensacola, since she grew up here. She wanted customers to have the feeling that the bar has been open forever.

“The tin on the wall is actually from 1910,” Garrett said. “We found it during demolition and decided to keep it.”

Bar manager Jeff Knott said that Old Hickory has accumulated 190 bottles of whiskey and counting.

“The flavor profiles here are so diverse,” Garrett said. “There are drinks on our shelves that could be really sweet like maple, to ones that are really smoky like a campfire.”

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is Old Hickory’s well whiskey and Buffalo Trace is their well bourbon.

“We have very high standards here,” Garrett said.

On Oct. 3, Old Hickory’s drink menu will change for the fall, which will consist more of the flavors pumpkin and clove. Besides the changing menu, Old Hickory always serves their signature cocktail the “Old Hickory,” which consists of bourbon, bitter, and sweet and dry vermouth.

“We use a smoking gun to make Old Hickory,” Garrett said. “We put some wood chips in it, and it blows out hickory smoke, which we hold the glass up to. Then we turn the glass upside down.

“While the bartender mixes the drink, the aroma fills the glass and gives the cocktail a more smoky flavor.”

The bar does not use any premade syrups in their creations, and there are only three bartenders.

“We try to remind the crowd that we are a hand-crafted bar,” Garrett said. “We would rather put out a product that tastes good. We are not built for speed we are built for comfort and quality.”

Although Old Hickory does not serve food, many of the restaurants on South Palafox Place will deliver to the bar, or customers can bring in their own food to nibble on.

“It’s not something you grow tired of,” Garrett said. “You’re always learning something new if you’re taught right.”

Garrett encourages even non-whiskey drinkers to come check out the bar. Old Hickory also has bourbon, gin, vodka and tequila on their shelves.

If the customer wants whiskey, but has never tried it, the bartenders usually start those drinkers out with smoother and flavored whiskey.

“The smile or the expression of someone who tries something that they normally wouldn’t drink is the best part of my job,” said bartender Kyle Wagner-Lau. “I like making people happy. If they’re happy, I’m happy.

“Not many bartenders can find a drink with just a few hints of flavors that the customer likes.”

Garrett describes her bartenders as “chefs of cocktails.”

“Every drink on the menu was created by them. It’s their passion. It’s not just throwing stuff in a glass.”

Old Hickory Whiskey Bar is open seven days a week. Happy hour is 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. This includes $1 off beers, wines and cocktails, and 10 percent off American whiskeys on Wednesdays.

For more information, visit oldhickorywhiskeybar.com.

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Crowds jam in silence with Headphone Disco

By Morganne Lennig

The crowd at Vinyl Music Hall pulsates and gyrates to the Headphone Disco.

The crowd at Vinyl Music Hall pulsates and gyrates to the Headphone Disco.

A newly installed disco ball helped light up the crowd of pulsating bodies as people gathered at Vinyl Music Hall in downtown Pensacola Saturday night to experience the “surreal spectacle” that is a headphone disco.

Downtown Pensacola is accustomed to music and high energy coming from the corner of Garden and Palafox streets, but Saturday night was a different story. The only thing radiating from Vinyl was silence.

“This is it?” a stumbling man said to the bouncer outside. “Is this where the headphone disco is?” This was a question even I held as I waited for the busy downtown traffic to clear so I could cross the street to the venue.

Unlike most music and dance events, the music at a headphone disco plays through a set of wireless headphones that comes with the ability to switch between two channels that two DJs spun separately on stage.  Channel A pumped the latest hip-hop, rap and electro dance music while channel B mixed alternative tunes with pop throwbacks from the 80s, 90s and today.

“The event has a promising future for tonight,” said disco attendee Derrick James. “It should be a good time.”

A good time is exactly what Connie and Jim Miller were having.

“We come to Vinyl all the time for different types of music,” said Connie Miller. “This is our first time attending the Headphone Disco.”

The pair said they would definitely come again.

DJs David Taylor (left) and Graham Ferguson (right) drop the beats at the Headphone Disco

DJs David Taylor (left) and Graham Ferguson (right) drop the beats at the Headphone Disco.

Saturday was the fourth time that The Silent Party People brought their internationally played headphone disco to Vinyl. The shows have been doing so well that the founder and owner Graham Ferguson flew in to Pensacola and made a guest appearance as a DJ.

UK-based Ferguson is in the US for three months and said he “heard this was really kicking off in Pensacola and wanted to come and see for myself.”

Ferguson said the idea for the headphone disco was “born out of necessity.”

“We were asked to DJ a festival in the UK, and we weren’t allowed to play any amplified music beyond a certain point,” Ferguson said. “We thought about this idea for headphones. We did it, it worked really well and we thought ‘let’s try this in other venues,’ and it just grew legs from there.”

The Silent Party People host headphone discos all around the world with 20,000 pairs of headphones in 9 different global locations.

“Headphone disco is definitely something cool for our college and college aged demographic,” Vinyl Music Hall’s talent buyer and box office manager Chris Wilkes said in an email.

Campus Activities Magazine labeled Headphone Disco as the 2013 Best Novelty Attraction.

Next headphone disco is a Halloween special on Saturday, Oct. 27.

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Spring Break fun can be had in town

A couple and their dog hike the nature trails at Ft. Pickens State Park. The park charges $8 per car for admission and camping is $20 a night. (Photo special to The Voyager)

With spring break approaching, University of West Florida students are planning trips to faraway places in search of fun and excitement.

While some students choose to travel during spring break, others may not be able to afford the luxury of hopping on a plane, going on a road trip or taking a cruise.

Students with no travel plans can find comfort in the fact that Pensacola has many fun destinations and events for spring breakers.

“I would probably lie out on the beach in the sun all week,” said Ashlee Mobley, junior exercise science major.

Mobley said the beach would be her destination of choice if she were to stay in Pensacola during Spring Break.

“I wouldn’t have to worry about spending too much,” she said.

Notorious for its white, sandy beaches and emerald waters, Pensacola Beach is a local hotspot for spring breakers looking to save money.

Jazmyne Smith, senior communications major, said she recommends going to the beach and checking out the local bars and venues. Smith said those going to Pensacola Beach should stop by the Jubilee Restaurant to try a Bushwhacker, an alcoholic beverage served in a hurricane glass.

“A Bushwhacker is a frozen chocolate drink that is really famous on Pensacola Beach,” she said. “If you have the chance, you should definitely try it.”

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Pensacola Beach will be going Irish in a weeklong event called Go Irish on the Island from March 12-18. The event will feature Irish contests, karaoke, live music, drink specials, raffles and food.  A complete schedule of events and locations can be found at pensacolabeachchamber.com.

Those looking for a more tranquil beach atmosphere can enjoy the natural beauty of the beach at the Ft. Pickens campground in the national park west of Pensacola Beach.

The national park is home to a historic fort, built in 1834, that defended Pensacola Bay and its navy yard.  Entrance to the park is $8 per vehicle.

Students interested in the outdoors can also make camping reservations at Ft. Pickens for $20 per night. Reservations can be made at recreation.gov.

Spring breakers are not just limited to the beach.  Jessica Haupt, junior elementary education major, said she would go shopping and walk around the downtown pier area if she remained in town over the break.

Pensacola’s downtown district offers several places where students can immerse themselves in the city’s rich history.

The T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum, located at 330 South Jefferson St., highlights Pensacola’s history with many exhibits and old artifacts. The museum is free to the public.

The historic Pensacola Village, which is affiliated with the University of Florida, is another option.  Tickets for the village are $6 for adults and are on sale at the Tivoli High House Gift Shop, located at 205 E. Zaragoza St.

The National Museum of Naval Aviation is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy flight exhibition team, will be practicing on an airstrip near the museum at 8:30 a.m. on March 21.  Bleachers are available for seating.

Jon Short
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Gallery Night wraps up the year

The year’s last Gallery Night in downtown Pensacola will be this Friday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. until midnight.

Gallery Night is an event held on seven Friday nights each year and features art work and live music, along with shops, restaurants and bars that keep their doors open later than usual.

Dating back to 1991 in Pensacola, the festivities were once shut down at 9 p.m., but on Sept. 16 of this year, partiers were less than inclined to leave the streets and had to be encouraged to disperse by the Pensacola Police Department.

The Downtown Improvement Board then voted to extend the party hours past its usual 9 p.m. until midnight for the October and November Gallery Nights as a trial.

The events cost $4,500 each and an extra $2,800 for the extended hours.

While keeping Palafox Place closed to traffic three extra hours costs money, many business owners welcome the extra time to serve customers. Some shops will still close their doors early, though.

So far, the extended hours have been met with praise from artists, businesses and patrons alike.

The success of the event this weekend will determine whether the extended hours will continue next year. The event is expected to draw more than 20,000 people.

More than 50 businesses are official participants of this week’s Gallery Night, including Adonna’s Bakery, Jordan Valley Café and the Pensacola Museum of Art.

Some businesses will be offering complimentary refreshments and live entertainment.

Several streets will be closed to traffic for Friday’s  events, including part of North Palafox Street, Palafox Place from Garden to Government streets, and Government Street in front of Seville Quarter.

The first Gallery Night of 2012 will be Jan. 27.

From Staff reports

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Palafox Market offers local goods

Under the trees on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., colorful booths pop up and form the Palafox Market. From organic coffee to culinary herbs to goat’s milk soap to handmade jewelry and original art, the market has something for every taste.

Palafox Market began four years ago. It opens for the season in May and lasts until mid-December. Hilary Gilles, Palafox Market manager for the Downtown Pensacola Improvement Board, said the market has gone through changes this year.

She said last year the market was open from May to October, but the length was extended because of its popularity.

Due to the limited space, over 200 vendors rotate from week to week. On market day, 60 to 70 vendors are present. Gilles explained the process of applying for a slot in the market.

“I have an application I put up every year,” she said. “We have a jury for those selling artwork, and for the food vendors, it’s their responsibility that they have all the proper permits to sell in the state.”

Palafox Market emphasizes that everything is done on the local level. The rule is that vendors can’t be more than 100 miles from Pensacola, and everything must be either grown or handmade by them. The market permits a wide variety of items from produce to crafts.

When it comes to buying at the market, cash or credit is the choice of the vendor, but the market is mostly cash and check only. Only a fraction of vendors are able to scan credit cards.

Jim Jipson, a professor of art at  the University of West Florida, assists his wife, Lorene Adair, with her herb business.

“I am affectionately known as ‘basil boy,’” he said. “I love it here. I get to see people I don’t get to see. I see students and even my old students. It’s great.”

Jipson and Adair have been with Palafox Market since its inception.

“In the late ‘80s, Professor Jim gave me my first herb book,” she said. “So, I started digging up the yard and putting herbs in. Then I started taking them to shows and learning people would pay me for them. After that, my husband dug up the rest of the yard.”

Candace Presley of Faith Farms in Milton creates goat’s milk soap for the market. Presley and her family are new to the area. She said business has treated her well.

“The soap is all organic and made with essential oils,” she said. “I come up with new scents all the time. We have seasonal things like pumpkin, and Christmas things like pine.”

Presley said her Palafox Market customers had a consistent request.

“They always wanted patchouli,” she said. “So, I made one called ‘Palafox Patchouli.’”

Megs Glasscock
Staff Writer

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Belmont-Devilliers is transforming

Pristine sidewalks, lit lampposts, and crowded shops and businesses line the streets that bustle with activity.  That’s the dream of the organizations involved with the

The Belmont-Devilliers area houses hotspots like Five Sisters Blues Cafe, Blue Dot Barbeque and the Gumbo Gallery. Many community residents hope these places are only the beginning of the neighborhood’s cultural revitalization. (Photo by Joslyn Rosado)

revitalization of the Belmont-Devilliers neighborhood in downtown Pensacola.

The Belmont-Devilliers area is rich in culture and history, and several organizations, such as the Downtown Improvement Board and the National Cultural Heritage Initiative, have decided to bring that history to light.

The first step was repaving the sidewalks and adding lampposts about five years ago. Then, several businesses arrived about two years ago.

One of these new businesses is the Gumbo Gallery, an art gallery dedicated to the history and culture of Pensacola.  The owner, Sonja Griffin-Evans, came to Pensacola in 2008 from Buford, S.C., and became interested in the culture that seemed so much like home.

She called it “gullah culture,” derived from Africans brought to the islands and towns of coastal states.

When she realized she wanted to help,  she brought in paintings.

“Through the art, I make what is invisible visible,” she said.

Her paintings have people without facial features doing normal, everyday activities in local areas.

Another business that has jumped on board with the revitalization is Five Sisters Blues Café.  The owners are siblings, Cecil Johnson and Jane Person.

“We are bringing in a lot of people who wouldn’t come to the Belmont-Devilliers area,” Person said.  “We opened in May of 2010.  Since that time there have been a lot of positive things happening.”

Sonja Griffin-Evans poses among her art pieces in the Gumbo Gallery. Her paintings are primarily people without facial features doing everyday activities. (Photo special to The Voyager)

Person also said the amount of traffic in the area has increased significantly.

Gene Franklin, a member of the African American Heritage Society, is one of the people spearheading the revitalization.

One of the biggest contributors to the revitalization has been the City of Pensacola.  The city has adjusted the budget and manpower to help accommodate the revitalization.

He said local businesses will be “promoting the art, food and music” of the area.

“You build it around a culture and a history,” he said. “Your culture produces your wealth.”

He said the people who are trying to transform the area have been working from a model based on Ora Wills “Images in Black: A Pictorial History of Black Pensacola.”  Wills was an adjunct English professor at the University of West Florida from 1991 to 2003 and released the book in 2003.

Wills said that she has helped “in an indirect way.”

“I know they are using some from the information from the book,” she said.

Franklin also pointed to Blue Dot Barbeque as inspiration for the future of the area, because he said Blue Dot is what kept the area alive.

Thomas Long, one of the owners of Blue Dot Barbeque, is more skeptical of the revamping of the community.  He said their business, established in 1947, is the only business that has been around to witness the changes over the years.

“You can’t turn back the clock,” he said.

The Belmont-Devilliers area will be hosting festivals in upcoming weeks to spur interest in the area.

For more information, visit belmont-devilliers.com.

Josh Cooper
Staff Writer


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Historic downtown house renovated for UWF students

The University of West Florida is now offering a downtown residence for students. Located in Historic Pensacola Village on 202 Church St., this fully furnished renovated house offers five graduate students the chance to live in the heart of desirable downtown Pensacola.

The house was built around 1900 and is a frame vernacular cottage typical of working class housing in Pensacola at the turn of the century. It is a simple white one-story rectangular wood structure resting on brick piers with a front gable roof and a hipped roof porch.

West Florida Historic Preservation Inc. purchased the McVoy House from the estate of the late George Bode, a local attorney, in 2008. In 2010, plans were made to convert the structure into student housing for UWF students. Renovations began in late 2010 and were completed around June of 2011.

The house now has a large living room, a large kitchen, two full bathrooms, three single occupancy bedrooms and one double occupancy bedroom. The outside the house has a large front porch and a fenced backyard.

According to a UWF news release, West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. and the UWF Department of Housing and Residence Life teamed up to help foster the ‘living-learning’ atmosphere.

Ruth Davison, director of housing and residence life at UWF, said in the news release that this type of ‘niche’ graduate student housing is “emerging as a popular attraction for students and puts the university on the cutting edge of such programs.”

WFHPI, established in 1967, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of the Pensacola area’s historic buildings and other material culture. Since 2001, the group has been managed and supported by UWF.

Richard Brosnaham, WFHPI executive director, said that many people are not aware of the university’s large and vital presence in downtown Pensacola.

“Ever since our transfer to the university in 2001, UWF has been a major benefactor to the downtown community, contributing more than $2 million annually to the operation of the Wentworth Museum and Historic Pensacola Village,” Brosnaham said in the news release. “These programs include 28 properties spread over nine acres.”

WFHPI associate director Robert Overton said that access to these programs would enrich students’ education.

“The students residing in this facility will have easy access to the city’s historic districts, museums, activities, businesses and cultural events, providing the ideal location for hands-on learning,” he said. “The college experience is more than books and lectures. It also involves immersing yourself in different cultures and environments.”

With classes being taught downtown, employment opportunities and internships, students can take full advantage of all downtown Pensacola has to offer.

Preference was given to students in the history, anthropology and archaeology graduate programs. If the facility is not filled with students in those majors, the remaining space is open to other graduate students.

Graduate students interested in applying to live at the residence next year should visit the UWF Housing and Residence Life website. Single occupancy is $2000 and double occupancy is $1800 per semester. All utilities are included.

Shelby Smithey
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Seafood Fest washes in

Nothing beats a bright and sunny September day. There is a saltwater breeze mixed with the mouthwatering scent of freshly cooked seafood dancing through the air in downtown Pensacola.

The 34th annual Pensacola Seafood Festival, presented by Fiesta of Five Flags and Florida Blue, is a celebration worth marking the calendars. It promises memorable food, fun and entertainment for all ages.

On Friday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m., historic downtown Pensacola will be bustling with local restaurants and their best dishes, live musical performances by local and regional bands and more than 100 arts and crafts vendors.

The Seafood Festival has food vendors, arts and crafts booths, music and more. (Photo special to The Voyager)

“We have a lot of new events to offer,” said Whitney Fike, public relations and marketing coordinator for the Fiesta of Five Flags Association.

Notable additions to this year’s festival include two nationally known bands.

Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, a Southern rock band from Atlanta, will take the stage at Bartram Park on Friday night. Emerson Drive, a Canadian country band, will headline Saturday night’s concert lineup on the same stage.

“Florida has always been a great place for us to play over the past 10 years,” said Emerson Drive lead vocalist Brad Mates.  “We look forward to playing the Seafood Fest and seeing our Florida fans again this year.”

Local acts including Katie Rogers, the Adam Holt Band, Modern Eldorados and several others are prepared to rock the crowds, as well. Festival guests attending the concerts are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Aside from pleasing ears, the festival has high hopes of pleasing hungry stomachs, as well.

A new “Gulf to Table” area in Fountain Park will host local restaurants and caterers that will serve tapas-style dishes of their signature recipes at reasonable prices, Fike said in a news release.

“The smaller charge will definitely fit student budgets,” she said.

Of the many other intriguing vendors, Hey Mon Caribbean Cooking Magic is a festival regular. This Tampa-based shop of all-natural sauces and seasonings has seven different flavors and spices that will appeal to a wide variety of guests.

From a sweet pineapple orange glaze to a spicy Jamaican jerk favorite, there is no question why Hey Mon is returning to the festival for a sixth time. Samples of all products will be available to try with corn chips and each purchase will include a sheet of suggested cooking uses.

Dianna Bishop, co-founder of the business, assures excited guests that “you don’t have to know all the spices to cook good food.”

For those who are looking for a more artistic experience at the festival, 130 artisans and craftsmen will travel cross-country to be a part of one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in northwest Florida.

Diane Brim, the abstract artist who created the artwork seen on this year’s festival flyer, will sign posters at a booth next to the gazebo in Seville Square.

As if the food, the art and the music aren’t enough, there is still more.

A 5K run will start at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at Seville Quarter.

The Seafood Fest has something for everyone.

Visit www.fiestaoffiveflags.org for a full schedule.

Nicole Yeakos
Staff Writer

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