Monday, January 30, 2017

Mark your calendar for May 20th!!!

If you like Tailgate Parties then you need to be in Destin on Saturday May 20th. The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Club is sponsoring an all day party at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. The gates will open at 10 am for a Buffett like Tailgate Party with music at the amphitheater going from noon to 6 pm. Advance tickets will be $25 per person. Details on how to get your tickets and the musical lineup to be announced soon!

Come to Destin and make an entire weekend of it. Trop Rocker Jim Asbell from Atlanta will be playing at Crab Island Cantina on Friday May 19th from 5-8 pm. No charge for this show and everyone is welcome to party with Jim and his crazy fans.

So mark your calendar and get your plans started. There will be a host hotel with discounted rooms, a special local charity will be the benefactor and many more details to follow very soon!

It was a busy week for Sunshine Cindy and myself. Wednesday afternoon with the Board of Directors of the ECPHC we visited the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village to get a feel for the layout and finalize the lease agreement. From there we all headed to LuLu’s where Paul Roush was going to be playing.

The weather was perfect with temps in the upper 70’s. I had the top down on BadAss to soak up the sun and warm air. At LuLu’s they had the back bar open and a good crowd was taking advantage of the nice afternoon. Paul and Paula got there and Paul set up. Mark & Stephanie and Brodie also came out to party and listen to Paul. We took over a couple tables right in front of Paul and everyone had a good time. Our friend from Alabama Keith even showed up. He was in Destin working and heard about Paul playing. It was a fun time.

Friday morning we took Chaos to Airport Road Vets to get her nails trimmed. She does not like having that done. Lol  After we finished with that Sunshine Cindy and I headed to Fort Walton Beach to run some errands. It was lunch time when we were done so we stopped at AJ’s on the Bayou. It was our first time there and we were impressed. The transformation from what it was to now is amazing. The staff was fun and the food was good. We will be back!

Friday night was a Parrot Head meeting at Crab Island Cantina. A big crowd of almost 100 folks showed up to Party with a Purpose. Lynley from the Calypso Nuts provided the music. This was her first solo show for a Parrot Head club. She did great. The highlight of the evening was a lick’um, bite’em, shoot’em and eat’um contest. It’s is basically you do a shot of tequila (with the salt and lime) and eat a tamale. Who can eat the most in 2 minutes wins. I entered the contest and won eating almost 2 entire tamale’s in the two minutes. It was fun!

Saturday the Board had a special meeting at Hogs Breath to finalize our desire to move forward with the “Tailgates Down, Phriends All Around” May party. Sunshine Cindy was named the committee chairperson who will be responsible for the planning and execution of the party. It was a good meeting and you could not beat the location!

When the meeting ended Sunshine Cindy and I stopped at Landshark Pizza. We were invited to a retirement party later that evening at Landshark and we wanted to get a gift certificate for the guest of honor. By the time we got home we only had a couple hours before we headed back to Landshark.

It was a combination birthday and retirement party for Bobby. Want to know how dedicated Bobby is? His last day was Friday and he stayed an extra hour to make sure stuff was done. That is the kind of person Bobby is. The party at Landshark was a blast with almost 100 folks there to celebrate. Congrats Bobby and enjoy your retirement!!!

And on Sunday we rested. Well almost. We spent the day at home cleaning up, doing laundry, changing light bulbs, playing with Chaos…Normal at home stuff!

Around town the new Funkys Blues Shack will open today, Monday the 30th. It is in the old Chili’s building across from where Friday’s used to be. It was reported in the Destin Log that Dick’s Sporting Goods is still coming to the Beals Shopping Center. I will believe it when I see it. And next to Club Destin the lot where a building was torn down is in the planning stages to bring a new Surf Style shop there. They had a location there but are building a bigger place. Just what Destin needs, another bigger tee shirt shop!

I want to mention that Sunshine Cindy and I took Uber on Saturday evening. We have used Uber several times now and each time it has been fast, easy and a lot less than a cab. We will not hesitate to use it at any time. We are hooked. Cities that won’t allow it to protect their “good old boy” taxi companies (I’m looking at you Key West) need to give the people what they want. Clean cars, professional drivers and a good price. What’s not to like.

This Saturday in Harborwalk Village in Destin is the ECPHC chili cookoff. About 20 restaurants will be there as they try to win the best chili in Destin award. The cost to taste the chili’s is $20 per person at the gate or $15 if you purchase tickets early. I even have some for sale if anyone wants some. And yours truly will be a judge too. I am looking forward to it. All proceeds from the sales of the tickets will benefit The Arc of the Emerald Coast.

For Super Bowl Sunday we will be at Landshark Pizza. Go Falcons! Have a great week. See ya next Monday.

Destin Steve

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