We’re nearing the 15-year mark as the Emerald Coast’s go-to source for art, music, dining, adult beverages, events and more. Congratulations, us! Look for some very special things to happen as that extraordinary milestone approaches.
I’m thrilled to have Sean Dietrich back in this issue (“Your Southern Wife,” page 27). He’s one of the best—and funniest—storytellers around, and you should buy all three volumes of Sean of the South, available at amazon.com among other places.
Having Mr. Dietrich in these pages is part of my ongoing effort to promote positivity in The Beachcomber. We’re constantly bombarded with bad news, and when you pick up a copy of the local daily and see a headline about an attempted goat rape (seriously, this was last week), it’s time to move fast in the opposite direction.
I’m not saying we should ignore the horrible things that happen in our community, just that there’s no place for them in this publication. The good folks at the daily and the sorta-local TV stations have a job to do, and for the most part, they do it well. But we need to strike some sort of balance. I want The Beachcomber to be your happy place.
I have no regrets about filling these pages with feel-good pieces, whether it’s a photo of the award-winning South Walton High School cheerleaders, another Instagram of Cheech on the Beach (who’s fast on his way to becoming our official mascot), or the inspiring story of musician KC Phelps, who overcame some tremendous obstacles to continue spreading her fine music throughout Beachcomberland.
As far as reviews go—restaurants, music, books, etc.—you won’t see any bad ones here. I prefer to give shout-outs over thumbs down. If a place or piece of work is genuinely lousy, it will review itself in the long run.
If you visit our website, we feature a Community Do-Gooders section regularly—usually those pictures of check presentations to area nonprofits, occasionally something more. We also share Alaqua Animal Refuge’s Pet of the Week every Sunday in the interest of finding forever homes for needy dogs and cats.
And now it’s up to you, dear readers, to move forward with this cause. If you have any good news to share, don’t hesitate. Maybe someone picked up your bar tab or bought you a pizza (see Special Thanks). Maybe you received extraordinary service at a local restaurant. Maybe there’s a community hero everyone needs to know about. Whatever it is, hit me up at email@example.com.
YOUR THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS
Wonderfully well written (“Fifty Shades of Super Bowl,” Jan. 28-Feb. 10 Beachcomber). Bravo, sir, from a 60-year (Chicago) Bears fan. “Pathetic” is a very good descriptor, unless you lapse into obscenity. Rest of the column full of good laffs. Best wishes to you for continued success.
– Snowbird Ron, Indiana
BEACHCOMBER MUSIC AWARDS
Our eighth celebration of local musicmakers happens Monday, Feb. 29, at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar in Destin. Thanks to the thousands who’ve voted so far at beachcomberdestin.com. If you haven’t exercised your right, you have until midnight, Sunday, Feb. 14.
We’re looking forward to our biggest and best event ever, with performances by Schatzi + the String Boffin, Austin Jennings, Strange Tang, Sway Jah Vu, The Steenos and Franko “Washboard” Jennings and The Rips.
- Art Classes & Workshops
- Art Events
- Art Galleries
- Call to Artists
- Coming to the CAA’s Bayou Arts Center…Pottery!
- Malt Shopping – American Single Malt Whiskey
- Restaurant Guide
- Where to Spend Your Happy Hours in Beachcomberland
- Live Music
- Relive the Summer of Love with EC Theatre Company July 12
- The Pauseandplay.com Record Roundup
- Visionaries and Dreamers
Hurricane Michael Over Six Months Later: Stephanie’s Story
By Carrie Hunter It’s May 2019, over six months after Hurricane Michael in Panama City. Stephanie, a young mother of three, walks through her gutted house. Rafters and beams are exposed. There...
Visionaries and Dreamers
By Nikki Hedrick Deborah and Jeff Badarak have two very different music projects gaining steam across Beachcomberland. The Visionaries is their vehicle for the classic songs they love, often presented as...
Relive the Summer of Love with EC Theatre Company July 12
Peace. Love. Music. Tune into the music of the ‘60s and take a musical journey with Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC). On Friday, July 12, at 7:30 PM, ECTC converts its...
Pet of the Issue – Chip
Chip was born August 1, 2018, the same day Brandon’s first dachshund Nugget (a previous Beachcomber Pet of the Issue) passed away. “I wasn’t going to get another doggy so soon, but...
Susan Myers’ Legacy Lives on at NWF State College
Before her passing earlier this year, Mrs. Susan Pryor Sloat Myers decided to link her name with Northwest Florida State College’s Learning Resources Center with a one million dollar bequest. Today, her...
Thursday, July 4 AJ’S, Destin WILL & LINDA, 4:30 PM (Bimini Stage) CHASIN’ JAYMIE, 6 PM (Tiki Stage) DJ BOOM, 8 PM JAMNATION, 9:30 PM (Bimini Stage) AJ’S ON THE BAYOU, Fort Walton Beach CHRIS HAYES,...