Paula, my longtime steady (10 years, a record for both of us), is celebrating her birthday this weekend. It’s Saturday, Oct. 6, so go ahead and clog up her Facebook wall with well wishes and links to crypto currency transfer info.
We plan to attend the Bloody Mary Festival at The Market Shops in Sandestin that day, because who doesn’t love a cocktail at 11 AM? Also, Beachcomber is one of the event sponsors, along with about 800 other businesses. Hopefully, there will be food and couches there, too.
Later, after what I predict will be longish naps, the two of us will be at the Destin Seafood Festival. Unless someone feels a raindrop or two coming down and decides to cancel it again.
Just kidding. This is always a great event. I am a little disappointed that my VIP passes got lost in the mail this year, but I’m looking forward to all the music (the most current lineup we could find is in this issue’s Live Music section), food, vendors, fellowship, and people griping about having to pay to park.
Prior to its relocation to the Destin Harbor, the festival had a colorful history. One year, it was held in the K-Mart parking lot (now Old Time Pottery). After that, they did it at the Morgan Sports Complex. Parking was a nightmare, but at least it was free.
And I did get to see Eddie Money, a nice fellow who spent an unusual amount of time talking about hanging out with John Belushi when he was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. It was the 1978 episode hosted by the great Jill Clayburgh. Mr. Money referred to her, hilariously, as “Liz Claiborne.”
This, of course, brought back fuzzy memories of my own year on Saturday Night Live. You may not remember, but I was in the cast with Mr. Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Buddy Ebsen, Will Ferrell and many others. I think the Not Ready for Prime Time Players had about 40 cast members that year. I didn’t get much airtime, but I always kept Lorne Michaels’ popcorn bowl full.
Anyway, we’ve got a great issue for you! Charles Morgan is here! Carl Hiaasen! And Kanye Freakin’ West in his silly red hat! We’ll be right back…
– Editor Manson
LOOK WHO GOT A FACELIFT
Our longtime design guru Tosha Manke got her hands on our website, BeachcomberDestin.com and has given it a considerable overhaul. It’s beautiful, and now you can pull it up on your phone and other mobile devices without straining your eyes too much. Plus all of the content is certified Gulf to Table.
Ms. Manke informs us the new and improved Beachcomber site will run faster on mobile devices, as well as computers. The Current Issue sidebar features a list of all articles in the current issue at a glance. All of the Beachcomber guides and events listings are now included.
And if you’re looking for something to do (and who isn’t?), check out the Things To Do sidebar on the homepage. Many more exciting things are planned for the site—we’ll keep you posted (pun intended).
Take a look and leave us your feedback at beachcomberdestin.com/website-feedback.
- A Dozen Works Selected for Second Round of Underwater Art
- Art Classes & Workshops
- Art Events
- Art Galleries
- Call to Artists
- Chef Jim Shirah: Fishing, Cooking, Lionfish
- Restaurant Guide
- Where to Spend Your Happy Hours in Beachcomberland
- Casey Kearney: Two Records That Changed My Life
- Group Therapy Has the Cure for What Ails You
- Live Music
- Live Music Review – Dwight Yoakam
- The Pauseandplay.com Record Roundup
- Crafty Snowbirds Give Back
- Fore Her Breast Cancer Support Group Begins March 16
- NWF State College Nursing Program Earns Top 10 Honors
Where the Rubber Meets the Road…Meet the Team from Destin’s Rick McIntosh Memorial Bike Shop
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Chef Jim Shirah: Fishing, Cooking, Lionfish
By Bruce Collier Some people just get born into their life’s work. Chef Jim (“Jimmy”) Shirah is executive chef at Dewey Destin’s Harborside Restaurant. Area residents and visitors are well acquainted...
Casey Kearney: Two Records That Changed My Life
Recently, there have been two songs I have listened to on repeat. I couldn’t make it through either of them without crying—and crying like a baby! Eventually I did, and now I...
Group Therapy Has the Cure for What Ails You
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A Dozen Works Selected for Second Round of Underwater Art
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