Louis XIV: The Power and the Glory
The TV series Versailles ends this spring. I’m a fan, though it strays from historical fact. Josephine Wilkinson’s Louis XIV: The Power and the Glory offers perspective on France’s Sun King. Wilkinson lays out key influences on Louis’ character—notably his mother, and the rebellion of the nobility that nearly cost him his throne early in his reign. She shows us Louis as patron of the arts, lover (of multiple women) and politician (what he called his “trade”) and his dubious skill as a general. His vindictive side is also examined. Unlike the Palace of Versailles, it’s not pretty.
– Bruce Collier
In Memoriam: Harold Destin
By Charles Morgan III Harold Destin died last week. He had lived in Destin for 64 years. Harold’s father, Chubby Destin, ran the Shooting Star for many years. His mother...
By the Numbers: 12Eleven
By Nikki Hedrick With an influx of regular gigs in the Destin area, 12Eleven have steadily made a name for themselves in the region. The average member age is only 22...
G.I. Jade Tiki Bar & Bistro: Have a Round at Marker 21
By Bruce Collier G.I. Jade Tiki Bar & Bistro in Fort Walton Beach has been open just a few months. The restaurant sits on the harbor, at the Marker 21 Marina....
Where to Spend Your Happy Hours
Baxter’s Bar & Grille 605 James Lee Road Fort Walton Beach 850-812-6868 When: 3-6 PM and 10 PM-Midnight daily. Closed Mondays (for now). Drink Specials: $3 wells, $2 drafts. Camille’s at Crystal...
Adopt, Don’t Shop: Tigger
Lorraine Whetsone from PAWS in Fort Walton Beach writes: “Meet Tigger. This handsome Treeing Walker Coonhound mix has been at the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society since March. He needs to be home...
Baked, Not Fried: Destin’s Island Wing Co.
It’s a cool evening. Fall has set in, the crowds are low and the locals are out. It’s Friday night and I’m headed to Winn-Dixie but see the glow of the Island...