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2015 Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Panama City, FL ... Main performances will take place at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater adjacent to Pier Park, with nightly After-Party All-Star Jam Shows at two venues at adjacent Pier Park.
Multi-Grammy winners George Benson, David Sanborn, and Al Jarreau headline the "Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz" amidst Northwest Florida’s stunning beaches and natural setting. The 17th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival® returns to Panama City Beach with over 20 stellar performances of top national contemporary jazz talent April 22-26th. The event has become an annual celebration for jazz-minded adults where the allure of great beaches, exciting shopping, world-class restaurants along with a plethora of activities like golf and fishing, all combine for a true vacation getaway.

Panama City Beach provides the perfect backdrop for the “ultimate” jazz beach weekend with the festival attracting attendees from 42 U.S. states and over seven countries, plus also being named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine. Smooth jazz blowing gently in the coastal breezes is just one unique feature at one of the nation’s fastest growing “destination music festivals” on the Gulf Coast.

Artists to perform include multi-Grammy winners George Benson, David Sanborn, and Al Jarreau – along with chart-topping smooth jazz musicians Brian Culbertson, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Euge Groove, BwB featuring Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, and Rick Braun, Down To The Bone, The Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, and Kim Waters, Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, Ken Ford, Acoustic Alchemy, Jazz Funk Soul featuring Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber, and Everette Harp, Chris Standring, Eric Darius, Four 80 East, Matt Marshak, Marcus Anderson, Josh Vietti, The Urban Jazz Coalition featuring Althea Rene, Rob Tardik, and Seabreeze Rising Star performer Ryan Montano.

Main performances will take place at the Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater adjacent to Pier Park, with nightly After-Party All-Star Jam Shows at two venues at adjacent Pier Park. To further showcase the beauty of Panama City Beach, a Dinner and Lunch Smooth Jazz Cruise aboard “The Solaris” dinner yacht is set departing the Lighthouse Marina cruising picturesque St. Andrews Bay—each with a live jazz performance on board.

Smooth Jazz fans have a unique and intimate connection to the festival’s music and core artists base. The “smooth jazz lifestyle” is the secret to the success of The Seabreeze Jazz Festival® – where the R & B based smooth contemporary jazz literally creates a synergy for the whole weekend. The licks of the funky bass lines and pop-friendly musical hooks keep the crowds moving to the beat….almost like the tempo of the swaying palm trees around beautiful Aaron Beasant Park Amphitheater at Pier Park, on the west end of Panama City Beach.

Smooth jazz is the epitome of “The Good Life” – laid back yet upscale at the same time, relaxing and familiar as a pair of your most comfortable beach sandals. It’s this uniqueness that appeals to a truly upscale college-educated professional adult demographic, primarily a 35-55 year old audience with high amounts of discretionary income. Many economist call this very desirable demographic group “Alpha Baby Boomers” –attributing to the $14.2 million impact the Seabreeze Jazz Festival® besieges on the Northwest Florida economy.

The event hosts close to 28,000 for the weekend, with a large percentage of fans traveling hundreds if not thousands of miles away to attend. 60% of the festival’s tickets are sold outside the State of Florida, making it a true destination festival. The alluring appeal of Pier Park and the new resort-style architecture along with west end of Panama City Beach beckons even the most cosmopolitan city-dweller to join in on the fun, and get their toes in the sands.

“We are thrilled to partner, once again, with festival founders, Mark and Renee’ Carter and to sponsor this exciting event,” said Lino Maldonado, vice president of operations, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Gulf Region—Presenting Sponsor of the event. “The Seabreeze Jazz Festival® continues to attract an international audience attended by guests from 42 states and 7 countries to Northwest Florida’s white sand beaches for the ultimate weekend of music. Our multi-year sponsorship agreement for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival® demonstrates our commitment to strengthening tourism in Panama City Beach and across Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast.”

The successful melding appeal of Pier Park with the Seabreeze Jazz Festival® on site is all about complimenting distractions. Pier Park (a Simon Mall property) sports over 160 retail stores, a 16-screen stadium-seating cinema, numerous eateries, nightclubs, even a small amusement park to pacify all of the family’s pastimes, while the parents enjoy the live smooth jazz entertainment from the nation’s top jazz artists. The newly completed City Pier across the street from the festival stage and miles of white-sand beaches and emerald-green waters also provides a nearby escape from the live entertainment. That is if you muster up enough to pull away from the star-studded contemporary jazz lineup.

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival® will make history in 2015 as the first event on the Gulf Coast to implement a new innovative RFID armband system from Intellitix for both entry and all festival purchases, essentially making the entire event both “ticketless” and “cashless”. In 2014, over 40 events in 10 countries have used this exciting new system developed by Intellitix, named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies” for live events in 2014.

For the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, even these cool innovative armbands will take on a jazz theme as festival organizers will be calling them “JazzBands”. The imbedded RFID chip inside the armband will not only be the patron’s ticket for entry into the event through an electronic portal, but also their wallet for all purchases inside the venue. Attendees can either “load” funds via their credit card in advance of the event online, or on site with credit or cash at several jazz festival “Top Up” stations throughout the event. All it takes is a quick swipe for any purchase in front of a tablet-size screen, and fans are back to the music and smooth jazz fun, with easy access to their “JazzBand” account via their smartphone. No need to worry about losing cash or credit cards with Intellitix’s exciting new system for fast entry and quick purchasing, dramatically reducing time spent at entry gates and in queue lines for merchandise, food, and beverages. Any unspent funds on the wristbands are refunded back to the user’s credit card immediately following the event, and the “JazzBand” simply becomes an event souvenir.

Tickets are available for single and multi-day admission. Thursday only tickets are $90 each, Friday only tickets are $100 each, Saturday only tickets are $120 each, and Sunday only tickets are $100 each. Patrons save money on multi-day tickets with a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday priced at $200, and the all-inclusive Four Day Pass $250 each for all performances Thursday through Sunday at the main stage.

In addition, a new reserved section called Gold Reserve is available for 2015. Gold Reserved seating includes on-site parking, early entry, fixed reserved seating behind the VIP section, dedicated air-conditioned restrooms, and four beverages per day. The Four Day Gold Reserve ticket is $450 each and limited. VIP Tickets and VIP Tables sold out for the event last summer.
In addition, tickets for nightly All-Star After Party Jam Shows, a dinner and lunch cruise, as well as a special Sax Pack CD Release Party are available online and limited.

To celebrate the conclusion of the jazz festival and to cap off the weekend of stellar entertainment, a free All-Star After-Party Jam Show will be held on Sunday, April 26th beginning at 10:30pm at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Pier Park hosted by Four 80 East, Matt Marshak, Marcus Anderson and special guests. Admission is free with full restaurant menu and bar available.

Seabreeze Jazz Festival® tickets are available by phone at 800-595-4849 or online at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.

In addition, several local outlets offer single day and multi-day passes.
Panama City Beach: Florida House Fashions and Pompano Joe’s at Pier Park (cash and credit cards)
Destin: ResortQuest Sales Office –Highway 98 across from Bass Pro Shops (cash and credit cards)
Ft. Walton Beach: Playground Music Center – Eglin Parkway at Uptown Station (cash only)
Pensacola: Deluna Coffee Company –across from Pensacola State College (cash only)

Tickets with a military discount are available at the Tickets and Travel/MWR Offices at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City NSA, Eglin Air Force Base, The Pensacola Naval Air Station, and Fort Rucker.

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival® is again offering a free Four-Day Pass (a $250 value) for each good used band instrument donated to the L.I.N.K.S. of Northwest Florida program. “Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids” is a local non-profit organization that takes previously used band instruments, provides the needed repairs, and then put them into the hands of needy kids whose families usually wouldn’t be able to participate in local elementary, middle, or high school band. Last year, over 100 instruments were donated in return for jazz festival tickets and put into the hands of deserving music students in Northwest Florida. Playground Music Center in Ft. Walton Beach is collecting all the band instruments for the program. For more information, contact Tony Leonard at (850)-243-2514.

Special hotel accommodation packages are also available through the festival's supportive hotel sponsors. Presenting Sponsor and featured festival accommodations partner ResortQuest® By Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering free shuttle service from select Panama City Beach properties for the best jazz festival experience ever. Call 855-990-0087 and use group code “JAZ5” for reservations or see the entire listing of hotels and special offers www.seabreezejazzfestival.com

A toll-free information hotline is available for details at 800-653-7519. Complete lineup, tickets, and schedule information is online at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com with weekly updates on Facebook.

General Admission seating is lawn seating so attendees need to bring a lawn chair or a blanket as event is festival seating. No coolers, outside food, or liquids allowed. Bring an empty water or sports bottle for complimentary water inside the venue. Bottled water will be on sale inside the venue for $1 a bottle. A cash bar will be available inside the venue for beer and wine sales along with an expanded Food Court area featuring gourmet food trucks from around the southeast showcasing a wide variety of cuisine. See the website for a complete list of rules and additional restrictions.

The 2015 Seabreeze Jazz Festival® presented by ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Other sponsors include The Panama City Beach Visitor's and Convention Bureau, Pier Park, JazzRadio.com, Knology, Viamedia, Sterling Resorts, Counts-Oaks Resort Properties, Lake Town Wharf, Royal American Beach Getaways, The Panama City News Herald, The Northwest Florida Daily News, Epiphone Guitars, SoWal.com, Concord Music Group, and WSBZ Radio The Seabreeze 106.3FM.


For more information, contact Mark Carter at 850-267-3279 or info@seabreezejazzfestival.com


Azalea Dogwood Trail

7-mile trail through Dothan Garden District
Spring has arrived bringing warm temperatures and beautiful flower blooms. With these delights, the Azalea Dogwood Committee anxiously begins preparation for the 51th Azalea Dogwood Trail scheduled Sunday, March 29th. This annual pilgrimage through some of Dothan’s heaviest azalea and dogwood-populated areas is held each year on the Sunday when the blooms are at their peak.

The 2015 Azalea Dogwood Queen, Princess and Maid of Honor, will join Dothan’s Mayor Mike Schmitz in the ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 1:50 p.m. on the corner of Woodland and Main Street. The Trail draws hundreds of visitors from across the Southeast to view the beauty of spring in Dothan.

Following the ribbon cutting, the Queen and her court will lead the entourage of cars atop their Corvettes provided by the Circle City Corvette Club. Lovely young ladies dressed in antebellum gowns will grace the lawns of the seven-mile winding trail. The Queen and her court will greet visitors at the trail’s end point – the home of Brent and Elizabeth Cook located at 115 Girard Avenue. Anyone is welcome to ride the trail after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 29th, but please do not turn into the driveway of the Cook’s home at 115 Girard Avenue after 4:20 p.m.

The Azalea Dogwood Festival is sponsored annually by the City of Dothan and the National Peanut Festival.




Headland’s Daylily Art & Garden Festival

on the square in downtown Headland
The event is set for Saturday, May 16, 10am-3pm on the square in downtown Headland.

The festival features an art show inside the park with farmer’s market and garden-related vendors around the square. Entertainment, children’s art activities and gardening demonstrations are planned. Local daylily growers Bush Gardens will also conduct garden tours that day.


Artists and vendors can download an application at www.headlandal.com, or contact Rhonda Harrison, (334)693-3303, headlandalchamber@gmail.com.


SARCOA Older Americans Day

National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan
SARCOA Older Americans Day Celebration

SARCOA’s annual Older Americans Day celebration will be held May 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan. Tickets for the event are free, but must be ordered by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6. Attendees must be 60 years or older to qualify for the free lunch and prizes.

Older Americans Day features entertainment, food, prizes and sponsor booths. This year’s theme is “Flower Power.” Talent show participants must pre-register. Event t-shirts are available for purchase.



For the latest event updates, visit www.sarcoa.org.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call SARCOA at 334-793-6843 or 800-239-3507



Grand Ridge Spring Festival and Egg Hunt

John Thomas Porter Park located at 6951 Florida St, Grand Ridge, FL 32442
Grand Ridge 3rd Annual Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt
April 4, 2015

The Town of Grand Ridge is gearing up for its 3rd Annual Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt and we are inviting vendors to participate.

The Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday, April 4th at John Thomas Porter Recreation Complex in Grand Ridge. The Recreation Complex is located next to Grand Ridge School on Florida St.

It features an Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. with 3 different age divisions having a total of 12 golden eggs worth $25.00 each.

It opens to the public on Saturday, April 4th at 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There will be something for everyone such as arts, crafts, food vendors, children’s games and activities, live bunny photos from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a coloring contest with prizes. Any vendors that wish to participate are encouraged to contact Cindy Millard at 850-272-1134.

There are a variety of activities for children and adults, T-shirts, homemade jellies, candles, handmade crafts, jewelry, a great variety of carnival foods, a train ride, slides, bouncy house, and more.

The Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Town of Grand Ridge and the East Jackson County Economic Development Council. For more information, please call Town Hall at 850-592-4621.

Vendor spaces are $25 each with proceeds going to Sneads High School Project Graduation 2015. Admission to this event is free, but there are small fees for the kids’ activities. There will be no charge for the egg hunt.


Amanda Nunn, 850-592-4621, togradmin@embarqmail.com


5th Annual Marvel of Flight

DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport on Hwy 90 West
The City of DeFuniak Springs is proud to announce and celebrate our fifth annual fly-in/aviation festival, “Marvel of Flight”. Event times are Friday, April 10th from 5 pm to 10 pm and on Saturday, April 11 from 9 am to 4 pm at DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport on Hwy 90 West. Come experience history at the DeFuniak Springs Airport. The theme of the 2015 Marvel of Flight is “Rising Above Adversity”, honoring the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII. The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit offers spectators a unique insight into the lives of the Tuskegee Airmen and also features a fully restored P-51 Mustang static display. In addition, a featured attraction will be the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Wiregrass Chapter with their Huey and Cobra Helicopters.

“The City of DeFuniak Springs is proud to host the 5th annual Marvel of Flight celebration. This event not only highlights our airport but it also educates the general public about aviation. We are particularly proud to have the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit at this year’s event to further educate people not only about aviation but also about a part of our country’s history and the extraordinary contributions made by the Tuskegee Airmen,” said Sara Bowers, City Manager.

Marvel of Flight was created as the 2010/2011 class project of Leadership Walton, a program of the Walton Area Chamber. The class was challenged with bringing alternate forms of tourism throughout the county, while promoting economic development.

Marvel of Flight events attracts 5,000-7,000 spectators and will showcase a multitude of aircraft displays, flight demonstrations, career exploration exhibits, pilot workshops, concerts, free kids activities, food/aviation/art/crafts vendors, and lots of thrills for adults and children of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. For more information on the schedule of activities go to http://www.marvelofflight.com.

“The City of DeFuniak Springs is delighted to host the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit as it makes its way across the United States touring air shows and other major public venues,” said Event Coordinator Ryan Adams. “This is an outstanding way to kick-off Marvel of Flight’s 5th year at DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport.”

The array of events include: aircraft judging, helicopter rides in a Vietnam Era Huey and Cobra, bi-plane rides, the RE/MAX Balloon team program by RE/MAX Agency One - Crestview, pilot seminars, live entertainment, an aviation themed interactive exhibit and displays by NASA Kennedy Space Center, arts & crafts, free kids activities, car show, model rockets, RC planes, great food and much more! This is an alcohol-free day of “hometown” fun for the entire family.

Friday afternoon the campgrounds open at 5 pm for pilots. Early evening events include the Healthmark Regional Medical Center 5k Walk/Run as well as food/live entertainment. In addition, Monarch Aviation is hosting an opportunity for participants to meet Sonny Everett, an American aviator, author and broadcaster as well as a model rocket build and launch program for kids, pilots’ dinner and a movie.
Marvel of Flight is a brought to you by the City of DeFuniak Springs. Community Partners include the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, DFS Police Department., Walton County Sheriff’s Office, DFS Fire Department, Boy Scouts of America, and many others.
The Marvel of Flight would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Presenting Sponsors are Visit South Walton, Walmart and Monarch Aviation. Associate Sponsors are Bight House Networks, CHELCO, COPE Center, CH2M HILL, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Gulf Power Company, Healthmark Regional Medical Center, Best Western Crossroads Inn, WZEP AM 1460, 4C’s BBQ. Supporting Sponsors include: Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Wiregrass Chapter, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, DeFuniak Herald, Preble-Rish, Inc., Triangle Chevrolet-Buick, Inc., Smith’s Signs and Printing, Shell Aviation and Southern LINC Wireless
For more information, call the airport staff at 850-892-2000 or visit our website at http://www.marvelofflight.com.

Event Admission Fee: Please join us in a donation of one jar of peanut butter or jelly to benefit the Matrix Community Center food bank.

2015 Exhibits:
1. NASA Kennedy Space Center-Space and Aviation
2. Southeast Alabama Rocketry Society-Model Rockets
3. Eglin Aero Modellers-RC planes
4. Aviation Art by Russell Ferris
5. Dixie Division Military Vehicle Club
6. Florida Forestry Aviation fire prevention exhibit featuring a UH-1H “Super Huey” and Cessna 182
7. 4-H Youth Development Tech Wizards Program Exhibit
8. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Unmanned Aerial System (drone) Exhibit
9. Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic Instruction Extra 300 Aircraft Exhibit
10. Walton High School Tuskegee Airmen Display





Bay Co. Easter Egg Hunt

H.G. Harder’s Park is located at 8110 John Pitts Rd., Panama City.
Bay County will host a free Easter Egg Hunt from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at H.G. Harder’s Park. Two egg hunting areas will be cordoned off, one for children 5 to 9 years old and a separate toddler section.

The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance at 1 p.m. to pose for photographs, so parents should be certain to pack a camera. Egg hunting begins at 1:30 p.m., with prizes for the child who finds a golden egg in each age group.

The Bay County Pet Adoption Trolley will be on site with animals available for petting and adoption. Refreshments will be available for purchase.


To volunteer at the event or for more information, please call Janie Lucas at 784-4065.


PorktoberQue

Sep 26, 2015 10am-6pm

Houston County Farm Center, Dothan
The 4th annual Oktoberfest and barbecue competition, PorktoberQue, will again be held the last weekend of September at the Houston County Farm Center in Dothan. The event features BBQ teams competing for $7700.00 in prize money under KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) sanctioning and also promotes a German-style Oktoberfest. There are two stages featuring both polka music and contemporary music, an indoor biergarten, a "man cave" with TV’s for watching your favorite football games, a cornhole tournament, free bounce houses for the kids to play on, shopping with vendors and many food-related activities. For more information please visit our website www.PorktoberQue.com or call (334) 699-1475.

Kerry, 334-699-1475