Mom & Me Party~Tonight

Not to late to register for this FREE event. It is in Chipley at the Trinity Martial Arts. It is open to all mom’s and kids in the community. They plan on celebrating mom with fun games, arts & crafts, a memory keepsake photo, food, and lots of love, hugs, and making memories. Tonight Friday, May 10th from 6-7:30. If I didn’t have plans already this is where I would be! If you go be sure to let me know how it was. Tickets are available at

Jackson County interesting facts

Did you know Jackson County is the only county in Florida that borders two other states? It borders Alabama and Georgia, as well as the Eastern and Central time zones; Jackson County is in the CST. Established on August 12, 1822, it is Florida’s 3rd oldest county. The county is named after General Andrew Jackson who first traveled through the area during the Seminole Wars and came to live here after the war ended. Marianna became the permanent county seat of government in 1829, only 2 years after it’s founding. Marianna was founded in 1827 by Robert & Anna Maria Beveridge who purchased three 80 acre tracts of land on a beautiful bluff along the Chipola River. Jackson County is also home to Florida’s most haunted bridge. Bellamy Bride is said to be haunted by the ghost of Elizabeth Bellamy, a bride whose wedding dress supposedly caught fire by a candle and jumped off the bridge to extinguish it, only to jump to her death. Another interesting fact – actress Faye Dunaway (some of my favorite movies with her are “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Chinatown,” and “Mommie Dearest”) was born in Jackson County in Bascom, Florida. And the Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna is the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public. The caves were discovered in 1933 by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps after President Roosevelt’s New Deal. After the devastating effects of Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10, 2018, the Caverns State Park closed and is still being worked on daily. I overheard in the store yesterday that they are hoping to open July 1st but will have no power for up to 2 years. I see another blog coming about that. I am excited to do a tour of the caves by flashlight!

Saturday May 11th, Stamp Out Hunger

The 2nd Saturday in May letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect food from their postal customers. It is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. So this Saturday(May 11th) if you would like to donate all you need to do is place a box, bag, or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers the mail. The food is sorted, and delivered to area food banks or pantries in our communities, where it is available for needy families. With Hurricane Michael recovery efforts ongoing, donations to the Letter Carries Food Drive is more crucial than ever. Please consider filling a bag or box of healthy nonperishable food items.  All donations stay in our community. I am headed to the grocery store today!

Teacher Appreciation

It’s teacher appreciation day at the Marianna Zaxby’s. Today May 7th show your faculty id and buy 1 get 1 free Big Zax Snak Meal. This is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Our teachers, aids, administration, and all those who work in the schools deserve a huge THANK YOU for all they do daily. A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart!

Marianna City Farmers Market

One of the many things I love about living in the Panhandle is all the local, fresh produce I can get. Marianna has a Farmers Market open every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7am to 12pm till July. It is located at the Madison Street Park. This season they have yellow squash, new potatoes, lettuces, green beans, cabbage, onions, and so much more! They also have bakers with yummy jams, jellies, honey, and breads. They also have the Panhandle Arts and Crafters(for sure on Saturdays, not sure about during the week) who bring home made crafted items. I know I am planning to go this week, maybe I will see you there!

Music and Art in the Park

The weather today in the Panhandle is going to be much nicer then the weather last night. Local thunderstorms lite up our skies last night for a few hours. This afternoon from 3pm – 6pm at Lafayette Park in Apalachicola they will have free Jazz and artists. Students from the FCHS Seahawk Band begin singing at 4pm. Be sure to take lawn chairs, blankets, and your own refreshments. What a relaxing way to end this busy weekend!

May 4th, DeFuniak Springs

There were so many great events happening today around the Panhandle. It was hard to choose, but I ended up going to the Spring Festival at the Chautauqua Vineyards & Winery. It was a beautiful day and they had so many great booths. I bought a pair or earrings at one booth and a necklace at another. And of course a few bottles of wine. It was great seeing so many happy people.

It isn’t too late, they are open today till 6pm!

This weekend

This weekend is going to be busy! Tons of fun things to do in the Panhandle. Here are just a few that caught my eye for tomorrow, May 4th. I see several future blogs from the events below.

Wiregrass Rose Society presents the 9th annual Rose Show at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens Rickett’s Hall from 1pm-4pm. This is a free event that is open to the public. They will have rose for sale as well. Call 334-201-6800 for more information.
45th Annual Blue Crab Festival in Panacea at Woolley Park. Park admission is $3 and kids under 12 are free. This festival originated in 1975 to promote the crab industry in Wakulla County. The festival will kick off at 10am with a parade down U.S. 98. They will have a mullet toss, mountain dew cloggers, crab picking contest, cypress trio and more. Visit the website for more info.
Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery is having a spring festival in DeFuniak Springs from 9am – 6pm. They will have free wine tastings, music, and arts & crafts vendors. No entry fees~ family friendly day of fun!
Free event in Lynn Haven at the Sharon Sheffield Park. 10am – 2pm. They will have inflatables, crafts, popcorn, live music, hamburgers, and hot dogs.
This is a community celebration in Wewahitchka at the Honeyville Park. From 1pm – 4pm stop by as they unite as a strong community post-storm, for the public schools our students deserve. It is free and they will have face painting, music, bounce house, food, and take action booths.
In Fort Walton Beach at the Northwest Florida Fair on Lewis Turner Blvd is sure to be a lot of happy kids. From 10am – 2pm the FWB Police Department will host this free event. It will provide kids with the educational opportunity to enjoy close-up interaction with big equipment in a safe environment.


Dog friendly

I love dogs and often have at least one of them in the car with me! I am always on the look out for dog friendly places to go. I heard about a place called Hook’d Pier Bar & Grill. It is located in Panama City Beach close to a dog beach. Patio seating with a view of the beach. I heard the food was good and the drinks too! I think I will take my dog next time we are in the area. If you know of any great pet friendly places to eat be sure to let me know. I will let you know how this place is once we go.

Thunder Beach 21st Spring Rally

Tonight at 7pm is the kick-start party for this 5 day Motorcycle Rally. It will be at Hammerhead’s in Panama City Beach. The 3 main venues for this event will be Frank Brown Park, The Crossroads at Thunder Beach, and Harley-Davidson of Panama City Beach. They have free live entertainment and contests. They charge no gate fees and parking is free, they are open from 9am to 9pm, May 1st-May 5th. They will have a Custom Bike Show and a Battle of the Baggers, Thunder Beach Sound Off Competition on May 4th. For more info go to: