Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Destination: Independence Day 2014

Our nation turns 238 this year. If you are interested in celebrating its birthday on Florida’s Emerald Coast, you’re in luck. There are several great 4th of July options for you and your family in Destin, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, and Fort Walton Beach. Read on.

In Destin:
The4th of July Extravaganza on the Harbor at HarborWalk Village takes place from the 3rd through the 5th. The festivities begin on Thursday with the Red, White, and Blue Celebration honoring Tom Rice and the Honorable Sam Seevers with a WWII vintage flyover followed at 9:00 pm by fireworks. On Friday, the Victory Belles, dressed in period attire, will sing the 1940s. Fireworks will light up the sky again, beginning at 9:00 pm. Gypsy Riot will provide live music on Saturday night at the Destin Harbor.

In Seaside:
Make plans to attend Stars& Stripes at Seaside – A July 4th Celebration at the amphitheater in Seaside. Beginning at 8:00 am, enjoy the Annual July 4th parade down 30A, concluding in Seaside. Later in the day, grab a spot on the lawn to enjoy Pops from the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra followed by fireworks.

In Sandestin:
Have fun with a unique Independence Day golf cart parade at the Red, White, and Baytowne celebration at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. There are family activities throughout the day and a spectacular fireworks display over the lagoon beginning at 9:15 pm.

Bring your bike to the bike decorating breakfast at North Barrett Square at 7:30 am and join in the bike parade. The parade is followed by a family field day from 9:00 – 11:00 am, a barbecue from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, and a concert beginning at 6:30 pm, all leading up to a fireworks display on the beach at 8:45 pm.

In Fort Walton Beach:
Spend the 4th at the Fort Walton Beach Landing on Brooks Street. From 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm there will be food and exhibitor’s booths. Make an afternoon of it and enjoy live music, entertainment, and children’s activities. The fireworks display will begin at approximately 8:45 pm.

Do you know of anything else going on in our area? If so, please share it in the comments. If you have any questions or comments, get in touch with The Northwest FloridaRegional Airport, VPS, via Facebook or Twitter.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

June on the Emerald Coast: Blue Marlin and Billy Bowlegs

Memorial Day weekend, at the end of May, is generally accepted to be the beginning of the summer vacation season. Summer, however, doesn’t officially kick off until June 21st, the time of the summer solstice. No matter when you start saying “It’s summer!,” we can all agree that June on the Emerald Coast is a beautiful time of year, and a great time to be here. June offers the Destin and Fort Walton Beach area two very different seafaring events, the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival and the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic.

The Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival (June 5th – 7th) started out as a Labor Day ski show in 1953, but has blossomed into one of the nation’s longest-running pirate festivals. Come to town by air to avoid the pirates at sea, but be here in time catch the Torchlight Parade on Eglin Parkway, Thursday at 7:00pm. For a full event schedule, follow this link.

From the Billy Bowlegs Festival website:
“This year, there’ll be more pirates than ever! And yes, of course Capt. Billy and his Krewe will arrive by sea to “scout” the Landing on Friday, June 6, and return to implement their dastardly plans on Saturday, June 7.”

Another great summertime event is the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic (ECBC) at Sandestin (June 18th – 22nd). This event, which coincides with the peak of the Gulf Coast’s blue marlin season, is a world-class sport fishing tournament. The ECBC is ranked as one of the Top 10 Big Money Tournaments in the world and it is the fastest-growing fishing tournament on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

The tournament isn’t just for blue marlin. The three heaviest blue marlin, mahi-mahi, tuna, and wahoo are eligible for cash awards. For more information and to see a schedule of events, visit the ECBC website.

If you’re planning on flying into Destin or Fort Walton Beach for either of these great events, let us know. The Emerald Coast’s friendliest airport staff is ready to help. Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Monday, April 28, 2014

10-Song Air Travel Playlist

Everyone loves music. It’s the universal language. The lyrics, on the other hand, are what make a particular song special to a person or group of people. When it’s time for wheels up, here are some of the songs we like to have on our playlist.

Frank Sinatra – “Fly Me to the Moon”
"Fly Me to the Moon", originally titled "In Other Words", is a popular song written in 1954 by Bart Howard. Kaye Ballard made the first recording of the song in 1954. Since then it has become a frequently recorded jazz standard often featured in popular culture. Frank Sinatra's 1964 version was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon.

Steve Miller Band – “Fly Like an Eagle”
"Fly Like an Eagle" is a song written by Steve Miller and by Steve Miller Band guitarist Steve McCarty for the album of the same name. The song went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week of March 12, 1977.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – “Learning to Fly”
"Learning To Fly" is a popular track by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It was written in 1991 by Tom Petty and his writing partner Jeff Lynne for the album Into the Great Wide Open. Though the entire song is based on only four simple chords, (F, C, A minor, and G), it has a unique structure and sound, making it a top hit for Petty.

Lenny Kravitz – “Fly Away” 
"Fly Away" is one of Kravitz's most successful songs to date. The song was a hit in both Kravitz's native United States and the United Kingdom, particularly in the latter country. It went to number one on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom, while in the United States it reached number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped both the Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts.

Nelly Furtado – “I'm Like A Bird” 
"I'm Like a Bird" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado, and produced by Gerald Eaton and Brian West, as the first single from her first album, Whoa, Nelly!. It was one of the most successful singles of 2001, peaking at number one on the Canadian Singles Chart, as well as number two in Australia and New Zealand, number five in the United Kingdom, and number nine in the United States.

Elton John – “Rocket Man”
"Rocket Man" is a song composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and originally performed by John. According to an account in Elizabeth Rosenthal's book His Song: The Musical Journey of Elton John, the song was inspired by Taupin's sighting of either a shooting star or a distant airplane. The account goes on to relate that the notion of astronauts no longer being perceived as heroes, but in fact as an "everyday occupation" led him to the song's opening lines, "She packed my bags last night, pre-flight. Zero hour: 9 a.m. And I'm gonna be high as a kite by then."

Frank Sinatra – “Come Fly with Me”
"Come Fly with Me" was written for Frank Sinatra, and was the title track of his 1958 album of the same name. The song sets the tone for the rest of the album, describing adventures in exotic locales, in Bombay, Peru and Acapulco Bay respectively.

Kenny Loggins – “Highway to the Danger Zone”
"Danger Zone" is a song, with music composed by Giorgio Moroder and lyrics written by Tom Whitlock, which American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins recorded and released in 1986. The song appeared on the soundtrack to the 1986 American motion picture Top Gun.

Sammy Hagar – “Eagles Fly”
"Eagles Fly" is a song written and performed by Sammy Hagar from his album I Never Said Goodbye. It was released in October 1987 as the third single from the album. It peaked at number 82 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and at number 22 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks.

The Box Tops – “The Letter”
"The Letter" is a song written by Wayne Carson Thompson which was a #1 hit in 1967 for the Box Tops.

Song descriptions from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; videos from YouTube.

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