International PARK(ing) Day: Transform Parking Spaces into Public Places
Posted: Aug 19, 2019 3:15 PMUpdated: Aug 19, 2019 3:16 PM
For a second year, Pensacola’s Downtown Improvement Board is partnering with Gallery Night and inviting the local community to submit designs to turn parking spaces into temporary “parklets” to celebrate International PARK(ing) Day. The event takes place during the “Pigskin and Paint Tailgate” themed Gallery Night on Sept. 20 and the deadline to submit applications with a parklet concept is Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.  International PARK(ing) Day is an annual event, created in 2005 by art and design studio, Rebar as a way to encourage community members, students and designers to take metered parking spaces and liven up city streets. Motivated by the desire to activate the metered parking space as a site for creative experimentation and cultural expression, PARK(ing) Day offers a fun opportunity for members of the community to create temporary installations, with a mission to encourage people to imagine the positive impacts of green spaces in urban areas. “We are excited bring International PARK(ing) Day back during the upcoming Gallery Night event and challenge our local community to reinterpret our typical parking spots into creative spaces,” remarked DIB Interim Executive Director, Lisa Dees, “Whether you want to create a giant chessboard, install an interactive sculpture or host a croquet tournament, our aim is to have some fun with these spaces and rethink our relationship with parking.” On Gallery Night, guests will be able to enjoy the 10 parklets and cast a vote for their favorite. The call for submissions is FREE and open to all and can contain sketches or a brief description of the idea for transforming the parking space into a parklet. The competition is limited to 10 designs and qualifying design teams will be notified once selected. While branding is permitted, parklets are intended for non-commercial use only. Email submissions to: [email protected]
Eat Around the World in Downtown Pensacola
Posted: Aug 1, 2019 2:07 PMUpdated: Aug 1, 2019 2:07 PM
Pensacola is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines that relate to our vibrant history. Enjoy these opportunities to indulge in some worldly cravings without going across the pond… or ocean! Experience the posh delight of sweet treats at Olde English Creamery, inside a refurbished 1870’s cottage in Pensacola’s Historic District, directly across the street from Old Christ Church. Enjoy an afternoon on the wooden, baby blue painted porch as you try a selection of light snacks and sip English style teas from delicate earthenware. Try it out: Full palace tea with dainty sandwiches, sausage rolls and scones Restaurant Iron offers a fine dining experience influenced by the delicacies of southern and French cuisine. Sweet and savory pairings are beautifully presented by award-winning Executive Chef Alex McPhail, who strives to bring together the finest flavors of local and international ingredients. Try it out: Black garlic butter escargot with house cut truffle fries The exposed brick arches of Wine Bar are reminiscent of european architecture and the cultural plazas scattered throughout Barcelona and Madrid, Spain. Choose from a generous menu of crisp and zingy white wines to rich and bold reds. Indulge in the chef’s selection of smoked and cured meats and gourmet cheeses with a charcuterie board as the night air blows softly through the quaint alleyway. Try it out: Charcuterie board featuring manchego cheese and prosciutto with a Mas La Chevalier Pinot Noir “Ciao” down on some authentic Italian dishes at V. Paul’s Italian Ristorante on Palafox. Selections of traditional antipasti, premier seafood and specialty wines are finely prepared and presented in true Tuscan style. Join wine enthusiasts at Vino Magnifico, the restaurant’s monthly wine tasting event held on the second Tuesday of each month. Try it out: Bruschetta trio with venison cannelloni and gelato dessert  Travel across the mediterranean with Skopelos and their grecian inspired menu. Award-winning Executive Chef Gus Silivos, who is also a renowned Pensacola Celebrity Chef, has shown his culinary expertise by creating a fine menu of fresh seafood, prime cuts of meat and innovative vegan dishes. The exposed brick and lamp-lit courtyard provide a quaint outdoor dining experience, perfectly capturing an ethos of mediterranean romanticism. Try it out: Filo baked spanakopita with a saganaki plate and gyro sandwich If you head north on Palafox, you can experience the authentic Southeastern Asian cuisine of Khon’s. This narrowly-designed bar and eatery provides an intimate dining experience with a full menu of delicious foreign flavors. Practice your chopstick skills as you enjoy creatively displayed sushi, pineapple panang curry and premier ramen in a sleek, modern setting.Try it out: Coconut curry soup with ramen pad thai and a specialty saki cocktail Where will your tastebuds travel to first? Let us know by tagging #DowntownPensacola in your foodie photos! [PHOTO: V. PAUL'S ITALIAN RISTORANTE]
A Beautiful Tribute to Those Who Served: Veteran’s Memorial Park
Posted: Jul 11, 2019 3:02 PMUpdated: Jul 11, 2019 3:03 PM
As you cruise off of the three-mile bridge and hug the coast along Bayfront Parkway, the majestic sight of a mounted Vietnam-era Cobra helicopter will soon come into view. This profound, eye-catching tribute watches over the sacred land surrounding it – the grassy hills and winding pathways of its home, Veteran’s Memorial Park.  Nestled in the heart of Pensacola is Veteran’s Memorial Park, a beautifully manicured local landmark dedicated to the entire military community. The park is home to a growing number of monuments that beautifully honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our nation. One of the most visited memorials is Wall South, a scaled-down replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial located in Washington, DC. This somber tribute displays the engraved names of more than 58,000 veterans who perished during the Vietnam War.  All of the monuments in the park are worth visiting, as they pay homage to the thousands of individuals who fought and continue to fight for our freedoms. The other monuments in the park include:●     World War I Memorial●     World War II Memorial●     Korean War Memorial●     Global War on Terror Memorial●     Marine Aviation Bell Tower●     Submarine Veterans Memorial●     Purple Heart Memorial●     Monument to Children●     Minutemen Memorial●     Persian Gulf Memorial The list hardly stops there. Before Memorial Day, more than 100 granite memorial tiles were added to the Marine Aviation Memorial Bell Tower with the names of 361 Marines and other service members. A new monument is underway that will honor Gold Star Families, which will honor families who lost a loved one in battle.  Your time in Pensacola would not be complete without a visit to Veteran’s Memorial Park. Pensacola and the surrounding areas have one of the highest veteran populations in the entire nation, so join us in preserving and honoring the legacy of those individuals who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The Veteran’s Memorial Park Foundation of Pensacola is a 501.c.3 Charitable|Nonprofit organization that is run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. [][PHOTO: VETERAN'S MEMORIAL PARK]
5 Activities for Kids in Downtown Pensacola
Posted: Jun 5, 2019 4:20 PMUpdated: Jun 25, 2019 2:55 PM
School is almost out for summer! If you’re looking for creative ways to keep the kids away from the screens, then make your way to Downtown Pensacola to experience these kid-friendly activities that will be sure to entertain and educate!1. Ferry Boats in the BayIf you are staying at the beach, don’t miss out on the opportunity to board one of the new Pensacola Bay Cruises to Downtown! The ferries dock at the beach boardwalk and Fort Pickens, so you have two opportunities to hop on the Pelican Perch or Turtle Runner. The ride between each landing location takes approximately 30-40 minutes, which is the perfect amount of time for the kids to remain enthralled by the beautiful scenery and the possibility of spotting a dolphin. Upon docking in Downtown Pensacola, grab a snack at one of our fabulous restaurants and spend the day exploring Downtown.2. Play All Day at Maritime ParkCommunity Maritime Park is located off of Main Street and is the perfect place for kids to run around and release that summertime energy. The new playground features a padded surface that provides a safe play environment and the wide pathways that trail throughout the park make for a perfect waterfront bike ride. The grassy festival grounds provide an expansive area away from the road for numerous outdoor activities. Once a month during the summer, Community Maritime Park hosts a free movie night for the whole family to enjoy. Grab your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers and enjoy a movie under the stars!3. Go Back in Time With Historic PensacolaDowntown Pensacola has an extraordinary Historic Village full of interactive and educational activities for kids and adults alike. The living history exhibits depict life throughout the 1800s, and include activities like open hearth cooking, butter churning and candle making. Historic Pensacola also offers special events for children including StoryTyme with Grandma Jenkins, who has traveled all the way from England to share her tall tales and baked goods with her young, intrigued audience. 4. Museum MustsYour child will love the colorful exhibits of the Pensacola Children’s Museum. The Discovery Gallery recreates Pensacola colonial life, while the other exhibits highlight Pensacola’s military, maritime, Native American and Civil War history. The T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum has permanent and revolving exhibits that feature Pensacola’s changing history and extraordinary collections of artifacts. Museum Plaza, located behind the T.T. Wentworth, is a new interactive playground that educates on the industries vital to the development of Pensacola: timber, fishing, shipping, brick making and transportation. Ticket options for museum tours vary depending on age and group size, so be sure to plan ahead and take advantage of combo deals!5. I Spy Downtown If your child has an interest in art and an eye for detail, transform your visit to Downtown Pensacola into a game of “I Spy”. There are dozens of eye-catching placemarks that the kids will surely remember from their trip to Pensacola. Get ready for an adventure around Downtown as you search for these landmarks!Pelican Fly-By – How many of these colorfully themed pelicans can you find?Five Flags • Blue Angels • Marine Corps • Air Force • Coast Guard • Army  Local Landmarks: Can you find these beloved local landmarks?Vintage fire truck • Plaza canons • Shimmering mermaid • Live Oak limb lifters • PalafoxtrotFamiliar Faces – Search for these statues throughout Downtown!  Don Tristan de Luna • Bernardo de Galvez • Martin Luther King, Jr • President Andrew JacksonPainted Trail – Paint by number in Downtown Pensacola by keeping a count of how many art installments you can find! Wish You Were Here • Painted Parking Meters • Horse Drawn Carriage • Four Colorful Cubes • Eclectic Electric Boxes • Ships on a Building • Jefferson Street Mural • Foo Foo WingsLet us know what you find by tagging #DowntownPensacola in your photos. Now, get outside and spend the day in America’s oldest city! [PHOTO: VISIT PENSACOLA]
Red, White and Brew: Downtown’s Amazing Breweries
Posted: May 30, 2019 4:50 PMUpdated: May 30, 2019 4:50 PM
The Downtown community is all hopped up on the growing interest in brewery culture. The relaxed vibes and welcoming atmosphere of these staple establishments are just as desirable as the home brews themselves! Making beer is an art, and these downtown breweries have mastered their craft!Perfect Plain Brewing Company is a fitting tribute to Pensacola’s past. The term “perfect plain” was coined by First Lady Rachel Jackson in her description of Pensacola, which is written on the brick walls of this welcoming brewery. The wide bar and spacious interior are super accommodating for large groups, so bring your friends and family to enjoy an afternoon or evening sipping on some home brews! Community engagement is a huge part of the Perfect Plain culture, so don’t miss out on events like trivia, pint night and the Garden & Grain Craft Lab. Try it Out: Blueberry Arpent Saison Located slightly off of Palafox, Big Top Brewing Company is the newest brewery on the “bock”. This craft beer and food pub originated in Sarasota before expanding north to Gainesville and now Pensacola! Big Top is also the only Downtown brewery that serves food, so come hungry to taste some truly mouth-watering cuisine. The daily supply of freshly smoked pork, along with hand-cut fries and homemade pickles, blend perfectly with the diverse selection of beer. Try it Out: Pears Well With Others CiderPensacola Bay Brewery considers beer-making a fine craft. The brewmasters delicately blend creativity and custom styles without adding any preservatives or chemicals. The beer is inspired by legends of the past but is still original. The convenient location also provides a “pitcher perfect” view of Historic Pensacola. The covered, brick seating area out front is the perfect place to enjoy the evening air while gazing at the luminous facade of Old Christ Church and the drooping live oaks of Seville Square. Try it Out: Queen Anne’s Revenge Imperial Stout  If breweries aren’t your style but you still enjoy the crisp taste of beer, these other downtown establishments are only a jump, sip and a hop away! • World of Beer – more than 50 beers on tap, 500 in the cooler and a menu of mouthwatering tavern fare.• Khon's – explore southeastern Asian cuisine with traditional saki and specialty saki cocktails.• Cask & Flights – this state-of-the-art wine tasting room also has eight craft beers on tap as well as mead, brewed in-house daily!