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3rd Annual Kid's Catfish Tournament on July 26

Northwest Florida Daily News - Entertainment - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:16am

FREEPORT - Nick’s Seafood Restaurant will hold its 3rd Annual Kid’s Catfish Tournament on Saturday, July 26.

The tournament was specifically designed with the young water enthusiast at heart, offering a new boat to the overall winner. $5 from every entry will be donated to waterway education in the local school systems via the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance’s Grasses in Classes and upcoming Dunes in Schools Programs.

Catfish Tournament activities include: fish Weigh-Ins, Mullet Toss, CBA Water Steward Pledge and Awards Ceremony.

For more information about the Nick’s Kid’s Catfish Tournament and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance’s involvement, or to schedule an interview, please contact Sarah Davis at (850) 585-7926 or

Nick’s Kid’s Catfish Tournament Weigh-Ins/Awards Itinerary for July 26, 2014
• 4- 5 p.m. Anglers weigh-in their catch
• 5:15 - 6 p.m. Catfish Tournament Mullet Toss
• 6:15 - 7 p.m. Catfish Awards Ceremony
• 7:15 - 7:30 p.m.Tournament Closing Remarks/CBA Water Steward Pledge

Mama Sherry's: Good food, reasonable prices

Northwest Florida Daily News - Entertainment - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:17am

DESTIN – Try this at home:

Go into a dark room, utter the words “dinner in Destin” and take out your credit card.

Is it glowing around the edges?

It should. Dinner in Destin, especially at the height of tourist season, can set you back the cost of a major appliance.

That’s why I’m happy to have found Mama Sherry’s Pizza, Wings & Things, right on the main drag in that pricey little fishing “village.” Mama Sherry serves delicious pub-style food at Fort Walton Beach prices.

The food
The name pretty much says it all – pizza, wings, and “things.” Let’s talk about the pizza first.

Mama Sherry’s offers two broad categories of pies – pizza with a seasoned crust, and specialty pizzas. Sizes range from a personal 10-inch pie (which is more than enough for one person) to a 22-inch Big Papa, with a couple of smaller sizes in between.

Add all the toppings you want; they’re divided into the usual suspects or specialty toppings. You can even buy pizza by the slice.

Specialty Pizzas include Mama’s Supreme, with four different kinds of meats, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and black olives. Leave off the veggies and you’ve got Meat Lovers.

There’s a host of others – Anthony’s Italian, Meatball Marinara, White Pizza … ask for one of their menus-to-go and consult the list.

We both ordered a specialty pizza – mine was the Hawaiian, with sliced ham and sweet, chunky pineapple, and my companion’s was the Mama’s Supreme (the meats included Italian sausage, beef, Canadian bacon, and pepperoni). She especially appreciated the crust. It was both crunchy and chewy, she said, with the right combination of garlic and butter.

Just to provide a benchmark (yeah, sure) we ordered a plain pepperoni pizza, which I pronounced as good or better than the chain-restaurant pizzas.

Next on the menu lineup are wings. You can get a personal, 10-piece order, or haul them out by the wheelbarrow (a 100-count, I guess for parties … or somebody with a party-sized appetite). They come in various flavors – mild, medium, hot, lemon pepper, barbecue, garlic Parmesan or teriyaki.

We ordered 10 mild wings. They were tasty and, because we opted for the mild, we could really taste the chicken flavor. An added plus: They weren’t swimming in grease or dripping with toppings.

The “things” include spaghetti, lasagna, manicotti, ravioli – many of the Italian dishes ending in “i.”

Mama Sherry’s also offers a long list of sub sandwiches, burgers, and an ample selection of salads, which come in two sizes. The small salad is as big as the large salads offered by some other restaurants.

Don’t forget the appetizers. They include beer-battered mushrooms, cheese fries, fried pickles and the like. We opted for something that wasn’t on the regular menu, a tray of pita-tizers. They consisted of pita bread wedges topped with tomato sauce and, in our case, Canadian bacon. Can’t beat that for 5 bucks!

The atmosphere
The restaurant is on the north side of U.S. Highway 98 in downtown Destin, next to Hog’s Breath Saloon. Parking is on the side of the building.

It features ample outdoor seating in front and beside the building, with a sheltered area toward the rear. Inside you’ll find a mixture of tables and booths, with a bar at the rear. TVs were scattered throughout the premises.

We sat inside. As Floridians, we reserve the right to enjoy air-conditioning!

The service
Our server was a pro. She was friendly and helpful, and took our orders without error. The food was fast in coming and arrived in the proper order – appetizer, salad, main course(s) and a boxed item to go. A real treat to not be distracted by late orders or incorrect charges.

A final taste
Mama Sherry’s offers a lot of plusses: good food at reasonable prices, lots of seating, and quick, professional, friendly service. The minuses? Apart from the fact there isn’t a Mama Sherry’s in Fort Walton Beach, I can’t think of any.


Restaurant: Mama Sherry’s Pizza, Wings & Things

Location: 529 Harbor Blvd., Destin

Telephone: 460-7014 or 460-2917

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.

Handicap accessibility: good

Children’s menu: yes

Reservations: not necessary

Price range:

Appetizers: $5.95-$6.95
Salads: $4.95-$9.95
Pizza: $8.25-$25.75
Wings: $9.75-$70.75
Things: $8.75-$9.75
Sandwiches: $5.75-$9.95
Burgers: $6.75-$10.75
Kids: $3.95-$4.95

Payment: major credit cards


Buzzworthy: what to do, where to go, who to see

Want a few suggestions for what to do, where to go and who to see? You’ll find them here each week. Look for details and more ideas throughout Showcase.


Outside movies: Movies at The Landing are shown at 8 p.m. at Fort Walton Landing on Brooks Street in Fort Walton Beach. Admission is free. This week’s movie is “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

More outside movies: Central Square Cinema at Seaside's Amphitheater lawn in Santa Rosa Beach is held at 8 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. This week’s movie is “Surf’s Up.” Visit the website


Bluegrass concert: The Gulfcoast Bluegrass Music Association monthly concert will be held at the Pensacola State College Milton Campus, Building 4200, the Student activity Center on July 26. Doors open at 5 p.m. First band will perform at 6 p.m. Admission is $4 for GCBMA members and $6 for non-members. Call 623-3325.

Stamp show: The Panhandle Philatelic Society will host Stampfest III on July 26 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 205 Carol Ave. (next to the Home Depot) in Fort Walton Beach. Show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Call Fred Brafford 651-2770.


Grit & Grace Inc.: “A Dreaming Place” will be held in DeFuniak Springs at the Walton High School auditorium July 24-26 at 7 p.m. and July 27 at 2 p.m.Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and will be available at the door or may be purchased online website and at various ticket outlets throughout Walton County. Visit or call 270-7008.

Cinema under the stars: Sunday Cinema at the Village of Baytowne Wharf is held at Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza in Sandestin. Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is free. This week’s movie is “Jumanji.” Visit or call 267-8000


“Art Calusa”: The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center is hosting the “Art Calusa: Reflections on Representation” traveling art exhibit through Sept. 6 at the Indian Temple Mound Museum. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Heritage Park & Cultural Center is at 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE. Call 833-9595.


Movies series: Summer Reels is an outdoor movie series at Alys Beach Amphitheatre on Somerset Street. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tuesday. Admission is free. This week’s movie is “Little Rascals.” Visit


Summer Book Club: Friends of the Library Summer Book Club @ the Niceville Library will meet July 30 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. This free program will be in the library. There are multiple copies available in the library system or call 279-4863, ext. 1504.


Batman Celebration: The Valparaiso Community Library invites families and children of all ages to a Batman 75th Anniversary Celebration on July 31 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Stop by any time for snacks, crafts, Wii, cartoons, comics, and more. Call 729-5406.

Buzzworthy returns with new look; get your improv on with class

Buzzworthy is back!

Much thanks to Tracey Steele for making my vague vision so pretty and to Jennifer Schaefer for putting it together so nicely on the page.

This is still somewhat of a work in progress, and we might refine it a bit more in coming weeks. I think we will try to make Page 2 its home, but if it moves around the magazine, we’ll guide you to it in the Index.

Hope this helps those of you who use Buzzworthy to find things to do and places to go. Just remember all of Showcase is filled with additional information.

Buzzworthy highlights only a few events.

A couple of weeks ago, when I pointed out some of the changes and improvements in Showcase, I was remiss in not mentioning a brand new regular feature that also started that week. It’s called Headliner, and it’s designed to give us another opportunity for spotlighting local musicians.

Appropriately, longtime area favorite Al Alvarado debuted as our first Headliner. If you missed it, the article is posted on our website,

Samantha Rokka took over the spotlight last week, and in today’s Headliner, Young Tyme shares his musical insights.

We’d like to make Headliner a weekly feature as long as enough musicians step up.

If you’re a local musician/band and would like to participate, or if you’d like to suggest someone for us to contact, email Features Writer Lauren Delgado at for details.

Drama instructor Christa Whittaker can give you all the details about why businesses hire improvisation companies to train their employees. Bottom line: learning how to make other people look good makes you look good, too.

“For the first time, I’m teaching an improvisation class for adults at the Arts Center this fall,” she said in an email. “Although I’m sure I’ll have some actors, I’d really like to promote it among business students.”

For some reason, the class didn’t make it into the catalog and Christa asked if I could help her get the word out. She called it a “shameless request.” Pshaw. I receive dozens of those a week, dear friend.

Anyway, the class designation is THE 2930 and will be held 6-9 p.m. Mondays at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. It’s worth three credits. Register on the college website or in person.

I hope you saw our Food section in Wednesday’s newspaper. It included an article about Chris Struck, who was known as the Food Dude during the five years he wrote a monthly column for the Daily News. Again, if you missed it, find it on our website.

Anyway, the ink was barely dry on the story when Chris emailed me early Tuesday evening with news that Racines, the lower Manhattan restaurant/wine bar where he works, had just received two stars out of four from
New York Times Restaurant Critic Pete Wells.

So, raise a glass of champagne in Chris’ and Racines’ honor if you get a chance this weekend.

Enjoy family friendly movies by moonlight

Nighttime is no excuse to end your summer fun — even if you have little ones.

Enjoy the warm summer night while watching family friendly movies that appeal to young and old.

Take a look at our list for the movie or venue that appeals to you. Don't forget the snacks!

Central Square Cinema
Where: Seaside's Amphitheater lawn in Santa Rosa Beach.
When: Friday nights at 8 p.m.
Cost: Free
July 25 – “Surf’s Up”
Aug. 1 – “Racing Stripes”
Aug. 8 – “The Lego Movie”
Aug. 15 – “The Truman Show”
Aug. 29 – “The Nut Job” (Labor Day weekend)
For more information: Visit

Family Movie Night Series in the Park
Where: Uptown Station's Central Park on Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach.
When: Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
July 26 – “Dolphin's Tale”
Aug. 9 – “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”
Aug. 23 – “Planes”
For more information: Visit

Movies at The Landing
Where: Fort Walton Landing on Brooks Street in Fort Walton Beach.
When: Fridays at 8 p.m.
Cost: Free
July 25 – “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”
Aug. 1 – “Despicable Me”
Aug. 8 – “The Wizard of Oz”
Aug. 15 – “Back to the Future”
Aug. 22 – “Up”
Aug. 29 – “Peter Pan”

Sunday Cinema at the Village of Baytowne Wharf
Where: Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza in Sandestin.
When: Sundays at 8 p.m.
Cost: Free
July 27 – “Jumanji”
Aug. 3: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”
Aug. 10: “Despicable Me 2”
For more information: Visit or call 850-267-8000

Summer Reels
Where: Alys Beach Amphitheatre on Somerset Street.
When: Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
Cost: Free
July 29 – “Little Rascals”
Aug. 5 – “The Smurfs 2”
Aug. 12 – “Hotel Transylvania”
For more information: Visit

Movie watch in style:
Gear suggestions to make your movie experience more comfy:
1. Lawn chairs: What’s more satisfying then parking your derriere in your lawn chair? If you guessed nothing, you’re right on the money.
2. Blankets: Lie on it or cuddle with it. We won’t judge you adults.
3. Snacks: Although the movies play near stores or restaurants, there’s nothing like having exactly what you want. Milk Duds anyone?
4. Bug Repellant: Better to be safe than sorry.
5. Handheld fan: Be careful with the ones that mist water. You don't want to start an epic water gun battle in the middle of the flick.

Monster Energy brings extreme action to Destin Harbor

DESTIN - Adrenaline-pumping, heart-pounding, gravity-defying action comes to HarborWalk Village as Monster Energy BMX Stunt Riders bring a daring adventure of tricks and talents to the Destin Harbor.

The high energy, interactive street party begins at 4 p.m. July 25. Big-time fun with interactive games, live music, bull-riding, contests, street performers,free Jim Beam tastings, Jim Beam airbrush tattoos and Monster Energy Tastings.

Hang out at the after party to experience a VIP meet and greet with the elite BMX stunt riders and coyote girls of Coyote Ugly Saloon.


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