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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Best Bet gets the "Best" Bikes

Best Bet Bikes of Fort Walton Beach already sells some of the most unique and innovative electric bikes in the world. In addition to their crazy etrikes and scooter style ebikes, this month they started carrying Pedego brand electric bicycles. These cool looking beach cruisers are the ultimate in style and luxury. Pedego ebikes offer the perfect mix between classic pedaling and modern throttle. You can catch the new bikes in action around the downtown area during the Billy Bowlegs festivities as owners Mike and Missy Graham demonstrate how fun they are. All of the Best Bet bike models will be on display in the Fountain Square store location Downtown next to Fokker's Sports Pub this weekend. For more info call 376-8554 or visit www.bestbetbikes.com

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Billy Bowlegs Schedule




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Preliminary Schedule

Thursday, June 2
3:00 – 6:00 pm - Pirate Walk in Downtown FWB (trick or treating, pirate style!)
Sponsored by the FWB Downtown Merchants
5:00- 7:00 pm Capt. Billy’s Block Party (Ferry Road between Highway 98 and1st Street).
Music by Sounding Rick
6:00 pm- Kid’s Costume Contest at Block Party behind Fired Up
6:30 pm- Pirate pet parade at 3 Dogs and a Chick (130 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE)
6:00 pm- Billy Bowlegs Pub Crawl. Dine and drink with the Krewe and other ne’er-do-wells.
Grog, grub, and goodies. (Call Fokker’s Sports Pub – 850-244-6666.)

Friday, June 3
3:00 pm- Festival Opens: Celebrate with the Bilge Pumps' Opening Ditty 'Welcome Aboard!' 
There will be pirate performers throughout the afternoon. Be sure to wander the Pirate 
Village for grub, grog, and goodies! (Main Stage)
4:00 pm- DJ Zoran with tunes for dancin' and singing' (Main Stage)
5:00 pm- "Act 4 Murder" (Main Stage)
5:30 pm- Rhode Island Pirate Players Pirate Trial (Main Stage)
6:15 pm- DJ Zoran (Main Stage)
7:30 pm- Reconnaissance Landing by Capt. Billy Bowlegs LVI & his Krewe. 
Best seats for the event are on the grassy knoll in front of the Main Stage. 
There will be ropes in front of the battlefield to protect onlookers from being shot in case weapons are drawn! All onlookers MUST stay behind the ropes.
7:50 pm- The Bilge Pumps (Main Stage)
8:30 pm- Fireworks at the Landing
8:50 pm (Approx.)- Movie on the Green: "Hook", Presented by Uptown Station. 
(Bring your lawn chairs or hammocks to spare your bum!)

Saturday, June 4
10:00 am- The Bilge Pumps open the day's festivites at the Main Stage
11:00 am- DJ Zoran (Main Stage)
11:30 am- High Steppers (Small Stage)
Noon- Rhode Island Pirate Players Pirate Trial (Main Stage)
12:45 pm- DJ Zoran (Main Stage)
2:00 pm- Kasba Dancers (Main Stage)
2:30 pm- The Bilge Pumps (Main Stage)
3:30 pm- DJ Zoran (Main Stage)
4:00 pm- Pirate Skirmish between Capt. Billy Bowlegs and Mayor Mike and the Militia.
 Best seats for the skirmish are on the grassy knoll in front of the Main Stage. 
There will be ropes in front of the battlefield to protect onlookers from being shot in case weapons are drawn! All onlookers MUST stay behind the ropes. Come see if Cap'n Billy can take control of our fair city or will the Mayor prevail with his Militia and new Pirate crew, the Pirates of the Emerald Coast?
4:30 pm- Rhode Island Pirate Players Pirate Trial (Main Stage)
7:00 - 9:00 pm- The Bilge Pumps (Main Stage)
9:00 pm- Festival Closes (See you next year!)

The Landing, 139 Brooks St. SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL

2011 Bowlegs Pub Crawl


3rd Annual Billy Bowlegs Pub Crawl 
Thursday 
June 2nd
Visit participating clubs &restaurants as pirates 
for grog, music, games & prizes. 
Beginning at 6 pm. 
Participating locations: Fokker's, The Block, Staff's, Coasters, KC's Sand Bar, and the Salty Duck. 
Shotgun Start at 6 
Prizes at The Block at 10. 
For more info, see http://www.fwbpubcrawl.com./

Monday, May 23, 2011

3 Dogs and a Chick Birthday, Bowlegs Events!


WOOF from 3 Dogs and a Chick
3 Dogs & a Chick Logo
May2011


It's our birthday! 
Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday dear 3 Dogs & a Chick, happy birthday to us!!! That's right, it's our birthday and we are so excited to celebrate with you! Thank you so much to our wonderful customers for supporting us for the last 3 years...we couldn't have made it this far without you and hope to be around for many more birthdays to come!

Bark on,
Nicole

Pet Pirate Parade Billy Bowlegs Pet Pirate Parade & Yappy Hour   
Thursday, June 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm; parade 6:30pm 


Dress up those Bow-wow Buccaneers, Canine Corsairs, and Jolly Waggers for a barkin' good time!


Don your favorite pirate garb and bring yer scurvy dog to parade through downtown Ft Walton Beach as we kick off Billy Bowlegs Thursday evening, June 2nd.

Meet us anytime before 6:30pm at 3 Dogs and Chick. We'll walk through downtown together and end up back in our shop for a yappy hour style doggie social. We'll have complimentary dog treats and human goodies, as well as adoptable dogs from The Rescued Rescuers.  Arrr!      
What: Pet Pirate Parade & Yappy Hour doggie social 
When: Thursday, June 2nd
Time: 5:30-7:30pm; parade 6:30pm 
Where: 3 Dogs & a Chick, 130 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE 
Hula Dog3rd Anniversary Party & Doggie Luau!
Saturday, June 18th, 1-3pm


It's time for our anniversary doggie social and YOU are invited! Grab your flip flops, tropical shirt and lei & bring the dogs down to 3 Dogs and a Chick for a luau.

3 Dogs & a Chick is turning 3 this month (That's 21 in dog years!)  Can you believe it's been 3 years already?! We'd like to thank you for your support with a party...luau style!



* Complimentary doggie snacks * Delicious human goodies  *Adoptable Dogs * Bone shaped wading pool for dogs * And more! 
What: Anniversary Party & Doggie Luau
When: Saturday, June 18th 
Time: 1-3pm
Where: 3 Dogs & a Chick, 130 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE

3 Dogs (and a Chick) photo session with Allison Shamrell Photography 
 Zara - Allison Shamrell Photography
I recently did something really FUN - and I would highly recommend it to any of our customers. I hired local pet photographer Allison Shamrell to come out to my house and photograph my 3 dogs...and of course, Chick the horse. WHAT FUN!!!

I met Allison at a doggie event and I knew instantly that she was the photographer I wanted to capture the unique spirit of my zoo. Allison is patient, kind, thorough and very talented. She loves her job and it shows in each one of her photos!

I was a little concerned...because let's face it, my dogs are naughty. How would they ever behave for a photo shoot? Much to my surprise, it didn't really matter! Allison captured their personalities and their spirits, naturally. The pictures came out perfectly because we weren't forcing the issue - we were able to get them to sit, roll over, lay down, etc and they all did so willingly and happily. It was a wonderful experience!

If you'd like to see photos from our session, you can do so on facebook byclicking here or get a preview on Allison's blog here. You can also stop by the shop and look at the storyboards and gallery wraps we have hanging up. Those were just a few of the product options...I could have gotten a little ridiculous with the choices. Okay, okay - maybe I did go a little crazy with my purchases. Sshh, don't tell anyone. ;)

This Saturday we have a day of mini photo sessions with Allison. Although we are already fully booked, we have set up a date in early July for another session because the response was so high. You can wait for that - or my recommendation would be to hire Allison yourself for a private session. You WON'T regret it!

www.allisonshamrell.com  





web:  www.3dogsandachick.com
facebook:  www.facebook.com/3dogsandachick
phone:  850.243.7297
email:  nicole@3dogsandachick.com

 



Summer Hours


Starting June 5th our summer hours will be as follows:

Monday - Saturday:
10am - 6pm

Sunday:
12pm-4pm

We will keep these hours through the summer. Starting Labor Day weekend, we will close on Sundays for the winter.

PLEASE NOTE:
Saturday, June 4th we will be CLOSED all day for Billy Bowlegs. Please visit us that Friday or Sunday for your dog's food or treats.



Monthly Military Discounts

Support the Troops


Don't forget...We support our military!

Each month we offer a 20% off discount to our military members. For the entire month of May, your discount applies to CHEWS! Antlers, bully sticks, trachea, bones, etc.

Show us your active duty, retired or dependent military ID upon checkout to receive your discount. The start of each month brings a new discount category...June 1st we switch it up again!

Thank you for choosing us as your favorite local doggie shop and thanks for your service to our country!

 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Doggy Photo Day with Allison Shamrell Photography at 3 Dogs & a Chick


Saturday, May 28 · 8:00am - 6:00pm
3 Dogs and a Chick
130 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Allison Shamrell Photography will officially be INVADING 3 Dogs & A Chick for mini-sessions at the end of this month!

That’s right, you can sign up now for a time slot on Saturday, May 28th to get photos of your precious dogs! Here’s what you can look forward to:

~ 30 minutes of session time with Allison, which will be spent capturing the personality of your dog(s) in a fun, no-stress, non-posed way!

~ That’s enough time to result in at least fifteen images you’ll want to frame. I guarantee it. (Probably more, but I like to under-promise and over-deliver.)

~ Completely amazing backgrounds to work with: the spacious park and dock area behind 3 Dogs & A Chick, the cute courtyard of the shop’s previous location, and a studio backdrop inside. Basically, more variety than you’ll be able to handle.

~ A private, password-protected online gallery of your images, so you can look them over dozens of times before deciding on your favorites.

~ A hands-on look at the entire product line- there’s so much more than prints! You’ll see everything Allison has to offer.

~ 20% off all of these products for timely orders!

~ A custom video slideshow

~ As many phone conversations, emails, video chats, and letters-by-pigeon as you need to determine what’s best for your house and lifestyle. I want to give you something you absolutely love – and nothing less!

Since this is half the time of The Beagle Package, it’s also half the price. $65 will get you everything listed here, plus an 11×14 print and digital image of your favorite photo! Those two goodies alone are a $55 value… do the math!

To make an appointment: call 3 Dogs & A Chick at 850.243.7297, email nicole@3dogsandachick.com or stop by in person.

Grab your time slot today, before they’re gone! (Can’t make it on Saturday? Call the shop anyway, and let them know you’d like to be placed on the waiting list if Sunday opens up. With enough interest, I’ll be there Sunday as well.)

And of course you can contact me with any questions you have. My email address is allison@allisonshamrell.com and I can’t wait to hear from you!

To view photography samples, please visit http://www.allisonshamrell.com/!

Downtown Ladies Night @ Amy's Attic


Thursday, May 12th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Please stop by for a glass of wine or a cocktail and enjoy some special treats provided by my fellow Downtown Merchants.

There will be door prizes, including a drawing for a handmade Persian rug!





Notes from North West Florida Arts Association

Our art festival - 2011 NWFLAA Fall Festival of the Arts - has been scheduled for Saturday, November 13, 2011, 9am-5pm, at the Landing, Fort Walton Beach. The applications are due by Saturday, October 8. Check the website to downloadthe application.  www.nwflaa.com

We are also looking for festival sponsors. Email me for details: nwflaa@gmail.com

Also - the festival poster contest is ongoing. Entries are due by Monday, August 1. The winner receives $50 and a free booth space at the festival. Download the entry form from the website.
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We are still collecting empty printer ink cartridges for recycling. Drop them off at the Art Lair.
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Don't forget to drop off your entries for the "Stuck in Monochrome" gallery show on Saturday, May 14, 10am-1pm.
The reception is Friday, May 20.
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We are finalizing dates for the following classes/workshops for the summer - stained glass, drawing fundamentals,color & design, cartooning, painting, advanced drawing, and more. These classes will be posted on the website in the next few days.
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The photo group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays every month.
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Book Group is meeting on Thursday, May 26 at 6pm. This month's book is "Master of Shadows"
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Carolina Cigars- Grand Opening this Friday


Don't forget our GRAND OPENING 

Carolina Cigars Grand Opening
Light Hors d'Ĺ“uvres
including
Truffles, Preserves & Sapor
Wine Tasting
Celebration
 
Friday, May 13
6:00 - 9:00 pm
 Carolina Cigars on the Coast

"We hope that you can join us in our official Grand Opening. We have been delighted in your response to our new store and hope that you come share this great night and all the days to come!"

**Don't forget, no wine tasting Thursday in lieu of Downtown Ladies Night, hosted by Amy's Attic** 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Hometown History Saturdays


The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center (HPCC) invite you to be a part of “Hometown History Saturdays.” On the first Saturday of each month the museums of HPCC especially welcome locals. Visitors who can show a driver’s license with a Fort Walton Beach address will receive admission at a reduced rate of $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.
The museums of HPCC include the Indian Temple Mound Museum (open Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:30pm); the Camp Walton Schoolhouse and the Garnier Post Office Museums (open Saturdays from 1:00-3:00pm). This reduced admission is paid at the Indian Temple Mound Museum and will allow entrance to all three museums. The reduced rate will not apply to educational programs taking place on Saturdays.

In conjunction with this program, Friends of the Museums, Inc. will have a drawing to award an honorary Friends membership each month. Friends of the Museums provide financial and volunteer commitment in support of programming and operations at HPCC. Benefits of membership include advanced invitations to programs and activities, museum store discounts and reduced museum admission rates.

Heritage Park and Cultural Center is located at 139 SE Miracle Strip Parkway and is open 6 days a week. For current hours or additional information please contact museum staff at 850.833.9595.

The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center is a community outreach division of the City and is committed to providing area historical educational programming.


Friday, May 6, 2011


Hello EAT LOCAL friends...
...Spring is here, great weather and great food! Lets get together and share this wonderful season! 

"GROWING LOCAL - The Truth About YOUR Food" 
brought to you by Raw & Juicy and Twin Oaks Farm (http://www.twinoaksfarm.net), 
Hosted
 by Artesano Jewels in DWNTN FWB 
180 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
850-244-5922
The potluck and movie will now be hosted in our newly renovated store, right across from the FWB library.

The film this month will be "The Economics of Happiness"
This coming TUESDAY, MAY 10
EAT LOCAL 5:30PM  *  MOVIE  6:30PM
The Eat Local begins at 5:30, we like to introduce ourselves and our dish to the group, enjoy a taste of everyone's yummy local fair, then clean up together and and get ready for the movie which will start promptly at 6:30pm. 
Remember, this is a POTLUCK - so, please bring a food (with serving utensils) or beverage to share featuring local/regional foods.
And it would be great if you could bring plates and cups for your own use, as well - though we will have some on-hand.

Here's a reminder on our food guidelines:The main portion of any dish should be from local or regional ingredients grown or harvested in Florida, Georgia, or Alabama. For example, zucchini bread should be made with zucchini that's as local as possible. But the flour, eggs, and other ingredients could be from anywhere, though if you can get them local--or organic—all the better. Any meat should be from organic or
 free-range animals. And yes, harvested can include wild plants, nuts, fish or game.

Here is a list of what's available in town:
Gaia's Natural Foods:Our goal is to create a self-supporting food community by providing cost- and
 health-conscious consumers within our area access to fresh, wholesome foods from local farmers, ranchers, and other providers.
http://www.gaiasgarden-n-gallery.com/
 
and don't forget about...

Seaside Farmer's Market!!
THIS (and every) SATURDAY
             9am - 1:00pm
This is a fantastic time to dive into he market and see what your local farm has to offer! Drangonfly Fields has had amazing strawberries, arugula, and spring onions. All you need is some goat cheese from Ocheesee Dairy and you have a gourmet spring salad! Perfect idead for the Eat Local Potluck.....

Just some of the items available at the market:
  • chicken and duck eggs 
  • whole chicken
  • beef
  • milk, cream, butter
  • honey 
  • arugula 
  • strawberries
  • eggplant
  • sprouts
  • romaine
  • radish
  • preserves
  • zucchini & squash 
  • sweet potatoes 
  • blueberries

(just to name a few...)

Palafox Market, Downtown Pensacola 
www.palafoxmarket.com
Saturdays 8-2

Ever'man Natural Foods
315 W. Garden St
Pensacola
www.everman.org


Feel free to forward this to anyone who has the passion for eating locally...
And as always, we encourage you to walk, ride your bike, or carpool to the potluck!


If anyone has any questions, needs directions, or just wants to say hello please don't hesitate to call!
Looking forward to it!
See you Tuesday!!!
Find the Growing Local Film Series on Facebook for additional info!Nikki and Jon at Artesano Jewels
850-244-5922
850-543-2303

"let food be thy medicine" 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Call to Artists





The Art Lair @ 
The Fountain Square

CALL TO ARTIST:
Stuck in Monochrome Exhibit
Opens May 13th
Drop Off May 7th
Monochrome[1] describes paintings, drawings, design, or photographs in one color or shades of one color.[2] A monochromatic object or image has colors in shades of limited colors or hues.

The 2011 NWFLAA Fall Festival of the Arts poster competition is upon us.
The poster content and style is up to the artist.  All media is accepted. The winning artist receives a $50 cash award and a booth space at the fall festival.  Winning artist must provide their own tent.
Submission Deadline: The deadline is August 1, 2011. All artists will be notified of the outcome of the competition by August 8, 2011.
Entries need to be mailed to – Northwest Florida Arts Association, PO Box 5811, Navarre, FL 32566. Please submit entries on CD.  Entries may also be emailed to 
nwflaa@gmail.com Please include signed artist rules.  Entries may also be dropped off at the Art Lair in Fountain Square, Fort Walton Beach.


The 2011 Fall Festival of the Arts will take place at the Landing, Fort Walton Beach, on Saturday, November 12, 2011.