I think all of the tourist and Spring Breakers all left Destin at the same time. Driving home from work on Thursday the traffic was the worse of the season. On Friday you could travel around without stopping. It was like everyone left Friday morning. We are now in a lull till Memorial weekend where we start our Summer season.
Our friends with the Southern Drawl Band were in town this weekend. This band continues to grow and gain popularity. They played at KC’s Sandbar in Ft. Walton Beach on Friday night and at Crab Island Cantina on Sunday evening. Both show were fantastic as always. We had to dodge some raindrops on Friday but it cleared up in time for the show to go on. Sunday they played on the inside stage at the Cantina as it was raining lightly but we still had a good crowd of folks there for the show.
While at the Cantina, the band got some good news. They were booked for the Destin Seafood Festival in October. They will be playing on the big stage on Saturday of the festival. This is big. The seafood festival draws over 80,000 people to the harbor over three days. It won’t be long before they make it real big!
Last week I wrote about a drunk driver who crashed into a car, a building and into a ditch. It turns out a friend of ours was at the scene and videotaped the chaotic scene. He posted it on Youtube and it has gone viral with over 300,000 hits. This week Sunshine Cindy and I saw a guy dancing in the middle of Hwy. 98 on Saturday morning about 1:30 am. What an idiot. And on Thursday there was a lady stepping into traffic on 98 on the island. I guess the crazies were out in full force last week.
In addition to getting out to see Southern Drawl Band, Sunshine Cindy and I also had some other adventures. We used her Christmas gift to go to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. This is a dining experience that we fully enjoyed. Our waitress turned out to be girlfriend of a bartender we have known for years. It was fun talking to her. There is also a new bar that is part of the restaurant. We stopped in there and will be back. It was a nice relaxing atmosphere.
We stopped in at our American Legion to donate the license plate we got from the legion in Marion, Il. Our local Legion was thrilled to get it. We left the Legion and stopped in at the Rotten Apple. Tommy and Pops were there. Tracy was bartending and Gigi came and talked to us for a while. We then headed to Fuds on the island for some food and a parrot head meeting. The upstairs at Fuds is a neat place looking out over the bay. I had a chance to talk with Pedro. He was a previous Crab Island Mambo bartender of the month.
It must have been a weekend for running into previous bartenders of the month. At Crab Island Cantina we saw Jesse. The last time we saw Jesse was when the Crazy Lobster was closing down. He was heading to New Orleans to work during Mardi Gras. He did and came back and got a job in San Destin at the Village Door. It was good seeing him.
Saturday afternoon Sunshine Cindy and I stopped at Hogs Breath for a while. We enjoy sitting at the outside patio bar watching the traffic on 98. Rickie was working the bar and a good group of locals were there.
It looks like we are going to have a new place soon down on the harbor. The Monkey Bar has been torn down. Chris, the owner of Helen Back, is building a new place on the site of the Monkey Bar. I heard it might be called Duck Duck or something like that. They won’t do food on site but are planning to bring in a food truck that will serve Helen Back pizza’s. The plan is to be open for the summer season. The only thing constant around here is change.
Sunshine Cindy had a nice time listening to the concert from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Saturday night. We could hear the concert clearly. It’s nice sitting on our patio with our own drinks and we can hear a show!
It looks like we are going to have a stretch of rain over the next week. Each day is calling for about 80% each day. All I know is all this rain better bring May flowers!!!
We are getting closer to the “21st Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful” in Put in Bay. The Trop Rock party is only 2 months away. It’s coming up quick! Everyone is welcome to join us. Here are the details: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo-presents-Phlocking-of-the-Phaithful.html
Have a great week. See ya Monday!