Panama City Beach – As Panama City enters its centennial month, there’s something to do every day to observe the city’s 100th birthday, which will be Feb. 23. Here are some of the events organized by the Panama City Centennial Committee:
· 28 Days of History at the Bay County Public Library. Each day in February will feature an art exhibit, film, speaker, author signing or other event.
· A centennial art exhibit at the Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida in downtown Panama City, with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Feb. 3 It will feature Centennial Calendar artists, historical art and artifacts from private collections.
· Mardi Gras parades. In the Krewe of Massalina Mardi Gras parade in downtown Panama City on Saturday, Feb. 7 the Centennial Carriage will follow the Bay High School Color Guard. Costumed riders will throw centennial cups and doubloons. The carriage also will be in the Krewe of St. Andrews Mardi Gras Kids Parade on Feb. 20
· The Centennial Gala. The party at the Marina Civic Center on Valentine’s Day is a chance to dress in fancy best or dress to represent your favorite decade. There’ll be heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and music by Latitude 29. Tickets are $25 per person at the Paul Brent Gallery, the Downtown Improvement Board office and the Local History Room at the library. For more information, call Stacey Fontaine at 234-3884 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
· A Centennial birthday cake at City Hall. The celebration will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23. Centennial water bottles and envelopes with a Panama City Centennial canceled stamp will be available for purchase.
For more information on events or on the centennial, see www.panamacity2009.com