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4th of July Celebration and Festivities in Historic Downtown Panama City


Watch fireworks burst over the bay on July 4th at Salute to Freedom. The Panama City Marina makes the perfect setting for a dramatic display of colorful fireworks, with reflections casting over St. Andrews Bay. Festivities begin at 4:00 PM and fireworks begin at 9:00 PM. Arrive a little early to catch musical performances by The Springs and Bo Spring Band. We recommend bringing your lawn chairs, along with your family and friends, for the best experience!


Calling all animal lovers. Don't miss this month's Heard it on Harrison - Dog Days of Summer! This family-friendly event is held on the first Friday of every month. The Panhandlers will be taking the stage for July's event and there will be special activities just for your canine friends! Stop by Kailey's Pampered to pamper your pooches, give them a "Yappy Hour" dog treat from The Bagel Maker, and let them soak their paws in the puppy pools.


Visit the Panama City Center for the Arts through July 25th to pay tribute to the exhibit Honoring Muhammad Ali. Photography, original artwork, and original memorabilia will be on display for guests to view. The Panama City Center for the Arts showcases art, sculptures, ceramics and jewelry. The Center also hosts music and film events during the year, which represent the community. Visit their website to view the current schedule for upcoming exhibits and shows.

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Unwind & Relax in Panama City


You won't have to wander far to find a place to unwind and relax by the water in Panama City. Embraced by the crystal-blue waters of St. Andrews Bay, there's no shortage of charming waterfront venues.

Take in the serenity at The Shipyard Grill, with multi-level dining overlooking the bay. In addition to the stunning views, you'll get a good dose of history at The Shipyard Grill, located on the historical site of a World War II shipyard. Order a themed drink to stay cool and enjoy live performances on the outdoor patio.

Kick back at Uncle Ernie's Bayfront Grill and Brewhouse, a quaint restaurant restored from an 1800s historical home located in St. Andrews. The outdoor two-level deck overlooks the bay and is the perfect location to watch the sunset and enjoy a signature martini or a homemade craft beer while listening to live music. Arrive by land or by sea, and enjoy the laid back atmosphere at Uncle Ernie's!

Los Antojitos Mexican Restaurant is known for its funky and fun atmosphere and award-winning shrimp ceviche. Overlooking Lake Ware in historic St. Andrews, Los Antojitos is the perfect place to unwind with dinner, drinks and a beautiful view!

Located on the opposite side of Lake Ware, sits Little Village, a unique shopping and entertainment venue. Discover handmade, eco-friendly, fair trade, recycled, and re-purposed items from around the globe with a special selection of local artists' work. While you shop, grab a bite to eat and a cold drink from Finns Island Style Grub, located inside the Little Village. Listen to live music by local performers and Panama City's very own 200-person Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews!

Learn more about waterfront activities and things to do in Panama City. Download a free visitors guide.



Artist Mike Abbot

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Panama City's sparkling blue waters and breathtaking sunsets are the perfect inspiration for creativity. As a result, talented artists of all stripes and colors call Panama City home. Every month, we feature the handmade objects and inspiration of this creative core. This month, meet artist Mike Abbot.

Meet PC Artist Mike Abbot

How long have you been doing this and how did you get started?
I've been making wire trees for about 7 years. I
discovered it by accident when I was working around in a shop and there was a piece of copper sitting on a bench. I picked it up and formed a rudimentary piece of a tree. I wondered what I could make with more and it grew from there. I have Parkinson's disease and it became therapeutic for my hands and I started using it as a therapy. The tree part came about because I am a retired forest ranger and I really love trees.

How did you learn the craft?
I'm self-taught and didn't think much of it at first. My family saw my work and encouraged me to keep working. It was a lot of trial and error and experimenting to find what wire works the best and to find the right beads to match the leaves I wanted to

How has your work and technique evolved over time?
I started out making bare trees with no beads on the limbs. I wanted to add leaves and that's when I began exploring different stones. My biggest struggle is to find the base that the trees sit on. I always have an image of what I want the base to look like, and then I have to go find that base. I go walking in the woods to find the piece that the tree will fit on. I am learning that with the bases, I have to give a little and I have evolved in what I use.

What are your current focuses or themes?
Right now, I am trying to make everything as natural as I can, using natural materials. I'm trying to use recycled wire instead of commercial wire, and varying the color of the stones. I'm getting more into fall colors and
experimenting with red and orange tones. It's hard to capture the way the leaves on a tree change color.

How do you source your materials?
I find the wood bases on my property near a riverbank. The wire is recycled or purchased. The beads are natural stones that I order in bulk.

How does living here in Panama City influence your work?
I'm from Pensacola, Florida and moved to Panama City when I became a forest ranger. The sand pines and their habitat are very unique in this area. They can be really twisty and knotty. I like that type of design and it's easy to find here in Panama City.

At what point were you inspired to share your skills with others?
If people ask me to teach them the skill, I teach them the best wires and beads to use. I can teach the mechanics, but I can't teach the love of nature and trees. It's a skill that takes a lot of patience and learning to adapt.





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