Palm Coast, Florida Celebrates Its Tenth Birthday

Festivities (all free) will be held at Town Center and will last all day Saturday

Palm Coast, FL – December 11, 2009 – Palm Coast, FL is ten years old tomorrow. The entire community will be treated to some of the best musical entertainment in town, all free of charge.
  • Jazz artist Linda Cole will perform at 2:30, 3:45 and 5.05.
  • The Flagler Palm Coast High School Jazz Band is on at 3:00.
  • Imagine Spirit Team Cheer – 3:35
  • 4:20 – Flagler Palm Coast High School Dance Group
  • 4:40 – Youth Holiday Solo Jams
  • 5:30 – Flagler County High School’s Candle Light Choir
And more:
  • Free photo with Santa (with Toys for Tots donation)
  • Antique Car Show
  • Family games and bounce house
  • Golf and Tennis demonstrations
  • Exhibits
The Annual Holiday Parade will follow this birthday event, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Fabulous floats and marching bands representing a wide variety of local organizations and businesses will stroll around the perimeter of the park in Town Center. If you want your family fun to continue, the Flagler County School District will present the movie, “Polar Express”, outdoors in Central Park, following the parade. Please bring your own blankets.
The Flagler Rotary Holiday Fantasy Lights exhibit will be open starting at 6:30 p..m.
This will be a grand and memorable commemoration for everyone who is proud to live in this beautiful city. Plan to join your neighbors and friends to celebrate Our Dynamic Decade on December 12th. Central Park in Town Center is located just north of Flagler Palm Coast High school at Bulldog Drive. For more information, please log onto the City’s website at or call Event Coordinator Lisa Gardner at 386-986-2341.
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  1. George Edward Chuddy
    George Edward Chuddy says:

    …Keeping up with Palm Coast…

    …keeping up with Palm Coast…
    Pick a week, any week, …
    Chances are something interesting, entertaining, or both was going on in Palm Coast. Clubs and civic groups kept the town jumping, sponsoring concerts, festivals, parades and races. The Photographs on these pages can show you a glimpse of the excitement, but to hear the smooth sounds of Mozart, to feel the surge of 1,5000 runners leaving the starting line, to taste the most delicious Jamaican chicken this side of the islands, you just had to be there…

    Count Basie:

    "Man," William ‘Count’ Basie once told a reporter, "all we were trying to do was make the music swing." Swing it did, as the One O’clock Jumpin’ master of toe-tapping big band jazz brought his orchestra to Palm Coat and Made February 5 a day to remember. There was dancing and clapping and shouting from the sellout Festival Park Crowd, and Basie gave them his patented grin as acknowledgement. He gave the something else, too’ the best jazz around from a a band that includes longtime bassist Cleveland Eaton and, of course, The Count on keyboards.

    The London String Quintet
    Five of the London Symphony Orchestra’s own provided a special afternoon and evening for Palm Coast residents October , thanks to the efforts of the Flagler County Art League. Scott Joplin ragtime down at the Marina gave listeners a taste of the group’s talent, which flourished to the fullest at an evening concert at Belle Terre Middle School, one of the cultural highlights of 1983.

    The Palm Coast Blood Feud and Celebrity Tennis Match
    A bit of siblinig rivalry provided the intensity, and two of the entertainment world’s stars providee the fun at this October 8 event at the International Festival. Trini Lopex, Palm Coast Touring Pro Tom Gullikson’s doubles partner, clowned around with the crowd, but Richard Anderson, Oscar Goldman on ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ had the last laugh, winning the match with partner Tim Gulllikson, (Bottom right, we think), Then Tom and Tim got down to business, only to finish fittingly, in a 5-5 tie.

    The United States Marine Band
    Formal seating on stage gave way to standing ovations on the floor as the United States Marine Band, historic domain of John Philip Sousa, thrilled a sellout crowd at Palm Coast’s Festival Park. Local veterans”s groups brought them here October 19th, and the acclaimed "Presidents Own’ Band brought Rodgers and Hammerstain, Stravinsky and their own special marches to one of the year’s most popular events.

    Miss America
    Cheryl Prewitt Blackwood
    Taking time out from television and national concert tours, Cheryl Prewitt Blackwood gave a large Festival Park audience an early holiday gift Debember 10 with a concert of contemporary and traditional gospel music. The International Club brought Mrs. Blackwood, an accomplished pianist who has performed frequently with Pat Boone , to Palm Coast.

    The Nancy Lopez Reception
    Askley Marine Knight was honored in Palm Coast before she was born. Actually, she shared the spotllight with her famous mother, Palm Coast Tourning Pro Nancy Lopez, at the Palm Coast Womens’ Golf Association’s special reception July 9 at Festival Park. Nancy’s announcement that same day of her leave of absence from the LPGA tour attracted national attention from the golf press, but the hit of the reception for Nancy and the audience was a skit by five golf association members with ‘Pillow pregancies." in January, Ray Knight, Nancy and Ashley posed for a family portrait.

    Flagler County Home Show
    The Palm Coast Community Center’s Flagler County Home Show, Nov 5 and 6 at Festival Park, proved without a doubt that Flagler County’s business environment is alive and well. More than 50 area merchants exhibitied their wares and services to thousands of visitors, who could test-sit an outdoor spa or help their gardens with tips from experts.

    Veterans Day
    Patriotism is a family affair in Palm Coast, where three generations watched the Veterans Day Parade down Palm Coast Parkway. Earlier at the shopping center concourse, a veteran reflects on the day’s true meaning during special ceremonies. The Beteran’s Day celebration included a military tribute by impersonator John Wain, precision marching from university ROTC drill teams and music from the Daytona Beach Jazz Band.

    The Fitness Trail
    Fitness in the forest is catchin on in Palm Coast, ever since the opening of the free public fitness trail at Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club September 16. Dan Sayger, physical therapist at Community Hospital of Bunnell, a so-sponsor of the trail, led Palm Coast residents on an instructional tour of the 3/4 mile wooded jogging path, which features 12 exercise stations. The chi-uip bar is one of the toughest stops along the route, designed for fitness buffs of all ages.

    ,,,and Boat Show..
    For the firth year, the Palm Coast Marina invited North Florida boat dealers to show off their goods to the Festival Crowd, and they readily accepted, displaying cruisers, speedboats, sailing vessels and more, including colorful skis.

    The Fifth International Festival
    Just like always, the Palm Coast International Festival was a big hit, giving close to 10,000 visitors some very good reasons to forget diet plans for one weekend in October. The smoke was sweet from poke shish-ka-bob, hot off the grill at the Philllipines booth, and the aromas of dishes from 20 other nations made dining a delightful dilemma. There were mothers and daughters in colorful costumes, and there was a great feeling in the air for two days in October just like always.

    The Oktoberfest 5K Run
    The flying feet of 1,500 runners filled the street at the start of the Oktoberfest 5K run, now the second largest race in the region. Jacksonville’s Mike Wacholtz was the best of them, beating out some of Florida top runners in 14.53. Fast times for most of the runners might be attributed to the free beer and good times of Mother Seton Catholic Church’s Oktoberfest that awaited them at the finish. The Palm Coast Pacer sponsored the event.

    The Palm Coast Triathlon
    More than 400 triathletes took up the Palm Coast Swim Team on its offer to run 3.1 miles, cycle 6.2 miles, and swim 300 meters at the First Palm Coast Triathlon. Jeff Cuddenback of orlando came home first in the grueling June 25 event, which took competors along the shaded streets of Belle Terre and Pine Lakes before finishing in the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Clb Pool.
    P.S. Be there for these upcoming events:
    April 21 Bob Crosby and
    His Bobcats Orchestra
    May 4-6 Springfest and 5K Run
    May 25-27 Italian American Festa
    May 26 Tom Gullikson/Gene Mayer Exhibition
    June 16 Water Festival

    Open for Business
    The owners of Palm Coast’s newest business establishment must know something about the potential of this community.they must know, for instance, that from 1977 to 1982, Flagler County had the second highest growth rate in the state, 51 percent*
    They also must know that in the next five years, Florida Trend magazine predicts, Flagler County will be the fastest growing county in Florida . Palm Coast is the major catalyst behind the county’s growth, and they realize that in the business world, ‘Fastest Growing’ translates into more customers.
    They might also be aware of the proposed expansion of the Palm Harbor Shopping Center, where five of the new businesses are located. On the drawing boards now are an additional 8,ooo square feet of retail space, set apart from existing stores by a proposed ‘Town Center’ courtyards, a new focal point for an already thriving shopping center.
    You’ll find out what people like Howard and Betty Anne Perch, or Tony and Lee Anne Benvenuto already know: the business environment of Palm Coast is alive and well, ready to welcome more commercial business. In 1983 new family businesses dominated the scene, but the year also saw the opening of MaDonald’s and new security brokerage, law and medical offices in the Palm Harbor Professional Center. Six industrial firms started operations or began construction on new plants, including the family-operated Culbertson Plastics in the Palm Coast Industrial Park.
    There seems to be a trend developing here. Families discovered long ago that Palm Coast is a great place to live-good schools; plenty of youth activities, a Community Center with Day Care and other programs for all ages. The Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Daytona Beach, Central Florida Zoo, Sea World and a long list of other family attrastions nearby.
    Now they are discovering something they might not have expected-Palm Coast is a great place to do business.
    In one of Florida’ fastest growing communities, there’ still plenty of room on the bandwagon.
    *Surce: University of Florida , Bureau of Economic and Business Research.
    The Palm Coaster Spring 1984 pp. 1, 10-13.

    Meanwhile..On the Links

    The Designer Dedicates Matanzas Golf Course & Clubhouse

    Arnold Palmer came to town Wednesday, November 12, and as usual, attracted an army. He cracked the traditional club against the side of Matanzas Woods Golf Club’s new clubhouse-just as he had done to dedicate Pine Lakes Country Club five years earlier. The he teed off with 120 fellow golfers-among them local leaders, state legislators, business people and co-designer Ed Seay-in an invitational tourney. The day ended with reception for members and golfers on the driving range, and then Arnie was off by Helicoper, flying low over the crowd. "Florida’s next great golf course,’ in the words of Golfweek magazine, is now officially christened by the golf legend who designed it.

    Pine Lakes New Member Lounge
    Golfers are second only to fishermen in telling of tall tales, and therin lies the logic behind ‘Fibbers" resident Jay Bell’s winning entry in SunSport Recreations’ ‘Name the Pine Lakes Members Lounge’ contest.
    With the closing of The Harbour Restaurant for Sheraton Hotel Construction, Pine Lakes Country Club restaurant-newly remodeled and renamed "Champions’ – opened its doors to the public last summer. Earlier this year Palm coast Construction started work on a new members-only lounge and restaurant, due for completion this summer.
    More than 400 contest entries poured in, ranging from the lofty and spirtual -‘Treetops" and "members Monastery" to the jazzy and political "Boogie Bar’ and "Bourgeois Longe" But "Fibbers" came our on top, and earned Pine Lakes charter member Jay Bell a $200 gift certificate.
    Palm Coast’s three golf courses , by the way, are looking good and playing even better. Matanzas Woods and Pine Lakes were the host courses for the $ 80,000.00 Palm Coast Classic, A Tournament Players Association tour event , on February 23-March1.
    The Palm Coaster Spring 1987 p.14.

    Palm Coast Players Club names Best Tennis Facility in the U.S.A.
    Palm Coast, Florida
    The Palm Coast Players Club is the best tennis club in the country, and it isn’t just the club’s staff and member who make that claim.
    Tennis Industry magazine and the American Society of Landscape Architects judged the Players Club the ‘1987 Court-of-the Year." The third annual competition drew entries from across the U.S.A. The Players Club, an all surface tennis and racquetball complex built into a forest of oaks and palms, beat out finalists ranging from Califormia to the Caribbean.
    "I think the residents and members are as proud of this national recognition as we are," said Jim Vidamour, director of tennis for SunSport Recreation. "We wanted a club that would provide a first rate tennis environment and preserve the site’s natural beauty.Thanks to our land planners and Palm Coast Construction, we succeeded on both counts. It’s a beautiful tennis club."
    In announcing the winner, Tennis Industry cited privacy on the courts , shaded rest areas, orientation of courts to minimize sun glare, and preservation of the site’s integrity. Tournament capabilities-two show courts seating up to 800 in the permanent stands-were another important factor, as were member programs, from junior tennis to aerobics.
    "After careful planning which involved maintaining most of the trees,’ wrote the magazine’s associate editor, ‘The Palm Coast Players Club emerged as a landmark tennis facility. It is a tennis oasis which is naturally beautiful."
    The Players Club opened in September, 1986 as one of only four semi-private clubs in the U.S.A. offering ALL three court surfaces; ;ten clay, two grass, four hard couts. And there is more to the Players Club than tennis. Situated among the sprawling live oaks are two racquetball courts, a pool, bathhouse, and two story clubhouse with player’s lounge, care, pro shop, locker rooms and specially-designed aerobics room.
    Between the varied activities and carefully planned construction, itr becomes clear the Players Club made it to Number One in the U.S.A. the old Fashioned way…: It e-e-earned it.
    National Spotlight; The beautiful Players Club hosted ESPN crews for the National Collegiate Sports Festival finals October 25, including interviews with winners courtside and ball boys and girls on court.
    PGA Tour taps Palm Coast as a National Qualifying Site
    Palm Coast, Florida
    It has been called the most pressure packed week in golf.
    December 2nd through 7th, at Matanzas Woods Golf Club and Pine Lakes Country Club, some 200 pros and would be pros from acorss the U.S.A. battled it out for 50 1988 PGA TOUR playing cards. They were currect TOUR pros needing to requality, and the talented survivors of regional and sectional tournaments. They came to Palm Coast with no less than their dreams on the line.
    The tension was so thick you could cut it with a niblick.
    The top 50 scorers and ties-over 108 holes in six days-moved on to thenext pressure level: The PGA TOUR.
    It was a prestigious selection to host the national finals. The tournament was held last year at PGA West in La Quinta, California and in 1985 at the Tournament Players Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Palm Coast Director of Golf Bob Kendra likes the company his courses keep.
    "We’ve worked hard to develop a PGA TOUR calibre golf environment here, and our selection by TOUR officials was very rewarding’ said Kendra. "It was an exciting tournament played by some of the country’s best young golfers."
    The courses that challenged them-and test Palm Coast golfers every day-bear the trademark stamps of designers Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay; rolling fairways, dangerous lakes and different looks on each hole, requiring strategy , not just power.
    From the pro tees, though, a little power didn’t hurt. Matanzas Woods Golf Course is a par-72, 6,985 -year layout among the Pines and Cypress of north Palm Coast. Pine lakes is the longest of Palm Coast’s three courses, a 7,044 yard, par 72 track with water in play on half of its holes.
    December 2nd through 7th, 1987, the lakes grew larger,
    the trees taller,
    the greens smaller,
    the traps more imposing.
    Survival of the Fittest is what this was, and who knows, some Sunday afternoon on your television soon, you may see the fittest shooting it out with the best.
    …Palm Coast got them there…
    The Palm Coaster, Winter 1988 p. 14-16.

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