FOO FOO FEST ANNOUNCES 2021 VIRTUAL KICKOFF MEETING
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2021
Pensacola’s 12-Day Coastal Celebration Set to Return November 4-15, 2021
The New Year brings a new Foo Foo Festival! Mark your calendars for Foo Foo Festival’s virtual kickoff announcement, taking place on Friday, January 29, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. CT, to hear the news for this year’s plans and grant applications. The 7th Annual Foo Foo Festival will take place November 4-15, 2021 with 12 days of fun-filled celebrations.
The Foo Foo Festival team is excited to share the news around this year’s events, which will be held with COVID-Safe measures in mind. While Foo’s plans for its 2020 events were canceled out of an abundance of safety to ensure the health of the Pensacola community and attendees, the highly-anticipated festival will return in November 2021 better than ever before. Pensacola is celebrated for its unique culture, and the ability to celebrate the arts organizations, nonprofits, and local businesses that thrive within this beloved coastal destination is important now more than ever.
The invitation to join this year’s kickoff meeting is open to all nonprofits, prior participants, local-to-Pensacola community groups, local and regional arts organizations, businesses, hoteliers, and musicians that are interested in learning how to participate in Foo Foo Festival as a grant recipient and “Friend of Foo Foo Fest.” To access the kickoff meeting, please use the Zoom meeting link provided below.
DETAILS & REGISTRATION
Register in advance for the Zoom Meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/
This meeting has proven to be very informative and beneficial to those that are interested in potentially submitting for a Foo Foo Festival grant, becoming a Friend of Foo, or finding out how your business or venture can benefit from the festival and its marketing and advertising.
For questions, please email Nicole Stacey, Foo Foo Festival Curator at Curator@AcePensacola.org
The health and safety of the Pensacola Foo Foo Fest’s attendees, staff, vendors, and participants are of the utmost importance to the Foo Foo Fest team. As Foo Foo Fest organizers work to finalize the plans and event layout for this November’s festivities, the team is taking all precautions possible to ensure that the health of its festival-goers will be kept top of mind, including the institution of COVID-safe protocols and enhancement of outdoor spaces to allow for social distancing. The Foo Foo Fest team will continue to monitor developments surrounding COVID-19 leading up to November’s events and will fully cooperate with any instructions heeded for Escambia County by local and state officials and the CDC.
Foo Foo Fest looks forward to the opportunity to welcome new and returning festival attendees to its seventh annual beloved arts & culture event November 4-15, 2021, and to showing support for the Pensacola community during these challenging times.
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Tickets: Pre-Register for FREE Tickets
FREE! Calling all novice or published writers and book lovers of all ages. Learn tips from 10 published authors on how to start writing, publish your novel, memoir, romance, thriller and more. Kids’ Korner with puppets and fantasy dragons. Keynote speaker New York Times best-selling author Lenora Worth. “Write Funny Stuff” with PNJ editorial cartoonist Andy Marlette. Special panel of military veteran authors. Sign up to pitch your draft book to WordCrafts Press for possible publication. And much more! For more info, visit www.wflf.org and www.gulfcoastauthor.com.
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Vendors Atrium – Registration; Sign up for free books and door prizes (must be present to win)
9:45 – 5:00 p.m. – Vendors Atrium – Meet the Authors book sales & signing
9:45 -10:00 a.m. – Conference Room – Welcome by ED STANFORD, President, West Florida Literary Federation; SUSAN LEWIS, President, Gulf Coast Authors
10:00-11:00 a.m. – Conference Room – Romancing the Word: Writing Romance Novels LENORA WORTH, New York Times & USA Today best-selling author. Worth has written more than 80 books, with more than 3 million in print. Titles include, Deep Undercover, Survival Mission, Closing the Deal and Christmas Rescue. She is also a 2019 Romance Writers of America RITA© Award finalist.
11:15-12:15 p.m. – Conference Room – So You Want to Write — How to Begin: Creating Writing Spaces, Outlines, Writing Page One; LARRY WILLIAMSON, author of Tallapoosa and Muskogi Sunset: The Second Creek War of 1836, and Auburn University Professional & Continuing Ed novel-writing instructor
12:15 -1:00 p.m. – Vendor Atrium – Lunch (available for purchase)
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Conference Room – So You’ve Written Your Story: Now What? How to Edit, Publish & Copyright Your Book MIKE PARKER, WordCrafts Press editor & acquiring publisher; the publisher’s perspective; PAULA K. PARKER, playwright/author/freelance writer of over 1000 articles, plays, novels, non-fiction and more; agent query letters and publishing from an author’s perspective; M.M. Le BLANC, JD, 7-time award-winning author/screenwriter of 14 books; copyrights
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. – Conference Room – Honoring Our Veterans in Books: Thrillers, Memoirs, History MICHAEL BYARS LEWIS, # 1 Amazon International Best-selling Author, 2016 Military Writer’s Society of America SILVER MEDAL WINNER, Thriller, ex-U.S. Air Force Special Ops; DR. SANDRA DAVIS, author of So What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This: Seoul to Saigon, ex-U.S. Army Special Services Club Director & Librarian. RACHEL COGGINS, author of Gateway to Iraq: A Chaplain’s Story; ex-U.S. Army Chaplain
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Conference Room – Lions & Tigers & Humor, Oh My! How to Write Funny Stuff!; ANDY MARLETTE, Pensacola News Journal editorial cartoonist, journalist and author
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Conference Room – Door Prize Bonanza Giveaway! (must be present to win)
WRITERS! Pitch your Manuscripts. MIKE PARKER, WordCrafts Press Acquiring Publisher, will take 5-minute pitches from writers with manuscripts about the possibility of publishing your book (first come, first served)!
KIDS KORNER ACTIVITIES (all in Atrium Lobby)
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. – Welcome by LISA RAWSON, West Florida Literary Federation Board Member
10:00-11:00 a.m. – Children’s Puppet Storytelling Hour (ages 4-9); LAURA RICHARDS as “The Queen”
11:15-12:15 p.m. – Children’s Collage and Story Hour (ages 4-9); LAURA RICHARDS as “The Queen”
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – How to Write Fantasy Stories: Teen/Tween Expand Your Imagination, Part I (ages 10-17); VICKI SHANKWITZ, author of the Dragon Master Series
2:15 – 2:55 p.m. – Illustrating Dragons & Other Fantastic Creatures: Teen/Tween Expand Your Imagination, Part II: (ages 10-17); ROBERT SHANKWITZ III, Dragon Master Series illustrator
2:55 – 3:00 p.m. – Kids’ Korner Door Prize Bonanza Giveaway! (must be present to win)
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