Artists of every stripe offer last minute, local gifts

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 02:41 PM.

PANAMA CITY — Once again, the Bay County Historical Society is selling a series of three-dimensional ornaments ($20 each) that commemorate the S.S. Tarpon, the Bay Line Railroad Depot, Bay County Courthouse, McKenzie House, old Bay High School, and one each for the Panama City and Lynn Haven centennial celebrations. The ornaments can be purchased in the Local History Room at the Bay County Library, which is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (850) 522-2132 for details.

The historical society also offers three “shelf sitters” representing the Bay Line Depot, McKenzie House and Panama Grammar School, also $20 each. The wooden items have historical information about the locations printed on the reverse said; they were fashioned by Judith A. Stevens, who has many more of the items featuring a dozen historical locations around the county.

“I designed them and wrote the histories on the back,” Stevens said. “I’d love to find someone to do this and take it over.”

Stevens’ is trying to reduce her inventory by selling the shelf sitters at a drastic discount, just $9 each. Her other designs include Canopies Restaurant, the Beach Observation Tower, the Hang Out and many more. You can get them by calling 769-5494, or 257-4474, or emailing

“Traditionally Yours” is an album of traditional sacred hymns by John Langston, who grew up singing in churches and was recently convinced he should record some of his favorites. The 11 hymns include “Amazing Grace,” “The Lord’s Prayer,” “How Great Thou Art,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and others. The album also includes two patriotic songs (“God Bless America” and “The Star-Spangled Banner”) and two secular songs (“Some Enchanted Evening” and “Song for Mira”).

“It has been a wonderful, rewarding experience,” Langston said of recording the album. “There are no contemporary treatments, and no vocal gymnastics you hear a lot these days. It is very traditional.”

The album is $15 and can be purchased by emailing Langston at When he sells them at a performance or market, he splits the proceeds evenly with the host.

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