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Oct
20
Fri
Mullet Festival in Niceville
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm

Niceville, Florida is the place to be October 20th, 21st and 22nd for the 41st Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. Here in Boggy country you’ll find a great time for the entire family, thanks to a vast assortment of arts and crafts, riveting rides and games, fantastic festival foods (including plenty of fried and smoked mullet) and exceptional entertainment on the Mullet Festival stage. Chris Janson will headline Friday, Frankie Ballard Saturday and country music legend Tanya Tucker will close out the festival on Sunday. Also performing are The Molly Ringwalds, Pelican212, Troy Laz, Dan Eubanks, The Mulligans and more.

The festival will be held at the corner of Hwy. 85N and College Blvd., Niceville.

Hours are 12 Noon – 8 p.m. For more information and ticket prices go to Boggybayoumulletfestival.info

Oct
21
Sat
Haunted House at old Lakeside Hospital in DeFuniak Springs
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op, Inc. in cooperation with the Florida Chautauqua Association transforms the former Lakeside Hospital at 1290 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs, Florida into a fright night this October. “An Evening with Jason – Long Night at Camp Blood” premieres on Friday, Oct. 13 from 7 pm – midnight. Encore presentations take place the following weekends: Friday, Oct. 20, Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7 – 10 pm and Friday and Saturday, Oct 27 and 28, from 7 pm – midnight. Ticket prices are $13.

Proceeds benefit both non-profit organizations. Parking is available on Baldwin Avenue in historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs and also along Circle Drive and adjoining side streets. Attendees must be at least 12 years of age to enter without an adult or accompanied by a parent if underage.

Come create your own Jason mask. Jason’s character is synonymous with the hockey mask worn in the many versions of the movie, Friday the 13th.  Come to the Art Co-Op every Saturday from 10 a.m. – noon in September and through October 28, to create your own mask for $13. Design your own version that have been sanded, primed and are ready for embellishment with prepared paints and other décor under the helpful guidance of the staff or, if you prefer, you may purchase a mask to work on at home.  Details announcing the “winning” mask can be found at the Art Co-Op at 756 Baldwin Avenue, Suite B. For more details call 850-419-3007.

Tickets to the Haunted House will be available at the door. Advance ticket sales are available at the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op beginning in September. The Co-Op’s location is 756 Baldwin Avenue, Suite B, next to the Music store, in the historic Downtown area (open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays) accepting cash and credit cards. Additionally, cash only advance sale tickets are also offered at Freeport Pet Clinic at 907 Fl-20 in Freeport, FL. On the coast, Smith’s Antiques at 1250 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Miramar Beach will be selling cash only tickets as will the Visitor’s Center in Santa Rosa Beach at the northeast corner of Highway 331 and 98. In Crestview cash only tickets are being sold at Happy Lark Art Supply, 551 S. Main Street. Check the Haunted House website at https://defuniakspringshau.wixsite.com/mysite.

Oct
22
Sun
Celebrate 140-year anniversary of Governor Stone Schooner
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Bay County Historical Society is pleased to resume their monthly “Adventures in History” series on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Bay County Library. The September adventure follows the 140 year history of the last remaining working gaff rigged Gulf Bay Schooner, Governor Stone, from her construction in Pascagoula Mississippi to her National Historic Landmark designation in 1991 and settling into her designated home port of St. Andrews, Florida in 2013.

The Governor Stone was part of a fleet of Gulf Bay Schooners that were instrumental in settling and serving the small coastal communities along the northern gulf coast in the late 1800s. The lack of passable roads and deep water shipping channels at that time made these shallow draft vessels vital to moving freight, supplies, mail and people from community to community along the coast.

The Friends of the Governor Stone adopted the mission to preserve, maintain and share the history of this National Historic Landmark vessel with the coastal communities along the northern gulf coast.

The Bay County History Museum located at 133 Harrison Avenue showcases artifacts and historical information from the 140-year history of the vessel and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The Governor Stone is docked at Slip #1 (by the gazebo and boat ramp) at the St. Andrews Marina and is included in the Historical Walking Tours provided by the Panama City Publishing Museum.

The Friends of the Governor Stone will host a 140th Birthday Celebration on Bayview Avenue on Sunday, October 22nd from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. A highlight of the event will be the presentation by the National Park Service of the official National Historic Landmark bronze plaque that will be on permanent display by the Governor Stone slip.

Please come to the Bay County Historical Society program on Monday, September 25th at 7:00 pm and join the Friends of the Governor Stone as we celebrate her 140th Birthday on Sunday, October 22.

Oct
24
Tue
Coastal dune lake ecology school at Camp Helen State Park
Oct 24 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The UF/IFAS Panhandle Outdoor Live Team presents the 2017 Coastal Dune Lake Water School. Walton County Florida is home to 15 beautiful, yet globally imperiled, coastal dune lakes. The dune lakes are vitally important to our coastal communities, providing a wide range of ecosystem services. The lakes are teaming with life, contribute greatly to our water system, and help support a growing tourism industry. Come explore the history and ecology of the dune lakes. Learn about current research and protection efforts and what you might do to help preserve the coastal dune lakes.

An optional kayak tour of Lake Powell, the largest of the coastal dune lakes will be offered at the end of the seminar. For additional information contact: Laura Tiu, lgtiu@ufl.edu, 850-612-6197 or Scott Jackson, lsj@ufl.edu, 850-866-2300.

Agenda
8:30-9:00 Registration & coffee – Camp Helen State Park Lodge
9:00 – 9:30 Laura Tiu, UF/IFAS Okaloosa & Walton County Sea Grant Extension Agent – “Brief Overview, History and Ecology of the Coastal Dune Lakes”
9:30 – 10:00 Brandy Foley, Monitoring Coordinator, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance – “Paleolimnology of Two Coastal Dune Lakes in Northwest Florida”
10:00 – 10:30 Clayton Iron Wolf, Camp Helen Park Ranger – “Importance of Lake Powell and its Benefit to the Park”
10:30 – 11:00 Break (light snack provided)
11:00 – 11:30 Jeff Talbert, Field Biologist Atlanta Botanical Garden – “The Deer Creek State Park Restoration Project”
11:30 – 12:00 Norm Capra, Lake Powell Community Alliance and The Friends of Camp Helen State Park – “Conservation of Shorebirds at Lake Powell and Camp Helen”
12:00 – 12:30 Bring your own sack lunch break
12:30 – 1:00 Dana Stephens, Director of the Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute – “Coastal Dune Lakes Water Quality”
1:00 – 1:30 Melinda Gates, Environmental Specialist, Walton County – “Walton County Coastal Dune Lake Protection and Preservation Efforts”
1:30 – 2:00 Evaluation & Adjourn
2:00 – 4:00 Scott Jackson, Sea Grant Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Bay County – Kayak Tour of Lake Powell

You will need to pay the park entry fee to get into the park, please carpool. Bring a refillable coffee mug, water bottle and a sack lunch. Water, coffee, and light snacks will be provided.

Cost for the seminar is $10. Additional kayak tour $25. Click here to register.

Driving Directions
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

Park Fees
There is an honor entrance station. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle and $1.00 per bicyclist or pedestrian.

Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, Florida 32413

Oct
25
Wed
Geocaching event at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Topsail Hill State Park invites you to enjoy their “one of a kind” geocache program every Wednesday through Nov. 8. Visitors can check in at the Camp Store and pick up the geocache packet.This activity will take you to various points throughout the Preserve. Note: the hiking and biking trails are easy to moderate in difficulty, some are paved, sand and gravel, or hard pack.

What is Geocaching? It is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches,” at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Geocaching was originally similar to the 160-year-old game letterboxing, which uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories. Geocachers are free to take a treasure, or “swag” (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value behind.

Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the Camp Store, you will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS.

Program Requirements

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

 

Bike ride in South Walton
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join in on bike riding fun with the folks from Big Daddy’s Bike shop. Explore the trails in South Walton including the Point Washington State Forest. Every Wed. Call to confirm 850-622-1165
Meet at Big Daddy’s 2217 W, County Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 32459

Oct
26
Thu
October outdoor movies at Eden Gardens State Park
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

October outdoor movies at Eden Gardens State Park

The Friends of Eden Gardens State Park are hosting three films under the oaks on Thursdays in October.  Films are free, with paid park admission.  Chairs, blankets, and coolers are welcome.  There will also be a small concession stand serving popcorn, candy, and drinks.

October 12th – Princess Bride
October 19th – Frogs
October 26th – Young Frankenstein

Directions
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459 ::MAP::
Park Fees
$4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Oct
27
Fri
Guided sunrise paddle tour at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Oct 27 @ 5:00 am – 8:00 am

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a sunrise paddle on June 23, 2017 from 5 – 8 a.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a ninety-minute ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs. old.

For those that can’t attend this Sunrise Paddle maybe a future date will work better for them.  In 2017 Sunrise Paddles will be on the fourth Friday of the month June through October.

Program is $40 per person.  Space is limited.  Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake, juice/water and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Program is weather dependent.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

Fall Festival at Wee Care Park in DeFuniak Springs
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

The Matrix Community Outreach Center would like to invite you to their 2017 Fall Festival sponsored by the Salvation Army of Ft. Walton Beach. Come out and join us for all the festivities! Music provided by Jump & Jive Entertainment, activities, food, drinks, and more. The entire event (including food and drinks) is free to the public.

Wee Care Park is located at 552 Walton Road, DeFuniak Springs.

Haunted House at old Lakeside Hospital in DeFuniak Springs
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op, Inc. in cooperation with the Florida Chautauqua Association transforms the former Lakeside Hospital at 1290 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs, Florida into a fright night this October. “An Evening with Jason – Long Night at Camp Blood” premieres on Friday, Oct. 13 from 7 pm – midnight. Encore presentations take place the following weekends: Friday, Oct. 20, Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7 – 10 pm and Friday and Saturday, Oct 27 and 28, from 7 pm – midnight. Ticket prices are $13.

Proceeds benefit both non-profit organizations. Parking is available on Baldwin Avenue in historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs and also along Circle Drive and adjoining side streets. Attendees must be at least 12 years of age to enter without an adult or accompanied by a parent if underage.

Come create your own Jason mask. Jason’s character is synonymous with the hockey mask worn in the many versions of the movie, Friday the 13th.  Come to the Art Co-Op every Saturday from 10 a.m. – noon in September and through October 28, to create your own mask for $13. Design your own version that have been sanded, primed and are ready for embellishment with prepared paints and other décor under the helpful guidance of the staff or, if you prefer, you may purchase a mask to work on at home.  Details announcing the “winning” mask can be found at the Art Co-Op at 756 Baldwin Avenue, Suite B. For more details call 850-419-3007.

Tickets to the Haunted House will be available at the door. Advance ticket sales are available at the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op beginning in September. The Co-Op’s location is 756 Baldwin Avenue, Suite B, next to the Music store, in the historic Downtown area (open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays) accepting cash and credit cards. Additionally, cash only advance sale tickets are also offered at Freeport Pet Clinic at 907 Fl-20 in Freeport, FL. On the coast, Smith’s Antiques at 1250 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Miramar Beach will be selling cash only tickets as will the Visitor’s Center in Santa Rosa Beach at the northeast corner of Highway 331 and 98. In Crestview cash only tickets are being sold at Happy Lark Art Supply, 551 S. Main Street. Check the Haunted House website at https://defuniakspringshau.wixsite.com/mysite.

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