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Feb
13
Sat
Cultural Arts Alliance Valentine Tour of Homes
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am – Feb 14 @ 4:00 pm

Valentine’s weekend typically means romantic dinners and flowers for most, but for South Walton residents and visitors alike, it signals the highly anticipated annual Valentine Tour of Homes presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County. The tour is known for showcasing stunning interiors, architecturally acclaimed homes and picturesque settings bringing inspiration to tour goers’ winter weekend at the beach.

This annual event will open the doors to six gorgeously designed South Walton homes to participants on Saturday, Feb.13 from 10 a.m. – 4 pm and Sunday, Feb. 14 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

This year’s tour includes two magnificent gulf-front estates, a newly renovated Point Washington cottage, a state-of-the-art Seaside stunner and two water-front beauties in WaterColor.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event, valid for the entire weekend with one entry per house.  Tickets can be purchased online at culturalartsalliance.com and locally at Smith’s Antiques in Destin, Fusion Art Glass in Grand Boulevard, the Bayou Arts Center in Santa Rosa Beach, Sundog Books in Seaside, and Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at each of the homes throughout the weekend.

2016 Homes on Tour:

Home #1 77 S. Green Turtle Lane, Rosemary Beach

Home #2241 Red Cedar Way, WaterColor

Home #345 Vermillion Way, WaterColor

Home #4392 Forest Street, Seaside

Home #521 Days Lane, Point Washington

Home #632 White Cliffs Crest, Village of White Cliffs, Blue Mountain Beach

For more information about the Valentine Tour of Homes and the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, call 850-622-5970 or visit www.culturalartsalliance.com.  To volunteer, please contact Renee McCalmont at [email protected].  Volunteers receive a complimentary ticket.

Sandestin Gumbo Festival
Feb 13 @ 11:45 am – 4:00 pm

The Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 12 – 4 p.m.  Sample a variety of gumbo and vote your favorite as Gulf Coast restaurants compete. The festival will also host live music with Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe and children’s activities. Tickets are $20 advance, $30 day of. Purchase tickets here.

The event will be held at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, 9100 Baytowne Ave, Miramar Beach.

Feb
14
Sun
“Picking at City Hall” jam session at Freeport City Hall
Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Enjoy bluegrass, country, folk and gospel from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14. The event will be held at Freeport City Hall, 112 Highway 20 West, Freeport Florida 32439

Bring your acoustic instruments and join in on a fun afternoon of clean family fun. This is a non-alcohol event.

For additional information, contact Latilda Hughes-Neel at 850-835-2340 or via e-mail [email protected]

Feb
15
Mon
Farm safety camp for kids in DeFuniak Springs
Feb 15 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Join the Extension Office for a fun filled day for youth ages 8-18 to learn about farm and home safety. (Children under the age of 8 are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent). The event will be held from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Walton County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 83, DeFuniak Springs. Early drop off  7 a.m., Late pick up 4:30 p.m.The Extension Office is also looking for teens or adults to volunteer and help with this event, please call us at 850-892-8172 for more information. Teens will receive community service hours for helping with this Day Camp.

Farm Safety Day is an interactive day camp designed to educate youth on various safety topics; from those working with large animals – to beyond the farm gate with basic 1st aid tips that can be used in everyday life. Kids will rotate stations to participate in all workshops offered. This program will benefit the entire community as it benefits more than just farm safety.

Classes include:
First Aid
ATV Safety
Smoke Trailer
Boating Safety
Tractor Safety
Crash Simulation
Large Animal Safety
Fire Extinguisher Training
Snake Identification
4-H Motion Commotion – Distracted Driving

Cost is $5 per child and includes lunch, t-shirt, classes, and a goody bag. Participation is limited to the first 150 applicants. Registration deadline is Feb. 5.
Applications available by visiting our website at:
http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/4hy/2016-farm-safety-day/

For More Information Contact: Jena Brooks, 850-892-8172
[email protected]

Feb
18
Thu
Americana music under the stars at Topsail
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is hosting a musical event on Thursdays. Americana Under the Stars, a new weekly concert series will showcase singer/songwriters from across the country.

Admission to the park is free and there is a suggested $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Enter through the main park entrance off of 30-A and park in the day use parking area, from there it is a short hike down to the amphitheater. Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and enjoy some music in the park. This is family/ pet friendly and fun for all ages.

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::

Feb
19
Fri
Special Olympic Roaring 20s fundraiser
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Hannah and the Special Olympics Florida-Walton County Along With St. Joe Club and Resorts, Destin Plastic Surgery, Duckies, and Bud n Alley’s are presenting the night of a lifetime. Please join in for a night under the stars at Hannah’s Roaring 20’s Great Gatsby Bash. There will be a silent auction live auction and much more. Come help Hannah raise money for Walton County Special Olympics. Tickets are $50 at the door. Your ticket is good for all the food and drinks you want (Open Bar).

There will be live music by Mr. Big and The Rhythm Sister’s along with DJ Hybrid.

20s/Gatsby attire is encouraged but if not Black tie attire and do not worry we will have a photo booth to capture all the magic.

Grayton Beer will offering a preview pour of their new brew.

Feb
20
Sat
Seaside Farmers Market
Feb 20 @ 3:00 am – 7:00 am

Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community.
Location
: Seaside

Neigh and Bray Fun Show
Feb 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Pleasant Ridge Arena in DeFuniak Springs is hosting a Neigh and Bray Fun Show. Sponsored by owners Diana and Red Brannon, young children will enjoy stick races, along with horse back and carriage rides. The more seasoned riders will compete in pole bending and barrel racing.
 The facility hosts a variety of events throughout the year and hosts the neigh and bray the third Saturday of every month. To find out more, go to their website at http://www.pleasantridgearena.com. Phone: (850) 892-5398
Location: Pleasant Ridge Arena is located at 1917 Pleasant Ridge Road in DeFuniak Springs.

Alaqua Animal Refuge and HEART Animal Rescue Furry Fest in Santa Rosa Beach
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Alaqua Animal Refuge and HEART Animal Rescue, two area non-profit organizations dedicated to caring and shelter for homeless animals, are happy to announce they are teaming together for the third annual Furry Fest, a fun, fund-raising effort for two and four legged friends to benefit the two 501c(3) non-profit organizations.

This free Community Festival will be held at Alaqua Unleashed Dog Park, 342 J.D. Miller Road in Santa Rosa Beach on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will feature live music by KC Phelps and the Screamin Fleas, food merchants, local vendors, a prize raffle, children’s activities, adoptable pets, wiener dog races (the Fast and the Furriest), dog contests and agility demonstrations, and much more.

For more information contact April Madr at [email protected].

Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Friends of Eden and Florida State Parks pay tribute to the camellia Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Eden Gardens State Park in Point Washington, North of US 98 via CR-395.

Visitors are invited to stroll through amazing camellias, enjoy a camellia floral arrangement demonstration, learn air layering, (a camellia propagating technique), and camellia waxing for bloom preservation. Attend a program on camellia care and other plant related topics by Marie Harrison, a Master Gardener and author of numerous gardening books.

Living history re-enactors will also be present on the grounds during the Festival. A food vendor will be on the grounds, picnic tables by Tucker Bayou are available for visitors use in the park.

Camellias, air layered from Eden plants, will be available for a donation from the nursery.

Tentative schedule for the day: (held in the pavilion area)

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. – Presentation on camellias by Marie Harrison

11:15 a.m. – Waxing camellia blooms

11:45 a.m. – Demonstrations on air-layering

12:15 p.m. – Floral demonstration using camellias by Russ Barley of Emerald Coast Flowers and Gifts.

12 noon to 2 p.m. – “Dismal Creek” will be performing at the stage area.

This community event is free with free admission to the State Park – donations made to the Friends of Eden will be appreciated.

Learn more about Eden’s camellias by clicking here. http://www.waltonoutdoors.com/explore-winter-blooming-camellias-at-eden-gardens-state-park/

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::

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