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Jan
21
Sat
Jan 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Camp Helen State Park with Lucky Mud and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park present the 2017 Americana Concert series on January 21, 2017. The concert features Paul Kamm and Eleanor MacDonald.  They are modern folk musician’s who have been writing and performing original, contemporary folk music for 33 years. A blend of contemporary and traditional styles, their music is graced by exquisite harmony, compelling songwriting, deceptively simple arrangements and intricate guitar work…all embraced by great heart.

Event is free. Donations are accepted and go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the parks resource management projects and interpretive programs.

Participant Requirements

All concerts are held in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park. Seating inside the lodge is limited to 125 people. Additional seating is available outside on the porch.

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::

More Information: [email protected] 850-233-5059

Jan
26
Thu
Learn about wildlife at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Explore the park with a Ranger. Discover what wildlife has been there before you by identifying their tracks and scat. Meets at Tram Stop #2.

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::

Jan
28
Sat
Seaside Farmers Market
Jan 28 @ 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

Celebrate Arbor Day with a free tree from Florida Forest Service
Jan 28 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Arbor Day is recognized nationally on the last Friday in April. However, many states observe it on different dates per their state’s best tree-planting times. The first Arbor Day celebration in Florida was held in Defuniak Springs during 1886.

In honor of the historic significance of Defuniak Springs and Arbor Day in Florida, the Florida Forest Service, in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida IFAS Extension for Walton County, would like to invite you to the 6th annual Camp Conservation Exhibit, January 27 – 29, 2017. The Exhibit will be held between the Chautauqua Building and Lake Defuniak with displays from rural woods to urban forests and the animals that interact within them. Participating agencies will be on hand to assist with information from your yard to the forest.

The Florida Forest Service will be hosting a tree give-a-way at the annual Chautauqua Assembly on Saturday, January 28th beginning at 8:00 a.m. Over 300, one-gallon, potted trees will be given. Species include dogwood, red maple, pecan, white oak, river birch and redbud. Walton County Sr. Forester, Thomas Moss will be on hand to answer questions about planting trees, tree health or other forestry related issues.

For more details on Arbor Day or other forestry related topics in Calhoun County please contact Thomas Moss at (850) 401-6142 or by email at [email protected]

Feb
1
Wed
Gardening for a wildlife habitat lecture in DeFuniak Springs
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bring more enjoyment into your garden by attracting wildlife. Birds, butterflies and small creatures will bring your yard to life. Dara Dobson, a wildflower enthusiast, master gardener and owner of 7 Pines Native Nursery, will discuss the importance of native plants and planting natives to help our declining pollinator populations. Anyone can take steps to make their property more nature friendly.

This program is hosted by the Walton County Master Gardeners and will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at the UF/Walton Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs from 2 – 4 p.m.

The cost is $5, payable at the door, and includes materials and handouts. Light refreshments will be served.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Please contact Cheryl at 850-892-8172 or [email protected] by the Monday before the program to reserve your place.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions and help with soil samples. There is a $8 charge, including shipping, to submit soil samples to the University of Florida for analysis. Master Gardeners are at this location Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon.

Feb
4
Sat
Seaside Farmers Market
Feb 4 @ 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

Kayak demo day
Feb 4 @ 5:00 am – 10:15 am

Kayak demo day at Kayak Experience first Sat. of month every month.
From 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thinking about purchasing a kayak but not sure which one is the best fit? The Kayak Experience offers demos the first Saturday of each month.
The KAYAK EXPERIENCE
600 Hwy 98 E
Destin, FL 32541
850-837-1577

Gras Fest in DeFuniak Springs
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Street fair, parade, food, and fun for the entire family will be on hand at the annual Gras Fest along the Lakeyard on Circle Drive in the DeFuniak Springs. The event will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with the parade starting at 3 p.m.

Afterwards, the fun will continue at the after-party at 4C’s Barbeque, with live music and food. This event is fun for the whole family and hosted by Krewe de Yak.

For more info, go to krewedeyak.org.

Americana Concert Series at Camp Helen State Park
Feb 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Camp Helen State Park with Lucky Mud and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park present the third concert featuring Lucky Mud. They have hosted the Americana Concerts at Camp Helen for the past four years. This duo is well known locally, nationally and internationally. Michael and Maggie McKinney pair their love of beautifully written lyrics with melodies that fit the words seamlessly, reaching and touching their audiences with a voice that both amuses and surprises. Calling their sound “Mud Music,” they have brought their sounds from Ireland and England, to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and finally to the U.S. Their music can involve yodeling, rhythmic drumbeats, soft and sweet harmonies and ” rootsy, wicked, belt-it-out swamp songs.”

The event is free. Donations will be accepted and go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the parks resource management projects and interpretive programs.

Participant Requirements

All concerts are held in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park. Seating inside the lodge is limited to 125 people.  Additional seating is available outside on the porch.

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::

More Information:
[email protected] or (850) 233-5059

Feb
9
Thu
Bent Rod Fishing Club meets
Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Bent Rod Fishing Club meets the 2nd Thursday each month, at 1p.m., at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. DeFuniak Springs.

The club is a component of the Enrichment Center, which provides a wide range of activities for active members age 50 and over.  Visitors and invited guests are always welcome.

Club members primarily fish the Choctawhatchee River and Bay as well as numerous other creeks and small ponds in the area. Members practice conservation and the protection of our water and fishery resources. Programs consist of field trips, guest speakers, fishing industry presentations, tackle and terminal gear demonstrations, and good conversation and exchange of fishing information between members.

For more information, contact J. B. Hillard at [email protected].

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