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Oct
19
Thu
October outdoor movies at Eden Gardens State Park
Oct 19 @ 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
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

Haunted House at old Lakeside Hospital in DeFuniak Springs
Oct 20 @ 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
21
Sat
Seaside Farmers Market
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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
Oct 21 @ 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.

Coastal Dune Lake Day at Grayton Beach State Park
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

Coastal Dune Lake Day will celebrate our rare coastal dune lakes in South Walton county. Come out and enjoy a day by Western Lake at Grayton Beach State Park. Learn all there is to know about this local treasure. Take a tour on foot, kayak, or SUP from the experts. Hear about local history and folklore surrounding the lakes.

Grayton Beach State Park is located in Walton County, South of U.S. 98 off of Scenic Road 30A. Take county road 283 south from U.S. 98, turn left at the stop sign on 30A (approximately 1/4 mile east of the intersection of C.R. 30A and C.R. 283 the main entrance is on the right). ::MAP::

Park Fees:
Admission Fee $5.00 per vehicle (2-8 people per vehicle) $4.00 single occupant vehicle
Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit – Admission Fee $2.00

Rock the Falls Festival at Falling Waters State Park
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Falling Waters State Park and the Washington County TDC are proud to present the 2nd Annual Rock the Falls Music Festival. Live music will be played by award winning recording artists along with crafters all set to the backdrop of what has been called the most amazing geological feature in Florida.

Crafters will include woodworkers, soap makers, glassworks, ceramics, jewelry, custom knives and much more. A kid’s zone will be set up with an inflatable slide, bounce house, pony rides and petting zoo. The event would not be complete without some great BBQ and other amazing foods available while you enjoy the music. So bring a blanket or lawn chair and experience a day of great music, amazing crafters and fun for the whole family.

Admission is $5 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

Falling Waters State Park is located three miles south of Chipley, off State Road 77A. ::MAP::

Call 850-638-6130 for more information.

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

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