City of DeFuniak Springs hosting Main Street Market Dec. 13

mainstreetmarketThe City of DeFuniak Springs is hosting Main Street Christmas Market on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 12 Noon – 5:30 p.m. The market will be held downtown on Baldwin Avenue.

The event will be held in conjunction with the annual Christmas parade sponsored by the DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club which begins at 1:00 p.m. around the beautiful Lake DeFuniak.

If you are interested in being a vendor, space is free and you may download an application here: Main Street Christmas Market Vendor Application

You may return application to: 
DeFuniak Springs City Hall
Attn: Main Street Christmas Market
71 US Hwy. 90 West 
DeFuniak Springs, Florida, 32433
or email to: shaynebetts@yahoo.com
More more information call 850-401-4568.

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Walton county fishing report for Dec. 3

 Fishing is good!

Choctawhatchee Bay area: Trout and redfish bite still on with light colored Gulp shrimp, 1/4 oz. jig heads, and tiny flukes. A few sheepshead being caught.

River: Crappie biting on minnows!

Click here for fishing forecast

Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.”

Click here to find out more about Copeland’s.
Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop
17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S
Freeport, Florida 32439

(850) 835-4277
Store hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat.: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun.: Closed

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Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve’s Garden of Eden Trail temporarily closed from tornado damage

Damaged trees along the uplands trail at the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines preserve. Photo courtesy Nature Conservancy.

Damaged trees along the uplands trail at the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines preserve. Photo courtesy Nature Conservancy.

On Nov. 17, 2014, a tornado touched down at the  Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve in the Florida Panhandle near Bristol. This is the location of the beautiful Garden of Eden Trail.

While the trail and some of the natural communities were severely impacted, the staff and preserve facilities at the preserve were safe after the storm.

“It was close to an F4 tornado, and took out many trees along the uplands trail and in the ravine,” said preserve manager David Printiss.

The estimated repair will take a minimum of two months.

“The damage in the uplands can be easily removed with machinery, however the damage in the ravines must be removed by hand,” Printiss advised.

Garden of Eden Trail is located just east of the Apalachicola River and North of State Road 20. Take State Road 20 to Bristol, and go north on County Road 12. Look for signs on the left. Click here for map.

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Learn about pines and palms at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Dec. 6

Pine Log State Forest Dutch and Faye TrailDate/time: Saturday December 6, 11 a.m. -12 Noon

This ranger led program will help you learn to identify two of Florida’s most common trees. There are several different types of both palms and pine trees, this program will help you to identify which ones you encounter the most. This is a hands on all ages program and you will get to make a special Christmas craft. This program will take place in the clubhouse.

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::

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Christmas tree festivals in north and south Walton

freeportfestivaloftrees3Enjoy beautifully decorated Christmas trees this holiday season at a variety of locations in south Walton, Freeport, and DeFuniak Springs.

Grand Boulevard, Sandestin – Nov. 25 – Dec. 25
Grand Boulevard’s fifth annual Festival of Trees showcases 12 uniquely decorated Christmas trees from area non-profit organizations. The trees will be on display Nov 25 – Dec 25 in Grand Park. The public is invited to attend the kickoff Tuesday Nov 25 from 4 to 6 pm as the trees are lighted, judged on their decorations and winners announced at 6.

A People’s Choice winner will be selected by the voting public that night as well. Abrakadoodle will provide festive holiday face painting, making it a kickoff to the holidays for the entire family.

Festival of Trees at Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood in DeFuniak Springs Dec. 5 – 7
Visit the spectacular display of trees and wreaths decorated for Christmas in the historic Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs.  Light refreshments served. Local business and organization sponsors make this event possible through their participation.  Dec. 5, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Dec. 6, 8 a.m. – 9.p.m.; Dec. 7, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Free admission. Donations accepted to help fund an elevator in this historic building.
Sponsored by Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood Foundation, Inc.  For more information, call  (850) 892-7625.

Freeport Festival of Trees and Cookies with Santa – Dec. 12 – 13
The Freeport Town Planters are hosting Festival of Trees at the Blount House Dec. 12 – 13. The event will be held from 3 – 7 p.m. on Dec. 12, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Dec. 13. Enjoy cookies with Santa on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon.
The Blount house is located at 541 Kylea Laird Road, Freeport. For more information, call (850) 588-9945.

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Walton county fishing report for Nov. 28

specktrout23Fishing is good!

Choctawhatchee Bay area:  Trout and redfish bite still on with light colored Gulp shrimp, 1/4 oz. jig heads, and tiny flukes.

River: Crappie bite is on.

Click here for fishing forecast

Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.”

Click here to find out more about Copeland’s.
Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop
17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S
Freeport, Florida 32439

(850) 835-4277
Store hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat.: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun.: Closed

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Professional angler speaks at newly founded senior fishing club in DeFuniak Springs

Professional lady angler Carolyn Poole (center) was the featured speaker at the Senior Fishing Club meeting. Photo courtesy J.B. Hillard

Professional lady angler Carolyn Poole (center) was the featured speaker at the Senior Fishing Club meeting. Photo courtesy J.B. Hillard

It’s not often a big fish is landed at the Life Enrichment Senior Center.  Last week one of the top 12 lady professional bass fishing anglers in the Women’s Bass Fishing Association was netted by the LESC Fishing Club to share her experiences of a lifetime in the world of hunting and fishing.  Retired from the Eglin Federal Credit union in 2003, Carolyn Poole began competing in bass tournaments the following year by fishing the Docie Memorial Bass Tournament in White City, FL.

Poole competed in tournaments around the country and found herself being selected by the Lady Bass Fishing Association as one of the top 12 Women’s Bass Fishing Professionals to compete in the 2014 Women’s Classic Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama. She placed 8th in the competition.

Carolyn Poole is well known in Walton County were she resided with her late husband, John Wayne Poole.  She now lives on Red Bud Lake in the New Hope Community in Washington County.

Poole continues to compete in bass tournaments, and is involved in helping kids learn about fishing, and appears at numerous events teaching and promoting the outdoor world of sport fishing.  At age 71, Carolyn says her life has been blessed with wonderful parents who raised 9 children to believe in themselves and treat others as they wish to be treated.

Carolyn Poole is a winner and continues to enjoy the outdoors, helping others, and competing in the world of Lady Bass Fishing professionals.

The newly founded Life Enrichment Senior Center Fishing Club in DeFuniak Springs meets at the Life Enrichment Senior Center at 312 College Ave, DeFuniak Springs. For upcoming meeting information, contact J. B. Hillard at 850-725-0512.

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Festival of Trees in DeFuniak Springs Dec. 5 – 7

festivaloftreesEnjoy a spectacular display of trees and wreaths decorated for your Christmas pleasure in the historic Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood on Circle Drive.  Light refreshments served. Local business and organization sponsors make this event possible through their participation.

Dec. 5, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Dec. 6, 8 a.m. – 9.p.m.; Dec. 7, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Free admission.  Donations accepted to help fund an elevator in this historic building.  Sponsored by Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood Foundation, Inc.  (850) 892-7625.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Walton Outdoors

A view of the Gulf of Mexico at Deer Lake State Park. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

A view of the Gulf of Mexico at Deer Lake State Park. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Thankful

“For each new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food, for love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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American roots music concert at Camp Helen State Park lodge Dec. 6

camphelenlodgeThe Friends of Camp Helen State Park are hosting a Saturday concert series. The concerts will be held in the lodge from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

On Sat., Dec. 6, Eric Taylor will perform. “The William Faulkner of songwriting, Eric Taylor” will perform as the first in the series.  A songwriter/singer from Texas, he brings his uniquely American voice to Camp Helen.  Acoustic Guitar magazine describes him as putting his audience down in the middle of a story and making them care.  Taylor has written songs with and for Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, among other notables.

Lrearn more about Taylor at reverbnation.com/erictaylor

Come join in for a unique series of concerts featuring the best American Roots musicians touring the country today. This impressive series of indoor concerts at Camp Helen’s historic log cabin style lodge is sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. The series is hosted by Lucky Mud.

Free admission into the park, with donation requested. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to be used to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs. Refreshments available. Call 850-233-5059 for more information

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