Upcoming Events

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Farmer’s markets every Saturday and Sunday

tomatoesSeaside Amphitheater – Saturday, Market Shops Sandestin Sunday
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 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. ::MAP::

Rosemary Beach Barrett Square – Sunday and Thursday
Reap fresh produce and more from local farmers on Thursdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Rosemary Beach. Market located on N. Barrett Square.

Gulf Place – Sunday 
Farmers market at Gulf Place every Sunday specializing in exceptional homemade products, crafts, and goodies from local vendors around Northwest FL. Gulf Place is located at the corner of Scenic Hwy. 30A and CR 393, Town Center Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call 850-200-6805 or 850-879-7296.

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Upcoming canoe/kayak/stand up paddleboard paddles in Northwest Florida

The West Florida Canoe and Kayak Club and the Florida Panhandle Canoe & Kayak Connection offer a variety of paddles in the Northwest Florida Panhandle.

Guests are welcome on trips as long as they have the skills to safely navigate the waters being paddled.  Guests must sign a waiver form and have an Eglin Recreational Pass if the trip is on the Air Force Base.  Paddlers must supply their own boat.

Area stand up paddle board clubs:
Paddle Destin
Panama City Paddleboard Club

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Take a hike or a paddle with the Florida Trail Association

The Walton area has two Florida Trail Groups, Choctawhatchee and Panhandle Chapters. Click the links below for upcoming events:

Click here for Choctawhatchee Chapter

Click here for Panhandle Chapter

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Americana under the Stars every Thursday at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

luckymudTime: 6 – 8 p.m.
Starting with an open mic at 6 p.m. in the amphitheater/clubhouse Topsail presents an evening of music. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill. Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and enjoy some music in the park. This is family/ pet friendly and fun for all ages.
October 30th– Frank Lindamood
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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Hammack Farms corn maze in Bonifay offers good old fashioned family fun through Nov. 22

5.3 acres of corn maze fun in Bonifay. Photo courtesy Hammack Farms

Interested in enjoying some family fun this October and November? Head over to Hammack Farms in Bonifay for an afternoon or evening of corn maze fun and fall treats.

The corn maze isn’t the only fun at Hammack Farms. There is a pumpkin patch with a variety of assorted sizes and colors the children can purchase and decorate, a mini hay bale maze, corn box for kids 7 and under, a tractor train for smaller children, hay ride, farm animal zoo, and a playground.

Other items available are novelty pumpkins, gourds, dried cornstalks, and mum plants. A concession will be open with hot dogs, boiled peanuts, popcorn, soft drinks, apples, and baked goods. Hot chocolate, coffee, and smores will be available during the cooler weather.

Hammack is open every Friday from 5 – 10 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. through November 22.

Admission: ages 10 and up – $8, under 10- $5, 2 and under – free. Ask about group pricing for 20 or more. Call 850 768-9673 or 850 768-9672 for more information, or find them on Facebook.

Hammack Farms is located at 2387 Joe White Road, Bonifay, just north of Hwy. 90. ::MAP::

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Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge hosts haunted house at Destin Commons every Fri. and Sat. through Nov. 1

thedarkThe Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge officially kicks off its annual haunted house, “The Dark” this Friday, October 10. This terrifying adventure through endless rooms of horror will leave you speechless with fright.

“The Dark” runs every Friday and Saturday night in October from October 10 to November 1.
Dates: Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, Nov. 1.
Time: 7 p.m. until the last terrified guest has been through. Proceeds benefit the Refuge.
Location: Destin Commons, at the former Hard Rock Café (across from Bass Pro Shop)
Cost: $10.00 per person, “cut-the-line” tickets are available.

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Public workshop on Choctawhatchee River infrastructure improvements Oct. 29

 An important workshop concerning the future of the Choctawhatchee River will be held on Oct. 29 from 3 – 5 p.m.  Learn about efforts to forge a multi-county partnership to seek funding through a grant application for BP RESTORE funds.  The focus of the grant will be to improve public access and create infrastructure similar to the Suwanee River Wilderness Trail to help promote the river as an outstanding outdoor recreation destination for diverse user groups. The long-term goal is to bring economic benefits and job creation to local communities through promotion of sustainable tourism. We will also present a proposal for development of map guides for the Choctawhatchee River as a boating and paddling trail.

The event will be facilitated by Cameron Morris, Preble-Rish, Inc.

The workshop will be held at the Lewis Bear Company, 6484 Dog Track Rd., Ebro 32437  Map:  http://binged.it/XFxDL2
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Vintage Florida film night at Eden Gardens State Park Oct.29

edenfilmsThe Friends of Eden Gardens State Park are presenting the first ever “Eden’s Vintage Florida Film Series” in October. The films will be shown on the lawn by the stage near the bayou. All movies being presented were filmed in Florida, namely the finale, “Frogs” which was filmed at Eden Gardens State Park.

The event is free with park admission of $4.00 per vehicle. Bring your chairs, blankets, and loved ones and enjoy the movies under the stars. Costumes are welcomed for the Frogs movie night. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. – “Frogs” with with free mansion tours from 4-6 p.m.  - Filmed at Eden Gardens State Park.

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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 Witches of South Walton take flight Oct. 31

witchesofsouthwaltonThe Witches of South Walton will take flight on their 11th annual ride from Gulf Place to Butler Elementary on Friday, October 31, at 7:00 a.m.

The Witches of South Walton is a group of women founded by Carol Stafford and Le Thompson dedicated to raising money for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. The fundraising ride began with just a few friends and has grown over the years to include a registration pre-ride party, a post-ride breakfast with an exciting raffle featuring items from local businesses. Prior to the race the witches will enjoy their morning coffee at Sunrise Coffee Company at Gulf Place before riding west along Scenic Highway 30A approximately 2.2 miles to Butler Elementary to greet children before school begins.

Following the ride the witches will reconvene at La Playa in Gulf Place for celebratory breakfast and mimosas. The YOLO Board + Bike store at Gulf Place will be providing free bike rentals to any witch needing a bike for the ride. Those looking for more information can visit The Witches of South Walton website at http://www.witchesofsouthwalton.com/.

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 Halloween happenings Oct. 31

candycornPaxton:
Halloween games with prizes and candy at Florida Farmers Market
21867 U.S. Hwy. 331 N
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Florida Farmers Market in Paxton will offer outdoor games with free candy and prizes for kids. It’s a great alternative for kids with food allergies. Thousands of prizes to hand out to area children. Games will be simple games for children of all ages: duck pond, ski-ball, cup-knock-down, basketball (pumpkin chunkin’), etc.

DeFuniak Springs:
5 p.m.
Bring your trick-or-treaters to the Historic Downtown business district and to the homes on the original grounds of Florida’s Historic Chautauqua for some real Halloween experiences.  Sponsored by Downtown Business and Professional Association and the DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club.

Village of Baytowne Wharf:
6 – 8 p.m.
Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Trick or treat through the Village and visit merchants for your favorite Halloween treats. The DJ will be playing frightening good tunes on the Events Plaza stage, Fly board extraordinaire Ben Merrell will perform a special Halloween show in the lagoon, and to end the evening enjoy spooky fireworks as they light up the sky at 8 p.m.

Seaside:
4-6 p.m.
Treat or treat door-to-door at the merchants along with a hayride and hear spooky stories from the Seaside Repertory Theater.

Merchants of Gulf Place:
The Merchants of Gulf Place will host a safe and fun trick-or-treating event Friday, October 31, 2014, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. The merchants will be handing out treats to children dressed in costumes. Children accompanied by adults can visit the stores at their own leisure.
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Learn about Florida black bears at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 31

bearTime: 2 – 3 p.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to an informational program on the Florida Black Bear. This program will cover the basics of the bears life in Florida, such as life span, denning habits, eating habits, and much more. This will be an all ages program and 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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Haz mat collection day in north and south Walton Nov. 1

walton-county-logoThe Walton Board of County Commissioners is sponsoring a project to collect, recycle, treat and properly dispose of these and other household hazardous wastes:

Pesticides – Used Oil – Stale Gasoline – Solvents – Fertilizers – Paint – Paint Thinners – Paint Strippers – Batteries – Furniture Polish – Brake Fluid – Engine Degreasers – Anti-Freeze – Pool Chemicals – Insecticides – Spot Removers

Waste tire amnesty will also be held on the same date, during the same hours and locations.  Walton County residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence.

Collection date: Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon.

Locations:
Walton County Fairgrounds, Highway 83 North (9th Avenue), DeFuniak Springs
South Walton Mosquito Control Office, County Road 393,  Santa  Rosa Beach

No gas cylinders or explosives, please.

Due to hazardous nature of certain components in home computers, we will be accepting old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, etc.

Conditionally exempt small quantity generators (small businesses, schools, growers, etc.) will be accepted at a reduced rate.

For more information or to schedule a drop-off time, contact the Landfill Department at 892-8180.

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E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center hosting Fall Festival Nov. 1

Fall Fest FlyerThe E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center’s​ annual Fall Festival ​will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities include a spooky trail, hay rides, festival food, live music, face painting, Alaqua animal adoptions, fun games, fall themed arts and crafts, bounce house, dunk tank, local vendors, and more.

Plus another chance to wear your Halloween Costume! The event is sponsored in part by greenology/Okaloosa Gas, Florida Transformer Inc., and local Walmarts.  ​

General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Children two and under free. Please visit eowilsoncenter.org to learn more about this non-profit educational center or call 835-1824.

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Camp Helen history tour Nov. 1

camphelenhistorytourTime: 10 – 10:45 a.m.
The Department of Environmental Protection’s Camp Helen State Park invites you to their history walk at Camp Helen State Park. Come learn about the early history of the park and local area while wandering on a guided tour around Camp Helen’s restored historical buildings. The history walk takes place the first Saturday of each month.

Participation Requirements:
• Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instruction independently or with the assistance of a companion.
• Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 1- 2 hours.
• Must have the ability to traverse wet, sloped, and uneven terrain for .5 -1 miles, independently or with the assistance of a companion.

Fees: The tour is free with paid park admission fee of $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.
Contact: (850) 233-5059 ::MAP::

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Jail Break Zombie 5K Fun Run Nov. 1

jailbreakzombiesDate: November 1st, 2014
Location: Walton County Sheriff’s Office – 752 Triple G Road – DeFuniak Springs, Fl. 32433
Registration and Packet Pickup begins at 7:00 am
Race begins at 8:00 am
Runners $50.00/Zombies $25.00  (T-Shirt with registration)
Call 850-892-8186 for more information
Early Packet Pick-up will take place the day before the race, Oct. 31st from 12:00pm-5:00pm at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (located at 752 Triple G Road in Defuniak Springs.)
If you register to be a zombie and would like your zombie makeup done, you will need to arrive early. Please note that the course for this race will have obstacles.
Additional t-shirts will be available for purchase on-site for $15.
All funds raised by this event will benefit the North Florida Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF.) JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.

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Gulf Coast Agritourism and Ecotourism Business Development Conference Nov. 4-6 in Milton

blueberries2Conference geared for agri and eco tourism businesses

The University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Extension Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and Naturally EscaRosa, would like to invite agriculture and eco-tourism providers to the 2014 Agri/Eco-tourism Business Development Conference on November 4-6, 2014. The meetings will be held on the 5th and 6th. The conference is geared for businesses wishing to enhance and develop their offerings.

Owners, operators and employees of u-pick operations, fresh produce markets, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, wildlife/bird watching, paddling, camping, fishing, etc. tourism businesses or those considering similar business startups are invited to attend this event.

The conference will be an exciting blend of informational sessions, hands on activities, and an opportunity to explore local agritourism and ecotourism businesses. The conference will provide important information for new business startups as well as long established companies in agritourism and ecotourism.

The keynote speaker, Eric Eckl, will address stimulating information on messaging and direct marketing campaigns. Other topics in the educational program include: starting a business, liability, local success stories, liability, staffing, benefits, & healthcare.

The conference will be held at Adventures Unlimited in Milton Fl., 8974 Tomahawk Landing, Milton, Fl. 32570. The conference begins at 9 am Nov. 5 and 8:15 am Nov. 6, 2014. Conference registration is $25.00, to register go to:

http://santarosa.ifas.ufl.edu/agritourism-ecotourism-conference/

For more information on the 2014 Gulf Coast Agritourism & Ecotourism Business Development Conference, contact Chris Verlinde (850) 623-3868 or Carrie Stevenson (850) 475-5230.

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Walton County Master Gardeners host container garden lecture Nov. 5

Tmasterlogohe Walton County Master Gardeners are pleased to resume their popular lecture Series: How Does Your Garden Grow?  The first one of this season will be November 5th from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Coastal Branch Extension Office.  It is located at 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach, just north of the 4-way stop off CR 283.

Eddie Powell, UF / IFAS Extension Walton County Horticulture Agent will present a program on designing containers with vegetables and ornamental plants for fall and winter.  Learn how to select plants that last through our mild winters into spring to beautify your porches and patios.

These lectures are designed for local gardeners and are open to the public, free of charge.  Light refreshments will be served.  Space is limited to 40 participants and reservations are required.  Call Cheryl 892-8172 by November 3rd to reserve a place.

Soil testing supplies and instruction will be available for $8 and Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions.  This is a program provided by the UF/IFAS – Walton County Extension.

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Fall pruning discussed at DeFuniak Springs Garden Club meeting Nov. 5

seagrovegardenclub The DeFuniak Springs Garden Club will host a program on fall pruning with time for questions and answers on November 5, 2014. Presenter will be Mike Goodchild, the county extension director and forestry/horticulture agent.

The meeting begins at 11:30 am at the Life Enrichment Center, 312 College Ave, DFS. A light lunch will be served. The event is free and the public is welcome.

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Seaside hosts annual Seeing Red Wine Festival Nov. 6-9

seeingredThe community of Seaside is hosting its 24th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival Nov. 6-9. The Seeing Red Wine Festival, in partnership with the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), is part of a four-day wine event held at various locations in Seaside.

The Saturday Grand Tasting event allows guests to stroll through tasting areas to sample more than 250 different kinds of wines while enjoying music, southern hospitality and cool autumn air at the beach. Each event and tasting area features live music, food samplings from several local restaurants and served wines available for purchase on site at the retail tent.

The four days of festivities extend even further to reserve wine tastings, dinners and a brunch with featured guest winemakers. Several of Seaside’s well-known restaurants feature specially prepared meals for the event, pairing meals with the ideal reds.

The festivities kick off Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. with the Vintner’s Dinner at Bud & Alley’s restaurant, featuring Seaside’s new wine label, the Seaside Wine Project. Admission is $125 and a limited number of reservations are available.

To reserve tickets, call Elijah Shelly at (850) 231-1846 or email elijah@budandalleys.com.

Friday, Nov. 7, brings the Al Fresco Reserve Tasting at 6 to 8 p.m., featuring an elegant evening of delicious hors d’oeuvres and wines paired perfectly by celebrated local chef, Jim Shirley, all complimented by jazz music. Admission is $200 and a limited number of reservations are available. Tickets can be purchased online at SeeingRedWineFestival.com.

The Grand Tasting, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, takes place in SEASIDE®’s Central Square with an extensive array of tasting tents featuring highly sought after wines from around the world, live music, food booths from top local restaurants, and the opportunity to purchase wine on site. Admission is $145. Tickets can be purchased online at SeeingRedWineFestival.com.

Sunday, Nov. 9, wraps up the weekend at Great Southern Café with a Celebration of Bubbles, as sparkling wine enthusiasts explore Champagne, Cava, Prosecco and more accompanied by great music and perfectly paired eats. Admission is $60. For reservations, please call 850.231.7327 or visit us online at TheGreatSouthernCafe.com.

Shuttle service will be available with free parking at Publix at WaterColor Crossings on County Road 395. For more information about the Seeing Red Wine Festival, visit SeeingRedWineFestival.com.

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Flutterby Children’s Arts Festival in Rosemary Beach Nov. 8-9

Master Gardener Snookie Parrish helps children plant native flowers. Photo courtesy Shelley Swanger

The monarch butterflies have finally made their way to our Gulf coast so has the Flutterby Children’s Art Festival which celebrates the Monarch butterfly migration. The festival will be held Nov. 8-9 on the East Long Green in Rosemary Beach from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

10:15 a.m. – 30A Ballet
10:30 a.m. – Kids’ Zumba
11: a.m. – The Magical Metamorphosis Show
12:00 p.m. – Seaside Repertory Theatre Storytelling
12:30 p.m. – The Magical Metamorphosis Show
1 p.m. – 30a Dance Wave
1 p.m. – Stiltwalker/Balloon Animals
1:30 p.m. – Seaside Repertory Theatre Storytelling
2 p.m. – Hula Hoop Contest with prizes
2-4 p.m. – Izzie the Fairy & “Glitter” her Dragon
3:45 p.m. – Izzie leads the Butterfly Parade

This year’s festival will also include a local “celebrity” dunking booth, paint-your-own butterfly wings, butterfly bushes with Master Naturalist Snookie Parrish, Imagine Faces face-painting booth, a science area, food vendors, live music, numerous children’s activities and a chance to win exciting custom raffle prizes.  Justin Lyons, Mary Kay Samouce, Chandler Williams with Modus Photography, Moore Family Folk Art, Visit South Walton’s Artist of the Year Juan Fransisco Adaro and Visit South Walton’s Photographer of the Year Shelly Swanger will all exhibit their works during the festival. Additionally, Swanger will conduct 20-minute family photo sessions for $100, perfect for holiday cards and to capture your family photo in the beautiful setting of Rosemary Beach®. E-mail shellysphoto@gmail.com to reserve your space and for more details.

Admission is complimentary and open to the public, although some activities within the festival may require a fee.

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Energy Expo in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 8

greenenergyTime: 8 a.m. -1 p.m.
Bring your family to the 3rd annual Energy Expo on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs for a morning of learning and fun.  Meet the marketers and sellers of solar energy, geothermal, compressed natural gas, bio-diesel, and wind-power products.  “Green builder,” contractors, government agencies, gardeners, farmers, homesteading, self-sustainability and other experts in their fields will be available to help commercial and residential customers learn ways to save money and conserve energy.

Vendors will have exhibits and materials to teach and/or explain their product or services.  Some vendors will provide demonstrations throughout the free event.  Wish to shred your personal sensitive documents?  Shred-it will be on hand for individuals (not businesses) to bring up to five boxes to shred in exchange for your donation to The Matrix (a faith-based social service agency serving needy families and individuals in the area).  Free entertainment.  Questions?  Sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs’ Special Events Committee.  Contact Cindy Peremeter at City Hall, (850) 892-8500.
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Pickin’ on the Porch at Freeport City Hall Sunday Nov. 9

pickinontheporchLocal musicians gather at the Freeport City Hall to play bluegrass, country and gospel music every second Sunday of the month (except holidays) from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Bring your acoustic instruments for an afternoon of clean family fun. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.  A family-oriented non-alcohol event. Free.

For additional information call Latilda Hughes at (850) 835-2340 or via email at lhughes@freeportflorida.gov.

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Historical tour of Coffee Nature Preserve Nov. 12

coffeenTime: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county.

Explore the Coffeen Nature Preserve and its history of World War II missile testing. The 220-acre nature preserve is owned by the Coffeen Land Trust, a local environmental non-profit organization dedicated to preserving it “as a place of peace and quiet and a haven for all God’s creatures.” Its history however is far from quiet. It was used as a secret missile test site by the Army Air Force during World War II. Hundreds of JB-2 “Buzz Bombs,” (the first pilotless, jet propelled missiles) were launched from the dunes into the Gulf of Mexico.

Join Susan Paladini, the resident manager, and explore the site where America’s strategic missile program began. You will view the original military photographs inside the “mess hall” and learn about the generous gift of the founder, the late Dorothy Coffeen.

This will be followed by a hike of approximately 1. miles around the property, which will include walking along two original missile launch ramps, stepping down into concrete launch bunkers and viewing other military buildings. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Preserve and Fuller Lake. This is the most western of Walton County’s globally rare and imperiled coastal dune lakes.

Participants are encouraged to wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellant and to bring bottled water. Closed-toed or other suitable walking shoes are a must.

Space is limited to 16 participants. Minimum of 2 required. Location: Coffeen Nature Preserve, Santa Rosa Beach. Fee: $20

Click here to learn more, then call to reserve your space at 850-200-4160.

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Take a guided kayak tour of Western Lake Nov. 13

greategretwesternlakeTime: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county.

This tour is kayak only. Travel from the water entry point of Western Lake to the lake outfall into the Gulf of Mexico. Discussion topics will include history, coastal dune lake ecology, and local anecdotes, as well as, efforts to preserve the lakes and how the lakes preserve us.

Moderate or higher exertion level, depending on wind conditions. Participants are asked to bring at least one quart of water/person, forecast compatible clothing and personal comfort items (i.e. sunscreen, bug spray, etc.). Kayak rental included in the cost of the tour.

Space is limited to 8 participants. Minimum of 4. Location: Meet at the Boathouse at WaterColor, 34 Goldenrod Circle

Fee: $60 for kayak, $45 if supplying own craft

Click here to learn more, then call to reserve your space at 850-200-4160.

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Community clean up day at Legion Park Nov. 15

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Sponsored by Walton County District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander, Walton County Solid Waste and Public Works, there will be a community clean up day at Legion Park Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dumpsters will be provided for Walton County residents to dump trash, yard debris, tires, appliances, and other miscellaneous items. A crew and equipment to off-load heavy items will be available. Recycling trailers will also be available for newsprint, glass, and aluminum.

DO NOT BRING: poisons, pesticides, paints, thinners, gasoline, and other flammables.

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Pleasant Ridge Arena hosts Neigh and Bray fun show Nov. 15

Pleasant Ridge Arena in DeFuniak Springs is hosting a Neigh and Bray Fun Show. Sponsored by owners Diana and Rex Brannon, young children will enjoy stick races, and lead line while the more seasoned riders will compete in pole bending, barrel racing Western and English pleasure and more. There is a class for everyone and every breed. The Neigh and Bray show is held the third Saturday of every month. To find out more, go to their website at pleasantridgearena.com. Phone: (850) 892-5398. Show starts at 4 p.m. and is free for spectators.

Location: Pleasant Ridge Arena is located at 1917 Pleasant Ridge Road in DeFuniak Springs.

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Rosemary Beach Unleashed Festival Nov. 23

Rosemary Unleashed PosterTime: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Bring the whole family, four-legged children included, to St. Augustine Park in Rosemary Beach for a fun-filled day with a Westminster style dog show, vendors, activities for families, kids, and pets, a photo booth by Steve Wells Photography, dog agility demos, and contests.

If you would like to make a $100 donation and see your dog on the Rosemary Beach Unleashed poster, visit http://rosemarybeachfoundation.org/rosemary-beach-unleashed/.

Alaqua Animal Refuge is the premier no-kill animal shelter in Northwest Florida. Since Alaqua’s inception in 2007, the refuge has placed over 10,000 animals of all kinds into homes. Alaqua has grown to become a recognized leader in animal welfare and animal cruelty prevention.

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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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First Saturday at Florida Farmers Market Dec. 6

santafloridafarmersmktTime 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free pictures with Santa, crafts, baked goods, and farmers at their monthly First Saturday event at Florida Farmers Market located at 21867 U.S. Hwy. 331 N, Paxton.

Free photos of your children with Santa from a professional photographer. Photos can be downloaded for free from their Facebook page after the event.

For more information, call 850-708-9195.

Items that will be at this event: baked goods, homemade bread, jewelry, leather goods, gift baskets, monogrammed items, Christmas ornaments, crocheted afghans, and more.

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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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Winter Solstice Run benefits Project Congo Dec. 21

solsticerunAmavida Coffee & Tea is helping to host The 2014 Winter Solstice Run in Santa Rosa Beach on Dec. 21. The Run is an all-day ultra-run, starting at sunrise in Rosemary Beach, the run is 40 miles along the beaches, around the many lakes of South Walton, and through Florida state forests until sunset.

It is all about fun, adventure and camaraderie without being a race. The purpose is to raise awareness and funds to support On The Ground’s Project Congo. Project Congo concentrates on gender equality and raising awareness about the key issues faced by coffee farming families in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The work aims to break the chains of poverty and conflict while supporting women empowerment groups in coffee communities of the region.

Distance Options:
40 miles – The whole shebang. Start at sunrise and finish at sunset!
20 miles – Half-Solstice option: Begin with the team and run the first 20 miles!
Relay – You and three others each run a 10 mile leg (4 per team)!
The First 10 – Begin with the team and run the first 10 miles!

Participating runners are asked to raise $1,000 each, although we will not turn anyone away who does not reach the goal (minimum suggested donation of $100). Participating runners will have approximately 12 hours to finish the 40 miles (minimum pace of about 18 minutes per mile).

There is no registration fee for The Winter Solstice Run. Instead, participating runners are asked to solicit pledges from friends and family to support Project Congo – a goal of $1,000 per runner, but all contributions are welcome. Funds will go directly to OTG’s Project Congo supporting women’s empowerment programs in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

After registering you will receive a packet about the run details, fundraising and more information about On The Ground and Project Congo. Contact sarah.hamon@amavida.com to learn more and answer any questions. Sign up to run at www.wintersolsticerun.org.

You may sponsor a runner through Razoo. Go to http://www.razoo.com/team/2014-Winter-Solstice-Run and choose a runner to support. All funds go directly to Project Congo. You may donate through On The Ground’s website: http://onthegroundglobal.org/project-congo/.

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American roots music concert at Camp Helen State Park lodge Jan. 10

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., Jan, 10, Camp Helen presents Brian Smalley, a singer/songwriter/guitarist with an ability to turn original songs into “musical novellas.”  With his mastery of the guitar and his singing ability, Brian Smalley combines covers from artists like Jerry Reed, John Prine, Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, John Hartford, Chet Atkins, Peter Rowan and Richard Thompson “with crowd pleasing original pieces.”  He plays with skill and energy. Learn more about Smalley at reverbnation.com/briansmalley.

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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American roots music concert at Camp Helen State Park lodge Jan. 24

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., Jan, 24, Camp Helen presents California twosome Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald perform, providing a complete package in every sense.  Beautiful lyrics, infused with killer guitar and harmonies that stir listeners, are their hallmark.  Performing together for 28 years, they’ve been applauded throughout the United States and overseas for their “exquisite harmony, compelling songwriting, deceptively simple arrangements and intricate guitar work.”  They are Kerrville, Telluride and Rocky Mountain New Folk award winners. Learn more at kammmac.com

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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American roots music concert at Camp Helen State Park lodge Feb. 7

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., Feb. 7, Camp Helen presents the New 76ers, a Tallahassee trio of young singers/songwriters/musicians. The 76ers have appeared on many stages throughout the south. With a sound like Neil Young, Allison Krause and Tom Petty, this family of performers has a “collective respect for acoustic and electric music,” one that depends on their Southern musical heritage.  Their mission is “to give love through their music.” Learn more about the 76ers at acoustichappiness.com

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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American roots music concert at Camp Helen State Park lodge Feb. 21

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., Feb. 21, Granville Automatic, a songwriting/performing duo of Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins, will be featured at Camp Helen.  From Nashville, they make music from their “shared love of history, horses, and war,” bringing listeners Civil War battlefields and a tangle of haunting vocals and beautiful lyrics.  Sounding like Lyle Lovett, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, they’ve written together more than 90 songs–almost all of which tell stories from history. Learn more about Grandville Automatic at granvilleautomatic.com.

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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American roots music concert at Camp Helen State Park lodge Mar 7

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., Mar. 7, Camp Helen Americana concerts features Scott and Michelle Dalziel, who are originally from Iowa and now call Florida home.  A singer/songwriting duo, they deliver “solid melodies, meaningful lyrics, heartfelt and amusing stories, tight harmonies and a solid instrumental foundation,” having performed at more than 200 acoustic venues nationwide.  They offer “an approachable performance of touching hearts and lifting moods.” Learn more at reverbnation.com/scottandmichelledalziel

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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