Upcoming Events

:: Ongoing ::

Farmer’s markets every Saturday and Sunday

tomatoesSeaside Amphitheater – Saturday, Market Shops Sandestin Sunday
Time: 8 a.m. – 12 Noon – 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.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

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

—————————————————————————————————————————————

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

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Enjoy a guided tour of the wet prairies and rare plants of Point Washington State Forest Sept. 1

wetprairies2Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county.

Guide: Tom Green ($10 for instructor, $5 CBA) Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We will visit several wet prairies in Pt. Washington State Forest. Observe and identify pitcher plants, sundews and other carnivorous plants, plus many other native plants that are typically found only in this kind of habitat. Several of these species are threatened or endangered. The history and ecology of the prairies will be discussed, as well as, the role of fires in these precious ecosystems. This tour is led by an accomplished biologist who has been involved in describing and mapping wet prairies in south Walton County.

Moderate difficulty, walking about a mile, including over boggy ground that may have some standing water. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellant, and hat. Wear long pants and closed-toed sturdy shoes (no sandals or flip-flops) that can get wet and muddy. A walking stick and camera are recommended.

Space is limited to 15 participants. Minimum of 4.

Location: Meet at South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32549. Vehicle caravan to event location. Fee: $15 + $2 forest entry fee at entrance of park.

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

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Historical tour of Coffee Nature Preserve Sept. 3

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.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

DeFuniak Springs Garden Club meets Sept. 3

nativeplantsThe public is invited to join the DeFuniak Springs Garden Club for its first meeting of the 2014-2015 season. The meeting is September 3, at 11:30 am in the Life Enrichment Center, 312 College Ave, DeFuniak Springs. A light lunch will be served followed by a plant swap; emphasis on winter vegetables and herbs. Educational programs and field trips for October 2014-May 2015 will be announced.

The DeFuniak Garden Club is a group of people joined together by appreciation of plants and the environment. The club participates in several projects aimed at beautification and service to the city. New members and visitors are always welcomed.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Getting to Know the Natives – Garden & Trail Tour every Wednesday in Sept. and Oct.

 Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county. *Special host-plant education and milkweed planting in October*

Time: 3   – 5 p.m.

Get acquainted with the local flora and fauna as you enjoy a guided tour of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail at Northwest Florida State College (South Walton Center). Plants featured in the Garden, Trail and Wildflower Meadow are critical to habitat preservation, providing food and shelter for hundreds of species of pollinators, amphibians, reptiles, birds and small mammals. The area is mostly handicap accessible. It is established as a teaching/demonstration/leisure site for students and the general public. Session will include an overview/introduction followed by a two-hour docent led walk, approximately 1 mile. Appropriate for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited to 16 participants. Minimum of 4 required. Fee: $15

Location: South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach

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

—————————————————————————————————————————————

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.
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::

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Blueberry jam and fig preserve party at DeFuniak Springs Extension office Sept. 4

figs

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Walton County Extension Office is hosting a workshop on canning figs. A short program will be given to cover the basics and then blueberries and figs will be preserved through the water bath methods. Everyone goes home with a jar of preserves and the knowledge of how to safely preserve food through the water bath method. Call 850-892-8172 to register. Pre-registration is required. Cost of the program is $15 with payment due at registration.

The UF/IFAS Extension office is located at 732 N. 9th Street, DeFuniak Srpings. For more information contact Ricki McWilliams via email at rickim@ufl.edu.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Nick’s Chicks lady anglers tournament September 6

nickschicksAttention lady anglers, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant is hosting Nick’s Chicks ladies anglers tournament on September 6, 2014. Reel in redfish, speckled trout, catfish and ladyfish from the Choctawhatchee Bay for prize money.

Entry Fee- $50.00 per person All payouts guaranteed (based on minimum of 40 anglers)

Payout:  1st place-$500.00, 2nd place-$400.00, 3rd place-$300.00, 4th place-$200.00, 5th place-$100.00  Mystery stringer: $500. Door Prizes and gifts for places 6th-10th.  Payout based on a 50 angler participation.

CLICK HERE to download rules.

Starting Time & Point: Starting time will be at daybreak on Sept. 6. This is a Choctawhatchee Bay Tournament.  All fish must be caught in the Choctawhatchee Bay or estuaries there of (Brooks Bridge to Peach Creek).

For all questions and concerns contact Trey Nick @ 850-835-2222 or 850-830-6161.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

The Biophilia Center takes you Under the Sea Sept. 6

E.O.WilsonBiophiliaCenter-FreeportFLHead over to the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center on Saturday, September 6 for an Under The Sea Day.

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Activities include:
Marine Touch Tanks
Sharks with the Gulfarium at 11 a.m.
Hands on Oyster Reef Demo with CBA
Japanese Fish Print Art
Sandcastle Station
Candy Shark Tooth Necklaces
Squid Balloons
Mermaid Races
*Snacks available for purchase.

Admission: Adults $8, Children $5 2 and Under FREE
4956 State Hwy 20 East. Freeport, Florida 32439. For more information, call 850-835-1824

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Take a guided tour of the wet prairies at Grayton Beach State Park Sept. 6

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

Guide: Park Ranger Patrick Hartsfield

Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Join the Park Ranger for an informative tour of some of the park’s wet prairie restoration areas. Learn the importance of these areas, which endangered plants call them home, and how swamp titi trees impact the hydrology and flora of these areas. The ranger will discuss the importance of the Prescribed Fire program at Grayton Beach State Park, explaining how fire is a necessity for habitat restoration, wildlife management, and decreasing loading fuels to help with the prevention of wildfires.

Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Difficulty is moderate. Participants will hike approximately 2 – 2.5 miles out to one of the restoration sites and then hike back. The topography is not level. It is also sandy/muddy in areas. Participants should bring water, sunscreen, insect repellant, and a hat. Participants must wear appropriate hiking/walking attire. NO OPEN-TOED SHOES, SANDALS, OR FLIP-FLOPS ALLOWED. Pets are not allowed on this walk. Pets cannot be left unattended at any time or in a vehicle. Event is subject to cancellation due to bad weather, unforeseen situations, or prescribed burning in the area.

Space is limited to 12 participants. Minimum of 5 required. Location: Grayton Beach State Park, 357 Main Park Rd, Santa Rosa Beach

Participants will meet at the ranger station. Fee: $15 + $5 entry fee (paid at time of entrance)

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

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Enjoy a guided birding tour of Walton County on Saturdays in Sept. and Oct.

ashthroatedflycatcherHosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county. Enjoy a birding tour on Saturdays in September and October (except. 10/18).

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

All tours will take place in Walton County, but individual destinations will vary depending on target species and time of the year. If you wish to have more information on the tour being offered on the upcoming Saturday, please feel free to call the instructor, Alan Knothe, evenings between 5  and 9 p.m. at 850-208-1780.

The Florida Panhandle offers some of the country’s best birding opportunities. Walton County is rich in migrant and resident species. Shorebird migration is going strong in September and songbirds and raptors peak in October. The renowned tour guide is Alan Knothe, a trained biologist, has taught birding and naturalist courses for more than 20 year in the Florida Panhandle. You will not only see a vast array of species on these tours, but you will also learn all the secrets to identifying them by sight, sound and behavior.

Please bring a pair of binoculars and your favorite birding guidebook. (A limited number of loaner binoculars are available). Other recommended items to bring are drinking water, snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent. It is recommended to wear close-toed shoes and long pants. Walking is light to moderate. Some tours may visit state parks and other areas that have an entrance fee. This fee is NOT included in the price of the tour and is the responsibility of the tour participant.

Space is limited to 12 participants. Minimum of 3 required.

Location: Meet at the South Walton County Tourist Development Council Welcome Center at the intersection of US 331 and US 98. Meet in the parking lot.

Fee: $35. Click here to learn more, then call to reserve your space at 850-200-4160.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Camp Helen history tour Sept. 6

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::

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Historical tour of Coffee Nature Preserve Sept. 10

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.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Seagrove Garden Club meets Sept. 10

seagrovegardenclubAfter a summer hiatus, the Seagrove Garden Club will begin its fifty-first year at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2014 by gathering at Café Thirty-A, 3899 Scenic Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach. The program will be Flowers, Food, and Friends with Tim Ryan, Florida State Master Designer, Manager of Hibiscus Café, Chef, and Caterer, and Seagrove Garden Club Honorary Member. Come and enjoy a fun program and learn new ideas for the upcoming season.

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month September thru May at 10 am. The cost to members will average $20.00 depending on the venue. Guests will be an additional $5.00. Reservations are required for all meetings. If you would like to attend a meeting or would like more information on membership please contact Membership Chair: Julie Bogenreif 850-591-4811 mbogenreif@hotmail.com or for Reservations: Dianne Smith at 850-866-6691 diannie168@yahoo.com. Please see our website at www.seagrovegardenclub.com . We welcome your comments and input.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

9/11 Heroes Run and 5K walk at Grayton Beach State Park Sept. 13

GraytonBeachSPTime: 8 a.m.

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Grayton Beach State Park, in conjunction with the historic community of Grayton Beach and the 31 Heroes Project, invites you, your family, and friends to come and cheer on veterans of the armed forces and other participants of the 9/11 Heroes Run 5k Fun Run and Walk. The 5K will start on the beach at Grayton Beach State Park in South Walton County, Florida. Participants will run the sugar white sandy beach of Grayton Beach State Park, then traverse through the historic town of Grayton Beach, along the county paved bike path, turn and run along the park drive and end at the Grayton Beach State Park boat ramp area overlooking Western Lake. Large portions of the proceeds raised stay in the local community and support local veterans, their families, and first responders. Remaining proceeds support the race host non-profit Travis Manion Foundation Programs: Challenge Grants, which provide veterans and families of fallen service members support through service-based team building events that foster camaraderie and facilitate successful life transitions and the Travis Manion Foundation Character Does Matter program.

· 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- 3 hours.
· Must have the ability to traverse wet, sloped, sandy, uneven terrain, and paved roadways/trails for 3.1 miles, independently or with the assistance of a companion.
· Must have the ability to use a computer or smartphone to register for the event online (registration is available online only).
· Should be able to listen and understand information being shared by race staff and volunteers.
· Must have the ability to walk and/or move at a fast and steady pace.
Fees: Entrance fees are waived for run participants and support staff only.
Contact: (850) 267-8300
Directions: Grayton Beach State Park is located South of U.S. 98 approximately halfway between Panama City Beach and Destin. Take County Road 283 south of U.S. 98, turn left at the stop sign on 30A. Approximately half a mile east of the intersection of County Road 30A and County Road 283 the entrance is on the right.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Take a guided butterfly tour on bicycle Sept. 14

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

Guide: MaryAnn Friedman. Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This tour offers a view of the local flora and fauna by bike along paved trails around the Northwest Florida State College South Walton campus. The adventure tour will begin at the famous native plant trail created by the Florida Master Gardeners. The time of this tour is during one of the peak times for blooming flowers and trees in Florida. Search and identify adult butterflies and caterpillars with a butterfly and native plant expert. Collection of plants or insects will NOT be tolerated, however, a net may be used during the tour to study and release insects. Please carry water, small camera, and close-focusing binoculars. Wear bike helmet, sunglasses, sun screen and close-toed shoes. Insect repellent, long pants and socks are recommended. Biking will be light to moderate exercise. We may walk into wooded areas where there could be thorny plants, ticks and mosquitoes.

Bicycles will NOT be provided. Bicycles may be rented through Blackbeard Bike Rental (please inquire for more details)

Space is limited to 12 participants (adults only for safety precautions). Minimum of 5 required Location: Meet at NWFSC South Walton campus with bicycle.

Space is limited to 10 participants (adults only for safety precautions). Minimum of 5 required. Fee: $20

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

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Pickin’ on the Porch at Freeport City Hall Sunday Sept. 14

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.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Holmes Creek clean up day Sept. 16

holmescreek2Date/time: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Washington County Tourist Development Council along with Holmes Creek Canoe Livery, Old Cypress Canoe Rentals and Snaggy Bend Outfitters will host the first annual Holmes Creek Clean-Up on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. The meet-up location will be at Holmes Creek Livery (near the Hwy. 79 bridge) at 2899 Highway 79 in Vernon. ::map::

Come help keep Holmes creek clean by removing trash from the summer season. Three segments of the creek will be cleaned along with the boat landing parks. The Holmes Creek liveries will provide free canoe rentals along with plenty of bottled water. Be the individual to collect the most trash and you will win a two-night vacation to Top of the Gulf condominiums on beautiful Panama City Beach donated by Snaggy Bend Outfitters. Other prizes for runners up include free canoe rentals for the 2015 season. Be sure to bring your grabbers and gloves.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Take a guided tour of south Walton’s coastal dune lakes Sept. 16

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

Guide: Brooke Saari, UF/IFAS Sea Grant Extension

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This educational tour will introduce participants to the Jewels of 30A – the coastal dune lakes of Walton County, Florida. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare ecosystems, which exist in just a few places around the world. They are primarily freshwater systems that sit along the coastline. But here in South Walton, the lakes periodically break through the beach and connect to the Gulf of Mexico. A saltwater exchange occurs, which supports an incredible biological community.

The tour of the coastal dune lakes will follow Scenic Highway 30A. We will make several stops along the way, visiting three to five coastal dune lakes. We will explore the unique character of the different lakes as we discuss ecology, water quality, and human impacts. We will enjoy photographic vistas, take a short hike within the dune system, and stop for a picnic lunch in one of the local state parks.

Participants should plan for easy to moderate short hiking, getting in and out of vans and/or bus, and being outside in the sunny and possibly windy conditions associated with coastal areas. Bring a camera and /or binoculars if you like. We suggest a hat, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and layered weather-appropriate clothing, including rain gear if needed. Tours will go on, rain or shine; stops may be adjusted according to weather conditions to suit the comfort of the participants. Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited to 30 participants. Minimum of 5 required.

Location: Meet at South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. Participants will ride as a group in a van to all of the stops.

Fee: $45. Click here to learn more, then call to reserve your space at 850-200-4160.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Historical tour of Coffee Nature Preserve Sept. 10

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.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Freeport Choctawhatchee BayFest fishing tournament September 20

freeportbayfestNick’s Seafood Restaurant is hosting a fishing tournament in conjunction with the Freeport Bayfest on Sept. 20. Entry fee is $50 per angler and the weight in location is at Hammock Bay Sports Complex in Freeport.

TOURNAMENT TIME: Safe light in the Choctawhatchee Bay, morning of September 20, 2014. Tournament will end at 4 p.m.

WEIGH-INS:  3 – 4 p.m. *NO FISH WILL BE WEIGHED BEFORE 3 p.m.

SPECIES: Speckled Trout, Redfish, and all other freshwater/saltwater fish species that are caught in the Choctawhatchee Bay or Estuaries thereof.

SCORING: Based on TOTAL WEIGHT of species per division.

GEAR & FISHING METHOD: Hook and line, live and artificial bait. Cast net may be used to catch Mullet and baitfish.

All Anglers are subject to polygraph examination.

CANCELLATION: Tournament Director may cancel or postpone the tournament at his discretion, not limited to inclement weather and registered participants.

PAYOUTS: Payouts for each division are based upon a 50 angler roster. In the event that there are less than 50 participating anglers, payouts will be based upon percentage.

TOURNAMENT DIVISIONS: Speckled Trout & Redfish Division: Combined total weight of two (2) Speckled Trout (one trout may exceed 20”), AND one (1) Redfish (must be legal slot size; 18” -27”).

***Division Payout***
1st Place – $1,000
2nd Place – $500
3rd Place – $200

All Species Division: Combined total weight of five (5) Choctawhatchee Bay species (NO LARGER than 20” in length.)

***Division Payout***
1st Place – $500
2nd Place – $300
3rd Place – $200

Junior Division: Junior Anglers 14 yrs. and younger compete in their own division and the overall division. All junior anglers will be recognized for their catch.

All questions or concerns regarding this tournament, contact TREY NICK at (850) 835-2222 OR (850) 830-6161.

Registration available at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant in Basin Bayou, or over the phone via credit card at (850) 835-2222.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Bayfest coming to Freeport Regional Sports Complex September 20

freeportbayfestThe City of Freeport will be hosting their inaugural ‘BAYFEST’ on Saturday September 20, 2014 at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex at Hammock Bay from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The festival will feature a variety of entertainment for everyone with musical genre including country, gospel, jazz, blues and rock-n-roll.  Other events include a fishing tournament, hosted by Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, a 5k run and gumbo cook off the morning of the festival, antique car show, kids fun zone, arts and crafts, as well as plenty of food vendors.

Musical performers will take the stage at 11a.m. beginning with: Gospel group, The Freedom Hill Quartet followed by Elvis impersonator, Jerome Jackson, at 1 p.m. Blues music will be performed by the David Geralds Band at 3 p.m., and the sensational jazz music of Jones and Company will start at 5 p.m. Country music recording artist, Shane Owens, will take the stage at 7 p.m. to entertain with hits such as “Bottom Of The Fifth”, “Redneck” and “19″.

Freeport Regional Sports Complex is located at 671 Hammock Trail East, Freeport, FL. 32439.

This is a tobacco-free facility. No alcohol, pets, coolers, bikes, or skateboards.
Armbands will be sold at the gate the day of the event.  Admission is $5 for students and $10 for adults.

Application and Registration forms can be downloaded at www.FreeportBayfest.com.
For further information contact Freeport Mayor, Russ Barley, at 850-835-2822.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

International Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, September 20

trashTime: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is hosting the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the following beach accesses: Van Ness Butler Jr., Dune Allen, Ed Walline, Blue Mountain, Inlet Beach, and Gulf View Heights. It is easy to get involved, there is no age limit or special skills required— supplies and water to be provided to all volunteers.

For more information on how you can support beach cleanup contact Stacey Infinger at (850) 267-4578 or stacey@visitsouthwalton.com

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Pleasant Ridge Arena hosts Neigh and Bray fun show Sept. 20

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.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Enjoy a guided tour and paddle of Morrison Springs Sept. 25

morrison1Time: 8:30 – 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.

Learn about Florida’s crystal clear springs as we paddle Morrison Springs in Northeast Walton County. We will paddle and explore around the spring and then out towards the Choctawhatchee River and back.

Learn about our precious local water resources, how many millions of gallons of water Morrison Springs emits every day, and where the water comes from. We will also discuss the flora and fauna that inhabits the wetland area.

Bring water, a snorkel, waterproof camera, sunscreen, towel, and your swimsuit. Pack a lunch if you wish, as there is a pavilion and restroom facility available at the park. The event and swimming is dependent on river conditions.

Moderate exertion level. Basic kayak/canoe knowledge required. The paddle is approximately 2 hours. Travel time approximately 45 minutes each way.

Space is limited to 7 participants. Minimum of 4 required.

Location: meet at the Northwest Florida State College South College, 109 South Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. A van will be used to transport individuals.

Fee: $35 for the tour – Pay at the time of registration

Plus canoe/kayak rental fee of $35 – Pay directly to the outfitter the day of the tour; Cash or check. Specify kayak or canoe preference at the time of registration.

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

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Historical tour of Coffee Nature Preserve Sept. 29

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.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Walton County Fair coming to DeFuniak Springs Oct. 6-11

The Walton County Fair, a tradition since 1924, kicks off six days of family fun on Monday, Oct. 6, 2013.

Sticking to its roots as an agricultural fair, there will be livestock competitions every day including rabbit, poultry, hog, horse, lamb, goat and cattle shows.

The Fair also provides an opportunity for youth and adults to showcase their artwork, handicrafts, growing crops. Other activities will include a dog show, hot dog and pie eating contests, baked goods for sale and live music. Food vendors along the midway with rides will provide hours of entertainment for the entire family.

Cost: Adults $3, children (6-12) $2, 5 and under free.

Visit waltoncountyfair.com to view full schedule and ride armband prices for the week.

The fair is located at the Walton County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 83 one mile north of Hwy. 90 (790 North 9th Street) in DeFuniak Springs. ::MAP::

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Learn the basics of surf fishing at Grayton Beach State Park Oct. 8

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

Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m. Guide: Park Ranger Patrick Hartsfield

Park Ranger Hartsfield will demonstrate and instruct the basic skills needed for enjoying surf fishing. Learn how to catch bait, the proper technique when baiting your hook, and the different kinds of equipment and techniques used in surf fishing. Participants will also learn the dos and don’ts of surf fishing in the State of Florida.

Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Difficulty is low to moderate. Participants should bring their own rod/reel and tackle, sunscreen, hat, water, insect repellant, appropriate surf fishing/beach attire. Pets are not allowed at this event or on the beaches of Grayton Beach State Park. Pets cannot be left unattended at any time or in a vehicle. Event subject to cancellation due to bad weather, unforeseen situations, or hazardous surf conditions.

Space is limited to 12 participants. Minimum of 5 required. Location: Grayton Beach State Park, 357 Main Park Rd, Santa Rosa Beach

Participants will walk from the beach parking area, over the boardwalk, and across the sugar white sands of Grayton Beach to the shoreline.

Fee: $ 15 + $5 entry fee (paid at time of entrance)

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

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Take a guided tour of Peach Creek on kayak Oct. 9

peach1Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county.

Guide: Karl Renelt. Time: 9 – 11:30 a.m.

Launch from the astounding Eden Gardens State Park for a paddle tour through Tucker Bayou up to Peach Creek. Discuss environmental topics about marsh ecosystems and the local history including building of the Intracoastal Waterway, logging on the Choctawhatchee River, and turpentine industry.

Moderate or higher exertion level, depending on wind conditions. Participants are asked to bring at least a quart of water, snacks if desired, forecast compatible clothing and personal comfort items (i.e. Sunscreen, bug spray, etc.). Kayak rental included in the cost of the tour. Paddle board options upon request.

Space is limited to 8 participants. Minimum of 4. Location: Meet at Eden Gardens State Park, 181 Eden Drive, Santa Rosa Beach

Fee: $60 for kayak +$5 park entry fee / $40 if providing own craft+ $5 park entry fee

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

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Explore The Outdoors Festival comes to DeFuniak Springs Oct. 11, 2014

Walton Outdoors is excited to announce we will be hosting our annual Explore The Outdoors Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. along the beautiful lakeyard in DeFuniak Springs along Circle Drive. This fun-filled day is geared towards introducing children to the wonders of exploring the outdoors. Hands on activities will include fishing, boating, kayaking, wildlife encounters, interactive educational exhibits, nature-based crafts and much more. The event is free. The water activities are geared for children six-years-old and up. Food vendors will be on hand.Exploretheoutdoors2012

Activities and exhibits include:

• Fishing from the pier with the pros
• Fish Florida fishing rod giveaways
• Fishing education with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
• Kayaking with Snaggy Bend Outfitters
• Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge wildlife exhibit
• Birding with the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wildlife exhibit
• Wildlife and education with E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center
• South Walton Turtle Watch exhibit
• Topsail Hill Preserve State Park exhibit
• Henderson Beach State Park exhibit
• St. Andrews State Park exhibit
• Northwest Florida Astronomy club
• Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance touch tank
• Smokey the Bear and his friends from Forestry
• Deitrich’s Honey Farm
• Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute
• Eglin Aero Modellers demonstrations
• Boy Scout “Leave No Trace” campsite exhibit
• Tri-County Head Start fun
• Florida Public Archeology Network
• Nature based crafts
• Live music by Dismal Creek
• Food vendors

If you would like to learn more about how you can sponsor this great event, send us an email at info@waltonoutdoors.com

About Walton Outdoors: Walton Outdoors is the online resource for outdoor adventure in Walton County, Florida and surrounding area. Our mission is to educate and share news about great places to explore and showcase outdoor family-oriented events. For more information call (850) 267-2064.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Take a guided butterfly hike in Point Washington State Forest Oct. 13

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

Guide: MaryAnn Friedman. Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Take a guided walk through Point Washington State Forest to observe and identify the native plants, trees, grasses, insects, and butterflies. Your guide is a butterfly and native plant expert and well-seasoned in leading tours and presentations. You will walk a light to moderate trail discussing the flora and fauna of the state park and surrounding areas. This tour is held at the peak season of butterfly migration and fall flower blooming in Florida. We hope to be able to identify a variety of butterflies and host plants while walking on the trail. Collection of plants or insects are prohibited; however, a net may be used for study and release. Please carry water, small camera, and close-focusing binoculars. Wear hat, sunglasses, sun screen and close-toed shoes. Insect repellent, long pants and socks are recommended. We may walk into wooded areas where there could be thorny plants, ticks and mosquitoes.

Location: Meet at NWFSC South Walton campus.

Space is limited to 15. Minimum of 5 required. Fee: $15 + $2 forest entry fee at entrance of park

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

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Historical tour of Coffee Nature Preserve Oct. 15

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.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Take a guided tour of south Walton’s coastal dune lakes Oct. 16

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

Guide: Brooke Saari, UF/IFAS Sea Grant Extension

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This educational tour will introduce participants to the Jewels of 30A – the coastal dune lakes of Walton County, Florida. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare ecosystems, which exist in just a few places around the world. They are primarily freshwater systems that sit along the coastline. But here in South Walton, the lakes periodically break through the beach and connect to the Gulf of Mexico. A saltwater exchange occurs, which supports an incredible biological community.

The tour of the coastal dune lakes will follow Scenic Highway 30A. We will make several stops along the way, visiting three to five coastal dune lakes. We will explore the unique character of the different lakes as we discuss ecology, water quality, and human impacts. We will enjoy photographic vistas, take a short hike within the dune system, and stop for a picnic lunch in one of the local state parks.

Participants should plan for easy to moderate short hiking, getting in and out of vans and/or bus, and being outside in the sunny and possibly windy conditions associated with coastal areas. Bring a camera and /or binoculars if you like. We suggest a hat, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and layered weather-appropriate clothing, including rain gear if needed. Tours will go on, rain or shine; stops may be adjusted according to weather conditions to suit the comfort of the participants. Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited to 30 participants. Minimum of 5 required.

Location: Meet at South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. Participants will ride as a group in a van to all of the stops.

Fee: $45. Click here to learn more, then call to reserve your space at 850-200-4160.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Chautauqua Winery Annual Harvest Festival Oct. 18

chautaquavineyardsChautauqua Winery Annual Harvest Festival will be held on Oct. 18, 2014 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free wine tastings held under the large tent all day. Al Alvarado Project with guests Simply D’Vyne, plus Smokin’ Rodeo Band will be live in concert. Food plates sold by Pleasant Ridge BBQ. The Chautauqua Cruisers & friends will display striking vehicles for a Cruise-In. An array of art, jewelry, crafts, woodworking, & various vendors from the area will showcase their products. If interested to be a vendor e-mail Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery is located on Hugh Adams Road, 
Defuniak Springs, Florida 32435
. For more information, call 850-892-5887
.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Enjoy a guided tour of the wet prairies and rare plants of Point Washington State Forest Oct. 20

wetprairies2Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county.

Guide: Tom Green ($10 for instructor, $5 CBA) Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We will visit several wet prairies in Pt. Washington State Forest. Observe and identify pitcher plants, sundews and other carnivorous plants, plus many other native plants that are typically found only in this kind of habitat. Several of these species are threatened or endangered. The history and ecology of the prairies will be discussed, as well as, the role of fires in these precious ecosystems. This tour is led by an accomplished biologist who has been involved in describing and mapping wet prairies in south Walton County.

Moderate difficulty, walking about a mile, including over boggy ground that may have some standing water. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellant, and hat. Wear long pants and closed-toed sturdy shoes (no sandals or flip-flops) that can get wet and muddy. A walking stick and camera are recommended.

Space is limited to 15 participants. Minimum of 4.

Location: Meet at South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32549. Vehicle caravan to event location. Fee: $15 + $2 forest entry fee at entrance of park.

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

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Enjoy a guided tour of the Choctawhatchee River and Morrison Springs Oct. 24

Golden cypress trees at Morrison Springs in North Walton. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Time: 8:30– 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.

Learn about unique places tucked away along the Choctawhatchee River. Learn about our precious water resources, flood plains, where the river flows, and why it is ever changing. Then we will drive to Morrison Springs. Lean about how many millions of gallons of water Morrison Springs emits every day, and where the water comes from. We will also discuss the flora and fauna that inhabit the area. We will then take a dip in the cool, clear spring water.

Bring water, a snorkel, waterproof camera, sunscreen, towel, and your swimsuit. Pack a lunch if you wish, as there is a pavilion and restroom facility available at the park. The event and swimming is dependent on river conditions.

Moderate exertion level. Travel time approximately 1 hour each way. Space is limited to 7 participants. Minimum of 4 required .

Location: Meet at Northwest Florida State College South College, 109 South Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. A van will be used to transport individuals along the tour. Fee: $35

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

—————————————————————————————————————————————

Festival of the Arts in Destin Oct. 25-26, 2014

mattie4fbMattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 19th Annual Festival of the Arts on Oct. 25-26, 2014 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. One of the Southeast’s premier festivals, the event showcases the original artwork of more than 100 juried artists from across the U.S. who will compete for $10,000 in cash award prizes. Festival features include live music, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art raffle and more. A food bistro, wine bar & beer garden as well as convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are also available. Admission is $3/adult; children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org or call (850) 650-2226.

Event Details:
Event Name: Festival of the Arts
Hosted by: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Foundation
Description: The 19th annual festival showcases the original artwork of more than 100 juried artists and features live music, art activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art raffle and more. A food bistro, wine bar & beer garden as well as convenient parking and motor coach shuttle are also available.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 and Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
Location: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast
Cost: $3/adult; children (12 and under) are free
Website: MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org
Phone: (850) 650-2226

—————————————————————————————————————————————

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.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

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.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

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.

—————————————————————————————————————————————

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/.

 

Comments are closed.