Upcoming Events

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South Walton Farmers markets

farmersmarketSeaside Amphitheater – Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. –
Tuesday 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 Community Town Center 
Reap fresh produce and more from local farmers on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Rosemary Beach. Market located on N. Barrett Square.
9 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market at Sandestin
Saturdays Year Round 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Grand Park (Between Tommy Bahamas and Cantina Laredo)
600 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach

Emerald Coast Farmers’ Market at Seascape Resort
100 Seascape Drive, Miramar Beach
Tuesdays Year Round 1 – 6 p.m.
Thursdays (Memorial Day-Labor Day) 12 Noon –  6 p.m.

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Baytowne on Ice through Feb. 10

iceskatingDust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne On Ice. For those visitors who miss the cold and ice, Baytowne’s seasonal ice skating rink is the perfect opportunity to share some of your favorite holiday traditions. Rink hours vary daily.

Admission $11 for an hour and a half, $3 skate rental. Click here for hours.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West, Miramar Beach.

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Christmas Reflections in DeFuniak Springs through Dec. 31

 Christmas Reflections in DeFuniak Springs runs from 5 – 9 p.m. nightly Nov. 25 – Dec. 31. See how six million Christmas lights multiply to 12 million when reflected on the perfectly round lake which is the centerpiece of the DeFuniak Springs Historic District. This incredible display on the original grounds of Florida’s Historic Chautauqua has no equal. $3/person, Season Passes $35, ages 6 and under free.

Carriage rides by High Horse Farm LLC will be available for an additional fee Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 16 and running through Dec. 31.  Sponsored by the Christmas Reflections Committee of the City of DeFuniak Springs.

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DeFuniak Springs Christmas parade Dec. 10

Folks from around DeFuniak Springs will be lining up along Circle Drive to enjoy the annual DeFuniak Springs Christmas Parade on Dec. 10, 2014. Hosted by the DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club, the parade will feature a variety of colorful floats and marching bands.

Parade starts at 1 p.m.

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Tuba Christmas, Ice Skating Extravaganza at Village of Baytowne Wharf Dec. 10

Date/time: Saturday, December 10, 5 – 8 p.m.

Location: Events Plaza Stage

The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin Resort will be hosting an evening of holiday entertainment on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Playground Music Center presents a Tuba Christmas where more than 30 brass instruments play some of your favorite holiday classics starting at 5 p.m.

Then Baytowne will host two ice skating shows with figure skating pair Jennifer Don and Ryan Berning. It will be a fun night for the whole family.

Jennifer Don is a National, International and World Junior Medalist in singles and pairs, U.S. National Collegiate Champion in singles, and National Champion of Taiwan in singles. She also holds a place in skating trivia for the first woman to ever win a competition under the new IJS judging system in Oberstdorf, Germany. At one point she was the only one who qualified to compete internationally in singles and pairs on the Junior Grand Prix Series. She was the head choreographer for the Four Continents Championships closing ceremony in Taiwan, working with olympians such as Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Mao Asada, Mirai Nagasu, and Daisuke Takahashi. Don also has a BA from UCLA.

Ryan Berning has been skating professionally for 7 years working for companies including Holiday on Ice, AEG entertainment, and Royal Caribbean cruise lines. While working for Royal Caribbean he had the opportunity to skate aboard three different ships: The Voyager of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, and Allure of the Seas. He is the former 3 time national skater and 3 time Junior National competitor for the United States. He was the Midwestern Sectional Champion in Junior pairs.

The evening finish off with a fireworks display at the Lagoon at 8 p.m.

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Small ruminants seminar in DeFuniak Springs Dec. 13

babygoatsFor those in the area who raise or have an interest in small ruminants, the University of Florida Extension Service is offering an educational program covering several topics related to raising animals such as goats and sheep. It will be held at the Walton County Extension Office in DeFuniak Springs on Tuesday, December 13th from 3 -6 pm. Topics covered will include parasite and disease management, forages and pasture management, selecting quality animals, and poisonous pasture plants. There will be a $10 fee to attend. For more information, please contact the Walton County Extension Office at (850) 892-8172 or email [email protected].

The event will be held at the UF/ IFAS Walton County Extension, 732 N. 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL

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Historic Wesley house at Eden Gardens State Park decorated for the holidays, Candlelight Tour Dec. 17

Eden Gardens State Park and the Friends of Eden invite you to join them for a tour of the Wesley House through the holidays. All of the rooms of the historic home have been decorated with Christmas cheer. Each room is decorated in a variety of different themes by local organizations.

Tours of the Wesley House are Thursday – Monday from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., every hour on the hour. The Christmas decorations will be up through Dec. 31. The rest of the park is open 7 days a week.

On Dec. 17, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., enjoy the Candlelight Tour, with a traditional walk through the luminaries to the Historic Wesley House to enjoy it’s beautifully seasonally decorated rooms along with carolers singing Christmas songs. After the tour is completed, the Friends of Eden will be providing refreshments in the pavilion. It’s an evening meant to be enjoyed by all who attend. Donations to the Friends of Eden Gardens are welcome and appreciated.  
Fees: Admission fees to the park and the event are waived for the Candlelight Tour.
 Contact: (850) 267-8320. ::MAP::
Directions
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459

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Hydrobike Christmas cocoa, campfire and carols Dec 17, 18, 22

hydrobikecampfireEmerald Coast Hydrobikes and Grayton Beach Catering have teamed up to bring you a holiday celebration the whole family will remember. The night begins by exploring the Choctawhatchee Bay until the sky paints a beautiful sunset. Then gather around the campfire with old friends and new. Chili will be served. Hot dogs and marshmallows will be roasted while we sing Carols and enjoy “Charlie’s Favorite Christmas” read by Cheri Peebles

Space is limited so book early. Advance registration required. Choose a Hydrobike or a Klear Kanoo.

Check in between 3 and 4 pm

Explore by Hydrobike or Klear Kanoo and watch the sunset over the Choctawhatchee Bay before returning to the dock for a holiday campfire.

Campfire at the Dock around 5 pm

Roast your own hot dogs and make s’mores over the fire. We will lead the Christmas Carols and Cheri of Grayton Beach Catering will read “Charlie’s Favorite Christmas” by Bryan Kennedy. Hot dogs, chili, Smore’s, bottled water, hot cocoa, apple cider and coffee are included.

Expect to be done around 8 pm

Prices are $45 per adult, $35 under 12 (big enough to ride their own Hydrobike), $15 under 8 (just the right size to ride with mom or dad), $20 Adult non rider.
Gratuity not included.

Book by phone or online: 850-598-7949
[email protected]
emeraldcoasthydrobikes.com

Location: Tom’s Landing 78 Ricker Ave Santa Rosa Beach.
From Hwy 98 and the intersection of Hwy 331 go east (towards Panama City) to the next light and turn left onto Bay Drive. Take Bay drive about one mile to Ricker Ave and turn left. Emerald Coast Hydrobikes is the first driveway on the right.

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Family New Year’s early celebration at Baytowne Dec. 31

baytownefireworksThe Village of Baytowne Wharf will be rocking in the New Year with an end-of-the year celebration. The family-friendly early evening is from 6-8pm with face painting, kids activities, and a fireworks display at 8 pm.

Ring in 2017 with an evening to remember, with two fireworks displays and dance the night away with LIVE music till 1 a.m.

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Polar Bear Plunge in Santa Rosa Beach Jan. 1

SWFDPolarbearsplash1The South Walton Fire District in conjunction with Gulf Place will be hosting the 4th Annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day at Ed Walline Beach Access.

Registration starts at 11am at Gulf Place. “Plunge” starts at 1 p.m. sharp! A $20 donation is encouraged as all proceeds will benefit the SWFD Department Relations Committee (DRC). The DRC purchases fire/life safety educational-promotional items for community based educational programs that are held throughout the year. For more information, contact Sammy Sanchez at [email protected]

Make a splash on New Year’s Day and enjoy a bonfire, music and food.

In the event of Red Flag conditions, the plunge will relocate to the Gulf Place Community Park pool. Please follow the SWFD Facebook page for updates. In addition, The Gulf Place Facebook page will also carry all the Polar Bear Plunge updates as well.

Ed Walline beach access is located at the south end of CR393 in Santa Rosa Beach.

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30A Songwriters Festival Jan. 13 – 16

johnprineThe 8th annual 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL– set for January 13-16, 2017 is held in venues along scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s South Walton County. Concerts will feature headline performances from esteemed artists John Prine, Cheap Trick, Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, and Shawn Colvin.
The four-day music festival features over 250 performances in venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters amid a backdrop of brilliant white sand beaches, turquoise waters and stunning architecture. Representing diverse styles ranging from folk and country to rock and alternative, the line-up always features nationally-acclaimed songwriters and musicians.

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Walton Master Gardeners tree sale Jan. 21

blueberries2The Walton County Master Gardeners are busy planning for their annual plant and tree sale to be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 9 a.m. to noon at the County Fair Grounds.

In the past couple years we have had difficulty getting citrus plants; however, this year we have a good supply of quality plants.  A limited number of Satsuma tangerines, Meyer lemons and navel oranges will be available through pre-order on a first come-first served basis while supplies last.  We will also have citrus available, including the types listed above as well as Hamlin orange, kumquat and grapefruit, on sale day.

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