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::

WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market
The WaterColor Community Association is hosting the WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market at Cerulean Park on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The market is open to the public. The market has an array of items to choose from with more than 30 participating vendors. Items such as local farm-fresh produce, eggs, and dairy products will be available. There will also be a large variety of organic and homemade items and artwork.

Rosemary Beach Barrett Square – Sunday 
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.

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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: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Starting with an open mic at 6:30 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.

April 30th– The Obscure Bothers

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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Learn about gopher tortoises at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park April 24

gophertortoiseDate/time: Friday April 24th, 2015, 1 – 2 p.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State park invites you come learn about the state tortoise of Florida, the Gopher Tortoise. These animals play an important role in our local upland ecosystems, and can even be found living out in our dunes.  Enter the park through the main gate and the staff will direct you to the park’s clubhouse, entry fee is $6.00.

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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Youth Fishing Rodeo at Eglin April 25-26

fishingrodeoJackson Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife will be hosting a fishing rodeo at Anderson Pond in Niceville. The event will be held April 25-26, 2015 on selected times:

10 a.m. – Noon
3 – 6 p.m.
4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
50 participants per period. RSVP with Jackson Guard during period of 17-24 April.

Call (850) 882-4165 or (850) 882-4166.

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Mattie Kelly Estuary Family Festival at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park April 25

estuaryfestival5The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) and Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute (MKEI) will jointly host the 8th Annual Mattie Kelly Estuary Family Festival at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The family-oriented festival offers exhibits and activities that celebrate Choctawhatchee Bay. Festival admission is free and the open to the public.

Activities and exhibits will include wildlife displays and shows, kayaking and paddle boarding tours, guided trail hikes by local experts, touch-tanks with Choctawhatchee Bay aquatic species, fish-print shirts, kid friendly crafts, scavenger hunts and more.

CBA is a non-profit watershed organization whose efforts are focused on raising awareness to increase the health and sustainability of local waterways, through the monitoring, research, restoration and education of the Choctawhatchee watershed. For over 19 years, CBA has promoted water stewardship within the Choctawhatchee Watershed, growing the network of supporters who have joined in the mission to provide a future for these natural resources.

For more information contact Sarah Davis at (850) 585-7926 or daviss26@nwfsc.edu.

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Learn about WWII history and more in a guided tour of Coffeen Nature Preserve April 25

 The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

April 25, May 6, May 16

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Explore the Coffeen Nature Preserve and its history of World War II missile testing.   Join Susan Paladini, 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 1½ 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.

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

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

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Pig roast, home tour, street dance benefit in DeFuniak Springs April 25

chautauquabuildingA pig roast benefit for the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood will be held in DeFuniak Springs on April 25 from 4 – 8 p.m. The event will be held at 676 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs. BBQ will served from 4 – 6 p.m. Entertainment starting at 6 p.m.

Tickets $25 each. Additional $10 ticket for art show and home tour.
Tickets available at City Hall and Walton Area Chamber of Commerce by advance purchase only. Raffle tickets for Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood dollhouse will be available 1 for $3 or 2 for $5.

All checks payable to City of DeFuniak Springs. For more information call Mitzie at 850-892-3191.

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CCA hosting kids fishing tournament in Grayton Beach April 26

kidfishThe 10th annual Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Kids Fishing Tournament will be held from 12 Noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Grayton Beach.

Sponsored by the Coastal Conservation Association, this popular tournament is for boys and girls age 15 and under. The kids will be given their own rod and reel combo from Fish Florida, along with beach rod holders from Ferguson Waterworks, and bait/rigs donated from Yellowfin Ocean Sports.

All participants shall be accompanied by an adult. All Florida Recreational Saltwater Fishing regulations shall apply. All fish shall be alive at weigh-in. Heaviest fish weighed shall determine leader in each age group.

Registration is $15 for tournament, rod and reel combo, T-shirt and one year Youth CCA membership.

Register on the back porch of The Red Bar in Grayton Beach. Contact Neill O’Connell at  (850) 419-1260 for more information.

The CCA is an angler advocacy group dedicated to conserving and protecting Florida’s marine fishery resources.  For more information about CCA go to: http://www.ccaflorida.org

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Camp Helen history tour May 2

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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Joffrey Ballet Concert Group performs in Seaside May 2

©Lois Greenfield 2013The Merchants of Seaside will host the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group for a debut performance in Seaside, Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission to attend the performance. For accommodations, visit www.seasidefl.com/vacation/rentals/.

The one and a half hour show will include 30 Joffrey company members performing a variety of dances ranging from modern and jazz to classical ballet. The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group is under the direction of Davis Robertson, choreographer and artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, the performance company of the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City.

For more information about Seaside, visit www.seasidefl.com.

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Getting to Know the Natives – Garden and Trail Tour offered by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance in May

 Dates offered: May 5, May 20

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County. 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.

Time: 3 – 5 p.m. Space is limited to 16 participants. Minimum of 4 required.

Location: South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. Fee: $15

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

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Container garden lecture in Santa Rosa Beach May 6

containergardenThe Walton County Master Gardeners continue the lecture series: “How Does Your Garden Grow?” for the month of May. The top ten (and more) plants for successful container gardening will be the topic.

Nothing brings instant color and interest to a garden like containers can.  Our local climate allows for year round container gardening. Master Gardener, Andrea Schnapp, will discuss successful (and not) annuals, perennials and shrub containers through a PowerPoint presentation. She will also cover designing, locating, maintaining your containers and even making your own potting mix.

The lecture will be on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Padgett Park Community Room located at 810 JD Miller Road (North off US 98 just West of the intersection with US 331) in Santa Rosa Beach.

These events, structured for the local home gardeners, are free and open to the public.  However, seating is limited, and reservations must be made by the Monday before the event by calling Cheryl at 850-892-8172.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions.  Soil testing and instructions will be available. This is a service of the University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Walton County.

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Take a guided tour of the wet prairies and rare plants of the Point Washington State Forest with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance May 11

 Date/time: May 11, 9 a.m. – 12 Noon

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

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

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

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Container garden lecture in DeFuniak Springs May 13

containergardenThe Walton County Master Gardeners continue the lecture series: “How Does Your Garden Grow?” for the month of May. The top ten (and more) plants for successful container gardening will be the topic.

Nothing brings instant color and interest to a garden like containers can.  Our local climate allows for year round container gardening. Master Gardener, Andrea Schnapp, will discuss successful (and not) annuals, perennials and shrub containers through a PowerPoint presentation. She will also cover designing, locating, maintaining your containers and even making your own potting mix.

The program will be offered on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs, next to the Fairgrounds.
These events, structured for the local home gardeners, are free and open to the public.

However, seating is limited, and reservations must be made by the Monday before the event by calling Cheryl at 850-892-8172.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions.  Soil testing and instructions will be available. This is a service of the University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Walton County.

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Old Nick’s Redfish Roundup tournament May 16, 2015

redfishtourneylogo2015Nick’s Seafood Restaurant will be hosting their 10th Annual Redfish Roundup tournament on Sat., May 16, 2015.  The tournament is brought to you by Treylermade Tournaments in a partnership with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.

Payout: $12,000.00 in cash and prizes. Prize money: 1st-$5,000.00, 2nd-$2,000.00, 3rd-$1,500.00, 4th-$1,000.00, 5th -$500.00. Mystery Weight: $500, Spots Division: $500, Smallest 2: $500. Payout is based on a 50 team participation.

All contestants must be registered by 7 p.m. on Friday, May 16. Click here to download tournament rules and entry form: redfishtourneyform2015

Call Trey Nick for more details at (850) 835-2222 or (850) 830-6161.

Entry Fee: $210.00 Per Two-Person Team ($10 goes to Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance).

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Pleasant Ridge Arena hosts Neigh and Bray fun show May 16

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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May Day Festival in DeFuniak Springs May 16

maydayfest2DGE Promotions presents the 7th annual May Day Festival in DeFuniak Springs on May 16. Activities are from 3 – 8 p.m. The festival will be held at  Douglass Crossroads Park, 2046 Douglass Crossroads, DeFuniak Springs.

2 p.m.  – The Soul Food vendors begin cooking

3 p.m. – DJ2Freaky of Pensacola FL, Starts jamming to R&B & Hip Hop Top 100. Pro Baseball Challenge “The Vernon Red Heads” VS “The Defuniak-PDL All Stars.”

4 p.m. – Nikki Demarks of Mobile will be on the mic hosting the festival.
4 – 6 p.m. – The Vikings Motorcycle Club from Pensacola performing motorcycle show.
5 p.m. – The Knuckle Heads Band performing classic blues, soul, and rock and roll
7 p.m. – Dance contest.
8 p.m. – Awards ceremony.
For directions or more information, call 850-333-2684.

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Take a guided tour of the Choctawhatchee River and Morrison Springs with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance May 18

morrison1Date/time: May 18, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of 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 1.5 hours 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.

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.

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Gulf Place hosting free concerts every Sunday evening

gulfplaceGulf Place on 30A is hosting a summer concert series starting June 7. Each week will feature a different local or regional band, ranging in genres. Performances will be appropriate for attendees of all ages. Concerts are from 6-9 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert on the amphitheater lawn. The live entertainment acts subject to change.

June
June 7 – Casey Kearney Band
June 14 – Chronic Jester
June 21 – Emerald Gold Band
June 28 – Whyte Noyse
July
July 5 – Dismal Creek
July 12 – Old Truck Bluegrass Band
July 19 – Red Idle Rejects
July 26 – Cadillac Willy
August
August 2 – Tony Vegas
August 9 – Neil Dover
August 16 – Fearless Heights

For more information on the concert series, go to www.gulfplacefl.com. Gulf Place is located in Santa Rosa Beach on the corner of Scenic Hwy. 30A and CR393.

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Camp Skyway offered at Camp Helen State Park in July

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Camp SkyWay is returning for another fun summer at Camp Helen State Park. Skyway offers a full day and half day camp for ages 5-12, with a one of a kind adventure. There will be two four-day camps offered July 20 – 24 and July 27 – 31.

Activities include crafts, soccer, drama, games, science, cooking, gardening, beach activities, football, geocaching, nature adventures, and more.

For details and registration, go to www.campskyway.com. Call camp director “Tink” at 210-878-9241 or email at CampSkyWay@hotmail.com for more information.

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