Upcoming Events

:: Ongoing ::

Saturday and Sunday Farmers markets

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 and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The market is open to the public. The market has an array of items to choose from such as local farm-fresh produce, eggs, and dairy products. 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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Americana music under the stars at Topsail every Thursday

luckymudTime: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is hosting a musical event on Thursdays. Americana Under the Stars, a new weekly concert series will showcase singer/songwriters from across the country.

Admission to the park is free and there is a suggested $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Enter through the main park entrance off of 30-A and park in the day use parking area, from there it is a short hike down to the amphitheater. Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and enjoy some music in the park. This is family/ pet friendly and fun for all ages.
February 18: Passerine from Sarasota, Florida
February 25:Brother, Brother from Branson, Missouri

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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Cultural Arts Alliance Valentine Tour of Homes Feb. 13 -14

vermillionwayValentine’s weekend typically means romantic dinners and flowers for most, but for South Walton residents and visitors alike, it signals the highly anticipated annual Valentine Tour of Homes presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County. The tour is known for showcasing stunning interiors, architecturally acclaimed homes and picturesque settings bringing inspiration to tour goers’ winter weekend at the beach.

This annual event will open the doors to six gorgeously designed South Walton homes to participants on Saturday, Feb.13 from 10 a.m. – 4 pm and Sunday, Feb. 14 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

This year’s tour includes two magnificent gulf-front estates, a newly renovated Point Washington cottage, a state-of-the-art Seaside stunner and two water-front beauties in WaterColor.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event, valid for the entire weekend with one entry per house.  Tickets can be purchased online at culturalartsalliance.com and locally at Smith’s Antiques in Destin, Fusion Art Glass in Grand Boulevard, the Bayou Arts Center in Santa Rosa Beach, Sundog Books in Seaside, and Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at each of the homes throughout the weekend.

2016 Homes on Tour:
Home #1
77 S. Green Turtle Lane, Rosemary Beach
Home #2241 Red Cedar Way, WaterColor
Home #345 Vermillion Way, WaterColor
Home #4392 Forest Street, Seaside
Home #521 Days Lane, Point Washington
Home #632 White Cliffs Crest, Village of White Cliffs, Blue Mountain Beach

For more information about the Valentine Tour of Homes and the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, call 850-622-5970 or visit www.culturalartsalliance.com.  To volunteer, please contact Renee McCalmont at [email protected].  Volunteers receive a complimentary ticket.

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Sandestin Gumbo Festival Feb. 13

gumbofestThe Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 12 – 4 p.m.  Sample a variety of gumbo and vote your favorite as Gulf Coast restaurants compete. The festival will also host live music with Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe and children’s activities. Tickets are $20 advance, $30 day of. Purchase tickets here.

The event will be held at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, 9100 Baytowne Ave, Miramar Beach.

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“Picking at City Hall” jam session Feb. 14

pickinontheporchEnjoy bluegrass, country, folk and gospel from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14. The event will be held at Freeport City Hall, 112 Highway 20 West, Freeport Florida 32439

Bring your acoustic instruments and join in on a fun afternoon of clean family fun. This is a non-alcohol event.

For additional information, contact Latilda Hughes-Neel at 850-835-2340 or via e-mail [email protected]

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Farm safety camp for kids in DeFuniak Springs Feb. 15

UFextensionJoin the Extension Office for a fun filled day on Mon., Feb. 15 for youth ages 8-18 to learn about farm and home safety. (Children under the age of 8 are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent). The event will be held from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Walton County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 83, DeFuniak Springs. Early drop off  7 a.m., Late pick up 4:30 p.m.

The Extension Office is also looking for teens or adults to volunteer and help with this event, please call us at 850-892-8172 for more information. Teens will receive community service hours for helping with this Day Camp.

Farm Safety Day is an interactive day camp designed to educate youth on various safety topics; from those working with large animals – to beyond the farm gate with basic 1st aid tips that can be used in everyday life. Kids will rotate stations to participate in all workshops offered. This program will benefit the entire community as it benefits more than just farm safety.

Classes include:
First Aid
ATV Safety
Smoke Trailer
Boating Safety
Tractor Safety
Crash Simulation
Large Animal Safety
Fire Extinguisher Training
Snake Identification
4-H Motion Commotion – Distracted Driving

Cost is $5 per child and includes lunch, t-shirt, classes, and a goody bag. Participation is limited to the first 150 applicants. Registration deadline is Feb. 5.
Applications available by visiting our website at:
http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/4hy/2016-farm-safety-day/

For More Information Contact: Jena Brooks, 850-892-8172
[email protected]

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Special Olympic Roaring 20s fundraiser in Santa Rosa Beach Feb. 19

specialolympicTime/location 6:30 p.m. WaterColor Lakehouse, 34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach

Hannah and the Special Olympics Florida-Walton County Along With St. Joe Club and Resorts, Destin Plastic Surgery, Duckies, and Bud n Alley’s are presenting the night of a lifetime. Please join in for a night under the stars at Hannah’s Roaring 20’s Great Gatsby Bash. There will be a silent auction live auction and much more. Come help Hannah raise money for Walton County Special Olympics. Tickets are $50 at the door. Your ticket is good for all the food and drinks you want (Open Bar).

There will be live music by Mr. Big and The Rhythm Sister’s along with DJ Hybrid. 20s/Gatsby attire is encouraged but if not Black tie attire and do not worry we will have a photo booth to capture all the magic. Grayton Beer will offering a preview pour of their new brew.

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Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park Feb. 20

camelliaatedenThe Friends of Eden and Florida State Parks pay tribute to the camellia Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Eden Gardens State Park.

Visitors are invited to stroll through amazing camellias, enjoy a camellia floral arrangement demonstration, learn air layering, (a camellia propagating technique), and camellia waxing for bloom preservation. Attend a program on camellia care and other plant related topics by Marie Harrison, a Master Gardener and author of numerous gardening books.

Living history re-enactors will also be present on the grounds during the Festival. A food vendor will be on the grounds, picnic tables by Tucker Bayou are available for visitors use in the park.

Camellias, air layered from Eden plants, will be available for a donation from the nursery.

Tentative schedule for the day: (held in the pavilion area)
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. – Presentation on camellias by Marie Harrison
11:15 a.m. – Waxing camellia blooms
11:45 a.m. – Demonstrations on air-layering
12:15 p.m. – Floral demonstration using camellias by Russ Barley of Emerald Coast Flowers and Gifts.

12 noon to 2 p.m. – Dismal Creek bluegrass band will be performing at the stage area.

This community event is free with free admission to the State Park – donations made to the Friends of Eden will be appreciated.

Learn more about Eden’s camellias by clicking here.

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 ::MAP::

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Furry Fest in Santa Rosa Beach Feb. 20

unleashedAlaqua Animal Refuge and HEART Animal Rescue, two area organizations dedicated to caring and shelter for homeless animals, are happy to announce they are teaming together for the third annual Furry Fest, a fun, fund-raising effort for two and four legged friends to benefit the two 501c(3) non-profit organizations.

This free Community Festival will be held at Alaqua Unleashed Dog Park, 342 J.D. Miller Road in Santa Rosa Beach on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will feature live music by KC Phelps and the Screamin Fleas, food merchants, local vendors, a prize raffle, children’s activities, adoptable pets, wiener dog races (the Fast and the Furriest), dog contests and agility demonstrations, and much more.

For more information contact April Madr at [email protected].

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

horsePleasant 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 12 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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Sk8 Deck-o art auction to raise funds for new skate park Feb. 20

WSSJoin the Walton Skate Society for an art auction / live music event as they raise money to build the new skate park in Santa Rosa Beah. You can buy a masterfully painted skate deck, paint your own, or simply groove to the Owsley Brothers while enjoying a nice snack.

The event will be held on Feb. 20 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Trebeache’ in Redfish Village, Blue Mountain Beach.

Local art legends, area VIPs, and guest artists from around the country are creating works of art out of blank skate decks. These decks will be part of an exhibition and silent auction. Talented chef Jim Richard will prepare special “skate inspired” grinders.  Setting the mood for the fundraiser will be local sound legends, the Owsley Brothers.

Cost: $30 general admission – includes food and drinks, $15 student ticket – student ID required.

Location: Trebeache
2052 W County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

All proceeds will go to the Walton Skate Society for the creation of a new concrete skate park at Helen McCall Park.

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American Roots concert series at Camp Helen State Park Feb. 20

camphelenlodgeCamp Helen State Park will be hosting a Saturday Americana Roots Music Concert series. The concerts will be held in the lodge from 6:30 – 8 p.m. beginning Saturday, January 9, 2016. The free concerts continue on Saturday, January 23, February 6, February 20, and March 5 with some of the best American roots musicians touring the country today. The concert series is hosted by Lucky Mud and sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park.

Driving Directions
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

The Friends of Camp Helen will accept donations all of which will be used to benefit the park. More information is available at www.friendsofcamphelen.org, facebook.com/FriendsOfCampHelenStatePark, by calling (850) 233-5059, or by emailing [email protected]

February 20 features Passerine, named for an order of birds. The name “Passerine” includes the sweetness of songbirds and the mythic raven. Passerine’s distinctive sound combines vocal harmonies, the crisp rhythms of an acoustic guitar, the haunting voices of fiddle and dobro, and the resonant lows of an acoustic bass. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing, supported by the sounds of acoustic strings, Passerine (Carmela Pedicini, David Brain, Sara Moone, and Doug Conroy) offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music, as well as a repertoire of original songs ranging from sweet ballads to edgier works.

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Dune lake ecology tour Feb. 25

greategretwesternlakeTri-County Horticulture Studies Program is offering a guided tour of the importance of dune lakes area ecology. Speaker: Laura Tiu, Sea Grant/Marine Science Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Venue: Grayton Beach, Dune Lakes (http://www.coastaldunelakes.org/home.html)

Field Trip/Activity: An easy walking tour of the coastal dune lakes of Walton County. Learn about the “Jewels of 30A”, a rare ecosystem which exists in just a few places around the world. We will learn about the ecology of the dune lakes; terrestrial and aquatic plants, fish and wildlife, and the impact of urban growth around these rare ecosystems.

Meet at Grayton Beach State Park beach pavilion. For more information call (850)678-9898 or www.mariesgardenanddesign.com.

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Haz-Mat Collection Day in north and south Walton March 5

walton-county-logoDate/time March 5, 8 a.m. – 12 Noon

The Walton Board of County Commissioners is sponsoring a project to collect, recycle, treat and properly dispose of these and other household hazardous wastes. The collection will be held on March 5 at Walton County Fairgrounds, Highway 83 North (9th Avenue), Defuniak Springs, and South Walton Mosquito Control Office, County Road 393, Santa Rosa Beach.

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

Waste tire amnesty will also be held on the same date, during the same hours and locations.  Walton county residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence. No gas cylinders or explosives, please.

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

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American Roots concert series at Camp Helen State Park March 5

camphelenlodgeCamp Helen State Park will be hosting a Saturday Americana Roots Music Concert series. The concerts will be held in the lodge from 6:30 – 8 p.m. beginning Saturday, January 9, 2016. The free concerts continue on Saturday, January 23, February 6, February 20, and March 5 with some of the best American roots musicians touring the country today. The concert series is hosted by Lucky Mud and sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park.

Driving Directions
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

The Friends of Camp Helen will accept donations all of which will be used to benefit the park. More information is available at www.friendsofcamphelen.org, facebook.com/FriendsOfCampHelenStatePark, by calling (850) 233-5059, or by emailing [email protected]

March 5 provides the final performance of the Camp Helen series, the return of Dana Cooper, a “powerhouse” troubadour who has dedicated himself to a life of music for 40 years. He has performed worldwide, bringing to his songs and singing a history of diverse occupations, from taxi driver to waiter, from nurse’s aide to warehouseman. Cooper’s mixture of flat picking, finger picking, and percussive strumming style is legendary among guitarists, while his expressive voice evokes a rich lifetime of experience.

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Historical tour and hike of Coffeen Nature Preserve March 9

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

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College announces the spring session of its award winning eco-tourism initiative, Discover Roads Less Traveled: Eco-Adventures of Walton County.

Led by local experts and professional naturalists, Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents opportunities to explore, discover and experience the diverse natural resources that make Walton County so unique.

The eco-adventure schedule offers a range of activities for both tourists and locals alike. For more information about the 2016 spring eco-adventure schedule, including individual tour descriptions, please visit www.basinalliance.org and click the “Eco-Tours” link. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160, or walk-in at the South Walton Campus of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

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 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. 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. Course ID# XCE 6201, course reference #20185

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Bent Rod Fishing Club meets March 10

bentrodfishingThe Bent Rod Fishing Club meets the 2nd Thursday each month, at 1p.m., at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. DeFuniak Springs.

The club is a component of the Enrichment Center, which provides a wide range of activities for active members age 50 and over.  Visitors and invited guests are always welcome.

Club members primarily fish the Choctawhatchee River and Bay as well as numerous other creeks and small ponds in the area. Members practice conservation and the protection of our water and fishery resources. Programs consist of field trips, guest speakers, fishing industry presentations, tackle and terminal gear demonstrations, and good conversation and exchange of fishing information between members.

For more information, contact J. B. Hillard at [email protected].

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30A St. Patrick’s Festival and parade in Santa Rosa Beach March 12

stpatty2bThe largest St Patrick’s Parade and celebration in northwesst Florida takes place March 12th in Santa Rosa Beach. The festival will be begin at 12 Noon along the green at Gulf Place, located at CR393 and Scenic Hwy. 30A. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. along Scenic Hwy. 30A and end at Gulf Place.

The event will entertain the kids with the “wee folk” area with face painting, reddest hair contest, and more. There is fun in store for the parents too, with top notch Celtic entertainment on hand all day with Whiskey of the Damned from Wisconsin, opening band is the TossPints from Michigan also featuring Drake School of Irish Dance.

Everyone is Irish for a Day on St Patrick’s Day, and where better to celebrate the greenest day of the year but on with one of the premier events on the Emerald Coast. Be sure to check out the VIP tickets for inclusive food and adult beverage.

Food vendors include corned beef and cabbage, green beers, Irish whiskey, a variety of other menu items and beverages. Visit the artisans and vendors on the Green at Gulf Place while enjoying the entertainment.  VIP tickets are available and drink tickets are available for cash only. For more information go to http://30aparade.com/

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Antique tractor show and pull, antique car show in DeFuniak Springs Mar. 12

tractorDate/time: Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Antique car show, tractor show, tractor pull competitions and more at Pleasant Ridge Arena March 12. For more info contact Jim Wasson, 850-859-2414. Concessions available.

Pleasant Ridge Arena is located at 1433 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Defuniak Springs.

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Washington County Heritage Festival March 19 – 20

washingtoncountyheritagefestivalFalling Waters State Park and the Washington County Tourist Development Council are proud to present the Inaugural Washington County Heritage Festival at Falling Waters State Park.

Come experience and enjoy an eclectic mix of treasure hunting, wild animals, Southern heritage, antique campers & cars, live music and much more all to the back drop of one of the panhandles hidden gems.

The event will take place March 19th – 20th. Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 12-4 p.m. The cost entry is that of normal park admission of $5 per vehicle.

For more information, contact Scott Sweeney at Falling Waters State Park (850) 638-6130.

The park is located three miles south of Chipley, off State Road 77A. ::MAP::

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Freeport Arts and Craft Festival, Easter egg hunt, and car show March 26

easterbunnyEnjoy a fun day of activities at the 7th Annual Freeport Arts and Craft Festival, Easter egg hunt, and car show March 26. The event will be held at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, bounce houses, food vendors, and family fun will be on hand.

The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. Ages: 0 to 3 at 10 a.m., special needs at 10:30 a.m. Ages: 4 to 6 at 11:30 a.m. Ages: 7 to 11 at 1 p.m. The Easter Bunny will parachute in about 12 Noon.

For more information contact Judy Aultman at (850) 835-1737 email – [email protected] or Donna Irwin at (850) 685-6916 email – [email protected].

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Market Days of South Walton March 26, 27

marketdaysDate/time: March 26, 25, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Artists, market vendors, antique car show, and food will be on tap at the inaugural Market Days of South Walton March 26 and 27. The event will be held at South Walton High School.

On Sunday, an Easter egg hunt will commence at 2 p.m. with eggs for the kids and adults. Eggs will be filled with candy for the kids and discounts and coupons from numerous local merchants and resorts, for the adults.

Schedule:

Saturday, March 26:
Arts/crafts/commercial vendors, sponsors:
Start time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., S.W.H.S. football field
South Walton Antique & Vintage Car Show:
Cruise-in time: 9:30 a.m., S.W.H.S. track
Car show: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., awards presented at 2:30 on center field
Outdoor Living Exhibition/Kid Zone:
Start time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Exhibitions, games, interactive activities, nature displays and educational booths, Festival lawn
5 p.m. – Gates Close
Sunday, March 27:
Arts/crafts/commercial vendors/sponsors:
Start time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., S.W.H.S. football field
South Walton Community-Wide Easter Egg Hunt:
Start time: 2 p.m., Adjacent practice field
Outdoor Living Exhibition/Kid Zone:
Start time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Exhibitions, games, interactive activities, nature displays and educational booths, Festival Lawn

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Historical tour and hike of Coffeen Nature Preserve March 26

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

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College announces the spring session of its award winning eco-tourism initiative, Discover Roads Less Traveled: Eco-Adventures of Walton County.

Led by local experts and professional naturalists, Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents opportunities to explore, discover and experience the diverse natural resources that make Walton County so unique.

The eco-adventure schedule offers a range of activities for both tourists and locals alike. For more information about the 2016 spring eco-adventure schedule, including individual tour descriptions, please visit www.basinalliance.org and click the “Eco-Tours” link. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160, or walk-in at the South Walton Campus of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

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 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. 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. Course ID# XCE 6201, course reference #20200

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Beekeeping workshop and trade show in Chipley April 1 and 2

 Date/time: Friday & Saturday, April 1 & 2 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Beekeeping in the Panhandle Working Group is hosting their annual Beekeepers Workshop & Trade show April 1 – 2. The event will be held at the UF/IFAS Extension Washington County Office, 1424 Jackson Avenue, Chipley, FL from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Event features:
• Extended Opportunities for Hands-On Open Hive Experiences
• Presentations on the Latest in Research-Based Beekeeping Management Practices
• Interaction With Expert Beekeepers
• Vendors with Beekeeping Equipment and Hive Products
• Door Prizes Include a Grand Prize Each Day of a 10-Frame Bee Hive

Registration includes lunch, refreshments, door prize tickets, and educational sessions. Cost is $25 for One Day or $40 for both days per person. $10/day age 12 and under. Late Fee of $10.00 for registrations after March 22nd.

Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/beekeeping-in-the-panhandle-5th-annual-workshop-and-trade-show-tickets-21358759625 to register with your credit card (a small convenience fee will be added).

For More Information Contact: UF/IFAS Extension Washington County at 850-638-6180.

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Sand Rover rally at Gulf Place April 9

sandroverrallyTime: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Bring your funky old beach cruiser to the 3rd Annual 30A Sand Rover Rally in South Walton, Florida on April 9.

The group will hit the local trails on Saturday morning, and then the official rally will be held in the vacant parking lot on the corner of Scenic Highway 30A and CR-393. (just across the street from Ed Walline Beach Access and Gulf Place). For the full schedule and more info, visit www.30Asandroverrally.com.

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Historical tour and hike of Coffeen Nature Preserve April 13

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

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College announces the spring session of its award winning eco-tourism initiative, Discover Roads Less Traveled: Eco-Adventures of Walton County.

Led by local experts and professional naturalists, Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents opportunities to explore, discover and experience the diverse natural resources that make Walton County so unique.

The eco-adventure schedule offers a range of activities for both tourists and locals alike. For more information about the 2016 spring eco-adventure schedule, including individual tour descriptions, please visit www.basinalliance.org and click the “Eco-Tours” link. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160, or walk-in at the South Walton Campus of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

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 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. 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. Course ID# XCE 6201, course reference #20204

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Chipola Feather Fest April 15 – 18

rcwJoin in for a 4-day celebration of birds and wildlife in the beautiful Florida Panhandle, home to the world’s largest population of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. The Chipola Feather Fest will provide you with the opportunity to see this iconic species plus many other sought after birds such as Bachman’s Sparrow, Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite, Swainson’s Warbler, Least Bittern, Snowy Plover, and Purple Gallinule.

The festival will also provide opportunities for you to enjoy many of the region’s animals such as Gopher Tortoise, Fox Squirrel, American Alligator. There will be field trips to Apalachicola National Forest, Apalachee Wildlife Management Area, Chipola River Greenway, Florida Caverns State Park and Lake Seminole. Nationally renowned hummingbird expert Fred Bassett will be the keynote speaker on Friday April 15th.

The festival is are also offering a night drive to Apalachee WMA to search for nightjars and owls with night vision goggles and on Monday April 18th there will be an all-day field trip to one of Florida’s premier migration hotspots, St. George Island State Park.

To register or learn more about Chipola Feather Fest 2016 visit the festival website.

To find out how much it costs to participate in feather fest please click on the fees tab. For detailed descriptions of what field trips, workshops and keynote are being offered at feather fest please click on the schedule of events tab. If you are having difficulty finding out information on our website please contact the festival coordinator Andy Wraithmell at (850) 488-9453

The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail’s Chipola Feather Fest is brought to you by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Jackson County Tourist Development Council, and Chipola College.

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Guided tour of wet prairies and rare plants in the Point Washington State Forest April 16

pitcherplantspointwashingtonCourse #6226, course reference #20210

Time: 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College announces the spring session of its award winning eco-tourism initiative, Discover Roads Less Traveled: Eco-Adventures of Walton County.

Led by local experts and professional naturalists, Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents opportunities to explore, discover and experience the diverse natural resources that make Walton County so unique.

The eco-adventure schedule offers a range of activities for both tourists and locals alike. For more information about the 2016 spring eco-adventure schedule, including individual tour descriptions, please visit www.basinalliance.org and click the “Eco-Tours” link. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160, or walk-in at the South Walton Campus of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

You 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.

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Guided tour of the Choctawhatchee River and Morrison Springs April 22

morrison1Time: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Course #XCE 6221, course reference #20208

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College announces the spring session of its award winning eco-tourism initiative, Discover Roads Less Traveled: Eco-Adventures of Walton County.

Led by local experts and professional naturalists, Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents opportunities to explore, discover and experience the diverse natural resources that make Walton County so unique.

The eco-adventure schedule offers a range of activities for both tourists and locals alike. For more information about the 2016 spring eco-adventure schedule, including individual tour descriptions, please visit www.basinalliance.org and click the “Eco-Tours” link. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160, or walk-in at the South Walton Campus of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

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

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Historical tour and hike of Coffeen Nature Preserve April 30

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

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College announces the spring session of its award winning eco-tourism initiative, Discover Roads Less Traveled: Eco-Adventures of Walton County.

Led by local experts and professional naturalists, Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents opportunities to explore, discover and experience the diverse natural resources that make Walton County so unique.

The eco-adventure schedule offers a range of activities for both tourists and locals alike. For more information about the 2016 spring eco-adventure schedule, including individual tour descriptions, please visit www.basinalliance.org and click the “Eco-Tours” link. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160, or walk-in at the South Walton Campus of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

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 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. 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. Course ID# XCE 6201, course reference #20206.

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Historical tour and hike of Coffeen Nature Preserve May 4

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

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College announces the spring session of its award winning eco-tourism initiative, Discover Roads Less Traveled: Eco-Adventures of Walton County.

Led by local experts and professional naturalists, Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents opportunities to explore, discover and experience the diverse natural resources that make Walton County so unique.

The eco-adventure schedule offers a range of activities for both tourists and locals alike. For more information about the 2016 spring eco-adventure schedule, including individual tour descriptions, please visit www.basinalliance.org and click the “Eco-Tours” link. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160, or walk-in at the South Walton Campus of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

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 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. 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. Course ID# XCE 6201, course reference #21350

 

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