Upcoming Events

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South Walton Farmers markets

farmersmarketSeaside Amphitheater – Saturdays 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.
Thursdays ( Memorial Day-Labor Day)
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 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursdays (Memorial Day-Labor Day) 12 Noon – .6 p.m.

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Kids Club at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every Tuesday and Thursday

kidsclubTime: 10-11:30 a.m.

Kids can enjoy a variety of activities at the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park clubhouse.

Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the clubhouse. There is a $6.00 state park entry fee.

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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 Cirque du Rosemary Lumiere acrobatic performances on Tuesdays May – August

cirqudulumiereCirque du Rosemary: Lumiere comes to Rosemary Beach every Tuesday evening from May 31 – August 9. Lumiere is a circus under the stars featuring aerial arts and amazing acrobatics. The unique performers of Lumiere will light up the night with their fantastic performances and one-of-a-kind circus apparatuses.
Cast:
Nicole Desiree Hays: Director, Producer, Costuming, Spinning Sphere, Partner Acrobatics and Aerial
Jen Marie Morgan: Aerial Artist, Partner Acrobatics and Fire
Mayven Missbehavin: Aerial Artist, Partner Acrobatics and Fire
Amanda Stiffler: Emcee/Narrator

Date/Time:
8 p.m. -Tuesdays May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9, 2016

Location:
Rosemary Beach, FL North on Barrett Square Green. This is a free event.

Come early for dinner or bring a picnic for the family. Bring along blankets or towels to use as show seating.

For questions about this event or information about booking please call Amanda at 850-596-4065 or Nicole at 479-461-3966.

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Solar cooking class in DeFuniak Springs May 24

UFextensionThe Walton County Extension office is hosting a solar cooking lass on Tuesday, May 24, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Making and using a solar cooker can let you have hot meals when the power is off, keep you from losing food, or just help reduce your cooking costs. We’ll demonstrate how to make a solar cooker, tips on safely using solar cookers, and even prepare foods you can sample.  Registration fee is $10 and includes class materials.  Space is limited.

The class will be held at the Walton County Extension Office, 732 N. 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by contacting the Walton County Extension Office, 850-892-8172.

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Coastal dune lake hike at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park May 25

nonamelaketopsail2Date/time: Wed., May 25, 9 – 10 a.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to enjoy an informational hike to No Name Lake where you may encounter one of their resident American Alligators! Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to tram stop 2. If weather is bad the program will be held in the clubhouse.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

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Star gazing at Eden Gardens State Park May 27

starsEden Gardens State park will be hosting a star gazing program on Friday, May 27. Volunteers from the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association will set up several telescopes for viewing of star clusters, planets and galaxies. They will answer questions about the night sky. All ages are invited to enjoy an evening of star gazing. The Park will close at sunset at 7:41 p.m. Those attending the star gazing should arrive prior to sunset. Program is from 7:00  – 9:00 p.m. *Event Weather Permitting*

FEES: Program included in the park admission. For more information, call (850) 267-8320

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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Walton County Memorial Day services May 30

gumcreekcemetery3Gum Creek Cemetery DeFuniak Springs
8 a.m.

Gum Creek Cemetery, one of the oldest in Walton County, is thought to be at least 160 years old. As such, it marks the final resting place of veterans from American’s wars all the way back to the early 19th Century, with 12 known Civil War veterans and one confirmed Seminole War veteran. There are many veterans from 20th century conflicts, from World War I throughout the Korean War, buried in the cemetery as well. For more information call Tom Baker at 850-333-2195.

Gum Creek Cemetery is located just off SR-83, north of DeFuniak Springs.

Gulf Cemetery Santa Rosa Beach
10 a.m.

Florida celebrated its 100th birthday in 2014. The cemetery is located on land granted by the United States Government and signed by President Woodrow Wilson on June 17, 1914. The cemetery has a rich history tied to the local community. Many community leaders, veterans and other notable locals chose Gulf Cemetery to be their final resting place.

Gulf Cemetery is located on County Hwy. 393 South, Santa Rosa Beach.

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Reading with a ranger at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park May 30

thewisemulletofcookbayouDate/time: Mon., May 30, 9 – 10 a.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State park invites your little ones to reading with a ranger. Join a ranger Christina of Topsail Hill to hear a story about nature from the book The Wise Mullet of Cook Bayou By Timothy A. Weeks. This program will take place in the clubhouse or on the grass on a pleasant day. Children will have the opportunity to ask the Ranger questions and a snack. Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the clubhouse.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

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Public workshops on 331 bridge park and excess bridge tax funds June 1st and 6th

Public workshops will be held Wednesday June 1, 2016, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the South Walton Annex Boardroom, 31 Coastal Center Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach, FL and Monday June 6th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Freeport Community Center, 16040 US Hwy 331 S., Freeport, FL. The purpose of these workshops is to discuss the 331 Bridge Park and excess Bridge Tax funds.

Two or more Walton County elected or appointed officials may attend. These workshops are open to the public.

If anyone decides to appeal a decision of the Board with respect to this meeting that person must ensure that a verbatim record of the meeting is made.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Board of County Commissioners of Walton County no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at the address given in this notice or phone (850) 622-7801.

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Choctawhatchee Catfish tournament June 3-4

Bill Stewart with his 69.8 lb. blue catfish on May 30, 2015. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Bill Stewart with his 69.8 lb. blue catfish on May 30, 2015. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

The 4th annual Choctawhatchee Catfish Roundup will be held June 3 at 4 p.m. and ends June 4th at 12 Noon.

The tournament will be held at the Choctawhatchee River Caryville Landing on Hwy. 90.

$50 entry fee per person with 1st place – $1000, 2nd place – $500, and 3rd place – $250. $100 for the most total weight of flathead catfish, $100 1st place youth division.

For more information, contact Steve Herrington at (850) 624-9504 or Dustin Green at (850) 768-0049.

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Camp Helen State Park hosting movie, food and fun on June 1

camphelenlodgeThe third annual Movies & More series at Camp Helen State Park will be start on Wednesday, June 1.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. in the park’s Recreation Hall with a brief interpretive program led by a Camp Helen Park Ranger or other expert. The program will be followed by an old-fashioned campfire cookout of hot dogs and s’mores provided by the Friends of Camp Helen. Each evening will conclude with a family-oriented movie in the Recreation Hall, where seating will be provided.

A parent or guardian must accompany all children.

These special movie nights are sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Admission into the park for this event is free, although donations are accepted. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs.

The movie “Planes: Fire & Rescue” will be featured. In this movie, the highflying adventure continues when Dusty Crophopper learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again. He joins forces with the Fire and Rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his ATV team, The Smokejumpers, to battle a massive wildfire. (Rated PG). The interpretive program will be about Prescribed Fires by the Florida Forest Service.

More information is available by calling (850) 233-5059 or by emailing [email protected].

Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98), Panama City Beach, just west of the Lake Powell Bridge.

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A celebration of Coastal Dune Lakes at Grayton Beach State Park June 4

Photo of Western Lake courtesy Elam Stoltzfus.

Photo of Western Lake courtesy Elam Stoltzfus.

Walton County’s Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board (CDLAB) will be hosting a celebration of our area Coastal Dune Lakes on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Grayton Beach State Park at the boat launch parking lot.

Come join CDLAB in a day of celebration, education and activities along beautiful Western Lake. Activities include exhibits from Walton Outdoors, Lake Powell Community Alliance, E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, chatting about the Coastal Dune Lake film by Elam Stoltzfus and book by Nic Stolzfus, family educational materials, complimentary paddles, Hydrobike cruises with Emerald Coast Hydrobikes, educational exhibit from Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Emerald Coast Plein Air painters, YOLO boards, Kickbikes 30a,  to try out and much, much more. Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty and SETCO Services will be providing hamburgers and hot dogs. Donations to the Friends of Grayton Beach State Park are appreciated.

The event is free and open to the public with park admission. Grayton Beach State Park is located on Scenic Hwy. 30A between CR283 and Seaside.

For more information, look for updates at Localon30A.com

About Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board:
The Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board is comprised of residents and partners with Walton County, to ensure the protection, health and environmental integrity of the county’s globally rare and imperiled Coastal Dune Lakes and to provide sound recommendations to the Walton County Board of Commissioners. The Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board monitors the watersheds and the Coastal Dune Lake Protection Zones of 15 Coastal Dune Lakes for activities that affect the environmental conservation of the lakes.

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Public workshop on Walton Dunes beach access June 8

walton-county-logoThe Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Workshop on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the South Walton Courthouse Annex located at 31 Coastal Centre Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach, FL.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Walton Dunes beach access.

Walton County adheres to the American with Disabilities Act and will make reasonable modifications for access to the meetings upon request. Please call (850) 892-8115 to make a request. For hearing impaired, please call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD), 1-800-955-8770 (VOICE). Requests must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to allow time to provide the requested services.

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Salsa canning workshop offered in north and south Walton June 9

salsaHave lots of tomatoes at home and don’t know what to do?  Come to the Fiesta de Salsa.  Registration is now open for anyone interested in learning more about using the water bath canning style of preserving salsa.  This is a hands-on workshop, expect to be chopping, slicing, and mincing all sorts of veggies. Food safety and recommended sanitation methods will be discussed. Making and preserving salsa is a great way to use local bounty and can even save money.

Participants will learn about growing and selecting vegetables, preparation techniques, and be involved in the canning process.

The canning workshop will be held at the Coastal Branch, 70 Logan Lane, Santa Rosa Beach on Friday, June 9th from 1 -3 p.m. and from 6 – 8 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension office located at 732 N 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs. There is a charge of $15 to cover the material and supplies, plus you will receive a jar of salsa to take home.

Please contact the Walton County Extension Office at 850-892-8172 to register.  The class size will be limited.  RSVP by June 3th.

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Barn Bash at Gulfside Trail Rides June 11

 Time 4 – 10 p.m.

Join the Leadership Walton Class of 2016 on Saturday, June 11 for the Arnett’s Gulfside Barn Bash benefiting the The Arc of Walton County. This benefit concert and barnyard hoedown is to help with the ongoing renovations at the ARC of Walton County’s DeFuniak Springs facility. Arnett’s Gulfside Trailrides will be open for normal business all day Saturday and the doors will open for the event at 4:00 p.m.

Come listen to some fantastic music from local favorites The Krickets at 5:00 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. the main event starts with 30A Songwriter Festival favorite The Mulligan Brothers.

A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the ARC of Walton County. There will be free pony rides for children 14 and under and much, much more. Click here for tickets.

Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides is located at 613 South Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 – Map

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Camp Helen State Park hosting movie, food and fun on June 15

camphelenlodgeThe third annual Movies & More series at Camp Helen State Park will continue on Wednesday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m.

The evening begins in the park’s Recreation Hall with a brief interpretive program led by a Camp Helen Park Ranger or other expert. The program will be followed by an old-fashioned campfire cookout of hot dogs and s’mores provided by the Friends of Camp Helen. Each evening will conclude with a family-oriented movie in the Recreation Hall, where seating will be provided.

A parent or guardian must accompany all children.

These special movie nights are sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Admission into the park for this event is free, although donations are accepted. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs.

The movie “Yogi Bear” will be shown. Jellystone Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary, but the park will likely close, because low attendance has caused Mayor Brown to decide to sell the land for logging. If the park closes, Yogi Bear and Boo Boo will lose their home. They join forces with Ranger Smith to save the park from closing. Yogi must prove in this endeavor that he is indeed “smarter than the average bear.” (Rated PG). The interpretive program will be about Florida Black Bears by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

More information is available by calling (850) 233-5059 or by emailing [email protected].

Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98), Panama City Beach, just west of the Lake Powell Bridge.

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Panhandle Watermelon Festival in Chipley June 24-25

watermelon1In celebration of 60 years as a festival unlike any other, Panhandle Watermelon Festival is excited to announce this year’s two day event will include musical performances by Tracy Lawrence, Gene Watson, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, and Dailey & Vincent.

Songwriters Clint Daniels and Jeff Hyde will kick off Friday night’s event at Pal’s Park. Daniels has co-written several number one hits for Joe Nichols, Montgomery Gentry, Brooks & Dunn, Clay Walker and Easton Corbin. His song “Wish You Well” was recorded by George Strait for his latest album.

Hyde’s latest projects include Eric Church hits “Cold One”, “Record Year”, “Springsteen”, and Easton Corbin’s “I Can’t Love You Back”,

With one of the most masterful voices in country music, Gene Watson will also join the list of talent for Friday night’s concert event. The “Singer’s Singer” as he is rightfully referred to, Gene has remained defiantly traditional with his music to the pleasure of his far reaching fan base.

Friday night’s concert event will highlight ACM, CMA Award winning and Grammy nominated Tracy Lawrence. With over 13 Million albums sold and 18 #1 singles, Tracy Lawrence will make PWF’s 60th celebration something you do not want to miss.

PWF has combined incredible music with equally impressive kid friendly activities that ensure everyone in your family will enjoy Friday night.

Come hungry and feast on fare that goes hand in hand with Friday night watermelon including hamburgers and hotdogs prepared by the Chipley Fire Department.

Saturday’s events commence early with the annual 5,000 meter Hot Trot Run at the Florida Panhandle Technical College. At the same time, spectators can head over to the Shrine Club for the traditional Pancake Breakfast. The family favorite Watermelon Parade is scheduled for 10am. Participants will organize at the Chipley High School Football Stadium and continue east on Hwy 90 through downtown to the delight of hundreds of eager faces.

Festivities will begin immediately following the parade at the Ag Center with gospel group The Thompsons kicking off another talented lineup of musicians. The time-honored introduction of queens and the watermelon contest and auction, hosted by Auctioneer David Corbin, round out the lunchtime activities.

Back by popular demand, the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” Dailey & Vincent will cap off Saturday’s musical lineup.

Numerous food and arts and crafts vendors will be scattered throughout the Ag Center grounds and visitors can drop by the Kiwanis table and pick up a complimentary slice of Watermelon while supplies last.

For more details on the 60th Annual PWF celebration visit our home online at panhandlewatermelon.com #panhandlewatermelon

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Camp Helen State Park hosting movie, food and fun on June 29

camphelenlodgeThe third annual Movies & More series continues on Wed., June 29.

The evening begin at 5:30 p.m. in the park’s Recreation Hall with a brief interpretive program led by a Camp Helen Park Ranger or other expert. The program will be followed by an old-fashioned campfire cookout of hot dogs and s’mores provided by the Friends of Camp Helen. Each evening will conclude with a family-oriented movie in the Recreation Hall, where seating will be provided.

A parent or guardian must accompany all children.

These special movie nights are sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Admission into the park for this event is free, although donations are accepted. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs.

The movie “A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures” will be featured. You can follow the wonderful adventures of the green sea turtle Sammy as he searches the ocean for his lost true love. During the epic journey that all turtles accomplish before returning to where they were born, Sammy dodges every possible danger, including battling with piranhas, escaping an eagle and searching for a mysterious secret passage, hoping to meet Shelly again. (Rated PG). Gulf World will present the interpretive program on Sea Turtles.

More information is available by calling (850) 233-5059 or by emailing [email protected].

Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98), Panama City Beach, just west of the Lake Powell Bridge.

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Camp Helen State Park hosting movie, food and fun on July 13

camphelenlodgeThe third annual Movies & More series at Camp Helen State Park continues on Wed., July 13.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. in the park’s Recreation Hall with a brief interpretive program led by a Camp Helen Park Ranger or other expert. The program will be followed by an old-fashioned campfire cookout of hot dogs and s’mores provided by the Friends of Camp Helen. Each evening will conclude with a family-oriented movie in the Recreation Hall, where seating will be provided.

A parent or guardian must accompany all children.

The movie “Hoot” will be shown. This movie, based on Carl Hiassen’s novel, follows a group of children trying to save a burrowing owl habitat from destruction. The habitat is located on the construction site of a pancake house. The developer of the project intends to proceed, regardless of the environmental damage it would cause. “Hoot” features live burrowing owls and music by Jimmy Buffet. (Rated PG). The interpretive program, facilitated by a Camp Helen Park Ranger, will be about Birds and Owls.

These special movie nights are sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Admission into the park for this event is free, although donations are accepted. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs.

More information is available by calling (850) 233-5059 or by emailing [email protected].

Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98), Panama City Beach, just west of the Lake Powell Bridge.

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Camp Helen State Park hosting movie, food and fun on July 27

camphelenlodgeThe evening begins at 5:30 p.m. in the park’s Recreation Hall with a brief interpretive program led by a Camp Helen Park Ranger or other expert. The program will be followed by an old-fashioned campfire cookout of hot dogs and s’mores provided by the Friends of Camp Helen. Each evening will conclude with a family-oriented movie in the Recreation Hall, where seating will be provided.

A parent or guardian must accompany all children.

These special movie nights are sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Admission into the park for this event is free, although donations are accepted. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs.

The movie “Open Season” will be the last movie shown in the 2016 series. This movie features Boog, a domesticated grizzly bear with no survival skills, who meets Elliot, a scrawny, fast talking mule deer with only one antler. When Elliot convinces Boog to leave his comfortable home in a park ranger’s garage to test the great outdoors, Boog’s life spirals out of control. The two find themselves in the forest with open season only three days away. To acclimate in a hurry, they must join forces to unite the woodland creatures and take back the forest. (Rated PG). The interpretive program topic, presented by Gulf World, will be about King Snakes and Wild Animals in an urban setting.

 More information is available by calling (850) 233-5059 or by emailing [email protected]

Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98), Panama City Beach, just west of the Lake Powell Bridge.

 

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