Upcoming Events

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South Walton Farmers markets

farmersmarketSeaside Amphitheater – Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. –
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community. ::MAP::

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

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

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Geocaching event at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every Wednesday

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Topsail Hill State Park invites you to enjoy their “one of a kind” geocache program every Wednesday through Nov. 8. Visitors can check in at the Camp Store and pick up the geocache packet. This activity will take you to various points throughout the Preserve. Note: the hiking and biking trails are easy to moderate in difficulty, some are paved, sand and gravel, or hard pack.

What is Geocaching? It is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches,” at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Geocaching was originally similar to the 160-year-old game letterboxing, which uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories. Geocachers are free to take a treasure, or “swag” (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value behind.

Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the Camp Store, you will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS.

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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Stargazing at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Nov. 24

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association (NWFASTRO) for an evening of viewing the sun, moon and stars through telescopes on November 24, 2017 from 1:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Solar telescopes will be out until the sun sets for you to safely view the sun.  Then the astronomy association will switch telescopes and assist you in viewing any constellations, planets and other celestial objects that are visible.

The program is weather dependent, and a decision is made by 12:30 pm the day of the program as to whether the program can occur.  Please call the ranger station before heading out for the program.  Participants need to be in the park before the gate closes at sunset. Event is free with regular park admission.

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::

Park Fees
Admission Fees –  $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people)

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Holiday open house at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach Nov. 24-25

Gulf Place merchants are hosting a Holiday open house on Friday Nov. 24 and Saturday Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The artist Christmas event invites families to come out to Gulf Place to enjoy arts, crafts, music, and refreshments.

Each artist will have different holiday presents available to make, such as ornaments, jewelry, raku firing, and create your own starfish, which will range in price from $12 to $30. There will be live music by Jay and the BluJays on Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by Sammy Jackson on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Santa Claus will be dropping by via fire truck on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with John Holland taking photos for $5 per photo.

Gulf Place is located on the corner of Scenic Hwy. 30A and CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach.

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Christmas Reflections in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 24 – Dec. 31

A full moon rises on Lake DeFuniak during the Christmas Reflections. Lori Ceier/Walton OutdoorsChristmas Reflections in DeFuniak Springs runs from 5 – 9 p.m. nightly Nov. 24 – Dec. 31. See how six million Christmas lights multiply to 12 million when reflected on the perfectly round lake which is the centerpiece of the DeFuniak Springs Historic District. This incredible display on the original grounds of Florida’s Historic Chautauqua has no equal. $3/person, Season Passes $35, ages 6 and under free.

Enter at Live Oak Ave. and Circle Drive along the lake.

Carriage rides by High Horse Farm LLC will be available for an additional fee Nov. 24 – 26, Dec. 1 – 3, then nightly Dec. 8 – 31. Sponsored by the Christmas Reflections Committee of the City of DeFuniak Springs.

For more information call Carolyn Mora at 850-892-3950.

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Seaside hosting Christmas parade and festivities Nov. 25

The Merchants of Seaside welcome the holidays with events for the entire family on Nov. 25. Combine the small-town atmosphere of a beach community parade, throw in a dash of Santa Claus, add a festive farmers market and mix with the official lighting, and you have the perfect makings to kick off the Holiday season in beautiful Seaside.

The holiday fun starts with the Seaside Farmers Market from 8 a.m. – 12 Noon. The market features a variety of local vendors featuring fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and even some special holiday treats.

Then stake your spot along 30A for the Annual South Walton Holiday Parade. This Seaside tradition begins at 4 p.m. in front of Seagrove Plaza. Residents and visitors share in the glory as participants march 1.5 miles down Scenic Highway 30A from Seagrove decked in their Christmas best on festive holiday floats. The parade ends in Seaside as they welcome Santa to town.

Parade participants should meet at the Seagrove Plaza at Garrett Realty no later than 3:15 p.m. with decorated entries. Click here for registration form.

The celebration continues with Turn on the Town at 5 p.m. as the one and only, Santa Claus, asks all the kids to join him in front of the stage to sing along to a few verses of jingle bells. Then, the countdown begins to turn on the town with the tree lighting and meeting with Santa.

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Old fashioned Christmas celebration in Chipley Dec. 1

The holiday season is upon us and the Chipley Christmas Fest is gearing up to bring together a family friendly celebration in Downtown Chipley. The event will take place on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 4-9 pm.

The holiday stroll will be back again this year. Come out and do your Christmas shopping locally this year and you are sure to find some unique gift ideas and holiday discounts. Also, don’t miss the Christmas marketplace with local arts and crafts vendors selling their wares.

The annual Christmas parade will begin at 5:30 pm (lineup is at 4:30 pm at the old CHS track on North Railroad Ave) and is a lighted parade. Parade applications are available at the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. The Washington County Arts Council will judge.

There will be plenty of other activities this year as well, including free carriage rides and Santa photos at the gazebo by the Farmer’s Market Complex, free pony rides, petting zoo, and inflatable slide and bounce house.

Live entertainment will be provided along with classic Christmas tunes from 4-7 pm. the Chipley High School Vocal Ensemble on stage from 7-8 pm and Rick Kent closing the night out from 8-8:30 pm. The Washington County Historical Society will be hosting an open house during the festivities, so stop in and see all the wonderful displays. Food and drink vendors will also be available.

For more information or to become a vendor, please contact (850) 703-3656 or chipleychristmasfest@gmail.com.

Tobacco Free Florida, Community South Credit Union, The Northwest Florida Community Hospital, Sand Hills Santa, JC3 Photography, Chipley Garden Club, Chipley Woman’s Club, Distinguished Young Women and Washington County Public Library, The Pony Life, Lane’s Outdoor Equipment, Metric Engineering, and PC Inflatables are sponsoring the event.

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Moonlight paddle at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Dec. 2

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a moonlight paddle on December 2, 2017 from 4 – 7 p.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs old.

Program is $40 per person and space is limited. Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.  Program is weather dependent.  In order to prevent the introduction of invasive species in to Campbell Lake, which is a rare Coastal Dune Lake, watercraft and gear from outside the park is not allowed

For more information about the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, please visit:

www.topsailparkfriends.org or email friendsofthsp@gmail.com

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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Christmas parade and festivities in Freeport Dec. 2

Get in the Christmas spirit with a variety of activities in Freeport on Sat., Dec. 2.

The city of Freeport gets ready for the holidays with a variety of activities on Sat. Dec. 2 from 4 – 9 p.m. Food trucks will be available behind city hall throughout the event.

Schedule:
4:40 p.m. Parade begins–Freeport Elementary School (Kylea Laird Drive to Hwy 20 then West to City Hall).
6 p.m. Christmas Program – City Hall. After the show – Santa Claus, Festival of Trees, activities for kids, food and beverages.

The City of Freeport and Town Planters Society of Freeport are sponsor the festivities. Applications to participate in the parade may be picked up at City Hall.

To volunteer or more information contact Tom or Barbara Tillman (618) 334-5127 or tillmant53@yahoo.com.

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Topsail Hill Preserve State Park hosting campfire Dec. 2

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a good ol’ community campfire on December 2, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. There will be s’mores, sing – a – long songs by students from Ohana Institute, hot chocolate, stories by the Bay Storytellers and lots of fun! Provisions provided.  Be sure to arrive before the gates close at 7pm.  Event is free with regular park admission.

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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Citrus and palm growing lecture in Santa Rosa Beach Dec. 6

Many people moving to Florida want to add citrus and palms to the landscape. But, these plants have very specific requirements that can limit their ability to grow well.  Learning which species are more likely to survive and how to properly care for them can improve the homeowner’s success.  The Wednesday, December 6th Master Gardener Lecture Series program will introduce this helpful information.  It will be held at 10 a.m. at the Walton County Coastal Branch Extension office located at 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Sheila Dunning, UF/IFAS Commercial Horticulture Agent II, will present this often-requested program.

The cost to attend is $5 a person.  Cash or check only, please.  Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Cheryl at 850-892-8172 or haneyc@ufl.edu by the Monday before. Light refreshments will be served.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions and help with soil samples.  There is an $8 fee including shipping to submit samples to the University of Florida for analysis.

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Learn about mosquitoes at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Dec. 15

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the South Walton Mosquito Control District (SWMCD)for a Mosquito program on December 15, 2017 from 10 – 11:00 a.m. Come learn about mosquitoes, the methods used by SWMCD to interact with them as well as the five things you can do to minimize their presence around your house.

This program meets in the clubhouse and is free with regular park admission.

To learn more about the park, visit: www.floridastateparks.org/park/Topsail-Hill

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::

Park Fees
Admission Fees –  $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people)

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Wesley house at Eden Gardens State Park decorated for the holidays, Candlelight Tour Dec. 16

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

Downstairs, upstairs entry and stairway: Destin Woman’s Club – “Victorian Christmas”
Library: Pt. Washington Historical Society – Christina & Paul Flynn – “Festive Feathered Friends”
Dining Room: Ladies of Impact 100 – “Blessed Holiday Season”
Downstairs Sunporch: Karin Anderson, Drift30a – “Home for Christmas”
Red Bedroom: Jacque Wright – “The Nutcracker Suite”
Blue Bedroom: Tricia Willis, Twin Interior Design – “All Hearts Come Home for Christmas”
Children’s Bedroom: S. Walton Montessori Academy – “A Children’s Christmas”
Pink Bedroom: Tara Stacey – “A Child’s Christmas Dream”
Upstairs Sun Porch: Seagrove Garden Club – “American Christmas Tradition”

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

On Dec. 16, enjoy the Candlelight Tour, with a traditional walk through the luminaries to the Historic Wesley House to enjoy it’s beautifully seasonally decorated rooms. After the tour is completed, the Friends of Eden will be providing refreshments in the pavilion. It’s an evening meant to be enjoyed by all who attend. Donations to the Friends of Eden Gardens are welcome and appreciated. To volunteer or for additional information call the park office. 
Fees: Admission fees to the park and the event are waived.
 Contact: (850) 267-8320.

Hours of Operation
The park is open 7 days a week. Guided tours of the Wesley house are available hourly Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (including holidays)

Directions
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459
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First Day hike at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Jan. 1

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a First Day Hike on January 1, 2018 from 9 – 11:30 am or 2 – 3:30 p.m.  Enjoy the first day of the New Year leisurely exploring the park with a Ranger to learn about the park and its wildlife.

Participants attending at 9:00a.m. will enjoy a longer four mile round trip hike.  Those coming at 2 p.m. will enjoy an easier mile and a half walk.  Both trails are relatively flat with roots, rock and dirt.  To enjoy the First Day Hike to the fullest, wear weather appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes. Bring water bottle, hat and sunscreen.  Please check in at the Ranger Station for starting location. Program is free with regular park admission.

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::

Park Fees
Admission Fees –  $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people)

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30A Songwriters Festival Jan. 12 – 15

The 9th annual 30A Songwriters Festival is set for January 12-15, 2018. The festival, held in venues along scenic Highway 30A in South Walton, will feature main stage performances in presenting partner Grand Boulevard’s Town Center by esteemed artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, The Zombies, North Mississippi Allstars and Lee Ann Womack. Also confirmed for premier nighttime performances are Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum, Patty Griffin, Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls with her solo Murmuration Nation band, Shawn Mullins and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame members Mike Reid and Craig Wiseman.

Among the 175 stellar songwriters who will perform at the 2018 Festival are Tommy Stinson (the Replacements, Bash & Pop), John Gorka, Gretchen Peters, Jeffrey Steele, Kim Ritchey, Mary Gauthier, Jeff Black, Will Kimbrough, Dan Navarro, The War & Treaty, Wyatt Durette, Farewell Angelina, Griffin House, Levi Lowrey, Gabriel Kelley, Michael McDermott, Peter Case, Charlie Mars, Peter Bradley Adams, Chris Stills, Emerson Hart (Tonic), David Ryan Harris (John Mayer Band), David Hodges (Evanescence), Erick Baker, Heather Horton, Jesse Terry, Joe Crookston, Old Salt Union, Peter Karp, Randall Bramblett, Robby Hecht, Don Dixon and Marti Jones, Becky Warren, Alex Guthrie, Jemina & Selina, Mary Bragg, Blue Jays, Josh Osborne, Jaren Johnston, Mark Irwin, Jonathan Singleton, Jeremy Stover, Matt Dragstrem, Adam Hambrick, Jacob Davis, Austin Jenckes, David Berkeley, Davin McCoy, Matt Hires, David Robert King, Eliot Bronson, and Michele Malone.

The 30A Songwriters Festival production team transforms amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, bars and covered patios into unique music venues ranging in capacity from 75 to 500 seats indoors and 5,000 outdoors A variety of festival weekend passes are now available starting and can be purchased at www.30asongwritersfestival.com.

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