Back to Nature Festival features Family Fun Day Oct. 17

September 23, 2009

Back to Nature Poster(Family Fun Day) FINALFamily fun on tap at Seaside Amphitheater

Fall is the perfect time of year for the South Walton Community Council’s Back to Nature Festival.  Held the weekend of October 16-18, the festival will be filled with activities that celebrate the natural beauty of South Walton County.

Created especially with kids in mind, The Family Fun Day event will be held again this year, on Oct. 17, from 10 am – 4 pm at the Seaside Amphitheater.  Free

Interested in conservation, gardening, and education?

Come see what local individuals and organizations are doing to protect our natural communities.  Learn about the mission and educational outreach of the South Walton Community Council and register for Back to Nature events.  Arix Zalace will share the importance of using turtle flashlight stickers on night beach walks. Discover the importance of honeybees with Clear Creek Farms. John Kratt will be on hand to offer naturally grown heirloom vegetable plants and discuss best growing practices for our region. Find out what the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, IFAS-Sea Grant Marine Science, the Surfriders Foundation, and the Master Gardeners do. They will have a variety of touch tanks, displays, and information. Nonie’s Ark will be present from 2:00-4:00 pm with her wonderful collection of animals and abundant knowledge of biodiversity. Be sure to visit the Seaside Neighborhood School’s edible Corner Garden located next to the Lyceum.

Interested in healthy living and good food that’s good for you?

Visit the Seaside Farmer’s Market vendors and other local food establishments. Raw & Juicy will be offering organic fruit and vegetable juices and other raw foods for purchase. You’ll have an opportunity to talk to Jen about the benefits of eating raw foods.  If locally made, seasonal preserves or certified organic and free-range eggs are your passion, Twin Oak Farms can help fill your reusable shopping bag. For coffee lovers, Amavida will offer samples of their freshly roasted, fair trade and organic coffees and for the kids, fair trade T-shirts. Pie in the Sky will offer up yummy gluten-free baked goods. Tamales, free-range beef jerky, or watermelon candy anyone? Bare Your Sole will be serving these tasty treats. “Bee” sure to pick up some local honey from Clear Creek Farms. Moonlight Micro-Farm and Susan Horn of Artisan will bring curious and informative samplings of sprouts, seeds, foraging foods, herbal teas, fermented foods, and solar oven fare. Stay clean and smelling sweet naturally with soaps and lotions made by the Soap Peddler. Artesano Jewels brings handcrafted jewelry made from natural materials from Peru, and be sure to check out Emily Gibson’s handcrafted hemp jewelry.

For healthy living, both you and your dog can get a relaxing massage with licensed massage therapists Shannon Faulk and James Vonderheide. Also offering Thai foot reflexology and gift certificates. Author of “Wellness Wisdom” and founder of Healing Path, Alice McCall will be giving free talks throughout the day on natural health and healing. Susanne Morrone educator and creator of Natural Health Chat will discuss the benefits of living whole foods, herbs, and plants.

Interested in learning ways to reduce your impact on the planet?

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Stalwart Homes are knowledgeable, local sources for information about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and green building. They will have information available on how we can all incorporate green practices into our lives and homes. Arix Zalace will display his live worm farm and educate on the importance of vermiculture. Learn about biodiesel with Tim Dutrow

Interested in art, music, and fun activities to do with the kid’s?

From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm enjoy streaming live DJ music from 30A Radio, our community radio station. Kari Dokken will charm us with her sweet vocals, and James Wisniewski will engage the audience with flutes and other musical instruments from around the world.  From 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm, America’s Caribbean Jam Band, Coconut Radio will be performing live at the amphitheater for an afternoon of acoustic deliciousness. Mary Derricotte brings popular face painting and hair wraps back to the event. Stop by the Recycled Art Co. booth for kids crafts made from recycled materials. Book an art party with Abrakadoodle and create fun and educational art projects. Visit the Roots, Rocks, and Rainbows booth by PermaKat and local home schoolers for a puppet show and information about permaculture (permanent culture + agriculture.) Get your hoop groove on with Chandra, Jordan, and Rachel, who will be sharing hoola hooping basics throughout the afternoon. Potato sack races and lots of other spontaneous and fun activities will abound.

Support for the SWCC and the work they do for our natural and human communities.  The SWCC will also be accepting registrations to other Back to  Nature events

Family Fun Day is sponsored by the SWCC, the Merchants of Seaside, and the Seaside Farmers Market vendors. For more information about the Family Fun Day event, please contact Chandra Hartman at 850-534-4488 or  For more information about the Back to Nature Festival, please contact SWCC at or 850-314-3749. For accommodations, please contact the Seaside Cottage Rental Agency at or 866-966-4365. The Back to Nature Festival is part of Autumn Tides, a series of fall events held in Beaches of South Walton.

For a complete listing of the events,  Click here