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Take a sweetheart tour of homes Feb. 14

Home tour to benefit CAA The Cultural Arts Association’s Valentine Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday, February 14 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm along the Beaches of South Walton. Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 23 at these ticket outlets: Tour of Homes Ticket Outlets: Destin > Smith’s Antiques Mall 12500 Emerald Coast Parkway Destin > Today’s Boutique 4433 Commons Drive East (in the Publix Shopping Center) Grand Boulevard > Guest Services Kiosk located between Tommy...

Outta The Woods: Keep on huntin’ in the Northwest Zone

Check area’s regulations –  bag limits and rules and regulations can differ greatly for each area Thus far, this deer season hasn’t been good to me as far as quantity goes, but thanks to a good friend who invited me to hunt with him on his lease, I did bag a very nice 7-pointer on New Year’s Day.  What a way to start off the New Year!  And believe me, that’s a great buck for a hunter like me, who’s...

Nature Girl’s Weekend Picks

Learn about the beautiful winter blooms at Eden Gardens State Park Feb. 7 The Friends of Eden pay tribute to the Camellia Saturday, February 7th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eden Gardens State Park in Pt. Washington, North of Highway 98 via Hwy 395. Visitors are invited to stroll through amazing camellias, discover heritage handicraft demonstrations on the grounds, learn air layering, (a camellia propagating technique,) and camellia waxing for bloom preservation. Attend lectures on camellia care and...

Chautauqua Exhibits a Delightful Excursion

Florida Chautauqua Assembly: A Journey into Africa in DeFuniak Springs Jan. 29-31 The Chautauqua Assembly in DeFuniak Springs is a four-day, conference-style event featuring keynote speakers, performances, special events, and day sessions. With a variety of subjects, it is a must for anyone interested in an educational experience. I took in the exhibits at the Walton County Fairgrounds and was delighted to find a wide array of wildlife exhibits as well as the free-standing displays about Africa created by Walton...

A Sweet Escape Feb. 14-15

Village of Baytowne Wharf offers sweet fun for everyone Kids events 12-5 p.m. Smooth tunes for grown ups 6-8 p.m. The Village of Baytowne Wharf  awaits with family-friendly events Feb. 14 – 15  from 12-5 p.m. Inflatable activities, stilt walker, face painters and other interactive activities will delight guests young and old. Gather around the stage, as a magician delights you with tricks! A classic board game will come to life with the life-size version of the Candyland game in...

Florida Chautauqua Assembly Jan. 29 – Feb. 1

14th Annual Florida Chautauqua Assembly: A Journey into Africa in DeFuniak Springs The Chautauqua Assembly is a four-day, conference-style event featuring keynote speakers, performances, special events, and day sessions. The Assembly’s theme for this year is Africa, with a wide array of subjects including politics, art, travel, missionary work, to growing up in Apartheid. Featured keynote speakers are Gregory Garland, U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs; Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jim Fowler, former co-star, Mutual...

Pups in training

Dog socialization classes available at Bark Park Pups were learning good behavior and socialization at a class held at the Bark Park on Jan. 25. Ongoing classes will be held the fourth Sunday of each month from 1:30 – 3 p.m. For more information contact: http://www.888dogsmith.com/ The Bark Park is located on J.D. Miller Road in Santa Rosa Beach....

North Walton Fishing and Hunting Report for Jan. 24

What folks are catchin’ and baggin’ in Walton Sonja at Copeland’s tells me fishing has been great with folks catching speckled trout. A secret fishing hole has been revealed… Alaqua Bayou! For a refresher on fishing regulations click here. Hunting: Deer hunting not just for the boys … Local teenager, Jasmine Mason, of Choctaw Beach bagged an 8 pointer at Eglin this week! Muzzleloading gun next days open: Feb. 19 – March 1 General gun: through – Feb. 18 Quail...

A Bad Day Fishing Beats a Great Day at Work

Florida Fish Busters: Top freshwater fishing destinations in Florida for 2009 If you are like me, you’ve probably heard “you should have been here yesterday—the fishing was great,” more times than you can count.  Well, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists continue to give anglers advice upfront that will help them find some of the best honey holes into which to cast a line in the hope that you’ll be the next one bragging about a whopper of a...

Finding Beauty Along the Garden of Eden Trail

Local couple explore trail in Bristol, Florida ***Due to recent tornado activity, the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines hiking trails are CLOSED until further notice. Trails are blocked by debris and unsafe to hike at this time.*** The state of Florida has some of the most unique geological features in the entire south. From the most familiar beaches to the many crystal clear rivers, a little homework, and a willingness to wander off the beaten path can result in a pleasant...

Spend Valentine’s day at the ranch

Spend Valentine’s Day with your two favorite sweethearts Cypress Cattle Ranch is hosting an all day Valentine’s day ride, Saturday Feb. 14th. Come an join the folks at the ranch, bring your horses, ride as long as you like. They will be serving their “now-famous” ranch chili for lunch. Ride the rest of the afternoon, and when the sun goes down,  have a fireside steak dinner. Bring your overnight gear, Cypress Ranch has water hookups for live-aboard trailers, RV’s and...

Vicious Valentine: Roses are black, bruises are blue

Roller derby comes to Fort Walton Beach Feb. 7 Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Theo Docie Bass Recreational Center 54 Ferry Ave., Fort Walton Beach, FL. Check out the first home bout for the Beach Brawl SK8R Dolls! The area’s first-ever women’s flat track roller derby team will be taking on the ladies of Baton Rouge. Interested in being a roller derby SK8R Doll? Beach Brawl SK8R Dolls are now recruiting sk8r dolls, refs, & volunteers. Contact: beachbrawlsk8rdolls@yahoo.com The...