City of DeFuniak Springs hosting snowbird day with tours and festivities Jan. 16

January 1, 2014

chautaquabuildingThe City of DeFuniak Springs is calling all ‘winter Floridians” and retirees in the area to spend an exciting time discovering the city. DeFuniak Springs Snowbird Day is planned for Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

All activities will begin at the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood beginning at 11:00 AM. Snowbirds and retirees are welcome to drop by anytime between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.. You will be encouraged to register and receive one of our “goody bags” filled with useful items, good information and loaded with discount coupons provided by local merchants. You will be treated to a wonderful lunch provided by renowned chef Ellen Mayfield. Ellen will be cooking up an excellent white chicken chili, a fresh garden salad, a variety of her incredible desserts and a tall glass of sweet tea. Hmmmm!

Several city and county officials will be present throughout the open house to meet/greet you. There will also be a few Victorian characters in costume who will provide significant details about the history of this quaint little town.

You will be encouraged to register for a drawing which will include as the grand prize two Passports for the festivities during the Chautauqua Assembly which takes place January 23-26, 2014 in DeFuniak Springs. Chris Mitchell, president of the Chautauqua Assembly of Florida, will be on hand to provide details about all the events and activities included in this year’s Chautauqua.

Guided tours of Circle Drive will be available at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30. These free tours will include the magnificent homes of Circle Drive, St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church (circa 1896), the Walton County/DeFuniak Springs Library which is the oldest continually-operating library in the state of Florida, the old train station which presently houses the Walton County Historical Museum, the old caboose, at least one home open for your observation and a walk through an exact replica of Thomas Jefferson’s garden at his summer home in Poplar Forest, Virginia.

DeFuniak Springs Mayor Bob Campbell invites all snowbirds and retirees to join us. He stated, “All of these activities are planned for our snowbird and retiree friends. And here is the BEST news: everything is provided FREE of charge! We want you to become acquainted with what DeFuniak has to offer.”

Come and spend a delightful time in DeFuniak Springs. Learn of the history, visit the quaint downtown shopping district and meet the fascinating folks who live here. For further information and directions, contact Lisa or Lacey at city hall by calling 850-892-8500 or check the following website: