Flutterby Children’s Arts Festival returns to Rosemary Beach Nov. 9-10

October 18, 2013

flutterbyThe annual Flutterby Children’s Arts Festival is returning to Rosemary Beach, Nov. 9-10, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Presented by the Merchants of Rosemary Beach and the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), the Flutterby Festival celebrates art, nature, and the migration of the Monarch Butterfly through the region. The family-friendly event returns with local favorites along with entertainment.

Artist and vendors are being called to participate by setting up booths that offer original artwork and items made by children or for children. Interested artists can download the vendor guidelines and application at CulturalArtsAlliance.com. The deadline for acceptance has been extended to October 31.

As part of the annual tradition, children create their own butterfly wing masterpieces to wear in the butterfly costume parade each afternoon at 3 p.m. Kids also enjoy using their creativity to build butterfly puppets and other crafts. Student artwork, including hundreds of butterfly paintings created by Walton County students, will be on display throughout the festival.

Master gardener Snookie Parrish will be on hand teaching children the art and science of building their own butterfly garden, and children will have the opportunity to decorate a pot and take home a plant to grow their own butterfly bush.

30A Dancewave will feature special choreographed performances celebrating butterflies and nature through dance, and 30A Ballet will be making its Flutterby Festival debut. There will also be musical performances by the Ohana Bands, along with fun kids music by South Walton’s 2014 Performer of the Year Mike Whitty. Performances by The Seaside Repertory Theatre will include audience participation and lots of laughs. Street games, face painting, hula hooping, street and mural painting, ensure there is non-stop entertainment.

On the East Green, Cottages for Kids’ whimsical cottages, ranging from fairytale creations to modern designs, will be on display. Families are invited to walk through the cottages to personally experience the creativity and craftsmanship of these playhouses, which will be auctioned off to benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network later in the month.

Admission to the Flutterby Festival is free. Some activities require a small fee with proceeds benefiting the CAA. For more information, please visit CulturalArtsAlliance.com or call 850-622-5970.