Nature girl’s weekend picks

February 17, 2009

Saturday, Feb. 21

flasportsmanFlorida Sportsman Fishing and Boat Show

Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 10. a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Okaloosa County Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd., Ft Walton Beach
Admission: $8 adults, children 12 and under with parent free.

Leda Suydan, Park Service Specialist at Topsail Hill Preserve explains the cat face used to dip sap from pine trees. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Learn About Turpentining at Topsail Hill Preserve

Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m.

Be part of a turpentining crew as they go out into the piney woods and earn their daily babbits (or tokens good only at the company store).

Skeeter and Boss Blake will make sure to show all greenhorns how to dip sap, chip boxes and spend babbits. Meet at the  Day-Use entrance off of Hwy 30A and take ride on the tram and a short walk with park staff to the turpentine camp.

Topsail Hill State Preserve is located just south of U.S. Hwy. 98 on the western end of Scenic 30A.

A $2.00 entrance fee is required. For more information call 850-2670299. To learn more about Walton County’s history in turpentining, visit the Coast Branch Library located at 336 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach.


Krewe of Wee-De-Leis: Mardi Gras Celebration
Location: Seaside 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Join Seaside for the Third Annual 4KIDS Mardi Gras Parade. The parade starts at 2pm in front of 4KIDS on the south side of 30A and all kids are welcome (both the young and young at heart)! Visit the store between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to make your own mask and other creative crafts.

Zydeco Fais Do Do
Location: Seaside – 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
It’s time to celebrate the coming of Mardi Gras with Seaside’s own Zydeco dance party. Lil’ Malcolm & The House Rockers personify two closely related terms: family and tradition. This five-man band has a steady focus on tradition that sets them apart from the newest wave of ‘pop Zydeco’ bands. Don’t miss live music from the bayou guaranteed to keep your toes tapping all night long!

Sunday, Feb. 22

Krewe of Arfeous Dog Parade
Location: Village of Baytowne Wharf – 2:00 p.m.
The Village hosts a Mystic Krewe of Arfeous Mardi Gras dog parade. The 2009 parade is themed Indiana Bones and the Tale of the Hairy Paws. The streets will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans throwing a myriad of throws, beads, and parade favors. Themed convertibles, small floats (especially pulled by masters), golf carts, bicycles, and decorated wagons will be everywhere and Mardi Gras music will fill the air.