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South Walton Farmers markets
Seaside Amphitheater – Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. –
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community. ::MAP::
Rosemary Beach Community Town Center
Reap fresh produce and more from local farmers on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Rosemary Beach. Market located on N. Barrett Square.
9 a.m. till 1 p.m.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market at Sandestin
Saturdays Year Round 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Grand Park (Between Tommy Bahamas and Cantina Laredo)
600 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach
Geocaching event at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every Wednesday
Topsail Hill State Park invites you to enjoy their “one of a kind” geocache program every Wednesday through Nov. 8. Visitors can check in at the Camp Store and pick up the geocache packet. This activity will take you to various points throughout the Preserve. Note: the hiking and biking trails are easy to moderate in difficulty, some are paved, sand and gravel, or hard pack.
What is Geocaching? It is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches,” at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Geocaching was originally similar to the 160-year-old game letterboxing, which uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories. Geocachers are free to take a treasure, or “swag” (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value behind.
Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the Camp Store, you will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS.
A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::
Corn maze and family fun at Cypress Cattle and Produce Oct. 7 – Nov. 5
Cypress Cattle and Produce Farm swings open their farm gate for some fall fun with a corn maze and an assortment of family activities from Oct. 7 – Nov. 5. The enjoyment includes a 6-acre corn maze, with more than 2 miles to navigate. There will also be tractor-pulled hayrides, farm animals, cash only full food concessions and more. Enjoy a day of fall fun as you experience a working farm in Ponce De Leon on the Walton County line.
The Maze opens Saturday, Oct. 7 and will be open Fridays 2-8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. throughout Nov. 5. Children 3 and under are free, youth tickets are required for kids 4 and up. General admission and season passes include unlimited maze access, lots of non-ticketed activities including the corn pond, mini-maze, hayride, bounce houses, and more.
Take a tour
Tours of Cypress Cattle’s 1,100-acre working farm will take you through soybean fields, vegetable crops, cypress lakes and pastures. Stop under the live oak trees by the pond and enjoy your lunch. The tour will run every 45 minutes.
Visit www.cypresscattle.com for full schedule, details and ticket purchase.
For additional information call (850) 685-5890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Pre-season ticket sales will be fully refundable in the unlikely event (i.e. catastrophic weather) the maze cannot open.
October outdoor movies at Eden Gardens State Park
The Friends of Eden Gardens State Park are hosting three films under the oaks on Thursdays in October. Films are free, with paid park admission. Chairs, blankets, and coolers are welcome. There will also be a small concession stand serving popcorn, candy, and drinks.
Movies start at 6:30 p.m.
October 19th – Frogs
October 26th – Young Frankenstein
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459 ::MAP::
$4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Haunted House at old Lakeside Hospital in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 13, 20, 21, 27, 28
The DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op, Inc. in cooperation with the Florida Chautauqua Association transforms the former Lakeside Hospital at 1290 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs, Florida into a fright night this October. “An Evening with Jason – Long Night at Camp Blood” premieres on Friday, Oct. 13 from 7 pm – midnight. Encore presentations take place the following weekends: Friday, Oct. 20, Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7 – 10 pm and Friday and Saturday, Oct 27 and 28, from 7 pm – midnight. Ticket prices are $13.
Proceeds benefit both non-profit organizations. Parking is available on Baldwin Avenue in historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs and also along Circle Drive and adjoining side streets. Attendees must be at least 12 years of age to enter without an adult or accompanied by a parent if underage.
Tickets to the Haunted House will be available at the door. Advance ticket sales are available at the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op beginning in September. The Co-Op’s location is 756 Baldwin Avenue, Suite B, next to the Music store, in the historic Downtown area (open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays) accepting cash and credit cards. Additionally, cash only advance sale tickets are also offered at Freeport Pet Clinic at 907 Fl-20 in Freeport, FL. On the coast, Smith’s Antiques at 1250 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Miramar Beach will be selling cash only tickets as will the Visitor’s Center in Santa Rosa Beach at the northeast corner of Highway 331 and 98. In Crestview cash only tickets are being sold at Happy Lark Art Supply, 551 S. Main Street. Check the Haunted House website here.
Mullet Festival in Niceville Oct. 20 -22
Niceville, Florida is the place to be October 20th, 21st and 22nd for the 41st Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. Here in Boggy country you’ll find a great time for the entire family, thanks to a vast assortment of arts and crafts, riveting rides and games, fantastic festival foods (including plenty of fried and smoked mullet) and exceptional entertainment on the Mullet Festival stage. Chris Janson will headline Friday, Frankie Ballard Saturday and country music legend Tanya Tucker will close out the festival on Sunday. Also performing are The Molly Ringwalds, Pelican212, Troy Laz, Dan Eubanks, The Mulligans and more.
The festival will be held at the corner of Hwy. 85N and College Blvd., Niceville.
Hours are 12 Noon – 8 p.m. For more information and ticket prices go to Boggybayoumulletfestival.info
Coastal dune lake ecology school at Camp Helen State Park Oct. 24
The UF/IFAS Panhandle Outdoor Live Team presents the 2017 Coastal Dune Lake Water School. Walton County Florida is home to 15 beautiful, yet globally imperiled, coastal dune lakes. The dune lakes are vitally important to our coastal communities, providing a wide range of ecosystem services. The lakes are teaming with life, contribute greatly to our water system, and help support a growing tourism industry. Come explore the history and ecology of the dune lakes. Learn about current research and protection efforts and what you might do to help preserve the coastal dune lakes.
An optional kayak tour of Lake Powell, the largest of the coastal dune lakes will be offered at the end of the seminar. For additional information contact: Laura Tiu, email@example.com, 850-612-6197 or Scott Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-866-2300.
8:30-9:00 Registration & coffee – Camp Helen State Park Lodge
9:00 – 9:30 Laura Tiu, UF/IFAS Okaloosa & Walton County Sea Grant Extension Agent – “Brief Overview, History and Ecology of the Coastal Dune Lakes”
9:30 – 10:00 Brandy Foley, Monitoring Coordinator, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance – “Paleolimnology of Two Coastal Dune Lakes in Northwest Florida”
10:00 – 10:30 Clayton Iron Wolf, Camp Helen Park Ranger – “Importance of Lake Powell and its Benefit to the Park”
10:30 – 11:00 Break (light snack provided)
11:00 – 11:30 Jeff Talbert, Field Biologist Atlanta Botanical Garden – “The Deer Creek State Park Restoration Project”
11:30 – 12:00 Norm Capra, Lake Powell Community Alliance and The Friends of Camp Helen State Park – “Conservation of Shorebirds at Lake Powell and Camp Helen”
12:00 – 12:30 Bring your own sack lunch break
12:30 – 1:00 Dana Stephens, Director of the Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute – “Coastal Dune Lakes Water Quality”
1:00 – 1:30 Melinda Gates, Environmental Specialist, Walton County – “Walton County Coastal Dune Lake Protection and Preservation Efforts”
1:30 – 2:00 Evaluation & Adjourn
2:00 – 4:00 Scott Jackson, Sea Grant Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Bay County – Kayak Tour of Lake Powell
You will need to pay the park entry fee to get into the park, please carpool. Bring a refillable coffee mug, water bottle and a sack lunch. Water, coffee, and light snacks will be provided.
Cost for the seminar is $10. Additional kayak tour $25. Click here to register.
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::
There is an honor entrance station. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle and $1.00 per bicyclist or pedestrian.
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, Florida 32413
Guided sunrise paddle tour at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 27
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a sunrise paddle on Oct. 27, 2017 from 5 – 8 a.m. Experience Campbell Lake on a ninety-minute ranger guided paddling tour. Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs. old.
For those that can’t attend this Sunrise Paddle maybe a future date will work better for them. In 2017 Sunrise Paddles will be on the fourth Friday of the month June through October.
Program is $40 per person. Space is limited. Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake, juice/water and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Program is weather dependent.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::
Fall Festival at Wee Care Park in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 27
Date/time: Friday, Oct. 27, 4 – 6 p.m.
The Matrix Community Outreach Center would like to invite you to their 2017 Fall Festival sponsored by the Salvation Army of Ft. Walton Beach. Come out and join us for all the festivities! Music provided by Jump & Jive Entertainment, activities, food, drinks, and more. The entire event (including food and drinks) is free to the public.
Wee Care Park is located at 552 Walton Road, DeFuniak Springs.
Monarch Butterfly Tagging Festival in Panama City Beach Oct. 28
Panama City Beach Parks Department is hosting a Monarch Butterfly Tagging Festival at Conservation Park on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12 Noon – 2 p.m.
The festival is a citizen science project where the public can get hands on experience with tagging and tracking their own butterflies. There will be educational video clips and displays as well as the live butterflies.
This year’s guests will be the Florida Native Plant Society who will be sharing information on host and nectar plants, and a new group called ‘850Rocks’ that will be painting ‘Kindness Rocks’ with the public.
Panama City Beach Conservation Park is located on Conservation Drive just north of Back Beach Road (U.S. Hwy. 98) off of State Road 79, or off of Back Beach turning on to Griffin Blvd. ::MAP::
For more information call 850-233-5045.
Barley’s Monster Mash mountain bike race at Pine Log State Forest Oct. 28
Join in on the mountain bike fun at Barley’s Monster Mash 3-hour and 6-hour Mountain Bike Race at Pine Log State Forest. The event is presented by Hammer Down Multisport and includes a great single track race through Florida’s First established State Forest in Ebro, Florida. The 5.8 mile course runs through large stands of pine trees and palmetto’s across native vegetation and wetlands.
Camping is available on site but reservations must be made through Reserve America. Come join us for a great day of being outdoors, riding and sharing activities with your family and friends. Several Kids Activities: 1 Mile Mtn Bike Ride on the Red Trail; Pumpkin and Rock Painting; Halloween Theme Bike Decorating (Bring your own decorations); Scavenger Hunt; Skills Course for all: Bunny Hop Contest; Ride the Log, and more.
Price and ticket information can be found here.
Pine Log State Forest is located off of SR 70 at 5583-A Longleaf Road Ebro.
Native azalea lecture in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 1
November’s edition of the Walton County Master Gardeners’ Lecture Series will be presented by Dave Gordon. It will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Extension Office in DeFuniak Springs at 2:00 p.m. The address is 732 N 9th Street, next to the fairgrounds.
The native azalea species of the southeastern United States have been called, by many plant authorities, the most beautiful of all our indigenous shrubs. Absolutely no other native plant group compares with the native azaleas in variety and brilliance of color and fragrance, on shrubs large and small with bloom-times from early spring to late summer.
This presentation will focus on the native species and not the Formosa variety so often seen in home landscapes. The program will present information on the various varieties and their colorful blossoms. Also, handouts will be provided regarding the specifics of how to care for the plants.
Mr. Gordon is an Okaloosa Master Gardener, Florida Master Naturalist, and retired middle school science teacher. He lives in Fort Walton Beach and owns property in North Walton County.
The cost for this program is $5, payable at the door – cash or check only, please. Space is limited and reservations are required. Save your place by contacting the UF/ IFAS Walton County Extension Office at 850-892-8172 or email@example.com by the Monday before the event. Light refreshments will be served.
Downtown Arts Night in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 3
Historic Baldwin Avenue will be the site of DeFuniak Springs Downtown Arts Night. More than 70 artists, craftsmen, and food vendors will line the streets of Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. including wood workers, jewelers, authors, quilters, basket weavers.
There will be a children’s area this Arts Night with a Wacky Deluxe Slide, a children’s art tent and face painting. You can expect food vendors with a great variety of treats that will include BBQ, cookies, cakes and more.
Entertainment includes Bruce Naylor playing smooth vibes on his jazz and blues guitar, Cassidy Freiburger and Bella Pryor, two high school girls singing and playing pop and modern tunes, and a talented bluegrass band will perform on the balcony of Bogey’s Restaurant.
On the 7th Street Stage (sponsored by the Emerald Coast Technical College) will be two amazing performances.
Haz-mat collection day in DeFuniak Springs and Santa Rosa Beach Nov. 4
Pesticides – Used Oil – Stale Gasoline – Solvents – Fertilizers – Paint – Paint Thinners – Paint Strippers – Batteries – Furniture Polish – Brake Fluid – Engine Degreasers – Anti-Freeze – Pool Chemicals – Insecticides – Spot Removers Waste tire amnesty will also be held on the same date, during the same hours and locations. Walton county residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence. No gas cylinders or explosives, please. Due to hazardous nature of certain components in home computers, the County will be accepting old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, etc.
Walton County Fairgrounds – Highway 83 North (9th Avenue), DeFuniak Springs Topsail Hill Preserve State Park – 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach
Plein air workshop offered as part of Flutterby Festival Nov. 10
Cultural Arts Alliance is hosting a Plein Air painting workshop with local painter Joan Vienot on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Watersound Origins.
The workshop “Starting a Successful Plein Air Painting” will focus on practicing identifiable shape making in plein air painting, to help the artist create effective, readable shapes to greatly increase the likelihood of producing a strong painting. “If the shapes are clear and the composition is strong, then the real fun of plein air painting, capturing the light, can happen sooner,” said Vienot. Using oil paint, Joan will demonstrate concepts, composition, and color-mixing to paint the simplified scene en plein air, and then the artists will have opportunity to paint on their own with Joan mentoring. Pastel and watercolor artists are welcome as well. Click here for more information about the workshop and to register.
The workshop will be held at Watersound Origins, 573 Pathways Drive, Panama City Beach as a special addition to the 25th Annual Flutterby Festival. Click here for all of the details. There will also be a Quick Draw, Plein Air Paint Out, Plein Air Exhibit and more during this year’s Flutterby event, November 11 – 12 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The paintings of Joan Vienot will also be on display at the Coastal Branch of the Walton County Library during October and November 2017. The library is located at 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach.
Vienot will be exhibiting works depicting local and regional scenes as well as scenes from her recent travels to Georgia, Montana, Colorado, and New Zealand. Many will be plein air paintings, which have the fresh, on-scene essence that is characteristic of paintings done in the moment.
Freeport celebrates veterans with ceremony and benefit jam Nov. 10 and 11
Veterans ceremony: The City of Freeport is hosting their 8th annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. The event will include the unveiling and dedication of the new Purple Heart Memorial.
The ceremony will be held at Freeport Veterans Memorial at Casey Park, 112 SR 20 adjacent to City Hall.
Veterans Jam: A concert to benefit the Freeport Veterans Memorial will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Gazebo Green at Hammock Bay. Performers include Amy Blizzard, Nathan and Brittany Worthey, Artie Rodriguez, Ashton Evans, Courtney McCormick, and Danny McNeil, along with a performance by the Sophistocats. The Freeport Memorial committee is hosting the benefit.
The event is free with donations encouraged.
North Bay Clan of Lower Creek Muscogee Tribe Powwow Nov. 10 – 12
Join the North Bay Clan of Lower Creek Muscogee Tribe to honor our veterans at the Veteran’s Day Powwow November 10th – 12th, 2017. The event will run from 9 am to 5 pm each day and will include story telling, drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, food and more. This event is free to the public. Learn more about the Lower Creek Muscogee heritage from these proud descendants.
The village is located at 1560 Lonnie Rd. in Chipley. Primitive camping is available and includes on-site bathrooms.
Directions from I-10
Head south from I-10 Interstate at Chipley Exit about 5 miles. Turn on Lonnie road just off of Highway 77.
Directions from Panama City
Drive north on Highway 77 about 4 miles North of Wausau.
For More Information call Greg or Nancy Patterson at 850-547-2065.
Flutterby Festival at Watersound Nov. 11 – 12
The Flutterby Festival celebrates its 25th year of the migration of the Monarch Butterfly through our area with art activities, live music, theatre and dance performances, art exhibits, a butterfly parade and more.
Join in for this free, family-fun, two day event on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 in beautiful Watersound Origins. There will also be a 25th birthday celebration and ice cream social each afternoon. Proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s ‘Art For All’ Program.
The free festival will held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.
Watersound Origins is located at 530 Pathways Drive, Inlet Beach.
Vendor, artist and sponsorship details can be found at www.CulturalArtsAlliance.com.
30A Songwriters Festival Jan. 12 – 15
The 9th annual 30A Songwriters Festival is set for January 12-15, 2018. The festival, held in venues along scenic Highway 30A in South Walton, will feature main stage performances in presenting partner Grand Boulevard’s Town Center by esteemed artists Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, The Zombies, North Mississippi Allstars and Lee Ann Womack. Also confirmed for premier nighttime performances are Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum, Patty Griffin, Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls with her solo Murmuration Nation band, Shawn Mullins and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame members Mike Reid and Craig Wiseman.
Among the 175 stellar songwriters who will perform at the 2018 Festival are Tommy Stinson (the Replacements, Bash & Pop), John Gorka, Gretchen Peters, Jeffrey Steele, Kim Ritchey, Mary Gauthier, Jeff Black, Will Kimbrough, Dan Navarro, The War & Treaty, Wyatt Durette, Farewell Angelina, Griffin House, Levi Lowrey, Gabriel Kelley, Michael McDermott, Peter Case, Charlie Mars, Peter Bradley Adams, Chris Stills, Emerson Hart (Tonic), David Ryan Harris (John Mayer Band), David Hodges (Evanescence), Erick Baker, Heather Horton, Jesse Terry, Joe Crookston, Old Salt Union, Peter Karp, Randall Bramblett, Robby Hecht, Don Dixon and Marti Jones, Becky Warren, Alex Guthrie, Jemina & Selina, Mary Bragg, Blue Jays, Josh Osborne, Jaren Johnston, Mark Irwin, Jonathan Singleton, Jeremy Stover, Matt Dragstrem, Adam Hambrick, Jacob Davis, Austin Jenckes, David Berkeley, Davin McCoy, Matt Hires, David Robert King, Eliot Bronson, and Michele Malone.
The 30A Songwriters Festival production team transforms amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, bars and covered patios into unique music venues ranging in capacity from 75 to 500 seats indoors and 5,000 outdoors A variety of festival weekend passes are now available starting and can be purchased at www.30asongwritersfestival.com.