Upcoming Events

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South Walton Farmers markets

farmersmarketSeaside 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

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Explore with a ranger at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every Sunday

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every Sunday in November and December at 9:00 a.m. for a Sunday Funday weekly Ranger program.  While the day of the week has changed for these programs, the fun you will have learning new things about the park plants, animals and cultural history has not.  The topic each week will vary depending on the Ranger leading the program.   Wear comfortable clothing and bring water bottle, sunscreen and hat as most programs will have you exploring the park and occur rain or shine.

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::

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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Baytowne On Ice through Feb. 2

Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne on Ice. For those visitors who miss the cold and ice, Baytowne’s seasonal ice rink is the perfect opportunity to share some of your favorite holiday traditions.

The ice rink is open October 27 – February 2. The first hour of each day is reserved for “kids skate” for youths 12 and under. Hours vary daily.

For more information, call 850-714-7614 or click here for schedule and waiver form.

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Horse drawn carriage rides at Grand Boulevard Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 23 – Dec. 15

During their Coastal White Christmas celebration, enjoy a free, horse-drawn carriage ride around the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin on Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 23 – Dec. 15.

To add to the spirit of the holidays, faux snow will fall on the Festival of Trees display in Grand Park between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Emerald Coast Theatre Company‘s Dickensian Carolers will sing popular holiday carols on these evenings between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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Christmas reflections in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 23 – Dec. 31

Enjoy a holiday family tradition in DeFuniak Springs as Chipley Park a/k/a DeFuniak Springs lakeyard lights up with the annual Christmas Reflection displays. A variety of Victorian, animal and toy soldier cutouts, Santa’s workshop, the grandfather clock ticking away; and the real reason for the season, the Nativity Scene all surrounded by twinkling trees. Millions of lights reflect on to the lake glowing in holiday splendor.

The event will run from 5 – 9 p.m. nightly Nov. 23 – Dec. 31. Admission is $3/person, children 6 and under free. Season pass is available for $35.

Carriage Rides will be offered by High Horse Farms and will be $10/person, free for children 3 and under.  Fee is in addition to entry fee.  Reservations not required, but for your scheduling convenience, call   (850) 978-2999.
Schedule:

November 23, 24, 25, 5 – 9 pm.
November 30, December 1, 2, 5 – 9 pm
December 7, 8, 9, 5 – 9 pm
December 12-31, 5 – 9 pm

Directions: Take U.S. Hwy. 331 to DeFuniak Springs. Turn north on Live Oak Ave. and follow to the entrance of Christmas Reflections on Circle Drive.

For more information contact Carolyn Mora at 850-974-6774.

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City of Freeport Christmas parade Dec. 15

The City of Freeport invites you to help ring in the Christmas season on Saturday, December 15, 2018. The annual parade and tree lighting ceremony will begin at 4:40 P.M. This event brings the whole community together with floats, fire trucks, bands, and of course, Santa Claus himself. Parade entries of all kinds (floats, golf carts, walkers, bicycles, motorcycles, horses, etc.) are invited to bring their renditions of “A Very Disney Christmas.” The parade will begin at Freeport Elementary School, travel south onto Kylea Laird Drive, turn west onto Hwy 20 and make its final destination at City Hall.

The festivities continue with the tree lighting program that includes a stage band, plus performances by local children’s fine arts groups. Vocal groups include The Sophistocats from FES and the FHS show choir. Dance numbers will be performed by groups from Premiere Performers Academy of the Arts and a solo performer from Inspire Ballet and Fine Arts.

Following the show there will be many family oriented activities, such as visiting with Santa, crafts for kids, a petting zoo, and food vendors. The Festival of Trees will open at the Freeport Community Center and will also be open the following day, December 2. Many beautiful trees, decorated by local businesses, will be on display for visitors to enjoy and everyone is encouraged to vote for their favorite.

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Christmas Candlelight Tour and open house at Eden Gardens State Park Dec. 15

A wonderful holiday tradition in South Walton continues at Eden Gardens State Park Wesley House as it lights up for the holidays. Enjoy the walk through the luminaries and a candlelight tour from 5 – 8 p.m. on Dec. 15. Take a free tour of the house and admire the beautifully decorated rooms, each decorated in different themes by local businesses and organizations. After the tour is complete, guests can vote on their favorite room and enjoy refreshments in the pavilion provided by the Friends of Eden.

Admission to the park is free to the public during the Candlelight Tour on Dec. 15.

The ladies of Destin Woman’s Club have decorated the downstairs entryway, upstairs hallway, and staircase with the theme of a “A Christmas Carol.”

Members of Green Thumb Garden Club of Santa Rosa Beach have decorated the Parlor to the theme of “Bloom where you Live.”

The ladies of Impact 100 wish everyone a “Blessed Holiday Season” in the Dining room.

Members of the Pt. Washington Historical Society are asking “Who let the Birds in Tweet Tweet” in the Library.

Going up the stairway decorated by Destin Woman’s Club, the upstairs Sun porch is decorated as a “Victorian Christmas” by Trudy Gautreau of Seagrove Garden Club.

The Blue Bedroom has been decorated by Melissa Webster of Chautauqua Winery with the theme of “Home for Christmas.”

Across the hall, in the Pink Bedroom, Joann Moore has created a place for “Angels.”

Moving on down the hallway, is the Children’s bedroom by the youngest members of the decorating team – the children of South Walton Montessori Academy with the theme of “A Children’s Christmas.”

And finally to the Red Bedroom, where Jacque Lane and Angela Atkinson from Bungalow Home & Life decorated the room as “Papa’s Christmas Retreat”.

Members of Pt. Washington Historical Society will again set up all the luminaries – the supplies for the luminaries are made possible thru the generous support of Red Bar’s Ollie & Louie Petit, Bud & Alley’s Dave Rauschkolb, and Cafe Thirty-A’s Harriet Crommelin.

Directions
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::

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Guided plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Dec. 17

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on Dec. 17, 2018 from 9 – 11 a.m for a guided plant stroll.  Take a stroll through the park and the campground to explore the plants visible and to see what is in bloom. Due to the popularity of this program during the summer, it will continue this fall on the third Monday of the month.

This program is free with regular park admission.  CONTACT: Hallie Oalde  hallie.oalde@dep.state.fl.us

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::

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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Learn about coyotes at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Dec. 21

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on December 21, 2018 from 10 – 11 a.m. Come learn about Coyotes and the role they play in the ecosystem.

Topsail Talks is a monthly educational discovery series with presentations from organizations and government agencies from outside the park on the third Friday of the month at 10am in the clubhouse.  Future dates and topics are “Marine Animals” by the Gulfarium on January 18, 2019, “Coastal Dune Lakes” by the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance on February 15, 2019 and “Shipwrecks of the Florida Panhandle” by the Florida Public Archaeology Network on March 15, 2019.

This program is free with regular park admission. For more information contact Hallie Oalde  hallie.oalde@dep.state.fl.us

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::

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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Enjoy a guided moonlight paddle at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Dec. 21

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a moonlight paddle on December 21, 2018 from 4 – 7 p.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs old.

The program is $40 per person and 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, Hot Chocolate, a special surprise, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Program is weather dependent. In order to prevent the introduction of invasive species in to Campbell Lake, which is a rare Coastal Dune Lake, watercraft and gear from outside the park is not allowed.

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::

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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First Day Hike at Ponce de Leon Springs State Park Jan. 1

Enjoy a First Day Hike at 9 a.m. January 1 at Ponce de Leon Springs State Park. Meet at the ranger station, then hikers will travel to the trailhead

Take a stroll down the two trails of the park, Sandy Creek and Spring Run. Each trail will take you through a lush hardwood forest, which provides optimum vantage points for observing wildlife along the 350-foot spring run and Sandy Creek. As well as, a relaxing stroll among a variety of native plant and animal habitat, where you can listen to the relaxing sounds of the flowing stream or conversation of the birds.
This will be a great opportunity to see what effects hurricane Michael had on the Park.
Trail terrain in the park will be near river; exposed roots, bridges and cypress knees.
We will then drive south along SR 81 to hike their newest trail. Here you will see your usual Florida wildlife. This hike will be lead by Fred Provost, the Park Service Specialist at Ponce de Leon Springs State Park.

Expect to see gopher tortoise habitats, cat face trees and don’t trip over the old railroad line.

For more information contact wilbur.provost@dep.state.fl.us.

Driving Directions
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park Area is located one half mile south of U.S. 90 on C.R. 181A in Ponce de Leon, FL. ::MAP::

Park Fees
$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.

Ponce de Leon Springs State Park
2860 Ponce de Leon Springs Road
Ponce de Leon, Florida 32455

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Enjoy a first day guided hike at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Jan. 1

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a First Day Hike on January 1, 2019 from 9:00a.m. – 11:30a.m or 2:00p.m. – 3:30p.m.  Enjoy the first day of the New Year leisurely exploring the park with a Ranger to learn about the park and its wildlife.

Participants attending at 9:00 a.m. will enjoy a longer four mile round trip hike.  Those coming at 2:00 p.m. will enjoy an easier mile and a half walk. Both trails are relatively flat with roots, rock and dirt.  To enjoy the First Day Hike to the fullest, wear weather appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes. Bring water bottle, hat and sunscreen.  Please check in at the Ranger Station for starting location. Program is free with regular park admission.

This program is free with regular park admission. For more information contact Hallie Oalde  hallie.oalde@dep.state.fl.us

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::

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.