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13th Annual Back to Nature Festival Oct 19, 2014

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  1. konovsky

    konovsky Beach Comber

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    SWCC B2N Poster 2014 logos - Option 2 (1).jpg JOIN SWCC ON OCTOBER 19 AT TOPSAIL HILL PRESERVE STATE PARK AND GET BACK TO NATURE (FESTIVAL AND BENEFIT). ALL AGE ACTIVITIES BEGINNING AT 6:30am WITH A SUNRISE MEDITATION AND CONTINUING WITH BEACH WALKS, KAYAKING, HIKING, MUSIC, FILM AND FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS. CHECK IT OUT AT SOUTHWALTONCC.ORG
     
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    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    October may be the most enjoyable month in SoWal and the South Walton Community Council's Back to Nature Festival is a treasured event every year...

    There are activities scheduled at Topsail Hill all day long on the 19th. For early morning folks, there will be a sunrise meditation, bird walk and beach ecology walk along the pristine Topsail Hill Preserve beach. Family friendly activities are scheduled for the afternoon from 1PM to 6PM including hiking, kayaking, interpretive talks, face painting, information booths and an opportunity to view the art work donated for the SWCC 2014 Silent Auction. Barefoot Bar-B-Que will be onsite selling food and SWCC will provide a refreshment tent.

    The evening schedule from 6PM to 10PM will orient more toward adult activities with musical entertainment provided by the Owsley Brothers and the Courtyard Saints, a presentationby Elam Stoltzfus, beverages by Grayton Beer and a raffle drawing.

    Silent Auction items will also be on display on October 17th & 18th in Seaside as well as on the 19th at The Preserve. For further information about any of these events, please visit our website.

    October 19th Activities Schedule at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


    6:30AM - Sunrise Meditation

    8:30AM - Beach Walk with Emily Ellis

    10:00AM - Beach Ecology with Christian Wagley

    1PM - 6PM Information Booths
    Soft Refreshments Barefoot Bar-B-Q Silent Auction

    1:30PM Guided Trail Hike
    1:30PM Kayaking
    2:00PM Interpretive Talk
    2:00PM Face Painting
    2:30PM Guided Trail Hike
    3:00PM Interpretive Talk
    4:00PM Kayaking

    6PM - 10PM
    Barefoot Bar-B-Q
    Grayton Beer

    Soft Refreshments
    Silent Auction

    6:00PM Film Screening and Talk with Elam Stoltzfus
    7:00PM Owsley Brothers and the Courtyard Saints

    8:00PM Raffle Drawing

    Time to get outside and get back to nature SoWal!

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  3. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Back to Nature Events | on Back to Nature website
    click to read description and register. Some events are free while have a fee.


    Sunrise Meditation

    19 Oct 2014 6:30 AM • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


    Morning Beach Birdwalk ($10)

    19 Oct 2014 8:30 AM • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


    The Beaches are Moving! ($10)

    19 Oct 2014 10:00 AM • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


    12:45 Kayaking with a Park Naturalist ($15)

    19 Oct 2014 12:45 PM • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


    12:45 Paddleboarding with a Park Naturalist ($15)

    19 Oct 2014 12:45 PM • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


    1:00 Guided Trail Hike & Interpretive Talk with Park Naturalist

    19 Oct 2014 1:00 PM • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


    2:30 Kayaking with a Park Naturalist ($15)

    19 Oct 2014 2:30 PM • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


    2:30 Guided Trail Hike & Interpretive Talk with Park Naturalist

    19 Oct 2014 2:30 PM • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


    2:30 Paddleboarding with a Park Naturalist ($15)

    19 Oct 2014 2:30 PM • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


    4:00 Guided Trail Hike & Interpretive Talk with Park Naturalist

    19 Oct 2014 4:00 PM • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


    Sunset Kayaking with a Park Naturalist ($15)

    19 Oct 2014 4:15 PM • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


    Video by Elam Stoltzfus: Natural Florida’s Visual Storyteller

    19 Oct 2014 6:00 PM • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


    Sunset from the Boardwalk

    19 Oct 2014 6:15 PM • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park



















     
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    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Back to Nature Festival Update!

    The Beaches are Moving!

    October 19 | Back to Nature Festival Guided Beach Walks and more!

    The beaches of northwest Florida are forever in motion, ebbing and flowing with wind, waves, and tides. Join the South Walton Community Council at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a fun walk to explore the forces that shape the shoreline, build and destroy dunes, bring sand ashore and provide habitat for a fascinating variety of plants and animals. Along the way we’ll sample the beach sands, look for shorebird habitat, and see how a few hardy plants have adapted to the harsh conditions. Learn about beach features like cusps, ridges and runnels, overwash fans, the value of seaweed, and the issues presented as buildings crowd the dynamic shoreline and beach nourishment threatens the natural order of the beach.

    The South Walton Community Council is presenting two guided beach walks as part of its Back to Nature Festival on October 19[SUP]th[/SUP] at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. At8:30AM, Emily Ellis, a certified Florida Master Naturalist, will lead a tour focusing on bird life, shore bird habitat and other nesting species. At 10:00AM, Christian Wagley, who holds a master’s degree in biology/coastal zone studies and has spent over 20 years studying beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts will lead the beach ecology tour. Trams to the walk site leave 15 minutes prior to the scheduled walk.

    SWCC has a host of activities scheduled at Topsail Hill all day long on October 19[SUP]th[/SUP]. Visit the South Walton Community Council (SWCC) website for a full description of festival activities which include sunrise meditation, guided kayaking and hiking, face painting and animal encounters by Nonie’s Ark. Support your community and its natural environment while helping the SWCC. The SWCC is an organization of residents, business owners and property owners whose mission is to advocate for the preservation, protection and enhancement of the quality of life and natural environment of south Walton County. To contact the SWCC call (850) 314-3749 or visit its website at www.southwaltoncc.org.

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    Back to Nature 2014 Silent Auction/Art Walk
    Three days of silent auction: Oct 17 & 18 in shops of Seaside | Oct 19 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park during Back to Nature Festival


    As part of Back to Nature Festival 2014, South Walton Community Council is organizing a Silent Auction/Art Walk. Artwork has been donated by local artists and SWCC members to benefit the organization.

    These pieces of art will be on display throughout shops in Seaside, FL from Friday, October 17 through Saturday, October 18. Then they will be moved to be displayed again at the festival itself in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on Sunday, October 19. Silent auction bids may be made anytime during those three days.

    Visit these shops in Seaside on October 17 and 18 to view and bid on the many beautiful pieces of art at the SWCC Back to Nature 2014 Art Walk!

    Justin Gaffrey Studio & Gallery
    Fusion Art Glass
    The Art of Simple | 30A Beach Girl
    Perspicacity

    Local Artists! See Call to Artists | donation form at SWCC website.
     

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