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Flutterby Arts Festival & Events at Watersound Origins Nov 12-14

November 7, 2021 by SoWal Staff

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is calling all kids and parents to flitter to Watersound Origins to celebrate 28 years of the Flutterby Arts Festival. This year’s event takes place Sunday, November 14, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on the green located directly behind Watersound Origins Café.

Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, The Flutterby Festival is an event filled with arts, nature, science and fun in celebration of the migration of the Monarch butterfly through South Walton. 

The festival will feature live entertainment for the entire family, including music, theatre, and dance. Art activities like the butterfly wing creation station, craft-making, henna tattoos, and face-painting will be available. Professional artists will be exhibiting and selling their work throughout the weekend.

Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. Some activities within the festival require tickets, which can be purchased on-site. Watersound Origins is located at 560 Pathways Drive, Watersound, FL 32461. For more information, visit www.CulturalArtsAlliance.com or call 850-622-5970. 

Supporting the arts in Walton County’s schools is at the core of Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County's mission. This children's arts event showcases the talent of our local students at the Flutterby Festival, celebrates their artistic expression and creativity, and helps raise funds that will go back into their classrooms through educational grants.

Update 10/10/21 ------------------------------

 The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is proud to announce the anticipated official opening of the Watersound Monarch Art Trail (MAT), an outdoor sculpture project created by the CAA with support from The St. Joe Community Foundation. The November 12th grand opening will kick off a weekend of festive events that offer creative education and fun for the whole family.

It is well-known that Northwest Florida is part of the migratory path of the Monarch butterfly, and every fall tens of thousands of Monarchs can be seen enjoying the indigenous flora that lives in Walton County. Since 1992, the CAA has celebrated this natural event with an annual children’s arts and science festival called The Flutterby Festival, and now the Alliance is excited to include the MAT opening in this celebration. 

The MAT will include eight original sculptures designed specifically for installation along South Watersound Parkway’s existing mile-long walking and bike path that connects Highways 98 and 30A. Use of the area was made possible by The St. Joe Company. The sculptures will be complemented with seating, lighting, signage, and native landscape. Additionally, a phone app will provide insight into the artists’ creative process through audio recordings, descriptive text, and geo-locators. 

In Spring 2021, a national call to artists went out requesting design proposals inspired by the area’s natural environment and the Monarch migration. Out of 40 submissions, eight artists were selected for the project, including Jeffie Brewer, Jonathan Burger, Grace Cathey, Peter Hazel, Rachel Herring, Anthony Heinz May, Mark Metz, and Andrew Hamilton Reiss.

The MAT is part of the CAA’s Art in Public Places (AIPS) program created to fulfill its vision to make Walton County a creative place. Other current and future AIPS projects include the Underwater Museum of Art, the U.S. Highway 98 Underpass project, the “Art Thrives in South Walton” billboard project, and a Walton County mural project. 

The MAT’s official opening will be Friday, November 12th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and will be celebrated with live music, food by Grayton Beach Catering, beverages for all ages, and meet & greets with some of the artists as guests stroll or bike along the trail. 

The festivities will continue Saturday, November 13th from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm with a family scavenger hunt and other fun entertainment. Guests are encouraged to download the OtoCast App for a self-guided audio tour which includes a description for each artwork from the artist. Parking for the MAT events is located on the north end of the trail at the Magnet Innovation Center.

In another new addition to the weekend, the CAA is joining forces with the Point Washington Medical Clinic for the Clinic’s Metamorphosis event. Metamorphosis is scheduled for Saturday, November 13th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm on the Village Commons green in the Watersound Origins community. Headlining the event is one of the 30A Songwriters Festival favorite bands, Atlanta-based Gurufish. Funds raised from the event’s cash bar will go towards the CAA’s Art in Public Spaces program and be used to commission custom artwork painted by local artists in the new PWMC facility. For more information about PWMC and tickets for Metamorphosis, visit thepwmc.org. 

The weekend will culminate with the beloved Flutterby Festival featuring art activities, live performances, art exhibits and more on Sunday, November 14th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on the Village Commons green in the Watersound Origins community. 

The festival offers live entertainment for the entire family, art activities like the butterfly wing creation station and craft-making as well as the butterfly learning center, carnival games and a flutterby frenzy at the end of each day.

Flutterby entertainment will be provided by The Seaside Repertory Theatre, Mari Gleason, Ohana Rock on the Road, and more. Professional artists will be exhibiting and selling their work throughout the weekend, and official Flutterby merchandise featuring artwork by local student artist Parker Barnes, will be available for purchase. The Flutterby Festival weekend events are free and open to the public. Food by Sports to Geaux and beverages will be available for purchase, and some activities require a small fee. 

The Flutterby Festival weekend is presented with support from Florida Department of State Division of Arts and Culture and the St. Joe Community Foundation with the venue provided by the Watersound Origins Community. Watersound Origins Village  Commons green is located at 530 Pathways Drive, Watersound, FL 32461. Parking, including accessible parking, will be available on-site.  

Volunteers are needed to help create all the fun! Please visit culturalartsalliance.com/volunteer to sign up. Additional sponsorships available, visit culturalartsalliance.com/sponsorship for details. 

For more information on the AIPS program, the Flutterby Festival, and the CAA, please visit CulturalArtsAlliance.com or call 850-622-5970.

Update 10/20/21 ------------------------------

Atlanta funk band and 30A Songwriters Festival favorite Gurufish are bringing back their signature “pharmaceutical grade funk” to South Walton to headline the Metamorphosis party to raise funds and awareness for the Point Washington Medical Clinic (PWMC). The event is scheduled to take place from 6 - 9 p.m. on the Village Commons green in the Watersound Origins community on Saturday, November 13th.  

General admission tickets are $50 / person in advance and $60 / at the door (if available). Tickets are on sale now at thepwmc.org. Wigs, costumes and dancing shoes are all encouraged as part of the event’s ‘Transform With Us’ theme. 

Funds raised will be used towards the clinic’s planned stand alone facility. The new 4,750 square foot building includes space for six examination rooms, a conference area, teaching kitchen, meeting room, dental suite with a separate entrance/exit, dispensary, and inviting lobby with an educational library.

New services and programming planned will include preventative education, primary care, dental care and more. This will transform the clinic into a "one-stop shop" for comprehensive patient care, continuing our mission of providing quality primary care, while expanding to include specialty services, dentistry and wellness education.

PWMC is partnering with the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) to offer a cash bar featuring signature cocktails, wine and Odd Pelican Beer. Funds raised from the event’s cash bar will go towards the CAA’s Art In Public Spaces program and be used to commission custom artwork painted by local artists in the new PWMC facility. 

The PWMC’s Metamorphosis fundraiser joins the scheduled lineup of activities produced by the CAA to offer a weekend full of events at Watersound Origins including the opening of the Monarch Art Trail on Friday, November 12th from 4-7 p.m. , a Monarch Art Trail family-friendly scavenger hunt on Saturday, November 13th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m and the 28th Annual Flutterby Children’s Arts Festival on Sunday, November 14th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For information about the Monarch Art Trail and Flutterby Arts Festival events, visit CulturalArtsAlliance.com. 

Metamorphosis sponsorships are available, please email info@thepwmc.org for more information. The event will be outdoor and socially distanced. As we do in the clinic, our team and volunteers will follow all medically approved best practices to protect the health and safety of everyone in attendance. As guidelines continue to evolve, we will provide updates to attendees via our pre-event emails.

ABOUT GURUFISH

Electrifying audiences everywhere with their own provocative blend of pop, funk and soul, Atlanta's Gurufish is best known for their high-octane live show, fueled by irresistible melodies wrapped around hypnotic, gritty, funky grooves. After a great start to the year with a sold out showcase at SXSW, Gurufish was listed by PASTE Magazine as one of the 25 Georgia Bands You Should Listen to Now. They were also honored with the distinction of being recognized by the GA Music Awards as Georgia's Best R'nB/Funk Band and recently appeared as featured performers on the WB network's "The Originals". 

Gurufish has shared the bill with such prestigious acts as: Meaghan Trainor, Boyz II Men, Parliament-Funkadelic, The Brand New Heavies, Mother's Finest, Nikka Costa, Derek Trucks, The Flaming Lips, Galactic, Cypress Hill, Ghostland Observatory, P.M. Dawn,The Spin Doctors, Colbie Caillat, The White Stripes, LMFAO, KC & the Sunshine Band, The Isley Brothers, and Foreigner just to name a few.

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