Girls Getaway Weekend at Rosemary Beach Loaded with Talent

January 9, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Rosemary Beach Foundation has put together a great lineup for the 8th Annual Girls Getaway Weekend in Rosemary Beach Jan. 31-Feb. 3, including musical performances by professional singer/songwriters, chefs' cooking demonstrations, brunches, workshops and soirees. Between planned events, women can cruise around town on beach bikes, hit the local shops and restaurants or even enjoy a bonfire on the beach.

Schedule of Events
Thursday, January 31 Check-In 7 - 7:30 pm
Nashville Night 7:45 pm featuring Daisy Mallory, Kim Parent and Marcia Ramirez (Rosemary Beach Town Hall)

Friday, February 1
Tennis Clinic at Rosemary Beach Racquet Club (Beginners at 10 am; Doubles at 11 am. Space is limited -- call for reservations 850-278-2061 -- $30 per person)
Olive Oil Bottle Workshop with Kim Pall at The Hidden Lantern Gallery 1:30-3:30 pm (Call for reservations 850-231-0091 -- $40 per person)
Town Stroll 4-7 pm - Onano Neighborhood Cafe (check in)
Beach Bonfire 7 pm 

Saturday, February 2
Cooking Demonstration: Basic to Brilliant, Y'all with acclaimed chef and cookbook author, Virginia Willis (11 am - Rosemary Beach Town Hall) 
Olive Oil Bottle Workshop with Kim Pall at The Hidden Lantern Gallery 1:30 - 3:30 pm(Call for reservations 850-231-0091 -- $40 per person)
Swizzle Stick Soiree 6:30 pm Saturday evening party, cocktails, music, raffle/prizes (Rosemary Beach Town Hall)
Sunday, February 3
Soul Brunch 10 am sponsored by Townsend Catering and performance by Geoff McBride

Tickets are $160 for early registration and $175 after January 15
For more information and to register: 8th Annual Girls Getaway Weekend

Rosemary Beach Foundation
Rosemary Beach Foundation promotes cultural, educational, environmental, literary and other charitable activities in Rosemary Beach and Walton County. We fulfill our mission through five major programs: Fall Lecture Series, Girls Getaway, Music in Pictures, Rosemary Beach Unleashed, and Walk Her Way.


Virginia Willis is the author of the acclaimed cookbook, Bon Appétit, Y’all!Recipes and Stories from Three Generations of Southern Cooking. Her latest book, Basic to Brilliant, Y'all: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress Them Up for Company was rated as one of the top-rated cookbooks of 2011. Virginia was also recently named by the Chicago Tribune as one of "Seven Food Writers You Need to Know."

A graduate of L'Academie de Cuisine and Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenne, previously she honed her attention to detail as the Kitchen Director for Martha Stewart Living Television where she supervised the food segments for the Emmy-award winning television show. Most recently,Virginia was a contestant on the Food Network’s Chopped.

Daisy Mallory found deep rooted passion for singing and writing at an early age.These two passions united when she picked up the guitar at age 9 and discovered that words could flow with the melody. Songwriting became her strongest source of enjoyment. She took up voice lessons when she was just shy of 12, with Seth Riggs’ Speech Level Singing (Other clients include Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Michael Jackson, Prince,Cher, Lionel Ritchie and many many more). Armed with her guitar,Daisy began to perform on stage at the age of twelve. 

Among many opportunities, she was given the honor of playing at Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night in Scottsdale, Arizona alongside Reba and Kris Kristofferson. Now residing in Nashville, her opportunities have expanded as well as her singing and songwriting abilities. She has opened for several well-known musicians such as Brad Paisley, LeeAnn Womack, and Lee Brice. In addition to advancing in her music career, Daisy has taken part in photo and video shoots with artists such as The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Brantley Gilbert, Josh Turner,and Randy Houser.

KimParent moved from her native state of New Jersey, and relocated to Nashville, after being offered a songwriting position at Zomba Music Publishing. Kim is writing fresh tunes, and once again appearing in songwriter's shows and thrilling audiences in Atlanta, Tullahoma, New Jersey, Florida, Montana, Nashville, and Delaware. 

Kim Parent has backed up many of today’s biggest country stars with her strong, sure vocals, being one of the most sought after vocalists in Nashville for some years now. She has received the coveted "all star vocalist award" from Nashville's own Music Row publication. Her career singing with the stars actually began in the studio,working with award winning producer Byron Gallimore, on many of his artists over the years (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina and Jessica Andrews, to name a few). After touring with Brooks & Dunn for 6 years as a background vocalist, Kim crossed another milestone in her career when she was to be part of a house band for the new game show "The Singing Bee.”".

Many people have seen Marcia Ramirez performing on stage with artists such as Rodney Crowell and Patty Loveless. With the release of her third solo cd "Life Goes On", Marcia is back performing with her own band to rave reviews. Her first solo cd, Compromise was critically acclaimed and Robert K.Oermann called her "An exceptional talent with a totally cool sound." As a songwriter, she has had cuts by many major and independent artists including Jo Dee Messina, Australian Country Music Star Melinda Schneider and Grand Ol' Opry stars, The Whites.

On her newest cd “Life Goes On”, Marcia Ramirez weaves a revealing tapestry of love, heartache and hope. From the true story of finding her birth parents in “Ticket To Tulsa” to the yearning of finding a way to keep a love alive in “Get It Right” she tells her stories in ways that make us feel she’s writing about all of us. “Almost Me Again” shows us that it’s okay to be just one after being a part of two for so long, and “Life Goes On” tells us that no matter what bad choices we have made in our lives, it’s never too late to find a better road in life. With an eclectic blend of musical influences, this cd allows Marcia to let each song become its own.

Geoff McBride, a 2012 competitor on “The Voice,” is a man of consistent words. Although the singer/songwriter, husband, father and former kick boxer has had numerous and varied experiences since age 16 in the music realm, one solid thread runs through his life: believe in yourself, period, and always embrace the journey.

Originally from Southmont, North Carolina and now living in a small beach community, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Geoff was in the national spotlight showcasing his powerful pipes and high-energy vibes. He became a member of Team Xtina (Christina Aguilera) when she reiterated her confidence in his vocals during a blind-audition rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground,” which had the audience on its feet; she was pleased to become Geoff’s coach despite Cee Lo Green’s efforts to claim Geoff as his own.


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