2nd Annual Luminaria Run to Benefit Domestic Violence Center Dec 8

Shelter House, the domestic violence center serving Okaloosa and Walton counties, is hosting a unique twilight run that will shine the light on domestic violence in our community. The 2nd Annual Luminaria Run to End Domestic Violence will take place on Saturday, December 8, at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Starting and ending at Baytowne Marina, the course will be lined with more than 2,000 luminarias lighting the path for the runners.

Every Kid Deserves a Christmas Present So Join the South Walton Elf Ride on Dec. 9

Luke Thompson was only 10 when he started the Elf Ride tradition in South Walton. He did it to help local children by raising awareness of the local Angel Tree charity at the South Walton Fire District (SWFD). It was a grand idea, and now five years later Luke is 15 and also known as "The Grand Elf".

Edward's Hosts Godfather Dinner and Movie December 5th

The Godfather has long been Chef Ed’s ultimate favorite movie (followed closely by Godfather II and III). Not long after we met, I sat and really watched the movie. I immediately saw why he loved it so and became a fan myself. The movie is so rich in wine and food scenes and references, that we, obsessed with food and wine as we are, can’t go a week without quoting or referring to the Godfather.

Ladybird Sideshow Rare Folk Music Performance at Rosemary Beach Town Hall December 7

Canadian musician and co-founders of animal rescue group, Ladybird Animal Sanctuary, head south this December to share their music for the good of animals in need.  Melissa McClelland, Janine Stoll and Lisa Winn are award-winning, critically acclaimed singer/songwriters from Canada who toured together and released a live recording under the name “Ladybird Sideshow.” A rare folk music performance, each will showcase her own unique songs, while the other Ladybirds add lush harmonies.

South Walton Holiday Parade, Turn On The Town, and Santa at Seaside

Come on down to Seaside this weekend and help us light it up and weclome Santa Claus! Grab your blankets and head to the Seaside Amphitheater at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23, for a holiday edition of Central Square Cinema featuring the Christmas comedy “Elf” on the lawn in Central Square. Will Ferrell at his funniest!

Holiday events continue on Saturday, November 24th with the Seaside Farmers Market from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The market features a variety of local vendors featuring fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and even some special holiday treats. 

Harbor Docks Hosts 18th Annual Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner

One extraordinary day a year, Harbor Docks turns in their famous seafood menu for a Thanksgiving Day feast, an 18 year tradition to benefit Okaloosa Habitat for Humanity and Destin Harvest.
Friends and family, locals and tourists alike, will gather at the restaurant for this unforgettable event on Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving Day from 11am till 7pm. Harbor Docks is located at 538 Highway 98 East in the heart of Destin.


Cottages for Kids Tours, Raffle & Auction Underway Now!

We love Rosemary Beach and Cottages for Kids. About the only thing better than watching kids play out-of-control on the beach is watching them crawl over, around, and through the incredible custom playhouses every year during Cottages for Kids.

Five cottages are on display and tours are open to the public on East Long Green on Scenic 30A in Rosemary Beach. Come out on Thanksgiving Day for some outdoor fun on the lawn and play in and all around the cottages! Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win or make a donation.  

Sinfonia Gulf Coast Announces 2012-2013 Schedule

Sinfonia’s seventh year of innovative musical programming reaffims the organizations commitment to excellence for the 2012-2013 schedule.

Maintaining the tradition of “symphony redefined,” the non-profit symphony has scheduled a stellar line up of concerts with world-renowned guest artists. Dubbed “007 Years of Symphony Redefined,” the season culminates in an orchestral tour de force of the original soundtracks from all of the “James Bond” films in “Bond & Beyond: Celebrating 50 years of James Bond.”

Duke & The King Documentary to Make Florida Premiere at 30A Songwriters Festival

The award-winning documentary about local musician Duke Bardwell is finally coming to Florida with a special screening at the 2013 30A Songwriters Festival.  Duke & The King tells the story of Duke, one of our great, unheralded musicians and songwriters in America. He's a low-key and humble SoWal celebrity (see story below).


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