Amavida Coffeee Aims to Change Lives

Our friends at Amavida Coffee have created an international project to change lives and communities - one cup of coffee at a time. “Cup By Cup” is a coffee brand created to finance the project. Beach-based charity Global Effect buys the coffee beans from growers in the southern Dominican Republic; Amavida imports, roasts and packages the coffee at its beach warehouse. The product is marketed to churches in the United States, and proceeds are invested in poor communities in northern Dominican Republic to create businesses and provide for families and children.

Cottages For Kids 2011 Livens Up Rosemary Beach

The unique and fun SoWal-sponsored event begins with a launch party at Crabby Steve's at the Highpointe Resort in Seacrest on Friday, November 11 at 5PM.

The gates open in Rosemary Beach on Saturday, Novemeber 12 at 10AM. The creative and whimsical cottages ara always a big hit with kids of all ages and is one of SoWal's best events.

Cottages will be on display through November 26. This year, everyone will have a fair chance to win one of the cottages in a raffle. Tickets are $5, available on site and at the Hidden Lantern in Rosemary Beach, as well as online.

7th Annual Hurricane Party Aug 27 in Grayton Beach

On August 27 at 6 p.m. Pandora’s in Grayton Beach will set the stage for a fun SoWal-sponsored party with live music provided by Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces. The event will feature live and silent auctions items with bidding on exotic trips to Hawaii, Cabo San Lucas and even a seven bedroom home in St. Barth for a week!

For the football fanatics, there will be a VIP package to the Alabama/LSU football game with seats in the ‘The ZONE’ and a pre-game, on-field tour by the University of Alabama athletic department.

SoWal Spotlight: Coastal Heritage Preservation Foundation

Recording South Walton’s history is thankfully performed by a handful of dedicated people. The few remaining members of the Coastal Heritage Preservation Foundation love history and love keeping it alive.

The preservation effort began in the 1970s by Martha Cory, a resident of Grayton Beach. Cory wanted to renovate and preserve the unique character and architect of the SoWal quirky community. When she died, leadership was passed on to Colonel Bob Fleet, who later recruited Dick McCrite as president.

SoWal Spotlight: Lighthouse Family Retreat

Last night, Summer Kitchen Cafe in Rosemary Beach hosted dinner for families  with Lighthouse Family Retreat as they have done for many years. It was such a treat to be around happy families starting what is sure to be a memorable week in Rosemary Beach.

Childhood cancer impacts everyone in the family. Understandably, the child with cancer most often becomes the focus of concern, often leaving the siblings feeling lonely, insecure and left out. The Lighthouse program offers special attention for every member of the family – moms, dads, siblings, and the child with cancer.


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