Calendar of Events and Entertainment March 15 - 22

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Cadillac Willy, Best Jam Band at the 2012 and 2013 Beachcomber Music Awards, performs March 21 at Pandora’s Steakhouse in Grayton Beach. Other performers include Lee Yankee & Hellz Yeah, March 15; El Dub, March 16; Cranford Hollow, March 18; Lyons Limousine, March 19; and Heritage, March 20. Music begins at 9 p.m., unless noted, is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 12:56 PM.

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Saturday, March 15

Art In The Park: Enjoy works of art plus live music from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at WaterColor Inn & Resort, 34 Goldenrod Circle in WaterColor. The event is free and open to the public.

St. Patrick’s Parade: The seventh annual 30A St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival begins at 3:30 p.m. between Grayton Beach and Blue Mountain Beach on Scenic 30A and ends at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. Texas based Celtic Rock Band Cleghorn will headline the entertainment along with the Drake School of Irish Dance. Enjoy arts and crafts, including jewelry, wood carving and face painting, and a variety of food and drinks.

Concert Series: First Note Music is back with their March Concert Series featuring Brian McComas, 10Stepsback, Shelly Fairchild, Ray Scott and the FNE Band After Party at 6 p.m. March 15, 21 and 22 at Seascape Resort, 112 Seascape Drive in Miramar Beach. For tickets and information, email info@firstnoteentertainment.com.

Piano recital: Lois Van Dam, a music professor at NWFSC, will perform a free piano recital featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms at 7:30 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall at the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.

Cattle Barons’ Ball: Guests donned in casual Western wear will “Lasso A Cure at the ACS Ranch” at 6 p.m. at Linkside at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort during the Seventh Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball. Entertainment includes The Modern Eldorados, live and silent auctions, complimentary drinks and fancy vittles. The Ball will benefit the American Cancer Society. A limited number of Baron and Rancher table sponsorships (for 10) are available and individual tickets at $175. Call 376-1551, or email kayphelan@earthlink.net.

Topsail tour: Identify the differences between sharks and dolphins from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.

Equine Educational Series: Purina Nutrition Representative Sandra Speer will speak from 10 a.m. to noon at Alaqua Animal Refuge. She will cover horse nutrition and body conditioning. This series is free and open to the public.

Seaside Farmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.

Sunday, March 16

Vocal recital: The Madrigals and Belle Voci vocal ensembles of NWFSC present a free Spring Concert at 2 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on college’s Niceville campus.

Artwalk on the Harbor: Local and regional artists and vendors display their work at Artwalk on the Harbor, started by DestinBoardwalk.com and AJ's Seafood, and is held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. within the Destin Boardwalk from east of Margaritaville to AJ’s.  The event is free.

Sunday Concerts: Bring chairs and blankets to a free concert with Fearless Heights from 6-9 p.m. on the Amphitheater lawn at Gulf Place on 30A. Series will be held in March and April and from Memorial Day weekend through mid October.

Sunday Funday: Listen to the music of the Forrest Williams Band, with a variety  of music incorporating the acoustic guitar and the harmonica, from 4-7 p.m. at Local Catch Bar & Grill, 3711 W. County 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.

March Concert Series: First Note Music is back at 6 p.m. on the Veranda at the Vue on 30A, 4801 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, with music featuring Brian McComas, Shelly Fairchild, Ray Scott, and the FNE Band After Party. For tickets and information, email info@firstnoteentertainment.com.

Brunch in the Backyard of Love: Drew Tillman on stage and Rescued Rescuers pour mimosas for donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 Defuniak St. in Grayton Beach. The Backyard of Love is pet-friendly.

The Market: The Market at Gulf Place, 30A farmers market, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays and 3-7 p.m. Thursdays on the amphitheater green at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach.

Jazz Brunch: Messina’s On 30A hosts a Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. Build your own Bloody Mary bar and Bottomless Mimosas.

Brunch with Matt Hall: Matt Hall takes the stage at 10 a.m. during brunch at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach.

Monday, March 17

St. Patty’s Day Delight: Celebrate the luck of the Irish from 6-9 p.m. in the Events Plaza at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Entertainment includes Brena and the Drake Irish Dancers.

St. Catty’s Day 9-Lives Raffle: Feline Friends of Destin will host St. Catty’s Day 9-Lives Raffle at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. All proceeds will benefit the rescue of feline friends.Visit www.FelineFriendsOfDestin.com or the PetSmart adoption center in Destin on Saturday or Sunday to purchase tickets and for official rules. Ticket prices are $10 per ticket, $25 for three tickets, $50 for eight tickets, or $100 for 20 tickets. Call 837-3869.

Nature Trail Tour: Wear comfortable shoes and meet at Fonville Press in Alys Beach for a tour of the Alys Beach Nature Trail from 1-2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 18

FPRA: The Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Cantina Laredo at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Chris Gent, FPRA state president and vice president of corporate communications for Kissimmee Utility Authority, will present “Communicating in a Crisis.” Cost of lunch is $15/members, $12/students and $20/non-members. RSVP by 5 p.m. March 14 to Whitney@ProffittPR.com.

Cinema Under the Stars: Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy The Odd Life of Timothy Green from 7:30-10 p.m. under the stars in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Movie is free. Piper’s will offer food and beverage.

Grayt Coffee Hour: Steve Reeths and Sue Kittredge, Coconut Radio, create with fiddle and guitar an acoustic music style at 5:30 p.m. at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet, 100 County Hwy. 30A E. in Grayton Beach.

Arts and Carafes Night: Multiple artists will display works with one featured artist as well as wines and wine specials from 5-7 p.m. at Messina’s, 7 Town Center Loop in Santa Rosa Beach.

Wednesday, March 19

Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Pavilion at Eden State Park. Carole Martin will present “Techniques of Floral Design.” Bring some newspaper, scissors, clippers and a trash bag. Containers and flower material will be provided. Cost including catered lunch is $20. Reservations required by March 16 at 650-5872 or mebbourne@aol.com.

Lifetree Café: “Pass or Fail? The State of Education” will be examined” at 6:30 p.m. at Lifetree Café, Hope Lutheran Church in the 180° Bistro on the second floor at 3834 U.S. Hwy. 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach. The event is free. Snacks and beverages are available.

Republican Women: The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. at Cuvee Catering, 36120 Emerald Coast Parkway in Miramar Beach. The program will be presented by Alexander Warmka, regulatory consultant with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Cost is $20/members and $22/guests. Reservations required by noon March 17 at 837-5321.

Spring Concert Series: Forrest Williams will perform from 6-8 p.m. in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. The event is free. Piper’s will offer food and beverage.

Mathew Hall: Entertainer Mathew Hall performs at Marie’s Bistro, 2260 W. Hwy. 30A in Blue Mountain Beach, from 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays during brunch.

Wednesday Night Concert Series: The Chris Alvarado Trio performs a free concert from 7-9 p.m. in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.

Androcles and the Lion: A singing mouse, an escaped servant and a hungry lion form an unlikely trio of friends from 5-7 p.m. in South Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.

Thursday, March 20

ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Yaani Drucker, who has made more than 25 trips to India and a number of spiritual treks through the Himalayas, will share her understanding and experience of self-realization in “Your Enlightenment Blesses the World.” For information, email nancyjames@embarqmail.com. 

Coffee with commissioner: Walton County District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander will host “Coffee with the Commissioner” at 5:30 p.m. at Rosemary Beach Town Center.

Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair, a beverage and enjoy the music of Gary Nichols from 6-8 p.m. in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.

Kickball on Kelly Green: Grab the entire family for a pick-up game of kickball from 3-4 p.m. on Kelly Green in Alys Beach.

Friday, March 21

Central Square Cinema: Grab your blanket and head to the Seaside Amphitheater at 7 p.m. for a family movie under the stars.

Purses with a Purpose: The 10th annual purse sale and auction, where new and gently used designer handbags are donated to be sold and auctioned off, kicks off with a VIP Party from 6-8 p.m. in the storefront between Bose and North Face near Saks Off 5th at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. A $5 donation includes first pick of purses, access to designer handbag auctions, food from Carrabba’s Italian Grill and wine. All proceeds benefit Shelter House. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22 with discounts on remaining purses, muffins and mimosas. Also, a purse fashion show has been added.

MattieKelly Arts Center: The national tour of “Lady Smith Black Mambazo” to benefit public broadcasting affiliate WUWF will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the mainstage theater at the Niceville campus of NWFSC.

Wine tasting: Taste three white and three red wines plus a gourmet tapas plate from 4-6 p.m. at Wild Olives, 104 N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $25/person.

Saturday, March 22

Book sale: The Friends of the Walton County/DeFuniak Springs Library will hold a book sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 State Rte 83 North in DeFuniak Springs. Pack as many books as possible into a provided plastic grocery bag for just $2. Proceeds from this book sale will be used to provide new books and other materials not currently covered by the library budget. Call 859-0215.

Topsail tour: Learn the history of Florida’s alligators from 2-3 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.

Writers’ group: Meet and greet local writers in a supportive round table discussion format at 10:30 a.m. at Walton County Coastal Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. New and published authors are invited. Call 267-2809.

Blue Ribbon Healers: Enjoy the music of the Blue Ribbon Healers from 10 a.m. to noon at the Seaside Farmers Market in the Seaside Amphitheater.

Adventure Club: Bike ride in the Sandestin Resort at 10 a.m.  Meet at the parking area near the Bayside Tennis Courts, just before the Baytowne Wharf area. Lunch after at a nearby restaurant.  Call 581-4591.

Artist Bazaar: Artists at Gulf Place presents its Artist Bazaar from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Artists at Gulf Place green in the center of the Gulf Place loop. Bazaar features local artists, craftspeople and artisan vendors, interactive activities for children, and a free hot dog for those who make a purchase. Visit www.30aArtistBazaar.com to become a vendor.

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