Calendar of Events and Entertainment (March 22 - 29)


Anniversary show: The Forrest Williams Band kicks off the Williams Backyard Boogie’s second year of music at 6 p.m. March 28 at 1921 Chat Holly Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a chair. Ticket donation is $20 at any Forrest Williams show or call 502-6448.

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Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM.

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

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. Call 859-0215.

Demo day: SoWal Pilates hosts a free demo day with guided test ride of services and 15 minutes private sessions from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5410 E. 30A in Seagrove Beach. Call 534-3040 to schedule session.

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

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.

Sinfonia Strolls: Listen to music, from violinists, chamber ensembles, to jazz, steel-drums or acoustic guitar, from 6-8 p.m. on the streets of Rosemary Beach.

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.

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.

Sunday, March 23

Beach Service: Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church at 8 a.m. at Ed Walline Beach Access across from Gulf Place on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. The service will be held at the church’s U.S. 98 campus during inclement weather and if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Call 267-0322.

Concert Series: First Note Music presents Brian McComas, 10Stepsback, Shelly Fairchild, Ray Scott and the FNE Band After Party at 6 p.m. on the Veranda at the Vue on 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. For tickets and information, email

Sunday Concerts: Bring chairs and blankets to a free concert with Rebel Crossing from 6-9 p.m. on the Amphitheater lawn at Gulf Place on 30A.

Brunch in the Backyard of Love: Dave Posey on stage and HEART Animal Rescue pours 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. and 3-7 p.m. Thursday on the amphitheater green at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach.

30A Farmers’ Market: This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Town Center in Rosemary Beach features fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, cheese and more.

Pandora’s Music: Pandora’s Steakhouse of Grayton Beach presents the Ryan Balthrop Band, March 23; Treehouse, March 25; Mose & Mr E of Hotel Oscar, March 26; Chronic Jester, March 27; and Dread Clampitt, March 28. Music begins at 9 p.m., unless noted, is free and open to all guests at least 21 years of age. 

Monday, March 24

Boys & Girls Clubs: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week with tours from 4-6:30 p.m. at South Walton Club, 427 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach, where District 5 Commissioner Cindy Meadows will make and present a Proclamation, and March 25 at DeFuniak Springs Club, 435 North Ninth Street.

Adventures in Alys: Join The Seaside Repertory Theatre for a storytelling experience for children of all ages from 10-10:30 a.m. at Fonville Press, 147 N Charles Street in Alys Beach.

Children’s Theatre: The Seaside Rep presents a magical children’s theatre performance of The Commedia Cinderella at 6:30 p.m. in the Lyceum in Seaside.

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 25

Alzheimer’s support group: Alzheimer's Family Services hosts a new support group for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart of the Emerald Coast, Suite 3 Conference Room in Miramar Beach. The support group is free and limited respite care is available. To make arrangements, call 866-478-7790.

County Commissioners: The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting and a closed executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the Walton County Courthouse, 571 US Hwy. 90 East in DeFuniak Springs, to discuss James and Melanie Nipper vs. Walton County.

ECPRO: The Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Angler’s Beachside Grill on Okaloosa Island. Gary Westfal of Westfal Publishing & Graphics, will present “Disruptive Change: When trying hard is part of the problem.” Cost is $15/members, $20/non-members, and $10full-time students. For more information, visit or email

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

Outreach: A VA2VETS outreach initiative will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 Hwy. 83 North in DeFuniak Springs.

Wednesday, March 26

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.

Seminar: Margaret R. McDowell, firm founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, a “fee-only” registered investment advisory firm, will present a 2014 Income and Growth seminar at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Arbor Wealth Conference Room. Call 608-6121 to reserve seating. Refreshments will be served. Arbor Wealth’s income and growth strategies are most appropriate for investors with $500,000 or more of investable assets.

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

Lifetree Café: Remaining hopeful while facing difficulties will be discussed 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.

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

Information Night: Seacoast Collegiate High School at the South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, invites community members, friends, and prospective students and their families to attend a special Informational Night from 6-8 p.m. in rooms 119 and 120 to learn more about the high school and students’ academic plans in honors, dual enrollment and Advanced Placement coursework. Call 267-2888.                                                        

Trivia Night: There is a $20 bar tab for the winner of Castaways Trivia Night from 5-8 p.m. at Castaways Bar & Eatery in Carillon Beach.

Thursday, March 27

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

 Outlaws and villains: Hear the history of the outlaws and villains of historical Walton County at 7 p.m. at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.

Redd sings: Redd the Singing Bartender, who slings and sings from a song list of more than 400 songs, performs at 6 p.m. at Redd’s Fueling Station, 2320 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

Restore Act: The Walton County Local Restore Act Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou in Santa Rosa Beach.

Grayt Coffee Hour: Enjoy the music of Joleen Jones at 5:30 p.m. at the Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet in Grayton Beach.

Rock Destin/Club LA: Blacklite District plus Stone Glory performs at 7:30 p.m. at Rock Destin at Club La, 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway. All tickets are general admission and age 18 plus. Purchase tickets at

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 28

Music concert: AMusic in the Lodge concert with Alicia McGovern will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park. Free admission to the park. Donations to the Friends of Camp Helen are requested for admission and refreshments. Call 233-5059.

Once Upon a Thyme: The Seaside Rep presents an original storytelling experience for children of all ages from 10-10:30 a.m. at South Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.

Canoe Tour: Take a trip on Western Lake to discuss importance and rarity of coastal dune lakes and what animal/birds call the lakes home from 9-11 a.m. at Grayton Beach State Park. Sign-up at the ranger station prior to day of event.

Central Square Cinema: Grab your blanket and head to the Lyceum Lawn next to the Seaside Neighborhood School at 7:30 p.m. for a family movie under the stars.

Saturday, March 29

Topsail tour:  Learn about the White Tailed Deer from 3-4 p.m. Park entry fee is $6 per vehicle. Call 267-8330.

Sinfonia: The Sinfonia Gala features the Sinfonia Gulf Coast the first half and Patti LuPone the second half in her “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda … played that role” at 7:30 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Cash bar available. Tickets range from $49.50-$125 and can be purchased at or 269-7129.

Death By Chocolate: The South Walton Rotary presents Death By Chocolate, an evening of indulgence, from 6-9 p.m. in Grand Boulevard between Tommy Bahamas and Cantina Laredo. Local guest chefs will prepare and serve signature chocolate desserts for a “Throwdown Competition.” Admission is $20 and $30 tickets include two drink tickets; cash bar for beer and wine. Advance tickets may be purchased at

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.

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.

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