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Saturday, Dec. 28

Artist’s work at Newbill: The new works of Atlanta artist Joel Barr will be on display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 28-31 in the Newbill Collection By The Sea art gallery in Ruskin Place Art Colony at Seaside. Meet Barr from 12-3 p.m. Dec. 31 in the gallery to discuss his techniques and the inspirations for his use of color in his paintings.  Call 231-4500.

An Evening of Music and Art: Enjoy the music of Alice Bargeron from 6-9 p.m. at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet in Grayton Beach. She will also showcase her art and jewelry. Private party night is a group of 50 people who pitch in $50 per person for an evening of great food and music. BYOB. Call 231-1090 to make reservations.

Topsail tour: Learn what makes the coastal dune lakes so special and what is being done to protect them from 1-2 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. A park entrance fee is required. Call 267-8330.

Music at La Playa: Geoff McBride and Joey Shaling perform from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at La Playa, corner of Hwy. 30A and 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.

Nature walk: Ranger Chad leads a guided walk on the beach nature trail at 10 a.m. at Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Learn how the dunes protect the park from hurricanes and storm also about the Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse. Admission is $5/vehicle. Call 267-8300.

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.

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

A Night With A Legend: Music legend Harold Shedd will talk about the music industry with fun stories about great stars, including Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Shania Twain, Billy Ray Cyrus and others, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28 at Marie’s. Tim and Ike will be there for the after party. This is an impromptu performance, just stories, music and laughter. There will be limited seating and reservations will be honored first.

Sunday, Dec. 29

Special Brunch: The singer-songwriter-performing duo Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee, better know as Sugarcane Jane, return from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a special brunch at Grayton Bar & Grill , 170 E County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

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.

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.

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. Market is held on Thursdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Sunday Brunch: Enjoy brunch and the music of The Steenos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stinky’s Fish Camp, 5994 County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

Monday, Dec. 30

Baytowne on Ice: Ice skate from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Skate for an hour and a half for $11 with skate rental $2. The first hour of each day is reserved for “kids skate,” youth 12 and under.

Billy Garrett: Enjoy the music of Billy Garrett from 7-10 p.m. at Shorty’s Surfside & Topside, 63 Hotz Ave. in Grayton Beach.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

Baytowne Countdown: Dance the night away and enjoy live bands and breathtaking fireworks as they light up the sky over the lagoon at midnight during Baytowne Countdown at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Event is free.

New Year’s Eve Countdown: While it’s not Times Square, it is South Barrett Square and they’re ready to ring in the new year — literally! A countdown clock will be projected on the front of Town Hall in Rosemary Beach starting at 6 p.m. At midnight, we’ll ring the bell and usher in 2014!

New Year’s Eve Celebration: Ring in the New Year in Seaside style at 6 p.m. in the Seaside Amphitheater with live performances by talented artists, children’s art projects, face painting, special street performances and other surprises guaranteed to get you ready to celebrate 2014.

Salute 2013: Before you ring in the New Year, salute 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fonville Press in Alys Beach with cocktails, light fare, and live music by Kyle LaMonica.

Rockin’ New Years Eve: Glen David Andrews + Grayton Bar & Grill = a Rockin’ New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31 at 170 E County Road 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Early seating is 5-7:30 p.m. and is $55/person. Late seating runs from 8-10 p.m. and includes live entertainment with Glen David Andrews and a midnight champagne toast at a cost of $85/person. Make reservations at 213-0891 or email

Kids’ Night Out: A Kids’ Night Out New Year’s Eve Bash will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at WaterColor Inn & Resort. Cost is $75/child; reservations required at 534-5975.

New Year’s with a Vue: Dine, dance and ring in 2014 at The Vue on 30A with music by Chris Alvarado & Co. Enjoy five gourmet courses; view the menu at or call 267-2305 for information and reservations. Early and late seating available.

Marie’s Bistro NYE: The bistro will ring in the New Year opening at 5 p.m. with a variety of offerings, special appetizer selections and three-course dinners starting at $22, with discounts on their barside celebration. For reservations call 278-6856.

Wednesday, Jan. 1

Polar Bear Splash: The first ever SWFD Polar Bear Splash will be held at 11 a.m. at Ed Walline Park. All proceeds from $20 donation will benefit the SWFD Department Relations Committee. In the event of Red Flag Conditions, the plunge will relocate to the Gulf Place Community Park Pool. Email for information.

Polar Bear Plunge: The Annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held at 9 a.m. at WaterColor Inn & Resort, 34 Goldenrod Circle in WaterColor. The event is free and T-shirts will be available for purchase.

First Day Hike: Park Services Specialist Patrick Hartsfield leads a 3 1/2 mile hike through the forest at 10 a.m. at Grayton Beach State Park. Learn about the restoration projects going on behind the scenes as well as discover a coastal dune lake. Admission is $5/vehicle. Call 267-8300.

Topsail tour: America’s State Parks First Day Hike, a 3-mile round trip hike along Campbell Lake trail, takes place from 3-4:30 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. A park entrance fee is required. Call 267-8330.

Thursday, Jan. 2

ECMS: The Emerald Coast Meditation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Guest speaker Al Drucker, who spent more than 40 years studying under and working with Sai Baba in India, presents “Reflections on My Journey in Indian Spirituality.” Email for information.

Audubon Society: The Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Room 130at the Student Services Center, Niceville campus of NWFSC. Charidy “Sharkie” Krouse, shark biologist and conservationist, presents “The Shark Tank,” an overview of the mysterious, ecologically important and often misunderstood shark.  Call 582-7064.

Tom Collins: Enjoy the music of Tom Collins from 4-9 p.m. at Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, 525 Grand Blvd. in Sandestin.

Friday, Jan. 3

First Friday ArtWalk: Enjoy live music and view works of art and artist demos from 5-8 p.m. at the galleries and shops of Ruskin Place and select Central Square merchants throughout Seaside. 

Ashley Rose: Jam with the music of Ashley Rose at 9 p.m. at Cabana Café, 112 Seascape Blvd. in Miramar Beach.

Rosalina: Rosalina plays classic standards and show tunes on keyboard from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Christiano’s Ristorante in Santa Rosa Beach.  Call 267-2185.

Saturday, Jan. 4

Audubon Society: Join the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society for a bird walk at Big Sabine Point on Santa Rosa Island. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. Call 862-3498.

First Saturday at Biophilia: Become a Mad Scientist from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air, and even a special Mad Science “burp” potion. Shows are at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Also encounter live animals throughout the day. Admission is $8/adults and $3/children. Under 2 are free. Call 835-1824.

History walk: Learn about the early history of the park and local area at Camp Helen State Park’s history walk from 10-10:45 a.m. The tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4 per vehicle. Call 233-5059.