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ECTC Comedy: Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “Buyer & Cellar” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $32/adults; $30/seniors (55 years old and up) and military; and $28/students (must show ID). “Buyer & Cellar” is recommended for mature audiences. Purchase tickets at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org or call 850- 684-0323. Jonathan Tolins has concocted an irresistible one-man play from the most peculiar of fictitious premises — an underemployed Los Angeles actor goes to work in Barbra Streisand’s Malibu, Calif.m basement. It’s a fantasy so delightful you wish it were true.
Caroline Cotter at REP: With a captivating soprano voice and award-winning songwriting, Caroline Cotter’s songs take listeners all over the world and into the depths of the human heart. She will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at The REP Theatre in Seaside. Tickets: $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
Adoption Event: Stop by and see Walton County Animal Shelter’s animals from 12-3 p.m. Jan. 25 at Destin Commons. Find out how you can help save a life by adopting, donating, fostering, or becoming a volunteer with WCAS.
Embroiderers’ Guild: The Sand Dunes Chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America will meet from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Religious Education building, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd. in Niceville. Visitors are welcome. Call 496-3466 with any questions.
Coastal Seniors Movie: Walton County Coastal Library will be hosting a South Walton Coastal Seniors Movie at the Library, “Nebraska,” on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 9:45-11:45 a.m. The movie stars Bruce Dern, Will Forte and June Squibb. If you like, bring a dish to share during the show. No registration needed. Please call Jim at Coastal Library, 850-267-2809, or visit 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach for more information.
Sinfonia Pre-Concert Discussion: Join assistant conductor of Sinfonia Gulf Coast Aaron King Vaughn at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Destin Library for a pre-concert discussion about the upcoming Feb. 1 “Classical Collusions (with Russia)” concert. The highlighted concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Village Baptist Church in Destin.
The pre-concert discussion is a free event and no registration is required to attend. Contact the Destin Library at 837-8572 or Sinfonia Gulf Coast at 460-8800 for more information.
Winter Community Programs: Principal Harpist – Katie Ott will be at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach at 10 a.m. Jan. 29. Program brochures will be available at the Library and the schedule will be posted at www.youseemore.com/walton/coastal. For more information, call 267-2809.
• Feb. 5: Walton County History with Story and Song - Historian Ronnie McBrayer
• Feb. 12: Dr. Prudence Farrow Bruns on Transcendental Meditation
• Feb. 19: Bruce Collier as Winston Churchill
• Feb. 26: Chick Huettel – History of Walton County Sheriff’s Posse
• March 4: Ted Talk FSU Speakers – Erica Averion and Libby Fisher
The REP Film Club: Parasite: Meet the Park Family, the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at The REP Theatre. Tickets are $12.50 and $10 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr. Rated R.
Resurrecting van Gogh: Presented by Emerald Coast Theatre Company at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at 560 Upstairs at Grand Boulevard, Resurrecting van Gogh is an original performance based on the life, work and writings of Andy Martin, a medical student and oncology patient at Tulane University, who conducted groundbreaking research on sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma (SNUC), an extremely rare form of cancer that eventually took his life. Under the supervision of Dr. Tyler Curiel, Andy was able to grow his own cancer cells in the lab and establish a permanent cell line to allow important research to continue. The majority of the performance text is taken directly from Andy’s unpublished private journals with permission from the Martin family.
15th Annual Girls Getaway: Super Bowl Weekend has never been so much fun! Join in the 2020 Girls Getaway, a 4-day celebration for women, from Jan. 30 thru Feb. 2 in Rosemary Beach. Purchase tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/d/fl--destin/girls-getaway/. Festivities include a welcome beach bonfire, Vacation at Home with HGTV Interior Designer and Author, Vern Yip, Art Workshop (Intro to Portrait) with Allison Haley Wickey, Saturday night dinner, dancing and silent auction, and more. The 2020 Girls Getaway benefits the Rosemary Beach Foundation and the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Family Birth Place Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) expansion.
President’s Speaker Series: Three diverse speakers, each sharing their stories of overcoming adversity to reach their personal goals, will be presented at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. The speaker’s series are free, but seating is limited. John Quinones delivers a powerful message of believing in one’s self, never giving up, and always doing the right thing at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31. As host and creator of What Would You Do?, he has become “the face of doing the right thing.”
Dale Berra: March 13 at 7:30 p.m. Dale Berra, the son of Yogi Berra, is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1977 to 1987. However, cocaine slowly took Dale’s promising career away, and it could have taken his life if it wasn’t for his father’s love.
The Brevet: Coming off of their New Year's Eve concert in Seaside, The REP welcomes The Brevet to kick off 2020's LIVE@TheREP Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast: The second installment of the Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Classical Connections Series will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Village Baptist Church and features 2017 Bronze Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and two icons of Russian orchestral music, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
May 16: The main season will come to a cinematic finale at the Emerald Coast Convention Center with “Jurassic Park in Concert.” Experience it projected in HD with Sinfonia Gulf Coast performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture.
May 24: The season comes to an official close with Sinfonia Goes Pops!, presented al fresco on the amphitheater lawn at Alys Beach at 7:30 p.m. This patriotic, family-friendly concert is free and open to the public and concludes with a festive firework display.
Christ the King Concert Series: Enjoy an afternoon of chamber music featuring some of the best musicians in Northwest Florida during David Ott and Friends at 3 p.m. Feb. 2 at Christ the King, 480 North County Highway 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
• Feb. 16, Beethoven's 4th Symphony: This is a work of boundless energy and excitement with surges and restless underpinnings that mark the demanding piece.
Applewood: A contemporary new dramedy play, “Applewood,” will be read on Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library and will take about one hour. The readers will include “snowbird seniors” as well as accomplished actors, including Don Goodrum and Bruce Collier.
StoryTeller Series - Dinner with Booker T.: On Oct. 16, 1901, Booker T. Washington became the first Negro to dine at the White House. Through song and dance, multiple characters are portrayed in this solo show in which Mr. Washington recalls the joys and racial aftermath of this infamous dinner. Written and performed by Broadway artist Darryl Reuben Hall, Dinner with Booker T. is a one time performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Emerald Coast Theatre Company at 560 Upstairs in Grand Boulevard. Tickets can be purchased at vendidi.com.
Biophilia Center: Enjoy a fun-filled night with crafts, games, movies, and much more during the members only Slumber Party Feb. 8. Don't miss this chance to spend the night at the Biophilia Center. Dinner and a light breakfast will be served. Spots for the Slumber Party are limited. Call 835-1824 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place. Children must be 6 or older and have adult chaperone.
One Woman Performance: Nancy Hasty has written and will perform as Jackie Cochran at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Chautauqua Theatre in DeFuniak Springs. The performance is a benefit for the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood’s interior furnishings. Reserve tickets, which are limited, by sending $25/ticket to “Play” at 504 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL. 32435. Make your check payable to Forward DeFuniak, Inc. and write “Play” on the memo line. With identification, your tickets will await you at the box office. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door. Call 850-830-7663.
Broadway shows at MKAC: Guest artists and Broadway shows are the highlights of the season at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Purchase tickets at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/. Bandstand the Musical is Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $49. It’s 1945, and six soldiers return from war to a changed nation. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home.
Jersey Boys: Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $49. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard … and the radio just couldn’t get enough of it. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story, a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.
The Choir of Man: March 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $37. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a real working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography.
The SpongeBob Musical: May 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets $49. Broadway’s best creative minds re-imagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in “a party for the eyes and ears.” (Daily Beast).
Valentine Dinner, Dancing Cruises: SunQuest Cruises Solaris Valentine’s Dinner and Dancing Cruises will be held from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 14 and 5-8 p.m. Feb. 15. Romance the night away with a special three-course, chef-prepared meal, then dance the night away to live entertainment. The Solaris is docked at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations required online at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.
Sandestin Gumbo Festival: The 31st Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival takes over Baytowne Wharf Feb. 14-15. From 12-4 p.m. Saturday, guests will enjoy live Zydeco music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, family activities and a gumbo cook-off. Sample and vote for your favorite in the People's Choice category. Also vote for "Best Bloody Mary at the Beach." For more information, visit www.sandestingumbofestival.com.
Valentine to 30A: All That Jazz and More will be onstage at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at The Repertory Theatre in Seaside.Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
Bubbly Baytowne: Enjoy an evening full of free champagne and shopping as you Sip and Shop through the Village of Baytowne streets from 5-6 p.m. Feb. 20. This event is free and for 21 and up only. The village will be open to the public.
Maytag Virgin: The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents Maytag Virgin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-22 and 27-29 and 2 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 1 at 560 Upstairs in Grand Boulevard. For ages 13 and older.
Set in the small fictional town of Lenoraville, Ala., Maytag Virgin tells the story of recently widowed Elizabeth Nash and her new next door neighbor, Jack Key. Lizzy grieves outwardly over the recent death of her husband, but her inner world is filled with deep regret and secret longing. Maytag Virgin is the perfect feel-good romantic dramatic comedy with heart.
Mardi Gras Big Easy Bar Crawl: Dress in your Mardi Gras best for a bingo style bar crawl at HarborWalk Village from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Feb. 21. Pick up bingo cards at 6:30 and turn back in by 9:30 for raffle drawing. Compete for the title of Mardi Gras King & Queen at Coyote Ugly starting at 10 p.m.
Mardi Gras Parade & Pawdi Gras: Fais Do-Do takes the stage at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 followed by beads, dazzling floats and street performers as the parade rolls at 4 p.m. in HarborWalk Village. Enter your pup in a spirited Pawdi Gras Pet Costume contest following the parade. Registration starts at 5.
Missy Andersen: Known for her expressive and earthy vocals, Missy Andersen received the coveted Blues Music Award nomination for Soul Blues Female Artist in 2015 and again in 2016. She will perform at The REP at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
Mardi Gras Parade: The streets at The Village of Baytowne Wharf will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans along with floats, golf carts, and pick up trucks at 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Mardi Gras music will fill the air as four-pawed friends and parade participants shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets.
3rd Annual Hops for Hounds: Dog-Harmony's Third Annual Hops for Hounds will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Destin Commons. Take a dog-walk to each of the murals at Destin Commons and snap a photo with you and your FURever friend. Then enjoy an after party at World of Beer with beer and live music. Be sure to check out World of Beers dog menu. Registered walkers receive a complimentary dog bandana, and admission to an incredible family-friendly morning with the hounds that have our hearts. Registration is $20 per person. Email email@example.com
Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi: Prepare to let your hair down on what many call the most festive day of the year, Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. "Laissez les bon temps rouler" (let the good times roll) with the free Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 for a Village Street party complete with music, street performers, entertainers and more. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with parties at various Baytowne establishments.
Dan Rodriguez: Dan Rodriguez has shared the stage with artists and bands and will take the stage at The REP at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Tickets are $30 and $24 for REP Members at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ltr.
Mattie Kelly Arts Center: Dance the music of Beethoven and Bernstein March 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25/adult, $16/youth. Guest conductor Steven Byess leads the NFSO in an evening of rhythmic music celebrating the elements of dance. Purchase at https://mattiekellyartscenter.org/.
Stars of Tomorrow/An Evening at the Opera: April 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25/adult, $16/youth. The NFSO season finale will open with performances from the winners of the 33rd Annual Concerto Competition. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will then join the orchestra performing opera choruses from popular operas. Maestro David Hoose will be the guest conductor for this show.
Third Thursday Wine Walk: Join the Gulf Place Merchants for a South Walton tradition at 5 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. Tickets are $20 and include samplings of hand-selected wines, light appetizers, live music and giveaways. Check in at 5 p.m. at the stage to receive a complimentary glass and walkabout map.
Family Fun Fest: Join in the free fun Friday nights for Family Fun Fest from 6-10 p.m. at Seascape Towne Centre, located near Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. Event features live music performances, food and drink specials and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and a live magic show.
Library Skills Class for Kids: The Walton County Coastal Library will host Library Skills Class for Kids from 11 a.m. to noon the second Thursday of each month. Parents are welcome to participate. The intention is to provide students the opportunity to develop skills in reading, oral communication, thinking and reasoning, ability to search out information using reference material and to develop basic library skills. No registration needed.
Peer to Peer Support Group: Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties is sponsoring a Peer to Peer Support Group every Thursday at Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, Room 206, 3524 US Hwy 98, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Whether you want to learn new life skills or better understand Mental Health Recovery, you will find support here. The group is open to adults (18+), free to participate, confidential, and guided by trained peer facilitators. For more information, call the Mental Health Association in Fort Walton Beach at 244-1040.
Dungeons and Dragons Club: Walton County Coastal Branch Library will host the club Fridays from 3:30-5 p.m. for ages ninth grade to 25. Pre-register at the Coastal Library or post on the Friends of Coastal Library Facebook D&D Club. Each meeting will be set in a rich fantasy world that will be developed and expanded upon by the choices you make while playing. This is a pen and paper role playing game where players will have to investigate mysteries, solve puzzles and defeat a goblin or two. All materials will be provided. For more information, call 267-2809.
Tai Chi Tuesday: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will host Tai Chi Tuesday the third Tuesday of each month. Seated Tai Chi is 8:30-9:15 a.m. and Standing Tai Chi is 9:30-10:15 a.m. Class fee is $13 and does not include park admission. Call the park store at 267-8333 for more information.
Good Grief luncheons: An Emerald Coast Hospice lunch is open to anyone who has experienced a loss and is looking for some support and company through the grieving process. We encourage attendees to also bring a friend or family member. Everyone orders off the menu and pays for his or her own lunch. To RSVP, call 837-2589. Third Monday lunch is at Olive Garden Destin and third Tuesday lunch is at Applebee’s Miramar Beach, 8670 Hwy. 98 West.
Healing Walking Group: The Emerald Coast Hospice walking group is open to bereaved individuals who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. Walk and talk, at a relaxed pace, with others who are grieving and share ideas, comfort and companionship from 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in Miramar Beach and Thursdays in Destin. RSVP at 837-2589Turtle Talk Tuesdays: While enjoying coffee, tea, and sweet treats, a South Walton Turtle Watch volunteer will talk about sea turtles from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays at Amavida Coffee, 104 North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Ask questions and get information, stickers, and sometimes see preserved specimens.
Family Challenge: Check in at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park camp store between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays for the challenge package. When completed, return to camp store for a treat.
Sunday Pickin’ at The Bay: The Bay Restaurant, on the Choctawhatchee Bay at the southern foot of the 331 bridge, will host Sunday Pickin’ at The Bay every Sunday. Local musician Mike Whitty and Friends will get together in the garden for a jam session. All local musicians are invited to come and join in. Happy Hour is from 7-9 p.m.
Geocache Around Topsail: Explore Topsail Hill Preserve State Park with a special 10 station geocache program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check in at the camp store for your coordinates. Upon completion, return to the camp store for a prize.
Beach Service: Worship at the beach with Hope Lutheran Church from 8-9 a.m. at Ed Walline Regional Beach Access across on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a towel, chair, or stand on the boardwalk. Call 267-0322.
45 Central Wine Bar: Enjoy live music with Tropic Breeze from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays in Santa Rosa Beach.
30A Farmers’ Market: Walk through the park like setting with shade trees, a fountain, cobblestone walkways and visit friendly farmers and bakers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Seascape Resort Towne Centre in Miramar Beach.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market: The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s. Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Seaside Farmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.
Vintage Market: New in Santa Rosa Beach is the Vintage Market at Elmore’s Landing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. Check out various artists and unique vintage finds along with food and produce.