Calendar of Events and Entertainment March 16 - 23

Staff Writer
Walton Sun

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Saturday, March 16

St. Patrick’s Parade, Festival

The Sixth Annual 30A St. Patrick’s Parade and heralds the return of the Irish Music band Mithril.  The parade expects more than 50 floats and parade entries, in all shapes and sizes. Parade lineup begins at 3 p.m. just east of Big Redfish Lake and heads 4 miles west, ending at Gulf Place. Mithril headlines the entertainment that follows at Gulf Place with the Drake School of Irish Dance. There will be a special eco-friendly “green” prize award for the best electric/self powered or non gas powered vehicle entry. ResortQuest is the sponsor of the perpetual trophy of Best in Parade award, won in 2012 by Stinky’s Fishcamp. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to enter decorated street legal golf carts, cars trucks or floats to vie over the coveted awards. Festival goers can purchase commemorative T-shirts, experience arts and crafts, including jewelry, wood carving, face painting, and a variety of food and drinks.

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

Bird and Nature Walk at Topsail Hill with Ross Hamilton. Meet at the Winn-Dixie at Bluewater Bay at 7:30 a.m. or at Topsail Hill at 7:55 a.m. Call 582-7064.

Tractor/Car show and History Fair

The 2013 Walton County Antique Tractor Show & Pull, Wearing o’ the Green Car Show & History Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walton County Fairgrounds in DeFuniak Springs. 

Cattle Barons Ball

The sixth annual emerald Coast Cattle Barons' Ball, focused on boots, jeans, cowboy hats and fun to generate money to support the American Cancer Society, will be held at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The Modern Eldorados, an Americana band out of Mobile, Ala., offer a foot-tapping blend of rockabilly and traditional country music as guests enjoy tasty vittles, live and silent auctions, gaming, and dancing. Call 376-1551 or email inquiries to

Guest recital

Pianist Yue Chu returns for a private recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Admission is $20.

Art in the Park

The WaterColor Community Association will host the Eighth Annual Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in WaterColor's Cerulean Park and Town Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Hats for Hope

The Destin Woman’s Club will host Hats for Hope, a fashion show and luncheon, at 11 a.m. at the Linkside Conference Center at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Features include a raffle row, designer table and silent auction delights. Proceeds will benefit Shelter House, the domestic violence center serving Okaloosa and Walton counties. Tickets are available at Today’s Boutique in Destin, P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach and Bayou Books in Niceville as well as online. Tickets are $45.

Topsail tour

Learn what makes the coastal dune lakes so special at 2 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.

Biophilia Center

Learn how to create a butterfly garden and take a butterfly walk at 11 a.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824. 

Adventure Club

Bike ride in South Walton County on the 30A Bike Path at 10 a.m. Meet at the small Ed Walline Beach Access Park at the intersection of Hwy. 399 and Hwy. 30A. Lunch somewhere along the bike path. Call 301-9452 or 581-4591.

Spring production

Northwest Florida State College Fine & Performing Arts Division brings one of Shakespeare’s most complicated and entertaining comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the Sprint Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/youth age 18 or younger. Call 729-6000 or visit

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 17

Irish Street Fest/Grogg March

Wee ones can enjoy Irish music, dance, and games at the Fifth Annual Irish Street Fest and Grogg March at noon at HarborWalk Village in Destin. After dark, “Sham-Rock” through HarborWalk Village where each venue will entertain with music and games.

Sunday Brunch

Wear your green, and sit among the greenery of the Backyard Of Love from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 Defuniak St. in Grayton Beach.  Music will be covered by neighborhood favorite Billy Garrett and Mimosas will be poured for donations by The Rescued Rescuers, new animal saving group.

St. Paddy’s Day Delight

Celebrate the luck of the Irish from 6-9 p.m. in the Events Plaza at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Henri’s Notions will provide traditional Celtic music and the Drake Irish Dancers will perform.

Monday, March 18

Camp Showtime

The Rep presents Camp Showtime with improv games, basics of theatre and even writing a short play to be performed at the end of week, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday, at Seaside Repertory Theatre in Seaside. Cost is $200/week. Email or call 231-0733 to sign up.

Stories By The Sea

Join the Seaside Rep as they present a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience for children of all ages at 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Lyceum Archway in Seaside.

Adventures in Alys

The Seaside Repertory Theatre presents Adventures in Alys at 10 a.m. Monday and Thursday through April 11 in Alys Beach. Event is free.

Seaside Rep

The Seaside Repertory Theatre presents The Commedia Princess and the Pea at 5 p.m. Mondays through April 8 at the Seaside Amphitheatre. Event is free.

Free Tax Preparation

JobsPlus in DeFuniak Springs will prepare taxes for free for individuals and families with incomes of less than $51,000. Call 892-8668, ext. 201 to make an appointment.

Tuesday, March 19


The Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Jim 'N Nick's in Destin. Featured speaker will be Matt Titus, president of SEOM Solutions, who will speak about The Hierarchy of a Website: SEO and Content Strategies to Achieve Results. Cost is $12/students, $15/members and $20/non-members. Make reservations by 5 p.m. March 15 at

Cinema Under the Stars

Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy "The Adventures of Tin Tin" under the stars from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre.  Piper's will offer food and drink.

Open House

The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School will host an open house for prospective parents from 9-10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 North County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 622-9771.

Cooking School

The Taste of Home Cooking School presents its 19th annual spring show sponsored by WZEP Radio Station, with culinary specialist Michelle “Red” Roberts, at 6:30 p.m. at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10/general admission and $45/VIP which includes reception with Roberts before show, reserved seating and special prizes. Tickets are on sale at the WZEP studios in DeFuniak Springs, at, or call 892-5130.

Relay for Life

The DeFuniak Springs Relay for Life will hold a team captain meeting at the Continental Worship Center, 2132 U.S. 90 in DeFuniak Springs. This year’s theme is “Tune Out Cancer.” Individuals who participate will raise funds over the next few months, culminating in the event at Walton High Schools on April 26 and 27. Call 978-1168.

Wednesday, March 20

Spring Concert Series

Enjoy live music by Beach Mice at 8 p.m. in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Piper's will offer food and drink.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents a free concert with Déjà Vu from 6-8 p.m. in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.

Seaside Rep

The Seaside Rep presents Commedia Robin Hood at 5 p.m. Wednesdays through April 11 at N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Event is free.

Republican Women

Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Silver Sands Premium Outlet. District 5 County Commissioner Cindy Meadows will provide an update of county issues. Cost of lunch is $18/members and $20/guests. Reservations required at 837-5321 by noon March 18.


The Seaside Rep presents Awkward Oxen Improv Workshops at 10 a.m. Wednesdays through April 11 at Fonville Press in Alys Beach. Event is free.

Children’s Theatre

The Seaside Rep presents Robin Hood at 5 p.m. in North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.

Thursday, March 21

The Luminary Connection

The Luminary Connection will meet for a time of networking and encouragement at noon at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 312 College Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Featured speaker is Julie White, local retired school teacher and community activist, who will speak on “Letting the SON-shine Through the Storm.” TLC is open to all working women. Call 635-1801 or email


Shantika Emker, an ordained Buddhist nun who studied in the Zen and Tibetan traditions, will present Meditation On-the-Go when The Emerald Coast Meditation Society meets at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393 In Santa Rosa Beach. For information, email

Americana Under the Stars

Slim Fatz performs at 6 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the concert series, Americana Under the Stars.

Spring Fling Concerts

Enjoy live music on the lawn with some of the best touring acts in region during Spring Fling Concerts from 6-8 p.m. beginning with Swear and Shake at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.

Friday, March 22

Purses with a Purpose

Purses with a Purpose returns to Silver Sands Premium Outlets from 6-8 p.m. March 22 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 in the storefront between Carter’s and Bose. Proceeds benefit Shelter House.  VIP Party is March 22 with a $5 donation and includes first pick, food from Carrabba’s, beverages and door prizes. Admission is free March 23.

Parents' Night Out with Abrakadoodle

Enjoy dinner out with the grown-ups while the kids enjoy a night of art, games, and a movie from 7-10 p.m. at the Alys Beach Community Center.  Snacks provided.  Cost is $30/child and open to children ages 4 and up.  Register at 424-5058.

Saturday, March 23

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

Bird and Nature Walk in the Upland Hardwoods of Walton County with master gardener Dave Gordon. See hawks, bluebirds, blooming mountain laurel, native azaleas, and other flora and topography more often associated with piedmont areas. Meet at Food World in Niceville at 7:30 a.m. and the Walton County Extension Office on Hwy 83N at 8 a.m. Be ready for a walk on a forest path. Call 401-1578.

30A Car Show

The 12th Annual Route 30A Antique and Vintage Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rosemary Beach. Enjoy live music, demonstrations and numerous award categories at the free event. Rain date is March 24. Call 951-2148.

Biophilia Center

Full-time fly fishing guide, Jason Stacy, leads a fly fishing work-shop to teach the basics  and answer questions at 11 a.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824. 

Sinfonia: Bond and Beyond

The Sinfonia celebrates its seventh season (007) and 50 years of James Bond at 7:30 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Tickets are $125 at

Pain, Skim & Skate

Join Miramar Beach’s Meyer Boarding Company and Grayton Beach-based folk artist Andy Saczynski from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a special Paint, Skim & Skate Workshop at the Andy Saczynski Studio Gallery in Grayton Beach. Call 830-1893 or email

Florida Trail Association

Enjoy a five-mile hike on Eglin near DeFuniak Springs at 9 a.m. with a hot dog lunch after. Eglin recreation permit required.  Call 689-8528.