Calendar of Events and Entertainment March 30 - April 6

Staff Writer
Walton Sun

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Saturday, March 30

The Art of the Egg

A true Eggstravaganza, The Art of the Egg, a fundraiser for Alaqua, will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Donna Burgess Gallery, 585 Grand Boulevard, Suite 102. Thirteen local artists will transform eggs, laid by Alaqua's resident emus, Eva and Zsa Zsa, into works of art. The egg creations will be available for purchase through a silent auction along with original paintings.  Local artist and musician, Cody Copeland, will provide musical entertainment. Beer, wine, and appetizers will be provided, along with sweet treats. Suggested donation at door is $10. There will also be an Easter Bonnet contest.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The City of Destin’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt for youth ages 12 and under begins at 9:15 a.m. at Morgan Sports Center. A special egg-hunting zone for crawlers and toddlers will be available. Call 654-5184 or email

Easter Explosion

Skip, hop, or jump your way to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 12-3 p.m. Enjoy face painting, crafts and an inflatable fun zone, plus a stiltwalker making balloon animals and a visit with the Easter Bunny.

Biophilia Center

See Nonie and her ark of animals as she helps children understand the important roles animals play in our environment from 11 a.m. to 2 the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824. 

Bocce tournament

Enjoy a day of sun, sport and sipping wine at the Seventh Annual Bombora Spring Bocce Tournament beginning at 11 a.m. on the East and West Long Greens in Rosemary Beach. For information or to register email

Music at Vue on 30a

Vue on 30a, 4801 West County Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, presents Wesley Cook from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 267-1240 or visit

Topsail tours

A hike will focus on the effects of fire in our ecosystem at 1:45 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Program requires a $6 entry admission. Call 267-8330.

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 31

Easter Brunch at Caliza

Brunch at Caliza Restaurant features delights from a carved leg of lamb, to poached shrimp and creamy grits from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 9581 E. County Hwy. 30A in Alys Beach. A children's buffet features childhood favorites, including pastries and bacon. Seating is limited. Make reservations at 213-5517.

Easter Sunday Brunch in the Backyard of Love

Have Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, 85 Defuniak St. in Grayton Beach. New neighborhood favorite Max McCann will be on stage singing and H.E.A.R.T animal rescue will pour Mimosas for donations.

Hubba Hubba Bunny Hop

The 24th Annual Hubba Hubba Bunny Hop begins at 4:30 p.m. at Pandora's in Grayton Beach.

Sunrise Service

A sunrise service will be held at 6 a.m. on the beach at Beasley Park on U.S. 98 on Okaloosa Island. Good Shepherd Lutheran, Shalimar; Grace Lutheran, Destin; Holy Trinity Lutheran, Fort Walton Beach; and St. Paul Lutheran, Niceville, will sponsor the service. Bring chair or blanket and please stay off the dunes.

Easter in Rosemary

A non-denominational church service will be held at 8:30 a.m. on the Eastern Green in Rosemary Beach. Bring a low-rise chair. An Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9:45 a.m. on the Western Green, rain or shine. Several Town Center restaurants offer a special Easter Brunch.

Easter Brunch

The Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village will host an Easter Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31 in the HarborView Room. Call 424-0613 for reservations.

Monday, April 1

Seaside Neighborhood School

The deadline to submit applications for the 2013-2014 school year to attend Seaside Neighborhood School (grades 6th-8th) and Seacoast Collegiate High School (grades 9th and 10th) is April 1. Applications for both the middle and high school are located at under the FORMS tab. Call 231-0396.

Mac Users Group

The Mac Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the NWF State College Student Services Building — Room 132. Anne Hornstein will cover some of the capabilities of the Pages application and give a few hints on how to make your own website on iWeb. No reservation required. Call 862-3327 or email

Artist of the month

The photographs of local 30A resident Jamie Conley will be displayed during April at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-2809.

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good, rock-n-roll love story told through the hits of Journey, STYX, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, Poison, and many more, can be seen at 7:30 p.m. on the Mainstage at Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC in Niceville. Tickets are $45 each. Group discount of $5 off per ticket is available for groups of 10 or more. Call 729-6000 or visit

Acting classes

The Emerald Coast Theatre Company offers acting classes for middle/high school students from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays, April 6-May 25, at the Destin United Methodist Life Center. The adult class, 18 and over, will take place from 6-8 p.m. Mondays April 1-May 20. Class size is limited. Register at, Classes/Camps tab, or call 687-1637.


The Walton County Economic Development Alliance will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. in the Walton County Administration Conference room, 76 North 6th Street in DeFuniak Springs, to conduct interviews for the Economic Development Alliance Executive Director’s Position.

Groovin’ On The Green

A free concert with Cabo Rock, sponsored by The Carillon Beach Institute, will be held from 7-9 p.m. in Carillon Beach.

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. The troupe also presents The Commedia Princess and the Pea at 5 p.m. 8 at the Seaside Amphitheatre and Adventures in Alys at 10 a.m. Monday and Thursday in Alys Beach. Events are free.

Tuesday, April 2

Biophilia Center - This event has been cancelled.

The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center hosts authors Dr. E. O. Wilson, namesake of the Biophilia Center, and Tony Hiss from 5-6:15 p.m. at Freeport High School. Discussion will focus on regional and local ecology. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 1824.


The Walton County Extension office will host a pond management workshop at 732 N. 9th St. in DeFuniak Springs to provide information helpful for those with small backyard ponds to large farm ponds. Cost is $10 and includes materials and light refreshments. RSVP at 892-8172.

Cinema Under the Stars

Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy "Judy Moodoy and the Not Bummer Summer" under the stars from 7:30-9 p.m. April 2 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Piper's will offer food and drink.

Wednesday, April 3

Musical theater workshops

Barefoot Broadway Kids Musical Theater Workshops will be held for ages 6-12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Studio, 27 Quincy Circle in Seaside. Students will sing, dance and act while focusing on stage direction, character development, improvisation, vocal technique, choreography and performing. Camp includes dramatic play, story enactment, imagination journeys and theater games. Register at

Spring Concert Series

Enjoy live music by Forrest Williams Band at 8 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 4-6 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 North County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 622-9771.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

The Village of Baytowne Wharf offers a Tribute to the Classics at free concerts from 6-8 p.m. in April in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.

Seaside Rep

The Seaside Rep presents Commedia Robin Hood at 5 p.m. at N. Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach and Awkward Oxen Improv Workshops at 10 a.m. at Fonville Press in Alys Beach. Events are free.

Thursday, April 4


Nanette Savage will present “A Rolfer's Story" 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

Spring 2013 Music Series

Mary Gauthier will be accompanied by Scott Nolan and Joanna Miller, who will also perform as the opening act, at 4:30 p.m. at Bud & Alley’s, 2236 E Scenic 30A in Seaside. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25/advance and $30/day of show. Tickets available at

Americana Under the Stars

Lucky Mudd 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 Chase Rice during Spring Fling Concerts from 6-8 p.m. at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.

Rotary Club of South Walton

The Rotary Club of South Walton meets for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites, Scenic Hwy. 98 in Miramar Beach. Visiting Rotarians and their guests are welcome. Call 267-2929.

Friday, April 5

Totally Tomatoes Workshop

The University of Florida, IFAS/Walton County Extension will present a workshop on growing tomatoes locally from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Coastal Extension Branch, 70 Logan Lane 5 in Grayton Beach. The cost is $10 and includes materials and free tomato plants. Call 892-8172 to reserve your place.

Soundsations Show Choir

Bring a blanket and enjoy the Northwest Florida State College show choir’s song and dance revue straight from Broadway at 7 p.m. on St. Augustine Green in Rosemary Beach.

Grand opening/concert

The grand opening of the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach begins at 6:30 p.m. The Panama City POPS Orchestra performs in concert with lively, family-oriented music, including selections from classics and current hits like Les Miserables, Harry Potter, and Pirates of the Caribbean. A fireworks display launched from the city pier follows the concert. The event is free and open to the public.

First Friday ArtWalk

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


The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast will host its first Rodeo Expo April 5-6 at the Freeport Sports Complex at Hammock Bay in Freeport. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. each day. Tickets are available online, at partner locations, and gate. Adult tickets $12, and children under 12 are $6.

Destin Woman's Club

The Destin Woman's Club will meet at 11 a.m. April 10 at Fire in Gulf Place. The speaker will be Dr. Michael Archer with Emerald Coast Plastic Surgery. Reservations must be made by April 5. Email Lunch is $20.

Saturday, April 6

Biophilia Center

Experience nature during guided hikes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Hikes according to age, ability, and interest throughout the day. Standard admission rates apply. Call 835-1824. 

Topsail tour

Learn what types of coastal critters are in this area at 2 p.m. at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Call 267-8330.

Nature walk

Take a nature walk at 9 a.m. at Hammock Bay with wildlife expert and ecologist Joe Wyatt. All ages welcome. Meet at the Lake Club clubhouse. Hammock Bay is on Hwy. 20 in Freeport. Call 496-1864.

Arts and Craft Festival

Arts and craft vendors, fun and food will be on tap at the Freeport Arts and Craft Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Freeport City Hall, 112 Hwy. 20 West. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. Call 835-1737 or email for vendor space.

Spring Thing

Camp Helen State Park and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park, Inc. present It's a Spring Thing interactive event that promotes a variety of activities and resources available in the Bay County and Walton counties from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Food and refreshments will be available. Park entrance fees will be waived to participants. Call  267-8320.