UPCOMING EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT (beginning Feb. 12)
All area codes are 850 unless specified.
Almost, Maine: The Emerald Coast Theatre Company will perform the popular romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” Feb. 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28 at The Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway on the corner of Sandestin Boulevard. Friday and Saturday show times are 7:30 p.m. and Sundays are at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $23 per adult, $18 for seniors and $15 for students. ECTC also offers a 10 percent military discount. To buy tickets visit EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or call 687-1637.
Crawfish Boil: Get ready for the Sandestin Gumbo Festival at the official kickoff from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 12 at Fat Tuesday’s at Baytowne Wharf. Cost is $5/plate.
Rock and Roll: South Walton High School Student Government Association announces the second annual Senior Citizen Prom will be held in the school cafeteria from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 12. Cost is $10. RSVP at email@example.com or call 622-5020.
Gumbo Festival: The 27th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival will be held from 12-4 p.m. Feb. 13 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Cost is $20/advance and $30/day of. Sample a variety of gumbo and vote for your favorite as the “People’s Choice” winner. Celebrity judges will name the “Area’s Best” and award the most creative set-up as “Best Display.” Gulf Coast's restaurants will be featured along with live music and children’s activities. Dikki Du and the Zydecko Krewe perform from 12-4 p.m. on the Events Plaza Stage and Stevie Hall from 1-4 p.m. on the Baytowne LIVE Stage. Purchase tickets at www.sandestingumbofestival.com.
Pause for Paws Yoga Class: A gentle, donation-based yoga class will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at Optikk 30A, 2050 W County Hwy. 30A, Unit M-119 in Santa Rosa Beach. A $10 donation is suggested. For more info and to RSVP, visit www.dog-harmony.org.
My Furry Valentine: Bring your fur-friend and join Dog-Harmony for a free Valentine's doggie social with muttmosas, enter to win prizes, and socialize with dogs and people alike from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at Furry Fanatics at Gulf Place, 56 Spires Lane #12a in Santa Rosa Beach. For more info, visit www.dog-harmony.org.
Snowbird Sunday Concert Series: The Market Shops at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort presents the free Snowbird Sunday Concert Series with Ron Adams “Shadow of the King” & The Memphis Echoes from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 14 on the lawn. Bring chairs and blankets. In the event of rainy weather, the concert will be relocated to the covered patio outside of Bijoux at The Market Shops.
• Feb. 21: Chuck Lawson
• Feb. 28: Austin Jennings
Classical concert series: Valentine’s Day performance of Mozart’s Requiem with the Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus at 3 p.m. Feb. 14. All concerts are free and open to the public at Christ the King, 480 N. County Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach.
• March 13: Music by organ masters from Germany and France
Wedding Vow Renewals: A tropical re-union wedding vow renewal ceremony is a unique present to give your spouse for Valentine’s, and it’s free. Couples can renew their wedding vows at a 2 p.m. ceremony Feb. 14 at LuLu’s restaurant in Destin. Hurricane Jane, an ordained minister and a member of the Parrott Heads club, will officiate. Arrive a little early to settle in and stay for the fun.
Workshops: The Walton County Tourist Development Council will hold Public Space Design Workshops from 4-8 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 at the South Walton Annex. The workshop will provide a forum to generate input from stakeholders on a book of general design guidelines for public space in south Walton County. The workshop will be led by a team of landscape architects and planners from the R-A-M Professional Group of Jacksonville and local urban designer/architect, Mark Schnell.
Americana Under The Stars: Bring a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of Passerine at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
• Feb. 25: Brother, Brother
• March 3: Dana Cooper
• March 10: Lucky Mud
• March 17: Lucky Mud
• March 24: DieDra & Keith Ruff
• March 31: Well Worn Soles
Chili Cook-Off/ Silent Auction: Hope Lutheran Church’s Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at 3834 US Hwy. 98 West in Santa Rosa Beach. Vote for the Fan Favorite or submit your own chili. A Silent Auction will be held to raise $3,000 for the 2016 Vacation Bible School. Call 267-0322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Furry Fest: Alaqua Animal Refuge and HEART Animal Rescue will host the third annual Furry Fest, a fund-raising effort to benefit the non-profit organizations, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at Alaqua Unleashed Dog Park, 342 J.D. Miller Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Activities include live music by KC Phelps and the Screamin Fleas, food merchants, vendors, a prize raffle, children’s activities, adoptable pets, wiener dog races, dog contests and more.
Americana Music Concert: The free Americana Music Concert series presents Passerine from 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Lodge at Camp Helen State Park with Lucky Mud. The concerts are hosted by Lucky Mud.
• March 5: Dana Cooper
Camellia Festival: The Friends of Eden and Florida State Parks pay tribute to the Camellia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at Eden Gardens State Park in Point Washington. Stroll through camellias, enjoy a camellia floral arrangement demonstration, learn air layering and camellia waxing for bloom preservation. Attend a program on camellia care and other plant related topics by Marie Harrison, a Master Gardener and author of numerous Gardening Books. Event is free with free admission to the State Park — donations made to the Friends of Eden will be appreciated.
David Seering benefit concert: Musician David Seering will perform his annual concert to benefit local charity Children in Crisis at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Village Baptist Church in Destin. This year he will perform with Amanda Holmes and the Swing City Six band. All proceeds will go directly to help give a home to the foster children of Northwest Florida. Tickets are $25 and can be bought at Children in Crisis or Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Destin or online at www.childrenincrisisfl.org. Call 864-4242 or visit www.childrenincrisisfl.org for information.
CAA workshop: Watercolor Secrets Revealed will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 each day Feb. 23-26 at the Bayou Arts Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. The cost is $380/student. Call the Cultural Arts Alliance at 622-5970 to register and for the supply list.
Charitable gala: Celebrate Miss MatchMaker's 20th year at a charitable gala at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at The Sky Room at The Beach House, 4009 S Sandestin Blvd. in Miramar Beach. Dress is optional black tie. Events benefits Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Camp M.A.S.H., a week-long recreational program for children ages 7 to 17 with a form of juvenile arthritis or a related autoimmune disease.
Food For Thought Thursdays: Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar, 435 Grand Blvd, Ste Q104, in Grand Boulevard, will give 20 percent of food and drink sales to Food For Thought Outreach during Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. March 3 and the first Thursdays of each month.
St. Agatha’s Breakfast: Breakfast Cooked to Order will be held from 7-11 a.m. March 6, April 2, and May 7 in the Parish Hall at St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Cost is $7.25/adults and $4/children under 10. Take-out available. Proceeds benefit the church and its food ministry. The historic church will be open for tours.
Dancing in the Streets: Dance on the cobblestone streets of Rosemary Beach from 3-5 p.m. Sundays while the Village Brass, a New Orleans style 7-piece strolling jazz band, plays.
Kristy's Paint Party: An interactive paint class for kids to seniors using acrylics on wood will be held from 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Artists at Gulfplace. Come anytime. Call 200-3142.
Mommy and Me: Cultural Arts Alliance will offer children's art classes featuring Abrakadoodle from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Bayou Arts Center. The After School Art Classes run from 4-5 p.m. every Monday at the Bayou Arts Center. Cost is $20/class. Call 622-5970 for reservation.
Dancing in the Streets: Dance on the cobblestone streets of Rosemary Beach from 5-8 p.m. Sundays while the Village Brass, a New Orleans style 7-piece strolling jazz band, plays.
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. 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.
Farmers Market: The WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday and Thursday at Cerulean Park. Traditional Farmers Market items such as local farm fresh produce, eggs, and dairy products will be available. There will also be a large variety of organic and homemade items such as Greek gourmet foods, hot and jerk sauces, grass fed beef, chicken, and pork.
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.
30A Farmers’ Market: This community event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays 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.
Seaside Farmers Market: Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Amphitheatre behind Raw & Juicy. Enjoy special cooking demos and activities.