Staff Writer
Walton Sun

All area codes are 850 unless specified. 

Veterans Day: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach will celebrate Veterans Day at 9 a.m. Nov. 10 with a free Breakfast with a Ranger. The park will be sharing a teaser of its new program, “WWII, the Florida Panhandle and the Florida State Parks,” and a special gift for those who have served or now serve in the military.

Seeing Red Wine Festival: The Grand Tasting is from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 throughout Central Square in Seaside. Nov. 11 wraps up the weekend with a Celebration of Bubbles from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Ruskin Place. A portion of this year's proceeds will benefit the Seaside Neighborhood School and the Seaside Institute. Purchase tickets at

Fall Book Sale: The Friends of the Coastal Branch Library’s annual Fall Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10. Hardback books will sell for $2 and paperbacks are $1. There will also be a bake sale on Friday morning. Members will have a VIP Thursday Preview Night Sale from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 8. All proceeds will support the programs of the Coastal Branch Library.

Kite Film Fest: The third annual Kite Film Fest, supporting filmmakers in the Gulf Coast region and beyond, will be held from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 10 at Club LA in Destin. The event is free and open to the public.

Tribute Weekend: Enjoy live music from four tribute bands the weekend of Nov. 10-11 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and meet up on the events plaza lawn for a jam-packed weekend of incredible music and talent. From 4-6 p.m. Nov. 10, 52nd Street and Captain Fantastic take the stage, followed by Ultimate Aldean from 7-9 p.m. Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Departure takes over followed by Back to Avalon from 5-7 p.m.

Holiday Gift Shop Sale: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast hosts its annual Guild Holiday Gift Shop Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays Nov. 9 through Dec. 20. Unique gifts, holiday decorations, nativity sets, angels, jewelry, and much more will be available for purchase at 20 percent off regularly marked prices. All proceeds support new and expanded healthcare services for our community. Call 278-3081 or visit the Guild Gift Shop on Facebook.

Poinsettia Time: Billy Gray Ministries is once again selling poinsettias. Plants will be delivered to you Dec. 3 or 4. Orders must be placed by Nov. 30. Call 719-244-8455, email or visit

Parkinson’s support group: Caregivers of persons suffering with Parkinson’s disease are invited to a new monthly Parkinson’s support group meeting, hosted by Somerby Senior Living and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at Somerby Senior Living, 164 West Hewett Road in Santa Rosa Beach. The group will meet the second Tuesday of each month. Refreshments are provided.

Democratic Women: The Walton Democratic Women's Club will host a panel presentation on the opioid epidemic from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Coastal Branch Library on Route 331 in Santa Rosa Beach. Panel members include local law enforcement officials and treatment providers. Open to the public. Email for more information.

Ask the Doc, Healthy Moms & Babies: A free “Ask the Doc” class for pregnant women and new moms about giving babies a healthy start will be held 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Sacred Heart Medical Group at The Market Shops, 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway West, Unit 1, in Miramar Beach. Spouses, friends, family members and support people are also invited.

Garden Club: The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Linkside Bayside Ballroom in Sandestin. The meeting will be about landscape design with winter blooming plants, trees and shrubs. Price for business meeting, program and luncheon is $25; meeting and program only is $8. RSVP your attendance to 267-2557 or by 8 p.m. Nov. 7.

Horticulture Group: The Tri-County Horticulture and Environmental Studies Group will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Fort Walton Beach Public Library, 185 Miracle Strip Parkway. The program, “Invasive and Native Trees in Bud and Doris Day Patriot Trail,” will be presented by Sheila Dunning. She will present a slideshow and lecture followed by a guided tour of the Bud and Doris Day Patriot Trail at Ferry Park. A group lunch at Ali’s Bistro follows tour. Call 585-2745.

Audubon Society: Join Bay County Audubon leader Ron Houser Nov. 17 in a field trip at Camp Helen State Park. Examine beach, dune and marsh habitats to find and identify a variety of birds species. Meet at 7 a.m. at the CVS parking lot in the Oak Creek shopping center on John Sims parkway in Niceville or at 7:30 a.m. at the Publix Shopping Center in Freeport. Bring binoculars, cameras, a picnic lunch and wear long pants and closed toe shoes. Call 763-7485.

Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights: Start the holiday season from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Sixth Annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The event will feature more than 30 champagnes and appetizers at featured restaurants, live music, and ends with the first tree lighting of the season with a choreographed light show. Tickets are $40/person/$45/week of and $50/day of the event and come with a commemorative glass. Purchase tickets at

Haz Mat Recycling/Tire Amnesty Day: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park hosts a Haz Mat Recycling and Waste Tire Amnesty collection from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 17. No gas cylinders or explosives. Due to hazardous nature of certain components in home computers old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, etc., will also be accepted.

Guided Plant Strolls: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler will host a guided plant stroll from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. Take a stroll through the park and the campground to explore the plants visible and to see what is in bloom. This program is free with regular park admission.

Moonlight Paddle: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach hosts a Moonlight Paddle from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 21, Dec. 21 and Jan. 19 and from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and March 20. Experience Campbell Lake on a Ranger guided paddling tour. Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 years old. Program is $40/person and includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Registration required in advance at

Thanksgiving Cuisine: Celebrate Thanksgiving on the water during SunQuest Cruises’ Thanksgiving Buffet Cruises on the SOLARIS yacht with a lunch cruise from 12-2:30 p.m. and dinner cruise from 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 22. The SOLARIS leaves from the Sandestin Golf and Beach Re-sort. Prices range from $20 - $65/person. Reservations are required at or 650.2519.

The Polar Express: Watch the holiday favorite at 6 p.m. Nov. 23 on the big screed on the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf.

Here Comes Santa Claus: Cheer Santa on as he makes his way to Baytowne and lights the Village tree from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 24. Enjoy face-painting, kids’ crafts, and a fireworks display.

Annual Wreaths for Alaqua: Old Florida Fish House and Alaqua Animal Refuge have teamed up for the Fifth Annual Alaqua Wreath Auc-tion in order to raise funds for the private, non-profit animal sanctuary. The auction of wreaths by local businesses will take place at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at Old Florida Fish House.

Cattle Baron’s Ball: Guests, donned in casual holiday Western wear, will enjoy a Cowboy Christmas to fight cancer at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at the 11th Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball Nov. 30. Tables and tickets can be purchased at For information, call 512-4440, or email

Community Campfire: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park hosts a community campfire from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1. There will be s’mores, music, hot chocolate, stories and lots of fun. Provisions provided. Event is free with regular park admission.

Santa on the Dock at The Bay: Bring your family and friends to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him your Christmas wishes at the second annual Santa on the Dock of The Bay from 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 4 at the restaurant at the southern foot of the 331 bridge in Santa Rosa Beach. Get a free photo with Santa with the Choctawhatchee Bay as your backdrop and many more surprises.

ECTC: Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” Dec. 6-23. The story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers a world in which he’d never been born one fateful Christmas Eve. For all ages. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at ECTC’s performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach. Tickets are $35/adults and $32/seniors (55 years old and up), students, and military. Purchase at or call 684-0323.

• Jan 17-Feb. 3: “Dancing Lessons”

• March 7-10: “Bad Dates” starring Jennifer Steele

• March 28-April 7: “Around the World in 80 Days”

A Peter White Christmas: It will be a White Christmas on the Emerald Coast with Peter White, Rick Braun and Edge Groove at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC. Tickets are $80/front section and $40/general admission. Order tickets at 729-6000 or

Sinfonia Gala: Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s annual gala, “A Swingin’ Little Christmas,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at The Henderson Beach & Spa Resort in Destin and will feature singer/actress Jane Lynch. The evening includes VIP pre-concert reception, dinner and the performance. Tickets range from $275-$500 per person and can be purchased at

Lynch is an Emmy and Golden Globe-winner for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on “Glee” and is currently the two-time Emmy Award-winning host of NBC's “Hollywood Game Night.” For “A Swingin’ Little Christmas,” Lynch brings along Kate Flannery (NBC’s “The Office”), Tim Davis (“Glee”), and The Tony Guerrero Quintet for the jazziest musical holiday concert ever.

Holiday Pops: Chris Mann of “The Voice” joins Sinfonia’s full orchestra for an evening of the most cherished and festive holiday medleys from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Tickets range from $29.50-$55/person and can be purchased at

Ranger Program: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents a Ranger program, Sunday Funday, at 9 a.m. every Sunday in October, November and December. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water bottle, sunscreen and hat as most programs include exploring the park. Program is free with regular park admission.

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 infor-mation.

Turtle 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 the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park camp store between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays for the challenge pack-age. When completed, return to camp store for a treat.

Jewelry sales: South Walton Jewelry & Pawn, 16735 US Hwy. 331 South in Freeport, will donate 20 percent of jewelry sold to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Centers in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. Call 880-6249 or email for information.

Baytowne On Ice: Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Baytowne on Ice. Ice rink is open Oct. 27 through Feb. 2. Hours vary daily.

30A Brew Tours: Gulf Coast Go provides South Walton's only beer tour. The 30A Brew Tour will now make three stops over three hours at Grayton Beer Tap Room, Idyll Hounds Tap Room, and Grayton Beer Brewpub, beginning at 1:45 p.m. every Saturday at the public parking on 283 South in Grayton Beach. The cost of the tour is $55 at

Fall at Grayton Beer Brewpub: All events are family friendly and free to attend. The Grayton Beer Brewpub is at 170 E. County Highway 30A, Grayton Beach.

• Trivia Night will be held from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday to test your knowledge on a variety of topics against competing teams. Prizes are awarded.

• College Football: Outfitted with 10 big-screen TVs, the Brewpub is ideal for large watch parties for fans and alumni of all collegiate teams.

• NFL Football: Brewpub is streaming weekly NFL games throughout the restaurant.

• Cornhole Tournaments: Every second Saturday with two-member team signup beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the tournament at 11. Competition is limited to the first eight teams. Prizes are awarded.

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 in-vited 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 vari-ous artists and unique vintage finds along with food and produce.