CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Dec. 1
All area codes are 850 unless specified.
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.
Workshop: The Walton County Master Gardeners will present Dooryard Pecan Production, the latest installment of the Walton County Master Gardeners Lecture Series, from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th St. in DeFuniak Springs. This workshop will feature Santa Rosa County Commercial Horticulture Agent Matt Lollar, who will discuss pecan tree maintenance and variety selection. Cost is $5, payable by cash or check only. Register at 892-8172 or email email@example.com.
Choctawhatchee Audubon Society: Learn about the Christmas Bird Count at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in room 308/309 of the Student Services Building 400 at the Northwest Florida State College Niceville campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 907- 321-3701 for more information
• Dec. 8: Join experienced birder Alan Knothe to see ducks, waders, raptors and winter residents at the Wright Landfill and Okaloosa Holding ponds. Meet at Pepito’s parking lot, 1313 Lewis Turner Blvd. at 7:30 a.m. Wear closed toe shoes, a hat and possibly rain gear. Bring binoculars and/or a camera. Call 208-1780.
• Dec. 17: Participate in the Annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Call 208-1780 for information.
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 emeraldcoastheatre.org/tickets 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”
Art in the Park: Create a work of art from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Artist Carol Dickson will walk you through creating a beautiful basket. Regular park admission applies and is paid at the Ranger Station on the day of class. Cost of class is $35. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Registration can be done in the Park Store or at www.topsailparkfriends.org.
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.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast Youth Orchestra: The Sinfonia Youth Orchestra program consists of more than 50 students who participate in a variety of ensembles that perform throughout the school year in one of two ensembles — The Sinfonietta Strings or the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra. The fall concert will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin and will feature both ensembles performing traditional classical as well as everyone’s favorite holiday selections. The event is free. Call 460-8800.
Guided Plant Strolls: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler will host a guided plant stroll from 9-11 a.m. 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.
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 sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
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.
Moonlight Paddle: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach hosts a Moonlight Paddle from 4:30-7:30 p.m. 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 www.topsailparkfriends.org
Ranger Program: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park presents a Ranger program, Sunday Funday, at 9 a.m. every Sunday in 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 information.
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 package. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 https://gulfcoastgofl.com/30abrewtours.
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 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.