30A South Walton golf players 2nd Annual 30A Charity Golf Classic Raises $28,056 for Alaqua Animal Refuge

Event Photography by Shelly Swanger Photography

The 2014 30A Charity Golf Classic raised $28,056 for Alaqua Animal Refuge. The second annual event was held at Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club and was presented by The Aesthetic Clinique.

“We raised $23,000 for charity last year, so we’re very excited that support for this event is growing,” said 30A’s Angela Ragsdale, who founded the tournament. “We are so grateful to all of our sponsors and players for supporting this local event and cause.”

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Ralph Gage’s Million Dollar Smile

One of the highlights of the day was an incredible shot made by player Ralph Gage during the $1 Million Hole-In-One Challenge, presented by 30A Television. Gage’s 187-yard shot came within three feet of the hole… and the $1 million prize.

“The crowd went crazy,” said Ragsdale. “It was a fun and exciting way to end the day.”

The 2014 30A Charity Golf Classic was won by a team consisting of Dewayne Youngblood, Jeff Cooper, Robert Reeder and Tommy Brantley. Each year, 100 percent of the proceeds from the 30A Charity Golf Classic are donated to a different local charity.

“This comes at a really great time, because we need to raise $150,000 by December 31st, in order to move all of our animals to a larger location,” said Laurie Hood, Alaqua Animal Refuge’s president and founder. “Even though we have a long way to go, this donation gets us off to a great start.”

Big Rich of Pandora's taking shots with Mallory Fraiche of the Ladies European Tour:

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For more info about Alaqua Animal Refuge, please visit www.alaquaanimalrefuge.org.

Redd’s Fueling Station30A South Walton unnamed 5 SATURDAY: Are You Redd y for the Redd Hott Burger Challenge?, featuring Redd, The Singing Bartender, is already a unique attraction on Scenic Highway 30A. Now there is another twist — The Redd Hott Burger Challenge!

The Redd Hott Burger Challenge will kick off October 25th at 5:30 pm when a group of three special invitees will battle it out for the honor of winning the food challenge. Contestants hope to finish off five of Redd’s delicious cream cheese-stuffed Jalapeño Popper Burgers, topped with pepper jack cheese, jalapeno and habanero peppers, tomato, lettuce, pickled onions and three English muffins,1 pound of sweet potato fries and two pints of Rolling Rock draft beers or soft drinks.

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Photos: Shelly Swanger

Alys Beach’s famous adults-only “Night of the Dead” costume party will be held at Caliza this Saturday October, 25th.

Noche de los Muertos is always THE hottest party of the haunted season, with over-the-top costumes, special cocktails, a photo booth, and a contest with a $1,000 cash prize for Best Costume.

DJ Roonie G returns again this year, and a limited number of private cabanas are available for groups. Guests must be at least 21 years old, and costumes are required. A cash bar will be available. The fun starts at 8pm and runs until 11:30pm.

Tickets are $50 in advance, and $60 at the door. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to help Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Please note that tickets are nonrefundable and the party will be held rain or shine.

Tickets are available online, and at the Alys Beach Bike Shop, Alys Shoppe, or Fonville Press in Alys Beach.

Mitchell’s Fish Market at Grand Boulevard will offer guests a chance to explore ‘Tastes of the Pacific Northwest,’ a four-course dinner on Wednesday, October 29th, at 7 p.m.

30A South Walton 10408487 10152288504557541 3933035569907633086 n 300x179 Mitchell’s Fish Market to Host Tastes of the Pacific Northwest Pairing DinnerWe all know that our Gulf Coast produces delicious fresh seafood and farm-fresh flavors, but this special dinner at Mitchell’s Fish Market will give locals and visitors a chance to explore a different part of the culinary world — The Pacific Northwest.

This special one-night-only dinner will feature a variety of delicious wines from Oregon and Washington, all paired with Mitchell’s fresh selections for $49.99 per person plus tax.

“We invite our guests to join us for a special night of food and wine pairings inspired by the bounty of the Pacific Northwest Coast,” said Will Wadsworth, Executive Chef of Mitchell’s Fish Market.

The ‘Tastes of the Pacific Northwest’ dinner will feature:

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30A South Walton Mountain Film MountainFilm Returns to WaterColor Nov 7 8

Thousands of moviegoers will flock to WaterColor Resort November 7-8 for a unique beachside event that has become a fall tradition – the MountainFilm Festival.

For the fourteenth year, the outdoor film festival is headed to Northwest Florida to screen an array of independent films in a gorgeous park setting overlooking one of the area’s rare coastal dune lakes. The festival, based in Telluride, Colorado, goes on tour every year with a selection of its visually appealing and often thought-provoking films, and moviegoers keep coming back for more.

“I think one thing that brings me back every year is that after I see the films there are about 100 different topics that I want to know more about,” said Lanier Motes, a longtime festivalgoer and marketing manager for the St. Joe Company, which hosts the event. “It’s something that stays with you and after the weekend is over you are still thinking about something that you saw or that you heard.”

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30A South Walton 10446495 508120332621603 6039379738735754130 n Volunteers Needed for the 2014 30A 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Volunteers are needed for the Third Annual 30A Thanksgiving Day Race & 1 Mile Fun Run to be held on November 27th, 2014.

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Last year, 30A 10K presented a $40,000 check to Donations 4 Danny, Food For Thought Outreach Inc and Lighthouse Family Retreat.

Proceeds raised from the race will benefit The Shelter House, Children’s Advocacy, and Donations 4 Danny. Volunteers are needed on Wednesday, November 26th for packet pick-up. Shifts are available throughout that from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

On race day, there are openings for course marshall, timing, parking, food, etc. starting at 5:30 a.m. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt, feelings of joy and great karma.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Teresa Lucas at TLucasinga@aol.com or 404-408-6787.

This year’s 30A Thanksgiving 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run is going to be another fantastic race. They’re limiting participation to 3,000 RUNNERS, so secure your spot as soon as possible, especially since this year’s 30A 10K is an official RRCA Championship Race!

Over the years, long-distance running has become synonymous with the noble cause of raising funds for charities, and the 30A 10K is certainly no exception. In fact, the 30A 10K race team has been hard at work to make this year’s race not only a spectacular event, but also to use it as an opportunity to give back to the community in the spirit of the Thanksgiving season.

Since the race’s inception just two years ago, the 30A 10K Charity Race has donated over $58,000 to local non-profits.

If you’re not a runner or walker, you can still get involved in this wonderful 30A tradition! For example, please consider volunteering to help with parking or water stations. If you’re interested in helping, please email the 30A 10k team.

Click here now to register!

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Congrats to 30A’s homegrown talent, Kelsey Anna —  She just inked a publishing deal with Little Extra Music in Nashville!

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A true 30A local, Kelsey has been creating her unique brand of music since she was 12 years old. For a decade, her haunting voice, powerful messages and youthful spirit made her a popular draw at venues and festivals along Scenic Highway 30A.

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Truman — 30A’s classic “Sand Rover” mascot — was the proud subject of a “Battle of the Brushes” hosted by Artists at Gulf Place last week. The fun-spirited competition was held during Gulf Place’s Third Thursday Wine Walkabout.

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Left to Right: David Hansel, Billie Gaffrey, Maxine Orange & Libbo Morgan (Photo by: John Hollan)

Each month, Dwight Ward of Artists at Gulf Place secretly selects a different subject for the competition, which features four local artists. Once the topic is revealed, the artists have less than two hours to create their interpretation of the subject matter. Past subjects have included a beach sunset and 30A’s famous Western Lake.

The large crowd in attendance for the Third Thursday Wine Walkabout was mesmerized by the real-time creativity of these local talents, and this month’s winner (decided by a different secret judge each month) was Libbo Morgan, who only recently joined the artist collective at Gulf Place.

Here are close-ups of each artists’ impromptu interpretation…

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