Photo from The Bay.

Photo from The Bay

The Bay, chef Jim Shirly’s new waterfront hotspot, is celebrating its very successful first year with a luau on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Situated right on the sandy beach of the Choctawhatchee Bay, the restaurant and bar has become a popular spot for taking in the beautiful 30A scenery while enjoying a meal and some drinks.

To celebrate their first anniversary, The Bay is throwing pig roast with all the fixings, a great selection of tropical drink specials and live music by the Forrest Williams Band.

Guests are invited to bring paddle boards, play Cornhole, or just kick back and relax for the afternoon. The party will run from noon to 5 p.m.

COME CELEBRATE!

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A very cool new spot to grab a beer for the beach — and eye some hot Harleys and custom-built beach cruisers and guitars and surfboards and tons of other interesting stuff — is the Growler Garage, right across from Ed Walline Regional Beach Access near Gulf Place.

30A Radio recently sat down with owner Mitch Omar to talk about why he and his wife moved to the area from Memphis, the store’s craft-beer-to-go concept, the exclusive limited edition kegs he’s getting on tap, and why the 19-mile stretch of County Highway 30A is the perfect spot for a motorcycle ride.

Music by the Allman Brothers. Note: On your next visit to Growler Garage, try to spot the custom-made guitar signed by Greg Allman.

Find more info at the Growler Garage Facebook page.

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Drinking 30A Beer is pretty darn fun to begin with. But deciding who’s gonna buy the next 30A beer can be something of an awkward dilemma. So, we decided to come up with a little game to help speed along any possible brew bureaucracy.

Our Version of "The Secret"

Our version of “The Secret,” but without all of the metaphysical mumbo jumbo.

Underneath each 30A bottle cap, you’ll find one of these three symbols: a SHARK, a HOOK or a CRAB.

And the game is pretty simple, because it’s just our beachy knock-off of ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS. Simply pop a couple of tops and compare your symbols:

– The HOOK catches the SHARK.

– The SHARK eats the CRAB(Yes, they do… Google it.)

– The CRAB cuts the HOOK.

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With four days of grand wine tastings, a culinary village, a Nashville songwriters showcase, specialized tasting seminars and a VIP tasting, the South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival has something for everyone.

The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation event will be held April 23-26, 2015, at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.

Dozens of celebrity wine makers will pour more than 800 exceptional wines. This year’s roster of wine superstars includes Mark Perrin of Chateau Beaucastel and Jean-Charles Boisset of Boisset Family Estates.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS!

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Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach

Digital Graffiti — a world-renowned projection art festival — announced finalists for this year’s festival, which will be held June 4-6, 2015, at Alys Beach.

The three-day festival, now in its eighth year, transforms Alys Beach’s stark white walls into a canvas of light. This year, 27 artists from eight countries will showcase their digital artwork and vie for $10,000 in cash prizes.

Brett Phares

Brett Phares

“The works shown at this year’s festival will challenge how digital art is perceived,” said Digital Graffiti Curator Brett Phares. “As technology progresses and becomes more accessible, we’re seeing artists softening their edges, with work appearing to be hand-drawn or painted. Viewers will second guess what they’re seeing, especially as it interacts with the architecture of Alys Beach.”

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Justin Gaffrey

Justin Gaffrey, South Walton’s iconic self-taught acrylic artist, invites the public to a first-ever special event aptly titled ‘Metal, Paint & String’ on May 6, 2015, at his gallery in Blue Mountain Beach. The event — named for the artist’s newfound medium — is open to the public and will showcase a series of his newest works.

Justin Gaffrey

Since the closing of his Seaside gallery last November, Gaffrey said he has devoted more time to creating more contemporary pieces with “emotion front and center,” while still carving out time to meet the demand of his popular palette-knife originals that have garnered a nationwide audience.

He’s recently branched out to incorporating string, welding, and pencil-drawing in his pieces.

“My understanding of art has completely changed over the years,” Gaffrey said. “I have been putting together a body of work that deals with the human condition through my own personal experience and observation of those closest to me. I’m looking forward to spending an evening sharing this growth and the discussion it inspires with my friends and longtime supporters and collectors in the community.”

The show will be held on May 6, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Justin Gaffrey Gallery. Check Gaffrey’s Facebook page for more info.

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