30A South Walton PicMonkey Collage1 Tis the Season at WaterColors Old Florida Holiday and Winter Market

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, WaterColor Resort will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland.

The Old Florida Holiday and Winter Market is a full holiday extravaganza complete with falling snow, horse-drawn carriage rides, a bonfire with s’mores, pictures with Santa Claus, lighting of the tree, live music, and beautiful luminary lights throughout the WaterColor community.

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People visiting or living on 30A during Thanksgiving are lucky because so many local restaurants stay open, serving up special feasts to give everyone a holiday to remember.

Here is a round-up of the weekend’s festivities:

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Photo by Tim Sackton

Kick off the morning with the 30A Thanksgiving 10K and Fun Run at Rosemary Beach.

Stinky’s Fish Camp will celebrate Thanksgiving the way they always do — with a huge and delicious special menu prepared just for the holiday. This year’s entrees include rabbit and shrimp fricassee, spice-boiled snow crab legs, potato-wrapped grouper and a three-course turkey dinner of house-brined turkey, andouille cornbread stuffing and praline sweet potatoes. Oysters are served all day, 13 different ways. 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Call 850-267-3053 for reservations.

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30A South Walton SEASIDENutcracker2013 2 SATURDAY: Kick Off the Holidays with Nutcracker Ballet at Seaside Amphitheater

By Sheila Goode

The Nutcracker ballet will be performed at Seaside Amphitheater this weekend, kicking off the season with what has become a treasured holiday tradition.

This year’s performance, which is free and open to the public, for the first time will feature young dancers from Northwest Florida alongside the usual crew from the Alpharetta Dance Theatre in Georgia. All dancers are between the ages of 8 and 18 and will perform both acts of the dance, set to a score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Rose Barile, director of the Alpharetta Dance Theatre, choreographed and will direct the performance. Barile is an honor graduate of the Julliard School, former Prima Ballerina of the Atlanta Ballet and has danced the Sugar Plum Fairy for decades.

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30A South Walton Made with Love Poster1 SUNDAY: Made with Love Event to Feature Locally Crafted Gifts, FoodAn array of home-made, hand-baked and hand-crafted items will be on sale at the Made with Love Bazaar and Bake Sale on Sunday, November 23.

The event, just in time for Thanksgiving and the holidays, benefits the Tree House Episcopal Montessori School in Santa Rosa Beach.

“We are thrilled to bring back this delightful bazaar and bake sale in its third year and open it up to the community as a resource for stocking pantries and freezers in anticipation for the holidays,” said Maureen Paine, the school’s director.

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30A South Walton dog feathers2 SUNDAY   Calling All Dogs: Rosemary Beach Unleashed

Rosemary Beach Unleashed

Bring the whole family and your furry four-legged friends for a full day of festivities at Rosemary Beach Unleashed this Sunday, November 23.

This year’s theme is the Wild, Wild West so suit up in your favorite cowboy boots and hats, leather and bandanas.

Activities include a Westminster-style dog show, pet parade, agility demonstrations, a fenced-off dog play area, pawdicures, pet photos with a Wild West backdrop, food vendors and plenty more.

The festival is one of the Rosemary Beach Foundation‘s major events of the year. The foundation supports cultural, educational, environmental, and local charitable activities in the Walton county area. In eight years, the organization has donated over $425,000.

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30A South Walton seaside punch e1416507334205 Bud and Alleys gives back to Alaqua

Photo by: Jack Gardner

One dollar from every Seaside Punch sold at Bud and Alley’s will now go to Alaqua Animal Refuge.

The Seaside Punch, a refreshing blend of vodka, chambord, peach, apple, sour, and pineapple juice, is the beachfront restaurant and bar’s most popular drink, which means this effort could turn into a huge fundraiser for the animal rescue located in Freeport, Florida.

It costs over $60,000 a month to operate Alaqua. So, stop by Bud and Alley’s, order a Seaside Punch and enjoy those gorgeous gulf views knowing you’ve done something to support this great cause.

For more info, call 850-231-5900.

 

30A South Walton ericlindell2 Eric Lindell to Perform with Special Guest Steve Berlin of Los LobosOn December 5, Eric Lindell will take the stage with a special guest, Los Lobos saxophonist Steve Berlin, for an intimate performance at Pandora’s.

Lindell has entertained artists along 30A for years with his southern soul music infused with R&B and a touch of New Orleans funk.

He is currently touring with a talented back-up band of New Orleans musicians under the name Eric Lindell and Company.

Berlin performs with Los Lobos, a critically acclaimed band with roots in Tex-Mex, country, rock, blues, R&B, and Mexican folk sounds. He is also a Grammy-winning producer.

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30A South Walton 10446495 508120332621603 6039379738735754130 n Reserve Your Spot: Registration Still Open for 30A Thanksgiving 10K and Fun Run

Over 2,000 runners are expected for the festive 30A 10K and Fun Run held on Thanksgiving Day.

The race, which starts and finishes at Rosemary Beach, is the state Road Runners Club of America championship 10K and has become a popular holiday tradition. Proceeds benefit Shelter House domestic and sexual violence center, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and Donations 4 Danny.

Organizers have events planned starting Tuesday the whole family can enjoy in the days leading up to the race.

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