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Alys Beach’s famous adults-only “Night of the Dead” costume party will be held at Caliza tonight, 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.

Redd’s Fueling Station30A South Walton unnamed 5 TODAY: 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 today, 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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30A South Walton Lauren Lege 100 THIS WEEKEND: Mattie Kelly Arts FestivalBy Lauren Lege

This year marks the 19th Annual Festival of the Arts at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. With music, arts and activities for all ages, this festival is a must-see for families of all shapes and sizes.

30A South Walton Festival Poster Artwork 2014 804x1024 THIS WEEKEND: Mattie Kelly Arts FestivalFestival features include a food bistro, wine and beer garden, live music, activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art drawings and more.

Art enthusiasts from all walks of life will have the opportunity to witness artists create works live, browse from dozens of emerging new and student artists, and get hands-on in the interactive children’s art station. Entertaining street performers, lively art drawings and the sale of colorful keepsake souvenirs come together at Mattie Kelly to create a family-friendly festival feel.

“We are thrilled to return to our original roots when this festival was first born in 1995 and billed as ‘art on the lawn’ by Southern Living magazine,” said Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation CEO, Marcia Hull. “Today, the new festival site portrays that ambience of a spacious green and one of the Emerald Coast’s largest entertainment stages for musicians to perform. Hospitality is our number one priority to create a pleasant environment for all of our artists and festival fans.” Continue Reading…

30A South Walton PicMonkey Collage 1 30A Songwriters Festival Line up Announced

From L to R: Graham Nash, Indigo Girls and Jason Isbell

The 30A Songwriters Festival has announced the initial line-up for its 6th annual celebration to be held January 16-18, 2015.

The festival will feature performances by esteemed artists Graham Nash, Indigo Girls, Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Shawn Mullins, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket). Also confirmed are Jeffrey Steele, Chely Wright, Bobby Bare Jr., Steve Poltz, Angaleena Presley, Over the Rhine, Jesse Harris, Mary Gauthier, Hayes Carll, Bob Schneider, Ellis Paul, Allison Moorer, Deana Carter and Peter Karp & Sue Foley.

Graham Nash has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice (with The Hollies in 2010 and with Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997) as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009. Simply put, he is one of music’s most legendary singer-songwriters and vocal harmony singers (and a renowned photographer and leading activist).

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30A South Walton solaris 1 Rock the Yacht this Halloween on the SOLARISHalloween Party on a Yacht? That’s how we celebrate on 30A!

After the kids enter a candy coma, it’s time for the adults to brew up some mischief on the SOLARIS ‘Rock the Yacht’ Halloween Party Cruise on Friday, October 31. Guests can enjoy costumes, cocktails and Cadillac Willy while cruising the local waters.

The party begins at 9 p.m. as guests dressed in their Halloween best board the SOLARIS by the light of the eerie moon. Voted “Best Band” by the readers of Destin Magazine, Cadillac Willy will conjure up a ‘spooktacular’ set of live music that will rock all three levels of the yacht so guests should bring their dancing shoes. Continue Reading…

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.”

30A South Walton Screen Shot 2014 10 22 at 12.08.40 PM 300x227 2nd Annual 30A Charity Golf Classic Raises $28,056 for Alaqua Animal Refuge

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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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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