By Jessie Taylor

30A South Walton KT 1 Kissing Couple to Celebrate Anniversary on 30AMike and Tara Myers founded Kissingtour two years ago and have since kissed in 8 countries and 22 states. The mission behind their adventure is simple: To change the way the world sees love.

This Labor Day weekend, Mike and Tara have decided to spend their anniversary running 30 miles along our very own Scenic Highway 30A. These athletic lovebirds from Las Vegas have planned a two-day run along 30A, stopping to pose for and post pictures at popular locations and local businesses.

The Las Vegas natives are used to running in extreme heat (sometimes over 110 degrees!) and compare Vegas to 30A by saying, “we used to run in a sauna — now we run in a steam room.”

While I can imagine that both locations are a bit toasty, at least here on the Emerald Coast we have jaw-dropping views that will keep the Myers entertained during their two-day tour of 30A. Continue Reading…

30A South Walton 5k Alys Beachs 3rd Annual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run   Aug 31

The 3rd Annual 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run will be held in Alys Beach on Sunday, August 31st.

Located along Scenic Highway 30A, the course winds through the streets of Alys Beach and into their nature trail. The event also features an oversized obstacle course for kids of all ages and will end with live music by Shane from Rock the House, food, beverages, and the award ceremony in Alys Beach’s Amphitheatre.

The price to participate in this certified 5K is $35. The 1 Mile Fun Run is $15 (kids 12 and younger only, please). Event proceeds will benefit the Autism Society. The 5K Race begins at 7:00 AM and the 1 Mile Fun Run begins at 8:30 AM in the Amphitheatre. Please arrive 30 minutes early upon the day of the race.

Click here now to register!

30A South Walton Chase Johnson Alaqua 600 Chase Johnson is Alaqua’s Animal Hero of the Month!Alaqua Animal Refuge announced that Chase Johnson is their Animal Hero of the Month.

Sincere congrats to our friend Chase for this well-deserved recognition. She spends so many hours every week working with the most terrified darlings that come through Alaqua’s doors. She teaches them to trust people again, which is no easy task in most cases. She also cleans the dog buildings, changes bedding, washes bowls and toys, and so much more. She gives the dogs baths and takes them on fun trips to the dog park. Chase always goes the extra mile to make Alaqua’s most special needs animals comfortable and happy.

The love that Chase has for animals is truly incredible, and Alaqua is grateful and honored that she chooses the refuge as her home away from home.

For more info about Alaqua, please call 850-880-6399 or visit Alaqua Animal Refuge.

Callaghan is coming to The Rep Theatre in Seaside on August 30th, starting at 7:30pm! She’ll be accompanied in concert by Jon Poole, her awesome percussionist from Atlanta. Check out Callaghan’s “Best Year” video below, which features scenes from Seaside…. There’s even a 30A sticker cameo! Can you spot it?

Concert tickets are $25. Buy your tickets online at www.LoveTheRep.com!

Here’s a video for a new Callahan song called “Who Would I Be,” which will be featured on a new album that’s currently being recorded in Nashville:

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PHOTOS: Sheila Goode Photography

30A South Walton BEACH LIFE SWFW 2 3 South Walton Fashion Week Set for Oct 6 12South Walton Fashion Week seeks Emerging Designers to apply for this year’s celebration of fashion and style.

The large-scale, multi-day event along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast celebrates high fashion by featuring dynamic events, with proceeds benefitting The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s (CAA) Arts Education Program. South Walton Fashion Week in its second year is produced by the CAA and presented by Visit South Walton.

“South Walton Fashion Week set the bar so high with its debut season, the entire week was seamless from model casting to hair and makeup,” said Ashley Ming, 2013’s Emerging Designer Winner. “The production totally reflected South Walton’s undeniable allure and the level of talented professionals I was surrounded by during my show made everything fly by.”

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30A South Walton unnamed Seaside Calls for Auditions for The Joffrey BalletThe Merchants of Seaside have announced that America’s premier ballet company, The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, has set its debut performance in Seaside for Saturday at sunset on May 2nd, 2015.

The 1.5 hour show will include 26 Joffrey company members performing a variety of dances — from modern and jazz, to classical ballet. The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group is under the direction of Davis Robertson, choreographer and artistic director.

In addition to a company performance, Robertson will conduct a workshop for 15 local dancers on April 30 – May 2, 2015. Dancers from the surrounding area must audition on October 4, 2014, at the Seaside Assembly Hall in order to be selected. Intermediate to advanced dancers ages 13 and up from the Northwest Florida regions can participate.

These 15 local dancers selected and trained by Robertson will perform Robertson’s work in Seaside at a later date. Robertson is planning to bring his Joffrey Ballet Concert Group dancers as demonstrators and teaching aids for the four-day workshop. Rehearsals will be conducted by Seleta Hayes Howard, Seaside Nutcracker ballet mistress and ballet teacher of the Dance Academy of Seaside Neighborhood School.

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La Cocina Mexican Grill and Bar will celebrate its Fifth Anniversary in Seacrest on August 21st, with food and drink specials and some interactive social media fun.

To thank guests for their continued support over the years, all guests who dine at the restaurant during lunch or dinner will receive a complimentary piece of tres leches cake with their meal. Lunch is served from from 11 am – 3 pm with dinner going from 5 pm – 9 pm.

SOCIAL MEDIA TIP: Patrons who wish La Cocina “happy birthday” on social media using the hashtag #vivalaco30a will receive a complimentary house margarita!

To further fuel the social media fun, mini “photo booths” will be set up at each table, complete with fun props including masks, mustaches and sombreros.

Click here for all the party details on Facebook. You can also visit La Cocina’s website or call 850-231-4021 for more info.

When Santa Rosa Beach real estate broker Blake Morar started planning a home for his family, he knew he needed a comfortable, livable space for himself and his two young sons.

He also wanted to capture the essence of life on 30A.

So, Morar set out to build a 2,300 square foot home along Draper Lake — one of Scenic 30A’s rare coastal dune lakes. His personal dream team of collaborators included designer Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors, architect Geoff Chick of Geoff Chick & Associates, contractor Burt Cosson of Eucheeana Valley Construction and videographer Derek Makekau of 20/30 North Studios, who documented the entire process from beginning to end in a video entitled, Our 30A Home:

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