30A South Walton BurntPine9Full 1024x689 Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin Reopens After Renovation

The prestigious Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort announced it has reopened following a complete greens renovation to the Rees Jones designed course.

The four-month project, completed by Southeastern Turf Grass from Augusta, Georgia, replaced all 18 green complexes with ultra-dwarf, TifEagle Bermuda grass, plus expanded and restored each to its original size when the course opened in 1994. The project also included strategic tree removal and the enhancement of 18 bunkers spanning multiple holes.

“This project signifies our commitment to providing the highest quality golf experience for all of our members and resort guests,” said Matt Caister, PGA head golf professional at Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin. “Players will notice the difference in the greens immediately and with the subtle contours and ridges added, it will allow us to be more creative with pin locations and make for a fun, yet challenging test for all skill levels.”

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30A South Walton poster cropped Eggs on the Beach Competition Supporting Fisher House of the Emerald CoastEggs on the Beach, the Emerald Coast’s inaugural Big Green Egg EggFest Barbeque competition, will be held at Seascape Resort at Miramar Beach on September 27th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Presented by Bay Breeze Patio, the family-friendly event celebrates the delicious results of cooking on the Big Green Egg grill. More than 25 teams will be smoking and grilling their favorite dishes while attendees have the delicious task of sampling the results and voting for their favorites.

The competition will feature various teams, ranging from EggHeads and grilling enthusiasts to local restaurants and non-profits. Each team will cook a variety of dishes from meats and seafood to veggies and desserts while vying for the “People’s Choice” award and a brand-new, large Big Green Egg grill. The competition will be heightened by teams going head-to-head with their favorite recipe for a similar dish, and Fat Clemenza’s has challenged Mama Clemenza’s to a throw down.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 11 to 17. Tickets are $35 at the gate.

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30A South Walton unnamed2 Seaside Calls Local Dancers to Audition for Joffrey WorkshopDavis Robertson, choreographer and artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, the performance company of the Joffrey Ballet School, located in New York City, will hold auditions for area dancers next week. Selected dancers will participate and train in a workshop to be held this spring in Seaside.

The auditions will be held on Saturday, October 4th, at 10 am in the Seaside Assembly Hall. Applicants can email the registration form to tpope@seasidefl.com, fax to 850-231-6110 or bring the form to auditions on October 4th. An audition fee of $25 will be due the day of auditions. Click here to download the registration form.

The workshop for 15 selected dancers, also conducted by Robertson, will be held April 30th – May 2nd, 2015, in Seaside.

Intermediate to advanced dancers ages 13 and up from the Northwest Florida region are eligible to audition. Robertson is planning to bring his Joffrey Ballet Concert Group dancers as demonstrators and teaching aides for the four-day workshop. Continue Reading…

30A South Walton debbie 2 Debbie Baker is Coastal Branch Library’s Featured Artist for SeptemberFriends of the Coastal Branch Library announced that their featured artist for the month of Spetember is Debbie Baker. Her works will be on display throughout this month.

Debbie Baker is a resident of Freeport, having moved here in 2002. She moved here with her husband after raising their family in Rome, GA. While working and raising a family her artistic talents were mainly used to create needlework, crochet designs, and decorative tole paintings.

After moving to Florida, Debbie began taking art classes in 2007 from local renowned artist, Skippy Hoffman. She began work in charcoals, pastels, and oils before finding her passion in acrylic. She still does some work in oils using mostly water based oils. She has also done quite a bit of glass painting, i.e. soap bottles and wine glasses.

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30A South Walton unnamed1 Seaside Announces New Wine Label in Partnership with Kokomo Winery

Seaside has announced a new, private-label collection of hand-selected wines from Kokomo Winery. The new family of wines, called the SEASIDE Wine Project, was hand-picked by Seaside founders Robert and Daryl Davis in response to the continual interest and demand from patrons and visitors for the best-tasting and highest-quality wines. After taste-testing numerous varieties from various wineries, the choice was made to form a partnership with Kokomo Winery in Sonoma, Calif.

Available by the glass or bottle exclusively from SEASIDE merchants, wine enthusiasts can choose from popular varieties including a sauvignon blanc, a crisp chardonnay, pinot noir, cuvée and a light, red zinfandel. Modica Market, The Shrimp Shack, Bud & Alley’s, Great Southern Café, Amavida Coffee & Tea and Sóng all carry the new SEASIDE Wine Project label and a portion of the proceeds from each bottle benefits The Seaside Institute.

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30A South Walton download 1 Pre order the 2015 Hunks & Hounds Calendar!

Alaqua Animal Refuge’s 2015 Hunks and Hounds calendar is now available for preorder! Animal lovers can pre-purchase the much-anticipated calendar online for just $29.99. The calendar is set to be printed in October and will be available for purchase at local stores throughout Walton County, as well as on the website.

The Hunks and Hounds calendar was created to benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge. It costs over $55,000 each month to operate the refuge, which relies on fundraising and private donations to meet rising costs. This calendar will give Alaqua the opportunity to raise a portion of the much-needed operating funds so that they can continue to give animals shelter, safety, and second chances.

30A South Walton PicMonkey Collage Pre order the 2015 Hunks & Hounds Calendar!

Dawn C. Whitty of Dawn Chapman Whitty Photography graciously donated her time and services to shoot the calendar, while Keri Atchley of Design 360 donated her time and services to create the website and design the calendar.

For more info and updates, watch Hunks and Hounds!

30A South Walton cvhn Bud & Alleys to Host 10th Annual Hurricane PartySouth Walton’s longest-established and award-winning restaurant — Bud & Alley’s in Seaside — will host the 10th Annual Hurricane Party on September 26th from 6 – 10 pm, with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN).

Entertainment will be provided by Motown favorites Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces. Along with the amazing views, food, beverages, dancing and fun that Bud & Alley’s is famous for, the event will also feature a live and silent auction. Select auction items will be posted online for a pre-auction two weeks prior to the party.

Anyone will be able to bid on the items, whether they plan to attend the party or not. Online bidding details will be posted on Children’s Volunteer Health Network’s website. Mobile bidding will be an exciting new addition to the auction this year, which will allow party goers to bid on their phones or mobile devices.

“The Hurricane Party goes back to the very beginning of CVHN,” said CVHN Executive Director Zach Billingsley.

When the Founding Members of CVHN were planning the very first fundraiser for the organization back in 2004, hurricane evacuations threatened the success of the event. Continue Reading…

30A South Walton 30A Radio 400 30A Radio Returns with All New FormatThe long-running “30A Radio” station (www.30Aradio.com) is back online following a brief summer break. The station’s all-new digital format is available 24 hours a day and features Gulf Coast-inspired music, as well as 30A event news, beach updates, activities, dining info, local personalities, original shows and more.

“Fans can listen to 30A Radio at home, the gym, the office, in their car or even out on the beach with our free 30A mobile apps,” said General Manager Cory Davis, a 20-year radio veteran. “The new format features a unique mix of beach music, southern rock, country, reggae, and original tunes by local musicians. We’ll also announce an exciting line-up of original shows over the next few weeks.”

Established in 2007 by Seaside Neighborhood School, the volunteer-run 30A Radio station went off the air in May when the school needed space for classroom expansion. Several volunteer DJs asked 30A.com to help save the concept.

“30A Radio has been an important and authentic part of our community for years,” said 30A’s Mike Ragsdale. “We look forward to introducing new fans to what’s become known locally as ‘The Voice of 30A.'”

TIP: Local musicians can submit their songs to requests@30Aradio.com.

30A South Walton Seaside School Logo 30A Radio Returns with All New FormatRagsdale served as a volunteer DJ at the station for two years, and he said that his children loved taking radio classes while attending school at Seaside. Over the years, the company has supported many of the school’s fundraising events, including the Seaside Half Marathon & 5K Run.

“30A Radio will now reach a much larger audience,” said Davis, noting that 30A’s free mobile apps have been downloaded over 60,000 times, and the 30A Facebook Page has nearly 300,000 fans. “But even though we’re expanding our reach, we want 30A Radio to remain locally authentic.”

Listeners worldwide can now tune-in to 30A Radio at 30Aradio.com and through 30A’s free iPhone, iPad and Android apps. For advertising info, email advertising@30Aradio.com.