TODAY’S RACE CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN. Stay tuned for rescheduling info.

Today’s the Grand Finales of the YOLO Board Stand Up Paddle Series at WaterColor! Good luck to all racers, and congrats to YOLO Board on another fantastic race season. 30A.com and SouthWalton.com are proud YOLO Board sponsors, and the 2012 race series was presented by Destin Real Estate. And don’t forget the final YOLO Board Mileage Builder Series at Baytowne Marina this Saturday!

Here’s a short film that our good friend Sean Michael (of The Long Long Honeymoon) made about one of our favorite local artists, Justin Gaffrey. For more details about Justin and his uniquely gorgeous works of art, be sure to check out his website at JustinGaffrey.com. Justin also has an amazing gallery space in Blue Mountain Beach.

30A South Walton Bryan 260b Life Shines (The 30A Song) by Bryan Kennedy

Bryan Kennedy

Written by Bryan Kennedy and 30A.com’s Mike Ragsdale, “Life Shines (The 30A Song)” is a tribute to the place they both call home: Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A.

Kennedy is a prolific singer, songwriter, actor, playwright, producer, novelist, director and entrepreneur who has toured with the likes of Garth Brooks, and even wrote three of Brooks’ #1 hits, including “Good Ride Cowboy,” “The Beaches of Cheyenne” and “American Honky Tonk Bar Association.”

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30A South Walton Perdita Ross The Sea 252x252 Hidden Lantern Gallery Presents New Collage Exhibit

“The Sea” by Perdita Ross

The Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach announced the opening of its first show exclusive to the art of collage, A World Inside A Paper Landscape, featuring local artist Perdita Ross.

The Gallery will mark the occasion with an Artist Reception on Thursday, August 9, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The show will be on view until Sunday, September 16th.

The artist’s paper constructions are like floating worlds — three-dimensional landscapes one can enter and explore. Like the Impressionists, who absorbed qualities of the Japanese aesthetic into their pictorial practices in the late 19th century, Ross’s works are markedly Japanese. In this new suite of collages, Ross evokes the dramatic perspective, exaggerated colors, asymmetrical composition, quiet beauty and transitory moments particular to Japanese woodblock prints.

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Phil and Madra McDonald
Phil & Madra McDonald [Photo by Shelly Swanger Photography]
The recent Paddle It Forward fundraiser benefiting local Table Five Chef and waterman Phil McDonald at Buddha Lounge raised $3,561. 100 percent of all proceeds from McDonald’s fundraising efforts will benefit autism awareness and Surfers’ Environmental Alliance. On August 17th, McDonald will participate in the 6th Annual SEA Paddle NYC 26.5 mile elite charity race around the island of Manhattan. Click here to learn more about Phil’s cause, and then check out Shelly’s the gallery of images from the fundraiser event!

Gotta love some Radio Chum…

30A beach Tote Bag

Sunscreen. Check. Beach Towel. Check. Hat. Water bottle. Sunglasses. iPod. Check. Check. Check. Check. Now, what am I going to put all of this stuff in?! You need an embroidered 30A Beach Tote!

30A Flyer
Caught this shot of The 30A Flyer walking on sunshine over Grayton Beach today…