Truman — 30A’s classic “Sand Rover” mascot — was the proud subject of a “Battle of the Brushes” hosted by Artists at Gulf Place last week. The fun-spirited competition was held during Gulf Place’s Third Thursday Wine Walkabout.

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Left to Right: David Hansel, Billie Gaffrey, Maxine Orange & Libbo Morgan (Photo by: John Hollan)

Each month, Dwight Ward of Artists at Gulf Place secretly selects a different subject for the competition, which features four local artists. Once the topic is revealed, the artists have less than two hours to create their interpretation of the subject matter. Past subjects have included a beach sunset and 30A’s famous Western Lake.

The large crowd in attendance for the Third Thursday Wine Walkabout was mesmerized by the real-time creativity of these local talents, and this month’s winner (decided by a different secret judge each month) was Libbo Morgan, who only recently joined the artist collective at Gulf Place.

Here are close-ups of each artists’ impromptu interpretation…

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Gulf Place on 30A30A South Walton unnamed 3 Celebrate Fall with an Exciting Line up of Events at Gulf Place invites the community to join in several events this fall. The frightfully spooktacular events guarantee a whole lot of fun this season.

The Witches of South Walton will take flight on their 11th annual ride down 30A from Gulf Place to Butler Elementary on Friday, October 31, at 7:00 a.m.

The Witches of South Walton is a group of women founded by Carol Stafford and Le Thompson dedicated to raising money for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. The fundraising ride began with just a few friends and has grown over the years to include a pre-ride party and a post-ride breakfast with an exciting raffle featuring items from local businesses.

Prior to the race the witches will enjoy their morning coffee at Sunrise Coffee Company at Gulf Place. Then they will ride west along Scenic Highway 30A about 2.2 miles to Butler Elementary to greet children before school begins. Following the ride the witches will reconvene at La Playa in Gulf Place for a celebratory breakfast and mimosas. The YOLO Board + Bike store at Gulf Place will provide free bike rentals to any witch needing a bike for the ride. Continue Reading…

30A South Walton unnamed 1 Catch a Vintage Film Under the Stars at Eden State Gardens   Oct 29Friends of Eden State Gardens invite you and your family for a movie night under the stars. Eden’s Vintage Florida Film Series’ showcased two films earlier this month.

The third and final film to be showcased is ‘Frogs’ (1973), which was filmed at Eden Gardens. The screening will take place on October 29 at 6:30 pm under the moss-draped oak trees on the beautiful lawns of Eden Gardens. Popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for a donation.

The event is FREE with park admission but donations are appreciated and will go directly to the Friends of Eden State Gardens to maintain park grounds and interpretive programs. So bring your chairs, blankets, bug spray, and loved ones and enjoy the movies under the stars on the giant blow-up screen.

For more info, check out the event’s Facebook page.

30A South Walton foundation press release 360 Blue Employees Establish New Foundation to Help Underprivileged ChildrenThe employees of 360 Blue — a luxury vacation rental company along Scenic Highway 30A and in Destin — recently launched the 360 Blue Foundation, a charitable foundation aimed at helping those in the world suffering the most.

360 Blue’s employees also announced an initial commitment of $100,000 in 2015, which will be used to help with the Foundation’s initial efforts to build schools for children struggling in extreme poverty in Africa.

“We are so proud that our employees have decided to work together to identify ways to help those less fortunate in the world,” said Jeremy Sprenkle, one of 360 Blue’s owners.

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30A South Walton DSC 9261 1024x682 Seaside to Host 24th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival on Nov 6 9

As the air turns crisp and cool, wine enthusiasts gather in Seaside each year to sample wines from around the globe, as the award-winning town hosts its 24th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival November 6-9.

The Saturday Grand Tasting event allows guests to stroll through tasting areas to sample more than 250 kinds of wines and a variety of spirits and craft beers while enjoying music, southern hospitality and cool autumn air at the beach. Each event and tasting area features live music, food samplings and served wines will be available for purchase on site at the retail tent.

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30A South Walton savor Mark Your Calendar for the 5th Annual ‘Savor the Season’ Event at CalizaThe 5th Annual Savor the Season event, benefiting the Taylor Haugen Foundation, will be held on Thursday, November 6th, from 5:30-8:30 pm at Caliza Pool and Restaurant in Alys Beach. 

The Taylor Haugen Foundation provides support and recognition to faith-based, athletic students and community organizations through awards, scholarships and funding.

National recording artist Michael J. Thomas will provide live entertainment. There will also be wine tastings, silent and live auctions, and delicious gourmet cuisine made by the finest local chefs from Panama City to Destin.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online.

For more info, visit Savor the Season or email.

The 2nd Annual South Walton Fashion Week was an incredible success, with a huge turnout, a colorful array of runway shows, trunk shows and parties hosted by fashion partners, boutiques and local designers. Here are just a few scenes from SWFW 2014:


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Local top chefs will compete during the 30A Throwdown 2014 Culinary Cookoff at V Seagrove.

The 3-day weekend event, October 17-19, will feature award-winning chefs collaborating on their creative takes on sublime cuisine. On October 18, competing chefs will progressively “throwdown” their exquisite pairings for the evening’s ticket holders at V Seagrove. The dinner starts at 6 pm and will feature five courses paired with select wines.

Featured in this year’s lineup are last year’s winning chefs, David Cunningham of V Seagrove and Dan Vargo of Seagar’s, along with Chris Mack of Pandora’s, Darek Tidwell of George’s at Alys Beach, Todd Misner and Steve Whithall of Stinky’s Fish Camp and Signature Catering of 30A’s Christopher Holbrook.

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