Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach

Local Mike Ragsdale speaks with 30A Radio about how Alys Beach’s Digital Graffiti festival first flickered to life.

During this annual event, the architecture of Alys Beach becomes the blank canvas, with artists projecting their original digital works onto the buildings themselves. The result is a stunning visual wonderland that has delighted spectators every year since it began in 2007. Back then, it was hard to even explain to people what the festival was. Today, the event is forging a path for a new genre of art, with other cities looking to Digital Graffiti as a model for forming their own digital art events.

Digital Graffiti will be held June 4-6, 2015, at Alys Beach. Grab tickets here.


INSIDER'S TIP: Download the Digital Graffiti App for iPhone and Android.
Holly Williams

Holly Williams

Grayton Beer will be lighting up their taproom over the Memorial Day weekend with a special performance by Holly Williams on Saturday, May 23.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with Reed Waddle as opening act, followed by Holly, who will be playing with her husband, guitar extraordinaire and touring member of Kings of Leon, Chris Coleman.

Holly missed the 30A Songwriters Festival in January so this is your chance to see her for an exclusive 30A appearance.

Tickets are $40 and will go fast so reserve yours now. Look forward to a great night of music and an array of unique Grayton Beers on tap!

Click here to buy your tickets online.

The 'Mason Guy' at Seaside’s iconic Obelisk Pavilion. Pic credits: Hannah Craft

The ‘Mason Guy’ at Seaside’s iconic Obelisk Pavilion.
Pic credits: Hannah Craft

Cindy Krutz and Celia Tucker, owners of upscale 30A fashion boutiques Willow in Rosemary, Willow + Woods in Seaside and, have now opened Mason, offering goods exclusively for men.

The name for their new men’s store is a nod to the Mason-Dixon line. Krutz and Tucker said their idea for the ‘Mason man’ is rooted in Southern tradition. Mason by definition means, ‘to make’ so the lines and products carried throughout the store will reflect this with southern designers such as Billy Reid and Krewe being true masons of their respective genres in clothing and sunglasses.

Customers will delight in items ranging from Mason jar shakers and designer Bluetooth speakers to casual attire and southern-made accessories all befitting a preppy, yet relaxed style for the “Mason man.”

Mason is designed to provide a sense of everything the beach has to offer from the moment customers step inside.

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bike & signPeddlers Pavilion, the town square in the heart of Seacrest, has some exciting new offerings this summer, including live music six nights a week, a new pizza joint and a new business offering eco-adventure tours to the beautiful and refreshing north Florida springs.

Located a stroll or bike ride from neighboring communities of Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach, Peddlers Pavillon is an open-air, family-friendly one-stop shop for anyone vacationing in the area.

Hang out on the green and listen to live music, peruse craft booths, do some shopping, and grab something to eat and a beer or a Sno-ball for the kids.

The Sweet Peddler will have face painting and other fun things for kids during most live music nights?
Also, Peddlers Bike Shop will feature daily and weekly rentals and bikes & accessories come in a bunch of colors for folks to choose from (we’ve found this is a huge thing!!). The Bike shop also offers a pick up / drop off service on week long bike rentals so you can call and they’ll come pick you up and take you to the shop to pick out your bikes.

The music concerts start May 23 and run through August 15, six nights a week, from 6 to 10 p.m. Check our events calendar for the line-up. The Sweet Peddler will have face painting and other fun kids activities during the concerts, as well.

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30A Radio LogoA new and revamped all-digital 30A Radio is up and cranking out the tunes and 30A coverage 24 hours a day, and now there are even more ways to tune in.

General Manager Cory Davis plays beach-inspired Southern funk, rock and reggae, including at least one local artist an hour; along with entertaining and informative interviews with local celebrities; daily beach and surf reports; fishing reports; events; EAT IT, a feature highlighting some of the best dishes on 30A; and plenty of shout-outs from personalities across 30A.

If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, it’s easy. Here’s how you can tune in:

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Western Lake. Photo by Nic Stoltzfus

Western Lake. Photo by Nic Stoltzfus

By Sarah Hanley

Coastal Dune Tea, Anyone?

The South loves to drink sweet tea by the gallon, of that there is no question. However, when people stop to enjoy the serene beauty of our rare coastal dune lakes for the first time, the lakes often look like they’ve been made from copper-colored sweet tea. The first thought on everyone’s mind is inevitably, “Eww! Polluted!”

We’re here to set your fears to rest. The 15 coastal dune lakes that run the entire length of the 30A corridor are NOT polluted. That isn’t smelly waste water that laps the shores of these rare beauties. It’s nothing more than tannic water.

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