30A South Walton scenic beach walk 960 e1418065308242 Winter Solstice Run: All day, 40 mile Adventure Around 30A

On December 21, a group of runners will celebrate the winter solstice with an all-day ultra run, starting at sunrise and continuing until sunset along 40 miles of beaches, coastal dune lakes and state forests of 30A.

The Winter Solstice Run is not a race, it’s all about fun, adventure and camaraderie, and raising awareness and funding for women in the DR Congo.

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30A South Walton 163155 479876787511 5576353 n This Holiday Season, Adopt a Family in Need and Bring them a Holiday to RememberWant to help make Christmas merrier for some children and their families? The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s annual Adopt-A-Family program is underway.

The Center is seeking donors to purchase gifts for individual families identified as in need. Last year, the program helped 261 children have a brighter holiday. To help, Simply contact ECCAC and select a family from their list, shop for them, and bring unwrapped gifts by December 14 or sooner to the Niceville center.

ECCAC’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, protect children in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and restore the lives and futures of these impacted children.

To make arrangements to Adopt-A-Family, call 850-833-9237, or email Katie Crowell.

30A South Walton 30Ajewelry2 Jewelry of 30A: Not Your Cookie Cutter Jeweler

Tim and Patsy Hardin at Jewelry of 30A

When Timothy and Patsy Hardin opened Jewelry of 30A earlier this year, they finally realized their dream of making a permanent home along the gorgeous beaches of South Walton where they have vacationed for years.

The couple, married about 40 years, have been in the jewelry business for decades, but always hoped to make the move to 30A from their longtime residence in Nashville, Tennessee. Now, they are offering their unique finds and original creations at their location in Seagrove Beach, and loving every minute of it.

Everyday, Tim can be found at his jeweler’s desk, toiling away with his tools, resizing rings, creating exact replicas of heirloom or antique jewelry and designing his own creations. He does a lot of platinum work, which many jewelers can’t do, as well as fabrication, stone setting and even building pieces from scratch.

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30A South Walton twinoakdsfarm11 Twin Oaks Brings the Farm to the Beach with New Shop

Renee Savary with Twin Oaks Farm

Twin Oaks Farms has opened a full-time farm stand at the Shops of Grayton, bringing their organic offerings to town every day of the week, along with a café of prepared foods to take to go.

“The farm is in Bonifay, it’s such a remote location there’s little reason for people here to drive all that way to visit,” said owner Renee Savary. “We thought it better to bring the farm to the beach.”

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30A South Walton Triathlon SwimmersStart Sandestin Triathlon Raises $20,000 for Sacred Heart Hospital

Swimmers at the start of the Sandestin Triathlon. (Photo from Sandestin)

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort contributed $20,000 to Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast from funds raised during the 28th Annual Sandestin Triathlon last August, officials have announced.

“We appreciate Sandestin’s generosity and willingness to make a difference in the community,” said Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, after he was presented with the check last week.

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30A South Walton DG 1 e1417561830935 Artists From Around the World to Enter Innovative Digital Graffiti Festival

Photos courtesy Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach

The Alys Foundation invites artists from around the world to submit original artwork for the eighth-annual Digital Graffiti Festival, the world’s first projection art festival, which will be held in Alys Beach again next year.

On the evenings of June 4-6, Alys Beach will open its doors, courtyards, and pedestrian paths to innovative artists who transform the entire resort town into a living work of art like nothing that’s been done before.

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30A South Walton yolocruiserlargerrectangle 30A Goes Behind the Scenes at YOLO Board Photo Shoot

Sean Murphy for YOLO Board

30A recently went behind the scenes for YOLO Board’s most ambitious photo shoot yet, shot over three intense days across Northwest Florida, including a grand finale at Grayton Beach.

We got some great footage, and photographer Sean Murphy gave us a sneak peek at a few of his own awesome shots.

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30A South Walton 210896707 Beach Bonfires on 30A    Everything You Need to KnowBy Susan Vallee

30A South Walton 021911 9187 Beach Bonfires on 30A    Everything You Need to KnowThink you’ve got this whole 30A beach thing down?

Well, let’s see … you’ve cheered the sunset ringing of the bell at Bud & Alley’s, you’ve sipped mimosas while grooving to Dread Clampitt at The Red Bar and you’ve YOLO’d your way across Western Lake … but have you experienced the magic of a bonfire on the beach?

When you combine the fun of a campfire (s’mores, cuddling, and shared laughter) with the dramatic beauty of the beach at night, it becomes an experience that is hard to top. Cool sand between your toes, the warmth of a roaring fire, the sound of waves crashing in front of you while burning embers float upwards towards the sky — it really is an extraordinary experience.

Of course, the only thing better than enjoying a beach bonfire is not having to haul all the chairs and coolers down to the beach, setting up the fire pit, and then cleaning up the ensuing mess in the dark.

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