Friends of the Coastal Branch Library are pleased to announce their artists for the month of March: Bett Appel and Didon Comer.

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Painting by Bett Appel

Bett Appel has lived and created artwork in various parts of America. She is currently a member of the Cultural Arts Alliance in Walton County, the Women’s Art Network in the Panhandle, and the Lakeland Art League in Minocqua, Wisconsin, among others. After graduating from Michigan State University in East Lansing, she moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where she began painting in oils.

Bett’s life journey carried her to many new places over the following 20 years. She enjoyed life in California, New York, Washington, the Twin Cities as well as her home state of Michigan. During these years she continued painting with oils but sought professional instruction which introduced her to other paint mediums.

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30A South Walton 156447 10151287702568799 902954108 n Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club Offers Unique MembershipSanta Rosa Golf & Beach Club recently announced some great additions to the club’s membership level options, with significant focus on the Equity membership option. Equity Members, through the Board, direct the operations of the Club and have a say in the plans for the future of the business.

The experience as an Equity owner is unparalleled to any other Club experience in the surrounding area. The member and their families are entitled to preferential rates and tee times, unlimited golf course use and exclusive participation in major Club tournaments. They are also afforded the opportunity to participate in a range membership for a nominal fee.

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WaterColor’s Cerulean Park (Photo by Jacqueline Ward Images)

The WaterColor Community Association will host their 9th annual “Art in the Park” on Saturday, March 15th, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in WaterColor’s Cerulean Park and Town Center.

This free community event showcases artists of all genres including oil, acrylic paintings, charcoal, chalk, pastel and color pencil drawings, recycled art, photography, printmaking, digital art, glass art, jewelry, fabric art, custom-made furniture, mixed media, pottery, wood work and more.

30A favorites Kyle LaMonica and Dannica Lowery will play from 10 am to 2 pm in Cerulean Park and WaterColor’s Town Center. Boukou Groove will perform in front of Wine World in WaterColor from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Be sure to stop by The Blue Giraffe’s tent to see live painting demonstrations by local artists Aaron Sutton (10 am – 1 pm) and Martin Figlinski (3-4 pm). They will also host Ginger Leigh Designs and the artists herself will be available in the studio all day for a “meet and greet” with her beautiful art pieces.

For more info, please email Hillary Fosdyck.

30A South Walton 539138 437215509654838 395268873 n 30A St. Patricks Parade and Festival on March 15thThe 7th Annual 30A St Patrick’s Parade and Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 15th. Parade organizers expect over 50 floats and parade entries, in all shapes and sizes.

The parade begins at 3:30 pm on 30A and heads 4 miles west, ending at Gulf Place, where the festivities continue. (Visit the official website for specific details.)

“The 7th Annual 30a St Patrick’s Parade and Irish Festival will be bigger than ever,” said Paul Vizard, event founder. “The original mission to showcase local businesses and the area of 30A in NW Florida is being fulfilled in a greater manner than imagined.”

Nationally recognized Texas-based Celtic Rock Band CLEGHORN will headline the entertainment along with the Drake School of Irish Dance. CLEGHORN combine stadium rock with blues and folk influences laced with a strong Celtic brew.

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The Modern Eldorados

The 7th Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 6 pm onwards, at Linkside at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society by raising funds for cancer research, advocacy, education and patient services.

A limited number of Baron and Rancher table sponsorships (for 10) are available and individual tickets at $175.

The high energy event will feature live music by The Modern Eldorados and live and silent auctions, including a 2014 BCS Championship FSU football autographed by Jameis Winston and Coach Jimbo Fisher. There will be complimentary drinks and fancy vittles from the area’s leading restaurants and caterers.

For more info, contact Kay Phelan at 850-376-1551.

30A South Walton Georges Alys Beach Renovation 2014 George’s at Alys Beach Gets a Facelift

George’s at Alys Beach unveils new look

After five years in business, owners Ann and George Hartley are pleased to announce that they’ve renovated George’s at Alys Beach, their casual dining spot on 30A.

The remodel includes a 1,000-foot kitchen expansion, 40 additional seats, new restrooms, a sophisticated dining room replacing the earlier bright colours with a neutral palette and a complete interior facelift, which will be unveiled when the restaurant reopens for the season the first week of March.

Ann and George’s prized frog collection will remain an integral part of the space. The couple has commissioned Atlanta-based artist Anne Lomax to build driftwood mirrors with pieces from the collection woven into the frame. The mirrors will become the focal point of the main dining room.

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30A South Walton IMG 9163 A Bevy of Bellinis and Bikinis at V Seagrove!Bellinis + Bikinis is back this season with more models and the latest swimwear to appear on the floors of Ophelia Swimwear boutiques, located in Seacrest Beach and Grayton Beach on Wednesday, March 12, 6 pm onwards.

Emerald Coast’s award-winning deejay, DJ Vladi, will be making his Bellinis + Bikinis debut that evening by mixing a special blend of grooves for the runway show to take place outside on the deck of V Seagrove restaurant in Seagrove Beach.

The event’s signature $5 Bellini cocktail will be featured, and V Seagrove will offer half-priced entrées from 5-6 pm throughout the venue and happy hour at the bar from 5-7 pm. The venue will open its doors to the dining room and the bar as usual at 5 pm.

Guests attending the fashion show who wish to view the show from the deck outside are encouraged to arrive at 5 pm to secure a table.

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30A South Walton 1533844 10152838346516029 1238497798 n 5 30A Wine Festival at Alys BeachThe 3rd Annual 30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach will showcase premiere wine producers and local culinary talent. The newly expanded three-day event features a Friday night gathering, wine seminars, a walk about and grand tasting, band party at nightfall and Sunday’s exclusive event, Pork & Pinot featuring croquet.

Friday, March 7
6-9 PM Bourbon, Beer, & Butts at Fonville Press featuring music by Boukou GrooveDread Clampitt, and Sam Bush

Saturday, March 8
12:30-2:30 PM: Wine Seminars at Caliza Pool
3-5 PM: Walkabout & Grand Tasting
5-8 PM: After Party with live music by Cadillac Willy

Sunday, March 9
11 AM-3 PM: Pork & Pinot featuring Croquet on Kelly Green with live music by Kyle LaMonica

Weekend Pass (access to all events) – $300

Bourbon, Beer, and Butts at Fonville Press – $50

Wine Seminars, Walkabout & After Party – $200

Click here to purchase tickets!

For more info on schedule or tickets, visit 30A Wine Festival.