By Jessie Taylor
Here on Scenic Highway 30A, July 4th is not only a national holiday, it’s a deep-rooted local tradition. For my family, this is the assumed “schedule” that we go by each year…
1. Wake up at 5:30am to brave the fierce battle for the best spot on Grayton Beach.
2. After helping my dad set up, we go on a short run down each road in Grayton to scope out the other decorated cars, to see if we have a chance at being honored as the best float (unfortunately, this has never happened).
3. Arriving back from our run, we frantically wake up the lazy members of the Taylor family, explaining that we have exactly 30 minutes to make the best float in Grayton Beach.
4. Throwing on our best red, white, and blue bathing suits, we grab duct tape and the box of 4th of July decorations and get to work, while dad is yelling not to rip the paint off of the jeep (this happens every year).
Bob Marley & The Wailers’ legendary guitarist — Jamaican-born singer/songwriter Junior Marvin — will perform live on the Green at Gulf Place on Saturday, July 5th.
Tickets are $20 (advance booking) and $35 (at-the-door).
The gates will open at Gulf Place on July 5th at 3:30pm and the show will start at 5:00pm.
Boukou Groove will open the show. Boukou Groove’s Donnie Sundal first met Junior in 1998. They’ve done tour runs together and even hosted a live XM Radio show in Washington D.C. to help celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday. Sundal and Derwin Perkins of Boukou Groove will also join Junior Marvin and his full 7-piece band, Force One, onstage during the show.
Seaside welcomes Southeast Asian Street Food to its famous Airsteam Row.
Called Sóng — which means “Wave” in Vietnamese — this new aluminum venue will soon serve-up Southeast Asian street food, created with fresh local products. Owners Tommy and Patricia Stein plan to officially open on July 1st, and Seaside visitors should be able to spot the Blue Heron on top (the mascot serves as the accent mark in the Sóng logo, as mandated by the Vietnamese language).
Chef Tommy Stein got his start in kitchens here on Scenic Highway 30A when he was just 14 years old.
He left for California to pursue its lively food scene and soon found himself ascending San Francisco’s culinary ranks. He was later drawn away by an offer to work in Australia, where he spent the next four years running kitchens, surfing and hopping over to sample Asia whenever possible.
Don’t miss the boat on the ultimate 4th of July celebration on the water as you cruise into the sunset, indulge in coastal cuisines, dance to live music and end the night with a spectacular fireworks show. The 125’ SOLARIS is a dining and entertainment yacht that cruises weekly from Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina.
This special Independence Day cruise is from 6:00-9:30 pm and guests will indulge in a three-course meal that includes salad and choice of entrée (from Beef Filet Mignon and Fresh Rosemary Chicken, to seared Gulf Fish, Southern Crab Cakes and Gulf Shrimp and Grits), All followed by an amazing dessert, of course.
Prices range from $20 to $80 including the 3-course meal, a 3.5 hour cruise, live entertainment and fireworks.
For reservations, visit SunQuest Cruises or call 850-650-2519.
The Repertory Theatre is rolling out its 2014 Summer Season, featuring a wide range of shows and workshops. The line-up has plenty for visitors and locals alike with children’s theatre, musical performances, one-act plays, improvisation classes and even a magician. Here’s a quick look at what’s happening at The REP:
Summer fun kicks off with The REP’s “Seaside Shorts” — a variety of bite-sized plays. This fast and furiously fun program puts audiences up close with The REP’s company of chameleon-like actors playing multiple characters in a series of short plays by well-known and emerging playwrights. With a bit of something for everyone, “Seaside Shorts” is the most fun 90 minutes you’ll have all summer.
Click here to buy tickets now ($25).
All along the 30A — in Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, Seaside and WaterColor — The REP will perform free weekly theatre shows where students will learn the basics of improv, creating solid scene work and fun characters. Students will also learn different types of improv formats, structures and games.
Click here to buy tickets.