30A South Walton folk at fish 960 Win This $1,000 30A Beach Blonde Original by The Moore Family Folk Art!

Enter now to win this unique “30A Beach Blonde Ale” folk art fish made from 30A bottle caps. This original piece is valued at $1,000 and measures 42″ x 22″. The Moore Family is giving it away to one 30A random fan on July 9th! To find out more about the Moores and their recycled southern-fried folk art, drop by The Blue Giraffe in WaterColor or visit floridafolkart.com.

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…

30A South Walton 4th of July parade 960 300x189 Create Your Own Independence Day Traditions Along Scenic 30A1. 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).

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30A South Walton 1619503 251902394984089 457351933 n New Book Showcases the Spectacular Sunsets of 30AWithout any books written on the subject, you could say that “the sky was the limit” for first-time editor/publisher and Seagrove Beach resident Cindy Moskovitz when she published her new photography book, Sunsets of 30A: The Magic of Light on the Emerald Coast.

Scenic Highway 30A is well-known for its natural beauty, and for the dozen or so quaint beach towns that the 20-mile road connects. And although the “personalities” of each town are different, Moskovitz said that one commonality that connects them all — the glory of the sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico.

“I had done some research, and I couldn’t believe that there had not already been a book featuring sunset images from here,” said Moskovitz.

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30A South Walton JM Junior Marvin    Legendary Guitarist of Bob Marleys Wailers    to Perform at Gulf Place on Saturday, July 5thBob 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).

Advance tickets can be purchased at Gulf Place or online at www.GulfPlaceEvents.com.

30A South Walton 30A Songwriters Festival 252x252 Junior Marvin    Legendary Guitarist of Bob Marleys Wailers    to Perform at Gulf Place on Saturday, July 5th

Donnie Sundal

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.

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Seaside welcomes Southeast Asian Street Food to its famous Airsteam Row.

30A South Walton Song in Seaside 960 300x293 Chef Tommy Stein Creates a New Seaside SóngCalled 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.

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30A South Walton WaterSports SolarisCruise 300x257 4th of July Fireworks & Dinner Cruise Aboard The SOLARISDon’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.

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30A South Walton REP Shorts 060514 697x1024 Laughs, Music, Magic & More at The REP Theatre This Summer


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:

Seaside Shorts: June 17th – August 1st

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).

Theatre Camp: June 17th – August 8th

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.

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The Red Bar and owner Oli Petit, YOLO Bikes, Camp Helen State Park, pearls from La Vie Est Belle in Seaside, Grayton Beach and our world-famous 30A Stickers… all spotted in Luke Bryan’s new “Roller Coaster” video!

How many can YOU spot?