30A South Walton unnamed 11 Seaside to Host Nutcracker Auditions for 2014 PerformanceSeaside will host dance auditions for Act II of the 3rd Annual SEASIDE Nutcracker on Friday, August 22, from 5 to 6 pm at the Seaside Assembly Hall. The Assembly Hall is located across the lawn from the Seaside Neighborhood School at 168 Smolian Circle.

Dancers ages 8 to 18 from the Northwest Florida regions are eligible to participate in auditions. Click here to download the application form.

The Repertory Theatre will also conduct a casting call for Act I actors on Thursday, August 21 at 6 pm. For more info, email or call 850-231-0733.

The 3rd Annual Nutcracker in Seaside will be directed and choreographed by Rose Barile, an honor graduate of Juilliard School and former prima ballerina with the Atlanta Ballet. Barile recently celebrated more than 30 years as Director of Alpharetta Dance Theatre, and her company has performed the Nutcracker in North Atlanta for 18 years.

“We are excited about creating an opportunity for dance students to develop qualities of strength, discipline and leadership in their school and communities,” said Barile.

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30A South Walton baby bean Alaquas Pet of the Week is BABY BEAN!

Baby Bean

Baby Bean is a 6-year-old female Jack Russell Terrier Mix and the best dog you could ever seek.

My name is Baby Bean and I am “Alaqua’s Pet of the Week.” Cast away and unwanted, I found myself alone and in a scary place. Alaqua quickly worked to get me to safety.

They’ve had me on a special diet since I’ve been here. With my diet and activity, I think I have tightened up at least two notches on my harness! At Alaqua, I have learned to eat well, follow the rules, and to trust and obey.

I quickly made friends with everyone, whether they had four legs or two! I found a new love and adoration for children.

My personality is one that is friendly and sweet and I’m always eager to please. My coat is easy to care for — simply wash, shake and dry.

Don’t be surprised if I quickly capture your heart!

To adopt Baby Bean or any other animal at Alaqua, call 850-880-6399 or visit alaquaanimalrefuge.org.

An Open Letter to 30A Fans:

Since 2007, we’ve worked really hard to build “30A” into a positive lifestyle brand that would make locals, visitors and fans both happy and proud. Last month (July 2014), several local stores began carrying and promoting a full line of knock-off products that feature a logo that’s strikingly similar to our famous 30A logo. In many cases, the logo is printed on very similar-looking (but cheaply-made) products that we believe are intended to confuse our fans into believing that they are buying authentic 30A Gear.

We met with the owner of these stores in-person to politely explain our concerns, but unfortunately the owner does not share those concerns or an understanding of intellectual property. Despite the fact that 30A® has been an officially Registered Trademark since March 17, 2009 (Federal Registration Number: 3,592,837), his stated plans are to continue to sell these knock-off products. So, unfortunately, we are now working through the lengthy and costly legal process to fully enforce our Federal trademark rights.

We do not want to name this person or their stores, nor do we want to hurt anyone’s business in any way, so we definitely won’t ask our 30A fans not to shop there. But we do think it’s very important that we educate our fans — especially unsuspecting visitors — about the important differences between our Official 30A Gear and these new knock-off products:

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WOW – check out this 30A Beach Blonde Ale video sent to us by the creative team over at 30A Vibe. Thanks for sharing the LOL with us, guys…. We stand in awe of your hilarity:

30A South Walton hi res 30A beach blonde video Everyone Dreams of a Beach Blonde...

30A South Walton unnamed 1 Ziglar Training Seminar and Business Excellence Awards Luncheon


The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce‘s annual Business Excellence Awards Luncheon will be held on September 3rd, and will highlight the members’ picks for the businesses that have exemplified excellence through the year.

The speaker will be Tom Ziglar, son of the iconic Zig Ziglar. Tom has also been a personal mentor to Cynthia Kennedy, a long-time member of the Chamber.

You can also register for a training session with Tom Ziglar and Cindy Kennedy called, Success in Excellence, Building the Best You. The special session is scheduled for the following day, September 4th from 8:30am – 3pm at Magnolia Ballroom at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.

Registration is $149 for Chamber members, while non-member registration is $179.

For more info, visit Walton Area Chamber of Commerceemail them or call 850-267-0683.

D.R. Horton is currently seeking a New Homes Sales Representative. The right candidate will be responsible for managing the entire sales process and communicating with the customer from the first interaction through the close of escrow. Candidates must have a vehicle, a valid driver’s license, a Florida real estate license and be willing to travel. To view a complete job description, visit the D.R. Horton Career Page online. To learn more about this job opportunity, contact Mike Burgess, Broker/Area Sales Manager for Bay and Walton Counties, at (850) 231-3498 or email mburgess@drhorton.com.

By Anthony M.J. Maranise
30A South Walton  The Best Bloody Marys on 30A

Another Broken Egg Café

If I were to employ a tradition technique used by life-coaches known as ‘word association,’ stating the sequence: “tomato,” “vodka,” and/or “zing-zing,” chances are most of us would think: “Bloody Mary!”

Yes, indeed, my friends… That traditional brunch-time favorite which, save the vodka, is a rather healthy alternative to coffee or an energy drink, and which often rivals mimosas in terms of its complementarity with brunch-foods.

During my recent two weeks along 30A, retreating to both write (with that ‘inspirational gusto’ that only comes from these dazzling white sands, inspiring people, and stunningly turquoise waters), relax, and refresh at our home in Blue Mountain Beach, I took the numerous opportunities for exploration (especially of a culinary sort). For whatever reason, I decided to focus on compiling my own list, albeit unofficial, to add to The Best of 30A listings. Here below, I present to you all: “The Best Bloody Marys on 30A.”

You may not enjoy what I think is this fabulously refreshing libation, but on the off chance that you do, I hope you consider this list whenever you visit the 30A region.

#5: The Bloody Mary at Another Broken Egg Café at Grayton Beach

It contains the traditions garnishing of a Bloody without the massive impediments to stirring-ability; a celery stalk acts as a great stir stick. While it lacks some spice, it does contain a smooth flavor with a citrus undertone.

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30A South Walton poster Registration Open for New Eggs on the Beach FestivalBay Breeze Patio seeks Master Grillers and EggHeads to pull out their favorite recipes and register for Eggs on the Beach, an official Big Green Egg Fest coming to Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach on September 27th.

The EggFest is a gathering of people who are passionate about cooking and smoking foods on a BIG GREEN EGG, the famous all-in-one smoker and grill.

“We have been wanting to host an EggFest to our area for a number of years,” said Bay Breeze Patio Co-owner and Grill Master Wayne Paul. “By partnering with Seascape Resort, we’re thrilled to have found the perfect location make this event a reality.

Each team of four is given a large or extra-large Big Green Egg to use for the day. Teams purchase their own ingredients and Bay Breeze Patio provides the demo egg, lump charcoal, fire starter, table, tent, paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins and toothpicks. Tasters then vote for their favorites and the winning team will receive a brand new large Big Green Egg. The runner up will win a stay at Seascape Resort.

Click here to register now!

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