30A South Walton 352C2001 Book a Private or Group 30A Yoga Session

30A South Walton Angela Book a Private or Group 30A Yoga SessionFrom the very first moment that she stepped onto the mat, Angela Ragsdale knew that yoga was her life’s calling.

Her fun and friendly style of instruction is welcoming for both beginners and seasoned yoga experts.

Angela offers private personal and group lessons on the beach and in private residences, tailored specifically for you and your needs.

Join Angela for a Sweaty Vinysa Flow Yoga Class every Wednesday morning from 8:00 – 9:00 AM. The class is suitable for all levels. The classes are $15 per person and are held at Justin Lyon’s Art Gallery in Grayton Beach.

Angela earned her 200RYT Yoga Alliance and has been teaching in the area since 2009. She is currently pursuing her 500RYT advanced certification. Forever the student, Angela continues to deepen her understanding and love for this ancient art by studying and learning from her world-renowned teacher, Tiffany Cruikshank, and attends various retreats and workshops with other teachers such as Kathryn Budig, Doug Kellar, Amy Ippoliti, Bryan Kest, and Seane Corn among many others.

Speckled with artsy villages, rare coastal dune lakes, upscale resorts, funky beach bars, world-class restaurants and 25,000 acres of protected habitats, Scenic Highway 30A is also home to the most beautiful beaches in the world. Whether it’s a single class for beginners or a private week-long yoga beach retreat, 30A is an idyllic backdrop to experience, explore and enjoy yoga.

Email Angela now to book your private yoga session:


Tesla invites you to experience the award-winning Model S and feel what it’s like to go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds … without a drop of gasoline!

30A South Walton Tesla Model S 300x199 Test drive a Tesla in SeasideTesla will host a two-day test drive event in Seaside from 10am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 18th and 19th). There will be two Model S vehicles onsite.

Prospective customers can make an appointment online.

Appointments will be confirmed by a Tesla representative. The driving session will be 15 minutes long over a predetermined route designed to highlight the capabilities of Model S. A Tesla Product Specialist will accompany all drivers to ensure time is optimized in the Model S. You may bring up to three guests to ride in the back seat during your drive!

Stinky’s Bait Shack30A South Walton FishingTournament Letter back Flyer Sponsors final 10 1 2014 Stinky’s Inaugural Beach to Bay Grand Slam Fishing Tournament Underway will host their inaugural Beach to Bay Grand Slam Fishing Tournament from October 4 – November 15. This tournament is a great way for locals to take the beach and bay back and a perfect opportunity for visitors to enjoy the community spirit.

To win the grand prize, an individual angler must catch and score a red fish, speckled trout and a flounder. Sounds Like fun? The calcutta categories also include pompano and biggest individual fish scored of each species.

The launch party is an Oyster Festival on October 4 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Stinky’s Fish Camp and Stinky’s Bait Shack. The festivities will have oysters prepared in various styles, an oyster shucking contest, cooking demonstrations, an oyster shell painting contest for the kids and adults and live music. The South Walton community and visitors are invited to the festival to help kick off the fishing tournament.

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30A South Walton PicMonkey Collage10 Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival: Oct 17 18

From L to R: Blues Traveler, Foghat and the Outlaws

With some of the biggest names in country and rock music and the area’s best seafood restaurants bringing so much to the table already, it’s no doubt that the 2014 Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival will be a blast for all ages.

30A South Walton seafood Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival: Oct 17 18The fun doesn’t end there; the festival also includes a lineup of waterfront and fishing activities at Capt. Anderson’s Marina, kids’ activities, a 5K run and more.

The main event takes place October 17 and 18, with classic favorites Blues Traveler, Foghat and the Outlaws on Friday evening and headliner The Band Perry on Saturday night. Other performances include the Dylan Altman Blues Band, Heritage, Little Honey, the Andy Velo Band, the Dave Pahanish Band, the Adam Craig Band and Josh Thompson.

Buy general admission, VIP and preferred seating tickets here.

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With Fall approaching, what could be more fun than a day in the park? Whether you like hiking, kayaking, face painting, bird watching, beach ecology or simply resting in the grass or sand, October 19 is the day to visit Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the 13th Annual Back to Nature Festival hosted by the South Walton Community Council.

30A South Walton thp lagoon ericbrubakken Get Back to Nature at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Coastal dune lake at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Photo by Florida Park Service.

Activities are scheduled all day starting with a sunrise meditation, bird walk and beach ecology walk along the pristine Topsail Hill Preserve beach.

Family friendly activities scheduled for the afternoon from 1 to 6 p.m. include hiking, kayaking, interpretive talks, face painting, information booths and an opportunity to view the art work donated for the South Walton Community Council 2014 Silent Auction. Barefoot Bar-B-Que will be on site selling food and the community council will provide a refreshment tent.

The evening schedule from 6 to 10 p.m. will orient more toward adult activities with musical entertainment provided by the Owsley Brothers and the Courtyard Saints, a presentation by Elam Stoltzfus, beverages by Grayton Beer and a raffle drawing.

For more info or to view the full schedule visit South Walton Community Council or call 850-314-3749.

30A South Walton speakersimage Seaside Institute to Host Distinguished Speakers   Oct 17The Seaside Institute will host a lecture by three distinguished speakers as part of Seaside’s Homeowners Weekend on Friday, October 17th from 5 PM to 7 PM.

Photographer and Seaside homeowner Richard Sexton will present a talk titled, “Magical Urbanism of the Creole World,” taken from his new book Creole World. Leigh Gallagher — assistant editor of FORTUNE magazine and co-chair of the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit — will discuss her findings written in her book End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving. Seaside Town Founder Robert Davis will also give a Founders Report at this special event. After the talks, enjoy Richard Sexton’s new photo exhibit and mingle with the speakers at a reception that will follow.

Tickets will be $40 at the door. Tickets purchased online prior to the event are only $30. Click here now to register online.

For more info, visit The Seaside Institute or call 850-231-2421.

By Rebecca Sullivan Balkcom  |  Photos by Dawn Chapman Whitty


30A South Walton IMG 2363 copy 2 Designer Nicole Palomas Struggle With SuccessNICOLE PALOMA has had quite the year. After her wildly astounding runway show last October at South Walton Fashion Week, which was met with a standing ovation and left many guests in tears, Paloma was thrust into the “high-highs” of success. Her business took off like wild horses — and so did her drinking. Here’s her story of how getting sober replaced all other goals and everything she had once deemed important took a backseat to this crucial decision.

How did you first start drinking?

The first time I realized I could block emotional pain and constant goings-on in my brain was when I was 15. Having grown up around art, I drew and took photographs, but I found that drinking released a creative edge that now I realize really just quieted my process.

Were you worried that getting sober would affect your creative process as a designer and artist?

My biggest fear was that it was all going to go away once I got sober. The fear of the unknown is the worst, and it’s more the fear of being successful than the fear of failing. I used the excuse of being an “artist” and that I was supposed to be out of control, crazy and erratic. Where I got to with it was that my life and my children became much more important than being a designer.

When I came home from treatment, I was making a tee shirt for a friend and I had so much anxiety just being in the space and feeling the moment. When my creative brain turns on it’s a physical thing and without alcohol I wondered if it would come. I just started putting simple fabric pieces together and it came.

The creativity now comes out less frenetically and as more of a flow. I’m learning not to have anxiety about it and trust that those ideas are still going to come.

I needed to make a dress last night and I was tired. That would have been the time that I typically would have broken open a bottle of wine. But I realized I was tired and listened to my body and went to bed. While I was drifting off to sleep, a wonderful idea came to me. I view my creativity as the closest thing that I have to a higher power.

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30A South Walton truman Finding Truman

The Truman House

By Laura Braune Smyer

For fifteen years after its inception, 30A’s quaintly idyllic beach community of Seaside was a little-known secret gem of a vacation spot along Florida’s Emerald Coast. But in 1996, the master-planned New Urbanist beach town hit the big time when it was chosen as the primary location for the filming of Jim Carrey’s next blockbuster, The Truman Show.

Acclaimed Director Peter Weir’s wife told him about Seaside, and he was immediately sold on the location. One of Seaside’s original homes — the perfectly precious yellow and white cottage at 31 Natchez Street — was well on its way to becoming perhaps the most recognizable building on 30A.

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