30A South Walton Dave Sullivan Butterfly Coastal Branch Library Artist for December   Dave Sullivan

By Dave Sullivan

Friends of the Coastal Branch Library announced their artist of the month, Dave Sullivan.

Born and raised in Texas, Dave went to college in Santa Fe, New Mexico and started work in the corporate world with a major manufacturing corporation back east.

After moving to the Dallas area as Chief Information Officer for a manufacturing company, he used the little spare time he had from family and work to shoot 35mm film, without much training. Looking back, he was amazed at what could be achieved with little technology.

A few years ago he purchased a digital camera and recruited some help from a professional on the best use of the features. Dave also found a way to adapt the lens from his older film camera to the digital camera for more flexibility in shooting.

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30A South Walton 423655 233932870022406 1857461972 n Santa Needs Help Finding Gifts for 250 Children in Walton County

Help stock the shelves for needy children this Christmas.

Christmas is a time of giving and bringing a smile to those who need it the most. The Matrix Community Outreach Center seeks individuals, groups, organizations, agencies, churches, and local businesses who would like to contribute to the purchasing of Christmas gifts for 250 children right here in our community.

You can make a monetary donation or purchase random gifts at your leisure and drop them off. Or, you can indicate the number of children that you would like to shop for and the Center will give you a list with the names, ages and gender of the children in need.

All gifts should be dropped off at The Matrix Community Outreach Center in Defuniak Springs. Monetary donations can be dropped off at the Walton County Sheriff’s Department or at the Center. (Please write “Santa Patrol Program” on any dropped-off donations.)

To learn how you can help, please contact Lt. Danny Garner at 850-892-8186 or Candy Nowling at 850-892-1090.

30A South Walton unnamed1 Holiday Wine Walkabout at Gulf Place


Gulf Place brings the holiday spirit to 30A with new additions to its growing list of merchants, cheerful seasonal décor and holiday events, as well as plans to help the less fortunate. 

The monthly Third Thursday Wine Walkabout, presented by the Merchants at Gulf Place, will be held on December 19th from 5:00pm- 7:00pm.

For $15, attendees can enjoy samplings of hand-selected sparkling wines in honor of the holiday season, light appetizers, live music and giveaways while venturing to all of the different Gulf Place shops.

Featuring jewelry, artwork, clothing and many other unique gifts, event-goers can enjoy the event while taking care of their holiday shopping lists. To wrap up the Holiday Third Thursday Wine Walkabout, La Playa at Gulf place will feature local favorite Forrest Williams Band for a festive after-party beginning at 7 pm.

TIP: Be sure to look for the 30A Gear Truck to get some 30A cookies and more!

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30A South Walton Marie Christmas Special Christmas Show at Maries Bistro on Dec 13thMarie’s Bistro – located at 2260 West Hwy 30A in Blue Mountain Beach – will host a very special Christmas music show on Friday, December 13th at 6:30pm.

The show will feature the musical talents of Kaci Bolls and Buddy Mullins, as well as 30A favorites Tim Jackson and Ike Bartley.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door.

Raised by an elementary school teacher and a Christian song-leader — Kaci learned the magic of music at a young age. After drifting for a few years as a young woman, songwriter Marty Dodson stumbled across some of Kaci’s songs and called her up to ask her why she wasn’t in Nashville. Dodson dared her to enter a songwriting contest; one in which Kaci later earned honorable mentions and two first places. She moved to Nashville, and continues to write songs today with wisdom, grace, and more than a little humor.

Buddy hit the road with his family at the age of eight. His dad was a traveling evangelist and the rest of the family joined him on the road to sing gospel music. Since then, Buddy has been a part of writing many chart-toping songs including “God is Believable” (which rose to #1 on the Christian Hit Radio charts), “It’s Still the Cross” (which also hit #1), “I’ll Meet You on the Mountain” and many more. In 2001, Buddy moved into solo ministry, traveling to churches and other mission fields from Brazil to Albania. He and his family now serve the Chapel at Crosspoint in Santa Rosa Beach.

For tickets or more details, call 850-278-6856 of visit Marie’s web page.

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30A South Walton dirty santa ball 2013 poster1 Get Ready to Have a Ball with Dirty Santa in Rosemary Beach!It’s time for some Holiday fun with Santa! The Rosemary Beach Town Hall is hosting the Dirty Santa Ball, a winter holiday event benefiting the Seaside Repertory Theatre on Friday, December 6th, from 7-11 pm.

This highlight of the event is the auctioning off of beautifully decorated trees by local designers. The bidding will start Friday on the REP Facebook page and continue into the evening. Note: You do not have to be present to win the tree.

Be sure to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to play the Dirty Santa Game and win great prizes and themed gifts donated by local businesses. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased online. So wear your Christmas best — or your Christmas worst — and let your hair down!

The event is sponsored by Linda McCraney Miller, the Smile of 30A, Roux 30a, Grayton Beer Company, Emerald Coast Wine & Spirits and Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental.

Tickets are $85 and include delightful bites from Roux 30A Catering, music and drinks.

Click here to purchase your tickets!


30A South Walton 1463151 562798467133636 1794276894 n1 Take a Santa Cruise Aboard The SOLARIS!


Santa Claus is sailing into town, but this year he’s swapped his red sleigh for a crimson yacht — aboard the SOLARIS at Sandestin.

Make a reservation for Cruisin’ with Santa charity luncheon on Saturday, December 14th from Noon until 2 p.m. 

Featuring three decks of indoor and outdoor fun for all ages, guests will enjoy holiday music, a two-course chef-prepared luncheon and a keepsake photo portrait with the celebrity of the season — St. Nick himself.

(Of course, you’ll have the chance to meet the most authentic, real, snowy bearded Santa this side of the North Pole.)

Tickets to Cruisin’ with Santa luncheon cruise are $40 for adults, $22 for children (ages 10-2) and $10 (1 and under). Guests are encouraged to get into the giving spirit by bringing an unwrapped toy to be donated to local children in need. A portion of the proceeds will be donated and unwrapped toys will be collected for the Sandestin Foundation for Kids.

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30A South Walton 30A Truck 960 New 30A Gear Truck Opens in Gulf PlaceThe new 30A Gear Truck has officially arrived in Gulf Place, and it’s open every Friday and Saturday from 9am until 4pm.

Located right across the street from Artists at Gulf Place and the new Pizza by the Sea, the 30A Gear Truck sells official 30A shirts, hats, Tervis Tumblers, beach gear, key chains, 30A beach chairs and much, much more. The truck also sells CDs by local musicians, as well as other fun and authentic local items. It even has free wi-fi for guests!

While the 30A Gear Truck will be found most days at its home in Gulf Place, it will also make appearances at special local events. Soon, shoppers will always be able to find the truck’s precise location using 30A’s free iPhone and Android apps.

Want the 30A Gear Truck to show up at your next event? Drop us a line!

Photo: Jacqueline Ward Images
Photo: Jacqueline Ward Images

Congrats to all of the players that competed in the 8th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament in Rosemary Beach. This year’s event is presented by The Pearl.