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With authentic Southern flavors, an ever-bustling bar scene and its decidedly casual coastal vibe, Great Southern Cafe has been a consistent crowd-pleaser in Seaside for years. Now Great Southern Cafe’s owner, Chef Jim Shirley, has cooked up something entirely new in South Walton.

Perched directly on Choctawhatchee Bay at the southern foot of the Highway 331 bridge, Shirley’s newest restaurant — The Bay — is now open.

Located in the beloved local hangout once known as Sea Bar, The Bay’s high-ceiling interior features an expansive full bar, an open kitchen, a special bar just for sushi (overseen by local favorite Chef Jamison Hendler), and plenty of seating for private indoor dining. Outside on the covered deck, there’s a full open-air bar with an absolutely stunning view of Choctawhatchee Bay. Go just a few steps further, and you’ll find your toes in the sand, where you can lounge beneath the shade of palm trees.

Shirley has created a new kind of local hangout at The Bay, where guests can bask right on the sand while enjoying live music, cocktails, beach games, standup paddle boarding, and of course, excellent food.

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30A South Walton 1463984 10202837219305086 947635605 n1 8th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament in Rosemary BeachThe 8th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament will get rolling on Saturday, April 19th on the eastern and western greens in Rosemary Beach.

Registration will be at the tent by the fountain on Scenic 30A from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, and the opening ceremony will begin precisely as the bell tolls at 10:00 AM.

The cost to enter is $40 per team of 2 and includes refreshments, food, snacks and two t-shirts.

This year’s Bocce Ball Tournament is presented by Bombora Sun & Surf in Rosemary Beach, and 30A.com is also a proud sponsor of this wonderful local tradition.

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Our friend and professional golfer Sophie Gustafson is playing in the first major LPGA tournament of the year, with 30A’s very own Kajsa Larsson caddying. (Both sporting 30A hats!)

Who knows where this famous bridge and pond is located? Click here if you think you know!

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30A South Walton unnamed 2 3rd Annual Food For Thought Golf TournamentFood For Thought, a local children-based non-profit servicing Okaloosa and Walton Counties, is set to tee off for its 3rd Annual Charity Outreach Golf Tournament on April 17th at Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club.

“The proceeds from this event will help fill our pantry in preparation for our summer 2014 program and new school year which will feed an estimated 400 children,” said Food For Thought Founder, Tiffanie M. Shelton.

The scramble begins with a 12:45 p.m. shotgun start where players can challenge their teams with a number of games and extras including mulligans for purchase, tee busters, and a putting contest. Food will be available on the course for purchase by CUP. The afternoon of golf will conclude with Happy Hour and hors d’oeuvres at Vue on 30a where team awards, prizes and a raffle will take place.

Players and teams can register online. Golfers will play in four-person teams and fees range from $75 per player to $250 per team.

For more info or to volunteer, please contact Food for Thought by April 7th.

30A South Walton unnamed1 ArtsQuest Reveals 2014 Featured Artist and More Surprises

Painting by Juan Francisco Adaro

ArtsQuest — a fine arts festival produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) — announced that Juan Francisco Adaro will be this year’s Featured Festival Artist. The 26th annual festival is scheduled for May 9-11, 2014 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.

A contemporary painter born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juan currently lives in Santa Rosa Beach. Adaro started as a street and mural artist in his early twenties, and has been painting for over two decades. Today, Adaro is known for his large abstract and life size portraits. From traditional oil paintings to live performances, his paintings and works on paper merge the worlds of art and science, depicting natural forms and biological structures in vivid color and imaginative detail. Adaro was also ArtsQuest’s 2012 “Best in Show” winner and ArtsQuest’s 2013 “Award of Excellence” winner.

Gallery Nights, After Hours Beach Bash and More

This year during festival week, local galleries will participate in Gallery Nights on Monday through Thursday, offering special parties, showings and events in the spirit of ArtsQuest. These special gallery events will be open to the public.

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30A South Walton say the word John Lacarbiere III to Perform at Say the Word

John Lacarbiere III

Say the Word is hosting a special performance by nationally renowned spoken word artist John Lacarbiere III. Lacarbiere will be performing on Wednesday, April 16th at 7:00 pm at Amavida Coffee in Rosemary Beach.

“Say the Word” is a group of poets and spoken word artists dedicated to creating a platform for poets and spoken word artists to perform, encouraging local writers to collaborate and network, and making poetry more viable in the community by hosting monthly open mic nights.

John Lacarbiere III, was born and raised in New Orleans, and is a national spoken word artist, author, and publisher. Lacarbiere started writing at the age of 8, inspired by local and national hip-hop artists. After witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he was inspired to take his art to the next level. In 2008 he released his first book “I Write To…” and has since released 6 other titles and 4 spoken word albums.

Lacarbiere has also produced several spoken word events to include a weekly open mic venue, titled “Word Connections.” He was awarded the Writer of the Year at the 2012 Write NOLA, and in October of 2012, started his own publishing company, SWMN Publishing LLC.

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In honor of The REP Theatre’s April performance of The Commedia Cinderella in Seaside, one lucky fan will win a week stay at a 30A vacation home provided by Sunburst Beach Vacations and 4 Season Passes to The REP Theatre’s 2014 performances!

TIP: After you enter, be sure to share this contest to win BONUS entries.

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DEADLINE TO ENTER: April 14, 2014

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host the 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast.

Held on April 10th-13th, it’s a picture-perfect event complete with white tents, the tasting of hundreds of wines, culinary treats and live music.

Proceeds will be donated to The Fisher House, a worthwhile organization that provides free or low-cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers and to the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, making a meaningful and positive difference in children’s lives.

There will be four days of unique events:

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