Congrats to all of our 2014 30A HOT SPOT winners!

30A South Walton 616335 404382819623416 151110406 o 685x1024 Williams Backyard Boogies 2nd Anniversary PartyJoin the Forrest Williams Band and Steve Fulton as they kick-off Williams Backyard Boogie’s 2nd Anniversary show on Friday, March 28th.

Bring your chair, your blanket, your cooler and your friends to enjoy live music under the stars during this always-entertaining outdoor musical event. Doors open at 6pm.

BYOB: Bring Your Own Boogie!

This is a family-friendly event, although please note that pets are not allowed. Food plates will be available for $10.

Tickets are selling fast, so please call 850-502-6448 to reserve your spot!

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30A South Walton FNPosterSeascape First Note Music Experience Returns to South Walton


In 2012, First Note Music Hall opened in Blue Mountain Beach, bringing a distinctive live music experience to Northwest Florida. After closing First Note Music Hall last year, First Note Entertainment owner Tommy Jackson is now bringing back the First Note experience with the help of two new venue partners, Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach and Vue on 30A.

Starting this spring, there will be live family-friendly performances every Friday and Saturday at Seascape Resort as well as every Sunday at the Vue on 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support and positive feedback from the local community and visitors to the area,” said Tommy Jackson. “We knew we wanted to bring the concept back but needed the right partners at the right time.”

As Jackson describes it, First Note Music Hall is a special music experience that features up-and-coming artists, songwriters and musicians of several genres on stage in one show. Jackson’s goal was to allow audiences to have an intimate night with the future stars of the industry in a family-friendly environment. The concept was an immediate success and First Note sold out over 150 performances.

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Friends of the Coastal Branch Library are pleased to announce their artists for the month of March: Bett Appel and Didon Comer.

30A South Walton Bett Appel Image 2 Coastal Branch Library Artists for March – Bett Appel & Didon Comer

Painting by Bett Appel

Bett Appel has lived and created artwork in various parts of America. She is currently a member of the Cultural Arts Alliance in Walton County, the Women’s Art Network in the Panhandle, and the Lakeland Art League in Minocqua, Wisconsin, among others. After graduating from Michigan State University in East Lansing, she moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where she began painting in oils.

Bett’s life journey carried her to many new places over the following 20 years. She enjoyed life in California, New York, Washington, the Twin Cities as well as her home state of Michigan. During these years she continued painting with oils but sought professional instruction which introduced her to other paint mediums.

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30A South Walton 156447 10151287702568799 902954108 n Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club Offers Unique MembershipSanta Rosa Golf & Beach Club recently announced some great additions to the club’s membership level options, with significant focus on the Equity membership option. Equity Members, through the Board, direct the operations of the Club and have a say in the plans for the future of the business.

The experience as an Equity owner is unparalleled to any other Club experience in the surrounding area. The member and their families are entitled to preferential rates and tee times, unlimited golf course use and exclusive participation in major Club tournaments. They are also afforded the opportunity to participate in a range membership for a nominal fee.

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WaterColor’s Cerulean Park (Photo by Jacqueline Ward Images)

The WaterColor Community Association will host their 9th annual “Art in the Park” on Saturday, March 15th, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in WaterColor’s Cerulean Park and Town Center.

This free community event showcases artists of all genres including oil, acrylic paintings, charcoal, chalk, pastel and color pencil drawings, recycled art, photography, printmaking, digital art, glass art, jewelry, fabric art, custom-made furniture, mixed media, pottery, wood work and more.

30A favorites Kyle LaMonica and Dannica Lowery will play from 10 am to 2 pm in Cerulean Park and WaterColor’s Town Center. Boukou Groove will perform in front of Wine World in WaterColor from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Be sure to stop by The Blue Giraffe’s tent to see live painting demonstrations by local artists Aaron Sutton (10 am – 1 pm) and Martin Figlinski (3-4 pm). They will also host Ginger Leigh Designs and the artists herself will be available in the studio all day for a “meet and greet” with her beautiful art pieces.

For more info, please email Hillary Fosdyck.

30A South Walton Seaside Shopping Merchants of Seaside

Shopping in Seaside, Florida

You probably won’t see Truman walking around this idyllic white picket fence village, but you’ll always find a plethora of picture-perfect shops, restaurants and art galleries in South Walton’s famous Seaside.

After a mimosa breakfast at Great Southern Cafe, grab a cup of free-trade coffee at the locally-owned Amavida before diving headfirst into the shops of Seaside (including Perspicacity’s colorful open-air market).

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30A South Walton 539138 437215509654838 395268873 n 30A St. Patricks Parade and Festival on March 15thThe 7th Annual 30A St Patrick’s Parade and Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 15th. Parade organizers expect over 50 floats and parade entries, in all shapes and sizes.

The parade begins at 3:30 pm on 30A and heads 4 miles west, ending at Gulf Place, where the festivities continue. (Visit the official website for specific details.)

“The 7th Annual 30a St Patrick’s Parade and Irish Festival will be bigger than ever,” said Paul Vizard, event founder. “The original mission to showcase local businesses and the area of 30A in NW Florida is being fulfilled in a greater manner than imagined.”

Nationally recognized Texas-based Celtic Rock Band CLEGHORN will headline the entertainment along with the Drake School of Irish Dance. CLEGHORN combine stadium rock with blues and folk influences laced with a strong Celtic brew.

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