debbie 2Friends of the Coastal Branch Library announced that their featured artist for the month of Spetember is Debbie Baker. Her works will be on display throughout this month.

Debbie Baker is a resident of Freeport, having moved here in 2002. She moved here with her husband after raising their family in Rome, GA. While working and raising a family her artistic talents were mainly used to create needlework, crochet designs, and decorative tole paintings.

After moving to Florida, Debbie began taking art classes in 2007 from local renowned artist, Skippy Hoffman. She began work in charcoals, pastels, and oils before finding her passion in acrylic. She still does some work in oils using mostly water based oils. She has also done quite a bit of glass painting, i.e. soap bottles and wine glasses.

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Seaside has announced a new, private-label collection of hand-selected wines from Kokomo Winery. The new family of wines, called the SEASIDE Wine Project, was hand-picked by Seaside founders Robert and Daryl Davis in response to the continual interest and demand from patrons and visitors for the best-tasting and highest-quality wines. After taste-testing numerous varieties from various wineries, the choice was made to form a partnership with Kokomo Winery in Sonoma, Calif.

Available by the glass or bottle exclusively from SEASIDE merchants, wine enthusiasts can choose from popular varieties including a sauvignon blanc, a crisp chardonnay, pinot noir, cuvée and a light, red zinfandel. Modica Market, The Shrimp Shack, Bud & Alley’s, Great Southern Café, Amavida Coffee & Tea and Sóng all carry the new SEASIDE Wine Project label and a portion of the proceeds from each bottle benefits The Seaside Institute.

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Alaqua Animal Refuge’s 2015 Hunks and Hounds calendar is now available for preorder! Animal lovers can pre-purchase the much-anticipated calendar online for just $29.99. The calendar is set to be printed in October and will be available for purchase at local stores throughout Walton County, as well as on the website.

The Hunks and Hounds calendar was created to benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge. It costs over $55,000 each month to operate the refuge, which relies on fundraising and private donations to meet rising costs. This calendar will give Alaqua the opportunity to raise a portion of the much-needed operating funds so that they can continue to give animals shelter, safety, and second chances.

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Dawn C. Whitty of Dawn Chapman Whitty Photography graciously donated her time and services to shoot the calendar, while Keri Atchley of Design 360 donated her time and services to create the website and design the calendar.

For more info and updates, watch Hunks and Hounds!

cvhnSouth Walton’s longest-established and award-winning restaurant — Bud & Alley’s in Seaside — will host the 10th Annual Hurricane Party on September 26th from 6 – 10 pm, with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN).

Entertainment will be provided by Motown favorites Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces. Along with the amazing views, food, beverages, dancing and fun that Bud & Alley’s is famous for, the event will also feature a live and silent auction. Select auction items will be posted online for a pre-auction two weeks prior to the party.

Anyone will be able to bid on the items, whether they plan to attend the party or not. Online bidding details will be posted on Children’s Volunteer Health Network’s website. Mobile bidding will be an exciting new addition to the auction this year, which will allow party goers to bid on their phones or mobile devices.

“The Hurricane Party goes back to the very beginning of CVHN,” said CVHN Executive Director Zach Billingsley.

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30A Radio LogoThe long-running “30A Radio” station ( is back online following a brief summer break. The station’s all-new digital format is available 24 hours a day and features Gulf Coast-inspired music, as well as 30A event news, beach updates, activities, dining info, local personalities, original shows and more.

“Fans can listen to 30A Radio at home, the gym, the office, in their car or even out on the beach with our free 30A mobile apps,” said General Manager Cory Davis, a 20-year radio veteran. “The new format features a unique mix of beach music, southern rock, country, reggae, and original tunes by local musicians. We’ll also announce an exciting line-up of original shows over the next few weeks.”

Established in 2007 by Seaside Neighborhood School, the volunteer-run 30A Radio station went off the air in May when the school needed space for classroom expansion. Several volunteer DJs asked to help save the concept.

“30A Radio has been an important and authentic part of our community for years,” said 30A’s Mike Ragsdale. “We look forward to introducing new fans to what’s become known locally as ‘The Voice of 30A.'”

TIP: Local musicians can submit their songs to

Seaside School LogoRagsdale served as a volunteer DJ at the station for two years, and he said that his children loved taking radio classes while attending school at Seaside. Over the years, the company has supported many of the school’s fundraising events, including the Seaside Half Marathon & 5K Run.

“30A Radio will now reach a much larger audience,” said Davis, noting that 30A’s free mobile apps have been downloaded over 60,000 times, and the 30A Facebook Page has nearly 300,000 fans. “But even though we’re expanding our reach, we want 30A Radio to remain locally authentic.”

Listeners worldwide can now tune-in to 30A Radio at and through 30A’s free iPhone, iPad and Android apps. For advertising info, email

10616075_819979454692700_1766398766522706261_nWhether you’re planning to de-junk your home, love a good bargain or simply enjoy browsing yard sales, mark your calendar for the Gulf Place Fall Yard Sale on October 4th, from 8am – 1pm on The Green at Gulf Place.

The cost is $50 per booth and sellers may bring their own tent (no larger than 10×10) to provide shade. Setup begins at 5 am and must be completed no later than 7:30 am.

From trinkets to kitchen accessories to apparel and fashion merchandise, all items are welcome. If you don’t want to be a vendor, simply stroll the tables for unique trinkets!

Interested vendors should contact Tiffany Salinas at 850-502-9233 or email Gulf Place Events.