Psycho Sisters

Psycho Sisters (Vicki Peterson, left, Susan Cowsill, right)

Guitarist and songwriter Vicki Peterson founded the Bangles in 1981, rocketing her to fame with big hits such as Walk Like An Egyptian and Manic Monday.

After the group disbanded in 1989, Peterson began playing with Susan Cowsill, under the band name the Psycho Sisters. Last summer, after performing together for nearly 25 years, the Psycho Sisters released an album, and now Peterson and Cowsill are headed to the 30A Songwriters Festival later this month where they will perform together. Peterson will also be taking the stage for a solo show or two.

Peterson took a moment recently to share some of her thoughts about her music with 30A.

PRO TIP: Download the free 30A Songwriters Festival app for your iPhone or Android!

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St. Joe Clubs and Resort

St. Joe Club and Resort

St. Joe Club & Resorts offers many great opportunities for locals and visitors alike throughout the year — four elite golf courses, a high-end beach club, gourmet restaurants, resorts — the list goes on. If you haven’t checked it out, you should, because now is the perfect time…

Now through January 31, 2015, St. Joe Club & Resorts is offering deep discounts on its full golf membership packages that include access to their wide variety of Emerald Coast activities.

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Gulf-Place-175With a sprawling grass amphitheater, plenty of sidewalks, park benches, outdoor dining spaces, and a super-cute cluster of shops that specifically cater to the whims of every pooch, Gulf Place is undoubtedly Scenic Highway 30A’s pet-friendliest place. Unofficially called “Bark Avenue,” this family of pet-centric merchants is on every local pet owner’s speed-dial list.

Furry Fanatics: Pet Supplies

56 Spires Lane, Unit 12A | 850-278-6902 | www.furry-fanatics.com

Furry Fanatics offers a complete and unique selection of all-natural pet foods, treats, supplies and novelties. Owner Julie Brown is simply the kindest, sweetest soul you’ll ever meet, and her genuine passion for all-things-animals is evident from the first moment you walk through the doors. Furry Fanatics also carries official “30A” and “Dogs of 30A” pet gear. Furry Fanatics is the must-stop spot for treats following every grooming and vet visit.

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210896707By Susan Vallee

Beach BonfireThink you’ve got this whole 30A beach thing down?

Well, let’s see … you’ve cheered the sunset ringing of the bell at Bud & Alley’s, you’ve sipped mimosas while grooving to Dread Clampitt at The Red Bar and you’ve YOLO’d your way across Western Lake … but have you experienced the magic of a bonfire on the beach?

When you combine the fun of a campfire (s’mores, cuddling, and shared laughter) with the dramatic beauty of the beach at night, it becomes an experience that is hard to top. Cool sand between your toes, the warmth of a roaring fire, the sound of waves crashing in front of you while burning embers float upwards towards the sky — it really is an extraordinary experience.

Of course, the only thing better than enjoying a beach bonfire is not having to haul all the chairs and coolers down to the beach, setting up the fire pit, and then cleaning up the ensuing mess in the dark.

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There are so many fun and fantastic ways to celebrate the New Year here at the beach. For a few ideas, check out this interactive map and start making your NYE plans NOW!

NOTE: IF YOU'RE ON A SMART PHONE, CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE MAP

For even MORE fun events at the beach final week of 2014, check out the official 30A Events Calendar.

By Lauren Lege
Elderspice Martini at Caliza

Elderspice Martini at Caliza

30A is most commonly known for its beaches and coastal dune lakes; however, salt water isn’t the only liquid we’re good for. 30A is also home to an extremely creative slough of bartenders. Here is a list of 15 of our very own signature cocktails, specific to 30A and our hard-working restaurant crews.

Seaside Punch, Bud & Alley’s. This smooth blend of Stoli vodka, apple, peach and black raspberry puree, pineapple juice and house-made sour mix is a perfect beach-side thirst-quencher.

Elderspice Martini, Caliza. Beverage manager Christine Tarpey recommends this cocktail, a mix of Svedka vodka, St. Germain, elder flower liquor, sliced jalapeno, and lime juice.

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Countdown Seaside

Countdown Seaside

This year, celebrate New Year’s Eve with a family-friendly event at Seaside featuring live music, street performers, kids’ activities and a fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico.

Nashville up-and-comers MamaDear will open the show at the Seaside Amphitheater with their entertaining blend of Americana and folk. Then, The Dirty Guv’nahs, a six-piece American roots rock band known for its lively performances, will rock out the last hours of 2014. A dazzling midnight fireworks display over the Gulf of Mexico will follow.

Throughout the evening, the young — and young-at-heart — can enjoy stilt walkers, magicians, face painting, balloon sculptors and an Abrakadoodle craft station where kids of all ages can create their own New Year’s noise makers and other treats.

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30A Radio LogoA new and revamped all-digital 30A Radio is up and cranking out the tunes and 30A coverage 24 hours a day.

General Manager Cory Davis plays plenty of beach-inspired Southern funk, rock and reggae, including at least one local artist an hour; along with daily beach and surf reports; events; EAT IT, a feature highlighting some of the best dishes on 30A; and plenty of shout-outs from personalities across 30A.

If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, it’s easy. Here are six ways to tune in.

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