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 1926714 609831269109984 1759474924 n Stinkys 7th Anniversary Bash and Pompano Tournament Kicks Off on April 1Stinky’s Fish Camp is celebrating their 7th Anniversary Bash on Tuesday, April 1st, starting at 6pm. There will be an outdoor tent with drinks aplenty, and some cool surprises in store. The Steeno’s will provide live music, and the party will continue with Franko and Fiends playing at Stinkys Bait Shack from 9pm until midnight.

On the same day, you can register for Stinky’s 4th Pompano Tournament which will be held from April 1st – May 15th. Participants are able to register anytime during tournament, however, all paperwork must be completed and entry fee paid 24 hours prior to the first weigh-in. The first opportunity for weigh-in is 8:00 am on Friday, April 2nd. Registration fee is $50 per individual (non-refundable).

Tournament Categories:

– Tournament Winner: The largest Pompano caught in the tournament. This prize is awarded to 1st – 5th places and the Calcutta Division.

– Calcutta: Bag limit $20 ($10 additional entry fee for each category).

– There are also prizes for most Pompano over 3 pounds; most Pompano turned in; and aggregate (total weight of all Pompano turned in). One winner per category.

– Winner takes all. Bag limit $20 on most days weighed.

You may register at Stinky’s Bait Shack or online. For more info, email Kelli Younkin or call 850-622-2248.

Vintage Land Rover and beach cruiser owners of all makes and models are invited to the inaugural “30A Sand Rover Rally” along Scenic Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida on April 12-13th.

30A South Walton Screen Shot 2014 02 11 at 9.48.38 AM The 30A Sand Rover Rally

Rovers Magazine — North America’s Largest Land Rover Publication – is here to cover this informal gathering of Land Rover owners and vintage beach cruiser enthusiasts.

“We’re hoping to see all kinds of funky old beach cruisers riding along Scenic Highway 30A,” said local Mike Ragsdale, who drives a 1986 Land Rover 90.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Owners plan to display their vehicles around The Green at Gulf Place on Saturday, April 12th from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM, followed by an informal “Meet and Greet” cocktail party at Messina’s. (See the full event schedule and details below.)

TIP: Download the free 30A mobile app now for your iPhone or Android to find great local restaurants and to keep up with rally updates.

On Sunday, April 13th, owners and fans will visit the world-famous Red Bar for live music and Sunday Brunch, followed by an afternoon out on Grayton Beach. To wrap up the weekend, everyone will come back to Gulf Place for a free outdoor concert, featuring Old Truck Bluegrass Band from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Don’t forget to bring your beach chairs, blankets and coolers!

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30A South Walton 1960134 677174688994900 1319832716 n Duckies Shop of Fun to Host Little Lamb Portrait SessionsA baby lamb will visit Duckies Shop of Fun in Seaside on Friday, April 11th from 10 am – 5 pm, and kiddos can have their photos taken with her by Jessica James Photography.

The ten-minute playful session costs $75 and includes an online gallery with five pictures to choose from, and one 5×7 print of your choice.

Click here to see some sample photos.

The slots will fill up quickly, so call to book your appointment soon. For more info, contact Duckies Shop of Fun.

Designing an Idyllic Lifestyle Along Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A

Originally featured in BEACHES, RESORTS & PARKS magazine
30A South Walton scenic beach walk 960 30A: Paradise Planned

Paradise Protected

Since the very beginning of time, mankind has demonstrated a special knack for ruining a perfectly decent Paradise. It seems to be somehow ingrained into our genetic code. As picture-perfect as any place may be, we tend to believe that we can somehow improve upon it.

That’s always been the problem with writing about an “undiscovered” piece of pristine paradise—as soon as a few folks learn about it, you can bet that it won’t be too long before there are condo towers, water slides, goofy golfs and loud cannons blasting off to spoil that otherwise serene sunset.

Time and time again, Paradise is lost. Lost to greed, poor execution or just a general lack of vision.

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30A South Walton unnamed 1 Alaquas Pet of the Week: OscarFrom our friends at Alaqua Animal Refuge:

Oscar is a sweet 6-year-old male Dachshund mix who is a complete gentleman and who will love you unconditionally if you give him his second chance and forever home.

Oscar is laid back, low maintenance and one of the best-behaved residents here at Alaqua. He is a volunteer favorite! He is even-tempered, pleasant to others, and loves to sit on a volunteer’s lap and be snuggled! He is currently looking for his forever home with a family that will love him like the Alaqua family has loved him.

To adopt Oscar or any other animals at Alaqua, fill out an adoption form here.

For info, call 850-880-6399 or visit alaquaanimalrefuge.org

30A South Walton 1235022 10151926497440841 1820663928 n Free Spring Break Performances by The Repertory Theatre The Repertory Theatre, based in Seaside, continues to host wide a variety of excellent Spring Break season performances and workshops. Executive Director Brook Stetler said that he’s looking forward to a record-breaking year at the award-winning theatre company.

“Our Spring Break programs are staged in Seaside, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach and promise fun for all the family,” said Stetler. “All the performances are free thanks to the support of the Merchants of Rosemary Beach and Seaside, and the community of Alys Beach.”

The REP Theatre’s Spring Break line-up includes:

Alys Beach at Fonville Press

Adventures in Alys – 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, March 10th to April 9th at Alys Beach’s Fonville Press. Free for all ages.

At Adventures in Alys, watch as they create a new, one-of-a-kind Adventure in Alys, created by our audiences, and maybe even join in the stories yourself!

Intro to Improv – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Thursdays, March 13th to April 10th at Alys Beach’s Fonville Press. Free for all ages.

Take an introduction to improv comedy workshop with actors from The REP. These improv workshops are all about having fun and learning to think on your feet.

Seaside at The REP Theatre and the Lyceum

Theatre Camp (Ages 7-11) 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, March 11th to April 17th at The REP Theatre (216 Quincy Circle in Seaside). $20 per class or $50 for a 3 class pass.

Theatre Camp (Ages 12+) 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, March 11th to April 17th at The REP Theatre. $20 per class or $50 for a 3 class pass.

Do your kids love theatre and improv? Are they creative? Are they ready to have fun over spring break? Then have them join the The REP’s qualified improv instructors for Theatre Camp! Buy your tickets now at lovetherep.com.

30A South Walton 732 10151926615760841 2003067444 n Free Spring Break Performances by The Repertory Theatre Commedia Cinderella, 5:00 p.m., Mondays, March 10th to April 14th at Seaside’s Lyceum green area. Free for all ages.

The REP puts a slapstick spin on one of the world’s most famous fairy tales. Beautiful Cinderella is forced to work as a kitchen maid but she still has a chance to win the hand of the handsome Prince.

Rosemary Beach at North Barrett Square

Androcles and the Lion, 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays, March 19th to April 16th at Rosemary Beach’s North Barrett Square. Free for all ages.

A singing mouse, an escaped servant, and a hungry lion form an unlikely trio of friends whose bond is put to the test by an evil Emperor in this enchanting and heartwarming play.

For more info, check out the The Repertory Theatre‘s website.

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30A South Walton Laurie Hood Alaqua Animal Refuge Sip n Shop Event to Benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge on April 4th

Alaqua Animal Refuge’s Laurie Hood

The 4th Annual Sip n Shop is one fabulous day of shopping, eating, and of course, sipping… and it’s all for a fantastic cause.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is sponsoring this year’s event, which will be held at the bay-front LeCiel Ballroom on Friday, April 4th from 11am to 3pm.

Part of the big Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown weekend on April 4th and 5th, Sip n Shop brings together excellent wine, food, local businesses, designers and artists. All proceeds from the event will benefit the abused, neglected, and abandoned animals that are cared for every day at Alaqua Animal Refuge.

Since 2011, this annual event has raised over $1.6 million for Gulf Coast charities. Last year alone, the Throwdown event raised over $826,000.

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