30A South Walton photo 21 Chris Alvarados Vinyl Album Release Party

It’s time to Boogie!

Chris Alvarado is releasing his new album, Home, at Williams Backyard Boogie this Thursday, May 2 at 6:30pm.

Other local favorites including Kelsey Anna and Scott Rockwood will also perform. Ticket prices are $20 and include a copy of the album on CD. Food plates will also be available for $10 from Grayt Catering. Tickets can be purchased at any Forrest Williams show, at Central Square Records, or by calling (850) 502-6448.

Releasing an album on vinyl has always been a dream for Alvarado, and he was able to achieve it with the help of his fans through a project on Kickstarter.com. His first album, Chris Alvarado, was released in 2012 and can be found on ITunes, Pandora Radio, and other online retailers.

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30A South Walton EW Aerial 1024x682 Famous Elephant Walk Restaurant Returns to Sandestin

Elephant Walk at Sandestin

Longtime locals are celebrating the return of the famous Elephant Walk restaurant to Sandestin’s shores.

Featuring fresh local seafood brought in daily from Destin Ice, Elephant Walk still offers their signature dish, Grouper Elizabeth, along with new creations by Chef Mike McAnulla including Shrimp and Grits, Pepper Crusted Seared Tuna, Sauteed Red Snapper, Fruitti De Mare, steaks and more. A diverse wine list and specialty cocktails also make the Elephant Walk’s deck the perfect happy hour spot for visitors coming off the beach (or locals finishing their work day).

“We are excited to bring back the tradition of Elephant Walk to Sandestin,” said Co-owner Tom Rice. “The restaurant has not only a stunning location overlooking the Gulf, but holds so many treasured memories for locals and visitors alike.”

The second level of Elephant Walk (known as the “Governor’s Attic”) offers groups semi-private dining for approximately 40-50 guests. Still undergoing redevelopment, the Governor’s Attic will be available for reservations in early May.

Elephant Walk is now open daily at 5pm. For reservations, call 850-267-4800 or visit elephantwalkatsandestin.com.


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Thanks to VISIT FLORIDA® (The State of Florida’s Official Tourism Office) for promoting The 30A Card!

Barefoot BBQ

HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY to Barefoot BBQ in Seaside! To celebrate, they graciously donated 10% of their total sales on 4/23/13 to Angela Ragsdale’s charity fundraiser.

Thanks to Wyndham Vacation Rentals for promoting The 30A Card!

30A South Walton Screen shot 2013 04 18 at 5.39.34 AM Junior Lifeguard Program Offered by South Walton Fire District

Our South Walton Fire District will host a Junior Lifeguard Program from June 18th through July 18th. The program is designed to help promote and develop our future lifeguards, to foster good sportsmanship, to enable youth to meet other people with similar interests, and most importantly, TO HAVE FUN!

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Help a great cause with a small donation and you could win this brand new $1,500 30A YOLO Board!

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30A Yoga Teacher Angela Ragsdale

30A yoga teacher Angela Ragsdale is joining hundreds of other yogis around the globe to raise $1 million to help educate and protect people in the Ecuadorian Amazon from the devastating effects being caused by rapid deforestation.

“Living here during the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster made me realize just how huge the economic impact of any natural disaster can be on locals,” said Ragsdale. “People in Ecuador are having to walk away from their homes and businesses every day as a result of accelerating deforestation, and Off The Mat wants to help change the momentum.”

Ragsdale said that Off The Mat selects a different charity to support each year, but because of the BP Oil Spill, the plight of the Ecuadorian tribes really spoke to her. Ragsdale said that if she raises $20,000, she will travel into the heart of the Amazon rainforest with other volunteers for several weeks to help, as well as to see first-hand how the funds are being used to create positive change.

“We were very blessed here in Walton County that the BP oil spill didn’t have an even greater impact,” said Ragsdale. “But this disaster is happening right now, and many of the people there simply don’t know what to do, or have anyone to help them. I want to share my blessings, and then come back to share the story of their daily struggle to survive.”

The 30A YOLO Board raffle costs $25 for 1 chance to win, $50 for 3 chances and $100 for 10 chances. The random drawing will be held on July 4th, and you do not need to be present to win. 100% of all online donations go directly to Off The Mat, and are tax-deductible.

Click here now to make a donation for your chance to WIN!

30A’s Favorite Cowboy — Bryan Kennedy — is here from Nashville and he’s playing a special show on Wednesday night from 7-11pm at Marie’s Bistro in Blue Mountain Beach!