Thanks to 30A fan Patti Westbrook for sharing this story:

<< One morning last week my five year old great niece mentioned to her Mom that she wanted to see some sea turtles. She has learned about the sea turtles from her parents through books and videos and knows that it is our responsibility to protect them. That very day, the short video of the Sea Turtle heading back into the gulf was posted on your 30A Facebook page so I shared it with my niece, who of course, watched it with her children. Afterward, Maddie drew her version of the Sea Turtles and their nest. She drew a Momma and Daddy turtle because in her world, Momma and Daddy do things together. She drew the eggs in the sand, Mom and Dad heading back to the water and a little flag to let the public know to protect the baby eggs and stay clear. She even named the mom and Dad but don’t ask me their names! Looks like Lawlee and Patchegux maybe. I have attached it here. I hope you all enjoy it! >>

30A South Walton The Pearl 810 Win a 30A 10K Thanksgiving Vacation Including 3 Nights at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach!

The Pearl at Rosemary Beach

You could win a FREE Thanksgiving Holiday Package including 4 tickets to the 30A 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run + a 3-night stay at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach on Nov. 27, 28 & 29 + a $50 gift certificate to The Pearl’s Havana Beach restaurant!

Last year, this family-friendly event raised $18,000 for Donations4Danny, a charity that supports the medical needs of South Walton fireman Danny Margagliano, who was paralyzed in an accident. This year, the goal is to raise TWICE that amount, all to benefit three local charities: Donations 4 DannyFood for Thought Outreach and Lighthouse Family Retreat.

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Deadline to Enter: August 1, 2013

30A South Walton South Walton Fashion Week 896x1024 South Walton Fashion Week Seeks Aspiring DesignersA mecca of design, South Walton is already quite famous for its extraordinary architecture, interior designs and for the birth of New Urbanism including towns such as Seaside, Rosemary Beach, WaterColor and Alys Beach.

Now, the inaugural South Walton Fashion Week plans to showcase South Walton’s unique eye for fashion and style.

Held on October 11-13, 2013 in Grand Boulevard’s Town Center at Sandestin, South Walton Fashion Week is a three day series of dynamic fashion events showcasing premier clothing boutiques and talented local designers, including a regional fashion design competition featuring selected emerging designers on the runway in an exclusive show dedicated to their designs.

While South Walton usually conjures images of sunglasses, swimsuits and straw hats — all the while attracting such fashionistas like Katie Holmes, India Hicks, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Simpson — this scenic area now strives for a place on the fashion map with this inaugural fashion week full of dynamic events.

30A South Walton Screen shot 2013 07 01 at 8.32.14 AM South Walton Fashion Week Seeks Aspiring Designers

Cassie McConnell Kelley

Designers may apply for the “Emerging Designers Show” beginning on June 15, 2013 through August 31, 2013. Applications must be submitted at swfw.org.

Celebrity judges include Cassie McConnell Kelley, author of style blog Womanista and wife of Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley.

Proceeds from the event will go to The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County to help fund their Educational Giving Program, which provides much-needed dollars to Walton County teachers for art supplies, books and other supplements in their classroom, along with need-based student art scholarships and college scholarships.

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30A South Walton A. Wickey Studio Gallery Grand Opening Event 7 11 A. Wickey Studio Gallery Celebrates Grand Opening in Seacrest

Pictured L to R: Christon Anderson, Juan Francisco Adaro, Allison Wickey, Mary Hong, Cody Copeland, Gaelle Le Goff, Kristina Woolf and Justin Lyons

Locals and visitors gathered on Thursday, July 11th to celebrate the grand opening of the expanded A. Wickey Studio-Gallery in the Village of South Walton in Seacrest Beach.

The event included highlights from locally-owned businesses including music from Sinfonia violinist Kate Kelley, food by Raw & Juicy, draught beer from Grayton Beer Company and wine from Krutz Family Cellars (co-owner Bryan Krutz and his family are full time 30A residents).

The new gallery features 2,000 square feet of space where visitors can peruse the diverse work of 10 different artists while also witnessing the creation of original work as the space also serves as Allison Wickey’s artist studio. In addition to the gallery, the space includes a kiosk in the nearby Peddlers Pavilion featuring small art including jewelry, accessories and clothing.

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30A South Walton bbq Praise The Lard for The Perfect Pig Gourmet Market in Seagrove

It’s all about the slow roasted pig

By Susan Benton, 30Aeats.com

Vickie and Jeff Miller are no strangers to the restaurant industry as they have spent the last thirty years in the food business as either a franchisee or franchisor, with names such as Pizza Hut, Denny’s, and Lee’s Chicken under their belts.

Last summer the couple decided to take on the trendy food truck business, but by law found they needed a commissary — a place to store and prepare food. Complying, they opened The Perfect Pig food truck, restaurant and commissary at The Market Shops of Sandestin.

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30A South Walton Bill Evett Bill Evetts Path Along 30A Both Musical and Spiritual

Bill Evett

By Danny Burns

Born and raised in Baltimore to a musical family, Bill Evett was surrounded by music in his childhood years. His maternal grandparents were in Vaudeville and his parents, Bill and June, followed in their footsteps as half of The Bill Evett Quartet. His mother, influenced by her time on the road as an entertainer, discouraged him from pursuing a full time career in music. She suggested he acquire a teaching degree and just play music on the weekends.

He eventually took her advice, though it took a few years. When he was playing in a band doing shows along the east coast, he met Betsy, the woman who would eventually become his wife. She also encouraged him to go back to school. She knew that starving for a cause would not satisfy the needs of their soon-to-be family. It took him a few tries to make it through college.

“I dropped out three times ‘cause I’d get a gig and I’d be gone,” said Evett.

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30A South Walton Sandestin Wine Festival Gives Back to Community 1 1024x739 Sandestin Wine Festival Donates Over $50,000 to Local Charities

From L to R: Sara Becnel, Alan Meyers, Lanier Motes and Kim Henderson

The Sandestin Wine Festival — one of the top wine festivals in the country — recently donated more than $50,000 to local charities and philanthropic causes. The news was announced during a press event at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Village Special Event Manager Lanier Motes presented a $33,000 check to Kim Henderson, Executive Director of Fisher House of the Emerald Coast; and a $21,000 check to Sara Becnel, board member of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids.

“This year was a record year, and we appreciate the support of the community, leading wine distributors and other valued partners,” said Motes.

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Slightly Stuck

Truman’s Monday morning commute ended up a bit like this…. But after a quick bath, he’s ready for a fun week ahead!