Local Russell Stegemann pilots The 30A Flyer high over the South Walton skies…

unnamed (3)Walton County‘s abundant foliage and flowering plants have inspired many artists of every persuasion, many of whom belong to the Walton County Art League.

Throughout the month of January, the Coastal Branch Library will feature works by members of the Walton County Art League, including Debbie Baker, Pat Black, Charlie Day, Nancy Drake, Louise Griffith, Sue Grimes, Jan Hannon, Charles Hinson, Lola Houchins, Barb Kellogg, Suzanne Leloup-West, Helga C. Letourneau, Eloise Elaine Schneider, Kristinia Perry, Ann Tucker and Jacqueline Wagoner.

The league will also participate in the Book and Blooms event that is scheduled for January 25th from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Coastal Branch Library.

unnamed (2)The Books and Blooms show will be held in conjunction with the Master Gardener’s Club and, in keeping with the theme, will present works in landscapes and florals to compliment the arrangements presented by the Master Gardeners.

The Books and Blooms event will be hosted by the Friends of the Walton Coastal Library and the Green Thumb Garden Club of Walton County. The event will include a silent auction, raffles, a mini book sale, gift shop and floral design demonstrations by Marie Harrison.

For more info, check out the Coastal Branch Library’s website.

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sofie-100x100By Sofie Daiberl

Most parents ask, “Are you hungry?” when they should be asking, “Do you want pizza?” Well, Pizza By The Sea has all of that to offer to you – pizza, sandwiches, salads, and more.

But could this day get any better? Well, I think it just did. Giant pizza slices, all different kinds, cheese, pepperoni, and more delicious choices to choose from and only for 1-2 dollars – wow now that’s cheap! Well, let’s move on to baked sandwiches.

My favorite sandwich is the Hammy Sammy.

They also have on offer the “Caesar Chicken Sandwich” and the sizzling “Pepperoni and Cheese Sandwich.”

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Screen Shot 2013-12-28 at 7.00.50 PMThe South Walton Fire District is hosting their inaugural Polar Bear Plunge at Ed Walline Park (just across the street from Gulf Place) on New Year’s Day.

The frigid dash into the Gulf will be this Wednesday at 11:00 am. In the event of Red Flag Conditions, the plunge will relocate to Gulf Place’s Community Park Pool.

There will be a beach bonfire –courtesy of Beach Bonfires by Kenny — to help warm up anyone who dares to dip into our winter waters. A $20 donation is kindly requested, with all proceeds benefiting the South Walton Fire District. The event is sponsored by Coastal Insurance Agency and The Merchants of Gulf Place.

For more info, email Sammy Sanchez or Dave Swift and watch the SWFD Facebook page for Polar Bear updates.

Susan-Vallee-100x100By Susan Vallee

Local Catch TacosLocal fish. It’s the Holy Grail of fine dining here on 30A. Aside from wondering exactly which fish is in season at any given moment, one of the most popular questions heard around these parts is where to go for the best local fish.

Have you tried Local Catch? Located in Blue Mountain Beach, the owners of this little restaurant take fresh fish seriously. They named the restaurant Local Catch for goodness sake!

“We opened because we felt we had a special concept that no one else could offer in our area,” said owner Jimmy Hasser. “Our fish is truly local and fresh. We use only local companies for our seafood and produce.”

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