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Walton County History with Story and Song – Historian Ronnie McBrayer

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Walton County History with Story and Song – Historian Ronnie McBrayer

Wednesday, February 5
10:00 am

Coastal Branch Library
437 Greenway Trail
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459



Walton County Coastal Library sponsors “Winter Community Programs” Wednesdays, Jan 8th – March 4th 2020 at 10:00 am. Winter Community Programs are designed for our adult community and families having educational and entertaining value while learning about our community and neighbors. Sponsored by Friends of Coastal Library. For more information please call Linda Thompson (850) 267-2809, Coastal Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. We are located behind the South Walton Government/Education Complex on HWY 331 South. Free for the public with limited seating. www.youseemore.com/walton/coastal

January 8, 2020

Film Screening Documentary – Southwest FL Mangrove Coast – Nic Stoltzfus and Elam Stolzfus

“Southwest Florida’s Mangrove Coast” is a documentary featuring the 40 year history of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and displays the nature and beauty of southwest Florida. Produced by Emmy award-winning cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus, the film delves into the scientific work being done at Rookery Bay on mangroves, pythons, sea turtles, and other species. Land managers, scientists, and local partners discuss potential threats to the region as well as what is being done to protect southwest Florida’s mangrove coast for future generations. Elam Stoltzfus is the founder of Live Oak Production Group. Originally born Amish in Lancaster, PA, Elam moved to Florida, got his degree in media production at Florida State University, and decided to focus his camera on Florida. For over thirty years he has been documenting the wilds of Florida. During this time, he has produced eight feature-length films: Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of FloridaApalachicola River: An American TreasureThe Big Cypress Swamp: The Western EvergladesKissimmee Basin: The Northern EvergladesFlorida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Everglades to OkefenokeeCoastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald CoastThe Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles and South Florida’s Mangrove Coast. Collectively, these films won 16 Tellys, 3 Davies, and one Emmy, and all of them have been featured on public television.

January 15, 2020

Songwriter Musician – Tanya Gallagher

Tanya Gallagher will speak and play music. A Pensacola, Florida native—who once interned for NASA—practices cartography, turning geographic information into maps for Santa Rosa County, where she resides. By night, she pens the kind of soulful, folk-inflected pop songs that comprise her new EP, One Hand On My Heart. “When I describe myself as a scientist and a songwriter, I think people immediately assume there must be this right brain-left brain dichotomy between these two passions but for me they’re almost symbiotic. I don’t think I could have one without the other,” she says. Case in point: Gallagher wrote all of the songs on One Hand On My Heart while she was pursuing a PhD in forestry in Vancouver.  Heartbroken after a split with her longtime boyfriend, she nearly found the stress of academia too much to take. “Had it not been for music, I don’t think I would have made it through my PhD,” says Gallagher. “There were so many times I wanted to quit.” Instead, she found a healthy outlet in songwriting. Within a year, she had over 200 songs. “When it comes to songwriting, she’s just a machine,” says Cooper Heffley (Maren Morris), who plays drums on the EP.

January 22, 2020

Historian – The Old East Pass and the Lighthouse Keepers- Hank C. Klein

Destin historian and author Hank Klein tells the story of the OLD East Pass – the inlet from the Gulf of Mexico to Choctawhatchee Bay located at Destin, Florida. Its location has changed over the years from a narrow, crooked, shifting and sometimes shallow inlet to the wonderful deep water inlet and the harbor that we enjoy today. Learn about the lights that used to guide mariners into the old pass and the Destin fisherman who were its light keepers. Destin fisherman also moved south to become lighthouse keepers of other lighthouses and one keeper even came to his death in a murder that has been unsolved to this day. H. C. “Hank” Klein has long been interested in the history of Destin, Florida, and the genealogy of his father-in-law’s and mother-in-law’s families (Marler and Shirah). Both came from pioneer Destin families and both were related to Leonard Destin, the original founder of Destin, Florida.

January 29, 2020

Principal Harpist – Katie Ott

Katie Ott will give a performance and a brief history of the harp that will explain the evolution from the Egyptian lyre into the modern marvelous instrument we know and love today!  Ms. Ott is Principal Harpist at Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and Principal Harpist at Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. The morning will also include demonstrations of special techniques and a mini recital of French and contemporary music. http://www.katieott.com/orchestral-resume/

February 5, 2020

Walton County History with Story and Song – Historian Ronnie McBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer is author of Wild, Wild, Walton and Down by the Riverside. He will be speaking of local Walton County history with story and song. The beautiful sugar-white beaches of the Florida Panhandle are the result of erosion scientists say. A Florida sand dune we’re told, was once a mountaintop in Georgia but over time that mountain washed all the way down to the sea. Before making his home in Walton County, Florida, Ronnie was a Georgian born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Today having washed down to the sea, he is the author of multiple books and publications, a local pastor, a musician, playwright and a nationally syndicated columnist.

February 12, 2020 

Author – Dr. Prudence Farrow Bruns

Prudence Bruns will speak and amaze the audience. Bruns studied Transcendental Meditation ™ with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India at the same time as the Beatles. She was so dedicated to the practice, she locked herself in her room to focus. Her act inspired John Lennon to write a song encouraging her to come out and play called, “Dear Prudence”. Prudence is so inspired to teach TM to as many people as are interested. You can study with her today at her institute in Florida. She has recently published her novel, Dear Prudence, The Story Behind the Song”.

February 19, 2020 

Bruce Collier as Winston Churchill

WINSTON CHURCHILL: THROUGH THE STORM, is a re-enactment written by Bruce Collier. He will share the highlights of the event taking place late in the evening of July 23, 1945 in Potsdam, Germany at the site of a summit conference of the victorious Allies and following the defeat of Nazi Germany, the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill has just hosted a banquet for U.S. President Harry Truman and Soviet Generalissimo Josef Stalin. He is about to return to England to learn the results of a parliamentary election which will determine whether or not he will return to the conference as Britain’s war leader and help plan both the defeat of Japan and the balance of power in the post-war world. Over brandy and cigars he reminisces about his personal and public life, the war, and the possible future. Bruce is originally from Dayton, Ohio, where he graduated from Wright State University with a B.F.A. in Theatre. He also has a J.D. from Tulane law School in New Orleans, where he practiced law as a public defender. Bruce has acted professionally in Ohio, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and in New York, where his original play “Tarts” was produced at the Courtyard Playhouse in Greenwich Village. Locally he has acted at The Seaside Repertory Theatre and Emerald Coast Theatre Company, where “Through the Storm” had its world premiere.

February 26, 2020  

Chick Huettel – History of Walton County Sheriff’s Posse

This presentation covers the early 1800’s up to today’s modern Posse history. It was a past of dedicated lawmen, coupled with violence and quick justice. The era of cattle rustling, lynching, thieves, killers and bootleggers comes to life in this slide presentation presented by members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Posse. This presentation is adult material.

March 4, 2020

Ted Talk FSU Speakers – Erica Averion and Libby Fisher

Their talk will surprise you! It will nudge you to consider your stance on how we engage with those who have criminal backgrounds in our communities and warm your heart with redemptive proof that it’s never too late to do the right thing. Libby Fisher and Erica Averion don’t believe anyone wants to be known for the worst thing they have ever done. That is why they spend much of the margins of their life serving and working with those who have criminal backgrounds. As criminal justice reform advocates, they are both actively engaged in serving within rehabilitative programs within the Florida Department of Corrections some of which include Faith & Character and Re-Entry dorms. Much of their service/work in the criminal justice arena is gaining ground in Florida as they strive to engage leaders in the stories and realities of Restorative Justice-Responsibility-Rehabilitation-and Reintegration that motivate us all to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly.

Program brochures will be available at the Coastal library and the schedule will be posted on the Walton County Coastal Calendar website at www.youseemore.com/walton/coastal.  Winter Community Programs begin at 10:00 am Jan 8th – March 4th on Wednesdays.  Sponsored by Friends of Coastal Branch Library. Please consider joining Coastal Friends Group to support your community library. For more information please call Linda Thompson, Coastal library at (850) 267-2809.

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