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Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Walton County Coastal Branch Library Artist of the Month for February

Gray’s last little one left the nest for school in New York when Gray was in her early 50s. Her two girls had already left—they’re both married now with kids of their own...
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Friday, December 2nd, 2016

New Resort Features Work from Over a Dozen Emerald Coast Artists

Every aspect of the five-story 170-room beauty has been meticulously planned, and the art that is displayed throughout the property is no different. After a long and rigorous selection process, 13 local artists were chosen to create pieces specifically for...
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Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Artist Robin Wiesneth Does It Again

It’s been a few weeks, and my collection has grown to over 20 characters. My Mermutts are drinking red wine, white wine, beer and ...
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Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Oct. 29 and 30 at the Cultural Arts Village in Destin

The original Highwaymen were 26 self-taught African- American painters, who in the 1950s realized they couldn’t sell their work in white-owned galleries, so they took to the road selling their scenes of beaches, sea and wildlife for...
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Thursday, September 29th, 2016

"Rebel Light" Available Now as E-Book

The Niceville resident and Louisiana native is a graduate of LSU’s School of Journalism. After moving from the Atlanta area to Niceville, Turk retired from a career in food service sales and began her next career as a writer. Her work has appeared in a number of inspirational publications including...
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Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Beachcomberland Book Signings Coming Up

“The Little Lamb series places tools in the hands of our youth, teaching them acceptable behaviors in our current society,” says Lewis. “It relates to experiences we have all had and teaches children how to appropriately handle adversity, fear or differences in others..."
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Monday, December 9th, 2013

Read Them All!

“Reading…SWAG is like sitting on Granny’s porch swing eating a piece of pound cake with a sleeping cat wrapped around your ankles,” says syndicated columnist and author Celia Rivenbark. “You feel full, warm, and, most of all, grateful to be a Southerner..."
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Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Before taking pen to paper, Bethea was designing water and wastewater infrastructure around the south. Today, as a mother of four spirited boys and a licensed professional engineer in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, Bethea blends her scientific capabilities with creative attitude to write educational books for kids...
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Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Niceville's Therapeutic Riding Program

GRACE Rides started in 2008 working out of the Oak Heaven Stables equestrian facility in Niceville. The goal was to continue the good work of RACE (Riding for Adults and Children with Exceptionalities), Okaloosa County’s first therapeutic riding program...
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Still Better Than No Breath at All

It was a rustic place that had a bar with a huge boar’s head attached to it and peanut shells crunching on the floor when you walked in. Hog’s Breath also became popular with local college students in the summer and on holiday breaks...
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Friday, October 21st, 2016

Ann Perillo Reflects on 60-Plus Years

In 1973, Gerard and Ann bought the restaurant from Joseph—Eddie had left the restaurant business back in the late 1950s. Joe & Eddie’s Family Restaurant was located in downtown Fort Walton Beach until 2005, and the building was torn down in 2006. Gerard and Ann reopened in 2008 at 400 North Eglin Parkway...
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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

We Visit the Walter Anderson and Ohr-O'Keefe Galleries

On the other hand, studies show that an adventurous spirit invigorates and nourishes the soul. It keeps us young or at least young at heart. Optimists live longer and hardier lives. So why not step it up? Make your way to two fine art museums along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and add some creative oomph...
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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Amy Schumer, Dave Barry and Sparky

...a breezy and hilarious travelogue in which Barry visits some well-known and off-the-wall Sunshine State spots to hilarious effect, though I don’t know what kept him away from the Emerald Coast..
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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Seacrest Beach Eatery Is Now Part of Spell Restaurant Group

Submitted by Jill Tanner. Thanks, Jill!The Spell Restaurant Group has continued their aggressive growth strategy in the 30A area. The purchase of George's at Alys Beach and La Cocina Mexican Gril
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Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Over 330 Children Clothed in Okaloosa and Walton Counties

Submitted by Janna Morrison: The Junior League of the Emerald Coast (JLEC) is proud to announce the expansion of the Child Clothing Project. The Child Clothing Proje
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Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

By Steven A. Davies, Village Baptist Church, Destin

You may wonder if God cares about you, notices you or is aware of you. The prophet wrote that God cares, takes notice and is intimately aware of you. The declaration that the Lord God is in your midst tells us of His closeness to humanity. Whether it is the face of the super moon in the sky or...
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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Submitted by Vicki Kendall:Most people wouldn’t think that flip flops, sand and the beach equals church. Hope Lutheran Church, led by Pastor Jason Scheler, has been holding beach worship servic
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Friday, February 10th, 2017

Review by Zandra Wolfgram

From the opening scene of this sassy, sumptuous film in which a white police officer pulls his cruiser over to question three African-American ladies as they tinker with their stalled Chevy Impala, we get our first clue that these three musketeers are quite capable of fixing broken starters…and breaking social barriers...
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Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

A Wild Idea Comes to Fruition at Club LA in Destin

That's a wrap on the inaugural Kite Film Fest.It was a wild idea - hours of work, and more nerves than I care to admit - but we are on the other side of producing our first ever film festival.The
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Friday, October 7th, 2016

Appears in Critically Acclaimed "The Birth of a Nation"

...he moved to Atlanta and formed a rock ‘n’ roll band, Howlies, playing guitar (self-taught) and writing songs. A MySpace inquiry to Los Angeles record producer Kim Fowley led to Fowley’s request for a demo, which led to an invitation to record at Fowley’s home...
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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Submitted by Mary Riker:James Owens was Auburn University’s first African-American scholarship football player. He played on the varsity team from 1970 to 1972. He died on Saturday, March 26
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Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Plus 15 Solid Runners-Up

His portrayal of Lili Elbe, one of the first to attempt sex reassignment surgery, is filled with deep waters of surprise, terror, confusion, relief, joy, and ultimately heartbreak...
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Saturday, December 17th, 2016

A Visit to Rad Junk in Fort Walton Beach

In November, Nintendo released the NES Classic, a smaller version of the original Nintendo complete with 30 preloaded games. It sold out faster than anyone was prepared for, helping solidify that a growing, hungry market for older games and console systems exists...
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Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Where to Play - Tips and Tricks - and More

Destin has become the Pickleball Mecca of the Panhandle for players of all levels...
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Monday, December 5th, 2016

All-Star Show Also Features Tribute to Kenny Oliverio

The annual fundraiser concert at the REP Theatre is not just any concert— it is an outpouring of many of the top local musicians donating their talents to honor the music we all love. Past artists honored include Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Johnny Cash and...
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Something Extra Special for Bike Week

Mother’s Finest is a musician’s band—if you have dug into the genres of funk and ‘70s rock, you are likely a fan. The band members have made appearances on everything from Stevie Nicks tours to albums by southern rock mainstays like Blackfoot and Molly Hatchet.
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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

"...A Magical Performance..."

By the end of show, which was cut short by a looming lightning storm, Josh proved he is a force on the drums while Tyler captured the audience with his one-of-kind-style of rap while playing keyboards, ukulele and guitar at various points...
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Friday, November 4th, 2016

Local Musicians Salute Monday, Nov. 7 at 30A Songwriter Music & Coffee

My grandmother was a concert pianist, and her daughter—my mother—was always proud of the fact she could not only play the piano but also had perfect pitch. Most of her sons—my brothers—either picked up the ability to play an instrument or at least to categorize music...
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Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Two Days of Free Concerts by the Folks Behind the Hits

The Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour—presented by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in conjunction with Visit Florida and BMI— includes two full days of FREE concerts by the men and women behind the hits at Sandestin’s Village of Baytowne Wharf...
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Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Presenting Best New Artist at the Ninth Ever Beachcomber Music Awards

Like many entertainers, her first exposure to performing came through church. “I was five years old, and I still remember the moment,” says Steffens. “They thought it would be cute if I got up, and they handed me the mic and I literally never put it down from that point..."
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Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Performs in Downtown FoWal Sunday, Feb. 12

I am a full-time musician playing at AJ’s, Hog’s Breath, the Village of Baytowne Wharf, a few other venues, and private events. I love what I do and hope to continue this career throughout my life...
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Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas Tribute Show in Destin Dec. 15-23

HOME: Branson, Missouri. Originally from Los Angeles. AGE: Old enough to not tell anybody.  PROFESSION: Performer-producer. HOBBIES: Riding Harley-Davison
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Friday, December 2nd, 2016

"Music Brings People Together... It's Powerful."

I love playing with dogs, rollerblading along the beach, exercising, cooking. I can cook pretty impressive meals—I can confidently say that. I cooked ratatouille just like in the movie, and had my besties try it...
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Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

East Texas Transplant Talks Songwriting, Gigging in Paradise

The goal became “to build a fan base and lay some ground work so we can be there as much as we can and have some really fun shows come out of it..."
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Monday, February 13th, 2017

Three Local Couples Share the Secrets of Enduring Love

They were reunited at Kent State University when Dick ran into Janey’s mother at freshman orientation. He and Janey began dating again and...
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Discovering the Secret of Youth with the Henderson's Spa Expert

Does spending your day lounging in a spa sanctuary in the heart of a luxury hotel sound like a dream job to you? We sat down with one of the country’s most sought after spa experts to get to know her...
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Thursday, December 15th, 2016
Cayce Collins is busy. She’s the kind of person who has more energy than people are supposed to have. In addition to raising a family and training a devoted crowd of people to become more fit, Collins is carving out an unusual career in our tourist-driven area...
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Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Interviewed by Charles Morgan III

Destin Harvest has four refrigerated box trucks and picks up high volume food donations from retail grocers and restaurants in Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Santa Rosa Beach. The foods are harvested daily and distributed at no charge to nearly 40 feeding programs.,,
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Thursday, November 17th, 2016

After 10 Years, the Freeport No-Kill Shelter is Relocating and Expanding

"The new facility will have an environment reminiscent of a small town. There will be an expanded adoption center, new animal and educational exhibits, an enhanced medical facility, and multiple..."
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Monday, October 24th, 2016

Plus - How to Ugly Up for Halloween

FX is more than horror and gore. One of Dupré’s current projects is to create a realistic and well-fitting shell top for a mermaid performer. He has also donated his talents to area events like Navarre High School’s production of The Little Mermaid...
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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Tickets and Lodging Packages Available Now

This fall, guests who stay at WaterColor Inn during MountainFilm on Tour can take advantage of the festival package, which includes two nights in a beachfront guest room at WaterColor Inn, as well as two complimentary tickets to both nights of the event.
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Monday, August 18th, 2014

Santa Rosa Beach Author Takes on Social Justice in the New South

Semerad was born in Geneva, Alabama, but now makes her home in Santa Rosa Beach with husband Larry, spoiled Shih Tzu P-Nut and wayward cat Miss Kitty. She earned a journalism degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta and has worked as a newspaper reporter, broadcaster, columnist and editor...
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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Running of the Bulls Winners and More

HarborWalk Village hosted a two-day Cinco de Mayo Fiesta full of entertaining activities May 3 and 4. Saturday night was celebrated with pub crawlers dancing the Salsa, Bachata an
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Monday, October 17th, 2016

Oct. 21-Nov. 6 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin

“In the play, two people meet and fall in love. What happens next? We learn that things cannot be predicted absolutely. We must value the time we have because we don’t know the real consequences of our choices. Perhaps, in a parallel universe, someone like them or us exists and has simultaneously chosen differently.
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Friday, August 19th, 2016

Return Engagement in Niceville This November

Submitted by Sylvia Bryan. Thanks, Sylvia!America’s premier comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be performing his signature stand-up routine at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceviile Friday,
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Monday, July 11th, 2016

"A Funny Thing..." at Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, July 13-16

Submitted by Sylvia Bryan. Thanks, Sylvia!There’s comedy, and then there’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - the gaudy, bawdy musical that’s a romp through ancient Rom
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Monday, July 4th, 2016
Honest, heartfelt acting is cathartic, as Aristotle said. When we see a person living truthfully on stage, we see the world through that character’s eyes. Suddenly we are no longer one person individually, we are people in a community that thrives on relationships...
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