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Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Congrats Francisco Adaro, Julia Vanover, et al.

The CAA and Howard Hospitality invited area visual artists to submit 2D works to be displayed throughout the Hyatt Place’s construction phase as part of the CAA’s Art in Public Spaces program...
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Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Awards Over $10,000

On a sunny fall weekend, the Emerald Coast arts scene sparkled a little brighter as 31 local and regional artists who ventured to the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast to ex
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Thursday, October 5th, 2017

New CHROMA 30A Gallery, National Spotlight, and Who Knows What's Next

Broaderick’s love of watercolor is evident in the transparent luminosity of her energetic, layered oil paintings. Broaderick deftly captures the essence of her subjects with bold use of clean color and light created with loose brushstrokes resulting in fresh, energetic, relatable pieces...
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Saturday, September 30th, 2017
After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.A. teaching degree in both Fine Arts and Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Vienot taught art and coached girls’ swimming and girls’ she will be teaching at...
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Thursday, August 31st, 2017

On Exhibit at Walton County Coastal Library in September

She also loves dogs and has been accepted into ArtPrize 9, the largest juried art show in the world, representing 40 countries. Newhouse’s love of art and dogs has inspired her to create a wonderful blend of bright psychedelic colors in her animal portraits...
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Saturday, August 19th, 2017

"I Want to Share My Passion with the World"

Hong, who is based on the Emerald Coast, owns and operates the original Mary Hong Gallery located in the Shops of Grayton in Grayton Beach, and recently has expanded the Shard Shop, her make-your-own-art boutique, from the original Grayton Beach location to the Paradise Isle Shopping Center in Destin and on famed Magazine Street in New Orleans...
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Friday, August 4th, 2017

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Event Set for Oct. 28 + 29 in Destin

The Zacks are always up for new adventures and creative challenges, and they love to try out new art techniques, so they are familiar with “firsts.” But being selected as the 2017 Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Festival of the Arts poster contest winners was one first that surprised even them...
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Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

A 30A Coloring Book for the Ages... and All Ages

“I was drawn to (the Nashville book) and wanted to buy it for someone, but realized that most of the people I love have a connection to 30A more so than Nashville,” Ms. Tabor says. She reached out to the creator of the Nashville book to see if they could work together, but they were focused on other projects...
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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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Monday, November 6th, 2017
Ladies Night Out…Downtown is a progressive event that starts at a downtown business, makes stops at other downtown businesses, and ends up at DeFrance Antiques at 230 Eglin Parkway. Participants pick up a stamp card at any participating business and collect stamps at the other businesses involved...
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Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Tricks, Treasures and Pirates Oct. 31

Parents and their little goblins can stroll through the Boardwalk for numerous candy stops and kidfriendly carnival games complete with prizes. Little ones will also receive some treasure for completing the special Boardwalk Treasure Map and redeem “Kids Eat Free” coupons valid at all participating restaurants.
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Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

By Alita Feek

I discovered the Shalimar Library upon moving here in 2016. As a librarian who is also a military spouse, my first task when relocating—after getting the lights and water turned on—is to join the local library. Finding the Shalimar Library was a fantastic surprise...
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Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Corn Bed Wallowing and More with Alita Feek

Then we made our way to the giant corn bin. I had never seen one of these before, and let me tell you, it’s exactly what it sounds like—a giant bin full of dried corn for children to play in, to run and jump in, and to wallow in. There was a lot of wallowing...
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Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Hands-On and Up-Close Educational Experiences

Alongside museum exhibits, the Science Center also hosts on-site and in-school programming. From the mobile planetarium to home school workshops and in-house field trips, learning opportunities abound. For more information about educational programs, visit...
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Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

By Lauren Sage Reinlie

The far infrared heat travels three inches into the skin, warming muscles and tissues and increasing blood flow. The reported therapeutic and health benefits are wide-ranging—it can help your heart and blood pressure, immune system, arthritis, diabetes, pain, sleep, skin, weight management and even with reducing risk of and healing from cancer...
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Thursday, August 10th, 2017

By Samantha Lambert

...they have been at the Fort Walton Beach Farmers Market for four years now and were among the first vendors. You can pick up eggs, apple butter, wild honey and blue water berry honey, and you can order meats from them. Lindsey is a beekeeper who has 100 beehives and is also a master gardener...
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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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Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Plus Our Favorite Books of 2017

The premise of this dystopian/post-apocalyptic novel is that evolution is starting to go backwards—women are having babies of an earlier human species, often to the detriment of the mother’s life. In order to preserve the human race as they know it, the government is...
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Monday, November 20th, 2017

Reviews by Bruce Collier and Marilu Morgan

What did Julia Child, A.J. Liebling, M.F.K. Fisher, Richard Olney, Alexis Lichine and Alice B. Toklas have in common? All lived a significant time in Paris, loved cooking, eating and writing about French food and wine, and tried with varying success to earn their living doing one or all three...
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Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Reviews by Bruce Collier and Marilu Morgan

The book is primarily about two women—Elena Richardson, an upper class mother who has lived in Shaker her entire life and adheres to an ideology of always playing by the rules; and Mia Warren, a vagabond artist and single mother with a mysterious past...
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Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Reviews by Bruce Collier, Jane Morgan and Ronald Larsen

Grisham drops the reader right into the action as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original manuscripts are stolen from Princeton University’s underground vault. This story follows Mercer Mann, a novelist with money troubles and writer’s block who was recently laid off from her university teaching position...
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Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Reviews by Bruce Collier and Marilu Morgan

After the scandal, the Congressman gets to continue his life just as before, but Aviva’s reputation is ruined—her past is revealed every time a potential employer performs a Google search of her name. Seeing no other options, Aviva...
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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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Saturday, December 16th, 2017

More at Claytoonz.com

“I published it months ago, and it still pops up tagging me on Twitter just about every other day. It made the Los Angeles Times, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning colleague even sent me a message about it..."
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Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Bank Donates Truckload of Food to At-Risk Children

The First National Bank & Trust Team helped the kids living at Children in Crisis by donating a truckload of food. Thanks to the generous donation, the kids l
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Friday, September 8th, 2017

Save the Date - Take a Kid Fishing Day is Nov. 5

Harbor Docks Charities would like to thank their sponsors who made these events possible, auction item donors, and everyone who participated in these events. Because of these generous people, Harbor Docks will treat over 350 underprivileged children...
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Monday, February 27th, 2017

Kelley Fuller and Friends Raise Thousands for Locals in Need

"...called up five of my girlfriends from Navarre through Miramar Beach and said, ‘Hey, do y’all want to give this a shot?’ and they said, ‘Let’s do it...’”
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Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Meet the FWB Native Behind the Humanitarian Relief Organization

Phillips grew up in the First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach. It was around age 40 that he was inspired by a missionary who had come to speak to the congregation...
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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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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

By Samantha Lambert

At the time, Sehman was running another restaurant-bar and struggling to manage two places at the same time. After working 18 days in a row, he said to himself, “I have been to hell and back.” Shortly after that, he heard Lance Armstrong on sports radio...
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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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Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Parker Willingham Celebrates Album Release at Al's Beach Club July 26

Submitted by Jordan Hicks:Niceville native and country singer Parker Willingham takes the stage at Al's Beach Club on Okaloosa Island to celebrate the release of his debut album You Get Me Every Ti
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Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Plus Our Favorite Movies and TV of 2017

YouTube is a video sea of cute puppies, silly juvenile pranks, long-winded confessions and glam gurus caking their faces with obscene amounts of makeup. Still, there are excellent, highly entertaining videos to be found here, and Casey Neistat’s are among the absolute best...
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Sunday, November 26th, 2017

Reviews by Jane Morgan and Joni Williams

This docuseries has been described as a look behind the making of the Foos’ music, and it is. But it’s also so much more. The cameras roll as the band descriptively traces the evolution of America’s diverse music scene while touring from city to city...
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Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Reviews by Jane Morgan and Joni Williams

I don’t enjoy movies filled with battle scenes, and I won’t even pretend I’m intellectually sophisticated enough to like subtitles. But although this movie is filled with both, I found myself compelled to watch from start to finish...
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Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Reviews by Jane Morgan and Joni Williams

Mindy Kaling’s sitcom remains one of the best romantic comedies on TV. Over the past five seasons, it has seen her character Mindy Lahiri through her career as an OB/GYN in New York, multiple complicated relationships, and motherhood...
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Friday, December 15th, 2017

Second Mini-Festival Happening Dec. 17 at Seaside

She got her start in church singing as part of the choir, and things began to fall into place when her sister’s Christmas gift caught her eye. “I was in my 20s, and my sister had gotten a pink electric glitter guitar for Christmas and she was totally not into it..."
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Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Heart's Ann Wilson - Lee Ann Womack - Steve Earle - Emmylou Harris - Tommy Stinson - Mike Reid - Kathy Mattea - and Lots More

Plus—John Driskell Hopkins, Bob Schneider, The Secret Sisters, Webb Wilder, Bonnie Bishop, Seth Walker, Elise Davis, Kevn Kinney, Daphne Willis, Tommy Talton, Sugarcane Jane, The Mulligan Brothers, Adron, Tom Gray, Liz Longley, Grayson Capps,...
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Friday, May 19th, 2017

Tributes from Donnie Sundal, Scott Rockwood, Mike Ingram and More

“I was absolutely blown away, as well as a little confused,” says Thomas. “I had never heard anything like this or ever would. This was not only an album but a moment of musicians performing as if their lives depended on it..."
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Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Nonstop Live Music on the Beachcomber and 99Rock Stages April 8

As always, the event won’t have a dull moment over the course of the 14-hour day. Eleven bands and an opening jam will alternate between two stages to keep the party going...
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Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Plus Greta Van Fleet, Chasing Lovely, Heather Newman

This sister duo is the hallmark of the direction pop-folk is taking. It’s airy with ambient rock instrumentation to elevate emotional swells, while fearlessly tackling relatable topics on the journey to self-discovery. Under all those descriptions are two lovely young women forging their way onto the music scene with heart and words of wisdom...
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Monday, November 20th, 2017

Save the Date - Record Store Day Black Friday is Nov. 24

The cover pictures one holding her viola like a best pal, the other hoisting her fiddle like a gunslinger taking aim. The duo (with side musicians including “Ensemble Appassionato”) hits all 16 tracks running. They joyously attack every piece on their play list, which includes Brahms...
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Monday, November 6th, 2017

Plus - MyBrothaVan, The Church, Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile

The Church’s outspoken lead singer begrudges the band’s ‘80s hit single “Under the Milky Way.” As the story goes, he fears the song’s universal popularity and longevity overshadows the band’s capabilities. But for many of us, that song is why we continue to follow the band down through the years...
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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Plus Michael J Thomas, The War on Drugs, Peter Bernstein

There seems to be a wonderful thing happening with bands. They are throwing out the rulebooks that are carefully crafted by suits and industry insiders to make genre-bending gems. Pensacola’s Chainsaw Kelly melds bluesy soul, bluegrass charm, and rock sensibilities into a certain kind of southern magic...
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Saturday, November 18th, 2017

"Our Community Is Just Incredible!"

Armed with his guitar and an easy, comforting voice, Hall was the perfect antidote to a 40-hour week. The set consisted mostly of Hall’s own creations sprinkled with a few covers. His music was pitched well to the audience. The selections were easy to listen to, and they asked little from the crowd...
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Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Dannica Lowery on the Duo's Recent Trip to Nashville and More

If you are lucky enough to know Lowery on a personal level, she is quick to smile, honest, and always aims to be the best version of herself. But during the vocal scare, she took to Facebook and let everyone in a bit more...
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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Son of Legend Duke Makes His Own Mark on the Local Music Scene

“I have always been around (music),” TK says. “With my dad being Duke Bardwell, my earliest memories are being in Louisiana when he was working a couple of jobs and was actively playing. My perception was that he was playing all the time, and we would often go with him..."
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Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Plus - The Good Lookings "Day Like This" Music Video

On the home front, I’ve taken a bit of a dive into the restaurant business. My wife decided she wanted to expand her small Gulf Breeze cafe into a larger restaurant, so we invested a lot of time learning about business plans, managerial accounting, demographics and financing...
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Saturday, October 7th, 2017

"No Rookies Involved" with Pensacola Metal Band

“Dark Star Coven has been together for about three years,” begins Reneaux. “Guns to Fire had broken up, which was like a punk band with D. Ed Lee and Blackie (Blackwell) in it, and at the time I was in Wulfshroud and ended up joining them after Wulfshroud kind of imploded..."
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Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Beachcomber Music Award Winner on His New Album and More

In fact, I just listened to them on a Lafayette radio station this morning. We were inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2013, and we’re working on our fourth studio album now...
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Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Up Close and Personal with Hunter and Tony

Now that we all know what is not so secretly on Verrecchia’s Christmas list, let’s celebrate how Heritage began recording in 2008 and playing shows in 2009. Ten years as a band is far from something to sneeze at, but Verrecchia is quick to downplay it...
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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

New Album Dropped Aug. 18 and It's Great

“I got the bug to record a new album in 2014. I hadn’t written anything new in a while, and all of these melodies and lyrics were hitting me. However, the songs didn’t all fit into one genre, but I recorded them anyway..."
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Monday, August 14th, 2017

All-Star Zydeco Band Plays HarborWalk Tuesday Night

Six years ago, Domulot started the Village Brass Band and saw an opportunity to expand to the feel good music of the bayou. “When I lived in South Florida, I played in a lot of Cajun-Zydeco bands,” says Domulot. “It was a cool thing to be a part of with the crawfish festivals down there..."
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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

By Wynn Parks

In his courses, Pooler doesn’t teach below 132 feet, which precludes the Variable Weight event. “That kind of competition is the realm of a handful of divers—the hardcore boys,” he says. “They go down over 400 feet, and conditions in the Gulf aren’t really conducive to competitive freedive training anyway...
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Sunday, February 26th, 2017

By Jenna Taylor - Photos by Hunter Forbes

We got in town that night and before heading to the cabin, we all met up at a little barbecue joint to have dinner. It was the night before our first hunt, and we were excited to all be together and share a couple days of hunting in a prime location for lesser Canadas and Specklebelly geese...
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Friday, December 8th, 2017

More - Much More - at Claytoonz.com

Most cartoonists are still clinging to life where they draw the cartoons and someone else takes care of the rest. They don’t create websites or even know how to correctly share their work on social media...
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Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

"One of the Friendliest Communities I Have Ever Been In"

Chief Ryan was sworn in as Fort Walton Beach’s Police Chief on July 5, 2016. “I knew as young as 12 or 13 that I wanted to be a police officer,” he says. “I grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, and my Dad worked with Norfolk police officers, so I was around them a lot..."
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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

On the Recent Blue Marlin - Pelican Merger and More

Jerry jumped right in with insightful and honest answers to help buyers, sellers and vacationers in their search for the perfect property in our area...
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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Jean Celebrates 90 Years in a Big, Big Way

Jean met her husband John during high school, while he was attending the University of Florida. John was living with a family who were moving to Williston, and he stopped by to ask Jean out. They dated for a year and were married in September 1947...
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Monday, September 11th, 2017

U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

Ken and his wife bought the Reveille II Charter Boat and the iconic Reveille Motel from Destin fishing legend Captain Trammel in 1977. For two years, Ken was both a major in the Air Force and a Captain in the Destin Charter Fleet until he opted to give up his life as a pilot of planes and go full time into piloting fishing trips...
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Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

98-Year-Old Veteran Still Gives Generously of His Time

For hundreds of steps, Lombardo endured the repetitive stress. At the end of the field, he looked back, feeling blessed to still be alive, as others followed safely in his footsteps. Like all heroes, this was not the only instance of saving lives Lombardo exhibited without thoughts of his own safety...
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Thursday, May 25th, 2017

By Samantha Lambert

The Taylor family history goes back to the early 1900s when Taylor’s grandfather Clement E. Taylor left England and arrived by steamboat at Santa Rosa Beach. He held many teaching degrees. Billy Marler, who would later become Taylor’s grandfather as well, hired Grandfather Taylor to teach his children...
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Friday, May 12th, 2017

By Samantha Lambert

Rynearson and his family arrived in Fort Walton Beach in 1981. The Ohio native graduated from Kent State University in 1967 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Technology. He served 11 years in the United States Air Force as a pilot and missile test engineer...
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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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Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

"The Amish Project" Runs Jan. 18-28

Conceived in the wake of the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, Jessica Dickey’s fictional exploration of a real life tragedy allows us to glimpse into the world of Amish culture and come to grips with the true limits of compassion and forgiveness...
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Monday, December 4th, 2017

Opens Thursday, Dec. 7, at Grand Boulevard

There are 11 performances. The show opens on Thursday, Dec. 7, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 23. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. There is an additional matinee on Saturday, Dec. 23...
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Sunday, October 29th, 2017

The Nutcracker, Peter Pan and More

Since 1969, the Northwest Florida Ballet has been the preeminent ballet school on the Emerald Coast. It was founded by Bernadette Clements Sims who is considered one of the...
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Monday, October 16th, 2017

Collect on Your 15 Minutes of Fame Thursday, Oct. 19

This highly-anticipated annual event promises an evening of music, dance and fun and offers the perfect opportunity for local stars to enjoy their 15 minutes of fame in the spotlight—performing live the songs they’ve been practicing in front of their bathroom mirrors for years...
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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Kid Magicians Kadan and Brooklyn Rockett

Their father Bart Rockett is a world-class magician, illusionist and ventriloquist. He has headlined at his own 1,000- seat theater in Branson, Missouri, for eight seasons and has appeared on numerous television programs. He has performed at HarborWalk Village for the past two years and directs his children’s shows...
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Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

#AStageForAll

...will be staged over two weekends and feature 20 unique pieces of theater including one act plays, cabaret, magic, dance, comedy and storytelling. Producing groups come from Pensacola to Panama City. Most pieces will be staged twice for a total of 35 performances...
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Friday, April 21st, 2017

Starring in "Big Boys" at Seaside REP

I have a lot of favorite “name” actors, but the real inspirations were people I acted with in summer stock and at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. There was a Philadelphia actor I worked with named Charlie Antaloski, who was brilliant at both comedy and drama...
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