Area Events May 11th – May 18th 2016

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Hydrobike Ride & Dine at Red Bar on 5/11 between 8am – 12pm

Sign up for a Wednesday Morning Red Bar Ride and Dine – available weekly, year round.
Meet the group at the Western Lake boat ramp at the end of Hotz Avenue just past the world famous Red Bar in Grayton Beach between 7:30 and 8:00. You will enjoy 4 hours of Hydrobike play time in the Gulf of Mexico or in Western Lake. You will be provided lunch at the Red Bar via a $25 gift card so you can dine at your convenience. They open at 11 am.
Grayton Beach is unique in that it has a beach bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Western Lake. Western Lake is one of South Walton’s Coastal Dune lakes. These lakes only exist in a few places in the whole world and Walton County is lucky enough to be home to several of them. At times the outflow will bust open and flow right out into the Gulf of Mexico. 4 hours give you plenty of time to explore both bodies of water.
*Please note that riding in the Gulf may be restricted based on current water conditions.
All activities are subject to weather conditions.
Schedule:
Check in between 7:30 and 8 a.m.
Meet at the Western Lake Boat Ramp in Grayton Beach.
Bike Western Lake or the Gulf until lunch
Explore the Gulf or the lake! Western Lakes runs through Grayton Beach State Park all the way to Watercolor and offers a vast territory to discover. Return the bikes to the boat ramp by 12pm. We will handle the rest.
*Please note that riding in the Gulf may be restricted based on water conditions*
Dine
The Red Bar opens at 11 am. We recommend any thing on their menu. You will not be disappointed!
Pricing:
$75 per person
$40 Kids Under 8 (Lake Only)
Please understand that we cannot allow the little ones to ride on the deck in the Gulf
Please book by 4 p.m. on Tuesday to guarantee your spot on this trip.
***Do you just want to ride Hydrobikes? Rentals are available daily***
How to Book:
By phone or online
Emerald Coast Hydrobikes
850-598-7949
info@echydrobikes.com
emeraldcoasthydrobikes.com
Where to Meet:
Western Lake Boat Ramp in Grayton Beach.
You will find it at the end of Hotz Ave (2 blocks past the Red Bar).
What to Wear:
In short, wear whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Shoes, flops or bare feet are all acceptable. The sun can be intense even late in the day and conditions can change quickly so a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or other sun/weather protection should be considered. Also, keep in mind that Hydrobikes have a chain just like a land bike so please don’t wear anything that is overly loose below your shins as it could get caught in the chain. In most cases, you will not get wet unless you choose to so bathing suits are optional. Hydrobikes are stable and easy to jump off of and climb back onto. This makes swimming a fun option.
What to Bring:
Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Comfort items
Medicine if needed
Although it is unlikely that your stuff will get wet, anything could happen so bring a dry bag for those items you want to protect..
***We have sunscreen, dry bags, sunglass leashes and other items available for purchase but we do not have a store onsite so please make your order in advance and we will have your items ready for you at the dock.
Location: Grayton Beach: Florida’s Scenic Hwy 30A Grayton Beach, FL 32459

Mermaids in May’ Jewelry Show on 5/11 between 3pm – 5pm

Visiting mermaid Sofia Margaritis from Memphis will be introducing 30A to her one-of-a-kind jewelry line, Gold + Stone. Check her out on Facebook: Gold + Stone. Wine and refreshments will be served. You are not going to want to miss this event!
Location: Big Mama’s Hula Girl Gallery: 3031 E County Hwy 30A Seagrove Beach, FL 32459

Happy Hour Paddle on 5/11 between 4pm – 7pm

Join in for a Stand Up Paddleboard Adventure offering one of the only SUP Sunset trips in the area! The trip starts at our Paddle Hut Hideaway complete with bathroom, drinks, snacks & retail… located just 5 minutes north of Grayton Beach. Learn the basics in our calm secluded lagoon, then paddle down the canal and out into the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. Bring your own snacks and drinks and anchor in the shallows for a toast and photos. Or if conditions are favorable, paddle all the way to The Bay Restaurant for Happy Hour. Arrive at the area’s hottest new hang out via paddleboard and enjoy a cold beverage & appetizer and then paddle back enjoying the sunset and looking for dolphins dancing in the Bay.
All gear, professional instruction, photography and tour guide are provided for this 2-3 hour adventure. Food and beverages are optional and not included in price.
Please call directly to book for children ages 8-12.
Be sure to also check out our AM SUP Yoga, Sunset SUP Yoga, SUP Yoga + Brunch at the Bay and our Full Moon Paddles!
For more info, visit www.30APaddleboardYoga.com to book online or call Shanda at 239-560-6667.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

A Better South Walton Community Meeting at Grand Boulevard on 5/11 between 5:30pm7pm

It’s time to talk about A Better South Walton. Are you ready? After nearly a year of work A Better South Walton (ABSW) is pleased to announce community meetings scheduled in May. Each meeting will provide an overview of the non-profit organization, options for the future including the process and timeline of incorporating a city, results of recent survey, the findings of the long-awaited Feasibility Study, and how you can get involved.
Following the presentations, a question and answer session will conclude the meetings. Come out to learn about ABSW and get current information and data about the community of South Walton that has never been studied or made available to the public before this effort.
The meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.
ABSW Meeting Schedule | May 2016
Monday, May 9
5:30-7 p.m.
Rosemary Beach Town Hall
S. Barrett Square, Rosemary Beach
Wednesday, May 11
5:30-7 p.m.
560 Grand Boulevard
Former Coldwater Creek location across from Grand Park and Cantina Laredo
Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach
Thursday, May 12
5:30-7 p.m.
560 Grand Boulevard
Former Coldwater Creek location across from Grand Park and Cantina Laredo
Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach
ABSW’s mission is to seek more effective governance and local representation for South Walton to preserve and enhance its unique character, property values and quality of life.
The ABSW initiative is made up of a diverse group of citizen volunteers who share a concern about the future of South Walton. Learn more at www.abettersouthwalton.org and sign up for the newsletter. The website provides an overview of the organization, its mission, meet the team of SoWal people, and information about the study, surveys and what’s to come. You can also donate, join the team and find out how to get involved. Take the online survey about options for South Walton’s future!
Location: Grand Boulevard: 560 Grand Blvd Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Family Movie Night at The Hub on 5/11 between 6pm10pm

Bring the whole family out to Movie Night at The Hub on Wednesdays starting at 6pm. It’s double movie night! Movies are shown on the jumbotron on the events stage.
Free and open to the public. What a great chance to sit outdoors and enjoy dinner, drinks, ice cream and shakes, and a fun family movie on the big screen at The Hub on Scenic 30A at WaterSound Beach. It’s Family Movie Night every Wednesday.
Live recorded concerts and/or sports events to be shown on the big screen on Mon/Tue nights.
The Hub is also hosting live music performances by local and visiting artists on Thursday through Saturday nights with additional special parties and performances as announced.
Location: 7000 E County Highway 30A WaterSound Beach, FL 32459

Baytowne® Wednesday Night Concert Series on 5/11 between 7pm9pm

Welcome to The Village of Baytowne® Wharf where the music rolls every Wednesday night from 7-9pm. Don’t miss the May 2016 lineup in the events plaza in the heart of #SandestinFL.
The Village of Baytowne® Wharf Wednesday Night Concerts Series takes place throughout the year in Sandestin®, FL. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy the great live music under the stars in the events plaza in the heart of The Village. Free and open to public.
Live music in the events plaza | May Blues
May 11 | Josh Garrett Band
May 18 | Forrest Williams Band
May 19 | “Light it Up” Vocal Pop Concert | Alissa Steffens Vocal Academy
May 25| Hailey Whitters
The Village of Baytowne® Wharf is the “heart and soul” of Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort and the gathering place for many locals and visitors along the Emerald Coast.
Baytowne® Wharf features restaurants, bars, shops, and family-friendly activities throughout the village. Sitting on the shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay, the area pieces together elements of an old fishing village and a New Orleans marketplace, making the atmosphere fun and relaxing.
Baytowne® Wharf also features excellent dining such as Marina Bar & Grill situated directly on the marina overlooking the bay, Acme Oyster House, a world famous raw oyster bar, directly from the French Quarter in New Orleans, and Funky Blues Shack is adorned with great local folk-art and has lots of live music. Step into the bar at Marlin Grill for a cocktail or treat yourself to a steak and seafood dinner. Several delicious eateries throughout the village serve up seafood, burgers, Asian and excellent Gulf coast cuisine.
The Village boardwalk is lined with kid-friendly activities like zip-lining, a rock climbing wall and an obstacle course. Plus, there’s always lots of events happening year round, whether it’s an exciting New Year’s Eve party, concerts on the lawn, Sandestin® Wine Festival, Baytowne Beer Festival or the yummy Sandestin® Gumbo Festival.

Location: Baytowne® Wharf Events Plaza: 9300 US Highway 98 W Sandestin®, FL 32550

Happy Hour Paddle on 5/12 between 4pm – 7pm

Join in for a Stand Up Paddleboard Adventure offering one of the only SUP Sunset trips in the area! The trip starts at our Paddle Hut Hideaway complete with bathroom, drinks, snacks & retail… located just 5 minutes north of Grayton Beach. Learn the basics in our calm secluded lagoon, then paddle down the canal and out into the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. Bring your own snacks and drinks and anchor in the shallows for a toast and photos. Or if conditions are favorable, paddle all the way to The Bay Restaurant for Happy Hour. Arrive at the area’s hottest new hang out via paddleboard and enjoy a cold beverage & appetizer and then paddle back enjoying the sunset and looking for dolphins dancing in the Bay.
All gear, professional instruction, photography and tour guide are provided for this 2-3 hour adventure. Food and beverages are optional and not included in price.
Please call directly to book for children ages 8-12.
Be sure to also check out our AM SUP Yoga, Sunset SUP Yoga, SUP Yoga + Brunch at the Bay and our Full Moon Paddles!
For more info, visit www.30APaddleboardYoga.com to book online or call Shanda at 239-560-6667.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Beer and Burger Night on 5/12 between 4pm – 10pm

Amazing Burger and Craft Beer for $10!
Location: Highlands House Cafe and Bar: 4193 W County Highway 30A Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Donner-Peltier Distillery Tasting & Digital Graffiti Kick-Off at NEAT on 5/12 between 5pm7pm

Kick-off Digital Graffiti with the Art of the Cocktail featuring Donner-Peltier Distillery and Tommy Crow Studios on Thursday, May 12 from 5-7pm. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, and you can view the event flyer here. $15/person 21 and up. For more information, please call 850-213-5711.
Come out to see the new NEAT Tasting Room at Alys Beach!
NEAT is a curated bottle shop located in Alys Beach, Florida. Explore a tailored selection of high-end spirits, wine, craft beer, and mixology supplies including glassware, making it possible for guests to create handcrafted cocktails at home. The knowledgeable staff is on hand to help guests select the perfect bottle, whether they’re looking for an old favorite or trying something new. For those wishing to take their experience beyond sipping, NEAT hosts an array of special events, including mixology classes and tastings presented by knowledgeable industry professionals.
Read more about NEAT and see photos at SoWal Shopping | NEAT.
Location: 11 North Castle Harbour Drive Alys Beach, FL 32413

A Better South Walton Community Meeting at Grand Boulevard on 5/12 between 5:30pm7pm

It’s time to talk about A Better South Walton. Are you ready? After nearly a year of work A Better South Walton (ABSW) is pleased to announce community meetings scheduled in May. Each meeting will provide an overview of the non-profit organization, options for the future including the process and timeline of incorporating a city, results of recent survey, the findings of the long-awaited Feasibility Study, and how you can get involved.
Following the presentations, a question and answer session will conclude the meetings. Come out to learn about ABSW and get current information and data about the community of South Walton that has never been studied or made available to the public before this effort.
The meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.
ABSW Meeting Schedule | May 2016
Thursday, May 12
5:30-7 p.m.
560 Grand Boulevard
Former Coldwater Creek location across from Grand Park and Cantina Laredo
Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach
ABSW’s mission is to seek more effective governance and local representation for South Walton to preserve and enhance its unique character, property values and quality of life.
The ABSW initiative is made up of a diverse group of citizen volunteers who share a concern about the future of South Walton. Learn more at www.abettersouthwalton.org and sign up for the newsletter. The website provides an overview of the organization, its mission, meet the team of SoWal people, and information about the study, surveys and what’s to come. You can also donate, join the team and find out how to get involved. Take the online survey about options for South Walton’s future!
Location: Grand Boulevard: 560 Grand Blvd Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Introduction to Zen Meditation on 5/12 between 7pm – 9pm

Learn about the Ancient Art of Mindfulness in the 21st Century. The session will be conducted by Honin, a Soto Zen Priest. Honin has been a priest and student for twenty-eight years. He’s conducted workshops throughout the United States and Europe, teaching people from all walks of life, how to live in the present moment and manage stress by practicing Focused Awareness Meditation.
The classes will be held Thursday evening February 18 and every Thursday.
For more info, email Honin at honin.zenji@gmail.com or call 702-499-4719.
Location: Coastal Branch Library: 437 Greenway Trail Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

EC Live Final Voice Competition at Lulu’s on 5/12 at 7pm

EC Live event and fundraiser will be held at LuLu’s Destin on Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m. At the final event the top 10 singers from the pre-qualifying rounds will compete for the grand prize valued at more than $3,500.

The advance ticket price is $25 per person; it will increase as the event draws closer. To purchase tickets to the final event, visit the EC Live website at www.EmeraldCoastLive.com.

About EC Live singing competition!

Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is giving the community a chance to take the stage at EC Live competition events taking place this May in SoWal and Destin, Florida. Register today to compete or get tickets to attend the competition show/fundraiser. It’s going to be awesome.

EC Live is the area’s first professional singing competition where one contestant will win a professional studio recording session, radio airplay of their recorded song, a professional headshot session with a Nashville photographer, a new style wardrobe, a $500 cash prize, and a live gig at the HarborWalk Memorial Day concert. The grand prize package is valued at more than $3,500.

Two pre-qualifying auditions will determine the top 10 contestants for the final showdown. Professional industry judges will choose the winner at the showdown based on talent, style and manageability.
EC Live benefits ECTC’s educational and professional programming. This fundraiser is possible with the generous sponsorship support of Beachy Beach Real Estate, Grand Boulevard, Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals and Real Estate, HarborWalk Village, Grayton Beer Company, 30a Radio, Jessie Holloway Photography and LuLu’s Destin.

Location: Lulu’s: 4607 Legendary Marina Drive Destin, FL 32541

Summer Concerts at Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village on 5/12 at 7pm

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the 21st annual Concerts in the Village series. Nine local and regional music acts will perform on Thursday evenings from May 5 through June 30 at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida.
Some of the finest local and regional touring artists will hit the Dugas Pavilion stage to perform everything from Motown to rhythm & blues, jazz and funk to classic and modern rock. This year’s showcase roster includes a variety of talented bands paying tribute to music legends from Santana and Joe Cocker to Journey and Johnny Cash – even Elvis is expected to make an appearance!
Mattie Kelly Concerts in the Village | 2016 Season Schedule
Gates open at 6pm. Music starts at 7pm.
May 12  Moos Bros.
The Emerald Coast’s premier party band.May 19  Emerald Gold
Get ready for an amazing Motown showdown.May 26  Supernatural
Santana Tribute Band including mega hits such as “Black Magic Woman” to “Smooth.”June 2  Lava Lamp
An entertaining mix of ’70s Soul, Funk, & Disco. This band puts the “yes” in polyester!

June 9  Faithfully: Journey Tribute Band
A “faithful” tribute to one of the most popular rock bands in the world.

June 16  The Joe Band
This band promises a powerhouse tribute to Joe Cocker – one of the greatest rock icons of all time.

June 23  The Maxx
Be dazzled by energetic choreography and an eclectic sound that ranges from the classic oldies to today’s pop music.

June 30  Todd Allen Herendeen: Legends in Concert
Come see several legends on stage in one amazing show including Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly & Elvis Presley!

Gates open at 6 p.m. and concerts start at 7 p.m. for this come-as-you-are family-friendly outdoor concert series.
Bring a lawn chair, picnic and wine or purchase soft drinks and dinner prepared by a featured restaurant or food trucks on site. Admission is $12 for adults; children (12 and under) and MKAF members are free. Sorry, no pets.
A limited number of VIP Tables are available to MKAF members for the nine-week concert season for $950 (includes admission, reserved table and seating for up to eight guests).  These are sold on a first come, first served basis. Call (850) 650-2226 to inquire about membership or to purchase a VIP Table.
The Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village is a multi-use complex providing entertainment, festivals, outdoor concerts, and other cultural events in Destin, Florida. You’ll love the beautiful Village Green and Dugas Pavilion stage.
Location: Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village: 4323 Commons Dr. W Destin, FL 32541

Americana Under the Stars at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on 5/12 between 7pm8pm

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park hosts Americana Under the Stars with live music in the amphitheater every Thursday night from 7-8pm.
Presented by Lucky Mud, Americana Under the Stars at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is a special night of music by different artists each week. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill. Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and enjoy some music in the park. This is family/pet friendly and fun for all ages.
Arrive early and explore the park for a bit, and set up your seating, relax and get ready for good music in the great outdoors.
In case of rain the music will move to the park clubhouse.
APR & MAY 2016 Lineup
Apr 7 Gary Nichols
Apr 14 Larry Mangum
Apr 21 Lis & Lon Williamson
Apr 28 Lucky Mud
May 5 Frank Lindamood
May 12 Brian Smalley
May 19 Lucky Mud
May 26 Elaine Mohan
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located in Dune Allen Beach on the west end of Scenic 30A. This beautiful preserve is filled with forests, beaches, trails, camp grounds, coastal dune lakes and wildlife. A real favorite for hiking and spending the day on a beautiful preserved stretch of beaches in South Walton, Florida. Come out and discover this award winning Florida State Park.
Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park: 7525 W Scenic Highway 30A Santa Rosa Beach , FL 32459

Movies in the Park at WaterColor on 5/12 between 7:30pm9:30pm

Movies in the Park take place on Thursdays in Marina Park at WaterColor Resort starting in March and going through summer. Movies are shown just after sunset around 7:30pm. Open to the public and admission is free. Bring your friends and family, a chair or blanket for seating, and be ready to enjoy outdoor entertainment under the stars.
Movie lineup
May 12 Home
May 19 The Land Before Time
May 26 Cinderella
May 30 Minions (special Memorial Day movie)
MORE Movies in the Park through August 2016!
WaterColor Inn & Resort has a great line up for everyone in SoWal this year with weekly movies, select concert dates in Marina Park, and other exciting festivals and celebrations that are a wonderful tradition in the WaterColor Resort town.
Some of the main community events coming to WaterColor in 2016 open include:
Thursday night movies at Marina Park (sunset time) Mar. – Aug.
Art in the Park Mar. 19
Easter Celebration in Marina Park Mar. 27
Memorial Day Concert at Marina Park May 29
Concert at Marina Park Jun. 6
4th of July Bike Parade & Carnival Jul. 3
Easy on 30A Concert at Marina Park Jul. 3
Concert at Marina Park Aug. 1
Fall Festival in Marina Park Oct. 30
16th annual MountainFilm on Tour Nov. 4 & 5
Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run Nov. 24
Old Florida Holiday Nov. 26
Location: Marina Park: 746 Western Lake Drive WaterColor, FL 32459

SUP Yoga + Brunch at the Bay on 5/13 between 10am – 3pm

Join in for a great day on the water! This half-day charter begins at our Paddle Hut Hideaway with an intro to Stand Up Paddling. We practice the basics in the secluded lagoon then paddle down the canal and out into the Bay. We set anchors and then the Yoga magic happens on the boards in the sunshine (come find out why we call it “sun-kissed bliss”)! Afterwards, instead of returning to the Hut, we keep heading west to arrive via paddleboard at the area’s coolest hangout – The Bay Restaurant – for brunch & cold beverages! Enjoy fresh sushi and southern Gulf coastal cuisine (meals & beverages not included in class price).
After we’ve recharged and re-hydrated, we paddle back to the Hut. This fun-filled fitness adventure is about 3 miles round trip and lasts about 4 hours. Get fit as you build new skills and confidence on the board & off. Experience the healing energy of nature combined with the deep relaxation of yoga AND the best Key Lime pie ever (go ahead – treat yourself – you’ve earned it)! This powerful combo is just what the doctor ordered!
AND… we’ll even capture you & your friends doing your favorite poses on the board on camera!
This half-day experience offers fun in the sun, fitness & adventure!
Also check out our AM SUP Yoga, Sunset SUP Yoga, Happy Hour Paddles, Full Moon Paddle and SUP & Canoe Rentals on the Bay!
Reserve your place online at www.30APaddleboardYoga.com or call or Text Shanda at 239-560-6667.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Indian Lunch on 5/13 between 11am – 3pm

Enjoy a delicious Indian Lunch prepared by Chef Nikhil Abuvala for only $15! Vegetarian option is available for $12. Dine or take out, this lunch is first come, first served!
Location: Roux 30A: 114 Logan Ln Santa Rosa Beach,

Happy Hour Paddle on 5/13 between 4pm – 7pm

Join in for a Stand Up Paddleboard Adventure offering one of the only SUP Sunset trips in the area! The trip starts at our Paddle Hut Hideaway complete with bathroom, drinks, snacks & retail… located just 5 minutes north of Grayton Beach. Learn the basics in our calm secluded lagoon, then paddle down the canal and out into the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. Bring your own snacks and drinks and anchor in the shallows for a toast and photos. Or if conditions are favorable, paddle all the way to The Bay Restaurant for Happy Hour. Arrive at the area’s hottest new hang out via paddleboard and enjoy a cold beverage & appetizer and then paddle back enjoying the sunset and looking for dolphins dancing in the Bay.
All gear, professional instruction, photography and tour guide are provided for this 2-3 hour adventure. Food and beverages are optional and not included in price.
Please call directly to book for children ages 8-12.
Be sure to also check out our AM SUP Yoga, Sunset SUP Yoga, SUP Yoga + Brunch at the Bay and our Full Moon Paddles!
For more info, visit www.30APaddleboardYoga.com to book online or call Shanda at 239-560-6667.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Mermaids in May Live Painting Demonstration on 5/13 between 5pm – 7pm

Artist and mermaid Missy Ormond of Missy’s Mediums Gallery will be painting live at the gallery Friday, May 13. Her other works of art will be available to view and purchase too. Refreshments will be served.
Location: Big Mama’s Hula Girl Gallery: 3031 E County Hwy 30A Seagrove Beach, FL 32459

Wine Tasting on 5/13 at 5pm

Join us every Friday for Wine Tasting from 5:00pm to 7:00pm!
Location: Wild Olives: 104 N Barrett Square Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

S’mores Social & Weenie Roast on 5/13 between 6pm – 9pm

Fridays mean fun at Emerald Coast Hydrobikes! Explore the Choctowhatchee Bay with, old friends or new friends until the sun sets. Then roast franks and s’mores over the fire at Tom’s Landing. It’s the weekend, let yourself unwind. Available weekly February – July, September & October
Advance reservations required.
NEW! Choose a Hydrobike or a Klear Kanoo! Supplies are limited so let us know your preference when you book.
The schedule is as follows:
Check in: 4 – 6 p.m. (seasonal)
Bike the Bay until Sunset
Campfire Social at the Dock
Roast weenies and smore’s over the fire
Bottled water, sweet tea and unsweetened tea included.
Expect to be done between 7:30 – 9:30
** Schedule is approximate as the sun sets at different times throughout the season.**
Seasonal check in times:
May through July: 6 p.m.
Sept: 5 p.m.
Oct 4:30 p.m.
PRICING:
$50 adults
$35 under 12 (big enough to ride their own Hydrobike)
$15 under 8 (just the right size to ride with mom or dad)
$20 Adult non rider
Gratuity not included
Please book by noon on Thursday to guarantee your spot on this trip.
***Do you just want to ride Hydrobikes? Rentals are available daily***
What to Wear:
Wear whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Shoes, flops or bare feet are all acceptable. The sun can be intense even late in the day and conditions can change quickly so a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or other sun/weather protection should be considered. Also, keep in mind that Hydrobikes have a chain just like a land bike so please don’t wear anything that is overly loose below your shins as it could get caught in the chain. In most cases, you will not get wet unless you choose to so bathing suits are optional. Hydrobikes are stable and easy to jump off of and climb back onto. This makes swimming a fun option.
What to Bring:
Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Comfort items
Medicine if needed
Although it is unlikely that your stuff will get wet, anything could happen so bring a dry bag if you like.
Note: Sunscreen, dry bags, sunglass leashes and other items are available for purchase on the stop but there’s no store onsite so please make your order in advance so that your items can be arranged and kept ready for you at the dock.
If you just want to ride Hydrobikes, daily rentals are available. Visit emeraldcoasthydrobikes.com or call
850-598-7949.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Boots on Blue Mountain Beach Show at Trebeache’ on 5/13 between 7pm11pm

Trebeache in Blue Mountain Beach presents Boots on Blue Mountain Beach on Friday May 13 from 7-11pm.
Featuring local bands Dread Clampitt, Forrest Williams Band, and Luke Langford & The 331 Band. The show will take place upstairs on the events stage. Tickets $20 at the door or purchase in advance at Trebeache or Stinky’s Bait Shack.
We’ll announce more details as they become available. This is the place for showcasing excellent local music! Don’t miss.
Trebeaché restaurant and event venue is located at Redfish Village in Blue Mountain Beach. The new restaurant offers an exquisite dining experience with a beachy feel in South Walton. Come in and enjoy cocktails at the popular bar. From the menu: raw bar, hot apps, soups such as gumbo and Lake Place Bisque, salads, seafood entrees such as Potato Wrapped Grouper, steak selections, fine wines and specialty cocktails.
Happy hour is daily from 5-6pm. Call for dinner reservations 850-937-7793 or reserve with Open Table online. Read more and see photos at SoWal Dining Guide | Trebeache.
Location: Redfish Village: 2052 W County Highway Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Digital Graffiti: Curator’s Tour on 5/13 between 7:30pm10:30pm

Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards, and pedestrian paths to innovative artists who transform the entire resort town into a living work of art during Digital Graffiti, May 13-15, 2016. The juried festival explores ways in which art, design and technology interact with the distinctive architecture of Alys Beach to create new forms of expression.
In its ninth year, Digital Graffiti transforms Alys Beach’s stark white walls into a canvas of light. The three-day festival includes a Curator’s Tour of select digital art, DG Festival, and Sunday Brunch. For more information on the festival and tickets, please visit www.digitalgraffiti.com.
Friday, May 13
Curator’s Tour
7:30-10:30pm
Tickets include food, wine, and beverage samplings set against brilliant artwork from DG2016 artists, with emphasis on select pieces as chosen by Curator Brett Phares.
Saturday, May 14
DG2016 Festival
EC Lounge at Fonville Park
6-8pm
Hosted by Emerald Coast Magazine, begin the evening with a complimentary cocktail, music, and the announcement of the DG2016 winners.DG2016 Festival
8pm til midnight
The official DG2016 Festival opens with spectacular projections and food and drink available for purchase. The official Digital Graffiti after party kicks off at the end of the festival with food and drink available for purchase and dancing under the stars to a live DJ.
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a one-of-a-kind projection art festival where artists use the latest digital technologies to project their original works onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach.
Sunday, May 15
Brunch
11am-1pm
Enjoy a strolling brunch with the DG2016 artists and judges complete with mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, biscuit bar, and lively discussion.
DG2015 tickets are available at the Alys ShoppeAlys Beach Bike Shop,Fonville Press or online here.
Sometimes referred to as “Photon Bombing,” “Guerilla Projection” or “Urban Projection,” underground artists around the globe have been using the latest design, animation and projection technologies for many years to cast dynamic images onto skyscrapers and other urban structures as a means of artistic expression. Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a festival geared towards bringing these artists together in one place to celebrate and showcase their unique talents.
“Alys Beach becomes their blank canvas,” said Kelli Siler, Alys Beach Director of Events. “Digital Graffiti explores how design, technology and architecture can intertwine to create entirely new art forms. For one evening, Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards and pedestrian paths to innovative companies and ground-breaking artists who fuse these three components to transform our entire town into a living work of art.”
Each year, the festival attracts digital artists, filmmakers, musicians, interactive designers, photographers, VJs, producers, celebrities, agency executives and fans of art, technology and architecture. Thousands of dollars in cash prizes are awarded to artists, with digital submissions being received from as far away as Israel, Austria, Canada, Germany, London, India, France, Italy and China. Click here to view a complete list of previous Digital Graffiti winners.
The 2016 Digital Graffiti Festival will be held May 13-15. Be sure to follow Digital Graffiti on Facebook for up to date information digitalgraffiti.com.

Founded in 2004, Alys Beach is one of the most beautiful emerging towns in the world. Located in Northwest Florida on Scenic Highway 30A. Alys Beach’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. When complete, it will be home to 899 villas and courtyard homes, as well as restaurants, parks, shops, and other amenities.

Location: Alys Beach: 9581 E. County Hwy 30A Panama City Beach, FL 32413

USTPA Clay Court Championships at TOPS’L Resort on 5/14

TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort in South Walton, Florida will host the $10,000 USPTA TOPS’L Clay Court Championships this May, one of four tournaments that comprise the USPTA Surface Championship Series. The event is open to the public to attend and watch USPTA-certified tennis professionals compete for cash prizes in each category. USPTA TOPS’L Clay Court Championships will take place May 14 through 16, 2016.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting this annual event for the first time here at TOPS’L,” said Joe D’Aleo, director of tennis at TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort. “Participants are invited to come early to enjoy our 12 Rubico clay tennis courts and practice with our team of USPTA-certified tennis professionals, or stay an extra few days with their families to enjoy the resort’s sugar-white sand beaches and countless amenities.”
The Clay Court Championships is one of four tournaments that comprise the USPTA Surface Championship Series. In addition to Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Singles and Doubles matches, weekend events will include a professional development seminar, vendor showcase, and player luncheon. Participation is limited to USPTA-certified professionals in good standing. Players of the event could be invited to participate in the USPTA Masters Invitational, which takes place in September 2016. A minimum of $10,000 in prize money will be awarded during the Clay Court Championships based upon the number of entries in each event.
Situated on 52 private acres near Destin, Florida and bordered by both the Gulf of Mexico and a tranquil nature preserve, TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort offers resort accommodations ranging from studios to five-bedroom condos and private homes. TOPS’L has won numerous awards for its tennis facilities over the years. Recent awards include “Best Tennis Facility” (Destin Magazine) and “Tennis Facility Grand Champion” (“Perfect in South Walton Awards,” hosted by Visit South Walton).
Location: Tops’l Beach & Racquet Resort: 9011 US Highway 98 W Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Seaside Writers Conference on 5/14

The 2016 Seaside Writers Conference is slated for May 14-21 at the Seaside Academic Village in Seaside, Florida. The annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events.
Headlining Authors: Andre Dubus III and Elizabeth Stuckey-French.
The Seaside Writers Conference is an annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation, and features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events.  This event occurs every year in May, and offers the opportunity for beginning, intermediate and advanced writers to celebrate writing, to network with other writers, and to hone their craft.  There will also be seminars hosted by professional editors and literary agents who will offer one-on-one consultations.  All participants who pay the full conference tuition fee will be able to take part in all daily activities, while those paying a la carte pricing will have the pick of which classes and workshops they would like to attend. There is also an exclusive tuition & housing option that provides accommodation for the conference.
Tuition includes workshops, seminars, receptions and special events – with or without accommodations (lodging may not be available after April deadline). There is also a la carte pricing for workshops and seminars. All participants who pay the full conference tuition fee will be able to take part in all daily activities, while those paying a la carte pricing will have the pick of which classes and workshops they would like to attend. All levels of writers are welcome, and there are workshops scheduled specifically for poets and fiction writers.
For the full conference schedule, enrollment and information please see http://seasidewritersconference.weebly.com/.
Location: Seaside Academic Village: 168 Smolian Circle Seaside, FL 32459

Annual Spring Clean-up on 5/14 between 8am – 11am

Volunteers are needed to help clean up the Gulf Cemetery located on 393 north of Ed Walline Park. Remember to bring gloves. Food and drinks will be provided for all workers. You can also join them for the Memorial Day Ceremony May 30, 2016, at 10 a.m.
For more information, call 850-586-3287.
Location: Gulf Cemetery: 1466 S County Highway 393 Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459

Seaside Farmers Market on 5/14 between 8am12pm

Seaside Farmers Market takes place in the Seaside Amphitheater every Saturday rain or shine! Hours are 8am till 12pm in the Spring and Summer, and 9am till 1pm in Fall/Winter.
The Seaside Farmers Market consists of local growers and craftspeople who offer food and other products that are healthy and environmentally conscious at the year-round market located in downtown Seaside, Florida. It is a producer’s market focused on food, produce, cooking demonstrations, specialty items, artisan cheeses and breads, novice and professional gardeners, seed exchanges, education related to growing and preparing food and the celebration of eating and sharing great ingredients.
Visit the Seaside Farmers Market website and subscribe to the excellent weekly newsletter for vendors, produce and food coming to the market each week.
Enjoy your day at the farmer’s market and explore the town of Seaside with so many fabulous shops, restaurants, art galleries, outdoor markets and wonderful people working, playing and staying in South Walton, Florida.
Location: Seaside Amphitheater: 25 Central Square Seaside, FL 32459

30A YOLO Bike and Beach Club on 5/14 at 8:30 am

The 30A YOLO Bike & Beach Club is bringing locals of all skill levels together for some laid-back exploration of South Walton’s natural habitats.
Group bike rides are FREE and kick off from YOLO Board + Bike in Gulf Place. You can grab a cup of coffee at The 30A Store next door before heading out with the group onto the Longleaf Pine Trails, and then you can enjoy an ice cold beer when you get back. To learn more, click here.
Download the free 30A YOLO Bike and Beach Club App for iPhone/iPad and Android for exclusive membership perks.
Location: YOLO Board + Bike: 95 Laura Hamilton Blvd Ste C-3 Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Dog-Harmony Microchipping Clinic & Yard Sale on 5/14 between 9am – 11am

Dog-Harmony, Inc., a volunteer ran non-profit dog rescue, will be offering a Microchipping Clinic and Yard Sale at Dog-Harmony, located at 3906 US Highway 98 W. Unit 34, Santa Rosa Beach, on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The clinic is open to the public but dogs must be up to date on shots in order to be chipped. Dog-Harmony will only charge for the Home Again activation fee of $10.99.
In addition to the Mircrochipping Clinic, Dog-Harmony will also have a Yard Sale. Proceeds from the Yard Sale benefit dogs in need through Dog-Harmony, Inc. An estimated $30,000 is anticipated in vet and medical expenses this year for Dog-Harmony rescues. Funds raised from this event will benefit Dog-Harmony’s medical fund to help cover those costs.
To register or for more information email dog-harmony@hotmail.com or call 850-376-4190.
Location: George’s at Alys Beach: 30 Castle Harbour Drive Alys Beach, FL 32413

Breakfast with a Ranger at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on 5/14 between 9am10am

Have Breakfast with a Ranger at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every second Saturday of the month, from 9-10am.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you and your family to Breakfast with a Ranger. Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill to learn about the park, its history and to ask them all the questions you can think of about the park its wildlife and anything in between. This program is ideal for the whole family to enjoy.

To cover the cost of food, please bring $5.00 which goes to Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park or bring your own breakfast. All donations go towards future events, programs and improvements in the Park.
Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the clubhouse.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park offers a wide variety of natural resources including 3.2 miles of secluded, white sand beaches with majestic dunes over 25 feet tall. Three rare coastal dune lakes provide excellent freshwater fishing. Although boats are not allowed, fishing from the shoreline yields bass, bream, panfish, and catfish. Lakes, pristine beaches, old-growth long leaf pines, sand pine scrub, and a variety of wetlands offer a bird-watching and hiking paradise. Visitors may bike, walk, or enjoy a quick ride to the beach on our timely tram service to swim, fish, sunbathe, or beachcomb. Gregory E. Moore RV resort features a (non-heated) swimming pool and shuffleboard courts. Furnished bungalows are available for weekly stays. A camp store offers a variety of camping items, as well as snacks and drinks.
Florida State Parks are treasures waiting for your discovery!
Additional information, photos & video on South Walton area parks:
Parks Of South Walton & Northwest Florida
Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park: 7525 W Scenic Highway 30A Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market on 5/14 between 9am1pm

The Grand Boulevard Farmers Market sets up every Saturday year round from 9am-1pm at Grand Park, between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama restaurants.
The outdoor market will feature dozens of unique vendors offering locally sourced food items, such as produce, eggs, milk, cream, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, pork, local honey, pickled vegetables, and gourmet jams. On the artisanal and green side, Grand Boulevard Farmers Market will offer flowers, herbs, soaps, and lotions.
Vendors will offer many foods ready to pick up and go, including infused butters, cheese spreads, pita, hummus, various dips, artisan breads and pastries, crepes, and even ginger infused lemonade to quench your thirst on a hot day.
For more information, please visit Grand Boulevard Farmers Market on Facebook. For vendor information, please contact Diane Kolopanas at 850-499-4697.
Location: Grand Park at Grand Boulevard: 600 Grand Boulevard Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Artists for Advocacy at The Beach House on 5/14 between 11am4pm

Artists For Advocacy will take place at The Beach House in Sandestin® on Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with live entertainment and beautiful beach views.
Twenty local artists will be selling their works of art, along with other vendors showcasing their jewelry, skin care supplements, and hand-painted shoes. No ticket purchase is necessary, but donations are appreciated.
A portion of the sales proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect and restore the lives of child victims. For further information, email Lisa Morris at beulahbelledesigns@aol.com, or call 850-687-0175.
The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center’s (ECCAC) mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, protect children in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and restore the lives and futures of these impacted children.
Location: Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club: 4009 S Sandestin® Blvd Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Digital Graffiti Festival on 5/14 at 6pm

Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards, and pedestrian paths to innovative artists who transform the entire resort town into a living work of art during Digital Graffiti, May 13-15, 2016. The juried festival explores ways in which art, design and technology interact with the distinctive architecture of Alys Beach to create new forms of expression.
In its ninth year, Digital Graffiti transforms Alys Beach’s stark white walls into a canvas of light. The three-day festival includes a Curator’s Tour of select digital art, DG Festival, and Sunday Brunch. For more information on the festival and tickets, please visit digitalgraffiti.com.
Saturday, May 14
DG2016 Festival
EC Lounge at Fonville Park
6-8pm
Hosted by Emerald Coast Magazine, begin the evening with a complimentary cocktail, music, and the announcement of the DG2016 winners.DG2016 Festival
8pm till midnight
The official DG2016 Festival opens with spectacular projections and food and drink available for purchase. The official Digital Graffiti after party kicks off at the end of the festival with food and drink available for purchase and dancing under the stars to a live DJ.
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a one-of-a-kind projection art festival where artists use the latest digital technologies to project their original works onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach.
Sunday, May 15
Brunch
11am-1pm
Enjoy a strolling brunch with the DG2016 artists and judges complete with mimosas, bloody marys, biscuit bar, and lively discussion.
DG2015 tickets are available at the Alys ShoppeAlys Beach Bike Shop,Fonville Press or online here.
Sometimes referred to as “Photon Bombing,” “Guerilla Projection” or “Urban Projection,” underground artists around the globe have been using the latest design, animation and projection technologies for many years to cast dynamic images onto skyscrapers and other urban structures as a means of artistic expression. Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a festival geared towards bringing these artists together in one place to celebrate and showcase their unique talents.
“Alys Beach becomes their blank canvas,” said Kelli Siler, Alys Beach Director of Events. “Digital Graffiti explores how design, technology and architecture can intertwine to create entirely new art forms. For one evening, Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards and pedestrian paths to innovative companies and ground-breaking artists who fuse these three components to transform our entire town into a living work of art.”
Each year, the festival attracts digital artists, filmmakers, musicians, interactive designers, photographers, VJs, producers, celebrities, agency executives and fans of art, technology and architecture. Thousands of dollars in cash prizes are awarded to artists, with digital submissions being received from as far away as Israel, Austria, Canada, Germany, London, India, France, Italy and China. Click here to view a complete list of previous Digital Graffiti winners.
The 2016 Digital Graffiti Festival will be held May 13-15. Be sure to follow Digital Graffiti on Facebook for up to date information. www.digitalgraffiti.com.

Founded in 2004, Alys Beach is one of the most beautiful emerging towns in the world. Located in Northwest Florida on Scenic Highway 30A. Alys Beach’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. When complete, it will be home to 899 villas and courtyard homes, as well as restaurants, parks, shops, and other amenities.Location: Alys Beach: 9581 E. County Hwy 30A Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Ballet Pensacola Performance at Seaside on 5/14 at 6pm

On May 14 at 6 p.m., Ballet Pensacola returns also for its second performance in Seaside. Featuring both classical and contemporary dance, Ballet Pensacola promises a repertory evening. Bring your chair and blankets and enjoy the show. Free and open to the public.
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“We like to mix it up,” says Richard Steinert, artistic director for Ballet Pensacola. “We’ll have some ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ moments, and choreography from our ‘Divas’ tour, which includes music by Billy Holliday and Beyonce.”
Steinert has worked in repertory companies throughout the United States and since his inaugural season as artistic director in 2007, he has held the attention of the ballet and arts community through a series of critically acclaimed performances and projects directed at broadening the experience of the dance enthusiast. The company will perform “Swan Lake’s” Pas de Trois also. And fresh off the company’s recent performance of “Swing, Swang, Swung,” Ballet Pensacola dancers will perform a lighthearted dance with original choreography by Steinert and Christine Duhon and music by the “King of Swing” Benny Goodman.
Drawing professional dancers from around the globe, Ballet Pensacola is known for its innovative, diverse and collaborative style of theatre and dance. Ballet Pensacola not only finds audiences in Northwest Florida, but also throughout the United States through its successful touring program.
“What’s really cool about dance,” explains Steinert, “is that it really inspires the audience to get emotionally involved because there are no words. We cannot and do not prescribe anything about what they should be feeling. Unlike actors, we are interpreting with our bodies. With dance having such a resurgence now, performing in Seaside is a great banner of what this part of the artistic world means and how it is changing in society.”
May is Seaside Dance Month! 
Join us for three weekends of dance performances featuring Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, Ballet Pensacola and “An Evening of Dance” in the Seaside Amphiteater!
Performances on Saturday nights in May 2016:
May 14 | 6pm
Ballet Pensacola
May 21 | 6pm
An Evening of Dance with Joffrey Ballet Concert Group
Seaside Merchants bring the community outstanding music, outdoor movies, outdoor chlidrens theater, and many great events enriching our lives through celebrations, festivals and the arts throughout the year in South Walton, Florida.
Location: Seaside Amphitheater: 25 Central Square Seaside, FL 32459

Cocktails & Classics at The Pearl Rooftop on 5/14 at 7pm

The Pearl in Rosemary Beach is hosting Cocktails & Classics on the Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge on Saturday nights starting at 7pm. Enjoy a weekly film combining classic movie selections and food/drinks with light conversation.

Cocktails & Classics starts Mar. 19 and continues Saturday evenings through Nov. 29. Open to the public. Walk-ins welcome. Complimentary admission and popcorn for guests. Food available for purchase and bar open until 10 p.m.

You’ll want stay up to date with special events coming to The Pearl such as cooking demos with the Chef, the art of entertaining, special holiday dinners and brunches, and live music on The Rooftop. Info at www.thepearlrb.com. Also follow The Pearl RB on Facebook and click on Events.
The Pearl Rooftop Lounge Info & Events
Sunday Funday with board games, live music, cocktail specials and activities throughout the day.
Cocktails & Classics with classic movie selections and food/drink on Saturdays through Nov. 26.
Live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting at 6pm.
Happy hour and food specials daily 3-6pm.The Rooftop Lounge is open daily 11am till 10pm. Serving cocktails, lunch and dinner.
The Rooftop Lounge does not accept reservations. Please call (850) 588-2882 to book a private cabana for your group or occasion.
Location: The Pearl Hotel: 63 Main Street Rosemary Beach, FL 32416

USTPA Clay Court Championships at TOPS’L Resort on 5/15

TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort in South Walton, Florida will host the $10,000 USPTA TOPS’L Clay Court Championships this May, one of four tournaments that comprise the USPTA Surface Championship Series. The event is open to the public to attend and watch USPTA-certified tennis professionals compete for cash prizes in each category. USPTA TOPS’L Clay Court Championships will take place May 14 through 16, 2016.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting this annual event for the first time here at TOPS’L,” said Joe D’Aleo, director of tennis at TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort. “Participants are invited to come early to enjoy our 12 Rubico clay tennis courts and practice with our team of USPTA-certified tennis professionals, or stay an extra few days with their families to enjoy the resort’s sugar-white sand beaches and countless amenities.”
The Clay Court Championships is one of four tournaments that comprise the USPTA Surface Championship Series. In addition to Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Singles and Doubles matches, weekend events will include a professional development seminar, vendor showcase, and player luncheon. Participation is limited to USPTA-certified professionals in good standing. Players of the event could be invited to participate in the USPTA Masters Invitational, which takes place in September 2016. A minimum of $10,000 in prize money will be awarded during the Clay Court Championships based upon the number of entries in each event.
Situated on 52 private acres near Destin, Florida and bordered by both the Gulf of Mexico and a tranquil nature preserve, TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort offers resort accommodations ranging from studios to five-bedroom condos and private homes. TOPS’L has won numerous awards for its tennis facilities over the years. Recent awards include “Best Tennis Facility” (Destin Magazine) and “Tennis Facility Grand Champion” (“Perfect in South Walton Awards,” hosted by Visit South Walton).
Location: Tops’l Beach & Racquet Resort: 9011 US Highway 98 W Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Seaside Writers Conference on 5/15

The 2016 Seaside Writers Conference is slated for May 14-21 at the Seaside Academic Village in Seaside, Florida. The annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events.
Headlining Authors: Andre Dubus III and Elizabeth Stuckey-French.
The Seaside Writers Conference is an annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation, and features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events.  This event occurs every year in May, and offers the opportunity for beginning, intermediate and advanced writers to celebrate writing, to network with other writers, and to hone their craft.  There will also be seminars hosted by professional editors and literary agents who will offer one-on-one consultations.  All participants who pay the full conference tuition fee will be able to take part in all daily activities, while those paying a la carte pricing will have the pick of which classes and workshops they would like to attend. There is also an exclusive tuition & housing option that provides accommodation for the conference.
Tuition includes workshops, seminars, receptions and special events – with or without accommodations (lodging may not be available after April deadline). There is also a la carte pricing for workshops and seminars. All participants who pay the full conference tuition fee will be able to take part in all daily activities, while those paying a la carte pricing will have the pick of which classes and workshops they would like to attend. All levels of writers are welcome, and there are workshops scheduled specifically for poets and fiction writers.
For the full conference schedule, enrollment and information please see http://seasidewritersconference.weebly.com/.
Location: Seaside Academic Village: 168 Smolian Circle Seaside, FL 32459

30A Farmers Market at Rosemary Beach on 5/15 between 9am1pm

Come enjoy the 30A Farmers Market at Rosemary Beach Sundays year round from 9am-1pm. Stroll cobblestone walkways lined with shade trees in a beautiful park like setting while sampling delicious vendor products.
Pick up fresh from the farm and Aquaponic veggies, fruit, eggs, milk, cream butter, cheese, grass fed beef, chicken, and homemade European and pork sausages. Select from freshly baked breads and pastries made locally.
An array of appetizers and ready to eat dishes are available, including smoked tuna dip, homemade chips and salsa, hummus, fresh baked pita, Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie), homemade pasta and sauces, and Chicken Curry. You’ll fall in love with sweet and savory crepes by the team at Restaurant Paradis in Rosemary Beach.
Freshly made artisan breads, pastries, and desserts are featured from around the world. Be sure to pick up a supply of jams, preserves, and honey! Organic dog and cat treats are available for your furry friends, as well. Find unique art treasures, crafts and jewelry.
See you at the market! located on the green in the heart of Rosemary Beach on the east end of Scenic 30A.
30A Farmers Market at Rosemary Beach is also open onThursdays Memorial Day-Labor Day, 9am-1pm.
Location: Rosemary Beach Town Center: 34 North Barrett Square Rosemary Beach, FL 32413

Chicken & Waffle Brunch Cruise to The Bay on 5/15 between 10am2pm

Emerald Coast Hydrobikes (ECH) takes a group on a Chicken & Waffle Ride on the Choctawhatchee Bay to The Bay for brunch each Sunday through the year except Mother’s Day and Easter Sunday. Gather your friends and family and sign up for a fun group cruise on hydrobikes to enjoy an afternoon eating and playing at The Bay – a local favorite bayfront restaurant located at the foot of the 331 bridge in South Walton, Florida.
Meet up at Tom’s Landing in Point Washington and cruise on hydrobikes across the bay to The Bay restaurant for Sunday brunch including Chicken and Waffles, Bloody Mary, or mimosa. The cruise is about 30 minutes. The day’s event is 3-4 hours of fun adventure on the water and at The Bay.
You can also choose to take a Klear Kanoo to breakfast. Supplies are limited so call and discuss preference when you book.
The cost is $70 per person / $40 under age 8 and includes your hydrobike rental, brunch and a drink (gratuity not included. You must reserve your spot by Saturday. Call 850-598-7949 or email tami@echydrobikes.com. See Emerald Coast Hydrobikes online for more information about this and other tours. See menu selections!

Chicken & Waffle Ride to The Bay | Details

SCHEDULE:
Check in between 10 and 10:15am
Depart 10:30am
Hydrobike across the Choctawhatchee Bay to the Bay Restaurant
Arrive at the Bay Restaurant 11:00am
Enjoy a delicious boneless fried chicken breast with Belgian waffles like none you have tasted before (let ECH know in advance if an alternate menu item is preferred).
Nonalcoholic beverages included
A Bloody Mary or Mimosa is also included for the adults
Free Time 12:30pm – after brunch you can choose to ride, rest, swim or hang out. The Bay features a beach, games, swimming area and a big screen TV for the sports fans
Expect to return to the dock between 1:30 and 2:00pm
Schedule is approximate

PRICING
$70 per person
$40 under 8

PLEASE  BOOK BY 6PM ON SATURDAY TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPOT ON THIS TRIP

WHERE TO MEET:
Tom’s Landing 78 Ricker Ave Santa Rosa Beach.
From Hwy 98 and the intersection of Hwy 331 go east (towards Panama City) to the next light and turn left onto Bay Drive. Take Bay drive about one mile to Ricker Ave and turn left. Emerald Coast Hydrobikes is the first driveway on the right.

WHAT TO WEAR:
In short, wear whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Shoes, flops or bare feet are all acceptable. The sun can be intense even late in the day and conditions can change quickly so a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or other sun/weather protection should be considered. Also, keep in mind that Hydrobikes have a chain just like a land bike so please don’t wear anything that is overly loose below your shins as it could get caught in the chain. In most cases, you will not get wet unless you choose to so bathing suits are optional. Hydrobikes are stable and easy to jump off of and climb back onto. This makes swimming a fun option.

WHAT TO BRING:
Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Comfort items
Medicine if needed
Cash/credit if you wish to purchase extra food or drink

Although it is unlikely that your stuff will get wet, anything could happen so bring a dry bag if you like.

The Hydrobikes Team will have sunscreen, dry bags, sunglass leashes and other items available for purchase but we do not have a store onsite so please make your order in advance and we will have your items ready for you at the dock.

Tom’s Landing in Point Washington is home base for Emerald Coast Hydrobikes. Chicken and Waffle Ride starts here!

The Bay restaurant is located on the Choctawhatchee Bay at the foot of the 331 bridge. This waterfront restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily and a delicious Sunday brunch each week. The Bay also features indoor/outdoor dining, a full bar, big screen tvs, a great beach, boat dock, games and a fabulous view.
The Chicken & Waffle Sunday Brunch Ride is available year round except Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Ave Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Digital Graffiti 2016 Strolling Brunch on 5/15 between 11am1pm

Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards, and pedestrian paths to innovative artists who transform the entire resort town into a living work of art during Digital Graffiti, May 13-15, 2016. The juried festival explores ways in which art, design and technology interact with the distinctive architecture of Alys Beach to create new forms of expression.
In its ninth year, Digital Graffiti transforms Alys Beach’s stark white walls into a canvas of light. The three-day festival includes a Curator’s Tour of select digital art, DG Festival, and Sunday Brunch. For more information on the festival and tickets, please visit www.digitalgraffiti.com.

See SoWal.com Photo Gallery from DG2014

Sunday, May 15
Brunch
11am-1pm
Enjoy a strolling brunch with the DG2016 artists and judges complete with mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, biscuit bar, and lively discussion.

DG2015 tickets are available at the Alys ShoppeAlys Beach Bike Shop,Fonville Press or online here.
Sometimes referred to as “Photon Bombing,” “Guerilla Projection” or “Urban Projection,” underground artists around the globe have been using the latest design, animation and projection technologies for many years to cast dynamic images onto skyscrapers and other urban structures as a means of artistic expression. Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a festival geared towards bringing these artists together in one place to celebrate and showcase their unique talents.
“Alys Beach becomes their blank canvas,” said Kelli Siler, Alys Beach Director of Events. “Digital Graffiti explores how design, technology and architecture can intertwine to create entirely new art forms. For one evening, Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards and pedestrian paths to innovative companies and ground-breaking artists who fuse these three components to transform our entire town into a living work of art.”
Each year, the festival attracts digital artists, filmmakers, musicians, interactive designers, photographers, VJs, producers, celebrities, agency executives and fans of art, technology and architecture. Thousands of dollars in cash prizes are awarded to artists, with digital submissions being received from as far away as Israel, Austria, Canada, Germany, London, India, France, Italy and China. Click here to view a complete list of previous Digital Graffiti winners.

The 2016 Digital Graffiti Festival will be held May 13-15. Be sure to follow Digital Graffiti on Facebook for up to date information. www.digitalgraffiti.com.

Founded in 2004, Alys Beach is one of the most beautiful emerging towns in the world. Located in Northwest Florida on Scenic Highway 30A. Alys Beach’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. When complete, it will be home to 899 villas and courtyard homes, as well as restaurants, parks, shops, and other amenities.

Location: Alys Beach: 9581 E. County Hwy 30A Panama City Beach, FL 32413

USTPA Clay Court Championships at TOPS’L Resort on 5/16

TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort in South Walton, Florida will host the $10,000 USPTA TOPS’L Clay Court Championships this May, one of four tournaments that comprise the USPTA Surface Championship Series. The event is open to the public to attend and watch USPTA-certified tennis professionals compete for cash prizes in each category. USPTA TOPS’L Clay Court Championships will take place May 14 through 16, 2016.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting this annual event for the first time here at TOPS’L,” said Joe D’Aleo, director of tennis at TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort. “Participants are invited to come early to enjoy our 12 Rubico clay tennis courts and practice with our team of USPTA-certified tennis professionals, or stay an extra few days with their families to enjoy the resort’s sugar-white sand beaches and countless amenities.”
The Clay Court Championships is one of four tournaments that comprise the USPTA Surface Championship Series. In addition to Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Singles and Doubles matches, weekend events will include a professional development seminar, vendor showcase, and player luncheon. Participation is limited to USPTA-certified professionals in good standing. Players of the event could be invited to participate in the USPTA Masters Invitational, which takes place in September 2016. A minimum of $10,000 in prize money will be awarded during the Clay Court Championships based upon the number of entries in each event.
Situated on 52 private acres near Destin, Florida and bordered by both the Gulf of Mexico and a tranquil nature preserve, TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort offers resort accommodations ranging from studios to five-bedroom condos and private homes. TOPS’L has won numerous awards for its tennis facilities over the years. Recent awards include “Best Tennis Facility” (Destin Magazine) and “Tennis Facility Grand Champion” (“Perfect in South Walton Awards,” hosted by Visit South Walton).
Location: Tops’l Beach & Racquet Resort: 9011 US Highway 98 W Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Seaside Writers Conference on 5/16

The 2016 Seaside Writers Conference is slated for May 14-21 at the Seaside Academic Village in Seaside, Florida. The annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events.
Headlining Authors: Andre Dubus III and Elizabeth Stuckey-French.
The Seaside Writers Conference is an annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation, and features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events.  This event occurs every year in May, and offers the opportunity for beginning, intermediate and advanced writers to celebrate writing, to network with other writers, and to hone their craft.  There will also be seminars hosted by professional editors and literary agents who will offer one-on-one consultations.  All participants who pay the full conference tuition fee will be able to take part in all daily activities, while those paying a la carte pricing will have the pick of which classes and workshops they would like to attend. There is also an exclusive tuition & housing option that provides accommodation for the conference.
Tuition includes workshops, seminars, receptions and special events – with or without accommodations (lodging may not be available after April deadline). There is also a la carte pricing for workshops and seminars. All participants who pay the full conference tuition fee will be able to take part in all daily activities, while those paying a la carte pricing will have the pick of which classes and workshops they would like to attend. All levels of writers are welcome, and there are workshops scheduled specifically for poets and fiction writers.
For the full conference schedule, enrollment and information please see http://seasidewritersconference.weebly.com/.
Location: Seaside Academic Village: 168 Smolian Circle Seaside, FL 32459

Guppy Swim Lessons (Level 2): Drop-Off Class on 5/16 between 9am – 10am

The Guppy swim class will help your child safely explore and become confident in the water while learning basic swim survival skills.
– Mandatory drop off class *we recommend our Clown Fish class as a prerequisite to our Guppy Class
– Pool entry and exit
– Rhythmic underwater breathing
– Pool depth awareness
– Kicking; arm strokes
Registration: Register online at www.WholeLifeFitnessFl.com
For more info, call 850-259-6563 or email at – wholelifefitnessfl@gmail.com.
Location: Whole Life Fitness: 78 Grande Pointe Drive Inlet Beach, FL 32413

Clownfish Swim Lessons: Parent-Child Class on 5/16 between 10am – 11am

This parent/child bonding time allows swimming to become human nature, thus decreasing the chances of being weary or fearful around water with age.
Clownfish Class:
This is a parent/child swim class for children 0-3 years old.
– Adult participation required
– No prior swim experience required
– Parents will learn necessary skills to continue working with children post lesson completion
– Water safe in 8 lessons
– Blowing bubbles, water submersion, water rolls
– Parent bonding experience
– Small class sizes
Registration: Register online at www.WholeLifeFitnessFl.com
For more info, call 850-259-6563 or email at – wholelifefitnessfl@gmail.com.
Location: Whole Life Fitness: 78 Grande Pointe Drive Inlet Beach, FL 32413

Marlin Swim Lessons (Level 3) on 5/16 between 11am – 12pm

The Marlin swim class teaches children the primary skills needed to master all strokes. This class is a great swim lessons for those students wanting to advance into swim teams or our Camp Whistle Worthy.
– Unassisted floats
– Glides; entry into deep water
– Combined arm and leg skills on the front and back
– Introduce crawl; elementary back stroke and back crawl; sculling and treading
– Introduce basic water safety and life-guarding skills
Registration: Register online at www.WholeLifeFitnessFl.com
For more info, call 850-259-6563 or email at – wholelifefitnessfl@gmail.com.
Location: Whole Life Fitness: 78 Grande Pointe Drive Inlet Beach, FL 32413

Seaside Writers Conference on 5/17

The 2016 Seaside Writers Conference is slated for May 14-21 at the Seaside Academic Village in Seaside, Florida. The annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events.
Headlining Authors: Andre Dubus III and Elizabeth Stuckey-French.
The Seaside Writers Conference is an annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation, and features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events.  This event occurs every year in May, and offers the opportunity for beginning, intermediate and advanced writers to celebrate writing, to network with other writers, and to hone their craft.  There will also be seminars hosted by professional editors and literary agents who will offer one-on-one consultations.  All participants who pay the full conference tuition fee will be able to take part in all daily activities, while those paying a la carte pricing will have the pick of which classes and workshops they would like to attend. There is also an exclusive tuition & housing option that provides accommodation for the conference.
Tuition includes workshops, seminars, receptions and special events – with or without accommodations (lodging may not be available after April deadline). There is also a la carte pricing for workshops and seminars. All participants who pay the full conference tuition fee will be able to take part in all daily activities, while those paying a la carte pricing will have the pick of which classes and workshops they would like to attend. All levels of writers are welcome, and there are workshops scheduled specifically for poets and fiction writers.
For the full conference schedule, enrollment and information please see http://seasidewritersconference.weebly.com/.
Location: Seaside Academic Village: 168 Smolian Circle Seaside, FL 32459

Clownfish Swim Lessons: Parent-Child Class on 5/17 between 10am – 11am

This parent/child bonding time allows swimming to become human nature, thus decreasing the chances of being weary or fearful around water with age.
Clownfish Class:
This is a parent/child swim class for children 0-3 years old.
– Adult participation required
– No prior swim experience required
– Parents will learn necessary skills to continue working with children post lesson completion
– Water safe in 8 lessons
– Blowing bubbles, water submersion, water rolls
– Parent bonding experience
– Small class sizes
Registration: Register online at www.WholeLifeFitnessFl.com
For more info, call 850-259-6563 or email at – wholelifefitnessfl@gmail.com.
Location: Whole Life Fitness: 78 Grande Pointe Drive Inlet Beach, FL 32413

Happy Hour Paddle on 5/17 between 4pm – 7pm

Join in for a Stand Up Paddleboard Adventure offering one of the only SUP Sunset trips in the area! The trip starts at our Paddle Hut Hideaway complete with bathroom, drinks, snacks & retail… located just 5 minutes north of Grayton Beach. Learn the basics in our calm secluded lagoon, then paddle down the canal and out into the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. Bring your own snacks and drinks and anchor in the shallows for a toast and photos. Or if conditions are favorable, paddle all the way to The Bay Restaurant for Happy Hour. Arrive at the area’s hottest new hang out via paddleboard and enjoy a cold beverage & appetizer and then paddle back enjoying the sunset and looking for dolphins dancing in the Bay.
All gear, professional instruction, photography and tour guide are provided for this 2-3 hour adventure. Food and beverages are optional and not included in price.
Please call directly to book for children ages 8-12.
Be sure to also check out our AM SUP Yoga, Sunset SUP Yoga, SUP Yoga + Brunch at the Bay and our Full Moon Paddles!
For more info, visit www.30APaddleboardYoga.com to book online or call Shanda at 239-560-6667.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Wine Tasting on 5/17 between 5pm – 7pm

Enjoy wine tastings every Tuesday from 5 – 7 p.m. March through November at Fonville Press. A few select wines will be showcased with light bites and live music. Charges are $10 per person. You can also avail case deals on featured wines.
Location: Fonville Press: 147 N Charles Street Alys Beach, FL 32413

Wine & Song at Fonville Press on 5/17 between 5pm7pm

Join Fonville Press in Alys Beach for an evening of Wine & Song on Tuesdays from 5-7pm each week from March through Nov 2016. $10 for a selection of wine, music various artists performing live, and lite fare. 21 and up only. Case deals featured wines.
Special Wine & Song dates later this year are Friday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2016.
It’s an Alys Beach tradition in South Walton, FL.
Fonville Press is the town café, newsstand, bookshop, wine bar, and so much more. To feed the mind, Fonville Press offers breakfast, coffee, magazines, newspapers, and a wide array of books for sale. For those who want to indulge, Fonville offers desserts as well as imported and domestic wines and beers. Fonville Press is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Nestled on 158 pristine acres along the Gulf of Mexico, Alys Beach is a unique urban project that blends new city planning with old-world charm. Its striking architecture, elegant settings and natural landscapes make it tempting to stop and explore on your way down the east end of Scenic 30A.
Founded in 2004, Alys Beach is one of SoWal’s newest towns. Its streets, courtyards, promenades and market places were all designed to be both innovative and timeless. Read more at Alys Beach | SoWal.com Vacation Guide. Follow Alys Beach on Facebook for town events and updates!
Also, this year in Alys Beach don’t miss seasonal concerts in the amphitheater (6pm), weekly outdoor movies at sunset, and many special events throughout the year such as 4th of July concert and fireworks, Alys Beach 5K and Fun Run (Sep). The big event Alys Beach event is Digital Graffiti coming up May 13-15 this year (previously held in June each year). SoWal.com/Events Calendar.
Location: Alys Beach: 147 West La Garza Ln Alys Beach, FL 32413

Crawfish Boil & Sunset Hydrobike Ride on 5/17 between 6pm – 9:30pm

March through May, Tuesday evenings are made to be shared with Emerald Coast Hydrobikes! Grayton Beach Catering will bring the Crawfish Boil and there’s much fun to be had! Meet at the dock for a delicious no-muss-no fuss, chore-free dinner, cruise on a Hydrobike and catch a beautiful sunset over the Choctawhatchee Bay. Top the night off by roasting s’mores over the campfire and you will have an experience to remember!
Advance reservations required.
NEW! Choose a Hydrobike or a Klear Kanoo! Supplies are limited so let us know your preference when you book.
The schedule is as follows:
Check in: 4 – 6 p.m. (seasonal)
Bike the Bay until Sunset
Crawfish Boil and Campfire at the dock
Crawfish, Andouille, sweet corn, red potatoes, watermelon and s’mores
Bottled water, sweet tea and unsweetened tea included
Expect to be done between 8 and 9:30 p.m.
Seasonal check-in times:
Mar 1 – Mar 11: 4 p.m.
Mar 18 – Apr 15: 5:30 p.m.
April 22 – May 31: 6 p.m.
Pricing:
$130 per adult
$60 under-12 (big enough to ride their own Hydrobike)
$35 under-8 (just the right size to ride with mom or dad)
$60 Adult non rider
Gratuity not included
Please book by noon on Monday to guarantee your spot on this trip.
What to Wear:
Wear whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Shoes, flops or bare feet are all acceptable. The sun can be intense even late in the day and conditions can change quickly so a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or other sun/weather protection should be considered. Also, keep in mind that Hydrobikes have a chain just like a land bike so please don’t wear anything that is overly loose below your shins as it could get caught in the chain. In most cases, you will not get wet unless you choose to so bathing suits are optional. Hydrobikes are stable and easy to jump off of and climb back onto. This makes swimming a fun option.
What to Bring:
Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Comfort items
Medicine if needed
Although it is unlikely that your stuff will get wet, anything could happen so bring a dry bag if you like.
Note: Sunscreen, dry bags, sunglass leashes and other items are available for purchase on the stop but there’s no store onsite so please make your order in advance so that your items can be arranged and kept ready for you at the dock.
If you just want to ride Hydrobikes, daily rentals are available. Visit emeraldcoasthydrobikes.com or call 850-598-7949.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour at Bud & Alleys on 5/17 at 8pm

Spring is here and we are all ready for a little outdoor live music. Bud and Alley’s waterfront restaurant in Seaside is host to monthly Nashville Songwriters this season. We can’t think of a better place to chill with a cocktail and enjoy some of today’s best country music.
The Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour kicks off at Bud and Alleys on Tuesday, Apr. 5 at 8:00 p.m. The tour brings Nashville songwriters Dave Pahanish & Hugh Mitchell on stage for intimate acoustic performances along the Emerald Coast from April through August, 2016. Free and open to the public.
Come out to the perfect concert stage set next to the Gulf of Mexico at Bud and Alley’s Restaurant. Songwriters Dave Pahanish and Hugh Mitchel to perform at Bud and Alley’s in the outdoor event venue Apr 5, May 17, June 14, July 5 and August 9. All shows start at 8:00 p.m.
Bud & Alley’s Restaurant’s amazing 30 year run in Seaside is being celebrated all year. So get up to the rooftop deck and toast all the fun and great memories of the last three decades, and decades to come. Founded in 1986 in Seaside, Florida, Bud & Alley’s has become a revered gathering place by local patrons and visitors known for “Good Food. Good People. Good Times.” Over the years, Bud & Alley’s has garnered numerous awards including Florida Trend Magazine’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award, designating the eatery as one of the Top 20 Restaurants in Florida.
Bud & Alley’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information on Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant, call (850) 231-5900 or visit www.budandalleys.com.
Location: Seaside: 2236 E Scenic 30A Seaside, FL 32459

Seaside Writers Conference on 5/18

The 2016 Seaside Writers Conference is slated for May 14-21 at the Seaside Academic Village in Seaside, Florida. The annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events.
Headlining Authors: Andre Dubus III and Elizabeth Stuckey-French.
The Seaside Writers Conference is an annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation, and features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and screenwriting who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events.  This event occurs every year in May, and offers the opportunity for beginning, intermediate and advanced writers to celebrate writing, to network with other writers, and to hone their craft.  There will also be seminars hosted by professional editors and literary agents who will offer one-on-one consultations.  All participants who pay the full conference tuition fee will be able to take part in all daily activities, while those paying a la carte pricing will have the pick of which classes and workshops they would like to attend. There is also an exclusive tuition & housing option that provides accommodation for the conference.
Tuition includes workshops, seminars, receptions and special events – with or without accommodations (lodging may not be available after April deadline). There is also a la carte pricing for workshops and seminars. All participants who pay the full conference tuition fee will be able to take part in all daily activities, while those paying a la carte pricing will have the pick of which classes and workshops they would like to attend. All levels of writers are welcome, and there are workshops scheduled specifically for poets and fiction writers.
For the full conference schedule, enrollment and information please see http://seasidewritersconference.weebly.com/.
Location: Seaside Academic Village: 168 Smolian Circle Seaside, FL 32459

Hydrobike Ride & Dine at Red Bar on 5/18 between 8am – 12pm

Sign up for a Wednesday Morning Red Bar Ride and Dine – available weekly, year round.
Meet the group at the Western Lake boat ramp at the end of Hotz Avenue just past the world famous Red Bar in Grayton Beach between 7:30 and 8:00. You will enjoy 4 hours of Hydrobike play time in the Gulf of Mexico or in Western Lake. You will be provided lunch at the Red Bar via a $25 gift card so you can dine at your convenience. They open at 11 am.
Grayton Beach is unique in that it has a beach bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Western Lake. Western Lake is one of South Walton’s Coastal Dune lakes. These lakes only exist in a few places in the whole world and Walton County is lucky enough to be home to several of them. At times the outflow will bust open and flow right out into the Gulf of Mexico. 4 hours give you plenty of time to explore both bodies of water.
*Please note that riding in the Gulf may be restricted based on current water conditions.
All activities are subject to weather conditions.
Schedule:
Check in between 7:30 and 8 a.m.
Meet at the Western Lake Boat Ramp in Grayton Beach.
Bike Western Lake or the Gulf until lunch
Explore the Gulf or the lake! Western Lakes runs through Grayton Beach State Park all the way to Watercolor and offers a vast territory to discover. Return the bikes to the boat ramp by 12pm. We will handle the rest.
*Please note that riding in the Gulf may be restricted based on water conditions*
Dine
The Red Bar opens at 11 am. We recommend any thing on their menu. You will not be disappointed!
Pricing:
$75 per person
$40 Kids Under 8 (Lake Only)
Please understand that we cannot allow the little ones to ride on the deck in the Gulf
Please book by 4 p.m. on Tuesday to guarantee your spot on this trip.
***Do you just want to ride Hydrobikes? Rentals are available daily***
Hhow to Book:
By phone or online
Emerald Coast Hydrobikes
850-598-7949
info@echydrobikes.com
emeraldcoasthydrobikes.com
Where to Meet:
Western Lake Boat Ramp in Grayton Beach.
You will find it at the end of Hotz Ave (2 blocks past the Red Bar).
What to Wear:
In short, wear whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Shoes, flops or bare feet are all acceptable. The sun can be intense even late in the day and conditions can change quickly so a hat, sunglasses, long sleeves or other sun/weather protection should be considered. Also, keep in mind that Hydrobikes have a chain just like a land bike so please don’t wear anything that is overly loose below your shins as it could get caught in the chain. In most cases, you will not get wet unless you choose to so bathing suits are optional. Hydrobikes are stable and easy to jump off of and climb back onto. This makes swimming a fun option.
What to Bring:
Camera
Sunscreen
Bug Spray
Comfort items
Medicine if needed
Although it is unlikely that your stuff will get wet, anything could happen so bring a dry bag for those items you want to protect..
***We have sunscreen, dry bags, sunglass leashes and other items available for purchase but we do not have a store onsite so please make your order in advance and we will have your items ready for you at the dock.
Location: Grayton Beach: Florida’s Scenic Hwy 30A Grayton Beach, FL 32459

Zen Meditation on 5/18 between 9am – 10am

Experience Zen Meditation for living in the 21st Century, presented by Honin, a Soto Zen Priest
For more info, call 702-499-4719.
Location: Monet Monet: 100 E County Highway 30A Grayton Beach, Florida

Clownfish Swim Lessons: Parent-Child Class on 5/18 between 10am – 11am

This parent/child bonding time allows swimming to become human nature, thus decreasing the chances of being weary or fearful around water with age.
Clownfish Class:
This is a parent/child swim class for children 0-3 years old.
– Adult participation required
– No prior swim experience required
– Parents will learn necessary skills to continue working with children post lesson completion
– Water safe in 8 lessons
– Blowing bubbles, water submersion, water rolls
– Parent bonding experience
– Small class sizes
Registration: Register online at www.WholeLifeFitnessFl.com
For more info, call 850-259-6563 or email at – wholelifefitnessfl@gmail.com.
Location: Whole Life Fitness: 78 Grande Pointe Drive Inlet Beach, FL 32413

Happy Hour Paddle on 5/18 between 4pm – 7pm

Join in for a Stand Up Paddleboard Adventure offering one of the only SUP Sunset trips in the area! The trip starts at our Paddle Hut Hideaway complete with bathroom, drinks, snacks & retail… located just 5 minutes north of Grayton Beach. Learn the basics in our calm secluded lagoon, then paddle down the canal and out into the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. Bring your own snacks and drinks and anchor in the shallows for a toast and photos. Or if conditions are favorable, paddle all the way to The Bay Restaurant for Happy Hour. Arrive at the area’s hottest new hang out via paddleboard and enjoy a cold beverage & appetizer and then paddle back enjoying the sunset and looking for dolphins dancing in the Bay.
All gear, professional instruction, photography and tour guide are provided for this 2-3 hour adventure. Food and beverages are optional and not included in price.
Please call directly to book for children ages 8-12.
Be sure to also check out our AM SUP Yoga, Sunset SUP Yoga, SUP Yoga + Brunch at the Bay and our Full Moon Paddles!
For more info, visit www.30APaddleboardYoga.com to book online or call Shanda at 239-560-6667.
Location: Tom’s Landing: 78 Ricker Avenue Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Family Movie Night at The Hub on 5/18 between 6pm10pm

Bring the whole family out to Movie Night at The Hub on Wednesdays starting at 6pm. It’s double movie night! Movies are shown on the jumbotron on the events stage.
Free and open to the public. What a great chance to sit outdoors and enjoy dinner, drinks, ice cream and shakes, and a fun family movie on the big screen at The Hub on Scenic 30A at WaterSound Beach. It’s Family Movie Night every Wednesday.
Live recorded concerts and/or sports events to be shown on the big screen on Mon/Tue nights.
The Hub is also hosting live music performances by local and visiting artists on Thursday through Saturday nights with additional special parties and performances as announced.
Location: 7000 E County Highway 30A WaterSound Beach, FL 32459

Co-Ed Adult Volleyball League on 5/18 between 6pm – 8pm

Enjoy a Whole Life Fitness Social Sport.
Schedule:
May 5 – Online registration opens
May 16 – Team jersey order (for sizes) deadline
May 24 – Captains orientation meeting @ Red Bar 6PM
May 25 – Season begins!
July 6 – Championship tournament
Registration Cost Covers:
* Team Tank Tops
* 6 Regular Season Game’s
* Championship Tournament
* Court and Permit Fees
* Sponsored Social Events post-games
It is suggested each team has between 4 and 6 players. This league is encouraged to be co-ed, social and fun! For teams looking for a competitive challenge we suggest registering as a 4 player team (option choice on the registration page) knowing you will compete against teams up to 6 players. Teams with less than 6 players may have individuals who have signed up as “free agents” added to their roster. Players must wear their team t-shirt and be registered players of the respective team.
You must be 21 years of age or older to participate.
The staff and referees at Whole Life Fitness Sport and Social Club want everyone to have safe, fun experience. That’s why we try to keep the rules as simple as possible. We want new players of all ages to be able to quickly pick up the play of the game. If you have questions about the proper interpretation or execution of our rules, or wish to view the rules in general, be sure to make the WLF Volleyball Gameplay Rules page your first stop! The FAQ will be updated as new questions emerge, and it also contains full details on how your league can ask questions and even make rules suggestions for the future.
Location: Grayton Beach: Florida’s Scenic Hwy 30A Grayton Beach, FL 32459

Baytowne® Wednesday Night Concert Series on 5/18 between 7pm9pm

Welcome to The Village of Baytowne® Wharf where the music rolls every Wednesday night from 7-9pm. Don’t miss the May 2016 lineup in the events plaza in the heart of #SandestinFL.
The Village of Baytowne ® Wharf Wednesday Night Concerts Series takes place throughout the year in Sandestin®, FL. Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy the great live music under the stars in the events plaza in the heart of The Village. Free and open to public.
Live music in the events plaza | May Blues
May 18 | Forrest Williams Band
May 19 | “Light it Up” Vocal Pop Concert | Alissa Steffens Vocal Academy
May 25| Hailey Whitters
The Village of Baytowne® Wharf is the “heart and soul” of Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort and the gathering place for many locals and visitors along the Emerald Coast.
Baytowne® Wharf features restaurants, bars, shops, and family-friendly activities throughout the village. Sitting on the shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay, the area pieces together elements of an old fishing village and a New Orleans marketplace, making the atmosphere fun and relaxing.
Baytowne® Wharf also features excellent dining such as Marina Bar & Grill situated directly on the marina overlooking the bay, Acme Oyster House, a world famous raw oyster bar, directly from the French Quarter in New Orleans, and Funky Blues Shack is adorned with great local folk-art and has lots of live music. Step into the bar at Marlin Grill for a cocktail or treat yourself to a steak and seafood dinner. Several delicious eateries throughout the village serve up seafood, burgers, Asian and excellent Gulf coast cuisine.
The Village boardwalk is lined with kid-friendly activities like zip-lining, a rock climbing wall and an obstacle course. Plus, there’s always lots of events happening year round, whether it’s an exciting New Year’s Eve party, concerts on the lawn, Sandestin® Wine Festival, Baytowne Beer Festival or the yummy Sandestin® Gumbo Festival.
Follow The Village of Baytowne Wharf on Facebook for updates on upcoming festivals and events.
Location: Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza: 9300 US Highway 98 W Sandestin®, FL 32550