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Women Build 2019- January 18th

 

30A Songwriters Festival- Jan18th-21st

The 10th annual 30A Songwriters Festival is scheduled for January 18 – 21, 2019 and tickets are on sale now!

Over the course of the weekend, the festival will feature performances by more than 175 songwriters in venues along coastal Florida’s scenic Hwy 30A.

Net proceeds from the 30A Songwriters Festival benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and help it to fulfill its mission to support the arts throughout Walton County.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade- January 21st

A Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade will take place on Monday, January
21, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the City of Fort Walton Beach. The parade will begin at City Hall and proceed east
on US Hwy. 98 to Beal Pkwy.; north on Beal Pkwy. to Hollywood Blvd.; west on Hollywood Blvd. to
Wright Pkwy. The parade will end at Fort Walton Beach High School. City police officers will assist in
street and lane closures during the parade. Expect traffic delays and alternate routes. Motorists should
use caution when traveling in these areas. The city appreciates the public’s participation and
cooperation during the event.

 

FPP 2018 Prosperity Regional Roundtable- January 24th

Fontaine & Friends Comedy Relief Happy Hour & Beach Bash- January 26th

Fontaine Drip Inc Presents:  Fontaine & Friends Comedy Relief Happy Hour & Beach Bash

Comedian Wil’ E. Fontaine returns from Atlanta, GA and teams up with his friend and local musician Apollo Williams for an evening of comedy, music, and games and prizes.  Featured guests include Atlanta Comedy Legend Bo Micadelic and local Band Duende (prounounced Doo-en-day)

Where:  Enlightened Studios 142 Miracle Strip Pkwy, FWB, FL 32548

When:  January 26th, Happy Hour Starts at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm.  $15 cover, $20 for couples, and as always military free with proof of ID.

Fontaine Drip Inc., is a non- profit organization. Proceeds from this show will go towards Hurricane Michael Relief for Bay & Jackson Counties.

 

Pancake Breakfast at Magnolia Grill benefitting FWB High School JR ROTC- January 26th

 

 

Okaloosa Island Dance Party- February 1st

The biggest one night dance party on the Emerald Coast! “Dance through the years” to music by the Emerald Gold Band playing favorites from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, & 80’s. Join a night of exciting live music, dancing, silent auction, wii sport games, vintage Pinball and video arcade machines.

Dance the night away on Friday, February 1 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center! It’s the Okaloosa Island Dance Party with live music playing the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, cash bars, vintage arcade and pinball machines. Food concessions are available for purchase. The event benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Air Commando Foundation. Advance tickets are only 15-bucks…or buy 4, get 1 free right now.  They can be purchased at Beach Community Bank and the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. Tickets at the door on February 1st are 25-dollars for the Okaloosa Island Dance Party!

 

Pancake Breakfast at Magnolia Grill benefitting Pryor Band- Feb 2nd

Sip & Science- February 9th

6P-9P

Bring your friends, grab a drink, and unleash your inner scientist! Fun knows no age limit, so get ready to play like a kid again.

Did you know February 9 is National Pizza Day? Grab your friends and join our pizza party–there’s plenty of beer and cheesy goodness to go around! Get the chance to engineer your very own Rube Goldberg Machine and test it out–will is stand up to the challenge, or will your team have to go back to the drawing board? A Rube Goldberg Machine is a crazy contraption which accomplishes a simple task in the most complicated – and funniest – way possible. Maybe your machine will help you open a beer, snap a selfie of your squad, or simply create chaos. Either way, you don’t want to miss this night at the museum.

Ticket price includes admission, drink tickets for beer and wine, and pizza.
Guests age 21+ (IDs will be checked at the door)

Tickets HERE

 

Top Hats and Tails- Feb 9th

Join SOCKS for our first ever Top Hats and Tails: A Cause for Claws fundraising dinner on February 9, 2019, 6 pm, at The Island, by Hotel RL, Okaloosa Island.

Kate MacFall, Florida State Director, Humane Society, is our guest speaker and is certain to have great insight into how our community can improve the lives of animals. Musician and singer, Christina Alconcel will be there to provide the entertainment for the evening. And Aimee Shaffer is SOCKS Official Emcee!

A buffet dinner will be served and a cash bar will be available. The tickets are $60 and available online, at SOCKS Thrift Store, SOCKS Shelter, and Medley Printing on Walter Martin Road in Fort Walton Beach.

We are still looking for sponsors and silent auction items. The sponsorship details can be found here:
http://www.saveourcatsandkittens.com/events
Contact Nancy at 850-865-6866 with any questions.

SOCKS has been working to help the community for over 25 years. Please join us to celebrate and support our efforts!

Rock for a Cure 11- February  17th

 

 

30A Wine Festival VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-Feb 20-24

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
It’s that time again and we are looking for an abundance of volunteers for the upcoming 30A Wine Festival in Alys Beach February 20-24, 2019. Please see below the volunteer shifts/times/details and click the button below each shift to register.

*NEW THIS YEAR* – Every volunteer who completes at least 6 hours of volunteer time over the wine festival weekend will receive a ticket to Digital Graffiti Illuminate – Alys Beach’s one of a kind digital projection art festival held Friday, May 17, 2019.
Disclaimer – DG tickets will be handed out at the discretion of the Volunteer Coordinator based on volunteer performance.

WEEKEND VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE

Wednesday, February 20, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Check in at Building C, Alys Beach
Physical level: Low
Stuff goody bags, polish wine glasses, general event support. Dress comfortably, decent amount of walking involved.
1 Spot Available

Wednesday, February 20, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Check in at Central Park, Alys Beach
Physical level: Moderate
>From 11-3, we will be helping the decorator set up for Thursday night event then from 3-5, we will be helping to set up the retail tent. May require some heavy lifting. Wear comfortable clothing & tennis shoes.
5 Spots Available

Thursday, February 21, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Check in at Kelly Green, Alys Beach
Physical level: Moderate
>From 11-3, we will be helping the decorator set up for the Friday night event then from 3-5, we will be helping to set up the retail tent. May require some heavy lifting. Wear comfortable clothing & tennis shoes.
7 Spots Available

Thursday, February 21, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Check in at Central Park, Alys Beach
Physical level: Low
Help clean and clear Central Park during Garden & Gun: Oysters & Champagne. General Event Support. Pick up trash, clean areas, etc.
Dress in Black.
2 Spots Available

Friday, February 22, 10:00AM-4:00PM
Check in at The Lucian, Alys Beach
Physical level: Moderate
Help set up for Friday and Saturday events. May require heavy lifting. Wear comfortable clothes & tennis shoes. Lunch provided.
8 Spots Available

Friday, February 22, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Check in at The Lucian, Alys Beach
Physical level: Moderate
Help set up Retail tent. May require heavy lifting of wine & bourbon boxes. Wear comfortable clothes & tennis shoes.
2 Spots Available

Friday, February 22, 3:30PM-7:00PM
Check in at The Lucian, Alys Beach
Physical level: Low
Final set up of Mixology Seminar, check in guests, assist with event, help clean up. Dress in Black.
3 Spots Available

Friday, February 22, 5:00PM-10:00PM
Check in at The Lucian, Alys Beach
Physical level: Low
Check in guests for the Bourbon, Beer & Butts event at Kelly Green. Help with silent auction & retail tent. Assist with clean up. 2-3 people will also be doing heavy lifting. Dress in Black.
6 Spots Available

Saturday, February 23, 12:00PM-4:00PM
Check in at The Lucian, Alys Beach
Physical level: Low
Seminar at Red Loggia – check in guests, distribute glasses and good bags, assist with wine pouring, bus tables, fill waters and dump wine buckets, direct guests & check wristbands, general event support
*Dress in Black*
2 Spots Available

Saturday, February 23, 2:30PM-7:30PM
Check in at The Lucian, Alys Beach
Physical level: Low
Grand Tasting on S. Charles – direct guests, help with silent auction, run ice to vintners as needed, pull dump buckets, restock water station, pull trash, assist with clean up. Dress in Black & wear comfortable shoes.
6 Spots Available

Saturday, February 23, 4:00PM-9:00PM
Check in at The Lucian, Alys Beach
Physical level: Moderate
Assist with Event breakdown from Friday night, help to reset location for Sunday’s event. General event support. May require heavy lifting. Dress comfortably with tennis shoes.
6 Spots Available

Sunday, February 24, 10:30AM-4:00PM
Check in at The Lucian, Alys Beach
Physical level: Low/Moderate
Check in wristbands for Rose & Croquet. Distribute glasses, provide information, set up and manage silent auction items plus check out at end of event, general event support, clean up.
Dress in Khaki bottoms with white top (button down or polo)
3 Spots Available

Sunday, February 24, 2:00PM-5:00PM
Check in at The Lucian, Alys Beach
Physical level: Moderate
Help with Retail tent check out and clean up after events. Will require heavy lifting of wine boxes/bourbon boxes.
Dress in Khaki bottoms with white top (button down or polo)
4 Spots Available

 

Pancake Breakfast at Magnolia Grill benefitting FWB Vikings Band- Feb 23rd

 

Symphony of Taste Food & Wine Festival- Feb. 24th

If you like Mardi Gras, fine wines, craft beers and good food, mark your calendars for Sunday,

February 24th.  A Symphony of Taste is the Northwest Florida Symphony Guild’s

annual fundraiser supporting youth concerto competition scholarships, fifth grade

concerts, and the Stars of Tomorrow concert.  Tickets are $40 in advance and can be

ordered at MattieKellyArtsCenter.org or by calling 850-729-6000.  Tickets can also be

purchased at Bayou Books and Cafe Bienville in Niceville, Beach Liquors in Destin and Fort Walton,

Magnolia Grill in Fort Walton and the Twisted Grape Wine Bar in Shalimar.  Plan to be

there — Sunday,February 24th  from 2 to 5 p-m at the Northwest Florida State College

Student Services Center.  Lessee le bon temps roulez!

 

Emerald Coast Science Center’s 30th Anniversary Celebration- March 9th

Join the Emerald Coast Science Center to celebrate 30 years of inspiring and growing a scientifically engaged community along the Emerald Coast! On March 9th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. the Science Center will hold a celebration complete with live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a silent auction, featuring art from local artists showcasing what “Science Is” to them. The Artwork will adorn the ECSC’s building and property for the duration of their 30th year on the Emerald Coast, giving the community an opportunity to enjoy them outside of the event.

This is an event for guests ages 21 & up.
Attire is resort casual.

TICKET INFORMATION 

 

International Festival- March 23

CALL FOR BANDS, SINGERS, FOLKLORIC GROUPS, CLUBS, and ASSOCIATIONS interested in participating at the 2nd Annual INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Fort Walton Beach!

This festival’s purpose is to bring the entire community together in UNITY, regardless of ethnicity, race, or creed, to enjoy a high quality, family-friendly event.

This FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 10am – 9pm, at the beautiful main ballroom of the Emerald Coast Convention Center.  It will include Live/DJ Music, Food, Folklore, and/or Art, from as many nations as possible, plus a fun kid’s zone.

Last year’s event was a huge success and this one will be even bigger and better.  It is organized by Conexión Media Group and co-sponsored by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Business Sponsorships are available and this event will provide you an invaluable opportunity to market to the most varied audience of any community event.

Vendors that sell products, food, arts/crafts and/or want to inform the public about their products or services are welcomed!

Part of the proceeds from INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Fort Walton Beach will benefit Opportunity Place Inc. – a shelter for single women and families who are homeless.

The festival will launch a series of events, led by Conexión Media Group and partners, that will comprise the first ever “Emerald Coast International Week” celebration in our area!

For more information, contact David at 850.368.3505 or via conexionflorida@gmail.com

VENDOR AND SPONSOR INFORMATION

 

Vettes at the Village- March 23rd

The Playground Corvette Club (PCC) will host their 15th Annual ‘Vettes at the Village’ car show on March 23, 2019 in the South Walton resort of Baytown Wharf.  In addition, this year we will also be celebrating the clubs 50th Anniversary!  This Corvette club is the oldest corvette club in the local area. Its membership is comprised of Corvette owners from Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa counties. The PCC started out in 1969 as a cruising club with local corvette enthusiasts and here we are still going strong 50 years later! In 2004 we started holding Vettes at the Village at Baytown Wharf as a fund raiser for local charities. Over the years, the clubs main charities have been Fort Walton Developmental Center, Covenant Care, PAWS, SOCKS, Ronald McDonald House and Alaqua Animal Refuge.

The car show starts on Friday night, 22 March, with a ‘Meet and Greet’ at Rum Runners restaurant located in Baytowne Wharf.  Saturday morning, 23 March, registration starts at 8 am at the Events Plaza in the center of Baytowne Wharf. The car show is a judged show with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places given in 13 categories, plus a Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Engine and a Best of Show. The club with the most participation will also receive a trophy along with the person who traveled the furthest to get to the show. Come help us raise money for our charities while enjoying the sun and fun at the beaches of South Walton!!

For registration information and reduced rooms please see our webpage at: www.playgroundcorvetteclub.com