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Randy Wise Homes, Inc. will hold a fundraiser to benefit Building Homes for Heroes from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Grande Ballroom at Emerald Grande in HarborWalk Village. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at www.BuildingHomesForHeroes.org or Randy Wise Homes, 127 N. Partin Drive in Niceville. This benefit will help to provide local wounded veteran Air Force Master Sergeant Joseph Deslauriers and his family with a new home. Attendees will enjoy dinner, a silent auction and a presentation by Building Homes for Heroes.
A free, family event, Pioneer Day takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville. Park fees are waived and food will be available for purchase. Participate in making rag dolls, dipping candles and playing old fashioned games. Demonstrations will include cooking on a campfire and basket weaving. Listen to live dulcimer and flute music and a storyteller. Two Civil War re-enactor groups, the Walton Guard and the 6th Florida Infantry Regiment, will be firing muskets and displaying their campsites. Rain date is from 12-3 p.m. Nov. 17.
Sparkling Wines & Holiday Lights
The Sandestin Wine Festival presents the second annual Sparkling Wines & Holiday Lights from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 16 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.Stroll streets lined in twinkling lights and greenery as you sip a variety of champagnes and taste featured menu items from various Village restaurants. For information and tickets visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com.
Stage Crafters Community Theatre presents the holiday musical “Miracle in Bedford Falls” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium, 107 Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. Tickets are $20 and available at P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach, Bayou Books in Niceville and www.StageCrafters.com. Discounted student tickets are $10 and available at the door. Call 243-1101.
A renowned mandolinist and fiddler, Jeff Midkiff of Virginia will perform the regional premiere of his acclaimed “Concerto for Mandolin — From the Blue Ridge” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville for the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s “American Impressions” concert. The NFSO will also perform. Tickets are $22.50/adults and $16/active duty military and youth age 18 and younger and are available at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Grilling the Feast
Grill Master Wayne Paul hosts a Grilling the Feast Thanksgiving Cooking Class from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Bay Breeze Patio, 32 Forest Shore Drive in Miramar Beach. The class will feature tips, tricks and recipes for creating the most delectable Thanksgiving meal outdoors. The class is appropriate for all skill levels and participants will receive a free Wayne's Get Grillin’ Rub. The cost is $10/person and proceeds benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269-4666.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor the movie “Stories We Tell,” an independent film documentary, at 4 p.m. Nov. 19. The program is free and open to the public. Films are unrated and directed toward mature audiences. Seating will be limited to 30 on a first-come, first-served basis.
The film series replaces Foreign Film Night, although occasionally foreign films will be shown, and its goal is to provide area residents with the opportunity to view films that are in limited release and/or unlikely to be shown in local theaters.
Americana Under The Stars
Sally Spring performs at a family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars, from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 21 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Open mic begins at 6 p.m. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
• Dec. 5: Matt Prater
The Arts and Design Society, 17 First Street, SE in Fort Walton Beach, presents the works of Pat Roberts, experimental and prize-winning artist in various media, in the studio windows facing First Street for easy viewing during November.
Enjoy the reggae, rock, funk and blues of Chronic Jester Tuesdays at Hammerhead’s Bar and Grille, 137 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach.
Michael J Thomas
Michael J Thomas performs a blend of smooth jazz saxophone music and R&B vocals Tuesday through Saturday "upon availability" at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 15000 Emerald Coast Parkway. Call 337-5108.
Taco and Tequila Festival
Crab Island Cantina, 2 Harbor Blvd., hosts its inaugural Taco and Tequila Festival from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Cost is $40/person and includes tacos, sauces and tequilas, a silent auction and live entertainment featuring Flamenco guitarist with DJ Vasco in between sets. Purchase tickets at Crab Island Cantina or any Pepito’s restaurant. The event will benefit the Salvation Army.
Kingdom of Sweets
The Northwest Florida Ballet Kingdom of Sweets Reception, sponsored by Vintij Wine Boutique and Bistro, will be held from 5:30-7:15 p.m. Nov. 23 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center Art Galleries in Niceville. Cost is $20 and includes an evening of wine and desserts to celebrate the opening night of The Nutcracker. Call 664-7787 or stop by the studio to RSVP. No tickets will be sold at the door. Must be 21 to attend.
The Northwest Florida Ballet’s 44th annual presentation of The Nutcracker begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $28/adults and $14/children 12 and under and can be purchased at nfballet.org or 850-664-7787.
A national touring Broadway Series musical, “Hello Dolly! Starring Sally Struthers” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. “Hello, Dolly!” is one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success. Tickets are $45 each and are available at 729-6000 or www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Dinner and a Movie
A full length classic movie shown on the courtyard wall while a four-course prix fixe dinner, inspired by the movie Fiddler on the Roof, is served from 6:30-10 p.m. Nov. 27 at Edward’s Fine Food & Wine, 66 Main St. in Rosemary Beach. Cost is $70+ tax. Call 231-0550 or email email@example.com for tickets.
• Dec. 11: Edward Scissorhands
• Jan. 8: Maltese Falcon
• Jan. 22: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
• Feb. 5: My Cousin Vinny
• Feb. 19: Godfather II
Harbor Docks will host its 19th Annual Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 28. People from all walks of life gather at the Destin restaurant in a true Thanksgiving tradition. Those who are capable of making donations are encouraged to do so. All proceeds raised benefit Habitat for Humanity and Destin Harvest projects.
Sandestin’s culinary team presents a collection of holiday favorites, with traditional turkey and trimming favorites, plus seafood desserts and more, during brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Linkside Conference Center at Sandestin. Make reservations at 267-6398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solaris Thanksgiving buffet
Experience a Thanksgiving Day buffet cruise on Choctawhatchee Bay on board the Solaris from 12-2 p.m. Nov. 28. Boarding begins at 11:15 a.m. at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. An assortment of traditional Thanksgiving favorites and select fresh seafood dishes will be prepared onboard. A full service bar is open during the cruise. Adults $58; children 3 – 10, $35; and infants under 3, $20. Seating is limited; call 650-2519 or visit www.SunQuestCruises.com.
Funky Blues Shack
New Orleans Suspects, featuring members of The Radiators, The Neville Bros. and James Brown Band, will be at The Funky Blues Shack in Destin on Nov. 30.
Wednesday Night Concert Series: Enjoy a special holiday edition of the Concert Series from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries present the final show of 2013, Sideshow! an exhibition of sideshow, freak show, and circus posters from the golden age of traveling entertainment. The show will be on view through Dec. 4.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents the orchestra and world-renowned guest artists beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the dates below. To purchase tickets, visit www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 269-7129.
• Dec. 20: The Orchestral Holiday concert at Destiny Worship Center features holiday favorites and dancers from the Northwest Florida Ballet.
• Jan. 24: The Bernstein Beat concerts are hosted by Jamie Bernstein, daughter of conductor/composer Leonard Bernstein, and include a morning youth performance and an evening concert which includes Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.”
• Feb. 14, 15: Classical Connections at Rosemary Beach Town Hall features string quintet SYBARITE5.
• March 29: Sinfonia Gala features Patti LuPone in her Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda concert at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Cash bar available.
The Destin Desserts chefs’ competition takes place at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Links Ballroom, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach. Local chefs compete for the title of champion by creating original desserts using Girl Scout cookies as the main ingredient. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the evening includes social hour, heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert tasting and voting, awards, silent auction and entertainment by Shades of Blue. Tickets are $25/person and available at each chef’s business, at any of the three Girl Scout Service Centers or call toll free 1-888-271-8778.
Glenn Miller Orchestra
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Mattie Kellie Arts Center, 100 College Blvd., Niceville. Tickets are $20. Advance tickets are available at the Mattie Kelly Arts Box office, www.mattiekellyartscenter.org or call 729-6000 or 888-838-2737.
This event is sponsored by the Niceville High School Band Program, and the NHS Big Band Jazz ensemble perform a song with the orchestra.