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Life's a Beach Exhibition
The Arts and Design Society hosts exhibition of the Life's a Beach Publications' annual cover competition, featuring colorful paintings reflecting local beach envi-ronment. The show runs through Nov. 3. A reception is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 2 at 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. Admission to the reception and the gallery is free and open to the public. Call 244-1271.
Harvest Wine & Food Festival
The first Harvest Wine & Food Festival is scheduled Nov. 2-5 in WaterColor. Produced by Destin Charity Wine Auc-tion Foundation, the Grand Tasting will be held from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 4 in Cerulean Park. Purchase tickets at www.HarvestWineandFood.com.
Blues, Brews, and BBQ
Area restaurants will again compete in a spirited and fun BBQ competition during the 10th Annual Blues, Brews, and BBQ from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at HarborWalk Village. They will offer samples of creative BBQ styles and signature coastal food. Prizes will be awarded. Tasting wristband, $30/advance, $35/at door, includes 7 drink tickets for craft beer and bourbon tastings. Under 21, $15/advance, $20 at door, is for barbecue sample only. Purchase advance tickets at www.eventbrite.com.
ADSO window display
During November, The Arts and Design Society presents the works of Home Tweet Home, a duo composed of Eric Harris and Thalia Newton, who bring their combined talents of construction and design to the creation of some very fancy birdhouses. The window art is available for viewing 24/7 at The Art Center Gallery, 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
Bourbon at the Bay
Kick off the holiday season, and shopping, at the Fifth Annual Bourbon at the Bay from 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club. Sample bourbon, scotch, and champagne, try your luck in the wine pull, and bid on your choice of gifts, trips, and more in the silent auction. Tickets are $40/person includes a commemorative tasting glass for the first 200 people through the door. Purchase tickets at http://www.destinchamber.com/.
Wine tastings, winemaker dinners, and a Sunday brunch are part of the 27th Annual Seaside Seeing Red Wine Festival from Nov. 9-12. Also enjoy live music and hundreds of wines. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Seaside Neighborhood School and the Seaside Institute. Purchase tickets at http://www.seeingredwinefestival.com/
Elf the Musical, the tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole, can be seen at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Saenger Theatre, 118 Palafox Place in Pensacola. Purchase tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.com/. Prices start at $63.
Classical Connections Concerts
The first in the Classical Connections series presented by Sinfonia Gulf Coast features cellist Sang-Eun Lee at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45/person. To purchase tickets, visit SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 460-8800.
• Jan. 26: SYBARITE5 string quintet
• March 3: Violinist Corinne Stillwell
The Addams Family Musical
Stage Crafters announced its third and last production of the 2017 season — The Addams Family (musical) at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Nov. 10-12 and 17-19 at the Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.StageCraftersFWB.com or at P.S. Gifts, 29 NE Walter Martin Road in Fort Walton Beach, and Bayou Books, 1118 E John Sims Parkway in Niceville.
The 25th Flutterby Festival celebrates the migration of the Monarch Butterfly through this area with free art activities, live music, theatre and dance performances, art exhibits, and a butterfly parade from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12 in Watersound Origins, 573 Pathways Drive, Suite 102, in Water-sound. Proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County's Art For All grant program. Discover more details at www.CulturalArtsAlliance.com.
Sequins & Suits
The Niceville-Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce’s Sequins & Suits Auction and Wine Tasting will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Emerald Grande in Destin to benefit The Arc of the Emerald Coast. The night will feature silent and live auctions, wine tasting, small plates, a wine pull, and a cash bar. There are sponsorships available at three different levels and individual tickets are available for purchase. Business or individuals can purchase tickets at www.nicevillechamber.com.
Annual Wine Walkabout
Ruth's Chris Steak House in Destin will hold its Fifth Annual Wine Walkabout to benefit Mattie Kelly Arts Founda-tion's cultural arts and arts education initiatives from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the East Bar and Court-yard. Multiple culinary stations with heavy hors d'oeuvres will be paired with select wines. Cheryl Jones and Company provide live music. Tickets at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org are $40/MKAF members ($41.50 by credit card) and $50/general ad-mission ($51.50 by credit card.
Santa Claus arrives at Destin Commons from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 17. At 7 p.m., join in Santa’s parade down Main Street. Get in the spirit with the official lighting of the Center’s 50’ Christmas tree, and check out the Jolly Jubilee decorations throughout Destin Commons. A fireworks finale kicks off the holiday season. Activi-ties and entertainment for the whole family include musicians playing traditional holiday favor-ites, kid’s craft projects, and free photos with Santa at Bass Pro Shops. Kids can visit Santa at Bass Pro Shops throughout the rest of November and December. Visit www.basspro.com for Santa’s hours.
Stroll the streets of The Village of Baytowne Wharf, lined in twinkling lights and greenery, sip champagne and sample items from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 18 during the Fifth Annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights. Enjoy live music and the first tree lighting of the season.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, the mys-tery/drama "Get Low" at 2 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Destin Library. The program is free and open to the pub-lic; directed toward a mature audience.
A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party ... while he was still alive.
The Polar Express
Watch a free holiday favorite, “The Polar Express,” from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 24 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Here Comes Santa Claus
Get in the winter spirit when Santa Claus comes to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 6-9 p.m. Nov 25. Kids will enjoy face-painting, crafts, and a fireworks display at 8 p.m.
Christmas Tree Lighting
The 31st annual Christmas Tree Lighting, hosted by the City of Des-tin, will be held at the Destin Community Center at 6 p.m. Nov. 30. This will be an outdoor event for the entire family with a visit from Santa Claus, enter-tainment from local choruses, musical groups and more. Refreshments will be served after the lighting of the tree. Donations of canned food will be collected for families in need.
Wednesday Night Concerts — Holiday Edition
Get in the holiday spirit and listen to favorite holiday classics free at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in December in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf. Each concert will feature a choreographed light show and visits with Santa.
Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas
Seabreeze Radio (Smooth Jazz 106.6) presents Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas with Bobby Caldwell and Marion Meadows at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $80 and $40 for this guest event and are available exclusively through the Arts Center's Box Office at 729-6000 or www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.
A Rockin’ Holiday
Mary Wilson of the Supremes brings her larger-than-life vocals and amazing energy to the Sinfonia stage for “A Rockin' Holiday with Mary Wilson of the Supremes" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach. Sinfonia's full orchestra shares the stage with her and her band. Purchase tickets at Sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
The Northwest Florida Ballet presents Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Destin United Methodist Church’s Life Center, 200 Beach Drive. Show is a magical and cap-tivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Box office prices for adults are $35 each and $15 for children 12 and under.
Country music star Travis Tritt will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Saenger Theatre in Pensacola. Tickets are $59.95, $49.95 and $39.95 plus applicable service charge and are on sale at the Saenger Theatre box office, at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.
Emerald Coast Farmers’ Market
Fresh from the farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef jerky, pork products and sausages; fresh local seafood, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips; home-made pita, hummus, salsa’s, guacamole, jams, preserves, pickled veggies, cheeses, homemade pas-tas and sauces, and artisan breads and des-serts are for sale at Seascape Resort, 100 Sea-scape Drive in Miramar Beach, from 1-6 Tuesdays year round and 12-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market
The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in Grand Park in Miramar Beach between Cantina Laredo and Tommy Bahama’s. Vendors will offer locally sourced food-based items including produce, eggs, milk, butter, grass-fed beef, chicken, lamb, and pork, honey, pickled vegetables and gourmet jams. Market is held on Wednesdays from Me-morial Day through Labor Day.