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An Evening with Ehren Jordan
The 2018 30A Wine Festival kicks off with an intimate dinner from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 21 in Fonville Park in Alys Beach and features Winemaker Ehren Jordan of Failla Wines and Day Zinfandel. The four-course meal will be prepared by Alys Beach Executive Chef Drew Dzejak with select wine pairings from Failla Wines. Tickets are $265 per person and available at https://www.30awinefestival.com/
Pins & Pancakes
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and Destin Chamber of Commerce 2018 Destin Forward Class will host Pins & Pancakes, a morning full of bowling, pancakes and fundraising, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl & Grill at Destin Commons. Corporate Lane Sponsorships are $250 and include a breakfast buffet for six people, bowling for two hours and shoe rental. There will also be a silent auction so bring cash or credit cards. Email email@example.com, for a lane today. Only 16 available. Money raised will assist the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation with the beautification effort of the Cultural Arts Village.
Snowbird Voices at Library
The Snowbird Writers Group will host a public presentation of members’ works at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Destin Library. The program, “Snowbird Voices — From Pen to Paper to You,” will include short stories, art, poetry and music. This program is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Newbill Collection By The Sea, 309 Ruskin Place in Ruskin Place Artist Colony in Seaside, will host a daily trunk show featur-ing Tennessee fiber artist Carolyn White's wearables Feb. 23 to March 10. The show will focus on her innovative wearables con-verted from scarves, hand knitted and felted hats with hand-needle-felted surface design, hand knitted asymmetrical wraps and cowls.
Parrot Head Chili Cook-Off
The Emerald Coast Parrot Head Chili Cook-Off will delight taste buds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at HarborWalk Village. A day of spiced and spirited competition as chefs from near and far don their aprons for the title of Best Chili, plus fun and live music. Proceeds benefit ARC of the Emer-ald Coast.
Winter Concerts at Market Shops
The Market Shops at Sandestin presents the Winter Concert Series on the lawn with Chris Alvarado from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 24. Bring chairs and blankets. In the event of rainy weather, the concert will be relocated to the covered patio outside of Bijoux at The Market Shops.
The Destin Library will showcase the work of local artist Charlotte Parrish during the month of February. Her exhibit will feature a variety of work including paintings and small table sculptures.
ADSO window display
During February, The Arts and Design Society presents the work of the students of award-winning clay artist and instructor Marcy Eady. The Art Center Gallery is at 17 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach.
Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents the romantic comedy “Sylvia” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 4 at 560 Grand Blvd. in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The play is appropriate for ages 13 and up due to mature situations. Tickets are $28/adults, $24/seniors, and $20/students. Purchase tickets at emeraldcoastheatre.org or call 684-0323.
Giving Tuesday at The Gulf
Every Tuesday, 10 percent of proceeds are provided to participating charities or non-profits from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at The Gulf on Okaloosa Island. The Gulf will host Mattie Kelly Arts Founda-tion Feb. 27 and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation March 6. The Gulf is dog-friendly so bring your pup.
Spring Thoughtful Dinner
Food For Thought hosts its Spring Thoughtful Dinner from 7-10 p.m. March 1 at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Full Circle Kitchen, 132 Market Street in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets for the five course dinner with wine pairings are on sale at https://fftfl.org/products/spring-thoughtful-dinner-table-1.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast’s Annual Dinner March 1 at the Emerald Grande Ballroom at HarborWalk Village recognizes key volunteers, community leaders, staff and Club members who have helped drive the impact of Boys & Girls Club here in Northwest Florida. Pur-chase tickets at https://emeraldcoastbgc.org/2018-annual-dinner/
Classical Connections Concerts
The Classical Connections series presented by Sinfonia Gulf Coast features Violinist Corinne Stillwell at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at Grace Lutheran Church in Des-tin. Tickets range from $29.50 to $45/person. To purchase tickets, visit SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 460-8800.
Academy Awards Viewing Party
Walk the red carpet at 6 p.m. into the Viewing Party for the 90th Annual Academy Awards to be held from 7-10 p.m. March 4 at 45 Central Wine Bar in Seaside. Dress to the nines and arrive in style to watch the event. A limo on the Exit end of the Seaside Circle will take you to the red carpet. Tickets available at fortyfivecentral.com — $40 ticket includes light hors d'oeuvres, a glass of champagne upon entry and one drink ticket. Black tie optional.
Wednesday Night Concert Series
Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a free concert under the stars with Mose Wilson & The Delta Twang at 7 p.m. March 7 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf.
• March 14: Boukou Groove
• March 21: Luke Langford & The 331 Band
• March 28: Forrest Williams Band
Memorial Gala & Golf Weekend
The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) will host the Kieran May Memorial Gala & Golf weekend with Gala at 5:30 p.m. March 9 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Enjoy dinner, dancing and live entertainment by Mr. Big, as well as live and silent auctions. Dress is coastal chic. Gala tickets are $250 per couple. Call 833-9237, ext. 256, to make reservations or visit www.eccac.org. The Kieran May Golf Tour-nament will take place March 11 at Kelly Plantation Golf Club with registration from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tournament cost is $400, which includes two tickets to the Gala.
Tequila and Taco Festival
Fiesta like there is no mañana at the Fifth Annual Tequila and Taco Festival from 1-5 p.m. March 10 at HarborWalk Village. Entrance opens at 12:30. Valid ID required for entry. Enjoy an afternoon on the harbor full of tequila tastings, live music and tacos of all kinds.; Proceeds benefit Food For Thought and The Emerald Coast Honor Games. Purchase tickets at https://www.eventliveus.com/purchase/event/649867.
St. Patty's Day Delight
Celebrate the Luck of the Irish from 6-9 p.m. March 17 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The night begins with live jazz and blues music from The Blenders in the Events Plaza followed by The Drake School of Irish Dance performing several group and solo dances. The Blenders will then be back until 9 p.m.
30A St. Patrick's Parade and Festival
The 11th Annual 30A St. Patrick's Parade and Festival begins at 2 p.m. March 17 on Scenic Hwy. 30A and heads four miles west, ending at County Road 393 near Gulf Place. The festival at 3 p.m. is at Arnett's Gulfside Farm and Stables in Santa Rosa Beach. The entertainment starts with the Drake School of Irish Dance, fol-lowed by an afternoon of Irish jigs and reels with The O'Mericans Celtic Band. Ticket prices, $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for 4 and under, are available at www.30aparade.com. Food vendors will have traditional corned beef and cabbage and green beer available.
Enjoy lawn games and inflatables from 6-8:30 p.m. March 20 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Fireworks over the La-goon begin at 8:30.
Independent Film Series
The Friends Guild of the Destin Library will sponsor a movie, “Harry and Snowman,” a drama/biography/documentary, 2 p.m. March 20 at the Destin Library. The free movie is open to the public and directed toward a mature audience.
Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid 80 dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry and Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nation’s blue bloods, and they became famous and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today's show jumping circuit.
Library Cultural Series
Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will per-form at 2 p.m. March 21 at the Destin Library. Program is free and open to the public.
Peter Fletcher is a classical guitarist based in Detroit and New York City. He performs more than 100 concerts a year, and his recordings on the Centaur Records and Towerhill Recordings la-bels have been critically acclaimed. Fletcher’s repertoire runs the gamut from the Renaissance Period through the 20th Century.
• April 17: Jazz Artist Cheryl Jones at noon
Dr. Cheryl Jones is Destin's "Music Diva.” Her many talents include musician, pianist, vocalist, entertainer, composer, songwriter, music director and much more. She has led her award winning music group, Jones and Company, for more than 20 years. This program is an open air “Jazz on the Lawn” concert in con-junction with National Library Week and Jazz Appreciation month. Bring your lunch and enjoy the concert.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast
Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents “Rodgers & Hammerstein on Stage and Screen” at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. Gala table seating, single seating, corporate sponsor tables and full tables of 10 are available and tickets range from $45-$150. Proceeds benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education program. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 460-8800.
Champagne/Seafood Lunch Cruise
Celebrate the Kick-Off of the Sandestin Wine Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 on the Solaris Yacht, leaving from Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Cost is $93/person and includes four-course mea., champagne pairings and two-hour cruise. Visit www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519 for tickets.
Groovin’ On The Green
The Carillon Beach Institute presents a free concert with The Rowdies from 7-9 p.m. May 27 on the Village Green. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
June 4: Jeff on Sax
June 11: Nitefire
June 18: Reasonable Doubt
June 25: Tony Vegas
July 4: Sonic Boom
July 9: Daric Freeman
July 16: Jam Kings
July 23: Legacy
July 30: Seminole Wind
Aug. 6: Latitude 29
Aug. 13: Nitefire
Aug. 20: Reasonable Doubt
Aug. 27: True Soul
Sept. 2: Raised on the Radio
Emerald Coast Farmers’ Market
Fresh from the farm produce, dairy, honey, eggs, grass-fed beef, beef jerky, pork products and sausages; fresh local sea-food, crab cakes, tuna and shrimp dips; home-made pita, hummus, salsa’s, guacamole, jams, preserves, pickled veggies, cheeses, homemade pastas and sauces, and artisan breads and desserts 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.