BillyBowlegs Boat Poker Run scheduled in May

The 20th annual ABWA Billy Bowlegs Boat Poker Run, sponsored by the women of the Emerald Coast Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association, is scheduled for May 11. Enjoy a fun day by cruising to several local ports with a goal of obtaining the best poker hand out of all participants. The Poker Run is not limited to just boats … you can also participate by motorcycle or automobile.

Participants will have the opportunity to win great prizes with the top three poker hands winning valuable prize packages which include weekend resort stays, certificates for dinner and other great prizes. Everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy the casino room at 2 p.m. at Shalimar Yacht Basin followed by a party at 3 p.m. where local restaurants provide their food specialties for the all to enjoy. For more information about how to participate in the ABWA Billy Bowlegs Boat Poker Run, contact Shareen Ketchem at 850-863-9082.

If you would like more information about being a sponsor or donating food, please call Jeanne Rief at 850-685-8027. You can also visit the website A sponsor form and the participant form are posted on the website.

NFB Ballet to hold auditions

The Northwest Florida Ballet will hold auditions on Saturday, May 11, at 310 Perry Ave. SE in Fort Walton Beach, for students seeking intensive pre-professional training in dance and performance. Dancers wishing to audition for the Trainee Program must have three years of formal training and must be 10–13 years of age or a current NFB Académie fifth grader to audition for Trainee. Trainees will audition from 9-10:30 a.m. 

Dancers wishing to audition for the NFB Company and Pre-Professional Program must be at least 13 years of age and have at least six years of formal training, including two years of pointe experience. Company and Pre-Professional auditions will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The dress code for female dancers will be a black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Those auditioning for the Company and Pre-Professional will need to bring pointe shoes as well. Hair should be arranged neatly in a bun and no jewelry or warm-up clothes will be permitted. Male dancers should wear black tights, a white tee shirt and black ballet shoes.

There is an audition fee of $20. Please arrive 30 minutes early to register. Call 850-664-7787 or visit for more information.

Local bands wanted for Bowlegs Festival

Local bands are urged to apply for a spot on the stage at the 58th Annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival in Fort Walton Beach May 30 through June 1. The festivities start off with a gala parade on Thursday, May 30, that wends its way up Eglin Parkway. Then the party moves to the Landing, a waterfront park, where pirates and their wenches — along with buccaneers in training — gather to enjoy the vendors and entertainment that pervades the park through June 1.

Headline entertainers are Cabo Rock, Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, and Don’t Stop Believin’. Two spots are open for local talent — Friday afternoon and 5 p.m. Saturday. Interested bands should submit a press kit with audio files to Rachelle Graves at or deliver it to the Chamber at 34 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE, in Fort Walton Beach, before May 10.